Snooker champion Geua John misses out on Australian titles

first_imgTwenty seven women took part in the recent titles in Sydney and were placed in four groups with the top four advancing to the last 16.John advanced into the final 16 but was defeated 2-0 in the best of three frames by 2013 Oceania winner and New South Wales champion Jessica Woods.She won three of her six games to finish third in Group D and also made two high breaks of 31 during the tournament.Helen Samuel in Group A won two of her six games but was nudged out of the top four into fifth spot by Narelle Adams of Western Australia by a point.Madleine Kaina also won two of her six games but was placed 6th in Group B.This was the first time for the PNG women’s team to participate at the titles which was an international ranking tournament as well.Team manager Bobbie McCarthy said the women played to their best and gained invaluable experience against some of the best in the world.He added that it was also an international ranking tournament and it will be interesting to see where our women are ranked in the world when the rankings are released.Samuel said despite the loss, it was a good experience playing against some of the best snooker players in the world.The 2015 Australian Women’s Snooker Title was won by Chitra Magimaira of India when she defeated Theresa Whitten from the Australian Capital Territory.last_img read more

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Cutters, Lahanis match moved to Kokopo

first_imgPNG National Rugby League Competition (PNGNRLC) Manager, Stanley Hondina, said late this afternoon that this is due to the uncertainty of flights in and out of Hoskins.“This game was originally scheduled to be played in Kimbe this weekend but with the recent turn of events, I advise that this cannot be played in Kimbe and has been moved to Kokopo for a double header this Sunday July 7th at Kalabond oval,” Hondina said.“We can’t defer this game to another date as last weekend’s Round 13 game between Lae Snax Tigers and Kimbe Cutters has already been deferred to be played on the competition bye weekend of August 11,” he added.Hondina said the first game on Sunday (July 7, 2019) at Kalabond will see Rabaul Agmark Gurias host PRK Gulf Isou at 1pm. “This will be followed by the Kimbe Cutters vs Goroka Lahanis match at 3pm,” he said.Hondina said donations to support the Cutters appeal to assist the volcano affected areas in West New Britain will continue.“The appeal for donations/contributions to help during this weekend is still on and I encourage everybody attending the double header in Kokopo as well as those in Port Moresby, Mendi and Mt Hagen to support this worthy cause,” he said.last_img read more

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KC reclaim Manning Cup title after 32 year wait

first_imgKingston College ended a 32-year wait for the Manning Cup title with an edge-of-the-seat 3-2 win over rival neighbours St George’s College inside a rocking National Stadium on Friday.  Their motto ‘The brave may fall, but never yield’, was surely tested in a contest that saw both teams enjoying spells of domination.  KC wasted several early opportunities, with striker Ari Rodgers at fault for the most glaring of misses in the first half, firing wide after rounding the St George’s goalkeeper in the 32nd minute.  ‘The Purples’ were made to rue that miss when Damani Harris completed a sweeping series of passes through the midfield area, calmly slotting home the opening goal beyond the onrushing KC custodian two minutes later.  STGC, who were looking for their first title since 2012, took the advantage into the break and looked quite comfortable at this stage of the contest.  However, they handed a way back into the game to their rivals when goalkeeper Orville Smikle spilled a tame shot from distance into the path of Trayvon Reid, who pulled KC level in the 51st minute.  STGC substitute Chantomoi Taylor sent a well-placed header into the back of the net in the 72nd minute as KC’s wait seemed set for a continuation.  However, with an empty goal at his mercy, Harris sent a shot blazing over the crossbar from a mere two or three yards in front of the goal and KC would again make their rivals pay.  Michael Allen secured the equaliser for KC in the 88th minute after a scramble in the box. A heavily deflected shot from Nathan Thomas in the 90th minute ensured that Kingston College would end the season as the kings of urban schoolboy football for the first time since 1986.last_img read more

