Barras squad for big clashes named

first_imgThe Barras will play Nepal and Afghanistan this month in a tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The fifteen man squad will be led by Jack Vare with Assad Vala appointed his deputy.Cricket PNG head coach Dipak Patel said the team is looking forward to another challenge against two strong international teams.In Round 1, the Barras upset Netherlands in their debut I-Cup match, but lost both their WCLC matches to the same opponent in June.The Barramundis currently sit fourth on the I-Cup points table and eighth in the WCLC table. “Playing in UAE conditions is another huge challenge that we face against two different opponents over two different formats in a short period of time.“Our preparation hasn’t been ideal, however, I’m confident we will perform well after outstanding results in the recently completed SACA League in Australia,” said Patel. The Barras will play their first WCLC match in Abu Dhabi against Nepal on the 16th of this month.The BSP PNG Barramundis: JACK NORMANI TIKI VARE KEVERE, ASSADOLLAH VALA, LEGA SIAKA, SESE BAU, VANI VAGI MOREA, MAHURU DAI, CHARLES JORDAN ALEWA AMINI, NORMAN ORETA VANUA, CHAD AIWATI SOPER, JOHN BOGE REVA, TONY PALA URA, LOA NOU, HIRI HIRI, NOSAINA POKANA. Coach: JOHN OVIA.last_img read more

JC, Clarendon ready to flow in Super Cup

first_img When asked about the million dollars the triple champions collected last year, he said: “We put it in the pool of funds we use for sports. So I would say it helped to replenish our resources.” The ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition will see the top-eight teams from both the ISSA/FLOW Manning and daCosta Cup competitions engaged in a fierce four-week knock-out, to take home a whopping one million dollars for the winner. All 16 participating schools will receive a starting $25,000 for qualifying, with the total monies gained increasing as the competition advances. A draw to determine the starting match-ups will be held on Thursday, October 22, with the lucrative competition scheduled for kick-off two days later. surprise KINGSTON: Representatives from telecommunications firm FLOW visited the homes of defending daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College and reigning Manning Cup, Super Cup and Olivier Shield champions Jamaica College (JC) to share plans for the 2015 ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition and to unveil the impressive new trophy to the student body. Since the launch in Montego Bay last week Tuesday, administrators of both schools have weighed in on the possibility of the new 2015/16 ISSA FLOW Super Cup title being copped by their respective teams. During the first stop of the Super Cup ‘Tour’, last week Wednesday, the new gold-embellished trophy, manufactured in Italy, was unveiled to a full room of students by Clarendon College’s principal, David Wilson, and Stephen Miller, sponsorship manager at FLOW. Head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, who is on his second tour of duty at Clarendon College, along with members of the team, revelled in the excitement as they kicked off their campaign for Super Cup glory. Not daunted by the victory of a Manning Cup team in the inaugural staging last year, Davis says his team is ready to take home the brand-new trophy. “Last year, I think it (ISSA/Flow Super Cup) caught the daCosta Cup teams by surprise,” Davis said. “These guys (Clarendon College) will take it as their FA Cup this year. It is personal this year. I think the daCosta Cup teams are more prepared this year.” The former player who starred for Jamaica says his boys are hyped and ready to right the wrong. “The guys are upbeat. They are looking forward to it. We have six players from last year. They were caught napping last year, and the mistakes they made they do not want to repeat,” said Davis. Meanwhile, JC’s principal, Senator Ruel Reid, believes the new trophy and accompanying cash prize of one million dollars is a fantastic innovation. “The Flow Super Cup is a very good innovation in schoolboy football, and we won the inaugural trophy last year,” Reid highlighted when the ‘Tour’ hit his school’s Old Hope Road campus last week Friday. “We intend to fight hard like champions to retain our trophy. We don’t like to lose; we like to win all the time, so it is very exciting to have this additional competition.” Reid thinks that Jamaica College will be right there when the trophies are handed out this year. “We don’t like to tell persons that we are going to win everything; we play to win everything,” said the confident school master. “As the competition goes on, we improve. We say watch out for JC because we have the reputation as the number-one school for champions.” resources replenishedlast_img read more

