Entertaining football expected in Vanuatu vs Solomon Islands international friendly

first_imgIt is anticipated that the international friendly will be an exciting and entertaining match for the soccer-mad nation of Solomon Islands.In their last international friendly in 2011, Vanuatu defeated Solomon Islands 1-0 and there is no doubt that they are keeping this at their back of their mind to maintain the winning record.Tomorrow’s friendly match is going to be the eighth time that both teams have met to help each other prepare for bigger games.In their first friendly in 2004, Solomon Islands won 2-1 and lost 1-2 in the away game.In 2011, both teams hosted five international friendlies at one time which saw Solomon Islands winning the first match 2-1, draw nil twice, losing 2-0 and 1-0 the latest.Apart from the international friendlies Solomon Islands won 10 games, drew three games and lost two games to Vanuatu since 1981.With these records both teams have equal chances of a win or draw.Head coach of Solomon Islands, Felipe Vega-Arango from Spain indicates that the game will not be easy.He said he did not watch how Vanuatu plays but from his conversation he understands that most of their players are similar to Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.“They run a lot, they like to have the ball and I don’t think it’s going to be an easy match even though it is a friendly they also want to win.“We will see on the game and I have the confidence on the team and I expect them to on the better side,” he said.For Vanuatu the friendly match will build them up for the up-coming Pacific Mini Games to be held in Port Villa from December 4-15.last_img read more

Guyana accredits Nepalese, Iranian Ambassadors

first_imgPresident David Granger has accepted the credentials from non-resident Ambassadors of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Islamic Republic of Iran.The two diplomats presented their Letters of Credence to the Guyanese Head of State on Wednesday at his official residence, during which the furtherance of South-South relations was emphasised.President David Granger shares a light moment with new Iranian Ambassador to Guyana, Mostafa AlaeiHaving established diplomatic ties in June 1994, President Granger noted that in addition to many common values, Guyana and Nepal also share common vulnerabilities to the adverse effects of climate change, something which they can tackle together.“Guyana, a low-lying coastal state, is susceptible to the effects of rising sea levels, floods, droughts and environmental hazards. Nepal, a land locked state, also faces increased climate induced threats. We are both rich in hydroelectric potential. Our two countries can learn from each other’s experience in developing climate change adaptation plans and in promoting renewable energy development,” he posited.The Head of State went on to note that as Guyana continues to push the development of a ‘green’ agenda, there is much that can be learnt from the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in the area of forest and natural assets conservation.President David Granger along with newly accredited Nepalese Ambassador, Dr Arjun Kumar Karki and his wife“We feel that there is much for Guyana to learn from your country in forest conservation and from the challenges in conserving our natural assets,” he stated, while extending support to the people of Nepal as they continue reconstruction efforts following the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015.Meanwhile, the newly accredited Nepalese Diplomat, Dr Arjun Kumar Karki, outlined the importance his country places on its relationship with Guyana. He noted that the values which form the bedrock of diplomatic ties between the two countries are multifaceted and encompass a broad spectrum of political, socio-economic, cultural and many more dimensions.“We are optimistic that Nepal and Guyana will be able to take our relationship to a new height. The bonds that we build will be based on trust and mutual benefit that are consistent with our potentials and the aspirations of our people,” the Diplomat stated.Dr Karki added that his country looks forward to having enhanced cooperation and support in areas of development challenges, eradication of poverty and South-South cooperation.Iranian AmbassadorOn the other hand, after submitting his credentials, new Iranian Ambassador to Guyana, Mostafa Alaei, also outlined that both Guyana and Iran have great potential to be realised in a wide spectrum of political, international and economic affairs.“Both countries possess vast resources of particular and specific importance, in different forms needed for development. They are complimentary to each other…There are many areas within which both countries can support each other and combine their efforts to advance common interests within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations. In this context, both Governments, in our view, possess capacities and capabilities to even harness their abilities in the interest of South to South Cooperation,” Alaei posited.Moreover, President Granger in brief remarks outlined that the appointment of the new Iranian Ambassador will serve as a catalyst for the enhancement of relations between the two countries.“There exists several possibilities for us to expand our cooperation, especially in the fields of agriculture, food production technology and hydro-electrical energy generation, thus expanding the existing capacity and furthering South-South cooperation,” President Granger noted.The Head of State went on to say that more can be done to take advantage of the opportunities to bring the two countries and its peoples together. He added too that with both countries committed to a low carbon, low emission trajectory of development, the renewed diplomatic ties emphasise the protection of their environment, the preservation of their biodiversity, the provision of eco-tourism and eco-educational services and the promotion of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation, especially with Guyana establishing a ‘green’ state.Ambassador Alaei, who replaces Ambassador Hojattolah Soltani, will be based in neighbouring Caracas, Venezuela. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

