Selections must be from PNGRFL leagues and associations

first_imgThis was the message sent out by Tsaka ahead of next week’s 2016 National Confederate Rugby League championships in Lae.He said the national championships brings together the next generation of the best and upcoming rugby league players who are talented, disciplined, highly skilled and good ambassadors of rugby league from respective leagues and Confederates throughout PNG.“The National Championships has a rich history of identifying and developing high quality rugby league talents that have succeeded with players in the likes of Kato Ottio, Brandy Peter, Silas Gahuna and many others who have continued on and are currently playing for their local Digicel Cup franchises.“PNGRFL recognises and urges commitments from all selected players and officials to display care, respect and responsibility reflective of good sportsmanship while in Lae for the championships,” said Tsaka.Photo credit: PNGRFLlast_img read more

Northeast unemployment rate the highest in BC

first_img“Employment in British Columbia was little changed in March; however, on a year-over-year basis, gains totalled 72,000 or 3.2 per cent —still the fastest growth rate among all the provinces,” a news release from Statistics Canada stated.  “In March, the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.5 per cent, though it was up 0.6 percentage points compared with a year earlier, as more people searched for work.”Statistics Canada also reported that employment among men and women aged 25 to 54 went up in March, while there was little reported change among the other demographic groups. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Numbers from Statistics Canada show the unemployment rate in the Northeastern region have become the highest in the province.The rate, which was 9.2 per cent for February, jumped 0.5 per cent to 9.7 in March. Last month, the Thompson-Okanagan region was leading the province with 9.3 per cent, holding just a 0.1 per cent lead over this area.Employment increased by 41,000 in March, lowering the unemployment rate by 0.2 percentage points to 7.1 per cent nationally.- Advertisement -There were more jobs reported in health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, professional, scientific and technical services, as well as other services.The number of employees in private sector jobs increased last month, while there was little change in the number of public sector employees and self-employed workers.Across the country, it was reported that more people were employed in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan — but employment declined in Prince Edward Island and changed not too noticeably in the other provinces.Advertisementlast_img read more

Matic, Mourinho back together at Man United

first_img0Shares0000Nemanja Matic, pictured in February 2017, signed a three-year contract with Manchester United with the option to extend it by a year © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 31 – Serbian international midfielder Nemanja Matic signed for Manchester United on Monday from Premier League champions Chelsea, the buying club announced, for a reported fee of Sh5.5bn (£40 mn).It is the second time United manager Jose Mourinho has invested in the 28-year-old’s talents having brought him back to Chelsea in 2014 after a successful spell with Benfica. Matic signed a three-year contract with United with the option to extend it by a year.“Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player,” Mourinho told the club website.“He represents everything we want in a footballer: loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.“I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him.”Matic played just 65 minutes for Chelsea in his first period at the club before being part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Chelsea and him move in the opposite direction to Benfica in 2011.He said Mourinho’s presence at United had made it an easy decision.“I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he told the club website.“I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them.“This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.”Matic’s arrival takes Mourinho’s spending to almost Sh20.6bn (£150mn) in the close season having outlaid Sh4.3bn (£31mn) for Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and Sh10.3bn (£75mn) on Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton — though that could rise to Sh12.3bn (£90m) with add-ons.Ironically Lukaku’s deal almost put a spike in Matic’s transfer to United as Chelsea had ear-marked the striker as their number one target and were not best pleased when he was snatched from underneath their noses.At one point it was thought the Serbian, who had found life increasingly difficult at Stamford Bridge competing with French star N’Golo Kante for the central midfielder role, would end up at Juventus instead.However, once United were quoted Sh6.9bn (£50mn) for England defensive midfielder Erik Dier by Tottenham they switched their attentions back to Matic and Chelsea relented.Matic enjoyed a far happier second spell at Chelsea than his first one, winning the Premier League title twice and while never a prolific goalscorer he scored one of the goals of last season in the FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs at Wembley.In all he scored seven times in 154 appearances for Chelsea.“The Serbian departs Stamford Bridge having played a pivotal role in two Premier League title triumphs, as well as winning the League Cup with the Blues,” said Chelsea in a long farewell statement.“These trophies all came in his second spell at the club, after re-joining Chelsea in early 2014 to add steel and strength to the midfield.“We thank Nemanja for his fantastic service and wish him well for the future.”Mourinho’s spending may not be over yet as he is known to cherish Croatian winger Ivan Perisic who is at Inter Milan but United baulked at the initial demand of Sh6.7bn (£48.5mn) although they hope the Serie A side might lower their price.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Henry suffers defeat on Monaco return, PSG seal perfect 10

