Motu Koita rugby receives boost of K60,000

first_imgThe low key presentation ceremony took place at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium where the Motu Koita 9s rugby league grand final will be played this Saturday.Chairman of the MKRLA, Pipi Dae Boe thanked Tkatchenko for his support to the MKRLA.“All our plans will evolve around laying a platform or foundation for aspiring potential Motu Koita players to stand on and showcase their talents through the activities and opportunities that we will create and provide respectively so that they can be recognised and selected for higher playing levels.The next steps from here on any for aspiring Motu Koita players will be Southern Zone trials, Zone Championships, Digicel Cup, SP Hunters and Kumuls.“We also have plans to expand to include Central – going as far as Gabagaba, the most eastern Motu Koita village, Manumanu village in the Hiri West and Porebada, Boera, Lealea, Tubusereia Gaire and Barakau,” said Boe.Boe said part of the money will be used for this weekend’s grand final while the rest will go towards the running of the MKRLA and its competitions.last_img read more

Vera wants to do a Pacquiao

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Pringle, GlobalPort aim to sustain strong start We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Senators to proceed with review of VFA After retaining his title in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination late Friday night, Vera, who is also trying his hand in acting, was asked what’s his next move.“The Senate in 2019,” Vera said during the post-fight press conference shortly after manhandling an overmatched challenger in Hideki Sekine of Japan in the first round at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’m serious.”“I want to help people in the provinces. I’m just following Pacquiao’s lead,” said Vera. “I love seeing him in Senate hearings. You can’t touch Pacquiao, so if you say something wrong or incorrect, he’ll ask.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe 39-year-old Vera, a Filipino-American, said he just acquired dual citizenship last month. Filipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera plans to run for senator in 2019. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrandon Vera wants to follow in the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao, but he’s not planning to crossover to boxing.Vera, the ONE heavyweight champion, bared he’s keen on running for senator just like Pacquiao, who won a Senate seat last May.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Apprentice Thomas stars with three-timer

first_imgIN-DEMAND three-kilo claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas yesterday booted home a three-timer, including 9-5 favourite WONG DON in the O & S Tack Room feature race. Thomas, who has been attracting the interest of trainers due to his allowance of seven pounds, started his run with 2-1 chance CHIEF PROSPECT in the fifth before landing the eighth and ninth with MY ANGEL BRIANNAH and WONG DON, respectively. A disqualified winner on July 29, WONG DON returned seven pounds lighter in the 1300-metre event for three-year-olds, non-winners of four races. Facing foes, most of whom he had beaten in either of his last two races, including BALAZO, runner-up in both events, WONG DON easily tracked the pace from fourth down the backstretch before mounting his challenge along the rail entering the straight. BALAZO was taken on by United States-bred DANBURY coming off the turn, but both were left standing when WONG DON attacked a furlong-and-a-half out, sprinting away to win by five lengths in a decent 1:19.2. The stewards afterwards disqualified second-past-the-post BALAZO for hindering horses shortly after the start of the event. The chestnut colt was taken out of the frame and DANBURY promoted to second. Champion jockey Omar Walker won the co-feature Portmore Cycle Centre Trophy in a driving finish aboard 6-5 favourite PROLIFIC PRINCESS, beating subsequently disqualified POLLY B by a length at five-and-half furlongs in a fast 1:05.4. The five-year-old chestnut mare was not the best away from post-position two in the 10-horse field stacked with speed and was forced to bide her time, next-to-last down the backstretch, before turning for home wide in mid-track. Roused by Walker in the stretch run, PROLIFIC PRINCESS, owned by the race’s sponsor, Oneil Hinds, under the nom de plume Oshaun Connection, responded by weaving her way through the field before collaring long-time leader POLLY B close home. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.last_img read more

Barkley in, Carrick put on stand by

first_img0Shares0000LUTON, May 12- Everton breakthrough star Ross Barkley, 20, was named in a youthful England World Cup squad on Monday, but Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick only made the standby list.Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole announced his international retirement on Sunday after being informed by England manager Roy Hodgson that he would not be selected and 18-year-old Southampton defender Luke Shaw took his place. Cole’s Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard was also selected, despite doubts about his inclusion, but Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker missed out due to a pelvic injury.Phil Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere all overcame injury scares to be included in the 23-man list, while Southampton striker Rickie Lambert was preferred to West Ham United rival Andy Carroll.England have been drawn in Group D at the World Cup in Brazil alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.SQUADGoalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Joe HartDefenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris SmallingMidfielders: Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack WilshereStrikers: Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny WelbeckStandby list: John Ruddy, Jon Flanagan, John Stones, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Jermain Defoe, Andy Carroll0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Messi called me son of a b****’ Weligton

