Washington Center Announces Anacker Scholarship for the Arts

first_imgSubmitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center, in downtown Olympia, seats 945 and hosts performances 350 days per year.The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the formation of the Anacker Scholarship for the Arts.  This $1,000 award is designed to recognize, encourage and support a Thurston County scholar’s study in the field of the arts.Applicants will be a one academic year or longer resident of Thurston County, who is graduating in that year as a senior of a Thurston County high school, who intends to pursue a career in the arts and who has enrolled or will be enrolling in a future course of study to that end.The deadline for applications shall be April 30th, 2014.  The successful candidate will be announced in May 2014, and the award presented during a Washington Center event in May or June 2014.Please find more information and an application form at: http://wcpa.squarespace.com/blog/2014/4/1/anacker-scholarship-for-the-arts-application-form.html or at The Washington Center administrative offices, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


first_imgPeter Miller10620201019%$1,072,876 Martin Garcia10219141219%$1,342,980 Gary Stevens7513111217%$998,240 Rafael Bejarano18346272525%$2,018,194 HOT MEGA HEAT GOES FOR GRADE I GOLD IN KILROEMega Heat seeks his first stakes victory when he runs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf.The 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding couldn’t be coming up to the race in better form, winning his last two starts at a mile on grass in come-from-behind style under Corey Nakatani.Winner of 10 of 22 career starts, Mega Heat was seventh in the 2012 Kilroe but was sidelined 13 months after that race. “He had a relatively serious injury, not life-threatening, of course,” said trainer Peter Eurton.“This is a step up but he’s won two in a row at a mile on grass and Corey really rides him well. He’s found a new dimension by not going up there and tackling the lead. He can be very versatile now.“We got a good draw and I think it will come down to who gets the first jump, because if he’s up there close, he will fight.”The Kilroe lineup: Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Holy Lute, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Mr. Commons, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Silentio, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Mega Heat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Summer Front, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Dimension, Joe Talamo, 20-1.Talco was scratched. Santiago Gonzalez70771110%$253,994 DENMAN TRAVELS DOWN BIG ‘CAP MEMORY LANE Trevor Denman raised the bar to unprecedented heights in North American race calling when he came to Santa Anita more than three decades ago from his native South Africa.The 2014-15 meeting marks Denman’s 32nd anniversary as Public Address Commentator at The Great Race Place, where he started in 1983.Following are recollections of his most memorable calls of the Santa Anita Handicap, for which he will do honors again Saturday.“One of the best surely would have been Greinton versus Herat (in 1986). That still sticks in my brain. Of course, the first one you call is memorable. That was Lord at War (1985) with Bill Shoemaker. That was great, too.“Martial Law (1989) still stands out as one of the biggest upsets in history (at 50-1). That was a great Big ‘Cap. Lava Man (2006 and 2007) was a very popular winner. Obviously, Game On Dude has to be one of the highlights of Santa Anita Handicap history, particularly his win in 2013 by a Big ‘Cap record 7 3/4 lengths.“Chantal Sutherland became the first female rider to win it (in 2011 on Game On Dude, who would go on to make history by being the only horse to win the race three times).“I wasn’t here when John Henry actually won the Big ‘Cap in 1981 and 1982, but I called his race the year before he retired. His races would have to be among the most memorable.“But Game On Dude really dominated the last decade, when you think about.”On Shared Belief, the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s classic: “He’s head and shoulders above this field. If nothing weird happens, nobody comes close to him in that field.“But you know horse racing. There’s no such thing as a certainty, is there? But beyond the unbelievable, he has to win. He’s by far the best. Without Bayern and without California Chrome, gosh, they don’t have a shot against him, do they?” