Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Presumed Gambler

first_imgCharacters in the StoryJason Doe–the criminal lawyer who believed that his client was innocent.Anthony Dawson—the spoiled son, whose life was in the balance.Sam Dawson—the real estate owner and politician, whose murder rocked Congo Town.Col. Prince Massaquoi—the officer who wanted Cllr. Doe’s headLt. Wilfred Bono–the prosecutor who did not like Cllr. Doe and was determined to get results.Sam Monday–the ex-convict who thought he could send his friend to jail.Janet Lovebird–the beautiful secretary of Cllr. Doe who told the lawyer to get the truth from the witness.Judge Elizabeth Trobe–a no-nonsense judge who gave the defense much room to work.Congo Town—a community near Monrovia, LiberiaIt was evidently one of the major cases to demand the attention of the community of Congo Town, near Monrovia, in recent times. The individuals involved were popular figures in the community, and the father in particular was a local boy who had made valuable contributions to many of the needy residents. But the star attractions were the newly promoted police officers: Lt. Wilfred Bono and Sgt. Prince Massaquoi of the homicide division, whose duty was to ensure justice for the victim and to remove those who were not prepared to live according to the rule of co-existence so that they are far away from peaceful residents.From their initial contact, the two officers did not take a liking to criminal lawyer Jason Doe, for they were aware of his successes in several cases that the police department had prosecuted. The embarrassments had caused government prosecutors more disaffection from the public and they were determined to change that.But if the two officers had wished for any showdown immediately after they assumed office, the murder of Samson Dawson, 55, owner of The Dawson’s Real Estate, and a prospective candidate for the House of Representatives, was a case made for them. So with the case, Anthony Dawson v The Republic of Liberia, the preliminary round was interestingly set for the unexpected shocks and surprises.Prime suspect Anthony Dawson was the decedent’s thirty five year old spoiled son, whom Monrovia’s metropolitan newspapers described as “the presumed gambler.” Several newspapers ran a series of stories that showed the accused in so negative a light that many objective residents could not help but to insist that he was doomed beyond redemption. But not criminal lawyer Jason Doe. The lawyer was a fighter who would go the extra-mile for his client. He believed in justice; and as a trial lawyer, he held sacred the element of “beyond reasonable doubt,” and he would not compromise on it, since it bordered on the possible innocence of his clients and the chance of artful and deliberate acts of revenge or of envy by those who would stop at nothing until their diabolical objectives were achieved. That position had gradually earned him high marks, and won him many admirers.From the word go, Tony Dawson had already been convicted in the court of public opinion, for the media claimed that he did what he was charged with, because of earlier reports of a feud between the son and the father, now the decedent. It was therefore no surprise that the whole community of Congo Town was present at the preliminary trial on the raining morning of September 21. The accused was small and light, fine-boned and frail. His hair was short, rather finely cut, and his eyes were startling deep brown in a pallid face. His small frame filled the chair beside the lawyer. In fact he was perched; not slouched, but perched, despite his effort, in the chair and flicked a startled glance upwards and instantly looked down again at counselor Doe and then at the spectators in the courtroom. All in all, mama’s boy was written rather plainly on his face, and the impression was only adding onto the eventual circumstantial evidence of the case about his role in the death of his father.The prosecution, under the gritty Lt. Bono, was assisted by Sgt. Massaquoi before Her Honor Judge Elizabeth Trobe. Judge Trobe was one of the few but prominent female legal minds in the country. Perhaps, the officers had chosen the available case to change the face of criminal prosecution and to particularly ensure that criminal lawyer Jason Doe, who was becoming a rising star in legal circles as his past successes had demonstrated, realized that a new sheriff was in town. His recent success case was ‘The Case of the Abandoned Lover,” which exposed the weakness of the prosecution and questioned the capacity of state prosecutors. There was also “The Case of the Businessman’s Daughter,” which failed to stand the pressure of criminal lawyer Jason Doe’s cross-examination. The two officers were determined to change that, for they were as determined as defense lawyer Jason Doe in the search for justice for victims and those who unfortunately failed to recognize that one’s person’s freedom ends where another’s begins. They were unwilling to compromise on the craftiness of any defense attorney to the detriment of potential victims, as well as defenders of the rights of those whom the state had a responsibility to protect, and the state’s sacred duty to maintain law and order. The two men’s appreciation for justice stemmed from their own during the fourteen years of the civil-war in Liberia. And so right from their graduation from University of Liberia, they joined the national police service and ten years later, they had risen to their current positions.Now, with the ball set in the case, the echoes of ceiling fans drummed on as Judge Trobe signaled proceedings to begin.