PNG’s spectacular Games showcase to world

first_imgThe night extravaganza of traditional and modern performance closed at 21:45pm, as PNG Commonwealth gold medalist DIka Toua climbed 50 steps to deliver the relay baton which has travelled throughout the country in the last 100 days.Later, fireworks light the sky, with the Games declared open.    Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was a happy man, declaring that all “sporting facilities built (for the Pacific Games) are world class.”He also wished good luck to the 4000 athletes who will be competing in the next two weeks, and encouraged them to take the PNG experience back with them to their own countries.Meanwhile, the Pacific Games Council President Vidyah Lakan proclaimed that the 2015 Port Moresby Games could be the greatest ever.Prince Andrew passed on greetings to the athletes from the head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth.Security before, during and after the closing ceremony was well organised, with many spectators freely walking into the BSP (Sir John Guise) Stadium and leaving at the end of the opening ceremony.Port Moresby has shown its Pacific neighbours that PNG means business in trying to top the medal tally for only the second time in the Games’ history. PNG only came first in medal ranking during the 1991 Pacific Games which was hosted on home soil.last_img read more

Residents without cellphone service in Region 9

first_imgOver the last few days, residents of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) have been significantly inconvenienced owing to the disruptions to mobile service from telecommunications giant, GTT.The mobile service went down on Saturday last, greatly impacting business operations and leisure activities in many areas across the Region.GTT mobile subscribers were unable to send or receive calls, text messages or access the Internet.Reports indicate that residents of North Rupununi and Central Rupununi have been particularly affected, since commercial activities are abundant in those areas.Residents have also expressed concern that GTT failed to promptly inform the public of the disruption to the service and to keep them updated on progress in addressing the matter.In a Facebook post, parliamentarian Alister Charlie vented about the lack of customer service.“Come on GTT, be professional and let the subscribers know exactly what is happening and how soon will the service be restored,” he posted.Contacted for a comment on the matter, the company explained that the disruption was as a result of damage to equipment at its Lethem facility.On Tuesday, GTT Public Relations Officer (PRO) Allison Parker advised that the information would be broadcast on the recently-commissioned radio station in the Region.According to the statement from the company, engineers are working to replace the equipment and conduct urgent repairs.In apologising for the inconvenience caused, the company announced that mobile services should be restored fully today.last_img read more

Bandit shot after robbing DeWillem teen

first_imgTwenty-four-year old Kevin Benn of John Street, Campbellville is now under Police supervision at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after he was shot by a security guard following a robbery on a teen last night.The bandit, in the company of two others teenagers, was apprehended after attempting to rob 18-year-old Navendra Rampersaud and his friend, Ramesh Sooklall.The Inews understands that the incident occurred at around 21:15hrs on Hincks Street, where the two victims had just exited a taxi. According to reports, the teens were pounced upon by the three men one, of which was armed with a knife, and Rampersaud was relieved of his cell phone.However, when the second perpetrator attempted to rob Sooklall, an argument ensued, and this prompted the three men to flee the scene.Ranks on patrol in the area at the time were informed, and promptly responded to the scene. They gave chase with the assistance of MMC security patrol, and were able to catch up with the three men on King and Regent Street.One of the bandits attempted to relieve the security of his firearm but was, however, shot to his right side neck. The security guard received injured to his mouth.Both men were taken to GPHC, where they were treated. The security guard was sent away while Benn remain under Police supervision at the medical facility.His accomplices, a 19-year-old of Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara and an 18-year-old of Sophia, Greater Georgetown, were taken into Police custody pending charges.last_img read more

