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Campos, Steels Secure Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week

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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Valentina Campos and Northwestern State’s Jasmyn Steels are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the week, the conference announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Campos earned her first weekly honor of the season after notching a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race for the Islanders over the weekend at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock, Texas.Steels also cemented a first-place long jump finish for the Lady Demons at the UA Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The junior has captured the last two weekly honors and is the first repeat award winner among field competitors this season.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Comfort, TexasThe sophomore added another strong performance in the long-distance events as the Islanders wrapped up their non-conference slate, notching another first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. Campos crossed the line at 10:09.17, securing the Islander’s best finish in the 3,000-meter event this season.Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Aleyah Donald, McNeese; 4×400-meter Relay Team, Stephen F. Austin; Megan Kirby, Abilene Christian; Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Jasmyn Steels, Northwestern State – Jr. – College Station, TexasSteels has taken first-place in every long jump event that she has competed in this season. Her mark of 20’ 9 ¼” on Friday improves her to seventh in the nation and first in the Southland Conference this season. She now stands second in the Northwestern State school record book, just 1 ¼ inches behind four-time All-American Stephanie Sowell.Honorable Mention: Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian; Danielle Lorenz, New Orleans; Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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first_img$150,000 EVENING JEWEL ATTRACTS NINE ON SATURDAY HONOR A.P. SEEKS REVENGE ON AUTHENTIC IN SA DERBYFollowing an encouraging second in the San Felipe Stakes by Honor A.P. on March 7 behind undefeated Authentic, all systems were at the ready for a rematch in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.But when the Wuhan virus unmasked itself, it was back to square one for the son of Honor Code trained by John Shirreffs.The West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby had been scheduled for April 4 but is now set for June 6, when six additional stakes will be featured. The Run for the Roses had its traditional running date of the first Saturday in May scrubbed too and moved to Sept. 5.“We’re back to where we were before the San Felipe,” Shirreffs said, alluding to the five-month gap since Honor A.P.’s prior race, a maiden allowance test at a mile last Oct. 13, which he won on the lead by 5 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith. The Hall of Famer has been aboard Honor A.P. in each of his three races and will be on again in the Santa Anita Derby.“He looks really good and he’s been training very well,” said Shirreffs, who has the ridgling owned by C R K Stables scheduled to have his seventh recorded breeze tomorrow (May 14) since the San Felipe, which was decided at a mile and one sixteenth.With a more favorable pace scenario in the Santa Anita Derby, Shirreffs hopes for a better outcome against the speedy Authentic, one of three spectacular undefeated sophomores trained by Bob Baffert, the others being Arkansas Derby divisional winners Charlatan and Nadal. The three rank fourth, third and first, respectively, in the current National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) poll.“Authentic went to the lead (in the San Felipe) and dictated the pace pretty much all the way,” Shirreffs recalled, adding, “Since we weren’t racing here, I kind of backed off Honor A.P. a bit and didn’t work him too hard, but right now he’s training strong and I think he’s going to come into the Santa Anita Derby really well.”SATURDAY’S $150,000 EVENING JEWEL COMES UP TOUGHA solid group of 10 sophomore fillies, headed by Ben and Sally Warren’s classy homebred Warren’s Showtime, will go six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for eligible California-bred or sired runners.Sponsored by the CTBA, the Evening Jewel is part of the lucrative Golden State Series.A daughter of red hot sire Clubhouse Ride, out of the Grade I winning Affirmative mare Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime, who is trained by Craig Lewis, is a three-time stakes winner at one mile on turf, most recently taking the China Doll Stakes here on March 7.“It’s not my preference, but she’s been cooped-up so long and she’s just got to run,” said Lewis.  “She’s much better going two turns on grass, but that said, good horses do good things.”Been Studying Her, a KMN Racing homebred filly by Fast Anna, has been idle since well beaten as the 3-1 favorite by Warren’s Showtime in the one mile turf Cal Cup Oaks here Jan. 18 and will hope to rebound for trainer Art Sherman.A winner of two consecutive allowance sprints at Golden Gate Fields on March 5 & 27, Bulletproof One appears to be the speed of the field and will be seeking her sixth win (two of them in stakes) from 11 starts.  Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, Eclipse Thoroughbreds, Wachtel Stable and partners, she’s trained by Peter Miller.GLATT SENDS TALENTED FILLY AGAINST BOYS IN ECHO EDDIEBorrowing a page from the D. Wayne Lukas trainer’s playbook, Mark Glatt will take on the boys with his talented filly Big Sweep in Saturday’s $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at six furlongs.Sponsored by the CTBA, the Echo Eddie is for Golden State Series eligible California-bred or sired three-year olds and has attracted a field of nine.“We nominated to both races (including the Evening Jewel) and to be honest, we looked at the noms for both of them and we just thought that maybe our best chance this time is against the boys,” said Glatt.  “She’s obviously very talented and hopefully, we chose the right option.”Breaking from the rail in her debut going six furlongs here March 14, Big Sweep blasted off and enjoyed a 4 ½ length advantage turning for home en route to a 2 ¼ length win as the even money favorite.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Big Sweep earned an Echo Eddie best last out Beyer Speed figure of 83 and will retain the services of Flavien Prat on Saturday.  