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Recognise community sports champions: Director

first_img“Big congratulations to all the finalists with special mention to all the category winners announced at the SP PNG Sports Awards on Saturday in Port Moresby,” Alsop said.  He further proposed for the creation of additional categorises to recognise community sports administrators.    “I’d like to propose that the following categories be suggested for addition to the list of awards recognised next year. They play an incredible role in sport and the lives of many athletes,” Alsop said.And the categories are; Senior Coach of the Year, Junior Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Community Sport Event of the Year and Support Personnel of the Year.“Coaches, volunteers and support staff are all too often forgotten and rarely thanked for their service to our community through sport,” Alsop said.  “It wouldn’t happen without them and they play the key relationship role in an athlete’s development.”Meanwhile, the winners of the 2017 SP Sports Awards are:Sports Media of the Year: EMTV sports coverage (Electronic Media)Sports Photo of the Year: Golden Girl – Nicolette Ageva by Mark Talia (Post-Courier)Sports Official of the Year: Frank Robby (Weightlifting)Community Sports Initiative: Girls Empowerment Though Cricket (Cricket PNG)Best Sportsperson with a disability: Joyleen Jeffrey (Para Athletics)People’s Choice Award: Colin Geno (Rugby League)Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Ryan Maskelyne (Swimming)Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Violet Apisah (Tennis)National Performance of the Year: Lae Snax Tigers (Rugby League)Female Athlete of the Year: Thelma Toua (Weightlifting)Team of the Year: PNG Kapuls (Football)Male Athlete of the Year: Morea Baru (Weightlifting) (File picture)last_img read more

Fajardo thankful for lessons from roommate Blatche

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJust like in San Miguel, June Mar Fajardo has shown his willingness to take a back seat to his teammates in Gilas Pilipinas, most notably to Andray Blatche.“We know Andray is our main man. I’m just doing the role that has been given to me by coach and I think so far, I’m doing that job well,” said the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Scheduling tougher task for Gilas, says Reyes Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIEScenter_img With Fajardo and Blatche manning the paint, coach Chot Reyes has enjoyed trotting out a formidable twin tower combo, with the two averaging a combined 15.0 boards of the team’s tournament-best 51.3 rebounds in the Philippines’ 2017 Seaba Championship run.The Cebuano slotman believes that the regional tiff is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his partnership with the Syracuse bruiser, noting that their time together has helped both of them know each other on and off the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I’ve learned a lot from him,” Fajardo said of his roommate. “His leadership on and off the court is the biggest thing and I’m thankful that he’s here to help us win the championship.”And the same goes for the rest of Gilas Pilipinas, as the team gears up for tougher challenges ahead against its Asian counterparts. MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “Our chemistry is already there and we just have to polish that. But I know we can still work on our defense because we’re facing taller opponents next. We really have to work harder on our defense,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentslast_img read more

Man, 54, Drowns in Nimba

first_imgPolice in Ganta are investigating the mysterious drowning of a 54-year old man identified as Edward Doloquee in Yeibo Town, Garr Clan, Nimba County.According to sources of the police detail assigned in Ganta, the Late Dologuee had been missing since August 15, but was found dead in a creek around Loquipea Village, which is located in the distant Yarpea Clan.There was no report of any arrests up to press time last night, but police are reportedly conducting an investigation into circumstances that led to the alleged drowning of Mr. Dologuee.“The man got drowned in a creek far from Yeibo in another area, but we are still investigating how he got there and how he drowned,” Nimba County Crime Services Division (CSD) officer, who asked not to be named, disclosed.In a related development, on August 7, a 7-year old girl mysteriously went missing at the center of Gbao Gwelay Town in the Zoe Gbar Administrative District while in search of her mother, who reportedly left her to fetch fire wood that fateful morning.Up to the present, the little girl is yet to be found as search continues in all of the neighboring towns of Gwehlay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I will stay on as Fifa president’- Blatter

