first_imgCLUB ASPEN HEADS $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY ON SATURDAY; NORTHERN INVADER BETTOR TRIP NICK & ROOKIE MISTAKE ALSO PROMINENT AS NINE SOPHOMORES GO 1 1/16 MILES  RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES   ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–Club Aspen, an impressive 2 ½ length stakes winner in his most recent start, heads a field of nine sophomores going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by his brother Larry, Club Aspen is by the hottest sire currently standing in California, Clubhouse Ride, who was also conditioned by Craig Lewis.Golden Gate Fields invader Bettor Trip Nick, a two-time stakes winner on synthetic Tapeta, rates a big chance in the Cal Cup Derby and is owned in part and trained by William Delia.Reddam Racing’s homebred Rookie Mistake, a son of top sire Square Eddie, comes off a 3 ¼ length maiden turf win at 5 ½ furlongs and also figures very prominent for trainer Doug O’Neill.The Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA and is for eligible California-bred or sired horses.CLUB ASPENOwner:  Lawrence D. LewisTrainer:  Craig LewisBred in California by Harris Farms, Club Aspen is out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal.  A six furlong maiden special weight winner versus statebreds in his second start on Aug. 2 at Del Mar, Club Aspen ran the best race of his career in winning the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 15 and will likely employ a similar stalking style on Saturday under regular rider Jorge Velez. The leading money earner in the field with $118,211, he has two wins from seven starts.BETTOR TRIP NICKOwner:  William Delia, Gary Oetman & Ray PaganoTrainer:  William DeliaOne length shy of being unbeaten in five Golden Gate Fields starts dating back to Aug. 23, this gelding who is by the Harlan’s Holiday stallion Boat Trip, comes off a gate to wire score in the one mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 7 as the 4-5 favorite and figures to employ similar tactics on Saturday under regular pilot Catalino Martinez.  A half length winner of the six furlong Gold Rush Stakes two starts back on Nov. 9, Bettor Trip Nick will be trying two turns for the second time in the Cal Cup Derby.ROOKIE MISTAKEOwner:  Reddam Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Doug O’NeillBy Square Eddie, out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeinthewoods, Rookie Mistake comes of a scintillating 3 ¼ length win going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here Jan. 3 and although he’s a solid fit in the Cal Cup Derby, he may be better suited for grass.  The 6-5 favorite in the 5 ½ furlong turf debut four starts back here on Oct. 20, Rookie Mistake led throughout prior to tiring late, finishing third, beaten 1 ½ lengths.  Subsequently well beaten in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Nov. 1, his best race on dirt came two starts back when he was a close second versus statebred maidens going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Dec. 1. Saturday’s Derby will be his first two turn assignment and he could be a menacing presence for the likes of Bettor Trip Nick.THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTBettor Trip Nick–Catalino Martinez–124Dapper–Geovanni Franco–124Sacred Rider–Abel Cedillo–124Summer Fire–Mike Smith–124Club Aspen–Jorge Velez–124Rookie Mistake–Mario Gutierrez–124Indian Peak–Juan Hernandez–124Fast Enough–Tiago Pereira–124Big Returns–Ruben Fuentes–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Reno supporters demand better – Graham

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Struggling FC Reno will have to find a way to avoid relegation, says the club’s head coach, Michael Graham, after watching his team give up a one-goal lead to title chasing Humble Lion in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League.”I am a little disappointed because at 1-0 up and playing well in the first half, we came out flat in the second-half and allowed Humble Lion too much time on the ball and a goal we were dreading happened,” stated Graham.Reno are precariously perched just above the relegation zone with 31 points in 10th place, but have breathing room between themselves and red zone teams Rivoli United (23) and Waterhouse FC (22).That, however, is no comfort to the ambitious Graham, who believes winning a paltry seven matches out of 27 is not good enough for the three-time League winners.According to Graham, the club’s rich history and the passionate diehard supporters demand more from their players.”We know where we are letting down the fans. We have an all-round decent squad of players, but for some reason, we cannot get the ball into the net. We tend to create plenty chances in match situations and score few.”That is why we are not doing as well as we would like, and it’s hurting the club’s prospects going forward,” reasoned Graham.Roshane Sharpe has taken on the club’s goal-getter role, netting his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s match against Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.biggest headacheHowever, it’s in defence that Graham has the biggest headache. Reno have conceded 40 goals in all this season, making them the league’s second-worst defensive team behind ninth-placed Boys’ Town FC (43).”We realised that we are not doing a good job in defence, even though we have who I consider good players in there. We are not scoring enough, and on the other hand, we are conceding too many,” Graham said.”That is a recipe for disaster, and the club can do without that at the moment. However, we still have some critical matches ahead of us, so we must give our all to put ourselves at least mid-pack at the end of season,” added Graham.last_img read more

