Sporting facilities on lockdown

first_imgThe PNG Sports Foundation, as the Government lead agency for sports in consultation with other relevant agencies, is taking preventative measures to counter the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).PNGSF Executive Peter Tsiamalili Jnr said the decision would not be taken lightly as Papua New Guineans are very passionate in sports but the event was an activity that encompasses a large congregation of people and the risk factors could be detrimental if preventative measures were not introduced sooner.“At this time of the year when our global community is shocked by the wild spreading of the coronavirus and combating to control the spread of the pandemic, we Papua New Guinea as a nation must also prepare to take necessary preventive measures to control the epidemic,” Tsiamalili said.  “The nation is preparing to prevent and control this globally infectious virus; it is now everyone’s responsibility to maintain our individual health and hygiene as part of the preventive measures against this global threat.  “Therefore, in tune with the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation and its recommendations to limit mass gatherings and encouraging social distance, the PNG Sports Foundation, as agency responsible for sports and in consultation with National Federations and Department of Health, has taken its decision as part of the preventive measures in the usage of the sporting venues that are managed by PNG Sports Foundation.“Today we conducted a meeting with representatives from National Federations, PNG Olympic Committee and other stakeholders of sports at the Bisini Sports Precinct and the recommendation to suspend sports for 30 days effective immediately was fully endorsed by those present,” Tsiamalili said.  “I’d like to announce to the public, sporting clubs, National Federations and our valued sporting fraternity that the usage of all Government sporting facilities in Port Moresby and throughout the country are suspended for 4 weeks (30 days) until such time, the Sports Foundation completes a risk assessment with health officials on the preparedness of our team and sporting affiliates to manage and deal with the potential of the coronavirus.  “Mass gatherings through sporting activities are highly visible events with the potential for serious public health consequences if they are not planned and managed carefully. It is also evident that mass gatherings can amplify the spread of infectious diseases and it is incumbent on my team to take this approach.  “Once we are satisfied with our preparations in terms of our sporting affiliate’s management capacity and necessary S.O.P’s (Standard Operating Procedures) to manage the threat, then we will announce the opening of our sporting venues and facilities for normal business.  “Currently, the situation is still very fluid and I appeal to all sports and the general public to be content and appreciative as we navigate through these uncertain times with the likelihood of the case still very high.”    (Women’s 7-aside at Bisini last weekend. The soccer precinct, like other sporting venues, will be on lockdown as a safety measure)last_img read more

Rotary DG Administers Oral Polio Vaccine to Kids

first_imgThe District Governor 9101 (2015-2016)of the Rotary Club International for 10 West African countries, Marie-Irene Richmond Ahoua, on Thursday administered Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) to several children at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor.The event was part of her official visit to Liberia to see some of the projects that the Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS) is undertaking.The D.G., who did not make any comment during the event, was accompanied by RCS president Eva Mappy Morgan and members of the club.Speaking to journalists after the event, DG Ahoua expressed gratitude for the government’s determination to intensify efforts towards eradicating the polio virus in the country.She urged parents to continue to present their children for the routine polio immunization drives in their respective areas.DG Ahoua thanked the RCS family and advised them to continue the hard work to promote development in the country.Rotary Club is an international service organization that aims to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and advance goodwill and peace around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spurs end Chelsea’s 13-match winning streak

