Hunters train on squad cut to 32 players

first_imgThe Hunters are midway through the second week of pre-season training in Port Moresby.Hunters coach Michael Marum said that 2 players had withdrawn due to work commitments while the other 4 had failed tests during training. “The boys are all mixing around well and we’re looking to finish off another good week before we enter week 3 of pre-season training,” said Marum.He  indicated that the final squad for 2016 will be named by the end of this month.last_img

Digicel puts big bucks into Grand Prix Athletic Championships

first_imgTelecommunications company Digicel has almost doubled the sponsorship for this year’s Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships from $8.5 million to $16 million in cash and prizes in this, the second year of the six-meet high school series.The Grand Prix, which gets under way on February 6 with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay as well as the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, was launched yesterday at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.The other meets in the series are the Corporate Area Development Meet on February 11 and the Camperdown Classic on February 13, both at the National Stadium; and the Central Championships on February 16 and the G.C. Foster Classics on February 20, both at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town.The events to be contested over the course of the series will be the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m.REGIONAL MEETSThe five regional meets – the Corporate Area Development Meet, Youngster Goldsmith, Camperdown Classic (Corporate Area), Western Championships, and Central Championships – will be used to determine the qualifiers for the final on February 20.The six athletes with the two best times from each of the regional meets will advance to the final, with the athletes with the two best times from any meet who did not advance to the final earning wildcard spots for each event.Points will also be awarded to the winning schools, and the institution with the highest number of points will be declared champion at the end of the series. A champion boy, girl, and coach will also be named.The prizes for this year’s event include smartphones, $1 million worth of sporting equipment to the winning schools, and cash prizes of up to $250,000 to the champions.Any athlete who breaks a meet record will earn a scholarship of $20,000, which will be paid directly to the school the athlete will attend in September 2016.There are also $20,000 awards for breaking a championship or national junior record.Digicel’s chief executive officer David Butler told The Gleaner that the company was committed to the long-term development of Jamaican sports.”Since Digicel has been in Jamaica, we have been involved in many grass-roots schemes. Last year was such a success. We just felt that after a huge opportunity, we could see that people really loved the Grand Prix, and the idea was to put more back into the schools,” he said.”This year, we included a scholarship fund of just over $1 million, and that was really important, and it’s also about what kids are doing after athletics,” Butler added.Butler also revealed that the company had extended its three-year sponsorship of the meet, which began in 2015, until 2019.”I think we really wanted to show our commitment to this, and it gives great comfort as well to the events that are involved that we extended that out and we wanted them to understand that this isn’t a one-off thing,” he said.More than 14,000 athletes from 200 schools around the island are expected to participate in the Championships.last_img read more

Political influence on trade unions undermining workers’ rights

first_imgPolitical influence on trade unions is greater than trade unions’ influence on political processes. This is according to General Secretary of Guyana Trades Union Congress Lincoln Lewis, who stated that having a trade union whose leaders are supportive of a government can undermine workers’ fundamental rights, as that union may not oppose government decisions which may impact workers’ lives.Lewis was at the time giving his input in a panel discussion during Television Guyana’s “The Factor”.Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) General Secretary Seepaul Narine (left); social activist Ravi Dev and General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, Lincoln LewisReflecting on the history of trades unions, and their ties to political parties, Lewis stated that trade unions today are in a retrogressive state: “We are retrogressing from what it was. There is greater party politics in the workplace or the activities of the trade unions. Government and Opposition politics in the operation of trade unions rather than the trade unions influencing the political processes…what we have here is a situation where there is more politics and power in the form of politics being imposed rather than the influence of trade unions on workers welfare,” he stated, adding that “basically, it removes or undermines their fundamental rights.”Lewis also took the opportunity to lambast government’s failure to make representation at the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Annual Conference, stating that the ILO plays an important part in developing workers’ rights: “When we became an independent nation, two of the first institutions that Guyana joined was the United Nations and the ILO. The ILO is the oldest member in the family of the United Nations. It is the only institution that the government, the employer, and the workers’ representatives meet and discuss and determine conventions and recommendations as to how they can influence decisions in the world.”He went on to explain that many of these conventions are formed into laws in this country, adding: “When you do not attend, the programmes that are being conceptualised and developed at the ILO, you will not have an input into it. The ILO Conference gives you the opportunity to network with other countries as it relates to laws, conventions and some process of development.”Meanwhile Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) General Secretary Seepaul Narine posited that there is a growing need to separate politics and trade unionism.According to Narine, while there needs to be a partnership between the government and the unions, the partnership must not be one of convenience: “If you’re going to develop industry…there ought to be a partnership. There ought to be partnership between government, the private sector and labour unions. But this partnership cannot be one that conveniently, when labour is needed, only then they are seen as partners. They have to be genuine partners and there needs to be respect.”Seepaul iterated that the labour unions need to see that their constituent is the right of the workers, and they must therefore put this constituent first and foremost in making decisions.Social and political activist Ravi Dev also pointed out the need for a separation between politics and trade unionism, stating that when the political party of the union’s choice is elected into government, that party now has a wider scope of responsibilities and will not be able to place workers’ rights on the front burner: “Political movement came out of the labour movement, but soon after they controlled the labour movement. I think the lesson out of both sugar and bauxite industries, is that once you give your loyalty to that political entity that may have the government in the reins of power, that entity now has to look at wider interests.”It was also pointed out that to this date, many of the promises made to workers by political parties that have been in power are yet to be fulfilled, an example of this being collective bargaining.last_img read more

