PNG PMs XIII side named

first_imgTo be known as the NGCB PM’s XIII team, the squad includes three debutants among experienced hands from this year’s Pacific test and the 2017 World Cup teams.The team was announced in Port Moresby this afternoon.The team includes three new faces in Daniel Russel, Edene Gabi, and Justin Laybutt.Notable exclusions from the Pacific Test Team from this year are Adex Wera, Junior Rau, Kurt Baptist, Luke Page, Richard Pandi, Rod Griffin, Thompson Teteh.PNG RFL Board Chairman Sandis  Tsaka, says for the first time they have worked with the NRL and English competitions to put the best team forward.Coach Michael Marum says the team will meet on Wednesday to go through medicals and fitness tests.He added there are a four shadow players who are on standby pending the medical and tests of the selected players.Marum said a number of players had to pull out due to family commitments and injuries as well as suspensions.Other players such as Justin Olam and Lachlan Lam who are part of the extended squads for the NRL Grand Final will arrive next week.The PNG LNG Kumuls PMs 13 team in alphabetical order include:Daniel Russel – South Logan Magpies (Intrust Super Cup)David Mead – Catalans Dragons (Super League)Edene Gabi – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)Enock Maki – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)James Segeyaro – Cronulla Sharks (NRL)Juston Olam – Melbourne Storm (NRL)Justin Laybutt – North Queensland Cowboys (NRL)Lachlan Lam – Sydney RoostersMoses Meninga – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)Nene McDonald – St. George Illawara (NRL)Nixon Putt – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)Rhadley Brawa – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)Rhyse Martin – Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL)Stanton Albert – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)Tom Butterfiled – Easts Tigers (Intrust Super Cup)Watson Boas – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)Wellington Albert – Widnes Vikings (Super LeagueWillie Minoga – PNG Hunters (Intrust Super Cup)last_img read more

Poor attempt to salvage an unimpressive, disastrous ‘Mayorship’

first_imgDear Editor,On a local newscast of April 27, 2017, the Mayor of Georgetown said she received complaints from vendors that City Constables were extorting moneys from them; something that she is totally against.What hypocrisy! She is well aware that this criminal activity has been a fixture of the City Constabulary during her entire tenure as a City Councillor. What she also knows and is not saying, is that it is a criminal network that includes many senior Constabulary personnel.A certain notorious senior officer who is on pre-retirement leave and who now works as a taxi driver at the Demerara Harbour Bridge comes by the Fire Service (Old Co-op Bank area every Friday night) and collects money from those vendors.This activity is facilitated by two ranks from Stabroek Outpost. One has to take what this Mayor say with a pinch of salt. Her belated attack on City Constables is simply a poor attempt to salvage her tarnished, unimpressive and disastrous ‘Mayorship’.Sincerely,Joel Alexanderlast_img read more

Give teachers their due

first_imgDear Editor,WPA is dismayed by the inability of the Government to arrive at an amicable settlement of the wage issue with the Guyana Teachers Union. What is even more frightening is the Government’s apparent indifference to the threat of industrial action by the teachers. Rather than trying harder to arrive at an agreement, the Ministry of Education, according to reports, appears to be more concerned with hiring scab labour to counter the teachers’ threat. This insensitivity towards the teachers’ reasonable demands is at odds with President Granger’s strident education activism and advocacy for increased and improved access to quality education by our children.WPA stands with the teachers in their just demands for a living wage, and in their civil right to take legitimate action in pursuit of those demands. Both the right to a living wage and the right to strike are sacred rights for which successive generations of Guyanese fought and died. WPA takes a dim view of any Government that seeks to violate those rights, and urges the leadership of the Coalition Government to avoid that course of action. This Government must, at all cost, prevent a collision with teachers; it is not good for the country or for the image of the administration.It is no secret that a central aspect of our deteriorating public education system is the state of the teaching profession. Compared to many countries in our region, Guyanese teachers are very poorly paid. According to most informed observers, this has in turn negatively affected both the morale and the quality of work of the teachers. It stands to reason, therefore, that any improvement of our education outcomes must be partly premised on improving the quality of instruction in the classrooms.It is in that spirit that WPA unequivocally supports the teachers’ demands for increased wages. We see this as an indispensable incentive for improved teacher instruction. Improving the wage package for teachers creates the conditions for Government to better hold the teachers accountable for improved practice and better outcomes. Better wages for teachers will not automatically turn around the performances of students; much more needs to be done. But if teachers are better compensated, the opportunities for more commitment by teachers would be enhanced.From the political angle, WPA feels the Government is committing political suicide by picking a fight with teachers, most of whom voted for the Coalition. It is bad politics to alienate your supporters on a matter that could be easily solved. We therefore urge the Government to give the teachers their due. It would be an economic boost for teachers, and that would have direct and indirect impacts on the state of education, while ensuring that a key electoral bloc is not alienated.Sincerely,Working People’sAlliancelast_img read more

