NBA: Retired Bryant says he’s a ‘phone call away’ if Lakers need advice

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments MOST READ Being the private individual that he is, Bryant did not disclose the potential advice he’ll dish out, but said he’ll proceed with a low-key approach concerning the development of the team’s current young but extremely raw nucleus.“Now, being front and center about it, it’s not something that is really my cup of tea. I’d rather be behind the scenes and focus on the content I’m creating because that’s where my passion truly lies, but the Buss family knows that I’m always a phone call away,” he said.As of this writing, the Lakers have yet to take Bryant up on his offer, but the idea does not seem far-fetched – the team earlier this week had a meeting with another Laker great, Magic Johnson, regarding the direction of the franchise. Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Wright admits guarding ‘energy bunny’ Thompson took toll on him NBA: Lakers suffer historic rout in Mavericks blowoutWith their glory days looking more like an afterthought, the team’s brass is looking to get all the help they could get, and luckily, their recently-retired superstar Kobe Bryant is extending his hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOn the eleventh year of his exemplary 81-point performance in a single game against the Toronto Raptors, the five-time NBA champion shared his willingness to offer guidance if asked by the Lakers management—particularly the Buss family—whom he was worked closely with during the course of his career.“I’m always around behind the scenes for Jeanie, Jimmy, and the entire Buss family if they need assistance or if it be to reach out or call for advice and things of that nature,” Bryant told sportscaster Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio, as relayed by the LakersNation website. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Kobe Bryant is more than willing to give his two cents regarding the Lakers’ struggles. (AP/Rick Bowmer)The Los Angeles Lakers remain as one of the most storied franchises in NBA history, but to say that the team has hit a rough patch in recent years would simply be an understatement.The California-based squad’s woes continue this season, highlighted by a devastating 49-point drubbing against the equally-struggling Dallas Mavericks on Sunday (Monday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

Ewing headed back to Georgetown as head coach

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite WWE woos Ronda Rousey in a ‘match made in heaven’ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIEScenter_img Assistant Coach Patrick Ewing of the Charlotte Hornets looks on during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPHall of Famer Patrick Ewing is going back to his basketball roots, taking the head coaching job at Georgetown University where he starred before his standout NBA career.Ewing, the top pick in the 1985 NBA draft, played 15 seasons with the New York Knicks, leading them in some memorable battles with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Now in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, he has been in the mix for an NBA head coaching job in recent years, but never landed with a team.The 54-year-old Jamaican-born Ewing replaces John Thompson III, the son of Ewing’s former coach at Gerogetown, John Thompson Jr.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Welcome home @GeorgetownHoops Coach Patrick Ewing!” the university posted on its Twitter feed on Monday after reports of the appointment had surfaced in US media.Hornets coach Steve Clifford called Ewing’s departure “a big loss” for the NBA team, but said everyone in Charlotte was “excited for Patrick to have the opportunity to go back to Georgetown”. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ewing led Georgetown’s Hoyas to three straight national championship games, winning one title. His dominant presence in the paint made the Hoyas an intimidating force.Georgetown sacked Thompson III on March 23 after a second straight losing season. Ewing’s son, Patrick Ewing Jr., was a member of Thompson’s coaching staff.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READlast_img read more