Brexit: Guyana at risk of losing major development funding – Jagdeo

first_imgDire consequences could be looming ahead for Guyana if it does not take the necessary precautions to secureOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoitself from possible repercussions of the decision taken by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU), one of the largest politico-economic trading unions in the world, which has strong trading and diplomatic ties with the Caribbean.This was expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, during a news conference on Wednesday at the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Headquarters, Freedom House on Robb Street, Georgetown.Jagdeo believes that Government has taken a laid-back approach in this worldwide phenomenon which has already begun to have tremendous political and economic impacts in other countries.According to Jagdeo, the Cabinet should take immediate steps to have a special meeting on this development, and carefully consider all the angles through which Guyana can be affected by BREXIT and explore avenues to protect against any possible consequences that may follow.“…then inform our public about what to expect and of course, having done that, it would also inform our economic policy making (body),” he said, positing that he cannot comprehend why this was not yet done.While it is still too premature to pronounce definitely on the outcomes of BREXIT, Jagdeo speculated that Guyana could lose significant funding from the EU as a result.“I am sure almost that we are going to lose money from the developing window of the EU,” he forecasted.Jagdeo explained that the UK used to push for assistance from the EU for the Caribbean, but now with the UK deciding to leave, that support might be reduced.He contended that the immediate ramifications in the UK are proof enough that conditions and circumstances will change for Guyana.The Opposition Leader asserted too that the move by the UK to exit from the EU sets the precedence for others to follow, and if this occurs, then the entire EU project would unravel.He explained that, should this occur, chances of funding to the Caribbean, and by extension Guyana, will be loss.That aside, Jagdeo said there ought to be no implications on trading agreements.“The trade, the jury is still out in that regard,” he said.However, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and British High Commission, Gregory Quinn have both assured that there will not be any immediate consequences to Guyana in light of the BREXIT.They had explained that it will take quite a while before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked, after which negotiations will commence on the process to leave the EU.This process is expected to take up to two years.Jagdeo acknowledged this factor, but indicated that based on current developments, the Guyana Government should at least take precautions.last_img read more

Alaska Highway closed on the South Taylor Hill

first_imgUPDATE – The highway is now open. Early reports from Drive B.C., say Highway 97 is closed near the top of the South Taylor Hill.According to a post from Drive B.C. at 7 a.m. the Highway is closed 3km south of Taylor after a vehicle incident.There is no estimate on when the highway will be open again.If you’re in the area, let us know what you see.  Send a photo or details to Advertisement -We will update this story as more information becomes available.last_img

Exclusive – Heskey: Press conference outburst shows pressure is getting to Hodgson

first_imgRoy Hodgson’s press conference outburst shows he is feeling the pressure as England manager, believes former international Emile Heskey.Hodgson ranted at the press on Wednesday night following his side’s uninspiring 1-0 victory over Norway, having been told his side only had two shots on target at Wembley.The former Liverpool and Fulham coach is trying to pick up the pieces from the team’s woeful World Cup campaign and has said he is keen to recapture the hearts of England fans.But, after a disappointing performance in their first match since returning from Brazil, former Three Lions striker Heskey believes the manager is feeling the heat.“I think the pressure is getting to Hodgson,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Sometimes than happens and it can just boil over, but he needs to be calmer in the press conferences.“The players will see that and will know now that he’s feeling the pressure and losing his cool.“It’s difficult to know how the players will react, some of them might feel that he’s backing them, but some might now feel think that maybe he’s not the right man to take the team forward.”last_img read more

