Kai Schmidt, De’Shalyn Jones Named Outdoor Athletes of the Year

first_img Men’s 10,000m Jamie Crowe, LU Nathan Jones, MCN Markus Schweikert, UCA Women’s 1,500m Allyson Girard, AMCC Kelsey Ramirez, SFA Alex Eykelbosch, MCN Men’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston StateJefferson put on a well-rounded effort for the Bearkats to help pace them to a team title. The junior took gold in the 200m, silver in the 100m and bronze in both the 4x100m and 4x400m. Men’s 3,000m Steeple Ryan Cleary, ACU Adam Herrera, UIW Matthew Arnold, LU Men’s 110m Hurdles Fabian McCall, SHSU Kerry Gleason, SFA Darion Dunn, MCN Women’s 5,000m Michaela Hackett, ACU Alexandria Hackett, ACU Rabea Schoneborn, AMCC Women’s Athlete of the Year & Women’s Outstanding Running Events Performer – De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern StateThis marks Jones’ second consecutive season as the outdoor championship high point scorer, Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Running Events Performer. The senior out of Tyler, Texas, took gold in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m, all for the second straight year. Men’s 200m Chris Jefferson, SHSU Cliff Resais, SLU Amir James, NSU Women’s Freshman of the Year – Migle Muraskaite, LamarA Vilnius, Lithuania, native, Muraskaite made her mark at her first Southland outdoor meet. She took silver in the heptathlon while also getting on the podium with a silver in the javelin throw. Women’s 100m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon, NSU Jerica Love, UIW Braneshia Payton, NSU Women’s Shot Put Kristine Hanks, SHSU Halie Daniel, SHSU Chantel Ward, HBU Men’s Discus Kai Schmidt, ACU Joshua Hunter, ACU Ryan Simmons, ACU 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams Men’s 400m Avery Williams, ACU Blaze Brownlow, ACU Daniel Lawson, UCA Men’s Coach of the Year – David Self, Sam Houston StateIn his ninth year at the helm of Sam Houston State, Self led the Bearkats to their second straight men’s team title and fourth overall. It is the second time the program has won back-to-back titles since its first two in 2005 and 2006. Men’s 400m Hurdles Kerry Gleason, SFA Collin Sepulveda, UIW Gerald Coleman, SLU Men’s Decathlon Brian Donna, SLU James Manders, AMCC Rodney Littlejohn, UIW Women’s 3,000m Steeple Brittany Innis, SFA Taryn Surratt, SFA Danielle Martinez, UIW Women’s 100m De’Shalyn Jones, NSU Thai Williams, LU Kenaysia Dixon, SHSU Women’s 400m Natashia Jackson, NSU Imani Nave, SFA Kodii Church, SHSU Women’s Javelin Throw Morgan Woods, MCN Migle Muraskaite, LU Charlotte Wissing, SLU Women’s Pole Vault Kaylee Bizzell, SFA Hannah McWilliams, AMCC Mackenzie West, ACU Men’s Javelin Throw Donavon Banks, MCN Cord Neal, SFA Kai Schmidt, ACU Women’s 800m Kierstin Santana, HBU Camry Grigsby, SHSU Jamie Eckford, SHSU Women’s Heptathlon Grace McKenzie, MCN Migle Muraskaite, LU Baylee Lara, SHSU Men’s Pole Vault Clayton Fritsch, SHSU Garrett Larson, SHSU Chad Horstmann, SFA Men’s Athlete of the Year & Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Kai Schmidt, Abilene ChristianSchmidt was awarded the conference’s top accolade after reaching the podium three times at the Southland Outdoor Championships. The senior from Krefeld, Germany, won the shot put and discus throw along with a bronze-medal finish in the javelin. FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian thrower Kai Schmidt and Northwestern State sprinter De’Shalyn Jones are the 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with complete all-conference teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Men’s High Jump Eric