By Mr. Big our of the City Zip mare Misszippityslewda, Big Sweep sold for $40,000 at the Barretts Fall Yearling Sale in October, 2018.The Craig Lewis-trained Club Aspen, a one mile stakes winner versus Cal Breds three starts back, rates a big chance as he bids for his third win from 10 overall starts.  Owned by Larry Lewis, the 3-year-old gelding by Clubhouse Ride fetched $55,000 at the Fasig Tipton Santa Anita 2-year-olds in training sale last summer.ESPINOZA WORKING HARD FOR SANTA ANITA RETURNIt takes more than a global pandemic to keep Victor Espinoza from winning races, which he’s been doing since 1993, back when people mentioned “Corona,” they were talking about a Mexican beer.More than a quarter century later, the affable native of Mexico is still winning, and he doesn’t need to ride eight a day to keep fit.Scoring off a layoff is old hat for Espinoza, who celebrates his 48th birthday in 10 days, on May 23. When he piloted two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome to victory in the 2016 Dubai World Cup, saddle slipping all the way, it was Victor’s only mount that day.And less than a month ago, on April 18, in a masterful display of horsemanship, he guided Ce Ce to a dramatic head victory over Ollie’s Candy in the talent-laden Grade I Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park. It was his first and only mount in nearly a month, since he rode four races at Santa Anita March 22, winning the second on Tiz Wonderfully.Espinoza will be back in the saddle Friday when Santa Anita resumes fans-free live racing for the first time since March 22. He is named to ride four horses on the nine-race card that drew a hefty 97 entrees and has a 12:30 p.m. first post time.“Victor has a home in Sierra Madre and one in Del Mar,” said his agent during a historic seven-year run, Brian Beach. “He works out locally when he’s at Santa Anita, but since it’s been closed during the pandemic, he’s been working at his Del Mar home where he has a gym set up.“His routine keeps him very fit. He’s very diligent about it and that’s good, because in this current situation, mounts have been few and far between, and I don’t imagine we’ll be riding the card when we resume racing, probably three or four horses a day at the most.”Espinoza has favored working out in the serene setting at Del Mar, “where it is quieter, and there aren’t many people on the streets. I probably run four or five miles and don’t have to worry about bumping into anybody.“I have pretty much all the workout equipment I need at my home. How much time I put in every day depends. I have a training program in place which includes weights and body-building exercises and if I’m feeling good, it could take me an hour; if I’m feeling tired, maybe two hours.”Like most of the hoi polloi, Espinoza has adjusted to the social restrictions set forth during the Wuhan virus.“The whole country is in the same situation, not just here,” he said. “All the changes we make are going to be for the best, because our safety and health are the top priorities. No one knows how long it will continue, so we have to implement all the precautions we can and go from there.”In the past, Espinoza has overcome considerably more than winning a race from right off the bench. He suffered career-threatening vertebra injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22, 2018, enduring pain, perseverance and puzzlement for seven months before he recovered and resumed riding on Feb. 18, 2019.That was then and this is now and Espinoza continues to soldier on, although his recent mounts can be counted on one hand.“He worked some horses at Santa Anita last weekend, and outside of Ce Ce in the Apple Blossom, that was the first time he left his little cocoon in a while,” Beach said. “He rode just one horse and it worked out well, but he showed winning the World Cup in 2016 he’s got a knack for that.”Beach presently has two stakes mounts pending for Espinoza on Santa Anita’s blockbuster card on June 6, featuring seven lucrative events highlighted by the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Derby. “Right now,” he said, “we have Cistron lined up for John Sadler in the Grade II Triple Bend and Midcourt for John Shirreffs in the Grade I Gold Cup.”If there are more, Espinoza will welcome them. The “R” word is not high on his chore chart even as 48 approaches.His awards and achievements are milestones every rider would envy, foremost among them being the regular rider of California Chrome, gaining Hall of Fame membership in 2017 and sweeping the Triple Crown on American Pharoah in 2015.Maturity and appreciation are complementing partners that come with impervious aging, and Espinoza is cognizant of that.Passion for his vocation remains keen, although today’s “new normal” provided an unanticipated but welcome opportunity to smell the roses.“When I was 21, I was more focused on improving my career,” Espinoza said. “But now I appreciate each victory even more, in addition to all that I’ve accomplished.“You can talk about retirement and make all the plans in the world, but life changes. Every day is different, every race we ride is different.“Honestly, everyone thinks about it, because sooner or later all good things come to an end, no matter who it is.“But for me right now, no. I just go day by day.”FINISH LINES: Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed wonder filly that captured the Grade I La Brea Stakes and the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes both at seven furlongs, is likely to stretch out in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth on May 31. “We’re still hoping with her pedigree (Hard Spun–Vindication) that she can do two turns,” trainer John Shirreffs said. ‘We want to avoid sprinting as much as possible.” Hard Not to Love was second to Ce Ce in the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14. Ce Ce, trained to the minute by Michael McCarthy for owner/breeder Bo Hirsch, LLC, would go on to post a mild upset in the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park April 18, with another Santa Anita-based runner, the five-year-old John Sadler-trained mare Ollie’s Candy, finishing a game head back in second . . . Steve Knapp, like all trainers looking forward to a return to racing, has three horses entered Friday with five more set for the weekend. Prior to a halt in the action, the 63-year-old native of Los Angeles ranked sixth in Santa Anita’s standings with 11 wins from 55 starters, 20 percent, “not bad for a 22-horse barn, most of it consisting of claimers and a few allowance horses,” he said. “But my owners and I are hoping to add some two-year-olds.”…First post time for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 12:30 pm. GLATT FILLY TACKLES BOYS IN $150,000 ECHO EDDIE TO THIS VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS AT SANTA ANITA SHIRREFFS READY FOR DERBY WITH HONOR A.P.last_img read more

