first_imgMark Glatt61 8 $156,722 5 25% Bob Baffert27 Agapito Delgadillo38 12 1st 2nd 5 Trainer 13 Mario Gutierrez58 14 41% 5 12 12 12% $1,796,776 Drayden Van Dyke85 18 Edwin Maldonado63 Win% $1,009,177 24% 20 11 $549,484 7 Richard Mandella22 6 $214,356 $1,007,634 6 7 39% 26% $501,676 57% 6 Ruben Fuentes98 20 64% Aaron Gryder72 $677,088 55% $503,314 EDWIN MALDONADO RIDING TALL IN THE SADDLE 7 5 10 9 6 Steve Knapp28 12% 18% 11% 5 3 48% 4 19% 47% 14 5 $482,033 49% 48% Kent Desormeaux57 17% $248,162 7 2 8 20 Tiago Pereira109 5 Flavien Prat102 4 15% 16 Heriberto Figueroa41 15% $902,537 Richard Baltas61 10 4 20% $1,099,074 47% 55% Win% 22 6 19% 13 J. Keith Desormeaux27 BAFFERT VIEWS BELMONT FROM AFAR THIS YEARCalifornia will have no equine or trainer representation in today’s 151st Belmont Stakes, final jewel in the Triple Crown, but interest remains from afar.Conspicuous by his absence is Bob Baffert, who swept the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018. That doesn’t mean the Hall of Fame trainer was without an opinion on the Belmont, at a mile and a half the most daunting of the three-year-old classics.“I like Pletcher and Mott,” Baffert said Saturday morning at Clockers’ Corner, alluding to a pair conditioned by Todd Pletcher, 10-1 morning line chance Intrepid Heart and 15-1 Spinoff, in addition to 9-5 morning line favorite Tacitus trained by Bill Mott.Ten horses were entered in the Belmont, with scheduled post time of 3:37 Pacific Time.The field: Joevia, Jose Lezcano, 30-1; Everfast, Luis Saez, 12-1; Master Fencer, Julien Leparoux, 8-1; Tax, Irad Ortiz Jr., 15-1; Bourbon War, Mike Smith, 12-1; Spinoff, Javier Castellano, 15-1; Sir Winston, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Intrepid Heart, John Velazquez, 10-1; War of Will, Tyler Gaffalione, 2-1; and Tacitus, Jose Ortiz, 9-5.LISTING RETURNS TO SPRINT IN DESERT CODEBen Cecil hopes returning to a turf sprint will benefit Listing in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Stakes, a salty event that drew six entrants at five furlongs.A bay son of prolific sire Square Eddie owned by Reddam Racing, Listing won the California Cup Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 26 against state-breds, was second in the Echo Eddie vs. Cal-breds on the main track, and ran a creditable fourth when stretching out to a mile on turf against state-breds in the Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate April 28.After breaking his maiden first out in the restricted I’m Smokin last Aug. 31, he was a distant eighth in the Grade I Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 6 followed by a non-threatening fifth in the Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 3.“He grabbed a quarter in the Champagne,” the trainer explained. “The trip to New York took too much out of him.”As for the Desert Code, Cecil said, “He could be on the sharp side but he’s doing well. I think a mile is probably stretching him a little bit, so this seemed like the logical place to go.There are Cal-bred races down the road, so we can always go back there.”The Desert Code, race six of nine with a 1 p.m. first post time: Ginger Nut, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Listing, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Legends of War, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Rafal, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Alleva, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; and Strictly Biz, Tiago Pereira, 4-1.The Desert Code is named for the winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, who scored at Santa Anita as the longest shot in the race at 36-1 under Richard Migliore on Oct. 25, 2008. David Hofmans trained Desert Code for long-time client Tarabilla Farms.MALDONADO ACHIEVES HIS GOAL BIG TIMEEdwin Maldonado is not the leading jockey at Santa Anita this meet, but at five feet six, he’s certainly among the tallest, and with 13 wins from 63 mounts, a gaudy 21 percent, he is fifth in the standings, thanks in the main to good luck and hard work.The 35-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, realizes competition is keen among riders at The Great Race Place, but he and his agent Vic Lipton adhere to a philosophy of full steam ahead, and it’s paid off.“We’ve been working hard in Southern California since I got back from Oaklawn Park a little over a year ago,” Maldonado said Saturday morning between workouts. “It’s been tough because the competition is stiff, but we never give up.“Vic and I have a good relationship and, if we fall, we rise again. We ride for a lot of different trainers and that gives us many options. I don’t like to have all my eggs in one basket.”Although he was born in Ohio, when he was six his mother returned to her native Puerto Rico. “I was raised there and went to school there,” Maldonado said. “When I turned 18, I came to the States.”Riding was always in his blood and in his family.“My uncle, Manuel Alicea, was a jockey. My grandfather was a jockey, so I wanted to be a jockey ever since I can remember,” said Maldonado, readily recognizable in the mornings donning his familiar red and black garb.“When I was 18, I went to Texas and my uncle taught me how to ride.”In 2001, Maldonado rode his first winner at Assinobia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba,  Canada, the same town where Lipton was born.All these years later, for lack of a better description, call it karma.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT MASSIVE $1,049,222With eight consecutive Grade I stakes, highlighted by the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes coming in from New York, Santa Anita will also offer fans a massive 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $1,049,222 today.With $137,061 in “new” money bet, Friday’s Jackpot pool reached $1,154,902. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 88 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $836.80. Approximate post time for race five that begins the Rainbow Six is 2:05 p.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Blitzkrieg works 4 furlongs. 6-8-19 (O’Neill)Caribou Club works 4 furlongs. 6-8-19 (Proctor)Nolo Contesto (Outside) in company works 5 furlongs. 6-8-19 (Sadler)Cajun Treasure works 4 furlongs. 6-8-19 (Eurton)XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 9th, 2019Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting June 8th, 2019.Game Winner (Outside) and Shocking Fast worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)Roadster worked 5 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baffert)She’s Devoted (Outside) and Rip City worked 3 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Baltas)Square Peggy worked 4 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Koriner)Bitter Ring Home worked 3 furlongs. 6-7-19 (Drysdale) FINISH LINES: With eight racing days remaining in the spring portion of the current meet, Flavien Prat holds a 24-18 lead over runner-up Joe Talamo among jockeys, with Rafael Bejarano and Tiago Pereira tied for third at 17 each. Talamo and Drayden Van Dyke are atop the stakes-won department with four added money wins each…Doug O’Neill leads Richard Baltas among trainers, 20-16, although Baltas leads O’Neill in purse earnings, $1,099,074 to $993,045. Favorites are winning overall at 34.65 percent, but considerably higher on dirt, 39.06 (50 out of 128), than on turf, where they succeed 29 percent of the time (29 of 100). 9 2 9% 33% $485,838 ITM% 16% 21% 15 11% $885,914 13 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 23% 47% 21% CECIL LEANS TOWARDS LISTING IN DESERT CODE 42% $875,492 57% 16% 5 39% 44% 5 $196,479 BAFFERT EYES BELMONT FROM HOME THIS YEAR 47% 6 15% 22% 10 (Current from April 12 through Friday, June 7) 18 6 7 40% 54% 10 48% 5 12 $592,625 3rd John Shirreffs20 8 12 Geovanni Franco80 $626,576 17 5 Money Won 8 $993,045 $235,488 10 3rd 25% 1st 5 7 13 13 Martin Pedroza34 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.34 21% 11 54% Philip D’Amato65 15% 2 4 18% 14 Andrew Lerner11 John Sadler56 12 49% 13 52% $286,941 JockeyMts Jorge Velez46 57% 7 4 18% 48% $749,427 $386,722 11 21% 17 26% $384,642 JACKPOT IS $1,049,222 AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ 13 11 4 0 55% 2nd Mts Vladimir Cerin41 2 $190,005 7 $681,122 18 Money Won $1,186,688 $248,589 Jerry Hollendorfer46 17 Rafael Bejarano106 61% 70% 4 11 5 Doug O’Neill86 Martin Garcia56 7 5 $798,131 5 50% 12% 47% 0 Joseph Talamo94 8 Victor Espinoza53 ITM% $212,105 23% 24 19last_img read more

