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Blackhawks thank PNG crowd for support

Blackhawks thank PNG crowd for support

first_imgDespite the narrow defeat 11-10 to the home team SP PNG Hunters at the National Football Stadium, the visitors enjoyed playing in front of a passionate crowd.Blackhawks captain Glenn Hall said they could really feel the crowd enjoying the game. The game was very physical and riddled with a lot of errors and both sides played a similar style of football.“As a player on the field with all the PNG fans there really cheering on the Hunters, you can really feel it, although they’re on the other side of the field, it’s a really big buzz.“I would like to thank the PNG crowd and the Hunters as well who are always up for great football.”Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf hoped the fans enjoyed the game as it was good to play in front of such a good big crowd.“That’s certainly something that we don’t get to enjoy in Australia a lot at this level of footy so we really enjoy coming up here and playing against the Hunters.“We certainly got a lot of respect for the Hunters and what they do and we can’t wait to play against them again in Townsville,” Woolf said.The Blackhawks returned to Australia today.last_img read more

The optics of governance

The optics of governance

first_imgActions taken by a government with no consideration of their context is akin to playing Russian Roulette with national body politic. In Guyana, for the APNU/AFC government to schedule Cabinet meetings at Camp Ayanganna, the headquarters the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is to ignore the very checkered history of that institution in the struggle to establish democratic governance in Guyana. The refusal of the government to reconsider its decision in the face of widespread expressions of disquiet in the society only emphases suspicions raised during the elections campaign of a de facto “military government” being created.The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) announced last week that due to repairs to the building in which it is housed and where Cabinet meetings are held every Tuesday, they had to find an alternative venue. “The main requirements for a temporary alternative venue,” the statement adumbrated, “relate to privacy and confidentiality, security, document preparation and reproduction, size, cost, accessibility, parking and minimal disruption to traffic and regular business.” Claiming to have reviewed a “number of options” the MotP concluded that only Camp Ayanganna was suitable.Opposition Leader and former President Bharat Jagdeo immediately rejected the rationale and pointed out that during his twelve years at the helm of Guyana, meetings were held not only out of the Presidential Complex, but actually out of Georgetown in Berbice, Essequibo Coast and the Rupununi. He, not surprisingly, repeated his party’s earlier expressed fears of a government. “ominously being dominated by a military mindset.”Representing a view from of those who would not be considered to be in the opposition camp, president of the Trade’s Union Council, Lincoln wrote in a letter to the press: “First, this could be considered a non-issue, but in our politics where the PPP/C campaigned and sensitised the society that a Granger administration would result in militarisation of government the administration should have avoided fuelling the perception and giving their opponent political ammunition. Secondly, previous PNC and PPP/C governments held Cabinet meetings in various locations, which this government could have reviewed and then learnt from those experiences.”In terms of its role in the suppression of democracy the US Country Report on Guyana had the following to say about the GDF: “Beginning in 1973, the PNC regularly used the GDF to help it win every national elections…Once they were collected, large numbers of ballot boxes were quarantined at Camp Ayanganna for more than twenty-four hours with no reason given. The PNC apparently had expected to receive a large number of votes in its traditional Georgetown strongholds and initially had allowed a fair count in districts there. When early results showed a low voter turnout, the PNC called on the GDF to intervene.At the PNC’s first biennial congress in 1974, the GDF was required to pledge its allegiance to the PNC. During the 1970s and 1980s, GDF soldiers routinely received political indoctrination. The GDF also scheduled marches to celebrate major PNC political events, such as party congresses.The PNC’s increasing politicization and subordination of the GDF disturbed many members of the officer corps. When some expressed a desire for military neutrality, PNC informants in the armed forces alerted Burnham to the dissension within the GDF. In August 1979, Colonel Ulric Pilgrim, the operational force commander, and Colonel Carl Morgan, a battalion commander, were dismissed. Pilgrim and Morgan had been two of the most popular officers in the GDF. Burnham appointed a PNC loyalist, Colonel David Granger, commander of the GDF.”While the APNU/AFC government might expect criticism of its latest intemperate action to blow over, this one raises foundational fears on democratic governance. They have effectively destroyed any hope of a unity government that many hold out as the only hope for Guyana. Surely, WPA and the AFC Cabinet members protested this move from “inside” and their rebuff would have sent a chilling message to the PPP.last_img read more

