‘I came with only one intention’ – Taylor fulfils target of breaking record

first_imgCALABAR HIGH School’s 400 metres sensation, Christopher Taylor, achieved another milestone in his young but illustrious career after he established the Class Two 400-metre record of 46.33 in the heats on yesterday’s first day of the GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium. The previous record, 46.64 seconds, was held by Jamaica College’s Devaughn Baker in 2013. The 16-year-old, who competed despite suffering from flu, left the field for dead and won by more than 20 metres. Despite his illness, Taylor has not ruled out lowering the record. “I feel really pleased because I came out here with only one intention, and that was to break the record and I came out and I did it,” he said. The young star, who has been affected by the ailment for a little over a week, is nearly back to full health, but he is focused on getting back to his best. “I don’t think I will give a better performance (semi or final) because I have some illness issues still affecting me right now, so I am just taking it easy round by round and see how it goes. But anything is possible. Once I put my mind to it I can do it, so I will put my mind to it in the semi-final and the final,” he said.last_img read more

Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid

first_imgPhoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals.The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT The team also took part in a three-team deal that sent TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco on Monday where the Fuel Masters let go of rookie Norbert Torres and ended up with the Bolts’ first round pick in this year’s draft and the KaTropa’s second round pick in 2019.Phoenix had a promising start this conference, winning its first two games. But the Fuel Masters’ campaign took a turn for the worse after their explosive import Eugene Phelps suffered a foot injury last month and star swingman Matthew Wright missed five games due to national team commitments.“Honestly, we didn’t know that Eugene’s injury was a stress fracture on his left foot. He was playing with pain and he wasn’t the same,” Vanguardia recalled. “We had to make a change, and Brandon (Brown) wasn’t in shape yet. We lost that long preparation we had before the conference.”“We also didn’t get lucky with the schedule. Our national team player missed the most out of our games. He missed five games this conference. It was tough because we saw how he can deliver when he’s with us for long stretches,” Vanguardia said of Wright.Wright unleashed 36 points while Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds, but despite their big production, Phoenix still went on to drop its eighth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground “It’s really painful, disappointing conference for us. It’s more painful knowing it’s our first time to miss the quarterfinals. A lot more sleepless nights especially that we’re going to have to wait until December for the all-Filipino before we can play again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need two more big men. Doug (Kramer) played well today, but we don’t have any more big man yet to complement, especially in the all-Filipino,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia after a loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention.“Our bigs like Willie Wilson, Eriobu are small bigs. We’re looking at the draft and of course, we are open to trades. We always discuss with management whatever comes our way that’s how we rebuild.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Fuel Masters made several moves this season. They traded second-year playmaker Simon Enciso to Alaska for veteran guard RJ Jazul, before acquiring former national team mainstay Jeff Chan from Rain or Shine, who got Mark Borboran and a future second round pick in return.Phoenix have also unloaded flashy guard Cyrus Baguio and got Dylan Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round pick. A costly, catty dispute finally settled View commentslast_img read more

Castro warns Gilas against complacency vs Taipei

first_imgReyes: Japan and Taipei ‘very similar’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “We’re good. At least, the team’s composure was tested in that game against Japan. Even though our opponents came back, the team showed that we don’t get rattled that easily,” he said.He also believes that his fellow guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena will perform better after their silent showing in Tokyo especially with the game being played at home.“It was our first game and it’s noticeable that we still lacked in preparation. But after that, I think we can play well,” he said. “We got lots of open shots that didn’t go in, and hopefully, it will all go down in our home floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Castro harked back to the two nations’ clash in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge in Iran, where the Taiwanese topped a young Gilas crew.Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz were the lone remnants of that team and that loss is still fresh in their memories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“That’s a good example for us to learn from, and a motivation for us not to let that happen again,” said Castro.The speedy playmaker liked what he saw from the Philippines’ 77-71 win over Japan last Friday. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be the favored team against Chinese Taipei on Monday, but Jayson Castro reminded his team not let its guard down against its fierce rival.“We can’t be that confident because Chinese Taipei had beaten us before,” Castro said after team practice Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 awardlast_img read more

