Great Success of the Bosnian Table Tennis Women’s Team In Albania

first_imgThe B&H table tennis women’s representation made a great success at the Balkans Championship U-21 held in Tirana, Albania.The girls won against Romania in the semi-finals and lost in the finals after a great fight from the favourites of the championship, the team of Serbia, with 2:3.The best Bosnian player Emina Hadžiahmetović won both Serbian representatives but it wasn’t enough for the golden medal.Our team consisted of: Emina Hadžiahmetović, Belma Bušatić, Dajana Jojić and Ivona Baškarad led by the coach Amela Hadžiahmetović – Mujezinović. – was stated from the Table tennis federation of B&H.(Source: Radio Sarajevo)last_img read more

KCCA FC, FUS, Africain and Rivers on 6 points

first_imgFILE PHOTO: KCCA FC defender Isaac Muleme in CAF Confederation Cup Group A tie against FUS Rabat. KCCA, FUS, Africain and Rivers on 6 points after dramatic winners in CAF Cup thrillersJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Club Africain of Tunisia and Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan snatched dramatic stoppage-time winners Wednesday to boost hopes of reaching the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals.Imed Meniaoui volleyed a 94th-minute winner as Club Africain came from behind to beat Group A leaders FUS Rabat of Morocco 2-1 in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis.Mohamed Fouzair converted a first-half penalty for 2010 Confederation Cup winners FUS and Ali Abdi nodded a second half equaliser in a north African thriller.All eight Group A games have produced home wins so FUS, who lead on goal difference, Club Africain, Rivers United of Nigeria and KCCA of Uganda have six points after four rounds. A day earlier Rivers had edged KCCA 2-1.Al Hilal went top of Group C thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Smouha of Egypt in Obeid with Ghanaian Nelson Ladzagla snatching the winner four minutes into additional time.A corner led to a goalmouth melee and the west African stabbed the ball past goalkeeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal into the corner of the net.Abaker Girfa scored off a rebound on 72 minutes for Hilal and Islam Mohareb levelled five minutes from time with a fierce close-range shot.Hilal have seven points, Recreativo Libolo of Angola and top seeds Zesco United of Zambia six and Smouha four with group winners and runners-up securing last-eight places.Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, whose lone CAF title came 41 years ago, replaced record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien as leaders of Group B.Clinical Hichem Nekkache bagged a brace inside 29 minutes as Mouloudia edged gutsy Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland 2-1 in Algiers.Njabulo Ndlovu reduced the deficit with a superb long-range shot 17 minutes from time for the first club from the tiny southern African kingdom to reach the group phase. Share on: WhatsApp Sfaxien slipped to second after drawing 1-1 away to bottom team Platinum Stars of South Africa in northwestern mining town Rustenburg.Bongi Ntuli poked a cross into the net on 58 minutes for winless Platinum and Maher Hannachi levelled after 76 minutes through a side-foot shot off a cut-back.Goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela, recallled after Stars conceded seven goals in their previous two group games, rescued his tiring team several times during a frenetic finish.Horoya of Guinea lead Group D with eight points, SuperSport United of South Africa and title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo have six, and Mounana of Gabon are pointless.Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)FUS           4 2 0 2 6 4 6Africain      4 2 0 2 7 6 6Rivers        4 2 0 2 5 6 6KCCA          4 2 0 2 5 7 6last_img read more

