Two weightlifters from 15 to qualify for Rio

first_imgPNG Weightlifting Federation president Sir John Dawanicura says they’ll be sending Toua Udia and sisters Thelma and Dika Toua back to join the two male athletes Morea Baru and Fred Oala.  The five athletes will train there leading up to the Oceania Championships and Olympic Qualifiers from May 23-28 in Fiji.Baru is also preparing to attend the Australian Open International at Brisbane in March to qualify on merit for the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.PNG will be sending a team of seven males and eight females to attend the Oceania Championships to qualify only one male and female to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.PNG men’s team must finish in the top five to qualify one lifter while the women team must finish in the top four to qualify one lifter at the Oceania titles.If PNG qualifies one male lifter in Fiji, then it does not matter if Baru qualifies on his own merit as his qualification will not count. Sir John says that the Qualifying event is their main focus right now.He said all lifters both at the Institute and in the country including Steven Kari and Guba Hale need to be under serious training now in order to meet the minimum qualification standard.A junior team will also be sent to the Oceania Junior Championships aimed to develop the young weightlifters aged 21 years old and under.last_img read more

March 02 “earliest possible date” for elections – President Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger, this evening, in his address to the nation announced March 02, 2020 as the earliest possible date for the hosting of General and Regional Elections in Guyana.See his full address to the nation below:The Government, since the passage of the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly on 21st December 2018, has respected the decisions of the Courts and upheld the Constitution.We challenged the validity of the no-confidence motion and defended the challenge to the constitutionality of the appointment of the Chairman of the Elections Commission.The legal processes were neither frivolous nor aimed at delaying the consequences of the no-confidence motion.  They sought to clarify and interpret the Constitution and to ensure that General and Regional Elections would be conducted on the basis of a credible list.I have complied with the rulings of the Courts, upheld the Constitution of Guyana and respected the National Assembly at all times.I engaged the Elections Commission from February 2019 repeatedly. I insisted that credible elections be held at the earliest possible time. Credible elections are essential to representative democracy. Guyanese, The Chairman of the Elections Commission Justice Claudette Singh, wrote me last Thursday, 19th September 2019, indicating that “the Guyana Elections Commission will be able to deliver credible elections by the end of February 2020”.I convened a meeting of available Cabinet ministers that very day, within hours of receiving her advice, to discuss the timeline provided to me by the Chairman. A second meeting of the full Cabinet was held yesterday, 24th September 2019, when all members accepted the advice provided by the Chairman of the Elections Commission. Cabinet ministers also benefitted from the advice of Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Mr. Basil Williams and were guided by the need to adhere scrupulously to the advice of the Elections Commission. I met Chairman of the Elections Commission, Justice Singh, this afternoon Wednesday 25th September, when she discussed the statutory timelines for the upcoming General and Regional Elections Guyanese, Guyana will observe its 50th anniversary as a Republic on Sunday, 23rd February 2020. The following day, 24th February 2020 will be a national holiday. I am pleased to announce that, after discussions with Chairman of the Elections Commission and with my Cabinet, the earliest possible date for the holding of General and Regional Elections will be on Monday, 2nd March 2020. The Constitution at Article 106 (7) states, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”. The extension of a period beyond three months for the holding of an election is related to the Elections Commission’s readiness to hold the elections. The Government of Guyana must, as a consequence, return to the National Assembly to request an extension. The National Assembly reconvenes on 10th October 2019. The President is required to both dissolve Parliament as provided for in the Constitution at Article 70 (2) and the ten Regional Democratic Councils as provided for in the Constitution at Article 73 (2). The Constitution at Article 61 states: “An election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within three months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by proclamation.” The Constitution at Article 70 (2) states further that: “The President may at any time by proclamation dissolve Parliament”. The Constitution at Article 73 (2) provides that: “Elections of members of regional democratic councils shall he held and the councils shall be dissolved at such times as subject to paragraph (3), the President may appoint by proclamation.” Guyanese can now look to the Elections Commission to conduct credible elections within the timeframe prescribed. Guyanese, We are on the right path to preserve our precious parliamentary democracy. Thank you and may God continue to bless Guyana.last_img read more

