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CLASSIC – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBob BaffertGarrett O’RourkeDr. John ChandlerMike SmithPress ConferenceLadies and gentlemen, the winner of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is Arrogate, and we’re thrilled to be joined by the winning connections. From left to right, we’ve got jockey Mike Smith. We’ve got Garrett O’Rourke, the racing manager for Juddmonte Farms. Trainer Bob Baffert; his son, Bode, as well as Dr. John Chandler, President of Juddmonte. Congratulations to you all. Mike, this is your fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Bob’s third in a row. Mike, we want to start with you. You’ve had another amazing weekend at the Breeders’ Cup. If you could just take us through this Breeders’ Cup Classic and your trip on Arrogate.MIKE SMITH: Well, we had a really good trip. He jumped very well today out of the gate, but was a little reluctant the first probably 16th of a mile. I had to give him a little reminder on his shoulder. Once I did that, I seen that California Chrome had a little bit of company up front of him, so I felt secure that at least he was going to go quick enough, and I didn’t have to go after him early and chase him. Then Victor got a comfortable lead down the back side and kind of started staying off the fence a bit. I didn’t want to move too early; that will just make him pack us out more. I winded up cutting the corner going into the far turn, and that really helped a lot. Because once I switched over and dropped into the far turn, he really picked it up at that point, able to get him back outside. Then he was relentless, this horse. He never stops. He’s got some stamina. Bob’s done a great job. The horse has only run five times and he beat California Chrome. That’s incredible.THE MODERATOR: Bob, as I said, your third Classic win in a row to go with Bayern and American Pharoah. If you could just give us your impressions of this effort today?BOB BAFFERT: Well, going in, we knew we had a great horse. We thought we could be competitive. But down deep I really wasn’t sure if we could beat California Chrome because I still have total respect for the horse. He’s a great horse. Down the backside it looked like California Chrome was getting everything going. I thought, well, you know, maybe he’s not running. Maybe he’s just not into it. But I hope Mike Smith knows what he’s doing. And all of a sudden, turning for home it looked like, well — I thought, well, I’m going to run second, but there is nothing wrong with that, because Chrome is a really good horse, and running second to him is no bad thing.But the 8th pole, all of a sudden, he started getting into that gear, and he’s coming, and he’s inching away at him. And that last 50 yards, I could not believe. Of all the horses I’ve trained — I never thought after losing Pharoah that I thought how are you going to beat something like that with everything we went through. And then to be so lucky and blessed that to have a horse like that. Then to run down a great horse like California Chrome was just like — that’s what the Breeders’ Cup is all about. Watching races like that. They’re just the best. The cream just rises to the top.I can’t say more for Mike Smith, “Big Money” Mike. I mean, he won that today, and I was like it was a “wow” opportunity. I could not believe — what we just accomplished, we’re very lucky to win these races, but today, watching that horse do what he did and come back, he wasn’t even tired. That horse is just a big kid that’s learning how to run, and in the wind, under the Juddmonte Flag is incredible for me. Prince Khalid wanting to get me on their team, and Juddmonte is like the biggest franchise in racing. So to be part of that and for Garrett O’Rourke, working with him. What makes it so — they just let you train the horse. You tell them when they’re getting ready and let them know what’s going on.But it’s been a great experience training for Juddmonte. But I have a great horse, but I have a great jockey. What he did today was incredible. It’s hat’s off to California Chrome. He tried so hard. I mean, he’s a great horse. I’ve been chasing that horse for two years. So it was nice to — I still can’t believe that we caught him.THE MODERATOR: Dr. Chandler, Juddmonte’s had incredible success both here and abroad. But this is your first Breeders’ Cup Classic victory. Can we get your impressions of today?DR. JOHN CHANDLER: Well, before the race, Teddy, we were talking about which would possibly be the most exciting race we’ve ever won, and Teddy said, well, let’s wait a minute, and we waited a minute, and undoubtedly this is one of the most exciting races we’ve won. We’ve won excellent — we’ve won great races, The Arc de Triomphe and the English Derby and the Belmont, and we’ve won races everywhere. And we had Frankel, of course, who won everything in sight. But this has got to be one of the greatest things we’ve done.It’s all due to Garrett and Bob, and Bob found — it’s a story that’s been published many times. But Garrett has really done most of the work on the farm side of this, and has taught Bob how to train horses and he’s done a good job of that (laughing). And we’re very grateful to Garrett and to Bob and to do this for us. Now Bob appears to own the Classic. We’ll have to call it the Baffert Benefit after this, I think.THE MODERATOR: Very good. One question for Garrett before we open it up to the media. Garrett, talk about the campaign overall this year, especially the decision to train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Well, when I made that decision, I think it’s a tribute for all of this, obviously goes back to Prince