Head of State, President David Granger has underscored the importance of training media personnel to effectively conduct their duties of keeping the public informed.A section of the gathering at the media brunch hosted on the lawns of State House on SundayHe was at the time delivering brief remarks at the Annual Media Brunch, hosted at State House on Sunday morning.This annual event is aimed at improving the relationship between the media and the State, as well as enhancing relationships within the local media fraternity.The Head of State, in his address just before brunch was served, explained that the media was very important to governance in Guyana, and charged media operatives to stay strict to three principles of professionalism in the execution of their duties.Firstly, the President noted that education was a critical element in succeeding in any line of work, including journalism.“I believe journalists should be trained and should have the expertise and have experience,” he stated.At last year’s media brunch, the President had promised “hard money” to the Guyana Press Association (GPA) to support training of the local media personnel.However, owing to some issues with the GPA, including lacking legal status and irregularities with its bank account, the organisation was unable to receive the funds.But GPA President Neil Marks announced that those issues have been ironed out and the body was now in a position to accept the grant.The President promised to continue to support the GPA, without interference, to conduct media education.“You have my word for it, and I know I don’t break my word,” he stated.On the matter of media education, the Head of State pointed out that journalists have the power to shape public perceptions and in this regard, he encouraged that this power be righteously employed.“In other jurisdictions, you see the danger of false news; you see the danger of the media interfering in the democratic process. That is why it is important that people who are media operatives are trained in the usage of this powerful tool because we can break down Governments and raise up imposters strictly by propagating falsehoods,” he explained.The second pillar is the media workers’ social responsibility and in speaking on this, President Granger urged that the truth always be told. He also encouraged that stories be balanced in order to keep readers well informed.“If media is moulding public opinion, they have to speak the truth,” President Granger stated.The third principle, he said, is that of solidarity.He explained that each member of the media come from a community in which each person exercises influence on each other. He urged that everyone be aware of the power of these influences and urged that they stay positive.
That lap lifted him 0.045 seconds clear of Bottas, who secured his maiden pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this month, and six-tenths beyond third-placed three-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton in the other Mercedes.Championship leader German Sebastian Vettel was fifth for Ferrari behind Dutch teenager Max Verstappen of Red Bull, the four-time champion delivering one dramatic spin as he slithered in pursuit of the pace-setters.Hamilton, on softs, was the early pace-setter before Bottas, on super-softs, took over at the top shortly before the hour mark, but there was precious little serious action from most teams.Bottas’ lap moved him half a second clear until, with 29 minutes remaining, Raikkonen clocked his lap to move a tenth of a second ahead of his compatriot for Ferrari.Frenchman Sebastian Ocon then lost the engine cover on his Force India car, the errant debris forcing a brief red-flagged stoppage before Vettel rejoined the fray without making much impact, other than a major spin at Turn 15, but without damage.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, in the second Red Bull, worked his way up to sixth ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India, Brazilian Felipe Massa and his Williams team-mate rookie Canadian teenager Lance Stroll and Ocon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during a practice session for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, on April 28, 2017 © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVICSOCHI, Russian Federation, Apr 28 – Kimi Raikkonen topped the times for Ferrari ahead of fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes in Friday’s opening free practice for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.The 2007 world champion clocked a best lap of one minute and 36.074 seconds after an hour of a desultory 90-minutes’ action.
Simpson closed with a 68 and a one-over total of 281, one stroke clear of countryman Michael Thompson (67) and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (73).A further stroke back in a five-way tie for fourth place were Americans Jim Furyk (74) David Toms (68), Jason Dufner (70) and John Peterson (70) along with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (68).Simpson was the ninth straight first time winner in the majors and he was the 15th different winner in the last 15, underlining once again the current strength-in-depth of world golf.It was day when birdies were rare and survival was the order of the day as a cold mist and spotty rain drifted in from the adjacent Pacific Ocean to compound the difficulties of the exacting Lake Course layout.Former winners Furyk and McDowell started the day holding the joint lead – the only men to be under par at one-under 209.First blood went to Furyk as he took the solo lead after McDowell bogeyed the third and when the Ulsterman had a second bogey at the fifth, the Ryder Cup stalwart had a two-stroke lead.He missed a 10 footer at the eighth that would have nudged him three strokes ahead and then, in his rear-view mirror, he saw a trio of young American countrymen – Simpson, Thompson and Peterson – making a charge at him.First round leader Thompson set the early clubhouse standard with a 67 for a two-over total of 282 and sat back to watch if anyone could match him.Surprisingly, Furyk started to unwind.He bogeyed the 13th and then flung his club away in disgust after hitting a snap hook off the tee on the par-five 16th.He salvaged a bogey from out of the trees, but up ahead Simpson negotiated a tricky chip from deep greenside rough to save par at the last and that, coupled with the bogey for Furyk, left him one clear.Furyk needed one birdie on the last two holes to force a playoff with McDowell needing to make up two.The Irishman birdied the 17th, sending the final pairing to the final hole with both in search of the birdie they needed.Furyk’s chances evaporated when he plugged his approach shot in a bunker, But McDowell hit to 24 feet above the hole only to see his snaking, downhill putt to get into an 18-hole playoff slip agonisingly past.Waiting nervously in the clubhouse, Simpson hugged his wife when McDowell’s putt slid past and punched his fist in the air as the realisation hit him that he had won the US Open.Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods saw his hopes of a 15th major title, four years after his last US Open win, rapidly crushed as he dropped six strokes in the first six holes.The 36-year-old American eventually came in with a 73 and that, alongside his 75 on Saturday, was his worst weekend score realtive to par in a major, casting fresh doubts over the current state of his game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SAN FRANCISCO, June 18- Webb Simpson of the United States came from four shots back to win the US Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club on Sunday, overtaking a bunch of big names to win his first major title.The 26-year-old from North Carolina, in just his second US Open, battled back from two early bogeys to grab four birdies in five holes from the sixth and then parred his way down the rest of the back nine for a gripping win.
