Distance runners on track for Pacific Games

first_imghe distance squad is undergoing a final week of training with coaches Peter Deane, Bernard Manau and Paul Komba at the National Sports Institute in Goroka.The squad had their last competition before the Games with athletes looking super fit for the athletics competition which is to run from July 13-18.Middle and long distance runner Kaminiel Matlaun recorded a 54 second first lap in the 800m and went on to record a Pacific leading time of 1min 53.1 seconds.The womens race started in similar fashion with Jenny Albert, Cecilia Kumalalamene and Tuna Tine all reaching the bell in a very fast 64 secs and the three were still closely bunched at 150m to go.Sapolai Yao recorded the second best 3000m steeplechase of his long career (9min 30.9 secs) and teammate Skene Kiage clocked a personal best 9min 39.7.In the womens race Rama Kumilgo maintained the outstanding form she showed at the Oceania Championships as she finished well clear in 11min 15secs.Poro Gahekave pushed Miriam Goiye all the way in the 1500m as both athletes recorded personal best times with Goiye clocking 4min 46.3 secs and Gahekave 4:47.0.Mary Kua ran an impressive personal best 18min 38secs in the womens 5000m.Coach Manau thanked the NSI for its support over the last six months and said that the results show that this has been a hugely successful program.PNG’s distance runners had not done that well at the Pacific Games in recent times and the athletes were determined to make a very strong showing this time.//Ends// QNlast_img read more

The day Mourinho was able to coach Liverpool

first_img“We heard he was a huge Liverpool fan when he was a kid” The truth is that the Spanish entrendor was the one that ended up arriving in Anfield. “I think the feeling of the club and some players was that José Mourinho could not be a Liverpool coach because of the way he performed. The way he ran down the wing at Old Trafford (when Porto knocked out United in the Champions League) was great but It would have been difficult and difficult for him to manage Liverpool. In the end Benítez was a more reserved technician, “said Carragher in Sky Sports Football Podcast.He even stated that he does not know whether or not Mourinho wanted to go to Liverpool instead of Chelsea, but he did know that several Liverpool players knew Mourinho’s preferences at the time: “Whether he wanted to or not, at the time, I don’t know, but we hear that He was a huge Liverpool fan when he was a kid. So I don’t know if Roman Abramovic’s millions hadn’t crossed paths, history would have been different. “Carragher was then a fundamental pillar in the Champions League final that Liverpool played with Benítez. And Mourinho started his great story in England… in Chelsea colors. Carragher has told, that in 2004 when Gérard Houllier he stopped being the ‘red’ coach, in the English team they interviewed several technicians: “Rick Parry (executive director) had interviewed Rafa Benítez at some point. And it kept some players informed of the options out there. Then he also mentioned José Mourinho. We knew much more about Rafa Benítez because he had won the Spanish league. “ Carragher Jamie Carragher He has played more than 500 games in Premier League with the Liverpool and it is one of the most authoritative voices when it comes to talking about the set of Merseyside. Now in his new role as analyst of Sky Sport has revealed one of the situations that could have changed the recent history of the Premier: when Mourinho was close to being Liverpool coach.last_img read more

‘Misunderstood’ Terrence Romeo putting issues behind as he starts new journey with San Miguel

first_imgTerrence Romeo talks to reporters as he attends his first practice with San Miguel.MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel team governor Robert Non gave a simple yet powerful statement when he formally introduced the polarizing Terrence Romeo to his new team on Thursday at Acropolis Clubhouse.Non described Romeo as “the most misunderstood player” in the league when he introducing the three-time scoring champion to the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom READ: Jarencio, Romeo insist all is well after heated argument But Romeo insists that the public doesn’t know the whole truth about this tumultuous stretch in his PBA career.“People only know me through what you guys write and put out, and they don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes,” said Romeo. “And I won’t act the way people perceive me because I know myself better than them.” After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Jimmy Alapag excited to help San Miguel in whatever capacity Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I think the lesson I can get from my previous teams is I have to choose who my real friends are,” said Romeo in Filipino. “Because in the world of PBA players, you can’t immediately say who are the sincere people, and you all saw what happened in my previous teams.”READ: Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out“If I have my wrongs, I think they weren’t that bad but we just have to move on. We just have to be happy, I’m happy for them and if they’re not happy for me I will be happy for myself.”San Miguel acquired Romeo via trade that sent bench players Brian Heruela and David Semerad, and a 2020 first round pick to TNT.Romeo was also traded away by his first club GlobalPort earlier in the year after he and head coach Pido Jarencio had some public run-ins. He also allegedly went AWOL for several days before TNT shipped him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Romeo, who made his first appearance with the team on Thursday since being traded last month,  is aware he doesn’t have the richest of histories in the few years he’s been in the league.READ: Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s causeFEATURED 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 ChrissDespite being a generational talent in his position, Romeo had trouble with his former teams NorthPort and TNT after getting involved in several controversies with the two clubs.This, Romeo said, made him more mature towards the people he associates with. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READlast_img read more

