PNG Palais play in selection trials

first_imgThe game was played as a curtain raiser for the National Rugby Union Championship grand final match between Morobe Hammerheads and the Port Moresby Boromas.The curtain raiser game saw 40 women put into two teams to play against each other for the selection.A number of current PNG Palai players including Kymlie Rapilla, Joan Logona and Cassandra Sampson were also part of the teams.The selected team will prepare for the Women’s World Cup inaugural qualifier against Fiji in November.last_img

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Konta accused of gamesmanship

first_imgKonta was leading Sorana Cirstea 6-2 1-2 in the second rubber of the World Group II play-off when Nastase lost control.As well as abusing umpire Jaume Campistol and tie referee Andreas Egli, Nastase called Konta and Anne Keothavong “f***ing b*****s” before escorted off court and then away from Tenis Club IDU.The International Tennis Federation has launched an investigation and removed the accreditation of Nastase, meaning he will not be able to attend the final day of the tie on Sunday.Konta was so upset by the incident and subsequent abuse she received from the 1,700-strong crowd that, after tearfully dropping serve in the next game, play was suspended for around 20 minutes.On the resumption, Konta reeled off five games in a row to win 6-2 6-3, tying the match at 1-1 after Simona Halep had earlier defeated Heather Watson 6-4 6-1.But Cirstea, the world no 62, felt Konta had used the situation unfairly to her advantage and accused the 25-year-old of being too soft.”I’m not happy,” Cirstea said. “Johanna, speaking tennis wise, she was better than me today. My problem was, and I still do not understand, why the match was stopped at 2-1.”I did not hear what Ilie said, I understand you take Ilie out, perfect. Then we play another game, I win it, and then suddenly you started crying and let’s go off the court.”I’ve played all over the world, they called me from gypsy to bitch to a***hole to idiot. They were doing like (mimes slitting throat) to me. I never cried and left the court, I stay there and I play.”Afterwards I go to the umpire and I ask him what do I do? I stay on the court, I go out? He said, ‘I don’t know’. I went to the supervisor, I said, ‘What do I do, how long is the break?’ He said, ‘I don’t know’.”We did not exist any more, it was only the (British) team. And then when she (Konta) comes back on court she says, ‘I’m sorry’, so she knew she exaggerated.”You don’t do this, you stay and play. And the public was okay. They didn’t do anything. And now they say they feel threatened.”Next time I’m in trouble I will cry, maybe I can go off the court. As Romanians we get double insulted because of our nation, but it’s okay, we are tough. Tougher than (British) people apparently.”last_img read more

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Tahiti on top at Va’a World Champs

first_imgKevin Ceran Jerusalemy won the V1 Open Men’s 18km race, while Chevalier Hikutini prevailed in the V1 Masters Men’s event.The French Territory also won yesterday’s V6 Open Women’s race and top the overall standings with four gold medals, one silver and two bronze from seven events.New Zealand was next best with two gold medals, while Australia have one.More than 650 paddlers from 33 countries and five continents are competing in the first world marathon championships, which runs for four days. Photo: Va’a News Tahiti A Tahitian crew during the Va’a World Distance Champs.last_img

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Real Madrid see off United to win European Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 to lift the European Super Cup for the fourth time on Tuesday as they became the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.Brazilian midfielder Casemiro struck the opening goal with a left-foot strike midway through the first half while Spain international Isco consolidated Real’s advantage with a slick piece of skill and finish in the 52nd minute.United’s 75 million pounds ($97.40 million) striker Romelu Lukaku got his first competitive goal for his new club to reduce the deficit in the 62nd with a simple finish on the rebound after earlier wasting a similar opportunity.That sparked a brief period of pressure from Jose Mourinho’s side and they could have drawn level when Marcus Rashford burst through but he was denied by a save from Keylor Navas, ensuring Real won their fifth international trophy under Zinedine Zidane.last_img read more

