Jamaica’s swimming flag-bearer Alia Atkinson admitted that her Olympic embarrassment was a major motivator in her three-medal performance at the just-concluded World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada.Atkinson, got a medal of every colour, striking gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m individual medley to bring a positive end to a year that saw the height of a short course 50m breaststroke, world record in Tokyo preceded by a shocking eight-placed finish in the 100m breaststroke final art the Rio Olympics.The Jamaican explained that she struggled to speak about her Olympic swim because she was too embarrassed to do so and had not yet figured out what went wrong. She did, however, underscore that she was driven to put that behind her and prove her quality.”I had all eyes on me (at the Olympics), track and field and all the other sports were interested, Jamaica was finally interested in swimming, the world was finally looking to see what Alia Atkinson could do, and I think it was more of an embarrassment why I didn’t want to come out and speak about it because I did’nt know why yet,” said Atkinson.”I wasn’t happy with the Olympic final, and I think everybody could see that, but I wanted to show the world that I am better than that and to prove to myself that I am better than that as well,” added Atkinson. “I wanted to show Jamaica that what I do on the world scene is not a one-time thing or a luck thing, so I wanted to get as much chance as I could to prove that I could keep on doing it.”
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has ended a two-day Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Trade Fair in Monrovia, terming it as a clear manifestation of changing the country’s economy. In an interview with some of the Small Enterprises (SMs), yesterday, Patricia F. Gant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Patom Enterprise said her organization is involved in cultivation, preservation, processing, and packaging of farm produce to help reduce post-harvest waste and promote food security in Liberia. Ms. Gant said Patom Enterprise is currently based in Montserrado County but makes business with all smallholders in the various counties to promote farmers, considering the lack of storage capacity in the country.Madam Gant said she was delighted to be part of this year’s Trade Fair and Patom Enterprise will remain focused in promoting food security in the country.“During the pepper season in Liberia, we have most of it wasting with the price being very low on the market. In the face of no buyer, I buy them and reprocess them. I do pepper sour, pepper powder with all farm produces because if we are supported, Liberians can eat what they produce and produce what they eat,” Ms. Gant said.She said there are many challenges in improving small enterprise in Liberia, especially taking an entrepreneur from one place to another, including the payment of business registration, which is sometimes delayed and results into losing contracts. “If your business is not registered up to date to give you tax clearance, there will be a long process, some time there is a delay for one or two months, and during that period, you will lose many contracts because you are waiting for tax’s clearance and this is challenging and the government must intervene,” Ms. Gant said. She said small businesses are asked to pay for withholding taxes for the space they are occupying on the farm as an office, and also pay for the land that is being used for the farming.“The government has refused to consider the lack of road infrastructure that is hampering farmers in transporting their commodities to their destinations,” she said. “The roads are not good and this results into the damage of farmers goods. If farmers are informed to pay for all the above, you are discouraging them from farming, because they will be paying too much money and getting less from their sales. There is the need for government to begin subsidizing farmers,” she stressed. She said that with support from the government and other international partners by 2030, there would be more millionaires from the small enterprise or the private sector. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Budget 2018 has been read, and the parliamentary Opposition is unhappy with what it refers to as a “disastrous” budget. According to the party, its efforts to meaningfully contribute to the budget process were frustrated by the coalition Government.Responding to questions during a post budget press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo noted that his party, with 23 years in governance, was willing to help the coalition with its ideas.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAccording to Jagdeo, the party submitted a motion to the National Assembly with over 100 proposals that would have been both growth-enhancing and welfare-contributing. But despite the potential to create a framework of development and growth, his party’s motion never saw the light of day.“We have run Governments several successful years. We’ve been in these positions. We’ve dealt with these issues. We know what it takes to create frameworks. And unless you get the data, which we have been asking for… We requested the data to prepare our presentation to come to (their) meeting, he refused to give us. Clearly he didn’t want a productive engagement.”Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira corroborated Jagdeo’s contention that the party had submitted their motion since October. She said there was ample time to have the motion debated, but it was continuously stalled.Shadow budgetThe motion in question was submitted since October 9 by PPP Parliamentarian Irfaan Ali. Among other things, it had recommended the reversal of Value Added Tax on education, zero rated items, essential food items, electricity and water, as well as local construction materials and heavy duty machinery.The PPP’s motion also advocated the removal of VAT and other taxes from businesses earning less than $400,000 monthly; the removal of VAT from local products from the forestry sector, and the reduction of VAT to 12 per cent, one of the coalition’s promises on the campaign trail.There were other recommendations: for the directive to licensed currency dealers, banks and cambios to limit the spread between buying and selling rates of the US dollar to G$3 or less.The motion had sought the restoration of the annual one month tax free salary bonus for all members of the disciplined services, as well as the active negation with unions for increases in salaries and benefits for public servants (who have already been told they will receive no Christmas bonus) and teachers.Among the motions’ other proposals was to allow public servants, in particular medical professionals, to choose whether they would be on a pensionable fixed establishment or on contract. It would also seek to cap benefits and allowances to ministers, in keeping with the caps on former Presidents Benefits (Amendment) Act of 2015.In the arena of social services, it recommended the restoration of the Single Parent Assistance Programme, with vouchers to assist with costs for day-care.It would also restore public assistance on a permanent basis for caregivers of disabled persons and patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS).The PPP motion would have recommended the increase of old age pension to $25,000, from the coalition Government’s last increase of $19,000. The Government did increase the pension in Monday’s budget- by $500.It would also introduce evening and night child care centres for women on the night shift; as well as increase public assistance from $7,300 to $12,000; as well as recommend published statistics on the number of recipients by region every six months.In agriculture, the motion proposed to “Resume negotiations with the Government of Venezuela with the intention of selling rice and paddy to that country,” as well as to “Negotiate with neighbouring Brazil for increased quotas for the export of rice under the Partial Scope Agreement.”There were also recommendations to “commence discussions with all the commercial banks lending to the industry, to review terms and conditions of loans taking into account the prices farmers are getting in order to ‘soften’ repayment conditions; bring supplementary provisions to the National Assembly to provide financial support to farmers in order to aid in the purchase of seed paddy and fertilizers; implement an aggressive marketing strategy in order to enhance current prices and secure new lucrative markets.”The motion proposed a number of other decisive measures, including the repeal of the Broadcasting Act 2017; implementing the UN Working Group of Peoples of African descent prison recommendations; and auction unallocated oil blocks.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Sr. Flyers are back on home ice tomorrow night, and are hoping to keep their winning streak alive.The Flyers are currently 4-and-0 in North Peace Hockey League action, after winning a thriller against the Grande Prairie Athletics last Thursday night.The Flyers will be hosting the Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks for the first time this season. Dawson Creek also has a perfect record in the 2016-2017 NPHL season after wins against Falher, Grande Prairie, and Grimshaw.- Advertisement -The puck drops at the North Peace Arena on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
According to the Globe and Mail there are some residents in the South Peace, who are claiming they’re being harrassed and initimated by RCMP officers investigating the series of explosions targetting EnCana Corporation facilities.An anti-terrorism unit is probing six explosions in the past nine months, including two last week, southeast of Dawson Creek.The newspaper says some area residents are complaining of being interrogated up to eight times, and of being pressured to take lie detector tests and give DNA and fingerprint samples.- Advertisement -It quotes a Vancouver laywer with the BC Civil Liberties Associatin as confirming, he’s written the RCMP, asking them to stop harassing two his clients, and complaining they’re acting like secret poice creating a climate of paranoia and suspicion.However, RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk is quoted as saying, the Mounties have not received any formal complaints, and are encouraging anyone with concerns, to come forward.Click Here to read the full article from the Globe and MailAdvertisement
Assistant Freddie Ljungberg has taken over as interim manager with ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo among the early favourites to be named the next full-time boss.Despite his sacking, Emery insisted it had been an “honour” to manage the London giants.“It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones,” he said.“But not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.”Former Arsenal player Ljungberg said he would work hard to improve the atmosphere at Arsenal.“However long I oversee @Arsenal I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again,” he tweeted. “We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work!”Arsenal are on their worst run without a victory since 1992, when they went eight games without a win under George Graham.They are already eight points off the top four after failing to win a Premier League match since October 6.Emery was appointed as successor to Arsene Wenger in May 2018 after a trophy-laden career at Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain with a brief to make Arsenal a Premier League force again.The club, who have not won the Premier League since 2004, had stagnated in the final years of Wenger’s 22-year reign despite a series of cup triumphs.But Arsenal could only finish fifth last season, missing out on the riches of the Champions League for a third straight year.