Meninga push for league success

first_imgRugby league development in Papua New Guinea is a challenge because it hasn’t been happening over the past years, says living league legend Mal Meninga.For PNG to perform on the international stage, the younger generation of players needs to be educated.That’s what  Team Kumul head coach Mal Meninga  says. He is also heading the Team Kumul program.Meninga, who visits  PNG on a monthly basis, said the only way to educate the kids better is through getting formal accreditation to all the coaches, referees, trainers and everybody associated with the game.He said we also need to educate the development officers because they are the educators of rugby league.“We need to train them up to a level where any person that’s involved with rugby league will have the necessary skills to educate the younger players.’’Meninga said the better prepared kids, the better opportunities and greater pathways, the more likely they were going to reach their potential.“We have to create a pathway for the children to play in the national rugby league and the national team, and if we are doing that then that means we are very competitive on the world stage.“We need to educate our educators who are the coaches, referees, trainers and development officers which is already taking place but this must be constant.“I’m sure it will become a sustainable program over the years as we aim to improve rugby league in PNG taking small steps at the moment,” he said.Meninga said that the Hunters program was  a bonus for us to be able to play the ‘week in week out’ rugby league but we shouldn’t get too carried away with that because it’s a second tier competition in Australia.He said PNG will be playing the Australian Kangaroos in the Prime Minister’s 13 and also the four nations challenge and we still have a long way to go in order to win these competitions.“We are heading in the right direction which is fantastic with the development programs.“If we keep our development programs going and educate everybody about the game, there’s a greater chance of us someday beating Australia in the World Cup,” Meninga said.PNGRFL’s four development programs include the 6 to 12 years (PNGRFL in partnership with Australian NRL/AusAID, 13 to 18 years (Schoolboys), and 19 to A Grade.These junior level programs will help develop players to enter the Digicel Cup, PNG Hunters and the Kumuls/International Fixtures.last_img read more

Hidilyn Diaz: ‘I miss cheesecake!’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “My main goal is to help out kids in my hometown and realize their dream in weightlifting,” she said.“This sport could change their lives and hopefully they could become just like me in the future.”   /vvpRELATED VIDEO “I am so grateful for him. He made a difference in my lifts. He’s a positive person and I like to have him around me,” she added immediately after being presented with her medal.Gao has coached multiple Chinese Olympic medallists including 2012 women’s 75kg+ gold medallist Zhou Lulu.His experience has been invaluable to Philippines Air Force servicewoman Diaz, who has blossomed late in her weightlifting career — she did not even qualify for the last Asian Games in Incheon four years ago, before her breakthrough in Rio.“He changed my technique and more than that made me understand why I need to make the change if I want to win Tokyo 2020.”Gao introduced new routines and heavier weights in training and the results are clear — Diaz lifted 53kg personal bests of 92kg in the snatch and 115kg in the clean and jerk in Jakarta to total 7 kg greater than her Olympic silver effort two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t eat sugar and sweets. I miss eating cheesecake and drinking bubble tea with friends. It’s hard,” said the sweet-toothed 27-year-old from the southern Philippines island of Mindanao.Diaz was already assured a place in her country’s sporting folklore, alongside the likes of Manny Pacquiao, as the only woman from the sprawling archipelago ever to win an Olympic medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But now, with top Chinese coach Gao Kaiwen making “a difference” in her corner, she believes she can turn Rio 2016 silver into Tokyo 2020 gold after winning the women’s 53kg event in Jakarta.“My coach has been with me for two months,” she said of Gao, who is also head coach of the Chinese national women’s army team. 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 MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Playing bridge at the Asian Games: ‘Athletics of the mind’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. /PHOTO: AFP, Money SharmaTriumphant weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has her sights set firmly on Olympic gold, inspired by her new Chinese coach, but first she might just indulge in a guilty passion — cheesecake and bubble tea.“The sacrifices you make are so hard when you’re training every day,” she told AFP after winning the Philippines’ first gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Realize a dream “That change in technique has given me even more confidence,” she said, believing she can push those bests even higher in Tokyo.“I’m really confident (of lifting more) because I was able to lift 115kg in training,” she said.“I just need to know my technique and visualize it. This result proves the Olympic gold medal is possible.”First, she needs to qualify for Tokyo, a cycle that starts at November’s world championships in Turkmenistan.Meanwhile, the busy Diaz will attempt to juggle training with her air force career, college studies and managing her new weightlifting gym opened last year in her hometown of Zamboanga in Mindanao.“I don’t know if I will win (the world title) because I will go back to school,” she said. “But I will do my best.”Diaz’s victory could reportedly be worth as much as P6 million ($112,000) in bonuses awarded to Philippines gold medallists from the government, National Olympic Committee, and other organizations.She said she would invest the money in her gym to give back to weightlifting in the Philippines and leave a legacy after she retires — Tokyo 2020 will be her last event. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rising star Kouame wants to motivate players interested in playing in UAAP

