By Nemanja BjedovCUP holders Apollon Limassol left it late before securing a narrow 1-0 advantage over Nea Salamina in the first leg of their Coca Cola Cup Round 16 clash after Greek midfielder Fotios Papoulis headed the ball home in the last minute of regular time, yesterday evening at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.“This was only the first half. We deservedly won, but who will go through will be decided in two weeks in Larnaca. It was an open game and both teams had chances to score.“Before we start thinking of the second leg we will be fully focused on Omonia who are our next opponents in the league this coming weekend,” assessed Apollon coach Christakis Christoforou.At the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, APOEL beat AEL 1-0, with Irish striker Cillian Sheridan scoring the only goal of the game in the 40th minute.AEL midfielder Dede and APOEL’s Nektarios Alexandrou got into an argument after the final whistle and the referee showed them both yellow cards. Dede will now miss the return leg as he was sent off for his second yellow card of the game.“We lost, but we still have a solid chance of advancement because the second leg will be played at our stadium in two weeks time. Both teams had their chances, but it was APOEL who managed to score and that goal was the difference between the two teams tonight,” said AEL spokesman Ploutis Avraam.“In the second leg we will have to play without Dede, but we are expecting a few new players to arrive in Cyprus by then so our chances should be good to achieve progress into the next round,” he added.APOEL vice-president Vassos Eliades also thinks his side have a good chance of reaching the next round: “This is only the first half of the tie. There are another ninety minutes and maybe more to be played two weeks from now, but I believe we have a good chance after today’s result. However, our focus now shifts to AEK who we play in the league this weekend.”Elsewhere, Doxa Katokopia beat Olympiakos Nicosia 3-1 away from home, while AEK Kouklion celebrated a 1-0 victory over Ermis Aradippou. Enosis Neon Paralimni and Ethnikos Achnas played out a goalless draw.
Briton Chris Froome cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders when he secured his third title on Sunday after a three-week rocky ride.Germany’s Andre Greipel won the 21st and last stage, a 113-km ride from Chantilly ending on the Champs Elysees in Paris.Team Sky rider Froome survived two crashes and even a jog up a mountain road to add to his 2013 and 2015 triumphs and become the first rider to retain his title since Spaniard Miguel Indurain in 1995.American Lance Armstrong won seven titles in succession from 1999 but was erased from the winners’ list after admitting to doping.“This tour has obviously taken place against the backdrop of terrible events in Nice and we pay our respect again to those who lost their lives,” Froome said of the recent incident in which a man killed 84 people when he drove a truck through a Bastille Day crowd on the seafront at the Riviera city.“Of course these kinds of events put sport into perspective but they also show why the values of sport are so important to free society.”Frenchman Romain Bardet finished second overall 2:52 behind Froome, who had a 4:05 lead going into the last stage but was caught on the wrong side of a split in the finale of Sunday’s stage.Colombian Nairo Quintana, runner-up in 2013 and 2015 who was expected to push Froome to the limit, ended up a disappointing third, 3:08 off the pace.Pole Rafal Majka won the polka dot jersey for the mountain classification and his Tinkoff team mate, world champion Peter Sagan, clinched a fifth green jersey for the points classification.Sagan, who won three stages, was also voted the most aggressive rider in the three-week race while Adam Yates showed Britain was full of resources, ending up fourth overall and winning the white jersey for the best Under-25 rider.Another Briton, Mark Cavendish, claimed four stages but he pulled out of the race on the second rest day to prepare for the Olympics, where he will be competing on the track.IMPRESSIVE TEAMFroome built his success on an impressively strong Team Sky, arguably the best assembled in recent Tour history, being able to rely on domestique de luxe Wouter Poels in the mountains.The Briton, however, had a few scares.In the 12th stage ending on Mont Ventoux, he crashed when he was involved in an incident with a TV motorbike and even ran up the road after his bike was broken.Froome hit the deck again on a slippery descent in the 19th stage, but he had by then sewn up his win thanks to strong performances in the time trials and surprise attacks on a descent and the flat.The atmosphere was much more relaxed on Sunday when the peloton rode a largely processional stage, Froome drinking beer and champagne in the neutral zone.Things got more hectic once the race entered the Champs Elysees, the bunch even splitting in the finale as a reduced peloton contested the sprint finish.Greipel was the strongest, comfortably beating Sagan and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff.
