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Photo supplied The New Zealand based former World Heavyweight title holder first became a Digicel brand ambassador in 2016 and today he has renewed his deal.Parker, during the signing said he was excited to extend the partnership with Digicel and he’s looking forward to another year of boxing.“I am excited to be partnering with Digicel again after a great journey together for the last two years. I am ready to push my game to the next level and hope to inspire young Samoans to work hard, believe and reach their personal goals. I still feel that I still have a lot to gain, I see the same approach in the Digicel brand, which dynamically works hard to conquer 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific.”Digicel Samoa Chief Customer Officer, Deepak Khanna said,” Parker is a Samoan icon and we are proud to be partners with Team Parker and together we will aim high. We are excited to be associated with Parker and are thrilled to see him continue to be part of the Digicel family as brand ambassador. Parker has been a great brand ambassador and we are looking forward to working together for another term.” “Parker is undoubtedly the most famous Samoan sportsperson and boasts a huge following, he inspires many young Samoans to dream big without limitations and aspire to be the best in whatever they do. This is in line with the spirit Digicel has served its valued customers in Samoa over the past years. Recently, Digicel introduced 4G+ network and created history by being first to connect to the Tui Samoa cable to provide the fastest internet experience for its customers and connect Samoans to the world. Digicel has also been active in supporting various grassroots community activities of great causes that matter to Samoa.”
“I’m always concerned about any injury, because you never know how bad it’s going to be, so we’ll just wait and see and keep our fingers crossed,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said afterwards.The Warriors, who have already booked their place in the playoffs at the top of the Western Conference with a 50-10 record, eventually lost the game 112-108.It was an unhappy homecoming of sorts for Durant, the 2014 NBA MVP who grew up near Washington in Maryland and who had been courted by the Wizards during his free agency last year before choosing to join the Warriors.That snub clearly still rankled with some Washington fans on Tuesday, who subjected Durant to boos during the introduction and whenever he touched the ball during his fleeting appearance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident “It has been determined that Durant suffered a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain and a tibial bone bruise,” the Warriors said following a scan. “He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. There is no timetable for his return but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDurant left Tuesday’s game at the Verizon Center early in the first period after Pachulia fell backwards onto his legs after a foul by Washington’s Martin Gortat.Durant, 28, was left in obvious discomfort following the collision and cut a dejected figure as he limped away towards the locker room. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis scores 33, leads Pelicans over Pistons Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions (FILES) This file photo taken on November 4, 2016 shows Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors as he drives to the hoop under pressure from Larry nance Jr (L) and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA game in Los Angeles, California.Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said March 1, 2017. Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia./ AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWNGolden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said Wednesday.Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES
The Ministry of Labor has instituted stringent measures aimed at protecting employers and employees at workplaces across the country.According to a statement issued by the entity’s Director of Communications J. Kortu Nyandibo, quoting Minister Neto Z. Lighe, the new guidelines, named; ‘Regulation 19’ is intended to “facilitate the speedy and expeditious disposition of all Labor actions filed before it.”The move is to afford the Ministry the opportunity to quickly arrest labor related matters, arising from workplaces.“Pursuant to Section 34.2(a) of the Executive Law which empowers and authorizes the Ministry to regulate and set guidelines for the protection of the rights of both employees and employers in the country, and in conformity with Section 4302 (3) of Chapter 42 of the Labor Practices Law of Liberia, the ministry announces the regulation setting forth the timing and duration of labor hearings,” Lighe declared.Providing details about the new rules, the Labor boss said Section 1 of Regulation 19 specifies and mandates that “all Labor hearings at the Ministry of Labor shall be concluded in a minimum of two months and the maximum of six months.’’“All hearing officers are mandated in the spirit of speedy and expeditious disposition of Labor actions or disputes, to declare null and void, all cases pending before the Ministry of Labor and which the parties litigant and/or their counsels have failed to proceed or continue after 120 days, for abandonment and failure to proceed.