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‘We are Venezuelans by right’ says Venezuelan Ambassador

first_img Share Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de GrijalvaAmbassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva has underscored the significance of Venezuela’s independence, which was celebrated during the month of July.At a grand concert held last week to culminate activities here in Dominica, the Ambassador said the country’s 200th anniversary celebrations is indeed a milestone.‘July is the month of transcendental importance for Venezuelans. This date reaffirms the beginning of our nationality, in a day like this in 1811, the Independence of Venezuela was officially declared. We are since then Venezuelans by right, and not a spanish colony’, says the Ambassador.She says that during the celebrations they also paid tribute to the President of Venezuela, who is one of the greatest political leaders today.‘This year 2011, Venezuela commemorates its 200th Anniversary of Independence. Today, and under the presidency of Hugo Chavez Frias, an interesting process of change is taking place, a process which through a constitution, contemplates the free and independent condition of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezueal; permanent conditions to which you can’t renounce that find its foundations in Simon Bolivar’s ideas, his moral, heritage and his strong values for liberty, equality, justice and international peace’, she said.She added, ‘by constitutional precept, the Republic should promote and favor Latin American and Caribbean integration, towards the creation of a community of nations, defining the economic, social, cultural, political and environmental interest of the region’.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweetcenter_img 31 Views   no discussions LocalNews ‘We are Venezuelans by right’ says Venezuelan Ambassador by: – July 26, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Haitian drug kingpin could get big cut in prison sentence

first_img Tweet MIAMI, CMC – Haiti’s most notorious narcotics trafficker could see his 27-year prison sentence chopped by as much as half because of his assistance as a cooperating witness in the United States federal government’s crackdown on that country’s drug trade, federal authorities here say.Cocaine kingpin Beaudoin “Jacques” Ketant, 48, could soon receive the big reduction because he assisted Miami prosecutors in convicting an array of Haitian drug traffickers, police officers and politicians after President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s ouster in 2004, according to a federal court filing here.Last year, Aristide emerged from exile in South Africa and returned to Haiti.Ketant had lived in a hilltop mansion overlooking Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, until Aristide expelled him under US pressure the previous year, US officials say.That extraordinary move allowed US federal authorities to put Ketant on a plane for Miami and charge him with conspiring to import 30,000 kilos of cocaine into South Florida, New York and other locations.“He was not the only game in town, but he was the best game in town,” said Miami lawyer David Weinstein, who was chief of the narcotics section at the US Attorney’s Office in Miami during numerous prosecutions stemming from Ketant’s cooperation.“If you wanted a place to stop on the way to the United States, Haiti was it,” Weinstein added. “This was a huge landing spot to come and go as you pleased because of the climate that existed and the willingness to accept bribe payments and look the other way.”Earlier this month, the US Attorney’s Office filed a motion to reduce Ketant’s sentence “based upon his substantial assistance” in the successful prosecutions of co-conspirators and other offenders who thrived on Haiti’s role as a shipping hub for tons of Colombian cocaine.Assistant US Attorney Lynn Kirkpatrick did not disclose the proposed sentence reduction for Ketant, whose release date from an Arkansas federal prison is in 2026. She said she would provide “further detail” at an upcoming hearing before US District Judge Federico Moreno, who has final say in the matter.But federal sources familiar with the case said Ketant could see his term slashed by as much as half — meaning he could be released in a matter of years – because he provided invaluable information on narco-traffickers, drug operations and bribe payoffs.During the past decade, about 50 Haitian and other defendants were convicted on either drug-smuggling or money-laundering charges, with Ketant’s information responsible for about one-third of those convictions, US authorities said.Ketant had grabbed center stage in the US government’s drug-trafficking investigation in the days leading up to Aristide’s sudden departure as president in February 2004.Antigua Observer Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 13 Views   no discussions Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional Haitian drug kingpin could get big cut in prison sentence by: – January 17, 2012last_img read more

