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Programs leading up to RLWC to be announced in Feb

first_imgThe World Cup tournament will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from October 27 to December 2, while Papua New Guinea will host the Kumuls’ three pool matches in Port Moresby.PNG Kumuls will play their first pool match against Wales on October 28.The second pool match is against Ireland on November 5 and the third match against the United States on November 12.Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko said 2017 is going to be a big year for rugby league especially now that PNG will be hosting the RLWC for the first time in history.Tkatchenko said they’ll be making some official announcements for the RLWC on February 1.The executives of the RLWC Organising Committee and PNG Rugby Football League will be announcing the major platinum sponsors and the whole program leading up to October.Tkatchenko said PNG had a successful FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in November 2016 and they look forward to doing the same thing for rugby league this year.“We want our people to embrace it and I’m sure the stadiums will not be big enough to hold the fans and supporters,” he said.The RLWC in Port Moresby is sponsored by the National Government with K5m and the National Capital District Commission with K5m.Tkatchenko once again thanked the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and NCD Governor Powes Parkop for coming on board and supporting the bid and making it happen to host the Kumuls’ pool matches.last_img read more

Lady Eagles overcome Lady Tamaraws in 5 sets

first_imgMunicipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rallied past a persistent Far Eastern University side, 25-19, 24-26, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11, for its second win in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Eagles improved to 2-1 while the Lady Tamaraws slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Ateneo was at match point after an FEU error, 14-11, before Kim Gequillana finished it off with a service ace. Assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who took over momentarily as head coach  with Tai Bundit in Thailand grieving over the passing of his mother-in-law, said the fifth set came down to who can play through their instincts and who can execute the basics better.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 return“I told them what coach Tai has always said that the fifth set will come down to whoever executes the basic principles better,” said Meneses. “Everything starts from the basic.”Ateneo was down, 5-0, at the onset of the fourth set but the Lady Eagles retaliated with an 8-1 spurt to establish and 8-6 lead and set their offensive rhythm.  NU’s Nabor hides injury from Gorayeb due to fear of not playing Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jhoana Maraguinot and Mich Morente led Ateneo with 18 and 17 points, respectively, but also had plenty of help from Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag, who combined for 21 points.Gequillana also had her moments as she scored nine points off the bench.Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

After record world medal haul, Simone Biles a face of 2020 Olympics

first_imgLOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biles has not just got the talent. She’s got the character of an Olympic star.There’s the laser-like focus on training, the same easygoing humor which endeared the world to Bolt, and — crucially in the modern era — a savvy social-media style. Few disagree, but Biles hasn’t yet won everyone over.“There’s no need to turn her into some unbeatable queen. If I was 15 years younger, I’d definitely take the fight to the American,” the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina said in comments on the Russian Olympic Committee website Thursday.Khorkina won 20 world championship medals between 1994 and 2001 and held the women’s record until Biles overtook her Tuesday.One record is likely to remain out of Biles’ reach, however. Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won a record 15 Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964. Biles won five Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro, and could add six more next year in Tokyo, but appears highly unlikely to stick around until the 2024 Olympics.However, there’s another record to aim for. Matching her world championship performance from last week would make Biles the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at a single Olympics, and the first female athlete to do so in any sport since East German swimmer Kristin Otto in 1988.After Biles pioneered a new beam dismount and triple-double on the floor this season, her coach Laurent Landi says he favors refining her existing routines for the Olympics over adding yet more upgrades.“I can find plenty of (upgrades), but you need to be realistic and only the medals count at the end,” he said. “We don’t need to show off everything we can do.” In gymnastics, no one else comes close. Biles won five of the six gold medals at last week’s world championships and broke the all-time record of 25 medals by any gymnast, male or female.“She’s just above anything else that we have seen in the sport,” five-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci said of Biles on Sunday, praising “the domination that she has toward all the other gymnasts that competed here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Next stop Tokyo for Simone Biles.With Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps both retired since the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. gymnast will be the face of the games for much of the world.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Sunday that Biles’ star status would make gymnastics a must-see event at the Tokyo Olympics.“You can have legends confirming their status as we have just seen with Simone Biles, this amazing performance there on the beam, but you also have new stars,” he said. “Gymnastics has all the ingredients to be top another time, I must say. A top Olympic event in Tokyo.”Despite its dispute with Biles over the scoring for her new double-double beam dismount — its grade was lessened in part so as not to encourage less-skilled gymnasts to attempt the risky move — the International Gymnastics Federation knows Biles is crucial to the sport.Labeling her “wonder woman” and “a hero,” FIG president Morinari Watanabe is keen for Biles not to retire after the Tokyo Olympics. “I hope she will continue after 2020, because she is an excellent athlete,” he said Sunday.Biles is certainly the only athlete who could pull off her look in training at the U.S. nationals in August. She caused a stir with a leotard bearing her surname and a goat’s head picked out in sequins, a nod to “Greatest Of All Time.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

