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first_imgThe 11th edition of the annual challenge will be played under the lights at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday.In a combined media conference this afternoon, PNG PMs 13 coach Stanley Tepend gave a thumbs up for his troops’ preparation.“The camp is good; they all play against each in the Digicel Cup and have now bonded well as a group.”His counterpart Ivan Cleary said, “Many (of the players in the squad) play together and the combination will there.“It’s a professional sport and preparation timeframe is not a problem,’ added Trent Merrin, Australia PM’s 13 captain.Meanwhile, this year’s match is the most anticipated with PNG born James Segeyaro turning his back on his country of birth to wear the green and gold jumper in order to achieve his dreams of playing for Queensland and the Kangaroos.         When questioned by Loop PNG, Cleary said “Segeyaro is emotional” and it was a personal decision. With the home crowd expected to boo him when he runs onto the field, Segeyaro will come under the microscope of the PNG boys in defence and attack.PNG captain Albert Patak declined to reveal what is in store for the man of Goroka and Tolai parentage  when he receives his first ball but gave a hint that the defence will be up in his face.last_img read more


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first_imgRacers Track Club president Glen Mills is targeting a world-class spectacle at this year’s second annual Racers Grand Prix, which will be headlined by Usain Bolt and other world-record holders on June 10, at the National Stadium. In addition to Bolt, three other world-record holders, along with several Olympic and World Championships stars, are expected to feature at the highly anticipated meet. Mills, Racers Track Club’s president and head coach, was quick to point out that the organisation is determined to put on a high-calibre show – one which will top anything ever witnessed on Jamaican soil before. “We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined, while noting fans could be on hand for a treat in the triple jump. According to Mills, that jumper could go over 18 feet for the first time in Jamaica. HOMAGE TO BOLT While he held back on naming the other world-record holders, Mills was quick to point out that athletes and fans should consider the event a homage to Bolt. Bolt, 30, will be retiring following the London 2017 World Championships and, will run what is expected to be his final race on local soil. “It’s going to be tremendous because of diversity this year, not just because of the sprints, but the quality of competitors that we have,” noted Mills. “The last event will be the salute 100 metres that will feature Usain Bolt in his final appearance on the track in Jamaica, so we want to create some fanfare around it and throughout the evening we will have spots that highlight his achievements over the years,” he stressed of his charge. Meanwhile, the 2000 metres, 400 metre hurdles for women as well as the men’s 800m, have been added to this year’s programme. Event tickets for the Racers Grand Prix will go on-sale (online) on May 1, 2017 The names of confirmed athletes will be revealed at next Friday’s press conference.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) last Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that gives the Union the authority to register all journalists in the country.But the MOU also gives authority to MICAT to register all Liberian media houses.  This is not a bad idea in itself; however, we trust that it will not be done for a fee.  We make this point for three reasons: first, MICAT, a hopefully well-funded  government Agency, does not–or should not—need a penny from media houses, most of which are small businesses struggling for survival.  Secondly, media houses, like all other businesses, are already “Registered” with the  Commerce and Industry Ministry.  These registrations, which enable media houses, as all businesses, to operate legally in the country, are for a fee.   Thirdly, we fear that should media houses be compelled to register with MICAT, that GOL Agency might be tempted to deny registration to those it does not like, signaling  dangerous implications for  press freedom.We think it is better for the Liberian government to be satisfied with the Commerce Ministry registering media houses.  This is, frankly, the only registration necessary, for all of the required information are contained in such registration–who owns the media house, where it is located, when it was founded and its nature (print or broadcast).We submit that there is no more information other that what is submitted to the Commerce Ministry that MICAT or any other government body would need.  It would therefore be superfluous to “register”again with MICAT. But we further submit, that the PUL should, purely as a matter of information, be the one to supply to MICAT, on a regular basis, a list of media houses operating in Liberia.In all honesty, the Press Union of Liberia has itself to blame for MICAT’s intervention in the Union’s affairs.  Why do we say that? This is because the PUL should know that it is in the best position to monitor and regulate media houses in the country.  That has been since day one in 1964, when the Union was founded.  We have not only been a fraternity, organizing social events for journalists and media houses.  We have been an organization that has always been there for journalists and media houses, shouting to the top of our voices when we think either is in unnecessary trouble.  This is a highly positive role that PUL has historically played.But–and this is a BIG BUT–the PUL has failed to take seriously its REGULATORY function.  What does that mean?  