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Spurs plans receive boost

first_imgTottenham’s plans to build a new stadium took a major step forward on Friday after the club were granted permission to use a site earmarked for the project. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support.” Earlier this year, Tottenham expressed their hope that the new 56,250-capacity stadium would be ready by 2017. Their current ground capacity at White Hart Lane is approximately 36,240. In 2011, Tottenham lost out to West Ham in a bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Ministers have agreed with a compulsory purchase order made by the London Borough of Haringey, which will enable the Northumberland Development Project to continue. More than 95 per cent of the three-hectare site has already been approved and the orde r was requested to allow the final two of three phases to go ahead. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cheprot Seeks to Make History at Okpekpe

first_imgCheprot is one of the elite athletes confirmed for this year’s race and will now have the chance to achieve what fellow countrymen Moses Masai (2013 winner of the inaugural edition of the race) and Alex Korio (2015 winner) failed to accomplish.Born on July 2,1993, Cheprot is a gold level 10km runner and holds a personal best of 27.41 seconds and has consistently broken 28 minutes in the race since he ran 27.57 seconds in 2012.In March last year, he was sixth at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships held in Cardiff, Wales where he ran 28.00 minutes in the first 10 kilometres of the race before coming to take the Okpekpe title two months later.Meanwhile, organisers of the only IAAF label 10km road race in Africa in 2017 have restated their readiness to organise a bigger and better event next Saturday.Race Director, Zakari Amodu, has said that the first and only race in Nigeria to be a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) will live up to its billing as one of the prestigious road races in the world.“Everything is set for a good race,” begins Amodu. “The IAAF have set requirements for us to follow as a bronze label event and I can tell you we have met all the requirements and have even moved several steps higher,” he continued. “What we are waiting for is just for the race day to be here so that we can put into practice all we have been doing in terms of keeping to the requirements.“We have met the requirement concerning the number of elite athletes that must be present for a bronze label event. In fact we have met the requirement for a gold label event which, considered alongside other requirements which we have also met will facilitate our upgrade into a silver label event,” he further said and revealed they have met other conditions like insurance cover for the athletes, the quality of the prize money, doping controls and other requirements outlined by the IAAF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kenya’s Simon Cheprot will be hoping to make history as the first man to successfully defend the men’s title when the fifth edition of the IAAF Bronze Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race gets underway next weekend in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.Last year, Cheprot won the men’s title in 29:48 seconds to become the third Kenyan to win the men’s title in four editions.last_img read more

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IBA pushes for the introduction of a new gambling control bill

first_img Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Submit IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019 October 1, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share Related Articles The Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) has expressed its hopes towards the introduction of a Gambling Control Bill and an Independent regulator, as published in its inter-departmental group report. Irish Minister of State, David Stanton, noted that with a fast-evolving industry and changing demographics, “the State’s licensing and regulatory approach” must also adapt. He added: “Incremental change is not a viable approach to the reform of Irish gambling licensing and regulation. Effective reform requires fundamental and significant change. This will take some time to develop. It is essential that sufficient resources be committed to support the reform.”The introduction of a new independent regulator will seek to find an optimum structure for a proposed gambling regulatory authority for Ireland, which will oversee the enforcement of new legislation.Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the IBA, commented: “We are hopeful that this will be the final step towards completion and enactment of a Gambling Control bill and independent regulator. “Our members have already introduced many of the advertising standards, customer monitoring and customer protection measures recommended by regulators in other countries. We have also funded a national problem gambling helpline and counselling network across Ireland for over eight years.“However, an independent regulator and gambling control bill, will ensure enforcement and contributions for all gambling operators, not just betting shops, which will lead to better consumer protections and support for those who may be vulnerable to addiction. “We hope the way is now clear for the Department to draft the Heads of a new bill and introduce a regulator as soon as possible.”The authority will monitor new licensed incumbent requirements on age restrictions, staff training, player self-exclusion and controls on advertising and marketing promotions.last_img read more

