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first_imgIndoor Auto Racing will return to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in 2013 for the 11th year under the promotion of Len Sammons.Sammons has confirmed that the exciting events will be held on the nights of Feb. 1-2. Tickets for the Atlantic City Indoor Races became available on Aug. 17.The Three-Quarter Midgets will hit speeds upwards of 70 mph while running around a course set up on the historic landmark Boardwalk Hall concrete floor. Feature events find a minimum of 24 cars taking the green flag providing some hair-raising action for fans.Each year professional racecar drivers from many different segments of the sport, and over 10 different states, compete at the event. The Champ Kart and Slingshot divisions will also be included in the Atlantic City race weekend.Racing will begin on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2. Each night will include qualifying races and a feature event for the headline division.Tickets for the Atlantic City event will go on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall box office. Ticket prices for Feb. 1 are $25 for front row reserved, $20 for lower level reserved, $17 for upper level reserved, $15 for general admission adults, and $5 for general admission kids 12 and under. Tickets for Feb. 2 are priced at $30 for front row reserved, $25 for lower level reserved, $22 for upper level reserved, $20 for general admission adults, and $5 general admission kids 12 and under. These prices do not include facility fees. Ticket prices will be $2 more if purchased on the day of the show.last_img read more

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High performance centre gets new owner

first_imgThe official transfer was done today at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) where the HPTC is now located.The HPTC was previously run by the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC).CEO of the PNGSF, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr described the transfer as a historic occasion for sports in the country.He acknowledged the work of his staff at the PNGSF, the PNGOC and the Government and other stakeholders for their all their support so far.“This a step forward for sports where we can merge the success at the grassroots level with that of the elite.“After the Pacific Games, we are now a threat to the rest of the region. We have become so competitive in the world and we can produce world champions.“But we will continue to work in partnership as all of us are responsible to pave the way forward for sports in PNG,” said Tsiamalili Jnr.President of the PNGOC, Sir John Dawanincura said he wanted the partnership with all stakeholders to continue and grow from strength to strength into the future.He encouraged the country’s athletes to fully utilise the HPTC and continue to produce good results not just on home soil, but overseas as well.last_img read more

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Uefa qualifiers boost fan card uptake

first_imgMore than 80,000 football fan cards have been issued since the introduction of the cards, with matches by Apoel and other Cyprus teams in August contributing significantly to the increase, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.To date, 80,039 have been issued, 5,436 of them since August 1 for qualifying matches to the Uefa championship league.Some 2,333 cards were handed out on Friday alone, ahead of Apoel’s match with Ajax in Nicosia on Tuesday which ended in a 0-0 draw.More than 14,000 tickets were made available for Tuesday’s match, a record number since the introduction of the fan card ID.The fan card, aimed at cracking down on hooliganism, was introduced last August following a long discussion in parliament and football clubs mainly on concerns of violation of personal data, as its holders had to provide some details such as identity card number and address.  It was opposed by fan clubs of all major football clubs, citing concerns that police would use the data to keep tabs on them.last_img read more

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Mission Impossible for Female U-20 Lone Star

first_imgFor anything I don’t enjoy the challenges that Coach Christopher Wreh and his deputy Oliver Makor are grappling with right now. The two men are expected to lead the female national U-20 side to complete their second-leg match against their Nigerian counterparts on Sunday in Nigeria.And I don’t even envy the two coaches because their side lost heavily (7-1) to the Nigerians in the first leg right here in Monrovia.What should Liberians expect at the end of the 90 minutes in Nigeria? It would have been easy to say ‘victory’ but trailing 7-1 is not something for any diehard fan to dream could be erased, particularly in the opponents’ backyard.Remember the recent drubbing of a similar margin by the Black Stars of Ghana against ‘The Pharaohs’ of Egypt? Well, back in Cairo the Egyptians could not call on all their magic to erase the score-line but they were able to win narrowly (2-1) to give home fans some confidence.Though the current case is the reverse because the girls lost 7-1 at home and they are traveling to Nigeria to play.So the greater good they can do themselves and the nation is for them to play to demand their respect.It means the coaches by now have made it certain that the players know the game-plan.They are now aware of the mistakes or weaknesses that spelled their doom in the first leg and therefore they must learn to control the flow of the game in Nigeria.Yes, I know, it is easier said than done and it needs players with exceptional talent to overcome such a test. But, please tell me, is it not true that he who is down fears no fall?Whoever came up with that clever idea may have had the kind of situation our girls face in mind. Ok, so now that we know we have a herculean task to perform, all our girls have to do is to play well and try not to concede more goals like what happened at home.You see, I said they must try because the Nigerian forwards are aware of our girls’ weaknesses in the first leg and may go all out to exploit to their own advantage. Or since they are comfortably ahead with 7-1, they may relax their game, a kind of play to entertain their crowd to give them a good run for their money.If Coach Wreh and his deputy Makor could evolve a strategy to weather the storm and come out unscathed, despite the first leg results, they would be described as heroes and the girls would be known as heroines of our time.The team leaves on Thursday, and though the mission seems impossible, they must play together to change for the better the difficult role that inadequate preparation has thrust into their hands.Good Luck girls.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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Government’s Women’s Empowerment Agenda