School attendance at Zeelugt dismal

first_imgDear Editor,With the recent opening of the new school term, many children can be seen eager to go school. Yet in the community of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), it is not so. It seems that the children in this community have a tendency of not liking school, therefore their attendance is poor. To come to the conclusion of what might be the factors that hinder their attendance is a mystery in the making.One afternoon on my way home from work I stopped and asked some of them the reason why they did not go to school and some of their answers were alarming. Some said that their parents didn’t want them to go, but rather stay home. Some of them said that they have financial difficulties at home.Being able to attend school should not be a problem here in Guyana since our education system caters for everyone. The habit of being able to attend school keeps our youth out of trouble and from breaking the laws. If one is to sit and relate where the productivity of the village Zeelugt is heading, it is disastrous. For most of the years gone by, many of the youth are involved in crimes and negative activities. It’s a matter of urgent concern which needs to be addressed. So I am calling on the relevant authorities whether the Guyana Police Force or the Education Ministry to intervene so as to resolve this matter.Sincerely,I Bechamlast_img read more

Tirop eager to follow Chepng’etich’s winning trail

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 22-Having a friend who stepped up to senior running after bagging four global titles as a junior is the added motivation Agnes Tirop needs as she prepares to upgrade her bronze medal from Barcelona to gold in Eugene, Oregon.Tirop, 18, is keen on following the golden footsteps of compatriot, Faith Chepng’etich who won at the 2011 World Youth, 2012 World Juniors as well as the 2011 and 13 World Cross junior 6km races when she lines-up for the women’s 5000m race at the 10th IAAF World Juniors in USA that start Tuesday. Tirop met Chepng’etich when the pair made the Barcelona World Juniors squad a couple of years ago and struck a close friendship that blossomed a year later when she won silver behind Chepng’etich at the Bydgosczcz 2013 World Cross junior race in Poland.“We met at the Barcelona World Juniors in 2012 and ran together at the Poland World Cross again the following year and this year, we were in Kampala (Africa Cross). She has motivated me a lot. We are both small and we became close and she would tell me I will win like her.“She talks to me a lot and she has asked me to graduate to the seniors with the World Junior gold. That is what I want to do and God willing, it will happen in Eugene,” explained Tirop.She was among the squad of 27 athletes that left for the US last Thursday hoping to supplant the hosts and return as the overall winners at the biennial IAAF event open to athletes aged 20 and below.Born in Mosoriot, Nandi County, Tirop has already established herself as one for the future having already medalled at the World Juniors when she returned with the bronze from Barcelona two years ago.The seventh born in a family of 10 attended Olbutenet Primary School before joining Kosirai High School in Uasin Gishu where she is a Form 1 student.She got her first taste of athletics as a Standard 4 pupil at Olbutenet and since then, she has not looked back.Her breakthrough came in 2012 when she made the squads for the Africa Cross Country and Barcelona World Juniors, medalling at both. Having followed Chepng’etich to the line during the National XC on 18 February, Tirop took silver behind her established compatriot in South Africa over 6km exactly a month later for her first medal in Kenyan colours.“I will never forget South Africa. It was my first trip outside the country, the first time to board a plane but I was not afraid. Faith made it easy for me, I kept close to her all the time,” she told.At the Trials for the Barcelona World Juniors, she was beaten by Caroline Jepkoech (15:49.1 against 15:49.6) to the line but secured the second automatic berth where she went ahead to bag the third medal (15:36.74) behind Ethiopian pair, Buze Diriba and Ruti Aga.“I did not have much help in front and in the end, they were stronger but I was pleased with coming home with a medal.” Her talent came to the fore in Spain and she was signed by Italian manager, Gianni Demadonna.In 2013, World Cross silver followed before she made her IAAF Diamond League (DL) debut with four outings in Hengelo, Oslo, Zurich and Rieti; running personal bests over 3000m and 5000m of 8:39.13/14:50.36 in Italy and Sweden.With Chepng’etich graduating to the senior ranks at the start of this year, Tirop duly stepped into her Africa Cross Country junior women crown in Kampala and after three DL outings in Doha, Lausanne and Rome before returning home to lead the queue for Eugene World Juniors in her favoured 5000m, taking the race in 15:40.6 on 25 June.“I was very excited after winning my first ever gold medal for my country. My friend Chepng’etich won the senior women for the first time and before I ran, she told me I could do it,” she said.-Picture from iaaf.org0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Africa star Aubameyang staying at Dortmund

