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Lewas aiming for top spot in EAP

first_img“Our preparation has been really good. We have a good mixture of youthful and experienced players. The young girls have brought in good energy to the team and it has rubbed off on the girls,” said Siaka. Pacific MMI Insurance managing director Wayne Dorgan wished the Lewas success in their quest. He said  the company’s sponsorship wanted to ensure Papua New Guineans had the opportunity to realise their full potential now and in the future. Lewas captain Pauke Siaka said Japan was the biggest threat and the PNG team had prepared well to beat them and reclaim the top ranking in the EAP. She said the team had learnt from past performances and would be able to adapt faster to the different playing conditions in Japan. The tournament will run from the 7-11th of May and will feature hosts Japan, Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Cricket Without Borders team. The team that finishes in first place will advance on to the World Cup qualifiers.center_img Siaka said the team had a good bowling attack and would use this strength against the other teams. The Lewas team features seven new debutants, one of which is Seilosi Ambo from Popondetta. The Lewas will play their first match next Wednesday against Vanuatu. The Pacific MMI Lewas are determined to win back the number one ranking when they depart for Japan this Sunday for the ICC East Asia Pacific (EAP) Women’s trophy.last_img read more

Daley adjusting to new midfield role

first_img “I am about 80 percent fit. [I] still need more games, but the extra work I have been doing is paying off. Each game I try to get better, so I have looked pass this game and look forward to the next,” he added. The attacker has been employed in an unusually deep midfield position this season, where he can influence and control the flow of games, and against Reno he pulled the strings with devastating effect. “I feel confident, this (new) role will help my personal game and help the team. Coach wants me to start the plays. So I have to take responsibility and tryto help the team in every way,” he said. “The new role is alright. It’s a mental role, you have to be focused and you cannot lapse. You might get a lot of space, but you don’t get any time on the ball. “You have to be confident on the ball so your teammates can trust you, because it’s a trustworthy role; you have to be a ball handler because it’s risky, one slip up and it’s a chance, so you have to stay focused,” he continued. The former Meadhaven star is now focus on winning his and UWI’s first Premier League title this season. “Last year we barely missed the semi-finals. We have some very good young players and coach believes in us. He believes I am one of the best players in the country, and I know in myself that I am one of the best despite the bad patches sometimes, but once the ball is rolling and I am fit and in condition, anything is possible because the sky is the limit,” he said. DEVASTATING EFFECT Since Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, returned to league leaders UWI FC full-time this season, he has been showing glimpses of his tremendous talent, and if the 29-year-old continues to progress the way he has since coming back to the team in January, after a lengthy injury layoff, fans might once again find a valid reason to leave their homes on a Sunday to watch Jamaica’s local top-flight football competition. On Sunday against Reno, the former national youth star’s composure, quality and vision was miles ahead of his peers and he says he is only looking to get better each game. “I was away for a short period. I started the season, but I was injured and missed a few games; but now I am back and want to continue where I left off,” he told The Gleaner after his commanding performance in UWI’s 1-0 win over Reno.last_img read more

