Perkins scores twice to power Bombers past Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers head into a hectic week on the schedule after edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-2 Thursday in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey action at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers with a pair of goals whbile Nao Butterfield added a single.Jenna Wheeldon was in goal to register the win for LVR. It was the first time guarding the cage for Wheeldon. “We had great defence by Lauren Walgren and Emma Gregorich and the mid field is amazing with Hailee Gerun, and captains Naomi Perkins and Allie Zondervan,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday in to play J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, Wednesday Stanley Humphries before competing in the Kootenay Tournament Friday and Saturday at Pass Creek.On Tuesday, October 21the semi final playoff game is being played between the second and third-place finishers in the West Kootenay League.The Final is set for Thursday, October 23.There is a wild card game in Kelowna on Tuesday, October 28th for the runner up of the West Kootenay League.last_img read more

Nominations open for women’s snooker titles

first_imgPNG Billiards and Snooker Vice President, John Chan said nomination and registration fees are K150 per player.The tournament is scheduled to be held from May 24-28.  Forty players will take part in the tournament.The tournament will be held at the Lamana Q Club, Dragon’s Den, Laguna Hotel and Aviat Club – registration forms can be picked up from the four venues.“Nomination and registration for players out of Port Moresby will close on May 18 and for those players in Port Moresby, it will close on May 23,” said Chan.He said registration and briefing will be held at 5pm on Monday May 23 at the Dragons Den. “The tournament will start on Tuesday and end with the finals on Saturday May 28,” Chan said.“We are looking at 40 players again this year and being the National Championships, preference will be given to ranked players. But in saying that, there will be enough spot up for grabs,” said Chan.“We are grateful to the four venues management and staff for the use of their facilities and hosting this premier women’s event.Chan added the tournament director will be Richard Whitchurch and an announcement by naming rights sponsors NGCB is expected to made early next week.“This will be the second year NGCB has supported women in snooker in PNG and I thank them for their continued support,” said Chan.last_img read more

All Blacks batter Ireland 46-14 to reach World Cup semis

first_imgNew Zealand will face England in next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals after the All Blacks pummelled a flat Ireland 46-14 in Saturday’s last-eight clash in Tokyo.The three-times champions had lost two of their last three matches against the Irish but Saturday’s performance better reflected the All Black’s overall record against the men in green which now stands at 29 wins to two defeats, with one draw.After a tight opening 10 minutes, New Zealand flexed their peerless rugby muscles after which the result was never in doubt. The All Blacks ended with seven tries, the first two from scrumhalf Aaron Smith.Certainly England will provide a better test for the holders, having earlier thrashed Australia 40-16 in the first quarter-final in Oita. Holders Japan face South Africa, and Wales meet France in the remaining quarters on Sunday.The All Blacks had not played for almost two weeks since their 71-9 victory over Namibia at the same ground after tournament organisers cancelled their final pool game against Italy due to Typhoon Hagibis.They also had not been really challenged since their tournament opener against South Africa four weeks ago and fans were concerned they could be underprepared for the intensity of a World Cup knockout match.Steve Hansen’s side allayed those fears with a blistering and bruising performance where they constantly drove Ireland back at the breakdown and in the tackle and never allowed them to get their close-running game going.They also forced the Irish into numerous handling errors, particularly in contact inside their own half, destroying their momentum.After scrumhalf Smith scored his first try in the 14th minute following a sustained buildup, the All Blacks seized on two Johnny Sexton errors to put the game beyond doubt before halftime.The Irish flyhalf failed to find touch for an attacking lineout, with Richie Mo’unga brilliantly keeping the ball in play and the All Blacks then cleared to Ireland’s half when three minutes later, Smith grabbed his second from close range.Sexton then dropped the ball on halfway in a tackle and Mo’unga kicked it ahead with Beauden Barrett winning the race to give the All Blacks a 22-0 lead they held to halftime despite defending for most of the last 10 minutes of the first period.The All Blacks refused to take their foot off the gas in the second half, keeping Ireland pinned inside their own territory and controlling possession with hooker Codie Taylor, replacement flanker Matt Todd, winger George Bridge and replacement Jordie Barrett crossing.Robbie Henshaw gave his side a face-saving try moments after he squandered a gilt-edged opportunity while referee Nigel Owens also awarded them a penalty try and sinbinned Todd for a professional foul.last_img read more

