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Waiwai hails Baru’s performance

first_imgThese were the words from PNG’s weightlifter, Morea Baru, straight after his lift at the Rio 2016 Olympics.Baru’s performance on Monday in the men’s 62kg division catapulted him into 6th place in the world.This feat has matched the performance from Dika Toua, who also finished in 6th place at the Athens 2004 Olympics.Chef de Mission for Team PNG, Emma Waiwai, who was on hand to watch Baru lift, said she was extremely proud of his performance.“It’s fantastic to see Morea achieve this. Morea has an attitude second to none, he has gone about his business quietly since arriving in the Games Village and always has a smile on his face. We are so happy for him,” said Waiwai.Also in the crowd to watch Baru was Vice Minister for Sports Labi Amaiu, PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC) and PNG Weightlifting President, Sir John Dawanincura, PNGOC Sectary General and new International Olympic Committee Member, Auvita Rapilla.“This is a testimony to the hard work and dedication Morea has put in over the last couple of years. It’s a fantastic result for Morea, PNG Weightlifting and the nation and I’m glad the Vice-Minister was able to witness it in person,” said Dawanincura.“I thank my fellow PNG Weightlifting executives. We are proud of what Morea has accomplished and we want him to continue this form heading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.“Thanks must go to Paul Coffa and the Oceania Weightlifting Institute as well. I would also like to thank Trukai for their support of the PNG Weightlifting program.”The 62kg division was won by Oscar Albeiro Figuearoa Mosquera, who scooped Colombia’s first medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic.last_img read more

Huntelaar’s future depends on the next 48 hours

first_imgThe striker (10 goals and 3 assists in 32 games), in an interview with the Dutch half AD, He acknowledged that his family does not want him to retire yet, although the footballer weighs several options while waiting for a decision that at the moment does not depend on him: “I still don’t know what Ajax wants. We had an agreement that everything would be focused on this season and then we would look further. We did the same thing last year. I think I still had to formally sign a new contract when I started preparing for the new season, if Ajax wants to continue, I have no idea, for me there are three options, which are either to stop, or to continue at Ajax, or at another club.The footballer, who has a contract until June 30 of this year, could have played his last game with the Ajax shirt in case the season is not resumed on time due to the coronavirus. Of course, if you do not receive a call in the next two days, you will continue in the team until 37 despite interest to teams like the Atlanta United or the Heerenveen. Ajax has 48 hours to decide the future of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutch striker who played in the ranks of the Real Madrid, he is already 36 years old, Although his contract would be automatically renewed if his club does not make a decision about his future before April 1.last_img read more

Another test for Tottenham

first_imgLONDON (AP):Back at the scene of last season’s Premier League title collapse, Tottenham will be picking up the pieces from a fresh disintegration.After spending five years trying to muscle their way back into the Champions League, Tottenham are timidly exiting from the group stage, stalling the progress of an ambitious manager and his relatively young squad.And for the first time since taking charge of Tottenham in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino’s decision-making is coming under scrutiny ahead of tomorrow’s trip across London to Chelsea.Playing in the European Cup for only the third time in their history was the consolation for Tottenham after missing out on a first English title since 1961.Pochettino’s side had been pushing Leicester in the title race until a bad-tempered meltdown at Chelsea in May. A two-goal lead was surrendered and a 2-2 draw handed Leicester the trophy. Tottenham never recovered, losing their last two games to tumble to third behind Arsenal.As damaging as the loss was, Tottenham failed to use the experience to strengthen their team significantly in the transfer window.Misfiring striker Vincent Janssen, signed in July from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, has not been an adequate backup to Harry Kane. Moussa Sissoko, a £30-million (then about $40 million) signing, has not looked to be much of an improvement on Nacer Chadli, who was sold to West Bromwich Albion.While Tottenham are the only unbeaten team in England’s four professional leagues, the team is fifth in the Premier League while Chelsea lead the way.SPIRITED COMEBACKTottenham’s failure to kill off games has been damaging, drawing half of the 12 league matches so far. But there was a spirited comeback against West Ham. A 3-2 victory, secured through Kane’s two late goals, masked the deficiencies earlier in the derby as Tottenham counts the cost of injuries to defender Toby Alderweireld and winger Erik Lamela.Losing at Monaco on Tuesday left Tottenham with only one win from five Champions League games, including two losses at Wembley Stadium.Leaving defenders Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker, and midfielder Christian Eriksen on the bench at Monaco showed that Pochettino was already looking ahead to the Chelsea game with his rotation.”Maybe we are not ready to manage Premier League and Champions League campaigns at the same time, but we need to question ourselves about that,” said goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, one truly world-class player in the Tottenham team.Chelsea are helped by having a season out of Europe at the start of Antonio Conte’s reign.”They have time to train and develop their philosophy,” Pochettino said. “They are, not only in England but in Europe, the team most in form today.”A run of five straight losses has sent Crystal Palace sliding to a point above the relegation zone.Tomorrow’s opposition is faring little better. Bob Bradley is winless in five games since taking charge of Swansea, who have fallen to last place while collecting two points.”The players know me by now,” Bradley said. “I will stand by them and stick up for them, but they also know I expect a lot.”last_img read more

