National triathlon titles set for May

first_imgA team will be selected from the event to go to the Solomon Islands for the 4th Pacific Islands Triathlon (PIT) Championships. The PIT Championships will only be super sprint and sprint events, so selections will only be in these two categories. Event organiser Stephen Damien said this is a great opportunity for the new clubs to send their junior athletes to the national championships for possible selection into the junior squad for the super sprint races.They’re also planning to organise a junior development workshop a few days before the national championships to give the young athletes some basic triathlon skills before the major event. “This is still in the pipeline but we hope that we can get this done before the race,” Damien said.The PNG Triathlon annual general meeting will also be held on the same day after the championships.The nomination form is being finalised and will be sent out by this weekend.last_img read more

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US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is expectant father

first_imgAP Source: Cubs agree to $6 million, 1-year deal with Uehara Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus ADVERTISEMENT View comments PNP Dep Operations Chief PLTGEN Eleazar and SAF Director Empiso on acquittal of Purisima, Napeñas PLAY LIST 01:43PNP Dep Operations Chief PLTGEN Eleazar and SAF Director Empiso on acquittal of Purisima, Napeñas01:17Man who recorded viral video of Taal crater irks Phivolcs chief01:58Metro Manila police officers extend assistance to Taal evacuees01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes American swimmer Ryan Lochte received an early Christmas present this year: a baby in the making. In a post on Instagram on Thursday, the 12-time Olympic medalist admitted he was on “cloud nine” after hearing the blissful news. “My Christmas gift came early this year, can’t wait for next year! Best news I’ve ever received,” he captioned his photo of him kissing fiancee Kayla Reid’s belly underwater.Reid posted a similar snap on her Instagram account.”Just when you think you think you have it all figured out, life always surprises you with blessings when least expect it. So excited to share this news with all of you,” she said. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA Lochte, 32, and his Playboy model girlfriend, 25, made their romance official during the Rio Olympics. “From the very first time I met her, everything has like clicked,’’ Lochte told USA Today in October. “That’s why I know I can propose to her because everything that’s happened and she’s been keeping me so positive. She doesn’t care about my fame. She doesn’t care about anything. All she cares about is me being happy.” The couple was engaged in October.Lochte joined US reality show “Dancing with the Stars” with professional ballroom star Cheryl Burke but they were eliminated in November.Lochte was doused in a stinging controversy when he and his fellow athletes lied about being robbed at gunpoint at a Rio gas station while during the Rio Olympics. Even though he made his mea culpa on air and was slapped with a 10-month suspension, four big-time sponsors scrapped their contracts with Lochte, including Speedo and Ralph Lauren.  Gianna Francesca CatolicoRELATED STORIESRyan Lochte tells Brazilians he was ‘immature’Rio police charge Lochte with false report of robberyRyan Lochte, 3 other US swimmers robbed by armed men in RioLochte banned 10 months-reports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

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Guyana Bar Association walks out of CoI

