Top nominees – Usain, Elaine expected to lead RJR Sports Awards nominations

first_img THREE MEDALS FOR ATKINSON Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are expected to lead nominations for the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, with the selection committee set to make those announcements today. Bolt, who returned to the island with three gold medals from the Rio 2016 Games after his 100m, 200m and 4x100m success, is the favourite for what would be a record seventh National Sportsman of the Year award, a nod that would make him the joint most successful male recipient and second only to Merlene Ottey in the overall tally. Boxer Michael McCallum has also won seven Sportsman of the Year awards, while Ottey has won a remarkable 13 National Sportswoman of the Year awards. Fellow speedster Elaine Thompson ended the season as the most dominant female sprinter in the world, winning double gold in the 100m and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay. She also finished the season unbeaten in the 100m and duly won the Diamond Race title in the event. Underlining her class, Thompson registered the three fastest times in 2016 the 100m (10.70, 10.71 and 10.72) and the two fastest times in the 200m (21.78 and 21.85). Other Olympic standouts such as Omar McLeod, the first ever Jamaican gold medal winner in the 110m hurdles and Shericka Jackson, bronze medallist in the 400m, and 100m bronze medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are also expected to be named among the nominees for the highly coveted award. Fraser-Pryce was the female recipient of last year’s Sportswoman of the Year award. Swimmer Alia Atkinson, the 2014 female recipient, had a disappointing time in the pool in Rio but bounced back tremendously since leaving Brazil to break the record in the short course 50m breaststroke at the Swimming World Cup stop in Tokyo, Japan, touching the wall at 28.64 seconds, shaving 16th hundredth of a second off the old mark. Atkinson also recently claimed three medals at the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Windsor, Canada, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley. Track and field has been Jamaica’s most successful sport, and it certainly reflects in the winners of this award, with athletics dominating the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards over the years. In its previous 57 stagings, 27 track and field athletes have walked away with top honours among men, with 49 winners among the females. Before Atkinson’s nod in 2014, the last non-track and field connected woman to win the award was Vivalyn Latty-Scott in 1976. 2014 represented a departure of sorts as boxer Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters also claimed the male award, making it only the second time in 15 years that a track and field athlete had not won the award. The 2016 RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards will take place on January 13, 2017.last_img read more

Ex- Commerce Minister Beysolow Freed in US$5M Case

first_imgWithout taking the witness stand to exonerate herself from the allegation that she took part in the unauthorized sale of the Japanese oil grant, which cost government over US$5million in loses, Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘C’, yesterday dismissed the charges against former Commerce Minister Miatta Beysolow.Judge Paye’s action means that the government doesn’t have any more claim against the former minister regarding her role in the sale of the oil grant the proceeds of which were intended to help in the socio-economic development of the country but which government claimed were diverted.Minister Beysolow’s lawyers had earlier argued that although she served as minister during the oil sale, she was not involved in the sale.It was even alleged that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) only recommended to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to take administrative action against Beysolow for not doing enough to supervise the sale of the oil.Relying upon those documents from the two anti-graft institutions, Judge Paye ruled that there is no evidence to allow former Minister Beysolow to be prosecuted in his court, thereby accepting the request to drop the charges against her.He further stated that the indictment failed to link her as one of the facilitators to the crime.Minister Beysolow, together with T. Nelson Williams, Jr., former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC); Aaron Wheagar, former Managing Director for operations at the LPRC; Steve Flahn-Paye, Commerce Ministry’s Director for Price Analysis and Marketing; and Aminata and Sons, Inc., were jointly indicted by the LACC.LACC initially claimed that the Minister in August 2011 personally executed the syndicate along with the co-defendants by handpicking Aminata & Sons, a wholesale and retail petrol dealer, without a competitive bid process, to distribute and sell the Japanese petroleum products, in violation of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) Act. They misapplied over US $5million from the sale of the products, LACC claimed.However, Beysolow’s lawyers in counter argument said after conducting an investigation into the matter, the General Auditing Commission (GAC) cleared their client of participating in the sale of the oil grant.Besides the GAC investigation, the lawyers said that LACC’s internal investigation also cleared Beysolow of any involvement in the arrangement and sale of the products.According to the lawyers, both the LACC and GAC recommended to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to take administrative action against Minister Beysolow for not doing much to supervise the sale of the donated oil grant from the Japanese Government.Although the lawyers argued that Beysolow was serving as minister when the oil grant was donated to the government, she was not in the country when the other co-defendants entered into the agreement with Aminata & Sons to determine the selling price of the product.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cabinet could discuss possibly releasing all Govt MoUs – Harmon

