The South Sydney playmaker withdrew from the Auckland Nines earlier in February due to hamstring tightness as a precautionary measure, and also didn’t play in the Rugby League All Stars game despite being initially named in the World All Stars side.Reynolds performed strongly in his side’s Charity Shield win over the Dragons on Sunday, but will potentially miss the first four rounds of Souths’ 2017 campaign.
With Australia leading arch rivals New Zealand by just four points in the women’s standings, and Fiji only seven points clear of South Africa at the top of the men’s standings it promises to be a thrilling finale to the series with both titles very much all still to play for.The men’s pool draw sees series leaders Fiji in a tough group with third placed New Zealand, Kenya and Samoa in Pool A. South Africa who are hot on the heels of Fiji have been drawn to play Canada, Russia and Scotland.Pool C sees Ireland fresh from their surprise bronze medal triumph in London take on Australia, Wales and Spain. In Pool D hosts France are drawn with England, Argentina and USA.The men’s competition begins on Saturday with Australia taking on Wales in the first game of the day at 09:00 local time (GMT+2).At the bottom end of the standings relegation matters will be resolved as one women’s and one men’s team will drop out of the core teams for the 2018-19 series to be replaced by China and Japan respectively following their victories at the qualification event in Hong Kong in April. Russia currently occupy the relegation spot in the men’s series, while Japan are in danger of dropping out of the women’s series.
Soti beat off attempts by Australian professionals Jason Dawes and Brad Burns, scoring a nett 54-hole total of 204.Dawes, last year’s NG Open winner, tallied 211 and Burns scored 211.Played at the idyllic Ralum golf course, the Open drew good crowds to watch the players tackle the seaside greens and fairways.In the ladies Open, new professional golfer Cherie Alison wonon a score of 209, outdoing the men professional golfers!She won from last year’s winner Lisa Jean.The ladies amateur winner was Aumi Cholai on 260.The mens team winners were: Ross White, Jon Seeto, Mark Edwards and the non playing captain – Peter Lung (also the tournament director).Photo: New Britain Open champion Soti Dingi being carried by lady professionals l-r Cherie Alison- ladies winner, Lisa Jean and Vicky ThomasPhoto by Cedric Choi
Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Mario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES
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Celtics: At New York on Saturday night.Raptors: At Washington on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown A way out of a tight fix Kyrie Irving scored 21 points for Boston, and Al Horford had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.“Tonight was a great test for us,” Irving said. “We just came up short.”Jayson Tatum scored 16 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 for the Celtics.“I thought they played a lot better than us in the second half,” Stevens said.” We had our moments offensively but all the rebounds they got, especially late, really hurt us.”Boston’s Gordon Hayward scored 14 points in 24 minutes, connecting on six of 13 field goal attempts.“I felt like I found a little bit of rhythm there in the second half,” Hayward said. “It was a good start for me. Each game will be progress.”Still, it wasn’t all good for Hayward, who suffered a gruesome left ankle injury five minutes into last year’s season opener and didn’t return.“There’s times where it still feels like I’m not playing like myself, I’m thinking too much out there,” Hayward said. “I felt like I was doing that in the first half a little bit.”Brown made a 3-pointer to give the Celtics an 87-86 lead with 9:03 remaining. VanVleet answered with a reverse layup, the first basket in a 6-0 spurt that gave Toronto the lead for good.“They executed much better than we did,” Horford said. “We didn’t take care of the ball as well as we could have down the stretch.” LATEST STORIES View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “No matter who Kawhi was against, Kawhi was doing well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Leonard scored 15 of his points in an explosive third quarter, making 5 of 7 from the floor and 5 of 5 at the free throw line.“Tonight he played extremely hard,” Kyle Lowry said. “He really was aggressive. That’s the kind of thing we’re gonna need for the whole season.”Lowry scored 15 points, Danny Green had 14, and Fred VanVleet 11 to help the Raptors win for the 11th time in 12 home meetings with the Celtics, including the past seven in a row.“That’s a good home win right there,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Green and Lowry each made 3-pointers around an offensive foul by Tatum with just over two minutes remaining, giving the Raptors a 107-99 edge. Green went 4 for 7 from long range, while Lowry made 3 of 5.MR. OCTOBERSerenaded by ‘MVP’ chants from the sellout crowd of 19,800, Leonard said he appreciated the sentiment, if not the timing.