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2015 – A phenomenal year for sport

first_imgPerformances nationally and abroad from individual athletes, teams and from Team PNG have stamped PNG’s foot on the world stage sporting arena.Some highlights include;Rugby League:The SP PNG Hunters finished off the Intrust Super Cup competition in third place in only their second season in the second tier level of rugby league.Israel Eliab was named Five-Eighth of the Year and subsequently named in the 2015 Team of the Year.The next award went to the ever consistent Wartovo Puara who was announced as the recipient of the XXXX People’s Choice Award.Michael Marum was also recognised for an outstanding season so far being crowned Stage and Screen Coach of the YearPNG then won the rights to co-host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with all of the Kumuls games to be played in Port Moresby.Netball:The PNG Pepes had an outstanding year winning silver at the Pacific Games after going down to giants Fiji in the final.They backed this up finishing second at the Mission Foods Nations Cup 2015 in Singapore. Cricket: It was the selection of young Lega Siaka in the Australian Prime Minister’s XI that made headlines.More good news came when Cricket PNG won the Best Overall Cricket Development Program at the East Asia Pacific Development Programme Awards.Swimming:In the pool, it was PNG’s super fish Ryan Pini who was awarded Male Athlete of the 2015 Pacific Games by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).Boxing:Boxer Thadius Katua won PNG’s first gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Apia, Samoa beating Northern Ireland’s Bradley Tieman.Soccer: PNG made history winning the bid to host the 2016 Women’s Under 20 FIFA World Cup.Pacific Games:The highlight of the year by far is PNG hosting and winning the 15th Pacific Games.Team PNG topped the medal tally winning 88 gold, 69 silver and 60 bronze. A total of 217 medals altogether.last_img read more

Barça signs Yan Couto

first_imgThe Soccer Club Barcelona also ‘fishes’ in Brazilian football and is done with Yan Couto (Curitiba, June 3, 2002), right side of Coritibaas reported Balloon support. The 17-year-old pearl will arrive in Barcelona in June, at the time she reaches the age of majority. The operation would have closed at 5 million euros more variables and reinforces a position that neither Semedo nor Sergi Roberto have managed to endorse. The culé set is ahead of other teams, such as Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal, which also intended to be done with one of the most promising players of the moment. In fact, in October of last year he was included in the list of the 60 best young people in the world by The guardian.The lateral side, measures 1.68m, arrives with the U-17 world champion vitola, tournament in which he was one of the most prominent of the verdeamarelha. Headline in all matches in which he was available, his performance had a mole in the form of expulsion in the second meeting of the first phase, which would miss the next two clashes. However, I would return in quarters to eleven and it would be decisive both in the semifinal against France (3-2), and in the final against Mexico, with two assists. Curiously, that last pass would be converted by Lázaro Vinicius in the final two to one, player who has declared his love for Real Madrid in a recent interview with ACE.last_img read more

With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ During that stretch, Soriano chose to train under the guidance of Alliance MMA’s George Castro whom he feels could help him get back to the winning track.“Right now, I have a tremendous support system in my training, especially with the help of my coach George Castro. He knows how to bring out the best in me. With him in my corner, it is always exciting to prepare for a bout,” said Soriano, who olds a professional record of 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSoriano will be put to the test on Nov. 3 when he faces undefeated Chinese fighter Chen Lei (3-0) in ONE: Hero’s Dream in Myanmar.“I want to win so bad. I have dreams and aspirations as a competitor. In order to turn those into a reality, I have to win first. This is the first step,” said Soriano. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “My team is outstanding. I have the best coach in my corner. I also train with the most talented athletes in the region. With that said, I’m motivated and oozing with confidence coming into this bout because I have them behind me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Arellano soldiers on without go-to-guy Salado Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino MMA fighter Bernard “Burn” Soriano last foray into ONE Championship didn’t end the way he intended.Soriano suffered a first round technical knockout loss to Malaysian Saiful Merican back last Feb. 10 in Kuala Lumpur, and it’s been almost eight months and the Ilocos Sur native has yet to set foot inside the ONE cage.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NIS begins process to recoup funds

