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Desperate Panthers wanting it more despite injuries: CHN

first_imgThe Panthers could be without as many as seven first grade regulars for their clash with the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday, but have still managed to win five of their first six games to sit in equal second on the competition ladder.Not only is it Penrith’s best start to a regular season since 1999, it is also a huge improvement on their dismal 2-7 opening to last year after having been installed as premiership favourite before a ball was kicked.Their latest injury – to winger Josh Mansour (fractured cheekbone) – is another blow. It is hoped that Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will return from a fractured jaw for this week’s clash.Tyrone Peachey continues to play a Mr Fix it role at five-eighth with James Maloney stepping up in the absence of young star Nathan Cleary.Second-year forwards Harawira-Naera and Viliame Kikau were dominant on the edges in the side’s 35-12 win over the Titans on Sunday, while the club has been forced to blood the next generation early with Wayde Egan, Kaide Ellis and Christian Crichton all earning NRL debuts in recent weeks.”It’s just attitude,” Harawira-Naera said of the ability of the side to keep winning.”We’ve got a few boys dropping through injury but everyone is coming in and taking over, looking after positions while they’re away.”I guess we’re just wanting it more than other teams right now and it’s showing on the scoreboard.”Harawira-Naera’s shift to the centres on Sunday proved a masterstroke for Anthony Griffin’s side with the Otaua junior scoring two tries and holding his own against Dale Copley.The late switch was not a surprise tactic according to Panthers coach Anthony Griffin. Harawira-Naera has become familiar with the position during his time in the lower grades.”I was a bit lighter back then,” Harawira-Naera laughed.”I haven’t played 80 all year so it was good to get it all out, probably don’t need to do as much work in the back-row but that probably helped me”I was grateful for the opportunity, he could’ve done something else and put someone else there so just happy to contribute.”Penrith’s opponents on Sunday the Sharks have an injury crisis of their own with concerns over Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham, Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen on the weekend, adding to a list that includes James Segeyaro, Jason Bukuya and Sione Katoa.last_img read more

Green seeking positive end to tough year

first_imgBEIJING, China:Competing at his fifth World Championships, Jamaican 400m hurdler Leford Green is hoping to turn what has been a tough year on the personal and professional level into a positive closeGreen, a two-time World Championships finalist, returned to Jamaica to pair his Lennox Graham-led hurdling programme with the 400m expertise of Bertland Cameron, but it wasn’t always an easy transition.The hurdler had to make personal sacrifices and had to learn entirely new approaches but now looks back at his decision in a positive light, considering that the main objective, qualifying for the World Championships, had been met.However, the Olympic finalist is now looking to reap more successes. Though his 49.22 season’s best leaves him a full second behind the top contenders in his event, Green is confident his best performance is yet to come.”I’m pleased to have been selected to compete at another World Championships, I’m feeling good and I’m happy to be here to represent Jamaica and myself,” he said.Tough year”It’s really been a tough and trying year for me and I think I have been resilient in my efforts to keep it together. I also have a lot of people in my corner to help me stay focused and motivated so I am owe a lot to the folks who have been there for me supporting me. My family has always been there, good friends, Jason Morgan, Dane Hyatt, Jermaine Gonzales and even coaches like Bertland Cameron and Lennox Graham, who were always there. I think I have accomplished a lot just by being here at the World Championships, which is a goal of every athlete,” Green continued.Well aware of the deficit that he will need to erase if he is to make the final, moreso contend for a medal, Green remained unfazed, underlining his focus on executing his coach’s instructions, which he expects will bring positive results for him.”Anything can happen and I’m just here, really excited to see what’s going to happen tomorrow (today),” he said.”I’m just trying to focus on my execution because, as I have said, it’s been a tough year and I have been trying different stuff to see what works or what can get me into a better shape and state, so its all about execution and that’s my focus going into these championships and, hopefully, the time will come. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully the crowd in the Bird’s Nest can also bring me alive and I can get some success,” he added.The men’s 400m hurdles heats will get unde way at 6:10am today. He will be joined by fellow Jamaicans Annsert White, the national champion, and Roxroy Cato.- A.L.last_img read more

