Pini confident of more gold

first_imgPini has so far won five gold including his latest in the mixed 50m freestyle relay.He also won gold in his favourite events the 50m and 100m butterfly.Pini will be competing in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke finals this evening after clocking the fastest in 50m freestyle breaking another record with 23.21 sec.“My 100m backstroke should be very good but it’s anyone’s race in the 50m freestyle, I just have to get out there and give it my all,” he said.Pini told PNG Loop he is confident to take on the young and fast swimmers in the likes of Stephens Jagger of Guam.Jagger finished either second or third in most of Pini’s gold medal events.“It’s been tough competing out of retirement and it’s been very difficult to try and keep up with these many races and the young athletes.”“I’ve been able to hold them off to keep winning gold and I’m very proud of that and working hard to try and recover and get ready for every competition.”Pini thanked the crowd for the support.He said it is unbelievable and something he’ll never forget as this will be his last Pacific Games.last_img read more

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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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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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Guyana Security Sector Reform Action Plan

first_img“The British are coming!! The British are coming!” Those were the words of Paul Revere to warn of the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord in the American War of Independence, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”.In Guyana, the British are indeed coming, but in this instance, they have been invited in by President David Granger to resuscitate the “Guyana Security Sector Reform Action Plan” (GSSRAP), which had been abandoned back in 2009 by the then PPP Administration.That plan was first mooted in 2007 at a time when Guyana’s security forces were in the throes of confronting an armed uprising emanating from Buxton and led by five prison escapees. The escapees declared they were “African Freedom Fighters” and targeted in particular the Guyana Police Force and civilians assumed to be supporters of the PPP Administration. One ideologue, supportive of the group’s agenda, publicly made these assertions over the TV airwaves. In light of the foregoing situation, it was not surprising that some of the short-term objectives of the GSSRAP were to establish a “Special Weapons and Tactics” (SWAT) Unit, boost crime intelligence, and develop forensic capacity.By Jan of 2009, Major General (Ret) Michael Atherly had been appointed to coordinate a Secretariat within the Office of the President to oversee the GSSRAP. An “Oversight Committee” had also been created by the National Assembly. The Plan was very comprehensive, and was to complement an ongoing IDB-funded “Citizen Security and Justice Reform” programme, so that the entire law and order system could be integrated and reformed.One of the PPP’s major concerns in the scrapping of the SSRAP later in 2009 was their claim that the British were insisting their personnel become embedded in the local operations. This, the PPP claimed, implied that Guyanese were incapable of implementing and executing the SSRAP. The PPP eventually launched a SWAT unit in 2014 with a US trainer.The GSSRAP was to improve the operational capacity of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), and this mission was reiterated last week at the handing over of the new iteration by the British security expert. He had spent a year in Guyana, working from the Ministry of the Presidency quarters.  The upper echelons of the GPF were severely shaken up, and hopefully will settle down soon. But after the formation of several other new crime fighting units, State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) and Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), it is not clear at this time whether policy making across the security sector would also be included in the new plan.Another British expert was quite instrumental in the establishment and training of SOCU personnel, and the Opposition PPP had accused him of becoming operationally involved. From all indications, it would appear that the present APNU/AFC coalition Government is much more sanguine about British personnel becoming directly involved in the security sector. The official who helped launch SOCU is back in the country in a second stint, and has been rather scathing about the Police Legal Advisor and the Director of Public Prosecutions working as assiduously on cases as he would have liked.At the presentation ceremony of the new GSSRAP, President Granger accused the PPP regime of not focusing on the “root cause” of crime in Guyana, which in his estimation is narcotics trafficking. Presumably, the plan would address this claimed lacuna, which implies that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) under the new leadership appointed by the Government is still not executing its mandate effectively.The President did not allude to the potential for political violence that periodically punctuated our post-independence history, most intensely during the 1999-2008 decade, when the PPP was in office, and which the first GSSRAP took in its sight.There is no question that crime in all its manifestations is a pressing concern of the Guyanese people, and it is hoped that the new GSSRAP would be “holistic”.last_img read more