FORT NELSON, B.C. – Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. of Surrey, British Columbia was awarded the contract for remediation work on the Alaska Highway in the area of Peterson Creek.The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced the awarding following what the government says was an open, fair and transparent bidding process.Through the contract, Industra-Liard Construction Ltd. will clean an abandoned portion of the old highway’s route and will remove non-functional infrastructure, such as culverts, road signs, guide rails and bridges that are no longer safe for the public and also prevents passage of fish in a nearby creek.- Advertisement -The project will employ the local labour force and Aboriginal companies as the procurement was done through an Aboriginal set-aside under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business.Public Services and Procurement Canada is committed to maintaining the integrity of its infrastructure to ensure the safety of Canadians.“Through this project, our government is making the Alaska Highway safer for the community while protecting the environment. The contract demonstrates our commitment to working with communities to create jobs and strengthen the local economy,” said Carla Qualtrough Minister of Public Services and Procurement and AccessibilityAdvertisement
1 Thomas Vermaelen Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of selling club captain Thomas Vermaelen.The Belgium international is being linked with a move away as he is no longer seen as an immediate first-choice at the Emirates.Manchester United are reported to be interested in signing the versatile centre-back, who can play at left-back when required.“At the moment he is here. He has a short-term injury,” said Wenger. “But, yes, it’s a possibility that he goes.“If he goes, we have to replace him. I expect him to stay but he he did not play enough games last year.”The 28-year old had an injury-plagued season at Arsenal last year, only appearing 14 times in the Premier League.He joined Arsenal in 2009 from Ajax and made the 2009/2010 PFA team of the year, but he has fallen down the pecking order in recent years, acting as cover for Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
From news services Clint Bowyer was seeded last in the Chase for the championship field. With zero Nextel Cup wins and hardly any laps led, he went off as a 30-to-1 long shot to win the series title. One race into the Chase, Bowyer has turned into a legitimate contender. He raced to the first victory of his Cup career on Sunday by embarrassing the field at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., where he started from the pole and led 222 of 300 laps while beating Jeff Gordon to the finish line by over 6 seconds. Gordon, the four-time series champion, finished second in the Sylvania 300 and was followed by two-time series champion Tony Stewart. Kyle Busch was fourth and followed by Martin Truex Jr., Johnson and Matt Kenseth as Chase drivers took the top seven spots. The Chase opener wasn’t so kind to Carl Edwards (12th), Denny Hamlin (15th), Kevin Harvick (17th), Jeff Burton (18th) and Kurt Busch (25th). Although they were all running at the end, it’s going to take top-10 finishes to decide this championship, and the competition is off to a tremendous headstart. Johnson and Gordon are tied for the points lead, and Stewart is 10 points back. Bowyer moved into fourth place, 15 points out. Kyle Busch jumped four spots to fifth and is 35 points behind. Truex is sixth, 40 points back, and Kenseth is seventh. “We need to run better than that, obviously, to contend for a championship,” said Kenseth, 54 points behind. Edwards dropped four spots to eighth, and Hamlin fell three spots to ninth. Harvick is 10th. Burton 11th and Kurt Busch plummeted seven spots to 12th and is 102 points behind the leaders. “It’s kind of a bummer, but we worked hard to get in this Chase and we’ll still work hard,” said Kurt Busch, who had a motor problem. Belgian Grand Prix Kimi Raikkonen won the event in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, for the third straight time, beating Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa in the first race since Formula One was rocked by a $100 million fine in the sport’s spy scandal. World champion Fernando Alonso took third ahead of McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton after an opening corner duel, reducing the rookie’s lead in the drivers’ standings to two points with three races remaining. With his victory, Raikkonen also maintained an outside chance to win the world title. NHRA Mid-South Nationals Gary Scelzi topped the Funny Car field in the NHRA event in Memphis, Tenn., edging teammate Jack Beckman by 0.0013 seconds in the final. Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly earned his sixth victory of the year. Melanie Troxel won in Top Fuel.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! “Once you get into the Chase, you’ve got to go for broke,” Bowyer said. Bowyer started the Chase as the 12th seed, the only driver in the Chase field without a victory. He’d never finished higher than third before, and had led just 196 laps in his Cup career – 84 this season. But NASCAR’s scoring system rewards consistency, and Bowyer earned his spot in the title hunt with 12 top-10 finishes. Now he’s got that coveted win, and it pushed him up eight spots in the standings to fourth. He trails Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, who are tied for the lead, by just 15 points. “This proves we earned a spot and we’re here for a reason and just so happy to be a part of the Chase,” Bowyer said. “It’s such a neat deal and, hey, this is the Nextel Cup, baby.”
Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin has returned to Marseille on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year-old joined the Magpies in a £12million deal in August 2015, and made 16 appearances, scoring once in the Capital One Cup win over Northampton.Newcastle confirmed the move was not expected to lead to a permanent switch back to the Stade Velodrome.A club statement read: “There is no option for purchase within the deal, so Thauvin will return to Newcastle at the end of the loan.” 1 Florian Thauvin
1 Manchester City and Chelsea target Stephan Lichtsteiner has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to England by extending his contract at Juventus.The 33-year-old Swiss defender was set to leave Turin in the summer after the expiration of his current deal – and a move to the Premier League had been mooted.But, as talkSPORT told you this week, reports in Italy had suggested Lichtsteiner was close to committing his future to the Serie A giants despite interest from England’s top flight.And now Juventus have confirmed that the left wing-back, who arrived from Lazio in 2011, has now penned a contract extension which runs until June 2018. Stephan Lichtsteiner: The 33-year-old Swiss defender was set to leave Turin in the summer
Sergio Aguero scored in his fifth consecutive Premier League game as Manchester City won 3-0 at Southampton.The Argentinian has bagged 11 goals in his last 11 league appearances and he netted the third goal – his 29th of the season – to confirm victory for Pep Guardiola’s men on the south coast.Vincent Kompany scored his first Premier League goal in 608 days before Leroy Sane added another in the second half.This was a potentially tricky assignment ahead of a crunch week for City, with an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal next weekend followed by a midweek Manchester derby.Aguero had two chances to open the scoring in the opening five minutes but failed to convert a Gael Clichy cross at the far post and then pulled his shot across goal. Southampton had barely got out of their own half for the first 15 minutes, but out of nothing they created the best opportunity of the opening period only for Dusan Tadic to blaze over from 15 yards out.City continued bossing possession, but without really threatening, until the 37th minute when Aguero’s deflected cross found David Silva, who hit the side-netting. Sane then danced into the area and was tripped by Fraser Forster, but the Saints goalkeeper had got the faintest of touches to the ball and, much to City’s frustration, referee Neil Swarbrick awarded a corner. After the break Forster got a firmer hand onto a stinging drive from Jesus Navas to palm the ball over the crossbar. However, from the resulting corner, swung in by Silva, Kompany got his head to the ball first and Forster was unable to prevent it bouncing into the net.Then came a milestone moment, of sorts, for much-maligned City keeper Claudio Bravo, who routinely caught a header from Maya Yoshida. Bravo had failed to stop any of the last seven shots on target he had faced, meaning it was in effect the first save he had made since January 2.City, perhaps inspired by Bravo’s heroics, promptly wrapped up the win with two goals in three minutes. First Silva’s through-ball sent De Bruyne through and he squared for Sane to sweep past Forster for his ninth of the season. Then, in the 80th minute, De Bruyne chipped the ball into the Saints six-yard box and Aguero nodded home at the far post to seal an ultimately comfortable, and potentially precious, victory. 1 Sergio Aguero: The striker has been in-form in front of goal in the Premier League
BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Matic one of two players for sale with 'two Premier League clubs' interested Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January West Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 1 Man United transfer news live: Haaland 'wants a change', two players off in January deals Watford have signed Ismaila Sarr LIVE on talkSPORT What every Premier League club's fans dream of this Christmas Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers New job Twitter @WatfordFC OFF Danny Welbeck, Craig Dawson and Tom Dele-Bashiru also signed for Watford during the transfer window.The Senegal international started out with Metz before earning a move to French side Rennes in 2017.He went on to play 77 times for the Ligue 1 club over two seasons and scored 18 goals. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is 'skiving little git' latest targets FAREWELL Watford have broken their club record on Transfer Deadline Day to sign Ismaila Sarr.The 21-year-old winger joined from French club Rennes following months of negotiations between the two clubs. The Hornets announced the deal on Thursday afternoon for a ‘club record fee’.Watford did not announce the exact figure of the transfer but it is believed to be in the region of £30million.Sarr has agreed a five-year contract with the club and is their fourth arrival this summer. Redknapp calls Son 'petulant', but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was 'soft' Sarr has also made 18 appearances for Senegal and appeared for them at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.He made three appearances at the tournament in Russia and played a key role as Senegal reached the final of the AFCON.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS