PNG 9s team ready for Games

first_imgThe rugby league 9s competition runs over July 11-12 at the Sir John Guise Outdoor Stadium.The 15 man squad is in full competition mode as 13 of the players come from  the SP Hunters who are striving for their 10th consecutive win this weekend in the Intrust Super Cup.PNG 9s coach Michael Marum, who is also the coach for Hunters, said he has looked at the Pacific Games draw and rules, and has worked out a way to manage it as best as possible.PNG takes on Tonga in their first match on 11 July. On the same day, they take on Solomon Islands in their second match followed by Samoa and Cook Islands.Their last match will be against Fiji on 12 July before the finals.Marum added that the PNG team has to start off with unlimited interchange.“That will work well for us so that our players are not exposed to long periods on the field during the Games,” Marum said.The team’s coaching staff includes strength and conditioning coach Jason Tassell as trainer while Solomon Kuluniasi is the team manager.last_img read more

All set for hot Gibson/McCook Relays

first_imgALL IS set for today’s 40th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays, which will take place inside the National Stadium at 9:00 a.m. Things will get started with the heats of the high-school boys’ 4x400m relays, with the final set to bring down the curtains on the event. A bumper crowd is expected as usual, with action set to feature competition among primary, prep, junior high, high schools and clubs and institutions, as they all prepare for their upcoming championships. Chairman of the Organising Committee, Professor Rainford Wilks, is very optimistic about today’s staging despite earlier concerns about the possible impact of the general election, which were held on Thursday. “Plans have gone on well. We have been affected by the general election, mainly resulting in the cancellation of the Howard Aris Memorial Lecture,” Wilks shared. Multiple Olympic and World Championships medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was scheduled to speak, but could not facilitate the alternate date. “We regret that and hope to hear from her in the future,” said Wilks. He pointed to a fallout in sponsorship, but was very pleased with the level of entries received for the meet. “Entries are at the robust levels. Our plans to welcome a US College team for the first time after many years have fallen through,” he said. Despite this, he expects the usual quality performances. “The quality will be excellent, as seen from the development meets since January. We are very happy with preparations, and patrons can expect a high quality, efficiently run meet in a safe, fun-filled environment,” he added. As usual, a lot of attention will surround the high-school competition as teams will be using the opportunity to fine-tune ahead of Champs. Defending girls champion Edwin Allen, after five victories a year ago will be hoping for another dominant performance at the Gibson/McCook Relays. Following performances so far this season they look well set to win the Class 2, 3 and 4 4x100m relays along with the 4x200m and 4x800m event. After two sub-45 seconds runs this season, Holmwood look set to maintain this high standard and should go all the way, while defending champions St Jago will be hoping to spoil their party. The most outstanding female high school athlete Junelle Bromfield of STETHS will be on show today as she will be hoping to bring her team to their third victory this season in the 4x400m, after brilliant anchor legs at the Milo Western Relays and Digicel Grand Prix finale, where she made up large deficits to guide her team to victories. CALABAR CLASS TWO BOYS Among the high school boys, all eyes will be on Calabar’s Class 2 4x100m relay team and with Christopher Taylor, in their ranks, they look set to create history by going sub-40 seconds. Last year’s top team, Kingston College, look set to dominate in the lower classes, while St Jago and STETHS should battle it out in a competitive 4x800m relays With this being an Olympic year, several leading senior athletes will be on show and following their outstanding performances at the Milo Western Relays, the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College/Sprintec will be looking to Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Sherone Simpson, Gayon Evans and Anastasia Le-roy on the female side. Among the males, Andre Clarke, Colin King, Demar Murray and Rasheed Dwyer should feature prominently. The University of Technology/MVP team will be coming out much stronger this time around after playing second fiddle to Sprintec/GC Foster in Montego Bay and they are expected to parade the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carrie Russell, Elaine Thompson and Stephanie McPherson on the female side, while the male side will have the likes of Nesta Carter, Kimarley Brown and Andrew Fisher.last_img read more

