Wolmer’s Boys clip tough Holy Trinity

first_imgAfter watching his side grind out their fourth victory in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition yesterday, coach of Wolmer’s Boys, Alex Thomas, believes his side has the mental stability to make another deep run in the competition. The boys from Heroes Circles capitalised on the chances they created to eke out a 2-1 victory over Holy Trinity High at the Bell Chung Oval. Revaldo Mitchell broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time for Wolmer’s, but Phillon Lawrence restored parity for Holy Trinity with a volley from top of the 18-yard box in the 67th minute. And after staving off a wave of attacks from Holy Trinity, Clayon Haynes made sure that Wolmer’s grabbed all three points with a header in the 73rd minute. “Holy Trinity are a very good team, and they were able to break us down defensively on too many occasions,” Thomas said. “They put us on the back foot, but the boys withstood the pressure, held their nerve, and we came out victorious in the end.” He continued: “The thing about this Wolmer’s team is that we are mentally strong, and I really like that about our boys. We are able to withstand pressure and able to grind out victories very well.” Holy Trinity’s coach, Devon Anderson blamed his team’s loss on poor officiating. “The results are not going to show a reflection of the game when calls have been made consistently. Sometimes we wonder why we play these games. We should just give the opposing team the three points because they seem to have something against us,” Anderson lamented. Despite his frustrations, Anderson believes that their display suggests that they can advance to the latter stages of the competition. “On a level playing field, any day, we can play against anyone and give a good showing,” Anderson said. Wolmer’s are now four clear at the top of Group G with 19 points while Holy Trinity still hold the second position with 15. Wolmer’s Boys 2 Holy Trinity 1 Edith Dalton 1 Jose Marti 0 Camperdown 2 Eltham High 0 Waterford 0 Pembroke Hall 0 Charlie Smith 3 Meadowbrook 0last_img read more

Who’s in charge…

first_img…on the Big JailBack in 1981, when Maggie Thatcher and Ronald Reagan had just taken over the Governments of Britain and the US, the short-lived band, “Fun Boy Three”, came out with a hit single, “The lunatics have taken over the asylum”. The phrase, of course, means those in charge are the most incompetent and unqualified – and was around long before them.One verse goes, “No nuclear!” the cowboy told us/ and who am I to disagree / ‘cause when the madman flips the switch/ the nuclear will go for me.” The “cowboy”, in case you forgot, was Ronald Reagan, and the next year, he invaded Grenada. The neo-liberalism he and Thatcher launched have been more devastating than any nuclear bomb. The financial meltdown of 2008 is their legacy.But here in Guyana, we’re also seeing the expression come alive – literally and figuratively. Over at the Camp Street Prison, while the authorities are doggedly sticking to the line that the inmates have taken over the prison ain’t true, reports are too credible to be ignored. So we have a situation where 900 criminal and remand prisoners – armed with homemade knives and other makeshift weapons – are in charge of a prison in the middle of the city.Back in 2002, five of these guys broke out – and we all know what went then. Imagine if a dozen of them do a repeat performance. The Government has announced what’s really going on is a “sick-out” by prison wardens. Well…that’s one way to explain why most of the wardens haven’t shown up for work to the prison! The other, of course, is that guarding armed prisoners with violent records while they have free reign of the facilities, is a bit over their pay grade!The Government has thrown up a cordon of TSU units around the prison – but significantly – NOT inside. And this is where we now get to the figurative aspect that the lunatics are now running the asylum. Where’s National Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in all of this? Isn’t he the face of the Government’s crime fighting resolve and readiness? And that’s precisely the nub of the mess we’re in – of which the prison is only the top of the iceberg.The Alliance For Change (AFC) coalesced with the People’s National Congress (PNC) – let’s cut to the chase, will we? – and demanded key ministries. But in each of them they’ve failed abysmally – either because of their own ineptitude (like Ramjattan and Holder) or emasculation (like Nagamootoo and governance).Will someone not minister to these bumbling and inept “Ministers”? Or better yet…rid us of them?…of the WPA?The WPA just sent out a release on the Report of the Rodney Commission. It’s one of the most schizophrenic documents your Eyewitness’ read in a long, long time. It opened with this beauty: “The only victory we think the entire country may posture (sic) now is…the imminent official release to the public of the Report.” It’s “posturing” all right!! Did the President tell its coalition partner this? So Pat Rodney may finally see it?The release warned: “We will have to consider too that the Commission barely survived a persistent effort to abort the hearings…”. Yet didn’t explicitly say it was their coalition partner PNC that attempted the “abortion”.And then gave this free pass to the same PNC “For a new administration that could bear no responsibility for the state terror of that period…the inquiry fortifies the moral base for intensified investigations and/or another inquiry.”So could the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) tell us how the present Administration – with several operatives from when the PNC murdered Rodney – “could bear no responsibility”?…of governance?When in Opposition, the APNU and the AFC both made quite a racket about “governance” – usually concatenated with the word “good”. Like in “The [People’s Progressive Party] PPP lacks good governance, which we will practice when we get in.”So is Nagamootoo responsible for the mess the Government’s presently in?last_img read more

