PNGRFL says thank you to supporters

first_imgChairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said he was humbled to learn of the overwhelming support given to the Kumuls team, the coach Michael Marum and his support staff. “I visited the dressing room after the win on Saturday night and the boys were really excited and appreciated the congratulations I conveyed to them on behalf of every supporter of our PNG LNG Kumuls.“Skipper David Mead in his usual soft spoken character asked me to convey his thanks and those of his team mates to each and every one for your support, well wishes and prayers,” said Tsaka.He went on to thank sponsors, partners and stake-holders for their continuous support for the Kumuls. “PNGRFL is proud to be in partnership with them and the win by the PNG LNG Kumuls has raised the support and belief to another level.“It has really united us all and I want to thank all sponsors on behalf of the players, coaching staff, their families and all our supporters across the country and Pacific,” said Tsaka.Tsaka also extended his appreciation to everyone in Sydney for their hospitality and support to the team during their preparations leading up to the game, during the game and post- match.“The red black and gold supporters cheering on the Kumuls was unbelievable and really made me proud as chairman of PNG Rugby League.I wish to also thank the media here in PNG as well as overseas for their positive coverage of our beloved PNG LNG Kumuls,” said Tsaka.Meanwhile, Tsaka said the International Rugby League Board will issue a statement once the calendar is confirmed that will advise for any upcoming matches for the Kumuls.last_img read more

Essequibo Coast house partially destroyed by fire

first_imgThe Guyana Fire Service came in for high praises on Sunday morning after they prevented a house from being engulfed by flames at Spring Garden, Essequibo Coast.The blaze reportedly started at about 02:45h in an apartment occupied by the owner’s nephew, Kujeshwar, also called “Naresh” in the lower flat of the building.Madai Sharma, 76, was at the time on vacation in Georgetown.The interior of the bottom flat of the houseHowever, based on information received, the nephew was reportedly preparing a meal on a kerosene stove but left the home to run an errand and upon his return, he saw the lower flat of the 40-year-old house on fire.One of the man’s uncle, Gowkarran Sharma, who lives next door reportedly saw smoke emanating from the building and raised an alarm. Residents quickly formed a bucket brigade and started to put out the flames. The fire station was summoned and responded promptly.The house that was saved at Spring Garden, Essequibo CoastAlthough the blaze was put out, the apartment in the lower flat of the house was completely destroyed along with its furniture and appliances. These include beds, a microwave, a refrigerator, a gas stove and music system among others.At the scene, Gowkarran told Guyana Times that he was preparing to observe Maha Shivaratri on Monday when he saw the smoke followed by flames. He noted that it was indeed a miracle that the entire wooden structure did not go up in flames.Fire officials have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

Government and industry meet with First Nations at B.C. LNG Summit

first_imgThe conference continues tomorrow with closed discussion sessions. Among them was Prince George – Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, who argues the summit itself is a big step in building relationships between First Nations, government, and the natural gas industry. “Just having that dialogue with Aboriginals about the issues and about the development just so we can understand each other and I think appreciate each other’s position.” Zimmer was most moved by the speech by Japanese ambassador Norihiro Okuda, who said he could empathize with the First Nations, as Japan also has a culture that goes back thousands of years, but also stressed his country’s need for LNG. Okuda argues that Japan’s energy production is almost at a standstill due to radiation issues and needs the imported energy. – Advertisement -“To hear from that perspective that it’s more than just dollars and cents to other countries, it’s a need that they need filled for a sustainable source of alternative form of energy,” Zimmer says. “It’s a way of life and they want to see that sustained from a reliable source and a trusted democracy such as Canada.” Zimmer maintains that the federal government is gunning for LNG projects to proceed, as they’ll benefit all Canadians. Advertisementlast_img read more

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner handed lifelong ban from football

first_imgDisgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned for life by FIFA’s ethics committee and described as a “key player” involved in illegal payments.Warner, who is fighting extradiction from Trinidad to the USA on corruption charges, resigned from FIFA in 2011 following a bribery scandal and has not been involved since then.FIFA’s ethics committee opened an investigation into Warner earlier this year and has now banned him for life from football-related activities.A statement from the ethics committee said: “Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.“In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.”The ban is effective from September 25, 2015, the date on which the present decision was notified.Warner claims there is no coincidence that his ban has been announced at the same time that Blatter and Michel Platini are themselves under scrutiny from the ethics committee.In an email to Press Association Sport on Tuesday he said: “I left the FIFA in April 2011 and if in September 2015 the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing then so be it. “I do not believe however that this will serve as the distraction to the FIFA’s present problems as the FIFA wishes it to be.“Given what is happening in Zurich with Blatter I wish to say that there is no such thing as coincidence.” 1 Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner last_img read more

