first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will compete in all three tennis events at the Rio Olympics despite being not at his best after being sidelined with a wrist injury since May.There were doubts whether the 2008 gold medalist, who withdrew from the French Open and missed Wimbledon, would recover in time to compete at the Games.After two days of training in Rio alongside compatriot David Ferrer, Nadal told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope on Wednesday: “It’s evident that the condition of my wrist is not ideal and if it wasn’t the Olympics, I would not take this risk.“However, having spoken to my team and with Conchita (Martinez), I’ve decided to play the singles and everything else.“There is always a risk but I trained six hours between Monday and Tuesday and although the wrist still bothers me, at least it hasn’t worsened and that is great news.“I already missed London.”The 14-time grand slam champion, 30, missed the Olympics four years ago with a knee injury.World number five Nadal, who is due to be Spain’s flag bearer, will compete in the singles event and also take part with Marc Lopez in the doubles and Garbine Muguruza in the mixed doubles.“I’m going to do as best as possible in every event I play in,” Nadal said. “The doubles might be a better option for me considering how I arrive to the Olympics but you never know.“The only thing I can say is that I will give my best and no one is going to take away my enthusiasm to compete at the Olympics in whatever way I can and to try to win a medal.”Nadal’s recovery would come as a significant boost for tennis at the Games with several other high-profile players missing.Swiss players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have pulled out due to injury problems while Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic withdrew citing fears over the Zika virus.Conchita Martinez, captain of the Spain Fed Cup and the Davis Cup team, is optimistic Nadal will deliver.“We needed time to see how the wrist will respond to intense training before confirming that he would play in all three events,” Martinez told Cope. “It was a joint decision and it was an easy one to take.“It’s obvious that he is lacking playing time but when we talk about Nadal, we know how competitive he is and what a great level he has.“Nadal is the best option we have to win a medal. Rafa can do great things.”last_img read more

first_imgA 15-year deal on the ratification of the extended and restated Agency Agreement between the Liberian government and the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR, LLC) has been approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the Liberian Senate for concurrence.The lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the bill yesterday.The ratification and extension was amended owing to a communication from House Chairman on the Maritime Committee, Rep. Thomas Fallah, who is also the Chairman of the House Joint Committee on Maritime, Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary, arguing that the agreement offers future improvement of services for the purpose of enhancing the viability and profits of the Liberian Maritime industry.In his communication to Speaker Tyler and his colleagues in defense of the passage of the bill, Rep. Fallah gave five prime benefits of the Agreement, including the provision of an enabling business environment for Liberia Maritime Sector and the relief of government’s revenue spending on rental for far more productive development programs in other areas of the postwar reconstruction process.Another benefit of the agreement is the creation of considerable stimuli for Liberia’s overall socio-economic development, considering the current status and the multiple effects of Maritime activities within a short period of time.“The Extended and Restated Agency agreement will also seek to produce a pool of qualified manpower through the regular training program of the Academy (LIMTI) with a vested interest in preserving the efficiency and proficiency of government as masters and agents of their own maritime industry,” Rep. Fallah advocated.He added: “the agreement when implemented would seek to strengthen partnerships with some of the world renowned shipping registries if Liberia’s maritime industry is capable of sustaining itself and expanding in some activities of our maritime industry.”The House approved the LISCR deal from 2014 – 2029, with the country gaining 67% of the net program revenues, while LISCR gets 33%.It may be recalled that last Friday during the LISCR-Liberia Public Hearing on the extended and restated Agency Agreement, Cllr. David Jallah, the General Counsel and Vice President of the University of Liberia, said the proposed 33 per cent of the net program revenues for LISCR should be reduced considering the fact that the Agent (LISCR) almost exclusively manages the affairs of the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,In the current dispensation, the life of this caretaker/ interim Government comes to an end on the midnight hour of September 18, 2019. In its place, we would be having an illegitimate government replacing it, unless there are free and fair elections. An illegitimate government does not have the power to make any appointments, any policy decisions, or enter into any contracts on behalf of the people of Guyana.So, the question is, can the accounting officers or head of budgetary agencies (public officers) make payments on contracts signed after June 18, 2019? Chapter 73:02 called