Valentino Rossi kicks Marc Marquez off his bike in MotoGP scandal

first_img Sport EN MotoGP leader Valentino Rossi will start the last race of the season at the back of the grid after he kicked Marc Marquez off his bike during the Malaysian Grand Prix.  Upd. at 17:00 “He isn’t playing fair. He would prefer Lorenzo to win. He is angry at me for a personal matter.” The Italian Yamaha driver explained: “Unfortunately, I lose a lot of time with Marc. And in turn 14, I tried to go a bit wide to take a better line and make him slow. MotoGP race director Mike Webb said: “It’s irresponsible riding causing a crash and for that we have imposed three penalties points on Rossi.” Rossi also claimed Marquez “rode only to cause me problems”. CETcenter_img “Marquez did not play with both of us [Jorge Lorenzo, also going for the championship], he played only with me.  “He has won his fight, he made me lose the championship.  Watch the kick here: “He came to me and I think he crashed in that moment. His handlebar touched my foot and my foot slipped off, a bike can’t crash only with a touch. 25/10/2015 He finished third but was given three penalty points, later accusing Marquez of “making me lose the championship”. last_img read more

Former Hunter Willie Minoga in for big battle

first_imgThe Hunters are coming off a 4 game winning streak after recording a 28-20 victory over the Mackay Cutters in Round 4 last weekend.Currently situated in 3rd place on the ladder with an impressive 4 win and 1 loss record, the PNG Hunters are a strong physical side who will no doubt prove a handful for the Blackhawks on their home soil.It will be a game to watch as former Hunter Willie Minoga “the Mack Truck” will for the first time set foot on his home soil at the National Football Stadium with his new side the Blackhawks to go up against his former team mates.The Blackhawks have plenty of NRL experience across the park for this weekend, capably lead by Captain Glenn Hall who has 220 NRL games under his belt including Hooker Anthony Mitchell, who has also played 39 games in the NRL for three teams – the Parramatta Eels, Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys plus Other NRL representatives in the Blackhawks lineup include Jahrome Hughes (Gold Coast Titans) and Jonathon Reuben (Sydney Roosters).Though the Blackhawks have NRL experienced players, the Hunters are preparing a team with a strong defensive play for this weekend’s meet despite a few minor changes to be made to the team due to the absence of forward Henry Wan.The Hunters once again have the power to change the match around with the advantage of the home crowd supporters.Hunters weekend team include; PNG Hunters 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Adex Wera 5. William Aquila 6. Watson Boas 7. Wartovo Puara 8. Henry Noki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Ishamel Baikawa 12. Tuvi Lepan 13. Brandy Peter 14. Adam Korave (c) 15. Enock Maki 16. Philimon Kimisive 17. Edward Goma 18. Timothy Lomai 19. Benjamin Hetra and Coach: Michael Marumlast_img read more

