Beautiful Madang to host Momase regional qualifiers

first_imgMadang Soccer Association President Ray Romo in a meeting with the Local Organizing Committee and Chairman of Momase Soccer Federation Sigi Beche reiterated that MSA is looking forward to the tournament and will do everything possible to make this tournament a success.“As the President of one of the oldest association in the country, my executives and I are ready to host the tournament, at the same time provide necessary support to the local organising committee.”“We are a team and the love of soccer is our priority, and this tournament is our time to showcase our love for soccer and welcome the visiting teams with open arms,” Romo said.He said MSA will field in one team with its sister associations affiliated to MSA like Sumgilbar, Karkar, Middle Ramu, Bogia will come with a team each to participate in the tournament.Romo said MSA will support the Local Organizing Committee to provide fixtures, referees, prepare grounds and help with security during the duration of the game.“Madang are soccer lovers and so far people of Madang are gearing up to welcome the visiting teams from within Momase and watch them play their style of football against the Madang teams,”“We are challenging the teams from Morobe, East Sepik and Sandaun to prepare well and come to Madang because Team Maang is ready to challenge them on home soil,”Romo said.He added that teams who are yet to pay their registration must do so before the due date on July 29 and email the deposit butt to MSA.Meanwhile, Local Organizing Committee Chairman John Maripal said so far 23 teams have lodge in their interest but are yet to pay their registration fee of K500.He said fees can be deposited into Madang Soccer Association account, Account Number 1000172987 BSP Madang Branch and email the deposit butt to bestacup116@gmail.com. You can also call LOC Chairman John Maripal for further information or confirmation on 72160785.He said due date for registration is on July 29 and the official draw will be released on August 4 once all the teams are finalised. Maripal said Madang is prepared and ready to welcome all the visiting teams next month with its MSA team and other members association teams outside of Madang town who will be taking part for the first time.Picture: MSA President Ray Romo.last_img read more

Joshua warns Wilder, Fury I’m still getting better

first_imgIBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua has repeatedly failed to secure a fight with the other two leading names in the division, with high-profile negotiations with Wilder, in particular, failing time and again.The Briton will next face Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1, but he believes Wilder and Fury are taking a risk by delaying any clash with him.Joshua claims he has been steadily improving since beating Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017 and expects his hard work to pay off against his next opponent.”After the Klitschko fight two years ago, I was in a really tough fight that could have gone either way,” he told BBC 5 live’s boxing podcast.”So, for those two years, with my team, [it has been] ‘how do we now train smart to become smarter in the ring?’ Less quantity, more quality. It’s about the quality work now.I am the I am pic.twitter.com/16PS1Siabp— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) May 1, 2019″It didn’t happen overnight. We’re still developing now, I’m a product of what I’m taught. It took me two years to implement [different techniques] and this is the first training camp where we’re actually using it now.”If you look at my fight against [Alexander] Povetkin, I was ill, tired, had a flu, had a headache. Against [Carlos] Takam, I was overweight. I was going through so many changes, wondering how come I wasn’t getting it perfect.”Those last two years, we’ve worked tirelessly. We’ve travelled all around the United States, meeting Navy SEALs experts, team bonding experts, using recovery equipment that Klitschko was using years ago, lights that NASA use.”There are all these things trying to improve our training camp and move to the future instead of staying stuck in the old ways of boxing. It’s going to be interesting because now is the first time I’m going to be able to express these things.”The longer Wilder and Fury leave it, the tougher I think the fight will become for them. I’m not the fighter of two years ago. They’ve been doing it 10, 11 years, I’ve been doing it five, six years.”Give me another year or two, I think I’ll develop that little bit more. I only want to improve and test myself.”Photo Getty Images. Caption: Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshualast_img read more

A ‘monoculture of jellyfish’ threatens the oceans as we know them (insider)

first_imgJeremy Hance writes about how jellyfish could come to dominate the world’s oceansOverfishing has removed fish from marine ecosystems at astounding rates, which has opened the door for jellyfish to take their place.Eutrophication is another human-caused change in the ocean that has likely contributed to jellyfish explosions.This is an insider story. To read, please become a member. It could be a plot of a (bad) science-fiction film: a man-made disaster creates spawns of millions upon millions of jellyfish that rapidly take over the ocean. Humans, starving for mahi-mahi and Chilean seabass, turn to jellyfish, which becomes the new tuna (after the tuna fishery has collapsed, of course). Fish sticks become jelly sticks,… This content is for Monthly, Annual and Lifetime members only.Membership offers a way for readers to directly support Mongabay’s non-profit conservation news reporting, while getting a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce these stories. Every few weeks, we’ll publish a new member article that tells the story behind the reporting: the trials and tribulations of field reporting, personal travel accounts, photo essays, and more.You can sign up for membership Here If you’re already a member: Log InMembers getExclusive, behind-the-scenes articles.Access to our members-only newsletter.Access to periodic conversations with Mongabay journalists. Article published by Rhett Butler Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Fishing, Insider, Jellyfish, Oceans, Wildlife last_img read more

