Rugby Union development a hit

first_imgThe PNG Rugby Football Union development programs are becoming very popular in centres nationwide.The Pacific in Union and the new Get Into Rugby programs have been rolled out to different centres over the past few months.As part of PNGRFU’s Monier Development program, PNGRFU also rolled out various programs and clinics.These include the new Get Into Rugby program which was facilitated by Pacific in Union In-Country manager Frank Genia.After a successful visit to Lae, Goroka, Rabaul and recently in Daru, the PNG Rugby Football Union will be continuing to roll out its Get Into Rugby program in the Aroma Coast this weekend.The five villages in the Aroma Coast targeted are Lalaura village, Kupiano Station, Wairavanua, Maopa, Gavuone and Paramana.PNGRFU’s visit to Daru turned out a success and has resulted in the strong growing interest shown by the female participants.Genia said that the rolling out of the program was the first of its kind in Daru and that the interest displayed by the participants was immense.  It was being trialled in five pilot schools in Daru. Participants included teachers, both male and female from their schools.PNGRFU development manager Sailosi Druma was also part of the team to Daru.Druma, being involved with PNGRFU’s training and education program, ran Level 2 coaching clinics and referee courses.With the coaching and referee courses, about 10 participants including referees and two females took part.“PNGRFU will be going back in 8 weeks to stage its first ever rugby festival with the 5 pilot schools,” Genia added.On behalf of PNGRFU, Genia expressed his thanks to Daru RFU for inviting the union to roll out its programs as it would continue help grow and develop rugby in their province.“We are looking forward to seeing Daru RFU starting their school rugby and women’s competitions respectively in the near future,” Genia said.Other courses run were the Medical Educator course which was facilitated by PNGRFU’ only and first time ever certified medical educator Kapua Kapua.last_img read more

Improved West Indies product will help Sabina – Heaven

first_img “I believe when you look at the CPL (the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament), nobody could deny the attendance there during those games. I believe if we market the product properly and if we have a product that is competitive, both West Indies and territorial, then I don’t believe the location is necessarily an issue in terms of bringing the crowd in to Sabina Park.” Heaven said he is aware that the park cannot survive on revenue received solely from cricket matches and added that the JCA and Kingston Cricket Club (who also operates and maintains the ground) have taken the decision to have more non-sporting activities hosted at the venue. “I believe more and more that Sabina Park will become a multipurpose stadium as well, with the focus on cricket as the primary activity to be played at the park,” Heaven added. “But we have to introduce other activities without damaging the possibility of playing cricket there because we have to protect the pitch and the outfield.” Heaven told The Gleaner that he wants to create a cricket museum at Sabina Park. “It has to be more than cricket that we offer at a cricket venue,” he said. “I still have it on the table to establish a cricket museum at Sabina Park. I’ve seen where people come to Sabina Park just to have a view of the venue and to see a historic place. Now, if we have memorabilia (branded goods) on sale there, and a museum, that in itself would be an attraction outside of cricket. So we have to diversify what we have at the park … to sell more than cricket.” Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven said that Cricket West Indies (CWI) is not doing enough to market the product, which he believes has a negative effect on Sabina Park’s attraction as a host venue. Heaven believes that this is what has led to what he describes as poor Test match attendance at the venue in recent years. Of the last seven Test series played by the West Indies senior men’s team in the Caribbean since 2012, only four matches took place at Sabina Park. However, CWI President Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron recently said that other nations in the West Indies had embraced cricket more than Jamaica and that some persons do not see Kingston as a tourist destination, which hurts Sabina Park’s chances of hosting Test matches frequently due to low attendance. Heaven said that this cannot be true since the ground used to be filled for Test matches decades ago. “My difficulty with that is that once upon a time, Sabina Park would be full,” Heaven said. “If it’s not a tourism destination now, it certainly was not then. So, to me, it is more than that. I believe some of the issues impacting Sabina Park relate to the quality of the product offering and also, when you have a dollar to spend on sport, people may be going for other competitive sports that they may show a preference for over cricket. So the quality of the team and marketability of the product need improvement. PROPER MARKETING NEEDEDlast_img read more

Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber cautious on new Australian Open tie-break rule

