Industry Minister Outlines Impact of Oil Bill

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedIndustry Minister Outlines Impact of Oil Bill Industry Minister Outlines Impact of Oil Bill CommerceJuly 11, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says that approximately 29 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) earnings go toward paying for oil, and insists that it is time for the nation to improve its energy efficiency. The Minister added that at times, the country’s oil bill exceeds its export earnings, and cited the high energy cost as one of the main threats to production and industry in the country.  “Currently, Jamaica’s energy cost is one of the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean, with approximately 90 per cent of businesses and households depending on imported petroleum fuel,” he said. The Minister was speaking at the ISO 50001 Certification and Energy Efficiency Seminar, hosted by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), in collaboration with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (National Certification Board of Jamaica), at the Mona Visitors Lodge, in Kingston, today (July 10). “At $191 billion annually in expenditure on energy import, a US$2 billion trade deficit, with electricity at times costing US$0.40-US$0.42 cents per kilowatt hour,  Jamaica has one of the highest electricity rates in the region, which makes us very uncompetitive in comparison to our major trading partners. Oil expenditure is not only consuming an increasing percentage of earnings, but has a serious impact on the efficiency, productivity and competitiveness of our companies,” he said. The Minister described the seminar as “particularly significant,” in light of the rising oil prices on the world market and the country’s continued dependence on imported fuel. Mr. Hylton said that the importance of standards must be seen within the broader context of Jamaica’s growth strategy and efforts to build a globally competitive platform.                                                                        Explaining the ISO 50001 standard, he said it was specifically developed for energy management systems. “This new standard seeks to guide organisations on how to establish systems and processes to improve their energy performance, inclusive of efficiency and consumption,” he noted. “The standard is applicable to all types and sizes of organisations. It is designed to demonstrate to all types of organisations how to make better use of their energy-consuming assets, evaluate and prioritise the implementation of energy-efficient technology, and promote efficiency,” the Minister added, citing several countries that have adopted the new standards since its creation last year. He said he did not want the ISO 50001 to be viewed as “the imposition of yet another standard to burden businesses.” Instead, he said it was “an excellent opportunity to save money, protect the environment and build important competitive advantages.” The Minister used anecdotal evidence to support his point, noting that Carib Cement’s total energy bill amounted to $3.2 billion in 2011, representing the company’s single largest cost. He said too, that high energy cost was largely responsible for a 47.3 per cent downturn in Kingston Wharves’ after tax profit, and pointed out that the continued operation of bauxite plants in Jamaica depends on the industry having a long term source of competitive energy. Mr. Hylton emphasised that it was imperative that every effort be made to improve Jamaica’s energy efficiency, “not only because of the adverse effects on the country’s balance of payments, but also because of its overall critical impact on productivity and competitiveness.” “We recognise that in terms of energy management, there are certain factors that are outside of our control, chiefly, energy input prices and currency movements. However, there are certain factors that are within our control, such as the choice of technology, how efficiently we employ the technology, and of course, our decision to adopt standards such as ISO 50001,” he said.                     Also speaking at the seminar was Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, who gave the Ministry’s full support of the workshop. Mr. Robinson reminded participants that a significant part of the budget is spent on oil, and pointed out that the government is committed to diversification of the nation’s fuel sources and that by 2015, he anticipates that the much talked about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project will be on stream. Also endorsing the seminar were Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards, Ms. Yvonne Hall and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JPS, Ms. Kelly Tomblin, who explained that the company was working hard to improve its system, efficiency and plants, so that it uses less fuel. RelatedIndustry Minister Outlines Impact of Oil Bill RelatedIndustry Minister Outlines Impact of Oil Bill By Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

