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Ryleigh Buck and Team USA in Pan Am Gold Medal game Sunday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School senior Ryleigh Buck may be the first WHS student to ever say she is going to be participating in a gold medal game for an International event.Buck and the U.S.A. Women’s Baseball team just reached the Gold Medal game at the Pan Am Games on Friday evening at the Ajax Sports Complex, east of Toronto with a 3-1 victory over the host Canada national team. U.S. will play the winner of Canada vs. Venezuela, which is playing a semifinal or play-in game today.Buck did not play in the game Friday, a heart in throat kind of contest, but she did have prime seats in the dugout. So far she has been in the game one time at the Pan Am games. She was a pinch runner in the 9-0 victory against Puerto Rico Thursday night.The American baseball team appears too tough to touch. The U.S. took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning and would go to stave off a rally in the seventh. Twice, Canada had runners on third with no outs, but could only get one run in due to the outstanding U.S. defense and pitching.Unnamed sources, like T.D. Buck, says Team U.S.A.’s pitching depth will be hard for any team to handle, especially with Canada and Venezuela depleting more of its pitching today.Sumner Newscow will have a huge story on Buck’s travels up to the Pan Am Games next week. Unfortunately, due to travel constraints we will not be at Sunday’s gold medal contest.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Jury selection to continue at 9 a.m. this morning in Blansett Trial

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Jury selection is expected to continue at 9 this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Nicole Blansett of Wellington.The 33-year-old woman is accused of murder in the December 2014 death of her 10-year-old son, Caleb Blansett, at the family’s home.Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer and defense attorney Mike Brown spent the entire day questioning potential jurors from a pool of 100 people. That pool has been reduced to 36 people from which a 12-member jury will be selected to hear testimony.Two alternates will also be selected. Testimony could start by late morning and is expected to continue through this week in the Sumner County courtroom of Judge Scott McQuin.NewsCow will continue to provide updates on the proceedings.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Minnesota Wild fire head coach Bruce Boudreau

first_imgMinnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin on Friday announced the club has fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.Boudreau had coached the team since the start of the 2016-17 season; the Wild made the playoffs in his first two seasons as bench boss and were bounced in the first round each time. Last season, Minnesota finished seven points out of a playoff spot. While the club sits just three points out of the Western Conference wild card this year (27-23-7, 61) Guerin and the front office felt it was time to part ways with Boudreau. Evason, the club’s new interim head coach, played 13 NHL seasons between 1983-96 for five different franchises, most notably the Hartford Whalers organization. Minnesota hired Evason as an assistant to Boudreau in June 2018, after several years as the head coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, the Nashville Predators’ affiliate. He had also previously worked as an assistant coach in the Washington Capitals organization (2005-12) and as a head coach with three separate teams in in the Western Hockey League (1999-2005).“This is not new to him,” Guerin said, referring to Evason’s NHL experience. “I know Dean has his own thoughts and beliefs and what he believes is going to give us success.”According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, Boudreau was in the final year of his contract with the Wild and had a deal in place to serve as a consultant for the next two seasons. The Athletic’s Michael Russo first broke the story Friday morning and additionally reported that assistant coach Dean Evason will serve as the team’s interim head coach for the remainder of the regular season. After the season’s conclusion, Guerin said the franchise will conduct a search for a new head coach — a search that Evason will likely be included in.”I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and commitment to the Minnesota Wild during his tenure with the organization and wish him and his family the best in the future,” Guerin said in a statement.MORE: Oilers’ Zack Kassian kicks opponent in chest with skate during gameNEWS: #mnwild General Manager Bill Guerin announced the club has relieved Head Coach Bruce Boudreau of his coaching duties.— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) February 14, 2020Boudreau’s firing comes at an odd time for the Wild; the team is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games and could still make the playoffs if the team finishes strongly. But given that multiple Western Conference teams are still vying for a spot in the postseason with fired coaches this season (Vegas, Nashville), it’s not necessarily a sign that Minnesota’s front office thinks the season is lost.In a press conference Friday, Guerin said he felt Minnesota’s players simply need a different voice right now as the team pushes toward a playoff spot.“It’s not just one win, it’s not one loss, it’s not one week,” Guerin told reporters. “It’s a series of things. Even though Bruce and I have had a great relationship, I really enjoyed working with him, I learned a lot from him, I think he liked working with me. The most important thing is that the players are going into this stretch run on a high and I felt like they just needed a different voice right now.”last_img read more

