MoBay City Run seeks more $$ for students

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Organisers are looking at participation in this year’s MoBay City Run/Walk races to top 4,000. The event last year drew almost 3,000 runners and raised approximately $3 million in the process.”We are doing our best to see how much we can, but we are realistically looking at about $5 million this year,” said chief organiser, Janet Silvera.The event is held to raise funds for assisting students in defraying costs at tertiary institutions.Four institutions will benefit directly from proceeds of the MoBay City Run – the University of the West Indies and University of Technology (western campuses), Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, and Montego Bay Community College.The event, which consist of a 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run, had its launch on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Resort and indications are that this year’s renewal will be much bigger and better for the runners.RACE ROUTEThe race will get under way on Sunday, May 1 in the vicinity of the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay and will take the runners and walkers through the city and back to the starting line, where the race will end.Two-time men’s winner, Ronique Williams, will be back defending his title, as will female champion Arieta Martin.Williams have made the MoBay City Run his own, winning the overall title in the event’s inaugural staging in 2014, and return with a bang last year to defend his title, when he completed the race in 36 minutes and 17 seconds. He is among the favourites again this year.Martin took the female first place medal and trophy in a time of 47 minutes and 10 seconds and could repeat as champion.However, with an expected increase in overseas participation, especially among the female runners, Martin will be hard pressed to hold on to her crown.In preparation for the event, organisers have maintained the fitness camp, which will run from March 12 at the Old Hospital Park, on Gloucester Avenue.The team section was one of the most exciting aspects of the City Run last year and will again be a spectacle of colours. Riu Hotel won the team trophy by sending a huge contingent of 521 members in 2015.Scotiabank, FLOW and the Royalton Hotel will feature again this year with big contingents also.last_img read more

Pacquiao fight in Dubai looms

first_imgCarpio 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up There’s a possibility that Manny Pacquiao will fight before the year ends. And, if ever, it’s not going to be in Manila, but in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours According to a Team Pacquiao insider, the senator has given the go-signal for representatives of a group based in the United Arab Emirates to proceed with the promotion involving him and a boxer of his choice.The Inquirer source said Pacquiao advisers would be going to Dubai next week to discuss details of the fight card with the UAE organizers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith his November rematch against Australian conqueror Jeff Horn in Brisbane shelved and a proposed local fight in December unlikely to gain ground, Pacquiao may opt to have a bout in UAE instead.Mentioned as possible opponent for Pacquiao in Dubai is Amir Khan. —ROY LUARCAcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gasping Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

