Eight athletes to represent PNG at Rio Olympics

first_imgThe event will be from August 5 to 21.Since the closure of the qualification period for athletes in late last month (June), PNG has qualified eight athletes to participate in different sporting events in the 2016 Rio Olympics.In athletics, 28-year-old PNG’s sprint queen – also known as the Sprint Queen of the Pacific – Toea Wisil, will make her second appearance in the Olympic Games since 2012. She will compete in the 100m and 200m sprint whilst 23-year-old youngster Theo Piniau will make his first appearance to compete in the men’s 200m and 400m event.   The third PNG athlete to qualify for Rio was 31-year-old Papua New Guinean Judoka and veteran Raymond Ovinou, who will make his second Olympic appearance to compete in the 66kg judo title.Ovinou made his first appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he competed in the men’s 66kg. However, he was defeated in the second round. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he reached the last 16.The fourth PNG athlete to make it to Rio is 26-year-old male weightlifter and Pacific Games gold medalist, Morea Baru. The young PNG weightlifter will make his first appearance in the Olympics to compete in the men’s 62kg.The fifth athlete is PNG’s boxing champion and the first to claim gold at the youth games, Thadius Katua. He qualified to compete in the 60kg lightweight division.The sixth PNG athlete is 34-year-old Papua New Guinea’s ‘super fish’ and three-time PNG Olympian, Ryan Pini. Pini will compete in his specialised events: 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly.The final two athletes are the Kassmans, who qualified to participate in taekwondo – Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman.Samantha earned a silver medal at the 2015 Pacific Games and this year had qualified for her first appearance in the 2016 Olympics after earning the spot uncontested. The four anticipated competitors in her division did not arrive to compete. Samantha will compete in the female +67kg.Meanwhile, Maxemillion will make his first appearance also in the male +80kg division in taekwondo.All eight PNG athletes have won berths to represent PNG in the 2016 Rio Olympics next month.last_img read more

Pedestrian, vehicle overpass for East Bank Demerara highway

first_imgwith the number of road fatalities and traffic congestion still a major concern for Government, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has disclosed plans to create three pedestrian overpasses, as well as a fly-over at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.The Minister made the announcement at the unveiling of the Independence Arch at the city’s entrance, Agricola, Greater Georgetown, on Friday.Noting that the construction of the arch is an upgrade for the East Bank of Demerara, Patterson also elaborated on the ongoing projects by the Public Infrastructure Ministry for the access road as well as future plans to decrease traffic fatalities.One of the projects the Ministry will be embarking upon, he said, is the creation of the overpasses and a flyover, as part of its aim to ensure maximum security of pedestrians who are more than often, the victims of accidents.The Minister added that these overpasses will be constructed at three junctions, which research shows are the busiest.“Each month, the Guyana Police Force, through its traffic statistics, indicate that pedestrians are the most affected by fatal accidents on our roadways. Saving even a single life is important. The pedestrian overhead crossings will be located at the Harbour Bridge intersection at Peter’s Hall; Eccles and Houston. These sites were chosen following studies which showed that these three areas have the most pedestrian movement,” said Patterson.Referring to the proposed vehicular overhead crossing at Diamond, Patterson added that this will be constructed at the intersection of the East Bank road and Diamond, given that traffic congestion in this area is a constant inconvenience for commuters and drivers.This, he said, will also play a significant role in reducing the number of accidents.According to Patterson “The community is also one that suffers from serious traffic congestion, so the overhead crossing will bring relief. We expect that the overhead crossing will significantly reduce accidents; save on travel time for those from Diamond; and also precipitate a free flow of traffic at the proposed site.”Speaking about the Ministry’s current projects, Patterson updated that the East Bank Demerara four-lane expansion project is in its final stages, as works are being done between Providence and Herstelling. This project, he said, is set for completion by the end of August 2016.This expansion, he cited, will not only serve to provide additional space but also will significantly cut down on travel time, allow a smoother flow of vehicular traffic, and most importantly, reduce accidents seen along the East Bank Demerara corridor.Since the issue of traffic congestion continues to be high on the agenda for both the Ministry and drivers, Patterson revealed plans by the Government to commence its Sustainable Urban Transportation Study in the month of June.He explained that the study will focus primarily on analysing the public transport system so that possible solutions can be derived as to how mobility can be improved in and around Georgetown.“It is important that we look at ways to diagnose the urban transport situation. We all are aware of the problems and trends and the Government of Guyana believes that it is high time that we deal with matters of public transport infrastructure, operations, financing, and institutional organisation” the Public Infrastructure Minister posited.The Sustainable Urban Transportation Study will support the design of a public transport system to provide users with a safe, efficient, clean, and affordable service.Ongoing works on the East Bank Demerara corridorlast_img read more