Taxi driver charged with assault

first_imgA taxi driver attached to the Green Ice taxi service was on Monday granted bail for allegedly assaulting his colleague.Andrew Gadd, 45, pleaded not guilty to the charge when Magistrate Judy Latchman read it to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that on May 26, 2017 at North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, Gadd maliciously assaulted Orin David so as to cause actual bodily harm.He also pleaded not guilty to using abusive behaviour on May 23, 2017.The defendant told the court that the Virtual Complainant (VC) was lying and noted that he did not assault him.However, the prosecution’s facts revealed that on the day in question, the defendant took a knife and used it to hit the VC to his forehead, which caused him to bleed. He was granted bail in the sum of $20,000 for the abusive behaviour charge and in the sum of $100,000 for the assault charge.The defendant is scheduled to return to court on June 19, 2017.last_img read more

Google’s privacy practices panned by watchdog group

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc.’s privacy practices are the worst among the Internet’s top destinations, according to a watchdog group seeking to intensify the recent focus on how the online search leader handles personal information about its users. In a report released Saturday, London-based Privacy International assigned Google its lowest possible grade. The category is reserved for companies with “comprehensive consumer surveillance and entrenched hostility to privacy.” None of the 22 other surveyed companies – a group that included Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and AOL – sunk to that level, according to Privacy International. While a number of other Internet companies have troubling policies, none comes as close to Google to “achieving status as an endemic threat to privacy,” Privacy International said in an explanation of its findings. An independent European panel recently opened an inquiry into whether Google’s policies abide by Europe’s privacy rules. Meanwhile, three consumer groups in the United States are pressuring the nation’s regulators to make Google change some of its privacy policies as part of its proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of online ad service DoubleClick Inc., which also tracks Web surfers’ behavior. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking into antitrust concerns raised by the DoubleClick deal, but has not indicated if privacy issues will be part of the inquiry. Hoping to placate its critics, Google has pledged to begin erasing the information about users’ search requests within 18 to 24 months. The company says it stockpiles data to help its search engine better understand its users so it can deliver more relevant results and advertisements. As Google becomes more knowledgeable about the people relying on its search engine and other free services, management hopes to develop more tools that recommend activities and other pursuits that might appeal to individual users. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a statement from one of its lawyers, Google said it aggressively protects its users’ privacy and stands behind its track record. In its most conspicuous defense of user privacy, Google last year successfully fought a U.S. Justice Department subpoena demanding to review millions of search requests. “We are disappointed with Privacy International’s report, which is based on numerous inaccuracies and misunderstandings about our services,” said Nicole Wong, Google’s deputy general counsel. “It’s a shame that Privacy International decided to publish its report before we had an opportunity to discuss our privacy practices with them.” Privacy International contacted Google earlier this month, but didn’t receive a response, said Simon Davies, the group’s director. The scathing report is just the latest strike aimed at Google’s privacy practices. last_img read more