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Kouame, who is just in his first UAAP season, wants become an example for those who are setting their eyes in the collegiate league.And it’s not just in the basketball court that Kouame wants to become an example.“It’s really tough being a student and an athlete but if I can do these things so can the future players who’ll come in,” said Kouame who studies Bachelor of Arts I Interdisciplinary Studies in Ateneo.“I just started playing 5-on-5 basketball here in the Philippines so I want to motivate the players who watch us because there’s a future here.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Angelo Kouame is undoubtedly the biggest impact player of Ateneo for the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Montalbo on another La Salle loss: We need to learn The 6-foot-10 center out of Ivory Coast was, literally, the Blue Eagles’ largest producer in their 82-62 victory over Far Eastern Univesity when Kouame put up a preposterous double-double of 33 points and 27 rebounds.Kouame’s Herculean performance fueled the Blue Eagles’ rise to the top of the standings with a 7-2 record and tied Adamson University for the no.1 seed.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 ChrissEven though he has been unstoppable in the basketball court, Kouame said he wants to be seen more than as an athlete.“I want to motivate the new foreign players who are about to come to the UAAP in the future,” said Kouame Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “There are really good players and what I do is for the next generation.”last_img read more

At UL, Violent Demonstration Stalls Academic Activities Again

first_imgAs disruption of classes at the state-run University of Liberia recommences, the Administration through its Vice President for UL Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, has told this paper that it will surely suspend students who are associated with the present ongoing disturbances.On Monday, July 14 the two campuses (Capitol Hill and Fendell) were turned upside down as students calling themselves “Militants” roamed the campus, causing classes to discontinue.According to the students, most of them have not been able to receive their control sheets since registration began in April, and the administration has closed registration.The leftover students said if the decision stands that they cannot register, they will continue the disruption until their plight is addressed.Reacting to this claim, Dr. Getaweh said when the first deadline set for registration passed, students requested a time extension, and a grace period of one month was given.At the end of the one-month grace period, Dr. Getaweh stated, two additional weeks were given, and the last grace period was one week, which ended on Saturday, July 13.He said those disturbing the campuses are less than 500 students who failed to meet up with registration because they were waiting for “scholarship” offered by the University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU).“We are investigating those connected to the disruption of classes; and when those involved are investigated and noted well, we will give them suspension for three to four semesters without mercy,” Dr. Getaweh said.This present fragile semester follows another crumbly semester, which was characterized by a series of violent demonstrations which led to the removal of former Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell.When Dr. Brownell left the UL, many students felt the problem at the university was over.  However, while on the Fendell campus on July 14, students were again heard complaining, “We thought when Brownell leaves this school will not have problem again, but the problem is even more than before.”Students of the University of Liberia are accustomed to waiting on ULSU’s financial aid referred to as scholarship, and at most times the scholarship delays to the detriment of the students and the administration, our reporter said.This semester scholarship slips were released after classes have resumed in May, and deadlines set for completion of registration were extended to help accommodate the so-called beneficiaries.Over 5000 students are benefiting from this financial aid scheme, and it is being observed that because it exists every semester, most students use their fees to meet other economic needs while they await their scholarship slips to be given out.Meanwhile, students’ pressure is always addressed quickly by administration in order to keep the campus calm.  This has now built the perceptions that whenever students get on the rampage, their views will be honored at the end of the day since administration always adheres to their call. Dr. Getaweh in response to this custom said administration will not always go by demand from students as the case has been, and those disturbing the university will have their weight to bear.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Early snowfall ahead of normal January pace

first_imgAs reported earlier, the local airport weather station posted 19.6 centimetres of snow on New Year’s Day and then followed that with 14 more on Friday.That just missed setting a second consecutive record as the January 2nd mark is 15 centimetres recorded in 1954.However, it did push the two day total to 33.6, and it went to 33.8 on Saturday, compared to the January average of 32.7 cm.- Advertisement -We’ve also easily surpassed the January totals of last year when the airport station posted 25.3 centimetres of snow and 23.4 millimetres of precipitation.last_img