LBS DG Calls for Collective Efforts on Ebola

first_imgThe Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, has called on citizens of Montserrado County electoral district #4 to work collectively work together in order to eradicate the killer Ebola virus disease. According to Mr. Rennie, this can be achieved through active community engagements.He made the called Tuesday, January 27, when he served as guest speaker at the launch of the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP), held at Baillie Call School in Paynesville.The LBS boss applauded the community for what he termed as excellent efforts so far in the fight against the virus. Mr. Rennie stated that community/citizens’ efforts have led led to the reduction of cases in their communities, yea the country.The program at which Mr. Rennie spoke was held   under the auspices of the People Empowerment Program (PEP) with the theme, “Together We Must Fight to Kick Ebola Out of Liberia.”“Ebola is on the run; no retreat no surrender. Ebola must go! And we must continue to observe all those preventive measures so we can’t have a reoccurrence of the virus in our country,” he stated.The Country Director of Mercy Corps Liberia, Penny Anderson, pledged her organization’s support to working with communities in order to make sure Ebola is eradicated from Liberia.She described the story of Ebola as being one of continued shocks and rebounds, which should make everyone keep alert and vigilant by continually practicing those behaviors that can keep them from contracting the virus.“This is why our valued partners like PEP are playing a critical role by spreading awareness, and reminding people of the need to keep up their guard,” Ms. Anderson said. “Their work will be integral now, as we move into the next phase of the ECAP program, and in the post-Ebola response.“We know that that PEP is among our many committed local partners, who have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of Ebola and help drive it out of your communities.  We are proud to be supporting them as they continue driving this all-important push to free Liberia from Ebola.”She asserted that it is a testament to the strong and continuing efforts of groups like PEP, and of national and local authorities that Ebola is on the decline.The Mercy Corps boss warned against complacency in the fight, adding that, “now more than ever we need to band together to ensure that we can both drive Ebola out of Liberia.The Executive Director of PEP, Richard H. Sieh, among other things, recommended to the Government of Liberia to craft a 10 -year plan that will focus on Ebola orphans and survivors, among others.ECAP is a US$12million social mobilization project funded by USAID and developed by Mercy Corps   to carry out community engagements.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

With Our Abundant Rainfall and Rivers, Why Are Our People Still Drinking Muddy Water?

