May 26, 2020

Hunters forge partnership with Broncos

first_imgAs part of the agreement, the Hunters’ coach Michael Marum will spend a week being mentored by NRL premiership coach Wayne Bennett next month.Former PNG Kumuls coach, Bob Bennett, toldRadio Australia’s Pacific Beat that his brother was happy to host the PNG Hunters at Red Hill.”It will just be Wayne’s normal training week and Michael will just hang around with him and see how it’s done and the professionalism that Michael’s got in place (in PNG),” Bennett said.”He’s going to come down to the Broncos and see what they do, the facilities, giving him some ideas, and just see where they go from there.”Wayne’s got a bit of soft spot for PNG and I suppose that’s through my connection and also just PNG in general so therefore he always helps out when he can.”However, Bob Bennett has rule out the possibility of any permanent PNG role for his brother.”I think Wayne is too busy and I don’t think that would be possible,” he said.”Sometimes you’ve got to understand the PNG players as well and Michael does that very well. And Wayne will always be a contact for him to talk to – and that will be good – but no, I don’t think Wayne will go to PNG.”Under the agreement, the Hunters will also use the Broncos’ facilities as their training base when they travel to Queensland to play Intrust Super Cup matches next season.”It will be good that every time they come to Brisbane and they know that they want to do weights or they want to do something they can just do what they want,” Bennett said.”Most of the time I’d say the Broncos would be away too, so the Hunters will have the field and facilities without too many problems.”Marum the best choice for PNG coach: BennettLed by coach Marum, the PNG Hunters finished second on the Queensland Cup ladder and narrowly missed out on a place in the Grand Final.Bennett said Marum had the “right attitude, discipline and management” to the job and could be a natural successor to take over from Mal Meninga as coach of the national side, the Kumuls.”Michael will be a success story for PNG,” Bennett said.”When you look at the Samoans and the Tongoans and the Fijians, they are twice the size of the PNG boys, and PNG just get out and muscle.”But Michael will bring the discipline, he will bring the proper training, he’ll bring the good ideas as far as coaching goes to them.”Whether they are good enough to win games with that, I’m not sure, but I don’t think there is any other choice but Michael.”Marum led Papua New Guinea to victory in the rugby league nines at the 2015 Pacific Games.The 42-year-old represented PNG in the 2000 World Cup and has also been involved in coaching the national team at the 2008 World Cup and 2010 Four Nations.last_img read more

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May 14, 2020

Casting of strikers for the Red in the Metropolitan

first_imgWhile Álvaro Morata It comes with similar numbers, but for now lower than those of the Catalan striker. Since the Madrid tip adds seven goals in the League, and three other goals in other competitions, which add up to ten goals at this point in the championship. A record that should be higher, something that the player will want to amend in this second part of the season. All of them have been or are in the last possible lists or pools, to which they would add Iago Aspas, Iñaki Williams and Rodrigo Moreno, which have also been on the lists or in the possible options for the Asturian technician. Of the four Wanda strikers, it is Gerard Moreno the one that has the best business card, since it has ten goals in the League and two in the Copa del Rey, being now one of the top national scorers. A title, the top national scorer, who has granted a place in the calls of this century to 90% of the strikers who have achieved it. Behind them, I would be Paco Alcácer, who has returned to the League with the idea of ​​looking for a place for the Euro. The Valencian striker has a seven-goal card in Dortmund and a goal with Villarreal, in a season that has not had the expected minutes. Finally, it is Diego Costa, who after three months of injury returned to the team this week, playing a few minutes against Liverpool. Costa’s options are complicated, since after three months of injury he only adds two goals, and we must see how he is in that second part of the season. What is clear is that this Sunday is a good game to earn points and convince the coach; a good showcase for the four strikers and an option to stand out against several of the strikers who aspire to those seats. From the list of national strikers who can defend our team in the European Championship this summer, the vast majority are going to meet this Sunday at the Wanda Metropolitano. So much so, that Luis Enrique can see together four of the six or seven players who are now in the pools to enter the final list. Since at Atlético they play Álvaro Morata and Diego Costa, while in Villarreal they do Gerard Moreno and Paco Álcacer.last_img read more

