Kopkop College joins Union program

first_imgThe Pacific in Union program run by PNG Rugby Football Union is fast becoming popular among schools nationwide with newest addition, Kopkop College.Kopkop College, based in Port Moresby, has expressed interest in taking up the fast-spreading program.Teacher Mary Udu said participating in the PiU program would be a great opportunity to engage the kids in sporting activities, mainly rugby union.She said that the only problem they were faced with is the non-availability of playing fields.She said that once the school administration and board come up with a solution, they will get right into running the program.Other teachers also expressed their interest saying the program would be a great way of teaching the kids healthy lifestyles and good eating habits.Kopkop College, being a new school in the nation’s capital, will also be joining the NCD Rugby Schools competition later in term three if all goes well with the implementation of the program.Kopkop College will be officially presented with new PiU equipment this week by the PNGRFU.Meanwhile, one of PiU’s pilot schools in Port Moresby, St Joseph’s International Catholic College, is well underway with preparations for their rugby festival in term three.St Joseph’s Head of Sports John Agovai said that the students have been in training and are looking forward to the big event on their school calendar, the rugby festival.Last week, PiU representatives Frank Genia and Kapani Robert visited the school delivering new rugby equipment for the students.Agovai said that currently, students categorized in the three different PiU levels have been focusing on their training leading up to the festival.Apart from the St Josephs, another pilot school, the Port Moresby Grammar has already begun festival preparations.Sports teacher Mr. Wahu spoke well of his students preparations saying that even though they only kicked off with rugby training last week, the kids seem more than excited and are looking forward to the rest of what’s ahead.last_img read more

Donovan Mitchell remains key as Jazz head into offseason

first_img“There would be nights where I just couldn’t fall asleep,” Mitchell said. “I’d just be in bed and couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about it. This is crazy how all this has come together to be honest.”Crazy sums up how the season played out for Mitchell and the Jazz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFew NBA teams have ever experienced as dramatic an in-season turnaround as Utah. The Jazz fell to 19-28 in mid-January and seemed headed for a lottery pick rather than a playoff spot. Things changed dramatically once Rudy Gobert came back from a knee injury and Mitchell emerged as the team’s top playmaker on offense.The Jazz won 29 of their final 35 regular-season games to claim a playoff spot. They beat Oklahoma City in six games to reach the Western Conference semifinals, where they lost 4-1 to the Houston Rockets. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jae Crowder joined Utah at the trade deadline and gave the Jazz a much-needed physical wing defender. Crowder struggled with his shot at times while learning the offense on the fly. He shot just 38.6 percent from the field in 27 regular-season games with Utah and it dipped to 32.4 percent in the postseason. Crowder’s shot will need to improve considerably for him to become a consistent sixth man for the Jazz.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Elite 60 Development Camp looks to help Gilas unearth best young talent in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Here are other things to ponder going into the Jazz offseason:FAVORS FREE AGENCYAt one point, it seemed like a sure thing that Derrick Favors would go elsewhere when he became a free agent after the season. Now such an outcome isn’t so certain. Favors bounced back after a pair of injury-plagued seasons and averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds and accepted a more complementary role this season. Bringing Favors back will still be tough. The demand could be robust for Favors and Utah may opt to bring in a stretch four rather than pair Favors and Gobert in a spacing-challenged frontcourt again.EXUM’S HEALTHRetaining Dante Exum is going to be a priority. Exum enters free agency as a player with tantalizing skills whose development has been slowed by injuries. He missed all but 14 games this season after suffering a preseason shoulder injury. Still, Exum averaged a career-best 8.1 points on 48.3 percent shooting and showed an ability to be a lockdown defender. The Jazz are willing to gamble he can stay healthy and develop into their point guard of the future.SCORING PUNCHBoosting offensive production will be an area of emphasis for the Jazz. Utah emerged as a strong defensive team. But the Jazz lacked many consistent options beyond Mitchell when it came to players who could create their own shot. The Jazz will need to shore up an offense that generated 104.1 points per game — ranking 19th out of 30 NBA teams.NON-GUARANTEED CONTRACTSUtah could bring a radically different second unit back for next season. Thabo Sefolosha, Jonas Jerebko and Ekpe Udoh all enter the second year of two-year deals. All three are cap-friendly deals but they’re not guaranteed until July, giving the Jazz some flexibility to make some upgrades if the right pieces are available.CROWDER’S SHOOTING Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Utah Jazz’ Donovan Mitchell, right, shakes hands with Houston Rockets’ PJ Tucker after the team’s loss in Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)SALT LAKE CITY — Restless nights became common for Donovan Mitchell during his rookie season.Mitchell worried about being able to make the playoffs and he worried about whether he was doing enough of the right things to get the Utah Jazz there.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “There was a good team in there somewhere, we just didn’t know to what degree,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said Wednesday as the team prepared to head into the offseason. “It took us a while to figure out things.”Mitchell emerged as a true star during the journey. He set multiple franchise rookie records and finished the season leading Utah in scoring at 20.5 points per game. Mitchell also developed an ability to take over games offensively late in the season, giving the Jazz a boost at critical times.Like he did during his rookie season, Mitchell aims to set the pace during offseason development. He is pushing himself to become an All-Star, a top defensive player and even an MVP at some point.“You can ride the wave and be complacent. I’ve never been that way,” Mitchell said.With Utah returning much of its young core next season, the Jazz are focused on making internal improvements to help those players reach their full potential. Utah has only four players 30 years old or older on the roster and only one, Joe Ingles, is in the starting lineup. ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

