By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Diamonds proved to be too strong for the rest of the field at the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Cedar Street Facility.The Diamonds defeated The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the top prize at the eight-team holiday indoor tournament.The Diamonds, consisting mostly of players home from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island for the Christmas holiday, plowed through the round robin draw going undefeated.So the Diamonds were the favourites to continue the trend in the final against The Midget Pinkies in the finale.However, The Midget Pinkies, paced by the Stewart Family Members and Reed Bambrick kept the score close and had numerous scoring chances.But The Midget Pinkies were denied around the net, as most teams were during the two-day event, by goalkeeper Jan Williams in the Diamonds net.In the consolation final KRS Red edged Byron’s Army 10-8.The Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament increased to eight teams this year and consisted of players between the ages of 14 and 44 years as well as members of the Kootenay Regional Soccer program.The next Soccer Quest adult tournament will take place on March 26/27 and it will be a Masters 30 plus ladies and 35 plus men’s events. Teams from Kamloops and Penticton are already registered.Soccer Quest youth winter programs start Monday with registration now ongoing.By The Nelson Daily Sportssports@thenelsondaily.com
Ismaila Sarr has granted an interview to the official Watford media, in which he has surprised by telling how he rejected Barcelona in 2017. According to his version, the Blaugrana club made him an offer, but he himself decided not to accept it and to do so with that of Rennes, of Ligue 1. The attacker, with a market value of 27 million euros, is being a prominent name in the Premier, with five goals and four assists in the 18 games played. “It is true that I chose Rennes over Barcelona and made this decision because I did not want to go to Barcelona to sit on the bench or play for team B. I wanted to play, I really wanted to play and that’s why I chose to go to Rennes“, Explain.Who knows if he had seen his projection slowed down in case he chose Barcelona before the Rennes offer. At the moment, it seems that he took the right course. His performance in France led him last summer to sign for Watford for 30 million euros. In the Premier already shines and, at 22, points to one of the young promises with the longest travel in England.
Brown pleased with winning start Former Jamaica College outstanding jumper Clayton Brown made a winning indoors start for his new school, the University of Florida last Saturday. Brown cleared 2.25 metres to win the men’s high jump at the Clemson Orange and Purple Invitational meet. Brown, who won the Class I high jump event at last year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships and who was fourth in the triple jump was pleased with his winning performance. “I feel very good about my performance and I did better than I expected,” said Brown. He is looking forward to greater success in the upcoming season. “The competition here is great and I am looking for more success in the season,” concluded Brown, who will compete in Virginia Technical meet in two weeks time. – Raymond Graham Klopp’s decision backfires Juergen Klopp’s decision to field Liverpool’s youngest ever team backfired yesterday as the Premier League title contenders were held 0-0 at home by fourth-tier Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also made sweeping changes, and was made to sweat as his side left it late to beat second-tier Aston Villa 2-0. Chelsea had an easier time, sweeping aside third-tier Peterborough 4-1, with Spanish forward Pedro scoring twice. Westbrook’s 17th triple-double lifts Thunder past Nuggets OKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Russell Westbrook was scary enough already. Now, the league’s scoring leader is hitting 3-pointers as well as he does everything else. Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106 on Saturday night. Westbrook made 7 of 12 3-pointers after hitting a career-high eight 3s on Thursday at Houston.
Peza offers relief to ecozone firms With nobody to smother him, Enciso made the KaTropa pay with successive three-point bombs early that set the tone for a runaway victory.Enciso swished seven of his nine threes when the Aces surged to 68-39 at the start of the second period, an advantage that ballooned to as many as 37 in the latter half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m happy that my teammates got me the ball on the right spots,” said Enciso after finishing with a career-high 30 points on 10 of 13 field-goal shooting. “It was a great start, I just took one shot at a time.”The Aces are off to a flying start at 2-0 while dealing the KaTropa a third defeat in four starts. Taking Simon Enciso for granted have devastating consequences.The Filipino-American guard exploded from long distance as the Alaska Aces completed a 125-96 demolition job of TNT KaTropa for their second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT For the second straight game, the KaTropa couldn’t get the offensive leverage from Stacy Davis, who had 26 points but bungled 15 of his 22 shots, including going two of seven from the beyond the arc.“We’ve been looking for character, effort and unselfishness and keep building on it,” said Compton. “I hope we get better as the tournament progresses.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The second game likewise ended in a rout as Phoenix dumped depleted NorthPort, 132-91, to join Alaska on top.The Batang Pier, who fell to 0-2, are missing Asian Games campaigner Stanley Pringle and injured duo Sean Anthony and Jeric Teng.Feeding Enciso and the rest of the Aces with nifty passes all over the floor was fellow guard Chris Banchero, who had 15 points and dished out 14 assists, nine of them during that early run.