Peter named in starting line-up

first_imgHe was listed ahead of Stanton Albert for this Sunday’s Round 17 clash against Central Queensland Capras at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.Hunters coach Michael Marum said vice-captain Wellington Albert, who sat out last weekend’s match due to suspension, returns to the side and joins younger brother Stanton as well as Enock Maki and David Loko on the extended bench.He said Adex Wera has been omitted due to injury, allowing Willie Minoga back to the centres while Stargroth Amean will start on the wing.The 20 man squad is (three to be omitted): 1. Bland ABAVU 2. Stargroth AMEAN 3. Israel ELIAB 4. Willie MINOGA 5. Paul WAWA 6. Ase BOAS – Captain 7. Watson BOAS          8. Muka Peter KULU 9. Wartovo PUARA JNR 10. Esau SIUNE 11. Nixon PUT 12. Rhadley BRAWA 13. Brandy PETER 14. Sailas GAHUNA 15. Wellington ALBERT 16. Karo KAUNA 17. Stanton ALBERT 18. William MONE 19. Enock MAKI 20. David LOKOThe 12th-placed Capras arrive in Port Moresby on Saturday. The game on Sunday kicks off at 3pm.Before this, POMRFL 1 will play POMRFL 2 in a women’s game at 11am, followed by an U20 match between POM Souths and POM Suburban select side.(File picture)last_img read more

Tottenham replay no day out for Rochdale

first_imgRochdale will not treat Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley as a day out and their manager Keith Hill is busy formulating the perfect plan to stop Mauricio Pochettino’s side.The third-tier strugglers, bottom of League One, earned a replay after a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Spotland Stadium and are the lowest-ranked club in the sixth-round draw.Tottenham, fourth in the Premier league after an unbeaten run stretching back to mid-December, are huge favourites at their adopted home as they seek to win the competition for the ninth time and first since 1991.Despite initial problems adapting to Wembley, Tottenham have beaten Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal there this season.“It’s not a day out for us,” Hill said. “We’re trying to do what would be an impossible task, which is play at Tottenham’s home ground and win an FA Cup replay.“We’re trying to come up with the perfect plan, which has got to be delivered perfectly by the players.“We’ve seen Premier League opposition and Champions League opposition not being able to manage it.”“But we’ve done our due diligence on Tottenham and we’ve just got to make sure that we focus on our own game plan and not get carried away by the occasion.”Rochdale lost to Wigan Athletic at the weekend to stay bottom of League One and Hill wants his team to be brave.“We’ll try and play them at a game of football. I will encourage my players to be creative but focused, with intelligent energy,” he said.“It’s going to be a difficult game but an enjoyable opportunity and that’s what I want the players to see it as.“They’re going to have to be brave, and if we’re brave and we get beat by four, five or six, then it’s something that me, as a coach, will accept.“If we’re not too brave, then I’ll find that very difficult to digest, because I want us to take Tottenham on.”last_img read more