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Son claims he was lucky to escape South Korea’s ‘war-like’ derby without injury

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first_imgPaulo Bento’s side  had been forced to travel Pyongyang via China and had to leave their phones in Beijing.Only 30 staff members from the South’s football association (KFA) were allowed limited communications to report the game, by sending faxes to government offices in Seoul.Notoriously private North Korean state media have so far made no mention of the World Cup qualifier.2 The first competitive clash between the two countries was played out in an empty stadium in Pyongyang and ended 0-0Credit: AFP SON HEUNG-MIN claims he was lucky to return injury free from international duty after a ‘war-like’ derby against North Korea.South Korea’s star forward only arrived back at Spurs yesterday, so is unlikely to start at home to Watford tomorrow after just one day’s training.2 Son Heung-min claims he was lucky to escape South Korea’s ‘war-like’ derby without injuryCredit: AP:Associated PressThe first competitive clash between the two countries — who are technically still at war — was played out in an empty stadium in Pyongyang and ended 0-0.Son, 27, played 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday but no foreign media were allowed in and the game was not broadcast live.He said: “The match was very aggressive — it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured.”South Korea’s FA vice-president Young-il Choi added: “It was like war.”They used everything from elbows to hands to knees to fend off our players. It was difficult.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe clash was the first time the rivals have faced off in the North’s capital, Pyongyang, since 1990 but supporters were limited to online commentary that consisted of only substitutions and bookings.South Korean supporters have since been promised a DVD containing footage of the match before the delegation heads home, according to the country’s unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs.Tottenham boss Pochettino risks fans’ wrath by ruling out January transfer spending spree despite woeful form Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himlast_img read more

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San Beda barges into 12th straight Finals, ousts San Sebastian

