Body building action set for next week

first_imgThe New Caledonia body building team arrived in the country today.Bodybuilding has over the years seen some strong men and women compete from the Pacific Nations.With the history and culture of strong warriors coming from the various participating countries, it promises to be exciting and captivating. Tahiti and Papua New Guinea are favorites for this event. Weight divisions range from 65 kg to 100 kg and all categories.In New Caledonia in 2011 only women competed in the +55 kg and less -55 kg. 27 medals were contested in the last games.last_img read more

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Entire AFC should have supported Charrandas

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyanese people have, for three and a half years, been badly smitten by a morose sense of hopelessness, which gets progressively worse with each passing year the Coalition has been in government. The people saw not even a glimmer of hope on the horizon, since they knew that, as each day progresses, this nation has been fed a bitter diet of party paramountcy as the old PNC dictatorship began to emerge.In the weeks preceding the no-confidence motion, the Coalition spent a fortune on advertisements and TV programmes in an effort to brainwash the Guyanese public. However, the endless stream of wastage and extravagance; the countless acts of mismanagement, corruption and barefaced thievery; the cronyism and the innumerable ‘gifts’ to party hacks in the form of Commissions of Inquiry and forensic audits; the debilitating burden of increased taxation and worsening standard of living; the massive and vindictive dismissals of workers; the catapulting of numerous communities into poverty; the completely visionless annual budgets; the destruction of all the productive sectors; the increasingly huge deficits of the public enterprises; the voracious appetite for borrowing — ignoring the old, the young and the vulnerable groups, but shamelessly affording themselves the good life — have all contributed to the success of the ‘NO- CONFIDENCE’ motion.Why call Charrandas a ‘traitor’ and a ‘Judas’? He gave an interview wherein he gave valid reasons for supporting the motion!This member of Parliament took an oath to office in which he swore to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the people of Guyana’ and that he would ‘faithfully execute the Office of Member of Parliament without fear or favour, affection or ill-will’, and that in the functions of that office, “I will honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”.Anyone who listened to his interview in aftermath of the passage of the no-confidence motion would conclude that he gave effect to that oath, and allowed the facts outlined above to ignite his conscience, resulting in his support of the motion.What is a ‘conscience vote’? A conscience vote, or free vote, can be defined as ‘a type of vote in a legislative body where legislators are allowed to vote according to their personal conscience rather than according to an official line set down by their political party’. On one hand, the Coalition had instructed its members that the no-confidence motion is a ‘vote of conscience’ and should be voted along party lines. However, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Jagdeo, is cognisant that, given the numbers, the motion would need the support of at least one member of the Coalition side of the House, therefore he exhorted those members that, “There are many of them that express displeasure about the state of affairs within that camp and about the policies they are pursuing…[We hope]  that some of them will grow a conscience and translate what they say privately into a vote, and we hope that that will happen because it wouldn’t mean an act of betrayal, it would be an act of patriotism.” This exhortation of the Opposition Leader bore fruit. A patriot answered this call!It must also be borne in mind that this change of conscience did not happen overnight. Since this Coalition took office in 2015, there has been a continuous awakening of the consciousness of its supporters, who became greatly disillusioned by its performance in office and the fact that the ‘good life’ as promised has dissipated into thin air. I have written extensively about the AFC reneging on its founding principles and its ‘subservience’ to the APNU, and Charrandas echoed this in his interview.The move by Charrandas was in the making all the time, and should have been supported by the entire AFC members of the House. At least that would have erased the shameless position to which they have been relegated, while renewing their commitment to the AFC’s founding principles; but, instead, they have opted to expel the one person who has stood as a beacon of sacrifice to this nation. The AFC have again squandered an ideal opportunity to make amends.Charrandas had offered that final opportunity to the AFC, but has gifted great hope to the Guyanese people at this year’s Christmas!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor –Region 6last_img read more

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Digicel still eyeing construction of special needs school in Linden

first_imgDigicel is expected to forge ahead with the construction of a special needs school in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) – a move which had been halted by officials in the community due to issues with its location two years ago.In 2014, the sod was turned by then Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon, former Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairman Orrin Gordon and Digicel representatives for the construction of the special needs school which never came into fruition. However, representatives of the telecommunications giant recently revealed that the company is still interested in once again venturing into the initiative.Speaking during the launch of the annual Linden Town Week (LTW) event on Sunday, the company’s representative Sherwin Osborne said Digicel is still dedicated to making the idea of the special needs school in the community a reality. He said that though the project, which had been initiated two years ago, saw some hiccups in its initial stage; it may soon come be on stream once again. Additionally, he pointed out that the company has had talks with the Government with the hope of making the special needs school a realisation. This was also reassured by Digicel’s Public Relations Officer Vidya Sanchara on Wednesday, who noted that though it’s a “touchy” subject, the company will nevertheless like to pursue it.Since there were issues with constructing the school at a site, which had been selected at Mackenzie, the company had been forced to abandon the idea, and Sanchara said funding was therefore directed elsewhere. She said provided that all goes well this time around, including the siting of a suitable location, Linden may benefit from such an initiative.last_img read more