BMX rider Caluag named PH’s flag bearer for Asian Games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The London Olympian will head the contingent of 272 Filipino athletes and 63 officials from 35 sports during the opening ceremony on Aug. 18 at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.That single gold medal that the United States-based Caluag had captured saved the Philippine campaign from a victory drought during the tailend of the Incheon Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms NCAA: Letran trumps Arellano to stay hot LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The lone Filipino gold medalist in the previous Asian Games deserves a grand entrance in the coming continental sportsfest.Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez confirmed that BMX rider Daniel Caluag, who salvaged Filipino pride in 2014 Incheon, has been designated flag-bearer of the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

GDF being used to hide slush funds – PPP/C

first_img…says slew of suspicious financial activity …exposes questionable budgetary allocations By Michael YoungeWhile the security of the country is of paramount importance and must never be compromised, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is not prepared to condone any sort of corruption or skulduggery when it comes to the allocation of the country’s scarce financial resources.As a result, the Party on Thursday raised concerns over what it said appeared to be a slew of questionable allocations to the budget of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), which is being funded under the Ministry of the Presidency. The PPP maintained that it was also taken aback by what appeared to be slush funds that were created by the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.Speaking during a media conference on Thursday, former PPP/C Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee expressed disappointment over the fact that the Opposition was disallowed from questioning a series of questionable and worrying allocations made to the GDF’s $12 billion budget, which climbed from $8 billion over the past two years.Rohee said that he was particularly concerned that corruption within the GDF was now reaching remarkable levels under the current Administration. Rohee claimed that if one were to examine the GDF’s budgetary allocation, one would notice that billions of dollars were being misallocated or siphoned off.The former Home Affairs Minister told reporters that the GDF was awarded more money than the entire Agriculture Ministry, which has responsibility for management of the agricultural sector. He posited too that more monies were allocated to the security agency when compared to the pittances that were given to the administrative regions.The PPP/C Member of Parliament argued that something was amiss as GDF’s allocation grew by a whopping $4 billion after it was increased from $8 billion to $12 billion over the past two years despite the fact that Guyana was not getting value for money being spent on various projects because of poor Executive oversight, and a lack of accountability and transparency.He said, “In the course of 2017, the Guyana Defence Force received a total of six supplementary allocations amounting to $171.9 million … apart from what was budgeted for … in addition to that, they received from the Contingencies Fund $185 million … In addition to the money they received in 2017, these are big bucks.”The PPP/C MP was confident that if he was given the opportunity to pose questions about the allocations, the Government may have been unable to defend the projects and sums that were being allocated to less than transparent ventures. He was equally disappointed over the Speaker’s decision to disallow questions on the remaining portions of the Ministry of the Presidency’s budget in the interest of good governance and curbing corruption.He said that a series of skulduggery was taking place at the Ministry of the Presidency and the GDF was being used to hide monies and slush funds which would in turn be accessed for political and other questionable practices.“You have cases where projects are being embarked upon by the GDF; contractors are being paid huge sums in advance, but the project was never completed … when these matters are raised in the Public Accounts Committee over the years, they accept the deficiencies,” Rohee said.Veterans’ CoI recommendationsThe parliamentarian also explained that he expected that there would have been allocations made in the GDF’s budget for key recommendations flowing from the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the state of veterans in Guyana which highlighted the need to remove the “tremendous challenges” that were currently hindering the entity’s transformation into a “small, versatile and robust” military.He reminded that another key recommendation was for serious consideration to be made to improving the engineering corps of the Army so as to improve its performance through recapitalisation.“The engineering corps is a very critical core, because they are the core ranks that deal with a number of issues within the Force.”Rohee said that more emphasis should have been placed on the development of a master plan and strategic plan that covered core areas of the GDF’s operation that could led to redounding benefits for the entity.last_img read more

