Touch Footy thankful for sponsorship boost

first_imgThe uniforms included caps, shorts, jackets, jerseys, tracksuit pants, socks, training bags and backpacks.These uniforms were used by the national male, female and mix teams at the 2015 Touch Footy World Cup in May where PNG finished fourth, seventh and third respectively.   Paradise Tailoring came to their rescue just two weeks before the competition.TFPNG secretary general Sesevi Lae thanked Paradise Tailoring for the sponsorship and said they had put in a lot of effort in trying to secure sponsorship for uniforms.Lae said Paradise Tailoring played a big part in their success as this kind gesture had boosted the teams’ spirits for a finish in the top ten out of 53 countries that took part.Paradise Tailoring representative Joe Kambian said they were proud to be a sponsor and associated with TFPNG.He said the success of the national teams was a great achievement following their gold and silver medals wins at the recent Pacific Games.Kambian pledged that they’ll continue to support TFPNG for the next five years.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant named global ambassador for 2019 FIBA World Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Infantino expects release of info from cyberattack on FIFA 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Growing up in Italy and spending many years visiting China, I have always appreciated the global impact that basketball has had on the positive development of young people,” said Bryant in Fiba’s press release. Bryant, often regarded as one of the best of all time, won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and two Olympic gold medals with Team USA in 2008 and 2012.Expected of his new role, Bryant will help promote the World Cup, be present in the Road to China 2019 activities, and spend time during the competition itself.The 2019 World Cup is also the first time in the competition’s history that 32 teams would compete for the trophy.“We’re thrilled and honored to have a basketball and sporting legend of Kobe Bryant’s caliber join us in building up to next year’s World Cup,” said Fiba President Horacio Muratore.“Kobe has proudly represented the USA on the world’s biggest stages, where he’s achieved the highest successes. As such, it’s only fitting to have him take on this role ahead of our biggest-ever competition,” Muratore added.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bryant, who’s eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2021, hoped that his mere presence in the games would help motivate the players from the 32 participating countries.“I’m honored FIBA has invited me to serve as an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019,” said Bryant. “I hope my participation inspires and motivates the best players from the 32 participating teams to represent their respective country on the world’s biggest stage. I look forward to seeing who will lift the trophy next year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown World, I’ve been watching! You want the #FIBAWC 🏆? Come and get it in China. #MambaMentality— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 31, 2018Kobe Bryant is officially retired from the game of basketball but that only concerns his physical presence on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFiba on Wednesday announced that the future Hall of Famer has been chosen as the global ambassador for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup, joining Yao Ming as the face of the competition.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Liberia’s Trade Deficit Widens

