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Dawanincura thanks everyone involved in delivering Pacific Games

first_imgDawanincura said this at the PNGOC’s Annual General Assembly held last Saturday at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.“The Pacific Games goes down in history as the most phenomenal sporting success we have enjoyed as a country, and Team PNG,” said Dawanincura.Dawanincura also acknowledged the bid committee and the presentation team who were involved in promoting PNG as a potential host and putting in the bid to host the Games.He also made special mention thanking the Government for its unprecedented support, including corporate sponsors and the PNG Sports Foundation.“Papua New Guinea would not have achieved the results in 2015 without the investment by government,” said Dawanincura.The president’s remarks were also echoed by secretary general for the PNGOC, Auvita Rapilla.“As secretary general, I feel extremely proud and privileged to have led the PNGOC during this historic period. It was through the joint endeavours of a myriad of people and organisations that the years of tireless effort and hard work resulted in the most successful games ever,” said Rapilla.last_img read more

Orville Higgins | Time to change stupid ‘no coaching’ rule

first_img DEFINING COMMUNICATION It is sad that the 2018 US Open women’s tennis final has grabbed the headlines more for the umpiring decisions of Carlos Ramos and then the rant by Serena Williams, than for the brilliant tennis played by 20-year-old Naomi Osaka. She became the first Japanese to win a tennis Grand Slam and has already demonstrated that she has what it takes to become the next big thing in the sport. Serena’s outburst about sexism may or may not be credible, but it does not make her behaviour any more acceptable. How she behaved was wrong! I can’t condone her behaviour, but I feel her angry outbursts should have the effect of forcing the authorities to re-examine the rule about coaching. The rule about not coaching in a tennis Grand Slam is simply stupid and makes absolutely no sense. What harm could there possibly be for a coach to give tips to his player during a game? How on Earth does that detract from a game? Many have said that umpire Ramos was merely sticking to the letter of the law when he cited Serena for a coaching violation after he interpreted the hand signals by coach Mouratoglou to be him trying to pass on instructions. Here is where the thing gets interesting, though. The tennis rules states that “communication of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching”. The term “communication” simply means “exchange of information”. In other words for communication to be taking place, it must involve at least two people. Mouratoglou may have been attempting to coach, but strictly speaking, it can’t be considered coaching, unless Serena acknowledged the instructions and then proceeded to act upon them. The umpire saw the signals by the coach, but unless he was convinced that Serena was receiving the information, then he should never have made the violation call. To give a player a warning for something her coach did just doesn’t make sense and is completely unfair. I feel that, without evidence that Serena was seeing and acknowledging the coaching instructions, then it was the coach, not Serena, who should have been warned. Where the plot thickens, however, is when Mouratoglou not only admitted he was trying to coach her, but then made the damning statement that this was commonplace in the game and that Osaka’s coach was doing the same. That is a very serious accusation, but it has been met with deafening silence by the accused parties. If Sascha Bajin or Osaka herself has denied that accusation from Serena’s coach, I am yet to hear it! Is it that Osaka’s coach was a lot more subtle with whatever he was doing or was the umpire more keen to look at Serena’s coach? Surely their silence on the issue leaves us to draw only one conclusion! What makes the whole thing even more fascinating is that Serena and her coach are directly contradicting each other. Serena in snapping at the umpire said, “You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life.” Her coach, however, insists that coaching during games takes is done by 100 per cent of the coaches, 100 per cent of the time, clearly including himself in the mix! Mouratoglou has been coach-ing Serena for over six years. How do we juxtapose his statement that all coaches coach all the time with Serena’s statement that she has never cheated, in effect saying she has never received coaching during a game ever. Either Serena or her coach is lying. Both positions cannot co-exist. The decision as to who to believe, I leave to you. All sports go through rule changes from time to time, usually after highly-publicised issues like this, the tennis federation must act now. Get rid of the no-coaching rule. It makes no sense and will only lead to more contentious issues like this in the future. – Orville Higgins is a sports commentator and media personality.last_img read more

Fish depot robber remanded for illegal firearm, ammo

first_imgJust a few months after he was released on bail pending the “Wild Caught Fresh Fish Depot” robbery trial, Marvin Blackman found himself yet again before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, on Monday morning.City Magistrate Judy Latchman read that on August 8, 2017, at South Ruimveldt Georgetown, Blackman was found to be in possession of seven live 9mm ammunition and one 9mm pistol without being the holder of a firearm licence.Defence counsel in a failed submission for bail related that Blackman is 25-years of age, permanently residing in North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and is expecting a child from a common-law union.Flashback: Marvin Blackman is seen moments after he was apprehended while hiding in the ceiling following the robbery at Wild Caught Fresh Fish Depot in 2016The court further heard that the accused has armed robbery charges pending in Court Five of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and as such, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves, objected to bail on the grounds that no special reasons were advanced by defense counsel as he further revealed that the accused had allegedly committed the said felony while on bail pending the robbery trial; adding weight to his argument. Bail was refused and the accused was remanded to prison until August 28 when the matter will be called again before Magistrate Latchman.Blackman was late last year charged along with two others – Jason Brotherson and Neesan Benny – for allegedly robbing Shane Robin of $560,000 in cash and fishing equipment, a total value of $2,560,000 on December 2, 2016, at Meadow Bank, East Bank Demerara.According to media reports, on the day in question, one bandit was shot by Police while another was apprehended and a third made good his escape following the burglary.The injured bandit was shot to both of his legs by Police ranks who responded to the report of a robbery at the fish depot at about 00:45h. Blackman was apprehended at the site and according to reports, he was found hiding in the ceiling by ranks of the Guyana Police Force. (Paula Gomes)last_img read more

