Local equestrians gearing up for the 2016 season started their preparation at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, over the weekend, with showjumpers in particular introduced to a new discipline – vaulting. Since last Friday, visiting FEI representative Emma Seely from California in the United States conducted a three-day workshop to familarise showjumpers with vaulting, one of seven disciplines in international competitions except the Olympics. Vaulting, she explained, is akin to gymnastics on horseback, but it requires intense training (initially on a barrell) to develop the skill. Seely said the workshop started last Friday with the older and more experienced showjumpers such as Jason Walter, Susan Wates, Lexie Wates, Denise Cole, Nabila Khouri, and Maelle Johnston, then moving to the children on Saturday and finally back with the older participants yesterday. “The response was good,” disclosed Seely. “Being introduced to vaulting for the first time, the participants were curious at first, but they soon got the hang of it, regarding basic movements on a horse, as well as get-fit exercises, and in the end they were quite keen and receptive,” added Seely, who has had vast experience in this area of the sport spanning 35 years. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of national coach Betty Wates, who is also president of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica. “Jamaicans being natural athletes, I believe we will adopt to vaulting pretty fast, and in a few years, could impact internationally in much the same way Samantha Albert did in showjumping and Alia Atkinson in swimming”, she said. Meanwhile, the polo players started their preparation over the weekend with practice matches on Saturday and yesterday ahead of the Doc Masterton Tournament on January 31 at the Caymanas Estates, traditionally the first polo match each season. According to Rachel Turner and Mitta Rousseau, two of the island’s top polo players, the action should increase this season following a lull in activities last year. Turner said the Doc Masterton will be followed by the Burger King Kids tournament on February 20, as well as the annual tour of the visiting team from Newport from March 3-6. They will play matches at the St Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall, Chukka Blue in Hanover and the Kingston Polo Club. Rousseau disclosed that later in the year there will be the club tournaments – the Hurlingham Cup and Senior Cup – for which Kingston Polo Club are defending champions, with players such as James Robertson, Paul Lalor, Mark Wates, Jorge Donovan, and Turner, as well as the Hi-Pro Family tournament, Dennis Lalor Polo tournament, and one of the big ones – the Scotia-sponsored tournament in mid-year.
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 award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene France’s Arnaud Lepont (L) and Philippines’ Richard Corminal face off during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThis is Corminal’s second fight in the promotion and he has so far been matched up with big names with gaudy resumes in mixed martial arts.It may seem like a daunting task for someone who has only fought professionally six times, but Corminal knows it’s the only way to go up in the sport.“I’m excited. If I managed to sneak a victory, maybe I can improve my name,” said Corminal with a smile.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments MOST READ Go easy, Tiger, Day urges ahead of comeback Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson SINGAPORE—Richard Corminal doesn’t think a two-year layoff has made Arnaud Lepont any less dangerous.The Filipino fighter still isn’t taking his French-born foe, who is stepping in the cage for the first time since September 2015, lightly in their upcoming battle in ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t say (I have the advantage) since they said there’s a ‘new version’ of Arnaud Lepont,” said Corminal, who is now based in Malaysia, in Filipino Tuesday after the press conference at Marina Bay Sands. “But I’m ready for whatever happens.”READ: Two Filipino bets complete ONE: Immortal Pursuit FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAside from spoiling Lepont’s return, Corminal also has something to prove after he fell short in his ONE debut last March against top lightweight contender Shannon Wiratchai.“He is a more experienced fighter than I am. I know what he is capable of doing inside the cage,” Corminal said. “I will do my best. I’ve worked hard just to make it here in ONE Championship. I won’t waste this opportunity.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES
Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We want them to be winners in life more than winners on the court,” he added.Lyceum’s victory put to waste Hamadou Laminou’s 34-point, 16-rebound effort for the Generals.After suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury on his right knee last year, the Cameroonian center is focused in helping the Generals in any way he can.“I don’t want to think about my injury anymore,” Laminou said. “I want to focus on scoring.”In the nightcap, new Perpetual Help recruit Edgar Charcos stepped up big to notch his first NCAA victory—a 78-75 thriller against Letran.Charcos, a transferee from University of the East, delivered 27 points on a nine-of-12 clip from the field. He had 22 in the first half alone.