Titans confirm Leilani Latu signing

first_imgLatu has been granted a release from the final three years of his contract with the Panthers to link up with Garth Brennan and the Titans. The Indigenous All Stars representative was a member of Brennan’s successful 2014 Intrust Super Premiership NSW team when both men were at the Panthers. “Leilani is a player with a great attitude and is a great clubman,” Brennan said. “He’s had three strong years in the NRL and after discussing the prospect of him coming to the club, I know he’s extremely excited about the opportunity. “He’ll fit into our squad nicely and I’m sure he’ll form a major part of our forward pack for many years to come.”The 24-year-old missed the final stages of the 2017 season with a broken jaw and was forced to sit out Tonga’s journey in the Rugby League World Cup after having made his international debut in the Pacific Test clash with Fiji in May.”I’m really looking forward to getting up to the Gold Coast,” Latu said. “Of course it’ll be good to link-up with Garth again. I enjoyed being coached by him before and he always challenges me which is something I’m looking forward to again.”I had a good look at the roster before making my final decision and I’m excited by what I’ve seen.”The addition of Latu is a relief for the squad after veteran forward Brenton Lawrence announced his retirement effectively immediately on Wednesday.Former Titans forwards Leivaha Pulu and Agnatius Paasi have also departed the club after signing contracts with the Warriors, while the exits of back-rower Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers) and prop Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions) had left the club searching for replacements in the forwards. Latu’s release is likely to free up salary cap space for the Panthers as they continue to get a deal over the line to land them Australian World Cup squad member James Maloney.”Leilani came to Panthers several years ago looking for an opportunity,” Panthers executive general manager Phil Gould said.”Since that time he has worked extremely hard to become a representative class front row forward.”He has been tremendous for our club and his release from Panthers is purely a salary cap management decision.”He is a great acquisition for his new club and we wish him well in the future.”Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.Leilani Latu celebrates a match-winning try for Tonga at the World Cup.last_img read more

Five athletes represent Kiribati for the Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgKNOC’s Sport Education Officer, Tenoa Betene told Radio Kiribati News Kiribati will only be competing in three sports – Tennis, Weightlifting and Boxing.Competing in Tennis are Tabera Bonteman and Kaoa Fakaofo. Takirua Betero and Toonga Tokitebwa will take part in weightlifting while Tevi Steven will compete in boxing.The team is expected to depart for the Games on 03 September and to return on 17 September.last_img

ISG kick starts draw of ‘Oil N’ Go’ promotion

first_imgThe Honda motorcycle that was won on TuesdayMACORP CEO, Guillermo EscarragaAfter recently introducing its newest line of motorcycle lubricant, Industrial Supply of Guyana Incorporated (ISG) in partnership with National Petroleum is giving back to customers in the form of a promotion from which persons can win one of six Honda 110 motorcycles. As such, the company kick-started the draw, in which the first motorcycle was won for the Oil N’ Go promotion on Tuesday at its Providence, East Bank Demerara location.The promotion had commenced in March and will conclude on September 30, 2019, prior to which customers were enlightened and advised to be a part of by simply purchasing the Ultra Motorcycle Oil which is solely distributed by ISG.In delivering highlights of the promotion, ISG’s Operations Manager Natasha Ali noted that the promotion gives both end users and re-sellers the opportunity to win prizes from the company.“This promotion enables both out end-user and resellers to win great prizes from ISG….we thought it fit to give back to our end-users, hence six motorcycles are up for grabs from now until September 30; end-users all they have to do is shop any ultra-lubricant,” she explained.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Machinery Corporation of Guyana Limited (MACORP), Guillermo Escarraga, added that the over-all act of giving back demonstrates that his subsidiary is meeting the needs of customers and in return they are showing support. He further exclaimed that his company is the first to be hosting massive promotions across Guyana as he expressed satisfaction for the event and encouraged continuous customer support.“It’s a special occasion because we are going to give away the first of six motor bikes and we’re really happy this is taking place, this is the first time in my memory that I see a company like ours and proudly in the entire Guyana doing such great promotions….we look forward to having the continued support from our customers in this promotion,” Escarraga underscored.In addition, the winner of the first Honda 110 motorcycle in the promotion was identified as A Adams of lot 46 Evans Street, Georgetown.last_img read more