first_imgLiberia’s trade deficit is widening, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has declared. According to the CBL, the key driver of the country’s trade deficit is its huge import receipts, which is further exacerbated by its sole reliance on rubber and iron ore as its key export commodities. Total import payments rose by 19.7% to US$300.5 million, the Bank said.The problem facing the post-conflict economy can mostly be traced to the volatility of global prices of iron ore and rubber, which exposes the country to susceptible external shocks.In its third Quarter Financial &Economic Bulletin, the CBL acknowledged this as a troubling sign for the economy and immediately published a recommendation for the government to pursue a swift policy action aimed at widening the country’s export base towards non-traditional exports in order to reverse its sole dependence on iron ore and rubber.The Bank observed that the ongoing downward trend in global commodity prices continue to make commodity-exporting economies vulnerable to external shocks, as already reflected in Liberia’s export receipts in the last few quarters.The Bank also reported that at end-September, 2013, rubber and iron ore exports recorded a combined 81.1% of total export receipts from 78.1% at end-June, 2013; representing about 20.6% decline in combined iron ore and rubber export receipts to US$99.5 million at end-September, 2013 from US$125.4 million at end-June, 2013.The CBL noted that this decline largely accounted for the 23.5% decline in total merchandise export receipts.At end-September, 2013 merchandise export receipts had declined by 23.5% to US$122.8 million, from US$160.5 million at end-June, 2013.According to the CBL, this was largely on account of 19.6%, 23.2% and 33.9% declines in iron ore, rubber and non-iron ore and rubber export receipts during the review quarter relative to the preceding quarter.Amid this challenge, iron ore continues to overshadow rubber in the country’s export sector as the country’s primary export commodity.At end-September, 2013 iron ore accounted for 58.1% of total export receipts at the end of the preceding quarter.On an annualized basis, iron ore exports more than doubled by US$39.5 million to US$71.4 million at the end of the review quarter from US$31.9 million at end-September, 2012. Rubber export receipts fell by 23.2% to US$28.2 million during the quarter from US$36.6 million at end-June, 2013 accounting for 22.9% of total export receipts.Liberia’s Deteriorating Balance of PaymentsThe CBL has released a provisional statistics of Liberia’s overall balance of payments (BoP) highlighting a deficit of US$216.5 million. The statistics, which is curled from the Bank’s Third Quarter Economic &Financial Bulletin, is published the US$216.5 million from a revised surplus of US$38.0 at the end of the previous quarter. According to the CBL, the overall balance of payments deteriorated on an annualized basis by US$338.0 million at the end of September, 2013 from a surplus of US$121.5 million at the end of September, 2012.Balance of payments accounts are an accounting record of all monetary transactions between a country and the rest of the world.These transactions, according to economists, include payments for the country’s exports and import of goods, services financial capital and financial transfers. In other words, the balance of trade is the difference between a nation’s exports of goods and services and its imports of goods and services, if all financial transfers, investments and other components are ignored.According to economists, a nation is said to have a trade deficit if its imports exceeds its exports. But this is not the case with Liberia.According to the CBL, the quarterly deterioration in the country’s BoP was largely on account of 22.8% and 94.6% declines in the financial and capital accounts respectively at end-September, 2013 compared with their levels at end-June, 2013.The Bank observed that the 7.2% rise in the current account deficit also contributed to the quarterly BoP deterioration. The current account deficit deteriorated to US$440.8 million at end-September, 2013 from US$411.3 million at end-June, 2013 largely on account of a 96.6% surge in the trade deficit and 65.1% decline in current transfers during the quarter. A current account is one of the two primary components of the balance of payments, the other being capital account. The CBL noted that year-on-year comparison shows 18.4%, 23.1% and 96.0% deteriorations in the financial, current and capital account balances at end-September, 2013, largely explaining the huge annualized deterioration in the BoP deficit.  Asia, Europe ECOWAS Top Liberia’s Direction of TradeAsia, Europe and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region accounted for the giant share of Liberia’s total trade in the third quarter, the CBL says. Export receipts from Europe amounted to US$67.3 million, accounting for 54.8% of total export receipts for the quarter, from 18.5%of total export receipts during the preceding quarter.According to the CBL, the surge in export towards Europe reflects the ongoing recovery in the Eurozone, mainly improved growth figures for Germany and France for the previous quarter.Asia’s share of Liberia’s exports for the quarter amounted to US$37.5 million from US$38.0 million at end-June 2013, accounting for 30.5% of total export receipts, from 38.0% for the preceding quarter. The CBL blamed the decline on weak external demand from China, the world’s fastest growing economy.On the other hand, Liberia’s intra-regional export trade with its sub-regional counterparts witnessed a decline during the quarter under review, amounting to US$10.4 million or 8.5% of total export receipts from US$19.3 million or 12.0% of total export receipts at end-June, 2013.The low level relative to Europe and Asia reflects the several constraints to trade in the sub-region. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GRA to sell over 4000 seized bottles of alcohol