Don’t Join the Critic Club

first_imgHouse Speaker, J. Alex Tyler, on Wednesday warned members of the graduating class of the Catholic-run Stella Maris Polytechnic to muster the audacity to face the challenges of the world and not join the “Critic Club” that would in the end destroy their future.Speaker Tyler gave the admonition during a program marking the official Intellectual Discourse and Fundraising rally hosted by the graduating class to undertake projects on their campus.The event was hosted by the 400 member graduating class as part of its pre-graduation activities for the 15th Commencement Convocation which was held on Friday, May 1.Wednesday’s event was held quietly due primarily to protocols the institution put into place as part of measures to contain the Ebola epidemic. It was hosted under the theme, “Where Next from Here,” as the class name Atina! or “This is Our Time,” implies.According to Speaker Tyler, the theme, “Where Next from Here,” is straight-forward and bears the undercurrents of critical self-examination by everyone, be they graduates or ordinary persons in society. The question, “What Next From Here?” commands a paradigm shift from the street corner discussions to an internal self-analysis of one’s own norms, values and lapses. On the recent debate regarding Liberia becoming a “Christian Nation,” Speaker Tyler assured the graduates that Liberian history, culture and tradition as well as the recent ugly past, will not permit members of the House of Representatives to set up a society of exclusion as a state of “the tyranny of the majority or a religious enclave in which we will tend to polarize rather than coalesce.” “I must warn you that challenges abound, because what is expected of you in a larger society as graduates from an elite school, is to realize that your community is bigger than your own desires. But don’t be surprised if there are no instant miracles as you might have expected,” he told the graduates. He then challenged the graduates to decide whether to advance their careers, adding that more education will always increase their value and capacity in the global marketplace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sweden Turns Attention to Post-Ebola Recovery

first_imgSwedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, Madam Isabela Löven, has disclosed that her government’s assistance to Liberia will now be directed toward post-Ebola recovery activities.According to Madam Löven, the deadly Ebola virus “exposed a lot of weaknesses,” so her government will be looking at new post-Ebola development cooperation strategies.However, the Swedish Minister emphasized that their focus will still remain on gender equality, which she termed as being a “very fundamental thing” for the Swedish Government.Ms. Löven spoke to journalists Wednesday, February 18, after touring two Paynesville City health facilities, which cater to survivals and victims of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).Speaking at the Hope for Women International Liberia, despite Minister Löven telling reporters that she was impressed with what her government had done at both centers, including the Duport Road SBGV One Stop Center, she, however, stated, “But also my impression is that the needs are also overwhelming when it comes to sexual and gender-based violence. I think this is a huge problem here in Liberia; it needs to be addressed not only to take care of the victims but also to use every mean to discuss why this sexual-based violence is so common.”The Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister who said her country’s government is the second largest development cooperation bilateral donor to Liberia, stated that while they are still focusing on gender equality, they are going to join the Liberian Government take the discussion further on how to prevent rape, sexual-based violence and domestic violence. She cited legislation as one thing that can be done to prevent SGBV.She emphasized: “We must see gender equality in order to see real development in the world.”Asked as to what message she would take back to her boss, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, she said: “My message back to my Prime Minister would be that Sweden is making an important contribution here in Liberia to address the acute and emergency situation for women, who have suffered sexual-based violence.”Ms. Löven stated that the world needs men like her Prime Minister, who, according to her, say, ‘violence against women is not okay; it’s nothing with being a real man.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cop dies after crashing motorcycle