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first_imgShowing no signs of rust from their 19-day layoff, the Red Lions started the game like a house on fire with a 10-2 opening blast and went on to establish an 18-point lead, 32-14, after Bolick and AC Soberano drilled back-to-back threes with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter.But the Golden Stags bounced back, relying on the duo of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David to inch closer and cut the deficit to as low as four, 52-48, late in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHowever, San Beda’s poise prevailed in the end as Mocon and Bolick put on the finishing touches to claim the win.“19 days off is really tough. But I give full credit to my players. They sacrificed a lot in preparation for this game,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “We lost against Lyceum and I know people have been doubting us, but the players believed in themselves. I gave them my trust and they gave me this day.” LATEST STORIES Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments The Scores:SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 23, Bolick 21, Tankoua 13, Soberano 9, Potts 6, Presbitero 4, Abuda 0, Cariño 0, Doliguez 0, Noah 0, Tongco 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – David 16, Costelo 15, Calisaan 10, Capobres 7, Calma 6, Gayosa 6, Bulanadi 4, Navarro 3, Ilagan 2, Mercado 2, Baetiong 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 26-11, 44-31, 57-51, 76-71. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda powered its way to the NCAA Season 93 Finals with a 76-71 victory over San Sebastian in the stepladder semis Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena and book its ticket to its 12th straight Finals appearance.Javee Mocon pumped in 23 points, 22 rebounds, and five blocks, while Robert Bolick drained 21 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from threw, on top of four boards and four assists as the two carried the Red Lions to the championship series once again.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The best-of-three championship series between Lyceum and San Beda begins on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.David paced San Sebastian with 16 points and seven rebounds, Ryan Costelo got 15 markers, three boards, and three assists, and Calisaan had 10 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.The Golden Stags may have gone down but not without a fight, slicing the lead down to five, 67-62 with 5:02 remaining.Unfortunately, Justine Mercado and Costelo were both meted with unsportsmanlike fouls in a span of a minute and the momentum went back the Red Lions’ way, allowing them to bring the lead back to 10, 72-62, with 3:41 left to play.San Beda also made a living from the charity stripe, going 25-of-36 from the free throw line against San Sebastian’s 3-of-6.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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The Challenge for Capacitating Liberian-owned Businesses (Part II )

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first_imgIn Monday’s editorial on this subject, we wrote about the role of government officials and their failure to put their people and country first in the development of business and industry in Liberia.  We touched briefly also on the role of the Central Bank of Liberia and the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) in their attempt to lift Liberians in business.Today we return to our government, and to our educational institutions and their failure to seize the opportunity to make a difference by rescuing their people from second class citizenship and from a persistent and domineering foreign presence in Liberia’s commerce and industry.We have often in our editorials alluded to certain key government Ministries and Agencies which are chiefly responsible for ensuring that Liberian business   participation is encouraged.  These Ministries are Finance, which has a serious influence because it pays the bills; Justice, including its Immigration arm that dishes out the Resident Permits; Commerce, which issues the Business Licenses without asking a single question about Liberian participation; and all the other GOL institutions that consistently dish out the contracts to foreign businesses again.We are dealing with a  government and its  officials–our own people–who could care less about their fellow Liberians in business, yet those who run Liberian businesses are their   mamas and papas, sisters and brothers and cousins and friends–yea even their children. Yet these government officials only see the short term–what they can get today from foreign businesspeople–rather than the long term—what it means for peace and stability, for the economic empowerment and wellbeing of Liberians.But what about the macroeconomic role of government in ensuring that Liberians enjoy a fair share in the national economy?  It is as though absolutely NO ONE is thinking about this.  We recall in the mid-1960s a speech by Treasury Secretary Charles D. Sherman, Liberia’s first economist, addressing foreign businessmen at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.  He appealed to them to consider “the little man on the street.”Here was a very powerful GOL official and his government, surrendering their   macroeconomic responsibility to put in  place policies to ensure that Liberians participate meaningfully in their economy. The thinking young people who listened to that speech considered it a sad day for Liberia–that a powerful figure like Mr. Sherman seemed to have surrendered his responsibility to use his power and influence to stand up  and make a difference on behalf of his beleaguered (broken, oppressed,  subjugated) people.It seems we still have such officials in power today in Liberia–officials who just don’t care about their own people and are quite content to see them remain in the same old state–cheated, deprived, disengaged, dejected and poor.Doesn’t the government know what to do?  How can the government just sit there and see foreigners control EVERYTHING in the country while GOL’s own people struggle so desperately and so pitifully for survival?  Does the government not know that this – the disconnect of Liberians from commerce and the economy is what brought the war?  Have they already forgotten Varney Sherman’s Independence Oration last year, that blamed the war primarily on abject poverty?The handing over of the Robertsfield Hotel to a Lebanese businessman and the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier who won the first but cancelled bid is a clear indication that this government doesn’t care. But that was two years ago.Now that the President has spoken about this glaring disconnect of her people in business, we hope that she has something up her sleeves to address it.When University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet Dennis, took over several years ago, he pledged to   introduce a program to boost Liberian entrepreneurship.  What has happened to that program?  Is the UL Business College still not teaching Marketing?  Have the other universities followed suit?What are schools, colleges and universities for, if not to teach the courses the people need most to deliver themselves from poverty and powerlessness?The fundamental question we always ask is, how SERIOUS are we as a people?  The answer, in the current premises, is obvious: We are not a serious people.  We–all of us–better start getting serious; or otherwise sow the seeds that will take us again to the abyss, from which we may never return.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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Who Is CBL’s New Governor Designate?

