13 championship events for Gibson McCook Relays

first_imgThe prestigious and exciting Gibson McCook Relays, slated for Saturday, February 27, will see the 4×200 metres Girls’ Open and the 4×200 metres for Class One and Two boys upgraded to championship events.These events will be part of a stellar cast of 13 mouthwatering championship showpieces inside what is expected to be a jam-packed National Stadium.The three events have been added by the organisers due to their prominence at the IAAF World Relays in recent years.Local appliance and furniture retail franchise Singer expressed delight with being drawn as sponsor of the 4x100m Institution Men’s Championship race, an event that could see Racers Track Club kingpins Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and other members of their institution square off against other top-level challengers.Besides Singer, 12 other championship marquee event sponsors were named last Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays’ 40th staging.Advanced Scales and Equipment snapped up the 4x100m high school boys’ Class One Championship, while the 4x100m High School Girls’ Under-19 Championship will be sponsored by Consumer Brand (Oral B).Beverage brand Lucozade will sponsor the 4x100m High School Boys Class Two Championship, while for the girls, Wisynco will sponsor the 4x100m High School Under-17.EVENT SPONSORSThe 4x400m High School Boys’ Open went to SOS Foods Limited and the girls’ equivalent went to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, while Grace Foods will be the sponsor of the 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship.The 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship will be sponsored by Grace Foods, 4x400m High Schoolgirl’s Open by CIBC First Caribbean, and the 4x400m High School Boys’ Open sponsored by SOS Foods.Jamaica Biscuit Company and Consumer Brands (Head and Shoulders) selected the Boys and Girls’ High School 4x800m Open, respectively.There were 42 sponsored events for the Gibson McCook Relays, which is one of the most prestigious relay meets in the world.It began in 1976 in honour of Kingston College founder Bishop Percival Gibson and was later renamed after Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook.last_img read more

Rising optimism

first_img“Yes, it is worth it,” Pangilinan said when asked if losing was worth all the trouble, when he and the SBP pulled out all the stops to send a team here and ultimately make Clarkson a part of it. “There is no price you can attach to any effort that serves the country.“Especially one which raises the stature of the Filipino,” said Pangilinan in concluding.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The Cleveland Cavalier in the NBA electrified the region in his Gilas debut, and though the Filipinos fell a tad short against the Great Wall, the expectations to land a medal in this continental showcase were elevated because of that single game.“My optimism continues to grow every day, despite the headwinds and the occasional bad weather.”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’Pangilinan was obviously referring to the string of events that led to the country’s Asiad participation, where the PBA, despite a last-hour notice, willingly lent a team made up of Rain or Shine’s core and superstars Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee and rookie Christian Standhardinger, among others.The Inquirer report earlier in the week stating the PBA would be providing a smorgasbord of players for the Yeng Guiao teams that will play the next two Fiba World Qualifying games is also not lost on Pangilinan. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “The news that the PBA would open its doors fully for deployment of any of its players is certainly welcome,” he said. “With Clarkson as a part of Gilas (in the Fiba)—I hope!—our team would be formidable. We would have an even chance in regaining our supremacy in Asia. And it’s about time.”Clarkson, though, as well as other NBA players in the Asiad, can only play in this tournament as part of their one-time agreement with the NBA.A total of 10 Gilas regulars will be serving out multiple game suspensions slapped by the Fiba for the July 2 brawl with Australia in Bulacan, Philippines, but Guiao can still choose from a field of talented players with June Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood escaping the ax that day.PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said that all Guiao needs to do is identify the players and talk to the league’s board of governors together with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas when the Asiad team flies back home on Sept. 2 at the latest.Whatever happens to the Filipino cagers for the rest of the Asiad, Pangilinan can’t help but be satisfied. That one game, that loss to China, certainly affirmed his belief that the Filipino truly can.ADVERTISEMENT New TNT import ready for game vs Blackwater; Alaska debuts with NBA import Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippines’ Jordan Clarkson leaves the court following his teams 82-80 loss to China in their men’s basketball game at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA—Basketball patron Manny V. Pangilinan remains hopeful that Jordan Clarkson can still play for Gilas Pilipinas beyond the 18th Asian Games and said that his “optimism continues to grow every day despite the headwinds and the continuing bad weather” in the country’s basketball scene.“Like all Filipino fans, I was happy (despite the loss to China on Tuesday),” Pangilinan told the Inquirer. “Most especially to see how a young Filipino player could play so well, even if it was his first time to play with us. I refer to Jordan Clarkson.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Crisis with The Media: A Road Not Worth Taking

