End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Winning start Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Just like last year, the Blue Eagles won’t have just a single go-to-guy with the entire team capable of stepping upany given moment, making them a tough draw for their foes.“We’re a coaching staff that’s going to ride whoever’s worth riding at the time. It could be Thirdy on one day, it could be someone else on another day. I just spoke to the team about that — that I have confidence on all of these guys and if they’re having a good game, they’ll find themselves out there. As long as they’re prepared to play defense at the other end of the floor.”Baldwin is aware of how the rest of the league has tried to improve over the off-season like the Blue Eagles, making the race a fair game.But he is banking on his players’ trust in his system, which is looking for Blue Eagles to go all-out for the whole 40 minutes on the floor.“Generally speaking, I think this team is gonna be a very hard-working team. This is gonna be a team that relishes the defensive end of the floor. But we’re gonna have our letdowns during the campaign. They’re gonna come in every aspect of the game. So promises? No. But having said that, I like them. And most of the time, they’re gonna give us whatever we’re asking for,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground Coach: Tab BaldwinLast Season: 10-4 (Runner-up)Holdovers: Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Mike NietoAdditions: Tyler Tio, Troy Mallillin, Gian Mamuyac, BJ AndradeKey Losses: G-Boy BabiloniaADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend While it came as a surprise, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t consider the Blue Eagles’ finals run as an overachievement.But the American-Kiwi coach admits that their runner-up finish to La Salle set them up for higher expectations this UAAP Season 80 but that is something Baldwin is trying to temper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I think there’d be a lot of expectations outside of our camp. Within, we just want to get off to a good start in the UAAP,” he said. “We’re gonna be a team that hopefully plays off of last season’s finish and has more maturity this year. I believe this team can be good. We will be tested.”Parading a virtually intact roster for this campaign, Ateneo will once again rely on its key guys like Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, and Mike Nieto.
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Hornets coach Steve Clifford said “nine points in this league — as good as these guys are— is not that big of a deal.”The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who each finished with 24 points.Walker made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it. Howard blocked Beal’s baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added a driving layup and Lamb buried a jumper from just beyond the foul line to push the lead to six with 1:24 remaining. But the big basket came when Howard grabbed air-ball from Lamb out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “We had the game won,” said John Wall, who had 31 points and 11 assists to lead the Wizards. “Give them a lot of credit because they are a team that never stops fighting for sure. They just came and took the game from us.”Hornets guard Nic Batum left the game in the second quarter with a left elbow contusion and did not return. Batum missed the first 12 games of season with a torn ligament in the same elbow.Clifford offered no update on Batum’s injury.If Batum is unable to go, Lamb would return to the starting lineup and rookie Malik Monk would likely see additional playing time.Along with the steal and layup in overtime, Lamb made some big shots for the Hornets with Batum out of the game. That’s become par for the course this year.Lamb is averaging 16 points per game this season, while shooting a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range. He’s never averaged more than 10 points per game in his previous five seasons and never shot better than 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.“I just try to make plays,” Lamb said. “Kemba has a lot on his shoulders the whole game so I try to help him on the offensive end at the end of the game because they trap him and I’m left open so I just try to knock down those shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds, including a key block at the end of regulation and a crucial offensive rebound in overtime, in the Hornets’ 129-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.The Hornets improved to 7-2 at home. But they’re still below .500 overall because of a 1-7 road record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We love playing at home,” Howard said. “Thank you, Charlotte. That energy in the building is what keeps us going. But now we need that same energy on the road.”There was plenty of energy in the Spectrum Center as the Hornets rallied from a 9-point deficit with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, drives into Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—The Charlotte Hornets keep finding ways to win at home.Now if Dwight Howard and his teammates can figure out how to win away from Charlotte they might become a very dangerous team.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments
Stan Wawrinka wins 1st match since February at Geneva Open Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Golden State Warriors players including forward Draymond Green, center with legs extended, guard Klay Thompson, center, and Andre Iguodala (9) sit on the bench during the final moments of the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Andre Iguodala’s bruised left knee improved Wednesday, but he was still listed as questionable for the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.Iguodala missed Tuesday night’s game after banging his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Kerr says: “He’s feeling a little better today. He’s out on the floor, not doing a whole lot but making progress.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston got a 95-92 win in Game 4 on Tuesday to even the series at 2-2 heading in Thursday’s game.Klay Thompson is also listed as questionable after straining his left knee Tuesday night. But Kerr said that Thompson was “moving around really well” on Wednesday and that he thought he’d be fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film
Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States – Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday scrapped a planned fight with a Japanese kickboxer, claiming he had been duped into agreeing to the contest.In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Mayweather said he had been “blindsided” by organizers of the proposed bout against Tenshin Nasukawa, set for New Year’s Eve in Saitama.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Meralco sets sudden death READ: Meet Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’, the prodigy who aims to stun Mayweather“I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.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 ChrissThe 41-year-old retired welterweight champion said he had traveled to Japan last week to discuss participating in a private bout against Nasukawa for a “small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee.”“This exhibition was previously arranged as a ‘Special Bout’ purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight nor televised worldwide,” Mayweather wrote. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Soon after arriving at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Mayweather said he and his team “were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going.”“We should have put a stop to it immediately,” Mayweather wrote.“I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference.“I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent or approval.”READ: Mayweather to face Japan kickboxer Nasukawa on New Year’s eveADVERTISEMENT In Tokyo on Monday, Mayweather had vowed to give “blood, sweat and tears” in the fight against Nasukawa.“It’s always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the US and display my talent. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in (Japan),” Mayweather told reporters at the press conference, framing the fight as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.Mayweather has not fought since his money-spinning boxing showdown with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas in 2017. Mayweather returned to retirement following that bout with a perfect 50-0 unbeaten record.However, the American has repeatedly hinted at coming out of retirement since that fight, most recently teasing a possible rematch against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.Nasukawa, 20, meanwhile, had told reporters on Monday it had been an “easy decision” to agree to fight Mayweather.“It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation,” said Nasukawa.“I don’t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch — just watch.”Mayweather said he had been reluctant to speak out at Monday’s press conference because he did not want “to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said.”“I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions,” he said.US-based pundits however poured scorn on Mayweather’s stated reasons for the U-turn. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Yahoo Sports combat sports columnist Kevin Iole greeted Mayweather’s volte-face with skepticism.“Mayweather is hardly a shrinking violet and he has never — ever — failed to speak up on his own behalf since he became a professional boxer,” Iole wrote. “One would have to be a fool to believe this.” /cbbRELATED VIDEO Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Dear Editor,Corruption in Region 6 is taking a quantum leap. A group of persons go around in every nook and cranny, promising a varied array of services for a fee, whilst getting their clients to sign AFC membership forms.Recently, eight AFC members were lavishly awarded when they were given huge chunks of contracts, worth in excess of $15 million each, to slash and clean the shoulders of the Corentyne Highway. One of the ‘contractors’ is a member of the National Executive Committee and belongs to the Diaspora NY Chapter. Another one is the Chairman of the AFC’s Regional Management Committee, while one is an AFC RDC Councillor, and another is the CIIP Supervisor. It’s jobs for the boys!Another point to note is that none of these ‘contractors’ has any experience or competence to do the job, and one from Black Bush Polder actually sub-contracted the work out to an experienced contractor.Also, there is a lot of substandard work done, the bush and grass are not cut properly, and there are long stalks left standing; and in some cases, the garbage remains on the road sides. What system is in place for the Ministry of Infrastructure to certify these works? It is reported that there is a senior AFC member within the MoPI who was instrumental in the awarding of these contracts.These men were simply handpicked by the AFC and given these contracts on a platter. There were no advertised tenders, and no procurement rules were followed. The AFC was most vociferous during the 2015 Elections Campaign, calling for transparency, accountability and an end to corruption; but, today, the AFC is in the forefront of practising wholesale corruption, cronyism and nepotism. All the procurement rules are thrown on the wayside. This is shameless; no wonder the AFC in Region 6 is losing ground rapidly.Many of our qualified and experienced contractors made complaints to Mr Gobin Harbhajan, the PM’s Regional Representative, and when objections were made by Mr Gobin, two of these persons made negative comments, and even made reports to the #51 Police Station that they are being slandered. He was made a target of a part of this nefarious gang, infamously known as the Three Musketeers. But I am sure that Mr Gobin will not be deterred, he is an adamant fighter against corrupt practices.As a member of the PNC and an NDC Councillor, I am calling on the various ministries to ensure that contracts are awarded according to the procurement laws, and that such contracts are awarded through the Tender Boards.It is time to stop handpicking contractors, so that the public trust and confidence in our procurement process can once again be maintained. The Honorable Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ms Annette Ferguson, should look into these corrupt AFC ‘fly by night’ contractors as a matter of urgency. They should be fired immediately.It is time our President put his foot down on this type of corruption.Yours sincerely,Raj Lakhram(Lakhram Singh)#52/74 NDC Councillor