Powell to miss World Relays

first_imgFormer world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, national 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald and Julian Forte are late withdrawals from Jamaica’s IAAF World Relays team which is scheduled to depart today for The Bahamas. The two-day championships will be held from April 22-23. Powell was down to run in the men’s 4x100m, McDonald in the 4x400m and Forte in the 4x200m. No reason has been given for the withdrawal of the three athletes. Technical director of Jamaica’s team, Maurice Wilson, said the absence of the trio is major blow for the country.     “Asafa Powell has run on every single one of our victorious 4x100m male relay teams and so his experience and talent can hardly be replaced,” said Wilson.  “It’s a big disappointment but we do have mixed of athletes that will perform very well for us,” he said.   “McDonald is also a big blow because he was part of that team won a medal at the Olympic Games and so he will be missed,” he said. Wilson added the Forte is one country’s talented young sprinters and his absence from the men’s 4x200m team is a major blow. “In the past three years, he (Forte) has been one of our most consistent new sprinters and he is one of those guys that we looking forward to filling in the gaps when the other senior athletes would have moved on so his presence will be highly missed,” Wilson said. However, despite the absence of the trio along with triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, Wilson said still expects the team to do well.  “When you are in track and field these are some of the unexpected situations you will encounter and we just have to deal with it,” he said. “We have a talented team and I am confident that they will do us proud in The Bahamas,” Wilson stated.     The team will be led by Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake.last_img read more

