Oceania Rugby Women’s championship to be staged in Fiji this month

first_imgThe runners up from 2016, Papua New Guinea will open the championship against the Manusina from Samoa, while defending champions the Fiji Airways Fijiana will face off against Tonga in the final match of Round 1 on Friday 16 November.Fiji Airways Fijiana 15s Team Captain Lailanie Burnes is excited at the prospect of playing against their Pacific neighbours. “We know that we’ll be facing some tough games ahead, however, we will be giving it our all and we look forward to making our supporters and fellow countrymen proud,” Burnes added. “We hope to see rugby fans from across Fiji come out in numbers to support the teams as they play the tournament at Churchill Park,” O’Connor added. He highlighted the growing influence of Pacific Island women in Rugby and their presence in the International game, where Team Captains for New Zealand, Australia and U.S.A are all of Pacific Island decent.  “We have the Black Ferns who are World Champions (XVs) and the New Zealand Women’s 7s team who are Commonwealth and World champions, not to mention current Olympic and HSBC SWS Championships Australia,” Cook commented. In hosting the Women’s Championship for the second consecutive time, Fiji Rugby’s Chief Executive Officer John O’Conner affirmed the importance of Women’s Rugby and its growth in Fiji. “There’s natural talent and leadership in this region, and we want our women to have an equal footing with the men to be the best they can be in Rugby for a chance to represent their countries,” Cook said. He said the tournament will showcase the emerging strength of international women’s rugby and provide a platform for our Fiji Airways Fijiana to work towards the 2021 World Rugby Women’s World Cup. “We are entering some exciting times in the region for Women’s Rugby, and we are delighted to have four teams from within the Pacific take part in this year’s Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship,” said Bruce Cook, General Manager of Oceania Rugby. “We are really honored to be hosting the Women’s 15s Championship in partnership with Oceania Rugby and the Fiji National Sports Commission,” O’Connor said. Samoa and Tonga are expected to field strong line ups, with players playing provincial and club rugby in New Zealand and Australia expected to join the respective squads in Lautoka for a chance to play International Rugby. The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship will play an integral part in building a platform to further promote and develop Women’s Rugby in the XVs code in Oceania. “To have four teams from across the Pacific, here in Fiji, we hope will encourage more women and girls to pick up the ball and start playing rugby.” He said the immense amount of interest and growth in Women’s Rugby is tremendous, and that Oceania Rugby continues to see a huge number of girls taking up rugby the various GIR (Get into Rugby) and GIR Plus programmes. “The last major test match for us at home was in 2016 and to run on and play with the whole grandstand cheering us on was a humbling experience,” Burnes said. The Oceania region’s success across both forms of the game on the World Rugby stage continues to be a major catalyst in inspiring young girls to take on the game in the region. 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship FixturesRound 1, Friday 16 November Papua New Guinea v Samoa, 1.00pm Fiji v Tonga, 3.00pm Round 2, Tuesday 20 November Samoa v Tonga, 1.00pm Fiji v Papua New Guinea, 3.00pmRound 3, Saturday 24 NovemberPapua New Guinea v Tonga, 1.00pm Fiji v Samoa, 3.00pmAll matches will be played at Churchill Park, Lautoka. “The Championship will serve as key development and performance pathway for our girls and young women, especially in the Pacific. It will provide an opportunity for our aspiring young women from the region to represent their countries and play regular International Test Rugby,” Cook added. Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and hosts Fiji will play in a three round robin tournament on Friday 16, Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 November in pursuit of Pacific supremacy and the opportunity to showcase and promote International Women’s XVs Rugby in Fiji and the Pacific.last_img read more

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Anderson hangs up his spikes

first_imgSprinter Marvin Anderson has announced his retirement from professional athletics. The 33-year-old 200 metres specialist has been competing internationally for the past 15 years and ends his career with personal best times of 10.11 seconds (100m) and 20.06 (200m). Anderson won a silver medal in the 4×100 metres at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka combining with Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and a young Usain Bolt. Individually he placed sixth in the 200m final in Osaka and took silver in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro the same year. “I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my athletics career, it would not have been possible without your support. Although many would’ve liked to see me continue competing and try to participate in the Rio Olympic Games, I must say it feels right to start a new chapter in life and I’m extremely blessed to be doing so knowing that I’m in a good place. Track and field has given me so much, I now look forward to giving back to this sport. Thank you all,” Anderson said in a release from PACE Sports Management. Anderson who was born in Trelawny, first came to prominence as a schoolboy at William Knibb High School and finished sixth in the 200m at the 2000 IAAF World Junior Championships in Chile. Competing for St. Jago High, he won the 100m and 200m at the 2001 Boys Championships. The Bert Cameron-coached athlete who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2011 World Championships in Daegu has been dogged by injury problems in recent years. Anderson who holds a Masters Degree in marketing and management is a regular athletics commentator on radio and television.last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors show depth in NBA playoffs win without Curry