LEADERSHIP CRISIS SPLITS CDC BONG CHAPTER

first_imgThe leadership crisis between Victor Wesseh on one hand and Delano Kollie on the other, is said to be deepening by the day as both are claiming the chairmanship of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Bong County.Delano Kollie is claiming that he is the legitimate chairman of the party in the county on grounds that he was appointed by George Solo. George Solo has been suspended by the party’s National Executive Committee for acts which the Party termed as violation of its constitution.Victor Wesseh, on the other hand, said he is the rightful choice of the partisans because, according to him, he was elected by supporters of the CDC at the party’s local convention in Gbarnga early this year.As a result of the alarming leadership crisis between the two, partisans of the CDC are said to be divided, something political pundits say may diminish the chances of the party in the forthcoming senatorial election in the county.Since the conduct of the party’s primary, Delano Kollie has been using a license plate on his car with the inscription” CDC Bong 1”.“I started using this license plate since we ended the convention because I am the lawful chairman of the party in the county” Mr. Delano Kollie emphasized.According to information gathered by this newspaper, it is established that the Delano Kollie’s faction is protesting the Victor Wesseh’s leadership on grounds that the local convention was marred by deception and irregularities.  The information revealed that the Delano’s group does not endorse the candidacy of Mr. Augustus J. Flomo as the party senatorial candidate of the impending midterm election,  who was elected at the party’s local convention in Gbarnga early this year.Unconfirmed information gathered by this reporter indicated that the Delano Kollie’s faction is likely to throw weight behind independent candidate Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa president of Cuttington University, who has considered a run for the senatorial position of the county. At the same time, CDC national vice chairman for operations,  Mulbah Morlu, said the action exhibited Mr. Delano Kollie and his group is in contravention of the Party’s Constitution and it has the inclination to further split the party. Mulbah Morlu, in a strongly worded statement, said the CDC is contemplating issuing law suit against Delano Kollie if he does not abide by the constitution of the party and discontinue masquerading as a legitimate chairman of the party in the county.Mulbah Morlu, at the head of a four-man CDC delegation in Gbarnga last Monday,  informed CDC partisans that he was in the county to conduct investigation into a complaint filed against Mr. Kollie and his followers for  impersonating as CDC officials of the county. But Delano and his supporters did not attend the Mulbah Morlu’s investigation committee meeting.  The reason for the conspicuous absence of the fugitive CDC members was not explained by the Morlu’s committee. Morlu described Delano and his disciples as troublemakers and advised CDC partisans in the county not to pay attention to them.  Morlu  warned the public not to do business with Delano Kollie and his followers in the name of the party.Meanwhile, Mr. Mulbah Morlu has instituted a three-man independent committee headed by human rights activist George Philip Mulbah,  to conduct a self-determining investigation into the complaint against the renegades CDC and submit findings to the National Executive Committee of the party. He was quick to inform this newspaper that the committee members are not members of the CDC.At the same time, CDC has strongly warned Mr. Delano Kollie to remove the “CDC Bong 1” license plate from his vehicle or face court act, but Mr. Kollie is said to be assuming a defiant posture, as his car is still plying the “CDC Bong 1” license plate in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Property evaluation: Another burden being placed on suffering Guyanese

first_imgDear Editor,The Government of Guyana (GoG), through its Ministry of Communities, is carrying out an axiological survey; or, simply put, an assessment of properties housed in its municipalities. Starting with the New Amsterdam Municipality, GoG hopes to sweep through the rest of Guyana on an upgrade in property evaluation and the concomitant tax regime.In the ministry’s agenda, most of the laws governing property evaluation in our towns and city are antiquated and direly need an upgrade so as to bring in expensive foreign valuators to add that “authenticity flair” to their tax dealings. They have dressed up this exercise under the Municipal Property Assessment Canada (MPAC), so they can now have that free rein to tax the daylight out of Guyanese.The story they are giving us is that this valuation upgrade is going to bring in well-deserved revenues hitherto denied the municipalities by the parasitic rich. But is this the real story; is this the situation that would play out when the real taxation begins? I am afraid not! What is going to happen is additional hardships would be put upon the struggling poor when the upgrade sinks in.What is going to happen is that more and more of the urban poor property owners would have to put their properties up for sale, because they would not have the means to pay up. Is this the new and improved Guyana we are talking about? Is this the good life?The fact of the matter is you cannot categorically say you are taxing the rich without hurting the poor. The poor are bound to come out losers in any of this arrangement, that’s what these idiots do not understand. Poor people form the majority in any community, that’s a fact of life no one can deny; and this backward, idiotic scheme, wherein a few rich property owners are going to make a government arbitrarily up taxes, the end result is bound to bring harrowing consequences, as it already has. The poor are most of us, and as such we are the ones who would face the brunt of the attack.This Government is cash-strapped for reasons they have created themselves through those wasteful spending sprees and poor initiatives. They lack a modicum of management skills, and have a further lack in economic drive; this has resulted in all of their plans turning out to be total failures, while the populace wallows in poverty or near poverty. This incompetence stinks to the high heavens!Whatever this Government does, you just have to cross-reference to the Burnham era, and you see a carbon copy and a replication of failures and hardships.People are taxed on the ability to pay; however, in Guyana it is quite the opposite, persons are taxed and given additional burdens when they really do not have the means to pay. A tax-fatigued nation such as ours is stretched to the limit. Guyanese are now flat against the ropes, and it is at this very same time that this PNC-led Government is administering more body blows in the new property tax regime. I say: in times like these we need a saviour, in times like these we need the Lord. Heaven help us all here!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Guyana did not prepare well for first oil – TIGI Head