Erasing the past

first_imgMaddie Madayag typifies the Lady Eagles’ dominance over Bernadeth Pons, Celine Domingo and the Lady Tams. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAteneo redeemed itself from the heartache of a previous loss but it was University of the East that stole the spotlight as it redeemed itself from the ignominy of the past few seasons Wednesday night.The Lady Eagles bounced back after losing to the defending champion and rival La Salle Lady Spikers by trouncing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments One team PH: battle cry of Vargas’ board 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Also sharing the spotlight was libero Kath Arado who negated UST heavy hitter Cherry Rondina, making 32 receptions and 28 digs.The Lady Warriors thus notched their second win in eight games, tying the Tigresses, who are now in danger of missing the Final Four.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ateneo also got back at FEU after losing to the Lady Tamaraws in the first round. Both Ateneo and FEU are at 5-3.Jho Maraguinot scored 14 points while Kat Tolentino added 11 points for the Lady Eagles, who also snapped the Lady Tamaraws’ four-win run and muddle up the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it was the startling 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24 triumph by the Lady Warriors over the Tigresses that created the bigger uproar.It was the first victory of UE over UST in 24 years, and one that UST coach Kungfu Reyes said during the game would go down in infamy for the school. “If we lose here, it’s going to be the most forgettable season for us,” Reyes told the Tigresses early in the fourth when they trailed 12-5. “If you can’t win it for yourselves, at least win it for the school.”That appeared to strike a chord for the Tigresses, who clawed back and even reached set-point, 24-22, on Carla Sandoval’s hit. But in a stunning turn of events that mirrored what happened in the first and third sets, UE came through with clutch hits to steal the match.It was the second straight win for the Lady Warriors, who also defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons to end the first round. UE won one game each the past two seasons.Now they are looking at turning things around after a poor start this year that led to coach Francis Vicente finally calling it quits.Interim coach Rod Roque drew 21 points from Mary Ann Mendres, while Shaya Adorador added 15. Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez had 10 each.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Companies and contractors need some control

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to be pellucid on the onset of this commentary which I believe is extremely important at this juncture.I welcome the oil and exploration companies and inventors to our beloved Guyana. ExxonMobil I believe, as per my commentaries in previous appeals, will make Guyana an example of a unique partnership between ExxonMobil, its affiliates and the citizens of Guyana.However, we as Guyanese need to institute regulations and laws to protect prime properties and lands so that it will remain in the hands of Guyanese. This will give us Guyanese a chance of protecting our assets and developing ourselves.It has been observed that these oil companies have been buying out properties, prime residential lands and lands for office spaces. This free flow of investment by the international corporations and their affiliates will definitely inflate prices for land and properties as it is known that these companies have tremendous financial resources.Renting properties from Guyanese will cause us to build to international standards and specifications needed by the investors and oil companies and give Guyanese an opportunity to raise their standards and control the valuable assets of Guyana.I have already seen that prime lands and homesteads are being bought out by foreign corporations. This will definitely deny wealth from being circulated amongst us. Investors and expatriates will always need to export their earnings during and after production.If the Government of Guyana along with the Opposition does not act on this promptly, Guyana will stay in what the late Prime Minister of Jamaica described some of us in the Caribbean as: beggar my neighbour policy.I can’t blame the foreign investors and exploration companies for trying to do it all and take it all if they can. Corporations and businesses operate as persons and they look after their self-interests and the shareholders first. We as the owners of our independent country must ensure we protect our assets and our citizens and get maximum benefits for our country and people.In my opinion, the current and the previous Government have made several errors as if they were sleeping when the contracts were signed and Memorandums of Agreement were initialised. Or they were just not conscious and thoughtful to the realisation of the necessity to safeguard our lands and properties.My appeal to our Government and Opposition is to take the example of Trinidad. Trinidad, according to information, never allowed such companies to purchase properties or lands but they could rent, thereby giving their citizens a chance to invest and to be partners in national wealth creation.My understanding also is that no country in the world allows oil companies to buy-out residential properties or build properties on lands locally purchased. They go into contracts that they find acceptable to build offices and residential properties.We must ensure that valuable lands and properties are secured for our children and our children’s children for generations to come. Otherwise, we will have to rent lands, flats, houses and offices from the foreign investors and we will become nothing and own nothing. Wake up Government of Guyana, current and/or future. Wake up Private Sector Commission of Guyana. Wake up Chambers of Commerce.Our ordinary citizens must do the things that are necessary to direct the Government, Opposition and politicians to listen to us and to protect our assets. In my opinion, it is also a useful and most tangible idea for a political party to make this a part of their national manifesto for future governance. The days are far gone when people will merely vote for race.Guyanese need excellent management and leadership. We the people need to be respected by the politicians. I wish to politely remind the politicians that the people of the country are the bosses of the politicians. They can be fired by the people at any time for poor management of resources and failing to protect our assets for the benefits of the people.Sincerely,Roshan Khan SnrChairman/ FounderRK’s Guyana SecurityServicesCommissioner: EthnicRelations Commissionlast_img read more

