Hekari set to make comeback

first_imgThe Hekari United Football Club is preparing to enter the National Soccer League scene after two years of being left out in the cold.They were known as the most disciplined and driven club in PNG football. Unfortunately, the Hekari United Football Club, and especially its talented players, suffered during the two years of impasse with the PNG Football Association.Following the eventual union of the two football factions, Hekari, in its bid to outclass rivals, has recalled its head coach, Jerry Allen, who flew in from the Solomon Islands today.Accompanying Allen was his brother Sam, who will be in charge of the Hekari Football Academy.Hekari manager Vonnie Kapi Natto said it was a great relief to return to the football arena.“I always regarded our removal last two years as ‘cheating’ our success,” she stated. “And I’m thankful football came back together to be one and honestly, I’m the manager since day one of this club and I have a different drive, especially when we were removed from PNG football.“With Hekari’s success, to me it was an insult after we worked so hard and they removed us on something I felt, wasn’t fair.“But anyway football is like that and I’m so thankful football came together.”With the brothers’ passion and drive in the Solomon Islands, Kapi Natto has confidence in their abilities in building PNG players.“It will be a great blessing for PNG in having both of them here, the knowledge and understanding they have for football.”(Hekari manager Vonnie Kapi Natto)last_img read more

Mané not pleased despite scoring

first_imgYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP): For Sadio Mane, it was a wasted opportunity. The Senegal striker scored the first goal in his team’s 2-2 draw with Japan yesterday at the FIFA World Cup, so there was something to celebrate. But that does not mean he was satisfied with the result. “Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed. And that’s normal because there was a way to win this match,” Mane said. “We started this game well. … We were dangerous, but in the end, we scored, and they equalised.” The 26-year-old Liverpool winger, playing in his first World Cup, was named Man of the Match, largely because of his goal. A charging Mane found himself in the right place at the right time in the 11th minute, deflecting a missed shot by Youssouf Sabaly past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to put Senegal ahead 1-0. Although Japan equalised when Takashi Inui scored with a curling shot in the 34th minute, Mane was involved in the play that led to Moussa Wague’s goal in the 71st. Japan, however, earned the draw when substitute Keisuke Honda scored in the 78th. Two preventable goals allowed, as far as Mane was concerned. “There was a way for us to win the match, and we didn’t do it,” Mane said. “We can’t underestimate the Japanese team that played very well. They managed to create quite a lot of opportunities, and they scored twice. And now, we have to admit it.” Japan coach Akira Nishino said he thought his defenders did a “pretty good job” on Mane. “But we were more concerned about him giving positive impact on other players, especially in the first half,” Nishino said. “We let him and the other players play freely a bit too much. But as a countermeasure against Sadio Mane, I think we did pretty well.”last_img read more

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman hold final presser ahead of title bout

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Benefits of township living Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American boxer Keith Thurman spoke to the media for the final time on Wednesday ahead of their WBA (super) welterweight title bout on Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT 3 Filipino wrestlers attend WWE tryouts in China LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout PLAY LIST 03:16Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pragmatic multiracial politics

