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Jamaica atop Hoerman Cup standings … Confident of finishing well at Caribbean Golf Championship

first_imgWestern Bureau:Jonathan Newham had to overcome strong winds on Day Two of the Caribbean Golf Championship, Hoerman Cup, to fire a safe 71 at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Montego Bay yesterday to pull team Jamaica into the lead.Newham and teammate for the round, Owen Samuda (72), managed the course expertly as the Jamaicans took over the lead from Puerto Rico, who held a 154-pt lead from the opening round.Jamaica claimed the lead with 602, 26 over par as a team, and are followed by the Dominican Republic 32 over. Puerto Rico are next 36 over par. Barbados had a 42 over par, Trinidad and Tobago 46, Cayman Islands 48, Bahamas 63, and the US Virgin Islands 110 over par, round out the team standings in the Hoerman Cup.Newham bettered his opening round 73, and is at Even for the championship, while Samuda who had a bad opening round with 78, managed the windy conditions expertly to fire a second round 72, but is in sixth place on six over par through two rounds.Good luck on windy day”It was a tough day; very windy, so to shoot a 72 today, I am pleased,” Samuda said.”This Jamaica team is a pretty strong one and if it remains windy for the rest of the championship, I think Jamaica will be in a better position to win outright,” Samuda added.The Cayman Islands’ Brian Ross is second on the leader board, having stroked 73 on the day, one higher than his 72 on Monday’s first round.Meanwhile, there is a tie for third with James Johnson of Barbados and Devaughn Robinson (Bahamas) on four over. Puerto Rico’s Jeronimo Esteve is fifth on five over par through two rounds of golf.The other Jamaican, Ian Facey struggled to a plus 10 (14th). William Knibbs is tied for twentieth on 14 over par with Barbadian Mark Stollmeyer and Sean Morris is in 16th place and in a tie with Roger Bostic of Barbados.Puerto Rico continue to lead in the George Teale Trophy for women with a 155 second round score.The US Virgin Islands are next after firing a combined 151, 23 over par, while Trinidad and Tobago come next on 163 for the round. Jamaica is tied for fifth on 43 over par for a combined score of 170.Trinidad and Tobago lead the Francis/Steele-Perkins Cup with 3 under par. The Jamaican team of Keith Stein and Radcliff Knibbs struggled to end round two on 74, three of the 71 they hit on Monday.The championships continue today with tee of set for 8:00 a.m.last_img read more

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Arsenal sent packing in FA Cup

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Arsenal’s bid to capture a third straight FA Cup title ended with a 2-1 loss to Watford in the quarter-finals yesterday, while Anthony Martial’s late goal earned Manchester United a replay against West Ham. In the Premier League, Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0 to trim the gap to Leicester to two points ahead of the surprise leader’s match against Newcastle today. Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura with a fiercely struck shot from the edge of the area scored second-half goals for Watford, which joined Crystal Palace and Everton in an unlikely line-up for the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium. It ended Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season and was the worst possible start to a make-or-break week for Arsene Wenger’s team, which is likely to be eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday before a crucial match against Everton next weekend in their fading Premier League title challenge. “Our fantastic run has come to an end on a day where we felt that our performance deserved a win,” Wenger said. United were held 1-1 by West Ham, which went ahead through Dimitri Payet’s sublime 30-metre free kick before Martial equalised in the 83rd at Old Trafford. Payet possibly shouldn’t have been on the field to score, having escaped a second yellow card for diving minutes earlier, while United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could have been penalised for obstructing West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph for Martial’s goal. It means the Boleyn Ground will host one more FA Cup match before West Ham leaves for the Olympic Stadium next season. Kane moved level with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as the league’s top scorer with 19 goals after scoring in the 45th and 48th minutes against Villa, which slipped even closer to relegation. Dele Alli, Kane’s England teammate, set up both goals at Villa Park. Given the struggles of Arsenal and Manchester City in third and fourth, it is looking increasingly like a two-team race for the title between Leicester and Spurs a highly unlikely scenario at the start of the season. Arsenal played a full-strength line-up an indication of Wenger’s priorities ahead of the second leg against Barcelona, who are 2-0 ahead. But an attack featuring Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud struggled to cause Watford’s defence many problems before a late flurry of chances, including Danny Welbeck’s 88th-minute goal and Alex Iwobi’s shot against the post. Arsenal have now won just one game in their last seven in a familiar early-spring collapse, with the pressure starting to grow on Wenger. Arsenal had been looking to become the first team in 130 years to win the FA Cup for three straight years. Ighalo opened the scoring in the 50th when he received a flick-on from strike partner Troy Deeney, evaded marker Gabriel and tucked a finish from eight metres into to the bottom corner. Guedioura made it 2-0 by smashing an angled drive into the roof of net, inside David Ospina’s near post, from Ighalo’s lay-off. Watford reached the semi-finals of the world’s oldest knockout competition for the sixth time in their history, in their first season under coach Quique Sanchez Flores. “I have memories on television of the old Wembley and watching in Spain and seeing the finals of this competition,” Flores said. “Now it is a new Wembley, I’ve just arrived in England and to get there is exciting.”last_img read more