NBA: Injured Jazz center Gobert out for Friday game vs Clippers

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Aces, Texters eye key wins Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Without him for game two, the Jazz gave up 60 points in the paint in falling 99-91 in Los Angeles.The team confirmed in their injury report that Gobert was out for Friday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJazz coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that Gobert was “getting better every day.” But he said the team wouldn’t try to rush him back.“We’ve been conservative all year in the sense that we’re never going to encourage any player… to do something to put himself in a situation by playing that could compromise his long-term health,” Snyder told the Deseret News. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img This Saturday, April 15, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center, is helped off the court by center Boris Diaw, right, and guard George Hill, left, as coach Quin Snyder watches after Gobert injured his knee during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, in Los Angeles. Gobert will not play in Game 3 against the Clippers after hyperextending his left knee and suffering a bone contusion in the series opener. The series is tied 1-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES — The Utah Jazz will again be without star center Rudy Gobert on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in game three of their NBA first-round playoff series.The French big man, dubbed the “Stifle Tower” for his defensive prowess, hyperextended his left knee early in Utah’s game one victory over the Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Gobert was hurt when he banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute. Power forward Derrick Favors will again move to center with Gobert on the sidelines.But Snyder admitted the team had no way to “replicate” Gobert, the first player in club history to have 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocked shots in a single season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Boyz held 1-1 by El Salvador

first_imgJamaica continued their unbeaten run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they battled to a 1-1 draw against El Salvador at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday. The Reggae Boyz, who had already qualified to the quarter-final knockout stage, ended Group C on five points, following a 2-0 win against Curacao and a 0-0 draw against Mexico. El Salvador also booked a spot in the next stage as they ended on four points. Nelson Bonilla scored for El Salvador in the 15th minute, while Darren Mattocks netted a penalty for the Reggae Boyz in the 64th minute. Jamaica came close to scoring in the first minute when striker Romario Williams steered wide after a one-on-one chance with El Salvador custodian Derby Carillo. SEARCHING FOR A POINT The Central Americans came into the game in search of, at least, a point to make it to the knockout and took control of the first half for the most part. El Salvador scored when Bonilla squeezed a shot past Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake from an acute angle. That was the first goal scored against Jamaica in 196 minutes during this year’s Gold Cup. Williams had a good effort saved by Carillo in the 38th minute. His shot hit the keeper’s leg and was deflected from the goal. With the introduction of Owayne Gordon for Cory Burke at the start of the second half, the Jamaicans looked more purposeful. They were awarded a penalty when Narciso Orellana handled the ball inside the 18-yard box. Mattocks, who was scoring his fourth goal in five Gold Cup appearances, stepped up and easily converted the penalty kick. Coach of Jamaica men’s national senior team Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore said that he was disappointed with how the team started the game. “I’m very disappointed as the team started out a bit slow against El Salvador. We created more opportunities than in previous games, and we welcome the point,” Whitmore said during a post-match press conference. When quizzed about whether he was concerned about his job as coach, Whitmore, who is a former Reggae Boyz captain, responded: “I am not under no pressure (as coach). We won once and drew twice in three games. We will leave that up to the Federation.” “I think it (the performance) was a mixture. Regardless of the result, we would go through, and that played on players’ minds. El Salvador needed a point to go to the next round and got it,” he reasoned. Mattocks, who is the Reggae Boyz top scorer in the Gold Cup, was happy that the team progressed to the knockout stage. “It’s a tournament. We just want to advance. We are pretty satisfied that we advanced,” Mattocks, who also netted in the first game against Curacao, said. “The second round will be tough. It’s a young team, so it will be difficult. It was good to score for the team,” he added.last_img read more

