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Lae Tigers too strong for Owan Titans

first_imgTitans showed class in the first 40 minutes, leading 12-6 in a trial match played at Yonki yesterday in front of a packed local crowd.Tigers scored a successfully converted try in the first quarter after some strong performances by both sides.After studying the Tigers’ game, Titans coach Merrah Kipefa regrouped his troops resulting in them running over the line twice to collect eight points.The conversions found the mark, ensuring the home side went for the break with a 12-6 lead.Local supporters were over the moon, seeing a semi-professional team trailing behind the local boys.However, realising a possible danger, the Tigers took things more seriously and fought back hard in the third quarter with tries accumulating to 24 while the Titans were still on 12.Tigers added more in the final quarter before the Titans crossed the line once, bringing the final score to 34-16 in favour of the visitors.Local support was split because Tigers got some of its new recruits from the Titans.Kipefa, who is also the local Member of Parliament, thanked the Tigers for giving his talents a game at their home turf.”We have had a unique relationship with the Tigers for some time now and this match comes at the back of that, providing an entertainment for the community,” Kipefa said during a dinner after the match.He added that bringing a city-based semi-professional team to his district was a boost for the local league and was also a positive development in engaging with youths and families.Tigers coach Stanley Tepend acknowledged the Titans team and management for organising a wonderful match.”Titans participate in our 9s and other competitions in Lae and every year we get some of their boys into the Tigers squad,” Tepend said.This season, two young talents were added to the squad who played at their home soil yesterday.Next weekend, the Tigers will have another trial match against the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis in Goroka.Meanwhile, the Tigers season launch will be held on April 15 in Lae with a special appearance by an Australian league legend.(The Owan Titans after yesterday’s match.)last_img read more

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“There are so many fights because women’s football sells”

first_imgMila Martinez serves AS from his home in Japan, the country that has given him his first opportunity on a men’s bench, that of Suzuka Unlimited of the Japanese fourth division. After a little over a year in the Japanese country, La Mancha looks longingly at her past at Primera Iberdrola, where she pioneered as a coach at Albacete, to which she rose and held two years in the top flight, before the club decided to leave her unemployed.How is the situation in Spain living from Japan?I am worried about my parents because they are older. It is scary that they can be spread. Here there is no prohibition. You can go outside to walk, be accompanied and even go to restaurants.But sports activity does stop, right?We suspended training on March 29 because we shared facilities with an athletics club that tested positive for coronavirus.It is shocking that Japan, being so close to China, does not take more prohibition measures …I think there are fewer cases than in Spain due to culture. They kiss less and hug each other than we do. In addition, the use of masks is very normal to avoid infecting others. Those customs help it not spread as much.In your case, has a date been set for the League to start?We have been informed that in principle it will be on July 18 when the league will officially begin. As long as everything is fine. It seems that here the fastest cases now rise. It is all provisional, but before that date it will not be because there are facilities that are closed like ours. In the end you cannot train well because the players train at home and the floors here are very small so they do not have space to do the exercises well.What do you think of the new RFEF plan to end the Women’s League in Spain? It is a complicated situation. The RFEF always complains about the dates of the women’s league, about the fact of fitting dates, and this makes everything difficult. There will be more teams, many days and missing dates. I think that the fairest thing would be to finish the competitions when possible and that the promotions, descents and the league title are decided in a fair way.On a personal level, how do you rate your first year in Japan?I am very happy here and I feel highly valued as a coach. In Japan they have given me the confidence that in Spain they did not give me.How do you see the growth of women’s football from there?I think the Women’s League is a product that is selling well, although it still has a lot to improve. But I always say that there are so many fights (television rights, training rights, etc.) because women’s football sells. If not, no one would fight over him. Three or four years ago, nobody fought.Would you like to return to a women’s bench?Yes. When you have given everything in a women’s team, you feel a little angry that other people are occupying positions that you have fought for. I have a special affection for women and would be delighted to return to this League.What do you think that there is only one coach in the First Iberdrola?There are very good Spanish coaches, but in Spain they give us very few opportunities. We have fought a lot, first to play and then to train, and now we have to look for success outside.Finally, do you think that the emergence of Real Madrid will help women’s football?Yes. I think Real Madrid’s arrival is positive and will help make the Primera Iberdrola brand more visible internationally and nationally.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: JLP supporters injured in car crash

