Eight teams in NCD confirmed for Ipatas Cup leg

first_imgThey’re Brotherhood, Nanuatu Dusts, 6mile Tigers, Freeway Bumpers, Bang 36 North East, Waigani Iralai, Royals and 2 City Rabbitohs.Southern Leg chairman Simon Maima will confirm eight Central teams and announce this after strict screening and deliberation by the tournament committee members.Ipatas Cup chief executive officer Timothy Lepa stated that more than 24 teams had expressed interest to participate but only eight were selected after screening.Lepa says he expects a high quality of rugby league and professionalism from the NCD and Central teams since rugby league in the southern region is played with silky skills and flair.He will continue this weekend where he will visit the New Guinea Islands, West and East Sepik to confirm teams participation and eligibility for this year’s challenge.The top two teams from each of the four legs of challenges will qualify for the final playoffs.last_img read more

Former Tour champion Ullrich arrested over alleged attack

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It seems Mr. Ullrich and an escort women had a dispute and that he attacked her,” Lerch said. “She alerted the hotel staff and they called police. Mr. Ullrich is still in custody.”A police statement said the woman needed medical treatment. Lerch said no further details could be given on her condition while police were investigating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’News agency dpa reported that the 44-year-old Ullrich had been arrested the week before in Mallorca, where he lives, after an incident on the property of his neighbor, actor Til Schweiger.On Monday, Ullrich had told German tabloid Bild of personal problems. “The separation from Sara and distance from my children, whom I have not seen since Easter and have barely spoken to, have had a great effect on me. I have done things as a result that I very much regret,” Ullrich told the mass circulation daily.Ullrich, the only German to win the Tour de France, was dogged by doping allegations over his career and admitted to German magazine Focus in 2013 that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.“Almost everyone took performance-enhancing substances then. I took nothing that the others didn’t also take,” the 1997 Tour champion said then.Ullrich served a two-year ban for doping in 2012, five years after he retired in 2007.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lee, Yap lead Asian Games lineup as team awaits Clarkson green light View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES FILE – In this July 20, 2004 file photo T-Mobile team leader Jan Ullrich of Germany pedals during his attack in the ascent of the Echarasson pass during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Valreas, southern France, and Villard-de-Lans, French Alps. On Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 Ullrich has been arrested and is in police custody for allegedly attacking an escort in a Frankfurt hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Delong, file)BERLIN — Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich was arrested early Friday and is in police custody for allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel.Police spokesperson Carina Lerch said the retired German cyclist was arrested after police were called to the hotel. She said Ullrich was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and could be charged with “assault or attempted murder.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

‘Ministerial Complex Signifies Special Relations with P.R. China’

first_imgAccordingly, the facility is expected to host the ministries of Education, Commerce, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Labor, Agriculture, and the Civil Service Agency, thereby reducing rental cost on government.VP Taylor continued: “As we celebrate this monumental achievement, it is proper to give thanks to President George Weah and the government for ensuring that this project ended successfully.”She also expressed gratitude to former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for initiating the construction of the Ministerial Complex, stating, “President Sirleaf’s legacies remain as they are, and we are happy that you are here to witness the formal dedication of this facility.”“As we look at our skyline building, we know that there are more beautiful buildings in the making. But let us maintain this building by keeping it tidy as the way we have received it,” VP Taylor said.Zhou Yuxiao, Chinese Ambassador for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Affairs, said the ministerial complex, constructed by the Jiangsu Construction Engineering Group, is another large-scale China-aided infrastructure after the completion of the annexes of the Capitol Building in Monrovia. Amb. Zhou also served as Ambassador of China to Liberia from June 2007 to April 2011, and Ambassador to Zambia from April 2011 to August 2014.FOCAC concluded its third summit meeting in Beijing in September, 2018, reflecting on the key tenets of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which guides China’s foreign policy objectives. “Today, this august structure has become a landmark of Monrovia, which many Liberians called the “White House of Liberia,” with a total floor-space of 24,146 square meters, the building cluster can accommodate about 1,300 staffs from five ministries and or agencies,” Amb. Zhou said. President Weah and former President Sirleaf (center) officials of the Chinese government and other dignitaries cut the ribbon to dedicate the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia, built by the People’s Republic of China. -Says VP Taylor Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor says the Chinese-built ministerial complex in Congo Town, outside Monrovia signifies “special relations” between Liberia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).VP Taylor made the statement on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at souvenir program marking the official dedication of the facility.“This building signifies a very special relationship that has existed between the PRC and the people of Liberia for many years,” the Vice President said, thus affirming Liberia’s commitment to upholding the “One China Policy.”“One-China policy” is a policy saying that there is only one sovereign state under the name China, despite the insistence by other parties that there are two states, the PRC and the Republic of China (ROC), both of whose official names incorporate “China.”center_img According to him, the facility will enable the government to save a significant amount of rental fees, relieve the chronic headache of office space shortages and provides a decent environment for its functionaries.“I believe that the Liberian government can better advance the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, and better serve its people under the leadership of President Weah. Again, this project could not be possible without the devoted efforts of our governments, our engineers and our workers,” Amb. Zhou declared to the delight of many of his compatriots in at the occasion.He said the construction of the building writes a new chapter in both countries’ bilateral relations, and serves as a new milestone in the promotion of the traditional friendship and common development.Amb. Zhou reaffirmed the Chinese Government’s commitment to uphold China-Africa unity and friendship through concrete actions.“Standing firmly by the Liberian people, we will take the opportunity of implementing the eight major initiatives announced at the FOCAC Beijing Summit and promoting the Belt and Road Initiative to support the Liberian government, and expand our cooperation through infrastructure, agriculture, and health,” Amb. Zhou said.The Minister of Public Works, Mabutu V. Nyenpan, recounted that on September 27, 2011, the Liberian government and the PRC entered into and signed an agreement based on economic and technical cooperation, through which the two countries have their collaborative agenda on trade, infrastructure and capacity-building.In the same vein, he said a supplementary technical support coordination agreement for the ministerial complex was signed on September 2012 between both parties for the construction of the ministerial complex,” Nyenpan said.The total construction area of the China-aided project of the ministerial complex is about 24,000 square meters, which includes offices, meeting rooms, lecture halls, multifunctional conference hall, archive room, administration rooms, and dining hall. It also has 255 parking spaces.There are also other auxiliary facilities, which include water pump room (reservoir), substations and distribution room, generator room. Some parts of the building are already well-furnished.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Irfaan Ali rubbishes KN ‘manipulations’ of scrap metal audit

