STETHS, Manchester blockbusters highlight daCosta Cup second round kickoff

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:With the first round of the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW daCosta Cup now out of the way and the sifting of teams done, attention now turns to the inter-zone battles, of which several blockbuster matches are scheduled for today.One such is the Zone C clash between defending champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and Holmwood. This game will be played at Manchester High School, starting at 3:30 p.m.STETHS, one of five teams identified with having the best chance of lifting the title this year, along with Dinthill, Cornwall College, Rusea’s and Clarendon College, have been slowly getting into gear. According their technical director, Wendell Downswell, the inter-zone round is the part of the competition that will trigger the usual STETHS tenacity.”We look forward to this part of the daCosta Cup. The players know what is to be done and now that we have passed the first stage, it is now time to just become bolder and stake our claim,” Downswell told The Gleaner.”The first round we kind of took it in stride. We didn’t need to push ourselves, but the inter-zone is a different thing. Here we will need to push because other teams are coming for our scalp. We wear the crown that others want and we will need to defend,” he added.STETHS are in Zone Three alongside Holmwood (first in Zone G), Mile Gully High (second in Zone F) and last year’s semi-finalists, Lennon High, out of Zone E. Mile Gully will tackle Lennon to complete today’s schedule in the zone.PERFECT WIN RECORDMeanwhile, the competition’s most prolific team, Dinthill Technical, face strong opposition in Port Antonio. Dinthill have scored 49 goals. They are one of two teams with a perfect win record, the other being Cornwall College.Over in Zone One, Cedric Titus will take on a Cornwall College team high on and confidence.The former many-time champions breezed through the first round, racking up 35 goals along the way. Also in that zone, Petersfield High will be in the hunt for all three points against Green Island.In Zone Two, Godfrey Stewart meet Rusea’s, while the improving Spot Valley take on St James High.Another big clash will see Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis’ Clarendon College locking horns with the always consistent Manchester High in Zone Four, while Lacovia and Spalding do battle at the Lacovia Community Centre.Second round zonesZone 1: Cedric Titus, Cornwall College, Green Island and PetersfieldZone 2: Godfrey Stewart, Rusea’s, Spot Valley and St. JamesZone 3: Holmwood, Lennon, Mile Gully and STETHSZone 4: Clarendon College, Lacovia, Manchester and SpaldingZone 5: Alston, Fair Prospect, St Mary Tech and Steer TownZone 6: Brimmervale, Dinthill, Port Antonio and BB Coke/AlstonZone 7: Glenmuir, Seaforth, Vere Tech and Ocho Rios/-Browns TownZone 8: Garvey Maceo, Kemps Hill, Little London and Paul BogleToday’s matchesCedric Titus vs Cornwall CollegePetersfield vs Green IslandSt James vs Spot ValleyGodfrey Stewart vs Rusea’sLennon vs Mile GullyHolmwood vs STETHSClarendon College vs ManchesterLacovia vs SpaldingDinthill vs Port AntonioGlenmuir vs Bog WalkSeaforth vs Vere TechPaul Bogle vs Kemps HillGarvey Maceo vs Little Londonlast_img read more

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Donnie Nietes vacates WBO super flyweight title to pursue bigger fights

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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nietes, though, will have to face fellow Filipino Jerwin Ancajas if he wants the IBF World super flyweight title.“I hope to seek bigger fights with the World champions of the other organizations,” said Nietes. “It may or may not happen but I believe this is the right decision under this situation.”Nietes also wished Palicte the best and for his former opponent to get a shot at another World title.“I would want to give my fellow Filipino Aston Palicte a chance to fight for the World title to bring pride and glory to our country,” said Nietes. “Thank you for your support. Mabuhay ang Plilipinas.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Bojan Bogdanovic churns out season-best 35 as Pacers top Wolves Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “After thinking hard about it for a long time, I have decided to vacate my WBO super flyweight belt, I feel in my heart that there is no point to do the rematch with Aston Palicte after the controversial draw,” said Nietes in a statement.Nietes held the IBF World flyweight title before moving up to the 115-lb division to take a shot at the WBO strap that brought him face-to-face with Palicte.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJudge Max DeLuca scored the bout 114-114 while Daniel Sandoval gave Nietes the 118-110 nod only to be canceled out when Robert Hoyle saw the fight go in Palicte’s way at 116-112.With Nietes vacating his title, he can choose to fight the other champions Khalid Yafai, who owns the WBA belt, and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who holds the WBC and Ring Magazine titles. View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Boxing champion Donnie Nietes announced on Friday that he is vacating the WBO World super flyweight title to pursue bigger fights against the other champions of the division.Nietes won the then vacant title against Japan’s Kazuto Ioka on New Year’s eve at Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau but the WBO ordered the Filipino in February to defend the belt against countryman Aston Palicte after their first match ended in a draw in September of 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