Harold Hoyte supported free and fair elections in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The publisher of the Barbados Nation newspaper, Harold Hoyte, passed away a week ago. Mr Hoyte will be long remembered for championing freedom of the press, for which he received widespread accolades. But he also supported democratic governance in Guyana during the critical period of authoritarian rule (1966 to 1992).I spoke with Harold Hoyte on the phone (from New York) several times during the period of the struggle against the dictatorships led by the tyrannical Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte. From New York, I was closely affiliated with the struggle against the fascist, racist Burnham dictatorship and was charged, along with Dr Baytoram Ramharack, with the task of public relations, reaching out to media people and support groups across the Caribbean region, Canada, and the UK. Harold Hoyte and I also spoke on a few occasions after the restoration of democracy in Guyana in 1992. Pieces of mine were published in the Nation relating to Guyana.I came to know of Harold Hoyte (who has no relationship with the dictator Desmond Hoyte) through the Black nationalist Contrast newspaper in Toronto, for which he was a writer. When he returned to Barbados, he started a paper that catered to all nationalities. Although a Black nationalist, Harold did not seek to oppress or marginalise other ethnic groups, as currently happens in State media in Guyana, and he provided media space for responses to letters critiquing articles and viewpoints. Mine was published.I am most grateful for Harold’s support to help end ethnic supremacist rule in Guyana during the Burnham/Hoyte dictatorships and the struggle for democratic governance. Harold developed the courage to call a spade a spade unlike other media stalwarts in the region. He knew Burnham, Hoyte, and others rigged elections, and he called them riggers. He recognised that Burnham and Hoyte were oppressors and persecutors, and he boldly referred to them as such. He held Burnham responsible for the murder of Dr Walter Rodney. Few other media outlets in the Caribbean region gave support to the Guyanese people’s struggle against the dictatorship. Like other democratic loving media personnel, he courageously called for an end to food ban that denied ethnic groups access to their cultural diets and religious paraphernalia in Guyana. He also called for the restoration of democratic governance in the country.Harold Hoyte was enamoured with the persistence and long years of struggle of Dr Cheddi Jagan for free and fair elections in Guyana and for championing workers’ rights. Jagan was overthrown by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1964 and kept out of office in Guyana by the US and Britain (in favour of the opportunistic Forbes Burnham) because of Jagan’s communist ideology that hurt his supporters. Had Jagan abandoned communism, the US and UK would have restored democratic rule and free and fair elections decades earlier.Eventually, when communism collapsed in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1990, the US forced the Hoyte dictatorship to restore democratic governance in Guyana. Jagan was allowed to return to office in relatively free and fair elections, after mellowing and embracing capitalist economics in line with the perestroika model promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev. Harold saluted Jagan’s victory.Harold also tried to bring the region closer together and was critical of the policy of his country that unfairly targeted (and maligned) Guyanese migrants who were fleeing the oppression of Burnham/Hoyte dictatorships and the economic difficulties experienced by that country in subsequent years.The Guyanese people are indebted to Harold Hoyte.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)last_img read more

Jagdeo slams sloth in charging Minister

first_img– says SOCU completed investigation months agoIt is a case that the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), set up by this very Government, has already found wrongdoing and pronounced on since August of last year but yet, despite an investigation from the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), no charges have been filed.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe case in question is the single sourced contract to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study into constructing a new Demerara River crossing. At his recent press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo questioned what he described as the “foot dragging”, especially when Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was questioned by SOCU in relatio9n to the matter.“Until now, we’re still waiting on SOCU for Patterson. They’ve completed the investigation but nobody is following up on this… about when charges will be laid against Patterson. Since January they have concluded the investigation, five months ago. The report was made since August 2018. And there’s evidence of the wrongdoing here. And no charges,” the Opposition Leader said.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonAsked whether his concern over SOCU deviating from its original mandate meant the agency should not handle the case, Jagdeo noted that he had no qualms with them handing the case over to the regular Police.“I don’t have a problem with us shifting the Patterson issue over to the CID. Because SOCU already did the investigation. And if, in this case it’s a regular case of corruption and a report has been made, I don’t have a problem with any department of the Police Force doing this,” Jagdeo added.A probe conducted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), upon request from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), had flagged Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the $148 million contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.As a result of the findings, the Opposition last August asked the Guyana Police Force’s SOCU to investigate the PPC’s findings. Based on a complaint filed by then Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, the Procurement Commission completed its investigation into the award of the contract for a feasibility study on a new Demerara River bridge and handed its report over on August 7, 2018.The report noted that several companies had bid for the project to do the feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River bridge and 12 companies were shortlisted. It further outlined that only two of the 12 companies had made proposals.As such, the bidding process was annulled. It added that on November 12, 2016, the Tender Administration Board approved the move for the project to be re-tendered. The project was not re-tendered; instead, Dutch company LievenseCSO was engaged by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to do the work.Page seven of the report noted that the bid from LievenseCSO was “unsolicited”, but Patterson took the company’s proposal to Cabinet for approval, and Cabinet granted approval for the company to be engaged. The report, on page seven, stated that monies to be spent on the project were taken from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (Asphalt Plant Accounts).It was subsequently announced that SOCU would be investigating the matter. Patterson submitted a statement to the investigative unit in September 2018, although this was criticised as the Opposition said the same standard utilised for questioning its members should apply to Government.Around that time, Opposition politicians were being questioned at SOCU headquarters over other matters. After much pressure from the Opposition, SOCU did take the Minister in for questioning on November 19, 2018. The file has since been sent to the Guyana Police Force legal adviser.last_img read more

