When the RJR Sports Foundation announces speedsters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the 2015 recipients of the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year awards at tonight’s ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus, it will hardly come as a surprise to many.Likewise, considering the year they both had, shot put strongman O’Dayne Richards – last year’s runner-up and sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams are sure to get hearty receptions, as they head the candidates seeking the runner-up spots.Richards struggled on the Diamond League circuit before coming to life at the Pan American Games in Toronto, where his national record heave of 21.69m won him a gold medal. He would repeat the mark a few weeks later at the World Championships in Beijing, to take the bronze and become Jamaica’s first medallist in the event at that level.Hansle Parchment’s World Championships silver medal in the 110m hurdles also makes him a strong contender for the runner-up spot. Additionally, the towering hurdler is the first Jamaican to win a silver medal in the 110m hurdles in senior-level global competition, given his result – like Richards’, considerable historical significance.He might, and dare we say, should, however, be edged out by Richards’ back-to-back national record efforts.Williams, flying below the radarOn the female side, Williams, flying below the radar in every pre-championships predictions, delivered when it mattered most in winning the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships.That was a massive result for the pint-sized hurdler, who returned the gold to Jamaica after Brigitte Foster-Hylton’s win at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.It should be enough to see her across the line – behind Fraser-Pryce, with some other top contenders such as World Championships 200m silver and 4x100m gold medal winner Elaine Thompson; boxer Alicia Ashley, who successfully defended her WBC super bantamweight title; World Championships bronze and relay gold medal winners – Shericka Jackson (400m and 4x400m); Veronica Campbell-Brown (200m and 4x100m); and ever-present swimmer Alia Atkinson (50m breaststroke silver and national record as well as 100m breaststroke bronze at the FINA World Championships plus a year-ending number-three world ranking in the 50m breaststroke, all presenting strong claims.Little doubt, however, as to who will spend tonight as the country’s top male and female sporting stars.Save for some major surprises, speed-king Bolt will win his sixth National Sportsman of the Year title.This will give him sole command of the second-place spot in the all-time list, which is headed by boxer Michael McCallum, who punched his way to seven titles.Bolt shook off a rusty start to his season to win World Championships gold medals in the 100m (with the third-fastest time in World Championships final history – 9.79), the 200m and as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team.Last year’s nod to Atkinson was the first time a non-track-and-field athlete won the Sportswoman of the Year award since 1976, when cricketer Vivalyn Latty-Scott won the award.Fraser-Pryce, who won this award in 2012 and 2013, won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at the World Championships as well as took the 100m title in the IAAF Diamond League series.
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a training session at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELERoger Federer warned Novak Djokovic and his other Shanghai Masters rivals on Tuesday that he was in prime condition even as another long season approaches its climax.The 37-year-old Swiss has been carefully managing his schedule in recent years, cutting out the clay-court segment of the season since 2017 to wring the most out of his aging body.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Reflecting on his 2018, which included winning the Australian Open and several weeks back at world number one, Federer said: “I have actually been very successful when I played.“I didn’t play many poor matches, to be quite honest. There is only maybe a couple that come to my mind and I have been injury-free for over a year now.”Federer, who is chasing his fourth title this season, will face either Chinese wildcard Zhang Ze or feisty Russian Daniil Medvedev in his opener. NCAA: Letran books Final Four, routs San Sebastian It appears to be working and the 20-time Grand Slam winner opens his defense of the Shanghai Masters this week in ominously good shape.The world number two played in a victorious Laver Cup campaign in Chicago two weeks ago, following his surprise last-16 defeat to the Australian John Millman at the US Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The good thing is after feeling good in practice I played a good Laver Cup, have had also some rest after the US Open,” said Federer.The Swiss great’s prime threats in Shanghai are likely to come from world number three Djokovic — who is in fine form — and fourth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro. World number one Rafael Nadal, beaten by Federer in last year’s final of the Masters 1000 showpiece, is absent with injury.Del Potro, who was hindered by cold and flu in losing Sunday’s China Open final to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, said in Beijing last week that he was running on empty.Not so Federer, it seems, who is seven years older than the Argentine.“I feel like I’m where I want to be,” Federer said.