Wright time to lead Kavieng

first_imgThe pair have returned to Papua New Guinea to represent Kavieng Basketball Association at this week’s BFPNG National Championships.Both know they have a big challenge in front of them, should the dynamic duo want to lead New Ireland Province to a piece of silverware at the end of the week.“We’re under no illusions about how tough it will be,” said older brother Lloyd.“The majority of our 2015 PNG men’s national team are based in Port Moresby and will be playing for the PMBL, so they are definitely the favourites and the side to beat. The pressure is on them.“All we can do is play hard and give our best effort and hopefully, we put our Kavieng team in a position to be playing for a trophy come Saturday,” said Lloyd.Since the 2015 Pacific Games, where the pair were standouts for team PNG, each brother has been making his mark on the international basketball scene.Lloyd has spent the last two years at Orange Coast College in California, USA, while Liam has represented Victoria Country at the Australian Junior National Championships and also featured in the PNG under 18 side that toured Cairns last December.Both said they were very excited about coming home to Papua New Guinea and spending the next six days competing against the country’s most talented players.“I still get goose bumps thinking about the home crowd we had at the Pacific Games,” said Lloyd.  “Hopefully there’s a lot of the same people that come out and support the teams at the national championships just as much and make that same type of noise.“I’ve played for some amazing crowds with Orange Coast College in Los Angeles but nothing beats a Port Moresby crowd. Nothing.”  Looking to the future, both have made themselves available for the FIBA Melanesia Cup this September.“Definitely keen for the Melanesia Cup, we have some unfinished business with Fiji and New Caledonia,” said Liam.“But before we get to that, we have to make sure we have a good week here and play ourselves into selection.“We want to earn our spots just like all the other guys.”last_img read more

Kvitova makes emotional comeback, Kerber hits new low

first_imgVictory was a bonus for Petra Kvitova as the Czech left-hander made an emotional return to the limelight at the French Open on Sunday, breezing into the second round in her first competitive match since a burglar stuck a knife through her playing hand.“As I said last time, I had already won. This match is special to me. I won for the second time, if I can say,” she told reporters after become the first player to advance following a 6-3 6-2 win against American Julia Boserup.“It wasn’t really about the game today. Yesterday I was thinking how everything would be, and I couldn’t really imagine how it would be.“I thought maybe I’d cry when I’d step on the court, but I didn’t today. Normally I can control my emotions on the court and I’m so I’m happy that I kind of did it, as well, this time,” Kvitova added, although she admitted getting more emotional after the match.The 27-year-old, who dropped her racket and hid some tears behind her hands after match point, had spent five months out of the game since undergoing emergency surgery in December when she was stabbed during a burglary.The twice Wimbledon champion, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, looked poised and focused, treating the sparse Court Philippe Chatrier crowd to a few exquisite drop shots and lightning-quick forehands.For a while, it almost felt like the attack had never happened.Asked how her hand felt, she replied: “I didn’t feel any differences, which is nice.“After a little break when the rain came, I caught the racket and it was a little bit weird, but after one point everything was OK.”Kvitova ended up wasting little time on court as she set up a second-round meeting with either Russian Evgeniya Rodina or American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.After an early blip when she double-faulted, she opened a 2-0 lead by breaking in the second game.Mixing winners and unforced errors in almost equal measure, Kvitova had three break points to go 4-0 up but Boserup saw them off, although she could not fully overturn the advantage. The Czech 15th seed, who is benefiting from a protected ranking, took the opening set with a solid half volley.She broke twice in the second, sealing victory when Boserup netted a forehand.Kvitova dropped her racket and held her head in her hands, her eyes filling with tears while her support team, wearing T-shirts marked “Courage, Belief, Pojd” (Come on! in Czech), celebrated wildly.Elsewhere, world number one Angelique Kerber’s nightmare season hit a new low when, with expectations weighing heavily after a stellar 2016, she was dumped out of the tournament 6-2 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova.The German became the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the French Open since the sport turned professional in 1968 – and the disparity between the players in her Russian opponent’s favour was as wide as the scoreline suggests.Cutting a troubled figure on court a world away from the feisty baseliner who last season battled her way to two grand slam titles, Kerber lacked the pace and power to trouble her fellow left-hander.Kerber, 29, has struggled this year, withdrawing from the Madrid Open with a thigh injury and going down in straight sets to qualifier Anna Kontaveit in Rome.But Sunday’s setback – albeit on a surface for which she has no great affection, having made an opening-round exit in Paris last year – threatens to leave her season in tatters.That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and U.S. Opens.“Last year it was a completely different year. I mean, the pressure is always there,” she told a news conference.“This year the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments… and the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do.”The German will be happy to leave Roland Garros behind, and hope to rediscover a game in which several cylinders are misfiring in time for Wimbledon, where she finished runner-up last year.“Right now I think that I have to find to myself again and just trying to forgot the claycourt season as soon as possible,” she said.Makarova – who had won four of her previous 11 encounters with Kerber – was making her first singles appearance on the Philippe Chatrier centre court as well as fighting against history.But, arriving at Roland Garros high on confidence after having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on clay this year, she held her nerve to close out the match in a final game that featured five deuce points.“I was also fighting with my emotions not to wait for a mistake (by Kerber),” she said courtside.The Russian had imposed herself early in the first set, hitting a series of blistering forehand winners down both wings that Kerber often struggled to reach.After briefly threatening a recovery in the eighth game, in which she held two break points, Kerber meekly surrendered the first set with a forehand that never looked like clearing the net.The German dropped serve in the next game, with Makarova hitting another four clean forehand winners to consolidate her hold on the match.last_img read more