first_imgThe National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has begun what it said is a “restructuring” process that could see it being able to recover the funds it invested in the Berbice River Bridge Company.The Berbice River Bridge tool boothNIS Chairman, Dr Surrendra Persaud, who is also the new Chairman of the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI), said the insurance scheme is the largest investor in the Bridge project, and has taken up the responsibility of “leading the bridge management through a restructuring process,” to enable it to hopefully get back its monies.He said as it is now, the money received from NIS and other investors cannot service the Bridge since it also started functioning a few years later.“So right now the Bridge is in a position where it is unable to satisfy itself. So the NIS is leading the Bridge management through a restructuring process and while it is somewhat challenging, it is hoped that it is done and within the first quarter of next year…. NIS is able to receive its funds from its investments,” Persaud said on Thursday at the celebration to mark NIS’ 47th anniversary.Reports from a forensic audit conducted into the operations of the NIS earlier this year, showed there were two particular “major high risk investments” that were said to be potential losses to the scheme; the $5.1 billion investment into CLICO and the $2.5 billion investment in BBCI.The ownership structure of BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $400 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by NIS.last_img read more

Elections count for nothing if not “free & fair”– GECOM Chair

first_img-as staff warned to ensure smooth running of polling stations Training of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) instructors got underway on Saturday with Chairman James Patterson stressing the importance of instructors maintaining their professionalism and ensuring that their wards understand the importance of “free and fair” elections.GECOM has been entwined in Elections Day controversies before, and on Saturday, at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), Patterson was firm in his instructions to the instructors. He made it clear that the elections would count for nought if they are not declared free and fair.“I have discovered, since they declared me to be chairman of the outfit, what an important part GECOM plays in the public forum of this country,” Patterson informed the gathering. “I think the Commission anywhere takes the part even of the politicians, because we endure not only to see elections go smoothly, but we are here all the time. Politicians go and come at the beck and call of the electorate. One of the qualities that should permeate GECOM and those who function in it is that you have to see that elections are run free and fair. My template for that is India. Don’t have time to go through all of it, but they have thousands of polling places. They have gone through metamorphosis of change, and India has been declared to be the largest democracy in the world. I hope GECOM will put an end to that (being seen as crooked), in terms of position.”Chairman Patterson reminded the gathered staff that they are essentially running the elections. He urged the workers to put all their effort into learning the election procedures being taught.“Do you realise that elections are of no avail if they are not declared to be free and fair?” Patterson questioned. “Although we are in our infancy as an independent country, we aren’t doing too (badly). I mean to say that democracy and free and fair elections are like conjoined twins; you cannot have one without the other.”The training is expected to last for two days, during which trainers will endeavour to cover polling day protocol, among other things. GECOM has been allocated over $2 billion in order to hold Local Government Elections (LGE), which are due in a matter of months.GECOM’s handling of previous elections has been criticised by the now Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). In fact, because of concerns over electoral irregularities, that party filed an elections petition in June of 2015, little over a month after General and Regional Elections had been held.The petition challenges the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections. Following the outcome of the May 2015 elections, the PPP underscored that the elections were not held in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana.The matter, filed in the name of PPP/C Parliamentarian Ganga Persaud, essentially requests a recount of all ballots cast for the last elections, and calls for fresh elections to be held. Persaud has claimed that the elections were “unlawfully conducted”, and that the results of the elections were affected.Persaud has cited procedural errors and instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions during the elections. Unrest, fake statements of poll (SOPs) and multiple voting were among the reasons behind the petition. Further, the presence of “huge mobs” at several polling stations and other strategic places, particularly in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), were also cited by Persaud as other causes for intimidation and fear.The PPP had exceptionally good results from the last LGE in 2016, winning the popular vote and dominating the vote count in rural areas. But this time around, the party has been crying foul over the one-sided manner in which appointments within GECOM are being made in the run up to the elections.While Patterson and the Government commissioners have denied contentions that they skewed hiring practices in favour of one ethnic group, concerns over the ethnic balance within GECOM headquarters have seen the party make complaints to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC).last_img read more

