Thomas calls for focus from Portmore

first_imgPortmore United head coach Shavar Thomas says his team is very determined to come away with a positive result when they play away to Honduran side FC Motagua in the quarter-final of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League on Thursday. Thomas, a former national defender, said that Motagua is going to be very difficult to beat at home, but he is very optimistic that his team can come away with all three points. “We want to come away with a positive result, so we have to be tactically and mentally focused to play against a tough Motagua team,” said Thomas. “We are very motivated because we are one step away from going into the semi-finals, and the guys are very enthusiastic and upbeat about advancing,” Thomas said. Portmore, who are the reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions, reached the quarter-finals of the competition after a 7-6 penalty kick victory over Costa Rican side Santos at the National Stadium two weeks ago. Thomas noted that his players are in excellent form entering this encounter and everyone is looking forward to giving a good account of themselves against the Hondurans. “The focus is even more heightened than the first game and the guys are ready because we know that they are a tough team and they have good players,” Thomas said. “They have a couple of Honduran internationals that play for them and we are looking forward to a tough challenge,” he said. Portmore United will be led by Kemar Foster, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Ewan Grandison, Damono Solomon and Rosario Harriott. The members of the Portmore squad left the island yesterday, while others are scheduled to leave this afternoon.last_img read more

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Youths disrespected, sidelined

first_imgThe APNU/AFC coalition spent a significant amount of its political capital and resources targeting young people while campaigning in the 2015 election.Youths were promised the creation of thousands of jobs, better wage and salary packages, and improved rates of remuneration commensurate with their qualifications. They were told that under an APNU/AFC Govt, there would be a significant reduction in unemployment and youth crime, and the completion of a hallmark policy to tackle the other socio-economic issues that bedevil youth as a core group.The APNU/AFC politicians also promised youth they would ensure that they are well represented at every level of government, including the Executive, Legislature, and on all rights as well as constitutional commissions that would be established.Youths only needed to vote for the coalition, and campaign hard as well as passionately via all social media platforms to sway public opinion.Thousands of youths agreed, and were duped into supporting the coalition; while other were threatened, cowed and intimidated.Now in Govt, the APNU/AFC coalition has relegated the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport into a department of the Ministry of Education, and has reduced budgetary allocations for youth training empowerment programmes. It has reduced the number of youths appointed to cabinet; reduced the number of youths appointed as Government MPs; disbanded and replaced youth employment programmes which serviced hinterland communities; unfairly fired or removed scores of young professionals on the basis of their race or perceived political affiliation; imposed a 2:00am curfew; disrespected young people while reducing their influence and making them a rubber stamp; reduced funding to sportsmen and women for overseas trips and other sporting events, after reducing the Ministry of Sport to a department in the Ministry of Education.One year into its term, and the APNU/AFC Govt still cannot complete and deliver a National Youth Policy, which was already 90 per cent finished by the previous administration; and present a comprehensive plan for tackling youth unemployment and the creation of jobs.It has also failed to present a national sub-plan for fighting youth crime with the aim of reducing it significantly, and convene the National Youth Council to review and oversee the proper functioning of all youth programmes. This was promised within 100 days of government; yet, after 365 days, there has been nothing of the sort.Youths are awaiting the appointment of a young person to be part of the Constitutional Reform Committee, and they are awaiting creation of a Special Youth Fund (with a technical support unit and a mentorship programme), in collaboration with the Private Sector and other non-governmental organisations, to facilitate a smooth transition from classroom to workplace; reward initiative and innovation; and create, at the community level, resource centres where youths can access information, training, pursue recreation, and obtain advice and counselling on career and employment choices.Many politicians have failed lie detector tests performed on statements made by the APNU/AFC politicians after the elections.last_img read more

