PNG edge out Samoa in netball

first_imgPNG captain Lua Rikis continued her top form leading in front as she only missed one attempt from the 32 shots at goal.Samoa started the match on a high, as their center court player Brooke Williams used her speed around the court directing play.She combined well with wing attack Hanalei Temese, giving Samoa goal shooter Julianna Naoupu Laban free balls to put them in front at the sound of the first quarter siren 19-13.During the drinks break, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Minister for National Planning Charles Abel walked into the arena and took their seat next to the Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, second row from the PNG girls seating area.That must have inspired the PNG ladies to step up their game, clinching the lead from the Samoans by two points, 30-28.And with support of home fans, PNG kept the lead in the third quarter 46-43, promising a tight finish in the last 15 minutes of play.In the final quarter, the fans brought the house down with their support as they pushed the PNG ladies to go the extra mile and remain undefeated.PNG defenders Margret Eka and Kilala Owen were on top of their defensive game as they shut down a late surge by the Samoan mid court players for a heart stopping win.Rikis was lost for words after the win but gave thanks to God and everyone who turned up to support.“I don’t know what to say, thank you prime minister, the win is dedicated to the facilities we have.”last_img read more

Tough back-to-back bid for Alab Pilipinas as ABL continues to grow

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag knows it’s best for his team to avoid looking too far ahead.“You can run away from it. The ABL is growing and is continuing to improve the last nine years and no one has won back-to-back,” Alapag told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday in a press conference at Marriott Hotel.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 Chriss“We’re aware of it and it’s something that we acknowledge, but I just want our guys focusing on every day trying to get better and putting ourselves in the position that each day we get closer to our goal which is to be back in the finals,” he said.Getting there won’t be easy especially with the rest of the league extra motivated to take down the defending champions. Teams in the 9th season of the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo team in the ASEAN Basketball League has won back-to-back championships.San Miguel Alab Pilipinas hopes to be the first to pull off the historic feat as they defend their crown in the upcoming 2018-19 ABL Season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Teaming up with Balkman as Alab’s other World Import is the hulking PJ Ramos while Filipino-Americans Caelan Tiongson, Brandon Rosser and Ethan Alvano and former La Salle slotman Prince Rivero complete the squad.The tireless Tiongson, who does a little bit of everything, was brought in by Alapag from Chong Son Kung Fu, which has relocated to Macau and will now be known as the Macau Black Bears in the coming season.The ABL also welcomed its newest member in China’s Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, expanding the league to 10 teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “Winning back-to-back titles has never been done and that alone explains everything. It’s going to be tough because we have a bullseye on our back,” said Alab swingman Ray Parks, who is the reigning two-time Local MVP.“We all heard in there that everyone’s saying that the Philippine team is so strong but I’m not reading too much into that,” Alapag said.“Every team has gotten better and as the defending champions, you’re going to get every team’s best shot whether it’s Hong Kong or Formosa.”The core players from last year’s championship run with the exception of Justin Brownlee, are back for Alab.Aside from Parks, Renaldo Balkman, Pamboy Raymundo, Josh Urbiztondo, Lawrence Domingo, Paolo Javelona, Rob Celiz, Oping Sumalinog and JR Alabanza are ready for Alab’s title-retention bid, which begins with a home game against the CLS Knights Indonesia at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna on December 9.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PH’s Youth Olympic Games campaign ends with 1 silver as golfers, archer bow out Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

