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A different measurement of success

first_imgAt any other club that second measurement would be seen as a negative mark against the coach, but for Marum and the Hunters, it has been the modus operandi since the club’s introduction into the Intrust Super Cup three years ago.Currently sitting in third position on the ladder, the Hunters can have a major influence on the make-up of the top six in the coming fortnight with games against Ipswich and Burleigh at Port Moresby’s National Football Stadium.Easts’ position in the top six is now precarious after a 38-8 defeat at the hands of the Hunters last weekend and Redcliffe only escaped with the two competition points the week prior at Dolphin Oval courtesy of two tries in the final six minutes.The Hunters should have little trouble qualifying for the finals for the second season in succession, but Marum’s job description extends much further than simply wins and losses.The formation of the Hunters was primarily to help raise the standard of rugby league in Papua New Guinea and to elevate the national team into international relevance once again.Marum serves as both coach of the Hunters and coach of the Kumuls and knows that the latter of those two jobs will be made infinitely easier by players graduating from the Hunters program and going on to develop their skills overseas either in the NRL or in England.Last year’s captain Israel Eliab is now contracted to the London Broncos, Willie Minoga is in the backyard of the North Queensland Cowboys at the Blackhawks, Kato Ottio is edging ever closer to an NRL debut with the Raiders and winger Justin Olam has been offered a contract with the Melbourne Storm for the next two years.Olam scored a double in the win over Easts last week to take his tally to 10 in his first season in the Intrust Super Cup and Marum knows that the Hunters’ loss next year will eventually prove to be the Kumuls’ gain.“The more local players from PNG that go and play with the NRL sides that’s going to help with the national team,” Marum said.“In Justin’s case, he has gone to Melbourne and he will be under good coaches down there and really good training staff. He’ll come back with a lot of experience and for the team that’s something that we are really looking forward to.”Halfback Watson Boas – who starred for the Kumuls in their mid-year Test win over Fiji – is the next Hunters player Marum predicts will come under the eyes of NRL clubs.“There are a few boys that clubs are probably talking to. Maybe Watson Boas at his age. He’s still young and I think if he is given a chance he can probably compete at that level,” Marum said.“Apart from that we would probably look at the younger boys coming through. We had one player who was supposed to go to the Cronulla Sharks 20s but he didn’t travel this year due to other commitments but he has played all the games this year and is still there.”Titans fullback David Mead captained the Kumuls for the first time in May and having been disillusioned with the governance of the game in PNG previously is now excited about what the Hunters program has been able to achieve in not only winning games, but providing local players with a genuine opportunity to better themselves.“There are a couple of players that have been signed by NRL clubs through the Hunters system so I think they’re doing a pretty good job developing players over there and making sure they meet standards of the training requirements every week,” Mead said.“Obviously the players are doing that and being rewarded with contracts overseas.“Hopefully we can get more and more players playing in the NRL and getting that level of experience.”Which would mean that Marum has to go searching for even more local talent to play for the Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup next year?last_img read more