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Lakers’ Rajon Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “As a group, we’ll do our best to continue to play the way that we’ve started to play,” Walton said.The Lakers already spent three games without Rondo this season during his suspension for fighting with Chris Paul during LA’s home opener. They have even more options to fill in during this longer stretch without him.Lonzo Ball, who took over as a starter during Rondo’s suspension and never left, is likely to play more minutes overall. Rondo has been a mentor to Ball, even studying film with the second-year playmaker.“We’ll miss him, but his presence is still going to be felt,” said Ball, who is averaging 8.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists while playing his usual stellar defense. “When he comes in, the pace goes however he wants it to go. He gets everybody in their spots. So that’s what I try to do.”LeBron James and Brandon Ingram — who was suspended along with Rondo for that brawl with the Rockets — also will increase their playmaking responsibilities.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The gangly, 6-foot-9 Ingram was surprisingly effective as a point guard and offense initiator last season when Ball was out with an injury. Even rookie shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk could get point guard minutes, Walton said.James sat out of practice to rest Thursday. The Lakers’ road trip includes two games in Florida followed by James’ return to Cleveland on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chris Banchero plays through groin injury to help lift Aces to crucial win Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Coach Luke Walton praised Rondo’s leadership and two-way contributions Thursday after the Lakers’ final practice before heading out on a three-game road trip. Although he has played only 11 games for LA, Rondo is already a key component of the revamped club.“Obviously we can’t replace what Rondo does for our team and how important he is to our team, but we’re not going to make excuses,” Walton said. “That’s not who we are as a group. We’re going to step up, and guys are going to pick up the slack and add to their responsibility.”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 ChrissRondo is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in his first season with the Lakers. He has been the leader of Los Angeles’ second unit while also serving as a valuable coach on the floor with his younger, less-familiar teammates, according to Walton.The injury comes at an inopportune time for the Lakers (8-6), who are off to their best 14-game start since the 2011-12 season. Their four-game winning streak is the NBA’s longest active run. Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo questions referee John Goble about the technical foul he called against Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 101-86. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)LOS ANGELES — Rajon Rondo is expected to have surgery this week on his broken right hand, and the Los Angeles Lakers plan to use a variety of strategies to replace the veteran point guard while he heals.Los Angeles will be without Rondo for at least a few weeks after he was injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ fourth straight win, 126-117 over Portland on Wednesday night. Rondo apparently hurt his hand while making a steal, but he kept playing for several more minutes before coming out of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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How the Rising Exchange Rate is Hurting Liberians

