Patafa bats for 14-man team to Asian Games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heading the list of the Asiad-bound squad on Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 are three-time Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang (long jump), marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, middle-distance runner Marco Vilog, triple jumper Harry Diones and decathlete Aries Toledo.Also joining them is Southeast Asian Games double-gold medalist Trenten Beram, who got cleared by the Philippine Athletics and Track and Field Association (Patafa) after he and SEA Games 400-meter hurdles king and record holder Eric Cray missed the all-important Korean Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe federation formed a committee headed by lawyer Nicanor Sering, Patafa secretary general Renato Unso and board member Jeanette Obiena to decide whether Cray should be sanctioned for failing to race in the Korean Open, where the duo’s Asiad rivals saw action.Cray was given 10 days to explain his absence and why he should be included in the lineup. Beram and his father have already talked to Juico. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Juico forwarded the names of pole vaulter Natalie Uy, sprinter Cristina Knot, 800m specialist Carter Lily, long jumper Junrey Ubas, 110m hurdler Clinton Clark Bautista, sprinter Anfernee Lopena and Francis Medina (400m hurdles) to the POC. The Philippine athletics team to the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia is bidding to include more tracksters to increase chances of winning medals.Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico has appealed for the inclusion of seven more athletes apart from the initial six already accredited by the Philippine Olympic Committee.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial PBA’s ‘Passport on Wheels’ program rolls on Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentslast_img read more

22,000 children killed at work globally per annum – ILO

first_img…Guyana making strides in combatting issue of child labour despite high rateDespite the advances that countries like Guyana have made over the years in eliminating child labour, this issue is still one of major concern. Here in Guyana, about nine per cent of children between the ages of five and 14 are involved in some form of child labour.This is according to UNICEF representative in Guyana, Sylvie Fouet, who during the launch of the Child Labour Policy on Friday stated that it is public knowledge that many children in Guyana are engaged in child labour for various reasons.“We know that there are victims of child labour. So it’s not a theory, it’s reality in Guyana. And child labour in Guyana, the rate in Guyana is a little higher than average in Latin American and Caribbean countries. It’s about nine per cent, much with the global trend, one out of every 10. Now we are talking about children not even 14-18, we are talking below 14 and this is very important to be mindful.”Fouet noted that her agency has provided Guyana with $7.1 million to support a work programme from 2017 to 2021 that targets this worrying issue.Meanwhile, representative from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Claudia Coenjaerts pointed out that Guyana has made strides in tackling this global issue but there is still a lot of work to be done towards the elimination of child labour by 2025.“Guyana was one of the first countries in 2014 to sign up to a regional initiative around Latin America and the Caribbean, free of child labour. Right now we have grown from 23 to 30 countries, seven more Caribbean member states joined. The policy produced with support from UNICEF now provides really a coherent framework and its implementation [is] going to be very important,” she stated.Additionally, representative of the Consultative Association of Guyanese Industry (CAGI), Earl Morris explained that statistics reveal that over 152 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour.“Sixty-four million girls and eight million boys are in absolute terms in hazardous jobs that place them directly in the line of danger. The children concerned should be at school, being educated and preparing themselves for the future so that they can take care of themselves and those around them and make meaningful contributions to their countries. By entering the labour market permanent, these children are deprived of many things,” Morris explained.According to the ILO, child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture.However, not all work done by children should be classified as child labour that is to be targeted for elimination. Children’s or adolescents’ participation in work that does not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling, is generally regarded as being something positive.“This includes activities such as helping their parents around the home, assisting in a family business or earning pocket money outside school hours and during school holidays. These kinds of activities contribute to children’s development and to the welfare of their families; they provide them with skills and experience, and help to prepare them to be productive members of society during their adult life.”The ILO website states that the term “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.“It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.”In the category of hazardous child labour, which is the worst form of child labour globally, millions of children are working in dangerous conditions in a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, as well as in hotels, bars, restaurants, markets, and domestic service.Worldwide, the ILO estimates that some 22,000 children are killed at work every year. The numbers of those injured or made ill because of their work are not known.last_img read more

