Poch insists he has the full backing of Levy despite horror week

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists he has the full backing of Daniel Levy despite his horror week as Tottenham boss.Spurs were hammered by Bayern Munich 7-2 before another crushing 3-0 defeat at Brighton.1 Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he has the full backing of Daniel LevyCredit: EPABut under-pressure Pochettino claims conceding ten goals in the last week has not changed his relationship with chairman Levy.Speaking at the Aspire Global in Qatar on Monday, Pochettino said: “We maintain a very good relationship and it is extraordinary to have that support.“I have always told him that in addition to my chairman, I consider him a friend.””Football is not a drama, it is passion and we cannot separate it from emotions. But neither can we make a sport as fantastic as this one because of the latest result.”We must learn from defeats to be able to exceed our limits and that begins by accepting that you don’t always win and that the opponent also works hard and makes merits. You must always react with dignity to the result, regardless of whether it is good or bad.”Pochettino had earlier insisted he can take all the criticism coming his way.The Argentinian said: “After five-and-a-half-years, the last five days we really were punched, in football terms, 7-2 and 3-0.“The most important thing now is to have two weeks to try to be clear, to find a solution.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“The pundits on television need to talk and they need to give their opinion. I need to accept all criticism.“After five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.“It is an experience we are going to use to be stronger and be wiser… We can bounce back.”last_img read more

Lions formalize No. 2 rank with rout of Generals

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Expansion clubs Davao, Zamboanga triumph DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew College of St. Benilde scored an 87-79 win over San Sebastian to top Group B with a 7-1 record.Justin Gutang scored 17 points to lead the Blazers.In the other match, University of Santo Tomas rallied late to turn back Arellano, 82-73, and exit the tourney on a high note.Renzo Subido had 30 points off the bench, highlighting his performance with the dagger four-point play with 6.6 seconds remaining.—MA. ANGELICA D. GARCIA, IVAN RUIZ L. SUING AND JUSTIN ROBERT VALENCIA, TRAINEESADVERTISEMENT The Red Lions held the Generals to five first quarter points and never looked back, finishing the elimination round with a 6-2 record to snatch No. 2 over idle La Salle via the winner-over-the-other rule.“The players simply played their game from start to finish,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKemark Cariño led the Lions with 11 points while Toba Eugene had a double-double effort of 10 points and 11 rebounds.San Beda dominated the boards with 60 rebounds, 26 coming in the offensive end which resulted in 23 second chance points. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Defending champion San Beda grabbed second seeding in Group A of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup as expected on Friday after destroying Emilio Aguinaldo College, 75-48, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kazakh steps up to challenge for world boxing presidency

