PNG’s hammer thrower returns from Queensland

first_imgTravertz trained with Australian Hammer and Discus Champion, Matthew Denny. The difference it made showed when she improved her national record in the hammer throw to 37.23m. The 22-year-old Travertz from Western Province took part in the Pacific Games last year after a recommendation from throws coach, Paul Bannister who saw potential in her.Since then, Bannister has taken Travertz under his wing making arrangements for her to train in Queensland.Athletics PNG President, Tony Green said that although Travertz improved her national record from 35.78m to 37.23m and was reported to be throwing 40 to 42m in training, she ran out of time to post a qualifying performance to enable her to take part in the Nationals.“Jacklyn is now looking forward to the PNG National Championships in Lae in June and the Melanesian Championships in Fiji where she can expect to be competing against Brianna Stephens from Norfolk Island and hopefully some New Caledonians,” said Green.Travertz said that the training with Denny was excellent and she had learned many new things.“I now have a better understanding of what is needed to become an international thrower. I want to continue to represent my country in bigger competitions, be a positive role model and influence youngsters to get involved in sports like throwing events,” said Travertz.last_img read more

NDCs called meetings despite Court Order

first_imgThe three Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) that are subject to the recently filed court proceedings have reportedly called meetings, despite the Court Order restricting any form of activities.The NDCs are Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen, Industry/Plaisance, and Gibraltar/Fyrish.On April 6, Justice Diana Insanally ordered that the Councillors selected by the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan be restrained from acting as or performing the functions of Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and Mayor of their respective NDCs and municipality on the grounds that to do so, would be contrary to and in violation of municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02, is unlawful, unfair, unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, in excess and without jurisdiction, oppressive, malicious, illegal and ultra vires.But according to Attorney Anil Nandlall who had filed the court proceedings on behalf of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha, notices have been sent to the overseers of the NDCs inviting Councillors to attend meetings.He explained that if these officers attempt to function as office holders they would be violating the letter and spirit of the Orders of Court.I hope they are receiving legal advice on these issues, he said.last_img read more

Child Laborer: Is it unlawful if I want to do it?

first_imgI watched a boy of about 12 years old entering into a zinc house that had a lot of people walking in and out of it. I was curious to know what was going on inside.So I followed him in.“Hi aunty, my name is Etay and this is where I come to look for my daily hustle. You can follow me,” he offered.As we walked into a heated but rather spacious room,  you could see a handful of children mixing, rolling flour and baking bread in a smaller adjoining room.Etay immediately ran towards an oven built with mud and started working.“Every day I come here to make bread and sometimes I leave with LD40 or LD50 and two slices of bread for me and my mother. We are grateful,” the happy child shared.What struck my attention was not the fact that children and teenagers of all sizes were shirtless in a very heated room, but the fact that their working conditions were very unsanitary.“As you can see inside, there isn’t a hand washing bucket, towel or anything to help keep the sweat and dirt from the kids hands and body from rolling into the baked bread,” added Mohammed, a Sierra Leonean working there as well.While I searched for a clue as to why the children were working unsupervised around food, I met a man of about 40 years old sitting in front of the zinc bakery.“The place is heated inside and I can’t stand the heat, so I sit outside. If there’s any problem, they’ll come outside here to tell me. But our rule here is if you misbehave, you lose your privilege to work here,” the owner added.After asking that his name not be mentioned because of labor laws, a loud ruckus erupted inside involving two little girls. In the spacious room where the baked bread is placed for sale, two girls began to wrestle causing dirt particles to sprinkle on the bread.“You see what you two are doing, they are recording how we take care of the bread that we sell and you’re in here putting dirt all over it,” stated a boy of about 16, who took his own time to remove the dirt from the baked bread.Meanwhile, I asked Etay if baking bread was something his family asked him to do.“No, my mother thinks that I am outside playing, but whenever I bring her the money and bread, she only shows appreciation but never asks me where I get it from,” he told me.“I don’t think it’s a crime for me to work here. Is it a crime if I want to do it?” he asked.Also, the oven that is being used to bake the bread is very hot, and a shovel is used to take each plate of bread from within.I watched Etay place a plate of bread in the oven while explaining his situation to me and I became concerned when I noticed he was too short to reach the oven door.“My man, dress, let me help you open it,” a taller boy of about 14 volunteered.Etay says his life is good. He feels most children don’t have a facility or skill where they can go to earn a bit of money for themselves or their families. For him, as a child who loves to “take care of his mom,” he feels blessed.“Sometimes I get tired of eating bread but that won’t stop me from working here. I get paid to help here while some of the guys pay to bake their bread. For me, this is the best thing that could ever happen for me and my family,” he smiled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RAL Graduates 26 ‘Vulnerable People’

