Former rep highlights weaknesses in team PNG

first_img“Their opponents are always tough and aggressive and their girls must step up if they want to be serious representative games in contenders in the Oceania region.”Former National midfielder Kule Matu said our girls were dwarfed by their New Zealand opponents who were also aggressive and tough.”We need to be very tough and out muscle our opponents and there is no reason to be ashamed.””We were not aggressive and competitive enough. We also need to communicate well on the field. Those were some of our weaknesses,” he said.Kule, said there is a lot of areas they need to work on.Kule played his last international game during the 1991 SP Games in Lae. He retired soon after to settle at his home in Bumayong.He currently assists the technical staff of Morobe United in the NSL games.last_img read more

Arthur Melo, the incomplete player

first_img8 The great challenge of Arthur Melo this season is to end a game starting as a starter. With Quique Setién he has played all the games, two of them also as a starter (Valencia and Getafe in LaLiga), but in no case has he played the 90 minutes. In fact, to see the last time the Brazilian midfielder completed a match, we have to go back to November 9 when he started against Celtic (4-1) in the Camp Nou. Since that day he hasn’t played 90 minutes again. First because of recurrent pubic lesions and then because both Ernesto Valverde and now Setién seem to be clear that he has no physical or endurance to be present in the field the whole game. There is no doubt that the picture for Arthur is more than worrisome. And not only because he does not have regularity in the field to endure the whole game but when he is given the opportunity he does not take advantage of it either, covering with the file and little else. His game, excessively bureaucratic, does not provide different solutions and exasperates the respectable on more than one occasion. Far away is that player that some came to compare with Xavi Hernández for his way of moving in the field, Right now, the Brazilian international is barely the last bullet in the chamber of Setién.In addition, Arthur is accompanied by a disturbing label of undisciplined player. With the previous coach, Ernesto Valverde, He already had two ‘hooked’: one to travel to Paris without permission to go to the Neymar party when there were two days left to play a game against Real Madrid and another to make a trip to Andorra one weekend to practice ‘snowboarding’ when I was convalescent of a pubalgia. Two mistakes that have made a dent in their performance. In short, a full disappointment. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 17, 2020 If we look at Arthur’s season it is clear that the first word that comes to mind is disappointment. It is not normal that a player of his talent could only complete five games (three from LaLiga and two from Champions). If with Valverde he was the thirteenth most used player, with Setién things have gone directly worse, being the penultimate, only surpassed by the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, who adds 90 minutes, played in the Cup against Ibiza. Arthur (239) is below even from Junior (241), a prior player destined for a secondary role, who Arturo Vidal (249) or even that Rakitic (361).last_img read more

Stokes’ 258 leads England assault

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Ben Stokes unleashed one of cricket’s most destructive innings for his 258 as England racked up 629-6 declared in a morale-crushing day for South Africa in the second Test yesterday.Stokes powered to the second-fastest double century in Tests in an astonishing display of dominance over the struggling but still top-ranked Proteas, propelling England from 317-5 overnight to its huge first-innings total in less than 40 overs of power hitting on the second day at Newlands.”I’m probably not going to play like this ever again in my life,” the 24-year-old Stokes said.Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, who was 150 not out, had a record partnership of 399, with Stokes claiming the fastest 250 in Test cricket, before he was run out. Their partnership was the best for the sixth wicket in Tests and England’s second best for any wicket.South Africa, staring at a big defeat and a 2-0 series deficit, was fighting at 141-2 at stumps, still 488 behind. England had removed both openers – Stiaan van Zyl to a run out and Dean Elgar for 44 – to give Stokes a wicket to go with his brilliant contribution with the bat. Captain Hashim Amla was 64 not out and AB de Villiers 25 not out, desperately trying to hold England at bay.Earlier, when England declared two balls after Stokes’ dismissal, the tourists had scored 312 runs in a session and a half at a scintillating rate of nearly seven per over. On a day of landmarks under Table Mountain, the bigger picture was that England amassed its second-highest total in more than 120 years of Test cricket in South Africa, only behind its 654-5 in the timeless Test in Durban in 1939.That was almost entirely down to the stunning Stokes-Bairstow partnership, a boundary-filled stand that left South Africa utterly dejected and way behind in the series, having already lost the first Test by 241 runs.”It was just a very intense session and a half by Ben Stokes, which was quite amazing to watch from where I was standing,” South Africa’s Elgar said. “I was standing at the boundary a lot, fetching the ball.”Stokes’ catalog of big blows brought a series of stats. He bludgeoned 30 fours and 11 sixes, the most sixes for England in a Test innings. The 130 he scored in the firstsession was the most by any player before lunch in a Test. The double hundred came off 163 balls, only behind Nathan Astle’s double ton off 153 deliveries for New Zealand against England in 2001-02.Having made just his third Test century, he went to 200 with a pull through midwicket for four, and leaped in the air with his fist pumping. His 250 off 196 balls was quicker than anyone else. The style of his innings was clear: 186 runs came from crunching blows to the boundary – or over it.On any other day, Bairstow’s 150 off 191 balls with 18 fours and two sixes would have drawn the attention.England scored 196 in 25 overs before lunch and 116 in 13.5 overs in the afternoon, before Alastair Cook put the South Africans out of their misery with the declaration.The end result was that England, already 1-0 ahead in the series, was in complete command at one of South Africa’s favourite grounds, and where England hasn’t won since 1957.But the ground’s reputation as a bastion for South Africa came crumbling down with Stokes’ assault. He finally fell to a bizarre dismissal when he hit a swirling catch to short mid-on, where AB de Villiers dropped the chance but managed to run out Stokes at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit.last_img read more