first_img????????????????????????????????????In light of attempts to manipulate the findings of the forensic audit report into the scrap metal trade, former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, who indirectly supervised the operations under the previous Administration has rubbished a recent report in the local tabloid, the Kaieteur News, which he said was”riddled with sensational lies”.The tabloid published in its Thursday edition, the scandalous article captioned “Scrap Metal Unit audit…Inspectors, others paid over $43M to do little; CH&PA’s Finance Director, Taslim Baksh, collected two salaries”.The recently released forensic audit report into the scrap metal trade was prepared by Ram and McRae and stated that it was suspicious that no Cabinet approval was given for the purchase of a 4×4 pickup for the Scrap Metal Unit.However, in a prepared statement, Ali pointed out that the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) approved the purchase, noting that there was no requirement for Cabinet to grant approval.Another observation was that there were containers packed in an unlicenced yard, but Ali explained that that was only one instance and in that case, immediate action was taken against the scrap metal dealer to prevent further operations in the unlicenced yard.Ali added that it is impractical to observe the movements of scrap metal from collection yards to licenced ones since there were more than 20 licensed scrap metal yards that would have required the full-time employment of over 20 scrap metal inspectors.On the matter of the CHPA Finance Director receiving two salaries, Ali posited that he was actually paid a monthly stipend, as is rightfully highlighted in the report.According to the audit report, the sum of $3.1 million was paid to the administrator for the period 2011 to May 2015, which works out to approximately $58,000 per month.With regards to the spending on “Mashramani stuff”, Ali explained once again that branded pens, shirts, hats, etc were ordered from time to time from Impressions for distribution at events such as Mashramani and GUYEXPO.He explained that these items were branded with the Scrap Metal Unit logo and the aim was to bring awareness to the work of the Scrap Metal Unit.The former Minister noted that copy of Ministerial and Head of Presidential Secretariat approval was sent to Ram and McRae Chartered Accountants via letter dated August 19, 2015, and some of the branded items such as T-shirts, hats and pens are still on hand and were presented to the forensic auditor during the physical assets verification exercise.He expressed that it should be noted that the sum of $1.2 million was expended on branded items for Mashramani and $1.4 million on branded items for GUYEXPO 2014. The audit report has incorrectly classified the entire $2.6 million as ‘Mashramani stuff’.Ali made previous attempts to clarify the manipulation of data being released from the report when it was leaked to the media prior to its official release.He had explained that the Unit was transferred for better management given that both sectors had one Minister, and the Scrap Metal Unit and the Enforcement Unit of the CHPA were both viewed as having the capacity that can be interdependent in order to police the system.“You may recall that one time there was tremendous vandalism of property, even phone lines and so on as it related to the scrap metal trade, so an enforcement arm became necessary for the Scrap Metal Unit,” Ali pointed out, noting that instead of establishing another enforcement arm, a decision was made to bring it over to the Housing Ministry for more integration.Furthermore, the then head of the Scrap Metal Trade Unit had argued that the findings in the report are not justified.last_img read more