Cuttington University Wins 2019 Inter Universities Debate

first_imgMinister Sirleaf presents the 2019 inter universities and colleges debates awards to Cuttington UniversityCuttington University (CU) has won this year’s Inter Universities and Colleges Debate organized by NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in Monrovia.NAYMOTE Program Assistant, Bako Korboi Shuaibu, said the purpose of the competition, which ran from November 7 to December 5, 2019, is to highlight understanding of the Local Government Act (LGA) of 2018 to benefit the youthful population.Shuaibu said that the competition became significant as the result of citizens’ failure to comprehend the LGA.MIA Decentralization and Local Government Specialist, D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, said the event was designed to popularize the LGA, develop university students’ skills and knowledge to critically think, discuss and analyze the importance of the LGA of 2018 towards local economic development, participatory decision-making and job creation for young people, help them to develop a civic, political opportunities and ownership of the LGA of 2018 implementation.The Inter-universities and Colleges Debates was conducted among eight universities and colleges across the country.Schools that participated in the entire exercise were the Stella Maris Polytechnic University, United Methodist University Smythe Institute of Management and Technology, African Methodist Episcopal University, CU, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties Technical Colleges, and the Vision College in Grand Bassa County.The competition, which officially began on November 7, 2019 at the Unification Pavilion, Buchanan City, was held under the theme, “Youth Perspectives on the LGA 2018.”During the grand finale between CU and UMU, CU defended the proposition; “Local Government will bring Speedy Development to Liberia than the current centralized system of government,” while the UMU defended the opposite.Captain of the CU debate team, Beulah Nimene, clarified that local government will bring speedy development to Liberia, because it will bring a sense of participation among locals, as well as address the issue of division of labour across government.Student Nimene further said this will bring education and human capital development.Beulah Nimene: “I am very optimistic that Local Government Act will bring Speedy Development to Liberia, compared to the current centralized system of government.”In her deliberations, she said decentralization is the only means to put Liberia on development map. Decentralization process, she said, has the people in mind, quoting Article 1 of the 1986 Constitution, which talks about how the power is vested in the people, and therefore, the people must be part of the decision making the process of development.Captain of UMU debate team, Clifton Glee, said that Local Government Act cannot bring about speedy development if the issues that destroyed the fabric of the society is not addressed.Student Glee named issues such as corruption, lack of accountability and integrity which, according to him, has become a threat to the growth and development of the country.He also stressed the need to revisit laws on the books and re-awaken their full implementation, as well as invest in the social norms and fabrics to instill integrity in the people.“Until these issues are fully addressed, the Local Government Act will not bring speedy development to our country than the current centralized system,” Glee said in his defense.Eventually, CU won the competition with 89.33%, and was therefore awarded L$100,000, while UMU, which that took the second place with 85.53%, walked away with L$50,000.The exercise kicked off between Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC), the Vision College in the first encounter of the seven matches conducted across the project’s locations.Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf assured organizers of the program that the ministry will remain engaged with civil society organizations (CSOs) such as NAYMOTE and other partners to ensure that the LGA is fully implemented to better the lives of the citizens.The program is funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Naymote Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo, appreciated the partners, and government for the support to conduct the project.Mr. Jarwolo said the program will enhance institutions, colleges/universities and  students’ understanding of national policy, something he said also will help them identify, discuss, think and critically analyze how to make the country better.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trio nabbed in Agricola house

first_img…after robbing bus driver, passengersDiligent work by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has resulted in the arrest of three males who were found at a house in Agricola, Greater Georgetown, shortly after robbing a minibus driver and several passengers on WednesdayThe illegal firearm that was found in possession of one of the suspectsmorning.According to reports, the three suspects boarded the Route 42 minibus, which left the bus park at Stabroek Market around 10:00h. The trio subsequently requested to be put off at Middle Street, McDoom, Greater Georgetown and after disembarking the vehicle, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun.The men subsequently held up the occupants of the bus, relieving the driver of $4000 and three passengers of two cellular phones and their handbags, containing items of little monetary value, before escaping into the street.A passing Police patrol, commanded by a corporal, was informed of what transpired minutes before and pursued the suspects, who were soon after arrested in the house in the neighbouring community of Agricola.It was reported that at the time of arrest, one of the suspects was found comfortably covered with a sheet pretending to be sleeping. He was found in possession of a firearm that is believed to have been used in the commission ofThe Police patrol that arrested the three suspectsthe crime.Meanwhile, the two other suspects, in whose possession the stolen items were found, were relaxing as if nothing had happened when the Police confronted them. Among the stolen items that were recovered were the two shoulder bags and two purses.Additionally, the unlicensed revolver that was recovered had four live matching rounds in its chambers. It has since been lodged as evidence.The three suspects remain in custody and are assisting with the investigation. According to the Police, one of the men has already been implicated in a similar robbery that occurred recently.last_img read more