first_imgThe defender appeared to initiate contact with a minor shoulder-to-shoulder bump, before briefly grasping the Argentina captain by the throat and pushing him backwards.However, Weligton says he only reacted and confronted Messi because of the words that his opponent had initially said to him.“A minute before Messi tried to play a one-two, I tried to block him with my arm,” Weligton told Cadena SER. “He thought I caught him in the face, but it was by accident. You can see from the images. He got angry and came at me, calling me a ‘son of a bitch.’ That was when I caught him by the throat.”Weligton was shown a yellow for confronting Lionel Messi on Wednesday.The pair did not discuss the incident after the game and the Malaga man says there was nothing left to talk about.“There was no need to talk with him afterwards,” Weligton said. “If he wants to talk to me then no problem, if I make a mistake then I recognise it and apologise. But if he acts another way, then no problem either.”Weligton went on to praise his side’s efforts in bringing an end to Barcelona’s 100 percent winning start to their Primera Division campaign.“The whole team played a great game so I congratulate everyone. It’s not easy to hold the players that Barca possess,” he said.“But over the last few days we’ve watched a lot of their videos and managed to put our ideas into practice.”-ESPN FC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, September 25- Malaga defender Weligton claims he grabbed Lionel Messi by the throat because the Barcelona forward had insulted him by calling him a “son of a bitch.”Weligton was shown a yellow card late on in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw for an incident which left Messi on the floor.last_img read more

City Attorney seeks injunction against Rolling 40s Crips, other gangs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Terms of the injunction would limit the gang’s ability to associate in public with other members, block street access, trespass on private property, and possess drugs, weapons or graffiti tools, as well as establishing a strict curfew for known gang members after 10 p.m. Also included in the proposed gang injunction would be specific provisions intended to specifically limit this gang’s activities, including restricting gang members’ use of cell phones for the purpose of facilitating any transaction involving the sale of illegal narcotics or other illegal activity; restricting the use of gang apparel by known members, including clothing, jewelry or other apparel that refers to the gang; the use of known gang signs in public; as well as causing or encouraging loud noise, including loud music, and participating in loud parties. The injunction filed with the court includes declarations from law enforcement and community members as to the long-standing criminal activity of the Rolling 40s street gang as well as the 46 Hustlers and 46 Neighborhood Crips within the proposed safety zone. The gang is notorious for dealing rock cocaine and marijuana, using lookouts and cell phones to facilitate sales, as well as using minors to avoid police detection. The gang is also known for armed robberies, assaults, attempted murder, grand theft, witness intimidation, felony battery, firearm possession and drive-by shootings. Between 2005 and 2006, there were 31 reported homicides in Rolling 40’s turf, 1,057 aggravated assaults, and 422 shots fired incidents as well as 1,002 robberies all attributed by law enforcement to the gang. Gang injunctions have been found to be extremely useful in reducing criminal activity in Safety Zones. Crucial components in aiding the effectiveness of gang injunctions include mandatory sentencing enhancements for gang members who violate the terms of their injunctions, innovative probationary conditions, and a partnership with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to ensure gang members jailed for injunction violations serve their full terms. Gang enhancements on several recent convictions resulted in sentences between 270 and 725 days in jail. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has filed a civil lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction restricting the criminal activities of three Los Angeles street gangs, including the Rolling 40s Crips, a notorious gang featured by the LAPD in its 2007 list of the top ten most dangerous gangs in the city. “We are committed to obtaining gang injunctions as needed, and vigilantly enforcing them as an effective means to break the grip criminal street gangs have on too many of our communities,” said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. “This injunction will enable us to further decrease criminal gang activity and membership in the area,” said Delgadillo. Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the proposed gang injunction would severely restrict the ability of the gang to commit criminal and nuisance activity within the established Vernon Corridor safety zone as defined within the boundaries of Crenshaw Boulevard to the West, the Harbor Freeway (110) in the East, Martin Luther King Boulevard in the North, and 52nd Street in the South. The injunction also specifically prohibits gang members from entering, or remaining in, Vermont Square Park, located at 47th Street and Budlong Avenue. “I would like to thank the City Attorney’s Office and the officers in the Southwest and 77th areas for their hard work in putting together this injunction,” said Deputy Chief Charles Beck. “This injunction will have a tremendous impact on the safety of the community and the lives of the citizens who live within the safety zone.” Working in conjunction with injunctions, Delgadillo has also proposed a larger anti-gang legislative package as a part of his comprehensive anti-gang plan. Assembly Bill 1031, which provides city prosecutors and City Attorneys in certain cities with greater leverage to evict housing tenants who are either in possession of illegal weapons or are illegally possessing weapons and ammunition, and Senate Bill 271, which allows City Attorneys to bring damage suits against, and seize the assets of, known gang members, have already been signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. Other proposed legislation would add hate crimes to the Street Terrorism and Enforcement Protection Act (SB 989 – Ridley-Thomas); legislation that would allow out-of-court statements to become admissible when gang members take action to stop witnesses from testifying in court (AB 268 – Calderon); legislation that would add sentencing enhancements for gang activity near schools (SB 844 Calderon); and legislation that would allow for prosecution for gang recruitment of minors (AB 1033) – Caballero). Since taking office in July 2001, Delgadillo has utilized injunctions as an effective tool for law enforcement and prosecutions, adopting and adapting conditions specific to each gang increased the number of gang injunctions from eight to 33, covering 50 gangs and more than 61 square miles of claimed gang territory in Los Angeles. In addition, LAPD reports cite a 33 percent decline in gang membership since 2001. A Preliminary Injunction Hearing for the proposed Rolling 40s Crips has been set for January 29, 2008 in Department 85 of the Los Angeles Superior Court. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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