Khalid, and if it’s something on the farm, yeah, we’re responsible for it. If it’s when we go to the sales, Bob and Donato help us, and we get the right horses and we hand them over to people like that. But Prince Khalid has always been a firm believer in hiring the very, very best and allowing them to do their jobs. He doesn’t tell them what to do or how to do it. It’s something that I’ve learned from him as well. So don’t believe what Doc says in me telling Bob Baffert. I don’t have to tell Bob Baffert how to do anything. I don’t have to tell Mike Smith how to do anything. They’re the very best at their profession, and they proved it today. I thank them for it. I want to thank everyone back on the farm, especially because there’s an awful lot of people back on the farm. There’s a lot of horses that didn’t make it here today, and I know the people back on the farm have to go through the heartbreak of seeing those ones not make it.So when something big like this happens, it’s a great team effort. It’s the professionals I have sitting beside me here, and I think it’s all obviously funded, number one, and motivated, more importantly, by Prince Khalid.Q. I wonder if you could give us an idea of when you had the inkling, I know five races back the horse was third and then it’s moving in the right direction to find it today, but when you first started with the horse, when did you get the feeling that you had what you have?BOB BAFFERT: I remember calling Garrett around October. I said, Garrett, I think I’ve found one that’s going to pay for all of them. I said, I think we’ve stumbled onto a really good horse. And he showed run as a 2-year-old, and he had some shin problems. He was a big, tall horse, so Garrett says, you know what, just give him the time. Don’t worry about it. And they freshened him up. It’s one of those things that the really good ones, once we got them going, and he was developing and baby steps, and Rafael Bejarano did a great job helping me develop this horse. Unfortunately, Mike ended up on him because of other circumstances. But it just happens that way.But it’s one of those things where he always showed run, but we never let him go in the mornings. We never let him run. He’s a big horse. He came around on his own, and I was almost going to run him against Chrome in San Diego at Del Mar, but he got a little bit — I called Garrett and said, I might get a little crazy. I’ve got a crazy plan. Okay. Then he called me a week before, Are you still going to do that crazy thing? I said, No. He had a little bit of a temperature when I got down to Del Mar, so I missed a few days, and I’m glad. That’s when we decided to point for the Travers, because Bejarano always said this horse wants to go a mile-and-a-quarter. I mean, he can go and go and go. And so in the Travers, when Mike rode him, we had to let him run away from the one-hole, and he got him out there. I thought he could win, but I didn’t know he was going to do that. I mean, that was just incredible. I was in awe of him.So then to come back and sit on him for two months, it was something that I used to do in the quarter horse bin, and I wasn’t worried about it. And we got away with it with Pharoah, and you can do that when you have a great horse. I just didn’t want to run him against California Chrome and Awesome Again. Maybe if it he had been there I might have run him in there. I just felt with my team, Jimmy Barnes, everybody that gets on him, Dana Barnes gets on him. I knew we could do it. We’re equipped to deal with these situations. It’s a lot of fun, especially, so we show up for the big days, we lead them up there, and you just pray and hope that they show up.I told Mike, if he runs this race, you can win it. If he doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do. And I told him, Mike, you have the reins. Whatever you do, I’m good with. If he gets beat, don’t worry about it. But if you can get me second, that would sure be nice.So turning for home, I’m still — I’m going to be watching that replay a lot tonight when I get home. That was an incredible race by two incredible horses.Q. Mike, does this victory here take a little bit of the sting out of yesterday with the Songbird-Beholder match-up?MIKE SMITH: Well, that still hurts, it’s always going to hurt. You hate to get beat, especially the matter of maybe an inch. This was incredible today. This horse ran a race today that you just don’t see things like this from a young 3-year-old that’s only run five times. He literally was prancing after the race was over. Which most horses hang their head and have to take a breath or two before they can even turn around and come back after going a mile-and-a-quarter. He hasn’t run in two months and he was literally dancing. The outrider couldn’t believe it. He goes, Are you kidding me? This horse is dancing like this? And I said, He’s just got air forever.Q. What are the plans for the next year?BOB BAFFERT: Well, that’s up to Garrett. Garrett still runs the show, so I guess he’ll get back and discuss that with Prince Khalid. You want to answer that?