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U20 World Cup spot up for grabs for Oceania women

first_imgPNG replaced South Africa as World Cup hosts in March, gifting them automatic qualification and a second berth for Oceania.Hosts Tonga face a tough test in today’s opening match against defending Oceania champions New Zealand, who have been on an unbeaten run since 2002.Coach Penateti Feke was a part of the Tongan team at July’s Pacific Games.She’s selected four of her teammates from that event, while nine have experience from last year’s Under 20 tournament.”They’ve already played against New Zealand so they know what it’s like to play against the toughest team in the region so it’s going to be the toughest game out of all the games. From last year we had one victory so this year we’re looking to get more than that. If the girls have it to take us to the top then so be it”.Vanuatu take on New Caledonia in today’s other clash with Samoa’s first game not until Saturday.last_img read more

Garamuts winless at World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIn their last match on Wednesday this week , the Garamuts lost to USA by 5 wickets (with 58 balls remaining).This was their fourth consecutive loss at the qualifiers.The Garmuts finished last on the ladder out of 5 participating countries.Meanwhile, Nepal qualified for the 2016 U19 World Cup in Bangladesh after beating Ireland by 3 wickets in the final on Thursday.Nepal finished unbeaten at the qualifiers.In the third place play off, USA beat Uganda by 5 wickets.last_img

Bromfield a special talent

first_imgJunelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High is a very special talent.     Yesterday the middle distance star completed one of the most difficult feats at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships with gold medals in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events.    After taking the 1500 metres in 4:40.77 on Friday, the St Elizabeth star returned to take the 400m in early afternoon yesterday in 51.74. Two hours later she dismantled the 800 metres field clocking 2.09.70 to bring the National Stadium crowd to its feet. A modest Bromfield said her accomplishment was not as difficult as it appeared.    “It wasn’t that difficult because I paced myself throughout the rounds and I kept my composure in all my races and that is how I was able was deliver in all of them,” she said. “I feel very proud, because I am being strongly motivated by my mother and father and my coach is always there pushing me and that is how I was able to accomplish what I did,” she added. The middle distant sensation was also touched by the reception the stadium crowd gave her in the final 100 metres of the 800m. “It was heart warming because I know that STETHS do not have many supporters, it’s mainly KC and Calabar and all those schools, so for all of them (spectators) to be supporting me I really appreciate it,” she said.last_img read more

Rising sprint star seeks success at World Relays

first_imgReigning inter-collegiate sprint champion, Sashalee Forbes, is looking forward to competing in her first IAAF World Relays.   The 21-year-old Forbes made a bright start to her career when she helped the country to capture the silver medal at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was her first senior team outing.   Now Forbes said she is aiming for more success at this year’s April 22-23 meet in Nassau, Bahamas. She plans to do her best to help Jamaica win medals at the championships.“I see the World Relays as a big deal. Everybody is talking about it so I just can’t wait to get there. “I am looking forward to playing my part and helping Jamaica to win the gold in the 4×100 metres,” she added.  Jamaica finished second in the sprint relay, behind the United States, at the last championships in 2015.She added: “I know that we can finish with the gold this year. We just have to concentrate and just go out there and do our best. Forbes, a student at G.C. Foster College, has a personal best of 11.17 seconds in the 100m and 22.72 in the 200m and she noted that her progress so far has made her very happy.  “I am overwhelmed with how things have gone in my career.  I didn’t think I would have reached this far so quickly,” she said. Forbes stated that her performance in Rio de Janeiro last year has helped to boost her career. “It motivates me a lot. I went up against some of the greatest athletes in the world and so whenever I step out on the track I now want to do very well,” she said.last_img read more