“Chris found everybody for easy shots and Simon was absolutely on fire. There were a number of chances for Chris to take shots but opted to give the ball to his teammates. That was the story out there,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.Mike Harris also contributed to the Alaska cause, a defensive catalyst that effectively stymied the KaTropa around the rim.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Maligned SEAG logo stays Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Hundreds of students of the University of Liberia on Tuesday staged a rally on Capitol Hill to petition the National Legislature to prevail on the UL administration not to increase their tuition fees.The UL administration recently announced through its Board of Trustees the increment of credit hour fees for the under graduate program from L$175 to US$4 and for the graduate program from US$55 to US$75.The students consider the increments to be exorbitant and an attempt by the administration to disallow underprivileged students their basic constitutional right to learn.The petition presented by the president of the UL Student Union (ULSU), Mr. Daniel Woart said, “ULSU sees this astronomical increment in tuition highly inconceivable to accept given the current devastating state of the national economy over the past four fiscal periods. This imposition, in our opinion, is a concoction aimed at depriving thousands of underprivileged students the chance to continue their academic sojourn at the University of Liberia.”The aggrieved students called on the National Legislature to consider the constitutional responsibilities and other obligations related to public education stated in Article 6 of the Liberian constitution, Article 26 of the declaration of human rights and Article 1, sections A, B, C and D of the Charter of the University of Liberia and instead increase the budget of the University to US$29m during fiscal budgetary allotment period.The UL administration, on announcing the increments, cited the major financial constraint it faces as a factor responsible for the poor quality of services and in some cases the unavailability of some services at the University.If the tuition increments take effect, a sum of US$ 1.3m will be raised and this will get the University’s budget up to US$ 16.3m but still leave a deficit of US$ 12.7m of the US$29m needed to run Liberia’s premier government owned institution of higher learning. Presently the University is run on a US$15.1m budget, which if raised to at least US$29m will help to alleviate the many shortcomings listed by the students in their petition.The students, in their three page petition read by their interim leadership (ULSIL) cited the lack of internet connectivity, poor infrastructure, inadequately equipped laboratories, and unaffordable transportation to and from the campuses, among the deficiencies at the university which do not warrant the tuition hike.Another complaint put forward by the students is the lack of internship opportunities for students graduating from the state run University. Internship is “one of the elements critical to career development and man power success stories in the job market”, the students said. The lack of it causes experience disparities which in turn deny most of the graduates of the University good opportunities in the job market.“In most cases,” the petition stated that the employers “call on the job seekers to have a good number of years of experience before being hired. Where does a student who has benefited from no internship program at the level of the University of Liberia get five or more years of experience if he or she is to get the job he or she seeks?” they wondered.Receiving the petition Speaker Alex Tyler assured the students that he would present the petition to plenary for their timely consideration of their request.The student delegation included its vice president K. Moses James, secretary Jerome D. Dangbuah and Dickson G. Goffa, financial secretary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Owed taxes to M&CCThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has requested that Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine provide a list of the businesses that owe taxes to the entity after it was announced last week that over 140 city businesses owe City Hall taxes.GCCI President Nicholas BoyerOn Tuesday, the GCCI encouraged the Mayor to release the names of those who owe outstanding taxes while also expressing that the body is extremely disappointed by the “public and broad brush attack on the integrity of the entire business sector” by the Mayor.In fact, the GCCI said it looks forward to being briefed on M&CC’s plan for the city as well as its financial position.On Friday last, Mayor Narine called a press conference where he complained that over 140 city business proprietors have failed to pay taxes which results in the build-up of garbage in Georgetown.However, the GCCI, which represents businesses in the city and on the outskirts of the country, said that the remarks shared by Narine were rather “displeasing”.“The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) notes the recent public comments of His Worship, The Mayor Ubraj Narine, which it finds displeasing to the intended spirit of a recent meeting convened with the new Mayor at which the Chamber extended an olive branch to discuss issues, not limited to but including those, which may be hindering the City Council’s collection of taxes,” the body stated.Further, GCCI used the opportunity to announce its willingness to work along with the Mayor in the interest of the business community and the maintenance of well-kept environs.According to the Chamber, all of its members are mandated to adhere to its code of conduct, which includes respect and adherence to all legislative framework, inclusive of tax payments.