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Frater may call it a day

first_imgWithout giving a specific date, three-time Olympian Michael Frater is contemplating his retirement from athletics. Speaking last Saturday at the Gibson McCook Relays, Frater expressed his joy of being part of a golden era in Jamaican track and field. He is, nevertheless, looking forward to a good 2017 season. Though he didn’t compete at the Relays this year, the 34, year-old sprinter described 2017 as “a very important year for me”. “It’s getting down there to maybe the final years of my career”, he clarified, “so I just want to finish up on a good note.” He was on his way back to good form last year when he ran 10.04 seconds for the 100m at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix. But, his bid for a place on a fourth consecutive Olympic team was spoilt by an ill-timed bout with the Zika virus. The 10.04 was his best time in four injury-ridden seasons. Frater, the 2005 World Championships 100m runner-up, agrees that he was part of a generation of Jamaican athletes who did extremely well. “It’s the end of a great era for us, and looking forward, for the youngsters to really come and carry on the mantle from this one because the last 10-12 years have been excellent for us,” he said with obvious pride. “We have pretty much dominated the world,” he went on, “and I definitely want to see us continue doing that.” A 9.88 sprinter at his best, Frater was also a finalist in the 2008 Olympics and helped Jamaica to world record 4x100m victories at those Games, the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.last_img read more

Professional wrestler ‘Vader’ passes away at 63

first_imgWrestleMania: Lesnar keeps Universal strap, Rousey wins in WWE debutWomen, children attend wrestling event in Saudi ArabiaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Image: World Wrestling EntertainmentProfessional wrestler Leon White, more popularly known as “Vader,” passed away on the evening of June 18.White’s death appears to have been caused by a severe case of pneumonia. A tweet posted on June 20 by the wrestler’s son on White’s Twitter account said he was diagnosed around a month ago. Despite making progress to recover since then, White’s heart eventually gave out at around 7:25 p.m. on June 18.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Fans at World Cup criticized for videos disrespecting women Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Image: Twitter/@itsvadertimeWorld Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) paid tribute to the fallen legend with a statement that summarized his career in the world of sports-entertainment.Leon “Vader” White entered the world of professional wrestling in the mid-1980s after retiring from the National Football League (NFL) due to injury. He started out in Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association where he steadily earned prominence. He would later join New Japan Pro Wrestling and be reborn as the masked Big Van Vader. He became one of the biggest stars during his time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVader then moved to World Championship Wrestling where he became a three-time WCW World Champion. Fans would be reminded of his rivalry with fellow pro wrestlers Sting and Ron Simmons.Vader would later join WWE in 1996 to square off with pro wrestling superstars such as The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew WWE commentator and former pro wrestler Mick Foley dedicated a long Facebook post today to his departed friend. In it Foley reiterated the foreword he wrote for Vader’s upcoming book.“It was almost impossible not to feel a sense of sympathy for an opponent of Leon White during his career as Vader. To me, he was the most believable, most talented “monster” wrestler of his generation. No one was better at being the immovable object, that inpenetrable wall than Leon White,” wrote Foley.In 2016, Foley also campaigned for Vader to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by 2017. In the same year, Foley also learned that Vader had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Doctors gave Vader less than two years left to live. Looking back at this and Vader’s long career in pro wrestling, Foley wondered why his friend has yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.Image: Facebook/Mick FoleyRELATED STORIES:Engaged wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella break upADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Duo charged for illegal gun

first_imgA 17-year- old and a 29-year-old were on Monday jointly charged with possession of a firearm when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Shamar CharlesDeon Chand and Shamar Charles of Agricola, Georgetown, both pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them by Magistrate Leron Daly.The charge alleged that on August 26, 2016 at Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) while being in the company of others, they were in possession of a shot gun without being the holder of a gun licence.The Prosecution contended that Police searched a vehicle that the defendants were in and discovered the gun in the trunk of the car.The other occupants managed to escape.However, Charles’ attorney in a bail application told the court that he was hired to take several persons to Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).He said when his client reached the destination, the passengers disembarked but requested that he wait until they completed a business transaction.While waiting, Police officers arrested him and searched the car and the shotgun was found in the trunk.Deon ChandThe passengers upon return recognised what was occurring and escaped. However, the teen was caught by Police.Chand was granted $250,000 and Charles $150,000. Both men will next appear in court on September 9.last_img read more

