Mavis Bank seek distance dominance

first_imgMinnows Mavis Bank High School have their sights set on dominating the distance races at this year’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium.Located in the hills of rural St Andrew, Mavis Bank have dominated the road races this season. In fact, their athletes Garfield Gordon and Crystal Brown are among the leading road racers this season.Gordon is down to compete in the Class One 5000m and 2000m steeplechase at the championships. He finished a close-up fourth in the steeplechase in 2015 and is considered one of the favourites for this year’s event.Meanwhile, Brown, who will contest the Class Two 1500m and 2000m steeplechase events, is one of the hot favourites to win both at the championships.Head coach Devon Grant is confident that his athletes will do well.SURPRISES”We are going to make a name for ourselves at Champs this year and we are going to create some surprises,” said Grant. “We have dominated road races in Jamaica, the 5Ks and the 10Ks and so what we are trying to do now is to carry that over into Champs.”We can win the Class One 5,000m with Garfield because I believe that once he applies himself then he will come away with a medal for us,” Grant predicted. “I think he can also win the steeplechase open but he must apply, stay focused and execute his race properly.”Grant pointed out that his school also has a “great chance” of winning medals in the girls 1,500m Class Two and the girls Class Three 800m.”My athletes have no doubt about themselves and they feel good. I have used my experience and try and motivate them and they have been coming along and so I know that they will do well, extremely well at Champs,” he said.However, Grant added that their preparation heading into the championships hasn’t been a smooth one. He explained that the lack of proper training facility hampered their training progress this season.”We have had some hitches in our preparations because we don’t have a field to train on (and) we have to travel to Hope Gardens or the University of the West Indies to train and this costs a lot to transport the kids there and the school cannot afford it.”last_img read more

Little-known PUP graduate tries luck in PBA Draft

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I was still feeling my way. I was nervous, but I’m happy that I was able to play alongside them,” he said.Whether or not he gets selected, Geronimo is already happy that he tried his best to make his dreams come true as he hopes to become an inspiration to fellow lesser-known players in terms of shooting for the stars.“I want to prove that I can play here and I can give inspiration to all who dreams to play in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Christian Geronimo. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netLittle-known Christian Geronimo sees him joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as his shot to make his dreams come true.Showcasing his talents alongside heralded counterparts, the PUP graduate admitted he was humbled to play with guys like Kiefer Ravena, Jason Perkins, Lervin Flores, and Robbie Herndon.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “It’s overwhelming and I really felt the nerves,” he admitted in Filipino. “But all I’m thinking about is I need to do this because it’s always been my dream to play in the PBA.”The 29-year-old knows his chances of getting drafted are slim, but there’s no harm in trying as he left his job as a sales agent in a car company a year ago to prepare for this draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“My coach in PUP told me that I’m already 29 so I should try getting drafted. I really had doubts, but I decided that I should give it a go,” he shared. “Since resigning for my job, all I did was to play basketball and have a better conditioning to be ready for the draft.”Geronimo’s skills were tested in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine as he shared the court with bluechip stalwarts. And although at times, he felt like he was out of place, he was satisfied to be able to keep up with the likes of Ravena and Herndon. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