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February 10, 2020

Spurs cut Leicester’s lead to five points

first_imgSTOKE, England (AP):Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s draw with West Ham with four games remaining.Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham’s only titles came in 1951 and 1961.”We’re not going anywhere we are on their tails,” Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham’s lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Video series about LNG features Fort St. John residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A new video series from the BC LNG Alliance features residents from Fort St. John, including Mayor Lori Ackerman.The series, called ‘What I Know’, is made up of 15-second TV spot style videos featuring residents from across northern B.C., and figures from the oil and gas industry.- Advertisement -“LNG is an opportunity for the province of British Columbia, it’s going to offer jobs for generations to come,” Mayor Ackerman says in the clip. “We’re looking at a 40-year industry — LNG will definitely provide a future for our youth.”In another video, she says, “LNG is not only going to bring jobs, good, secure jobs. But also revenue to the province to make sure our education system and our health system are secure.”The third video features a resident named Lyle, who says LNG is ‘right for British Columbia.’‘The sustainable, long-term promise of LNG is really what we need as an engine to drive our province forward into the future,” he concludes.Advertisement In a video posted at the beginning of March, Lynette Kitt says her family loves the lifestyle of living in rural B.C.“I believe LNG is good for Fort St. John because it brings economic diversification to our region.”The ‘What I Know’ videos were posted to YouTube on April 4.last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

West Ham on course for European spot, claims Hammers star

first_img1 West Ham midfielder Mark Noble West Ham midfielder Mark Noble believes the club have still got a strong chance of securing European football despite suffering heartache at White Hart Lane last weekend.The east London club were heading for all three points against Tottenham after going two goals in front, but could not believe their luck after Harry Kane missed a penalty in the fifth minute of injury time but fired home the rebound with the last kick of the game to salvage a 2-2 draw.After conceding another injury time goal against Manchester United in their last home game, West Ham have now thrown away four crucial points which prove costly in their attempts to finish in the top six.But despite the setbacks, Noble feels there is enough quality in the squad to have a successful end to the campaign and hopes they will take out all their frustrations on Crystal Palace and his former manager Alan Pardew on Saturday.Noble said: “If we play like we did [against Tottenham] then we have got a great chance [of playing in Europe].“But we have got to stop conceding late goals. We did it against Manchester United and have now dropped four points.“But we played well and had a great away performance at Tottenham and we need to push on for next week.“We were 2-0 up and in control of the game.  They didn’t look like hurting us one bit and if anything we looked like we were going to score more goals. But it all went wrong from there.“It will be nice to see Pards [Alan Pardew] but if we play like we did against Tottenham then we have got a great chance.”last_img read more

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December 28, 2019


first_imgA Donegal man who was found in possession of cannabis when pulled over by Gardaí has had his case adjourned.Shane Higgins, 23, with an address at 45 Parkview Letterkenny admitted to being in unlawful possession of cannabis. Garda Enda Jennings stopped the defendant’s car at Magherawarden, Kerrykeel on June 5th of this year.Garda Jennings told the court, “I came across the vehicle in a car park close to Portsalon and approached the driver.“I got a strong smell of cannabis – and after searching the car I found a small amount of cannabis.“Mr Higgins, the driver of the vehicle, admitted the cannabis was his and took responsibility for it being in his car.“He was polite and co-operative and the street value of the cannabis was about €10.“He was very forthcoming with me, and had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly issued a warrant for Mr Higgins to appear before him in 2016 and adjourned the case.MAN IN POSSESSION OF CANNABIS WHEN DRIVING HAS CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:cannabiscarcourtsGardanewsShane Higginsvehiclelast_img read more

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December 24, 2019


first_imgEVERTON star Seamus Coleman is fit enough to start against Arsenal at the weekend, his manager has said.Roberto Martinez says the Killybegs man, who was a sub against Leicester last weekend, is available to start this time around. “Seamus was fully fit from a medical point of view on Saturday and that was a real boost,” said Martinez ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal. “He has been working really well, and he was desperate to be part of the squad on Saturday.“I think now it’s fair to say that he’s considered fully fit and ready to join the group and help the team in any game.”The fitness boost is good news form Martin O’Neill ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.  COLEMAN FIT FOR FULL RETURN AGAINST ARSENAL was last modified: August 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:arsenaldonegalevertonKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more

