The New Zealand great, who began his professional rugby career with the Canterbury Bulldogs, switched codes again last year when he left the Blues to join Toronto ahead of their inaugural Super League season.Twice a World Cup winner with the All Blacks, Williams was unable to help the Wolfpack avoid a 28-10 defeat to Castleford Tigers in their opening match of 2020.The 34-year-old came closer to victory on Saturday as the Canadians fought back to level their match with Salford Red Devils at 16-16, only for late tries from Dan Sarginson and Niall Evalds to inflict another defeat.However, Williams is positive about the team’s progress and feels as though he is becoming more accustomed to playing rugby league again.”As a team, we’re definitely improving, which is the main thing,” Williams told Toronto’s media channel before heading to New Zealand for the birth of his fourth child.”There was a lot of… people would say mistakes but, for us, we look at it as learning. We went out there and we fixed a lot of those wrongs we did last week.”Individually, last week I was happy to get out there and get some minutes under my belt, but I felt like I played like a rugby union player trying to play rugby league, whereas this week I felt like I played like a league player. I’m happy.”Williams went on to urge the Toronto fans: “Stay with us. Although we didn’t get results in the past two weeks, we’re building.”I’ve been involved with a lot of clubs, a lot of franchises and the chemistry within this team is right up there.”We’ll keep working hard and hopefully we start stringing some wins together.” Photo Getty Images Caption: Sonny Bill Williams of Toronto Wolfpack
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj Blake will take over, says Bolt – Sprint icon lists training partner as heir apparent
The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has designated his training partner and 2011 World 100m champion, Yohan Blake, as his heir apparent and said he expects his fellow Jamaican to pick up the mantle of the “face of global athletics” when he retires from the sport. Bolt, the reigning two-time Olympic 100m and 200m champion, has been the superstar of the sport for the last eight years. The athlete, who turns 30 in August, has said he plans to retire after next year’s International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics in London and president of track, and field’s world governing body, Sebastian Coe, had said the sport will survive after Bolt’s departure. Speaking to The Gleaner at yesterday’s Bring the Beat launch at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, Bolt said Blake, who is also coached by Glen Mills at the University of the West Indies-based Racers Track Club, is the man for job. “I said to Blake that he is the one that I have to hand it over to after I retire. To me, he is going to come back in form very great after the season to come because it’s going to take time after coming back from a big injury to get back into your running; so I think when I retire that Blake will definitely take over,” the athlete said. Blake, then only a 21-year-old, became the youngest 100m World champion in history in 2011 when he won the men’s 100m final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in a field missing Bolt, who had earlier false-started. He won silver in the event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, beaten into second by Bolt, and was a member of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team. In 2013, Blake suffered a hamstring injury and has since struggled to regain form, but Bolt believes that when he does, he will be the man to beat. “I know I train with Yohan Blake and I see him compete, and he was one of the top athletes before he got injured, and he’s going to get back to the top as long as he continues working and stays focused, as I know he will, so I give him the crown.” At the height of form, Blake beat Bolt in the final of the men’s 100m and 200m at the 2012 Jamaica National Senior Championships, clocking 9.75 seconds and 19.80 to Bolt’s 9.86 seconds and 19.83. Bolt, in the meantime, is looking forward to winning the 100m and 200m titles at the Olympic Games later this year. “Everything is happy, everything is going smooth; training is going well. My coach is happy and I’m taking my time and lowering my time, so I’m happy with where everything is going,” he said.