London 2017 | Thompson steps back into global spotlight

first_img ‘GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT’ LONDON, England: When Yanique Thompson won gold in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Donetsk in a stunning 12.94 seconds, it seemed certain she would be storming tracks and dominating at the senior level in no time. However, injuries and several other factors have contributed to what has been a rough and miserable transitional period for the one-time Holmwood Technical star sprint hurdler, who, a year later, lost both at Champs and at the World Junior Championships, before finishing eighth at the Pan Am Junior Championships. She had almost become the forgotten wonder, but four years after that run in Donetsk, Thompson is just a few days away from stepping back into the global spotlight at the World Championships in London, where she will make her debut at the senior international level. Her coach, Maurice Wilson, describes the comeback as his greatest coaching achievement, and revealed that it took a lot of recommitment on her part – and a reality check on his – to get the former teenage sensation back on track. “She is the greatest achievement for myself as a coach as well as the team around me. The transition was extremely difficult for her. She came to us with a lot of injuries and the psychology of not understanding what it meant to be a senior. It is easy when you can beat athletes at your age group, but when you are against world beaters, the transition, approach and discipline are totally different,” Wilson told The Gleaner before pointing to a frank discussion between himself and Thompson, which might have changed her career. “The turning point for her was when I informed her that if I was not able to assist her this season, I would personally seek out other coaches who could assist her. I am not afraid to ask Glen Mills or Stephen Francis or whoever. As a matter of fact, I would have asked Stephen Francis a year ago, but I did not actually get a response from him, or else she would have been over at MVP. Stephen is not the type of person who loves to intervene when it comes to coaches and athletes, but I think that made a difference,” said Wilson. Wilson is now hoping the 21-year-old will continue to apply herself and has no doubts she will achieve similar success as a senior if she does so. “I am hoping that she now has the understanding of what it takes to perform at this level, and I really believe that she is going to be one of the world beaters in the next two years if she continues in this mode,” said Wilson, who has been coaching her for more than seven years. Thompson lowered her personal best to 12.69 seconds to finish third at the National Senior Championships in June. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Caymanas Park tips

