Historic day-night clash at Sabina

first_img NEW CONDITIONS The first-ever day-night first-class showdown at Sabina Park will be played starting today when second-place Jamaica Scorpions take on lowly-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes in return-leg action of the Digicel WICB Four-day Tournament. Scheduled for a 3 p.m. start and a 10 p.m. end each day, the matchup will represent the first time a traditional regional encounter will be held under floodlights at the venue, following similar staging of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 over the past four years. A new feature as the West Indies Cricket Board seeks to improve the attractiveness of the sport and tournament, the match also represents the turn of Jamaica to host their one-off day-night contest. This is based on a new rule which mandates each of the six participating teams to host a day-night duel. ”It’s good to know that we will be playing our first first-class game under lights at home and the players are really looking forward it,” expressed Jamaica captain, Nikita Miller. “We don’t know what to expect as yet as it will be new conditions, but whatever it is, we are planning to approach things carefully, assess as best as we can, and execute.” The match ball will be pink instead of the customary white ball, as well as black sight-screens instead of white, and the encounter will see both teams looking to get their campaigns back on track following defeats last weekend. The Scorpions, who had hosted title-holders Guyana Jaguars, went down by seven wickets, while the Hurricanes, playing away to Barbados Pride, were beaten by an innings and 26 runs at Kensington Oval. Jamaica, who defeated the Hurricanes by an innings and 73 runs at Warner Park in first leg action, has made two changes to their mandatory 13-member squad. Pace all-rounder Rovman Powell, who missed the Guyana match due to West Indies duties, and left-arm spin all-rounder Fabian Allen have been included, while out-of-form batsman John Campbell and pace all-rounder, Derval Green have been dropped. Interestingly, Campbell is the Scorpions leading runs scorer, however, after a dismal regional Super50 campaign and an out-of-sorts-looking batting display against Guyana, the Junior Bennett-led selection panel acted. The Leewards, in the meantime, who are being captained by Kieran Powell, have named an unchanged squad. “The team vibes is still good despite us coming off a loss. It is just that we had a bad game,” said Hurricanes captain Kieran Powell. “We will attempt to correct that by trying to better execute our duties, and I am confident that we can.” The game will also be the final home match for the Scorpions. Three rounds of matches remain after this tie. Jamaica Scorpions (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, AndrÈ McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Paul Palmer Jr, Jerome Taylor, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton Leeward Hurricanes (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kaecy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Jermaine Otto, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr.last_img read more

Finance Minister says taxes could be lowered

first_img– encourages everyone to pay their fair shareThe Government continues to receive heavy criticism over its plans to increase taxes, which bring in billions of dollars annually, but nothing much has been done to address the situation.Finance Minister Winston Jordan recently declared that Government is willing to reduce some taxes, but under certain conditions, which would see everyone paying their fair share.The Minister has said that once the tax net has been widened and more people continue to pay their fair share, personal income taxes, for example, could be reduced progressively. As such, he is urging Guyanese to pay their taxes.“We cannot have a situation in this country where some are paying taxes andFinance Minister Winston Jordanothers (are) not paying; and when you go after people to broaden the pool you get all sorts of stories… All must pay their fair share of taxes,” he admonished.Jordan has said the aim is to register everyone under the tax scheme, and once a citizen is required to pay taxes, that citizen would have to be registered.“I would like to see income taxes go down in the next round (5 years) to 20 per cent, but the speed by which this could happen depends on the willingness of the population to pay their taxes,” he explained.He dismissed criticisms made in regard to the tax situation, and praised the efforts made by the Guyana Revenue Authority, led by Commissioner General Godfrey Statia.However, the proposed measure in regard to empowering the Finance Minister to use his discretion for granting Value Added Tax (VAT) remittance — as contained in the 2019 Budget — has been described by the parliamentary Opposition as a recipe for corruption.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo zoomed in on the measure, which was announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his budget speech over a week ago.The law does allow the Minister to make regulations to remit tax on a personal basis. According to Section 104 of the Income Tax Act, “The Minister may make regulations, subject to negative resolution of the National Assembly, to provide for the remitting wholly or in part of the tax payable by any person or category of persons on such income in respect of any year of assessment, and in accordance with such conditions as may be specified in the regulations.”In his budget speech, Jordan had invoked Section 105 of the Income Tax Act and proposed amending the VAT Act “to provide for the Minister of Finance to make regulation to remit, in whole or in part, the VAT and the interest on VAT payable by any person, where good cause is shown.”According to Jagdeo, however, this policy has always been deliberately avoided. He noted that under the former Administration this measure was not employed, as the desire was for this power to remain with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). And now that the law will be changed to allow persons to approach the Minister directly to request tax remittance, Jagdeo expressed worry for the future of transparency and accountability in Government taxation. While the GRA was remitting all this tax, the statistics show that, for the year 2017, tax and non-tax collection rose to $194.7 billion. The 2017 end-of-year outcome report states that out of this, tax revenues accounted for $171.2 billion.At the heart of this increase in tax revenues, which account for 87.9 per cent of total revenue, is the Government raking in more taxes than ever. For instance, there was a $1 billion or 1.4 per cent rise in the collection of income tax; $600 million or a 3.5 per cent hike in import duty collection, and a $300 billion or 0.4 per cent hike in Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax collection.“Total non-tax revenues were projected at $23.6 billion, actual non tax revenues for 2017 were therefore closely in line with the projections at the time of Budget 2018. The Guyana Revenue Authority remitted $49.2 billion,” the report states.According to the report, this is equivalent to 28.8 per cent of tax revenue, compared to figures of $42.3 billion or 27.9 per cent in 2016. It is also $2.2 billion more than the sum at the time of presentation of Budget 2018.last_img read more

