Grace gives more to Ben Francis Invit

first_img Reminder of the legacy Grace Foods Services and Western Union have increased their sponsorship for the sixth staging of the Vere Technical High School – Ben Francis Invitational track and field meet set for February 20 at the Jamalco Sports Complex in Clarendon. “We (Grace) have increased the sponsorship by $500,000 in sponsorship and execution of this meet as title sponsors. Last year, we budgeted $700,000, and this year it will be $1.2 million,” Angella Grandison-Reid, Grace Foods Services Company promotions and consumer services manager announced at the press launch yesterday at the Spanish Court Hotel. She pointed out that Grace has always assisted in the development of track and field meets. “We have been at development meets since 1975. This year, we are sponsoring 13 development meets, up from eight last year,” Grandison-Reid disclosed. The Vere Technical past student indicated that her company will continue to assist the meet. “Dr Henritta Stewart (principal of Vere), you don’t have to call us at Grace to find out if we are coming, as it is automatic,” Grandison-Reid asserted. Meanwhile, the coaches of the top medal-winning schools will walk away with cash incentives. “The top-three coaches will get $30,000, $15,000 and $10,000,” Olive Forrester, head of the physical education department at Vere revealed. There will also be prize monies worth $40,000 for each winner of the Championship events, such as high jump Class One (girls); 400 metres Class One (boys); 4×100 metres Class One (boys) and 4×400 metres (girls). Principal Stewart says the meet is a reminder of the legacy of a former principal of the Clarendon-based institution. “We might not be the champions of Boys and Girls’ Championship in recent years, but we have won 22 times in the past, and continue to be in the top five in the girls’ category. We continue to make bold strides in sports and intellectually, as our young people are resources to be developed,” Dr Stewart said. Ben Francis thanked everyone involved in the staging of the meet that will be held for the first time outside the school compound. “On this occasion of the sixth staging of the Ben Francis meet, thanks to all who continue to make it possible. You have set the stage on which students continue to perform,” Francis said. Albert Lawrence, the first Vere Technical male Olympian and a member of Jamaica’s 4×100 metres silver-medal team in Los Angeles in 1984 is the patron of this year’s meet.last_img read more

Knicks hire Smart, 3 others as Fizdale’s assistant coaches

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – Head coach Keith Smart of the Sacramento Kings argues a call during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on March 27, 2013 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Knicks have hired former NBA coach Keith Smart and three others as assistants on David Fizdale’s coaching staff.Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey were also added Thursday to join Fizdale, who was hired last month to replace Jeff Hornacek.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Smart coached Cleveland, Golden State and Sacramento and was most recently an assistant to Fizdale, and later J.B. Bickerstaff, in Memphis. He also was an assistant along with Fizdale in Miami, working under Erik Spoelstra.Sullivan and Ivey have both been NBA assistants. Buechler spent the past two seasons as the Lakers’ player development coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Knicks are preparing for their first draft under Fizdale and pick ninth. They worked out Villanova’s Mikal Bridges on Thursday and will bring in Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. on Friday. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ A rocky season for Warriors, but a perfect ending awaits View commentslast_img read more