‘Vin-sanity’ as Carter inspires Grizzlies win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “He never ceases to amaze me,” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. “I challenge the veterans to give more, to invest more and the guy just keeps coming. I don’t know how you can ever write him off. He is such a pro.”Carter’s tally made him the oldest player to score at least 24 points in a game since Michael Jordan hit 25 points as a 40-year-old in 2003. Team-mate Marc Gasol said Carter had been an invaluable presence in the Grizzlies locker room throughout the season despite limited game time.“I don’t think I’ll be playing when I’m 40,” Gasol said. “I’ll be done. Maybe I’ll be (playing) at the YMCA or something, but not in the NBA.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter, left, drives against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Vince Carter rolled back the years to score 24 points as the Memphis Grizzlies outgunned the Milwaukee Bucks 113-93 on Monday.Carter, 40, making his first start of the season, scored 24 points as Memphis ended a five-game losing streak against the Bucks at FedExForum.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez, Santiago lead PH volleyball nat’l team pool ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Carter — who came in for injured forward Chandler Parsons — produced a flawless shooting display which included six three-pointers.The 18-year veteran also added five rebounds, three steals and two assists.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 return“Better late than never,” Carter said of his performance. “I just tried to go in and do my job. I didn’t realize (the perfect shooting performance) until Chandler said something to me. I’d rather have not heard it.”Carter’s points haul made him the first 40-year-old in NBA history to make at least five three-pointers in a game. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 respitelast_img read more

