PNG U-17 squad eye championship upset

first_imgKamake said, his team began training in November 2016 in preparation for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-17 Men’s Championship.Their objective for this tournament is to reach the final.“Our team comprises a blend of youth with experience and we are confident of doing well in the OFC Championship,” said Kamake.This will be PNG’s seventh OFC U-17 Championship with qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India in October this year.The PNG U-17 team will arrive in Auckland on January 19 ahead of the OFC U-17 Men’s Championship for a few lead-up matches against the New Zealand U17 national team and the Fiji U17 national team.They will spend two weeks in New Zealand and leave for Tahiti on February 7 for the OFC U17 Men’s Championship.“I think we have the players to win the tournament. It comes down to them. If they go in there and play according to the way we want to (it is possible).“So far I am happy with the way our preparation has been going and with the few lead-up matches in New Zealand will be helpful  for us to see where our strength are as a team,” said Kamake.PNG shares Group A with New Caledonia, Tahiti and Vanuatu.PNG will play their first game against New Caledonia on February 11 and Kamake knows how important the first game is to start the competition.“We have respect for all our opponents. They are all good teams. The first game against New Caledonia will be the hardest but we have to fight for every point,” said Kamake.The PNG U-17 squad: Alben Pukue, Abraham Allen, Barthy Kerobin, Charley Ningikau, Dunstan Jamua Jeffrey, Dopson Noi, Emmanuel Simongi, Emmanuel Yopiyopi, Freeman Giwi, Graham Berigami, Jonathan Allen, Kimson Kapai, Milton Karu Biwa, Oberth Boram Simon, Ricky Clyde Wadunah, Samuel Jeremiah Detnom, Sylvester Wafihunia Luke, Thomas Kongragle, Wolfram Kob Gregory and Yagi Yasasa.last_img read more

Two Teens’ Struggle for Education

first_imgGartee is a fourth grader and attends an elementary school in Hill Town, Bomi County. She goes to school every day on time with her four month old son, and she has been doing just that since school started a month ago. “I wake up at 5:00am every morning to get both of us ready for school,” she told me.It takes Gartee about an hour to walk to school from her village. Firmly tied to her back is her sleeping baby, whose head and face are fully covered with an old diaper to protect him from the morning dew and anything that might be flying around. No matter the distance or the challenges that Gartee faces when her baby is seen by the other children at school, Gartee says her education is important to her.“I want to finish school, that’s what’s important to me. Everybody knows the boy is my baby because after school, they always see us walking home together.” she added.Gartee’s school has a total population of 301 students but only two of its female students have babies. According to Gartee, she was impregnated by a man in a nearby village, a place she said she visited a couple of times after school. “I don’t regret giving birth to him because I still have a chance to go to school,” she added.For the moment, there are two main areas where the road is in poor shape going to Hill Town, one being a very dangerous place to cross.“There’s a stream of water that divides the road. When it rains, we can’t cross to go to school until the rain stops and the stream slows down. When it’s full like it is right now, we can’t take the chance to cross,” she added.School started last month and lasts from 8:00am-3:30pm daily. Luckily, the school is also catered to by Mary on Wheels, a feeding program.Gartee nurses her son four times during the school period and says she can’t leave him at home because there is no one to take care of him. “When we arrive, I give him breast milk and leave him with the kitchen attendant who ties him to her back. I give her whatever I can through the day to help me because she knows it is not easy for us,” she added.In response to why her parents do not help her with her son, Gartee says that her father reminds her every day that she shouldn’t have had him and because of that, she keeps the child out of her parents’ way.Aiessate Cooper is the only girl in the 6th grade at Hill Town Elementary, which intimidates the six male students and encourages her to work harder. “My class is all boys. Sometimes I feel like I have to work harder, sometimes I feel like my teacher will ask me more questions than normal because I am the only female,” she added. According to Aiessate’s father, Principal Cooper, his daughter has had a challenging past. A few years ago, he said he had to give her to a relative in the hope that she would have the opportunity to go to school in the city. Unfortunately, Principal Cooper said, he was forced to bring her back to live with him when he found out that Aiessate was being taken advantage of and not going to school.“When we learned that More Than Me Academy was taking over this school and is free of charge, I registered my daughter right away,” Principal Cooper stated.The Hill Town Elementary was recently handed over to More Than Me Academy, one of the nine partners that teamed up with PPP, which was given six schools in various locations, four in Bomi County. More Than Me has begun renovating the school. They have already spent over US$5,000 on lumber for chairs and tables, which the school lacked. Although Katie Meyelei, founder of More Than Me, looks forward to this new expansion, the challenges of renovating the school are still there, including bad roads that make it difficult to get supplies to the school.For now, these two girls seem to have a bright future ahead of them despite the challenges they had to face. Both girls have begun appreciating the opportunities that they have with the new school system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police to question son on missing businessman