first_imgThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will be disposing of a quantity of alcoholic beverages it seized over a period of time by selling it to interested persons before the Christmas season. The beverages according to the agency will be given to persons who submit a written request to the Authority expressing their interest in purchasing the alcohol, using its approved price list.Interested persons must attach to their request a copy of their Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) certificate and a copy of the requisite “off liquor and malt and wine licence” or liquor restaurant licence.GRA noted, “Persons who have met the above-mentioned criteria and are interested must state clearly in their letter to the Revenue Authority the quantity needed and their contact information”. The spirits include Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Absolute, Hennessey and others. Guyana Times understands that close to 5000 bottles of liquor will be on sale.Inspection of the goods will be facilitated daily commencing September 9, 2019 and concluding on September 11, 2019 between 09:00h to 15:00h at GRA’s warehouse facility, Industrial Site, Eccles, East Bank Demerara and Corriverton, Berbice, it added.Over the years, GRA has been successful in seizing alcoholic beverages amounting to millions of dollars. In fact, earlier this year, the state newspaper reported that several bottles of Hennessy Cognac were discovered in a 20 foot container at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) wharf on Water Street, Georgetown.It was the Drug Enforcement Unit of GRA who made the startling discovery in February. Guyana Times understands that there have been several other busts following that incident.In addition, on Tuesday, the GRA revealed that it has 67 vehicles for sale at warehouses across the country. An official at the tax agency told this publication that the vehicles, some of which are already registered, were used by the entity.However, the agency in a notice published in the newspapers said, “Motor vehicles that can be registered would be assigned new registration numbers after full payment”.On sale are Toyota Raums, Carinas and Cruisers, Nissan Bluebirds, X-Trail and several others which require repairs. In fact, GRA said some of the vehicles will even be sold as scrap on a ‘as is, where is’ basis, through bidding. Inspection of the vehicles commenced on Monday.GRA was keen to note that payments must be made in cash or through a manager’s cheque within three working days of being informed, failure on the part of the successful bidder will result in the next bidder being considered.A separate bid form will be required for each vehicle and bidders are only allowed to submit one document per stock number.Successful bidders will be required to remove and transport their vehicles within five working days of being informed.last_img read more

Slain soldier laid to rest

first_imgUp to 500 people crammed into the park’s SkyRose Chapel to bid their final farewells to the young Baldwin Park resident, who was killed by enemy small-arms fire April 3 in Baghdad, Iraq. Friends described Figueroa as a quiet boy with a shy smile that masked a bright and at times mischievous spirit. Campos described how, during an explorer conference in Arizona, Figueroa was caught ransacking the bedroom of two fellow cadets as a joke. “They covered him with shaving cream as payback,” Campos remembered. “It was also his idea on that trip to paint his brother Xavier’s nails and put makeup on his face while he was asleep.” But beneath the jokes and the quiet demeanor lay a steadfast dedication to country and family that led Figueroa to enlist in the Army right after graduating from Sierra Vista High School in 2005, said his older brother, Xavier Figueroa. “He said he went so we \ wouldn’t have to,” Xavier said. • Photo Gallery: Army medic Gabriel Figueroa’s funeral WHITTIER – As a Baldwin Park police explorer, Gabriel Figueroa could always be counted on to show up for patrol detail, no matter how short the notice. “He was quite a guy, very dedicated,” said his former explorer adviser, Officer Rudy Campos, adding that Gabriel would honor his police duties even if it meant forgoing family gatherings. Figueroa’s police and explorer colleagues paid homage to that dedication Saturday, showing up in force as the 20-year-old Army medic was laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. At the entrance to the chapel, mourners gathered and sobbed at a collage of pictures showing a grinning Gabriel as an infant, taking a mouthful of baby food; as a child wearing his soccer uniform; and as a young man, his date pinning a boutonniere on his lapel for a high school dance. The family tried hard to talk Gabriel out of joining the Army, said his father, Javier. “I offered him $3,000 and a brand new car to stay,” said Javier Figueroa following a graveside military service that included a seven-gun salute and the playing of taps. A procession by the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle group also accompanied Figueroa to his final resting place. “We even told him that \ Bush would be his boss if he joined,” continued the senior Figueroa, adding that Gabriel had plans to become a registered nurse when he left the service. “He wasn’t too happy about that, but he still did it.” Both Javier Figueroa and his wife, Elsa, expressed dismay at what they said was the lack of planning by politicians in initiating the Iraq war. Elsa Figueroa said she supported calls by Democrats like state Senate Leader Don Perata and others to begin troop withdrawals. “It should happen now,” she said, “even if it is too late for my son.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want 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

