Dockers, crowned champions of NGI

first_imgThe Dockers defeated the Hoskins Tamara 60 points to 15 in what was termed as a ‘fight among the wantoks’ challenge.Dockers was mainly made up of West New Britain boys living in the city.The boys returned today from Rabaul.Coach Sebastian Isu told Loop PNG that the boys put a good challenge with the Hoskins Tamara but was too strong for their opponent,  posting  a good margin of victory.He said even though many of the boys are new to the tournament, they put up a good challenge.“The boys were a bit tired during the start of the tournament but came back with a strong challenge,  defeating all the other six participating teams.”He said the tournament was also an exposure to the young boys making Aussie rules footy as their dream sport.The tournament started last Thursday and ended yesterday (Sunday).According to the team’s patron, Dominic Kaumu, he said winning the tournament was only part of the club’s objective of giving the players an end of the season trip but importantly promoting their game of AFL in the New Guinea Islands region.The club also donated a set of uniforms to their opponents,  Hoskins Tamara.Kaumu thanked the Bank of PNG Governor Loi Bakani for leading the team and the supporters for giving the boys good support during the tournament.He also extended his acknowledgment to Alphonse and Hilda Gale for their support and Sebastian Isu for his never ending support to the team.last_img read more

Ebola Survivors and Workers against Discrimination & Stigmatization

first_imgSeveral Ebola survivors and health workers in Liberia’s fifteen counties have expressed displeasure about the issue of discrimination and stigmatization in their communities and country at large.The survivors and Ebola health workers made the disclosure recently following Mercy Corps massive citizen-led community survey of people’s attitude and behavior relating to Ebola, which has so far received over 12,500 responses from across Liberia.According to the survey, half of those surveyed said, that they would be uncomfortable visiting the house of an Ebola survivor while  nearly two thirds said they are not  comfortable eating from the same bowl as an Ebola worker.The survey also proves that survivors and workers are also facing serious discrimination of which their families and frontline workers is having sometimes tragic Psychological and economic consequences, the NGO cautioned.Discussing the issue of stigma and discrimination, the Communications Officer at Mercy Corps, Richlue O. Burphy said that effort to respond to stigma must actively engage community leaders and trusted public figures and create safe spaces to discuss the psychosocial impacts of Ebola.“This research shows that all of us involved in the Ebola response need to really focus on challenging the way survivors, health care workers and others affected by Ebola are treated in the community,” Richlue said.He further added that the survey, which was conducted using mobile phones donated by the Paul Allen Foundation via Net Hope, has been designed to compliment government-led research,  providing a wide data set which can help monitor changes in people’s attitudes to Ebola and behaviors over time.This data is being shared with county and national government offices to help inform planning and programs.At the same time, Sophie Roden, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager at Mercy Corps disclosed that the ongoing monitoring will allow Ebola Communities Action Platform (ECAP) to tailor messages and programs, to ensure we can respond to gaps in knowledge and practices where this is needed most.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5 juvenile offenders escape from NOC

first_imgA search has been launched for five female juvenile offenders who escaped from the New Opportunity Corps.This incident follows a number of other incidents wherein inmates have tried to flee the holding facility. Just over two weeks ago, a 17-year-old juvenile offender from New Amsterdam, Berbice pushed down a social service assistant and escaped.The teen was sent to the juvenile correctional facility to serve a three-year sentence on a charge of break-and-enter and larceny.Reports are that the teen was being escorted back to his dorm when he pushed the 61-year-old social service assistant Dale Dowding to the ground and ran west out of the compound and into an area covered with high vegetation, and made good his escape.Meanwhile, a few weeks prior to that incident, 13 persons managed to escape from the facility in another such incident. This publication understands that 10 of the teens escaped on September 27, 2018, and the other three escaped on September 28. The inmates had completed some chores in the compound of the facility, after which they started to run towards the western side of the premises, which is not fenced.Those who had escaped were a 15-year-old female of Vigilance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), who is serving 18 months for simple larceny; a 16-year-old female of Bartica, Region Seven, who is serving two years for wandering; another 16-year-old female of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, who is serving three years for wandering; a 15-year-old male of the Essequibo Coast, who is serving one year for simple larceny; a 16-year-old female of Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice, who is serving two years for wandering; a 16-year-old male of New Amsterdam, Berbice, who is serving 21 months for attempting to escape from custody; a 16-year-old male of Buxton, ECD, who is serving a three-year sentence for possession of a firearm; a 16-year-old male of Tucville, Georgetown, who is serving 22 months for wandering; a 17-year-old female of Mahdia, Region Eight, who is serving two years for wandering; and a 17-year-old male of Lethem, Region Nine, who is serving 15 months for burglary.last_img read more