Duala Marketers in Fear Weeks after Armed Robbery

Duala Marketers in Fear Weeks after Armed Robbery

first_imgLast month a manhunt by the Liberian National Police (LNP) got underway for a masked gunman described as very tall with a sharp nose, who robbed two stores using a silver pistol. There has been no word of the perpetrator’s arrest or any justice for Mr. Adah, 50, who sustained a gunshot wound to his right hand during the robbery.“Thank God the bullet entered in my palm and exited through the back of my hand,” he stated.Mr. Adah, a Nigerian national living on Bushrod Island and the owner of Wali Trading Center, can still remember the night he came face to face with a man wearing a black cotton mask and black clothes. In his hand was a loaded pistol and according to Mr. Adah, the unidentified gunman, who was very tall demanded that he hand over all of the money from his shop.Mr. Adah said he refused and a tussle broke out as he tried to keep the robber from shooting a second round following the first one that was shot in the air.“He asked me to give him my money. I asked him if he was joking and that’s when he told me “you must want to die,” and fired a warning shot to let me know that his gun was real. When he tried firing at me after he saw I had no intention of giving him my money, we started fighting for the gun and that’s when he pulled the trigger and shot me in my hand,” he added.At that point, stated Mr. Adah, he had given up the struggle and the attacker cleared his money from behind the counter and walked out of his shop with ease as if nothing had happened. The gun was in plain sight as bystanders watched in fear, unsure of who next would get shot.The gunman continued his robbing spree which took less than 20 minutes. His next stop led him across the street to a Fullah shop where he took almost every phone and Liberian dollars that the shop had earned.Since the armed robbery, it has been chaos in terms of shops closing earlier than normal and business people afraid of the darkness that settles over Duala market at night. Before the incident, many business places, marketers and vendors would sell until 10:30 p.m. for the customers who find themselves leaving work late. But now what remains in the Duala Market after 8:00 p.m. is the panic that everyone felt the night Mr. Adah was shot.“I’ve been losing a lot of money since that night because my market is cold goods like chicken feet and chicken wings. I have to stay out here sometimes until 10 p.m. in order for all to be sold because I do not have money to store it back in a freezer,” stated Ma. Jubeh.Ma Jubeh is now forced to sell her goods at very low prices once 6:00 p.m. reaches. Before the shooting, she sold her chicken feet at L$40 and her chicken wings at L$50. But for fear that the masked gunman could come back she sells her chicken feet at L$20 and her chicken wings at L$30 after dark.“By 8:00 p.m., you can’t find me anywhere in the streets. Anything leaves, my family and I usually boil it and sell it in the morning as peppeh feet,” she added.Ma Jubeh is not the only one living in fear. Taxi drivers, motorcyclists, shop owners and ordinary civilians who have to walk through Duala at night are all in fear of being the next victim. By 10 p.m. Duala is like a ghost town. No one is in sight except those who drink too much alcohol lingering around and looters and other criminals looking to snatch their next hand bag or such.Anyone having information that could help in the arrest and investigation of the described suspect is asked to contact your nearest police zone. The gunman is described as being 5’10, medium weight, dark skinned, with a pointed nose. He was wearing black pants, boots, a sweater and a ski mask that covered his face except for the nose and eyes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WOMEN’S TENNIS DOWNS MARAUDERS