“You can call your next witness,” Judge Trobe said, and the brief murmur among the spectators ceased.“I call Sam Monday to the stand,” Lt. Bono said, and while the witness’ steps echoed behind him as he mounted the stand, Counselor Doe grimaced and swept his eyes across the courtroom, as if to give him the reassurance that all was fine. “Your name is Sam Monday?”“Yes.”“Tell the Court the events of Tuesday September 10.”The witness had apparently received some reassurance of support from the police, for his response to the officer’s direct question was evidently calculated with energy and power.A slight excitement appeared on his face, and rubbing his hands together, he narrated the events of Tuesday, September 10. He testified he had met the accused at the Lover’s Inn, where he looked disheveled and seemed to have just arrived from a physical fight. Upon enquiry, he told the Court that the accused told him that his father would not get what he wanted anymore in this life.“I asked him what he meant, and he said, ‘can’t you see what I have done after taking care of him?’ And when I also wanted to know his father’s physical condition, he claimed ‘he was gone forever.’”He further testified that the accused physically showed a bunch of money that he claimed he had taken from his father; and as a result, he would never go broke in his life.He said Tony Dawson then invited him for a drink. Calling for a carton of Guinness stout, Dawson also invited everyone in the Inn to join him in celebrating the luck of his life.“He told the gathering that all the drinks were on the house and that they could drink anything they wanted.” He admitted that Tony Dawson was his friend and both of them were compulsive gamblers.When he was asked if he had anything against the accused, the witness drew murmurs from the audience when he said, “Not against a man who has the gut to kill his father,” which the defense objected to as “incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial,” and was sustained by the judge.Judge Trobe said, “Just a moment, gentlemen. The Court will presently stipulate that the witness will have to follow the procedure as it is protected by law and will no more inject his personal opinion in the case because the Court is sufficiently clothed with the authority to elucidate the circumstances of the case.”“Thank you Your Honor,” prosecutor Lt. Bono said, and turning to the witness, added, “It is important you stick to your answer without making opinions that have the tendency to suggest your personal biases.“Nonetheless, just answer to the question as clear as you are able to do. Now, I am going to ask you this: did the defendant’s appearance and demeanor suggest to you that he was somehow influenced by anything other than his natural ability? For example, regarding his understanding of what was going on around him?”The witness considered the question for a moment, and said with a smile, “I must be honest with you, sir, for I don’t want to seem bias in my comments; but in truth, if I must offer a position regarding the defendant’s appearance and demeanor as you mention, then I must be bold to declare that he seemed perfectly aware of what he had done and what he had offered the roomful of people.“I don’t want to get on the nerves of the judge, and I am honest in my statement about what I am able to remember about what the defendant said and told the gathering that day he returned from wherever he had been.”“Thank you,” Lt. Bono said.Suddenly, Judge Trobe glanced at her watch and signaled the lawyer as well as the prosecutor to her bench, and remarked, “I see it is time for the afternoon break and therefore the case will continue after recess.”The case was then adjourned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Davis’ 25 points helps Warriors beat Clippers