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Catalan Pique jeered by fans at Spain training session

first_imgBarcelona’s Catalan defender Gerard Pique was targeted by angry Spain fans as he took part in an open training session with the national team the day after the Catalonia independence referendum that was declared illegal by the Government.Centre-back Pique, who voted in the referendum and has criticised police violence against voters which resulted in hundreds of injuries, has long been targeted by Spain fans but Monday’s barrage of insults was particularly severe.Spain supporters at the Las Rozas training facility in Madrid jeered, whistled and chanted at Pique to leave the team, who are preparing for two World Cup qualifiers, brandishing banners carrying insults aimed at him.Spanish media reported that police confiscated some of the banners, including one which described Pique as “sickening”.“The behaviour of Gerard has been exceptional,” coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.“I wanted to see how he was and I saw he was motivated and enthusiastic. He’s well and fired up, if it were not like that he wouldn’t be with me.”However Lopetegui defended the decision to hold the training session in public, adding: “It would have been an error to train behind closed doors. The fans have the right to express themselves.“I know the situation is unpleasant, but I ask people for a little reason and sanity.”Pique, 30, said on Sunday he would leave the national team if asked to by Lopetegui or the RFEF (Spanish FA).He has already announced that he will retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having grown tired of being criticised by Spain supporters.Pique has played 91 times for his country and was a member of the squad that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.Group G leaders Spain, three points clear of second-placed Italy, are aiming to seal a place at the finals in qualifiers at home to Albania on Oct. 6 and away to Israel three days later.last_img read more

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Man United’s Martial, Lukaku injury concerns for FA Cup final

first_imgManchester United have concerns about the fitness of Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho has said.France international Martial, who has scored 11 goals in all competitions, missed United’s 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday due to a knee injury.Lukaku, United’s leading scorer in the league with 16, sustained an ankle injury in last month’s victory over Arsenal and travelled back to Belgium to recover.“Anthony, I have to wait a bit for more. It’s his knee,” Mourinho told reporters.“He was injured in the Friday training session and yesterday (Saturday) he couldn’t train. He had treatment in the morning at the training ground and he stayed away.“I’m waiting for the doctor but when it’s impossible to play today, I have my doubts (for the Cup final). Let’s wait and see, also for Romelu. I know he will be back on Tuesday.”United, who finished second behind champions Manchester City, face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

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Madrid set for huge changes after seismic defeat to Ajax

first_imgRevolution is in the air at Real Madrid after their Champions League empire was razed to the ground with an astounding 4-1 loss at home to Ajax Amsterdam, with a huge clear out of players expected as well as a change of manager.Coach Santiago Solari may have a contract until 2021 but no-one expects him to remain beyond the close season after overseeing Tuesday’s catastrophic last-16 second leg defeat which ended the club’s 1,012 day reign as kings of Europe.It also effectively ended Madrid’s season, after successive defeats to Barcelona which sent them out of the Copa del Rey and put them 12 points adrift of Barca in the title race, five more than when Solari succeeded Julen Lopetegui in October.Jose Mourinho, who won a La Liga title with 100 points but left a legacy of division in his three years at Madrid, is already being touted as the man best suited to the lead the transformation of a squad that has won it all but turned stale.The Portuguese is out of work after being sacked by Manchester United in December and despite meeting another dire end to his penultimate job with Chelsea, Marca appear to be beating the drum for his return, urging president Florentino Perez to bring him back to the Santiago Bernabeu.“Only one positive conclusion can be extracted from the wreckage of a dark night: the best coach in the world, Jose Mourinho, has time to work,” said the newspaper.“Mourinho’s advantage is he is free and is waiting for the call. Bring him, Florentino bring him now.”COMPLICATED PROCESSOverhauling a squad with many underperforming players already over the age of 30 or approaching it and on inflated wages will be a more complicated process for Madrid.Gareth Bale, who hit the post against Ajax and ended the game hobbling with an ankle injury, looks to be at the end of his tether in Spain, while Isco and Marcelo also look certain to go after dropping out of the side in recent months.Real, meanwhile, need a new galvanising figure to restore their attacking power after failing to address the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo and the 50 goals he would routinely score per season.Defender Nacho, however, said he did not feel this was the end of an era for his team, who until Tuesday had a stranglehold on Europe’s biggest prize that is unprecedented in the modern era.“I don’t think we have completed our cycle, this squad is still very good,” he said.“Some will say that we need new players and others have left but this squad had the ability to fight for trophies. This season has been a rollercoaster for us.“It was a very tough night but we have to stay strong. We have to keep our heads up, learn from our mistakes and not forget what we have achieved as what we have done will be remembered for a very long time.”last_img read more