WOMEN’S TENNIS DOWNS MARAUDERS

first_imgStory Links # 1 TORONTO Samantha Fraser/Salma Desouki W 8-4 Julia S/Priti G. WOMENS TORONTO  5   MCMASTER  2 # 4 TORONTO Alara Demirag W 6-0,6-0 Jayda H MCMASTER SINGLES The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s tennis team played their second match of the season and came away with a 5-2 win over the McMaster Maruaders on Sunday, September 16.  The Blues will be hosting two Quebec teams in McGill and Montreal next weekend. Matches will take place on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 beginning at noon at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. DOUBLES TORONTO # 2 TORONTO Samar Qaedizadeh L 7-6,6-2 Adelle L. # 3 TORONTO Samantha Fraser L 4-6,6-4,12-10 Priti G. # 1 TORONTO Mara Stroe W 7-5,6-0 Julia S # 2 TORONTO Milena Music/Alex Boone W 8-4 Adelle L/ Jayda H. # 6 TORONTO Jaimi Foster W 6-1,6-1 Karina S In singles play, wins were recorded by No. 1 Mara Stroe, No. 4 Alara Demirag, No. 5 Cecelia Pye, and No. 6 Jaimi Foster. In doubles action, wins were recorded by all of the Blues women’s pairs: Samantha Fraser and Salma Desouki in the No. 1 spot, Milena Music and Alex Boone in No. 2, as well as No. 3 pair Jasmine Nguyen and Kim Lai.  # 5 TORONTO Cecelia Pye W 6-2,6-0 Alina M For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  # 3 TORONTO Jasmine Nguyen /Kim Lai W 8-1 Alina M/Karina S  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

KRU Mourns the death of Homeboyz prop Wekesa

KRU Mourns the death of Homeboyz prop Wekesa

first_img0Shares0000The three suspects were arrested and are currently detained at Mlolongo Police Station awaiting the completion of investigations. PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17 – Messages of condolences continue to stream in in memory of Homeboyz RFC prop forward Andrew Wekesa with Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) on Tuesday mourning the death of the former Kenya 15s player who was murdered on Monday night.Wekesa, 24, was killed by suspected thugs on his way home at Mlolongo, Machakos County. He was rushed to Shalom Hospital in Athi River but succumbed to injuries. The three suspects were arrested and are currently detained at Mlolongo Police Station awaiting the completion of investigations.“The Board, management and staff of the Kenya Rugby Union are deeply saddened by the news of Andrew Wekesa’s tragic death in Mlolongo on Sunday 15 January 2017. Investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death are currently being conducted by law enforcement agencies and we request for the avoidance of any form of speculation. Further communication regarding funeral plans will be conveyed by his family and club,” KRU read in a statement.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Wekesa family, Menengai Cream Homeboyz and all who knew and interacted with Andrew. We pray for the comfort and peace that they seek. May his soul rest in peace.”Wekesa’s body has been moved from Athi River to Montezuma Funeral in Nairobi with family members set to announce details of his burial.Wekesa, a 2016 graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology joined Homeboyz in 2011 upon completion of his secondary education at the Kakamega High School.He had a one-year stint at the Resolution Impala Saracens in 2014 before returning to Homeboyz where he last featured  in their 33-32 Kenya Cup defeat to the Strathmore Leos on Saturday 10 December 2016.He also played for the Kenya U19s at the 2011 Rugby Africa U19 Championships, represented franchise sides Chui and Papa in the 2013 and 2014 Rugby Super Series and was part of the provisional Kenya Simbas squad in 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

United linked with £29m PL ace and £51m striker but will LVG be there to spend the cash? Latest rumours

United linked with £29m PL ace and £51m striker but will LVG be there to spend the cash? Latest rumours