Pushing lower-waged foreigners to replace Guyanese workers

first_imgDear Editor,As Guyanese proudly prepared for Emancipation Day 2019, the caretaker Finance Minister heartlessly warned workers that they will be replaced by foreigners willing to work for less. Bewildered, the Guyanese people wondered where the caretaker President is, where the caretaker Prime Minister is, where are the political parties which swear they exist because of the working class. It surely cannot be only Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP who must rebuke Jordan.This week, just before Emancipation Day, the caretaker Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, who never admitted he is a dual citizen, as has been alleged, stated, unapologetically, that he prefers foreign workers who would work for less pay than Guyanese workers. His statement is as outrageous as it is unequivocally reckless. It is utterly despicable and disgraceful. In fact, under normal circumstances, by itself, it is reason enough for a Government Minister to immediately resign or be fired. Except, this Minister was already fired on December 21, 2018, and he is presently squatting in his position.While his statement is shocking, sadly, few Guyanese are shocked, expecting nothing but recklessness from the APNU/AFC and their Ministers. But the dismay is real and nothing can diminish how repugnant Jordan’s posture is. The dismay is compounded and there is genuine shock that the trade unions are still silent. Where is Lincoln Lewis of the Guyana Trades Union Congress? Cat cut his tongue?For a Government to endorse foreigners coming and taking jobs from Guyanese, on the basis that their wages are lower, is disgraceful and unforgivable. The time has long past for the leadership of the APNU/AFC to reject the statement from Jordan. It is now almost a week, total silence. David Granger as the caretaker President and the Leader of the PNC is silent. Moses Nagamootoo, the caretaker Prime Minister, who still has nothing to do, who often boasts he is the champion of the working class, is totally silent. His AFC colleagues are in “la la land”, not a word of rebuke. The WPA, which has disowned Walter Rodney and which has become totally subsumed as a regular PNC group, is busy ensuring they remain in the warm embrace of the PNC, cannot even be bothered.When the Private Sector in Guyana decides to hire foreigners because they can pay them less than Guyanese workers, they have legitimacy since the Government endorses this shameless practice. In fact, the Private Sector has already done so. Many security guards today in Guyana are foreigners. More shameful and totally unacceptable, many of the foreign security guards are employed at Government facilities. These foreigners are not only working as security guards, but they also work in the stores and restaurants and other service entities. They work in the mines and in the forestry sector.What makes this practice unholy and repugnant is that it is happening amidst high unemployment. More than 30,000 people have lost their jobs through closure of businesses, including the closure of four sugar estates, and through the slowing down of the economy which has forced certain businesses to reduce staffing. In addition to lost jobs, the Government has failed to create employment. Now unemployment among the Guyanese workers is skyrocketing because available jobs are being taken by foreigners, just because they can be paid less, and the Government, if we are to accept Jordan’s pronouncement, is jumping for joy.It is the height of irresponsibility and Jordan and the APNU/AFC must not escape the people’s wrath. It is behaviour and attitude like this which caused the APNU/AFC to lose the no-confidence vote in Parliament on December 21, 2018. That was not an accident, no fluke, it was the reflection of the loss of confidence among the majority of the Guyanese people. David Granger and the APNU/AFC know this. It is the reason they are so morbidly afraid of the election which was due on March 21 and which is again due on September 18. They will do everything within their deceitful best to avoid the elections. What is most egregious is they still insist on their reckless behaviour, hoping to buy votes by handouts and hoping to use some of the foreign workers to vote for them, illegally of course.While this practice began with jobs like sales persons, security guards, restaurant workers, mining and forestry workers, home workers, in the farms, etc, it is only a matter of time before these workers flood the country competing for other jobs, such as teachers, nurses, in the oil and gas industry etc. This must give us pause because we must now develop a cohesive policy to guide the influx of people from other countries into Guyana. It is not that Guyana cannot accommodate others. Guyana can benefit from an increase in population. But clear policies must guide the influx. When the only rationale is it is better to pay foreigners cheaper, it is a clueless way forward, it is reckless, it is even criminal.Guyanese workers are still the lowest-paid workers in Caricom, outside of Haiti. Now we have a Government which promotes as sound economic sense for foreigners to compete with Guyanese workers by offering their services cheaper. What is unforgiveable is that the APNU/AFC took the reins of Government on the backs of Guyanese workers who they promised dramatic wage and salary increases and significant improvement in other benefits. Guyanese sugar workers, after four years, have received not a cent in wage increases and they have lost significant associated benefits. The public servants are no better off and, after four years, they are still told their increases are coming. Weeks after the APNU/AFC became the Government, they increased their own salaries and benefits between 50 and more than 100 per cent. At the time, they told public servants the Cabinet had to take their own increases first because it will make them more competent and less corrupt and the public servants must be patient and await their turn. Now, workers are told foreigners will take their jobs for less pay.They are utterly shameless in telling the Guyanese workers their jobs are in jeopardy because foreigners are welcomed to come take those jobs if they are willing to work for less. It is high time we punish the APNU/AFC by voting them out. But these shameful people have decided they will not permit any election to fire them.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

2 more witnesses testify

first_imgLinden fatal stabbingThe Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the death of Leolyn Sullivan, a resident of Phase 1B Wisroc, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Beribce), on January 18, 2016, continued before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Sullivan was allegedly stabbed to death by her reputed husband Clarence Carter.Dead: Leolyn SullivanThe defendant is representing himself in the case. Two witnesses, who were also the couple’s neighbours, were called by the prosecution and the first witness, Melinda Isaacs Moore, testified that on the day in question, she was awakened by the sounds of crying and loud banging on her door and upon checking, she realised it was the daughter of the deceased who began to relate what was happening with her parents.After venturing outside, Moore said she observed the deceased lying at the back of her yard covered in blood and she tried to keep her awake by calling out her name. She was subsequently rushed to hospital. The witness was crossed-examined by the accused.The second witness who was called on Wednesday, another neighbour of the deceased, Husbert Johnson, testified that on the day in question he was awoken by his wife and as he got out of bed and onto his front patio, he heard someone screaming for help.He said he then observed the deceased’s daughter, Saskia Lewis, in his neighbour’s yard. Johnson told the court that he jumped off his patio and rushed to the child’s aid. He related to the court his role in assisting the now dead woman to hospital.The case will continue on January 11.last_img read more

