New vehicle to assist PNG weightlifters

first_imgThe new Ford Ranger will assist weightlifters and officials move to and from training.The vehicle will also assist the federation carry out development programs in schools and communities.Federation President Sir John Dawanincura was thankful for the sponsorship and said it will assist Commonwealth gold medalist Dika Toua conduct school clinics as part of a talent identification program.“It’s been a challenge to transport training weights to schools so this vehicle will assist Dika as well,” he said.Trukai sales and marketing general manager Andrew Daubney said they’re proud to be a major sponsor for weightlifting and are confident of the team winning more gold at the Pacific Games and Oceania Youth championship.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Voters leave as fingerprint machines malfunction

first_imgVoters across the constituency of Eastern St Andrew are leaving polling stations due to what they say are malfunctioning finger print machines. Both JLP and PNP outdoor agents told The Gleaner that voters were turning back because of the long lines and wait time. “The people can’t take the long wait so some of them a leave because the machines not working,” an agent told The Gleaner. The supervisors at Jamaica College, St. Margaret Anglican Church and the Mountain View New Testament Church say they have reported the issue to the Electoral Office of Jamaica and are working to have the machines up and running as soon as possiblelast_img read more

King finds weight difference disrespectful

first_imgYoung Guns aftermath…Having made good on his promise to win by knockout by the second of six rounds, Barbadian Boxer Keithland King was undeniably elated at carrying his professional record to three wins from three fights, especially in a foreign country.Keithland King (left) battling it out with Derick RichmondThe middleweight boxer, who exchanged punches with Guyanese Derick Richmond in the headline fight of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control’s (GBBC) ‘Young Guns- The proving ground’ card, told Guyana Times Sport he was happy to have achieved the goal he had set himself.“It feels good to pick up the win, because I came for the win,” ‘The King’ declared.Describing his mindset throughout the six-minute fight, King said he could have achieved the knockout sooner, but was not focused enough to get there.“It didn’t happen how I wanted it to happen. I think I was a little too anxious; I just needed to sit and relax some more, but I think I was rushing it too much,” King disclosed.Regarding this being his first time fighting at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall (CASH), and because foreign conditions often pose problems to boxers who are not well adjusted, King noted that Guyana has been favourable. “The conditions were all right at the Sports Hall,” the ‘King’ said. “In terms of fighting, the temperature was good and everything,” he expressed.Looking to the future, the middleweight boxer has no problem with returning to compete on Guyanese shores. In fact, he is looking forward to doing so.“There’s a next card here in October. I want to get on it,” he revealed.On a more controversial note, King was very vocal in expressing his dissatisfaction with his opponent’s weight.Prior to fight night, King weighed in at 159 pounds, which is acceptable for the middleweight class, given that it averages at 160 pounds. However, the Guyanese boxer was not as close to the weight limit as King. Much to the concern of the Boxing Board, Richmond weighed in at 174 pounds, some 14 pounds over the class. Nevertheless, the fight was sanctioned with the blessing of both contestants.To this end, King passionately stated, “I mean, this guy that I just fought, I wish that he was 160 (pounds). Fifteen pounds is a lot, and it’s very disrespectful to the sport. As a professional boxer, coming into the round with 15 pounds (over the weight limit) is total disrespect to your opponent, yourself and your country.”Despite the hiccup, the boxer is grateful for the opportunity afforded him. “I just want to say, ‘Thank you,’ to the Guyana Boxing Board, the sponsors, the crowd, and everybody for turning out. Thank you for the opportunity to box in your country,” the ‘King’ says.last_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain is staying at Arsenal, confirms Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s chances of signing a new Arsenal deal are virtually nil, according to Sky sources. PHOTO/SKY.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 16 – Arsene Wenger insists he is eager to hold on to Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this season, and hopefully for the foreseeable future as well.The England international has been linked with a Sh4.6b (£35m) move to Premier League rivals Chelsea, as his contract has less than a year left on it, but Wenger rates the winger and wants to see him stay for the long term. “Yes, he is staying here,” the French tactician said, according to Sky Sports. “Why? Personally, because I rate him highly and he’s one of the players who is on his way up.“In the last year, he has made huge progress and personally I want him to stay here for a long time.“I’m convinced he will be the English player that everybody will look at in the next two years at the end of the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH STUNNING METEOR TRAIN TRAIL OVER DONEGAL SKIES