Smooth on the field, Jeter struggles in front office

first_imgNamely, the ever-dwindling Marlins fans base.Jeter has made one public-relations misstep after another since taking over as CEO in October, when a $1.2 billion sale from Jeffrey Loria to the Bruce Sherman-led partnership was approved.Since a 20-minute introductory news conference, Jeter has essentially declared the Miami media to be persona non grata. He did a fluff interview with the team’s flagship radio station and a teleconference during the winter meetings this week after dealing Stanton to the Yankees.“One thing that has been consistent with me throughout my career is I do not operate through the media,” Jeter said on the conference call.Problem is, he needs the media to get out the message he’s trying to sell to Marlins fans, who are so jaded at this point that the damage may be irreparable. Maybe he’s starting to get the message, announcing what seemed to be a hastily assembled town hall meeting with a couple hundred season-ticket holders on Tuesday evening at Marlins Park, along with a promise to meet afterward with the media.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 MOST READ If nothing else, Jeter (or anyone not named Loria, for that matter) should’ve enjoyed a bit of honeymoon, even if it was his intent to dismantle the roster once again.All he had to do was make himself accessible, turn on the charm and let everyone know he was in this for the long haul. All he had to do was make it clear that he wasn’t Loria Lite, running the Marlins like a cash machine for his personal account.There would’ve been grumbles, for sure, but Jeter could’ve pointed to the World Series champion Houston Astros as his template, a franchise that bottomed out no so long ago with three straight 100-loss seasons but always with the intent of rebuilding the farm system and setting up something the Marlins have never had in their quarter-century of existence — long-term success.“If you want to be sustainable as an organization, you have to be good from top to bottom,” Jeter said, again from that conference call. “We’re going to invest in building this organization the right way so we can year in and year out compete.”But those sage words have been drowned out by Jeter’s blunders, from making only a handful of public appearances to skipping out on attending the winter meetings — even though they were being held in the same state. Instead, Jeter was spotted Monday night in a luxury box at the Dolphins NFL game. He’s also turned up in Miami at an NBA game, where he was booed when shown on the video board.Of course, the Marlins were a damaged product long before Jeter arrived.This is a franchise that followed up two World Series titles by immediately breaking up the team, and tore up its roster a third time after Loria got a new publicly funded stadium. They’ll have to do it again largely because Major League Baseball approved an overpriced sale to a group that had to scrape together every spare million just to meet Loria’s ludicrous asking price.The Marlins would’ve been far better served being sold to someone like Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has much deeper pockets and was interested until he saw the asking price. Ross likely would’ve been willing to pay something along the line of $900 million for the tarnished franchise, but Loria wanted to bleed every last dollar out of South Florida on his way out the door.As a parting gift, Loria left the new owners with Stanton’s ludicrous contract — a $325 million boondoggle that could run until 2028, when he would be 38 years old, and includes a full no-trade clause. There were only a handful of teams willing to take on a deal that still must pay out at least $295 million to an injury plagued slugger, and the list was shortened even more when Stanton vetoed a couple of potential suitors.The Yankees were really the only option. FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers’ meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City.Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How has a guy who rarely took a wrong step during his long career as the Yankees shortstop and captain managed to become Public Enemy No. 1 in South Florida in just a few short months?Now, this isn’t one of those piling-on diatribes against Jeter for overseeing the latest fire sale by the Miami Marlins .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFrankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team . Jeter would probably serve his new team well in the long run by unloading a few more top-of-the-line players. (Christian Yelich, anyone?)What’s more surprising is how quickly Jeter has alienated those he desperately needs to win over while he puts the Marlins through a few more excruciating seasons of starting from scratch . LATEST STORIES Jeter has dealt two more All-Stars as well, outfielder Marcell Ozuna and second baseman Dee Gordon , and he’s surely not done. Second baseman Starlin Castro, acquired in the Stanton deal, probably won’t be around for long. And if Jeter really wants to go all in on this rebuilding project, he’ll do his best to deal Yelich, who’s got an attractive contract (at least four more years at $44.5 million) and would likely bring a huge bounty of prospects.And while he’s at it, Jeter needs to work on his PR skills.No one could’ve seen that one coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament is back in full swing after a week of inactivity due to the break to accommodate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.All eight teams were able to play just once in the weekend at a new venue, Ynares Center in Antipolo, and it was a pretty much an uneventful two days of basketball.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 ChrissThere wasn’t much movement at the top three spots with Ateneo, Adamson University, and De La Salle maintaining their positions.There were, however, some switches in the fourth to sixth seeds with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University sharing the No. 4 spot while University of Santo Tomas fell to No. 6. Honorable mentionsKenneth Tuffin (Far Eastern University, small forward)Ken Tuffin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKenneth Tuffin is that person on the roster who has all the qualities of a star but not exactly the brightest of all.But make no mistake, Tuffin is a reliable forward, it’s just that he hasn’t grabbed headlines that much.On Sunday, though, Tuffin made a claim that he should be one of the best forwards in all of the UAAP since he is part of 23 players listed for the potential Philippine team that will compete in the 2023 Fiba World Cup that the country will host.Tuffin was on fire for the Tamaraws against the Red Warriors scoring 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, all of which, came from three-point area while also grabbing four rebounds and tallying a steal and a block.Juan Gomez De Liaño (University of the Philippines, guard)Juan Gomez De Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUP’s sophomore has taken a liking to stuffing stat sheets every time he gets.Juan Gomez De Liaño, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, did put up the first triple-double the UAAP has seen in more than a decade and he almost did it again on Sunday against the Bulldogs.De Liaño had 10 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in a game the Fighting Maroons desperately needed to win. San Beda opens title defense against CJ Perez-less Lyceum Akhuetie dominated National University’s bigs in UP’s 82-71 win to get to a 6-6 standing.He put in 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons and his production alone eclipsed what Troy Rike and Issa Gaye mustered as NU’s center duo who put up a combined eight points and eight rebounds.Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University, power forward)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino’s stay in Season 81 has been polarizing at best, that at one point he’s one of the best forwards of the year and on the other he’s been sitting out games due to suspensions.FEU’s sweet-shooting Tolentino was suspended for a total of three games after incurring two suspensions and that the league warned him that if he’s called for one more disqualifying foul he will be banned for the remainder of the tournament.Tolentino has since looked to be a good trooper not only for the Tamaraws but also for the league as he has been scot-free since his return.And on FEU’s 80-61 victory over University of the East, Tolentino was back in his element.Tolentino put up an efficient 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting while also pitching in some dirty work of five rebounds, two steals, and one block.So far, Tolentino averaged 19.5 points in his first two games since he came back.Mark Dyke (De La Salle University, small forward) Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Well, enough of that, here are the players who shone the brightest in the higher altitudes of Antipolo.FrontcourtBright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines needed a big boost coming into Week 8 after it fell out of the top four spots before the break.So there came center Bright Akhuetie who was in his usual self for the Fighting Maroons—being that big guy down on the block to patrol the paint.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)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 What made Melecio’s scoring even more impressive was he did it in just 23 minutes and he didn’t even need to score in the final quarter.This performance earned Melecio his first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week laurel.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines, shooting guard)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio’s mythos had pretty much died down in Season 81.He had his moments last season especially  when he shouted, “Atin ‘to! Papasok ‘to!” before hitting a clutch three against UST in UP’s 74-73 win in that year’s opening weekend.Desiderio also exploded for 30 points against Ben Mbala and the Green Archers in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-87 win in the first round of Season 80.All those moments, though, were in 2017 and Desiderio needed one to bring life into his Season 81 and he did that against NU.Desiderio had four points in the first three quarters and was even scoreless in the first period before coming alive in the fourth.His line of 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals weren’t gaudy but his guts were.Desiderio scored eight points in the fourth quarter alone including the dagger that gave UP the 80-71 lead with 37.1 seconds remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Mark Dyke. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMark Dyke’s stay with De La Salle hasn’t been noteworthy at best.He played in Season 79 for limited minutes and was cut from the team in Season 80.It wasn’t until Season 81, specifically in the Green Archers’ 110-69 win over UST, that Dyke showed he’s a solid force on all fronts.Dyke emerged from his shell and put up 16 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, with six rebounds and a block in a game that had some extra curricular events.La Salle’s forward said he was the subject of alleged racist taunts, on top of some hard physical play, from the Growling Tigers.Whatever may have happened on the court, Dyke got through it and put in the performance of his collegiate career.BackcourtAljun Melecio (De La Salle University, shooting guard)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was just no stopping Aljun Melecio from creating havoc on UST’s broken defense.La Salle’s blazing guard waved away the cold Antipolo air and lit the Growling Tigers up to the tune of 26 points, the most in Week 8, in 5-of-15 shooting fro three-point area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rigged City Council elections just a symptom of APNU/AFC politics

