Team Sepik steps up for Kimbe PNG Games

first_imgPrior to the provincial games held in November last year, the team had identified a number of potential players and is now ready to reduce their numbers to travel.East Sepik Grass Roots Games Chairman Clarence Hukahu told PNG Loop they will have three stages of trimming which will coincide with the school holidays.“Many of our potential reps are students, who are going to participate in the trial games. That is why we will have the squad trial matches during the three school term breaks to finalise our travel squad,” Hukahu said.“The trimming of the squads will start in April during the term one break and the second will fall in early July during the term two holidays whilst the final team will be further sorted in October,” he added.Hukahu also added that with the final team set, they are planning on signing in some of the high performance personals to conduct training with the final squad.However, despite administrative problems and funding difficulties Team East Sepik will move forward to set up its squad for the PNG Games later this year.last_img read more

UAAP: UP stops skid, slips past La Salle

first_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I think we all know that our end game but there’s much to be desired with how we ended the game, we can’t forget the fact that we won it, but we would’ve wanted to be better in the end game,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.“We need these kinds of wins, though, so that we’ll know how to get better.”Bright Akhuetie put up a 19-point, 19-rebound double-double for the Fighting Maroons while Gomez de Liaño had 17 points and six asssits.Paul Desiderio also finished in double figures in scoring with 12 points, on 4-of-14 shooting, with seven rebounds and four steals.Justine Baltazar led the 2-2 Green Archers with 13 points and 10 boards while frontcourt partner Santi Santillan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES After trailing for much of the first half, UP started to heat up early in the third going on a 14-2 run to take a 43-37 lead off of Juan Gomez de Liaño’s transition layup.The Fighting Maroons started the fourth on a 10-2 run that Diego Dario capped off with a jumper for their 61-47 lead, but but La Salle didn’t go down with the fight, cutting UP’s lead to one after a 13-0 blast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGomez de Liaño, though, took over and delivered the big shots down the stretch to save the Fighting Maroons.Season 80’s Rookie of the Year scored four of UP’s last six points but it was his dagger of a layup with 44.3 seconds left, giving the Fighting Maroons a 65-60 lead, that became the game’s biggest shot. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of the Philippines put a stop to its downward spiral after a 67-61 victory over De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Fighting Maroons were on a three-game slide prior to facing the Green Archers but their win bumped to a 2-3 card for the fifth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Gaballo stays unbeaten with quick stoppagelast_img read more

Guyana’s AG visits Toronto City Hall

first_imgGuyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, paid a visit to Toronto City Hall on Thursday last, where he was received by the Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Councillor of Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt.During their brief discussions, the Attorney General updated the Councillor on the developments in Guyana with regard to the new oil and gas sector and Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy.Attorney General Basil Williams along with Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Councillor of Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, and other officials during his visitThe Councillor warmly welcomed Williams to Toronto and to Toronto City Hall. He also recognised the contributions of Guyanese to the City of Toronto and the skills that they have brought with them.After the brief discussions, the Attorney General signed the Toronto City Hall’s Guest Book, and was given a guided tour of City Hall. The visit to Toronto City Hall was organised by the Guyanese Community in Toronto, which was also represented at the meeting.last_img read more

UG student loans repayment slashed by 75%

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has opted to grant a further reprieve to indebted students of the University of Guyana (UG), by slashing accumulated arrears by as much as 75 per cent if the monies in full are repaid by the end of next month.The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Finance Ministry, which indicated that the decision came about as a result of a Cabinet decision made on Tuesday last.Student Loan AgencyAccording to the Finance Ministry, the extension of the waivers has been approved for those indebted, but currently with payment schedules for their student loans.Persons who wish to bring their accounts up-to-date will be granted a 50 per cent reduction in the accumulated arrears of interest, “If their accounts are brought up-to-date by October 31, 2016.”The Ministry has cautioned “if, however, a borrower defaults, subsequently, the interest waived will be restored in full to the account”. The Ministry said borrowers whose accounts were current for at least three years at July 31, 2016 will benefit from a 50 per cent reduction on all future interest once the account does not go into arrears, but cautioned too that in this instance “if the account lapses into arrears, all interest waived will be restored”.According to a missive issued by the Ministry’s Public Relations Office, “borrowers whose accounts were current for at least two years at July 31, 2016, will receive a 50 per cent reduction on the interest accumulated prior to the repayment due date of the loan.”This reduction, however, will be given in the form of a monthly credit against future payments, but, “if however, the account goes into arrears, all interest waived will be restored to the account”.The move to provide a reprieve for UG students in arrears was first raised in the context of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary when Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had indicated before the Independence anniversary, “we are hoping that we can be generous in the Jubilee year… to students and waive interest and so forth…So, there are considerations for passing or excusing or not insisting on payments for some things, but I would prefer the Minister of Finance to make those announcements”.The reduction was recommended by an audit of the UG Student Loan Agency among other interventions, “to streamline the agency and set clear conditions for loan applications guarantees and repayment”.last_img read more

