Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Sandis Tsaka said EMTV were given the exclusive rights to televise the Pacific Test Rugby League match by the Australian NRL.“I am happy to announce that Papua New Guineans will be able to watch their beloved PNG LNG Kumuls take on Fiji Batis on their television screens on EMTV,” said Tsaka.He added that FM 100 will also relay a live radio broadcast if people do not have access to a television set.Manager for news and current affairs for EMTV, Neville Choi said international rugby league will feature prominently on EMTV this year and next.He added that EMTV will televise the Kumuls versus Bati match followed by the Tonga versus Samoa game.“The two matches will be exclusively telecast live. The first is the PNG LNG Kumuls versus Fiji Bati game which starts at 5.30pm followed by the Tonga versus Samoa match at 7.30pm,” said Choi.He finished saying EMTV also holds the exclusive rights for the Four Nations Rugby League Tournament in England later this year and the Rugby League World Cup co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and PNG next year.“Exclusive telecast of the three World Cup pool matches PNG will host in Port Moresby next year will be featured on EMTV,” said Choi.He said the three licences that EMTV has been granted are for terrestrial Free-To-Air broadcasters only which EMTV holds exclusive rights in PNG.
Word is that when the girls do the swimming drills, their expensive hairstyles get severely compromised, often to the degree of thousands of dollars. The story continues that most of the girls have to go about their normal lives as office workers and university students with their hair in a mess. Human beings are naturally resistant to change, even when change could ultimately be beneficial to the individual and wider good. I posit the example of the Reggae Boyz’ former Brazilian football coach RenÈ Simies, who upon his first arrival in Jamaica in 1994, sought to change every minute detail of how Jamaicans thought about football, how we govern the game, and how we played the game. At the time, Simies had several detractors, squabbles, spats and even confrontations with members of the football family, including some of his star players. The feisty little Brazilian was called everything ranging from a “madman” to a “cab driver”. Within three years, Simoes’s status shifted from villain to Jamaica’s favourite honorary son, as he historically guided the Reggae Boyz to the promised land of the World Cup Finals in 1998. There are absolutely no guarantees or even indicators to suggest that coach Allison-McCracken will commensurately replicate Simoes’ football success, in netball, but she has started out with the right attitude, which is obviously ruffling some HAIR. RESISTANT TO CHANGE The recent decision by new Sunshine Girls head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken to boot three members of the national senior team continues to cause a stir across the local netball and general sports fraternity. Opinions are predictably split between those in support of the actions of the new coach and those in support for the now suspended players. However, it is a no-brainer for me. The coach is the person in ultimate control and with full responsibility for matters relating to training methods, tactics, and team selection. It is completely the prerogative of the coach to fairly and appropriately discipline members of the team she is charged with preparing. The three ladies involved in this latest saga, Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams and Nicole Dixon, were to varying degrees guilty of open defiance of the coach’s instructions, an offence that is reasonably punishable by suspension at this level of sport. The point of no return is nay whenever sports stars begin to see themselves as indispensable. Certainly, a new coach with as challenging a mandate for change as Mrs Allison-McCracken has, must act fairly and decisively to set the tone for the journey down the path of change. One could empathise with the suspended players if it could be reasonably deemed that the new training measures and exercises being introduced were foreign, extreme or draconian. Incredibly, the epicentre of this controversy seems to revolve around the desire of the national coach for senior team representatives to spend more time in the swimming pool. There is now of course, talk about the WAY the coach talks to the players, and suggestions that she is a dictator with a touch of sophisticated arrogance. There is even talk of a possible “swimming phobia” sweeping through the national netball squad. The rhetoric goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with the revelation that the real problem is that the majority of the sunshine girls are against the frequent pool exercises because they do not want to get their hair wet.