It means carefully monitoring journalists and media houses alike, making sure that they operate according to the highest professional standards, and in strict adherence to the international Code of Ethics and the PUL’s own Code of Ethics.To the contrary, unfortunately, the PUL has over the years, especially since 2005, sat supinely while journalists and media houses violated every legal or ethical principle, and it said and did nothing or very little about these ethical transgressions.  But as soon as the chips fall, and the consequences of unprofessional, even illegal behavior are reaped, and journalists and media houses get into the trouble they themselves have  created, then the PUL starts shouting from the roof tops, crying interference with press freedom.This means that the PUL views the constitutional principles of Freedom of Speech and Press enshrined in the Liberian Constitution as carteblanche–a free rein, complete freedom. No, no, no, they are not!For to every freedom comes responsibility.  And here we invoke the ancient common law principle: the rights of one individual stop where another’s begin.So there is no law that is carteblanche.  In other words, an individual or institution is free to speak, write or print: this is guaranteed by the Liberian Constitution, but it is immediately followed by another critically important phrase, “being fully responsible for the abuse thereof.”The PUL must, therefore, take seriously its responsibility to uphold, protect and defend the ethics of the journalism profession as practiced in Liberia.  It is because the PUL has not taken this particular role seriously that the renowned constitutional and human rights lawyer, Counselor Tiawan Gongloe, has recommended an independent Media Advisory Body created by the Legislature to monitor and regulate journalists and media houses in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgThe Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) will open its annual film festival, “Painting the Spectrum,” with a short film commemorating SASOD’s 15th anniversary.The festival not only portrays a diversity of experiences from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, but also features different genres of films: from comedies to experimental shorts, drama, and completely new documentaries.Featuring over 40 films from all over the world, the festival takes place from 18:00h every Tuesday and Thursday in the month of September at SASOD’s office, located at 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens, Georgetown.The first week’s theme, “What is Gender, Anyway?” focuses on gender norms, expectations, and persons of transgender experience answering commonly asked questions and creating space for positive discussion and analyses. The festival officially opens on Tuesday, September 4, with the screening of “SASOD is 15!” and a panel discussion featuring diverse stakeholders who will reflect on SASOD’s journey as a Guyanese movement.Following the panel, on Tuesday, the feature film “Bixa Travesty” will open the festival. “Bixa Travesty” is a documentary that follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black transwoman, performer and activist, living in impoverished São Paulo. Her electrifying performances brazenly take on Brazil’s machismo. The film is one of the most acclaimed recent LGBT movies, and was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018. It also won the Best Documentary Award at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and the Special Jury Award at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival.On Thursday, September 6, the festival continues with a screening of ten shorts on themes such as being non-binary (not conforming to being either male or female), and the rejection transgender people sometimes face from their families and friends. These shorts come from ten different countries around the world, including Spain, Iran, India, the Netherlands and Brazil.“Painting the Spectrum 14” will continue every Tuesday and Thursday of September with themes such as “Love, Sex and Everything in Between”, “Our Rights, Our Culture, Our History” and “Let’s Experiment.” Admission to the film festival is free.The films are intended for mature audiences. Persons must be eighteen years and over to attend. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to persons who do not have identification to prove that they are not minors.The film festival aims to both offer a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Guyanese to interact and communicate, and to educate the general public by presenting queer-themed films, which are almost never screened in mainstream cinemas in Guyana.SASOD is an international, award-winning, 15-year-old human rights movement and organisation, leading change and educating and serving communities to end discrimination based on sexuality and gender in Guyana.last_img read more


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first_imgFor the first 40 minutes, the Huskies stuck right with the Whitecourt Wolverines. But, as so often happens with elite teams, a few missed chances and the odd mistake ended in disaster, as Whitecourt skated to a 5-1 win on Saturday night.After an excellent first period, including 2 crossbars, the Huskies appeared to draw first blood 16 minutes in, but a long-shoot in had deflected in off an off-side Jordan Hartnell, and was called back. With one minute remaining in the first, Rod Lavoie provided the screen in front, and then tapped home a rebound, to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.Early in the second, Whitecourt showed their strength on the counterattack, as Jeff Chalifoux scored a tap-in, on a beautiful pass from Mitch Ternan, after some extended Huskies pressure. 5 minutes into the frame, Jon Spence fired a point shot past Ryan Demharter, to break the ice for Fort St. John, and keep the Huskies in the game. In the final minute of the second, Whitecourt’s Jordan Stead was ejected, apparently for chirping at the referee, with Whitecourt also assessed a bench minor for delay-of-game on the play.