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments NCAA: Red Lions rip Cardinals for 10th win Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The sport faces the real prospect of being knocked out of Tokyo 2020 by the International Olympic Committee.The IOC has been losing patience with boxing since a judging scandal at the 2016 Rio Games when all 36 officials and referees were suspended while allegations of bout-fixing were investigated.The IOC has suspended financial aid to AIBA because of “concerns over a number of key issues, such as governance, ethics and financial management”.An internal power struggle saw Taiwanese president CK Wu ousted and earlier this year Rakhimov was installed as interim president.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Former Olympic silver medalist Serik Konakbayev, from Kazakhstan, plans to challenge the Uzbek incumbent Gafur Rakhimov for the presidency of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), AFP learned on Friday.The Kazakhstan boxing federation announced Konakbayev’s candidacy in a letter sent to the federations that make up AIBA which has been seen by AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Konakbayev won silver in the light welterweight class in Moscow in 1980, representing the former Soviet Union.“As president of the Asian Boxing Confederation, Serik Konakbayev has established himself as an experienced leader,” said the letter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Konakbayev has been a member of AIBA’s executive committee since 2010 and a vice-president since 2014. He was also a member of the Kazakh parliament for 12 years.The election will take place at the AIBA congress in Moscow on November 2-3. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Butler practices again with Wolves, as opener nears Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Jamaica, ranked No. 64th in the world, is still vying to become the first Caribbean nation to go to a World Cup. The Reggae Girlz upset Costa Rica 1-0 in the group stage before routing Cuba 9-0 to finish second to Canada in Group B.The island nation re-started its women’s national team program in 2014 after a six-year hiatus, boosted by the support of Bob Marley’s oldest daughter, Cedella Marley.Coach Hue Menzies said the match against the United States was a good test.“We came ready to play five games, and we’re playing five games. So it’s a big plus for our program. Obviously we’re trying to create some history. We’re still on track,” Menzies said.The United States has dominated the competition in the tournament. The team averaged six goals a game in its group stage, winning all three matches. They took 114 shots, far more than the second-best team in the field, Canada (77). In their final group-stage match, the U.S. women outshot injury-depleted Trinidad and Tobago 59-0.The United States outshot Jamaica 26-1.“We feel good right now. Like I said, the competition has not been very good, so we have to take it with a grain of salt,” Rapinoe said about where the team is at right now. “I think we’re moving the ball quicker, not hanging on to it too long, sharing it, a bunch of different people are scoring. We got a lot of different kind of goals today, too. … It’s clicking right now. It’s pretty good.”Morgan’s goals tied her with Canada’s Adriana Leon for the tournament lead with six.Morgan has 16 goals for the United States this year, and she has 23 goals in her last 23 matches. She has 96 career goals.Heath, who spent much of 2017 and the beginning of this year sidelined by injury, has seven goals in seven starts this year. Her second goal of the night came on a spectacular serve from Portland Thorns’ teammate Lindsay Horan. On the run, Heath smashed it past Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider. LATEST STORIES “Just because we qualified for the World Cup doesn’t mean we’re going to take our foot off the gas,” Alex Morgan said. “We want to win this tournament and we always think of playing Canada as an important game for us.”Morgan and Tobin Heath each scored twice in the first half and United States earned a World Cup berth with a 6-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday night in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHeath’s first came in the first two minutes of the match and she added a second in the 29th. Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Morgan also had first-half goals as the United States built a 5-0 lead.Morgan’s second goal was a penalty kick in the 84th minute. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Canada, ranked No. 5 in the world, also clinched a spot in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama in the earlier semifinal at Toyota Stadium.The top three finishers in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship represent the region in France, so the winners of both semifinals earned a berth before the final.The title match between the United States and Canada and the third-place game are set for Wednesday in Frisco. The fourth-place finisher will face Argentina in a playoff for a spot in France.“This is obviously going to be a different change of pace for us in this tournament because we haven’t faced a lot of shots from other teams, from opponents. But I think it will be good for us. We want to play the best teams in the world and Canada’s continuing to evolve and play well,” Morgan said.The top-ranked United States is the defending champion of the sport’s premier event, having won the final in the 2015 World Cup against Japan. It was the team’s third World Cup title.ADVERTISEMENT APFRISCO, Texas — The U.S. women’s national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France.The Americans still have to face Canada.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “They’re at another level,” Menzies said about the U.S. team. “Another level from us. It’s something we can learn from. The best game that we played so far was a loss to Canada, we learned a lot from that. So we’ve got to take these situations and add them into training and see if we can solve those things and use them against Panama.”The match slowed down in the second half, played in a steady rain. But the thunderstorms that had been forecast never materialized.Seventeen teams have earned trips to the World Cup. There are seven spots yet to be determined.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

As the challenges in the rice industry continue, it is believed that the intervention…

