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Zola Budd taking athletics authorities to court

first_imgIn this file photo dated Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, Zola Budd-Pieterse of South Africa checks her time after she crossed the finish line in the Tokyo City Half Marathon. (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto. FILE)CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Zola Budd is still being unfairly treated, her South African running club manager says. This time by athletics officials in her home country. So she’s taking them to court.The distance runner who gained fame as a barefoot teenage sensation in the 1980s is starting legal proceedings in South Africa for an unfair disqualification in a recent marathon, Ray de Vries said.De Vries manages the Hooters Athletics Club, which the now U.S.-based Budd runs for in South Africa. He said the former 5,000-meter world record holder was stripped of her win in the 40-49-year-olds class at the grueling 90-kilometer (56-mile) Comrades Marathon in June for not wearing a separate age category tag on her vest.Yet Budd was instructed by organizers before the race that she didn’t need one, De Vries said. She wants “redress” and lawyers have started proceedings on her behalf, he told The Associated Press. They will take the regional athletics body and the Comrades Marathon Association to court, he said.“It was a homecoming for Zola,” De Vries said of Budd’s Comrades run, where she finished first in her age class and seventh overall in the women’s race. “The whole stadium got up. They went mad. It was just a beautiful, beautiful time after the horribleness of her career. And then it was marred by this silly incident.”Budd, 48, has described her running career as a painful experience.She left apartheid South Africa as a teenager in the early 1980s to compete internationally, and represented Britain at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. But she was blamed for the collision that knocked home favorite Mary Decker out of the 3,000 meters final, and was also later banned for competing at a race in South Africa when it was still under apartheid — though she claimed she only attended the meet and never ran.After her Comrades Marathon disqualification, Budd was quoted by South African media as saying: “I won it fair and square. My whole athletics career has been plagued by politics and interference from administrators who are selective and do not apply the rules consistently. It feels like they are targeting me specifically.”De Vries said other athletes also didn’t wear age tags and Budd was initially reinstated as the winner in her class by race officials, who realized their mistake. But regional body Kwazulu-Natal Athletics overruled that decision, he said.KZN Athletics has denied those claims but didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Budd lost out on around $1,000 in prize money for her disqualification, De Vries said, but it “wasn’t about the money.”“It’s standing up for the principle,” he said.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAPlast_img read more

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Struggling Midget Reps drop game to Nakusp

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s been a tough go for the Nelson/Castlegar Midget Reps.The combined team of players from the Heritage and Sunflower Cities has struggled to win any games this season on the Minor Hockey Midget Rep circuit.The latest setback came Saturday when Nakusp put a 9-2 shellacking on the Reps. The loss came on the heels of two previous setbacks to Nakusp, 3-1 and 9-4.The Reps have a 0-10-1 record to start the season.Leading the team offensively is Grant Matthews of Castlegar with 13 points. Second is Joseph Gauthier of Castlegar with 10 points, including five goals. John Katountas of Nelson is next with eight points followed by Colton Steeds of Castlegar and Colton Dawson of Nelson, each with seven points.The Castlegar and Nelson Associations needed to combine forces due to a decline in numbers at the Midget Rep level and the Kootenay Ice Major Midget team taking all of the top players in the zone to play in the B.C. Hockey League.The Reps travel to the Okanagan this weekend for a tournament in Winfield. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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A new step is taken for the construction of the future Camp Nou

first_imgAccording to forecasts, Espai Barçawhose works will begin with Menéndez and Pelayo Street, will be integrated in the neighborhood of the Maternitat and from Sant Ramon, with new private spaces open to public use And without closures. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 16, 2020 The Government commission of the City Council of Barcelona approved this Thursday the project of reparcelación of the scope of the ‘Espai Barça’ which, together with the approval of the urbanization project on December 19, it is a requirement necessary to obtain the construction license of the future Camp Nou.As reported by Barça, which currently has 90% ownership ground, The next step is to process all the necessary documentation the first quarter of this year to register in the Registry of the Property and obtain the necessary license to start the works before summerThe opening of this new enclosure, for which 1,446.50 will be transferred m2 of land to build a public sports equipment, will free a set of new spaces for public use that will facilitate access to the green axes of the Diagonal and its means of public transport.last_img read more

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Plane wing explodes at Eugene F Correia Int’l Airport

first_imgOne man is confirmed injured following the explosion of the right wing of a Britten Norman Trislander aircraft at the hangar of Roraima Airways at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara on Monday.The Trislander involved in the explosionHead of the local airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, speaking with Guyana Times shortly after the explosion, confirmed that the injured engineer suffered burns to his hand and fractured ankles. He was taken to a private medical institution where he was admitted for treatment. His condition is listed as stable.Gouveia described the incident as a maintenance accident. He noted that it took place during a routine examination of the aircraft. The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.Roraima, in a statement on Monday afternoon, stated that the company would be assisting the engineer with his medical care.“An investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident is currently underway by both our Maintenance Quality Department and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA),” the company added.Gouveia said the company was arranging for counselling for the maintenance team and all team members who were affected by the explosion.Guyana Times understands that a woman who was nearby at the time of the explosion suffered shock and trauma.Meanwhile, the company stated that while the temporary inability to use the aircraft was difficult at this point in time, its flight operations would not be significantly disrupted. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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GOL Snubs Traditional Council’s Peace Building Retreat