first_imgTRANSITION TIME #TRANSITION TIME TRANSITION TIME TRANSITION TIME MISS LINDA WRAY MISS LINDA WRAY NATURALLY MYSTICAL MISS LINDA WRAY ICE ICE BABY ICE ICE BABY GOODBLOODBADBLOOD KING WITHIN DADDY’S DILEMMA DADDY’S DILEMMA #DADDY’S DILEMMA #DADDY’S DILEMMA DANOS LA PAZ DANOS LA PAZ DANOS LA PAZ #DANOS LA PAZ #STRIKE IT LUCKY STRIKE IT LUCKY STRIKE IT LUCKY DUSSELDORF #RUNDAZZLE RUNDAZZLE PRINCE MALIK RUNDAZZLE SILENCE VICE ROYALTY #VICE ROYALTY VICE ROYALTY IT’S A RAP PANDORA’S BOX ARIA PANDORA’S BOX DONTAE DONTAE SUPERLUMINAL DYSFUNCTIONAL PRINCESS CAULA #PRINCESS CAULA PRINCESS CAULA PRINCESS CAULA TRANSITION TIME TRANSITION TIME SON OF TAQARUB TRANSITION TIME WHITE BEAUTY MISS LINDA WRAY MISS LINDA WRAY LEGAL DANCER FOOT SOLDIER FOOT SOLDIER GOODBLOODBADBLOOD FOOT SOLDIER DADDY’S DILEMMA DADDY’S DILEMMA DADDY’S DILEMMA DADDY’S DILEMMA GENERAL REPORT #DANOS LA PAZ #DANOS LA PAZ GENERAL REPORT #BATIDOR DE MUNDO #DUSSELDORF DUSSELDORF STRIKE IT LUCKY RUNDAZZLE RUNDAZZLE #RUNDAZZLE #RUNDAZZLE VICE ROYALTY VICE ROYALTY VICE ROYALTY BLUE TRADITION PANDORA’S BOX PANDORA’S BOX PANDORA’S BOX PANDORA’S BOX #DONTAE DYSFUNCTIONAL DONTAE SUPERLUMINAL PHOTOGENIC PRINCESS CAULA PRINCESS CAULA #MR DOITBETTA SON OF TAQARUB TRANSITION TIME TRANSITION TIME ASTRO LEGAL DANCER MISS LINDA WRAY MISS LINDA WRAY LEGAL DANCER HOLY LIGHT FOOT SOLDIER GOODBLOODBADBLOOD FOOT SOLDIER DADDY’S DILEMMA DADDY’S DILEMMA #DADDY’S DILEMMA PURE HEART DANOS LA PAZ HEY CHAMP #DANOS LA PAZ DANOS LA PAZ CODED SECRET #STRIKE IT LUCKY DUSSELDORF STRIKE IT LUCKY #JUS NATURAL RUNDAZZLE RUNDAZZLE RUNDAZZLE #BLUE TRADITION VICE ROYALTY BLUE TRADITION VICE ROYALTY ARIA #PARAJET ARIA PARAJET SUPERLUMINAL DYSFUNCTIONAL DYSFUNCTIONAL #DONTAE BOFFO PRINCESS CAULA PRINCESS CAULA #BOFFO TRANSITION TIME TRANSITION TIME WHITE BEAUTY MISS LINDA WRAY FOOT SOLDIER GOODBLOODBAD… FULL TIME PURE HEART DANOS LA PAZ DANOS LA PAZ ALSO CORRECT STRIKE IT LUCKY RUNDAZZLE RUNDAZZLE DADA’S NALA #VICE ROYALTY #PARAJET ARIA #DONTAE #DONTAE PRINCESS CAULA PRINCESS CAULAlast_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: Fine Race 1 1200 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3) *1. #1 HOLOGRAM SHADOW AntThomas2 53.0 $72.00 $51.00 2. #4 PRINCE SAMMO RHalledeen 55.0 2-3/4L $64.00 3. #5 BIG BLACK NATION RLahoe 53.0 1-3/4L $63.00 4. #3 SMASHING ONE NBerger3 51.0 5L Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.2 Winner : 9yo dkb gelding – DISTORTED – UNREAL FANTASY Trainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : PATRICK HALL Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $316.00 Ex: $292.00 Tri: $165.00 Superfecta: $1,735.00 Race 2 1300 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) *1. #3 LUANA OWalker 55.0 $110.00 148.00 2. #9 SONADOR EXPRESS NBerger3 49.0 5-1/2L $142.00 3. #10 PRINCESS STATISTIC DCardenas 52.0 3-1/4L $191.00 4. #5 BIGBROWNGREYHOPE PParchment 57.0 2-1/2L 5. #2 KING NEBARUE BebHarvey* 54.0 5-1/2L JF #8 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JInnis* 51.0 Note: Horse #2 KING NEBARUE passed the post 3rd but was disqualified and placed 5th. Horse #4 MR. COOKIE passed the post 2nd but was also disqualified and placed 6th. Final Time : 1:23.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.1, 1:15.2 Winner : 3yo b filly – CASUAL TRICK – DIAMONDNTHERUFF Trainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ARSCOTT FARMS Bred by MARK HUGH ARSCOTT CROSKERY Qu: $377.00 Ex: $375.00 D/E: $175.00 Tri: $404.00 Superfecta: $1,125.00 Hi-5: $1,880.00 Race 3 1700 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. #7 SENOR KWANZI RMcNaughton 55.0 $673.00 $106.00 *2. #3 BLOOD SONG SEllis 52.0 1L $54.00 3. #4 EL MAESTRO BebHarvey* 54.0 3-1/4L $72.00 4. #6 BORONIA GRichards 51.0 2-3/4L Final Time : 1:51.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.4, 1:14.1, 1:42.3 Winner : 4yo dkb colt – STORM CRAFT – SHE SELL OFF Trainer : DONOVAN RUSSELL Owner : BARRINGTON BERNARD Bred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD. Qu: $295.00 Ex: $985.00 D/E: $3,724.00 Tri: $1,340.00 Rolling Triple: $3,428.00 Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) *1. #6 ZI BEAST OMullings 54.0 $136.00 $67.00 2. #12 SILENCE GRichards 54.0 4-1/2L $133.00 3. #10 AMAR RHalledeen 55.0 1-1/4L $82.00 4. #14 TAZ DDawkins* 52.0 1-1/2L 5. #5 REGAL PROSPECTOR BebHarvey* 56.0 Sh.Head Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 22.4, 46.0 Winner : 4yo dkb colt – ADORE THE GOLD – LIMBO DANCER Trainer : ALFORD BROWN Owner : BARSHER Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $1,226.00 