Kavieng learning from netball champs

first_imgKavieng have sent an U21 team and a senior team to these championships.The U21 team lost five games but managed a win over Central (2).But coach Wendy Ugui says she is still pleased with the team’s performance, saying the players have gained a lot from the championships.“Most of the girls have never been out of their own province. We only won  one game but am still a happy coach.“We have quite a young team and we can take back what we have learnt and work from there to improve ourselves,” said Ugai.She added players like goal defence Rosey Ruin, centre Ada Ugui and goal keeper Salome Api had shown a lot of promise and were the future of Kavieng netball.last_img

Punishers ready to make their mark

first_imgBoasting 7 Digicel Cup players, coach Steven Gunua says his boys can’t wait to take the field.“We’ve been in training for over a month now. The boys are quick learners and are keen to take the field.“With our new uniforms, there’s a really good feeling in camp and we’re all looking forward to the tournament.“We have former Digicel Cup players in the likes of Lucas Kapinias, Mathew Wawe who will be led by Supa George in the front.“We have a good mixture of experience and talent with the boys who play in the Port Moresby competitions. I believe we have a strong side,” said Gunua.last_img

The 25th African Union Summit Opens in South Africa

first_imgThe 25th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) opened in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday, June 14.According to a dispatch from Johannesburg, the opening ceremonies took place at the Sandton Convention Center, with special addresses from the President of Zimbabwe and Chairperson of the African Union, Mr. Robert Mugabe; Chairperson of the Commission of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Jacob Zuma; among others. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also served as a major speaker during a debate later organized under the Summit’s theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.” In her presentation, President Sirleaf said 2015 for the AU and the women of the continent was historic because it represented 20 years since the women of the world gathered in Beijing, China to reflect upon their role and potential in society, as well as to chart a new course for equality, equity and equal representation and participation in society. She commended the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma and welcomed the High-Level discussion on the theme of the Summit. President Sirleaf pointed out that while it is true that the situation of women varies by country and region, there are common denominators or factors which propel or impede the path towards women’s full attainment of empowerment and development on the continent.President Sirleaf reflected that in November 2014, the African Ministers for Gender and Women’s Affairs adopted the Addis Ababa Declaration on accelerating the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action for Member States to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment as stipulated in the AU’s Agenda 2063. She further noted that the declaration of the Heads of State and Government on the theme at the 24th AU Assembly in January, 2015 and the communique arising from the stakeholders consultation, also held in January of the same year, highlighted key areas of action that are critical if Africa is to collectively achieve women’s empowerment in all sectors and spheres of the continent, and if women and girls are to live dignified lives free from fear and discrimination.Highlighting a few of the areas, President Sirleaf pointed out that in Liberia and throughout West Africa as well as the continent women are major players in the agriculture sector. They provide 80 percent of the agricultural labor force, 76 percent of cash crop production, 93 percent of food crop production, and conduct 85 percent of all marketing and trading, linking both rural and urban markets through their networks, said President Sirleaf.She said women’s access to land, finance, technology, information and markets provide the basis for value addition. “I am aware, as most of you are, of the pre-consultative summit on financial inclusion of women in Agri-business, which was held over the past days. This consultative summit concluded with a declaration which was adopted by the African Ministers of Gender,” she said. President Sirleaf commended the Ministers of Gender, the participants and organizers of the summit for a job well done and stated that Liberia supports the campaign to progressively banish the hand-held hoes to the museums. She was certain that a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) under NEPAD will seize the opportunity to continue to provide support under which some West African countries were beneficiaries. President Sirleaf also indicated that in West Africa, women are largely engaged in the informal sector – agriculture, petty trading, small and medium scale enterprises. She insisted that it is important for them to have access to the factors of production which include land, finance, technology, information and markets. It is also necessary for women to acquire basic numeracy and literacy skills which will serve as an impetus for them to become financially independent and thereby lead to high productivity.President Sirleaf emphasized the need to strengthen women’s resolve for political participation, representation and active involvement in decision making. She applauded South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, Mozambique and Namibia for the huge progress on women’s participation in development issues.Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu and the Prime Minister of Egypt, Ibrahim Mahlab, also made presentations during the High Level Gender Debate.A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Carlos Lopes preceded the Presidential leaders’ addresses. Some of the panelists included the Attorney-General of Botswana, the European Union Commissioner on the Environment, and the head of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, among others. During the opening ceremonies, the Chairman of the AU Authority of Heads of States, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, rallied the continent to seek ways of adding value to the continent’s natural resources and avoid the continued exportation of raw materials from the continent. He praised the women of Africa for their resilience and commitment to the cause of Africa and particularly described President Sirleaf and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as “trail-blazers” of the women’s struggle on the African continent.President Mugabe commended President Sirleaf, amidst applause, for confronting and defeating the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.For her part, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma, thanked the South African Government and people for hosting the summit and welcomed the newly elected and inaugurated leaders of the continent to their first African Union meeting.She also praised President Sirleaf for her extraordinary leadership during the Ebola fight and the Liberian people for their cooperation, as well as all partners who helped the country and requested support to build the healthcare system of the affected countries. Dr. Nkosazana Zuma also reported on the activities of the Commission during the period under review.President Jacob Zuma welcomed leaders of Africa to South Africa and declared that the continent was embarking on a new path of growth and development. He emphasized the need to source funding to support development and meaningful projects on the continent and stressed that it was Africans and not the partners that manage the continent’s conflict situations. Several other statements were made by the Presidents and/or representatives of Nigeria, Namibia, Lesotho, Tanzania, the Arab League, the Palestinian territories, among others. The Summit continues on Monday with President Sirleaf expected to report on the AU-HLC, APRM Forum and provide update during the special Ebola Session.Meanwhile, earlier in the day, President Sirleaf held talks with the Cuban delegation to the African Union Summit, led by the Vice President, Salvador Valdes Mesa. The delegation briefed President Sirleaf about Cuba’s international relations and ongoing processes with the United States and called on Liberia for support along the way.President Sirleaf thanked Cuban Vice President for the progress being made in their international relations, challenges and promised Liberia’s support to the process. She thanked Cuba for its assistance to Liberia during the Ebola crisis and requested the deployment of Cuban doctors to Liberia. The two leaders discussed other issues of mutual and concern to both countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Watooka Guest House recommissioned after $50M rehabilitation