first_imgBack in 2016, Guyana’s President David Granger announced a five-point plan to promote equal and modern opportunities for women, as he recommitted his administration towards empowering women folk to meet the challenges that lie ahead in the changing domestic and global environment.The announcement of the plan came on the heels of a UNDP report which stated that, over the past few years, Guyana has made very good progress towards promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.Capitalizing on this, President Granger made it clear that one of the fundamental pillars of his government is equal opportunities for the whole population, with empowerment and protection of women and the eradication of poverty at the forefront of its efforts.His rationale coincides with the 17 global goals identified by the United Nations as essential for achieving sustainable development. Goal number five speaks to the notion of worldwide gender equality and women’s empowerment.Gender equality therefore, as the UN succinctly states, “is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.” Unhindered access for all people to education, healthcare, employment, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will underpin sustainable economies, and clearly benefit societies and humanity overall.With regard to international levels of employment, the latest statistics from the World Bank for ratio of female to male labour force participation – those for 2013 — show the Syrian Arab Republic having the lowest female participation, coming in 185th place at 19%, and Malawi being in the number one spot with 104%. The World Bank points out that, globally, women are less likely than men to participate in the labour market, i.e. less likely to be employed or actively looking for work; with only Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and Malawi being over the 100% mark. The UK and the US come in at 81% and 82% respectively. The World Bank explains that “female participation in employment is high, and the gender gap low, in many low-income countries where women are engaged in unpaid subsistence agriculture, although they are less involved in paid activities outside the household. Women also tend to be active in high-income countries, where over two-thirds of the female adult population participate in the labour market and the gender gap in labour force participation rates is less than 15 percent on average.”Guyana places 154th in the study, which also shows the country’s ratio increasing from 48.2% in 2003 to 52.9% in 2013. Although it is still lower than the average of 68.4% for Latin American and Caribbean (developed) countries, it is moving in the right direction.Mr Granger also stipulated that the Government would ensure more microcredit facilities are set up, and greater access is available to small business loans. He added that the Government was prepared to consider offering tax rebates to companies that establish day care facilities for working mothers. He also promised the introduction of proactive protective legislation and new training programmes.Indeed, the UNDP notes that educationally, “the targets of having gender parity in primary and secondary education have been achieved, since boys and girls are equally represented at these levels. At the university level, there are twice as many girls as there are boys enrolled.”Politically, according to UN figures, women now hold more than 30% of seats in the national parliament in at least one chamber in 46 countries. Among them is Guyana, where, since 2015, the proportion of seats held by women in its national parliament has reached 35%.The President’s ambitions come with the wholehearted backing of First Lady Sandra Granger, a determined and accomplished career woman and homemaker. Mrs Granger has pledged to champion various causes during her husband’s first term as president, particularly equality and the education and safety of children.The situation in Guyana has not changed drastically since 2016, despite the President’s commitment. More women are dying and becoming the victims of sexual abuse and violence inflicted by their male counterparts and intimate partners. The girl child is no safer than she was in 2016, and there has been no major policy shift towards the empowerment of women in rural communities.In fact, with the dismissal of thousands of male breadwinners along the sugar belt, the situation has worsened, and women who were traditionally housewives are now forced to work and earn incomes in order to sustain their families. The opportunities available to these women folk are few and far less than what many may see as befitting this class of people.A more serious approach has to be adopted in dealing with women’s issues if the President’s vision is to become reality. If his commitment is to be kept and worked into policy, then Government must redouble its effort at harmonizing the work of the Ministries and departments that fight for and advocate gender equality, women rights, and the family as an important unit. The President must lead and support wholeheartedly by funding and financing campaigns aimed at strengthening women to continue to make positive contributions to Guyana’s development, especially with the advent of the Oil and Gas industry.last_img read more

