World Cup downhill in Sochi called off for poor snow surface

first_imgMOST READ A second super-G will be raced Sunday, using the vacant day to reschedule a race canceled in January at St. Anton, Austria, the governing body said Friday.The course is staging its first top-level Alpine ski races since the 2014 Sochi Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThis weekend, American star Mikaela Shiffrin will be mathematically confirmed as the winner of her third straight World Cup overall title.Shiffrin leads the standings by more than 700 points from her main rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. With 100 points awarded for a win, only six races will remain when the circuit leaves Russia. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Shiffrin’s title is already a formality as both she and Vlhova, who are technical race specialists, are skipping the speed races this weekend.All other skiers trail at least 900 points behind Shiffrin, who has a career-best 14 World Cup wins this season. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MMA legend Vitor Belfort signs with ONE Championship Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img LATEST STORIES United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin, center, winner of an alpine ski World Cup women’s parallel slalom city event, celebrates on the podium with second-placed Germany’s Christina Geiger, left, and third-placed Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson, in Hammarbybacken, Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Christine Olsson/TT via AP)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The second-to-last women’s downhill of the World Cup season has been canceled in Russia after poor course conditions meant a mandatory training session was canceled for three straight days.The International Ski Federation said the Saturday morning race slot at the Rosa Khutor venue will now go to a super-G, which was scheduled for Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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Another political stunt

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition pulled off another political stunt rather than a celebratory event – this 52nd Independence anniversary of our country. I say this in review of the pathetic show foisted on the people at D’Urban Park. They rented schoolchildren (typical PNC style propaganda machinery) from all across the country to populate the stands to hear the most depressing of speeches in a long time. Well, if you should take the President’s speech in its truest sense, the children were not the ones catered for in that address; his talk was mainly for the adults and those at home. So, Granger’s address was simply “talk” that was over their heads.Right from the very start of the ceremony, that is, the salute and inspection of the guard, showed that empty void of pomp and pageantry, that usually greets you at these events. Even when he was invited to inspect the guard of honour, Granger was literally running ahead of the ceremonial officer. The common formalities that important dignitaries show on such important events were woefully lacking. He looked lost, confused and bewildered. The President’s show of nervousness may have been symptomatic of his address that came after in which he gave himself away in all that he said. His was a prepared speech full of political innuendos and he contradicted himself throughout the address. Whether by accident or design, he completely forgot his campaign promises, chief of which was the ushering in of the “good life” soon after taking office. That promise we now know was a farce, seeing the good life is not an achievable good for the present generation, but something in the far distant future. Yes, we heard him, loud and clear a “future good life” and not a present one.Of course, this is the newest “pie in the sky” campaign type rhetoric coming from a President three-fifths into his rule.So, the supposed additional bacchanal of this Independence anniversary being a “Carnival” event that too was a damper as the people saw this as another ploy to divert attention from the present sad situation that has enveloped this nation. That Burnhamite strategy resurrected by Granger, is a sure way of keeping the nation in a stupor. Dance away your worries, dance your stresses and your distresses away. But even that was low-key because there is nothing to party about because most of us lack the means with-which to party. Where is the means to do so? With over 25,000 persons out of a job and others not sure of the one that they now hold, the situation is terribly dreadful.To sum it up in these simple words, it was an “abysmal performance by the Granger regime.”Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Wushu Entertains Audience

first_imgThere were “smiles” and then “cheers – particularly “claps” from Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue and staff of the Embassy, including personnel of Chinese Police Unit owing to the incredible performances of Liberian Wushu athletes.The Ministers of Education and Youth and Sports, George Werner and Lenn Eugene Nagbe, including the Police Commissioner of UNMIL, Mr. Gregory Hinds, and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Brig. Gen. Daniel Dee Ziankahn amongst other audience were also excited.Since the resumption of diplomatic ties between China and Liberia in 2003, this is the first performance of Chinese cultural martial arts. The 12 Liberian Wushu athletes were trained and directed by retired taekwondo fighter, Master Junior Pewee Russian.Chinese Ambassador Zhang said the practice of Wushu in Liberia is an important part of the friendly relations between the two countries, because Wushu is cultural martial arts in China, which has absorbed the popular philosophies and moral practices of the people of China over the past 5000 years of development.“Wushu has developed into more than just a simple system of fighting and has become a way to cultivate the body, mind and spirit in a positive way that is beneficial to all that practice it,” Amb. Zhang said. The President of Liberia National Wushu Association (LNWA), Fred Pratt thanked Amb. Zhang and the Embassy for the support and wished for technical support to the training of the athletes.Pratt also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the inaugural budgetary allocation to the association and further extolled two media institutions, including the Daily Observer newspaper for their coverage of Wushu events.Liberia Wushu was founded on February 11, 2011 and was accredited by the International Wushu Federation (IWF) on November 15, 2011 at its 11th Congress on October 9, 2011. During the Chinese martial arts performances, the UNMIL Chinese Police Unit also performed various styles along with the Liberian Wushu athletes. After the performances, both of them interacted.Reports gathered said, the UNMIL Chinese Police Unit has resolved to assist Master Russian in the teaching of Wushu and other Chinese martial arts.It may be recalled that the Political Commissar of Chinese UNMIL Police Unit, Li Peisen expressed his appreciation for Liberians to practice Chinese martial arts and support its development in the country.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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Police still to arrest suspects for vigilante beating

