first_imgVarious reports have revealed the 27-year-old will join former Raiders boss David Furner in his first year as head coach, leaving the Titans after three seasons.Hurrell is contracted to the Titans until the end of the 2019 season, but it’s understood the club has agreed to let him go to Leeds.He has made 113 NRL appearances during his career with the NZ Warriors and Titans.The Rhinos are one of England’s most successful franchises, winning 11 championships – most recently in 2017 – and 13 Challenge Cups – rugby league’s version of football’s FA Cup.If he makes the move, Hurrell will link up with former Warriors teammate and Tongan international Tui Lolohea, who signed a three-year deal with the club earlier this year.Former Junior Warrior Nathaniel Peteru is also contracted to the squad.Hurrell has been left out of Tonga’s squad to face Australia in a historic test match in front of a sellout Mt Smart Stadium crowd on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES His absence will leave a huge hole in the middle for the Scorpions, which are vying to retain their Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) title.But coach Yong Garcia expressed his confidence with his team, saying that CEU is well equipped in contending and maintaining its status as a top squad in its mother league despite missing the services of Ebondo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set With Ebondo reinforcing the crew, the Democratic Republic of Congo will face Egypt on November 24 and against Morocco on November 25 in the first leg of the home-and-away format for the first round of qualifiers to the 2019 Fiba World Cup.The country is slotted in Group C, which also includes African powerhouse Angola.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRanked 87th in the world and 14th in the continent, the Democratic Republic of Congo finished sixth in the recently concluded Afrobasket 2017.Ebondo is set to leave for Congo on November 19 and will return to the Philippines immediately after the Morocco game. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University big man Rodrigue Ebondo has been called up by the Democratic Republic of Congo for the 2017 Fiba African qualifiers.The school announced the news on Thursday as they will allow the 6-foot-6 slotman to represent his country in the continental qualifiers set late in November.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Fifth straight MVP not Fajardo’s priority, says it’s ‘more fun’ to win title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,I am a resident of Continental Park, Plantation Peters Hall, on the East Bank of Demerara, who would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all of the residents of the area to vent through the letters column of your newspaper about the complete disgust and frustration of everyone residing there as it relates to the unlawful grazing of cattle in the neighbourhood.When we purchased our properties in the Continental Park area, there were certain stipulated conditions on the agreement of sale, conditions that we are expected to maintain, like not being able to operate a mechanic shop there, and not being able to rear livestock, and not being able to subdivide or sublet the properties to multiple families etc, conditions we understand would be necessary to maintain a successful residential investment and which we strictly adhere to.However, for more than two years now, there is an urban cattle rancher who incidentally does not reside in the area, but who herds a huge kine of cattle into the area early each morning and leaves them to graze in this residential neighbourhood until late at night.In support of the country’s green agenda, most residents of the area have taken the time and expended their financial resources to landscape their properties including the front beyond their gates and fences. They have planted special grass, special flowering plants, and nice shady trees. They have been painstakingly pruning them, watering them and fertilising them.To everyone’s chagrin, however, these cows are allowed to roam freely all day long and well into the night, posing a traffic hazard, preventing the children of the neighbourhood from riding their bicycles, and from going to their neighbour’s house to play with their friends due to the fear of being attacked and trampled upon.These cows defecate and urinate everywhere. They munch and lunch on the grass, they eat all of the foliage that they can find, and they create large holes in the ground, particularly when the ground is soft due to the rain. They rub themselves on objects such as letterboxes, parked cars, and plants, damaging them in the process.Reports of this nuisance to the Eccles/Ramsburg Neighbourhood Democratic Council are of little use as these appeals fall on deaf ears and nothing is done about it. The cows are not impounded, the owner is not charged for these violations nor is he made to stop this daily grazing exercise.Most egregious of all is the fact that when the herder is spoken to about the inconvenience being encountered by the residents as a result of the grazing of the cows, he becomes abusive and belligerent.I would like to plead with those in authority to do something to help us out of this mess,Sincerely,Kishore Daslast_img read more

first_imgPresident David Granger has committed his Administration’s support to the University of Guyana’s Student Society (UGSS), after the student body picketed the Ministry of the Presidency last week, demanded an audience with the Head of State.After more than a week of waiting, President Granger finally met with representatives of the student body, where he pledged to continue to address ongoing concerns.President David Granger with some of the UGSS members on Thursday“By the time the next academic year starts, most of these problems will be dealt with. Of course, not completely, but we would like to have some of these problems rectified. So we will try to rectify these before next semester and when the Minister of Finance is back in the country, I would like to engage him and it will be in the presence of the Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor, if he is still here, and the Minister of Education. This is a grave situation and I would never try to sweep this under the carpet,” President Granger told the students.Among the issues raised were the lack of