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his speech at the opening of the FIFA Congress in Zurich, on May 29, 2015LAUSSANE, September 28- FIFA’s embattled president Sepp Blatter insisted Monday that he will not stand down despite being the target of a Swiss criminal investigation for mismanagement.Michel Platini, the powerful head of the European UEFA confederation who has been implicated in the investigation, also defended a two million Swiss franc ($2 million) dollar payment from the world body. Blatter, 79, denied any “wrongdoing” in a meeting at FIFA headquarters.“President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” said the statement by his US-based lawyer Richard Cullen.Swiss prosecutors say Blatter is the target of a probe into “criminal mismanagement” at FIFA, focusing on a 2005 television rights sale to the Caribbean Football Union and the Platini payment.French football legend Platini has been questioned by Swiss investigators, but has not been named as a suspect.The inquiry sent fresh shocks through world football, which has descended deeper into crisis since May, when the US justice department indicted 14 people over bribery in football deals worth more than $150 million dating back to 1991.Four days after winning a fifth term as president on May 30, Blatter dramatically announced that he would stand down when a new election is held in February.But media reports said FIFA’s independent ethics committee was about to launch an inquiry which could force the suspension of Blatter and Platini.The Swiss attorney general, in announcing the new probe, said the two-million Swiss franc ($2.05 million, 1.8 million euros) payment made in 2011 to Platini may have been illegal.Platini defended the transaction on Monday, as the Frenchman hopes to separate himself from the stench surrounding FIFA while keeping his presidency bid on track.– Legitimate payment? –Both Blatter and Platini have said the former French star did work for FIFA from 1998 to 2002.Swiss investigators have noted that compensation for the work was not made until a decade later and suggested the payment may have been “disloyal” to FIFA, meaning it amounted to an illegal use of the body’s funds.In a meeting with Swiss investigators on Friday, Blatter said the payments to Platini were “valid compensation and nothing more and were properly accounted for within FIFA”, according to Cullen, a defence lawyer based in the US state of Virginia.In a statement, Platini insisted the payment had been “fully declared by me to the authorities, in accordance with Swiss law”.Platini had been favourite to succeed Blatter at the special election called for February. But FIFA insiders and former officials have suggested that being mentioned in Swiss case could a major blow to his candidacy.“I am aware that these events may harm my image and my reputation,” Platini said, voicing eagerness to clear up any “misunderstandings.”– Ethics Committee-The Swiss investigation could take months to develop, but some have said that Blatter’s more immediate problem is FIFA’s own ethics committee, which could force him out at any time.A spokesman for the committee told AFP at the weekend that the panel initiates a probe “if there is an initial suspicion”, a bar which almost certainly has been cleared with respect to Blatter.An ethics committee investigation would not automatically lead to Blatter’s removal, but some believe it would.“I expect Blatter to be suspended. There’s no choice,” said Guido Tognoni, a former FIFA staffer and Blatter advisor. “FIFA is in such trouble.”Aside from an open criminal file against its president, nine FIFA officials have been charged in the United States.Blatter’s former right-hand man, secretary general Jerome Valcke was suspended last week over allegations that he was aware of a black market ticket scheme surrounding the 2014 World Cup.Meanwhile, with trust in FIFA falling to new lows, there have been calls for an outsider with a clean record to be named interim president.If Blatter is suspended, FIFA’s senior vice president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, head of the Confederation of African Football, would take over. But Hayatou has been linked to past graft allegations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Experts’ pitch to baseball: Come clean or keep quiet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“The financial impact, in time, will pass, but not if it is business as usual … If (baseball) turns a blind eye to the Mitchell Report and says, `Let’s play ball,’ I think there will be an uprising.” Fink said teams such as the Dodgers – with former stars Eric Gagne, Paul Lo Duca and Kevin Brown mentioned in the report – need to clean up their organizations or face potential financial penalties from lost business. And Fink said the more than 80 ballplayers linked to steroids use in the report also could suffer financial setbacks if sponsors pull their endorsements as many contracts have “morality clauses.” Overall, baseball can avoid a full-blown crisis only if it is addressed candidly, said Mike Greece, managing director and senior vice president of Padilla Speer Beardsley in New York, which handles prominent businesses. “In the 21st century, the key is to be open, communicative and honest and in coming up with a prescriptive plan for it not happening anymore,” Greece said. “The league and the players have to be open and honest with the public.” The public has shown its willingness to forgive and likely would accept candid explanations of the competitive pressures young baseball players might face amid rampant steroids use. “When you have the number of people involved in this, while it doesn’t marginalize the seriousness of it, it makes it less heinous from the point of view of the fans,” he said. He said Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant recovered much of his image with fans by quickly holding a press conference with his wife to take responsibility for his misjudgment after a Colorado woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. Taking responsibility By contrast, businesswoman Martha Stewart may have faced a longer road back because of denials that ultimately led to a five-month prison sentence for conspiracy, obstruction and lying to investigators in an effort to conceal the details of a stock sale. Larry Smith, president of the Institute for Crisis Management in Louisville, Ky., said baseball players either should apologize and take full responsibility or say nothing and count on fans’ relatively short memories. Smith, whose firm was retained by Edgewater Technology in suburban Boston after an employee killed seven co-workers the day after Christmas in 2000, said the worst case would be for players to take an arrogant stance. “There are people in all walks of life, corporate or sports, that care about what they do – and it’s not just about the money – and they’re likely to take responsibility,” he said. “Those that are in to get all they can get, for their ego and pride and being somebody, they won’t consider they’ve done much, if anything, wrong.” Ultimately, Smith predicts, Major League Baseball will weather the scandal with little economic loss despite much harsh talk, head shaking and finger wagging. He said it seems unlikely that team owners with millions of dollars at stake would tolerate any drastic changes – such as bans on players found to have used steroids – that would cut into the bottom line. “I’d be shocked out of my socks if ticket sales dropped in the ballparks of America, unless some of the big names are bounced out of the sport,” Smith said. The American public, he said, has grown more accepting of bad behavior among political leaders, celebrities and sports figures so long as it doesn’t affect their personal lives, pocketbooks or entertainment choices. Where are the victims? “If this was done 20 years ago, it would have been devastating to professional baseball and probably would have affected the bottom line for a while,” he said. “(Now), the public is more about itself … as long as it doesn’t hurt me, or my paycheck. We’ve seen so much in the last 20 years that used not to be acceptable, but it’s acceptable now.” James Lukaszewski, chairman and founder of The Lukaszewski Group Inc. in White Plains, N.Y., said the current baseball scandal hardly rises to a crisis. “Where is the emergency? … A crisis requires victims,” he said. Any “victims” here may be the fans and the public, but they continue to pay higher ticket and concession prices to watch athletic contests. “There’s no constituency to halt the practice,” he said. Lukaszewski said the public tolerance of athletes’ behavior says more about a thirst for entertainment than any civic standards. “It’s not about (national) fiber; it’s about professional sports.” But Greece disagreed, saying the public still sees baseball players and other pro athletes as role models and wants them to play by the rules. “That’s an expectation that’s reasonable if you’re a fan and bring your kids to games,” Greece said. Still, he conceded, the steroids scandal probably will have little long-term effect on baseball. “The sport,” he said, “is bigger than this event.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Major League Baseball reels amid news that steroids use is widespread among many heroes of our national pastime, the sport faces a daunting task trying to rebuild its now tarnished image. Some have called the revelations in the Mitchell Report released Thursday the most serious challenge baseball has faced in nearly a century and a scandal that has plunged baseball into an image “crisis.” And how MLB handles the delicate rebuilding process will be key in a sport that some say already is vulnerable with fans tired of petulant players with hefty salary deals. “Baseball clubs need to step up to the plate and say we’re not going to tolerate it, and here’s what we’re going to do,” said Steven Fink, president of Lexicon Communications Corp., a crisis-management firm based in Los Angeles whose clients include both corporate and high-profile individuals. last_img