Guyana gets full membership of Caribbean Local Government Association

first_imgThe intervention of the Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM) has resulted in Guyana now returning to full-term membership status, under the Caribbean Local Government Association (CALGA).CALGA Second Vice President Anthony Roberts on Sunday wrapped up a three-day visit to Guyana where he delivered the good news to the Communities Ministry and the GAM. The CALGA official arrived last Thursday and met with Government and the GAM, noting that Guyana was elevated from observer status under the CALGA after fulfilling the relevant requirements. Guyana’s status was downgraded a few years ago, but measures were taken by the GAM to correct theGAM President Carwyn Holland and CALGA officialAnthony Roberts lapse. Roberts also expressed his satisfaction with the push for decentralisation and commended Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for the positive report he received from the local municipalities, as he encouraged Guyana to keep pushing in the direction of full autonomy for local organs. He also noted that there was still minimal friction between local organs and central and regional governments over interference.Minister Bulkan, in response, thanked CALGA for the confidence expressed and pledged Guyana’s full support to the regional organ, while committing to ensuring local government organs were fully equipped to carry out their functions effectively. GAM, which was instrumental in facilitating the visit which followed a recent CALGA strategic planning meeting in Trinidad, has recorded its second international success since being resuscitated, after earlier gaining  Guyana a place `on the executive body of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. GAM President Carwyn Holland, who is also the outgoing Mayor of Linden, thanked CALGA for recognising the importance of Guyana’s contribution regionally and lobbied for Guyana to be the next host of the CALGA executive meeting, slated for June 2018. Holland noted that Guyana was a founder member of the Association and it was most fitting for the country to be the host. Roberts was also a Guest Speaker at the Corriverton Phagwah celebrations and met with the Mayor and Councillors there. Last Saturday, he held a meeting with the GAM executives and later travelled to Linden for sight-seeing and a meeting with the outgoing Mayor and Councillors. Roberts also called for Guyana’s support as the regional body seeks observer status with the Caribbean Community (Caricom).last_img

