PNG Open recognised with Queensland award

first_imgThis comes under the Queensland Golf Industry Awards.The award was today presented to SP Brewery for the year’s SP Export Radler PNG Open.Speaking at the event, president of the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club, Mark Stallard said the PNG Open is a tournament that is played at a very high standard and this continues to lift every year.He said the PNG Open has now moved up to Tier 2.Managing director of SP Brewery Stan Joyce said the award was a result of hundreds of thousands of kina invested into the sport of golf plus team work over nine years.“This just goes to show that in terms of sports, we can do it just as good as anyone else and get the right results,” said Joyce.This year’s SP Export Radler PNG Open will take place this month from the 21st-24th.last_img

Living 957 minutes to the limit

first_imgFrom the already far away Espanyol-Mallorca On Matchday 23, on February 9, the tension accumulated over one of the most determining positions, the axis of the rear. That day, the day of the first and only parakeet victory in Cornellà-El Prat, Leandro Cabrera saw his fourth yellow card of the season (the other three he had received as a Getafe player), which left three of the central four on the verge of suspension.Oddly enough, it has remained that way until today, and at least until LaLiga resumes in the best of cases. And that in the last days Espanyol suffered expulsions such as that of Víctor Sánchez in Seville and that of David López in Valladolid. Up to 481 minutes Bernardo Espinosa endured with four yellow cards to his credit, since he saw her in the final stretch of Espanyol-Athletic on January 25. Those of Leandro Cabrera were 380, having been a starter and playing it all since his arrival on the winter market. And the third central in discord, Fernando Calero, had played 96 league minutes on the verge of sanction since he was booked, even with Pablo Machín on the bench, in the fateful Leganés-Espanyol. Between the three complete the 957-minute club living on the edge, what has a considerable merit It is a team that has been fighting at all times for permanence, with nerves on the surface. The only central defender who is not noticed is Naldo Gomes, who has not played since his gross mistake at Granada-Espanyol. Lluís López left in January on loan to Tenerife and David López has returned with Abelardo Fernández to his habitat in the midfield.last_img read more

Ebola Stigma Deprives Liberian Student in Canada

first_imgThere are clear signs that the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is being won in Liberia. The fight, however, does not end there.  Despite all the gains here on the ground, Liberians in other parts of the world are being stigmatized, hampering even their educational pursuits.Indeed, the other battle after the initial success of the containment of the deadly virus has to do with discrimination and stigmatization against citizens of the three worst affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The world, therefore, needs to gear up to begin this other battle.Citizens from these three countries, especially those who were resident before the outbreak of the scourge, have been ostracized and discriminated against with travel bans, rejections at universities and intimidation in public places. Several have also been detained at foreign airports and left unfed for days.The latest victim is a Liberian journalist and radio talk show host, Gboko Stewart, who has been denied a visa by the Canadian authorities to attend a Canadian University because he is from Liberia, a Canada Global News has reported.Gboko Stewart was recently admitted to Quest University in Canada, but is unable to attend classes because of visa restrictions placed on Liberian citizens due to the recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the newspaper quoted credible sources as saying.“A journalist and radio talk show host from Liberia says he can’t attend a university in British Columbia, because of his nationality,” the Canadian media outlet said.Canada recently became the second, following in the footsteps of Australia, to issue a freeze on visas from the three Ebola hardest hit West African nations. This new policy was announced on October 31 last year.However, several global health organizations have condemned the policy indicating that it violates international health regulations, though officials continue to defend the government’s visa decision, saying the move to close borders to people from Ebola-affected countries is justifiable.“We are a sovereign nation with a duty to protect our citizens,” one official is quoted by the news outlet as saying.The Canadian government’s decision to deny young Stewart the opportunity to attend Quest has compelled him to start an online petition campaign, entitled: “Prime Minister Harper: Don’t let my nationality prevent me from attending a Canadian University.” The campaign has reportedly gathered 591 signatures.The young Liberian student said he wanted to ensure that this opportunity is not missed and discrimination brought against people, because of something they are not responsible for, is brought to an end. “I am a Liberian, not a virus,” he says.Gboko’s Appeal“The Canadian government’s ban has dealt me a powerful blow.” He is therefore calling on the federal government to change its policy.Meanwhile, the Canadian authoritative institution, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has refused to comment on this specific case, but denies that there is a travel ban in place.“Canada has temporarily paused visa processing in the affected areas. However, should essential travel be required, including travel for economic reasons, discretion remains to approve it; our government will not apologize for taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of Canadians,” wrote Kevin Menard, Press Secretary of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in a statement.Stewart says he’s never had Ebola, and can’t see how receiving his post-secondary education in Canada poses a risk to Canadians.“In closing the border it still doesn’t help it,” he says. “As a matter of fact, according to research, only 1.5 per cent of people from this country actually go to Canada in any given year, so the fear is unjustifiable.”Quest University has left a spot open for him, and school officials say they’re eagerly awaiting Gboko to join them.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked Canada to justify its decision to limit travel to that country from the West African countries combating Ebola.WHO says Canada’s move contravenes the International Health Regulations (IHR) which stipulate that in infectious disease outbreaks, countries should not impose trade or travel sanctions against affected countries beyond what the WHO has recommended.Under that treaty, countries which take measures that are stronger than those approved by the WHO must present the global health agency with the scientific and public health rationale for their actions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Welcoming President Weah’s Special Economic Zone Initiative, But…!