Rooney breaks United record, City denied by Spurs fightback

first_imgThe 250th goal of Rooney’s glittering United career was just the 31-year-old’s fifth of a difficult season and came as a timely reminder of the striker’s class after he was relegated to the role of a fringe player for long periods this term.It was also much needed by United, who had fallen behind in the 19th minute when Juan Mata deflected Erik Pieters’ shot into his own net.Jose Mourinho sent on Rooney in the 67th minute and the England star, who had gone two games without a goal since equalling Charlton’s record in an FA Cup win over Reading on January 7, wasted his first chance to make history when he headed wide from six yards.But Rooney refused to be denied and, with Charlton watching from the stands, his magic moment arrived four minutes into stoppage-time when he curled a superb free-kick past Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant and into the top corner.Rooney’s gem extended United’s unbeaten run in the league to 13 matches, but lost in the euphoria of his landmark strike was a disappointing result that leaves his team three points adrift of the top four.“It means a hell of a lot. It is a great honour and I’m very proud,” said Rooney, who signed for United from Everton in 2004.Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (R) looks back as Manchester City’s midfielder Leroy Sane prepares to score on January 21, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLIS“It is not something I expected when I joined. The players who have played for this club have been world class.“To be all-time top goalscorer is a huge honour.”Charlton saluted Rooney’s achievement, saying: “I can honestly say I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books.“He is a true great for club and country.”Mourinho added: “Before him the record belonged to a legend of English football. Now Wayne becomes a legend of Manchester United.”At Eastlands, City took the lead in the 49th minute when Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris raced off his line in a failed bid to intercept Kevin de Bruyne’s pass, allowing Leroy Sane to steer his shot into the empty net.– Chastening –Lloris was culpable again five minutes later as the France international spilled Raheem Sterling’s cross and De Bruyne punished the mistake with a simple finish.Swansea City’s striker Fernando Llorente (3rdR) rises high to head the ball and score against Liverpool on January 21, 2017 © AFP / Anthony DEVLINBut Dele Alli sparked Tottenham’s revival with a close-range header in the 58th minute and, after Sterling had a penalty appeal controversially turned down, South Korea’s Son Heung-Min swept home to complete the comeback in the 77th minute.It was another chastening experience for City boss Guardiola, who suffered the heaviest league defeat of his managerial career last weekend in a 4-0 loss at Everton.“It was an outstanding performance, but it’s a pity what happened,” Guardiola said.“We created more chances but were not able to win and again the right decisions were against us.”Fifth placed City are languishing nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, while second placed Tottenham lie six points behind the table toppers, who host Hull on Sunday.Liverpool’s title challenge suffered a major blow as lowly Swansea enjoyed a shock 3-2 victory at Anfield.Everton’s defender Seamus Coleman (L) celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace on January 21, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONFernando Llorente put Swansea ahead in the 48th minute and struck again in the 52nd minute before Roberto Firmino scored for Liverpool three minutes later.Firmino drew Liverpool level with a fine finish in the 69th minute, but Gylfi Sigurdsson struck in the 74th minute after more sloppy play from the Reds rearguard.Swansea had started the day at the bottom of the table, but their first ever league win at Anfield lifted them out of the relegation zone and condemned Liverpool, seven points behind Chelsea, to their first home league defeat for 12 months.“The defending around all three goals wasn’t good enough, 100 percent. Their third is a big mistake,” Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said.Seamus Coleman’s 87th minute strike gave Everton 1-0 win at Crystal Palace that plunged the hosts into the relegation zone.Andy Carroll showed West Ham can thrive without want-away star Dimitri Payet as his brace inspired a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough.Sunderland slumped to the bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, while Bournemouth drew 2-2 with Watford.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney (L) on January 21, 2017 and Manchester United’s English striker Bobby Charlton (R) in Mexico City on May 25, 1970 Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer on January 21, 2017 after he surpassed Bobby Charlton’s scoring record of 249 goals in all competitions by scoring his 250th to rescued a 1-1 draw at Stoke. © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 21 – Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer as his last-ditch wonder goal rescued a 1-1 draw at Stoke, while Pep Guardiola’s problems mounted as Tottenham came from two down to force a 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Saturday.Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249 goals for United when he struck with a superb effort deep into stoppage-time at the Britannia Stadium.last_img read more

‘Arsenal are a big club, but not a global club like Man United and Liverpool’

first_imgArsenal look set to exit the Champions League at the last 16 stage once again after a humiliating first leg in Germany.The north Londoners were beaten 5-1 as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich ran riot in the second half at the Allianz Arena, putting more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.They have been knocked out at this stage every year since the start of the 2010/11 season and that trend looks set to continue, barring a miracle in the second leg at the Emirates in March.Despite Manchester City and Leicester City being only the other English representitives in the competition, other fans could not resist poking fun at Arsenal, Wenger – out of contract at the end of the season – and the club’s fans.Including fans from Tottenham and Manchester United – who are in the Europa League – check out some of the best reaction below… Dejection: Arsenal players do not know where to look after their humbling in Munich 1last_img read more