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato531110821%$530,640 James Cassidy4986916%$317,350 Elvis Trujillo15418181112%$1,077,530 Tyler Baze20429232414%$1,555,104 J. Eric Kruljac3654514%$247,150 Jerry Hollendorfer12323171819%$2,210,478 J. Keith Desormeaux2054225%$164,110 DUBAI-BOUND SHERMAN WISHES HOLLENDORFER WELLArt Sherman and Jerry Hollendorfer have matched wits for decades on the Northern California racing circuit, where they were proverbial Big Fishes in a Small Pond.Now major players in Southern California, they’ve carried their rivalry to Santa Anita, where Sherman’s California Chrome was third and Hollendorfer’s Shared Belief a troubled fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last Nov. 1.No meeting between the two handicap stars is imminent, since Horse of the Year California Chrome is headed to Dubai for the $10 million World Cup on March 28, while once-beaten two-year-old male champion of 2013 Shared Belief is the odds-on favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.Still, Sherman, 78, understandably has the utmost respect for both Hollendorfer, 68, and Shared Belief.“Jerry is very dedicated and does a helluva job,” Sherman said of Santa Anita’s leading trainer this meet with 23 wins through Thursday. “He deserves everything that he has. He’s a workaholic and I’ve known him for years.”Sherman, meanwhile, has all his i’s dotted and t’s crossed as he prepares for his first trip to Dubai.“Chrome leaves on March 17 and I leave on the 22nd,” Sherman said. “He’ll have one breeze over the track there before the race.“All the details are completed now, and there was quite a bit of paper work. But I’m looking forward to the trip. I’m going to have a good time. Everything looks like it’s going well. ”Under exercise rider Anna Wells at Los Alamitos Friday morning, California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:11 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.60. Edwin Maldonado921181212%$432,674 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 NEWLY DISCOVERED SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE TO AIR VIA SIMULCAST ON SATURDAY            Santa Anita Park has announced that four minutes of recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit’s legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap will be shown between races six and seven Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Originally shot on 35 mm film, the video was discovered and edited by longtime Hollywood Park Television Department producer, Kip HannAn, who is now working as a video archivist at UCLA.“The footage is for the most part, absolutely pristine,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “I think very few people alive today have seen the 1940 ‘Big Cap in color, and when they do, they are going to be amazed.“We’ve edited this down to four minutes and I think people are going to be blown away by what they see. This is a perfect time to show it, on the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Santa Anita history.”Saturday’s 1940 Santa Anita Handicap Seabiscuit video will be broadcast on the track’s simulcast system and will be aired live as well at calracing.com.FINISH LINES: Martin Pedroza, named on Cigar Mile winner Private Zone in Saturday’s one mile Gulfstream Park Handicap and Diamond Bachelor in the Big ‘Cap at Santa Anita, rides 6-5 morning line favorite Private Zone for trainer Jorge Navarro in Florida. Another Martin—Garcia–rides Diamond Bachelor . . . Eclipse Award winner American Pharoah worked six furlongs from the gate in company in a bullet 1:10.40 under Martin Garcia for his 3-year-old debut in the Rebel Stakes March 14. Workmate Whiskey Ticket was timed in 1:11.80 . . . Two time Eclipse winner Beholder, with designs on the Madison at Keeneland April 4, worked five furlongs in company for Richard Mandella in 59 flat. “She couldn’t look better,” Mandella said of the daughter of Henny Hughes owned by B. Wayne Hughes . . . Jockey Brice Blanc, on the smashing debut of 3-year-old filly Spanish Queen, 5 ¾-length last-to-first winner of Thursday’s fifth race at one mile on turf for trainer Richard Baltas: “She acted up a little in the gate, first time out, and she kind of got left a bit. But she’s shown in the mornings that she’s very intelligent, although a little nervous, a little antsy. But in her works she came inside horses very nicely and had different gears. So I was pretty confident she was fit enough going a mile. Richard did a great job.” . . . Happy 52nd birthday today to Gary Stevens, who rode with the energy of a teenager winning two races Thursday. Birthday congrats too to Rosie Ybarra (63 on March 10) and Roni Walker (65 on March 21) who have been welcoming patrons at Santa Anita’s popular Clockers’ Corner eatery for 36 years . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Drayden Van Dyke14715162010%$839,936 CONQUEST TWO STEP ‘GOOD AS EVER’ FOR SAN CARLOSConquest Two Step has made himself at home at Santa Anita, where the Florida-bred son of Two Step Salsa guns for his third win from five starts at The Great Race Place in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.The 4-year-old colt was second by a neck to none other than once-beaten champion Shared Belief in the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs on Dec. 26 before winning the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 31.“He’s trained and looks as good as he ever has,” trainer Mark Casse said. “I think seven-eighths is his game. The distance is good for him. We’ve got to give everybody weight, but that’s what happens when you win.”The lineup: Chitu, Martin Garcia, 2-1; Outside Nashville, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Majestic City, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Conquest Two Step, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 8-1; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Midnight Hawk, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; and Blues Blaster, Juan Sanchez, 30-1. Bob Baffert7315141021%$1,311,588 Martin Pedroza1341218189%$541,414 (Current Through Thursday, March 5) Victor Espinoza13025251719%$1,532,858 John Sadler8611151313%$736,286 Carla Gaines3154216%$317,105 MINOR AWARDS MAJOR IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAPROOKIE EYES GIANT BIG ‘CAP UPSET ON 50-1 SHOTHOLLENDORFER’S EFFORTS ARE A WORK OF ARTDENMAN REMEMBERS HIS GREATEST BIG ‘CAPSTRAINER ‘SISES’ UP SAN FELIPE AS ‘TRIP’ RACECONQUEST TWO STEP ON THE MARK FOR SAN CARLOSMEGA HEAT HOT HORSE FOR GRADE I KILROE MILEVINTAGE COLOR SEABISCUIT VIDEO TO AIR ON SIMULCAST NETMANDELLA EYES FOURTH WIN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP            Richard Mandella has been known to kill a giant or two in a Hall of Fame career that began in 1974. Perhaps his most memorable hit came in 1996 when Dare and Go ended Cigar’s 16-race winning streak in the Pacific Classic.Mandella will attempt to add another notch on his holster when he sends out Catch a Flight in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.Catch a Flight, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred horse, registered his first U.S. victory from his second stateside start when he won an overnight race at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 13 under Gary Stevens, who will be seeking his fifth Big ‘Cap win, his last coming in 2005 aboard Rock Hard Ten, who also was trained by Mandella.“He’s an improving horse and those are always dangerous, I think,” Mandella said of Catch a Flight, a son of Giant’s Causeway who won six of 10 starts in his native country. “He’s showed enough to give the Big ‘Cap a try. I’m not sure if he’s up to this level, but we’re going to find out. You can’t win if you’re not in.”Noting the obvious in stating Shared Belief is the horse to beat, Mandella pointed out, “They pay pretty good down the line,” alluding to Big ‘Cap second money of $200,000; third, $120,000, fourth $50,000; fifth $20,000; and sixth $10,000. The winner gets $600,000.“This is a race anybody in racing wants to win, particularly if they’re from California,” said Mandella, who was born in Altadena and has captured the Santa Anita Handicap three times, with Siphon (1997), Malek (1998) and Rock Hard Ten.The Santa Anita Handicap: Cool Samurai, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Garcia, 50-1; Sr. Quisqueyano, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 3-5; Moreno, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Patrioticandproud, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Crimson Giant, Brandon Boulanger, 50-1; Imperative, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; Bronzo, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; and Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 12-1.In other Big ‘Cap news:Brandon Boulanger rides in his biggest race yet in the Big ‘Cap aboard 50-1 Crimson Giant. “This will be my first Grade I race,” said the 21-year-old apprentice who is represented by agent Ken Huth. Born in San Ramon, California and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Brandon is the son of veteran jockey Gary Boulanger.“I’ve been riding since October of 2012 and watched my dad ride at Golden Gate,” Brandon said. “I’m not really too sure how to feel about my chances Saturday, but Crimson Giant is a nice horse and last time out he showed a lot of heart (second by a nose going a mile against four rivals on Feb. 20).“I’ve got to take all the blame for that loss, getting my whip tangled in the reins. If I’d have gotten my whip out to urge him three or four strides earlier, we could have won the race by a good length. Only the Lord knows how the Big ‘Cap is going to go when we come to the top of the stretch.