Kings in England pluck Ducks

first_imgCammalleri scored with a one-timer from the slot at 8:35 of the first period as the Kings had a two-man advantage. He added another at 1:10 of the third, tipping in a slap shot from Tom Preissing. Blake, who played 12 seasons for the Kings before returning to the team last season, made it 2-0 at 10:15 of the second by tapping in a loose puck. Michal Handzus scored short-handed into an empty net at 19:34 of the third. Bobby Ryan scored for the Ducks on a power play at 13:09 of the final period, knocking in a rebound to beat 19-year-old Kings rookie goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier made 26 saves. The Kings killed a two-man power play early in the first period, but then converted when they had the same advantage. With his teammates attacking the net, Cammalleri was left alone in the slot and his shot beat Ducks goalie Ilja Bryzgalov. Lubomir Visnovsky and Alexander Frolov got the assists. Blake added the second goal midway through the second period. LONDON – With a touch of an English accent, the NHL opened its season in unfamiliar territory today- and the Kings ruled. The Los Angeles Kings got two power-play goals from Mike Cammalleri and one from Rob Blake in a 4-1 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks – the first time the NHL played a regular-season game in Europe. The game at O2 Arena did not get off to the smoothest of starts. After the singing of the American and British national anthems, the lights failed to come back on. The players skated around, but were told to head back into the locker rooms. The lights slowly returned, and the players did as well after 10 minutes. This is the fourth time the league has opened its season outside North America, the other times in Japan (1997, 1998 and 2000). The two California teams will play the second of the home-and-home series Sunday. On another power play, Anze Kopitar nearly scored for the Kings after a shot from Cammalleri went across the front of goal. Bryzgalov then stopped a shot, but the puck slipped loose and got behind him. Blake, standing in front of goal, scooped it into the net. Preissing’s slap shot from the point was tipped toward goal by Cammalleri, and the puck went in off the crossbar. Many fans at the O2 came hoping to see a fight, and they finally got one in the second period. After several minor scuffles, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson and Ducks center Rob Niedermayer went at it and drew matching roughing penalties. Two smaller altercations came late in the third. The Ducks, who won their first Stanley Cup last year, were playing without usual starting goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere, checking forward Samuel Pahlsson and defenseman Mathieu Schneider because of injuries. Giguere, who had a sports hernia operation in the offseason, said he hoped to be ready to play when Ducks go to the United States for three road games – at Detroit on Wednesday, at Columbus on Friday and at Pittsburgh next Saturday. If he doesn’t make the road trip, he could play in the Ducks’ home opener Oct. 10 against Boston. The Kings, who warmed up for the series in London by winning both games in an exhibition tournament in Austria, have almost a week off after Sunday’s game before hosting St. Louis next Saturday. The NHL decided to play the opening two games of the season in Europe to increase its overseas market. The NFL is doing something similar, with the Miami Dolphins playing the New York Giants in a regular season game on Oct. 28 at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium. In the NBA preseason, the Boston Celtics play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 12, also at the O2. Notes: Saturday’s game was the first in London since the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs played a preseason game in 1993. … Kings owner Philip Anschutz also owns the O2 Arena. … The Kings were 4-4-2 against the Ducks last season. … The Stanley Cup was built by a London silversmith in the last 19th century. For more Kings news, check out Inside the Kings.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

Ibrahimovic plays down Premier League talk after sending Chelsea crashing

first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Paris Saint-Germain Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he has received no contact from any club in the Premier League about a move.The Swedish star, who scored the winning goal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League, is expected to leave PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season.Ibrahimovic is being chased by a host of Europe’s top suitors but the striker insists he has yet to make a decision about his future.“I have another two months with PSG,” said Ibrahimovic.“At the moment I’m not talking to anybody because it’s not the moment. I’m not closing for anyone.” 1last_img

Zombie warning issued for Tory Island!