first_imgThe rehabilitated Watooka Guest HouseThe Watooka Complex Guest House, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), was officially re-commissioned on Thursday following a $50 million rehabilitationThe historic landmark was declared open by Business Minister, Haimraj Rajkumar at a simple ceremony attended by Government and regional officials. The building, which was constructed in the early 20th century, recently underwent massive rehabilitation by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).It now features a contemporary deck overlooking the Watooka section of the Demerara River amongst numerous other enhanced amenities.Minister Rajkumar congratulated all involved in the rehabilitation process, as he expressed admiration for the newly constructed deck, which he said has lifted the ambience of the facility.He also charged the management of the facility to ensure that the unique experience, impressive architecture and pristine surroundings are preserved.The Minister believes that Watooka Guest House can be more than an accommodating establishment.“You can offer visitors a complete experience because it is located on one of the most beautiful spots on the Demerara River which can lend itself to a raft of activities such as kayaking, fishing, river tours, bird watching and many more…”, the Minister said.He further pledged to provide assistance to the project and congratulated the stakeholders involved in fostering tourism development.Minister with responsibility for Housing, Annette Ferguson noted the importance of the preservation of historical buildings, which she said is crucial to the nation’s heritage and history.“The continued existence of Watooka Guest House is indeed an historical one and it has deep symbolism…We must be consistently reminded about the importance of maintaining buildings and sites of national interest and their significance or symbolism, their authenticity and history are retained. There is increased economic value through tourism and they provide tangible examples of knowledge and history that can be grasped by successive generations”, she noted.NICIL CEO, Colvin Heath London explained that the team embarked on the rehabilitation since it views Linden as a destination location. He outlined plans to have the community “booming again” since it was during the early days of bauxite mining that the guest house was constructed.Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell in her remarks said it was a privilege to see the historical transformation as she urged NICIL to continue to work with the municipality in an effort to transform, revive and preserve the community’s heritage.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Renis Morian pointed to the history and evolution of the guest house as he congratulated and commended the management and team of NICIL in making the project a successful one.In addition, the public was encouraged to visit the guest house and have a “taste of the Watooka experience”.last_img read more