first_imgBy David K. Dahn (daviddahn63@yahoo.com)The radiance of this piece of writing from the sideline reflects what seems not only a coarse but also worrisome relationship between the Liberian media and the government. For the progress and stability of the state, it is a road not worth taking by either side.  This article has been simulated by three key concerns.First, without going into the nitty-gritty of the rightfulness or wrongfulness of the issue, to remind all sides  that from development communication’s standpoint, the press, the government, and the people must have their common goals nestled within the framework of  strategic partnership if development must be fostered.Second, to call the attention of all sides that whether in an altered structure and function of a political system, the pace is set for fostering democracy and development when basic human rights, social justice, security guarantee and respect for the rule of law are upheld.Third, to leave on record that there is going to be no victor or victim in the end because the government and the press need each other. The objective of this piece is to point out the crippling effect such unhealthy relationship would bring to bear on our society. As patriots, we all must help to avert any such rant at this time.I view the verbal exchanges as crises between the government and the media. A crisis is simply an urgent development that demands the right kind of communications (Dilenschneider, 2010:112). Crisis could be perceived or real. I elevated the discourse by saying… “Crisis between the Liberian media and the government because a number of government officials, including the official spokesperson (Minister of Information), have spoken at sundry times regarding the conduct of the media in recent times.”Inversely, the media has responded either through the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the Publisher Association, through managing editors and other experienced media practitioners, using available media channels.Don’t we have individuals well versed in the ‘person dimension of negotiations’ to have just watered down the tension through ‘back channel diplomacy’? I am optimistic that there are still the ‘wise’ in society who can help to re-mend the broken link void of hypocrisy but with sincerity.As a media actor, it is important to point out that within the domain of public relations, the plan for managing a crisis must detail lines of authority and disclosure of information. Every official of government must realize that he/she is a message ambassador whose audience consists of numerous and usually diverse constituencies.The argument cannot then be nullified that the public relations sector requires very specific and sophisticated communications skills. And for those who understand ‘government relations’ which, if considered within the public relations sphere as a form of power, is much more complex to handle not just by any euphoric or belligerent action.The power of those engaged in government relations is the proven ability to affect outcomes (Dilenschneider, 2010:125). If I may ask from the vague of ignorance, as eloquent as all officials of the Liberian government may sound in their discourses, I wonder if they are concerned that governmental utterances protruding from several fronts on a  single subject have a mixture of direct negative and positive impacts on domestic and international relations?What is of serious concern to me is that any harm to the government’s reputation has a ripple effect on the very people government professes to be concerned about their welfare. It is, in my settled consideration, incumbent  upon ‘government message ambassadors’ to see themselves as astute influential who should be more engaged with leveraging whatever resources there can be for the happiness of the citizens and for the ultimate survivor of the state.Much as officials of government may be euphoric about the change that has engulfed the political sector and want to defend, with their ‘blood and sweat’, what is perceived to be a creeping stain on the government, the adage goes that “too many hands make the soup salty.”As an official of government, use your ideological power to tamp down crisis that would otherwise negatively impact the government in general and your function in particular. Be calculative as a public official in attempting to reassure our impoverished population already struggling with the residual trauma of victim-hood and powerlessness.Rather than every official projecting his/her eloquence, what if we take a little moment to consult logic and ink down a critical reflection that banks on the active participatory model of development communication that will have the government’s “pro-poor agenda” grounded and rooted in the villages and small communities around the country? If the ray of hope is ever to beam on the commoners, an official of government must be sharp-eyed and clear-headed in realizing that the guiding theme of the time, if I may suggest, is ‘less talk and more work.’I thought it should be a common knowledge by now that the presidential press secretary speaks for the presidency and the Minister of Information is the official spokesperson for the government, while the role of public relations officers is articulated in line with their particular entities.In a functional government, when the heads of state-owned enterprises and ministries, agencies and commissions are in country, unless otherwise authorized, deputies are mute, needless to mention assistant ministers and directors.Not that the ‘deputies’ lacked intelligence comparable to their bosses but that government’s businesses are conducted or should be conducted in a systematized order. Any official who fumbles and subsequently stumbles on this, it will serve as a confirmation of your shallow strategic depth of the understanding of the portfolio you now occupy.The press, too, must realize the externalizations of its action and reportage. That the press need a harmonious working relationship with the government of the day is not an option but a necessity. The print media carried banner headlines for the now governing Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC).The electronic institutions touted the CDC’s cause that propelled it to power and if the relationship that peddled this government to power now shows cracks, wisdom should take precedence over emotion. Do not allow the relationship to crumble as it is not healthy for our democracy.While you play your watcher-function in the society, the press must remember that the maintenance of peace and security in the state is a cardinal responsibility of every government. However, strategic partnership and not coercive diplomacy is the way forward.In my mind, the windows of opportunities are still opened and that the Liberian media and the government are not at ‘war’. It is therefore worthless for any side to portray a messaging that seeks to leverage the “stumbles and scandals” of the other side. As the Australian Psychologist Victor Frank once said, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” My last words:  Keep calm and trust me, when the noise settles, reality will set in.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘No chance!’ – Austin rules out England Euro 2016 call-up

