World Cup qualifying preparation for PNG underway

first_imgAssistant Coach Reginald Davani has put a 23 man train-on squad that will be in camp in Port Moresby by the end of the month to get underway with their preparation for the Oceania section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.The squad includes 16 former and current players plus seven new players.The 16 former players who were retained are: Ismael Pole, Roland Bala, Emmanuel Simon, Jacob Sabua, Otto Kusunan, Raymond Gunemba, Alwin Komolong, Felix Komolong, Philip Steven, Patrick Aisa, Ronald Warisan, Leslie Kalai, Daniel Joe, David Muta, Michael Foster and Nigel Dabinyaba.The 7 new players: Greg Togubai, Emmanuel Airem, Samuel Kini, Sammy Campbell, David Brown, Stahl Gubag and Kolu KepuDavani said he is still waiting for the confirmation from 6 more players and is also hoping to add to the list, 2-3 more players that have been identified from abroad. One of those players is from the Australian A-League. With so much at stake, the start of a new phase of qualifying will see PNG lining up in group B against Tahiti and Solomon Islands.PNG kick off their campaign on March 20 and 28, in a home and away match against Tahiti.The PNG Men’s train-on squad: Ismael Pole, Roland Bala, Jacob Sabua, Otto Kusunan, Raymond Gunemba, Alwin Komolong, Felix Komolong, Philip Steven, Patrick Aisa, Ronald Warisan, Leslie Kalai, Daniel Joe, David Muta, Michael Foster, Nigel Dabinyaba, Greg Togubai, Emmanuel Airem, Samuel Kini, Sammy Campbell, David Brown, Emmanuel Simon, Stahl Gubag and Kolu Kepu,Player waiting for confirmation: Tommy Semmy, Koriak Upaiga, Wira Wama, Kenneth Pilailo and Giwi Simon.(File picture)last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay: Danielle Williams – best of 2015

first_img The mighty dollar Football in 2015 saw an administration further entrenching itself, successfully withstanding a weak challenge to its holding on to the reins of power. When will those who struggle come to the realisation that strength is all about money and the ability to manipulate and steer others, utilising the mighty dollar as the main tool? Is not that what is being seen, as the world’s top administrator in the game, is being exposed – his own power base threatened and having great difficulty evading the searchlights of scrutiny? An often belittled and disrespected press (most definitely so, in this corner of the woods) can take pride in that it all started with the insistence of a British journalist. He was not giving up on his substantial claims that there was something rotten in the state of Switzerland (the FIFA headquarters). The country has begun its quest to be in the final 32 who will adorn Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2018. There is an overabundance of reliance on players who know little, if anything, about Jamaica to get us there. The decision makers face a dilemma. Do they stick with the current mantra and still not make it or try to build from among ‘our own’ and delay the process? Foster’s Fairplay shares their pain in trying to respond. The Sunshine Girls netball boss, workaholic Marva Bernard, has stepped away from the steering wheel, after generations of sheer passion and commitment. It was consistent contribution to a cause that had criticisms as constant components. Her unswerving faith in Australian coach supreme, Jill Patterson, was severely tested. Ability to enter the marketplace and win deep-pocketed friends in support was put on the line. There was talk of the Age Animo graduate and one-time national airline executive being too intimately involved with her role. Despite the team seemingly stuck in the 3-4 ranking in world reckoning, the fact that ‘my girls’ held on to it was something about which the supporters must be thankful. This, as some African countries are catching up. Only time will tell whether the new regime under leader, Dr Paula Daley-Morris, and her support group can mount a long-awaited return to the No. 1 status once enjoyed. It feels like so long. Given space afforded this column, very little is left to address cricket. Thank God, as the least said, the better. As this is being written, the West Indies team is once again embarrassing itself in the Boxing Day Test in Australia with another gutless display of inept batting and lack of the penetration that can net wickets on a regular basis. Did someone just say, “He who cares not cannot be embarrassed”? Foster’s Fairplay suggests withholding salaries, pending some investigation. – For feedback: In a matter of days, it will be time to put a wrap on the sporting experience that was 2015. As is usually the case elsewhere, there was a mix of good days and some not so good. To further qualify the sentiment, one could say brilliance and the atrocious, respectively. In reviewing, Foster’s Fairplay assesses the four disciplines which enjoy the widest international reach. Track and field continues to massage our taste buds, with the quality of performances at the global level being as delectable as it can get. The brightest spark, the icing on the cake, came in the August Beijing World Championships. Some will view the reaction to the Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sprint victories at the event as unappreciative and undervalued, even disrespectful. This is not a guilty plea, but the monotony (was searching for a kinder word) tends to decrease the impact. With that thought, which could return to haunt, this columnist is considering as the performer and performance of the elite spectacle, the precocious 23-year-old miss, out of coach Lennox Graham’s US Collegiate programme at the Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, Danielle Williams. The new 100m hurdles World champion had her event shorn of its most illustrious practitioner, Australia’s Sally Pearson, due an early-season mishap. Then, with the well-lettered Americans, including defending champion Brianna Rollins, bowing out at different stages, the way was clear for a shock winner. It need not have been the former Queen’s School, Lloyd Clarke-conditioned younger sister of fellow finalist, Shermaine. The inescapable fact is that it was another Danielle, unscathed and unfazed, after being in a den of lions (or lionesses, if preferred). That she seized the platform of her golden moment to recall, in her post-race interview, her upbringing during her sojourn at the Kingsgate Prep School is, for this columnist, the final ingredient that befits the tag of 2015’s best. The black, green and gold boasts a healthy tradition to be maintained in the sport. With that in mind, it brought great pleasure to record the result of the early exposure to the big times, coming from Janeive Russell (6th in the 400mh) and Shericka Jackson’s surprise (is it really?) bronze medal in the 400m.last_img read more

