Tigers to play Sharks in Melanesian Club Championship

first_imgThe Tigers and Sharks match will be played in Fiji next year in February.The Melanesian Club Championship concept was started last year with the winners of Papua New Guinea’s Digicel Cup competition (Gurias) and Fiji’s Vodafone Cup competition (Sabeto Roosters) facing off in Port Moresby.The Gurias won the inaugural Melanesian Club Championship beating the Roosters 42-2.last_img

Be careful, the APNU/AFC coalition’s trapdoor is wide open

first_imgThen I declared in the dailies some time back that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition 100 days manifesto was a propaganda pamphlet or more so a manipulative rag and that the regime’s 100 days performance in office revealed an inglorious start, the extremists, propagandists and hard core supporters of the regime chastised me with various nauseating labels. For a while, I thought I had crossed the line with my too over-confident, too over-courageous and too over-ambitious analysis of the regime. When I saw, however, the APNU/AFC coalition’s full page advertisements in three of the four local dailies last week, boasting about some of its achievements in recognition of its second anniversary in Government, any iota of doubt I had, was erased.The “presstitute” of propaganda in the dailies brought to the surface a groping desperation aimed at bamboozling the public that the government is in the trenches with them, for their interests while miscalculating or simply ignoring what the average person would think when they come across the rag list of achievements delivered at their doorstep. Such a brouhaha simply does not take into consideration if the public is tumescent with rage and anger at the regime’s dismal and disappointing performance. This is callous governance.This regime has not only mastered the art of propaganda but it is running on a treadmill of propaganda. The regime is working overtime in overdrive to spew propaganda to ensure another term in office. The zeitgeist of change this regime so promised is a pipe dream and mark my words, expect more propaganda this same time next year. This is now the regime’s game plan until 2020.If you have missed what was printed in the dailies, I will provide a snippet since full details of such propaganda print and pitch do not worth repeating here. They will provide fodder for more propaganda. The shibboleth of these grand old men in the coalition, I argue, will be better served everywhere else except in the cockpit of politics. I have nothing against old age but I wish these old men enjoy the ephemeral joys of politics. Some achievements listed by the regime are: “lower electricity rates”, “less blackouts”, “press freedom restored”, “VAT reduced to 14 per cent”, “land rental fees restructured”, the resurfacing of some roads and planting of more lamp posts and lights and so on.I do not expect governments to be self-critical or to take a propaganda selfie. That is a task for the public, and so in that regard, notice nothing was printed on corruption, notice nothing was printed on the mismanagement of taxpayer’s money, notice nothing was printed on releasing of the report on the Commission of Enquiry on Walter Rodney, notice nothing was printed on drug scandal, just to list a few. What is so sad is that the AFC and the Working People’s Alliance have partnered with this kind of propaganda when some in those parties have spent their entire career fighting 28 years of People’s National Congress dictatorship. Desmond Hoyte rigged the 1985 general election.To understand why this regime is so pre-occupied with political flattery, counterfeit charm, I turn to the iconic literary figure, VS Naipaul. He writes:“For the uneducated masses, quick to respond to racial stirring and childishly pleased with destructive gestures, the protest leader will always be a hero. The West Indies will never have a shortage of such leaders, and the danger of mob rule and authoritarianism will never cease to be real. The paternalism of colonial rule will have been replaced by the jungle politics of rewards and revenge, the text-book condition for chaos.”We are approaching 51 years of independence in Guyana this week and we have not moved an inch from Naipaul’s analysis.May I add also what Stanley Milgram has taught us about obedience and loyalty? Six out of 10 people will blindly obey to the end an official-looking authority in their midst. There are a few columnists in the State-run media and tabloids that have maddeningly modified their identity to please the President and some sections of Guyana are pleased to have someone leading them that look like themselves. May I warn that blind loyalty, exaggerated patriotism, unswerving hero-worshipping to your own fuelled by political flattery is a very, very dangerous thing? The regime is capitalising on this, big time.This regime has some good intentions but how to transfer or transport good intentions and intuitions into practical benefits will require more than what I have to offer. I am concerned with the following: How does one transform a political culture where producitively is not rooted in its ability and consciousness? How does one transform a political culture where politicians come first and the citizens come second? How does one transform a political culture when politicians are needed most are missing in action? How does one transform a political culture when politicians take three hours lunch break and do not return to work? How does one transform a political culture when some politicians believe they are above the law? How does one transform a political culture when late night partying is the norm? I do not mean to leave now but I have to go and help my son with his political science homework.(Lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu).last_img read more