AFL Completes ‘Operation Watch Over’ in Mali

first_imgA Platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) assigned with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali will for the first time participate in the medal parade in that West African state.To form part of the ceremony, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., as head of an 18-man delegation departed the country on Wednesday for Mali to observe the AFL’s participation in the UN Medal Parade.Minister Samukai was authorized by the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the army and President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to participate in the first Medal Parade for the AFL troops serving under the MINUSMA mission in Diabali, Mali.Minister Samukai is being accompanied by the Chief of Staff (COS) of the AFL, Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn among others to witness the ceremony that is scheduled for Friday, June 6 in Mali. While in Mali, the Liberian delegation will assess the status, conditions and well-being of the troops and will hold discussions with Malian authorities on bilateral security cooperation, and with MINUSMA authorities on the rotation of AFL troops.Last year, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered enhanced Infantry Platoon of AFL personnel to Mali to form a part of the peacekeeping operations in June 2013.Prior to departing for Mali, Chief of Staff Ziankahn participated in the third and final leg of the AFL training, code named “Bonfire: Operation Watch Over III.” The exercise was implemented by the AFL in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia. Defense authorities were represented at the occasion by the Deputy Minister for Operations, Saint Jerome Larbelee, while other representatives were officials from the offices of the Grand Bassa County Superintendent as well as mentors of the AFL.The well-attended exercise, which climaxed the Bonfire exercise ‘Watch Over’ was held on Wednesday, June 4, in Little Bassa, Grand Bassa County amidst drumming and singing of various Liberian songs led by the AFL Band Unit.Operation Watch Over, according to COS Ziankahn, is part of the AFL’s training involving field exercises where the soldiers are divided into factions fighting a ‘mock war.’ One fighting force used gorilla or jungle/rebel tactics, while the other, under government soldiers’ command, countered the rebel force using conventional warfare tactics.The Little Bassa ceremony was the third and final of a series of such trainings, which the AFL has used over the years to exercise the skills they acquired while in training, and at the same time, socialize with residents of local communities.“Operation Watch Over” is intended to also expose the troops to the different terrains across the country in case of any eventuality so that they will be prepared to defend and protect the territorial limits of Liberia.It is also intended to build the bridge of confidence between civilians and the new army, which operates on the motto, “A Force for Good”.“Because we are a civilian army…, we are obliged to maintain such status where the civilians will build confidence in the men and women of the AFL,” AFL’s 23rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Prince C. Johnson interjected.Several community members, including Moses Wee, Esther Garmai and Annie Koon, said they had hoped for the return of the soldiers to their community to entertain or reliev them of their various health situation free-of-charge.During the climax of the exercise, the AFL medical outreach team performed medical services for the community and shared gift items that included food and non-food items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hull City beat Gor on penalties in friendly