B.C. Hydro disclosing cash, land offers to First Nations affected by Site C

first_imgThe offers go to the West Moberly First Nations, the Prophet River First Nations, and the McLeod Lake Indian Band – all of which B.C. Hydro claims will “directly accommodate the residual impacts” of the project.The West Moberly offer is $3.5 million in lump-sum payments, $350,000 per year for 70 years – adjusted annually, and the potential transfer of 2,500 to 3,000 acres of Crown Land.The offer to Prophet River includes a $1 million lump-sum payment and the potential establishment of land protection measures for certain parcels of Crown land.- Advertisement -Finally, McLeod Lake is being offered the potential transfer of 2,500 acres of provincial land, $2 million in lump-sum payments, and $250,000 per year for 70 years – adjusted annually.The combined total of these three offers include $6.5 million upfront and an additional $42 million over 70 years.Each offer also comes with “other measures.” These “other measures” includes access to a further compensation fund totalling $10 million, as well as the designation of other tracts of land to be used as “winter range” for deer, moose and other ungulates, according to Palmer.Advertisement Click here to read the entire Vancouver Sun column. All of the offers, according to Palmer, are to compensate the findings of the joint review panel on impact to First Nations’ traditional activities – like hunting and trapping.It’s being reported that B.C. Hydro has already provided nearly $6 million to Aboriginal groups in the north to fund research and participation in the environmental review of the project, as well as other consultations – dating more than seven years.Funding for the three First Nations, according to the Sun report, is weighed against the economics of Site C – which is an estimated $400 million worth of electricity as year.This land and cash is being regarded as an open offer in the event that there are no settlements reached with the three First Nations.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgADVERTISING FEATUREThe story behind Letterkenny’s Pinehill Business Park is as heartwarming as it is inspiring. On the surface it may appear to be merely a collection of businesses on the edge of Donegal’s biggest town.But scratch the surface and what emerges is a family’s struggle against all the odds.The origins of Pinehill Business Park at Mountain Top, which houses some of Donegal’s most recognised businesses, began almost 50 years ago.That’s when founder George Boal set about taking a gamble that would prove to be a decision on which the rest of his life would revolve. Boal, who had returned to Letterkenny with his wife Betty (nee Spratt) after working for a time in Scotland, set about beginning a new life.The couple bought a ten acre site for the princely sum of £45 and moved into a caravan on the site before building a house close by.George soon set up a business making pre-cast concrete sills and kerbing and business began to flourish.At the same time George also noticed large delivery trucks having trouble parking on the town’s Main Street and saw storage space could be a profitable business.Today that storage space is home to no less than 44 units of some of Donegal’s most recognised and respected businesses including Letterkenny Tool Hire, Restex Bed and Bedroom Furniture and Carpet Interiors.Situated just a mile from the heart of Letterkenny’s town centre, the business park has proven to be the perfect location for many businesses to follow their dreams and flourish. And businesses which have found a working unit at Pinehill have also found a home – just like George and Betty Boal did 50 years ago.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on’S PINEHILL BUSINESS PARK STILL ‘BOAL-ING’ THEM OVER AFTER 50 YEARS! was last modified: January 6th, 2012 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:Pinehill Business Parklast_img read more