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More sports in brief

first_imgDhawan ruled out of Sri Lanka tour NEW DELHI (AP): India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who struck a century in the opening game of an ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of a hand injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement yesterday that Dhawan has a hairline fracture on his right hand. Dhawan scored 134 at Galle, but a poor team effort in the second innings saw India lose by 63 runs. The BCCI had earlier on Sunday drafted allrounder Stuart Binny into the side, but did not immediately name a replacement for Dhawan. The remaining two Tests will be played in Colombo – at Sara Oval from Thursday and at Sinhalese Sports Club from August 28. Allrounder Binny to join Test squad NEW DELHI (AP): Allrounder Stuart Binny has been drafted into the Indian team for their ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka. The Board of Control for Cricket in India named Binny as an additional member, taking the squad to 16, after India lost last week’s opening Test in Galle by 63 runs. Binny is expected to lend batting depth to the Virat Kohli-led side that went into the first Test with five specialist bowlers and failed badly in a chase of 176 runs. The second Test starts in Colombo on Thursday. Ramos signs new contract with Real MADRID (AP): Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos signed a new contract yesterday that will tie him to the club for the next five seasons. The 29-year-old Ramos had been linked to interest from Manchester United throughout the offseason. “As I said at my presentation 10 years ago, forming part of this cub is a dream and I want to keep living it as long as possible,” Ramos said at a news conference attended by new coach Rafa Benitez. Neither club nor player revealed the financial details of the contract, but Ramos said he received offers of more money from other clubs. “I know that these negotiations have been drawn out, but my heart has always been here,” Ramos said. “If this had been about money I wouldn’t have stayed.” Since arriving from Sevilla in 2005, Ramos has helped Madrid win one Champions League trophy, three Spanish league titles and two Copa del Rey titles. His injury-time goal in the final of the 2014 Champions League forced extra time, and Madrid ended up beating crosstown rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 for its record 10th European Cup. “Sergio Ramos is a symbol for Madrid’s faithful,” club president Florentino Perez said after Ramos had signed his new deal. Ramos also formed part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning team and their two European champion squads.last_img read more