Update – Crews respond to house fire on 110th Avenue

first_imgPhoto:  Fire crews responded to a fire on 110th avenue in Fort St. John Saturday afternoon – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe RCMP and the Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a house fire on 100th avenue in Fort St. John Saturday.- Advertisement -Fire crews received the call around 1:45pm and when they arrived on scene there was a lot smoke coming from the rear of the house. Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Redpath, believes the fire started in a bedroom which had been turned into sewing room.  The majority of the damage was contained to the bedroom and a nearby bathroom.  The rest of the home suffered heavy smoke and heat damage. Damage is estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.Redpath believes the fire may have been caused by an electrical failure in the bedroom and he does not believe the fire is suspicious in nature.  The house is located on 110th avenue between 102nd street and 104th street.  No one was at home when the fire broke out.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Get on Arsenal to beat Man United but steer clear of Liverpool

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager says Arsenal look a good bet to beat Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday, with the Gunners priced at 6/5 to take all three points.He looks ahead to Sunday’s clash between Crystal Palace and Liverpool too, and admits he would steer clear of backing Brendan Rodgers’ side for victory at Selhurst Park at odds of 4/5.Hill also says he expects Chelsea to extend their winning run against West Brom and reveals they are just 10/1 to go through the entire Premier League season unbeaten.talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio coverage of Arsenal v Manchester United on Saturday and Crystal Palace v Liverpool on Sundaylast_img read more

Thousands mourn fallen deputy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Baca said Rosa committed her life to a positive goal, telling him early on that she wanted to make a difference. She made a difference, the sheriff said. Burial was planned at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Rosa, 30, of Pomona was off duty when she was killed March 28 at about 6 a.m. in the driveway of a Long Beach home. She was about to leave for her job as a jailer. Witnesses said they heard gunshots before two men ran from the scene, Long Beach police Chief Anthony Batts said, adding the motive was apparently robbery or attempted robbery. There have been no arrests. A native of Sonora, Mexico, Rosa was hired by the Sheriff’s Department in July 2000. She was assigned to work at the county jail’s Inmate Reception Center. LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some 1,500 law enforcement officers statewide were among thousands of mourners at Tuesday’s funeral for Deputy Maria Cecelia Rosa, who was shot to death during an apparent robbery attempt. Cardinal Roger Mahony presided over the funeral Mass at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Sheriff Lee Baca spoke about the dedication of the young deputy, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitman said. Uniformed deputies stood as sentries alongside her flag-draped casket as officers throughout California marched into the cathedral, their steps echoing dramatically like a steady drumbeat in the cavernous sanctuary. The news media was barred from the funeral, at the family’s request. Rosa is survived by three brothers and two sisters.160Want 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

DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING DEATH OF MUCH-LOVED SCHOOLTEACHER

first_imgA MAN pleaded guilty today to causing the death by dangerous driving of a much-loved schoolteacher.Damien McGeehan, 20, originally from Loughanure, but with an address at 1 New Cottage, Annagry, entered his guilty plea at Letterkenny Circuit Court today following the death in August 2010 of 51-year-old Marie O’Donnell.The victim died in the crash as she drove home from a friend’s 25th wedding anniversary celebrations with her husband John. Mr O’Donnell was in court today to hear McGeehan enter his guilty plea.Judge John O’Hagan told McGeehan that he was adjourning a decision on his sentence until he had received relevant reports.On being told by counsel for the DPP Patricia McLaughlin that Mr O’Donnell was in court, Judge O’Hagan said: “It must be considerable relief to you that someone has put their hands up and taken responsibility for this.”McGeehan, who was living in Milford at the time of the crash, was remanded on continuing bail.Mr and Mrs O’Donnell were on their way home from the wedding anniversary party of friends Henry and Kathleen Callaghan on August 11, 2010, when they were hit by blue Honda Civic driven by McGeehan.The incident happened on the back road between Milford and Kilmacrennan. The mother of two died and her husband was seriously injured in the smash.Mrs O’Donnell, from Knockbrack, Portsalon, was a teacher at Drumfad National School in Kerrykeel.AT HEARING – © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING DEATH OF MUCH-LOVED SCHOOLTEACHER was last modified: January 31st, 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:DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVINGMARIE O’DONNNELLTEACHERlast_img read more

MAN SENT FOR TRIAL ON FALSE IMPRISONMENT CHARGES

first_imgA Buncrana man has been accused of false imprisonment, assaulting causing harm and producing an article during a dispute.Letterkenny court.Brian McLaughlin, 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court and was sent forward for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court. McLaughlin, of St Oran’s Road, Buncrana, was served with a book of evidence.He was ordered to stay away from the injured party, stay out of Buncrana, remain sober and provide Gardai with a mobile phone number to be contacted on.He is also to stay at 2 Canal Road, Letterkenny.MAN SENT FOR TRIAL ON FALSE IMPRISONMENT CHARGES was last modified: June 23rd, 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:BRIAN MCLAUGHLINbuncranadonegalFalse Imprisonmentlast_img read more