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December 22, 2019

Algeria squeeze past Senegal to storm last 16

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019AlgeriaBalde KeitaGroup CRiyad MahrezSadio ManeSenegalYoucef Belaili Algeria are three points clear at the top of Group C.AFCON 2019Senegal 0-1 Algeria30 June Stadium, CairoThursday, 27-06-2019Algeria progressed to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Senegal in a Group C contest at 30 June Stadium on Thursday evening.Sadio Mane made his first appearance in this year’s showpiece after missing the game against Tanzania due to suspension.Aliou Cisse’s side made a bright star in the opening minutes of the first period with Mane, Keita Balde threatening the Algerian defence.The Desert foxes however, grew up in the game and were unlucky not to hit the target at the half hour mark when Baghdad Bounedjah’s clip over custodian Meny was comfortably cleared by Kalidou Koulibaly. It was goalless at the break.Four minutes after the recess, Youcef Belaili fired the 1990 continental champions into the lead with a powerful shot off a Sofiane Feghouli quality ballIn the 72nd minute, Riyad Mahrez nearly doubled the Algerians lead but his effort went wide. Moments later, Bounedjah almost scored into his own net.Senegal introduced on Sada Thioub for Keita Balde, Henri Saivet for Alfred N’Diaye and Mbaye Diagne for Krepin Diatta whereas Algeria brought on Andy Delort for goal scorer Youcef Belaili, Mohamed Fares for Ramy Bensebaini and Mehdi Abeid for Ismael Bennacer.Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Keita Balde were both cautioned while Youcef Atal and Djamel Benlamri also went into the referee’s book on the Algerian side.Algeria top group C with six points from two games while Senegal have three. The Lions of Teranga will play Kenya in their last group game on Monday whereas Algeria will face off with Tanzania on the same day.Comments last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Ford looks to SA for Dakar success

first_img7 August 2013Team Ford Racing has confirmed it will enter two South African-built Ford Rangers in the gruelling 2014 Dakar Rally, which takes place from 5 to 18 January 2014 in South America.Ford’s decision follows the success of South African-built Toyota Hiluxes in the Dakar, with Giniel de Villiers finishing second in 2013 and third in 2012.The design team responsible for bringing Ford’s Dakar contender to fruition includes a mix of South African and global minds.The purpose-built Ford Rangers are being prepared by Pietermaritzburg-based Neil Woolridge Motorsport (NWM), while logistics will be handled by German-based South Racing.The drivers’ line-up is also mixed and features Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez and South African Chris Visser.“We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar,” President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, Jeff Nemeth, said in a statement.“Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”Over one-billion TV viewers from across the world tuned in to watch the 2013 Dakar, with 4.6-million spectators making their way to South America to witness the event.Global collaborationThe newly designed Ford Ranger has been built in Pietermaritzburg with assistance from Ford Motor Company’s Global Product Development group, and every aspect of the vehicle has been carefully considered and built with precision and performance in mind.“A complex jigging system was used in the manufacturing process in order to ensure that each part is built as per the design in order to achieve the perfect fit on every vehicle built,” explained team manager Neil Woolridge, a former Dakar contestant.“Although the two new Rangers are locally built, we received tremendous support from our global counterparts including the likes of Ford’s SVT division.”The technical aspects of the project will be managed from the NWM workshops in Pietermaritzburg, which will serve as the main headquarters of the project.One of the two FIA Ford Rangers is already complete and will start testing this month. The second is under construction with planned completion at the end of October. They will be supported by a dedicated team of 24 full time staff in their quest for the top honours in the Dakar battle.The logistics and European operations are being managed by South Racing GmbH, based near Frankfurt, Germany. South Racing is owned and managed by Scott Abraham whose family has a long history in South African motorsport. His father Arthur was a stalwart of South African motorsport for several decades.Knowledge and experienceAbraham has been based in Europe for the past 10 years during which time he has worked as team manager for X-raid BMW/MINI and Overdrive Toyota. He was integral to the launch of the Toyota Dakar project and thus has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience.South Racing will be supplying the team logistic structure including the MAN 6X6 Service Trucks, MAN T4 Race Trucks and service equipment. In addition to the vehicles and equipment, South Racing will manage all logistic and administration requirements for the team.“The combination of NWM and South Racing will ensure that the project has the necessary expertise and depth to be able to deliver the results,” Abraham said.Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue have been confirmed as the first driver crew. They are part of the younger generation of drivers coming through the sport and have delivered impressive results in previous editions of the Dakar.In their first outing in 2011, they finished 17th overall. In 2012, they managed to finish in an impressive fifth place, while in 2013 they were lying third overall before mechanical problems dropped them down to 27th place. Demonstrating huge determination, they fought back to finish in 10th place.The second Ford Ranger will be crewed by South African Cross Country competitors Chris Visser and navigator Japie Badenhorst.Both are well known in South African motorsport, having won the 2011 South African Cross Country Championship. They’re currently one of the leading contenders in the 2013 Donaldson South Africa National Cross Country Championship. It will be their first time competing on the Dakar.The 2014 Dakar Rally will be the 35th running of the event and the sixth successive running in South America. It will start in Rosario, Argentina and finish in Valparaiso, Chile after 13 stages, which will comprise a total distance of over 8 500 kilometres.Ford fans will be able to keep track of the team’s progress in the lead-up to the event as well as follow the teams’ progress during the 2014 Dakar on Ford South Africa’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Join the conversation by using #FordDakar.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Remembering the voices of the women of 1956

