PNG rugby league set for games on the world stage

first_imgRugby league in Papua New Guinea has achieved a significant boost with the number of international matches involving the Kumuls set to rise significantly over the next few years.The PNG delegation to the recent Rugby League International Federation meeting in Sydney also pushed for a much larger slice of the action at the 2017 World Cup.Instead of staging just one or two matches, they want hosting rights for a complete group.Brad Tassell, the Chief Executive of the PNG Rugby Football League, told Pacific Beat the RLIF is also very keen for PNG to host a pool.”We put a really strong case in regards to it which is still being assessed but we’re pretty confident we will get the nod to do that with all the development that’s happening particularly the rugby league programs and all the facilities up here,” he said.”I think there is a real groundswell of support – at the meeting we had delegates from all around the world and they’ve heard a lot of things about what’s happening in Papua New Guinea, the rejuvenation on the game, everyone knew about the PNG Hunters as well from around the world.”So there’s a real focus on Papua New Guinea at the moment and being a nation of seven million people and having rugby league as a national sport, its vital that PNG are strong on the international scene.”The PNG delegation also called for the revival of the Pacific Cup as a four-nation, biannual event between PNG, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. PNG wants to host the first tournament in the off-season in October next year .”We need to get up regular international games between the Pacific nations,” Mr Tassell said.”It’s after the end of the NRL season, the end of the Queensland Cup season when players will be available and we’ll be expecting the release of those players to compete in that tournament.”PNG also wants the go ahead for a one-off international this year and Mr Tassell said it would be against either Samoa or Italy on October 19.Mr Tassell says the RLIF meeting was vital for Pacific nations to impress on the world body that they need to play regular test matches.It’s proposed that in the year when the Pacific Cup isn’t played, Pacific nations would hold a test series – PNG versus Fiji and Samoa versus Tonga.”We need to play more test matches, we need to give our players more international exposure and that’s the only way that we’re going to improve,” he said.Women’s soccer misses out on moneyMeanwhile, the vice-president of the Papua New Guinea Football Association, Linda Wonuhali, has criticised the PNG government for failing to come to the aid of the Women’s National League.The competition has been cancelled for 2014 after the FA failed to find a new sponsor.It’s a blow for the women’s game in the run-up to the Pacific Games in Port Moresby next year, where PNG will be the defending champions.While the government’s focus is on rugby league, Ms Wonuhali argues that soccer has far greater potential on the international stage.She told Pacific Beat that they will battle on, with or without the government’s assistance.”It does not discourage us – in August, we have the girls under 15 (team) that is leaving for the Youth Olympics in China and then we are hosting the Four Nations Cup so that will keep us fit and also these are internationally-recognised games that we are participating for this year – we’re not going to give up,” she said.Ms Wonuhali says she’s very disappointed that there’s significant sponsorship for the men’s game and sports like rugby league get government funding as well but women’s soccer misses out on government help.”I am very, very upset. To me, honestly, if you are looking at performance based on money, I think soccer is doing much, much better than rugby but even the men’s competition in soccer does not seem to get a lot of support from the government.”It is really frustrating to see that the government is not fair in contributing to other sports.”Everyone of us are playing the same game here trying to promote sports and have our young people stay out of trouble.” – Radio Australialast_img read more

