PNG women netballers finish unbeaten

first_imgWith three consecutive wins against Samoa and a drubbing of Solomon Islands and Tonga, they have put themselves in medal contention.PNG will be playing the second placed team in Pool –A.The official quarter finals draws are yet to be released by the games organizers but Loop PNG understands that PNG will play Cook Islands and Fiji will meet Samoa on Friday.The winners of both matches will meet in the gold and silver play offs and the losers get a chance in the bronze medal challenge.The Pacific Games medal play off will be played on Saturday.But the netball competition continues today after lunch with Vanuatu playing two matches. Vanuatu meet Tonga (1pm) and then go against Solomon Islands at 7pm at the PNG Power Dome.last_img read more

2 Acid Victims Win US$2M Damages Case against Firestone-Liberia

first_imgFirestone: “Headcount reductions will accordingly take place throughout the company’s operations, and include retirements, the discontinuation of certain work contracts, and redundancies.”Two persons who sustained multiple injuries, as a result of  acid that was wasted on their chest and neck by the Task Force commander of the Plant Protection Department (PPD) in September 2013, won a US$2 million damages case against the company last Saturday.The PPD is Firestone-Liberia’s private security apparatus.The ruling was brought down by Judge Mardea T. Chenoweth of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, in Kakata, Margibi County. The incident took place in September 2013.Lawyers representing   Emmanuel Kollie and George Grigsby instituted an action of “Damages for Wrongful  Injuries,” against the Management of Firestone-Liberia, claiming an amount of US$2 million, of which US$750,000 will be awarded to Kollie as general damages.The lawyers further claimed that US$750,000 should be given to Grisby to help him attend to specialized surgery outside of the country.Furthered in their complaint, the lawyers prayed the court to hold liable to pay not less than US$500,000 to their clients as punitive and or exemplary damages.They argued that the US$500,000 is for the suffering, pain, mental anguish of the deliberate and intentional act of cruelty meted against them.However, Firestone-Liberia’s legal counsel, the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, admitted that though acid was wasted on the complainants, the amount of damages was more than the injuries sustained.They also asked the court to dismiss the case.Surprisingly, at last Saturday’s ruling, Judge Mardea T. Chenoweth was publicly heard saying, “relying on the law regarding general and punitive damages, this court has no alternative but to adjudge Firestone’s  management liable.”Judge Chenoweth further ruled that “Firestone-Liberia is also adjudged to pay to the victims US$1.5 million representing the aggregate of general damages for such a heinous act, and US$500,000 as punitive damages.”Giving more details about the court’s decision, Judge Chenoweth emphasized that “this court [is] taking recourse to the records; specifically the testimony of Dr. Anthony Quayee’s description of the degree of injuries they sustained. It means that they met the requirements under the law of general and punitive damages.”Dr. Quayee, who treated the complainants, also testified during the case.The judge further ruled that the testimonies of Firestone‘s witnesses suggest that they did the act out of malice,” hence punitive damages is appropriate to prevent an arbitrary and unlawful act,” she added.According to her, if complainants had committed theft and had been arrested, they should have been accorded due process and not have had acid wasted on them.The case emerged when the victims’ lawyers filed a nine-count complaint alleging that they were arrested on September 28, 2013, by officers of the Plant Protection Department (PPD) of the management of Firestone-Liberia.Following their arrest, the Task Force Commander of the PPD, Tamba S. Nathaniel, wasted acid on them, and that some bystander, including Nathaniel himself, realizing the pains they were going through, got assistance by using oil and cassava leaves to reduce their pains.They further alleged that the Task Force commander was an agent of the management of Firestone and as such, the management should be held liable (guilty).  Therefore, they prayed the court for judgment of US$2million representing general and punitive damages.In response, Firestone lawyers filed a 26 count response, admitting that acid was wasted on the men, but it was they who provided cassava leaf to reduce the pains.They further argued that thieves in the Division 17 area have wasted acid on some of their officers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LRA Adopts Professional Ethics