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His Final Hours

first_imgThe announcement that he would be concealed from the eyes of mortal men for almost half a century did not come as a surprise to him. What concerned the former Liberian president were the intrigues that characterized the entire charade. So while he received the news about his concealment with a sense of foreboding, his mind was afar, hunting the experience he had gone through in The Hague.Though he must count his days, Taylor could only stare blankly at the prison walls, and beads of perspiration formed on his forehead, despite the humming air-condition, with its attendant mild temperature. But in examining the road he traveled so far, Taylor could sense that he should have had a premonition of his eventual fall into the hands of his enemies, especially the day he predicted that he would return, if God willed it. In his temporary prison cell, he knew the die was cast. He had come so far to cross the Rubicon, and yet, the Rubicon was so far away. That his chances of gaining freedom were gone, was nothing much to worry about.All said and done, he had fought a good fight. What else could a mortal do? Now that he had been condemned and presently caged like a violent animal, he willed himself away to God.He thought of his final days in Liberia, and particularly after he was assured of maximum protection by his presidential peers. That day was unlike any other day. It was after much consultation and self-examination before he reached the road of no return. He could see the day of all days. He was dressed in his lovely all-white attire and to the observers, from representatives of the United States to anyone interested in the history making epoch, he appeared well collected in his thoughts and in high spirit.But before he came to deliver his last farewell and departure message to the Liberian people, he had had the time to shed sincere tears at his residence. He could not understand why life was haunting him. Well, by every account he had reached the end of it. And it was either he remained stubborn and died like Samuel Doe, or he learned from history and preserved his life. He had chosen the latter and here he was on his way to deliver a message, clearly explaining the major reason he was about to give up the throne and not only that but also leave Liberia, at least, he believed, for a while. After the initial salutations, Charles Taylor appeared emotionally overpowered. His voice was somber, reflecting the days he had wept for the decision he knew he must make.In a voice indicating a man who had lost any hope he had for redemption, Charles Taylor justified the actions of the war. “The people’s revolution had been justified as former President Samuel Doe’s administration was corrupt and responsible for numerous atrocities and human rights abuses.” He knew too much was at stake, but the soon to be forgotten president was prepared to claim self-righteousness for the destruction of Liberia. He told of the beginning of the LURD rebels and pointed accusing fingers at the United States.“Our friend and ally the United States refused to acknowledge the existence of war,” Taylor said, with reference to the LURD rebels. In the beginning, many entertained the belief that there was nothing like the LURD rebels and that Taylor was creating imaginary enemies to keep himself in power. “The international community, led by the United States and Britain, had denied Liberians the right to defend themselves by imposing arms embargo,” he said. Since he had lost all shades of trust, the international community realized that it was too dangerous to allow the government to make arm purchases for the war.So now that he was being sent away, Taylor went on, “A UN travel ban prevented government officials from visiting Western nations to defend our cause and timber sanctions starved our country of revenue.”“[The United States] caused this war… but we appreciate their presence. They can call off their dogs now,” Taylor said bitterly. After a lengthy diatribe against the United States, Taylor said, “I’ve decided to make the ultimate sacrifice, and be the “sacrificial lamb”, the “whipping boy.” That was the crust of the matter. Presently, Taylor recognized that he was day-dreaming and doing a lot of thinking. Why did he forget his own prophetic message that he was a sacrificial lamb? Now he was seeing the writing clearly on the wall. The only difference was that he was seeing it on the prison walls. Long before he agreed to go into exile and spared Liberia of bloodshed, he failed to note that he was a doomed figure of little or no consequence. And whatever anger he had against the United States and Great Britain, he realized that he was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. His disappointment was the extreme power that other countries wielded over others.But he considered the ultimate sacrifice, which hung over him like the sword of Damocles: “I must stop fighting now.” But was Taylor making the decision out of fear? No, that could not be. He said, “I do not stop out of fear of the fight. I stop now out of love for you. For me it is no longer important that I fight. What is important is that you live and there is peace.” Like a dream, Taylor remembered his parting words to a stunned nation. It was a period of tears, anger and frustration. And he was right for hundreds wept for him, as he deliberated on the difficult road he had traveled with them.