“I know that this is where I could be playing a lot of tennis, depending on how I play.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Early Tuesday March 22, explosions inside the Brussels airport and a metro station in Belgium killed at least 30 people whose identities have not been revealed, the BBC reports.Brussels authorities announced yesterday that no flights are allowed in or out of Brussels “for the next 48 hours.” One of those stranded, Minister of Education, George Werner, posted a picture revealing two international officials based in Liberia, who were also at the scene. All three are safe.“The lady in clear view is Dr. Margaret Kilo, African Development Bank Representative in Liberia. The man with the charcoal jacket and white shirt is the WHO Representative in Liberia. We were companions on the road at Brussels today,” stated Werner. “Human security is an interesting concept, as the security of the state. Humans’ sense of their own security is even more interesting. It’s always good to watch one’s steps to avoid being in harm’s way…Any moment could be that moment.Be ready at all times, it is said in Christian Scriptures, for no one knows the day or the hour,” he added.Also present, but unhurt was Taa Wongbe who stated via FaceBook, “Bomb explosion at Brussels airport. Apparent terrorist activity. Airport is on lockdown and being evacuated. Staying safe,” he posted.Lloa Bass, a Liberian woman who is a plaintiff in a sexual assault case in Liberia, said she was also at the airport waiting her flight to London.“I am in Brussels and was at the airport when the attack happened and the reality of it all is shocking,” she said. “The airport is shut down and so are the trains for the next 48 hours. After the panic and instructions to move to the end of the terminal, because of ammunition being used and bombs, hours of standing outside and being bused around, we’ve been taken to a school. I’ve since been relocated.” Hip-Co artist Skoolboy Weezy, who is returning to Liberia from the United States on visit, was also on the scene, but has yet to comment on the experience.Isaac Yeah, Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Liberian Embassy in Brussels posted: “So far Amb. Isaac W. Nyenabo and the staff of the Liberian Embassy near Brussels, Belgium are all fine and doing well in the wake of the incident at the airport.” Brussels Airport is the biggest travel hub for Africans going to Europe and the United States. Brussels Airlines has been Liberia’s leading travel partner for decades, spanning the nation’s 14-year civil war. During the Ebola epidemic that rocked Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Brussels Airlines was at a point the only flight into and out of Liberia conveying medical personnel, supplies and other aid to fight the epidemic. The explosions happened in quick succession shortly after 07:00 a.m. with some victims reportedly hit by the second blast as they tried to escape the first.Another bomb was later found and destroyed in a controlled detonation at the scene.About an hour after the airport blasts, another explosion struck the Maelbeek metro station near the European Union (EU) headquarters. Belgian officials put the death toll from both attacks at over 30, with at least 11 killed at the airport and about 20 at the metro station.Almost 200 people have been injured, many of them severely.“This is a day of tragedy, a black day,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said. “I would like to call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity.”An online statement from the Islamic State, claiming responsibility for the attacks, said the locations were “carefully selected” and warned of worse to come for “Crusader states allied against the Islamic State.”Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level. Three days of national mourning have been declared.Police are carrying out raids on suspected jihadists across the country, the prosecutor said.World leaders have sent condolences and messages of solidarity.US President Barack Obama called the blasts “outrageous attacks against innocent people” while the 28 EU leaders in a joint statement said, the bombings were an “attack on our open, democratic society.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sherman scored his first goal from the penalty spot against Nigeria in an international friendly at the SKD on Tuesday, September 11.Kpah Sherman is happy to have scored his first goal for the national team, the Lone Star, in the country’s 1-2 loss against Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday, September 11, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Sherman scored his first goal after he converted a penalty awarded by center referee Isaac Montgomery due to a handball committed in the penalty area by Nigeria’s Semi Ajayi.Sherman, 26, was introduced in the second half when the Lone Star were down two goals to nil and came close to scoring a goal before Lone Star was awarded a penalty.