Moore, UCA Tyler Adams, SHSU Lentz Similien, MCNcenter_img Women’s 10,000m Alexandria Hackett, ACU Rabea Schoneborn, AMCC Michaela Hackett, ACU Women’s Coach of the Year – David Self, Sam Houston StateSelf earned his third Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year award of his career after leading the Bearkats to their third team championship in five years. It is the program’s sixth overall, second only to Stephen F. Austin’s eight. Women’s Discus Kayla Melgar, ACU Tasha Crosse, SHSU Lonnie Smith, ACU Men’s Hammer Throw Josh Hernandez, SHSU Aaron Akens, SHSU Michael Seither, SLU Women’s High Jump Sashane Hanson, AMCC Makenzie Smajstrla, SHSU Fadeke Adeola, UNO Outdoor track & field individual awards are nominated and voted on by the league’s head coaches. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. The top three finishers from each event’s final at the championship meet are automatically named All-Southland Conference. Men’s Long Jump Zachary Johnson, SHSU Rodney Ruffin, SLU Tyler Adams, SHSU Women’s 4x400m T. Style, D. Jones, N. Jackson, W. Lageroy – NSU T. Spivey, J. Mitchell, C. Grigsby, K. Church – SHSU T. Mays, V. Jackson, L. Simmons, E. Sebastion – UIW Men’s 4x100m K. Harry, M. Larkins, A. James, T. Carr – NSU A. Piper, J. Love, T. Hawkins, K. Lacy – SFA F. McCall, C. Jefferson, AJ Tisdel, L. Coleman – SHSU Men’s 1,500m Garett Cortez, UIW Grant O’Callaghan, SLU Joshua Wilkins, NSU Women’s 200m De’Shalyn Jones, NSU Kenaysia Dixon, SHSU Imani Nave, SFA Women’s Triple Jump Tristyn Allen, SHSU Sarea Alexander, UIW Natayla Nance, HBU Women’s Outstanding Field Events Performer – Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston StateAllen earned Outstanding Field Events Performer honors for the second straight season, led by a repeat gold medal in the triple jump. The junior from Sealy, Texas, also took a silver medal in the long jump. Women’s Long Jump Sarea Alexander, UIW Tristyn Allen, SHSU Jasmyn Steels, NSU Men’s Newcomer of the Year – Matthew Arnold, LamarThe junior from London, England, earned a silver medal in the 5,000m and bronze medal in the 3,000m steeplechase in his first season in Beaumont. Men’s Freshman of the Year – Zack Johnson, Sam Houston StateJohnson reached the top of the podium in his first year with the Bearkats, taking gold in the long jump. He narrowly missed out on a second medal, finishing fourth in the triple jump. Men’s 100m Micah Larkins, NSU Chris Jefferson, SHSU Cliff Resais, SLU Women’s Hammer Throw Yarixza Rivera, SHSU Vigdis Jonsdottir, SLU Kayla Melgar, ACU Men’s 800m Alex Hanson, UCA Drake Murphy, SFA Daniel Shelton, HBU Women’s 400m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon, NSU Dominique Jackson, SFA Megan Smith, SHSU Event First Team Second Team Third Team Men’s 5,000m Enrique Soto, MCN Matthew Arnold, LU Jorge Quintero, UIW Men’s Shot Put Kai Schmidt, ACU Hiram Morales, MCN Cedric Paul, NSU Women’s Newcomer of the Year – Allyson Girard, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiThe junior transfer from Mesa Community College (Ariz.) earned a comfortable gold medal in the 1,500m finals to go along with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000m. Men’s Triple Jump John Lemke, MCN Brian O’Bonna, LU Lentz Similien, MCN Women’s 4x100m D. Gordon, D. Jones, D. Moore, N. Jackson – NSU D. Jackson, C. Singleton, I. Nave, A. Teel – SFA T. Williams, D. Phillips, D. Taylor, T. Hardy – LU Men’s 4x400m J. Williams, B. Brownlow, A. Williams, R. Linton – ACU D. Murphy, T. Hawkins, K. Gleason, C. Fentress – SFA E. Pouncy, E. Woods, C. Jefferson, L. Coleman – SHSUlast_img read more