‘Liberians Won’t Be Used as Guinea Pigs’ For Ebola Trial Drugs not Approved

first_imgThe Liberia Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) has strongly warned pharmaceutical companies and others, who are trying to bring in “Ebola drugs/medicines,” for trial purposes, that Liberians won’t be used as Guinea pigs.LMHRA, which released a statement yesterday, is the Government of Liberia’s arm that has the statutory mandate to review and approve all clinical trials involving medicines and health products in the country.The Health Products Regulatory body said that “while we are seeking for all the help needed to eradicate this virus, we also want to be very careful as to what medicines are brought into the country for treatment at our various ETUs.”In the wake of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country that has claimed the lives of thousands of Liberians and other nationals, LMHRA said many “unapproved and unlicensed medicines have begun to line up as trial treatments for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. In the midst of this situation, it has become necessary that the process of clinical trials be properly guided by policies and procedures for the safeguard of the population.”The health regulatory body said it has been forced to speak out having read in a local newspaper that a purported Ebola treatment drug, Eboflip, has arrived in the country for trial on patients at ETUs.“Eboflip, which is said to be indicated for the treatment of the Ebola Virus Disease, has no information on its pre-clinical safety data,” LMHRA said.Pre-clinical safety data, according to LMHRA, is when a drug has been pre-tested on a lower class animal like monkey and its data recorded before it can be tested on humans.The LMHRA said for the Eboflip to be tested in Liberia, a “Clinical Trial Proposal” has to be submitted to it but “up to the time of this press statement, there has been no Clinical Trial Proposal submitted to the LMHRA.  The LMHRA further stated that Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, whom the newspaper claims had given “authorization” for the drug trial, denied ever doing so.The LMHRA Managing Director, Pharmacist David Sumo said: “We would like to use this medium to inform the Eurofarmacos that, there are procedures and guidelines for clinical trials that must be followed by any institution wishing to carry out any of such activities.”Eboflip is manufactured by Eurofarmacos Group Europe, a Spanish biotechnology company.In a release posted on the company’s website, it announced that 20 days ago, it “donated to the Government of Liberia, to carry out clinical trials of immediate form a novel anti-viral treatment against EBOLA, the ‘EBOFLIP.’” Eurofarmacos Group Europe’s statement quotes its president, Dr. José Manuel Frias, as saying, “We don’t have the slightest doubt that, in a record time of not more than 40 days, we will make public the news of the results obtained and if they are consistent enough to ensure ultimate control of the EBOLA pandemic.”Dr. Frias also disclosed that his company has currently prepared 30,000 treatments and has a production capacity of 500,000 monthly treatments. “Fortunately, the news arriving from Liberia, not only affirm the effectiveness of the ‘EBOFLIP’, but they do it in just 15 days of treatment, which significantly increases the hope that this treatment if it is the solution to this pandemic, which keeps all countries of the world in check,” Said Dr. FriasA health practitioner, who asked that his name not be mentioned, criticized the health regulatory body for playing double standard. He stated that LMHRA did not sound the same alarm when the famous ZMAPP was allegedly brought into the country without pre-clinical safety data, but was allowed to be tested on patients. One of those patients was the late Dr. Abraham Borbor, who died at the ELWA-2 ETU. This health worker also wonders whether the LMHRA has the technology to determine if the drug is fit for human consumption.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyoil claims nothing wrong with request for advance

first_imgAlleged kickback scheme…after T&T company cries foulGuyOil is denying that anything was wrong with the request for advance payments after a Trinidad-based company cried foul following the termination of its contracts with the Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) when it refused to make the payments after winning three contracts.One of the tanks the company features on its pageIn a statement to the media on Tuesday, GuyOil refuted allegations that it was involved in any impropriety. While the company did not deny that an advance payment was requested, it noted that this came from a Board decision.According to GuyOil, the Finance, Audit and Administration Committee advised that a local bank guarantee equivalent to the advance payment was required. The State company said that this was communicated to the Trinidadian company, Commissiong, and they were given 14 days to comply.“After the signing of all contracts, an advance payment security is required. As per contract the company was required to submit an Unconditional Bank Guarantee in a form and by a bank acceptable to Guyoil, in amounts equal to the advance payments,” GuyOil stated.“Following the Board’s decision, this was communicated to Commissiong and Company Ltd on July 18, 2019, via email by GuyOil’s Facilities Manager (ag). Commissiong and Company Ltd subsequently responded on July 29, 2019, via their attorney, stating that GuyOil had accepted international bonds for the bid security and performance for all the contracts they were awarded.”GuyOil admitted that its Board decided to terminate three contracts granted to Commissiong after they did not submit their security. It also denied that the Chief Executive Officer of GuyOil ever contacted the company or had a hand in the process.“Commissiong and Company Ltd in their letter requested that GuyOil issue the advance payments within 14 days for all three projects. This was despite their failure to submit the requisite advance security to GuyOil.”“As a result, the Board at its statutory meeting on October 2, 2019, took the decision to terminate all three contracts. The contracts were terminated in keeping with Clause 10.1 (a) of contracts. Commissiong has failed to perform its obligation as per Clause SCC 6.1.”Alleged kickbackRecent reports saw the Trinidad-based company alleging it was approached for money by someone from GuyOil. The reports had said that the official requested money from the company on behalf of a top official in the Finance Ministry.The company’s Managing Director, Nirmala Rambharat, had reportedly refused to make the extra payments. Rambharat had noted in correspondence that she informed GuyOil that her profit margin was 10 per cent of the contract price and thus, she would not be making the payment.Moreover, Rambharat revealed that after enquiring from other Trinidadian contractors that provided services to GuyOil, they confirmed having paid the GuyOil official 20 per cent of their contract values upon request.It is understood that the company is preparing to sue the Government, since it has already invested thousands of US dollars in mobilisation efforts to execute the projects, said to be worth over $100 million.Efforts to contact Finance Minister Winston Jordan for a comment on the issue were futile.Commissiong and Co Limited is a privately-owned oil and gas servicing company which began its operations over 30 years ago in the twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago. Its focus is mainly on petroleum, energy, and other related industries within the Caribbean. It boasts as its clients Petrotrin and Guyana’s Skeldon Energy Inc.The contracts Commissiong had with GuyOil included the supply of a canter truck; the supply, fabrication and erection of two 10,000 gallon tanks and for the supply of a rigid tank wagon.last_img read more