The 8th Annual Mongol Derby Has Begun

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. This is the 8th Mongol Derby, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race. The 2016 race features 20 men and 21 women from 13 countries riding 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.As well as serious riders from the worlds of eventing, show-jumping, endurance, racing, dressage, polo and rodeo, the 2016 line-up includes a family team, cancer survivors and those who have learned to ride specifically to take part. Some are in it to win it and some are in just because they can. Some are even coming back to finish it having not done so the first time around.As usual, we’re in for a ride…2016 CompetitorsAUSTRALIAChase Becker, 20, Queensland, AustraliaPre-medical nursing and midwifery student. Aspiring Neonatal Cardiothoracic Surgeon and horse enthusiast who loves to travel the world and wants her own hardy adventure: Mongol Derby, here she comes!Mike Becker, 53, Queensland, AustraliaOwner, Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor of Becker Helicopters is taking time off with his daughter Chase to ride a horse across Mongolia. Enthusiastic about raising money for his charities of choice, Cherish, Midwife Vision and Cool Earth, Mike is putting to his mind to the task and get his 53-year-old bum onto a tiny Mongolian pony! What is he thinking?!Camille Champagne Bargenquast, 29, Richmond, AustraliaWorld class endurance rider, specialises in natural horsemanship and trains wild horses for a living. Lives and works on a cattle station in the outback.William Comiskey, 28, Long Reach, AustraliaGrew up on a cattle station in Queensland where he learnt to ride competing in rodeo, show-jumping and eventing. Now runs cattle. Is doing the Derby to give himself a physical and mental challenge and raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and The Heart FoundationCochetta Crowley, 46, San Jose, USA (Australian)Born in outback Australia to a large and very happy family of seven children and rode from the time she could walk. Being true to her Australian roots, she put her swag on my back and travelled the world leading to an executive career in Silicon Valley. Wants to use the ‘journey’ “to help save horses from slaughter, and the ancestors of the horses I dearly love today – the Mongolian ponies will guide me on that journey.”“Not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither” (J.R.R Tolkien)Shannon Nott, 30, Dubbo, AustraliaAussie doctor born in the bush with a zest for adventure and pushing himself. Riding to raise funds to run mental health programs through Batyr for rural youth in Australia.CANADAHeidi Telstad, 43 Langley, British Colombia, Canada“Reserved, boring and aging” corporate lawyer in need of a life altering experience with a purpose as raising awareness for her five-year old nephew Chase who has endured severe epilepsy since he was born. Charity is BC Epilepsy Society.DENMARKAnna Christina De Jonquieres, 24, DenmarkDanish law student (and show-jumper) who made it halfway through the Mongol Derby in 2014, and is returning determined to cross the finish line! Go girl!GERMANYSee Hanna Backstrom, 1978, Uppsala, Sweden (and Wiesbaden, Germany)IRELANDPeter Molony, 48, IrelandSon of multiple Champion jockey Martin Molony, Peter works in thoroughbred bloodstock, owns Rathmore Stud in County Limerick and is the Irish representative for Qatar Racing & Qatar Bloodstock.MEXICOFrancisco (aka Franz) Schnaas, 40, Mexico City, MexicoEntrepreneur and manager in the loyalty-travel-tech space. His tribe include his wife, son, daughter, two dogs and three mares. His passions: nature and adventure. Why do the MD16? Because he’s trying to be true to his all-time favourite quote: “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re using too much space.”NETHERLANDSBabs Kettelaar, 47, Ermelo, NetherlandsThis supermom without a cape stops at nothing to pursue a fulfilled life. Passionate about art, horses and family she takes life by the balls and goes for it! This original dutch blonde has so much willpower even cancer won’t get to her!Josefine Schopman, 31, Amsterdam, NetherlandsHas been dreaming of the Derby since she first heard of it in 2010. Now she is participating. “It is never too late to live your dream!”NEW ZEALANDKrista Donnelly, 25, Hastings, NZA paediatric nurse who loves the outdoors and has a reasonable horsey obsession. Raising money for CureKids.Gareth Jones, 45, NZ (lives in Ireland)Riding came late to Gareth who was