Tour de France cycling.

first_imgKittel wins stage 2 as Froome and Thomas crashGERMANY’s Marcel Kittel won a sprint finish to take the second stage of the Tour de France as Britain’s Geraint Thomas retained the yellow jersey.Defending champion Chris Froome crashed in the wet conditions 30km from the end, but finished without losing any of the advantage he gained over his rivals on stage one.Mark Cavendish was “happy” to finish fourth after a bout of glandular fever.Thomas, who crashed along with Froome, leads Stefan Kung by five seconds.The Welshman, who won the opening time trial on Saturday and finished in the peloton on Sunday, said: “We were all in a decent position, but a few guys came past us pretty quickly and slid and we all just went down.“We got up pretty quickly though. Anything can happen and I wouldn’t take anything for granted. Tomorrow is another day and we will be doing all we can for Froome.”Three-time champion Froome was one of a number of riders involved in the crash as the peloton came off a roundabout during the 203.5km ride from Dusseldorf to Liege, Belgium.He was paced back to the peloton by former world champion and Team Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski but then immediately raised his hand, indicating to his team car that something was wrong.He lost more time changing his bike but Kwiatkowski again waited to help Froome catch up.Asked if he had injured himself, Froome replied: “No. I just lost a little bit of skin from my backside.“That’s the nature of the race. We know in slippery conditions like that, every time the race comes on there’s a big risk something could happen and today there was just a touch of wheels, or someone slid just a few wheels ahead of me, and at those speeds you just can’t avoid it.“I think a few of us went down but thankfully everybody’s OK and got to the finish all right without losing any time to our rivals, so that’s the main thing.”Froome remains sixth, 12 seconds behind Thomas, but crucially 35 seconds ahead of Richie Porte and 36 clear of Nairo Quintana, two of his main rivals for the overall win.Three-time champion Froome was one of a number of riders involved in the crash as the peloton came off a roundabout during the 203.5km ride from Dusseldorf to Liege, Belgium.He was paced back to the peloton by former world champion and Team Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski but then immediately raised his hand, indicating to his team car that something was wrong.He lost more time changing his bike but Kwiatkowski again waited to help Froome catch up.Asked if he had injured himself, Froome replied: “No. I just lost a little bit of skin from my backside.“That’s the nature of the race. We know in slippery conditions like that, every time the race comes on there’s a big risk something could happen and today there was just a touch of wheels, or someone slid just a few wheels ahead of me, and at those speeds you just can’t avoid it.“I think a few of us went down but thankfully everybody’s OK and got to the finish all right without losing any time to our rivals, so that’s the main thing.”Froome remains sixth, 12 seconds behind Thomas, but crucially 35 seconds ahead of Richie Porte and 36 clear of Nairo Quintana, two of his main rivals for the overall win.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Release so-called ‘PPP/C-BK agreement’ – Nandlall challenges Williams

first_imgHaags Bosch settlementAs the controversy over who exactly initiated a multimillion US dollar settlement with BK International over the Haags Bosch landfill site continues to rage, former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall on Wednesday rubbished claims by his successor, Basil Williams, that the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had agreed to compensate the contractor, who threatened legal action after his contract was terminated for shoddy work.Attorney General Basil WilliamsFormer AG Anil NandlallEarlier this year, the current Administration agreed to pay BK International US$5.7 million as an out-of-court settlement for the terminated contract and works completed “satisfactorily”. At that time, Williams had argued that the settlement was necessary, since the Government was fearful of losing a US$10 million lawsuit filed by the contractor.However, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan subsequently rubbished the AG’s claims and stated that there was no legal action taken and the payout was done on the basis of a mere letter from BK International threatening to sue the Government for US$10 million.Williams has since sought to cast blame on the former Government, which he said, had already agreed to pay BK.But, in a statement on Wednesday, Nandlall challenged Williams to make public the agreement he claimed the PPP/C Government had signed with BK, stating that it was impossible since no such agreement existed.He described the AG’s claim as “an utterly new and incredulous explanation which the nation is now being fed”.“It will be noted that he did not provide a copy of this alleged agreement of the previous Administration to pay BK International. He cannot do so. There is none; unless of course, one is now being concocted. If such an agreement existed, I have no doubt, it would have been produced, publicly, months ago,” Nandlall said.The former AG said he hoped the submission of invoices for payment by the contractor was not interpreted as an agreement by the Government to pay.He added that even though the matter has been in the public domain since earlier this year, such an explanation was never proffered by the Government.In fact, Nandlall recalled that the AG spoke at length on the BK settlement in the Committee of Supply during the consideration of a supplementary budget on August 8, 2016, but this excuse was not provided.“The truth of the matter is if there was an agreement to pay, the payment would have been made and the contract would not have been terminated by the PPP/C Administration. The sole reason for contention was precisely because of the Government’s refusal to pay,” Nandlall explained.He declared that “no amount of interrogating the contract” by the Attorney General would change these facts.Efforts to contact the Attorney General proved futile, as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.last_img read more

Top seeds up the ante ahead of finals

first_img2018 Rainforest Waters Senior National Squash ChampionshipsThe 2018 Rainforest Waters Senior National Squash Championships continued on Friday night at the Georgetown Club courts with Jason-Ray Khalil, Alex Arjoon and Nyron Joseph starring in the Men’s Open.The action saw players contesting in four quarter-final matches aside from the Men’s Open. Those were: the lone remaining Women’s Quarter-final match, the Men’s Veterans, Men’s Plate, and Women’s Plate.Alex ArjoonThe top four seeds in the Men’s Open draw all progressed in straight games to the semi-finals, which are scheduled for tonight; but in the match of the night, Khalil managed to overcome a testing challenge from top junior player Shomari Wiltshire.First on court was No 2 seed Richard Chin, who defeated Robert Fernandes in straight games 11- 6, 11-6, 11- 5. Defending champion Arjoon was next on court against former Junior Caribbean champion Damian Da Silva. Arjoon won the first game 11-4, and then took an even closer second game, 11-8. He closed out the match with an emphatic 11-1 win in the third game.Then Khalil was next on court against Wiltshire, winning the first game 11-6. The second game went back and forth, with Wiltshire having two game balls: at 10-9 and again at 12-11; but Khalil eventually prevailed 14-12.The furious pace of the second game took its toll on both players, but more so on Wilshire, as his opponent easily won the third game 11-2. The battle between former national champions Nyron Joseph and Regan Pollard was comfortably won in straight games by Joseph 11-6, 11-5, 11-6.In the last of the Women’s Quarter-final matches, top junior players Abosaide Cadogan and Sarah Lewis were pitted against each other, but Abosaide easily won the match 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.The match-up in the Men’s Semi-finals will see Arjoon taking on Khalil, while No 2 seed Richard Chin comes up against Nyron Joseph.In the Women’s semis, Mary Fung-A-Fat will play Abosaide Cadogan, while Ashley Khalil will battle Taylor Fernandes. The Finals, meanwhile, are set for Sunday, commencing at 11:00h.last_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, July 19

first_imgHost Matt Smith is joined in the studio by Michael Calvin and The Times’ Matt Hughes to discuss all the week’s sporting action.The guys discuss the biggest Premier League transfers of the week, including Fabian Delph’s Man City switch U-turn and Chelsea’s pursuit of Everton’s John Stones, plus England’s disastrous second Ashes Test defeat and all the latest from the 2015 Open Championship.There’s also all the latest transfer rumours from around Europe, with Gareth Bale thought to be on Man United’s radar, while Aston Villa are set to move for Emmanuel Adebayor to replace Liverpool-bound striker Christian Benteke.last_img