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Atoi involves youths in soccer tournament

first_imgThe venues will be at Bonus, Hutjena and Tarlena and prize money of K11,000 is up for grabs.Youths in north Bougainville have praised the Member for North Bougainville for such an initiative that brings people together. A youth spokesperson from the Taonita Tinputz area, Stanley Pakita told Loop PNG that at least we have an event to celebrate New Year with.“We would like to thank the honourable Member for North Bougainville Louta Atoi for sponsoring the tournament. It’s one of the most significant events for youths,” Pakita said.“This is a perfect period for youths to indulge in a lot of partying activities and sometimes it turns out nasty so to keep them out we have to keep them busy through sports, and Louta Atoi has done the right thing by sponsoring the tournament,” he said.The games will be played in three different locations one in the Tsitalato constituency at the Hutjena oval, and across the passage to the Selau constituency the Bonus field which can be seen from Buka town, and at the Bishop Wade Secondary school ground in Tarlena.Picture: First team Rangers about to take on Buin at the Hutjena Ovallast_img read more

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Clive Thomas to remain SARA Head

first_img…as transition can drag on for 12 monthsDirector of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), Clive Thomas will remain at the helm of that entity even after President David Granger assents to the recently-passed State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill 2017 – which puts the legal framework in place for the organisation’s operation.The SARA Bill stipulates that its director will be an impartial person, selected by a parliamentary bipartisan committee.However, Guyana Times understands that the incumbent director can remain with the entity for up to another 12 months until the relevant authorities embark on the selection process for a new head.This is according to SARU’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Aubrey Heath-Retemeyer, who spoke to this publication on Friday.Heath-Retemeyer said a transition period followed presidential assent to the SARA Bill 2017, during which critical decisions would be made regarding the structure and operations of the entity.“During that transition period, the present personnel in the unit will remain. There will be an attempt to ensure recruitment is done, so that other elements of the unit will be put in place, so we can get on with what is required of us,” he explained.SARA CEO Aubrey Heath-RetemeyerHeath-Retemeyer disclosed that the transition period can last 6-12 months, during which the current top officials can remain in positions of authority at SARU, now renamed SARA.UnlimitedThis would translate to Dr Thomas, a politically aligned person, now being legally empowered with unlimited authority to, among other things, seize the assets of persons who he believes are guilty of stealing State property, without going through the courts.SARU, since its establishment in 2015, has been operating without legal authority – in other words, illegally.Government quickly drafted the SARA Bill, hosted consultations, ignored the concerns raised by stakeholders, took the document to the National Assembly and used its one-seat majority to pass it.In fact, a Government parliamentarian moved a motion to suspend the conventional debate on bills before passage, prompting all the Opposition parliamentarians to storm out of the chambers.President David Granger now has to assent to the SARA Bill 2017 and have it gazetted so that the Agency can be legally established and fully functional.One of the major concerns of stakeholders was that of SARA’s Head being bestowed with a seemingly unlimited amount of power, practically second to the President’s.The Head of SARA will be answerable to no one.SelectionBut Government has assured that there would be no abuse of authority, as SARA’s Head would be selected through a parliamentary bipartisan committee.However, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament, Bishop Juan Edghill argued that the selection process would only be disguised as a consensus.The SARA Bill provides for its director and deputy to be appointed through a parliamentary process.But Edghill contended, “(The government) have a majority in the committee and they have a simple majority in the House. It is the government appointing their appointees but disguising it as if it is a consensus bipartisan approach.”The Opposition strongly believes that Government will propose the rehiring of SARU’s current staff and has already signalled its intention to reject the nominations.“We will oppose any person, who, first of all, is a politician or has displayed any form of political bias or affiliation,” former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had charged during an interview with this newspaper.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also asserted that his Party would seek to have persons with the requisite qualifications function in the positions at SARA and would accept nothing less.At a press conference on Tuesday, Jagdeo expressed his disappointment over the likely appointment of “political hacks” to the now vacant positions at SARA.Ignoring concernsIgnoring an avalanche of concerns, Government passed the SARA Bill 2017 in the National Assembly.According to the Government, the SARA Bill was born out of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption that was ratified by Guyana in 2008.But major stakeholders, including the Private Sector Commission (PSC); the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) have all repeatedly called on the Administration to restructure the Bill.The SARA Bill contains features which distinguish civil forfeiture bills globally, making it the most draconian of its kind.Civil forfeiture is a controversial draconian concept in the legal system, because it relates to the seizure of property without a conviction.Legal luminaries have highlighted that the Bill creates a series of new offences, the SARA Director is vested with unparalleled powers to investigate the newly-created offences and persons can be rid of their properties without ever being charged with a crime.ModifyDuring his most recent press conference, Jagdeo promised that the PPP may make some modifications to the SARA Bill to remove all ambiguity, if it returned to office in 2020.Firstly, Jagdeo said the Head of SARA should not be vested with the authority to determine what can be described as State property.Secondly, he said all provisions that make the Bill unconstitutional would be removed.The Bill bestows power on the SARA Director to, in the discharge of his functions, demand information from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP); the Commissioner of Police; the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU); the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU); the Integrity Commission; the Bank of Guyana; the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General, among many other influential office bearers and entities.Thirdly, Jagdeo said a new provision would be inserted to ensure the Head of SARA was accountable to someone else.“Those are the three elements that are going to be vital if we retain the law,” the Opposition Leader said.last_img read more