Wayne Rooney reveals he stopped Harry Kane taking corners at Euro 2016

first_img Wayne Rooney (left) made the decision to stop Harry Kane taking corners 1 Wayne Rooney has revealed he overruled former England manager Roy Hodgson by replacing Harry Kane on corner duty during Euro 2016.Hodgson was criticised for a number of his tactical and selection decisions as his side failed in France, with one of the earliest debates centring around his main striker delivering dead balls rather than getting on the end of them.Kane took all six corners in the opening game against Russia, only for Rooney to take over early in the second group match against Wales.The watching Hodgson, who had defended his use of Kane, looked surprised and Rooney has revealed it was a call he felt the need to make as captain on the field.New manager Sam Allardyce retained Rooney as skipper on Monday and has backed him to make decisions during matches – something he was certainly happy to do in Lens.“Roy obviously decided for Harry to take corners. I felt at the time that he was the top goalscorer in the Premier League and he’s a big lad in the box,” said the Manchester United forward.“It was Roy’s decision, but after the first game I don’t think Harry wanted to take the corners so I went and took them.“I felt I probably should have taken them anyway. He’s probably better in the air than me and for the last season he had been scoring a lot of goals. So that was it really. I think players have the right to make decisions on the pitch. You make a decision on what you see on the pitch.“Nothing was ever made of it. I don’t think Roy had an issue with that.”last_img read more