Dismissed APM Terminals Sanitation Workers Write House of Representatives over Benefits

first_imgRep. Ducan raises his hand to make a motion to the communication.Twelve former  sanitation employees of APM Terminal have written the House of Representatives about their unfair sacking and refusal of APM Terminal’s management to pay their benefits.In a communication to the House of Representatives, dated June 20 but placed on the July 5 agenda, which marked the 43rd Day Sitting, the dismissed employees said they are constrained and compelled to bring their complaints to the attention of the Lawmakers, because of the inhumane treatment and bad labor practices the APM Terminals meted out against them.The spokesperson of the group, Ms. Victoria Walker, said although the Ministries of Justice and Labor in March this year, issued an ultimatum and mandated APM Terminals to reinstate the 12 of them, the management has deliberately refused.“The management of APM Terminals told us that our reinstatement will be done over their dead bodies, and as proof, the management has employed different workers, replacing us,” Ms. Walker said.They wrote: “Most of us worked in the maintenance division from 2011 up to and including the date the Terminal Project was completed in December 2017; that in order to evade the Labor Laws of Liberia, the management from time to time hired the services of local entities and turned us over to such entities where we worked on a contractual basis.”They added: “The failure of APM Terminal to give us our just benefits is one of the major causes why our children are unable to complete the 2017/2018 school year, as we are unable to pay their tuition.”“…It is our humble prayer that this communication will meet your timely and urgent response for these peace loving Liberians who are being ill-treated by the APM Terminals Management to benefit as required under our laws and Let the Struggle end in the Cause of the People.”The dismissed employees are Lester Cummings, Joseph Tonolia, Ms. Victoria Walker, Ms. Lydia David, Daniel P. Weleh, Rufus Weah, Alex Swen, Othello Griffths, Ms. Tutu Toe, Ms. Annie Nyema, Sylvester P. Chukpadeh and Ms. Lucy Derrick.Meanwhile, the House’s Plenary voted to forward the complaint to the Committee on Labor, chaired by Sinoe County District #1 Representative Crayton Oldpa Duncan, to investigate and report within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Critical Challenge for President Weah

