Pacific support for league could outstrip that for rugby

first_imgDamon Salesa, an associate professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University, said rugby should have more Pacific people involved in its decision-making.Fifty years ago there were 56,000 people described as Pacific living in New Zealand but by 2013 that figure had increased to almost 300,000.In Auckland, more than one in four babies is Pasifika.During the recent Rugby League World Cup, two Pacific nations, Tonga and Fiji, made the semi-finals, while the Kiwis missed out.Damon Salesa said better decisions would be made by sports bodies if they had the input of Pacific people.”If there were Pacific people on the New Zealand Rugby Union, do you think they’d make the same decisions for instance, to admit a Japanese team to the Super 15 and not a Pacific team, to admit Argentina and not a Pacific team to the rugby championship.”They would actually make different decisions, and I think they would be better decisions.”Last month, about 1000 Tongan league fans marched down Queen Street in Auckland after fans said a decision by the referee during the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against England robbed Tonga of the win. While an online petition calling for a review of the same decision to disallow a late try to Tongan player Andrew Fifita gathered more than 50,000 signatures.Mr Salesa said the Tongans’ ability and power to organise a major parade through Auckland should make people wake up to the potential of these communities.”In order to organise the Christmas parade in Auckland you spend months and probably get sponsored by AT to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tongans organised almost as bigger parade in Auckland in a few hours on social media.”Mr Salesa said he found it moving that many players opted to play for their countries of heritage.He said former Kiwis forward Jason Taumalolo was called a ‘traitor’ and a ‘turncoat’ when he played for Tonga rather than New Zealand.He said New Zealand rugby and league has been built on the assumption that the team of choice will always be Australia or New Zealand, even for those Pacific players who only have fleeting relationships with these countries.”These guys showed that actually no, the place they were dreaming of playing for was Tonga and actually what we’ve seen is going to pose a real threat to the global rugby codes because now a whole lot of players look at what Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita did and their only regret is they didn’t do it too.”Mr Salesa said it raises questions of eligibility for rugby and league as sport is one of the last places where you have to choose between nations.He said it was possible to have a Samoan and Tongan passport, or a Samoan and a New Zealand passport but it was only possible to play for one rugby team now due to the eligibility rules, particularly in rugby union.last_img read more

Caymanas Park divestment completed – Williams

first_imgOrville Clarke, Gleaner Writer An agreement between the Government’s team and representatives from Supreme Ventures Limited has finally been reached in the divestment of Caymanas Park following a two-day meeting. An all-day meeting on Thursday and shorter deliberations on Friday brought a close to the matter, this after two recent missed deadlines. Arthur Williams, the man charged to lead the Government’s interest in the discussions confirmed the development in an interview with The Gleaner. “All matters have now been resolved following an all-day meeting with Supreme Ventures on Thursday and a much shorter meeting on Friday,” Williams said, speaking between flights from Miami en route to Washington DC on Saturday afternoon. The meetings were held at the Development Bank on Oxford Road in New Kingston.last_img read more

Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat rose from two sets down to frustrate Air Force, 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-10, and book another finals trip in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Myla Pablo bled for her points but still came away with a game-high 22 points on 71 spike attempts to carry the Lady Warriors to their fourth appearance in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The Lady Warriors relied heavily on Pablo, Guino-o and Jeannette Panaga in the last two sets where the Lady Jet Spikers unraveled.Guino-o, who is a late addition to the team playing in only her fourth game, scored 14 points with four service aces.Pocari Sweat not only rallied in this game, but also in the best-of-three duel after dropping Game 1 in straight sets.De Guzman said he had no doubt his team is capable of coming back in the series.“I know that the team can really come back because I see how good they are in practice.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘Underdog’ Cignal wary of Marinerong Pilipino in their semis series Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas The Lady Warriors kept their bid for a fourth consecutive title going. Game 1 of the best-of-three finals begins on Saturday.Creamline and BaliPure dispute the last finals slot.Mary Ann Pantino had a team-best 16 points for Air Force.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It seemed like we didn’t want to win in the first and second set,” said Pocari head coach Sgt. Rico de Guzman in Filipino.The Lady Warriors were on the verge of a semifinals exit with the Lady Jet Spikers two points away from completing an upset.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But that’s when Pocari Sweat’s championship experience showed. Down 23-22 in the third set, Pocari found an unlikely lifesaver in Heather Guino-o, who delivered back-to-back hits to extend the game. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