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIR“Improper, unethical” and “unprofessional” were the words Attorney and President of the Guyana Bar Association Christopher Ram uttered, as he marched out of Wednesday afternoon’s session of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison riots. This walk-out occurred during the cross-examination of Deputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels who prisoners claimed gave the orders to lock the prison door.The Attorney sought to make the correlation that Attorney Selwyn Pieters, who is representing the Joint Services and appointed by the State, is also representing Deputy Director Samuels .Ram grilled the witness over the supposition that Pieters’ counsel representation of Samuels is “a private arrangement” – a line of questioning that was discontinued by Commission Chairman James Patterson, who noted that divulging those details would violate lawyer-client privilege.Attorney Christopher Ram walks out of Wednesday’s session of the CoIThis did not however sit well Attorney Ram who pointed out a conflict of interest.“Here it is we have an entity that is subject of this enquiry, set up by the President and the same Government providing legal counsel,” the Bar Association President expressed.At this point, it was Attorney representing the Disciplined Services, Pieters who now attempted to object to Ram’s continued line of questioning. This however prompted the Bar Association to interject before Pieters could raise any of his concerns.“Mr Chairman, I am not going to take this interruption from the other side unless it’s a proper point of objection, we had enough from that side,” he noted. As Ram was subsequently allowed to proceed, he then asked Samuels if he was aware of any prisoner or survivor of the prison fire being provided with legal counsel by the State. Samuels responded in the negative.When Ram attempted to ascertain the reasons behind Samuels being sent on leave, Attorney Pieters was swift in disallowing a response from his witness.“Any personnel issues between Senior Superintendent Samuels and the Ministry of Public Security and the Director of the Prison are matters that are private,” Pieters opined.Ram then responded “The Bar Association will not sit down here and be interrupted; we have a serious problem in that we are not being allowed full opportunity to cross-examine. This is a matter that is in the press. A statement made by the Minister of Public Security, he says that ‘him going on leave’, that is, Mr Samuels is a necessity at this stage.”As he was not allowed to pursue this line of questioning, Ram then opted to withdraw from the CoI and reiterated that the decision has been taken since the Bar Association was not provided with a proper opportunity to examine the witnesses.“We believe that the purpose and objective of this Commission is being seriously compromised,” he stressed.Justice Patterson told Ram that if he decides to withdraw, he may not be allowed to return. At this point, Attorney Pieters in cross-talk questioned Ram if he had consulted with the Bar Association’s Board or if he “unilaterally” made the decision to withdraw. In a show of frustration, Ram uttered: “You give me a break” and departed from the room, shutting the door behind him.Earlier this week, questions over the lack of transparency were raised after the media and members of the public were barred from hearing the testimonies of Prison Service members Cleveland Hudson and another whose name was only give as “Officer Lyken.”“Officer Lyken” was reportedly ordered by his superiors to take video footage of the prison riots, while it is being floated that it was Hudson who gave the orders to lock the prison doors.Public Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan when questioned on Monday, opined that the closed door setting is within the authority of the Chairman.“The CoI is controlled by the CoI members… he has authority to do that. I suppose under the Terms of Reference and if he thinks it is a matter for security reasons, why not,” the Minister had noted. Following a period of rioting at the Camp Street penitentiary, 17 inmates lost their lives as a result of fire.last_img read more

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Finance Minister questions AG’s professionalism

first_imgAG 2015 Report… AG’s office an independant body – AliFinance Minister Winston Jordan has criticised Auditor General Deodat Sharma for failing to consult withPAC Chairman Irfaan Alithe Ministry for clarifications and explanations ahead of the publication of the Annual Report 2015.“There was a period not so long ago when the Auditor General’s Report before it was published used to come right here in the Ministry of Finance where it was edited for content and other things before it was published…How can we move from that one extreme where it came here and it used to be edited to another extreme where it doesn’t come anymore and it gets printed unedited without any opportunity for us to explain anything that may appear to be out of the ordinary,” the Finance Minister expressed during a press conference on Monday.He observed that the report contains information which paints a sordid picture of the Government owing to the lack of explanations and clarifications on certain issues like the shortfall in Current and Capital Expenditure and Revenues.“I am not telling the Auditor General how to do his work. He does his work however he wants to but I would expect from an autonomous, independent institution, a level of integrity, professionalism and competence when these things are being produced,” Jordan noted.The minister declined to say whether he believes politics is the reason the Finance Ministry is no longer consulted prior to the publication of the Report.However, Jordan said he is not desirous of amending the laws to make it mandatory for consultations.He simply emphasised that he expects a level of integrity and professionalism from the Auditor General.Auditor General Deodat Sharma“An opportunity to be heard is the least we will ask for,” he stated.In offering clarity on the revenue shortfall, Jordan explained that this is a result of the amendment of the environmental tax law which was as a result of the controversial Rudisa beverage case.“If the AG wants to comment on the shortfall of revenue, he better make sure he goes into the categories to see where the shortfall occurred and seek an explanation if he wants to do that because in some categories you might have over performed and others you underperformed,” he said, noting that it is critical to analyse the reasons for the underperformance.Moreover, the Finance Minister said the Auditor General in his Report does not take into account the fact that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change government was not in Office for the entire 2015 and that the 2015 National Budget was not passed until midyear.Meanwhile, People’s Progressive Party Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali, on Monday pointed out that the Auditor General office is independent.Responding to Jordon, Ali noted that he found the statements by the minister “unfortunate.”“As the Minister of Finance may recall it is the PPP/C administration that created the environment for an independent Audit Office under the Public Account Committee. The Auditor General was never required to change or modify any of his findings. As per normal audit process the auditors are required to conduct an exit interview with the management of every agency they audit. As usual the findings and any clarifications are discussed at this meeting,” Ali said.He pointed out that every agency is given an opportunity at the end of the audits to respond or provideFinance MinisterWinston Jordaninformation to justify any claims they may have.“The agencies response is also incorporated in the Auditor General’s report. It is in this respect that I find the statement by the Minister to be worrying. As chairman of the PAC the independence of the AGs office is of absolute importance to ensure accountability and transparency in Government. I would urge every stakeholder to examine the content of the Auditor General’s report and deal with the issues raised, examine the findings and let me remind the Minister that every agency including the Ministry of Finance has an opportunity to respond to the AG’s report when their Ministry or Agency comes before the PAC.”last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Hazard reveals Mourinho apology