Liverpool FA Cup semi XI: With and without Gerrard – which would you pick?

first_img1 Is Steven Gerrard in line for a start for The Reds? Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will have the choice to start Steven Gerrard in the FA Cup semi-final clash against Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday.The Reds skipper returns from a three-match ban for a stamp on Manchester United’s Ander Herrera, but has only played 27 minutes for the Reds since 10 February.For Liverpool news, views and videos check out Talk Liverpool on FacebookThis lack of football may influence Rodgers’ selection, but a chance to play such a seasoned campaigner in a big match, where experience could prove vital, is a tempting proposition.Aston Villa have been tricky opposition for Liverpool in recent times, with the Reds winning five of the last 10 games between the two.Villa head into the game in a good run of form, losing just twice in their last seven games since the beginning of March – a record matched by Liverpool.The return of Gerrard is a boost for Rodgers, but he may be unable to call on the services of Daniel Sturridge once again with the striker struggling for fitness.THE INCREDIBLE LIVERPOOL MANAGERS RECORD THAT RODGERS IS HOPING TO EXTENDWembley may also come too soon for Adam Lallana and Mamadou Sakho, but Mario Balotelli and Martin Skrtel will be available for selection.The temptation to start Gerrard will be there for the Liverpool manager, but what are the alternatives?talkSPORT takes a look at potential line ups with and without Gerrard. Which team would you pick? With Gerrard:Without Gerrard:GoalkeeperThis position effectively picks itself for Rodgers, with Simon Mignolet having been the preferred choice in goal for several months.The Belgian is finally starting to show his true talents in the Liverpool shirt and his command of his area is improving game on game.What will be interesting is whether Rodgers will choose to bring in a more established goalkeeper to the club next season to challenge Mignolet for that green jersey.DefenceWith Mamadou Sakho unavailable for selection, Dejan Lovren will more than likely come in to form a back three alongside Martin Skrtel and Emre Can.Lovren has had a stuttering first season with The Reds since his £20m move from Southampton in the summer, but he may now be able to show his true qualities in the final few games of the season with the opportunity to start more games due to injuries. MidfieldThe choice of who to play in midfield will prove the biggest selection headache for Brendan Rodgers.Club captain Steven Gerrard is back in contention to start the game and may be the experience the team needs in such an important encounter in the club’s season.The talismanic midfielder has won this competition twice, alongside three Football League Cups, a UEFA Champions League Cup, a UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and one Community Shield.Despite this, it is expected that Rodgers will keep faith in the midfield that has done so well since January.Liverpool have lost just two games in the Premier League since the turn of the year and are just four points off a Champions League spot.A lot of this has to do with the form of midfielders such as Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho, who has been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.The speed at which these two operate, alongside Joe Allen and the defensive capabilities of Lucas, proves too much to handle for many midfields and will be what Rodgers will want in what is set to be a contested area of the pitch at the weekend.Glen Johnson and Alberto Moreno could fill the wing-back roles, with Jordan Ibe cup-tied.AttackWith Daniel Sturridge set to miss the game through injury and Mario Balotelli unlikely to start, Rodgers will more than likely start Sterling as the lone striker.The 20-year-old has been in the papers for all the wrong reasons of late, first for reportedly turning down a £100,000-a-week contact and then for being pictured inhaling laughing gas and smoking a shisha pipe.But his form on the pitch appeared to be unaffected against Newcastle, capping off a fine display with a goal.Sterling has 12 goals this season in all competitions and has been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award – a season that any attacking midfielder would be proud of.But he will have to prove several critics wrong in the final few games of the season and a match-winning performance at Wembley would prove a perfect remedy to the situation.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Live stream England v Russia in Group B on talkSPORT

