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Ex-France minister has to pay damages to Nadal

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Rafael Nadal of Spain shouts during his singles tennis match against David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)PARIS — Former French minister for health and sport Roselyne Bachelot was ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($11,800) in damages to Rafael Nadal on Thursday after accusing him of doping.In March last year, Bachelot said on a French television show that Nadal’s seven-month injury layoff in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Bachelot was also ordered by the French tribunal to pay Nadal a suspended fine of 500 euros ($590).In April 2016, Nadal wrote to the president of the International Tennis Federation asking for all of his drug-test results and blood profile records to be made public. In the same letter, he said of Bachelot: “It is unacceptable and mostly unfair that someone that should have knowledge of sports to a certain point and degree can publicly say something like this with no proof or evidence.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nadal, who has won 16 Grand Slam titles, filed a defamation suit against Bachelot in Paris.The Spanish player said he will donate the money to a non-governmental organization or a foundation in France.“When I filed the lawsuit against Mrs. Bachelot, I intended not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNadal said he wanted to keep public figures “from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete … without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished.”He said the lawsuit was never motivated by money. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kings of the NCAA OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

GuySuCo’s turnaround plan which was in plain sight all along

first_imgDear Editor,Do you recall the GuySuCo Turnaround Plan which was introduced and implemented under the PPP back in 2010? By 2015, we recognized that the plan was sound, but we also realized the need for improvement in implementation. The 2015 production and performance of GuySuCo was evidence that we were in the right trajectory and that the 2020 goals and targets were realizable.It was therefore unfathomable that APNU+AFC, using the Clive Thomas-led GuySuCo Board, unceremoniously dumped the plan and treated it as a secret, even as the GuySuCo CoI adopted many of the elements of the Turnaround Plan.But I was intrigued, the other day, listening to the plans that Mr. Heath-London, the Head of NICIL and the Special Purpose Agency (SPA) established for the down-sizing and privatization of GuySuCo, outlined on the use of $30 billion that the SPA is borrowing on behalf of GuySuCo for improving production.Even though skimpy on details, the plans for the expenditure of $30 billion appear to have been taken wholly and fully from the GuySuCo Turnaround Plan that the PPP had developed and was implementing, and that was abandoned by APNU+AFC. While I continue to worry over APNU+AFC’s total lack of commitment to a strong sugar industry, I am cautiously supportive of the SPA’s $30 billion programme.I confess encouragement that Heath- London had discovered a plan that APNU+AFC, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Clive Thomas-led GuySuCo Board treated variously as a mystery, a plan that never existed, or a secret plan.In fact, this secret was always in plain sight while in possession of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Board and the Government, and the media. The Turnaround Plan was always in plain sight; ignored, but never a secret. That the Clive Thomas-led Board and APNU+AFC abandoned the Turnaround Plan when there was sufficient evidence that it was sound and working testifies to a Government that is at best clueless in the management of sugar; or worse, reckless and malicious. It is to Heath-London’s credit that he recognized the efficacy of the PPP Turnaround Plan for GuySuCo.If indeed APNU+AFC allows the SPA/NICIL to use the $30 billion to resume implementation of the PPP Turnaround Plan for GuySuCo, then there is hope for sugar. Conversion of the fields to support mechanization; full mechanization in the fields and factories; improved agriculture practices; greater participation of private farmers in the agriculture component; diversification of the products, including production of energy and packaged and processed sugar, are important elements of a successful GuySuCo. Noteworthy in the Turnaround Plan’s diversification approach was a diversification of sugar products, not an introduction of non-sugar commodities.In addition, the PPP’s Turnaround Plan was a deliberate and purposeful plan to reform the industry, shifting from a sugar industry to a sugar cane industry producing products that include sugar, but also using the bagasse and other parts of the cane plant. These were already elements being implemented, and that was torpedoed by APNU+AFC in 2015.Heath-London’s SPA/NICIL $30 billion influx into GuySuCo to resume the pre-2015 plans follows a series of confusing moves by the Clive Thomas-led GuySuCo Board with the full complicity of APNU+AFC, spending $32 billion without telling the nation how the money was spent. While spending this $32 billion, that board ended up foolishly closing four sugar estates, laying off more than 7,000 sugar workers, and production plunged from 234,000 tons of sugar in 2015 to 138,000 tons in 2017, a 42% reduction.The Clive Thomas-led Board, the Ministry of Agriculture, and APNU+AFC had asserted that further subsidies to GuySuCo was throwing good money on a waste product, a “dead horse”, and was gross dereliction of duty. Now they have a dilemma — they must tell the nation why this “dead horse” can be brought alive with $30 billion.Reading between the lines, the SPA is saying the $30 billion is to resume the PPP Turnaround Plan that APNU+AFC and the Clive Thomas-led Board abandoned.Not only are the Government borrowing an additional $30 billion, secured with NICIL assets, to invest in the three remaining estates — Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – they are also temporarily resuming operation of three of the closed estates because they need to offer operational factories in their privatization move and because they discovered that DDL, the producer of Guyana’s world-renowned rum, requires molasses for its effective operation.GAWU/NAACIE, the PPP, I and others had told them all of this before they closed any estate. We knew, and we articulated plans to improve all the estates, and that is why the PPP had committed $20 billion annually to ensure the full and effective implementation of the GuySuCo Turnaround Plan in its 2015 election manifesto. We told them, and their own CoI had warned them, that closing estates was unwise, not supported by facts, and was reckless.An example of the confused, clueless approach is the shifting of responsibility for sugar from the Ministry of Agriculture to the SPA/NICIL. It was a reckless move to remove all responsibility from Agriculture.To make matters worse, at this time — in the midst of the confusion and cluelessness — the situation is clearly compounded by a power struggle between a Clive Thomas-led Board and an SPA/NICIL-led Board.This power struggle appears to have the Ministry of Agriculture in limbo. One day it is in charge, and the next day it is not in charge. The poor Minister of Agriculture is being treated like ping-pong.There is another truth, however, that we must not ignore: the Minister of Agriculture has been a bystander, a rubber stamp, from day one. He was never in charge, and he acts only in accordance with instructions from higher authorities. As the Minister stares clueless into the heavens, Clive Thomas asserts that he is still Chairman, Health-London has published the profiles of the new Board, and Joe Harmon has announced that the matter is still before Cabinet. Who is really in charge?Now, as we try to decipher who really is in charge of GuySuCo and sugar, there is report that the shift of responsibility for sugar from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Special Purpose Unit (SPA) in NICIL, with an entirely new Board to manage sugar, is about to be reversed, shifting sugar back under the control of the Ministry of Agriculture.FITUG/GTUC deems the back and forth madness and the indecisiveness as hopscotching. FITUG/GTUC is right, but far too generous. APNU+AFC are clueless. Clueless is bad enough, but they are also reckless and malicious. In any other jurisdiction, this Government would have been impeached.Regards,Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