first_imgRice industry crisisAs the challenges in the rice industry continue, it is believed that the intervention of Government will likely bring some relief to the plight of farmers, many of whom were forced to abandon the industry.On Monday, Guyana Times spoke with several farmers who reside in Leguan and Wakenaam in the Essequibo River and at Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara. They are calling on Government to provide assistance to reduce the scarcity in seed paddy, to advocate for better prices for paddy and to implement measures to compel rice millers to disburse outstanding payments to farmers.LeguanRice farmer Mahendra TularamAt Leguan, the situation related can be described as dire as many farmers on the island have been owed for almost two years. According to them, the current price cannot suffice for many to remain in the industry even though there have been favourable weather conditions.“$1500 a bag can’t work out, it can’t really pay,” related one female farmer. She also explained that she and her husband had no option other than to “rent out” some of their lands to other farmers while the remainder was converted into a pasture for sheep and cows.Guyana Times understands that the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) reportedly obtained money from the farmers in Leguan, “some months ago” to take court action against the rice miller, but the case was never pursued. The farmers then had to take private action by hiring an attorney and the miller in the area has been served notice of the legal action.In February, farmer Mahendra Tularam claimed that he was owed $730,000 by the miller since March 2015. He had called on Government to enforce the Rice Factory Act which he felt would compel millers to pay what is owed to farmers. It was explained that under this Act, millers are mandated to pay half of farmers’ money in two weeks and the rest in 42 days.WakenaamFollowing a series of reports by this newspaper that farmers were not being paid for their paddy, rice farmers in Wakenaam were paid all of their outstanding payments for the last crop. This welcomed situation was short-lived, as the farmers continue to face high production costs.At present, rice farmers are receiving between $1500 and $2200 per bag of paddy, and many have said that this was not profitableAccording to information received by Guyana Times on Monday, the dry weather caused a rapid increase in price for seed paddy which is used for planting of fresh rice crops.“NAREI [National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute] told farmers that they don’t have enough seed paddy to give farmers,” one stakeholder posited. The scarcity of seed paddy has led to a decrease in the acreage planted. This publication was told only half of the island’s 5000 acres was cultivated. Further, in areas such as Plantation Friendship and Zeelandia, there was no planting of rice for the current crop.It was further explained that Wakenaam has no fixed buyer so farmers have to stand their own transportation costs. As such, the $2200 they are receiving for paddy “can’t pay”. Additionally, one farmer who normally plants between 180 and 200 acres opted against rice cultivation for this crop which means that many on the island are without employment.MahaiconyIn Mahaicony, the situation is similar as farmers who suffered in the prolonged dry conditions are still suffering as the non-payment from millers is threatening their livelihood. Guyana Times was told that many could not return to their fields for the next crop.Astraf Ally and his wife, Sharmilla, stated that they were owed over $2 million. This they say came with the collapse of the lucrative Petro-Caribe (rice-for-oil) Venezuela deal last year, which many believe might have increased their earnings in terms of the price per bag of paddy.Deonarine Sasenarine, who usually plants 150 acres, will not be cultivating rice this upcoming crop because of the low prices in the industry. He explained that the miller in his area owes him some $7 million.SubsidiesAt present, rice farmers are receiving between $1500 and $2200 per bag of paddy, and many have said that this was not profitable.Meanwhile, other farmers are calling on Government to provide assistance via subsidies on fertiliser and equipment.Shadow Finance Minister Irfaan Ali, in a presentation to the National Assembly, had called for the removal of taxes and duties on fuel for the industry, and the removal of all taxes and duties on machinery, equipment and spares.Though the PetroCaribe deal was due for expiration in November of 2015, Venezuela axed the rice deal months before as relations soured between Guyana and that nation. This deal saw Guyanese farmers receiving premium rates for their paddy.last_img read more

3rd annual Police Force Youth Camp concludes

first_imgA six-day camp, which was a collaboration of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Association of Women Police, came to a formal close on Friday.Some of the items the students made during the campThis year’s camp, hosted in Madewini, Linden Hifgway, under the theme “Developing Youths through Community Projects, Discipline and Team Work”, was open to students between the ages of nine and 14 and reported a record number of a 117 participants.The camp‘s main aim was to expose its attendees to various skills they could use later in life. These included floral and fruit arrangements, woodworking, tie dying, thread-work, sewing of school uniforms and more.In addition to this, the campers were privy to lectures on a wide variety of pertinent topics such as drug abuse, career opportunities and education.Camp Mother, Davis, praised the camp as it allowed youths from different social backgrounds to intermingle, with “the common denominator of discipline”. She wanted to impress upon the children the importance of this attribute, reminding them that, “if you do not have discipline, then you cannot have a proper way of life”.Assistant Commissioner of Operations, Christopher Griffith, feature speaker of the closing ceremony, expressed elation at the high number of participants as he believed the skills they had learned would be “integral in [their] futures and the futures of others.”Griffith went on to charge the youths to reflect frequently on their time at the camp, and to the greatest possible extent, share their newfound knowledge with their peers. He referred to the children as, “heroes whose glory is yet to be foretold”, and in closing, he asked his heroes to continue working diligently, and encouraged them to “never give up”.The camp had a strong undercurrent of instilling national pride as well, which was quite notable as the attendees proudly sang their camp song “Let’s all come together to make Guyana safer/ by obeying the laws of this country/ to make our people happy, happy and free.”The happy youngsters will spend one more night at the campsite before returning home.Relatives of students who attended the camp proudly viewing the items that were made during the six-day eventlast_img read more