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj Poro Devil Wanted for Alleged Torture, Murder
A devil of the Poro Society involved in the alleged torture of one Samuel Mansuo, 55, which turned fatal in Zuaplay Town, Doe Administrative District, Nimba County, is said to have escaped upon news of the arrest of 28 of its followers.The Administrative District Commissioner, Samuel Napah Wehyee, quoted the women of Zuaplay who said that they saw the devil escaping to the nearby town called Gbanquoi, after his followers were arrested.On Saturday, October 17, Samuel Mansuo was arrested and tortured for his failure to comply with the norms of the Poro Society, which call for payment of fines for ‘violating rules’ in the town.It all began when the late Samuel Mansuo’s son, Nentor Mansuo, got into a dispute with one of his friends in Zuaplay over a parcel of land which he (Nentor) accused his friend of illegally taking.During the dispute, Nentor vandalized the house his friend was building on said land.Based on that report, the citizens of the town held a traditional trial. Samuel stood trial for his son Nentor, who by then had absconded. He was found guilty of violating the town’s rule against fighting and violence and ordered to pay a fine of a pan filled with rice along with cattle. According to the police, the man begged for time to allow him find the items with which to pay, but some members of the town refused and demanded that the man pay the fine at once or be arrested by the devil.It was based on this demand that the devil’s chairman, Saturday Womengbah, ordered the arrest of the man, tied and tortured him until he died.The police charged 14 persons with murder and sent them to court while others connected to the alleged crime were set free, as police said those freed had no connection to the incident.It had earlier been reported that 27 persons were arrested in connection with the killing, but police later confirmed that 24 were arrested, of which 14 were charged and 10 set free.The devil remains at large.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj LAGMA Presidential Candidate Promises ‘Brighter Day for Gospel Artists’
Pastor Heidy Paye is contesting for the post of presidentOne-time president of the Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA) Mother Heidy Paye stands as the lone presidential candidate with an ardent hope and commitment to restore the dignity of the association and lift all gospel artists to prosperity.Mother Heidy Paye, with a team of contestants, outlined three pillars on which her leadership intends to revamp and direct the affairs of LAGMA. Those pillars include spiritual renewal, restoration of dignity and prestige of artists and their umbrella organization (LAGMA), regional and global exposure, and credibility which entails transparency and accountability.If she wins the elections of March 2nd, the Heidy Paye leadership will inherit the burden of reconciling members of the Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists and reawakening the dormant mode of LAGMA, mainly necessitated by prolonged conflict and disunity.Ms. Delphine Morris, the outgoing president of LAGMA, confirmed in a phone conversation that she had received only one application for the office of president up to the deadline of February 11, 2019.Many artists, who are members in right standing, said Mother Heidy Paye, judging from her past administration, is a suitable candidate to reform and shift LAGMA to its rightful state. Renowned “Speak Lord” Artist Abigail Vinton, who served in the previous leadership of Mother Heidy Paye, confirmed that Mother Paye is capable, focused and God-fearing, to lead the association from its state of confusion and retrogression to nobility. “Her first administration built for LAGMA a decent world-class website, which was not maintained by her successors, and bought a parcel of land to be used as headquarters for LAGMA. Since then, nothing significant has happened at LAGMA after 8 years,” Artist Vinton revealed.Under her campaign, she anticipates to be elected alongside Pastor Zlanner Pertean as Vice President for Administration, Minister Patricia Aroniyo as Vice President for Operation, Minister Kenneth D. Nsiah as General Secretary and Pastor Queweah as Finance Secretary.The Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA) was established on March 5, 1995, out of concerted efforts by ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Radio and other gospel artists, and was intended to promote the work and ministries of local gospel musicians. Running the organization became a challenge of late until the founding fathers converged and initiated a constitutional reform that would now lead to general elections on Saturday, March 2.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj Region 6 RDC calls for AFC councillor to resign
The Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Thursday called on Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Khousal Goberdan to tender his resignation as a regional councillor, because he sits as a counsellor while working as a contractor vying for projects in the region.Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop has pointed out that a conflict-of-interest situation has developed.Goberdan was not present at the meeting when the issue was raised. However, two months ago, when councillor Zamal Hussain had raised the issue, he had mentioned that Goberdan had applied to become a pre-qualified contractor in Region Six.Goberdan had defended himself then by saying that he was not a contractor, and had only applied. The RDC had then decided that, based on Goberdan’s submissions, the issue could not be discussed.However, on this occasion, the Regional Vice Chairman noted that during the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) regime, the then main opposition entity, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), had criticized the administration for having the Black Bush Polder NDC Chairman Thakoor Persaud sit as a regional councillor when a member of his family was awarded a contract to clean canals in the polders. DeRoop said the precedent was set then.Regional Chairman David Armogan has said that now that Goberdan is a pre-qualified contractor, his continuing to sit in the meetings of the regional council constitutes a conflict-of-interest situation.Goberdan has a company — SK Engineering of Lot 10 Lesbeholden North, Black Bush Polder — which he owns and under whose name he conducts business. The company is owned by Khousal Goberdan, prequalified tor building, weeding and cleaning.Some bids are given to pre-qualified contractors to tender for projects. This eliminates others from the bidding process and anyone referred to as pre-qualified. In other instances, pre-qualified contractors are given emergency contracts without having to bid.A source close to the AFC has said the party had discussed the issue with Goberdan and he reportedly agreed to resign from the council.