Govt needs to reverse plans to privatise sugar estates

first_imgTo save industry…GAWU President in yet another appealGovernment has postponed closure of the Rose Hall Sugar Estate from end of 2017 to sometime in 2018, and the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) is urging the administration to make this position permanent, so as to allow workers to keep their jobs.GAWU President, Komal ChandGAWU President, Komal Chand, gave reasons for this proposal, stating that even during discussions with the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), consensus was arrived at that the best position was to keep the estates open.“We feel that is not enough. We don’t want them to push back; we want them to make the decision permanent. It should be reversed instead,” Chand told the Guyana Times on Sunday.The GAWU leader said officials from the SPU are interested in getting the estates functional. “They are talking about getting the work continuing, and they might pause for a few months, and that may be for the entire first crop in the next year,” he added.Chand said that if everything goes well, “They feel that both estates have the potential to do well and to become sustainable.” He noted that during a meeting with the SPU officials on November 14, they also expressed concern with the removal of the assets of those estates, agreeing with GAWU.“In fact, we have commented on this matter and we made this aware to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo)… It’s not private assets, but state assets,” Chand further stated.The GAWU official told this newspaper that if the sugar estates had not been nationalised in 1976, most of them would have already been closed by now. He said it is therefore important that Government reverse its plans to privatise those estates and factories, in order to save the industry.However, he noted, “Estates would not be able to continue on sugar revenues, but they can use bagasse to produce electricity and some other stuff, which GAWU had submitted in its proposal.”He continued, “Keep them open and make these estates more productive, to bring down cost. We are hoping that we halt the decision to close and sell Skeldon and turn this industry around.”State Minister Joseph Harmon recently announced plans to push back the closure of the Rose Hall Estate to 2018. The decision was taken to push back the closure until works being done by the SPU are completed.Back in May, Government had announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.Ever since that announcement, workers attached to the various estates, backed by their unions –GAWU and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) — have taken to the streets in several protest demonstrations, to signal to the Government the negative impact the closure will have on workers and the economy as a whole.In fact, the Rose Hall Estate workers had only last week said it was not too late to reconsider closing the facility at the end of the crop. One of the workers’ representatives, Glen McCloud, had said the workers were hopeful that there would have been a re-look at the intention, having recognised the obvious hardship that would result from the estate’s closure.Last month, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2,500 workers by the end of this year; but GAWU said the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs and the potential threat of poverty for between 50,000 and 100,000 people.Workers believe Government has no plans in regard to making provisions for those workers who would be displaced by the closure of estates.In regard to the Skeldon and Enmore estates, State Minister Harmon has explained that the SPU would have to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell them.It was recently reported that the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has submitted a proposal for the acquisition of the East Coast Demerara estate. A statement from Head of the SPU, Colvin Heath-London, last month detailed that an international accounting firm will be recruited to evaluate GuySuCo’s assets for privatisation and divestment.Selected tenders were invited from Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and KPMG to provide the services to the SPU as international financial services provider. The selected firm would be conducting the valuation of all assets under the control of GuySuCo, in addition to other advisory and financial services.After the winning firm is identified, which should be anytime, work will commence in regard to the valuation of the assets. The preparation of a prospectus is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018.last_img read more