first_img… says many issues still need to be addressedFirst oil is here, but what’s next? According to the Head of Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), Dr Troy Thomas, the country, in many ways, was unable to prepare well for this critical sector.The Energy DepartmentIn an interview with Guyana Times, Dr Thomas noted the importance of Guyana putting in place important checks and balances to ensure the country benefits as much as it should from the sector.But he is of the view that with the rush to production, a lot of important systems were not put in place to protect Guyana’s interests. One of the most important, Dr Thomas noted, was a robust local content policy.“The move from finding oil to production, the timeframe is short. And I think it did not allow us to prepare very well for many things. By and large, our feeling is that things feel rushed and that’s something we have to be careful of, because of the importance of the sector going forward.“I want to be optimistic, because of its importance to Guyana, but there are many things that need to be addressed. So, while I want things to work out well for all of us, I feel sometimes like we are rushing into things and not making sure all systems are in place,” he said.TIGI Head, Dr Troy ThomasDr Thomas also recalled that there were many unanswered questions regarding Guyana’s oil deals with some companies. He noted that some of the deals Guyana signed had clauses that were not in the country’s favour.“There are many questions, unanswered questions. So that’s the thing that worries me. In general, I know we want to get oil and start benefiting from the revenue, but at the same time there are all those checks and balances we cannot lose sight of.“The issue is, there is still a lot could have been sorted out or don’t seem to be in Guyana’s favour. And because they signed these things without people knowing, there wasn’t an opportunity to scrutinise it in general.”The oil sectorsEarlier this year, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), having concluded its Article IV consultations in Guyana, had forecast that come 2024 oil would dominate Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by as much as 40 per cent.Underscoring the importance of this sector is the fact that no single sector had more than a 15 per cent share of the GDP as of the middle of this year. According to the Finance Ministry’s 2019 mid-year report, the highest individual segment of the GDP was the wholesale and retail trade, which had a 13.4 per cent share.Combined, agriculture, fishing, and forestry had just a 15.6 per cent share of the GDP, with major sectors like sugar, rice and forestry having just 0.9 per cent, 3.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.First oil was announced on Friday, yet there is no local content policy or Petroleum Commission. In the case of the former, the Department of Energy, which has been entrusted with such, had previously announced the policy would be ready for first oil.In the case of the latter, a Petroleum Commission Bill was previously on the parliamentary order paper, but did not get very far. It was subjected to several revisions, with reports emerging last year that the World Bank would redraft the bill.In the absence of a Petroleum Commission, the Department of Energy has been carrying out much of the functions that would be expected of such a commission. The difference, however, is that the Department reports directly to the President.There is also no national oil company, no depletion policy and no oil spill contingency plan. While Government has been almost mum on the first two, it is understood that the contingency plan is a work in progress that is long overdue.There has also been no completed audit of the billions of US dollars that has been claimed by oil operators in cost oil, although one has recently started. And by Department of Energy Director, Dr Mark Bynoe’s own admission, there is no penalty for companies who mislead authorities about cost oil claims.There is also no ring-fencing provision to protect Guyana from costs being transferred from one well to another. There is, in fact, not a single oil-related bill that has been tabled by the Government and made into law, with the exception of the National Resource Fund Act.last_img read more