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Sales tax pot up for quarter

first_imgThe strong increase in business to business sales over the last year represents locally purchased office equipment, electronic equipment, business services, energy sales, heavy and light industry. “Santa Clarita continues to show a healthy financial climate, with strong sales across the board, the lowest unemployment rate in the county at 2.4 percent and continually low vacancy rates,” said Darren Hernandez, the city’s treasurer and director of administrative services. SANTA CLARITA – Sales tax collected in Santa Clarita, a key source of revenue, increased by 5.6 percent to $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2006 compared to the same period the previous year. The largest gain from July through September was a 23 percent hike totaling $162,635 in business-to-business sales and leases, according to data released Friday. Auto sales, the single largest tax generator in the city, declined 3.4 percent, generating $1.6 million for the quarter, while auto leasing increased 29 percent. Food products showed a 7 percent increase, general retail sales were up 6.5 percent, transportation-related sales increased 4.1 percent and gas station sales fell slightly, reflecting lower gas prices for that period. 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

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Gor Mahia begin title defense in Mombasa

first_imgThis will be the first time since the new era of the KPL that the top tier starts in December as the local league begins a process to conform to international calendars as stipulated by CAF.The 2018/2019 season is expected to fold in May next year while the new season kicks off in August, just like most leagues worldwide.This follows a directive by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to have all leagues in the continent start and end within the same period of time – August to May.-KCB, Western Stima KCB FC head coach Elvis Ayany is tossed up in the air by players and backroom staff after guiding the side back to the Kenyan Premier League. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, KCB who return to the top tier after a three-year absence will start their campaign away from home against Kakamega Homeboyz while Western Stima will mark their return to top flight against Posta Rangers in Nairobi.The winner of the relegation/promotion play off pitting Nakumatt and Ushuru FC will square it out with Sofapaka while AFC Leopards will come up against Kariobangi Sharks, most likely with a new coach after the exit of Rodolfo Zapata.KPL opening weekend fixturesSaturday: Playoff winner vs Sofapaka (Ruaraka), Mathare United vs Chemelil Sugar (Kasarani Stadium), Bandari vs Gor Mahia (Mbaraki Complex), AFC Leopards vs Kariobangi Sharks (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Kakamega Homeboyz vs KCB (Bukhungu Stadium), Posta Rangers vs Western Stima (Ruaraka).Sunday: Zoo FC vs Nzoia Sugar (Kericho), Sony Sugar vs Tuske (Awendo)r, Vihiga United vs Ulinzi Stars (Mumias).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate on the podium after lifting their 17th Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Champions Gor Mahia will start their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title defense at the Mbaraki Complex in Mombasa when the new season begins on December 8 after the league managers released fixtures this afternoon.K’Ogalo will come face to face with the side that inflicted on them their first loss of the season at the Mbaraki Complex and will be breathing revenge. They will play the tier just a week after the season-opening Charity Shield on December 1 against the winner of the SportPesa Shield.last_img read more

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Real Madrid blow as Kroos suffers knee injury

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid will hope to have Kroos back in time for the second leg of their Champions League tie against PSG © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 16 – Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos faces a spell on the sidelines after his club confirmed on Friday that he had picked up a knee injury.“Following tests carried out on Toni Kroos…he has been diagnosed with a sprain to the exterior lateral ligament in the left knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” Real said in a statement on their website. While Real did not say how long the 28-year-old German would be out for, they will hope to have him back in time for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie away to Paris Saint-Germain on March 6.Kroos played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday’s first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, which Zinedine Zidane’s side won 3-1, although Spanish media said he picked up the injury in that game in a challenge with PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.He will miss Sunday’s La Liga game away at Betis, with the versatile Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic a contender to take his place in the team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mourinho returns to football as BeIN television pundit

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United after a limp defeat at arch rivals Liverpool © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Jan 10 – Jose Mourinho has secured his first job since being sacked as Manchester United coach after joining BeIN Sports as a pundit, the broadcaster announced on Thursday.‘The Special One’ will be an analyst for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on January 19 as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Asian Cup group-stage tie on January 17 on the Qatari channel’s broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. He was sacked by United in December after the club’s worst start to a season since 1990 and won three trophies during his two-and-a-half year tenure at Old Trafford.“Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers,” a beIN spokesman said in a statement.Mourinho had been linked with a return to former club Benfica after the Lisbon giants fired coach Rui Vitoria last week, but the 55-year-old told Correio da Manha earlier on Thursday that he would not take the job.“I don’t have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal,” he told the newspaper. “I’m fine at the moment.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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New CEO for Valley Presbyterian