Job creation tops environmental agenda

first_img6 June 2012 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa celebrated World Environment Day on Tuesday by announcing plans to create over 60 000 new jobs this year – and 300 000 new jobs by 2020 – with the focus on women, the youth and people with disabilities. “It is a programme that has exceptional returns on investment, and I want to emphasise that these jobs are vital for our long-term economic future,” she added. Working for Wetlands was founded in 2004 and has rehabilitated over 800 wetlands, creating 15 000 jobs for mostly marginalised rural communities. The project focuses on the rehabilitation, protection and sustainable use of South Africa’s 110 000 wetlands. Molewa attended the annual World Environment Day celebrations in Mangaung, Bloemfontein and spoke about the department’s plans to step up environmental protection and preservation efforts. “We as South Africa are part of the global campaign to promote sustainable development and also are proponents of the global drive towards a green economy,” Molewa said. Job creation is an integral part of South Africa’s efforts to join the global drive towards sustainable development. “This year the department, through the entire suite of programmes within our environmental programmes branch, aims to create job opportunities for about 62 860,” she said. “We also aim to ensure that 55% of beneficiaries from our programmes are women, 40% are youth and 2% are people with disabilities.”Environmental protection programmes These targets will be achieved through the department’s programmes and sub- programmes. Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working on Fire are the department’s biggest and most successful initiatives so far, but the sub-programmes of the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes were heralded as growing contributors to sustainable development and job protection. These are made up of Working on Waste, Working for the Coast, People and Parks, and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood. “We are a country endowed with a rich and diverse biodiversity that enables thousands of jobs in different sectors,” she said. “Our diverse biodiversity is our competitive edge in growing our economy while at the same time addressing climate change and we are doing that through our environment programmes.” Working for Water is particularly successful: it was established in 1995 and has over the years created 397 146 work opportunities. It aims to combat the impact of alien invasive species on our water security, diversity, use of land, wild fires and erosion. It is through these partnerships and the government’s joining of the Green Economy Accord – dubbed as one of the most comprehensive social pacts on green jobs in the world – that the department plans to create 300 000 new jobs by 2020. Working towards this will provide exciting new opportunities for the country’s youth and Molewa urged all young South Africans to get involved. “Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare themselves today.” SAinfo reporter “Working on Fire also recruits from disadvantaged backgrounds and offers work opportunities to 4 800 fire fighters in 107 bases around South Africa in 2011/12 alone,” Molewa said.Working for the future Working on Waste looks at waste collection, disposal and recycling initiatives. “In this regard we provide support to the municipalities in terms of handling of waste and this includes assistance in the construction of landfill sites and buy-back centres where appropriate.” Working for the Coast programmes deal with cleaning and rehabilitating coastal environmental assets and infrastructure; People and Parks projects support the development of infrastructure in and around protected areas; and Sustainable Land Based Livelihood focuses on projects which encourage restoration, rehabilitation and re-vegetation of degraded areas. The bigger picture enjoyed the same success. According to Molewa, 26 896 jobs were created overall by the environmental protection and infrastructure programmes in 2011/12. It is full steam ahead for the department going forward, and the injection of R800- million over the next two years from the National Treasury’s Green Fund will assist its green economy implementation plan. “We will utilise this funding in a manner that seeks to attract new and additional investment, stimulate job creation and lay the foundations for South Africa’s transition to a low carbon, job-creating and resource-efficient growth path,” she explained. “We are extending partnerships to key international funding institutions such as the World Bank Clean Technology Fund and the newly established Green Climate Fund.” A total of 2 788 jobs were created in the implementation of these sub-projects. “All the employed people have been trained on various skills programmes ranging from bricklaying in the construction sector to waste management in the environmental sector,” she said. “Although we can still do more and we certainly will, we are delighted with this achievement because it debunks the myth that environment management hinders development. When you work for the environment, the environment will work for you.”last_img read more