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Odessa ready to conquer Miss Caribbean Carnival Pageant this Saturday

first_imgTwenty-four-year-old Odessa Grogan who stands five feet, six inches tall is ready to conquer the first ever Miss Caribbean Carnival Pageant on Saturday in St Kitts and Nevis. The Guyanese beauty ambassador is making sure that her national carnival costume is intact and her other gowns are well pressed and fitted for the grand evening.She is quite happy to be presenting Guyana at the Caribbean pageant and is overwhelmed with the support she has received from her Guyanese fans. She has been competing in several preliminary competitions and has been able to impress the judges and with that as plus, she is hopeful to walk away with the inaugural title.The pageant is a celebration of rich Caribbean Carnival Culture and as such, Guyana’s Mashramani experience will be the focus point of her showcase, with a world wind of creativity, colour, fun and festivities.The accounts clerk is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, having completed her diploma in that field at the University of Guyana.Grogan likes Indian, Latin and modern dances as well as some acting and disc juggling.Commonly called “Spice Girl”, a name she got after being teased as a child due to having a similar hairstyle to “Scary Spice” from the Spice Girls, this Guyanese beauty is eager to represent Guyana on the international stage.She is the youngest of seven children and was first runner-up in the Colefacts Student Designing Competition. She is also a Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Volunteer Corps member; an organisation developed to support the functioning initiatives of the CDC, the country’s national disaster organisation, particularly at the community level.Much of the focus of the CDC VC is on disaster risk management as it relates to children. Community service is extremely important to her as well. Philanthropy and volunteering have been a part of her life since the age of eight when she first became involved with a healthcare philanthropy.Since then, it has been a personal passion of hers. Among other causes, Grogan routinely undertakes feeding programmes with friends and colleagues that target the vagrant population in various sections of Georgetown.She has also focused a lot of her attention on the orphanages by personally organising the donation of clothing, as well as personal and school supplies. The orphanage project has taken place every Christmas since 2009.last_img read more

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Martinez: Chelsea target Stones has NOT handed in a transfer request

first_img Everton defender John Stones 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he is “not aware” of any transfer request from John Stones.The England defender has been linked to Chelsea in one of the summer’s long-running transfer sagas, with latest reports suggesting a third bid of £30million has been rejected by the Toffees.It is understood the Merseysiders’ stance that the 21-year-old England international is not for sale remains firm, and it has since been suggested that Stones is on the brink of handing in a transfer request.But Everton boss Martinez is confident the centre-back will remain at Goodison Park come the close of the window, and insists he would have no hesitation in including the 21-year-old in his plans for Sunday’s home clash with Manchester City.Speaking ahead of the game, Martinez moved swiftly to dismiss newspaper reports that Stones had tried to force a move out of Goodison Park. When asked if he was aware of that being the situation, the Spaniard replied: “Not at all, no.”Martinez stressed that “the latest situation is exactly same” with Stones’ future, and when asked if the player handing in a request would change things, Martinez added: “It’s not an area we need to concentrate on.“What we need to concentrate on is that in 48 hours, we’re going to play the team at the top of the league and that’s all that matters.“The only thing I’m concerned about is preparing for the game.”It was then put to the manager that a point might be reached where an offer came in from Chelsea that was too good for Everton to refuse and that Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright might intervene.But Martinez said: “There’s no such situation.“If you want to go on [talking about Stones], I can understand. But I don’t think it’s healthy for anyone when you have the window open after the season starts, because the discussion we are having now is wrong.“We should be talking about the game at the weekend. We should be talking about how well we performed against Southampton [a 3-0 away win last Saturday].“But the only thing you are asking me about is about an individual. That is so wrong.”Reports have also suggested Everton are in talks over a move for Dynamo Kiev’s Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko, while simultaneously pursuing a deal for River Plate’s Argentina defender Ramiro Funes Mori.Martinez said regarding potential incomings: “We are trying to work as hard as we can to make a couple of new additions to the squad.“But even with those, it is not something we’re going to come out and talk about because the only thing we need to focus on is preparing for the game.”last_img read more

