May 14

PNG U20 women win first match in USA tour

first_imgAlthough Ramona Padio secured the win for the team by scoring both goals, the match reflected a team effort with all 21 field players participating in the game, allowing every team member to showcase their skills in front of PNG coach Lisa Cole before final team selection.The scheduled match against Seattle Pacific University on August 15, but Papua New Guinea was unsatisfactory to the girls which saw them going down against dominant Seattle University side.The team hopes to continue a winning streak for the remaining five trial matches as part of their development while preparation before the World Cup is the top priority.Between the team’s training schedule and matches, they have filled spare time by gaining inspiration from other football teams including Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink field, an experience Cole described as an amazing opportunity for the PNG team.last_img read more

January 14

Are our leaders concerned about the plight of those voters?

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to be a fly on the wall in the Office of the Presidency. The Prime Minister’s office is at the same address, so I would just fly between the two offices. I would like to know who advises the leaders of our country. Do they ever remember that people vote for them? Are they really concerned about the plight of those voters? If so, how do they muster the gumption to speak the way they do and say the things they say?Without batting an eyelid the President said that Lazy man work will attract lazy man pay. President Granger has a great sense of humour and at first I thought he was joking. It cannot be that he was joking because it is over a month now that he made those remarks and he nor his folks have seen it fit to walk those comments back. So I am left to believe that the President was serious in his remarks. The reason I asked about who advises our leaders (and all great leaders have advisers whom they listen to), is because by now, someone should have said to President Granger that he has bought into a long held racist belief that Black people are generally lazy and that he should seek to reword those comments.The President made those remarks as he was receiving the commissioned report on wages for the workers in Guyana’s public sector. The public sector in Guyana is dominated by Black workers; police, nurses, the army, the Government offices workers, etc. And for as long as there have been a public sector in Guyana, for just as long, those workers have been grossly underpaid. Now the time has come to double their wages, or at least, significantly increase it, their President says to them, some of you are lazy, and I will reflect your quality of work in what I pay you.Couldn’t the President have said, “Ladies and gentlemen, now that we have agreed to give you a significant raise of pay, we hope that your quality of work will also be significantly improved? Or, “Servants of the people, the government has decided to stretch our financial limits to accommodate an increase in your wages, we hope that you appreciate what we are doing, and that you will also stretch the standards of your work.” Or something like that. Why did he not use the occasion to speak as a champion of the working class?Then days later we heard the comments of our dear Prime Minister. He said that the doubling of the fees to cross the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) is a “slight” increase. And he did not stop there. It was as if he did not hear what he said. He went on to justify his remarks by comparing the Demerara Harbour Bridge’s toll with that of the Berbice Bridge toll. Now I would think that the Prime Minister would have still been furious with those who continue to poke out the financial eyes of those who are paying those exorbitant fees to cross the Berbice Bridge. After all, he did convince me that he was very angry with those tolls, when he was on the campaign trail. Instead, our dear Prime Minister is arguing that the Demerara Harbour Bridge’s toll needs to be increased so as to create some semblance of “fairness” for those who commute across the Berbice Bridge. Oh what a difference a year makes!Editor, let’s go back to his “slight” remark. Nagamootoo said that to him, there is nothing wrong with the doubling of the fees to cross the DHB. He said that those fees will help with the maintenance of the bridge. Please do the math with me. If I pay $100 a day to cross the bridge for five days that is $1000 a month, extra, that I have to pay. If I live in a double household and we travel separately, that is $2000 per month. By any stretch of the imagination, that translates to a significant amount of money. That is gas, lunch, uniform, utilities, etc. Yet the man I voted for, hoping that he would lower my cost of living (a better life for all, wink wink), is promising to saddle me with another cost and he thinks so flippantly of me that he promises to take another $1000 a month of my money and calls it ‘slight’.Additionally, what about those who inadvertently have to cross both bridges? Do they qualify from some wavier? Finally, guess how much the Prime Minister spends in gas or tolls to cross any bridge. Should he not also contribute to the bridge’s maintenance?Yours truly,Wendell Jeffreylast_img read more