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Bernal all but wraps up maiden Colombian Tour de France title

first_imgClimbing phenomenon Egan Bernal was poised to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France when he retained the overall lead after Saturday’s 20th stage, a 59-km ride from Albertville.The Team Ineos rider, 22, finished fourth in the stage won by 2014 champion Vicenzo Nibali, the only man to interrupt the British outfit’s reign on the Tour since 2012.His team mate and defending champion Geraint Thomas is second overall ahead of Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk after France’s Julian Alaphilippe cracked in the final ascent to the ski resort of Val Thorens.Sunday’s final stage from Rambouillet to Paris is a largely processional ride with only the final sprint being contested.Bernal, who claimed the yellow jersey when he was the first at top of the Col de l’Iseran in Saturday’s truncated 19th stage, was never bothered in a stage that had been shortened due to landslides on the initial course.“We still have to make it to Paris. I can’t understand what’s happening, I will need a few days, it’s incredible,” said Bernal.“I felt good in the climbs, I took it kilometre by kilometre.”Three Colombians will feature in the top 10 as former podium finishers Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana lie seventh and eighth overall, respectively.Alaphilippe cracked with 14km to go in the final 33-km climb ending 2,365 metres above sea level and slipped from second to fifth overall.Bernal is 1:11 ahead of Thomas, who was always bested by the Colombian in the mountains and never looked in a position to threaten him on his favourite terrain.Kruijswijk is 1:31 off the pace.FIRST OF MANYThe Dutchman’s Lotto Jumbo-Visma team set a high pace at the foot of the climb to Val Thorens and Laurens De Plus stepped up a gear to trim the peloton as the breakaway riders’ advantage melted.Sensing the main pack breathing down the neck of the breakaway, Nibali, looking to salvage a poor campaign with a stage win, went solo with 12.5km left.He never looked back and held off world champion Alejandro Valverde, who took second place 10 seconds behind with his Movistar team mate and fellow Spaniard Mikel Landa finishing third.“It was a difficult Tour for me but I never gave up and finally I win again on this race,” said Nibali, who had no huge expectations after finishing the Giro d’Italia second overall this year.Bernal, who will also win the white jersey for the best Under-25 rider in the race, crossed the line 17 seconds off the pace to Thomas’s accolade.In the absence of four-time champion and team mate Chris Froome, Bernal rose to the challenge after winning the Paris-Nice and Tour de Suisse week long races.He will become the youngest rider to win the Tour de France since the end of the Second World War.“Congratulations Egan Bernal. What a rider! The first of many,” Thomas wrote on Twitter.Frenchman Romain Bardet, who dropped out of overall contention early in the race, is set to snatch the polka dot jersey for the mountain classification and Peter Sagan is expected to win a record seventh green jersey for the points classificationlast_img read more

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Archers target finals

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ben Mbala, a cinch for the season Most Valuable Player award, has a tough customer in fellow Cameroonian Papi Sarr on the low blocks while the speedy La Salle backcourt of Kib Montalbo, Aljun Melecio, Thomas Torres and Andrei Caracut has met its match with the Falcons’ small ball.“We had beaten them twice but I tell you they’re really competitive,” said Ayo. “We respect them and we will prepare hard for this game to advance to the championship.”The Archers are on a collision course with archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles, who also gained a twice-to-beat bonus in their Final Four duel with No. 3 Far Eastern U Tamaraws this Saturday.Jerrick Ahanmisi, the projected Rookie of the Year, and Sean Manganti can neutralize La Salle’s patented mayhem basketball with their athleticism along with spitfire Robbie Manalang and veteran Dawn Ochea.Perhaps the best guy on the floor that could create problems for the Falcons is Jeron Teng, who always answers the call whenever the Archers are in trouble.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is just part of our journey. We were able to embrace and accept what were supposed to do that’s why we’re here,” said Pumaren. “I just hope we will continue with this journey.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle can confuse its opponents with an overkill of offensive schemes on any given day.The Green Archers will throw the full weight of that sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to knock out the Adamson Falcons in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball at Mall of Asia Arena today.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are youngcenter_img Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Dalisay thru as three other Pinoys exit “We have 74 different plays and I’m talking about offense only,” said La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo. “We have a play for every situation on the floor and it would require a lot of focus from my players.”They’ll certainly need those against an Adamson five that thrives on a nothing-to-lose mentality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Nobody expected us to be here,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, the former La Salle coach who lost twice to his alma mater this season. “With this opportunity, might as well make the most out of it.”But while their first meeting was a complete blowout, the fourth-ranked Falcons nearly had the No. 1 Archers by the neck in the second encounter.And though the Archers are armed with a twice-to-beat edge and can book the first championship spot in a potential showdown with archrival Ateneo in the Finals, the Falcons definitely have the manpower to cancel them out. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Puan, the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies at 62

