Toua sisters lift PNG up the medal table Thelma Toua won three gold medals

first_imgElder sister and multi-event gold medallist Dika Toua won her latest gold in the women’s 53kg category at the PNG Power Dome on Sunday evening.Now she is pleased to see her younger sisters Thelma and Konio following her lead, after Thelma collected three golds in the women’s 48kg earlier the same day.“It’s overwhelming to have my small sisters having the same interest as I do in the same sport,” said Dika.“I guess both Thelma and Konio are following in my footsteps and I know that they have great potential as weightlifters. I am pretty sure that they will be at the same level as I am one day. “I want to encourage my sisters and the other weightlifters to keep striving and train hard and be better and reach the level I am in now,” Dika added…..PACNEWSlast_img

International cricket stars fly back home

first_imgAdam Hollioake (England), Mark Greatbatch (New Zealand), Brad Hodge (Australia) and Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Australia) used media conferences and school cricket programs to further promote the game of cricket plus address the issue of rising cause of deaths in the country due to driving while under the influence of alcohol.Cricket PNG’s general manager Greg Campbell said the event was a huge success. “Mark, Cathryn, Brad and Adam were all brilliant throughout the past week, promoting not only cicket in PNG but PNG itself. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit and they were all very keen to return, “said Campbell.He finished by thanking Pacific MMI for sponsoring the Big Bash which is an International Cricket Council (ICC) award  winning event.last_img

Ode to Walter Rodney on his 75th Birthday:

first_imgWalter Rodney our brotherWhere reason failedTime has shown your wisdomWe salute you great brotherUnselfishness was your creedYou gave with love to Guyana and the WorldYour gift of life inspires us alwaysCourage undefeatable, working people unitedAs we honour your deedsBy our actions and resultsYou live with and among us alwaysYour life works are forever our joySincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img

Injured accomplice of killed bandit wanted by Police in Berbice

first_imgBotched Liliendaal robberyBy Andrew CarmichaelThe man who showed up at the Georgetown Public Hospital with a suspected gunshot wound and who is believed to be the accomplice of slain bandit, Trydon Munroe, of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, is wanted by Police in Berbice.The 24-year-old Munroe was shot and killed during a botched daylight robbery on Tuesday, while his accomplice Mark Griffith, 22, fled the deadly robbery scene at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, on foot and was believed injured. Later that morning he turned up at the Georgetown Public Hospital seeking medical attention for a suspected gunshot wound.Slain bandit: Trydon MunroeBoth men were shot at by a private bodyguard who was accompanying a businesswoman from the Eugene F Correia International Airport with a parcel believed to have contained a substantial amount of cash and gold.Reports indicate that the businesswoman was cornered along the Liliendaal Railway Embankment Road in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall junction, when a dark coloured vehicle drove into her path, blocking her. Two men then exited that vehicle bearing weapons, and pounced on the businesswoman, being unaware that her armed escort was seated in the vehicle.Mark Griffith, the suspected accomplice in the botched Liliendaal robbery, is also wanted by the Police in BerbiceDismissed Prison Officer, Trydon Munroe of Levi Dam, Angoys Avenue, New Amsterdam was shot and killed by the businesswoman’s bodyguard during the robbery attack, while his accomplice escaped with gunshot wounds, but later surfaced at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Griffith on May 29, 2017, was sentenced to two years in his absence by Magistrate Alex Moore at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court after the former Prisoner Officer was found guilty of armed robbery. A committal warrant was issued and Griffith was not seen.Griffith on September 21, at Number 2 Village Corentyne, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, broke into the dwelling house of Navindra Singh also called “Surish” and stole two cellular phones, an electronic tablet and a laptop computer along with $270,000 worth of jewellery and $40,000 in cash.Griffith was arrested a few days later when Police intercepted a car he was driving along the East Canje Main Access Road at Cumberland and discovered one of the missing cellphones.Earlier, investigators were led to a house where a relative of Griffith lived as they tracked one of the phones. The relative is reportedly a member of the Guyana Police Force.Griffith had been able to post bail which was reduced to $30,000 and stopped attending court; hence he was found guilty and sentenced in his absence.Meanwhile, Munroe who was also shot on Tuesday and pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital is the third member of his family to have been killed during an alleged robbery.His father was killed in a similar fashion on the Corentyne under similar circumstances while another brother was killed after being shot by the Police moments after allegedly committing a robbery in Berbice.last_img read more