first_img0Shares0000Eden Hazard sent a text message to Jose Mourinho after his sacking to apologise for his poor form, the Chelsea winger reveals in a newspaperLONDON, February 6 – Eden Hazard sent a text message to Jose Mourinho after his sacking to apologise for his poor form, the Chelsea winger revealed in a British newspaper interview published on Saturday.“I sent him the message to say I was sorry he had gone and … well … just that I was sorry,” Hazard told The Guardian. “We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn’t.” Hazard, 25, swept the board in last season’s player of the year awards after Chelsea won a Premier League and League Cup double.But his form has nose-dived this season, mirroring the fortunes of the team, whose record of nine defeats in their opening 16 league game saw Mourinho sacked as manager in December.“I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been player of the year,” added Hazard, who is yet to score in the league this season.“I’d been one of the most decisive players, and this year I’d performed less well. I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to Jose and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future.“For a team of champions to go through what we have this year, even I can’t explain. Things have been better recently, but we’re still not winning games quite as we used to.“No one can put his finger on what’s happened at Chelsea.”Chelsea, with interim manager Guus Hiddink now at the helm, host Manchester United in the league on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Strootman to Man United transfer latest: Chelsea keen to sign Red Devils target?

first_img Kevin Strootman has been linked with Man United 1 With the start of the January transfer window just three weeks away, the rumour mill is entering overdrive as players across Europe are linked with big money moves.For every story that is a non-starter though, there is one that appears to hold some weight and Manchester United’s link with AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman certainly falls into the latter category.The Dutchman is known to be a favourite of Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal and with United in need of additional steel in the middle, there are strong suggestions that he could be the man to provide it.But how close is he to really making a move? Here’s what reports from around Europe say…‘Not for sale’According to Sky Sports, the Roma hierarchy’s thoughts on Strootman’s future are pretty unequivocal, with general manager Mauro Baldissoni saying: “It’s something our president doesn’t like to read every day.“He made a statement a few weeks ago saying Kevin was not for sale but, to be fair, we haven’t received any call from Manchester. We do not plan to see him.“Kevin is also young, not only a good player, he is a younger player and we have a very long contract so we want to build out team around him.”Chelsea preparing moveIt seems as though those sentiments mean little though, with the Star claiming that Chelsea are planning on hijacking any move for the Dutchman. The publication report that Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of the former PSV midfielder and while Man United are putting together a £30m package to tempt Roma into selling, their efforts will prove fruitless.City help UnitedDutch publication AD have stirred the pot, by reporting that Man City’s elimination of Roma from the Champions League has boosted United’s chances of snapping up Kevin Strootman. The publication says that United signing the midfielder has become much more likely now, although they add the caveat that Roma manager Rudi Garcia’s assertion that he will cost €100m, means that the Red Devils will have to dig deep to land their target.What happens next?One of the questions in Italy surround where Strootman, both physically and mentally, is in terms of his recovery from such a difficult period out of the game. While they have reported Mauro Baldissoni’s comments surrounding his future with the club, Gazzetta dello Sport recently tried to assess just what happens next with Strootman. The publication pointed to his ‘detached’ performance against Sassuolo, and said that while his knee is okay, there are doubts that he is mentally ready to regularly play again.Man United fans, do you think you’ll land Kevin Strootman? Do you even need him? Comment below…last_img read more

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Video: Are these the worst penalties of all time?

first_imgLiverpool striker Mario Balotelli had the confidence to step up and slot home a match-winning penalty last night in the Europa League against Besiktas.But, for some, the skill of taking a good spot-kick doesn’t come so easily and you can see five of the very worst in the video above…last_img

