Pangai pushing to make lasting impact

first_imgFrustrated at the lack of NRL opportunities in Canberra, Pangai picked up the phone to ask Bennett some advice and in a matter of weeks had signed to play under the master coach in Brisbane.The pair discussed the 2016 season being one of development for the enormously gifted back-rower but in Round 12 he was elevated to the 17 in the absence of Brisbane’s Origin stars and played 33 minutes for 114 metres and two offloads.The 20-year-old played a further 13 top grade games in 2016 but only once for longer than he did in his debut (37 minutes against the Bulldogs in Round 16), averaging a tick under 23 minutes from his 14 NRL games to date.Under the watchful eye of Bennett, assistant coach Jason Demetriou and head of high performance Jeremy Hickmans Pangai is spending pre-season trying to build a motor that not only roars at full pace but can run for much longer without the need for a pit stop.”I don’t want to be coming on and playing five or 10 minutes. I want to be coming on and playing a good solid 20 each way,” said Pangai, who has been joined at the Broncos this year by his older brother Moses.”That’s what we’re working on this pre-season, getting fit so I can build a motor that can allow that.”I don’t want to lose too much weight because I want to keep that big body in the team so hopefully I can keep that big body but keep fit at the same time.”I was probably the last picked on the bench [in 2016] so hopefully I can come on first off the bench or second. Hopefully not playing the last 20 minutes, hopefully playing 20 each way in the middle, that’s where I want to be.”Last year was more of a development year for me. I spoke to Wayne about that and hopefully this year I can have a bigger role in the team.”A major focus for Pangai is his defensive reads and workload when under fatigue and he has some voices in his head pushing him to be in position when his team needs him to be there.Now that veteran Corey Parker is no longer at the club Maroons and Kangaroos representative Josh McGuire has taken an active interest in young forwards such as Pangai, Herman Ese’ese, Salesi Funaki and teenager Payne Haas.Along with Bennett, McGuire is the man whom Pangai is listening out for when pre-season training is at its most demanding.”When I’m under fatigue Wayne’s just trying to talk to me a lot,” Pangai said.”Wayne won’t be out there when I’m on the field so I need to learn how to talk to myself or get someone in the team like Josh McGuire to just keep talking to me.”I wouldn’t say he’s more mature [this year] but he’s grown a lot. He’s helping a lot of the younger boys and taking us out and doing extra wrestling and extra defence.”That’s awesome to have a guy like him when I’m coming up.”As for any dietary adjustments in order to enhance his fitness, Pangai concedes that it’s big brother who is dominating the kitchen at home.”He’s a better cook, he’s always on the ‘barbie’,” Pangai explained. “I try and make a salad but it’s mainly just meat.”We’re living together at the moment but he’s going to find his own house soon.”He’s settling in well but we don’t really do extras, the club doesn’t allow us to.”We just try and enjoy each other’s company in our downtime.”last_img read more

M&CC to remove illegal structures in East Ruimveldt Market, along Mandela Ave

first_img– vendors given 24h notice torelinquish city’s propertyThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to another group of persons who have been breaching city rules and regulations.According to a statement from City Hall on Thursday, persons who are illegally occupying public spaces on the western side of Mandela Avenue with makeshift structures, as well as the East Ruimveldt market vendors who have also constructed illegal structures are being ordered to remove their belongings from the city’s property.“These persons have constructed shacks and stored items on these properties. The Council has noted that there are plans to utilise the facility and thus offered 24 hours for persons to remove their items and relinquish the city’s property. A 24-hour timeframe was also given to vendors to remove their illegal structures ahead of the Council’s visit to the location,” the release stated.Town Clerk Royston King said, “The Council is concerned about vendors illegally increasing selling points, virtually repeating what is being restricted in the city centre.”King said that several notices have been served on the vendors but they continue to illegally expand.Notice was also given to persons squatting along Mandela Avenue.City Hall is making it clear that all other illegal structures around the city are being eyed for removal, as its sanitation and management programmes continue.The City Council reminded that the city was in a transitional phase and reiterated calls for the cooperation of all stakeholders.“While the law is clear on what is and what is not permitted in and on public spaces, the Council is adamant about mechanisms to ease the transition process for vendors. Though this is not an obligation of the Council and requires separate financing, they have noted that the well-being of the city depends on the well-being of citizens.“All Guyanese deserve to have a city equal to the best in world,” the Town Clerk stated.King said the Council has an agenda to make Georgetown the “cleanest and greenest” city in the Caribbean, and this will be achieved, “regardless of the difficulties”.last_img read more