first_imgWhat promises to be a terrifying experience takes place on Tory Island this Halloween.That’s when the island’s first ever Zombie Walks takes place on October 29th.A short movie will be made on the same day (we need a horde of zombies!) . Zombie walks are very popular all over the world and the craze slowly starts to gain in Ireland (Galway, Cork, Dublin…). The event is, organised by Saskia Rodgers and sponsored by https://halloweencostumes.ie/ providing us with a big bundle of make up, fake scars, fake blood.A fee of €2 will be asked to get the make up done with all proceeds going to a local charity.Later the ritual disco will rock the Club from dusk till dawn.If you dare to spend Halloween on the most haunted island in Ireland, where the doors of the Sidhe open up on the great Samhain night, you are very welcome…. Zombie warning issued for Tory Island! was last modified: October 18th, 2016 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:donegalTory IslandZombie Walklast_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 45 were Carl O’ Loughlin, Laghey and Michael Mc Garvey, Drumrooske. The numbers drawn were 4, 17, 21 & 24 with the jackpot now standing at €1,900.Tickets for the Ultimate Girls’ Day Out on Sunday June 10th are now on sale in the Abbey Hotel or from one of the following: Nicola Lacey 087-2449129, Kelly Lacey 087-9919035, Ciara Mc Groarty 087-9913339 or Louise Jordan 087-2970956.  Test your forecasting skills now by entering the Sports Prediction Quiz launched by the Club recently sponsored by All Sports. Forecast the winners of 20 sporting events this summer to be in with a chance to win the 1st Prize of €200.00 Cash & All Sports Donegal Jersey or the 2nd Prize of a €100 All Sports Shopping Voucher. Entry sheets at only €5.00 can be downloaded from www.fourmastersgaa.com or purchased from Sean Dunnion/Kieran Espey, All Sports, Dom’s Pier 1, Mc Cafferty’s Tir Conaill Bar, The Bank and O’ Donnell’s Bar. There is a feast of football in Tir Conaill Park this weekend with the Reserve and Senior footballers having double fixtures on Friday evening at 6.00 & 7.30 pm against table-toppers Naomh Conaill and then on Sunday against Kilcar at 1.30 & 3.00 pm. The Senior Ladies are also in action at home on Sunday with a 12.00 noon throw-in against Moville.  GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 22nd, 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:Four Masters club noteslast_img read more


first_imgMargaret J Doherty from Ballybegley, Newtownmountcunningham, Co. Donegal won €37,500 on last Saturday’s The Big Money Game TV Gameshow held in RTE.Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were from left: Sinead Kennedy, Gameshow host, Anne Marie Doherty, The National Lottery ticket selling agent from Eurospar, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal,  Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive The National Lottery,Margaret J Doherty, winner, Laura Doherty, National Lottery ticket selling agent from Eurospar, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal andBrian Ormond, Gameshow host.The third show of the National Lottery’s Summer TV Gameshow ‘The Big Money Game’, hosted by Sinead Kennedy and Brian Ormond, took place in RTÉ Studios last Saturday, 23 June 2012. The five players from Donegal, Wicklow (2), Galway and Waterford won prizes to the value of 407,000. The biggest winner on the night was Donal O’Brien from Galway who won prizes to the value of €276,000. The National Lottery’s ‘Big Money’ Scratch Card offers players the chance to win instant prizes up to €100,000. Five players will be selected each week to appear on The Big Money Game TV Gameshow and have the chance to win holidays, cars and up to €250,000 in cash.The Big Money Scratch Card also offers players the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City.  To be in with a chance to win this super prize, players must collect the letters U-S-A from the stubs on Big Money Scratch Cards.  Each week three winners will be selected from all U-S-A entries to travel with their guest to the Big Apple.DONEGAL WOMAN SCOOPS €37K ON LOTTO GAMESHOW was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDRUMKEEN NOTESTitanic DanceA love story set on the Titanic’s first and final fateful voyage. The locally produced show is coming to the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Sat 10th of May. The show was created by Drumkeen’s Raymond Sweeney and Louise Hayden, both former Lord of the Dance principle dancers.We are hoping to take a bus to the show in Belfast leaving early on the Sat morning to allow for a little shopping/sightseeing in the city centre before attending the show at 8 pm. The bus will return home immediately after the event. (Bus only, concert ticket not included) Phone Bridget on 074 9134069 or Maeve on 086 3940761 for further details.Drumkeen Youth Club Hope you all had a fantastic Easter. Youth club this Fri 25th from 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders on duty this week are Julie, Claire and Aidan. We would like to thank the following for their sponsorship of the youth club. Jimmy Gallagher Car Sales, Hair by Veronica, Hugo Sweeney Fuel Merchant, Frame Masters, Donegal Barber, Donna Mc Crossan, Shaun Moore’s Gala, AB Fitness, Drumkeen Utd, Get Fresh Vending, Elaine Mc Dermott.AB FitnessBoot camp starting Mon 05th May. 3 mornings a week for 4 weeks, cost is €50, 6:30 am start with loads of exercises and fun activities for everyone and all types of fitness.Spinning classes also continue mornings and evenings, also circuit training and Boxercise? There is something to suit everyone just give Benny a call on 086 4562271 for details or check out our Facebook page AB Fitness.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 16th Apr 04,09,19,23. No jackpot winner. 1 winner €100 Joe Harkin, Dunfanaghy. Next week’s jackpot €2,275. Go raibh maith agat. Jiving ClassesJiving classes continue in the parish hall every Monday from 9pm-10pm. For more information contact Aaron on 086 2431359.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608 Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN RESIDENTS HOPING FOR A TITANIC VISIT UP NORTH was last modified: April 20th, 2014 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more