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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Golden State moved into a tie for the third-longest road winning streak in a season in NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the record with 16 straight road wins during the 1971-72 season.Next up for the NBA-leading Warriors (37-9) is a prime-time showdown with Houston on Saturday in the finale of a five-game trip.“It’s going to be a very tough game Saturday, probably the toughest of the trip,” Thompson said, “and if we could go undefeated on this road trip that would be incredible.”Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points for Chicago, which dropped to 14-8 since its 3-20 start. Robin Lopez scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and Kris Dunn also had 16.“We played three quarters of really good basketball, but you take one off against a team like this, you’re not going to win,” coach Fred Hoiberg said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Klay Thompson scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 30 and the Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Wednesday night for their franchise record-tying 14th straight road win.“It was an old-school Splash Brother game,” coach Steve Kerr said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe “Splash Brothers” nickname for Thompson and Curry has faded in prominence since Durant joined the duo before last season, but the sharpshooting guards can still put on a show. Thompson was 7 for 13 from 3-point range and Curry was 6 for 11 from behind the arc; no other player made a 3 for the Warriors.“When they got it going like that, you just play your role and know your place, man,” Durant said. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Chicago Bulls’ David Nwaba (11) steals the ball from Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) as Lauri Markkanen also defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Chicago. The Warriors won 119-112. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — When the Splash Brothers are making their shots, even Kevin Durant is content with a supporting role.Such is life for the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Rain or Shine reduces Phoenix to ashes OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Warriors played without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala due to injuries, and Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle when he challenged Lopez’s dunk on the Bulls’ first possession. Bell stayed down for a while and then was helped to his feet. He tried to put pressure on his leg and grimaced before he opted for a wheelchair ride off the court.The 23-year-old Bell was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the June draft and then dealt to the Warriors for financial considerations. X-rays were negative, but he was using crutches and a walking boot after the win and will have an MRI on Thursday.“It was definitely way worse than a normal sprain,” Bell said. “Like I said, I thought I broke it.”Thompson and Curry led the way as Golden State outscored Chicago 32-12 in the third quarter to open a 95-78 lead. Curry made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 9:23 left in the period, sparking a 19-0 run for the Warriors.The Bulls made a late charge, closing to 112-107 on Dunn’s fast-break dunk with 2:55 left. Dunn landed awkwardly on the play and his face slammed into the floor. He was being evaluated for a possible concussion after the loss.The NBA champion Warriors responded with Thompson’s driving layup and a three-point play for Durant. Thompson also made two foul shots with 17.4 seconds left to help Golden State secure the win.LaVINE’S NIGHTBulls guard Zach LaVine had five points on 2-for-12 shooting in his third game of the season after recovering from left knee surgery. He has been on a minutes restriction, but the plan is to re-evaluate the situation at this point for possible extended action.“We’ll get together with the medical staff tomorrow and we’ll map out a plan moving forward for the next week,” Hoiberg said. “He feels great and I think had a great first three games for us.”TIP-INSWarriors: Green is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and Iguodala has a bruised left calf. … F Omri Casspi played for the first time in a week after being sidelined by lower back soreness. Casspi was available for Golden State’s win at Cleveland, but Kerr held him out. “I wasn’t comfortable playing him yet, because he hadn’t really played enough with that bad back,” Kerr said. “I’m a little sensitive to bad backs. I wanted him to get a good workout (on Tuesday).”Bulls: Hoiberg had lunch with Kerr after he got the job with Chicago. “I think the world of Steve,” said Hoiberg, who is in his third season with the Bulls. “He’s been great to me since I’ve been in the league.” … The Bulls lost 143-94 at Golden State in their first meeting of the season on Nov. 24.UP NEXT Warriors: Split their first two games this season against the Rockets, losing 122-121 at home on Oct. 17 and winning 124-114 at Houston on Jan. 4.Bulls: Open a three-game trip Saturday at Atlanta. They also visit New Orleans and Philadelphia next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
A mother, Mamakor Dessah, has given birth to quintuplets (five babies at one time) without any complications.Said birth is the first such delivery in the nation’s history, according to Nurse Felicia Broh’s report.The mother of the babies said the five children were born normally, without her undergoing any operation as many people have experienced in such deliveries of more than one child.According to Mamakor, the mother of the five, she delivered them at the Sinji hospital in Grand Cape Mount County on June 14, 2014. But she was immediately transferred at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia, because the children needed to be placed in incubators due to the their smallness in size.Mrs. Dessah said that of the four surviving children, three are girls plus one boy. Two of the children are currently on oxygen while all the four remain in the incubator.Mamakor told the Daily Observer she was unable to breast feed the four babies she had given birth to as they need a lot of milk, health facilities and clothes, “which I don’t have the hand to provide them,” she said.