Madang prepares to stage Iron man challenge

first_imgThis second-year running triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances and coincides with this year’s   Madang Festival from June 10-13.Sigma Iron Man challenge coordinator, John Maripal said the start of the challenge which will be 2.5km cycling will begin at Laiwaden oval up the road to the Madang provincial government office.The second leg cycling of 4.5km will then continue from there all the way to the DCA point where Luship compound is located.From there it will be a swim across the Madang harbor channel from DCA point to Simoi shipping area spanning about a kilometer.Following the swim will be 2.5km running from the town to Kalibobo, then 4.5km run from there all the way to Tusbab beach to finish the event.Maripal said Sigma Constructions is again the proud sponsor of this year’s challenge with K5000 prize money for the winner who crosses the line first after all the races.“Sigma Construction has again come good  as the proud sponsor this year with K10,000 of which K5000 is for logistics preparation while K5000 is the prize money for the eventual winner of the challenge,” Maripal said.He clarified that the registration for the challenge is K300 for team, and K100 for individual competitor.“There will be one event only, and the prize money will go to any individual or team that crosses the line first after enduring in all three events in the challenge and coming out first,” Maripal said.He explained that for team taking part, it is a must that they have a female included.last_img read more

Dem Amstel to host Miss Emancipation Pageant on August 5

first_imgAs Guyanese celebrate our rich cultural diversity, Emancipation will be celebrated on August 1, 2017, but there are a number of events planned for the entire month of August.This year, the Den Amstel Dynamic Network will be hosting for the first time, an Emancipation Pageant on August 5 at the Den Amstel Community Centre Ground.The event will see six radiant young ladies competing for the inaugural title. The delegates will compete in the introduction, personality interview, personal style display, talent, evening gown, and final question segments.The newly-formed Den Amstel Dynamic Network is focused on building youth capacity in the community with specific focus on mentorship and educational development.The Pageant, however, aims at fostering community and cultural development while educating delegates about the village’s history. Tickets for the pageant cost $500.last_img read more

Public Defenders Riding Commercial Motorbikes?

first_imgWith the massive expenditure incurred by the Judicial Branch of Government to purchase luxury vehicles for Supreme Court Justices and Judges of subordinate courts, public defense lawyers in contrast are seen commuting on commercial motorbikes to get to their respective courts of assignment, especially those who have agreed to represent poor people in the leeward counties.Elijah Forkeyah, president of the National Association of Public Defenders of Liberia (NAPDL) made the assertion last Friday in the crowded Banquet Hall, at the Temple of Justice where Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and foreign dignitaries were attending the association’s induction ceremony.“A vehicle is a necessity. We need it to be effective in the performance of our duties,” said Forkeyah.Public Defenders were performing their duties and responsibilities under difficult circumstances to the extent that some of their colleagues commute on commercial motorbikes to get to their respective places of assignments or to go to courts in their circuit or at magisterial courts, Forkeyah declared.The Public Defense Program established in 2009 by the Supreme Court is to make available free legal aid services to poor people accused of criminal offenses, but are unable to secure a lawyer to represent them during their trial.Prior to Forkeyah’s statement, Chief Justice Korkpor, while administrating the oath of office to NAPDL’s officials, sternly warned those lawyers not to charge fees to represent a client because they are being paid by the government.“It is utterly wrong for you public defenders to charge fees for representing persons being charged with criminal offenses or expect some reward for representing them,” Korkpor charged.He said public defenders are full time employees just like judges and other judicial staff. It is conflict of interest for them to use their time on duty for other gainful activities, adding, “This program is intended to benefit the poor and vulnerable people in society who cannot afford the astronomical costs of lawsuits.”Surprisingly, after the Chief Justice’s warning and clarification on the program, President Forkeyah again explained to the gathering that they are performing under extreme conditions.“These situations are not only demeaning, but place prosecution far above the public defense and create a situation where the public defenders are seen by the public as second class government lawyers.Despite numerous challenges confronting the program, the NADPL President assured the gathering that their passion to serve the least in society, the downtrodden, less privileged and financially deprived people cannot be over-emphasized.He added that they have dedicated their time, energy, efforts and entire self to a sincere legal representation of poor people to the best of their abilities.”In praise of his colleagues, Forkeyah said, “regardless of our material and financial limitations, we are making significant strides to improve the justice system and promote access to justice.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jordan Reno victim of homicide in Prince George

first_imgHis body was found Saturday on a property in the 4100-block of Knight Crescent. An autopsy conducted Tuesday has confirmed he was the victim of foul play. RCMP say they believe this was a targeted attack, and that there is no risk to public safety. Up until May, Reno had been in prison in Price George, awaiting the result of the Beatton River assault trial. RCMP in Fort St. John say he moved to Prince George after being released. He and Jordan Ramos, Joshua Toth and Calvin Gunning were all found not guilty. As the investigation is ongoing, RCMP say no more information will be released at this time. We will continue to update as we learn more about the homicide.- Advertisement – If you have any information about this homicide investigation, please contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”.last_img read more