first_imgDear Editor,The approach used to brutally ‘kick out’ former Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran from his previous role on the Georgetown Municipality is certainly a serious blow to the democratic rights of the elected councillors. However, given that the objectivity he displayed during the past term conflicted with the irrational behaviour of most on the Council, one would have expected a natural challenge at these elections.There is no denying that most would be inclined to accept the results of such challenges, whenever they occur under conditions of transparency and without violation of people’s rights. According to unchallenged media reports, however, the ‘kick in the butt’ effected on the previous deputy was exercised in a shameful and most undemocratic manner. The occasion of the election for the mayor and deputy mayor was forcefully imbued with much vindictive, power drunk arrogance, exemplifying the partisan party paramountcy position of the PNC of old.Presiding over the proceedings of the rigged elections of the deputy mayor was the returned mayor herself. In a most undemocratic and vicious manner, she moved swiftly to silence any dissenting voice, even among the PNC-laden Council. Although persons stood to identify their intent of making nominations, no other was allowed under the seeming one-person judge, jury and executioner. The nomination of the Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran or other should have been allowed and put to a vote. The covering up of the sore in this case, however, would only serve to keep the infection locked inside.It is as clear as day follows night that the PNC racist elements wanted to get rid of the Indian Lionel Jaikarran. Objectivity is of no consequence to this group, (only) the need to send a strong message to any intruding elements of more intent than acceptable procedure. The undemocratic foul-play that took place must not be allowed to continue. Guyanese MUST rise up and be prepared to struggle against all forms of racism and rigged elections.This brutal assault on local democracy in the local government areas must be forcefully confronted. Mr. Bulkan’s attitude and his high-handed approach to governance in the RDCs and NDCs must now be vehemently opposed. The PNC party paramountcy is drilling deep holes in our people’s minds, evens as efforts (are being made) to impregnate our existing space with the suffocating culture of PNC darkest days.What is more disgraceful is the fact that Minister David Patterson was present when all the shenanigans were allowed to masquerade. Further, in several RDCs, the open racism and political directives by the Regional Executive Officers will have to be dealt with. As for functioning of the Local Government Commission, this must get into full operation. And the time is most opportune when the LGC must deal with the inept Town Clerk in Georgetown.We have also witnessed the Minister of Communities’ continued moves to undemocratically enforce and install chairmen and mayors to LAA areas that were tied during the 2018 internal elections.The minister has made an unconvincing effort to explain his undemocratic move by saying that the laws do not provide for by-elections, thus he has the authority to install persons of his choice for the statutory “elected” positions as Chairmen or Mayors of LAAs.With poor leadership, the LAAs where Bulkan has placed his cronies would continue to retrogress like the other Government sectors in this country. This is a clear case of politics before progress or development for the people, something that this dictatorial Government has been practising since it took office.The APNU-appointed political REOs, like the questionable Town Clerk of the Municipality of Georgetown, continue to follow the instructions of their masters to disintegrate and divide our society along racial lines. Bulkan sits back and does nothing to address the calls of the people for better services.The Town Clerk and the Mayor of Georgetown have become the least favoured couple in this country, with the entire city is calling for their replacement.Regards,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Is the Central Bank of Liberia Broke?