Board of Supervisors wants power lines more secure

first_imgConcerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. “It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down (and ignited the fire),” Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed Fire Department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But beyond the expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The fire and sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.”last_img read more

‘It’s down to them and us’ – Slaven Bilic warns players against complacency

first_img Slaven Bilic 1 West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed he called a team meeting on Thursday to deliver his players a reality check.Bilic had been facing mounting pressure following three opening league defeats but Monday’s win over Huddersfield earned him some relief and his side their first points of the season.West Ham remain 18th in the table, however, ahead of Saturday’s game at West Brom and, having granted his players the day off on Wednesday, Bilic warned them against complacency.“We were off yesterday and we had a meeting before training today [to say] if we think that because we beat Huddersfield we have done it – no,” Bilic said.“The difference between great players and good players is doing it every day or every week.“It’s down to both them and us to keep them in that zone – not to fly too high or be big-headed – it’s a massive part of every manager’s job.“But it’s also down to them to be like that. We can’t control what they do outside the training camp. “They are mature people though and are in a privileged position which most normal people would swap to be in. They should respect themselves by respecting the job.”Andy Carroll’s return has given West Ham a timely boost, the striker making his first appearance of the season on Monday after five months out with a hip injury.The key now is keeping Carroll fit but Bilic rejected the suggestion made by former West Ham boss Alan Pardew that Carroll should even be excused from training.“That is impossible,” Bilic said. “It’s about making a balance.“There are some players, and Andy is one, that you have to find special treatment for.“But that doesn’t mean that he can’t train the whole week. Most likely then he will get injured.“On the other hand you can’t treat him as you’re treating a 20-year-old. You need to find a balance.”Bilic also moved again to clarify his relationship with David Sullivan after saying last week the club’s owner “likes to talk”.Sullivan had claimed Bilic turned down the chance to sign Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak in the summer.“I only explained the situation that he put me into,” Bilic said.“We had a good conversation after Monday. We won the game and it was very important for us and he was also happy with our performance. You should call him and ask him how did he feel.”Mark Noble is out this weekend with a knee injury while Edimilson Fernandes and Manuel Lanzini are also unavailable as they recover from ankle and knee problems respectively.last_img read more


first_imgTHERE was ‘Strictly’ standing room only at the Mount Errigal Hotel for St.Eunan’s College highly-anticipated Strictly Come Dancing.Almost 800 people paid to see the teachers of the Letterkenny college strut their stuff – and boy they didn’t let us down.It may have been a charity fundraiser for the college but there was nothing charitable about the high standard of dancing! And why would there be under the excellent tuition of sisters Donna Quinn, Caroline Mills and Michelle Pearson who have been working on the event since last November.School principal Chris Darby had the unenviable job of being chairman of the judging panel while the host for the evening was Barry McDaid.It emerged from early on that the judge’s favourites was a neck and neck tie between the pairings of Damian McGrory and Kathryn Russell and Sharon Gildea and Gareth McDaid.However in the end it was Damian and Kathryn who were eventually crowned the inaugural St.Eunan’s Strictly Come Dancing Champions of 2011. But the only real winner on the night was the college with the event managing to raise a whopping €20,000.Principal Darby said the night had been a hugely enjoyable and complete success and thanked everyone who helped out in any way.And there was no truth in the rumour that several of the contestants were spotted in various nightclubs later in the evening – going over their steps ahead of next year’s competition no doubt!*We will publish lots more photos of last night’s hugely successful event later today.Ends STRICTLY A NIGHT TO REMEMBER FOR ST.EUNAN’S COLLEGE was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 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:St.Eunan’s CollegeStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