first_imgTwenty thousand brave women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 protesting the apartheid pass laws. (Image: Randburgsun) • Sello Hatang CEO Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • Mandela: a champion for women’s rights • The strength of South Africa’s democracy • The Union Buildings: now a national treasure • Women in the struggle rememberedRomaana NaidooSouth Africans celebrate Women’s Month by commemorating the 20 000 brave women who marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 protesting the apartheid pass laws being extended to black women.The crowd marched to Pretoria to deliver to then-Prime Minister JG Strijdom a petition protesting their freedom being restricted by the passes.Organised by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw), the march was led by Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophie Williams and Lilian Ngoyi.Among those incredible women of all races and ages, from all walks of life, was Amina Cachalia. Cachalia (28 June 1930 – 31 January 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist, women’s rights activist, and politician.She was married to political activist Yusuf Cachalia and was also a long-time friend and ally of former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.Born Amina Asvat in Vereeniging, South Africa, she began campaigning against apartheid and racial discrimination as a teenager and went on to become a women’s rights activist. She spent some 15 years under house arrest throughout the 60s and 70s because of her anti-apartheid activities.Cachalia was the treasurer at Fedsaw, a leading supporter of the Federation of Transvaal Women, and a member of both the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress and Transvaal Indian Congress during the apartheid era.Memories of the Women’s MarchBefore her passing last year, Cachalia spoke about the day with a broad smile and says that, for her, it was, “a significant day and a day remembered every year and all year”.“It was a truly splendid day, weather-wise not so great – it was a cold winter’s morning.“We planned it [the protest] for quite a few months ahead. The executives of the Federation of South African Women took it upon themselves and organised this demonstration and march.”She recalled that the organisers faced many obstacles. As public gatherings were out of the question, it was decided that every women would get an individual petition as they arrived at the Union Buildings. These petitions were to indicate why the women were going to Pretoria.Cachalia, who was heavily pregnant at the time, was advised by doctors not to march because of a heart condition. So instead she was taken by car to Pretoria early that morning. She recalled that she waited in the clock tower and then, suddenly, a group of women wearing colourful blankets came into view and walked to the amphitheatre, where they sat on the grass, silently.“It was a wonderful sight; it meant that the women were coming,” she said.You strike a woman, you strike a rockAfter leaving the petitions at the door, on windowsills and in the passageway of the minister’s empty office, Ngoyi said that the minister had run away, Cachalia recounted, with a laugh. During the march, Ngoyi led the women in a song, the words – “Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo”, meaning “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” – now an infamous reminder of their strength as the bedrock of their families and communities.The women stayed at the Union Buildings for about an hour or so before quietly retiring.“There were no police difficulty and there were no incidences of violence. Everything went off absolutely beautifully,” Cachalia said.Anti-Pass CampaignThe 1956 Women’s March was a culmination of several years of defiance and activism.South African History Online explains: “In 1952, the Native Laws Amendment Act tightened influx control, making it an offence for any African (including women) to be in any urban area for more than 72 hours unless in possession of the necessary documentation. The only women who could live legally in the townships were the wives and unmarried daughters of the African men who were eligible for permanent residence.”In that same year, the Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents Act was passed. Under this act, the many different documents black men had been required to carry were replaced by a single one – the reference book – that gave details of the holder’s identity, employment, place of legal residence, payment of taxes and permission to be in the urban areas.The act further made it clear that black women would, for the first time, be required to carry reference books. This outraged South African women and posed a threat to their freedom of movement. It added fuel to the anti-pass campaign.During one of the protests, Dora Tamana, a member of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and later a founding member of Fedsaw, said: “We women will never carry these passes. This is something that touches my heart. I appeal to young Africans to come forward and fight. These passes make the road even narrower for us.“We have seen unemployment, lack of accommodation and families broken because of passes. We have seen it with our men. Who will look after our children when we go to jail for a small technical offence – not having a pass?”Tamana (née Ntloko) was born in 1901 in Hlobo, Transkei. She married John Tamana, who had been injured in the Bulhoek Massacre. The Tamana family had to move to Cape Town where they rented a converted stable in District Six.After parting ways with her husband, Tamana got involved in the politics of the region when the government wanted to clear and re-house squatters living in Blouvlei.The meeting held by the Blouvlei community was attended by over 500 residents and addressed by a number of leading Communist Party members. In 1942, the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) became the first of many organisations that Tamana joined, ostensibly because of the threat to her home.Over the next few years Tamana became increasing drawn into political activity, becoming an executive member of the Cape Town Women’s Food Committee and a member of the ANC.The Defiance CampaignIn June 1952, a co-operative group known as the Defiance Campaign exerted pressure on the government through radical acts of defiance. Women were prominent in conducting these acts, notes South African History Online.One of these women was Fatima Meer. Meer was arrested for her defiant behaviour along with Ngoyi, who later became president of the ANCWL and Fedsaw.In 1946, Meer joined many other South African Indians in a passive resistance campaign against apartheid. It was at this time that she started the Student Passive Resistance Committee and helped establish the Durban District Women’s League, an organisation to build alliances between Africans and Indians after riots between the two race groups in 1949.After the National Party gained power in 1948 and started implementing its apartheid policies, Meer’s activism stepped up; she was one of the founding members of Fedsaw.Fedsaw was launched on 17 April 1954 in the Trades Hall on Rissik Street, in central Johannesburg. It was the first attempt at establishing a national, broad-based women’s organisation. A group of 146 delegates, representing 230 000 women from across the country, attended the inaugural conference to pledge their support.Fedsaw aimed to bring South African women together to secure equal opportunities regardless of race and colour and to remove social, legal and economic disabilities.According to South African History Online, a draft Women’s Charter was presented and called for the enfranchisement of men and women of all races; for equality in employment opportunities; for equal pay for equal work; for rights in relation to property, marriage and children; and for the removal of all laws and customs that denied women such equality.The Freedom CharterThese demands were later incorporated into the Freedom Charter, adopted by the Congress of the People in Kliptown, Soweto, on 25 and 26 June 1955.In the run up to the Kliptown gathering, in August 1954, the Congress Alliance asked Fedsaw to help organise the Congress of the People and the women agreed. They successfully helped to organise local bodies and conferences in 1955 and lobbied for the incorporation of some of their demands into the Freedom Charter.In September 1955, the issue of passes came to a head after the government announced that it would start issuing the reference books to black women from January 1956. Several protests were held, culminating in the mass march to Pretoria in August. In commemoration of the bravery of these women, and in tribute to them, the country now celebrates National Women’s Day each year on 9 August.last_img read more

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