“I’m stepping down from office of my own volition,” Taylor declared. “No one can take credit for asking me to step down.” But he knew that was not true and so in the same breath, he contradicted himself, for leaving Liberia was too hard for him. “I did not want to leave this country,” Taylor said, choked with emotion, “I can say I am being forced into exile.” But now he was concerned about the suffering in Liberia. He said: “I can no longer see you suffer, the suffering is enough.” All along Taylor was fighting back tears while the women wept for him. The parting was unbearable! But in his characteristic manner, Taylor prophesized: “God willing,” he said, “I will be back.” Remembering these thoughts ignited the sentiments of sorrow and regret that had buried deep in his heart. He wanted to return as a triumphant leader and not as a fugitive in shackles. Taylor saw it as the end of the world.For all his troubles in this world, Charles Taylor believed he was a good man. Though the world considered him otherwise, he had always believed that there was much humanity in him. The fact that he had been condemned for events he was far away from fitted his conclusion that he was like a sacrificial lamb, being disposed of for others. Yes, he made the ultimate sacrifice and willingly allowed himself to be sent into, what he had thought, would have been a brief exile, where he could have returned home to the loving arms of his people.For the last couple of hours, Taylor had been reviewing the road he had traveled so far and the people who had all contributed, and ganged up against him. Questions that kept coming back to him were: was my sacrifice, since the epoch year of 1989 invasion of Liberia, worth it? What did he achieve so far that now that he would spend fifty years sitting in jail, he could look back on as his legacy? His heart beat faster and the thought that he was a failure or had been a failure because of the involvement and manipulations of powerful nations frustrated him. For the last fourteen years, whatever he thought he was determined to achieve for Liberia and its people failed miserably. But was he really a failure?Even if he was, he reasoned it was due to the involvement of powerful nations who had some stakes in the matter. “It was a system of divide and rule as usual,” he said to himself. “And the African just went for it, swallowing it without asking any question.”Then his mind went on the period when the revolution was launched. With hundreds and even thousands of volunteer soldiers, his forces swarmed across the entire land mass of Liberia. While his forces made significant gains, thousands of the young soldiers died, or were cut down by the enemy. As he reflected in German, “Heute rot, morgen tot,” in which by the rough understanding, meant, “Today red, tomorrow dead. Here today, gone tomorrow.” He was bitter that many thousands of his teenage soldiers in arms were gone.Taylor believed that his teenage soldiers who died for the revolution were the real heroes of the Liberian war. In pain, the former president reflected in Latin, “Heu, vitam perdidi, operose nihil agendo,” in which it is translated, “Alas, I have wasted my life, industriously doing nothing.” He could argue against that opinion since he succeeded in removing the despot whom at the time all Liberians, with some exception, wanted to be removed from the throne. Perhaps, Taylor realized that the lessons of the Liberian war could mean that at least one should not base his hopes in adventures that may eventually call into question the real motive. Like Ovid, (in Metamorphoses, 1, 190), Taylor could say, “Immedicable vulnus ense recidendum est ne pars sincera trahatur,” meaning, “An incurable wound must be cut out lest the sound part be infected.” This was the principle he had applied when he launched the ill-fated war. And still, it is what his enemies would want him to experience. He was highly convinced that he was on the right side of history. His captors provided a pseudo “Onus probandi” that is to say, “the burden of proof,” for the crimes he was accused of. At least he had shown to the world that he was a man who stood up against a tyrant and won. So now that he was being sent away for good, he could say, in a manner of consolation that, “Here the Man.” He looked at the temporary prison walls, and by calculation, he knew he had been up for the last four hours, unable to sleep, since he heard the number of years he would be put away. Even he realized that nature had denied him repose.It is the beginning of a long and a tortuous road that would eventually destroy him. Ghankay knew, and had been aware that the world had already condemned him. But, whether the condemnation would lead to his death, he did not care. In those days where he was king in what he described as Greater Liberia, he remembered how the youths had sung his praises.“Anybody say no more Taylor we’ll kill you like a dog…”“Ghankay?”“Our leader.”“Looting?”“Our pay.”Those were the days that had passed like a dream. He heard a voice from afar and the former Liberian chief executive stretched his head to see what it was. The time was far spent. He felt his body sagging and he leisurely lowered his head; his eyes shining as he thought about the end of his adventures, for fifty years may be too much to carry on his shoulders.The EndShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Disher to captain Huskies for upcoming season