“We don’t have the support for the children, because their needs are many, like milk, clothes and health services. They also need to be on regular medication to keep them healthy, and food.”Mamakor Dessah, who lay very still and could hardly say a word, was assisted by nurses and relatives, including her husband who went to visit her after the safe delivery.Also speaking to the Daily Observer, the quintuplets’ father, Seminah Dessah, said, “I was confused and did know what to do when they called me and told me that my wife had given birth to five children at once. I did not know what to do at the beginning, but I just had to come because I could not escape my responsibility; the news was heavy, but I had to accept it.”He further stated that prior to his wife’s delivery of the quintuplets, they already had four children. During her first delivery, she had one child. The second delivery produced twins but, according to him, the twin children did not live.The third pregnancy produced triplets, making them the parents of four children before the birth of the quintuplets.According to Mr. Dessah, his wife’s recent delivery of five babies, one of whom did not survive, makes eight in all the number of children born unto them.Seminah Dessah is at the moment calling on all people of goodwill, all humanitarian organizations, both Christian and Islamic, and the Government of Liberia to kindly help support the children.“I am a farmer that don’t have any means of support [for] all of these children. All I have to give them is father’s love and care. We are unable even to provide the milk that is needed for their daily consumption.” Anyone wishing to reach out to the quintuplets, their parents and family are asked kindly to contact the Daily Observer at the corner of Benson and McDonald Streets. We may be reached 0886 812-888, 0886 472-772, 077 472-772 and 0886 631-025.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia celebrated its 168th independence anniversary on July 26, 2015. As has become customary since the Tubman era, the celebrations were held in a county capital away from Monrovia, by rotation. It was Sinoe and Grand Kru counties’ turn this year.The media reports capitalized on the fact that the turnout when President Sirleaf arrived in Greenville was not very inspiring. They put it down to pique on the part of Sinoeans over a long festering dispute with the Malaysian based oil palm giant Golden Veroleum in which the citizens of Sinoe accused the Sirleaf administration of siding with the company. So, they were going to sulk and not accord her the normal courtesies given to a distinguished visitor, in this case their president. Romeo Quiah, the superintendent of Sinoe, has a much more pedestrian explanation for the poor turnout. He said the president arrived late at night and because of that many of the county capital’s residents who would have been on parade to greet her had turned in for the night. That is his story and he is sticking to it.Barclayville was an altogether different story. Mary Broh, the conquering heroine of the Grand Kru county, was in full bloom. The Barclayville city hall, where the intercessory service was held on Sunday, July 25th, was packed to the gills. Balloons. Bunting. A festive atmosphere.President Sirleaf, clearly delighted at the contrast in receptions, was lavish in her praise of her hosts, noting that it was the first time the entire diplomatic corps had ever been present at such an event. Yes, all was mirth and glee. Greenville, the elephant in the room, with its awkward tapestry of less than stellar hospitality, we were encouraged to view as a distant memory, something that was not real, just a figment of our fertile imagination.But how we got there was illuminating. After 5 hours of driving on dirt tracks the day before, to get from Buchanan to Greenville, we had to awake with the cockerels and embark on another 5 bone-jarring hour odyssey from Greenville to Barclayville. My niece Wilhelmina, who loves to walkabout and had gleefully accepted my invitation to accompany me on what she imagined would be unadulterated fun, quipped to me at the end of our sojourn, “Uncle Harry, the next time you tell me about going to Sinoe and Grand Kru I will bust bottle on your head. The place far, yah!”After the intercessory service, we began the trek back to Greenville, stopping for lunch at Senator Peter Coleman’s newly constructed guest house on the highway, at the Barclayville intersection. It’s a nice habitat, in the middle of nowhere, but with suitable accomodations. Ever the salesman, he informed us with a glint in his eye that after Independence, his room rates would descend dramatically. The wait staff at the motel is ascending the learning curve. It will be interesting to revisit 6 months from now to find out how much they have learned about customer service. For now, it was evidently a foreign language. After this journey, I now know why the southeast is cut off from the rest of the country. It’s the roads. The distance from Buchanan to Greenville (via Rivercess) is almost the same as from Monrovia to Buchanan. But, whereas you can do the Monrovia-Buchanan trip in 2 hours of relative comfort. Buchanan-Greenville will take you 5 hours of body-shaking discomfort. Any pregnant woman attempting the journey would be well advised to have a midwife in tow.Greenville, Grand Cess, Harper—-all of these places and points in between have beaches to die for. The tourist potential of the coastal southeast is breathtaking. But the first step towards realizing that potential is paving the road from Buchanan to Greenville to Harper. Paving the roads will have the added bonus of re-integrating the southeast into the rest of Liberia. That is the real value. So, all those people who are asking you to vote for them in 2017 should make paving the road from Buchanan to Harper a high priority. Then we will know they are serious about integration and developing the southeast. The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at (firstname.lastname@example.org).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Department of Energy Head Ndibi Schwiers…Energy Dept launches environmental agreements committeeGuyana has signed on to a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) with the hope of handling environmental issues and threats efficiently and effectively but the challenges posed in doing so stem from lack of coordinated efforts by stakeholders.This is according to the Director of the Department of Energy at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ndibi Schwiers.She stated that despite the challenges faced, much has been achieved in the country with regard to MEAs; they have been used to develop new regulations, policies, and even entire institutions. However, the major challenge lies in the coordination of the implementation of these MEAs.