first_imgCharred remains found in templeAs investigations continue into the discovery of charred remains suspected to be those of 56-year-old businessman Saeed ‘Saho’ Hamid who went missing in April, the Police are expected to question the son of the now dead man.The charred remains were discovered behind a Hindu temple at Rosignol, West Coast Berbice on Wednesday last.The dead man’ son, Asif Hamid, is on remand after he was charged for the murder of a cattle farmer whose remains were found buried in his back yard in July 2015.Based on reports received, Hamid’s father had left home on April 19 to conduct business at Rosignol, but was never seen again.However, following discovery of the charred remains on June 20, the Police have taken several persons into custody, including Satrohan Madray and Antonio Balrup, both of whom had been accused of murder but were subsequently freed.The two men nevertheless reportedly admitted to bludgeoning the man to death and burning his body to get rid of the evidence.It is believed that the man was killed to prevent him from testifying against his son.The charred remains have been sent for DNA testing to determine whether they belong to the Corentyne businessman.last_img read more

Taxi driver remanded for robbery under arms

first_imgA taxi driver was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for armed robbery.Harry James, of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, denied the charge when it was read to him on Friday.It was alleged that on July 3, 2018, while in the vicinity of Alliance, Canal Number Two, Wes Bank Demerara, and while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed businessman Rabindra Sumdhat of $792,000 along with a quantity of gold jewellery.According to the facts presented to the court, on July 3, at about 02:00h Sumdhat was sleeping in a hammock under a shed in his yard when he was confronted by two men armed with handguns. The gunmen demanded that he hand over all his valuables.The bandits then took the businessman inside his house and relieved him of cash and other valuable items.It was further alleged that Sumdhat was gun-butted by the gun-toting bandits but was able to disarm one of the men during the process. One of the gunmen fired two shots in the air.Two live 9mm rounds were found at the scene and an unlicensed .9mm pistol allegedly taken from one of the two armed suspects during a struggle with the businessman. The men fled in a waiting vehicle.However, Police were able to apprehend the men at Leonora, West Coast Demerara.The men along with the driver were arrested and taken to the Police station where the motor car was impounded.However, only the taxi driver has been charged so far, as investigations continue. The case was transferred to the Wales Magistrate’s Court and will continue on July 12.last_img read more

Guyanese cynical about oil and gas wealth – Dr Hinds

first_imgDr David HindsObservers have extensively cited the pros and cons of oil, with some oil-producing countries also being some of the most corrupt…points to ongoing Govt scandalsWith first oil expected next year, the excitement over the industry appears not to have caught on with the larger populace. According to political analyst, Dr David Hinds, this may have something to do with the perception of scandals plaguing the Government.Dr Hinds made these comments on the Globespan 24/7 live show in New York on Saturday, titled integrity in politics. Hinds noted that citizens have a duty to be watchdogs over Government’s management of national resources, regardless of partisan affiliations.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had previously revealed the fact that the husband of former Housing Minister Valarie Patterson-Yearwood had received contracts to construct houses. But Hinds questioned why it was left up to the Opposition Leader to reveal this when others knew but kept silent.“It is no wonder that people are cynical about the coming oil wealth,” Hinds said. “And we have not been able to generate in the society the kind of expectation, the kind of excitement, the kind of optimism that we need to generate.”“It say to me that there is a lot of cynicism. And that while we charged the previous Government with engaging in conflicts of interest, we’ve done nothing to correct it. It says to me we shouldn’t depend on Government to correct Government wrongdoing.”Jagdeo had disclosed at a press conference earlier this month that a sub-contractor went to him after he had exhausted efforts to collect his payments from the Minister’s husband. According to the Opposition Leader, the man had written President Granger four times over the past year for the Head of State’s intervention but only got acknowledgement responses.Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Lelon Saul had revealed that he was aware of this issue of non-payment.“A complaint was lodged at the Ministry, I think it was some time last year, and we would have called in both parties and we advised them to settle the issue,” Saul told reporters earlier this month.Furthermore, the CH&PA Head had also noted that the award of the contract to the Minister’s husband for works under a Ministry she was heading was a clear conflict of interest even if the contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process.“If the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest,” he posited.To this end, the CH&PA Head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation. It is a call that was echoed by other sections of society, including Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc.There have also been revelations that Videomega Productions, the multi-media company owned by Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, received multiple contracts from the Government.Meanwhile, Guyana is home to the world’s biggest new deep-water oil discovery. US oil giant ExxonMobil has been keen to push the development of the oil reserves. Production could begin in 2020 with the production of hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil a day.last_img read more

