Hubert Lawrence: World Juniors in Kingston again?

first_imgIt’s like a nightmare you want to end. The investigations concerning high-level drug test ‘bandooloo’ mar our collective memory of competitions past. Yet, the fallout from the Russian scandal had produced one positive outcome and that is the opportunity to bid to host the 2016 World Junior Championships. With Russia banned from hosting International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events, the memories of the 2002 World Juniors have come rushing back. One writer on Facebook, Donovan White, says his recollections give him goose pimples. Like everyone else who was there during the Kingston staging of those memorable days in July 2002, White recalled the sea of yellow shirts filling the National Stadium night after night, heightened goodwill and the rise of patriotism that were part and parcel of that event. By the time the World Juniors came to Kingston, attendance had gone flat since the meet’s inception in 1986. Before and since, this flagship Under-20 championship has been contested in front of empty seats instead of cheering fans. By contrast, Kingston roared when super Swede Carolina Kluft and Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic did victory laps carrying their own national flags and the black-green-and-gold. When 15 year-old Usain Bolt saluted fans after his 200-metre victory, they engulfed the young titan with love. Understandably, Ethiopian Meseret Defar was applauded for her 3000/5000 double. Housed at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology, competing teams travelled with ease to the stadium for their events. The warm-up track at Stadium East brought Jamaica in line with international regulations and made hosting the event a breeze. Those elements are still in place and if a bid were made to host the 2016 Championships, The Mico University College could make its student accommodations available too. By the same token, the UWI/Usain Bolt Track could be an additional practice venue for all the teams. The National Stadium has hosted international events since it opened in 1962 for the CAC Games. The Commonwealth Games followed in 1966. With Boys and Girls’ Championships and the 12-year-old Jamaica Invitational run to international standards, Jamaica can claim to be among the world leaders in staging high-calibre athletics. One major expense would be avoided this time. In 2002, the National Stadium track was relaid for the World Juniors. Today’s blue surface was laid in 2011 and is in good condition. For a point of comparison, one set of figures pinpoints the 2015 resurfacing of the G.C. Foster College track at J$171 million. POSSIBLE JUNIOR TEAM Athletically, the 2016 Jamaican team would likely be led by reigning World Junior 400 hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde and Youth Olympic 200 champion Natalliah Whyte. Medal hopes extend to Akeem Bloomfield, the winner of the 2015 Champs Class One 400 in 44.96 seconds. To see them against young American hopes like Candace Hill, Kaylin Whitney and Sydney McLaughlin, the Japanese World Youth 100/200 champion Sani Brown and Caribbean sprint gems Mario Burke of Barbados and Khalifa St Fort of Trinidad and Tobago is a dream for every sports fan. The key question is where will the money come from. Given that our Bahamian friends reportedly lost money on the 2014 World Relays and with our exchange rate at J$120 to US$1, that question will have to be answered before the green light goes on. If staging the World Juniors passes the financial test, then the world can come back to Kingston. – Hubert Lawrence attended the 2002 World Juniors and the 2003 Netball World Cup, both held at Independence Park.last_img read more

Last seat

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Far Eastern U seeks to complete a stunning reversal, while Ateneo hopes its impressive season won’t go for naught.The stage is set for a dogfight between the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws on Wednesday as they dispute the right to face defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three finals of UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Tamaraws outplayed and outhustled the Eagles for long stretches last Sunday with former Ateneo players Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani doing some of the damage on both ends of the floor. FEU also got solid games from graduating player Ron Dennison and Richard Escoto.FEU coach Olsen Racela said it would take more than their performance last Sunday to overcome the Eagles in the decider.“It was our best game so far and we’re hoping that it happens in Game 2,” said Racela, a rookie coach in the UAAP.“Actually, I told the players that we’re peaking at the right time so we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday.”The Tamaraws entered the Final Four with an even 7-7 record, but looked sharper on both ends of the floor against the Eagles, whose only other loss came against fierce rival La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? New Pinoy boxing star Ancajas burns bright Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “The tough games we went through in the elimination round helped us (against Ateneo),” said Racela.“But then again, it will be about defending Ateneo’s disciplined offense. We did that last Sunday, but it’s not going to be enough on Wednesday so we have to find more ways to beat them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES The Tamaraws forced a do-or-die encounter with an 80-67 dumping of the Eagles last Sunday in their initial Final Four meeting. But Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin remains confident enough that the Eagles can turn the tables on the Tamaraws in their rubber match.The Eagles won all but one of their 14 games in the elimination round, including two victories over the Tamaraws, an accomplishment that should give Ateneo a morale boost heading into their most important game of the season yet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We have a successful season to fall back on in terms of looking for confidence,” said Baldwin.“So really, it’s about the coaching staff giving these players a message, something specific that they can look at and say, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ And go about doing it.” View commentslast_img read more

