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first_imgGeneral Manager of the company, Ismael Nelson said Handy Finance was not a big company like other financial institutions, but through its corporate and social empowerment obligations towards the community, Handy Finance was happy to help support the team.“I want you players to be great ambassadors of the company and play in the true spirit of sportsmanship,” said Nelson.Team representative, Lawrence Puyu thanked Handy Finance Management for their support to the team.“The Port Moresby Muruks is an off season team made up of young boys from Southern Highlands living in and around Port Moresby. The club’s main aim is to expose our local talents to the Digicel Cup franchises,” said Puyu.He said some of the experienced players that will be leading the Muruks include Joshia Keviame (Mendi Muruks/ Gulf Isapeas) and Missach Wallen (Port Moresby Vipers).The Muruks are coached by former Kumuls halfback, Geno Kima.Puyu extended his thanks to Club President, Wale Budda Molumi for paying the team registration fee to participate in the tournament.The Southern Leg of the Coca- Cola Ipatas Cup kicked off today at the Kone Tigers Oval, Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Murray and Roger Federer are among the top tennis stars to express sadness over the news that Wimbledon has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis.The tournament was scheduled to take place at the All England Club from June 29 to July 12 but will now be missing from the sporting calendar for the first time since World War II.Murray reacted by posting on a message on his official Facebook page, which reflected the fact that the pre-Wimbledon Fever-tree Championships at Queen’s Club has also been cancelled.Murray wrote: “Very sad that the Fever-tree Championships and Wimbledon have been cancelled this year but with all that is going on in the world right now, everyone’s health is definitely the most important thing!“Looking forward to getting back on the grass next year already! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy #StayHomeSaveLives”.Eight-time Wimbledon men’s champion Federer simply wrote “Devastated” following the news, while seven-times women’s champion Serena Williams wrote: “I’m shooked (sic)”.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova released a statement on Twitter, expressing how much she will miss competing at the tournament.“Definitely a tough one to take, with the announcement of the cancellation of Wimbledon this year,” she said.“Not only is it a special tournament to me, but it’s a tournament that has been part of history for so long that it will leave a big hole in the calendar.“I will miss playing on the beautiful grass and wearing my whites, BUT of course we know it will be back better than ever next year. And maybe we will all appreciate it even more! Stay safe and stay inside.”Meanwhile Coco Gauff, the teenager who stunned everyone by reaching the last 16 last year, tweeted: “I’m gonna miss playing in Wimbledon this year. Stay safe everyone, love you guys.”British number one Johanna Konta tweeted: “Here’s to seeing you in 2021 @Wimbledon”.Organisers of the French Open, which had been due to begin on May 24, announced last month they would move their tournament to September, starting one week after the end of the US Open, which is due to begin on August 31.But rather than look for dates later in the year, the All England Club simply cancelled this year’s tournament in SW19.“It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” a statement said.“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.“Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.“Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, we have followed guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities in relation to our year-round operations, alongside developing an understanding of the likely trajectory of the outbreak in the UK.“With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement.”Shortly after the decision was announced, the ATP and WTA Tours followed with a joint statement announcing they were extending the suspension of the current season until July 13.“In conjunction with the cancellation of The Championships, Wimbledon, the ATP and WTA have jointly announced the continued suspension of the ATP and WTA Tours until July 13, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.There have been no ATP events since the end of February, while the WTA has been on hiatus since the first week of March.The US Tennis Association reacted to the Wimbledon postponement by reiterating its hope of staging the US Open as planned later this summer.“We understand the unique circumstances facing the All England Lawn and Tennis Club and the reasoning behind the decision to cancel the 2020 Wimbledon Championships,” a statement said.“At this time the USTA still plans to host the US Open as scheduled, and we continue to hone plans to stage the tournament.“The USTA is carefully monitoring the rapidly-changing environment surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, and is preparing for all contingencies.”last_img read more

first_imgIn the aftermath of the recent horrendous and seemingly unprecedented number of fatal road accidents that occurred within a fairly short period of time, the consequences have attracted national attention.Many families are now left trying to cope with the loss of loved ones. Even the Head of State felt compelled to make a public statement over the dire situation, but before he lamented his distress, Guyanese across the country found common ground to condemn and empathize.The sudden and shocking death of someone close, especially due to an accident, can never be easy. The ensuing excruciating pain and mental trauma that are inflicted on surviving relatives can be unbearable. In a fleeting moment, families were plunged into sadness and despair, having received the dreadful news that an accident had taken the life of someone dear to them.That’s the painful result; and often, its real and lingering impact may be hidden from the spotlight of the media. The reality is that people, including those who survive an accident, suffer in unimaginable ways. The recent spate of accidents even prompted some to ask the question: How many more? One interpretation from that simple question speaks to whether lessons are being learnt from accidents over time. In other words, how many more have to die before better care is taken while