lecturers, lack of furniture in the classrooms, the presence of animals on campus, lack of recreational facilities, absence of practical assessments, functioning and equipped laboratories for first and second-year students, what are considered unhelpful policies of the University and the perception of lack of respect and regard for the welfare of students by the University’s administration.President Granger said the meeting was “sobering”, adding that while he was aware and had been disturbed about the diminishing conditions at the University for several years, he had never expected that it would reach to such low levels. “What you have described here, which I do not doubt… is very grim. The standards of sanitation and even the infrastructure are unacceptably low,” he told the students.The President noted that he envisions graduates from the University of Guyana participating in every sphere of the country’s development and as such, the challenges there must be remedied as its current described state is hardly conducive to a tertiary learning institution.“I have emphasised the importance of science and I would certainly like to see more scientists coming out of the University, more engineers to build our highways and bridges and roads in the hinterland, more biologists, more chemists and more botanists. This country cannot develop without an efficient University of Guyana so that is my vision. My vision for the University is inseparable from my vision of the country… I will certainly work on this. I have already engaged the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor. I will work with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education to bring relief,” he said.Meanwhile, UGSS President Joshua Griffith, in an invited comment, said the discussion with the Head of State was frank and open and focused mainly on the issues that have been affecting students at the campus. He noted that the commitment given by the President was heartening.“We got the general sense that the President was surprised at the realities on the ground and he did commit to ensure resolutions in the near future for almost everything we brought to the fore. So there is some sense that things will be different very soon,” Griffith said.He noted that the UGSS was appreciative of the engagement with the President even while he acknowledged that there is work to be done by the students themselves.Earlier this month, students began what they said would have been a series of protest actions if ear was not given to their plea. They stood in front of the University’s Administrative Building clamouring for better quality service, among other things.last_img read more

first_imgIt was once said; if you think Education is expensive, try ignorance. During our peace dialogue last week with the Peace Messengers, it was a point of contention but it was equally mentioned that if you think peace is expensive, try war.At Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, we have come to recognize that not sufficient attention is given to peace initiative and that the price we pay for peacemaking, peacebuilding and peace consolidation is a token compared to the price we pay for war. We further discussed that the price for peace programmes cannot and should not be measured only by the amount of money spent on peacebuilding but should include the opportunity cost.The United Nations spent an estimated 7 billion dollars on its peace keeping operations in about 33 locations across the globe, this amount goes up when you included to over one billion dollars disbursed for the prevention and control of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. These funds pale in comparison to the amount of money spent on the Gulf war, Syria and others.The funds disbursed in a year for war by super powers and arms producing countries is exponentially higher than what is spent in one decade to resolve conflict.It is our view that the discriminatory policies against peace building programmes have lead to a large extends the escalating conflict situations across our universe. As you’re aware, this is not abating.When one compares the amount of funds allocated by the UN to peacekeeping operations in Europe, Middle East and Asia with the funds allocated to peacekeeping operations in Africa, one is aghast by the level of discrimination as this defies logic. The difference in budgetary allocation is clear and huge. In most of these countries, the UN is not in a rush to disengage as more time and resources are readily available to build and consolidate peace.In the words of Drake Bael of DePaul University, “People who perceive themselves as having low status are more violent than people who are high status” Similarly, nations that have low socio-economic status are more likely to be violent, hence the reasons for failed socio-political systems in failed states like Somalia, Sudan, Libya and soon to be-Syria.Besides the discriminatory policies and the disproportion in the allocation of resources, there are discrepancies in the implementation of peacebuilding initiatives at both International and national levels. On one hand the hidden cost of peacebuilding takes its toll on anticipated outcomes and on the other hand, perpetuators of conflicts are most often the primary beneficiaries of the loots as well as funds established to build peace.Back home to Liberia, we need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with on peace building initiatives and how we overcame EVD. The primary beneficiaries of any peace initiative are our children.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The Price of Peacebuilding –Part two”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWhen he appeared before principal Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday morning, 24-year-old David Austin pleaded not guilty to the offence with which he was charged:- an allegation that on December 1, 2017, he had in his possession one .38 revolver whilst he was not the owner of a firearm licence in force at the time.According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, police on mobile patrol in the Albouystown area spotted the defendant sitting on a push cart acting in a suspicious manner. They approached him and conducted a search on his person, unearthing the gun in a shoulder bag belonging to the accused.He was subsequently taken into police custody and charged with the offence.The court prosecutor objected to bail being granted on the basis of the prevalence and seriousness of the offence, a position which was upheld by the presiding magistrate.Austin will remain incarcerated pending the outcome of the trial, which is expected to commence on December 11, 2017.