first_imgAgricola accidentOver six weeks have passed since the truck driver involved in the Agricola, East Bank Demerara accident, which claimed the life of a seven-year-old girl, was severely beaten by residents from the area and the police are yet to make an arrest.Truck Driver, Danion WelcomeHowever, the police are still investigating the matter, with the hope of identifying the persons responsible for the vigilante beating and burning of the driver’s truck.Last month, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman publicly declared that those caught for the crimes will face the full brunt of the law.“Yes, once they are identified we will have them arrested. Everyone who is identified for assaulting the man, we will have them arrested. Despite the circumstances, they cannot beat someone, that is against the law”, Chapman had told Guyana Times.Videos on social media showed that the truck driver was dripping blood as a result of the beating he received. After the beating, he was handed over to the police who took him to the Georgetown Public Hospital to seek medical attention.However, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves also told this publication on Sunday that it is too early to determine who is responsible for the fatal accident while adding that investigations are ongoing.“I will not want to pronounce on that until that investigation by the Traffic Department is completed. That is the confusion because we pronounce without getting the facts and when the facts are revealed then persons would want to say that the police are covering up.”Based on reports received, on June 1, the child was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, Samantha Barry, at about 16:45h in the vicinity of the Independence Arch at Agricola.During that time, a truck bearing registration number GWW 962 was heading to Georgetown when he allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle and ended up in the path of the pedestrians.Upon impact, the woman was flung some distance away while the truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath. A light pole was unearthed as a result of the impact and subsequently collapsed on the roadway.About one hour later, a forklift and crane were used to lift the vehicle and remove the child’s remains. Her body was completely severed.Benjamin’s aunt recalled that she had just picked up the child and held her hand as they were crossing the road to go home. However, she claimed that the truck “came from nowhere” and slammed into the child.FireAfter the scene was cleared, there was a sigh of relief but another unexpected tragedy arose when the lorry was set alight at about 18:10h, creating a towering inferno in the middle of the roadway.Laden with fuel, it burned for hours, blockading the flow of traffic. At one instance, there was a string of vehicles from Diamond on the EBD, to Mandela Avenue.Pedestrians stood in disbelief as small explosions erupted from the fire. At 18:43h, the Guyana Fire Service was yet to arrive at the scene as fuel leaked onto the roadway, burning uncontrollably and threatening nearby buildings.Nevertheless, commuters took the risk of crossing the burning truck, in what was described as one of the “most dangerous” situations.Police presence was observed at strategic points to maintain order on two of the four lanes which were operational. One driver related that he was waiting for three hours to access the Demerara Harbour Bridge.At 19:28h, firefighters arrived at the scene to douse the burning truck, which was completely burnt.last_img read more

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Child deaths in road accidents increase – Traffic Chief

first_imgThe number of children who died as a result of injuries sustained in accidents have doubled this year when compared to figures during the corresponding period for last year.In an interview with Guyana Times, Traffic Chief Linden Isles said that three children died as a result of accidents last year and six has died this year.Traffic Chief Linden IslesFor 2019, there have been 67 fatal accidents. Last year, during the same period, 64 accidents were recorded. This shows a five per cent increase.“We had 64 fatal accidents in 2018 compared with 67 in 2019 for the corresponding period, which is an increase of five per cent. We had 74 deaths in 2018 with 73 in 2019, which is a decrease of one per cent,” he explained.Thirteen pedal cyclists, he said, were killed for the year and 16 motorcyclists lost their lives as a result of road accidents. Meanwhile, 21 motorcycles and 22 hire cars were involved in these accidents.This year, 60 males died in accidents and 13 females. Six out of the total deaths were children.Recently, a three-year-old baby boy was killed after being struck by a speeding car at Islington, Greater New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The child, Dominic Tyler Sulker of Lot 49 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, was at the time at his grandfather’s business place at Islington when he reportedly ran out on to the public road where he was struck by the car with registration plate HC 9655.Reports are that the three-year-old had just returned home from school and got out of the car with his grandmother and went into the shop, but moments later, an uncle saw him on the road and dashed out to get him. His efforts proved futile since he was hit by the speeding car before his uncle got to him.Eyewitnesses said that the car hit the Savannah Park Nursery School student and the impact sent him flying through the air for several metres before he landed. This newspaper was told that the child landed 105 feet from where he was hit.Efforts made by doctors at the New Amsterdam Hospital to resuscitate the young lad proved futile.In a more gruesome accident, reported in June, a seven-year-old child was crushed to death and severed by a sand truck on the Agricola Public Road, East Bank Demerara.Ciara Benjamin of Kitty, Georgetown was attempting to cross the road with her aunt when the accident occurred. (Davina Ramdass)last_img read more