Investors try to judge Apple’s scandal strength

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – As the stock option cloud over Apple Computer Inc. darkened, investors tried to determine Friday whether the company’s popular products are powerful enough to overcome the potential accounting and legal risks facing the maker of the iPod and the Macintosh. The possibility that the improper handling of employee stock options might erase some of Apple’s past profits or, even worse, plunge its renowned CEO, Steve Jobs, into a legal morass spooked some investors. Apple shares fell as much as 6.7 percent during Friday’s trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market before rebounding to close at $68.30, down $1.29, or 1.9 percent. “You can’t spin this as good news,” Standard & Poor’s analyst Richard Stice said Friday. Besides jumbling its past earnings and raising worries about Jobs’ possible role in the scandal, Apple’s stock-option troubles could lead to other complications. More than 80 other companies nationwide are entangled in the stock option imbroglio. But Apple’s ubiquitous brand makes it stand out from the rest of the pack. “Many will be watching this case because … Apple may be the closest to a household name,” predicted former federal prosecutor Michael Koenig, who is now in private practice in Washington, D.C. Investors might be more forgiving with Apple because the iPod’s success has propelled the Cupertino-based company on a hugely profitable streak that most analysts expect to continue for at least the next few years. “The focus should be placed on what we view as Apple’s bright future – not the past,” ThinkEquity Partners analyst Jonathan Hoopes wrote in a research note Friday. Most other analysts expressed similar sentiments, even as they vented some frustration. “This issue slightly tarnishes Apple’s squeaky clean image, but, more importantly, this does not impact Apple’s underlying fundamentals,” Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote in a Friday note. Optimism like that has helped Apple weather the stock option storm remarkably well so far. Despite Friday’s downturn, Apple’s stock remained 16 percent above its value before the company’s late June disclosure of “irregularities” in the handling of options given to employees between 1997 and 2001. Apple raised more intrigue late Thursday by announcing its stock option troubles had widened to the point that its reported earnings dating back to September 2002 can’t be trusted. That period coincides with the most prosperous era in Apple’s colorful 30-year history. The company has reported profits totaling $3.1 billion during the past four years. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu believes only a small portion of those profits might disappear. Wu estimates Apple’s stock option expenses for the past seven quarters have ranged from 3 cents to 6 cents per share – while the company’s earnings have been much higher, ranging from 34 cents to 65 cents per share. While Apple hasn’t explained exactly how it mishandled stock options, most of the problems at other companies so far have involved “backdating.” Under this practice, insiders try to make the rewards more lucrative by retroactively pinning the option’s exercise price to a low point in the stock’s value. Usually, an option’s exercise price coincides with the market value at the time of a grant, to give the recipient an incentive to drive the price higher.160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWhile it reviews possible revisions to its past profits, Apple expects to miss a deadline for filing its most recent quarterly report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If the delay is long enough, regulators could try to delist Apple’s stock from Nasdaq, although the chances of that happening are considered slim. The deepening problems also expose Apple to legal hassles that extend beyond Jobs, who is widely regarded as the key to the company’s success. Depending on the nature of the possible stock option abuses, class-action lawyers and prosecutors could target Apple’s board for alleged misconduct. The directors include several well-known leaders who would attract intense media attention if they are dragged into the stock option mess. Apple’s current compensation committee consists of: former Vice President Al Gore, who has been on the board since 2003; Intuit Inc. Chairman William Campbell, who has been on the board since 1997; and J. Crew Group Inc. CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler, who has been on the board since 1999. Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, who calls Jobs his best friend, sat on Apple’s board for five years before stepping down in September 2002. As unsettling as all those scenarios are, Friday’s backlash against Apple wasn’t as a severe as Wall Street’s treatment of several other companies that have recently raised doubts about the accuracy of their past financial statements because insiders mishandled stock option awards. last_img read more