first_imgAt least seven government officials invited to participate in the just-ended two-day national peace building retreat by the members of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders (NACCEL), chose not to attend, and the gathering of over 250 chiefs and civil society organizations expressed disappointment about their behavior.Government officials invited included Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman Jerome Korkoya, Attorney General and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, Senate Pro temp Amarh Jallah and House Speaker Alex Tyler. Former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson, who was also invited, was absent.Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, who was also invited but could not personally attend, was represented and expressed his regret and also declared declared his support for the initiative. He stated that traditional leaders must educate Liberian children to make peace with themselves in building a peaceful society for the future.Until the closure of the retreat yesterday evening, there was no official communication from the absentee government officials about their absence, which was interpreted by the elders and chiefs as a sign of disrespect.According to organizers, the retreat, which brought fifteen paramount chiefs from 15 of Liberia’s sub-political divisions, was intended to deliberate and find the way forward on recent disturbing issues that have come up in the country.On the first day of the retreat, Chief Zanzan Karwor, head of the National Council of Chiefs, catalogued events including the mysterious of death of Harry Greaves, Jr., the arrest and the subsequent disturbance by hundreds of young people who demanded the release of the victim and most of all the call for Liberia to be designated as a Christian Nation, a suggested clause which Liberian Muslims regard as a plot by some disgruntled politicians to divide the country and throw it into chaos.The theme for the first day was ‘Dialogue among leaders to promote peace and patriotism, nationalism and national symbols’ and was moderated by Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee.The second day’s theme, moderated by Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, focused on ‘How to sustain peace using traditional mechanisms (peace hut).Other organizations that failed to send representatives included the Press Union of Liberia, Campaigner for Change and Sure Liberia, the Liberia Council of Churches, Civil Society Organization and the Lebanese Business Community.Those present were representatives of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Coalition for Transformation of Liberia, MOH-Global Communities and The Carter Center.Ambassador Endi moderated the final session, titled ‘the way forward’ but without the presence of government officials intended to get involved in the discussion and the deliberations, the elders and chiefs expressed their disappointment.The chairman of the Coalition for Transformation of Liberia, Archie Sannor, who was recently arrested and later released, told the chiefs and elders that the young people do not disrespect their leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.However, he recounted corrupt practices by unnamed government officials that have been prosecuted and mentioned the abundant natural resources that are not used to make life better for ordinary Liberians.“We are citizens of this country, chiefs and elders, and so when things are not done for the people, we as young people have the right to demand why from our government, and this is interpreted to mean disrespect to our leaders,” Sannor argued.Sannor appealed to the elders and chiefs to engage the government to change how things are done in the country to bring real development to the land and its people. “We don’t have electricity, poor roads and even some roads are constructed three times, wasting money that could have been [saved if the job was done well the first time]. Our country, compared to others is the worst and least developed, yet we are blessed with natural resources that other countries don’t have,” he said.Representing the Muslim Council of Liberia, Ali Sylla, re-echoed the council’s position against Proposition 24, which calls for a referendum to decide making Liberia a Christian Nation, and instead recommended, among other things, education and economic empowerment to Liberians of all faiths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Alleged car thief remanded

first_imgA Tucville, Georgetown resident, who was earlier this week reportedly found with a stolen car parked in front of his home, was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Kevin Jordan, 29, of Perry Street, Tucville, denied that he received the stolen silver Toyota Allion motor vehicle valued $2.2 million on May 5, 2018, from Vladimir David.He told Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan that he was unaware that the car was stolen. He disclosed that a friend parked the said vehicle in front of his property.Jordan relayed that he even took Police to the same friend’s residence however he was not found at home when they went there. He was nonetheless remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 11.last_img read more

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England to play friendly against Italy in 2015

first_img1 Daniele De Rossi of Italy fights off Wayne Rooney of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup England will travel to Italy for a friendly against the Azzurri in 2015, the Football Association have announced.The clash, on March 31 at a venue yet to be confirmed, will be the 26th meeting between the two sides.Italy have won ten of the previous encounters to England’s eight and were victorious the last time the teams met at the 2014 World Cup.Having been paired together in Group D, Italy snatched a 2-1 win against Roy Hodgson’s side in Manaus, with Mario Balotelli netting the decisive goal.“Italy have always provided stern opposition for England and these two fixtures will be no different,” said Hodgson.“Italian teams are always set up very well and they have a great history of producing world class footballers. It will give us great preparation leading into major international tournaments.“After managing in Italy with Inter Milan, it will be a fantastic experience for me personally to go back to Italy and manage England.”The game will take place four days after England host Lithuania in a 2016 European Championship qualifier.A reverse friendly between the teams will also be taking place at Wembley on a date to be confirmed in the 2016-18 FIFA World Cup qualification cycle.last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan out for six weeks

first_imgArsenal said the Armenian playmaker is “expected to return to full training in six weeks”.Mkhitaryan has been a regular under Unai Emery and has scored four Premier League goals this season.The 29-year-old will miss key league games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City as Arsenal continue their pursuit of a top-four place.Mkhitaryan arrived at the Emirates Stadium almost a year ago as part of the swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan fractured a metatarsal against Spurs and will be out of action for at least six weeks © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 24 – Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be out of action for at least six weeks because of a foot injury, the Premier League side revealed on their website on Tuesday.Mkhitaryan fractured the metatarsal in his right foot in last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat by Tottenham and was replaced at half-time. He missed the win against Burnley at the weekend.last_img read more

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Variability abounds in northwest Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From corn and soybean fields well on their way, to field needing replanted after a washout rain, DuPont Pioneer’s Ryan Terry is seeing just about everything this time of year. He talks about the variability and what the wet weather in his area is stirring up in soybean fields in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

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