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Capital mourns destruction of span over Tigris

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – There is not much left in Baghdad that all its residents, Sunnis and Shiites, laborers and professors, consider their own. But the Sarafiya bridge, flung across the Tigris, tied the city together, literally and metaphorically. When the bridge was destroyed early Thursday morning by a truck bomb that collapsed a large section into the river, Baghdad mourned. People who had crossed the bridge every day to go to their jobs on the opposite side gathered on the riverbanks and stood weeping as if they had lost someone they loved. More people have died in many other bombings, but the destruction of the bridge struck at the city’s soul, at its lingering romance with an all but vanished image of Baghdad as a Paris of the Middle East. The steel bridge, which spans a stretch of river about 500 yards wide, was completed in 1951 at a time when foreigners from all over the world came to the city to study and work. 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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Spectra Energy and NEB say there’s ‘no reason for concern’ in McMahon gas plant flares

first_imgThe National Energy Board and Spectra Energy have both released more information about the flares that went off at the McMahon gas plant in Taylor, saying they do not pose any risk to the public.Jesse Semko with Spectra Energy told Energetic City that the plant experienced an ‘electrical outrage’ due to a underground power line malfunction.Workers at the plant immediately activated the shutdown procedures and notified local authorities.- Advertisement -Semko says flaring was necessary to depressurize the facility, and that flaring is what was captured by photos and video.To restart the gas plant, Semko says it might undertake additional flaring throughout today, and he stresses that residents should not be concerned.“We always err on the side of caution, safety is a big thing for us.” He said.Advertisement Darin Barter with the National Energy Board said the incident is being investigated, but no residents should feel endangered by this.“It’s a measure to be taken by a company to insure they aren’t impacted by excess gas. So they flare off, what it does is protect everyone,” he said. “There’s no public safety or environmental risk …  it’s just not there.”last_img read more

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Arsenal sign Serie A hot shot – Classic Transfer

first_img1 Palermo striker Paulo Dybala is the talk of Europe right now, with the Italian club using reported interest from English sides drive up the asking price, which is thought to be £31m.In January 1999, though, it cost Arsenal just £4.5m to prise another Serie A star away from Italy, when 1996 Olympic gold medalist Nwankwo Kanu moved to North London.At that time, then Arsenal forward Nicolas Anelka was having a big old sulk and would soon join Real Madrid, meaning the Gunners needed strengthening up front.Although Kanu underwhelmed at first, and eventually played second fiddle to a certain Thierry Henry, by the time he left in 2004 the Nigerian was a Highbury favourite.Even manager Arsene Wenger admitted the 22-year-old’s capture was a gamble, but one that was well worth it. “He is a goalscorer as well as a target man,” the Frenchman said at the time.A positive attitude, constant smile and some truly mesmerising skill helped Kanu achieve cult status in red and white, while a 15-minute hat-trick against Chelsea did no harm, either.Arsenal were 2-0 down against their London rivals in October 1999, but Kanu’s calmness and delicate touch in the box dragged his side to victory, scoring his third goal in stoppage time to complete a remarkable turnaround.Prior to his arrival in England, Kanu had picked up Champions League (Ajax) and UEFA Cup (Inter) winners’ medals, as well as that Olympic gold with his nation.He would go on to add two Premier League and FA Cup winners medals with the Gunners, before becomign the answer to a pub quiz question as the only player to win Champions League, UEFA Cup, Premier League and FA Cup winners’ medals and be relegated from England’s top flight (with Portsmouth, for whom he also scored an FA Cup final winner).And, lest we forget, his comical Gunners debut in the FA Cup, when Kanu intercepted a throw-in intended for Sheffield United’s goalkeeper after the ball had intentionally been put out of play due to an injury.Kanu played in Marc Overmars for a late Arsenal winner, but the FA agreed to make the result void and a replay was staged, which the Gunners won.What are your memories of Kanu in an Arsenal shirt? Comment below… Kanu is an Arsenal fans favourite last_img read more