US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The fourth round begins, with the most anticipated matchup being reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Muguruza is seeded No. 3; Kvitova is No. 13. They are among the most powerful hitters in the game today. For Kvitova, this is her toughest matchup since returning to action at the French Open following surgery on her left hand as a result of an attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. “I would be happy (to) see a top-10 player, finally. That’s means I’m kind of deep in the tournament, finally,” Kvitova said. “It’s nice to play someone who won a Grand Slam this year. I’m really looking forward (to) the big stage and (to) that match.” Another past Wimbledon champion, No. 9 Venus Williams, is also in Ashe, playing Carla Suarez Navarro in the afternoon. In men’s play, the revelation of the tournament, 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov, takes on the highest-seeded man left in the bottom half of the draw, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta.SUNDAY’S FORECASTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Rain. High of 73 degrees (23 Celsius).SATURDAY’S WEATHERcenter_img Rain in the evening. High of 66 degrees (19 Celsius).SATURDAY’S RESULTSMen’s third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Roger Federer beat No. 31 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5; No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat No. 30 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; No. 9 David Goffin beat No. 18 Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-1, retired; No. 24 Juan Martin Del Potro beat No. 11 Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; Aleksandr Dolgopolov beat Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0, 6-4; Andrey Rublev beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber beat John Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Women’s third round: No. 1 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5; No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe beat No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Daria Kasatkina beat No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2; No. 15 Madison Keys beat No. 17 Elena Vesnina 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Jennifer Brady beat Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3); Lucie Safarova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2; Kaia Kanepi beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.STAT OF THE DAYADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 16 — Unforced errors by Roger Federer in his victory; he averaged 62 in his first two matches.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Maybe ‘The Real Housewives’ will want to play tennis one day.” — CoCo Vandweghe, the 20th-seeded American, who says she likes to watch reality TV shows. Knights, Lions relish unlikely team-up in NCAA All-Star Game LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, waves to fans after beating Caroline Garcia, of France, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APA quick look at the U.S. Open :LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAYADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Decent Work Bill Dangles

first_imgThe Decent Work Bill is arguably becoming the most controversial Bill within the Chambers of the 53rd Legislature.In terms of duration in the House, it is only second to the Code of Conduct, which goes as far back as 2009 with the Decent Work Bill being introduced in 2010.Besides suffering several setbacks either by the makings of the various committees mandated to scrutinize it and advice the two Houses on what decisions to take, or the Plenary of the two Houses differing discussions, the fate of the Bill is still dangling on an unbalanced political sword waiting for another conference committee to decide on a final resting place.Tuesday, May 6, the Senate received a communication from the House of Representatives, informing that body that it has endorsed the recommendations of the conference committee on Decent Work Bill 2010 to set a minimum wage.“By directive, the Honorable House of Representatives in session have mandated me to inform the Honorable House of Senate that it has endorsed the recommendation of the conference committee on Decent Work Bill 2010 to set a minimum wage bill articulated in the attached addendum. The Bill was deliberated and passed into the full force of the law on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the hour 1449 GMT during its regular session…”According to communication from the House of Representatives under the signature of Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon, the addendum to the minimum wage as passed by the House of Representatives and Senate Conference Committee, the minimum wage for skilled professional employee was put at US$0.75 hour, amounting to US$6 per day and US$156 a month.Domestic or unskilled employee minimum wage was agreed at US$0.40 per hour; US$4 per day, and US$104 a month.The committee said the function and duty of the National Wage Board is to review wages after every two years.But the Senate’s immediate reaction Tuesday as propounded by Maryland County Senator John Ballout, was that the Senate received firstly the document, discuss it the next session and decide whether there was a need for another conference committee. “I am begging this plenary indulgence that we allow all Senators to receive what has been read; may be it may not necessarily amount for conference committee, but in the event it does, so be it.”In its final decision, the plenary agreed for another conference committee with the mandate that Senate maintains its original decision as passed on Thursday, September 10, 2013, during the 59th day sitting of the 2nd Session. The Senate at that sitting last year concurred with the joint conference committee of both the Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Decent Work Bill with a minimum wage at US$75 cents an hour and US$6 a day, without amendment.Meanwhile, the leadership of the Senate after few minutes of consultation Tuesday, set up a six-man committee that includes Senators Joseph Nagbe, Frederick Cherue, Sumo Kupee, Isaac Nyenabo, Geraldine Doe-Sherif and John Ballout; with the spelt out mandate to go to the House of Representatives and negotiate the terms that the Senate passed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rayad Emrit says Sohail Tanvir makes his job so much easier