Manchester United ‘punished’ over fixtures: Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho’s staff have made a detailed study of the respective itineraries of all Premier League clubs © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are being “punished” by the Premier League fixture list as they embark on the busy festive period, desperately trying to cling onto Manchester City’s coat-tails.In a period that starts on December 22 and ends with the third round of the FA Cup on the weekend of January 6, all top-flight clubs will play five fixtures. But the demands of the live television schedules means that clubs can have vastly different recuperation times between games in that holiday spell.Arsenal, for example, started their run of games by playing Liverpool on Friday but then do not play again until making the short journey to Crystal Palace on Thursday 28 — a recovery period of five full days.In contrast, second-placed United — 11 points behind Manchester City — play Leicester in a late kick-off on Saturday and are in action again, at home to Burnley, on December 26, offering Mourinho’s team a rest of only two days.Mourinho’s staff have made a detailed study of the respective itineraries of all Premier League clubs and, while the United manager does not claim his to be the only team adversely affected, he does believe they are being punished.“We are not the only ones,” said Mourinho. “There are other teams in the same situation as we are and Leicester is one of them in the same situation as we are.“We did the simple objective study on that and there is a big gap, a really big gap between some clubs and other clubs.“There are clearly the ones that are really privileged and there are clearly another group of the ones that are really punished by the decisions of the calendar.“And there are another group in the middle of it where I would like to be. I know I would never be in the top group but in the middle group we would like to be.”When pressed further on whether he believed he and United were deliberately being singled out, Mourinho was evasive.– Fixture pile-up –The upcoming fixture congestion will place greater stress than ever on Mourinho’s first team squad and that of all his rivals.That could mean more playing time for veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started his first game of the season in the midweek League Cup defeat at Bristol City after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury.Ibrahimovic has yet to play a full 90 minutes since his injury in April although Mourinho clearly expects him to play a significant role, either as an orthodox forward or in a number 10 role.“Yes. He is an option,” said the United boss. “He played one hour, a bit more. Could be he is ready to start the match. Ninety minutes is probably too much, it depends on the match, but I think, yes, I think he is ready to start.”Mourinho learned this week that the FA is to take no action against his club, or rivals Manchester City, for an altercation that took place in the Old Trafford tunnel following the recent derby game.A member of Mourinho’s staff was reportedly struck by milk contained in a plastic bottle. When asked whether he was pleased with the FA’s decision, he said: “You have to ask the people who hit with a bottle.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Leicester defender set for six-week lay-off