first_imgCharlie Austin has ruled himself out of contention for England’s squad for Euro 2016.The 26-year-old QPR striker was called up by Roy Hodgson at the end of last season after scoring 18 goals in the Premier League.He was in the squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the European Championship qualifier against Slovenia, but he is still waiting to make his senior international debut.But, following Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League, he claims he has ‘no chance’ of being part of Hodgson’s plans for France next summer.Speaking to the Sports Bar, he said: “If you ask me now have I got a chance of getting into the squad for Euro 2016 I would say 100 per cent, no.“There’s not a chance that someone playing in the Championship would get called up for England, irrelevant of how many goals I might score.“I can’t see anybody from outside the Premier League getting called up, I really can’t.”last_img read more

Job vacancies: Laughlin Motors seeks experienced Motor Mechanics

first_imgJob Vacancies: One of Donegal’s most popular car garages are on the hunt for new staff to join their team.Management at Laughlin Motors requires an experienced Motor Mechanic for their base in Lettermacaward.Full and part-time positions are available. If you feel you meet the above criteria please contact mlaughlin@live.ie or call 0749544137.Job vacancies: Laughlin Motors seeks experienced Motor Mechanics was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Man accused of molestation arrested near Reseda laundromat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A man was in custody this morning accused of sexually assaulting a boy near a laundromat in Reseda, police said. Los Angeles police officers arrested the man, whose name was not released, about 8:30 p.m. Sunday near Reseda Boulevard and Saticoy Street. He is accused of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child, police said. Police responded after getting a call saying someone was holding a child-molestation suspect near the coin-operated laundry, police said.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertorialNoel O’ Donnell, Mabel McHugh & Michael Coll of The Tax Clinic.The deadline for filing your tax returns and paying your bill is fast approaching.Hundreds of thousands of Irish people have their calculators at the ready as the clocks tick on towards an important date. The upcoming pay-and-file deadline marks the date by which taxpayers must file their return for 2013. The self-assessment system of taxation applies not just to the self-employed, but to anyone with income from sources that are not chargeable under pay as you earn (PAYE). So those with rental income, farming income, foreign incomes must also get their financial house in order in the coming days.Pay and File:Under the ‘Pay and File’ system, October 31st, 2014 is the date by which you must pay1. Any balance of income tax owing for 2013 2. Preliminary tax for the tax year 2014It is also the date by which you must file your tax return for 2013. If you are on the Revenue’s records as self-employed, you should receive a pay and file slip from the tax office to enable you to pay the tax by the due date.Not just for the Self-Employed:Traditionally, filing a tax return is seen as something that the self-employed do at this time of year. However, even if you are an employee, you could still need to file a return. Failing to do so could result in penalties, so make sure you find out in plenty of time if you have a requirement to make a return.Surcharge for Late Returns: You must return the completed 2013 Tax Return on or before 31 October 2014 to avoid a surcharge. If your Return is late the surcharge, which is added on to your tax due, is:• 5% of the liability due where the Return is submitted after 31 October 2014 and on or before 31 December 2014.• 10% of the liability due, where the Return is submitted after 31 December 2014.Audit/Penalties: Self-Assessment Returns are subject to Audit by Revenue, Tax law provides that revenue may make any inquiries or take such actions as are considered necessary to verify the accuracy of a Return.The Tax Clinic is the only business in the Northwest that specialises in offering services to P.A.Y.E workers.Mabel says that “while working for over 20 years in the financial services sector she noted that there was no professional representation for P.A.Y.E workers”. With this in mind Mabel together with Michael, who are both members of The Irish Taxation Institute set up www.thetaxclinic.ie and have gained a huge reputation in this complex area of taxation.Mabel works in The Tax Clinic in Main Street, Killybegs, while Michael now works in their new premises on the High Road, Letterkenny along with The Tax Clinics third partner Noel O’Donnell who has also located Noel O’Donnell & Co Chartered Accountants in the same building.Other Services:We also offer a cost effective payroll outsourcing service. We can also look after your P.A.Y.E and V.A.T compliance and obligations.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road, Letterkenny or Main Street, Killybegs.Letterkenny Office – 074 91 60550 (Michael)Killybegs Office – 074 97 32055 (Mabel)THE TAX CLINIC REMINDS PEOPLE THAT OCTOBER DEADLINE FOR RETURNS IS FAST-APPROACHING was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:KillybegsLETETRKENNYPAYE workersreturnsThe Tax Cliniclast_img read more