2 arrested with unlicensed gun

first_imgTwo persons residing on the West Coast of Berbice have been arrested in connection with the discovery of an unlicensed gun.Police ranks in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on Tuesday, acting on information received, intercepted a taxi in front of the Fort Wellington Police Station and conducted a search.During the search, an unlicensed Taurus revolver without ammunition was found concealed therein. The driver and another occupant have since been detained and are assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Clippers have no answer for Pistons

first_imgDunleavy did not single out anyone, nor did any of the players. But in a game in which Detroit big man Rasheed Wallace was suspended for excessive technical fouls, the Clippers’ big men didn’t take advantage and lost a ninth consecutive game to the Pistons. Tim Thomas’ statistical line read: 16 points, one rebound. Chris Kaman’s line read: Six points, seven rebounds, five turnovers. Neither Thomas nor Kaman had an offensive rebound, and other than Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, no Clipper grabbed an offensive rebound. Detroit 98, Clippers 80Tuesday: at San Antonio, 5 p.m. Ch. 5, KSPN/710 “As players, we see and know what’s going on out there,” Thomas said. “And (Dunleavy) has a different view, as far as being a coach. He sees exactly everything that’s going on. We’re just not getting it done right now. It’s a combination of a lot of things.” Detroit’s big men were like bumblebees, and Elton Brand was their honey. They stuck to him in a ridiculously tight manner and held him to 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. The fact that got six assists was practically miraculous because his teammates frequently did not move when their were two, or three defenders, around him. “We’re struggling,” Brand said. “I don’t mind passing out of the post and being unselfish. But we have to find a way to win – whatever that is.” While these three losses may not be as bad as their six and five-game losing streaks earlier this season, this streak comes with only 20 games to play. Joe Stevens can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Then, after spending most of the second half in his office, Dunleavy lashed into his players, basically calling them heartless. “I’m really disappointed in our toughness now, mental and physical,” Dunleavy said. “We have a situation where we were careless with our passes, our turnovers, our rotations and our rebounding. Guys have got to go battle. You can have all the schemes you want, all the great ideas you want on coverages. But it comes down to physical toughness.” center_img LOS ANGELES – The Clippers have had a few free falls this season, and here they are, stuck in another one. But this one could be their worst. They lost a third consecutive game with a 98-80 defeat to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center with coach Mike Dunleavy collecting his first ejection of the season. last_img read more


first_imgThe Dolmen House in RameltonOne of Donegal’s most unusual houses has been put on the market with a price tag of a cool €750,000.The Dolmen House occupies an elevated site of 0.75 acre with an impressive view of Lough Swilly and the surrounding countryside.Designed by MacGabhann Architects of Letterkenny, a triumph of modern design has produced a highly individual home that is instantly captivating. The houses 350 sq m form was inspired by Gortnavern Dolmen, a Megalithic Portal Tomb a few metres north of The Dolmen House site.The inhabitants feel as though they are living within the landscape, because of the ground floor facade, which also maximises the outstanding views and allows the home to optimise substantial amounts of natural light throughout the day.The house is being sold by Franklin Estate Agent in Letterkenny.ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST UNUSUAL HOUSES PUT ON MARKET FOR €750,000 was last modified: September 9th, 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) Tags:donegalRameltonSALEThe Dolmen Houselast_img read more

KIllybegs to host Gift and Craft Fair for St Catherine’s Church

first_imgThe Killybegs History and Heritage Committee have organised a Christmas Gifts and Craft Fair in ballroom of Bay View Hotel on Sun next 4th December to raise much needed funds to help further the work in stabilising the 15th St Catherine’s Church.This is a craft fair not to be missed which runs from 4pm until 8pm with all sorts of crafts eg patchwork, jewellery, candles, home baking, flower arrangements, knitwear, jams, chutneys, wood craft, handmade soaps etc etc. A few more can be accommodated.If interested, contact Marion on 0876188502 asap. (See Killybegs Craft and Gift Fair FB page) Switch on of Christmas lights with Santa arriving in style at 6 o’clock. Carol singers and lots of surprises in store. Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies in Bay View afterwards with Santa and elves in attendance.KIllybegs to host Gift and Craft Fair for St Catherine’s Church was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 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

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