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Hidden GPS device leads cops to loads of stolen power tools

first_imgUnaware that a load of stolen power tools contained a hidden satellite tracking system, three people were arrested Monday as they unloaded the loot – some of it from a Woodland Hills construction site. Police tracked the men to A AAA Mini Storage in Harbor Gateway, where investigators recovered more than $60,000 worth of generators, jackhammers, nail guns and other tools, Los Angeles police Detective Lou Koven said. Later, detectives impounded a second van parked on a South L.A. street. Koven said he believed it contained another $60,000 in stolen property. Police said the arrests surprised the suspects, who had no idea they were being followed. Officers moved in as the men tried to unload the equipment into a storage facility. Koven said the van contained tools taken over the weekend from lockers at construction sites in Carson and Woodland Hills. Koven said the victims included the contractor and seven or eight subcontractors, including plumbing, air conditioning, elevator, drywall, window and door companies. Guy Yocom Construction employees discovered the losses when they arrived for work Monday morning. They informed police that the equipment was fitted with a global positioning tracking device. Detectives from the Commercial Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department tracked the signal to 50th Street and Normandie Avenue, found the van and put it under surveillance, Koven said. In addition to recovering the stolen tools inside the van, detectives said they found more stolen property stored at the facility, including concrete vibrators, pumps, tampers, blowers, saws and other expensive tools. Koven credited the Norco-based Guy Yocom firm with adding the tracking device to its equipment. The second van also included equipment containing a GPS device, allowing police to watch it all day. Koven suggested that companies also mark their tools with their company logos. “When we find it, I know right away who it belongs to,” Koven said. Those arrested were held on suspicion of receiving stolen property. In the days to come, detectives will work to identify all owners of the recovered property. Koven said many theft victims don’t report the crimes. Anyone who may have been a victim of construction-site theft is urged to call detectives at (213) 485-2507. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6655160Want 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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GAA NEWS: RESERVES THE STARS OF GLENSWILLY DINNER DANCE!

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notes for Tuesday, February 2nd.Dinner dance a huge successA super crowd turned out for the club’s annual dinner dance at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny at the weekend. After a terrific year on and off the field for the club, pride of place went to the club’s senior reserve team who won the county championship.But there were many other awards on the night which reminded those present of the great spirit that exists within the club.Chairman Peter McConnell welcomed all to the evening and said that when it came to help, there was no greater community than the people of Glenswilly to offer their services.A special picture presentation was made to the Glackin family whose father, and club stalwart, Finbar Glackin, passed away during the year. It was a poignant reminder of the great people who have helped to put the foundations in place as the club goes forward with a purpose of strength.Thanks was also paid to the Station House Hotel who put on a fine meal and to The Cufflinks who had the young (and the not so young!) dancing away until the small hours.The following is a list of those who were honoured on the night:Senior player of the Year: Darren McGinleySenior reserve player of the Year: Patrick McFadden Thirds player of the Year: Michael McDaidLadies player of the Year: Marie BoyleYoung ladies player of the Year: Niamh GallagherYoung men’s player of the Year: Caoimhin Marley Club person of the Year: Paul LapsleyAppreciation award: Hugh McClaffertyScor thank youThe club would like to thank anyone who help in any way with the hosting of the Scor Sinsear County Final on Friday night last.Would all the help it would not have been possible to host what was a hugely successful night. The club was delighted that both our acts were also successful and look forward to an Ulster semi-final in Glenullin on Saturday, February 13th. Well done to all.Registration nightThe club’s registration night will take place on Saturday, February 6th between 7pm and 9pm. The price of registration is €15 per juvenile (18 and under), while a family of four children and upwards will be a total of €50. Adult membership is €40. There is no family membership. An adult membership plus a yearly lotto will costs €70 while a yearly lotto costs €50. On the night Garda vetting forms will also be made available. Any adults who comes into contact with children bet that in training or at games MUST be Garda vetted.Congrats!Congratulations to Blathnait Gallagher and Imogen Hards who lined out for the Donegal Championship U14 ladies team against Mayo in a friendly at the weekend. Both girls had great games in their county colours and a bright future is promised. Well done girls.Missing club propertyIt has come to the club’s attention that a number of chairs are missing from the hall. If anyone has these chairs or may know of their whereabouts, can they please contact any member of the Hall Committee of simply have them returned. Indeed if anybody has accidentally come across any club property, can they please arrange to return it to the clubhouse.Tea night – change of date!The date of the Tea Night, organised by the Glenswilly GAA Ladies Board, has changed.The tea will now take place a week earlier – on Friday, March 4th in the clubhouse.But hosts and hostesses are still needed!Each table will seat approximately 8 – 10 people.The host/hostess will provide everything for the table – food, crockery, cutlery and most importantly – the guests!An envelope is provided for each guest to make a donation towards club funds.This is a novel idea undertaken by the ladies and support from all club members is appreciated.If you are willing to take a table or perhaps can help in any other way, please contact Bernie Lapsley on 086 3638204.LottoThe winner of last week’s lotto was Anne O’Donnell from Glendowan, Churchill who matched three numbers. The winning numbers were 7,15,19 and 23.Members are reminded that the lottos are available in most locals outlets everyday. If anyone overseas wants to take out a yearly lotto then please contact PRO Stephen Maguire at stephenwmaguire@gmail.com and he will put you in touch with the lotto committee.BingoThe bingo continues each Wednesday night in the clubhouse starting at 9pm. Patrons are advised to get along early.Keep fit and Couch to 5KA number of keep fit classes (for men and women!) are now operating in the clubhouse throughout the week. The adult keep-fit class takes place on Monday nights at 7pm. The juvenile (aged 7 and over) takes place each Tuesday night from 7pm and the Couch to 5K takes place on Wednesday nights, also from 7pm. All classes are taken under the watchful eyes of Martin O’Donnell and Jimmy Carolyn.Tesco vouchersThe club has been chosen by Tesco in Letterkenny for the monthly community fund. If any members do their shopping in Tesco, they are asked to collect the blue vouchers and donate them to the Glenswilly fund. We are very thankful to Tesco for choosing the club as part of the community fund.YearbooksThe club has a number of Donegal GAA Yearbooks still left and people can get one by contacting either Peter McConnell or Bryan Faul.GAA NEWS: RESERVES THE STARS OF GLENSWILLY DINNER DANCE! was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:dinner dancedonegalglenswillylast_img read more