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):As Stephen Curry emphatically waved his arms to ignite the crowd and coached from the bench when he could do little else, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast proved they can win on the playoff stage without their NBA most valuable player.They would rather have him, of course, but the defending champions have believed in their depth all along. Golden State played short-handed down the stretch of the regular season on the way to a record 73 wins.”We’ve relied on our depth all year, not just when Steph’s out,” Draymond Green said. “I think we’re the deepest team in the NBA.”Thompson scored 34 points and dished out five assists as the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 115-106 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series despite no Curry, sidelined because of an injured right ankle.EDGED THUNDERThe Mavericks levelled their Western Conference play-off series 1-1 by edging the Thunder 85-84, with a putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review.In the Eastern Conference playoffs, Toronto ended their postseason losing streak at seven games with a 98-87 win over the Pacers to level their series 1-1.At Oakland, Curry cut short his pre-game warm-up routine after appearing to be in discomfort as he was shooting while putting little pressure on the tender ankle.”Ahh, it’s so much easier without him out there,” Thompson said. “I think we showed it’s hard to fill that void. No one’s going to do it by themselves.”Andre Iguodala, last year’s Finals MVP, added 18 points with four three-pointers and Green had 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He didn’t commit a turnover in 39 minutes, his longest stretch without one in the regular season or play-offs.Now, Curry has until tomorrow’s Game Three in Houston to get healthy. But the Warriors aren’t going to push it.”We want to make sure Steph is right and that his foot is fine and healthy,” coach Steve Kerr said.James Harden had 28 points and 11 assists to lead the Rockets, losers of six straight and 14 of 15 to Golden State. He made 13 of 15 free throws after not attempting one in the opener.Harden considered it a missed opportunity.”Yeah, for sure. We just didn’t do enough to get a win,” he said.last_img read more

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Digicel donates to Al Madinah Islamic Academy

first_imgDuring the hosting of its 4th Annual Triple Treat event in Essequibo, Digicel Guyana visited the Al Madinah Islamic Academy where a donation of a quantity of backpacks was made.Communications Manager, Vidya Sanichara hands over the donation to Principal of the academy Thakechand RamnauthReceiving the items was Principal of the academy Thakechand Ramnauth, who noted that the school provides for one hundred and sixty-three students from nursery to secondary levels.While the school is privately run and requires a fee, there are quite a number of students that come from conditions that are less than favourable. Ramnauth noted that it is possible for these students to attend school because of donors and sponsorship.The students are spread across the Coast from Charity to Supenaam.Digicel was pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to the educational well-being of these students. “We always welcome the opportunity to give back in whatever way we can. The fact that we can have an impact on the lives of youth and children in communities we have a strong presence is always heartening to us”, Communications Manager, Vidya Sanichara noted.The Principal also stated that the donation will go a far way for some of the students that come from challenging circumstances, as this will help the school meet the needs of those students.“We would like to thank Digicel for thinking of us, I know it will be good for the children and I am certain that this will make them smile and help them in a large way. We are very grateful”, he added.The backpacks will be distributed throughout the thirteen classes from nursery to secondary to those students that are in need.last_img read more

