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14 teams participate in Aluki youth Christmas touch challenge

first_imgTouch Rugby BY BENNY GETENG Fourteen teams are participating in the Aluki youth Christmas touch competition. The teams comprise of youths from the Aluki, Apo and Wagang villages. Games organising competition chairman Jack Jacob said the annual competition has been running since 2000 and has gained momentum over the years. He said the competition has a mixed 7s and men’s 9s divisions taking part. “The competition serves as a tool to develop the mindset of youths to avoid bad habits and be productive and disciplined people in the community,” he said. Jacob is aiming to involve children as young as eight years old up to adult youths to participate. He is also encouraging more girls and women to take part because it will help contribute to a healthy lifestyle. “The competition is an avenue that can be utilised to unite the people of Labuta LLG to discuss issues about the proposed Wafi- Golpu mining project deep sea tailings placement into the Huon Sea,” he said. In one of the matches on Friday, Team Black Crows proved too strong for Team B87 in the men’s 9s division, beating them 14-0. Team Black Crows broke the ice in the first 20 minutes of play scoring through Nafin Yomsep with an unsuccessful conversion. Crows held on to a 4-0 to half time break. In the second half, Samson Apollo was successful with a try under the uprights boosting his teams lead to 10-0 with a successful conversion. Crows managed another try to eventually seal the match. The competition is expected to run through the New Year period ending on the same week.last_img read more

SP Sports awards launched

first_imgBY KILA NAO The 28th SP Sports Awards ceremony was officially launched at SP Brewery’s Brew Kettle in Port Moresby yesterday. This year’s SP Sports Awards is anticipated to be a tight contest among PNG’s elite sports people. SP Brewery corporate affairs manager John Nilkare said among the 12 award categories on offer for nomination, there will be an introduction of a new category which will recognize organizations that provide outstanding support through their continued partnership and collaboration with sport in PNG. “This award recognizes the commitment and efforts from the corporate community in promoting and developing sport in the country through their corporate social responsibility programs. “The award is named after former Managing Director of SP Brewery, Stan Joyce and it will be known as the Stan Joyce award and this new category will be presented every two years. “The Stan Joyce award brings in total the number of categories to 13 and will be presented before the Team of the Year Award during the presentation ceremony in May 2020,” said Nilkare. PNG Olympic Committee president Sir John Dawanincura said corporate organizations provided an important lifeline to sports through their sponsorships and partnerships. “Most sporting organizations are run by volunteers who strive to raise much needed funds to carry out their program. PNG’s elite athletes also need a lot of support to realize their dreams by attending high level training and competitions internationally. “We are grateful to all our sponsors and partners who continue to breathe life to sports in PNG. “Sporting achievements and eventual success will not be possible without the support of sponsors and partners,” Sir John said. The nominations will be submitted by a special panel of experts from the PNG Olympic Committee, PNG Sports Foundation and SP Brewery. The criteria of the Award includes: Longevity, creativity, impact in the community and achievement. A panel consisting of the PNGOC, PNGSF, SP Brewery and independent representatives will assemble to judge. Both Sir John and Nilkare have extended a call from the organizing committee to the public to participate in this year’s SP Sports Awards by nominating their sports officials, teams, athletes or media personnel as per the Awards categories on offer.last_img read more

Barnwell slams 99 not out as Jaguars beat Canada by seven wickets

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Guyana Jaguars defeated Canada by seven wickets in their day/night Group A match of the Regional Super50 at the Brian Lara Stadium here Tuesday. The match was reduced to 47 overs per side due to rain.Scores:CANADA 202 for nine off 47 overs (Navneet Dhaliwal 88, David Jacobs 44; Clinton Pestano 2-30, Ramaal Lewis 2-30) JAGUARS 204 for three off 29.4 overs (Christopher Barnwell 99 not out, Raymon Reifer 50 not out, Chandrapaul Hemraj 33; Romesh Eranga 2-29)last_img read more