Prisoner places call to 911

first_img…allegedly threatens to assassinate PresidentRanks of the Guyana Police Force are investigating a call that was allegedly placed at the Emergency 911 system by an inmate of the Lusignan Prison who has allegedly threatened to assassinate President David Granger.This was confirmed by Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, who further stated that the prisoner is being questioned by police.President David GrangerContacted earlier today, Samuels explained that the police are still to ascertain if the caller had used the prison’s phone or a mobile phone.The prisoner, identified as Alim Ally, reportedly made the call and told the person at the other end of the line that he would kill the President when he gets out of prison.Ally was convicted for assault, and is serving a two-year sentence. However, Samuels noted that the matter would be investigated thoroughly.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine told media operatives that Police ranks had made significant progress in the investigation, but he refused to divulge any further details. He nevertheless stated that the police are continuing to investigate the matter.Earlier in the year, Andriff Gillard had alleged that he was offered $7 million to assassinate the Guyanese Head of State.He had accused popular Grove, East Bank Demerara businessman Nizam Khan of being the mastermind. After Gillard’s appearance on a television newscast, an investigation was launched.After weeks of continuous probe, the President himself requested that a Commission of Inquiry be launched into the merits of the accusation. Almost two months after, the findings were presented to the President with several recommendations.However, the inquiry found that the story told by Gillard was not corroborated.last_img read more

Singida beat Homeboyz on penalties

first_imgDeus Kaseke, Adam Miraji, Shafik Batambuze and Danny Lyanga scored for Singida while Noah Wafula scored for Homeboyz.Benjamin Oketch and Collins Kisuya missed Homeboyz’s kick, Oketch sending his effort high over the bar while Oketch had his effort saved by Singida keeper Peter manyika Junior.Missing their injured talisman Allan Wanga upfront, Homeboyz tactician Paul Nkata handed Keiphas Mutuu a starting role with new signing George Mandela also being given his sifrt start in the tournament.The home side had a perfect start to the match, Wycliffe Opondo striking them ahead much thanks to some casual defense from the Tanzanians.Mandela took on a daunting run on the right before cutting back a cross into the box which Singida took their sweet time to clear, Mutuu managing to steal the ball and toe poke to Opondo who struck the ball past Peter Manyika.Singida almost made a response three minutes later but Deus Kaseke’s curling effort from the right was pushed to the upright by keeper Mike Wanyika.Singida tried to put the ball on the ground and build up play but the slipper nature of the pitch most of the time caught them out.Homeboyz were more direct and with any possession they picked, they threw bodies upfront. In the 17th minute, a counter from Nkata’s charges saw skipper Eston Esiye pick the ball in midfield and release Moses Mudavadi out on the right, but the forward’s shot went straight to keeper Manyika.Six minutes later, Esiye took matters in his own hands striking a shot from range which keeper Manyika spilled and a rushing Mutuu failed to pounce on the error.Homeboyz’s defense marshaled by a new twin pairing of Benjamin Oketch and Andrew Waisswa managed to withstand the pressure from Singida, ensuring they sealed their single goal lead to the end of the opening 45 minutes.Singida came back a more organized side in the second half and it took them only 15 minutes to equalize when Danny Lyanga dived in to head at the edge of the six yard box off Elinywesia Sumbi’s cross from the right.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz forward Moses Mudavadi vies for the ball with Singida United’s Amara Diaby during their SportPesa Super Cup bronze medal match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNakuru, Kenya, Jun 10- Tanzania’s Singida United beat Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1on penalties at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on Sunday afternoon to claim the SportPesa Super Cup third place trophy and earn Sh750,000 in prize money.The game was forced into penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time and in the same manner they lost in the semi-finals, Homeboyz failed to sparkle from 12 yards out.last_img read more

