Momase Regional Besta Qualifiers kicks off

first_imgWith 32 teams vying for the first and second spot to qualify for the second leg of Besta Cup Madang has been in a real bustle.Madang Provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi representing the Madang Provincial Government and other sponsors officially kicked off the tournament.Aloi was accompanied by Madang Soccer Association President Ray Romo and officers from the office of Madang governor Jim Kas.Mr Aloi while welcoming the teams said soccer is the backbone of Momase and welcomed all the teams from West Sepik, East Sepik, and Morobe into Madang.“Momase Region is a strong soccer fanatic and the four provincial governors are also soccer fanatic supporters of soccer in each of their provinces,”“Momase must embrace the true spirit of soccer and play in the true spirit of the event,”He said the last Momase Governors Council in Morobe also talked about developing soccer in the Momase Region.Meanwhile, Madang Soccer Association President Ray Romo as the host Association welcomed the teams to the province and thanked PNG FA for choosing Madang to host the tournament.Romo said football is the best foundation of all developments and a tool for Public- Private Partnership.“Football is not just a game, or a pastime social activity but a wonderful tool for positive development contributing  immensely to address law and order Issues, gender inequality, children’s health and education, poverty and most importantly football unites the communities,” Romo said.“The government and companies, must contribute more to football, because football addresses social issues that we are facing today, the towns and communities become safe, women become more respected and move around freely, children grown up healthy and well-educated, and families may earn honest living through football program like NSL, from informal business/stalls in tournament, like this one,” Romo said.Romo aslo commended the sponsors who came on board to support the tournament and said the sponsorship to football is an investment for positive development which in return the companies and business increase their returns and grow.He said in all soccer in Momase is growing and has contributed immensely to gender balance, poverty and crime reduction and has bring communities together.The games kick off with host Madang Soccer Association (MSA) taking on Maprik in Pool B while Lae Football Association taking on Kairuru in Pool A.MSA defeated Maprik 3-1 and LFA defeated Kairuru 2-0.Women’s division games will kick off today with Madang Soccer Association (MSA) taking on Wewak.(LFA taking on Kairuru in Pool A first game LFA won 2-0)last_img read more

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Appoint the Local Govt Commission now

