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Madang FC ready to take on Besta United

first_imgMadang FC assistant coach Amos Romo said the boys had returned  from a one week festive season break and had resumed training on Monday this week along with Alwin and Felix Komolong who have returned from their studies overseas.Romo said with the return of the two brothers the coaching staff and management have issued a strong warning to the players to be disciplined, to attend training and keep up to the rules and regulations of the team so they can make it to the first eleven of every game.He said the management will not tolerate and entertain players who break the rules and challenged the players to be content and be the ambassadors of Madang soccer fans.Romo also said that the boys are happy seeing the two brothers come into the camp and are ready to learn new things from them.He said the pain of losing the grand final last year remains in the heart of every MSA player and the return of the brothers adds more trust, confidence and bonus to the team to be strong and aim high.“Training has started and will go on until we meet Besta United on our home soil next week Saturday.”“We will see how the boys go through the training and decide on the first eleven plus the reserves next week before the game on Saturday,” Romo said.He said they had lost the first game in round 1 against Besta United in Lae and had learnt their lesson.Romo said they were looking forward to the game next week and the games to come with the aim of making it into the second leg and O’ League next season.He thanked the parents of the Komolong brothers for letting them join the team and the team management for the continuous support.last_img read more

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England can stun All Blacks if stars shine, says Dawson

first_imgEngland will beat reigning champions New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final if their big players come to the party, according to former England scrum half and World Cup winner Matt Dawson.The All Blacks, bidding for an unprecedented third successive title, will start as favourites after winning 15 of their last 16 clashes with England.But Eddie Jones’s side arrive in Yokohama full of confidence after thrashing Australia in the last eight and Dawson, who set up Jonny Wilkinson for the World Cup winning drop-goal in 2003, believes they have the quality to upset the odds.He warns, however, that they will need to be “perfect”.“England have some world-class players. If that group play to their best, England will win,” he told BBC 5 Live on Friday.“It starts with individual performance. The front row, Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell are world class. Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi and Elliot Daly must step up to that level.“Tom Curry and Sam Underhill have got to obliterate the opposition. Then England have got to assume that they make no mistakes at the weekend — no offsides, no penalties, nothing. They have got to play the perfect game.”New Zealand demolished Ireland 46-14 in the quarter-finals, their 18th successive World Cup win. However, Dawson thinks Jones’s decision to start with Farrell at inside centre and George Ford at fly-half will give England a creative edge even though he has some concern over Ford’s reliability.“Jones wants to play fast and furious with lots of phases,” added Dawson. “He sees how New Zealand reorganise as a weakness.“I was surprised that George Ford was recalled. I have the tiniest bit of concern about him playing under the most enormous pressure. He sometimes hasn’t been able to replicate his club and international form. We’ll find out.”Whatever happens, Dawson believes fans are in for a treat.“It’s a pressure-cooker environment,” he said. “For England, it doesn’t get any bigger than playing New Zealand for a place in the World Cup final — it’s the stuff of dreams.”last_img read more

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Liverpool back, Dortmund eye Gunners

first_imgGerman champions Bayern Munich play English counterparts Manchester City on Wednesday when Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris St Germain also set off on the gruelling campaign.Only captain Steven Gerrard remains from the 18-man squad which featured in Liverpool’s last Champions League match, a 2-1 loss at home to Fiorentina in December 2009.,Manager Brendan Rodgers, who has spent big to bring in the likes of Italy striker Mario Balotelli and England midfielder Adam Lallana, says the side are not nervous about the return.But as five times European champions Liverpool will have a lot to live up to. “We have a very young squad and they will gain experience — it is about embracing it. There is certainly no fear of the competition,” Rogers said on the eve of the match against the Bulgarian upstarts. “I think success is about qualifying from the group. We will take one game at a time: we are at home in our first game and we aim to perform well and get three points but we will respect them like we would if we were playing Real Madrid.”Liverpool are in Group B with Real who also have a lot to prove to their fans after losing two Spanish league games in a row.Despite the struggle, Madrid boss Carlos Ancelotti believes the defending champions remain the best in the European competition.Madrid sold Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonse, but bought 75 million euro James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos to assist Cristiano Ronaldo in the hunt for goals.“We have a lot of desire for this competition, we want to be competitive and try to win it again,” Ancelotti said.“It is a motivating factor to be competitive in the most important competition in the world. We have good memories of last season’s competition and we will fight to repeat it this season. I wouldn’t change this squad for any other in Europe.”Ancelotti has faced widespread calls to give Costa Rica World Cup star Keylor Navas his debut amid criticism of veteran club captain Iker Casillas.– Malmo debut –Seventeen time Swedish champions Malmo FF make their debut in the Champions League at Italian giants Juventus in Group A, which also see Olympiakos of Greece take on Atletico Madrid, Spanish champions and beaten Champions League finalists last season.Much focus will be on whether coach Diego Simone can maintain their dynamic form.In Group C, Monaco play Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica entertain Russian league leaders Zenit St Petersburg, still looking for a return on their heavy spending.Galatasaray of Turkey play Belgium’s Anderlecht in Group D, which also sees Borussia Dortmund against Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side beat Dortmund in last year’s Champions League.The Germans are without Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, but have been bolstered by the return of Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United who scored in a 3-1 win over Frieburg at the weekend.In the second day of matches on Wednesday, Bayern Munich will also be looking for a German home win against Manchester City, Chelsea also face German opposition in Schalke, while Barcelona play Cypriot side APOEL and Ajax Amsterdam start against Paris St Germain.The group games are the start of a long slog toward the Champions League final in Berlin on June 6.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, September 16-Liverpool’s return to European action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid’s shaky start to the season dominate the start of the new battle for the Champions League title on Tuesday.Liverpool take on surprise Bulgarian team Ludogorets Razgrad, while defending champions Real clash with Switzerland’s Basel in the key matches of the first day.last_img read more