New hospital construction on track

first_imgThe hospital concept also shows the potential for future growth. The hospital has been designed so that many of the departments that might see the most long-term growth are situated on the perimeter of the building.  Consequently, as the city’s population increases, departments like the maternity ward and the emergency area could be easily expanded.Construction on both the hospital and residential care buildings is expected to be fully completed by December of 2011.  Once the project is completed, the hospitals systems and equipment will be tested over a period of several months before patients are eventually moved into the new facility over the summer of 2012. The new Fort St. John hospital and residential care project is well on its way towards completion.Construction staff and city officials gave interested residents an update on the construction’s progression, Thursday.- Advertisement -Much of the duct work and electrical wiring have already been put into certain areas of the hospital.So far, around $115 million has been spent out of the nearly $300 million total project cost, says Tom Sparrow the project director.Throughout 2011, the plan shows that interior work will be completed and some hospital equipment will be moved into the new buildings.  Sparrow says the residential care facility is also expected to be completed by next fall.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pothole repair wasn’t so hard to do after all

first_imgCity crews are still trying to catch up with repairs caused by the cold wave that caused hundreds of lines in the Department of Water and Power’s aging infrastructure to rupture. “DWP says they only make a patch to the street and leave it to Street Services to finish the job,” Hodge said. “And Street Services said they have done all they can.” DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said the agency usually makes emergency patches, then notifies the Bureau of Street Services to make permanent repairs. But nearly 500 lines were broken in the cold weather, Ramallo said, and Street Services has not been able to keep up. Officials with the Board of Public Works said the Bureau of Street Services has just one crew assigned to DWP projects because that is all that is usually needed. The crew can handle about 30 repairs – not hundreds – a month. Street Services Director Bill Robertson estimated there is a 90-day backlog on street repairs. “We don’t have the ability to hire any more workers, but we shift people around to deal with the most serious problems,” he said. Robertson’s bureau has an annual budget of $23 million and spends about $3 million of that on pothole repairs. Robertson said claims for pothole damage are summarized with other liability payouts, which total about $6.7 million a year. Officials with the Mayor’s Office said Friday that street repairs remain one of Villaraigosa’s highest priorities. But his new Operation Smooth Ride program seeks to repair city streets that are deteriorating because of age and traffic. The West Hills pothole? Well, that was caused by cold winter weather. Ramallo said the DWP is adding several crews to help Street Services with pothole repair work. “He called and asked me questions … and said he’d send a work crew right out,” Hodge said. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What began as a routine DWP repair to a broken water main turned into a two-month bureaucratic nightmare for a quiet West Hills neighborhood. And the drama only ended Friday after the Daily News asked questions about why two city agencies couldn’t fix a dangerous problem that could have left taxpayers liable if there were an accident. Suddenly, city crews went to work and fixed the problem that had upset the neighborhood since January. Crews immediately repaired an underground pipe that broke during the January cold snap, but a pothole developed later that grew so large, residents feared it would become a sinkhole. “They have a sawhorse up around it, but it keeps getting knocked down,” said Miles Hodge before the repairs were made Friday. Hodge had repeatedly called the city to try to get the hole at Ingomar and Royer streets repaired. “It’s been a problem for weeks and it’s just getting worse and worse. The other day I was coming home and I saw a motorcyclist almost completely lose control when he went through it,” he said. “I’m just afraid someone will get really hurt.” Hodge’s frustration was heightened this week when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed that city crews would try to repair 300,000 potholes as part of a yearlong improvement campaign. “If he’s serious about potholes,” Hodge said, “he should come out here.” But efforts to fix the West Hills pothole were mired in jurisdictional issues, exacerbated by an unprecedented backlog of broken DWP pipelines. last_img read more

