Hunters dominate in round 22

first_imgThe PNG boys beat the Tweed Heads Seagulls 22-18 in New South Wales.The Seagulls came on strong in the opening minutes of the Intrust Super Cup round 22 match with a try through Alex Grant.An unsuccessful conversion left the scores at 0-4 until 13 minutes into the game and Kody Parsons put another one past the Hunters’ try line.Rex Johnson converted the try for a 10-point lead.5 minutes later, a flying Adex Wera responded and a successful conversion by captain Ase Boas narrowed the score margin.With the scores now at 10-6, the Hunters further closed the gap through a penalty goal 32 minutes into the game.5 minutes before half time, Brendon Gotuno spun past Seagulls defenders near the sideline for a much-needed try for the visiting team.With an unsuccessful conversion, the teams went into half time with a score of 12-10, in favour of the Hunters.A return from second half saw an in-form Watson Boas outrun Seagulls defenders to further put the Hunters in the lead with 16 points.His brother Ase converted the try, with the scores now at 18-10.61 minutes into the round 22 match and Junior Rau put the Hunters in a comfortable lead with another try.With victory almost at hand, the Hunters slackened their defence to allow a surprise try by Jack Cook.72 minutes in and the Seagulls further narrowed the margin with a Bryce Cartwright try.  It was now 22-18, with the Hunters in danger of handing the match over to the home side.  Fortunately, the PNG boys managed to hold their rivals at bay until the final whistle.last_img read more

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Lukaku out of Brighton clash, says Mourinho

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Friday’s Premier League trip to Brighton and Hove Albion due to an ankle injury, but manager Jose Mourinho is “positive” that the Belgian will be fit for the FA Cup final.The 24-year-old, who has scored 16 league goals and provided seven assists in 34 appearances for United, was substituted in the second half of last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal.Lukaku posted pictures of himself recovering at the Move to Cure Clinic in Belgium on his Instagram account earlier on Thursday.“I just know that, of course, he is not available tomorrow. Apart from that, we need to wait for more scans, more time but not tomorrow,” Mourinho told a news conference.“Hope so. Looks positive,” the Portuguese added when asked about Lukaku’s hopes of playing in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 19.Lukaku’s compatriot Marouane Fellaini was quoted by British media saying that United made a mistake in not extending his contract last year and that he was willing to move away from the club when his current deal expires in June.Mourinho believes that contract talks between United and Fellaini have been positive but says the final decision on a new deal rests with the midfielder.“Still positive. He’s important, he’s a player I like. But if for him he has a different position in relation to other players with contracts – we can control their destiny in a different way,” the Portuguese boss added.“The destiny is in his hands, he’ll decide what makes him happy. He knows I want him to stay, the club do, he has an offer but it’s up to him now.”Defender Eric Bailly has missed United’s last three league games and Mourinho says the Ivorian’s absence is due to his nation’s failure to qualify for the World Cup finals in June and July.“He’s the only central defender whose country is not in the World Cup so if I have to make a kind of more emotional effective choice to help my players he’s the one I’m not going to help,” Mourinho added.“When I look to the other four central defenders fighting for a position in the World Cup I am giving less to Eric.”After the trip to 14th-placed Brighton, second-placed United travel to West Ham United before ending their league campaign at home to Watford.last_img read more

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Self focus – Reggae Girlz hunt second win against unfamiliar Bermuda