Exclusive – We’re still talking! Rodgers insists Sterling saga has not damaged Hodgson relationship

first_imgBrendan Rodgers insists his relationship with Roy Hodgson has not been damaged by the controversy over Raheem Sterling’s non-selection for England.Hodgson appeared to question Liverpool’s training methods, after revealing Sterling was too tired to play in England’s 1-0 victory over Estonia earlier this month, prompting claims of a bitter fall-out with the Merseyside club’s manager Rodgers.But the Reds boss says too much has been made of the saga, and he maintains there is no issue between himself and the Three Lions chief.“We have exchanged messages and there is no problem at all,” said Rodgers, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“We spoke a lot prior to the World Cup. There were various staff members with England that work for Liverpool and obviously we provide a number of players for them. The relationship was good and still is good.“After the World Cup, we have spoken and exchanged texts and messages and, even after the game yesterday, I said I would keep him up to speed with how Daniel Sturridge is getting on. So, there is no issue.”Sterling had his commitment questioned after Hodgson’s disclosure that the teenager was too tired to play for England.But Rodgers insists his player was simply being honest and did not deserve the criticism that came his way, and he is keen to draw a line under the whole episode.“He is a wonderful boy. It was such a shame,” said the Reds boss, after watching the winger star in Sunday’s dramatic victory over QPR.“If you look at it from Roy’s perspective he obviously wanted to give Adam Lallana a chance and felt he could use the squad. So Raheem comes out, which won’t do him any harm at all, and then for the next week to ten days it was all blown up.“He is a young boy learning the game, developing, and there was no question of him not playing against QPR because he was fit and fresh.“I just think, as young players, if you are asked how you feel and you say, ‘my legs are a wee bit tired’ and you are honest and open, then that is great. There was a lot more made out of it than there should have been.”last_img read more

New fire station approved; will serve several cities

first_imgLA MIRADA – Los Angeles County plans to build a new fire station on Beach Boulevard that will serve portions of this city as well as La Habra and unincorporated areas of Whittier. The La Mirada City Council earlier this week approved plans for the 6,589-square-foot station at 13540 Beach Blvd. The station is needed to ensure better coverage of its surrounding areas, said Dave Stone, county fire battalion chief. “It will help keep our response times to under seven minutes,” said Stone, county fire battalion chief. Construction of a retaining wall will begin this fall. Work on the actual fire station will begin in the spring of 2008 and be completed by spring 2009. The station, which is expected to cost about $3.8 million, will be paid for equally by the county and the city of La Habra. The cost will include $500,000 for a retaining wall. The half-acre property was purchased for about $1 million. La Mirada and the nearby unincorporated areas are in the Los Angeles County Fire Consolidation District. La Habra now contracts with Los Angeles County for fire service at an annual cost of about $5.7 million. As part of the contract, the city and the county agreed to build a new station on the west side of La Habra. The station is being built in La Mirada because there was no location available in La Habra in that area, said Jennifer Cervantez, assistant to the city manager for La Habra. “We needed something right around that area, but there are no available sites (in La Habra),” Cervantez said. But La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin said he likes the location. “It’s a selfish thought, but I’m happy to see the location that’s been chosen,” said Malkin, who lives on the east side of La Mirada. “It’s my home you’ll be protecting,” he told Stone at a recent council meeting. Malkin said he also is surprised the building will fit on such a tiny site. Cervantez agrees that it’s a tight fit, but said the architect did a good job configuring the building. The two-story structure will include four dormitory rooms, two restrooms and a garage for two fire trucks. There will also be parking spaces for two visitors and seven firefighters. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

LISTEN to exclusive FA Cup third round commentaries on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2

first_img LISTEN to eight exclusive FA Cup third round commentaries on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 1 Click HERE to stream talkSPORT and HERE to stream talkSPORT 2The FA Cup third round gets underway on Friday evening, and you can hear eight exclusive radio commentaries on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.The action starts at 19:55 this evening, as West Ham host Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground, with full radio commentary on talkSPORT.Saturday takes in three games, as Jaap Stam returns to Old Trafford, taking his Reading team to face Manchester United, before Everton face off against Leicester, and Championship outfit Preston host Arsenal.There are also three games on Sunday, the action starting with Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle, before Chelsea play Peterborough and Tottenham take on Aston Villa.The action comes to a close on Monday evening, with Cambridge United facing off against Leeds United, live on talkSPORT 2.All the details can be found below, and by clicking on the game you want to listen to below, you will be directed to a live stream of the game in question.FA Cup third round commentaries on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2Friday 6 JanuaryWest Ham v Manchester City (19:55, talkSPORT)Saturday 7 JanuaryManchester United v Reading (12:30, talkSPORT)Everton v Leicester (15:00, talkSPORT 2)Preston North End v Arsenal (17:30, talkSPORT)Sunday 8 JanuaryLiverpool v Plymouth Argyle (13:30, talkSPORT)Chelsea v Peterborough (15:00, talkSPORT 2)Tottenham v Aston Villa (16:00, talkSPORT)Monday 9 JanuaryCambridge United v Leeds United (19:45, talkSPORT 2)last_img read more