Messi stare World Cup exit after Croatia loss

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, and Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic, left. Photo/APNIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 21 – Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday.Second-half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory as a poor Argentina were left on the brink of a humiliating first round exit. The Group D defeat means Argentina have just one point from two games, meaning they will probably have to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results go their way to avoid elimination.The result left Argentinian fans in tears inside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, while Diego Maradona watched from the stands in stunned disbelief.Croatia took the lead after a horrendous blunder by Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the 53rd minute, the stopper chipping a clearance straight to Rebic who lashed home a thunderous volley.Real Madrid star Modric then produced an electrifying 80th-minute goal before Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Rakitic completed the scoring after Croatia sliced apart Argentina’s hapless defence in injury time.The defeat leaves the Argentinians facing an ignominious repeat of their 2002 campaign when they also went out at the group stage after being tipped as possible World Cup winners.All the attention after the 3-0 defeat will focus on Argentina and Messi but it was also the result of a fine performance by Croatia.A curiously lifeless and uninspired Argentine display was capped off by Caballero’s mistake when he somehow managed to chip the ball just a few yards to Croatia’s Rebic, following a Gabriel Mercado backpass.Rebic volleyed home with aplomb but veteran Caballero will have nightmares for the rest of his days at his mistake — likely to feature in any list of worst goalkeeping blunders for some time.And throughout it all Messi, arguably the world’s best player, remained a peripheral and largely ponderous figure, briefly flashing to life on too few occasions.The 30-year-old’s dream of winning the World Cup now look remote.With all the pre-match attention on Messi it was his Real Madrid counterpart Luka Modric who provided the game’s true flashes of genius.The Croatian was the one player to find space and time in a bruising encounter and it was his moment of magic in the second half which settled the encounter.Picking the ball up some 25 yards outside the Argentina area, Modric had the option of at least two passes but chose to bide his time before planting a fantastic shot past a hapless Caballero.Rakitic added a third when the game was up for Argentina.They had only threatened briefly before then to equalise with Meza and Messi almost scrambling in a goal in the 64th minute.Beyond that Argentina looked largely clueless, and increasingly frustrated by Croatia.They could have taken the lead in the  first half but Enzo Perez missed pretty much an open goal from just 12 yards in the 30th minute.It was to be Argentina’s only shot of the half — and their best chance all evening.Croatia went when Mario Mandzukic headed inexplicably wide in the 33rd minute from just three yards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgIt’s a Christmas shop like no other.And today Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny will welcome two very special visitors.Santa and Mrs Claus will arrive in the store at 1pm and a wonderful occasion is promised. Mr and Mrs Claus will be in their magnificent grotto every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas.And if you haven’t been to the Christmas shop at Cooney’s, then you are in for a wonderful surprise.People are traveling from across the country to see all the amazing store has to offer.   SANTA AND MRS CLAUS ARRIVE AT COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN TODAY was last modified: November 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Ballybofey man has been jailed for 18 months for robbing a Chinese Takeaway in Convoy.The Gaolee restaurant in ConvoyLetterkenny Circuit Court was told how Gardai received a report of a robbery at the Gao Lee Restaurant on March 12th, 2011. They had been told the restaurant had been held up by two men – one brandishing a knife and the other a screwdriver.The restaurant’s cash till had been stolen with just €20 in it as it had been emptied earlier.Gardai identified Leo Marley (22), whom they knew already, in the area.Another man, Stephen McCafferty from Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, was found with the cash till and has already been dealt with by the courts.He was jailed for 18 months at an earlier sitting.Gardai told the court that Marley, of 15 Glenview Park, Ballybofey, had suffered from drug problems.Marley had told the court he was drug-free but a Garda witness said he was not fully sure if this was the case.Judge John O’Hagan said there was simply no excuse for what Marley did.He said the men were “on a rampage” and had planned the robbery.“Whether they were drunk or under the influence you cannot go into a person’s property and threaten violence,” he said.The court heard that Marley, who was in court with his girlfriend, had 14 previous convictions.Judge O’Hagan sentenced Marley to 18 months in jail.Marley’s girlfriend sobbed in the court and accused Gardai of telling lies about her partner.MAN JAILED FOR ROBBING CHINESE RESTAURANT was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyGaolee restaurantLeo Marleylast_img read more