first_img“I am staying at Dortmund,” the 26-year-old Aubameyang, who has been linked with an $85 million move to Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, said after accepting the prize at a gala in Abuja.“I am so happy. I am not someone who usually cries but it is quite an emotional moment.“When you are standing alongside players like Yaya Toure or Andre Ayew there is pride in winning such a trophy ahead of them because they are great players and I obviously admire them a lot.”The first player from Gabon to win the title said he hope to get a second award next year with his rich run of form.“I will really have to work a lot. Obviously I think I have the skills and the talent to make it again next year but it will require lots of work and many sacrifices as well.”Aubameyang, who has scored 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga games this season, earned 143 points in a poll of African coaches, seven more than Manchester City’s Toure. Ghana and Swansea City striker Andre Ayew was third on 112 points.“I am disappointed but that won’t take anything from anybody,” said Toure, the Ivory Coast captain. “I am sure Andre is also disappointed after what he did last year.“This is not the time to complain. We will all go back and continue to work hard.”Aubameyang dedicated his title to his country and Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba was among the first to congratulate him.“His genius is a major asset for the Panthers in preparation for the next African Cup of Nations,” said Bongo. Gabon will host the next next African championship in 2017.“We have good players and a good national team in Gabon,” declared Aubameyang.Frenchman Herve Renard, who led the Ivory Coast to the 2015 African Cup of Nations, was named Coach of the Year.This was his second such award after the 47-year-old also led Zambia to upset favourites Ivory Coast to lift a first-ever Nations Cup trophy in 2012.“You never win alone so I would like to congratulate my staff,” said Renard.“I would like to congratulate the Ivory Coast Federation because they believed in me and I dedicate this trophy to all the people around the world from Ivory Coast because it was an amazing victory for us, after 23 years they were waiting this trophy.”Compatriot Bruno Metsu has also clinched two Coach of the Year Awards when he was in charge of Senegal in 2001 and 2002.Ivory Coast were named Team of the Year.Other award winners included Cameroon’s Gaell Enganamouit (Women’s Player of the Year), TP Mazembe (Club of the Year), Nigeria Under-23 midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo (Most Promising Talent) and Nigeria’s Under-17 star Victor Osimhen (Youth Player of the Year).Charles Kumi Gyamfi (Ghana) and Samuel Mbappe Leppe (Cameroon) were recognised as African Legends.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Aubameyang.PHOTO FILEABUJA, January 8 – Star Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejected English Premier League overtures as he celebrated winning the African player of the year award.The Gabonese, who is the leading Bundesliga scorer this season, was reduced to tears after stopping Yaya Toure getting a fifth straight title on Thursday night.last_img read more

