PNG started strongly taking a 6-0 lead at half time.Touch downs went to Margret Luke, Marlon Stevens, Kele Lessy and Grace Kouba.PNG continued their dominance in the second half of play with touch downs scored that included Pauline Arazi and Jenny Carol.Cook Islands only managed one touchdown to Cahjun Willis.In other games, Tonga beat Kiribati 10-5.PNG will play again at 12pm once the draws are finalized.The medal play offs are scheduled for this afternoon.
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The interior of the Wismar Post Office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) was torched in the wee hours of Thursday morning following a foiled robbery.This publication understands that after bandits had forced their way into the Post Office at about 04:00h, they encountered difficulties in accessing monies from a safe which was believed to contain monies to pay old age pension.The safe, however, withstood the attempts, and it is believed that the bandits then set the building alight. Pensioners who turned up to receive their old age pension on Thursday were unable to access payments since the post office had since beenWismar Post Officeclosed.Pensioners were however advised to access the service at the Mackenzie Post Office across the river. Police have since launched an investigation into the incident. ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Anthony Vanderhyden, said Police and the Fire Service responded after being alerted about the incident.“At four hours this morning (Thursday), we got a call that smoke was emanating from the Wismar Post Office. As a result of this, Police responded along with the other entities, which is the Fire Service, responded. The (fire) was extinguished by the Fire Service, and investigators from the Wismar station detectives are in the process of doing the investigative work,” Vanderhyden said.While the gate to the Post Office compound has since been locked, prohibiting access, this publication understands that the entire interior of the bottom flat has been destroyed, and all the documents, computers and furniture were completely burnt or water damaged.Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian and officials of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), who visited the scene later on Thursday morning, indicated that emergency works will be facilitated to the building.“On my way to work this morning, I was notified of what seemed to be a break-in and attempt to burn down the building… We from the Regional Democratic Council, I just brought over an engineer who will assist the Post Office Corporation in terms of preparing a bill of quantity, description of works, and we will get it to the Guyana Post Office Corporation. What we’re looking for is to get this post office and the services it renders to the community up and running in the shortest possible time,” Morian said.The Regional Chairman added that there needs to be a paradigm shift as it relates to security at the entity.“There are other institutions in the area that deal with money, that don’t have break-ins. The post Office Corporation now needs to move to have security huts. It’s too much a vital service in the community for every time persons doing things to bring this service down. We depend on the service that the Post office renders to the community. So, my thing now is that the administration of the Guyana Post Office Corporation needs now to change the paradigm. You need grilling mesh and cameras, plus we need to have security guards placed within the institution,” the Regional Chairman said. Meanwhile, he noted that Councillors within the Welfare Committee have also committed to ensuring that pensioners get access to their pension, and would assist with transportation where needed. Member of the Regional Welfare Department Denise Belgrave said the incident is unfortunate, as she pointed out that more than once the location has been a target. She said this will adversely affect senior citizens who were looking forward to receiving their pension.A pensioner who spoke with media operatives has also expressed concern over security at the Post Office.Seventy-year-old Thomas Tudor said the Post Office is prone to break-and-entry, since it lacks security. “I am deeply upset”, Tudor said. The Wismar Post Office is no stranger to robbery, and has been robbed by bandits several times in the past.
