OFC Nations Cup set to kick off at Sir John Guise Stadium

first_imgThe first match will be between favourites New Zealand and Fiji followed by Melanesian rivals Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. This game starts at 7pm.President of the OFC and PNG Football Association (PNGFA), David Chung congratulated the players, coaches and support staff for the preparations saying their build up ensures football fans in Papua New Guinea and across the Pacific will see a true spectacle of football at the highest level in Oceania.The teams were given a welcome reception by the host city governor, Powes Parkop at the Lamana Hotel on Wednesday ( May 25). Present during the reception was the Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, Japanese Ambassador Morio Matasumoto, OFC and PNGFA president David Chung, OFC tournament officials, PNGFA executives, FIFA Local Organising Committee members and representatives from the teams.“The best footballers in the region have come together to compete for the honour of being crowned Oceania champions – an honour held by just three countries so far; Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti,” said Chung.Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Seamus Marten added onsaying the Nations Cup and the women’s U20 tri-nations friendly series were test events for the LOC.“We are monitoring things closely and waiting for the matches of the Tri-Nations as well as the Nations Cup to be completed before we can sit down and take stock,” said Marten.last_img read more

Guyana participates in grand Muslim festival in UK

first_imgBy: Devina Samaroo, UKAhmadis from across the globe will participate in the grand three-day Muslim festival which begins today (Friday) in Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK).Guyana will be among 100 countries attending the event called the Jalsa Salana, an annual celebration now in its fiftieth year.The weekend-long activities are marked by prayers and speeches where worshippers celebrate the teachings of Islam and esteemed leaders address pertinent issues impacting the expanding Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.Participants also use the forum to discover new countries and experience new cultures, taste various dishes and perhaps even learn another language.This unique gathering, considered the largest of its kind in the UK, is also attended by parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats from various countries.A field of flags representing the member countries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim CommunityThe key feature is the presence of worldwide movement’s fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Community, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad.On the final day of the celebrations, new followers pledge allegiance and existing adherents renew their pledges to His Holiness who serves as the worldwide spiritual and administrative head of this religious organisation, with membership exceeding tens of millions reaching over 200 countries.The religion was founded by Mizra Ghulam Ahmad in India in 1889, however, today it is still not accepted in some countries because its faith does not recognise Muhammad as the final prophet.While the general sect of the Muslim world believes Jesus Christ will return as the Messiah, the Ahmadis believe that the awaited Messiah came as Mizra Ahmad, who was the first Khalifa.In fact, they are considered apostates by other sects of Islam and in some states such as Pakistan, they are banned.Members on Thursday preparing the stage for the hoisting of the flag of the Ahmadiyya Muslim CommunityNonetheless, as time progressed, the community membership increased and eventually its first mosque was constructed in South West London in 1924.Then in 2003, the Baitul Futuh Mosque (House of Victories), belonging to the Ahmadiyya community, was inaugurated. Stretching across approximately five acres and with an accommodation capacity of 10,000 persons, it is Britain’s largest mosque and one of the largest in Western Europe.Leading up to the Jalsa Salana, guests from all over the world flocked both mosques, to enjoy the camaraderie through which they have meals and say prayers, all the while sharing their enthusiasm for the grand festival.There are approximately two million Ahmadis in the world. In Guyana, the community is numbered at about 300.Speaking to Guyana Times at the events site on Thursday where many preparatory activities were ongoing, Head of the Guyanese arm of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Aftadudin Nassir explained that the culture is very vibrant locally.“We go out there and we do the work. We preach Islam, we are out on the streets and we talk to people and give the message of Islam to them. We are a small community but we are not deterred. We know we will grow,” Nassir said.Guyana will be hosting its 33rd local Jalsa Salana before yearend, celebrating decades of the presence of the religion within the country.Ahmadiyya Muslims in Guyana was established in the late 1950s in Sisters Village, Berbice. Its first and oldest mosque is located in that community. There are other places of worship across the country and the local organisation is hoping to commission a brand new mosque in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) before yearend.The faith was introduced to Guyana through a missionary who was posted in Trinidad and Tobago to spread the message of Islam. He soon became the first missionary in Guyana and thereafter, more missionaries were posted to continue to spread the message of peace which is the undertone of the community’s motto, “Love for all, hatred for none”.last_img read more

