The Australian Open is significantly contemplating celebrating its 2021 version only with local audiences. This was warned by match director Craig Tiley, who handles up to 4 totally different situations relying on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. “One of the best we now have proper now’s an AO (Australian Open) cwith gamers who can get right here with quarantine methods and only Australian followers. “ says the supervisor of Tennis Australia. “The worst case state of affairs is that there isn’t any AO”, thinks Tiley, who didn’t clarify the different two potential: “There are 4 situations and we now have deliberate the whole lot. We’ve deliberate the instances we now have to make choices, the dates we now have to make choices, who it impacts and the way it will have an effect on them ““Now we’re engaged on the worldwide group of gamers and making them perceive what every of these situations are, what they imply to them and the way we are able to act, “concludes the Australian Open president.
Sisi Rondina’s biggest motivation heading into the FIVB Beach Volleyball World is making the country proud.Rondina, who is paired with Dzi Gervacio, and three other duos are representing the Philippines in the women’s tie of of the one–star FIVB tournament being hosted by the country for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ GALLERY: Relive La Salle’s three-peat celebration through photos “It’s an overwhelming feeling. First, because we’re hosting this world event. Second, because we are playing for the country. It makes me really proud,” said Rondina, who was the best scorer in the UAAP Season 80 tournament.The qualifiers starts on Thursday at Sands SM By The Bay but the competition in the 16-team women’s action begins on Friday.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 crownRondina and Gervacio wrapped up their preparations on Tuesday as they expected a taller opponents with 23 countries participating in the Manila stop of the World Tour.“We’re training very hard. What we’re focusing on is how we can strengthen our bonds and connect with each other on court. So far, we have started to jell,” Rondina, who competed in last year’s 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore, said. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The three other Filipino pairs competing are Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, two-time Beach Volleyball Republic national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag, and wildcard entries DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia.The four-day event dangles a $10,000 cash prize and ranking points for other FIVB beach volley tourneys.BVR national champions Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte, Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto, James Pecaña and KR Guzman, and Ranran Abdilla and Edwin Tolentino make up the Filipino pairings in the men’s divisionThe round-of-12 and quarterfinals are scheduled on Saturday, with the semifinals and finals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:14Carpio 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast
Amended Cyber Crime Bill…hauls Govt over coals for treatment of transferred NurseThe passage of the Protected Disclosures Bill counts for nothing when one considers the controversial Cyber Crime (Amendment) Bill, as persons who make unauthorised disclosures face as many as five years in jail if tried and convicted.This is according to Opposition parliamentarian Priya Manickchand, who, in a heated presentation when the Bill was debated on Friday, decried the fact that the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has to perpetually watch over Government to restrain it from making oppressive laws.This was a reference to Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, who,Opposition MP Priya Manickchandin her presentation to the National Assembly, criticised the Opposition for being absent from the Committee that reviewed the legislation at the time Government inserted the clause into the Bill.“Minister Hughes was very clear. The PPP was not there to protect the people of Guyana. An honest question this begs is, who are we protecting the people from? We, the PPP, have to come to protect the people from the big bad Government who cannot create laws that serve the people of Guyana.“The Government is saying that they cannot be trusted to do right as it relates to drafting laws, by themselves. They have to get monitors to tell them they are doing something wrong. What kind of government is that?”Manickchand pointed to the amended clause nine of the Cyber Crime Bill, which states that “A person commits an offence who, through authorised or unauthorised means, obtains or accesses electronic data which (c) is stored on a computer system and is protected against unauthorised access.”The penalty on summary conviction is a fine of $3 million and imprisonment of three years, while conviction on indictment earns the accused a fine of $8 million and five years’ imprisonment.“This clause is completely negating the protection under the whistleblower legislation. This amendment seeks to play with words and then comes back to say any person commits an offence who, through authorised or unauthorised means, obtains or accesses electronic data stored on a computer system and is protected against unauthorised access,” the Member of Parliament (MP) declared.“Almost all information that would come to us through whistleblower is stored on a computer system and is protected against unauthorised computer access. That’s why the person has to blow the whistle,” Manickchand stressed. “Because it’s unauthorised information … and we know what this government has done to the nurse who blew the whistle on what was happening at her hospital. What has happened to that poor nurse, your own supporter?” Manickchand asked, to which Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan replied, “she’s still a nurse” as he heckled the MP.“Banished! Shamelessly removed from the position that she held, for doing what we say we want people to do,” Manickchand finished.Sherlyn Marks, the nurse in question, was initially attached to a West Coast Berbice hospital. She was transferred with immediate effect during the last week in April last year after she had made complaints against a former A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Councillor.She claimed that the former Councillor had been going to the hospital for an excessive daily dose of the painkiller pethidine. The nurse had accused the regional administration of targeting her.Nurse Marks, who said she filed complaints twice last year, claimed she refused to administer the 100-millilitre dose to the official, who would turn up daily to receive it.She said she received a letter of transfer from the Regional Office after being scolded for going to the media with her complaints. Some two days later, the official reportedly resigned from her post and the party.Persons and organisations, including the Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), have been critical of the incident and the potential repercussions for transparency and accountability. TIGI had referred to the case by noting that Marks was bludgeoned into oblivion or worse, “for exposing the abuse of power”.