first_imgMonaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions after they cruised to a 5-0 thrashing of Amiens at the Parc des Princes despite resting several key players.A dreadful error by Monaco’s third-choice goalkeeper Seydou Sy gifted Strasbourg midfielder Adrien Thomasson an early opener, and substitute Samuel Grandsir was sent off midway through the second half.Lebo Mothiba doubled the advantage, and a late Youri Tielemans penalty was a mere consolation for the 2017 Ligue 1 title-winners.“It wasn’t easy, we tried to put something in place which worked at the beginning, and then we conceded that goal that I don’t need to describe… Human error, I don’t want to wipe the floor with anyone,” said the 41-year-old Henry.“Then we tried to change the game, and unfortunately Sam (Grandsir) is sent off. After that it was even harder, but we still tried to keep playing.“But I want to keep positive despite the negatives… The game could have turned in our favour, but it didn’t. In addition, we lost (Radamel) Falcao at the beginning. It wasn’t the dream scenario.”– Miserable bow for Henry –Henry — a World Cup winner and Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer who started his playing career at Monaco — made four changes to the team which lost to Rennes before the international break, with former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic restored up front.But his new side got off to the worst possible start as they handed Strasbourg a 17th-minute lead.Kenny Lala’s long ball forward was nodded hopefully towards goal by Thomasson, but Senegalese ‘keeper Sy — who was only playing due to injures to Diego Benaglio and Danijel Subasic — comically fumbled the ball over his own line.A disappointing first half ended poorly for Henry and Monaco, as captain and star striker Radamel Falcao was forced off injured.It was proving a miserable debut for Henry, as just two minutes after being brought on as a substitute, Grandsir was given a straight red card for catching Anthony Goncalves in the hip with a high boot, with the Strasbourg winger collapsing to the ground holding his face.As the visitors pushed for an equaliser, they were hit on the counter-attack in the 84th minute as South African international Mothiba raced clear before a cute lob gave him his seventh goal of the season for club and country.Tielemans pulled one back with an injury-time spot-kick after Moussa Sylla was brought down in the area, but it proved too little, too late.– PSG make it 10/10 –Mbappe scored his fifth goal in two games as PSG romped to a 5-0 thrashing © AFP / FRANCK FIFEParis Saint-Germain continued the blistering start to their Ligue 1 title defence as Kylian Mbappe scored again earlier on Saturday.Coach Thomas Tuchel left key men Neymar, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier out of the squad altogether at the Parc des Princes with Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli in mind, but PSG had more than enough to see off Amiens.“Everyone thinks that Ligue 1 might be too easy to prepare for the Champions League, but it’s not like that,” insisted Tuchel, who took over the reins from Unai Emery in the close-season.“That would mean you’re blaming the other teams, but we focus on ourselves. Nobody won 10 games in a row, and we did it.”Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos nodded the hosts into a 12th-minute lead and Adrien Rabiot made it two shortly before half-time.Germany winger Julian Draxler grabbed the third headed goal of the game, and the 19-year-old Mbappe fired in late on to score his ninth goal in just six league outings this season.Moussa Diaby came off the bench to complete the rout as the capital-city giants maintained their eight-point lead over Lille at the top of the table.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry endured a miserable first match as a head coach © AFP / Frederick FLORINPARIS, France, Oct 20 – A “positive” Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone, while Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 10th straight victory to start their title defence.The principality club have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season, and are only above bottom team Guingamp on goal difference.last_img read more