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GNBA threatens legal action against default broadcasters

first_img…releases names of compliant broadcastersThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) has released a list of all local broadcasters that are compliant for the year 2019; which means that only those are authorised to broadcast.Additionally, the GNBA has indicated that it would be going after non-compliant broadcasters.According to the GNBA, the legal cable broadcasters are Premium Communications Inc, E-Networks Inc, Infinity Telecommunications Inc, Go-Tech Inc, Movie Star Inc, and Northwest Television Inc.The authorised radio broadcasters are Freedom Radio Inc, Little Rock Radio Inc, Pinnacle Com. Inc. – Radio, Radio Guyana Inc, Hits & Jams Entertainment Inc, NTN – Radio Inc, I Radio Inc, CNS Radio Inc, Multi-Cultural Communications Inc, News-Talk Guyana Inc, JREM, Keystone Solutions Inc, and National Communications Network (NCN).Meanwhile, CNS Inc, Countryside Broadcasting Inc. Ch 19, Community Broadcasting Network, Dave’s Television Ch 8 Inc, Little Rock Television Inc. – TV, Pinnacle Com. Inc. Television, STVS Ch 4/21 Inc, Television Guyana Inc, Washington Channel 2 Inc, MTV Inc, NTN Inc. – Television and National Communications Network (NCN) have been listed as legal television broadcasters.“The GNBA intends to take legal steps within the parameters of the law against illegal broadcasters. According to the Broadcasting Act 2011, Section 43 (C): anyone who carries on a broadcasting service at the licensed location after the licence granted to him has been suspended, cancelled or expired commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one million dollars ($1 million) and (to) imprisonment for one year, and all machinery and equipment used or which can be used for broadcasting and owned by or in the possession of the person concerned is liable to be forfeited,” the GNBA stated in a response.Additionally, the Authority said plans are in the pipeline to put in place a Broadcaster Award System to give recognition to outstanding broadcasters at a gala event. Those broadcasters will be recipients of a number of trophies, plaques, monetary rewards, and discount in broadcasting fees, among other things.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Poyet under pressure ahead of Sunderland’s derby clash with Newcastle

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to all of the weekend’s Premier League action and claims Gus Poyet is under big pressure ahead of Sunderland’s derby clash at Newcastle.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastTune into talkSPORT on Sunday for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Newcastle v Sunderland, kick-off 13:30pmlast_img

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McConalogue slams EU Commission for bowing to big businesses on roaming charges

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has slammed the European Commission for rowing back on a decision to end roaming charges. Despite announcing that roaming charges across the EU would be scrapped completely, the Commission has now decided to insert a “fair usage policy”, which only allows for 90 days of free roaming in any one year.Deputy McConalogue commented, “This u-turn is extremely disappointing and is bad news for consumers. Roaming charges are a major bug bear for mobile customers, who can find themselves coming home to extortionate bills after a holiday or trip abroad. People living here in Donegal and along the border are disproportionately affected as many of us have to travel across the border for work, and in some cases simply to get from one place to another.Charlie McConalogue“We can’t talk about increasing cross-border trade, tourism and investment when this artificial cost is being forced on neighbours, tourists and business people. “It’s obvious that the European Commission has abandoned its duty to consumers and bowed to the pressure of big telecommunications companies. The initial decision that was voted on and approved by the European Parliament last year was for a complete ban on roaming charges. What’s been announced this week is nowhere near that and will see continue to see mobile customers penalised.“The Commission needs to support consumers, not big business and should seriously reconsider including this new clause in this legislation”.McConalogue slams EU Commission for bowing to big businesses on roaming charges was last modified: September 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Billcharlie mc conalogueeuropean commissionphoneroaming chargeslast_img read more

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Usain Bolt not expecting special treatment as football trial begins

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more “People will say a lot of things about me, but I’ll prove them wrong,” he said at a press conference following the start of his trial.“The coach has explained to me that there won’t be any special treatment and will treat me just like a footballer will be treated.“I expect nothing but that, I want to be treated like one of the boys I don’t want to be treated like the world’s fastest man, I want to be treated like a footballer because that is what I want to be.“I told the coach from the start ‘listen, I’m here with a blank slate’ no matter what I have learned or seen on TV it is a blank slate, I’m here to learn and get better and that is my focus.” silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 smart causal LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 gameday highlights Usain Bolt insists he will receive no special treatment and that he will prove his doubters wrong as he began his “indefinite” trial with the Central Coast Mariners.The 32-year-old is aiming to become a professional footballer having retired from athletics last year following a sprinting career that led to eight Olympic gold medals. possible standings Bolt, who celebrated his birthday by taking part in his first session with the A-League side, has already trained with several clubs around the world, including Borussia Dortmund, Stromsgodset in Norway and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.He also captained the Rest of the World XI at Soccer Aid and has long-harboured an ambition to play football professionally.Sitting alongside Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, Bolt said he was not expecting to be treated any differently and that any questions over his attempts to make it in the sport will be answered. Bolt’s arrival has brought much publicity ALTERED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The track legend wants to make it as a professional footballer How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact Bolt revealed he had also received offers from lower-league teams in Spain and France as he admitted landing a full-time deal with the Mariners is currently his only target.“I’m just trying to get over the first hurdle – which is get a contract and get fit and to get ready to push myself to be the best,” he said.“After that I will see what level I am at, I will talk to the coach and the fitness trainer and see what level I need to work towards and then I can determine my goal for the season – but first I want to prove to the coach staff and the Mariners that I am deserving of a contract.“As you see over the years, I’m very cool under pressure. My ability to understand and learn the game very quickly is something I am good at, I think I see the game very well but I have to work on the basic skills – there are things I need to learn and that is why I am here.” Bolt has trained with several clubs across the world 3last_img read more