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Obviously, we will have to go back and run it by Prince Khalid, but I think the pointers are that he will definitely race next year.BOB BAFFERT: Yes.MIKE SMITH: Double yes.GARRETT O’ROURKE: That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re going to bring him to England.MIKE SMITH: I’ll go to England (laughing). Call me English Mike.Q. I want to congratulate all of you. It’s obviously a major accomplishment. Bob, I know you’re a huge fan of the history of the game and great training jobs. You’ve done plenty of them. This training job is sort of unprecedented. This horse’s foundation, what he’s done in these starts, I want to know what, for you, this means. Because it’s certainly a huge, unprecedented achievement you’ve done here today.BOB BAFFERT: Every year I’ve been so lucky. I always say: How am I going to top this year? And it’s been going on for all my life. Even when I was training quarter horses. This is what keeps me, keeps my juices flowing. I’m telling you, after American Pharoah retired last year, I was in a really — I wouldn’t say — it was just like a lull. You know, I really missed that horse so much. I still miss him. He’s actually — two of the best horses I’ve ever trained have been in Stall 33 at Santa Anita. He’s in the same stall that Pharoah was with his camera. It’s incredible that I’ve been so lucky.Somebody up there is really looking down on me. So it’s one of these things that when you’re — when you’re used to doing something, we know what we have to do. We get a horse that’s a good horse. We’re going to do this, and I stick to the plan. It’s all gut feeling, instinct. Sometimes it works. Sometimes we’ll make mistakes. But it’s all trial and error, mostly error. So it’s one of those things that when it comes, I know what I’m dealing with. So I don’t get caught up. They’re still horses, they have to train. You can’t baby them. You’ve got to train them because they’re going to lay it out there for you.Today I was just hoping to have that horse tight enough for Mike. When he asks him to run, I hope when he pushes the button, I hope it doesn’t get stuck. Because it gets stuck a lot. But it’s one of those things where my good friend Jerry Hollendorfer. I have a lot of respect for him. I felt so bad for him. He always tells me you always seem to pull a rabbit out of your hat on these big days.MIKE SMITH: He used another word instead of hat, though (laughing).BOB BAFFERT: But it’s one of those things where I’ve been lucky. Lucky enough I’ve got a beautiful family, beautiful wife, beautiful kids, and I couldn’t ask for more.Yesterday, things weren’t looking very good. Like I said, this business can get you down, but, boy, there’s nothing like a great horse to pick you right up off the ground. I can’t be happier for my team, everybody that works for me, everybody that works the horses. Even Martin Garcia came in here, helped me get him ready here at the end. It’s a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without everybody.Still today, and Donato Lanni, who is right there, best Bloodstock agent. Short listed him. He does all the dirty work. I get up there, and we can just walk around and say, nah, okay. But you couldn’t do it without these owners. That’s one thing about Prince Khalid, our owners, they have so much passion for the game. They want to live this assignment. I wish I could have been sitting and watching the race with them on television, the excitement, because you can’t put a price on it. That’s the beauty of horseracing. You cannot put a price on it.Q. Mike, this Travers victory from last — when you rode this horse, it was phenomenal. We don’t know if Secretariat could have beaten the horse that day, the time was so outlandish. Now he comes back here today and does something also incredible, runs down an older horse with a foundation. Can you talk about the difference in feeling between those two days on this horse? Was there any? Was it better, anything you could say about that?MIKE SMITH: They were both incredible performances. The only difference was being down in the 1-hole was a whole lot more aggressive that afternoon than I had to be today. Though I did ride him out of there a little bit. He was kind of looking around. The crowd was pretty loud. I just had to get his attention a couple of times, but my hand wasn’t forced, so I didn’t have to push him. But it goes to show you he’s so versatile. He doesn’t have to be in front. I actually even dropped down and took some dirt. The dirt made him run even faster. As soon as it hit him, he kind of got mad and pulled me into him, which is a good sign. He’s not a horse that needs the lead, which is a good thing.THE MODERATOR: Mike Smith is the winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award as the winningest jockey across the 13 races of the Breeders’ Cup.MIKE SMITH: Thank you.Q. What about the last 20 yards of that race, and what that says about maybe the freak that this horse is?MIKE SMITH: I became a fan the last 20 yards. I was just cheering with everybody else at that point, because I felt that I had the race in hand at that point. So I was just in awe of what he did and the horse that he beat.Q. Art Sherman would like to have a rematch in the Pegasus Cup. What is the chance that you’re going to go there?BOB BAFFERT: All I can say is Art Sherman, they’ve done an incredible job with California Chrome. I mean, that’s why this place was packed today. Racing, they’ve done a great job with that horse. I even became a fan of that horse. Anytime you see two horses like we saw yesterday with Beholder and Songbird, it was like you sit there and you really don’t want to see a loser.Even today in the stretch, you really don’t. If they could have come up dead heated, but I could hear the whole grandstand was just screaming and yelling. And I know most of them were screaming and yelling for Chrome, and I can’t blame them, because he’s done a lot for racing.THE MODERATOR: On the Pegasus, that’s a?BOB BAFFERT: We don’t have a berth.THE MODERATOR: You can buy one from someone else. We’ll leave everybody in suspense on that. Wherever he shows up, we’ll be thrilled to see him. Congratulations once again to the connections of the Breeders’ Cup Classic breeder, Arrogate.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more