“We do not have, at the moment, a single functional mechanism to effectively coordinate MEAs’ implementation. Essentially, what I am saying is that the agencies that are responsible for implementing the MEAs don’t necessarily get to communicate as the MEAs are their responsibilities and they tend to deal with that but we recognise that this has to be corrected. The current situation is that mechanisms that currently exist whereby the agencies that are responsible for implementing the MEAs, that situation serves what I would refer to as a pooling mechanism instead of an effective coordinated mechanism,” Schwiers explained at the launching of the first MEAs Committee on Monday.According to the Environment Department’s Head, at a national level, Guyana has signed on to 26 MEAs and is expected to be inking much more in the near future, and this is another reason that the MEAs Committee has now been established.This Committee, she said, will not only be responsible for ensuring that Guyana is very responsive to international obligations but it will also enable the improved coordination and collaboration of environmental governance at a national level. “We have today representatives from Government, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), academia, Private Sector and so on. As it is our collective efforts which will enable us to treat with pressing environmental issues of the day inclusive of waste management,” she stated.Schwiers also noted that the stakeholders present at the launching ceremony can also offer suggestions on how the Terms of Reference for the Committee can be improved.“Whether there is anything else that you believe we should do. So that when the MEAs Committee is fully up and running we would be able to achieve the mandate that we would have established.”
Planned strikeThe Guyana Teachers’ Union on Monday circulated a letter to its members, informing them that they are not to report for pre-term activities until further notice. This signals the start of its strike action following failed talks between Government and the union.Last week, the GTU Executive met with Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, among other senior officials, to iron out issues surrounding the teachers’ salary increases. However, Government rejected the GTU proposal, resulting in the threat of industrial action.The Government was officially informed of the planned action; and the letter, in the name of GTU President Mark Lyte, was circulated to members on Monday.The letter stated that the decision was taken by the GTU on the insistence of its members to call strike action due to failed talks between them and MoE. The Union views the counter-proposal tabled by MoE as an insult to the integrity of all teachers in Guyana.“We believe that enough patience was exhibited by the Union to allow MoE to arrive at a satisfactory proposal. Strike will officially commence on 27 August 2018, and will continue until further notice. GTU calls on all teachers to join in this justified action, since our rights are being infringed by our employer. This decision is supported not only by General Council, but our private opinion poll among teachers and civic-minded persons across Guyana indicates that teachers nationwide have full support for this action,” the letter stated.The union asked its member to not report for work from the commencement of pre-term activities until further notice, and not to listen to threats which will come from high offices. Additionally, Head Teachers are urged to begin handing over the school’s key to the respective Education Departments.“Teachers throughout the length and breadth of Guyana are asked to support this justified action taken by your Union to ensure that an agreement is reached between MoE and GTU,” the letter concluded.The Guyana Teachers’ Union has been engaged in discussions with the Government since 2015, when their multi-year agreement came to an end. Late 2017, at the behest of President David Granger, they sat as a part of a high level task force to address the issue of teachers’ pay and working conditions.When Government met with the GTU on Thursday, they shot down all of the union’s proposal in regard to increase. The union had initially requested a 40 per cent increase in 2016; 45 per cent in 2017, and 50 per cent in 2018, 2019 and 2020. However, they compromised during the negotiation phase and agreed to accept a 40 percent to serve as a base from 2016 with 5 percent incremental increase for the remaining years.A number of requests from the GTU, including a long awaited retroactive increase in salaries across the board and increases in keeping with improved qualifications, were rejected by the Government at the meeting.The meeting featured Ministers Nicolette Henry and Amna Ally, as well as Junior Minister Keith Scott and GTU President Mark Lyte. Their discussions related to the proposals from a joint task force that President David Granger had himself ordered into the teachers’ plight last year.Even though that task force had the input of Government, it was indicated to teachers on Thursday that a specialist would have to be contracted to determine the increases. In addition, the teachers were bluntly told that instead of the specific increases ranging from 40 per cent in 2016 to 50 per cent in 2020, a ball park figure would be used based on the current salary scale.When it comes to debunching payments, which is payment based on years of service, the GTU requested payments on the scales of, and retroactive from, the 2011 agreement. Instead, the Government proposed another ball park figure for the new school year of 2018 to 2019.“The Guyana Teachers’ Union disagreed on this counter-proposal, stating the amount allocated did not cater for the years signed and agreed to previously by the Government,” a release from the ministry said. “They noted that the previous Permanent Secretary signed an agreement to honour the debunching payment from 2011.”A request for a $5,000 monthly emotional, stress and risk allowance was met by the Government urging a “holistic approach”. As such, the Government team stated that it cannot be considered at this time, taking into account the wider public service. A similar response met requests for mileage and maintenance allowances for top school officials. A request for all teachers to receive double pay in December had to be withdrawn.