Orioles free agents Chen, Parra find new teams

first_imgAfter months of waiting, the Orioles have finally lost their first free agents of the offseason.Though his departure was always expected, starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with Miami, according to multiple reports. Represented by Scott Boras, the Taiwanese lefty will have an opt-out clause after two years and a vesting sixth-year option worth an additional $16 million.Outfielder Gerardo Parra also agreed to a three-year deal, $27.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, per MLB Network.The loss of Chen is clearly the more damaging blow after the 30-year-old served as the steadiest member of the Baltimore starting rotation over the last four years. Originally signed to a three-year contract with a club option prior to the 2012 season, Chen went 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA over 117 starts while earning a total of $15.466 million, less than the average annual value of his new contract with the Marlins.Though the Orioles saw their starter ERA fall to 14th in the American League at 4.53, Chen remained the bright spot in 2015 as he posted a career-best 3.34 ERA in 191 1/3 innings. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette never expressed optimism at the prospects of re-signing Chen, but he did say at the start of the offseason that he wanted to acquire a starter for the top half of the rotation, something he has yet to accomplish with spring training roughly a month away.Because they made Chen a qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason, the Orioles will receive a compensatory pick at the conclusion of the first round of June’s amateur draft.The Orioles currently have a starting rotation consisting of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, and Ubaldo Jimenez with the fifth spot appearing wide open. Veteran newcomer Vance Worley, Mike Wright, and Tyler Wilson would appear to be the top candidates for the No. 5 job if no additions are made.Acquired from Milwaukee at last July’s trade deadline in exchange for minor-league pitcher Zach Davies, Parra was a disappointment in his two months with the Orioles, batting just .237 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, and a .625 on-base plus slugging percentage and struggling in the field. The 28-year-old was worth -1.1 wins above replacement with the Orioles, according to Baseball Reference.With the Parra signing, the Rockies immediately appeared to have a surplus of outfielders and the Orioles have been linked to two-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez in past trade talks. However, a limited farm system would appear to make a high-impact trade a difficult chore.According to FOX Sports, the Orioles were having “ongoing trade talks” with the Rockies immediately after news of the Parra signing broke.last_img read more

White takes home biggest share of green from Cardinal’s 10th annual Sheen Memorial