Chinese player’s wife raises red card after match gaffe

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Many fans agreed: “His character is horrible. Kick him out of national football,” one commenter wrote.Chinese soccer authorities have not commented on the allegations.The disgraced 28-year-old made his debut for the national team in 2013 and has been a popular player for the Guangzhou Chinese Super League club since 2014. Beijing, China | AFP |  The wife of a Chinese player gave her husband a red card Wednesday for playing away, claiming that spending too much time with his mistress led to his embarrassing gaffe in a crucial World Cup qualifier.Jiang Zhipeng, a Guangzhou R&F club left-back, had a disastrous performance in Tehran against Iran Tuesday, where his header sent the ball to the opposing team, setting them up for the only point of the game.Chinese newspapers called the 1-0 match, a FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier, a “nightmare” showing for the national side.Angry fans found a scapegoat, when Jiang’s wife revealed on social media that he had recently filed for divorce.“For nearly three-and-a-half years out of our four-year marriage, he was sleeping with other women and now he is trying to drive me to an early grave,” Zhang Zhiyue wrote.She posted photos of Jiang snuggling with his alleged mistress, and begged the Chinese football association and the sports bureau of Guangdong province to “expel” him from professional football.last_img read more

Leafs ride hot streak of netminder Brett Soles past Border Bruins

first_imgFriday, it was sniper Colton McCarthy that made like easier for Soles.The Salmon Arm prospect scored two of his three goals before the game was 10 minutes old giving Nelson a 2-1 first period lead.McCarthy converted the hat-trick in the second with his second power play marker of the game to push the margin to 4-1.In the third Nelson padded its lead to secure the win, a league-high 21st of the season.“(The two Colton’s) McCarthy and Schell are both playing really well right now,” said Soles.“They’re both at the top of the scoring race. And when (Jacob) Boyczuk on that line it’s probably one of the best in the entire league.”Schell finished the game with three points, including two goals to continue to lead the KIJHL in scoring with 18 goals and 26 assists for 45 points.Dustin Reimer, who went toe-to-toe against Luke Jones of Grand Forks in one of the best fights in the league this season, scored the final goal for the Leafs.Connor Gross and Dakota Kittle replied for the Bruins.Nelson out shot the Bruins 30-17 in the game making it a total of 91 shots put at Grand Forks goalie Robert Dunsmuir.The Bruins were able to bounce back from Friday’s loss to edge Kimberley 5-4 in Grand Forks. The win was the fourth of the season for the improving Bruins.In a quirk in the schedule, the Leafs and Bruins do it all over again Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Puck drop is 7 p.m.GAME NOTES: Nelson, finishing the month of November with a 10-0-0-1 record, leads the Castlegar Rebels by three points in Murdoch standings. . . .The game was the third time new assistant coach Brent Petrick has been behind the Leaf bench. The former Nelson Minor Hockey and Kootenay Ice skipper joined the Leafs staff after former assistant Stuart Linnen was forced to leave the team due to work commitments . . . . Major Midget goalie Adam Maida served as back-up to Soles after playing Thursday night in Grand Forks. Maida was called up after Cody Boeckman was called up to the Trail Smokies after the BCHL club lost a goalie for the weekend due to injury. . . The night was a success for the Salvation Army Food Bank, which accumulated more items for its shelves on Vernon Street. . . . The Kootenay Wildcats were also on hand raising funds for a trip to a major girl’s hockey tournament in Saskatchewan. . . .During the second period fans were treated to a T-shirt giveaway by Mallard’s Source for Sports. The local sports store used a T-shirt launcher to fire the prized items into the stands. Brett Soles doesn’t like to be called the “guaranteed win” goalie.But the Cranbrook native seems to be a prime candidate for the title after registering his 12th win against no losses Friday night as the Nelson Leafs dumped the feisty Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.Not only did Soles hit the magic dozen mark but the Leafs also won its fourth straight to take a three-point lead in the hotly contested Murdoch Division.“It’s going good . . . but I wouldn’t say “guarantee” every game,” the mild-mannered Soles said after Friday’s win.“We’re battling every game. I don’t want to be cocky and say we’re going to win every game,” adds the 17-year-old netminder.“We battling every game and just happen to be coming out on the right end right now.”Soles arrived on the scene with little fanfare.After seeing more shots than a rifle range last season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League, the Leaf rookie made his mark early as he and teammate Cody Boeckman quickly unseated returning goalie Patrick Defoe for the team’s two goaltending positions.Slotted into the goaltending rotation, the 5’11”, 165 backstop has put together quite a remarkable season with 12 wins, a 2.00 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.“I don’t know . . . the boys always help me out a lot,” said Soles when asked about the streak.“I keep them in the games and other times they keep me in it. Right now I’ve always been able to come out on top which has been good.”last_img read more