first_imgKody Disher may have joined the Fort St. John Huskies part way through last season, but the impact he had on the team was evident on and off the ice. As a way of recognizing his contributions last season, Disher will be captaining this year’s Huskies squad, starting with the team’s training camp at the end of August.Assistant coach Todd Alexander said Disher has been nothing but a positive addition to the club when he came on board part way through last season.“He made a good impact on the team last year when he was able to be in the line-up as he was playing from afar,” he said. “He’s a very committed individual. He’s an individual that not only talks about things but he backs them up not only with his fitness but his play on ice.”- Advertisement -Having Disher as captain brings a change in leadership style. The team’s captains over the past few years have been more of a lead by example type, while he tends to be more vocal.“He’s also a very vocal leader in the dressing room as well,” Alexander said. “I think it’s something that we’ve been missing over the last few years. Nothing against the guys that we’ve had in the past but they’ve been more of the quiet type. I think we need a gentleman like Disher to step up to the plate and help out the coaching staff a little bit more.”The Huskies are slated to be on the ice for the first time this season August 28-30 as the team begins their training camp for the 2015-2016 season.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe 13th annual Lifford 5K Road Race and Walk will be held this Friday evening 13th June with a start time of 7.15pm.This race is one of the longest established on the Donegal Grand Prix circuit and has traditionally attracted some of the biggest fields of athletes from the elite level through to the recreational runner. The circuit is one of the few town centred races on the Grand Prix circuit with the narrow streets and numerous viewing vantage points guaranteeing an excellent race atmosphere.The popularity of this race has been evident since its inception in 2002 with large numbers taking part and growing year on year.In 2011, Pauric McKinney’s course record of 14.59 was smashed, with two athletes running sub 14.40, Letterkenny AC’s Patrick Brennan running 14.34 to hold the current course record.Clearly then, the Lifford race is one of the key races that athletes make a point of attending and has been a happy hunting ground for fast times and personal bests. The Lifford club has the added bonus of €200 for the course record of 14.34 to be broken.Last year, the club had an added feature of a Team Prize with the first four from each club to score.The inaugural holders of the perpetual shield are the mens City of Derry Spartans and the Finn Valley womens teams who are not expected to give up their titles without a fight again this year.Lifford AC has been consistently striving for the best possible race experience for participants and yet again, there will be prizes for Seniors and Juniors as well as Masters categories for 35,40,45,50,55,60 for both men and women and spot prizes for all race participants.Chip timing will be an added feature yet again this year, along with changing, showers, parking, First Aid, post race water station and refreshments, as well a warm up track and port-loos at the start line.A fast course, the route has been certified for its accuracy and the race holds a current AAI permit. With the country enjoying a running boom at present and Fit 4 Life and Couch to 5K groups springing up everywhere, the numbers taking part tomorrow evening are expected to swell even further.As a result, athletes are encouraged to pre enter on and arrive early on the race evening. Registration on the evening and number/chip collection will be at the athletic track from 5.30pm and will close at 7pm, the race starting on the Letterkenny Road at 7.15pm sharp.For further information, contact Brendan O’Donnell on 086-6007847.13TH ANNUAL LIFFORD 5K ROAD RACE TAKES PLACE THIS FRIDAY THE 13TH was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:athleticsLifford 5KNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Uganda Cranes players refuse to train ahead of Senegal clash

