Pukpuks squad named for World Rugby Sevens Series

first_imgPresident of the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU), Steven Kami said the Pukpuks will firstly take part in the Wellington Sevens from January 28-29 then onto the Sydney Sevens that will run from February 4-5.Pukpuks assistant coach, Sailosi Druma said Henry Kalua and Arthur Clement are the co-captains for the side.He said the only new face in the team is Freddy Rova from Central.The squad:Henry Kalua (ENB), Willie Tirang (ENB), Danny Opa (CRU), Nathan Baramun (AROB), Wesley Vali (Mendi), Manu Guise (CRU), Arthur Clement (ENB), Freddy Rova (Central), Dean Manale (CRU), Gairo Kapana (Central), Patrick Tatut (Manus), Max Vali (Morobe).The four reserves are Jason Pitbang (Morobe), Eugene Tokavai (ENB), Navu Nope (Central), Maluai Pitala (Morobe).The 12 man squad will be coached by Douglas Guise and assisting him will be Sailosi Druma. Damaris Minikula is the team manager.Kami thanked the sponsors including InterOil, MRDC, Pacific Industries, Seeto Kui and Axellerat Sports.‘Without them, none of the preparations would have been possible. My executives and I have not been wasting time making press statements but ensuring our teams are able to prepare to meet our commitments with World Rugby.“We wish the team the best of luck at the two tournaments,” said Kami.The Pukpuks will leave for Wellington on January 23.last_img read more

Alfaro: “We almost made it, but this flame is no longer extinguished”

first_imgWhat did you feel in the 94th minute?The bajonazo. And that we who are outside do not run. We have fallen in the cruelest way, but if it is eliminated, be it facing an almighty team. And he who gives everything he has cannot be asked for more.Has the physical effort of the month taken its toll?Of course. And we knew it was the price we were going to pay. We knew that Barca was going to have more the ball. Courage has a price and if we get the second thing would have changed. I have been on the sides of the powerful and the non-powerful and I know that the success rate has to be very high to counteract them. But this is so.How did you see the play of the canceled goal?From the outside it seems a struggle. Yesterday I saw a struggle like that in another field and it was whistled differently. But good. I focus more on what we have achieved today Pablo Alfaro spoke after the game at a press conference. These were the ratings.Almost the mess …You are right. We almost made it. The first thing to do is congratulate Barça. You don’t know how tremendously proud I am of my soccer players. They have made a spectacular game. Face a world football totem like Barça, minimize its virtues … I have mixed feelings because the boys are sunk in the locker room. But this team has soul and football. We have made a goal, we have canceled another, we have given a post. But they have one and two and they do both. That gives you helplessness but I can’t be more proud of my club, my island and my hobby. It has been brutal. This flame there is no stopping it. We have made a King’s Cup of honor registration.last_img read more

Nadal: “I am pessimistic about the possibility of the circuit returning to normal activity”

first_img“There was a really unhealthy time after we didn’t take ample preventive measures and we had to take different measures. You couldn’t suppose about sports activities exercise, as a result of it wasn’t the most necessary factor. I am pessimistic about the possibility that the circuit will resume its normal exercise. Journey to totally different international locations, contact with many individuals concerned who can’t miss organizing a event, is a major problem, “Nadal mentioned of the first subject.” At a extra native degree with the circumstances that exist, with the kids already strolling. , I feel that for these of us who’re a sure age, a dry break makes us really feel very unhappy. It will likely be exhausting work and the sooner we will play and practice, the higher, “defined the Balearic.“I perceive that many issues have to be solved, but when individuals can work whereas respecting the guidelines … There are jobs which can be already executed in which there’s rather more closeness and phone than on a tennis court docket. Why can’t we practice once more? respecting the sanitary measures that they inform us ”, Nadal reiterated. The Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) introduced collectively the Davis Cup champions this Sunday in a video chat of the new RFET TV collection, which has been in operation for just a few weeks by way of the official web site of the sports activities establishment and on its channels social networks. Rafa Nadal, Sergi Bruguera, Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño and Marcel Granollers talked beneath the slogan ‘Tennis and Future’ and amongst the subjects they touched on have been the return of the worldwide circuit and, earlier than and with higher likelihood, that of coaching.last_img read more