WATCH: Redknapp’s BRILLIANT post-match interview after Jordan’s 8-0 victory

first_imgHarry Redknapp took charge of his first match as Jordan boss on Thursday. The 69-year-old was appointed for their next two World Cup qualifying matches, a job he will balance with his football advisory role at Derby County.His side were 8-0 winners over Bangladesh and ‘Arry was certainly pleased with what he saw.With over 30 years’ managerial experience under his belt, Redknapp certainly knows what he is talking about and he told this reporter the ‘future is good’ for Jordan’s national team. Starting by standing away from the camera, Redknapp’s post-match interview is an amusing watch. See above!last_img

Growth? No way this way

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant This was the second time Moorpark residents refused to expand the city’s borders to accommodate development. “Ventura County will defend the SOAR vote boundaries,” Mikos said. “This is the largest project any developer wanted to get through that required a SOAR vote. We believe in building from within our city. … Growth belongs there.” William Fulton, an author and urban planning expert, said when developers spend millions of dollars on a slick campaign, the project usually loses. The Yes on A6 campaign spent more than $500,000. Opposition groups spent less than $50,000 combined. During the four-year process to get the project approved, the developer spent more than $2 million, plus an additional $250,000 to have the special election. MOORPARK – Their small-town character at stake, Moorpark voters last week defeated a housing plan in the rolling hills north of the city by a 3-1 margin that would have added 6,000 more residents to this east Ventura County suburb. “Nobody wanted to shut the gates to growth completely. They didn’t want it to sprawl out,” said City Councilwoman Roseann Mikos, a staunch opponent of North Park Village and Nature Preserve. “People realize there’s plenty of growth happening within our city.” The development, called Measure A6 on the ballot, was a test of the Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources ordinance, and in the end, the voters made their voice count, observers said. In 1999, the local electorate adopted SOAR, which subjects projects outside the city lines to a public vote. It contains growth within city boundaries; in this case, the city would have had to annex 3,544 acres of unincorporated county land so the developer could build 1,680 homes. “The voters react adversely because they feel like they must be getting snowed,” said Fulton, a Ventura City Council member. “It’s not about the project. It’s about the campaign. Money does not equal victory when a developer project is on the ballot.” Fulton said the project was an important test to the growth-control measure. Other large-scale housing projects in the cities of Ventura, Santa Paula and Moorpark have suffered the same outcome, including the first incarnation of North Park, called Hidden Creek Ranch. “Some people are saying if this project can’t win, no project can win,” he said. “This is a project where the developer spent several years buying in the school district and other people in the community. But when a project goes to the ballot, the merits don’t matter. … You’ve got to win the campaign. It’s about the perception of the voters. “Voters have to see and understand the benefits and value them and have to feel like they’re winners. It didn’t happen here.” The amenities looked appealing on paper: a recreational lake, nature preserve, sports park, land for a new school and fire station. But opponents stressed the drawbacks: 23,000 daily car trips, 2,500 other homes already approved or slated to be approved within the city limits, loss of wildlife habitat and schools and city infrastructure stretched to their limits. Councilman Clint Harper, who backed the project, said he would not advise the developer to come back with a similar plan because “it would get killed again.” “Right now it would be difficult,” he said. Kim Kilkenny, vice president of Newport Beach-based North Park Communities LLC, said the project failed because the Yes on A6 campaign was not able to effectively communicate with enough voters. About 75 percent of the voters rejected it. “I was surprised by the size of the defeat,” he said. “I thought we had created a special community.” In the next few weeks, the company will review its options, which include getting a project before the county, going back to Moorpark with an alternative plan or selling the property. “We did not plan for defeat,” Kilkenny said. “It’s not like we had a Plan B sitting on the shelf. I don’t know what we’re going to do.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 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