first_imgMrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has adopted and published a professional ethics and code of conduct policy to guide the behaviors of its staff at every level in the execution of their daily functions.LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba stated in a press release that in a bid to achieve the mission and vision of building an efficient and effective revenue administration service consistent with regional and international revenue administration standards, each staff of the LRA must be accountable for adhering to the adopted values and ethical principles, the Revenue Code of Liberia and the Act creating the LRA.The Commissioner General in her introductory message in the Code said it is the responsibility of each staff to read, fully understand, adhere to and sign the Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct, which shall serve as a reference and guidance for their actions.The professional ethics and code of conduct among other things require employees to display honesty, fairness, loyalty and impartiality in the discharge of their duties, avoiding every form of temptation and collusion at the detriment of the state and taxpayers.Employees are compelled to be law abiding, careful with public assets, behave ethically and discharge their duties and responsibilities efficiently as required by the LRA Act as well as other laws, including the Revenue Code of Liberia.The nearly 30-page booklet explains the role and responsibilities of the Authority to its staff and the public and the role of the staff to the Authority and the public, while it also guides employees in executing their functions as it relates to treatment of colleagues, stakeholders, taxpayers, suppliers and the general public professionally.It is a key document upon which the public is expected to measure the staff including the management of the LRA, according to the release. The LRA says a copy of the document can be found on its website, Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Riders from Peace Motocross in Dawson Creek on Sunday

first_imgRiders were last ripping around the track July 7 when they were in Worsley. Among the winners at that event were Connor Capelle and Reed MerrickAfter this weekend’s races, riders will move onto Chetwynd for a weekend of races, August 24 and 25.- Advertisement –last_img

Cupid sinks his arrows deep

first_imgBut those grim statistics didn’t arrive until the 1980s, when divorce became more common and, in a way, encouraged more, said Stan Charnofsky, who heads the marriage, family and therapy master’s program at California State University, Northridge. Charnofsky said women 35 and older in unhappy marriages used to more commonly stick it out through better or worse because if they didn’t they often had little chance of remarrying. Not for worse But as divorce became more prevalent, women began taking the chance, striking out on their own in search of happiness. Seeing other divorces gave them courage. “Divorce encourages divorce,” Charnofsky said. “So a woman out there who is not happy will take the risk.” RESEDA – Standing under a heart-covered gazebo at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, three married couples said “I do” Wednesday – again. Renewing their vows on Valentine’s Day, the couples, all of them more than 80, tossed white-carnation bouquets into the air and sealed the deal with a kiss. “It feels good – very good – at this day in life to achieve 60 years together,” said 90-year-old Jack Matz with his wife, Marie, 83, by his side. Their long lives together defy today’s more-sobering statistics, with divorce predicted for as many as half of all marriages. And second marriages have just a 46 percent survival rate. And what about unhappily married men? If men aren’t happy in a relationship, they move on. Men also have the idea that they can attract someone else easily enough, Charnofsky said. For 96-year-old Jeffrey Davis and his 95-year-old wife Betty, there was never anyone else. Married for 71 years, the couple held hands on Wednesday as they spoke of the first time they met. It was at a party in Boston. But they fell out of touch until a few years later when they ran into each other at another party. This time something clicked. Their key to successful marriage? “We worked at this,” said Betty Davis. “Sometimes it was difficult. Sometimes it went along well. But we never gave up. No reason to.” Less sickness Couples such as the Davises remain healthier than divorced, widowed people or those who never walked down the aisle, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average length for a marriage today is seven years. The highest divorce rate happens in the first two years and in years 14 to 16, according to the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, a nondenominational, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C. Although sometimes religion or culture helps keep people together, Charnofsky said it’s friendship that endures over time, long after the passion fizzles. “Friendship stays and mellows and develops and grows,” he said. “That’s what makes a marriage last.” One couple is about to put that to the test. Married just over one year, 86-year-old Genia Burman and her husband, Irving Mandel, 88, had tears in their eyes as they renewed their vows with the others Wednesday. When they met at the senior facility, each had a feeling there was something special about the other. He said that when they started to talk, she started to smile. She said he called her up before she ever gave him her phone number. Then he strolled past her room. Burman invited him in. “We lived happily ever after,” said Burman, recalling the story. “We wanted to be together. And that’s what happened.” (818) 713-3746 160Want 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