“Shared Belief is a monster of a horse, and we all know that. We saw what he did against California Chrome . . . I just hope the racing gods are in our favor.”Victor Espinoza on Hard Aces, recently acquired by Hronis Racing for trainer John Sadler: “I worked him three-quarters so I got to know him a bit. He’s a bit lazy in the morning but I guess he’s different in the afternoons. He knows when it counts.”Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million on the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 on the Pick 6. There will be a Beerfest and live music in the Infield.SHARED BELIEF SEEKS TO BE BIG FAVORITE TO WIN THE BIG ‘CAPShared Belief, who has lost just once in 10 career starts, will attempt to become one of the heaviest favorites to win the Santa Anita Handicap when he starts in the prestigious event Saturday. He is the 3-5 favorite on the Big ‘Cap morning line issued by Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White.“The biggest favorite of all the Big ‘Cap winners was Round Table,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for Santa Anita’s simulcast network. “Round Table was just slightly lower than 1-5 when he won the Big ‘Cap in 1958. He paid $2.30 to win for a $2 win ticket.“When Spectacular Bid won the Big ‘Cap in 1980, he was 1-5 on the tote board and paid $2.60. Prove It was 2-5 when he won in 1961, paying $2.80.”White noted that Round Table, Spectacular Bid and Prove It had something else in common besides being heavy favorites to win the Big ‘Cap.“All three were ridden by (Bill) Shoemaker,” White said.“Two of the other heaviest favorites to ever win the Big ‘Cap were Lava Man and Seabiscuit,” White added. “Lava Man was 3-5 when he won his second Big ‘Cap (in 2006), returning $3.20. And in 1940, Seabiscuit and Kayak II were coupled in the betting when Seabiscuit won the Santa Anita Handicap in the final start of his incredible career. Seabiscuit and Kayak II were 3-5 on the tote board and paid $3.40.” Mike Smith7715171119%$1,377,591 Peter Eurton59119819%$561,768 Mark Glatt5078814%$379,024 Corey Nakatani9618101419%$884,788 A. C. Avila2472329%$203,774 Joseph Talamo17119182811%$1,282,072 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux13626241819%$1,443,490 Ron Ellis4183720%$306,920 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS GOOD TRIP CRUCIAL IN SAN FELIPE STAKESTrainer Cliff Sise Jr. hopes Prospect Park takes a major step forward on the Triple Crown trail when the son of Tapit owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.It will mark the first stakes race for the colt, who broke his maiden impressively by 5 ¼ lengths at one mile on Jan. 30.Sise says the trip could be crucial.“”That’s what it’s going to end up being,” Sise said, alluding to which horse gets the best trip. “With (Bob) Baffert drawing the one and three (post positions with Lord Nelson and Dortmund, respectively), he’s got to get position early or else he’s going to get shuffled back.“So he’s got to use his horses in a little different manner. I think I drew well (six of 10). I’m going to try and sit like three (lengths) off of them. But it’s going to be a trip race. That’s what I think.”The field for the San Felipe: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Smith, 4-1; Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 8-5; The Gomper, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Kenjisstorm, Agapito Delgadillo, 50-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Bolo, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Pain and Misery, Flavien Prat, 15-1.The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, with 20 for second, 10 for third and five for fourth.Trainer Carla Gaines on Bolo, whose three career races have been on turf: “The owners wanted to try him on the dirt, and that’s how the decision evolved. He’s working well, but sometimes you don’t know until you run them, so we’re just going to give it a whirl and see.”Trainer Ron Ellis on The Gomper, who steadied when finishing fourth as the 1-2 favorite on Jan. 30: “He might not be ready to go on, but we want to give him one more chance. His last race was an inexplicably poor effort. There’s nothing wrong with him physically. I hope the pace is a little more favorable for him this time.” Mark Casse47105621%$708,008 Hector Palma2464125%$140,750 Jeff Bonde2790333%$321,530 Richard Mandella4488718%$431,346 Richard Baltas50118322%$433,268 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436 Michael Pender3564317%$164,190 Brice Blanc3772319%$277,352 Felipe Valdez4379816%$220,448 Flavien Prat911011811%$541,786 Tiago Pereira921091211%$357,494 Mario Gutierrez8161077%$360,750 Doug O’Neill11712111810%$698,024 Mike Puype6961199%$321,986 Fernando Perez13313161310%$587,802 -30-last_img read more

‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation

first_imgDawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDawn Macandili really lived up to her nickname.The diminutive lass known as Ms. Everywhere once again etched her mark in sporting history when she earned the Ms. Volleyball laurel in the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper And in another twist of fate, Macandili was the first libero to be given such an honor.“I still can’t believe that I would be given this award because liberos aren’t usually given recognition,” said Macandili in Filipino. “It’s just recently that our roles have been noticed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m really thankful that, somehow, our efforts that we give to our teams are being highlighted.”Macandili first made history when she was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and she carried that plum with her when the Philippines competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s defensive dynamo added that the award was a testament to her belief in head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system and a program that has so far produced 10 titles in the UAAP.And Macandili wasn’t the first La Sallian to be given the Ms. Volleyball nod as former captain Mika Reyes was awarded the same trophy in 2017.“Of course I’m not the first athlete under La Salle that was produced under coach Ramil’s system that became a multi-awarded player,” said Macandili. “It’s like I’m just fulfilling coach Ramil’s prophecy.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

Bassa Citizens Decry Malpractices at Palm Bay

first_imgThe youth and other prominent citizens of Kporgbahn  Statutory District  No. Four, in Grand Bassa County have decried what they claimed as bad labor and other evil practices at the Equatorial Palm Oil company, commonly called Palm Bay operating in the district.The citizens are demanding the termination of the  senior assistant estate four manager,  David Woah, and his four supervisors, Emmanuel Bouyu; Allen Togba, Alphanso Gargar and one Marshall, for their alleged  involved in the said malpractices .According to a communication dated August 15’ 2014, under the signatures of the president of the District Youth, Isaac Gartaryon and 23 others including religious leaders,  women, students and community leaders, elders, and the head of the business community in the district, the company’s personnel in  question have reportedly indulged in tribalism, discrimination against other workers of the EPO and the other citizens. The document also accuses these employees of  marginalization of workers, illegal dismissal or workers, issuance of threats against workers and the denial of contracts rights of citizens and residents with valid contract licenses.Other counts against the accused include illegal payroll deduction, wrongful registration of overtime, the introduction of of ‘zoebayoo’ society from Nimba County  only identified Prince. The complainants further cite other brutal, unfair and illegal practices against and citizens.  The accusers said they can provide evidence to all of these allegations.“Because of these above mentioned reasons we are giving the EPO management  a 15-day ultimatum to take Mr.Woah and his men in question out of the plantation for perpetually permeating injustice against the workers and citizens who are not part of their tribesmen and their  clandestinely harmful society-Zeobayoo.  The accused are  also subjecting our people to harsh working condition and long hour works without compensation’ the communication emphatically spelled out.The citizezns anticipate the cooperation and consideration of EPO management in the matter at bar, promising to provide more information if there is no positive result within the 15-day ultimatum.When recently contacted via cell phone for his side of the story, Mr. Woah, he confirmed knowledge about the communication, but said he and his men have not been served copy of the complaint. “I cannot comment now until the proper time,” he told our reporter.When also contacted, the EPO Government Liaison Manager, Rev. Wisseh-Weah Bestman,  acknowledged receipt of the citizens’ communication dated on August 15, 2014. He expressed EPO’s grave concern about the communication and their allegations. He said an internal interrogation is expected to commence shortly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents complain of deplorable Diamond roads

first_imgBy Ramona LuthiResidents and taxi operators of Diamond-Grove Housing Scheme on Friday spoke to Guyana Times about the roads within the area, relaying that while some streets have been left to deteriorate, others only last a short time after being repaired.The Diamond-Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, has grown significantly over the years, housing hundreds of residents. However, according to the residents, their main physical issue in the area, is the terrible state of the naked roads.Residents complained that because of the deteriorated unpaved roads, taxi operators would deny them transportation to their homes, since the bumpy rides take a toll on the vehicles. “I live in 15th Street, and that’s a good way in. The scheme got 21 avenues, excluding avenues A and B. When I stop out at the car park, no body don’t wanna take me home because my street bad. A set of holes along the road. The taxi men saying the road damaging their vehicles,” one resident identified as “Shanta” said.Another Diamond-Grove inhabitant highlighted that his street consists of “sharp holes” and so whenever he drives along it, his car would “make a hard drop”, and this has caused him trouble since he has to make check-ups with his mechanic more often.Denise Shortt, of Diamond-Grove told this publication that she has resided in the scheme for a number of years and though repairs have been continuously done on the roads, it has proven fruitless since it restoration does not last for any significant time: “I living in here for years and they keep repairing roads, all the time they repairing and repairing.What’s the sense of doing temporary repairs? I know it can’t last forever but when they mek the roads, by next two weeks, it bruk-up again. Watch in first bridge deh. They make up the first few front roads and left the others. Why? Just fuh nice up in front? Come on man. This is ridiculous. It’s high time they fix it,” she said.When Guyana Times spoke to a taxi operator of the scheme, he voiced that though he would at times give in and take people to their homes regardless of the rocky journey to get there, the deplorable roads serves as a great inconvenience to everyone since it proves to not only be tedious but costly to the vehicles that would traverse the area.“Nobody don’t want go in them bad roads. Sometimes I does feel sorry for people and carry them in but the bad road really keeping people back. You know how much money yuh wasting for pay mechanic every time? And the people that don’t hav cars to carry them in, ga walk in no matter how far. They really should fix it, man,” said the taxi driver.last_img read more