Englishman Oliver Fisher carded the first sub-60 round in European Tour history with an incredible 12-under-par 59 on day two of the Portugal Masters on Friday.The 30-year-old even had a birdie putt on the 18th for a 58 which would have equalled the lowest round in professional golf.Fisher missed that but completed his par to write his name in the European Tour record books.He bagged 10 birdies and an eagle without a single dropped shot as he soared to the top of the leaderboard.Since the formation of the European Tour in 1972 there have been 19 rounds of 60.“It feels great,” said Fisher, whose opening round on the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, was a pedestrian level-par 71.“I started off with three straight birdies and then kept it going. I’m just pleased that I two-putted there from 40-foot on the last. It was a great day.“It was fun, I tried to enjoy it and thankfully I got over the line.”London-based Fisher’s previous claim to fame on the European Tour was winning the Czech Open in 2011 — his only title.While not unheard of, sub-60 rounds are extremely rare in professional golf.Al Geiberger was the first player to do it on the PGA Tour with a 13-under 59 at the Memphis Classic in 1977 while Chip Beck also carded a 59 at the Las Vegas International in 1991.Since David Duval also managed a 59 at the Bob Hope Classic 19 years ago there have been five more 59s and a PGA record 58 put together by 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.Furyk, who also has a 59 to his name, carded his 58 in 2016 at the Travelers Championship.American Brandt Snedeker scored a 59 this year on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship.
Justin Rose rode a red-hot putter to an opening round of six-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead at the U.S Open on Thursday while Tiger Woods and two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka turned in scrappy efforts to stay in contention.With near perfect conditions on the Monterey peninsula, little wind and soft greens, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was left to the mercy of the world’s best.Rose, the 2013 champion, birdied his final three holes to equal the U.S. Open low round at the scenic layout set by Tiger Woods in 2000.“I wouldn’t say it’s exhilarating because I feel like my mindset is I am in a 72 hole tournament,” Rose told reporters. “This is just a very small step towards that outcome.“So you don’t feel like that buzz that you would on a Sunday, but you can’t help but look around over your shoulder, and damn, this is Pebble Beach.“Shot 65 and you’re in the U.S. Open. It’s a cool moment.”And the Briton, who had 14 one-putts and needed only 22 for his round, was far from the only test Woods’s mark.In the five previous U.S. Opens staged at Pebble Beach only six times had a golfer come within one of the record, but on Thursday that number was nearly matched in a single round with Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Aaron Wise and South African Louis Oosthuizen all carding 66s.Sitting two back at four-under 67 are Americans Scott Piercy and Nate Lashley, with eight more a shot further adrift including major winners Francesco Molinari of Italy, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and Swede Henrik Stenson.After being left out of a television promotion for the tournament, a motivated Koepka wasted no time making a point, getting to four-under through his opening six holes to sit just one back of the clubhouse leaders.But he could not maintain the pace, picking up just one birdie for the remainder of his round while taking three bogeys for a two-under 69.“You know this golf course you’re going to struggle on when you miss it,” said Koepka, bidding to become the first golfer in more than a century to win three consecutive U.S. Opens. “I would have liked to have shot a couple more.“But considering how I hit it coming in, I’m pretty pleased. two-under, I didn’t shoot myself out of it.“I’m right there. I feel like if I get off tomorrow, get off to a good start, I’m right back into it.”While Koepka stumbled to the finish Woods held steady, limiting the damage from an early double-bogey by hitting back with two birdies and closing with 11 straight pars for a one-under 70.Woods’s start hardly resembled the one he had in 2000 when he romped to a record 15-shot victory but was good enough to keep him in the chase for a 16th major which would leave him two shy of Jack Nicklaus’s record.“That was a grind. Wow,” said Woods. “As you know, Pebble Beach, you have like the first seven holes and you can get it going, and then after that it’s a fight.“I kind of proved that today. Just kind of hung in there.“I was trying to just kind of hang in there today. It was just one of those days.”
Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels said is he is confident that the country can win this year’s Regional Super50 tournament, which will be held in Barbados. The Scorpions performed very poorly in last year’s tournament, where they failed to make it past the group stages. Samuels told The Gleaner prior to the team’s departure yesterday that they have assembled a very strong unit for the tournament and is optimistic that it will do well. “Yes, it could be our year, because I am pleased with what I have seen from the players,” Samuels said. “On paper, the team is a very strong one, but the players need to go out there and perform, and once we get the performances, then we will be alright,” he said. “We have good players, we have experienced players, and we have youth mixed with seniors. Once they go out and perform, then we will do well,” Samuels said. The Scorpions have been drawn in Group B with hosts Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), and the United States. Group A comprises defending champions Windward Islands Volcanoes, Guyana Jaguars, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, West Indies ‘B’, and Canada. The Scorpions are set to play their first game is against the CCC on October 4. The squad includes captain Nikita Miller, Chris Gayle, AndrÈ Russell, Chadwick Walton, Jerome Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, AndrÈ McCarthy, Brandon King, Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell. However, Gayle, Russell and Powell will only be available for two matches. Samuels added that despite the strength of the Scorpions unit, the players will have to go out there and play good cricket in order to win the competition. “The aim is to always go out there and win tournaments, but the players have to be hungry enough to want to go out there and perform day in and out,” said Samuels. “We will have a game every two days, so you need to be hungry and you need to be passionate about it. You need to want to score runs and you would want to do well and to maintain you passion throughout a tournament like this,” he said. The other members of the squad are Nkrumah Bonner, Paul Palmer, Christopher Lamont, Oshane Thomas, and Gordon Bryan. Jamaica last won the competition in 2011.
This is a continuation from the contentions put forward last week on this subject matter. On the other suggestion put forward, the one having to do with farming, opportunities exist in the supply of fruits etc., and indeed those are good initiatives; but as far as this author is aware (and I stand corrected), no lands were transferred to the ownership of these workers, as was promised to them, to get into farming of other crops. This notwithstanding, while the idea sounds ambitious, in practice there are some completely different peculiarities altogether.Again, hypothetically, if a few thousands of these people do get into farming, who will they sell to? The process to convert cane lands into alternative agricultural lands would attract a financial cost which sugar workers and farmers would certainly not be able to bear. Consideration must be given to what other crops will be planted. There is excessive production of the common provisions and cash crops, and lack of export market for these produce is another concern.In addition, without value-added mechanisms in place, excessive production would ultimately lead to wastage and depressed pricing.There is also the other initiative of training with new skills, such as carpentry, plumbing, and so on; as the sacked workers themselves said – speaking to the press not too long ago – how much work will they get as carpenters, and how often? Most of the homes already have plumbing. Ironically, too, the administration of the day has squashed the housing drive that was pioneered under the previous administration, which had seen thousands of homes being built and the development of huge housing schemes and other such like developments across the country – a time when there was virtually a housing or construction boom.So it is very ironic that there is no substantive policy to fuel a construction boom in which carpenters and other tradesmen could have a steady flow of work, and ultimately income to support their livelihoods.In the most basic sense, demand side policies versus supply side policies in the context of GuySuCo’s fiasco is such that, in order for there to be sustained and increasing demand for goods and services in an economy, the consumers need to have the spending power. More disposable income drives a demand which in turn propels economic growth.On the supply side