Turkish Islamic Scholar Receives Peace Award

first_imgTurkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has been presented with a prestigious peace award in recognition of his “life-long dedication to promoting peace and human rights” at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater.The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College honored Gülen with its 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award on Thursday for promoting ideas shared by the world’s leading peace and civil rights activists.Past recipients of this award include Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Michael Gorbachev, as well as Rosa Parks. Representatives of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, which has presented the award since 2001, say the award is designed to promote the importance of positive social transformation by honoring “those who demonstrate extraordinary global leadership toward reconciling differences.”Alp Aslandoğan, the president of the Alliance for Shared Values — an umbrella body for US-based organizations affiliated with the Gülen movement — accepted the award on behalf of Gülen. Aslandoğan said Gülen was unable to come to the award ceremony due to his medical condition.“I am humbled,” Gülen said in a statement read by Aslandoğan after he received the award. “I can only accept this award on behalf of the participants of the Hizmet movement who devoted themselves to serving fellow humans without expecting anything in return,” Gülen said. Hizmet — which means “service” in Turkish — is used interchangeably to refer to the Gülen movement.Gülen hailed sympathizers of the movement scattered across the world in his powerful statement, recognizing educators who defy sub-freezing climates thousands of miles away from their homes and those who continue to keep their schools open in northern Iraq despite the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a notorious group of militants that overran large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria last year.The Gülen movement has spread to more than 160 countries around the world and has a vast network of schools, charity organizations, health institutions and cultural dialogue centers. The volunteers of the movement often have to confront dire conditions in countries they serve, ranging from Ebola-stricken nations in Africa to conflict-ridden countries in the Middle East.In recognition to their sacrifices, Gülen commended the activists, volunteers and educators in those countries, mentioning in particular Nigeria and Afghanistan, who provide educational opportunities to girls. He also praised the doctors, nurses and humanitarian relief workers who serve in Somalia and Sudan in difficult conditions as well as entrepreneurs who “compete in donating to charitable causes despite facing economic hardship themselves.”“These devotees of love who come from different nations, religions, and ethnic backgrounds are the ones whose work is recognized with this award,” Gülen said. “They are the ones who seek happiness in the happiness of others. What unites them and the pioneers of human rights in Asia, in Africa, in the United States, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and all around the world is their commitment to humanity. To hold every human as dignified and to be committed to the dignity of every human is a sign of respect for their Creator,” the Islamic scholar added.Lawrence E. Carter, the dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, presented the award to Gülen, saying he is honored to present the peace award to a Muslim religious leader for the first time.”We’re honored today to present this award to Fethullah Gülen… who contributes to global peace. … We’re honored because he has expressed that humanitarian value and morality is a shared value of every human being,” Carter said, adding that the college is also honored to present the award to Gülen because he has raised his voice loudly against suicide bombing attacks and has said that jihad cannot be done by killing innocent people.Scott Alexander from Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union delivered the keynote address to explain about the Gülen movement to hundreds of participants who filled the hall from across the US.  He hailed the Gülen movement for its activities, praising its volunteers who travel thousands of miles around the world with “their hearts and pockets only full of sincerity.”Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate, whose decades-long commitment to education, altruistic community service, and interfaith harmony has inspired millions in Turkey and around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Increased acreage of land for breadfruit production imminent

first_imgAt least 30 acres of land in Regions Four, Five, Seven and 10 has been secured over the past two years for the cultivation of breadfruit in an effort to promote food security and value adding. This was according to Chief Executive Officer of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Dr Oudho Homenauth.Breadfruit expert, Dr Laura Roberts-Nkrumah of the University of the West Indies’ Agriculture and Food Production Department was invited to Guyana by the FoodNAREI CEO, Dr Oudho Homenauth and breadfruit expert, Dr Laura Roberts-Nkrumah of the University of the West Indiesand Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on the request of NAREI.Dr Homenauth recalled that the Institute then acquired over 1000 breadfruit seedlings from Global Breadfruit. While hundreds have been distributed to farmers in various Regions, NAREI will be cultivating a significant number. This is to ensure the availability of affordable quality planting material since the current market price for a breadfruit plant is $3000. “President David Granger at the National Tree Day activity in 2015 indicated the importance of breadfruit … We did not wait on a directive … We started looking at increasing breadfruit production… But, to do that we needed quality planting materials….Also, we needed to know what we have and so we approached the FAO for assistance in this regard,” he noted. For the next two days, Dr Roberts-Nkrumah, accompanied by a team from NAREI, would be visiting various breadfruit-producing communities in Regions Four and Five. This activity would allow a firsthand look at the various varieties of breadfruit that are available locally. On Friday, there will be a practical session for the propagating of breadfruit from root cuttings at NAREI’s Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD) location.last_img read more