first_imgThe Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s appointment of  a Steering Committee to ensure the establishment, with immediate effect, of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The Daily Observer however notes that this is not the first time that an SEZ has been established in Liberia.History recalls that the Liberia Industrial Free Zone Authority was first established by an Act of Legislature in 1975 with the objectives of attracting foreign investment promoting exports, increasing employment, and improving industrial technology through the establishment and operation of an Industrial Free Zone.The Act establishing the Free Zone Authority provided for the Zone to be customs free, and specifically stated that customs control will be withdrawn to the fenced-around boundaries of the entire area of the Industrial Free Zone and it was established with a substantial degree of autonomy.For example, the Act empowered the Free Zone Authority “to identify, investigate and promote export-oriented industries; to build, and rent sites or buildings for manufacturing or assembling semi-finished or finished products basically for export; to provide the utilities required; to organize common services; to manage the Zone, both in terms of finance and in administration, to achieve these ends”.The Zone was established on 113 acres of land, in close proximity to the Free Port. Some 40 acres were allocated to industrial use, with another 15 acres for administrative, security and safety service, and approximately 20 acres for roads and parking.The targets established for the Zone, at its inception were; investment of $12 million export sales of $24 million; construction and use of 40 factory buildings, each on 1 acre plots; the creation of 6,000 jobs. These targets, according to reports, were never met primarily because of the lack of consistent government support for the maintenance of a satisfactory investment climate in the country, although the national government had continued to support the Zone Authority itself by meeting annual deficits.The Daily Observer recalls that the onset of the civil war in 1990 led to the closure of the Free Zone and, since then, it has not been resuscitated although there were attempts during the 1990s to revive the institution.It is perhaps in recognition of the critical role that a Special Economic Free Zone could play in the country’s economic development that President Weah has commissioned the establishment of a Special Economic Free Zone(SEZ). According to SPARK which, since 2013, has been engaged with the Liberian government, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs to support the creation of an SEZ in Monrovia, the objective is to create a world class business environment that is predictable, productive and profitable.Further, according to SPARK, SEZ policies allow countries “to designate industries and or physical areas in which business and trade laws differ from the rest of the country in order to stimulate increased trade, increased investment, job creation and effective administration. The overall objective is to create a world class business environment that is predictable, productive, and profitable”.Thanks to their persistent efforts, the Liberian Government under President Weah’s leadership has agreed to the establishment of a SEZ. The Daily Observer however notes that rather than Monrovia, the SEZ is proposed to be established in Buchanan instead. The question is whether Buchanan has the requisite infrastructure to accommodate or support such an undertaking.Moreover, this newspaper notes that, like now, a shortcoming of the past was the failure of government to maintain a satisfactory investment climate in the country. For example, despite repeated calls from the business community for government to reconsider the application of the compulsory tariff associated with the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) introduced by the National Port Authority (NPA), the Government has remained unmoved.And the government has remained unmoved, never mind the fact that it has been warned that prices of commodities may rise sharply and shortages may ensue as a result of the imposition of the CTN. Needless to say, such a development tends to undermine the effective creation of a favorable investment climate in Liberia.The Daily Observer notes further that if the intent of creating an SEZ is informed by the desire to promote, encourage and promote social change in a financially sustainable way, then we must, as always, warn President Weah that the attainment of objectives highlighted under his Pro-Poor Agenda may, more likely than not, be undermined by the continuous imposition of the CTN.Already the pinch is beginning to be felt everywhere with the continuous fall of the Liberian dollar, the emergence of creeping shortages accompanied by price hikes and stirrings of the public. Little wonder, therefore, that there are latent but visible signs of support for anti-establishment public protests against the rising but unbearable costs of living. President Weah must therefore listen to the cries of the Liberian people and the business community and cancel the imposition of the CTN without further delay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JUDGE ORDERS GARDAI TO FIND COST OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY GLUE VANDAL