First-ever Coldest Night of the Year in Fort St. John meets or exceeds goals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Event organisers say that the first-ever Coldest Night of the Year walk in Fort St. John was a tremendous success this past weekend.Organiser Faye Anstey says that over 120 walkers came out to Northern Lights College late Saturday afternoon to help raise money for Community Bridge. The walk, which started in Ontario, brings awareness to the plight of those who might have had to leave their homes due to unforeseen circumstances, and might not have a warm, safe place to sleep.Anstey says that this year’s walk exceeded expectations. Though organisers had a goal of 100 walkers, closer to 120 braved the low double digit temperatures on Saturday evning for the two and five kilometre walk. Though the final tally isn’t quite in, she added that close to the goal of $20,000 was raised.- Advertisement -Anstey extended thanks to the City of Fort St. John for making sure that the sidewalks on the walk’s route were properly ploughed, and also to Northern Lights College for pitching in the post-walk snack of hot chilli for walkers.She added that organisers have already begun preparing for next year’s Coldest Night of the Year, which is set for February 24th, 2018.last_img read more

Man United defender insists he’s happy at Old Trafford despite transfer talk

first_img1 Matteo Darmian insists he is happy at Manchester United, despite reports linking the full-back with a summer return to Italy.Two years ago the full-back took the plunge by leaving his homeland for the first time in his career, swapping Torino for Old Trafford in a deal worth £12.7million.Darmian struggled to fulfil expectations in his first season and took his time to win over Jose Mourinho last term, eventually returning from the cold towards the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old clearly impressed the United boss given he started the Europa League final triumph against Ajax – a match that at times this summer perhaps looked like being his last for the club.Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for Darmian and barely a week goes by without talk of an Old Trafford exit, yet the full-back downplayed speculation as just part of the job.“Every time I read something about my future… but (there is) nothing news (wise),” he told Press Association Sport. “I am happy here.“I think also it is a part of our work, these kind of rumours.“Like I said before, I am happy here so nothing news (wise). I am a Manchester United player – that’s it.”Mourinho will have some decisions to make regarding his defence this summer, but retaining Darmian looks logical given his impressive end to last season and versatility.“I always say the position doesn’t matter to me,” he said, having proven capable in both full-back slots.“If I have to play left or right, I work hard to be ready when the manager gives me an opportunity and that’s it.“I try to do my best every time, every game. I try to work hard during the week and that’s my philosophy.”Pushed on whether he preferred one side to the other, Darmian said: “Not really. I prefer maybe to play on the right side, but no problem at all.” Manchester United star Matteo Darmian in action last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s two Sinn Féin TD’s Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn today launched a postcard campaign against the Universal Social Charge.Speaking from the launch at Leinster House the Donegal Sinn Féin TD’s encouraged as many people as possible to use the postcard to make their voices heard.Deputy Doherty said “We in Sinn Féin stand firm against the Universal Social Charge. It is an unjust and unfair flat tax that penalises those on low and middle incomes and the working poor. “It is an attack on our incomes that we just cannot afford. We don’t need a review to establish that.“The Labour Party must stand up for ordinary people by abolishing this charge.“Our Dáil motion calls for the abolition of the Universal Social Charge to be replaced with a model of progressive taxation whereby those who have more are asked to pay more.And Deputy MacLochlainn added that it was the next step in their campaign against this unfair tax. “Sinn Féin representatives and activists from across the state will be on the streets, on the doors and in the shopping centres asking people to support our campaign against the Universal Social Charge.“I am asking as many people as possible to come out, sign our postcard and make your voices heard.”EndsSINN FEIN URGE PUBLIC TO SEND POSTCARDS TO GET UNIVERSAL SOCIAL CHARGE BINNED was last modified: March 30th, 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)last_img read more

