Hamilton, Messi joint winners of Sportsman of the Year at Laureus Awards

first_imgFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi were declared joint winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in Berlin on Monday night, with the voting tied for the first time in the awards’ 20-year history.Mercedes driver Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 2019, with 11 race wins and 17 podium finishes, while Messi was crowned the world’s best player for a record sixth time when he won the Ballon d’Or.American gymnast Simone Biles, who became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history when she won her 25th medal last year, won her third Sportswoman of the Year gong after winning the award in 2017 and 2019.The South African rugby team, which won the World Cup in Japan last year for the third time in history, were crowned the Team of the Year, beating European football champions Liverpool and women’s World Cup winners United States.German NBA star Dirk Nowitzki, who retired last year after a 21-year career in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to basketball.Meanwhile, the Spanish Basketball Federation was recognised with the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award after the men’s World Cup triumph last year while the women have won three of the last four EuroBasket titles.German Formula Three driver Sophia Floersch, who fractured her spine in an aerial crash at the Macau Grand Prix in Nov. 2018 that required an 11-hour surgery to fix, made the Comeback of the Year after getting back into the cockpit last year.Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run scorer of all time in international cricket, had the support of a cricket-crazy nation to win a fan vote for the award for the best Sporting Moment from the last two decades.In his sixth and final one-day international World Cup in 2011, Tendulkar finally got his hands on the title as India won on home soil and he was carried on his team- mates’ shoulders for a lap of honour.List of winners:Sportsman of the Year: Lewis Hamilton and Lionel MessiSportswoman of the Year: Simone BilesTeam of the Year: South Africa Men’s Rugby TeamBreakthrough of the Year: Egan BernalComeback of the Year: Sophia FloerschSportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oksana MastersAction Sportsperson of the Year: Chloe KimBest Sporting Moment: ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’ – Sachin TendulkarLifetime Achievement Award: Dirk NowitzkiLaureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Spanish Basketball FederationLaureus Sport for Good Award: South Bronx Unitedlast_img read more

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Latam Eco Review: Resistance, hope and camera traps

first_imgAnimals, Birds, Camera Trapping, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Forests, Mining, Oceans, Sharks, Turtles, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Maria Salazarcenter_img The recent top stories from Mongabay Latam, our Spanish-language service, include a call to cover climate change, the dangers of opposing Colombia’s largest hydropower plant, and the most inspiring conservation news of 2018.‘We are not doing enough’: 25 media groups commit to cover climate change“Journalists across the continent have a profound obligation to understand the science behind the entire planet’s transition to a different model of growth and development,” says a statement signed by 25 media organizations, including Colombia’s influential El Espectador and Bolivia’s El Deber newspapers, Argentine environmental magazine Claves 21, Peru’s Ojo-Publico.com, and Mexico’s Lado B. The editorial was published by each group, including Mongabay Latam.Image that accompanied the statement on Instagram.Camera traps: The most talked-about videos of 2018Andean bears, jaguars, pumas, brocket deer and mountain tapirs were among the species captured on camera traps across Latin America last year. This important tool allows researchers to observe behavior without disturbing animals in remote zones and to learn more about their habits for conservation efforts. Last year Mongabay Latam shared videos from the forests of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, among others.On an expedition to the Amazonas region, photographer Michael Tweddle captured this image of a golden Andean bear for the first time. Image by Michael Tweddle.Top 10 most popular conservation interviewsA researcher who lived alone on an island for two years to study penguins; the park ranger who’s worked in Peru’s Manú National Park for 33 years; and the photographer who traveled for 83 days in the most remote site in Chile’s Katalalixar reserve were among the most popular interview subjects by Mongabay Latam last year. Teddy Cairuna Cauper, a Shipibo indigenous leader in Peru who is an expert in drones; Luis Añez, the former manager of the Zulia Metropolitan Zoo in Venezuela; and Walter Bustos, the former director of Galapagos National Park were also featured.Carlos Gaymer was instrumental in the creation of four marine reserves in Chile. Image by Esmoi.The year of living dangerously: Colombia’s Hidroituango murdersThe murder last year of two activists who opposed Hidroituango, Colombia’s largest hydropower project, illustrates the threats that environmental defenders continued to face in the country last year. In 2017, an environmental activist was murdered every two days in Colombia. By February last year, the death toll had surpassed 29 victims.Hidroituango will be the largest hydropower project in Colombia. Image by EPM.Top 8 most inspiring conservation storiesA biocultural map created by Waorani communities in Ecuador in defense against oil drilling was the most inspiring conservation story picked by Mongabay Latam’s editorial team for 2018. Other stories included female rangers who protect sea turtle eggs on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast; and a Peruvian reserve that has helped bring vicuñas back from the brink of extinction.Turtles nesting in La Flor-San Juan del Sur Wildlife Refuge in Nicaragua. Image by Paso Pacifico.Top 8 ocean storiesAn investigation into an iron ore company accused of polluting Chile’s ocean; an interview with the researcher who first found 337 beached whales in Tierra del Fuego; and the revelation that one in three Peruvians unknowingly eat shark were chosen by the Mongabay Latam team for their popularity and news value.The seas off Peru are home to 66 shark species; at least 32 are caught by small-scale fishers. Image courtesy of Oceana.Read these stories in Spanish via Mongabay Latam here.Banner image of capybaras in Colombia by Rhett Butler for Mongabay.last_img read more