first_imgA Judge has asked Gardai to find out the full cost of a spate of glue attacks on homes and cars across the county.William McElwaine appears in court. Pic by NW Newspix.The man charged with the 29 attacks, William James McElwaine, 27, appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday. His arrest follows months of attacks on the homes and cars of pensioners and other homeowners at locations across Letterkenny in recent months.McElwaine, from Buncrana, faces a total of 29 charges of criminal damage on at least ten different occasions between September 2012 and May 2013.Garda Stephen Moyles told the court that Gardai were still assessing the cost of the attacks.However, he revealed that one woman had to pay more than €800 after the locks on her car were filled with glue.The final cost of the attacks is expected to run to several thousand euro.McElwaine’s arrest followed dozens of attacks in Letterkenny.On one occasion more than 20 homes at Ballymacool Terrace had their front doors filled with glue.A local locksmith came to the rescue of the homeowners by offering them a deal to replace the locks.Judge Paul Kelly said he wanted a full costings of the damage caused before he dealt with the case.He adjourned the case for hearing until September next.JUDGE ORDERS GARDAI TO FIND COST OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY GLUE VANDAL was last modified: June 6th, 2014 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:buncranadonegalglue attacksJudge Paul KellyWilliam McElwainelast_img read more

GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe club held a successful reunion on Friday night last in Jamesies Bar in aid of the 1986 and 1987 league and championship double winning teams.In what was a great night’s craic the club honoured William Walls, Joe McGroarty and Liam Mundy for being members of the clubs first ever executive.The 86/87 lads where then presented with t-shirt to mark their achievements. Coverage of the u10 championship final from 1986 which Naomh Brid defeated Four Masters in was shown first and this provided great entertainment for all seeing a few current players strutting their stuff. A call was then made to Eamon McNulty in Australia through Skype, which gave everyone an opportunity to talk to him and reminisce about the glory days in 86/87. Finally the 1986 final was shown which was of great interest to both young and old.The club would like to thank Fr.Dagens for facilitating the mass on Friday evening, Jamesies Bar for providing the venue and food, everybody who put in the hard work and effort to help make the event possible and to everyonewho came along and made the night a memorable one.The club are holding their AGM this Sunday afternoon in the community centre at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and attend on the day.Anyone who wishes to have any information included in the club notes should contact Shane Walsh on shanew03@live.ie by 6pm on Monday evening.  GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 3rd, 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:GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A PITCH MAKES AS GAOTH DOBHAIR BOYS GET WATER TREATMENT AT O’DONNELL PARK

first_imgYOU wouldn’t think both these pictures were taken on the same day at the same famous gaelic football grounds….but they were!In both pictures the Gaoth Dobhair U13 boys celebrate winning the county division 2 title.And both pictures were taken at O’Donnell Park – one on the main pitch which was in fantastic condition for the showpiece final. The other was taken on the training pitch at the home of St Eunan’s….covered in flood waters!The boys from the west had every reason to celebrate after a one-point nail-biting win over St Mary’s Convoy on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-07!WHAT A DIFFERENCE A PITCH MAKES AS GAOTH DOBHAIR BOYS GET WATER TREATMENT AT O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: November 16th, 2015 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:convoyfloodGaoth DobhairO’Donnell ParkSt Eunanslast_img read more