Test spots pancreatic cancer in time for surgery

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A light-based test that doesn’t focus on the pancreas itself may be the first safe means of accurately spotting early pancreatic cancer in people at high risk for the lethal illness, researchers say. The screening requires a routine endoscopic biopsy of the duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine. When an early-stage pancreatic cancer is present, cells in the duodenum give off different light-scattering effects than if the disease is not there, U.S. researchers explain in the Wednesday issue of Clinical Cancer Research. In the small pilot study of 51 patients, the optical screen was 100 percent effective in spotting patients with surgically removable pancreatic tumors. “This is potentially a way of prescreening high-risk patients,” said lead researcher Vadim Backman, a professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in Evanston, Ill. He added that the new test raises “a possibility of taking these patients and screening them on an annual basis without risk.” The test, which has already proved useful in detecting early stage colon cancer using rectal tissue, does need to be validated in a larger, prospective trial, analysts said. However, if that works out, “it would be a very important tool for our patient community, as well as the doctors that treat them,” said Julie Fleshman, president and chief executive of the nation’s largest nonprofit group promoting pancreatic-cancer research, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Any advance would be welcome against pancreatic cancer, the fourth-leading cancer killer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 33,000 Americans die annually from the disease, which is especially lethal because it typically shows no symptoms until it has already spread to other organs. “The survival rate is extremely low, lower than any other type of cancer – below 5 percent over five years, and a third of patients die within one year of diagnosis,” Backman said.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, May 28

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Rafa Benitez wants to make Liverpool star Raheem Sterling one of his first transfer targets for Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)Burnley striker Danny Ings has made it clear to Tottenham Hotspur that it is his preference to join Liverpool this summer in spite of the London club’s continued attempts to muscle in on the deal. (Evening Standard)Mario Balotelli’s agent has placed a potential obstacle in the way of Liverpool’s transfer plans by insisting the striker will not be leaving Anfield this summer, although the club remain determined to cut their losses on the Italy forward. (The Guardian)Bayern Munich want Angel Di Maria – but Manchester United will demand most of his record £59.7million fee. (Daily MIrror)David De Gea has been urged to sign for Real Madrid by this No.1 rival – Iker Casillas. (Daily Star)Roberto Mancini is expected to make a personal call to Yaya Toure to assess what the midfielder’s plans are after a move to Inter Milan stalled this week. (Daily Mail)Striker Darren Bent is expected to be Derby County’s first signing ahead of next season. (Derby Evening Telegraph)QPR are considering making a bid for Liverpool and England striker Rickie Lambert. (Evening Standard)And here are the latest transfer tales…Real Madrid are ‘well down the line’ in deal for Man United’s De Gea, talkSPORT toldLosing David De Gea would be a ‘devastating blow’ for Man United, admits Dwight YorkeDavid De Gea MUST be made to see out Manchester United contract, says former starExclusive – ‘Inevitable’ Liverpool and Tottenham target Saido Berahino will leave West Brom, claims Ben FosterChristian Benteke can be the next Didier Drogba for Chelsea, former Blues star tells talkSPORTKevin De Bruyne rules out Chelsea return as long as Jose Mourinho is managerIker Casillas would welcome competition from Man United’s David De GeaArturo Vidal to Arsenal link: Arsene Wenger admits he ‘likes’ Juventus starArsene Wenger ‘not in transfer mode’ as Arsenal boss plays down link to £40m Real Madrid starInter Milan star stay expects to stay in Serie A despite Liverpool and Man United interestDanny Ings yet to decide on future as Liverpool and Tottenham register interestTottenham in fight with Athletic Bilbao over Juventus starArsenal to reignite interest in France star?Manchester City transfer news: Striker set for exit and Roma heading chaseArsenal and Man United favourites to land German playmaker after Real Madrid pull out of deallast_img read more