Windies women’s batting flop

first_imgCRICKET:CHENNAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women will begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign later this week with question marks over their batting, after another brittle performance left them with a 43-run defeat to Australia Women in their official warm-up game here yesterday.Chasing 140 for victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the Caribbean collapsed to 96 all out off 19 overs without a single player passing 20.The total was their third low score in four T20 contests in recent weeks, following on from their 2-1 defeat in their three-match series against South Africa Women.Stacy-Ann King top-scored with 19 not out to lead five players in double figures, but the next best was captain Stafanie Taylor with 14.West Indies Women lost teenage opener Hayley Matthews for four to the third ball of the innings to be four for one, before crawling to 38 for two in the 10th over. However, Taylor’s dismissal triggered the final side as the Windies Women lost their last eight wickets for 58 runs.Leg-spinner Kristen Beams picked up three for nine, while seamer Rene Farrell finished with three for 18.Earlier, Australia Women eased to 139 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. Opener Elyse Villani stroked 51 from 42 deliveries, while captain Meg Lanning hit an unbeaten 49 from 39 deliveries.The right-handed Villani struck eight fours as she helped add 70 for the first wicket with wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who made 18 off 24 balls before she was caught and bowled by off-spinner Taylor in the 11th over.Villani fell soon afterwards in the 14th over but Lanning, who counted two fours and three sixes in her knock, combined with Alex Blackwell (14) to put on 47 and ensure Australia Women finished strongly.West Indies bowl off their group campaign tomorrow against Pakistan at the same venue here. They are in Group B also alongside India Women, Bangladesh Women and England Women.last_img read more

PRG puts vagrants’ removal on hold

first_img–  cites financial challengesHomeless persons outside the Fogarty’s buildingProject Restore Guyana (PRG), a multi-disciplinary Task Force that was set up by the Government to address, among other social ills, the welfare management of the homeless and addicted, is now cash strapped and is currently placing its project to relocate vagrants on hold.The Head of the Secretariat of the Task Force, Dr Sewnath Ponalall speaking to this publication on Monday disclosed that the Project was faced with financial and human resources challenges to continue with the vagrant relocation programme. Dr Ponalall added, however, that the biggest challenge was finding a building to assess the mental and physical status of vagrants to determine where and how to place them, whether it was in a hospital or a home.“Unfortunately, there is no such facility in this environ; we have looked into the availability of buildings, matter of fact we have a register here with the government buildings, but we did not find any fruitful building that we can use to facilitate our project because all of the government buildings are either run down or occupied” Dr Ponalall said.“We are currently looking at the construction of a building in the budget of 2017, to facilitate our project since the 2016 budget does not cater for this project,” the Secretariat Head noted.According to Dr Ponalall, “if we can find money tomorrow from somewhere to invest in this direction, we will go forward. Well, at the moment since the economy is not performing too well right now – gold prices gone down and sugar price gone down, we cannot expect the Government to spread out all over at this moment, but to maintain what is there already.”Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, speaking to Guyana Times in an earlier interview, had relayed that the commencement of the evaluation process for street dwellers would begin as soon as a building was released by the Public Health Ministry, which was collaborating with the Social Protection Ministry to carry out this programme.Minister Lawrence disclosed that the purpose of the evaluation process for street dwellers was to assess the vagrants, then to determine the best facility for them.When the homeless persons are taken off the streets, they will immediately be transported to the facility, she had explained. Meals and other necessities will be provided by the Social Protection Ministry and other partners.“The committee recently held a meeting where it was agreed that to swiftly tackle this issue, there needs to be an evaluation process to determine whether those street dwellers can be treated externally, placed in a home, or be referred to the National Psychiatric Hospital,” Minister Lawrence said.According to Lawrence, the aim of the programme is to ensure that this vulnerable group is given a chance to be reintegrated into society and contribute to the development of Guyana.The task force is chaired by Major General (Ret’d), Joseph Singh and includes representatives from the Ministries of Social Protection, Public Health, Public Security and Agriculture as well as the Mayor and City Council.last_img read more