League Cup final was harsh lesson, says Dons goalkeeper

first_imgAfter an improved performance the last time out at Pittodrie, Lewis insists the players are confident of getting a result this weekend.He said: “It was a long time ago that game and a lot has happened between now and then. You learn lessons from games like that, harsh lessons  and we sort of moved on from that.“Now we are looking forward to the game and learn from all the big games we have played this season and take the positive side of those games into Saturday.“Beating Rangers at their place was a good result and I think it showed that in the big games in front of the large crowds the players have got the bottle and can produce performances to win games.” Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis says the League Cup defeat to Celtic in November was a harsh lesson for the Dons.The Englishman, who was part of the team who were beaten 3-0 by Brendan Rodgers’ men, insists the squad are fully motivated to right their wrongs at Hampden in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.Lewis said the 3-0 defeat was hard to take for Aberdeen but says positive results since then, such as the 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox, show the Dons are ready for the big games.Aberdeen are yet to beat Celtic this season having played them five times already. Lewis also gave a warning to Celtic by insisting his Aberdeen teammates will be more than ready to do whatever it takes to win on Sunday.The 29-year-old said Aberdeen being written off does not give him any extra motivation.He said: “Not for me, I can’t speak for everyone but there is enough motivation there I think for anyone to want to put in a performance and want to win.“It’s a cup final, if that’s not motivation enough then you are in the wrong game.”last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 9-13-16

first_imgBooking #:95465 Bond:$705 Bond:$100005 Booking Date:09-14-2016 – 5:15 am Charges:35-43-2-2 Criminal Trespass Gares, Timothy J Miller, Rex C Booking Date:08-06-2016 – 7:30 pm Reed, Jonathan N Booking Date:09-14-2016 – 12:06 am Release Date:09-13-2016 – 11:48 pm Release Date:09-13-2016 – 7:33 am Booking #:95048 Hohenstreiter, Cody A Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Bracewell, Benjamin D View Profile >>> Charges: View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-13-2016 – 8:36 pm Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe Charges: Release Date:09-13-2016 – 11:48 pm Booking #:95521 Allen, Hyden W Booking Date:09-14-2016 – 12:06 am Bond:$1505 Charges:35-48-4-3.3 Poss of Para , non prior35-44-3-3 Resisting Officer35-44.1-2-3 False Reporting35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear Booking #:95519 Lehman, Matthew S Booking #:95521center_img Booking Date:09-13-2016 – 6:09 pm View Profile >>> Booking #:95522 Booking #:95518 View Profile >>> Release Date:09-13-2016 – 1:48 pm Charges:5-2-12-9 Failure to reg as sex offender Charges:35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-48-4-13 Maintaining a Common Nuisance(Repealed)35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt Henline, Mason B Booking #:95520 View Profile >>> Release Date:09-13-2016 – 1:04 pm Easley, Clay E Booking #:95141 Booking Date:09-03-2016 – 2:01 am Release Date:09-13-2016 – 11:48 am View Profile >>> Booking #:95289 Booking Date:06-23-2016 – 4:05 pm View Profile >>> Charges:35-48-4-1.1(a) Dealing in Meth35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-47-2-1 Carry Unlawf Handgun35-47-4-5(c) Poss firearm by Ser viol felon View Profile >>> Easley, Clay E View Profile >>> Release Date:09-13-2016 – 2:34 pm Booking Date:07-09-2016 – 1:28 am Booking Date:09-12-2016 – 4:02 pm View Profile >>> Charges:16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringelast_img read more