first_imgLiberia Water and Sewer (LWSC) Managing Director Charles Allen, Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Managing Director Joe Mayah, Agriculture Minister (MOA) Florence Chenoweth, Public Works Minister (PW) Gyude Moore, Health Minister (MOH) Walter Gwenigale, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh and all other government Agency Heads who deal with the day-to-day livelihood of our people, need to read this Editorial—Why?It is because their work is directly related to the Liberian people’s appreciation or lack of it, of this nation they call their own—Liberia. To this is directly related the question, what is the source of appreciation for and love of one’s own country? The crux of the matter is: can they receive a positive answer to the ancient human question: “What is in it for us?”Yes, what is in Liberia for the people of Millsburg who, since the town’s founding in 1828, have never had a hand pump? Not until a Millsburg daughter, Joyce Raynes Ogunti, a Chicago nurse who, backed by her husband Vahnplah and friends, returned home and gave Millsburg its first hand pump in the town’s 87-year history!Yet Millsburg is only a stone’s throw away from White Plains—the source of LWSC’s water! This identical question—What is in it for us?—can be asked by the people of Malangai, in Bong County’s Zota District, who 50 years after their town’s founding, are still cooking and drinking from a muddy, disease-infested pond. The Daily Observer‘s front page story last Thursday showed in graphic detail the appalling source of drinking water for 1000 Malangaians.We urge LWSC’s Allen to travel to Malangai as soon as possible and quickly relieve that community of the deprivation of safe drinking water. He should go equipped to install several hand pumps that will guarantee the residents safe water close to their dwellings. Although long overdue, the people will appreciate Mr. Allen—or whoever delivers to them year round clean water. The women and children, who are the chief water carriers of their families sometimes walking for a mile or so to fetch water from streams, rivers or a pond like Malangai’s, would be forever grateful for the relief of water spouting from nearby hand pumps. Meanwhile LEC’s Mayah should take notice of what the persistent lack of cheap energy is doing to our forests and green vegetation. Large swathes of the country side are left with a seriously diminishing tree population due to the felling of trees everywhere to make charcoal for people’s household needs. It is incumbent upon Mr. Mayah to make a far more robust demand for budgetary allotment to speed up the provision of cheap electricity to the nation. We must build more mini hydros. From its incipience 89 years ago Firestone has used hydro-electric power from the Farmington, only one of Liberia’s numerous rivers. Yet our government institutions, large and small businesses and dwellings remain tethered (tied) to generators which drain our resources and profits.PW Minister Gyude Moore tours roads under construction but he also needs to visit other areas of the country, particularly this rainy season, and see for himself how the deplorable road conditions are affecting the people’s daily existence. He should then engage his own engineers and the Engineering Battalion of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), buy the necessary equipment to build and maintain more roads throughout the country as PW did in the past. We urge Agriculture Minister Chenoweth to also tour the country and see what our farmers need to grow and produce more food and send agricultural extension agents to encourage and guide farmers. The farmers would appreciate and love her and Liberia or that.The Health Minister and coworkers should use the wonderful opportunity provided by our victory over Ebola to fix, once and for all, our healthcare delivery system. The Health Minister should disguise himself early one morning and go see what the hundreds of pregnant women and thousands of other patients go through daily at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center’s gate. And finally, Minister Konneh should also travel the country and experience first-hand, our people’s living conditions and determine how he can more adequately fund the other officials to fulfill the crying needs of ordinary Liberians throughout the country. When his constant travels abroad to negotiate or sign agreements for funding do not trickle down to the ordinary people, how can they appreciate his or their government’s efforts?If all these officials do what needs to be done to help improve our people’s livelihood, the people would appreciate and love them and their country, and Liberia would finally become a happy, peaceful place to live. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mega Lottery participants receive cheque from FSJ Rotary Club

first_imgClub President Michael Elphinstone says the primary goal of the Mega Lottery is to help these local organizations garnish some finances through a streamlined fundraiser.“Those dollars are a way of having a consolidated lottery where all the funds can get distributed and managed without each individual club having to go through the gaming procedures,” says ElphinstoneHe says “it was a pretty solid year” for ticket sales.- Advertisement -“We’re happy to have raised an excess of $100,000 for the various community organizations, and we’re really looking forward to next year, and continuing to raise those dollars.”Member of the Rotary Club and volunteer of the Mega Lottery Committee Moira Green says there’s a cost to the lottery in terms of administration and prizes.Once those cost are covered, the rest of the funds collected by the lottery are distributed to the participating clubs on a weighted average bases – based on their ticket sales.Advertisement For example, if there’s $10 dollars worth of tickets sold after cost are recuperated, and one local club sold 50 per cent of those tickets, they’d receive $5 dollars in profit.The Mega Lottery was hosted this year by both the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek Rotary Clubs.Some participating clubs this year include but are not limited to the Fort St. John and Taylor Minor Hockey Leagues, the Fort St. John Soccer Club, the Fort St. John Dance Society, the Dawson Creek 5-Pin Association and the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Club.last_img read more