Africa, the World Must Stop the South Sudan Civil War

first_imgOne of the most tragic and unfortunate situations on the international scene in recent times is the outbreak of civil war in Africa’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan.Barely a year after declaring independence from its northern neighbor, Sudan, petroleum-rich South Sudan, which holds Africa’s largest petroleum reserves outside Nigeria and Angola, broke out on December 13, 2013 into a brutal civil conflict that has already claimed over  10,000 lives and the displacement of nearly 300,000. Conflict erupted in South Sudan on Dec. 15 after President Salva Kiir accused former Vice President Riek Machar of trying to stage a coup, a charge Machar denies. The dispute escalated into clashes between members of Kiir’s ethnic Dinka community and Machar’s Nuer group.After rumors about an alleged planned coup surfaced in Juba in late 2012, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir issued a series of decrees making major changes to the senior leadership of his government, party and military. In January 2013 Kiir replaced the inspector general of the National Police Service with a lieutenant from the army and dismissed six deputy chiefs of staff and 29 major generals. ] In February 2013 Kiir retired an additional 117 army generals but this was viewed as troublesome because it was seen by others as a power grab.   The scale of these reorganizations was unprecedented.     In July 2013 Kiir dismissed vice president Riek Machar, along with his entire cabinet. Kiir suspended the SPLM secretary-general Pagan Amum Okech, an ethnic Shilluk, and issued a decree preventing him from leaving Juba or speaking to the media. The decrees elicited fears of political unrest, with Machar claiming that Kiir’s move was a step towards dictatorship and announcing that he would challenge Kiir in the 2015 presidential election.  He said that if the country is to be united, it cannot tolerate “one man’s rule.”In November 2013 Kiir disbanded all of the top-level organs of the SPLM, including the Political Bureau, the National Convention and the National Liberation Council. He cited their failed performance and the expiration of their term limits.   Further, Machar and Kiir, while being members of the SPLM, are members of different tribes. Kiir is an ethnic Dinka, while Machar is an ethnic Nuer.  This is the background to the conflict.  It is very clear that there are two main factors here: first, the failure of leadership; and second, ethnic and tribal confrontations.President Kiir exposed himself to charges, clearly not unfounded, that the reorganization of the government by retiring so many officials and army  generals looked very much like a power grab.  He should have known better given the volatile (explosive, unstable, unpredictable) tribal arrangements that make up South Sudan.  As an experienced military strategist and political actor, he should have known better and handled the situation far more prudently.East African and international leaders are to be commended for speedily convening the peace talks in Addis Ababa.  The talks have, fortunately, been going well, except that one of the key conditions of the rebels, that the several ministers of the former government who were arrested should be released, has not yet been met.    President Kiir has not yet yielded to this demand.  That is not too much a concession to make in the search for peace.  Moreover, President Kiir should be open to the evolution of a democratic culture in the government.  He must learn from the mistakes of so many African leaders whose nations have gone down because of autocratic, dictatorial and personal rule.  The whole continent, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and, of course the first African republic, Liberia, have gone under for the same reason.Let not South Sudan fall prey to the same conundrum (problem) that has caused so many African nations to lose nearly a half century of progress.Remember, those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.  Today, this is totally unnecessary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MPT Minister Attends UPU Global Addressing Confab

first_imgThe Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh, accompanied by Deputy Minister for Administration, J. Ebenezer Kolliegbo, recently participated in a Global Addressing Conference at the Universal Postal Union (UPU) headquarters in Berne, Switzerland.The conference explored access to address infrastructure, discussed new ways for addresses to be developed and quickly implemented at a lower cost, particularly through new technologies. Day one of the two day conference focused on illustrating the economic and social value of address, reviewed innovative solutions and tools that facilitate address management as well as access to spatial information. Day two was devoted to building capacities through a hands-on-session, focused on real examples of up-to-date, user-friendly addressing systems.According to a statement from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication (MPT), the Liberian government jumpstarted the implementation of its National Postal Address System Project when it allotted to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, for the first time, US$150,000 in the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget against this US$7 million project. Since then, an anticipated continual budgetary support to this project is yet to be seen through fiscal budgetary allotment.It may be recalled that on May 22, 2014, when the MPT Minister addressed the media at a regular press briefing at the Information Ministry, he emphasized that the lack of a national address system is not only unfavorable to the Home and Institutional Delivery Unit of the Ministry’s postal services to various customers, but remains a challenge to critical service providers swiftly reaching any part of Monrovia. Such vital services include the timely arrival of police officers to any community under attack by armed robbers; the prompt arrival of ambulance at any tragic scene to urgently take to hospital victims or seriously sick persons and revenue collectors easily and accurately locating businesses and real estate owners to collect needed government taxes. Others are the Liberia Electricity Corporation and the Liberia Water and Sewage Corporation easily locating their respective customers to deliver services and bills for payment, among other constraints. “Upon the successful completion of this National Postal Address Project across Monrovia and its immediate environs as well as all the provincial cities of the fifteen counties of Liberia, the Legislature may approve the next 2016-2017 fiscal budget for ongoing projects of the Ministry. The citizenry and the government will see how permanent, relevant and advantageous the effective, accessible and affordable our overall postal delivery system will buttress the socio-economic growth,” added Dr. Norkeh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandit caught, beaten in foiled Albouystown robbery

