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Lewas prepare for world qualifier

first_imgThe Papua New Guinea Lewas are using the memory of their silver medal at last year’s Pacific Games as motivation as they prepare for the qualifier in Apia, Samoa from July 15-22, 2016.They were unable to back up their 2014 victory over Japan at the ICC EAP Women’s Trophy with a Pacific Games Gold medal in 2015, going down to this year’s tournament hosts Samoa in the final.Adding to the pain is the memory of that loss being in front of a vocal home crowd.Pauke Siaka returns to the captaincy of a squad that for the first time will feature players from four provinces in PNG.There are several new faces in the team including Geathie Kilapat from Northern Province and Daniella Luwenica Saiwa Ila from Morobe.They will be joined by Lewas stalwarts such as Siaka, Helen Buruka (vice-captain) and Ravini Oa (vice-captain) all of whom were part of the winning East Asia-Pacific side at the inaugural women’s Australian Country Cricket Championships.The team has been in training for most of the year, making use of the PNG Sports Federation’s High Performance Centre, and playing several intra-squad practice matches.Cricket PNG’s High Performance Manager, Rarua Dikana believes that “The Lewas have been very focused during training sessions for the past four months and we are confident with their progress.”Coach Rodney Maha will be assisted by former Australian coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick and said that the team is excited about the opportunity to reclaim the number one ranking in the region.The 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific begins in Apia, Samoa on July 15 and will feature teams from Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Japan. The tournament is a double round robin with the team who finishes on top of the table progressing to the Global Qualifier for the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.last_img read more

High numbers for CB Group UWI 5K

first_imgIt’s two days before the highly anticipated CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K and the registration has reached an all-time high.The increasing requests have forced the organisers to extend the closing date to accommodate the registrants. From all indications, the target of $20 million should be attainable, the race organisers said in a release yesterday.”We have to be brave in our efforts to support these students who are anxious to obtain a tertiary education despite their dire circumstances. They have fought all odds to make it this far, and it would be a travesty to have them not attain their degrees because of lack of funds,”said Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director, Institutional Advancement Division, the University of the West Indies.According to Buchanan-Hind, the university has been reaping the fruits of its labour with the scholarship programme, and many of the beneficiaries have graduated with honours in the medical field, law, and other vocations.Thalia Lyn, chair of the 5K event, pointed out that the continued support of corporate Jamaica and other entities is an indication of their serious intent to have an educated population that will contribute to national development. She was referring to the five-year commitment by the CB Group as the title sponsor and other companies that are on board such as the National Baking Company, Scotiabank, Port Authority, Smart Eggs, European Union, Proven Investments, Mayberry Investments, Visual Vibes Limited, Rainforest Seafoods, European Union, RJR Group of Companies, Supreme Ventures, The Gleaner Company (Media), Newstalk, Island Grill, Sun Bloc Awnings and Tents, Power 106, The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Jamaica Producers, Dunlop Corbin, Newstalk, It’s Pixel Perfect, and Running Events.The annual fundraiser, which is again under the professional direction of Alfred Francis of Running Events Jamaica, last year attracted over 4,000 participants, and the organisers are hoping to increase this number to 5,000 on Sunday. Besides the healthy lifestyle feature of the event, which race director Francis has been advocating, there is always the fun element of entertainment and the fabulous prizes, which this year ,include phones for first-place winners.Another feature of the annual event is an award, which is presented to a Jamaican who has given outstanding and dedicated service to sports. This year, the award will be presented to Molly Rhone, who has served with distinction in the field of netball.Entry fee is J$1,000. Students with IDs will pay $500. Registration can be done both online at runningeventsja.com or at The University of the West Indies’ Sports Department.last_img read more

Marvin Lee ‘frustrated, pressured’ as UST nears winless season

first_imgMOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I’m really pressured right now because this might the be the first time in my career that I will finish with a 0-14 record,” said Lee in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Lee played 34 minutes, the most of all the players on both teams, and looked downtrodden when the final buzzer sounded signaling UST’s worst loss of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd although Lee shot the bulk of UST’s attempts, going 10-of-20 from the field, he still felt he could’ve done more to lift his team and his teammates.“I’m really frustrated right now because I feel that I can’t carry my teammates, I feel that I can’t help them enough,” said Lee. Marvin Lee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas is two games away from a possible 0-14 finish in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and no one feels the pressure more to avoid such embarrassment than captain Marvin Lee.The third-year guard practically left his heart out in the Growling Tigers’ 94-59 loss to La Salle putting up 25 points, 10 coming in the fourth, and seven boards in a bid to show that UST still has the heart to put up a fight.ADVERTISEMENT Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s future LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Eduard Folayang ready to suit up in upcoming ONE Championship grand prix