Power play

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At first glance, Proposition 80 would seem to merely lock in a bunch of energy regulations that are already on the books – chief among them barring corporations from buying power from independent suppliers. So what’s the point? The point would seem to be less what Proposition 80 does to the energy market, and more what it does to the special election. The campaign’s financial backers are public-employee unions that have nothing to do with energy policy, but are trying to sink Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiatives on other issues such as redistricting and fiscal responsibility of state government. Apparently they think running ads invoking the ghost of Enron will bring sympathetic voters to the polls. And maybe it will, but Proposition 80 could do serious damage to California’s long-term energy stability. While the state’s current energy regulations – adopted in response to the deregulation crisis of a few years back – seem to be doing a decent job of shoring up supplies and keeping prices stable, they’re no guarantee of long-term success. As California’s population grows, regulators will need to adapt to changing conditions. But Proposition 80 would freeze many existing policies, requiring a two-thirds legislative vote to override them. No wonder the Public Utilities Commission has voted unanimously to oppose the measure. By denying even the possibility of businesses buying power from anyone but the behemoth utilities, Proposition 80 could limit the state’s greatly needed access to additional energy supplies. And by barring certain peak-pricing practices, it could similarly preclude important conservation efforts. Proposition 80 would inhibit energy flexibility at a time when it’s needed most – a steep price to pay for special-interest politics. The initiative process is no place for deciding the intricacies of energy policy; this is why we hire regulators in the first place. Vote no. DAILY NEWS SPECIAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE: Proposition 74, teacher-tenure reform: Yes Proposition 80, energy regulation: No LAUSD Measure Y, school bond: Nolast_img read more

Drake Basketball Season Tickets and New Flex Tickets On Sale Now

first_imgFull season tickets for both men’s and women’s basketball for the 2017-18 season are also on sale now. Tickets start as low as $129 for men’s basketball and $80 for women’s basketball. As a special incentive, all fans that purchase season tickets by Sept. 29 will receive a limited edition collectible Paul F. Morrison bobblehead. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake Basketball has announced a new ticket option for the 2017-18 campaign. Fans can now purchase flex tickets for both Drake men’s and women’s basketball in quantities of six and 10. Both flex and season tickets went on sale Thursday, Sept. 14. The men’s basketball team, led by first year head coach Niko Medved, opens the 2017-18 slate at home on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Coe College. The women’s basketball team, the reigning 2017 Missouri Valley Conference champions, starts its season on Friday, Nov. 10 at home in the Preseason WNIT against Milwaukee. “Flex Tickets provide fans with more flexibility than ever before,” said Tom Florian, Assistant Director of Ticket Sales. “Fans can purchase flex tickets up front and then redeem them in any combination once they know what game or games they wish to attend.” Flex tickets are available in quantities of six and 10 for both men’s basketball and women’s basketball, each with price points based on seating location. The 6-Flex ticket package starts as low as $48 while the 10-Flex ticket package begins at $70. How Flex Tickets WorkFans can now purchase a 6-Flex or 10-Flex option that can be redeemed to any home game in any combination. With savings off individual game box office prices, flex tickets offer fans the flexibility of choosing the games they want, when they want. By purchasing 10 flex tickets, a fan can visit the Drake Athletics Ticket Office to redeem four flex tickets for four game tickets to one game, then stop by at a later time to redeem the remaining six flex tickets for two game tickets to three other games. Of course, the earlier a fan swaps out a flex ticket for a game ticket, the better seat they can secure. More information on Flex Tickets is available at or by calling 515-271-DOGS (3647).Print Friendly Version To purchase season tickets and flex tickets, fans are encouraged to visit the Drake Athletics Ticket Office, call 515-271-DOGS (3647), or visit read more


first_imgSeamus O Domhnaill is delighted with result. Pic Donegal Daily.RESULT: Donegal County Council – Glenties: Seamus Ó’DOMHNAILL (FF) electedCandidate Count 1 Ó Domhnaill, Seamus (FF) 1889Gallagher, Marie Therese (SF) 1754Bonner, Enda (FF) 1244Ó Fearraigh, John Shéamuis (SF) 1227 MacGiolla Easbuig, Micheál Cholm (Ind) 1106Slowey, Terence (FG) 925Molloy, Ian (FF) 895Rodgers, Seamus (Lab) 742McCafferty, Michael (Ind) 721Doherty, Padraig (Ind) 650 Carr, Brian (Ind) 550MacGiolla Bhride, Hughie (FF) 546Curran, John (FG) 504McCarron, Joe (DDI) 146 ELECTED: SEAMUS O DOMHNAILL (FF) GLENTIES was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RESULT: Donegal County Council – Glenties: Seamus Ó’DOMHNAILL (FF) electedlast_img read more