Ben Arfa bids farewell to Newcastle fans in open letter

first_img Hatem Ben Arfa Hatem Ben Arfa has bid farewell to Newcastle fans by expressing his thanks to them in an open letter.The 27-year-old France international, who has a year remaining on his contract, appears to have played his final game for the Magpies after joining Hull on a season-long loan with no recall clause in the agreement between the two clubs.Ben Arfa, arguably the club’s most gifted player, had been frozen out by manager Alan Pardew after a breakdown in their relationship, but remained a favourite with supporters despite his inconsistent form when he played.He wrote in the city’s evening newspaper, the Evening Chronicle: “To the Toon Army, I want to pass on my thanks to all the fans that supported me during my time at the club and living in a city that will be forever in my heart.“Thank you also to everyone at NUFC and to Hull for making this loan happen. I wish Newcastle the best of luck. I hope they have a good season.“I can’t wait to launch my career again with Hull and Steve Bruce. I thank him for the trust he has shown in me bringing me to this club.”Ben Arfa, who signed off his letter with “Howay the lads”, did not train with the senior squad during pre-season and has not been involved in the opening four first-team fixtures.But fans sang his name during Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace, and the tide of criticism which has come Pardew’s way since his departure is likely to be vocalised both at Southampton next weekend and when Hull head for St James’ on September 20.The Frenchman, however, cannot play in that game under the terms of his loan agreement. 1last_img read more

Champions League Draw – Relive our live coverage!

first_imgIt’s that time again… yes, it’s this season’s draw for the Champions League group stages.Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City, Tottenham and Celtic will all be in the pots along with the cream of Europe’s crop.The draw is due to start at 5pm UK time and you can follow it all right here… (function() {var lb24 = document.createElement(‘script’); lb24.type = ‘text/javascript’; lb24.id = ’24lbScript’; lb24.async = true; lb24.charset=”utf-8″;lb24.src = ‘//v.24liveblog.com/embed/24.js?id=1344441’;(document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(‘body’)[0]).appendChild(lb24);})(); Follow it live from 5pm center_img 1last_img read more

Hodgson set for £8m-a-year China job? Pepe heading to Chelsea? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Real Madrid defender Pepe is ready to consider a move to Chelsea after his ugly contract stand-off. Portuguese hardman Pepe, 33, is a free agent at the end of the season and is able to talk to and sign a pre-contract with foreign clubs from January 1. (Daily Mail)Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has not tried to sign Lionel Messi for Manchester City but said that if the Argentinian ever decides to leave Barcelona, he will be among those waiting in the queue for him. (Guardian)Guardiola has inadvertently revealed that Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen was his No 1 choice to replace Joe Hart as Manchester City’s goalkeeper. The City manager was speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against his former club Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have entered the race to sign £9m-rated defender Fabian Schar. But they could be forced to wait until next summer to nab him with Hoffenheim unwilling to sell in January. (Daily Star)Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are heading for a tug-of-war over Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe. The three Premier League bigwigs have noted just how good a start the 21-year-old has made to the season and are ready to pounce. (The Sun)Uruguay prospect Agustin Davila has started a two-week trial with Liverpool. The 17-year-old plays for Atletico Penarol where he has established a reputation as a promising and prolific striker with their youth side Juveniles Penarol. (Daily Mail)Former England boss Roy Hodgson has been offered a lucrative route back into management in China. Hodgson is in big demand in the Far East and there is a potential £8million-a-year contract on the table if he goes to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal’s unsettled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been urged to ‘do a Theo Walcott’ and earn his place by Arsene Wenger. Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly considering his future at the north London club. (Daily Mirror)Juventus are ready to swoop for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla. The Italian champions will attempt to sign the 31-year-old if he doesn’t extend his contract in north London beyond 2017. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are watching Besiktas’ former Fulham midfielder Kerim Frei. Frei played under Hammers boss Slaven Bilic at the Turkish club and could be available for £3m. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Exclusives:‘Consistency is KEY to Tottenham’s success this season’ – Spurs legend Ledley King previews Bayer Leverkusen Champions League clashLISTEN: ‘You are not even being given an interview, let alone a job’ – Dwight Yorke claims aspiring black managers are being FAILED by footballLISTEN: ‘Tottenham will be Premier League title challengers again this season,’ Harry Redknapp tells talkSPORTChelsea FC transfer news: Blues ready to meet AC Milan’s £49million valuation for defender Alessio RomagnoliTransfer report: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United tracking Portuguese starlet Gelson MartinsThiago Silva has had offers from ‘three or four big clubs’ to leave Paris Saint-Germain, reveals agentArsenal transfer ALERT! Paris Saint-Germain confident of beating Gunners to sign Mauro IcardiManchester City FC transfer news: Mexico starlet Orbelin Pineda being eyed by Pep Guardiola’s sidelast_img read more