first_img Jeffrey Schlupp Leicester City defender Jeffrey Schlupp could be out for six weeks.The 22-year-old is currently struggling with a hamstring problem and did not feature against Chelsea on Monday.Manager Claudio Ranieri has now confirmed the Ghana international could be out for over a month.But there is good news for the Foxes as midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who limped off against Chelsea, could be be back in a week.“Schlupp is a little more serious,” said Ranieri.“I don’t know how long it takes – six weeks, maybe one month.“Drinky is okay, it’s a little problem.“I don’t think he will be ready for the next match but maybe the Liverpool one (on December 26).” 1last_img read more


first_imgLIVERPOOL DONEGAL FANS FCOn a great evening at dry Arch park there was a fantastic football match played by Local supporters of both Manchester United and Liverpool to raise money for a great charity – the Crumlin Hospital cardiac unit.Liverpool supporters reckon it will be 4-1 to them when the real sides meet next month in the EPL!The teams were led out by ref Paul Doherty and his brothers as officials and the little mascots Bailey Cody and Cory. When the match got underway it was a cracker, in the surprisingly hot temperatures there was great football been played by both teams, United went in at half time 2-1 with a double from Bonagee United’s Greg Magee followed by Anthony Doherty pulling 1 back before the break – three great goals you would see on a Saturday night on Match of the Day!The sun had gone down a bit when the 2nd half kicked off but the game was still played at a good pace, United took a 3-1 lead with a great leap from Lagan’s Declan Sweeney with a delightful cross from Stephen Mc Connell from the left.Man United had taken control of the game by this stage and Marcus Oliver got on the end of a deflected shot to control and tuck in a fourth to give them the bragging rights til next season.Referee Paul Doherty awarded Greg Magee Man of the match afterwards.There was a Quiz afterwards at Arena 7 that was also a success, with prize’s Kindly donated by business’s all over town to help the cause. Quiz master Brian Harkin did a great job ensuring the Quiz went well. Organisers Marcus Oliver and Derek Wilson did a great job in ensuring everything was well organised and it all went to plan, A Success fundraiser with 3700 euro raised so far and If anyone would Like to Donate contact Derek Wilson at 2 Hunters Wood, Glencar letterkenny Co. Donegal.Both Organisers Marcus and Derek would give special thanks to Bonagee for use of brilliant facilities and Arena 7 for hostin quiz and supplyin food, Also Jonathan Foley with McGinley’s Bar who hosted a Quiz on tuesday night for Crumlin hospital. Also thanks to all the Local Business’s who donated spot prizes.MANCHESTER UNITED DONEGAL FANS FCRESULT SHOCKER: MAN UTD 4 – 1 LIVERPOOL (THEIR DONEGAL FANS THAT IS!) was last modified: August 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RESULT SHOCKER: MAN UTD 4 – 1 LIVERPOOL (THEIR DONEGAL FANS THAT IS!)last_img read more

Premier League kits with classic shirt sponsors

first_imgWe have edited in retro sponsors to take the place of their modern day equivalents.Some of the designs have improved while some… haven’t.Take a look through the gallery below to see the 2018/19 Premier League home kits with classic sponsors. Manchester City 21 deals Latest Premier League News gameday cracker REVEALED tense Everton 21 Wolves Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Brighton Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 21 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 21 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Crystal Palace Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 21 Manchester United 21 Arsenal 21 Bournemouth Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury SouthamptonTottenhamWatford shining center_img Burnley Cardiff West Ham 21 Chelsea 21 no dice 21 Newcastle United You have to admit, the kits in this season’s Premier League are pretty good looking.Most of the modern designs are well presented, however we believed we could improve them all by making one minor tweak. 21 REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 21 Huddersfield 21 21 21 huge blow 21 silverware Fulham Leicester Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? You can view the full roster of Premier League kits with classic sponsors below. REVEALED 21 21 Liverpoollast_img read more