– Big spenders –Emery spent more than £130 million in the close-season, bringing in a clutch of players including winger Nicolas Pepe, centre-back David Luiz and left-back Kieran Tierney.But despite the reinforcements they have collected just 18 points from 13 games so far this season.Emery has had many off-field issues to contend with, losing Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer to Juventus at the end of last season.He then saw former captain Laurent Koscielny refuse to travel on a pre-season tour to the United States as he pushed through a move away from north London.Granit Xhaka was named as his successor but he was stripped of the captaincy after swearing at supporters who jeered him following his substitution in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.There was also upheaval behind the scenes as two of the men who made the decision to appoint Emery, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, departed within nine months.And the attempted carjacking of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac on the eve of the new season played a role in unsettling the squad.Emery is the third Premier League manager to lose his job this season after the dismissals of Watford’s Javi Gracia and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust issued a statement saying the club needed to change more than its manager.“Emery’s departure is the easy part,” it said. “The more difficult challenge is to recruit a suitable successor. We are far from certain that Arsenal has the right personnel to lead this process.“The AST has long been advocating that the most important changes needed at Arsenal are in the boardroom, where Arsenal need better governance.”0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery has been sacked after 18 months in charge at Arsenal © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 29 – Unai Emery said it had been an “honour” to coach Arsenal despite being sacked as manager of the Premier League club on Friday after just 18 months in charge.The 48-year-old Spaniard was fired following the 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Thursday’s Europa League match, which extended their winless run to seven games.
Bayern Munich have been linked with an extraordinary bid for Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria.The Bundesliga giants are ready to offer both Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben, plus cash, for the Argentine flyer.Read what fans from a number of different clubs thought about the speculation…. 1 Argentina flyer Angel Di Maria
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Carlson and another plaintiff, Andrew Leong of Brookline, Mass., spoke at a news conference organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. They intend to sue Kellogg and Nickelodeon parent Viacom Inc. in state court in Massachusetts and served the required 30 days’ notice on Wednesday. “For over 30 years, public health advocates have urged companies to stop marketing junk food to children,” said Susan Linn of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “Even as rates of childhood obesity have soared, neither Viacom nor Kellogg has listened.” Both companies said they have enduring commitments to healthy lifestyles. Nickelodeon spokesman Dan Martinsen said the children’s cable network has been a leader in helping kids and their families be more active and healthier and has pushed advertisers for more balance in their offerings. WASHINGTON – Advocacy groups and parents are suing the Nickelodeon TV network and cereal maker Kellogg Co. in an effort to stop junk food marketing to kids. The plaintiffs are citing a recent report documenting the influence of marketing on what children eat. Ads aimed at kids are mostly for high-calorie, low-nutrition food and drinks, according to the government-chartered Institute of Medicine. Wakefield, Mass., mother Sherri Carlson said she tries her best to get her three kids to eat healthy foods. “But then they turn on Nickelodeon and see all those enticing junk-food ads,” Carlson said. “Adding insult to injury, we enter the grocery store and see our beloved Nick characters plastered on all those junky snacks and cereals.” Kellogg spokeswoman Jill Saletta said the company is proud of its contributions to healthy diets and will keep educating people about good nutrition and exercise. A food industry-backed group defended the companies, saying the lawsuit assumes parents can’t turn off televisions, have no control over the food they buy and can’t make their kids go outside to play. “Going out on a limb here, perhaps (Carlson’s) kids want these foods not because of ads, but because they’re children,” said Dan Mindus, spokesman for the Center for Consumer Freedom. The lawsuit seeks to stop the companies from marketing junk food when 15 percent or more of the audience is 8 years old or younger. It targets not only commercials but Web sites, toy giveaways, contests and other marketing aimed at that age group. CSPI said it had analyzed food advertising on Nickelodeon and during Saturday-morning TV shows as well as in magazines and food packages. The majority of the food ads involving both companies were for nutrition-poor foods, CSPI said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“Maybe the Senate’s going to pass something. But I don’t think the House and Senate are