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Urgent need for national register of sexual offenders

first_imgDear Editor,I write to express my disgust that there are religious leaders who walk among us pretending that they are normal and virtuous when in fact they are sick in their heads and are guilty of committing heinous acts of rape and sexual assault.In recent times, there have been countless reports of sexual crimes committed by religious leaders locally, regionally and internationally. It is particularly disturbing that many of their victims are vulnerable women and children who are members of their places of worship.It is unthinkable that so many religious leaders violate their positions of trust and authority to abuse women and children who look up to them for spiritual guidance and comfort during difficult times in their lives.Sexual abuse straddles all religions, but whether it occurs in Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhists or other faiths, it is a vile act of betrayal when perverts, who are put on a pedestal by trusting religious practitioners, choose to target the naive and innocent to commit depraved acts.To me, what is even more repulsive is when these perverse religious leaders go unpunished and continue to be well respected by their church members. Worst of all, they are protected by the silence of ashamed and fearful victims and by high officials in their religious circles.Sexual crimes is a disease in our society, and the laws must be changed so that the perpetrators are punished severely.I am also calling for a serious approach by society, with a national register of sexual offenders who have served time in prison.The Police in the respective communities should also have photos posted at their stations if a convicted sexual pervert lives in their jurisdiction. Further, if these people are changing their addresses, then the Police must be informed.The Police are also caught up in raping people who go to report crimes. They are raping their female prisoners, and even children!Let us, as a society, take a serious stand to control and eventually stamp out this problem with a no-nonsense approach.All these sexual crimes beg the question: What is the role of our religious organisations? Can they do something and help?Our religious leaders need to move their focus away from politics and other activities, and concentrate on the spiritual upbringing of their congregation members. They need to focus on teachings that will lead to stopping rape and sexual assault. They need to play a bigger role.Parents also need to teach their children about what constitutes a good touch and a bad touch.We all need to play a bigger role. The fact that toddlers are being raped by their family members is a national shame.Let’s enact legislation that would ease the way for survivors to take legal action against their abusers.Where is the humanity in us? Let’s do something about it and stop this evil.Sincerely,Roshan Khanlast_img read more

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Toxicology report still pending in Eggers’ death

first_imgFor the full story, Click Here. It’s been almost two weeks since Taylor resident Dieter Eggers passed away at the Halfway hot springs near Nakusp, B.C. He was travelling with his long time friend, 26 year-old Cameron McSorley, when the pair decided to take a break at the hot springs. The arrowlakenews.com reports that when they arrived, McSorley brewed a batch of magic mushroom tea, and the two drank from the same pot. Eggers died around six hours after drinking the brew. – Advertisement -McSorley says he did not have any adverse reaction to the drink. According to the article, Eggers’ mother says her son’s internal organs were severely affected. Lorna Gardner told the arrowlakenews.com that the autopsy showed Eggers had a swollen brain and lesions on his heart, lungs and intestines. The arrowlakenews.com reports that the Nakusp RCMP detachment has attributed Eggers’ death to the consumption of magic mushrooms, although the toxicology results for the case are still pending. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tax credits reward energy-saving moves