Our nation’s electricity supply greatly improved under Jagan, PPP/C (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,I write this letter responding to the editorial entitled “GPL” in the Sunday Stabroek of November 12th. It seems to me that the Editor set out not wanting to appear to be on either side, neither the PPP/C nor the PNC/APNU&AFC Coalition, thus he used a broad brush which obscured significant details with the risk that we would miss some important lessons, much of which we have paid for and continue to pay for in adverse experiences and in much frustrations.In the SN editorial, there is a reference to 1978, no doubt recalling that nearly three-day period when Georgetown and its environs were without electricity and water – perhaps the lowest point in our supply of electricity. There was not much recovery fourteen years later when Dr. Cheddi Jagan and the PPP/C entered Office in October 1992. I could not concur more with the Editor when he says, “Then came President Cheddi Jagan who in the early days of his period of office which happened to coincide with a particularly bleak period of electricity crisis”, accurate to this point but demonstrably inaccurate in the latter part of this sentence, “seemed to be absorbing himself with promulgating the New Global Human Order, rather than fixing GEC (Guyana Electricity Corporation), as it then was.”.The last part of that sentence could not be more wrong: our electricity utility was extremely close to Cheddi’s heart and he spoke many times of how during his 1957 to 1964 period as Chief Minister/Premier his Government accepted the offer to purchase the then Demerara Electricity Company as the shareholders decided to get out of that business. Cheddi couldn’t help repeating time and again how well the utility was run then with the person he selected, a tailor, as Chairman. By all accounts the electricity supply was satisfying unto our days of strife and strikes and turmoil (1962 to 64) which eventually pushed Cheddi from Office.Cheddi returned to Office (in 1992) with tremendous zeal to return GEC to creditable performance. As would have been known at the time, Cheddi and our new PPP/C Government were under great pressure from the MFIs (Multilateral Financial Institutions) and Bilateral Relationships to immediately and totally privatize the provision of electricity in Guyana. Cheddi led the arguments that immediate privatisation to foreign buyer(s) would be precipitate and premature – there was much for us, the populace, to learn and much for us to correct and change before seeking a privatisation that would not be a give-away but a reasonable business transaction. Cheddi called for a degree of initial improvements by our own means before going to privatization. Guyana was not agreeing to the privatization of our electricity utility as a total basket case.Cheddi was continually involved, unlike the Editor – some may say too much, as it took Cheddi’s understanding and personal standing to lead our country in many new directions including restoring our electricity utility. It required significant reordering of our nation’s priorities, an even-handed frugality with a tight rein on spending for Cheddi and the PPP/C to turn things around in our country. By squeezing all around, enough money was mustered to fund our first expansion in generation of 11 MW when GEC at the time had a notional supply of 30 MW. We advertised publicly for proposals. More than a dozen offered reconditioned gensets but we thought that since reliability was most critical we would prefer brand-new units. The Wartsila offer was the lowest of brand-new units (quite possibly Wartsila had foregone any profits in that offer, as an investment to get their foot into Guyana) but the Wartsila brand and performance were then unknown in Guyana. As it happened, Dr. Jagan at Omai for its opening, when touring their Wartsila power plant, received such complimentary remarks about Wartsila, he recommended that we consider Wartsila’s price and performance guarantee as credible. To pre-empt any compromise of Wartsila’s guarantees and its performance, I advocated and sought approvals (on both sides) for an operations and maintenance contract between GEC and Wartsila. I admit it was my “cya” strategy.The two units brought tremendous improvement but we knew that many more were needed, and quickly so. With this example establishing costs and benefits we, Cheddi with the PPP/C, spent some months trying to promote local funding of the next tranches of gensets. Not enough of us Guyanese seemed ready to believe that we Guyanese were ready to do what was required to develop an efficient, respectable, profitable utility on our own. As I recall, it was only a few days after our Government eventually ordered a second tranche of two Wartsila units that a large failure at the steam plant at Kingstion prompted the immediate ordering of an additional four units to follow on. Unfortunately, Cheddi passed away before the last four were brought into service.Cheddi had also been receiving representations to replace the almost totally dead plant at Anna Regina on the Essequibo coast. He had the pleasure of commissioning a brand new 4 MW (2 x 2MW) plant in May 1995.Mr. Editor it was Cheddi who after many long meetings, the experiences referred to above, and the obvious needs for inputs of capital, new, additional and different experiences and expertise, eventually acceded to starting on the road to privatizing the GEC for the development of Guyana and its people. Notwithstanding our reluctance to consider recovering our GEC ourselves, the overwhelming number of us Guyanese seemed concerned about our GEC (now GPL) in foreign hands. I recall a few days before he took ill a number of Guyanese persons were trying to persuade Cheddi not to privatise. His answer essentially was, bring me and bring me quickly a credible alternative to privatisation. It would take about two years after Cheddi’s passing for the GPL privatisation to be completed but the agreements bore his imprint – a 50:50 partnership and both the Government and Core-Partner selling down their shareholding over years ten to twenty. Cheddi’s dream was for every Guyanese customer family to acquire about the same number of shares, and thus being at the same time both owner as well as customer, sensing, resolving and reconciling the contradictions of the two roles.Samuel AA HindsFormer Prime Minister,Former President andFormer MinisterResponsible for Energyand Electricitylast_img read more