first_img35 employees of the Central Bank of Liberia have been brought under the jurisdiction of the court and prohibited from leaving the country until the investigation into the alleged missing L$16 billion is concluded.Is the Central Bank of Liberia broke? And is it so broke to the extent that public financial instruments held by individuals and institutions are purportedly being reportedly downgraded, is the million dollar question lingering on the kinds of the public.The answer is yes, according to a Liberian financial expert Yanqui Zaza who made the disclosure at a Governance Commission one-day policy forum on the state of the Liberian economy held over the weekend at the Lutheran compound in Sinkor.Mr. Zaza disclosed that the Government of Liberia (GOL) in 2016 owed commercial banks a total of US$ 42,435,165. He explained that an analysis of commercial banks’ loan portfolios shows that three sectors of the economy accounts for the stated amount remained outstanding at the close of the fiscal period. Those sectors, according to him are a) Trade; b) Construction and c) Services, while Manufacturing accounted for a mere 5 percent of the total.He furthered that GOL’s over-reliance on what he calls User taxes which include Excise, Value added, Payroll, Income, Real Estate, Property, Sales and other related taxes to finance its budget is unsustainable because such a practice usually leads to the accumulation of huge debts borrowed from international financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF.Earlier, the President of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) John Davies, from whom Mr. Zaza apparently took his cue, had disclosed during his presentation that the severity of this problem has created a situation wherein commercial banks have developed a tendency to display a rather knee-jerk reaction-NEXT- to those presenting GOL contracts and obligations as collateral for lending assistance.Given the growing public outcry against rising economic difficulties induced by the current liquidity crisis and given the importance that the Daily Observer attaches to this matter, several attempts made over the past few weeks to contact the Central Bank Governor or any of his functionaries for comment proved futile until late Sunday evening when this newspaper finally succeed in establishing contact with Mr. Cyrus Badio, Public Relations Manager at the Central Bank.When asked for comment on Mr. Zaza’s averments that the Central Bank of Liberia at the close of fiscal year 2016 owed commercial banks to the tone of US$42,435,165, Mr. Badio replied that he could not comment since such information was not availed to him, however promised to contact the relevant individuals clothed with the authority to speak on such matters. He did not say when, although requested the Daily Observer to hold on to its story until he had done so.Meanwhile the Daily Observer has confirmed its readiness to publish the Central Bank’s comments in reaction to Mr. Zaza’s comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GRA mulls radical shake-up of tax exemption system