FIFA wants to double number of women footballers

first_img0Shares0000Rising daughters: Japan won the under-20 World Cup this summer and FIFA wants the future of the women’s game to be brighter © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Oct 10 – FIFA, the governing body of world football, wants to double the number of women players, saying on Wednesday that it has set out “concrete projects” to achieve that goal.FIFA is aiming for 60 million women footballers worldwide by 2026, while professionalising clubs and national leagues. “The three overriding objectives that we have are: increasing participation, enhancing the commercial value and building the foundations,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Woman Football Officer, told AFP.She said one aim is “developing the coaches, the referees, the administration, the people who are around the women’s game in order that everything we do can be sustainable and have a strong structure.”She said FIFA wanted change off the field as well, “bringing more women into the decision making body.”She said that increasing revenue was an important part of the strategy.“If we are really able to commercialise women’s football, that will help us a lot in terms of overcoming some of this resources that exist within the structure of the women’s game.”Asked about the budget and staff dedicated to the project, Bareman said: “We are a small team and we are here to provide the expertise and to drive the project,” she said.“The entire organisation of FIFA is responsible for implementing this strategy”She went on to praise FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura and president Gianni Infantino.“Fatma Samoura, our first ever female general secretary, gave me amazing support.”“Gianni Infantino, a father of four daughters, is very big on promoting and developing women’s football”In a video FIFA posted online, Infantino said: “We have to do more, because it’s not enough. We need to turn to the next level, we need to have a strategy to do that”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Defending champions Uganda held by Burundi

first_img0Shares0000Uganda Cranes’ Milton Karisa and Burundi’s Tresor Ndikumana vie for the ball during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Bukhungu Stadium on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Dec 4- CECAFA Senior Challenge defending champions Uganda Cranes started their title defense on a slow after being held to a goalless draw by Burundi in the opening Group B match at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Monday afternoon.The Burundians executed a perfect strategy to defend in numbers and attack on the counter especially in the second half when the game picked up in pace a bit. Apart from Timothy Awany’s 39th minute disallowed goal, the first half didn’t provide much excitement infront of goal as both teams failed to create meaningful scoring opportunities.The only shot on target in the entire opening 45 minutes was Katterega’s shot from range which sailed comfortably into Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana’s arms.Uganda had the first opportunity at goal and it came as late as the 24th minute when Derrick Nsibambi’s header from a Milton Kalisa freekick from the left sailed over the bar.Six minutes later, Burundi attempted their luck at goal from a counter attack. Shaban Hussein’s shot from an Abdul Razak Fiston through pass was blocked by Bernard Muwanga while skipper Peierre Kwizera’s follow up shot was way wide.-Disallowed goal-Uganda’s Timothy Awany rises to head in past Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana, but the goal was disallowed. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSix minutes to the break, Uganda thought they had broken the deadlock when Awany rose at the backpost to connect a Kalisa freekick into the net, but referee Peter Waweru whistled for a foul inside the box as Awany went for the header.After the break, it was Burundi who came back more determined, seeking to kill off the game early. Fiston had two chances in close succession.Three minutes in, he found shooting space from the left, but his shot was feeble, trickling wide. Two minutes later, he had an even better chance, this time his acrobatic attempt from a Laudit Mavugo cross ending up awry, failing to have a meaningful connection to the ball.On the other end, Uganda also tried to show they were in for business with Muzamiru Muutyaba striking a wonderful shot from the edge of the box after twisting away from his marker but the Burundian keeper reacted with an equally fine save.Three minutes later, Kwizera made a great sliding tackle to hack the ball away from the box after Kalisa had won a header at the far post off a Katterega cross to play the ball back into the area for Nsibambi to strike.Uganda Cranes winger Allan Katterega vies for the ball against Burundi’s Laudit mavugo during a CECAFA Senior Challenge clash at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUganda head coach Moses Basena then made changes, Katterega and Tadeo Lwanga going off for Hood Kaweesa and Nelson Ssekantuka. Kalisa was also later offloaded for Paul Mucereezi, all changes geared towards improving the attack.It was Burundi who almost grabbed the lead in the 68th minute when Fiston was put through by Shassir Nahimana, but the former Sofapaka man blasted his shot wide from the right.Five minutes later, Fiston once again turned provider, putting Shabaan Hussen through but the forward took too much time with the ball allowing the Ugandan defense to track back and cover.Three minutes from time, Nico Wadada cleared from the line after Tresor Ndikumana tapped goalward a corner from skipper Kwizera which was missed by everyone in the box.Burundi will next play Ethiopia on Thursday while Uganda will be up against South Sudan Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘He’s here to stay!’ Man United star says Marcus Rashford is no flash in the pan