first_imgThis newspaper’s attention is drawn to a report carried in its Friday, February 22, 2019, edition under the headline, “CSOs Seek Support for Residents ‘Victimized’ by LAC, SRC’s Operations”, written by the Daily Observer’s community reporter, Hannah N. Geterminah.According to the reporter, several Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with a Swiss-based development charity, Bread for All (BFA), have launched a report calling on the Liberian government to provide a remedy to the problems faced by community members who were forcefully evicted from their lands in order to make way for the planting of rubber.According to the report entitled, “Struggle for Life and Land”, affected communities have lost their source of livelihood, along with a resultant sharp deterioration of the food security situation, worsened by a critical lack of access to safe drinking water.It can be observed that a major problem inherited by this government is the caseload of grievances of local communities, sparked by their forceful eviction of ancestral lands, by rubber and oil palm concessionaires under arrangements in which they were neither consulted nor involved in discussions that would see them deprived of their lands.It is indeed a problem heavily laden with full conflict potential. This newspaper maintains the view that, in situations where local communities find themselves helplessly pitted against the big corporations and with absolutely little or no protection coming from a government that is generally perceived as corrupt, resentment builds and can easily lead to violent and extremist forms of violence.And there are many examples the world over to support this claim.  A May 2002 OECD working Paper on International Investment entitled: “Multinational Enterprises in Situations of Violent Conflict and Widespread Human Rights Abuses ” acknowledges that there is a growing body of empirical literature that supports the view that factors underpinning the dynamics of civil strife and human rights violations bear a direct relationship to the level and structure of income and with the degree of development of the country’s political institutions.What we have in Liberia are weak political and state institutions with over an estimated 64 percent of Liberians living below the poverty line, of whom 1.3 million live in extreme poverty. With pervasive and runaway corruption taking a heavy toll on the nation’s resources, there are indications that such conditions could contribute to the possibility that the country could re-experience civil strife, especially given the very corrupt behavior of public officials and the inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides of the divide.This newspaper shares the view that in an economy such as ours, heavily dependent on the extractive industry, multinational corporations provide the revenue flow which makes it possible for the managers of a rentier state such as ours to procure the material and organizational requirements to employ the use of mindless violence as a matter of public policy.And such are bound to have repercussions simply because the people become incensed and imbued with a spirit of resistance. Perhaps runaway corruption and the arrogance and profligacy of corrupt officials can explain why the Afghan government (ranked by Transparency International as the 172 least corrupt nation out of 175), despite billions of foreign economic and military assistance, has been unable to quell the resurgence of the Taliban.And it can be similarly said of Iraq where a very corrupt Iraqi government has inadvertently aided the resurgence of the violent and extremist Islamic State.It is against this outlook that this newspaper urges the Weah administration to act urgently, to come to grips with the existing problems between the rubber giants, Liberia Agricultural Company(LAC), the Salala Rubber Corporation(SRC) and local communities. Admittedly, these problems and like those of the Golden Veroleum in Sinoe and Sime Darby in Cape Mount, are linked to the past government.It has appeared that the Ellen Sirleaf administration apparently had a charge to concession out the country legally or illegally. And the records show that more than two-thirds of concession agreements signed were illegal, according to the Moore Stephens report.But whether we like it or not, the charge is now President Weah’s to address as the successor of the past government. This is by no means an easy undertaking; yet it must be done.And this must be done sooner than later; if needs be, review concession agreements, especially since most were illegally concluded. The grievances of local communities must be addressed in a meaningful way that will not leave communities sullen, resentful of government and prone to violent and extremist behavior.Too much is at stake for the survival of this nation. This newspaper holds the view that President Weah should consider the idea of a national dialogue or, better still, the convening of a sovereign national conference to trash out burning issues with the view to deriving a national consensus on addressing key and critical issues. This is indeed a critical challenge for President Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oil’s not well: Cost of getting around is accelerating again