Five talking points ahead of the week’s Euro qualifiers

first_imgFive talking points ahead of the next batch of Euro 2020 qualifiers, which start on Thursday.The top two teams in each of the 10 groups qualify directly for next year’s tournament. The remaining four places will be decided by a series of playoff matches involving teams who won their Nations League groups last year.GERMANS, DUTCH MEET AGAINNeighbours Germany and the Netherlands will clash for the fourth time since the World Cup when they meet in Group C in Hamburg on Friday.The pair were drawn together in the Nations League last year with the Dutch winning 3-0 at home and drawing 2-2 away on their way to finishing top of the group, sparking talk of a revival after their failure to qualify for Euro 2016 or the World Cup.However, Germany won the opening Group C match 3-2 away in March, which has left Ronald Koeman’s team in a tricky situation.The Dutch have three points from two games while Germany have a maximum nine from three. Northern Ireland lead with 12 points from four games after home-and-away wins over Belarus and Estonia.Historically, there has been very little to choose between the Germans and the Dutch. In 42 meetings, the Germans have won 15 times, the Dutch have won 11, and they have played out 16 draws.SWITZERLAND COACH UNDERSTANDS SHAQIRI DECISIONSwitzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has said that he understands forward Xherdan Shaqiri’s request not to be selected for the Group D matches against Ireland and Gibraltar.Shaqiri said he wanted to concentrate on his career at Liverpool where he has struggled to get into the team.“I accept this decision,” said Petkovic. “It wouldn’t have made sense to make him come here if he couldn’t give 100%. Players know if they are ready or not.”“He’s played nearly 100 times for the national side, often making the difference. He’s human, and he can have difficult moments.”ITALY BAR ZANIOLO, KEAN FOR INDISCIPLINEItaly coach Roberto Mancini has confirmed that Moise Kean, 19, and Nicolo Zaniolo, 20, were omitted from his squad for indiscipline after turning up late for a meeting when they were with the under-21 team during the summer.“They’re young. We gave them a great opportunity,” he said. “They must learn to behave well. A professional must always behave well “.He added: “They are young and they haven’t done anything serious, it was just a slip-up. We hope this will help them in the future.”Group J leaders Italy visit Armenia on Thursday and Finland on Sunday.RAKITIC OUT OF CROATIA SQUADIvan Rakitic has been dropped from the Croatia squad to face Slovakia and Azerbaijan in Group E.Although Rakitic has ended up staying at Barcelona, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, whose side are third with six points, said the uncertainty of the last few weeks had affected the player.“At this moment, he is not ready for the national team and would not be able to give his maximum,” said Dalic. “I do not have time to worry about what will be later, I hope for the best.”PORTUGAL NEED WINSPortugal added another trophy to their Euro 2016 title when they won the inaugural Nations League in June. But they are in a spot of bother in Group B after home draws against Serbia and Ukraine in their only matches so far.Fourth in the group, they visit Serbia on Saturday and Lithuania three days later.Ukraine lead the six-team group with 10 points from four games, followed by Luxembourg with four points from four games and Serbia with four from three.“The matches are decisive,” said coach Fernando Santos. “I want to qualify directly, in first place. We have reached a point where we have to win the remaining six games.”last_img read more

Killing them slowly…

first_img…by taxationIt’s no secret our economy’s on the rocks. Even President Granger – who’d be the last person to badmouth the economy while he’s in charge – admitted the “six sisters” – sugar, rice, bauxite, gold, diamond and forestry – show signs of “anaemia”. And we know he’s putting the best face to what’s going down. Now with all the pungent criticisms they’d made while in Opposition about the PPP’s handling of the economy, you’d think the Government would give their right arm to create SOME bright spot on the economic front, won’t you?Well…you’ve just gone and wasted a thought, Dear Reader. In fact, in the area of manufacturing – which hadn’t contracted anaemia as yet – they’ve just gone and sucked out the blood from one sector that’s sure to lead to the same result. Lassitude and slow death. Your Eyewitness is talking about the new Government’s high taxes on alcohol.Now we all know about what alcohol can do to people in general – and us in Guyana in particular. So none of us complain when the Government taxes alcohol way above that they slap on other items. Along with cigarettes, such taxes are called “sin taxes” to signal how folks look at the item being penalised. The theory is the Government’s killing two birds with one stone: collecting higher revenues while discouraging alcohol consumption through the higher prices.Your Eyewitness has his doubts about the last premise – that the demand for alcohol is “elastic”. Meaning folks will cut down their drinking when the prices are raised – ain’t gonna happen. Lushes gotta have their high! So strike one for the taxman. The problem is not all alcohol is of the “sin” type. A whole lotta alcohol have very positive uses. Did you know there’s alcohol in most cough syrups? In many other medicines! In your mouthwash? In your splash-on for that “tingly” after-shave feeling? It’s all because alcohol’s a better solvent than water for the medicine and other substances that’re good for you.This kind of alcohol’s called “neutral spirits” and is 96% pure alcohol…it’ll knock out an elephant!! Now while even the previous Government insisted on taxing the neutral spirits used for manufacturing the medicines etc…this administration didn’t just reject their pleas, but actually raised the taxes from 40% to 60%!! And wouldn’t listen to the pleas of the manufacturers.The irony is the Government doesn’t tax neutral spirits coming in from TT – so it’s now cheaper to import! So it’s either shut down local manufacturing or import spirits.Does this Government think it’s a “sin” to drink medicine? Or slap on aftershave?…by dictatMinister of Communities Bulkan complained of the PPP being “power drunk”. So what does he think of Georgetown’s Town Clerk, Royston King? Even since the Government changed, the letters pages’ve been filled by charges of one sort or another about Royston King throwing his weight around. And then some! But you gotta hand it to Royston – he’s an equal opportunity bully.Pan African Monument at Merriman Mall demolished? Ask Royston why – and also who benefited? Rural vendors thrown out of their expansive spots on the said Mall and herded to huddle in microscopic cages? Ask Royston…and also who benefited? The litany of Royston’s excesses would be longer than “War and Peace” if put down on paper.So how does this guy get away with it? Isn’t there a new regime in Local Government to get rid of fellas like Royston? Well, Bulkan’s kept the status quo – read Royston King – by not constituting a Local Government Commission.The more things change……through stereotypingAfter a hiatus, did you check out the mug shots of those convicted of “Driving Under the Influence”? DUI? Nothing’s changed, has it? Still all Berbicians. It is only Berbicians who drink and drive?Turns out only info from Berbice’s collected and sent to the media!What say you, Berbician Ramjattan?last_img read more