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Statement from The Stronach Group on California Superior Court Decision Denying Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Request for an Injunction

first_imgStatement from The Stronach Group on California Superior Court Decision Denying Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Request for an InjunctionARCADIA, CA – In every decision that we make, The Stronach Group is committed to prioritizing the safety and welfare of horses and riders at our facilities. We are grateful to the California Superior Court for its thoughtful and thorough consideration of this matter and are pleased that our decision to ban Jerry Hollendorfer remains in effect.The Stronach Group will continue to work with our industry partners–owners, trainers, jockeys, backstretch workers, as well as veterinarians and regulatory bodies–to do our best to protect horses and riders, while also honoring and improving the tradition that underpins this legacy sport. All individuals who stable, race, or train horses at our facilities must match the level of safety and accountability that we demand.Visit www.santaanita.com/safety for more information.last_img read more

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Administrators hold key to Trelawny’s RSPL goal

first_imgWestern Bureau: DESPITE being unimpressed with the overall standard of football in Trelawny, Linnel McLean, the parish’s top administrator and president of the Western Confederation, said he is hard-pressed to see a club there advancing to the Premier League, but is hoping that changes he is calling for will get at least one club there in the next two seasons. “Realistically, the future of football in the parish is bright, but at the moment, it is hard to identify a club that could return the parish to the Premier League,” McLean told The Gleaner after watching the National Rums of Jamaica/Trelawny Division One final between Granville FC and Invaders at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth on Sunday. Former Premier League outfit, Invaders FC, won the Division One title with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Granville FC, while in the day’s other fixture, the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum mid-season finale, a strike from second-half substitute Renaldo Scott in the 90th minute was enough for Rio Bueno to edge Bunkers Hill 1-0 for the bonus prize. Trelawny was home to Premier League outfits such as Conquers FC, Invaders FC and Village United (relegated in 2011-12), the last club to represent that parish in the nation’s top football league. McLean said the lack of forward thinking and the inability of some club administrators to rise above mediocrity contributed in a significant way to the clubs’ fall from grace. Newly crowned Division One champions, Invaders, are one of few exceptions, according to McLean. “There are others, but Invaders have a good young coach. They are taking the football seriously and are positioning themselves to benefit from whatever programme the parish association has in place,” McLean said. Invaders last played in the Premier League in the 2002-03 season, but were relegated the following year. In the eyes of McLean, they are on their way back. “It will take time,” he said. “Right now, I cannot say there is a team I think could make the Premier League. Invaders are now back in the Trelawny Major League and will have to perform twice as better there before even thinking about the next step. “Then there are Rio Bueno and Bunkers Hill FC for example in the Major League running. Baca Star FC also is initiating some real change. “These clubs are among a select few which could in the future be of such quality to stage a run on the Premier League. But much changes are still in order administratively to make that step,” McLean pointed out.last_img read more