first_img18 BOWIES HERO IS MOVING FORWARD IN SHOEMAKER 46% 4 $517,942 CAUSEFORCOMMOTION ‘SQUEALING’ FOR GAMELY 29% JockeyMts $756,951 Bob Baffert20 16 Win% John Sadler39 9 Aaron Gryder57 Heriberto Figueroa35 Doug O’Neill66 13 10 $183,014 Richard Mandella20 $514,883 57% 2nd 8 2 4 $805,832 $904,048 J. Eric Kruljac21 $387,670 43% 15 8 53% 50% 14% 2 Win% 18% 37% Vladimir Cerin30 $388,580 Martin Pedroza30 7 15% 40% 65% 17% 8 14 3 3 8 10 22% $326,314 3 15 29% Flavien Prat70 1st 10 $311,033 8 15% 10 4 Drayden Van Dyke61 27% 14 9 10 12 $437,177 2 3 1 8 47% 2nd Tiago Pereira86 Geovanni Franco58 JACKPOT OF $736,547 AT END OF RAINBOW PICK SIX Martin Garcia42 11 17% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 0 64% Andrew Lerner9 1st 4 6 11 15% 5 55% $433,632 5 27% $615,517 10% 9 18% 19% Ruben Fuentes78 14 28% 14% John Shirreffs14 $800,232 13% 7 Jorge Velez35 7 Kent Desormeaux42 $163,715 $554,236 9 4 $281,235 4 5 12 $188,568 36% 29% 1 1 11% 17 5 TrainerMts 3 18 8 4 ITM% 10 3rd 16% $634,278 Edwin Maldonado51 J. Keith Desormeaux20 Mark Glatt50 $841,546 Richard Baltas46 0 3 Money Won 3 Steve Knapp23 $216,148 20% 5 1 6 49% 5 50% $284,791 5 48% $138,137 18% $197,581 52% TRAINER CREATES ‘CAUSEFORCOMMOTION’ IN GAMELYCauseforcommotion’s nine-length victory in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and a half on turf May 11 caused trainer Eric Kruljac and his partners in an ownership group to do something uncharacteristic: supplement her for $10,000 and run back in two weeks tomorrow in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at a mile and one eighth on grass.“She’s squealing when she’s going to the track,” said Kruljac, succinctly explaining just how full of herself the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare is right now. “She’s feeling so good we figured we’d take a look at the Gamely.“The gallop boy (Carlos Aguilar) said she’s even stronger than before the Santa Barbara, but my main concern is that a mile and one eighth might be too short for her.“I think her optimum distance is a mile and a half, and she wasn’t even tired after winning the Santa Barbara. That was a gallop for her. But even if she runs third tomorrow, she’ll have a G1 (Grade I) on her pedigree (as a broodmare).”The Gamely is one of three attractive Grade I races offering a total of $1.5 million in purses on Memorial Day, the others being the Gold Cup and the Shoemaker Mile.Monday is Dollar Day, with soda and beer on sale for a buck and hot dogs for $2.  The Gamely, which goes as race seven: Rymska, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2; Ollie’s Candy, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Florent Geroux, 20-1; Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ahimsa, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Streak of Luck, Mike Smith, 15-1; Elysea’s World, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; and Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 8-1.‘RUST’ IS OFF BOWIES HERO FOR SHOEMAKERTrainer Phil D’Amato is hoping for a return to form from Bowies Hero in Monday’s Shoemaker Mile on grass following a string of four losses after capturing the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 10, 2018.The five-year-old Artie Schiller horse closed ground to be sixth in the Grade III San Francisco Mile on April 27, his first race in eight months.“He was a little rusty first time back,” D’Amato allowed. “He kind of got shuffled back to last but came running late (beaten 4 ¼ lengths) and galloped out strong.“It turned out to be a good set-up race and I saw what I like to see in his first race after a layoff; I’m looking for him to step forward.”The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race in the U.S. this year. The winner receives a fees-paid berth to the BC Mile Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.The Shoemaker, race nine of 10: Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Sharp Samurai, John Velazquez, 4-1; Le Ken, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Catapult, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Bolo, Florent Geroux, 20-1; Desert Stone, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Delta Prince, Joel Rosario, 5-2; and Bowies Hero, Irad Ortiz Jr., 8-1.BLITZKRIEG MAKES MAIN TRACK DEBUT IN GOLD CUPDoug O’Neill hopes to catch lightning in a bottle Monday when he sends out $25,000 claim Blitzkrieg in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa for three-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles.The five-year-old War Front gelding has won four straight races, three since being claimed on Jan. 19, including the Grade III San Francisco Mile last out on April 27. All 13 of his career races have come on turf.But registering upsets is nothing new to O’Neill. He isn’t the leading trainer for nothing.