Sanchez says he is FIT to face Man United – but Arsenal to make late call

first_img Alexis Sanchez Alexis Sanchez has told Arsene Wenger that he is in ‘good shape’ ahead of Saturday’s trip to Manchester United – but the Arsenal manager has still not decided whether or not to include him.Wenger had warned that it could be a ‘suicidal decision’ for Sanchez to feature for Chile over the international break because of an ongoing hamstring problem.But he played against Uruguay this week – and scored twice in a 3-1 win – which had given Gunners fans hope that he could be fit enough to face United at the weekend.Sanchez has reassured his manager that his hamstring feels good but Wenger will not make his decision until Friday.The Frenchman said: “We were in doubt before the game, 24 hours before the game against Uruguay. We didn’t know if he would play or not but in the end they decided to play him.“He text us that he is in good shape after the game – he came off after 84 minutes. Now we have to wait.“I will see him on Friday morning to see if he will be involved in the squad or not.“I will consider the risk of injury because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury.”Arsenal will be without Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla for the trip to Old Trafford – READ MORE HERE 1last_img read more

Yoko wants Dec. 8 to be a healing day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Ono was with Lennon when the former Beatle was gunned down as he returned home from a recording studio on Dec. 8, 1980. Of her own loss, Ono has said, “I don’t know if I am ready yet to forgive the one who pulled the trigger. … But healing is what is urgently needed now in the world.” – Associated Press Richards makes on-air apology Michael Richards said Sunday he did not consider himself a racist and was “shattered” by the comments he made to two young black men during a tirade at a Los Angeles comedy club. Richards, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s wacky neighbor Kramer on the TV sitcom “Seinfeld,” appeared on the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s nationally syndicated radio program, “Keep Hope Alive,” as one in a series of apologies. He said he knows his comments hurt blacks and hopes to meet with the two men. He told Jackson that he had not used such language before. “The way this came through me was like a freight train. After it was over, when I went to look for them, they had gone,” he said. Richards told Jackson the tirade was fueled not by bigotry but by anger at being humiliated. His publicist, Howard Rubenstein, said Saturday that Richards is getting psychiatric counseling to learn to manage his anger and understand why he made the racist remarks. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yoko Ono is calling for the anniversary of the death of her husband, John Lennon, to become a day of worldwide healing. In a full-page advertisement appearing in Sunday editions of The New York Times, she urges readers to mark the anniversary by apologizing to those who have suffered because of violence and war. “Every year, let’s make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered the insufferable,” wrote Lennon’s widow. Ono urges readers to take responsibility for failing to intervene on behalf of victims around the world. last_img read more

Washington County Inmate Roster – 11-27-17

first_imgNovember 27, 2017City of Salem Police DepartmentCassi R. Voyles, 33, SalemPossession of MethPossession of a SyringePossession of ParaphernaliaPossession of a Controlled SubstanceVisiting a Common Nuisancelast_img

State Highway Patrol Releases I-40 Challenge Results

first_imgAs this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday season came to an end, troopers were out in full force to monitor traffic violations in hopes of reducing motor vehicle collisions.  In support of this effort, the State Highway Patrol partnered with eight other states across the nation, participating in the 2017 I-40 Challenge.This initiative placed troopers every 20 miles along the major interstate during the most heavily traveled periods throughout the holiday.  The operation was held from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26.  The campaign focused on the reduction of fatal collisions along the I-40 corridor, which coincides with the Vision Zero initiative.Troopers not assigned to work the I-40 campaign monitored other major interstates and secondary roadways.  While the I-40 Challenge initiative focused on crash reduction two days throughout the holiday period, the Vision Zero initiative will continue throughout the rest of the year.Statewide Statistics/All RoadwaysTotal Fatal Collisions – 16DWI Arrest – 445Seatbelt Violations – 2547Speeding Violations – 10,518Move Over Violations – 50Total Citations Issued – 24,614I-40 Challenge Statewide Statistics/ I-40 CorridorTotal Fatal Collisions – 0DWI Arrest – 5Seatbelt Violations – 107Moving Violations – 762Non-Moving Violations – 329Total Citations Issued – 1,163last_img read more