the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) is the primary law that prescribed what public officers can and cannot do with public funds. The first thing that these responsible officers have to ascertain is if the contract is legally enforceable. My recommendation to them would be – seek independent legal advice on the CCJ judgement and what it means for all contracts signed after June 18, 2019.Article 11 of the FMAA clearly states how public officers operate. He or she must promote the proper use of public funds at all times. Funding of unauthorised contracts signed during an unauthorised period during the life of the caretaker/interim Government can be challenged and those public officers can be surcharged for such activities. When the life of the caretaker/interim Government expires on the midnight hour of September 18, 2019, and if this Granger group occupies their offices, they shall automatically morph into a gang of illegitimate usurpers and impostors. Under such conditions everything changes.The law is very clear, only the current budget shall be supported for routine payments on contracts signed before June 18, 2019 (salaries, fuel, stationary etc) and that right expires on midnight of December 31, 2019. It then mutates into a situation where only 1/12 of the previous year budget can be spent on these routing activities like salaries etc. With respect to the capital budget, only those contracts signed before June 18, 2019 must be honoured. Any capital works contract signed after June 18, 2019 MUST NOT BE PAID. If paid the public officers can and will be surcharged.On these illegitimate contracts, the law provides for them to be treated as fraud, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds and thus can carry with it a jail sentence for public officers. That is why I am taking this opportunity to highlight for all permanent secretaries, regional executive officers and heads of department, with cheque signing powers, to cease and desist from paying on all contracts signed after June 18, 2019, since they can be surcharged and even jailed for proceeding along this line.It is not business as usual and public officers must seek legal guidance to ensure their self-interests are protected. At the end of the day, who signed the contracts and payment documents will be the ones who will feel the full brunt of the law. So, my appeal to all public officers, before you sign any document, consult and double consult with your colleagues. Great resource personnel remain the Office of the Auditor General and in-house legal teams. At all times ask yourself, what is the legitimate instrument of authority empowering you to act or not act.May the forces of reason and good always be with our public officers so that they do the right thing and not fall victim to their political bosses. It would be a most unfortunate thing to see professionals in the lock-ups because they do not understand their role or choose to act political and not carry out their work with due care.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, February 15 – Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri scored as Manchester City reached the FA Cup quarter-finals with a potentially significant 2-0 victory over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.City manager Manuel Pellegrini had been outdone by Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho in the two league meetings between the clubs this season, both of which ended in victories for the London side. But a convincing FA Cup win redressed the balance, especially as the important second goal was scored by Nasri within moments of the fit-again Frenchman’s introduction by the City manager.Given the war of words between the rival managers in the wake of Chelsea’s 1-0 league win at the Etihad last week, it was no surprise that the game opened in cagey fashion.James Milner was charged with nullifying Chelsea’s chief playmaker Eden Hazard, with Nemanja Matic performing a similar task on City’s Yaya Toure.But the tie opened up in the 15th minute when Jovetic clipped the crossbar and just 60 seconds later he handed City the lead.The first chance came from Toure’s 20-yard shot, which Petr Cech spilled in the Chelsea goal only to watch, relieved, as Jovetic clipped the rebound against the woodwork and over.Within a minute, however, Jovetic made amends with a precise finish after sharp, accurate passes across midfield by David Silva and Edin Dzeko enabled him to score with a low drive in off the far post.The Montenegrin’s strike marked the end of a two-game ‘goal drought’ for free-scoring City after they failed to net in that home league defeat by Chelsea and a 0-0 draw at Norwich City.Chelsea had to respond and full-back Branislav Ivanovic did so with a surging run down to the byline and a low cross that was saved, unconvincingly at the second attempt, by Costel Pantilimon.Toure chanced his arm again from 20 yards, but this time his effort drifted well wide, before Silva and Jovetic set up Dzeko for a curling shot that Cech did well to parry away with a spectacular dive.Hazard was finally starting to exert an influence for the visitors as he carved out two half-chances that were wasted by Ramires and Willian, while a free-kick he earned later in the half came to nothing.Instead, the first period concluded with City threatening again, with Milner’s committed right-wing run culminating in a cross that Dzeko almost turned into the net.