India beat Kenya to clinch Heroes Cup

first_img0Shares0000India players celebrate a goal at the Heroes Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai. PHOTO/Indian Football AssociationNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 10- Captain Sunil Chhetri struck twice once again as hosts India beat Kenya’s Harambee Stars 2-0 to clinch the Heroes Intercontinental Cup title at the Mumbai Sports Arena on Sunday evening.The skipper who also notched a brace when the Indians beat Kenya 3-0 in the round robin matches was once again on form on his 102nd cap, hitting goals in the eighth and 29th minutes. Stars leave the tournament with a run of two wins and two losses, both of which came against the hosts while the wins were against New Zealand and Chinese Taipei.The captain opened the scoring with a neat finish inside the box after eight minutes to give the side which was backed by a full stadium a deserved lead.He doubled the side’s advantage after 29 minutes maximizing on a lapse in defense to take the hosts sailing. Three minutes to the break, the skipper had another chance with a freekick from the edge of the box but it flew over the bar.Despite increased pressure from Kenya in the second half, they could not master a goal that would otherwise change the face of the game.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSean with his students and readers.A Donegal teacher has found some time away from his classroom to write a novel.Seán de Gallaí from Gaoth Dobhair, a teacher at St. Fiachra’s Senior School in Beaumont Dublin, published his first novel ‘The Dancer.’Sean has been teaching in the school for the past three years and is pictured here with some of his students and readers! They were celebrating the opening of the new library at St. Fiachra’s Senior School which now boasts plenty of signed copies of ‘The Dancer’ of course.The new library caters for the 636 students of St. Fiachra’s Senior School and was stocked by the local community, including the families of students and book donations also coming from Coláiste Dhúlaigh Coolock and from the Phibsboro and Coolock public libraries.The Dancer is about troubled teenager Alex who is forced to leave her family and stay with her aunt Tammy and little cousin Kate who is training for an Irish dance Championship.Soon Alex learns that all is not as it seems and as she gets closer to the truth her relationship with her little cousin and dancing becomes more important than she could ever have expected. The book is suitable for teenagers and adults and there is a sequel in the making.It’s available from Amazon. (There are a few shops in Donegal stocking it e.g Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey and Oideas Gael in Glencolmcille as well as Siopa Mhici in Gaoth Dobhair)TEACHER SEAN WRITES A NEW CHAPTER IN HIS CAREER was last modified: April 15th, 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:donegalGaoth DobhairSean de Gallailast_img read more

Assembly bills get on track

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2$70 million. “With automobile and train traffic increasing exponentially, we need to make the building of grade separation structures a higher priority in our transportation budget,” said Bermudez. AB 1935 – approved on a 60-0 vote – would increase the frequency of railroad inspections from every 180 days to every 120 days. It also would require the Public Utilities Commission to adhere to stricter reporting requirements, including the collection of “near miss data” and compiling a list of root causes of all train accidents in its annual report to the Legislature. “Frequent inspections of railroad operations and equipment will help officials identify and eliminate safety dangers, Bermudez said. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. There are only three days left until Tuesday’s election, but state Senate candidates Assemblymen Rudy Bermudez and Ron Calderon both took time out this week to get some bills through. Bermudez touted the Assembly’s passage of two of his bills dealing with railroads. AB 1785 – approved on a 52-0 vote – would increase the amount required to be budgeted for allocation to grade separation projects over railroads from $15 million to Calderon also had success getting his anti-graffiti bill passed on a 67-6 vote. AB 2923 would punish vandals convicted of graffiti crimes by allowing a judge to revoke their driver licenses for a maximum of three years, or until the vandals pay the full amount of damages, plus any fines. In addition, those convicted under AB 2923 would not be allowed to register a vehicle in California, or to renew a driver license until all fees are paid. “My district had witnessed exponential growth in the number of graffiti markings over a 3-year period,” Calderon said. In one city, officials recorded more than 5,000 graffiti markings in 2003 but saw that number grow to more than 50,000 markings by 2005, he said. “Residents are sick and tired of seeing their cities replete with graffiti, and I intend to make these vandals pay.” MORE LEGISLATION: State Sen. Martha Escutia’s legislation to increase fines for air polluters was approved by the Senate on a 21-13 vote this week. SB 1205 increases the caps on penalties for violations of air pollution laws and gives local air districts the ability to seek stiffer penalties from serious air polluters. “With passage of the Children’s Breathing Rights Act by the Senate, our children are a step closer to being protected against air-polluting industries located near their homes and schools,” said Escutia, D-Norwalk. “With SB 1205, major polluters that have accepted low fines as the cost of doing business will no longer have permission to pollute without the threat of major consequences,” she said. Opponents of the bill argue that current penalties are sufficient, especially considering the implications of non-renewal of an operating permit, according to a Senate analysis of the bill. LAST-MINUTE CAMPAIGNING: Assemblyman Ron Calderon’s campaign will hold a get-out-the-vote effort at 9 a.m. today at his campaign headquarters, 1713 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail 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