FLY Pledges Support to MOE’s Decision

first_imgThe Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) has pledged its support to the Ministry of Education’s decision to close all schools at the end of July and resume on September 7.At a press briefing in Monrovia, FLY President Augustine Tamba, welcomed the decision by MOE and said it is part of the transformation of the country’s education sector.“FLY sees the action by the government as timely and in the best interest of Liberia’s education system,” Mr. Tamba said.According to him, the effects of the civil crisis compounded by the Ebola outbreak last year caused the education sector to suffer a setback to the extent that the issues of bribery, low income for teachers, lack of quality instructional tools, lack of textbooks and dysfunctional laboratories have overwhelmed the sector. He said the constant failure of students in public exams is a glaring indicator of the failure of the education system.He noted that the older Liberian generation is more educated than the present one, which is supposed to inherit the leadership of the state. Mr. Tamba said that in spite of the situation, FLY remains confident that the closure of schools in July to be reopened in September will usher in a new dawn for the education sector.He recommended that the next academic year start in October instead of September to create at least a space for the policy implementation and massive reduction in the tuition fees in all private schools.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soccer team ready to rattle vs. L.A. Galaxy

first_imgLANCASTER — In many ways, tonight’s franchise debut of the Lancaster Rattlers is the culmination of founder and general manager Gerald Brunner’s dream. But to Brunner, the 7:30 p.m. exhibition soccer game against the L.A. Galaxy at Antelope Valley College is only the start. Brunner, a 52-year-old commission salesman with no prior sports management experience, is a self-described dreamer who these days is dreaming big. Less than a year after landing the Antelope Valley’s first Premier Development League soccer franchise, he has made the Rattlers the centerpiece of a brazenly ambitious five-year plan to bring Lancaster a professional United Soccer League team. Also in the works is a women’s PDL team. He’s counting on passionate area soccer fans to support his franchise. He also hopes there will be enough enthusiasm to pressure the city of Lancaster to build the franchise a stadium. “I was taught a long time ago in order to accomplish any kind of goal or dream, you have to have little ones, little peaks,” he said. “This is our first peak.” Brunner’s plans are based on a European soccer model he calls a “pyramid of development.” He said the Rattlers have already established the framework for the pyramid, organizing an in-house recreation league, club teams and a Super 20 team — ostensibly the Rattlers’ farm team. He said the pyramid model, if adopted nationally as some have suggested, could eventually supplant the draft. “Sometimes I go at things half-baked, but I believe whatever your mind can believe, it can achieve,” Brunner said. Brunner’s approach has nevertheless produced remarkable results. He’s formed a cross-promotion partnership with Chivas USA, a Mexican club program that fields a Major League Soccer team. The Rattlers will play exhibition games against Chivas on June 5 and July 11. The deal also includes plans for a Rattlers night at a Chivas home game at The Home Depot Center in Carson this summer. The Rattlers will feature several high-profile talents, including former Littlerock High School scoring sensation Oscar Sandoval and former Palmdale High School star Jose Garay. Sandoval, who plays at Div. I Sacramento State, and Garay, who plays at Div. III Kansas Wesleyan, will join the team later this spring when the semester ends. The Rattlers open their PDL season April 28 against the Ventura County Fusion at Knight High School. They will play the remainder of their regular season home games at Palmdale High School, and the Chivas exhibition games at AVC. Garay said the franchise has created a buzz on message boards, with soccer players across the nation intrigued by the Galaxy matchup. “I think it’s going to be great for all the soccer players in the Antelope Valley,” Garay said. “Obviously, (Brunner’s) determination is tremendous.” Lemuel Galvao, who coaches AVC’s women’s and Highland High School’s boys’ soccer teams, said he thinks the Rattlers will be a boon for the fast-growing sport. “Letting kids know that there is a place to go beyond high school and college works to help the sport,” Galvao said. “That’s why I think it’s important for the community to get behind it.” — Gideon Rubin (661) 267-7802gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 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