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Blackpool sack Riga

first_img Jose Riga 1 Jose Riga has been sacked as head coach of Blackpool, the club has announced.The former Charlton boss had been in charge at Bloomfield Road since June but won just one game during his tenure.In his last game as head coach, Riga oversaw a 3-0 defeat to Reading who had previously been on a seven game winless streak across all competitions.A statement on the club’s website read: “Blackpool Football Club can confirm that Head Coach José Riga has had his contract terminated with immediate effect.”last_img read more

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49ers rally is in the Cards

first_imgBut Arizona’s defense finally bent at the end, handing new coach Ken Whisenhunt a typically crushing Cardinals loss in his debut. He’s the ninth straight coach to lose his first game with the Cardinals. “We had a chance at the end,” Whisenhunt said. “We hung in there, we fought, but we just didn’t get it done. Just a disappointing loss for our football team.” Edgerrin James rushed for 92 yards and a score, and Leinart was 14 of 28 for 102 yards with two interceptions in the meeting between two long-struggling NFC West clubs with high hopes for the season. Arizona held the 49ers to 194 total yards, just 30 in the second half – until that final drive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Smith looked terrible until leading that near-flawless march in the waning moments for the 49ers, who beat the Cardinals for the first time in five tries during Coach Mike Nolan’s tenure. Smith finished 15 of 31 for 126 yards – 60 on the final drive. The third-year quarterback also made a key 25-yard scramble on fourth-and-1, and Battle hauled in a gutsy catch at the 1 before running it in for the decisive score. “We worked hard in the situation offense all last season, two-minute (drill), and knew there would be a lot of games like this,” Smith said. “We showed a lot of character … struggling at times, frustrated on offense, but we finished.” Both teams’ high-priced offenses floundered amid the swirling winds in the first game since the field was renamed in Walsh’s honor. Anquan Boldin caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Matt Leinart with 6:40 to play for the Cardinals, who kept the 49ers out of the end zone for 55 straight minutes between Frank Gore’s early score and Battle’s final TD. By Greg Beacham THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – Alex Smith and his San Francisco 49ers looked awful on Bill Walsh Field until the very last minute. Arnaz Battle scored on a 1-yard end-around with 22 seconds to play, and the 49ers erased an inept offensive performance with an 86-yard scoring drive to cap a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL’s final opener Monday night. last_img read more

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Anderson stands out on or off field

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsCreative writing. “Sometimes it’s hard to get started with a statement, but once I get started I can’t even stop,” Anderson said. “I love to write.” Anderson said he enjoys writing descriptive essays, a pastime that he said helps him unwind. He said navigating through paragraphs and defenders aren’t altogether unrelated, noting that both require some imagination. “On the field when I return the kickoff, right before the play starts I try to visualize it before I do it,” he said. “I think it helps.” It’s hard to argue with the results. Anderson has already returned a kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown and had another from a similar distance called back because of a penalty. “He’s dynamic in what he does,” Highland coach Jim Root said. “Any time he touches the ball he’s capable of changing the game. He does the same thing on defense and special teams that he does on offense.” Anderson is a Div. I defensive back prospect whose 4.55-second 40-yard dash time is average for a player at his position. His height _ he’s 6 feet 2 inches _ and leaping ability are considered above average. His intelligence, instincts and ability to lift the emotions of his teammates are tremendous assets, too, Root said. “When he makes big plays, he gets excited. He jumps up and down. I think that’s contagious,” Root said. Anderson’s leadership role has been especially important for a Highland team that has struggled, going 0-3 in nonleague play. “It’s always easier with Fred,” Highland quarterback Kevin Bevans said. “He’s always giving us a little bit of encouragement here and there.” Anderson said he takes most pride in his leadership role. “I always like to be a leader when I’m out there, but I like to listen to what other people have to say,” Anderson said. “At any time, I can be wrong, and sometimes I need to correct myself, too. I try to learn from my mistakes, and I guess that’s what makes (teammates) look up to me more.” Anderson is being recruited by several high-profile Div. I programs but does not wish to discuss his collegiate plans publicly. He focuses on this year’s team – and this week. Anderson is considering majoring in creative writing. Business management is a possibility, too, he said, because he has always wanted to start a business with his brother Vincent, a former Highland basketball standout. Whatever Fred Anderson decides, he has enough to offer colleges to write his own ticket, Root believes. “He’s a kid that’s worked really hard in the classroom and on the football field to put himself in the position he’s in,” Root said. “He’s a quality young man with a great demeanor. He’s part of what the game is about.” 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 – Fred Anderson says that getting started is the hardest part. Once he gets going, everything just seems to flow. Anderson is a standout Highland High defensive back/wide receiver with a propensity for making big plays and an animated playing style that has made him one of the Golden League’s most exciting players. But Anderson wasn’t talking about the adrenaline rush he experiences when he cuts across the field eluding the grasp of defenders trying to drive him into the turf. He was describing one of his favorite hobbies outside of football. last_img read more