The Ministry of Commerce & Industry— with support from the Government of Japan, International Finance Cooperation, International Trade Center, USAID and other partners—will host the second annual national Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference and trade fair.Speaking to journalists at his Ministry of Commerce and Industry office on Ashmun and Gurley Streets, the Minister, Mr. Axel M. Addy, said this year’s conference would benefit business people and the country at large.The conference will showcase its secrets to success, network with big local regional and international investors, and explore unique opportunities for small businesses in Liberia.The theme for this year conference is “From Vision to Implementation: Buying Liberian, Building Liberia”—and this year’s spotlight will be focused on the ‘Agribusiness Experience in Liberia.’The conference will showcase made-in-Liberia cotton and artisanal cloth from Lofa County, production of domestic cassava and rice, as well as goods and services from a range of other sectors.The MSME week will take place from April 28- May 2, and highlight key policy activities that promote all things made in Liberia, namely: hosting the Liberia Entrepreneurial Exchange Round Table; launching the Liberian marketplace store; facilitating the Liberian experience through the arts for the promotion of intellectual property and announcing the first project under the Liberia innovation fund (LIFE).The conference will also focus on the launching of the Entrepreneur Plus (E+) program showcasing the most innovative entrepreneurs in the nation.The MSME conference will take place at the Monrovia City Hall on April 29 and 30. It will include thematic plenary sessions on policy opportunities for MSME in the areas of: Access to Finance and Access to Markets, with multiple breakout sessions to allow more detailed discussions.During the conference, a number of qualified and merit-selected Liberian businesses will exhibit their products and services at the made-in-Liberian trade fair.The conference will highlight a roadmap to MSME policy and how it can help grow the MSME as well as promote networking between stakeholders for strategic business connections.There will be key business training and tools for MSME to run its daily operations and lesson in best-business practices from regionally active business leaders as well as take the opportunity to compete in the first national business competition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dara Singh, 41, a linesman attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), who suffered electric shock on Sunday last outside Demico House (opposite the Stabroek Square), where technicians were replacing some old power poles, has regained consciousness and is in a stable condition at the Burns Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).According to Singh’s wife, Moreen Kattow-Singh, he received third degree burns to his chest, back, abdomen and hands.She noted that the father of four is currently in a semi-conscious state but is slowly recovering. Mrs Singh said on Sunday she received a call while at her Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara home imploring her to go to the GPHC since her husband was involved in an accident.“When I reach to the hospital and I go and I see him, he was on the bed, unconscious, I couldn’t do anything. After a while, the doctor came and they told me they have to do a CT scan,” the woman explained.Her husband, who has been working with the power company for the past 12 years, was at the time of the incident holding wires, which suddenly became live with electricity, thus pelting him a few feet backwards. He reportedly landed on his back with the wires resting across his stomach.Singh’s colleagues were able to get the wires off his body, and he was rushed to the GPHC.The GPL team – about two dozen members – had started working sometime about 10:00h on the day of the incident to replace the poles that were beginning to rot.Power had been cut from the wires that were lying on the ground for some time prior to the incident. One crew member said it reportedly came into contact with another live wire, thus injuring Singh.Eyewitnesses on the scene had related that the men were working on two sets of posts on each side of Croal Street, Georgetown.“I stand by my car watching them men work. It had one man on the post and this man (Singh) was at the bottom…I don’t know where this current come [from], but the way it come – and he had the wire in he hand – it pitch he back, and he drop on the ground and buss he head all,” the eyewitness said.The eyewitness went on to relate, “The wire drop pon he stomach, and all you see he left stunning pon the ground. You know how long they tek fuh pull the wire [off]. A man had to run till at the middle [of Longden Street] to get something and come and pull off the wire off he. Then a bus man pull up and they throw the man in the bus and rush he to the hospital.”According to the taxi driver, the incident seems to have traumatised the crew members, particularly the one who was up on the pole at the time the incident occurred.However, a senior engineer attached to the power company told Guyana Times that at this time, they are uncertain as to what exactly transpired, since different versions of the incident are being related by the workers who were on the ground.He further noted that an investigation will be launched into the incident.
