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Authorities seek settlements over courts – analyst

first_img…says negotiation more effective in recovering state assetsReports suggested that the State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) has taken steps to recover assets through negotiation. According to one political analyst, this is something that should have been done a long time ago.In an interview with Guyana Times, Political Analyst and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Henry Jeffrey noted that this is something done around the world when countries try to recover state assets.He noted that investigators may have put the proverbial cart before the horse by arresting persons and approaching the courts without putting effort into negotiation and reaching a settlement.The political analyst pointed to the benefits of going to persons with a figure and negotiating payments to recover the value of the asset, versus going to the courts and possibly getting nothing.“(Only) when the people say no, they’re not paying. But that was political grandstanding. Now they gone back to the very thing they should have done in the first (place). Why you (have to) carry people in front of station, drag them here, drag them there, for something you have now gone back to the very same thing you should have done.”Dr Jeffrey noted that such prosecutions can take years in order to build credible cases. He noted that many countries go the route of reaching out of court settlements, in a way that ensures the state is still reimbursed.“There are examples and precedents all around the world, showing it takes years. Plus you have to get the best people… (SARA) is there to try to get back the nation’s funds. Well that’s what they should do in the first place.”“That should have been the first move, instead of dragging people around and in the end, return to the same (approach) to tell them to pay. Now if they don’t want pay that’s a different matter. But it was political grandstanding.”SARA Director Professor Clive Thomas was quoted saying in sections of the media on Sunday that some persons who were sold land at the Pradoville Two Housing Scheme had chosen to settle with the agency.He had noted that the State Assets Recovery Bill provides for them to negotiate settlements. In addition, Jeffrey revealed that the Police Legal Advisor, retired Justice Claudette Singh had recommended this approach.Recently, audit firm Ram and McRae called for SARA to be scrapped altogether, in its ‘budget focus’ published review of budget 2019. The firm had listed some qualms with SARA, including the agency’s failure to have its annual plan and Code of Practise tabled in the National Assembly.Pointing out that the $285 million the agency is set to receive in 2019 is an increase from last year’s amount, Ram and McRae was critical of this lapse. Also, the firm had been of the view that SARA has failed to live up to its expectations of recovering assets.SARA Deputy Director Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer has previously defended his agency’s performance by noting that 2018 will make the agency’s first full budgetary year. He had said the agency is still in its infancy stages.last_img read more

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Czech-mate: U.S. gets win on clay

first_imgOSTRAVA, Czech Republic – Andy Roddick beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4) Sunday to give the United States a victory over the Czech Republic and a place in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The United States won the series 4-1 and will next play Spain on hard courts in Winston-Salem, N.C. It will be a rematch of the 2004 final in Seville, where the Spanish hosts beat the Americans on clay. Roddick is 8-0 in decisive Davis Cup matches. With an overpowering serve and solid baseline game on the slow clay court, the fourth-ranked American overcame a partisan crowd and one of the game’s rising stars. The Americans had not won a Davis Cup World Group series on clay in a decade. Berdych, ranked No. 12 and his country’s biggest star at 21, maintained the pressure, and Roddick was the first to crack. In the seventh game of the firstset, the Czech hit a couple of baseline winners and sealed the game with a subtle drop ball. It was all he needed to win the opener. “I played almost without mistakes in the first set. I got onechance and used it,” Berdych said. “But then I started making mistakes. and he improved his play.” Roddick then seized the initiative. He broke at the first opportunity in the second set and suddenly the Czech was making errors. Roddick started winning the longer rallies and evened the score at one set apiece. Roddick broke again in the first game of the third set. His growing confidence silenced the crowd as its home player increasingly lost his touch. In the fourth set, neither could figure out how to counter the other’s serve until the tiebreaker. At that point, Berdych showed his age and Roddick his experience. He drew the Czech into long, winning rallies, and when Berdych double-faulted it was not be long until Roddick was raising his fists in victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “We saw today why Andy Roddick is the fourth best player in the world,” Czech coach Jaroslav Navratil said. In the concluding match, which had no bearing on the outcome, Camarillo’s Bob Bryan defeated Lukas Dlouhy 7-6 (5), 6-4. The United States leads all nations with 31 Davis Cup titles; but the Americans are looking to end their longest Davis Cup drought, which dates to 1995. “It is a statistic I don’t like,” the 24-year-old Roddick said. “Especially considering I have been on the team for my seventh year now.” Other World Group winners in the first round were Sweden (at Belarus), Germany (home against Croatia), Spain (at Switzerland), France (home against Romania), Argentina (at Austria), Belgium (home versus Australia) and defending champion Russia (at Chile). last_img read more