Linden man burnt with gasoline by battered reputed wife

first_imgDeon Marks, 43, a vendor of Lot 206 Fourth Street, Silvertown and also of Lot 31 Nottinghamshire Mines in Linden, was burned about his body with gasoline by his reputed wife, following an argument at their home.Reports are that, following the incident, the man was rushed to the Linden Hospital while his 52-year-old reputed wife was taken into Police custody.According to Police, the couple has been together for two years, and Marks is reportedly in the habit of threatening and hitting his reputed wife.This publication was told that on Sunday an argument ensued after the woman accused Marks of stealing her money. During the argument, the woman allegedly locked Marks out of their Nottinghamshire Mines house.Marks allegedly armed himself with a spade and broke the lock to the home to gain entry. The women reportedly then retrieved a gallon bottle of gasoline and threw it on the victim along with a cigarette she was smoking.As Marks’s body caught fire, he rushed to the gate and jumped into a gutter. A taxi driver saws what had taken place and rushed him to the Linden Hospital Complex. He was treated for burns about his body and his condition is listed as stable.The woman later surrendered to ranks at the Mackenzie Police Station, where she reportedly admitted to the crime.Police later visited the scene of the crime. Investigations are ongoing. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Lee’s, other Confederate letters auctioned off

first_img“I’m not sure what his letter says,” he said. But to put General Lee and slave labor in the same letter “convinced me that that had to be a document of some historical importance.” The issues addressed in the letters ranged from defense to the mundane. A $75 bid bought a bill of sale for bags of flour. Willcox’s letters were supposed to be auctioned in 2004. But South Carolina sued, claiming they were written as part of official state business and were government property. A federal judge ruled last year that Willcox owned the collection, which were in his family for generations before he discovered them in his parents’ home after they died. The legal spat led Willcox to file for bankruptcy. Willcox said he was disappointed with the sales. He said he’s sure he at least broke even after spending money on legal fees and $70,000 for a detailed appraisal of the documents. “I thought it would have gone better,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s over.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBIA, S.C. – For months, 11 folders of old papers rescued from his parents’ closet sat in Thomas Willcox’s sport utility vehicle. Then he realized some were signed by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and might be valuable. They were. The three letters, written by Lee during the Civil War, sold at auction Saturday for $61,000. That was far off the record $630,000 a Lee item sold for in 2002. But it was an improvement from last year, when two letters from the general who surrendered in 1865, sold for $5,000 and $1,900, said Patrick Scott, director of rare books and special collections at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library. The letters were among more than 400 documents Willcox put up for auction after a protracted fight with the state, which claimed ownership of the documents that had been in Willcox’s family for years. Neither Willcox nor the auction house had specific figures, but estimates placed the total sales at less than $400,000. The collection details life in South Carolina from 1861 to 1863. Many of the letters are correspondence between generals and the Confederate government and Govs. Francis Wilkinson Pickens and Milledge Luke Bonham. “The strength of the enemy, as far as I am able to judge, exceeds the whole force that we have in the state,” Lee wrote to Pickens on Dec. 27, 1861. “It can be thrown with great celerity against any point, and far outnumbers any force we can bring against it in the field.” Other letters are from residents asking for help defending their communities or for the return of slaves taken from plantations to help build fortifications. Some document the grisly details of war. “But shall I tell you now of the battlefield?” Sgt. Maj. William S. Mullins of the 8th Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers wrote in an Aug. 6, 1861, letter about the first Battle of Manassas. “Of the dead hideous in every form of ghastly death: heads off, arms off, abdomens protruding, every form of wound, low groans, sharp cries … convulsive agonies as the souls took flight. It is useless to write. I know something of the power of words to paint and I tell you that a man must see all this to conceive it.” Fewer than 50 people gathered for the auction of old correspondence, telegrams, bills and receipts. Two of the Lee letters were sold to an out-of-state collector bidding by phone. David Ellison of Columbia spent $27,000 for a Lee letter that talked about using slave labor to build defenses. last_img read more

Everton and West Ham blow! Forward target Juan Iturbe set for Benfica talks

first_img1 Everton and West Ham target Juan Iturbe is set to meet with representatives from Benfica over a possible move to the Primeira Liga giants, according to reports in Portugal.talkSPORT brought you news on Tuesday that the Premier League duo had an interest in the 22-year-old Argentine, who endured a difficult first season in Rome following his big-money move from Verona.But TVI24 in Portugal claim the player’s agent, Gustavo Mascardi, is in Lisbon negotiating his client’s potential move to Benfica.That would mean a return to Portugal for Iturbe, who spent three years at Porto from 2010, and would mean the Toffees and the Hammers must move quickly if they are to have any chance of clinching his signature. Roma star Juan Iturbe last_img

Liverpool transfer news: Is ‘dominant’ Euro 2016 star the ideal man for Klopp?