MATCH REPORT: Leicester begin title defence with defeat to in-crisis Hull

first_imgLeicester City suffered the worst possible start to their title defence as in-crisis club Hull City claimed a shock 2-1 win in the opening game of the new Premier League season.Adama Diomande handed the Tigers a surprise lead with an acrobatic finish on the stroke of half-time, though Riyad Mahrez had Leicester level soon after the re-start from the penalty spot.But Claudio Ranieri’s men were not at their best at the KCOM Stadium, and Robert Snodgrass struck from long-range late on to hand the newly-promoted Tigers a stunning victory.Manager-less Hull have struggled in the build-up to the campaign and, with only 13 fit first-team players to call upon, few expected the relegation favourites to claim a result against the reigning champions.But Leicester did not start their season well. They were disorganised at the back and looked far from the form which saw them storm to the title ten points clear last term.In fact, both of Hull’s goals came as a result of jittery defending from the Foxes.On the stroke of half-time, Curtis Davies somehow managed to squeeze between two defenders in the box at a corner to head towards goal. It forced Kasper Schmeichel into a fine one-handed save, but there was no one marking either Adama Diomande and Abel Hernandez at the far post as they combined to fire Hull in the lead.Both players appeared to strike the ball at the same time with mirror-image overhead kicks, but it was Diomande who was awarded the goal.But Leicester were soon level through a soft penalty at the start of the second-half. The spot kick was awarded after Demarai Gray look a tumble just seconds after the re-start, which Mahrez coolly converted, although replays showed Tom Huddlestone’s foul occurred just outside the box.Having levelled, Leicester began to discover some rhythm in their play, but they were still very limited in chances by the stubborn, under-strength Hull defence, with Jamie Vardy in particular very quiet.The England striker missed two clear chances to score in the first-half, and didn’t really have a sniff at goal after the break and Hull grew into the clash.And, just ten minutes after levelling, the champions were again punished for their lack of sharpness as Robert Snodgrass put Hull back in the lead.A dangerous Ahmed Elmohamady cross was poorly cleared by Danny Simpson, and the ball fell at the edge of the box to Snodgrass, who fired first time past a rooted Kasper Schmeichel and into the bottom-right corner.Mahrez came close to another equaliser late into the second half, with his curling effort producing a wonderful diving save from Hull gloveman Eldin Jakupovic.But Hull continued to keep the champions largely at bay until the final whistle, as Leicester became the first English champions in 27 years to begin their title defence with defeat. Claudio Ranieri has work to do to recover from the opening day defeat to Hull 1last_img read more

Freeway closure set Sunday

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – The Antelope Valley Freeway will be closed in both directions for three hours Sunday morning through Agua Dulce for construction work intended to keep rocks from falling onto the freeway. The freeway is scheduled to be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. between Escondido Canyon Road and Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Freeway traffic will be detoured over those roads, Caltrans officials said. The closure is in relation to a $12.6 million slope stabilization project between Soledad Canyon Road and Escondido Canyon Road. The work involves cutting back rock where the freeway cuts through hills and installing retention systems using cable net or wire mesh, Caltrans said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe work is expected to be concluded in spring 2008. Concrete barriers are in place now where rock has been tumbling down slopes adjoining the freeway.last_img read more

In like a lion

first_imgJune gloom? What June gloom? The sixth month of the year was expected to arrive today with none of the misty haze that forms at dawn – and helps keep temperatures temperate the rest of the day. “Who needs the beach?” Tom Williams said Wednesday as he basked in the heat at Warner Park in Woodland Hills, munching a cold sub and fruits packed in a cooler. “I get to tan in my own backyard.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2While June traditionally has meteorologists repeating the line “morning low clouds burning off to hazy afternoon sunshine,” that weather pattern won’t make an appearance at least for a few more days. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict warm sunny weather and clear skies through the weekend, with temperatures in the San Fernando Valley expected to reach the mid-90s. “It should be a very nice weekend for everybody,” meteorologist Rich Thompson said, adding that temperatures should be a few degrees cooler today. While June gloom is nowhere in sight, “we’re not out of the woods yet,” Thompson said. “The potential is still there. It’s hard to tell.” Meanwhile, people are heading to the beach, where temperatures will range from the mid-60s to mid-70s – a contrast to the Antelope Valley and High Desert, where the mercury will hit the triple digits. “Our air conditioner is broken,” said Heather Santos while running after her three children in the Woodland Hills park. “They can’t stand to be indoors.” (818) 713-3669160Want 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


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Gaeltacht Affairs Michael Kitt has said a lack political will and support for preserving our national language has led to the resignation of An Coimisinéir Teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin.Deputy Kitt has paid tribute to Mr Ó Cuirreáin for his work over the past 10 years and has said the news of his resignation must act as a wake-up call for the government.“Seán Ó Cuirreáin has been a strong advocate for the promotion of what he describes as ‘our linguistic sovereignty’ over the past 10 years. It is deeply regrettable that he now feels he has no choice but to resign before the end of his term following successive cuts to resources, unnecessary delays in progressing policy and a general lack of interest and support for the issue,” said Deputy Kitt. “This confirms a view that I have held for some time that this hugely important issue that goes to the heart of our national identity has slipped off the political agenda.  Before leaving office, the previous Government published a 20 year strategy on the Irish language but unfortunately little has been done since then except cutbacks to resources in the area.“Since 2011, the Government has dragged its heels on a review of the Official Languages Act, it has scrapped democratic elections to Údarás Na Gaeltachta, it has merged the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga with the Ombudsman’s Office without consultation and it has further cut the resources available for the protection and promotion of the Irish language.“The resignation of our Coimisinéir Teanga must act as a wake-up call for the government.  Mr Ó Cuirreáin has expressed real fear that a cornerstone of our cultural identity, our heritage and our soul is in danger.”  SHOCK AS LANGUAGE COMMISSIONER SEÁN Ó CUIRREÁIN QUITS was last modified: December 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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:SHOCK AS LANGUAGE COMMISSIONER SEÁN Ó CUIRREÁIN QUITSlast_img read more