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first_imgNathaniel Patray, Executive Governor, Central Bank of LiberiaFollowing the resignation of former Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Milton A. Weeks, President George Weah on July 4, nominated a long-time financial expert, Nathaniel R. Patray as the new Governor.Patray comes to the CBL with over 27 years post graduate experience in economics, banking, and finance relevant to developing countries.Patray, 68, completed his secondary education at the College of West Africa (CWA) on Ashumn Street in 1970, and later enrolled at the Wayne County Community College, Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he obtained an Associate Degree (AA) in Business Administration.A year later, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in Industrial Management from Detroit Institute of Technology, (now Lawrence Institute of Technology), USA; and holds a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Detroit, Michigan, in 1977.He underwent training at several financial institutions including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), USA, International Bank for Reconstruction and Redevelopment (World Bank), Federal Reserve Bank, USA, African Development Bank (AfDB), Ivory Coast and the African Center for Monetary Studies (ACMS), Senegal.While at the National Bank of Liberia now CBL, Mr. Patray served in various capacities including Economist, Manager for Research Department, Deputy Governor, and Senior Executive Officer for Research, Policy, and Planning.At the CBL, Patray served as Senior Executive Officer for Administration, working directly with the Executive Governor and Deputy Governor in administering the work of the various departments by assisting them in formulating administrative, monetary and financial policies in the context of the macro-economy and appropriate implementation to ensure exchange rate stability and, by extension, price stability in order to bring about economic growth and development in the country.In 1998 to 1999, the new Governor-designate also served as chairman of the CBL committee on the exchange of the “Liberty” Banknotes to the different denominations of banknotes being used in the 15 counties.Mr. Patray in 1995 also served chairman, Workshop on the “Rural Financing under Structural Adjustment Program” held under the auspices of the African Rural and Agriculture Credit Association (AFRACA), in collaboration with the National Bank of Liberia and the Central Bank of Gambia in Banjul.The new CBL Executive Governor served as chairman AIESEC, Liberia, a global theme symposium “Where is Corporate Liberia?” A question for Liberia’s economic recovery in 1992.Also in 1989, Patray was appointed as the first vice-president on the technical committee for the establishment of a Monetary Union within the Mano River Union between Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.Governor-designate Patray served as coordinator of the West African Clearing House Annual meeting in Liberia in 1986; he also served as editor of SportsNews, local and foreign sports news outlet published by the Monrovia/Pistons Sports Association, Inc.He retired from the CBL in 2005, and after his retirement, he was later hired by the CBL as a consultant to provide technical input and to help prepare its first Operational Manual in collaboration with an IMF Advisor, Executive Directors, and Managers of the Bank.Mr. Patray taught Economics at the University of Liberia (UL) from 1978 to 1986. While at the UL, he joined the Don Bosco Polytechnic (now Stella Maris Polytechnic) as Part-time Instructor with the Arthur Barclay Business College, teaching Economic Principles (ECON:201 and 202) and have served for more than 20 years. For the past four semesters, he has been teaching Intermediate Microeconomics (304).He also joined the faculty of the Cuttington University Graduate School and Professional Studies (CUGS) in 2012 as Part-time Lecturer with the School of Business and Public Administration. Currently, he is serving as Full-time Lecturer teaching Investments (FINC: 660-01), Macroeconomic Theory one (ECON: 612-1), and Money and Banking (FINC: 662-01).On September 19, 2015, Mr. Patray received a Certificate of Appreciation from Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, former president of Cuttington University, in recognition of valuable contribution to the University over the years.Mr. Patray authored several publications including, the Role of Government in Monetary Management (The Case of Liberia), presented in Lomé, Togo and published by the African Center for Monetary Studies, “Monetary Management in Africa”; The Growth of Private and Official Debt (The Case of Liberia) presented in Tunis, Tunisia and published by the African Center for Monetary Studies, “External Debt Problems of African Countries in the 1980”; Liberia’s Balance of Payment 1970-1980; Policy Measures Adopted by the National Bank of Liberia during 1994 and through the 1st and 2nd Quarters of 1995, published in the National Bank of Liberia Review/Volume 3, No. 5 and 6; and Inflationary pressures in Liberia: Do you Understand Why? Published in the National Bank of Liberia Topical Paper/Volume 2, No.1, 1991.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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Guyana records 58% reduction in malaria cases