first_img Reflecting on the big win against a weak Antigua and Barbuda outfit, Donaldson said his team needs to step up as they can play better. “We won the game, but I thought we were average. We want to improve on this performance. I don’t think we are close to our best, so we need to improve,” he added. Shaw apart, other players expected to lead the way tonight are Trudi Carter, Deneisha Blackwood, captain Konya Plummer, Lauren Silver, and Marlo Sweatman. In the first game on Saturday, Trinidad and Tobago edged Cuba 3-2 in an exciting encounter. Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago lead the group on three points apiece. However, the Reggae Girlz have a superior goal difference. The United States will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year, plus the fourth-place finisher to an intercontinental play-off. The Women’s Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018, in Cary, North Carolina; Edinburg, Texas; and Frisco, Texas. Points standings Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Jamaica 1 1 0 0 9 0 9 3 Trinidad & Tobago 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3 Cuba 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 Antigua & Barbuda 1 0 0 1 0 9 -9 0 Bermuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Jamaica will look for their second consecutive win when they face off against Bermuda in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s World Cup Qualifier at the National Stadium today at 7 p.m. In the first game of the double-header, Antigua and Barbuda tackle Cuba at 4 p.m. Fresh off a massive 9-0 victory against Antigua and Barbuda at the same venue two days ago, the Reggae Girlz are heavily favoured against Bermuda, who will play their first game in the Caribbean final phase of the qualifiers. With five Caribbean nations vying for three spots in the CONCACAF stage in the US next October, Jamaica have made a bright start. Led by top striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, who scored a hat-trick in the opening fixture, the Bermudans are not expected to trouble the Jamaicans. Assistant coach Lorne Donaldson said that his team will have to step it up in the remaining games. “We will just focus on us. We always look forward to the next game. We don’t know much about the Bermudans, so we will go out there to focus on us,” Donaldson told The Gleaner after the game Saturday night. IMPROVEMENT NEEDEDlast_img read more

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Imploding sugar

first_imgWith our new “crisis a week” norm, the sugar industry’s crisis has been pushed off the front pages of the newspapers but the contradictions precipitated by the Government’s actions to “save” the industry have intensified and may soon explode like an unattended sore. It has been almost two years since this newspaper uncovered that Wales Estate was going to be shuttered and eight months since it actually was.Five months after that precipitate action, the Government unveiled its “State Paper on the Future of the Sugar Industry” which announced: “The proposed courses of action are to amalgamate Wales Estate with Uitvlugt Estate and reassign its cane to the Uitvlugt factory, since the estate is operating at 50 per cent capacity. Sixty per cent of its drainage and irrigation infrastructure is in a dilapidated condition. The Corporation furthermore seeks to divest itself of the Skeldon Estate. The estates of Albion and Rose Hall are to be amalgamated and the factory at Rose Hall is to be closed.”The plan added, seemingly as an afterthought, “In the case of Enmore, that factory will be closed at the end of the year when all cane would have been harvested and the East Coast Estates would be earmarked for diversification.” After the bloodletting, the Guyana sugar industry, run by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), would consist of three estates and three sugar factories: Blairmont on the West Bank Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales estate in West Demerara. They are expected to produce a total of 147,000 tonnes annually; less than half of its historic average production.But we can look at what has played out at Wales Estate, since its closure as part of the “amalgamation” with Uitvlugt Estate, twenty-two miles away, as a precursor as to what lies ahead for the other estates to be closed or ‘amalgamated”. There, approximately 1200 of the workers were offered and accepted “severance pay” for their termination of services. Three hundred and fifty canecutters are being coerced to transfer to Uitvlugt against their will and the law.Most Guyanese are unaware of the quantum of the severance pay to appreciate a family cannot long survive on it. For an average worker who might have accumulated, say, 15 years of service, this pay would amount to 30 weeks of their average weekly wage. What this means is that by now, if the Wales dismissed workers were very disciplined and prudent and stuck to a budget, their severance pay would have been exhausted by now. What are they to do henceforth?The State Paper promises: “Employees are to be leased land by GuySuCo to engage in crops (crop types to be decided by GuySuCo and the Agriculture Ministry).” This signalled that the Government was going to transition sugar workers into farmers, which would be a very positive and salutary measure. But up this point at Wales, no employee has been leased any of the approximately 8000 acres of land that had been cultivated by the estate. It would appear that, as was the case with the closure of Wales long before a “State Paper” was articulated, the modalities of leasing of lands to former workers – if in fact the Government is serious about that move – is yet to be worked out.In the meantime, GuySuCo announced it had converted some 400 acres of land at Wales to produce “seed paddy” that would be sold to rice farmers at the beginning of their crop. This is not adding any new production or employment in Guyana since all seed paddy needed for the industry has been supplied by National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) and private contracted farmers. Because of the purity of seeds needed, seed paddy demands a level of care that is unlikely to be supplied by the inexperienced workers at Wales.What is then clear is after the closure of all sugar operations at Enmore/LBI and the other locations identified, at least 10,000 workers and their families will be on the breadlines in an economy that is contracting. Tragic.last_img read more

