PNG finish undefeated in ICC qualifier

first_imgThe Lewas cruised to an 8 wicket win over Japan yesterday in a rain affected match.Japan batted first and finished at 9/105. It was Veru Kila Frank 2/14 and Mairi Tom 2/14 who made light work of Japan’s batting attack.Papua New Guinea (PNG) have finished the 2016 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific undefeated, following their fourth win of the tournament today in a rain-affected match.Etsuko Kobayashi (31*) was the only Japanese batter to make it into double figures.Lewas captain, Pauke Siaka (25*) and Konio Oala (52*) steered the Lewas home to an easy win losing only two wickets along the way.Japan and Samoa will play the last match of the qualifier today.last_img read more

NBA: Lonzo Ball would rather join Lakers than be top pick

first_imgLATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Lonzo Ball. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPAlthough the 2017 NBA Draft is still a good two months away, top prospect Lonzo Ball already has a preferred team to play for in mind.The former UCLA point guard, who’s expected to be a top-3 pick, answered candidly when asked if he would prefer to be drafted number one or play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ball, meanwhile, faces stiff competition from University of Washington’s dynamic guard Markell Fultz, whom pundits believe should go number one.The 2017 NBA Draft will be held on June 22, while the draft lottery will take place during the playoffs on May 16.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Nike wants Lonzo Ball, but not for father’s asking price of $1BADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ “I’m gonna go with the Lakers,” the 19-year-old stud said during a guesting on ESPN’s SportsNation segment.“I’m a family dude. All my family’s in LA, so to be able to play in front of them, you know, I think that would mean more to me,” he explained.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCurrently, the struggling Lakers (23-55) have a 15.6-percent chance at landing the No. 1 selection, and is projected to pick no worse than the third-best in the lottery. However, their pick would be awarded to the Philadelphia 76ers if it drops outside the top three.It also didn’t help their odds, after the team surprisingly defeated the San Antonio Spurs 102-95 in their last outing. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Mahindra signs Corpuz View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more

Gordon wins ‘challenging’ GC Foster 5K

first_img Unlike the previous week when he won unchallenged, Gordon got his sternest test of the season from teammate and former winner of the event Archibald. The event had a new starting site, just below the college gate on the main road, to avoid athletes going through the zone of special operation in Spanish Town. It saw both Gordon and Archibald in a tight tussle for the majority of the route before the in-form Gordon found something extra at the approach of the college gate to move away from his rival in the end for another victory. Gordon was pleased with his win and admitted that it was not that easy this time around for him. “Of all the races I have competed in since September, this has been the most challenging one for me,” he said. “My plan was to go away early from Archibald, but he did not allow me to do so. It was the last 200m of the race where I was able to shake him off him, and I think running more races than him this season helped me in the end.” Gordon stated that his next event on the road will be the Reggae Marathon next month, where he will compete in the 10K. GC Foster College’s Garfield Gordon continued his excellent form on the road this season after being the overall winner of the fourth staging of the GC Foster College 5K/Run/Walk Road Race in Angels, Spanish Town, yesterday. Fresh off his win the previous week at the Mico Pump It Up 5K event, Gordon stopped the clock at 14:29.00 minutes to be the first male to cross the finish line. Despite what was considered by some as a short route because of questions raised about its measurement, Gordon still set a fast time relative to the distance. Oshane Archibald, 14:41, and Daniel Glave, 15:15, ended second and third, respectively, to complete a clean sweep for GC Foster. Stern testlast_img read more

Watford set to beat Leicester and Newcastle to signing of Rennes midfielder

first_imgWatford are hopeful of beating Leicester and Newcastle to the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The midfielder almost moved to Vicarage Road from Rennes in the summer – but the deal collapsed at the 11th hour.The switch, however, has been revived during the January transfer window and Watford are now on the brink of completing the move.According to Foot 365, the Hornets have lodged a bid of £5m for Doucoure.That amount is sightly below Rennes’ asking price of £7m, but it is believed the two clubs will meet in the middle.Both Leicester and Newcastle have shown an interest in Doucoure, but Watford’s desire to sign the player in the summer has won the 23-year-old over. Abdoulaye Doucoure 1last_img read more

Chelsea target to force through transfer – but NOT to the Blues

first_imgThe agent of Chelsea target Antonio Candreva is set for showdown talks with Lazio president Claudio Lotito in a bid to force through a move to Inter Milan.Lazio are aware of the strong interest in their exciting midfielder, who scored 10 goals in 30 Serie A outings last term, not least from Chelsea and Inter.Candreva is currently part of Italy’s squad at Euro 2016 but his club future has come in for some intense speculation, although his current employers are desperate not to lose him.But, according to sources in Italy, the 29-year-old is open to a move to Inter this summer while the chance to link up with his current Italy boss Antonio Conte at Chelsea could appeal to him too.Inter were lining up a £15m offer for Candreva but it has been suggested that they are now ready to boost their initial bid to around £18.5m, which brings them closer to Lazio’s valuation.And now the Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that the midfielder’s agent Federico Pastorello will meet with Lotito this weekend in an attempt to persuade him to lower their demands with Inter ready to bid. Antonio Candreva has played two games at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