Watch Can, Wijnaldum and Mane take part in Liverpool’s carpool karaoke

first_imgLiverpool players are no strangers to being serenaded by the Anfield faithful.But it was Reds trio Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane who provided the tunes as they took part in a carpool karaoke session.Can was responsible for whisking him and his teammates around on a leisurely drive, before bursting into song with a rendition of the club’s famous ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.The German midfielder and Wijnaldum proved willing contestants but Mane, lurking in the backseat, was a little more reserved.last_img

County spends surplus

first_imgIt noted that counties, cities and schools could be forced to make large cuts in services in the years ahead to pay for the promises. Using conservative estimates, retiree health care costs for public employees in California are expected to reach $31billion per year by 2020, according to the report. Using the surplus, the supervisors also approved spending $1 million to hire more investigators and prosecutors to combat identity theft. As one of the region’s fastest-growing crimes, the number of identity theft cases soared to more than 25,000 last year, but only a fraction of the cases are prosecuted. The supervisors also approved giving the Probation Department about $24 million to hire more staff, reduce staff ratios at the camps and improve security at the juvenile halls where violence and escapes have soared in recent years. With the additional staff and funding, Probation Department Director Robert Taylor said his agency is undergoing a change in the organizational culture. “When it comes to changing offenders’ criminal behavior, there is no silver bullet,” Taylor said. “We have to look at some of the things we have done in the past and ask ourselves if those practices have been helpful, or in some instances if they have actually caused harm.” The supervisors also approved an $80 million spending plan to fight homelessness, including an $800,000 outreach campaign to deal with community opposition to locating regional homeless stabilization centers throughout the county. Janssen said some communities in the South Bay have recently expressed an eagerness to work with the county to locate a center in their area. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since then, the county has collected an unexpected $238million more in property tax and other revenues, boosting the county’s total budget this fiscal year to $21 billion. “It’s more than we planned on in June,” Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said. “It involves additional property taxes, additional penalties and additional unspent funds from the departments. Almost all of it, except $10 million, will be going into one-time expenditures, and the $10 million is primarily for the Probation Department.” In an effort to address rising unfunded liabilities to provide health care to its retirees, the supervisors set aside $17 million. Last year, the county Grand Jury estimated the county’s unfunded liability for its retirees’ health costs at $9 billion. On Tuesday, the California Healthcare Foundation released a study that found most public agencies have not set aside funds to pay for health coverage promised to current employees when they retire. With Los Angeles County coffers overflowing with an extra $238 million in property tax and other revenue, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set aside most of the money for capital projects and allocate $17 million for retiree health liabilities. The supervisors also agreed to spend more for staffing and security at probation camps, staffing for the identity-theft task force, expanding the county cable channel and saturating unincorporated areas with gang-suppression units. The county is paying for the smorgasbord out of a $1.1 billion surplus amassed this year, mainly a result of increased property tax collections. Earlier this year, the supervisors allocated the balance of the $1.1 billion on programs to help the homeless, hire hundreds of sheriff’s deputies and improve the jails, juvenile halls and camps. last_img read more