Ex: $2,070.00 D/E: $3,020.00 Tri: $2,656.00 Superfecta: $39,625.00 Hi-5 carry-over : $101,721.75 Rolling Triple: $8,943.00 FRONT RUNNER DASH Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $1,100,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (SPONSORED BY NUTRAMIX “The BIG Feed”) 1. #2 BALTUSROL DCardenas 54.0 $146.00 $50.00 *2. #5 PRINCESS ANNIE OWalker 52.5 5-1/2L $50.00 3. #3 TOP SHELF GRichards 52.5 2-1/4L $50.00 4. #1 MATRIARCH SEllis 54.0 3L Final Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.3 Winner : 2yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – STAR FLYER Trainer :ANTHONY NUNES Owner: ELIAS HALOUTE & PATRICK A. HENRY & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGH Bred by CHRISTOPHER .BOORMAN, ELIAS HALOUTE & ANTHONY HART Qu: $119.00 Ex: $277.00 D/E: $350.00 Tri: $102.00 Rolling Triple: $3,189.00 Pick-5: $18,206.00 (5/5) Single Winner Bonus: $1,010,766.54 Race 6 800 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT 1. #9 SMARTY TRADITION DCardenas 54.0 $631.00 $150.00 2. #6 YOUNG BOY EDDY JPatterson* 56.0 2L $80.00 3. #11 MRS. KIM OScott2 51.0 Nose $78.00 4. #4 PARAJET SEllis 54.0 1-3/4L 5. #10 BLACK POINT RHalledeen 54.5 1L Note: Horse #11 MRS.KIM passed the post 1st but was disqualified and placed 3rd. Final Time : 0:48.0 Splits : 23.2 Winner : 3yo b colt- TRADITIONAL – SMARTY MARTY Trainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : JOY-US RACING Bred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD. Qu: $3,716.00 Ex: $8,976.00 D/E: $1,060.00 Tri: $2,450.00 Superfecta: $19,463.00 Hi-5: $37,175.00 Rolling Triple: $6,226.00 Pick-4: $64,692.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $1,069,474.51 Race 7 1700 M (Purse $930,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)NB3YO-REST.STAKES 1. #1 SUPER SPARKLE DCardenas 54.0 $166.00 $51.00 *2. #7 MY ELLE BELLE AntThomas2 53.0 2-1/2L $50.00 3. #3 AZARIA DAThomas 50.5 11L $57.00 4. #4 ANNA LISA DDawkins* 51.0 Neck Late scratch : #2 HARRY’S TRAIN Final Time : 1:46.0 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.1, 1:38.2 Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUEGRASS CAT – KARAKORUM KAREN Trainer : IAN SPARSARD Owner : P. J. K TEAM Bred by DANZEL BRENDEMUEHL Qu: $109.00 Ex: $231.00 D/E: $3,974.00 Tri: $133.00 Superfecta: $389.00 Rolling Triple: $2,497.00 Super-6: $134,065.00 (6/6) Race 8 1820 M (Purse $900,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II 1. #5 STORM AntThomas2 51.0 $418.00 $142.00 2. #9 INNOVATOR OWalker 54.0 3-1/4L $111.00 3. #8 VIKUNA KRobinson 52.5 1-3/4L $452.00 4. #2 ACKEE PIE DCardenas 50.5 *6/5 1-1/4L 5. #6 GIFT OF LAW GRichards 51.0 2L Late scratch : #1 TRADITION Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 28.0, 53.0, 1:17.4, 1:44.1 Winner : 3yo b gelding – NATURAL SELECTION – ALL FOR PLEASURE Trainer :WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : MR. J.P.S. Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD. Qu: $519.00 Ex: $1,101.00 D/E: $1,969.00 (1-1) $134.00 Tri: $17,686.00 Superfecta Carry-over : $88,289.50 Hi-5: $35,737.00 Rolling Triple: $24,493.00 Race 9 1200 M (Purse $750,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO&UP(NW4) *1. #8 LITTLE BIG HORN OScott2 52.0 $144.00 $72.00 2. #3 KILLER BEE AChatrie 55.0 1L $70.00 3. #5 PLEASANT SECRET OWalker 57.0 3-3/4L $142.00 4. #6 ICTUS LSteadman* 57.0 2-1/2L Final Time : 1:13.4 Splits : 22.3, 46.0 Winner : 5yo b horse – WAR MARSHALL – LITTLE WASP Trainer : LEROY TOMLINSON Owner : PINK ALAINA Bred by E. DACOSTA, G. DULAL-WHITEWAY, W. KONG & RAYMOND ROUSSE Qu: $243.00 Ex: $484.00 D/E: $1,648.00 Tri: $557.00 Superfecta: $2,669.00 Rolling Triple: $11,055.00 Pick-9: $23,048.00 (8/9) Race 10 1400 M (Purse $870,000) NB3YO MDN.COND.RACE (NOT FIN.2nd or 3rd IN AN OPEN MDN. RACE) 1. #7 BULA OScott2 52.0 $204.00 $85.00 2. #5 DARE TO SPEAK SEllis 56.0 2-3/4L $123.00 *3. #13 SLY STALLOON AntThomas2 54.0 Sh.Head $72.00 4. #16 LAZER LIGHT PParchment 56.0 5-1/2L Final Time : 1:30.0 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.3 Winner : 3yo b filly – DISTORTED – TRAIL RIDER Trainer : DENNIS LEE Owner : FAYE LEE Bred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATES Qu: $1,196.00 Ex: $2,339.00 D/E: $426.00 Tri: $1,498.00 Superfecta: $9,710.00 Hi-5 Carry-over: $105,134.25 Rolling Triple: $7,505.00 Pick-4: $22,086.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $1,213,031.43 Pick-5: Carry-over $370,526.00 Single Winner Bonus : $1,010,766.64 Super-6: $244,128.00 (6/6) Placepot-8: $:10,239.00 (8/8)last_img read more

