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PNGRFL wants Pacific Cup revived

first_imgTsaka said that he believed that another match international match would be of huge benefit to PNG players and give them additional exposure to quality international matches. He said this was needed to improve the performances and competitiveness of PNG at an international level.  “We also want to push for confirmation of Papua New Guinea’s intention to host an entire pool for the 2017 World Cup. Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed as co-hosts for the next World Cup but while there have been reports that some matches would be played in PNG, nothing has been set in stone yet,”  said Tsaka. He said the PNG Kumuls won the tournament ahead of eventual finalists Cook Islands, Fiji and Tonga to proceed to the Four Nations in 2010 in Australia and New Zealand. Tassell said they would also hold discussions with participating countries regarding the Nines component of the rugby league competition at next year’s Pacific Games in Port Moresby.center_img PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka and CEO Brad Tassell will present this proposal at the two-day Rugby League International Federation meeting in Australia, which started today. “We want to lock that in at this meeting so that we can start preparations in plenty of time. We also want to bring back the Pacific Cup so that it provides Pacific islands countries an international competition that gives our players an opportunity to play Test standard-like football to gauge our standards before the 2017 World Cup,” said Tsaka. The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) is pushing for the revival of the Pacific Cup in addition to the traditional annual Prime Ministers XIII clash against the Australian Kangaroos.last_img read more

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Minister admits complaints from hospitals have increased

first_imgWCD drug shortage…says procurement process is longJunior Public Health Minister, Karen Cummings on Friday disclosed that there has been an increase in the number of complaints from hospitals across the country when compared to three years ago.She was at the time addressing concerns raised about the shortage of medicines and pharmaceuticals supplies at hospitals along the West Coast of Demerara. According to her, provisions were made by establishing a procurement office to supply hospitals but Guyana’s disadvantage lies in the fact that it is a third worldThe West Demerara Regional Hospitalcountry.“This is a time where we’ve been hearing more complaints since we’ve come into office, even though we have set up a procurement office and a last-mile so that the drugs can go to the last possible outpost,” said the Minister.She noted that medicines reach Guyana after “metropolitan” countries are supplied. Adding to that, regional officers have sufficient funds, should hospitals request additional drugs.“We are putting those systems in place. Health is decentralized and the Regions would warrant the money for us to buy in bulk. They keep back some money themselves so that they would buy as the need arises. Guyana buys in small bulk when compared to metropolitan countries so we would have to wait our turn when they would have served the bigger countries.”Cummings stated that medicinal shortages are also caused because of the lengthy procedures at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) but efforts are in progress to eliminate these setbacks.“There is a process with the suppliers and it takes many months to go through the tender process and so we have been working assiduously.”Sources at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) confirmed on Thursday that many individuals, primarily senior citizens were left with no choice but to leave the hospital without any medication since none was available.“We have people coming in here and we are having Panadol to give them. Old people who need medications are being turned away because we can tell them what’s wrong but we can’t really help them because they need the drugs,” the medical professional stated.He explained that this has caused some worry since some rural families depend on public healthcare. Meanwhile, patients shared similar sentiments on Tuesday about other services that are provided by the Leonora Cottage Hospital while hinting that the hospital lacks medical personnel to attend to patients.In this regard, the junior minister revealed that these matters will be investigated soon.“We will have to investigate but I know that the region has money to buy. We already had a meeting to see how we can address and improve the services.”Meanwhile, on Friday it was reported that the telephone service at the Skeldon Hospital, Berbice was disconnected due to the non-payment of bills, forcing the administration to purchase a mobile phone to contact with doctors. It has been three weeks since the telephone service has been disconnected and the Mortuary at is also non-functional.Administrator of the Hospital, Sherla Scott, questioned the entity responsible for paying the bills. Scott said contractors who did work at the Hospital have to wait for months before they are paid. She noted that the contractor who did work at the institution’s mortuary is still to be paid months later and in now withholding his services.last_img read more

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Arsenal FAILED with late attempt to sign Serie A hitman

first_imgArsenal made a late attempt to prise Simone Zaza away from Juventus, claim reports in Italy.The Gunners were on the hunt to sign a striker all summer and had a bid knocked back by Juve on deadline day.The Old Lady, who only signed Zaza earlier this summer, were in no position to find a replacement for the 24-year-old at such a late stage and therefore rejected Arsenal’s offer.However, according to Sky Italia, Juventus may have considered selling Zaza if Arsenal returned with a bid in excess of £22m.The Gunners made initial contact with Zaza’s agent and then with Juventus, but decided against an increased bid once the Turin club had rejected their first offer. Simone Zaza 1last_img