“The GCCI has always stood on the side of the rule of law and will continue to encourage all businesses in Georgetown, both members and non-members of the GCCI, to be responsible in their civic duty of paying taxes,” the Private Sector body assured.It further stressed the importance of businesses, noting that they create employment and economic activities to benefit everyone.The Chamber added that it is of the view that partnerships between businesses and regulatory bodies are vital to the success of the country as it allows both sides to express issues and concerns in an environment where a solution can be crafted collaboratively.In an interview with Guyana Times, President of the GCCI, Nicholas Boyer said he is cognisant of the fact that some businesses in the city may run away from paying their taxes, however, he believes that direct appeals should be made to those establishments, rather than label every organisation with the same title.“Before you got to that stage of just calling out high-end businesses and so those comments may start to create a more contentious atmosphere…we understand why he is doing it because he may feel like these businesses have not been paying taxes over such and such a period so maybe he feels frustration,” Boyer explained.He added that the Chamber could have played the part of a mediator between those errant businesses and City Hall and seized the opportunity to encourage businesses to pay up their dues to M&CC.The Mayor had complained on Friday last that the overflow of garbage in the city was as a result of damages to the tyres of the lone tractor owned by the City Council.A replacement of the tyres is difficult to obtain locally, he said, which saw the garbage bins throughout Georgetown being left unattended for the past three days. Further, it is expensive to buy new tractors, the Mayor noted.The Mayor then lambasted some 144 “high-end businesses” in Georgetown which have failed to pay their taxes and who owes City Hall billions.According to Narine, City Hall is willing to procure two additional tractors, however, this is difficult since the finances are unavailable.The Mayor went on to urge those businesses to pay up monies owed, which will make the work of City Hall less strenuous since according to Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentor, the monies for the tractor cannot be obtained from the Communities Ministry.City woesEven as City Hall has complained against errant taxpayers, it was revealed last October during a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) that the agency has been awaiting payments from M&CC for rates and taxes dating back to 2016, while there has also been an examination of pension payments to a broker insurance company that has not been paid for the past 19 months.Deputy Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Ron Simbhu told the Commission that City Hall is guilty of outstanding taxes, which have been owed for 2016, 2017 and 2018.While they were unable to divulge the amount as part of its agreements with the client, Simbhu positively stated that these payments were not made.Instances of outstanding payments continued throughout the hearing as the Deputy Managing Director of Insurance Brokers Guyana Limited, Ewart Adams, was called to the stand to testify.“The last payment of $776,523 was in February of 2017,” Adams said.It is estimated that over $14.5 million is unpaid for the pension plan, with an additional $9,566,304 for the fire and motor insurance payments.Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine
Re “Getting paid to volunteer” (Nov. 17): L.A. taxpayers should object to city departments offering up paid services of public-employee “volunteers.” Isn’t the Housing Department confessing its head count is over-bloated and its staff are underutilized? How “essential” is a paid city service that the private sector will happily volunteer to do for free? Then there’s the matter of paid public support of a past president’s nonprofit enterprise. By association with the highest office in government, and the Democratic Party, this activity can’t help but convey political messages, intended or not. There are probably other reasons why taxpayer-paid “volunteerism” is simply bad policy. – Randy Ferman Los Angeles L.A. salaries Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Council members accepting pay raises justify it by saying that it is automatic, in the charter, and tied to judicial raises. Isn’t it true that it was a city councilman who thought of this pay-raise scheme about 20 years ago and it was voted in by that city council? So any council member with a true conviction of their words who says that they shouldn’t be getting a raise now can get this system changed. Another part of this story pertaining to the budget is how many judges have been rewarded with that 20percent pay increase over the past two years. The claim that judges usually make far less than the attorneys appearing before them is about as surprising as knowing that the referees and umpires make far less than the baseball players they are judging. – Richard Fisk Granada Hills Suing EPA Re “Sue away” (Our Opinions, Nov. 13): You did the right thing in supporting the California suit against the U.S. EPA to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, producing “cleaner air and economic savings.” However, you also say, “We might be in the middle of an inevitable cycle of warming.” It is true that increased emissions from the sun are slightly warming the planet, but that effect accounts for less than 10percent of the observed increase in global warming. Science has proven the other 90percent is caused by human-related emissions, principally the burning of fossil fuels, but also from many other chemical and pesticide emissions, as well as from increased production of beef (which produces tons of methane). – Jim Stewart Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter Barry Bonds Re “Homer king strikes out” (Nov. 16): Having played baseball for many years when I was much younger, I know that hitting a baseball is not indicative of being big and strong, but of hand-to-eye coordination and exceptional timing. It is the same in golf. Steroids don’t enhance hand-to-eye coordination and timing. Natural ability and baseball knowledge do. Let’s remember who helped him develop these skills. They were his father, Bobby Bonds, and, of course, one of the greatest