“I am really happy with the progression,” said FSJ head coach Richard Stickel. “All the skaters are making big strides and all the skates realized what they needed to do to race those races. We have a younger group and they finished where they should have finished. Overall I think they did really well.”A handful of local skaters now prepare for the Canadian Age Class Track event in Quebec City this weekend, after qualifying at Provincials in mid-January. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club had a successful National Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup #3 over the weekend at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The event featured 122 competitors from across Canada with around 90 skaters in the Junior Long Track Championships and just under 40 in the Canada Cup #3.In the Junior Women’s category where the skaters had to complete the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 3,000-metre events to place in the final standings. Renee Kalkman finished in the top spot among Elks Club skaters in fourteenth place overall. Amanda Mitchell wasn’t far behind in sixteenth spot, while Yuna Lovell came in seventeenth. Hannah Brunn of Dawson Creek raced to a twenty-fifth place finish. Brooke Braun of the Energetic City completed only three of the four events required for placement.- Advertisement -In the Junior Men’s group, Nicolas Guliov placed twenty-third after finishing all of the 500-, 1,000-, 1,500- and 5,000-metre events while Nyam Newlove finished thirty-first overall. Joshua Telizyn competed in all four events but did not place due to a disqualification. Dakotah Ruel of Dawson Creek didn’t place after completing only three of the four events.In the Canada Cup #3 Senior Men’s division Jacob Graham from Dawson Creek placed second in the first 500-metre race and seventh in the first 1,000-metre event. He bettered his placement in the second go-round of each event with a first and sixth place finishes.In the sixteen lap Mass Start race where the top 28 competitors in earlier competition qualified for the event, Renee Kalkman placed eleventh and Amanda Mitchell came in twenty-second.Advertisement
The B.C. government has signed the latest in a series of resource sharing agreements with First Nations — this one involving three bands in northeast B.C.The agreements will see the Doig River, West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations consult and collaborate with the government, on land and resource use, including forestry and oil and gas. Under the agreements, the three Treaty Eight members get 17 million dollars.Prophet River First Nation Chief, Lynette Tsakoza, says the agreements will help aboriginal people share, in the economic wealth of their traditional territory.So does Aboriginal Relations Minister George Abbott….[asset|aid=2915|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6ff916a7668db693da6bbf9406909652-George Abbott_2_Pub.mp3] In addition, to the aforementioned 17 million, the deal also provides annual revenue-sharing payments for 15 years, up to as much as 10 million dollars each year.- Advertisement –
Ian Rush insists Mario Balotelli DOES have a future at Liverpool – despite his half-time shirt swap against Real Madrid.The Reds striker was seen handing Portugal defender Pepe his shirt as the two sides walked down the tunnel at the break.Balotelli was removed at half-time of the 3-0 defeat at Anfield, and replaced by Adam Lallana, as Liverpool’s stuttering Champions League campaign suffered another blow.But club legend Rush, who won the European Cup twice during his time with the club, claims the wayward Italian just needs to start scoring goals for the Merseysiders.“The Liverpool fans are very knowledgeable, and you just don’t do that,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I’m sure Brendan Rodgers will have a word with him behind closed doors.“He still has a future at Liverpool. The fans are some of the most patient, but he has to realise he’s playing at Liverpool Football Club, not just any other club.“He’s got to show his commitment to the club by proving it on the pitch.”