Henries Law Firm Shut Down for ‘Failure to Pay Taxes’

first_imgIn its power to compel compliance with the Revenue Law, the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice on Friday, August 7, enforced the closure of the Henries Law Firm for its failure to pay real estate taxes in the amount of US$3,441.36.The law firm, located on Benson Street, is one of the oldest in the country and founded by the late former Speaker Richard A. Henries, who was among those killed by the military junta led by President Samuel K. Doe, which overthrew the William R. Tolbert presidency in 1980.The closure ordered on Friday was jointly done by court sheriffs, employees of the Real Estate Division and the legal team of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), based on a petition of temporary closure filed to the court.Several other companies including Provident Hotel on 9th was closed down on Friday for tax evasion in the tune of US$70,416.63.It took nearly two hours to effect the law firm’s closure after one ‘Momoh’ a lawyer who was in the building when the enforcement team arrived, strongly refused to leave the premises, despite several appeals from LRA’s staff.“What has government done with monies collected from taxes,” the lawyer cried in protest to the LRA’s legal team, after court officers persuaded him to come out of the building. “They are just receiving and eating the money. What could they boast about the intent of the taxes they have collected? They are going to give account in 2017.”When Mr. Momoh had left the building, LRA’s lead counsel, Atty. Max Duncan responded by saying, ”Why [would] a man who is a lawyer and an officer of the court want to prevent what the law says? Why would he allow his law firm to be shut down because of tax evasion?” “2017 or not, we are not going to be afraid. We will do our job without favoritism.“What I want him to understand is that if he fails to abide by the law, his law firm will be shut-down until they can comply with the law.” He added, “We are not going to allow any threat to intimidate us – especially from a lawyer sitting there – from carrying out this exercise. We are going to engage delinquent taxpayers like the Henries Law Firm without fear and favor.”“They are a law firm and they should be the ones protecting the law and not break it. They are officers of the court. We will continue with this exercise until lawful revenue is collected for the development of the country. They can’t hold us responsible for the action, because we held a discussion with them about their tax obligation and they failed to comply. We even posted a notice on their building informing them to make settlement of their obligation within 72hours and they again failed to take advantage of the opportunity,” adding, “It is a court order and [even] we, as lawyers, need to abide by it.”According to him, his exercise required that they provide spot audit to have the taxpayer informed about the value of the properties and also educate them about their procedure in paying taxes to government.“We are to educate the taxpayer to understand what their obligation is under the law, so that they can be a responsible taxpayer and to give them the opportunity to know how to make installment arrangements in paying their taxes. These are part of our responsibilities under the law, and we are going to do exactly just that.Commenting on closure of Provident Hotel, Atty. Duncan said that the company begged them for two hours from the time they arrived, on its premises, so that they would be able to make part payment of their US$70,416.63 obligation.“We are not going beyond the two hours they had asked for, if by 2:00 of that day, they cannot pay their obligation in the bank, we are going to shut them down,” said Atty. Duncan who said that negotiating with the hotel management was out of the question.“What they need to understand is that they should consider themselves closed for now,” he stated.According to him, while they were on Provident Hotel premises, the business owner, after a closed door discussion promised to pay US$10,000 as its installment payment.“He should have paid far lower than that, but because of his delay he is going to pay that amount into government coffers right now,” Atty. Duncan stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea supporter defends Paris Metro racism incident

