Team PNG settles in at Rio2016 Olympic Village

first_imgThe Village welcome is a tradition at the Olympics and provides the opportunity for the Mayor of the Games Village to officially welcome each country to the village and for the flag of the country to be raised at the village.Mayor of the Rio 2016 Village, Brazilian basketball star and Olympic medallist, Janeth Arcain, greeted Team PNG along with the teams from Iceland, Luxembourg, Oman, Sierra Leone and South Sudan in what was the last of the Village welcome ceremonies.Team PNG was pleased to have joined them for the Welcome ceremony, Vice-Minister for Sports, Labi Amaiu, who had earlier spent the day at the Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting ahead of the Games.After the raising of the PNG flag and the playing of the National Anthem, Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai presented a gift on behalf of the team to the Mayor. The gift, a decorative carving of the Team PNG logo was custom made in PNG for the occasion. When handing over the gift to the Mayor, Waiwai shared the Team’s pleasure to be in Rio for the Games and the amazing hospitality shown to them in the village. The two also shared a light moment about their love of Basketball and former playing days.Waiwai then wrote a message on behalf of the Team on the Olympic Wall of Truce. The message joining the messages of the other 206 National Olympic Committees participating at the Games.The ceremony centered on a fervent performance from local dancers showcasing the traditions of Brasilian music and dance over its existence, culminating in a contemporary samba street party. Team PNG athlete Toea Wisil was first to join in the celebrations with the performance.Toea had arrived in Rio late the previous night along with coach Alison Fairweather. Also at the ceremony were Ryan Pini, Raymond Ovinou and the Taekwondo athletes, Samantha Kassman and Maxemillion Kassman.Samantha and Maxemillion had earlier that morning joined the team after arriving in the village for the first time.Also earlier in the day, Boxer Thadius Katua learned that he will be facing a Russian opponent in the under 60kg division in his bought on Sunday at 11:00am Rio time.Team PNG are now taking part in the Rio2016 Opening Ceremony where Flagbearer Ryan Pini will lead the team as it reveals its walkout uniforms. Picture courtesy of Ryan Pini facebook page: Team PNG ready for the Olympics opening ceremonylast_img read more

SOCU arrest Bartica gold dealer

first_img…guns, ammo unearthed at known associates’ properties during raidTwo employees of alleged fraudster Saddiqui Rasul were on Wednesday taken into Police custody following several raids in Bartica and Georgetown by members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that the men were taken into custody following the discovery of several illegal firearms and ammunition, documents and a vehicle allegedly belonging to the embattled gold dealer.A source related that the raids were conducted at several locations in Bartica and Georgetown, including Kitty and Prashad Nagar.Agents of the SOCU removing a Jet Ski owned by Rasul (Photo courtesy Royston Drakes)While information remains limited, Guyana Times understands that the raids were conducted in light of the money laundering investigation that was launched against Rasul and his alleged corruption with the Guyana Gold Board.Information reaching this newspaper also revealed that Rasul was also asked to visit the SOCU office. Up to late Wednesday evening, he was being questioned in the company of his attorney.However, a search was also conducted at the house of Rasul’s close associate called “Paper Shorts” in Sandy Babb Street, Georgetown. It is believed that the associate who worked for a well-known convicted drug dealer is now working for Rasul.After several hours of searching, agents of the SOCU removed three CBR motorcycles, a jet ski and a bag containing a quantity of ammunition.It is unclear if the motorcycles had the appropriate documents, but members of the family were invited to the SOCU office for further questioning.Only last week, one black 2013 Hilux belonging to Rasul was seized by SOCU after it was discovered that it bore false number plates. It is believed that the vehicle was imported from Brazil without the necessary paperwork and taxes paid.The authorities are still on the hunt for a second vehicle similar in nature. Only recently, a money laundering investigation was launched into a company with which Rasul is closely associated.It is believed that the company R Mining Inc would have made several transactions with the Guyana Gold Board that have now come under scrutiny. The investigation is being led by SOCU. It was reported that Rasul conducted business with the Gold Board using two companies – R Mining Inc and SSS Minerals Trading Enterprises.SSS Minerals Trading Enterprises is, however, licensed to buy gold from miners and sell to the Gold Board, but based on records at hand, the bulk of the gold sold was from R Mining, which was only supposed to be engaged in mining activities.It is believed that by using R Mining Inc, Rasul was exempted from paying taxes for the months the transactions were done. This is according to sources from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) amounted to some $100 million. It was further reported that during the transaction period (September-November), Rasul’s companies sold 31,790 ounces of gold to the Gold Board, which amounted to $7.67 billion.With this recent revelation, the Natural Resources Ministry has ordered an investigation into the members of the new Board of Directors of the Gold Board.Rasul is believed to have robbed and conned several gold dealers of hundreds of millions of dollars.He presently has several lawsuits hanging over his head from clients that he took money from to purchase gold, but instead, fraudulently converted it to his own use.One of the biggest frauds, however, was in relation to him depositing six cheques between March 21 and 24, 2017 in the amounts of $290 million, $96 million, $138 million, $89 million, $298 million and $45 million.The incident became public three weeks ago and after a few hours, Rasul turned himself in to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in the company of his lawyer. Further, it was reported that the female bank manager colluded with Rasul to change the cheques. He has since been placed on $3 million bail after he was slapped with several fraud charges. It is believed that the woman did not follow protocol stipulated by the Bank before clearing the cheques. She is presently being investigated by the Major Crimes Unit of the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