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We must work to remove the fear, mistrust, hate and envy (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Our Country’s multiethnicity has been for a long time a cause of political and social upheavals. Indeed, many have used this ethnic diversity for their own political and other gains; and in the process, the end results have been bad for us all. History records that it was our colonial masters who were the first to use this diversity for their own political and other gains. History records also that the historical circumstances under which our forefathers came to this Country were not of our doing and this bit of our history we cannot change, and so also our ethnic diversity we cannot change. And so, if we are serious about working to achieve unity of this diversity; it is incumbent on us to seek to remove the feeling of fear, mistrust, vindictiveness and envy that permeate our society.An examination of the political events of the 2015 post-election period would reveal, inter alia, the wanton dismissals and termination of the services of thousands of workers including 1,972 Amerindian Community Service Officers and scores of contracted workers including Permanent Secretaries, Regional Executive Officers, staff of One Laptop Per Family, etc by the APNU+AFC Government for reasons that can only be described as ‘politically wicked’. And this course of action taken without any consideration of the nature of the work these workers did; the effects of the loss of experienced and skilled labour to the Institutions, Agencies and Communities for whom they provided services and without any thought of the possible social and economic difficulties the loss of their jobs presented the dismissed workers and their dependents.The replacement of these dismissed staff could only be viewed as a fulfilment of a commitment by the Government to its own political loyalists; which is to be delivered no matter the cost or result. And so, issues with respect to the rights, financial needs and commitments, and trampling on the rights of the dismissed workers seem not to be of any concern or consideration to the government which, during its election campaign and in its Political Manifesto and even in its 2015 Budget Presentation spoke of “a fresh approach to the good life and to good governance” for all Guyanese.It was the late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa who said: “No man is born hating another because of the colour of his skin: it is learned behaviour and we must therefore teach our people to love”.As little kids we play, we sing, we eat and we sometimes even sleep together. But as we grow older, the people and the institutions that influence our thinking and behaviour and redefine values and behaviour begin to take over…the parents in the home, the teachers in the school, the neighbour next door, the older workers at our workplaces, the trade unionists, the politician and yes, the pastor and the priest in the Church; some of whom do not stand out as the paragon of good and exemplary behaviour which they seek to represent to us.And sadly enough, many of us who have been living in harmony begin to develop a fear and mistrust of each other based on a factor we had no control over: the fact of our ethnicity, our religious beliefs, our political persuasions, and based on the hate teachings of some in our society to whom I alluded above.The contribution of the Ministry of Social Cohesion as part of our efforts to alleviate these socioeconomic and political challenges remain pegged at zero.My friends, we need to stop listening to hate preachers or we will all suffer. We need to get rid of the stereotype thinking that racists have engendered in us and its halo effects which cause blacks to believe that (i) East Indians are responsible for their economic deprivation when often it is the choices we make (ii) blacks are responsible for every crime committed and that blacks are extravagant while all Indians are stingy.We may never have a society free of ethnic tensions and suspicions, but we must make an effort to achieve such a society which is wholesome for all of us.To be continued …Respectfully,Norman Whittakerlast_img read more