first_img1 Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge A fan present during the startling scenes at a Paris train station in which Chelsea supporters prevented a black man from boarding a train has defended the group’s actions.Mitchell McCoy, a 17-year-old fan, claims supporters were singing about captain John Terry and that other passengers were also blocked from entering.The south west London club have vowed to support criminal prosecutions and ban any fans after footage, posted on the Guardian website, showed the commuter trying to board a Metro train in the French capital.He is blocked by what appears to be a group of Chelsea fans travelling to the Parc des Princes for the 1-1 draw with Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.Mitchell McCoy was one of around 40 or 50 Chelsea supporters on the train and he stated they were singing about Terry, who was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association in October 2012 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. In Terry’s case, the regulatory commission stated that the Chelsea captain was “not a racist”.McCoy, a season-ticket holder who travelled to Paris with five friends, was named on Twitter following the publication of the video.The 17-year-old from Fulham in London told Press Association Sport: “I’m not in the video but I’m on the carriage. We got on the train and at the station where the man was trying to get on we stopped for a couple of minutes.“He tried to get on and a few people were pushing him off because there wasn’t much space on the carriage. You couldn’t move.“People were saying it was because he was black. It’s not true at all. I personally think it’s because he was a PSG fan. Obviously they didn’t want him anywhere with us.“That guy in the video tried to force himself on, so they pushed him off.”A chant of “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” is clearly audible on the video, but McCoy contended it was not about the passenger.He added: “That song was about John Terry. The only words I know is ‘he’s a racist, he’s a racist’ and I don’t know the rest.”Asked why that song was sung at that moment, he said: “I’m not sure. I didn’t sing it.“It wasn’t just that one time that it happened. It wasn’t just with the black people that we weren’t letting on.“There was white people, women that people weren’t allowing on. There was no space.“They were saying, ‘You can’t get on this carriage, you have to go somewhere else’.”McCoy believes fingers were pointed at him following “a stupid Tweet I did last night, (about) the John Terry song”.He is aware of Chelsea’s plan to support any criminal prosecution and hand out banning orders to any supporters found to have offended.“I wouldn’t say (I am) worried, because I haven’t done anything wrong, neither has any of my mates,” he said.“I don’t see how that can be used against me because I’m not in the video.“Of course we’re concerned (about being banned). It wouldn’t surprise me at all.“(But) they ban you for anything. It wouldn’t surprise me.”Asked if he would be prepared to help Chelsea identify those involved, McCoy added: “I don’t recognise any of them so I wouldn’t be much use.”last_img read more

Barca edge closer to La Liga title after beating Atletico

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s players celebrated wildly after scoring twice in the final five minutes to beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday nightBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 6 – Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored twice in two minutes as Barcelona broke the resistance of 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday to go 11 points clear of their La Liga title rivals.Diego Costa was sent off in the 28th minute at Camp Nou after appearing to insult the referee, Gil Manzano, but while Atletico held on for almost another hour, Suarez and Messi struck late to seal a pivotal 2-0 win.last_img read more

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini says he has not ‘gone quiet’ on signing Man City star

first_img1 Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini says he has not ‘gone quiet’ on signing Yaya Toure but is adamant he will only sign players who can help the club regain their Champions League status.Manchester City star Toure has been linked with a move away from the club this summer and is tipped to reunite with Mancini, who brought him to City in 2010.And Mancini says his priority is to return Inter to Europe’s premier competition and has hinted Toure could well be a part of his plans.“At Inter, the players we buy must be well-chosen,” Mancini told Tuttosport. “We can’t afford to make mistakes. It’s clear that having players who enhance the personality of the team would help.“Have I gone quiet on Toure? It’s not a case of being quiet, the world is full of top players, and we want to get them.“This is the time that Inter must return to playing in the Champions League, not being there is like seeing Bologna in Serie B, it’s something which makes no sense.“To do that, we must all do our best to bring Inter back to where it historically belongs.“By the way, that’s the first thing on [President Erick] Thohir’s mind.”last_img read more

WATCH! Real Madrid star nets stunning solo goal

first_imgMarcelo ensured his new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez got off to a winning start at the Bernabeu with a sensational strike against Galatasaray on Tuesday night.After Wesley Sneijder had cancelled out Nacho’s opener, the Brazilian full-back took on three defenders before firing expertly past Fernando Muslera to secure a 2-1 victory for Real.Check it out above!last_img