first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM ENGLAND V RUSSIA LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 20:00BST.England get their Euro 2016 campaign underway on Saturday evening, taking on Russia at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.The Three Lions are considered favourites to top Group B, and Roy Hodgson will be hoping to break England’s dreadful run of form in European Championship opening matches.They have never won their first game in the competition, but Leonid Slutsky’s team provide a very beatable opponent.A number of injury issues have disrupted Russia’s preparations for the Euros, and the CSKA Moscow boss is being forced to field a heavily weakened team.This is just the third time the two countries have faced off, having first clashed in qualifying for Euro 2008.Both teams claimed a home victory – England won 3-0, before Russia won 2-1 – and it was Sbornaya who emerged from the group along with Croatia – leaving Steve McClaren’s men missing out on the tournament.Team NewsEngland: Hodgson has no injury worries ahead of the game, England having come through training with all players proving their fitness.Harry Kane has been named upfront, with Wayne Rooney captaining the side from midfield. Kyle Walker has been given the nod at right-back ahead of Nathaniel Clyne, with Spurs teammate Danny Rose on the left side of defence.Confirmed line-up: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Alli, Dier, Rooney; Sterling, Kane, LallanaRussia: Along with the players Slutsky has lost in the run up to the tournament, it is expected that he will be without Denis Glushakov and Dmitri Torbinski for the clash with England. Artem Dzyuba – who scored 23 goals for Zenit this season – leads the line for the Russians.Confirmed line-up: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, V.Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Neustadter, Golovin; Kokorin, Shatov, Smolov; DzyubaLIVE ON TALKSPORT: ENGLAND V RUSSIA COMMENTARY FROM MARSEILLE, KICK-OFF 20:00BST 1 The Three Lions get their Euro 2016 campaign underway against Leonid Slutsky’s Russia last_img read more

Inflation signs

first_imgWASHINGTON – The national economy is smoothly motoring into the second quarter, although a yellow flag signals a warning on inflation. Factories have cranked up activity, builders have boosted construction spending to a record high and consumers have opened their pocketbooks ever wider, according to a trio of economic reports Monday that suggested that the economy possessed strong momentum. But inflation picked up, too. “Households and corporations are still very active and are creating economic momentum, which is tremendously encouraging news for the economy,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. “The only dark cloud comes from the news on prices, which are going up.” In a second report, the Commerce Department said total construction spending in March climbed to $1.199 trillion, on an annualized basis, surpassing the previous record high set in February. That marked a 0.9 percent increase. Private builders ramped up spending on a variety of projects in March, including residential construction and factories. The government also spent more on big public-works projects, including power plants. “The construction engine was firing on all cylinders,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist of The Associated General Contractors of America. In another report from the department, consumer spending rose 0.6 percent in March, an improvement from February’s 0.2 percent increase. Consumer spending plays a key role in shaping overall economic activity. Incomes, the fuel for future spending, advanced 0.8 percent in March. That was up from a 0.3 percent increase in February and was the largest gain since September. Income includes government payments as well as wages. Payments from the new Medicare prescription drug plan had the effect of helping to boost overall income in March. Wages, meanwhile, grew by a moderate 0.4 percent for the second month in a row. The spending and income figures are not adjusted for inflation. When adjusted for inflation, consumer spending looked more subdued, rising by 0.2 percent in both February and March. An inflation gauge tied to the consumer report revealed inflation accelerated. The measure showed that prices – excluding energy and food – went up 0.3 percent in March, compared with a tiny 0.1 percent increase in February. Over the past 12 months, these “core” prices rose by 2 percent – considered the upper boundary of the Fed’s comfort zone for inflation. The inflation reading didn’t include the big run-up in oil prices seen two weeks ago. At that time, oil prices topped $75 a barrel, a record high. Prices have retreated a bit since then. To fend off inflation, the Fed is expected to boost a key interest rate to 5 percent at its May 10 meeting. After May, some economists believe the Fed will move to the sidelines for a while to assess how its rate increases are affecting economic activity. Others, however, predict that the Fed will be forced to push up its key rate to 5.50 percent in the months ahead to prevent inflation from taking off. Thus far, the economy is zipping ahead despite rising interest rates and energy prices.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA report from the Institute for Supply Management showed manufacturing activity grew briskly in April. The group’s manufacturing index jumped to 57.3 in April, from 55.2 in March, for the strongest showing in six months. The report also showed prices are rising not only for energy but also for other commodities, such as aluminum and copper. “The indicators of prices … are beginning to point more clearly toward inflation pressures,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at RBS Greenwich Capital. Moreover, the sinking value of the U.S. dollar – which fell to a seven-month low against the Japanese yen – also raises some inflation concerns. A weaker dollar can increase the prices of imported goods flowing into the United States. That in turn can give U.S. companies more leeway to boost their own prices. On Wall Street, stocks finished lower. The Dow Jones industrials lost 23.85 points. last_img read more