UNDP Trains Environmental Units in GOL Entities

first_imgGroup photo of participants at the workshopThe United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) project over the weekend concluded a two-day capacity building and coordination training in Gbarnga, Bong County, for Environmental Units in government entities.Dorsla Farcarthy, UNDP Team Leader of the Unit, said the NAPs came out of the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA), for which Liberia was chosen to implement some quick wins to include the early warning project, now with the Ministry of Transport, the coastal defense project with the Ministry of Mines and Energy and an agriculture project.Farcarthy said that the NAPs is in the country to build capacity, and to ensure that climate financing can be mainstreamed into the budgeting process.“The NAPs is mainly focusing on sectors such as the fishery, coastal, energy, forestry and health, but there are other key ministries and agencies aligned to these sectors. For example, if you are dealing with sectors and you need data, go to the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS),” Mr. Farcarthy said.The training mainly focused on how to create awareness on environmental issues for people in the mainstream to speak out on the budgeting process, and to understand the function of environmental issues and how they can apply the knowledge at their respective work places.According to Mr. Farcarthy, NAPs will monitor the various ministries and agencies, to ensure that they have each established environmental desks in their entities to mainstream some of the essential environmental issues.The Act establishing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia provides for a monitoring, coordinating and supervisory authority for the sustainable management of the environment in partnership with regulated ministries.Accordingly, one of its key functions is to ensure the integration of environmental concerns in overall national planning, to set the basis for national environment planning and implementation of development programs.It also monitors and evaluates sector development programs to keep track of their compliance with environmental requirements.Section 28 of the Act establishing the EPA requires that each line ministry shall establish an environmental unit to ensure responsibility for compliance by that line ministry with the requirements of the EPA Act, as well as make comments on environmental impact assessment.Scope of the trainingThe objectives of the training were primarily to build knowledge and understanding on the implementation of the environmental protection and management law; enhance understanding on the roles of environmental focal points in supporting the EPA mandate; define and discuss environmental reporting requirements for environmental focal points; build capacity on climate change adaptation planning and the role of the environmental focal points;build capacity on gender mainstreaming in planning, reporting and implementation.Some topics discussed included “Gender Mainstream in Planning, Coordination and Reporting, Overview of the Environmental Protection and Management Law, Overview Assessment Process and the Roles of Environmental Units,” etc.The training was climaxed with group discussions and presentations, followed by questions and answers from the participants, after which the participants lauded the UNDP-NAPs for building their capacity, and promised to implement those things learned over the three days. Participants in Group session at the workshop Participants in Group session at the workshop Dorsla Farcarthy, Team Leader Program Unit, UNDP UNDP NAPs Project Workshop for Environmental Units in Government Agencies1 of 13 Participants in Group session at the workshop Participants in Group session at the workshop Participants in Group session at the workshop Banner of the w/shopcenter_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Lunch time Participants in Group session at the workshop Ben Karmorh climate change focal person, EPA Participants in Group session at the workshop Participants in Group session at the workshop Group photo of participants at the workshoplast_img read more