first_imgThe rising exchange rate between the United States and Liberian dollars is creating severe economic hardship for the vast majority of Liberians across the country. Reports reaching our business desk from rural Liberia speak of rising fuel and food prices as transport fares hikes. In the Monrovia area, similar development is taking place as fuel price hits L$400 at some filling stations.The purchasing power of many households is directly affected requiring action from the government. As the rate currently stands at L$88 to US$1, the purchasing power of majority Liberians, who earned their living on the Liberian dollar, has dwindled.Also affected gravely are all government workers who fall within the government’s minimum wage bracket of US$100.In 2009 and 2010, the government of Liberia (GOL) announced a policy, as part of its poverty reduction strategy, removing tax burden on all employees that fall within the minimum wage bracket, which at the time, stood at about US$80.During this time, the government was cognizant of the prevailing economic situation in the country and raised the minimum salary for civil servants from US$15 in 2006 to US$80 per month in 2009.The Government also substantially reduced income tax in 2010 in order to increase nominal income for employees.It was therefore expected that during the interim, private sector employers would use the public sector initiative as the point of reference in determining the minimum wage for their employees.But with the rising exchange rate between the US and Liberian dollars, a senior government official has hinted our business desk that all employees of government including those earning minimum wage are now required to pay taxes because they now earn above L$70,000 per year.According to the revised Revenue Code of Liberia, Liberians earning between L$0.00 to L$70,000 are not required to pay income tax.The Code, however, notes that those earning from L$70,001 to L$200,000 are required to pay 5% tax on the excess money above the L$70,000.But many people, especially those who fall within GOL’s minimum wage bracket, are contending that their income shouldn’t be taxed.With GOL minimum wage at US$100 and the exchange rate at L$88 to US$1, all GOL minimum wage earners fall within the 5% tax range.The question being asked by those who fall within this rage is what happened to the GOL’s tax waiver policy? Going beyond this question meanwhile is the reduction in the purchasing power of those falling within this category and how it is affecting various homes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President Kagame Identifies Obstacles to Africa’s Progress

first_imgRwandan President Paul Kagame has identified instability in parts of Africa, high energy cost, transport, fragmented and non-integrated economies, and a high dependency on primary commodities as some of the well-known obstacles hindering Africa’s progress.In his statement at the formal opening of the 49th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank on May 22, 2014, President Kagame acknowledged, “Africa is one of the few places in the world that has a lot of room to grow-more businesses are taking notice globally.  But Africa has always had the attributes necessary to rise.  So, why have we fallen short?”Taking a specific look at how instability affects growth and development in Africa, the President said difficult situations around the continent today remind Africans that progress can always be reversed, noting, “Together we may rise or together we may fall.”He added, “We are responsible for ourselves.  But we are also, to some extent, responsible for each other.  Instability in any part of Africa affects us all.  That is why we have seen increased engagement by African leaders, the African Union, and regional organizations in peace and security matters on the continent.”President Kagame noted that further progress depends on Africa’s ability to work together and with other partners on meaningful mechanisms to resolve conflicts, which he said calls for continued strengthening of respective internal systems to prevent conflicts in the first place.Unveiling some measures his government has taken in tackling some of the problems he identified, President Kagame said there are projects to the north of Rwanda handled by Kenya, Uganda, and his country for rail and energy infrastructure development.He said these projects streamlined custom procedures as well as easing free movement of citizens in the three countries.On the African Development Bank, President Kagame underscored it as a global institution he considers as an essential bridge between Africa and the wider world.“It keeps the focus on Africa’s unique economic priorities, yet speaks a language everyone understands,” he added.He said the African Development Bank is a model of how Africa and the developed world can work together for mutual benefit and with mutual respect.Rwanda is one country in Africa praised for making maximum use of loans and grants AfDB gives out to member countries.AfDB report shows that grants and loans provide Rwanda are being used to improve infrastructures and the country is among three fast growing economies.Economy report of Rwanda shows that the country heavily relies on Agriculture and Tourism to support its economy, and with the help of AfDB’s loans and grants, it has constructed roads and public buildings and millions of citizens have been lifted out of poverty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Overhauled security measures needed at M&CC – Councillor