Amara Konneh Calls for More Resources for Ebola

first_imgLiberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh and delegation have concluded  constructive country-level discussions with the officials of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other development partners, aimed at mobilizing support for the government’s fight against the  Ebola epidemic.In conversations with the World Bank, Konneh requested that the institution and other development partners use their convening powers to assist Liberia in raising additional resources to fight Ebola and also to support the country’s economic recovery plan.For more than a week, Minister Konneh and his  delegation, including Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, the president of the Liberia Bank for Investment and Development (LBDI, John B. S. Davies III, Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood, amongst others, have been in Washington DC working to make Liberia’s case for more support to be provided expeditiously to stop the killer virus and its destructive impacts on the nation.The delegation articulated clearly that Liberia was looking for new avenues of support to fight Ebola and deal with probable associated economic and social issues. The Liberian Team requested bilateral and multilateral partners to not re-program existing commitments but rather provide injection of new funds.Minister Konneh said the discussions were fruitful and Liberia was able to make a strong case for the World Bank to provide additional assistance following the provision of US$52 million of crisis funds last month.“We are aiming to raise around $50 million dollars as direct support and we hope our key projects will be accelerated, including work on the Redlight to Gbarnga road, and feasibility studies on the Ganta to Tappita road.”Minister Konneh also met with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Raj Shah, who assured him that every support will be provided to help stop the transmission of Ebola.Discussions were also held with the Millennium Challenge Corporation over a possible funding window that could be harnessed to accelerate Liberia’s economic stabilization and recovery.Discussions with the IMF focused on additional support beyond the recent US$48 million dollars under the Extended Credit Facility program to be channeled through the Central Bank of Liberia.Representations were also made for additional commitments under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).The Managing Director of the IMF, Madam Christine Lagarde, suggested to her colleagues that there is a need for more budgetary support for Liberia as short-term spending is critical during these difficult times.In the United States, Minister Konneh consummated a deal worth US$27 million dollars with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport runway. EIB also expressed willingness to work together on future pipeline projects.In meeting with the Swedish International Development Office, Minister Konneh pleaded with the Swedes to increase their support to Liberia, beyond the US $10 million dollars committed through International Non-Governmental Organizations.In a related development, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed to provide an immediate injection of roughly US$15 million to the banking sector for trade financing.The IFC is also actively exploring ways to provide financing to small businesses, particularly in the Agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa: The Tragedy of Xenophobia

first_imgMonrovia- Growing up as a kid, I remember music like ‘Free Nelson Mandela’. I remember watching movies of the black liberation struggle in South Africa, that focused on the life story of freedom fighters, Mandela, Sisulu, Tambo then Biko and his gruesome death in prison. I fondly remember the spirited movie, ‘Sarafina’ that epitomizes the struggles of black South African students and their violent confrontations with law enforcement officers who were quite brute in exerting themselves and flexing the muscles of apartheid. The tears, blood, struggles of millions of black South Africans resonated with other Africans everywhere else on the continent.June 16, each year is celebrated as the day of the African child to herald the heroism and struggles of black South African students that got gunned down by soldiers during a demonstration in South Africa. The rest of the world stands in solidarity with South Africa to memorialize that day.There were rallying calls to support Mandela and members of the underground chain of fighters who vowed to see apartheid disappear. My Country, Liberia hosted leaders of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) and even Mandela occasionally found shelter in Liberia during his many years underground. Resources and African spirits were joined to restore the inalienable dignity of black South Africans.Typical African traditions forbid one of recounting favors done to another person. But, where the beneficiary shows outright ingratitude and disdain, he is reminded of his days of anguish and all those that came to his rescue. Perhaps, it is expected to rekindle the lost memories and restore him to sanity. Such might be the case with South Africans and their anomaly zest with Xenophobia.Today, it is a shame and a slap in the face of all those who helped South Africa overcome the scourge of apartheid. The systematic repression of blacks in South African was never justified. It was barbaric and inhumane and arose men of conscience everywhere to stand up and condemn.Millions of South Africans underwent a mental trauma of oppression, anguish, torture, torment and suffering.  Now, the scars of apartheid are visible in extreme poverty amongst blacks, illiteracy, economic isolation, etc.The failure of the South African society to adequately address the lost sense of hope, disillusionment, and overblown expectations of a glorious South Africa after apartheid had led to resignation to the average black South Africans that their problems are the result of the presence of foreigners in their countries. Sad!Firebrand black South African freedom fighters have a monumental task of providing economic liberation for the citizens that have looked up to them since the end of apartheid.The legendary global icon-Nelson Mandela gave up his life, youth, that apartheid might die. Today, South Africans can live in peace. However, today, like every society, there is still segregation everywhere in South Africa. Like Karl Marx said in the theory of Social Stratification and inequality, economic status has a way of placing people in social classes. True to the words of Marx, the average South African would remain in the townships, relegated to poverty because economic liberation is still afar.It is incumbent upon the intellectual and black middle class, and political leaders to seek the economic upliftment of their people.If the misgivings of xenophobia persist, the black settlement might get weary of attacking foreigners and turn on their black masters. Their frustration might spark a civil unrest that could undo all the gains against apartheid. It would further disintegrate South Africa and bring the struggle against apartheid to disrepute.It is incumbent upon South Africans to understand that foreigners are not their problems. They might kick all the foreigners out and still have corruption, economic deprivation, illiteracy, cronyism, etc., all staring them in the face. South African Universities and civil societies should have public discourses on the role of the rest of Africa and other friendly nations in the fight against apartheid.The South African telecommunications giant-MTN has its largest market in Nigeria with footprints in Ghana, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, etc. Could South Africa alone account for the success of MTN?It is foolhardy for a group of Citizens to terrorize anyone other than themselves — it’s more than xenophobia, it’s naivety.It might further isolate South Africans and history might gradually vindicate apartheid. God forbid.About the AuthorLekpele M. Nyamalon is a Liberian writer and poet. He can be reached at nyamalon@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prices for recycled materials drop