August 2, 2020 0

Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd en route to victory

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Knicks trailed 59-48 at halftime and were down 62-52 after Lowry’s two free throws with 10:47 left in the third quarter. Enes Kanter’s layup with 10:28 left began the eight-minute surge, which didn’t end until CJ Miles hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining. Kanter added five more points during the run, while Courtney Lee contributed seven of his 15 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNew York took its biggest lead at 89-69 on Doug McDermott’s jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.The Knicks still led by 18 when the Raptors went on a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 94-88. But Porzingis converted a three-point play with 5:25 left to end the run and also hit the next bucket, and the Knicks put it away soon after when Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Toronto led most of the first half and DeRozan’s layup with a second left put the Raptors up by 11 at halftime.Hardaway and Lee each had game highs of seven assists.The Knicks are 10-2 when scoring at least 100 points this season. They are 4-0 when holding opponents to less than 100.DeRozan had scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games before falling two points short on Wednesday.Joakim Noah has not dressed in all five games the Knicks have played since he was activated following his 20-game suspension. He is currently in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to strip the ball from New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK—Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Heat beat Celtics to end 16-game winning streaklast_img read more


January 19, 2020 0

James Harden drops 58 points as Rockets rally to beat Heat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wanted to be aggressive and continue to attack the rim,” Harden said. “I took my shots when I had the opportunities, and not only myself, but Austin (Rivers), Gary (Clark), Chris (Paul) made some plays down the stretch. It was a total team effort tonight.”Rivers scored 17 points, and Paul and Clark each had 14 to help Houston win its fourth straight game. The Rockets shot 49 percent, including 19 of 46 on 3-pointers.Houston held Miami to 20 points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat by 15 in the decisive quarter.“I just really think it was a big win for us,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Just for a lot of reasons — spirit wise, we did it the right way. We got into them defensively. … This is a character win, and when you get in the playoffs, that’s what counts.”Kelly Olynyk and Goran Dragic each had 21 points for Miami, Justise Winslow added 19 points and eight assists, and Josh Richardson had 18 points. The Heat shot 52 percent, making 15 of 28 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UP NEXTHeat: Host Brooklyn on Saturday night.Rockets: At Boston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We were lackadaisical on defense, especially in that second quarter,” Harden said. “They gained confidence and knocked down shots. They were just too comfortable, so we had to pick the pressure up in the second half, create some turnovers and energy with our defense.”He fell three points short of his career high set at New York on Jan. 23, and had the most points ever against the Heat — breaking Willie Burton’s mark of 53 for Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 1994.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We get the stat sheet at the end of the game, and I saw he had 58,” Rivers said. “All of us were like, ‘He had that many points?’ We had no idea he had that many points. That’s a lot of points. He was incredible.”Harden made 8 of 18 3-pointers and was 16 of 32 overall from the field and 18 of 18 on free throws. 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Phillip)HOUSTON — After scoring 58 points, James Harden pointed to the Houston Rockets’ defense and team effort.Harden also had 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 121-118 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img View comments “We were in the driver’s seat and had an opportunity to close it out and really buckle down defensively, and we started to foul,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Double-digit lead all of us a sudden you look up and they were right there. That was probably more deflating than anything.”Miami was coming off a home victory over Golden State on Wednesday night on Dwyane Wade’s banked 3-pointer at the buzzer. Houston played at Charlotte on Wednesday night.With Houston down 113-103 after Dragic’s 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining, Harden scored 10 points on a 14-0 run that made it 117-113.Miami had a chance to regain the lead after Paul missed a 3-pointer, but Wade missed a jumper, and Richardson missed a 3-pointer. Paul hit a jumper with 46 seconds left to finish the scoring.“Obviously, he (Harden) had the ball a lot and his teammates made timely plays when they needed to,” Wade said. “They just got it going, and defensively, we weren’t as good as we were early on in the game when we had that lead, and that allowed them to come back.”TIP INSHeat: James Johnson (shoulder sprain) and Hassan Whiteside (hip strain) did not play. … Wade had 12 points, Waiters had 11 and Adebayo 10. … The Heat outscored Houston 46-32 in the paint.Rockets: Kenneth Faried (hip), Eric Gordon (knee) and Iman Shumpert (calf) sat out. D’Antoni said Faried was day-to-day after leaving Wednesday’s game with the injury. Clark started for the Rockets. … Houston committed 16 turnovers, which led to 27 points.TUCKER EJECTEDAfter an offensive foul with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third, Houston forward P.J. Tucker argued the call on his way back up the court, earning two technical fouls and an ejection. Tucker had to be restrained by two assistant coaches as he left the court. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Magic rally to hand Warriors 2nd straight loss Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Global Tourism Industry and the Liberian Economy