Man U slip further behind after loss

first_imgLONDON (AP): After a third loss in seven English Premier League games so far, Jose Mourinho was quick to apportion blame for Manchester United’s collapse at West Ham. While the moans about refereeing decisions were predictable after the 3-1 loss on Saturday, holding the media partly responsible was a fresher excuse to pour scorn on another ineffective display by Anthony Martial. Leaving out forward Alexis Sanchez and starting Martial was portrayed by Mourinho as bowing to public demands. It’s a decision Mourinho suggested he regretted. “Something that you are asking for a long, long, long, long time (is) to play Martial,” Mourinho told reporters. “I left Alexis out and I think that Martial is not a player very, very, very focused on his defensive duties and to play him as a second striker and trying just to cover the area of (Declan) Rice would be much easier for him.” United were ragged from the start at Olympic Stadium, conceding after five minutes when Felipe Anderson flicked in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross. The damage worsened just before halftime when Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot took a heavy deflection off Victor Lindelof to head in the opposite direction past goalkeeper David De Gea. United did pull one back in the 71st when substitute Marcus Rashford turned in Luke Shaw’s corner with his back to goal. But United’s defence was cut through with ease when Mark Noble passed to Marko Arnautovic, who struck past De Gea. Less than two months into the campaign, United’s hopes of a first Premier League title since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 are already fading. With 10 points from seven games, Mourinho has matched the club’s previous worst Premier League start under Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes. Defending champions Manchester City and Liverpool are already nine points in front of 10th-placed United. ARSENAL LATE SHOW Chelsea and Liverpool remain unbeaten, along with City, after drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard’s second goal against Liverpool inside 70 hours put the hosts in front in the 25th minute. The winger raced on to Mateo Kovacic’s throughball unchecked before netting past Alisson, who was briefly the world’s most expensive goalkeeper until Chelsea paid 80 million euros (US$93 million) for Kepa in August. After beating Liverpool in the League Cup on Wednesday, Chelsea were preparing to inflict the team’s first loss of the season until Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score against his former club. The striker’s swerving shot beat Kepa in the 89th minute after three minutes on the pitch. STURRIDGE TO RESCUE Immediately after scoring Manchester City’s second goal in a 2-0 victory over Brighton, Sergio Aguero was substituted in the 66th minute. “Sergio is struggling a little bit with some problems in his feet,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “He is not 100 per cent. He made an effort but he hasn’t recovered.” Still, the striker also managed to create the opener. Aguero played in Leroy Sane who crossed for Raheem Sterling to slide in and apply the finish in the first half. AGUERO CONCERN Arsenal left it late to seal a seventh successive victory in all competitions. A 2-0 victory over Watford was secured by Craig Cathcart’s 81st-minute own goal and Mesut Ozil’s strike. “We need to continue to improve with the control, with the possession, with the positioning,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. Other results: Everton 2 Fulham 0; Huddersfield 0 Tottenham 2; Newcastle 0 Leicester 2; Wolves 2 Southampton 0.last_img read more