Messi’s Argentina revival – false dawn or renewed promise?

first_imgIt was just a sixth World Cup goal in his fourth tournament but, combined with a late winner from Marcos Rojo, it was enough to send Argentina through to a blockbuster clash with France.Messi was subdued during a tumultuous first two games in Russia, missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw with tiny Iceland and then vanishing almost entirely from sight in a 3-0 defeat by Croatia.In that game Argentina’s porous three-man defence was badly exposed, leaving the two-time world champions staring into the abyss and sparking rumours of revolt within the squad.The Argentine FA spoke out in support of embattled coach Jorge Sampaoli amid suggestions he would be sacked, with the 58-year-old absolving Messi of the blame for the Croatia disaster.“The way the match was structured against Croatia didn’t suit Messi,” Sampaoli said.Lionel Messi scored Argentina’s first goal against Nigeria © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVWhile Messi’s World Cup hopes were hanging by a thread, eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s stock was soaring after his hat-trick against Spain and the winner over Morocco.Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s most-capped player, shot down reports of strained relations between the players and Sampaoli as the team prepared for their do-or-die Nigeria showdown.“The relationship with the coach is completely normal,” Mascherano said.“Obviously, when we feel uncomfortable about something we speak with him because if we didn’t we would be hypocrites.”– Aguero advice –Argentina’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, secured by Rojo’s thumping volley four minutes from the end, may have prolonged the international career of one of football’s all-time greats.“We were confident that we were going to win the match,” Messi said afterwards. “It is amazing to have won it in this manner. It is a joy and one that we deserved.”While the early exchanges passed him by, it took just one moment of magic to awaken a slumbering superstar, although Argentina’s momentum was fleeting.Messi faded after Nigeria levelled early in the second half, the five-time world player of the year finding himself surrounded by a sea of green shirts.But Rojo’s late heroics ensured Argentina live to fight another day, and it was Messi, not the Manchester United defender, who was mobbed by his team-mates at the final whistle.The rollercoaster of emotions took its toll on an animated Diego Maradona, the Argentina legend tended to by medical staff at the stadium.Questions will continue over Sampaoli’s authority after the coach apparently sought Messi’s advice over the introduction of Sergio Aguero as a late substitute, with Argentina in desperate need of a goal.Messi was also spotted issuing a half-time team talk in the tunnel before the players headed back out for the second period.Regardless of who calls the shots, Argentina now have just three days to prepare for their meeting with a talented France side in Kazan, where they will need everyone pulling in the same direction to keep the dream alive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the World Cup as Argentina lived to fight another day © AFP / OLGA MALTSEVABRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Lionel Messi hit his first goal of the World Cup as Argentina narrowly avoided an embarrassing group-stage exit but vast improvements are needed if they are to go much further.Messi’s effort against Nigeria, as he brilliantly cushioned the ball on his thigh before drilling into the far corner, was a tantalising reminder of his talent, largely conspicuous by its absence so far in Russia.last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known designers has returned to live in Ireland.Handbag designer Pauric Sweeney is one of the world’s most iconic handbag designers.Born and raised in Falcarragh, where his parents owned a draper’s shop, Sweeney was educated in Blackrock College in Dublin before moving to America to study architecture. Having spent the past 10 years in Italy, Sweeney has returned to live in Dublin to continue to carve out a career at the high end of the fashion industry.His handbags start at €1,000 and one of his most recent clients was Rhianna.The singer joins a long list of celebrities who are buying into brand Sweeney including Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez.NO wonder he can afford a glass to glass building in the heat of leay Donnybrook.Pauric, who turns 40 soon, says he loves being back in Ireland but cannot get over the price of things here.“The price of food here is immense. I had dinner out and I got a house wine and it was 25 quid.“I am not a socialist but I do believe everybody should be able to afford to go out and have dinner and a bottle of wine,” he said.DONEGAL HANDBAG KING RETURNS TO LIVE IN IRELAND was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Hall workers to get pay raise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Just hours before they were to consider going on strike, City Hall employees approved a new, three-year contract that provides 2.5 percent raises in each year, officials announced Friday.Terms of the deal were worked out Thursday night between local leaders of the Service Employees International Union and city officials. The 84 union employees then voted to ratify the agreement, which also guarantees the city will continue paying 100 percent of workers’ health benefits.“Cooler heads prevailed,” said James Washington, a SEIU field representative. “The timing was superb because the membership would not have gone much longer without taking some serious job action, meaning a strike. “But I didn’t want that, and I don’t think the city wanted that.”City maintenance workers and clerks had been considering meeting Thursday for a vote on possible job actions to push forward the deadlocked talks, Washington said.Instead, their new contract now will be finalized and implemented after Thanksgiving Day. The employees will receive raises soon after, he added.Attorney Richard Kreisler, who represented the city in contract talks, said the City Council made what it considered a fair and equitable final offer Thursday. “It’s fair to say the council approached this in a business-like manner. They looked at affordability and giving service to the taxpayers and came up with this decision,” he said.The employees, who have been working without a contract since June, had held protests at council meetings, demanding the city return to the bargaining table. Officials talks between the two sides broke off last month.In the end, both sides compromised on the size of the pay hike – with union employees backing off their original demand of 5percent raises and the city adding more to its original offer of a 1.7percent increase.City Councilman Ron Beilke said he was happy to have the issues settled. “There is no doubt our employees deserve the raise,” said Beilke. “Now we can move forward.”, Ext. 3028last_img read more