Old Fort, Tigers, Vintage still surging ahead

first_imgGTT National Indoor Hockey Championships…YMCA Old Fort, Bounty GCC Vintage and GBTI GCC Tigers continued their dominance on the fourth night of the GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships.In the First Division Men’s category, YMCA Old Fort eased past Saints 5-0. In the First Division Ladies category, GBTI GCC Tigers surprisingly took down GBTI GCC Spice with a blistering 7-0 victory, while GBTI GCC Spartans found their form to defeat Woodpecker Hikers 4-0.Action intensified in the GTT Indoor Hockey ChampionshipIn the Second Division Men’s category, Bounty GCC Pitbulls defeated Saints Sensations 3-1, and Hikers Cadets defeated YMCA Old Fort Hard Ball 4-2.In the Veterans division, Bounty GCC Vintage retained top spot by defeating Antonio’s Hikers 5-2.In the Men’s First Division, Warren Williams of YMCA Old Fort impressed the crowds with his performance, scoring a hat trick against Saints. Teammates Omar Hopkinson and Jason DeSantos added to the final score of 5-0 to send the hapless Saints side — who were unable to score — back to the drawing board. In the Ladies’ First Division first match of the night, members of the crowd were on the edges of their seats as the young GBTI GCC Spartans defeated Woodpecker Hikers 4-0.Abosaide Cadogan easily distinguished himself as the player of the match, having scored all of the Spartans’ goals to register her first Helmet trick of the tournament.The Ladies’ First Division second match of the night was most anticipated, and left fans stunned, as GBTI GCC Tigers defeated GBTI GCC Spice 7-0.Continuing from the excellent performance of the previous night, both Gabriella Xavier and Marzana Fiedtkou netted hat-tricks for their team, and teammate Sonia Jardine added her name to the score sheet. This defeat means the GBTI GCC Tigers have now moved to the top of the Ladies First Division table, with GBTI GCC Spice holding a very close second place.Bounty GCC Vintage defeated Antoni’s Hikers 5-2 in another entertaining Veteran’s match. Kevin Spencer’s fine skill and quality saw him securing a helmet trick with support from the experienced Damon Woodroffe’s lone goal.Devin Munroe opened the scoring for Antonio’s Hikers in the 3rd minute of the game, but GCC Vintage quickly found form and, in the 8th minute, Kevin Spencer found the back of the net to even the scores 1-1.Bounty Vintage pushed forward and Kevin Spencer scored two quick goals in the 11th and 12th minutes to put Bounty Vintage forward on 3-1. Maria Munroe, however, provided an answer to those goals in an attempt to close the gap; and in the 14th minute, found the back of the net with an excellently placed shot.Showing grit and experience, Damon Woodroffe capitalised on a defensive error in the 29th minute, and made no mistake with his shot, pushing the score to 4-2.Antonio’s Hikers continued to fight, but in the final minute of the game, Kevin Spencer administered the coup de grace when he scored the field goal to secure his helmet trick and end the game 5-2.In the first Men’s Second Division match, Bounty GCC Pitbulls defeated Saints Sensations to produce another outstanding victory in the tournament.Baraka Garnett got Saints off the mark with his goal in the 10th minute of the game, butKareem McKenzie responded with two very swift and skilfully executed goals, both in the 13th minute, to shock the Saints and provide substantial entertainment for the crowd.Samuel Woodroffe then converted his penalty corner, and his goal whistled past Goalkeeper Edmond Chinian.Saints continued to fight, but some superb saves by Michael Hing kept Saints at bay and Bounty GCC were able to secure a 3-1 victory over Saints.In the second Men’s Second Division match, Hikers Cadets defeated YMCA Old Fort Hard Ball 4-2. Donnel Alleyne opened the scoring for Old Fort in the 11th minute with a quick-paced run of play that saw his shot hitting the back of the net. Hikers Cadets, however, quickly got their act together, and Colonel Heywood, Jason Clarke and Devin Munroe scored three quick goals in the 16th, 18 and 21st minutes to push Hikers forward 3-1.Old Fort’s Simeon Moore presented a spirited response by which he scored in the 24th minute. Hikers continued to press on, but it was Brian Asregado who saw his team comfortably over the finish line, with his goal in the 29th minute ending the game 4-2.Matches continue at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with the finals set for Sunday evening.last_img read more

Steelhead LNG and Seven Generations Energy Ltd. team up to strengthen LNG market

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new agreement has been announced today between Steelhead LNG and Seven Generations Energy Ltd that is giving the two companies as well as Aboriginal Groups and communities a look at development of new midstream infrastructure to support Steelhead LNG’s proposed natural gas liquefaction and export projects on Vancouver Island.The release states the arrangement also includes Seven Generations buying a minority interest in Steelhead LNG. The arrangement could provide new markets for Seven Generations’ production and increased certainty of natural gas supply for Steelhead LNG.“This arrangement with Seven Generations creates an opportunity, in the current price environment, for a liquefied natural gas solution from well-head to customer that’s uniquely led by Canadian companies,” said Steelhead LNG Chief Executive Officer Nigel Kuzemko. “Our shared focus on engaging early and often with Aboriginal groups and communities, combined with our collective commitment to produce and deliver low cost, low emissions Canadian natural gas, positions each company to succeed in expanding Canada’s exports of clean-burning natural gas to Asian markets.”Rich Coleman, BC Minister of Natural Gas Development, says this will benefit all Canadians.“This partnership formed by Steelhead LNG and Seven Generations Energy is an example of Canadian companies working together in innovative ways to deliver Western Canadian natural gas to market, which benefits not only British Columbians and Albertans, but all Canadians. Their commitment to work with First Nations and communities in a collaborative manner, while at the same time support British Columbia’s role as a leader in progressing global climate change objectives, will contribute to the success of these projects. While LNG markets are challenging at the moment, with projects like these and others under development, British Columbia will be exceptionally well-positioned to become a leading supplier of LNG to Asian markets in the coming years.”- Advertisement -In the press release, it states Steelhead and 7G believe that helping countries shift away from GHG-intensive energy should be a top priority.Advertisementlast_img read more