Liverpool spank West Ham to climb second

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool made it 4-1 through Sadio Mane on 77 minutes. Mane scored off the inside of the post after Andrew Robertson’s cross.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes a welcome mid-season break has refreshed his side at the perfect time after a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham on Saturday.In their first outing since beating Porto 5-0 in the Champions League 10 days ago, Liverpool moved up to second in the Premier League with the prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all on target. “It was intense, it was aggressive, it was angry, it was full of desire. I saw everything I wish to see in a game of football and it’s not often you see that,” said Klopp.Liverpool spent four days in Marbella after their heroics in Porto as their early exit from the FA Cup ensured a weekend off.“As a football manager you like it if you can work with your team. If you can prepare a team for each game, it would make football much more attractive if you gave the teams more time to prepare the things,” added Klopp.Salah continued his incredible scoring streak by netting for the sixth straight game to take his tally for the season to 31.Liverpool are now a point clear of rivals Manchester United, who host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.“It’s a nice moment, but nothing more,” added Klopp. “If Man United win tomorrow then we were second for a few hours and I am not sure that is too important to be honest.”Klopp’s side have now scored 103 goals in all competitions this season, and showed their intent early on when Firmino cut the ball back for Salah, who clipped a low effort at goal which rebounded back off the post.Marko Arnautovic carried the sporadic first-half attacking threat for the Hammers and attempted an audacious chip from the corner of the box only to see Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius get fingertips on the ball before it struck the underside of the crossbar.– Can got ball rolling –Liverpool’s persistence paid off just before the half-hour mark as they took the lead from a Salah corner.His high in-swinging delivery was met by Can who outjumped and outmuscled French veteran Patrice Evra on his West Ham debut to head the ball into the net.Liverpool added their second six minutes after half-time as Salah benefitted from some determined play by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The Reds midfielder bundled his way through the Hammers defence and fortuitously passed it to Salah, who clinically found the far corner of the net.Shortly afterwards Liverpool’s grip on the game tightened further when Can won the ball immediately from Adrian’s kick up field and lifted it over the top of the West Ham defence for Firmino to chase.Adrian raced off his line to try to intercept, but Firmino was too quick and his touch took him past the visiting goalkeeper before he slotted into an empty net in front of the Kop.That should have sealed it for Liverpool but within a minute of Michail Antonio’s introduction, the substitute pulled a goal back to create a few nerves.However, Liverpool reasserted their authority and Mane completed a perfect afternoon when he tapped in Andrew Robertson’s low cross 13 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal: Live commentary, kick-off time and team news

first_img MONEY ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal are looking to make it three Europa League group game wins on the bounce by beating Sporting Lisbon in Group E.Unai Emery’s side are on a ten-game winning streak and tore Leicester to shreds in their 3-1 win on Monday night. FOOTBALL LATEST Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF 1 Arsenal produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Leicester Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img REVEALED And victory here would be put them in pole position to qualify from the group.Sporting also have two wins from their opening matches and have a fearsome home record, unbeaten here in 2018.What time is kick-off?This Europa League Group E clash is set for Thursday, October 25.Kick-off is at 5.55pm.How can I listen on talkSPORT?You can hear live commentary of this game live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm.Tune in via all the usual means – DAB radio, our mobile apps or by using the web player. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Confirmed Team NewsSporting Lisbon XI: Ribeiro; Ristovski, Coates, André Pinto, Acuña; Petrovic, Gudelj, Battaglia, Bruno Fernandes; Nani, Montero.Arsenal XI: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Holding, Xhaka; Guendouzi, El Neny, Ramsey; Welbeck, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryanlast_img read more