first_imgWith the funeral rites about to be read over the AFC at the LGE, there are once again calls for a “multiracial” party. Now, what is a “multi-racial” party? Is it one in which the leaders are drawn from all or most of the various racial/ethnic blocs that constitute our polity? Is it one that has members drawn from all the various groups? Do the proportions have to roughly mirror the population, or will any assorted agglomeration (like APNU/AFC) do? Or does it mean that the interests of all the groups must be expressly articulated and represented? Should those interests be subsumed under some notion of a “national” interest? Who defines that “national” interest? And so on.In Guyana, all political parties before ROAR claimed they were “multiracial”. They took special pains to have individuals from the major race groups in their executive, and courted votes from across the spectrum. They constructed “national” manifestos. Yet, when it came to elections, the majority of the people invariably voted for one of the two major parties which were firmly identified with specific ethnic blocs – the PPP with Indians and the PNC with Africans. This even occurred with the carefully crafted “multiracial” AFC in 2011 and 2015. So the question is posed again: “What is an “authentic” multiracial party?”The question harks back to the roots of what constitutes “representation” in our “representative democracy”. The favoured approach from both the old Liberal and Marxist ideologies was the “representation of ideas”. That is, once the interests of the group are articulated, then anyone could “speak” for the group. By constructing “national” platforms in personnel and content, the PPP, the PNC and the AFC claimed to be capable of speaking for “all”. Yet, based on the results of elections, it is obvious in some way that the people were getting “ethnic” signals as to which party better represented their interests.ROAR’s precursor, Jaguar Committee for Democracy’s insertion into Guyanese politics occurred in the immediate pre-1992 years, and the free and fair elections of that year proved its thesis that “multiracial” voting remained the exception in Guyana. At that time, as articulated in our 1990 paper, “For a New Political Culture”, we proposed representative, professionalized, disciplined forces and temporary Shared Governance – segueing into federalism – to address the ethnic concerns over control of state power. If the status quo were retained, our theory predicted ethnic violence, which unfortunately came to pass in 1997 and the following decade.So how do we arrive at “multiracial” politics that can represent all the groups to their satisfaction? We thought it was self-evident that the parties that the various ethnic groups selected via their votes should come together and work on a programme that combined their several platforms. We still believe that this is the way to begin, and then work towards a federal approach, which would need the trust engendered during a period of working together.But a final piece of semantic confusion still remains, in addition to the need for political will. There still remains a distaste by the political parties to acknowledge they are “ethnically” based. The greatest irony is that this acknowledgement, coupled with the acceptance to work together, would result in “multiracial” governance, which, after all, is what they claim to be the goal of their politics. The “multiracial” party was supposed to only be a way-station to the “multiracial” government, wasn’t it?A multiracial/multiethnic party must explicitly articulate the interests of the several constituent groups it purports to represent. This can be done, as in the Democratic party in the US, by having specific “caucuses” for African and Hispanic voters. There is no shame in this, or apologies to be made. It is now conceded that in addition to the old “representation of ideas,” there is the need for “representation by presence”, especially for those who have been excluded or have experienced unique defining experiences. Can’t we at least go this far in Guyana? We have quotas for women representatives.“Representation by presence”, by its operation, has its own liberating potential. There are some who sincerely want to belong to “non-racial” parties, but I do not think we can create ever this unicorn in Guyana. Where has it been created? We have to work with the material we have: politics has to be pragmatic in the philosophical sense of the word.last_img read more

HSS Celebrate Vijaya-dashami in Guyana

first_img“Vijaya-Dashami” (literally “Victory-ten days) is a festival celebrated by Hindus on the day – after the nine nights of Nau Raatri during which God was worshipped as female. The festival is also called “Dassera” and is commemorated in different manner in various parts of India. Diwali will be celebrated 20 days after Vijaya-Dashami.In Northern India, from where most of the Indians who came as immigrants to Guyana originated, the festival commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the King of Lanka, Ravana, who had kidnapped his wife, Mother Sita. Typically, in the nine days before Dassera – as Nau Raat is commemorated – villagers and artists would enact parts of the story of Rama and Sita in the performance called “Rama Lila”. On Vijaya-Dashami effigies of Ravana and sometimes those of one his brother Kumbhkaran and his son Meghanada are burnt after the last performance of the Ram Lila.On Saturday evening the Hindus for Selfless service (HSS) celebrated Vijaya-Dashami in fine style at the village of Tuschen on the east bank of Essequibo. The ceremony started with all the assembled youths and guests paying obeisance to the Bhagwa Dwaj or “Saffron Flag” which represents Hindu Dharma. They then offered flowers to replicas of all the weapons carried by Devi Durga to acknowledge the need for all to defend Dharma – Shastran Puja.A speech was then delivered by the SanghaChalak or Guide, who quoted from the Ramcharitmas (Story of Rama’s Exploits) to outline some values for living according to Hindu dharma in modern day Guyana. These had been suggested by Sri Rama himself, in an extended discourse on ethics for living a Hindu life. The values illustrated were courage, fortitude, truthfulness and good character.The participants were then led in a procession by the beat of tassa drums to the ground where the effigy of Ravana had been constructed. A young member of HSS, dressed in the garb from the days of Sri rama shot an arrow into the effigy which burst into flames, as everyone shouted in praise of Hanuman, the faithful devotee of Sri Rama. The participants had written on pieces of paper one negative quality of theirs they wanted to eliminate and these were thrown into the flames consuming the effigy.last_img read more