Crusaders motivated to end Jaguares success story

first_img“They’re good,” Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said Thursday after naming his team for Saturday’s season climax between two sides brimming with internationals.“We’re really impressed with their quality of play, their variation in their style of attack. They rank really highly in all the stats, defensively they’re second in the comp, they’ve got a lot of international experience. They’re on a roll.”But the Crusaders have homeground advantage and even more impressive statistics, being equal with the Jaguares on defence while leading the way for tries scored and clean breaks.Although the Jaguares have won their last seven games, coach Gonzalo Quesada downplayed talk of a history-making final victory and the relevance of statistics.“We are trying to keep the team a little bit away from that picture of what’s happening concerning that history thing,” he said.“It’s great, it’s amazing, but I think it can distract us from what we should have the focus on now — that is to keep on trying with lots of humility to improve our game.“Whenever we talk about the history of the points, or the statistics that are quite interesting … but we have to be careful because that can make us lose focus.”Quesada has strengthened his front row with Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro starting at prop while Marcos Kremer resumes his openside flanker role and Ramiro Moyano will start on the left wing.On the bench, he has also brought back the 36-year-old veteran Juan Manuel Leguizamon ahead of an expected titanic forward battle.For the Crusaders, 23-year-old Mitchell Dunshea replaces injured lock Scott Barrett while new All Black Braydon Ennor will partner Jack Goodhue in the centres with Ryan Crotty sidelined by a broken thumb.The two teams avoided each other in the regular season when the Crusaders finished top of the table with the Jaguares heading the South African conference.When the Jaguares despatched the ACT Brumbies in the semi-finals last week they dominated, except for in the scrum, which would not have gone unnoticed by the Crusaders.Similarly, the Jaguares would have taken note of Crusaders’ errors around the ruck and defensively in the midfield.“Mostly finals are won off great defence,” Robertson said, adding the Crusaders had concentrated this week on taking the emotion out of the occasion and focusing on performance.– Latin passion –But while he has quelled the Crusaders’ emotion, Robertson is in awe of how the Jaguares use their Latin passion for inspiration.“The passion and emotion they bring I think is a danger. If they come out and play with that energy, which is great and I enjoy that Latin expression that they bring, they’ll be emotional, they’ll be up for it, and they’ll be dangerous,” he said.The Crusaders’ key motivator is helping the recovery of a city that was stunned less than four months ago when a gunman opened fire in two mosques and killed 51 Muslims.“There’s been a lot of adversity for us as a team and as a city,” Robertson said.“One thing we’ve done, and I’m really proud of, is every time we’ve played we’ve showed how much we care about (the city) and care about each other.”Eight years ago the Crusaders were beaten finalists after being forced to play every game away after a destructive earthquake, which killed 185 people.Captain Sam Whitelock believes a title this year will be a significant boost for Christchurch.“I think it would,” he said, adding that the effort of the players would be evident in “the little things you can see as a player and hopefully the city and our whole region can see as well”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“They’re good,” Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said of the Jaguares, who were Thursday going through their paces training in Christchurch ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby final © AFP / Sanka VIDANAGAMAWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jul 4 – Helping to heal a devastated city has become a motivating factor for the Canterbury Crusaders as Super Rugby’s most successful side prepare for a showdown with the Jaguares, the season’s success story.The Christchurch-based Crusaders are bidding for a third successive title and their 10th overall while the Jaguares have reached the final in only their fourth year in the southern hemisphere competition.last_img read more