Reindeer facts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reindeer have feet like snowshoes, antlers like a rocking chair, and connections in story and song to Santa Claus.But they don’t live wild in Ohio.Neither do caribou, which belong to the same species (see No. 2 below).And Marne Titchenell — who’s a wildlife program specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University — hasn’t even seen them in Alaska.“I went there a couple of years ago,” she said. “I thought I had a good chance, considering there are more caribou there than people. But no dice.“I’ve had to rely on the ones I’ve seen at the Columbus Zoo.”Titchenell has a sleighful of experience, however, with a reindeer and caribou relative.White-tailed deer live in all 88 of Ohio’s counties, have reached nuisance levels in some cities, and part of her job is teaching workshops that show people ways to deal with them.There’s a tiny bit of good news, she said: “I can confidently say, with the backing of the scientific community, that white-tailed deer can’t fly.”She’s less firm when it comes to reindeer. “I’ve never seen one fly,” she said. “But I keep looking.”Especially Dec. 24.Confirmed reindeer facts include the following:1. Reindeer used to be Buckeyes.Once upon a time, about, hmmm, at least 10,000 years ago — until the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age — reindeer lived in the area that became Ohio.Paleontologists have found reindeer fossils in the Buckeye State and Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia, among others.2. Reindeer are the same things as caribou. In general. But maybe, somewhat, not.Reindeer and caribou belong to the same species, which is Rangifer tarandus. In general, people use “caribou” in North America, “reindeer” in Europe and Asia.“Caribou” also tends to refer to the larger, wild R. tarandus types, like the ones in Canada and Alaska, while “reindeer” often, but not always, means the slightly smaller, domesticated kinds, like many of the ones in Scandinavia.Scientists say in all, there are 14 R. tarandus subspecies and at least four domesticated breeds.A 2013 study complicates matters. Based on DNA analysis, the study suggested that reindeer/caribou should be in two groups. One group is the caribou in southern Canada. The other group is the caribou in Alaska and northern Canada plus the reindeer in Europe and Asia.The scientists who did the study said the Ice Age split the two groups apart about 200,000 years ago, and their genes and adaptations to their environment, including to changing climates, are somewhat different because of it.3. Reindeer are deer.Reindeer are members of the Cervidae, or deer, family. The Cervidae family, to name a few, includes elk, moose and Ohio’s white-tailed deer.4. Reindeer do go click, click, click.Reindeer make a clicking sound when they walk, and not just when up on a housetop. Tendons snap over sesamoid bones in their feet, and that’s what makes the click.Experts think the clicking helps the members of a herd stay in contact, especially in snowstorms or, say, when it’s foggy.5. Reindeer also vocalize.Reindeer cows grunt to their calves. Calves bleat and bawl to their mothers. Males snort, hoot, bellow and rattle hoarsely when trying to attract a mate. A special inflatable air sac in the neck gives the calls of the males extra oomph.6. When a reindeer senses danger, it may sniff, listen, stare, urinate, “wheeze-snort,” rear up and jump in the air like a stallion, then run away, often in that order.Scientists call the rearing up and jumping an “excitation leap.” It’s a visual warning to other reindeer. It could mean there’s a predator coming, like a wolf, a bear or a fearsome, toothy, bounceable biped you could even describe as abominable.7. There’s a reason a reindeer can have a red nose — at least on the inside. And it’s gross.Flies called reindeer nose bot flies may deposit their larvae in a reindeer’s nostrils. The larvae then grow in the throat or sinuses. One of the results can be inflammation. But you couldn’t really say the nose glows. The reindeer sneezes them out in spring.8. A reindeer runs faster than a grandma.A reindeer can run at speeds of up to 48 miles per hour. A grandma walking home from someone’s house Christmas Eve, or any other day, averages about 3 miles per hour. If both the reindeer and grandma were traveling in the same direction and following the same path, the grandma indeed and unfortunately would get run over by the reindeer.Even Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinter Elaine Thompson, who’s capable of about 21 miles per hour over 100 meters, would have hoof prints.9. “Up on the House Top” — and its composer’s house — have histories in Ohio.Finally, there’s a reindeer tie to Ohio in music. Benjamin Hanby — who was born in Rushville, lived in Westerville and went to Otterbein University — composed “Up on the House Top” in 1864. According to its Wikipedia entry, the song is “considered the first Yuletide song focused primarily on Santa Claus” — and his four-footed, foot-clicking helpers.Hanby was a minister, abolitionist and helped with the Underground Railroad. Today, his Westerville home is preserved as the Hanby House State Memorial, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is included in the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom of significant Underground Railroad sites.last_img read more

Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Reid

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”Geocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community”Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Product Owner & Avid Geocacher, Ben HewittMarch 13, 2016In “Community” This is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of Geocaching HQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. 🙂What is your name?ReidYeah, but what’s your Username?reidsomethingReid on the moutainHow did you come up with your username?I am a sucker for a double entendre. And I like books. It’s a call to action. My co-worker, ThePaigeTurner, and I couldn’t resist making a name-theme cache.What is your job title?UX VideographerReid makes movies about geocaching. How cool is that?What does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?Over 98% of the videos you’ve seen come out of Geocaching HQ over the past 6 years were made with these hands! (with the help of some wildly clever co-workers). Basically, I get to tell stories, geocaching stories, for a living. So, next time you see a HQ video of someone climbing a mountain, crawling through a sewer, or pie-ing our co-founder Jeremy Irish in the face, you can picture me and my trusty Canon 5Dm3 camera doing our best to make it all look pretty.Geocaching Video Production TeamTell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?I like a cache with a story. My partner and I biked the Oregon coast a few summers back. We stopped for lunch one day at an ocean lookout where it turned out that a momma and baby whale were circling the cove. After much awe, I looked for a cache nearby so I could always remember that spot, that moment.What’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?I’m always struck by meeting different kinds of geocachers. There isn’t really one common trait that all geocachers share apart from a spark of curiosity and adventure. I love meeting new people in our wacky, eclectic community.Reid hosting the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF)What’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?If the cache is placed well, you shouldn’t have to go off-rail/damage plant-life to find it.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more