The Auditor General must investigate the ministerial housing benefit

first_imgLike everything else the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) does, the housing benefits for Ministers is now shrouded in another mountain of lies. Everything about their housing allowance now has the unmistakable stench of corruption. Parliament has confirmed that they pay rent twenty times above the statutory housing allowance for two junior Ministers, Simona Broomes and Valarie Patterson. But other Ministers are also living in rented properties. Who is paying those rentals? What is APNU/AFC hiding?Whenever the APNU/AFC is exposed for wrong doings, they have a nasty proclivity to throw people under the bus. Recently, Minister Lawrence threw the now fired CEO of the GPHC “under the bus and ran him over” for the shameful 5 million sole-sourced procurement of medicines for which GPHC paid prices averaging three times the actual cost. She pulled herself out of the mess and left CEO Johnson to suffocate in the stench of one of the many ugly APNU/AFC corrupt transactions. Now they have thrown Sherlock Isaacs and Parliament office under the bus for the abuse of the housing allowance for Ministers. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, claimed the payments of 0,000 each per month for rentals for two junior Ministers has nothing to do with APNU/AFC and the Cabinet. It is Isaacs and Parliament office that have gone rogue. I know that Isaacs will not exceed his authority.The Ministerial Housing Benefit is legal and is standard in all democracies around the world. There is nothing wrong with the Government providing housing for Ministers. However, Ministerial Housing Benefits have statutory limits. Governments must be accountable for how they implement a Ministerial Housing benefit. How governments treat the housing benefit is reflective of how prudent they are in spending taxpayers’ money. While Ministers must be offered decent housing, ministerial housing cannot be an extravagant affair.Some Ministers live in their own homes. Their electricity, water, telephone, Internet and security bills are paid for by the Government. These Ministers also receive a ,000 housing allowance. Some Ministers live in Government-owned properties, such as the Echilbar Villas. I lived there for over 15 years as a Minister. In such cases, there is no ,000 housing allowance. Some Ministers rent homes on their own and Government has a cap on what they can pay. I am aware that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government never paid rentals of 0,000 per month. But we now know after two years that Parliament pays rental of at least 0,000 per month for two Junior Ministers.How many Ministers are living in their own homes and how much are they paid as a housing allowance? How many Ministers are living in State-owned houses? How many Ministers are living in rented properties and what are the rents for these properties? These rentals and the housing allowances are part of the national budget estimates and cannot be treated as State secrets.Several APNU/AFC Ministers are living in rented properties, more than during the PPP terms of office. That more Ministers today live in rented properties is not an issue for quarrel. But the public should know how many Ministers are living in rented properties the State is paying for and how much the State is paying. APNU/AFC must come clean on this matter. This is even more critical in the milieu of suspicion that taxpayers are paying rentals that are extravagant. For example, I am informed that one Minister is paying more than million per month. Worse, this same Minister owns his own home and is renting it to the Government for one of the senior advisors. How many Ministers who own their homes are living in State-provided properties?The response cannot be that under the PPP some Ministers lived in rental properties too. That a Minister lives in a rental property is not being queried. What is being queried is that APNU/AFC is paying extravagant amounts. People want to know, they deserve to know and it is their right to know how taxpayers’ monies are being spent. Because it is taxpayers’ money, this cannot be treated as State secrets. If APNU/AFC is unwilling to tell us, then we want to know what is it they are hiding from us. This matter is now public and the Auditor General should investigate this matter urgently.Send comments to doc_ram@hotmail.comlast_img read more