- Advertisement -Early in the third, the only chance on the powerplay came for the Wolverines, as Rod Lavoie was sent in all alone, but was denied by the left pad of Zack Blain, one of several clutch saves of the night. A backbreaker for the Huskies 7 minutes into the final period, as a seemingly innocent Devin Lindquist shot deflected off Linden Apsassin and into the top corner of Blain’s goal. 2 minutes later, Payden Wongstedt, who’s speed had been a menace to the Wolverines all night, was given a suspect boarding minor. Wongstedt lost his composure, and earned 2 10-minute misconducts for his ungentlemanly words for the ref.Wongstedt’s absence would hurt the team, as did the ensuing powerplay, which was converted by Brandon Anderson, for a 4-1 Whitecourt lead. The Wolverines would add one more-powerplay marker, as Rod Lavioe scored his second of the game (and third point), when he deflected a Mitch Maisoneuve point shot past Zack Blain. Advertisement Coach Bob Kalb’s reaction to his team’s effort. [asset|aid=940|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ae5e20522f3e86ec578bf508cf00c243-Bob-WctSat_1_Pub.mp3] And so, while the Huskies put in another great effort against Whitecourt, they would again come up short. They will get one more crack at the Wolverines on Sunday, with the final game of the season at 2pm at the North Peace Arena.Elsewhere in the NWJHL, the big game of the night, between the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and Peace River Navigators never happened, because the officials didn’t show up.  Uncertainly abounds as to why, but the game will need to be made-up as soon as possible, as it will determine which of the teams will finish third overall.Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – Filmmakers and researchers on Monday unveiled two ancient stone boxes they said may have once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but several scholars derided the claims made in a new documentary as unfounded and contradictory to basic Christian beliefs. “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” produced by Oscar-winning director James Cameron and scheduled to air March 4 on the Discovery Channel, argues that 10 small caskets, called ossuaries, discovered in 1980 in a Jerusalem suburb may have held the bones of Jesus and his family. One of the caskets even bears the title, “Judah, son of Jesus,” hinting that Jesus may have had a son, according to the film. The claim that Jesus even had an ossuary contradicts the Christian belief that he was resurrected and ascended to heaven. A panel of scholars that joined the filmmakers Monday at the New York Public Library addressed that criticism and others. James Tabor, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, said that while literal interpreters of the Bible say Jesus’ physical body rose from the dead, “one might affirm resurrection in a more spiritual way in which the husk of the body is left behind.” But Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said Christianity “has always understood the physical resurrection of Christ to be at the very center of the faith.” Cameron, who won an Academy Award for directing “Titanic,” said he was excited to be associated with the Jesus film, which was directed by Toronto filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici. “We don’t have any physical record of Jesus’ existence,” he said. “So what this film … shows is for the first time tangible, physical, archaeological and in some cases forensic evidence.” He said that to a layman’s eye “it seemed pretty darn compelling.” Jacobovici said that a name on one of the ossuaries _ “Mariamene” _ offers evidence that the tomb is that of Jesus and his family. In early Christian texts, “Mariamene” is the name of Mary Magdalene, he said. Most Christians believe Jesus’ body spent three days at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City. The burial site identified in Cameron’s documentary is in a southern Jerusalem neighborhood nowhere near the church. In 1996, when the British Broadcasting Corp. aired a short documentary on the same subject, archaeologists challenged the claims. Amos Kloner, the first archaeologist to examine the site, said the idea fails to hold up by archaeological standards but makes for profitable television. “They just want to get money for it,” Kloner said. The film’s claims have raised the ire of Christian leaders in the Holy Land. Stephen Pfann, a biblical scholar at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem who was interviewed in the documentary, said the film’s hypothesis holds little weight. “I don’t think that Christians are going to buy into this,” Pfann said. “But skeptics, in general, would like to see something that pokes holes into the story that so many people hold dear.” Jacobovici said the ossuaries did not initially seem extraordinary because the names on them were all common. But the filmmakers had statisticians calculate the likelihood that any other family in first-century Jerusalem would have had that cluster of names. “The numbers range from 1 in 100 to 1 in 1,000 that there is some other family,” said Andrey Feuerverger, a professor of mathematics at the University of Toronto. Osnat Goaz, a spokeswoman for the Israeli government agency responsible for archaeology, said the Antiquities Authority agreed to send two ossuaries to New York, where they were displayed at Monday’s news conference, “but it doesn’t mean that we agree with” the filmmakers. The ossuaries do not contain any bones. The bones were reburied after their discovery, as is standard practice with archaeological finds in Israel. But Jacobovici said DNA evidence can nonetheless be collected from the boxes. He said DNA analysis has so far proved that Jesus and Mariamene, the putative Mary Magdalene, were not siblings and therefore could have been husband and wife. – Associated Press Writer Marshall Thompson contributed to this report from Jerusalem and AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll contributed from New York.last_img read more