first_img– considering implementing tax credits to create “level playing field”The days of tax exemptions may be winding down, with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) revealing that it is considering radical cut backs on the system and replacing it with tax credits.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia made this announcement at a business luncheon hosted by the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA). Statia cited the historical abuse of the system and the results of the 2016 Tax Reform Commission. According to the finance specialist, replacing exemptionsGRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statiawith credit would assist in creating a level playing field.“It is a known fact that exemptions are abused and may eventually be replaced with tax credits, thereby creating a level playing field for taxpayers. The Authority is aware that it spends too much resources policing this activity (exemptions), which could be better spent widening the tax net and improving tax efficiency.”Instead of reducing taxable income, tax credits actually reduce the amount of taxes owed. But while tax exemptions are still available, Statia was critical of some businesses not taking advantage of them.“Many businesses also do not adequately realise various tax concessions available under the Act. Until the advent of tax credits, maybe introduced instead of exemptions, businesses must trudge through the various Acts, small businesses in particular do not reap the rewards available under the Small Business Act.”The Guyana Revenue Authority“Exemptions go a begging and the various allowances are often not utilised. Yet, complaints are made when foreign companies benefit and local companies do not. These are available to all competitors in the market and should be used.”In 2015, the Government had established the Tax Reform Committee headed by Dr Maurice Odle. The Committee’s mandate was to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. The Committee had reported its findings to the Finance Minister in January 2016.Among its recommendations were an Income Tax threshold of $750,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol.Red tapeMeanwhile, Statia defended the Authority against reports of the sloth and red tape businesses encounter when trying to access tax exemptions. According to Statia, in some cases, incomplete files are sent from the recommending agency to the GRA.“The Authority is usually blamed for holding up exemptions granted by the sister agencies. In the majority of cases, this is not so. Since incomplete files cannot be processed, to alleviate this problem, the Authority has written its sister agencies as to the requirement of documents with each application and has requested meetings with each agency with the view of minimising the time and effort to complete these transactions,” he said.A poignant case of these reports are the tax exemptions mining operators were supposed to access. Back in 2015, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) had signed agreements with the Guyana Energy Agency, the GRA and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.These agreements had included the granting of exemptions from customs duties on fuel and equipment for eligible miners. But with an initial lifespan of six months, miners complained bitterly that the time elapsed, with many not benefiting.The GGDMA has said that operators were not able to benefit from the grant of duty-free concessions on mining equipment, vehicles and fuel, owing to the red tape experienced at the regulatory agencies involved.As a result, miners have for some time been raising issues such as the spike in taxes across the board implemented by the Government; in particular, the increase of the Tributors Tax from 10 to 20 per cent, Value Added Tax on heavy-duty mining equipment and the two per cent Withholding Tax.last_img read more

Over 200 tips received in the search for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod

first_imgThen on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22.Advertisement A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.SEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Advertisement Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media & NOT directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it could create a substantial delay in the response by police. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019OTHER SIGHTINGS BEFORE GILLAMRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.”Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.Advertisementcenter_img GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP has now received over 200 tips about Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, but not one of the tips has lead them to search anywhere but Gillam Manitoba.On day seven of the search near Gillam, the RCMP have said there are still no new sightings of the pair.  “Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019- Advertisement -The RCMP are still asking for tips from the public.  The RCMP say many tips are being shared on social media rather than with the RCMP, and that has caused substantial delays.  If you have any information to share, contact your local RCMP or call 911.The RCMP continues to remind the public that it’s possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance & no longer in the area.Advertisementlast_img read more

Crystal Palace boss coy over link with Swansea striker

first_img1 Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew kept his cards close to his chest when questioned on the possibility of signing Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique.Gomis, 29, has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park since the transfer window opened and, despite snapping up Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo on loan, the Eagles boss is still in the market for another striker.Pardew said: “He is a Swansea player and I will not talk about a player who is at another club.”The former Newcastle boss also played down talk of an approach for Spanish defender Enrique who he worked with at St James’ Park.He added: “I have not made as such a direct enquiry to the player, his agent, the manager of Liverpool or the chairman of Liverpool.”last_img read more

Na Rossa notes: Declan and Christian Bonner involved for Donegal in McKenna Cup

first_imgThe lotto draw took place last Monday night in the hall. Numbers drawn were 12,13,20 and 27. There was no jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dips win €50 Seamus Boyce Meenacarn and Deirdre  Gallagher Ardara.Next week’s jackpot now stands at €2.850. The club AGM is fixed for the weekend of January 13th with the exact day and time to be confirmed in next week’s notes.The committee would like to wish all our members and supporters a very happy new year as we look forward to the 2017 season.The committee would also like to wish Declan and Christian good luck as the Donegal U21 season begins at the weekend.Na Rossa notes: Declan and Christian Bonner involved for Donegal in McKenna Cup was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 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)last_img read more