Arsenal monitoring 20-year-old French forward – talkSPORT sources

first_img1 Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Lille starlet Sehrou Guirassy, talkSPORT understands.The 20-year-old forward is currently on loan at Auxerre in Ligue 2, where he has impressed with eight goals in 15 games.Guirassy joined Lille last summer from Ligue 2 outfit Laval, but was immediately loaned out to Auxerre where his performances have alerted Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Arsenal have sent scouts to extensively watch the French Under-20 star in action this season, however the Premier League giants are reluctant to pay over the odds for the youngster.The Gunners hierarchy are prepared pay around £1million for Guirassy, who can operate as a centre forward or as winger. French forward Sehrou Guirassy has impressed Arsene Wenger last_img

Arrest made in city tree torching

first_imgGLENDALE – Police on Wednesday said they arrested “the Grinch” who set fire to a 30-foot Christmas tree in a plaza behind City Hall because he was burned up about a parking ticket. Bruce Morrison, 52, of Glendale allegedly used an accelerant to set fire to the city’s Christmas tree Friday. The tree, which had been imported from the Pacific Northwest, had to be removed after limbs, electrical fixtures and decorations were destroyed. Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said city workers spend a lot of time each year decorating the tree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “They know it’s a symbol of happiness and fun and (the) joyful season, and for somebody to come and burn the symbol down, he’s obviously the Glendale Grinch,” Lorenz said. A witness saw Morrison run away from the burning tree and described the blue pickup truck he used to flee the area, police said. When information on the arson attack was later broadcast to police units, an officer thought the vehicle description sounded like a truck she had recently left a parking ticket on while it was parked in a red zone near City Hall. The owner was traced through the license plate information the officer took down and Morrison was arrested Wednesday. He was booked on suspicion of arson and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. City Councilman Ara Najarian was the master of ceremonies when the Christmas tree was lit with electric lights in early December. His two young sons flipped the switch to light the tree. “It was a very large tree, it was nicely decorated and it was the focal point … of our Christmas celebrations for the city,” Najarian said. “You couldn’t miss it.” The damage to the decorations and lighting on the tree are estimated at more than $4,000, but the value of the tree itself was not available Wednesday. The parking ticket would have cost Morrison about $45. “Unfortunately, he got a parking ticket, he was upset with the city,” Lorenz said. “Why he would be upset with the city because he parked in a red zone nobody knows.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 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


first_imgTwo Donegal brothers have appeared in court today charged with having more than €1,500 worth of drugs.Wayne and John Paul McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny District Court after being arrested in Letterkenny yesterday.The men were arrested by detectives with the drugs in the Hawthorn Heights area of the town. The brothers, from Bray Cottage, Magherahan, Raphoe appeared in court accompanied by two women.Evidence of the arrests under the Criminal Law and Misuse of Drugs Act was given by local detectives Stephen McGonagle and Paul Harte.The accused were released on bail by Judge Paul Kelly to appear in court again on January 16th.The men agreed to surrender their passports and to sign on at Letterkenny Garda station twice a week.BROTHERS APPEAR IN COURT AFTER DRUGS HAUL SEIZED was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:courtdrugsJOhn Paul McLaughlinletterkennyRaphoeWayne McLaughlinlast_img read more