first_img The accident took place along the 10 Miles Main Road, Bull Bay. The route 97 JUTC bus was headed to 11 Miles, Bull Bay, with the car heading in the opposite direction. According to Detective Inspector Neville Graham of the St Thomas police division, the driver and his lone passenger suffered what he deemed to be minor injuries. Blood, however, could be seen on the side of the roadway which onlookers said were that of the victims. The driver of the JUTC bus was unharmed. Two Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters had to be rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital after the car they were travelling in collided with a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus.last_img read more

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Follow the Trace: The Bolt Effect!

first_img In Beijing, for example, there was additional pressure on Bolt to deliver, and the superstar delivered emphatically by destroying the myth of a Justin Gatlin challenge in that first big race of the championships. It is a victory that with all things considered, must have inspired every member of that Jamaica team to even greater excellence. I remember watching a video clip of members on the Jamaican team in a hotel room in the athletes’ village watching that 100m final, obviously shot with a cellular phone, with running commentary by some of the athletes. You could hear the near reverence with which the big man is held within the team coming out in the comments. When the big man, Bolt, beat Gatlin at the line to win gold, the phone was still running and it captured the ensuing pandemonium with the loud, jubilant, and colourful cheers by the Jamaicans, who stormed out of the room and into the hallways. The big man had delivered and Jamaica was the best. The bar was now officially set in the biggest event of them all. Confidence must have swept through the Jamaica team like wildfire as the proverbial domino effect followed. BOLT EFFECT EXPIRATION Twelve medals, inclusive of seven gold, two silver, and three bronze, saw Jamaica finish in an impressive second on the table at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. It is fair to say the dream run continues for Jamaica in international track and field. There has been one constant in recent years of Jamaican excellence in the sport in the form of Usain St Leo Bolt, the inspirational leader and standout performer whose influence directly and indirectly cannot be overstated during this period of pound-for-pound dominance by Jamaica. Bolt was at it again in Beijing, winning his now customary three gold to take his total to 11 World Championships gold medals. Amid the euphoria of celebrating the success of the Jamaican ambassadors, there is the clear and present danger, I think, of taking the ‘Bolt Effect’ on Jamaica’s on-the-track fortunes for granted. Bolt invariably leads from the front, with the stellar 10-metre event run off early in all the major championships, giving Bolt the perfect platform to set the platform. INSPIRATIONAL VICTORY The Jamaican governing body, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, must recognise and address the inevitable fall-off that will occur when the ‘Bolt Effect’ expires. The soundings are that Bolt could walk away from the sport in another two years. The void that will result from that eventuality obviously cannot be filled, but things need to be put into place to minimise the fallout from that imminent Bolt exit. We all need to understand and appreciate the fact that we are all living in the time of the greatest athlete to have ever walked the face of the Earth and that if and when he goes, the sport will not be the same, and Jamaica’s status will not be the same. It is going to take some major adjustments locally and internationally to appreciate life in track and field after Bolt. By all means, we must continue to enjoy the spectacular brilliance and genius of Bolt, but we need also to understand clearly that it cannot and will not last forever, and that sooner, rather than later, Jamaica especially, will have the arduous task of continuing our quest for excellence in the sport of track and field without the ‘Bolt Effect’.last_img read more