Religious leader found guilty of raping 9-year-old appeals ruling

first_imgThirty-three-year-old Nezaam Ali of Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, who was sentenced to 45 years’ imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh for raping a 9-year-old boy in 2011, through his attorneys, has appealed the ruling.Jailed: Nezaam AliBased on reports received, Attorneys Latchmie Rahamat and Glen Hanoman filed the appeal to overturn the decision and sentencing on Thursday last, claiming that the decision was a miscarriage of justice.The charges allege that between December 2011 and January 2012, Ali, being a teacher attached to the Turkeyen Masjid, engaged in sexual activity with the children, abusing a position of trust.During the trial, Ali pled with the jury for mercy, as he further denied committing the offence by stating that he has erectile dysfunction and as such could not have raped the boy.His attorney, Stanley Moore, in a plea of mitigation, further pled for mercy, revealing to the court that according to evidence, the child involved in the rape allegation did not suffer any psycho-social trauma.Ali is yet to answer to eight other counts of rape at the High Court. Those are expected to come up next month during the new session of the Demerara Assizes.Ali, of Lot 268 Section C 5, South Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, was first charged back in 2012 with raping the nine boys. However, after being committed to stand trial in 2013, the matter was stalled for some time after birth and medical certificates for the lads had gone missing from each of the nine files.The parents and relatives of some of the alleged victims had, in the past, publicly expressed their frustration at the situation. One parent had even claimed that there was a deliberate attempt to drag the matter out.In 2017, however, there was a turn of events when the Director of Public Prosecution’s Chambers, in a letter, ordered that the case be reopened. Ali was later re-committed to stand trial at the Demerara Assizes in 2018.Ali is being represented by Attorneys-at-Law Stanley Moore and Latchmi RahamatThe mother of three of the alleged rape victims had told sections of the media that persons had been taking photographs of her sons and she regarded this act as bullying.Shortly after his previous committal, Ali’s then lawyer, Nigel Hughes, had filed in the High Court, an action to have the committal overturned. This was rejected by the court and it was ruled that the committal would remain.last_img read more

Mata earns new-look Man United a draw in first US friendly

first_img 2 Missing star talents Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, the opening match of their pre-season tour of America looked to be heading for defeat in Arizona until Mata’s equaliser in the 78th minute.“After five days of training you need to play and it’s good to play against a team that is at three days’ distance from starting their Mexican league,” Mourinho told MUTV.“So (they were) a team with intensity, a team with quality that pushed us to levels that we are not prepared for… so a good training session.”A goalless first half at the University of Phoenix Stadium saw new signing Lee Grant make two saves, while United appeared to struggle to zero-in at the other end. There was plenty of interest in United’s first game on their US tour A Juan Mata volley helped Manchester United earn a 1-1 draw in their pre-season friendly against Club America.Manager Jose Mourinho expected United’s opponents to put his new-look squad through their paces and his prediction appeared to be realised. 2 Anthony Martial and Mata came close, although none caused Club America stopper Agustin Marchesin too much strife.Mourinho made two changes at the break, replacing Grant with Joel Pereira and switching captain Antonio Valencia for Timothy Fosu-Mensah.Club America got the better of United in the 59th, Henry Martin finding the net with a stunning header off a cross by Antonio Lopez.Luke Shaw made a follow-up attempt after play resumed, going wide to the right, and United went more than 15 minutes before another opportunity arose.It looked to be another miss, Ander Herrera striking the left post with a header, but Mata was waiting at the side of the box to power the volley home.United’s next stop is in California, where they will play San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.Pogba is having a post-World Cup break and Sanchez did not fly out with United at the weekend because of what the club said was a “personal administrative issue”. Man United’s starting line-up against Club America last_img read more

DDTV: Dungloe girl comes home and surprises sister on her prom night!

first_imgNatasha McGee from Dungloe was all dolled up to attend the Rosses Community School prom on Thursday evening when her sister Mel popped out from behind her bedroom door after not seeing her for three months! Mel McGee from Dungloe has been studying in Glasgow and hasn’t been able to make it home in over three months. Mel shares a very close relationship with her sister Natasha, and they facetime every single night. Mel decided to surprise Natasha on her prom night by coming home – without her knowledge! Speaking to Donegal Daily, Mel said; “I was devastated thinking that I couldn’t be there for her prom, I just started a new job as well so I definitely didn’t think I’d be able to get off.”“Dad is also working away and wasn’t able to make it. So a few weeks ago I explained to my new boss my situation and he was so nice and said to take a few days off. I booked flights and told mum to not open her mouth. All of our family were in on it to keep her thinking that nothing was going on.”“Tasha’s best friend Mikaela was the best person to enlist with the secret and she planned the whole video and where it would happen! It really wouldn’t have been possible without her help!”“I’m so glad we did it cause she was so shocked and happy! She was just delighted, she kept saying ‘I can’t believe you’re here’.” DDTV: Dungloe girl comes home and surprises sister on her prom night! was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more