first_imgBut regular gas is already above $3 a gallon in many areas of Los Angeles, including the San Fernando Valley. Balaji Vemuma paid $3.05 a gallon to gas up his Toyota Camry at a Woodland Hills Chevron with regular and he was not happy about the tab. “They do bother me,” Vemuma, 28, of Woodland Hills said of the rising prices, “but I don’t have any alternative.” He needed to get to work. Prices typically increase this time of year because of a variety of factors, experts said. In February, gas stations switched to a more-expensive summer blend of fuel. Gasoline prices have started their spring ascent, jumping back to about $3 a gallon, and could set a California record by the summer driving season, analysts said Wednesday. That means last year’s record of $3.40 for a gallon of regular could be surpassed, predicted Mary Welge, an analyst at Oil Price Information Service. “It’s not out of the realm of possibility,” Welge said. She is predicting an increase of 10 cents to 30cents a gallon statewide. Wednesday’s average for a gallon of regular in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area was $2.92, up 13.2 percent from the $2.58 of a year ago, according to data from the Auto Club of Southern California. And scheduled and unplanned maintenance at refineries that make gasoline up to California standards curtailed supply. The raw material is getting pricier, too. On Wednesday, wholesale oil prices increased by more than $1 per barrel after the U.S. government reported an unexpected drop in crude inventories. Crude oil stockpiles dropped by 4.8 million barrels last week, to 324.2 million barrels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported. “We’re seeing a very tight supply situation,” said Susanne Garfield, a spokeswoman at the California Energy Commission, which monitors the supply of petroleum products. Of 14 refineries in the state that make California gasoline, a half dozen had planned downtime, Garfield said. Some of those had problems restarting production, forcing them to draw further on reserves or buy from wholesalers. Relief might not come for weeks, if past years are any indication. Gasoline prices, which have been creeping up about 2cents a day for the past four weeks as part of their usual early spring spike, often peak in May, Auto Club spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said. Prices then slack off until mid-August, when they frequently start rising again, according to Auto Club data. A second peak often comes in October or November. The double-humped-camel pattern has happened in years past, but not the most recent summer, when prices hovered just under the peak. “It’s like a mountain range that’s steeper on one end and then it doesn’t come down as far,” Montgomery said. Prices are high enough that customers are shopping around, said Raman Wason, manager of the Chevron station on Ventura Boulevard and Shoup Avenue in Woodland Hills. “They don’t just buy for convenience,” he said. “People are conscious. We don’t blame them.” The gas needy have two other choices at the busy intersection where Vemuma fueled up. Regular at a Shell station cost $3.09 a gallon and at a Thrifty, which appeared temporarily closed, a gallon cost $2.99. Jerry White did not like the price spike, either. White, 66, was heading back to his home in Las Vegas after visiting a doctor in Woodland Hills, where he used to live. He spent $50.69 for 16 gallons of medium octane to fill his Volkswagen EuroVan. “I was shocked,” White said of the prices. “When I filled up in Vegas, I paid $2.45 or $2.47.” (818) 713-3735 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

Online registration for North West 10K Charity Run/Walk in Letterkenny now open

first_imgThere are only three weeks to go until the Charity North West 10k Run and Walk in Letterkenny. The organizing committee is asking runners and walkers to register online now at for the charity event, which takes place on Sunday the 30th of April.The two benefiting charities this year are the Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, and the Family and Friends of Abbey Village in Kilmacrennan. Support these two very worthy causes by taking sponsorship cards, which are available from committee members, the two charities and at Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex Canal Road, Letterkenny.The entry fee is €15 for runners, €10 for walkers, and €15 for walkers with chip timing.Under 18s are not permitted to enter 10k races as runners.For more information you can telephone the Chamber on 91 24866. Online registration for North West 10K Charity Run/Walk in Letterkenny now open was last modified: April 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charityCharity North West 10k Run and Walkletterkennylast_img read more

Wenger insists Arsenal won’t appoint a director of football while he is boss

first_img Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger insists he never wants to work alongside a director of football at Arsenal.The 67-year-old is still yet to be drawn on whether he will sign a new contract to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the current season.After another season which has seen the Gunners drop out of the Premier League title race and exit the Champions League at the last-16 stage, reports continue to surface that Arsenal board members are keen to reshuffle the backroom set-up.The likes of former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars and ex-Germany international Michael Zorc have been linked with a director of football role at the north London club, with the pair currently filling that position for Ajax and Borussia Dortmund respectively.Many Premier League clubs now have a director of football in some guise, while others rely on a transfer committee to decide on potential new recruits.But Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal for over 20 years, says he does not want such a structure introduced while he is still in the job.“I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front, that’s it,” he said.“I don’t know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means.”Wenger has seen a number of Arsenal fans protest against him continuing as manager beyond this season.The Frenchman said he would know whether he was staying or going in March or April but is still yet to make that announcement.Asked on Tuesday if this was the day he would reveal any decision, he simply said: “No.”The second half of the campaign has been one to forget for Wenger and his side as they slipped from potential title winners to a team now fighting to finish in the top four.But there was some relief for Wenger, who also takes Arsenal into their third FA Cup final in four seasons later this month, as he finally recorded a victory over long-term adversary Jose Mourinho on Sunday.The 2-0 victory over Manchester United was Wenger’s first league win over the Portuguese at the 13th attempt and kept the hopes of Champions League qualification alive.“We built our success with intelligence and patience and organisation,” Wenger said when asked to reflect on the game. “We took advantage of the chances we created at the right moments in the game. It gives us still a chance to go into the top four.”Former United player and assistant manager Phil Neville berated the players of both United and Arsenal for their conduct in the tunnel ahead of Sunday’s clash.Many of the players were seen hugging and sharing a joke with their opposite numbers, in stark contrast to the rivalry between the sides in recent years.Wenger admitted his own surprise at the level of cordiality ahead of what was a big game for his side but said it is now often the way with so many different nationalities sharing the tunnel.“I agree with you. But it doesn’t look like because of that the commitment and the focus of the players has gone down,” he said when asked about Neville’s comments.“I think I understand that the pundits are a bit surprised by that because 10 or 15 years ago that did not exist. But it is an overall, international thing now.“You can watch Real Madrid against Barcelona – it’s the same, because people play together, come from the same country.“I was surprised as well I must say, but I must confess as well that it doesn’t stop the players to focus and concentrate after on the game.”Next up for Arsenal is a Wednesday trip to St Mary’s to face a Southampton side who inflicted a 4-0 win over the visitors in the corresponding fixture last season.Wenger has a fitness worry over defender Laurent Koscielny who injured his calf in the United win.But he should have Granit Xhaka available after the midfielder limped out of Sunday’s game having given Arsenal the lead, while Lucas Perez is also back following a slight setback in recovering from a thigh issue. 1last_img read more