Lawmakers Shun Disabled Kids, Parents

first_imgA group of mothers, who had taken their disabled children to meet with their lawmakers were left stunned and disappointed that none of the legislators came from their offices to see them.The 13 mothers, through their spokespersons, Miatta Stubblefield and Gelian Wackie, said they had gone to the Capitol Building to appeal to the lawmakers to help the proprietress of the First Start Academy where their kids were being cared for before it was closed due to financial constraints.But up to the time our Health Correspondent left the Capitol Building a few minutes past 3p.m. no lawmaker had come downstairs to see the kids with special needs. Even though some of the mothers were seen upstairs shuttling between offices of Senators and Representatives, their efforts did not convince their lawmakers enough.They and their children had arrived at the Capitol Building by 9 a.m. yesterday, September 3 with placards which had inscriptions such as: “Liberian kids with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome have rights to a daycare, not legislation, only money.”Two of the poster cards read: “Liberia 53rd Legislature, we are disabled but we are Liberia’s children. Disability is not a choice.”The kids were born with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and so need specialized care, which most of their mothers cannot provide.The Daily Observer caught up with Mrs. Charlesetta N. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Healthpage Liberia, who manages the specialized home for the kids.Mrs. Williams said she is now financially drained and can no longer afford to keep the center running at this time as every penny to run the facility had come from her meager resources. The school, which was reopened in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia, after it left its 18th Street former home was closed in June 2015, three months after it was reopened in March.Mrs. Williams’ center, which was known then as “First Start” when it operated on 18th Street, Sinkor, added a daycare component for some of the kids, all of whom were “first starters” in formal education, when it reopened its doors in Paynesville.According to Mrs. Williams, whose Health Page has airlifted many Liberian children in need of specialized medical treatment to various countries in the world for the past nine years, opening an institution like the First Start Academy and the specialized home along with the daycare, had always been her dream. Asked if she had encouraged the kids’ mothers to come to the Capitol, she told the Daily Observer that it was the mothers themselves who had decided to come and beg their lawmakers to help them.“I don’t have any trust in them. I don’t think they are willing to help. I have met and interacted with a lot of them, but nothing has been done to help,” she stated.“You don’t get any help from the government, either.”She was, however, grateful to a few people, including the Publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best and others who had assisted her in her endeavor to reopen the home. Asked if there is any hope of reopening the home for the kids, she stated: “I singlehandedly prepared all of this, and have the kids now on waiting list, and have to care for it all: from transportation, to feeding (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), salaries for workers. I am in sympathy with the parents, who cannot afford it, but I have to think about myself as I am not a millionaire, just a 61-year-old mother, grandmother with passion, but passion has an end.”She said it was a shame that the Liberian government could not afford to boost her efforts for humanity’s sake.Ms. Williams stated that the home will remain closed until she receives help for its reopening.When she reopened the home in March, she had told the Daily Observer that funding such a home was a challenge in Liberia, and she had vowed not to give up in her quest to pursue further aid for the children. On that day, she had stated that including salary payments, she would need at leastUS$70,000 annually to support the 24-physically challenged kids in the home.Efforts to get reactions from lawmakers at the Capitol Building did not succeed because many were not prepared to address the issue.Mrs. Williams can be reached at 00231 886531797.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man killed in suspected hit-and-run

first_imgThe body of a man was on Saturday afternoon discovered lying on the parapet at Number 76 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), and is suspected to have been a victim of a hit-and-run.The car that was impounded by the policeThe man was later identified as 27-year-old Premchand Harripaul of Lot 62 Section A, Number 69 Village, Corentyne.According to information received, the police received an anonymous call and were informed of the discovery.As the ranks arrived at the scene, the motionless body was seen lying facedown with what appeared to be bloodstains on the neck and torso.There was also a visible cut to the neck. However, at the scene, the police recovered a portion of a vehicle’s headlamp, which suggested that Harripaul might have been struck down.Meanwhile, on Sunday, acting on information, Police visited a spray paint establishment in Crabwood Creek and inspected a vehicle with a broken headlamp.According to the owner of the spray paint shop, the vehicle was taken there on Saturday evening to have it fixed as soon as possible.The vehicle was taken into Police custody and the owner of the car was arrested and is assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Workers to own Tribune