Ateneo recovers; Creamline nears final 4

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Chan rallies, shares Riviera plum with Bernice Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum That’s when Gandler pressed it down with back-to-back hits that was followed by a Madayag ace and De Leon tip-in which iced the match in the Lady Eagles’ favor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown But the Lady Falcons made sure they had their moments in the match before losing for the 10th time.Hoping to score a morale-restoring win, Adamson caught Motolite-Ateneo napping in the second set to steal a set against the league’s most fearsome squad.The Lady Falcons paid dearly in the next set as Maddie Madayag, Bea de Leon and rookie Vanie Gandler buckled down to work for a lopsided frame.In the fifth set Adamson coach Airess Padda was overheard telling her players “they (Lady Eagles) don’t need this as much as we do.”That worked slightly for the Lady Falcons who led the fourth, 18-16, on an ace by Trisha Genesis.But Motolite-Ateneo’s Jules Samonte ignited a searing windup with a kill-block before Adamson gave up the next two points via attacking error.ADVERTISEMENT In an out-of-town match, Creamline needed five sets to dispose of Pocari Sweat, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 15-8, in Legazpi City.The win was the eighth for the Cool Smashers who, like the BanKo Perlas Spikers, moved within a win of making the semifinals outright.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Lady Warriors slumped to 5-6 although they still have a solid chance of making the Final Four if they can win all their three remaining matches in the eliminations.Needing the win to boost its morale follwoing a defeat at the hands of BanKo Perlas, top semifinalist Motolite-Ateneo was all business in scoring their 10th win in 13 matches. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Motolite-Ateneo pulled away from the field while Creamline inched closer to the semifinals after crushing their opponents Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Encountering just a few minor bumps, Motolite-Ateneo put Adamson-Akari in its rightful place—winless and at the bottom of the standings—with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20 triumph.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rep. Chambers, NEC Blunder over Handling of Election Complaints

first_imgDrama unfolded yesterday in the courtroom of the Supreme Court, when a lawyer representing Rep. Bhofal  Chambers denied that his client’s complaint filed against Maryland County senator-elect, Gbleh-bo Brown  was never heard by the National Elections Commission (NEC).Although documents before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court showed that NEC conducted an investigation and subsequently ruled in the matter and denied Chambers’ allegation on December 27, his lawyer Cllr.  Famere Stubblefield insisted that his client did not appear at any NEC investigation regarding his allegation.Cllr. Stubblefield also challenged the NEC to produce any documentary evidences to show that his client was ever invited for any hearing.The NEC lawyer Cllr. Joseph Blidi admitted the claim, explaining that Rep Chambers attended the hearing only based on a telephone conversation he held with the Chairman of the NEC.Rep. Chambers who represents Maryland County Pleebo-Sodoken District in the House of Representatives on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), protested against the conduct of last December’ Special Senatorial Election. He is claiming a recount of the results of the 143 polling stations in the county because of irregularities, which NEC argued it did.It all started when Cllr. Famere Stubblefield was asked after he appeared before the High Court yesterday whether his client was ever invited by the NEC for an investigation about his complaint.  Cllr. Stubblefield in his reply said, “It is true that Dr. Chambers appeared before the NEC’s investigation in Maryland County, but he left later because the other party was not there.”The move by the high court’s full bench to hear the complaints is based on the decision reached by Chamber-Justice Philip Banks, that the writs of prohibition filed by the contending parties was purely constitutional and could not be decided by a single Justice.He also quoted Dr. Chambers as saying, “I can’t answer to anything in the absence of the other party.”Interestingly, when Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor openly read the NEC’s ruling he quoted part of it as saying “two of Dr. Chambers’ witnesses took the stand and they testified before the NEC’s magistrate in Maryland County.”He further quoted the NEC ruling, saying, “Dr. Chambers himself was present at the hearing and he made some clarification. He even asked the magistrate to allow some of the election observers to testify.”When Cllr. Stubblefield was asked by Chief Justice Korkpor to authenticate the statement, he replied “It is false and misleading. Rep. Chambers did not appear for a hearing. That document was manufactured by the NEC.”“Let them show me any notice or document that they invited our client. The only thing Rep. Chambers received was a telephone communication between him and the NEC Chairman asking him to go back to Maryland County for the hearing,” Cllr. Stubblefield argued.When the NEC lawyer was also asked whether they even issued a notice inviting Rep. Chambers to any investigation, Cllr. Blidi responded, “No, we did not send any notice to him.  What we did was that the Chairman only telephoned him about the hearing and he attended it.“We did not manufacture any statement from Rep. Chambers. It is the testimony of him and his witnesses,” Cllr. Blidi insisted.Ruling in the matter is reserved.Out of the 15 senators declared winners by the National Elections Commission (NEC) after the December 20 polls, three are yet to  be seated due to the complaints filed against them by their opponents. The three senators affected by the court’s order due to protests from contending candidates are Senators-elect Varney Sherman, of Grand Cape Mount, Morris Saytumah of Bomi and Jim Tornolah of Margibi.Three other Senators-elect protested against candidates that were certificated by the NEC. These candidates are: Gbleh-bo Brown of Maryland County, Alfred Chea of Grand Kru County and Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County. The protesting candidates claim in their various writs of prohibition that they are protesting the results of the election that saw victory for their opponents due to fraud.They claim that the decision by the NEC to go ahead to certificate winners of the election in the face of protests filed against some of the winners was illegal and called on the high court to order the NEC to revoke the certificates, until an investigation into the matter is completed. In her apparent reaction, a lawyer for the NEC told the court that the commission was in no error to certificate winners in the December senatorial election because the commission was acting legally.NEC lawyers have argued that the protesting candidates are in error by going to the Supreme Court because it is only the NEC that is clothed with the authority to investigate election matters.Lawyers for the NEC say certification of winners of the election does not mean that any of the declared winners cannot be removed from his/her seat when their investigations prove that there was fraud in the process. Friday, heard by the high court, according to observers would determine whether the senators-elect in question some of whom have already taken their seats would be removed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Survivor Wants Care For Ebola Patients, Urges More Support for Health Workers

