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Athletics PNG’s 2018 focus

first_imgThis means there will be a cut to overseas trips and contingent for international tournaments and competitions.Attention is now being turned towards planning for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.Apart from the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in April which will feature eleven PNG athletes, Team PNG will send a similar contingent for the Melanesian Championship in May and a Two  member team for the World Junior Championships in July and the Olympic Youth Games in October.Athletics PNG President Tony Green said the size of the athletics contingent for all international competitions will be reduced due to funding restraints.In preparation for the Pacific Games, Athletics PNG is looking towards identifying the weaknesses in the squad and target athletes who can strengthen the team in those areas.Athletes who wish to be considered for the Pacific Games next year will be expected to compete in domestic competitions in their respective centres, purposely for consistency.Meanwhile the Athletics Team for the Commonwealth Games will be announced in the next week or so.last_img read more

Garcia denies racially abusing Barca’s Umtiti

first_imgEspanyol striker Sergio Garcia has denied Spanish media reports that he racially abused Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti during the Catalan derby on Sunday.Garcia became embroiled in a heated argument with the French centre back on the pitch in the 1-1 draw at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella.“First of all to clarify, I already spoke with Samuel yesterday,” Garcia said on Instagram below a picture of the two players.“In no way was it my intention to be racist. You all know my wife is from gypsy roots and I grew up in a neighbourhood with every race in the world.“My brother-in-law, who I have a firm friendship with, is African-American too. In the tension of the game a lot of things are said that should stay on the pitch.”Spanish media said Barca defender Gerard Pique had to separate a furious Umtiti from Garcia, who later came to the Barcelona dressing-room to make peace with his opponent.Pique’s 82nd-minute goal earned Barcelona a point after Gerard Moreno headed home Garcia’s cross to give Espanyol the lead in a feisty derby played on a waterlogged pitch.last_img read more

ICT could help to bridge communication gap in Caricom – Granger

first_imgAs regional leaders meet for another Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government meeting in Grenada, President David Granger, the outgoing Chairman of the regional body, said the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) will be on top of the agenda.Granger told a delegation of Guyanese media operatives that ICT could serve to eliminate the communication barriers faced among the 15-member states of Caricom, while admitting that distance cannot be easily overcome given the complexities of the Region.“The Caribbean is a peculiar jurisdiction. You are talking about 3000 square kilometres of sea space and from as far as The Bahamas to Paramaribo. The distance can’t be easily overcome Communication has always been a problem and ICT will be on the agenda for this Caricom meeting,” he added.The Guyanese Head of State stressed that ICT could be used to drive the message of regional integration to a higher level. “Yes, we always need to do more to educate our citizens but what I would like to say a lot is being done. It’s through ICT we will try to bridge this gap. Caricom headquarters has done a lot.”Granger said that governments and the regional media also need to play its part. “Regional integration is not sexy. When things go bad, there is a lot of news coverage but there is a lot of day to day work going on in the Region it’s not just reported on,” he claimed.According to him, there are many things happening within the Region but these issues are hardly ever reported. “The way we deal with disease, education and functional cooperation but it’s happening all the time,” Granger said because these are not sexy topics.Referring to his stint as Chairman of Caricom, the President said the Region was able to put more clearly in focus the need for the community to speak with a single voice. He referred to a meeting which was held in Washington in May this year, which required all regional Foreign Affairs Ministers to agree on a common response to the crisis within the Organisation of American States (OAS).“We were able to use various devices, particularly face to face conversations and teleconferencing as far as possible. It’s a work in progress and we understand the concerns of member states and we will continue working. It is one of the pillars of the community, so we have to continue to ensure there is no difference between various states and this is what diplomacy is all about,” Granger said.In providing a short comment on the issues to be discussed at the regional meeting, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said that the agenda for this year’s meeting is lengthy. He said while there are all important issues, he is not confident that all of them would be discussed.Nevertheless, Greenidge said that there will be discussions surrounding the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) and reports on the progress achieved so far and where we go in the future.The Minister said if the Region is looking to set benchmarks and check on the progress to be made in relation to the various measures of social economic progress, they would need to ensure that they are properly covered by the national regional statistic agencies and censuses.Other matters on the packed agenda include crime and security, border issues, health, climate adaptation, renewable energy, and Brexit.last_img read more