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Revenge! Holy Trinity look to turn tables on JC in Champions Cup blockbuster

first_img Pumped However, JC’s coach Andrew Peart, said although his team is pumped up for today’s clash but he is expecting a tough encounter from his opponents. “It is going to be a tough game because they are out of Manning Cup and so their sole focus is on the Champions Cup, and we just have to be ready to face this challenge,” said Peart. “We have been steadily improving and our last game on Saturday was a result of that, and that game has certainly given the team a lot of confidence going into this game,” he said.The Dark Blues will be looking to key players Shaniel Thomas, Norman Campbell, Tajay Grant and Isaac Scott to lead them to victory. Having been beaten 2-1 by Jamaica College (JC) in the quarter-finals of ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup, Devon Anderson, head coach of Holy Trinity, said his team is very determined to turn the tables on his opponents when both teams clash in the quarter-finals of Champions Cup competition. The match will be played at the Stadium East field starting at 4:00 p.m. In the second match of the double-header, St George’s College will take on St Andrew Technical High School at 6:00 p.m. Holy Trinity were also beaten 2-0 by JC in the 2014 final and last year’s semi-finals and according to Anderson, those defeats are still fresh in his mind and so they are ready to put on a good showing this afternoon. “We are looking forward to a very competitive game because we know what we have to do and we are going out there with a plan to do that,” said Anderson.”It is a do-or-die situation and so JC is coming out to play, and so are we , and so we are just going out there to play our style of football to ensure that we win the game,” he said. Holy Trinity, who secured their spot in the quarter-finals after an exciting 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Dinthill Technical after 0-0 draw at full-time, will rest their hopes in the hands of striker Phillon Lawrence, who scored 14 goals in this year’s Manning Cup competition. He is expected to receive support from Roy Evelyn, who netted eight goals this season, Carlington Blackwood and Noel Bunsie. JC, who are one of the favourites to win the title this year, booked their spot in the quarter-finals with an easy 4-0 win over Mile Gully.last_img read more