Bullshitting…

first_img…and gas lighting by the PNCOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo hit out in frustration after the CCJ vote, when Granger told supporters he’s insisting on new house-to-house registration, because, otherwise, thousands of youths would be disenfranchised. Jagdeo bluntly protested, “This is a total lie! It’s beneath the President to so flagrantly lie to the people of our country. It’s a flagrant lie; so this is to stir up anger among young people who are not going to be on the list, are going to be disenfranchised, et cetera.”But Granger wasn’t lying, he was bullshitting; and that’s a crucial distinction we Guyanese will have to appreciate in this “post-truth” era of politics the PNC has plunged us into. As your Eyewitness mentioned several times over the last four years, the Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt originally made this distinction between lying and bullshitting: You lie when you know the facts, but you misstate them to score “points”. Bullshitting, however, is when you don’t give a damn about what you are saying; you just speak for effect! As Frankfurt showed, bullshitting is worse than lying, especially with people in authority; because of the possible consequences.Granger’s speaking just for effect; the same effect that Jagdeo noted in this instance: anger, but more than that. Anger is only one of many emotions that bullshitters in politics — like Granger — strive to evoke. In sum, they’re actually “gaslighting” their followers, convincing them the reality and truth they’re experience isn’t REALLY so! Their followers end up doubting their own sanity and believing something’s wrong with THEM.Take the CCJ ruling on the cases the PNC and Granger brought: every supporter of the PNC KNOWS to their soul that the argument of 33 not being the majority of 65 was pure bullshit! But Granger and his myrmidons (look it up!!) spread the bullshit so thick that those supporters started disbelieving what they knew from Lil ABC – that 33 is greater than 32!! That’s gaslighting!! So now those supporters are angry at the PPP for “winning” a case which should’ve never been brought!!Ditto on the unilateral appointment of Patterson, a poseur and charlatan of the first order, who claimed his pen had “slipped” when he wrote on his resume that he’s been Chief Justice of Grenada!! Which Guyanese didn’t know the constitution was amended so that presidents couldn’t, like Burnham, choose the GECOM Chair on their lonesome!! And even after Patterson proved he was Granger’s myrmidon par excellence, those PNC faithful now FEEL they wuz robbed! Bullshitted and gaslighted!!The bullshitting started from the moment the PNC convinced the AFC they’d share power with them!! Nagamootoo is still thoroughly gaslighted!!Bullshitters bullshitting bullshitters!!…and house-to-house registrationNow, what’s the scoop on house-top-house (HtH) registration, apart from the PNC’s bullshit? This came out of the insistence by the Opposition back in 1992 to have a new list instead of the one the PNC had rigged from for years. But, in the new dispensation, this was changed to CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION, as was the norm in other democracies. The ACT No. 15 of 2000 ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) ACT 2000, under section 3.0 THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM, declares “Registration of persons in Guyana is conducted continually through the process of Continuous Registration”.It was to this piece of legislation that GECOM’s legal counsel had referred when she pointed out that the legislation (sec 7 (1) referred to the list being “revised” through additions and deletions using existing data. Patterson, of course, chastised the counsel for her input!! But it’s for these reasons that the Constitution could, in Art 106 (6) and elsewhere, prescribe that elections could be held in 90 days!!So what was GECOM doing since Dec 21st?  Bullshitting, that’s what!…on squattingOK, James Patterson may’ve puffed his CV on his Chief Justice claim, but we know he was a Judge. So how come, after the CCJ declared he was ILLEGALLY appointed, he now says he doesn’t know what to do??More BS to squat??last_img read more