Spain World Cup preparations shattered by manager exit

first_img Julen Lopetegui has left his role as Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish FA 3 3 talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. News of Lopetegui’s departure comes after it emerged the 51-year-old will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s new manager.In a swiftly arranged press conference on Wednesday morning, Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish FA, said they were left without any choice to part ways.“We wish him the greatest of luck,” Rubiales said.“Lopetegui has been a great coach. But we cannot accept this behaviour, we only found about his [Real Madrid] decision five minutes before the announcement.“This has been done without our knowledge. I do not feel betrayed. But this is how it must be.center_img Julen Lopetegui has left his role as Spain manager 24 hours before the World Cup begins.The 2010 champions begin their campaign against Portugal on Friday, but must do so without the man who got them there. 3 “If someone wants to talk to one of our employees, they must  speak to us too. This is a basic requirement. The national team is for the entire nation.”Early suggestions put Spain Under-21 Coach Albert Celades and Fernando Hierro – both former Madrid players – as candidates to fill the void.“We are going to touch as little as possible,” Rubiales said in reference to replacements. “We are working on it. When we know we will tell you.“I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible. To win is very important, to have the best coach very important, but above everything is acting in the right way.“Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.” 3last_img read more


first_imgJunior Certificate Results – Out todayOver 2290 students across the county will be getting their Junior Certificate Results today.In Donegal, 1136 females and 1154 males sat the Junior Cert exams this year. Today they’ll find out how well they did.School principals will be handing out results to students throughout the day. Results will also be available online after 4pm on Nationwide, just under 60000 students sat the exams. Over 10 per cent of students received A grades in the Higher level English, Maths and Irish papers.There was an increase in the uptake of higher level Maths this year. The numbers earning A grades fell by 3 points to 11.90per cent. The failure rate of higher level Maths in the country rose by 0.5per cent.While ordinary level maths results have improved across Ireland, the number of students earning As fell by 4 points to 9.9per cent.There was a notable rise in students earning A, B and C grades in Science Students can appeal results through their schools before September 27.Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority urged students to be safe tonight if they are planning to go out and celebrate.He said that today is a day for parents to be proud of their children’s achievements. “However, that pride could very quickly turn to grief if something tragic happens on the roads tonight,” he said.He called for parents to talk to children about responsibility on the roads.“Before they head out tonight, make sure you know who they will be going out with, where they are going, how they’re getting there and most importantly, how they intend to get home.” by Rachel McLaughlinJUNIOR CERT RESULTS FOR MORE THAN 2000 DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:junior certificateResultslast_img read more

Local Roundup: Forecast, league match-up pushes back start of Lakin tourney

first_imgFerndale >> Today’s potential rain and one remaining Big 5 League game have forced officials to push back the start time of the Charlie Lakin Baseball/Softball Tournaments originally scheduled to begin today.With today’s forecast providing a 100-percent chance of rain, both baseball and softball tournament games have been pushed back to later this week.“An updated schedule of all tournament games will be sent out [Tuesday] morning,” wrote tournament coordinator Jack Lakin in a press release …last_img read more