French Open | Nishikori hails his perfect tennis

first_imgPARIS (AP): A combination of luck and perfect tennis helped Kei Nishikori reach the quarter-finals of the French Open. The eighth-seeded Nishikori recovered from a nightmare opening set to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 yesterday and progress to his seventh Grand Slam quarter-final, a record for a Japanese man. “I couldn’t do anything first set, but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive sometimes, and start working a little bit better,” Nishikori said. “I don’t know how I get the second and third. But, yeah, a little bit gained some confidence during second and third. The fourth, I think it was perfect tennis I played.” Nishikori has now had three tough days in a row on court after finishing his rain-delayed third-round match against Hyeon Chung on Sunday. That match lasted nearly four hours and also saw Nishikori drop a set to love. “It wasn’t easy, but actually (the delay) helped me a lot against Hyeon in the third round,” he said. “You know, after that 3-0 down in fourth set, the delay gave me a little bit of luck. I was able to talk with my coach and regroup again with what I have to do on the court. I have to thank the rain a little bit in that match. “It was tough one today, but fought through and it’s good to have one day off tomorrow and ready for next match.” That next match will be against the top-ranked Andy Murray tomorrow. Nishikori has won just two of 10 matches against Murray but cannot remember beating the British player at the US Open last year. Nishikori won a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. “Actually, I’m very bad with the memories,” Nishikori said. “I don’t even know if I won or lost.” He added with a smile: “I mean, always, you know, when we play, it’s always a battle. Sorry that I don’t remember much.”last_img read more

UAAP women’s basketball: UST locks up Final 4 slot in win over La Salle

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES ‘Gago’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust UST star Grace Irebu. UAAP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas booked its ticket to the Final Four after preying on De La Salle 71-49, in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Quadricentennial Pavilion.Reigning MVP Grace Irebu led the way for UST, which is at second with a 10-3 record, with 13 points and 16 rebounds while fellow tower Tantoy Ferrer added 12 points and seven boards.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life MOST READ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m just happy,” said UST head coach Haydee Ong. “I just told them that we should put to good use the defense we trained for the past two days.”Point guard Ruby Portillo also finished in double figures with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists for the Golden Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4last_img read more

Appalled at the functioning of Maida/Tarlogie NDC

first_imgDear Editor,We are appalled and baffled at the manner in which the business of the Maida/Tarlogie Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) is being conducted at this time and which is destroying development of the NDC.Since April of this year, the NDC’s Chairman has been absent from the statutory meeting along with the Vice Chairman who has been absent since June. This is compounded by the fact that many of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillors are also absent which makes it difficult to establish a quorum to conduct the business of the NDC. This has led to only informal discussions taking place. This is a mystery since from our understanding, caucuses are normally held before the NDC statutory. Therefore, it begs the question: Why is this type of purposefully effected negligent behaviour being allowed in an NDC controlled by the PPP? Has the PPP lost control over this NDC? Why is it that these officials are not replaced so that the work of the NDC can go on?We have also read with interest the fact that NDCs are complaining about the lack of consultation in the preparation of the Regional Estimates 2017. Our NDC was also not consulted since most of the officials are always absent but I do feel that consultation should have been done with the interested Councillors and the Overseer. There are three projects which we have been begging to be done for years but yet they are not in the 2017 RDC Budget Proposal. One is a street at Cromarty, next to a school which will not only benefit residents but will grant access to the cemetery which is heavily forested; the next is the excavation of a drainage canal; and the other is a bridge at Corn Reef Cross between Tarlogie and Wellington Park. Why was no consultation done at our NDC?The consequence is that the lack of consultation has allowed corruption to take effect. For instance, when we checked the Regional Estimate, we found that Item 19 – rehabilitation of the heavy-duty bridge at Wellington Park is estimated at million. This bridge only needs a little extension since it is a new bridge and all it needs is a tube, dirt filling and some concrete work which should not cost more than million. We are calling on the Regional Chairman, the Communities Minister and the Public Infrastructure Minister to investigate this inflated cost.What is more disturbing is that the Regional Vice Chairman seemed to have taken control over the NDC as its Chairman. He is using the NDC’s tractor to transport diesel to various areas of the region whereas it could have been used to benefit the NDC and its residents. But this is not allowed to happen since the Regional Vice Chairman is also suffocating and obstructing the work of the NDC by not allowing the Chairman of the Works Committee to function. We also feel that all NDCs should be subjected to an audit since many Councillors cannot fully understand what is going on and are easily hoodwinked by those who are more literate and conversant with the workings of the NDC.Yours Sincerely,Esar Chickrie (former Chairman of the NDC/Councillor)Walter Bagot (NDC Councillor)R Matadial(former Chairman of the NDC)Gobin Persaud, residentlast_img read more

Stunning transfer deadline day signing for Man United! Six things you didn’t know

first_imgAnthony Martial will become the costliest teenager in football history, after signing for Manchester United for £36m.The move may leave many United fans scratching their heads as to who exactly the 19-year-old is, so we’ve assembled six amazing facts about the Frenchman.Watch the video above to find out which ex-Arsenal legend Martial is being compared with, and the Premier League rivals who missed out on the player this transfer window.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here!last_img read more