first_imgOAKLAND – Baron Davis had 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and the Golden State Warriors gained valuable ground on the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoff chase with a 99-89 victory Friday night. Reserve Matt Barnes added 16 points and eight rebounds as the Warriors withstood a late Los Angeles rally to pull within 1 games of the Clippers in the run for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their first three-game winning streak since November. Golden State hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1994, the league’s longest drought. Corey Maggette scored 20 points and Cuttino Mobley added 15 for the Clippers, playing their first game since a loss Monday night to San Antonio. Los Angeles had won the previous two meetings and nine of 11 in the series with Golden State. Jason Richardson was held to eight points and played only 17 minutes because of foul trouble for the Warriors, who got enough balance from the rest of their roster for a key win. Stephen Jackson had 16 points and six assists, and Al Harrington added 12 points and six boards. Tim Thomas added 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Clippers. Los Angeles lost for the third time in four games following a three-game winning streak and is in a tough stretch with four of five games on the road. The Clippers are home against Detroit on Sunday before playing at San Antonio, Houston and Charlotte in a four-day span next week. Golden State, which shot 52 percent in the first period, hadn’t won three straight since a five-game winning streak from Nov. 9-18. The Warriors have a good chance to build on it, too. They play at Portland on Sunday and have won seven straight against the Trail Blazers, three in a row on the road. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Richardson was whistled for a technical with 6:53 left in the first quarter for arguing, then picked up his third foul at the 4:06 mark and quickly took a seat on the bench. With Richardson out the entire second quarter, Barnes picked up the slack. He scored nine points in the period, including a 3-pointer from the baseline 2:23 before halftime that put the Warriors ahead 61-46, and also had four rebounds and three steals as Golden State led 65-48 at the break. The Warriors are finally healthy, and it has made a difference. They are 3-0 with their regular starting lineup of Davis, Richardson, Jackson, Harrington and Andris Biedrins. Golden State lost 103-90 to Los Angeles on Feb. 24, starting a season-high six-game losing streak, but has rebounded with impressive wins over Detroit, Denver and now the Clippers. Los Angeles, meanwhile, had another subpar night on offense after matching its season low in points (74) against the Spurs on Monday. last_img read more

Man United plot £75m Real raid, Arsenal in shock move for Watford star – paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are ready to re-launch a £75million-plus bid to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. The Premier League giants see Monday night’s brutal axing of Rafa Benitez as an encouraging sign in their battle to pull off a record-breaking deal for Bale. Although Benitez’s successor Zinedine Zidane has insisted publicly that the Welshman is not for sale, he was thriving under Benitez and is understood to be disappointed to see him go. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told Marouane Fellaini he is going nowhere this month. AC Milan are among a host of clubs who have inquired about a loan deal for the Belgium midfielder, 28. (The Sun)?Arsene Wenger is weighing up a shock bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney. The Arsenal boss is a big fan of the powerhouse striker, who is on a fine run of goal-scoring form with six strikes in 11 appearances. (Daily Star)West Ham are willing to offload Andy Carroll this month. England striker Carroll has regained fitness and form over the festive period, scoring in his last two games. But the Hammers are open to selling their record signing – for £18m – with Newcastle and ­Sunderland ready to snap the 26-year-old up. (Daily Mirror)Sadio Mane is trying to force a move from Southampton after Chelsea and Bayern Munich joined Manchester United in the race to sign him. Mane, 23, has told Southampton he does not want to sign a new contract knowing that will force them into a £30m sale to one of Europe’s biggest clubs. (Daily Mirror)Diego Simeone has seen a cheeky move for Diego Costa knocked back by Chelsea. Atletico Madrid boss Simeone, who is Chelsea’s No.1 target to be their next manager, enquired about Costa’s availability after his unhappy season at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City have been told Schalke’s Leroy Sane will cost them at least £40million. City have watched the 19-year-old midfielder — although sources at the Etihad insist no bid is imminent. It is unlikely they will want to get involved with his club looking for such a huge transfer fee. (The Sun)?Claudio Ranieri has made a £2m move for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong – and is offering a £1m bonus if Leicester reach the Champions League. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are preparing to offer Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford a Premier League lifeline. Bamford, 22, ended a loan stint with Crystal Palace last week after only managing six goalless substitute appearances in the top-flight. But Eddie Howe has made him his number one attacking target during the transfer window. (Daily Mirror)Alan Pardew is poised to offer Jonjo Shelvey an escape route out of Swansea City by bidding to take him to Crystal Palace this month. But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants around £10million for Shelvey, even though he was left out of the matchday squad for the trip to Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Marko Grujic arrives on Merseyside to become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool bossLiverpool transfer report: Former Dortmund star snubs reunion with Jurgen Klopp to make Stuttgart switchLiverpool and Tottenham on alert as Ezequiel Lavezzi set to leave PSG on a free transferArsenal transfer report: Borussia Dortmund refuses to rule out Aubameyang saleEx-Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to leave Barcelona? Lazio plot moveManchester City readying £40m bid for 19-year-old Schalke star Leroy Sane – reportsManchester City and Juventus in battle to sign Real Madrid ace Isco in JanuaryPSG star Marquinhos reveals he could leave at end of the season – Chelsea and Man United on alertAC Milan have Marouane Fellaini loan approach blocked by Manchester United – reportslast_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN CLAIMS WATER SUPPLY IS CAUSING UNTOLD DAMAGE TO PEOPLE’S HEALTH

first_imgCatriona McGlynn and her daughter Ameila Kate pouring some water from her house tap. (North West Newspix)A Co Donegal mother-of-two has claimed that untold damage is being done to people’s health because of the poor quality of the Letterkenny water supply.Catriona McGlynn has suffered serious thyroid problems which she blames directly on the quality of water in her hometown.Her claims come as the Environmental Protection Agency continue a court case against Irish Water who have now admitted it will be 2018 to upgrade the Leterkenny water treatment plant. The pair and upgrade works are to prevent outbreaks of E.coli cryptosporidium which targets children and the elderly.Ms McGlynn, from Elmwood Downes, was so concerned about the quality of her household water that she bought herself a water distiller.Catriona is convinced that untold damage is being done to the nation’s health through a sub-standard quality of water.In the past she has suffered from thyroid problems and is convinced ithas been directly caused by the over-use of fluoride in her householdwater supply. Ms McGlynn told Donegal Daily “I have no doubt about it. There is a direct link between fluoride and thyroid issues and I have suffered from a thyroid problem which I would 100% directly attribute to the fluoride waste product our Government is putting in our drinking way.“And I think a lot of other people across Donegal are suffering from thyroid problems because of the quality of water,” she said.Catriona, who is in her late 30s, invested more than €200 in a waterdistiller and also a shower filter before the arrival of her daughter18 months ago.“It wasn’t cheap but it was a decision I made for my family and their health.”And she believes that the poor quality of water in Donegal and othercounties across Ireland is causing until damage to the nation’shealth.“People with compromised immune systems can die by drinking water withcryptosporidium in it and so it is very dangerous for people with MS,for example. “As somebody who worked with Multiple sclerosis Ireland in the past,I’m aware that Donegal has one of highest rates in Europe. Is fluoridea factor in this, I wonder,” she asked.Catriona, who is a qualified Clinical Hypno-Psychotherapist, haseducated herself about the quality of water she is putting into herbody and hopes other people will do the same.She believes that despite Government advice, people are still beingleft vulnerable to the dangers of a poor quality water supply acrossDonegal and the rest of Ireland.“The cryptosporidium parasite found in Donegal water is another issue.In order to protect us from cryptosporidium, they tell us to boil thewater but doing this concentrates the amount of fluoride, so no matterwhat you do you will be compromising your health,” she said. Although she has now tried to protect her children from the poorquality of water supply, Catriona said her son’s health is now out ofher hands.“My son is off to college in September. I won’t be able to protect hiswater supply there but this wouldn’t be a problem if our governmentcared about our health,” she said.DONEGAL WOMAN CLAIMS WATER SUPPLY IS CAUSING UNTOLD DAMAGE TO PEOPLE’S HEALTH was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Catriona McGlynndonegalIrish Waterletterkennywater supplylast_img read more

TRAGIC CRASH VICTIM BOBBY: REMOVAL THIS EVENING