Airport police irked at sheriff’s takeover talks

first_imgBURBANK – Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is in talks with Bob Hope Airport officials about taking over public safety operations there, angering the airport’s police union, sources familiar with the issue said Wednesday. Airport officials are studying the costs of contracting with the Sheriff’s Department, as well as seeking other ideas for policing the airport, which handles more than 5 million passengers a year. The news comes during contract negotiations that have been under way for six months with the 29-member Burbank Airport Police Officers Association. Members are seeking a 70 percent increase in salary and benefits over five years, airport officials said. Airport police – sworn peace officers who carry guns and have arresting power – currently earn $40,934 to $55,632 a year. They are responsible for arresting unruly passengers, writing traffic tickets and helping speed the flow of traffic around the terminal. “This is apparently a scare tactic that the airport authority is using to try and intimidate the officers,” said Dieter Dammeier, an attorney for the airport police. “The Sheriff’s Department is down 1,100 bodies. They don’t have enough people to patrol their area, let alone other people’s areas, right now. The (airport) officers are upset.” Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore and airport spokesman Victor Gill declined to comment Wednesday. After recent inmate riots, Baca is facing expenses associated with hiring more deputies to staff a county jail system in turmoil. The cost of fixing the jail problem was recently estimated at $300 million. Bob Hope’s department is authorized to have 34 officers. There are five vacancies, with four applicants in the hiring process, in the 17-year-old department. Dammeier said he fears that, if Baca takes over airport policing, public safety would be jeopardized. He also said that, if a deal with the Sheriff’s Department is worked out, the airport police could be laid off. No cost estimates were immediately available. Sheriff’s deputies’ starting salaries range from $44,568 to $49,632 a year, according to the department’s Web site. This isn’t the first time the Sheriff’s Department has made forays into policing contracts. In March 2003, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board awarded a $50 million transit police contract to the Sheriff’s Department. Baca said he could provide 352 deputies to patrol buses and trains for $2 million less than the Los Angeles Police Department would charge. The LAPD previously had a five-year contract for 200 officers. Under a $14 million-a-year deal that began in 2000, 78 sheriff’s deputies now patrol Compton, struggling to rein in soaring gang crime. Recently, crime has dropped there. Baca, who faces re-election this summer, has pulled extra deputies from other stations across the county to the area to reduce crime. (818) 546-3306 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

Arsenal back in for Benzema, Norwich twins in demand & Giggs for Swansea? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Francesco Guidolin is fighting to save his job as Swansea City manager after it emerged the club has targeted Ryan Giggs to replace him. Huw Jenkins, the Swansea chairman, is understood to have considered approaching Giggs over the prospect of succeeding Guidolin before the move was blocked by the club’s new American owners. (Daily Telegraph)Yaya Touré is free to join any Premier League club in January, with Manchester City prepared to allow the midfielder to leave for a direct rival. Touré has yet to decide if he wants to depart in the winter window despite Pep Guardiola’s declaration that the Ivorian will not play for City again unless his agent, Dimitri Seluk, apologises for recent criticism. (Guardian)Arsene Wenger is eyeing a fresh move for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema next summer. The Arsenal manager has long coveted the French striker and is lining up a £40million bid. (Daily Star)Southampton could offer Hatem Ben Arfa an escape from Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window. Former Newcastle star Ben Arfa joined PSG in the summer from French rivals Nice, but his future in the capital is already in doubt a matter of weeks later. (Daily Mirror)Gabriel Jesus has revealed how a phone call from Pep Guardiola led him to choose Manchester City ahead of rivals Manchester United. The Blues also beat Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich to the £27million Brazil striker – who will join the club in January. (Manchester Evening News)Norwich twins Jacob and Josh Murphy will be the subject of big-money January bids from a host of Premier League clubs. The 21-year-old duo, both wingers, have impressed for the Canaries this season. Everton, as well as West Brom, Crystal Palace, Hull and Swansea have all sent scouts to Carrow Road this season to watch them, with a view to making bids when the transfer window reopens. (Daily Mirror)Furious Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is set to fine Jack Grealish two weeks’ wages — around £50,000 — following the player’s latest off-field indiscretion. The 21-year-old Aston Villa midfielder held a rowdy early hours party at a Birmingham city centre hotel which ended only when six police officers were called by panicked staff to kick the revellers out. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest headlines…?Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan open to Borussia Dortmund return later in his careerREVEALED! Chelsea failed to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer despite £60MILLION offerTransfer ALERT! Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham target Marcelo Brozovic set to leave Inter Milan in JanuarySergio Busquets set to sign new Barcelona deal with €200m buy-out clause, ending Manchester City speculationPep Guardiola makes personal check on Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo as Manchester City boss eyes new left-backlast_img read more