Reading go third, Norwich finally seal back-to-back victories and more results

first_img Timm Klose celebrates for Norwich 1 Here’s are the results from the Championship this afternoon, with 10 teams in action over the FA Cup fourth round weekend…Norwich City 2-0 Birmingham CityGoalscorers for Norwich: Cameron Jerome, 15′ and Timm Klose, 43′Norwich strengthened their play-off chances with a comfortable 2-0 win over Birmingham, sealing their first back-to-back victories since October. Cameron Jerome fired home against his former club with a quarter of an hour played, before Tim Klose sealed the three points, heading in the second close to half time.Preston North End 1-1 Ipswich TownGoalscorer for Preston: Jordan Hugill, 89′Goalscorer for Ipswich: Tom Lawrence, 16′An 89th-minute strike from Jordan Hugill helped Preston earn a well-deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Ipswich. Tom Lawrence grabbed his sixth goal in his last six games after quarter of an hour to give the Tractor Boys the lead. And it was one they held on to until a minute from the end when Hugill chested down a cross from substitute Daryl Horgan, before smashing clinically past visiting goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Burton AlbionGoalscorer for QPR: Conor Washington, 63′Goalscorers for Burton: Luke Murphy, 11′ and Lloyd Dyer, 52′Burton emerged from the drop zone, beating QPR at Loftus Road. Nigel Clough put aside speculation over his future, watching with glee from the sidelines as Luke Murphy gave the away side the lead with a stunning 30-yard strike early on. Llyod Dyer tidily scored the Brewers’ second early on in the second half, and despite Conor Washington’s 63rd-minute strike suggesting a comeback was on, they held out for a deserved win.Reading 2-1 Cardiff CityGoalscorers for Reading: John Swift, 42′ and Yann Kermorgant, 60′Goalscorer for Cardiff: Joe Ralls, 45’+1 penReading reclaimed third spot, leapfrogging play-off rivals Leeds United, with a win over Cardiff. It was level at the break, as Joe Ralls cancelled out John Swift’s opening strike from the penalty spot seconds from half-time. But the Royals hit back on the hour mark, with Yann Kermorgant scoring the winner direct from a free kick.Rotherham United 0-1 BarnsleyGoalscorer for Barnsley: Adam Armstrong, 70′Barnsley closed the gap on the Championship play-off places with a 1-0 South Yorkshire derby win at Rotherham. It had been a difficult week for the Reds, losing star men Conor Hourihane and James Bree to Aston Villa, but they ended it on a high thanks to Adam Armstrong’s second-half goal at New York Stadium.last_img read more

Plan B pill OK’d over the counter

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Women can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, the government declared Thursday, a major step that nevertheless failed to quell the politically charged debate over access to emergency contraception. The manufacturer, lawmakers and other advocates said they will press the government to let minors purchase the pills over the counter. The Food and Drug Administration said women 18 and older – and men purchasing for their partners – may buy the Plan B pills without a doctor’s note, but only from pharmacies. Girls 17 and younger still will need a prescription to buy the pills, the FDA told manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., in ruling on an application filed in 2003. The compromise decision is a partial victory for women’s advocacy and medical groups, which say easier access could halve the nation’s 3 million annual unplanned pregnancies. “While we are glad to know the FDA finally ended its foot-dragging on this issue, Planned Parenthood is troubled by the scientifically baseless restriction imposed on teenagers. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the Western world _ anything that makes it harder for teenagers to avoid unintended pregnancy is bad medicine and bad public policy,” president Cecile Richards said. Opponents contend that nonprescription availability could increase promiscuity and promote use of the pills by sexual predators. “If the FDA thinks that enacting an age restriction will work, or that the drug company will enforce it … then they are living in a dream world,” said Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, who led the opposition. Plan B contains a concentrated dose of the same drug found in many regular birth-control pills. Planned Parenthood estimates 41 other countries, including Australia and Canada, already let women buy emergency contraception without a prescription. If a woman takes Plan B within 72 hours of unprotected sex, she can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. Plan B is different from the abortion pill: If a woman already is pregnant, Plan B has no effect. The earlier the pills are taken, the more effective they are. Allowing nonprescription sales means women won’t have to run themselves ragged to get a prescription, something especially difficult on weekends and holidays, advocates said. The FDA’s long delay in deciding on Barr’s application ensnared President Bush’s nominee to head the regulatory agency, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach. On Thursday, two senators said they would lift their block on his nomination, making it likely he will win confirmation as FDA chief, perhaps next month. In recent weeks, anti-abortion groups, angered that approval was imminent, had urged Bush to withdraw von Eschenbach’s nomination. Bush stood behind his nominee Monday. Barr hopes to begin nonprescription sales of Plan B by the end of the year. The pills will be sold only from behind the counter at pharmacies, but not at convenience stores or gas stations. Pharmacists will check photo identification. There isn’t enough scientific evidence that young teens can safely use Plan B without a doctor’s supervision, von Eschenbach said in a memo. Over-the-counter use is safe for older teens and adults, the acting FDA commissioner added in explaining the age cutoff. “This approach should help ensure safe and effective use of the product,” wrote von Eschenbach. Barr and others were disappointed that FDA imposed the age restriction. Bruce L. Downey, Barr’s chairman, pledged to continue working with the agency to try to eliminate it. The age restriction remains controversial even inside FDA, agency drugs chief Dr. Steven Galson told The Associated Press. Galson has acknowledged overruling his staff scientists, who concluded in 2004 that nonprescription sales would be safe for all ages. “There still are disagreements,” Galson said in an interview. “There were disagreements from the first second this application came in the house.” The Center for Reproductive Rights said a lawsuit filed last year to do away with all age restrictions would continue. As a condition of approval, Barr agreed to use anonymous shoppers and other methods to check whether pharmacists are enforcing the age restriction. “I’m sure the FDA will follow through on that and make sure these important conditions are established and enforced,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. Barr hasn’t said if it will raise the price of the pills, which now cost $25 to $40 in prescription form. Planned Parenthood, the largest dispenser of the pills, expects some insurers to continue covering prescription sales. Whether that would be cheaper will depend on a woman’s insurance. Nine states – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington and Vermont – already let certain pharmacies sell Plan B without a doctor’s prescription to women of any age. Minors won’t see any change in those states, because the pharmacist already technically writes the prescription, the American Pharmacists Association said. The FDA approved prescription-only sales of Plan B in 1999. The quest to change its status began in 2003. That year, agency advisers endorsed nonprescription sales for all ages, and FDA’s staff scientists agreed. Higher-ranking officials rejected that recommendation, citing concerns about young teens using the pills without oversight. Barr reapplied, asking that women 16 and older be allowed to buy Plan B without a prescription. Then last August, the FDA postponed a final decision indefinitely, saying the agency needed to determine how to enforce the age restrictions. FDA’s handling of Plan B sparked a firestorm, with allegations of political meddling, high-profile resignations, lawsuits and congressional investigations. The controversy appears to have helped Plan B sales, which are up an estimated 30 percent this year, according to IMS Health Inc., a health care consulting company. Barr estimates pharmacists dispense about 1.5 million packs a year. Associated Press Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard contributed to this report.last_img read more

