No stopping Ian Links

first_imgIAN LINKS has been presented with a sitter in this afternoon’s Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial at 2000 metres, facing five rivals, three of whom he has consistently had behind him in his last four starts. The four-year-old colt not only has form to his advantage, he is the youngest in the line-up and the handicaps make him possibly the lightest in the field, coming in at approximately 49.0 kilos with two-claiming apprentice Jerome Innis. Racing against the trio of MIRACLE STAR, SCAR and RAGING PROSPECT in four consecutive races, IAN LINKS beat eight-year-old MIRACLE STAR three times in succession; finished ahead of SCAR in two of his last three and was way ahead of RAGING PROSPECT in three of the eight-year-old’s last four races. Forget IAN LINKS’ stablemate, ALSO CORRECT. The six-year-old mare returned from an unsuccessful stint at the breeding shed on March 4, a two-year lay-up, and has had the ambulance for company in four races since. Anthony Nunes’ BALLON D’OR might have won by 15 lengths on April 26 but could hardly have helped doing so in a seven-horse field of five-year-olds and upwards, non-winners of four races. Going up against IAN LINKS, who has not been worse than third in five consecutive overnight allowance races since February, should expose BALLON D’OR’s 15-length win for what it’s worth – a facile victory against lower-class horses. Since stepping up to overnight allowance in January, IANLINKS had two close calls in February. First he was beaten a length-and-a-quarter by out-of-class stablemate HOVER CRAFT at eight and a half furlongs before falling victim to another seasoned runner, TIME FOR ARMS, at a mile. In his last three races, he was third, outclassed by winners such as ANOTHER BULLET, UPPA TUNE and SUPERLUMINAL. In all three races, he was ridden by Omar Walker, carrying 117lb. Trainer Wayne DaCosta has asked the champion jockey to make way for Innis, a featherweight 49.0 kilos, making IAN LINKS the banker of the day.last_img read more

“Brains” wanted for attempted murder

first_imgThe police on Saturday issued a wanted bulletin for Keon Hayles also called “Brains” of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara for questioning in the attempted murder of Michelle Drennol.According to reports the waned man inflected grievous bodily harm on the victim on April 20, 2016.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Hyles called “Brains” is asked to contact the Police on telephone: 225-6411, 225-2227, 225-8196, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest Police station.The Police said all information will be treated with strict confidence.Keon Hayles, also known as “Brains”last_img

In observance of International Women’s Day: Mary Brownell Blames Parents for Vulnerability of Girls

first_imgVeteran Liberian teacher Mary Brownell has blamed the vulnerability of girls in Liberian society on failure of parents to provide guidance for their girl children.Speaking in a telephone interview Monday on the problems affecting women and girls in society, Mother Brownell said, “I cannot remember [a time] during my days when girls of my age group were seen at late hours in the street. You would be asked by an elderly person why you should be out, and that person will surely trace your parents or even discipline you for staying out late. But today parents do not care about where their children go and do not give them advice; and as a result, you see girls in the streets and sleeping there.”She said the failure of parents to provide guidance for their girl children has resulted in the high rate of teenage pregnancy in Liberia.Mother Brownell, who turns 87 on March 12, said she believes that the Ministry of Gender is doing well to identify the problems affecting women and girls in the country; but because parents are not exerting effort in teaching and advising their girl children, these girls continue to face sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence.She also pointed out that women’s organizations are all over Monrovia and in other parts of the country seeking donor funding to help girls, but lamented that their impact is not being felt.According to her, if women’s organizations and parents were playing their roles as role models for girls, prostitution and teenage pregnancy would have reduced by now.Weighing in on the issue of the age of consent, Mother Brownell proposed that 18 years of age is preferable as the statutory age of maturity. A girl of that age, she said, will have the attributes of decision making and can decide what is good for her.In Liberia, however, many boys and girls aged 18 and beyond still live with their parents and rely fully on their support for schooling and other basic necessities.In response to this concern, she said parents will also have to play their roles in moùlding the child to be able to demonstrate maturity by that age.“The way parents teach their children in the home will help their children to demonstrate maturity at the age of 18. The girl or boy child in the home learns from the parents, and anything the parent does is what the child will learn. For the girl child to be matured and independent at the age of 18, parents should set the pace for the child to follow. Get the child to school at the required age and by the time she reaches 18 she is out of high school and thinking about going to college,” the veteran educator and mother emphasized.Another concern Liberian women have as they celebrate International Women’s Day is the30 percent political representation exclusively allotted for women by the constitution.The “Gender Equity Bill,” sponsored by Montserrado County District #1 Representative, Josephine Francis, has lingered in the House of Representatives for years without passage.Mother Brownell, while expressing support for the bill, stressed that she is disappointed in women on ground. Their lack of support for one another, she observed, is responsible for their marginalization by men.She also asserted that women, if they want to break the barrier, should get acquainted with their constituents and demonstrate their competencies as leaders. They should not simply rely on T-shirts and a few bags of rice in election season.She added that the dominance of men in Liberian politics is highly reflective of the fact that 50% women’s participation is needed to equitably bridge the gap.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Doggie Day Spa to support friendly competition between BC SPCA branches