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Anglican Diocese’s 144th Synod commences

first_imgThe 144thSynod of the Anglican Diocese in the region got underway in Guyana. The highest decision- making forum of the Anglican Church in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, got underway with a Grand Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday.Reverend Charles Davidson in his address to the gatheringThe event is three days of debate and discussions on crucial issues in the church. Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana, Reverend Charles Davidson set the tone for the rest of the session. In the Reverend’s address to the hundreds in gathering, he reiterated the importance of the responsibility of Christians make sure the body that Christ gave us continues to be vibrant and avoid the negative influences present in our everyday lives.One of the issues that will be discussed is the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Diocese of Guyana and the Ministry of Laity in the Church.Also present at the service on Sunday were Diocesan President Marin Porter, Brotherhood of St Andrew; Diocesan President Joan James, Mother’s Union; Henrietta Edwards, and the Clergy of Diocese among others.This is the first Synod since the consecration of the Right Reverend Charles Davidson as the eighth Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana.last_img read more

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Midget Flyers Close 2009 With Two Wins

first_img**SubmittedThe weekend prior to the Christmas break the Petroleum Association Midget Flyers hit the road for two league wins to close out the 2009 schedule and solidify their first place standing. On Dec 19, the Flyers knocked off the Rycroft Sharks by a 4-2 score behind the two goals by Jordan Harder and the solid goaltending of Travis McLean who turned aside 40 shots. Michael Basco and Brett Young provided singles to round out the scoring. Chipping in with assists were Marvin Yahey, Brett Howard, Cayle Bell, Brennan Stragier, Basco and Blair Karasiuk. Next up for the Flyers was a 10-2 win in Grande Prairie to improve their league record to 4 wins, 1 loss and 3 ties. The offence was led by Blair Karasiuk with two goals and three assists, Brett Young with two goals and two assists, Marvin Yahey with three goals, Sean Ryder and Tyrell Fenton with three helpers each and Brennan Stragier with one goal and two assists. Other scorers were Cayle Bell and Michael Basco. Rounding out the effort with assists were Brendan Beamish with two helpers, Brett Howard, Wyatt Anderson, Bell and Basco. Travis Mclean again provided good goaltending with a number of timely saves.The Flyers next action in the New Year is at the Enerplex on Jan 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Possible L.A. Olympic bid to be decided