introduced to hunting by fellow rider, David Redvers, and to racehorses by his father-in-law John Brassil. Gareth works abroad most of the year but has been training hard in Serbia to get himself race fit.UKTom Alden, 25, Norwich, UKFrom an equine family, has ridden horses of different shapes and sizes since he was three years old. Having joined the Army in 2013, he has served at the Mounted Regiment for three years and is one of only a few qualified riding instructors. Having competed in dressage for many years, he is looking forward to trying a totally new style of riding – has never been long distance so this will be a baptism of fire!Rosie Bathurst, 24, Cirencester, UKFreelance publicist/ski instructor/lacrosse-playing eventer who has dreamt of riding in the Derby since reading; “Advice for riders signing up for the Derby? Don’t.” Finishing in one piece and living a once in a lifetime experience are what she’s looking forward to most…Sebastian Bridger, 23, UKLast minute recruit to the Household Cavalry team….Chips Broughton, 43, Suffolk, UKJust retired from the army after an illustrious career in the Grenadier Guards as Lieutenant Colonel and CO of the 1st Battalion. Now directs a risk management consultancy. Extensive experience starting and working with racehorses, in UK, US and NZ.Kevin Darley, 56, Yorkshire, UKKevin rode as a professional jockey for three decades, was champion flat jockey in 2000 and rode 2431 winners. After retirement, he became CEO of the Professional Jockeys Association before taking up the role as International Representative for Qatar Racing. He heads to Mongolia to raise funds for the Injured Jockeys Fund.James Harbord, 27, Wiltshire, UKOne horse-mad sister meant that James grew up being taken to Pony Club events having not been trusted sufficiently to be left at home alone. Then spent a relatively ‘horse-free’ life until, after joining the Army post-University and spending three years with tanks, was formally introduced to “Lincoln”, a horse that promptly broke his shoulder-blade after just two weeks. Now in the Household Cavalry and comfortable around 16.2 ‘Cavalry Blacks’, the ponies of the Mongolian Steppe will be a shock to his system.Alexandra Hardham, 27, London, UKWorks and lives in London now but grew up on a sheep farm. Heard about this from a friend and immediately fell in love with the idea and had to go. “It will be tough for sure and I have no idea whether I am up to it but there is only one way to find out.”Tatiana Mountbatten, 26, London, UKProfessional dressage rider (“not that dressage will help much during the Derby!”). Sufferer of wanderlust. Rode before she could walk. Riding with Venetia Phillips for Running for Rangers, to raise money for the welfare of African rangers who risk their lives daily to protect elephants and rhino in Africa.Alice Newling, 28, Wisbech, Cambs, UKHopefully will have just graduated from Kingston University. Eventer turned student who is fast regretting never doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Will be spotted riding in a duvet as is permanently cold.Venetia Phillips, 28, Herts, UKLives and works breeding safari horses in Kenya after having always dreamed of working there and always been passionate about both wildlife and the poaching crisis. Met her team mate Tatiana Mountbatten on a safari four years ago “where we got a bit lost, rode in the midday sun 36 degrees + on the return back to camp lost all the horses we were leading due to a giraffe herd charging into us”. Loves adventure, loves adrenalin, loves challenges and is “looking forward to new landscapes and doing it from the back of a horse.”David Redvers, 46, Hartpury, UKDavid is one of the country’s leading bloodstock agents, the racing and bloodstock adviser to Qatar Racing and Qatar Bloodstock and the manager of Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire. David is also a regular on the hunting field.Anthony Strange, 22, Cumbria, UKHas been riding horses for 10 years and started off riding Cumbrian Heavy Horses. It was around the age of 12 that he started to study horses and where his interest began. Has completed theory and practical qualifications and, like his team mate, Tom Alden, is one of the junior riding instructors within the Household Cavalry Regiment. He is “most looking forward to going to see the different riding cultures and for the sense of personal achievement.”Urbain Tego Tagne, 27, UKBorn and raised in Yaounde in Cameroon, has three degrees from Universities in Cameroon and the UK and