“Patience is not simply the ability to wait, it is how we behave while we’re waiting. First international goal. To God be the Glory,” he posted on his official social media pages.Sherman made his international debut in an African Nations Cup Qualifier against Lesotho on Friday, 30 May 2014 away at the Setsoso Stadium in Lesotho. He has so far played 4 games for the national team.Liberia’s friendly against Nigeria came two days after the country settled to a 1-1 draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo at the SKD in the second round of matches in Group G. Sherman was left on the bench as an unused substitute.Sherman currently plays for Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA) in Malaysia. MISC-MIFA is a professional Malaysian football club based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, co-owned by the Malaysian Indian Sports Council and the Malaysian Premier League and currently compete in the Malaysia Premier League.Prior to his departure to Liberia, after he was listed among foreign-based players invited by head coach Thomas Kojo for the DR Congo clash, Sherman scored 18 goals out of 21 appearances in all competitions.The 26-year-old signed for MISC-MIFA in 2017, scored his first goal for the club in a 3-3 draw with UiTM F.C. Eventually, the 26-year-old scored six goals in September of 2017, finishing the season with 7 goals and three assists in 9 games, helping MISC-MIFA avoid relegation and extending his contract for the 2018 season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as Govt approves amendments amidst strong oppositionMotor vehicle users will now be saddled with additional financial burdens, with some processing fees skyrocketing by over 100 per cent while in some cases, new charges have been introduced.Motor vehicle users will now be saddled with additional financial burdensThe Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2016 was up for debate on Thursday at the first sitting of the National Assembly for the year.The amendment, which is part of a list of measures that will bring the provisions of the National Budget 2017 into full effect, was subsequently approved by the Government parliamentarians amidst strong objections from the Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs).The Bill provides for the abolishment of the requirement for a Certificate of Compliance from the Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) for the processing of a transfer of registration of motor vehicles.This measure was praised by Opposition MPs who noted that the removal of this condition eliminates the red tape in getting transactions completed at the GRA.However, the Bill provides for the increase in fees for the transfer of motor vehicles and the introduction of charges for the issuance of drivers’ permits and for letters of authenticity.To transfer ownership and/possession of a motor cycle, applicants will now have to pay $5000 as opposed to the previous $500.To transfer ownership of vehicles outside that category, applicants will now have to pay $25,000 instead of the previous $1000, or two per cent of the selling price of current valuation; whichever is greater.The Bill also introduced fees for the issuance of driving permits issued to licensed drivers residing abroad and introducing fees for issuance for letters of authenticity for applicants requiring verification of their drivers’ licence. These transactions will now cost $2000 each.Finance Minister Winston Jordan supported these measures, noting that it is a “win-win” situation and that the common man will favour these changes.“To me, if you go ask the average common man whether he is in favour of this Bill, I am sure if he were be able to represent himself here, rather than have representatives of him here, he will tell us differently,” the Finance Minister expressed in response to the slew of criticisms from the Opposition benches regarding these amendments.Billion-dollar industryOpposition parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall said these developments send a “bad omen” for motor vehicle users of the country and he accused the government of creating a billion-dollar industry for itself at the expense of taxpayers.Dharamlall outlined that with the number of fees increases and introductions since the Administration’s inception 19 months ago, they have raked in billions of dollars from Guyanese.He noted that it is unfortunate that Government’s concept of generating revenues is to rely solely on taxing the population.“This speaks to the lack of economic planning within this Government for this country. It speaks of elements of gross incompetence on behalf of the Administration. I also think that with this additional hardship measure that this Government is alienating itself from the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable and that is an unfortunate circumstance before us,” he stated.Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament Adrian Anamayyah in his contribution to the debate, pointed out that the average disposable income continues to be significantly reduced by the onerous burdens being imposed by the Government.Aside from those amendments, motor vehicle users will also be burdened with higher maintenance cost with the ban on used tyres, and with the advent of parking meters across the city.
An investigation has been launched into the death of a 25-year-old Special Lance Corporal, who died while seeking medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) on Wednesday.Carlos AlleyneDead is Carlos Alleyne. According to Police, Alleyne went to the GPHC on May 4 at about 14:52h after he reportedly complained of feeling unwell.This was following an “incident” earlier in the day at about 09:30h at the Special Constabulary Headquarters, Princes Street, the Police said.Guyana Times was told there was an altercation between Alleyne and a Police Sergeant at the headquarters.An autopsy on Wednesday revealed that Alleyne died from brain hemorrhage and blunt trauma to the brain. An investigation has been launched.