Fellaini’s dream Arsenal move hits a snag

first_imgFellaini is understood to have his heart set on a move to London, but Arsenal are still mulling over whether to break their club transfer record for the midfielder.Everton maintain they will not sell the 25-year-old for less than his £23m buy-out clause, leaving the door open for either Chelsea or Manchester United to swoop in ahead of the Gunners, who are dragging their heels.New boss Roberto Martinez is bracing himself for a bid though, with the 25-year-old revealing to close friends that he would love a switch to the capital – where he would be less than two hours on the Eurostar away from his Brussels birthplace.Former Goodison boss David Moyes is also thought to be interested in taking the player with him to Manchester United, but sources close to Fellaini suggest that if Arsenal or Chelsea make a move, then he would encourage their interest.Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has made his admiration of the Belgian clear, and the Emirates club insist they have the funds in hand to make a major impact in the transfer market over the next three months.Wenger has insisted Arsenal are ready to finally spend big this summer, and Everton’s hardball stance over Fellaini will test this new philosophy.Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis said this week of Wenger: ‘He is not scared to spend money, but he has to believe he is a getting a top-class player.’– By Metro and Daily Mirror0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marouane Fellaini’s dream move to Arsenal has hit the rudders, with Arsene Wenger reportedly reluctant to trigger his £23million release clause.The Gunners have been strongly tipped to make a move for the Belgian international, but Goodison Park sources claim no inquiry has yet been lodged.last_img read more

Pogba is the best midfielder in the world- Mourinho

first_imgMourinho says any player would find the Premier League tough after four years in Italy, but is tipping him to be a Ballon d’Or contender next year, if the voters judge the players on more than goals.“The Premier League is very difficult,” Mourinho told French TV station SFR. “You play three, four years in Italy and you come to the Premier League and the world is completely different.“He’s doing well, he’s doing more than well. His evolution is clear. So I can imagine that next season for Paul will be top.”Pogba made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year, but finished down in 14th despite a title-winning season with Juventus and helping France to the final of Euro 2016.Mourinho feels that the sheer volume of goals scored by this year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his only real rival, Lionel Messi, means the less glamorous work Pogba gets through in midfield is overlooked.“At the moment, if you’re not a goal scorer, you cannot win the Ballon d’Or,” Mourinho said. “But if the perception changes, then Paul can win it, because Paul is not a goal scorer.“Paul is a midfielder who will score more and more goals, because I think he has good conditions to score goals. Paul is a midfielder, in my opinion, the best, the best in the world.“Obviously, he’s young, he can still improve, he wants to improve, which is even better.”-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba is the best midfielder in the world. PHOTO/AFP.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 28- Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba is already the “best midfielder in the world” but expects him to be even better next season.Pogba has been slowly improving after a slow start to the season following his world record £93.25m move from Juventus in the summer.last_img read more

MNP and Shell providing free tax returns to low-income residents in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MNP and Shell Canada announced yesterday that they will be partnering with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society to provide free personal tax return preparation services to financially disadvantaged individuals in Fort St. John.Staff from MNP and Shell will be volunteering to provide tax preparation assistance for individuals and families who are unable to complete their own tax returns and who are on a low or fixed income. The tax clinic is open to individuals whose total individual or  family income is not greater than $32,000, plus $2,000 per child. Exclusions also apply for those that are :Self-employed or have employment expensesHave a business or rental income/expensesHave capital gains/lossesHave other investment incomeHave filed for bankruptcy, orAre representing a deceased taxpayerTax returns are only being prepared for the 2016 income tax year, and not for previous years. The tax clinic will take place at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, at 10051 – 100th Avenue on Saturday, April 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement -To sign up for a spot, individuals can contact the Women’s Resource Centre 250.787.1121. last_img read more

