Team Central to participate in 21 sports

first_imgCentral provincial sports coordinator, Henry Kavana, confirmed the sports include athletics, golf, karate, rugby league 9s, taekwondo, soccer, volleyball, weightlifting, netball and golf.Athletics has the biggest number of athletes with 48 (24 male and 24 female).He added that Team Central won’t participate in sports inlcuding hockey, AFL, softball and swimming.486 athletes and team officials will be travelling for Team Central.The PNG Games will run from March 18- April 1.last_img

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ITF chief Haggerty confident of ‘one-event’ solution for Davis Cup

first_imgInternational Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty is confident the revamped Davis Cup and the rival ATP Cup, unveiled last week in London, can eventually join forces to form one team competition.This weekend’s Davis Cup final between France and Croatia in Lille is the last one in the 118-year-old competition’s current home-and-away format with next year’s event to culminate in an 18-nation, World Cup-style showdown in Madrid in November.The new format, given the green light at the ITF’s conference in August, is being backed to the tune of $3 billion over 25 years by investment group Kosmos, headed by Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique.It has come under fire from traditionalists, however, while leading players such as Germany’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev have said they are unwilling to play in late November, which is when next year’s first event will be staged.On top of that the ITF’s flagship competition is in danger of being overshadowed by the inaugural ATP Cup, a 24-nation team event to be played in January 2020 in three Australian cities, six weeks after the Davis Cup’s finals week.World number one Novak Djokovic, who was part of the launch of the ATP Cup, said last week there was a danger of “two average events” if they were held in such close proximity.Haggerty sounded an optimistic note on Saturday, however, saying “fruitful talks” had taken place with the various stakeholders to work “towards the greater good of the game”.“We had very productive meetings in London with the ATP, Kosmos, the ITF, the Grand Slams and the players to talk about what is the best thing to do for tennis,” Haggerty told Reuters inside Lille’s Stade Pierre Mauroy where France and Croatia are contesting the last Davis Cup final in the current format.“We talked about two different things. We know that at the heart of the problem is the calendar; no one owns the calendar. We are all responsible for making sure the players have a flow throughout the season, so they can start and finish strong.“Then we also spoke about the possibility of having one event that we could all participate in together. Is there a way down the road to collaborate and work together?“A lot of things need to happen to get us there but I can say it was the most productive meeting we have ever had. We will meet again in January to continue the dialogue.”The new format will see a qualifying round using the existing home-and-away format in February then 12 nations will join this year’s semi-finalists and two wildcards in Madrid for the new week-long World Cup-style event in November.Despite some initial negativity about the changes to such a tennis institution, Haggerty said it was not something that was keeping him up at night.“It’s changed three times before,” Haggerty said. “Tennis tends to be traditional and for some people change is difficult.“There is so much to honour for the Davis Cup but as we start a new chapter we are excited about where we can go.”last_img read more

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Bread, circuses and the paramount leader