first_imgIn order for the ESOP to be created, an independent trustee must vet the transaction and make sure it’s fair to the employees relative to what Zell is getting, and also whether the price being paid by the ESOP is justifiable given the expected future profits of the company. Tribune said in a statement that there would be no change in the pension benefits previously earned by employees as a result of the transaction. The new ESOP will be funded solely through company contributions. It all may sound quite appealing, but there are several cases of ESOPs that went wrong, some spectacularly so. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines adopted an ESOP structure in 1994, but employees suffered steep losses after the company declared bankruptcy in 2002. Corey Rosen, an expert on ESOPs and the founder and executive director of the National Center for Employee Ownership, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization, says several missteps were made in the United case. Rosen pointed to several examples of successful ESOPs, including Publix Super Markets Inc., a fast-growing and highly regarded grocery chain based in Lakeland, Fla., as well as W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., the Newark, Del.-based maker of waterproof fabric Gore-Tex.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The new ESOP-owned Tribune will have roughly $13.4 billion in debt after the deal, Bear Stearns analyst Alexia Quadrani said, up from about $5 billion now. Real estate investor Sam Zell is contributing $315 million to the transaction and will wind up with the right to buy 40 percent of the company later. Since ESOPs act as a kind of retirement benefit plan, company contributions to ESOP plans are essentially tax-free. This allows the company to pay down the debt more quickly. As the debt is paid down, employees will gradually receive shares in the company as a benefit, and they won’t owe tax on those shares until they leave the company or retire and cash them out. What’s more, to the extent a company is owned by an ESOP program, profits aren’t taxed, either. NEW YORK – The deal announced Monday to take the Chicago-based media company private will result in Tribune being owned by an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. These plans have many advantages including significant tax breaks, but they also carry certain risks. An ESOP is a kind of benefit plan for employees in which the company contributes money, as it would to a pension or similar kind of retirement savings account. But instead of investing in stocks or bonds, as most pension plans might, an ESOP plan will use those contributions to pay down debt and buy stock in the company, which is then distributed to employees as a benefit. last_img read more

Dems fail in battle against Islamism

first_imgThus, Islamism must be opposed, and in fact the war in Iraq is a battle in that larger war. Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq gave significant political and financial support to Islamist organizations such as Hamas. Regarding Iraqi links with al-Qaida, a controversial subject, it is too soon to draw definitive conclusions. Honest people should reserve judgment until the captured Iraqi archives are fully explored. But whatever the evidence ultimately shows about the extent of Saddam’s relations with Islamists, there is no doubt that today, Islamists covet Mesopotamia. Seizing Baghdad, the capital of the Caliphate that Islamists want to restore, would be a tremendous morale booster. By the same token, our helping to establish a stable liberal democracy in Iraq would be an immense loss for them. The stakes are high. It may be possible to win the war against Islamism even if we abandon Iraq, but it would be more difficult. What is not possible is to withdraw from the struggle. The Islamists have declared war against the U.S., the other liberal democracies, even Muslim governments that don’t toe their line. Appeasement is impossible; concessions simply whet their appetites. Fleeing Iraq would demonstrate that we don’t have the stomach for this long-term fight. Moreover, it would win new recruits for Islamism, as fence-sitters always come down on the side that seems to be prevailing. Our own security would inevitably suffer. Frankly, it’s a mystery why the most imperialistic, malevolent political force in the world arouses so little passion among my fellow Democrats. Hostility toward Islamism should come as naturally to us as hostility towards Nazism. If we adopted this war for civilization and freedom as our own, we would surely do better than Bush has done. Instead, the only merchandise we offer voters is “out of Iraq.” It’s very disappointing. Paul Kujawsky is a member of the California Democratic Party Central Committee. Write to him by e-mail at kujawsky@pacbell.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE recent California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego was a pleasure for my fellow party activists, the vast majority of whom favor U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Seven of our eight declared presidential candidates appeared. All of them promised to bring the troops home (or “end the occupation”) as early as Inauguration Day. But no candidate offered a vision for winning the war against Islamism. They correctly judged that there wasn’t much of a market for such goods at this convention. So it seems that in 2008 voters will choose between a Republican Party which is serious about the war against Islamism but isn’t very good at it, and a Democratic Party which has little or nothing to say about it beyond “Bush lied.” It’s a dismal prospect, because the struggle between civilization and Islamism remains this generation’s greatest challenge. Islamism, or Islamofascism (not Islam itself) rivals Nazism in its propensity for mass murder, contempt for the “other,” and lust for conquest. It is a profoundly illiberal philosophy, as demonstrated by the overthrown Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the mullocracy in Iran. These reveal girls excluded from even elementary education, women stoned to death for “adultery” (in some cases, for being raped without male witnesses), religious minorities savagely persecuted, and the human rights of entire populations trampled underfoot. The spread of Islamism is a tragedy for all who fall within its grasp, yet the Islamists aim for nothing less than world domination. last_img read more

