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Being captain was a challenge – Zeming

first_imgThe 26 year old has represented the Hunters over two seasons and 41 games in the Intrust Super Cup, scoring 13 tries and kicked 134 conversions.He also played for PNG in the 2014 Prime Ministers 13, the test match against Tonga in 2014, the test match against Fiji in 2014 and the 2015 Pacific Games rugby league nines competition.Zeming said it was a huge responsibility but he was able to stay calm and control the team with the help of the coaching staff.“As we know former skipper Israel Eliab was a great leader and team player and following his footsteps is a big challenge.“I was also disappointed to get off the field early following a minor knee injury but it was a good game for the young boys who had the opportunity to show their talent. “We have a good number of young players who can fit into any position and I hope the coach has identified some in this first trial match,” Zeming said.The co-captains for the team will be announced during the launch of the 2016 season on February 13, in Port Moresby.last_img read more

Fee for less desirable Hadfield St location imposed

first_imgStabroek Market vendor relocationWith the recent decision by Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown to relocate vendors from Stabroek Market to facilitate a ‘face lift’, City Hall has assured that there will be a smooth transition of vendors to the new spot.Vendors removing their belongings from the vending spotsThis is according to Town Clerk Royston King, who spoke with Guyana Times on Monday while overlooking the operations at the Market.With the contention being raised by a number of vendors concerning the relocation process, King informed that there will be a smooth transitioning to the new location, south of Parliament Buildings, guaranteeing that vending will be resumed in a short span.He added that thus far, there has been maximum cooperation from vendors who are indeed conscious of what this cleanup campaign means for the country as it aims towards achieving a “green and clean environment”.“The transition is smooth, we are very happy that we were able to get the full cooperation of the vendors. They helped us to take down some of the stalls and structures; they have helped us to clean up and are continuing this. We are very proud that they understand what we are doing.” King related.Commenting on the threats by some vendors that they would return to their initial vending spots today, regardless of the warnings by M&CC, King said City Hall is unfazed by this since many supporters are advocating for them and will discourage this nature of resistance.Since the announcement had been made that vendors would be temporarily relocated, a number of concerns had been raised, including the possibility of rental fees being charged.King confirmed this, stating that with the new facilities that will be set up at the location, vendors will be required to pay a small fee for vending. However, he did not disclose the amount.“We will be asking vendors for a small contribution to sustain these works and even move forward to developing it to another level. However, the fee would not be so burdensome that they would not be able to manage it.” He added.The new location in its completion is expected to be equipped with lighting, security and sanitary facilities for vendors.Meanwhile, when this publication visited Stabroek, despite the heavy downpours earlier that day, city constables were continuing to dismantle and remove stalls with the aid of some vendors.One of the vendors who spoke with this newspapers said he is in full agreement of the move by M&CC since it is due time that the market square is revitalised.The man said that given M&CC has adequate facilities at the new spot, he is more than willing to cooperate.With the increase of crimes especially in that area of the city, City Hall holds the belief that with the relocation and ‘face lift’ there will be a significant reduction in those crimes.Only last week, persons vending at the Stabroek Market Square were informed of the decision by the administration to have them relocated so that the area could be rehabilitated.The announcement however got mixed responses from the vendors, some of whom were in agreement of the initiative, while others lambasted the government for abandoning elections promises.Some vendors expressed the concern that government has taken this decision as it seeks to “nice up” the city for foreigners, but totally ignoring the plight of Guyanese who ply their trade outside Stabroek Market, many of them being single-parents.Many vendors accused government of only enticing them to vote for the coalition, and now they are casting them away and seeking to satisfy the desires of foreigners who were not here to vote for the coalition.Other disgruntled vendors have said that the move will severely affect their earning potential since the new location is within a remote area. This they say will further shorten their already dwindling earnings.It was not disclosed by City Hall when this cleanup campaign would end and when vendors would return to their initial vending spots.last_img read more