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj 10-year time lapse disadvantages Commission – Justice Trotman
Lindo Creek CoIChairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the 2008 Lindo Creek massacre, Justice (ret’d) Donald Trotman, said the 10-year time lapse poses a disadvantage to the Commission since some important persons may have died or emigrated.“Some relevant persons who might have given important evidence have died, some have emigrated but there is a core of relevant persons who still remain with us and many of them are cooperating and giving information that will help the inquiry to arrive at the truth which is one of the main objective of the Commission,” he noted during an interview on Tuesday.Commissioner, Lindo Creek CoI, retired Justice Donald Trotman“For instance, the DNA evidence which would have been very important in giving the Commission more valuable information, valuable leads the time had long passed and some of the material which could have been subjective to DNA testing has been disposed of either by burial or otherwise,” Justice Trotman added.The CoI head further explained that although the majority of the DNA evidence has been disposed of, the Commission has been furnished with the remaining which it intends to use “very importantly and valuably” to further the work of the inquiry. He also added that the results of the DNA evidence is not to worry about since “scientifically, time does not run very much against DNA testing.”Political biasnessResponding to criticisms of political biasness from some sections of society, Justice Trotman unambiguously stated he nor the Commission takes any political directive or has any political agenda.“We and I particularly in the Commission is in no way politically motivated, politically instructed, politically influenced or politically directed and has no political agenda whatsoever. We are out to find the truth of the matter whichever the cards fall or the chips fall, that is it,” Trotman said.He noted that the cooperation from various entities, particularly from the Guyana Police Force, and other persons have been very good since much of the documents and evidence are being presented with very little prompting from the Commission.“There has been quite a lot of cooperation. I think it’s amazing to think that even people who may think that they are being targeted, they are cooperating because they too want to see the truth,” Trotman noted.The retired Justice is the only Commissioner on the Inquiry and noted that it has been challenged in some ways but because of the nature of his work some of that burden is lifted.“It is challenging because it places a heavy burden on my ability not just to function in a logistical way but to be able to not allow my own judgement to exclude the opinions of others or the suggestion of others. I am very conscious of that so I really bend over backwards to avoid that happening,” he noted during an interview.With the April 30 deadline fast approaching, the Commissioner said the Commission of Inquiry Act gives the President the power to extend that deadline if necessary. He notes that the extension would also have to factor in his recommendation and added the fact that they had a late start would be one of the factors for a short extension.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj IMF warns Govt over social impact on closing sugar industry
…says Govt continues to anticipate oil money to decrease debt…confirms local economy is in trouble – PPP[The following is a full statement by the People’s Progressive Party]The concluding statement, which details the preliminary findings of International Monetary Fund (IMF) after a visit to Guyana, was released Friday evening and in ‘IMF speak’ it validates the positions that have been articulated by the political Opposition for months now – including that the local economy is in trouble.The IMF noted that Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was uneven, buoyed by the new gold mines, while the non-mining sector saw a contraction in growth. We have seen no plans by the Coalition Government to stimulate growth; rather increased burdens on major sectors with a slew of tax measures and other policies that constrict their potential for growth.The IMF projects real economic growth of 3.5 per cent driven by an increase in public investment and a recovery in rice production. But the reality is that we are witnessing the continued deterioration of the rice sector’s performance. Two weeks ago, one major rice operator, after 25 years, closed down his operations. We are also witnessing massive underperformance by the government, relative to public investment. The IMF itself noted that Guyana saw “lower than budgeted public investment” in 2016, which was a point that was made by the Opposition during the Budget 2017 debates.Further, the IMF statement confirms that the Government slavishly followed the recommendations of CARTAC on extending the Value-Added Tax (VAT) regime to crucial sectors, without regard to the social impact on Guyanese. The IMF noted that it welcomed the VAT “reform” that was advanced.Additionally, the increased borrowing by the Coalition Government has also been a major point of concern, particularly over the last few months – with government inking multiple multi-billion dollar loan agreements – as many as five in one week, as we have seen recently. The IMF has said that the debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to reach 61 per cent of GDP by 2019 and has recommended fiscal adjustments. However, Government continues to „bank on oil money given that local authorities have informed the IMF that once oil production starts the debt to GDP ratio will decrease.The IMF also noted the recent “increase in exchange rate flexibility” – while Government fails to acknowledge that there is a problem and advance measures to address the issue.Meanwhile, the impact on Government policy on non-performing Loans (NPLs) was not missed by the IMF. Last year a similar warning about non-performing loans was issued by the IMF. Hundreds of Guyanese, affected by government’s policies, including the burdensome taxes, are finding it difficult to repay their loans. And matters are made worse with local economic activity on the decline.On the issue of the sugar sector, the IMF has reiterated our call for careful decisions to be made about the future of the industry. The political Opposition has said repeatedly that the decisions taken so far have been political, given the absence of any socio-economic study. The IMF has warned the government to be “mindful of the large social impact” and the need, to protect those affected “by the process of change in the industry.The Coalition Government must face reality. The local economy is slowly being “choked to death”. Guyanese are witnessing policies that hurt businesses and increases hardships on average people. In the last year, there have been no major announcements regarding foreign direct investments in Guyana, nor any major job creation initiatives.The Coalition Government must act.The staff team from the IMF, led by Marcos Chamon, visited Georgetown during March 6–17 to hold discussions for the 2017 Article IV Consultation.