Iniesta back in training ahead of Chelsea clash

first_img“There was further good news as Andres Iniesta, who has been out with a hamstring injury sustained against Atletico Madrid, was able to join the rest of the group for part of today’s routine,” a Barcelona statement read.Iniesta limped off against Atletico Madrid eight days ago and missed Saturday´s 2-0 win over Malaga.Instead the midfielder completed a light session at Barcelona´s training ground and later posted a picture on Twitter with the caption “every day closer”.Also absent from the victory on Saturday was Lionel Messi, who was attending the birth of his son Ciro, but the striker is expected back against Chelsea.Messi trained on Monday and, in celebration of the arrival of his third child, he was given a round of applauds by his team-mates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta left the pitch with a hamstring problem against Atletico Madrid but could be fit to face Chelsea © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 12 – Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, trained on Monday ahead of Wednesday´s Champions League second leg against Chelsea.Iniesta took part in some of the session with the rest of Barca first team, boosting hopes he could return for the last 16 match at the Camp Nou. The first leg finished 1-1.last_img read more

Everton 2-2 Arsenal: Giroud gets Gunners out of jail

first_img Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud 1 Everton will be left rueing two points dropped as their soft underbelly was exposed for the second week running as Olivier Giroud headed home to hand Arsenal an unlikely share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.Leading 2-0 with seven minutes to go, the Toffees looked in cruise control but took their foot off the pedal far too soon, allowing Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud to cancel out Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith’s strikes.But the result merely papers over the cracks for Arsene Wenger’s men who put in a turgid display.Marquee summer signing Alexis Sanchez and returning World Cup winners Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil looked bereft of spirit and guile on Merseyside and their hosts willingly took advantage until their late lapses of concentration.A nervy start from the Gunners meant Everton saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages but a knock received by Steven Pienaar saw Martinez forced into an early change with Leon Osman sent on to replace him.And a disjointed beginning to the match was nearly punctuated by a calamitous goal as Seamus Coleman passed the ball straight to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the England star fired wide.The Irish right-back more than made up for his error though as he slipped his marker at the back post with 19 minutes gone and headed Gareth Barry’s tantalising cross past Wojciech Szczesny.The Toffees could taste blood and with the Arsenal defence looking shaky, Kevin Mirallas creeped in behind Calum Chambers but could only nudge the ball wide from Steven Naismith’s pass.Arsene Wenger’s men seemed content with their opponents having possession and did little to press them, allowing Everton to control the game and when the ball was with the men in yellow they seemed unable to hold onto it for extended passages.It was also clear Nacho Monreal had been identified as a weak link by Roberto Martinez as the hosts attempted to overload the Spaniard at left-back.On occasions Arsenal did flicker into life, with Jack Wilshere and Ramsey trying their upmost to get the ball into the final third, but the British duo and their team-mates appeared to lack composure when they eventually fashioned an effort on goal.Meanwhile, makeshift centre-back Chambers looked clumsy and a foolish challenge outside the box allowed Mirallas to whip a free-kick into the side netting with Szczesny nowhere near it.And the former Southampton defender showed his naivety again moments later as he dived in on the halfway line as Romelu Lukaku rampaged forward. The Belgian charged past him and with the Arsenal backline stretched he was able to feed Naismith, who slotted the ball between Szczesny’s legs from ten yards.At the break Wenger chose to hook the ineffectual, though hard working, Alexis Sanchez and replace him with Olivier Giroud. The French frontman nearly scored instantly but slammed a volley over when heading the ball was perhaps the better option with Tim Howard scrambling across his line.The Gunners certainly seemed brighter following the interval but they still lacked quality and frustration crept into their game with Wilshere scything down Barry to earn a caution and Chambers swiftly followed him into the book.Lukaku’s battles with Per Mertesacker on the break were embarrassingly one-sided and had the £28million striker been a tad more sensible with the distribution Everton could have easily grabbed a third.Instead Giroud was twice able to fire goalwards with one strike flashing wide and another forcing a smart stop from Tim Howard.But perhaps the moment which most summed up the Gunners’ evening was when Oxlade-Chamberlain swung a corner straight out of play leaving their travelling fans to groan with displeasure.The introduction of Santi Cazorla and Costa Rica’s sprightly World Cup star Joel Campbell failed to bring them to life on Merseyside, they just weren’t at the races.And even when the Gunners did manager to grab a goal it was done at walking pace with Cazorla lazily whipping a low ball across the six-yard box for Ramsey to slide home.But, somehow, Giroud became the hero and earned Arsenal a point as he beat Sylvain Distin in the air and nodded Monreal’s cross past Howard, who put his head between his gloves in despair knowing Everton had blown their chance of victory.last_img read more