Video: James McClean’s brother – a defender – scores long-range beauty!

first_img1 James McClean has made 43 appearances for club and country this season The Premier League may be home to the McClean brothers in years to come if this strike is anything to go by. Republic of Ireland star James McClean has already impressed in the top flight with Sunderland and current club West Brom. The 26-year-old international has made 43 appearances for club and country this term, netting three goals.The winger – who has cost nearly £2million in transfer fees – has shown his ability on a number of occasions. Could his younger brother soon be following him to the English shores? Patrick McClean, 19, scored his first goal for Derry City at the weekend, in the League of Ireland Premier Division draw with Longford Town. His strike will certainly be a memorable one.McClean, a defender on as a substitute, received the ball just past the centre circle, controlling and rifling home from 40 yards – see below!last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – A 23-year- old man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car at 4:20 p.m. Saturday in the 11200 block of Washington Boulevard, police said. The motorcycle was westbound on Washington when the accident occurred, said Lt. Wyatt Powell of the Whittier Police Department. The motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was withheld pending the notification of his family. Seminar to discuss SCAN health plan AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2WHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will hold a seminar on the SCAN health plan from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at its Flo and Frank L. Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. The health plan offers a generous prescription plan, exemplary network of providers and possible in-home care for those who qualify called Independent Living Power, which helps patients stay in their homes safely. A continental breakfast will be provided. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Library display features local artist WHITTIER – Original artwork created by local Whittier artist Maria King will be on display through June 3 at the Whittier Library’s Nixon Room, 7344 S. Washington Ave. All of the paintings are available for purchase. Library hours are from 10a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (562) 464-3450. Camp registration begins June 5 LA MIRADA – Registration for Neff Park Summer Day Camp begins June 5 and is open to children entering first through seventh grade. The theme for this summer will be “Excellent Adventure.” Each week during the summer will have a different mini-theme and will include different games, crafts and special events. Excursions are also offered throughout the summer at an extra cost. The camp beginning June26 and ending Sept. 1 will be held at Neff Park, 14300 San Cristobal Drive. Camp cost is $80 per week or $25 per day. There is a $10 per child fee due at registration, which includes a summer camp T-shirt to be worn on excursion days. The registration must be made in person at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, 15105 Alicante Road, or at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call (562) 902-2938. Women’s group to host garage sale WHITTIER – The Point Loma Nazarene University women’s auxiliary garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2p.m. June 10 at the Church of the Nazarene, 8221 S. College Ave. Baked goods, used clothing, appliances, furniture, books and miscellaneous items will be sold. For more information, call (714) 525-8578. – From staff reports160Want 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