first_imgLiberian National developmental plan “Liberia Rising/Vision 2030” aimed at addressing the remaining constraints to growth so that the country can achieve middle-income status by 2030 is on course. The vision 2030 or the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) also supports initiatives that allow a greater proportion of the population to share in the growth and experience to achieve quality of life and consider the usage of natural resources of the country as a mean for bringing development to every sector of the economy.It is the hope of ordinary Liberians that in order to realize this National Vision, development will consider all aspects of the economy including Conservation and Tourism.Why is tourism so important to global economic development? Rapid and continuous growth over the past twenty years has made tourism one of the world’s most significant sources of employment and of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Tourism particularly benefits developing economies, where most of the sector’s new tourism jobs and businesses are being created. This rapid growth has encouraged many developing nations to view tourism as a key component to their economic portfolios. Tourism as defined by the United Nations is activities of people traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for at least one night and no more than one consecutive year for leisure, business, and other purposes. Is Liberia therefore qualified for Tourism in this definition?The answer is yes! Liberia’s environment is yet intact in so many aspects: Land outlook, rivers, lakes, mountains, weather, lagoons and biological diversity.The Liberian people’s culture and language all qualify them for this important industry.  But why have Liberians not ventured into the industry for sustainable development? In the recent publication of the government’s development agenda (Vision 2030) the crafters wrote: “The Liberian economy is largely dependent on extractive industries (timber, rubber, minerals, etc) and agriculture. Thus, environment and natural resources clearly underpin Liberia’s social and economic development. The environment is the base for mineral wealth and must therefore be effectively managed to ensure sustainable livelihoods and economic development and growth. The linkage of environment, development, and poverty must be appreciated if Liberia is to achieve sustainable development.”This is rightfully stated, but where are we in making this a reality when our environment is not being used for sustainable development except aiming at the extractive industry that depletes the resources. Why not consider sustainable tourism?Tourism offers opportunities for economic and social development where few other economic opportunities exist. Tourism jobs are geographically widespread and they can be created with lower capital investment unlike in other sectors. Furthermore, the large variety of jobs in the sector offers employment opportunities for people lacking formal qualifications that can thereafter acquire skills and advance their careers.Tourism sector creates jobs that help conserve the nation’s rich flora fauna (plants, flowers vegetation). The opportunity to achieve economic and social development for communities using what those communities themselves own while at the same time helping to conserve the country’s unique natural environment is a better offer for Liberia, a society that is under developed. It will help in providing jobs for women and girls that are more vulnerable in our today’s Liberia.As unemployment is high, presently put at about 30%, there is a need to create increased employment opportunities. Tourism is a major source of foreign exchange (and via domestic tourism the retention of foreign exchange within the country). Tourism has a substantial economic multiplier effect and generates tax revenues for Government. It has proven to augments the GDP of many poor African countries including The Gambia, which heavily relies on tourism and peanuts, and it can also do it for Liberia.The potential of Liberia’s tourism sector is enormous. Liberia is endowed with 350 miles of pristine coastline beach. It also offers a wide range of unique and exciting natural, cultural and historical resources that will, if planned and managed effectively, attract increasing numbers of tourists.When tourism is sustainable there are benefits for all including travelers, companies providing the tourism, and to interests within the host community. Let say, the people of Sinoe taking over the ownership of the SAPO National Park and setting up a local committee to manage the Park, there will be employment and development own and initiated by the people of Sinoe County. A step by step process will see the people of Grand Cape Mount and the Lake PISO join, the Kpatawe Waterfall and sure, they will be followed by several others.When local communities are involved in sustainable tourism, they enjoy improved local employment opportunities, increased opportunities for local enterprises, improved infrastructure and access to services, and increased participation in decision-making. This is democracy and this is development for the people and by the people! Liberia, like many other African countries, has majority of the people who are poor and generally depend on natural ecosystems for their livelihoods.  Most of these communities are directly dependent on the use and trade of natural resources for their livelihoods, but there are no policies on Sustainable Tourism which could help enhance the livelihood alternatives of these people.So how far is Liberia from the Global Tourism industry?  …..To be continuedShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 15, 2020 0