first_imgFollowing Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge avoiding questions after signing a multimillion-dollar loan with China, Guyana’s Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said on Monday that Government’s senior ministers could discuss the possibility of disclosing all agreements.This comes as concerns grow over loans being possible debt traps to Guyana ahead of the realisation of the emergent oil and gas sector.Speaking at his post-Cabinet press conference on Monday, Harmon also signalled that Government could move towards constructing a paved highway from Linden to Lethem under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.“Yes, this was one of the matters that were raised; the question of the road between Lethem and Linden and going through … this has actually been on our agenda from the time we came into office,” the Minister of State noted.However, ahead of any possible signing of this and any future projects, media operatives questioned Harmon on whether or not the Administration would be poised to release the Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs).“I don’t know that there’s a call being made for every Memorandum of Understanding signed between a bilateral or multilateral agency for every single MoU to be made public. If that’s the call you’re making, then certainly Cabinet will have to determine that, but MoUs are signed by Governments worldwide,” the Government spokesperson identified.After Guyana signed a MoU on Energy Sector Cooperation with neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, Government signed a US$52 million concession loan for a broadband project in addition to another ‘economic and technical cooperation’ agreement. Media operatives highlighted transparency concerns at the post-Cabinet press briefing.Ahead of today’s scheduled Cabinet discussion, Harmon, however, said that agreements could be revealed once there were no security concerns and they were within the public’s interest. After the signing with Trinidad, details of the MoU were seen in the local press the following day but the same was not done for the Guyana-China deal.It was in July 2018 that the Foreign Affairs Minister signed another MoU with Chinese Ambassador Cui Jianchun to enhance cooperation in five main areas: policy coordination, facilities connectivity, trade and investment, financial integration, and people-to-people interaction. Public infrastructure was also expected to be a major focus under this agreement.At that time, Greenidge hinted at the possibility of the currently deplorable Linden-Lethem road being financed under this initiative. He had said: “We have been speaking to all bilateral and multilateral partners. During our discussions with the Brazilians, we did discuss and explore the possibility of using funding from the Latin America-China Funds to fund the road. That is something very much on the cards, and something we are working on.”In July 2017, members of a ministerial team from Guyana visited their counterparts in neighbouring Brazil, during which it was agreed that both countries would provide financial resources for the engineering and design of the Linden-Lethem road.It was reported that the two countries would be working closely with the People’s Republic of China to access a US$50 billion China Select Fund to complete this critical piece of infrastructure that holds great potential in terms of integrating the two countries and improving trade between the neighbours and the Caribbean.Minister Greenidge had noted that another major project that can benefit from this MoU with China is the new Demerara River Bridge, which Government was working on constructing to replace the Demerara Harbour Bridge, which has far outlived its 10-year lifespan.The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese Government with the intention of promoting economic cooperation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes.last_img read more