first_imgAfter eSports venture, ONE Championship launches athleisure line Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown But, at the moment, Folayang is more focused on the task at hand, which is a shot at redemption for the crown he once held. He can make history by being the first two-time lightweight champion.“Last year, I was in the same place but things didn’t go expected. I lost the belt but I worked my ass out. This is another story to watch out for. I’m here because I worked hard for it. Of course, that’s what martial arts is, that even if you fall, there’s a 100 chance for you to come back and a single defeat cannot define us.” said Folayang.If Folayang beats Khan, which is no easy opponent considering he has the record in the most knockouts in the promotion, he will be the fourth champion this year under Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The addition of Eddie Alvarez to the ONE Championship roster has made the competition in the lightweight division even more heated.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Folayang is bidding for a second run at the ONE lightweight title against Amir Khan on Friday at ONE: Conquest of Champions at Mall of Asia Arena, but win or lose, he’s prepared to work his way up in the Grand Prix.“I don’t want to hear the word ‘loss’ but yes, I’m ready,” said Folayang on Tuesday during the press conference at City of Dreams Manila when asked whether he’s ready to suit up for the Grand Prix, which is happening next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissONE Championship announced earlier this month that it will hold a last-man-standing kind of tournament that will feature the best in the stacked flyweight and lightweight divisions. The top eight in both weight classes will fight it out to ultimately get the world title.It will be like a coming out party for the promotion’s prized recruits which also includes flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who signed with ONE Championship shortly after Alvarez.last_img read more

Rights Group Report Details Police Abuses

first_imgThe Liberia National Police (LNP) remains unethical in the discharge of its duties to protect lives and properties. They showed brutal, destructive, abusive attributes and are mostly the gross violators of the rights of people, a local human rights group has said in its 2014 report released on Wednesday.Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL), has described as “worsening, (the level of) human rights violations by security actors especially the police against civilians.” This startling allegation was contained in its report entitled, “Human Rights Situation Report 2014: A Close Look at Police Behavior.”Sam Nimely, RAL Program Coordinator, launched his organization’s report on Wednesday at the opening of a one day forum on policing in Monrovia.The ceremony, which brought together police officers and community dwellers, was held in the borough of New Kru Town, outside Monrovia.According to Nimely, the 21-page document catalogues cases of human rights violations and abuses through visitations and monitoring by his group’s human rights monitors.Nimely said places visited and monitored included communities, prison facilities including the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP), in Montserrado County, the Gbarnga Central Prison, in Bong County, and the Sanniquellie Correction Palace in Nimba County.“At the community level, the monitoring exercise highlighted the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers, especially police at the various detention centers,”Nimely said.The report also identified constrictions faced by detainees such as capacity of prisons, category of inmates, ages and genders, conditions in the cells, hygiene, medical and health care, clothing, work, leisure and physical exercise.“This report contains observations and recommendations made to authorities of the Ministry of Justice aimed at addressing those issues identified during the visitations and the monitoring exercises,” he explained.The report recalled that on November 10, 2014, several persons sustained various degrees of injuries when a group of protesters, mainly partisans and supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), stormed the MCP compound to demand the release of one their colleagues who was imprisoned on the orders of the Monrovia City Court after being charged by the police with “aggravated assault and kidnapping.”The CDC partisan was sent to court for prosecution after he was linked to an alleged flogging and kidnapping of another partisan at the party’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.During the incident, the document said, a woman named, Gladys Washington, resident of Clara Town, allegedly sustained a head injury after she was severely beaten by the police.According to the report, on November 12, 2014, a 20 year old man identified as Papa Walker was allegedly found hanged in the New Kru Town Police Station in Monrovia.  Police authorities claimed that Papa hanged himself, an act his family members are calling foul play.His body has been buried by government without the consent of the family the report alleges adding that the family has been denied the findings of the investigation intended to establish the cause of his death.Citing another incident, RAL alleges that on Saturday, November 15, a pregnant woman (not named) was flogged by the police commander at the Metro One Police Station on Center Street.She was mistreated for reportedly refusing to allow police to take away her generator in the absence of her husband who was accused of being a thief. In the process, she sustained injuries.The RAL report says the Traffic Division of the police has been accused by drivers, especially commercial drivers, of threatening then with traffic tickets to intimidate and extort money from them.“Whether you are in the wrong or not, traffic police always threatened to issue you a US$50 ticket or its Liberian dollar equivalent to be paid to the police before letting you go on with your business,” said the report quoting some of the drivers.The report said that prison authorities blame judges for the increase of pre- trial detainees, which it said is gradually contributing to prison overcrowding.“They said the failure of judges to fast track cases is creating serious problems for correction officers who have to contend with the rising number of inmates.”The report emphasized further that prisons and detention centers remain harsh and difficult for human habitation.“As for the inmates themselves, they are faced with the problems of poor lighting, ventilation and sanitation. They are vulnerable to contracting diseases such as malaria, flu and rashes. Their health in prison is deplorable and there is no preventive supplies, feeding and response to medical emergency,” the document added.Meanwhile, phone calls to get the reaction of LNP proved futile as Public Relations Officer Sam Collins did not return repeated calls likewise a text message sent for his attention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