first_imgStarting next Monday, June 10ththere will be a draw in the shelter for a $150 Safeway gift card. Any $2 donation will get you an entry.Anyone interested in raising funds for a good cause can consider holding their own events, such as a holding a BBQ at your place of business, a draw for a basket or a direct donation. For more information contact the shelter at 250-785-7722 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC SPCA North Peace Branch and the BC SPCA South Peace Branch are holding their annual friendly community challenge for the month of June.The two branches are holding their competition to see which community will raise the most amount of money for their branch which helps to fund the care for animals in need.One of the North Peace Branch’s Fundraising events, the Doggie Day Spa will be held on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.- Advertisement -Services and minimum donation price list include;Bath and Blow Dry – $40 / Large Dogs $50Nail Trim – extra $10Anal Gland Expression – extra $10For reservations to this event, email and include your name, phone number, your dog’s name(s), breed and size.The Doggie Day Spa is taking place at 11116 Tahltan Road, Fort St. JohnAdvertisementlast_img read more

Barca set new La Liga record after 39 games unbeaten

first_img0Shares0000Luis Suarez scored as Barcelona set a new Spanish top-flight record for most games unbeaten © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Apr 14 – Barcelona set a new La Liga record by extending their unbeaten run to 39 games with a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Saturday.Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti were both on target as Barca passed the 38 matches Real Sociedad managed without defeat between 1979 and 1980. Dani Parejo gave Valencia brief hope with an 87th-minute penalty. The win at the Camp Nou, which was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested, also eases fears that Tuesday’s Champions League collapse against Roma could affect Barcelona’s march to the league title.Ernesto Valverde’s side are now 14 points clear at the top of the table, before second-placed Atletico Madrid play their game in hand against Levante on Sunday.Valencia stay third, one point ahead of Real Madrid, who are also in action on Sunday, away to Malaga.“The value of these three points is great, they are three points of gold,” Valverde said.“The week has been hard and that hard week affects everyone, including the fans.“We have not lost much but the game the other day was important and you have the feeling that we have disappointed people. You want to repay them.”There is no doubt Barca’s shock defeat in Italy still lingers, and may still, even if the Catalans secure the first part of an expected domestic double by winning the Copa del Rey next weekend.But it should take little away from their faultless form in the league, which means the last time they tasted defeat outside a cup competition was against Malaga just over 12 months ago.This was already a club record run, now eight games better than the 31 unbeaten Pep Guardiola’s brilliant team strung together in the season of 2010-11.It would now seem only the home Clasico against Real Madrid on May 6, and perhaps an awkward trip to Celta Vigo on Tuesday, stand in the way of Barcelona finishing the league campaign as invincibles.“Records are there to be broken,” Suarez told beIN Sports. “The public can be angry about the Champions League, like us, but this is a recognition of the great season we are having in the league, which now seems to have been forgotten.”– Coutinho returns –Despite their exertions in Rome, Valverde resisted the temptation to rest key players, with Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho coming in for Ivan Rakitic and Nelson Semedo.Barca showed few signs of lost confidence early on and after 15 minutes they took the lead, Coutinho drifting in from the right and, after spotting Suarez’s angled run, poking a superb pass in behind. Suarez took the finish first time and swept the ball inside the near post.Valencia, however, found a foothold and arguably were the better side by the end of the half.Pique, already booked, endured a difficult 45 minutes and as he and Marc-Andre ter Stegen dallied at the back and the latter’s skewed pass fell to Carlos Soler. Soler played in Rodrigo Moreno but Ter Stegen made up for his mistake by pushing the shot onto the bar.Barcelona started the second half like they began the first though and five minutes after the restart, they doubled their advantage.Umtiti beat Gabriel Paulista to Coutinho’s corner and while his header was parried by Neto, Valencia’s goalkeeper could only push it in off the post.Valencia’s belief was dwindling and two acrobatic volleys, from Lionel Messi and then Andres Iniesta, almost added a spectacular third, as the first flew just over and the second was parried by Neto.There was time for a tense finish after substitute Ousmane Dembele brought down Jose Gaya in the area and Parejo’s feeble penalty squirmed under the body of Ter Stegen. But Barca’s morale-boosting win was never really in doubt.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Goals galore!’ Chelsea fans delighted by striker transfer rumours