first_imgBeneath the niceties, however, competition was fierce. Chicago’s glossy presentation folder contained numerous references to its ability to deliver “compact” games – a thinly veiled slap at Los Angeles’ sprawling urban area. If Los Angeles hosts the games, events are expected to also be held in Pasadena, Monterey Park, Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco and even Las Vegas. Chicago has proposed $1.6 billion in construction if it wins, including building an Olympic stadium, aquatics center and athlete’s village on Lake Michigan. Los Angeles, meanwhile, focused on the wallet. The city is touting its existing facilities and a commitment by Staples Center and the Home Depot owners to spend $150 million for new training facilities, office space and a 150-room hotel and conference center. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also signed legislation authorizing $250 million to cover any cost overruns of the games. And then there’s the mystery contribution that Villaraigosa mentioned Friday. “It’s something we’ve been working on,” Villaraigosa said. “It very clearly is a way to demonstrate the lengths that we will go to to ensure that these will be successful games. “There won’t be any cost associated with it that is not guaranteed.” Los Angeles has hosted the Games in 1932 and 1984. If Chicago is chosen, it will be biggest event in the city since it hosted the World’s Fair in 1933. Olympic selection expert Robert Livingstone said Chicago deserves the chance to host. Having hosted as recently as 22 years ago, he said, will be a significant hurdle for Los Angeles among members of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC will make its decision by 2009. “I don’t think the Olympics is a real `wow’ factor for L.A., and the IOC looks for that,” Livingstone said. He also noted that while IOC officials say they want more “frugal” games, they ultimately go for cities that promise to spend big for new stadiums. That’s another mark in Chicago’s column. “I would hope that the USOC – if they are serious about America winning – that they pick Chicago,” Livingstone said. Villaraigosa and members of the Southern California team, however, insist that having hosted before is a benefit. The third time, they said, will be the charm. “We certainly feel anybody would want to come to L.A. for a third time, a fourth time. I live there. I love it,” said Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. “It’s a great advantage,” he said. “No one would say the fact that you’ve contributed twice to the Olympic movement is a drawback.” As the two city teams wrapped up news conferences Friday and finished their practice sessions, members of both admitted to nervous stomachs. Wearing a “2016 Los Angeles” lapel pin, Villaraigosa called the Angelenos’ mood one of quiet confidence. “We have what it takes to sponsor these games,” he said. (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today’s winner will be the U.S. nominee for the premier global sporting event, vying against international locales including Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Prague and Madrid. So will the committee pick deep-dish pizza or veggie wraps? Skyscrapers or sandy beaches? Will the USOC be taken in by the promise of a gleaming new stadium on Lake Michigan or the comfort of already-existing facilities in Los Angeles? “We’ve got two great cities that could host an excellent Olympic Games,” Jim Scherr, the USOC’s chief executive officer, said less than 24 hours before the board’s decision. Villaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley flew on Friday to Washington, D.C., to prepare for their cities’ final Olympic pitches. Both called one another “great friends” and insisted Los Angeles and Chicago are not really competing. The goal, each maintained, is to show off each city’s benefits and prove its ability to win 60 of the International Olympic Committee’s 115 votes. Not, they said, to flaunt the other city’s drawbacks. The U.S. Olympic Committee is set to decide today whether Los Angeles or Chicago will carry the nation’s torch for the 2016 Summer Games, even as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hinted the city still has another perk it will throw into the mix. “We are going to be able to demonstrate that we are able to indemnify the Olympics more than any other city can,” Villaraigosa said Friday as the Southern California delegation prepared its final presentation for the 11-member committee. Villaraigosa declined to offer specifics but said Los Angeles will tell the panel about an additional private funding guarantee if Los Angeles is chosen to host the games. last_img
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Wydad beat Mazembe to clinch CAF Super Cup

first_imgFrance-born Tighazoui, who was not part of the Champions League-winning team last November, curled the set-piece over the defensive wall and past outstanding goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.Earlier, the VAR system being trialled in several European countries with mixed results, was used for the first time in Africa after 58 minutes at Stade Mohamed V.The Zambian referee initially awarded a second penalty within three minutes to Wydad only to change his mind after running to the sideline and watching replays of the incident.While the huge Moroccan crowd in the 65,000-seat stadium were naturally with the decision, it did appear that a Wydad player fell theatrically to the ground inside the box.VAR was supposed to debut in Africa last month during the Nations Championship in Morocco, but trial runs were held instead.The system involves off-field officials assisting referees with key decisions, including awarding goals and penalties and ruling on offsides, red cards and mistaken identities.Wydad squandered the early spot-kick when Ivorian Gbohouo correctly guessed which side of the goal Walid el Karti would aim at and parried the ball to safety.The home team dominated the annual one-off match throughout only to be defied by Gbohouo until 28-year-old winger Tighazoui struck.Success for the Casablanca club continued a run of Moroccan football success that began last November when they defeated Al Ahly of Egypt to win the Champions League a second time.Morocco qualified for the World Cup under French coach Herve Renard the same month and a home-based national side won the African Nations Championship 20 days ago.By winning the Super Cup for the fist time at the third attempt, Wydad made Tunisian Faouzi Benzarti the outright second most successful coach in CAF competitions with five titles.He won two with Esperance and two with another Tunisian club, Etoile Sahel, before being hired by Wydad this year after Hussein Amoutta was fired over poor domestic form.Portuguese Manuel Jose holds the record for CAF club titles won by a coach, guiding Al Ahly to four Champions League and four Super Cup triumphs.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tighazoui scored the winner as Wydad Casablanca won the CAF Super Cup © AFP / STRINGERCASABLANCA, Morocco, Feb 24 – Amin Tighazoui scored from a free-kick to give Wydad Casablanca a 1-0 CAF Super Cup victory over TP Mazembe Saturday as the video assistant referee (VAR) system was used for the first time in Africa.The goal that separated Champions League winners Wydad of Morocco and Confederation Cup title-holders Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo came on 83 minutes in Casablanca.last_img read more