had never been on a horse before he joined the Household Cavalry. When he first started riding he was scared of horses. Has never been on an endurance ride and is looking forward to seeing a life in an environment he “knows nothing about as well as the hours on the saddle which I guess it’s a lot different from driving on a motorway.”USAPierce Buckingham, 32, Aiken, South CarolinaIs excited to be competing in the Mongol Derby. Has always wanted to experience Mongolia and there seems like no better way than this race! “This is as much of an amazing adventure as it is a soul-searching endeavour.”Loden Burton, 36, Nashville, USAAfter being struck by the famous steppe gastro lurgy in the 2014 Mongol Derby, for which he can’t quite forgive himself, Loden is returning to finish the job a month after he gets married “even if I lose a limb”.Adam Casey, 29, Washington, D.C. (From St. Louis, MO)U.S. Marine Infantry Officer, advanced Stage-IV cancer survivor, former college football player for the University of Missouri, avid skydiver and hopeless romantic, with an insatiable appetite for anything that could be his own demise. “The dangerous yet beautiful thing about broken people is that they know they can survive.”Tim Finley, 36, Chapman, USAAir Force TACP officer riding in honour of warriors battling PTSD/suicide/mental injury. Endurance rider, mountaineer, race car driver, survivalist, novelist, decorated American elite. Surplus will be donated to a select Equine-Assisted Therapy program for military members struggling with PTSD/suicide/mental injury.Marie Griffis, 42 Manhattan, Montana, USAA country girl who grew up riding horses without a formal equine education. This race is her way of competing in the horse world; yet this adventure is “for me, a way to test my horsemanship and outdoor skills in the fabulous arena of Mongolia.”Dr. Kelly T Hale, 55, Austin, Texas & Red Lodge, MontanaThey say everything’s bigger in Texas and that’s why this Texan’s lifelong mantra is, “Go big or go home.” Whether he’s competing at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Finals, swinging his mallet on the polo field, breaking wild mustangs or leading fox hunts in the wild west, Kelly Hale is on top of his game when he’s on top of a horse. This lifelong equestrian recently pulled up his Texas roots and replanted in the wide-open spaces of Montana, the American state known for big sky views and ponies that roam free. Only Texas and Montana can contain this 100% red-blooded American cowboy. #halerider #hale4leatherMarcia Hefker-Miles, 45, Raton, New Mexico, USABorn & raised a New Mexico cowgirl, she’s been a ranch hand, barrel racer and team roper. When not riding, and sometimes winning, 100-mile endurance races, this nurse practitioner doctors cowboys at her bustling medical practice nestled against the Rocky Mountains.Courtney Kizer, 29, Texas, USALong time showjumper, rider of wayward horses from Texas to Colorado, Architect, and traveler with insatiable wanderlust. Aims to win, but only if it is in the cards while experiencing Mongolia, treating every horse fairly and raising money for the Mongolian Women’s Fund.Madison Smith, 26, California, USAMadison started riding when she was six and never stopped. She is a hunter/jumper rider but her love for horses goes far beyond the show ring. Madison attends art school in San Francisco and when she isn’t in class or on a horse she’s typically exploring a new place, camera in hand.Julie Stewart, 33, Washington DC, USAPaediatric intensive care nurse and a graduate student in medical anthropology. When not working and writing her thesis she can be found eventing, doing ashtanga yoga, wandering, and drinking gin and tonics with thoughtful people as she tries to figure out how to be a good human in the world. Raising money for MSF.SWEDENHanna Backstrom, 1978, Uppsala, Sweden (and Wiesbaden, Germany)Multi-disciplined rider and outdoors girl who has tried her hand at most things, including martial arts.Carin Ostergren, 33, Stockholm, SwedenAdrenaline junkie always up for an adventure. Riding to raise money for her own charity Rise-Up that runs orphanages in Nepal.Sara Pickthall, 38, Stockholm,SwedenRiding with her friend Carin Östergren. Re-saddled from riding horse powers on a daily basis to drive them instead as a HGV driver. Had a gap year blowing up mountains as the first female Scandinavia within laddaservice. Very passionate about horses and loves a good challenge.Find out more here. Tags: Mongol Derby, Heidi Telstad, last_img read more