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first_imgGuyana has seen a whopping decline in the number of malaria cases between 2000 and 2015, according to US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway during his address at the launch of a new malaria project on Thursday at Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown.According to Holloway, “With a 58 per cent reduction in (malaria) cases from 2000 to 2015, Guyana has made excellent progress in reducing malaria”.While applauding the efforts of the Public Health Ministry along with the US Embassy, Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and other agencies, Holloway noted efforts should not stagnate as Guyana still had a long way to go.According to the World Malaria Report of 2017, some 445,000 deaths were recorded in 2016 while 446,000 were recorded in 2015 globally.The Report says that the World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region accounted for 91 per cent of all malaria deaths in 2016 followed by the WHO South-East Asia Region, which recorded six per cent of the deaths.It, however, states that “15 countries accounted for 80 per cent of global malaria deaths in 2016; all of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, except for India. All regions recorded reductions in mortality in 2016 when compared with 2010, with the exception of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, where mortality rates remained virtually unchanged in the period.“The largest decline occurred in the WHO regions of South-East Asia (44 per cent); Africa (37 per cent) and the Americas (27 per cent). However, between 2015 and 2016, mortality rates stalled in the WHO regions of South-East Asia, the Western Pacific and Africa, and increased in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas”.Around the globe, more countries are beginning to move towards the elimination of the dreadful disease. In fact, some 44 countries were reporting fewer than 10,000 malaria-infected persons in 2016, the Report detailed.In fact, Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka were certified by WHO as malaria free in 2016. In 2016, WHO identified 21 countries with the potential to eliminate malaria by the year 2020. WHO is working along with the Governments in these countries – known as “E-2020 countries” – to support their elimination acceleration goals.On Tuesday, Guyana joined the rest of the world in observing World Malaria Day. This year, the event was held under the theme, “Ready to beat malaria”.last_img read more

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Dick Advocaat quits as Sunderland boss

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first_imgDick Advocaat has quit his role as Sunderland head coach with immediate effect, the club have announced.The Dutchman had signed a new deal with the Black Cats in the summer after saving them from relegation to the Championship last season.He has been unable to build on this though and a 2-2 draw with West Ham, after his men had led 2-0, was the last straw for the 68-year-old.The result leaves Sunderland second from bottom, ahead of rivals Newcastle on goal difference, and without a win in eight games.Advocaat gave the following statement on the club’s official website: “I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me. This is a very special football club, with so many great people, but I feel it is the right time to do this – not for me, but for the club.“I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time turn things around – like we did last year. I am thankful to the chairman for understanding my feelings and I remain on good terms with everyone at the club.  “I wish Ellis, Lee [Congerton], all of the staff, players and of course the supporters, who made me feel so welcome here, the very best of luck for the rest of the season. I have some wonderful memories to take with me and I hope I will return to see everybody again in the future.”Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short said: “I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels is right for the club.“He is a man of integrity and a true football person. He was hugely respectful of the club in taking this decision and he acted 100% in our best interests. It is also testament to his character that he has forgone any kind of a financial settlement, something which is very unusual in football.“I want to place on record my sincere thanks to Dick. He will be remembered with great affection by everyone at Sunderland and there will always be a warm welcome for him here at the Stadium of Light.“While this isn’t a situation any of us envisaged being in, what is important now is that we regroup quickly and focus on the rest of the season.”Assistant head coach Zeljko Petrovic has also left the club. Dick Advocaat 1last_img read more

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DD Technology: Alphatronics’ guide to buying a second-hand phone