2002 National Orders awards

first_imgThe following is a list of the 2002 recipients of South Africa’s National Orders – the highest honour that a country can bestow on its citizens or eminent foreigners.These were the first people to receive South Africa’s newly conceived National Orders, redesigned to reflect the inclusiveness and diversity of a democratic South Africa, its peoples and its place in the African continent – in essence, the spirit of the new South Africa.Former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk were among six people awarded the Order of Mapungubwe, which honours South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement.The late Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme, and world-famous human rights activist Mahatma Ghandi, were posthumously awarded the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo, which is bestowed on foreign dignitaries or heads of state for their solidarity with South African people. Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda also received Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo.Constitutional Court Judge Arthur Chaskalson, Sam Motsuenyane and Adelaide Tambo were among those who received the Order of the Baobab, which honours South African citizens for distinguished service.SA’s new National Orders: background2002 recipients: further biographical infoOrder of Mapungubwe 2002PlatinumNelson Rolihlahla Mandela – for his exceptional and unequalled contribution to the liberation struggle, national reconciliation and nation-building in South Africa, and for unwavering commitment to peace and justice in the world.GoldAllan Cormack (posthumous) – for outstanding achievements as a scientist and for co-inventing the cat-scan.FW de Klerk – for his exceptional and unparalleled contribution to peace, national reconciliation and nation-building in South Africa.Basil Schonland (posthumous) – for outstanding achievements as a physicist and as founding president of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research.BronzePeter Beighton – for outstanding work and lifetime achievement as a scientist and for research into the inherited disorders of the skeleton.Hamilton Naki – for outstanding contribution to medical science.Order of the Baobab 2002GoldArthur Chaskalson – for exceptional service in law, constitutional jurisprudence and human rights.Marinus Daling (posthumous) – for exceptional service in the development of business in South Africa and groundbreaking intitiatives for black empowerment in business.Tamsanqa Kambule – for exceptional contribution to mathematics education, human development and community service.Moses Mabhida (posthumous) – for exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid and to the development of the labour movement.Ismail Mahomed (posthumous) – for exceptional service in law, constitutional jurisprudence and human rights.Sam Motsuenyane – for exceptional contribution to the development of black business, and outstanding leadership.Friedel Sellschop (posthumous) – for exceptional contribution to the field of nuclear physics and for detecting the first naturally occurring neutrino.Mark Shope (posthumous) – for exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid and the development of the labour movement.Adelaide Tambo – for exceptional commitment to the struggle against apartheid and dedication to community service and nation-building.SilverHamilton Mvumelwano Dandala – for exceptional efforts in peace-making, the renewal of SA society and nation-building.Ian Haggie (posthumous) – for outstanding contribution to education, health, arts and culture and achievement in business.Noria Mabasa – for exceptional achievements in unique forms of fine arts under trying circumstances.Yvonne Muthien – for leadership and exceptional contribution to the development of a new inclusive national identity.Stuart Saunders – for medical research and outstanding contribution to university education.BronzeElizabeth Abrahams – for outstanding contribution to the struggle against apartheid and the labour rights of farm workers.Thelma Henderson – for exceptional contribution to social development.Eva Mokoka – for exceptional contribution to community upliftment in the fields of health and welfare.Clara Basenjeng Masinga – for outstanding contribution to rural development.Adelle Searll (posthumous) – for outstanding achievement in campaigning against drugs and for the establishment of drug-counselling centres.Order of the Companions of O.R. TamboGoldMahatma Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948) – for exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and for a just world.Kenneth Kaunda – for exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid and for justice in the southern African region.Olaf Palme (1927 – 1986) – for exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid and for a just world.Source: SA Government Online Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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