using the roadways?Given what has taken place over the past few weeks, one could not be faulted for concluding that the results of the accidents may not have inspired a more responsible behaviour. However, judging from sentiments expressed on social media, it appears that more cognizance has seemingly being brought to the mindsets of many.While that is extremely heartening, there is uncertainty as to whether the mindsets of the regular errant drivers have been impacted, or whether they have learnt anything from what were obviously painful experiences of others. Judging from what continues to take place on the roadways, it seems clear that many drivers haven’t learnt, or are clearly refusing to even be bothered by the harrowing fatal accidents.On a daily basis, many drivers use the roadways in a very reckless manner, thereby endangering occupants of vehicles and other road users; the least, themselves. It becomes painful even to see how they manoeuvre their vehicles, seemingly without an iota of care for others.Again, it brings into question the role of law enforcement to try and curb such irresponsible behaviour, especially since some traffic violations do occur in the presence of Police.Even if the Police were to offer an excuse, inexcusable as it may be, there is none that can be offered for not using the public CCTV cameras to take action against the errant drivers. Many of these cameras are strategically placed at some intersections where traffic lights are mounted and in other areas.Very often, persons generally using the cameras from their cell phones would snap and post a picture of a traffic violation. Many of those violations involve a minibus. It begs another question: If members of the public can take the time and effort to highlight daily traffic violations, and from which the Police sometimes intervene, why can’t the Police themselves use the CCTV cameras in a sustained effort to make defaulters face the law? Millions of taxpayers’ dollars were used to procure and mount those cameras, therefore their value must be of benefit to the public.The general public is hurting and is pleading for help. A twelve-year-old schoolgirl was killed in the horrifying accident just over a week ago at Nimses, West Bank Demerara. Despite the emotional devastation, her mother made a public appeal to passengers to demand being let out of a minibus because it is speeding, or the driver is imbibing alcoholic beverage.If, in her time of extreme grief, she can use her painful experience to warn others, why then can’t the CCTV cameras be used for the purpose alluded to? How many more must suffer before the Police announce sustained usage of the CCTV cameras to combat the recklessness on the roads?That seems a fair question in the context of not only what transpired over the past few weeks, but over time. In addition, the suggestion that undercover cops should pose as passengers is repeated. That would help to authenticate, if nothing else is working, violations of speeding, reckless driving, and overloading, among other transgressions.A public Police WhatsApp account intended to receive pictures and videos of traffic violations captured by members of the public would also help. Importantly, the Police must holistically demonstrate that sense of commitment to genuinely collaborate with members of the public to collectively tackle the situation.This becomes even more necessary given that, generally, the Police’s image in clamping down on errant drivers is not very flattering, especially since many are believed to own minibuses and taxis.The pain people feel is real and crushing. The question of “how many” is therefore relevant, and the cries for mitigating actions must no longer fall on seemingly deaf ears.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC are in real fear at the present moment; reasons being they will have to face the electorate sooner than later. To face an electorate whom they have lied to and mislead these four years is very unnerving, to say the least, hence the shenanigans of having a delayed election.Unlike the 2015 saga, when they were ever so anxious to go to the polls, this time around, they are negotiating that route at a snail’s pace; or if they would have their way, not at all.General elections are an ultimatum, if not “the ultimatum” for that party, because all the signs and symptoms are there indicating they would have a great loss at the polls. This is not something the PNC are prepared to accept, and so they are going about this by fiddling around with the Constitution, among other oddities, which at the end of the day still cannot give them the relief they are looking for.The soon-to-be-published verdict of The CCJ would validate my claims. So they are at the end of their tether, with no solace to which they can turn, so they are once again down the path of rigging the next election.The rigging they would like to embark upon comes under the guise of an updated electoral list, which, according to them, can only be effected by a long and laborious house-to-house registration.Mind you, the Constitution of Guyana expressly proposes that an updated list can be done via the continuous registration mechanism, but they are unmoved by this constitutional requirement; they want their own PNC house-to-house formula.Now, this is their crying problem: most of their supporters have cogently expressed their views– that they will not vote for the PNC. You go down to the chic-chic boards, or talk to the man in the street, the decision is “we ain’t voting for them.”Georgetown is their rigging bowl; their stomping ground, if you please, and to get such terse replies from their very own is nerve-wracking. So they would rather give it one last-ditch effort by going out to the people and meeting them at their homes to get them to change their minds.They try to bribe the people with promises of house lots; jobs, oil is coming on stream next year and jobs will be available; trying to fool them one last time into voting for “your people.” That is the desperation and fear that has gripped the PNC full on, and they are determined to fix it in that house-to-house registration.The desperation in that house-to-house registration is also linked to matching of the numbers at headquarters. Sure as day, the numbers that have already been fed into the system must match the rigged numbers from the field.The evidence of this assertion is seen in the firing of Vishnu Persaud last year. The PNC envisage a clean job in the rigging exercise, so present an “all’s clear” path, with no scrutinising eyes around.The PNC are back to their old, disgraceful rigging ways if the playing field should only afford them the leverage. We must thwart every device they will come up with. Down with rigging! We want free and fair elections!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