January 3

‘He should focus on winning man of the match first’ – Reaction to Ozil’s huge claim

first_imgYou’ve got to applaud the ambition of Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal and Germany attacker surprised reporters recently by commenting that he has the ability to be crowned Ballon d’Or someday, but it seems as though the only person he has convinced is himself.Speaking ahead of the world champions’ 2-2 draw with Australia, he said: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands. I am convinced that it can happen.”It is certainly an encouraging attitude for a player who has looked downbeat and disinterested at times during his two seasons at the Emirates, but it certainly hasn’t washed with Premier League fans, who have been quick to mock Ozil, as can be seen below…Do you think Mesut Ozil has the ability to be crowned Ballon d’Or someday? Comment below… 1 Mesut Ozil believes he can win the Ballon d’Or last_img read more

December 30

Barcelona starlet will NOT be joining Tottenham on deadline day

first_imgBarcelona are unlikely to allow Sandro Ramirez to leave for Tottenham today.Spurs are in a hurry to land a striker before the window slams shut tonight and had been in regular contact with Barcelona and the player’s representatives throughout January.Ramirez has struggled to force his way into the Barca side this season, making just four starts in La Liga.But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca won’t part with the 20-year-old unless they sign a forward themselves.Tottenham are now expected to turn their attentions back to signing Saido Berahino from West Brom after their pursuit of Fulham’s Moussa Dembele broke down at the weekend. 1 Sandro Ramirez [left] last_img

December 27

Water polo powers clash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3:00 p.m. Two of the CIF Southern Section boys water polo powerhouse programs clash today when Montebello plays host to La Canada at the Commerce Aquatorium. Game time is 4 p:30 p.m. La Canada is ranked No. 1 and Montebello No. 2 in this week’s CIF-SS, Division III.last_img read more

December 24

Dave Rennie: Munster clash will teach me about my players

first_img“I just see it as a chance to learn a bit more about our boys. I know we will have to be good to be competitive.”Glasgow go into the game with three wins out of three but last week’s trip to Cardiff Blues proved a tight affair, with them coming from behind to win 20-19.Rennie says it’s important to concentrate on the basics because they won’t get away with the same mistakes against Munster.“We were a bit frustrated because we created a lot of opportunities but weren’t clinical enough,” he continued. “There was plenty of heart and character in the group so we’re happy to get away with it. We’re always focusing on the basics. “We know the challenge ahead, they’re a good side, really strong defensively and can strangle you down you’re end of the field so we will have to be more clinical and accurate.”The fixture will be Rennie’s first sold-out experience of Scotstoun on a Friday evening and he’s looking forward to the atmosphere.“I really enjoyed it here against Ospreys, they were incredibly vocal. There’s some amount of seats here and the crowd are really into it. “Their support is massive and the boys really feel it on their field. It was great being in the stand experiencing that and I look forward to tomorrow.” Dave Rennie says Glasgow Warriors’ PRO14 clash with Munster will give him the chance to learn more about his players and see how they cope under pressure.The new coach, who will lead his side into their fourth competitive game since taking charge in the summer, will welcome Munster to Scotstoun for Friday’s top of the table clash.Rennie says the fixture will be a marker for how his players have settled since he began his reign because one side will have to drop points for the first time this season. “They’re a top team as Glasgow found out last year,” he said. “It will give us an idea of where we’re at from a physicality point of view, a defensive point of view and we believe the defence will come hard at us and try to strangle us. last_img read more

December 24

Free agent Anthony Stokes training with St Mirren

first_imgAnthony Stokes is training with St Mirren as the former Celtic striker continues his attempts to find a new club.The Irishman enjoyed a successful loan spell under new Saints manager Alan Stubbs at Hibs in 2016, scoring twice in the Scottish Cup final as the Easter Road side defeated Rangers to end their wait for the trophy.Stokes returned to Hibs last year on a permanent deal but was released early from his contract following a breach of disciplinary rules.The 29-year-old had a short spell with Greek outfit Apollon Smyrni during the second half of last season but is now back without a club. St Mirren are looking to strengthen their squad with several new players as they prepare to return to the Scottish Premiership.last_img