“It’s a little too early,” he said. “I appreciate the support. I know they’re excited about us winning the game tonight.”GIVING PAUSEIrving wrapped up his postgame scrum by apologizing to reporters for saying ‘um’ so often in his replies.TIP INSCeltics: Horford took and made the only free throw by a Boston starter through the first three quarters. The Celtics finished 7 for 10 at the line while the Raptors were 14 for 19. … Irving shot 10 for 20 from the field. … Tatum had nine reboundsRaptors: G Delon Wright (left thigh) missed his second straight game. … F OG Anunoby started the game wearing protective goggles but took them off after the first. Anunoby left Wednesday’s win over Cleveland because of a right orbital contusion. … Toronto made one change to its starting lineup, with Ibaka replacing Jonas Valanciunas. … VanVleet led the Raptors with seven assists.UP NEXT Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka added 21 points and the Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 on Friday night in an early matchup of Eastern Conference contenders.Leonard, who was limited to nine games last season with San Antonio mostly because of a quadriceps injury, posted his second straight double-double and played 36 minutes, one fewer than he had Wednesday night a season-opening win over Cleveland.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 Chriss“I’m not looking to get back to where I was before,” Leonard said. “I’m worried about the now and the player I’m trying to become now and tomorrow.”Leonard made 10 of 25 attempts, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, and went 9 for 9 at the free throw line. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores on the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard isn’t quite back up to speed after missing most of last season.That’s just fine with the Toronto Raptors. 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Dear Editor,In this and future election seasons it is important that we are given the opportunity to take an objective view of our leaders while also being able to make an informed decision at the polls. How will we measure the promised performance (before taking office) vs actual performance (at the end of their term) of our leaders, independent of party affiliation? It is important that our leaders can clearly articulate and successfully debate and justify their plans for our country along key dimensions of performance by being able to answer the following questions for the populace:1. What is their economic plan to both sustainably maintain and grow by each key sector (bauxite, construction/housing, energy and oil, financial: direct and indirect investment, fishing, forestry, gold, manufacturing, rice, sugar, tourism and wholesale/retail and trade)?2. What is their fiscal policy and plan for budgetary controls to both ensure good governance and controlled spending, especially in Government compensation at the upper levels of their Administration?3. What is their unemployment reduction plan by county and town?4. What is their safety and security plan by town?5. What is their border security and defence plan?6. What are their plans to reduce drug and human trafficking and the associated anti-corruption policy?7. What is their plan for the usage of the funds generated by the oil sector?8. What is their education plan by level (nursery, primary, secondary and university)?9. What are their health and medical plans for the country and for each town?10. What is their environmental sustainability plan?These plans should also take into account the impact and development of our villages and the public service and unions where applicable.Over the years, we have unconsciously judged our leadership’s performance by these dimensions. It is time that voters demand a higher level of accountability and are allowed to overtly judge our present and future leadership along these key dimensions going forward. Leadership’s performance across these key dimensions are essential to determining whether our leaders have earned the right to lead us as we move our great nation into the next level of development.Best regards,Jamil Changlee
The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), resulting into the prohibition of eating bush meat, particularly fruit bats, monkeys and chimpanzee; is affecting people involved in the bush meat market. They are going out of business; some have begun complaining of economy hardship.Bush meat sellers, who spoke with the Daily Observer in Gbarnga yesterday, complained that with the World Health Organization and other organizations’ proscription on the eating of specific animals like monkeys, fruit bats and chimpanzees, the government of Liberia has banned the eating of all kinds of bush meat without further explanation.The bush meat sellers notified the Daily Observer that they are no longer in business because the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has informed consumers of bush meat that bush meat contains the Ebola virus.“The ban on bush meat eating has extremely affected our business in the county and it has driven us out of business,” Korpo Tokpa, a dry meat seller lamented.Most bush meat sellers argued that since the outbreak of the EVD in the country in March, there has been no medical report of anyone contracting the virus through the eating of bush meat. But that their businesses have been affected since government announced that bush meat contains the Ebola virus.