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Hamilton in no hurry to win Formula One title in Mexico

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton is on course for another drivers’ crown, despite only coming third at Suzuka © AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURASUZUKA, Japan, Oct 14 – Lewis Hamilton said he was in no hurry to win a sixth world championship after the title battle was reduced to a two-horse Mercedes race at the Japanese Grand Prix.The Formula One circus moves on to Mexico in two weeks’ time where Hamilton, enjoying a 64-point lead over Valtteri Bottas, can wrap up a third consecutive drivers’ crown if he outscores his teammate by 14 points or more. More likely is that the battle will be concluded at the subsequent race at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.Bottas’s victory at Suzuka and Hamilton’s third place clinched a sixth consecutive constructors’ championship for Mercedes and left the Finn as the only driver who can catch Hamilton over the final four races of the campaign.“I think for me it’s never been a case of always wanting to rush things,” Hamilton told reporters Sunday adding that he expected a tough battle from his teammate over the final few races.“Valtteri’s driven well all year long, he’s done a great job today and he will most likely do a very, very solid job these next races, so we still have a battle, the fight continues,” he added.Valtteri Bottas’s victory at Suzuka left the Finn as the only driver who can catch teammate Lewis Hamilton over the final four races of the campaign © AFP / Behrouz MEHRIHamilton is not expecting an easy time in the rarefied high-altitude air of Mexico which should suit Ferrari, who hold an obvious advantage in straight-line speed.“I think Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it’s going to be a tough one for us,” said a downbeat Hamilton, who was quicker on fresher tyres than second-placed Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages at Suzuka but was unable to barge past.“The last few (races) have been pretty shocking, even though we’ve won the title,” he said, after resurgent Ferrari won in three races out of four up to Japan and outqualified Mercedes comfortably at Suzuka.“I’m hoping for a better weekend but I think it’s going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights.“We have no hope of getting by on those straights, that’s for sure but even if you look at the others, the McLarens are picking up some serious speeds on the straights, so are the Red Bulls so I think it will be a tricky one.“I don’t anticipate (the title win) will be Mexico. I think we will be battling for a good few races.”Bottas jumped from third to first with an electric start to win in Japan ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.With only Bottas now able to overtake Hamilton in the standings, Mercedes clinched an unprecedented sixth successive world championship double of drivers and constructors titles.With the win at Suzuka by Valtteri Bottas (C) and third place by Lewis Hamilton (R) Mercedes clinched an unprecedented sixth successive world championship double of drivers and constructors titles © AFP / Behrouz MEHRIHamilton dedicated the achievement to the team’s former non-executive director Niki Lauda, who died in May.“It definitely feels a little bit different,” Hamilton said of the three-time Formula One world champion.“I wouldn’t say as happy as previously because naturally we lost Niki this year and it doesn’t feel the same without him.“Every time I walk into the garage I see Niki’s headphones and his cap. I sat and I looked at it today.“I think the whole team and the whole of Mercedes will probably dedicate this to Niki. I definitely do.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Juventus offer Liverpool target Martin Caceres new contract

first_img The defender’s contract with the Italian champions expires in the summer 1 Juventus have offered Martin Caceres a new contract – in an attempt to ward off interest from Liverpool.The defender’s contract with the Italian champions expires in the summer and he is able to leave on a free.That has attracted interest from Liverpool and several other clubs from around Europe.Juventus are reluctant to lose Caceres on a free and, according to Tuttosport, have opened talks over a new deal.The 28-year-old is keen to keep his options open, though, as he aware of the number of clubs chasing him.As well as Liverpool, sides in Germany, Italy and Spain have all contacted Caceres’s agent regarding a summer move.last_img read more