first_imgLapped traffic didn’t figure in the outcome but White kept an eye on the leader board and knew Michael Sheen was on the move.  Modifieds – 1. Neal Flowers; 2. Cory Davis; 3. Toby Herring; 4. Caleb Stone; 5. Dean Deming; 6. Colin Deming; 7. Bob Sikes; 8. Will Poston; 9. Roy Don Mason; 10. Zac Mason; 11. Danton Odell; 12. Jamie Newton; 13. Mark Patterson; 14. Michael Maraschick; 15. David Hudec; 16. Tim Ridge­way; 17. Danny Patterson; 18. Shane Priddy; 19. Vince Ogle; 20. Ronnie Johnson. The third-starting breeding battled Cody Stone early before leading the last 16 laps in the Hobby Stock main.  “Winning this race is huge for me,” said White, from Lamesa, Texas. “I come from the same town as Kelly and have become good friends with (his son) Michael the last couple years. He’s helped me out a lot.” “This is really a cool little track,” said Egbert, who won handily ahead of Junior Dosher. “It was very racy and fun to race on for sure.” Now fast forward to Saturday night when he took home the biggest share of the green after win­ning Cardinal Speedway’s 10th annual event. White started sixth and was running second to his father and former race winner Cary when the competition caution came out halfway through the 40-lapper. “I knew right where I was going (after the restart),” said White, who ran a higher line and side-by-side with his father for a couple laps before taking over in front.  Dustin White’s second IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win of the season was a huge one, coming at Cardinal Speedway’s 10th annual Kelly Sheen Memorial Shootout. (Photo by Jill Thompson) The win was just the second of the season for White, who ended a string of four straight DNFs with the victory. Twelfth in the Friday night qualifier, he raced his way onto the starting grid by winning his Saturday heat from sixth starting. Dustin White didn’t complete a lap at the 2018 Kelly Sheen Memorial Shootout, pulling off with fuel issues before even seeing the green flag.  Cary White ended the main event in fourth and 14th starting Colby Deming completed the top five. Other feature winners were Neal Flowers, who earned $1,300 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot berth for his career 100th IMCA Modified victory; Trevor Egbert in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods; and Jimmy Breeding III in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.center_img What became $2,100 checkers with late additions to the purse flew ahead of Justin Graves and hard-charging Michael Sheen, the three-time and defending race winner, who’d taken the $1,000 challenge to start in back after running second in the Friday qualifier.  Making his first-ever visit to Cardinal, Egbert started on the pole and led every circuit in a 20-lap­per interrupted just once by caution. Flowers led much the Modified main before making contact with a slower car late in the contest. He’d regain the lead from Cory Davis, however, to take the much-anticipated milestone checkers. Stock Cars – 1. Dustin White; 2. Justin Graves; 3. Michael Sheen; 4. Cary White; 5. Colby Dem­ing; 6. Jack Miles; 7. Rob Moseley; 8. Jody York; 9. J.D. Davis; 10. Carbie McClearen; 11. Lee Yeley; 12. Kaiden Black; 13. Mack Sealy; 14. Jason Josselyn; 15. Mark Lord; 16. Cory Davis; 17. Jake White; 18. Larry Bradley; 19. Gabe Guerra; 20. George Egbert. “Lapped traffic was a big part of it, who could get around it the fastest,” said Breeding, another driver who saw his 2018 Sheen results do a 180. The win was his fifth this season at Cardinal. Breeding had seen a string of four straight victories ended by a third-place run in his previous Eunice outing. “I just tried to hold my line,” White said following the late yellow. “I never saw anyone’s nose and was able to get it done.”  EUNICE, N.M. (July 6) – What a difference from a year ago.  Southern SportMods – 1. Trevor Egbert; 2. Junior Dosher; 3. Tyler Cook; 4. Justin Thomas; 5. Roger Pierce; 6. Heath Herrington; 7. Terry Owen; 8. Bailey Cooper; 9. William Beckham; 10. Jim Pierce; 11. Tim Welch; 12. Chris Stewart; 13. Brian Ray Flowers; 14. Aaron Childress; 15. Brian Heard. Feature Results Hobby Stocks – 1. Jimmy Breeding III; 2. Cody Stone; 3. John Davis; 4. Cory Stone; 5. Ashton Hayes; 6. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 7. Wesley Mayer; 8. Matthew Machen; 9. Shawn Stone; 10. David Males; 11. Kevin Griffin; 12. Mark Turner; 13. Don Jones; 14. Marc Kimbrell; 15. Eddie Johnson; 16. Triston Johnson.last_img read more

Baker in Supreme Court wedding cake case: ‘I don’t judge’

first_img Related ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — The baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple tells The View exclusively in an interview airing Friday that he doesn’t “judge people.”“I just don’t make cakes for every event,” he said.Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, is challenging a Colorado law that says he was wrong to turn away Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who requested a cake for their wedding. The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Phillips’ case.“I tried to politely tell them I didn’t do cakes for same-sex weddings,” Phillips said of his interaction with the couple in 2012.His reasoning? “I serve everybody, all the time. But I don’t make a cake for every event that’s required of me.”Phillips said he was “not turning them away.”His lawyer, Kristen Waggoner, said: “He also told ’em that he would sell pretty much anything in his store” except a wedding cake.“I don’t judge people when they come in,” Phillips said. “I try and serve everybody. I just don’t make cakes for every event that’s asked of me.”Phillips said it was “difficult” to refuse Craig and Mullins’ request. “It’s a difficult thing to be in my position and know that somebody’s requesting me to do something I can’t, in good conscience, do,” he said.James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Mullins and Craig, said on Monday: “The law is squarely on David and Charlie’s side, because when businesses are open to the public, they’re supposed to be open to everyone. While the right to one’s religious beliefs is fundamental, a license to discriminate is not. Same-sex couples like David and Charlie deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as anyone else, and we’re ready to take that fight all the way to the Supreme Court.”The ACLU declined to comment further on Thursday.Watch the full interview on ABC’s The View Friday, June 30, at 11 a.m. ET.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Bergesen’s Gem Keeps O’s Rolling