Potential victims in football sex abuse scandal as young as four – Police

first_img1 Former footballers and victims of abuse Steve Walters (L) and Andy Woodward take part in a press conference at the launch of The Offside Trust in Manchester The age range for potential victims in the football child abuse scandal starts at four years old, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has announced.The scale of the scandal continues to grow as the latest figures from the NPCC show significant increases in the numbers of clubs implicated, referrals, suspects and victims.According to the information gathered by Operation Hydrant, the UK-wide police investigation into non-recent child sexual abuse, 148 clubs are now involved, with 155 potential suspects and 429 victims, aged between four and 20.These figures are the result of 819 referrals to Operation Hydrant, with about three-quarters of those coming from the dedicated helpline set up by the Football Association and child protection charity NSPCC last month and the rest from police forces.Today’s numbers show approximate increases of more than 50% on the last update from the NPCC on December 9, when there were 98 clubs implicated, 83 suspects and 639 referrals.In a statement on the NPCC website, Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “Allegations received by police forces across the country are being swiftly acted upon.“We continue to urge anyone who may have been a victim of child sexual abuse to report it by dialling 101, or contacting the dedicated NSPCC helpline, regardless of how long ago the abuse may have taken place.“We will listen and treat all reports sensitively and seriously. Anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse is also urged to come forward.”Bailey added it was important that anybody with information gets in touch with the police in order to ensure there are no current safeguarding risks but acknowledged that the “higher than usual” number of calls is causing delays in doing follow-up interviews.This issue has been flagged up by a number of the former footballers who have come forward publicly to tell the stories, with some still waiting to give formal statements more than a month later.The NPCC data covers all tiers of football, from the Premier League to the grass-roots, and 98% of those identified as victims are male, aged from four to 20.The NPCC confirmed that other sports have also been mentioned.last_img read more

Partners in volunteerism

first_img“I just felt the need to be doing something,” she said. Bob Jenkins was a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis Club and president of the National Cash Register’s Recreation Association before moving to La Mirada in 1980. “My whole life is not what I do for a living,” he said. “I feel that by giving back something to help other people, I get a really good feeling.” It was through the Chamber of Commerce the two met. She was branch manager of Columbia Savings and Loan and president of the La Mirada chamber in 1980. Jenkins had just moved to La Mirada and was looking for a bank and he met Jeanette at her bank. About eight months later, they started dating and were married in 1984. He became chamber president in 1986-87. They are the only husband and wife to have served as president of the La Mirada chamber. When Jenkins moved to La Mirada, he was in the real estate business, having left Xerox in 1977 after 17 years in the mainframe computer industry. Jenkins started a free computer class for seniors in the mid-1990s. In 2002, he received a Volunteers in Action award for that activity. While he no longer teaches the class, he still provides free real estate advice for seniors. He also is now a member of the fundraising committee for Splash, the city’s aquatic complex. Both have worked at carnivals providing information and seeking money for the project. The Jenkinses also now plan to become even more involved in Relay for Life, a cancer fundraiser. And while both might seem to be retirement age, don’t look for either to slow down, they said. “We have a cabin at Big Bear, but we forget sometimes that it’s there,” Bob Jenkins said. “I think we’re going up there for the third or fourth time this year. You would think we would be going up every weekend.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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 MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “They’re wonderful people and have given so much to the community for many years,” Robinson said. “He’s been a leader on the Community Services Foundation,” he said. “He was instrumental in the early days of our computer lab and has offered a lot of real estate programs for seniors.” Meanwhile Jeanette Jenkins has been a leader in the effort to improve La Mirada, said John Smith of La Mirada who nominated her. “She has taken advantage of each opportunity to offer abilities as well as to encourage and promote the ideas of others,” Smith said. Jeanette Jenkins moved to La Mirada in 1961 with her first husband, Norval Moore, soon becoming involved with the PTA, Cub Scouts and later the Chamber of Commerce. LA MIRADA – For years, if there was an important project in the city, Bob Jenkins or his wife, Jeanette, would be there to help out. From providing a class on computers for seniors to founding the Hands for Hope chapter of City of Hope, the Jenkins – Bob, 68, and Jeanette, 70 – have been important volunteers in La Mirada. Now, the city has recognized both by giving them the Volunteer in Action Lifetime Achievement Award. They are the first couple ever to receive the award. The Jenkins were nominated separately, but the city committee for the program decided both were good candidates, said Tom Robinson, director of community services. last_img read more