French football wrestles with coronavirus riddle

first_imgFrench football has no idea when its players will be allowed to return to workParis, France | AFP |  The coronavirus pandemic is creating a puzzle for French football and, for the moment, those in charge have no idea what the answer might be.The idea of simply declaring the season over is gaining ground in some quarters but others remain strongly opposed to the suggestion.The top-flight and second division have already been suspended for three weeks, with 10 rounds each to play, and many of the leading voices are no longer insisting it should finish “whatever the cost.”“There are more uncertainties today,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, an early advocate of ending the league and basing European qualification on last season’s final placings which would put his seventh-placed team in the Champions League, told L’Equipe on Sunday.He added the chances of “finishing all the matches (are) lower”.His counterpart at Brest, Denis Le Sant told the same paper “the season could not start again”.Amiens president Bernard Joannin, whose side are 19th in the table, agrees.“Denis Le Saint has a very humane position that places the health of all above everything else. It’s a view that’s shared by a lot of people in the world of football,” Joannin told AFP.“You have to understand that the only commander is COVID-19. Unfortunately, it sets the agenda.”Others were outraged.“We hope that the league will finish if it’s possible. It really bothers me to see in some people a kind of shame that football wants to come back to life at some point,” Pierre Wantiez, general manager of Ligue 2 Le Havre, told AFP.“It’s shameful for me to see some people feel ashamed that football wants to come back to life at some point.“I’m not going to hide behind a veil of secrecy and say, ‘It’s over, we can’t do anything.’ Let’s wait before saying the season is dead.”– ‘It’s urgent to wait’ –The situation is confusing leader’s across the game. The lockdown in France has been extended at least until 15 April.Most clubs have put staff, including players, on part-time contracts and some of the league’s foreign stars, including Brazil’s Neymar, have gone home.Broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports have suspended the payment of TV rights, the clubs’ main source of revenue.In this context, the French league is increasing the frequency of its conference calls but delaying its decisions.“Today, who can say what’s going to happen? We’re preparing for everything. For the time being, I think it’s urgent to wait,” Olivier Delcourt, president of Ligue 1 Dijon who are three points above the relegaton play-off spot, told AFP.Amiens’ Joannin said he would like the league to follow the government’s lead.“There’s no point in talking and saying nothing,” said Joannin.“Let’s take the time… We need to give ourselves a fortnight to see how things are going.”The issue of TV rights, will be addressed this week by a quartet of presidents, led by Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also head of beIN Media and several sources confirmed negotiations with Canal+ are planned.The timetable depends on the decision of the French government on when to end the lockdown and to a lesser degree, those of the governing bodies of world and European football, FIFA and UEFA.FIFA has to change the way the summer transfer market works, because players whose contracts end this season will become free agents in June. UEFA has shown itself open to postponing its Champions League until the end of July or August to allow the domestic leagues to end but has also threatened to bar clubs from leagues that do not finish.Some officials argue a “deadline” for the resumption of the league must be set quickly.“A resumption of the season until doomsday should not push the problem onto the next championship,” Wantiez warned. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bombers coast to title at Wildcats tournament; get past pesky Falcons in final

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers tuned up for a big test this coming weekend in Penticton by stopping the Salmo Falcons 98-47 in the final of the Mount Sentinel Wildcats High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday evening in the South Slocan.Isaiah Kingdon and Jack Sturrup with 23 and 22 points respectively, led the Bomber charge in a contest that saw the entire roster contribute according to LVR coach Ross Naka.LVR, a Double-A team playing against mostly Single-A competition, had an easy time in the tournament.The squad opened by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 95-27 and Crowe Hawks of Trail 74-37. The Falcons advanced to the final by opening with a 93-48 win over the LVR Single-A squad.Salmo then needed a solid effort to narrowly edge Grand Forks Wolves 78-76 in semi final play Saturday.The host Wildcats opened the tournament in front of the student body losing 76-63 to the Crowe Hawks.The loss comes a week after the Cats defeated the Hawks by 20 points to capture the Crowe tournament.Mount Sentinel rallied from the loss to win the consolation side of the tourney, 70-47 over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.Devon Kabatoff led the Cats with 18 points while Adam Twible had 14.The Cats defeated Stanley Humphries 72-23.LVR, 4-5 on the season, travels to Penticton to compete in the Pen-Hi Tournament beginning Thursday.last_img read more

Raptors make no picks in NBA draft

first_imgView comments Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said Toronto tried to acquire a pick via trade but was unable to do so.The deal for Carroll also included Torono’s first-round selection, 29th overall, and a second-round pick, 40th overall, that the Raptors acquired from Orlando in exchange for the contractual release of Magic president Jeff Weltman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownToronto’s other second-round pick, 59th overall, was traded to Phoenix for forward P.J. Tucker in February 2017. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Team Lakay success continues, clash between stablemates a possibility MOST READ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town The Toronto Raptors bench watches during the second half of Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on May 7, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 128-93. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — The Toronto Raptors did not make a pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, having traded a first- and second-round selection to Brooklyn along with forward DeMarre Carroll in July 2017.It’s the third time in team history Toronto has not made a selection. The Raptors were also without a pick in the 2007 draft, and again in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Asia League: Nagoya blitzes past Zhejiang, tops Group A for semis entry