first_imgDDTV: This stunning video was taken by the talented photographer and part-time video maker Noel Keating. Keating is renowned for capturing some of the most stunning snaps of the Donegal skyline during the ‘Northern Lights.’ He has also made some incredible videos, and his latest instalment is a real treat for stargazers.Noel told Donegal Daily, “With TWO meteor showers overlapping in the month of October (The Draconids and Orionids meteor shower) It would’ve been a shame not to have a camera running in the hope of catching a few.“This is a first for me in all the years photographing the night skies.“Meteor and remaining train/smoke trail followed and it’s spectacular. To view the clip simply click play on the video above and enjoy. DDTV: WATCH STUNNING METEOR TRAIN TRAIL OVER DONEGAL SKIES was last modified: October 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Arsene Wenger stays! Arsenal manager reacts to new deal

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like a Tottenham title challenge, don’t take this seriously.As the Arsenal boss is set to put pen to paper on a new two-year contract, check out this tongue-in-cheek video.For entertaining sports videos, take a look at youtube.com/talkSPORTlast_img

DDTV: ‘SUNDAY GAME’ PUNDITS SPLIT OVER DONEGAL V MAYO RESULT

first_imgDDTV: Watch an RTE ‘Sunday Game’ preview of this Sunday’s clash between Donegal and Mayo at Croke Park.There are three pundits in studio….click Play to Watch who they think will win the match.You might be surprised.  DDTV: ‘SUNDAY GAME’ PUNDITS SPLIT OVER DONEGAL V MAYO RESULT was last modified: August 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTV: ‘SUNDAY GAME’ PUNDITS SPLIT OVER DONEGAL V MAYO RESULTSlast_img read more

Police seek help in hunt for attacker

first_img Curreri said the suspect put a bag or cloth over the girl’s head when he snatched her off the street. He then drove her to a house, carried her inside and sexually assaulted her. Then he made her take a shower. “After sexually assaulting her, he dropped her off at the 7-Eleven,” Curreri said. “At 7 years old, she had no money and did not know how to use a pay phone so she walked to the first open door she saw, which is the Gold Cadillac bar. Patrons within the bar saw the girl, took care of her and called police.” The suspect is described as a Latino with white hair, mustache and eyebrows, 40-50 years old, about 5-feet-7 and 140-150 pounds. He was wearing brown pants and a green shirt and driving a black, four-door pickup truck with a gray interior and a yellow tag dangling from the rearview mirror, police said. “We’re looking for someone who is a pedophile,” said Detective Jim Alvarado. “Our advice to parents is you have to monitor your children at all times. It happens so quickly.” Police said the girl was examined at a local hospital and was in good spirits, despite the ordeal. “She’s very resilient, very articulate,” Alvarado said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Police sought the public’s help Wednesday in finding the man who kidnapped a 7-year-old girl from her neighborhood and sexually assaulted her before leaving her near a local tavern. “At this time, there are no witnesses,” said Capt. Joe Curreri of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division. “We’re asking the public to bring this menace to society in.” The girl was found about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Gold Cadillac bar on Roscoe Boulevard, more than six hours after she’d been abducted while playing outside with friends in the 20000 block of Michale Street, officials said. When the other youngsters went home, the girl stayed outside by herself. When she failed to return home about 5:30 p.m., her parents called police. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Authorities said they did not issue an Amber Alert because they didn’t know she had been abducted. Gold Cadillac bartender Megan Roncone said the little girl was polite and did not seem afraid or shaken. But Roncone and bar patrons were concerned that the child’s hair was wet and she wore no shoes. Authorities later said she had been sexually assaulted during her abduction. The girl stayed at the bar where she was fed a hot dog and milk while police were called. “I think it’s cool she’s with her mom and dad,” Roncone said. “She’s a great little girl, smart as can be.” last_img read more