Report: Russia spied for Saddam

first_imgWASHINGTON – Russia collected information about U.S. troop movements and battle plans at the outset of the Iraq invasion by tapping sources inside the American military, and the intelligence was passed to Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, according to Iraqi documents cited in a Pentagon report released Friday. The unclassified report does not assess the value or accuracy of the information Saddam got or offer details on Russia’s information pipeline. It cites captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians had “sources inside the American Central Command” and that intelligence was passed to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad. Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia’s U.N. mission in New York, said the allegations were false. “To my mind, from my understanding it’s absolutely nonsense and it’s ridiculous,” she said, adding that the U.S. government had not shown Russia the evidence cited in the report. “Somebody wants to say something, and did – and there is no evidence to prove it.” That the ground assault on Baghdad would not begin until the Army’s 4th Infantry Division was in place, around April 15. In fact, the 4th Infantry, whose originally planned invasion route from Turkey was blocked by the Turkish government, was not yet on Iraqi territory when the Baghdad ground assault began April 7. Thus, by design or chance, the information from the Russians actually reinforced a U.S. military deception effort. That the main focus of U.S. ground forces moving toward Baghdad from the southwest was the area around the city of Karbala. (This was true. After crossing a bridge over the Euphrates River outside of Karbala, the 3rd Infantry Division had a clear path to the Iraqi capital and Saddam’s chances of stopping the assault had ended.) That U.S. troops moving through southern Iraq would not attempt to occupy cities but instead bypass them. (This was true and was a central feature of an invasion plan that stressed speed and tactical surprise.) The lead author of the Pentagon report, Kevin Woods, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that he was surprised to learn that the Russians had passed intelligence to Saddam, and he said he had no reason to doubt the authenticity of the Iraqi documents. “But I don’t have any other knowledge of that topic,” Woods added, referring to the Russian link. In Moscow, a duty officer with Russia’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report late Friday. A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Barry Venable, referred inquiries seeking comment to Central Command. At Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., officials did not immediately respond to a request. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli declined to comment. It is standard procedure for Russia and other countries not part of a U.S. coalition to try to gain inside information on U.S. military plans. It’s certainly not surprising in the case of Iraq, a country that had long-standing economic and military ties to Moscow. But until now the Pentagon had not indicated that the Russians might have succeeded. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The Iraqi documents leave unclear who may have been the sources at Central Command’s war-fighting headquarters, which is at Camp As Saliyah just outside Doha, the capital of Qatar. No Russians were authorized to be at the closely guarded base. A classified version of the report, titled “Iraqi Perspectives Project,” is not being made public. It was assembled by U.S. Joint Forces Command, which reviewed a vast array of captured Iraqi documents and interviewed Iraqi political and military leaders, not including Saddam. The report does not address the possibility that the U.S. military deliberately fed false information to the Russians, expecting them to pass it to Saddam. It does say that “such external sources of information were only one of the fog-generators obscuring the minds of Iraq’s senior leadership.” Among the information the Iraqis said they received from the Russians, some of which proved inaccurate, was: That the movement of U.S. troops into southern Iraq from Kuwait was a diversion. In fact it was the main avenue of attack, supported by special forces entering from Jordan and paratroopers flying into northern Iraq. last_img read more