Board OKs investigation of County Counsel’s Office

first_img“I’m trying to control my temper,” Yaroslavsky said. “This is almost McCarthyistic in its approach.” He added that he’d read Nagle’s report and found it questionable. “It was followed within days by a motion … for an independent counsel to investigate, based on Mr. Nagle’s report, which I thought, to put it charitably, was jumping the gun. … It doesn’t matter what (Fortner’s) response was. You (Molina and Antonovich) were out to get him. Now you want me to believe you are going to hire an independent investigator and let the chips fall where they may. I don’t believe you.” But Antonovich said Nagle made serious allegations that require an independent investigation. “There ought not to be any fear of openness in the review of the facts and a fair and objective report to answer the questions,” Antonovich said. Molina said she discovered that new procedures designed to reduce costs were not being followed after a federal jury in February awarded $18 million to middle school teacher Raul Ramirez, who claimed a sheriff’s detective falsely accused him of assaulting a teenage girl and covered up evidence that would have cleared him. It was the largest verdict ever against the Sheriff’s Department. The county later settled the lawsuit for $9 million. “We found this out in closed session,” said Molina, who asked the auditor earlier this year to determine whether new litigation management procedures were being followed. “That’s what started us to question to go back and see if the protocols were being followed.” Near the end of the heated debate, Supervisors Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Don Knabe introduced a motion asking McCauley’s office to conduct the investigation. After the county’s legal costs for judgments and settlements hit a record high of $63 million in 2001-02, Molina and Burke urged the county to hire a litigation cost manager to help bring the costs down. After Nagle was hired in 2003, the costs dropped to a low of $26 million in 2003-04, a 58 percent decrease. But after two consecutive years of declining costs, the tab soared more than 50 percent to $41 million last fiscal year, Molina said. Fortner said a more accurate figure is $38 million, explaining that the county paid and collected about $2.5 million on one case. During this period, the amount of money the County Counsel’s Office paid outside law firms also hit a record $51 million in 2002-03, dropping to $37 million in 2004-05. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Fortner gave supervisors a 29-page rebuttal to Nagle’s allegations. He declined to divulge information in the rebuttal – citing “sensitive personnel information” – but said Nagle’s allegations are without merit. He also said he plans to cooperate with Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley in the investigation and disputed Molina’s contention his office is in turmoil. “I would say very directly that our office is working well and everyone is going in the same direction,” Fortner said. “There is not warfare in the office of the county counsel.” The issue of how to investigate, however, divided the supervisors, who traded a barrage of vehement views. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky railed at a motion by supervisors Molina and Michael D. Antonovich for an independent investigation into the allegations. After a rare and fiery debate, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to direct the county auditor to investigate allegations the County Counsel’s Office manipulated reports to hide deteriorating litigation and trial results. The unusual request for an investigation into a department head follows the firing of litigation cost Manager Robert E. Nagle of Agoura Hills, who helped cut the county’s litigation costs in half in recent years. Nagle has appealed his firing to the supervisors, alleging County Counsel Ray Fortner’s office hid information about rising costs, failed to comply with cost-cutting policies and didn’t notify the supervisors about conflicts of interest. “The problem now is about trust,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “If there is anyone you are supposed to trust, it’s your lawyer. But there are two sides to this. There is no doubt, whether we admit it or not, there is warfare going on in the County Counsel’s Office.” last_img read more