first_imgDear Editor,Commissions of inquiry have been the order of the day since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government was brought to power under the most appalling circumstances. There is no greater threat to Guyanese citizens or justifications for a seriously forensic examination than the duplicitous situation at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Commission should be instituted to address the continuously permitted and silently accepted glaring abnormalities within this organisation by the Granger-led Administration.It cannot be that the APNU/AFC and the cohorts are unaware of the public issues common to GECOM such as: fake Statements of Poll, fake invoices, numerous cases of worrying breaches of procurement procedures, excesses and wanton spending, and the unwarranted payments to numerous phantom staffs which have all gone un-noticed in their transparency lens. Rather, it is more likely that the administrators of this most corrupt organisation are being left to do what they wish, in the establishment of a foundation for possible future manipulations, reminiscent of the Burnham era.It is quite horrendous that some media commentators and supporters of ‘so-call’ transparency approach led by this Government have not identified with this key corner-stone. It would certainly be the mother of any considered extremism in the recent past, which certainly MUST be diminished. The daily rising of this monster has been visible through its autocratic behaviour, and the exercised levels of Machiavellianism on display by the administrators of GECOM. As a consequence of the recent audits, there is much more tangible validation of the numerous corrupt schemes under it operations.Dr Steve Surujbally exited as Chairman after frauds on many fronts were discovered and exposed at GECOM. These disappointingly involved may of its principals at the highest levels. Of much concern is that these manipulations were designed and permitted by the Chairman; much with the exclusion of the appointed Commissioners who ought to have been involved at more meaningful levels. The result was the created the environment for the extreme lawlessness which took place.It is recalled that on June 13, 2015, Chief Election Officer of GECOM, Keith Lowenfield announced to GECOM that he will not be able to declare the results of the 2015 Regional and National Elections because of the amount of false statement of polls. How could fake Statements of Poll not affect Elections as stated by Surujbally and how was this corrected independent of the main political parties? It seems at the whims and fancy of the Surujbally–Lowenfield combination. However, the riggers got their way and the APNU/AFC with a small majority less than one seat was able to be manipulated into office.The Chief Elections Officer utilised quotations only days before the election and made a purchase of millions of dollars in outdated communications radios. The quotations were prepared with the full knowledge of officials at GECOM, and the senior officials in collusion, accepted the fake quotations for spin-offs. Suffice to know that the radios were never used.The audit of the staff who was employed on Election Day is indeed a revelation as regard to the magnitude of the phantom element we are now aware of. More than twenty-five thousand persons were paid to work before, on and after Election Day.A comparison of the total amounts of money spent on running elections in Guyana, confirms that Guyana is spending more money than Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica combined, although those countries have significantly higher populations. Money spent on training and preparing election staff is astronomical. Expenditure on transportation is un-believable; and as for monies spent on meals and snacks, the auditors are joking among themselves that GECOM staff is buying snacks for the entire Guyana.The retaining of GECOM Chief Election Officer – Keith Lowenfield, Chief Accountant – Joseph Eastman and the Administrative Manager, Michelle Ward is the ultimate abomination. In some parts of the world, similar situations to that of Guyana at the time, suggest that the country would not have remained the same.The discovered corruption forced the removal of Surujbally. He was forced to say that the Secretariat was responsible for all the purchasing and hiring of staff. However, the notorious Surujbally before he demitted office ensured a renewal the contract of Lowenfield to continue working at GECOM. We strongly represent that the staffing positions at GECOM must be revised in a very balanced way.At the same time, President Granger is permitting the empowerment of these people by ensuring the continued headless situation at the Commission. While the President of Guyana seems to be buying time before he appoints the Chairman of GECOM, he must be assured that the people will speak and speak strongly.Better times when our people must resist all forms of corruptions. All Guyanese must expose the blatant corruption wherever they are taking place.We say appoint the Local Government Commission now!!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Kiplagat, Nyamweya eye Nock seats

first_imgThe Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972 Olympics champion who is facing former legislator Alfred Khangati for the chair’ s seat said he had decided to run for re-election so that he can complete the projects currently being undertaken by the local Olympics body.Chief among them is the construction of the new Nock headquarters in Nairobi estimated to cost 14.457 million U.S. dollars that commenced last year and is expected to be opened in 2014.“I’m defending my seat. I want to see this building is finished since I do not want anybody coming in and later, the building is not finished. I want to see it is ready,” Keino added.“All the federations and the members of the national executive committee will elect the new office and we are looking forward to see who will be voted in,” he added.Nock secretary general, Francis Paul, who is unopposed in Wednesday’s polls added however, federations involved in wrangles and court cases will not be allowed to participate in the process.“We officially have our elections on May 29 and some of the executive committee members are retiring and their seats are vacant. All arrangements are in place but those federations with problems will not be allowed,” Paul stated.Nock first-chairman, Peter Nderitu, newly elected Athletics Kenya (AK) first vice-chairman, David Okeyo, who was serving in the same capacity in the Olympics body and long-serving committee member, John Roberts, are set to retire.AK president, Isaiah Kiplagat will battle it out with Commissioner for Sport, Gordon Oluoch and Kenya Swimming Federation chair, Ben Okumbo to replace Okeyo.Football Kenya Federation boss, Sam Nyamweya and Pius Ochieng affiliated to weightlifting will battle it out for the second vice-chair position.Former world marathon record holders, Paul Tergat, Tecla Loroupe and Catherine Ndereba are also in the running for election in the Nock executive.Tergat and Loroupe will be defending their male and female Athletes’ Representative positions with Ndereba keen to extend her stay as Committee Member.At the same time, the local Olympics body also announced an improved deal with American sports apparel manufacturers, Nike that will see the firm provide more kit and improve their annual grant to Nock.“We are yet to agree conclusively but what we know they will improve on the quality and quantity of the kit they have been providing us as well as giving us more money annually,” Paul said. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28- All is set for the National Olympics Committee – Kenya (Nock) elections set for Wednesday where long serving chairman and athletics legend, Dr. Kipchoge Keino is seeking to extend his mandate.Kipchoge and the outgoing national executive held an election congress on Monday where all candidates who will vie for various posts were ratified.last_img read more