Small gold, diamond miners feel neglected by Govt

first_img– unable to meet President in 2 years, despite numerous requestsThe Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has indicated that since its establishment in 1983 it has shared cordial and respectful relationships with the different Presidents, dating all the way back to President LFS Burnham and up to most recently, President Donald Ramotar.A typical mining operation in Guyana’s interiorHowever, the Miners Association said the incumbent President, David Granger, and his coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has ushered in a new dispensation or cordiality, the hallmark of which is premised on neglect.According to the GGDMA, “it has been two years now that the APNU-led coalition is in Government and the Executives of the GGDMA have not been able to have a meeting with President Granger despite numerous requests to address current burning issues that are affecting the gold and diamond mining industry in Guyana.”The full text of GGDMA’s statement to the mediais published below:The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is disappointed in the manner it has been treated by the hierarchy of the APNU-led Administration.The GGDMA was founded over thirty years ago in 1983. Since its establishment, it has been recognised by industry actors, successive Government administrations, and other stakeholders as the body representing the gold and diamond mining industry in Guyana, particularly small and medium miners.The Association has an impressive record of achievements, and has worked collaboratively with Governments at all levels dealing with mining and related hinterland issues.The GGDMA wishes to place on record that since its establishment, the Association has enjoyed excellent relations with the late President LFS Burnham. So much so that Mr Burnham had then Prime Minister Ptolemy Reid’s portfolio expanded to be responsible for mining. Mr Reid himself later became a Patron of the Association. This continued under the presidency of the late Hugh Desmond Hoyte, where President Hoyte saw it fit for the first time to have a miner serve in Parliament. Even when the administration changed in 1992, the GGDMA continued to enjoy excellent and cordial relations with Presidents Jagan, Jagdeo and Ramotar.Sad to say, it has been two years now that the APNU-led coalition is in Government and the Executives of the GGDMA have NOT been able to have a meeting with President Granger despite numerous requests to address current burning issues that are affecting the gold and diamond mining industry in Guyana.The previous leaders saw the immense contribution the Gold and Diamond Mining Sector was making to the nation’s economy. This continues to be so with the Gold and Diamond Mining Sector being the backbone of Guyana’s economy over the past 10 years with a failing agriculture sector.With oil on the horizon, this administration seems to have forgotten all about the Gold and Diamond Mining Sector. How unfortunate, when it was the gold and diamond mining sector that was the backbone of Guyana’s economy over the past 10 years. Is it a case where the Government is:1. Forsaking tried and true [Mining and Agriculture] for the shiny and new [Oil and Gas]2. Looking at all Miners as Tax Evaders3. Branding all Miners as CriminalsThe GGDMA is frustrated over the new tax regulations that are being pushed to miners. As a result of Budget 2017, the GGDMA has the following concerns on these new tax regulations, which have been communicated to the authorities but to no avail. These being:-1. Keeping of acceptable records –  all of these operations are done in the interior locations where receipts and bills are often not obtained, especially by service providers.2. Application of Threshold to Tributors –  the Association is requesting that tributors be able to benefit from this threshold provision at the time that they are paid, where a provision can be made by the operation owner to deduct the 20% Tributors tax after the person has earned in excess of the $60,000 on a monthly basis. This would allow the Tributors to immediately start to benefit from this provision.3. Tax Rate – the Association is requesting that there be a reduction of the 40% rate on the chargeable income for miners. With regard to the off-the-top payment of 5% Royalty to the GGMC along with the 2% upfront withholding tax, the GGDMA feels that a provision can be made for payments at a lower tax rate for miners and/or alternatively a sliding scale against the US Dollar off-the-top.4. Filing of Returns – the GGDMA is suggesting that the deadline for filing of returns be extended from April 30 to a convenient later date given that many miners would need to make adjustments so as to comply with the new requirements.The GGDMA continues to be frustrated in the manner in which the GGMC is conducting its business. The GGMC needs to be modernised as soon as possible. Simple information requested from this agency seems to be an uphill task. One would expect that with all the royalty that is being collected, that a modern information management system would be in place at this agency; this is far from the case. Simple information requested which in this technology era should take minutes, sometimes takes days.The GGDMA would have submitted a list of 15 miners to the GGMC for a no objection for the allocation of duty-free fuel, which was already vetted by the GRA. It has been ***one month now*** that these documents are with the GGMC with no response. The GGDMA finds this behaviour by the GGMC unacceptable and anti-business since the list of 15 was already cleared by the GRA.In addition, miners would have had to purchase their fuel outside of this concession for April operations since the month is almost finished. The GGDMA also wishes to bring to the Government’s attention that miners would have lost the fuel concession available during a period last year due to the inefficiencies of Government Agencies.The GGDMA is open to meet with President Granger to address these and many other issues that are affecting its membership and the sector as a whole.In light of the above mentioned, the GGDMA asks the question, “Is this the better life that was promised to our Miners, who make tremendous sacrifices and contribute so much to Guyana’s economy?” The GGDMA remains steadfast to promote and protect the rights, interest and welfare of all miners.last_img read more