Bill may lead to council raises

first_imgThe bill, scheduled to be considered Wednesday by the Assembly Local Government Committee, would allow salaries ranging from up to $600 a month in cities with no more than 35,000 residents to as much as $2,000 per month in cities with more than 250,000 people. It would be up to each council to decide if it wanted to raise its members’ pay to those levels. Currently the limits are half those amounts. The increases would take effect after the next city council elections. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said his group hasn’t taken a position on the bill but is concerned that it could lead to turning part-time city councils into full-time ones. SACRAMENTO – Council members in most California cities could grant themselves hefty pay raises under a bill facing its first test in the state Assembly this week. The measure by Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate, would double the maximum salaries council members could receive in California’s 370 general law cities and allow them to give themselves cost-of-living increases every two years. Those salary limits haven’t been changed since 1984. “You think how much inflation has gone up over that time,” said De La Torre, a former South Gate councilman. “It just seems fair” to raise the limits. 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

Barca deny Abidal had illegal liver transplant

first_img“FC Barcelona roundly deny any irregularity in the matter,” the club said in a statement in English on their website.Abidal, a former France international, received a liver transplant in April 2012 at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and resumed his playing career a year later before retiring in 2014.The Eric Abidal foundation also issued a “categorical denial” of any “irregularities in the treatment of his illness”.On Wednesday morning, online newspaper El Confidencial reported that a telephone tap of former club president Sandro Rosell, suggested that the club illegally acquired a liver for the player.Rossell is due to face trial on charges of money laundering in connection with Brazilian TV rights sales and was also investigated for the deal which brought Neymar to Barcelona.Abidal, who is 38, was named Barcelona’s sport director in June.“The club are saddened by the lack of rigour in the spreading of such information about such a sensitive issue,” said the Barcelona statement.The clinic and the Spanish organ donation organisation (ONT) both issued statements denying any wrong-doing, although ONT added that it had opened an internal investigation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eric Abidal returned to action after a liver transplant to the joy of his Barcelona team-mates © AFP/File / Lluis GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Jul 4 – Barcelona denied on Wednesday that they illegally bought a transplant liver for their former defender Eric Abidal.Contacted by AFP, a Barcelona court said it had investigated a possible crime of organ trafficking for more than a year before deciding not to proceed because of a lack of evidence.last_img read more

In the ring, at the top

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s not every day one’s achievements in any given field gets him elected to the hall of fame. But for Santa Fe Springs native George Valdez, 50, his accomplishments in the world of martial arts landed him Saturday in the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame – alongside the likes of Chuck Norris. Surrounded by family and friends, Valdez was inducted during the intermission of the Muay Thai World Championship at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood. Valdez is the holder of many world titles in Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing originated in Thailand. He attributes the turnaround in his life to his parents, Ernesto and Sara Valdez, who are both deceased. “I saw what my gang life did to them, especially my mom,” Valdez said. “I wanted to change the direction of my life.” He recalled his mom waiting up until three or four in the morning for him to get home before going to bed herself. “I can still remember hearing her lock the door, going to bed and hearing her alarm clock go off an hour or two later,” Valdez said, shaking his head. He also received help and encouragement from Councilman Gus Velasco and Community Services Director Mike Mendez. “He was a tough little kid,” Mendez said. “You could tell he was looking for direction in his life.” The two men pointed the boy to the youth activities program, which eventually led to kickboxing. “I found that I didn’t need the gang to be respected or to be strong.” While working for the city’s activity center, he opened his first studio in Santa Fe Springs in the mid-80s. Eventually he moved on to the studio in East Los Angeles, where a lot of his clients are Los Angeles police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s personnel. “It’s amazing how many of my closest friends are in law enforcement,” he said. But the most important clients are the young people who come in looking for a way to exercise or, like him, a way to make a better future. Vanessa Fajardo, 26, of Gardena, met Valdez 10 years ago at a mall demonstration. “I was looking for a way to stay in shape and it looked like fun,” she said. But she soon found out Muay Thai was also a way to gain mental strength. “Once you step into the studio, it’s such a positive experience, there’s none of the negativity of the outside world,” she said. Joe Butanda, 31, of Rosemead, and Ernie Gutierrez Jr., 28, of Whittier, agree. Both men, who have had struggles in their lives with, what they call, “negative forces,” attribute their work with Valdez with helping them get their lives on track. “He showed me there’s a better way,” said Butanda, who’s been in kickboxing for eight years. As for Gutierrez, he already owns a couple of titles in his nine months with Valdez. “My goal is to be in the Hall of Fame, too,” he said. Valdez is proud of his influence on the lives of young people and directing them away from what he experienced as a youth. “Santa Fe Springs never gave up on me,” he said. And he won’t give up on the young people who come into his studios and even those who don’t. “I want them to know I got out of a life of violence, and they can too,” Valdez said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I am very humbled by the entire thing,” he said Thursday at his Whittier studio, at 113321/2 E. Washington Blvd., of his induction. “George is being inducted because of his work on behalf of young people, as well as his talents and titles,” said Bob Cheney, hall of fame board member. “He loves kickboxing more than life itself.” Valdez has come a long way from being in a gang, from age 13 until his late 20s, to being the owner of two studios and training the likes of former major league baseball player Jose Canseco and film star and comedian Chris Tucker. He’s also been contacted by Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keyes to train her, based solely on his reputation. “I can’t believe my life is in such a good and positive place now,” Valdez said. last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Bayern Munich ready to battle Manchester United for £45m sensation