Natural gas crucial to Guyana’s transformation process – energy consultant

first_img…says conversion of bauxite into aluminium will attract new industriesThe Callender Law Firm from Houston, Texas, which specialises in energy and oil and gas laws, believes that although Guyana is expected to benefit tremendously from the direct sale of oil, pursuing natural gas electricity is crucial for the country’s transformational process.US-based Energy Consultant, Edwin CallenderAccording to US-based Energy Consultant Edwin Callender, in a country like Guyana where electricity woes continue to plague the nation, natural gas production will catalyse industrialisation and modernisation if that opportunity is taken by the Government.Speaking at a recent local oil and gas and energy business forum, Callender said, “You bring natural gas on shore for electricity generation, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production for export and also for local consumption. As an example, each 1000 million cubic feet of natural gas generates 7600-megawatt hours of electricity which is a lot of electricity. And that is being done from a natural gas combined cycle power plant”.Callender advised that while the country is paying much focus to preparations for a booming oil and gas industry, power generation and its benefits must not be forgotten.Electricity problem“People who live in Guyana know that electricity is a problem and it is a problem because of an old system but it is also a problem because of the fuel source. Bunker C – that is very old and antiquated, the power plants are not efficient in any way, shape or form. And so you have an opportunity now to bring natural gas onshore and have gas fire power generation and that will open a whole lot of opportunities for the country,” the energy consultant said.He further explained that at present, the existing industries in Guyana suffer from electricity woes but that a major difference would be made in Guyana’s developmental process if relevant authorities pursue an available cheap source of energy (a spin-off from the oil and gas sector) because it would attract new industries and businesses here.“They suffer from the cost of electricity to the reliability of electricity due to the stability of the electric grid and this is an opportunity to improve all of that. Every society in the world that has developed that has gone from being a struggling economy, a poor economy, throughout history, it has been a source of energy, a reliable source, a cheap source, an accessible source of energy.”Callender noted that while there is an abundance of other natural resources besides oil and gas, a fruitful venture would be to focus on the bauxite industry since the country produces a very high grade of bauxite that can be used in a short timeframe to be converted into aluminium metal.This, he added, would be lucrative for Guyana in more ways than one.“In the past, Guyana has been unable to move from beyond the raw material commodity to the value-added product of aluminium. Now there is the opportunity to actually get there. And when that is done you will attract industries that use aluminium to the shores of Guyana.”last_img read more

Abused mother of 3 lives in fear after husband threatens to kill family

first_imgA mother of three is now fearful for her life and those of her children after her abusive husband threatened to kill them.Denita MohamedThe woman, Denita Mohamed, who almost lost her life two weeks ago because of a beating she received from her husband, noted that while she is fearful, she has to protect her children.She identified her abuser as Shafeek Mohamed.The young mother told Guyana Times on Monday that she is constantly being abused by the man with whom she has been with for more than 11 years. As a result of the abuse she received from the hands of her husband, she was forced to leave her marital home and is now staying by her parents with her children.She noted that despite them being at her parents’ home, whenever the man sees her, he would carry out his threats. She recalled her husband giving her ecstasy pills about two years ago and dealing her a severe beating. This resulted in her lodging a complaint against him with the Police.He was subsequently arrested and charged for assaulting her. The court had imposed a restraining order against him for two years.Mohamed was severely beaten by her husband two weeks ago“Nuff time he had cutlass and he would put it in front me and my daughter and then he would hit me in front of the children,” she noted.The woman further stated that the last fight she had with her husband stemmed from him visiting her home and begging her to return home. After she refused, she was beaten in her parents’ home.“I nearly die on December 27… he brutally beat me and cut my fingers… bit my nose… damage my face and threaten to kill me, my kids and my parents. If wasn’t for my parents, I would have not been here because they heard me screaming in the house and came out,” she cried.The distraught woman was almost in tears during the interview with Guyana Times. “I’m so frustrated and worried for my life and my kids’ life,” she stated. Ever since the last incident, he has been in hiding but the young mother believes that his parents are aware of his whereabouts.A report was made to the Police and they have launched a manhunt for his arrest.last_img read more

Hopefuls confess ‘vices’

first_imgDelaware Sen. Joe Biden: “Too many to list.” New York Sen. Hillary Clinton: Chocolate. Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd: “Running late, even when my staff does everything in their power to prevent it.” Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards: “Drinking soda.” Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich: “Ask my wife, Elizabeth.” Illinois Sen. Barack Obama: “Checking my Blackberry.” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: “Straying from my diet.” REPUBLICANS: Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback: “Being late.” Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: “Talking too much.” Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “Channel surfing on TV or radio.” California Rep. Duncan Hunter: “Not turning off the Outdoor Life Network (now Versus) before I go to sleep.” Arizona Sen. John McCain: “Coffee.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: “Fidgeting.” Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: “Cigar smoking.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When The Associated Press asked the presidential candidates about their bad habits, they did not fess up to anything that would sink the republic. Bill Richardson acknowledged what has been obvious at various campaign functions: He has been eating what’s in front of him, breaking from his regimen of protein shakes. Here is what they all said to the question: What is your worst habit? DEMOCRATS: last_img read more