first_imgThe Orioles won their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, taking down the Indians 3-1 at Progressive Field.This is getting scary…in a good way, of course. These Orioles look nothing like the team we watched for the first four months of the season. Since Buck Showalter took command, the season-highs and season-firsts are becoming an almost every-game occurrence.Take tonight, for instance. Brad Bergesen pitched a complete game two-hitter for the win. Have you seen an O’s pitcher do that lately? Not just a complete game, mind you, but a two-hit victory? I didn’t think so.Meanwhile, the defense behind Bergy was virtually flawless, and the offense stepped-up just enough to give him a cushion to work with. The Birds banged out 13 hits, and while they could only tack on three runs, it kept Bergesen sharp, focused and confident.So…just nine games into the Buck Showalter era and the O’s have accomplished more in 10 days than they had all season. Two four game win streaks…I think that happened just twice over the past four months. Three straight series victories…a first this year. The seven straight quality starts was a new high; I think I read it was the best performance since 2003. The O’s victory on Monday night was the first Monday win since 2009. The Birds put up 14 runs on Tuesday, a season high. And while I don’t have the exact stats on hand, the clutch hitting with runners in scoring position has improved drastically. In fact, every single facet of this team has improved over the past nine games. No wonder the Orioles are 8-1 going into Thursday night’s contest.Oh, and after the Pirates (39-74) lost tonight, the O’s (40-74) are no longer the worst team in baseball. It’s been a LONG time since I could say that! Forget the first draft pick; I want to see what this team is capable of. I know this season is over, but for the first time in a long time, the phrase, “We’ll get ’em next year,” actually has some meaning behind it. I think we’ve all waited long enough for a winning team, and it’s never too early to install a winning atmosphere for these young kids, as well as the veterans.The Birds look for a clean sweep of Cleveland on Thursday night…Kevin Millwood takes the mound…Go O’s! Please follow and like us:last_img read more

NBC scraps Cosby television project, TV Land suspends ‘Cosby Show’