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Jagielka reveals who he thinks is Hodgson’s first choice England defence

first_img1 Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes England boss Roy Hodgson has already settled on his Euro 2016 back four and it does not include himself or clubmate John Stones.The 33-year-old centre-back’s last international appearance was in the Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Lithuania in October.Shortly afterwards injury sidelined him for more than two months, meaning he missed England’s two friendlies against France and Spain.He has been recalled for the forthcoming games against Germany and Holland but accepts he has a fight on his hands to win back a starting place before this summer’s tournament.“We will find out more in these two games, if not the three before the finals,” said Jagielka.“You would have to ask Roy [but] it looks like you have probably got Nathaniel Clyne, Gaz (Gary Cahill), Chris (Smalling) and a left-back.“That is probably the starting back four with Joe (Hart) in goal.“Obviously John (Stones) is looking to get back in there as well but I’ve got to think I have a chance.“I am not going there to wash people’s boots and clean the kit. I am going there to try to get a game.“I am not sure where I stand exactly. Obviously I missed the last trip.“I will go there, keep my head down and see where it takes me.“It is a case of waiting to see what happens between now and the end of the season. There is some good competition for places.“A lot can happen between now and the tournament. It is important we put pressure on the people playing.” Jagielka believes there is no place for himself or his Everton teammate Stones last_img read more

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Trustee hire set in August

first_imgLANCASTER – The trustee who will oversee Antelope Valley High School under state sanctions imposed because of the school’s lagging test scores probably won’t be hired until mid-August, when school is scheduled to begin, officials said. The sanctions came down in March, but a memorandum of understanding first had to be worked out among the state, county education officials and the Antelope Valley Union High School District that spells out the responsibilities of the three parties and the trustee. “We all had hoped to have had a trustee on board by now. I do want to get it right, though. I want to make sure everything is done properly and with no mistakes,” board President Donita Winn said. “The fact that it’s taking a long time is something that we’ve had to deal with. We have the trustee for two years. Education takes awhile to move.” Antelope Valley High was among the first six California schools to face more serious sanctions because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently under the state’s Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program. One concern for the district was whether it will have to pay for the trustee’s salary and living expenses, which officials would not disclose. “The cost to the district is one of our biggest concerns. It looks like it’s going to be us. The county issues the check, and we’ll have to reimburse the county,” Winn said. Information about the trustee’s salary and living expenses and who will pay for them is in a draft agreement that has to go before the district board, LACOE spokeswoman Margo Minecki said. “Until it’s approved, there’s nothing that can be released,” Minecki said. The state began monitoring Antelope Valley High and Wilsona not because their test scores were especially low, but because they dropped or stayed the same for two consecutive years. After the schools were singled out in 2003 for failing to improve test scores, their instructional programs were audited by outside educators. The auditors, called School Assistance and Intervention Teams, recommended steps to improve students’ academic performance. With the improvement plans, the schools were required to improve Academic Performance Index scores for two years in a row between 2003 and 2005, but did not do so. That made them subject to the next level of sanctions. Antelope Valley High School’s API score for 2005 was 582, down 19 points in a year and the third-lowest score in the Antelope Valley for a conventional public school, state test records show. The high school failed to make API improvement targets in four of the past five years, the one exception in 2004, when the school posted a 50-point gain. As part of the latest measures, state officials also ordered Antelope Valley High to ensure that 100 percent of its teachers possess the proper teaching credentials and that tutoring and other services are accessible to all students who need them. When the sanctions were announced, about 85 percent of the high school’s teachers were considered highly qualified. Antelope Valley High and Wilsona were among the first to volunteer for II/USP program, which offered struggling schools additional funding and assistance, but has penalties for schools that did not improve student achievement for at least two years in a row. Three groups of 430 schools each have been funded since 1999. To date, 990 schools have successfully met the accountability requirements and exited the II/USP program, 78 schools remain under watch and 222 schools have been state-monitored. Of these state-monitored schools, 42 have made consistent academic growth and are no longer being monitored.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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAntelope Valley High and two other schools were assigned trustees, who will have authority to overrule administrators’ decisions. Wilsona Elementary School in Lake Los Angeles also was among the six. Wilsona and the other two remaining schools will work with a second team of outside educators to focus on areas of weakness. The state required the district to hire a trustee through the Los Angeles County Office of Education. LACOE officials said the search has been narrowed down to one person, whom they would not identify, and that he or she should be hired by mid-August. Classes begin Aug. 14. The candidate will need the approval of state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell, LACOE officials said. last_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Bruno Martins Indi returns to Stoke City on a five-year contract