first_imgMs. Kyndy Kobbah, a survivor of the deadly Ebola virus from the Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County, is calling on the government of Liberia, local and international partners to provide more care for patients affected by the disease and undergoing treatment at the various centers.Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry Ebola Hour regular press briefing, Kyndy Kobbah, who is a Physician Assistant (PA), said  many of the patients who appeared for treatment are not given proper care and attention by health workers, including nurses and doctors at the unit.She explained that many of the patients who died at the Ebola management unit died due to lack of care, not receiving drugs on time, food and other necessary support needed from health practitioners who are expected to save lives.   Ebola patients can survive, provided proper care is given to them by health workers and other family members.  According to her, “Patients who show up for treatment and are confirmed positive of the deadly Ebola virus, especially those carried by ambulances, were sleeping on Tarpaulin and not receiving food on a regular basis. She said staff from the Rennie Hospital, we were laid down in front of the treatment center for more than an hour, calling on health workers to pay attention to us, but no avail. We had to start sending threatening remarks before they came to our aid.”Madam Kobbah disclosed that, they were saving lives at the Rennie Hospital when one patient affected 14 of the staff of the deadly virus after many of them were fully attending to him.  These included some staff and security personnel.  Many of them died while  trying to fight for survival at the center in her presence.According to her, “This man was not showing any signs and symptoms of the disease when diagnosed by staff of the hospital. He began using the staff bathroom and other facilities, which caused many of them to be affected. We have limited supplies of personal protective equipment and others.”Madam Kobbah called on parents, health workers and the government to focus on the children who are admitted and found positive of the virus.  The should be cared for and at the same time given special attention in order to increase their chances of survival.  “If these children are given special care and attention by the government and health practitioners, as well as family members, this would greatly reduce the death rate of many of them who are affected.”  She also expressed gratitude  to some of the doctors and nurses from the center for their support in helping patients by providing care and attention at the critical time of need by people wanting to survive.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Child who allegedly fell at school dies

first_imgThe Regma Primary School student who was declared “brain dead” after she allegedly fell down a flight of stairs at her school succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).June AlexanderTen-year-old June Alexander of Yorabali Street, McKenzie, Linden, died on Friday. The child had been battling for her life after relatives claimed she was pushed down the stairs by a teacher.While this is the accusation made by a relative, other reports suggest that she slipped and fell while running and that she was skipping when she fell. She was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).However, due to the severity of the injuries she sustained as a result of the incident, she was transferred to the GPHC.Angela Hamilton, mother of the child, related that she was told by doctors that the injuries her daughter sustained are too severe to have been caused by a simple fall.The woman reported that her daughter was constantly being bullied at school by teachers because she is “not bright”.She recalled seeing her daughter around lunchtime on Monday and said that she was not in good spirits since she was instructed to remain in class by a teacher.“I don’t know what really transpired but all I know they saying a teacher push her down the railing. Right now, my daughter in a coma and she is not even responding. She just laying down there. This is like a disaster. I tripping out right now. I got to find money to go to town every day”, Hamilton, who is a security guard, told this publication.The mother alleged that the teachers at the school are not forthcoming with any information as to what really transpired but have offered their apologies.“They now saying sorry but my child still lie down there”, she cried. The mother, who has two other children attending the same school, is now reluctant to send them to school as they too can be bullied and pushed down a flight of stairs.An aunt of the injured child has refuted the theory that her niece fell after running and tripping on her shoelace while noting that the child does not wear laced shoes to school.last_img read more