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Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES “It’s a little soon to be predicting a record,” said Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime. “But the record is definitely within reach.”Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view the total audience for Saturday’s fight in the US could reach 50 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’d absolutely call this a complete success,” Espinoza said. “This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results. It lived up to those expectations in every respect.”At $99.95 a buy, the pay-per-view generated at least $450 million in revenue on domestic television alone, money from which each fighter gets an undisclosed percentage. Mayweather estimated after the fight he would make $300-350 million, while McGregor said his take would be around $100 million. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The pay-per-view numbers include streaming on the Showtime and UFC apps as well as cable and satellite television buys. The fight was held up briefly because of some streaming issues, but Espinoza said reports of widespread problems with the online feed were overblown.“We were particularly pleased with the digital streaming aspect,” he said. “It was our first venture going direct to consumers on Showtime and we were thrilled. We generated over four times the buys we had expected online.”There were also reports of several million illegal streams of the fight and Espinoza said Showtime’s anti-piracy technicians saw more illegal streams than any previous fight. But he said the nature of the fight meant groups of people gathered to watch it, and that most bought it legitimately to be guaranteed the best possible feed.“We knew we had a massive event with huge interest,” he said. “And we knew a huge amount of people were going to be watching, including some who watched illegally.”Mayweather improved to 50-0 in what he said was his last fight, while McGregor is expected to return to UFC following his only pro fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Though the fight suffered some at the box office because of extremely high ticket prices, it hit the kind of numbers on pay-per-view that promoters were hoping for. When added all together the fight could generate some $600 million in total revenue, which would be along the lines of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round, the first time he has had a real stoppage in nearly a decade. But McGregor’s performance also won some applause, as he boxed better in his first boxing match as a pro than many thought he would.Assuming the preliminary estimates hold up, Mayweather will have participated in the top four pay-per-view events of all time. His fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 sold 2.4 million pay-per-views, and his 2014 fight with Canelo Alvarez sold 2.2 million.Espinoza said he should know by next week whether the fight will end up No. 1 or No. 2 on the all-time list. But he said the early estimates were lower than what the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ended up to be, and that this would likely go higher, too.“There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up,” Espinoza said.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit at the box office and could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.Preliminary figures released by Showtime PPV on Friday showed the fight was tracking in the “mid to high” 4 million range, threatening the 4.6 million record set by Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said the number will likely rise some as more firm figures come in.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Whatever it takes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Terrence Romeo talks to reporters as he attends his first practice with San Miguel. INQUIRER photo/Denison DalupangFor those wondering how a troubled superstar can fit himself into a title-studded roster, here’s an encouraging start: Terrence Romeo knows his place in the San Miguel Beer lineup.“Wala talaga akong maipag-mamalaki sa kahit kanino sa team na ‘to,” the controversial playmaker told reporters after his first practice with the Beermen Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “I’ll just make the most out of it with my new team. It is what it is,” said the 26-year-old guard known for his isolation skills. “We’re in a world that sometimes, there are things you just couldn’t control.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s a mind-set he needs to hold on to if he wants to squeeze out the most of this last chance to smooth out a career that has alternated between highlights and unsavory headlines: “I have nothing on the guys on this team.”“I want to learn from them. I want to learn how to become a champion,” he said of the stars of the team that has won four straight all-Filipino titles.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 ChrissReportedly on a demand by the stars of his former team, Romeo was shipped out by TNT for San Miguel’s Brian Heruela, David Semerad, and a 2021 first round pick. The transaction ended Romeo’s affair with the KaTropa, one that didn’t even last a whole season.To make this shot at relevance work, Romeo knows he has his work cut out for him. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I’ll just have to play the right way of basketball,” said Romeo. And that means leaving the past way behind him.The PBA’s three-time scoring champion refuses to dwell on his unceremonious exit from the KaTropa, who reportedly dealt him away to preserve their cherished chemistry.“Kung sasabihin ko ‘yung totoong dahilan, hahaba lang ‘yung usapan,” he said. “I’m moving on.”“Whatever they say about me, whatever the writeups say about me—about going Awol, about being unreachable during our Christmas party, I don’t know any more … I have no control over that now,” he added in Filipino.Before his tour of duty with KaTropa, Romeo played for GlobalPort for five years, a partnership that also ended on a sour note after a spat with coach Pido Jarencio that was caught on national TV.ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Alapag as SMB assistant coach has homecoming feel to it Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens PLAY LIST 01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

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MOP-Liberia Encourages Young People to Apply for April Edition of Youth Peace Dialogue Competition

first_imgBy Tealee Brown, MOP LiberiaMessengers of Peace-Liberia is encouraging young people to apply for the April’s Edition of its Peace Writing Essay Competition as the award ceremony of March’s edition is to be held soon.According to guidelines, entries for the competition are to be submitted to the Liberian Daily Observer in Paynesville or the Messengers of Peace – Liberia office, 14th Street, Coleman Avenue or emailed to messengersofpeaceliberia@gmail.com.Messengers of Peace – Liberia Inc. (MOP) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical and nongovernmental youth led organization which has promoted peace, the value of volunteerism, teamwork, literacy and togetherness at all levels in Liberia since September 2008.MOP-Liberia still on her quest to promote peace and literacy through innovative approach is for the third consecutive year having her Youth Peace Dialogue Writing Competition, in collaboration with the Liberian Daily Observer under the theme “Sustainable Peace in Liberia: The role of youth in negotiating and implementing peace agreements.”The Youth Peace Dialogue Writing Competition is conducted on a monthly basis. Young people between the ages of 8 – 29 years are encouraged to write articles of 500-700 words and participate.The winner of the competition walks away with a certificate and a cash prize of 10,000LD and his/her article is published in MOP’s column of the Liberian Daily Observer. The winner will also join our cohort of peace writers at MOP-Liberia’s writer’s lab and further develop their skills by benefiting from unparalleled learning opportunities.The April edition of the competition is already in full swing with a deadline of April 23 @ 11:59pm; pending is the Awards ceremony of the March’s edition.The award ceremony promises to bring together the essay competition participants, students, school personnel and other key personnel in the country.Success Sulonkolo, the winner of February’s edition of the competition  in her acceptance speech encouraged fellow participants and other students present to be willing to learn and put into practice what they are been taught in their various schools. She also called on youths to promote peace at all levels and contribute towards sustainable peace in whatever way they can.  Success is now a participant of MOP-Liberia Cohort of Young Peace Writers and also a beneficiary of the Mentor Talk Session hosted by MOP’s Executive Director, Ms. Gwendolyn Myers.MOP- Liberia is again encouraging young people to take advantage of the opportunity and apply for this month’s segment of the competition.For inquiries interested applicants can call 0777295560 or 0777661143 or send an email to messengersofpeaceliberia.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Triathlon clinics upcoming