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s defender Kyle Walker (L) vies with Chelsea’s midfielder Nemanja Matic during the English Premier League football match January 4, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 4 – In-form midfielder Dele Alli scored two near-identical headers as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 2-0 on Wednesday to torpedo the Premier League leaders’ hopes of a record 14th consecutive victory.Chelsea were bidding to become the first team to win 14 successive games within the same English top-flight season, but Alli’s goals, both set up by Christian Eriksen, brought them down to earth. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea must content themselves with having equalled Arsenal’s season record of 13 wins in a row from 2002 and they remain five points clear of second-place Liverpool.But the end of their winning streak will give hope to their pursuers, not least Tottenham, who rose above Manchester City and Arsenal to third place in the table, seven points below the leaders.Alli, 20, has now scored a brace in three successive games and his latest double allowed Mauricio Pochettino’s men to register a fifth win in a row — their best such run in nearly a year.It also enabled Spurs to claim a measure of revenge, both for their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in November and the fiery 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last May that ended their title challenge.Pochettino, meanwhile, could celebrate his 150th Premier League game as a manager with a deeply satisfying victory.Whereas Spurs had gone with four at the back in November’s 2-1 loss at the Bridge, here they effectively matched Chelsea’s 3-4-3 shape, which made for an attritional first half at White Hart Lane.Spurs saw most of the ball, their wing-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose carrying the fight, but they struggled to pick holes in Chelsea’s rearguard and the visitors posed a threat on the break.– Carbon copy –In the fifth minute, Nemanja Matic’s lofted pass over Spurs’ right-sided centre-back Eric Dier found Eden Hazard in ample space, only for the Belgian to shoot narrowly wide with his left foot.Victor Wanyama and Eriksen sent low efforts wide from range for Spurs and when the hosts finally got in behind, Dier ghosting in to meet Rose’s deep free-kick, Thibaut Courtois was on hand to save.But in first-half injury time, Spurs struck, Eriksen shaping a cross into the box from the right and Alli, hitherto close to anonymous, leaping to plant a glorious header in the top-right corner.It was the England midfielder’s sixth goal in four games and within nine minutes of kick-off in the second half, he would have a seventh.Urged on by a typically animated Conte, Chelsea flew out of the traps, Diego Costa testing Hugo Lloris with a skidding strike and Hazard nodding Marcos Alonso’s header wide from point-blank range.The celebrations, though, were Tottenham’s thanks to a near carbon copy of their first goal, Eriksen swinging a cross to the back post and Alli outleaping Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to head home.Conte made three bold changes, sending on Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi for Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante and Moses, with Pedro Rodriguez moving to a left wing-back role.But his players, finally, appeared spent and Eriksen came close to adding a third with a dipping free-kick that narrowly eluded the left-hand upright.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Public help sought to find autistic child

first_img Valenzuela is a sixth grade student at Rancho Vista School in Palmdale, Westside Union School District Superintendent Regina Rossall said. The district sent a mass recorded message to homes of all students district-wide requesting assistance locating the boy, Rossall said. Fliers with pictures of Valenzuela were given to all district students to take home, Rossall said. Rossall said district officials interviewed classmates seeking information about Valenzuela’s whereabouts. Rossall said she spent most of Friday morning with Valenzuela’s mother distributing fliers. “(The mother’s) doing remarkably well, but she’s certainly very worried and concerned about her son,” Rossall said. Anyone with information about Valenzuela’s whereabouts is asked to call Lancaster sheriff’s station (661) 948-8466. QUARTZ HILL – Sheriff’s deputies are seeking public assistance in the search for an autistic child with diminished mental capacity, authorities said Friday. Jason Valenzuela is 13-year-old Hispanic boy who authorities say has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. Valenzuela is 4-foot-11 and weighs 85 pounds. He was last seen at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday riding a red BMX-style bicycle near 47th Street West and Avenue L-8 in Quartz Hill, authorities said. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt and brown shorts, and was carrying a clear plastic “air soft” style rifle. Sheriff’s deputies established an outdoor command post Friday at intersection where Valenzuela was last seen.last_img read more