Chelsea’s opening day of the season XI? Eden Hazard news to force changes

first_imgOnly a few weeks after sealing the Premier League title, Chelsea have been dealt a blow for next season.It’s been confirmed that Eden Hazard, one of the star performers of their triumph, has fractured his ankle while training with his national team, Belgium.The likelihood, then, is that the winger will be unavailable for selection come the start of their title defence in August.Replacing him will be no easy task for Antonio Conte, so with Hazard likely to be out come the opening day of the season, how could Chelsea’s first XI of the 2017/18 campaign look?Scroll through the gallery above to check out the possible line-up. 11 11 6. Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante – Kante seems a bargain signing at £30m, proving he was no one-season wonder at Leicester City. The Frenchman took little time to settle in the Chelsea team and, worryingly for their rivals, is still improving. 2. Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta – Azpilicueta has taken on the label as the ‘unsung hero’ of the Chelsea team. His role rarely garners the attention it deserves, as his importance to the Blues continues to blossom. His versatility makes him one of Conte’s most key players. 11 3. Centre back: David Luiz – Only a handful of supporters would have predicted Luiz would have such a vital role in Chelsea’s title-winning season. He’s been at the heart of a new-look Blues defence and is likely to remain just as crucial next season. 11 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – check out the full possible Chelsea line up by clicking the arrow above, right – Courtois isn’t going anywhere this summer. The Chelsea ‘keeper claimed the Golden Glove in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign and seems fully committed to continuing success at Stamford Bridge. He recently told Sky Sports News that “there is no doubt I will stay” and spoke of his desire to sign a new deal, with two years remaining on his current contract. 8. Left wing-back: Marcos Alonso – Alonso was a surprise performer for Chelsea, contributing six goals and three assists while doing his bit defensively. He thrived in a wing-back role, but Conte might be keen to get in cover for the Spaniard. 9. Right attack: Pedro – Pedro disappointed in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, but has seemed full of confidence under Conte. He scored nine and assisted nine, and his form saw him move ahead of Willian in the pecking order. 11 7. Centre midfield: Tiemoué Bakayoko – Conte is expected to bolster his options in central midfield this summer, with a new partner for Kante anticipated. Chelsea have been linked with a move for Bakayoko for much of this year and various reports claim discussions are taking place. While the 22-year-old is far from the finished article, he’s impressed at Monaco and will improve. 11 5. Right wing-back: Dani Alves – At the end of last week, the Daily Mail reported that Chelsea are considering a move for Dani Alves, as the Brazilian could be made available by Juventus in the summer market. It’s understood that Conte wants competition for Victor Moses on the right flank and is interested by Alves, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Serie A outfit. 11 11 4. Centre back: Gary Cahill – Cahill took over the on-field captaincy role from John Terry and is the leading candidate to be given the armband on a permanent basis this summer, as Terry prepares to leave his boyhood club. He’s led by example and his passion has earned him a place in Chelsea hearts. 11 10. Left attack: Willian – There has been uncertainty over the future of Willian, who made more substitute appearances (19) than starts (15) last season, but injury to Hazard may change Conte’s thinking in the summer market. Manchester United might be left disappointed in their reported pursuit of the Brazilian. 11. Striker: Alvaro Morata or Romelu Lukaku – If reports are to be believed, these are the two strikers topping Conte’s wish list as to who can either compete for a place or replace Diego Costa. The pair scored a combined 40 league goals and are hot property in the market.last_img read more