Teen’s throat slit by lover

first_imgA teenager was on Saturday found dead at her Number Two Village, Canje home minutes after neighbours heard her and her boyfriend arguing.Dead is 17-year-old Rasanna Lakhpal, a former Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) student who lived in the lower flat of the two-storey building with her boyfriend while her mother who owns the property lived in the upper flat.Dead: 17-year-old Rasanna LakhpalThe teenager’s lifeless body was discovered lying on the floor about 13:30h. According to reports, the now dead teen and her boyfriend were heard arguing on Thursday and her mother demanded that he leave the home as a result. Guyana Times understands that the 22-year-old suspect and the teen were arguing over his lack of interest in finding a job.On Saturday, the teen’s mother left for work at a hotel in New Amsterdam and the suspect forced his way into the yard.Nadira Persaud, a neighbour, discovered the body lying on the floor. According to her, she was informed that the couple were fighting and she went to investigate. Persaud explained that the teen had been tasked with babysitting her two children, ages two and 10.The 10-year-old told this publication that she had gone to the house from a Vocational Bible School (VBS).“Ryan went upstairs and he and ‘Rosie’ [Rasanna] and the two of them were fighting and then he turn to me and say we should go out the yard before we get hit. So I just pick up the baby (two-year-old) and go and call mommy at her workplace and told her,” the youngster related.Persaud said when she arrived, there was no movement in the premises. She first looked downstairs and saw no one and as such, she went to the upper flat of the house.She said that before she went upstairs, she saw a taxi driver who was acquainted with the family and the two of them went upstairs.“So he look in the house and he tell me ‘look’ she there’, so I see she foot; it cover with a sheet an’ I pull the sheet an she ain’t move, so I pull the sheet off she face…”In describing what she saw, the domestic worker said the girl’s face was partly covered with a pillow as she lay on a carpet on the floor with her neck slashed in the vicinity of a tattoo.After an alarm was raised, several villagers rushed into the house.When Police arrived on the scene, they cordoned off the area. Moments later, the dead girl’s mother arrived. She was taken into custody after Police interviewed her.Meanwhile, the suspect is on the run. Shortly after the discovery was made, his Facebook page was deactivated.The young couple had been together for close to one year. The Police investigation continues. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