United land German star Schweinsteiger

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) celebrates after scoring against Manchester United during their 2014 Champions League quarter-final match at Old Trafford. PHOTO/AFPBERLIN, July 11- Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will join Manchester United next season, Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed in a press conference on Saturday.Rummenigge said Bayern and United have already agreed on an undisclosed transfer fee for the 30-year-old defensive midfielder, who has made 536 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002. Schweinsteiger informed the German champions on Friday he wanted a change of scenery after 17 years and is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Red Devils.“Bastian and I had a serious conversation on Friday and he told me he has been thinking about his career and wants to try something new,” said Rummenigge.“He asked me to find a way and things between Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been clarified, we have agreed on a fair transfer fee.“We have taken into account that Bastian is a very deserving player.“We tried to convince him to stay with Bayern Munich, but I completely understand that after 17 years with us, he wants to experience something new.“Other figures in German football like Franz Beckenbauer to New York, Gunter Netzer to Real Madrid and myself to Inter Milan, have taken the step in their careers to move abroad and I can understand his desire to do the same.”United confirmed the arrival of what is the first ever German player to join the club in a statement on their official website.“Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, subject to a medical and personal terms,” the statement announced.Rummenigge said Schweinsteiger had turned down the chance to take part in Saturday’s Bayern team presentation at the Allianz Arena and bid farewell to the Munich fans.According to German daily Bild, Manchester United are set to pay between 18 and 20 million euros ($20-22.31m) for the Germany captain, but the transfer deal is not yet completed as Schweinsteiger has yet to have a medical check.Rummenigge insisted there is no truth to reports Schweinsteiger is leaving Bayern because of problems with coach Pep Guardiola: “I would like to refer to that in the realm of fairytales,” he said drily.Schweinsteiger comes to Old Trafford with a vast wealth of experience having helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup and has lifted the German league title eight times with Bayern and the German Cup on seven occasions.He was part of the Bayern team which won the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles under Jupp Heynckes and went on to win the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup at the end of the year.Schweinsteiger has won 111 caps for Germany, playing in three World Cup finals, and he succeeded Philipp Lahm as captain of the world champions after their Brazil 2014 triumph.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bearspray pulled on unwanted Christmas guest in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The owner of a home in Dawson Creek pulled out a can of bear spray on Christmas Day after a guest refused to leave the premises.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that police were called to a home in Dawson Creek shortly after 3:00 p.m. last Monday after a guest was asked to leave the home but refused. She said that upon police arrival, it was discovered that the owner of the home had opened up some bear spray on the unwanted guest, who was located a short distance away from the home.Cpl. Saunderson added that the person received medical treatment for exposure to the potent substance and that the police investigation into the dispute is currently ongoing.- Advertisement –last_img

Fort St John Home Hardware Building Centre recognized as Community Leader

first_imgNIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, O.N. – The Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre recently received an award as a Community Leader at the Outstanding Retailer Awards.Held in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Douglas and Shelley Gallinger, owners of Fort St. John Home Hardware, were on hand to receive the award.The Gallinger’s say they are excited and thankful to receive this award.- Advertisement -“We are extremely excited to win this award and are proud to support our community. Thank you to our staff and customers for your continued support. Together we make a difference.”The Outstanding Retailer Awards have recognized and honoured Canada’s best Home Improvement Retailing stores across Canada since 1992.last_img

Roberts’ son is fighting scandal

first_imgNow, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal. Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors’ expense, including numerous home-remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter’s senior trip to the Bahamas and a red Mercedes convertible and a Lexus SUV for his wife, Lindsay. She is accused of dropping tens of thousands of dollars on clothes, awarding nonacademic scholarships to friends of her children and sending scores of text messages on university-issued cell phones to people described in the lawsuit as “underage males.” At a chapel service this week on the 5,300-student campus known for its 60-foot-tall bronze sculpture of praying hands, Roberts said God told him: “We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit … is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion.” San Antonio televangelist John Hagee, a member of the ORU board of regents, said the university’s executive board “is conducting a full and thorough investigation.” LAWSUIT: President of evangelist’s campus says God spoke to him of “litigious society.” By Justin Juozapavicius THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TULSA, Okla. – Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts’ university, or else he would be “called home.” Colleagues fear for the reputation of the university and the future of the Roberts’ ministry, which grew from Southern tent revivals to one of the most successful evangelical empires in the country, hauling in tens of millions of dollars in contributions a year. The university reported nearly $76 million in revenue in 2005, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Oral Roberts is 89 and lives in California. He holds the title of chancellor, but the university describes him as semi-retired, and his son presides over day-to-day operations on the campus, which had a modern, space-age design when it was built in the early 1960s but now looks dated, like Disney’s Tomorrowland. The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by three former professors. They sued ORU and Roberts, alleging they were wrongfully dismissed after reporting the school’s involvement in a local political race. Richard Roberts, according to the suit, asked a professor in 2005 to use his students and university resources to aid a county commissioner’s bid for Tulsa mayor. Such involvement would violate state and federal law because of the university’s nonprofit status. Up to 50 students are alleged to have worked on the campaign. The professors also said their dismissals came after they turned over to the board of regents a copy of a report documenting moral and ethical lapses on the part of Roberts and his family. The internal document was prepared by Stephanie Cantese, Richard Roberts’ sister-in-law, according to the lawsuit. An ORU student repairing Cantese’s laptop discovered the document and later provided a copy to one of the professors.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsene Wenger ‘unwilling to take gamble’ in FA Cup win over Lincoln