Boat on fire sinks in Cuyuni River

first_img— Guyanese captain, Venezuelan crew escape injuryEight persons on Friday morning managed to escape from a burning, sinking vessel on the Cuyuni River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The 40-foot iron vessel went up in flames as a result of gas emanating from aThe boat engulfed in flameshose that slipped out of a stove aboard the boat.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the boat was at the time travelling along the Cuyuni River, carrying a crew of Venezuelans. Around 06:00h on the morning in question, the cook was about to light the stove when the hose attached to the gas cylinder accidentally slipped out.The Guyanese Captain, 26-year-old Paul Lewis, along with the members of his crew, was forced to jump into the river, leaving behind the engulfed vessel.The occupants of the boat then managed to swim ashore where they sought assistance. No one was injured.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Natural gas decline not a worry for Canadians

first_imgA decline in natural gas supplies does not necessarily mean a lack of natural gas for Canadians.That’s according to the National Energy Board after it conducted a recent energy market assessment, which states that factors surrounding current market conditions are causing a decline in the amount of natural gas production.- Advertisement -The assessment shows over supply in both Canada and the U.S. and the fact that producers are shifting away from natural gas drilling.Part of the reason for the oversupply is an increase in U.S. drilling numbers, creating a surplus of natural gas in both countries and driving down natural gas prices.However, some Canadian companies have begun pursuing other revenue sources, including oil and natural gas liquids.last_img

Man City have no time to brood on Wigan FA Cup shock

first_img0Shares0000Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg pounced on a misjudgement by Kyle Walker and fired in the goal that knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.Pep Guardiola’s City face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster. Guardiola’s team are also on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.But, even with the league title apparently in the bag, back-to-back cup defeats would put a dampener on what has been an impressive season of dazzling football.Ten-man City went down 1-0 to League One Wigan in an ill-tempered FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, courtesy of a late Will Grigg goal — a repeat of the scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final.To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.“We’ve got to look at those (other three competitions) and look forward, but we’re disappointed,” said City defender John Stones.“We wanted to be in all four competitions right until the end. That’s been cut short now. We’ll take time to reflect on tonight and look forward to the final on the weekend.”Guardiola left Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up but otherwise named a strong side containing Aguero, David Silva and centre-backs Stones and Aymeric Laporte.– Delph challenge –Following a series of complaints over dangerous challenges on his players not being punished harshly enough, Guardiola saw his own player, Fabian Delph, shown a straight red card just before half-time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss then exchanged heated words with Wigan manager Paul Cook as they went down the tunnel at half-time.But the Catalan admitted Delph and City only had themselves to blame for the defeat.“Is a red card, yeah,” said Guardiola.“For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides what he decides, so I’m not here to judge, so can be a red card. We have to learn about that.“I just judge my team for the intentions, not the result and today the intentions were good. We tried 10 against 11.”City still dominated despite being a man light as Wigan enjoyed just 17 per cent possession and four shots compared to City’s 29.However, they had the shot that counted, when Grigg latched onto an error from Walker, who came on after Delph was sent off, before firing past Claudio Bravo 11 minutes from time.“We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost, but football is like this,” added Guardiola.The City boss played down his spat with Cook.“Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague,” he said. “It was just please stay in your position, that’s all, and then finished.”Guardiola said he did not see the Aguero incident at the end of the game.“I was in the locker room, I didn’t see it,” he said. “It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens. The fans respect the players and the players the fans and go inside.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vassalund has improved me, says Marcelo