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NAKONECHNY, UPENIEKS NAMED ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

first_img University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball standout Gabriel Nakonechny and golf champion Laura Upenieks have been named the Varsity Blues male and female athletes of the week for the period ending October 21.Laura Upenieks claimed her second straight and third career OUA individual title in leading the Varsity Blues women’s golf team to their seventh consecutive provincial banner this past week at Heron Point Golf Links in Ancaster, Ont.A PhD in sociology candidate, Upenieks shot a two-day total of 160 (78,82) to earn the Judy McCrae Trophy as individual champion, one stroke ahead of former Varsity Blue and current Guelph Gryphon Sarah Dunning 161 (79,82).The Etobicoke, Ont., native also earned her 10th career OUA all-star nod, shooting 23 pars or better over the 36-hole championship. Toronto finished with a combined team score of 492, 18 strokes ahead of the OUA silver medalist Queen’s Gaels.Fourth-year veteran Gabriel Nakonechny shone over the weekend in leading the Varsity Blues baseball team to a silver-medal finish at the OUA championship.The fourth-year third baseman from Toronto went 8-for-16 at the plate, hitting two triples and two walk-off singles to lead the Blues to round robin victories over the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders.An international relations major, Nakonechny also had a team-high five runs, four stolen bases and three RBI as Toronto went 4-1 in Ajax.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Pedestrian killed, teen injured in Buxton accident

first_imgAn another accident, this time at Buxton, East Coast Demerara, an unidentified pedestrian was in the wee hours of Friday killed while a 17-year-old girl is hospitalised after a car driven by an alleged drunk driver turned turtle at Buxton.Reports are the car bearing registration plates PVV 4355 was proceeding along the East Coast Highway when two other vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction, drove into its lane.The toppled car at the accident sceneAs a result, the 21-year-old driver of Annandale, ECD, swerved and collided with the pedestrian who was walking on the parapet. The car then crashed through a wooden fence and toppled several times before landing with its wheels in the air.The injured pedestrian along with the girl who was a passenger of the car were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where the pedestrian was pronounced dead and the teenager admitted in a stable condition.Meanwhile the driver was tested and found to be over the legal alcohol limit. He is presently at the medical facility seeking medical attention under Police guard.last_img read more

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Bale, Wales eager to leave Euro 2016 legacy

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale’s Wales side lost in the Euro 2016 semi-finals against Portugal on July 6, 2016.PHOTO/AFPLYON, France, July 7 – As Gareth Bale and his Wales team-mates bade farewell to Euro 2016, a commonly expressed hope was that their achievements in France would represent a beginning and not an end.Having waited 58 years to play at a major tournament, Wales made up for lost time in style, topping their group above England and sinking Belgium in the quarter-finals before falling to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Along the way their songful, good-natured fans won admirers across the continent, leaving the players determined to make sure that they will not have another six decades to wait for another overseas adventure.“We’ve had a taste of it now and we look forward to the future,” said Real Madrid forward Bale, who set the tone for Wales’s stunning exploits with three goals in the group phase.“We have confidence. We don’t want to turn up to one tournament. It’s about the bigger picture.”While the meek nature of Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat by Portugal in Lyon saw Wales’s tournament end with a whimper, the overwhelming emotion was pride.Both Bale and manager Chris Coleman spoke of how proud they were of the team’s achievements and there was glowing praise in Thursday’s British newspapers.“You did us proud boys” was the headline in the Daily Mirror, while The Guardian and Daily Express branded Coleman’s valiant players “heroes”.The reaction from the supporters was equally emphatic.Donning red T-shirts bearing the words “DIOLCH” and “MERCI” — “thank you” in Welsh and French — Coleman’s players applauded the fans inside the stadium in Lyon after the final whistle and were met with a voluble chorus of: “We love you Wales, we do!”For observers of European football, the novelty provided by Wales’s fans — and their ubiquitous “Don’t take me home!” chant — was mirrored in potentially career-altering turns by several of the team’s players.Bale embellished his status as one of the world’s leading players, but Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey — suspended against Portugal — was equally effective.Hal Robson-Kanu, scorer of crucial goals against Slovakia and Belgium, can expect to find suitors hammering at his door after allowing his contract with second-tier Reading to run down during the tournament.– ‘Just the start’ –James Chester, Ben Davies, Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen and Jonathan Williams are among the other players who will leave France with their reputations enhanced after helping Wales to become the first British side to reach a major tournament semi-final for 20 years.Coleman’s stock has also soared, but he spoke about the team’s prospects with a relish that suggests he fully intends to be in the dugout when Wales open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Moldova on September 5.“We’ve done it, we’ve sampled tournament football,” he said.“There’s nothing like it. Such a healthy, positive vibe, people from different countries…“I’ve never seen anything like it. We want some more of that. We need some more of that.“We’ve got to be hungry. Same hunger, same desire, and I think we’ll give the World Cup campaign a hell of a crack.”With an average age of 26.9, Wales’s squad is unlikely to undergo major surgery by the time the World Cup campaign begins.The stirring 3-1 win over Belgium in the last eight, meanwhile, will engender belief that Wales can go toe-to-toe with any team in world football, and win.Looking further ahead, the challenge facing the Football Association of Wales is to ensure that Wales’s France fairytale produces a happy ending that endures.“The legacy now has to be the kids back home at school going on to develop, the Welsh clubs producing players of their own, homegrown talent,” former Wales striker Nathan Blake told BBC Radio 5 Live.“I hope this leads to more players emerging who can take us to the European Championship, to the World Cup.“I hope this is just the start for Wales.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Raceway runs out of gas