Serbia’s Milorad Mazic to referee Champions League final

first_img0Shares0000Mazic took charge of Germany’s 1-0 win over Chile in last year’s Confederations Cup final © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 7 – Serbian referee Milorad Mazic will take charge of the Champions League final between holders Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26 in Kiev, UEFA announced on Monday.The 45-year-old, an international referee since 2009, will be assisted by compatriots Milovan Ristic and Dalibor Djurdjevic. Frenchman Clement Turpin will serve as the fourth official.Mazic has refereed four Champions League group stage matches this season and was the man in the middle for last year’s Confederations Cup final between Chile and Germany.Dutchman Bjorn Kuipers has been appointed referee for the Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Marseille in Lyon on May 16.He was in charge of the 2013 Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica, as well as the 2014 Champions League final involving Real and Atletico.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA massive algae bloom threatening the Co Donegal shellfish industry is being made worse by red-tape bureaucrats, the Irish Farmers Association has claimed.The bloom has spread along the west coast – and closed two beaches for a time earlier this week…at Murvagh and Rossnowlagh.Now fish farmers in Donegal Bay and further north to Mulroy, Sheephaven, Traweenagh and Lough Swilly could suffer. The phytoplankton known as Karenia has destroyed anything from 20%, to 80% in rare cases, of stocks in shellfish farms with oyster beds worst hit.Richie Flynn, of the Irish Farmers’ Association, said the 120m euro industry employing 2,000 people nationally has been let down by successive ministers and top civil servants.“There’s nothing we can do about the algae, it’s like the weather. But this is not a new or unmanageable situation,” he said.“It is to do with form filling. We fully understand the science but this is not about biology or cross contamination. You fill in the forms and send them in and they sit there. “We need to clear the massive backlog of licence applications to give businesses the flexibility to move stock away from such blooms. We have members who have been waiting up to seven years for a response to applications.”Lugworms have been killed, cockles and oysters are also falling victim and Rossnowlagh and Murvagh beaches were closed because of the amount of dead fish washed on to the beach, he said.The bloom occurs naturally at sea in warm humid conditions.It’s known as the red tide because of the colour it turns the water. DONEGAL FISH FARMERS HIT BY VAST ALGAE BLOOM, SAYS IFA was last modified: July 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It’s that time of year again.Time seems to go faster. Darkness arrives earlier and earlier, as families get back into the school routine.With the relaxed nature of the long summer holidays, for many, eating habits and routine quickly went out the window. It is time to get back into the habit of planning meals and set meal times, (and indeed meal days in some homes!), that comes with the school year.With childhood obesity on the rise, here are some tips that are taken from ‘Safe foods.ie’ that can make the planning a bit easier and healthier.Children don’t need the same amount of food as adults. They are much smaller than us and should not be expected to eat the same amount as we do.Try using plates and cutlery to match their size. This will give them smaller portion sizes and if they finish it and want more food, you can give it to them. If your children say that they are hungry between meals, give them something nutritious such as fruit and vegetables.Try and avoid having sugary snacks (eg. Cookie jars) freely available in the kitchen. This will save a lot of arguments when they come looking for a snack.Make ‘treats’ exactly that, a treat.Don’t let them have one every day, it should be an occasional occurrence.Keep the portions small or ‘fun sized’, and remember that ‘treats’ do not always have to be in the form of sugary food or drink. Cheese and crackers or carrot sticks can also be a “treat”. If your children drink a lot of soft drinks, try and gradually reduce the amount they consume.Switching them to cordials and then gradually watering down these to help encourage drinking of water.Get your children active.Start with adding in some fun activities into their daily routine that last between 15 and 30mins. These can then be extended until at least 60mins of physical activities are reached each day.Join in with them and don’t let things like the rain interfere. (They are not made of sugar!)Try and aim for less than 2 hours of screen time per day. This includes television, smart phones and computers.Make meal times screen-free: our appetite is satisfied a number of ways and visual satisfaction plays a role in this.If we are distracted during meal times, our bodies may not signal that we have been fully satisfied during the meal and a false hunger can follow.Encourage more sleep.Children who don’t get enough sleep may be at risk of becoming overweight.Try and ensure that your child’s room is dark, comfortable warm and is a screen-free zone.The recommended hours of sleep per night are:11 hours for children under 5 years old10+ hours for children over 5 years old9 hours for children over 10 years oldTAKE THE HEALTHY HABIT QUIZ BELOWMy child eats the same portion size as me.YES NOMy child eats sugary snacks every day.YES NOMy child has a sugary drink at least once per day. YES NOMy child gets less than 60mins of physical activity a day. YES NOMy child spends at least 2 hours per day looking at a screen. YES NOMy child gets less than 10 hours of sleep per night. YES NOIf you answered yes to 3 or more of the above, your child may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese. Small steps can change this.These are some small tips and hints that can get you and your child more active and improve their eating habits.Making small changes to your children’s diet and physical activity can make big differences in their future health.#TrainSmartFor further information on physical activities for you and your children contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BACK TO SCHOOL – BACK TO HEALTH FOR YOUR CHILDREN was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Back to schoolemmet rushefitness columnfoodhealthroutinelast_img read more

Ryanair to contact holidaymakers as 12th July strike looms

first_imgTravel plans of Ryanair passengers remain in limbo as the pilots’ strike looks set to go ahead this Thursday, 12th July.Ryanair said they would begin contacting customers by text and email today to update them on plans if the strike goes ahead.The airline is due to enter talks with members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association this morning. Up to 100 Irish pilots have declared strike action over management’s approach to transferring pilots between bases and other matters. The 24-hour strike is set to begin from 1am on Thursday, and will affect 7% of Ryanair’s flight schedule.If today’s talks to not reach an agreeable outcome, passengers will be notified of Ryanair’s contingency plan and of any potential disruption to flights. Ryanair to contact holidaymakers as 12th July strike looms was last modified: July 10th, 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)last_img read more