Teens placed in adult prison

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – When 17-year-old Dennys George was arrested this summer, allegedly for carrying 10 grams of crack, he was taken handcuffed and shackled to the state prison’s high-security wing – not a juvenile facility. George said he was strip-searched and spent the night in a cell with another teen. Though he didn’t have contact with older inmates, he wouldn’t shower because he was afraid of being near them. “They told me, `You’re going to spend some time with the big boys,”‘ George said, recounting a talk with police. “I was so stressed, I didn’t even know what was going to happen to me.” George is one of about 40 teens who have been jailed in the state prison under a new law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the court system. Billed as a way to save money, youth advocates, judges and the attorney general sounded the alarm early that the proposal might actually be more expensive, and it could hurt children. Now, four months after the measure passed the Legislature, state officials admit their mistake: It’s unlikely to cut costs, it has created confusion in the court system, and it is imprisoning teenage offenders who might have been sent home with their parents instead. State officials say it happened because the chain of people responsible for the proposal – who drew it up, signed off on it, forwarded it to lawmakers and voted it into law – never thoroughly researched it and ignored warnings. Now, they’re pointing fingers and grappling with how to fix it. “Never underestimate the incompetence of government,” said Steven Brown, executive director of the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, who wants 17-year-old offenders back in Juvenile Courts. “I think there’s a lot of blame to go around.” Rhode Island is one of 14 states that try people younger than 18 in adult courts. Several of those are considering moving the age up. Besides Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin try 17-year-olds as adults, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina try 16-year-olds in adult courts, although Connecticut has raised the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for most offenses starting in 2010. Rhode Island’s problems began last fall when Republican Gov. Don Carcieri’s administration realized the state faced what became a $450 million deficit. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was asked to cut 11 percent from its budget, or $20 million. DCYF Director Patricia Martinez suggested in a memo to Carcieri that the state could save $4million by sending 17-year-olds to prison instead of the State Training School, where DCYF oversees young offenders. The average annual cost of keeping someone at the Training School is $98,000, compared with $40,000 in the state prison. But DCYF Deputy Director Jorge Garcia said his staff thought the proposal wouldn’t pass so never consulted with prison officials. If they had, they would have learned 17-year-olds are put in protective custody, away from older, hardened inmates. That costs about $104,000 per year – a lot more than $40,000. At best, Garcia said he had a quick conversation with Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall. Wall cannot remember that talk, his spokeswoman said. Carcieri’s office never consulted prison officials about the change, assuming DCYF had checked, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said. Lawmakers on the powerful House Finance Committee are responsible for reviewing Carcieri’s budget. Rep. Carol Mumford, a Republican, said reviewing a $7 billion budget is an enormous undertaking. “Picture five telephone books, that’s how high it is,” Mumford said, referring to the budget documents. “We frankly do read the budget, but there are idiosyncrasies in there that we do miss.” Her committee received repeated warnings from child advocates and prosecutors who argued that teenagers are better served by rehabilitation than incarceration. A Family Court judge testified that Carcieri’s staff had not consulted with the judiciary. Attorney General Patrick Lynch said he doubted the governor had even spoken with prison officials. Wall, the corrections director, never testified about the DCYF proposal. He later said the governor had not consulted him, and he didn’t realize the proposal might pass. It did. College-bound teens arrested under the new law risk losing federal financial aid if convicted of a drug crime. Those looking for work will have to disclose a criminal record. If the 17-year-olds had been in Family Court, their records would be hidden from public view. Carcieri’s staff admits the original proposal was flawed, but the governor wants to see how much the policy costs before tinkering further, Neal said. Senate Majority Leader Teresa Paiva Weed, a Democrat, said she’s urging lawmakers in the House to adopt a bill that would send 17-year-olds back to the juvenile courts. The Senate has already approved the measure. Lawmakers could vote on it during a one-day special session tentatively scheduled for this month. But no date has been set, and lawmakers haven’t promised they will take it up.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILL’S UNDER 14s TAKE PART IN CAMOGIE FEILE FINALS