hitters of all time, his godfather, Willie Mays. OK, if he is indicted for perjury and/or obstruction of justice and he is guilty, he should be punished, but we shouldn’t take away his accomplishments because we think steroids enhanced these skills or the media doesn’t like the way he treats them. – Davis Brown Santa Clarita Depends Re “Judge orders O.J., 2 others to trial” (Nov. 15): Hopefully, the next 12 jurors won’t be fans of O.J. Simpson. – Susan Murphy Panorama City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Lake View Terrace Layoffs? Why do Los Angeles department heads forget who pays the bills? We taxpayers do and we are very upset that these people encourage their employees’ time off to volunteer yet get full pay. No, no, no, that is not how it works. And if these department heads do not understand this simple premise, then get people in who do. Another thing that is obvious is if employees get time off to volunteer, then there must not be enough work to stay and work for the city and layoffs must follow. – Geraldine Thompson
A fisherman was cleared of fishing without a licence after a judge ruled the authority which provides the licence was unclear.Jason Steele, of Lower Cabry, Quigley’s Point, was accused of fishing without a licence on Lough Swilly on September 21, 2015. He denied the charges before him at Carndonagh District Court.Fishery officer Seamus Bradley told the court he received a report of illegal oyster fishing on Lough Swilly so at 12.45pm on September 21 he launched the patrol boat from Rathmullan.Mr Bradley said himself and fishery officer James Doherty checked a number of boats for licences and undersized oysters.He explained how they boarded a boat fishing vessel, belonging to Mr Steele, which was fishing for oysters on Russell’s Bed.“I asked him if he had a licence to fish for native oysters on Lough Swilly, he replied no so I cautioned him. I observed 20-25kgs of oysters on board.”Mr Bradley said he seized the oysters and returned them to the oyster’s beds. He explained thatMr. Steele’s boat was 30 foot long with a large mechanical dredge on the back that is used for fishing for oysters.The court heard that the licence holder for the boat, Gareth Duncan, was not on the boat but had been on board when they had boarded the boat previously.Mr Steele told the court that he and Mr Duncan have been fishing for oysters that day but Gary felt sick so he went down the river on another boat to go home. Mr Steele said he was with his uncle as they were travelling in the one vehicle together to go home.When he was boarded by fishery officers, Mr Steele had Mr Duncan’s license, a sea fishing licence and a certificate of registration on board, however, he did not produce anything as he was not asked to.He said he fished for oysters on the Swilly before the season opened on Lough Foyle and himself and Mr Duncan shared the profits.Prosecuting solicitor for the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority Denis O’Mahoney asked Mr Steele if he had a licence for fishing on the Foyle, which he had.Mr Duncan told the court that he rang the fishery office in Ballyshannon to change over his licence to Mr Steele’s boat. However, Mr. O’Mahoney said his licence was for a three-foot hand dredge, not the large mechanical dredge, which was on Mr Steele’s boat.However Steele’s solicitor, Ciaran MacLochlainn said it was not specific on the licence that it related to a particular dredge.“I would say we are not guilty of the offence we are charged with,” said Mr MacLochlainn.“Mr. Steele was entitled to dredge for oysters on Lough Swilly on foot of the licence which was issued to Mr. Duncan – it doesn’t say on the licence what size the dredge is to be.“The fishery officers have boarded his boat before when Mr. Duncan was on board and they had no problem, there was no mention of the dredge.”However Mr. O’Mahoney said it was ‘quite clear’ that Mr. Duncan applied for a licence to cover athree foot hand dredge.“He knows fine well what licence he applied for – Mr. Steele had no licence for a dredge and Mr. Duncan’s licence didn’t cover that dredge. I accept that the licence could be clearer but there is about 20 fishermen in the county who have these licences so the fishery officers would have intimate knowledge of the vessels and their dredges,” he added.Judge Paul Kelly said it wasn’t clear at all from the licence what type of dredge it covered. He said he believed the onus was on the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, who issues the dredge, to say that this licence was for a three foot hand dredge, for example.Judge Kelly said the obligation for the licence holder to be on board the vessel was unclear in the legalisation. He said he had to give Mr. Steele the ‘benefit of the doubt’ as the licence was unclear.He suggested that the authority that issued the licences should address these issues if there are so few issued every year.Fisherman given ‘benefit of doubt’ in row over dredges was last modified: March 8th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
CT Ball Division TwoDrumbar United 2 Copany Rovers 2This was always going to be a tense affair in Drumbar with no team willing to give up local bragging rights. There was a minutes silence before the game for the Copany captain Aaron Scott who died just before the Christmas break, he play some underage for Drumbar also. Copany got off to the perfect start when David Graham(10mins) tapped in from six yards after a defensive mix up. Drumbar got one back through David Giblin(30mins) after a free kick fell kindly for him. Just on the stroke of half time Ciaran Nixon(45mins) passed it home after a goal mouth scramble. The second half was a bit more open and half chances going to both sides, when Shane Walsh(70mins) put in a great ball which the home defence failed to deal with.Best for Copany Thomas Given, While Cialion Loughney and Daniel Bennett had great games. FOOTBALL: DRUMBAR UNITED 2 COPANY ROVERS 2 was last modified: January 13th, 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:FOOTBALL: DRUMBAR UNITED 2 COPANY ROVERS 2