£26m star spends first day at Arsenal after summer transfer

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Lucas Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in a £26million deal earlier this week.The Gunners announced they had bought Torreira, the midfielder, from the Serie A side after his impressive performances for Uruguay at the World Cup. NEW ERA Latest Arsenal news How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets center_img REVEALED LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ possible standings The wait is over… it’s #TimeForTorreira 👍Welcome to Arsenal, @LTorreira34 🔴— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2018Aged 22, Torreira is rated as one of the most promising midfield players in world football, and his transfer to the Emirates delighted Arsenal fans across the globe. gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal He is currently on holiday having been handed an extended break due to his inclusion in Uruguay’s World Cup squad, but Torreira did visit Arsenal’s London Colney training ground when he signed his contract with Unai Emery’s side.He had to have a medical and take part in squad photos that were used for his unveiling, and Dugout take you behind the scenes as Torreira visited his new club for the first time.There is serious hope Torreira is the player who will fix issues Arsenal have had for years and years, and everything the midfielder has shown playing for Sampdoria and Uruguay suggest these hopes may ring true.last_img read more

Politics as usual

first_imgHere are some of the candidates expected to run for statewide office next year: Governor: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeking re-election and is not expected to face a substantial challenge in the Republican primary. The leading Democratic candidates are state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly, a co-founder of eBay. Lieutenant Governor: Democratic Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi wants to make this his next office, as do three state senators: Democrats Liz Figueroa of Sunol and Jackie Speier of Daly City, and Republican Tom McClintock of Northridge. Secretary of State: Republican Bruce McPherson was appointed secretary of state in 2005 after Democrat Kevin Shelley resigned and says he will seek re-election. Democratic state senators Debra Bowen of Redondo Beach and Deborah Ortiz of Sacramento are considering a challenge. Controller: This represents another battle of ambitious state legislators. Democrats include Sen. Joe Dunn of Garden Grove and Assemblyman Dario Frommer of Los Angeles. Republicans include Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria and former Assemblyman Tony Strickland of Thousand Oaks. Democratic Board of Equalization chairman John Chiang also is running. Treasurer: Termed-out Attorney General Bill Lockyer considered running for governor before settling on treasurer. State Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City; Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Chatsworth; Republican Board of Equalization member Claude Parrish; and Democratic Los Angeles County Treasurer Mark J. Saladino also have filed papers. Attorney General: Oakland mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown is the most prominent candidate. He will be challenged in the Democratic primary by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. State Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno seeks the GOP nomination. Insurance Commissioner: Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante would like this post next. So would Republican newcomers Phil Kurzner, Gary S. Mendoza and Steve Poizner. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Jack O’Connell will seek re-election. Termed-out Republican Assemblyman Tim Leslie of Tahoe City is eyeing a challenge, as is political newcomer Michael M. Agbaba. State Senate: Twenty seats are up for election, 12 of them open seats. Yet the primary election will determine the outcome in most cases: 11 districts are considered safely Democrat and five safely Republican. That leaves just four seats up for grabs, three of which lean Democrat and one leaning Republican. State Assembly: All 80 Assembly seats will be on the ballot, but much of the activity is in the primary election. Of the 80 seats, 28 districts are solidly Republican and 38 strongly Democratic. There are 34 open Assembly seats but only four are in swing districts. Each of those districts leans Democratic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

Men’s Basketball Begins Valley Season at Evansville

first_img Drake Game Notes ESPN+ Senior Nick Norton has helped lead the way in assists as he has a 58-to-11 assist-to-turnover ratio in the last nine games. That average as upped in its last outing as Drake scored 98 points and had 28 assists, the fifth-most in program history. It also marked the fourth time this season Drake has had 20 or more assists in a game and the Bulldogs rank 14th nationally in assists with 18.0 per game. Story Links Evansville is 6-7 this season under first-year head coach Walter McCarty with all six wins coming at the Ford Center.center_img Live Stats Live Audio Evansville leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs by a 27-23 margin after the two teams split last season’s meetings with each winning at home. Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s basketball team takes to the road to open up its conference season Wednesday evening at Evansville. Tipoff for the Missouri Valley Conference opener is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN+The Bulldogs make their annual trek to southern Indiana with an 11-2 record and have the program’s most wins ever before the start of conference play. The Drake offense has averaged 104.0 points in its last two games and leads the MVC with 81.5 points per game this season. last_img read more