Living Without Electricity

first_imgThis year’s hurricane season brought extensive power outages to areas of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In some cases, electricity was restored in two or three days. In much of Puerto Rico, however, the electricity has been off for weeks, and may not be restored for months.While most news stories from storm-devastated regions focused on deaths, injuries, and property destruction, a few stories mentioned a seemingly trivial issue: namely, that some families living without electricity weren’t sure what to do with their bored children. Facing a day without access to television or iPads, many children (the stories report) “have forgotten how to play.”Clearly, these news stories are squishy and anecdotal. Moreover, the stories risk trivializing the pain and loss experienced by families who have been victimized by recent hurricanes. Before veering off to discuss children’s entertainment, I want to make it clear that my heart goes out to all the families that have lost loved ones, or their homes, in these storms. “It’s like coming off drugs” I recently read a news story about frazzled parents with bored children in the wake of Hurricane Maria. When I later looked for a link to the story, I couldn’t find it again.But similar stories have been published for years. For example, in a New York Times article published in 2012, Aimee Lee Ball wrote about children deprived of electricity by tropical storm Sandy. She wrote, “The storm provided a rare glimpse of a life lived offline. It drove some children crazy, while others managed to embrace the experience of a digital slowdown.” A woman named Lauren Handel Zander “likened the first days of the blackout to rehab. ‘It’s like coming off drugs,’ she… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