West Ham upload and then delete video poking fun at Mourinho ahead of Spurs clash

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT West Ham uploaded and then quickly deleted a video poking fun at Jose Mourinho ahead of his first game in charge of Tottenham this weekend.The Portuguese returned to management to become Spurs’ new manager on Wednesday after the club had sacked Mauricio Pochettino. West Ham could regret riling up Jose Mourinho 1 Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2center_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week The result saw Chelsea fall three points behind eventual Premier League champions Man City.And, following that match, an enraged Mourinho accused Sam Allardyce’s men of playing ’19th Century football’.He said: “This is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th Century.“The only [other] thing I could bring was a Black and Decker [tool] to destroy the wall.“It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult.“A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing.”Following the news of Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham, West Ham tweeted a video which played highlights of the club’s previous victories over the 56-year-old’s teams.The short video also included the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and replayed Mourinho’s ‘19th Century football’ comments.The caption on the post read: “See you Saturday, Jose” with a winking emoji.After receiving a number of negative replies to the post, the video was soon removed.Could  it come back to haunt West Ham? Only time will tell, but Mourinho will love nothing more than to get off to a winning start with Tottenham.Jose Mourinho’s first game as Tottenham manager against West Ham is LIVE on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 12:30pm And his new side face a potentially tricky trip to West Ham on Saturday, in a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT.Mourinho has lost two of his last four games at West Ham, once with Chelsea at the Hammers’ old ground Upton Park and once with Manchester United at the London Stadium.But his struggles against the Hammers stretch further back than that, with the Blues being held to a goalless draw at home in January 2014.Mourinho’s side had 39 shots on goal, with nine on target, compared to West Ham’s solo effort.last_img read more