So much is different for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The first British man in 77 years to win a Wimbledon singles title when he did so in 2013, before adding another in 2016, Murray lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 to Sam Querrey, clearly hampered by his hip. Murray wound up not playing another match last season, then had his operation in January.Nearly 12 full months had passed by the time he ventured back into competition at the Queen’s Club grass-court event less than two weeks ago. Still with a hitch in his gait, Murray played more than 2½ hours before losing to Nick Kyrgios in three sets.This week, again on grass, Murray beat fellow three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, before losing to countryman Kyle Edmund.“I’m pumped obviously because, I mean, four or five weeks ago, I didn’t know whether I’d be capable of competing at a level I’d be happy with. I think the last couple of weeks has been beneficial,” said Murray, a two-time Olympic singles gold medalist whose first Grand Slam championship came at the 2012 U.S. Open. “I don’t think I played amazing in the matches, but I think I’ve done well, considering the opponents.”Now comes Paire, a former member of the top 20 who is currently ranked 48th.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Andy being here is obviously great from a tennis fan point of view,” Edmund said. “But also being British, having a bit of a personal relationship with him, it’s good to see him back after pretty much a year out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Andy Murray of Britain arrives for a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — Everything’s changed for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time.A two-time champion at the All England Club, he’s not really considered a serious title contender — by himself or by anyone else, for that matter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Murray has won both of their two previous matchups, including in the fourth round at Wimbledon a year ago.“He’s a tricky guy to play against, because of his style,” Murray said. “He does hit a lot of drop shots, he serve-volleys. He’s unorthodox with his shot selection and stuff. He can be quite up and down, too, at times.”Get past that test, and Murray could face No. 26 Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the second round.Asked to assess how deep he might be able to go in the draw, Murray rested his chin on his right hand and exhaled.“I don’t know. Because how am I supposed to tell you how I’m going to feel if I play for four hours in the first match? I can’t answer that question honestly,” he said. “In terms of how I would fare, how I would do in the tournament, results-wise, I have no idea.”Murray is accustomed to experiencing so much pressure and attention during this fortnight.That should ease, theoretically at least. Any fair assessment would conclude that Murray’s streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at the past 10 Wimbledons is in jeopardy.There are other owners of multiple titles at the tournament known simply as The Championships who will be hounded about their prospects: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among the men; Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova among the women. (Williams was slated to hold a news conference Saturday, but it was moved at the last minute to Sunday because of what was described as a scheduling conflict.)For the first time in a dozen years, Murray is not Britain’s highest-ranked male tennis player.That honor — burden? — belongs to Kyle Edmund, who is seeded 21st at Wimbledon and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. View comments He is not as prepared as usual as the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s Monday start approaches, having played a total of three matches all year after recently returning from hip surgery.He is not seeded, because his ranking is outside the top 150.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMurray is, however, thrilled to be playing, provided nothing crops up before he’s scheduled to face Benoit Paire of France in the first round Tuesday.“I always want to be here competing. It feels a little bit odd coming into the tournament this year,” Murray said Saturday after practicing at the All England Club. “Normally, like, at this stage, I feel really nervous, lots of pressure, and I expect a lot of myself around this time of year. I’ve always loved that and enjoyed that in a way. It has been difficult, but enjoyed it. Whereas this year, it feels very, very different.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