first_imgA Police Constable on Saturday morning lost his life after a motorcycle which he was test driving crashed on the Unity Old Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Dead is Elroy Newton, 37, of Lot 70 Voorzig, Mahaicony, ECD, who was stationed at Transport Workshop, Eve Leary.Dead: Elroy NewtonReports are that the accident occurred sometime around 19:30h while the officer was test driving motorcycle CE 4555.Guyana Times was told that at the time of the accident, the Constable was proceeding north along Unity Old Road allegedly at a very fast rate. It was revealed that Newton was not wearing a safety helmet.In the process of negotiating a sharp turn, the Officer lost control of the motorcycle and fell to the road, sustaining multiple injuries about his body.He was picked up by public-spirited persons and rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The Guyana Police Force (GPF) in a statement sent out its condolences to the wife and children of Newton.last_img read more

Marshall breaks through, 2-0

first_imgPASADENA – Marshall High boys soccer coach Claine Plummer usually is reserved if not stoic, but he was just another kid in his team’s celebratory mosh pit Tuesday afternoon. The first-year coach at Marshall was all smiles as his Eagles scored two second-half goals to defeat visiting Bassett 2-0 in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V semifinals. The win sent Marshall (18-4-2) to the program’s first-ever championship game Saturday at either Downey or Warren High against No. 3-seeded Salesian (21-2-1), which reached the finals by routing La Ca ada 4-1 on Tuesday. “Today, we’re just going to enjoy this win,” Plummer said. “Tomorrow we’ll start to think about Salesian and the finals.” After a scoreless first half, the Eagles (18-4-2) broke through against a staunch Olympians defense in the 70th minute. Eagles defender Joshua Cuevas set up the game-winning goal on a throw-in to teammate Antonio Benitez, who was about 15 yards from the Bassett goal. The midfielder then sent a perfectly-placed pass to fellow midfielder Chris Ferrer, who almost was blocked out by two Bassett defenders five feet from goal. “I didn’t even see (Ferrer),” Benitez said. “I just passed the ball that way because I was sure somebody was probably in the area and could score.” The pass surprised both of Ferrer’s defenders as neither made a play on the ball. center_img Ferrer calmly rifled a shot past diving Bassett goalie Ricky Fabian for the game-winner. “I didn’t see the ball or know where it was coming from until the end,” Ferrer admitted. “But once I got it I had to score.” The goal led to a wild celebration on the Marshall sideline and the beginning of the end for Bassett (18-4-2). The Olympians’ last gasp came in the 78th minute when junior forward Jose Angel Lopez missed wide on a free kick from about 20 yards. Marshall took advantage of the Bassett miss and quickly established a counter-attack that led to its second goal, a Cristian Tovar score off a Cesar Barajas assist. “We were just tight out there in the first half,” Plummer said. “It took us a while to get loose, but once we did we played a lot better.” In scoring two goals against a defense that previously allowed only two scores through three postseason contests, even Bassett was singing Marshall’s praises. “This is the best team we’ve played all year,” said Bassett coach Raul Contreras, whose team also lost to Salesian earlier in the season. “I think (Marshall) is going to take it. I think they’re going to take the title.” Saturday’s game time and location will be decided today at the CIF-SS office. 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