Kompany happy to keep Man City title champagne on ice

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is on the verge of winning his third Premier League title © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Vincent Kompany says Manchester City are happy to wait to seal the Premier League title, while clinging to the hope they can overturn a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s team would clinch the league with six games remaining if they beat Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, which would make them the quickest champions in Premier League history. City captain Kompany said the derby against second-placed United was the club’s short-term priority but the players felt they had “unfinished business” against Liverpool.“We’ve got one chance to do it in the Champions League,” he said. “In the Premier League we’ve got plenty of opportunities to do the job.“We’ll make it (the Premier League) a priority…. It’s never been like this. You play the league and usually go on holiday but this one feels completely different.”Kompany, who has already won two Premier League titles at City, said nobody at the club believed the European tie was over despite the chastening defeat at Anfield in midweek.“We have to live with the consequences of this result but that’s what makes football special,” said the Belgium international.“We had a very short period of time in this game where everything went wrong but the same can happen in the next game for the opposition. That’s what keeps us believing we can create chances.”Liverpool’s three-goal advantage means if they score in the away leg next week City will have to come up with five goals if they are to progress to the last four but Kompany said they had the firepower to turn the tie around.Kompany said City’s fans would have a big role to play in inspiring the team after experiencing the power of the Anfield crowd on Wednesday.“Fair play to Liverpool — their fans, the club, the way they lived up to this event but it’s our time to do it now but I’ve seen it before so I’ve no doubt they can.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Badillo brothers a story of dashed coffee dreams

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – All the dashing Badillo brothers left behind in the city is their name on a street. They wanted to create a coffee plantation but saw that dream die hard when they didn’t find the right climate here, or enough water, to grow it. Julian and Antonio Badillo were well-to-do coffee plantation owners from Costa Rica who came to the San Gabriel Valley around 1875. Donald Pflueger, in his book, “Covina” said the brothers came at the urging of John Hollenbeck, a prominent Los Angeles man who met them in Costa Rica. “Although Mr. Hollenbeck did not understand the cultivation of coffee, he conceived the idea of establishing a coffee plantation in the San Gabriel Valley and approached the Badillo brothers on the matter,” Pflueger wrote. So on to California the Badillos went with their families. The brothers bought 5,500 acres of Rancho La Puente from John Rowland’s widow, Charlotte, for $4 an acre, according to Barbara Ann Hall, member of the Covina Valley Historical Society and curator of the city’s Vintage Years display. Hall said about 2,000 acres of that property is now Covina. The Badillos built two houses: One was on the corner of Hollenbeck Avenue and San Bernardino Road while the other was west of where the John Houser residence later stood. Joseph Swift Phillips, who founded Covina, later lived in the house built by Julian Badillo. The brothers planted barley on many acres and coffee on 100 acres of their Costa Rica Ranch. When the first coffee plants died, they tried again. But that coffee crop failed as well. “Although they knew the coffee business, they didn’t know the climate of Covina. We are semi-arid,” Hall said. Agriculture in the Valley then was dry farming, which meant a complete dependence on rain, she said. After two years, Julian Badillo left for Tempe, Ariz., while Antonio Badillo stayed here, planting barley and tobacco and raising hogs. They weren’t successful ventures. “He borrowed very, very heavily and lost the land in a mortgage foreclosure,” Hall said. Hollenbeck bought the property in 1879 for $16,692 and, a year later, deeded 100 acres to Antonio Badillo. The Valley’s early settlers not only had to deal with water and weather woes but also horse thieves. The Badillos weren’t immune to this problem. Several of their horses were stolen. When a constable and neighbor of the Badillos found the missing horses – and the thief – in Arizona it made the papers in April 1885. In 1885, Badillo sold his 100 acres for $12,000 and left for San Francisco with his family. But his name doesn’t appear in that city’s directory from 1885 to 1888. The brothers were described as “dashing” in one book but so far photos of them have eluded historians. Their name lives on in the street that goes through most of the property they owned. At the corner of San Bernardino Road and Hollenbeck Avenue also lies a plaque which tells the story of the Badillos. It mentions that Julian Badillo built his house at the corner that would later house Phillips. There is another alternative ending to this tale of lost coffee dreams. In a piece about Covina history, an E.B. Rice wrote that after selling Daniel Houser the 100 acres, Antonio Badillo returned to Costa Rica with his family and bought a coffee plantation. Perhaps this time, his dream held. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811,Ext. 2718last_img read more