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Chelsea star is exactly what England needed at World Cup, says Marcos Alonso

first_img REVEALED Barkley’s England career is back on track LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 And Alonso, who featured in the defeated Spanish side, says Barkley offers something England lacked at the World Cup.“Even at the World Cup England, despite playing well, were aware that they didn’t really have that kind of player, someone in the middle who played and made others play, who used the ball,” Alonso said.“He’s a great player. He showed it not just today but against Croatia [last Friday] too: he showed that he can be a great player. I hope he keeps improving and that he helps us at Chelsea to stay near the top.” The 24-year-old opened his Chelsea account against Southampton Barkley, 24, returned to the England squad for the first time in over two years for the Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain.The midfielder made only five appearances for the Blues last campaign due to recurring hamstring problems, but this term he is thriving under the influence of new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Alonso added: “Last year he had a long time out injured, the first year with us at Chelsea and I have no doubt that with confidence and minutes he is a great player and I hope that he can help us a lot for the rest of the season.”Blues sensation Eden Hazard has also sung Barkley’s praises in recent weeks, claiming he can become one the the ‘best midfielders in the world’. huge blow RANKED MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Marcos Alonso believes his Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley can fill the gap in England’s midfield.Barkley impressed in Monday night’s thrilling 3-2 Nations League victory over Spain, playing the crucial pass for the Three Lions’ ultimately-decisive third goal. 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

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HUGE CROWD TURNS UP AT RALLY TO PROTEST AT EDUCATION CUTS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgA huge crowd of more than 3,000 parents, pupils and teachers vented their anger against the Government today as they marched in Letterkenny against the latest education cuts.Hundreds of children from schools in Ballyshannon, Fanad, Carrigart, Raphoe, Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair, Falcarragh, Glenties, Glenswilly, Buncrana and many other places carried placards and chanted slogans in protest.Led by three bag-pipers, the huge crowd walked down Letterkenny Main Street holding placards called for Education Minister Ruari Quinn to resign while one said ‘Ruari Quinn – Bottom of the class.’ Pupils came by foot, car, bus and even boat from Arranmore Island to protest at the recent cutbacks which will see Donegal lose at least 30 primary teaching post come September.The group met on the Port Road near the LYIT and marched up the Port Road and onto Letterkenny Main Street before converging at Market Square.There a number of speakers address the huge crowd with the same message – reverse the cuts.Parish Priest of Arranmore Island, Fr John Joe Duffy, said people were not going to stand by and watch children’s future thrown away. “We will not stand by and watch out children’s future being eroded by this Government. Our children deserve to be protected.“Our fear is real fear – for al our schools. We should stand united and tell the Government – ‘Stop these cuts, reverse these cuts and give our kids a future,” he fumed.He then encouraged the large crowd to chant “Shame on you Ruairi Quinn.”President of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, Noreen Flynn, said the future of Ireland’s children could not be gambled away.“We will not stand by and watch our children’s futures being sacrificed for the good of the Celtic Tiger Ministers and their obscene pensions and lump sums. “We are calling on the Minister to speak to the people and lay out his plans,” she said.Among the many politicians who gathered for the protest rally were MEPS Pat The Cope Gallagher (FF), Marian Harkin (IND), Joe McHugh TD (FG), Charlie McConalogue (FF), Pearse Doherty TD (SF) and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill.EndsHUGE CROWD TURNS UP AT RALLY TO PROTEST AT EDUCATION CUTS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: March 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:educations cutsletterkennyprotestlast_img read more

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