first_img 1. Robert Lewandowski – Red Devils ‘crazy’ about Bayern Munich striker – United have been heavily linked with the Poland international over the past week, and reports continue to emerge. The latest speculation claims United are ‘crazy’ about the centre forward, believing he is the man capable of sparking the club into life. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo state the Red Devils are prepared to meet Lewandowski’s price-tag, which could be as much as £51m. 6 6 3. Toni Kroos – United to make move for unsettled Real Madrid midfielder? – The Germany international, signed for Los Blancos in July 2014, hasn’t quite settled into life at the Santiago Bernabeu as expected. It has been stated that Kroos is failing to see eye to eye with new manager Rafael Benitez and United will look to take advantage of his situation. With few options in midfield and only a year-and-a-half into a six-year deal, it’s difficult to envisage Florentino Perez agreeing to the midfielder’s sale, however. 6 2. Riyad Mahrez – £29m bid coming Leicester City’s way in January? – Mahrez has been in outstanding form for the Foxes this season, playing an imperative role in their position at the top of the table. As such, reports suggest Claudio Ranieri may have to ready himself for a handful of offers for the Algeria international, with the possibility of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and United going head-to-head for his signature. Rumour has it that United will offer £29m next month, though Ranieri is adamant his prized asset is not for sale. 6 6 5. Louis van Gaal – defeat to Stoke City or Chelsea to be the final straw for the Dutchman? – Speaking of Van Gaal, will he be in charge of the club during the January transfer window? Reports suggest there is a high chance he might not be, if the club lose to Stoke City on Boxing Day or Chelsea on the 28th December. The Old Trafford faithful are becoming increasingly frustrated with the dreary style of play the Dutchman has coached his squad into performing, and patience could now be wearing thin from the board, too. The pressure is certainly on, particularly with a recently sacked manager in waiting… Manchester United are enduring their most difficult spell under manager Louis van Gaal, with back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich City leaving many pondering whether they are a club in crisis.Given the current mood at Old Trafford, therefore, plenty are wondering if Ed Woodward could make some serious changes in the next few weeks.Is Van Gaal’s position now under threat? Is Jose Mourinho waiting to take over? Will they break the bank to bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window?To go towards answering such questions, talkSPORT has gathered the latest reports on the Red Devils, including rumoured targets and an update on Van Gaal’s future.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to get up to date on all things United. 4. Goncalo Guedes and Renato Sanches – LVG eyeing teenage Benfica pair – The Red Devils have reportedly been scouting a number of young players, including Fulham striker Moussa Dembele. The latest starlets Louis van Gaal is said to be interested in are Benfica pair Guedes and Sanches, with the former being described as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’ and reports from Italy claim United are close to agreeing a deal. Meanwhile, Guedes’ team-mate Sanches is also a wanted man, with the 18-year-old impressing since establishing himself as a regular for the Portuguese outfit. 6 6. Jose Mourinho – sacked Chelsea manager to wait for United offer? – With Mourinho’s agent releasing a statement two days after his sacking, stating that his client will not be taking a break and is looking to return to work, attention is now firmly fixed on speculating his next move. According to reports, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to reappoint Mourinho, despite his sour exit in 2013, but he faces a challenge in doing so; the former Chelsea boss has his heart set on Manchester United. Mourinho is said to be waiting to see if the Red Devils sack Van Gaal before making a decision on his future.last_img read more

‘Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be as good as Dele Alli’, claims former England captain

‘Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be as good as Dele Alli’, claims former England captain

Ray Wilkins believes Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek can be as good as Tottenham star Dele Alli, if given time to prove his talents at the top level.Loftus-Cheek is preparing to make his full England debut on Friday night as the Three Lions take on world champions Germany at Wembley, although many are questioning his call-up to the senior team.At 21, he is the same age as Alli but has barely made 40 caps in his professional career, while the Spurs midfielder has played close to 200 games in all competitions and is an England regular.Loftus-Cheek has seen his early career stall due to a lack of playing opportunities with Chelsea but has the chance to prove himself on-loan with Crystal Palace this season.His impressive performances for the Eagles have earned him a call-up from Gareth Southgate, and former Chelsea player and coach Wilkins insists England have a top talent in their ranks.“This fella has great technique,” the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host said.“He’s got two feet, he’s got energy and pace, he can score a goal and he can create goals.“Had he played as many games as Dele Alli through the leagues…“Dele has played around 200 games now and he’s only 21 – I honestly do believe Loftus-Cheek has the ability to be equally as good as him, no question about it.” 1 Ray Wilkins believes Loftus-Cheek can, with time, be on a par with Spurs star Dele Alli read more