first_imgPuan, the world’s oldest living Sumatran orangutan, was euthanized on June 18 at Perth Zoo in Australia due to age-related complications.Her death left an incredible legacy of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants across the world, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the global Sumatran orangutan zoo population.Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the species, which has been categorized as critically endangered. JAKARTA — Puan, the world’s oldest living Sumatran orangutan, has died at an Australian zoo after a lifetime spent in service to the conservation of the critically endangered species.Officials at Perth Zoo, where Puan had lived for the past 50 years, euthanized her on June 18, citing age-related health complications. She was 62 years old.Her death left an “incredible legacy” of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in Australia, Europe, the United States and in the jungles of Sumatra, accounting for nearly a tenth of the global zoo population of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), according to a statement from Perth Zoo.Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the heavily threatened species. Of the nine existing wild populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven — each with an estimated 250 or more individuals — have prospects of long-term viability, according to WWF. Only three of those population groups have more than 1,000 orangutans each.Some 29 of Puan’s descendants are still alive, including daughters Puteri and Pulang; grandchildren Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great-grandson Sungai, all of whom are also at Perth Zoo.At 62, Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species. In the wild, female orangutans would rarely live past the age of 50, assuming they succumb earlier to a number of threats such as poaching.“Puan is the total exception to the rule,” Holly Thompson, a primate superviser at Perth Zoo, said in a video posted on the zoo’s Facebook page. “To be 62 years old is an amazing age for a Sumatran orangutan.”One of Puan’s great-grandsons, Nyaru, was the latest in the line to be released into the wild.“I think it’s an amazing legacy for her great grandson Nyaru to be out living his life in the jungles of Sumatra, where his great grandmother hailed from,” zookeeper Martina Hart wrote in an op-ed in the West Australian.But Puan’s long life and legacy of descendants weren’t the only remarkable things about her. She was said to have motherly mannerisms that befitted her name, which means “lady” in Indonesian, with many describing her as the “grand old lady” of Perth Zoo.It was her journey and demeanor that made such an impact in people’s hearts.“[T]he lady we know as Puan is so much more than statistics,” Hart wrote. “To look at Puan is to look into the eyes of an animal (and I find even saying ‘animal’ to feel slightly disrespectful) who has seen so much in her lifetime that the mind boggles.”Puan, the world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan. Photo by Derick Smith/Perth Zoo.Puan was born in the jungle of Sumatra in 1956. On New Year’s Eve in 1968, she was gifted to the zoo by a sultan from Malaysia.“She really has seen it all, from the jungles of the wild to the old exhibits here at Perth, to our now world class exhibits,” wrote Hart, who knew Puan for almost 18 years. “It fascinates me as to the stories she could tell.”Despite spending half a century in a zoo environment, Puan never lost her natural and motherly instincts. Hart described her as “the maker of the most amazing nests, and the lady who took no nonsense from her children over the years, but was also the most nurturing mother we had.”Hart also fondly recalled the day the zoo gave Puan access to a giant fig tree to climb and nest in.By then, Puan hadn’t been in a real tree for over 50 years.“To be honest my eyes were filled with tears watching her climbing,” Hart said. “She was the only one who would nest in the tree itself, instead of taking branches back to the platforms to nest. Her instinct and her own mother’s teachings had never left her after all those years.”Over time, Puan’s eyelashes turned gray, her movements slowed, and her mind started to wander. After various veterinary assessments confirmed that age-related complications were adversely impacting her Puan’s ability to live a quality life, the zoo finally decided to euthanize her.“It’s very hard for us all to say goodbye to Puan,” a visibly emotional Thompson said in the video. “It’s done in an extremely calm and relaxed manner. Puan went extremely peacefully. She had people that had been working with her for a long, long time, with her to the very end.”“As hard as it was for us, it was the right thing to do,” Hart added in the video. “We’re going to miss her.” Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Hans Nicholas Jongcenter_img Animals, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Orangutans, Primates, Saving Species From Extinction, Wildlife, Zoos last_img read more

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