– says SARA should be involved if GuySuCo assets were undervalued in saleIn light of reports that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) sold and may have undervalued two transmission towers belonging to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Transparency International Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) is calling for answers.During an interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, TIGI President, Dr Troy Thomas noted that NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) – which was created to oversee the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets after the industry was downsized to only three estates – must provide answers on the sale, which sources at GuySuCo allege netted a sub-par price of just $2.1 million.“They must answer questions about how that (transaction) was done and whether the laws were followed. And if the laws were not followed, then that would come under SARA (State Assets Recovery Agency) at this point, although there can be other agencies. But we definitely need to make sure that things were done properly and if they were not done properly, then those responsible must be held accountable,” he posited.Persons have opined that the towers should have fetched no less than $10 million. In fact, Dr Thomas reminded that when Government assets are being disposed of, there should be open tendering to ensure the State receives the best price for its property. He noted that assets could easily be undervalued and the State would lose money when procurement laws were not followed.“There should be an official evaluation of it, because I think that $10 million is somewhat anecdotal in the sense that people say I know it should be this. But we need a proper evaluation. And I would say if it was sold below the market value, then it’s a matter for SARA to look into, being the State Assets Recovery Agency,” the Head of the local transparency watchdog stressed.Dr Thomas went on to add, “If State assets (were disposed of) in a manner that does not return the maximum value, then it’s something that SARA should take up and see whether something was done inappropriately and whether there are grounds for applying legal sanctions.”Officials from GuySuCo were recently quoted in sections of the media questioning the sale by NICIL of two of its transmission towers to Bobby Vieira’s Multicultural Communications Inc for a mere $2.1 million. One of the towers, reports suggest, has since been leased to another company. Another concern was that the assets were not even vested to NICIL.It is understood that the officials had written a letter about the matter to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, in which they had noted that “we recently saw a draft Agreement of sale whereby Mr (Colvin) Heath-London, through NICIL is in the process of, or perhaps have sold GuySuCo’s Transmission Tower located at Drill, Mahaicony to a company named Multicultural Communications Inc…. Again, that property was not vested to NICIL and would be another unlawful act by NICIL.”Repeated attempts by this publication to make contact with SPU Head Heath-London, whose agency has responsibility for divesting GuySuCo of its assets, were futile.Since the story broke, Vieira, who has had ties to the coalition Government and served as the assistant events coordinator for President David Granger’s inauguration in 2015, has been directing questions to the relevant authorities.TensionThis sale is the latest cause of friction between NICIL and GuySuCo. While NICIL has claimed GuySuCo has not been forthcoming with information for the divestment, the Sugar Corporation has denied this and countered with records of submitted information. In fact, GuySuCo has expressed concerns that NICIL is less than transparent about the process.The company criticised NICIL for the current arrangement that sees the agency pocketing proceeds from the assets it does divest. GuySuCo claims that it should be the other way around, so that the Corporation could fund its own strategic plan.“As a matter of fact, in an attempt to extend the life of the SPU, having been created for the specific purposes above and within a particular timeframe; the agency has now assumed the role and operates as a proprietor and landlord. This is totally inconsistent with its intended purposes,” GuySuCo had said in a recent statement.“Additionally, GuySuCo is still awaiting a full report from NICIL-SPU on all and any transaction(s) which were completed or are in progress in relation to its immoveable and moveable assets, including the scrap metals, machinery, plant and equipment,” the Corporation complained.This is telling, as in April of this year, reports emerged that scrap metal from GuySuCo worth $3 billion was sold to a mysterious buyer, but the proceeds from the sale were not received by the Corporation.This is another transaction the Government has been silent on, with former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin distancing his Ministry from the sale when questioned by this publication in April. The Business Ministry has overall responsibility for the scrap metal trade.Nor is that all. According to GuySuCo, it is yet to be informed by NICIL about the extent of the valuation done by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) into its assets, information others, including Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo, have repeatedly called for.In fact, Jagdeo last week called on Government to intervene and sort out the issues between GuySuCo and NICIL’s SPU which have been playing out publicly.The following day, however, Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency and Government’s spokesperson, Joseph Harmon, told media operatives that while Cabinet has already given some guidance, the matter was still engaging its attention.