What the Rise of Blockchain can Teach the Regulatory Environment

first_imgRelated Posts ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block… Brady FletcherManaging Director at TSX Venture Exchange Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Tags:#Blockchain#ICO#Initial Coin Offering Brady Fletcher is the managing director of TSX Venture Exchange, a public venture market. The views provided in this article reflect those of the individual author. This article is not endorsed by TMX Group or its affiliated companies. Why is Bitcoin Soaring? How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Security There’s a lot of speculation around whether blockchain technology will fundamentally transform the regulatory processes and requirements for companies raising money on public markets — but that may not be the best way to frame the conversation. The rise of blockchain can teach the regulatory environment.Certainly, there are aspects of the current regulatory environment that blockchain technology can enhance and make more efficient, but the notion that the existing system is obsolete and should be overhauled is a bit misleading.Capital markets have existed for centuries and have evolved to adopt new technologies as they emerged, giving companies access to the trillions of dollars held globally.How Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) Have Changed the LandscapeInitial coin offerings — where investors and speculators can fund proposed ventures by acquiring cryptocurrency tokens — are the reason many people started paying attention to blockchain’s role in public markets. Because there are certain similarities between buying tokens to fund an ICO and purchasing shares on the stock market, some people have seen the crypto market as presenting a viable alternative model of public investing and trading in a deregulated space. But does the theory pan out in practice? Probably not.In terms of minimum listing requirements, ICOs are the Wild West.There’s virtually no due diligence on whitepapers (documents that outline the specifics of a company’s product and business model). Additionally, allegations of price manipulation of ICO tokens run rampant. Take a look at the case of so-called FOMO coins and pump-and-dump schemes. On top of that, investors may be misled to believe that tokens represent equity ownership versus rights to future business profit.If anything, there should be more regulation in this space so investors can make informed choices before they buy into an ICO.The conversation around public trading and blockchain demonstrates that there’s a sizable portion of new market participants who believe that regulation — in its current form — has become too cumbersome.In this regard, ICOs are not being touted as a disruptive new model that will improve regulation and compliance; they’re simply being chosen as a last resort by individuals disillusioned with the present system.Beyond the Hype Lies a Legitimate ComplaintIn many ways, ICOs have essentially become a way for companies and entrepreneurs to boycott what they perceive to be regulatory excess. It’s a protest movement, and capital markets should try to recognize why people are boycotting and adjust to these new realities — because they do raise some interesting questions.Should disclosure obligations be lighter?When was the last time an investor read 10 pages of risk factors put together by the firm’s legal team? And do we need quarterly financial reporting, or would the latest balance sheet and burn rate be enough? How could blockchain technology automate the dissemination of this information to stakeholders? Furthermore, if investors are willing to lay down tens of millions of dollars based on nebulous ICO proposals, is it necessary for a company to prepare a full-blown prospectus?Changes Are Coming — but They Won’t Be as Big as You ThinkRegardless of how listing regulations could or should be changed, there’s no question that they continue to play a vital role. The various listing processes, company disclosures, and due diligence requirements may seem tedious, even daunting. But these measures are necessary for anyone who wants to sell interests in a business — legally, ethically, and economically.That’s because there’s a good reason why the global equity markets amount to more than $250 trillion while the crypto market is only at $175 billion. The rigor of the listing process means that savvy investors can have confidence in the integrity and authenticity of listed companies. The rigorous listing process is not accurate for ICOs.That said, regulatory bodies aren’t shying away from bringing ICOs and other digital trading into the fold.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently rolled out its Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets, which determines whether a digital asset should be treated as a security under federal law. The way a digital asset is legally handled — under the law — could open the door to publicly listed companies considering security tokens and ICOs as alternative funding structures when they’re looking to raise money for research and development, for instance.Regardless of how commonplace ICOs might become for investors, today’s global equity capital markets aren’t going anywhere.They’ll continue to grow and embrace new technologies. Just think about how they’ve gone from physical trading floors to automated trading of dematerialized, ledger-based securities in a few short years. It’s logical to assume that blockchain-based solutions — such as having investors’ identities prebuilt into a distributed ledger for regulators to query easily — will be adopted in time. But that doesn’t dramatically change the regulatory and listing requirements. It simply makes them more efficient.Potential Benefits of Blockchain Technology Within Public MarketsThere are other inefficiencies that blockchain could address. For instance, the onus is currently on investors to keep track of sources — such as antiquated disclosure mechanisms, news feeds, and company websites — for the most up-to-date information on the securities they hold.Blockchain could be useful in automating this process, making life easier for both investors and regulators. By providing improved access to information on a distributed ledger shared by all stakeholders, it also has the potential to streamline activities such as assigning shareholder proxies and voting on boards.Blockchain could improve regulation is insider reporting, which has traditionally operated on the honor system.Participants are technically required to disclose their activity within a limited time frame through platforms like the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders — or SEDI — but any sort of accountability is limited. A distributed ledger could change this by automatically tracking and validating beneficial ownership and reporting on any insider trading, bringing increased compliance with these regulations.With its transparent reporting and immutable records, some people speculate about the potential for blockchain to streamline Know Your Client requirements, which protect both investors and advisors. However, I don’t believe distributed ledger technology is necessarily the solution for this.If we had an open banking system and privacy laws that permitted firms to talk to each other, for example, then it would be easy to view and verify an investor’s financial information — regardless of whether it was on a distributed ledger. Whether this is feasible (or desirable) is an entirely different debate.What Regulation Looks Like TomorrowFor companies seeking financing or liquidity for existing investors, the global equity capital markets remain the deepest, most liquid pool of capital. As new technologies emerge, we’re bound to see the equity capital markets evolve as they have since their inception, and blockchain is no exception.I expect that blockchain technology will provide new platforms on which these markets can operate — providing transparency, efficiency, and innovation to companies, shareholders, and regulators alike.ICOs may have come on the scene as a deregulated, controversial way for companies to attract investors, but they raise important questions for companies looking for funding and public exchanges alike.While ICOs might be more in line with an Indiegogo campaign than traditional financing, they represent an attractive alternative funding structure that could facilitate early-stage projects and more. On the regulatory side, exchanges and securities regulators should learn from ICOs and why they appeal to companies and investors to ensure that the benefits of listing and accessing the global equity capital markets outweigh the burden of regulation and disclosure.In the shorter term, regulators can look to blockchain technologies for the situations I mentioned before: disseminating information, streamlining proxy management, and tracking insider activity and beneficial ownership. I believe these and other changes will come about as global equity capital markets continue to graduate to more advanced technologies.last_img read more