first_imgThe attempted robbery on a James Street, Albuoystown, Georgetown home was foiled in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when the alleged bandit was caught as he was about to enter through a window and given a justified thrashing.A neighbour told Guyana Times that rustling sounds were heard at about 01:10h which alerted the owner.By then, an inspection was made and the 25-year-old man was caught between the windows as he struggled to enter the house. The suspect attempted to break the window in his bid to escape but was caught by occupants of the house and dealt a sound trashing.“I hear the sound and thinking somebody trying to get in the house. My room was right by the window so when I peep through, I see the man climbing by the window. The same time Enid [the proprietor] like she wake up and she and the grandson start beating he,” the woman explained.“Apparently, they went beating he while he was by the window so he couldn’t escape. Like the window was too small for him to pass through. By God’s grace, they see him or else I don’t know what were to happen to them,” she added.When Police ranks arrived at the scene, the suspect was still trapped in the window and was visibly wounded. He was removed and handed over to the police as investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Uitvlugt Estate will not achieve 2020 target – workers

first_img…express dissatisfaction with affairs of industryBy Samuel SukhnandanThere is general consensus among sugar workers attached to the Uitvlugt Estate on the West Coast of Demerara that the projected target of 40,000 tonnes of sugar will not be achieved by 2020, despite the publication of several vacancies in the local media by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Cane harvester Loochand Sukram KhandhaiWorkers of all categories claim there is word making the rounds that if this target is not achieved, the Government might move to close this estate as well, leaving hundreds of workers on the bread line.Guyana Times visited the estate and spoke with several workers, who all expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which Government and GuySuCo are handling the affairs of the sugar industry, particularly how they are moving to downsize the industry.Field Secretary of the Uitvlugt Estate, Ranveer Singh, has claimed that the estate is far from achieving the projected target of 19,000 tonnes of sugar this year. According to him, it is highly impossible for the estate to reach 40,000 tonnes by 2020, and the most the entity is likely to achieve is 31,000 tonnes.“According to the planting programme and what they achieved in 2017, (it) will tell you what they could achieve in 2018. What I understand from my representatives in the back dam (is) that rat infestation is hitting this cultivation, and cattle damaging certain parts in the back dam,” he explained.Field Secretary of the Uitvlugt Estate, Ranveer SinghIncentivesThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) representative also raised concerns over GuySuCo’s disinclination to meet with the Union and discuss a way forward. He said the targets being set are not only unrealistic, but need workers input in order for to be achieved.He explained that the vacancies advertised for more workers would not attract much people, unless GuySuCo places more incentives in their employment packages.“Set the targets suitable so that the workers could achieve a WPI. Motivate them, so they would come out and work. API is a must. You are not going to attract cane cutters, too, when you have managers harassing workers and ill-treating them,” he explained.A factory worker for 15 years, with a combined work stint of 35 years at the Uitvlugt Estate, Deochand Harripersaud claimed that the estate has never achieved a 40,000-tonne target.“I am working 35 years in the sugar industry at that same estate, and Uitvlugt never made 40,000 tonnes sugar. The highest they ever made is 33,000 tonnes, and it is a big task to make that amount,” he asserted.Uitvlugt Estate factory worker Deochand HarripersaudThe estate worker also argued that even if the conditions were good to produce that much cane to meet the target set out by GuySuCo, the current configuration of the factory cannot handle that amount. It therefore means that the factory would require extensive expansion and repairs.Under-capacityIn providing a breakdown of the production level of the factory, he said the estate is capable of grinding 90-95 tonnes cane, but at present some 105 tonnes cane are being ground. It is not possible to increase this by another five tonnes, as it may put a strain on the equipment.“When you do that, the sugar (is lost) at the boiler, (which) doesn’t have the ability to (produce) that (much sugar). The boiling house, on the other hand, cannot (facilitate that amount of cane juice), and there is where the problem is occurring. It will cost the estate more, because when the boiling house full out with the juice, you will have to use fuel, wood and bagasse, and that’s (fuel worth) millions of dollars,” He said.Harripersaud also lamented that factory workers have been feeling the brunt of the estate’s limitations for many years now because of the deteriorating condition of the factory, especially since they are not acquiring any new parts to help sustain the equipment and facility for operations in future years to come.