Aberdeen unhappy with League Cup semi-final scheduling and venue

first_imgAberdeen have expressed their displeasure over arrangements for next month’s Scottish League Cup semi-final against Greenock Morton.The Dons will face the Scottish Championship side at Hampden Park on Saturday, October 22, with kick-off scheduled for 12.15pm at the national stadium.A statement published by Aberdeen states the club’s opposition to both the scheduling and the venue of the final four tie.“Our stated preference was that the game took place at a more reasonable time on the Saturday at a venue that would ensure a capacity attendance,” the statement read.  “It is from an attendance perspective very regrettable that the game kicks off at 12.15pm which is a major disadvantage to our fantastic travelling support in particular for games such as these.”Aberdeen accept that Hampden Park was chosen as the venue for the match on the basis of the crowd the club will bring, but went on to detail the “very negative impact” the arrangements will have on the fixture.“We accept that the majority of our supporters would have had to travel for at least a couple of hours to attend this fixture at any suitable venue,” it continued, “but are disappointed as we feel that this outcome has a very negative impact on what should be a great day out and experience for all supporters.”last_img read more

Meebo: Web-based IM Is Bigger Than You Think

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market rick turoczy 1 When people gather, conversations are bound to happen. And while people may be gathering and chatting in Web-based IM interfaces like GTalk, Facebook Chat, and MySpace Chat, that user base is relatively insignificant compared to the untold millions of others who live and breathe in online communities outside those walled gardens. Meebo, the leading “IM in the browser” play, realizes this. And with Community IM, they’re hoping to capitalize on it, by incorporating XMPP/Jabber IM into any Web-based community. If early numbers are any indication, they’re going to be wildly successful.Meebo Community IM was announced in July of this year with a select group of partners that included PopSugar, Tagged, Pixo, Addicting Games, The Insider (CBS), DanceJam, Flixter, MyYearbook and SparkArt. Today, Meebo announced that they’ve added at least 11 more partners to that network, which is still under development.So how many users could that long-tail of communities garner for Meebo? Based on comScore Media Metrix, Meebo estimates the potential size of the partner network to have an unduplicated global reach of 72.9 million with more than 26 million of those users in the US.Slated to launch this fall, the movie site Flixster will be the first out of the gates on the platform.And that’s just the beginning. With the types of communities Meebo is targeting, there’s a great deal more room to grow once the service is launched to the public:“If you have an online community with over 20K daily users, Meebo can add IM to your website. Users will be able to chat with other community members as well as buddies outside your network, directly from your site.”Perhaps even more impressive is Meebo’s foresight to build its solution on an open foundation. Running on a XMPP/Jabber backbone, Meebo Community IM will be able to connect directly with other popular IM networks. AIM, MSN, Google Talk, and Yahoo! will all be available options. What’s more, XMPP will enable them to federate relationships across the various partners, so that a user from one community will be able to communicate with users on another community.Needless to say, the combination of the extensible technology and the sheer volume of online communities that could choose to adopt this solution translate into a great deal of potential for Meebo.It’s no wonder Meebo’s valuation sits north of $200 million.All in all, Meebo is projecting huge numbers, already. And the estimates of the potential could get astronomical. But, it’s also evident that a yet-to-be-launched solution can be met with any amount of skepticism. So where does that put us? Rest assured, this isn’t the first time Meebo has been saddled with “it can’t be done.” After more than three years of proving their detractors wrong, we remain convinced that Meebo is going to succeed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Messaging Services#web last_img read more

Interview and Interrogation Training: Developing a Behavioral Norm

first_imgIn this week’s WZ / IAI interview and interrogation training tip, Dave Thompson, CFI provides for us the importance of establishing a baseline or behavioral norm of the subject. As we know, behavior is displayed in a variety of ways and could be different based on the person, the context and other immeasurable variables. If an interviewer is attempting to analyze behavior to detect truth, deception, anxiety or other emotions it is imperative that they first establish a behavioral norm. If behavior changes over the course of the interview, especially during times of stress, you can identify that the person may be deceptive or uncomfortable with what you’re talking about. Behavioral cues will be relative to the respective individual, and will vary based off the content of the conversation.Every loss prevention investigator should continuously strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.- Sponsor – By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Security, Asset Protection, Human Resources, Auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, please visit or for additional information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more