Arsenal pitch markings painted blue to combat snow

first_imgThe move is to help the match officials and players pick out the lines in case there is further significant snowfall during the game.Tottenham initially did the same at Wembley ahead of their FA Cup fifth-round replay victory against Rochdale on Wednesday, but the lines had to be repainted a lighter colour so the video assistant referee system would work.Heavy snow fell during Tottenham’s 6-1 win with ground staff having to sweep along the lines during breaks in play.City are 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, while sixth-placed Arsenal are 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Feeling blue — Arsenal’s ground staff take all measures to combat the snow in London © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 1 – Arsenal painted their pitch markings blue in a bid to combat the snow gripping London ahead of Manchester City’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.With heavy snow coating the English capital in the 24 hours before the clash with the Premier League leaders, Arsenal took the decision to change the pitch markings from their usual white to blue.last_img read more

Draxler latest – Juventus up offer to £21m to land long-term Arsenal target

first_img1 Julian Draxler Juventus have made an offer of £21m for Arsenal target Julian Draxler.The Schalke man is high on the Italian champions’ list of transfer targets this summer as they look to strengthen their squad.Arsenal are also long-term admirers of the Germany international and have been monitoring his situation over the past 18 months.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have now stepped up their pursuit and submitted a £21m bid.The deal is reportedly structured so that Schalke will receive £14m upfront with the remaining £7m paid out via a series of bonuses.last_img read more


first_imgA man assaulted another man after he thought he was spying on his children in his back garden.McGahern appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Edward McGahern, 39, attacked the man who had been looking over some fences as his daughter was considering buying a house in the area. Letterkenny District Court heard the victim was taking some measurements when he heard another man shouting at him.He initially ignored the shouts but then the accused approached him.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said McGahern asked the accused why he was looking at his children and then pushed the victim and caused him to fall over and he banged his head.He began to bleed profusely and he was forced to go to hospice and get six stitches to treat his wound.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client, after seeing the man looking over a fence, put two and two together and “got one hundred and two.”He said the victim was not known in the area and the altercation had happened after a series of unfortunate events.“My client believed this man was there for another purpose and he was not. He wrongly and unfortunately believed he was there for another purpose and he is deeply sorry for what happened,” said Mr Gallagher.The court heard that McGahern, of Lui na Greine, Oldtown, Letterkenny had 28 previous convictions including five for assault.Judge Paul Kelly told Mr Gallagher “This is an appalling situation that a man going about his business is approached by somebody and then attacked no matter what your client’s mistaken beliefs were.”He adjourned the case and asked for a victim impact report on the case.MAN ATTACKED STRANGER WHOM HE THOUGHT WAS SPYING ON HIS CHILDREN was last modified: April 14th, 2015 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) Tags:asaultcourtEdward McGahernletterkennyOldtownlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal boxer Jason Quigley has powered his way to a guaranteed medal at the World Boxing Championships.Jason is through to last 4 in World Championships.The Ballybofey man was all action in his quarter final bout against Zoltan Harcsa from Hungary.Despite knocking his man down at the start of the second round with a neat combination, the 22 year old Finn Valley boxer was forced to work all the way for his win. He entered the third and final round leading by just two points on a score of 20 to 18.But Quigley managed to wear his opponent down in the final round and eventually won on a scoreline of 30 to 27.A delighted Quigley saluted the crowd as he secured himself a medal and a place in the semi-final.The Donegal hard-hitter said he was delighted with his win. “It’s a massive achievement for me. I wanted to keep the record (31 wins) going.“The aim was not to complicate things. I had a game plan of two or three things to do and when the first thing started working I just stuck with it.“I caught him with a lovely right hand in the second round and he went down. From there on the important thing was not to panic, so I didn’t rush in to try and finish it.“It’s a three-round fight and If he clips me and I go down, then it’s party over. You have to be careful and smart and I think that’s what I was today.”The victory in Alamaty marked Quigley’s 31st straight victory since moving to middleweight and he will now take on Russia’s Artem Chebotarev in the semi-final on Friday. QUIGLEY POWERS HIS WAY TO A MEDAL AT WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 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)Tags:boxingJason QuigleymedalWorld Championshipslast_img read more