Heroic Hart acknowledges Barcelona brilliance as Man City crash out of Europe

first_img Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart acknowledged Barcelona’s superiority as Manuel Pellegrini’s side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the Catalans.Hart produced a magnificent rearguard performance, totalling ten saves in the 90 minutes, but his efforts were in vain as City lost 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.England’s number one kept the scoreline respectable, with only Ivan Rakitic’s clever first-half strike escaping his clutches, and Hart was quick to recognise the hosts’ quality.“It’s disappointing – we gave ourselves a chance and didn’t take it,” said the City shot-stopper.We’ve gone out to a magnificent side, they’re going to get a lot of plaudits for how they play and they’ve got fantastic players, but that’s the second time in two years which is disappointing for us.“I had a lot to do, but I wanted it to count. I said that after the first leg, and it hasn’t.“But even when we lose – even when I make mistakes, and it’s all my fault – I am still proud of my efforts, and of my team, and we will keep going.City’s defeat mirrored their exit from last season’s competition in exactly the same circumstances, meaning they have failed to reach the last eight four years in a row.Hart was humble when reflecting on his own individual performance as the City stopper continually kept Barcelona’s front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar at bay.Messi, in particular, was in frightening form, but Hart emerged victorious in his ongoing personal duel with the Argentine maestro by frustrating him time and time again.Hart said: “It was busy. Messi is a phenomenal player, definitely the best in the world. I just tried to smother them as best I could because I know full well they’re thinking they’ve got to pass at all times.“From there my job is to rush them, with quality players it’s difficult to do sometimes, and I got a bit of luck on my side.”Despite Barcelona’s dominance, City squandered a great opening when Sergio Aguero’s controversial penalty was saved, and Hart rued the miss as a defining moment.“Make no bones about it, Barcelona were the better team in both legs, but we hung on in there, defended and made saves, and made tackles, then we had a big chance but unfortunately we couldn’t take it,” said the dejected England international.“We have to learn to take our chances. Sometimes in Europe you won’t be the better team and you have to somehow find a way to win.” 1last_img read more

VIDEO: Fuming German referee puts hands on 1860 Munich skipper

first_img1 Knut Kircher The play-offs in Germany have been pretty eventful this season, all told.First, Hamburg’s Marcelo Diaz scored a stunning 90th minute equaliser to help his side secure their 53rd consecutive season in the Bundesliga at the expense of Karlsruher.Then 1860 Munich fought back to beat third-tier outfit Holstein Kiel courtesy of a 2-1 score line and maintain their place in the Bundesliga 2.Meanwhile, with so much at stake, the red mist was bound to descend at some point.However, when players lose their cool and the tackles are flying in it’s up to the referee to keep a lid on proceedings.Well, nobody told Knut Kircher.The German official wasn’t taking any nonsense from 1860 Munich skipper Christopher Schindler and almost came to blows with the 25-year-old…Calm down, ref!last_img read more

Armenian genocide vote is in peril

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The loss of support is a major setback to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, who have fiercely defended the resolution to Republicans and the Bush administration as a moral imperative in condemning the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. President Bush called Pelosi on Tuesday to ask her not to call for a House vote on the resolution. “The president and the speaker exchanged candid views on the subject and the speaker explained the strong bipartisan support in the House for the resolution,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday that the plan remained to vote on the measure before Congress adjourns by the end of the year. But, he added, “there are a number of people who are revisiting their own positions and we’ll have to determine where everyone is,” he said. POLITICS: Some Democrats drop support over concern about Turkey’s reaction. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A House vote to label the century-old deaths of Armenians as genocide was in jeopardy Tuesday after several Democrats withdrew their support and sounded alarms it could cripple U.S. relations with Turkey. The most notable Democratic challenge mounted this week came from Rep. John Murtha, an anti-war ally of Pelosi, D-Calif., and chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Murtha fought against a similar measure 20 years ago. “From my discussions with our military commanders and foreign policy experts, I believe that this resolution could harm our relations with Turkey and therefore our strategic interests in the region,” Murtha, D-Pa., said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. Also this week, at least six Democrats withdrew their sponsorship of the bill and two other Democrats, Reps. Alcee Hastings of Florida and John Tanner of Tennessee, asked Pelosi to forgo the vote. Hastings, who has voted against combat funding for Iraq, and Tanner, a member of a conservative Democratic coalition known as the Blue Dogs, said they feared backlash from Turkey would cut off U.S. access to a critical air base.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