End of the road: Fortuna falls to Foothill

first_imgPerfect moments are, for the most part, fleeting.For the Huskies, the city of Fortuna and lovers of Humboldt-Del Norte League basketball, a perfect moment which spanned 92 days — dating back to the Huskies’ season-opening win on Nov. 29 — came to a close Thursday night. as the No. 7 Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team fell 58-56 to the No. 15 Foothill Cougars (Palo Cedro).The California Interscholastic Federation State Boys Championships (NorCals) Division-III quarterfinal-round loss ends a …last_img read more

SA, Kenya look to film partnerships

first_img20 May 2013 South Africa and Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday that will enable filmmakers from the two countries to work together in telling the continent’s stories. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Zama Mkosi, CEO of South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation, and Kenya Film Commission CEO Peter Muthie. Mkosi said the MOU would help to create a platform for growing Africa’s film industry. “It will provide the two countries access to filmmaking facilities and opportunities, a great prospect of working together to tell our African stories in order to achieve our strategic goal of globally positioning Africa. “As African countries we are steadily earning a place on the global stage, and working together will guarantee joint development of content as well as marketing of both the countries’ films and talent”, Mkosi said. Muthie said the MoU marked “the beginning of a strong relationship that will ensure that we tell authentic African stories. We are also celebrating our first official participation in Cannes and already, opportunities are opening up for our filmmakers.” The National Film and Video Foundation is running a South Africa pavilion as well as hosting an array of networking and presentation events over the 11 days of the festival as it pushes to open up new markets for local filmmakers and attract new investments in South Africa’s industry. It is also hosting market screenings of three South African films at Cannes: Diprente Productions’ comedy Blitz Patrollie, Triggerfish Animation’s new feature Khumba, and Ten10Films’ Black South Easter. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more