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New thinking for development

first_imgAs the failure of the neo-Liberal economic paradigm collapsed around the ears of its sponsors up North, the economic profession as a whole has been trying to think outside the collapsed box. We return to this People’s National Congress-led coalition insisting on the in-the-box populist clichéd insistence on governmental giveaways. Their economic spokespersons have made no critique of the macro-economic fundamentals that undergird the budgets even as economic growth plummets. By avoiding comment on the present model, they unavoidably end up with intractable contradictions – such as cutting taxes while simultaneously increasing spending and are surprised our reserves and the real economy shrinks.For instance, they might at least consider a programme of development based on some premises of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), which is receiving serious attention abroad. MMTers assert that government budgets should not be subject to any sort of arbitrary balancing constraint. Instead, the MMTers advocate that the government budget balance should be conceived of strictly from the point-of-view of real economic variables. Thus, if there is unemployment – as has been exacerbated in Guyana after the Guyana Sugar Corporation firings – there should be excess spending making the budget unbalanced. If, on the other hand, there is high inflation due to output capacity being outpaced by demand, the budget should be moved closer to balance or even, in certain cases, into surplus. A leading light of MMT referred to this approach as ‘functional finance’.The reason that MMTers feel confident in making this case is because they hold that a Government that issues its own currency and allows their exchange rate to float is not subject to any budgetary constraints. They can essentially issue new money – together with Government bonds, if they so wish – until they begin to see inflation. Inflation, then, is the only real constraint to a Government that issues its own currency and maintains a floating exchange rate.However, if a developing country tries to spend up to the point of full employment while maintaining a floating exchange rate, as stated above, they are likely to experience, devaluation and inflation as the weakened currency chases more and more imported goods that the country’s own domestic industry cannot produce. As incomes rise through Government spending programmes (and potential rises in real wages) people will be more inclined to seek out goods and services that were previously thought of as only available to a small stratum of the population. Devaluation and inflation are then almost inevitable. Luckily for us, with the expected huge inflows of oil funds after 2020, denominated in US dollars these are no longer threats.We can actually use Government fiscal policy to guide domestic investment decisions and ensure that the some of the goods and services people desire as their incomes rise are produced at home rather than abroad. Then we need be less concerned with currency devaluation and inflation as these goods and services will be denominated in the domestic currency. And we can kill two birds with one stone – by also exporting.Let’s say people are buying more top-end furniture. We have an abundance of high quality woods in Guyana – but our manufacturing capabilities are substandard. The Government can establish public-private partnerships to fund one or more industrial furniture manufacturing centres to international standards. Kilns, designing and marketing expertise can be shared. Jobs are created; more money is spent domestically and the export market can be opened up.This governmental intervention (dirigisme) is a workable method of economic governance. It allows markets to continue to function but at the same time channels investment into needed channels quickly and effectively. It does all this without the need for complex bureaucracies. All that is needed is good researchers and planners and a government willing to incentivise investment that serves the public purpose. Coupled with the functional finance approach as laid out by the MMTers, the possibilities for fostering growth are endless.But in Guyana, sadly, the Government seems only concerned entrepreneurs will be making money; not that there will be a virtuous circle created.last_img read more

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GTT joined in observing “Girls in ICT” Day

first_imgFemale students from several secondary schools across Guyana were exposed to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) operations of GTT during a tour of the company’s facilities last Thursday, as part of the “Girls in ICT Day” observance.Some of the girls took notes as they asked questionsThe tour initiative was done in collaboration with the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) of the Public Telecommunication Ministry and was focused on highlighting the many career possibilities that are available in the ICT field.The girls were also shown, in a relatable and hands on way, the process it takes to get the telecommunication technology to customers’ homes and handsets.GTT’s Public Relations Officer, Allison Parker encouraged the girls to “be at the forefront of those who join in contributing and development of the ICT sector”.At the end of the tour, several of the girls expressed keen interest in eventually being part of the industry.GTT previously partnered with the National Frequency Management Unit, to observe “Girls ICT Day”, an initiative of the International Telecommunication Union, “Which aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the growing STEM/ICT sector”.last_img read more

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Guyana, Colombia to commence visa waiver soon

first_imgCabinet has granted approval for the relevant Government agencies to commence the necessary internal legal procedures to implement mutual exemption of the requirement of visas for persons travelling between Guyana and Colombia.This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon during his post-Cabinet press briefing.This agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Organization of American States’ (OAS’) General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico on June 21.The Agreement will allow holders of ordinary passports to enter and stay in either territory of the two countries without a visa for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days. The stay would be renewable for an additional ninety (90) days, provided that the total length of stay does not exceed one hundred and eighty (180) days per year.The conclusion of this Agreement signals a continuation of efforts to advance cooperation between the two countries, and the development of friendly relations between their peoples.last_img read more