first_imgStoke City have completed the signing of Bruno Martins Indi from Porto on a five-year contract.The Dutch defender has returned to the club after a successful season-long loan spell with the Potters last season.Stoke will pay around £7million for the 25-year-old who established himself as a key part of Mark Hughes’ defence making 35 appearances in total over the previous campaign.Chief executive Tony Scholes said: “We are delighted to have secured a deal to bring Bruno to the Club in a permanent transfer and I know that Bruno feels the same.“Bruno loved being with us last season and made no secret of his desire to move here permanently when his loan spell came to an end. We’ve had to be patient in our dealings with Porto but we’re really pleased with the outcome.” 1 Bruno Martins Indi center_img 📝 #SCFC are delighted to announce the signing of @FCPorto defender Bruno Martins Indi on a five-year deal.👉 https://t.co/qNyth7GRyD pic.twitter.com/F99DSXahx4— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 11, 2017last_img read more

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10 players who have represented Spurs and Ajax in the Champions League era

first_imgTottenham Hotspur host Ajax at their new stadium tonight in one of the biggest games in the club’s modern history.Even a decade ago getting to a Champions League semi-final was unthinkable and now they’re in one at their incredible arena. During his time at Spurs, Edgar Davids battled with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard 12 ADVICE 12 Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. 12 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Steven PienaarThe South African midfielder used Ajax as a stepping-stone to bigger things in the early 2000s, playing 94 league game before joining Borussia Dortmund. He then impressed at Everton with Spurs snapped him up in 2011 but he failed to produce and returned to Goodison Park, first on loan and then permanently just a year later. BonusMounir El HamdaouiPerhaps the least known, from a Spurs angle, the Moroccan striker joined the north Londoners from Excelsior in the Netherlands back in January 2005 but he never made a Premier League appearance for the club and was shunted out on loan to Derby County for the start of the 2005/06 season. Injuries ended this early and he was sold to Willem II in 2006. He was hit by injuries there too but was reborn at AZ Alkmaar and scored 50 goals in 81 Eredivisie matches, earning him a switch to Ajax. Here he starred too – under Jol again – scoring in the Champions League against AC Milan. Jol, though, was replaced by Frank de Boer and he fell out with the striker, which meant that despite 19 goals in 38 matches in all competitions in 2010/11, he didn’t play at all in 2011/12 and was eventually sold to Fiorentina. no dice Christian Eriksen in action for Ajax in 2012 Tainio celebrates scoring against West Ham United in their famous 4-3 win at Upton Park in 2007 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 12 Toby AlderweireldSneakily signed from Atletico Madrid under the noses of Southampton, who loaned the player in 2014/15 but failed to cough up in time to land him permanently. He’s been a revelation from the start at White Hart Lane and undoubtedly one of the club’s greatest ever defenders. REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Atouba’s goal against Newcastle was the high point of his Tottenham career BEST OF gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 12 shining Rafael van der Vaart celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 Toby Alderweireld challenges Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League back in 2012 Davinson Sánchez played in the UEFA Europa League final against Manchester United in 2017 12 Davinson SanchezStill only 22, the Colombian is fast approaching 100 games for Spurs in two season. His acclimatisation has been swifter than many thought and with injuries hitting both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in both campaigns he’s been reliable when called upon and is developing nicely. Teemu TainioA League Cup winner with Spurs, the hard-working and versatile midfielder was an excellent free transfer signing in 2005. He gave the club three good seasons and expertly trolled Didier Drogba in the aforementioned Carling Cup triumph over rivals Chelsea. He was reunited with ex-boss Martin Jol at Ajax in 2010 but after just five appearances in total he left for New York Red Bulls. His son Maximus now plays for Tottenham’s academy. tense Jan VertonghenSuper Jan stuck with Spurs during some rough times at the club, playing under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood. He’s rightly considered a hero and should, really, be thought of a modern legend. Vertonghen’s display against Borussia Dortmund at left wing-back was one of the best by any Tottenham star this season. REVEALED Edgar DavidsAlready an Ajax legend thanks to his spell in the early 90s, he joined Tottenham in 2005 on a free transfer after he’d helped turn Barcelona around with an inspiring loan spell. His arrival at White Hart Lane wasn’t quite as impactful but he played a crucial season-and-a-half spell with the club as they evolved into a top six side. He re-signed for Ajax in 2007 and almost helped them to a title before leaving in 2008. Jan Vertonghen captained Ajax to the Eredivisie title at Amsterdam Arena in 2011/12 MidoA troublesome character in his early years, he had a prolific spell with Ajax cut short after numerous indiscretions in 2003. After spells with Celta Vigo, Marseille, and Roma, he found his way to White Hart Lane, on loan initially. His debut saw him net two goals against Portsmouth and he was a success, scoring 11 goals in his first full campaign. His permanent deal didn’t quite go as well with just two goals before leaving for Middlesbrough. 12 getty Thimothee AtoubaThe eccentric Cameroonian left-back was famed for giving Spurs fans anxiety attacks due to his insistence on performing Cruyff turns in his own penalty area. His famous strike against Newcastle at St James’ Park with his weak right foot ended up being his only Premier League goal for the club as he left after just one season. One FA Cup match with Nottingham Forest saw him heavily jeered by his own supporters as he struggled up against Kris Commons. Like Tainio, Jol signed him for Ajax, from Hamburg, but he only made three senior appearances for the club. 12 12 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso attempts to tackle Mounir El Hamdaoui in the Champions League in 2010 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED The two clubs have plenty of history themselves and over the years have often signed players who have played a role for the other.Most recently, Spurs spent a club record £42.5million on Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez, who has been a fine acquisition, albeit with some tweaks still needed to his game.And the Premier League side may yet add another name to the list as they target Donny van de Beek.But who are the other players who have played for both since the advent of the contest the two clubs will battle in tonight? Find out below.Spurs fans convinced injured Harry Kane will play Champions League semi-final TONIGHT as club post image of his kit Mido threw a pair of scissors at Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his spell in Amsterdam 12 12 Rafael van der VaartHe may have only managed 60 minutes in most matches but they were world-class contributions. A partnership with Peter Crouch was curious on paper but worked wonders on the pitch. He helped Spurs to a Champions League quarter-final appearance and was always up for north London derbies, which endeared him to fans. He gave them two years of great memories. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Steven Pienaar starred in the Champions League for Ajax Christian EriksenOne of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ signed after the club sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85.3million, he’s one of two left, along with Erik Lamela and has been the bargain of the bunch thanks to his £11million fee. Eriksen is close to clocking up 300 games for the club and has 48 Premier League goals to his name and 60 assists. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 12 huge blow last_img read more