first_imgFor a country that is on the cusp of potentially seismic changes that could catapult it from the depths to which the first PNC regime had plunged it alongside Haiti as the poorest in the hemisphere, to the heights of being a new Abu Dhabi or Singapore, the present PNC regime – pleading to “give David some more time” – lost a golden opportunity to articulate even the suggestion of a new political culture in consonant with that vision.What we got was the old, discredited bread and circus routine that evolved from the Mass Games Burnham had copied from the totalitarian communist regime of North Korea. The only difference was that the crowd assembled in the refurbished D’Urban “Jubilee” Park was drawn in by the siren songs of a Soca singer rather than the threat of dismissals, and minibuses replaced Tata buses.The old PNC’s drive for paramountcy was invoked when Khemraj Ramjattan was introduced simply as the “Leader of the AFC” and “Minister of Public Security” rather than as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the APNU/AFC coalition. The original Cummingsburg Accord, which supposedly codified the terms of their coalition, had mandated that the PM candidate would come from the AFC. For the “revised” version to seal the new deal, the AFC had voted their leader Ramjattan for the position. This choice, however, has never been explicitly accepted by the PNC, which appears to prefer Moses Nagamootoo, who has displayed the sycophantic obsequiousness their tradition demands of underlings to the supreme leader.The coalition, therefore, has launched its campaign without an explicit PM candidate being designated. The sword of Moses Nagamootoo, prominently displayed on the stage, hanged over the head of the expectant Ramjattan. Granger, who also did not refer to Ramjattan as the PM candidate, took pains to pointedly praise Nagamootoo and said cryptically: “Moses, you continue to serve us well and I want to say ‘thank you’ and I look forward for your continued leadership”.The banners in front of the stage were decorated only by the visage of Granger, unlike 2015 when their PM candidate received equal billing. Granger has insisted and got incorporated into the “Revised Cummingsburg Accord”, that the terms could not clash with the Constitution. It is pertinent to note that the President is only constitutionally bound to appoint the PM from the elected members of Parliament from his slate, and can hold off doing so until the election is over if his slate is successful.Ramjattan, for his part, unctuously sprinkled copious praises to Granger throughout his presentation, which sounded more like a serf offering fealty to his liege lord. One particularly ingratiating offering was that the coalition is, “led by a man who is undoubtedly fit and proper— David Granger. Always calm but strong, always honest, measured and intellectual. Government in Guyana needs brains not brawns”.Rather ominously, Granger cited the NCM of Art 106 (6) and not only insisted that “We are a constitutional government and everything that we have done for the last twelve months was in accord with the law and in accordance with the Constitution but we will continue the work of reforming the Constitution”. The “reform” he had in mind was explained: “We are going to reform the Constitution so that that nonsense they tried for us in the last twelve months doesn’t happen again”. That is, an NCM is “nonsense”.The “Oxford Constitutional Law”, however, asserts: “No confidence votes are the procedural expression of the defining feature of parliamentary systems of government, which is that the executive government is accountable to the parliament and holds that office only while it has the confidence of a majority of the elected representatives in the parliament. An executive government that loses the confidence of the parliament no longer has the authority to govern and is dismissed”.The anti-democratic nature of the PNC stands exposed: “One does not need a candle to see what is clear in bright daylight”.last_img read more

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Pioneer Epoxy stages 4th National Bangkarera in Cebu

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN This year’s Bangkarera, staged in cooperation with Angat sa Dagat Organization, will have four different categories that participants can join in:7-7.5 hp Open Category (gasoline engine, single piston)16-18 hp Open Category (gasoline engine, single piston)13-16 hp Angat sa Dagat Special Category (stock engine gasoline)Paddle Boat Open Category (mixed doubles)“By staging this annual national event, we’re giving our local fishermen and boat makers a platform where they can showcase their skills,” said Alben B. Manuel, assistant vice president – marketing head for Philippines and International Market Group of Pioneer Adhesives, Inc., during PENB 2018 held in Iloilo City.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s also our way of giving back to all the members of their community, who have been using our products for the past 60 years,” he added. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard A contestant in the 16-18 hp Open Category of Bangkarera 2018 (Photo from Pioneer Epoxy)MANILA, Philippines — The fourth Pioneer Epoxy National Bangkarera (PENB) will be held in Naga City, Cebu from May 31 to June 2, Pioneer Adhesives, Inc. announced through a recent statement.Over P1 million in cash and product prizes are at stake in this fourth installment of the annual event.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments The 2018 PENB recorded the largest number of participants with 58 teams and 155 boats — a marked increase from the previous year’s turnout.“This tournament was designed to strengthen the camaraderie among boat racers nationwide, all of whom make a living as fishermen and boat makers,” Manuel said.Those who want to join may register online click on this link: Bangkarera website.For more information, visit the Pioneer Adhesives website: www.pioneer-adhesives.com.(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Rene Catalan gets chance to bring gold medal for PH anew in SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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The year 2018 – the worst export performance in Guyana?