As oil booms, so does Venezuela’s economy

first_img“Between buying myself a car and getting breast surgery, I decided on my breasts, and I think the sacrifice was worth it,” said Omaya Davila, a 31-year-old shopkeeper who was waiting for a follow-up appointment with a plastic surgeon after getting breast implants. Eight other patients were in the waiting room. A record 30,000 Venezuelan women out of a national population of 26 million underwent breast augmentation surgery last year, an increase of nearly 80 percent over the previous year, according to statistics from the Venezuelan Plastic Surgery Society. Dr. Reinaldo Kube, the society’s president, said the proportion of the population with breast implants in Venezuela is one of the highest in the region. By comparison, a slightly smaller proportion of the U.S. population – more than 291,000 women – had breast augmentation surgery in 2005, according to figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “2006 was the year of cosmetic surgery in Venezuela. I’d estimate 200 percent increases in consultations and operations,” said Dr. Victor Rada, who has worked as a plastic surgeon for more than 15 years. A key force behind Venezuela’s economic growth has been the oil industry, which accounts for 78 percent of exports and some 14 percent of Venezuela’s gross domestic product. High oil prices also are helping fill government coffers. This year, an estimated 45 percent of government revenues are projected to come from oil. The consumption trend has touched all social classes, including low-income Venezuelans. A growing state work force, new government benefits and a rising minimum wage have helped put money in Venezuelans’ pockets, even as high inflation has eaten away at those gains. Chavez on Sunday called rising consumption among the poor a sign of positive economic change, saying “it’s part of our policy of seeking equality.” Extended credit lines also have contributed to the spending spree. Loan portfolios grew by 118 percent to $6 billion last year, according to Softline, a Caracas-based banking consultancy. For the wealthy, new auto dealerships have opened to sell BMWs, Audis and Hummers. Importers have brought about 300 Hummers to Venezuela in the past two years, and the SUVs have sold for an average of $93,000, Garcia Tunon said. Chavez regularly tells Venezuelans that capitalism is evil and urges them to leave behind their yearnings for wealth. “Consumerism carries inside it a cell that we could call carcinogenic: corruption. What is the root of the corruption? The desire to possess material goods,” Chavez told thousands of supporters during a recent speech in which he urged them to embrace socialist ideals. For some, though, encouraging Venezuelans to change is a hard sell. “We are accustomed to a free lifestyle, to the sensation of having just to have,” said 49-year-old Antonio Garcia, who was looking for a new television. “Trying to box us into socialism isn’t going to work with us.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Everything is selling – sport utility vehicles, pickups, buses, everything,” said Jorge Garcia Tunon, who runs one of the leading auto showrooms in Caracas. “The demand is impressive. The market has grown like crazy.” Waiting lists of two months or more are common for many car models. The waiting lists for compact, inexpensive cars are particularly long. American cars are among those selling well. Other areas of the economy have experienced similar growth. Consumer spending grew by a historic 20 percent last year compared with 2005, according to estimates by the private polling company Datanalysis. Seven new shopping malls were built in the country last year, and this year at least 13 more are projected to be completed. Plastic surgeons also are doing a brisk business. CARACAS, Venezuela – Plastic surgeons are performing nips, tucks and breast implants at a record pace. BMWs are being snapped up from the sales lots. And sleek new shopping malls are springing up among the high-rises in Venezuela’s capital. Although President Hugo Chavez is urging Venezuelans to adopt more ascetic socialist values, a culture of consumerism is flourishing as an oil boom surges through the nation’s economy. Shoppers are buying up everything from cell phones to Scotch whisky at a rapid clip as the economy benefits from high world oil prices and banks compete for clients by cutting consumer loan rates in half. Venezuelans bought 343,000 automobiles last year, a 50 percent increase over 2005. last_img read more

Roberto Martinez lauds ‘unstoppable’ counter-attacking qualities during impressive Everton victory