first_imgRadamel Falcao’s Manchester United career hasn’t hit the heights many football fans and pundit thought it would.The Colombian has netted just four times in the Premier League this season during his loan spell from Monaco.But as the Red Devils prepare to consider whether to renew his loan deal, champions Chelsea have emerged as potential suitors.The rumours have got tongues wagging and Blues fans took to Twitter to air their views.You can see the best comments below… Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao 1last_img

STUNNING REPORTS: Mourinho tells friends Manchester United job is a ‘DONE DEAL’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is convinced he will be the next Manchester United manager, according to widespread reports.The former Chelsea boss is being heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal under severe pressure.It was revealed last week that United had already held talks with Mourinho’s representatives as they plan for Van Gaal’s possible departure.Now, according to Wednesday’s national newspapers, the 53-year-old has informed friends that it is a ‘done deal’ he will take charge of United.The Daily Telegraph quotes a well-placed source, saying: “Mourinho’s going to Manchester United. It’s a done deal. Chelsea is the only big job up for grabs.”Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, just months after leading the club to the Premier League title.He is desperate to remain in England and has long coveted the United job.Should the Portuguese take charge at Old Trafford, it would reignite his bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City in the summer.last_img read more

Triona’s swim school Tonnta is making waves!

first_imgTriona Mc Menamin is making waves in Dunfanaghy where she has set up a new swim school, Tonnta based in the Shandon Hotel.Triona, a local primary school teacher and current coach to the Irish Lifesaving Squad is multi qualified being a level 2 swim coach, surf lifesaving and triathlon coach. Triona also has a great sporting background having won numerous National, European and World Lifesaving titles while being well known on the triathlon, swim and stand up paddle board racing scene in Ireland.“Swimming is a life skill. I live by the ocean in Dunfanaghy, a gorgeous part of the world and I’m excited about getting more local children and adults into the water to develop their confidence, awareness and aquatic skills. We are going to cater for all levels, it doesn’t matter where you are starting at, our qualified coaches will bring you to the next level,” Triona said. Tonnta will start teaching lessons to adults and children of all abilities next Monday 6th (adults) and Tuesday 7th (children). Registration takes place in the Shandon Leisure Centre on Mon 30th and Tues 31st Jan from 5-7pm. For more information ring Triona on 0861077380 or Facebook, Tonnta Swim School.Triona’s swim school Tonnta is making waves! was last modified: January 30th, 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:SCHOOLShandon Leisure CentreSWIMMINGtonntatriona mcmenaminlast_img read more