“He’s been training so beautifully on dirt, and he’s done so well for us that the owners (R3 Racing LLC, Calara Farms and Steve Rothblum) decided to go for it in this race,” said O’Neill’s valued assistant Leandro Mora. “If it turns out he shows the ability to run well on dirt, we’ll have a helluva horse. But we know we have a superior grass runner, for sure.”The Gold Cup, race eight: Blitzkrieg, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Mongolian Groom, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Higher Power, Irad Ortiz Jr., 20-1; Lone Sailor, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 8-5; Core Beliefs, Florent Geroux, 4-1; and Vino Rosso, John Velazquez, 5-2.SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $736,547In a thrilling end to a 10-race program Saturday at Santa Anita, there were two “live” tickets in the 20-cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, each potentially worth $947,566, but Tule Fog and Full of Luck, both in contention turning for home, finished sixth and seventh respectively, thereby creating a Jackpot carryover into Sunday of $736,547.With $273,673 in “new” money wagered, Saturday’s total Jackpot pool of $947,566 fueled a robust consolation payoff of $36,548 on four tickets.With a nine-race card on tap today, the Rainbow Six initiates with race four which has an approximate post time of 2:31 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Cono worked 4 furlongs. 5-26-19 (McCarthy)Rightful (Outside) and Boru worked 5 furlongs. 5-26-19 (Cerin)John Sadler Discusses: Gift Box in the Gold Cup, Ollie’s Candy in the Gamely and Catapult in the Shoemaker Mile.Jimmy Jerkens Discusses: Delta Prince’s Sharp form into the Shoemaker Mile.Mark Glatt Discusses: Sharp Samurai’s comeback into the Shoemaker Mile off a layoff.Jerry Hollendorfer Discusses: Golden Star Lady, Sneaking Out in the Summertime Oaks and Vasilika in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes.Phil D’Amato Discusses: S Y Sky in the Monrovia Stakes and Bowies Hero in the Shoemaker Mile.Weekend Watch: Highlighting weekend action at Santa Anita Park Starting May 25th, 2019.Juggles worked 5 furlongs. (O’Neill) 5-24-19Bella Luma works 4 furlongs. (Koriner) 5-24-19Withholding Info worked 5 furlongs. (Baffert) 5-22-19Gift Box works 6 furlongs. (Sadler) 5-18-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. (Shierriffs) 5-18-19FINISH LINES: Congrats to jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. and agent Mike Ciani on registering three box-car payoff victories Saturday, surpassing the Puerto Rican native’s total of two wins recorded during the previously run Spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet. Arroyo scored with Smokin B for Jack Carava in the second race at $55.60; Air Strikefor Phil D’Amato in the Triple Bend Stakes at $27.40; and Jamminwithbrandon for Vladimir Cerin in the ninth at $46.20. Ciani added to his treasure and pleasure when the other rider he represents, Kent Desormeaux, won the Daytona Stakes with favored Eddie Haskell for trainer Mark Glatt . . .Santa Anita-based apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr., 18, had cause to celebrate after his father, Juan Carlos Diaz, 42, won career race No. 5,000 in his native Puerto Rico yesterday on None Like Curry in the second race at Camarero Hippodrome. . . Vive la France: The French Connection paid off in Saturday’s third racewhen French-bred Proud Pedro,trained by Frenchman Leonard Powell and ridden by fellow countryman Flavien Prat,captured the third race returning $8.80. 40% Philip D’Amato48 7 67% 23% 65% 50% 6 4 15% ITM% 9 15 4 4 10 37% Jerry Hollendorfer33 53% 56% $692,933 Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.17 1 $475,709 19% 4 $239,728 5 52% Tim Yakteen14 44% 55% 64% Joseph Talamo78 5 26% 13 5 56% $137,171 29% 5 10 20% 6 Rafael Bejarano85 17% 6 4 12 5 46% 2 5 $203,822 4 CAN BLITZKRIEG STRIKE IN GOLD CUP FOR O’NEILL? 4 43% 50% 8 3rd $185,456 12 3 $392,799 Mario Gutierrez46 (Current from April 12 through Saturday, May 25) 25% 6 5 62% $599,138 Victor Espinoza37 20%last_img read more