Hero cop cites others in truck rescue

first_imgHe was honored Tuesday as a hero – a motorcycle cop who helped save a man trapped in his burning pickup truck – but LAPD Sgt. Christopher Kunz said another man, a passer-by whose name he never learned, deserved the lion’s share of the credit. Together the two, and a third witness, saved the life of Andreas Orihuela, 39, pinned May 5 in the wreckage of his truck as flames seared his arm and leg and burned away a sleeve of his jacket. Kunz came across the scene at 4:20 a.m. as he headed south on Interstate 5 from his Newhall home to his early shift at the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division in West L.A. Near Roxford Street traffic slowed, unusual in these hours before dawn, and Kunz, 39, sped ahead on his motorcycle to see whether he might be able to help. “He’s the one who got him out. That took courage – he stayed with him while I was trying to stop the fire,” Kunz said. Kunz has stopped to help other times when he’s come across accidents on his way to work, but this was the first time a victim came so close to death. “Even as a police officer it’s pretty frightening to come on that, especially as the flames are consuming the truck, knowing you could lose a life,” he said. Kunz said he was unable to check up on Orihuela because of state privacy laws that protect patients. Orihuela was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills with severe burns and several broken bones, Hahn said.160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It was a full-size pickup truck with a tool bed box, it appeared it had rear-ended a semitruck,” Kunz said. “It was devastated, the front of the truck was gone, the windshield was broken. It was on fire. “Then some citizens pointed out a man was still inside.” The driver-side door was jammed, so Kunz opened the passenger door and found Orihuela inside, pinned in place by the steering wheel. “I figured the most pressing business was the fire, so I commandeered fire extinguishers from four or five big rigs on the freeway,” the 17-year department veteran said. “While I was doing that, a citizen was giving him comfort as (Orihuela) was crying out. The fire was burning him.” That “citizen” never was identified in the California Highway Patrol report of the incident. In fact, CHP Officer Wendy Hahn said the report listed three good Samaritans, none of whom was identified. last_img read more

DONEGAL SATURDAY LEAGUE RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL SATURDAY LEAGUE RESULTSWillie Duffy Saturday Division OneDunfanaghy Town  1 Gweedore Celtic Res. 3Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMulroy Celtic   2  Glenea United Res. 1Tullyvinney Rovers  2  Cranford United Res. 2 Downtown Cup Group ARamelton Mariners  0  Glencar Celtic 3Erne Wanderers  6  Deele Harps 1DONEGAL SATURDAY LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: November 13th, 2011 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:DONEGAL SATURDAY LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

LACEY GOES BACK TO TRAINING – WITH HIS FEET UP

first_imgDONEGAL All-Star Karl Lacey is back in training with the senior squad as the clock tickets towards July 21st’s Ulster Championship final clash with Monaghan.The reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions are focusing on the next big game.And Lacey, who appeared for Four Masters at the weekend, is hoping he will be fit enough for the starting line-up for the tie. Karl tweeted this picture on his way to training last night.But don’t worry – he wasn’t driving at the time.“Nice to be chauffeured up to training,” he said.  LACEY GOES BACK TO TRAINING – WITH HIS FEET UP was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:LACEY GOES BACK TO TRAINING – WITH HIS FEET UPlast_img read more

VIDEO SHOCKER: WHEN JIM McGUINNESS GOT FED UP WITH ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’

first_imgDDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness is officially fed up with Rory Gallagher – the singer that is, not his No2 coach.At least that’s the impression he gives in this tongue-in-cheek video for the RTE Sports Awards! Neither Rory Gallagher nor Rory Gallagher were available for comment.But it’s good to see Corkman Brendan O’Connor know the words to the best GAA song ever……Click to Play.VIDEO SHOCKER: WHEN JIM McGUINNESS GOT FED UP WITH ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’ was last modified: December 12th, 2012 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:VIDEO SHOCKER: WHEN JIM McGUINNESS GOT FED UP WITH ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’last_img read more

GOING, GOING GONE! CAR SWEPT OUT TO SEA WITH THE HIGH TIDE

first_imgTHIS was the scene at Rossnowlagh beach earlier this evening, as one motorist said ‘goodbye’ to his beloved red Toyota.The car was gobbled up by one of the highest tides of the year.Of course it isn’t the first time it has happened on the golden sands at Rossnowlagh. And it probably won’t be the last.As one local man said afterwards: “That’s one way of dipping your headlights.”The incident however baffled many.Paul Diver, owner of the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, told us: “This has happened many times over the years. “As locals we are amazed it continues to happen. It’s very sad for the car’s owner but anyone who parks on a beach should know the tide does come back in again.“It’s also a high tide this evening.”Last Saturday a local man had to tow another car out of the water after a motorist dozed off whilst parked on the beach. GOING, GOING GONE! CAR SWEPT OUT TO SEA WITH THE HIGH TIDE was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:beachcarRossnowlaghSANDHOUSE HOTELwashed awaylast_img read more