of things, if people don’t have the spending power, how will businesses get sales? Sales will fall, which could also lead to unemployment. If someone decides to invest $500,000 into a business, selling clothing or any other commodity or venture, if people don’t have money to spend and support that business/investment, then it will simply fail.That being said, advising the sacked sugar workers to take their severance and invest in a business is totally nonsensical. Who will buy? Who have the power to buy?This author understands that the sugar workers were also advised to invest in stocks; meaning, shares in companies on the local stock exchange. Again, this is hilarious. If one were to invest one million dollars in shares, first of all, companies are not necessarily obligated to pay dividends; that depends on the financial state and strategic plans of the company; and return on that would be very minimal or insignificant, bearing in mind that dividends are paid only once or twice a year. People invest in those kinds of investments only when they have excess cash or liquidity. This means that they have a steady flow of monthly income to maintain their normal lifestyles, pay their bills, travel, go on a vacation, party, have properties and vehicles, enjoy a good quality of life, could afford to send their children to school and university, and still have excess cash; which would more or less be in a savings account.It is those savings – referred to as excess cash – that are usually invested in company shares and other financial instruments in the financial markets.And last, but not least, this retrenchment will cost the economy approximately $10 billion in income distribution annually, which in turn is utilised for consumer spending. Consumer spending fuels economic growth; sustains the livelihoods of businesses, such as retailers, the fisher man, the taxi driver, hire car drivers, minibus operators, the vendors on the streets, the village shops, and the wider retail and distribution sector, in addition to spending in their own village economies; and the list goes on.And this is how approximately 40,000 plus dependents are affected adversely in ways that will have far-reaching implications for the economy. Unemployment will increase, poverty will be on the rise, and social and economic hardships will be activated for a wide cross-section of the Guyanese people, and by extension the economy.
The more than 35 rice farmers of Wakenaam who were left “in a state of insolvency” because of a miller’s failure to pay them have finally been paid.This announcement was made by officials of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), who had recently launched an investigation into the farmers’ claims after Guyana Times had published a news article, titled “Wakenaam rice farmers’ woes”, highlighting the issue.A team from the GRDB was dispatched to the area and the matter was investigated at length, following which GRDB General Manager Allison Peters had informed that all outstanding sums owed by miller Wazim Hoosein must be paid by July 21.This miller was reportedly contacted, and following talks, agreed to liquidate his outstanding debts. The repayment is currently being monitored until the matter is resolved.This publication had first reported that the Wakenaam farmers were calling for assistance from the authorities because a miller has failed to pay millions of dollars owed to them.It was disclosed that Hoosein, of Jaichand, Essequibo, had in March reportedly purchased millions of dollars in paddy from the farmers, but was recalcitrant in paying his debt. This had left farmers in an impecunious state and both uncertain and unable to proceed with the next rice crop, until the money was paid to them.Speaking with Guyana Times, the farmers had revealed that their lands had been ploughed, but they were awaiting payment to purchase fertilisers, pay bills, and pay their workers. The farmers had lamented the “advantage” being taken of them, as they had contacted Hoosein on numerous occasions but the miller kept ignoring their calls.With their livelihoods at stake, the farmers had resorted to this newspaper to call for urgent assistance from the GRDB. This publication had contacted the miller, but upon hearing that farmers had reached out to this newspaper, he had terminated calls made to him and had made himself incommunicado.A number of farmers who had reached out to this publication for assistance have been contacted, and some have revealed that they have indeed received the money owed to them. They also indicated that they would now proceed with the next crop.