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Protest at Terry tobacco warning image use in India

first_img0Shares0000NEW DELHI, India, January 3 – Representatives of England captain John Terry have lodged a complaint over the apparent use of his image for a tobacco warning printed on cigarette packets in India, a report said on Tuesday.The blurry image featuring the head and shoulders of a man resembling Terry above a warning that “Smoking Kills” was created by the government’s Directorate of Visual Publicity, the Indian Express reported. The newspaper quoted Keith Cousins of Elite Management, Terry’s representatives, as saying: “We have reviewed this matter with our client and have today instructed solicitors to take appropriate action.”Terry, 31, who is facing criminal charges in Britain over allegations of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, has made 72 appearances for England and is also captain of leading English Premier League side Chelsea.K.S. Dhatwalia, additional secretary of the Directorate of Visual Publicity, told the Express it was “not clear” how the image had been used.“We sent the creative to the health ministry and they then cleared it and circulated it,” he said. “But how Terry’s picture got to be used is not clear.”Government advertising departments have landed in trouble in the past for using “cut-and-paste” images taken from elsewhere.In 2010, there was embarrassment about a newspaper advertising campaign featuring India’s athletes ahead of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.Pictures of the athletes were set against planes supposedly emitting the orange, white and green national colours in vapour plumes, but the planes were in fact Italian and the smoke Italy’s red, white and green.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rodgers backs Suarez after diving row

first_imgPulis called for three-match bans for players who dive – making reference to one theatrical fall by Suarez.But Rodgers said he suspected double standards as he noted Stoke defender Robert Huth escaped punishment despite appearing to stamp on Suarez after the Football Association confirmed the incident was seen by officials at the time so no further action can be taken.“As manager of this football club I find it incredible that in nearly all the coverage about Luis Suarez this weekend, very little focus has been placed on the fact that he was actually the victim of a stamping incident within the first five minutes of the game,” Rodgers told liverpoolfc.com.“At this moment there seems to be one set of rules for Luis and another set for everyone else.“Diving and simulation is obviously a wider issue in football and one that we all agree has to be eradicated from our game but there were other incidents this weekend that didn’t seem to generate the same coverage.“No one should be distracted by the real issue here, both at Anfield and at another game played on Sunday, when Luis and another player were hurt in off-the-ball incidents that went unpunished but were caught on TV cameras.“I believe some people need to develop a sense of perspective and I also believe in this moment the vilification of Luis is both wrong and unfair,” said Rodgers, who after the match praised Suarez for a “terrific” performance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, England, October 9 – Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers blasted what he termed the “vilification” of Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, branded a diver by Stoke boss Tony Pulis after their draw at Anfield.Rodgers feels Suarez is suffering from a reputation which goes before him, with the Liverpool boss fearing he will not get a penalty even if he is fouled – and Rodgers has already voiced concerns to referees’ chief Mike Riley.last_img read more

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Pink Floyd Experience coming to Dawson Creek

first_imgWithout question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their record-breaking status is legendary. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, November 23 at 10 a.m. MST. Tickets are priced at $60 & $45, plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased online at dawsonco-optickets.com, by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Dawson Co-op High Performance Outlet or the Tiger Box Office Plus in the Encana Events Centre.Today, years since their last live performance, Pink Floyd’s appeal continues and spans the generations. Their shows were described as theatrical with mind-blowing lights and unsurpassed sound. The show is not only onstage…it engulfs the audience!  In keeping with this tradition, THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE is a full-on sensory assault – interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig, helicopter – it’s all there, LIVE!  This is the show for the ultimate Floyd Fan, and it gets closer to the true Pink Floyd concert experience every year!- Advertisement -All of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits are performed live including such favorites as “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall” in addition to rarities not often heard live!  Some Floyd Facts:  More than 200-million albums have been sold since 1967. Four Grammy nominations in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. They were one of the first bands to use pyrotechnics, video, and light shows in their stage acts. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. ”Dark Side of the Moon” broke all chart records when it stayed on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts for 741 weeks. It stayed there from 1973 to 1988. Nearly 1,000,000 Pink Floyd catalog albums are sold each year worldwide.Don’t miss out!  THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  www.thepinkfloydexperience.netFollow more Encana Events Centre updates via social media at www.facebook.com/encanaeventscentre and www.twitter.com/EventsCentreDCAdvertisementlast_img read more