2nd broadcaster files legal action against GNBA

first_img…grounds include equality, freedom of expression infringementsMBC Channel 42/93 is the second broadcaster in Guyana to seek relief in the High Court on claims of constitutional rights’ infringements, which it says is enshrined in the 2017 Broadcasting Amendment.The broadcaster is claiming infringements of equality and freedom of expression among other claims of loss of constitutional rights. Stephen Fraser of the Chambers of Fraser, Housty and Yearwood, representing the broadcaster on Monday (November 13, 2017), filed a fixed date application naming Attorney General Basil Williams, and the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) as respondents.The hearing in the High Court is set for December 15.Meanwhile, a fixed date application to challenge the Broadcasting Amendment (2017) by Freedom House Radio Inc is set for a High Court hearing today. The broadcasters are separately challenging the 2017 amendment on various constitutional grounds.Freedom Radio Inc had filed a constitutional challenge in the High Court, over the Administration’s imposition of an ‘onerous’ increase in the annual broadcasting fee and the expropriation of its airwaves during ‘prime time,’ for Government broadcasts.The separate challenges by the two broadcasters follow significant outcry by local and international press bodies, among others, on fears of erosion of press freedom and other impacts, particularly in terms of legislated demands under public service broadcasting (PSB).One such international body, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), more commonly referred to as Reporters Without Borders, had stated before the Bill was assented to law that “what is most worrying about the Bill is its process of adoption, which involved no consultations with any broadcasters even though repeated attempts were made to meet with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo both leading up to, and during, parliamentary debate…”Others who voiced their concerns include the International Press Institute, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Guyana parliamentary Opposition, the Guyana Private Sector Commission, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and the FITUG, largest amalgamation of trade unions in Guyana.In its high court action, MBC 93 is contending that unfair competition and expropriation of property rights, among other loss of rights, have been legislated through the Amendment contrary to its constitutional rights.In its application, MBC 93 noting the contravening of its equality rights, pointed out that “this unfair competition scenario has been exacerbated where the public broadcaster, National Communications Network (NCN) receives a significant subvention from the public purse, and continues to engage in competition with private broadcasters for the commercial market.”It noted the status of “the State-owned NCN which is not subjected to the same level of interference by the new amendments”, adding, “as such, Government’s competition policies supplemented and grounded now in the new laws constitutes an unfair and unreasonable interference with the Applicant’s fundamental right to freedom of expressions as well as its property rights and interests”.According to the High Court action, the legislating of public service broadcasting puts private broadcasters in double jeopardy to face unfair competition and to provide services without compensation, with potential to impact on commitments to commercial clients.The fixed date application by MBC 93 also noted the potential for the company’s operations to be attempted to be closed by the State in its possible enforcement of the Amendment.“The High Court action also challenges the continuing demand by GNBA for past exorbitant fees (declared unlawful) and the new increased fees with its likely effect of destroying the Applicant and shutting down its operation entirely” said MBC 93.In the High Court challenge, the broadcaster contends that “since 1995 it had sole and exclusive rights to broadcast on the specified channel and spectrum, and as a result of the grant made under the licence, the Applicant obtained a vested right to property and an interest in the spectrum and channel.”According to MBC 93, this interest and right then automatically fell to be protected by section 142 of the Constitution of Guyana which prescribed that interests and rights in property of whatever nature could not be taken away without adequate compensation.It noted also that the 2017 Amendment effectively took away its rights in spectrum and channel by “splitting of the National Spectrum into ‘Zones’, and unreasonable and unjustified licence fees also effectively contravened the Applicant’s property and interest rights in the spectrum and channel as guaranteed by section 142 of the Guyana Constitution.”The Broadcasting Amendment 2017 was passed in the House of Parliament at its August sitting this year despite a number of broadcasters asking for a stay and requesting an audience with the Prime Minister to discuss their concerns over the then proposed amendment.While the broadcasters were still awaiting word on this letter for an audience, the amendment received presidential assent on September 7, 2017.According to MBC 93 in a released statement, to date, there has been no response from the Prime Minister to the request for a meeting to discuss broadcasters’ concerns, while noting that existing broadcasters were forced once more to re-apply for their licences or face penalties including criminalisation if they continued to broadcast without re-applying.last_img read more