– Nasri returns in style –Mourinho was forced into action and Mohamed Salah and Fernando Torres were thrown into the fray before the hour was out, but it was Pellegrini’s substitution that proved decisive.The City manager brought on Nasri for his first taste of action following a five-week lay-off with a knee ligament injury and it took the French international only six minutes to kill off the contest.Nasri surged from midfield into the Chelsea penalty area and exchanged tidy passes with Silva before collecting the return ball and calmly doubling City’s lead from close range.Joleon Lescott also had the ball in the Chelsea net, from a Nasri corner, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.Chelsea, meanwhile, failed to create a chance of note until a late flurry in the closing minutes, but Matic was easily stopped by the home defence after latching onto a dangerous pass from Oscar.They were rare openings in a half that offered little in the way of entertainment, for the neutral at least, but that will have offered Pellegrini and City renewed belief in their ability to overhaul Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgRETAILERS in Letterkenny retail park are reporting a huge jump in visitors – thanks to the arrival of two multi-national stores.Smyths Toys opened its doors on Saturday. And Ireland’s biggest furniture retailer Cost Plus Sofas has also opened its doors – next to the new Dunnes.The number of people using that area of the retail park has jumped more than 20% compared to before the openings.RETAIL PARK GETS A BOOST was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cost plus sofasLetterkenny Retail Parklast_img read more

first_img“He was very like, “Oh, OK. Well, you’re always seeking something,”‘ Shriver said. The Dalai Lama notwithstanding, most of Shriver’s conference will focus on more worldly concerns. In addition to Stewart and Sarah Ferguson, the 2006 California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women will feature journalists Tim Russert, Maureen Dowd and Anna Quindlen; personal finance adviser Suze Orman; and supermodel-actresses Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Shriver was intrigued by the Dalai Lama’s less-is-more approach to life and his message that people these days might be too busy for their own good. She said the Dalai Lama was keen on speaking to a crowd of women. “What he was saying was that women really are the vessels of compassion for the world, and it is hard to be in touch with your heart and be in dialogue with yourself when you’re on a cell phone, a BlackBerry, a computer,” she said. As an antidote to such stressors, the Dalai Lama will lead the 11,000-plus crowd in a brief meditation exercise. He also will take questions from the audience. A product of Catholic schools, Shriver says she has been interested in religion for years. She minored in theology at Georgetown University, consumes books on religion – “probably more than anybody wants to know” – and attends Mass once a week. Her spiritual pursuits do not seem to have rubbed off on her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also is Catholic, although he indulged her decision to travel to India. SACRAMENTO – In company with Martha Stewart and the Duchess of York, the Dalai Lama has agreed to speak to Maria Shriver’s conference on women next month in Long Beach. Shriver, who prides herself on her eclectic interests, has tried for two years to get the Tibetan spiritual leader to address the conference, a two-decade-long tradition of California governors that Shriver has transformed into a glamorous affair. After receiving the Dalai Lama’s assent this year, Shriver said she visited him earlier this month in Dharamsala, India, where he presides over the Tibetan government in exile. They discussed his talk over tea. The Dalai Lama was curious to find out what sort of questions he might be asked by the women at the conference, which will be held Sept. 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center. last_img read more

first_imgNearly 30 years ago, Brad Swanson became a vegetarian to steer clear of the temptations of greasy fast food, a staple of his college life. Now 47 and vegan, Swanson’s skin looks clear, smooth and wrinkle-free – a welcome side effect to years of healthy eating. So the Woodland Hills man wasn’t surprised by a six-year study released Monday that found that older people who ate more than two servings of vegetables daily looked about five years younger than those who ate few or no vegetables. “Eat more vegetables. Change your diet,” he said as he strolled out of a Canoga Park health-food store. “It was a lifestyle that makes sense to me.” “You can buy 20 heads of broccoli, and there can be a 10 or 15 percent (difference),” said Talalay, a leading researcher on the ways broccoli may prevent cancer. Green leafy vegetables including spinach, kale and collards appeared to be the most beneficial, the new study said. The researchers said that could be because they contain healthy amounts of vitamin E, an antioxidant that is believed to help fight chemicals produced by the body that can damage cells. Vegetables generally contain more vitamin E than fruits, which were not linked with slowed mental decline in the study. Vegetables also are often eaten with healthy fats such as salad oils, which help the body absorb vitamin E and other antioxidants, said lead author Martha Clare Morris, a researcher at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. The fats from healthy oils can help keep cholesterol low and arteries clear, contributing to brain health. “This is a sound paper and contributes to our understanding