Yeng Guiao on facing Italy, Serbia in World Cup: ‘A miracle can happen’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Guiao likes Gilas’ order of games.“That’s good for us. It just means to say that when you face Italy on your first game, you have to bring everything you have. By the time we play our first game when we get there we should be ready to play 100 percent. There’s no such thing as getting warmed up first.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Serbia and Italy are home to several NBA residents and although their availability playing for their home country is still uncertain, Guiao is already bracing for the worst.“As I said, I was looking at Italy and Serbia’s NBA players and if those guys are going to play, we’re really going to have a hard time.”Among the notable Serbians currently playing in the NBA are Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, who is one of the best big men in the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers’ 7-foot-3 giant Boban Marjanovic and Sacramento Kings’ 6-foot-6 sweet-shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.Italy meanwhile, has the likes of Los Angeles Clippers swingman Danilo Gallinari and San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli.The Philippines, which is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup, opens its campaign against Italy on August 31 in Foshan City, China before taking on Serbia two days later and Angola on September 4.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UST’s 1-2 punch Sisi Rondina, Eya Laure wreaking havoc in UAAP Season 81 Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team head coach Yeng Guiao admitted the Philippines will be shooting for the stars against world basketball powers Serbia and Italy in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.But despite the seemingly insurmountable task for Gilas Pilipinas to get past the first round, Guiao remains a firm believer that it can be done.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not going to say that this is the group of death but like I said, we’re overwhelming underdogs but maybe this is the group of near death,” Guiao told reporters Sunday night a day after the 2019 Fiba World Cup draw.READ: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdogs’ in Group DFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Against Italy and Serbia, it will almost take a miracle to beat those teams, but the good thing about me is I believe in miracles. I believe that a miracle can happen. We just need to prepared for us to be able to do that.”The Philippines, which is ranked 31st in the world, was drawn into Group D with No. 4 Serbia, No. 13 Italy and 39th ranked Angola. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gunmen rob teenager of valuables along High Street

first_imgShadrach Bridgemohan, a 17-year-old labourer of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, was on Saturday evening deprived of his valuables by two gunmen in the vicinity of the route 43 (Linden) minibus park on Hadfield Street, Georgetown.He had reportedly exited a minibus and was attempting to board another bus for Yarrowkabra, Linden/Soesdyke Highway, when he was attacked.Guyana Times understands that he was first choked from behind by one of the gunmen, who then pointed a gun to his face while rifling his pockets and confiscating his mobile phone along with $8,000.The perpetrators then quickly fled the scene, but a report was lodged and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Flyers to hold Allan Cup Steak and Lobster Dinner

first_imgThe Senior Flyers are hosting the 2010 Alan Cup and you’re invited to help support the Senior Flyers and the 2010 Alan Cup fund.Saturday June 20th come to the Royal Canadian Legion for a steak and Lobster dinner for the Allan Cup.It’s $100 per ticket and there are only 150 tickets so get yours soon. There will be a Cash bar, happy hour at 6pm, dinner at 7pm and a silent auction throughout the night.- Advertisement -Tickets are available at Munro Supply on 89th avenue, just down from Surerus Pipeline Inc.  Or you can call 250-785-1115.The 2010 Alan Cup fundraiser Steak and Lobster dinner Saturday June 20th at the Legion.last_img read more