first_imgCity HallFlawed security arrangements at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has raised concerns over the protection of valuable assets and important documents, some of which have been stolen in recent time.This was shared by one of the Councillors, Bishram Kuppen, as he highlighted the need for a vigilant approach to secure the Council’s resources. This fear came amid a break-in at the Mayor’s office just a few weeks ago, where important files pertaining to the Local Government Commission were stolen.“There is need for the security policy to be developed. In fact, our position has always been that the entire City Council and the various departments need to be overhauled because if you look at the occurrence of crime in the city, it is very high and there are no effective ways for the City Constabulary to handle it. Now, we’re having a problem where the Mayor’s office was broken into,” Kuppen related.The incident was confirmed by a senior police rank, who told this publication this week that an investigation was launched. The Mayor noted that from all indications, no other items were removed from the office. He stated that the perpetrators gained entry to his office via a window from his washroom. Due to the lack of security cameras at the facility, he instructed that the windows be barred thereafter to prevent such occurrences in the future.However, Kuppen stated that some persons are of the opinion that the robbery was orchestrated by employees to hide incriminating information.“While the limited details that was there sounded somewhat unusual, there is something that is more to it. It does not appear to be an outside job. It appears to be something on the inside and the Mayor possibly would have had some incriminating documents that would have caused concerns. That is why people are suggesting that the files were removed.”Last year, the Commission of Inquiry into City Hall’s operations unearthed information that employees of the council had broken into a training centre on Water Street and removed books from the archives. According to the Councillor, this speaks to the necessity for amplified safekeeping measures.“Definitely, the city council compound needs to be secured. The Mayor’s office and important documents needs to be secured. We would recall that during the CoI last year into the operations of the council, there were reports that the archive area was forcefully opened by members of the Town Clerk’s office and files were removed,” he stated.The Finance Committee had inked on their Thursday agenda, yet another break-in, this time in one of the Stabroek Market stalls. Adding to that, discussions are underway to reshuffle the structure of the City Constabulary.“I think it is not just the office but the entire complex needs an improvement in security. We have a breakages inside the market. In fact, one of those issues will come up at the Finance Committee meeting. It has to do with security again, where a major stall was broken into at Stabroek Market. There is need for attention and a restructuring of the City Constabulary in the security arrangements that they have for the offices. There are plans to integrate both the security section and the regular force into one from a financial perspective for better affordability and also to have one operating procedure for all.”Last July, L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons Jewellery Store was robbed of $22 million in jewellery after bandits broke into the stall and torched the vault with the security personnel at the market claiming that they were unaware of the theft. Three persons were later charged.last_img read more

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Huskies at Wolves – Game 1 Friday

first_imgAfter all the waiting, the watching, and the rescheduling, the Huskies finally begin their playoffs Friday night in Slave Lake.Games one and two of the NWJHL first-round playoff series will be on the road, after the Huskies couldn’t secure any Fort St. John ice-time this weekend.Coach Bob Kalb’s reaction to losing home-ice advantage.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=980|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7bb358ed8cc3e6a4d3875211bcd331bb-Kalb-roadbust_1_Pub.mp3] The road trip will also hurt the Huskies bench, as defencemen Cash Brinkworth and Brandon Smith will miss the trip, while Kole Norris is still questionable after suffering a concussion a week ago in Peace River. On the upside, Tyson Pederson will check back into the lineup, after more than two months on the injury shelf.The Huskies won all 5 matchups against the Wolves in the regular season, 3 of them blowouts, and 2 of them close games.Advertisement Now that it really matters, the pups will look to continue their recent fine play, which saw them win 8 of their last 11 games, losing to only Whitecourt, and clinching second spot in the NWJHL.This weekend’s games go at 8:30 on Friday night, at 7:30 on Saturday, live on Moose FM.last_img read more

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Man United’s £240m Neymar bid takes entertaining new twist as Rihanna gets involved!

first_imgAccording to The Sun, Manchester United are trying to sign Barcelona superstar Neymar for £240m.That amounts to a £140m transfer fee, plus £100m on wages, taxes and add ons.It’s a sensational story, but as one United fan told us, trying is one thing, succeeding is entirely another matter. Just like trying to pull Rihanna.Listen to the entertaining call from Red Devils fan Jonathan in the audio player above.last_img