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019DR CongoEgyptSebastien DesabretopUganda Craneszimbabwe The Uganda Cranes will take on Senegal in the round of 16.The Uganda Cranes are currently the talk of town as they continue to impress at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Sebastien Desabre’s side reached the knockout stages of the competition on Sunday night, despite losing 0-2 to the hosts in a game in which they gave a very good account of themselves.Sunday’s result meant Uganda had finished second in the group with four points, having defeated DR Congo in the first game and then drawn 1-1 with Zimbabwe.The round of 16 will see them take on Senegal on Friday night and despite going into the game as underdogs, the feeling back home is that, Uganda can shock the Lions of Teranga.However, as the fans look forward to the game, it seems the players are not.According to Football 256, the players refused to train on Tuesday, demanding payment of their allowances.The team was supposed to have a session at the Cairo International Stadium at 7pm (EAT), but did not turn up.After reaching one of the players, Football 256, reports that the unnamed player was bitter, claiming that he and his peers need their allowances before resuming preparations for the game against Senegal.“We are not training today, we need our allowances, he said.“You guys (journalists) report that we have been cleared yet in actual sense, we have not.“So we are putting our tools down until something is done.It was reported on Tuesday, June 25th, that the players had received UGX 16.6m following the victory over DR Congo and it is also understood that their qualification bonuses where cleared before the tournament.PML Daily is yet to establish which allowances have not been paid.Each Cranes player is entitled to $4000 for each victory and $200 for a draw.Comments last_img read more

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$90bn boost to Africa’s economy

first_imgAFDB seeks to develop Africa’s infrastructure.(Image: Nasa ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Antoinette BatumubwiraAfrican Development Bank+216 71 10 39 00+216 71 35 19 33batumubwira@afdb.orgRELATED ARTICLES• Eassy to go live soon• Improved maize for Africa• Funding hope for Zim economy?• Light for Africa Bongani NkosiThe capital base of the African Development Bank (AFDB) is set to increase by 200%, giving the institution more capacity to meet the needs of countries on the continent, particularly low-income ones.The bank announced the plan by its funders to increase its capital base to US$90-billion on 24 April, following the 11th meeting of the Group Board of Governors Consultative Committee in Washington DC on 23 April – on the sidelines of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund spring meetings.A final decision on the increase is expected to be announced at the bank’s annual meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which runs from 27 to 28 May. AFDB’s funders, which will finance the increase, include the 53 African nations and 24 other countries around the world.AFDB said the “substantial increase” will allow it to maintain a higher level of lending to African governments and the private sector. The increase comes against the backdrop of “overwhelming demand in all countries” for funding, it said.The waning global economic recession, which did not spare the continent, almost exhausted the bank’s funds. “In response to the financial crisis, the bank had front-loaded its commitments, put in place new instruments to facilitate trade, and restructured its portfolio,” the AFDB said in a statement.As a result of high funding demand, the bank had used its available resources more quickly than previously expected, it said.Softening impact on Africa“We acted decisively to limit the impact of the financial crisis and recession on Africa, said Donald Kaberuka, AFDB’s president. “Our response significantly helped Africa weather the storm of the crisis, but the massive increase in demand for financing has brought us close to our lending limits.”One of the more sizeable bailouts by the Tunis-based AFDB was made to Botswana in June 2009. The $1.5-billion budget support loan was intended to aid that Southern African country’s 2009/10 deficit, which was caused by the country’s GDP contraction after the price of diamonds and other commodities plummeted.AFDB has, however, predicted that Africa’s economy will grow steadily in 2010. In a recent report it projected growth of more than 4% and a combined GDP of about $1.5-trillion for this period.The economy of the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to show the highest growth rate of about 11.8%, the bank said.Uganda received an AFDB loan worth $136.6-million on 12 April to go towards road upgrades and job creation projects in the East African country. Other recent beneficiaries are Burkina Faso, which was granted a loan of $38-million, and Togo, which received $36-million.‘Increase is historical’AFDB has described the 200% increase as historical. “I am delighted by this decision. This is a historic moment for us, and a signal of strong confidence in the bank,” Kaberuka noted.“With this capital increase we will be better able to meet the needs of African countries, including low-income countries, and help them return to the previous high rates of growth,” he added.AFDB’s boost weighs in slightly more than the $86-billion capital base increase from the World Bank, which was also announced after the meeting in Washington DC.The World Bank is also expected to assist Africa’s developing countries through lending schemes, such as the recently approved a $3.75-billion loan to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility.Hopefully, the loan will lead to a more sustainable supply of electricity here and help finance the coal-fired Medupi power station, being built in Limpopo, as well as the country’s first large wind- and concentrated solar-powered plants.last_img read more