Accuser’s former landlady advised

first_imgAssassination claim– CoI hearsThe Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger on Wednesday heard that Andrif Gillard’s former Landlady, Luanna “Diva” Walker, advised him to ‘wuk obeah’ on Nizam Khan, rather than going toLuanna Walkerthe Police to report details of the alleged plot.In a statement to the Police on July 19, 2017, Walker said she knew Gillard for over six years and about three years ago, she opened a salon and rented a barber station to the accuser. She related that during that time, she had to make several reports to the Police station because Gillard would not pay her the rental fee.She told the Police that one morning, Gillard came over by her and made a proposal offering her a spot to move her salon, where he had his taxi service but she declined. Walker added that she then questioned him further and he related that he moved to a new location since Nizam Khan was instrumental in getting him kicked out of the place he was presently in.“I then ask Andrif how he know that and he said “I does know anything I want to know, when I done with he, I gon give everybody thing fuh talk.” I then told Andrif that he must not do Nizam nothing because he must remember he get a son and he told me he don’t have to beat nobody he will lost him away in jail. I then said to Andrif how you mean you gon lost he away in jail, what you gon do to him, you gon plant something on him or set he up with a gun, and he (Andrif) said ‘no’. He said I got better things to do; when I done with he everybody gon believe because people know me and he is friends and when I done plan I gon go and say that he pay me to kill (President) Granger. I then told Andrif not to do that,” Walker told the Police.When she took to the stand before the Commission, she was unable to clearly answer the questions posed to her; rather she was focused on relaying the impression that Gillard was abusive to his wife.The Commission’s attorney, James Bond, noted that Walker’s statement lacked date, time and names and he tried to establish a timeline when the alleged conversation took place but the task proved to be a challenging one.Walker informed that the conversation took place sometime in 2017 before Gillard made the report on March 29 while noting that she cannot recall the month ‘but it was not too long before he reported it.’In her initial statement, Walker claimed Gillard said that he would go to the Police and say Nizam offered him money to kill Granger but that changed slightly when she testified on Wednesday.“When I do what I got to do to the man (Nizam) I gon lost he away in jail because you know how long he come tell me that he want I kill the President,” she testified.She related that she tried to dissuade him from doing that and offered him a solution. “I even go so far in telling Andrif that is best he (Andrif) go wuk lil obeah somewhere on the man before you do something like that,” she suggested.As she continued her testimony, the details began getting even sketchier since Walker was unable to remember the name of the attorney who advised her to make a statement in the matter. What added more questions to the woman’s testimony is the fact that she did not know the location or the name of the Police Station at which the statement was given.Corporal Jermain Laundry of the Major Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department, Eve Leary, took the statement. However, when he testified on July 21, Laundry failed to inform or submit the statement to the Commission.On Wednesday, Laundry related that after he took the statement he handed over it to Assistant Superintendent of Police Mitchell Caesar.The public hearing aspect of the CoI comes to an end on Friday when Gillard will take the stand once again. The final report is expected to be submitted to the President on August 18.last_img read more

‘If Liverpool want my opinion, I’ll give it’ – Van Dijk talks up De Ligt talent

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Ajax centre-back has impressed for club and country, giving a very mature performance during the Netherlands’ Nations League victory over Germany last month.Ronald Koeman’s side have two tough tests in the new competition against France at home on Friday (a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2) and Germany away on Monday with promotion to the last four not out of the question.And van Dijk said Liverpool’s broad scouting network will be very aware of de Ligt’s talents.Van Dijk told De Telegraaf: “He [de Ligt] is already very far, especially at that age. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM De Ligt in action during his country’s Nations League victory over Germany Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND 3 3 3 RANKED “A good defender, good boy, calm, knows what he wants and hopefully he makes the right choice in his next step.“He will be on the list, because they have enough scouts at the club.”Asked if he’d be the best scout because he plays next to de Ligt, van Dijk said: “No, but if they need my opinion at Liverpool, I’ll give it.”Liverpool fans call on Jurgen Klopp to sign Matthijs de Ligt LATEST moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Van Dijk, who was made Netherlands captain earlier this year, has dramatically improved the Reds’ leaky defence from last season.He has developed a formidable partnership with Joe Gomez as Liverpool lie second in the Premier League after twelve games. Van Dijk is one of the world’s highest rated defenders and has been impressed with de Ligt’s displays REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Virgil van Dijk believes Netherlands defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt will be on Liverpool’s radar.De Ligt, 19, is one of Europe’s rising stars and has been linked with moves to clubs including van Dijk’s Liverpool as well as Manchester City, Tottenham and Juventus. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Liverpool’s defence has made great strides since van Dijk’s arrival and Gomez’s return to full fitnesslast_img read more