Fifa mulls ‘easier’ 2010 tickets for locals

first_img18 January 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed this week that moves are afoot to change the way tickets are sold in South Africa in order to accommodate local fans.Speaking to BuaNews, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said they had raised the matter with Fifa and that it would be discussed at the next executive meeting to be held in Zurich.At the moment, tickets can be bought by filling in application forms at First National Bank (FNB) branches or fans can apply for tickets online.The process has sparked an outcry from football fans, who complain that it is just too complicated to secure tickets for Africa’s first world cup tournament.Unfamiliar technologySome soccer analysts have also pointed out that ordinary soccer supporters in South African may not be familiar with the internet and other technology used to apply for World Cup tickets.“We are definitely in the process of changing this and as a member of the ticketing committee, I am confident that Fifa will understand our position,” Jordaan said, adding that fans can expect to buy their tickets over the counter from April.Jordaan cautioned though, that people should not wait for that time and should in the meantime use the current process to purchase their tickets: “If you wait for that time, there is danger that there will be few or no tickets at all,” he said.Around 50% of the three-million tickets made available by Fifa have been sold.The move comes with only a week before the closing of the third ticket sales phase for the general public on 22 January.New sales phaseMeanwhile, Fifa also announced the creation of a new sales phase between 9 February and 7 April, to ensure that fans from the qualified associations have more time and easier access to tickets to watch their teams.The arrangement will only cater for supporters of the participating member associations and add to previously taken measures directed at South African residents.“Only one such phase had previously been planned, starting on 5 December 2009 and closing on 13 January 2010. This sales phase will run at the same time as the fourth sales phase for the general public carried out via and the FNB branches (in South Africa only) and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis,” said Fifa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… fruzsina eordogh YouTube, whose community is ironically stereotyped as oversharers, has business transparency issues. This transparency problem doesn’t come just from Google, it also manifests within the YouTube community’s top-earners and across the third-party businesses that have sprung up to leverage the giant video-sharing site. It’s hard to say who is worse, YouTube, or the video industry emerging on the site – known as “YouTube Networks.”  The YouTube industry, often compared to the Wild West due to its few rules and regulations and seemingly endless profits for the lucky few, has a controversial mantra: “Join a YouTube Network! That’s how you know you’ve made it!”YouTube Networks Will Change Your Life, For Better Or WorseTo non-insiders, YouTube networks can be one or all of the following: an ad sales team, a promotional marketing service, a production studio, a talent management agency, and/or a laison between YouTube partners and the notoriously hard-to-get-ahold-of YouTube reps. Think of a third-party YouTube network as a type of Web video business incubator with millions in funding (depending on the network) and all the right (presumably) connections to make you a big Web star. In return for all these wonderful things, the YouTube network takes a cut of your profits. Sometimes that cut can be more than half of what you earn.  There are roughly 200 networks operating on YouTube right now, Steve Raymond, the CEO of Big Frame, told me in an interview last month. Big Frame is one of the newest – and in my opinion one of the cleanest – YouTube networks now operating.If the existence of 200 networks on YouTube surprises you, think of it this way: YouTube has been pushing towards the network model for a while, given 72 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. YouTube’s small staff simply can’t handle every YouTuber’s needs the way they did in the good old days of 2006 – before the company was purchased by Google.    Alas, tales of young rising YouTubers being taken advantage of because they didn’t hire a lawyer when negotiating with a YouTube network has become all too common. Horror stories of people signing for life because they don’t read the fine print, or end up giving away complete ownership of their content, abound. Educate Yourself! YouTube Partnership vs. NetworkIn a prior interview about networks taking advantage of unsuspecting video stars, The Fine Brothers – the YouTube duo known for their hit show “Kids React” – told me they were dismayed by the number of YouTubers who don’t realize they are giving up their YouTube Partnership when they join a network. If anything, this should be the first thing made clear to Partners. (Some Partners like not having to worry about this financial aspect, but others, like the Fine Brothers, worry it leads to abuse.)Forfeiting control of your Partnership – the contract you sign with YouTube that allows you to collect ad revenue from the Google-owned company – is standard in the YouTube network world.Ray William Johnson, the top YouTuber and first video star to become a millionaire from his earnings (in April 2011), doesn’t think this should be the case, and said so in a recent interview with NewMediaRockStar founder Benny Luo. (ReadWrite readers and YouTube insiders might remember the last time I wrote about Johnson,  notoriously media-shy for a Web celebrity, when he left the YouTube network Maker Studios after contract disputes.) In the interview, Johnson admits he is no expert on YouTube networks, but believes “there’s no good reason to ever sign your YouTube Adsense account over to a third party. Ever.” Any service offered by a YouTube-based network, he said, “they can accomplish without seizing control of your Adsense account.”Where’s The Data?YouTube’s transparency problems are not just about the forfeiting of one’s YouTube Partnership, or the lack of education about networks – it’s also about YouTube’s preferential treatment of networks when it comes to analytics. Networks get access to YouTube data relevant to the creator’s account that YouTube doesn’t share with the creator. In other words, there are better numbers for analyzing viewership and performance, and only networks get to see them.Creators get only “estimated data,” said Benny Fine of The Fine Brothers. “The actual final numbers, only networks get that.” Many partners end up using other contractors and services to track their own data. It’s a level of secrecy that doesn’t make sense, Fine said, and certainly fosters at least the perception of abuse.The Fine Brothers don’t think all networks are bad – they signed with network Revision 3 after a year of researching their options. They recommend YouTubers demand their network contracts provide simultaneous access to YouTube performance data.Johnson, on the other hand, seems to have eschewed networks all together, and appears to be happy being the master of his own YouTube fate by opening up his own production studio called Runaway Planet.How Much Do YouTubers Make?YouTubers, by their Partner contracts, are forbidden from revealing their earnings. But in OpenSlate’s infographic published last month, the average monthly revenue for the top 1,000 channels comes out to $26,000. This amounts to an average annual payout of $276,000. That’s serious money – that no one is permitted to talk about.Philip DeFranco, a leading YouTuber known for his news and pop culture commentary on “The Philip DeFranco Show,” admitted in a Reddit AMA that he pays himself roughly $100,000 a year and invests the rest (a monthly six-figures) back into his companies. A top executive at the YouTube network Revision 3 (where DeFranco is signed) mostly confirmed the salary in a phone chat at the time, saying DeFranco gets a six-figure check each month from the company. Not a check for six figures a year from Revision3 – a six figure check each month. DeFranco, of course, is a YouTube anomaly – a geniune Web celebrity and Internet video entrepeneur.YouTube’s Trickle-Down Effect?It is actually not uncommon for leading YouTubers to invest in the Web-video industry that fostered them by opening studios, agencies, networks or high-production-value Web shows. The YouTube community generally cheers these investments.  The belief is that bonafide YouTubers know the space, will prevent it from being appropriated by corporate outsiders, stamp out industry abuses like predatory contracts, and make the industry more transparent.It is this sense of a “digital family” that made Johnson’s acrimonious split with Maker Studios so tragic to some in the YouTube community: after all, top YouTubers created Maker Studios. “How could they mistreat their own?” the community wondered. In fact, it seems Johnson’s experience with Maker Studios turned him off networks forever. When asked if he would start his own network, Johnson’s answer was an absolute, “No.”Image courtesy of @RayWJ. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#Google#Video Services#YouTube 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Is This Nintendo Knock-Off The Worst iPhone App Ever?

