first_imgLiberia’s U-20 players arrive at the SKD during the County Meet final(Photo: Anthony Kokoi)A day after Liberian sports’ enthusiasts enjoyed the finals of the country’s biggest sporting festival, the National County Sports Meet, the WAFU U-20 tournament will today kick off at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex with Jr. Lone Star (U-20) going against Ivory Coast in the opening match of Group A.Ivory Coast is replacing Cape Verde who earlier withdrew from the tournament. The opening will be followed by Group A’s second match when Guinea Bissau face Sierra Leone.Liberia was paired in Group A against Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone.Meanwhile, Liberia’s U20 Coach Christopher Wreh and his technical staff have named 18 players to feature for the national team. The selected players include Ashley William, Gbelly Beba Wilson, Daniel Paye, Allen Njie and Chauncy Freeman.Others are Musa Noah Kebbeh, Edward Daddy Ledlum, David Teklo Tweh, John Chea Jaysay, Asiamuh Dann, Sheku Sheriff and Sidiki Blayday Kromah.The rest are Gasimu Sheikh Kouyateh, Lawson Saah Kongo, Jeremy Gift Saygbe, Sam N. Jackson, Urias Sayon and Sebastian Tackler.The tournament will later continue on Wednesday with Senegal going against Mali, while the Gambia will face Guinea in the group’s second encounter.In addition, the local organizing committee has disclosed that all participating countries have arrived for the tournament.“The U-20 teams of Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and the Gambia have arrived in Liberia and have been taken to their various hotels and have had their first practice sessions at selected venues across Monrovia,” the committee said in a release yesterday.The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday afternoon to be followed by the kick off that will be taken by Chief Patron of Sports President George Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe MLS All-Star Game on Thursday will feature one of the world’s most storied clubs. Unfortunately for the more than 70,000 fans expected at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldoand Zlatan Ibrahimovic are not along for the ride.After Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup and his transfer from Real Madrid, the five-time FIFA Player of the Year took time off rather than accompany Juventus on its American preseason tour, which includes Tuesday night’s game against top players from Major League Soccer.The decision will surely be a disappointment to the big crowd that had hoped Ronaldo would make his unofficial debut while touring the United States with the Italian club that has won seven straight Serie A championships.Juventus acquired the 33-year-old from Real Madrid on July 10 in a deal his new club said was worth USD 131.5 million the largest for a player older than 30 .Also sitting out the US tour, which includes three other exhibitions, is Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain. He is coming off a scoreless World Cup in which he didn’t start in the round of 16 loss to eventual champion France.”Obviously these guys are world-class players,” said Atlanta United’s Brad Guzan, a goalkeeper for the MLS team.”With or without them, it will be a difficult game. But their names alone bring a lot of attention. It’s a shame for everybody on the outside. For me, personally, hopefully it makes for an easier night.”Most players take three weeks off after the World Cup. Juventus opens its Serie A schedule at Chievo Verona the weekend of Aug. 18-20 .advertisement”We are sorry not to have the Ronaldo, and Higuain as well,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said through a translator.”Unfortunately, they played in the World Cup. They needed some days to rest.” Ronaldo and Higuain won’t be the only big names missing from the game.One of MLS’ top new stars, LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, announced Monday that he’s skipping the All-Star match rather than make a cross-country trip to Atlanta.The 36-year-old Swede cited the grind of playing three matches in an eight-day span, including Sunday night’s 4-3 victory over Orlando City in which he scored his first MLS hat trick .Ibrahimovic ranks second in MLS with 15 goals. He played with Juventus from 2004-06.”I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said in a statement.”I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”The Galaxy (10-7-5) are unbeaten in nine games and have climbed to third place in the Western Conference.Per MLS rules, Ibrahimovic will also have to sit out LA’s next match Saturday against Colorado, one of the league’s worst teams.New York City forward David Villa also will skip the All-Star Game after missing six matches with a knee injury.Ibrahimovic and Villa were replaced on the MLS roster by Minnesota forward Darwin Quintero and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams.Atlanta United coach Gerardo Martino, who will be guiding the MLS team, said the timing of the game does pose problems.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA _ A rich marine harvest ground for a First Nation near British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest remains closed to shellfishing one year after a tug ran aground, resulting in a 100,000-litre fuel spill into Seaforth Channel.Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk First Nation in the small community of Bella Bella said Thursday that the sinking on Oct. 13 last year of the 30-metre tug Nathan E. Stewart has had devastating social, cultural and economic impacts on her people.She said her First Nation wants answers about the long-term effects of the fuel spill but are getting little assistance from the B.C. and federal governments and the tug boat company, Texas-based Kirby Corp.Slett said when the tug was pulled from the water about a month after it sank and the fuel spill was contained, government environment officials and company salvage crews left.“Largely, since everything has sort of packed up … dealing with the post spill and long-term effects, (it) has been largely radio silence,” she said. “We are on our own.”Slett said both levels of government don’t appear interested in conducting reviews of long-term health, social and economic impacts of the spill. The Heiltsuk are preparing to do their own study, which she said could cost up to $500,000.“We rely on healthy resources and we rely on being able to harvest from the sea for our way of life, for our economy,” Slett said.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman was not available for an interview, but in a statement he said improvements in spill responses and recovery are needed and First Nations must be included in the process.The government is seeking Heiltsuk input into plans to recover from the spill, he added.