first_imgBy: SASE Singh; M.Sc. – Finance, ACCA.The economic collapse of the Guyanese economy in 2018 did not happen because of some natural disaster or civil war, but rather by the colossal economic mismanagement of the state of affairs by Team Granger. In just a few years, Team Granger did enough damage to the export capacity of the nation to cause 2018 to be the year with the worst export performance in our recorded history.We measure the efficacy of the export sector by a ratio called “Exports to GDP”. In layman’s language, this translates to the value of exports measured as a percentage of the size of the economy. Exports at the end of 2018 were US$1.372 billion, compared to US$1.435 billion in the previous year (a decline of US$63 million). The reason– massive decline in sugar exports, followed by gold and timber.Using figures pulled from the World Bank and the Statistical Bureau, I was able to compile this time series on Exports-to-GDP from 1960 to 2018. In 2018, the Exports-to-GDP ratio was 40.3 per cent, the worst performance in our recorded history. Guyana has gone backwards since 2016, and is now worse off with respect to the export sector than at independence. In 1966, the Export-to-GDP ratio was 54.9 per cent.The key ingredient for economic buoyancy remains the expansion in the export sector, but Guyana seems to be sitting on a “KANGALA” with Team Granger. The worst three-year period of Exports-to-GDP occurred between 2016 and 2018 (averaging 43.5 per cent). The second worst was the period 2013 to 2015 (the Ramotar years) and then 1983 to 1985 (the back end of the Burnham years). The best three years occurred between 1992 and 1994 when Guyana was exporting goods and services that were valued at an average of 115.1 per cent of its GDP, more than double the performance in the Granger years. That was followed by the period 1995 to 1997 (the Jagdeo years) and then 1998 to 2000 (again the Jagdeo years).If one were to compare average Export-to-GDP performance in the PPP years vs. the PNC years, the information is quite revealing. Under the PPP years, the average Exports-to-GDP was 75.6 per cent compared to the PNC years, which averaged out at 59.8 per cent. If the horrible Ramotar years were extracted from the PPP performance, it would show that the PPP’s average exports-to-GDP were over 80 per cent. In 2017, there were only 12 countries in the world that had a better performance than what the PPP produced from 1992 to 2011.Clearly, under the PPP, the economy was exporting more; the economy was more energised, and it was generating more foreign currency to satisfy the needs of the private sector.If one were to reflect on the Jagdeo years, the Exports-to-GDP were 79.8 per cent, which meant that the Jagdeo team contributed to the greatest sustained period of economic growth in the entire history of Guyana. No other President has done this good for Guyana when it came to exports growth and economic growth.In the final analysis, the Guyanese economy has some major structural defects that are not getting the type of attention they deserve because Team Granger is too focused on an elusive witch-hunt. Over the last 80 days, this Team was even more distracted by the need to stay in power using subterfuge and deception, which clearly leaves them with little thinking time to focus on the key policy needed to aid the required economic transformation.What Guyana needs is leadership and a team that understands the big issues confronting the nation, like the underperforming export sector; and a menu of measures to deal with them. Guyana continues to face low technological adaptation and a grave absence of technology-intensive foreign direct investments ON LAND. What is happening in the oceans will bear fruits for Guyana, but the human impact, especially on those in the poor and working classes, will remain negligible. Thus we must focus on value-added adaptation ON LAND.The world is not interested in raw sugar, raw gold, and raw logs anymore. The world today demands a value-added version of these products; and, over the last three years, there were minimal investments in these sectors to really position the export sector where it needs to be – at 80 per cent of the GDP. Today, in spite of the economy expanding, it is a book figure that is not backed by large increases in new, hard wealth trickling down, and therefore there is less to go around in an environment where the few at the top, especially the politicians, grab the most. This is no way to drive long term human development.last_img read more

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Importance of funding

first_imgThe UN Women’s theme for International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls, which is being celebrated today is ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence Against Women and Girls’.According to UN Women, when world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, they recognised that ending violence against women and girls was a prerequisite for the achievement of the development agenda. Goal 5 on gender equality includes a specific target to end all forms of violence against women, including trafficking, other forms of sexual violence and harmful practices.Despite this, the body pointed out that the resources dedicated to addressing the issue still do not match the scale of the challenge; it also emphasised that allocating adequate resources to prevent and address violence against women is not only a legal obligation and a moral imperative, but a sound investment, too.One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members.The term ‘violence against women’ means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, UN General Assembly, 1993).Violence against women has been declared a global pandemic and human rights violation. In the male dominated world-view, the role of women in the family, home, relationship and society have been taken for granted and this taken-for-granted-ness has led to the perpetuation of violence in several forms. Such acts of discrimination impact the socioeconomic wellbeing of women and girls impeding progress in areas such as poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS, peace and security.In her statement for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2016, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted effective interventions, and reiterated that the pandemic of violence against women and girls can end, but it will need commitment and investment nationally and internationally. Violence against women and girls, a gross human rights violation, devastates lives, causes untold pain, suffering and illness. It also incurs high economic costs. A recent study estimated that the cost of intimate-partner accounted for 5.2 per cent of the global economy.Beyond the direct medical and judicial costs, violence against women takes a toll on household and national budgets through lost income and productivity. In Viet Nam, for example, expenditure and lost earnings resulting from domestic violence was estimated at 1.4 per cent of GDP in 2010. In the United Kingdom, the cost of domestic violence in 2009, including service-related costs, lost economic output and human and emotional costs, amounted to 16 billion pounds sterling. In Guyana, the Women and Gender Equality Commission, which joined with many other organisations to speak out on the occasion, also acknowledged that one of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is financing. As a result, they pointed to the glaring reality that resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.In their bid to reinforce the point that there is much more work to be done in Guyana to ensure that the Prevention of Discrimination Act and the Constitutional provisions on non-discrimination and equality are enforced, they pointed to the overall economic impact of tackling the existing issues which can actually contribute to the prevention of violence against women and girls.“Advancing women’s equality could potentially add $12 trillion to the world’s economy…and in emerging economies, women reinvest 90 cents of every additional dollar of income in their families’ education, health and nutrition compared to 40 cents for men. It is therefore important to see gender equality as a critical economic issue. It is imperative that 100% of the population is given ample opportunity to contribute skills and intellect to its development and growth,” the Women and Gender Equality Commission said in its statement.last_img read more