first_imgFootball statistics experts WhoScored assess what could be a incredible signing by Liverpool, should they sneak in and snap up N’Golo Kante from Leicester City. Read on to see how the French sensation could fit in to Jurgen Klopp’s plans and check out WhoScored’s Liverpool stats page, here.It’s seemingly easier to identify a team who haven’t been linked with a move for N’Golo Kante this summer given the raft of interest in the France international. A dominant debut season in England’s top tier has seen a majority of the clubs sit up and take notice of the tough tackling 25-year-old. While Leicester are understandably keen to retain the services of their star midfielder, they could be powerless to resist the temptation to sell if a big money bid for one of their prized assets lands on Claudio Ranieri’s desk.The latest team to be linked with a move for the player is Liverpool, who are looking to strengthen their midfield this summer. Kante’s rating last season (7.61) ranked among the top 10 Premier League players, further reinforcing the high level of interest in the midfielder. Given the high pressing approach implemented by manager Jurgen Klopp, Kante seems the ideal acquisition for the Reds.The Leicester star made more tackles (175) and interceptions (156) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues last season. He ranked third for possession won in the midfield third (162) in England’s top tier last term. As far as perfectly suited midfielders in a Klopp system go, they don’t get much better than Kante. The one concern, however, would be whether he could transition from a team that sits back to hit teams on the counter to one that looks to dominate proceedings.In his final season in France, only Guingamp (44.1%) averaged less possession than former side Caen (44.7%) in Ligue 1, while Leicester averaged the third least possession (44.8%) in their title winning campaign. For teams that won’t see much of the ball, Kante is the ideal ball winner to help regain possession in the middle of the attack to spring swift counter attacks. For Leicester last season, who could call on Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, this tact worked to perfection.Liverpool, though, averaged a strong 55% possession in the Premier League, the fifth highest last term. Any qualms over whether Kante would struggle in a team routinely on the front foot, though, went some way to being quashed on Friday night, with the midfielder playing a starring role in France’s 2-1 win. The Euro 2016 hosts averaged 59% possession in the victory, with Les Bleus dominant from the outset, despite the scoreline.In Paris, Kante had more touches (101) and attempted more passes (86) than any other player on the pitch and had the best pass success rate (91.9%). As capable as playing in a team that dominates matches as he is a side that is set up to defend deep, Kante is the ideal defensive midfielder for any team. For Liverpool, he’d likely play alongside Emre Can in the middle of the park, with Kante’s seemingly limitless energetic displays freeing up the German to maximise his distribution qualities.No matter who he signs for, however, Kante would make for an astute acquisition. Liverpool aren’t the only side reportedly in the running to sign the France international this summer and if they do firm up their interest, competition for his signature will be high. However, if the Reds can convince Kante to move to Anfield, Liverpool’s squad will be all the stronger in their pursuit of a return to the Champions League.For more stats on N’Golo Kante, click here to view his player page… 1 Liverpool target N’Golo Kante in action for France last_img read more

Federal funds sought to pay for jailing illegal immigrants

first_imgThe county Board of Supervisors, on a lobbying mission in Washington this week, is scheduled to meet with Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon today in seeking federal money to cover the cost of holding jail inmates who are illegal immigrants – a $73 million tab the county mostly paid out-of-pocket during 2004-05. President George W. Bush’s proposed 2007 budget eliminates funding to the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Established in 1994, it reimburses state and local agencies the cost for incarcerating inmates who are undocumented, as border security is the province of the federal government. “The president in his budget lined out all SCAAP funding,” Bob Hauter, an aide for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said Tuesday from Washington. “What we’re looking for is a restoration. “We believe we should be fully reimbursed, … to reimburse the local agencies on a cost we have no ability to affect.” “That ignores the fact that there are 12 million estimated illegal aliens already in the country,” he said. “What we’re talking about with SCAAP are not people are who crossing the border. We are talking about the people who are already here and are committing crimes that we have to process and house.” The board met with Department of Justice officials Tuesday, and plans to take up the issue today with local Congress members, including McKeon, R-Santa Clarita; Reps. David Drier, R-Glendora, and Jane Harman, D-Venice. On Thursday, they will meet with White House staffers and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. “McKeon is the chair of a major conference committee,” Hauter said. “He is from California and he cares very deeply to make sure we get the funding.” McKeon spokesman James Geoffrey said the congressman, whose 25th District includes the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, can be counted an ally. “Those bearing the burden should get the most help,” Geoffrey said. “That’s what he wants to see. He’s certainly going to do what he can so it goes that way.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAccording to figures compiled by the Board of Supervisors, SCAAP reimbursement for the county fell from $34 million to $11.5 million in 2003, when Washington delivered a 56 percent cut to the program. Though the money have been slightly restored in recent years, it remains a drop in the bucket. For 2005, the county received $12.5 million, about 17 percent of the estimated $73 million cost for jailing inmates who are illegal immigrants. Of the 600 to 700 booked by the county Sheriff’s Department daily, at least 25 percent are undocumented, Hauter said. “Our local funding has to deal with all sorts of responsibilities,” he said. “This is something we’re saddled with because of the failure of the federal government.” The Bush administration has justified the reduction with an intention to bolster border security. But Hauter believes that’s not enough. last_img read more