0Shares0000Former world number one Tiger Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff © Getty/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Jan 5 – Former world number one Tiger Woods will launch his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines, where his eight triumphs include the 2008 US Open.Organizers said Wednesday that Woods had committed to the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego. The January 26-29 event will be the 14-time major winner’s first tournament of the year.Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff.Woods has won the US PGA Tour event at Torrey seven times, in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.He won his most recent major title there in 2008 on the famed South Course, beating Rocco Mediate in an epic 19-hole playoff despite competing with knee and leg injuries.“We’re thrilled our fans will have the opportunity to see Tiger in addition to what is already a very strong field for the Farmers Insurance Open,” said Peter Ripa, chief executive officer of the Century Club, which manages the Farmers Insurance Open.“He has experienced tremendous success at Torrey Pines and in our tournament, and we couldn’t think of a better place for him to start the year. Tiger’s presence will add to a deep and talented field that includes many of the top stars in the game as well as some exciting up-and-coming players.”Woods was sidelined more than a year after undergoing back surgery. His last appearance at the Farmers was in 2015, when he withdrew in the first round with back trouble.The 41-year-old who has 79 PGA Tour victories will be making his first start in a PGA Tour full-field event since he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.Woods also has committed to play in the Genesis Open February 16-19 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and the Honda Classic on February 23-26 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000NAIROBI, December 17- After kicking out Abdallah Juma as assistant coach barely seven months after hiring him, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) AFC Leopards have formerly appointed former Harambee Stars assistant boss Yussuf Chipo as his replacement.Chipo takes over the post with immediate effect on a one-year contract that will see him deputise Dutchman Pieter de Jong in readiness for next season where they are hoping to hit the heights again after a dismal 2014 KPL and GOtv Shield campaign by their lofty standards. Ingwe also snapped up former Gor Mahia goalkeeper trainer Abdul Iddi Salim, also on a one-year contract and is expected to join the team next year as he is currently out of the country.Leopards Deputy Secretary Asava Kadima told Capital Sport Chipo said he was the right man for the job as they hoped he will forge a great working partnership with de Jong following claims of frosty relations with his predecessor who was hired from fellow KPL side KCB after he was given the sack.“He has vast experience and is one of the best local coaches with a CAF A licence. We have been convinced with his expertise, his vision and mission,” he added.Chipo who leaves his job as head coach of Tanzanian Premier League side Coastal Union, home to former KPL stars Itubu Imbem and Rama Salim, brings with him a wealth of experience to the den.He led military outfit Ulinzi Stars to three domestic titles in row in 2003, 2004 and 2005 followed by stints in Congo before deputising Francis Kimanzi at Stars where they led the side to qualify for the final round of 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers where they were fired for German tactician Antoine Hey.Chipo made a return to Ulinzi in 2012 where he worked as the Technical Director with Sammy Simiyu as head coach and Francis Onyiso as the assistant but left at the end of the campaign when the controversial post was shelved.-Western tour-AFC will be heading for a tour of Western Province starting Thursday where they will play two friendly matches before breaking for Christmas holidays.“We will play against Bomet County combined on Thursday in Bomet on our way to Busia where we will play against Busia combined on Saturday. We will then break for the Christmas holidays after that and then resume in January for serious preparations for the new season,” Kadima added.Ingwe are yet to land any transfer targets though the deputy secretary says they will not be signing in mass for the new season.Kadima pointed out they will only be bringing in four new players and hope to keep a chunk of their first team regulars to keep consistency.However, they are still sweating on renewing defender Erick Masika’s contract with the player yet to resume training with the club. Masika’s current contract expires on Decemer 31 and in an interview with People Sport last week, the former Gor Mahia defender said he will not be renewing his contract with the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The coach’s first assignment will be in August when Kenya faces Cameroon in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations first round qualifier.Kenya had been paired with Malawi in the preliminary round but the latter withdrew, giving the junior Harambee Stars easy passage to the first round.“The recruitment process for the Under-17 national team coach began in earnest on April 11, 2016 with invites being circulated to FKF branches around the country requesting interested candidates to apply.“Out of this, over 60 CVs were received, both local and foreign, with a short list of 19 candidates making the cut for today’s (Friday) interviews. The top three candidates that score highest will be recommended to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for consideration in being appointed to the technical bench of the U17 national team,” Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi stated.The Federation will embark on recruiting Kenya’s Under-17 team in the next two weeks across all the branches.With the Kenya Under-20 team disqualified in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after fielding ineligible players against Sudan in the first leg of the preliminary round, FKF will be seeking to avoid the same with the Under-17 where only players aged below 17 years are eligible to play.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Nineteen candidates have been shortlisted for the national football Under-17 head coach job with interviews set to be conducted Friday.The initial list had 60 applicants, including foreign coaches but the number was trimmed to the final 19 who will undergo both practical and theory sessions before the suitable candidate is appointed.