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Ambusley declares win as birthday gift to daughter

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United FC captain Dwayne Ambusley netted his first goal for almost three seasons and only his second goal for the club, as they eased past Tivoli Gardens FC 2-0 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League football fixture at Montego Bay Sports Complex.Afterwards, he dedicated the victory to his daughter, Shanice, who was celebrating her birthday, noting that he had promised something special and the goal was a fitting gift.”I am delighted with the win because I kept my promise to my daughter to score tonight and get the win,” the midfielder said.”It is my first goal in about three years so it’s special on that account. But the most important thing is that we won tonight,” added Ambusley.The win lifted the former champions level to the top on 37 points with Portmore United and two clear of defending champions Arnett Gardens FC.Ambusley’s goal, which gave his team a 12th minute lead, was rather fortuitous, as his intended cross swerved away from Tivoli’s goalkeeper Edsel Scott and into the upper far corner of the goalgoalscoring formMercurial striker Dino Williams also continued his fine goalscoring form, when he scored in the 28th minute in a dominant first half of football from the home side, in front of a partisan crowd.Ambusley said they were determined to get the victory and heaped praise on Williams for his role in the team’s success so far this season.”We talked about it before the game that we needed to win this one and that Dino keeps scoring and it worked out that way. As team captain, I can’t ask for nothing more.”MoBay’s goalkeeper had a relatively quiet night between the posts, but was called to duty with a superb one-handed save to deny Jamoy Sibbles an equaliser at the 18th minute.Williams was netting his League-leading 14th goal for the season, but the hard-running striker was taken off in second half action because of a lingering hamstring problem.Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said his side’s struggle will have to be addressed with additional talent in the transfer window.”We are not playing with enough confidence at the moment and of course the team missed Junior Flemmings greatly. He brings a certain calmness to the team and that was lacking tonight,” Bender reasoned.”There still a way to go in this up and down season for us, but we’re hoping to get some wins and stay away from trouble,” he said.Tivoli, following their 10th loss this season, lie 10th in the 12-team standings and have a woeful defensive record, having shipped a league leading 28 goals in 19 matches.last_img read more

My normal, crazy, mixed-up country

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first_imgJann Turner, the director and joint writer and producer of White Wedding. . (Image: White Wedding) South African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Are there lions in the streets? Do you live in a mud hut? How come you ain’t … ?As a South African, I get the strangest questions from Americans. Their impression of Africa ranges from the lions-snakes-loincloths version, all the way to the guns-Aids-ghettos version. Often they are wildly off the mark, although, since we hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, they do know that we have stadiums, TV and vuvuzelas.What they don’t know is that we have it all! Wild animals and guns, Aids and ghettos are here, but we also have highways, high schools, high-tech, high-life and high hopes. We’re on Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks. Charlize Theron is one of us. So is Elon Musk, the PayPal founder and Dave Matthews of the band. We invented super-glue, open-heart surgery and short-range tactical nuclear weapons and we were also the first to ever give up the latter voluntarily.Our country is hauntingly beautiful – beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, cities, jungles. It’s the size of California and Texas combined and 50-million of us live here, of all colours, speaking 11 different languages. Since Nelson Mandela led us out of our painful past, we’re all working hard to get along and make our country a success. And slowly, we’re getting it right. Most of us even have rhythm now.Take Beyonce, Denzel, Obama and Oprah. Throw in LeBron and Tiger. Sprinkle with Bill Gates, Al Sharpton, Pat Buchanan, Spike Lee and Paris Hilton. Make most of them poor, but some rich. Given them each a different language. Now tell them to sort out the US, quickly and peacefully. Get the idea? Ask anyone who visited us for the World Cup. We live in a crazy, mixed-up, fun loving, rich-and-poor, up-and-down place, and we are immensely proud of it.The point I’m trying to make is that South Africa is fast becoming just a normal, crazy mixed-up country. So we – that’s my two partners, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo and me – want to tell stories that are fun, real, and normal.So White Wedding came about from a road trip the three of us took across the country about seven years ago – two black dudes and white girl and all the bizarre, funny, typically South African things that we encountered.It was on that long drive that we made up the story about Kenneth (Elvis, the groom) and Rapulana (Tumi, the best man) trying to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Elvis’s wedding. Things go wrong – but not in the way you might expect. George (the goat), played by Bella (the goat) isn’t a guest at the wedding – he’s the lunch – a gift from Grandma. Befriended by Rose (the heartbroken British hitch-hiker), George sits in the back seat of the car with Elvis, while Tumi and Rose flirt in the front. Tony, the ex-boyfriend of Ayanda (the bride), pays for her wedding dress. Elvis hasn’t made the transfer from the bank, because he’s lost in mountains, and there’s no phone signal. It’s not really George’s fault that they crash, but in the end, poor George ends up getting cooked and eaten. Or does he?We ended up with a funny, romantic, feel-good road-movie, reminiscent of Sideways and Little Miss Sunshine. We shot the film in 18 days, for a budget of less than U$1-million (R7-million). And South Africans loved it. When did you last see a film in which you laugh at different scenes to the person next to you – and you don’t understand the jokes you are missing? Or when, at the climax, people stand and dance to the soundtrack, shouting in excitement? We heard many stories of black and white strangers hugging each other as the credits rolled, or of employers and their housekeepers sitting side-by-side, shedding simultaneous tears when the story gets weepy.We sent Nelson Mandela a copy for his 91st birthday and he loved it. Mandela is a Xhosa, like Grandma and the beautiful Ayanda, but he wouldn’t mind the gentle fun that is poked at their laid-back, stubborn stereotype. The film gives everyone a bit of a rev.But you don’t need to be South African to appreciate it. At heart, it’s a universal story about love and prejudice. It’s warm, charming, and reminds us that our similarities are greater than our differences. President Obama, you should see it!So … I’m not black. I live in the suburbs, and the lions I hear at night are in the Joburg zoo. But I am South African, and I think Americans are going to like our movie. If you do see it, don’t be afraid to laugh aloud, whistle, dance, cry and applaud during the show. And tell your friends.That’s how we do it.last_img read more