We are showing newcomers that everything is in order in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,Immediately after the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and the country being under the impression that elections would be held soon, social media started buzzing about the increase of minimum wages by supporters of the ruling coalition. I commented on one politician’s post that the statement is not entirely correct and amongst his reply, he pointed out that I am bitter. As I indicated before, if I am, I have all right to be. I am not one of those hypocrites that would see something wrong and not point it out. In and out of politics, that attitude has caused me a lot and I still persist in speaking out, not for me alone but for those who are afraid. Now this Administration and its supporters are boasting about the increase of minimum wages to sixty-five thousand dollars, which I agree with, but are workers getting that? No. A majority of them are not getting it and it’s this Government’s fault that people are not getting it because they should have ensured that the rules are enforced. Sales girls/boys are seemingly the largest set of workers throughout Guyana and approximately ninety per cent of them are not getting two thousand dollars a day to take home. Walk along any of these two streets, Regent or Robb; they have the most stores and workers and whilst browsing, chat with one of them and hear their story. Their working conditions, hours, facilities, duties and mainly their salaries are something to shake your head about. Most of their salaries are between two thousand dollars and two thousand five hundred dollars a day whereby for most of them, it is two thousand. I was able to verify this after I spoke to one manager of a popular store at Regent Street after I was inquiring about jobs for two Venezuelans I was accompanying. The manager was not interested in employing them and suggested that we visit the Chinese stores or stores that have items that attract the Cubans because his products are huge items and Cubans are purchasing mostly clothes and small items for shipping to their country. After a little bit of persistence, I was told that the salary is two thousand dollars per day and out of that, NIS and PAYE have to be deducted which roughly leaves you with around sixteen hundred dollars. Even with the ability to translate between English and Spanish, the salary is still the same and a requirement at some stores now. I find the salary to be insulting to the workers and with the additional knowledge to translate, they should have been given an extra stipend. For years now, this atrocious behaviour has been going on. Anyone care to rectify it?Editor, quite recently, one Minister indicated that the Venezuelans entering Guyana should ensure that they register and get their documents sorted out so that they can pay their NIS and PAYE. Bravo for that but I wonder if the Minister is aware that many places of employment take out NIS, PAYE/Tax from people’s salary and don’t submit it. Only recently, the NIS issued notices that some companies/firms should check with them. No doubt it’s about them not paying the contributions of their staff. One security guard living near me said she has been working with a security company for three years and when she went to look after her glasses, she was informed that no contributions have been paid for the time that she has been working with the firm. Like her, there are many other places deducting money out the workers’ salaries and not paying it to the agency. Now, what could be done to remedy this situation that has been going on for as long as I can remember? No one knows how long the Venezuelans will be here for and some already chose to go back even though things are bad there and should the situation change, I am assuming most will return to their country. Now, given the actions by those who don’t like to pay people’s contributions, who will stop them from deducting money from the Venezuelans’ salaries and not pay when they know or assume that the Venezuelans will not be here to claim their contributions? Anyhow, it’s all fun and exciting to see that much interest being shown to foreigners/aliens and our own cannot be looked after. In a nutshell, the wages are low, contributions are being deducted and not being paid, rates and taxes are not being paid but we show the newcomers that everything is in order.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Rob Sirleaf Apologizes to Montserrado County

first_imgIndependent senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, Robert Alvin Sirleaf, has openly apologized for “any comment [he] might have made which is wrongly interpreted that [he] meant to hurt anyone who disturbs [his] campaign”.The controversial senatorial aspirant visited a community of Red Hill in Virginia, just outside of Monrovia on November 8 and let rip his emotions at a group of people who had protested his campaign. “Let me come back in Red Hill Field and catch one of them,” Robert Sirleaf said with a clenched fist and an angry tone.  “Let me come back in this community.  Plenty people holding placards, I can’t wait to catch them… they will feel their stomach coming out of their stomach.  And when I’m finished with them, and they think they can come hold something, I will deal with them in my most final way [like] the Ebola virus.  I will make them bleed…”Professing to be a very peaceful and civil person, he described his recent threatening remarks as based on “emotion as a human being”.  But he maintained that the context from which he spoke was perceived differently.“I profusely apologize to the people of Montserrado County,” Mr. Sirleaf stated during a radio talk show yesterday, marking the first day of the campaign of the Special Senatorial Elections.The President’s son expressed optimism of winning the Senate Seat for Montserrado County despite the popularity of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate George M. Weah. He attributed his optimism to his being the most accomplished candidate in Montserrado County in terms infrastructure development and meeting the welfare and educational needs of the people.Sirleaf has been making the rounds in the county identifying with the needy through humanitarian initiatives.“I respect people’s dignity.  Therefore it’s my passion to help people,” Mr. Sirleaf said adding that “people, issues, respect and execution of development are my aspirations.”The radio talk show was climaxed with a pre-launch campaign paradewhich kicked off from the RCI Junction in the Duport Road Community to the ELWA junction.Some of the supporters sang “Your leave us, da Sirleaf we want”, while others sang, “It hurting them”, interspersed political slogans.Addressing scores of his supporters at the ELWA junction, Mr. Sirleaf said Liberians should believe in Liberia by “thinking forward” with the election of an able representative in the Liberian Senate.Mr. Sirleaf, standing atop a pillar of a fence constructed by the Paynesville Municipality,  thanked his supporters for turning outon day one of the campaign, and vowed to campaign to the end to ensure his victory.“The battle has just begun and we will win this battle,” said Mr. Sirleaf, adding, “I am counting on all of your support as well as all those who want a better future.”Meanwhile, football legend and former presidential candidate George Weah, the most popular politician in Montserrado County judging from the results of the last two presidential elections, has ruled out complacency.Weah told VOA recently that he will win the contest, having won the county in the last two presidential elections against President Sirleaf. Last week, 14 lawmakers from Montserrado County presented Weah with a petition endorsing his candidacy.Despite his popularity, Weah as well as Sirleaf could face strong competition from Dr. Chris Neyor, the former head of the National Oil Company of Liberia, as well as Benjamin Sanvee, the 33 year-old former youth leader during the Charles Taylor era.Neyor is promising change when elected to the Senate but Sanvee professes that he is the real candidate of change, vowing that if elected, he will fight for what he calls “bread and butter” issues, as well as the establishment of an anti-corruption court to fast-track corruption cases.The Special Senatorial Elections will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 throughout the country, but in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in the affected county could be deferred and treated as a by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Shareholders laud $28B legal challenge