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Using theatre to educate

first_imgRob Murray and Lysander Barends star in Gumbo.(Image: FTH:K)  What does it mean to “listen with your eyes”?It may sound like a symptom of synaesthesia, the neurological condition in which input from different sensory organs gets confused. This, however, is no medical diagnosis. Instead, it’s an invigorating piece of advice from a unique group of theatre-makers to their prospective audiences.Unique in South Africa, From the Hip: Khulumakahle or FTH:K is a rare creative collaboration – a deaf/hearing theatre company.The brainchild of Tanya Surtees and Rob Murray, FTH:K was formed officially in 2005. The duo had previously studied drama together at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape province, and, after commencing their professional careers, they found that their respective theatrical ambitions merged.As Surtees explains, “Rob wanted to establish a company of clowns, emphasising physical theatre and comedy. I have always been passionate about working in the deaf community. It seemed natural that this should result in a performance style focusing on the visual rather than the aural.”Facilitating communicationThe company has a three-fold mission: communicate, educate, fascinate. Khuluma kahle is isiZulu for “speak well” – and FTH:K’s aim is to facilitate communication, both between and within deaf and hearing participants. They do this by fascinating their audiences, not just through visual pageantry but by telling enthralling stories involving enigmatic characters.The educational imperative is manifested in various projects. Tell-Tale Signs, a programme piloted at the Dominican School for the Deaf in Cape Town, has since been introduced elsewhere in the Western Cape province, notably at Noluthando School for the Deaf in the Cape Flats township of Khayelitsha and within the deaf community of Worcester, and further across the country.Current company members such as Marlon Snyders, Tomri Steyn and Christo Beukes gained their first theatre experience through the Tell-Tale Signs course.In addition to promoting literacy, theatre making and project management skills amongst deaf learners, FTH:K has also teamed up with sign language education and development organisation SLED. All hearing company members learn South African sign language.Attention to detailAmongst avid theatre-goers in Cape Town and at the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, FTH:K has become known for its careful stage-craft and polished physical performance, paying acute attention to the nuances of gesture, mime and other forms of non-verbal communication, along with the inventive use of puppetry, masks and props.The company’s work to date has exhibited a range of narrative material, genre and tone, from endearing comedy to disturbing gothic visions.Pictures of You is a meditation on marriage, probing beneath the mundane surface of a quiet domestic life to expose the repressed jealousies, deceits and dreams that accumulate over the course of a life spent together. Gumbo is a love story of a different kind, one in which a young couple are brought together under unlikely and unhappy circumstances and make a daring escape.Quack! explores the dark heart of human ambition and the ways in which charismatic individuals can exploit their dominance over others – showing that modern-day doctors, scientists and politicians can also potentially fill the archetypal roles of quack healer, despot and alchemist.FTH:K’s latest production Womb Tide differs from these earlier shows as it is based on an existing script by playwright Lara Foot. When Womb Tide was first performed in 1996, it told the tale of an unconventional romance and a complicated family in a dysfunctional society set in South Africa in the mid- to late-twentieth century, through measured dialogue.The play has retained its memorable characters and setting but is now a predominantly visual piece of theatre starring Liezl de Kock – who appeared in Pictures of You, Gumbo and Quack! – and Daniel Buckland, fresh from a stint with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Buckland is the son of local theatre veteran Andrew Buckland.Although advised to “listen with your eyes”, hearing audience members are able to enjoy a rich and evocative soundtrack designed by James Webb, who has produced haunting soundscapes for previous FTH:K works. The company has established numerous partnerships with South African artists such as Janni Younge, winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for theatre, who produced masks and puppets for Quack! and Pictures of You.Womb Tide will open in November at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre.Cultural exchangesIn 2011 FTH:K will perform at QuestFest, a visual theatre festival at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, and the Imbewu Contemporary South African Theatre Festival in New York. This is not the first time that the company has toured overseas – they have already travelled to Germany and Argentina – but it is a particularly exciting prospect because it forms part of a broader three-year project that will allow FTH:K to expand its interaction with other deaf/hearing partnerships internationally.“We believe that learning doesn’t only take place within the four walls of a classroom,” notes Surtees. “These cultural exchanges help those involved to understand not only the ways in which life experiences in various countries differ, but also how there are particular experiences that are specific to deaf people in different parts of the world.”Murray, De Kock, Emilie Starke and other FTH:K members have initiated a project dubbed A Conspiracy of Clowns, which they describe as “a flexible collective of professional theatre makers, clowns, directors, designers, physical performers and writers nationwide”.If they are conspiring, as FTH:K have done, to communicate, educate, and fascinate then South African and global audiences should welcome the conspiracy. In a country where deaf/hearing divisions add to language, race and other potential barriers to communication, theatre that privileges the visual and the physical offers a vital opportunity to achieve mutual understanding.last_img read more