Anthony Davis trade a win-win for both Pelicans and Lakers

first_imgFILE – In this March 16, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans. APThe saga is over.When this trade is done, everybody can say they won.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers, the Pelicans, Rich Paul, LeBron James, they all can take a victory lap. The trade that will be official in the coming weeks sending Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks — first reported by ESPN, later confirmed to The Associated Press by several people with knowledge of the matter — is perfect for both sides.James gets the superstar teammate he wanted. Paul, the agent James and Davis share, pulls off a power move. The Lakers instantly become major players in a suddenly open Western Conference. Davis finally gets his wish to leave New Orleans. The Pelicans don’t begin Zion Williamson’s era with a disgruntled superstar in the locker room. They load up on young players and have tons of draft chips to play around with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor the Pelicans, it’s a new beginning.For the Lakers, it’s about winning now. Draft picks, including No. 4 in this year’s class, smartly were not overvalued by the Lakers — a team with a superstar who is turning 35 in December and should be doing anything necessary to help him win a fourth championship before his window closes. The Lakers have tons of money to spend starting June 30 and the sales pitch to Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving or anyone else changes mightily after this move.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsBefore Saturday it would have been Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka saying, “We’re trying to get Anthony Davis.”Now it’ll be Pelinka saying, “We’ve got Davis, we’ve got LeBron and they want you with them.”That’ll be a tough offer for anyone to ignore.James is going to get another Big Three out of this: It was Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and him in Miami; Kevin Love, Irving and him in Cleveland; Davis, him and TBA with the Lakers. Clearly, the focus will be on a guard, which is why the rumor mill will be all about either Walker or Irving going to Los Angeles in free agency.ADVERTISEMENT The offseason is already in high gear.Hard to believe it really just got started.This deal got agreed to before the newly crowned NBA champion Toronto Raptors — this is true — hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Canadian soil for the first time. They won Thursday night at Oracle Arena to end Golden State’s reign, then stopped for a party in Las Vegas before the parade in Toronto on Monday.Not even 48 hours after they popped corks, the Lakers were starting their own celebration.Williamson will get drafted No. 1 overall on Thursday night, and he’ll go to New Orleans in the awkward spot of being an 18-year-old (he doesn’t turn 19 until July 6) with a franchise on his shoulders. The Lakers will still be drafting No. 4 overall, though they’ll be doing so on New Orleans’ behalf because the trade cannot be consummated beforehand. The Pelicans need a center, and will likely look at the trade market.The Pelicans have to watch an incredible player, one of the league’s very best, leave. But David Griffin — the man tasked with rebuilding the Pelicans — clearly had concluded that there was no way of convincing Davis to not leave as a free agent next summer anyway. Had Griffin waited to make a deal in-season, there’s almost no way he could have pulled off this kind of haul in return. The longer he waited, the less the value. So they push the reset button and move on, which was the most prudent play.Let the ripple effects begin.The Warriors not only have to figure out what to do if Kevin Durant leaves, but how to contend next year without the Achilles-rehabbing Durant and the ACL-rehabbing Klay Thompson (for at least much of the season). Other contenders in the West — Houston, Denver, Portland — will be viewing the Warriors’ woes as opportunity, so they’ll be looking at ways to get better as well. And Boston will be dealing with the reality that not only are its hopes of landing Davis gone, but that Irving is likely leaving as well.There will be countless big moves in the coming weeks. The Lakers, who have missed the playoffs in the last six seasons and have been stuck in dysfunction mode for the last couple months following the resignation of Magic Johnson and soap opera that followed, got the first one of the offseason to go their way.Welcome to summer. Game on. 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BLUES DROP SEASON FINALE TO WESTERN

first_imgStory Links Box Score The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team fell 3-2 (25-14, 25-21, 16-25, 16-25, 8-15) to the Western Mustangs in the OUA bronze-medal match on Saturday afternoon (March 10) at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.  The Blues fought hard throughout the match, but were on the losing end of a five set thriller for the second time in less than 24 hours. Third-year outside hitter Alina Dormann posted a game-high 19 kills for a total of 19.5 points, while Anna Feore filled the stats sheet with 15 kills, a team-high 11 digs, four service aces and 19.5 points.Rookie setter Rayn Perry registered a team-high 31 assists and seven digs. Third-year middle hitter Anna Licht chipped in with fives kills and six points. The Blues got off to a quick start in the first set led by Dormann. The OUA East player of the year registered six kills to spark a 10-3 run. Toronto held a 16-7 advantage at the first technical timeout and they didn’t slow down, winning the first set 25-14.The second set was the complete opposite, but Toronto was able to take a 16-12 advantage to the technical timeout. The Mustangs galloped back to cut the deficit to 19-17 late in the set, but the Blues offence was too much. Their hitting percentage rose from .267 to .483 in the second set, which was capped off by a Feore tip shot over a double block to hand U of T the set 25-21.Western registered the first four points of the third set and rode the quick lead to the technical timeout, up 16-8. Toronto struggled, posting a .057 hit percentage, which ultimately cost them the set, 25-16.The Mustangs continued their impressive play going on a 13-3 run in the fourth set. They kept the momentum the rest of the way to force a fifth and final set with a 25-16 score.Western did not slow down in the fifth set, as they led 8-2 early on. Toronto attempted a comeback with a pair of points from both Feore and Veronica Deryl to push the score to 11-7. Unfortunately, they were unable to get any closer.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 Versionlast_img read more