Absentee votes may hit 50%

first_img “This is something new,” Hoffenblum said. “Then you have the two campaigns doing everything they can to increase turnout. Some people looking at the absentees coming in are saying at least 40 percent, and some people are saying 50 percent, of voters will turn out to vote.” The county has 3.8 million registered voters, 50 percent of them Democrats, 27 percent Republicans and 18 percent who decline to state a party preference. Of the 15.8 million registered voters statewide, 43 percent are Democrats, 35 percent are Republicans and 18 percent declined to state. While the number of Democrats and Republicans has dropped a couple of percentage points since the October 2003 recall election, the number of voters who decline to state a party has increased from 16 percent to 18 percent. Meanwhile, voters also are taking advantage of early voting with touch-screen voting machines at various sites. As of Tuesday, 8,828 people had voted electronically at one of the county’s 11 sites. On election day, polls will be staffed by 11,000 poll workers and every poll inspector will have a cell phone to use in case problems occur. “Everything is ready to go and we’re not anticipating any problems,” McCormack said. But McCormack warned that because so many people are voting by mail and many of those ballots won’t arrive at her Norwalk headquarters until early next week, complete election results might not be known until later in the week. “There could be well more than 20 percent of the total vote that won’t be counted on election night,” McCormack said. “The number outstanding could swell to numbers never seen before. “If there are close races, there will be some nail-biting going on days after the election until those ballots are signature-verified against the original voter registration form to make sure it’s that person that voted.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “That would indicate that 50 percent or more of the vote will be cast by mail,” McCormack said. “In the presidential election last November, 33 percent of everybody in California that voted, voted by mail and that was a record. “So the trend is that the mailbox is becoming the polling place.” McCormack attributed the shift to a law change two years ago that allowed anyone in California to apply for permanent absentee voter status – meaning voters no longer have to apply for an absentee ballot every election. Statewide, 3.3 million Californians signed up as permanent absentee voters. Allan Hoffenblum, a political consultant and publisher of the California Target Book election guide, said there is a “hard-core group” that is voting by absentee ballot in every election now. Nearly half of all votes in next week’s statewide special election could be cast by absentee ballot, an election official projected Wednesday. Election experts are predicting that about half of the state’s 15.8 million voters – including 3.8 million in Los Angeles County – will go to the polls. So far statewide, 4.5 million absentee ballots have been sent out, including 634,000 in Los Angeles County, according to county Registrar Conny McCormack, who also is president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. As of Wednesday, 1.1 million votes had already been cast across the state, including 248,000 in county absentee ballots. last_img read more

And here is the 6.01 news from …..Donegal!

first_imgRTE’s 6.01 television news will have a very familiar look to it this Friday.The national broadcaster has decided to broadcast its main evening bulletin as part of the coverage of the Irish Open.Presenter Keelin Shanley will front the news bulletin. As well as the breaking news of the day, RTE’s North-Western correspondent Eileen Magnier will discuss the implications of Brexit locally.There will, of course, be full sporting coverage of the Irish Open during the bulletin.And here is the 6.01 news from …..Donegal! was last modified: July 3rd, 2018 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:BallyliffingolfnewsRTElast_img read more