NARDA Urges Communities to Take Ownership of Their Health

first_imgA non-governmental organization, New African Research and Development Agency (NARDA) has ended a two-day community engagement and multi-stakeholders dialogue in Gbarnga, Bong County.The dialogue brought together leaders from six Liberian counties and several Guinean and Sierra Leoneans, who were urged to take ownership of their health programs. The dialogue attended by 171 participants from selected communities and civil society groups reached a decision to develop what is referred to as a “Book of Proceedings.” The “Book of Proceedings” recognizes the importance of communities collaboratively working with health practitioners and others to prevent poor health conditions and epidemics.It also encourages communities to jointly own health centers and assist in erecting structures to meet their health needs.Furthermore, it proposes the inclusion of traditional healers to give support to the country’s health system.During the dialogue, community representatives from the six counties shared their experiences on the health crisis they encountered during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. They suggested ways in which they can collaborate to protect themselves from any future outbreak of diseases.The dialogue held under the theme, “Open Space Conference” also gave participants the opportunity to share with one another health challenges in their respective communities and what can be done in conjunction with health workers to control outbreak and spread of diseases.NARDA believes that with community engagement through the Open Space, community members will better understand one another and will learn what each group does to overcome health crises in their respective areas.Participants, according to a release issued by NARDA, recalled that because of the misunderstandings associated with the spread of Ebola, people were afraid to attend to relatives and neighbors who came down with other ailments.They said most of the deaths that occurred did not involve Ebola, but was a result of victims being abandoned for fear that they had Ebola.Some also recounted that clinicians could not initially attend to patients for lack of protective gear that would prevent them from contracting the Ebola virus.They recalled that many people were in denial about the prevalence of Ebola in the region and held on to their traditions such as washing corpses, which caused the spread of the deadly virus.Besides the Ebola crisis, the discussions also highlighted community cleanliness and control of wastes, which facilitators underscored make environments safe from the outbreak of diseases.Water pollution and drinking from stream and creeks are also responsible for disease outbreaks, facilitators warned participants.The NARDA organized dialogue is coming at a time when reports of disease outbreaks are emerging including a new Ebola outbreak in Guinea and measles in Liberia.Participants in the dialogue came from Grand Cape Mount, Maryland, Margibi, Sinoe, Lofa and Bong counties. Among the participants were Ebola survivors who have over time complained about stigma from community dwellers. The dialogue was sponsored by the Health Sector Information Group (SIG), the German Institute for Medical Mission (DIFAM) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ).The objective was to deepen and broaden the space for community engagement through dialogue to enhance delivery of health services in communities with integrity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New oil contract template will have better terms – Energy Dept claims