Boundaries between Judicial, Executive arms should be adhered to – Trotman

first_imgAttack on Chancellor SinghThe Alliance For Change (AFC) on Thursday sought to again establish that there was a strict separation of powers between the Judicial and Executive arms of Government and neither should comment adversely on the function of the other.Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Carl SinghThe distinction was again drawn by AFC Leader Raphael Trotman, who was asked to comment on the attack by Attorney General Basil Williams on Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Carl Singh.While Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has already distanced Government from the position Williams has taken against the soon-to-be retired Chancellor, the AFC on Thursday, not wanting to delve too deeply into the matter, maintained that the boundaries should be adhered to.“As lawyers, we know that there is a strict separation of powers between the Judicial and Executive branches of Government. It should not be the function of either branch to comment adversely on the function of the other. As long as you know that the Executive ought not to be making mention of what is happening in the Judiciary,” Trotman told the media.He said while the Executive may make general comments on things such as the virtues of establishing a family court, the singling out of individual judges or judgments was not something that the Executive ought to be doing.Attorney General Williams came under fire from the Bar Association and Prime Minister Nagamootoo, among others, for unleashing an attack on Justice Singh following a ruling which dismissed a State-sponsored appeal against a High Court decision quashing a racial incitement charge against Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Nagamootoo said Government did not support any such attacks on the Judiciary even if they were coming from its own officers.The intimidation campaign was being waged by the State’s newspaper which attributed comments to the Attorney General expressing displeasure with rulings made by the acting Chancellor, stressing the point that the “sun is setting” on the Chancellor’s career with his pending retirement.“In as much as any citizen, or the Government for that matter, may criticise decisions emanating from our courts which, after all, are not cloistered halls immune from public scrutiny, our Government does not encourage attacks on the Legislature and Judiciary. It is not Government’s policy or decision to besmirch the character of any judicial officer. Our Government would not condone attempts, however well-meaning or veiled, to impugn the integrity of judicial officers,” Prime Minister Nagamootoo had said at a public forum last week.The Prime Minister further underscored the need to respect the various tenets of democracy, such as the separation of powers that guide the Executive in its relations with the Legislature and the Judiciary. To this end, he posited that the Administration has been leading the way in ensuring the independence of both the Legislature and the Judiciary by making them financially and administratively autonomous.Nagamootoo’s statement comes in light of comments made by former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran last weekend, when he called out the Prime Minister, who has responsibility for the State media, for being silent on the matter, noting that the attacks on the Chancellor seemed to be a government policy.But even after this, the PM, continued along that line, further insisting that the acting Chancellor needed to retire, as he should have already proceeded on preretirement leave in preparation for his official retirement date on January 30, 2017.“I would expect that the Chancellor would also proceed on preretirement leave and then leave on his birthday (anniversary) as he had advised me that should be the position of Acting Chief Justice (Ian) Chang at the time,” Williams pointed out.The apparent push for Justice Singh to retire by January month-end comes in light of the impending ruling on the appeal to the two-term presidential limit case set for February 15. The acting Chancellor is set to rule on the State’s appeal made against the decision by former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang that the presidential term limit was unconstitutional.Many commentators, including the former Speaker of the National Assembly and former President Bharrat Jagdeo, believe that the Government was attempting to intimidate the members of the Judiciary and send a warning of what would happen if they made rulings undesirable to the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/AFC Administration.The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) has not taken kindly to the actions of Attorney General Williams. According to former President and current committee member of the Bar Association, Teni Housty, the Government should remain conscious of the importance of maintaining the Judiciary’s independence and impartiality.Clashes with JudiciaryHe noted that for the Executive to be clashing with the Judiciary over its decisions, instead of respecting its authority to make those decisions, jeopardised the concept of separation of powers. The Attorney called for an “independent and impartial judiciary, immune from effect and statements from any other branch of Government” to be maintained. He made it clear that attacks against the Judiciary, above which the Chancellor presides, should never happen.Williams has also been berated for seeking to silence the work of Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon.last_img read more

Emery hails ‘hungry’ Torreira as Arsenal sink Huddersfield

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira celebrates after scoring the only goal of a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in acrobatic fashion © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – Unai Emery praised the increasingly influential Lucas Torreira after the Uruguayan midfielder’s late goal secured a 1-0 win for Arsenal against a resolute Huddersfield on Saturday.The Gunners stretched their unbeaten run to 21 games but had looked set to drop two points at the Emirates Stadium before Torreira’s spectacular overhead kick seven minutes from time. The 22-year-old has largely been viewed as a defensive guard for Arsenal’s back four, yet two goals in the past week justifies Emery’s faith that he can be effective at both ends of the pitch.Emery said: “He has the quality and he has a very quick interpretation of the pitch in a tactical sense, both offensively and defensively. He is very fast in his mind and his feet.“He is improving and is very committed every day to improve and to learn English. And he is hungry.”The lead-up to the game was dominated by the headlines which exposed four Arsenal players for allegedly indulging in nitrous oxide inhalation on a night out.Emery though refused to comment further on the matter.“We cannot speak about this outside the club. I don’t want any distractions. The players needed to have their focus on the match today,” he said.The Spaniard intimated he may not tolerate his players overstepping the mark on the pitch either, as Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo Guendouzi were all booked for diving against Huddersfield.Emery’s censure of his players was of the lip-service variety. Indeed, he mostly addressed the issue by focusing on the robustness of Huddersfield’s approach.Emery said: “I don’t want simulation from our players. I want more rhythm in the match. But Huddersfield stopped that rhythm a lot. The opposition can decide what rhythm they want to play at and it was a tough match for that. For me the yellow cards were good decisions by the referee.”– Injuries, bookings mounting –It appears that the dawn of a new age at the Emirates is bringing with it a mentality to win no matter what the cost is to Arsenal’s name.Emery added: “It was a very important result for us. There were a lot of yellow cards, a lot of stoppages and a lot of time lost. We needed patience and we needed the win.“We found a victory today. The injuries and yellow cards are coming with the number of matches we have had. I don’t know how we are going to play in midweek but I do know that I have enough players to cope.“Everyone will have two days off now before we come in again ahead of the Europa League game this week.”While Arsenal’s victory maintained their pursuit of a top four finish for the first time in three seasons, defeat for Huddersfield meant that David Wagner’s side dropped back into the bottom three.Wagner refused to be downhearted, however. The German can sense that his players are becoming harder to beat by the Premier League elite.Wagner said: “If you concede so late in a game and because of the defensive shift and effort, as well as the tactical quality the players have shown, how we limited Arsenal’s offensive power and strength, how we kept them away from our goal, this is enough if you are Huddersfield Town to deserve a point.“Unfortunately, we haven’t got one, but we can keep our head held high after this performance against a top-class side.“We wanted to make it uncomfortable for Arsenal. We had a couple of half-chances where we should have done better and we can keep looking forward after this performance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgHe’s racked his brains trying to come up with a suitable cartoon for today’s historic All Ireland win.It may have been a huge celebration of football and fans, but Jarla left his usual social comment inside his cartoon.  JARLA’S TAKE ON DONEGAL’S HISTORIC ALL-IRELAND WIN was last modified: September 24th, 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)last_img