first_imgKenya responded with an unconverted try at the stroke of half time through a Brian Wahinya after an interchange with Cyprian Kuto for Kenya to head to the break trailing 7-5.Into the second half Tafadzwa Chitokwindo pace was too much for the Kenyan defense as he combined with Takudzwa Kumadiro for the Cheetahs second try that was unconverted. Chitokwindo was to add the third try with a minute and a half left on the clock to lock the game.The tie was a repeat of the 2015 Africa 7s final – then played at the Barnard Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa where Kenya trailed 17-14 but a determined run from Dennis Ombachi won it for Shujaa. Other than win the African title then, Kenya qualified for the 2016 Olympic held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.For a place in the final Kenya knocked out Madagascar 36-5 as Zimbabwe erased a 19-0 half time deficit to dethrone back-to-back champions Uganda 24-19 in extra time.-Report from Raga House-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Sevens players pose for a group photo in Tunisia. PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14 – Shujaa’s hopes of lifting a fifth Africa 7s title were dashed after Zimbabwe upset them 17-5 to be crowned the new champions in Tunisia on Sunday.In the battle of unbeaten sides prior to the game, Zimbabwe went ahead after five minutes with a converted try from Shingirai Katsvere despite being a man down from a yellow card to one of their players Tarisai Mugariri.last_img read more

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first_imgKENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized Monday after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness last May. “We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,” co-owner Roy Jackson said. “It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time.” Roy and Gretchen Jackson were with Barbaro on Monday morning, with the owners making the decision in consultation with chief surgeon Dean Richardson. It was a series of complications, including laminitis in the left rear hoof and a recent abscess in the right rear hoof, that proved to be too much for the gallant colt, whose breakdown brought an outpouring of support across the country. “I would say thank you for everything, and all your thoughts and prayers over the last eight months or so,” Jackson said to Barbaro’s fans. On May 20, Barbaro was rushed to the New Bolton Center, about 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia in Kennett Square, hours after shattering his right hind leg just a few strides into the Preakness Stakes. The bay colt underwent a five-hour operation that fused two joints, recovering from an injury most horses never survive. Barbaro lived for eight more months, though he never again walked with a normal gait. The Kentucky Derby winner suffered a significant setback over the weekend, and surgery was required to insert two steel pins in a bone – one of three shattered eight months ago in the Preakness but now healthy – to eliminate all weight bearing on the ailing right rear foot. The procedure on Saturday was a risky one, because it transfered more weight to the leg while the foot rests on the ground bearing no weight. The leg was on the mend until the abscess began causing discomfort last week. Until then, the major concern was Barbaro’s left rear leg, which developed laminitis in July, and 80 percent of the hoof was removed. Richardson said Monday morning that Barbaro did not have a good night.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img“The ultimate goal of this engagement is to develop a student reporting process that gives families a deeper understanding of their child’s progress at school through timely and comprehensive information. We’ll gather the feedback and share our plan next June.”The letter will be sent out by schools. You can read the full letter below.engage FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Education is looking for opinions when it comes to the reporting system.With the new K-9 curriculum, the Ministry is looking for parent feedback about how reporting can support student learning.“Reporting is all about keeping parents like you informed, and we want you to tell us HOW you want to be informed and keep track of your child’s progress.” – Education Minister Mike BernierThe Education Minister is sending out a letter saying that parents can submit feedback via Advertisement -He said there will be 10 community meetings that will be held across the province over the next few months where parents can ask questions and also share thoughts.Bernier says they will gather feedback and share a plan next June.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAlan Stubbs has been sacked as manager of Rotherham.Former Hibernian boss Stubbs was only appointed during the summer but he has found life south of the border in the Championship tough, winning just one of his 13 league matches in charge.The Millers have conceded 32 goals in those games and a six-match losing run means they are already six points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.Stubbs’ last game in charge was Tuesday night’s 4-2 defeat at Birmingham and he departs along with assistant manager John Doolan and first-team coach Andy Holden. 1 Alan Stubbs won just one of his 13 league games in charge of Rotherham last_img

first_imgIndiana State police arrested a Blufton man after they stopped him for a traffic violation in Jackson County Sunday afternoon.According to ISP Trooper Randel Miller, he stopped a 2008 Mercury passenger vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jamie Husband on I-65. During a conversation with Husband, the officer became suspicious and had his K-9 Jink walk around the car.The dog alerted Miller of possible drugs in trunk. When police opened the trunk they found two pounds of high-grade marijuana.Husband was arrested without incident and is facing felony charges of dealing and possession of marijuana.Troopers says this case is yet another example of how a traffic stop for traffic violations can lead to more serious criminal activity.last_img