…as Jagdeo continues to engage int’l communityThe United States-based Carter Center delegation continues to engage local political actors and have already met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo briefed reporters on the meeting with the Carter Center delegation earlier in the week.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“I met with the Carter Center [representatives] and we discussed elections and the conduct of elections, credible elections and early elections. That’s what they’re here for and constitutional compliance – that this government is illegal,” he stated.Further, the Opposition Leader went on to say that he has been meeting regularly with the international community.In fact, on Thursday afternoon, he met with members of the western diplomatic community here.The ABCE Chief of Missions at the meeting were: United States Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, Deputy British High Commissioner Ray Davidson, Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee and Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Guyana Philippe Coessens.Meanwhile, Jagdeo was joined in that meeting by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali on Thursday.The four-member Carter Center delegationThe four-member Carter Center delegation is currently on a one-week visit to Guyana to get a better understanding of the situation here.Following a meeting with Attorney General Basil Williams on Wednesday, Carter Center’s Associate Director – Democracy Programme – Brett Lacy told reporters that the organisation is trying to get the various perspectives of the current situation.“We were happy to have an opportunity to meet with the Attorney General, to hear from him about the laws of Guyana and to his various arguments relating to the current circumstances in Guyana… And I can say from the Carter Center, we are really just here to listen and we are hoping to meet with different actors to understand everyone’s perspective on current events here in Guyana,” she stated.This is the Center’s second visit to the country. Back March, another delegation led by Jason Carter, the grandson of former US President Jimmy Carter, visited Guyana and met with local political stakeholders.In fact, after a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) at the time, the younger Carter posited that there was a lot of political desire to reach a solution but noted this will have to be done by the political leaders here.“Ultimately, our role here, of course, is limited. We are not Guyanese, we care about this country… But ultimately, the issues that are being confronted right now are going to require the cooperation of the political leadership of this country and we are optimistic…” Carter had stated back in March.But even as the US-based delegation continues to engage local political stakeholders, there appears to be a gridlock as to when elections will be held. In fact, discussions in this regard are still ongoing at GECOM.Elections were constitutionally due since March 21, 2019 – following the passage of the December No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the current government. However, with the legal challenges which ensued, that timeline was on pause but was subsequently reinstated after the July 18, 2019 Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling, which validated the passage of the motion.Despite the constitutional timeline for early elections long expired, the coalition Government has insisted that a date cannot be set without the President first being advised by GECOM on its preparedness to host polls.GECOM, on the other hand, had come under heavy criticism for also deliberately delaying the elections by going ahead with the controversial House-to-House Registration. The constitutionality of that exercise was then challenged in court.In fact, Chief Justice Roxane George last month ruled that the conduct of House-to-House is not unconstitutional or illegal. However, she noted that GECOM cannot operate as it would in a normal elections cycle. Given that the NCM triggered early elections, the Chief Justice had stated that there are other methods that can be used to sanitise the voters’ list in a timely manner, such as Claims and Objections.She had also ruled that it would be unconstitutional for the Commission to remove qualified persons already on the voters’ list, since the House-to-House exercise was aimed at creating a new National Register of Registrants (NRR) Database, which the Opposition said would have disenfranchised thousands of Guyanese.Nevertheless, the Elections Commission has since scrapped the House-to-House Registration, which had recorded over 300,000 new registrants, and is looking to merge the new data obtained with the existing NRR database – something which the Opposition is against.Jagdeo insists that there should be polls long before the end of 2020 and made a case for this when he met with the Elections Commission on Tuesday.