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Long track speed skating at Pomeroy Sport Centre reaches its conclusion

first_imgThe final long track speed skating events for the Canada Winter Games at the Pomeroy Sport Centre have ended. On today’s docket was men’s 5,000 metre race, and the women’s 3,000 metre race.In the 5,000 metre winning gold was Laurent Marcotte of Quebec in 7:09.01. Taking home silver was Graeme Fish of Saskatchewan with a time of 7:11.98, and Lucas Morin also of Saskatchewan won bronze with a mark of 7:14.33.Dawson Creek’s Jacob Graham did not participate in the race due to illness.- Advertisement -Sara Spence of B.C. won herself another medal as her time of 4:35.26 was good enough for first place in the women’s 3,000 metre. Coming away with a silver medal was Geanne Blais Dufour of Quebec in 4:38.60, and bronze went to Adeline Maunder of Alberta at 4:38.90.last_img read more

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Dembele double edges Barca closer to unbeaten season

first_imgThe second period, however, belonged to Dembele, who capped an excellent individual display with two goals after the Frenchman’s sensational run had also earlier set up Coutinho.Villarreal managed a consolation when Pablo Fornals’ shot deflected in off Nicola Sansone but any fears Ernesto Valverde’s side would feel the effects of Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ proved unfounded.The league leaders moved 15 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top while Villarreal stay sixth.Barca drew last weekend against Real Madrid, despite playing the entire second half with 10 men, and they now need only avoid defeat in matches away at Levante and home to Real Sociedad to complete the campaign as invincibles.It would be the first time a team has finished a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten and the first in any format since Real avoided defeat in a division of only 10 teams in 1932.“In the end we have scored two great goals, we are happy about this and we keep the run going,” Valverde said.Already crowned champions and winners of the Copa del Rey, Barca were controversially denied a guard of honour by Real but Villarreal were happy to perform the ‘pasillo’ as the hosts walked out before kick-off.Valverde left some key players out, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic all missing from the starting line-up.Messi, however, was included despite calls for the Argentinian now to be rested ahead of this summer’s World Cup.It meant a start for Dembele, who took his chance to impress with the stand-out performance of the night.Dembele has endured a difficult debut season since joining for 147 million euros from Borussia Dortmund last year but Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this week he is not for sale, and the 20-year-old delivered the perfect response.“He is a player that has a lot of talent,” Valverde said. “He is fast, he has this spark. All players need a process of adaptation and when you are young you still have to learn. Next year Dembele will be with us.”His run that set up Coutinho’s opener in the 11th minute was arguably the moment of the match as he picked up the ball 10 yards inside Villarreal’s half before driving past three defenders and unleashing a shot.Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo palmed the ball away but only to Coutinho, who was left with a tap-in.Paulinho doubled Barca’s lead five minutes later after a brilliant Iniesta pass allowed Lucas Digne to slide the ball across goal. Paulinho finished at the back post.Iniesta was at the heart of the home side’s third too, this time a chipped ball playing in the darting Messi, who side-footed home on the volley.Villarreal pulled one back after half-time when Fornals’ shot clipped the shoulder of Sansone to wrong-foot Jasper Cillessen.But Dembele grabbed a late brace, his first an easy finish after a brilliant run by Rakitic down the right, his second coming after he sped away from Villarreal’s defence, and lifted the ball over the helpess Asenjo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000French forward Ousmane Dembele (L) was the provider for Philippe Coutinho before hitting two, second-half, goals of his own at Camp Nou© AFP Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, United Kingdom, May 9 – Ousmane Dembele scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday and edged closer to their first ever unbeaten season in La Liga.Lionel Messi volleyed in a sumptuous pass from Andres Iniesta at Camp Nou to put Barca three up at half-time after Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho had scored one apiece in the first 16 minutes.last_img read more