Morrison and the rest of Team Canada will be tearing up the long track at their next event this coming weekend in Heerenveen, The Netherlands December 9th to 11th. ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN – Denny Morrison made the podium for the first time since breaking his femur in a motorcycle accident 18 months ago this past weekend.Along with Ted-Jan Bloemen and Jordan Belchos, Morrison won silver in the Men’s team pursuit at the third ISU World Cup race of the season in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday with a time of 3:44.95. Japan skated to gold with a time of 3:44.10, while Poland earned bronze in a time of 3:45.04.This is Canada’s first medal in this event since the gold medal the men won at the first World Cup stage of the 2015-2016 season.- Advertisement -“Three World Cups and a podium; this is unbelievable considering not just my injuries, but also the set backs and necessary steps to get here. They are all big steps and all surprising to me”, said Morrison.Morrison also competed in the 1,000 metres on Saturday for the first time this season, and skated to 6th in the ‘B’ event with a time of 1:10.31.On Sunday, Morrison skated in the ‘A’ event of the Men’s 1,500 metres after qualifying two weeks ago in Nagano when he finished 3rd in the ‘B event. Morrison finished in 20th place with a time of 1:48.35.Advertisement
-submitted The B.C. short track provincials were held in Kamloops this past week-end. Seven skaters from Fort St. John attended the meet. In the end the club came away with two medals. The Lee family were the stars of the week-end, both medaling. Rick Lee won gold in the masters two event and his daughter Jamie took silver in Juvenile girls. Coach Richard Stickel said â€œRick is just so consistent, you take it for granted that he will do well. He really had to battle against a couple of other good skaters, and once again he did.â€ About Jamie the coach stated â€œJamie was the class of the field for the Juvenile girls, even though she is in her first year in the age category. I was really impressed with her efforts, especially the work she was doing on perfecting her passing ability during races.â€ Mitch Kupchanko and Kayne Dressler were in the Junior Men category. Kupchanko competed hard for a fifth place finish in a very competed division with third to sixth place being decided with just a few point differential. Kayne Dressler finished ninth. Impressively Dressler made all semi-finals even though he is in his first year in the premiere division in the provincials. There were three skaters skating their first provincials as well. Stickel stated â€œthe goal for the first provincials is learning how to compete with a better group of skaters. Everyone is fast and its important to learn how to race in some confusing situations. I was really impressed with all of them, and the efforts they made.” Rachael Kalkman finished fifth in Bantam girls. Ben Maxfield made some great passes and finished sixth in Midget boys. Kathryn Stickel had personal bests in every distance and really mixed it up for a fourteenth place finish in the Juvenile girls. – Advertisement –
Limacol KO Football Tournament…The action in the third annual Limacol knockout Football tournament got underway on Thursday evening with a clash between Pele Football club and Northern Rangers at the Ministry of Education Ground.Prior to the game, New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company (GPC) Company Secretary Zulfikar Ali greeted both teams and took the honors of having the kick off.Minutes later the playing field was a buzz of activity with both teams looking to draw first blood in the competition.Northern Rangers soon found a reward for their impeccable playing with a goal from Stephan Reynolds. The remainder of the first half went by quietly.Looking to equalize, Pele stepped up their tempo. A foul inside the box meant that the predominantly young team would have their opportunity. The goal was sealed by Mervyn Liverpool. Try as they may, both teams could not one up the other, having to settle for a draw in their first game.The second matchup of the night saw Police FC handing down a trashing on the Mahaica Determinators. It was taunting goals for the Police team with Cordell Haywood scoring. Mahaica was lucky enough to net a goal but it was not enough to compare to Mahaica’s three.The action will continue on Monday, September 3 with a double header from 18:00hrs that will see Pouderoyen take on Beacon then Northern Rangers face off with Police at 20:00hrs. A total of twelve teams are competition for a grand prize of $200,000.