To get ready for the season, Fort St. John RCMP recommends making sure your vehicle’s lights, brakes, battery, and windshield wipers are all in working order, and it’s using the appropriate weather-rated fluids. It’s also important to use winter tires, and check their pressure before any highway trips.“Properly inflated, high quality winter tires will give you the best traction on winter roads and increase fuel efficiency,” says Corporal Jodi Shelkie. “Before putting on year old winter tires ensure that the tread depth is good, the surface of the tire isn’t damaged and that they are properly identified as winter tires.” A winter survival kit could make a huge difference in the event of a vehicle incident, and the Canadian Automobile Association recommends all drivers carry with them in their vehicle the following items:Warm winter gloves, toque and bootsBlanket or extra clothingBag of sand or kitty litterSmall shovelIce scraper and/or snow brushCandy or chocolate bar for energyExtra windshield washer fluidFirst aid kitHardcopy local map (not just a GPS unit)Flashlight and batteriesFlaresWaterproof matchesBattery jumper cables – Advertisement -As always, police recommend allowing extra time to travel and reducing speed in winter conditions. For more winter driving tips, visit www.ShiftIntoWinter.ca.Advertisement
0Shares0000Colombia’s James Rodriguez hit by tax evationMADRID, Spain, Jul 26 – Spain’s taxman wants Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez to pay Sh1.3bn for evading taxes when he played at Real Madrid, the El Mundo daily reported Thursday.James, who moved to Bayern Munich last year, is accused of having evaded 6.35 million euros in taxes, mainly linked to his image rights, and would have to pay that amount plus a fine and interests for a total of 11.65 million euros, it reported. Citing sources close to the case, the daily said James was transferred to Real Madrid from Monaco for 80 million euros mid-2014, but that year he registered as a non-resident.Tax authorities, though, reportedly believe he should have registered as a resident, which means he should settle the difference, or 6.35 million euros, related to his salary and the sale of image rights.Spain’s tax authorities refused to comment when contacted by AFP.The 27-year-old, who won the Golden Boot for the top goal scorer in the 2014 World Cup, joins a long list of other players who have got on the wrong side of Spain’s taxman.Some have reached deals, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently moved to Juventus from Real Madrid and accepted to pay 18.8 million euros and a two-year jail sentence he won’t have to serve.FC Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi, though, went to court where he was fined 2.1 million euros for tax fraud and given 21 months in jail, which was subsequently converted into another fine.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tottenham transfer target Miguel Lopes 1 Tottenham are reportedly keen to continue strengthening their defence and talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has the info on Spurs’ latest transfer target…Name: Miguel LopesDate of birth: 19/12/86Born: PortugalClub: Sporting LisbonPosition: DefenderInternational: Four Portugal caps (correct as of 29/07/14)What’s the latest?Tottenham are looking for right-back cover and have identified Sporting defender Miguel Lopes as an option. It is rumoured the move will initially be a loan, before potentially being made permanent and Lopes’ arrival would reportedly mean Kyle Naughton is off.Did you know?1) Lopes came through the ranks at Benfica, but never made an appearance for the first team. A spell at second division Rio Ave in 2007 was the foundation for his crack at the big time.2) He was promoted with Rio Ave at the end of the 2007/08 season and following his displays in the top flight, Porto swooped in 2009. However, since his transfer he has been on a series of loans. Porto sent him to Real Betis in Spain as well as domestic rivals Braga, but he returned for the start of the 2012/13 season before being sold to Sporting in January 2013. Lopes was again sent on loan, though, spending the most recent campaign at Lyon in France.3) Under Pepe Mel at Betis he was hugely popular and it was his strong displays both in attack and defence that earned him a move to Braga. Here, the uncapped full-back forced his way into Portugal’s Euro 2012 squad after impressing throughout the season as Braga finished third.4) Lopes is able to play on both the right and left of defence. Last season in Ligue 1, he played 19 times, created one goal and made an average 2.6 tackles per game and 1.6 interceptions. The player also played five Europa League games before fracturing his tibia in March and being ruled out for the remainder of the season.5) He has played four times for Portugal and was a member of their Euro 2012 squad, but didn’t play a game, while injury wrecked his World Cup dream.What is being said?They say:“Lopes showed strength both in defence and attack and can operate on both flanks.”– Portugal manager Paulo Bento explains his decision to add Lopes to his Euro 2012 squad