first_imgA nine-year-old boy child has been taken into care over concerns that his mother could not look after him and amid allegations his father let him watch pornography.Letterkenny Court.The application for an emergency care order was made amid concern for the child’s health and safety after visits to the house where he stayed with his mother, who has addiction problems. Letterkenny District Court heard that social services have not investigated claims that the father inappropriately touched the child more than two years ago.There were also claims that his father allowed him to watch pornography and that he was exposed to his father’s inappropriate sexual behaviour with partners.A social worker said the allegation had been made over two years ago and the delay in the investigation was due to a lack of resources.An application to take the child into care was made after a social worker raised concern over his mother’s ability to look after him.A social worker told the hearing at Letterkenny District Court that visits found the house where the boy lived with his mother was in “a bad state”. During one visit the mother appeared intoxicated, her speech was slurred, she was stumbling around and had needle marks on her left arm.On another occasion the boy had got himself ready for school but his mother had told him that he wasn’t going, the court heard.During visits by social workers the house was found to be cold, cigarettes butts were on the floor and the mother was found to be incoherent. Bags of empty beer cans were found on top of the rubbish.A solicitor for the child’s father argued for care to be granted to the boys’ paternal grandparents, who had been granted access two days a week, as an alternative to being placed in foster care. The solicitor said the father, who lives with his parents, would vow to stay away from the child if this happened.The solicitor argued that the child was “seriously traumatised” and would be better off with the stability that the care of his grandparents would offer him.He said the allegation has been hanging over child’s father for some time and “nothing has been done to investigate the allegation”.A solicitor for the Child and Family Agency told the court the boy “is caught in the middle and seeks love and attention from both parent and both sets of grandparents”.The Child and Family Agency opposed granting care to the grandparents. The social worker said there were concerns that comments about his mother from his paternal grandparents were having a negative effect on him.He said that during a two-week stay with his grandparents, they had proved not able to look after his hygiene, homework had been incomplete and he had not been given medication on time.In separate evidence, a social care worker said the boy had said his grandparents had encouraged him to “act up” when he was staying with his mother.The social care worker said the grandparents had previously stated they wanted to end the access arrangement.She said the boy needed to be in an environment where “there is no history being thrown up in his face”. He needs psychiatric help, yet no psychiatrist will deal with him while he is in an environment of negativity, she said.She said the boy feared that if he said anything negative about his father the grandparents “would start on him”.Judge Paul Kelly said he was satisfied that there was a risk to the boy if he stayed where he is and it was evident the paternal grandparents are not in a position to care for him.Granting the order he adjourned the case until February 16th.BOY TAKEN INTO CARE AMIDST CLAIMS HIS FATHER ALLOWED HIM TO WATCH PORN was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal starlet ‘rejected offers from Spurs and Man City’ after leaving Gunners

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets TOP WORK LATEST targets 2 Rated highly in both the Arsenal and England systems, Willock found himself the target of many clubs when he announced his desire to leave the Gunners last summer.Benfica may have won the race for the 20-year-old, but A Bola now report that Tottenham and Manchester City also made offers for Willock – which the player himself rejected.There was further interest in Willock throughout the recent transfer window, with Watford, Huddersfield and Bournemouth hoping to bring him back to the Premier League. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti three-way race Willock has yet to debut for Benfica’s first-team LIVING THE DREAM However, the report states the forward rejected the chance to leave Benfica as he is determined to break into the first-team.Despite his lack of game time last season, talkSPORT have been told Willock remains a key part of Benfica manager Rui Vitoria’s plans moving forward. However, after making just one more appearance in 2016/17, Willock decided to leave Arsenal to further his career.He penned a five-year contract with Benfica of Portugal, joining the increasing ranks of English youngsters moving abroad, though since his move to the continent Willock has only represented Benfica’s B team. moving on 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Willock totalled just two appearances for Arsenal before leaving last summer Latest transfer news Chris Willock decided to leave Arsenal last summer after spending the majority of his life with the Gunners.The forward first joined the north London outfit as a five-year old, and he appeared to have a bright future after making his first-team debut as a teenager in September 2016. RANKED REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more