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Oyemba targets Stars call up after stellar ’17

first_img“It has been a great year and being awarded as ‘Goalkeeper of the Year’ was humbling. I was competing with very good goalkeepers most of who have been in the Premier League for a while and to beat them to that award, It was a humbling feeling,” Oyemba said.“It is a positive step for me and now the only way is up. It is every player’s dream to don the national team colors and for me, that is my next target. I want to continue working hard, keep more clean sheets and hopefully, I achieve that goal,” the shot stopper further stated.With 16 clean sheets to his name, the most in the league with Patrick Matasi and David Juma both picking 15, it wasn’t such a bad return for a goalkeeper who started off as an assured second starter.At the beginning of the season, the Premier league newbies had brought on board Robert ‘Boban’ Mboya from Mathare United and with a wealth of experience including a few national team call ups under his belt, there wasn’t much of a debate as to who would man Sharks’ goal as a number one.But, Mboya’s star never shone as much, and once again, it gave off an opportunity for Oyemba who had helped Sharks get promotion to show his worth.Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper John Oyemba poses with his Goalkeeper of the Year award during teh Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Awards Gala on December 18, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“When Boban came in, it was like a bar set for me to jump higher. I took the challenge and I knew he (Boban) was a good keeper so to get to number one I needed to work extra hard. When the opportunity presented itself, I took it with both hands and things fell in place for me,” Mboya further explained.His was a story of rising from the ashes especially with his campaign in the National Super League having started on a low. He started 2016 nursing a serious back problem and it ended up keeping him out for six months.“It was very heartbreaking for me but once I recovered and was given an opportunity, I decided it was my time to shine. Again, things worked out well and I managed to keep 11 clean sheets as we earned promotion and I think it is that same form I took into the Premier League,” said the keeper.Apart from his own personal ambitions, he wants to see his club challenge for the KPL title in 2018 having finished third in their debut season.“As a human being, the only route for growth is doing better each time. We came in with very little Premier League experience and we managed to finish third. We have to better that performance next season and I believe we should be considered as title challengers,” further added Oyemba.Sharks begin their campaign away in Bungoma taking on Nzoia Sugar on February 3.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper John Oyemba picks his keeper of the year award from State House’s Dennis Itumbi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 25- After a stellar 2017 season that saw him crowned the Sports Journalists Association (SJAK) Goalkeeper of the Year, Kariobangi Sharks shot stopper John Oyemba’s next target is to earn a call up to the national team Harambee Stars.Oyemba has described 2017 as a breakout year and hopes he can take the form into the new season and put his feet on a higher platform, that of the national team.last_img read more