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GGDMA seeks Govt help to achieve SDG

first_imgThe Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners’ Association (GGDMA) has said it is committed to working towards the fulfillment of the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), and has called on Government to support its vision of producing one million ounces of gold annually.The gold and mining oversight body said on Thursday that gold production is the key to achievement of the Millennium Development Goal to eradicate poverty and hunger, and that body predicts that key to the achievement of the worthy objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals 2020 would be the strong performance of the gold industry of Guyana.The body has said there is no credible alternative to gold mining, and that it intends to collaborate with small, medium and large scale miners and other stakeholders to urge Government to support the 2020 Vision of a million ounces of gold annually.In this regard, the GGDMA has made several suggestions to Government; which include allowing the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission(GGMC) to carry out its primary responsibility of developing the mining industry of Guyana; allowing the GGMC to publish the Codes of Practice as required by the 2005 Environmental Regulations for Mining, and allowing the GGMC to finalize and implement its five-year Strategic Management Plan, which was due since 2014.The GGDMA has also called for budgeting and planning for efficient and effective maintenance of the interior roads, bridges, pontoon crossings, waterways, and landings; the provision of road maintenance field offices in key mining districts, with mandate and resources to repair roads on an ongoing basis; as well as enforcement of the terms of the Road Users Agreement.The GGDMA has also called for incentives to be given in order to encourage the improvement of eating, sleeping, communication, and money transfer facilities in key interior settlements, along with budgets and plans for police outposts and stations in key settlements, as determined by the relevant security authorities.Moreover, the GGDMA wants removed the punitive taxes imposed on the small and medium scale miners. “These mostly self-employed business owners and their contractors (such as tributors) arguably pay more taxes than any other self-employed category in Guyana. And the small and medium scale miners pay those taxes upfront, as a percentage of gross earnings”.The GGDMA has said miners are now forced to abandon low-grade deposits and seek to work high-grade portions of the deposits, in order to stay alive in business.The GGDMA has said it commends miners for being “tough, resilient and positive”.“GGDMA urges miners to continue to provide the impetus for the economic and social development of Guyana. GGDMA calls upon the GGMC to provide technical support in the field to small and medium scale miners, to ensure the environmental management of operations. GGDMA calls upon the nation to say no to the selective underdevelopment of small and medium scale mining. Let us all embrace the realistic 2020 Vision of One Million ozs of Gold Annually”, it said.last_img read more

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GoFundMe campaign launched for Fort St. John first responder injured during trip to Cambodia

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for a first responder from Fort St. John who was seriously injured in a freak accident during a trip to Southeast Asia.31 year-old Fort St. John resident Jesse Lynn March has spent the last four months travelling on the trip of a lifetime to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. On September 18th, March fell off a balcony in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. She suffered a fractured pelvis, three cracked ribs, a broken arm, and serious internal bleeding because of the fall, and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.After being stabilized, March was airlifted to a hospital in Bangkok where she underwent surgery to treat some of her injuries, while her mother took an emergency flight to Thailand to be with her daughter.- Advertisement -A GoFundMe campaign for March was set up by a friend of March’s mother that lives in Chemainus on Vancouver Island. After being set up on September 20th, the campaign has raised nearly $15,000 of its $25,000 goal to help with March’s emergency medical expenses while her family waits to hear from travel insurance companies.To donate to the GoFundMe campaign in support of Jesse Lynn March, visit the campaign’s website: https://www.gofundme.com/jesses-emergency-health-fund.last_img read more