Business as usual under Buckland

first_imgBusiness as usual is expected to be the theme at the Ministry of Justice after new prime minister Boris Johnson appointed barrister Robert Buckland QC MP as lord chancellor and justice secretary.Buckland, a justice minister since May, was promoted hours after David Gauke resigned. Welcoming the appointment, Law Society president Simon Davis said: ‘As a former criminal barrister, he will understand the challenges facing our justice system. Decades of cuts have had widespread effects on the profession and the public – with legal aid deserts emerging across the country and criminal solicitors struggling to survive on low rates of pay. We look forward to working with the new lord chancellor to address these issues, improve access to justice and promote England and Wales as a global legal centre.’Bob Neill MP, chair of the House of Commons justice select committee, said it was important that the ‘ambitious agenda’ that Gauke embarked upon is picked up by his successor.That agenda includes the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which seeks to make the divorce process less acrimonious. A date has yet to be announced for the bill’s report stage and third reading in the Commons.Major probation reform includes ending community rehabilitation company contracts early, strengthening the National Probation Service and reforming prisons to encourage rehabilitation.Buckland also takes over as the MoJ follows up on the commitments made in the legal support action plan drawn up following the review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.Buckland was called to the bar in 1991 and practised in Wales. As solicitor-general between 2014 and 2019, he helped promote and coordinate lawyers’ voluntary efforts, telling the Gazette that pro bono was no substitute for legal aid.last_img read more

Team news: Wasps vs Bristol Bears

first_imgBears name unchanged line-up for Wasps clashMadigan and Thacker listed among replacementsSiale Piutau returns from international dutylast_img

Cecil Comes Out On Top Of The Peake

first_imgThe Skipjacks of Chesapeake College (5-12) took a hard loss at home against Cecil College 86-66. Coming off the big night against Anne Arundel, the Skipjacks were hoping to take that momentum and get up big early. Those hopes were smashed early on as the strong Cecil team were working hard and getting a lot of second chance opportunities. The game was won on the boards at which Cecil brought down 54 to Chesapeake’s minimal 34.The Peake took a hard loss early s Terehk Agnew who was averaging 10 points and 9 boards on the year went down with an injury and never came back. Without that presence in the paint Cecil feasted on miss shot opportunities. This helped Cecil get easy shot opportunities close to the basket and prevailed them to a 47.8 percent shooting night.Coach Allen Mitchell was not pleased with the heart and toughness that his guys played with. Coach Mitchell went on to say, “ Assistant Coaches Anthony Washington, Artron Strowbridge, Charles Mackey, and myself will continue to push and motivate our players as there are still a lot of games left. We just need to finish games and play 40 minutes! Teaching moments, this is why I love this game.”Coach Mitchell is a great motivator and look for The Skipjacks to bounce back in the long 217-2018 season. Next up for Chesapeake will be an away game against the navy Midshipman JV on 1-24.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Add THAT edge to list of Proteas’ World Cup blunders

first_imgSouth Africa’s failure to pick up a thin edge by Kane Williamson when he had 76 can now be added to their list of bizarre World Cup moments along with 22 off one ball, dropping Allan Donald and Brian Lara in 1996, that Edgbaston run out, misreading Duckworth/Lewis, “brave cricket”, Dhaka run outs and the South African-born Grant Elliott’s six at Eden Park after the Abbott/Philander selection scandal.In what has become known as “the phantom edge”, Williamson edged the final delivery of the admirable Imran Tahir’s 10-over stint to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, but he was oblivious, despite a typically enthusiastic appeal by the leg-spinner. The New Zealand captain went on to craft a superb 106 not out and steer his team to a tight victory in the final over.ALSO READ: Embattled Proteas have been ‘hampered’ in EnglandProteas captain Faf du Plessis refused to dwell on the incident, however, and said he had only been made aware that replays using UltraEdge had shown contact with the bottom of the bat at the presentation ceremony after the end of the game.“I wasn’t aware of it because I was at long-on then and I always go on what Quinny says, he’s the closest to the action, my go-to player. We all just thought it was a play-and-miss, even Kane said after the game that he didn’t know he had nicked it and he would have referred it if he had been given out. That’s not where the game was won or lost though and there were one or two really tough half-chances, if we took those then the game would have been really tight,” Du Plessis said.Rassie van der Dussen, whose brilliant 67 not out off 64 balls was largely responsible for South Africa putting up a competitive total of 241 for six, raised some other close shaves New Zealand survived in the increasingly tense final stages.Williamson could have been run out on 77 but Kagiso Rabada’s throw bounced away from David Miller at the stumps.Tahir’s final over had also seen both Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme (60 off 47) hitting catches that were narrowly out of Miller’s reach, with De Grandhomme also surviving a half-chance off Lungi Ngidi to the same fielder on the midwicket boundary when he had 53.Ngidi also almost had Williamson caught-and-bowled in his excellent penultimate over.“A few things went our way with Martin Guptill standing on his stumps and Ross Taylor caught down the leg side, but a few things didn’t. There were moments we didn’t capitalise on but it was through no fault of our own. There were a few catches that landed 10 centimetres away from fielders and a run out throw that landed in a foothole and bounced away.“Those sort of things are difficult to control. It’s difficult to say why things do not go your way. But we have three games left and every time you represent your country, it’s an honour, it doesn’t matter that we’re out the tournament, even though we still have a mathematical chance. So we don’t want to let up the intensity and we want to show character in those games,” Van der Dussen said.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Tomorrow at Walt Disney World: August 21, 2019