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Hanley Ramirez hurt, Matt Kemp ejected, Dodgers shut out by Reds’ Cueto

first_imgThe loss snapped the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak, which matched their season high. They’re 4-2 on a trip that concludes Thursday and 22-13 overall on the road.Kemp was ejected in the second inning by plate umpire Seth Buckminster, a minor league umpire brought up to the majors. Kemp was called out on strikes and continued to argue from the dugout. It was Kemp’s eighth career ejection and his second this season. Kemp was ejected by Angel Hernandez on April 26 for arguing a called third strike.Mattingly said Kemp was upset over ball-and-strike calls on Tuesday night as well.“Just emotion,” Mattingly said. “What you really want your guys to be is passionate about playing and having success. Tonight it spilled over. He was frustrated last night and today it seemed to carry over a little bit.”Ramirez felt some tightness in his right shoulder during infield practice and it stiffened up again before the start of the game, forcing Mattingly to drop him from the starting lineup. Ramirez will likely be out of the lineup on Thursday as well.Cueto faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings Dee Gordon singled but was picked off. He also fanned 10 over that span, including five in a row while getting up to 90 pitches. The Dodgers got a pair of singles in the sixth, but Ryu failed to get down a bunt to advance them.Ryu had won his first five decisions on the road this season. When he faced the Reds on May 26 at Dodger Stadium, he took a perfect game into the eighth before settling for a 4-3 victory.He helped the Reds get ahead in the rematch. With two outs in the second, Ryu walked Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier before giving up Votto’s two-out double.“The outing was summed up by the walks I gave up with two outs,” Ryu said. Votto scored on Brandon Phillips’ single. Bruce homered in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.NOTES >> Zack Greinke (8-2) faces Alfredo Simon (8-3) in the final game of the series today. … Ramirez was a late scratch because of a sore shoulder but pinch hit in the seventh and hit into the double play. … RHP Chad Billingsley, who had reconstructive elbow surgery last year, didn’t feel right while throwing in the bullpen on Tuesday and has put his rehab on hold until the elbow can be examined. … RF Yasiel Puig visited the Cincinnati Zoo and tweeted photos and video of himself with elephants, polar bears and a snake. CINCINNATI — Hanley Ramirez came down with a stiff shoulder and had to be scratched from the lineup. Matt Kemp was ejected in the second inning for arguing with an umpire.Things started badly for the Dodgers and never got any better.Johnny Cueto matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce the missing core of Cincinnati’s batting order much of the season each drove in runs Wednesday night, leading the Reds to a 5-0 victory over Los Angeles.“I know our guys were frustrated with the strike zone,” manager Don Mattingly said. “You do get frustrated with the strike zone, but their guy’s a handful.” Cueto (6-5) followed his shortest start of the season with one of his most dominating. He gave up three singles and didn’t walk a batter, leaving after his 112th pitch. Cueto lasted only five innings during an 8-0 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.Jonathan Broxton escaped a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the seventh by getting the pinch-hitting Ramirez to ground into a double play.Votto doubled home a pair of runs off Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3), who had won his last four starts. Votto hadn’t driven in a run since May 10, missing 23 games in between because of a strained muscle above his left knee.Bruce missed two weeks following knee surgery. He hit a solo homer off Ryu, who gave up four runs in six innings.“Pretty much just one of those days,” Ryu said, through a translator.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly will have surgery to remove brain tumor