Cop charged for threatening to kill girlfriend

first_imgA Policeman attached to the Ruimveldt Police Station was on Friday hauled before City Magistrate Judy Latchman charged for threatening to kill his girlfriend.Randy Martin, 36, of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown denied all charges brought against him when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The first charge read that between April 1-18, 2017, at South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown, he unlawfully assaulted Cassandra Wickham.He was also charged for assaulting Wickham at the Georgetown seawall on April 17, 2017.The final charge against him alleged that he used threatening language against Wickham between April 1-13, 2017.The court was informed by Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves that the defendant and Virtual Complainant (VC) share a relationship, which was reportedly abusive.The court was told that the Policeman reportedly armed himself with a firearm and threatened to kill the VC.He allegedly forced himself on her and kissed her during the reported assault, the court was told.The matter was reported by the VC, and as such, the Policeman was arrested and charged.Martin was granted bail in the sum of ,000 and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on September 29.last_img read more

Pictures: See the best images from Chelsea’s friendly clash with Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgChelsea bounced back from their shock defeat to New York Red Bulls with a victory over Paris Saint-Germain on penalties.Both teams had strong sides out as they drew 1-1 in 90 minutes, before the Blues won the resulting shootout 6-5.Victor Moses, who is wanted by Tottenham this summer, according to reports, got Chelsea’s equaliser after Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring.And in the end the Blues had shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois to thank for their victory as he saved Thiago Silva’s penalty and then scored one of his own in Charlotte, North Carolina.You can see the best pictures from the match by clicking the right arrow above… 8 Victor Moses celebrates his goal in style – Click right for more pictures The Chelsea players line up before kick off – Click right for more pictures 8 8 And annoyed young defender Serge Aurier along the way – Click right for more pictures 8 Diego Costa was as physical as ever in the clash – Click right for more pictures 8 Thibaut Courtois saves Thiago Silva’s penatly – Click right for more pictures And then celebrates scoring his own – Click right for more pictures 8 Cesar Azpilicueta was as reliable as ever – Click right for more pictures 8 8 And Radamel Falcao was able to make his Chelsea debut in the game toolast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, July 29

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Dimitar Berbatov is on the brink of joining Aston Villa after his close friend Stiliyan Petrov told Tim Sherwood the Bulgarian was ready for one last blast in the Premier League. (Daily Express)Emmanuel Adebayor is expected quit Tottenham for Aston Villa on loan tomorrow after rejecting a late move from Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are poised to step up their interest in Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez once Emmanuel Adebayor’s exit is sealed. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are also considering a move for Manchester United winger Ashley Young after Crystal Palace slapped a whopping £25million price tag on Yannick Bolasie. (Daily Mirror)And Spurs will open talks with Everton over midfielder James McCarthy this week. The north London club are confident of prising McCarthy away despite boss Roberto Martinez’s insistence that he is not leaving, with the player disillusioned at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has revealed that the club are keen to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, if the Premier League side are willing to lower their £7m asking price. (Daily Mail)Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is expected to tie up his protracted move to Roma on Wednesday. The Egyptian winger had agreed to join the Serie A side at the weekend and the clubs have discussed a £1.4million loan fee with a buy-out figure of £16m. (Daily Mail)West Ham are preparing a £12million move for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow. (Daily Express)West Ham have enquired about Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante as a deal for Alex Song stalls. Paris-born midfielder Kante is valued at around £5million and has been likened to former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele. (Daily Mail)Southampton youngster Sam Gallagher is set to join MK Dons on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old is in advanced talks with the Championship club and is expected to complete his move in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest headlines…Arsenal striker Joel Campbell set to agree season-long deal with PalermoInter Milan poised to tie up deal for Everton target Ivan PerisicNo bid! West Brom deny Spurs have made official approach for Saido BerahinoPedro latest: Manchester United expected to win race for Barcelona forwardStoke transfer news: Mark Hughes still working on record deal for Andriy YarmolenkoExclusive – Ex-Real Madrid chief expects David de Gea to quit Manchester UnitedStefano Okaka snubs interest from Watford to join Anderlecht in £2m dealExclusive – Sergio Ramos has not used Manchester United, claims Ramon CalderonAston Villa close to completing £10m deal for Nantes midfielder Jordan VeretoutBournemouth expect to complete signing of Saint-Etienne winger Max Gradellast_img read more