first_imgThe Guyana Amazon Warriors have come close to winning the Hero Caribbean Premier League, but they have never got over the line, having been losing finalists in 2013, 2014, and 2016.Flashback! Hero CPL 2017: Rayad Emrit and Sohail Tanvir having a chatIn 2017, they finished in third place despite a poor start to the tournament. Rayad Emrit, the man that stepped into the captaincy when Martin Guptill returned home for family reasons, felt that they did well to make the play-offs.“I thought having to win the last five games to qualify to the knockout stages; I think we came up pretty well. We didn’t get the start that we wanted, I thought if we had gotten a couple of wins where it came down close in the last over – we had a couple of games coming down to the last over that we needed eight runs and we didn’t go through the line. I think if we had those victories it would have been a different season, but all in all I thought it was pretty decent coming down to the back end of the tournament.”Looking forward to the 2018 season, Emrit thinks that the additions that they made to their squad at the draft mean that they can get close this year as well. “We always there to win the trophy. I think the hunger is still there; to be honest it’s just that we haven’t been finishing well, and coming down to the back end of the tournament where we need to finish well, that’s where we don’t.“It’s a bit different this year, we have Shoaib Malik who has the wealth of experience, with him coming in to the team, especially with the batting, he knows how to win games and hopefully he can do that for us. We have a decent bowling attack. Rashid Khan isn’t there, but Imran Tahir is there as well as Sohail Tanvir. so I think we’re covered pretty OK.”The Amazon Warriors had three of the top five wicket-takers at the 2017 tournament, with Emrit himself finishing third on the list with 15 victims. The man with the most wickets was Tanvir, who has been retained by the Guyanese team for 2018. Emrit says having Tanvir bowling at the other end makes his job easier.“Tanvir knows how to swing the new ball; a lot of guys don’t swing the new ball in the Caribbean. On his day, when he starts swinging it, he causes a lot of trouble for the opponents. He started to swing the ball later on in the tournament and that’s where we got our momentum. If he can do that from the start, definitely he’ll be a handful again.“It’s easy when he does the job; it’s easier for the other guys at the end, even though it’s going to be a lot of pressure on us to maintain the pressure. It’s always easy having a bowler like that at the other end. He’s been brilliant and as I said, if he can do the job again for us, it’ll make the other bowlers’ job a lot easier.” Emrit ended.last_img read more

Block Parent meeting runs at 6:30 tonight

first_imgThe Block Parent program has been inactive in B.C. since about 2005, though it continues across much of the country. The program is a network of homes that offer a safe space if someone is being bullied, is injured or lost, or caught in severe weather on the streets.Anyone can be a Block Parent, although an extensive criminal record check is required, along with a meeting between volunteers and the local board running the program.To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560394967543974. Fledgling efforts to kick start the Block Parent program back into action in Fort St. John will begin with an inaugural meeting tonight.The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Futures building on 101 Avenue across from the post office.“I’m hoping for more than at least 10 people,” said Valerie Coe, who is leading the efforts.- Advertisement -Coe said the meeting is a chance for people to come and register to be a Block Parent, and apply to join the group’s board of directors.“We can’t do anything without a board,” Coe said.Coe needs four people to dedicate themselves to board positions to oversee the program across the city, and needs dozens more to hang the familiar red and white signs in their windows.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sunderland win appeal against Brown red card

first_img1 Wes Brown Wes Brown’s controversial red card during Sunderland’s defeat to Manchester United has been rescinded by a Football Association panel.The defender was sent off by referee Roger East at Old Trafford in the second half of Saturday’s Premier League clash after he was ruled to have fouled Radamel Falcao in the penalty box.Television replays, however, showed that teammate John O’Shea had been the man to impede the Colombian.Referees’ body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) released a statement after the match insisting it was not a case of mistaken identity and that East did in fact mean to send Brown off.East believed he saw contact from O’Shea and Brown on Falcao and sent off the latter as, in his view, Brown’s foul had been the crucial one, the statement said.However, an independent regulatory commission convened by the FA cleared Brown of any wrongdoing and he is free from suspension.The 35-year-old will now be available for Sunderland’s trip to Hull City on Tuesday night.A statement posted on the FA’s official website read: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Wes Brown.“The Sunderland defender was dismissed in the game against Manchester United on Saturday 28 February 2015 for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.“Therefore, his one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”last_img read more