What kind of…

first_img…Christmas is this?Yes…yes…yes…your Eyewitness knows when it comes to Christmas, we Guyanese have that “stiff upper lip” habit of our old colonial tutors: no matter how black things are, we’ll somehow use our ingenuity to celebrate Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be so, does it? It was really insulting to ordinary folks to have Granger declaring “Oil is here!! Oil is here!!” to take our minds off the dire straits into which Granger and the PNC have plunged us.Do they really think we’re so daft that we won’t notice them living high off the hog on their massive salaries and perks, while, at best, public sector workers are bought off with piddling “bonuses”?? So what about the 7000 in the sugar belt they fired and the rest who haven’t gotten a bonus – or a raise – in the five years they’ve been in office??Think of what could’ve been. Over in Suriname waters, their Government got a US$100 MILLION bonus for a field contiguous to our Canje Block – where no oil’s been found up to now!! While here, where there are 6 BILLION barrels and counting – we got just a lousy US$18 million. Now you’ll hear the Government bleating that the contract had already been signed by Janet Jagan back in 1999 when no one could REALLY be sure there was oil under the ocean. But that was a licence for prospecting – which had expired by the time oil was struck in 2015 and Trotman gave away the store. That had to be renewed – plus a production licence had to be procured.Imagine if we had gotten the US$500 million or so, that would’ve been a fair bargain!! Not only would the Government have been in a position to match the 50% pay raise they gave themselves for all other workers – they could’ve followed their CoI’s recommendation, stabilised the sugar industry with some judicious injection of funds and bring it to a point of sale by now!! A win-win situation all over!But instead, here we are, trying to make do on Christmas day. Your Eyewitness urges all you dear readers to think of what Christmas day signals when it comes to real leadership. Sacrifice, that’s what Jesus was all about. Have the leaders who were catapulted into office in 2015 shown any inclination to make sacrifices for the good of the people – meaning you and me??Have they even minimally cut back their sybaritic lifestyles funded by our taxes? All you have to do is drive past their houses – or mansions and palaces – this evening. Maybe they’ll throw you a scrap!It’s the best of times (for the PNC) and the worst of times (for us).…promiseThe old poem by Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, gave us the famous line: “water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink” and of course, the phrase “an albatross around your neck”. With the latest and 15th oil strike in the Stabroek Block, it would seem that for us, it’s “Oil, oil everywhere but not a drop to use”!! And the oil might then very well prove to be an albatross around our neck.In addition to the new strike, of course, oil is now being pumped into that great, big FPSO and it’s from there that the oil operators will be shipping out their 85.5% and hand off the measly remainder of 14.5% to us. The Government has already lined up in secret the companies they will sell our first share – the very same oil operators who’ll be shipping their big share out.There are no plans to bring even a drop of oil to our shore to refine and add value. Kinda like our sugar which was shipped for hundreds of years abroad to be refined!!…eyesGreenidge enthused: “All eyes on Guyana”!! But the question is, does Guyana have its eyes on them?Not only carpetbaggers but hustlers and crooks of every stripe will be following their eyes to our shores!!last_img read more