first_imgHeal says she expects prices to get worse before they get better and she anticipates many municipalities will lose their depots in the coming months. A slowdown in Canada’s economy is threatening to affect the availability of recycling facilities in many cities.That’s according to independent reports by the Edmonton Journal and the CBC. Both outlets reported the decreased demand for certain recycled materials, including cardboard, aluminum and mixed paper, has driven prices down to the point that many recycling centres are now paying to have recyclable materials taken from their facilities.Fort St. John EcoDepot owner Lindsay Heal says many recycling centre owners she’s spoken with are taking a serious hit due to price drops. She attributes the reduced values to slumping recycled materials markets in China, a major market for the recycling industry.- Advertisement -However, Heal says locally, it’s the Peace River Regional District that will be feeling the effects of these price drops. The PRRD subsidizes recycling centres in the district, including EcoDepot, and pays a flat rate to those centres in exchange for the now-dropping proceeds recieved from wholesale buyers for the recycled materials.Shannon Anderson with PRRD’s Solid Waste Management Department says the district will see some revenue losses due to the dropping prices. Normally the district expects to see somewhere around $50,000 per year in revenue from recycled materials, but this year’s total to date is only around $30,000. Despite this, Anderson says he doesn’t anticipate a reduction in recycling facilities in the district. [asset|aid=582|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4cc747b17c26f94b35929ef25fba2f15-Anderson-$_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Injuries, playing conditions, expectations aside – top teams ready for battle!

first_imgWith both teams oozing confidence ahead of today’s deciding matchup, captains of the final two teams in the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018, Chris Green and Dwayne Bravo, have declared their sides ready, roaring and rearing for the thrilling encounter this evening.“From our side of things we’re really excited! We also come in with a bit of momentum at the back end as well. We’re all really looking forward to the clash,” Guyana Amazon Warriors captain, Chris Green, has stated.Trinbago Knight Riders’ captain, Dwayne Bravo, had this to say: “I think only the two best teams remain, and the fans are going to get a very good cricket game. For us, there’s nothing about preparation. We played last night (Friday) and it was a good win, so we just want to take that momentum into the game tomorrow (today).”The Brian Lara Cricket Stadium pitch, where the drama will play out, has a surface very similar to the one at Providence in Guyana, but it has proven to be a bit slow to start. However, both captains are positive that their players would be able to manage both batting and bowling there.“It’s nothing that the local players are not accustomed to! So I think the wicket tomorrow is going to be similar, slowish but a good one,” DJ Bravo has stated.“Even the international players have played the best part of 10 or 11 games here in the CPL, and know what each game’s conditions are going to hold for them. We just have to adapt to that on the night,” Chris Green’s declared.On the topic of final eleven and injured players, Dwayne Bravo told media operatives that he is unsure about Sunil Narine’s condition, his having played their qualifier match against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots with an injured shoulder.“To play a game and bowl the way he did on a very bad shoulder shows his class and the commitment he has for the team. We have a very good medical team, the doctor and the physio are going to do everything in their powers to make sure he’s up and ready to go,” Bravo declared.The Warriors’ camp has been without medium-pacer Keemo Paul, who is recovering from an injury. Warriors’ captain shared, “I’m pretty sure that we have a fully fit squad. I think they’re still sweaty on the fitness of Keemo. But other than that, no injury clouds for me as yet; so that’s great.”The highly anticipated clash will bowl off at 17hrs today, and by the look of things, both teams are gunning for the new trophy.“To have the opportunity to defend our trophy is a great result for us despite how the game goes tomorrow,” DJ Bravo has said.“Everyone back home in Guyana has been really supportive throughout the tournament, and we know how much our success means to them. If all goes well and our way, then we get to hold the trophy up at the end of the night,” Chris Green has stated in optimism.last_img read more