“It’s not good,” Allmendinger said. “I feel bad for the whole Team Red Bull guys. Everybody worked their butts off, and they deserve to be in the 500.” They aren’t, and neither are two other Toyota entries. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Team Red Bull heard a big “ole” on Thursday and whiffed on its first attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500. Drivers Brian Vickers and A.J. Allmendinger crashed during their qualifying races Thursday, which means the new Toyota team will pack up and head home as its rivals prepare for the biggest race of the year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Waltrip raced his way through controversy to secure a spot, and Dale Jarrett, Dave Blaney and David Reutimann also made the race. But the Red Bull Cars, Jeremy Mayfield and Mike Skinner are going home. Vickers ran well in the second qualifying race before a tire went flat and he hit the wall. “Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Vickers said. “Came down here, we did our best, got a flat right rear. We’ll get them at California.” Allmendinger, who joined NASCAR from open-wheel racing in the off-season, collided with Robby Gordon and hit the wall on lap 23 of the first race. “I was trying to get out of the throttle, clipped him and the rest, it happened,” Allmendinger said. “I don’t know if you really put fault on that or what. I just feel bad for the whole team.”
“It is definitely a tough call when you lose six first team players. All this boils down to the financial situation of the club because we have not yet found a sponsor since coming into the league. We are trying to see whether we can have some replacements,” Ouna noted.Harun Nyakha and Joe Waithira both decamped to Nakumatt, Piston Mutamba moved to Sofapaka while Luis Tumba, Mark Odhiambo and Patience Lukige have all asked to be released as they pursue greener pastures.Tusker’s Eugene Asike and Wazito’s Piston Mutamba chase for the ball during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe departure of the six leaves the team hugely punctured. Ouna has already brought on board experienced midfielder Erick Ochieng and Anthony Njeru from KCB FC as he looks to seal the loopholes.“At this time I will change my approach a bit. I will not go in for young players but I will try to get players who are experienced in the league and who understand the situation we are in and can help pull us out. At this time I can’t say much about our future in the league until I get the players I need for the second leg,” the tactician noted.In the midst of the storm, they come face-to-face with a team that’s on top of their game and still steaming in celebrations following their SportPesa Super Cup win.The league leaders sit top of the standings with a two point buffer over second placed Mathare United and with a healthy five game deficit, Ouna knows, it is not an easy tie to go to.“Definitely this is not the best time to play Gor because currently they are the best team in the country. My biggest challenge now is to rebuild the team and we start now. It will be a tough game for us definitely but we have to go in there and give our best,” the tactician noted.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna quenches his thirst during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWazito sit at the basement of the standings with a meager 17 points off their first 18 games of top flight football and have lost six consecutive matches in the league. Their only win in that period was a 3-0 result against Nairobi Water in the FKF Shield.Meanwhile, Gor will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season and head coach Dylan Kerr has warned his side not to take Wazito lightly.“They have been struggling yes, but any team that comes to play against Gor Mahia takes it as a Cup final. It will definitely be a tough match because they want to be the first team to beat us,” warned the British coach.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shouts instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on May 20, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe is expected to make changes to his starting 11 so as to give rest to some of his first team stars who played two matches within three days in the SportPesa Super Cup.“It is very tough for me because every time I have to put in a different team because I have to look out for my players not to get too worked up. We have to look at who feels fresh physically and mentally then put out our best team to face Wazito,” further noted the coach.A win for Gor will take them five points clear at the top of the standings as they look to keep in track to defend their crown. Kerr has also warned that his team wants to go in and fight for all the trophies they are competing for.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna giving instructions to his players during a past match against Gor Mahia. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13- Struggling Wazito FC tackle Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday afternoon on the backdrop of losing six key first team players in the mid-season transfer window.Tough financial times at the club has forced several players to decamp with more said to be on their way out, a situation that leaves head coach Frank Ouna scratching his head over their future in the top tier league.