RUSAL moves to replace dismissed workers

first_img…30 others laid offAfter assurances by Government that the fired bauxite workers will be reinstated, the Russian Bauxite Company, RUSAL, has refused to do so, signalling their intentions of having the 61 workers replaced by the end of the week.RUSAL representatives during a previous engagement to discuss the fate of the dismissed workers with former Chief Labour Officer Mohamed Akeel (centre)This was disclosed on Tuesday during a meeting with RUSAL officials, Mikhail Krupenin and Vladimir Permyakov; Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally; Junior Social Protection Minister, Keith Scott and Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle, where it was questioned whether all fired workers would be reinstated.While it was announced by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman that the dismissed workers will be reinstated, company officials said those persons can only be rehired after their demands to rejoin the enterprise are laid over, along with some other conditions.“Those who are willing to come back to the enterprise and work will have an opportunity to write their demands to be admitted to the enterprise. Each case would be examined by the administration. Each individual needs to be examined by the company administration,” Permyakov stated.According to RUSAL, those who are not on the job have not received any payments and they have moved towards inviting persons who have a desire to join the company to do so.However, notices were issued to an additional 30 workers, informing them that they are not to turn up for work until further notice. According to the company, the bauxite reserves are not as lucrative to investors as they were in the past.These statements were met with strong opposition from Minister Ally, who labelled RUSAL’s actions as unreasonable and unthinkable.“I believe that RUSAL management is unreasonable. It is unthinkable for the positions that you have taken on this issue. It is very clear that you do not want an amicable solution to this matter because you have put on the table, issues to us…which says take it or leave it,” Minister Ally posited.She added, “You have put conditions that those who are willing to come back, their demands to be admitted to the enterprise must be laid over. I think that is unthinkable. Once the workers are back on stream, then it provides an opportunity for us to discuss and come to some agreement but to say to the workers that ‘for you to be readmitted, you have to establish these things’ is unthinkable”.The Minister further related that they are going to examine the company with regards to its operations and working conditions. Ally posited that the company should reinstate the workers first and then issues surrounding the Labour Department will be dealt with.In light of the ongoing fiasco between RUSAL and its workers, the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) stated that the company is taking a dangerous turn which is seen as an attack on the working class.“The struggle with the Russian management is taking on an ugly and most dangerous turn that is the first of its nature experienced in the history of Guyana…The actions of the Russian management violates our country in every way and must be seen as an act of declaring war against the working class and all Guyanese,” the Union stated.According to the Union, the company issued emails to its employees stating, “Management has found it necessary to close sections of its operation and to lay off some employees”.The organisation sought to respond by saying, “The ‘lay off’ along with the 61 dismissed earlier means the number of workers being victimised is climbing”.Meanwhile, Minister Trotman told media operatives on Monday that a collective bargain agreement should be forged between the company and its workers since the present tension is a testament to the absence of such a treaty.“I think ultimately, the better systems need to be put in place for managing good relations. On one hand, I think the company needs to understand that we do have laws and the workers need to follow a collective bargain agreement, so the answer lies in getting a firm collective bargain between the company and the workers. As long as there is an absence of such an agreement, we’re going to have this tension which erupts periodically,” the Minister said.BCGI – which is owned by RUSAL– dismissed 61 workers on February 19, 2019, since the employment contract prohibits them from downing their tools.During a meeting at the Labour Department last week, the BCGI representatives said that the company does not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.“Only a few weeks after, we got information that the judge in (a case decided) this Board was constituted with some breaches and could be considered illegal. It meant former worker was considered by decision of judge illegal. I think many people knew the Board was illegal. But nobody said to us such a (poll) could be considered null and void,” the company’s representative said.This is a reference to the judgment issued in the case of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) versus the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).FITUG General Secretary Carvil Duncan had claimed that TURCB unilaterally appointed a Chairman in 2015 without consulting them and only recognised the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC).In the written judgment issued by the High Court on November 8, 2017, it said FITUG was not consulted prior to the appointment of a Chair in 2015. This was found to be in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act, especially as it relates to the selection of a Chairman of the organisation.When asked, however, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle maintained that the GBGWU, by virtue of winning that poll, should be the duly-recognised representative of the bauxite workers. This is, after all, the approach the Ministry has adopted.last_img read more

Truant students asked to pay up

first_imgDistricts are paid for the number of kids that show up for classes rather than school enrollments. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – Desperate to obtain every penny of state funding, the school district is asking parents to pay $36.13 for each day their kids miss school. The 2,722-student Scotts Valley Unified School District said absences cost the district $223,500 in state money last year. Parents are now being asked to donate the amount it loses every time a student is absent for a reason other than illness. State funding is based on “average daily attendance.” last_img read more

Championship round-up: Andre Gray nets first Burnley hat-trick, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink denied first QPR win