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Lionel gets Messi! Barca star faces probe in tax fraud case

first_imgA Spanish judge refused to drop charges against Messi and ordered a probe in case of suspected tax evasionA Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.A court statement said there was “sufficient evidence” to believe the Barcelona and Argentina star “could have known and consented” to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights.The statement was issued by the court in Gava, Barcelona, that was initially called on by prosecutors to investigate if there was a case for Messi and his father to answer.In June, Messi’s public relations firm said a prosecutor had agreed to drop the tax fraud case against the player and his father.Messi’s father, Jorge Horacio Messi, is under investigation for an alleged 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.Messi’s father made a payment of more than 5 million euros ($6.6 million) in August 2013 to cover alleged unpaid taxes, plus interest.Monday’s statement said it was not necessary for Messi “to have full knowledge of all accounting or corporate transactions or the exact amount of the fraud” for him to have had a clear idea of an intention to defraud.Once the investigating judge finishes his deliberations, he will give the Tax Office and the State Prosecutor’s office 10 days to come up with a strong case against Messi or a final decision to dismiss the case.advertisementShould the judge, backed by a new decision from tax and prosecution authorities, rule the case against Messi must go ahead with an indictment, the Barcelona star would have to appear in court to be questioned.Spain has been cracking down on tax evasion as it fights to repair the country’s public finances after a prolonged recession triggered by the collapse of its once-booming real estate sector.Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro warned footballers they should make sure they were “comfortable” with their tax affairs.last_img read more

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Boxing: Miguel Berchelt dispatches Jonathan Barros inside three rounds

first_imgAdvertisementThe Mexican star was able to pick up his third consecutive defense of his belt he won from Francisco Vargas in January of last year. Berchelt opened the bout in front of his hometown faithful by trying to establish his jab. In less than a minute into the fight, it was blatantly obvious that Barros was in over his head tonight in Yucatan, Mexico.As the second round began, Berchelt started to open up his arsenal a bit. He landed a solid left hook that sent Barros on the mat looking up. The former champion was able to beat the count and survive the round as the bell rang before the referee called for the two to resume the action.When Barros came out for round three he looked as if he was merely trying to survive. It didn’t take long before Berchelt was able to drop the challenger again. Barros got up and tried to carry on but the onslaught of punishment continued until Barros was down for a third time, although the referee waved the knockdown off as he seemed to rule it a slip.This time, however, there would be no continuing for Barros as his corner jumped in the ring to stop the bout at the 1:53 mark of round number three. Barros argued with his corner at first as it did seem a bit premature although it appeared to only be a matter of time before the Argentine native wouldn’t physically be able to keep going.Berchelt improves to 34-1 with 30 of those wins coming by knockout. The victory marked his 13th win in a row and he looked sharp and strong tonight. He will likely move on from here to face his mandatory challenger Mickey Roman (59-12, 46KO) in what promises to be a potential Fight of the Year candidate.Advertisementlast_img read more

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