first_imgThe home side had the advantage heading into the final kick of the first five and it only needed Cercidy Okeyo to score, but he saw his kick saved and in turn Hull came alive in sudden death.The two teams scored their first kicks. However, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi saw his penalty saved with Hull’s Kevin Stewart scoring the response, ending up 4-3 winners.Hull City goalkeeper Callum Burton makes a save off Kevin Omondi’s penalty during their friendly match against Gor Mahia on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn the first five, Skipper Harun Shakava missed the first for Gor but his team-mate Oluoch atoned making a save off Jarod Bowen. Kagere stepped up for the next and scored with Oluoch keeping the advantage saving Thomas Powell’s kick.Tuyisenge who missed a chance in regulation time took Gor Mahia 2-0 with a well taken kick. Hull went back into the game with Jon Toral scoring.Wesley Onguso had a chance of ensuring Gor remained steady in the lead, but his kick was saved by substitute keeper Callum Burton.His blushes were saved with Oluoch saving from Brandon Fleming. Okeyo had the simple task of scoring the final kick and earn Gor the win, but he took a lame effort, Burton saving. Stewart Kevin scored Hull’s fifth to take the scores to 2-2.-Gor miss chances- Gor Mahia’s Francis Kahata tries to close down Hull City’s Robbie Mackenzie during an international friendly match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt was once again a tale of missed chances from the Kenyan champions who created chance after chance especially in the first half, but could not bury any of them.However, Dylan Kerr’s charges will leave chests high especially after performing in an exemplary fashion against a side that plays in the English second tier league and one that has history of playing in the Premier League.Kerr will pick positives and inspiration from this game as he prepares his side for their second CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Algerian outfit USM Alger at the same venue on Wednesday night.The atmosphere was terrific with the K’Ogalo faithful roaring their team on against the Championship side while the neutrals cheered and raved on from any beautiful move from either side.Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen dribbles away from Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi during their friendly match on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaKerr started off a strong side with the only difference from the team that played Rayon Sport last weekend in the CAF Confederation Cup being Ephraim Guikan starting upfront alongside Jacques Tuyisenge ahead of Meddie Kagere.The home side had a half chance four minutes in, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo trying his luck with a left foot snap shot from distance, but it went straight to keeper Marshall.Three minutes on the opposite end, Hull had a chance when a cross-ball bounced inside the box from the right falling on Frazer Campbell’s feet, but the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s effort to dribble his way into the box was stopped by a forest of legs.A sweeping team move from Gor Mahia, cheered on and appreciated by the partisan crowd handed them a decent scoring opportunity. Odhiambo swept the ball low into the edge of the box from the left into Guikan’s path, but the Ivorian’s shot was well handled by Marshall.On the other end in the 12th minute, Evandro’s freekick from the right found Jon Toral unmarked at the backpost but the lanky winger’s header at goal flew over the post with keeper Oluoch beaten.Hull City’s Kevin Stewart controls the ball ahead of Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Mieno during their friendly match on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut it was the home side which enjoyed most of the scoring chances, creating with style and grit.In the 19th minute, Francis Kahata should have opened the scoring on the counter when he was picked out by a well weighted pass from Odhiambo unmarked on the right, but the midfielder’s shot at goal after driving in ended wide.Kahata came close again in the 27th minute with a freekick from the edge of the box after Tuyisenge was brought down, but his curling effort over the wall was inches close, rolling over the bar.Three minutes later from another counter Humphrey Mieno released Tuyisenge through on goal, but the Rwandese could not hit the ball on target, curling it beyond Marshall but inches wide of the target.Three minutes to the break, Gor had another chance again when Odhiambo’s corner found Ernest Wendo at the edge of the six yard box, but the Gor battering bull missed a chance of a rare goal for the record Kenyan champions failing to put in a strong header past Marshall.Hull City’s Chadwick William wins the ball ahead of Gor Mahia’s Lawrence Juma during their friendly match on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThirteen minutes into the second half Kerr rung changes, making four substitutions at a go. Wendo, Odhiambo, Mieno and Guikan all made way for Samuel Onyango, Kevin Omondi, Okeyo and Kagere respectively.Wesley Onguso also later came on for Godfrey Walusimbi.Hull made a goalkeeping change, Burton coming on for David Marshall. Minutes later, Brazilian Evandro who had impressed in midfield came off for William Chadwick.The visitors had a chance of getting into the lead in the 73rd minute when Kingsley Stephen intercepted a header from Walusimbi destined back to keeper Oluoch, but the shot stopper spread his body nicely on the ground to block the effort.Chances were few and in between as it turned out to be a show-off of passing prowess. However late on, Gor had chances to score, first Kahata’s header off an Onguso long throw went inches over the bar while later Burton made a good save to punch away a shot from Kagere.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Ephraim Guikan attempts to go past Hull City’s Robbie Mackenzie during an international friendly match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 13- Despite goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch saving three penalties, record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia lost to English Championship side Hull City 4-3 on post-match penalties in an international friendly match played infront of a sold out 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday.Gor Mahia put up a brilliant display and the crowd roared in appreciation after the penalty shoot-out following a barren draw in regulation time.last_img read more