LIB’s DJ Nelly Features on Debra Antney’s Be100! Online Radio

first_imgAfrican DJs and artists can be heard on Be100! Radio every Saturday from 12pm to 2pm Liberia time (7am to 9am EST). LIB already has a DJ or two featured on the platform including DJ Nelly. “You need more people to follow your work and you never know who is listening, so it’s important that all efforts are applied from the DJs and artists,” says Franklin Norman, coordinator of the Be100! platform.He says it is great for boosting one’s fan base on a broad level as DJ or artist, as the music is being heard by millions across the Internet.According to him, the project is exciting, as responses are coming from everywhere on the continent. The first week trying to get mix tapes was not easy, but participants now understand the opportunity of the platform.“In the beginning, we were looking for quantity, but we realize it is more of quality. Some of the current DJs are great with their craft and the end result is encouraging,” he said.The founder of Be100! Internet Radio and ace artist manager, Debra Antney, is urging more African musicians and DJs to take advantage of the free mix platform, which offers more international recognition.Her love for African music grew stronger after attending the Liberia Music Awards after party, hosted by two Liberian-owned music producers in Atlanta, Jeni Muzic and I Speak Music, earlier this year. Antney noted that the sound of music today from is amazing in all genres and that the drums, the beats, all of these sounds play a major role in today’s music from Africa. “So, why can’t you get in there and really show how it is supposed to go? It’s a festival,” she said bluntly.“This platform’s aim is to give participants a better marketable status internationally through their songs and mixes. It’s important that artists and DJs get involved by sending more mix tapes with quality,” said Norman, who is also a music producer and head of Jeni Muzic. Antney, who brought top female rapper Niki Minaj to the limelight, hosts regular events for up-and-coming musicians and entertainers looking to make headways in the industry. Next weekend she will be hosting another such event in Atlanta. The launch of the platform by the U.S. top female artist manager is clear indication of her vision to invest in native African talent.“I love helping people and open up doors for individuals, that turns me on,” she told LIB Life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberians Urged to Use Business for Sustainability

first_imgThe proprietor of Uncle J Foreign Reclining Spot in Kakata City, Margibi County, Jacob Q. Ketteh, has urged Liberians to venture into the business sector for sustainability.In an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Kakata City, Ketteh said Liberia is endowed with numerous resources, among which are agriculture and the business sector that must be tapped by Liberians.Ketteh pointed out that though the business sector is an important and powerful economic force in post conflict Liberia, it continues to face challenges.He outlined several issues, among which include inadequate payment of taxes, corruption and the lack of business skills, among major hurdles that affect Liberian businesses in the country.“As a result, a business can keep a very slow pace of growth because of such limitations, which also include lack of vision and ineffective management,” Ketteh said.He added that the fact that Liberia has made significant strides in building an environment suitable for the business sector to thrive is an indication that with determination a business can grow.He said despite the decline in the prices of iron ore and rubber on the world market, he is presently cultivating rubber on one hundred acres of land in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Capital FM returns as Safari Sevens partners

first_imgCapital FM will once again drum up support and publicity for the event through promotional activities while offering comprehensive coverage through interviews and live coverage.Currently, Capital is the official radio partner of the Impala Floodies Tournament which culminates in the final on Saturday at the Impala Grounds on Ngong Road.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – Capital FM have extended their long standing association with the Safari Sevens by returning as official radio partners for the 2018 tournament which takes place at the RFUEA Ground from 9th to 11th November.The Best mix of Music has had an uninterrupted association with the event stemming back to the inaugural tournament in 1996.last_img read more