Mickey And Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade Debuts Today at Disneyland

first_imgShare This!With the end of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, Disneyland Park is debuting a limited time offering called Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade.Favorite Disney characters will march down Main Street U.S.A. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, as well as a parade of rarely seen Disney characters will be on hand. While the friends may change, Guests may see Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Genie and Aladdin, King Louie, Terk, Marie and more.The cavalcade steps off with colorfully adorned Main Street, U.S.A. vehicles, and continues through the park with stops for special show moments where guests can dance and clap along with these Disney friends.The Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade will take place twice a day and will last until August 1. Then on August 2, the Main Street Electrical Parade will debut.last_img read more

Does Mobile TV Have a Future?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#Trends#web sarah perezcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts According to a new report from Nielsen Mobile, only 5% of all U.S. cell phone owners subscribe to a mobile TV service. Yet that number is the highest out of of all the other worldwide markets tracked by the company. Only France and Italy came close, each at 4 percent. According to Nielsen, mobile video use isn’t more prevalent due to lack of differentiating capabilities, high cost, and lack of compelling content. In fact, we are now even seeing mobile video’s plateau – a point where you would normally expect to see adoption slow considerably. Mobile TV TodayIn the U.S., 10.3 million mobile phone subscribers watch video content on their mobile phones each month. These clips from mobile web sites, subscriptions delivered by the carrier, or through mobile “live” TV programming. But the mobile video subscription market has barely grown during the past year. In Q3 2007 it was at 6.4 percent and by Q3 2008 it was only 7.3 percent. And only 26% of subscribers who paid for mobile video services during the third quarter of 2008 used them at least once a month.Taken at face value, these numbers look bad for mobile TV’s future, but don’t count it out just yet. New developments in the mobile video marketplace have the potential to reinvigorate the industry and allow it to grow once again. Says Nielsen, the expanded use of mobile web and mobile web video, an improved advertising subsidy to subscription-based streaming mobile video services, and the rollout of mobile digital television (mobile DTV) could combine to be mutually beneficial for carriers, device manufacturers, content providers, advertisers and consumers.Free Mobile TV is Coming! (We hope) Most notably, a groundbreaking new service made its debut at this year’s CES. The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), announced that a new mobile DTV service will soon arrive in 22 U.S. cities, covering 35% of U.S. television households. The mobile service aims to provide live, local and national over-the-air digital television to mobile devices.Included in the service are 63 stations from the 25 major broadcasters that are on board. Those include NBC Television, Gannett Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Fox Television, Belo Corp., Grey Television, Scripps Television, Hearst Argyle Television, ION Media Networks and Lin Television.This mobile TV service may succeed where others have failed because it bypasses the carriers altogether. Instead, the service uses an ATSC broadcasting system to beam signals directly from the station to the mobile devices themselves. This unburdens the carriers from having to support the data transmissions – they just have to sell the phones. What Needs to HappenOf course, in order for this new technology to work, you have to have devices capable of receiving the signal. LG Electronics is prepared for that – they showed off prototype phones at CES along with DTV-enabled laptops, portable navigators, and in-car DTVs. Some laptops were shown with a USB dongle that included a long antenna which could bring DTV to anyone’s computer. Although mobile DTV holds great appeal (as evidenced by the enthralled crowd of spectators around LG’s booth), in order to move forward, device manufacturers like LG and Samsung will have to remain committed to bringing these prototypes to market. Nielsen also notes that one forward-looking carrier needs to step up to the plate and deliver a handset that offers free DTV in order to generate interest in the service and grow the market. That certainly needs to occur before attempting to sell premium levels of content to consumers.This would be a good path for the carriers losing customers to take as a way to differentiate themselves from the others. As more customers migrate to AT&T for the iPhone or to Verizon for the Blackberry Bold, for example, the losing carriers could introduce free mobile DTV services in an effort to win them back. Considering that both AT&T and Verizon already offer mobile TV through Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology, it will become more important than ever for the remaining carriers to do something in order to remain competitive. Although we’re not sure that a mobile DTV-enabled phone could get us to give up our iPhones and other preferred smartphones, we would at least like to see some free DTV options made available. At the very least, we would love to get our hands on a laptop dongle so we can watch TV anytime, anywhere. We hope that 2009 will be the year when this becomes an (affordable) reality. Image credit: Mobile TV on MP3 player, courtesy of DVICElast_img read more