Hugo Lloris back to his best with stunning must-see saves for France

first_img REVEALED no dice The demise of Hugo Lloris appears to be greatly exaggerated if his performance for France against Iceland is anything to go by.Tottenham fans have been worried about their No.1 shot-stopper in recent months with his performances taking a dip and his inability to play the ball with his feet with any degree of accuracy. REVEALED REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware Latest Football News England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 MONEY center_img BEST OF RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow In fact, such was the decline they began to get behind third choice goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who deputised for Lloris and No.2 Michel Vorm while the pair were injured.A huge error against Barcelona in the Champions League, which gave the Spanish giants an early lead led to pundits branding him a liability too.But, it appears the Frenchman, who was recently convicted of drink-driving, may be back on course thanks to a stunning combo of stops in the friendly international. Replay of Hugo Lloris’s fantastic saves. The first one is magnificent #FRAISL— GFFN Match Zone (@GFFNMatchZone) October 11, 2018Lloris first denied Ragnar Sigurdsson’s goal-bound header before nudging away Bikir Bjarnason’s poor rebound attempt. Alfred Finnbogason was next to try and get the ball home but the Spurs star saved again and ex-West Ham starlet Holmar Eyjolfsson was then denied to make it four stops within a matter of seconds.The match finished 2-2, with Kylian Mbappe grabbing a late penalty to deny Iceland victory but overall Lloris made seven saves on the night – the most in a single game by a France goalkeeper since World Cup 2006. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’last_img read more

MLB notes: Yankees will talk to Braves’ Mazzone

first_img But the Yankees do know they will need a new pitching coach. Mel Stottlemyre, who has held the job since Torre took over after the 1995 season, said last week he did not plan to return and leveled criticism at the Tampa wing of New York’s split front office. Pendleton talks to Devil Rays: Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton met with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to discuss to the team’s vacant manager’s job. Pendleton is the seventh candidate to get a formal interview to succeed Lou Piniella. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A’s keep Payton: The Oakland Athletics exercised their $4 million contract option for outfielder Jay Payton that keeps him with the club through next season. Also: Paul Molitor has turned down an opportunity to be the hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. … The San Francisco Giants designated right-handers Brian Cooper, Matt Kinney, catcher Yamid Haad, and outfielders Doug Clark, Julio Ramirez and Adam Shabala for assignment, leaving their roster at 34 players. … Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks will be given another job in the organization because of a mild stroke in April that forced him to miss 18 games. The team said it has not decided on the new position for the 64-year-old Hendricks, whose 28-year coaching tenure is the longest in Orioles history. … Bryan Price accepted a one-year contract as pitching coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks after determining he wasn’t a serious candidate for the job to manage the Florida Marlins. Price, 43, spent 18 years with the Seattle Mariners organization, the last six as pitching coach. The New York Yankees began pressing ahead with their offseason transformation, asking and receiving permission from the Atlanta Braves to speak with pitching coach Leo Mazzone. General manager Brian Cashman still has not determined whether he will sign a new deal or leave when his current contract expires at the end of the month. And manager Joe Torre hasn’t spoken publicly since New York was eliminated from the playoffs by the Angels. center_img 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