Forget Mourinho, Pellegrini, Van Gaal and Wenger, this man is the Premier League’s top boss

first_imgThis column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukAt the start of the last Premier League season, when we did our arbitrary and largely uninformed predictions as to where each team would finish, we had Swansea going down under their newly appointed permanent boss Garry Monk.We couldn’t have been more wrong. Monk, then still only 35, started his full-time gig with a win at Old Trafford – and went on to mastermind league doubles over both Manchester United and Arsenal as Swansea recorded a best ever Premier League finish of eighth. All that despite losing their prize asset, Wilfried Bony, to Manchester City in January.Fast-forward 12 months, and we this time gave Monk and his squad a little more credit: go on then lads, we’ll give you as high as 11th. You deserve it. Four games into the new season, having had to open with a trip to the champions and welcome United to the Liberty Stadium, Swansea are unbeaten and sit fourth in the table.They should have won at Chelsea, they were furious with themselves for not winning away at Sunderland, and they totally p****d on Louis van Gaal’s 50th-game bonfire on Sunday afternoon. Trick repeated.Bafetimbi Gomis and new boy Andre Ayew – both signed on frees, by the way – are the division’s most dangerous front pairing; Jonjo Shelvey is finally maturing into the midfield playmaker he could never have been at Liverpool; while Ashley Williams has grown into one of the country’s most reliable and influential captains.And all under the quiet, watchful, intelligent, nurturing eye of Monk. Van Gaal can talk about philosophies and sell every front player at United all he wants. Jose Mourinho can pout and gesture and rant and sulk. Arsene Wenger can do his thing and get Arsenal into yet another Champions League, while Manuel Pellegrini can spend and spend and spend and spend City’s way to another title.But right now, for me, the best manager in the Premier League is, wait for it, an Englishman – and that Englishman is Garry Monk. Who knew? Garry Monk 1last_img read more

Roberto Martinez unfazed by futures of Everton stars wanted by PSG and Chelsea

first_img John Stones and Romelu Lukaku Roberto Martinez insists he has no concerns about his young Everton stars being targeted by other clubs in January.Striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored nine goals this season, is reportedly on the radar of Juventus and Paris St Germain while defender John Stones is likely to be top of Chelsea’s transfer wish list again.But Goodison boss Martinez said: “What I don’t like is teams looking at our squad and nobody is interested, and nobody feels we have got good players.“We worked really hard in the last six transfer windows to assemble a very strong squad with a real determination to bring in young players with world-class talent, and that’s what we’ve done.“When you look at players like Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku, John Stones, Ross Barkley, they are very young players and they work to develop, to become important, to enjoy their football, and then we are going to benefit as a football club.“So I have no worries about attracting attention, because that’s what you want. If you sign players and no one thinks they are doing well then you have a big, big problem.”Lukaku stretched his goalscoring streak against West Ham to seven consecutive matches to secure a 1-1 draw on Saturday after Manuel Lanzini had fired the Hammers into the lead.Stones, meanwhile, put in a superb display as he marshalled an inexperienced defence shorn of the injured Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo and Phil Jagielka, among others.“It was a really interesting challenge for John, it wasn’t just about defending and doing his job well, it was about leading the back four with five defenders injured,” added Martinez.“I thought John set the tone and he was immense, in the manner that you have to defend a striker like Andy Carroll and then take the responsibility in the way he started the play, I thought it was a magnificent performance.”West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, a centre-half for both teams during his playing days, is also a fully paid-up member of the Stones fan club.“I like Stones – I watched one game when Everton played at Newcastle a couple of years ago,” said Bilic. “He was at centre-half, and he was 20 or so, and he was magnificent.“So good, so calm, such composure with the ball. On Saturday he did really well against Andy Carroll. He is definitely a quality player. “ 1last_img read more