YMCA of Northern B.C. named operator of new daycare

first_imgMore information or to register for childcare spaces will be made available in May. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The YMCA of Northern British Columbia was announced as the operator of the new daycare in the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School at the SD 60 meeting on Monday.The facility is scheduled to open this summer and will provide 12 childcare spaces for infants and toddlers and 25 spaces for children ages three to five years old.“School District 60 is pleased to partner with the YMCA of Northern B.C. to bring much-needed daycare facilities to Fort St. John,” said SD 60 board chair Erin Evans. “The YMCA has an exemplary record for providing outstanding childcare experience for over 40 years in northern B.C. and we look forward to our partnership in providing services to children and families.”- Advertisement -The YMCA which is based out of Prince George cares for more than 550 children in ten daycares across the region.“We are excited to be working with School District 60 to foster positive early learning outcomes for children in Fort St. John,” added chief executive officer of the YMCA Amanda Alexander. “The YMCA has a strong commitment to ensuring all children receive quality daycare that supports early learning and families being able to live and work in the communities that they choose to reside in.”BC Hydro will play a big role in building the new daycare as they contributed $1.8 million as part of a commitment in the Site C project’s Community Measures Agreement between Hydro and the Energetic City for new childcare spaces. The Ministry of Children and Family Development is also contributing $500,000.Advertisementlast_img read more

Reports – Chelsea monitoring Atletico Madrid ace ahead of potential January swoop

first_img Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke 1 Chelsea are weighing up a January approach for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, claim reports in Spain.Jose Mourinho has been left unimpressed with his creative players so far this season and is keen on bringing in reinforcements in January as they bid to keep hold of their Premier League title.And, according to Sport, the Blues are keeping a close eye on Spanish starlet Koke, who drew the attention of a host of top clubs with an impressive campaign for Atletico last season.Mourinho is reportedly a huge fan of the 23-year-old, who has already made over 150 league appearances for Rojiblancos, though Chelsea might have to fend off competition from Barcelona to secure his signature.The Blues will have to pay a fee of around £40million for the young Spain international if they want to buy him this winter but may have to wait until next summer before Atletico agree to enter talks.last_img read more

Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw gets Wales call-up to replace injured Simon Church

first_img1 Tom Bradshaw has been called into the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Georgia after Simon Church was ruled out by a hip injury.Barnsley striker Bradshaw has won one cap to date, as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat away to Ukraine in March.The 24-year-old was part of Wales’ pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal but failed to make the 23-man squad for France.Church last played for his Dutch club Roda JC in their 5-0 Eredivisie defeat to Feyenoord on September 25 and has failed to recover in time for Thursday’s trip to Austria and the home game with Georgia on Sunday.There was better news for Wales with Joe Allen taking part in Tuesday’s training session after the influential midfielder reported no reaction to a hamstring problem.Allen had a tight hamstring before Stoke’s visit to Manchester United on Sunday, but he played a full 90 minutes at Old Trafford and scored in the 1-1 draw. Tom Bradshaw in action for Barnsley last_img read more

San Jose mayor denies guilt in trash scheme

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesGonzales, 55, is serving his final year as a termed-out mayor in America’s 10th-largest city. He has denounced the charges as false and has vowed to finish out his term. Dressed in a conservative black suit, Gonzales briskly walked out of the courthouse Wednesday and refused to comment. Gonzales’ lawyer, Allen Ruby, said Wednesday that he will ask the judge to dismiss the case, but he couldn’t elaborate because of a gag order in effect until at least Aug. 10. The prosecutor, Julius Finkelstein, said there’s “no legal basis” for dismissal. SAN JOSE – Mayor Ron Gonzales pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public-corruption charges for his part in an alleged garbage-related scheme. Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Emerson set a trial date of May 14, 2007, nearly five months after Gonzales is scheduled to leave office. Attorneys on both sides said they’d need at least nine months to pore over more than 100,000 pages of documents and conduct interviews related to the case. Prosecutors say Gonzales pressured Norcal Waste Systems Inc. into using Teamsters, instead of lower-paid union workers, at a recycling plant, and then secretly agreed to help the trash contractor recoup the extra labor expenses at a taxpayer cost of $11.25 million. Gonzales was charged with six felonies in an indictment unsealed last month, including conspiracy, bribery, misappropriating public funds and falsifying records. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison. “We think the charges are on very sound legal footing and are based on California and United States Supreme Court precedent,” Finkelstein said. The mayor’s top budget aide, Joe Guerra, as well as lawyers for San Francisco-based garbage company Norcal, were indicted with Gonzales on June 21 for allegedly conspiring to defraud the public and misuse public funds. Guerra also pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and a Norcal representative pleaded not guilty on behalf of the corporation. The indictment says Gonzales and Guerra agreed to pay millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to Norcal to help the company get through a labor dispute, but they failed to disclose that motive to the City Council. Gonzales and Norcal, one of the largest solid-waste companies in America, are also charged with bribery.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