West Ham boss David Moyes hails Andy Carroll after West Brom brace

West Ham boss David Moyes hails Andy Carroll after West Brom brace

first_img The striker helped see off Alan Pardew’s side at the Olympic Stadium David Moyes saluted Andy Carroll after his decision to recall the striker paid dividends.West Ham boss Moyes gave Carroll his first start since November and was repaid with two goals to sink relegation rivals West Brom 2-1.Carroll’s first was a trademark header, leaping above Kieran Gibbs and Jonny Evans to power home Aaron Cresswell’s cross.His second came in the fourth minute of stoppage time when he tucked in a low cross from a tight angle to secure three points which lifted the Hammers out of the drop zone.Moyes said: “They were two great goals.“It was a great centre-forward’s header, as good as it gets. I was a centre-half and I don’t think you can stop that.“And from a tight angle the second was a great finish.”West Brom had taken the lead, with only their sixth goal on the road this season, after half an hour when James McClean cut inside from the left.He waltzed past Winson Reid’s weak challenge and, from the edge of the box, hit a hopeful shot which clipped the heel of Pedro Obiang and looped over Adrian into the net.West Ham were booed off at half-time but Carroll’s heroics saw the hosts come from behind to win a home match for the first time since they moved to the London Stadium.“It didn’t look likely for long periods,” added Moyes. “But I actually think we’ve been through a time when things haven’t gone for us, and they went for us tonight.“Some games will suit Andy more than others and I thought this one suited him. The boys are giving it a real good go to get results.” 1last_img read more

Chelsea flop close to exit, Man United take £300,000-a-week hit, Neymar latest

Chelsea flop close to exit, Man United take £300,000-a-week hit, Neymar latest

first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? GOSSIP 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sanchez is yet to feature for Man United this season Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out LATEST three-way race Neymar’s proposed return to Barcelona could collapse after Ousmane Demebele’s agent revealed the Frenchman won’t be joining Paris Saint-Germain. The Ligue 1 champions want the 22-year-old to be included as part of the deal to send Neymar back to the Nou Camp. (Mirror)Paris Saint-Germain will set their sights on Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen if Neymar’s move to Barcelona goes through. (Le Parisien)Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal could leave the club before the transfer window shuts across Europe, with Real Sociedad keen to bring the 33-year-old back to Spain. (Evening Standard) LATEST TRANSFER NEWS target talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online… Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti TOP WORK moving on Manchester United will pay Alexis Sanchez £300,000-a-week while the forward is on loan at Inter Milan. The Old Trafford flop is expected to complete a temporary switch to the Serie A club imminently. (Metro)The Red Devils do not have any plans to sign a free agent to replace Sanchez once his departure is confirmed. – FULL STORYChelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to rejoin Monaco on loan, in a deal which includes an option to buy the Frenchman for £31.8million at the end of the season. The Blues paid the Ligue 1 side £40million to sign the 25-year-old in July 2017. (The Sun) Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer AFP or licensors 2 targets Juventus and AC Milan have targeted Arsenal striker Sam Greenwood following the England youth star’s impressive displays at the European Under-17 Championship earlier this summer. (The Sun)Roma are still keen to sign Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren before the transfer window closes on September 2. The Croatia international has become surplus to requirements at Anfield. (Corriere dello Sport)Former Arsenal target Joachim Andersen has revealed the lure of Champions League football was too hard to turn down when joining Lyon. – FULL STORYlast_img read more

SA congratulates new Zambian president

SA congratulates new Zambian president

first_img26 September 2011 South Africa has congratulated Michael Sata following his inauguration as Zambian president on Friday following a 10-man presidential race in the southern Africa country. “The South African government extends its sincere congratulations to President-elect, Mr Sata on his election,” the Presidency said in a statement. “In this regard, the South African government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong historical relations with Zambia.” According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Sata amassed a total of 1 150 045 votes, representing 43% compared with the incumbent, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, who polled 961 796 votes, representing 36.1%. The MMD has been the ruling party Zambia for the last 20 years; this was Sata’s fourth presidential election. South Africa further reiterated its commitment to continue working with the Zambian government and people for the mutual benefit of both nations. “The South African government also wishes to extend its appreciation and respect to all the candidates who participated in the elections, as well as to the sterling work carried out by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and all the institutions which have contributed to success of the democratic elections in Zambia.” South Africa had also taken note of the fact that, according to election observers, the poll met the criteria for being free, transparent and credible, and said this boded well for the consolidation of a democratic culture on the continent. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu represented South Africa at the inauguration. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more