first_imgBeginners and veterans alike are invited to take part in upcoming triathlon clinics in Fort St. John. The Clinics will be held on May 3, 4, and 6, and will include sessions on swimming stroke improvement, bike tuning, and triathlon competition. For more information, visit the North Peace Leisure Pool, or call Becky, at 787-5780. – Advertisement -Upcoming local traithlons: Grande Praire – May 17 Dawson Creek – May 24 Advertisement Fort St. John – June 7 Fort Nelson – June 28last_img

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China pledges economic reforms

first_img“We are fully confident and capable of resolving the problems and maintaining sustained, stable and sound growth of the financial sector,” he said. China’s bulging global trade surplus – which last year grew to $177.5 billion – and currency regime are expected to among the top issues discussed at a meeting of top Chinese and U.S. trade officials next week in Washington. Wen reiterated Beijing’s vow to let markets play a greater role in setting the yuan’s value, which critics say is artificially low, giving Chinese exporters an unfair advantage. “We are deepening reform of the foreign exchange management system to improve the mechanism of setting the (yuan) exchange rate and give greater scope to the role of the market and introduce greater interest rate flexibility,” Wen said, without giving details. Beijing has adamantly defended its currency policies, and Tuesday a senior Chinese finance ministry official warned that pressuring China to speed up currency flexibility will “backfire.” SHANGHAI, China – Premier Wen Jiabao pledged that China would further reform its currency controls and take steps to resolve problems ranging from the nation’s growing trade surplus to its soaring foreign-exchange reserves. China’s overall economic outlook was positive, Wen said Wednesday at the opening of the African Development Bank’s annual meeting in Shanghai. He also promised that Beijing would make interest rates more flexible while using all available options to control growth of its money supply and ensure economic stability. That could indicate tightening measures may be on the way to cool an economy that grew a blistering 11.1 percent in the first quarter – growth that authorities worry could lead to a debt crisis or higher inflation. “There are some problems. We face excessive liquidity, an imbalance in the balance of payments, and rapid accumulation of foreign exchange. But we are taking measures to deal with these issues,” Wen said. China ended a decade-old direct link between the yuan and the U.S. dollar in July 2005, and revalued the currency by 2.1 percent. Since then, the yuan has been allowed to rise by 5.3 percent against the dollar in tightly controlled trading. Despite criticism from the U.S. in particular, Chinese officials contend that reforms are moving as quickly as the developing economy and financial system will allow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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I will fit in Walusimbi’s shoes -Batambuze