Klopp reveals reason for Mohamed Salah’s poor form against the top six

first_img“Two months ago we played against Bournemouth and he was the star in the sky”, Klopp said.“It is about how we use him, how we play him, how we move and all that stuff. Against United, Lindelof and Shaw together did a pretty good job.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Salah has now scored once in eight matches against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal – with his solitary goal coming from the spot against the Gunners.Although the 26-year-old is the joint top scorer this term – level with Sergio Aguero on 17 goals – his blank against United meant he has gone an entire year without scoring against the top six.Klopp has admitted his talisman and last year’s PFA Player of the Year needs more help from his peers to influence games. 4 “The manager talks to me about it,” he added. “It depends on the game and the tactics the manager wants. He doesn’t suddenly say ‘okay, now you play no.9’.“He talks to me before the game and gives me that time and what he wants. I’m comfortable as no.9.”Klopp also believed his side needed to be more flexible against United.He said: “It was not flexible enough. The build up from deep was okay but you need to be more flexible, keep the ball in the right area, shoot etc.“The attitude is not questioned. But keep cool, pass the ball around, go in the right areas, finish the situations off.” huge blow MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Shaw put in a very good display and handled Salah very well shining Jurgen Klopp admits Mohamed Salah needs more help from his Liverpool team-mates.The Egyptian forward struggled to make an impact in the Reds’s 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Sunday, which continued a poor goal scoring record against other top six sides this season. REPLY BEST OF Salah has himself admitted he has found it tougher this season – with teams often opting to double-up on him following his extraordinary debut season last term.He said: “This season is much more difficult for me than last season but there is a misunderstanding from people as they always judge you in one way. ADVICE Firmino was withdrawn from the derby and Salah now may have a run of games as a no.9 RANKED Salah is the joint top scorer in the league Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I don’t like that much but I don’t care too much because I’m helping the team win games and I’m still the top scorer in the Premier League.”Klopp has been more flexible with his tactics this season, with Salah occasionally deployed as no.9  – and after Roberto Firmino hobbled off in Sunday’s derby and left Old Trafford on crutches, the former Chelsea man has said he is happy to play in that position more. Klopp says Salah needs more help from his team mates REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

Tyrone Mings reveals how living in a homeless shelter made him the man he is today

first_img Getty Images – Getty Fast forward a decade and the 26-year-old has earned a £25million move to Aston Villa and is on the brink of an England cap after a surprise call-up to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.And Mings told talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams how the years of hardship prepared him for this moment.He said: “I think in moments of difficulty, there are always moments of positivity you can take away from them.“And lessons you can learn from any experience that you go through. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Bobby Madley says Kevin Friend was RIGHT to rule out Aston Villa’s equaliser against Crystal Palace 2 Tyrone Mings has revealed how growing up in a homeless shelter helped turn him into the man he is today.While at primary school, Mings was forced to live in a homeless shelter with his mum, Dawn, and three sisters for one year.After being released by the Southampton academy at the age of 15, he considered quitting football altogether as he took on a job at a pub pulling pints and then becoming a mortgage adviser. Getty Images – Getty “So everything I experienced growing up, a lot of people would have gone through different backgrounds and upbringings.“But it has definitely given me an ability to empathise with other people maybe outside of the game, or people that aren’t as fortunate as me.“So, not that I feel it is my duty, but I really enjoy being able to lend a hand and give back to people that are in situations that I was not too far away from at a certain time in my life.“So I think, as footballers, we are in the public eye and we are role models to kids growing up. So I think we have to try and do what we can to help out and give back where we can.”It has been some journey to this point for Mings, who early in his career plyed his trade for non-League outfits Yate and Chippenham Town and worked as a mortgage adviser at London and Country.He added: “I had other goals at the time when I was a mortgage advisor and playing non-league football.“Playing for England seemed like a different world away. I just needed to get back into the professional game at that point.“I can’t say while I was sat at my desk cold-calling or trying to help people remortgage that playing for England was a real achievable goal.“But as I’ve worked with some great coaches and been able to play for some great clubs, everything has kind of culminated together to get me to this point.“At different times I’ve had to reassess my goals but it makes it all the more sweeter sitting here now.”England vs Bulgaria is live on talkSPORT on Saturday, with the Euro 2020 qualifier kicking off at 5pmlast_img read more