Three to join Hunters team in 2017 season

first_imgBension Lapun of Warako Storms, Junior Low of Joyce Bay Roosters and Goratove Ori of Sabama raiders were the three players selected.Chairman of the Moresby South Rugby Football League Brian Murema yesterday commended the players on their achievement and urged that Moresby South League has continued to produce a number of players to the National and through to international level.“As the Chairman, on behalf of Moresby South Rugby Football League, I would like to congratulate our three players for making it into Hunters train-on squad,” Murema said.“This is an honour that the achievement is credited to the individuals, the local clubs and the competition as a whole,” Murema added.The three have succeeded  from their performance in the 2016 grand final into the train-on squad for Hunters in  2017 season.last_img read more

Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron’s plans

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding By that time, the Cavs, still stinging from a Finals sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, hope to have chosen a player that makes them more appealing to the three-time champion, who is mulling whether to leave them — and his Northeast Ohio home — for the second time in his career.Anything seems possible at this point. James and his representatives have kept an air-tight lid on their plans.The Cavs, too, have been secretive while general manager Koby Altman prepares for his first draft by consulting with his staff on what to do with the No. 8 overall pick, the one they received last summer in the seismic trade that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.It’s quite a quandary for Cleveland, and James isn’t helping the Cavs by keeping them in suspense.It’s also possible that James hasn’t made up his mind.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Walker might not be enough to keep James here, but he would give the Cavs a new star to build around.James has remained off social media since the playoffs began in April, and his self-imposed blackout has continued since the Finals ended.He’s been quiet, but there’s no doubt he’s watching.Every move.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Federer stretches winning streak on grass to 17 in Halle Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Following Game 4 in the Finals, James said he’ll factor in his family’s well-being along with his thirst to win more titles into a decision that once again has Cleveland edgy.“I still want to be in championship mode,” he said. “I think I’ve shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.”And while there are numerous unknowns, there is one indisputable fact: the Cavs must upgrade their roster to have any chance of keeping James and continuing a relationship that was resurrected in 2014.After yielding to Irving’s request and trading him, the Cavs spent all last season trying to replace him. They never came close, and without a dependable second scoring option or a guard, James was forced to shoulder a heavier load than ever. He succeeded in getting to his eighth straight Finals, but was then overmatched by the deeper Warriors.To remain viable contenders and keep James happy and healthy, the Cavs must address their backcourt issue this summer, either in the draft, through free agency or a trade.With this year’s draft top loaded with quality big men, there’s a strong possibility the Cavs will have their pick of one of the elite guards, perhaps Oklahoma’s Trae Young or Alabama’s Collin Sexton — two players James has praised in the past.Young was college basketball’s most electrifying player last season, averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists even while teams designed defenses specifically to stop him. James kept an eye on the 6-foot-2 scoring phenom from afar and is intrigued by not only his ability to break down teams but his unselfishness.Young could be gone by the time the Cavs are on the clock, but Sexton would be a nice backup plan. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman and showed he’s got a big-game gene, carrying the Crimson Tide on a run in the SEC tournament that secured the school’s first NCAA berth since 2012.Sexton worked out for the Cavs at their training facility and owner Dan Gilbert referred to the 19-year-old as “a very interesting draft prospect” on Twitter.There’s also a chance that Cleveland could select a guard to use to entice a major trade. The Cavs have long been interested in Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships. 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(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James won’t be picking any players during Thursday’s NBA draft.At least not directly.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

ALJA: Minister Nagbe and Others Must Resign or be Dismissed

first_imgThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says the recent elections of the Ministers of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, and Labor, Nato Lighe, Sr. as well as other political appointees in the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration to senior posts within the ruling Unity Party (UP), constitute a flagrant violation of the Liberian government’s Code of Conduct, according to a release signed by ALJA president Moses Sandy.The Association said the elevation of Ministers Nagbe and Neto, as well as Director Bangole, to high profile positions in the UP would pose serious conflict of interest for them in the execution of their statutory duties in government. ALJA wondered what will be the disposition of Minister Nagbe, who is the Liberian Government Chief Spokesman, and his peers when confronted with critical national matters that hinge on the interests of the government and the UP as well as opposition political parties.ALJA maintains that the elections of these government officials to positions in UP undermine the principle of good governance and universal best practices. The Association in a press release issued on July 24 called on President Sirleaf to swiftly correct the political blunder. Ministers Nagbe and Lighe were recently elected UP Secretary General and Deputy Vice Chairman respectively. The MICAT boss and the other party executives were elected at the recently held convention in Gbarnga, Bong County. During the Convention, the General Services Agency (GSA), Deputy Director for Administration, Cole Bangole, was also voted Vice Chairman for Inter-Party and NEC Affairs. ALJA called on President Sirleaf to muster the political will to request the three senior public officials to immediately resign from their elected posts within the ruling party, or be dismissed from government because their recent elections contravene Section 5.1(A) of the nation’s Code of Conduct, which regulates the activities of political appointees in government. Section 5.1(A) of the Code of Conduct states “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not: (a) engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of partisan or political activities; (c) serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.” The Code of Conduct was legislated and passed into law in 2014. The law which seeks to control and minimize malfeasance in Liberia’s public sector, was signed by President Johnson-Sirleaf.Article 90(c) of the Liberian Constitution states, “The Legislature shall, in pursuance of the above provision, prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees, stipulating the acts which constitute conflict of interest or are against public policy, and the penalties for violation thereof.”ALJA described as inconceivable President Sirleaf’s decision to sit by and allow her government officials to proceed with the gross violation of the law she helped create, during the UP convention in Gbarngba. The President is the principal signatory of the Code of Conduct. The Association said Minister Nagbe’s ascendency to the position of Secretary General would create a serious credibility problem for the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration during the 2017 electoral period if the situation is not promptly revisited by the President. The Association said 2017 would be a critical era in Liberia’s quest for a peaceful and stable society; and the administration must exert every effort to curtail acts such as the UP’s recent gross violation of the Code of Conduct. Meanwhile, ALJA is urging the concerned public officials and all political appointees in the Liberian government to avoid tendencies that are contrary to peaceful coexistence in Liberia. ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. The Association was founded in 1998 and it seeks to foster peace and unity among its members. ALJA is also dedicated to the advancement of press freedom through media development and training, and the principle of good Governance in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more