A Commission of Inquiry is needed

first_imgDear Editor,I ask your indulgence to allow me a public forum to call for a Commission of Inquiry into APNU+AFC Minister Simona Broomes’s activities as a trafficking in persons (TIP) activist. I make this call because Ms. Broomes’s recent false accusations against hard working Guyanese citizens show a callous disregard for truth, honesty and ethics. For the minister to calmly state, “I do not know what you are talking about” when asked by reporters if she had an apology for levelling false allegations after her lies had been exposed by video evidence is the demeanour of someone well versed in deception.Minister Broomes’s lack of remorse is stunning and worrying in equal measure.Editor, allow me to elaborate. Minister Broomes came to prominence in civil society as a social activist seeking to bring to justice persons involved in human trafficking. From inception, her vigilante style of justice was surrounded by whispers of self-interest; of persons being falsely accused and imprisoned to make way for the minister’s mining operations as a cover for claim-jumping; of personal vendettas being settled; and in one case, to cover for the theft of a six ounce gold chain.The last was subject of a Police investigation, and Minister Broomes’s statements at the time bear uncanny similarity to the defence of her present behaviour.“I wish to make it public that apart from this intimidation, and I strongly believe that this is the case, I have also been receiving emails from unknown persons who have threatened to harm me and defame my character.” 2013/09/05 Kaieteur Newspapers.Given that we now know Minister Broomes is willing to make patently false allegations, I am asking for a Commission of Inquiry into her activities, and for the Director of Public Prosecutions to reopen any case in which her testimony or actions led to the conviction of any Guyanese citizen.I would also urge President Granger to update his ‘Code of Conduct’.Faithfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Former Deputy Mayor resigns from city’s Market Committee