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars wingback Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma prepares to launch a move upfront during the international friendly match against Malawi on September 11, , behind him is fellow wingback Aboud Omar. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 – Former Gor Mahia left back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma says moving to the Swedish third tier with Vassalund IF was a wise decision for his career, admitting he has improved a lot since joining the Stockholm based club.Ouma spent almost six months without a club after leaving Georgian Outfit Kolkheti Poti and this was followed up with a start-stop move to Albania which never materialized. But in June, he made a brave move joining Vassalund in the Swedish third tier. “So far so good. Sweden life is very okay with me and the experience over the past three months has been nothing short of brilliant. I have picked so much experience especially learning the European style of play,” the left back noted.He added; “I am still adapting and I am hopeful for the best in the coming days.”Ouma did not play a part in the Harambee Stars 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana last Saturday but played a starring role in Tuesday’s friendly match against Malawi, coming on as a second half substitute to provide the assist for Francis Kahata’s winning goal.Head coach Sebastien Migne was full of praise for the 22-year old and says he might have just pushed himself into a starting role for next month’s third AFCON qualifier against Ethiopia.Harambee Stars wingback Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma prepares to launch a move upfront during the international friendly match against Malawi on September 11. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Against Ghana, I decided to play with Aboud (Omar) and Francis but I always knew his (Ouma’s) abilities. He played very well against Malawi and I know him well because in the India tournament he was among the best players. For sure, he has a chance against Ethiopia,” Migne said.Ouma showed an improved performance against Malawi and a new lease of life for his career that had been threatened by both injury and six-month lull.Assessing himself, the fullback who made his name slotting straight into the Gor Mahia starting team after completing school at Kakamega High says he has vastly improved but has admitted there is still a lot to do.“In Sweden, the demands are huge and the way of play is quite different. In terms of my technical ability, I think I have improved a lot but the journey has just started. They teach you a lot of things there and slowly, I am getting there,” he further added.He also notes that former Vassalund midfielder Eric Johannah who has since moved to the top tier with IF Bromma helped him settle down into life in Stockholm.Harambee Stars wingback Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma attempts to block a pass from teammate Jockins Atudo during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on September 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“He was here, he achieved a lot with them and when we came here with Ovellah (Ochieng), he helped us a lot in terms of settling and learning the culture. Since our grounds are not far from each other, he is always ready to assist,” Ouma said of his Harambee Stars teammate.His target is now to follow in the footsteps of the former Mathare United man who spent just a season with Vassalund before making the big break to the top tier.“I would like to follow in his footsteps and make the big break to the top leagues. It is a huge challenge but I am ready to work for it. It’s possible because I know my abilities,” Ouma noted.Vassalund currently top the Second Division Norra Svealand with 52 points, six ahead of second placed Stocksund with six rounds of matches left before the end of the regular season.A win in the play-offs will see them earn promotion to the second tier, and Ouma is confident they can squeeze in to move a division higher.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘He is a key player… I would love him to stay at Arsenal’ – Invincible