first_imgnick statt Its full title is Super Monster Bros By Adventure Time Pocket Free Games, and it just may be the worst iPhone app ever. Dug up by an excellent IGN series ‘”iPhone Garbage,” the free app is a side-scrolling game that not only blatantly rips off Nintendo with slightly altered Pokémon character designs, but it also employs an aggressive in-app purchase system that spams users constantly with offers at prices up to $100! It’s a iPhone rip-off tactic only marginally less offensiver than the ever-popular screenshot scam.For instance, if you want to use a character other than the default, which is basically a duplicate of Charmander from the original Pokémon games, you need to cough up anywhere from $4.99 for the caveman to a whopping $99.99 for the Charizard look-alike. Then when you’re actually playing the game, you’re bombarded with offers for other purchases, like $1 to buy more firepower for your character or 20 extra lives for $10. Then there are the full-screen ads for other apps that randomly pop up on-screen in the middle of the game. Not surprisingly, the gameplay is beyond terrible. There doesn’t seem to be any point outside of scamming people into paying for ridiculous add-ons. The biggest mystery is how this travesty got through Apple’s App Store approval process despite apparently infringing on copyrighted Nintendo material and an all-around exploitive design. The games are also available on Google’s less-restrictive Google Play market for Android. What To Watch Out ForReviews are certainly a great way to keep others from downloading a terrible app; the first three reviews that show up are titled, respectively, “This should be criminal..,” “This app is offensive,” and “This should be illegal.”  So you may wonder who gets fooled by this nonsense, but how about those unlucky parents with kids who know their Apple ID passwords. All it takes is clicking the Buy button and entering your password, and this game could end up costing some family hundreds of dollars.In fact, the Top 10 in-app purchases list in the App Store indicates that the number-one item purchased by players is the “Role NO.1 and Unlock All” feature – for an absurd $99.99. So who is the mastermind behind this ingenious money-making machine? That would be a developer by the name of Mario Casas, designer of such other gems as Adventure Games Super Monster Bros Plus and Super Squirrel Bros by Mario Casas Games. They all share similar designs and the same in-app purchasing system.  How To Report Bad Apps to AppleThe App Store has long wrestled with a proliferation of scam apps. IGN’s iPhone Garbage series exposes a dark corner of the App Store where games like Krazy Kong (a Donkey Kong rip-off) and Legend of Zenda (a Zelda rip-off) somehow found a home. Apple seems to take an after-the-fact approach to rooting them out, as outlined here by iMore’s Rene Ritchie:Apple’s approach seems to be that of YouTube – approve any app that meets technical criteria and then respond to publicity or legal takedown demands from copyright holders when and if they come in. It’s one of the smartest, safest approaches, legally, for Apple. They certainly don’t want to take on the responsibility of pre-emptively moderating intellectual property, and then have their necks on the lawsuit line when something slips through and the rights holders sue both the offending party and Apple.So how do you report a bad app like Super Monster Bros By Adventure Time Pocket Free Games?  If you dropped a bundle on this game’s purchases, Apple devotes a Web page to reporting issues with purchases. If you managed to hold on to your cash but still want to report the app, the best way is to go through iTunes Support. Be warned, though, Apple hasn’t shown much inclination to substantially overhaul its review process to catch these specific types of tricks. So as long as these kinds of exploitive apps can make their creators easy money, they’ll keep showing up.  Update: The game, as well as all other titles from the same developer, are no longer available in the U.S. App Store. It’s not clear whether or not they are still available in other countries, but we will update with that information as soon as we can.  Tags:#App Store#Apple#games#iOS#iPhone#play Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more