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Wenger proud of salvaged point

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are currently fourth in the English Premier League.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 19 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised his team’s mental strength after a late goal from Olivier Giroud sealed a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.The Gunners were trailing to Juan Mata’s 68th-minute opener, before Wenger threw on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, and the English winger picked out the French striker for an 89th-minute equaliser. “The result in the end is positive for us because we were 1-0 down with two minutes to go,” Wenger told Sky Sports.“The rest I think it was a bit scrappy game, with two teams who were very well organised to defend well.“We didn’t manage enough to get them out of position, our game was not quick enough in passing and penetration was not there as we can be.“In the first half we looked like we had good possession but not many chances, we came out of the dressing room second half and I think we suffered for 20 minutes and they deserved to be in front.“But at least we had a good mental response to come back to win the point. Last year we would have lost this game and this year we didn’t so we have improved on that front.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Collymore: Naming Messi best player is ‘an absolute disgrace’

first_imgStan Collymore has labelled FIFA’s decision to name Argentina’s Lionel Messi the World Cup’s best player ‘an absolute disgrace’.Germany beat La Albiceleste 1-0 in extra-time in the World Cup final as the Barcelona star struggled to inspire his nation, and there was widespread surprise when the 27-year-old picked up the Golden Ball after the match.Messi scored four goals in Brazil over the course of the tournament but Collymore was adamant there were others who deserved the award ahead of the Argentine.“His performance was poor tonight,” he told talkSPORT. “We’ve seen him three or four times now in the flesh and he’s been poor in all of them, bar several trademark runs which I think masks a lot.“It’s an absolute disgrace giving him the Golden Ball tonight. You look at players like James Rodriguez, even players like Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Manuel Neuer [they deserve it more].“He wasn’t even the best player in the Argentina side tonight or over the tournament, [Javier] Mascherano gets that vote for me.”last_img read more

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Welbeck’s finishing leaves Wenger frustrated

first_img Danny Welbeck Arsene Wenger admitted Danny Welbeck’s finishing has left him disappointed but insists the striker will improve at the Emirates.The summer signing from Manchester United, who was criticised for his poor conversion rate by Louis van Gaal, missed several good chances for the Gunners as they lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.But after the game new boss Wenger stated his belief the England forward will come good for the north London club.“Danny [Welbeck] will improve,” he said. “I don’t think we have to make a problem of that.“He had a very lively first-half. He had two or three good chances but couldn’t finish them. There was one obvious one. We have to be patient with him.” 1last_img read more