Letterkenny flood threat prompts call for meeting with OPW

first_imgThe new Letterkenny-Milford council is seeking a meeting with the Office of Public Works to discover what challenges and opportunities they are focusing on for Letterkenny.The call came from Cllr Ciaran Brogan this week, who said that the new council should be updated on the work of the OPW.“This is a new council and new members. We hear a lot of talk about the flood plains and climate change. I think it’s an opportunity to meet with the OPW and see exactly what they are doing,” Cllr Brogan said. Much of Letterkenny’s retail centre is built on a flood plain. Cllr Brogan said that the members should be informed of recent works and plans to address challenges facing Letterkenny. He added that having a river so close to the town also brings huge opportunities, but raw sewage had prevented any development in the past. Now, with the Letterkenny Sewage Scheme underway, the councillor said that plans such as a walk along the Swilly could be explored again.Cllr Ian McGarvey, who seconded the motion, added that “Letterkenny is an area that is definitely under threat and there’s no reason whatsoever why we can’t meet with the OPW.” He said a meeting would help inform members to know what must be done to alleviate flooding risks in the town.Letterkenny flood threat prompts call for meeting with OPW was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 9, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180209_RyanMartinTwo dramatically different forecasts this morning over Ohio, depending on where you are. Over NW Ohio, snow is falling and will fall through most of the day. We don’t think this snow makes it much farther south than US 30 in NW Ohio. However, the action then kind of tails off farther east. We still see some good snows across Lake Erie, and up into Canada, but over north central and northeast Ohio are not as likely, as temps climb to near freezing. Farther south, clouds hold between US 30 and I-70 though a large part of the day, but south of 70, we can see some sun. In fact, lots of warm air is surging north over Ohio, and we could see three quarters of the state at or above freezing for highs this afternoon. Back to NW Ohio, snow totals there can be 3-8 inches down to US 20, and 1-3 down to US 30. But, again, snows tail off the farther east you go. The moderating air coming up over a large part of the state means this snow up north and west will be of the heavy, wet variety, which also weighs on our forecasts this morning. The map below shows snow accumulations through early tomorrow (Saturday) morning.We are not done with snow after this. In fact, we have a cold front that sweeps through tomorrow and Sunday that can bring an additional 1-3” to 80% of the state. This front brings in much colder air to the south, and should leave minor snow accumulations all the way down to the Ohio River. The biggest snow totals will run over the northern half to third of Ohio for the weekend.Bitter cold air is still on the way behind that frontal complex. We expect to wake up to subzero temps over almost all of the northern half of the state Monday morning. South of I-70, temps will also be chilly, but should remain in the single digits to low teens. Sunshine will dominate as we move through Monday. After the cold start to the week, we have temps moderate a bit Tuesday, before a front sags in for Wednesday. Cold air comes in behind this front and dominates over the northern half of the state, but south of the front, we see some moisture interacting with the front over the southern half of the state, and we think we need to put some .05”-.25” rains in for Wednesday morning and midday, from I-70 southward. Cold air races in quickly behind the rains. High pressure dominates next Thursday and temps climb again on Friday. We do have some scattered light snow showers possible overnight Friday night into early Saturday, mostly over the northeast quarter of the state. On Saturday, rains start to lift into Ohio for the afternoon. This will kick off an active pattern that goes right through the extended period.We see no change to the extended pattern, and expect it to turn more active again. Right now we are eying 3 systems in 5 days. One for the 17th-18th brings rain to start mixing with and changing to snow, and liquid equivalent precipitation of a quarter to half inch. On the 20th we see half to 1 inch of moisture coming through (liquid equivalent) and on the 21st we can see 1-2 inches of liquid, potentially coming as mostly snow. We should end the 11-16 day period with dry and cold weather through the 24th.last_img read more

Kolkata’s soccer clubs under ED lens in Saradha scam

first_imgThe 14 Saradha Group firms were running Ponzi schemes using collections from new investors to pay previously-enrolled members rather than from income generated through investment in the mega chit fund scam, according to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO).Completing its investigation into the scam, SFIO said on Monday that these firms would face prosecution for violation of several laws. Besides, the activities of the companies violated Companies Act, Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) Act and several provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the corporate affairs ministry said in a statement on completion of the SFIO probe. Companies which violated Sebi regulations for ‘collective investment schemes’ would be prosecuted for violation of Sebi Act, instead of the Companies Act as the former carries longer terms of imprisonment.Meanwhile, the scam has got deeper with top officials of Kolkata’s popular football clubs, including Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, coming are under scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the scam. Officials of two other major football clubs Bhawanipur and Kalighat were also summoned by ED.According to sources, Saradha Group chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen’s involvement with the football clubs began in 2010, when he had first roped in Kalighat Club. The club later branched out to other sports like cricket and hockey. The officials of all the four prominent Kolkata clubs arrived at the ED office at Salt Lake on Monday morning and handed over their sponsorship documents.”We have submitted all supporting documents to ED officials. They will examine them and if necessary, they might call us again for further clarification,” senior East Bengal club official Shantiranjan Dasgupta told the media after emerging out of the ED office. Sources said that Sen transferred `5-`6 lakh every month to East Bengal. Besides, he used to give hefty amounts to Kalighat Club from several Group companies. ED quizzed the club officials about how the Saradha sponsorship amount was spent, their mode of payments and other related issues.advertisementlast_img