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‘Extraordinary’ offer will see World Cup star join Chelsea, talkSPORT told

first_imgAntoine Griezmann is ‘exceptional and would set the Premier League alight’, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.The Atletico Madrid star has been linked with a switch to Chelsea this summer, but the La Liga side are reluctant to let the France World Cup star leave the club.But Hunter claims the financial situation at the Vincente Calderon could force the club to sell one of their prized assets.“Antoine Griezmann is exceptional and would set the Premier League alight,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s still young and last year he improved greatly under Diego Simeone.“This is a really talent, quick and robust young footballer. The price will have to be extraordinary because neither Simone, or Atletico, want to let him go.“Chelsea have the power to buy him though. If they go all in they have the power to take him from a club which is more than €500m in debt and trying to pay for a new stadium.“Griezmann is not pushing to get out, but the fact remains the economic power at Chelsea is such that, if they want him, they can prise him away.“Atletico have already sighed signed two big strikers [Luciano Vietto and Jackson Martinez] maybe they are preparing for the inevitable?”last_img read more

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Stranraer 0-3 Celtic: Leigh Griffiths strikes double to secure win

first_imgLeigh Griffiths underlined his importance to Celtic again with a double in their 3-0 Scottish Cup fourth-round win over Ladbrokes League One side Stranraer at Stair Park.The 25-year-old striker came off the bench to score a late Ladbrokes Premiership winner against Partick Thistle last week after his recovery from a calf injury and, in returning to the starting line-up, he opened the scoring in the 18th minute for a 21st goal of the season.Fellow striker Carlton Cole, who started for the first time since signing in October, headed in his first Hoops goal in the 42nd minute to give the visitors a comfortable interval lead and Griffiths added a third in the 84th minute.The early stages were, as expected, frantic. Five minutes after the break Scott Robertson did well to hook the ball away from the line after Hoops midfielder Stefan Johansen had forced the ball past Currie after driving into the Stranraer box.The Blues gave no indication that they could rescue the tie.Willie Gibson and Andrew Stirling came on for Sam McCloskey and Mark McGuigan respectively on the hour mark but in the 66th minute Currie again was called upon to deny Griffiths, tipping a powerful shot over for a corner, which came to nothing.Cole was replaced by Scott Allan, Tom Rogic came on for Commons and Tyler Blackett took over from Kieran Tierney, before Hoops keeper Logan Bailly, in for the suspended Craig Gordon, had to react quickly to save Craig Malcolm’s close-range header following a Stranraer corner.In the 80th minute a slip from defender Scott Rumsby let Griffiths in again but he shot straight at Currie, who then snatched the ball away from the feet of Allan as he tried to round him.But with six minutes remaining, Griffiths raced through the middle of the Stranraer defence to hammer in his second past Currie, who got a cheer from the home fans when named as man of the match. In the 10th minute Cole went down in a packed Stranraer penalty box but referee Andrew Dallas waved play on, the decision seeming less important to the visitors when Griffiths took a pass from Callum McGregor and steered the ball past 18-year-old Max Currie, who had a fine game as replacement for the injured David McGurn.The goal eased any nerves the Parkhead side may have had.After Griffiths fired over from the edge of the box in 24 minutes, Currie did well to tip a chip from Kris Commons over the bar for a corner.The young keeper made two great saves from Griffiths in quick succession but a minute later Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton stood a cross up from the by-line for Cole to head in from a yard out.With a two-goal lead Celtic went into the second half relaxed.last_img read more