first_imgTHE remains of Bobby Rodgers, the 21-year-old killed in Sunday’s road traffic accident on the N14, will be removed to his home this evening.Bobby, who was from 26 Colehill, Newtowncunningham, was one of three people in a car which lost control on Sunday afternoon.Removal is from the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest at the Mountain Top, Letterkenny at 5pm today going to his late residence. Bobby was the son of Geordie and Elizabeth Rodgers.Funeral is on Wednesday, with Requiem Mass in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham at 12 noon, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Further details from Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.  TRAGIC CRASH VICTIM BOBBY: REMOVAL THIS EVENING was last modified: May 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TRAGIC CRASH VICTIM BOBBY: REMOVAL THIS EVENINGlast_img read more

Crop insurance options for farmers affected by flooding or excess moisture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers who have federal crop insurance coverage and are unable to plant a crop because of flooding or excess moisture to contact their crop insurance agent to discuss available prevented planting options. Crop insurance agents can discuss available options on when and how to file a claim related to prevented planting.Brian Frieden, director of RMA’s Springfield Regional Office, urges producers who are unable to plant their crop by the final planting date or who need to replant acreage to contact their crop insurance agent. Producers who are prevented from planting because of an insurable cause of loss must provide notice within 72 hours after the Final Planting Date if they do not intend or are unable to plant the insured crop within any applicable Late Planting Period.Prevented Planting is a failure to plant an insured crop by the final planting date designated in the insurance policy’s actuarial documents because of an insured cause of loss that is general to the surrounding area and that prevents other producers from planting acreage with similar characteristics. To qualify for a prevented planting payment, the affected acreage must be at least 20 acres or 20% of the crop acreage in the insured unit. Prevented planting is not available on area insurance policies, such as Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI).Prevented planting options Several options are available for producers unable to plant a crop by the final planting date because of an insurable cause of loss. A producer may:1. Plant the insured crop during the late planting period with a reduced guarantee; 2. Not plant a crop and receive a prevented planting payment; 3. Plant the acreage to another crop after the late planting period ends and receive a reduced prevented planting payment; or 4. Plant a cover crop and receive a full prevented planting payment provided that the cover crop is not hayed or grazed before Nov. 1, or otherwise harvested at any time.Replant payments may also be available for land that was planted and does not have an adequate stand. Contact your insurance agent if you believe acreage should be replanted. Producers must receive written permission from the insurance company to replant, abandon or destroy a crop.Farmers can reference RMA’s Planting Date Map Viewer for final planting dates by crop, state, county, policy type and farming practice. Additional resources, including a Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions, are highlighted on the Prevented Planting website.last_img read more

BCCI is autonomous body, insists Manohar

first_imgBCCI, a defiant Indian cricket board stuck to its guns on Monday and said that it doesn’t want to be dictated to by the government, but didn’t give reasons for not being ready to register itself with the sports ministry like all other national sports federations (NSFs).The ministry, on the other hand, said that although it would ensure that the country’s richest sports body eventually adheres to the guidelines, there is no danger to the hosting of the World Cup in South Asia from February-April.While stating that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was seeking legal opinion on the issue of registration, president Shashank Manohar said that the board was unlikely to register by Wednesday’s deadline, by which replies of all NSFs should reach the ministry.Asked if a decision had been taken on sending the reply by Wednesday, he said: “No.” As usual, Manohar was straightforward.”Basically, the BCCI is an autonomous body. Why should the board be under the umbrella of the government? The board will have to consider this: should we register ourselves? It’s because, then, all regulations and everything… the government can dictate to us. Right? So, we will have to take a call on that,” Manohar told MAIL TODAY . The BCCI discussed the ministry’s letter, seeking details – like a copy of its constitution, society registration certificate, action plan for the next year, anti- drug policy, and the probable date of the next election – at its special general body meeting, held on Saturday in Mumbai. The house was of the opinion that the board should not register and wait for the ministry’s next move, after which it should seek legal opinion.advertisementSources said that the ministry could invoke the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, and withdraw the word ‘India’ from the BCCI’s name if it refuses to fall in line.Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary in the sports ministry, said that the BCCI was legally bound to register as it enjoys several privileges.Srinivas also said that the BCCI might have some apprehensions.But Manohar, 53, said he was sensing none. “No, no… presently we are not seeing anything. We are taking a legal opinion on: Should we do this? Can the government ask us to do that?” he said.When pointed out that the ministry could invoke the emblem act if the BCCI remains non- compliant, Manohar, a well- known Nagpur- based lawyer said: “That we will see when it comes to that.” The BCCI president said the board would not reply by Wednesday. “All these things will depend on the legal opinion.” And he was not ready to discuss what the harm was if the BCCI decides to register like all other NSFs. “I don’t know. Hypothetically, I will not answer,” he said.While Manohar was not willing to spell out the reasons for the board’s reluctance to comply, other officials say that the main reason was that the board was not dependant on the government in any manner. However, government officials say there are many areas like tax and duty exemptions, police deployment and land on lease for building stadiums where BCCI gets government help.”They avail full exemption of customs duty on import of sports goods, which is actually a big loss to the national exchequer,” pointed out one. “The board gets entertainment exemption, but makes huge profits even though it is supposed to be a non- profit organisation. Then, most of the stadiums have been built on leased land. So, there are many areas in which the board needs government help.”A sports ministry source, however, said that the World Cup would not be affected by the ongoing tussle. “The World Cup is definitely safe. The government doesn’t want to hasten the registration issue. If the BCCI’s reply doesn’t reach by Wednesday, as usual a reminder would be sent to them so that they get some more time to reply. But this controversy would surely not impact the World Cup,” he said.He also expressed the hope that eventually the BCCI would see reason. “It’s hoped that the board would agree with the ministry’s guidelines and avoid taking the issue too far. We also don’t want to tarnish the country’s image by being seen as an impediment in the running of the board. All that we want them to do is to simply abide by the guidelines.”last_img read more

Qatar Asian Cup victory to ‘deepen’ Gulf tensions—analysts

first_imgView comments But it is far more than just sport.Since June 2017, Saudi-led countries have cut ties with Doha, claiming it supports terrorism and wants a better relationship with Riyadh’s arch-rival, Tehran.Qatar denies the charges, says it is being punished for pursuing an independent foreign policy and its enemies want regime change in Doha.As a result, few, if any, Qataris traveled to the UAE to watch matches, claiming they were fearful about what would happen to them.Practically their only supporters were a group of Omanis, subsequently leading Qataris to celebrate with Omani flags in Doha.Notably, Qatar beat Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the latter victory seeing their players pelted with shoes and bottles by a partisan crowd.The 4-0 victory over the UAE was, according to some, better than the cup win.Many Qataris celebrated by holding up four fingers — one for each of the neighboring boycotting countries, said Ulrichsen.That gesture also matched the one used by Qatar-backed Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt in 2013.Qatar’s victorious team were greeted by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani when they arrived back home. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte And even just days after Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the final, it may have already deepened the Gulf diplomatic impasse.“Any sense of embitterment in Abu Dhabi at the way the tournament they hosted turned out may translate into an escalation of rhetoric against Qatar,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe added: “The response to Qatar’s run in the Asian Cup has, if anything, deepened the split within the Gulf.“Omanis and Kuwaitis have rejoiced in Qatari success and have done so in extremely public fashion, visibly emphasizing their rejection of the blockading states’ attempt to isolate Qatar in the region.” LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards in ‘crazy game’ He then made his first trip abroad since the victory, notably to regional peace-broker Kuwait, where he presented Emir Sabah al-Sabah with a maroon Qatar football shirt.And there is yet more symbolism, argues James M. Dorsey, author and a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.