Sherry for a vintage group

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Just as the bottle of sherry was the sole survivor of its companion goldleaf bottles labeled Solera – Vintage 1844, Santiago & Gross, Jerez de la Frontera in Spain – so, too, Bill Scavo recently became the last of a circle of 26 friends who met for lunch over a period of 25 years at the Whittier Elks Lodge. And, one by one, they were gone. Ironically, it was Scavo who originally came into possession of the rare bottle of sherry and came up with a long-term plan for getting rid of it. He estimated that, through the years, he had probably purchased well over $1 million worth of spirits for his restaurants so he knew a little bit about their relative worth. “I used to go to the old Sunset Swap Meet,” said Scavo. “About 30 years ago at the swap meet, I saw an old couple drive up in a car. Among the things they unloaded was a case full of wine and other bottles. I asked the woman what she would want for them. She said she wanted $5 for the whole case. I offered her $2 and she took it. This bottle of sherry was in the case.” A red sherry, bottled 163 years ago in Spain, was recently uncorked in Whittier. On Nov. 1 the venerable sherry was poured into glasses and sipped by a small gathering of old men for lunch at the Whittier Elks Lodge. It was a solemn occasion, in a way, yet savored heartily with rich conversation and respectful laughter befitting the mission of such a fine bottle of sherry. The host of the event was longtime Whittier resident, World War II veteran and local Elk Bill Scavo, 89, retired owner-operator of several large banquet-style restaurants that bore his surname in Commerce, Downey and Long Beach. He said he couldn’t venture a guess as to its value but an auctioneer once said he believed it could fetch around $500. For the next five years, it existed languorously in the Scavo home to the distraction of Bill’s wife, Lola, who urged him to drink it or dispatch it in some other way. So, 25 years ago, he came up with the plan to invite his circle of friends into a “sole survivor” pact, with the ultimate survivor to be given the bottle of sherry to share with his new circle of friends. Here is the original circle of friends: Bill Scavo, Wally Cullis, Gus Carras, Jake Calkins, Joe Knott, Teery Kilman, Earl Moon, Vern Haims, Norm Schartoff, Bob Bradley, Leroy Ankenman, Elmer Lee, Russ Wessburg, Vaughn Smith, Bill Sevold, Malcolm Lincoln, Dick Riley, Leroy Ray, Johnny Fulco, Al Zito, Bill White, Ernie Vargas, Chuck Urbaur, Don Sperry, Warren Lynd and Jim Schaffer. Several weeks ago, when Whittier resident and Elks member Jim Schaffer died at the age of 89, Scavo became the sole living member of the old circle of friends and, thus, the rightful uncorker of the bottle of sherry. “What are the odds that it would be me, who originally donated the bottle of sherry, who would also be the sole survivor?” asked Scavo, rhetorically. “I’ve lived a charmed life, and I don’t know why. I survived two airplane crashes and one train wreck during (World War II).” He was an aerial photographer in the Pacific Theater. Scavo said he opened the bottle of sherry on Oct. 30 to make it ready to drink by straining out the residue from the bottom of the cork that he knew must have begun disintegrating over the years. Scavo will turn 90 in May. A little more than a year ago, Bill and his twin brother, Vic, had a big party at the Elks Lodge to mark their 88th birthday. Vic also still survives but is in a rest home now. Scavo called for a gathering of his new circle of friends for lunch at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 1. Besides Scavo, those who came and sat around a large round table were: Joe Salvador, a World War II Army vet and 52-year resident of Whittier; Roger Cossette, 79; Ernest Flament, 81, of Whittier; Paul Riccobon, 87, of La Habra Heights; David Lynd, 53, son of deceased member Warren Lynd; and Phil Wintner, 90, of Whittier. Wintner is one of Whittier’s living legends, well-known for his natty personal appearance and local historical activism. On this day, these men were part of Scavo’s new circle of about 10 friends who meet for lunch on a fairly regular basis at the Whittier Elks Lodge. Joe was selected to deliver a eulogy in the memory of Schaffer, and as a tribute to the old circle of friends he described Schaffer as “a religious man of honor who always held true to his word.” So, after waiting 163 years, the sherry was finally poured by Scavo around the table. Glasses were held high and then put to the lips of the new circle of friends who drank in fond memory of the bygone circle of old friends. Bill Bell is former editor of the Whittier Daily News. 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

Man killed in Thai Town shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A man was shot and killed following an argument in the Thai Town neighborhood of the city early this morning, police said. Jonah Michael Alexander, 24, of Los Angeles was shot at about 3 a.m. near Western Avenue and Carlton Way, police said. The shooter, who was arguing with Alexander, fled with two others in a light-color vehicle, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez said. The suspect was described as 5 feet 9 inches, about 180 pounds, African-American and in his mid 20s. Alexander was taken to an area hospital, where he died.last_img read more