David Beckham tells talkSPORT: Jose Mourinho WILL turn things around at Chelsea

first_imgDavid Beckham insists it is just a matter of time before Jose Mourinho turns things around at Chelsea.The Blues have endured a disastrous start to their Premier League title defence, winning just two of their opening seven games.Having seen his side also lose to Porto in the Champions League in midweek, the pressure is growing on Mourinho.But Beckham has offered his backing to the ‘Special One’, telling talkSPORT he has no doubt that the Portuguese coach will soon get Chelsea back on track.In an exclusive interview on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid star said: “People are talking about Chelsea a lot at the moment. People are saying the way he [Mourinho] is being is different to how he was last year. It is Jose Mourinho. He is one of the best managers of all-time.“He always finds a way of getting out of these dips. It is not as if they have not got a good team. They have got some of the best players in the world in their team.”David Beckham is returning to Old Trafford on November 14 to play in a charity game in aid of UNICEF. The former Manchester United star will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI, which will be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson. Tickets are now available on the Manchester United website and are priced from £20 for adults and £10 for children.last_img read more

Serge Gnabry latest: Bremen medical done, deal announced this afternoon

first_img1 Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry will be presented as a Werder Bremen player this afternoon, according to reports in Germany.It was suggested that the German winger was set to join Bayern Munich permanently, then sign on loan for Bremen straight away.However, it looks as though the 21-year-old will now go directly to Bremen on a permanent deal.According to Bild, Gnabry completed his medical this morning and will be formally unveiled by Bremen at a press conference this afternoon.Gnabry, who joined Arsenal from Stuttgart in 2011, was viewed as part of Arsene Wenger’s long-term plans but was keen to move on having made just 18 appearances for the club. Serge Gnabry last_img read more

LISTEN: Antonio Conte bemoans quick turnaround after Chelsea reach FA Cup final

first_imgAntonio Conte’s pride at starting a crucial week by reaching the FA Cup final was tempered by frustration at Chelsea having to return to action a day before title rivals – and defeated semi-finalists – Tottenham.The country’s best sides took a break from their thrilling duel for the Premier League crown on Saturday, heading to Wembley for a semi-final that lived up to the hype.Mauricio Pochettino’s men began to dream of a first FA Cup final since 1991 after Harry Kane and then Dele Alli cancelled out goals from Willian, only for Spurs to suffer yet more Wembley heartache.Game-changing substitute Eden Hazard fired Chelsea ahead before Nemanja Matic thrilled the blue hordes with a thunderbolt that wrapped up a memorable 4-2 semi-final triumph.“To reach in my first season the final of this competition is a great achievement, but not only for me but my players, for the club, for my staff, for the supporters,” head coach Conte said.“I think we deserve this after a very tough game against a really strong team.“To see this type of game, I think that England must be proud to have this type of football, with this intensity, with this type of football, with this level football.“I think today was great for football because this semi-final I saw two very strong teams and a really good game, not only for Chelsea but also for Tottenham.”Conte wants Chelsea to use the FA Cup win to “exploit the momentum”, having seen their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to four points by in-form Spurs.Both teams return to league action in midweek, with Conte explaining the decision to start Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench was with Tuesday’s crunch match against Southampton in mind.A trip to Everton quickly follows in a “crucial” week that the Italian approaches bemused by the fixture schedulers, given Spurs have an extra day of rest before facing Crystal Palace on Wednesday.“In this situation it is not easy to understand,” he said. “You have to play one day less against Southampton that rests for 10 days.“Instead, Tottenham has to play on Wednesday – one day more to rest against Crystal Palace that didn’t play today, they have to play tomorrow.“It is very difficult for me to understand this dynamic because in this part of the season you must try to have balance, to understand the situation, and to try to put both teams in the same condition to fight and then to do their best.”last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgBALDWIN PARK – A man was shot in the back Friday after getting into a dispute with a driver. The 29-year-old Pico Rivera man was walking in the 3000 block of Big Dalton Avenue about 12:30 p.m. when he was approached by a sport utility vehicle. There was a “verbal exchange” between the man and the driver, according to Baldwin Park police Sgt. Chris Hofford. He said the driver pulled out a gun, fired three rounds and hit the victim once. The man was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and released, Hofford said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThe driver, described as being in his late teens, drove off in a blue Jeep Cherokee. Center’s kayaking trip set for today LA MIRADA – La Mirada is offering a kayaking excursion to Sunset Beach today. Participants are to meet at 8:30 a.m. to check in at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The bus will depart at 9a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m. The registration fee is $17 per person. Lunch is not included. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Carwash to raise funds for Asuncion PICO RIVERA – Family and friends of Carlina Asuncion, who died this week of brain cancer, will hold a donation carwash from 10a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Wienerschnitzel, 6749 S. Rosemead Blvd. For more information, call (562) 572-5199. Concert to feature blues and Beatles WHITTIER – Blues and Beatles will be featured in upcoming performances of Whittier’s summer concerts in the park series. LA Blue, which melds blues and R&B with dance, Latin and rock to create a unique sound, will play from 7to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. Hard Day’s Night plays Beatles music from 7 to 8:30p.m. July 31 at Central Park at Washington Avenue and Bailey Street in Uptown Whittier. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. Volunteers sought for hospice care SANTA FE SPRINGS – Companion Hospice Care is recruiting volunteers for an upcoming training program. Assignments are in volunteers’ geographical areas. The training program will be held Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4 and 11 at 10330 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 210 in Santa Fe Springs. Volunteers can relieve care givers for short periods of time or help with errands and shopping. For more information, call (562) 944-2711. Visit to circus offered Thursday LA MIRADA – The city is offering an excursion to see the Ringling Bros. Circus on Thursday at the Arrowhead Pond. Attendees should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. at Neff Park at San Cristobol and San Esteban drives. The bus will depart at 11 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Registration is $18 per child. Bring money to purchase food or souvenirs. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. – 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