first_img Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for Manchester United Michael Carrick has hailed Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford’s rise as ‘incredible’ – and insisted the teenage striker is no flash in the pan.After being handed his first-team chance in February, 18-year-old Rashford has made a stunning impact at Old Trafford.He scored twice on his senior debut against FC Midtjylland before repeating the trick in his first Premier League game against Arsenal.He also hit the winner in last month’s Manchester derby and scored a brilliant solo goal – his sixth in 11 games – in Wednesday’s night’s FA Cup quarter-final win over West Ham.“It’s incredible,” Carrick said of Rashford’s emergence.“It’s so good to see young lads come in, do well and take their chance. Not in his wildest dreams could he have predicted the last two or three months that he’s had.“He’s still got his feet on his ground though. He keeps coming in, he doesn’t change, he works hard, he listens, he’s willing to learn and I think he’s got a great chance of staying at the top for a long time.“I don’t think it’s a flash in the pan, in and out. I think he’s here to stay and goals like that, we’ll welcome more of them.” 1last_img read more


first_imgNo detail has been overlooked at HOUSE.Promoted postChic and retro are just two words to describe a new venture opening this weekend in Letterkenny, bringing vintage with a modern day atmosphere.HOUSE, a Wine Bar & Tap Room like no other, will be opening their doors on Valentines weekend, Friday 13th February in the heart of Donegal in Letterkenny. The sophisticated yet comfortable wine bar & Tap room has a relaxed vibe and buzz of lively conversation for all our guests.Kicking back after a hard week at HOUSEAll guests can expect to enjoy carefully selected superb wines and locally crafted beers with excellent customer service, which is exactly what owner Jason Black envisioned.At HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room, you will find a selection of Irish produced cheese and meats that we feature on our premium HOUSE platter.Frothing on taps and in bottles, we will have a varied yet focused selection on seasonal brews mainly from Kinnegar Beer’s and Armagh Ciders. Armagh Cider Company pride themselves in delivering no artificial ingredients, only natural wholesale goodness! HOUSE Wine & Tap Room are also working closely with Kinnegar Brewing, a company which produces a range of finely crafted, all natural farmhouse beers, located north of Rathmullan.Our exclusion selection has over thirty different bottles of wine from across the globe which are available to order, with one to suit every budget. From a modern style wine which is fresh and fruity with hints of delicious apple and pear fruit the Italian Masi Modello Biance to the fabulous Beringer Classic Zinfandel which holds a spicy clove and nutmeg notes with tannis that are soft and well rounded. This Californian wine is ripe in fruit flavour and spice which makes this a wonderful accessible wine.HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room will be coordinating a number of tastings and classes that expand and excite your palette from our variety of wines, craft beers and delicious cocktails.Letterkenny’s new wine bar will also be accommodating “evening tea party’s”, “corporate events”, “birthday celebrations”, and “Irish coffee courses” for any tours and groups travelling through Letterkenny.For any bookings or enquiries please contact Shaun on +353 86 344 5108 or email For updates and events check us out on Facebook – selection of new and exciting tastes will be available at HOUSE.HOUSE ABOUT THAT? STUNNING NEW WINE BAR AND TAPS ROOM OPENS TODAY was last modified: February 13th, 2015 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:beercheesehouseletterkennywinelast_img read more