first_imgGardai posed as couriers in a sting operation which uncovered a €200,000 drugs haul in Donegal.Officers received information that drugs were being shipped into the country from Frankfurt in Germany to Dublin Airport and on to an address in Letterkenny They set up an elaborate sting operation posing as delivery man and even used a white van and fake dockets to send the parcel during a “controlled delivery.”Gardai initially called to the drop-off address at 29 Glentane Close on November 6th last but there was nobody home.Some of the consignment of Mephedrone found during the raid.Gardai left a fake docket which included a telephone number of a mobile phone especially purchased for the sting operation.Later that day they received two calls to the mobile by a man calling himself Paul Matthews, the name on the courier delivery docket.Once the package was inside the house and had been signed for, members of the Gardai and the Drugs Squad rushed into the premises with a search warrant.The uncovered Mephedrone tablets with a street value of €139,695.A man, later known to be Simon Crawford, was arrested and he admitted having the drugs for sale or supply.In a follow-up operation at Lisnennan View, Gardai found another haul of drugs estimated to be worth €69,930 in what officers believed was a ‘mixing house’ for the drugs.When interviewed Crawford, of York Avenue, Portstewart, Co Derry, admitted having received between 10 and 15 such packages and admitted he had been a drug user since he was 15 but was now clean.Garda Paul Harte said he did not believe that Crawford, now 29, was the main person behind the operation but that he only earned a bout €300 for each package delivered.The court was told the drugs were usually left in an ESB box for someone else to collect to be moved on.The court was told the drugs found were once legal in headshops in Ireland but they had since been outlawed under 2011 legislation.They were mephedrone and were usually snorted into the bodyCrawford’s mother told Judge O’Hagan that her son had suffered a series of setbacks in life and had not met his father since he was very small.He had been on drugs and had tried to take his own life on a number of occasions.A retired PSNI officer, Samuel McMullan, who knew Crawford described him as “industrious” but said he had fallen into bad company.Judge John O’Hagan said that once people get locked in with these people (drug barons), it was very hard to extricate yourself from them.He said he appreciated that some very upstanding people including his mother and Mr McMullan had spoken well on his behalf.But he said he ha to send out a message that importing drugs was a very serious matter.He jailed Crawford for five years and suspended the last two years off the day while also backdating it to November 6th when he first went into custody.GARDAI POSE AS COURIERS TO SMASH €200K DRUGS OPERATION was last modified: July 19th, 2013 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:courierdocketdrugsletterkennyLIsnennanSimon Crawfordlast_img read more