first_img“You really are going to have to rely on the promotional material you get from the manufacturer,” said Bob Scharin, senior tax analyst from Thomson Tax & Accounting, who edits a monthly journal for tax professionals. “The IRS guidance says you can rely on that. If the IRS later finds that there were inaccuracies, they can fine that manufacturer.” “Save your documentation,” says Mark Steber, vice president of tax resources for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, which has 6,000 tax preparation locations across the country. “Many companies who provide these types of property have placed certifications on their Web sites. Coupled with proof of purchase, you should be in good shape.” Donna LeValley, contributing editor of J.K. Lasser’s income tax guide, suggests taxpayers check the Energy Star Web site at http://www.energystar.gov for information about energy-saving home improvements. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star label indicates a device meets government energy efficiency guidelines. Be warned, this credit isn’t intended to apply to household appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators, even if they bear the Energy Star label. It’s only for home improvements that reduce a home’s “heat loss or gain,” according to the law. You don’t have to submit any of the supporting documentation with your tax return, but you must submit Form 5695 showing your credit calculation. There’s another energy credit in the tax code for hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles, though applying it is a bit trickier. Taxpayers who bought a new hybrid gas-electric car or truck in 2006 are eligible for a credit that depends on the vehicle’s fuel economy, weight and technology. Complicating the picture is the fact that the credit is reduced on a quarterly schedule after the quarter in which the manufacturer reaches sales of 60,000 of all its hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles. For example, the popular Toyota Prius originally qualified for a top credit of $3,150. On Oct.1, after Toyota reached the 60,000 hybrid vehicle mark, the Prius credit fell to $1,575. Taxpayers don’t have to worry about calculating the credit themselves or figuring out whether the manufacturer has reached the 60,000 mark. Instead, go the IRS Web page http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=157632,00.html for a list of each qualifying vehicle and its available credit. Models marked with a small cross (+) have already had their credits reduced because the manufacturer has sold 60,000 qualifying vehicles. The IRS says it updates the Web site constantly, so the figures on the Web page should be accurate. File Form 8910, “Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit,” when claiming this credit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Did you install an energy-efficient water heater or furnace in 2006? How about a solar panel, storm door or insulation? You may reap a reward at tax time. With fuel and other energy costs skyrocketing last year, consumers who purchased energy-efficient home improvements or hybrid vehicles can take a tax credit – one of the tax code’s biggest prizes. Credits amount to pure gold for the taxpayer because they are a dollar-for-dollar reduction in tax liability, whereas a tax deduction only reduces the income against which tax is assessed. Many home improvements can qualify for the residential energy credit, including insulation, certain water heaters, air conditioners, fans, furnaces, skylights, exterior windows and doors, solar panels and metal roofs with pigmented coatings designed to reduce a home’s heat gain. The credit is usually 10percent of the cost, though there may be separate limits for specific devices. For example, up to $50 can be claimed for a main circulating air fan and up to $150 for a natural gas, propane or oil furnace, or hot water boiler. No more than $200 of the credit can be for windows. The credit is limited to $500 for the 2006 and 2007 tax years combined. So if you claim the entire $500 credit for 2006, you won’t get the credit for 2007. Separately, taxpayers can take a credit of 30percent of the cost of a solar panel, solar water heater or fuel cell power plant to heat their homes, up to a maximum credit of $2,000. No part of such a system can be used to heat a pool or hot tub, however. To be eligible for a residential energy credit, the device has to be “qualified energy property,” meaning it must meet criteria established by the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code and its supplements or, for windows and certain other items, bear the Energy Star label. How do you know if your improvement meets the test? The Internal Revenue Service permits you to rely on the manufacturer’s claim. last_img read more

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Western fame earns ‘Big Love’ actor a star

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rawlins is a longtime stuntman who doubled for Clint Eastwood in “Rawhide” and rode shotgun on the stagecoach in “Gunsmoke.” He also worked as an assistant director on “Fury,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “Cheyenne,” “Bronco” and “77 Sunset Strip.” Rawlins lives on his ranch in Placerita Canyon. Sons of the San Joaquin – Joe, Jack and Lon Hannah – has performed traditional cowboy music across the globe. The band’s “Gospel Trails” recording features “In the Sweet By and By,” with the late Dale Evans Rogers as lead vocalist. SANTA CLARITA – Veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton, now starring in TV’s “Big Love,” leads the list of entertainers to be inducted this year into Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars. Also set to be honored in an April 27 ceremony are stuntman and assistant director Phil Rawlins, a Placerita Canyon resident; and Sons of the San Joaquin, a favorite band at the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. The 3 p.m. induction into the San Fernando Road walk of fame is a highlight of the cowboy festival, which will culminate with a 7 p.m. Western gala at the Valencia Hyatt. Hosting this year’s gala is former Walk of Stars award winner and cowboy singer Don Edwards. David Wilkie and Cowboy Celtic will entertain. Stanton, whose HBO series is filmed in Santa Clarita, appeared decades ago in TV classics “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “Rawhide” and “How the West Was Won.” last_img read more