Emiratis urged to invest in South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa is on a mission to attract investment from Emirati businesspeople when a delegation arrives in Dubai next week. The relationship between South Africa and the United Arab Emirates is growing with trade between the countries amounting to more than R20-billion. (Image: Martijn Barendse) • Angola is open for South African business • Competitiveness on the agenda in Ghana • The rise of South African-Angolan relations • Africa’s resources key to unlocking its wealth • Watch: South Africa’s place in the world economy Shamin ChibbaBrand South Africa is heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to connect with both Emirati businesspeople as well as South African expatriates living in the Middle Eastern country.The agency and the South African Missions in UAE will host a two-day event at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai on 8 and 9 December. The first event will bring together global South Africans for a cocktail dinner. The Global South Africans-UAE programme will be launched at the evening. The programme will be aligned to Brand South Africa’s own global South Africans initiatives.According to Brand South Africa, expatriates are critical to the country’s image as “they are the nation brand ambassadors in the countries they live in”.A dialogue session will be held the following day, with a special focus on showcasing South Africa as a competitive destination for investment. This is a follow up to the 2013 UAE dialogue, which drove interest from UAE businesspeople to invest in South Africa.This year’s dialogue is a response to that interest, with speakers from the government and the private sector talking about investment opportunities in South Africa. At the same time, Emirati businesspeople with investments in South Africa will speak of their experiences of doing business in the southern African nation.The Department of Trade and Industry will provide information on legislative investment incentive schemes available to investors while the Department of Energy will give factual information on the state of energy supply, which is critical for the implementation of investment projects.Representatives from the East London and Coega industrial development zones will also speak about how they can provide opportunities for Emirati businesses.Trade and investmentThe UAE is the 24th largest investor in South Africa and is its largest trading partner from the Gulf region. Conversely, South Africa is the UAE’s 35th biggest trade partner.In a Gulf article in July, South Africa’s ambassador to the UAE, Mpetjane Kgaogelo Lekgoro, said South African exports to the UAE grew from R5.1-billion in 2009 to R11.7-billion in 2013. Imports rose from R4-billion in 2009 to R9.2-billion in 2012. Total trade increased from R17-billion in 2012 to R21-billion in 2013.UAE companies had also invested approximately R12-billion in South Africa. Investments have been made in the property, business services, transportation and warehousing and storage sectors.There are about 200 known registered South African companies in the UAE, ranging from construction, finance and IT services, to hospitality, retail and trading. Among the major companies are Standard Band, First Rand and Nedbank Private Wealth, Group 5, Woolworths, @Home, De Beers, Nando’s, Meat & Co, Mugg & Bean and Debonairs Pizza.South African community growingAn estimated 50 000 South Africans live in the UAE, with some statistics even projecting up to 100 000. This number continues to grow because of the demand for skilled workers in the Gulf, and in part by the 200 South African companies there.So large is the population that the Sunday Independent newspaper once called the UAE “South Africa’s 10th province”. Scholars International Academy has even offered Afrikaans courses to South African children in the UAE since 2007.According to Brand South Africa, the major areas for employment of South Africans in the UAE include construction, hospitality, financial, medical, retail management and education.last_img read more

Fruit growers trying to dodge frost damage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While the cold temperatures had many Ohioans shivering this last weekend, it had tree fruit growers quaking in their boots.The early warm-up in March followed by the plummeting temperatures in April generated plenty of concern about early blossoms being killed and jeopardizing a significant portion of the state’s apple and other fruit crops. Orchards further south had the most reason for concern from the recent cold snap as their trees were the furthest along in terms of blossom development.The crew at Hirsch Fruit Farm in Ross County was nervously checking trees on Monday to see how bad the damage was from the frigid weekend temperatures.“It is surprising that we have some live buds out there considering how cold it was and has been. That’s great,” said Steve Hirsch, of Hirsch Fruit Farm near Chillicothe. “The apples were all over the board. Some were in full bloom and some were not even pink yet. The ones that weren’t pink yet should hopefully be really good. The ones that were in bloom, I’m surprised how many of them are still alive which is great. There is some loss but if we had a full bloom we would have to thin them out anyway. We take 70% off of them anyhow and two out of five are alive. That is good considering how cold it was. We got down to 22 degrees. I don’t know how long it was at 22 degrees but it did get down that cold.”There are a number of strategies that can be employed to help protect the blossoms when temperatures drop, including spraying crops with water through irrigation, fans to cycle the air, and even helicopters flown over orchards.“When temperatures are that cold, though, it is tough to do anything to make a difference. We did not do anything. If it doesn’t get too cold we will spray water through irrigation sometimes, especially with the strawberries,” he said. “The orchard is on a hill and that elevation advantage helps too. I am just happy we have live blooms out there. We still have the potential for a full crop this year.”Hirsch also thinks the colder weather leading into the coldest temperatures on April 9 helped the blooms survive.“The fact that it got colder and we had several nights in the 30s may have helped to make the trees more cold hardy,” Hirsch said. “The temperature change was more gradual which helps.”In terms of the other fruit produced on the farm, the peaches also look to have survived and black and red raspberry blooms come out more gradually so they are still fine.“The raspberries usually bloom the second or third week of May. Several years ago we had a frost on May 22 and the king bloom was open and it killed them. We can do without that this year,” Hirsch said. “We are just pleasantly surprised that, as cold as it was, there are still some viable buds out there on the trees.”Ohio’s grapes were also a concern in the cold temperatures. Imed Dami, Ohio State University Viticulture Extension Specialist, said that during deacclimation in the spring, grapevines become increasingly sensitive to temperatures below freezing. The lethal temperatures vary with the stage of bud development — buds become more sensitive as they grow in early spring. The following is an example of critical temperatures that cause 50% damage of grape buds and young shoots:Budbreak —28 Degrees F; First unfolded leaf — 28 Degrees F; Second unfolded leaf — 29 degrees F; Fourth unfolded leaf —30 degrees F.“At the OSU research vineyard in Wooster, bud development has not moved much since last week. The earliest varieties, Marquette and LaCrescent are in the wool (doeskin) stage. Canes were collected from Cabernet franc (end of bud swelling stage) on April 1 to determine cold hardiness of bud and vascular tissues,” Dami said. “We observed 17% injury in primary buds at 21 degrees F, and 27% in secondary and 7% in tertiary buds exposed to 18 degrees F. Phloem sustained injury at 7 degrees F, but no xylem injury down to -4 degrees F. Let’s hope we dodge another freezing event. It’s daunting to realize that we’re only in the first of week of April and we still have four to six weeks of chances (diminishing though) of spring frosts.”last_img read more