first_imgBayern Munich are ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United in the race to sign Benfica ace Renato Sanches.talkSPORT told you last week that United failed with a deadline day bid for Sanches but will reignite their interest in the summer.And now, according to A Bola, Bayern are planning to land the 18-year-old, who is rated as one of the top young prospects in Europe.The German champions will send scouts to Portugal to keep track of Sanches’ progress in the second half of the season with a view to making a bid once the summer window opens.Benfica are keen to keep hold of the talent but it is understood an offer of around £45m will make them seriously consider cashing in on the midfielder. 1 Renato Sanches last_img


first_imgTHERE is good news on two fronts today from the one contract deal helping the county twice.Today saw the signing of contracts between the HSE and Boyle Construction, Trentagh, Letterkenny for the construction of a new Primary Care Centre and other associated accommodation in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.The €7.9 million development, on the site of the former St. Catherine’s Convent, Townparks, Ballyshannon, will deliver a modern centre for primary care services in the South Donegal area and will bring together other HSE services that are currently provided from a number of different locations within the town. The construction work on the project is due to begin shortly and is expected to take about 15 months to complete.This project is part of the HSE’s National Strategy to develop purpose-built Primary Care Centres delivering primary care services to local communities.Some of the services which will be provided from the new primary care centre include General Practitioner Services; Public Health Nursing Services; Community Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropody, Dietician Services; Dental Services; Speech & Language Therapy services, Mental Health Services; Psychology Services; Geriatric Services, Counselling and X-ray. There will also be facilities available for visiting services.Mr John Hayes, Area Manager, HSE Donegal said today: “The HSE in Donegal is delighted to have signed the contract for this new Primary Care facility, which will greatly enhance the delivery of services within the South Donegal area. “This Primary Care Centre will allow the public to have easy access to an increased range of services based in one location. It is hoped that only those who need the specialist services available in an acute hospital will need to go to the hospital setting. The development of Primary Care Teams is a key element of our national plan for developing community-based health services.”Welcoming the new development, Dr Eamon Stack from the Bayview practice said: “The doctors and staff of the Bayview practice are delighted that the project is going ahead, and we look forward to its timely completion.“It will improve services for patients, and strengthen the already good working relationship we have with the HSE staff working in the Ballyshannon area.” DONEGAL COMPANY SIGNS €7.9M CONTRACT FOR NEW BALLYSHANNON PRIMARY CARE CENTRE was last modified: January 20th, 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:Ballyshannonprimary health care centrelast_img read more