Loftus-Cheek told he must force permanent Chelsea exit by ex-England boss

first_img Loftus-Cheek made scored 2 goals in 25 appearances for Palace last term 3 But it just hasn’t happened for Loftus-Cheek, who has made just three appearances for the London club so far this term.The youngster made his first start for new manager Maurizio Sarri in the Europa League last week, but was criticised by the boss for his lack of tactical understanding in the game and was then left out of the squad for the following Premier League game against Southampton.His lack of minutes have seen him lose his place in England’s latest squad for upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Spain and Croatia. 3 “If I were Loftus-Cheek I would be battering the door down in January and saying, ‘that’s it, I need to get away’.“And not on loan, get away from Chelsea properly and build his own career.“He’s had the taste of playing first team football at Palace and obviously he loves Chelsea, but it’s not happening for him there.“He’s got to play. He’s too talented not to play, we’ve all seen that.” Loftus-Cheek made four appearances for England at the World Cup center_img And Allardyce believes it’s time for Loftus-Cheek to finally call it a day with Chelsea, insisting he is too talented to not be playing regularly in the Premier League.“I’m disappointed for Loftus-Cheek,” the former England and Crystal Palace manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Chelsea have told him he’s going to be a part of the team this season and, if that is the case, they haven’t lived up to that yet.“What he did for Crystal Palace last season and for England at the World Cup, I thought this would be a big season for him at Chelsea, but it’s simply not happening. 3 Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made only three appearances for Chelsea this season Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been urged to quit Chelsea for good in January, by ex-England boss Sam Allardyce.After going to the 2018 World Cup with the Three Lions following an impressive spell on loan at Crystal Palace, many expected this to be the 22-year-old midfielder’s breakthrough year in a Blues shirt.last_img read more

MAC LOCHLAINN SAYS TAOISEACH’S CREDIBILITY ‘IN TATTERS’

first_imgSinn Féin’s Justice Spokesperson, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, has said that the Taoiseach’s credibility is in tatters after the publication of the Fennelly Report.According to a poll conducted on the Claire Byrne show last night, only 12% of viewers said they believed the Taoiseach’s version of events which led to Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s departure last year.“The results from last night’s poll are further proof that the Taoiseach’s spin in claiming he was not responsible for Callinan’s departure is just not credible,” said the Donegal TD. “The Taoiseach’s selective reading of the Report’s findings does not wash with the vast majority of people. For the Taoiseach to say that in sending the Secretary General of the Department of Justice on a late night visit to the former Commissioner’s home was to ask for Callinan’s response to the situation just doesn’t add up. The Taoiseach’s account is contradicted throughout the report, not least so by his own Secretary General, Martin Fraser.“The fact remains that the Report does not vindicate the Taoiseach and his credibility is in tatters over his desperate attempt to distract from the real consequences of his actions that night. The Fennelly Report was very clear in pointing out that the visit by Mr Purcell to the Commissioner’s home was the ‘immediate catalyst’ for the Commissioner’s decision to retire. When this is read in the context of paragraph 8.14 of the Summary and Conclusions (below) it is clear that no amount of spin can cover the fact the Taoiseach’s actions amounted to, in effect, the sacking of the Garda Commissioner.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn added: “I look forward to the Taoiseach coming before the Dáil to answer questions on this. While he may have been able to evade questioning following the underhanded way in which the report was published, he won’t be able to do the same on the floor of the House.”  MAC LOCHLAINN SAYS TAOISEACH’S CREDIBILITY ‘IN TATTERS’ was last modified: September 8th, 2015 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:Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnEnda Kennyfennelly reportSinn Feinlast_img read more