Tax Deductions for Filmmakers and Videographers

first_imgMake tax season a little less painful with these tax deductions for filmmakers and videographers. It will likely save you money!Before we begin: We’re not Certified Public Accountants, so be sure to consult a CPA to find out exactly what tax write-offs work best for you. Let’s kick this off with two pieces of very important advice…Keep Immaculate RecordsKeep your records in order and set aside a percentage of every dollar you earn for self-employment tax. I’ve found that utilizing assets such as Square to send invoices and run credit cards really helps me keep my records tight. Then I tie Quickbooks to my bank account to consolidate all of my records into one place. At the end of the year, all I have to do it send the Quickbooks documentation to my CPA so she can prepare my taxes for filing. Speaking of CPAs…Hire a Certified Public AccountantYou’re going to need help navigating the ins and outs of what can be deducted and what can’t. Hiring a CPA will help you save some money in the long run.Image from ShutterstockDeductions for Filmmakers and VideographersAs we explore these possible tax deductions for filmmakers and videographers, keep in mind that you could end up audited. Be sure that you can justify your deductions. That point is going to come up a lot as we move forward. Now let’s look at some easy ways that deductions can save you some money.1. Small ItemsAny small item that you spend money on for daily production tasks is something you can deduct. Tool kits, dry erase boards and markers, gaffer tape, etc. These are all things you can deduct. You just have to be able to justify the purchase and its use in your daily business.2. All Computer Related ItemsIf you purchased a new computer this year, it’s deductible – with some conditions. If you use that new computer solely for work, then you can claim the entire purchase price, but only by using a Section 179 Deduction. If you’re using the computer for business and personal, that changes how much of the purchase price you can deduct. Your CPA will be able to give you a more concrete idea of what those numbers are.It’s not just hardware that can be deducted; software is eligible too. Your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is a great example of software that’s deductible. Just make sure you give your transaction invoices to your CPA in Quickbooks or physical form.Image from Scott Prokop / Shutterstock.com3. Film & Video Production EquipmentEvery piece of equipment that you purchase for your work is a deduction during tax season. Did you purchase a new camera this year? That’s a deduction. Did you go to B&H Photo and purchase new lenses for that camera? Maybe a penguin case? ND filters? Those are deductions. Or maybe you purchased new sound equipment from Sweetwater? Deduction. Even batteries, memory cards, tripods, sliders, and stabilizers are deductible as long as they are being justifiably used for your business.4. Digital and Print ResearchAs filmmakers and videographers, we are constantly consuming content in order to stay on top of what is going on in our industry. Because of this you might be justified in deducting the whole cost or a portion of the cost of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, cable service, movie tickets, industry books, periodicals, and smart phone apps. Again, you have to be able to justify these expenses as something you need for your work. Your CPA will be able to give you a concrete answer on whether you can apply these expenses as deductions.Image from Shutterstock5. Dining and EntertainmentTo deduct dining and entertainment expenses, you need to be able to justify how they relate to your business. More than likely you wont be able to claim the entire amount. When dining with clients or colleagues, I usually claim around 50% of the cost. I’ll also deduct the cost of a wrap party for my crew after filming has concluded. Screenings and premiere costs are also deductible. All of these things can be seen as the cost of doing business. Here’s what the IRS has to say on the matter.6. Online PresenceAll of us need some sort of online presence in order to build our business. Because building this online presence is so crucial to earning a living, you should look at deducting the cost of this presence. Things that could apply here are cloud storage costs (Onedrive, Google Drive, Dropbox), yearly website domain and hosting costs, and online membership costs such as IMDB Pro. Even the costs of website design and development are deductible.Image from Shutterstock 7. Travel Expenses and ConferencesExpenses you incur while doing business outside of your home might fall into the travel expenses category. Whether you’re driving for five hours or your taking a flight across the country for a film shoot, these are all deductible expenses. Be sure and keep records of everything including rental cars, taxi rides, and hotels. If you paid for the travel of your crew, add that cost as well. Additionally, if you’re attending a conference like NAB or SXSW, you can deduct the attendance costs, as they directly pertain to your work. For more information on travel expense and conference deductions head over to the IRS Website.8. Business Startup ExpensesKeep track of all the costs that you pay out to start your business such as incorporation fees, lawyer fees, and copyright/trademark filing fees. You can even deduct the payments made to your CPA or financial advisor. Also check out Caron Beesley‘s Startup Cost Tax Deductions article on the blog.Image from Shutterstock9. Printed Self MarketingIn addition to your online marketing, you’ll likely want to purchase printed media like business cards, flyers, or brochures. These costs are deductible as well. In fact, business cards were #4 on the Bloomberg Business list of 25 Unsung Tax Deductions.10. Home Office ExpensesHome offices and editing rooms are loaded with potential deductions, including the actual space you use. Other likely deductions: desks, chairs, lamps, pens, printers, printer paper, ink cartridges, staples, etc. You get the idea. These may seem like small insignificant purchases, but they add up quickly. The IRS has an entire page dedicated to the ins and outs of home office deductions.Image from ShutterstockWhat We’ve Learned About Tax DeductionsDeductions aren’t too hard to decipher, as long as they are legal and pertain to your business. With that in mind, the most important take-aways are: Keep immaculate records and hire a CPA. Talk to other filmmakers that you know – chances are one of them has a CPA that they can recommend.Are you a seasoned filmmaker or videographer? Do you know of additional deduction options not listed in our roundup? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more