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “This is the guy who doesn’t need the job, so this is more of a challenge for him,” Fleming said. “He’s worked at several hospitals, and at each one, he has healed them.” Greene replaces interim president Dan Ansel, who held the position for five months. The hospital’s board and members of the medical staff had interviewed several applicants since November, but unanimously agreed that Greene was perfect for the position, Fleming said. Greene could not be reached for comment. Built in 1958, Valley Presbyterian is the largest acute care hospital in the central San Fernando Valley, according to its Web site. The hospital, one of the few that is not corporate-owned in the region, recently unveiled its new $300,000 emergency room. It is the latest in an ongoing series of projects, including the completion of a new hospital tower in August, a pediatric department and a revamp of the information technology system. After the closure of nearby Northridge Hospital-Sherman Way campus in 2004, the hospital has seen its patient volume swell 14 percent. Many are low-income patients. “We’ve lost money for the last several years,” Fleming said. “It’s important to stop the bleeding. We have a rather large medical population that can’t pay. We don’t turn anyone away.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Valley Presbyterian Hospital has hired a new president and chief operating officer who has earned a reputation in Los Angeles for reviving financially ailing medical centers, the hospital announced Wednesday. Albert Greene, 56, will begin his new job on Monday, said David Fleming, president of the hospital’s board of directors. Greene was formerly CEO of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where he increased the size of the medical staff by 50 percent in two years and brought the hospital back into profitability in eight months. Greene retired there two years ago. Fleming said Greene faces a similar task at Valley Presbyterian. last_img read more

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TRAVELLER GANG SUSPECT WASN’T AT ADDRESS GIVEN TO GARDAI

first_imgBrian ‘Mouse’ Ward pictured in handcuffs outside Letterkenny Court last weekA SUSPECT in a €36,000 heist from an ESB depot wasn’t at the address he gave to Gardai, a court has heard.Brian ‘Mouse’ Ward 77 Ardkeen, Cavan, was brought before Judge Paul Kelly this afternoon at Letterkenny District Court. Ward, who is 19, was charged with handling stolen goods after Garda Paul McGee seized €36k of copper wiring from a van Ward was travelling in a week ago at the Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny.Ward was released on bail with strict conditions including that he stay out of County Donegal until his trial, except for court appearances.He was also warned to stay at the address in Cavan he had given to Gardai.However at today’s court Inspector Michael Harrison told Judge Kelly that Cavan Gardai had called to the address on a number of occasions and there was no sign of Ward.Gardai, he said, were not satisfied that Ward was actually staying at the address he had given.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that he had been given assurances by the landlord of the property that Ward was staying there.Judge Kelly remarked: “Proof of the paying of rent is not proof that he is living there.”However Mr Gallagher said his client just happened to be out of the property at the times Gardai had called.Judge Kelly ordered Ward to give his mobile phone number to Gardai and said he must respond when contacted by Gardai.A co-accused Tom ‘Ernie’ McDonagh, also 19, of 42 Hazelbrook Crescent, Letterkenny, has been charged with theft and handling stolen goods.He is currently in custody.The men were driving a van with the registration plate 04 CN 6132 and had been using the address 11A Ard Glass, Letterkenny.TRAVELLER GANG SUSPECT WASN’T AT ADDRESS GIVEN TO GARDAI was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:TRAVELLER GANG SUSPECT WASN’T AT ADDRESS GIVEN TO GARDAIlast_img read more

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CONFIRMED! Hal Robson-Kanu signs new deal with West Brom

first_img The striker has extended his stay at The Hawthorns until 2020 1 Hal Robson-Kanu has signed an improved contract at West Brom to tie him to the club until 2020.The 28-year-old forward initially moved to The Hawthorns on a two-year deal last summer. Albion finished 10th in the Premier League last season, relying on just Robson-Kanu and Salomon Rondon as their senior strikers. “I’m delighted because it’s an opportunity to build on the good work we did last season and now I’m just looking forward to the new one,” Robson-Kanu told the club’s official website.“It was an easy decision. I’ve enjoyed my time here playing under Tony Pulis. It was a strong season and I want to build on the good work and contribute to a more successful future.”Wales international Robson-Kanu scored three goals for the Baggies last season, making 30 appearances but started just five games and must now fight for a place with Jay Rodriguez after the striker joined from Southampton for around £12million earlier this week.last_img read more

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