Newcastle transfer latest: Spurs winger IN, £12m flop OUT by end of week

first_img1 Florian Thauvin Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin is edging closer to a move back to Marseille, claim reports in France.Thauvin, 22, has started just five games for the Magpies since his £12m arrival in the North East in the summer and has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football.Newcastle have reportedly told the Frenchman he can leave this month and want Tottenham’s Andros Townsend to replace him.Talks have begun with Spurs over the ten-cap England international and Steve McClaren is hopeful of landing him either on a permanent deal, or on loan with an option to buy in the summer.According to L’Equipe, Newcastle will sanction Thauvin’s return to Marseille once their pursuit of Townsend is complete, with both deals set to be finalised by the end of the week.last_img read more

Roy Keane: ‘Man United are BACK and £75m Romelu Lukaku was a BARGAIN!’

first_img Romelu Lukaku has scored ten goals for Man United since his £75m arrival from Everton Manchester United are BACK and are ready to win the Premier League and challenge for the Champions League crown this season, according to former captain Roy Keane.The Red Devils continued their flying start to the season with a 4-1 mauling of CSKA Moscow in Russia on Wednesday, with Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace.PLAYER RATINGS: CSKA Moscow 1-4 Man United: Red Devils stars rated and slatedAnd Keane believes the victory was a latest warning to rivals that they will be a force to be reckoned with this term, as they aim to end their hunt for top honours.Speaking on ITV, the former midfielder said: “United are back. They look like they will compete to win the big trophies.“Over the last few years, you are thinking they might win a League Cup and the lesser trophies.“But they are back competing and you expect them to be in the latter stages of the Champions League and winning the Premier League.”Lukaku’s fine double in Russia took his tally to ten goals in all competitions since joining United in the summer.And Keane believes the £75million it took to land him from Everton was an absolute bargain, and has tipped the 24-year-old to continue his rise to superstardom with the Red Devils.“He’s a good player, a good age, he knows the Premier League,” he added.“He was a bargain at £75m. He’s got off to a good start, and seems like a decent character.“You look at his record at Everton, and he’s gone to a much better team. It’s so obvious he’s going to get 25-30 goals this season.“The big tests for Lukaku will come in the big games. United haven’t had to play anyone big yet, while you can only beat what’s in front of you.“The big test for all United strikers is whether he can score the big goals in the big games.” 1last_img read more

Oppressive heat blankets eastern U.S.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.By midafternoon, the temperature in Chicago was 100, Baltimore reached 99 and Washington hit 97, though the humidity made it feel like 107. In New York, it was 95 in Central Park and 100 at LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The National Weather Service said the mercury could reach 104 today, and Thursday could be bad, too. “This is a very dangerous heat wave,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. “It’s more than just uncomfortable. It can seriously threaten your life.” Boston reached 93, and in Philadelphia the temperature was 97, with a heat index of 110. Atlanta sweltered at 95. In Washington, the city’s transit agency distributed bottles of water to thousands of commuters at three rail stations with limited escalator service. “We don’t want to create a health situation,” said agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. NEW YORK – Blistering heat settled over the eastern half of the nation Tuesday, sending man and beast in desperate search of relief: An air-conditioned subway car in New York City. A plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey. And cold showers for suffering livestock in Ohio. The same heat wave that was blamed for as many as 164 deaths in California brought a fifth straight day of oppressive weather to Chicago and promised at least three days of brow-mopping temperatures in the New York metropolitan area. Residents on Chicago’s South Side were evacuated from buildings by the hundreds, one day after the power went out to 20,000 customers. Illinois officials blamed three deaths on the heat. The blistering temperatures also scorched Conyers, Ga., where a high school football player died one day after collapsing at practice. “I am pretty much dying,” said Grace Hartmann, a New York University student. “I’m from California, where it’s not this hot and not humid. To be honest, I can’t believe it’s going to be hotter” today. With a disastrous 10-day power outage in Queens still fresh in memory, New York City adopted energy conservation measures. Thermostats in city offices were set at 78, up from the usual 72, and large municipal installations such as the Rikers Island jail used backup generators. The New York skyline will reflect the cutbacks, with lights turned down on the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The giant Pepsi-Cola sign on the Brooklyn waterfront was to be dimmed, as were the lights illuminating the George Washington Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge and other spans. Utilities in New York and Pennsylvania set records Tuesday for peak electricity demand. Erin O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the agency that oversees electricity usage in six New England states, said demand today could surpass the one-day record set just two weeks ago. Demand was just shy of the record Tuesday, she said. Ohio farmers used fans and cold showers to keep their cattle cool. Even with those efforts, the animals produced about 10 pounds less milk per day because of the heat, said farmer Clark Emmons of Fayette, Ohio. Colonial Downs, a horse track in New Kent County, Va., canceled racing because of the 100-degree heat. But gamblers still could take refuge in the air-conditioned simulcasting area, where they could watch and bet on races taking place elsewhere. In New Jersey, soaring temperatures were suspected in a huge fish kill at a Piscataway lake, and beachgoers were on the sand and in the water before most people had arrived at work. Diana Tredennick of East Brunswick, N.J., slathered herself with sunscreen before 8:30 a.m. “I’ll be in the water a lot,” promised Tredennick, who brought along a cooler filled with ice and water.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more