Europa League: Man United, Arsenal out to maintain fine start

first_imgMan United defeated Astana on opening day. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)AZ Alkmaar vs Man UnitedCars Jeans Stadion, Den HaagThursday, 03-10-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Gediminas Mazeika (Lit)Az’s Dani de Wit is the only played sidelined through injury, with the midfielder still recovering from a broken nose. AZ will also be without key defender Jonas Svensson after he received a straight red card during the club’s opening Europa League group game against Partizan Belgrade.United on the other hand, has something of a selection headache, with Paul Pogba unlikely to be risked after reaggravating his ankle injury against Arsenal, while Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are all definitely out. Aaron Wan-Bissak could recover from a back problem, although he is likely to be rested, and Diogo Dalot should be in line to feature after returning to training over the weekend. Angel Gomes, who impressed against Astana, is also expected to come back into the squad.This will be the first competitive meeting between AZ Alkmaar and Manchester United. AZ have won just two of their 12 matches against English opposition in European competition (D4 L6), however each of those victories have come on home soil – beating Ipswich 4-2 in 1980-81 UEFA Cup final and most recently beating Newcastle 2-0 in the last 16 of the 2006-07 UEFA Cup. AZ have only won one of their previous six home games in the Europa League (D1 L4), conceding at least two goals in four of those. Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five Europa League away games (W3 D2) after losing five in a row prior to this run. Marcus Rashford has scored in two of his last three away games in European competition for Manchester United (v Valencia in December 2018 and Paris Saint Germain in March 2019), as many as he had in his previous 13 combined.Arsenal won their first game away to Frankfurt.Arsenal vs Standard LiegeEmirates Stadium, LondonThursday, 03-10-2019 @10pmReferee: Sandro Scharer (Swi)Having impressed against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, young Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli is in line to make his first European start on Thursday night. Emery is expected to make widespread changes, which should include starts for Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney as they continue their returns from long-term injuries. Mesut Ozil is likely to feature further forward, as are Joe Wilock and Reiss Nelson after their cameo outings against United at Old Trafford. With Calum Chambers having picked up an injury in that game, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holdings are expected to feature at the centre of the backline.Aside from the injured Orlando Sar, Preud’homme should have a fully-fit squad for the visit to North London. Anthony Limbombe will hope to impress having being linked with several Premier League clubs during the summer transfer window.Arsenal have won all four encounters with Standard Liège in European competition, netting 15 goals in the process. Standard Liege have lost seven of their eight trips to England in all European competition, with the only exception being a 2-2 draw with Everton during the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. Arsenal are looking to win six consecutive home European matches (excluding qualifiers) for the first time at the Emirates, and first time since winning seven in a row between March 2001 and February 2002 at Highbury. Only FC Astana (3) and AZ Alkmaar (4) had fewer efforts at goal on MD1 of this season’s Europa League than Standard Liege (5), but the Belgians scored with two of those five shots. Arsenal boss Unai Emery has won 18 of his last 20 home Europa League matches across spells with Sevilla and the Gunners (W18 D1 L1), including the last five in a row.The other games to be played Thursday, 03-10-2019 @7:55pm-Astana vs Partizan Belgred-Young Boys vs Rangers-Feyenoord vs Porto-Saint Etienne vs Wolfsburg-Oleksandria vs Gent-CSKA Moscow vs Espanyol-Francvaros vs Ludogorets-Istanbul BB vs Gladbach-Wolfsberger vs Roma-Besiktas vs Wolves-Braga vs Slovan BratislavaThursday, 03-10-2019 @10pm-Lazio vs Rennes-Celtic vs CFR Cluj-Vitoria Guimares vs Frankfurt-Sevilla vs APOEL-Dudelange vs Qarabag-Malmo vs Copenhagen-Lugano vs Dynamo Kiev-Krasnodar vs Getafe-Trabzonspor vs Basel-Sporting Lisbon vs LASK Linz-Rosenberg vs PSVComments Tags: arsenaleuropa leagueman Unitedtoplast_img read more