first_img gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – An Antelope Valley raceway some consider an important cultural landmark will host its last major spectator event today, and drag-racing enthusiasts are gearing up for a grand send-off. The Los Angeles County Raceway, which opened to legal racers in 1965, is scheduled to close July 29. The facility will be torn down later this year by a mining company that owns the mineral rights to a parcel it sits on. The Moldy Marvin’s 8th Annual Rat Fink Party & Kustom Kulture Extravaganza – a tribute to street racing icons who continue to influence extreme-sports culture today – will start with a 2 p.m. street race and will conclude with an 8 p.m. live entertainment show that includes country and classic and alternative rock bands and a flame-throwing contest. Raceway supporters who continue their push to build a new Antelope Valley raceway say today’s event will be bittersweet. “I’m sure a few tears will be shed,” said Jeff Hillinger, who heads Save LACR, a grass-roots group that’s lobbied public officials to save the raceway or build a new one. The event is a tribute to street racing pioneer and cartoonist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, who was 69 when he died in 2001. A 6 p.m. car show will feature more than 300 pre-1973 hot rods, muscle cars and junior dragsters, among other eclectic vehicles. The entertainment show follows a presentation for a group that built a classic 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS for Speed Channel’s “Chop Cut Rebuild” program. LACR is a cultural and historic landmark that has attracted international fanfare, Hillinger said, noting that it’s brought tourists to the Antelope Valley from as far as Japan and Australia. He said racers might continue to use the track even after the bleachers are torn down next month, but he acknowledged it won’t be the same without spectators. “It’s a significant event,” Hillinger said. “It’s the last chance to pay tribute to the track because it’s going to be the last event here.” last_img read more

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Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester target to sign new Fiorentina contract

first_img Fiorentina midfielder Josip Ilicic 1 Josip Ilicic is set to put to bed any speculation linking him with a move away from Fiorentina by renewing his contract, despite interest from Livepool, Tottenham and Leicester.The 28-year-old midfielder was top of major European clubs’ shortlists during the summer, with English champions Leicester in particular hopeful of forcing through a deal.However, the Slovenia international decided to stay put in Tuscany and has become a crucial part of Fiorentina’s midfield.Ilicic has made nine appearances so far this campaign, but is yet to register a goal.The Slovenian rose to prominence during last season, netting 15 times in 41 appearances for the Italian side as they went on to finish fifth in Serie A.A decision regarding a new contract for the midfielder will be made soon, ending any chance of Ilicic joining a Premier League club in the January window.last_img read more

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Arsenal suffer injury blow as Tierney is ruled out of Scotland games

first_imgBut The Sun say Tierney, who joined Arsenal for £25million from Celtic in the summer, has suffered a setback.Subsequently, Scotland boss Steve Clarke has left him out of his squad to face Russia and San Marino in crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers this month.Clarke said: “I was close to selecting Kieran. Arsenal have indicated to us they would prefer us not to select him at this time because he has only played 70 minutes.”Realistically, Scotland need to win both matches to have any chance of featuring in next summer’s tournament. statement Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Kieran Tierney made his long-awaited Arsenal debut last week Tierney missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Monday and is a doubt to play in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Standard Liege.Despite the injury blow to the Scot, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin, who both suffered serious knee injuries last season, are available for selection.Last week, Emery spoke about his delight of having Tierney, Holding and Bellerin at his disposal.He said: “It’s amazing news. update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS targets LIVE on talkSPORT Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas PEP TALK Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Leeds vs West Brom (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Lille vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Swansea (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2AZ Alkmaar vs Man United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed on target Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has been ruled out of Scotland’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.The 22-year-old made his Gunners debut in last week’s 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest after recovering from a groin injury. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule 1 stalemate Getty Images – Getty rookie error “It was amazing to see the people’s reaction to Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who played his first 15 minutes.“It was a great moment. We can be a better competitive team with them. For us having every player available is the perfect moment.“We are really happy with Hector, Rob and Kieran.” latest last_img read more

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