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But the German world number two, who was beaten 9-7 in the deciding set of last year’s Australian Open semi-final by Simona Halep, also said she could see both sides of the debate.“It might be easier because you can save energy, on the other side it is a tradition to play the advantage set,” she said.“Let’s see how it works this year.”Among the other Slams, Wimbledon will use final set tie-breaks at 12-12 starting from 2019, the US Open plays a traditional tie-break at 6-6 and the French Open does not use a final set tie-break.“The funny thing is we have four different formats in four Slams, so it is important to remind yourself what’s going on and which one it is,” said Federer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, said he was personally “a bit torn” between the options.“I am okay with any format really,” he said. “Thing is, when it goes to six-all in the fifth, you’ve had plenty of chances to win it, or lose it, so from that standpoint how it ends is secondary in my opinion.”Kerber — who has based her game on superior physical fitness — suggested her advantage could be diluted by shortened deciders in Melbourne, where she won her first Slam in 2016.“I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit,” she said. “With the weather, the conditions, it’s really hot and humid and you have to ready for that.“I have no idea if I like (the new rule) or not, we will see.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments World No.1 Simona Halep fit and rested after ‘scary’ back injury Switzerland’s Roger Federer volleys during his match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Star players Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.The year’s opening Grand Slam, starting January 14, will for the first time feature an extended tie-break in the final set when the score reaches 6-6, rather than a traditional full set.ADVERTISEMENT To win the decisive tie-break, a player will need to be the first to 10 with an advantage of at least two points.The move means all four Slams now use different rules, with only the French Open holding off from introducing a tie-break in the decider.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSpeaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week, Federer — who said he had been asked for his opinion on the change by tournament officials — admitted marathon final sets would be missed by some.“We will miss the 70-68 in the fifth, so that’s a pity,” he said, referring to the famous final-set marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Reality bites real estate market

first_img“A lot of investors bought second homes with the thought they would rent them out,” he said. “Their prices (the Inland Empire) were running up and knocking them out of the affordable market. So maybe they will be coming back into the affordable range,” Kyser added. The only markets ahead of the Inland Empire are the Dallas metro area, overvalued by 19.3 percent, and Pittsburgh, overvalued by 25.7 percent, Geo-stat said. The most undervalued market is St. Louis at 28.4 percent. The study also looked at the relationship between changes in apartment rents and housing prices. For example, from 1990 to 1999 home prices in the Los Angeles area fell by 0.3 percent and rents increased 2.1 percent. But from 2000 to 2006, home prices rose an annual 16.9 percent and rents moved up 7.6 percent. This growing spread suggests an overvalued housing market and that means renting is a more attractive economical option at this time. (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This means that prices in these areas could fall by a like amount this year, barring any big shock to the economy, said market analyst Nima Nattagh, who prepared the report. “I think the extent of overvaluation is not as much as some people have expected,” he said of Los Angeles. “I think it bodes well for the market.” This also suggests that residential real estate fundamentals are still sound. “I think you still have a robust employment situation and income situation, and I think that’s holding up the market,” he said. The situation is a little more dicey in the Inland Empire, though. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said there was a land rush out there because of affordable prices but a lot of homes are on the market now. Los Angeles is Southern California’s least overvalued residential real estate market while the Inland Empire is the third most overvalued in the nation, a market tracker said Tuesday. The study also suggests that while most of the nation’s markets “exhibit signs of overvaluation, we are not likely to see massive declines in home prices in most markets.” Nevertheless, when housing is overvalued, renting is a better economic option, the study notes. Housing prices in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale metro area are currently overvalued by 2.7 percent, still suggesting a soft landing, but that figure soars to 16.7 percent in the Riverside, Ontario and San Bernardino county area, according to Laguna Hills-based Geo-stat Advisory. last_img read more

Forum aims to inspire

first_imgWHITTIER – Santa Fe High School senior Melissa Perez says she was feeling a wave of senioritis coming her way with just a couple of months to go before she dons a graduation cap and gown.But her senior slump came to a screeching halt Friday after attending the 11th annual Women’s History Conference at Rio Hondo College, which partnered with the Whittier Union High School District to organize the event for about 300 local high school girls. A warm welcome from Whittier Union Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson and a motivational speech by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, was just what Perez needed to kick herself back into gear. “This is the first time I’ve been to this event and it was interesting, really motivating,” said Perez, 17, who hopes to major in physics at Cal State Long Beach. After the speeches, students attended workshops focusing on issues such as teen pregnancy, the psychological impressions of dress, women’s health, personal security, building healthy relationships and the reasons why girls should go to college, among others. In the “BABY – Think It Over” workshop, Frontier High senior Trisha Strom laid out the realities of being a single teen mom along with six fellow teen parents. “Take it from me – trying to go to prom when you’re pregnant is not cute. Going to a party with a kid on your shoulder is not cute,” she said. “You only get one time in your life to be young and party. So just wait.” California High junior Vivian Galindo, 16, said the conference inspired her. “It put me in an exciting mood,” she said. “I feel like I want to change everything when I go back to school. It made me feel like I should be doing something more.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“As a senior, you feel like giving up toward the end, but this helped a lot. This was a really good opportunity for me to take advantage of.” Sanchez, who was elected to Congress in 2002, talked to students about her large Mexican family and the surprised looks she used to get when she first arrived at Capitol Hill. As a youngster, she never dreamed of becoming a congresswoman – “but it’s a great example of how things change over time. Sometimes you can surpass or exceed even what you think you’re capable of doing.” Then she told the students she was giving them a symbolic “pass” to be wild. “Well-behaved women rarely make history,” Sanchez said, prompting laughter from the girls. “You have to be a little bit of a troublemaker to push ahead and change society.” last_img read more