Casualty update

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As of Saturday, at least 3,319 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,691 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is eight higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday. The British military has reported 144 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 20; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, six; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, one death each. – Associated Presslast_img read more

New development ready for boarding

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Saturday, the 625 homes will be up for sale in a gated community where the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo sat until last year. The homes, called Threesixty at South Bay, have a confounding array of perks to choose from: 27 floor plans with features such as wood floors, brick walls, floor-to-ceiling corner windows, balcony patios, and iron and stucco accents. Other communitywide frills include a private wine room, a basketball court, two pools, a gym, a dog park and a lounge. The base was in danger of being relocated to Colorado before El Segundo swapped 42 acres with Hawthorne where the development now sits. Both cities were determined to save the base because it sustains about 50,000 jobs in the county and infuses billions of dollars into the economy through contracts with nearby aerospace companies. Kearny Real Estate paid for most of the base’s new facilities in exchange for the land. In addition, Hawthorne agreed to turn over future property tax revenues from the housing developments to help pay for the new base across El Segundo Boulevard. COMMUNITY: The homes going on sale Saturday sit on land that was a military base. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Four years after a complicated land swap opened the door to new housing in Hawthorne, hundreds of swanky new condos, town homes, penthouses and lofts are finally hitting the market this week. Kearny then sold the land to two developers: William Lyon Homes built the Threesixty development, and Centex Homes built a 280-condo development called Fusion at South Bay, which has already begun selling. “You don’t often see a city give away nearly 50 acres of prime real estate,” said David Herbst, general manager of MWW Group, which handled community relations during negotiations. “I think that is an example of how important it was to save the base. “The economic impact to the South Bay and L.A. County as a whole would have been staggering.” The Air Force Base was relocated in a new, modern building last year. It houses mostly offices, where support is provided for the Air Force Space Command. The building is nestled among local aerospace companies, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Boeing. Many of the companies’ lucrative business contracts come from the base. After the cities hammered out the land-swap deal and the county approved it, they campaigned for new federal legislation that would allow the Air Force to legally take over a building paid for by Kearny Real Estate. “It required cooperation of so many different jurisdictions, from local to federal,” said El Segundo Mayor Kelly McDowell. “It was remarkable we got it done in such a short amount of time given the complexity and novelty of it. The bonus was the Air Force got a new home with no taxpayer cash being spent.” Parsons, who recently visited the new condos, said he was thrilled with the success of the project. “What makes me so excited is that back in 2001, I had this crazy idea, everybody told me it was crazy, but I knew it would work,” Parsons said. “I kept at it, was persistent, wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I stuck with my vision, my dream of saving the Air Force Base and building upscale housing for Hawthorne.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COUNCIL URGES ROAD USERS TO KEEP ‘RACE IN ITS PLACE’ AHEAD OF RALLY

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group, have issued a road safety message to everyone attending the Joule Donegal International Rally to “Slow Down”.The road safety campaign aims to convey life-saving road safety messages to the public and to the high-risk target audiences following and viewing the rally.“We want to get the message directly to the predominantly young men who follow the sport,” explained Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer. “We want to remind them of the need to drive safely and to keep the race in its place. We would appeal to all road users to take their time on the roads and do everything they can to increase their safety as well as others, no matter how long or short the journey is and not to attempt to imitate what they see during the race”. Large numbers will arrive in Donegal over the coming days to attend the rally and we want to emphasise the importance of safety, both on the rally course and on the public roads.Everyone attending the rally will need to get the message that ‘safety wins’ first and foremost.Followers of the rally need to be reminded to watch the stages from safety areas, always stay within the speed limits and reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination. Always wear your seatbelt. Never ever drink or drug drive. Never use a mobile phone while driving and beware of the signs of the onset of driver fatigue.Safety is a top priority for all rally drivers and it should be the top priority for all road users. Drivers simply cannot drive on open roads the same way that professional rally drivers drive on closed roads with a co-driver warning of upcoming obstacles and hazards.Ordinary drivers just don’t drive under the same strict health and safety requirements and when driving on public roads we must always obey the rules of the road.To date this year, 80 people have died on Irish roads, an increase of 14 on the same period in 2015.COUNCIL URGES ROAD USERS TO KEEP ‘RACE IN ITS PLACE’ AHEAD OF RALLY was last modified: June 14th, 2016 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)last_img read more