Glendale college board president resigns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleNo reasons were offered to the county education officials or the college for the resignation, but Hacopian said Burke-Kelly’s new job as vice president of academic affairs at Los Angeles Mission College may be a factor. “She probably needed to focus all her energy on her new job,” Hacopian said. “We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.” According to a biography on Glendale Community College’s Web site, Burke-Kelly holds a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University. After completing her general education studies at Glendale College, she transferred to the University of California, Irvine, to earn a bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art. She returned to teach art history at the college from 1981 to 2001, and she served as chair of the visual and performing arts division for 10 years. Prior to her move to Mission College, she was a dean at East Los Angeles College. (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The president of the Glendale Community College board has resigned her seat, effective immediately, officials said Friday. Kathleen Burke-Kelly, a former student at the college who was elected to the governing panel in April 2003, submitted her resignation Tuesday to the county Superintendent of Schools. “I have found this public service to be very rewarding, and I am honored to have been able to serve the Glendale community in this capacity over the last 3 1/2 years,” the letter said. Burke-Kelly could not be reached for comment Friday. Board vice president Armine Hacopian will serve as acting president, and the panel will have 60 days to fill the vacancy. Hacopian said the board will consider potential appointments at a special meeting. last_img read more

‘VAR is not working’ – Former Premier League referee slams technology

first_img stalemate LATEST rookie error AFP or licensors These incidents came off the back of Roberto Firmino controversially having a goal ruled out for offside in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, and a contentious penalty awarded to Watford in their 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.And Halsey, who spent 14 years officiating in the English top flight, has said the implementation of the technology must be drastically altered as soon as possible.“I think in its present format it’s not working” he told the Sports Breakfast. “Everyone’s confused at the way it’s been implemented in the Premier League.“If we look at the rest of the world and Europe, they’re following the IFAB protocol. I keep banging the drum, but why are we not the IFAB protocol.“The on-field referee has to make that final decision and he has to view that monitor. 2 update latest “Mike Riley says they can go and view the monitors but we know they cannot; we know that he’s telling these referees, ‘we don’t want you looking at the monitors’.”Halsey admitted he was baffled when Atkinson changed his original decision to give Son a yellow card by showing a red instead.“Watching it live, I thought Martin Atkinson got it right with a yellow card because he prevented an attack,” he continued.“He’s on his way towards goal out wide and he comes in with a careless, reckless attack which denies a promising chance. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has slammed VAR after another weekend full of controversy with the technology.Sunday’s clash between Everton and Tottenham was riddled with questionable decisions.Heung-min Son had a penalty call turned down despite there appearing to be contact, while a Dele Alli handball in the area took referee Martin Atkinson three minutes before deciding against a spot kick.Furthermore, a decision from Atkinson to upgrade a yellow card to red, for Son’s challenge on Andre Gomes, was not officially referred. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff PEP TALK Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target statement A VAR review confirmed Roberto Firmino’s goal against Aston Villa was offside Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Son was sent off for his challenge on Gomes, which left the Everton player with a serious injury Getty Images – Getty Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future “That’s a yellow card, no problems whatsoever, because the challenge wasn’t serious foul play or excessive force and it didn’t endanger the player’s safety.“It’s just what happened next when he got his foot caught in the ground.“Tottenham can appeal and lets hope the FA do the right thing.”Halsey also said the VAR decision to rule out Roberto Firmino’s goal for offside was incorrect.He finished: “You take the Liverpool goal on Saturday; for me that is a goal all day long.“That is not offside and if it’s taken that long to decide than it’s a goal.“They’re wrong in law. The armpit – is that not part of your arm? It should have been a goal.”last_img read more