Intel takes another step into the Arduino world

first_img “Things are getting so compact nowadays. I have an old soldering iron. I am seriously thinking about getting a real soldering station. Maybe one of these recommended here… “ The Arduino began life as a simple and inexpensive 8-bit microcontroller teaching tool. In the intervening decade plus, it’s grown into a diverse platform that has revolutionized the microcontroller education and hobby worlds. Recent, more powerful additions to the Arduino family have added 16 and 32 bit processors and have brought the Arduino into commercial development as a rapid prototyping platform.One of the latest entrants to the world of high-performance Arduino compatibility is the Edison, from Intel. The Edison has a dual-core 500 MHZ Intel Atom processor, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC internal storage, and a USB 2.0 OTG controller (but not the connector).I’ve designed a fair number of PC boards with an Arduino-compatible heart. The 8-bitters, Atmega32u4 and Atmega328P, are really easy to use, but limited in power. I’ve started using the 32-bit ChipKIT design, with a Microchip PIC32MX340-512E, which is much more capable, and not a whole lot more difficult to design in. Still, I want more power, which sent me toward the Edison.The Edison is set up to be Arduino software compatible. It also runs a pre-loaded Linux distribution. You can load Arduino code into it through the Arduino IDE, or you can load code through the Linux side, just like you would with any other embedded Linux distribution. When combined with the right add-on cards, this flexibility makes for a real quick initial bring-up, as well as the capability to do some real work.The basic module can’t be used stand-alone. It’s designed to be plugged onto a motherboard, or as one board in a stack. All of the I/O and power connectors come out to a high-density 70-pin board to board connector, so the device needs at least one add-on board for power and any wired I/O. Multiple boards can be stacked to add just about whatever peripherals might be wanted.I recently purchased an Edison module with the intent of designing something around it. I also purchased a Sparkfun “Base block” daughter board, with USB connectors for the console and USB OTG. The whole stack can be powered through the USB ports, so this minimum configuration will allow me to get to know the software end of things while my board is in design and being built.I use I2C a fair amount, so my first design is an add-on board that will have 3.3 volt I2C, 5 volt I2C, and a micro SD card receptacle. The Edison runs natively at 1.8 volts, so it requires line level converters for just about everything. My board will have three; one for each of the I2C interfaces, and one for the uSD card.Unfortunately, one of the first things I did with the Edison was break the board to board connector on the base block. I wouldn’t recommend doing the same thing. The connector is a somewhat fragile 70 pin, 0.4 mm-pitch Hirose board to board connector. I hit it with the nut driver when I was fastening the two boards together.It’s too small for me to do anything with, but fortunately, the folks I work with at Screaming Circuits, my day job, can easily replace it for me. 0.4mm pitch high density connectors are really getting beyond the hand soldering capabilities of all but the most masochistic folks. (We apparently have some of those people in our rework department – a definite advantages of working in a place that specializes in this kind of work.)Sparkfun made their Edison boards open source, and put the design files on the product pages of their website for download. Github, where most people place their design files, is nice, but I like having a direct download of the files in the same place I buy the board. Their EagleCAD files gave me a point of departure, with the board sized to match those at Sparkfun, and the high density connectors already placed and routed out. From there, I added the microSD socket, line level converters, and two connectors for I2C.I’m using a Texas Instruments TBX0108, 8-bit converter for the microSD card, and a pair of PCA9306 open drain 2-bit converters, also from Ti, for the 5 volt and 3.3 volt I2C interfaces. It wasn’t that long ago when line-level converters were somewhat of a rarity in the microcontroller world. Now, with higher performance systems like the Edison, at 1.8 volts, converters are standard-fare.As you can see in the layout above, it fits nicely into the Sparkfun-size, 1.2” x 1.75”, form-factor pc board. I chose a 2 mm x 4 mm, 0.4mm pitch DFN package TBX0108 for the micro SD card converter, to give extra clearance around the mounting hole. I used a larger package for the PCA9306 to allow for routing under the part.I’ll write more when I finish the design and get the assembled boards back. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 2 thoughts on “Intel takes another step into the Arduino world” Continue Reading Previous Benson’s BlocksNext Maximizing visibility through logging, as on Mars Pathfinder July 18, 2016 at 3:53 am August 10, 2016 at 3:54 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply Smith.Elkins says: Johnzw says: Log in to Reply “TMT and smart is trend.”last_img read more