first_imgThe Co-Chairman of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, Joe McHugh TD, has announced that the 46th plenary of the Assembly will take place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Co. Donegal on Monday, 4th March and Tuesday, 5th March, 2013.The theme of the plenary is Energy across Borders – Delivering the Economic Opportunities.Over the two days of formal sessions, parliamentarians and industry leaders will concentrate on the issues of energy innovation and the development of renewables with a particular focus on how the British and Irish Governments, along with the devolved regional parliaments, can work together on this increasingly important issue. An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD, will provide the keynote address on Monday, March 4th.Other speakers at the plenary will include Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission; Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB; Fintan Slye, Chief Executive of EirGrid; Tim Cowhig, Chief Executive of Element Power; Sue Barr, Environment and External Affairs Manager of OpenHydro and Eddie OConnor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power.Speaking about the Assembly’s forthcoming plenary, Co-Chairman of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Joe McHugh TD, said: “I am delighted to announce that the 46th plenary meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly will take place in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Co. Donegal on the 4th and 5th of March 2013. This plenary session will be attended by legislators from across Ireland and Britain and by energy industry leaders who will discuss how innovation in the energy sector can deliver economic opportunities for our islands.“In the context of the evolving role of the EU and the changing geo-political landscape, it is more important than ever that we continue to build on the strong British-Irish relationship and that members of the Assembly are actively engaged in working together to foster greater economic and cultural links between our islands. “We have seen recently how developments in the energy sector have strengthened the relationship between Britain and Ireland while offering the potential of significant employment opportunities here. Although there is an all-island single electricity market, a key focus must now be the development of an ‘East-West’ structure.“Ireland is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the international energy market as we can create far more energy than we consume domestically. The recent MOU between Britain and Ireland will help to pave the way for the creation of a significant amount of direct and indirect jobs in the energy sector. The 46th Assembly will explore how Britain and Ireland can build on years of successful cooperation to deliver further progress in this key area which will be mutually advantageous for people living on each of our islands.”“Letterkenny Institute of Technology, with its strong credentials in innovation and business mentoring, is an appropriate venue to build on the ‘making business easier’ theme of the previous Irish plenary in the Seanad Chamber last May.”“I am happy that in the year of the Gathering 2013 and Derry City of Culture, policymakers from across these islands will descend on Donegal, an area which is uniquely positioned to host this congregation because of its geographic location and the importance of cross-border co-operation in this region.”Among the speakers are: · Pat Rabbitte, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources;· Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission· Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB· Fintan Slye, Chief Executive of EirGrid · Sue Barr, Environment and External Affairs Manager of OpenHydro· Eddie OConnor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power· Tim Cowhig, Chief Executive of Element Power· Brian Britton, Chairman of the National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland· David Manning, Director of Corporate Affairs, SSE Ireland· Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive, SEAIMcHUGH: TAOISEACH TO ADDRESS LETTERKENNY PARLIMENTARY ASSEMBLY was last modified: February 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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

Cross Country Returns to Peoria for MVC Championship

first_imgPrior to Saturday’s race, the MVC released the results of its pre-championship poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches. The coaches have predicted the men’s team to finish fourth while the women were picked to finish eighth. Both the Bradley men and women were picked as favorites. Championship Central This is the second time the teams will be traveling to the Newman Golf Course this season and they will look to improve their performances on the course they raced on just two weeks ago. The women have been led this season by juniors Olivia Rodgers (Boulder, Colo.) and Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) who have consistently been top three performers on the team all season and each running personal bests in the 6K at the Bradley Pink Classic just two weeks ago. The Drake University cross country teams are set to begin the championship portion of their season Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Peoria, Ill. The men have been led by sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) who will look to earn his second All-Conference Honors in as many years after his performance at the Roy Griak Invitational earned the seventh-fastest 8K time in the Conference this season. Last season, Fridrich finished fifth at the MVC Championship to earn all-MVC honors and MVC Freshman of the Year accolades. ESPN+ – Men’s Race center_img ESPN+ – Women’s Race Following Saturday’s MVC Championships, the Bulldogs will look to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 9.  Print Friendly Version Story Links The women’s 5K is scheduled to begin a 10:35 a.m. followed by the men’s 8K which is set to start at 11:35 a.m. Both races will be broadcast on ESPN+.last_img read more