first_img– to close tax loopholes, feature ring fencing provisionsBy Jarryl BryanIn the wake of public criticism over the contractual terms it negotiated with the oil contracts based on a model Production Sharing Agreement (PSA), Government said it has taken steps towards rectifying this issue.At a press conference on Monday at the Ministry of the Presidency, Head of the Department of Energy Dr Mark Bynoe revealed that a new PSA template has been developed. Even though ExxonMobil’s contract insulates it from changes in Guyana’s laws and policies, this template will be used for future contracts.“The new template will definitely have more favourable terms for Guyana,” Bynoe said. “When that (old) PSA started, the risks of investing in Guyana were significantly higher… the greater the risk, the greater the returns.”“Going forward, because we have a lot more knowledge now, we’ve been able toFrom left; Department of Energy Advisor Matthew Wilks and Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoehave conditions that are a lot more favourable. So from that perspective, there will be improvements.Meanwhile, Department of Energy Advisor, Matthew Wilks gave some details about what was changed about the templates. He explained that ring-fencing is catered for in the improvements.“We’re looking at improving the overall Government take, in terms of the amount the Government will get, by instituting elements like ring-fencing. We’ll also look at making it more of a progressive regime, so as the oil price increases the Government gets more of the share.”“There are a number of techniques for doing that in PSA’s. We’ll also be looking at closing off potential taxation and value-loss loopholes. There are many in all PSA’s around the world. What you try to do is mitigate avenues by which companies can reduce their taxes. And there will be a tightening up to ensure Government has more of a say.”However, Wilks cautioned against too much tweaking of the model to the point where the terms repel rather than attract investors. The advisor stressed that the right balance has to be found, otherwise investors will take their money elsewhere.In terms of royalties, which in Guyana’s case is two per cent, Wilks noted that this should be subject to a competitive process.“In constructing these PSA’s, we’re trying to evaluate what’s best for that critical point where the Government gets what it wants and the investor will still invest. That’s what we’re working on throughout the year.”“Royalty is often a biddable term. In many countries where there is a PSA, that is sort of a square box to be filled in by companies. And they compete. So rather than stipulating royalty levels, you let them compete against each other to offer royalty levels.”The PSAThe current PSA between the coalition Government, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek block was finalised on October 7, 2016. ExxonMobil and its partners were able to secure a number of exemptions.Article 15.4 of the renegotiated contract also provides for the Government itself to pay the company’s income tax. To facilitate this, the oil company has to submit tax returns to the Government.Article 32 stipulates that Government cannot modify the contract or increase any fiscal obligation the company has. This, therefore, puts a cap on the taxes, royalties, duties, fees or charges outlined in the contract.Government also has to compensate the operator if a change to existing laws causes loss of revenue for the company.last_img read more

Mancuso is tied for lead in World Cup standings

first_imgJulia Mancuso has moved atop the World Cup overall standings for the first time this season as she bids to become the first American woman to win the title in nearly a quarter-century. But she’s not alone. Renate Goetschl of Austria won her record 17th World Cup super-giant slalom , by more than a second Sunday to join Mancuso at the top of the overall standings. Goetschl, who already had clinched the season’s super-G title, skied the 1.2-mile Prampero course in 1 minute, 18.66 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was second, 1.01 behind, and Mancuso was third, 1.22 back. in Tarvisio, Italy Matt wins second straight: World champion Mario Matt won his second straight World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, and Benjamin Raich finished second to reclaim the lead in the overall standings. Bode Miller was 23rd in 1:43.89. Also: Raphael Poiree shot clean and won the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit race for his third straight World Cup biathlon victoryin Lahti, Finland. … Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset won the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country race on the final day of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan. … Oskar Svard won the 56-mile Vasaloppet cross-country marathon by two seconds in Mora, Sweden. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Trouble at home for mom

first_imgAs a single mom living paycheck to paycheck, Zenaida Hernandez prided herself on handing over the rent check on time every month for the past 12 years. So she became nervous a few months ago when she couldn’t locate her landlord at the first of the month. After receiving an overdue notice, she put a check in the mail. But she said the envelope was returned, unopened, a few days later. Shortly after that, Hernandez got a court summons evicting her for not paying rent. “I’ve never had the intention of not paying the rent,” said Hernandez, who pays $588 a month for her one-bedroom apartment near the North Hollywood Metro station, where similar units rent for $1,200. Hernandez’s complex is one of about 100 buildings that tenant-rights groups believe are at risk of condo conversion, demolition, unscrupulous evictions and slum conditions. Several housing and tenants groups plan to march today to City Hall, where they will ask Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council to assign inspectors and housing staffers to resolve problems at the buildings. Advocates say tenants have been evicted from more than 12,000 rent-controlled units in the past five years. And although the City Council voted earlier this month to double relocation fees paid to evicted tenants, the money doesn’t go far in a market where rent averages nearly $1,600 per month. “I’m terrified that I’m going to get a notice that my building is being converted to condos,” said Donna Rodriguez, who pays $900 a month for a one-bedroom apartment she shares with her daughter in Atwater Village. “More and more of my neighbors have bunk beds and the parents sleeping in the living room. It’s getting crazy.” Rodriguez is working with ACORN, Coalition LA and a number of affordable housing and tenant-rights groups that want the city to adopt a comprehensive housing policy that would require affordable housing in new developments and provide money for projects in the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. “The timing is perfect for this march to push them into developing a comprehensive housing strategy,” said Robert Dhondrup, communications director for the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing. The march also comes as landlords and apartment owners have pushed for a review of the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which they say is too restrictive and hurts owners of older buildings. As for Hernandez, her eviction case will be heard in court Monday and she’s being aided by an eviction-defense group. An attorney representing her landlord said Hernandez’s eviction appeal did not mention any attempts to pay rent. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more