Arsenal set to help Eboue after he revealed he’d contemplated suicide

first_img0Shares0000The Gunners’ cult hero revealed he had seriously considered taking his own life after financial mismanagement has left him penniless, with a bitter divorce meaning he has been estranged from his three children since the summer. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Arsenal have confirmed they are examining ways to help Emmanuel Eboue after the former defender admitted he had contemplated suicide in a recent interview.The Gunners’ cult hero revealed he had seriously considered taking his own life after financial mismanagement has left him penniless, with a bitter divorce meaning he has been estranged from his three children since the summer. But the North London side – who he played for between 2005 and 2011 – could be about to step in and offer support.Sportsmail contacted the Premier League giants to ask if they had considered helping the 34-year-old after his former club Galatasaray announced they had offered him an academy coaching role in Turkey.An Arsenal spokesman responded by saying: “We are all so sorry to hear the reports about Manu’s recent difficulties and will explore whether we can help in any way.”READ: Arsenal set to help Eboue after he revealed he’d contemplated suicideThe news Arsenal are set to offer Eboue help will delight the former right-back – not to mention the club’s legions of supporters – after he said he had to sleep on a friend’s floor and barely has enough cash to travel around London.The world of football had been shocked to learn Eboue has hit hard times, not least because the Ivory Coast star who won 79 caps took home a seven-digit sum every year during his time in North London, earning a further £1.5 million annually playing for Galatasaray.But with help now appearing to be on its way from his beloved Arsenal, Eboue’s spirits will surely be raised – along with concerned football fans everywhere.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

AFC whip Tusker to end KPL first leg on a high

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards players hurdle together in a past KPL match. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, March 9 – AFC Leopards picked up their second successive win following their 2-1 victory over Tusker FC in a Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday to end the first leg of the 2018/19 season on a high.However, both teams finished with one man less with AFC Leopards being reduced to one man down first in the 37th minute when Isaac Kipyegon was sent off. A quarter hour to stoppage time, Tusker were also disadvantaged after Boniface Muchiri was shown a red card to see both sides balanced.Wayi Yeka sent AFC Leopards ahead in the 61st minute before Vincent Oburu doubled the scores in the 72nd minute.Rwandese Amini Muzerwa pulled one for Tusker in the 81st minute but it was too late as AFC Leopards managed to hold their nerves to collect their second win in a row.The win lifted AFC Leopards to 14th on the log with 14 points while Tusker dropped to sixth with 25 points.In other results, Piston Mutamba struck twice while Stephen Waruru scored the other as visitors Sofapaka thrashed Chemelil Sugar 3-0 in Awasi, at the Awendo Green Stadium, Derrick Otanga scored the lone goal as Sony beat Mount Kenya United 1-0.Posta Rangers and Kariobangi Sharks shared a point after a 0-0 draw same as the Mathare United, Western Stima clash that ended with the same score-line.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Photos: Top images from Sharks 2-1 loss to Blues in Game 4

first_imgThe San Jose Sharks couldn’t pull off a comeback Friday as they did in Game 3.The St. Louis Blues came out and scored early in Game 4 with Ivan Barbashev making a goal within the first minute. The Blues followed that up later with another score by Tyler Bozak toward the end of the first period.The Sharks and Blues fought to a standstill in the second period. The game was marked with physical play and scoring attempts that missed by inches.In the third period, Tomas Hertl was able to score, …last_img read more

Commercial farming ‘key to land reform’