first_imgLagan Harps FCOur u/18 girls have a huge match on Sunday when they play Castlebar Celtic in the WFAI u/18 cup final in Mc Sharry Park Sligo. Kick off is 2.00pm. Our men’s team are home to Gweedore Utd at 2.00pm. Last Saturday our u/16 boys kept up their league title challenge with a 2-1 win away to Raphoe Town. Jack Parke and Nick Mc Laughlin were the scorers. Our u14 and u12A teams were in friendly action against Culmore. Our u12B team continued their good recent form with a 2-1 win over Ballybofey Cubs. Matthew People’s scored two fine goals in a great team performance. Our 10,9 and 8 teams were also in friendly action. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were1,2,21 and 23. 12 people had two numbers. James Davenport was drawn out and won e50. Next week’s jackpot is e6375. SOCCER: LAGAN HARPS U18 GIRLS FACE CASTLEBAR CELTIC IN WFAI CUP FINAL was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:soccerSportlast_img read more

Romelu Lukaku announces when he will retire from Belgium duty

first_img Lukaku made his international bow in 2010 ALTERED impact Lukaku scored four times in Russia at the World Cup 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more “So I still see them as competition right now because they try to take my spot and I don’t want to give it up to them.“So like another two years, and then they can have it.”After falling short against eventual winners France in their semi-final in Russia, Martinez’s men went on to beat the Three Lions convincingly in a dead rubber fixture.After years of failing to live up to their reputation, the likes of Kevin De Buryne and Eden Hazard excelled alongside Lukaku on the international stage. silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade At the World Cup in Russia this summer, the powerful forward was integral for Roberto Martinez, helping to guide the Red Devils to a third placed finish ahead of England.However, when speaking to Business Insider, the former Chelsea man reiterated his desire to help the next generation of Belgian superstars make their mark in the national team.“After the Euros, I think I’ll stop,” he said.“I’m 25, I’m like, I’m not even in my prime yet. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes highlights NEW ERA possible standings Top Football Stories gameday Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2 Romelu Lukaku has revealed he wants to retire from international duty with Belgium after the 2020 European Championships.Aged just 25, the Manchester United striker holds the goal-scoring record for his country with 40 to his name already. And Lukaku believes Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ set a new standard for future national sides.He added: “Every big tournament for us as a country has to be getting into the semi-finals, and then you go from there.“You will go to win the whole thing, but you don’t go for less than the semi-finals.”last_img read more


first_imgA lifeboat crew from the Arranmore RNLI were forced to launch last night after receiving a distress call from a fishing boat which got into difficulty just off Owey Island.Arranmore RNLI responded to the call for assistance at around 7.15pm from a boat with two crew onboard which had got into difficulty, in moderate winds, one and a half miles off the coast of Owey Island, County Donegal.The 36ft fishing boat was on passage from Killybegs to the east coast with two people on board, when they developed engine trouble. With a moderate northerly wind blowing, the crew of the fishing boat were concerned that they would be blown onto the island of Owey and asked for assistance.The lifeboat arrived on scene, which was a short distance from Arranmore, within minutes of launching and secured a tow rope to the stricken vessel.They then proceeded to tow the boat into Burtonport harbour where both crew members were safely landed.Speaking following the callout Arranmore RNLI Coxswain Anton Kavanagh told Donegal Daily, “I am pleased that we could offer assistance so quickly and I would credit the crew of the fishing boat for taking all the necessary safety precautions on their journey. “They made the correct call in asking for help.”ARRANMORE LIFEBOAT RESCUE STRICKEN FISHERMEN OFF OWEY ISLAND was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newslast_img read more