Liverpool eye return to Premier League summit

first_imgLiverpool are only a point behind leaders Man City. (Agency Photos)Southampton vs Liverpool St. Marys Stadium, HampshireFriday, 05-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Paul TierneyLiverpool and Man City are currently entangled in a cat and mouse game. Whoever plays first on a particular week, goes temporarily top of the standings before the other displaces them.On game week 32 and with City playing in the FA Cup semi final, Liverpool have a chance to retain leadership when they travel away to Southampton. A win for the Red would see them move onto 82 points, two ahead of City.Currently unbeaten in their last 13, the Reds are still on course to a Champions League and Premier League double as they are already into the quarter finals of the later.However, the game on Friday will not be any easy as they come up against a Southampton side that have gone under a revolution of sorts under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.The Saints have won three of their last four games and in the process moved five points clear of the drop.The Saints have won three of their last four games.Relegation concerns are now less at the St. Mary’s but they know the job is still not yet done and need more points as soon as possible.What the coaches are saying before the game:Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.“We know how tough it is and there are still a lot of points to get, so we have to stay focused.“There is still a long way to go and the sooner we get to 40 points the better.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the impact of Hasenhuttl.“I have to say, the job he is doing since he’s there is incredible. He’s brought the young players in, academy players.“It’s good, of course, but in the situation when he came in, it’s pretty brave as well. It’s a good side, it’s a really good side. We know about that.”Team News:Shane Long and Jannik Vestergaard could return to the Southampton side to face Liverpool after recovering from groin problems. Danny Ings cannot feature against his parent club, while Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi are still injured.Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns, with Virgil van Dijk expected to be fit to face his former club. The Reds defender injured his ankle against Tottenham last weekend but has trained as normal this week. Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are back in full training but are unlikely to be included yet.Match Facts:Southampton have lost the last three Premier League meetings by an 8-0 aggregate scoreline. They have failed to score against the Reds in five league encounters.Southampton have won three of their past four matches, having won none of their previous four (D2, L2). A third consecutive victory for Saints would ensure they equal last season’s tally of 36 points. Saints have accumulated a league-high 65 yellow cards, 30 more than opponents Liverpool – who have the fewest. James Ward-Prowse has scored in four of Southampton’s five Premier League home matches in 2019. Nathan Redmond could make his 100th Premier League appearance for the club.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 13 matches in all competitions, winning eight and drawing five. Their total of 79 points is a club record after 32 matches of a top-flight season (adjusting to three points for a win). They have kept a Premier League-high 17 clean sheets this season. The Reds have the division’s best away record, with 10 wins, five draws and one defeat. Mohamed Salah is without a goal in his last eight games in all competitions. Both Salah (49) and Roberto Firmino (48) are in sight of a half century of Premier League goals for Liverpool.Comments Tags: Jurgen KloppliverpoolMan Citypremier leagueRalph HasenhuttleSouthamptontoplast_img read more

Kevin Durant to sit in Game 3, but how’s he looking for Game 4?

first_imgOAKLAND — Just like it has been for almost the past month, the Warriors enter a pivotal playoff game needing to answer this question.Can they win without Kevin Durant? Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Durant will not play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday at Oracle arena, marking the eighth consecutive game he will miss because of a strained right calf. Durant also did not practice on Tuesday, which Kerr considers a requirement before playing in a game.“He’s …last_img

Fitch upgrades SA’s credit ratings

first_img26 July 2007Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on South Africa’s sovereign ratings from stable to positive, attributing the change to improved growth performance, increased investments and sound public finances.South Africa’s ratings for long- and short-term foreign currency issuer default (IDR) were affirmed at “BBB+” and “F3” respectively. The country’s long-term local currency IDR was affirmed at “A”, as was the country ceiling.“The change in outlook reflects South Africa’s improved growth performance and prospects as a result of rapidly rising public and private investment and ongoing micro-reforms in the economy,” Fitch sovereign team director Veronica Kalema said in a statement on Wednesday.“In addition, the country has seen a substantial improvement in its already sound public finances and strong external balance sheet.”Increased government savings and use of fiscal surpluses to increase reserves and cover the cost of sterilisation have also reduced South Africa’s external vulnerability, the agency said.Fitch said South Africa’s growth rate of 5% was sustained between 2004 and 2006 by strong consumer demand, while more recently acceleration of capital investment reflected a massive infrastructure investment by the country’s public corporations – both as part of the government’s general infrastructure programme and for infrastructure related to hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The agency said it expected consumer demand to remain firm despite rising interest rates, thanks to structural changes in the economy and a rise in employment and real income.Fitch predicted that the country’s growth rate would to remain close to 5% in 2007 and potential growth would move still higher in the mediumterm. However, the agency also expects SA’s current account deficit to remain between 6% and 7% of gross domestic product.South Africa still needed to address issues such as income inequality, unemployment, HIV/Aids and crime, the agency noted, saying these could threaten future stability.“The positive outlook assumes a continuation of the current macro policy framework,” Fitch added.“It would revert to stable if there were signs of weakening in the policy framework in response to political developments, or if external shocks did not meet with an appropriate fiscal and monetary response.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more