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe’s overall transfer fee from Monaco to PSG could rise to 180 million euros ($215 million) © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Sep 3 – Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, at 18 the most expensive French player of all time, said Sunday he wanted to “mark the history” of the French capital with his new club.Mbappe, who hails from the northeastern Parisian surburb of Bondy, joined PSG from Monaco on a season-long loan last week in a deal that will make him the second most expensive footballer in history. His overall transfer fee could rise to 180 million euros ($215 million) including add-ons, which would make Mbappe second only to new team-mate Neymar on the all-time list of costliest transfers.“Big players have marked history in their country whether with the national team or their club,” Mbappe saidin an interview with TF1, adding that it would have been premature to have left France.“What I want to do is to really mark the history of my city. PSG was really the project that allowed me to carry on my progress while playing.”Asked whether the arrival of Neymar from Barcelona for a record 222 million euros affected his decision to join PSG, Mbappe said: “No.“Nonetheless, to play with Neymar is really something extraordinary. We all know the player he is. PSG already interested me but with Neymar it’s true that it was an extra boost.“When you arrive at a club like that, which has the ambition of becoming the best club in the world, you have the ambition to win everything.“The Champions League is part of those competitions so we’ll play to win everything.”French pundits were left purring about Mbappe, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger telling TF1 he had the potential “to become a Pele”, and 1998 World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu claiming he was “more complete” than France’s record goal scorer Thierry Henry at the same age.Mbappe scored his first international goal in France’s 4-0 victory over the Netherlands on Thursday, coming off the bench to net at the death.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgUSA international Brek Shea has left Stoke City for Birmingham City on a three-month emergency loan deal.The winger, 24, has been snapped up by Blues boss Lee Clark as he battles to cope with injury problems to his squad.Clark revealed: “I’ve been chasing Brek for a while and actually wanted to sign him permanently at the start of the season.“He impressed me when he played for Barnsley here at St. Andrew’s on New Year’s Day and, given our recent injuries, it made sense to make this loan move, importantly with no recall clause being something that I have stressed all along.” Brek Shea 1last_img read more

first_img1 Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted at frustration at the overloading of Alexis Sanchez during the international break, and hopes the Chile striker will return fighting fit ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Watford.Sanchez was forced off late in the 3-0 drubbing of Manchester United with a slight hip problem, yet Wenger was powerless to prevent the forward meeting up with his national side.With the likes of Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and team-mate David Silva both picking up injuries while away, Wenger was surely hoping his star man – who netted six goals in three games for second place Arsenal ahead of the break – would stay problem free.But Sanchez showed no signs of injury as he netted in a 2-0 victory over South America rivals Brazil before firing a brace and assisting two goals to seal a 4-3 win over Peru.And while Wenger praises the 26-year-old’s enthusiasm for his country, the Frenchman admits it also presents him with a ‘tricky situation’ as his club boss.“Overall the first step is to get everybody in a good shape because when you look around, you see some clubs lost players due to the international break,” Wenger said in a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Vicarage Road.“Some of our players land today at 2pm so we have to check their fitness to see if there are no bad surprises,” said Wenger.“I cannot do a lot about it [Sanchez playing twice for Chile].“He came off as you have seen against Manchester United with a hip problem, a problem with the rotator muscle and he wanted to go.“He played in the last two games and we have to see how he comes back, but it is always a tricky situation. Chile are trying to qualify for the World Cup and he is an important player for them, but they will use him if they can.“Alexis is a guy that always wants to play so I knew that was always going to be a tricky situation.”Wenger added: “Let’s see what happens and how he comes back. We have to see if we have to protect him in our next game or not.”Aside from Sanchez’s likely participation, Arsenal have received one other boost ahead of the weekend with centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who has been out since the end of September with a hamstring injury, in line to make a return to first-team action.last_img read more

first_img Gundogan has reportedly already agreed personal terms with City Manchester City are edging closer to completing the signing of Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.The German midfielder is currently nursing a knee injury, which is likely to keep him out until November, but that has not stopped City from pushing ahead with the deal.According to Bild, City and Dortmund are in the final stages of agreeing a fee of around £19.3million for the 25-year-old and a deal could be announced before the end of May.Dortmund have tried to tie down Gundogan to a new long-term deal in recent weeks but he appears to now have his heart set on a switch to the Etihad to join up with Pep Guardiola next season.The report also suggests Gundogan has agreed personal terms with City and is now just waiting for a fee to be agreed between the two clubs before travelling to Manchester to be unveiled as Guardiola’s first signing. 1last_img read more