Lusignan prisoners surrender weapons

first_imgFresh prison unrest…after attempting to kill “informant”Calm has again been restored at the Lusignan Prisons when, on Saturday morning, several inmates surrendered improvised weapons to prison officers.A tense and volatile atmosphere had descended on that penitentiary on Friday evening at about 20.30 hrs after 18 prisoners had injured themselves in trying to penetrate the razor wire barrier separating Holding Area One from Holding Area Two, reportedly in an attempt to kill an inmate they accuse of being an informant.Prison officials have confirmed that 18 prisoners had indeed received razor wire cuts, and some had sustained other injuries, when they tried to scale a fence to access Holding Area Two. The prisoners had allegedly said they wanted to kill the fellow inmate.It has also been disclosed that four prisoners had received treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital for the injuries they had sustained, and that one had been nursing a stab wound. The alleged informant was reportedly ushered to protective custody.This latest prison disturbance follows repeated instances of unrest that have occurred ever since the July 9, 2017 Camp Street Prison riot and fire which left Prison Officer Odinga Wickham dead.The Lusignan inmates involved in Friday’s unrest have offered prison authorities a proverbial olive branch, and have apologised to prison officers on Saturday morning as they surrendered 33 improvised weapons.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, on Saturday indicated that those prisoners thanked officers for not directing shots at them in a departure from a July 29 incident wherein 16 prisoners had been shot in a riot at Lusignan. That riot was sparked by four inmates brawling among themselves and receiving injuries in the process.Reportedly, a group of inmates had started to behave disorderly among themselves, and this had escalated into a melee. The prisoners were repeatedly warned by officers, but they had refused to adhere to orders, and had hurled bricks at prison officers who were on duty, as a result of which prison officers were forced to retaliate by opening fire on them.During that ordeal, three of the injured 16 prisoners were examined by doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital, while the remaining 13 were treated at the penitentiary for minor injuries they had sustained.Inmates have been increasingly agitated and angry with the recent prison raids, wherein significant sets of contraband items have been confiscated. A Wednesday morning raid at the Camp Street Prisons has unearthed a quantity of cannabis, three cell phones along with SIM cards, four lighters, 20 improvised weapons and three razor blades.Three major raids conducted at the Lusignan, Timehri and New Amsterdam prisons on August 3 have netted more than 40 improvised weapons, 20 cellphones, 3 tattoo machines, 28 packs of cigarettes, 33 lighters and various quantities of illegal drugs. In fact, the Lusignan Prison raid alone accounted for more than 20 improvised weapons, nine lighters, nine mobile phones, two spoons, and an earphone, among other prohibited items.In 2016, Samuels, then Deputy Director of Prisons, had categorised contraband as a “multi-million-dollar business” from within the prison system.last_img read more

Lebanese try to box in radicals

first_imgLebanese television stations reported that among the dead militants were men from Bangladesh, Yemen and other Arab countries, although the reports could not be confirmed. Security officials said some of the men wore explosive belts used by suicide bombers. Around the outskirts of the camp, called Nahr el Bared, the scene was reminiscent of Lebanon’s civil war in the 1980s, with tanks and heavy armor rumbling past, occasionally opening fire at buildings in the camp, while snipers on rooftops fired at anything that moved inside. Terrified drivers on the main road north of the city scrambled across trying to avoid being hit in the crossfire as army checkpoints inspected cars in search of militants seeking to escape the camp. Troops were ordered to shell any building that returned fire, one official said, while members of Fatah Islam threatened to take the fight across the country. At one point, the battle appeared to be moving out of the camp as several of the militants tried to come on to the main road, only to face a hail of machine gun fire. “Their goal is to destroy this country,” said Ahmad Marouk, who stood outside the entrance to the camp early Monday watching the fighting. “The army is unprepared for this, and their bases are not prepared.” Three soldiers were killed and several others were wounded in an attack on an army post outside Nahr el Bared late Monday night. The civilian death count was expected to grow because rescue workers had not been able to venture deep into the camp and take a detailed survey of the victims. During a two-hour cease-fire on Monday afternoon, the Red Cross was allowed to evacuate 16 injured people from the camp, a spokesman for the aid agency said. But the fighting quickly resumed when the militants broke the cease-fire, Lebanon’s official news agency reported. Among those killed in the battles on Sunday was a fugitive suspect in a failed train bombing in Germany last year, authorities and family members said. Saddam al Hajdib, who had escaped Germany with his brother, Youssef, after planning what the German authorities last summer said was the gravest terrorist threat in the country since the hijackings of Sept. 11, 2001, were plotted in Hamburg, died with his brother Amer when security forces descended on the building where they were hiding. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TRIPOLI, Lebanon – Lebanese tanks and artillery pounded a Palestinian refugee camp in this northern Lebanese city for the second straight day on Monday, with the goal of trapping members of a radical Islamist group. The attack raised concerns for thousands trapped inside. Government officials said at least 60 people had been killed – 30 soldiers, 15 militants and 15 civilians – in the fighting that began when a police raid on bank robbers early Sunday escalated into one of Lebanon’s most significant security crises since the end of the civil war. The militant group, Fatah Islam, which is thought to have links to al-Qaida, fired anti-aircraft guns and mortars and had night vision goggles and other sophisticated equipment. The Lebanese army does not have such gear. last_img read more