Int’l mining companies promise large investments in Guyana

first_imgSeveral Canadian mining companies operating in Guyana have pledged to invest tens of millions of US dollars in expansion projects here. This announcement was made at the just concluded Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) held in Toronto, Canada.Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Goldfields Inc, Scott Caldwell announced that the company plans to boost annual gold production to 300,000 ounces by 2022 with the introduction of underground mining. He highlighted his company’s corporate social responsibility record which includes ongoing training and development of the Guyanese workforce.The Aluminum plant which is now abandoned in LindenCaldwell pointed out that the Government of Guyana receives eight per cent royalty of all the gold mined and added that the company’s ongoing expansion augurs well for Guyana, its shareholders and stakeholders.Guyana Goldfields Inc has spent approximately US$50 million in the local economy over the years in the areas goods and in services such as hauling of freight, engineering, and contract mining.Additionally, Chief Executive Officer of Sandsprings/ETK, Rich Munson, which has acquired the Toroparu Gold Project, said that this undertaking is the number two ranked undeveloped projects in South America. The Toroparu Gold Project is described as a world class asset with a 10 million-ounce potential gold reserve. He explained that Sandsprings/ETK will in the future face a demand for about 35 megawatts of electricity when the operation is up and running and is therefore developing a hydro-electric station known as the Kurupung River Hydroelectric Project (KRHP).This station will use run-of-river technology which requires no damming. He added that his company is mindful of Guyana’s interest in hydro-electricity, and has designed the KRHP to be expanded incrementally from 50 megawatts to 100 megawatts with the aim of supplying external clients.President and Director of Goldsource/Kilroy Mining, Yannis Tsitos indicated that his company has spent more than US$22 million in exploration and development in Guyana which he described as, “an extremely good jurisdiction.” The company intends to eventually produce around one million ounces of gold, averaging between 55,000 and 75,000 ounces a year.“I would hope that one-day Guyana can come out of the loop of being an exporter of raw bauxite by self-producing, and eventually building an alumina or even an aluminum plant,” he also urged.While he is calling for the building of an aluminum plant, Guyana at one time operated such a plant. The plant, located at Mackenzie, Linden, was closed in 1981 following the nationalisation of the bauxite industry by the People’s National Congress Government. When it closed, over a thousand workers were laid off. During his address, Finance Minister Winston Jordan assured the gathering that the “financial system is robust, with banks and other non-bank financial institutions being sound and adequately capitalised, public debt levels are prudently managed while annual inflation hovers around two per cent.”Minister Jordan also lauded Guyana’s mining sector as a significant pillar of the country’s economy and the main contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the past three years as well as a major source of Foreign Direct Investment.He noted though, that while mining in Guyana is successful, it is “unable to unleash its full potential’ because it is challenged by the “unavailability of requisite capital to local investors.”To address this challenge, he said, Government is encouraging local miners to establish linkages with foreign investors and members of the Diaspora to access the necessary financing and technology while at the same time providing fiscal incentives in the form of concessions on machinery, equipment and fuel, and waiver and remission of taxes on motor vehicles, based on the value of gold declaration. He added that mining operators are permitted to hold foreign exchange retention accounts.Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons who is also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, pointed to Canada’s renowned capabilities in off-shore oil and gas, and acknowledged that Guyana is a key market for Canada.Guyana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Clarissa Riehl and Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee also made brief remarks.last_img read more

Local hands help rebuild Haitian orphanage

first_imgThree armed police officers traveled with the group throughout the car ride, until they reached the orphanage’s compound.The compound currently houses 14 orphans – seven girls and seven boys – and a school which more than 200 local children currently attend. Richards says one of the reasons so many children attend the school is not only for an education, but the daily hot meal provided to each student.Richards says he was not sure what to expect or how the children would treat the group members once they arrived at the orphanage. However, he says his fears quickly disappeared.[asset|aid=3454|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c1f1e719f3c4dda78fac6dee9ead4daa-Haiti Trip 2_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: Three of the children being helped by the orphanage and school in earthquake-devastated Haiti./ Hait Work Team blogA local Fort St. John man has returned from a week-long trip to help add the finishing touches to part of a Haitian orphanage.- Advertisement -Corey Richards, the store manager of the Fort St. John Woodland TIM-BR Mart was part of a five-person group of people from various TIM-BR Marts across Canada that traveled to the small Caribbean country. The group went to put the finishing touches on the boy’s dorm of an orphanage – run by Hands Across the Sea – which was destroyed during the devastating earthquake that hit the country in January 2010.Richards says being in the country was a wake-up call.The orphanage is located in the town of Deschappelles, a three-hour drive from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Richards says right after arriving at the airport in Port-au-Prince, reality set in. He says he was told their group would have to drive through an area termed “kidnap alley”. He says the alley was a ‘T’ shaped intersection in a road where several people have been captured and held for ransom.[asset|aid=3453|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c1f1e719f3c4dda78fac6dee9ead4daa-Haiti Trip 1_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Throughout their time in Haiti, Richards and the other volunteers kept a blog. The blog can be viewed here. As well, the website for Hands Across the Sea – Haiti can be viewed here.center_img There was no electricity available across the area and the orphanage was only able to generate a few hours of electricity a day with the help of a generator. Richards says one of the reasons the generator was used was to pump water to a holding tower. However, for the rest of the day, everyone had to rely on either sunlight or candlelight.Despite the culture shock and dramatic changes the group experienced while helping at the Haitian orphanage, Richards says the hardest moment for him was leaving.[asset|aid=3455|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c1f1e719f3c4dda78fac6dee9ead4daa-Haiti Trip 4_1_Pub.mp3] Richards says the country is in disarray and although the orphanage provides help to some children, the rest of the country is in dire need of help.[asset|aid=3456|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c1f1e719f3c4dda78fac6dee9ead4daa-Haiti Trip 5_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Jenkins to join Eagles mates skipping White House visit