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Feds probing Lewis look into donors’ gift to city

first_imgREDLANDS – Federal investigators probing Rep. Jerry Lewis’ ties to lobbyists are looking into a land deal that put nearly 41 pristine acres in the congressman’s neighborhood off-limits to developers, The Associated Press has learned. The land was given to the city of Redlands by Jack and Laura Dangermond, who have donated generously to Lewis. The Dangermonds founded and run a company – Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. of Redlands – that has gotten tens of millions of dollars’ worth of contracts through the powerful House Appropriations Committee that Lewis, a Republican, now chairs. One government contract came months after the land donation. The land, some of which sits directly across from Lewis’ home, is part of a scenic canyon in one of Redlands’ wealthiest neighborhoods. Keeping the land free of development helps ensure property values remain high. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA spokeswoman for Lewis’ attorneys said the congressman was unaware the Dangermonds owned the land and did not know the terms under which it was given to the city. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, which is leading the Lewis investigation, and a spokeswoman for the FBI had no comment on the land deal. Peter Tsamous sold the land, and another piece of property, to the Dangermonds for more than $2 million in early 2001. He told the AP he was questioned about it by an FBI agent last month. The Dangermonds donated the land in September 2001, about six months after buying it. The transaction, handled through a company the couple owns, was contingent on the city agreeing to keep the property as open space or parkland. The Lewis investigation comes amid other federal probes into connections between Washington lobbyists, their clients and the awarding of government contracts. No charges have been filed in the Lewis investigation, and he denies any wrongdoing. ESRI has received one of at least 10 subpoenas issued as federal authorities look into why counties, towns and businesses in Lewis’ district chose to hire the Washington lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & White, how much they paid, and what kind of communications the firm and Lewis had. Before the firm split up into two companies in June, two of its most prominent lobbyists were former California Republican Rep. Bill Lowery, a close Lewis friend, and former Lewis aide Letitia White. ESRI hired the firm in 2000. The company’s account initially was handled by Jeff Shockey, who left the lobbying world last year to work for Lewis as deputy staff director of the Appropriations Committee. The Dangermonds, in a statement issued through their spokesman, said they didn’t know Lewis lived in the neighborhood when they decided to buy the land and donate it as part of an effort to maintain open space in Redlands. The couple said they bought it only because Tsamous insisted the land be included as part of a deal for another piece of property he owned. “Mr. Dangermond is a landscape architect by training and interested in parks and open space,” the Dangermonds’ statement said. Barbara Comstock, spokeswoman for Lewis’ lawyers, said that the congressman was unaware the Dangermonds owned the property or had deeded it to the city.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Teen shot after gang scuffle

first_imgCalifornia High Patrol officers shut down the freeway near Beverly Boulevard exit for about two hours while Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter used a fire-truck ladder to lower the wounded boy down, officials said. Ortega asked that anyone with information about the shooting call the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – A confrontation between taggers and gang members on an abandoned graffiti-covered rail bridge spanning a freeway ended in a shooting that left a teen in critical condition, authorities said Friday. Shot nine times, the boy had to be rescued from the bridge across the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway by firefighters using a 24-foot ladder. Another teen barely missed being seriously wounded when a bullet grazed his head, sheriff’s anti-gang Detective Hank Ortega said Friday. “The shot blew right through his baseball cap and put a groove in his scalp, but it didn’t penetrate,” Ortega said. “It’s pretty amazing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system The showdown erupted at about 9:30 p.m Thursday on a privately owned bridge near Beverly Boulevard, which is literally layered with years of gang graffiti and block-lettered taggers’ monikers. Ortega said investigators believe a tagging crew of four teenage boys had climbed up onto the bridge and were marking it when they were approached by a group of gang members. The gang members – it was not clear how many – opened fire on the teens, wounding two of them. The two other taggers ran away and called some of their friends to the scene. The two groups then fought, Ortega said. “One of the taggers got jumped apparently by some gangsters – we don’t know if it was the same ones,” Ortega said. “Then they fired rounds in the air and ran.” When rescue workers arrived, the teen shot nine times was having trouble breathing, Ortega said. last_img read more

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Ford achieved by chance what others strive for mightily