“We agreed that the virus is real and is claiming lives, but we don’t think the meat is responsible for the spread of the disease. The ban on the sale and consumption of bush meat is affecting our business and has introduced economy hardship on us marketers already poor people,” another businesswoman, Cecelia Davis, remarked.Kebbeh Jallah: I used to sell dry meat pepper soup and the business ran successfully but since government placed the ban on the sale and eating of bush meat, the business has collapsed, reason no one wants to buy and eat bush meat because of the message.”A visit to the Gbarnga General Market and other markets by this reporter last week, where bush meat is sold proved that there is low purchase of bush meat in the markets.The section in the Gbarnga General Market, which sells bush meat looked like an old market place as consumers of bush meat seemed to have abandoned it.The bush meat sellers lamented that they are the worst hit in the Ebola trauma. They noted that they had to turn to selling fish for now as a means of survival because of the low purchase of their commodity, which was once a priced commodity on the Liberian market.Bush meat, which they said, was normally sold between L$800 (US$9.50) per quarter depending on the size, is now being sold for half the amount, that is, if they see anyone who may want to buy it.They lamented that since the outbreak of the disease in the country, they have been merely surviving as their means of livelihood has been badly hit.They said their businesses will not survive if Ebola is not eradicated from the country.Investigation conducted by this reporter established that most restaurants operators in Gbarnga, the political seat of Bong County, that exclusively sold bush meat before the outbreak of the virus in the country, have resorted to selling only goat meat pepper soup as alternative to the bush meat.Speaking to the Daily Observer the Superintendent of the Liberia Marketing Association Bong County Branch, Madam Viola Nyamah Cooper admitted that in accordance with government’s restriction on the sale and consumption of bush meat, her organization has warned its members specifically those in the business of selling bush meat to abandon it and venture into another trade until the virus can be defeated out of the country.The local market Superintendent told this paper as the result of government’s mandate, bush meat traders are constrained to discontinue selling bush meat in the markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The general manager and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HOTT FM, DJ Blue, in a recent disclosure has said that the station is about to extend its operation in Gbarnga, Bong County.He said further that one of the goals of the initiative, among others, is aimed at providing job opportunities for residents of Bong County.DJ Blue also said that Hott FM in Gbarnga, linked directly with its parent station in Monrovia, is chiefly a community-based radio station. He said that while the radio station has been in operation for a considerable time, it would, however, officially open on Saturday, June 20. This will be followed, after the arrival of the HOTT FM team from Monrovia, by a series of activities beginning on Thursday, June 18.“We want to broadcast with a distinctive voice across the country, widening the scope of Liberian music and bringing it directly to the people as we have done abroad and in Monrovia,” he explained, adding, “The media is an educational tool for culture promotion and for the sharing of information and entertainment.” He said further that extending HOTT FM to Bong County would foster communication among participants, helping to enhance economic and social development.HOTT FM has become one of the biggest radio stations in Liberia, noted for beginning a revolution that has since promoted Liberian musical talents, organizing a series of programs that has helped to increase awareness of Liberian music. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But head coach James Kwesi Appiah is optimistic the team will rally to beat Uganda and keep alive hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“Players that are in now, their confidence levels are rising slowly and for that reason I believe when they go out there, there’s not too much pressure on them,” Appiah said, adding the players will be looking to “express themselves” on the pitch.Ghana will be without five first team regulars for the weekend match, including defender Harrison Afful and captain Asamoah Gyan, who led the team in its 5-1 demolition of Congo Brazzaville in their last World Cup qualifier.The coach has been forced to bring in five new players to the squad, all set to earn their first caps.They include midfielder Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish side Malmo, defender Vincent Atings of Ghana premier league’s Hearts of Oak and striker John Atwin of Egyptian side Misr Makkasa, all of whom trained with the team for the first time in Nairobi.A win in Kampala is vital for the Black Stars — currently placed third in the group with five points from four matches — before their final qualifier against current leaders Egypt, at home in Accra on November 6.Uganda, which is in second place with seven points will be without former Kenya-based midfielder Khalid Aucho and Murushid Jjuuko who are suspended.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000James Kwesi Appiah previously coached Ghana from 2012 to 2014 before being reappointed to lead the ‘Black Stars’ in April 2017 © AFP/File / FRANCISCO LEONGNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – Ghana’s Black Stars left Kenya on Thursday for Uganda ahead of the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier in the Ugandan capital Kampala at the weekend.The Ghanaians arrived in the Kenyan capital this week for three days of acclimatisation training missing some of their top players who are out with injuries ahead of Saturday’s Group E clash.