Automaker moves from upstart to powerhouse

first_imgBy Muhammed El-Hasan Staff Writer American consumers may have had an inkling of Toyota Motor Corp.’s ambitions when the Japanese carmaker introduced its first car for the U.S. market, the Toyopet Crown. A few years later, Toyota introduced the Tiara, and later the Corona – a Latin word for crown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Half a century later, Toyota is on the verge of dethroning Detroit-based General Motors Corp. as the world’s No. 1 automaker. Today, Toyota marks 50 years in the United States, a milestone made more impressive by the Japanese carmaker’s extraordinary growth and transformative effect on the American auto industry. Also this year, Toyota marks a quarter century since opening its U.S. sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance, a far cry from the firm’s humble beginnings in a Hollywood office. “Their success is not a mistake,” said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. “They believe in hard work, execution, details. They have worked hard to keep the DNA of the company everywhere they grow in the world.” Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales USA employs about 2,100 workers in the South Bay and nearly 1,100 in Long Beach. Beyond Toyota’s direct employment, the carmaker also has a “significant” economic impact on the area, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “They’re doing marketing, which includes purchasing advertising, collateral material,” Kyser said. “They’re doing a lot of things there.” Other beneficiaries include local restaurants that cater corporate events and hotels that house visiting executives. Toyota has also added to Torrance’s stature as a business-friendly city and hub for Japanese businesses. Toyota’s arrival in the United States preceded the arrivals of two other Japanese carmakers – Nissan in 1958 and Honda in 1959. Honda still has its North American headquarters in Torrance, but Nissan moved its U.S. sales and marketing headquarters from Carson to Nashville, Tenn., in 2006. Toyota may have had great ambitions when it entered the world’s largest car market. But the company stumbled early. And badly. “It was a travesty,” said Irv Miller, group vice president of corporate communications, regarding the meager 287 Toyopets sold in 1958, its first year in the United States. Yet, the failed Toyopet is also a symbol of the company’s resilience and devotion to kaizen, a Japanese word for continuous improvement. The Toyopet, designed for Japan’s rudimentary post-war roads, was underpowered for American freeways. So Toyota created a new, more powerful car specifically for the American market called the Corona, which caught on quickly after its 1965 launch. “You could say the Corona was the answer to the lessons learned by the Toyopet,” Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said. Those lessons are evident at the Toyota Automotive Museum in Torrance. In one corner, three Toyopets are parked in a row, each bulging hood housing a 65-horsepower engine. The base price was $1,989. Next to them is the Tiara, then the Corona, which had 90 horsepower and a $1,760 base price. Dozens of Toyota vehicles – including pickups, concept cars and the Prius hybrid – line the museum’s showroom walls, with more rows of cars in between. The progression of Toyota vehicles over the years paralleled the carmaker’s growing sales and service network in the United States. In fact, starting from scratch may have hindered Toyota’s first plunge into the U.S. market, said Susan Sanborn, the museum’s curator. “We didn’t have dealerships and service garages, so people had to carry their own parts. So in 1957, 1958, that was probably a disincentive,” Sanborn said. “And we’re launching 12 years after World War II in a foreign market. There were 80 automakers in 1957 when Toyota entered the U.S. market, so it was stiff competition.” Like other foreign brands, Toyota began by competing on price, then mileage and quality. Each time Toyota gained a strong position in a category, its competitors closed the gap. Fifteen years ago, for example, Toyota vehicles had a fraction of the number of defects as its competitors. That difference is much smaller today, said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. Toyota’s emphasis on quality and efficiency has been so successful that competitors copied it. Even companies in other industries and nonprofits such as hospitals have tried to emulate Toyota’s processes. “Everybody else’s quality has improved. And (Toyota) saw that,” Cole said. “So they said, `What other pillar can we build on?’ And they chose to build on a green image.” Toyota’s green image comes from its efficient production methods, high-mileage conventional vehicles, and its hybrid Prius, the best-selling gas-electric vehicle. But even now, Toyota is losing its lead in this area as other carmakers, even those best known for their large SUVs like General Motors, begin to offer hybrid vehicles. “You never can own forever what is the intellectual high ground. ? So they’re potentially vulnerable,” Cole said. “So they will make sure that whatever comes along, they can play that game very well.” What is coming along may involve further development of existing projects to limit car emissions such as plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, and so-called intelligent transportation systems to reduce congestion, Toyota’s Miller said. “All of us have to stop being vehicle companies and transform into transportation companies because it’s going to be a lot more than just a vehicle as we move into the next era,” Miller said. “Today, there’s vehicles. Tomorrow, they could be mass transportation systems.” While considering Toyota’s first 50 years in the United States, Miller added: “The next 50 are going to be wild.” muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fair racing in Ferndale gets underway today

first_imgFERNDALE >> John F. Martin, regarded as one of sharpest thoroughbred trainers in California, has always had tremendous success claiming “veteran” horses with back class, consistent recent form and plenty of gas from the starting gate.Candy For Debbie, a nine-year-old “old pro” with 68 career starts and a lifetime bankroll of $218,499, is a perfect example of the magic Martin touch.Fresh from a wire-to-wire win at Santa Rosa, Candy For Debbie will be a solid favorite to capture the $9,000 Jeff …last_img read more

How impactful is Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes? Think Stephen Curry

first_imgPatrick Mahomes has made a splash, all right. Just past the midway point of his first season as a starter, the second-year quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs is the NFL’s answer to Stephen Curry.Mahomes, who has the Chiefs at 8-1, is the leader in the clubhouse for the league’s Most Valuable Player. He is playing with combination of precision, creativity, instinct and the ability to strike from anywhere on on the field, whether it’s at the goal line or from long-distance. Sound familiar, …last_img read more

Jessica Sandral

first_imgJess’ passion for travel is only matched by her love of all things digital. She is at home backpacking through India or discussing the vagaries of the world of IT.Contact:Airline Ratings PTY Ltd.Newspaper House, 50 Hasler Rd.Osborne Park, 6017Western AustraliaPhone: +61 41 7936610Email:jessica.sandral@airlineratings.comlast_img