“Being trusted as the starting guard, I challenged myself to perform well for my new school,” Charcos said in Filipino. —WITH A REPORT FROM IVAN RUIZ L. SUING Marcelino poured 13 of his 24 points in the final frame to lift Lyceum past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 106-97, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Marcelino’s scoring burst rescued the Pirates after the Generals pillaged their 31-point lead and trimmed it to just 80-77 heading into the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was a big learning for us because we were ahead and yet we played complacently,” Marcelino said in Filipino. “We doubled our effort in the fourth quarter to regain our lead and eventually win the game.”Robinson said he trusted his players “to do the right thing” when the Generals made multiple runs. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 award LATEST STORIES Rivals F2 Logistics, Petron cross paths in crucial clash In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “As a coach, sometimes you just have to bite your lip and trust your players that they will find a way,” Robinson said.Meanwhile, San Sebastian held off St. Benilde, 85-77, as the Blazers handed limited minutes to key cogs Clement Leutcheu and Yankie Haruna due to disciplinary sanctions.Blazers head coach TY Tang, however, did not disclose the reason behind the sanction and said that some things were just bigger than winning ball games.“This is the part wherein we’d rather discipline more than being out there on the court and compete to win,” Tang said.More than good players, Tang wants his wards to see the bigger picture of things.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lyceum coach Topex Robinson is big on trusting his players to make the right play. Jaycee Marcelino showed everyone why.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 award MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Usain Bolt makes his way through security as he arrives at Sydney international airport on August 18, 2018.Bolt, 31-year-old eight-time Olympic champion, arrived to start training with the A-League club Central Coast Mariners. / AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSprint superstar Usain Bolt admitted Tuesday he was struggling with the tempo of professional football but is working hard to raise his fitness levels ahead of his first trial match this week.The eight-time Olympic champion has been given an opportunity by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners to fulfill his dream of a football career and has stepped up his training regime since hooking up with the A-League club last week.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal He was put through his paces with the rest of the squad at a more intensive session at the team’s base in the town of Gosford, 75 kilometers north of Sydney, on Tuesday.After some warming up and a jog around the pitch, he took part in ball drills and while his passing was fine, he was slow to get the hang of the movement required.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 32-year-old’s lack of football fitness was also evident and he appeared to tire quickly, resting more than his teammates.Bolt admitted to struggling with the constant stop-start of football, more used to a quick fire sprint on the athletics track before winding down. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “I imagine he’ll get some minutes on Friday,” said club coach Mike Mulvey, conscious that thousands of fans are set to turn up and with the match due to be broadcast live on pay-tv.He said the Jamaican was “doing OK”.“The things we are asking him to do are things that he hasn’t done for quite some years,” he added.“He has played football as an athlete in between athletic meets so he has rudimentary skills. There’s no problem about that. It’s about being able to do it at the speed that we do it. It takes time to adjust.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before retiring last year and fulfilling his real passion — football. He remains the world record holder for 100 meters.Bolt said he was seeing slow improvements in his game.“For me, it’s about just getting fit and as many touches of the ball that I can. The more I play the more comfortable I get,” he said.“It’s all about being focused, taking my time and being smart and pushing myself to get to the level I need to be at to be in the starting XI.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “The most challenging thing for me is the stop and go because I’m not used to picking up speed, going back down, then back again,” he said.“It’s all about practicing and getting used to the system. I have time so will just learn the ways and keep pushing.”‘Doing OK’The Mariners hope to turn Bolt into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October, with the club saying he can stay indefinitely to prove his credentials and earn a playing contract.They have a pre-season friendly on Friday against an amateur side and Bolt is expected to get his first taste of a competitive game, but only as a substitute.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadal sends injured Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thirdy Ravena didn’t just put up gaudy numbers in Ateneo’s 80-61 win over Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four, he was also in the middle of rough and curricular activities that happened in the game itself.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The star forward fouled out with 3:33 left in the game, a contest that was in the Blue Eagles’ bag as early as the third quarter when they led 59-28, after he barged into FEU guard Axel Iñigo and got called for a charge.And that was the most tame of infractions Ravena received as he got called for three double fouls and one double unsportsmanlike foul when he got tangled up with Barkley Eboña.