Wanyama is now a focused, happy Saint

first_imgThe Southampton boss did not field him in their last two games including last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Norwich that kick-started their English Premier League campaign claiming the Kenyan midfield star was not in the right frame of mind.Wanyama hit the headlines when he handed in a transfer request last Friday to force a move from the club.“I will fully concentrate on Southampton since I have a contract with them running. It didn’t affect me in any way. I’m still a Southampton player and I will give my best when I go back and hopefully, we will win more games.“It has been difficult for the team when I was away but things will be alright. These things happen but I’m good to go,” the former Glasgow Celtic player said after joining head coach Bobby Williamson’s Stars on Thursday morning.With the collapsed move now behind the Kenyan captain, Wanyama expressed disappointment with the Saints’ failure to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after the club exceeded all expectations to finish in European places last season.“Our intention was to do well in the play-offs in my first appearance in the tournament but we have to focus to return to Europe next season,” the most expensive Kenyan footballer in history after moving across the English border from Celtic to Southampton for 10 million pounds expressed.“It was disappointing but we have to move on. We have a young team and we had to get experience and come next season we hope it will be better,” he added.Denmark champions, FC Midtjylland, caused an upset when they fell the fancied Saints 2-1 on aggregate after a nail-biting second leg 1-0 reverse on August 27 in the away leg.It was the first crucial tie for Wanyama to miss before he was also omitted from the Norwich squad where a Dusan Tadic double added to Graziano Pelle’s opener to give Southampton a first victory of the season last Saturday.Wanyama was keen to reunite with the manager who brought him to England, Mauricio Pochettino who left the Saints at the end of the season before last to take charge at White Hart Lane.However, Koeman and chairman Ralph Krueger, stuck to their guns insisting the midfield dynamo was not on sale with the manager urging Wanyama to emulate his former teammate, Morgan Schneiderlin, and stop trying to force a move to Spurs.The Dutch boss told the Kenyan captain that his friend Schneiderlin was happier now after joining giants Manchester United in the close season after his move to Spurs collapsed the previous summer when Pochettino left Saint Mary’s stadium.“It was important to get the win against Norwich; we needed it because we started badly and we are on our way up and hopefully, we will keep our momentum going.“Our aim is to get better than last season so hopefully we will work hard,” the midfielder summed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williason (left) greets captain Victor Wanyama at the team’s training camp on Thursday. PHOTO/ALEX ISABOKENAIROBI, September 3- Harambee Stars captain, Victor Wanyama, is happy to play out the campaign at Southampton after a proposed move to north London giants, Tottenham Hotspurs, fell through on transfer deadline day Monday.Wanyama, who delayed his arrival to link up with the squad that will play Zambia in a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier on Sunday, in a bid to push his exit from the Saint Mary’s, said Thursday he was now focused on re-claiming his place in Ronald Koeman’s side.last_img read more

Group flexes its muscles

first_imgHowever, Councilman Bill Molinari criticized the decision to endorse at all. “They’re basically choosing up sides and because of the variety of political views and relationships with different people, the chamber would be better off to stay impartial and not endorse,” Molinari said. “The people they’re endorsing may not win the election,” he said. “How do you then suggest that you have a productive relationship with people you didn’t give a chance to be considered.” Molinari said he especially resented the endorsements because no forum was held to get all of the candidates’ views. Reactions like Molinari’s are reasons that some chambers stay out of the endorsement business. And in fact no other Whittier-area chambers endorse in city council elections. “We represent 700 businesses and maybe some of them would be in favor of one candidate or another,” said Chris George, president of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce. “We always felt that is wasn’t in our best interest to have some kind of rift between the businesses,” George said. “So we just stayed out of that kind of stuff.” Stacy Cripe, executive director of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, said it’s usually the larger chambers which are more likely to endorse. “They usually have some kind of leadership program,” she said. From that, you can get good candidates, she said. In La Mirada, it just hasn’t been necessary to endorse, she said. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. When the Montebello Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee endorsed the two incumbents for the upcoming Nov. 6 City Council race, it reflects a new trend. In the past, many chambers of commerce have avoided getting involved in these kinds of races, but more and more are choosing to endorse, said Denise Davis, vice president for media relations for the California Chamber of Commerce. “The voice of business in a local community is an important one,” Davis said. “Chambers are realizing the power of their voice, and they want it heard.” About 30 percent of local chambers have created political action committees – a required step in order to give money – Davis said. The Montebello chamber began endorsing four years ago as a way of increasing its influence, said Albert Napoli, chairman of the chamber’s PAC. It endorsed Bob Bagwell and Norma Lopez-Reid in this year’s election. “They’ve made some pretty tough decisions for the betterment of the city,” Napoli said. For example, the city’s budget has gone from a $1 million deficit to a $1.5 million surplus without a tax increase, he said. last_img read more