first_imgThis is a picture of Matthew & I the day we found out. I said I wanted this picture of us, so that the day this was all over, we could look back at this photo & remember. Within the last year, I began to notice things that I thought was just me getting older.. I would show my girls how to do a front roll or twirl in ballet class and immediately feel dizzy & off balance… Things that I had been doing my entire life were now, all of a sudden, difficult. The beginning of Jan was when I experienced my first spell of vertigo..It kept happening & then it happened while I was holding Hunter. Matthew took me straight to the ER. They checked vitals & bloodwork, all were fine.. Several vertigo spells later, Matthew’s team doctor recommended we go get an MRI of my brain to rule everything major out. A few days later we were hit with the results. I had a tumor sitting on some of my cranial nerves. The medical term they used was an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma.. All I heard was brain tumor & that they had to do surgery to take it out.. so that is what we are going to do & we believe we found the best doctor to do it. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am. I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long.. I am telling y’all this to ask for prayers and support. Things to pray for: -calmness in these next 2 weeks as I know anxiety will run high in myself & my whole family leading up to the day of surgery. -that God be in the room with the surgeons & give them all the guidance, steadiness, & confidence they need. -my safety during and after surgery. -please pray for matthew as I know his nerves will be high during this surgery. I couldn’t imagine being out in that waiting room. Thank u. Thank u for reading this novel. thank u for all your support and most importantly, thank u for your prayers.A post shared by Kelly Stafford (@kbstafford89) on Apr 3, 2019 at 7:27am PDTStafford didn’t reveal the exact date of the surgery, but indicated it would be in two weeks. She asked for prayers for herself, her family and for the medical staff who will be performing the procedure. Kelly and Matthew met while the two were in college at Georgia. They were married April 4, 2015 and now have three daughters. NFL free agency news: Lions ink C.J. Anderson to 1-year deal “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am. I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long.. I am telling y’all this to ask for prayers and support.” View this post on Instagram Stafford explained she started experiencing signs of vertigo in the beginning of January and tasks that were once easy soon became difficult. “Matthew took me straight to the ER. They checked vitals & bloodwork, all were fine.. Several vertigo spells later, Matthew’s team doctor recommended we go get an MRI of my brain to rule everything major out. A few days later we were hit with the results. I had a tumor sitting on some of my cranial nerves. The medical term they used was an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma,” Stafford wrote, in part.center_img Kelly Stafford, the wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, will undergo surgery to remove a recently diagnosed brain tumor. She made the announcement Wednesday morning on Instagram, sharing a photo the scan and another picture of her and Matthew on the day she find out her diagnosis. In the caption of the post, Stafford went into detail about the events leading up to an MRI that revealed she has an acoustic neuroma, or a benign tumor, resting on her cranial nerves. Super Bowl champion, 2-time Pro Bowl player TJ Lang retires Related Newslast_img read more

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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest prize money: How much will the winner make in 2019?

first_imgChestnut will be joined by Matt Stonie, among others, in the quest for the mustard-yellow belt, while the list of female competitors is headlined by five-time defending champion Miki Sudo.While those watching at home may not envy the participants, the ten-minute contest on Coney Island can pay huge dividends for the winner in terms of both a full stomach and full pockets. MORE: TV schedule, start time, odds for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Before the Fourth of July fireworks begin at night, start your Thursday with one of Independence Day’s most storied traditions: the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.The debate between Joey Chestnut and the New England Patriots for the best current dynasty in sports (sarcasm…maybe) will persist as Chestnut looks to once again reign supreme as the hot dog eating champion. He has won 11 of the last 12 Nathan’s contests dating back to 2007. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest prize moneyThe combined purse between the two competitions amounts to $40,000, but only the top five finishers will earn prize money. The winner of both the men’s and women’s contests earns $10,000. The full list of payouts are as follows: First place: $10,000Second place: $5,000Third place: $2,500Fourth place: $1,500Fifth place: $1,000What is Joey Chestnut’s net worth?Chestnut has made a ton of money off eating a lot of food. Basically the dream, right? His net worth is listed at $800,000 as of this year. The professional competitive eater has earned that total by winning 11 Nathan’s contests and setting several world records, including for hot dogs (74), buffalo wings (7.61 pounds), fish tacos (30) and ice cream sandwiches (25.5).  Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest list of past winnersThe hot dog eating contest hasn’t had a ton of parity in recent years, with Chestnut and Sudo consistently taking home the men’s and women’s titles respectively. The one outlier came in 2015, when Matt Stonie upset Chestnut for the victory. YearWinnerHot dogs eatenTime2018 men’sJoey Chestnut7410 mins.2018 women’sMiki Sudo372017 men’sJoey Chestnut7210 mins.2017 women’sMiki Sudo412016 men’sJoey Chestnut7010 mins.2016 women’sMiki Sudo38.52015 men’sMatt Stonie6210 mins.2015 women’sMiki Sudo382014 men’sJoey Chestnut6110 mins.2014 women’sMiki Sudo342013 men’sJoey Chestnut6910 mins.2013 women’sSonya Thomas36.752012 men’sJoey Chestnut6810 mins.2012 women’sSonya Thomas452011 men’sJoey Chestnut6210 mins.2011 women’sSonya Thomas402010Joey Chestnut5410 mins.2009Joey Chestnut6810 mins.2008Joey Chestnut5910 mins.2007Joey Chestnut6612 mins.2006Takeru Kobayashi53.7512 mins.2005Takeru Kobayashi4912 mins.2004Takeru Kobayashi53.512 mins.2003Takeru Kobayashi44.512 mins.2002Takeru Kobayashi50.512 mins.2001Takeru Kobayashi5012 mins2000Kazutoyo Arai2512 mins.1999Steve Keiner21.512 mins.1998Hirofumi Nakajima1912 mins.1997Hirofumi Nakajima24.512 mins.last_img read more