Spring Clean-up combs the shores of Charlie Lake

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — NEAT and the Charlie Lake Conservation Society are teaming up for their annual Charlie Lake Spring Clean-up.The event is to clean up the shores of Charlie Lake, after a long winter of garbage build up.Participants are asked to meet the organizers at the Rotary park Boat Launch at 10 a.m. on May 28.- Advertisement -Gloves, bags, and refreshments will be available for participants.last_img


January 11, 2020 0

United can catch runaway leaders City, believes Zlatan

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring in the League Cup final against Southampton in February, which United won 3-2. PHOTO/FILE.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists the club can still catch Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.Ibrahimovic made his return from a long-term cruciate ligament injury on Saturday as the Red Devils beat Newcastle 4-1. However, Jose Mourinho’s men are still eight points behind City, who beat Leicester 2-0. Despite the significant gap to the league leaders, Ibrahimovic remains bullish about United’s chances of claiming the league silverware and is eyeing the Champions League as well.“I think we can chase City, why is it not a possibility?” said the Swede, according to Goal.“We are all here because we want to win and we need to because they are first.“Jose Mourinho knows what he is doing even when the number of players are limited because he’s a winner and has been winning every season.“I think there is a possibility for everything. We were early into it last year and won two trophies and we are stronger this season.“We believe we can do it – that’s the aim. To win and get the trophies.”The 36-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in the win over Newcastle, replacing Anthony Martial.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


January 10, 2020 0

Kane strikes but Spurs drop points

first_imgKane’s goal was his ninth in his past five Premier League starts and he is now just a goal away from becoming the 27th member of the ‘100 Club’.But with Mauricio Pochettino’s side piling on the pressure in the closing stages against his former club, the Argentine will consider this a missed opportunity in Spurs’ hunt for a Champions League place.The form guide appeared to give Southampton little chance of victory but this was a spirited performance from the home side. Mauricio Pellegrino’s team had not won since November and dropped into the relegation zone this weekend.Fans are growing impatient that none of the £75 million (85 million euros, $104 million) Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk has yet been invested, with just 10 days left of the transfer window.Abdoulaye Doucoure’s controversial last-minute equaliser for Watford denied Saints two precious points last weekend and pressure is growing on the Southampton manager, who has been the target of fans’ frustrations in recent weeks.Fortunes could hardly be more different for Spurs, managed by former Saints boss Pochettino.He has never lost a game at St Mary’s since leaving the south coast and his team came into this fixture unbeaten in their past five Premier League matches.Flu struck both teams in the build-up, with Southampton missing Shane Long and Tottenham without Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen.– Southampton pressing –Southampton started brightly, pressing Tottenham in a style they themselves have become known for.Tottenham Hotspur’s defender Davinson Sanchez (C) reacts after deflecting the ball into his own net past goalkeeper Michel Vorm (L) on January 21, 2018 © AFP / Glyn KIRKManolo Gabbiadini, making only his second start in 14 games, almost connected with Dusan Tadic’s low cross after James Ward-Prowse had found him with an excellent long-range pass.Tadic again showed his threat down the left when another sweeping move saw Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg almost apply the finishing touch to the Serbian’s excellent cross.Southampton took a deserved lead in the 15th minute when Sanchez deflected past his goalkeeper Michel Vorm after being tempted by Ryan Bertrand’s low cross from the left.Spurs almost levelled two minutes later when Ben Davies’s corner eventually dropped to Eric Dier and he shot low against the right post.But Kane moved onto 99 in the Premier League as he headed in Davies’s next corner, beating two Southampton defenders to the ball to score from close range just 197 seconds after Sanchez’s own goal.Both teams continued to press, making for an attractive game in appalling conditions.Spurs were close to taking the lead with Davies again the provider, this time for Moussa Sissoko, who volleyed his cross just wide.Jack Stephens should perhaps have put Southampton back in front but he headed over the bar after finding himself unmarked from Ward-Prowse’s excellent free-kick.The rain relented but the intensity of the game did not in the second half. Pochettino’s side did not have things all their own way, with Southampton maintaining their high-pressure approach.But Dele Alli saw more of the ball as the game wore on and shot low just beyond the left post after good work from Mousa Dembele.Alli then went agonisingly close six minutes from time as Sissoko found him five yards out but Stephens managed to execute a last-ditch block.Kane was then a whisker away from reaching the century milestone as he shot inches wide of the far post in the closing stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane (2nd L) scored against Southampton in a 1-1 draw © AFP / Glyn KIRKSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Jan 21 – Harry Kane struck his 99th Premier League goal to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Sunday after Davinson Sanchez’s own goal had given Southampton an early lead.The result moves Spurs closer to Liverpool in fourth place but it was not enough to lift Southampton out of the relegation zone.last_img read more