first_img Andre Gray Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was denied a first win as QPR boss with Nahki Wells’ late goal snatching Huddersfield a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.It was a tight match in west London and the three points looked to be sealed when the Hoops netted in the second half through Sebastian Polter.Wells then scored late on to deny the Dutch boss victory in his fifth attempt in charge of the Sky Bet Championship club.Andre Gray’s hat-trick helped Burnley to bounce back from a 3-0 Boxing Day defeat at Hull to beat Bristol City 4-0 at Turf Moor.The Clarets took a 2-0 lead before the break, with thanks to a double from record purchase Gray.The 24-year-old summer signing from Brentford, who made his Clarets debut against the Robins in August, took his tally to 13 goals in 19 appearances.He opened the scoring after a fast counter attack in the 37th minute, before adding another in first half stoppage time when he controlled well in the box before neatly dispatching.Scott Arfield added a third before Gray completed his hat-trick to confirm the three points for Sean Dyche’s men.Gray’s former club Brentford won their third match under new boss Dean Smith, with a 2-1 scoreline at Reading.Ryan Woods’ 25-yard effort rifled past goalkeeper Jonathan Bond before Garath McCleary drew the Royals level shortly before the hour mark after combining well in the box with Matej Vydra.Sergi Canos, who extended his stay on loan from Liverpool yesterday, put the Bees back in front with less than 20 minutes left on the clock, as he beat three players before firing home from the edge of the box. That strike made it back-to-back defeats for Reading under returning boss Brian McDermott and it got even worse as Michael Hector was dismissed for simulation late on, when the Reading man was shown a second yellow card.Jacques Maghoma’s second-half strike set Birmingham on their way to a 1-0 victory over MK Dons at St Andrew’s.Jordan Graham scored his first Wolves goal as they ended a three-game winless run.After good work by Benik Afobe, Graham reacted quickly after a scramble in the box, to finish past shot-stopper Stephen Henderson.Harry Lennon’s late own goal then sealed the three points for Kenny Jackett’s men at the Valley.Finally, Paul Gallagher’s goal helped Preston to all three points with a 1-0 win over Hull at Deepdale.Daniel Johnson’s well-crafted free-kick made its way to Gallagher, who fired home to hand Simon Grayson’s men a deserved lead, as they held on for the final 24 minutes.Elsewhere, earlier today, strugglers Bolton ended a 17-game winless run with a vital 1-0 victory over local rivals Blackburn and Middlesbrough will host Sheffield Wednesday later this evening. Monday’s Championship results in full:Bolton 1-0 Blackburn (12.30)Birmingham 1-0 MK DonsBurnley 4-0 Bristol CityCharlton 0-2 WolvesPreston 1-0 HullQueens Park Rangers 1-1 HuddersfieldReading 1-2 BrentfordMiddlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday TUESDAY’S Championship fixtures:Brighton v IpswichCardiff v Nottingham ForestFulham v RotherhamLeeds v Derby 1last_img read more

Klopp has made Liverpool players BELIEVE, says Coutinho ahead of Euro final

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho takes directions from Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool training ahead of the Europa League final Philippe Coutinho has paid tribute to manager Jurgen Klopp on the eve of the Europa League final, claiming he has transformed the Liverpool players’ mentality.Klopp has only been at Anfield since October but Wednesday’s showdown with Sevilla in Basel is the second final he has led the Merseysiders into.On the charismatic German’s impact, Coutinho said: “He is a great manager and has made a few changes since he came in, the biggest one being to change the mentality and making the players believe they can actually achieve something.“Then step by step towards the end of the season Liverpool have improved performances and now are close to winning something.“It has been just six months and it is the second final we are playing in so it is a great opportunity.“The changes he has implemented has had a big part in that.”Liverpool lost their first final under Klopp – a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in February – and have suffered numerous near misses in recent years.And Coutinho says it is time for the club to ‘stop hitting the post’ and secure a first trophy in four years by beating Sevilla.“The expression we use in Brazil is ‘We hit the post’ on quite a few occasions recently so it will be really important for us to finally achieve something and win something with Liverpool,” said the 23-year-old.“That will be special for everyone across the club and the whole of the squad.”Victory in Basle on Wednesday would also secure a route back into the Champions League, Liverpool’s only chance of European football next season after finishing eighth in the Premier League.The Reds have featured in Europe’s elite club competition just once in the last six seasons and while a return is significant to the club’s status Coutinho said it is a side issue to the main aim.“Personally for me winning the trophy is the most important fact,” he added.“The positive consequence of winning the trophy is getting a Champions League spot but the squad are focused on the trophy.“As I said before we hit the post on a few occasions so it is really important we win the Europa League.”Tune into talkSPORT to listen to LIVE commentary of Liverpool v Sevilla on Wednesday night, kick-off 19:45last_img read more