In photos: Gor, Hull City entertain at Kasarani

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans show their love from the stands during their friendly match against Hull City on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 14- The only other recent time Kenya’s biggest sporting facility was in deafening noise and full to capacity in a sporting festival was in July last year when the country hosted the rest of the world in the last ever edition of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships.Before that, you could stretch your memory all the way back to 1997 when Harambee Stars held Nigeria’s Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup Qualifier with elated fans dancing their way to and fro the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani. The Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani was full to capacity during the IAAF World U18 Championships.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOn Sunday as record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia hosted Hull City in an international friendly match, the stadium was sold out to its 60,000 capacity with thousands more locked outside and forced to watch proceedings from mounted mobile screens.60,000 people in the Kasarani Stadium today and 60,000 outside !!! An unbelievable experience today. Thankyou Kenya. History made. Ambassadors of hope. @HullCity @OfficialGMFC @SportPesa #Hullcityinkenya— Nigel Adkins (@TheNigelAdkins) May 13, 2018Gor Mahia fans show their love from the stands during their friendly match against Hull City on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt turned out to be a spectacle both on and off the pitch with the two teams providing entertaining football while on the stands, fans showed their love with song and dance.As always, front row seat at Kasarani Stadium yesterday. The atmosphere was unbelievable!! pic.twitter.com/mMI8YwfTdR— Lemaiyan (@kakatimm) May 14, 2018Hull legend Dean Windass set the pace early on when he went on for a dance challenge with a fan who challenged him to the infamous odi dance and he responded with almost equal measure, adding on some floor-rolling icing on the cake.🇰🇪 | What did you make of @DWindass10‘s 🕺🏻 moves at the Kasarani Stadium, @HullCity fans? #HullCityInKenyaWatch the full video here ➡️ https://t.co/GIZ79a4l2o #hcafc #UpTheTigers pic.twitter.com/vunQXU1NG9— Hull City (@HullCity) May 14, 2018Teaching the locals how to dance 🕺🏼 pic.twitter.com/bfRRnjKPG7— Dean Windass (@DWindass10) May 13, 2018Here are some of the images from stadium in a match that Hull won 4-3 on post-match penalties after a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time.Hull City goalkeeper Callum Burton and his Gor Mahia counterpart Boniface Oluoch who both saved three penalties share a light moment before the shoot-out. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHull City players and officials described the match as one of the best they have played in, paying particular tribute to the buzzing atmosphere created by the crowd.Hull City players watch on during the penalty shoot out. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe fans cheered every minute of action, especially when Gor made any sweeping moves or passes changed legs in quick succession.Gor Mahia fans watch proceedings keenly during their friendly match against English Championship side Hull City on may 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was impressed with the first half performance of his boys and before the teams resumed for the second half, the British coach made a lap on the entire track, urging the green army to raise their decibels.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr salutes his players before the penalty shoot out against Hull City on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDignitaries were also present on match day with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen leading the way.I was thrilled to join fans as @OfficialGMFC took on the visiting @HullCity this afternoon. It was a closely fought and very entertaining match that was decided through a penalty shootout. I congratulate @HullCity for the win and both teams for a great game #HullCityInKenya pic.twitter.com/bhr2N9vb3S— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) May 13, 2018Harambee Stars and AFC Leopards legend Joe Kadenge alongside other retired Harambee Stars players were also present.We would like to thank all the 60,000 fans who turned out to support the team. We are nothing without you. #Sirkal pic.twitter.com/4NFydQzl0b— GOR MAHIA FC (@OfficialGMFC) May 13, 2018On the pitch, the players showed their true worth with Gor showing that they can match any opponent.Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen dribbles away from Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi during their friendly match on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor now hope that fans will turn out in almost equal numbers when they face Algerian outfit USM Alger in a CAF COnfederation Cup group stage match on Wednesday at the same facility.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bright ideas begin new era for McFadden Creative Media