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez lauded his side’s ‘unstoppable’ counter-attacking qualities after putting Southampton to the sword during a 3-0 win at St Mary’s.A Romelu Lukaku double and Ross Barkley’s impressive late finish ensured a surprisingly resounding victory on the south coast, with all three strikes coming after speedy breakaways.The Belgian’s first, a brilliant header to cap a fine team move, epitomised the Toffees’ fluent collective performance, and Martinez was quick to underline his satisfaction at the three points.“We were very good on the ball, very good when we were defending and we were unstoppable on the counter attack,” said the Spaniard.“There was a real intensity and focus. I thought every player today did an incredible job to allow the team to shine.”Everton were criticised for their defensive frailties during last weekend’s comeback draw with Watford, but Martinez felt his players emulated the levels they reached late on in that 2-2 draw.He added: “The way we wanted to start today was to reflect the turnaround we had in the last game.“I think it’s fair to say we played the second game in the same way we finished the last.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Dungloe Hospital Beds Lobby Group  is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Health to get five more beds open at the facility.Beds back at Dungloe Hospital.The group had a meeting in Dungloe this week to update on recent developments as well as plan for stage of their plan.It follows on from a very well attended Public meeting held in Dungloe to discuss an action plan for the unit. The group met with the local HSE officials to discuss the plans of the HSE in relation to the re-opening of beds at Dungloe Community Hospital.The group were assured that once staffing issues were effected that the beds would re-open. This would require both Union and management input. This has now occurred and five beds were recently re-opened and are now occupied by additional patients. This is welcomed by the Group.The Group have agreed a follow up meeting with the local HSE management which will take place within the coming weeks at Dungloe Hospital.The group have met recently with Minister Dinny McGinley to outline the concerns voiced at the Public meeting as well as requesting a meeting with the Minister for Health, James Reilly. The group have requested this meeting in order to present an exceptional causes case regarding Dungloe Community Hospital and the unique nature of the West Donegal area and the demographics involved.The objective is to work towards a situation which would enable the Hospital management to overcome the embargo on recruitment and replacement so as to re-open a further five beds which remain close due to staffing shortages. Minister McGinley has committed to arranging this meeting and the group expect that it will happen in the coming weeks.The lobby group report that there is a positive working relationship between the Public representatives, Donegal HSE officials, Hospital Management, Union officials and Minister McGinley in the attempts to restore all beds to capacity at the Hospital.A spokesman for the group said “There have been genuine and understandable delays in the re-opening of the beds but also a strong determination by the lobby group to continue the fight to have Dungloe Community Hospital restored to capacity use. The public will be kept fully informed of the outcome of all meetings.”The recent Lobby group meeting was attended by Pat The Cope Gallagher, David Alcorn, Charlie the Yank Boyle, Marie Therese Gallagher, Frank Campbell, Kathleen McGonagle, Pat Glackin, Fr Matt McInerney. HOSPITAL GROUP TO MEET MINISTER ABOUT GETTING MORE BEDS was last modified: October 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dungloe Community Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgBrothers Conor and Liam Sweeney (and dog Tiny!) get ready for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny today.Parades are taking place across Donegal today.And while we can’t get to see al of them, we can bring you pictures from Bundoran to Buncrana and in between.Why not send us your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com and we’ll publish them. Don’t expect them up straight away – as we’re enjoying St Patrick’s day too but we will get them up as son as we can.SEND US IN YOUR ST.PATRICK’S DAY PICTURES! was last modified: March 17th, 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)last_img read more

Calls for meal voucher scheme to be included with Fodder Transport Subsidy

first_imgThe Fodder Transport Subsidy Scheme has received more criticism for it’s “limited scope” and that it “falls short of what is required.”The scheme, announced last week by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, aims to provide additional assistance to livestock farmers in the West/North-West most severely affected by the prolonged wet weather last autumn. In many of these cases the inability to conserve fodder was compounded by the need to house livestock much earlier than normal owing the very poor ground conditions.A financial contribution in the region of €8 to €12 per bale is being provided to offset transport costs of Hay, Silage and Straw for feeding, where this involves a distance of more than 100 km, to areas of the West and North-West most affected. Farmers, who have an identified fodder shortage, having completed a fodder budgeting exercise with their agricultural advisor, will be eligible to receive a financial contribution towards offsetting the costs of transport of fodder.Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan says: “The lack of a meal voucher scheme to complement the transport subsidy scheme is a major failing and, this aspect must be revisited again.”This reiterates Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue’s statement that Minister Creed must provide a meal voucher scheme “as a matter of urgency, before the fodder crisis spirals out of control leaving many family farms in a very precarious situation”.MEP Flanagan adds that a meal voucher scheme is necessary to ensure that farmers not yet under pressure can extend their existing silage supplies to avert a crisis situation in six weeks time. Flanagan adds: “The compulsory nature of the CO-OP involvement and distance limits are unnecessary and should be removed. The department must cover the cost of completing the forage budget.”Minister’s flawed fodder fund risks increasing prices for farmers – McConalogueCalls for meal voucher scheme to be included with Fodder Transport Subsidy was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fodder transport subsidyLuke Ming Flanaganmeal voucher schemelast_img read more