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Manchester United star talks up Jose Mourinho but offers backing to LVG

first_img1 Ander Herrera and Louis van Gaal Ander Herrera says it would be ‘unfair’ to sack Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager.The Dutchman’s position has been under intense scrutiny in recent months after a series of disappointing performances and results.Van Gaal has lost the backing of a large chunk of the United fanbase just 18 months on from his much heralded arrival at Old Trafford.But the board appear to be fully behind the 64-year-old – and Herrera hopes it remains that way.Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Herrera said: “The perspective is different here. In England there is more patience, not only with Van Gaal.“(Jose) Mourinho, being three points from relegation, wasn’t sacked. (Arsene) Wenger went nine years without any titles and continues there. City went three weeks without winning and there weren’t any doubts about Pellegrini“So, returning to Van Gaal, I think it would be unfair to sack him because the way of working in England is to give confidence, and we still have the chance of winning three titles: FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League, even though we are 10 points from Leicester. Distances are less here.”It remains to be seen if Van Gaal will still be in charge next season, with Jose Mourinho being touted as a possible replacement – some reports this week even suggesting a deal has already been struck for the Portuguese to take over at Old Trafford in the summer.It has been suggested that Mourinho’s style of play might not fit with United, who have traditionally preferred attack-minded football, but Herrera sees no evidence to suggest that the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss is negative.He said: “I find that funny. Let’s see, Mourinho played at Chelsea with Cesc (Fabregas), Willian, Oscar, (Eden) Hazard and Diego Costa. There was only (Nemanja) Matic as a defensive midfielder. That’s not an attractive style of play?“Or at Madrid, where his side scored a record amount of goals in one year? “And aside from that he is a coach who soaks up the pressure on the players, someone who prefers to take the heat so that his players can be relaxed.“I only know that his Chelsea, with all the difficulty that comes with it, won the Premier League last season with four weeks to spare.“Then, and this is the other thing, Van Gaal has a year of his contract left and could continue. Why not? But it doesn’t seem to me that Mourinho is a defensive coach. If you compare him to (Rayo Vallecano coach) Paco Jemez then yes, but not in essence. I’ve seen his Chelsea side play well.”last_img read more

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3 rape suspects released

first_imgMarquez’s attorney Anthony Garcia said Friday that, although Marquez and his family were thrilled at his release, they feel torn over what they believe is an unfounded felony record. “My client is very glad to be getting out of jail,” Garcia said. “But as of today, he has spent 282 days in jail on charges that we believe were unfounded. From my perspective, I question whether justice was served.” Garcia said prosecutors’ move to reduce a potential sentence of 22 life terms to a sentence of jail time already served only confirmed the weakness of the prosecution’s case. Viera was sentenced to five years probation, with credit for time served since his arrest July 12. He could face up to four years and eight months in jail if he is charged with any crimes during his probation period, said Deputy District Attorney Rouman Ebrahim. Although Marquez and Red were charged as adults, part of the plea agreement called for them to be remanded back to the juvenile court, where they received the same disposition as Viera. “\ was a compromise, but we think justice was served and was in the best interest of everyone,” Ebrahim said. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe six were charged on July 14 with 21 felony counts and held on $720,000 bail. No one accused by the girl of abetting the rape by coaxing on the others was ever arrested. In addition, two of the six originally charged were released shortly after their arrests for lack of evidence. Later, during an emotional preliminary hearing on Jan. 27, Jane Doe exonerated one other youth, after he had spent nearly six months in jail. During the hearing, the girl admitted she was too intoxicated at the time to say for certain who had actually raped her. She also gave other confusing testimony on the stand. NORWALK – In a surprise move, three defendants charged in the rape of a 13-year-old girl inside a Pico Rivera park restroom last summer were released from jail Friday after 19 of 21 felony counts against them were dropped. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Gilbert Anthony Viera, 19, of Whittier, and Nathan Edward Red, 16, and Ruben Marquez Jr., 17, of Pico Rivera all pleaded no contest to two felony counts: unlawful sexual intercourse and felony assault. They were then released Friday after being credited with the time they served in jail since their arrests. The victim, identified in court as “Jane Doe” and now 14, had initially accused six young men of raping her in the restroom at Smith Park in Pico Rivera on the morning of July 6. She also said 10 to 15 others cheered on the assailants. last_img read more