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Tottenham fans furious as they believe Burnley goal shouldn’t have counted

first_imgBut Spurs supporters on social media were fuming as they believe the set-piece from which the Clarets scored was incorrectly awarded.Jan Vertonghen and Jeff Hendrick went in for a challenge in the penalty area and as the pair slid out of play the ball bobbled off both players.Who got the last touch appeared inconclusive even from television replies but it didn’t stop fans of the away side venting their fury on Twitter, as you can see below. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Shouldn’t have been a corner, but got to defend it better than that. Heads up now Spurs. We go again. #COYS https://t.co/WTwd75zFPP— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) February 23, 2019 Score from a corner that wasn’t their corner!!! Need luck to go for ya and we don’t get that!!— Nick Homewood (@Nickyh_yiddo) February 23, 2019 How could he give a corner. Look at the direction of the ball— SuperSav (@Supersav1985) February 23, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Nice of the linesman to guess the wrong way and give a corner.Mike Dean making sure he continues his dreadful ways of officiating.— Robert (@bbqbobs) February 23, 2019 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Legit so obvious that Burnley score from a corner that should have been a goal kick #THFC #COYS— kieran (@winksthewizard) February 23, 2019 Tottenham Hotspur fans were left raging during their match with Burnley on Saturday afternoon as they believe their opponents scored from a corner which shouldn’t have been.The host took the lead on 57 minutes when Chris Wood nodded home off the crossbar, against the run of play. MONEY shining REVEALED 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REPLY no dice Absolutely shocking. Wasn’t a corner. Assistant ref gave it when he CLEARLY couldn’t see. Typical… #EPL #BURTOT #THFC #COYS— ⚽️🎞️ Kev J. Stewart (@KevJStewart) February 23, 2019 Burnley star Chris Wood celebrates. Not even a Burnley corner 😂 not even VAR can stop that incompetence— Matt McKay (@mattmckay90) February 23, 2019 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Wow that clearly wasn’t even a corner. Classic.— Jackson (@Jaxby_) February 23, 2019 huge blow last_img read more

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Walt Disney World News — Week of April 13, 2019

first_imgContact Small World Vacations to book any of these discounts today.Have you done the Easter egg hunt at Epcot, or do you prefer looking at the decorated eggs at the Grand Floridian? Let me know in the comments. Discount2019 Military Offer Discount TypePackage DetailsProof of Residency required at check-inFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Discount TypeRoom-Only Travel DatesMost nights April 28 to May 27, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only Book ByMay 27, 2019 DetailsSave up to 25% on room reservationsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Travel DatesMost nights:January 1 to April 13, 2019April 26 to December 19, 2019 Book ByJune 30, 2019 DiscountFlorida Resident Spring Into 2019 Room Offer Discount TypeRoom-Only DiscountSun and Fun Room Offer DetailsValid military ID required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Travel DatesMost nights January 3 to April 27, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights January 3 to April 27, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only DiscountFlorida Resident Sun & Fun Room Offer Book ByApril 27, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights January 1 to April 27, 2019 DiscountKid Sized Gift of Magic Package/Magical Family Memories Package Book ByApril 27, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic KingdomWalt Disney World Railroad – FantasylandWalt Disney World Railroad – FrontierlandWalt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.Tomorrowland SpeedwayDisney’s Animal KingdomWildlife Express Train: Africa StationWildlife Express Train: Rafiki’s Planet Watch StationDiscountsDiscount information is courtesy of Small World Vacations DiscountGift of Magic Room Offer Share This!Sponsored by Small World Vacations.Before we begin the news roundup, I wanted to draw your attention to the cover image for this week. This was taken on the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs this winter, near the Robin Hood-themed tree. When I snapped it, I figured it would be a great image to use for the week when many Americans are putting the finishing touches on their income tax returns. But then it occurred to me — although John was King of England in history, the animated Robin Hood that we all know and love always refers to him just as Prince John (albeit the “phony king of England”). What are your thoughts on the sign? Would you have liked it better if it said Prince John instead of King John? Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.And now, on with the news.NewsThe Epcot International Garden Festival is open and runs through June 3, 2019. There’s food, merchandise, concerts, and of course flowers and greenery. Read details on the official page here.Easter has made its appearance at Walt Disney World. Stop by Magic Kingdom to meet the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny, swing by the Grand Floridian to see the impressively decorated giant Easter Eggs, or head to Epcot for the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg hunt around World Showcase (now through April 21).Speaking of Epcot, if you’re an annual passholder, make sure to pick up your free Daisy AP magnet, now available at Mouse Gear. You can see the magnet, plus other AP merchandise now for sale, here.WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsPark Hours Book ByApril 27, 2019 DetailsDiscounts on packages with ticketsBase Tickets requiredNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Book ByDecember 19, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights April 28 to June 30, 2019 DetailsSave up to 20% on room reservationsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. DetailsProof of Residency required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations.last_img read more

