Jamaica’s swimmers win seven medals on Carifta first day

first_imgJamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.Campbell’s teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica’s first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys’ 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.SILVER FOR DOLSThe 15-17 boys’ 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.07.Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl’s 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl’s 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.last_img read more

Transfer BOOST! Everton target Nikola Kalinic keen to quit Fiorentina in summer

first_imgEverton and AC Milan target Nikola Kalinic has told Fiorentina he wants to leave this summer, according to reports in Italy.The 29-year-old bagged 15 goals in Serie A last season and he has been linked with a move over the past year.The Croatian is said to have lucrative offers on the table from China, while AC Milan and Everton are also keeping tabs on his situation.And, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the chasing pack have been given a big boost as Kalinic has asked to leave Fiorentina.The striker reportedly had a meeting with the club’s sporting director, Pantaleo Corvino, on Wednesday and informed him of his desire to quit then.Fiorentina, however, are unlikely to want to let Kalinic go and it could take a fee close to £40million to prise him away. Nikola Kalinic 1last_img read more

Liverpool greats stunned by ‘sensational’ Salah

first_imgMohamed Salah ‘Sensational’ Salah leaves Liverpool greats stunned Joe Wright 04:51 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) mohamed salah - cropped Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Premier League UEFA Champions League Gary McAllister and John Aldridge have been blown away by the Egyptian’s performances for the Reds and expect Virgil van Dijk to come good Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister admits he has been shocked by the form of Mohamed Salah since his move from Roma.The Egypt international, who joined for what was then a club-record fee of an initial €42 million last June, has scored 28 goals in all competitions in 2017-18.Salah’s latest strikes, including a sublime solo effort, came in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham last Sunday, which took him to 21 league goals in 25 appearances – already six more than he managed in Serie A last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player McAllister did not expect the 25-year-old to hit the ground running quite so impressively on his return to England’s top flight, after he struggled in a short spell with Chelsea.”I’ve got to hold my hands up and say I didn’t anticipate it,” the former Scotland international, who helped Liverpool win a treble of EFL Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001, told Omnisport. “I thought he was an outstanding player but I’ve got to say, he’s gone way up in my estimation. He’s a stunning player.”Not only his goal-scoring efforts, his skill and technique, but also, he’s robust. He works his socks off for the team. He’s very much a team player, but he’s been outstanding.”John Aldridge, a league champion and FA Cup winner in his two years at Anfield from 1987 to 1989, says Salah’s goalscoring form has been remarkable for a winger.”If we’re going to finish top four and hopefully second or third then we need him to keep on going in the manner which he is,” he told Omnisport. “You know, it’s just ridiculous to see a winger score that many goals and fighting against Harry Kane of all people for the Golden Boot. Sensational. Brilliant.”Watch all 21 of Salah’s @premierleague goals so far  https://t.co/Szdfp97gln pic.twitter.com/Q9xIoRcfmt— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 5, 2018Liverpool’s new record signing, Virgil van Dijk, has endured a more difficult start to life at the club after moving from Southampton for a reported £75m fee in January.The centre-back conceded a last-minute penalty against Spurs that allowed Harry Kane to equalise and was on the losing end on his league debut against Swansea City.But McAllister, who was impressed by Van Dijk during his time at Celtic, is confident he will prove to be an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.”I’ve seen a lot of Virgil van Dijk. I worked in Scotland for a little bit when he signed for Celtic,” he said. “I was impressed by him then and people were sort of flippantly saying that he’s playing in a league that’s too easy for Celtic, which is true, but you can see the quality.”I think we’ve signed a quality player. He’ll turn out to be a fantastic signing.”Aldridge added: “Van Dijk is a very, very good centre half and he’ll go a long way to helping us get, or trying to achieve what we want and our goals for the coming season.”Un-believable!  #YNWA pic.twitter.com/7Jha9pAbF9— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) January 5, 2018Chelsea’s dip in form has allowed Liverpool to move one point above them to third in the table, adding a positive spin to a recent run in which they followed a 1-0 loss to Swansea with an FA Cup exit at the hands of West Brom.But McAllister believes they can have a very positive second half of the season and is quietly confident about their prospects in Europe, with a last-16 tie with Porto in the Champions League on the horizon.”I don’t think Liverpool have been doing a great deal wrong,” he said. “The two little blips against Swansea and West Brom in the cup… I thought the game against Spurs it was an excellent game. I thought it was two outstanding football teams with loads of good footballers on show so it’s a case of just getting that run again to push on and push to make it as difficult as they can to the teams above us.”He added on the Porto tie: “I’ve got to say, before the draw for the last 16 was made, I don’t think many teams wanted to play Liverpool over two games.”When we actually click and say yes, I think we’re a difficult proposition and we’re capable of beating anybody over a two-legged affair. So, I’m very hopefully and optimistic to continue the good run in Europe.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Luck Mervil sobs at sentencing hearing for sexually exploiting a minor