of cognitive decline,” said Dr. Meir Stampfer of Harvard’s School of Public Health. “The findings specific for vegetables and not fruit add further credibility that this is not simply a marker of a more healthful lifestyle,” said Stampfer, who was not involved in the research. The research involved 1,946 people 65 and older who filled out questionnaires about their eating habits. A vegetable serving equaled about a half-cup chopped or one cup if the vegetable was a raw leafy green such as spinach. They also had mental function tests three times over about six years; about 60 percent of the study volunteers were black. The tests included measures of short-term and delayed memory, which asked these older people to recall elements of a story that had just been read to them. The participants also were given a flashcard-like exercise using symbols and numbers. Overall, people did gradually worse on these tests over time, but those who ate more than two vegetable servings a day had about 40 percent less mental decline than those who ate few or no vegetables. Their test results resembled what would be expected in people about five years younger, Morris said. “More energetic” A vegetarian for 41 years, Stacey Vandoros of Woodland Hills said she has fewer dental problems than others and heals quickly when cut. She believes the benefits come from her diet of garden fresh foods. The study also found that people who ate lots of vegetables were more physically active, adding to evidence that “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain,” said neuroscientist Maria Carillo, director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer’s Association. West Hills resident Carol Decardo said her diet heavy with vegetables gives her a vigor that she can’t find anywhere else. “I feel more energetic and can go all day – from 6 a.m. till late at night,” Decardo said. Staff Writers Susan Abram and Sue Doyle contributed to this report. THANKS VEGGIE MUCH Green leafy vegetables including spinach, kale and collards appear to be the most beneficial. Fruits are not linked with slowed mental decline. Vegetables are often eaten with healthy fats such as salad oils, which help the body absorb the antioxidant vitamin E. The fats from healthy oils in salad dressing can help keep cholesterol low and arteries clear, contributing to brain health. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The study of almost 2,000 Chicago-area men and women also found that eating vegetables helps keep the brain young and could slow the mental decline sometimes associated with aging. The findings echo previous research involving only women. Common sense “It validates common sense,” said Dr. Michael Hirt, director for the Center of Integrated Medicine at Encino-Tarzana Medical Center. “Foods that are not processed, that come from the fruit and vegetable family are very good for you,” Hirt said. “Obviously the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables contribute to a healthy brain and a healthy brain means healthy thoughts. The cleaner the burning from an energy source, the better your brain is going to run.” The study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Neurology and funded by the National Institute on Aging, adds to the discussion about the benefits of vegetables. Dr. Paul Talalay, a professor of pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University, said it is difficult to generalize about nutrition because there is little uniformity between vegetables found in China, for example, versus the United States. last_img read more

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – Beginning next month, 30 needy families in South El Monte and Whittier will have no problem getting their veggies. Bon Appetit, a restaurant service company, has donated $50,000 to the Whittier-based EarthWorks Enterprises, which will allow EarthWorks to double the size of an urban farm it operates on four acres at Los Angeles County’s Whittier Narrows Recreation area. That, in turn, will allow the farm’s operators to provide the families with a box of vegetables and some fruit every week for the next year. “That’s amazing and wonderful,” said Lillian Rey, executive director of El Monte-South El Monte Emergency Resources, which selected 20 families to receive the food. “We don’t have access to fresh vegetables.” Bon Appetit, which operates the cafeterias for Biola University and Whittier College, provides a large donation to a worthy project every year, said Maisie Ganzler, director of communications and strategic initiative for Bon Appetit. “This is our holiday gift to our clients,” said Ganzler. “In our clients’ name each year, we choose a project that relates to what we do as a company and make a donation. We think that’s the true spirit of giving.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Ten other families will be selected by the Whittier Interfaith Food Bank. They all will each receive tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, spinach and, when available, some fruit, said Connie Yost, EarthWorks executive director. Elodia Guevara of South El Monte said the food will be a great help to her family of six. “What I used to spend on vegetables, I can spend on something else,” she said, adding that she spends about $30 a week on vegetables alone. The EarthWorks project uses volunteer students from South El Monte High School to work on the farm, where they learn organic farming techniques and other skills. “We think it’s marvelous,” Yost said of the grant. “Besides being a job-training program for high school students, our mission is to grow organic food for the community and to help the community eat better.” Every Saturday, the students and other volunteers sell harvested food at a stand near the site. Yost said the farm can produce enough food for the 30 families and much more. last_img read more