AFC on their end are 20 points adrift their bitter rivals and coming into the clash, they will be fighting for bragging rights and probably, delaying Gor’s party to the title.“Gor are champions already. Whether we delay them or not, it does not change their destiny,” AFC team manager Gilbert Selebwa said before adding; “This is a derby and we know how much pride it gives us and the supporters if we win. That is what we are going for.”The first leg played just over a month ago ended 2-1 in favor of the green side of the divide, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s well taken volley handing K’Ogalo maximum points.This was the second meeting between the two sides having also met on May 1 in the SportPesa Hull City Challenge, Gor winning on penalties after a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time.Gor Mahia players celebrate with a Hull City jersey after beating AFC Leopards in the play off on May 1 in Nakuru. K’Ogalo will play the Championship side in a friendly match on May 13But when they meet on Saturday at the Kasarani Stadium, AFC will be gunning for revenge against the two losses.“I respect Gor Mahia but we are AFC Leopards and obviously want to win. We have a huge commitment to our fans as a club and I also have a personal commitment to them. We will give it our best and fans should expect an exciting game. The first 20 minutes will be the key,” AFC head coach Rodolfo Zapata said.The fans do not want their team to be the one rolling the red carpet for their arch rivals and watching them pop champagne and devour bones of meat in celebration of a league title right under their eyes.In their quest though, Ingwe find themselves under-strength with up to seven first team players set to miss the match. Top scorer Ezekiel Odera will be serving the first of his two match ban having accumulated five yellow cards on top of a previous red card.Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi attempts to go past AFC Leopards’ Dennis Sikhayi during the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWhat is considered as their first choice defense line is entirely out with injury. Central defenders Salim Abdallah and Robinson Kamura as well as wingbacks Dennis Sikhayi and Moses Mburu are all out.Midfielders Marvin Nabwire and Jaffery Owiti will also miss the tie with injury.While AFC will miss top players by virtue of injury, if Gor will miss players then it will be by virtue of choice. They will be playing that game on Saturday, but their hearts mind and soul are in their CAF Confederations Cup crunch tie against USM Alger in Algiers on Wednesday.Head coach Dylan Kerr played his second string squad against a full strength Sofapaka squad on Wednesday and surprisingly got a massive 3-0 result. Will he take the gamble again having played the first team in the first leg?“I don’t know honestly because we’ve got a massive game on Wednesday in Algeria. The squad that played against Sofapaka showed that they really want to play and that gives me a headache for Saturday. We will see who is fit and who is fresh then make a decision,” the tactician noted.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr carried shoulder high by fans in a previous matchHe will have the services of keeper Boniface Oluoch back with the shot stopper having returned to first team training having recovered from a shoulder injury. The only absentee will be Ephraim Guikan who is yet to recover from a nasty knock he sustained in their game against Chemelil Sugar.Kerr has insisted they will treat the game with utmost seriousness, saying they not only to wrap up their league campaign but also carry the bragging rights from the derby.“It’s a massive game for the players and supporters and we want to win. Regardless of the squad that will go out, I know we can win. The team that played in the Hull Challenge was different and we won. I trust these players and all have shown they are equal to the task,” Kerr noted.He added; “We respect AFC a lot because they are a decent team and we know it will be a tough game.”Both teams are on a run of four straight wins. Over their last 21 meetings across all competitions, Gor have the upper hand having won 11 of those meetings and picked draws in five, losing a similar number.The last time Ingwe won against their arch rivals was in March 2016 when they won by a solitary goal with Lamine Diallo stepping off the bench to score a late winner at Kasarani.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – Like the famous words from Lucky Dube’s renowned single ‘Nobody can stop reggae’ from the album Prisoner released in 1989, nobody can stop 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia at this point of the season.With seven matches to go before the season wraps, K’Ogalo need just a point to clinch their record breaking 17th title making them the most successful club in Kenyan football history.