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FA chairman Greg Dyke laments ‘unacceptable’ stewarding in letter to UEFA

first_imgFA chairman Greg Dyke has told UEFA that stewarding at England’s Euro 2016 match with Russia was “unacceptable” and warned he has “serious concerns” about security arrangements ahead of Thursday’s clash with Wales.In a letter to European football’s governing body, Dyke said his organisation is taking the threat to kick England out of the tournament seriously but defended the role of English fans in the crowd trouble during Saturday’s match with Russia.UEFA’s executive committee on Sunday warned the FA and the Russian Football Union “it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions…including the potential disqualification of their respective teams” should fan disorder continue.But while Dyke condemned the trouble involving England supporters in the streets of Marseille, he insists video evidence proves Russian fans were to blame for the ugly scenes inside the Stade Velodrome, a claim he feels is backed up by UEFA’s decision to only instigate sanctions against Russia.Dyke wrote: “Whilst we absolutely share the executive committee’s concern regarding these abhorrent scenes, particularly in the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night, I would like to make some serious points.“The implication in your jointly-addressed letter is that English fans were in part responsible for the terrible incidents at the end of the match with Russia. This is contradicted both by the video evidence and by the fact your independent disciplinary bodies have only instigated sanctions against the Russian Football Union.“We believe the stewarding arrangements in place were unacceptable. Supporters were able to get in with fireworks and flares, and then let them off, and there was insufficient segregation between the Russian and English fans, particularly given the events of the previous two days.“Having said that let me be clear, we join you in condemning the horrible scenes in Marseille away from the stadium on Thursday, Friday and matchday.”England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney released a video on Monday in which they urged England fans to stay out of trouble.But Dyke has called for security to be improved in the build-up to Thursday’s match with Wales in Lens – particularly as Russia play Slovakia in nearby Lille on Wednesday.“We are planning to use our high-profile individuals to ask English fans to act responsibly and in a respectful manner and we take seriously your suggestion of sanctions,” added Dyke.“We understand there is to be an alcohol ban across the host cities and we would welcome this, particularly in Lille on Wednesday where many English fans have been asked to gather ahead of Thursday’s match against Wales in Lens.“We have, following consultation with the authorities, advised our supporters without tickets for the match in Lens to congregate there, and whilst we will be working hard to positively influence their behaviour we have serious concerns around the security arrangements for the city in the next few days.“These concerns are heightened with the knowledge that Russia will play in Lille on Wednesday afternoon.”Six England fans have been jailed for taking part in the violence that spread across Marseille, with all banned from France for two years.The men, who all appeared at court in the city during a five-hour session on Monday, were imprisoned for between one and three months. 1 England’s Euro 2016 opener with Russia was marred by crowd trouble in Marseille last_img read more

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Neil Lennon: No decision reached on loanees’ futures

first_img“Florian and Jamie have formed a very good partnership and Scotty brings something a little bit different.“Not only his quality going forward but his infectious personality and what he’s brought to the dressing room as well as on the pitch.Hibs are vying for a top-three finish with Aberdeen and Rangers and trail the Dons by four points and are only one point behind the Ibrox side.Lennon side his team have already achieved their target this season but hopes they can push on as they approach the split. He said: “We’ve got an option to buy Florian, that’s something we will give consideration to.“As for the other two it remains to be seen, we’ll assess where we are at the end of the season.“There’s affordability obviously and whether the players will want to come back and whether I want them back as well. I haven’t reached that sort of decision yet.“I think there is certainly better variation in the way we’re playing and our attacking form and flow has been pivotal to that. Hibs manager Neil Lennon said no decision has been made on the future of loan stars Scott Allan, Florian Kamberi, and Jamie MacLaren.The trio have become key players for the Easter Road side, with on-loan Grasshoppers striker Kamberi netting a hat-trick against Hamilton on Wednesday night to take his tally to six goals in eight appearances.The January transfer window also saw Allan arrive on-loan from Celtic whilst Maclaren joined from German side Darmstadt 98.Should Hibs wish to make Kamberi’s deal permanent, Lennon said an affordable fee had been agreed when they signed him, but no concrete decision has been made on his or the other two players futures.last_img read more

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