first_imgRay Parlour hopes Arsene Wenger convinces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at Arsenal.The midfielder has only 12 months left on his current deal and is weighing up his future having become frustrated by a lack of game-time.Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are all reportedly monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation and could move for the England man this summer.But Parlour, part of the famous Invincibles side, wants him to commit his future to the Gunners.“The club will definitely try and keep him,” he told talkSPORT.“He is a key player and these days you need big squads so I’m sure Arsene Wenger will be sitting down with his agent and trying to sign him up, but it is up to Oxlade-Chamberlain. These guys want to play.“For me, I’d love him to stay.”last_img

HARPS SLUMP TO FIRST HOME DEFEAT

first_imgFinn Harps slumped to their first home defeat of the season to Waterford Utd.The game looked like it was heading for a scoreless draw until Pauric Quinn headed home a point black bullet on 78th minutes.The goal came completely against the run of play as Harps attempted to carve openings. After a dull start it was the home side who made most of the running with both Mickey Funston and Johnny Bonner missing good chances to put Harps on the score-sheet.Kevin McHugh was lively throughout as he searched for openings but couldn’t find the net.The southerners scored against the run of play as another Harps attack broke down.A pin-point cross from Darragh Walsh found Quinn in front of his man and he rifled his header home past Ciaran Gallagher. Harps tried desperately to equalise in the last ten minutes with McHugh again going close on two occasions.The defeat is Harps second in three games and need to get back to winning ways or could find themselves adrift of the breaking pack. HARPS SLUMP TO FIRST HOME DEFEAT was last modified: April 26th, 2013 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:finn harpsWaterford Utdlast_img read more

‘Born to Change’ World Café gives young people a voice on mental health

first_img‘Born to Change’ World Café Research Event was held in Donegal on Thursday to engage young people so that they can help inform the planning and delivery of mental health services in the HSE CHO Area 1.Over 200 young people along with representatives from community/voluntary and statutory agencies as well as HSE representatives attended the event on 10th of May 2018 in Radisson Hotel Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.This event was developed and facilitated by young people for young people across counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo in collaboration with community/voluntary groups and the HSE. The purpose of the event was to engage young people so that they can help inform the planning and delivery of mental health services.  The event aimed to determine the needs of youth across the five counties of Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (CHO1) including those who are marginalised and to effectively and meaningfully engage with them in planning and informing communities and services for young people.Members of ‘Born to Change’ Steering Group and Acting Chief Officer CHO 1Front row L to R: Michael Mc Dermott, Moville, Family Resource Centre, Leo Kinsealla, Head of CHO 1 Mental Health Services, Sinead Fallon, Mentla Health Service Reform, Trish Greene, Mental Health Service Reform, Garry Glennon, Letterkenny Youth Family Service, Rosaline Keenan, Senior Manager Performance and Service Innovation, CHO 1 Mental Health Services, Eileen McCloskey, Mental Health Service Reform, Paraic Casey, Acting Chief Officer CHO 1Back row L to R: Dr Tony Morgan, Researcher, Dr Sean Gallagher, Researcher, Sharon Ferguson, Mental Health Service ReformEnabling their voices to be heard and their experiences both good and bad to be shared in order to help services and communities to change with and be informed by the needs and the experiences of our young people.International research highlights the real and evident need for services focused on marginalised young people. Young people, such as those who are not in school, college, training or employment. Young people who are isolated and impacted on by rurality and lack of investment and infrastructure, and who may be engaged in risky behaviour, also suffering marginalisation leading to a lack of direction and identity thereby affecting their sense of self awareness, esteem and ability to achieve their full potential.Workshop in actionThis is one of the most important events in CHO Area 1 in 2018 as it will inform how we, services and agencies, professionals and our communities listen to our young people and how we change in response to what they say. More importantly it lays the foundation for increased health and personal collective wellbeing in the communities of our future as our youth is our future. The motto for today was: Let’s hear, Let’s listen and let’s make changes. One of the young people speaking at the event Anthony Foy explained why he felt it was important “Born to Change I believe is worthwhile because it is an opportunity for young people to get their voices heard and for real change to happen”.Members of ‘Born to Change’ Youth Steering Committee‘Born to Change’ was organised as part of a wider project, under the Service Reform Fund “Progressing Mental Health Services” which identifies a number of themes based on engagement with young people, service users, family members and carers to inform the development of mental health services across for the next three years, ‘Born to Change’ brings together young people from all across CHO1. Key to the event were the themes for discussion that the young people themselves identified and agreed as being important to them in progressing their positive mental health and wellbeing. These included:·        I have a voice·        Respect me and what I say·        Listen to my story and hear my hopes ·        I have a voice, my experience and opinion is importantRosaline Keenan, Senior Manager Performance and Service Innovation, CHO 1 Mental Health Services commented “This event is the start of a process the learning from which will help us to achieve our goals to empower and enable young people to inform what services and communities can do and change, and in so doing will provide an important, valuable and real insight into what is done well, what can be done better, and what else needs to be done!”This event was funded by the Health Service Executive.‘We want to make a change for young people because they matter’‘Born to Change’ World Café gives young people a voice on mental health was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cho 1HSEmental health‘Born to Change’ World Café Research Eventlast_img read more