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Trifling with trivia

first_imgDear Editor,Recent media reports indicate that our Local Government authorities are concerned about ‘renaming of regions, villages, boundaries and flags’.Isn’t it time we get serious about more substantive issues of economic and social development, rather than pursuing such trivialities?There is a plethora of painful matters that cry out for attention: water supply, garbage collection, drainage & irrigation, repairs to roads and bridges, maintenance of playgrounds and community services like burial grounds, while our leaders worry about our names and sizes etc. which is akin to parents worrying about the ‘looks’ of their children while they suffer a multitude of heath maladies and poor basic education.Please, Mr Minister, Chairmen, Councillors and all Local Government leaders, can we get more serious about the substantive issues at hand?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

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MASSE EARNS OUA WEEKLY HONOURS

first_imgMasse now prepares for the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she will represent Canada in Gold Coast, Australia. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Version The 2017 world champion and world record holder in the 100 backstroke won four individual gold medals, breaking the U SPORTS record in all four and the Canadian short course record in the 50 backstroke, while also adding one more gold and two silver medals in the relay events. For the third time this season, University of Toronto Varsity Blues swimming star Kylie Masse has been named the OUA female athlete of the week powered by 2XU, for the period ending February 25, 2018. Masse, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist from LaSalle, Ont., swept the backstroke events for the third consecutive U SPORTS championships, while also winning the 100 butterfly. She led off Toronto’s winning 4×100 medley relay team, which set a new Canadian club record, while also helping the Blues to silver-medal finishes in the 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays. Story Links Kylie Masse was named the 2018 U SPORTS female swimmer of the year for the third straight season in leading the Varsity Blues to a silver-medal team finish at the national championships this past weekend.last_img read more

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Balotelli just needs love to thrive- Pirlo

first_img0Shares0000TURIN, October 28-Juventus and Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes that all Mario Balotelli needs to succeed at Liverpool is love and his manager’s belief.The controversial striker joined the Reds in a £16 million move from AC Milan in the final week of the transfer window, but has yet to score a league goal for his new club. Balotelli has come under a barrage of criticism for his performances in his first 11 games for Liverpool in all competitions, with some reports even suggesting he has until January to prove himself or face being sold.However, Pirlo believes his compatriot can still be a success if Reds boss Brendan Rodgers keeps his faith in the striker.“The difference between other players and Mario is that every action he takes is going to be scrutinised,” the 35-year-old was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.“The media is interested in him, and things he does are going to be highlighted – where perhaps with other players they would not get such a reaction – or maybe even no reaction at all.“There is no question over his talent – I have played with him and I know how good he is and how good he can be. It is the job of the Liverpool coach to manage him in the right way.“He needs to be loved, he needs direction, but most importantly he needs to know that the coach believes in him.“If he spends time with Mario – I know he can still go on and be a great player for Liverpool.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ligue 1 transfer update! Latest on Rabiot to Spurs, Marquinhos to Man United and Lavezzi to Liverpool

first_imgtalkSPORT’s French football expert Jonathan Johnson casts his eye over the latest news from France.He tells Mike Graham about Tottenham’s interest in Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot, along with Manchester United’s pursuit of defender Marquinhos.There’s the latest on Ezequiel Lavezzi, who has been linked with Liverpool, with Johnson claiming the Reds will have to see off La Liga side Valencia if they’re to secure the Argentine’s signature.Listen to Jonathan Johnson’s interview with Extra Time above and leave your thoughts below…last_img

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