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asia League: Ex-TNT import suits up for iECO, excited to play with Filipinos anew It wasn’t much of a back-and-forth affair between the two teams but Nagoya found an opening in the third quarter after getting a 12-point lead, 61-49, on Markeith Cummings’ triple at the 4:35 mark of the period.Li Jinglong managed to cut the deficit to a single digit, 67-59, at the start of the fourth but Cummings and Toshihiro Nakatsuka were quick to respond with five unanswered points to put Nagoya up 72-59 with 8:10 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCummings, who once played for NorthPort in the PBA, led the Diamond Dolphins with 25 points and nine rebounds while Craig Brackins had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.Jinglong put up 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions with center Ioannis Bourousis pitching in 16 points and 13 boards. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nagoya Diamond Dolphins vs Zhejiang Guangsha Lions during The Asia League’s ‘The Terrific 12’ at Studio City Event Center on 20 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Win Chung Jacky Tsui / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—Nagoya breezed through the preliminaries and capped off its group stage campaign with a 79-71 win over Zhejiang Guangsha in the Asia League The Terrific 12 Thursday at Studio City Events Center here.The Diamond Dolphins from Japan topped Group A with a 2-0 record and advanced to the semifinals to face fellow B.League team Ryukyu in the penultimate round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Do the UNEP and WWF wish to be part of this subterfuge?

first_imgDear Editor,I have noticed a recent release from the Government announcing “Hinterland Consultations on the Green State Development Strategy starts this week”. The release stated that team experts from the GoG’s Department of Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the assistance of the World Wildlife Fund Guianas (WWF), will be holding meetings in Regions 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 between August 16 and September 12, 2018. The schedule of meetings was listed.It is interesting, when one examines the schedule of meetings, that firstly three townships and one NDC which are not in the interior were included, while certain interior locations were omitted. Secondly, the planners of these meetings seem to be unfamiliar with the geography of Guyana, as meetings are not being coordinated to ensure efficient use of time and money incurred in holding these consultations.However, most interesting is that 8 of the 15 identified communities will be going to the polls on November 12, 2018. One wonders if the UNEP and the WWF are aware that these meetings will be part of the Government’s election campaign strategy for the Local Government Elections.From the media, I am aware that the UNEP has been assisting the Government since July 2017 on the Framework of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and Financing Mechanism. l am aware that there is a Green State Development Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group, although the members of this body have not been made public. l am aware that the GSDS, much touted by the Government for the last 3 years, is still to be developed, and that US$ 1.5 million of REDD+ money is funding the completion of the GSDS.I am also aware that not one Government Minister has been able, in the National Assembly or in the media, to articulate the Government’s vision of what the GSDS will contain for Guyana and its people. In fact, ask any Minister what is the GSDS, and one gets a lot of “hot air” and generalities. Worse yet, ask the how the GSDS will mesh with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their eyes gloss over.Having abandoned the Low Carbon Development Strategy of the PPPC Government — which had gone through rigorous consultations and dialogue in every interior community and coastal area over a 2-year period, and was brought to the National Assembly and debated — the Government has, over the last three years, failed to hold any consultation at the community level on its Green State Development Strategy.So the readers must forgive me for being cynical that the timing of these consultations on the GSDS is conveniently coincidental with the upcoming LGE on November 12, to allow the Government to use these consultations to do the PNC election work.Do the UNEP and the WWF wish to be part of this subterfuge? I certainly hope not.Regards,Gail Teixeira, MP,last_img read more

‘Sivans’ Reflect on the Past

first_img40 long years after graduation from one of Liberia’s most famous high schools, the Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia, members of the “class of Siva” last Thursday January 23, 2014 gathered in the home of Ms. Muna Stubblefield at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield to bid their colleague, Mr. Othello Nance of Texas, USA, farewell.The farewell comes in the wake of the recent burial of the younger brother of Mr. Nance, the late Reginald Nance, in Bensonville, outside Monrovia.“Reggie,” as he was affectionately known, died during the Christmas season after a brief illness, having contributed his quota to the nation in various professional fields.Members of the “class of Siva” were brought together through the instrumentations of Caesar Hall, a noted national basketball coach in Liberia. Mr. Hall organized the few Sivans still residing in the country as well as other school mates.Amongst those gathered for the fond farewell were Mr. Alfred Harris, former Administrative manager at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC); Monroe Theophilus Weeks, Alias “Railroad Cowboy;” former technocrat at the Ministry of Public Works, Sando Johnson; and Merkel Greene, son of the late vice President of Liberia James E. Greene amongst other.While the Sivans were reflecting on life in the 1970s at the Ricks Institute, they proudly declared the Baptist run Educational Institution continues to promote quality and holistic education that attracts thousands of students thanks to the vision of the late President of Liberia and head of the Baptist Missionary and Education Convention (LBMEC) Rev. Dr. William Richard Tolbert, Jr.Dr. Tolbert Jr. became the president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) a development leader in the country that is currently run by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay. The BWA remains unwavering in creating an enabling learning environment that provides quality education with the requisite professional instructors and staff.The wake-keeping and funeral services of the late Reggie Nance took place at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street in Monrovia. The occasion brought together brothers, sisters, cousins, and sympathizers who shared vivid reflections of Reggie. Reggie’s passing was also a catalyst for reuniting the “class of Siva” and the Ricks Institute family as they continue to make progress in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Surendra Persaud replaced as Chairman of BBCI