first_imgJim McGuinness at Croke Park todayDUBLIN have been installed as favourites to win this year’s All-Ireland Championship after a dazzling display against Kildare at Croke Park this afternoon.Kildare had taken the lead, giving hope to neutrals everywhere, but a stunning second half display saw the Dubs romp home to a 4-16 to 1-09 victory.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was at GAA headquarters to watch the match. Dublin will face Meath in the Leinster final after they overcame a dogged Wexford side.Meanwhile former Donegal manager Brian McIver led his Derry side to a seven point victory over Sligo this evening at Owenbeg – 0-15 to 0-08 the final score.Qualifiers – Round 1 30 Jun 2013 5pm Derry 0-15 – 0-08 Sligo Owenbeg30 Jun 2013 3pm Armagh 2-21 – 0-02 Wicklow Athletic Grounds29 Jun 2013 7pm Galway 1-12 – 0-11 Tipperary Pearse Stadium, Galway29 Jun 2013 7pm Longford 2-14 – 0-09 Limerick Glennon Brothers Pearse Park29 Jun 2013 3pm Westmeath 1-15 – 3-10 Fermanagh Cusack Park, Mullingar29 Jun 2013 3pm Offaly 0-08 – 1-27 Tyrone Tullamore 29 Jun 2013 3pm Louth 1-17 – 1-11 Antrim Drogheda28 Jun 2013 7:45pm Carlow 0-12 – 3-13 Laois Dr Cullen ParkJIM McGUINNESS AT CROKE PARK TO SEE DAZZLING DUBLIN TROUNCE KILDARE was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:JIM McGUINNESS AT CROKE PARK TO SEE DAZZLING DUBLIN TROUNCE KILDARElast_img read more

Unused leave time can go for charity

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The government is making it easier for small companies and their employees to give to Hurricane Katrina victims, allowing businesses of any size to donate the value of employees’ unused leave and vacation to Katrina-related charities. Companies can get a double break: a tax deduction and an exemption from employment taxes on the money. But here’s some advice from management consultants – don’t take those breaks and run. Make sure your employees who’ve given up their time off feel appreciated by you. Under what the IRS is calling its leave donation program, employees can forgo vacation time, sick leave or personal days, and their employers can then donate the value of that time – computed according to their salary or wages – to a qualified tax-exempt organization specifically for the relief of Katrina victims. The program runs through 2006, so employees who have used up all their 2005 leave and vacation can still donate time next year. The program is likely to be quite helpful for small companies that don’t have the resources to make sizeable charitable contributions. It also gives employees who want to donate but don’t have available cash a way to help Katrina victims. The one possible catch that employers need to look out for is the fact that the employees don’t get a tax benefit from the contribution. Employees aren’t taxed on the money, but they also can’t deduct it in the same way they would deduct a direct cash contribution on their income tax returns. And so some workers might have some hard feelings when the boss gets a deduction and they don’t. Leslie Yerkes, president of Catalyst Consulting Group in Cleveland, suggests employers match the contribution by sending in extra cash. “Matching gifts is another way of saying, ‘we’re all together,”‘ she said. Yerkes also noted that some companies give employees paid time off to work for charitable organizations. That’s another way an employer can be sure that workers won’t view their Katrina-related philanthropy as less than altruistic. Something as simple as a thank you note can also work well, said Beverly Kaye, an employee retention consultant in Sherman Oaks. “A ‘thank you’ means more than we ever think,” Kaye said. “It’s a small thing to do to make a big deal out of a contribution” by an employee. Another possibility, Kaye said, is to bring lunch one day to say thank you to everyone. The mechanics of the leave donation program are quite simple. The IRS isn’t requiring that employers file any forms with the tax agency; employers must document within their own accounting systems the fact that employees did not use their leave or time off and that the money was donated to a qualified charity. You can find a list of most qualified charitable organizations at the IRS Web site, The employer can decide how to treat the donation when it comes time to file tax returns; it can be noted on Schedule C or corporate tax returns as either a charitable contribution or a business deduction. It should not be included in compensation listed on employees’ W-2 forms or payroll tax forms. And if you give employees thank you notes, they cannot use them as receipts for tax deductions, since they are not entitled to the deduction in the first place. The employer can select the charity or charities that will receive the donations, but it’s a good idea to consult with your employees about where they’d like to see the money go. The IRS has a list of frequently asked questions for both employers and employees on its Web Site.last_img read more