“Bringing equipment from Wales is not the (answer to the) problem, those things are used. Right now we are fabricating our own thing, but we are fabricating mild steel. (Approximately) three to four years from now, it will rotten out with the juice. We have cast iron for the sole plate for the mill, and we are fabricating one there now. Next two three years that will be (worthless), and they are saying that GuySuCo ain’t got money.”Uitvlugt Estate Manager Yudhisthira ManaHe continued: “We are not getting any new parts at Uitvlugt, it’s sheer old thing. When we doing maintenance, we are using a lot of old parts, cutting thing and putting it back. As for bolts and nuts, we don’t have (those) right now. We have to (re-thread used ones). So, I don’t know what they are talking about (producing) 40,000 tonnes (of sugar),” he stated.Based on the acreage under cane and the capacity of the factory, Harripersaud is of the opinion that the estate could achieve a production of between 30,000 tonnes of sugar minimum and 32,000 tonnes maximum.Harripersaud told this newspaper that by downsizing the sugar industry, the Government is just creating more uncertainty in the country, and this could, to a large extent, lead to an increase in criminal activities. This, according to him, could get worse in communities along the sugar belt.He also feels that GuySuCo is hiring too many managerial staff members, as opposed to people who work in the fields, and he has recommended that GuySuCo look into this with the aim of reducing the wage bill.Financial securityMeanwhile, Loochand Sukram Khandhai, a harvester for over 25 years, told Guyana Times that not only does Uitvlugt Estate lack the capacity to produce the anticipated 40,000 tonnes of sugar, but if the variety of cane is not changed and if enough is not done to improve the yield, then the estate would not have enough canes to meet that target.“Every crop you working you will get better canes (if the variety is improved). (But right now,) every crop you go, you getting shorter and shorter crops. For the last crop, they were proposing 8200 tonnes and they only make 7300 tonnes. If we will continue these things (with the way things are) and you don’t have the capacity to do these things (improve production at the estate), how in the name of God we will be able to produce 40,000 tonnes of sugar?” he questioned.The harvester also pointed out that hiring more people would not solve the problems at the estate. He said the estate caters for between four and a half and five tonnes of cane per harvesting, and if there are two gangs to deliver canes, the estate could get at least 16 hours of grinding and manual loading.Khandhai emphasised that people are looking for financial security because they have bills to pay and families to take care of. He explained that the meagre salaries paid by GuySuCo are not enough. While recognizing that Guyana no longer benefits from preferential prices for sugar in Europe, the sugar workers noted that there is still some room for GuySuCo to provide necessary incentives.“Days gone by I used to mind (provide for) my children and saved to build my house. I used to say I don’t know if I could ever leave cane-cutting. But I can’t say that anymore, and there is no future for my children in sugar. Look how things are right now,” he added.RealisticHowever, while these workers are convinced that the target cannot be met, the Uitvlugt Estate Manager, Yudhisthira Mana, has a different take on the issue.Mana told <> that the goal set by GuySuCo is realistic, even though there are some challenges. Quickly debunking some of the things being peddled by some workers are not true, he said: “We are striving towards achieving it because we started crop nowhere to somewhere. It’s basically to say we have to invest. We have started the investment.”Mana said the estate could achieve the 40,000 tonnes production only if enough cane is there to support the production, and that expansion has started.It was recently announced that GuySuCo is investing $1.5B in the Uitvlugt Estate Improvement Programme (UEIP), and through a leasing process to private farmers, is privatising half of its plantation to produce sugarcane for the Uitvlugt factory.The estate manager said the company has set a production target of 20,178 tonnes of sugar for 2017, and is hoping to multiply its current production to achieve a targeted 40,000 tonnes of sugar by 2020.As part of GuySuCo’s divestment and diversification processes, Uitvlugt has been one of three estates selected to remain in sugar production, but a shortage of human resources is hampering production.Vacancies exist for some 406 employees in the Agriculture Department, the company’s largest department.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Steve Walsh leaves Leicester to become Everton’s director of football