‘DEAR FATHER McGEADY: PLEASE STAY IN GLENCOLMCILLE’

first_imgANGRY villagers are pleading with their curate to stay in the parish after he quit on Sunday.Father Bill McGeady, 74, stepped down after a campaign of intimidation by just four people from the parish.He even says he was physically assaulted on one occasion. But the rest of the parish of Glencolmcille – and many from further afield – are hoping he will change his mind.The following is a letter sent to us tonight:Dear Father McGeady,Since your arrival with us in the autumn of 2010, you have brought a breath of fresh air to the parish. We look forward to your Masses on Sunday. Simple and beautiful.It was great to see so many of our younger people attending again and that Father McGeady was down to you.We all know rightly what happened. And we also know why it happened. Some people just cannot let go.You rightly ran things your way and we, the people of Glen, were right behind you.You are a great priest and we have been Blessed to have had you. We want you to know that 99.9% of people support you. There is no question about that. We have all tried to call you at the parochial house today and you were unable to answer.We sincerely hope that you see this because we want you to know the true feelings of the people of this area.We hope you will change your mind, because Glen without you will be a darker place.God Bless You. On Behalf of the People of Glencolmcille ‘DEAR FATHER McGEADY: PLEASE STAY IN GLENCOLMCILLE’ was last modified: February 5th, 2013 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:’DEAR FATHER McGEADY: PLEASE STAY IN GLENCOLMCILLE’last_img read more

Tributes paid after death of Donegal soccer icon Bobby Toland

first_imgTributes have been pouring in following the death of Donegal soccer legend Bobby Toland, who passed away last evening at Letterkenny University Hospital.Bobby was a founder member of Kildrum Tigers, an FAI Junior Cup winner with Swilly Rovers, a former Finn Harps manager, club President at Killea FC and a stalwart of the game.Bobby – who lived in the townland of Kildrum – helped to form Kildrum Tigers in 1948 while still in his teenage years. While working on the bread run in Derry, where he was previously a boarder at St Columb’s College, Bobby would become a key player in the Summer Cup circuit of the time.“The name of Kildrum Tigers was known long before organised soccer arrived in Donegal and that is down largely to the efforts of Bobby Toland,” a statement from Kildrum Tigers read.“Kildrum played initially in the White Horse League before moving to the D&D in 1952, but it was in the summer cups that Kildrum – and Bobby – made their name.“Bobby was instrumental in getting Paddy Crerand, later a European Cup winner with Manchester United, was one of many top names drafted into the Tigers colours. Crerand was at Celtic in those days and others Bobby coaxed into playing for Kildrum included Jody McIntyre (Ayr), Ian Hunter (Falkirk), Hughie Higgins (Hibs), Tom Wilson (Sunderland), Charlie Tully (Celtic), John McCole (Leeds), Denis Hatsell (Preston), Alex Greaves (Bolton and Bobby Browne (Motherwell).“…And on the day Kildrum Tigers officially unveiled a new home kit, in those famous red and black stripes, we remember fondly the man who made it all possible; the man who was the club’s founding father and guiding light in the early days.”A goalkeeper of some renown, Bobby played for the Ireland junior team at Fir Park in Scotland and lined out for Newport in a Welsh Cup final while he won an FAI Junior Cup with Swilly Rovers in 1962.Bobby was Finn Harps team trainer under Patsy McGowan and was Harps manager from December 1984-December 1985.“We’re saddened to learn of the death of Bobby Toland,” said Finn Harps Chairman Sean Quinn. “His involvement with football in Donegal spanned over seven decades,. “From he was a young man, he had a great vision for the game and that started by helping to found Kildrum Tigers. I want to pay a special tribute in memory of his time here as manager of Finn Harps.“The Committee and players have great memories of those times. Bobby was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by us all, but especially by his family.”He guided Killea FC through a golden spell in the Inishowen League where they won six trophies.Killea FC said in a statement on the club’s Facebook page: “We are at loss to find words to explain our sadness here at the club. “Bobby Toland died this evening“Our President“Our Trustee“Our club’s most successful manager“Our friend“Dear Bobby R.I.P. ‘As the saying goes’, regale them up there Bobby.”Club activities at Kildrum Tigers and Killea FC have been suspended until further notice as a mark of respect.Bobby was also a greyhound racing enthusiast and a regular attender at meetings at the Brandywell and Lifford in particular.He had a great wit and could recount stories about times gone by for hours on end.Pre-deceased by his wife, Josie, and son, Edward, he is survived by son William, daughters Mary, Anne and Fidelma and a wide circle of family and friends.Tributes paid after death of Donegal soccer icon Bobby Toland was last modified: January 15th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Bobby TolandKildrumkildrum tigersKilleaSt Johnstonswilly roverslast_img read more