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Mourinho hopes Lyon-bound Depay can return to Man United one day

first_img1 Memphis Depay in action for Manchester United Jose Mourinho hopes Memphis Depay performs so well at Lyon that the outgoing Manchester United winger one day returns to Old Trafford.Expectations were high in the summer of 2015 when the 22-year-old arrived in a big-money deal from PSV Eindhoven, but an underwhelming first season was followed by a difficult second campaign.Depay has made just one United start since Mourinho’s arrival and is now joining Lyon in a deal which is understood to be in the region of 25 million euros (£21.7m).United have inserted a sell-on clause into the deal and an option that could see them one day buy back the winger – a move Mourinho would be welcome to if things work out in France.Put to the boss that the club have got some security built into the deal if Depay comes good, the Portuguese said: “Of course because potentially he is a very good player.“I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him, he did well. He knew him very well from the national team.“He was very young when in the World Cup. He had flashes of top quality.“He was playing well in Holland – we know that the Dutch league is not the same but he was showing very good things.“I think Mr Van Gaal and Manchester United they did well to buy him.“He didn’t succeed in this 18 months, I would say, but he is very young so I think it is important for the club to keep control of this talent.“And we all wish that he plays very, very well at Olympique Lyon and why not to come back because everyone here likes him.”last_img read more

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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Reds stars rated and slated

first_img Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7 – Many would have considered Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inclusion a surprise and he initially struggled to get into the game, the England international provided the assist for Salah’s goal. 14 Mohamed Salah – 8 – Salah was Liverpool’s brightest spark and was rewarded for his good work with a slightly fortunate goal midway through the second half. 14 Joe Gomez – 7 – A much improved performance from his game against Sevilla, Gomez worked well with the Liverpool defence and kept the Chelsea team quiet for most parts. Simon Mignolet – 7 – Mignolet was recalled to the starting line-up after their draw at Sevilla and the keeper made some crucial saves in the first half to keep his side in the game. However, the Belgian will be disappointed to have conceded Willian’s goal. A late goal strike from Willian saw Chelsea earn a point against Liverpool in a fiery encounter at Anfield. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead against his former club midway throught the second half. But Willian’s cross-cum-shot deceived Simon Mignolet to send the away fans into pandemonium. There was drama before the game started as Jurgen Klopp left Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on the bench to the surprise of supporters. But how did the Liverpool players who featured in the game? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Liverpool player ratings.  14 Philippe Coutinho – 6 – The Brazilian looked very composed in the middle of the park but did not find the same joy as in previous games against a compact Chelsea defence. Joel Matip – 7 – Liverpool’s defence looks more stable with Matip at the back. The centre-back did not do anything particularly special but led the defence well. Jordan Henderson – 6 – The skipper showed good energy throughout the game, supporting his team well going forward and defensively. 14 SUB – Adam Lallana – N/A – Fans will be happy to see Lallana make his return to the team but he was not on long enough to influence the game. SUB – Sadio Mane – N/A – Many will wonder why he didn’t start the game. Had Mane played for longer, perhaps we would be talking about a Liverpool victory. Daniel Sturridge – 6 – Another surprise inclusion to the starting XI and Sturridge struggled to make any meaningful impact on the game. A missed opportunity for the out-of-favour striker. 14 Alberto Moreno – 4 – A less erratic display from Moreno than the Sevilla game, but he did create nerves across Anfield with some bizarre defensive techniques. SUB – Georginio Wijnaldum – 6 – Wijnaldum offered a fresh pair of legs when he came on just after Salah’s goal, however, it wasn’t enough to get his side to hold on to their lead. 14 14 Ragnar Klavan – 6 – The Estonian produced another consistent performance to keep the likes of in-form Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata at bay. 14 James Milner – 6 – Milner was in a competitive midfield battle and looked solid throughout the game. 14 14 14 14 14 14last_img read more

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Steven Fletcher returns as Scotland squad announced

first_imgElsewhere, Aberdeen’s Mikey Devlin and Gary Mackay-Steven keep their spots after being drafted in for the 3-0 friendly loss to Portugal at Hampden.Bournemouth speed merchant Ryan Fraser is back in the squad after missing the last two matches through injury.Scotland currently sit second in their Nations League group after suffering a 2-1 loss to Israel in Haifa last time out.Israel occupy top spot on six points – with Scotland and Albania three points behind – but McLeish’s men have a game in hand on both of their group rivals. Steven Fletcher is to make his Scotland comeback in the crucial double-header against Albania and Israel.The Sheffield Wednesday striker has been called up for the first time since he came on as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Slovenia back in August 2017.Manager Alex McLeish was left short of options in attack for the upcoming matches and has opted to hand Fletcher a recall to try and solve his selection headache.Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is struggling for fitness and Hearts forward Steven Naismith is out of the two matches through injury.last_img read more

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