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TRAGIC BABY CATHERINE LAID TO REST IN LOVING MUM’S ARMS

first_imgTHE UNBORN baby of tragic crash victim Roisin Connolly was laid to rest in her mother’s arms after her family could not stand the pain of separating them.Tiny Catherine Connolly had originally been placed in a little white coffin and waked at her mother’s home in Balloor, Fanad.But a last-minute decision was made to bury them together in the same coffin in the cemetery adjoining St.Mary’s Church in Fanavolty on Friday afternoon. A friend of the family said Roisin’s heartbroken husband Stephen, 32, and her mum Kathleen made the decision as they comforted eachother after losing both Roisin, 39, and tiny Catherine who was only five months.“It was originally planned that little Catherine would be buried in her own coffin and placed in the grave beside Roisin.“However the family decided they could not bare the thought of separating them. The little white coffin was brought to the church but little Catherine was already alongside Roisin.“The family are devastated and numb by all that has happened but they feel a small bit better knowing that Roisin and her daughter are together in heaven now,” she said. The harrowing funeral mass for the mother and daughter, who died following a three car smash in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan last Monday afternoon, saw men, women and children break down in tears.The congregation heard how Roisin, a teacher at the Educate Together Primary School in Balbriggan, was the happiest woman in the world after meeting and marrying Stephen and the couple were planning to complete their life with a new baby.Close family friend Fr.Pat McGarvey, who married the couple only eight months ago, revealed how he joined the couple for a drink and spoke about the birth of their child just the day before their lives changed forever.“We spoke of the birth. Roisin had a twinkle in her eye. There was a joy, a pride, a hope for the baby and herself.“You could see how perfect it all was. She had found she loved and adored and who adored and loved her even more. She was the happiest woman in the world,” he recalled. He added that Roisin always put others first and that love only grew when she met Stephen.“She was radiant, joyful, upright, that was Roisin, you never seen her down. She was always willing to reach out to others. That night when we were out she said to me “will you look after my mother when I am not here” “For her and Stephen there nothing but joy from the day that they got married in April – there was nothing but joy and caring for others. Stephen’s love, faithful, strong and true was enhanced by it. He gave her the gift of his love and she returned it lovingly,” said Fr.McGarveyEnds TRAGIC BABY CATHERINE LAID TO REST IN LOVING MUM’S ARMS was last modified: January 2nd, 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)last_img read more

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Adam Johnson released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Johnson admitted kissing the girl but denied her claim that he touched her inside her pants and that she then performed oral sex on him.A jury found him guilty of sexual activity with a child in relation to “digital penetration” but cleared him of the same offence relating to the oral sex.He had already admitted another charge of sexual activity with a child in relation to kissing and also of grooming the girl. gameday cracker no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED REVEALED The judge said Johnson had lied repeatedly, referring to the controversy over whether he delayed his guilty pleas to enable him to continue his £60,000-a-week career with Sunderland.As a sex offender, Johnson will have to register his address and bank details with police and inform officers of any intention to travel abroad.The children’s services department from the local council may also carry out risk assessments in relation to Johnson’s daughter Ayla, and could prevent Johnson from spending time alone with his daughter. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Adam Johnson should NOT be allowed to return to football after prison release, says Labour MPcenter_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Witnesses said Johnson’s father, Dave Johnson, was seen driving a Mercedes people carrier with blacked-out rear windows out of HMP Moorland, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in the early hours of Friday morning.The vehicle was followed out of the prison complex by a police van.The same car was later spotted arriving at Johnson’s mansion in Castle Eden, County Durham.Friday’s release comes exactly halfway through the player’s six-year sentence. 1 REPLY Johnson is released exactly halfway through his six-year sentence REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Former England footballer Adam Johnson is understood to have been released from prison after serving half his sentence for child sex offences.The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years in 2016 for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining ADVICE last_img read more

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New names for Cape Town footbridges