Donegal must be a priority in broadband scheme roll-out – Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Government and the Department of Communications to give priority to the border counties including Donegal during the broadband roll-out.He said these are areas which are within or between existing fibre areas and rural areas that are urgently requiring broadband services.Over 32,000 households and premises are without high speed Broadband at present in Co Donegal, and the Department estimates the costs of connecting these premises at €128 million. Deputy Gallagher said what is most concerning is that it is projected to take 7 years to complete this plan as currently proposed added Pat the Cope.He said “It is essential that rural areas are given priority, and especially in the context of the looming threat of Brexit, and the massive pressure border areas will be under with the ongoing uncertainty.“I am calling on the Government to immediately put in place a comprehensive schedule of works, so that each area will know exactly when they are to be connected to the national broadband network.“This plan has the potential to solve all over fibre broadband needs and current problems, but unless it is properly managed it will drag on and areas will be left waiting for years before they actually get connected.” He added that border counties will be under serious pressure in the coming years with the ongoing Brexit uncertainty , that will directly impact business, employers and the broader community, it is therefore imperative that our competitiveness and business & employment supports are fully in place, and nowadays high speed Broadband is critical piece of such infrastructure.He said “Donegal needs to be actively and positively discriminated towards, this will involve the Donegal voice been heard at Government level, this needs for Donegal to be put first on the list – priority status, today as the plan is launched nearly every county is mentioned bar Donegal, even though it got the fourth highest level of premises awaiting connection for broadband.“Plans alone will not deliver broadband to Donegal on time, what is needed in this instance is a real commitment to make areas in Donegal the priority they deserve , that priority status needs to be underpinned by the Government, otherwise areas in Donegal could potentially be left without broadband for up to another 7 years.”Donegal must be a priority in broadband scheme roll-out – Cope was last modified: November 20th, 2019 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:broadbandPat the Copepriorityroll-outlast_img read more

Major cycling coup for South Africa

first_img10 July 2008The face of professional road cycling in South Africa is set to change dramatically. This follows an announcement that the World’s View Challenge has been invited to be part of the International Cycling Union’s (UCI’s) ProTour from 2010.The World’s View Challenge is only the second event outside of Europe to be considered for the ProTour. It is currently staged at at Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) UCI 1.1 level in Pietermaritzburg, but with its enhanced status, the event will see the best pro cycling teams in the world competing in South Africa for the first time.Stated in other terms, those teams people love watching in the Tour de France will be the teams that are expected to take part in the race.Inaugural raceThe inaugural World’s View Challenge, which is owned and managed by Treble Entertainment, was made up of five one-day races staged in February this year.ProTour teams, Liquigas and Milram, were included in the event alongside other international teams, such as Team Barloworld and Pezula Racing; they did battle against the best that South Africa and Africa had to offer.The 2009 event is again scheduled as a series of UCI 1.1 races with three one-day races, from 13 February to 15 February, and will again be staged in Pietermaritzburg.The UCI ProTourThe UCI ProTour was initiated in 2005, when the top 27 events and the top 18 professional cycling teams were awarded UCI ProTour licences. This ensures that the best international riders and teams participate in the most prestigious events in the world.Initially all events in the series were staged in Europe, but in 2008 the Tour Down Under in Australia was added to the list and now the World’s View Challenge has been invited to join.‘An amazing development’Event Director, Alec Lenferna, was upbeat about the invitation: “This really is an amazing development, especially if you consider that we have only staged one edition of the event to date. However, we know that the event was a great success, a first for this country, and one which impressed the top teams and resulted in positive feedback to the pro peloton in Europe, as well as the UCI.“It is an honour to be asked to join the UCI ProTour and we will go back with renewed vigour and stage the 2009 event to meet the exacting standards, demands and regulations outlined by the UCI,” he added.“I am confident that our capabilities are comparable with the best in the world.”PietermaritzburgLenferna went on to say: “The level of support and enthusiasm the City of Pietermaritzburg has given to the international cycling events programme exceeds any other city’s input and they are now starting to see the benefits.“We would not have been successful without their fantastic buy-in and they are an example of how a bit of faith and foresight can work for you.”Treble Entertainment is also the organizer of the 2009 UCI BMX World Cup and UCI MTB World Cup, as well as the 2010 UCI MTB World Cup and 2010 UCI BMX World Championships – all to be staged in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.Big event organiserLenferna is no stranger to organising big cycling events. He was event manager of the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour – the world’s largest individually timed cycling event – from 2000 to 2003. He then left to join the UCI, world cycling’s governing body.During his time with the UCI he was responsible for the elite Golden Bike Series (of which the Argus Cycle Tour is a part), the Masters World Championships (which, back then, included the Juniors), and the Men’s and Women’s Road World Cups. He was also part of the design team for the UCI ProTour.World ChampionshipsLast year, Lenferna’s Treble Entertainment organised the UCI ‘B’ World Championships in Cape Town. This year they have organised the UCI Junior World Championships, which take place in the Mother City from 12 July to 20 July.Despite Lenferna’s fine list of achievements, this – having the World’s View Challenge invited to be part of the UCI ProTour after only one year of the event – might take the cake.What a coup!SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The good guide to volunteering