“Section 2 also assures that this mandate is in keeping with Article II Section 9 of Appendix No. 3 of the Labor Law and Labor Practices Law of Liberia,” he said.According to Lighe, pronouncement of this regulation becomes imperative owing to the increased number of protracted cases on the docket of hearing officers at the Division of Labor Standards. It therefore is deemed expedient to guide against undue delays in handling labor disputes.It is in the same spirit and intent of speedy and timely investigation of labor cases that the question of default judgment was raised and regulated in several labor related laws introduced by the government of Liberia, said Lighe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The GAWU, through a usually reliable source, has learnt that Uitvlugt Estate during 2018 expended well over a million dollars on meals provided to visitors to the estate. Those visitors, we understand, are mainly personnel from the corporation’s head office. It, therefore, would mean that over 1000 meals would have been prepared last year, assuming that a meal costs $1000. If that is the case, it would mean that the estate had about three visitors every day of the year. This is incredible and incredulous at the same time.If the information that has reached the Union’s hands is indeed accurate then it is cause for great concern regarding the administration of the industry’s finances. At this time, as the workers well know, the corporation has relied on the excuse of lack of finance to deny, over and over, justifiable requests for improvements in working conditions and benefits.GAWU, on several occasions, has expressed concern about the management of the industry’s finances. Previously, we pointed to the hefty sums going to what the corporation deems it’s Key Managerial Personnel. On this matter, we noted, from the most recent data available, that sums going to this group of the State-owned enterprise’s top-echelon almost doubled between 2015 and 2016. We know too that the industry invested $61 million into its seed paddy project at Wales but realised only $9 million in income, in other words, it realised a loss of $52 million. It also came to our attention that the corporation spent nearly $58 million on a feasibility study for aquaculture and not one fish was harvested. With such expenditure seemingly becoming a feature of the corporation, it was not surprising when we saw that the corporation’s head office cost rose from 9 per cent of total costs in 2017 to over 14 per cent of total costs at the end of September 2018.This sort of expenditure is coming at the same time that the corporation is telling the public that it needs investment in the fields and factories. Moreover, we see such expenditures taking place when the industry’s workers, whom the corporation describes as its most important assets, being denied a pay rise since 2015 and have had several important benefits suspended and ignored.To say that the Union is disheartened by the most recent revelation is to say the least. Undoubtedly, at this time, when workers are having a most difficult time to make ends meet it is upsetting that such disturbing news is coming to light.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU
Loud wails could be heard emanating from Court 11 of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after City Magistrate Annette Singh handed down on 20-year-old Micheal Aaron of Albouystown, Georgetown a three-year jail sentence and a fine of $30,000 for possession of narcotics.The charge Aaron faced stated that on May 31, 2017 at James and Hunter Streets, Albouystown, he was found in possession of 47 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the Prosecution’s case, ranks on patrol duty observed Aaron sitting at a shop acting suspiciously. As the Policemen approached him, he reportedly attempted to hide a black plastic bag in the chair in which he was sitting. The ranks found the bag, and upon examination, the narcotic was found. The defendant was then told of the offence, and was arrested and charged.Defence attorney Glasford Brenden pleaded that the drug was never found on the person of his client, but Police Prosecutor Gillian Simmons was able to prove that the drug indeed belonged to Aaron.In handing down sentence, Magistrate Singh noted that the evidence presented by the Prosecution was sufficient to prove that Aaron was guilty as charged.Aaron’s mother also was very dismayed at the verdict, and burst into tears, wailing as her son was being led out of the courtroom.
As such, they currently lead the standings, sitting just one point clear of their weekend opposition, who are second.At the heart of their form has been striker Jamie Vardy, who last weekend equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in 10 successive matches.The England international, though, has a slight hip problem, but is expected to feature against United as he looks to break that record.Matty James is Leicester’s only injury absentee and has yet to feature this season due to his long-term knee injury.The Red Devils are also in good form, having lost just two of their last 10 games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last five encounters.Despite their good run, some supporters have been upset with United’s performances of late, but Louis van Gaal insists he is satisfied with what he’s seen from his side.Phil Jones (ankle) and Ander Herrera (hamstring) are both ruled out of action this week, while Michael Carrick is also unlikely to feature.Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia remain long-term absentees with their respective injuries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newcastle United’s midfielder Vurnon Anita (L) vies with Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy during the English Premier League football match at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England, on November 21, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLEICESTER, November 28- Leicester City will be looking to continue their good run of form when they welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.The Foxes are unbeaten in their last six Premier League outings, while they have lost just one game all season.