January 6, 2020 0

Amina vows to invest more on infrastructure

first_img0Shares0000Sports CS Amina Mohammed is briefed by Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa and head of delegation Muriithi Nabea when she visited the team at their training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, June 10 – Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed says the government will invest more on putting up high level sporting infrastructure, outlining this will be one key ingredient of ensuring national teams perform better at international competitions.The CS pointed out she was challenged after visiting the National Centre of Rugby in Marcoussis, Paris where Harambee Stars is putting up a three-week training camp for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) “Yes, we are encouraged to spend more on federations, but more importantly on infrastructure. It is amazing that you can have such a facility and now that we are trying to make Kasarani and Nyayo, I can see the standard to which we must bring all infrastructure and facilities,” Amina told Capital Sport in France.“Touring this facility has been a real eye opener and informative. I have learnt quite a lot on what needs to be put in place for a team to have the support it needs to participate internationally. These are lessons and good practices we will take back which we think we should emulate. Maybe not same scale but similar fashion, we have learnt what makes teams great,” she further stated.The National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis is a complete training complex with all manner of facilities and equipment including three outdoor pitches, one indoor one, two separate gyms, a recovery pool among other facilities used at top level training.The venue was selected by Stars head coach Sebastien Migne, a native of France.It is tucked away 35km from the capital Paris and is in a serene, quiet and secluded region, far away from distraction and intrusion.Sports CS Amina Mohammed tours the Harambee Stars training facility when she visited the team at their training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe centre is used by all French national rugby teams including the men and women’s 7s and 15s teams as well as the junior sides. The French Rugby Federation (FFR) also hires out the facility to different teams wishing to train there.Most famously, the FFR complex in Marcoussis hosted the Portugal national team when they won the Euros hosted in France in 2016 with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co completely shutting down the expansive facility and roads adjacent to train.Amina says she was pleased that the amount of money they spent on Harambee Stars has been put to good use and believes the complex has given good value for money. She was taken round the entire facility from the players’ rooms, dining area, meeting rooms, gyms, recovery area and the pitch.The government gave Stars a budget of Sh244mn, a huge chunk of which was channeled to acquiring the Marcoussis facility.“This is absolutely good (value for money). I am happy I came and I can see what this money has done. It’s the first time we are spending such amounts of money on a national team and at least we can show this as an example, as a model going forward that the money provided by government is put to good use,”Sports CS Amina Mohammed chats with striker Michael Olunga when she visited the team at their training complex in Marcoussis, Paris on June 9, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I had a session with the players and they are pleased with the support they are getting and the facility so we are happy that it’s money well spent. Already we can see the fruits of the support we gave after the Madagascar game,” Amina stated.Meanwhile, FKF president has said the onus is now on the team to ensure they translate that support received from the government to results on the pitch when they head out to Egypt for the Cup of Nations next week.“This is a first in football. The cooperation between government and federation before hasn’t been where it is supposed to be but now you can see that government has not only funded us but is here to see what work we are doing to ensure that the support is there and available,”“I can only say thank you and we will continue to do the good job. We have received the best support and the players can say that the job is only beginning. There is a big job to be done,” Mwendwa commented.Amina has promised the players that she will be there in Egypt to give them the necessary support as they aim to do well in their first Cup of Nations since 2004.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Paris, France- 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