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McDAID TO STAY ON AS GLENSWILLY MANAGER

first_imgGlenswilly manager Gary McDaid is to stay on in his position for the coming season.In the wake of the club’s recent Ulster club final defeat to Ballinderry, McDaid said he was considering his position.However he met with players and management at the weekend and indicated his willingness to allow his name to go forward once again. Although not officially ratified, it is believed McDaid will stand unopposed during the club’s AGM in January.The St Eunans teacher has led the club to two famous Donegal County Championships. McDAID TO STAY ON AS GLENSWILLY MANAGER was last modified: December 9th, 2013 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:Gary McDaidglenswillyManagerlast_img read more

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JULY 12! THE DAY JASON QUIGLEY WILL MAKE HIS PROFESSIONAL DEBUT IN VEGAS

first_imgDONEGAL boxer Jason Quigley will make his professional debut on July 12 – in the bright lights of Las Vegas.The iconic MGM Arena in America’s capital of entertainment will see Quigley fight in the undercard of WBC/WBA super welterweight Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, commonly known as El Canelo, versus Cuban Erislandy Lara, the WBA junior middleweight world champion.The whole of Donegal will be tuning in to watch the fight live!  JULY 12! THE DAY JASON QUIGLEY WILL MAKE HIS PROFESSIONAL DEBUT IN VEGAS was last modified: May 6th, 2014 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:DebutJason QuigelyLas Vegaslast_img read more

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Buganda edges closer to Drum final after win over Bukedi

first_imgThe Buganda team that started against Bukedi on SundayFUFA DRUM 2018Semi Finals first legSunday, 29-07-2018*Buganda 1-0 Bukedi @Bishop Grounds, Mukono*West Nile 0-0 Busoga @Green Light, AruaBuganda edged closer to a final appearance in the 2018 FUFA Drum competition thanks to a 1-0 win over Bukedi on Sunday.The highly anticipated semi final encounter between the two sides was graced by the attendance of Princess of Buganda Kingdom Katrina Ssangalyambogo, the Guest of Honour.URA midfielder Allan Kayiwa was the hero on the day when he headed in Yasser Mugerwa’s delicious cross on 61 minutes.Second half substitute Hamis Diego Kizza had a chance to double Buganda’s lead late in the game but his effort went wide.Bukedi and KCCA FC young star Julius Poloto was close to levelling matters from Mathew Odong’s cross but his last touch failed to hit the target.Buganda’s experience throughout the team was evident as the likes of Robert Sentongo, Hamis Diego Kizza, Brian Majwega and Yasir Mugerwa all imposed them selves on Bukedi and controlled the game.“We had the ability to win this game with more than one goal but we shall build on it in the 2nd leg, said Buganda coach Alex Isabirye after the game.“We had many chances at goal and we wasted them.“It was our first time to play Bukedi who are a strong opposition.Bukedi province player Ronald Musana was chosen Man of the Match.In the other game played in Arua, hosts West Nile and Busoga played out a goalless draw in front of a huge crowed that also consisted of socialite, Brian White.Former Cranes striker Brian Umony had several shots on target but Kirinya Jinja SS goalkeeper Didi Muhammad was alert and denied West Nile chance to find the back of the net.Shafic Batambuze was chosen as the man of the match for the fourth time since the start of the tournament.The second legs of the semi finals will be played in a week’s time with Bukedi and Busoga hosting the games this time round.Comments Tags: BugandaBukediBusogaFufa Drum 2018West Nilelast_img read more

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