“The victory emphasizes to Qatar that it can stand on its own, whatever the obstacles,” he said.Salford University professor Simon Chadwick said Qatar’s win also helped polish its tarnished international standing.“Qatar’s image and reputation has gained advantage over its rivals, especially given the apparent calmness on Qatar’s team when faced with sometimes rancorous rivals,” said Chadwick.‘Very naive’The “escalation” Ulrichsen spoke about is likely to focus on the 2022 World Cup, said Dorsey.“I think what you are going to see is Qatar’s victory is going to escalate opposition by primarily the UAE and Saudi Arabia to Qatar hosting the World Cup,” he added.Next month, FIFA will rule on whether the 2022 World Cup will include 32 or 48 teams, and whether Qatar should share games, potentially with neighboring rivals.FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s insistence that an expanded World Cup could help ease regional tensions is “very naive”, Dorsey insisted. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Qatar’s midfielder Abdelaziz Hatim (2nd-R) celebrates with teammates during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He pointed to a previous Asian Cup victory — Iraq in 2007 — where people celebrated during a period of sectarian violence, but trouble soon flared again.“Sports and politics are inextricably enshrined,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Football and geopolitics Qatar’s first ever Asian Cup win is an astonishing story on numerous levels — a modern-day sporting parable, soaked in geopolitics and symbolism.It is a powerful Qatari riposte to critics who long ridiculed the 2022 World Cup host for its lack of footballing prowess.The team beat three sides who appeared in the Russia World Cup, scored 19 goals, conceded just one and provided the tournament’s best goalkeeper, player and highest goalscorer.It is a vindication of the wealthy Gulf state’s huge spending to develop talent at its Aspire Academy — 13 of the 23-man squad were graduates, including top scorer Ali Almoez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Manpreet shatters national record, qualifies for Rio Olympics

first_imgKolkata, Sep 16 (PTI) Shot putter Manpreet Kaur smashed an 18-year-old national record to win gold and qualify for next years Olympics as Railways dominated the show on the opening day of the 55th National Open Athletics Championships here today. The 25-year-old Railways girl, who had the previous best of 16.39 at last years Delhi National Open, threw the iron ball to 17.96m in her second attempt to shatter Harbans Kaurs earlier national record of 17.43m that stood since 1997. This was Manpreets hat-trick of gold medals at the National Open and sixth overall as she also got past the Olympics qualification mark of 17.80m. Ace long distance runner OP Jaisha, also from Railways, who has already booked an Olympic berth in marathon, set a meet record in the 5000m in the very first event of the day. Jaisha clocked 15:31.73 to better Preeja Sreedharans eight-year old meet record of 15:45.96 as Railways made a clean sweep in the womens 5000m. Sarita Singh bagged Railways the third gold of the day when she threw 58.97m in the hammer throw, while Sonam of LIC and Gunjan Singh of Railways bagged silver and bronze respectively. The day also marked the return of Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand who represented Railways as she blazed the track in the 100m dash semifinals. Dutee, who had won 100m and 200m double in National Open 2013, was banned last year under IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy after tests revealed that her body produced natural levels of testosterone above permissible range. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in its July verdict, suspended the “hyperandrogenism” rules, which will be scrapped if the IAAF, the world body of the sport, cannot provide new evidence. PTI TAP PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

The day I got injured, I picked up the bike and did another 6 laps, says Shreya Iyer, first Indian woman rider for TVS Racing