TREASON! Piers Morgan slams Thomas Ince over England snub

first_imgPiers Morgan says Thomas Ince should never be able to play for England’s senior side after his Under-21s snub.The Hull winger, currently on loan at Derby, has opted to pass up the chance to play for the Young Lions at this summer’s European Championship finals to concentrate on his club career.Morgan, guest co-host on Drivetime on Thursday, said: “If I was running English football, I would ring Tom Ince and say: ‘You don’t want to play for England Under-21s, then you will never play for England at any level ever again for as long as you live!’“What he has done is bordering on treason. Who do these kids think they are? A 23-year-old kid rejecting the chance to play in a major tournament for his country – it is unbelievable.”last_img

Volunteers fan out, tackle needed tasks

first_imgIraq war vet Juan Beltran, 33, who broke his back in a helicopter crash and uses a wheelchair, was served a lunch of chicken, potatoes and salad.“I’ve actually had a pretty good experience after coming back from Iraq; people have treated me very nice,” Beltran said.But he said getting lunch at the church Sunday was the first time, since coming back to the United States, that he was treated as a guest of honor at a public event.There were several other Big Sunday events in the Valley. At ONEgeneration in Reseda, a crew of volunteers repainted the interior of the senior center.At Boxer Rescue in Sun Valley, volunteers gave dogs a break from kennel life by taking them on walks and bathing them.Big Sunday keeps getting bigger every year.Not bad for what started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood’s volunteer day, the brainchild of screenwriter David Levinson, who attended the synagogue.It wasn’t long before Big Sunday founder Levinson was approaching other synagogues and churches. Soon organizations were contacting Levinson, and now everyone from hockey players to book club members has gotten involved.“Everyone’s welcomed,” said Levinson, 46. “The whole idea behind it is that no matter who, how rich or poor or anything else, everyone has something that they can help someone else (with).” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com(818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re one city today,” Villaraigosa said. “We are one city.”In Big Sunday’s largest San Fernando Valley event, some 2,000 volunteers at Reseda High planted 120 trees, painted a mural, pulled weeds, collected trash and spruced up the landscape.Mariya Berkovich, 18, was one of the many students who picked up a hoe, broom, paint brush or spade.“Since I’m a senior, I’m about to leave. It’s just a wonderful experience,” she said.In Studio City, volunteers at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church served lunch to Iraq war veterans. They also wrote letters to wounded vets and made care packages for soldiers fighting in Iraq. Some 25,000 people fanned out across the Southland on Sunday to plant trees, serve lunch to Iraq war veterans, bathe dogs and perform countless other volunteer acts on Big Sunday – a day devoted to giving time and energy to the community.This year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa put his political muscle behind the annual event, visiting Big Sunday projects all around the city.The mayor was anything but lonely, with thousands of volunteers pitching in on 250 projects from Anaheim to Palmdale.The mayor was greeted by a throng of screaming teens at Reseda High, where he grabbed a microphone and addressed students with his arm around a DJ in black shades.last_img read more

Saving history for city of L.A.