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VIDEO: WOMEN’S HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW – FORWARDS

first_img We sat down with head coach Vicky Sunohara and team captain Becki Bowering  to talk about the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey 2018-19 forwards ahead of their 2018-19 season opener this Saturday, October 13 against the Windsor Lancers at Varsity Arena.Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale here. Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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1300 GDF ranks received military training in 2016

first_imgIn light of Guyana’s ongoing tensions with Spanish-speaking neighbour Venezuela, Army Chief-of-Staff George Lewis announced that in 2016, 1300 ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) have received additional military training.Army Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier George Lewis addressing his junior ranks on Wednesday at Army headquarters, Camp AyangannaIn the breakdown of the numbers, Brigadier Lewis revealed that 100 officers and 1200 other ranks were trained in military courses. He made the disclosures at the hosting of Soldiers’ Day at Camp Ayanganna on Wednesday afternoon.It was disclosed that the 1300 total reflects a 30 per cent increase in comparison to the number of ranks who were trained last year. Additionally, the Chief-of-Staff also remarked that the year 2016 also saw 100 GDF officers and other ranks being trained at tertiary institutions, including the University of Guyana (UG).Brigadier Lewis, while noting that the Army has had an excellent year, also pointed out that its 2016 initiatives have brought the Force closer to achieving its mandate of “providing territorial security”. The Brigadier also disclosed some of the other measures that the Force executed in 2016 to boost its military capacity.“Soldiers [were] deployed to our borders and performed their duties in a professional, efficient and effective manner. We also conducted a number of other heightened security operations throughout Guyana in preparation for Local Government Elections (LGE). We also successfully executed Exercise Home Guard, which is a field tactical exercise to test our proficiency in the Ituni, Tacama areas,” the Chief-of-Staff explained.The Brigadier added that the Army was continuing to enhance its accounting systems and operations in keeping with Government regulations.“I believe that when we look at our successes against our challenges that the Guyana Defence Force had an excellent year; we are proud of ourselves and commit to performing better in 2017,” Lewis stressed.last_img read more

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Canyons’ golf team qualifying on course with 4 rounds to go