In promoting tourism in Guyana during Tourism Awareness Month 2018, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) is looking at utilising the ferry stellings and some water taxis to provide boat rides along the Demerara River.Chamber President Halim Khan spoke to Guyana Times on Wednesday, noting the efforts to establish this system. In the coming week, some of the speedboats that are normally used to transport commuters to the Stabroek Ferry Stelling will be marked to indicate they will be providing this new service. Khan revealed that by the end of November, all systems should be in place to open this new service.“A development which we will have by next week is the speedboats, which will be marked according to the tourism authority of Region Three. We will have markings on these boats so when any tourists come into the country; they can use the boats along the Demerara River. That will be put in place from the week coming,” Khan said.“There is bird watching at the Harbour Bridge where thousands of birds are always present throughout the river. Persons can also choose to see the city at night. Those who are going in at the mouth of the river can also do so either in the day orSpeedboats at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling that will be used for the tourism projectthe evening,” he explained, in listing some of the activities the new service will facilitate.Khan insisted that locals should also take advantage of this opportunity to view Guyana from a different perspective. In the coming weeks, contact numbers for bookings will be made available and additional details will be provided.“This is for everyone, because we need to start tourism somewhere and we want to make the Region one of the best in terms of tourism, so local persons can surely enjoy that ride because it will bring in revenue.”The Chamber of Commerce and Industry is looking at its tourism development project, but funding is needed to complete such. The flagship project for the modification of the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling includes advanced facilities for tourists with the inclusion of a souvenir and artisan centre, food courts and two adjoining boardwalks that will lead to the water-taxi hub.Tourism Awareness Month this year is themed, “Promoting Sustainability, Celebrating Diversity”, and is aimed at showcasing primarily the natural characteristics of Guyana, while placing emphasis on the adventure and cultural experiences which one can experience during their stay.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr (Left) with Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno (Right) before the team departed for Tunisia for their game against Esperance. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 9- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has showered praises on his assistant Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno and the entire backroom staff for the support they have accorded him, saying they are the reason the team has been successful.Kerr took charge of the team in July last year and has lost only twice, once against Mathare United in a league tie and his second came in last month when they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Esperance in a CAF Champions League tie in Tunisia. “Zico doesn’t get enough plaudits for the work that he does behind the scenes. He works very hard and he is working for me, not against me. A lot of assistants want to be coach and things happen, but I hope one day Zico becomes coach wherever in the world,”“To have someone support you like he does is superb. Also, Willis (Ochieng) and TM (Jolawi Obondo) and the entire backroom staff…. It’s incredible when you are working from the same page,” Kerr said.The tactician was speaking after his side put a few toes into the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup following a 1-0 win over South Africa’s SuperSport United in the first leg of a play-off round.K’Ogalo are looking at sealing a historic slot into the group stages where a bumper kitty of Sh27mn awaits them and to do that, they need to avoid defeat in the return leg of the tie in Pretoria on April 18.The tactician has affirmed that they would not be heading to Pretoria with a defensive mentality, noting he has told the players to go on and enjoy themselves to bring the result home.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with SuperSport United’s Mogan Gould during the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We were superb against SuperSport. We had a positive attitude in the match and our team spirit was fantastic. We need to go there with the same mentality. Everybody will think we will go there and defend; no. I have told the players to go on and express themselves,” the tactician noted.Despite the slim lead from the first leg, Kerr was still impressed but once again conceded they should have scored more looking at the chances they created.He was also full of praise for midfielder Philemon Otieno who perched into right back for his second consecutive match and had a superb outing especially coming up against a speedy winger in Thuso Phala.“Philemon has been fantastic. He is one of the players who can virtually play anywhere. I could play him in goal and he does well. He could even have my job and do it well,” the tactician joked.Meanwhile, Gor will shift their attention to a catch up league fixture on Wednesday afternoon in Machakos against new comers Wazito FC and a huge relief for them is that the Kenyan Premier League management has shelved their weekend match against Kakamega Homeboyz scheduled for Saturday to allow them concentrate on the SuperSport return tie.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