first_imgFINN Harps are celebrating their first win of the season – and a cash windfall today.More than €125,000 in grant aid for the club will go towards the development of Finn Park.Last night Harps finally chalked up their first win by beating Athlone. (You can read a match report here: And today the Ballybofey club was told the Government cleared the funding.Minister Michael Ring announced the move in a statement to junior minister Dinny McGinley.Work is due to start later this summer with work set to complete their new stadium in time for the 2013 season.CASH BOOST FOR FINN HARPS FC was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:cash boostfinn harpslast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL TD has reacted with anger to reports that global computer and gadget company Apple paid just 2 per cent tax in Ireland.Appearing before the US Senate Committee today, the leadership of Apple confirmed that a deal was agreed with the Irish Government that reduced the tax liability to two per cent has been in place for a number of years.Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin finance spokesperson said: “Today at questions the Taoiseach denied that a special deal was in place for Apple and its tax liabilities. Appearing before the Senate Subcommittee hearings the leadership of Apple confirmed that a deal had been negotiated and was in place since Apple made its first investment in Ireland in the early 1980s. “Since 2003 this has meant that Apple has paid less than two per cent corporation tax. The Taoiseach needs, as a matter of urgency, to come to the Dáil and put right the record. Through the hearings this state has been likened to a tax haven this is undermining our international reputation.”The findings by the US Senate Committee that show Apple is using Ireland to write-off its international tax bill by setting up an Irish incorporated, non-resident entity to handle 30% of its global earnings but pays tax nowhere.The committee describes Ireland as a tax haven and that is not something this government should be ignoring or dismissing as not their problem, said Doherty.He went on: “The issue of large multi-national corporations like Apple and Google not paying high effective tax rates in Ireland, or using Ireland as a vehicle to avoid paying tax internationally, is prominent in the news now but it’s something Sinn Fein has been highlighting for a period of time. “I contacted the Oireachtas Finance Committee in November and requested hearings on this issue which are due to commence shortly. I have put a number of names of experts in the field forward to the committee and I have also proposed that we invite the Irish representatives of leading multi-national companies in Ireland in to answer questions.“Ireland has benefitted from foreign direct investment in our economy in terms of jobs and payroll taxes. These jobs have to be protected. But our corporation tax rate is already very fair and cannot be undermined by a continual writing down of effective tax rates. Ireland is perceived as a tax haven and that is not beneficial to us in the long-term for either jobs, or tax take.“This government continues to protest that our tax system is transparent. It is transparently flawed. Our tax code has been written for the benefit of large companies and the wealthiest in society, while SMEs and individuals are obliged to pay their tax bills in full. They cannot negotiate reduced tax bills.“There cannot be one law for the big company and another for the small. This is what I want to get to the bottom of in the committee hearings. This is where we can shine a light on the tax structures and activities of large companies to reveal once and for all if they are playing the game fairly or they, and this government, are taking us for a ride.” ‘SCANDAL OF APPLE’S 2 PER CENT TAX RATE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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:’SCANDAL OF APPLE’S 2 PER CENT TAX RATE’ – DOHERTYlast_img read more

SA transport on track for World Cup

first_imgDuring the World Cup the Gautrain will be running between Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.(Image: Bombardier)South Africa’s public transport is being beefed up ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and will be ready to serve thousands of people visiting the country for the football spectacular, government has said.Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele unveiled the country’s Transport Action Plan for 2010 at a media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport on 20 April. The plan details transport arrangements that have been put in place for the tournament and South Africa’s readiness to cope with the movement of fans, officials and players during the month-long period.“We have constantly emphasised that the Fifa World Cup is not only about sport, it is [also] more about transport,” Ndebele said. “… [We] will put our best forward to ensure that all those who use our transport services are able to do so effectively and efficiently.”Almost all modes of transportation available in the country, from air to road travel, will be widely used during the tournament. The Department of Transport, both at national, provincial and local level, has set up various projects to run from as early as 1 June to 31 July.Through the newly formed Operating Managing Entity, the department will facilitate the movement of fans to and from stadiums. The scheme will be responsible for a fleet of 110 79-seater Man Lion Explorer luxury buses “specially procured by government for this event”, Ndebele said.The vehicles, which have already been delivered, form part of a greater fleet of 570 buses to be procured from Man and Mercedes-Benz, all to be used during the World Cup. The entity will also run 800 smaller “midi-buses”.There will be inter-provincial and regional luxury bus transport as well, with pricing ranging between R140 (US$18) and R300 ($40) for a one-way ticket.More than 1 000 drivers will be recruited for the bus fleet, said Ndebele.The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is already operational in Johannesburg, the city that will host the most matches, including the opening and the final. The BRT, dubbed Rea Vaya, operates along dedicated lanes and is currently shuttling people from Soweto to a station closer to Ellis Park Stadium. It will also have a station next to Soccer City, making it easier for fans to reach the action there.Minibus taxis are expected to play a crucial role during the tournament, transporting fans within the host cities. A project similar to Gauride, which Gauteng province set up during the Fifa Confederations Cup in 2009, is expected to involve the entire industry. Last year’s scheme roped in scores of taxis to efficiently transport fans to stadiums in Johannesburg and Pretoria.Improving train servicesTrains are also being lined up to transport football fans. Ndebele said the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will arrange 418 dedicated trains for the tournament. “We want to encourage travel by train during the World Cup,” he said.Metrorail trains are expected to play a more critical role in Gauteng to get fans to Ellis Park in Johannesburg via the renovated Doornfontein Station, which joins the stadium’s precinct.Loftus Station is linked to Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria’s host stadium, and provides a simple gateway. Nasrec Station, currently undergoing a revamp, will be ready in time and will provide easy access to Soccer City.Plans are also in place to avoid massive train delays, according to Ndebele. “A multi-disciplined operational team is currently working on the issue of train delays in certain areas.”The multimillion-rand Gautrain will be up and running during the tournament, with the first phase starting to operate between Gauteng’s Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport in June “to improve mobility of fans and tourists”. The entire project is set to be completed by December 2010.Air travel readyMost airports in the country have been revamped through projects worth billions of rands ahead of the World Cup. The upgraded facilities include two international hubs, OR Tambo and the Cape Town airport, and a range of domestic terminals. The new King Shaka International Airport in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, will be operational by 1 May.Airports Company South Africa has said that all airports will be ready to accommodate the crowds of people expected to visit the country between June and July.Call centre to speed up mobilityGovernment will launch its Transport Command and Call Centre programme in June. The project, to be run from Gauteng, includes a national transport command centre, a call centre and an “interactive” website.The aim is to ensure that “as many people as possible, both locals and foreigners, are able to conveniently access information that will make their lives easier during these exciting and busy times”, Ndebele said.The call centre, which will be open 24 hours a day, will give out information on available transport options and other traffic matters related to the World Cup. It will operate between 1 June and 31 July. The website, which is already running, will also provide relevant information.last_img read more