How Software Developers Really Spend Their Time

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts And you thought being a software engineer was all about dreaming up clever algorithms or amazing graphics routines and then instantiating them in elegant, tightly written code. Shows what you know.It turns out, at least according to a survey conducted by software delivery service Electric Cloud, that developers spend almost 20% of their time… waiting. Waiting for their code to compile (that is, for it to be translated from a programming language like Python or C into a binary machine language computers can execute). Waiting for test routines to finish running. Waiting for that junior developer to get back with the Diet Coke and Funyons.(See also: Learning To Code: Get A Degree, Or Just Teach Yourself At Home? [Infographic])You get the idea. According to the survey, software engineers spend as much time waiting as they do brainstorming and collaborating. Check it out (click on each graphic for a larger version): Tags:#developers 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Electric Cloud circulated the survey to LinkedIn groups and forums engineers frequent, offering a Kindle raffle prize as an incentive. So far, it’s received nearly 1,200 responses. Survey participants had the option to remain anonymous or disclose their company names.“Every time we conduct the survey, the results continue to map on top of each other,” Kuthiala said. “It doesn’t just show how the majority of engineers spend their time, it can be used as a benchmark to see how your company’s engineers are doing compared to the average.” lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Is there any way to shorten those waits, or even avoid them altogether? Not really. Unsurprisingly, Electric Cloud offers a service it says can help by automating the cycle of building, testing and deploying code. Some open-source software claims to do something similar. And then there’s the time-honored, if not-necessarily-reliable, option of just throwing as much hardware as possible at the problem.And yet as long as there are compile delays and testing latencies, engineers will always have an excuse when they’re slacking off.Let’s hear it, coders. How does your work week break down compared to these survey results?Photo by Flickr user Phil Heaberlin, CC 2.0Updated at 11:49 AM on April 25: Electric Cloud’s client list has been updated based on new information from the company. Of course, waiting can take many forms. Some programmers doubtless use the time to plot our their next project or bug fix. Others may have, well, other pastimes. (As in this iconic XKCD comic, for instance.) In any event, the sheer amount of time devoted to the waiting game blew the surveyors away. “It was definitely surprising,” said Ashish Kuthiala, Electric Cloud’s director of marketing. “When I was a software engineer, I remember losing time to meetings when I’d rather be coding. But we didn’t realize how much time engineers lose waiting for tests and builds to complete.”Electric Cloud conducted its survey last month after hearing clients — a group which includes Intuit, Samsung and GE — complain their engineers weren’t working as quickly as they’d like. “Software engineers are our clients’ most expensive resources, so they’re always concerned about whether they’re being as productive as they can be,” Kuthiala said. Spoken like a true pointy-headed boss, you might say. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more