first_imgThe twelve Boyle brothers and sister along with mum Ethna and dad Seamus.A Donegal family are coming together for the first time in years and will climb Errigal for their loving mother.The twelve brothers and sisters of the Boyle family from Errity, Manorcunningham rarely  get to see eachother.But the six brothers and six sisters will come together this weekend to climb the iconic Donegal mountain in aid of the Donegal Alzheimer’s Association. ErrigalThe family’s mum Ethna suffers from the condition and the family wanted raise awareness of the group and raise some money in the process.Now two brothers are coming from England and another two from Scotland for the very special charity fundraiser.Daughter Joan said she hoped her mum will be proud of their efforts.“Mum has suffered from Alzheimers for at least the last four years and we have seen first-hand the great work the Donegal Alzheimers Association do. “Mum was so good to us and it wasn’t easy raising such a large family but she did a wonderful job and we are so thankful to her for everything we have.“We were looking for something to do to raise money and I was going to have my head shaved but I have a wedding in December! Another brother suggested we all climb Errigal and that’s what we’re going to do,” revealed Joan.The family have decided that just the twelve siblings will climb Errigal leaving the foot of the mountain at 12 noon this Saturday.Joan added “We are a close family but we haven’t been alone, the twelve of us, for more than two years so it will be very special.“Plenty of the nieces and nephews wanted to come along but we thought it would be nice if we just did it together as a family,” she said. If you would like to donate anything from a euro to a hundred euro then simply log onto added “Hopefully we’ll back before it gets together. Whoever has the longest arm will get a selfie of us all at the top of Errigal.”FAMILY’S AMAZING REUNION TO CLIMB ERRIGAL IN HONOUR OF MUM was last modified: August 27th, 2014 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:BoylesclimbDonegal Alzheimers AssociationErrigalErritymanorcunninghamlast_img read more

Build CouchApps-style Applications with Redis and Webdis

first_imgWebdis is simple Web server that forwards commands to Redis, a NoSQL database, and returns information in formats such as JSON and PubSub. You could use it to build JavaScript applications that interface with Redis without any other middle layer, much like the CouchApps built with Apache CouchDB. It also includes access controls, so that only certain users will have write access to certain areas of the database. CouchApps get around this by giving every user their own database.Other features include: Related Posts Tags:#hack#Tools How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? HTTP PipeliningConnections to Redis using TCP or UNIX socketsRestricted user/groupLogs, contributed by Michael BernsteinCross-Origin Request Sharing (CORS) for XmlHttpRequest2Daemonize on startFuture plans include support for Websockets. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Tripura Governor’s tweet kicks up row

first_imgTripura Governor Tathagata Roy courted controversy with a tweet stating that while “jihadis” are killing, maiming and brutalising thousands of people across the world, how could one ask him about only one man killed in Rajasthan. Mr. Roy was referring to the murder of Afrazul Khan, a resident of Malda, in Rajasthan. In a video which surfaced last week, Khan was seen being hacked and set ablaze by a man identified as Shambhu Lal Raigar who accused the victim of being involved in “love jihad.”Question posed by user“Jihadis have killed, maimed, brutalised tens of thousands of innocent people all across the world. And you ask me about a man killed in Rajasthan and then tell me not to do whataboutery! Have you no shame lady? Or you think everyone is stupid,” Mr. Roy tweeted on Thursday. His tweet was in response to a question raised by another Twitter user. The user had questioned an earlier tweet of Mr. Roy in which he spoke on “how to deter a jihadi from killing innocents.” Without naming Shambhu Lal Raigar, she had asked the Tripura Governor “that mad killed in Rajasthan, was he a Jihadi?”Mr. Roy also accused her of trying to “obliquely defend” extremists. “IS Jihadis kept Yazidi women as sex slaves, Boko Haram imprisoned Nigerian Christian women, Afghan Taliban stopped women from going out. And you, in spite of being a supposedly liberated woman, try to obliquely defend them! Sigh,” stated Mr. Roy. In June, Mr. Roy tweeted what he called a diary entry by Syama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh which stated: “The Hindu-Muslim problem won’t be solved without a Civil War.” This resulted in a huge controversy.last_img read more