1 West Ham’s efforts to boost their attacking prowess have suffered a major blow with the news transfer target Alessandro Matri is set to join Genoa.The Hammers are keen to appease their fans with a new attacking brand of football after manager Sam Allardyce came in for heavy criticism for what Upton Park regulars saw as a defensive style.Matri was seen as a player that could help boost Allardyce’s bid to improve the way his team plays.AC Milan paid Juventus around £9m for the 29-year-old last summer but he has failed to settle at the San Siro and spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, where he scored 4 goals in 15 Serie A appearances.But Milan are not yet ready to give up on Matri so they are sending him on loan to Genoa for a season to see how he performs.Genoa have agreed to pay a chunk of Matri’s wages as he tries to recapture the promising form he showed at Cagliari during the early stages of his career. Alessandro Matri
Fights on the pitchKoeman chuckles at the mention of arrogance – that infamous charge against Dutch footballers. Yet he knows all is not perfect there. “In Holland, it’s really a different level of football,” he says on the difference between managing in Holland, Spain and England. “In the past couple of years, we lost a lot of quality young players. They go abroad fast to play, and the competition is not any more at that level.“Spain is different, because you need to deal much more with the press and every day the newspapers. I find the Premier League really very comfortable – nice and quiet! Because they expect you have training sessions: no public.“Whereas in Holland – at Feyenoord, for example, they say always: ‘We are a supporters’ club and fans need to attend training sessions.’ But that makes it difficult, because if something happens it’s straight [to public knowledge].“If we have a fight on the pitch here, you will not know – if the players don’t talk, you will not know about it. It’s between the players. But in Holland, it gets in the press and everybody has his opinion. That makes it difficult.”Koeman has an unguarded manner and it’s easy to imagine how [as has been reported], he could have told a Belgian newspaper that free-scoring Romelu Lukaku might need to leave Everton to fulfil his ultimate potential.Such words can hardly have been music to Toffees fans’ ears. But perhaps Koeman is just telling an ambitious footballer what he needs to hear right now; the same way Sir Alex Ferguson eked an extra season out of Cristiano Ronaldo, or how Liverpool kept Luis Suarez in fine form for a year after he looked to be agitating for a move. That’s to say: making a player aware they won’t necessarily be stopped from a future move, so long as they keep producing the goods for their current employers.Certainly Koeman thinks as deeply about player relations as he does tactics. Asked about the most important lesson he has learned in his managerial career so far, he responds: “You need experience to get the best out of yourself, because you learn from mistakes. As you are starting as a manager, you are really focused more about exercises in training – but you learn also about the character of players.“Some need [mimes a pat on the back], others need you to be a little more critical. Because you need to manage 24 players. It’s not about 11 players – you have 13 more and you get things on the table that you did not expect.” Foreign influence“At that time in Barcelona, you were allowed only to have four foreign players in the team,” says Koeman on the challenges of a manager then and now.“Only three foreign players were allowed to start and the fourth was on the bench. When you changed a foreign player, then the foreign [substitute] player can play.“Now, for example at Everton, we have 10 different cultures and different nations. At that time, most of the Barcelona squad was Spanish; we had four foreign players. I was Dutch, [Michael] Laudrup Danish, [Hristo] Stoichkov Bulgarian and Romario Brazilian. The rest were Spanish. And now? We have maybe eight English players and the rest is international. You miss a little bit identity in culture – but that’s okay. It’s 2016 – it’s not 1985 or 1989.”Koeman spreads his hands. If that reads like a complaint in writing, it’s not how he expresses it. As a man who has managed in four countries [Holland, Portugal, Spain and England], he feels at home in a diverse environment. Yet when asked why his own nation of 17 million people produces so many quality coaches, he’s quick to point out the challenges English managers face.“In Holland, much more than in the Premier League, we give chances to young managers or to those who are starting. Like Frank de Boer in Ajax in that time [2010 to 2016], Phillip Cocu at PSV and Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Feyenoord. Maybe, after one or two years of being assistant, they got the chance as manager.“In the Premier League, you don’t see many young managers – Eddie Howe of Bournemouth is maybe an exception. The rest are older, the rest are foreign. And we in Holland… maybe I don’t know if we are arrogant, but we think it’s better to have a Dutch coach than a foreign coach!” Ronald Koeman: Read the Everton managers latest interview with Sport magazine 5 Dutch revolution“He had a big impact,” says Koeman of Cruyff.“First of all for the club, because he changed the way of playing. It was really [before him] Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes – more a 4-4-2 system. Cruyff changed it a little bit to the Dutch system, to play out of three strikers. We signed a lot of players and finally, the club was winning trophies.