first_imgThere are heaps of volunteering opportunities of all kinds available in South Africa, and GreaterGood provides a link between the cause and the giver.(Image: GreaterGood)MEDIA CONTACTS • GreaterGood SA+27 21 685 9780RELATED ARTICLES• Gift that keeps on giving• Citizen science to toads’ rescue• Fighting hunger on wheels• Community workers save the day• Pupils have a blast with Mathletes Source: GreaterGoodSouth Africa has a rich heritage of volunteerism and service to communities. Millions of South Africans, and overseas visitors too, serve as volunteers – from caring for ill neighbours to church work or coaching the local soccer team.These are the unsung heroes of our communities, working for little reward to build a better country.GreaterGood South Africa is a non-profit organisation that connects givers with good causes through its public campaigns and online community. The organisation also provides services and investment opportunities for corporate and public sector clients.GreaterGood has drawn up a list of points to follow for all volunteers and those wishing to join this group of big-hearted people.These are their top tips for being a great volunteer and a truly great South African:1. Be mindful of needIt’s great that you want to volunteer but remember that volunteering, while it can be hugely fulfilling, is not about you. It is about helping the cause to serve their beneficiaries better. Be mindful of what the cause actually needs and don’t be disappointed if they say: “no, thanks”. Some causes can’t take on volunteers, others will only consider long-term volunteers. Let them know you want to help and ask them what they need.2. Stick to your commitmentOnce you have made a commitment, stick to it. Causes rely on a particular number of volunteers turning up and if they don’t, the project often can’t go ahead. If you are working with vulnerable children, letting them down can be devastating. If you really can’t make it, let them know in good time so they can make other plans.3. Be on time and ready to workAs they say in the movie business, time is money. If you’re late, it can set a project back and perhaps even hamper its completion. Remember, staff time and resources are scarce at non profits so wasted time means wasted money for the cause. Wear sensible clothes and bring along something to drink and eat.4. Respect your environmentYou will find yourself in a variety of different environments. Be sensitive to the people and communities where you volunteer, particularly children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Be considerate of the organisation’s environment and their limited resources. When you bring along food and snacks, consider sharing these with the beneficiaries, if appropriate. For your own safety and the safety of beneficiaries, alcohol should never be consumed while volunteering.5. Follow the leaderThe organisation has prepared and planned for the volunteering activity. Follow their instructions to achieve what you set out to do in a fun, safe and respectful way. Some organisations struggle with resources and capacity and may sometimes appear not to be as prepared as they should be. You can help by using your leadership skills to support their efforts to manage the activity.6. Become a change agentBeing an agent for change is empowering. Use this opportunity to forge a lasting relationship with the cause you are supporting on the day and have a much greater impact on your community. Share your experience with others and encourage them to support the cause as well. Ongoing and regular financial support for causes is the very best, and most sustainable, way to make a difference in your community.7. Keep in touchDon’t be a stranger – if you can, keep in touch with the cause and connect with our giving community. This is where you will find updates on your cause’s progress, new causes to support and other good people with the same interest in making a difference.last_img read more