Woodward Brings The Bulldogs’ Toughness And Grit

first_img“We want guys that are serious about their academics, good basketball players, but also guys that have high character, and that’s Graham,” Rutter said. “He is an excellent student; he is a two-way player and a guy you want to be in the trenches with.” “He plays point for us, but he has seen some time at the two,” Rutter said. “Whether he is playing the point or playing off, we want him to be a pass, dribble, shoot guy. We want him to be a complete player and have that balance of distributing and facilitating while still getting his own when it’s there.” “There’s a lot of things that stand out about him, one is his toughness,” head coach Jeff Rutter said. “He is as tough as anyone we have on our basketball team and is certainly one of our best perimeter defenders.” His toughness is just one aspect of what makes him a ‘Drake Guy,’ as Rutter calls him.                  Watching Woodward play, the toughness in his game can’t be overlooked. He is very gritty and his play is scrappy and tough according to coach Rutter. Rutter also praised Woodward for always sticking his nose in the action by fighting and diving for a loose ball or taking on a challenge. Woodward stresses the importance of reminding his team that each game they play is a treat and to enjoy them while they last. “I think it goes with the stature,” Woodward said. “I don’t pass the eye test as a basketball player, but that’s not going to stop me as a player. Ultimately, guys are taller and stronger, but as a younger kid, playing with taller and bigger people, it was all about being a Bulldog. It’s something that has been a part of me and instilled in me by my parents, and I take pride in being a really feisty defender and guard as well. ” “As a team, we continue to figure out ways to get wins and how each game brings new opportunities,” Woodward said. “We learn from each game we play that there are different ways to win and they don’t always go as you planned. But, we will continue to fight.” Print Friendly Version Transferring from Penn State in 2014, Woodward sat out of his first season due to NCAA rules, but once he was able to take to the court, it was apparent the type player the Bulldogs had brought on board. During the 2015-2016 season, Woodward saw his first action as a Bulldog and played in all 31 games with 27 starts. He made 60 three-pointers and was second in the MVC in three-point percentage at 42 percent. Although the current season has started off a little slower, both Woodward and Rutter see good things coming down the road. When recruiting and looking for players, Rutter and the other coaching staff members look for players who exemplify the “ABCs.” A major aspect of Woodward’s play are his sacrifices made for the betterment of the team. Rutter explained how he has given up some of his scoring and shooting to be more of a facilitator and set up other guys on the team. But his tough play is one thing that will prevail. The team has seen many highs and some lows this year, but Woodward has always been a ringing voice among the team offering encouragement and reassures the team that more highs are ahead. During team huddles before, after and during games, he tries to calm the team by reminding them why they are all here. His main message is to have fun and remember that this is why they are all here, playing Division I basketball. If you ask anyone on the team or coaching staff about toughness, all fingers will most likely be pointed at redshirt junior guard, Graham Woodward. “He is the guy who steps in and takes charge. He’s fearless,” Rutter said.last_img read more


first_imgMark McHugh will return from New York next week, prompting speculation that the Kilcar man may return to the Donegal senior panel ahead of the clash with Dublin.Mark McHugh will come back from New York earlier than expected after it was disclosed that the Kilcar man will return to Ireland next week. His early return has prompted speculation that he may re-join the Donegal senior panel ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin on August 31st.McHugh left the panel in April saying he needed a break from the game and indicated he intended on heading to the States for the summer. The 2012 All-Star then left for New York in June, to play for Donegal New York.However it’s been a disastrous season for the Donegal New York side and they’ve won just one fixture all season.With the club championship postponed until Donegal’s involvement in the All-Ireland series ends, it has sparked rumours online that McHugh may return to the Donegal senior panel.In his column in the Irish Independent Eugene McGee said, “Even though there are clear signs of wear and tear among four or five Donegal stars, they will be hard to beat. “They need a shot in the arm to rejuvenate them now – could the return of Mark McHugh from New York be a possibility?McHugh was a hugely influential player for Donegal over the last number of years and his exit from the panel was seen a massive blow in April.His younger brother Ryan has deputized well in his absence, but it would be a great boost to Donegal supporters if McHugh was to return ahead of the titanic tussle with Dublin.For now he’ll return to action with his club side Kilcar as they attempt to continue their fine season and make an impact on this year’s Donegal SFC. SURPRISE AS MCHUGH RETURNS EARLY FROM NEW YORK was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHome-page SportMark McHughnew yorknewsReturnlast_img read more