first_imgGAA: Declan Bonner has been ratified as the new Donegal U21 manager following a meeting with the Donegal County Board.Declan Bonner is the new U21 manager.Bonner takes over from outgoing U21 manager Maxi Curran who was the helm for four years as U21 manager.Bonner led the Donegal minors to their first Ulster MFC in eight years when they defeated Armagh 2-12 to 0-10 in the 2014 decider. The side went on to reach the All-Ireland final, famously defeated Dublin in the semi-final before being narrowly defeated by Kerry in the final.However, this year there was disappointment for the minor side who were tipped to retain Ulster and possibly win the All-Ireland.They won the Minor league comfortably and defeated Tyrone and Armagh comfortably before they fell to a shock loss in their Ulster semi-final clash with Derry.There was controversy throughout their Ulster campaign which affected the side’s preparation. After their first-round win over Tyrone – allegations emerging that Donegal captain Michael Carroll was taunted about the death of his father Francie.Then following the victory over Armagh, two Donegal players were given a TWO month for an incident that occurred in the tunnel during half-time.That ban was eventually reversed and Bonner will be hoping he can continue on the success he has made with the minors at U21 level.Succeeding Bonner in the minor position will be Milford man Sean Paul Barrett.Barrett has coached Donegal sides at U16 level to Buncrana Cup success and also took the Donegal U17 development side which won the McGuigan Cup. DECLAN BONNER APPOINTED NEW DONEGAL U21 MANAGER was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Action Against Austerity has vowed to step up its campaign against property taxes after the Government said tenants of rented properties will have to pay the new charge from July.The Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2013 includes amendments to the Local Property Tax And the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has published the Finance Bill, which gives effect to the measures announced in December’s budget.Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has also condemned the measure “We are calling on all council tenants to join the campaign by contacting Donegal Action Against Austerity on 086 8480254,” a spokesman told Donegal Daily.“Properties owned by local authorities and approved housing bodies will be deemed to be valued in the lowest valuation band for the first valuation period only (2013-2016) and valued in a similar manner to other properties thereafter.“We are asking all groups and members of the public to join us on our protest at the council offices in Lifford on Monday 25th at 10am.“We will be protesting against the the property tax septic tanks and water charges and this is the first in a series of local and national protests that will bring it home to government politicians in this county that we will not allow business as normal while they attack us in this way.” Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said the publication of the Finance Bill and Property Tax 2013 Bill show that the age of austerity is still with us.Deputy Doherty said: “Taken together today’s two Bills show that 2013 will be another year of tough austerity for the great majority.“The minor tweaks to the Family Home Tax do not make it any fairer or any more practicable.“Sinn Féin will soon table a Repeal Bill to scrap this unfair tax.“We have outlined our alternative in the form of a wealth tax similar to the one in operation in France. Our alternative would not limit itself to family homes but to all assets except working farmland over €1 million so that those who can afford to pay more do so. “We will campaign vigorously, in Leinster House and in our communities, to bring an end to this tax before it sees the light of day.“The Finance Bill does not make any serious changes to the vicious government budget of last December.“This year’s that Budget will take another €3.5 billion from the economy, in the main from frontline public service cuts and taxes on those who can least afford them. The Finance Bill 2013 will legislate for the increases in indirect taxes such as VRT, carbon tax and excise duty; will tax maternity and adoption benefits; and allow for less tax relief for student fees and charitable donations.“In such a lengthy bill, there are some positive measures but they do not go far enough, such as increasing the tax on CGT and CAT. But essentially this bill is noticeable for what it is missing – a wealth tax, the failure to standardise tax reliefs, to properly tax large private pensions and to introduce a third rate of tax for high earners. “Taken together it is clear that the government has set its course to make 2013 another year where low and middle income earners will shoulder the costs of austerity.”********Sure I saw that first on… – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every Day, more than 100,000 Page ViewsFollow the leader on: AS COUNCIL TENANTS TOLD: ‘YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY THE PROPERTY TAX’ was last modified: February 14th, 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:ANGER AS COUNCIL TENANTS TOLD: ‘YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY THE PROPERTY TAX’DAAAPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more