first_img0Shares0000Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins celebrating after the defeat of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII © GETTY IMAGES/AFP / Gregory ShamusMINNEAPOLIS, United States, Feb 5 – Philadelphia Eagles star safety Malcolm Jenkins said Monday he plans to boycott the traditional White House visit along with at least two other members of the Super Bowl-winning team.“No, I personally do not anticipate attending that,” Jenkins, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, told CNN. “My message has been clear all year,” the defensive standout said after the Eagles 41-33 upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.“I want to see changes in our criminal justice system,” Jenkins said. “I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low income communities.“And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced,” Jenkins said. “That’s what myself and my peers have been pushing for for the last two years and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”At least two of Jenkins’ team-mates — defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith — have also said they do not plan to go to the White House.Long won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots last year and also declined to make the trip.Long, 32, made headlines this year by giving away his entire paycheck to worthy causes and has been a vocal supporter of team-mates who have protested against social injustice this season.Trump has been engaged in a feud with the National Football League all year over players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.The mainly African-American players have been taking a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner to protest police brutality and racial injustice.Trump indirectly warned players before Sunday’s game not to kneel.Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long celebrates following the Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots © GETTY IMAGES/AFP / Kevin C. CoxIn a statement, he expressed appreciation “for those who make occasions like this possible, particularly the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.“We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the national anthem,” Trump said.No players kneeled while pop star Pink sang the national anthem ahead of the game in Minneapolis.Trump congratulated the Eagles following the game.“Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!” Trump tweeted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool transfer target set for showdown talks over future

first_img Keita Balde Diao 1 Liverpool target Keita Balde Diao is due to hold talks with Lazio president Claudio Lotito next week as he tries to resolve his future.talkSPORT told you earlier this week that Keita had handed in a transfer request after Liverpool and Inter Milan both expressed an interest in signing the 20-year-old.However, according to Calcio Mercato, Keita has agreed to meet with the club’s president who will attempt to persuade him to stay by offering him a lucrative contract.Brendan Rodgers is keen to land the Senegalese attacker and bolster his forward line, although the Reds are set to face stiff competition from Inter if talks between Lotito and Keita break down.Lazio snapped up Keita in 2011 when he chose to leave the youth ranks at Barcelona to continue his footballing education in Italy.He made his first-team debut in September 2013 and has made 30 appearances for the Serie A club, scoring six goals.last_img read more

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini dismisses claims that star man is unhappy

first_img Yaya Toure and Manuel Pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini insists Yaya Toure is happy at Manchester City.Toure claimed in an interview this week that he deserves greater recognition from the media for his achievements at the club.The midfielder told French newspaper L’Equipe he was not happy with the situation despite winning titles and earning lots of money.But manager Pellegrini has stressed it is important not to interpret Toure’s comments as meaning he is unhappy with life at the club.Pellegrini said: “He says he is not happy about [not being] recognised, [so people say] he is not happy here. But he is happy.“It is different to not be happy about the criticism or the recognition, than to not be happy. They are different words, you can interpret how you want but I think Yaya is happy here. He doesn’t have any problems.“I don’t think I have to answer how important Yaya is. The answer is in his performances in the last four years. He always demonstrates it every game he plays.”Toure is one of three City players to make the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or along with Sergio Aguero and new signing Kevin de Bruyne. 1last_img read more