Canoga Park collision claims one life, second man listed as critical

first_imgA 19-year-old Woodland Hills man died this afternoon after his car collided with a utility pole in Canoga Park, fire officials said. His passenger, also a 19-year-old from Woodland Hills, was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center and was listed in critical condition, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Another vehicle, an SUV, was involved in the collision at 3:31 p.m. at Shoup Avenue and Vanowen Street, Humphrey said. The driver of the SUV, a woman, was uninjured as was the child who was with her, Humphrey said. Details of the crash are still under investigation, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic division. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings-Daily News For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

MANCHESTER CITY (DONEGAL) SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING

first_imgThe next meeting of the Donegal Branch of the Manchester City Supporters Club will be held on Monday 16th January 2012 at 7.30pm in Bonners Bar, Ballybofey. This is the same night as City’s Premier League fixture against Wigan, and it will be shown live in Bonners immediately after the meeting. Anyone looking to book tickets for games in February or March can request them at this meeting. MANCHESTER CITY (DONEGAL) SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING was last modified: January 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Man City Donegal Supporters Clublast_img read more

Juventus to wrap up deal for Emre Can after Liverpool exit confirmed

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Liverpool FC News RANKED How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Can has been tipped to join Italian champions Juventus since January.Now he is poised to wrap up his switch to Serie A, with a medical pencilled in for this weekend in Turin.He is understood to have already agreed personal terms with Juve and is expected to be officially unveiled by the club within the next seven days.Liverpool signed Can in 2014 in a £9.75million deal from Bayer Leverkusen and he went on to make 166 appearances across all competitions for the club, scoring 14 goals.Jurgen Klopp has already brought in a replacement for the 24-year-old, with a £40million deal for Brazilian midfielder Fabinho completed last month. smart causal possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware predicted Emre Can is finally set to complete his long-awaited move to Juventus this week.The German midfielder turned down the offer of a new contract at Liverpool and will officially depart the Premier League club when his current deal expires on June 30. REVEALED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Emre Can spent five years at Liverpool Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injurylast_img read more

THOUSANDS TRAVEL TO MONAGHAN AS DONEGAL PREPARE TO SLAY TYRONE

first_imgThousands of GAA supporters will travel to Monaghan today hoping Donegal can overcome their last hurdle to reach an Ulster Final.Managerial legend Mickey Harte and his experienced Tyrone side will be hoping to stop Jim McGuinness and his young guns from marching on.Cars will be filled with diesel, flasks will be filled with tea and fans will be filled with optimism as all roads lead to Clones. More than 10,000 Donegal fans are expected to make the two hour journey with warm temperatures forecast for the day.Whatever the weather, the atmosphere at Clones is expected to be red hot with many suggesting Donegal have what it takes to topple Tyrone.Throw-in for the big game is at 3.30pm and for those not travelling it will be broadcast live on BBC 2.Many commentators are tipping Donegal to cause an upset and take the mantle from Donegal. However Donegal manager Jim McGuinness says he knows the size of the task ahead of him and his players.“Tyrone have been the team to beat in Ulster for the past decade and this weekend’s game is no different.“We will know how far we have come after Sunday’s game. We are taking nothing for granted.“We are concentrating on our own game and playing to the best of our ability. If we can do that then we stand a good chance.“But the one thing we are not doing is underestimating this Tyrone team. That would be a fatal mistake,” he said. And despite their success over the past decade, Mickey Harte said he is taking nothing for granted against Donegal.“They have been getting good scores despite the fact that they have been playing well in defence, so they have a good mix.“They have players who can finish, and any team who have players who can finish are always going to be dangerous,” he said.Ends THOUSANDS TRAVEL TO MONAGHAN AS DONEGAL PREPARE TO SLAY TYRONE was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalTyroneUlster Championship semi-finallast_img read more

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