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj 23 percent of crimes resolved
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj Home prices holding steady
This could be the year that the housing market slowdown moderates. Don’t expect a fire sale, though. The sales slide began in the first quarter of 2005 and continued unabated through January of this year. During 2005, sales of previously owned single-family homes fell an annual 24.7 percent to 9,632 transactions, the biggest decline in 17 years. But the median price increased 6.4 percent, or $36,709, to an annual record of $605,917. That pattern is holding. January sales fell an annual 29.4 percent to 569 versus January 2006. And the median price increased 1.3 percent to $613,000. Last year, the Valley became a market where houses costing half a million bucks was the norm. This year, that price tag moves up to $600,000. And with sales still soft, it could probably be in that neighborhood this time next year because appreciation is now firmly rooted in single digits, percentagewise. Last year, the median price started at $605,000 and ended at $613,000, up 1.3 percent. The same holds true for the condominium market. In January, sales fell 29 percent to 211 transactions and the median price slipped 2.5 percent to $380,100. But that’s more than a house cost a couple of years ago. For both markets, that’s a level that was practically unfathomable when this millennium started. But the situation is still not all that good for house hunters hoping for a great buying opportunity, even though sellers now need to be more realistic in setting their sales price. “Demand is actually good right now,” said Jim Link, executive vice president of the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. “What I’m hearing is buyers are out and active.” And the forecast is for an OK spring and summer buying season. But it’s definitely a residential real estate market in transition, and the move is from strong to normal. The market did collapse in the early 1990s, but that was in response to an economic meltdown that resulted in 700,000 job losses across Los Angeles and Orange counties, many of them in the once-powerful aerospace sector. And the Valley was heavily invested in that industry. Now the the economy is growing, albeit slowly, in the Valley but is more broad-based than in the past. Strong performers include international trade and a non-defense-related tech industry that is growing very rapidly. And while inventory is now building toward a normal level, housing demand remains strong. Among the negatives: Credit is tightening as the subprime market shakes out. Builders are still not keeping pace with demand. And even if this year ends up like last, it will still be a pretty good market. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Category: chgxkidyfzrbeimj Gor Mahia offer Polack two-year contract
“We have just finished our meeting with him and almost all personal terms have been agreed. He will sign the contract in the morning on Thursday and then we unveil him in the afternoon alongside the new players,” club chairman Ambrose Rachier told Capital Sport.Pollack was quickly picked out by the club after Oktay’s resignation with Gor having been placed in a tight situation with no one in the technical bench having the requisite CAF A license to guide the club in Sunday’s CAF Champions League tie away to Burundi’s Aigle Noir.“He was among the top three coaches when we were hiring Oktay so it wasn’t hard to pick out who to replace him. He has the experience working in the continent and so he will not have a hard time fitting in. We expect him to succeed of course and we will give him all the support he needs,” Rachier added.Polack, born in Birmingham, England has had a huge chunk of his career in Finland where he also holds citizenship. He has worked extensively in Ghana between 2007 and 2018 where he has coached King Feisal Babes, Berekum Chelsea and Kotoko.He will hope to ride on the midas touch that has existed between Gor and English coaches.Bobby Williamson, Frank Nuttall, Dylan Kerr and lately Hassan Oktay who is a Turkish Cypriot with English citizenship have had very good success at Gor.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Englishman Steven Polack is set to take over as the New Gor Mahia head coach on a two-year deal. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have offered English coach Steve Polack a two-year contract to take over as the club’s new boss after the resignation of Hassan Oktay on Tuesday.Pollack, formerly with Asante Kotoko in Ghana arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon and immediately held talks with the club, agreeing most personal terms.