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the most heated one was when Ravena narrowly dodged a punch that Alec Stockton threw at him at the 7:12 mark of the fourth quarter. fueledDespite the physical play, Ravena still finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists and that was what the Ateneo bench expected of him. Graduating Tamaraws leave mark at FEU “We want to see them exhibit calmness when they get hit,” said Ateneo head coach Sandy Arespacochaga Sunday at Smart Araeneta Coliseum. “We want them to elevate their game more instead of hitting back physically.”Ravena did got into his fair share of physicality since four of his fouls weren’t one-sided bumps and his last one did level Iñigo who stands at 5-foot-6 and is shorter by eight inches.Still it was his basketball play that ultimately became the defining highlights especially when he dodged Stockton’s punch.Ravena gave the Blue Eagles a 48-24 lead after Stockton’s misdemeanor and that was pretty much the storyline of the whole game—Ateneo picking its spots against a flustered FEU.“I told Thirdy that he doesn’t need to be emotional and he’s supposed to be in his own skin,” said Ateneo center Angelo Kouame.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I think the physical play motivated him some more and that’s the right kind of approach,” said Arespacochaga. “You should elevate your game and not be distracted by physical hits.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
The Attorney General and Justice Minister of Liberia, Counselor Christiana Tah, today tendered her resignation from the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Addressing a press conference at the Justice Ministry this afternoon, Counselor Tah said she could not be a Justice Minister under a government that had no confidence in her to investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA happens to be headed by the President’s son, Fumba Sirleaf.Minister Tah also made reference to a statement made by Information Minister Lewis Brown, made following her suspension by the Supreme Court of Liberia for six months for contempt of court. During that period, she was forbidden to practice law in Liberia. Minister Browne described her suspension as a “classic example of judicial independence.” Justice Minister Tah considered that statement a betrayal of trust and confidence which her government had in her.Delivering her resignation statement, Minister Tah was a accompanied by Police Director Chris Massaquoi; Harriette Badio, Assistant Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs; and Joyce Frankfort, Coordinator, Program Manager, Justice & Security Joint Program. Full text of Minister Tah’s statement is attached below. Full story to follow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– calls for immediate reversal of “anti-manufacturing policy”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday criticised the Government’s move to remove the tax waiver on inputs previously enjoyed by the local manufacturing sector. “The Government has gone completely insane,” Jagdeo declared in a statement. He posited that this was a desperate measure to bolster dwindling tax revenues.“Rather than address the core reasons for the revenue shortfall, which is the precipitous drop in economic activities in the country and the ineptitude in defining a way forward, the Government has resorted to targeting the productive sectors of our economy,” he said.The former President asserted that the Government appeared to be ill-advised on policy matters.”[The change] … will have dire consequences for those companies and may result in the closure of some of them and the loss of thousands of jobs,” he predicted.In this regard, Jagdeo is calling on the Government to immediately reverse what he deemed an anti-manufacturing policy.Efforts to contact Finance Minister Winston Jordan for a comment proved futile.In May, President David Granger stated that the Government was moving to reduce concessions to foreign investors in order to create a level playing field for local investors.“We want to ensure that foreigners are not given concessions, waivers and rebates, to which other people are not entitled. In fact, we want to reduce the amount of these concessions so that we become more competitive,” he stated.The President had said he was concerned that businesses would become too reliant on concessions and not do enough to develop their enterprises and resources.At that time, Jagdeo pointed out that it was absurd that the Head of State would make such a comment, adding that the move was “most counterproductive and anti-investment”. He said, “The President views the investment regime, which is currently in place intending to attract direct foreign investments, as too generous and promised that his Government will reduce these concessions.”Jagdeo had in the past lambasted the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration for initiating anti-Private Sector measures.He had highlighted that prominent among the measures was the political contamination of the Guyana Revenue Authority. Jagdeo explained that “sweetheart” deals were being offered to those who have been identified as making “political investments”, thereby creating an uneven playing field for their competitors.He also mentioned the fact that policies were being formulated and implemented without any studies and understanding of the technical nature of the issues, for example, the announcement of policies regarding high levels of remission without an appreciation of a related incentive regime.