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Džumhur in the Finals of ATP Tournament in Italy

first_imgA fourth holder of the tournament, twenty-year old player from Sarajevo, in the semifinals beat Slovaks Norbert Gombos with the result 6:4, 6:2. (Source: Fena) Džumhur’s placement in the finals secured him 48 points, and eventual victory in the final match would bring him 80 points and progress to the ATP list of approximately twenty positions. Currently he occupies 130th  place on the world ranking list. Damir Džumhur, the Bosnian tennis player, qualified for the finals of the ATP Challenger tournament in San Benedetto del Tronto (Italy). The tournament is worth of 35 000 Euros. On  Sunday in finals, from 18 hours, Džumhur will play against Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.last_img read more

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Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games

first_imgMessi was toothless against Athletico Madrid. PHOTO BY AFPZurich, Switzerland | AFP | Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee, a ban that will see the striker miss out on decisive qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.Messi will be forced to sit out Argentina’s next South American qualifying game against Bolivia, scheduled for later on Tuesday, with the remainder of the suspension served over his country’s subsequent World Cup qualifiers: in Uruguay on August 31, at home to Venezuela on September 5 and against Peru on October 5.He was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (9,350 euros, $10,170), with FIFA saying: “This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s previous rulings in similar cases.”“We are going to appeal,” said Armando Perez, president of the Argentine FA’s interim board.He acknowledged that Messi “made a mistake by insulting” the linesman, but argued that FIFA’s sanction was disproportionate.“This is more political than anything else,” he said.The AFA’s national squad selection secretary Jorge Miasdoqui called the ban “a blow, and unfair”.“There are precedents that give reason to believe the sanction could be reduced,” he told reporters at a hotel in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, where the squad was en route to the capital La Paz for Tuesday’s game.“They have cut the legs off Messi and the Argentine national team.” Share on: WhatsApp Miasdoqui noted that Messi had not been warned or sanctioned by the referee of the Chile match at the time of the outburst, and nothing had been mentioned in the referee’s match report.“We feel powerless, surprised,” added Miasdoqui.“I’m angry, Messi is sad, like us. He could have played, he travelled to play, he should have played.”Argentina’s victory over Chile left them in third place overall in the 10-team South American qualifying competition for the World Cup with 22 points from 13 games, behind Brazil (30) and Uruguay (23).The top four finishers qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Russia.Argentina have won five of their six World Cup 2018 qualifiers with Messi but only one of seven without the Barcelona superstar.They are only two points ahead of Ecuador and Chile in fifth and sixth, with Colombia only one point adrift in fourth.last_img read more

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