123rd IOC Session opens in Durban

first_img6 July 2011The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened its 123rd Session in Durban with a vibrant ceremony at the city’s Playhouse on Tuesday night, with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance.During the ceremony, Zuma awarded one of its highest national decorations, the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, to IOC head Jacques Rogge.Zuma told the high-profile gathering that the award was made to demonstrate gratitude to the IOC for their solidarity and commitment to human rights in South Africa.“This historic session presents an opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding contribution of the IOC, and of Dr Rogge in particular, to the struggle against apartheid and racial oppression.“The IOC General Assembly has not met in Africa since the last gathering in Cairo 86 years ago,” Zuma said. That was a much different Africa, which was still battling the yoke of colonialism.“The choice of venue is therefore timely and important, given also that Africa is a continent where the Olympic movement has unearthed exceptional individual talents over many years.”2018 Winter Games hostOn Wednesday, the IOC Session will elect the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) are the three candidates.Representatives of the three bidders, including German President Christian Wulff, French Prime Minister François Fillon, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, were present at Tuesday night’s ceremony.“As a country that has gone through numerous bids, we fully understand the pressure and the anxiety,” Zuma said. “We wish the three cities well with their final presentations.”Zuma thanked the IOC for supporting South Africa in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are proud to reflect on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as a successful event that brought lasting social and economic benefits to our country and continent … Sport is a powerful instrument of promoting peace, friendship, unity and tolerance within nation states and the peoples of the world.”Zuma welcomed Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former South African Olympic swimmer who continues to be an ambassador for the country, and her husband Prince Albert.“We wish them a long life and many years of happiness and success together,” said Zuma.Meanwhile, Rogge appealed to governments to help the sports world get rid of doping, cheating and illegal betting.“Protecting the integrity of sport is a priority for the IOC and there is no room for complacency against performance-enhancing drugs, judging and refereeing scandals,” Rogge said.On the bidding process, Rogge said: “I cannot predict the outcome of the vote, but I can say with confidence that the city selected to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will have the capacity to deliver outstanding results.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more