Get down to the NPA and close out your Hockey Day in Canada in style as the Pups battle the Blades for 5th place at the NPA tomorrow. Puck drops at 8pm.Advertisement Fort St John got off to a great start scoring less than 3 minutes into the game when Robbie Sidhu set up Cole Calliou who slid a backhander past Nolan Bowker. It would be the last time the Pups would lead in the game as Bob Bailey scored a power play and a short handed goal to make it 2-1 before 3 more Beaverlodge goals to close out the first. Trailing 5-1 after one period of play the Huskies sent out Travis MacLean in place of Ty Gullickson. And it seemed to spark the Pups as Robbie Sidhu scored one of 3 second period markers for Fort St John. But with the score 6-4 and all the mometum with FSJ luck deserted the Huskies.- Advertisement – The Beaverlodge bench called a time out to settle their troops and it turned out to be a stroke of genius. Just 25 seconds after the Huskies got within two goals a Blades dump in hit a stanchion and deflected past Travis MacLean who had vacated his net to go play the puck. It was 7-4 Blades after the fluke goal and the Pups never recovered. It was another double digit output by the home team as the Huskies struggled on the road tonight in Beaverlodge. Coming off 11-2 and 10-0 losses in their last two road games the Huskies were looking for a better effort and hoping for better luck. But short benched once again the Pups didn’t have an answer for Bob Bailey and the Blades. Jordan Gies is doubtful after taking a hard hit in open ice in the third. Cody Hildebrand left the game with for undisclosed reasons but will be in the lineup tomorrow night. So now the Pups must re-group before tomorrow night’s game at the North Peace Arena against those same Blades. The two teams are now tied for 5th place in the NWJHL and which ever team wins tomorrow night will clinch that 5th place finish and a date in the first round of the playoffs with Dawson Creek.
David de Gea’s broken relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will see the goalkeeper move to Real Madrid this summer.That’s the sensational claim made by Spanish newspaper AS, who are reporting the La Liga giants will meet the 24-year-old’s €30million buyout clause at the end of the season.The Red Devils hierarchy are desperate to keep the ex-Atletico Madrid shot-stopper at the Premier League side, and have offered the Spain star a £100,000-a-week contract.But De Gea’s deteriorating relationship with Van Gaal, according to the publication, means his future may lay away from United.Victor Valdes’ arrival at Old Trafford raised eyebrows and the former Barcelona man could become the Dutchman’s No.1 next season. 1 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea
Ex-Manchester City defender Stefan Savic could leave Fiorentina this summer if their £10m valuation of him is met.The centre-back was hot property when he joined City from FK Partizan for £6m in July 2011 but his few opportunities tended to only occur when Vincent Kompany was injured or suspended.The Montenegro international was directly responsible for a couple of goals City conceded in his nervous debut season and he was then used as a makeweight in the deal to sign Matija Nastasic just 14 months after his arrival.Over the course of three seasons at Fiorentina, Savic has played an impressive 86 league matches and reached the final of the Coppa Italia.It appears his City slump was down to his tender years and his inexperience at the time but he is now 24 and has played in three European leagues as well as the Europa and Champions League.Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have both been linked with the defender during his time in Italy and return to the Premier League is a strong possibility. Stefan Savic 1