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Transfer Talk: Rangers back for Congo teenager, Celtic defender exit

first_imgAnd Brendan Rodgers looks set to keep Gary Mackay-Steven in his squad after Dundee United failed to lure the winger back to Tannadice. He says he wants to stay at Parkhead and fight for his place in the side. Speaking of Dundee United, they’ve agreed one-year deals for Dutch defenders Frank van der Struijk and William Edjenguélé subject to international clearance. It’s less than 24 hours until transfer deadline day is with us but already the last minute speculation is heating up. Rangers are still keen on 17-year-old Serge Atakayi who was on trial in July. He’s set for a medical but will cost the club as he agreed a contract extension with Finnish side FF Jaro just before heading to Murray Park. Mark Warburton may also be considering a last minute swoop for a striker if he is to lose Martyn Waghorn. The Geordie, who is yet to sign a new deal with Rangers, is on Bristol City’s radar should they sell striker Jonathan Kodjia before Wednesday’s deadline. Meanwhile, across at Celtic, Torino are pursuing a £3.75million deal for defender Jozo Simunovic. He could fly in at the same time as goalkeeper Joe Hart to finalise his move.last_img read more

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Scotland can win remaining qualifiers, says Robertson

first_img“Then we can beat the other two teams that we’ve already got points off.”The full-back conceded that Scotland’s absence from Euro 2016 was particularly painful given that the other home nations all qualified but said that Saturday’s performance against England was a statement of their ability.“The last campaign was very disappointing, seeing all the home nations going and we were left behind,” he said. “Especially from the start we had in that campaign and it was looking like we had a massive chance.“Today we were against England and we’ve managed to match them when they’re all playing in the top four of the Premier League, they’re better on paper but today we matched them all over the pitch.” Andrew Robertson believes Scotland can win their remaining four World Cup qualifiers to give themselves a chance of reaching the play-offs.The Scots were within seconds of taking a vital three points from England at Hampden on Saturday after two stunning Leigh Griffiths free-kicks had given them a lead to defend. Harry Kane equalised in injury time to silence the Tartan Army but also change the shape of Group F and Scotland’s chances of making Russia 2018.The 2-2 draw leaves Scotland in fourth place, three points behind Slovenia and four behind Slovakia with four games to play.Gordon Strachan and his players travel to Lithuania on September 1 before playing Malta at Hampden three days later before a double-header against Slovakia at home and Slovenia away. Roberston was confident about Scotland’s prospects in all four matches and possibly taking second place in the group.“If you look at the fixtures we’ve got, I think we’re capable of beating them all,” Robertson said.“Slovakia away was a disappointing performance and so was Lithuania at home, we’re not hiding from that.“If we can up that performance by 10 or 20% then I believe we’ve got the better of them. last_img read more

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“Micro-Captive” Insurance Transactions Identified as Transactions of Interest (Notice 2016-66)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS has notified persons involved in certain “micro-captive” insurance transactions that such transactions are transactions of interest for purposes of Reg. §1.6011-4(b)(6) and that there are reporting obligations and penalties that may arise from involvement with these transactions. The transactions at issue involve alleged insurance contracts and a related company that the parties treat as a captive insurance company. In the transaction, each entity that the parties treat as an insured entity under the contracts claims deductions for insurance premiums and the “captive-insurance company” elects under Code Sec. 831(b) to be taxed only on investment income and, therefore, excludes the premium payments from its taxable income. The IRS believes that the manner in which these contracts are interpreted, administered and applied is inconsistent with arm’s-length transactions and sound business practices. The notice reminds anyone entering into such a transaction after November 1, 2016, to disclose the transaction as required by Reg. §1.6011-4. Material advisors who make a tax statement after November 1, 2006, with respect to transactions entered into after November 1, 2006, have disclosure and list maintenance obligations under Code Secs. 6111 and 6112.Comments RequestedComments should be submitted in writing on or before January 30, 2017. Submissions should be mailed to CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2016-66), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. Submissions may be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2016-66), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20224. Comments may also be sent electronically, via the following e-mail address: Notice.comments@irscounsel.treas.gov. Please include “Notice 2016-66” in the subject line of any electronic communications.Notice 2016-66, 2016FED ¶46,447Other References:Code Sec. 831CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶26,135.12Code Sec. 6011CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶35,141.06CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶35,141.78Code Sec. 6111CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶37,002.157Code Sec. 6112CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶37,022.157Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC FILEBUS: 3,052.20CCH Reference – TRC FILEBUS: 9,458.05last_img read more

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