first_imgThe Office of Historic Resources should lessen that conflict. “When you start to accommodate growth, it’s really important you look at and try to retain the special character of the neighborhood,” said Gail Goldberg, director of the city Planning Department. “The surveys we’re doing are absolutely critical, not just to help us understand where we have resources we must be careful of, but also to tell us where development can occur without going through all the hoops.” L.A. city government has rarely had more than one full-time employee dedicated to historic preservation. In contrast, 59 people staff New York City’s landmarks commission. One of Bernstein’s major tasks will be overseeing a five-year survey of the city’s historic resources. Bernstein, staffers and consultants will use a $2.5 million grant from the Getty Conservation Institute to study neighborhoods from the Valley to San Pedro in search of unsung historic or culturally significant buildings. L.A. is about 460 square miles, including more than 800,000 parcels. But only 15 percent of the city has been surveyed for its preservation value, with no studies in large swaths of the San Fernando Valley and south, east and west L.A. Earlier this year, one of the city’s first Jewish community centers – an architecturally significant modern building and a stop on the Jewish heritage tour – was demolished in Boyle Heights before anyone could try to save it. “You can’t begin to protect historic sites if you don’t even know what you have,” Bernstein said. “We hope it will prevent these kinds of `We didn’t know what we lost’ (incidents).” Others would like the survey and the new Office of Historic Resources to put an end to bitter battles between neighbors and developers. Often, neighbors and preservationists try to get a building designated as historic just when the owner plans to demolish it. Land-use attorney Ben Reznik said city government must develop a system that is fair to developers and property owners, that reduces confrontation and that limits the ability to use preservation as a way to stop new development. “We can’t say every building 50 years old or more is a candidate. They should now home in on criteria for designation so people can buy and invest in 50-year-old office and apartment buildings and not be afraid.” Preservationists agree the current system has its problems. Susan Jagiello with the Chase Knolls Residents and Neighbors Association said city officials have been unequipped to help residents protect unique and valuable sites. When developers planned to bulldoze her complex, she and her neighbors had to quickly prove that their 14-acre garden-style complex was special enough to preserve. “Nobody was aware of it, and when it was sold, nobody mentioned the word `historic.’ If there had been some kind of comprehensive list through the Planning Department, where a developer or real estate agent could have checked before they bought the property, it could have prevented a real brawl.” Bernstein’s guidance was instrumental in saving Chase Knolls, Jagiello said. “We need someone like Ken in this city,” she said. “This can only be good for neighborhoods like ours.” Councilman Ed Reyes heads the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee and has the most historic neighborhoods in his district. Reyes said he has high expectations for Bernstein. “Ken has to send a message that we are not a judge and jury,” Reyes said. “We are here to be more efficient about preserving historic structures while protecting communities.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Angelenos and non-Angelenos alike are waking up to the fact that we have this rich history,” Bernstein said recently from his new City Hall office. “Los Angeles, to me, is probably the most interesting urban laboratory in the nation. We need to recognize and protect what makes our city unique and significant.” Bernstein is considered an ideal person to lead the new endeavor. A Woodland Hills native, he was a planning deputy for former West Valley Councilwoman Laura Chick before joining the conservancy. So he already knows the bureaucratic maze and politics of city planning. Having worked on high-profile campaigns, he also is used to the drama and tension that often surround historic preservation, especially now. Los Angeles County’s population is forecast to remain one of the nation’s fastest-growing, and with little open land left, developers are looking to replace older buildings with taller and denser construction. While the city of Los Angeles has one of the oldest preservation ordinances in the nation, L.A. has barely surveyed or kept track of its historic gems; that has led to bitter, last-minute battles between preservationists and developers. For more than a decade, Ken Bernstein has been the go-to guy when residents and activists want to save historic buildings in Los Angeles from the wrecking ball. As the longtime director of preservation at the L.A. Conservancy, he helped push the city to preserve Chase Knolls, the Sherman Oaks 1950s garden apartment complex. He advised Tujunga residents on how to save a quirky castle and pushed the school district to restore rather than demolish the Ambassador Hotel. Now he’s on the inside. In his role as the city’s first manager of historic resources, Bernstein is charged with overseeing 837 monuments, 21 historic districts and a vast cityscape that has never before been evaluated for its historic or cultural worth. last_img