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‘£35m man could be key to Arsenal’s title dream but Aguero has the edge’ – Expert Eye

first_img Sergio Aguero has been hailed as better than Alexis Sanchez 1 Sergio Aguero has been hailed as the best striker in the Premier League – and tipped to get the better of Alexis Sanchez in this weekend’s big South American shoot-out when Manchester City host Arsenal.The Argentine ace made his comeback from a month out against Everton last weekend, and manager Manuel Pellegrini will hope he is fit enough to go head-to-head with the Chilean star in a battle of the top-flight’s hotshots at the Etihad Stadium.And despite the startling impact made by Sanchez since his summer move from Barcelona to north London, Aguero gets the nod as the most dangerous striker.That’s the view of Jamie Redknapp and Martin Keown in their exclusive Daily Mail column.Former Liverpool star Redknapp said: “I like to show Sanchez to my kids and encourage them to play that way — the desire he shows is incredible. He always wants to make things happen and I love that. But, if you’re talking about both players at the height of their game, I think Aguero would just pip it for me. His finishing would give my team the edge — he is more decisive.”And ex-Arsenal defender Keown, who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, shares that opinion.“I’d tend to agree [with Jamie],” he said. “Aguero is up there with the best strikers we have ever seen in the Premier League. Since arriving in this country three-and-a-half years ago, he has performed at a consistently high level, at least when he’s not had injury problems. Sanchez has made a sensational start but it’s still early days for him.“He could be key as Arsenal try to become title contenders. But, as it stands, Aguero’s longevity and scoring record gives him the edge.”Click here to read the full Redknapp/Keown verdict on Aguero and Sanchez on MailOnlinelast_img read more

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FINN VALLEY FIGHTER JASON IS NAMED BEST BOXER AT MAJOR TOURNAMENT

first_imgFINN Valley Boxing Club middleweight Jason Quigley is celebrating after landing gold at a top European tournament – and being named Best Boxer of the entire event.In all Ireland won five gold medals from five finals to finish on top of the medals table at the 15-nation Gee Bee Multi-Nations tournament in Helsinki on Sunday.Michael Conlon, David Oliver Joyce, Jason Quigley, Ken Egan and Tommy McCarthy all had their hands raised in triumph. Finn Valley BC Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley and St John Bosco BC Belfast flyweight Conlon – who both recorded victories over England – added the icing on the cake by scooping the Best Boxer and Best Technical Boxer of the tournament awards.Egan, meanwhile, won his third Gee Bee gold medal on the trot with a 3-2 decision over Eemeli Katajisto of Finland in the light-heavyweight class.Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy produced a quality performance to beat French 2008 Olympian John M’Bumba, a two-time AIBA World bronze medalist,12-9.St Michael’s Athy lightweight David Oliver Joyce registered Ireland’s second victory of the session with a 9-4 verdict over Luke Jackson of Australia. Conlon got the gold rush underway with a convincing 11-5 decision over England’s Tony Stubbs and Quigley was superb in his 13-5 win over Stubb’s compatriot Anthony Ogogo.Jimmy Halpin and Connor Quigley were working Ireland’s corner in Helsinki.FINN VALLEY FIGHTER JASON IS NAMED BEST BOXER AT MAJOR TOURNAMENT was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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Celtic vs Livingston: TV channel and start-time for Scottish Premiership openee

first_imgCeltic are chasing an historic eight consecutive Scottish Premiership title.Fresh from their treble success last season, Brendan Rodgers side begin their domestic campaign with a clash against newly-promoted Livingston. Getty Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Rodgers is leading his side through Champions League qualifying gameday FOOTBALL LATEST Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED NEW ERA What time is kick-off?The season-opener takes place on Saturday, August 4.Celtic Park will be the venue for the clash and kick-off is at 3pm.Which channel can I watch it on?Unfortunately the match has not been selected to be broadcast live in the UK.Through Celtic’s in-house TV player, UK based customers will be able to enjoy an audio-only stream of the match, while those outside the UK can enjoy a video feed. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible xi What is the team news?Celtic have already made a number of appearances in the Champions League and are fresh from a 3-1 aggregate win over Rosenborg.Striker Odsonne Edouard has hit the ground running since making his move permanent and has impressed in the absence of Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele.Livingston are back in the Premiership for the first time since their financial issues and have former Rangers favourite Kenny Miller leading their charge. 1 highlights How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? who plays? last_img read more