December 24

Price replaces skipper Laidlaw for Scotland’s Wales test

first_imgTownsend paid tribute to the pair, who he previously coached during his stint in charge at Scotstoun.He said: “Tommy has started all his games and has an impressive try-scoring record, which is fundamental element of the game for a winger.“As well as his finishing ability, his excellent work-rate off-the-ball and outstanding aerial skills have been the key reasons why he’s reached a half century of appearances for Scotland.“Jonny is an exceptional player who came through as a young man and, by becoming the second-youngest player to win 50 caps, shows just how well he’s played in that relatively short time.“He has a phenomenal work rate, is a very accurate tackler and takes real pride in helping the team prepare, as well as continually looking for ways to improve his own game.” Ali Price will replace Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations.Head coach Gregor Townsend has made four changes to his starting line-up as the Scots look to get their campaign back on track following back-to-back defeats.A key alteration comes at scrum-half, where Glasgow star Price takes the spot of national team stalwart Laidlaw.Meanwhile, Racing 92 stand-off Finn Russell returns after missing the loss to France due to concussion protocol. Russel’s return means Peter Horne moves one place outfield to inside-centre, with Sam Johnson dropping out.Edinburgh prop William Nel is also back to bolster Townsend’s side after overcoming a calf injury.Darcy Graham, the Edinburgh wing, has been handed his first Scotland start for the visit of the current Six Nations leaders as Sean Maitland is sidelined.Half-century: Tommy Seymour is to make his 50th Scotland appearance. SNSThe fixture will also see Warriors duo Jonny Gray and Tommy Seymour reach a half-century of appearances for their country.last_img read more

December 21

Overview: Mickey’s Halloween Party 2017 at Disneyland Park + Video

first_imgShare This!I gotta say, I feel guilty.Here I’ve been going on and on about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.Have I mentioned Halloween at Disneyland Resort?Not. Even. Once. Today, that all changes. I present to you an overview of Mickey’s Halloween Party, featured at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park.Enjoy!Have you been to both parties? Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!last_img

December 20

Merrill edges Marshfield boys hockey

first_imgTigers lose fourth-straight in Wisconsin Valley ConferenceBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Brian Root scored 2:38 into the second period ending a wild first 19 ½ minutes to put Merrill on top for good as the Bluejays downed Marshfield 3-2 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference boys hockey game Tuesday night at the Marshfield Youth Ice Arena.Joe Ladewig and Root scored in the first period to put Merrill (1-6-1, 1-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference) up 2-0.Marshfield scored twice in the first 1:47 of the second period to even it up.Isaac Wellens scored off assists from Ryan Krueger and Justin Stanek, and Tyler Spaeth scored on an assist from Klaus Friedli to tie the game at 2-2.However, just 51 seconds later, Root scored his second goal of the game to put the Bluejays up 3-2, and neither team scored over the final 32 minutes.Scott Berg had 18 saves in goal for Marshfield (2-7-1, 0-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference).Marshfield outshot Merrill 35-21, but Bryce Broeking saved 33 of them for the Bluejays.Marshfield’s next game is at Sparta on Dec. 29.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Bluejays 3, Tigers 2Merrill 2 1 0 – 3Marshfield 0 2 0 – 2First period: 1. MER, Joe Ladewig, 14:51; 2. MER, Brian Root (Austin Burgener), 16:18.Second period: 3. MAR, Isaac Wellens (Ryan Krueger, Justin Stanek), 0:33; 4. MAR, Tyler Spaeth (Klaus Friedli), 1:47; 5. MER, Root (Ladewig), 2:38.Saves: MER, Bryce Broeking 33; MAR, Scott Berg 18.Records: Merrill 1-6-1, 1-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 2-7-1, 0-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more