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s new signing Shafik Batambuze during training at Parklands Club on 30th October, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 –Ugandan left-back Shafik Batambuze says he is ready to replace Godfrey Walusimbi in K’Ogalo’s defense having signed a three-year deal to join the club from Tanzanian side Singida United earlier this month.Gor were left with a huge void to fill when Walusimbi ditched the club to join South African top tier side Kaizer Chiefs and struggled to replace the long-serving Ugandan, their weakness in that side of defense hugely blamed for their failure to advance to the Confederation Cup quarters. But now, Batambuze who is expected to slot in straight into the team, says K’Ogalo fans no longer have to worry as he will work hard to seal the slot.“I believe I can fit into his shoes very well because the two of us play almost the same style of football. It has not been hard for me to integrate into the team because I have played in Kenya before and most of the players I played with and against,” the Ugandan told Capital Sport.Gor assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno is excited at the arrival of Batambuze who he says will be a huge addition to the team especially as they look to make a statement continentally next season in the CAF Champions League.Shafik Batambuze controlling the ball during training at Parklands Club on 30th October, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“He’s a big addition to the team because after losing Walusimbi we had to do with makeshift players in that position and that really cost us. We had to look for a good full-back and in Batambuze we got the person we wanted. He’s been in Kenya and knows the league and also strong on set pieces and very good in crossing. That’s what you look for when you need a good fullback,” Otieno said.Batambuze left Tusker FC for Tanzania’s Singida United at the beginning of the year having won a league and cup with Tusker FC. However, he says he has returned to Kenya because of financial issues at Singida.He previously also featured for Sofapaka and Western Stima which was his first club in the Kenyan Premier League.“I am happy to come back to Kenya because it’s a very competitive league and the best thing is that I am coming to a different side with a bigger challenge. My target now is to work harder and not only play in another big club in the region but probably Europe as well,” Batambuze further stated.Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze in training at Parklands Club on 30th October, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUHe added that making the choice to join Gor was a no brainer especially with the allure of playing in the CAF Champions League. His target now is to help K’Ogalo sweep all the titles available and also help them do well in continental football.“I believe it is possible because we have a very good team and everyone is working hard to achieve the goals,” he added.The Ugandan is hopeful of being part of Gor Mahia’s contingent that travels to Liverpool, United Kingdom on Friday for the historic friendly match against English premier League side Everton FC next week Tuesday.Batambuze’s process to acquire a visa has been expedited to enable him travel as Gor currently need a fullback for the huge test.“I want us to win all available titles with Gor that’s my biggest target, it is possible, a good team and I promise the fans to support the team and I will do my best,” Batambuze vowed.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Pakistan proposes allowing crossings

first_img India, which has sent quake relief supplies to Pakistan, hailed Musharraf’s proposal but said it was awaiting more details before deciding whether to accept it. India and Pakistan – which have fought two wars over Kashmir since gaining independence in 1947 – also said they would allow Kashmiris to make telephone calls to the other side to check on loved ones. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At least 54,000 people died in the Oct. 8 disaster, most in the Pakistani-held part of Kashmir. India reported 1,361 deaths on its side. The United Nations has estimated 3.3 million were left without homes. “The situation is really disastrous,” said Turkish relief worker Tayyar Wardar, a member of an emergency medical team that flew to Sarli Sachan, the area where the girl died. “They had no medicine, or food. Nobody had been there until now.” Wardar said some villagers walked more than a day to get help in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan’s portion of Kashmir. Aid workers reached Sarli Sachan in just 10 minutes by helicopter and found 40 people with life-threatening injuries, he said. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf suggested letting Kashmiris cross the so-called Line of Control in Kashmir, a move that would encourage cooperation between the two neighbors in the disputed region. Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India, and both nations claim it in its entirety. “We will allow every Kashmiri to come across the Line of Control to assist in the reconstruction effort,” Musharraf said in Muzaffarabad. He also said that political leaders on both sides should coordinate reconstruction efforts and that he hoped to work out the “formalities” of such an arrangement if India agrees. MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan on Tuesday proposed allowing Kashmiris to cross the frontier dividing the territory with India to help disaster victims – the latest sign of cooperation between the nuclear rivals since this month’s earthquake. Pakistani and U.S. military helicopters were delivering aid to hard-hit Muzaffarabad, which has become a relief distribution hub for survivors of the Oct. 8 temblor. But the U.N. World Food Program warned that 500,000 earthquake survivors have yet to receive supplies. “People don’t just need food – first of all they need shelter, blankets and medical assistance – then food and clean water,” said James Morris, executive director of the WFP. Relief workers visited one village where an 8-year-old girl died Tuesday of abdominal injuries they said could easily have been treated a short helicopter ride away. The death highlighted the predicament facing thousands of injured stranded in the mountains, many with infections that could turn deadly unless they get medical treatment. last_img read more

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