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Greiner has regularly shot in the lower 70s, and James has demonstrated good course management. “Joe’s rounds have been very consistent,” Peterson said. “He came into the program a highly touted player, and we’re lucky to get him. … Trevor carries himself well on the course. If he makes a bad shot, he recovers from it. He’s mature beyond his years.” Prospective Cougars have played Sterling Hills in Camarillo, Valencia Tournament Players Club, Robinson Ranch in Valencia and Crystal Aire in Llano. The Cougars are seeking their 12th Western State Conference championship since 1990. Since 1988, they have made 13 trips to the Southern California Championships and 11 to the state tournament. So far, so good: Canyons’ men’s basketball team has started Western State Conference play with three victories. The Cougars (13-9 overall) won 67-61 on Jan. 7 at Glendale, 100-85 at home Jan. 11 against Citrus of Glendora, and 71-65 at home Saturday against West L.A. College of the Canyons’ men’s golf team has played six rounds of the team’s tryout and has four more before coach Gary Peterson will know his roster for this season. There are 24 players who remain in contention, with five others in a “flight” group for further training with options to redshirt the season, a path usually chosen by incoming Canyons freshmen. But perhaps not Joe Greiner, from Hart High, nor Trevor James, from Oak Park. “These two freshmen have distinguished themselves,” Peterson said. “They’re off to a good start. For first-year players, it’s rare that they play. They usually tend to redshirt.” Coach Howard Fisher’s young players are starting to grasp his system. “We’re playing better and executing better,” he said. “We’ve started to figure out what we need to be doing offensively and defensively as a team. They’re playing more together and understanding that the system that we have works.” Fisher has been impressed with the play of Shant Bicakci (Saugus High), Andre Murray (Cleveland of Reseda), Derrick Williams (Price High of Los Angeles) and 6-foot-5 Scott Moore (from Chicago). “Moore’s come up with a few blocks down the stretch defensively,” Fisher said. “He’s done well defensively.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com 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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Arsenal close to £50m double deal, Joe Hart eyes Liverpool move and more GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Arsene Wenger will splash out more than £50million before the transfer deadline on centre half Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez. Arsenal have had bids accepted on both players and are confident of clinching the deals before the transfer window closes on Wednesday. (Daily Mail)Joe Hart is willing to take a huge pay cut to tempt Liverpool to bid for him. The England keeper is desperate to move after being told he is not wanted at Manchester City. But Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has so far shown no interest in offering Hart an escape route. (The Sun)West Ham have agreed a €28m (£24m) fee with Juventus for Simone Zaza, with the Italy striker set to fly to England on Friday for his medical after agreeing personal terms. (Guardian)Everton have revived their interest in Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini after missing out on Lucas Perez, who is set to join Arsenal. Napoli want £30million for the 25-year-old Italy international. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are considering a move for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala before Wednesday’s transfer deadline. (ESPN)Valencia are considering making a move for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo. (Various)Southampton defender Jose Fonte looks set to stay at the club and reject interest from Manchester United after holding one-on-one talks with Saints chairman Ralph Krueger to discuss his future. (Metro)Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata wants to stay at Old Trafford despite not being guaranteed a starting role under manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is wanted by Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City. (Daily Mail)Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford is expected to agree a season-long loan with Burnley on Friday. (Daily Mail)West Bromwich Albion are set to ramp up interest in Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez to ward off interest from Premier League rivals Hull City. The Baggies are in advanced talks with the Saints over a potential season-long loan deal for the 27-year-old striker. (Birmingham Mail)Newcastle United are in talks to sign Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar. And the club are pressing on with plans to bring in another winger and striker before the transfer window closes next week. (Newcastle Chronicle)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Liverpool FC transfer news: Nice hold talks with Reds misfit Mario Balotelli concerning transfer to Ligue 1 clubTottenham transfer latest: Spurs open negotiations to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried ZahaTransfer news: Chelsea could turn to ‘new Vidic’ with AC Milan set to reject £35m bid for Alessio RomagnoliManchester United FC transfer news: Monaco warn full-back Fabinho will cost Red Devils £25m-plusManchester City transfer report: Besiktas in talks over possible loan move for Samir NasriArsenal FC transfer news: Lucas Perez set for £17m move as Everton lose out on strikerTottenham transfer latest: Spurs outcast Nabil Bentaleb on the verge of signing for Schalke with £17m purchase optionArsenal transfer news: Shkodran Mustafi breakthrough, plus Everton beaten to signing of £17m Spanish striker Lucas PerezManchester United transfer news: Jose Fonte latest, Raphael Varane revelations and morelast_img read more

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Hilarious Klopp video: Liverpool boss tries his hand at bowls with veteran fans

first_img“Let’s play bowls!”Jurgen Klopp celebrated his one year anniversary as Liverpool manager this week, and to mark the occasion he surprised some veteran Reds fans by joining them in a very special game of a very English sport.The German was at his ‘BOOM’-ing best, and proved again just what a legend he is, as he traded the football pitch for a bowling green.Wanting to put another tick on his ‘bucket list of sports’, Klopp revealed he’d been intrigued by the sport ever since he saw it being played during a short trip to England as a teenager.“I got interested in it when I was about 16 years old and I went on a two week school exchange in…err…Luton! I was watching the Commonwealth Games and I thought what the hell is this?”So he wrote to a local bowling club asking for a game, which came as a surprise to many of their long-term Reds fans.“We got an email from Liverpool Football Club, which was very hard to believe,” said club chairman, Eric. “But it was true! Jurgen Klopp wanted to have a game of bowls with us – it was unbelievable!”Watch the brilliant video, which includes some great Klopp gems, below! 1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tries his hand at bowls. Video credit: LFCTV center_img Video credit: Liverpool Football Club and LFCTVlast_img read more

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