Lower Taxes not just a slogan

first_imgVoters can vote for Lower Taxes in the County Assessor race. Literally. Candidate John Lower Taxes Loew is challenging incumbent Rick Auerbach, a Diamond Bar resident, for the seat. Loew, a deputy county assessor, legally changed his name – for $30 – while running for the seat in 2000 because he couldn’t afford to pay for a ballot statement but wanted to let voters know what he stood for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I have not accepted any campaign contributions,” Loew said. The assessor’s job is to appraise property and tax homeowners accordingly. Auerbach, who has been in office for six years, said since he’s held the job, taxpayers have been billed faster so they don’t forget about it, and have quicker access to services the office provides. Loew said if he’s elected, he promises homeowners who are being assessed more than what their home is actually worth will automatically pay lower taxes. Auerbach said he is pleased his opponent changed his name. What’s more, it will work against the challenger, he insisted. “I believe voters won’t take him seriously as a candidate,” Auerbach said. Loew begs to differ. “He’s entitled to his opinion,” Loew said. “But I’m getting a phenomenal response from everyone I talk to.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want 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

Liverpool ‘baffled’ by transfer links to international midfielder

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not held talks with Adrien Rabiot, according to the Liverpool Echo.There had been suggestions the Reds were extremely keen on the Paris Saint-Germain ace, but these have ‘baffled’ the club. 1 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Rabiot, 23, is out of contract next summer and can begin negotiations on a transfer abroad in January.But reports alleged Klopp had made contact with the France midfielder’s representatives in a phone call.This, though, has been denied with the club insisting there had been no conversations ‘in private or otherwise’ about a deal.Barcelona are the team who seem most keen on Rabiot currently and it’s unlikely Liverpool would engage in a transfer given their depth at the position at this point in time with summer signing Fabinho not even on the bench at the moment. RANKED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact possible standings Latest Football News Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot in action. ADVICE highlights last_img read more

BLM offers horses, burros

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The animals were gathered from BLM-managed public lands as a result of overpopulation, drought, and loss of habitat caused by wildfires. They’re vaccinated, wormed, and healthy, officials said. Adoption fees can be paid by cash, check or credit card. For animals adopted Saturday, the BLM will provide free home delivery within 150 miles, which includes Lancaster and Palmale. Free gentling demonstrations will begin at 10:30 a.m., which help potential adopters learn about the gentling process. Cheri Newsom, an equine massage therapist, will give demonstrations throughout the day into how touch aids in the gentling and training process. Wild-horse owners will be on hand with their adopted animals to answer questions and share their experiences with potential adopters. The newly formed Friends of the Ridgecrest Corrals will be selling halters and lead ropes. The Old West Lawmen’s Association, which consists of retired law enforcement officers, will be wearing attire portraying lawmen of the Old West. RIDGECREST – More than 200 wild horses and burros captured around the West will be up for adoption Saturday at the Bureau of Land Management’s Ridgecrest corral. The horses include 50 weanlings just in from Colorado and 50 yearling geldings from Nevada, plus an additional 100 horses and some burros up to about age 5, as well as a half-dozen horses and a mule that have received some training. The adoption will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The BLM will open the gates at 7 a.m. to allow adopters time to complete their applications and view the animals. The adoptions will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, and the adoption fee is $125 per animal. Silent competitive bids will be taken on the partially trained animals: a halter-gentled molly mule yearling and six halter-gentled mustangs, which include a 4-year-old gray gelding and a 1-year-old pinto gelding already used to wearing saddles. The minimum bid will be $125. The corrals are located on the Randsburg Wash Road, off Highway 178 about 4 miles east of Ridgecrest. For more information, contact the BLM at (800) 951-8720. 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