Three men in their 20s were sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison for prolific tagging in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys – causing more than $500,000 worth of damage. The trio, nabbed by sheriff’s detectives, agreed to plead guilty to felony charges. “Just think of every soundwall on the 405 Freeway from the 5 to LAX – that’s the entire San Fernando Valley. Sixteen months in prison, I think, was a gift for the amount of damage they’ve done,” said Santa Clarita sheriff’s Detective Bob Schneider, who helped track the men down. Schneider teamed with Palmdale Detective Greg Bruner for a two-month investigation that culminated in the men’s arrests in mid-March. The Palmdale-based crew is responsible for more than 5,000 separate instances of tagging, Schneider said. The 30-count case, heard in Antelope Valley Superior Court, included charges for possession of firearms and drugs. Joseph Mendoza, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He was convicted in 2002 of trafficking in cocaine. Joshua Calderon, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for sale, and Daniel Lozano, 25, pleaded guilty to felony vandalism. While the three liberally spray-painted their crew name and monikers – tagging crew nicknames – each was charged only with tagging his own moniker. They are due in court June 13 for a restitution hearing, when a judge will determine the amounts to be paid to their victims. The district attorney has asked that Mendoza pay $57,500; Calderon, $77,212; and Lozano, $90,048. If the men do not make good on the criminal fines the charges could convert to civil fines. “If it converts to a civil judgment, then their wages could be docked and their assets could be attached,” said Antelope Valley Deputy District Attorney Maureen Green. The crew’s tagging marked freight trains, billboards, cement freeway divider rails, underpasses, overpasses and soundwalls in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys and Kern County. Damages in Palmdale exceeded $400,000 and millions more throughout Southern California. In Santa Clarita their markings on bus benches and shelters, business walls and billboards cost more than $40,000 to delete. Overall, graffiti removal cost Santa Clarita a half-million dollars last year, and with the proliferation of tagging, investigators predict costs will rise in 2007. The city’s graffiti hotline receives about 500 calls a month. Los Angeles County has lowered the bar on felony convictions for graffiti vandalism from $5,000 to $1,000 in damages. Bruner said the crew had been vandalizing surfaces in the Antelope Valley for about five years before venturing into the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. In Culver City and downtown Los Angeles they tagged billboards, businesses and rooftops, often defacing tall structures visible by passing motorists on the freeway. The detectives confiscated an array of spray tips imported from Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
And neither of the San Siro giants disappointed on their way to going joint top of the table with Juventus, Napoli, Chievo, Sampdoria and Roma also sitting on three points following opening day victories.Icardi bore the brunt of the blame for much of Inter’s disastrous campaign last season, which left them in seventh and out of Europe.But at a packed San Siro and under the watchful eyes of new Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, the Argentina international made amends with a confident first-half brace that included a sixth-minute penalty after he was caught by Fiorentina defender Davide Astori on the edge of the area.Icardi doubled Inter’s lead when he glanced a header past ‘keeper Marco Sportiello on the quarter hour as the hosts took command.“They gave it everything for each other and really went out to win this game,” said Spalletti, who was awed by the sight of 50,000 fans having spent two seasons at a sparsely-attended Stadio Olimpico with Roma.Milan’s midfielder Franck Kessie (R) celebrates with teammate Mateo Musacchio after scoring on August 20 2017 at the Ezio Scida Stadium © AFP / CARLO HERMANN“Even when we arrived on the team bus it was packed. This is a strong signal (from the fans), and one the players have to assimilate.”What was already a daunting task for Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli, unceremoniously sacked by Inter with three games to play last season, looked now impossible.Fiorentina emerged revived for what proved to be a tighter second half, notably coming close with Khouma Babacar on the hour then Jordan Veretout, who hit the post in the 78th minute.But Inter put the match beyond reach when Ivan Perisic dived to meet Joao Mario’s cross to head past Sportiello.AC Milan also enjoyed a 3-0 win over Crotone who maintained top flight survival by a hair’s breadth last season.Federico Ceccherini saw red for bringing down Milan youngster Patrick Cutrone and Kessie, who signed from Atalanta in the summer, stepped up to hit his maiden Rossoneri goal from the penalty spot on six minutes.Teenager striker Cutrone, who has been linked with a loan move to Crotone, doubled the visitors’ lead on 18 minutes with a glancing header from Suso’s incisive cross that beat Alex Cordaz at his near post.Cutrone repaid the favour by setting up Suso for a third on 23 minutes.Juventus, the six-time consecutive champions, had led the way on Saturday firing three unanswered goals past Cagliari in Turin. Napoli, who won 3-1 at Verona also on Saturday, sit fourth.Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella hit a goal in either half in a 2-1 win over league newcomers Benevento.Fellow promoted side SPAL, back in Serie A after 49 years, held on to earn a point at Lazio, while at Udinese former Milan midfielder Valter Birsa hit a 54th minute winner as Chievo stunned the northerners 2-1.Former Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov capped his Roma debut with a clever first-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win for last season’s runners-up at Atalanta.Roma, who finished only four points behind Juventus last term, gave Eusebio Di Francesco his maiden win as coach, the former Sassuolo handler having tasted title success with the Giallorossi as a player in 2001.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Inter Milan’s forward Mauro Icardi (L) celebrates after scoring a penalty kick on August 20, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Aug 21 – Inter captain Mauro Icardi hit a brace and Ivorian Franck Kessie opened his AC Milan account as the northern giants matched Juventus’s winning start to the Serie A season with respective 3-0 victories on Sunday.Left in the shade by Juventus for the past six seasons, both Inter and Milan are hoping to turn the tables and challenge for the scudetto on their way to claiming one of four Champions League places.