first_img The Gunners boss fielded a strong starting XI in the 5-0 win over the non-league outfit 1 Arsene Wenger admitted he did not want to gamble on his team selection as Arsenal proved too strong for non-league Lincoln, easing to a 5-0 win in their FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium.In a week which has seen Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League hopes end in humiliating fashion, Wenger knew that a win in the world’s oldest club competition could be the one shining light to their season.The Vanarama National League leaders, however, more than held their own in the first half before Theo Walcott put the Gunners ahead at the interval.Arsenal’s gulf in class then began to show as an Olivier Giroud effort, a Luke Waterfall own goal, and goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey earned their place in the semi-finals.Wenger has already won the FA Cup a record-equalling six times and therefore knew the importance of the game even against lowly opposition, defending his decision to field a strong starting line-up.“I didn’t want to gamble today because I knew that it was very important to win the game,” Wenger said during his post-match press conference.“I felt as well, on the other hand, that the team had performed well against Bayern and I wanted to give them a chance to find their confidence back by winning the next game. And that’s why I maintained 90 per cent of the players in the starting line-up.“We were a bit nervous because your confidence drops when you don’t have the results. The team was unjustifiably criticised for our last game against Bayern Munich because we had an outstanding game.“The game was killed not by the fault of the players but we have to take a distance with us and have a look at the bigger perspective than people want to do.“Overall we had to respond today and that’s what we did. We had an outstanding game against Bayern Munich but our game was killed by the referee. I watched this game three times now and it’s still the referee who killed our game.”With around 9,000 travelling Lincoln fans cheering their side on, Arsenal struggled to gain a stronghold in the game and Wenger gave credit to the visitors for making life tough for his side.“It was difficult,” Wenger said. “They knocked Ipswich out. They knocked Brighton out. They knocked Burnley out at Burnley.“You could see in the first half that they had a very direct game, but they had clarity about what they wanted to do and they did that very well.“Overall I think for us it was important to be focused not to make a mistake. They had a big crowd behind them as well and they had a chance. There was a big save from Petr Cech in the first half.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. TODAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will discuss preventive medicines for cervical, colon and breast cancers, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Craft day, 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Football clinic for kids ages 9-15, 6-8 p.m. at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Contact Rick Walroth at WEDNESDAY Grand opening of the Bouquet Canyon Bridge, 10-11 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Road near Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Gail Ortiz at (661) 255-4314. Free health lecture will discuss detecting and managing osteoporosis, noon-1 p.m. at the SCV Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (818) 847-4550. Football clinic for kids ages 9-15, 6-8 p.m. at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Contact Rick Walroth at Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. THURSDAY Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Independence Day story time and craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 250-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 250-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

50 women sought in probe of killer

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Sheriff’s investigators are trying to find at least 50 women they have linked to a photographer on Death Row for murdering two aspiring models – one whose body was found near Lancaster – in the early 1980s, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities are investigating whether the women were raped or killed from 1975 to 1984 by William Richard Bradford, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Web site. In the 1970s and ’80s, Bradford, 60, posed as a freelance photographer in the West Los Angeles area, taking sexually explicit photos of women he met at bars and “car race events,” according to the site. The site showed women striking poses in 54 photographs seized from his residence in the 1980s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesOne woman seen in Bradford’s photographs was found dead in the Malibu Canyon area in the 1980s, said sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Taylor Jr. The cause of her death was not known. Investigators renewed their interest in the photos while reviewing old cases recently, but they have had trouble contacting the women, said sheriff’s Lt. Debra Lenhart. She said the case has generated leads in Michigan and Florida, where Bradford once lived or traveled to. Bradford was convicted in 1987 of first-degree murder in the stranglings of Shari Miller, 21, and Tracey Campbell, 15. Prosecutors said he lured them into accompanying him with promises to help their modeling careers. Miller’s body was found in a West Los Angeles parking lot in July 1984, while Tracey’s decomposed body was found in August 1984 at a campsite 28 miles east of Lancaster. In the penalty phase of his trial, Bradford asked the jury to sentence him to death. “Think of how many you don’t even know about,” he told jurors. It was unclear whether Bradford was currently represented by an attorney. A message left with an attorney who represented him in the past, Robert R. Bryan, was not immediately returned Tuesday. The unaccounted-for women were believed to have lived in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood and local beach cities. When he wasn’t taking pictures, Bradford was a handyman in a Mar Vista apartment complex, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. Shortly after his arrest in the two killing in 1984, he pleaded no contest to an unrelated charge of forcible rape and was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the women. Anyone with information can contact Sgts. R. Taylor or A. Castro at (800) 618-6707 or (323) 890-5500. You may also e-mail them at or Reference file number 006-00038-3100-444.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more