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Picture Special: Ger Lynch hosts Letterkenny’s first ‘Pop Up Restaurant’

first_imgLETTERKENNY’S First Pop Up Restaurant was brought to The Kitchen at Forte Retail Park on Saturday night by Chef Ger Lynch. A delicious 6 course fine dining tasting menu was served in an elegant setting.Ger, from Drumoghill, is a daughter of Liam & Mary Lynch and is currently Executive Head Chef at the Kingsley Hotel in Cork. Ger studied professional cookery at Killybegs a number of years ago.Since then she has worked in top 5-star hotels around the world including Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as well as in Galway and Dublin before taking up her current position in Cork.Ger was keen to host her very First Pop Up Restaurant in her hometown of Letterkenny and was delighted that the event sold out to the venue’s 55-seater capacity soon after announcement.“The feedback from all guests has been amazing; fantastically positive, and I am so overwhelmed by it all,” Ger said. “Due to the huge demand and great success of the night, I would love to return to my hometown with another Pop Up in the coming months. I want to acknowledge the help and support of Pat Brady and all at The Kitchen too.”Ger is also becoming quite a regular on RTE 1, demonstrating her cookery skills nationwide with Maura and Daithi on the Today Show. Picture Special: Ger Lynch hosts Letterkenny’s first ‘Pop Up Restaurant’ was last modified: January 24th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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