first_img14 January 2011The establishment of successful black commercial farmers was key to land reform in South Africa, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told black and white commercial farmers during a visit to a farm in the Free State province.Farmers such as Pitso Sekhoto, owner of the farm Makolobane Farmers Enterprise, had shown that land reform did work and that black farmers could become successful commercial farmers, Joemat-Pettersson said.The farm in Senekal supplies milk to Woolworths retail stores nationally and also apples to fresh produce markets in Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg.Sekhoto employs 34 farm-workers who own a 28 percent shareholding of his farm. During the apple harvest, the farm creates employment by hiring 66 additional workers for a three-month period from January to March.During her visit, Joemat-Pettersson tried her hand at apple harvesting. After placing a few apples in a bag around her shoulder while standing on a ladder, while photographers clicked away, she asked: “How many apples does the man want in the bag?”“Hy moet vol! (It must be full),” a choir of farmers answered almost simultaneously.Joemat-Pettersson commended Sekhoto for giving workers shares in his farming enterprise without approaching the government for “equity money”.“If a black commercial farmer can give 28 percent shares to workers and all farmers do that, we would go far in the country.”The minister also commended Sekhoto’s neighbours and the Senekal community for “being one”.“He is a successful farmer. You do not see him as a black farmer.”Senekal farmer Marius de Jaeger described Joemat-Pettersson’s visit as “informative” and a high point for the region.“She shows interest in farming, and it seems not to be another case of being heard but not seen for farmers.”De Jaeger said farmers also had to make a living, and it seemed that the government realised that there had to be people producing food.“People must be kept on farms; I can do nothing else,” he said, adding that the positive air of the minister’s visit towards agriculture was encouraging.Another local farmer, Jess de Klerk, said the minister’s visit was encouraging, especially her calls for white and black farmers to work together.De Klerk said it was good that the government wanted to stop using the term “emergent farmers” and to talk instead about only farmers.“Pitso is ‘n boer in ons gemeenskap (Pitso is a farmer in our community)”, he said, adding that Sekhoto was an example, not just on the farm, but also in the way he got involved in the community.Sapalast_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector: a quick guide

first_img18 March 2014 As Public Protector Thuli Madonsela prepares to release a final report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration in relation to President Jacob Zuma’s residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, we take a look at the office of the Public Protector, how it works and what it investigates.What is the Public Protector? The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against state agencies or officials. It is one of the country’s “Chapter Nine institutions”, established after the Constitution came into effect in February 1997 in order to safeguard human rights and democracy. Others include the SA Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality, and the Auditor-General. With a role similar to that of the “ombudsman” in other democracies, South Africa’s more descriptively named Public Protector is a state institution that has the power to investigate alleged or suspected government misconduct, to issue reports and recommend remedial action. The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, and no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of its office. It cannot, however, investigate the judicial functions of courts or the private sector. The Public Protector has been described as a referee, tasked with looking at all sides of a problem. If the complaint is justified, a solution is put forward, which may include recommending changes to the system. The Public Protector can also report a matter to Parliament, which will then debate the matter and see to it that the Protector’s recommendations are followed. On average, the office of the Public Protector receives about 15 000 complaints a year. It takes from a couple hours to three months to resolve a single case, depending on its nature.Who is the Public Protector? The Public Protector is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the National Assembly in terms of the Constitution for a non-renewable period of seven years. Advocate Thulisile Madonsela is South Africa’s third Public Protector. She was appointed by President Zuma in 2009, after being recommended for the position by a special parliamentary committee. “She will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour,” Zuma said at the time of her appointment. Madonsela took over from Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who is now the chair of the Human Rights Commission. South Africa’s first Public Protector was Advocate Selby Baqwa, who served from 1995 to 2002. He is now a High Court judge.What does the Public Protector investigate? The Public Protector investigates alleged misconduct involving the state. This includes public officials at all levels, from central and provincial government to state departments and local authorities. Some notable decisions by South Africa’s Public Protector include: Bheki Cele was fired as South Africa’s police chief in 2011 after an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in relation to the procurement of office headquarters for the SA Police Service. The Public Protector’s report found that the lease agreements were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.In 2006, the Public Protector cleared then Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after she used an air force plane to fly with her family and friends to the United Arab Emirates for a holiday. “It cannot be found that the deputy president acted improperly or that she failed to act in good faith,” the Public Protector said in a report at the time. “She was entitled, as anyone else in her similar position and status, to take her family, a friend and the children of her private secretary with her to the UAE and no one therefore benefited improperly from the trip.”Following an investigation in 2004, 40 Members of Parliament were found to have illegally used parliamentary travel vouchers worth R18-million for their personal use.Also in 2004, an investigation into claims that Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride was unsuitable for his post found that the appointment was proper, given that then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi had “waived the requirements that McBride had to be a member of the Metro police, and in respect of training”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more