first_imgEverton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their director of football.The 51-year-old has left Leicester, where he was joint assistant manager and head of recruitment, to take up the newly-created role with their Premier League rivals.Walsh was widely credited for the club bringing in Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante – three players who proved instrumental in the club’s sensational title triumph last season.He signed a new long-term contract with the champions in May, but has been tempted by the prospect of working alongside new Everton manager Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park in a more senior position.Walsh told the club’s official website: “I’m proud and privileged to become director of football at such a fantastic and historic club. With a new manager and a new major shareholder, it feels very much like a new era here at Everton and that potential is what is most exciting.“I know the club well, my roots are in the north west and my brother, Mickey, was an Everton player in the Bob Latchford era and always proud of that fact. I also did my initial teacher training at Liverpool Hope University many years ago.“I’m genuinely excited to be here at the club and very much looking forward to getting down to work.”A former PE teacher, Wales has also scouted at Chelsea and Newcastle and is highly thought of in the game.Everton chairman Bill Kenwright added: “It’s great news to welcome Steve to our new era at Everton Football Club.“His track record, particularly at Leicester City, is already the stuff of football folklore, and both myself and Farhad, having spent time with Steve, are convinced he is exactly the right fit for our club and our new manager, Ronald Koeman.” 1 Steve Walsh with Jamie Vardy last_img read more

Chelsea chief Bruce Buck spotted in Greece with surprise for travelling fans

first_imgChelsea chairman Bruce Buck showed his compassionate side by handing out crisp packets to beleaguered Blues fans ahead of their Europa League clash with PAOK.Some travelling supporters were reportedly made to wait up to four hours for coaches to the ground, so Buck decided to ease their fears with crisps. 2 Despite being the Blues’ chairman, Buck had no reservations with handing crisps out to fans Bruce Buck wades amongst the Chelsea fans in Greece armed with crisps 2 It could not have got off to a much better start, with captain on the night Willian giving the visitors the lead inside the opening 11 minutes.Mauruizio Sarri named a strong team for the game with N’golo Kante and Jorginho starting alongside the aforementioned Willian.The Blues will be back in Premier League action against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. The 72-year-old was captured on camera handing out multiple packets at the Toumba Stadium before the Group L game in Greece.Clearly not recognising who Buck is, several Chelsea fans can be seen just gladly taking the salty snacks with unexpected glee.According to SunSport, the American picked up the treats from a nearby vending machine as a way of apologising for the delay with the transport.The Blues are playing their first match in the Europa League since winning it in 2013.last_img read more


first_imgGardai are hunting a lone raider who robbed and beat an 80 year old pensioner in her Donegal home.Raider attacked pensioner in her home in Letterkenny.The woman, who lived alone, was set upon in the early hours of yesterday morning.She received minor injuries but had to be hospitalised as a result of her ordeal. The incident happened in the Glencar area of Letterkenny just after 5am this morning.The man got away with a sum of cash and also some jewellery.It is the latest in a series of raids in Letterkenny and across Co Donegal in recent weeks.Last week a number of houses were raided in the Wolfetone Place area of the town. Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal Blake said he is disgusted and horrified that yet another attack has happened in his town.“I am disgusted to hear that this kind of disgusting and cowardly attack has taken place in our town.“The woman was set upon and is seriously traumatised and will have to spend time in hospital but hopefully she will be okay.“The problem is that elderly people rarely get over these ordeals and they will be haunted by these kind of attacks for the rest of their lives.“This behaviour is completely out of hand. “I’m very concerned for older people living alone with no family living near them. It is horrific for people to be living alone now in fear and not knowing when they will be attacked,” he said.OUTRAGE AS PENSIONER HOSPITALISED AFTER ROBBERY IN HER HOME was last modified: September 29th, 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:Cllr Pascal BlakeGardaiglencarraiderrobberylast_img read more


first_imgGARDA forensic experts are at the scene of house in Churchill today where a man’s body was found last night.The dead man, who was in his 60s, was pronounced dead at Letterkenny General Hospital last night.The man was well known in the area. “Gardai are treating this incident as an unexplained sudden death and as such are investigating it,” stressed one source, “however we don’t suspect a crime at this stage.”Local people say they are shocked at the death of the man.The scene around the house has been sealed off and a technical examination is continuing.“Everyone is waiting to see what the guards find out,” said one Churchill resident today, “the dead man would be well known around here and beyond and it is hard for us to take it.” A post mortem will be carried out later today but at this stage Gardai are not treating the incident as suspicious. Follow us on us on INVESTIGATE DEATH OF MAN AT HOUSE IN CHURCHILL was last modified: June 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal deathGARDAI INVESTIGATE DEATH OF MAN AT HOUSE IN CHURCHILLlast_img read more