first_imgNEW YORK | NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her.NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom “is no longer under development.” A TV Land representative said the reruns will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. “The Cosby Show” also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon.The NBC sitcom and “Cosby Show” reruns joined a Netflix Cosby standup comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed late Tuesday, as mounting evidence of Cosby’s faltering career. They occurred a day after model Janice Dickinson, in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she’d been assaulted by Cosby — charges strongly denied by the comedian’s lawyer.The developments, which involve allegations that were widely reported a decade ago as well as new accusations, have gravely damaged the 77-year-old comedian’s reputation as America’s TV dad at a time when he was launching a comeback. A year ago, a standup special — his first in 30 years — aired on Comedy Central and drew a hefty audience of 2 million viewers. His prospective new series was announced by NBC in January.Cosby has never been charged in connection with any of the allegations. Former Pennsylvania prosecutor Bruce L. Castor Jr., who investigated a woman’s claims that Cosby had sexually assaulted her in 2004, said Wednesday he decided not to prosecute because he felt there was not enough evidence to get a conviction.“I wrote my opinion in such a way as I thought conveyed to the whole world that I thought he had done it, he had just gotten away with it because of a lack of evidence,” the former Montgomery County district attorney said.If Cosby hadn’t been cooperative with the investigation, “I probably would have arrested him,” Castor said.Cosby was asked about the growing furor by an Associated Press reporter when the comedian was promoting an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art that features the comedian’s African-American art collection alongside African artworks.When the AP interviewed Cosby, on Nov. 6, the story involved long-circulated accusations from several women and recent criticism from comedian Hannibal Buress. Cosby declined to comment, saying “We don’t answer that.”The AP mentioned the allegations and Cosby’s decision not to comment at the end of its story, which, like the interview, was primarily about his loan of more than 50 artworks to the Washington museum.Since then, two women have come forward publicly to accuse him of sexual assault, Netflix, TV Land and NBC cut ties and an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” was canceled. In recent days, as the allegations gained increasing attention, AP went back through the full video of the Nov. 6 interview and decided to publish Cosby’s full reaction to questions about the claims.The AP was among a handful of news organizations granted interviews with Cosby in connection with the art exhibition. After his initial refusal to comment — as the interview was winding down but with the camera still running and Cosby wearing a lapel microphone — the comedian asked the AP to not use the brief on-camera refusal to comment he had just made about the allegations. “And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” he said.The interview was on the record. The AP had made no agreement to avoid questions about the allegations or to withhold publishing any of his comments at any time.The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has not changed its plans for the show, which opened this month on the National Mall and is scheduled to remain on view through early 2016.“The exhibition has been very well received. We’ve actually had record numbers through the door,” spokesman Eddie Burke said, adding the museum has had no complaints.The NBC project was in the very early stages, without a script or commitment to production. But it would have brought Cosby back to the network where he had reigned in the 1980s with the top-rated “The Cosby Show.”There’s some precedent for a network burying a project because of stories involving a star’s personal life. NBC shelved a two-hour TV movie, “Frogmen,” starring O.J. Simpson in 1994 after the former football star was implicated in his wife’s death.Cosby has continued working as a stand-up comic, and has at least 35 performances scheduled throughout the U.S. and Canada through May 2015. None of the performances has been cancelled.National Artists Corporation, which is promoting part of the tour, said it will not be canceling any shows.Dickinson told “Entertainment Tonight” that Cosby had given her red wine and a pill when they were together in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room in 1982. When she woke up the next morning, “I wasn’t wearing my pajamas and I remembered before I passed out I had been sexually assaulted by this man.”Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, said in a letter to the AP that Dickinson’s charges were “false and outlandish” and were contradicted by Dickinson herself in a published autobiography. Cosby’s spokesman, David Brokaw, did not return calls for comment.Singer said the first Cosby heard of any assault allegation from Dickinson came in the “Entertainment Tonight” interview, and suggested the actress was “seeking publicity to bolster her fading career.”____Mark Kennedy and Frazier Moore in New York, Lynn Elber in Los Angeles, Kathy Matheson in Norristown, Pa. and Brett Zongker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story.last_img read more

Pique’s response when asked if he’s in favour of Catalan independence

first_img La respuesta de Piqué a la pregunta de si es independentista Pique blasted with vile insults at Spain training session sport.es 04/10/2017 One of the questions, though, he preferred not to give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to and labeled it the “million dollar question.”  Upd. at 14:38 “My sons, for example, are Colombian, Lebanese, Catalan and Spanish. We are in a global world. I think that my answer is not the important issue. There’s a serious political problem in Spain which is getting worse and the solution can be found through dialogue. Either there’s dialogue or it goes on. No one knows what the consequences will be. We have to be coherent, have respect and try to talk. Everything can be achieved through dialogue.  “I am sure there are many circumstances. It’s a cocktail. I’m not looking for the reasons but for the solution.” RELATED STORIES IN SPORT.ES CEST When Pique was asked if he was in favour of independence, he said: “That’s the million dollar question and I am not going to answer it. Football players are global figures and I can’t come out for one side or the other. For example, In Catalonia or in Spain, I would lose half of my followers. And all because people put politics before everything else,” he said.  Spain defender Gerard Pique has spoken about his position on the Catalan referendum in a press conference in which he admitted questions from all the journalists present. last_img read more

Cardinia’s kids protected

first_imgVaccination rates across Cardinia Shire are above the state average. Data released by the State Government on 8 February reveals…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img