District eager to sell unneeded cafeteria

first_img Those days may be coming to an end. One potential buyer is coming back for a second look, said Mike Clear, assistant superintendent for business services. Clear said the district has been trying to sell the building to other school districts and community colleges. He would not disclose the asking price. The building, with a full kitchen and air conditioning, will stay put until it’s sold, and when that happens, the buyers will pay for the move, Clear said. “We’d like it to go away, too,” Clear said. “Unfortunately we’ve had a hard time selling it.” The blue-trimmed building was at the former Stevenson Ranch North campus before arriving at Meadows, where it’s also been used for meetings and as a multipurpose room, Principal Peggy O’Brien said. Portable buildings sit on the other side of the school’s campus and are home to some fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes. Those buildings were painted to match the school and blend into the Fedala Road neighborhood of tidy single-family homes. O’Brien wasn’t aware of complaints made to the district about the building and had thought parents were being patient. Some parents, such as Ellen Fagan, don’t mind the building on the playground. “They usually stay on top of this stuff as well they can,” said the 44-year-old Fagan. “We’re not the type to micromanage the school.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Get rid of the dang thing,” Gina Langdale said Tuesday after dropping off her child at school. The 35-year-old Valencia woman said the district is using the playground for storage by leaving the building on the school site. Word is spreading among parents to call the district office and tell officials it’s time to give the unused facility the heave-ho, so the school’s 716 pupils can take back their playground. Julie Husman did just that. Calling the building an eyesore, the 40-year-old Valencia mother said she called the district and urged officials to get rid of it. She said the building obstructs her view when she drops off her children at school, because they have to walk around it to get to class. “You can’t see through it, so you can’t see your kids on the other side,” Husman said. VALENCIA – It’s been more than a year since lunch was last served inside the portable school cafeteria, and now some parents want the building gone. The gray structure has sat among red swing sets and slides on the colorful playground of Meadows Elementary School since December 2003, when the K-6 facility began a $6 million modernization project. About a year and one revamped cafeteria later, construction was completed. But the 48-foot-by-60-foot building has remained. Newhall School District officials are trying to sell it, but so far haven’t had much luck. Parents are getting impatient. last_img read more

Sharks’ Thornton says he hasn’t thought about retirement

first_imgST. LOUIS — Moments after the San Jose Sharks’ season ended with a 5-1 loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference final, with the victorious St. Louis Blues still on the ice celebrating their trip to the Stanley Cup Final, Sharks icon Joe Thornton was asked point-blank if he had thought about his future.His answer was just as direct. And simple, too.“No,” he said.This was no time for the 21-year-veteran, the first overall pick way back in 1997, to address whether he’ll play another year in a …last_img

Logan Webb snaps 10-year drought for Giants, earns win in impressive MLB debut

first_imgPHOENIX — First came Matt Cain. Then it was Tim Lincecum. Soon to follow was Madison Bumgarner.The Giants built three World Series championship clubs on the shoulders of homegrown talent, enjoying an embarrassment of riches with first round draft choices who quickly emerged as stars.The golden trio of starters have some of the most impressive résumés in franchise history, but none can say they accomplished what rookie right-hander Logan Webb did on Saturday at Chase Field.With five innings …last_img