Meaningless gestures

first_imgPolitics does indeed make strange bedfellows. Just consider this: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and state Senate President Don Perata, a Democrat, are on the same side when it comes to President George W. Bush’s plan to put National Guard troops at the border. Both the governor and Perata are trying to put the brakes on the deployment proposed by the president during a national address Monday. Schwarzenegger says he won’t comply with the request until he gets some more details, and called the plan a “logistical nightmare.” Perata has also said no to Washington until he can hold committee hearings to gauge the effect of the deployment. While it’s nice to see these two rivals fighting for California side by side, they are engaging in meaningless gestures. Bush could bypass the state altogether and federalize the troops. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt’s too bad Schwarzenegger and Perata couldn’t fight together for things that actually count – like the state budget, redistricting the unfair legislative districts, and fast-track construction for transportation projects. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSenator Brian Ó Domhnaill has officially opened the new premises of the North West Region Offices of MS Ireland in Letterkenny today.MS Ireland recently moved from their Office at Port Road, Letterkenny to a more permanent building at 28 Slieve Sneacht, Letterkenny.Speaking at the opening Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “I am delighted to have been asked by MS Ireland to officially open their new premises at 28 Slieve Sneacht today. “The Regional Offices provide a wider range of services and resources to the whole MS Community with the aim of providing timely, sensitive and accurate information and support to people with MS, their families and carers.“There are approximately 2.5 million Multiple Sclerosis suffers worldwide, with over 8,000 in Ireland alone. In Ireland, 250 people are diagnosed with MS every year and the highest rate is in the North West where 1 in 400 people are diagnosed with the disease.He added that the demand for neurology services in this region is overwhelming and we need additional resources between Letterkenny General Hospital and Sligo General Hospital.“I welcome the fact that there is a consultant neurologist at Sligo General, however this consultant is under increasing pressure to deal with the demand for services. “I am calling on the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE to seriously consider appointing a second neurologist in the North West region and to adopt the recommendations made in the 2003 Comhairle na nOspidéal report. The people who are still on the waiting list in Donegal and Sligo cannot be expected to wait endlessly to see a neurologist and get the care they need.“The Disabled Housing Grants must also be fully reinstated for people with genuine disabilities, who need adaptations to their homes. A review must be carried out of the current criteria for drivers tax concessions so that anyone diagnoses with MS automatically becomes eligible for these rebates. “The necessary physiotherapy services must be made available to people with MS throughout the country. Providing physiotherapy and exercise programme is essential to people with MS in order for them to live the life of their choice to the fullest.” Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded, “I would like to take this opportunity in commending the excellent work of MS Ireland, particularly the Regional Office team here in Donegal under the leadership of Catherine Peoples. I also want to commend the many volunteers across the county who have given their time and energy to help fundraise and provide support to MS suffers. I know that the new office here will provide excellent services to many people in the years ahead.”O DOMHNAILL OPENS MS REGIONAL OFFICE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 5th, 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:MS IrelandSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Antonio Pilipovic Joins Drake Men’s Basketball Program

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head men’s basketball coach Niko Medved has announced the addition of Antonio Pilipovic to the roster for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Pilipovic is a 6-7 forward from Cologne, Germany. “We are excited about adding a player like Antonio to our program,” Medved said. “He brings us a unique combination of size and skill and has a lot of experience playing at the international level.” Pilipovic competed with the Rhein Stars Köln the past two seasons in the German Pro A league, the second-highest level of basketball in Germany, where he played more than 20 games for the organization’s top team. As a member of the Rhein Stars junior team, he was a league All-Star and averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game.center_img Pilipovic will join the Bulldogs’ two other signees, Jalen Gibbs and Noah Thomas, on a roster that features nine returning players from 2016-17. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Chess: Harold Wanyama on the lead as Uganda Online tourney nears its climax

first_imgFM Haruna NsubugaWalter Okas may have topped Friday’s games in the Uganda Online tourney with 64 points and is in contention to win November’s Grand Prix, but Fide Master Harold Wanyama still leads the overall standings.Okas accumulated 64 points- ten more than November leader FM Patrick Kawuma and 26 more than Wanyama- to take his tally of points this month to 186, but his former DMARK teammate still tops the overall rankings.The Grand Prix event that has been running since May this year comes to its conclusion at the end of this month. Not so many surprises have been witnessed although Emmanuel Egesa finds himself in unfamiliar territory in second place following enviable displays against some of the elites.Uganda’s top guns including FM Haruna Nsubuga, Ignatius Wanderema, Isaac Munanira, WFM Ivy Amoko, Allan Mathias Ssonko, Simon Gonza, Shakira Ampaire among others are all participants in this event that started as an individual Friday showpiece last year.Uganda Online is without a doubt a new catch for chess addicts. It has attracted quite a number of players and now with cash prizes at the end of each Grand Prix awarded to the top ten players in the Open category and top three in the Women’s section, it keeps attracting participants.The current number of players reads 138. That number is expected to increase next year so is the sponsorship.Currently,  sponsorship is obtained from Ezekiel Matsiko, Isaac Munanira (both members of the Uganda Chess Federation) Dr. Albert Otete ( the owner of City Chess Club), Eng. Patrick Ojok and Chess Cranes coach Wanyama.Comments Tags: DMARKFide Master Harold WanyamaPatrick KawumaUganda Online Chess tourneyWalter Okaslast_img read more