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first_imgIf you’re a trend-setter and Pokemon Go Master, like myself, you like the idea of owning the latest and greatest mobile phone.In reality sometimes our budgets can get in the way of this goal, especially for those of us that prefer not to tie ourselves down to a contract to avail of the subsidized phone prices.One way to stay up to date without breaking the bank is to buy a used phone. Personally, I’ve bought a number of used phones over the years. Armed with the simple tips below buying a second hand phone can be a very positive experience. Firstly where to buy: The dealer, done deal, eBay, amazon the list goes on for online shops providing access to used phones. It really is buyer beware when buying from these sites as you can’t physically inspect the phone you are buying. If you are buying online and can’t meet the seller in person, make sure you buy from someone with a return policy in place. Not only does this give you room to return it if the phone isn’t as described, but it also is the mark of a good seller who is confident in their product.You can also buy from a specialised shop like Alphatronic. We stock used iPhones that all come with a warranty. When a phone is refurbished by a retailer it will be given a ‘grade’. Grades are broken down as follows;Grade A Phones – These phones are fully refurbished phones all parts that have been replaced are new and have never been used. Cosmetically these phones look like new with no scratches or blemishes. Alphatronic provide a 6 month warranty on these models. Grade B Phones – Any faulty or damaged parts have been replaced with new parts. The phone will likely have numerous minor scratches on the body and screen that you would expect to see on a phone from normal usage. Alphatronic provide a 3 month warranty on these models.Grade C Phones – The general condition of these phones will reflect heavy usage with scratches and possibly dents to the body work and sometimes scuff marks and scratches on the screen. We don’t stock grade c phones as we have found them troublesome.Two of the biggest problems people encounter when buying second hand phones are barred phones and locked phones. Here’s an outline of what the difference is between barred and locked phones.Barred PhonesThis happens when a person buys a Pay As You Go phone, or gets one free, or cheap on a contract or pre-pay tariff on any network and the person either:1. loses their mobile phone and reports this to their service or network provider. 2. has their mobile stolen and reports this to their service or network provider.The network provider then puts the serial number (the IMEI number for the phone) on a shared blacklist database. This list stops any phone on it from registering on any network. The phone is now no good to anyone; it should not be bought for spare parts and it is a criminal offence to handle it. If you find such a phone it should be handed in to the Gardai so that it can be returned to the owner as he or she may have some important numbers, text messages or pictures in the memory of the mobile phone.It’s common for people to abuse the insurance on their phone by selling it, then later on reporting it as stolen. That way they get a replacement phone whilst the person they have sold the phone to lose out as their phone will be barred and blocked.Make sure that if you buy a phone you register the phone with your network provider as if the phone gets barred at a later date you are mostly covered. CheckMEND is a service to help people avoid buying or selling stolen goods or disabled mobile phones. Every phone reported lost or stolen to a network is recorded for reference on http://www.checkmend.com/eu/verify using the phones IMEI number.Locked PhonesPhones are locked to a particular network so the network can subsidise the price of the phone to their customers. This allows the customer to pick up for the phone, often a high priced smartphone, for a cheaper cost than if they were to buy the phone already unlocked, which is also known as “SIM free”. This is vastly different to a phone that has been barred. An example of this is the popular iPhone 6 16GB, available from Vodafone for free on a higher tariff or SIM free from Apple direct €649, a huge difference.Unlocking is a legal process and involves removing the network lock on a phone so it can accept all compatible SIM cards. When buying a phone that’s locked to a network it’s always best to check first the price of the unlocking service for the model and network as prices vary. Also the unlocking process times can vary from 1 hour to 3 weeks depending on the model and network also.These tips should help you if you’re in the market for a second hand phone. Call to Alphatronic Letterkenny to see the phones we currently have on offer.By Sean Bonner – Alphatronic Repair TechnicianAlphatronic 38 Port Road, Letterkenny, Co DonegalContact me 074 9113445 or email sean@alphatronic.ieDD Technology: Alphatronics’ guide to buying a second-hand phone was last modified: July 24th, 2016 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:Alphatronicsdonegalsecond-hand phoneslast_img read more

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GAA News: Termon record 5 point victory over Gaoth Dobhair