Calm, cruel and connected: July’s best and worst of IoT

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#air pollution#child safety#Dubstein#Elvie#Internet of Things#IoT#Medical Wearables#music#Porkfolio#Smart Device#speakers#wearable#wifi#women’s health What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now.Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:Smart HandbagsWhile I’m not really the target market that lusts after luxury bags, I do know that if I was to purchase one, I would want proof that I was buying the real deal and not a cheap knock-off.Electronics and smart systems company Thinfilm recently announced a partnership with Maria&Donato, a craftsman leather-goods manufacturer and provider of premium handbags. The two companies are integrating Thinfilm’s NFC SpeedTaü tags into Maria&Donato’s exclusive handbag collections to battle counterfeiting and address growing concerns of fraud within the broader luxury goods market. The smartphone-readable NFC tags will also enable consumers to learn more about the brand and the product, and purchase limited-edition handbags online.SpeedTap tags are thin, flexible labels that integrate with a product’s packaging or label and can be read with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. Each tag is uniquely identifiable and and is virtually impossible to clone. Once tapped, the tag wirelessly communicates with the cloud, instantly delivering authentication messaging, serial numbers, and other relevant content from the brand or manufacturer.   Verdict: HitKiBandChildren running away from their parents is an everyday problem. When I lived in Australia it was not uncommon to see children on leashes to stop them running across the road. Now there’s a wearable wanting to address this problem in a more technical way.The Kiband is a wearable device designed for situations when children wander off in public places like parks, malls, grocery stores and public events. It’s a wristband, or ankle band if you prefer, with a patent-pending internal locking mechanism. A corresponding app and the power of Bluetooth track a child’s distance from a parent parent  — up to about 200 feet — and emit a 95-decibel siren, the equivalent to a fire alarm, if they stray too far.It also notifies the parents if the band is submerged in water for more than a few seconds. Surely the Kiband’s biggest failure, besides a sound fit to torture any human or animal in their vicinity, is that is does not utilize any tracking capabilities. The company admits that “Kiband’s goal is to prevent a lost child, not find a child after he or she is lost. GPS is not necessary in this application and ultimately lowers the cost of the product for you, the consumer.”However it’s easy to imagine a willful child that would deliberately set off the alarm, making the much more peaceful child leash a far more appealing option. The product retails for $149 and is available on pre-order.  Verdict: MissElviePelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a range of health conditions that can affect up to 60% of women at a stage of life. Elvie is a wearable device that facilitates exercise therapy to successfully treat these conditions. It’s a connected pelvic floor exerciser worn internally short periods of time and gives the user real-time feedback as they undertake a series of pelvic floor exercises. This includes detecting if you are exercising incorrectly using motion sensors, while the force sensors measure the strength of your squeeze. Bluetooth connects to the app, allowing you to visualize each exercise.  Each device retails at $22o.Verdict: HitDubsteinWhen people write articles about the utilization of “technology for technology’s sake,” I suspect this is the kind of devices they are thinking about. Dubstein is dubbed by company Dubgear as “the world’s first Bluetooth stereo speaker with beverage integration”. Basically it’s an insulated drink cozy that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to  Smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or computer. Dubstein assures us that “your tunes have never tasted so good” It could be a fun novelty product except for the C$129 price tag. Maybe if it actually made me coffee I’d be more interested.Verdict: MissTree Wi-FiTreeWifi-1020x610Air pollution is one of the problems of modern society where the Internet of Things can be part of the solution. Amsterdam based start-up TreeWiFi  are building birdhouses that measure air pollution and make the levels of pollution visible through an LED status light. Obviously visibility is only one part of the tools needed to fight pollution.TreeWifi take this a step further. When the server detects an improvement in air quality, it allows the birdhouse to share it’s internet connection with everyone in the street. Users that connect to the network get tips & tricks on how to improve air quality locally before going online. It’s an innovative way to tackle a problem where residential engagement can be difficult.Verdict: Hit PorkfolioMoving to a country where cash is king and coins are still in existence has taken some getting used to. Getting rid of small change can be a challenge. But now there’s Porkfolio, a smart piggy bank that enables you to track your balance and set goals through a corresponding app. The nose lights up each time a coin is added and I can see why at a glance,  this would be a good introductory product to get children interested in saving money.But I’m not convinced coins are the future. I’d be more impressed if the pig converted coins to bitcoins or at least notes or took my money to the bank for me.Verdict: Misscenter_img Cate Lawrence Follow the Puck How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

Rowdy Rathore’s music launched in a Mumbai chawl!

first_imgThe venue was a give away. Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Deva were obviously making it clear that their upcoming biggie Rowdy Rathore aims to woo the masses when they chose to launch the film’s music and first look at a Mumbai chawl rather than a snazzy five-star hotel.Worli’s BDD Chawl was abuzz with fan frenzy on Monday as Akshay – sporting his distinct, mustachioed look in the film along with dark glasses – took to the brightly-hued makeshift stage along with Sonakshi, who made a traditional style statement in printed kurti and dazzling orange lowers.While the 500-strong crowd had turned out to catch a glimpse of Akshay who was at his jocular best and Sonakshi, who made for a pretty photo-op, but the show really came alive when director Prabhu Deva took to the stage to show off some of his trademark dance moves.Akshay Kumar, Prabhu Deva and Sonakshi Sinha at the music launch.Prabhu returns as director in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali-produced film for the first time since he made the Salman Khan blockbuster Wanted in 2009. If the dancing sensation-turned-filmmaker shared a quick jig with Salman in the ‘Jalwa’ number in Wanted, Monday’s gala saw him shake a leg with Akshay and Sonakshi.The crowd kept asking for an encore every time he stopped dancing, till Prabhu finally picked a hallmark dialogue from his film to make himself clear. “Don’t angry me!” he told the fans in mock fury, just as Akshay says in the film.The trailer of the film was leaked online a good 24 hours before its official launch on Monday and had already gone viral.The first look of the film, however, grossly reminded one of Wanted, revealing similar bonecrushing, gravity defying action sequences that have been spectacularly shot using CGI effects. Akshay, however, was in no mood for comparisons.”I do not want to compare myself with anyone, he (Salman) is my friend and both of us do our respective work,” the actor said. Rowdy Rathore is slated for release on June 1.advertisementlast_img read more