Frank Girardot: Tragedy reveals meaning to adage

first_imgI remember when I was in my 20s someone said to me, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” At the time, it didn’t really resonate. From time to time over the years, I would think about the strange configuration of the words and never the meaning of the sentence as a whole. The adage stuck in my head Saturday morning sometime around 2 a.m. as I was thinking about Stephen Groce, 44, an El Monte man who in an instant last Monday evening lost his entire family. Groce’s wife Dora, 41, and their two children, Robert, 8, and Catherine, 4, were driving to a doctor’s office, when their Nissan Maxima was broadsided by a car involved in a street race on Parkway Drive. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A preliminary coroner’s report indicates that Dora died instantly in the collision. The children probably burned to death. I doubt Stephen knew those hideous details last week when he spoke to our reporter Fred Ortega and later appeared on KFI’s John and Ken Show. He told the talk show hosts that evening he was on his way home, passed the accident scene and didn’t even recognize his car. At some point, Groce was drawn to the intersection when a neighbor told him she thought his family might be involved. He walked over and spoke to a cop. “I asked him about my two kids. I mean I saw the yellow blanket over there covering my wife and I guess part of you doesn’t want to see that that. It really couldn’t be true,” Groce recalled. “And that’s when he told me they were all three deceased.” At the scene of the accident, police arrested Robert Canizalez, 19, of El Monte. He has been charged with three counts of murder and is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. A second man believed to have been involved in the race, Martin Morones, 21, of El Monte remained at large late Saturday. In the interest of full disclosure, I should report here that I have two sons who are roughly the ages of the Groce children. Reporters are supposed to approach stories like these without personalizing them. We are trained to be objective and reminded constantly to keep our feelings in check. As hard as I might try to be immune to the suffering of others, I have to admit that horrible stories like Stephen Groce’s tragedy strike a chord in me, perhaps for obvious reasons. In his conversation with KFI, Groce recalled how he would come home at night, sit down and help Robert, who attended Maxon Elementary School, with homework. Little Catherine, not old enough to attend school yet, would sit nearby and pretend she was doing homework too, Groce said. I remembered my own little guys doing the same thing. While Tom would struggle with writing or math problems, Matt would draw elaborate scribbles and ask if his homework looked good. Late in the KFI interview with Groce, Ken asked Stephen: “Are you going to be able to face these guys that did this?” His answer was simple and direct. “I don’t have a problem with standing and looking at them face-to-face. I want them to see what they did,” Groce said. “They destroyed my life. My wife and my kids were my life, that’s all I had. That’s all I wanted.” His voice wavering, Groce summed up his feelings at the end of the interview. “We had a great life,” he continued. “I mean we had two excellent, great, beautiful children and I will miss them so much.” And, there, but for the grace of God, go I. (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 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

Revealed! The 25 most influential Premier League stars so far this season

first_imgThe best footballers are the ones who are capable of influencing the game, even against the toughest opponents.A player who can change the course of the game when those around him are performing below par can be crucial.It’s previously been tough to calculate how influential a star can be but with the evolution of Fantasy Premier League, they’ve given it a shot.The algorithm takes a look at 40 different match events statistics, which can help alter the course of the game.So, who are the most influential players in the Premier League? Click the right arrow above to find out… 25 25 23. Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) – Influence rating = 192.2 25 25 25 13. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Influence rating = 206.0 11. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – Influence rating = 209.4 25 7. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) – Influence rating = 221.4 25 19= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – Influence rating = 194.4 16. Michael Keane (Burnley) – Influence rating = 198.4 25 25 10. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – Influence rating = 212.2 25 18. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Influence rating = 195.6 25 3. James Milner (Liverpool) – Influence rating = 263.8 2. Curtis Davies (Hull City) – Influence rating = 274.4 25 17. Leroy Fer (Swansea City) – Influence rating = 196.2 25 25 25 25 25 22. Phil Jagielka (Everton) – Influence rating = 192.4 6. Etienne Capoue (Watford) – Influence rating = 232.6 9. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – Influence rating = 212.6 25 25 25 25 25 25 15. Ben Gibson (Middesbrough) – Influence rating = 199.2 25 14. Tom Heaton (Burnley) – Influence rating = 202.4 24. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Influence rating = 181.8 21. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) – Influence rating = 193.6 25 5. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Influence rating = 236.6 According to the Fantasy Premier League’s Influence rating, Manchester United’s Daley Blind has been the 25th most effective player in the top-flight this season with a score of 180.8. Click the right arrow above to find out who tops the list… 12. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) – Influence rating = 209.2 8. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Influence rating = 217.4 4. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Influence rating = 239.6 19= Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) – Influence rating = 194.4 1. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Influence rating = 281.8last_img read more

Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal players desperate to win FA Cup for Arsene Wenger

first_imgAaron Ramsey hopes Arsenal can win the FA Cup for manager Arsene Wenger after coming from behind to reach the final at Manchester City’s expense.The Gunners will play Chelsea in next month’s Wembley showpiece after Alexis Sanchez scrambled an extra-time winner in a controversial clash on Sunday.The 2-1 victory came against the odds and after a turbulent spell in which Wenger has come under pressure from an increasing number of supporters as his future remains uncertain.Midfielder Ramsey feels a moral obligation to go on and lift the trophy for the long-serving Frenchman.The Wales international said: “It was important for us to get to the final for him, for ourselves and for the fans, and have a bit of positivity around the club.“He was over the moon for us but we are delighted as well that we have got to a final for him.“I think he deserves that and hopefully now we can kick on and win it for him.“We have seven cup finals now to try to finish off the job and get that Champions League place, then hopefully we’ll have something to celebrate at the end of the year.”While Wenger can finish the season with silverware, City boss Pep Guardiola is now destined to end a campaign empty-handed for the first time in his managerial career.It has been a disappointing first season in charge at the Etihad Stadium for the Spaniard but he felt an understandable sense of injustice over the manner of City’s loss at Wembley.City dominated and Sergio Aguero had a seemingly good goal disallowed in the first half after Leroy Sane’s cross was ruled to have drifted out of play before falling to the Argentinian. Replays suggested it was a very close call, perhaps down to millimetres, but that was of little comfort.“The linesman could not see that situation,” said Guardiola. “To see that ball you have to be in line and when you are four or five metres away you cannot see it.“During 90 minutes in games like this, in a semi-final that is like a final, you cannot expect to control all the situations but we controlled most of the time.“We had a good performance, we played like you have to to play in a final. We did absolutely everything.”City did take the lead with a superb breakaway goal from Aguero just after the hour but then switched off to allow a Nacho Monreal equaliser. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho then hit the woodwork as City roared back but Arsenal held out and snatched victory when Sanchez pounced from close range in the 101st minute.Wenger hailed the fortitude of his players.He said: “I felt it was a big test for us today, a mental test because many people question if we can turn up on an occasion like this and that’s why I’m very proud of the players because they stayed united and determined.“Football is a team sport, and as a manager the biggest joy is when you feel like you have a real team performance, that was the case today and that’s why I’m happy.” Nacho Monreal of Arsenal celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Manchester City with Aaron Ramsey 1last_img read more

Those with older cell phones to pay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe new fee, which will generate $23.5 million a month for Cingular, adds to a confusing array of surcharges and government taxes that, regardless of the wireless company, can boost the average cellular bill by up to 50 percent from the advertised rate. Like other U.S. cellular carriers, Cingular is required by the Federal Communications Commission to keep providing analog service until early 2008 so long as it still has customers with those phones. Although the company is not required to continue providing TDMA service, it has no plans to turn off that service until the analog phaseout because both use the same portion of Cingular’s network. Nonetheless, having to carry three different kinds of wireless signals leaves less room for Cingular to connect calls and provide data services to its much larger audience of GSM customers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – About 4.7 million Cingular Wireless subscribers with older phones will have to pay $5 extra each month as the company tries to prod them to get new handsets so it can devote its entire network to one type of signal. The new surcharge, unique among the major U.S. carriers, will be added to bills starting in September, the company told The Associated Press on Monday. Cingular, jointly owned by prospective merger partners AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., reported earlier this month that roughly 92 percent of its 57.3 million customers use phones based on the globally dominant technology known as GSM, or Global System for Mobile. The rest have handsets based on one of two older technologies. One dates back two decades to the first generation of mobile phones, which used an “analog,” or nondigital, signal to transmit calls. The second is a digital transmission technique known as TDMA, which stands for Time Division Multiple Access. last_img read more