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: He said some news reports referred to allegations made during his preliminary inquiry that turned out to be unfounded and based on comments made “out of context.”On Monday, Mervil pleaded guilty to having sexually exploited a minor in 1996. An accusation that he sexually assaulted the same victim was dropped.The victim was 17 at the time. Mervil was 28 and the leader of RudeLuck, a band that was gaining popularity. A publication ban prohibits revealing details on how Mervil and the victim knew each other.However, by pleading guilty to sexual exploitation, Mervil admitted he had authority over her. She had known Mervil and his family for years. According to a statement of facts entered into the court record, she was proud to know Mervil while his star was rising but she did not find him attractive.The two had sex on several occasions. She decided to report what happened years later, and Mervil was charged in 2014.His first lawyer, Loris Cavaliere, was arrested a year later in a crackdown on organized crime. On Friday, Mervil said that development dragged his case out for much longer than he had expected.“Above all I want to say I am sorry” to the victim, Mervil said Friday, seconds after the victim exited the courtroom, apparently unable to withstand hearing what he had to say.The victim also made a statement, breaking down and crying while trying to get through it.‎She said her experience with Mervil turned her into a bitter and angry person. She became aggressive with her loved ones, in particular with her sister. She estimated she has spent $15,000 on therapy.“I burned bridges with my friends,” she said, and lost contact with family members for years. “I lost my sense of myself.”She said she fears Mervil will seek revenge for ‎having filed a complaint against him.“I think he will manipulate people he knows into hating me,” said the woman, who now lives in Europe.“When I come back to Montreal those fears grow,” she said. “That is why I don’t come back to Montreal.”Mervil said he could not comprehend why the woman would feel that he would seek revenge.“I don’t see how she could think I would seek reprisals,” he said. “You won’t find one person who can say that I had a violent thought toward her.”His lawyer, Philippe Larochelle, deposited media articles into evidence that reported Mervil had sexually assaulted the victim when that is not the crime he admitted to.Prosecutor Anne Gauvin presented the joint recommendation that Mervil receive a six-month term that can be served in the community. The first three months would involve house arrest and the following three months would involve a curfew.“We left nothing aside,” Gauvin said of the negotiations that produced the recommendation.Hébert said she will make a decision on the sentence next week.by Paul Cherry | Montreal Gazette Twitter “Above all I want to say I am sorry,” the Quebec singer says after the victim exits the courtroom.Luck Mervil, the popular singer who pleaded guilty this week to having sexually exploited a minor many years ago, broke down and cried while making a statement during his sentence hearing on Friday.A sobbing Mervil told Quebec Court Judge Mélanie Hébert about a phone call he received after he pleaded guilty on Monday. He said the principal of the school his young son attends suggested he might have to “put up a security perimeter” around the boy.Mervil said he has considered hiring bodyguards as a result of what’s been said in the news media as well as on social media. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Quebec singer Luck Mervil, who has pleaded guilty to sex-related charges involving a minor, arrives at the courthouse for the sentencing arguments Friday, May 18, 2018 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson ORG XMIT: pch102 Advertisementlast_img read more

Burton gone as CEO review announced of treatment abroad policy

first_img Related Items:#BurtongoneasCEO, #magneticmedianews, #treatmentabroadpolicyreview Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Providenciales – Another termination with immediate effect as Zaneta Burton is now gone for good from the National Health Insurance Board and Dr. Nations is holding on as acting CEO.    When the Premier was asked about the shake up at NHIP, again, she said at this time, there is no comment.During that press conference Tuesday, Health Minister, Edwin Astwood revealed that there is serious consideration being given now to the treatment abroad policy.  He said that the policy as it is appears not to be working for the people of the TCI.#MagneticMediaNews#BurtongoneasCEO#treatmentabroadpolicyreview Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Govt likely to offer relief to disqualified directors of shell companies

first_imgMoney seized by police officials post the raid [Representational Image]Twitter/ANIThe Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is likely to come up with a scheme soon to provide relief to about 3 lakh company directors associated with shell companies.Since August, the central government has crackdown heavily on shell companies and their directors. Earlier in September, as many as 2 lakh companies were blacklisted by the Finance Ministry and the suspected shell companies bank accounts were frozen as part of a crackdown on illegal transactions and tax evasion.In the latest development, the government likely to offer some breather with which the blacklisted companies can apply for a pardon for three month period starting January, Mint reported.For this period, directors’ disqualification will be temporarily lifted to allow them to file all the financial and tax documents. The time window for filing the pending documents is till June 30, according to a draft circular reviewed by the business daily.”The companies that do not appear to be working cannot subscribe to the scheme. They will first need to revive the company and show that they are in a working condition and get an approval from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to meet other compliances,” sources said.Most of these companies were penalised for not filing their tax returns and financial documents for the past three years.In September, in an attempt to improve corporate governance, an MCA directive had barred over 3 lakh directors of these shell companies from serving on the board of any company for the next five years.Last month, MCA had revealed that of the total companies whose registrations were struck down, over 1.3 lakh companies did not have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) even as they were dealing in currencies worth crores of rupees.Market experts have welcomed the government’s move to give directors a chance to come clean.”I look at this as a pragmatic move by the government to differentiate between companies that are black sheep and companies that are in the grey. With this, the government will be able to focus its energies on companies that are truly non-compliant (rather than a) larger set of companies and directors who appear to be in the grey zone,” Samir Paranjape, a partner at consultancy firm Grant Thornton India, told the business daily.last_img read more