Cole reveals Rangers regret and knew Gerrard would adapt to management

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Rangers is a club I’d have loved to have played for. Gazza was my favourite player. I remember watching all his games,” Cole added.“A move there for me never quite happened but the club holds a special place in my heart because I was a massive Gazza fan.” RANKED Latest Football News 2 Cole, who spent 10 years in the England squad with Gerrard and played alongside him at Liverpool believes he will be at Ibrox for a long time to come.“I don’t think Steven will be in any rush to leave. It’s a great job,” Cole said to The Scottish Sun.“I’d imagine it’s a great place to manage too. I reckon he’s there for the long haul. He probably wants to be the man to turn it round up there.“I knew he’d be good at it. A lot of people were worried when he took the job. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED huge blow REVEALED Joe Cole has admitted he never had any doubts ‘natural born leader’ Steven Gerrard would adapt to his managerial role at Rangers.The former Liverpool captain has guided Rangers to the top of the Scottish Premiership and is impressing his former team-mate. ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY no dice Steven Gerrard has led Rangers to the top of the SPL Cole and Gerrard were England team mates “It’s such a massive job for your first one but I had no doubt in him. I think he’s a natural born leader.“Playing and captaining Liverpool is as good an apprenticeship as you can have. When you become a manager all eyes are on you.Now 37, Cole, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, also played for West Ham, Lille, Aston Villa, Coventry and Tampa Bay Rowdies but admitted he wished he could have followed in the footsteps of a player he followed closely growing up, Paul Gascoigne. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Established heavy goods vehicle repair company requires mechanic

first_imgJOBS: Management at a Donegal heavy goods vehicle repair company are seeking a qualified and experienced Heavy Goods Vehicle/ Commercial Motor Mechanic to join their experienced team. The company is based within 10 miles of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and is established over 20 years.Working with them will mean carrying out servicing, breakdowns and repairs to approved standards as well as delivering unbeatable customer service every time. JOB REQUIREMENTS:Minimum 4 years’ experience and current qualificationAbility to perform diagnostics and repairs on HGV and Commercial Vehicles as and when required by garage coordinator.Replace components, parts, lubricants and consumables and record usage.Excellent knowledge of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems.Be able to work on your own initiative and be part of a team.Flexibility with working hours during busy seasons.Full Irish Driving License.Previous employment reference.Preferred skills and attributes include:Exceptional communication skillsComputer LiterateA friendly and approachable personalityA keen eye for detailAbility to work unsupervisedAbility to keep work areas clean and tidy, organised and safe from hazards for health and safety.Salary: Negotiable with pay reviewsIf you feel you meet the above criteria please apply to the details below. Closing date for applications is 27th of January 2017.Email: newhgvjob@gmail.comIn Writing:Ger McIntyre HR,The Glen,Mountcharles,Co. DonegalJob Vacancy: Established heavy goods vehicle repair company requires mechanic was last modified: January 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:EmploymentjobsMECHANICVacancylast_img read more

Big games for Rovers and Summerhill today

first_imgSligo Rovers are back in action this evening.The Bit O’ Red host reigning champions Cork City at the Showgrounds at 7.45pm.Gerard Lyttle’s side claimed their first win of the season on Friday, thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Derry City.Meanwhile, Summerhill College will contest the Connacht Senior final this afternoon.They face Coláiste Ciarain from Athlone in Castlebar at 1pm.And the Sligo-Leitrim U15 side beat the Cork League 1-0 on Saturday in Mullingar to claim the All-Ireland title.last_img

Bad Bots: Malicious Algorithms that Impersonate Humans

first_imgBad bots made up one-fifth of all web traffic according to Distil Network’s Bad Bot Report 2019. Bad bots are software that are programmed to visit web sites for the purposes of hijacking, web scraping, brute-force attacks, fraud, theft, spam, and forced downtime. Tiffany Olson Kleemann, CEO of Distil Networks, said that “bot operators and bot defenders are playing an incessant game of cat and mouse, and techniques used today, such as mimicking mouse movements, are more human-like than ever before. As sophistication strengthens, so too does the breadth of industries impacted by bad bots. While bot activity on industries like airlines and ticketing are well-documented, no organization – large or small, public or private – is immune. When critical online activity, like voter registration, can be compromised as a result of bad bot activity, it no longer becomes a challenge to tackle tomorrow. Now is the time to understand what bots are capable of and now is the time to act.” Forrester estimates that bad bots are costing web site owners billions of dollars. Ad fraud was more than $3.3 billion in 2018.center_img From Distil Network’s Bad Bot Report 2019last_img read more