“While funding for ship-source spills is a federal responsibility we are open to working with the (Heiltsuk) and the federal government on additional federal and provincial regulatory provisions to address all aspects of response and recovery,” Heyman said.The federal government and Kirby Corp. were not available for comment on Thursday.A final situation report signed last November by the Heiltsuk, the federal and B.C. governments found the Nathan E. Stewart was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel and towing an empty fuel barge when it ran aground.More than 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants, including gear, hydraulic and lube oils, were released into the ocean, creating an oily purple and yellow sheen on the water and beaches around the spill site.Slett said the tug ran aground about 12 kilometres west of Bella Bella near the mouth of Gale Creek, a prime seafood harvesting and fishing area for the Heiltsuk. The area has been closed since Oct. 14, 2016.A separate report released by the Heiltsuk last April criticized Canada’s emergency response measures in the hours after the grounding of the tug. The federal government did not respond to the criticism at the time but said it would meet with the Heiltsuk to review what they’ve collectively learned from the incident.The report says Gale Creek is a rich ecosystem where the Heiltsuk take up to 25 food species, including a lucrative manila clam harvest and red sea urchin, sea cucumber and salmon.“We hold dear our whole territory, but this area is known as our bread basket and people go there and harvest multitudes of different species throughout the year, so the impact has been felt greatly throughout the community,” said Slett.She said up to 50 people depend on the Manila clam harvest for much of their livelihoods and those people face a second season of unemployment due to the closure.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $1.5 billion ocean protection plan last November that included plans to improve spill response capabilities along Canada’s coasts before Ottawa approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is expected to increase tanker traffic off B.C.last_img read more

The absence of the Russians in a Winter Games definitely benefits certain countries more than others — mainly because the Russians are good at many things but not everything. Here are some takeaways from our reimagined Sochi Games:USA takes top spot. The United States leads the medal table now, which is none too surprising considering the U.S. leads the table after the 11 medals were stripped, too.Latvia makes history. Latvia earns the first two gold medals at a Winter Games in its country’s history. The Latvians, like the Russians, are good at the sliding sports, so without the Russians, they nab two golds in men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled — which they deserve anyway because those two Russian medals were among those stripped away.Gracie Bronze. The U.S. women have been left off the podium in the past two Winter Games in the premier event of single figure skating. Aptronymic American hopeful Gracie Gold finished in a disappointing fourth in Sochi, but she sneaks onto the podium now.China improves its haul. The 2022 hosts specialize in short-track speed skating, a series of events that the Russian men dominated in Sochi. In the adjusted table, the Chinese add five medals, making them the biggest mover in the medal standings.The alpine events go untouched. The Russians are seldom a factor on the slopes, and the 2014 skiing results stay the same. So if there are any countries where the Russian ban means the least in terms of medal haul, it’s the alpine powers of Switzerland and Austria. Likewise, Canada and the U.S., which traditionally rule the snowboarding events, will see a lesser effect because the Russians are not particularly notable at that either, despite collecting some hardware in Sochi.Thanks to the speedy work done by The New York Times, we can start to put together a picture of the implications of winning medals in Pyeongchang, which will host the games that are due to start in just 65 days. Of the 102 events at next year’s games, Russian athletes would have been likely medal contenders in 32 of them, based on their performances at the most recent world championship-level event for each sport. In particular, Russia seemed primed for a big showing in cross-country skiing: Russian athletes had finished within the top five positions in eight of the sport’s 12 events during their latest world championship-level contests.Russia has long been a power player at the Winter Games, with dominating performances in certain events over the years, particularly at Sochi. If the Russian athletes are not in South Korea in two months, it will be the other Winter Olympic mainstays that could receive a boosted chance of medal glory. The International Olympic Committee’s suspension of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping leaves us in uncharted territory. Previous Olympics have been held without a Russian presence,1The Soviet Union didn’t participate in the Olympics until 1952 and boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. but there’s never been a doping ban of this magnitude in Olympic history, and Russia (or the Soviet Union) has been at every Winter Games since 1956.To get a sense of how this ban may affect the other countries, we recalculated the Sochi results to see what the medal table would look like without the Russians. Eleven Russian medals have already been stripped in the doping fallout, but those lost golds, silvers and bronzes were never backfilled and remain vacant. Of course, it’s very possible that many of the Russian athletes, including some of Sochi’s medalists, will still compete in Pyeongchang under the IOC banner.2Individual Russian athletes are permitted to participate in the games as long as they meet certain criteria and are deemed “clean,” though they cannot compete under the Russian name and flag. But for this experiment, we will show the effects of the Winter Games losing all Russian competitors.In our exercise, we simply bumped up anyone who finished behind a Russian at Sochi. If the Russians swept the podium, like they did in men’s 50-kilometer mass start cross-country skiing, we awarded medals to those who finished fourth through sixth. read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will launch a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.Fletcher and Cox will hold a news conference to launch the County Air Pollution Control District’s “Clean Air for All” campaign, which will allow businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to replace their high- emission vehicles with more climate friendly options.Officials with the California Air Resources Board will also present the county with roughly $28.5 million in state grants to fund the program. Earlier this year, the CARB also awarded $2.5 million to the Air Pollution Control District to monitor air quality in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and parts of National City.The news conference and check presentation will be held at the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway. The launch event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County to Launch High-Emission Vehicle Replacement Campaign August 7, 2019last_img read more