A flash of serendipity

first_imgOne USC fan and La Mirada resident has been given the chance to be a fly on the wall when it comes to his team’s faithful mascot. Dr. Gary Pirnat, chiropractor and assistant professor by day, is the photographer for Traveler’s team of handlers and security by Friday nights. “It’s a great experience,” he said. “I’ve definitely enjoyed it and look forward to football season.” Pirnat, 56, has worked at the Clinical Medicine Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier for 26 years as a chiropractor and at the university’s clinic. He is also a member of the Whittier Rotary Club. He and wife Michele live in La Mirada. For Pirnat, photography was always a hobby, but it became a larger part of his life when he was discovered at a USC game in 2003. “I have done basic photography probably since I was about 8 years old,” he said. “This has made it blossom quite a bit, because I have been able to continue with it in a more professional mode.” Pirnat and his family, all fans of USC, attended a game, where he took a photo of Traveler from the stands. The photo turned out well, so a cousin sent it in to his friend, who happened to be Traveler’s handler. Joanne Asman of Asman and Associates contacted Pirnat about becoming part of Traveler’s team. Asman’s company specializes in supplying equestrian entertainment at parties and other events. Under her watchful eye, Pirnat has taken more than 100,000 photos of Traveler in his four years on the job. “The wonderful thing about Gary is that he’s never really shot horses before,” Asman said. “And he’s what I would call a natural.” According to Asman, Pirnat not only accompanies her team to football games, but also to events not related to Traveler’s post, and to USC events where the mascot will make an appearance. Pirnat’s position with Asman is not paid; he takes photos for love of the art and the job. “I do this somewhat out of the goodness of my heart,” Pirnat said. “It’s kind of a volunteer thing.” Pirnat said the task of photographing the mascot mostly consists of football games, all of them at home. “Traveler, even though his name indicates that he travels, doesn’t,” Pirnat said. A typical game means photographs of the horse’s opening run, and an additional run every time a touchdown is scored. But beyond the field, Pirnat has become privy to the secret life of Traveler. Before each game, the horse is taken to the field early to get reacquainted with his surroundings. At home, Asman keeps the environment much like the Colosseum, with the colors from inside the stadium and even footballs lying around. She said becoming Traveler is a job not every horse can do. “It has to do with temperament, it has to do with trust, and it has to do with training,” Asman said. The current Traveler, a 16-year-old show horse, has a real name that Asman would not disclose. “When he’s representing USC, he’s Traveler,” she said. “There is no other name.” Dawn Fielder, Pirnat’s friend of 30 years and a fellow USC fan, said he is a good friend and a wonderful photographer. An amateur photographer herself, Fielder said Pirnat has helped with her photographs and loves to spend time on his hobby. His job with USC has been enjoyable, she said. “I can’t remember when he didn’t have a camera in his hand,” Fielder said. “He just loves to see the world through that camera.” Pirnat said he will stay on with Asman’s team as long as he enjoys his work, which he anticipates being a long time. “It’s amazing and exciting to be down on the field,” he said. “USC has been on a great winning streak, the place is almost always packed. You almost have to wear earplugs because it gets so loud.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA GROUP of 12 ambitious seafood entrepreneurs from County Donegal have become the first in the North West region to benefit from a new intensive business development programme, writes Kitty O’Mara.The official graduation ceremony took place yesterday in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.The Donegal Seafood Development Programme was introduced in the North East region after a similar syllabus was made available to participants in coastal communities in West Cork and Wexford. Aimed at both start-up and existing seafood enterprises, the course was co-ordinated by BIM, the Seafood Development Agency, in conjunction with Donegal County Enterprise Board. Training and mentoring support was delivered by James Burke and Associates. The course is target driven and tailored to each of the company’s specific needs, providing the companies with the necessary tools to achieve their business objectives.Participants were mentored in core areas of business development including strategic planning, market trends and distribution and route to market. The entrepreneurs were also given a talk from one of Ireland’s most well known business men and entrepreneurs, Bobby Kerr (chief executive of Insomnia and one of the dragons on RTE’s Dragons’ Den).To get to grips with what is required to run a successful seafood business, the participants were given a tour of seafood businesses in Howth, Co Dublin. The group were given an insight into merchant seafood retailing from some of the famous seafood retailers in Howth including Nicki’s Plaice. To learn more about distribution in the retail market, the group visited Oceanpath, one of Ireland’s most successful seafood processors and met Lenny Fearon, executive chef from the Convention Centre Dublin, to understand the quality demands for seafood at larger functions.Donal Buckley, business development and innovation manager BIM, believes that the new programme has ensured that local seafood companies are fully-prepared for the opportunities and challenges of a contemporary marketplace: “We’re confident that the Donegal Seafood Development Programme will mean a boost for local seafood companies that are determined to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and strategically develop their businesses. Donegal is renowned for its quality seafood and the fishing industry is vital to the local economy. The demands of the marketplace mean that businesses in the region have to rethink and reposition themselves to ensure the products they are offering are innovative and value-added. After nearly ten months’ intensive training, it is exciting to see that some of the companies have used what they have learnt on the course to develop a number of new products which, if brought to market, will generate sales and jobs for the Donegal area.”As a next step, BIM are in consultation with Letterkenny IT to develop a Seafood Innovation Hub in the northwest which will offer companies product development facilities and access to trained graduates to assist in growing their business capabilities.BUSINESSES MAKE MOST OF THE DONEGAL CATCH was last modified: October 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBIMGreencastleKillybegsLetterkenny ITlast_img read more