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Maritime sector a major job spinner

first_imgSouth Africa’s maritime industry is forecast to create thousands of new jobs. Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele is confident of the maritime sector’s potential toproduce jobs. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tebogo Madibo Head: Marketing and Communications Samsa +27 12 366 2660 RELATED ARTICLES • Aviation, maritime careers for youth • South African maritime industry set to grow • New centre to foster science careers • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiIn the future up to 160 000 new jobs could be generated in South Africa’s commercial maritime industry, which is currently a largely untapped source of employment for locals.The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said a vast number of jobs could be created in the coming years, but the country was in a race against time to develop the required skills.“This industry can create tens of thousands of jobs,” said Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele at a media briefing in Cape Town. “It can create between 140 000 and 160 000 new jobs.”With a 25% unemployment rate, South Africa needs to take advantage of various opportunities that its sectors have to offer.Through the New Growth Path (NGP), the government aims to generate up to 5-million jobs within the next 10 years and slash unemployment by 10%.Mokhele believes the maritime sector can play a significant role in the NGP. He said the six-month-old national strategy has helped create a proper framework for the sector’s development to gear it up for job creation.“Maritime remains a hidden sector that can contribute significantly to the NGP,” he said.Samsa said it has started processes aimed at helping unlock job opportunities in the industry by raising awareness and introducing necessary policies. The government agency is currently developing a National Maritime Skills Plan and Jobs policy, which will be implemented once adopted by parliament.It has appointed Deloitte, an international accounting and consulting firm, to assess the range of skills required to drive employment, according to Mokhele. “For us to develop jobs (in the sector), we need to develop skills,” he said.Most seafarers currently working on South Africa’s freighters are Filipinos. This can change if more South Africans grab the opportunities that exist, Mokhele pointed out.The country needs to groom skilled professionals such as law specialists, engineers and artisans, managers, maritime economy specialists and others specifically for the maritime industry.“We’re looking at generating jobs both inland and at sea,” Mokhele said.Working with universitiesSamsa is lobbying universities to increase or introduce maritime studies. Mokhele said they’ve met with academics from the following institutions over the last few months: University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.The Durban University of Technology and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, both located in coastal areas, are already leaders in offering comprehensive maritime studies.“Universities are responding well to the sector’s needs based on their academic strengths,” Mokhele said.Vital sectorWith up to 80% of trade between South Africa and its partner countries being maritime-based, the country needs to escalate market participation to protect its interests.“We’re disconnected from the world unless we have shipping ability,” Mokhele said.Comprehensive skilling would also allow South Africans to take advantage of opportunities that exist on the continent, which is almost completely surrounded by ocean.Most of the shipping to and from South Africa is currently done by foreign groups, Mokhele noted, which means local businesses also have room to ramp up the market share in future. “Our trade is handled on foreign-registered ships, which employ foreign capital and foreign labour,” he said.Raising awareness in schoolsMaritime career opportunities remain untapped partly due to lack awareness among South Africans, especially the millions living inland.Samsa has teamed up with provincial government divisions to raise awareness among the country’s school pupils. Mokhele said his organisation is initiating maritime career awareness projects in all nine provinces.The awareness programmes have already “matured” in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, both coastal provinces.“Pupils need to look out for mass programmes of awareness that we’re rolling out,” Mokhele said.“We try to let them understand what the sector has to offer. It’s full of adventure and one can make it in the maritime sector coming from any background,” he added.last_img read more