Clifton’s co-owner dead at 83

first_imgGLENDALE – The 83-year-old co-owner of Clifton’s Cafeteria, the iconic downtown Los Angeles eatery, was found dead in her penthouse condominium in what police suspect was a homicide, authorities said Thursday. The body of Jean Clinton Roeschlaub, daughter of Clifton’s founder Clifford Clinton, was discovered Wednesday at her 16th-floor condominium in the 200 block of Monterey Road, Glendale police spokesman John Balian said. There were “suspicious circumstances” surrounding her death, Balian said. He did not elaborate. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is conducting an autopsy. The restaurant still retains the motto “Dine Free Unless Delighted.” Roeschlaub joined the family business full time in 1944, and remained active until her death, visiting the cafeteria at least once a week, Clinton said. “We were busing dishes from the dining room, cleaning tables, filling water glasses, doing odds and ends,” he said, recalling the siblings’ early days. At the Brookdale restaurant – which opened in 1935 – diners still enjoy down-home favorites such as roast turkey and apple pie amid soaring faux redwoods and rock faces inspired by the Santa Cruz mountains, where founder Clifford Clinton spent his summers. Clinton said his sister had a rare vitality – she loved to travel, was a voracious reader, loved films and was an excellent cook who helped refine the restaurant’s more than 2,500 recipes for today’s palate. “Not only are we brother and sister, we work well together,” he said. “We’re close friends and close buddies – we’re buddies at work.” Clifford and Nelda Clinton retired in 1946 and sold their cafeteria interest to Jean, Don and son Edmond. They expanded into surrounding suburbs from the late 1950s through the 1970s as business in downtown Los Angeles declined. Roeschlaub had lived in the Glendale penthouse for about 17 years. She was living alone over the past year after her husband, Ronald Roeschlaub, died in December, Clinton said. She had a pacemaker and coped with some ailments, but was otherwise healthy, he said. “When you’re 83, you have a few things,” he said. “But she was coping.” The family became concerned Wednesday when Roeschlaub missed several appointments and her son Bruce C. Davis could not reach her, Clinton said. They alerted the building manager, who discovered Roeschlaub face-down on the floor. She also is survived by son David J. Davis IV and daughter Diane Bohn. (818) 546-3304160Want 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 AngelesUp to her death, Roeschlaub was active in the running of the Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria at 648 S. Broadway, the only remaining restaurant in a chain that began serving up budget meals during the Great Depression. Her sudden death shocked her family. “It’s a jolt and you never really gear up for it,” said Don Clinton, Roeschlaub’s brother and business partner. “You carry on.” Roeschlaub was among the fourth generation of the Clinton family working in California’s restaurant business. The family started in food service in 1888 when her great-grandfather David Harrison Clinton arrived in Los Angeles from Missouri. Roeschlaub was the daughter of Clifford and Nelda Clinton, who founded Clifton’s with $2,000 in 1931 and a mission to feed the hungry, according to the restaurant’s Web site. last_img read more

Ziggy Gordon: Clubs must have faith in youth regardless of colt plans

first_img“You could play against these League 2 sides and get bullied because physically it’s not the same level,” he told STV. “It can maybe make you go back a step instead of going forward. “I think it’s important you get your development and get the key components of being a professional football player by learning from those in the first team instead of playing against first team players.”Gordon says clubs are relying on their youth players more than ever because of the financial scene, but acknowledges the new idea may help teenagers make the step up. In a major revamp of the Challenge Cup this year, all 12 top flight teams entered their colt sides but each were eliminated before the quarter finals. “I think it is happening more because the money isn’t where it once was,” he continued. “Teams need to start looking to their youth and gambling with their youth players.“I think you’ve seen in the Challenge Cup that there is a gulf between the U20s and first teams regardless of what league they are in. I think it’s a good way of narrowing that gap.” Ziggy Gordon believes introducing colt teams into the SPFL league system could be beneficial but he would rather see the players given opportunities to progress at their own clubs first.Plans are afoot to allow the Celtic and Rangers ‘B’ teams to enter League 2 as early as the 2017/18 season by expanding the division from 10 teams to 12.The Partick Thistle defender got his first taste of senior football at the age of 17 when he was at Hamilton Accies and retained his place until leaving the club at the end of last season.Now 23, Gordon would like to see more players handed the same chance he got in 2011.last_img read more