Which Donegal beauty spot was named among Ireland’s best winter walks?

first_imgA walk in Donegal at wintertime is unpredictable at best, but if you wrap up well and be safe the amazing views are the greatest reward.Horn Head outside Dunfanaghy is known as a prime summer sunset beauty spot. In wintertime, the headland may be even more of a challenge, but it has earned great praise by one of Ireland’s top travel writers.The loop at Sheephaven Bay was named as one of Ireland’s best Winter Walks by the Irish Independent’s travel editor Pól Ó Conghaile today, who describes it as ‘the Wild Atlantic Way in a nutshell.’ We have to agree, the remote location offers impressive views, unique wilderness and jarring cliff faces.Ó Conghaile aptly describes the drive around Horn Head as going ‘to ends of the earth and back’.Horn Head Horn Head The list says the various Horn Head walks are best for couples and coastal lovers, starting from Dunfanaghy and stretching in distance from 1-10km.Locals would be aware that Horn Head is normally a very windy place. The views are worth the biting breezes though, and Ó Conghaile recommends gazing out from the Discovery Point and taking in the seascape from the old signal tower. You can read the full article here on Independent.ieWalkers are advised by sites including dunfanaghy.info to not take the route in bad weather and take care by not going near cliff edges.Featured image: Martin Fleming for Failte Ireland Which Donegal beauty spot was named among Ireland’s best winter walks? was last modified: November 28th, 2017 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:Horn Headwinter walklast_img read more

South Africa’s tax bonanza

first_img4 April 2008Finance Minister Trevor Manuel praised the growing strength of the partnership between the South African Revenue Service (Sars), businesses, and individual taxpayers, following the announcement of the state’s preliminary revenue results.“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Sars collected a preliminary R571.8-billion during the fiscal year 2007/08,” he said this week, speaking via satellite linkup from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“I am extremely appreciative of the tremendous cooperation by many businesses, larger corporations and smaller enterprises, and individuals.”Manuel was in Ethiopia attending the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.The preliminary result, he said, was R0.8-billion above the revised budget estimate made in February 2008, and R15.2-billion above February last years estimate of R556.6-billion.Taking into account additional departmental revenue of R1.4-billion and deducting transfers to South African Customs Union partners, the preliminary main budget revenue estimate is R560.1-billion.“Our preliminary estimate of national expenditure is R541.6-billion, bringing the main budget surplus to R18.5-billion or 0.9% of gross domestic product (GDP), which is 0.1% higher than the February 2008 estimate,” he said.Manuel said the results confirmed the continuing expansion of South Africa’s economy and growing strength of the partnership between Sars and taxpayers.The revised corporate income tax (CIT) target of R142.6-billion was exceeded by R448-million, with all sectors posting a positive tax growth.This was led by manufacturing, with 22% year-on-year growth, followed by mining with 12%, financial services with 11%, and the wholesale and retail sector with 10%, banks with 8% and the insurance industry with 7%.Personal income tax (PIT) was marginally higher despite higher interest rates and rising fuel food and fuel costs as a result of considerably higher wage settlements, singling out the public sector wage settlement in particular.“The growth in employee compensation from 10.6% in 2006 to 11.7% in 2007 and the increase in the number of jobs resulted in the strong growth of PIT,” said Manuel.Despite a slowdown in household spending the revised Value Added Tax (VAT) target of R147-billion was also exceeded by R2.6-billion, being benefited by inflation and a change in consumers’ spending patterns.“Our preliminary figures indicate that there has been a shift in the composition of VAT receipts,” Manuel said. “In the year under review, import VAT, including tax on equipment and producer goods contributed R1.1-billion more to VAT collection whereas domestic VAT contributed R2.7-billion less than estimated.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more