first_img31 January 2014Sean Conway, the first and only man in history to swim the length of Great Britain, was in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Wednesday to attend the official press launch of the 2014 aQuelle Midmar Mile, and to lend his support to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s efforts to save the rhino.Conway’s love of endurance events began with his participation as a schoolboy in the Midmar Mile and he has since gone on to cycle around the world and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a penguin suit for charity.Eight Mile ClubThe former Clifton Prep and Hilton College schoolboy will be again be doing his bit for charity in the Midmar Mile as part of the Eight Mile Club and as one of 20 swimmers raising money for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s fight to save the rhino.A total of 120 swimmers, divided into six sections, will be participating in the Club, with the beneficiaries including Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the Pink Drive, the Red Cap Foundation, The Princess Charlene Foundation, the Childhood Cancer Foundation (Choc) and a group of swimmers with disabilities, who will be raising funds directly for the groups they wish to support.Father’s work“My dad [Tony Conway] has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to saving the rhino. I grew up in KZN in a game reserve, so being surrounded by rhinos was very much part of my upbringing,” Conway told SAinfo.“Just to put it into figures, in 2007 South Africa lost only 13 rhinos to poaching. We’re now losing three a day. Something really needs to be done. They could become extinct and we can’t have that happen.“Also, if they keep getting shot they become scared of humans, and in some of the game reserves now you just don’t see rhinos anymore because they are so afraid of people. It’s such a shame that we can’t get to appreciate these incredible animals. It’s only when you see them up close and in person that you do realise how amazing they are.”ThanksThe CEO of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Bandile Mkhize, lauded Conway for his efforts to assist in the fight to save the rhino. “I’m very happy that he has decided to come and swim for the rhino. And I must thank Wayne [Riddin] for his efforts in helping us to raise money for saving the rhino,” Mkhize said.“It’s a very important opportunity to push the story [of the rhino],” Mkhize said. “As I always say, we are not going to give up on this war. The more people who hear about it the better because there is no way we are going to give up. If we give up and stop talking about it, then it means that we don’t care about our rhinos anymore, but we can’t afford that.“The fact of the matter is that if we don’t do anything about saving these rhinos, if we don’t get everybody involved, we are going to lose this battle.”‘Very, very important’Mkhize also praised the Midmar Mile, which brings Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife property almost half of its annual income from gate takings, terming the event “very, very important.”“We are very proud of the association we have with the organisers of the Midmar Mile. It is one of the highlights of our calendar of events and we are very proud to be hosting it,” he said.While there is a serious side to Sean Conway’s participation in the Midmar Mile, he said he had also returned from the United Kingdom to his roots to have fun.‘A very different race for me’“The Midmar Mile is a very different race for me,” Conway explained, “because in my world it is a sprint. I would normally go out and swim 10 miles really slowly. To be there with all the whippersnappers, doing it quite quickly is going to be quite tough for me, but I’m here to have fun and to promote saving the rhino.”EntriesThe entry figure for the Midmar Mile is at an all-time high ahead of the event, which takes place on 8 and February just outside Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.A flurry of late, on-the-day entries is expected, but 14 687 people had signed up by Wednesday, said event organiser Wayne Riddin.Riddin has been organising the Midmar Mile since 1991 when the field comprised 4 890 swimmers. His goal is to grow the event to 20 000 participants, but for that to happen he said he would need help from government departments.Call for assistanceRiddin praised Tourism KZN for their support, but said he had not received so much as an e-mailed reply in his efforts to get support from government despite the event’s outstanding track record, which includes raising R1-million for charity annually, and the high esteem in which the swimming world holds the Midmar Mile.“Could you imagine what we could do with more money?” the former South African national swimming coach asked, citing the development of swimming as a primary goal. At present, money brought in by the Midmar Mile is funnelled back into the event, into supporting the host club, Pietermaritzburg Seals, and running a swimming development programme.A significant fund-raiser for charities, it is an event for everyone and participants include swimmers with multiple disabilities through to Olympic champions and world record holders.last_img read more