Canna Cabana Cannabis retail store is approved by Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canna Cabana Inc, was approved by City Council.The next step for this non-medical cannabis retail store application is now proceeding to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for final review.The proposed location for the retail store is #10027 – 100 street. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week.- Advertisement -This is now the fourth application for a non-medical Cannabis retail store Council has approved. Which have proposed locations in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial) zone for a cannabis retail store.In total there are five applications for non-medical Cannabis stores in Fort St. John.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS U14’S ARE INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS AFTER WIN OVER BURT

first_imgUrris GAA News:U14A INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS: Well Done to our U14 boys who won the Inishowen U14 A Final on Sunday night in Moville against Burt. Final score Urris 4-13 Burt 0-06. A very strong performance by our lads on the night. Well done to both teams on a very sporting game. Thanks to Mark Glackin and all who help out with this team and big thanks to all who travelled to Moville to cheers the boys on, on Sunday Night. SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams played Naomh Colmcille (Newtown) on Sunday in Straid. Mixed results on the day: Final score in reserve match Urris 6-10 N Colmcille 1-08. Senior Match Urris 2-05 N Colmcille 2-12. Both teams home to Milford next Sunday in the league.LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies team played Termon on Sunday in the championship and recorded an excellent win, final score Urris 7-09 Termon 2-05.CLUB MEETING: There is a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm.MATCH “N” WIN: June 25th: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 1, 4, 15 & 17. €15 winners:Doherty’s (Conal), Cleagh.Ryan Ranty, Urrismanagh.Ciaran Dowds, Burt.Stephen Mc Girr, Cleagh.Neil O’Donnell, Rooskey.Jackpot next week €1,380.Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw. U16 : U16 boys home to Carndonagh on Tuesday night at 7.30pm.U12 Boys: Home to Moville on Tuesday night at 6.30pm.U12 Girls: Our U12 Girls play Malin in Straid at 4.30pm on Wednesday.U6, U8 and U10 training every Friday evening in Straid from 4-5pm util further notice.KELLOGG’S CUL CAMP: GAA Cul Camp in Straid from Monday July 6th – 10th. Anyone wishing to book a place contact John Friel on 08605223550. BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off at all Under-age training/matches now.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall at 9.00pm.TICKETS FOR THE ULSTER FINAL: Anyone wishing to order tickets for the Ulster Final Donegal v Monaghan please contact John Friel on 0860523550 before cob on Wednesday night.GAA NEWS: URRIS U14’S ARE INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS AFTER WIN OVER BURT was last modified: June 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

Breast Clinic delays at LUH raised as serious issue in Dáil Eireann

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has today questioned An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald about the extraordinary delays at the Breast Centre at Letterkenny University Hospital.Shocking figures were disclosed to Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty this week showing that, of the 732 patients referred to the breast cancer clinic by their GP, 143 of those have been waiting for over a year for an appointment.Speaking at Dail Eireann this afternoon, Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Doherty asked: “How does the government stand over the fact that women in Donegal, 143 of them who have been referred by their GPs to the systematic breast disease clinic have been waiting over a year for appointments, where yet another couple of hundred women have been waiting six months?”Deputy Doherty put the query to an Tánaiste: “as a woman, and as Tánaiste, and as somebody who has a leadership role in this Government of this State, what action can you as a Government take to make sure these women are not waiting those extraordinary lengths of time for an appointment to a breast clinic after being referred by their GPs by presenting symptoms or possible symptoms that they have breast cancer.”The Tánaiste said she recognised the importance of timely access to Breast Check, and stated she was not familiar with the current issues in Donegal.Ms Fitzgerald said: “There is a system in place that if there is an urgent referral that arrangements can be made that the person is seen quickly as opposed to the more routine referrals. “I don’t know the particular situation in Donegal, but sometimes when there have been delays in Breast Check it has been due to the lack of availability of staff, of radiologists.“I will ask the Minister the precise reason why there are those delays in Donegal and I will ask him to come back to you and give you the details because it is a serious issue.”Breast Clinic delays at LUH raised as serious issue in Dáil Eireann was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:breast cancer clinicDeputy Pearse DohertyLetterkenny University Hospitaltanaiste francis fitzgeraldlast_img read more

Raiders’ Kolton Miller feels ready for key matchup vs. Broncos

first_imgOAKLAND — It’s not hard to believe Kolton Miller when he says he’s feeling better these days.He’s more comfortable in his second year as a left tackle in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s system and is no longer bothered by the right knee and elbow injures that affected most of his rookie NFL season.Miller knows, though, that the guy he’ll likely be lining up against Monday night at the Coliseum — Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb — will also be better in year two as a pro.“He’s got more …last_img read more

Zaidi says Oracle batting trouble is in Giants’ heads. He should call Roger Craig.

first_imgI’m going to go out on a limb and guess that somewhere in the Giants’ files is contact information for Roger Craig.Farhan Zaidi ought to consider making that call.On Thursday Zaidi, the Giants president of baseball operations, made a different call, dropping in on KNBR’s Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show. The subject: Oracle Park’s eccentricities that tend to suppress runs and hits.“I think as we look through the numbers,” Zaidi said, “there’s a certain psychology to guys feeling like, this …last_img read more