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FIFA 19: Tottenham player ratings leaked as Kane and Vertonghen get boosts

first_img SORRY How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 6 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Three characters, one common goal. Become a champion. https://t.co/jzN0DKyGUq #FIFA19 #TheJourney pic.twitter.com/pzz4S7cLvo— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 21, 2018We already know plenty about the latest update to The Journey, with two new characters joining Alex Hunter.While new game modes have also been unveiled which will be great fun when you’re playing with mates. We don’t know about you but we’re pretty excited about FIFA 19, which will be released on September 28.The demo of the game is due to come out in mid-September, still some three weeks away, but already information is being leaked out. Moussa Sissoko – 76 (FIFA 18 rating = 77)Mousa Dembele – 84 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Christian Eriksen – 88 (FIFA 18 rating = 88)Dele Alli – 84 (FIFA 18 rating = 84)Heung-Min Son – 84 (FIFA 18 rating = 83) World Cup winner Hugo Lloris didn’t get an upgrade in FIFA 19 by the looks of it Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 6 Young full-back Kyle Walker-Peters is impressing and has been rewarded with a higher player rating. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – 76 (FIFA 18 rating = 77)Cameron Carter-Vickers – 69 (FIFA 18 rating = 68)Paulo Gazzaniga – 70 (FIFA 18 rating = 70)Joshua Onomah – 71 (FIFA 18 rating = 72)Luke Amos – 65 (FIFA 18 rating = 59)Anthony Georgiou – 62 (FIFA 18 rating = 58)Oliver Skipp – 61 (FIFA 18 rating = N/A) How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 6 6 latest gameday cracker tense Harry Kane – 89 (FIFA 18 rating = 88)Fernando Llorente – 77 (FIFA 18 rating = 78)Lucas Moura – 82 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Erik Lamela – 80 (FIFA 18 rating = 80)Victor Wanyama – 80 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Toby Alderweireld – 85 (FIFA 18 rating = 86) Player ratings, though, are usually kept under wraps until the final moment with fans predicted who will get increases and decreases from FIFA 18.But now you might not need to guess with teams in the demo, being played in closed BETA.Things could change between now and the release of the full version but it appears these will be the FIFA 19 player ratings for Tottenham Hotspur this year.Check out how got increases and decreases below.Hugo Lloris – 88 (FIFA 18 rating = 88) 6 silverware Kieran Trippier – 82 (FIFA 18 rating = 78)Ben Davies – 81 (FIFA 18 rating = 80)Davinson Sanchez – 84 (FIFA 18 rating = 81)Jan Vertonghen – 87 (FIFA 18 rating = 85) South Korean forward Heung-Min Son is a fan favourite in FIFA 18. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT With injury curtailing his 2017/18 season, Toby Alderweireld has had a decrease. Tottenham Hotspur’s Player of the Season, Jan Vertonghen has had a nice boost. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Popular Premier League News revealed whoops Serge Aurier – 81 (FIFA 18 rating = 81)Eric Dier – 80 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Michel Vorm – 78 (FIFA 18 rating = 79)Danny Rose – 80 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Harry Winks – 75 (FIFA 18 rating = 75)Juan Foyth – 70 (FIFA 18 rating = 66)Kyle Walker-Peters – 69 (FIFA 18 rating = 65) 6 smart causal predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Youngster Oliver Skipp excelled in pre-season and is now in FIFA.last_img read more