Go on safari with South African ranger and vlogger

first_imgSouth African freelance ranger Ryno Erasmus is taking his job to a new level by educating people about wildlife on YouTube. He introduced his first video on 11 July 2016, encouraged to start his web channel, Ryno in the Bush, by vlogger sensation Suzelle DIY and her friend, Marianne, who is Erasmus’s girlfriend.With his channel, he aims to educate especially city slickers about life in the bush. In his second video, he introduces his audience to a “bushman’s candle”. It is a baboon’s tail that is used as a torch by bushmen and rangers.Watch Erasmus explain a bushman’s candle:Interest in nature and animalsErasmus grew up in the small town of Graskop in Mpumalanga, the youngest of three boys. “My father worked as an engineer on the mines. My mother kept the household and made goats cheese in her spare time,” he explains.“Our father would throw me and my brothers on to the back of his bakkie and we’d venture out into the bush almost every weekend. It was around this time that my love for tracking animals began.”Through his videos, he wants to educate people about nature and animals, Erasmus says. “Hopefully I can also shed light on our poaching epidemic, especially with regards to our rhinos.”Although the term “boots on the ground” refers to soldiers on the battle field, rangers have also taken the phrase for themselves: “[It’s] when we describe the protection of our animals.”Watch Erasmus talk about predator dung and how the black back jackal got its name:Being a vloggerHe works every day in the bush, Erasmus says, and is trying to juggle his work as a ranger and being a vlogger. “It’s very exciting [to be a vlogger]. I find it hard though to reply to everyone’s comments, because I am hardly in front of the computer. I am normally in the bush.“I enjoy being in front of the camera. Some of the guys here [working with him] say I should try for stand-up comedy.”One of his most memorable moments was out on a game drive with German tourists. “It was once on an early morning drive. The tourists were in the back [of the vehicle] and an African rock python stuck its head out between my legs and the steering wheel. Did I get the fright of my life!“It was certainly the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me.”Watch Erasmus approach a cheetah eating its prey:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

South African cities are rapidly growing

first_imgMore than half of South Africa’s population is urbanised – up to 64% of South Africans live in the country’s urban centres. And most of these people are under the age of 40. Brand South Africa’s research team has analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities. South Africa is rapidly urbanising, and the population in these cities are young and energetic, according to a Brand South Africa report. (Images: Brand South Africa) • A brand-new city is being built outside Durban• Joburg, South Africa’s Empire City, strikes back• What makes South African cities competitive? By Shamin ChibbaSouth Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace and its major cities are taking the most strain. Its five major cities are home to over 15 million residents.Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are known for their affordability and healthy job market, but the country’s social and economic challenges are obstacles for businesses wanting to enter these cities.The perception of cities reflect on the nation’s brand and its reputation. According to Brand South Africa, this means that what cities offer residents and the world play a major role in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole.Based on the 2015 City Brand and the Mastercard African Cities Growth indices, Brand South Africa’s research team analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities.For the full analysis, read: The global reputation and competitiveness of South African cities.Presented here are some of the highlights from the report. According to Statistics South Africa and the World Bank, South Africa’s population is urbanised at a rate of 60% to 64%. Out of a population of 54 million, more than 39 million are under the age of 40, and most of them live in cities. South Africa has a much higher level of urbanisation than China (at 54%), India (at 32%), and Nigeria (at 47%). Despite this, some cities like Port Elizabeth, pictured above, has low growth potential according to the Afrcian Cities Growth Index. According to the City Brand Index, South African cities are renowned for their natural beauty and cultural diversity. People in Cape Town, pictured above, are seen as energetic. South Africans are regarded as hard working and respectful of traditions, as seen here in a Durban textile store. Durban is praised for its cleanliness. Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa with a population of 4.4 million, is known for its educational offerings and contribution to the world. Cape Town’s 3.7 million people are praised for their open culture and interesting tourism offerings. The city also received high scores for its affordability and overall familiarity. Johannesburg and Cape Town lead their competitors Mexico City (46th), Cairo (47th) and Istanbul (45th), with Durban behind. In the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Tshwane are in the medium-low growth potential bracket. Cities with high growth potential include Maputo, Casablanca, Lagos, Abidjan and Dar es Salaam.last_img read more