first_imgBanks DIH AGMEven as Government has indicated that Banks DIH Limited will not be getting even “a dime” from its multibillion-dollar lawsuit that is claiming in excess of $28 billion in repayment following the controversial tax write-off given by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to its competitor – Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) – Banks DIH Limited was lauded by its shareholders on for the step taken.A section of the shareholders at the Banks DIH Annual General meetingAt the local beverage giant’s 61st Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Saturday at Thirst Park, Ruimveldt, Greater Georgetown, during the question and answer segment at the end of the Chairman/Managing Director Clifford Reis’ presentation, shareholder Malcolm De Freitas commended the company for moving towards attempting a resolution in what he called a “long growing problem”, especially since DDL has been successful in doing so.“I’m happy the Board has gone forward with this, simply because as a constitutionalist, it is indeed a major disadvantage to the shareholders of this company when we are not treated with the equality that is expressed in the law. I’m happy to see that the Board has recognised that and has done something towards it,” the shareholder remarked.Taking note of the comment, the Chairman expressed his contentment at the support of shareholders on the actions the company took.“We are glad to hear, as Board of Directors, that shareholders are supporting the decision the Board has taken. This is in relation to our financial duties, where we have to make sure that the shareholders Banks DIH Limited have the same equal treatment under the law where taxes are concerned,” he posited.Meanwhile, during his presentation on the company’s performance over the past year and projections for the coming year, Reis spoke about the legal action asserting that Banks DIH Limited should be given the same treatment as its competitors.According to the Chairman, the company has overpaid billions of dollars in Consumption Taxes to the GRA and as such, the Board of Directors has decided to move to the courts to recover the billions of dollars it has overpaid to the revenue collection body. The over-payment, he noted, was due to a mistake in the law having regard to the judgement delivered in the Court of Appeal with respect to proceedings brought by its competitor – Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).“Banks DIH Limited is entitled, my fellow shareholders, to repayment of all monies overpaid together with interests thereon,” the Managing Director maintained.Furthermore, Reis disclosed that before legal proceedings were taken, the company’s legal advisors had sent pre-action letters to both the GRA and the Attorney General’s Chambers indicating its intention to seek redress in the court for a refund of the monies overpaid for the consumption taxes. However, he added, there was no response from either parties.On the other hand, the Banks DIH Limited Chairman also indicated that its lawyers were instructed to seek constitutional redress for breach of its constitutional rights to equality before the law within the meaning of Section 149 (d) of the Guyana Constitution having regard to the terms of the consent order of April 1, 2016, entered in between DDL and GRA.Following the highly controversial DDL tax write-off last year, it was expected that several companies would expect the same benefit from the revenue collections agency. Hence, it was no surprised that Banks DIH Limited filed a lawsuit against GRA and the Attorney General on December 16, 2016.According to the court documents seen by Guyana Times, the corporate entity paid some $12.8 billion in taxes over the period 2001 to 2006. But since Government granted DDL a whopping $3.8 billion tax write-off from its assessed $5.3 billion owed, Banks DIH calculated that it should have only paid some $3 billion instead of $12.8 billion.The company therefore argued that the Guyana Government would be “unjustly enriched” if it retained the approximately $9 billion (the difference between the paid amount in taxes and the net figure Banks DIH estimated it should have paid), while asking for 10 per cent interest compounded over the aforementioned five-year period.However, AG Basil Williams last week told reporters at a press conference that Banks DIH Limited will be fighting a lost cause against the country’s tax authority, noting that all efforts will be exhausted to ensure not a dime comes out of the national Treasury to refund the beverage giant. He pointed out that the time has passed for the beverage company to take any actions against GRA even in light of the extravagant tax write-off granted to DDL.Moreover, the Attorney General argued that he was wrongly named co-defendant in the matter because the settlement of tax cases falls outside of his jurisdiction.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan also threw his support behind efforts to challenge the lawsuit filed by the beverage giant, saying “We will litigate it to its depth.”last_img read more