Man United star could miss HUGE Premier League games

first_imgJonny Evans has denied spitting at Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse in the Premier League fixture at St James’ Park on Wednesday night. The first half incident overshadowed the Red Devils 1-0 victory, with an 89th minute Ashley Young goal the difference between the sides.Evans and Cisse were both charged by the FA, but while Cisse accepted the charge and has been given a seven-match ban, Evans will be banned for six if found guilty. An independent hearing into the case will be held on Friday night, with a decision expected on Saturday.If found guilty, Evans will miss fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse clash 1last_img read more


first_imgIn just three weeks time Jim McGuinness and Declan Bonner will lead their respective sides out for the All-Ireland Minor and Senior finals at Croke Park in what is a truly historic occasion for Donegal GAA. In support of this great achievement, Donegal Daily are offering local and overseas ​businesses the opportunity to advertise their business at a special rate and, at the same time, express their support for the management and players in both squads.In addition to this, any business availing of this offer will be entered into a draw for the chance to win ONE MONTH’S FREE ADVERTISING on Donegal Daily at a time of their own choice. For more information, contact Don Sheridan on 085 850 4125 or send him an e-mail at or email Mark at admin@donegaldaily.comWhat you get as as an advertiser on Donegal Daily:  1. 24/7 Coverage2. Daily Readership circa 50,000 – 3.3 million page views in August. 3. All adverts linked to your own website or Facebook page.4. Huge social media presence with over 24,000 followers on Facebook and over 8,000      followers on Twitter.5. You can monitor your own advertsing campaign by availing of our Google analytic breakdown.6. Editorial published on the main news feed to maximize your marketing campaign.7. Advert also placed on mobile phone application for Donegal Daily. ALL-IRELAND ADVERTISING SPECIAL – SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL AND ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:AdvertisingBusinessDonegal DailynewsSpecial offerSportlast_img read more

Klopp: Balotelli has been world class in training but he has NO Liverpool future

first_img Mario Balotelli Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mario Balotelli is not part of his plans at Liverpool.The Italian striker has made just 16 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal, since joining the Merseyside club in August 2014 for a fee of £16m.He was shipped out on loan to AC Milan last season but struggled to make an impact at the San Siro and has now returned to England.The 25-year-old has joined Klopp’s first-team squad for pre-season training, but did not feature in the first warm-up game of the summer against Tranmere on Friday.And, while Klopp has been impressed by Balotelli’s application and talent in training, he has told the forward it is best for him to move on.Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the German said: “Since he has been back here, he’s been a good guy and I can’t say anything different than that. It’s not that he’s come back and said: ‘who’s the boss, I’m the boss, no sorry it’s you’. It’s not been that at all.“Everything’s been good, it’s all OK, and now he’s here we will do everything we can to get him fit.“When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff (in training), he’s been world class. But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position so it’s clear we need a solution.“There will be a club around who would be happy to have a new Mario Balotelli if you like.“I have spoken clearly to the player about that. I know we can’t talk about a lot of things because one agent says ‘we want to stay’, and another says ‘we have had 10 offers so we have to leave’.“But in this case it’s obvious. It’s now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario to get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens.” 1last_img read more


first_imgPARENTS and politicians have vowed to fight the closure of two special needs nurseries in Co Donegal.They spoke at a meeting at a Letterkenny hotel last night – as the HSE works to close facilities at Ballaghderg in the town and at St Agnes in Donegal Town.The Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC) had the public meeting. “The parents of severe-needs children need support, they need help,” said Gina Grant, a mum of Ballaghderg pupil.“Once these services are gone, they’re gone forever and we can’t allow that to happen.”DCCC held a public consultation last month, asking parents and service providers for their opinion on supports and policies that would be needed if students with special needs were integrated into mainstream preschools.But after the parents of children with complex medical needs addressed the meeting, a number of parents and service providers said they believed the plan was unworkable. Gina Grant says many local politicians are backing their campaign.“I never thought I’d need help like this and I did. It could be someone else in the future and parents and people need to come out and support Ballaghderg,” she said. PARENTS COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:PARENTS COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLSlast_img read more