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BC Hydro to put forth emergency outage in “business district” of Fort St. John

first_imgBC Hydro will be forcing an emergency power outage at approximately 11:35 a.m. that will affect businesses in and around the Totem Mall. The planned outage is a result of a construction crew doing a dig and exposing underground power lines.Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer said the outage will affect the Totem Mall, Safeway, Original Joe’s and Montana’s. Gammer was unable to give a more specific outline as to what streets the outage will impact. Other businesses may also find themselves without power temporarily.The outage is expected to be in place for 30-60 minutes.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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DDTV: ERRIGAL FROM A VERY DIFFERENT ANGLE!

first_imgThousands of people climb Errigal every year.But very few of them approach it from the North West face. Yesterday, renowned climber Iain Miller took on the climb and made a wonderful video of his journey.If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to look away! DDTV: ERRIGAL FROM A VERY DIFFERENT ANGLE! was last modified: March 20th, 2015 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:DDTVErrigalIain Millerlast_img read more

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Bin Laden a more elusive target

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Tracking down Osama bin Laden has proven tougher than getting to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi because the top al-Qaida leader does almost nothing to call attention to himself and is protected by a ring of far more faithful followers, intelligence experts said Thursday. The mastermind of the Sept.11, 2001, attacks avoids using satellite phones and the Internet. He is likely holed up along the Pakistani-Afghan border in rugged, remote terrain, protected by loyal tribesmen. Al-Zarqawi was killed Wednesday just 30 miles from the Iraqi capital. “Osama bin Laden is a far more difficult leader of al-Qaida to be caught as compared to al-Zarqawi,” said Talat Masood, a retired Pakistan army general. “Firstly, bin Laden is not involved in day-to-day operations and we believe that he enjoys the support of much more loyal people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Al-Zarqawi had a $25 million bounty on his head – the same amount offered by the United States for information leading to bin Laden. Henry Crumpton, the U.S. ambassador in charge of counterterrorism, last month called parts of Pakistan’s border region a “safe haven” for militants. He said bin Laden was more likely to be hiding there than in Afghanistan. According to a senior Pakistani security official, bin Laden avoids using the Internet or satellite phones. Bin Laden “has seen the fate of those who used satellite phones. He has seen that many such people were arrested by us, and they included some close associates of the al-Qaida chief,” the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of his job. The official said Pakistani forces, in cooperation with U.S.-led coalition troops in Afghanistan, were working to get closer to bin Laden, but “so far we don’t have any clue on his whereabouts.” The Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said he hopes al-Zarqawi’s death will kick-start the hunt for bin Laden. “The hunt for Osama continues,” he said. Even so, Pakistan remains the likely hiding place for bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri. The two leaders are now fairly disconnected from al-Qaida’s activities, said a senior Western diplomat in Islamabad, who agreed to discuss the matter only if not quoted by name. “They’ve been able to escape detection as they aren’t communicating and aren’t effectively involved in al-Qaida operations. It makes it very hard to run them down, but moves them significantly from an operational role to a symbolic one,” he said.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

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LETTERKENNY ROVERS AND COCKHILL CELTIC EMBROILED IN RACISM ROW

first_imgThe FAI are investigating an alleged racist incident that occurred in an FAI Intermediate Cup match between Letterkenny Rovers and Cockhill Celtic last month.Delegates from both clubs have been instructed to attend an FAI hearing regarding the alleged racist incident next week.Representatives from both clubs will meet with officials from the (DCU) Disciplinary Controls Unit. It is believed that a Cockhill Celtic player made racist remarks towards an opponent during their 4-3 win over Letterkenny Rovers.It’s the second time in just over six months that Donegal Soccer has been rocked by racism allegations.In March, national attention was brought to an incident involving Castlebar Celtic’s Thierry Baba.Castlebar Celtic alleged that Baba was the subject of racist chants from a section of the Swilly Rovers support at an SFAI U-15 National Cup tie at Swilly Park. Swilly Rovers were found guilty and fined €1,000, although the fine was reduced on appeal and a donation was made to charity.LETTERKENNY ROVERS AND COCKHILL CELTIC EMBROILED IN RACISM ROW was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cockhill CelticFAILetterkenny RoversnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

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