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LOUGH SWILLY SET TO COME ALIVE WITH SEAFEST 2011

first_imgAhoy there all seafarers!The shores of Lough Swilly is set to come alive with sails at SeaFest 2011 from 1-3 July, celebrating the region’s unique coastal environment.The weekend begins on Friday 1 July with the launch of MalinWaters, a new cross-border marine tourism initiative for the zone between the north of Ireland and western Scotland. It’s followed on the Saturday with a parade of sails and action in the Saldanha Cup, a traditional cruiser-racer sailing regatta that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the frigate HMS Saldanha, with a course that takes on the wreck site of the ship near Ballymastocker Strand.Among the myriad family events taking place on shore, SeaFest will also feature an abundance of Donegal’s local food culture, such as fresh seafood from local waters, plus lamb, beef and pork from the county’s field, prepared by talented chefs from the region.For more details visit seafestloughswilly.com.Ends LOUGH SWILLY SET TO COME ALIVE WITH SEAFEST 2011 was last modified: May 26th, 2011 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:Lough Swillyseafestlast_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC SWEEP THE BOARDS AT SPL AWARDS – MILLER WITHDRAWS RANGERS OFFER

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: NEIL Lennon has been named Manager of the Year at the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League end-of-season awards this evening.And the Hoops picked up other top awards – with Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest and Paul George receiving the Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Under-19s’ Player of the Year prizes, respectively.The manager guided Celtic to the League Championship on the back of a remarkable 20-game winning streak in domestic football. At present, the Hoops are 20 points clear at the SPL summit with one game remaining. Both Mulgrew and Forrest have now collected three accolades this season, underlining their colossal contribution to the team’s success.Mulgrew, who won his first Scotland cap in February, has already been recognised as Celtic’s Player of the Year and Scotland’s Player of the Year.The brilliant Forrest received the corresponding honours in the Young Player of the Year category – with a queue of English PL clubs watching him this season.Irish youth internationalist, George, enjoyed a terrific campaign for Celtic’s Under-19s until he suffered a leg break against Rangers last month which ended his season. The well-deserved prize will be a welcome filip as he begins his recovery and rehab.Meanwhile American tycoon Bill Miller has tonight pulled out of his bid to buy Rangers – sending the club into further turmoil. He had been named preferred bidder last week.But he has now said that “preliminary information” given by Duff & Phelps was “more optimistic than reality” and he is no longer pursuing his offer.“As soon as I was announced as preferred bidder for Rangers, my team began to press ahead with our due diligence,” said Miller in a statement.“Until then, information had been limited to what was made available in the internet data room and questions addressed to the administrators and their staff.“In addition, I had preliminary discussions with the Scottish footballing authorities and limited discussions with Ally McCoist. “Upon being named preferred bidder, discussions with Rangers staff started and discussions with all interested parties intensified.“By late Monday night, it became clear to me that preliminary information, discussions and analysis were, unfortunately, more optimistic than reality.”The American had yet to visit Scotland following his bid for the club but turned in his statement to the reaction from some Rangers fans, who displayed anti-Miller banners at last week’s game as McCoist’s side beat Dundee United.“Having no intention of negatively affecting the potential outcome of the club’s future, and after hearing the message from Rangers supporters and fans loud and clear (‘Yank go home!’), I notified the administrators today that I have withdrawn my bid for Rangers and will not be moving forward,” he said. THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC SWEEP THE BOARDS AT SPL AWARDS – MILLER WITHDRAWS RANGERS OFFER was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC SWEEP THE BOARDS AT SPL AWARDS – MILLER WITHDRAWS RANGERS OFFERlast_img read more

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RORY KAVANAGH RETIRES FROM INTER-COUNTY FOOTBALL

first_imgRory Kavanagh in action for St Eunan’s. He will continue to captain his clubONE of our longest-serving county players won’t don the Donegal colours again.Rory Kavanagh announced today that family and work commitments has forced him to leave the Donegal squad.The school teacher and St Eunan’s Club captain will still play for his club this year. The 32-year-old represented Donegal through thick and thin for 14 years, making 132 appearances for his county – 49 of them in the Championship.The crowning glory of his year was in 2012 when he picked up both an All-Ireland medal and a county championship medal with St Eunan’s. RORY KAVANAGH RETIRES FROM INTER-COUNTY FOOTBALL was last modified: January 15th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalretirementRory Kavanaghlast_img read more

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