Basel v Manchester United live stream and confirmed line-ups

first_img Basel v Manchester United live stream and confirmed line-ups 1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE BASEL V MANCHESTER UNITED COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45Manchester United face Basel on Wednesday evening hoping to continue their 100 per cent record in the 2017-18 Champions League.The Red Devils have won all four of their group matches so far, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one in the process, and only need a draw tonight to guarantee their place in the knockout stage.However, Basel has proven a tough hunting ground for English opposition in recent years, with two of the last three matches featuring English teams at St Jakob-Park resulting in 1-0 victories for the Swiss side.So, who has been selected for the clash? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:Basel XI: Vaclik, Lang, Zuffi, Steffen, Suchy, Oberlin, Serey Die, Balanta, Elyounoussi, Petretta, AkanjiSubstitutes: Salvi, Fransson, Ajeti, Riveros, Manzambi, Itten, Bua Manchester United XI: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Rojo, Blind, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Pogba, Martial, LukakuSubstitutes: J. Pereira, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Rashford, Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

Paul Clement insists he still has backing of Swansea players and club’s owners

first_img Paul Clement, the Swansea City manager 1 Paul Clement insists he has the hunger and desire for Swansea’s relegation fight.After last weekend’s defeat at Stoke – which sent Swansea to the bottom of the Premier League – Clement cut a despondent figure with his tone and body language questioning whether he had the stomach for the battle.Swansea entertain fellow strugglers West Brom on Saturday in a game many observers feel they must win for Clement to remain as head coach.And Clement, who insists he has the backing of Swansea’s American owners whatever the outcome against the Baggies, says he is determined to turn around the club’s fortunes.“I was disappointed at the end of the Stoke game and that is the reason I looked so frustrated,” Clement said.“I am not at the end of my tether, I still feel very much this team can get out of the situation it is in.“I have no doubt I am the man to turn it around and that the players are behind me.“I have enough experience to know when the dressing room is behind me and when it’s not.“I’ve experienced dressing rooms that have grown apart from their manager and sometimes that’s difficult to get back.“But I do not have that feeling at all. It is a positive dressing room with a good group of players, and we’ve just got to find that little ingredient now to get us a win.”Swansea have won only two of their 15 Premier League games, with their last victory coming against Huddersfield in mid-October.Clement revealed that he has spent 90 minutes on the telephone to Swansea majority shareholder Steve Kaplan on Wednesday night – and says the board’s backing towards him is unequivocal.“Internally everyone is working in the same direction,” Clement said.“Any pressure and talk that I’m not going to be here is from external sources. It’s not from within.“I had a positive conversation with Steve on the phone when we were talking about past games, future games and the (transfer) window.“I meet with the chairman (Huw Jenkins) every day and the communication lines are open.“I don’t fear it (consequences of losing to West Brom), not as my position as head coach.”Defender Martin Olsson revealed heated words were exchanged in the Swansea dressing room following the defeat to Stoke.But Clement insisted it was a united camp, saying: “In my view, there are no divisions.“It is a cohesive dressing room, one which is fighting and showing their passion for the club.“What was said was no big deal, it was nothing abnormal.“I was glad it happened and I had been waiting for it. It was healthy discussion and one that needed to happen.”last_img read more