Mirallas and Schneiderlin axed from Everton squad after training ground incident

first_img1 Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin and were left out of Everton’s squad on Sunday after being involved in an incident at the club’s training ground a day earlier, according to reports.Winger Mirallas and midfielder Schneiderlin were missing from the matchday 18 as the Toffees beat Watford 3-2 at home in the Premier League.It has been suggested that on Saturday the pair’s involvement in a session at the club’s Finch Farm complex ended early after their attitude was questioned by coaching staff.This season has seen Schneiderlin notably struggle for form and Mirallas make just one Premier League start, an appearance that ended with him being substituted at half-time, just over a week ago when Everton lost 2-0 at Leicester.On Sunday the Belgium international posted a message on Instagram, which has subsequently been deleted, that said: “Thank you for all your messages. It’s a difficult situation for me.“But in life there are things much more serious than my personal situation.”Meanwhile, Everton left-back Leighton Baines has praised David Unsworth’s efforts as caretaker boss, stressing the win secured on Sunday was “the least” he has deserved.Unsworth stepped up from the under-23s two weeks ago to take temporary charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman and oversaw three away defeats before Sunday’s result.Baines, scorer of the decisive goal against the Hornets, told evertontv when asked about winning for Unsworth: “It makes it extra special.“He has been top-drawer. I’ve loved the training sessions he’s put on and the way he has conducted himself. His talk before the game was special.“We would like to have given him more, and achieved better results – but we have got him a win, which he deserved, at the least.”Ahead of an international break that appears a likely period in which Everton will appoint a permanent boss – be it Unsworth or someone else – it was a remarkable contest that brought the Merseyside outfit’s first win since September.After goals from Richarlison, in the first minute of the second half, and Christian Kabasele put Watford 2-0 up, Everton hit back with efforts by Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.There were subsequently 13 minutes of time added on at the end, during which Baines’ penalty completed the turnaround before Watford’s ex-Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley missed a spot-kick at the death.It saw Everton move out of the relegation zone, up from 19th to 15th.And Baines, who now stands alone as the club’s record penalty-scorer on 24, one clear of Unsworth and Trevor Steven, said: “We know we are better than the league table and our performances at times have been showing.“It was nice to get a win. It was dramatic, so it feels great. But it is nothing to get too carried away with. It is the type of win we should be getting here.“It’s a definite momentum-builder, with the manner of it, the emotional roller coaster. I am sure it was a tough watch.”last_img read more

Ballyshannon tourism operator joins sales blitz in Canada

first_imgLouise McGee, from Donegal-based B&B Ireland, is touring Canada this week on a Tourism Ireland three-city sales blitz.McGee is part of a delegation of 13 companies from Ireland and Canada who are meeting with group tour planners and travel agents in the cities of Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.The sales blitz involves a B2B workshop and networking sessions in each city, where the participating tourism companies have the opportunity to sell to influential Canadian travel professionals – telling them all about the many opportunities Ireland offers for group and luxury travel and highlighting our heritage, culture and cuisine. 2017 was the best year ever for tourism to the island of Ireland from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by around +11% over 2016.Louise McGee, B&B Ireland (left), meeting with a travel agent in Montreal – on day one of Tourism Ireland’s sales blitz in Canada.Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are delighted that so many key decision-makers from the group travel sector in Canada are taking the time to meet with our tourism partners this week, to hear about our fantastic tourism offering and the many opportunities for group and luxury travel to the island of Ireland. Travel agents and tour operators continue to be an important booking channel for Canadian holidaymakers – so a key element of our strategy is working closely with the travel trade, both online and offline.“2017 was the best year ever for tourism to the island of Ireland from Canada – with visitor numbers increasing by around +11% over 2016. We are determined to ensure that success continues and our sales blitz this week provides an excellent platform to kick-start our promotional effort for 2019.“The recent announcement by Aer Lingus about its new service from Montreal to Dublin for next summer is more good news for tourism to the island of Ireland as we prepare for 2019. Our message here in Canada is that it has never been easier to get to Ireland, with more airline seats from more gateways than ever before.” Ballyshannon tourism operator joins sales blitz in Canada was last modified: September 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:B&B Irelandlouise mcgeetourismlast_img read more