“They had lost always titles against Madrid. From the 1990s, it changed totally. We won the title four times in a row in Spain. After Johan Cruyff, more Dutch and Spanish coaches did a great job at Barcelona, but he was really the man to change the way of playing. And, in a personal way, he was my best coach.”We’re talking to Koeman at the launch of a campaign called Kick It With Help, designed to encourage people to seek expert advice to quit smoking. Modern football can throw up some odd partnerships of this type [Exhibit A: Ashley Young shooting down alien spaceships in a sci-fi film trailer], but this is something that clearly resonates with Koeman.“Everybody knows it’s not good for you – of course, Johan Cruyff was smoking,” he recalls, the smile on his face briefly vanishing.“After the heart surgery, he stopped smoking and he did a campaign in Spain. As his replacement, to do this in England, it’s good.”Cruyff had double heart bypass surgery in 1991, famously traded in cigarettes for lollipops and took part in a series of antismoking adverts that featured the line: “Football has given me everything in life, tobacco almost took it all away.”His death in March hit many of his explayers hard, Koeman included. Of all that he learned from Cruyff, what stands out?“Detail in football,” Koeman replies.“He was the best in the world in his time in football. Sometimes it was difficult, because he was always two steps or more in front. We’d thought about the next step and he was already on the fourth step! But it was really nice to work with him. A great time.”Another man who would go on to be a progressive manager was also around Koeman at Barcelona. Pep Guardiola came through the youth ranks at the club, and Cruyff decided that he and Koeman should room together on away days.“He was really interested in football, tactical-wise,” reflects Koeman on the teenage Guardiola.“He was asking me a lot of questions about Ajax, about the way of playing. He was really that type of player that you expect can be a coach one day, because he didn’t [just] think about how he played or what he can do better – but how the whole team could be better.” 5 5 5 This article is from the current edition of our sister print publication Sport magazine, the brilliant free weekly mag packed full of must-read content. Follow Sport on Twitter here, like them on their Facebook page or download the FREE iPad app here to see the full issue.It’s a boy’s own story; real Ron of the Rovers stuff. Drilling a free-kick through an onrushing wall into the net in extra-time to win a European Cup final at Wembley. That moment was nearly 25 years ago, Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over Sampdoria, and that player was Dutch defender Ronald Koeman.For a dead-ball specialist so feared that his shot had its own nickname [‘The Dutch Sledgehammer’], it was the culmination of years of graft.“I spent a lot of hours outside of the training sessions, by myself, to practice free-kicks,” he tells Sport at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground.“That’s important – and it’s good to do. If you tell somebody you need to run more, it’s not [always] what you like. But really: free-kicks, cornerkicks, ball exercises – that’s nice.”A smile plays on Koeman’s face, still boyish even at 53, as he recalls the “one and a half million people on the street” who greeted the team in Barcelona. It was the most prominent goal of an incredible haul of 239 that the defender scored in 685 club games, because it resulted in Barcelona’s first European Cup [the competition would be rebranded as the Champions League the following season]. It was also the first time any Spanish club had lifted the jug-eared trophy since 1966.Then-Barca manager Johan Cruyff was the man who plucked Koeman from Dutch football, and built a team around his ability to dictate a passing game from the back. 5 Saints to ToffeesKoeman spent 17 years learning his trade at various clubs before he arrived at Southampton in 2014, but the Premier League is suiting him. He led Southampton to a best-ever Premier League finish of sixth in 2015/16, so it surprised some that he chose to leave for Everton last summer. It’s historically a bigger club, but one that finished a full 16 points behind the Saints last season.With billionaire co-owner Farhad Moshiri ready to invest in the club, however, Koeman is looking long-term.“I signed for three seasons,” he says evenly.“We want to be in Europe, of course. But it’s all about what we will change. We have the money, we have the possibilities to be stronger – and my job is to find out what is the best for next season.“Of course, we like to successful very soon, but we know we are on the way and it takes time – and that’s a little bit difficult sometimes. It’s a long-term project, but we know in football, you don’t have time. You have to move quickly.”On the topic of an improvement project, plenty of attention has been given to Koeman’s early treatment of gifted 22-yearold Ross Barkley. He left Barkley out of October’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, but his tough love – calling on Barkley to raise his standards – is shot through with an admiration for the midfielder’s talents.“First, he needs to work hard to improve as a football player,” says Koeman on what Barkley needs to do to become the player Everton and England fans hope he can be.“And maybe the boy is feeling too much pressure, because he’s a kid of the club. He was always the best in the academy – and now he finds it more difficult.“He’s still young, he has a lot of qualities. But he’s not anymore the ‘talent’ player. Sometimes we like to go too fast – sometimes you need to be more patient.”With that, Koeman offers a handshake and a wink goodbye. Ross Barkley might be feeling his gaffer’s stick right now, but this is a manager who’s looked greatness in the eye. Barkley can have few better mentors than a man who’s learned from the best.Pfizer’s Kick It With Help campaign emphasises the importance of expert help in quitting smoking. Visit the Quit with Help website, quitwithhelp.co.uk, to locate a local stop smoking service. Find out more – and see Ronald Koeman’s free-kick advice here