first_imgCreative Donegal company McFadden Creative Media have announced an exciting step forward with a new name and the same top-quality services in business promotion and growth.McFadden Creative Media has been in operation for just over a year and has quickly grown to become a popular choice for businesses with design and digital media needs.However, McFadden Creative Media is undergoing a rebrand and will soon be relaunching as BrainStorm Media. We will have a brand-new look but still offer high quality creative digital media solutions.We offer a wide range of services including (but by no means limited to): Animation, App Development, Graphic Design, Logo Design, Print & Branding, Video Production, Web Design & Development and much much more.McFadden Creative Media specialises in quality, affordable and responsive web design/development services ranging from basic 1-page websites to multi-page business sites or even fully functional e-commerce online stores.If you have a creative problem that needs solving, please feel free to get in touch. Call Kevin now on +353 (0) 86 083 6899 or email kevin@brainstormmedia.ieFor a glimpse of what BrainStorm Media can do for you, see some of their previous clients below:Sponsored PostBright ideas begin new era for McFadden Creative Media  was last modified: May 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:animationApp DevelopmentBrainStorm MediaDigital mediaGraphic DesignLogo Designmcfadden creative mediaPrint & BrandingVideo ProductionWeb Designlast_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette admits Atletico move ‘still possible’ despite transfer ban

first_img1 Alexandre Lacazette (right) could still move to Atletico Madrid Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette admits he could still join Atletico Madrid this summer, despite the LaLiga’s club’s transfer ban. The France international was strongly linked with a move to Diego Simeone’s side at the end of the season after netting 127 goals in 274 appearances for Lyon. Lacazette’s move to Spain appeared to be off last week when the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a ban on Atletico registering new players in this transfer window.But the 25-year-old has refused to rule out sealing a switch to Atletico and waiting until January to be registered, like Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal did when signing for Barcelona in 2015. Lacazette told Eurosport: “It is possible, it is a possibility that we can not exclude.“Like everyone else, I heard the news. The decision did not turn me upside down, life goes on.”Lacazette has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.“It’s [the Premier League] a beautiful championship with interesting teams. For now, these are just rumours,” he added.last_img read more

Letterkenny Ladies come out victorious at Mary McDaid Memorial Competition

first_imgOn Saturday September 1st the Mary Mc Daid Memorial Cup was played in Portsalon. This competition is played by four teams Portsalon, Rosapena, Otway and Letterkenny.Accompanying Capt. Jackie Ireland the following ladies made up the Letterkenny challenge.Marian O Sullivan, Tracey Spence, Anne Cannon, Celine Bradley, Monica Mc Donagh, Cecilia Doran, and Margaret Harvey.Heartiest congratulations to the winners none other than the Letterkenny Ladies, and well done to the other teams who played in this memorial golfing event. Healthwise Pharmacy were the sponsors for the 18-hole competition on Tuesday 30th August finishing off a busy month for the Barnhill ladies.Congratulations to Bridie Gildea coming in first with 37pts. The worthy runner -up with 36 pts(bot) was Cynthia Furey. Close on her heels our super junior golfer Sarah Mc Brearty also on 36 pts. Well done ladies. Many thanks to our generous sponsors Healthwise Pharmacy.The first competition for the ladies in Sept was the 13-hole played on Thurs Sept 1st. The winner on this occasion was Anne Cannon scoring 28pts. In second was the Junior Captain Mary Beth Mc Brearty with 27pts (bot). Third was Celine Bradley also on 27pts.Congratulations ladies.Coming up on Sept 11th is the very popular Past Captains day. The tee times 1.30-2.30. This year along with the usual 18-hole competition there will be a nine-hole competition. Check the notice board for times and other details. On Thurs 15th Sept there is a Ladies/Gents 9-hole competition in aid of the Donegal Hospice. Book online if you wish to play. Tea/coffee will be served all day in the club meeting room. Should you prefer not to play, you can still join your friends for refreshments. Your support would be much appreciated.Letterkenny Ladies come out victorious at Mary McDaid Memorial Competition was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:competitiongolfmary mc daidlast_img read more