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first_imgSeniorsThere was great delight on Saturday night at the Burn Road when the seniors, contrary to predictions during the week, recorded a 5 point victory over Gaoth Dobhair on a scoreline of 1-11 to 9 points.The teams were level on 6 points each at half time, but Aidan Sweeney’s goal deep into the second half put us into the lead, and with some fantastic defending by Kevin and Michael and a 110% performance from every man on the field, we retained our lead and there was heartfelt applause for the men when the final whistle was blown.Ricky, Kevin and Michael were singled out for inclusion in this week’s Donegal Sportshub team of the week, and we congratulation them for the recognition, but really, we could have filled the “Team of the Week” from no 1 to 15 based on performance, not forgetting our subs on the night! Hugh Harkin, part of the management team with Francie, Michael, Paddy & Christy commented after the game “this one was because of and for the Duffer”. Saturday was the 4th Anniversary of Andrew’s death, and earlier in the day many club members had taken part in a guard of honour at the funeral Mass and burial of Frank Mellett, former player and grandfather of senior panel member Caolán Mellett.Frank was buried close to where Andrew rests in Termon graveyard, and a minute’s silence was observed in memory of both men before Saturday’s senior game. As players left the Burn Road directly after the game to attend Andrew’s Anniversary Mass, the sense of community and shared loss was strongly felt by all who had known Andrew and Frank, may they both Rest in Peace.This weekend sees the Four Masters come to the Burn Road in the final round of the championship group stages, and we hope there will be good support at the game.The Reserves lost out in their game, but an under strength team plagued by injuries battled to the end, having been just 2 points down at half time. BingoBingo continues to be well supported in An Craoibhín on Friday nights, bingo commences at 9 sharp.LottoThis week’s lotto draw takes place in Nora’s, with Joe O’Connell and Pauric Hilferty co-ordinating. The jackpot stands at €2,200.Club meetingThe next club meeting will be at 8pm on Wednesday 7th September at the clubhouse. All club members welcome to attend.LadiesThe minor ladies are away to Aodh Ruadh in the county semi final next Tuesday at 7. Best of luck to the girls and management.The U13 Girls are at home this Friday when our ‘B’ team play Downings, players to be at the pitch at 6pm please for throw in at 6:30pm. Games scheduled for both team on Saturday September 10th.A text will be sent out regarding training. New players are especially welcome, please spread the word. Any queries contact Lisa on 0851650782.Termon GAA Minor Board in association with Kelly’s CENTRA Mountain Top LetterkennyTo coincide with the new school year our U6s are inviting children who are now at National School and those born in 2010 and 2011 to come along to The Burn Road on a Saturday morning 10.30-11.30 to join in the GAA “FUNDAMENTALS”, a course which involves a little physical activity as well as Social and Educational development. Bring your child along, there is no charge and Daireann and Aidan will be delighted to see some new faces for the four weeks.Our U8s are scheduled to host Milford and Downings this Saturday in a blitz, so there will be no training that morning. The Blitz is to commence at the Burn Road @ 11;45, so Jim, Conall & Liam ask that all players are at the pitch no later than 11;30, and bring their gumshield, as well as their Termon jerseys and shorts. Further details will be circulated via text later in the weekU10 coaching will take place on Saturday morning with a slight change of time to facilitate the U8 Blitz. Its 10.15-11.30 this Saturday but all else stays the same and all boys and girls born 2006 and 2007 are welcome. Gumshield, gloves, own water bottle and warm clothes are essentials. Any queries to David 085 1305332.Our U13s had a busy week with 2 home games against Glenswilly and Burt last Wednesday and Friday in the NRB Div 2 League competition. A 5 point victory in both games was a worthy reward for 2 gutsy performances. On Wednesday Thomas Cannon our Goalkeeper was the start with a string of fine saves with Oisin Kelly Mark Toye and Caolan Reid also to the fore. On Friday night Blake Boal, Kevin Mc Gettigan Jamie Doherty and Oisin Harkin were prominent against a very “big” Burt outfit. Next up it’s a trip to Mc Cumhaill Park tomorrow night (Wednesday) with a 7pm throw in. Hard luck to our U16 boys who were defeated after Extra Time on Sunday last in the NRB Div 2 League Final. In what was a fantastic game Fanad lead from early on but goals were keeping our boys in touch and indeed were unlucky not to score a forth and winning goal in the last minute of normal time. Fanad proved too strong in the extra 20 minutes, their 3rd game in a row to win in Extra time. Congrats to Fanad Gaels on their victory. Next up it’s a huge challenge for our boys with St Nauls who breezed through the SRB League providing the opposition this Sunday in Glenties, 6pm throw in. Come along and support the boys in what will be a difficult assignment but one we know they will give their all in.Our Minor boys concluded their NRB Div 2 Championship when they entertained Fanad Gaels at the Burn Road on Tuesday night. A 7 point lead for the visitors at half time left our boys with too much to do but our Management team will be heartened by the second half performance. Eóin Doherty scored the goal and with Michael Lagan in superb form in goals, Darragh Moyne and Eoin Kelly playing superbly in our back line, James Mc Sharry involved in all our best bits it was a true Termon battling display. Details of further fixtures will be known in the coming days.GAA News: Termon record 5 point victory over Gaoth Dobhair was last modified: August 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:an tearmainnNotesTermon GAAlast_img read more

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