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) — Gerald R. Ford was a man of limited ambition who, through bizarre circumstances never before experienced by the country, achieved an office that others win through the greatest determination and calculation. The nation’s 38th president, Ford wanted only to become speaker of the House. History had another place for him. Ford was comfortable in the House, representing a Michigan congressional district for 25 years, rising to Republican leader and working toward his dream of one day running the chamber, when President Nixon called. He needed a new vice president; scandal had chased Spiro Agnew from the office. Ford wasn’t Nixon’s first choice, but the president agreed that the amiable Republican would be the easiest to win confirmation by both houses of Congress. So it went, and Ford became vice president in December 1973. Yet eight months later, the scenario got even stranger. The scandal of Watergate drove Nixon to become the only president to resign. Ford, who died Tuesday at 93 at his home in the California desert, again was left to fill a void. And so the man who did not covet the presidency, who never had sought national office and who wanted only to become the “head honcho” of the House, became president by chance — unlike many since who have devoted huge amounts of time and money in pursuit of the Oval Office. “I have not campaigned either for the presidency or the vice presidency,” Ford told the nation in his inaugural address on Aug. 9, 1974. “I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it.” Charles O. Jones, a political scholar at the Brookings Institution, said Ford “truly was an accidental president and he ought to be judged that way.” Ford, he said, had the least political capital of almost any president because he wasn’t elected. “He had to come in entirely depending upon the difference of himself and Nixon,” Jones said Wednesday. What little capital Ford did have was quickly spent when, just a month after taking office, he granted Nixon a federal pardon for all crimes committed as president — further angering the country. “It wasn’t handled well,” Erwin Hargrove, who taught political science at Vanderbilt University, said Wednesday. “He could have prepared the path for a pardon. He did it too abruptly.” Many believe the pardon contributed to Ford’s loss to Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976. By then, Ford had come to enjoy being president. He once told Congress he would not run for a full term in 1976 even if he succeeded Nixon, but changed his mind within weeks of taking the oath of office. “The Oval Office is large, comfortable and inspiring,” Ford wrote in “A Time To Heal,” his autobiography. “I knew there were many far-reaching things that I as president could do, but I never sat in the chair behind my desk and said, ‘I’m a powerful man. I can press a button or pull a switch and such and such will happen.’” He occupied the White House for 895 days. During that time, the Vietnam War ended and Ford inked a pivotal arms control treaty with the Soviet Union, regarded as a major foreign policy achievement on his watch. But it was not to last. Years later, Carter withdrew the pact from Senate consideration after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Ford promised to compromise and cooperate with his former colleagues in Congress, but relations between them were not always smooth. He vetoed 66 bills, and Congress overrode him on 12 of those. There also were two attempts to assassinate him in September 1975. His lack of stature as president was evident a year later during the presidential campaign, when he survived an intraparty challenge from Ronald Reagan, who was more conservative than Ford, only to lose to Carter. On his first day in office, Ford made his own breakfast. He spent his first night as president at his ranch-style home in Alexandria, Va., taking the unusual step of directing the motorcade to obey red lights along the way. But the perks of White House living grew on Ford once he finally moved in. “What I hadn’t expected were the little touches that so often brightened my day,” he wrote in the autobiography. “The crew of Air Force One quickly discovered that I love strawberries. So when I flew somewhere, they usually had a bowl for me. They knew that I like to smoke a pipe, and they made sure the tobacco tin was always full.” Ford got a taste of national politics at Yale University, where he studied law and worked as a volunteer in Wendell L. Willkie’s 1940 Republican presidential campaign. After service in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, he returned to Grand Rapids, Mich., aspiring to do little more than play “lots of golf,” enjoy life and build his law practice. But his stepfather was the local Republican chairman, and then-Michigan Sen. Arthur H. Vandenberg was looking for a fresh young internationalist to replace the area’s isolationist congressman. Ford beat Rep. Bartel Jonkman by a 2-to-1 margin in the Republican primary and went on to win the general election in 1948 with more than 60 percent of the vote, a feat he would repeat 12 more times. Ford rose through the House leadership ranks, becoming the minority leader. And he worked hard to turn it into a majority, and himself into House speaker. Eventually, he realized his dream would not come true — Democrats would control the House through 1995 — and he promised to run again in 1974 and retire two years later. Then history intervened.last_img read more

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