Lagan Harps ladies lose out in Ulster Junior Cup Final

first_imgOur ladies team, despite a good performance, went down 3-0 to a strong Greencastle side in the Ulster Junior cup final.Our men’s team had a disappointing start to the league when defensive lapses were punished in a 4-0 defeat to Rathmullen Celtic.This Sunday we are at home to Kildrum Tigers. Kick off is 2.00pm. Our u/16’s had a 6-0 win over Ballybofey Utd with Ethan Coll(3), Jack O’Donnell(2) and Dylan O’Brien were the scorers.Our u/14’s drew 0-0 away to Fintown while our u/12’s drew 0-0 at home to Ballybofey Utd.Our u/12 reserves had a 2-0 win over Ballybofey Cubs with Evan Rodgers and Jamie Davenport scoring.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 10,11,21 and 22. Michael Toner and Brid Dillon both had three numbers and won €50 each. Next weeks jackpot is €7100. The club extends sincere sympathy to the O’Donnell on the passing of Damien O’Donnell. May he rest in peace.Lagan Harps ladies lose out in Ulster Junior Cup Final was last modified: September 5th, 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:Football ClubLagan Harpslast_img read more


first_imgTDs are urging Fáilte Ireland to re-think its plans to end a self-drive tourism route at Sliabh Liag.Donegal North East representatives Pádraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalouge have written to the organisation to urge the inclusion of west and north Donegal in the ‘Wild Atlantic Drive’ initiative.Over the weekend was inundated with tourism operators including restauranteur and B&B owners hitting out after the tourist organisation said the drive from west Cork would not come any further north than the famous sea cliffs. Deputy MacLochlainn said he wants the route to start in Derry City so that visitors from America and continental Europe can take in all of Donegal.In his letter to Fáilte Ireland he urged them “to ensure that all of Donegal’s fantastic coastline is incorporated into your exciting plans for the ‘Wild Atlantic Drive’.”He went on: “If one of the starting or end points of the drive were to be Derry City, then you could include the “Inishowen 100”, Letterkenny, the “Atlantic Drive” around the Fanad and Rosguill peninsulas, and then take in the breathtaking Atlantic drive down West Donegal from Dunfanaghy to Sliabh League’s cliffs.”“There is real concern in North and West Donegal that we will be left out of this initiative and for a region working really hard to improve and market our tourism offer, this would be a real blow and the fact that Fáilte Ireland would preside over it, all the worse. “I trust that you will work with the tourism promoters in North and West Donegal to ensure that they are part of your plans.”Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed news of the Atlantic Drive tourism initiative and insists that Ireland’s most northerly point is the obvious choice to start or end the route.Deputy McConalogue said: “Banba’s Crown Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point and it makes sense that the Atlantic Drive route would start or end here. It is an amazing place with stunning views and there are efforts locally to establish a visitors’ centre there.“The Atlantic Drive route would contribute greatly to this cause. I believe it is an exciting initiative and could boost tourism significantly. People love Ireland for our culture, hospitality and spectacular scenery. There is significant potential for tourism with relatively small investment required for outdoor activities which maximise our best resource, our natural environment.“I believe that with the right mix of support from Fáilte Ireland and coordinated efforts, tourism providers will rise to the challenge of delivering a natural tourism product. “I understand that the route has not yet been fully determined but I do believe it must embrace the entire County of Donegal. I have contacted Fáilte Ireland to put the case for the route beginning or ending at Banba’s Crown, Malin Head and continuing through Inishowen. I think it not only makes sense but will make for a spectacular route,” said Deputy McConalogue.Meanwhile Coilte is to launch off-road biking routes in Co Donegal, says TD Joe McHugh.The first route will be announced in the next few weeks, he said.