Michael Brown Michael Brown has been appointed Port Vale’s permanent manager, the club have announced.Brown, 40, took over as caretaker boss in December following the resignation of Bruno Ribeiro, but failed to save the club from relegation to League Two.The Valiants have also named David Kelly and Chris Morgan as assistant managers and Darren Wrack as chief scout.“Port Vale Football Club are pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Michael Brown as first-team manager with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement on their official website.Sunday’s goalless draw at Fleetwood sealed Vale’s relegation to the fourth tier and the announcement comes a day after Norman Smurthwaite quit as chairman and apologised to fans for decisions which had “seriously damaged our club.”Vale chief executive Colin Garlick said: “The appointment of a manager is in my opinion the single most important decision that a club ever makes.“We believe that it is important for us, at this time, to confirm Michael’s appointment along with his backroom staff to allow them the maximum time to prepare for the new season.“I very much look forward to continuing to work with Michael and his staff as we look to prepare for the challenge ahead.”Former Sheffield United, Tottenham and Leeds midfielder Brown joined Vale as a player on a one-year contract in July 2014 and was also appointed reserve-team coach.He was made assistant manager when Ribeiro was appointed manager in June last year and was placed in temporary charge the following December when the latter resigned. 1
1 Manchester United have agreed a fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku, the Old Trafford club has announced.The Belgian striker will now undergo a medical and, subject to personal terms, will join Jose Mourinho’s squad.The Red Devils are understood to have struck a deal worth an initial £75million with the Merseysiders.The 24-year-old scored 25 goals in the Premier League last season for the Toffees.A statement on United’s website read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku.“A further announcement will be made in due course.”Lukaku has also been the subject of interest from former club Chelsea. Reports on Friday night suggested the Blues had matched United’s bid for the Belgian frontman, but the Premier League champions appear to have been pipped to the post. News that a £75m transfer had been agreed for the in-demand striker broke on Thursday morning but senior Everton sources rebuffed the claims.Now it appears a matter of when, not if, Lukaku will swap Goodison Park for pastures new in a deal that is reported to be worth around £100m in total.United are due to fly to California on Sunday to start their pre-season tour against the Los Angeles Galaxy the following weekend and Lukaku, who has been on holiday on the west coast of America, is staying in the United States for the time being.Lukaku has been holidaying with United midfielder Paul Pogba and early on Friday morning the Red Devils’ £89million world-record signing posted an Instagram story of the pair training together in Los Angeles.And, following the confirmation of the news, Pogba posted a comment on his official Instagram page welcoming his close friend to Old Trafford: Romelu Lukaku
david sobotta IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Apple#Intel#Mac#Mac Pro#PowerPC#supercomputers Apple has started running ads in theaters and on YouTube for the Mac Pro—a product that it preannounced in June. We now know it will come out this fall, according to the message that the clip closes with.Is that too late, both for this model—and for the Mac Pro line? Could we be seeing the last gasp of Apple’s high-end desktop computers?“A Bicycle For The Mind”For years—at least it was true when I worked there—Apple’s standard pitch was that Mac users were more productive because your computer did not get in the way of getting your work done. People bought Macintosh computers because of what you could do with them—the famous “bicycle for the mind.”Apple has become a lot more consumer-oriented after Steve Jobs came back to Apple and promised to never preannounce a product that was not ready to ship. (So much for that, with the Mac Pro’s all-steak, no-sizzle reveal at the Worldwide Developer Conference—and the months-long wait that followed.) An Idea Whose Time Has PassedSupercomputers on the desktop no longer drive Apple margins. iPhones and iPads are now the cash cow—and it seems like Apple is going low-end even in those categories to compete.I’d argue that having a fast, powerful, top-of-the-line computer is still relevant to an important and vocal subset of Apple’s users. Arguably, putting a small amount