Pictures: Arsenal midfielder throws cake at fans

first_img1 Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil is enjoying himself on a well-earned break.While his Arsenal team-mates are preparing for the Community Shield match against Man City, which you can hear on talkSPORT at 3pm on 10 August, Ozil was partying with DJ Steve Aoki in Las Vegas.The midfielder has been given extra time off after winning the World Cup with Germany along with team-mates Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski.And revellers in Vegas got a face full of cake after Ozil and Aoki, who is known for caking people at shows, threw one from the stage.Posting on his Instagram page, the house musician said: “Gooooooooal! Caked a fan with Mesut Özil! Epic nights i wont forget. #worldcupcake #mesutozil”last_img read more

Man wanted for vicious attacks in Donegal launches foul-mouthed attack in court

first_imgA man accused of a series of vicious attacks in Co Donegal launched a foul-mouthed tirade at a court extradition hearing.Gary Brodie flipped as he had his bail application refused and was remanded in custody over a European arrest warrant. He burst into tears then repeatedly screamed “Fenian b******s” at officials and had to be dragged from the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.He said to the sheriff and lawyers: “I’m not going back on remand. He’s getting paid, you’re getting paid, I’m not getting paid. I’ll go back. I’m not going back on f*****g remand. I want to appeal it.”He then called deputy procurator fiscal Thomas Crosbie “a speccy b*****d”, “f*****g speccy PF” and a “smelly b*****d”.Two officers dragged Brodie out of the dock as he continued his foul-mouthed rant. He then spat on a uniformed police officer who was trying to calm him down.Brodie’s defence solicitor John Good apologised to the court for his client’s behaviour.The 33-year-old is wanted for a number of violent offences in Donegal, including an alleged assault with a bottle that almost cut off a man’s index finger in 2008.He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage and one count of violent disorder during a separate incident but failed to appear for sentencing.Documents from Irish justice officers state that Brodie claims he is “in fear of the IRA” if he is to be sent to an Irish prison.But they added they had found no evidence of any connection between the brute and the paramilitary organisation.A full extradition hearing will be held on August 31.Man wanted for vicious attacks in Donegal launches foul-mouthed attack in court was last modified: August 6th, 2017 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:accusedattacksdonegalGary Brodielast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL were well beaten by a much stronger Monaghan side in this Ulster derby at Convoy – losing by 23 points.Ciara McAnespie and Catriona McConnell scored two goals each, while Caoimhe Mohan also found the back of the Donegal net as Monaghan ran out 5-16 to 1-05 winners.McConnell (2-03) and McAnespie (2-02) rang rings around the Donegal defence. Karen Guthrie converted a penalty for Donegal just before the break but by then Monaghan led by 2-09 to 0-03, with McAnespie and McConnell on target with first-half goals.Monaghan are now almost certain to achieve a top-four finish, along with Dublin, Laois and Cork.However Donegal are now in a relegation battle with Tyrone and Meath.© 2012, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on LADIES GAA: DONEGAL THRASHED BY STRONG MONAGHAN SIDE was last modified: March 5th, 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:LADIES GAA: DONEGAL THRASHED BY STRONG MONAGHAN SIDElast_img read more

Wayne Rooney praises ‘incredible’ assist as DC United secure MLS play-off spot

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY The pair bonded instantly upon Rooney’s arrival Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Lucho. Acosta. Simply amazing.What a run to tee up Wayne Rooney! 1-0. #DCvNYC— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 21, 2018Rooney’s first goal to open the scoring was a simple tap-in created by a sensational run from Acosta, who cut in from the left and beat multiple opposition players before providing for the striker.“It was incredible – that’s what he can do, he’s a fantastic player,” Rooney said after the match.“There’s not many players who can do that.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Since Wayne Rooney’s DC United debut in July, he has scored 12 goals and picked up seven assists while Lucho Acosta has nine goals and ten assists.The connection between them has therefore generated much discussion, something the Englishman was quick to encourage.“I think we just enjoy playing with each other, we both play to each other’s strengths,” he continued.“He’s the one that’s going to get the ball and run at defenders, so for me it’s quite simple: give him the ball and then get in the box.” 1 Wayne Rooney heaped praise on team-mate Luciano ‘Lucho’ Acosta after his stunning assist against New York City.DC United ran out 3-1 winners to claim a play-off spot on Sunday, with the former Manchester United and Everton man bagging a brace. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED last_img read more