Fannie, Freddie Hold Firm on PACE Program Impasse

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first_imgIt’s final – at least to the extent any government agency’s pronouncement is final: homeowners who borrowed money through Property Assessed Clean Energy funding programs to pay for energy efficiency upgrades, including solar power installations, can’t refinance their mortgages without first paying off their PACE loans, according to guidance issued this week by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which underwrite most of the mortgages approved in the U.S.The ruling was announced on Tuesday despite several weeks of negotiations between the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, and advocates of PACE programs, which have been implemented in 22 states.The principal point of contention remains PACE liens’ super-priority status, which gives them priority over whatever private financing a homeowner may have, including a conventional mortgage. As we noted in a previous post, FHFA worries that these energy-related liens will further burden taxpayers if PACE-participating homeowners default on their mortgages. PACE loan obligations, however, are attached not to the borrower but to the property, with which they remain if the property changes hands. The loans have terms of up to 20 years.A sensitivity to riskBecause of the popularity of PACE in many communities and its potential to reduce long-term energy costs, the Fannie/Freddie ruling, which surfaced in an initial iteration in May, prompted consternation, disappointment, and, eventually, an outcry among many elected officials. A recent New York Times Green blog points out that pro-PACE arguments raised during negotiations, and in lawsuits filed by the state of California and the Sierra Club, have gone nowhere with the FHFA, whose acting director, Edward DeMarco, said in a letter to Representative Ed Perlmutter, Democrat of Colorado, that “PACE programs are implemented state by state and locality by locality without uniform standards for consumer protections and appropriate underwriting. FHFA found this particular initiative threatening to the safe and sound operations of its regulated entities and directed that appropriate steps be taken to address such risks.”Janill Richards, a California supervising deputy attorney general, indicated the state will maintain its adversarial approach to the FHFA ruling, telling the Times in an e-mail, “It’s absolutely clear now that the FHFA is not at all interested in working out a solution that would allow PACE to proceed — the agency appears intent only on obstructing the program.”Richards went on to direct attention to a key feature of PACE loans that seems to weaken the FHFA position: “This is another example of the agency treating PACE financing as loans, where, under state law, they’re assessments, and under law, the obligation to pay runs with property and passes on sale.”A legislative remedy?A PACE program resource website, PACENow, is currently configured to serve as a resource for supporters of a bill called the PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2010 (H.R. 5766), which is, according to its preamble, designed to “ensure that the underwriting standards of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac facilitate the use of property assessed clean energy programs to finance the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.”The bill was introduced by Rep. Michael Thompson, a California Democrat, and has the support of 48 cosponsors. PACENow’s strategy is to further raise the profile of the program and make rescuing it from its FHFA imperilment more of a priority for lawmakers. To that end, the service has developed a “Federal Action Grassroots Toolkit,” which encourages voters to contact their legislators about the issue and to promote the bill through local media and municipal resolutions.last_img read more

NBA: Durant offered kind words to Paul George on what to expect with Thunder

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend READ: Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reportsAccording to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, Durant had nothing but kind words for his former franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“KD was like, ‘That place will blow you away,’” George, who reached out to former Thunder players to get an idea of the franchise, revealed. ‘They can offer what other teams can’t in terms of the people and the preparation and the facility, down to the chefs and the meals.’Contrary to the supposed animosity he has with some of his former OKC teammates, Durant made sure to praise the city he played for in his first nine seasons in the league. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “He was pretty high on them. He thought it was a first-class organization in every way,” George said.Meanwhile, the former Indiana Pacers superstar also publicly addressed his change of teams for the first time.“There’s no right way to handle it,” he told the news outlet. ”I get the frustration. I get why people are upset. But at the same time, I want the average fan to understand that we only get a small window to play this game and more than anything you want to be able to play for a championship.”He added: “I love Indiana. That will always be a special place for me and I’m sorry for not holding on. But I wasn’t sure we’d ever get a team together to compete for a championship and that’s where all this came from.”  Khristian Ibarrola  /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (52) guards Indiana Pacers’ Paul George during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.  APKevin Durant’s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors still leaves a sour taste in most people’s mouths.Over a year since his decision, the reigning NBA Finals MVP still relishes his time with the organization, as evidenced by him putting in a good word for the team’s newest dynamic wing player, Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more