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Will John Terry do the same? Players who enjoyed late career resurgence

first_img 7 7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Expectations weren’t high when Ibrahimovic saw out his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, but, in a statement that has been said over and over again, he silenced his critics. Despite missing the last month of the campaign, the striker finished as United’s top scorer by a long shot, with 28 goals in all competitions. He may be out until early next year, but it’s clear the 35-year-old isn’t finished. Could John Terry enjoy a late resurgence to his career at Aston Villa or Birmingham City? Click the arrow above, right, to see the players whose footsteps the Chelsea legend could follow Gary McAllister – McAllister returned to Liverpool in a surprise move, at the age of 35, in July 2000. While the Anfield faithful were admirers of his ability, his age was a concern. But he proved to be an inspired signing from Gerard Houllier. The 2000/01 campaign saw the Reds win the cup treble: the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. He scored vital goals for the Merseyside outfit, including a winning penalty against Barcelona in the UEFA Cup semi-final. 7 Could John Terry light up the Championship next season?That’s the question many of us are asking, with the Chelsea legend, who will become a free agent on July 1, understood to be considering an offer from Aston Villa, as well as Birmingham City.Inspired by the possibility of the defender remining us of why he’s one of the greatest the Premier League has seen, we’ve taken a look at others who enjoyed a late resurgence to their career.Including current and former players, scroll through the gallery above to take a look at who features. Jermain Defoe – It looked as though Defoe’s best days were over when he left the Premier League to head to Toronto in January 2014. He didn’t settle to life in Major League Soccer, however, and after training with Tottenham Hotspur was soon back in England with Sunderland. Defoe has been the only light of joy in a spiritless Black Cats team over the past three years. His tally stands at 34 league goals in 87 appearances, and he isn’t short of offers this summer with the likelihood that he’ll remain in England’s top flight following Sunderland’s relegation. 7 Fabio Cannavaro – Little more needs to be said of Cannavaro than his winning of the Ballon d’Or at the age of 33, beating Gianluigi Buffon and Thierry Henry to the award in 2006. He also won FIFA World Player of the Year, the first and only defender to claim the honour. A few months earlier he’d captained Italy to a World Cup triumph in Germany, beating France 5-3 on penalties. Champions Juventus, Cannavaro’s club, may have been demoted to Serie B and stripped of their title as a result of the 2006 match-fixing scandal of Italian football – but nothing can be taken away from his performances. 7 7 Andrea Pirlo – Pirlo is another example of a player who little was expected of when released by his club. Juventus signed the Italian midfielder on a free transfer in 2011 with Serie A rivals AC Milan letting him walk free. It was the end of a 10-year love affair in Milan and it did seem as though the best of his ability had been seen. But the finest period of his career was saved for Juve. He became a true artist of the game in Turin, changing the way he played, and continued to star for his country, Italy. We all felt his tears when Barcelona defeated Juventus in the 2015 Champions League final, denying him the perfect end with New York City on the horizon. 7 Luca Toni – A few years earlier Toni was heading to retirement, but in 2015 the striker was sharing a Serie A Golden Boot, at the age of 38, having finished the campaign on 22 goals for Verona, the same number as then 22-year-old Mauro Icardi and better than the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez. It was very much in the latter stages of his career that Toni really discovered his form in front of goal, previously starring for Fiorentina and Bayern Munich. last_img read more

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ONE OF TWO ARRESTED IN SUSPECTED PAEDO RING IS FORMER SCHOOL WORKER

first_imgOne of two men arrested in connection with an alleged paedophile ring in West Donegal is a former school worker.The man, who cannot be named, was arrested along with another suspect at their homes in Crolly and Bunbeg on Monday morning.Gardai arrived at the homes in the early hours and searched their homes as part of the operation. Both men, who are in their 60s, were released yesterday (TUES) without charge.However a Garda source revealed that their investigation is only starting.“The conviction of Michael Ferry has opened up a whole can of worms up here.“A lot of allegations are being made by former pupils of these schools and they will all be investigated. “Ferry has been jailed but this investigation is really only getting off the ground,” he said.Both men were arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and were held at Letterkenny and Glenties Garda station.A Garda spokesman said further inquiries will be carried out as part of their overall investigation.Although Gardai are refusing to confirm a direct link, the arrests were made in connection with follow-on investigations to the Michael Ferry case.The former school caretaker at Colasite Cholmcille was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to 38 sample charges against four boys including rape and the production of child pornography. EndsONE OF TWO ARRESTED IN SUSPECTED PAEDO RING IS FORMER SCHOOL WORKER was last modified: August 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:arrestsBunbegCrollyGardailast_img read more

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MCGUINNESS: ‘I FOUND WHAT HAPPENED IN CROKE PARK AT THE WEEKEND TO BE EERIE AND GENUINELY DISTURBING’

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has revealed that the events at Croke Park over the weekend has left him fearing for the future of the GAA and said something drastic has to be done in order to save it.McGuinness was in attendance for all FOUR games played at HQ on Saturday and Sunday.However, McGuinness was left dismayed at what he saw and says GAA powerbrokers must do something immediately to halt the ever-growing chasm that is developing within the game. McGuinness highlighted the fact that usually the August Bank Holiday weekend fixtures in football represented what some would call the ‘business end’ of the season.The games that were tight, tense and exciting which showcased all that is good about the GAA.However, what transpired was completely the opposite and left McGuiness fearing for the game he loves.All-Ireland Series: In his column with The Irish Times – McGuinness said, “I found what happened in Croke Park this weekend to be eerie and genuinely disturbing. It made me fear for the game. The gap between the elite counties and the rest is becoming a chasm. That is blatantly obvious now, and the GAA has to address this issue urgently.“This was the August Bank Holiday weekend: notionally the banner weekend for the All-Ireland football championship. And to say it was an anti-climax would be an understatement. At one stage on Saturday evening, Tyrone led Sligo by 0-20 to 0-10.“That is a huge margin in a championship game. What struck me was that Niall Carew, the Sligo manager, said afterwards that at least the team was competitive, unlike in the Connacht final.“And it was a comparatively fair point. But it is odd to think that a 10-point gap is now construed as competitive.Of course, held against what happened on Sunday, Sligo were highly competitive in their match. The scoreline in the Kerry-Kildare game was genuinely shocking. Kerry won by an aggregate 27 points. Merely to put up a 27-point aggregate tally is exceptional. It is a score you would more readily associate with a hurling game.And it wasn’t even Kerry’s full score, just their winning margin. 7-16 in an All-Ireland football quarter-final is a tally that should set the alarm bells off.Dublin V Fermanagh McGuinness said the joy of elation from Fermanagh supporters and players after the final whistle in a game in which they were well beaten in spooked him. “Then came the Dublin-Fermanagh match. I had met a few Fermanagh supporters before the game and their only wish was that they wouldn’t be “annihilated”. That was the exact word used. And in fairness to their players, that didn’t happen.“The contest was over fairly early on but the Fermanagh team kept chipping away and they played with a great spirit and got some good scores in the closing stage of the match. But it was the reaction of their supporters that made me take notice.“They were 10 points down with 15 minutes go to and you would think they were the team winning. They were jumping up and down in the stands and the team was applauded off the field.“And on the surface there was a moral victory there for Fermanagh people to celebrate. But it made me wonder about the level that most teams are aspiring to now.“I stayed in the stadium after Dublin had left and I was looking down at the pitch and the Fermanagh boys came back out and they were hugging their family and friends and the scene was one of joy.“And that spooked me because they had been well beaten in an All-Ireland quarter-final. And Fermanagh are a well-organised team with an All-Ireland winning manager on the sideline.“So what does that say about the future?MCGUINNESS: ‘I FOUND WHAT HAPPENED IN CROKE PARK AT THE WEEKEND TO BE EERIE AND GENUINELY DISTURBING’ was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAJim McGuinnessnewsSportlast_img read more

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49ers LB Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence charge

first_imgTAMPA — Reuben Foster, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker who had domestic-violence charges dismissed against him earlier this year, was arrested Saturday night here at the team hotel on a similar allegation.Booking photo of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 24, 2018. (Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office)Foster was arrested at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, which is located about 5 miles from Raymond James …last_img

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