Monaco fans take aim at Mbappe

first_imgMbappe was left out of Monaco’s squad for Friday’s Ligue 1 outing at Metz as speculation intensified surrounding the teen sensation’s future.“Kylian is not at 100 percent. He is not in great form. But that is to be expected of a kid who is just 18,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim explained.Mbappe’s new employers will have to meet a reported 180 million euros price tag to secure the services of a player who scored 26 goals in 44 matches last season.The club’s Ultras said they were “amazed and indignant” at the amount of money “involved in Mbappe’s transfer and in his salary to extend his contract”.“No player is worth so many millions of euros,” argued UM1994.In their Twitter criticism Monaco’s Ultras spoke of “the love and respect for the shirt of the club that helped shape him for life”.And they reminded Kylian Mbappe “and his entourage” that “nothing or no one is bigger than AS Monaco.”Their statement concluded with a vote of confidence in the club’s directors “to construct a team capable of defending our title with or without Mbappe”.Monaco have lost three key members of the title-winning team this summer.Full-back Benjamin Mendy was sold to Manchester City for a reported £52 million fee, a world record for a defender, last month, joining Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva at the club.Powerful midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko meanwhile joined Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe scored 26 goals in 44 matches for Monaco last season © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMONACO, Monaco, Aug 22 – Monaco’s unsettled striker Kylian Mbappe came under fire on Tuesday from hardcore supporters of the French champions.Ultras Monaco 1994 took to Twitter to claim that the reported P aris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid target had “proved nothing special in his few dozen matches as a professional”.last_img read more

Bayern maintain iron-grip as Leipzig falter

first_img0Shares0000Leipzig’s head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl’s squad have struggled to meet the demands of having to play virtually every three days in recent weeks © AFP/File / ROBERT MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Dec 13 – RB Leipzig risk falling off the pace in the pack chasing run-away Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with their coach Ralph Hasenhuettl admitting his side is flagging.“We’re running close to empty and you can see the team is torturing itself,” said Hasenhuettl after his team scraped a 1-1 draw on Tuesday to just hold onto second place in the table. The Austrian’s youthful squad have struggled to meet the demands of having to play virtually every three days in recent weeks, but now have just one game left before the Bundesliga breaks for winter.Last week’s 2-1 home defeat against Besiktas meant they bowed out of the Champions League in the group stages and will face Napoli in the last 32 of the Europa League in February.“It is especially difficult for our younger players. In this three-day rhythm, which goes on and on, you lose your power at some point,” admitted midfielder Kevin Kampl.Leipzig are at risk of being caught by their league chasing rivals.They have taken only five points in as many games while Bayern have tightened their iron-grip on first place by winning seven of their last eight Bundesliga games.Jupp Heynckes’ Bavarians could open a ten-point gap if they beat bottom side Cologne and third-placed Schalke fail to beat Augsburg on Wednesday.Leipzig are currently on 28 points, but Schalke, Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach are all within three points behind.In Wolfsburg on Tuesday, Leipzig struggled to get back on level terms after Paul Verhaegh slotted an early penalty for the hosts.Hasenhuettl’s side finally got the break when Marcel Halstenburg equalised on 52 minutes.However in the closing stages, goalkeeper Peter Gulasci pulled of a string of saves as Divock Origi, on loan from Liverpool, nearly restored Wolfsburg’s lead.Leipzig then had defender Dayot Upamecano sent off in injury time for a second yellow card and the French teenager is suspended for Sunday’s visit of Hertha Berlin in Leipzig’s final Bundesliga game of 2017.“Against, Hertha, we want to show some of our old strength again,” said Kampl.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester City eye Marquinhos but face battle with Barcelona

first_img1 Barcelona are confident of beating Manchester City in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, according to reports in Brazil.The Catalan club have already signed Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia but are still on the hunt for another central defender.And Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte claim that Barcelona are willing to offer £40million to secure the services of Marquinhos.Manchester City are also determined to bring in a new centre-back this summer to partner captain Vincent Kompany.The Premier League champions have been heavily linked with a move for Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala, although the transfer appears to have stalled. Marquinhos last_img read more