Mother’s Day Rotary Run happening Sunday after postponement by wildfires

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The rescheduled Mothers Day Rotary Run is a go this Sunday at the Surerus Fields in Fort St. John.Back on May 6th, event organisers announced that they would postpone the walk, which was previously scheduled for Mother’s Day, May 14th due to the wildfire situation that had escalated at the time, as well as the decrease in regional air quality.The Rotary Club will be donating $2 from every entry to Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, as well as the net proceeds from the event. The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing valuable services and promoting the betterment of all women’s lives.- Advertisement -Participants can pick up their run packages at Ernies Sports Experts in the Totem Mall on Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Registration happens on Sunday morning from 8:30 to 9:30. The 10 kilometre run begins at 10:00 a.m., with the 5 km run fifteen minutes later. The 1 km Kids Dash starts at 11:15 a.m., followed by the Prize Presentations and a Rotary-sponsored pancake breakfast.last_img read more

Huskies Fill the Bus happening today

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies hockey team is gearing up for their 21st ‘Fill the Bus’ Food Drive today, Sunday, December 2.Members of the Huskies and other local hockey teams will be going door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items for the Fort St. John Salvation Army.This is an integral campaign for the Salvation Army Food Bank as these items are the foundation of stock for the coming months.- Advertisement -You can also drop off donations at the North Peace Arena.last_img

Zimmer disappointed to hear news of Encana’s move to the United States

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Encana’s announcement that it has plans to establish a corporate domicile in the United States and change its name to Ovintiv Inc., some are feeling disappointed by this news.Local M.P., Bob Zimmer, says he is disappointed to hear that Encana will be moving its headquarters to the U.S. and changing its name.According to Zimmer, this decision is due to the Liberals’ anti-energy policies that have not only damaged the economy, but also Canada’s reputation as a global leader in the energy sector.- Advertisement -Zimmer says he is glad to hear that no jobs will be lost due to this decision, adding that Encana is just the latest Canadian oil and gas company to leave under the Liberals’ watch.Zimmer says the Conservatives will continue to hold the Liberals accountable and is urging them to scrap Bill C-69, the ‘No More Pipelines Bill’.last_img read more