Pirates vie for Africa greatness

first_imgFirst round Zanaco (Zambia) 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 Second round TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 3-1, 0-1, 3-2 Group stage AC Leopards (DR Congo) 0-0 (h) Al Ahly (Egypt) 3-0 (a) Zamalek (Egypt) 4-1 (h) Zamalek (Egypt) 1-2 (a) AC Leopards (DR Congo) 0-1 (a) Al Ahly (Egypt) 0-0 (h) Preliminary round Djabal Club (Comoros) 5-0, 4-0, 9-0center_img Semi-finals Esperance (Tunisia) 0-0, 1-1, 1-1 (won on away goals) 1 November 2013 Orlando Pirates, who face Egypt’s Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAf Champions League final at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday, will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of the great Pirates side of 1995 – the only South African team to have won the African Champions League. The current team has resembled its predecessors by producing impressive results away from home, going against the grain to achieve the away wins and draws, which are traditionally exceptionally hard to come by in African competition. In fact, when the Buccaneers claimed the trophy in 1995, they also did it the hard way, drawing 2-2 with Asec Abidjan of the Ivory Coast in Soweto in the first leg of the final, before winning 1-0 away from home to come out on top 3-2 on aggregate. A fearsome test Pirates face a fearsome test in the 2013 final against Al Ahly, a team that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) named the “African Club of the Century” in 2000. With seven Caf Champions League titles to its name, Al Ahly is the most successful club in the history of the competition. It has also won a record 36 Egyptian Premier League titles, won the bronze medal in the Fifa Club World Cup in 2006, and placed fourth in the competition in 2012. However, Roger De Sa’s charges are unlikely to be overwhelmed by the task at hand, even though the task awaiting them is likely to be much tougher than it was in the group stages, when they faced Al Ahly during Ramadan, while the players were fasting, and in front of an empty stadium due to political unrest in Egypt. That’s what the 3-0 result in that game will do for players. Feet on the ground An impressive 4-1 victory over Al Ahly’s arch-rivals Zamalek will also serve as a confidence-booster for the Soweto giants, but a 1-2 defeat to the same side in Egypt and a goalless draw against Al Ahly at the Orlando Stadium will ensure that the South African club’s players keep their feet on the ground. On their way to the final, a victory over Democratic Republic of Congo powerhouse TP Mazembe, who appeared in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2012, was a particular highlight and the kind of victory from which players grow. There were some who believed the Congolese would end the Buccaneers’ run, but a goal from Onyekachi Okonkwo in the second minute sent them on their way to a 3-1 victory in Soweto as Collins Mbesuma added a double. Away from home, however, Pirates were able to overcome the dark side of football in Africa, losing 1-0 on the day, but progressing 3-2 on aggregate, despite having to put up with multiple nasty hurdles. It began with the television broadcast of the match, which was cut just before kick-off in Lubumbashi. Then, during the game, Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi was shown a dubious red card and Mazembe were controversially awarded two penalties. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, however, stood firm, saving both spot kicks to steer the Sea Robbers into the group stages of Africa’s premier club competition.Semi-final victory The side’s semi-final victory over Tunisia’s Esperance was also a notable feat. The Blood and Gold had in the previous three seasons won the Champions League in 2011 and finished as runners-up in 2010 and 2012. In the first leg of the semi-finals, they played a very defensive game in Soweto and managed to hold Pirates to a goalless draw. De Sa’s charges used that result to their advantage, however, and by scoring an away goal they effectively forced Esperance to score two goals to win the game in Tunisia. They could not, and the 1-1 draw saw the South African club into the final on the away goals rule. Character-building Such character-building results will have shown the Pirates players that they have it within them to capture the Caf Champions League title again. South Africans football fans, including fans who normally have allegiance to other clubs, appear to have rallied behind the Buccaneers. The common view is that a victory for Pirates would be a victory for South Africa. The Soweto club has displayed impressive maturity during the Champions League competition to undo the traditional dominance of teams from central and north Africa. A victory, though, is needed to round off the job and boost South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.Bring on the football!Pirates’ path to the finallast_img read more

Meghalaya celebrates International Yoga Day

first_imgShillong, Jun 21 (PTI) The 3rd International Yoga Day was today observed in Meghalaya and Central government offices including Air Force, Army and the Central Armed Police Forces celebrated it independently.While there was no state-level official celebration, the deputy commissioners have been directed to organise it at the district level.”Deputy commissioners of all the districts have been directed to organise it (Yoga Day),” Chief Secretary Y Tsering told PTI.NGOs also are organising it independently, he said.The BJP along with the Bharat Swabhiman Trust and Patanjali Yog Samity organised a yoga camp at the J N Sports complex where over a hundred people participated.Assam minister Pallab Lochan Das was the chief guest at the programme.Central government offices including Air Force, Army and the CAPFs also celebrated the day by performing yoga at their respective offices. PTI JOP NN PSlast_img read more