Volunteers help establish clinics

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The clinic moved to a different barrio each day, serving more than 500 patients in each location. Sariaya’s needy, who rarely have access to doctors or medical services, patiently waited with umbrellas shielding infants, families and the elderly from blazing sun and intermittent rain showers. More medical volunteers and surgical staffers were assigned to the Memorial Medical hospital in Lucena City, about eight miles from Sariaya, performing 27 cleft palate and 30 cataract surgeries. The medical mission was followed by groundbreaking ceremonies for the proposed Sariaya Medical Center building, which is a joint project between the Santa Clarita Valley International Program and the Sariaya Rotary Club. The center will be built on property donated by Sariaya residents Rafael and Nene Tantuco. Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp traveled to Sariaya on his own vacation time and at his own expense to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony. As an honorary guest speaker, he also received accolades from Sariaya officials for a donation of youth sports equipment Santa Clarita sent to Sariaya earlier this year to support youth programs in its sister city. The groundbreaking ceremony included installation of a time capsule documenting the sister city relationship between Santa Clarita and Sariaya and the plans for the medical center. A rendering of the proposed center by local architect Cezar Obnial was also unveiled at the ceremony. Although the city of Sariaya has more than 100,000 residents, it currently lacks a medical center to serve those residents who cannot afford a private doctor or hospital in nearby Lucena City. An additional $50,000 must now be raised to build the medical center. The first fundraising activity scheduled locally is a performance by the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. For tickets, call the box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Volunteers from the Santa Clarita Valley joined with the Sariaya Association of California in establishing medical clinics in Sariaya, Quezon, in the Philippines, Santa Clarita’s second sister city. Local residents Cezar and Lisa Obnial and Charles and Pat Willett joined volunteers from Los Angeles and a surgical team from Tennessee during a five-day Sister City Medical Mission in June. The group also broke ground on a proposed medical center that promises ongoing medical care for the city’s more than 116,000 residents. Santa Clarita residents Fred and Aurora Bertulfo helped coordinate charitable donations through the Filipino-American Association of SCV. The nonsurgical clinics set up by the volunteers during their visit served more than 2,500 residents in five of Sariaya’s most needy barrios. Patients lined up as early as 4 a.m. to receive basic check-ups and donated medications, with the most severe cases referred for follow-up emergency treatment. last_img read more

Four youths arrested in $10,000 graffiti spree

first_img160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’He said the boys stole the spray paint before the graffiti spree started. Nine spray cans were found at one boy’s home, officials said. Arrested were two 13-year-old boys who attend New Vista and two 15-year-old boys who attend Antelope Valley High School, said Brown, who heads the Lancaster sheriff’s station’s school-safety unit. All four were released to their parents pending court hearings because none had been arrested before, he said. Deputy Kelly Simon of the Lancaster sheriff’s station’s crime-prevention unit said parents should pay attention to their children’s activities and to what’s written in their rooms and on school books and bags. Gang-style writing on their bedroom walls or on belongings usually signifies gang membership or affiliation, Kelly said. LANCASTER – Four teenage boys were arrested Monday on suspicion of doing more than $10,000 damage in graffiti vandalism over the past three weeks with spray paint stolen from a construction site, Antelope Valley sheriff’s deputies said. The boys “tagged” at least 30 walls – painted gang slogans and nicknames on them – in the Antelope Valley since Oct. 1, deputies said. They said targets included New Vista Middle School late Thursday or early Friday. “They like to think they’re a gang,” sheriff’s Sgt. Darryl Brown said about the four boys. “From talking to them, I think that they were leading up to that.” But he said deputies believe that the four were arrested while still a tagging crew that painted graffiti on walls, buildings, signs and curbs for notoriety, rather than street-gang members for whom graffiti is a sideline to more serious crime. last_img read more