Meralco spoils Devance’s return with win over Ginebra

first_imgRed-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fil-American forward also believes that the same is the case for Ginebra, which now dropped to sixth place with a 5-5 card as he charged this defeat to growing pains — something which could help this young team develop in the long run.“I think we lost focus on execution and defense. When something like that happens, it just kinda boils down to execution and defense and that’s where we lost our focus,” he said before admitting that the Bolts, which have their backs against the wall, wanted the game more.“They came out, wanted it more than we did in that fourth quarter and that’s the ball game.”Devance isn’t losing hope, though, as the Gin Kings only need one win to formalize their entry to the playoffs, something which they could get against Rain or Shine on March 2.“It’s just the first step though. It’s a part of the process,” he said. “Hopefully we can regroup and get the next game. We shot ourselves in the foot and put ourselves in a bad position, but hopefully we can get this next game and see where we land on the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the Bolts had other plans as they came away with an 84-82 win on Sunday night.“I’m just disappointed that we lost, especially since it’s my first game back,” Devance said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe most important thing is that Devance is slowly but surely getting himself back to his old form.“I’m okay. I still have quite a bit to go,” he said after playing for 18 minutes and finishing with four points, three rebounds, and two assists. “I’m just trying to work hard every day. Hopefully when we make the playoffs, I’ll be 100 percent or close to it.” PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Joe Devance would have liked to mark his return from a foot injury with a victory.After all, his first game this season was interestingly at Philippine Arena, the site of Ginebra’s 2017 Governors’ Cup triumph last October, and against their Finals foes in Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

AIBA gives go ahead for elections to sort Indian boxing mess

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) The long-dragging administrative mess in Indian boxing could finally head towards a solution with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) giving its go ahead for fresh elections to put together a new National Federation. Indian boxing has been without a parent body since May when Boxing India was provisionally suspended following a revolt by the state units, which passed a No Confidence Motion against the then BI President Sandeep Jajodia and Secretary General Jay Kowli. The sport is currently being administered by an ad-hoc committee, which was formed by the AIBA. “Based on an ad-hoc committee report, AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, in due consultation and agreement with AIBA Executive Committee Bureau, has now directed the ad-hoc Committee to organise Elections for a new National Federation with cooperation of all the national stakeholders. The first step to that would be holding a General Assembly as soon as possible in which the Constitution would be passed and sent for AIBAs approval,” ad-hoc panel Chairman Kishen Narsi told PTI. “The next step would be to invite nominations from those interested in being part of the new federation,” he said. However, BI has been barred from the entire process as the world body wants an altogether new set-up to take charge. “The BI has played its role. They tried to run things their way but it did not work out to everybodys satisfaction. Hopefully it wont be the case this time because a lot would depend on the extent of cooperation that member states would show towards each other,” Narsi said. Narsi said the General Assembly meeting would be called soon but side-stepped queries on whether the dispute would be resolved before next years Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, scheduled in July. “It all boils down to intent. If there is a will to resolve the matter and ensure that boxers dont suffer, I am sure a solution can be found in a day. So lets see how things go and what sort of attitude people adopt,” he explained. AIBA has also directed the ad-hoc committee to send all the details regarding election process, list of delegates, candidates and the agenda for a review before the polls are actually conducted. The committee has agreed to the newly-formed Coordination Boards suggestion to start with the domestic national meets and has also planned a tentative calendar activities for the 2015-16 season. BI took charge of the sport last year in September after the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was terminated owing to manipulation in elections. However, BI could not run the show for long and faced dissent soon after with state units complaining of lack of coordination and communication with the bodys top brass. As a result of the continuing tug of war, Indian boxers have been forced to compete in international events under the AIBA flag. PTI PM BS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more