Today was a big day for a bright young Castlefin boy who went back to school to start sixth class at Ballylast NS.Everyday events are all big moments for 12-year-old Matthew Doherty, because two years ago he wouldn’t have been able to catch-up with friends at school, or do things he loves like football, drama or collecting Star Wars merchandise.Matthew was the recipient of a kidney transplant in 2016 after a five year wait for a donor. The amicable youngster has a rare blood disorder that doctors discovered when he was 10 months old. The treatment damaged his heart and kidneys. While his heart recovered, he was on dialysis for years in dire need of a transplant.The all-important call came on Wednesday August 24th 2016. Matthew’s parents Joe and Louise Doherty had the hospital bag packed and ready for years.On the day of the transplant, Matthew said he had to pinch himself to be sure this was real life and he was finally getting his lifeline.Matthew tells Donegal Daily: “I woke up around five hours after the transplant and was told it was pink and doing its job. Everything was going well. I set a record for getting out of hospital after the operation.” Matthew proudly explained that the shortest hospital stay of a kidney transplant recipient at Temple Street was 10 days, but Matthew was home on day nine.Matthew Doherty on Day Nine after his kidney transplantTwo years on, Matthew is full of life, energy and plenty of craic. He is a busy boy with lots of hobbies, including GAA and drama.“I play football now and I love it. I play with Robert Emmets GAA club and we are a very good team, we won five matches in our season,” he said.Matthew attends Zara Holmes Performing Arts Academy and loves acting in plays. “I’ve started to notice I came out of my shell a lot doing drama,” he said, adding that a stand-out moment was playing Bruce in Matilda and eating half a chocolate cake!Matthew’s week at drama summer camp in August was a big deal and something that wouldn’t have been possible two years ago. He will soon begin rehearsing for the Wizard of Oz this September, and looks forward to taking on lead roles when he gets older. Now, Matthew can do ordinary things like play outside with his brother Adam (8) and push him on the swing.Matthew Doherty (12). Photo: Rachel McLaughlinMatthew’s blood condition (atypical HUS) means that he must continue to take special care of his health and attend appointments at Temple Street every two weeks.But a fortnightly trip to Dublin is nothing compared to what the family went through before the transplant.Matthew counts himself lucky to have caring and understanding friends and family, while some well-known figures cheered him on through his illness. The 2012 Donegal team hailed Matthew’s bravery when they visited Crumlin Children’s Hospital the morning after the All-Ireland final.Matthew looks up to Frank McGlynn. “He’s fast, and I think I can run that fast too. I did a trial with my school and I nearly beat everyone in the 600m, just one boy was superfast, fair play to him,” he said.Matthew Doherty (12). Photo: Rachel McLaughlinSimilar to a winning team, Matthew came home from hospital to a hero’s welcome in Castlefinn in 2016. A Garda escort led his family’s car through the town, while locals, school friends and cousins waved flags in support of the popular boy.For other young people who are growing up with a sickness, Matthew has some wise words of positively:He says: “Don’t give up hope, something is going to come around eventually.”Matthew’s homecoming to CastlefinnMatthew’s mum Louise recalls how it took a year for him to really show the benefits of the transplant and to be well enough to return to school.Matthew adds, “You should have seen everyone’s face light up when I walked into the classroom. Maybe that was because I had chocolate for everyone from Disneyland but it was great.”Matthew Doherty (12) and the tree of remembrance in his garden. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinOver 100 friends and family members came together to celebrate the one year anniversary of the transplant in August 2017. A blessed memorial tree was planted outside the Grieve-Doherty home. As the tree grows, so will Matthew.When he’s older, Matthew is considering becoming a footballer, actor or doctor, or all three!The young fighter is an inspirational advocate for organ donation and would advise every person to carry an organ donor card.He said: “You’re not just helping someone else live, a part of your body is living inside another human being. That’s always going to be your organ but you are going to share it. You are sharing life.”Mum Louise added: “A donor card is so important. Matthew had to wait five and a half years, some people wait longer and some less. We would love for people to have the conversation with their families.”For information on Organ Donor cards, visit the Irish Kidney Association website at: www.ika.ieMighty Matthew bounces back to school two years after lifesaving transplant was last modified: September 6th, 2018 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:Back to schoolcastlefinnhealthkidney transplantMatthew Dohertyorgan donation