first_imgShreya Sundar Iyer, 24, became a national sensation when TVS Racing signed her to take part in the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) this year, making Shreya the first woman rider to be a part of any racing team in India.How long will it take for the injury to get better?ALSO READ:TVS Racing signs Shreya Iyer as first woman rider for teamThe injury was really unfortunate but it’s part and parcel of the sport. The day I fell, I picked up the bike and did another six laps. That’s how badly I want to ride. But, injuries are part of the sport and getting better with proper treatment is on my mind right now. There is no point in aggravating the injury, as it will only affect me later. The doctors say that I should be fit in about a week and a half’s time, so that gives me enough time to prepare for the Coimbatore leg in July for the INRC.Apart from touring in the Suru valley in the Himalayas and completing a rigorous Southern India biking expedition of 2,000 kilometres in just 6 days, Shreya has many talents not known by many. A trained singer in Carnatic and Hindustani style of music, she has also sung for movies down south.Are you not afraid of getting injured?Anyone who is afraid of getting injured will not be in motorsport. Injuries are part and parcel of the sport and it is bound to happen. It is not going to stop me from riding but what can lessen injuries is lots of fitness of the body and the mind as well. It’s all about how much time you spend on the motorcycle, training your mind to be calm and staying focused.advertisementIt is said in motorsport that if you don’t fall, then you’re not fast enough!ALSO READ:Did you know these 10 things about Shreya IyerWhat got you into riding bikes?This was around the time when I completing my 12th grade, when I rode my friends bike and it just clicked with me. So, I started riding with my friends, who are hardcore riders and constantly undertake extensive long trips on their bikes to very far off places. I started going on these trips with them and I learned a great deal from them.Even before I started riding professionally, I’ve done lots of off-roading and don’t really prefer the tarmac. I enjoy riding, whether long distances or even river crossings, which I think really helped me develop as a motorcyclist.At what point of time did hobby turn into professional pursuit?I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times. It was around 2012-13, during our visit to Dubai, I came across the KTM Adventure Tour, which was an absolutely fantastic experience. I’ve ridden on different terrain but riding on dunes was something I had never done and thought that this is something that I needed to do. I think it was this moment in my life that changed my entire perspective of bike riding and decided to pursue it professionally.KTM Adventure in Dubai was the moment when Shreya decided to pursue bike riding professionally.What does your family think about your professional choices?ALSO READ:Meet CS Santosh, India’s only Dakar Rally entrantMy parents, especially my elder sister, has been extremely supportive with my decision to take up motorsport as a profession. Even after I quit my job in 2013, they gave me the freedom to pursue my dream of entering into motorsports and till date I have not disappointed them.Tell us about your big break?There is this very experienced rider, called Vishwas, who once saw me practicing in Bangalore. He reached out to me and asked if I do rally biking and if I’m into competitive riding.  So, he got in touch with TVS Racing, who called me to their factory for a test ride. After these sessions, TVS guys were convinced with me and they signed me. I’m really thankful that it happened.How has TVS Racing been treating you?My teammates have been extremely helpful. Aravind KP has been really helpful since I’ve joined the team. There has always been someone around monitoring me and telling me what to do, where I’m  going wrong. My team mates and the people at TVS have taken real good care of me in terms of the kind of modifications I need on my bike, to my level of comfort on the bike.advertisementALSO READ:Kwid is the result of an International design competition, says Renault India CEOThe bikes provided by TVS are modified according to my preference so that way they people at the factory are very proactive. My team mates carry a lot of experience and I’ve realised that I have a long way to go. The entire team has been very supportive and I’ve learned a lot from them on not just the right way of riding a bike but also on fitness and it’s been great till now.Do you follow a training routine?So, my mornings start with fitness training and it was very recently that I realised the importance of this. As a competitive rider, fitness is something that every sportsperson gives extra attention to. Similarly, it helps to keep your mind and body calm which plays a crucial role during an event. Then, in the afternoon, I go for a swim followed with riding on dirt tracks till late evenings. Usually I train at the TVS factory itself but there is also a dirt track close to the city.What are your plans for the future?I’m hoping to take part in the Himalayan Raid, which is in October, after the National Rally gets over. But, one step at a time. There’s the Desert Storm also which is on my mind.I’m not too keen on doing the Himalayan Odyssey as I can’t ride in groups. I’ve been to the Himalayas with my friends but doing the HO is not really on my mind right now. But I do think that it’s a fantastic experience but for me nothings better than the Himalayan Raid.But, it’s one step at a time for me. Right now, my entire focus is on the INRC.last_img read more