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first_img0Shares0000The Liverpool team, pictured May 2018, hold a tribute to Sean Cox © AFP/File / Paul ELLISROME, Italy, Nov 15 – Roma revealed on Thursday they will donate an initial sum of Sh17.6mn (150,000 euros) to the family of Liverpool fan Sean Cox who suffered a severe brain injury after being attacked by Roma supporters.Irishman Cox, a 53-year-old father of three, was on his way to the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in April when he was attacked by two Roma ultras. Cox suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury as a result of the attack and he is still unable to talk or sit up unaided.“What happened to Sean Cox should never happen to anyone attending a football match,” said club president Jim Pallotta in a statement.“Our thoughts today, as they have been from day one, are with Sean, Martina and their whole family. We all hope Sean makes as full a recovery as possible.”Club officials flew to Ireland to meet with Sean’s wife Martina and representatives helping to manage the family’s fundraising efforts.“Our life has been turned upside down by what has happened to Sean,” said his wife Martina.“There is no sign of Sean being able to return home any time soon and even with extensive specialist rehabilitation efforts, which will take years, he will require care for the rest of his life.”She added: “We are hugely appreciative of today’s donation by AS Roma and Mr Pallotta, and more particularly by committing to meaningful assistance over the coming years with the struggle Sean is facing into.”Roma said they will donate 100,000 euros through its Roma Cares foundation, while Pallotta would make a personal donation of 50,000 euros.“Having offered an initial financial donation, Roma have also agreed to work with the Cox family on further fundraising initiatives that will help cover ongoing costs for Sean over a multi-year period,” the club added.A GoFundMe page has also been set up to raise money for Cox’s medical costs, with many Italian supporters contributing.Roma fan Filippo Lombardi, 21, was cleared by a court last October of being part of a joint attack on Cox, but admitted violent disorder.The court heard another man had been arrested in Rome in connection with the attack and was awaiting extradition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


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first_imgLONG BEACH – The site of the former Boeing 717 plant could play a bigger role in Hollywood or serve as an RV haven. The Planning Commission voted unanimously late Thursday to allow Boeing Realty Corp. to broaden the potential interim uses for the defunct plant while company officials finalize long-term plans for the 54-acre site. While originally limited to office or manufacturing uses, the Boeing plant could potentially be used as a production studio for the entertainment industry, storage for electronic servers, indoor recreation, or indoor storage for recreational vehicles and trailers. Boeing has talked with a movie company regarding the studio possibility, but officials declined to identify the studio. (562) 499-1303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The prospect of an RV storage facility could help residents in neighboring Lakewood, where tougher laws regulating street parking of rigs and motor homes took effect July 1. Many RV and trailer owners have complained about a lack of affordable storage facilities. “I thought about that (storage) when I looked at those buildings because they are large enough to handle the largest RVs you can possibly think of,” Lakewood City Councilman Larry Van Nostran said. “It would be a great use for the time being.” The commission’s recommendation now goes to the City Council for approval. Under the interim plan, none of the buildings would be demolished nor would any buildings be erected. Boeing closed the 717 plant in May 2006. karen.robes@presstelegram.com last_img read more


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first_img Napoli starlet Elseid Hysaj Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are locked in a three-way battle for Napoli starlet Elseid Hysaj.The 22-year-old earned rave reviews in Italy last season as he missed just one Serie A match during the whole campaign.The defender has played every minute of Albania’s three matches at Euro 2016 too and scouts have been impressed.Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona – according to L’Equipe – are all keen on Hysaj and are weighing up moves.The trio are in need of new right-backs with Arsenal likely to sell Mathieu Debuchy, Barcelona searching for a replacement for Dani Alves and Atletico eyeing a successor to Juanfran.Napoli are aware of the growing interest in Hysaj and are now expected to demand a fee in excess of £15million 1last_img read more


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first_imgSWILLY SEALS DO THREE IN A ROWThe Swilly Seals made it three in a row after defeating Limavady at home on Saturday 3rd January.This was meet three of five having now beaten Ballymoney, Leander and Limavady. Armagh and Lecale of Downpatrick are the remaining two meets in the provincial towns league and swimmers are training hard towards these competitions. This was a highly competitive gala. Over the two hours of competition and fifty six races the clubs were neck and neck . But the seals managed to edge out Limavady with a score of 590 to 554.There were some great races on the night and great credit is due to the swimmers who trained through the Christmas period.The club would like to thank all the officials and parents who helped out with the gala.   SWIMMING NEWS: SWILLY SEALS COMPLETE THREE-IN-A-ROW was last modified: January 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsNoticesSportSwilly Sealslast_img read more