first_imgShare This!Tomorrow is Wednesday, August 21, 2019.Here’s what you have to look forward to if you’re headed to Walt Disney World tomorrow.Park HoursMagic Kingdom: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Epcot: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Hollywood Studios: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Animal Kingdom: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Extra Magic HoursMagic Kingdom: 10:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.Other HoursTyphoon Lagoon: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Blizzard Beach: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Disney Springs: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.Crowd Calendar LevelsMK: 4EP: 4HS: 4AK: 4Resort-Wide: 3Refurbs and ClosuresMK: Astro OrbiterMK: Walt Disney World RailroadMK: Liberty Square RiverboatEP: O Canada!AK: Primeval WhirlParades and Nighttime EntertainmentMK–Festival of Fantasy: 2:00 p.m.MK– Happily Ever After: 9:00 p.m.EP–IllumiNations: 9:00 p.m.HS–Fantasmic!: 9:00 p.m.HS–Star Wars Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.AK–Rivers of Light: 8:45 p.m., 10:00 p.m.WeatherHigh: 91 / Low: 75UV Index: 10Afternoon thunderstorms with a 40% chance of rain.Sunrise: 6:58 a.m. / Sunset 7:59 p.m.Special Events to NoteHS: Early Morning Magic in Fantasyland 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.Is tomorrow a Disney day for you? Where are you headed? Got a countdown you want to share?last_img read more

Napoli can’t break through Genoa

first_imgNapoli were jeered off the pitch after another very disappointing result, held 0-0 at home by Genoa, with Eljif Elmas and Andrea Pinamonti creating the best chances. Click here for the full match report. OR Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit:

Former France international Eric Abidal announces retirement

first_imgFormer France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for ‘personal reasons’.Abidal, 35, made 67 appearances for France and last featured in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in November 2013. He had stints at clubs including Barcelona, Olympique Lyonnais, Monaco, and, most recently, Olympiakos Piraeus, and played in the Greek club’s 2-0 Super League win at home to Panionios on Wednesday. “Today I announce my decision to end my career here at Olympiakos,” Abidal told a news conference in Athens.”The reasons are personal,” he added. “Every top-level player understands that there comes a time and my time has come.”With Barca, Abidal won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, as well as four La Liga titles, and was runner-up with France at the 2006 World Cup.He said there was a possibility he will join the Barca or Olympiakos coaching staff in some capacity but would first take a break to spend time with his family.”Now what I want to do is rest and enjoy spending time with my family and then I will take some decisions as far as my future is concerned,” Abidal said.last_img read more

Video: Idaho State Runner Finishes Race After Rupturing Achilles Tendon

first_imgShelby Erdahl finishes race with ruptured achilles.shelby erdahl finishes raceIf you’ve ever suffered an Achilles injury, you know that there’s a great deal of pain involved. This week, a runner named Shelby Erdahl, who competes for Idaho State, put on one of the most gutty performances of the year – while finishing in last place.Erdahl, who just needed to complete the 400-meter hurdles at the Big Sky Championships to score a point for her team, did just that – despite tearing her Achilles early on in the race. Video of Erdahl struggling to get through the race – including clearing hurdles – has now gone viral. Check it out: Props to Erdahl for toughing it out for her teammates. For those wondering, she had successful surgery on Wednesday. Well done.last_img read more