Spurs move ‘below’ PSG ace, Ozil rules out Arsenal exit and more January rumours

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 3 Transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Juventus are favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and have offered the Welshman an eye-watering £7million-a-year contract – FULL STORYMesut Ozil has ruled out a January loan move away from the Gunners, with the out-of-favour playmaker determined to win back his starting place in Unai Emery’s side. (ESPN)Tottenham have suffered a transfer blow with reports Adrien Rabiot will not consider a move to Spurs, because he considers the club ‘below’ his level. The 23-year-old is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the season. (ESPN) RANKED REVEALED targets moving on Mesut Ozil hasn’t featured consistently in Unai Emery’s team Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img IN DEMAND A very happy New Year from talkSPORT, and you know what that means – the January transfer window is officially open!Here’s the top gossip from Tuesday’s newspapers and online… LIVING THE DREAM 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Rabiot apparently believes a move to Tottenham is beneath him Bayern Munich have seen a bid of more than £20m for 18-year-old English starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi rejected by Chelsea. (Sky Sports)Manchester City are close to signing 15-year-old Spanish attacker Oscar Tarensi, who plays for Espanyol. (Sport)Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle has insisted the Premier League strugglers will be ‘active’ in the January transfer window as they look to avoid relegation. The Terriers currently sit rock-bottom of the table with just two wins this season. (Daily Mail) Burnley goalkeeper and club captain Tom Heaton is no longer considering leaving the Clarets after he made his first start for 15 months in the 2-0 win over West Ham. (Lancashire Telegraph)Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is considering a January move for Dundee and Finland midfielder Glen Kamara. (Herald) 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Direct talks seek to break deadlock over school bus issues

first_imgDirect discussions are being held between Donegal Minister Joe McHugh and Junior Education Minister John Halligan in a bid to secure a resolution to the school bus transport issue in Donegal.More than two dozen children in North Donegal have been denied a seat on their local school buses this term due to a shortage of seats on the transport scheme.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, said ‘serious effort’ is being put into discussions on the issues. Minister McHugh said: “I met Minister Halligan privately yesterday morning in his office in Government Buildings in advance of other Donegal representatives sitting down with him and this morning myself and Minister Halligan had a follow-up meeting.“I have been repeatedly making clear the case for the Minster and his officials to consider the needs of these eligible children in the Kilmacrennan and Termon and surrounding areas.“From the first day that this campaign began and from the day that I was approached by a number of concerned parents I’ve been focusing on working towards a resolution of the unfairness in the system for the significant number of children affected and the impact that it is having on their parents and relatives.“I will remain in direct contact with Minister Halligan in Government Buildings and I have been assured that he is actively considering this case.” “I want to thank Education Minister Richard Bruton for his focus on the issue when I raised it with him at the Fine Gael think-in in Galway.”Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “I’d also like to thank my Oireachtas colleagues from Donegal for meeting with Minister Halligan yesterday, as the more pressure we can continue to place on this issue the better.”Direct talks seek to break deadlock over school bus issues was last modified: September 20th, 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:educationMinister Joe McHughSCHOOLBUSTransportlast_img read more

My Love/Hate Relationship with Training Activities

first_imgTraining activities.  Classroom participation events.  Facilitated group learning exercises. Whatever. Often, something designed to provide an “a-ha” moment to workplace learners ends up creating discomfort, dismay and even distress.  In an attempt to make training FUN (with a capital F!!) group facilitators require attendees to play BINGO or pass oranges with their chins or do art projects.  I’ve been there and done that – on both sides of the equation (mea culpa). While an employee who is a creative or conceptual thinker may very much enjoy participating in such a learning environment, Mr. Practical and Ms. Reflective will quite possibly resist and end up just being annoyed.  And while most of us know by now that there are a variety of ways that people learn (visual, kinesthetic, auditory) for some reason a LOT of trainers/facilitators seem to want to focus on the fun-and-games in an attempt to d-r-a-w everyone into some sort of activity.  Are training facilitators frustrated wanna-be kindergarten teachers?  Disgruntled ersatz brownie troop leaders?  Discouraged community theatre directors who had their dreams of Hollywood directing stardom dashed? Why the fixation with arts and crafts and skits and the like? ********* But I can tell you I’m straight-up conflicted. Here’s some of the love: I totally get into it when we have slinkies and Play-Doh and goofy toys strewn about the room so that during some monotonous training session I can make a bet with my tablemates to see who can stretch Stretch Armstrong’s arms the furthest. I enjoy nothing more than being a member of a lively group that has to problem-solve and demonstrate that we “get” a just-learned concept via a presentation or a role-play (and the ability to create sets and use costumes just makes me go just bat-dip happy-crazy!!). But here’s some of the hate: I find it incredibly uncomfortable when a facilitator asks attendees to ‘read aloud’ for the group from a document which we all have and are fully capable of reading ourselves.  Not everyone has the solemn basso-rumbling projection of James Earl Jones. I dislike forced games that are designed to BUILD the TEAM but only increase the likelihood that Joe from Accounting will never ever EVER be able to look at Gail from Marketing the same way again.  Ever. Training is a tough gig.  I have great respect for anyone who designs and facilitates training programs that appeal to a cross-section of people with different learning styles and varied thinking styles. But sometimes it sure makes me wonder – does the transfer of knowledge or information depend upon someone’s ability to role-play? Or make paper-chains out of construction paper? (**) (**) yes; I had to do that once.  And no, I’ve never replicated it during any training session I’ve led.    You’re welcome. To read the original article, please click here.last_img read more