first_img26 June 2015Cape Town’s Naming Committee has recommended names for seven footbridges crossing Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Rhodes Drive to the mayor for decision.Tuan Guru, Ingrid Jonker, |a!kunta, Dawid Kruiper, Father John Oliver, Taliep Petersen and Father Basil van Rensburg are the names on the short list, released on 23 June, following a public participation process.The chairperson of the committee, Brett Herron, said the naming of these footbridges was an opportunity to commemorate these people and events that influenced the character and culture of Cape Town.“The naming of public spaces, bridges and roads, among others, is pivotal in building a shared community across different cultural, social and economic groups,” he said. “We want to create a city where residents feel acknowledged, heard and valued and this is why we have invested so much time and effort in the public participation processes.”Leaving a legacy|a!kunta, or Klaas Stoffel, was the first contributor to the Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd Archive of /xam and !kun texts. Working with Bleek and Lloyd, he contributed some narratives and a large number of words and sentences to the archive to help preserve the traditional language.Guru, or Imam Abdullah Ibn Qadhu Abdus Salaam, a prince from Tidore in the Trinate Islands and a descendant of the Sultan of Morocco, is regarded as the father of Islam in South Africa. In 1780, the Dutch invaders banished him to the Cape, where he was imprisoned on Robben Island for 12 years until 1792. While incarcerated, he wrote several copies of the Holy Qur’an from memory, possibly the first Qur’an in South Africa.Jonker was an iconic Afrikaans poet who committed suicide by drowning at the age of 31 in Sea Point. Her poems, written in her mother tongue, have been translated into other languages. Nelson Mandela read Jonker’s poem Die Kind (The Child) in full during his inaugural State of the Nation address to Parliament in May 1994.In commenting on the poem, he said: “In this glorious vision, she instructs that our endeavours must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child”. Of Jonker herself, Mandela said: “She was both a poet and a South African. She was both an Afrikaner and an African. She was both an artist and a human being. In the midst of despair, she celebrated hope. Confronted by death, she asserted the beauty of life.”Kruiper was a traditional healer and leader of the Khomani San in the Kalahari. He spoke for the rights of indigenous people to the United Nations in 1994, and was instrumental in the successful land claim for the San in South Africa, culminating in the restoration of 40 000 hectares of land in 1999.Father John was an Anglican priest from District Six who died in 2013. He founded the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative. As a community leader, he worked to bring about unity. “Father Oliver was one of the city’s distinguished religious leaders who used the gospel to mediate wherever divisions existed in different communities,” said Mayor Patricia de Lille following his death.“He played an instrumental role uniting religious leaders in the city and province through the formation of the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum.”Petersen was a singer, composer and director of a number of popular musicals. He worked with David Kramer, with whom he won the Laurence Olivier Award, the highest honour in British theatre.“With Kramer focusing on lyrics and Petersen on melodies, they fused their respective unfinished Cape Town-inspired projects to create District Six: The Musical, an acclaimed meditation on the history of the region’s black culture,” writes music website, All Music. “The production was a hit, and a series of like-minded musicals followed, among themFairyland, Crooners and Klop Klop. Petersen and Kramer’s biggest international success was 1998’s Kat and the Kings, the first Cape Town musical performed on London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. It was nominated for a Tony Award and earned the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.”Father Basil was a Catholic priest who gained international recognition for his fight against the forced removals in District Six. He mobilised public opinion against the mass removals, writing to newspapers and holding public meetings. During apartheid, a “Friends of District Six organisation was set up, attracting international media interest, much to the government’s embarrassment and annoyance”, wrote UK newspaper, The Guardian.The processThe seven names have been recommended to De Lille for approval and, if supported, they will be recommended to the city council for a final decision.According to the city, the recommendation follows an initial public participation process conducted in November 2013 and February 2014, during which the public was asked to propose names. More than 2 000 name proposals were received.These were whittled down to 638 and the final seven were recommended for the concluding round of public participation, which ended last month.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Google Plus Now Lets You Control Who Can Notify You

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Users will still receive all notifications when someone comments on their posts or adds them to a circle. By default, ‘Who can notify you’ is set to extended circles. The options are: specific individuals or circles, all circles, extended circles or anyone.This is a small update, but with traffic skyrocketing on Google Plus after opening to everyone, noise control options are a welcome addition. Earlier this week, Google Plus turned on new options to lock posts before sharing in response to user feedback.Do you get a lot of notifications on Google Plus? Will this update help you manage them? Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google Plus is currently rolling out a feature to let users control who sends them notifications. There will be a new option in settings called ‘Who can notify you.’“We’ll be rolling this out slowly,” says Google engineer Kathleen Ko, “so if it’s not available for you yet check back soon.” In this public post Ko outlines the notifications that users can now control: Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Share with you individuallySelect ‘Notify about this post’ (when sharing to a circle you’re in)+Mention your nameInvite you to a hangoutInvite you to play or send you messages from a game This setting controls who you’ll get notifications from, if they:last_img read more

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