going to agree on a bill.” The debate has intensified even as President George W. Bush, who supports a guest worker program, prepares to meet with Mexican President Vicente Fox in Cancun on Thursday to discuss immigration reform. Nearly 500,000 people opposed to legislation that would criminalize illegal immigration massed in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, clogging streets and chanting “Si se puede,” or “Yes we can.” The massive rally, the city’s largest ever, followed protests in other major U.S. cities ahead of Congressional debate on the matter. At the moment the Senate is juggling several proposals, ranging from one by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, which demands that illegal immigrants go home before reapplying for a guest worker visa, to one by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., which would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country after paying fees and fines. Under a two-week deadline set by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Senate Judiciary Committee is working furiously to hammer out differences by Monday. If they don’t reach an agreement, Frist has threatened to take a bill that sidesteps the issue of temporary worker visas directly to the Senate floor. Democrats have threatened a filibuster if that happens. But even opponents of Frist’s plan say it’s more comprehensive than the measure the House passed. “Even the Frist bill is better than the House bill,” said Randy Johnson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of labor and immigration. Hundreds of immigration advocates, including religious leaders, are planning a prayer service on the U.S. Capitol lawn Monday. Members of the clergy are expected to wear handcuffs to symbolize the potential criminalization of illegal immigrants in the House bill. “I’m quite hopeful, frankly,” said Angela Kelly, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration group. “I do think the Senate will take up a sensible solution.” John Gay, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association, also maintains that a number of Republicans who voted last year in favor of the House measure – which makes the act of being an illegal immigrant a felony – now say privately they have “buyers’ remorse.” Others, he notes, openly explained at the time of their vote that they fully expect the Senate to return with a guest worker plan. “We’re in better shape in the House now than we were back in December,” Gay said. Staff writer Mason Stockstill contributed to this report. email@example.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With hundreds of thousands of supporters of immigrant rights taking to the streets in Los Angeles and other cities, activists have grown optimistic that the Senate will produce legislation allowing America’s estimated 11 million undocumented aliens to stay and work in the United States. But instead of claiming victory, many say they’re already looking ahead to the next major battle: closed- door meetings in which lawmakers will have to merge a Senate bill that includes a guest worker provision with a House version that does not. And some say that, with mid-term elections looming, the end result may be no bill at all. “I’d bet a cup of Starbucks, but not much else, that the Senate will pass something bad and it will fall apart in conference committee,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Former court clerk Ciaran Waldron leaves court yesterday. Pic by North West Newspix.A FORMER court clerk has walked free from court after a judge directed that he should be found not guilty on two charges of falsifying High Court documents.Ciaran Waldron, from Riverview, Buncrana, and a former court service employee, was accused of putting the signature of a peace commissioner on High Court papers submitted in Dublin in 2007 and 2008. He had denied the charges as he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Eoin Keane, prosecuting, had earlier told the jury that Mr Waldron was involved in a civil dispute with his then wife Christine O’Kane.They had separated after 26 yeas of marriage in 2006 and Ms O’Kane had gone to the district court on a number of occasions after Mr Waldron had failed to pay maintenance.She told the court that “he only ever paid when he was threatened with jail”.In 2007 and again in 2008 Mr Waldron had submitted judicial review proceedings at the High Court in Dublin.The prosecution alleged that Mr Waldron had forged the name of peace commissioner Stanley Morrow, who has since died.In an interview with gardai, Mr Waldron said it was often the practice at the time for Mr Morrow to sign blank A4 sheets of paper because he was often difficult to locate.He said he had no intention to mislead anyone in the case.However High Court judge Mr Justice McGovern had referred the case to gardai in 2008 after samples of Mr Morrow’s signature kept at the Four Courts were compared to the signature purporting to his on Mr Waldron’s court papers.Hand-writing expert Garda John Sweetman told the court that the signatures on the documents were not those of Mr Morrow. However he could not say who had written them.In the absence of the jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Peter Nolan, barrister for Mr Waldron, submitted an application for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that the evidence was not sufficient to be put before the jury.Judge John O’Hagan agreed and called the jury back into the court and directed that they find Mr Waldron not guilty on both charges.FORMER COURT CLERK FOUND NOT GUILTY OF FALSIFYING COURT DOCUMENTS was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:buncranaCiaran Waldroncourt clerkLetterkenny Circuit Courtnot guilty. Judge John O’Hagan