first_imgFormer Deputy Mayor and Alliance For Change Councillor Lionel Jaikarran has confirmed that he resigned his post as Chairman of the Georgetown City Council’s Market Committee on Monday amid what he referred to as a “lack of cooperation” from Town Clerk Royston King to properly implement a proposal for the relocation of vendors across the municipality.Jaikarran, speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, said that he has already handed in his formal resignation which took immediate effect after he was unable to deal with the frustration of having to deal with an inept and non-cooperative Town Clerk.He particularly became frustrated with what he referred to as the “run-around” from the city’s administration whenever time sensitive and critical decisions had to be made with respect to the work of the Committee.Jaikarran said over the past few months, the Committee was making attempts to relocate vendors from the Stabroek Market Wharf, after the Public Infrastructure Ministry had indicated its intention of beginning rehabilitation works at the vending site in the coming months.“I was Head of the Market’s Committee and we were trying to reposition vendors from the Stabroek Market Wharf because the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is going to start renovating that area, shortly. For the last three to four months, five months, the Town Clerk is not cooperating with us. The administration is not cooperating,” he explained.He explained that the Market Committee was tasked with providing a list of places to the Council for the merchants to be relocated. However, without the administration’s assistance, the task proved futile.“They asked us to come up with a list of places to put these vendors but they’re not giving us any suggestions. Now we’re not admin so we don’t know what the Council owns and what the Council doesn’t own. So it got to the stage where we were doing site visits and we kept going around in circles and I got very frustrated with that. That’s not my way of doing things,” he explained.Back in 2017, Jaikarran was elected Deputy Mayor over his predecessor, Sherod Duncan who had often been very outspoken against the actions of the Mayor, Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King.However, when Jaikarran continued down the same path as Duncan – being critical of City Hall – the AFC Councillor was “blocked” from being re-elected in 2018.Following the Mayoral election earlier this year, Chase Green had taken her place at the head of the horseshoe table and opened the floor for nominations for the position of Deputy Mayor and both Duncan and Chase Green’s PNC colleague, Councillor Oscar Clarke, rose to nominate their candidates.However, Clarke was allowed to nominate his choice, which was Councillor Peter, and Duncan, who intended to nominate Jaikarran, had to take his seat.Immediately Councillor Ivelaw Henry rose to second the nomination after which both Duncan and Councillor Tricia Richards both stood up resulting in the Mayor asking one of them to be seated.When they both remained standing, she was asked to recognise one Councillor and she chose to listen to her other PNC colleague, Richards, who then successfully moved a motion for nominations to be closed resulting in Duncan being denied the opportunity to speak.It was that scenario that initially signalled some amount of bad blood between the coalition partners.last_img read more

Guyoil reduces gas prices by $4

first_imgAfter weeks of contention and protest, the Guyana Oil Company Ltd (Guyoil) on Tuesday announced a reduction in prices for gasoline and gasoil. This reduction, according to the State entity, takes effect from Tuesday.“Gasoline,” according to Guyoil, which as a State-owned company, has been referred to as the price setter for private entities, will move “from $230 per litre to $226 per litre and Gas oil (LSD) from $219 per litre to $215 per litre.”According to Guyoil, the price reductions were possible due to “declining acquisition costs and the savings are now being passed on to customers.” Moreover, the oil company pledged “that any savings as a result of declining acquisition cost will at all times be passed on to the customers.”The parliamentary Opposition has pointed to Guyoil and the difference it could make, when outlining ways in which the Government can make a meaningful intervention into the issue.At a press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said there is fiscal space to make the adjustment with the tax regime to allow a reduction of gas prices for local consumers.Jagdeo had related that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, there was a system used in cases like these, where the taxes can be adjusted based on the movement up or down on the gas price, so that the benefits would be passed onto the people.Given the mounting criticisms and the need for serious attention to be paid to the issue, the PPP/C General Secretary had said that, “The Government through public pressure must adjust the rate at the pump. They have a lot of room. They have the fiscal space as well as the tax play to make that adjustment.”The former Guyanese Head of State had recalled that when the prices for crude oil stood at about US$75 per barrel, lower that the US$120 high before the rapid tumble a few years ago to about US$28.“We had argued that with the rapid tumble, the benefits should have been passed on to the Guyanese public, who would have seen lower prices at the pump and in their electricity bill. They never did that. And what happened was that they raked in billions in revenue; they collected over $25 billion at GPL alone.”He had told the media that with the crude prices at about US$75 a barrel and not US$120, there was definitely room to make significant adjustments to the price of fuel at the pump.Another point raised by Jagdeo was the fact that under the PPP/C Government, the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) was used as a regulatory agency whereby the price at the State-owned entity set precedence for other companies to follow.However, the fact that prices were high even at Guyoil meant that private companies did not have to lower their prices in order to maintain their competitiveness. And this situation saw bus drivers threatening to raise their fares and protesting in a seeming chain reaction.last_img read more