first_imgCamoige Feile Finals 2012Our U14 girls took part in the Camogie Feile finals held in Dublinlast weekend. They were very kindly sponsored tracksuits by Rite Financial Solutions. Annemaire Mc Geehan, Managing Director, presented the tracksuits to the girls and coaches.( see pic 1 and 2) Annemaire has always been a great supporter of Mac Cumhaills and we would like to say again for her generousity. CLG Naomh Mearnog, Portmarnock, was the host club for the girls. The reception and welcome given to Mac Cumhaills was second to none. The girls played teams from Dublin, Wicklow and Roscommon but unfortunately didn’t make the pay off stages. They also took part in a parade from Croke park to O Connell Street were they were cheered on by thousands of supporters. A disco on Friday night crowned of a brilliant couple of days in Dublin.On behalf of Sean Mac Cumhaills, I would like to thank Naomh Mearnog, Frances Dillion and Brenda Bradley in particular, all the host families, parents, players and supporters for their warm welcome and very generous hospitality. We hope to see them in Donegal soon.  GAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILL’S UNDER 14s TAKE PART IN CAMOGIE FEILE FINALS was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

K2 conqueror Jason returns to hero’s welcome

first_imgHundreds of people turned out to welcome K2 conqueror Jason Black back to his hometown this evening.The Letterkenny man became only the third ever Irishman to scale the massive summit last weekend.Led by a Garda escort and the Letterkenny Town Band, the 47-year-old father-of-four received a tremendous reception from the people of his native town. Mary Phelan from the Irish Red Cross thanked Jason for being an ambassador for the Irish charity and for climbing the 28,000 mountain in their honour.Among those to welcome their hero home was Jason’s family including wife Sharon and their four children, his father Billy, various Donegal scouting groups as well as former Olympic runner Danny McDaid.Others included councillors Jimmy Kavanagh and Gerry McMonagle.Black paid tribute to Ger McDonnell, the Limerick climber who was the first Irishman to reach the top of the summit in 2008. However, McDonnell perished when he was hit by an avalanche while coming back down the huge mountain.Black said “I asked Ger to be my torch going up and coming down K2 and he was with me all the way.”Despite climbing both Everest and now K2, Black said his greatest achievement was still influencing young people in his community each week.“To stand at the front of a classroom with 15 and 17-year-olds and to tell them they can do anything they want if they put their minds to it is my biggest challenge.“That will always be my summit and that will always be my greatest achievement,” he said. A jubillant Jason Black arriving back home to a heros welcome. (North West Newspix)A jubillant Jason Black arriving back home to a heros welcome pictured with members of local scout groups. (North West Newspix)K2 conqueror Jason returns to hero’s welcome was last modified: August 9th, 2018 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:donegalHOMECOMINGJason Blackletterkennylast_img read more

Loreto Letterkenny hosts it Christmas Trade Fair today

first_imgThe annual Loreto Secondary School Christmas Trade Fair takes place today (Tues.)Students at the Letterkenny school have spent weeks on their small businesses and they will be selling their goods at the Fair.The Fair takes place from 9.30am until 1pm in the school’s gym and everyone is welcome. There will also be complimentary tea and coffee and a chance to taste many of the homemade goodies on offer.And if you haven’t had a chance to get those all-important stocking-fillers then you’ll have plenty of goods to choose from at the Fair.Entry is free so see you all there.Loreto Letterkenny hosts it Christmas Trade Fair today was last modified: December 9th, 2019 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:Christmas Trade FairdonegalLoretoSCHOOLlast_img read more