The importance of a well-maintained machine: now apply this to you!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dee JepsenRegular equipment maintenance is an important part of good work practices. Without proper equipment, our work performance suffers. Equipment maintenance includes many activities, including inspections, replacements and adjustments. Learning how to apply these principles to our own lifestyle is also important for sustainability and improves our quality of life. For without a well-prepared body, we are not ready to face the workday.This article addresses the health side of agricultural safety and health. A healthy workforce is an important aspect towards total workplace safety. Two types of maintenanceThe two types of equipment maintenance are routine maintenance and corrective maintenance. During routine maintenance activities we focus on preventing future problems. Several of these good practices include getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced diet, participating in the right type of exercise, and knowing a few stress control strategies.Corrective maintenance is reacting to a faulty system, where things go wrong within the system or where parts need replaced. Equipment breakdowns never happen at the best time, and always come with a price. While we know that everything will eventually reach its life expectancy, we also know that sustained care over the life span helps extend the use of that machine.Our bodies don’t come with owner’s manuals, but there are best practices for us to follow to ensure we are in the best shape, whatever our age and ability level. Follow doctors (and dentists) orders to establish a good routine for your health. And as time passes, stay in shape and adapt to the seasons of your life with proper care and maintenance. The right type of fuelJust like there is a difference between gas and diesel engines, so too is it important to know how food affects our performance. Having a balanced diet, or supplementing your diet when vitamins and minerals are lacking, are the two best ways to ensure you are fueling your body for your lifestyle. Balancing the calorie intake and eating a variety of foods are important for every diet. It is important to limit foods high in sugar, fat, and sodium, these include snacks, desserts, fried or salty foods. Don’t forget the value of fiber; this nutrient can help lower cholesterol and the absorption of sugar as well as prevent cardiovascular diseases and manage diabetes.What we drink is also important. Drinking water and other low calorie beverages allow for better absorption of nutrients and replenish our bodily systems. Drinking one glass of water every 20 to 30 minutes while working is the best way to replace lost body fluids, especially in the summer heat and humidity. Alcoholic and sugary beverages increase heat effects, and are not recommended in the workplace. Pre-check operationsApproximately 25% of workplace injuries result from lifting, pulling, or pushing objects. Back injuries are the most common result of poor work performance. Starting your day with good stretching and knowing how to properly lift objects is similar to performing a pre-operation on your equipment. Have a plan for high intensity lifting. Push rather than pull the load; avoid twisting when lifting or setting down a load. Ask for help moving heavy objects or resort to mechanical means whenever possible.Being mindful of your physical abilities to do the job is also important. A regular workout with aerobic activities is good for cardio vascular systems. These workouts also help stimulate brain activity. You can think clearer when you are in shape and have flexibility.Know your limitsJust like you would know your vehicle limits, over-extending ourselves physically and mentally is also damaging to our bodies. Pushing towards deadlines is okay for short periods, but we cannot sustain at this pace the entire season. Understanding your body’s cues and what it tells you is an important part of knowing your personal limits.Getting adequate sleep is part of replenishing your strength. Sleep is important for all bodily systems, everything from muscles, to digestion, to building immunity. Without sleep time, it is difficult to be fully ready to take on the next task. Regular inspectionsVisiting your primary care physician and dentist is part of having a regular routine inspection. There is no replacement for good medical care. Down timeThe term “down time” is often referred to as those times our equipment is broken down or systems have been paused either voluntarily or unexpectedly. However in terms of our body’s well-being, down time is a necessary time. It is important for good physical and mental health to just relax and chill every now and then. During this time our systems can be re-charged and refreshed.These tips are based on a healthy approach to maintaining an active rural lifestyle. Knowing how to maintain our bodies is as important as equipment safety.For more information on coping with stress, see the OSU Factsheet HYG-5242 at Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor, can be reached at 292-6008 or This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