January 6, 2020 0

Still haven’t seen Fernando Torres score for the fifth game in a row? See here!

first_img Fernando Torres: The Spanish striker is in red-hot form for Atletico Madrid Is Fernando Torres back to his best?The Atletico Madrid striker scored his fifth goal in as many games on Wednesday, as Diego Simeone’s side maintained their push for the La Liga title. Since leaving Liverpool for Chelsea in a £50million deal, the Spaniard has been a shadow of his former self. But netting in five consecutive matches is a career first for the 32-year-old, who now has ten in total this season. But with form like this, could he be making a case for a Euro 2016 call-up? His last cap came in 2014, when he scored in the 3-0 win over Australia. See his recent goal, below, as Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0: 1last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

HEARTACHE AS INISHOWEN LEAGUE LOSE SEMI-FINAL ON PENALTIES

first_imgOscar Traynor Trophy Semi Final Report By www.inishowenfl.ieInishowen Football League 2-2 Athletic Union League DublinThe Inishowen League Select suffered the agony of a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat in Sunday’s Oscar Traynor Interleague Semi-Final with the holders AUL Dublin at Maginn Park in Buncrana after the sides finished 2-2 after extra time. The signs looked ominous in the opening 15 minutes as Inishowen were well pinned back by the Dubliners for whom Damien Joyce was dictating the play from midfield. In fact, before the Kieran McDaid’s equaliser Inishowen barely had a move in the final third, and as early as the fifth minute Graham Scott could have opened the scoring when a Dean Carpenter corner on the left broke to the striker and only a Gerard McEleney block prevented what looked certain goal.On 15 minutes they came close again when Alan McCabe broke down the right side and send in a low cross that flashed across the face of goal and Conor Dillon just failed to turn home at the far post. On 20 minutes, Inishowen were grateful for the razor sharp reactions of Rory Kelly in goal as the ball broke to Scott inside the box and his well struck left footed shot on the turn was tipped over with a finger tip save by the Buncrana Hearts net minder.On 24 minutes they got in behind Inishowen when a Joyce throughball attempted to release Towney and the striker just failed to control to set up a one on one situation with Kelly. The opening goal did come just two minutes later as another deep delivery by Carpenter was headed goalward by Brophy and although Anthony Doherty appeared to clear, the referee’s assistant signalled that it had crossed the line. While the opening 28 minutes gave considerable cause for concern, Inishowen’s emphatic response to that concession gave them the proof they needed that they could penetrate the holders.From the restart, Inishowen worked the ball to Doherty down the right side and McDaid controlled his cross under considerable pressure before picking his spot in the bottom left corner of the goal. Shortly before the break, Inishowen almost built on their lead when McDaid played a good one two with Nigel McMonagle but the Buncrana man was flagged offside before he could shoot.Inishowen looked like a completely different side after the restart as they finally began to put the AUL on the back foot with their running game and they produced one of the moves of the match on 50 minutes as Michael Byrne released McDaid out of defence and he burst forward before feeding Brendan Fildara on the left side but his overhit cross evaded McMonagle.The home side got the goal their attacking play deserved on 62 minutes with another flowing move as Shane Canning played in McMonagle and, although he was denied a shot on goal by a sliding Brophy tackle, Inishowen recycled as Doherty unselfishly squared from the right for McMonagle who calmly controlled and drilled home at the back post.Inishowen were bossing possession in the second half but AUL were creating chances as John McGeady saw a daisy cutter flash past the left post and Towney squared for Mark Mooney who shot over with the goal at his mercy. As the game entered the last five minutes Inishowen looked in complete control however as Doherty tee’d up Shane Canning for a pile driver that deflected narrowly wide. From the resultant corner though everything changed as the AUL won back possession and broke up field and the impressive substitute Glynn was able to drill low past Kelly despite a strong attempt at a block from John G McLaughlin.Inishowen could yet have won it at the death as a Christy McLaughlin cross from the right broke for Paddy McDermott at the edge of the box and his snap shot flew inches over the bar. The tempo dropped somewhat in extra time as Glynn continued to look a handful going forward for Dublin as he headed over from a good position. Both sides had a go at each other but could create little in clearcut chances as the lottery of penalties became a reality as Inishowen missed their first and fourth penalties and the Dublin League converted their first four to reach the final. HEARTACHE AS INISHOWEN LEAGUE LOSE SEMI-FINAL ON PENALTIES was last modified: March 30th, 2014 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:inishowen football leaguelast_img read more


December 27, 2019 0