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South African leads Concordia salvage

first_img17 September 2013The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was finally pulled upright off the Italian island of Giglio on Tuesday following a 19-hour salvage operation, the biggest such project ever attempted – led by a South African.Salvage master Nick Sloane was hired by US firm Titan Salvage and Italy’s Micoperi to lead the massive operation to right the 290-metre, 114 000-tonne vessel, which ran aground off Giglio on 13 January 2012, killing 32 people.The salvage was “the biggest for a passenger ship ever undertaken, and the position of the hulk posed unique challenges to the 500-person international salvage team,” news agency AFP reported on Tuesday.According to AFP, the ship was dragged upright by means of 36 cables strapped across the hull, with giant water-filled tanks “the size of 11-storey buildings” welded onto the side of the Costa Concordia to act as ballast.“The man who gave the orders from a control room on a barge next to the ship was Nick Sloane, a South African with experience on some of the world’s biggest shipwrecks,” AFP reported.The news agency quoted Sloane as saying afterwards: “I’m relieved. It was a bit of a rollercoaster … The scale of it was something we’ve never seen before.”According to AFP, Sloane’s career – he starting working for South African salvage company Safmarine in 1980, and was promoted to the position of salvage master in 1991 – has taken him to six continents and two warzones.Barbie Latza Nadeau, a journalist who is working on a novel based on the Costa Concordia disaster, described Sloane, in an article published on Monday by CNN, as “sort of a cross between Russell Crowe and Prince Harry, with the type of red-freckled skin that should never be in the sun”.During their interview, Nadeau wrote, the 52-year-old Sloane “intersperses his salvage war stories with warm family tales about his long-suffering wife of 24 years, who has had to shoulder the responsibility of raising their 17-year-old twins and 10-year-old daughter while he disaster-hops around the globe.”Sloane told CNN that he had hoped to be back home in South Africa by the first week of September, but that a combination of bad weather and bureaucracy had held up the salvage operation.“I can’t leave the island for good until she does,” he told CNN, with a nod to the Costa Concordia.Project overseer Franco Gabrielli told AFP on Tuesday that the newly exposed side of the wreck would need “major repairs” before the vessel could be towed away for scrapping, which would only happen next year at the earliest.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Professional development is goal of new institute launched by Farm Bureau Marketing seminars among initial programming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Professional development for farmers, entrepreneurs, and agribusiness and food industry professionals is the goal of the new Ohio Farm and Food Institute. The institute will provide dynamic programs, networking opportunities, idea sharing, trends and issues updates, educational opportunities and leadership development training. The institute is a creation of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).“These efforts are about bringing additional value to our members in a way that meets their needs,” said Tim Hicks, OFBF’s business development field director. “We’ll be partnering with a broad range of industry groups, such as the Center for Innovative Food Technology and others, to bring valuable content and connections within the food chain, not only for current members and farmers, but to create relationships with businesses and individuals that didn’t think Farm Bureau was for them.”As part of its initial programming, two regional workshops on marketing are scheduled: April 5 in Wilmington and April 8 in Hartville. Marlene Eick of Herdmark Media and OFBF’s 2015 Excellence in Agriculture winner will be presenting on Branding and Social Media Strategy. In her presentation “Telling the story you’re living: Using branding and marketing to maximize your brand’s influence,” she will discuss how small business owners should consider their brand’s story and then create a strategy to share it with their target market. Other presenters will also participate.Cost is $30 for Farm Bureau members and $50 for nonmembers and includes lunch. OFBF Group members can attend the regional workshops as part of their membership. To register or get more information, visit ohiofarmandfood.org.In addition to regional workshops, the institute will encompass the annual Farm and Food Leadership Forum and will introduce an online learning program. “With these and several other ideas, we plan to engage farmers and the food industry in unique and exciting ways,” Hicks said. For more information about the institute and additional summer and fall regional workshops, visit ohiofarmandfood.org or follow on Facebook.last_img read more

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Figuring out the proper size of an operating loan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag lenders are seeing some new faces coming through the door in 2017.“Many farmers who haven’t needed operating loans in the past may need them this year, due to current market conditions and expectations for 2017,” said Gary Coleman, Regional Vice President for Farm Credit Mid-America. “Like all financial decisions, there are many factors you should consider with your loan officer before deciding if you need an operating loan.”Farmers should avoid using short-term operating loan cash to make large capital purchases if at all possible. If something happens and a farmer can’t pay the operating loan off in a year, they could get hit with a big interest bill and penalties.“This could also hurt your ability to get an operating loan in the future” Coleman said. “If you need to make a large capital purchase, work with your loan officer to find a loan that will allow you to spread the payments over several years.”Farmers should work with their loan officer to determine true input costs per acre, and determine the size of their loan from that point.“This will help you avoid higher interest payments and a larger debt-to-asset ratio,” Coleman said. “Accurately determining input costs will not only help you find the right size loan, but can also help you discover where you’re getting overcharged on inputs.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Gary Coleman about figuring out the proper size of an operating loan.FCMA Financially Speaking Gary Colman 03.13.17For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com/insightslast_img read more

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