So close to a stunning signing! Can you believe these transfer near misses?

first_img 2. Gianluigi Buffon to Arsenal – “I remember when I was 20 years old, I once had dinner with [Arsene] Wenger,” Buffon said. However, it obviously wasn’t a good enough meal and the goalkeeper joined Juventus from Parma. 9. Wesley Sneijder to Man United – Man United tried to sign Sneijder on several occasions and came closest in 2011, but Inter decided not to sell. 7. Franck Ribery to Chelsea – Ancelotti was very busy in 2009 as he tried to sign Franck Ribery as well as Pirlo. Ancelotti got his man… seven years later when he took over at Bayern. 10 8. Ronaldinho to Man United – “I was on the brink of joining Man United [from PSG in 2003], with just a few details to iron out, but [Barcelona vice president Sandro] Rosell called me at the last minute. 5. Diego Maradona to Sheffield United – United manager Harry Haslam spotted Maradona while on a scouting trip in Argentina in 1978. His board, though, decided the £200,000 fee was too expensive.” This feature first appeared as a video on talkSPORT’s YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to FREE here. 10 10 10. Zinedine Zidane to Newcastle – “I offered him to Newcastle in 1996,” agent Barry Silkman claimed. “They said he wasn’t good enough to play in the First Division.” The league Silkman is referring to is now known as the Championship… 6. Andrea Pirlo to Chelsea – “It was August 2009 and I’d reached an agreement with Chelsea where Carlo Ancelotti had just become their manager,” Pirlo said. “However Milan wanted too much cash.” 1. Lionel Messi at Manchester City – scroll through the gallery to see other great players who nearly sealed transfers to England – Talks between Barcelona and Man City representatives have been had in relation to a possible deal for Lionel Messi. No formal bid has been lodged yet, but the Premier League club have made it clear they are not afraid of breaking the world transfer record, according to The Sun. He has been close to a City move before. In 2008, City officials accidentally made a bid for Messi when a comment on the club’s takeover – ‘It’s getting messy’ – was mistranslated. The accidental bid was rejected. 10 4. Robert Lewandowski to Blackburn – In 2010 a volcanic ash cloud grounded several European flights and prevented Lewandowski from signing for Blackburn. 10 10 10 10 Talks between Barcelona and Man City representatives have been had in relation to a possible deal for Lionel Messi.No formal bid has been lodged yet, but the Premier League club have made it clear they are not afraid of breaking the world transfer record, according to The Sun.Messi has been linked with City in the past and here, talkSPORT looks him and football’s other fantastic players who almost sealed moves to England.This feature first appeared as a video on the talkSPORT YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to for FREE here. 10 3. Kaka to Man City – In 2009 Kaka turned down the chance to not only become the first £100m, but also to play with Joleon Lescott. 10last_img read more