Transfer Latest: ‘AC Milan wouldn’t stand in the way of Torres going back to Liverpool’

first_imgLeading Italian football journalist Gabriele Marcotti admits AC Milan wouldn’t stand in the way of Fernando Torres going back to Liverpool – but doubts the move will happen.The Spanish international has been a disappointment since moving to the San Siro on loan from Chelsea, and the deal has not worked out for either party.There have been shock suggestions Torres could make a suprise return to Anfield, but Marcotti is sceptical about the possibility of that happening.“Milan would love to figure out a way to send him back, or to send him someplace else, and Atletico Madrid have been talked about in terms of a possible loan swap with Alessio Cerci,” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“This Liverpool link seems so extraordinary and so left-field, but Milan wouldn’t stand in the way [of it] and I’m sure Torres would love to go someplace where he could get on the pitch“But whether Brendan Rodgers has even the slightest interest in him I really would be very surprised.”last_img read more

DONEGAL JOBSEEKERS CAN BOOST JOB PROSPECTS WITH FREE LYIT COURSES

first_imgLYIT is a popular choice for students and now jobseekers can complete free courses there.With 58,133 people on the Live Register in the border region in July, jobseekers in Donegal who lost their jobs during the recession and want to equip themselves with skills employers want now have an opportunity to boost their prospects by studying at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).Offered through the State-funded Springboard programme managed by the Higher Education Authority for the Department of Education & Skills, the places are free to those who qualify and the courses are delivered flexibly so that jobseekers retain their benefits and continue their search for employment.The skills taught on the programmes have been specifically selected to match the current job market and concentrate on areas where there is existing and projected growth. At LYIT, there are 78 places being provided for the current intake of Springboard students across six programmes starting during September with places currently still available on the Certificate in Digital Marketing & Business Skills; Minor Award in Wind Energy Technology (conversion course for wind turbine technicians) and Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management with Applied Research.The employment record of those who’ve completed Springboard courses is particularly encouraging.Jonathan O’Connor is a recent LYIT graduate from the Wind Energy Technology programme. Having first trained as an apprentice technician with a car dealership in Kerry, he commenced his skills conversion course in Letterkenny in 2013. After a stint on work placement at a site in Tipperary with ENERCON Wind Farm Services Ireland Ltd, he was hired by the turbine supplier and is currently working as an Installation Technician in Scotland.“The opportunity to get the education and training I needed to work in a growth area like wind energy was too good to miss. It was particularly good to be able to get these extra skills in such a short space of time after completing my apprenticeship in the motor trade. I’m enjoying work now and there’s no doubt that Springboard at LYIT has helped me get started in a thriving industry.” Paul Hannigan, President, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, said courses are tailored for people’s needs.LYIT President Paul Hannigan“As part of a wider drive to economic recovery and tackling the jobs crisis, we are pleased to work with Springboard in providing these very focused programmes that are tailored to help those who are out of work to keep their skills current and to make themselves very attractive to employers in areas where there are opportunities.“All six of our Springboard courses are National Qualifications Authority of Ireland-accredited with two at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications; one at Level 8 and three at Level 9 so students who complete the programmes successfully will have a fully recognised qualification up to Masters level. Since its introduction in 2011, we’ve seen good interest in our Springboard courses and many of those who’ve completed them are now in employment in Donegal or elsewhere.”Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Head of Skills and Enterprise Engagement, Higher Education Authority, added: “The HEA on behalf of the Dept of Education & Skills is delighted to work with higher education institutions like LYIT to provide education opportunities that support unemployed people in getting back to work. A particular feature of Springboard is that the courses we fund through the programme are all in disciplines where there are job opportunities and where employers tell us they have a skills shortage and anticipate further recruitment.