RSS functionary and Dainik Jagran journalist shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgA journalist with the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran and member of the RSS Rajesh Mishra was shot dead in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. His brother was also shot at and critically injured.Unidentified motorbike-borne assailants fired several rounds at Mishra while he was sitting at a building materials shop run by his family at the Brahmanpura Chauraha at Karanda in Ghazipur at 7 a.m.The police said there were three assailants, while locals spoke of only two men, one of whom was masked.Mr. Mishra, 38, worked as a block-level stringer with Dainik Jagran and was also a block in-charge of the RSS. His brother, Amitabh Mishra, was rushed to the district hospital in Ghazipur and then referred to a hospital in Varanasi.Brother also injured“On hearing the sound of bullets, Mr. Amitabh Mishra, who was working in the fields behind the shop, came to his brother’s rescue. The assailants shot at him too and fled the spot,” a police spokesperson said.Following the incident, protesters blocked the roads and attacked vehicles. The police later intervened to pacify the crowd and restore traffic. While the motive for the attack is not known, the police suspect that it could be the result of personal enmity.“Suspected enmity is probably the reason…two suspects identified…arrest should happen soon,” said Anand Kumar, Additional Director General-Law and Order. He said the police had already found clues.Family members and colleagues believe the murder could be due to Rajesh Mishra’s RSS background or journalistic work. Mishra had recently organised a week-long RSS camp in Karanda. Manoj, a friend of the victim and fellow RSS worker, also suspects that Mishra’s journalistic work had sparked the attack. “Some people were irritated by his work. Writing news against the wrong people became a cause for his death,” Manoj said.The content of Rajesh Mishra’s reports or journalistic work could not be independently verified, however.last_img read more

Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career

first_imgJonathan Uyloan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jonathan Uyloan playing somewhere else is better than not playing at all.With Meralco set to put him in the reserve list, the sharpshooting guard made the bold decision and asked the management to allow him to play for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I asked Meralco if I could play with Cignal and everything worked out well. Some people may think it’s a demotion, but for me, it’s a blessing. I have a contract with Meralco and I have a contract with Cignal. I was pretty much working two jobs,” he said.Turns out, it was the right move with Uyloan going as far as citing this stint with the Hawkeyes as one of the best decisions he’s ever made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It was probably the best move of my career. It made me love basketball more,” he said. “I came from the PBL before, and I was a practice player for Rain or Shine. The move helped me go back to where I came from. I wasn’t the superstar, I had to work my way up, so going back to Cignal rejuvenated my basketball career.”Suiting up in time for the playoffs, Uyloan averaged 8.0 points on a 39 percent shooting from threes, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as he became a valuable contributor for Cignal’s back-to-back title wins in the developmental ranks. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But more than anything, what the Fil-Am guard treasures more is the chance to be with this group of guys, a mix of veteran campaigners and aspiring amateurs, all seeking to make it to the PBA.“It was great, being around with guys who are hungry to get better in basketball and are trying to make it to the PBA. I’m happy to help out and show that it all starts with integrity and hardwork first. And it all paid off,” he said.With this short stint now over, Uyloan is positive that he has made a good account of himself as he returns to the Bolts.“I just hope that they see that wherever I’m at, I’ll work hard. With Rain or Shine, I was able to win a championship for the first time. And then, when I was with GlobalPort, that team went to the semifinals for the first time. With Meralco, we made it to the Finals for the first time. Then here in Cignal, we became back-to-back champions. Every team I’ve been on, it’s been a blessing,” he said.“I don’t know what it is. But I just know that where I come from, it’s all hard work and you got to show it in every team you go. Every part of the team is valuable and whatever they bring individually, collectively, it’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READcenter_img Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more