Starlets jet back to triumphant welcome

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players join in song and dance after jetting back from the CECAFA Women’s Championship in Tanzania on November 26, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – It is an occurrence common for athletes than footballers, but on Tuesday, national women’s football team Harambee Starlets were treated to a grand reception, punctuated with song and dance, as they landed from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where they beat the hosts to clinch their first ever CECAFA Women’s Championship title on Monday.Led out by skipper Dorcas Shikobe, the trophy in tow, top scorer Gentrix Shikangwa, hers in tow as well, the team was received at the airport by the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Noor Hassan and top Federation officials led by president Nick Mwendwa. “As a team we are very humbled. I thank God for this. Receiving the team like this motivates all of us as a team and it gives us the energy to want to do more and be in this situation again,” head coach David Ouma told Capital Sport.His sentiments were shared by striker Mwanahalima Adam who said;Harambee Starlets players Mwanahalima Adam and Corazone Aquino join in song and dance after jetting back from the CECAFA Women’s Championship in Tanzania on November 26, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I want to say thank you to all the Kenyans for supporting us. We promised that we would not let them down and we did not. It feels very special when we are received by this and for sure, we want this to happen again,” stated the striker.Traditional dancers bellowing out their tunes in deafening crescendo provided the perfect soundtrack to welcome back the team as they savored their glory, clinching the CECAFA title on the third time of asking.And the girls couldn’t help but join in the song and dance, waving their bouquet of flowers that greeted them once they hit the exit frames of the arrivals lounge.“It’s a great day and we feel really special,” midfielder Corazon Aquino said as she rhythmically moved her shoulders to blend into the beats of the victorious drums.Harambee Starlets skipper Dorcas Shikobe hands over the CECAFA Women’s Championship trophy to Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Noor Hassan alongside striker Jentrix Shikangwa after jetting back from Tanzania on November 26, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStarlets beat hosts Tanzania 2-0 with forward Shikangwa netting twice in the final 20 minutes, earning the girls revenge for the loss they suffered at the hands of the Kilimanjaro Queens in the 2016 final in Jinja, Uganda.Adam has meanwhile disclosed that the pain of losing to Zambia in the Olympic qualifiers just a day before they travelled to Tanzania pushed them to give their all in Dar where they set a record of clinching the title without losing a game nor conceding a goal.“It really pained us losing in Zambia especially after fighting hard. As a team we said we had to console ourselves with the CECAFA title and when we got there, all of us did our best,” stated Adam.The team snaked its way through the busy Mombasa Road and into the Central Business District in their open bus parade as they gleefully showed off their trophy to curious Nairobians who applauded them in return.Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma joins in the song and dance after jetting back from the CECAFA Women’s Championship in Tanzania on November 26, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team then made its way through Thika Road and into the Utalii Hotel where they would be hosted for a luncheon by the Federation.0Shares0000(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Griffin heads back to alma mater

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card San Mateo High Principal Jacqueline McEvoy told the San Mateo County Times that it was obvious Griffin was still dedicated to his high school. “When I was talking to him on the phone, he started singing the fight song and he still knew all of the words,” McEvoy said. Griffin is best remembered as the host of “The Merv Griffin Show,” and later became a top entertainment executive, creating TV game shows such as “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.” – Associated Press Merv Griffin paid a visit to his high school alma mater Friday as the school dedicated its quad to one of its most prominent donors. The 80-year-old entertainer and game show executive, who graduated from San Mateo High School in 1942, was honored by students and faculty in the new “Merv Griffin Quad.” The San Mateo Union High School District decided to rename the school after Griffin made a $250,000 donation to the school. He asked that $125,000 of his donation be used to support the school’s performing arts program. Griffin appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted with staff and students Friday. He even remembered details about many teachers from his high school years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA victim of a brain tumour who led five Garda cars on a 50km pursuit has been jailed for six months.Shaun Lynch was jailed for six months for dangerous driving. Pic copyright North West Newspix.Shaun Lynch led pursuing Gardai on the 30 minute chase during which he reached speeds of 100mph (160 kph) and careered onto the wrong side of the road several times. The 21 year old appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday on four charges of dangerous driving.The court heard he was stopped by Gardai at Manorcunningham but did a ‘diffing’ manouevre around them before escaping.He was eventually stopped when a stinger device was deployed across a road which saw Lynch’s BMW car disabled in the village of St Johnston.However Lynch and a passenger fled the scene before being caught by Gardai on December 14th last.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client came from a good background and had never been in trouble before.However he said he turned into a Jeckyl and Hyde character when he “got a steering wheel in his hands.”Mr Gallagher also revealed that Lynch, of 50 Bellstraw Road, Strabane, Co Tyrone, had suffered a brain tumour when he was 18 years old.“He had it operated upon and removed but he has six monthly checks.“He lives in fear that it will come back and start again and I think this affects him a lot as he is on medication for depression.“I appreciate he could have killed himself and other innocent parties but this was completely out of character for him,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly said it was rare that he sentenced people to prison for such offences.But he added that it would be a dereliction of the court’s duty if this matter went unpunished.“That type of driving is intolerable and it is a miracle that he is not facing more serious charges because someone was not injured,” said Judge Kelly.He sentenced Lynch to six months in prison and also disqualified him from driving for six years.MAN WHO LED GARDAI ON 50KM CHASE JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:BMWdangerous drivingdonegalGardaiShaun LynchstingerstrabaneTyronelast_img read more