“For those out of work in Donegal and beyond, I would encourage them to visit www.springboardcourses.ieor free-phone 1800 303523 and check what’s on offer. The programme offers a great opportunity to quickly get the skills employers want but also to have a formal qualification that reflects what you have learned. In a competitive labour market, this can be the key.” DONEGAL JOBSEEKERS CAN BOOST JOB PROSPECTS WITH FREE LYIT COURSES was last modified: September 5th, 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:coursesdonegaljobseekersLYITlast_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 12.11.12The Seniors travelled to Armagh on Sunday to face reigning All-Ireland champions, Crossmaglen Rangers. After a good opening period the exertions of the last six weeks proved too much of a burden on weary legs. But a League and Championship double is a magnificent season by any standards. Well done to the players and management for restoring St. Eunan’s to the top of the tree in Donegal.The Minor Boys finally get back into action this Wednesday night when they take on N. Conaill in the Championship semi-final in MacCumhaill Park at 7:45pm. The U13 Boys will take on Ardara in the county semi-final with date and venue tbc, keep an eye on facebbok and e-mail for details.The Minor Girls take part in the Karen McGlynn Memorial Tournament in Termon on Saturday at 12 noon as they prepare for their upcoming Ulster Championship game.Well done to all the competitors who represented the club in the county final of Scór na nÓg in Gleann t-Súilí on Saturday night. Our young competitors in Céilí dancing, Instrumental Music and Tráth na gCeist gave a good account of their abilities and can be very proud of the fact that they have competed in a county final. Congratulations to Niall Hannigan who won his first Scór na nÓg county medal with his well delivered recitation “Our News” which proved a hit with the capacity audience and most importantly with the adjudicators on the night. Niall will now represent club and county at the Ulster semi final against Tír Eoghain and Fear Manach in Glenswilly on Friday 7th Decemeber at 7.00pm. Ádh mór ort Niall agus go n-éirigh go geal leat. Míle buíochas to Emer McGeehin for all the work she did for Scór na nÓg in the club this year. Anyone interested in taking part in Scór Sinsir this year should contact Oifigeach Chultúrtha agus Teanga Fergus McGee on 086-854 4445.The Senior Board AGM is provisionally scheduled for Sunday, November 25th at 2pm in the Clubhouse. Nomination and motion papers have been sent by e-mail as well as a number being posted out. If you need one by post and haven’t yet received one, contact Charlie McAteer (087-2668633) Adult members only. Forms must be returned by this Friday, November 16th. The Minor Board AGM takes place in the Clubhouse on Thursday, December 6th at 7pm. Forms will be sent by e-mail shortly.The underage Hurling and Camogie Winter timetable is available on the club website under the minor board hurling tab in the “minor” section.There are a small number of club ties avaialble and they would make an ideal Christmas present. Contact Paul McGovern on 086-8114151 for details. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 13th, 2012 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Smith Returns To Men’s Soccer As Assistant Coach

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa –  Kyle Smith has been hired as an assistant coach for the Drake University men’s soccer team, head coach Gareth Smith announced on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Smith was previously the head men’s soccer coach at Cumberland University (NAIA) in Lebanon, Tenn., for three seasons. Prior to leading the Phoenix, he was an assistant coach for the Drake men’s team for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. “I’m thrilled to announce that Kyle has returned to our Bulldog family after a very successful spell with Cumberland where he turned the program around and led them to a conference championship,” said Gareth Smith. “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with someone who possesses such an exceptional work rate and deep passion for excellence. Kyle brings much to our program, in that he is an excellent coach, relentless recruiter and has strong leadership skills. Most importantly, he is a man of principle who lives the Bulldog Way. I’m excited to see the impact he is going to have on our student-athletes, program and within the athletics department.” Smith helped Cumberland improve its win total in each of his three seasons at the helm, capped by compiling an impressive 18-2-1 overall record and winning the 2015 Mid-South Conference Tournament. The Phoenix earned its first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance and finished eighth in the final NAIA Men’s Soccer Modified Rating Percentage Index (MRPI). In his first stint with the Bulldogs, the team made back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference semifinal appearances. Smith has more than 10 seasons of experience as a head or assistant coach at the club, collegiate and high school levels. He served two-year stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Lambuth University and at Hastings College. Smith’s collegiate playing career began at the University of Charleston before he transferred to Lambuth for his final two seasons. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from Lambuth and a master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in exercise science from Hastings College. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more