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first_imgEvery week we will be giving away a FREE family pass (one adult and three children or two adults and two children) to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.All readers have to do is to email the answer to a simple movie-related question.This week’s question is ‘Which member of the famous Irish Gleeson family has a hit movie on his hands?” The answer could well be on the Century Cinemas website below! Email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to before midnight tonight.The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (SAT).And don’t worry if you don’t win this week – we have lots of FREE family passes available in the coming weeks.FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN FREE CINEMA TICKETS was last modified: September 6th, 2013 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:Century Cinemasfree ticketsletterkennylast_img read more


Oil platforms friend or foe to fish?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA BARBARA – Marine biologist Milton Love drives a hybrid car, displays a banner of left-wing revolutionary Che Guevara on his laboratory wall – and has backing from Big Oil. The reason: his finding that oil platforms off California’s central coast are a haven for species of fish whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing. That is good news to oil executives, who are looking for reasons not to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remove the platforms once the crude stops flowing. Environmentalists say oil companies are simply trying to escape their obligations. “Just because fish are there doesn’t mean the platform constitutes habitat,” says Linda Krop, an attorney for the Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center. “That’s like taking a picture of birds on a telephone wire and saying it’s essential habitat.” The 27 platforms – skeletal-looking structures that house dormitories, offices and massive pumps – were installed over the past four decades and now produce 72,000 barrels of oil a day. Environmentalists and coastal residents despise them for spoiling the view and disrupting the ocean’s ecology. Federal law requires oil companies to remove the platforms when operations are complete, though no one knows whether it will be years or decades before the deposits under the sea floor run out. Oil companies already are pressing state and federal officials to keep the rigs in place, citing Love’s finding that platforms provide homes for bocaccio, cowcod and other fish. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last week it might consider the idea but wants to know more about the effects of oil platforms on marine life. Since the 1950s, when heavy fishing began in the region, some species of fish have been reduced to 6 percent of their previous numbers, according to Love. Some fisheries have closed, and the fishing fleet has shrunk by a third. Love, a researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara, films fish from a submarine and then counts them in his lab. He says some platforms are surrounded with fish packed as tightly as “cocktail wieners in a can.” “If anyone wants to come up and count the fish, we’ll provide the first beer,” Love says. “But they’re going to have to bring the rest. And they’re going to need a few cases because we have 11 years of research.” Love gets about 80 percent of his research money from the government and the rest from the California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program, a nonprofit group funded almost entirely by oil companies. It has contributed about $100,000 a year to Love’s research since 1999, executive director George Steinbach says. Love says no amount of oil money can sway his research – fish either cluster at the platforms or they don’t. And because they do, he says his personal opinion is that the rigs should stay in place, cut below the waterline so that ships can pass safely over them. “If you remove a platform you’ll kill many millions of animals,” he says. Environmentalists say if the platforms were removed, fish would return to the underwater boulder fields and rocky outcroppings that form natural reefs along the Southern California coast. In the Gulf of Mexico, more than 200 rigs have been converted into artificial reefs, either by toppling them or by lopping them off. Krop, the environmental lawyer, says rig-to-reef conversions make more sense in the Gulf of Mexico because the waters there have a mud bottom and fewer natural reefs. Converting platforms between Long Beach and Point Conception north of Santa Barbara could be $600 million to $1 billion cheaper than removing them, Steinbach says. He says the oil companies would contribute up to half their savings to state conservation programs. Widespread opposition from environmentalists and residents has killed legislation that would have allowed such a deal.last_img read more

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