first_imgSome of the beneficiaries at the Rescue Alternatives Liberia program. In an effort to restore the hope of vulnerable people in Liberia, Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL) has concluded its seventh training circle holistic rehabilitation of vulnerable people in Monrovia.RAL graduated a total number of 26 students in various skills training, with support from the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Tortures.The beneficiaries of the seventh circle were trained in hair dressing and soap making. They were identified by field officers of the organization, who counseled and prepared them for the six months intensive training.RAL is a local non-governmental human rights organization that has over the years been providing alternatives to enhancing human rights, rule of law, peace and democracy building and victim’s recovery.Sam Nimely, RAL program coordinator, expressed happiness that the beneficiaries were able to complete the circle despite challenges facing them in their various homes.Nimely said the organization will continue to be in constant contact with the graduates to ensure they put into practice what they have learned from the training.He told the beneficiaries and guests that as a civil society organization (CSO), RAL remains supportive of the government at all times and, as such, the government should see them as partner in working together to solve some of the problems confronting the country.“Put in practice what you have learned so that you do not allow your talent to die down. We will continue to work with you because when you are empowered, people don’t overlook you, but respect you when you do something positive,” Nimely said.Agnes Chea, a 38-year old woman who has five children, but lost her husband during the Ebola outbreak in 2014, narrated that after her husband died, she thought all hope was lost completely, but with the help of RAL, she has been able to rewrite the future since she benefited from the trainings.“I can now bake cake, and I am now supporting my children by sending them to school. No man can now bluff me after the training,” Madam Chea said.Sonny Onyegbula, who proxied for the Country Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), called on the graduates to make use of the six months’ training; something, he said, is very fruitful, because it will make them put away the trauma of the past.Onyegbula praised the work of RAL for being a reliable local organization, and assured the organization of the unflinching supports of OHCHR.“We will make the organization to succeed by providing technical assistance for the protection of human rights,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New financial laws to be introduced

first_imgAML/CFT regime– moveable properties bill among those in pipelineBy Jarryl BryanGovernment has several pieces of financial legislation it plans to introduce, including laws that will aim to cut down on large sums of money being carried, establish deposit insurance and make changes to existing legislation.This was announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during a recent press conference. One such law Government intends to introduce will bring into effect a new National Payment System, allowing for more electronic payments to be made.The Guyana Association of Securities Companies and Intermediaries is one organisation that plays a critical role in Guyana’s securities marketThis bill, he noted, is expected to be introduced to the National Assembly on April 26.“We’re hoping at the same time that other legislation from the Ministry of Finance will go. These include deposit insurance that we said in our budget speech. We’ll be requiring banks to take out deposit insurance, so that if they go under you can get back at least some of your money.“There’ll be changes to the Bank of Guyana Act and the Financial Institutions Act to accommodate these changes here. The regulations to the insurance law that was brought in in 2016 will be made effective this month. I’ve already signed off on them, so they have to be printed in the gazette. The new, substantive legislation for insurance will then come into force.”According to Jordan, new securities legislation is actually completed and presently sitting in the Attorney General’s chambers. But while Jordan admitted it has taken a back seat for now, he noted that the objective is to get it into the National Assembly before it goes into recess.“Moveable properties legislation is also on the cards. We already have the creditA number of bills are slated to be introduced to the National Assemblyinformation legislation (of 2016). This whole suite of legislation is intended to deepen the financial sector and create widespread intermediation,” the Minister said.“With things like the Anti-Money Laundering Act, there’s some level of disintermediation that can take place, people getting frustrated over opening new accounts and getting frustrated and so on.”But with these plans, Jordan acknowledged the need to balance financial inclusion with keeping Guyana within the Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) requirements.Only recently, a United States Department of State report was released that listed Guyana, among many other countries, as “major money laundering jurisdictions in 2017”.The US International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) Volume Two of March 2018 had declared that there was a lack of strong interagency cooperation among AML and drug-fighting agencies, adding that these departments did not have adequate human resources and the necessary training for complete effectiveness.It had called for more training, education, and resources to improve the fight against money laundering. In its 2018 overview of Guyana, the INCSR posited that “narcotics trafficking and Government corruption are the primary sources of laundered funds”.Moveable propertyEarlier this year, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had announced that they would be embarking on a Secure Transaction Regime project in collaboration with the Legal Affairs Ministry.According to Gaskin, the project will allow for easier access to financing, using movable property as collateral. He noted that the Ministries were still working on having the legislation passed some time this year.He had explained that once the legislation was approved, persons would then be able to use movable properties such as fridges, televisions, and stereo sets as collateral for credit when accessing finance.SecuritiesGuyana currently has a Securities Industry Act of 1998, which establishes the Guyana Securities Council. Intended to regulate the trading of stocks in publicly traded companies, the Act provides for securities brokers and dealers to be registered, among other things.The AML/CFT Act of 2009 also bestows powers on the Council as a supervisory authority with oversight over certain operational aspects of reporting entities such as banks.Last year, Jordan had announced that the Act would be updated to address the establishment of a Central Securities Depository that would record transfers of securities’ ownership. It had also been reported that the Council, to be renamed the Securities Commission, would receive additional powers.last_img read more