first_imgDr Surendra Persaud, who had pushed for toll increases at the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) in order to avert the company from becoming bankrupt, has been replaced as the Chairman of the company by the new Chairman of the NIS.The new BBCI Chairman is Auditor, John Seeram. Back in December, Seeram appointed the new Chairman of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) after the life of the Dr Persaud’s Board ended.Dr Surendra PersaudDr Persaud, who was a strong advocate for the Alliance for Change during the 2015 elections, took on Government when he announced new tolls for the Berbice Bridge. The then Chairman had disclosed that BBCI was facing bankruptcy and as such, proposed to increase its tolls, as much 300 per cent in some cases, to keep the Berbice Bridge afloat. He said Government’s refusal to entertain consultations on the toll hike which would have prevented the continuing heavy financial losses of BBCI forced the company to announce the increases.A move which was strongly opposed by Government, which called the toll hikes burdensome and draconian, and eventually, on November 5, 2018, took over operations of the facility to stop the BBCI’s increase from taking effect on November 12.While Government still assumes responsibility for the operation of the bridge to date, the bridge company in November had moved to the High Court, asking it to grant several orders to reverse the takeover and bar the Minister from carrying out functions of maintaining and operating the bridge.That matter is still being heard in the High Court and is coming up for hearing on February 26.Many stakeholders weighed in on the situation including the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which had called the Government out for precipitating the toll increases. The party noted that a formula for minor increases was supposed to be in place – increases that would have lessened the impact on commuters. Instead, the coalition abandoned this formula and even tinkered with it, thus resulting in the current state of affairs at the BBCI.New BBCI Chairman John SeeramWhile Government has been adamant in not allowing these increases, outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor Ramon Gaskin had suggested a total buyout of the bridge company by Government so as to resolve the issue.Guyana Times understands that the BBCI, in which the NIS has majority voting rights on the Board of Directors, was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect its investment. To this end, Gaskin suggested that an alternative can be for Government and the NIS to solely own the bridge, thus buying the shares from all the other shareholders.last_img read more

Bonds’ ball 756 auctioned for $752,467 in San Francisco

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run ball was auctioned Saturday for $752,467, well more than the estimates by memorabilia experts. Home run No. 755, the ball that tied the record, also auctioned for $186,750, according to Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions. Both final prices included the winning bid plus a 20 percent buyer’s fee, according to the auction houses handling the sale. Bonds broke Aaron’s record of 755 with a shot into the right-center field seats on Aug. 7 off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik in San Francisco. Matt Murphy, a 21-year-old student and construction supervisor from New York, emerged from a scuffle with the record-breaking ball after paying $100 for a $12 ticket during a layover on his way to Australia from his hometown. While the price for No. 756 exceeded expectations, the ball did not come close to the $3 million that was paid for St. Louis Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record ball in 1998. Most memorabilia experts believe Bonds’ last career home run, which will set the new record, will garner more than $1 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I had hoped to keep the ball, but when I determined that was not the best strategy at this stage of my life, this definitely was the right decision,” Murphy said in a statement released after the sale. “It is an honor to be a part of baseball history and I wish the new owner well with whatever they elect to do with the ball.” Experts had predicted the ball that tied Hank Aaron’s home run record would fetch about $200,000, and that the record-breaker would be sold for least $500,000. “I feel like I did the right thing with it,” said Adam Hughes, 34, a plumber from La Jolla who came up with No. 755 in the left-center field seats in San Diego on Aug. 4. Hughes said that after taxes and auction house fees, he expects to take home about $90,000 from the sale. He said he would probably invest some of the money and use some of it to help out a cousin who just started college. He might also go on a cruise, he said. Neither buyers wanted to be identified, said a spokesman for SCP Auctions. last_img read more