“The fire,” said his father and stepmother standing near him. A Valencia resident, Pulsifer has been riding at Heads Up for seven years. At first, he couldn’t get on, walk or groom a horse by himself. Now he does all of that and even teaches other children with special needs how to brush and bathe a horse. “Riding the horses has given him more confidence in himself,” said his father, Rob Pulsifer, 52. Saving the horses With flames approaching, Tindell sent his wife, daughter and son away as he worked to round up the facility’s horses. When he realized he couldn’t do it alone, he ran south on Bouquet Canyon Road and Tindell – who suffers from Parkinson’s disease – fell several times. “The wind blew his cowboy hat off. His hair caught on fire,” Pitchford said. “He put it out with his hands.” Tindell suffered second-degree burns on his back and third-degree burns on his hands and face, she said. A U.S. Forest Service ranger eventually picked him up at Texas Canyon Road and transferred him to an ambulance that took him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He was then transferred to the Grossman Burn Center where he is expected to remain for three more weeks undergoing skin grafts. The family’s home was burned and they are staying with relatives. Jim’s brother, Tim Tindell, and some forest rangers were able to get the horses into a safe arena on that fire-filled Sunday. The next day, the horses were rescued by a sheriff’s deputy and others who took them to a temporary site. “It’s called Magic Ranch, which is perfect,” said Michael Holt, 48, president of Heads Up. Special kids Heads Up works with children with a range of special needs, and half of its 75 clients are autistic, Pitchford said. Children are matched with a horse according to their needs and personality. The kids are pushed to do things they might not feel comfortable doing, such as interacting with other riders or stretching to grab a bean bag off the horse’s mane. The Buckweed Fire has done the same thing for the 21-year-old organization. “We were content doing what we were doing,” Holt said. “We got kicked out of our comfort zone.” Organization leaders are now evaluating their next steps. They want to buy the ranch they are occupying temporarily and make it a permanent site. Heads Up also wants to provide free therapy to all children who attend their classes. Currently, if they can pay, they do; if they can’t, they don’t. While group leaders are working on those large-scale goals, they also have short-term ones that need to be accomplished. They have started raising money to help the Tindell family recover. “Heads Up is a big family,” Pitchford said. “It’s not just an organization.” They also need the children to help rehabilitate the horses – brushing, walking, feeding and loving them. On Thursday morning, Chris Pulsifer walked Big Nikki around the arena. Big Nikki, along with Little Niki, Murphy and Gypsy, look skinny, sad and tired. “We really want to spoil them. They deserve the pampering,” Holt said of the horses. “They spent over 24 hours in a forest fire.” firstname.lastname@example.org 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We will be back,” said Nancy Pitchford, 64, the group’s executive director and founder. “We can’t let our kids down. We just can’t.” The organization has moved to a temporary spot in Canyon Country since the fire demolished its horse trailer, a hay barn, the feed room, saddles and the mobile home where Tindell lived with his family. Amid the fray, Gypsy – an 8-year-old quarter-horse pony – was the only horse that was hurt, suffering burns around her eyes, muzzle, back and right rear leg. On Thursday, Pitchford gently held a wet sponge to Gypsy’s nose, preparing to dab on burn cream. As Gypsy was led from the barn, Chris Pulsifer – who is autistic – caught a glimpse of the singed horse. “What happened to his eyes?” the 19-year-old asked. CANYON COUNTRY – On that Sunday as the Buckweed Fire roared closer, Jim Tindell thought of the horses. Manager of a Saugus equestrian facility that helps disabled children, Tindell braved the inferno to round up and rescue the organization’s 12 therapy horses. The Santa Ana-fueled fire left Tindell with second- and third-degree burns and he is now hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital awaiting skin grafts. But while the fire also torched the Heads Up – Therapy With Horses facility in the Angeles National Forest, it hasn’t extinguished the same type of determination that Tindell displayed amid the blazes.