Keyboard warriors to clash in Saturday’s #KOT5Aside

first_img0Shares0000A total of 16 teams will battle for supremacy led by defending champions Handas FC with 100,000 shillings prize money courtesy of Safaricom to be shared by the podium finishers. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – Keyboard warriors will on Saturday for a moment be offline and put their concentration on the pitch when the third edition of the #KOT5Aside football tournament will go down at the Ligi Ndogo Ground.A total of 16 teams will battle for supremacy led by defending champions Handas FC with Ksh100,000 prize money courtesy of telecommunication firm Safaricom to be shared by the podium finishers. The winner will walk home with Ksh50,000, first runners up gets Ksh 30,000 while third placed will pocket Ksh 20,000.The tournament will be on Knock-out basis, beginning in the round of 16 with the highlight being the Traditional #KOT5Aside derby pitting Daycare and Chuom which is spearheaded by the Tournament Director SirAlexas told Capital Sport.“The main idea of starting this tournament is to bring Kenyans On Twitter together to have fan and network. We are set for the competition on Saturday and I call on fans to came watch and meet the guys who make trends,” SirAlexas, who is also the founder of the tournament stated.The participating teams are; Daycare, Chuom, Jet Boys, Wazee wa Kazi, Chap Dee Boyz, Bed Sitter, Cech Mates, Hope FC, Bengaluru, Generali Unfit FC, Gumzo Mtaani, Milimani FC, Uge FC and Konki.Other co-sponsors in this year’s edition are Jambo Jet, Red Bull who are the official drinking partner and Oddi Bet who will award extra Ksh 50,000 for teams kitted by them if one of them wins the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Carlos Tevez opens door to sensational £15m Liverpool switch

first_imgCarlos Tevez could return to the Premier League after informing Juventus he intends to leave the club this summer, according to reports in Italy.The former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City forward has been linked with a switch to Liverpool in the close season and he is reportedly keen to return to England.The Argentine forward, who hit 29 goals in 48 outings for double-winning Juve last term, is out of contract at the end of next season and is in talks with a number of clubs over his next destination.According to Spanish newspaper AS, Tevez’s agent will meet with the Old Lady this week to make a decision over his future.The 31-year-old, who left City two years ago for Serie A, is also wanted by former club Boca Juniors but his £15m price tag could prove to be a stumbling block.It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will bid for Tevez having already signed Danny Ings this week, but Mario Balotelli’s uncertain Anfield future could convince Brendan Rodgers to dip into the transfer market once again.Juve have a list of targets lined up as replacements for Tevez should he leave Turin, including Mario Mandzukic, Edinson Cavani and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain. Carlos Tevez 1last_img read more


first_imgThree Chambers of Commerce in the North West have come together to promote accessibility in Donegal and Strabane.The heads of the Chambers in Letterkenny, Ballybofey / Stranorlar and Strabane have come out in support of the Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards. The awards programme encourages organisations make little changes to their work practices and working environment under four headings: access to information, built environment, communication and attitudes and awareness.Funding for this project has been provided by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by Co-operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.Toni Forrester CEO of Letterkenny Chamber says improving access is a smart business move.“This is a wonderful initiative rewarding businesses who make small changes to improve accessibility. The free support package from ADAPT will help organisations to get involved, even those who feel they have little or no additional financial resources to spend in this area. We will certainly be encouraging our members to participate.” Charlie Ferry is Chairman of Ballybofey Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce. He says the importance of accessibility just makes business sense given that 12% of the population has a disability.“Organisations who are committed to looking after all their customers including those with disabilities will be honoured through this campaign and we are delighted to be on board.”Declan Hughes, Chairman of Strabane Chamber of Commerce is inviting their members to get involved.“We are asking our members to consider entering under one of the eight categories which are transport, health, education, housing, retail, industry and hospitality. Winners will be rewarded with a free marketing package from Media Box, which promises to provide free media profiling to award winning organizations in this difficult time.The Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards programme is open to businesses, non-profit and statutory organisations based in the Strabane District Council area and in adjoining border areas within Donegal County Council’s remit including Killea, Carrigans, St. Johnston, Newtowncunningham, Manorcunningham, Raphoe, Convoy, Castlefinn, Killygordon, Lifford, Letterkenny, Drumkeen, Ballybofey, Stranorlar and Cloghan.An independent Advisory Committee will decide on the allocation of all Awards. This programme will run until May, so organizations are encouraged to enter now and make those changes which will ultimately create a win-win situation for all involved. At the end of the Campaign, eight Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards Category Winners will be chosen and one overall Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Award Winner will be announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony on 30th May 2013. For more information on the awards log onto or find them on facebook and twitter. You can also contact Media Box on 00353 74-9168478 or email Joanne@mediabox.ieDONEGAL AND TYRONE CHAMBERS UNITE TO PROMOTE ACCESSABILITY was last modified: October 9th, 2012 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

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