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Man City star facing up to TWO MONTHS out with injury suffered in derby defeat

first_img Raheem Sterling suffered a groin injury playing for Manchester City against Manchester United Raheem Sterling is expected to be out for six to eight weeks with the groin injury he suffered during Sunday’s Manchester derby.The winger was forced off midway through the first half of City’s 1-0 defeat to United at the Etihad Stadium.Speaking after the game, City boss Manuel Pellegrini suggested the £49million summer signing would be out of action for around a month.But scans are understood to have shown the injury is more serious than first thought and Sterling is now facing up to two months on the sidelines.The 21-year-old is now set to sit out nearly all if not the whole of the rest of City’s Premier League campaign, which has eight more fixtures and ends with a trip to Swansea on May 15.The Champions League final is not until May 28, so if City – who take on Paris St Germain in the last eight – make that, he should be back available by then.England will also be monitoring the situation closely as their preparations for Euro 2016 continue.There is better news for City and England, however, with regards to Joe Hart.The goalkeeper picked up a calf injury against United but is expected to return within the next fortnight. 1last_img read more

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Four men suspected in five armed robberies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter masked robbers used what turned out to be BB guns to steal about $700 in cash and merchandise — including beef jerky and cigars — a witness spotted them running out of the station, followed them and got the license-plate number of the getaway vehicle, said O’Brien. Officials traced the license plate of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, which was registered to Brooks’ mother at a West Covina address, he said. While driving to the home, O’Brien and his partner spotted the vehicle near Arrow Highway and Citrus Avenue in Covina, officials said. The car was stopped and the suspects arrested without incident, O’Brien said. The suspects initially said they were not involved in the robbery, he said. Authorities said four men arrested after an armed robbery at a San Dimas gas station are suspects in as many as four other San Gabriel Valley robberies. Russell Santoro, 21, Anthony Hodge, 19, and Jesshar Rajagukguk, 19, all of Mira Loma, and were arraigned last week in Pomona Superior Court on charges stemming from two armed robberies in San Dimas and an unincorporated area near Covina, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective John O’Brien said Friday. The four are also suspects in robberies at businesses in El Monte, Azusa and Alhambra, O’Brien said. The four were arrested minutes after a Dec. 15 late-night robbery at a Mobil gas station in the 600 block of Arrow Highway in San Dimas, sheriff’s Lt. Roxanne Hart said. Deputies found money, merchandise stolen from the gas station and BB guns in the car, O’Brien said. The men then admitted committing the robbery, he said. They also admitted to robbing a 7-Eleven store in the 17000 block of East Cypress Street in an unincorporated area near Covina and to another robbery in El Monte in which no details were available, said O’Brien. Surveillance tapes in the Covina and San Dimas robberies show one of the suspects wearing a distinctive hooded sweat shirt with the bright red letters “SDC” — later determined to stand for “Snoop Dogg Clothing” — written on it, said O’Brien. O’Brien said he’s received information from Azusa detectives that the same sweat shirt was spotted in a similar robbery at a USA Gas station, though he’d not yet seen the tape himself. In the San Dimas and Covina robberies, two or three robbers entered the store while another waited outside and acted as a lookout, said O’Brien. One held the employee at bay with a BB gun while another emptied the register, O’Brien said. The robbers wore bandannas to cover their faces, he added. Alhambra has also reported robberies with similar tactics, O’Brien said, although details were not available. “They’ve been busy,” he said. Detectives from the El Monte, Azusa and Alhambra police departments did not return calls for comment Friday. Santoro, Brooks and Rajagukguk are suspected in both the Covina and San Dimas robberies and were being held in lieu of $120,000 bail, said O’Brien. Hodge’s bail was set at $50,000 because he is not believed to have been involved in the Covina robbery, he added. An additional suspect in the Covina robbery had not yet been arrested, O’Brien said. Clarence Brooks, 21, of West Covina crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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