Fort St. John Hospital receives Gold LEED certification

first_img“In this day of rising energy costs, and of course out environmental awareness, it is important to all of us as taxpayers that we take every possible step to reduce the use or misuse of our energy,” argues PRRD Chair Karen Goodings. “This certification is further evidence that this hospital and Peace Villa were designed with that in mind.” LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is ranked by the Canadian Green Building Council based on a facility’s environmental considerations. Gold is the second highest ranking, behind Platinum. Through features like double glazed and gas filled windows and a “smart” system that monitors its mechanical and electrical systems, more than 980,000 kilowatt hours of energy are estimated to be saved at the hospital  annually. The building also boasts thicker insulation in its walls and roof which allow for a higher thermal resistance. – Advertisement -“It is exciting to have a beautiful new facility to service our region and know that we’re doing so in an environmentally friendly manner,” adds Angela De Smit, Health Service Administrator. The $300 million project was completed last summer, with its official grand opening by Premier Christy Clark on July 12, 2012. It was funded by the province and the PRRD.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chamber of Commerce Call for Nominations

first_imgYou can also visit their website;  https://fsjchamber.com/ FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors starting in the 2019/2020 year.Benefits to serving as a Director, are to hold a leadership role in the community, creating new ideas that will affect the Fort St. John region and the opportunity to attract new and sustainable businesses.Qualified individuals must be a member.- Advertisement -Duties as the candidate include attending monthly meetings, be a member of at least one committee and attending chamber functions such as mixers, luncheons and special events.Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents and community groups working together to ensure a healthy economic and socio-economic base to benefit the entire community.If you are interested in making a nomination or entering your name, call the office at 250.785.6037 or Email info@fsjchamber.comAdvertisementlast_img read more

Ex-Chelsea midfielder nets stunning overhead kick for Tampa Bay – WATCH

first_imgWHAT A GOAL BY JOE COLE! 🔥🔥🚴 pic.twitter.com/ymaOsVySgQ— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) July 17, 2016 Check out this strike from Joe Cole – the ex-England midfielder certainly still has it. The 34-year-old left Coventry earlier this year to move to North American Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies. The former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham midfielder’s side won 3-0 and Cole opened the scoring after ten minutes when he chested the ball in the box, with his back to goal, before acrobatically firing past the goalkeeper – see below: 1 Joe Cole: The ex-England midfielder is impressing in the NASL WATCH: Joe Cole lays on classy assist for Tampa Bay Rowdies in Junelast_img read more

GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 14 were Marcus Monaghan, Drumlonagher and Tony Cornyn, Summerhill. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 18 & 21 with the jackpot now standing at €7,200.Best of luck to our minor team management and players who play in the Division 2 Minor Football Championship Final against St. Nauls this Sunday at 3.00 pm in Mac Cumhaill Park.The Under 13’s finished their league campaign on Friday evening with a game against Killybegs in Fintra. The boys produced a good team performance to come away with a 7.08 to 3.02 victory. Team and scorers were: Nathan Carr, Gareth Cleary (0.01), Conor Breslin, Fergal O’ Callaghan, Aaron Mc Crea, Joe Sheerin, Colum Mc Donnell, Thomas Mc Gowan (0.02), Jack Keaney (2.02), Ciaran Monaghan, Iarlaith Cox (0.01), Oisin Gorrell, Cian Hegarty (2.01), Patrick Forde (3.00), Eoin Slevin (0.01) Conal Timoney. The victory leaves Four Masters with five wins out of seven games in a tight league, which Naomh Conaill and Ardara topped with only one defeat each. The Under 13 management would like to thank players and parents for their commitment and support over the last two months. Bord na nOg have arranged a Table Quiz to be held on Friday October 28th in Dom’s Pier 1 starting promptly at 9.00 pm. Again, we would ask as many parents as possible to come along to the quiz and bring teams of four. Entrance is €5.00 per person (€20.00 per team of 4) with meal vouchers for the winning team. There will also be a raffle on the evening and tea/coffee and sandwiches will be served courtesy of Dom’s Pier 1.Bord na nOg will a Fancy Dress Party on Donegal Bay Waterbus on Sunday October 30th from 8.00 to 10.00 pm. This should complete our fundraising drive for 2011 with a bang and we hope as many parents/friends/family/neighbours – anyone you know will join in the fun and dress up for this fun evening. Admission is only €5.00 and prizes will be awarded to the most orignal costumes. Cara Pharmacy are sponsoring ”2 Luxurious Hampers, one for him and one for her”.The club is hosting two SCRAP SATURDAYS on November 12th and 19th. Bring your unwanted SCRAP METAL items to Tir Conaill Park between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on those dates. Items include – scrap cars, scrap steel, washing machines, gas cookers, copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminium, scaffolding, electric cables, lead, engines, electric motors, lead acid batteries, old gates, old farm machinery, cast iron fireplaces, etc. A collection service for heavy items or old machinery will be arranged if required. More details will follow in the coming weeks.GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Vipers JT crowned 2017/18 Junior League champions

first_img Tags: FUFA junior league Vipers JT defeated Onduparaka JT to win the title in Tuesday (Photo by Tebandeke Rachael)FUFA Junior League 2017/18 finalsVipers JT 1-0 Onduparaka JTStarTimes stadium, LugogoTuesday, 19-06-2018Vipers JT were crowned champions of the 2017/18 Junior League on Tuesday evening after defeating Onduparaka 1-0 in the finals.Uganda U-17 striker Sula Mpanga was the hero with the only goal in the match played at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo.Mpanga grabbed the headlines two minutes into the second half when he finished exquisitely past Safi Apangu in the Onduparaka goal.From then on wards, Vipers dominated the game following an earlier surge by the West Nile youngsters who had an upper hand in the first half.Onduparaka’s Silas Draku, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Anthony Kent, Salim Abdallahand Abdul Shakur had posed provocations and questions to the entire Vipers’ team and goalkeeper Mutwalibu Magolofa was alert at all times to thwart many goal bound attempts.In the second half, Vipers turned around the game. A goal by Mpanga two minutes into the half gave them the command.Attempts by the Junior Caterpillars to make amends hit a where not successful.Tempers flared in the closing stages and Silas Draku was sent off by referee Lucky Razake Kasalirwe for a second bookable offence.The game nearly turned nasty when a section of angry fans pelted stones towards the second assistant referee, causing a five minute stoppage.When the game resumed, Onduparaka had no time to produce anything meaningful interms of chances until the sound of the final whistle.This is the second time that Vipers Junior Team were celebrating on the podium since their triumph in the 2015/16 season.This is the second time Vipers has won the Crown (Photo by Tebandeke Rachael)After the game, Vipers’ Bakabulindi was named Most Valuable Player (MVP), Sadat Anaku (KCCA) finished as top scorer with 26 goals for the second season in a row.Meanwhile, KCCA Soccer Academy’s Joram Nsubuga was named best goalkeeper having conceded just 10 goals in the entire season.Vipers Juniors Head coach Ronald Ssali took the best tactician award and Kirinya-Jinja S.S Junior team won the fair play award.Last season, Soana Junior Team won the FUFA Juniors League after overcoming KCCA Soccer Academy 5-4 in a tense post match penalty shoot out which followed a goal-less draw in 90 minutes at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.Team starting teams:Vipers XI:Mutwalibu Magolofa (G.K), Azizi Abdu Kayondo, Reagan Kasumba, Thomas Kakaire, Moses Bakabulindi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Sula Mpanga, Ivan Ashaba, Gerald Kirya, Andrew Kirunda, Alex KizitoOnduparaka XI:Safi Apangu (G.K), John Rogers, Francis Econi (Captain), Muhamed Rasul, Taban Wijo, Farouk Edema, Silas Draku, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Anthony Kent, Salim Abdallah, Abdul ShakurComments last_img read more