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTDs WANT TOURIST ROUTE EXTENDED TO ALL OF DONEGAL was last modified: January 16th, 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 NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Celtic have beaten Barcelona at Parkhead in the Champions League tonight, winning 2-1In a marvelous night for the club – and the 1,200 fans travelling here from Donegal tonight – Tony Watt and Victor Wanyama scored goals in each half.And Barca had a “consolation” from Messi in injury time. Victor Wanyama – coveted by clubs all over Europe – became the first Kenyan ever to score in the Champions League group stages.He rose at the back post for Celtic’s only corner of the first-half to nod the ball home.Barcelona came flying back at the Hoops after the 21st minute goal.But on a breakaway ten minutes later Samaras was just inches from making it 2-0. Barca had numerous chances in the second half – with Fraser Forster superb in the Celtic goals.But it was Celtic who went further ahead, sub Watt hitting home in the 84th minute to send Parkhead completely barmy.A long kick-put from Forster went straight through the Barca defence, and Watt ran through to finish brilliantly.This place went nuts – what a night for Celtic – the green half of Glasgow could be taking tomorrow off.What a way to celebrate 125 years of this great club. Neil Lennon was certainly delighted afterwards – as were all the players – describing it has “the greatest night.”“We thought we could affect them at corners, at the back post against Jordi Alba,” said the Co Armagh man.“Charlie Mulgrew is one of best dead ball experts around, and Victor Wanyama gets better and better.“We had to weather a storm, you know it’s coming and there’s not much you can do. Tony Watt gave us a new lease of life and scored a great goal. He’ll go down in the history books of the club. He added: “The club has been the in doldrums. This is not the pinnacle, there is more to come from this team, but the progression is great. It gives us a great chance [of qualifying].“We go to Benfica next and will have to raise ourselves again, but we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.“I want them to enjoy the moment and then get back to domestic action.“When I came in I said I wanted to bring the thunder back and I’ve never heard anything like that.”Keeper Fraser Forster described Celtic’s victory as “tremendous” after the England goalkeeper performed heroics at the Camp Nou a fortnight ago but was unable to prevent a loss.“Words can’t describe it,” said Forster.“We put in so much effort away (in Barcelona) and couldn’t see it through, but today we have and we’re delighted. We have a fantastic squad; whoever comes in can do the job.”Goal hero and super sub Watt said the goal was “the best moment of my life.”“It will take a while to sink in but we’ll look back and say, ‘wow, we’ve beaten Barcelona in the Champions League’ – it doesn’t get better than that.“The crowd were like a 12th man, I’ve never heard anything like it, the place was rocking.”THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTS DOWN BARCELONA IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE was last modified: November 7th, 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)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTS DOWN BARCELONA IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUElast_img read more


first_imgWATER is being cut off from hundreds of homes tonight in Co Donegal – after the hot weather.Donegal County Council said water restrictions are being put in place during off peak periods starting tonight the 18 June 2014 from 10.00pm to 07.00am at the Tievebrack Reservoir, until further notice.The areas affected will be from above Castlederg Road and in the following Townlands – Ballybun; Tievebrack; Belalt; Drumcannon; Meenlougher; Balligonigan; Lisnamulligan; Dungorman; Drummurphy and all surrounding areas serviced from Tievebrack Pumps and Reservoir. “These restrictions are being put in place due to the current dry spell and in order to ensure reservoir replenishment and continued water supply during peak periods,” said a council spokeswoman.“Water is a precious resource and Irish Water/ Donegal County Council would like to thank the public for their co-operation.” 48 HOURS SUNSHINE – AND COUNCIL IMPOSES WATER RESTRICTIONS! was last modified: June 19th, 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:Cut offRESTRICTIONSStranorlarwaterlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S JASON QUIGLEY claimed a second victory as a professional in Carston City, California, last night – with another technical knock-out.The brilliant Ballybofey boxer took on Fernando Najera before a huge crowd and American TV audience.Jason was awarded the fight after three rounds. Having started confidently and on the front, Quigley left Najara bloodied after a flurry of punches in the third and before the fourth, the Mexican’s corner signalled he could not continue.The referee award the fight to Jason on a Technical Knock-Out!Said Jason this morning: “I’m absolutely buzzing.“The support that I’m getting is just unbelievable. “Thank you everybody for all messages and support. It means so much. And a  Big Thank you to my family and my team.” JASON THANKS FANS AFTER WINNING SECOND FIGHT WITH ANOTHER KNOCK-OUT was last modified: August 17th, 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:CaliforniadonegalFightJason Quigelywinlast_img read more