of Apple’s R&D towards pleasing them could pay off across the board. In many cases, Apple has done a smart job of taking technologies from the Mac to the iPhone and back again. Today’s supercomputer will be tomorrow’s smartphone.Unfortunately, Tim Cook’s team appears to believe the “idea” of the product is more important than the product itself.The only good reason to announce a new version of a product that has had no significant form-factor update in 10 years and still doesn’t have a ship date suggests that what matters here is Apple getting to talk about the Mac Pro—not customers actually getting their hands on one.For a company which now has a taste of self-doubt unlike in the days of Steve Jobs, “selling an idea” offers some advantages beyond the hope that this might help Apple regain its innovation mantle and help raise the stock price.One advantage is you can get some great free feedback from customers and industry experts without actually having to get your hands dirty with customer advisory councils which Apple jettisoned years ago.The second reason to preannounce is that you can gauge the market impact and interest in the product. That is probably important if you are going to the trouble of selling a product that can be mistaken for a fancy office trash can.Reason number three for letting the Mac Pro out of the bag before it is even built is that you can figure out how high you can price the device.Probably the biggest benefit for Apple is the hope of a customer frenzy developing before the product is released. However, that begs the question of how many customers remain for a product like the Mac Pro? Yesterday’s SupercomputerThere aren’t many people out there outside the video-editing or simulations world who really need the power of a Mac Pro on the desktop. I think Apple gave up on marketing desktop supercomputers when they moved from PowerPC chips to putting cookie-cutter Intel inside. Today’s Mac Pro would have been a supercomputer—in 2003. Nowadays, it doesn’t come close to ranking. Computing power has moved to the cloud.(Full disclosure: My still-functioning dual G5 system was purchased in December 2004. I paid $1,795 for it, but because it doesn’t have Intel chips, it’s stuck on OSX 10.3.9.)And highly produced videos aside, the Mac Pro won’t look great once you have a bunch of cables dangling out of it. My first reaction to the new Mac Pro was that it reminded me of the sub-woofer component on the 20th Anniversary Mac.So Why Buy?Half in jest, I can only conclude that Apple hopes its remaining Mac Pro customers have oniomania, “a passion or insane desire to buy things.” Given that Apple uses mostly industry-standard components in its PC line, and isn’t adding Pro-friendly features to its operating system, which is taking on more and more aspects of the simplified interface of its iPhones and iPads, oniomania might be the new Apple marketing strategy for professional customers.Here’s the ad. You tell me if Apple is appealing to anything besides oniomania here: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday accused the Congress government of “misusing” the Special Investigation Team probing the 2015 Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents to “settle political scores”.“In the light of this brazen politicisation by the Congress government, we demand that the probe be handed over either to a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or to an independent investigating agency. Only then can a fair probe be conducted into these incidents,” Mr. Badal said in a statement. He said the real motive of the State government was to weaken the Akali Dal and Sikh institutions, something that the Congress has been “conspiring unsuccessfully to do for a very long time”. Mr. Badal alleged that Akali leader Mantar Singh Brar was being harassed by the SIT under “political instructions”.“Mantar was only an MLA at that time  and had no role whatsoever in the matter. The Congress party’s game plan to implicate the Akali leadership in the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan [police firing] incidents was clear from the beginning. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar had held the Akalis responsible for both the incidents even before any inquiry was instituted into the cases,” said Mr. Badal.‘SIT party tool’ “The SIT has become a tool of the Congress party to indulge in vendetta politics. Its officers are openly being directed by the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues to implicate the Akali leaders in the tragic firing incidents. Only a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or an independent investigating agency can bring the truth out,” added Mr. Badal.