PNG women’s team revealed for FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup

first_imgThe final roster of twelve players and three shadow-reserves was announced this week, following the squad’s three-day training camp held in Port Moresby over the weekend.Veteran’s Emily Koivi, Marca Muri, Mary Elavo Jnr. and Nester Sape bring their hoops knowledge and leadership qualities to the team, while dynamic, PNG crowd favourite Betty Angula has also been named.19-year old point guard, Rosa Kairi has retained her position from the countries 2015 Pacific Games line-up and headlines the team’s younger contingent of athletes which includes – Normalisa Dobunaba (18), Ericka Amos (19) Mary Cindy Elavo (21) and Sherah Yawasing (21).National Capital District players, Betty Wong and Elina Yala have also earned selection following solid showings in training camp.BFPNG Vice President and Chair of the women’s selection panel, Karo Lelai said the team’s main priority was a top-three finish at the FIBA Melanesia Cup and qualification for the 2019 Pacific Games.“That’s certainly the goal and we want to make sure that is achieved first and foremost,” said Lelai.“There are many young players in this team who will be getting their first chance to represent PNG at the senior international level, so we are not going to put unrealistic expectations on them, which will then lead to unnecessary pressure.”“The FIBA Melanesia Cup provides a great platform for those individuals to gain much needed high-level experience and that’s a major part of the Federation’s ongoing national program plans.”“While we are still focusing on the now and doing well come September, this side has also been put together with the future in mind.”“It’s definitely an exciting time for PNG women’s basketball and we are looking forward to seeing our female stars on-court in just a few short weeks’ time.”Papua New Guinea Women’s national team – 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup:Betty ANGULABetty WONGElina YALAEmily KOIVIEricka AMOSMarca MURIMary Cindy ELAVOMary ELAVO Jnr.Nester SAPENormalisa DOBUNABARosa KAIRISherah YAWASINGSHADOW-RESERVE PLAYERS:Gimai KEBEILydia GOTUNOMarrina BOINOlast_img read more

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London 2017 | Spikes Skype Bot launched

first_imgSPIKES, the official Skype Bot for the world of international track and field athletics, was launched yesterday to mark ‘One Week To Go’ to the start of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (August 4-13). The bot, which was developed in collaboration with Skype, will go live directly and cover every angle of the World Championships in London, including the athletes, the event disciplines, and results during the 10 days of competition in the stadium and on the streets of London. “With the official launch of the Spikes Bot on Skype, the IAAF has taken an exciting and innovative path to engage with sports audiences in a personalised way,” commented IAAF chief executive officer Oliver Gers. “Athletics is an objective sport. The athletes that run the fastest, jump higher or longer, and throw farthest are the winners. However, to the new or casual fan, our sport can seem complicated as those winning performances are governed by technical rules and regulations. Added to that, there are also a lot of athletes and many event disciplines. “The Spikes Bot platform enables new fans to break down the complexities of athletics. The simple and interactive Skype interface will allow our bot users to explore, follow, and receive real-time updates based on their specific interests. Fans can learn or go deeper into the sport. “Launched as the IAAF World Championships London 2017 are set to begin, the bot enhances the experience of the fan, regardless of whether you are at home watching on TV, on the go trying to keep up with the action, or in the stadium getting additional background. “Businesswise, we are also learning in real time what fans are interested in to optimise the coverage of our sport to best feed fans’ appetites,” concluded Gers. The Spikes Bot also lets you customise which athletes and specific competitions you wish to be updated on through the ‘My Spikes’ watch-list. And if you want to share the excitement with your friends and family, simply add Spikes to your group chat to begin the action. – IAAFlast_img read more

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FIFA reduces ban on former CFU boss

first_imgZURICH, Switzerland (CMC): FIFA’s Appeal Committee has reduced the ban on former Caribbean Football Union (CFU) President Gordon Derrick from six years to four years. The reduction means he has three years and six weeks left on his ban. Derrick, the former general secretary of Antigua’s Football Association, had initially been given the six-year ban by a FIFA’s Ethics Committee back in September 2017, following an investigation which began in March 2015. He has denied wrongdoing. He had also been barred from contesting the 2016 election for the CONCACAF presidency that saw Canadian Victor Montagliani taking the job. FIFA’s Appeal Committee said it agreed with the original verdict that Derrick had violated rules on offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, conflicts of interest, loyalty and general conduct. “These breaches were confirmed by the FIFA Appeal Committee,” it said in a FIFA statement. It did not agree, however, with the Ethics Committee’s findings that Derrick had failed to collaborate with the investigation or disclose information. It, therefore, decided to “reduce the sanction imposed on Derrick, following its finding that fewer (ethics code) articles had been infringed, and taking into account all mitigating circumstances of the case”. The Appeal Committee said it had also halved an original fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (US$30,300). Derrick now has the option of taking his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Appeal Committee’s takelast_img read more

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Nigeria qualification put on hold after draw

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 13- Nigeria failed to reach the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa after a 1-1 draw in Namibia.The African champions needed a win in Windhoek to take an unassailable four-point Group F lead with one game to spare. But the ‘Super Eagles’ had to settle for a point when Godfrey Oboabona equalised seven minutes from time at Sam Nujoma Stadium.Deon Hotto Kavendji had put the ‘Brave Warriors’ ahead on 77 minutes as they threatened to avenge a 1-0 loss in Calabar last June.A draw was a satisfactory result for Namibia, ranked 30 places below Nigeria in Africa by FIFA, given the chaotic build-up to the qualifier.Swede Roger Palmgren quit as coach Monday after unspecified death threats, leaving assistants Ricardo Mannetti and Ronnie Kanolelo 48 hours to prepare.Nigeria have nine points after five rounds, Malawi seven, Namibia five and winless Kenya prop up the table with just three points.So the September clash of Nigeria and Malawi becomes a group decider with the ‘Eagles’ needing a draw and the ‘Flames’ a win to finish on top.Nigeria now switch attention to the Confederations Cup in Brazil — they face Tahiti on June 17 in Group B followed by Uruguay and world champions Spain.Malawi were held 2-2 by Kenya in Blantyre earlier Wednesday — a result which opened the door for Nigeria to seal first place.The ‘Flames’ led twice at Kamuzu Stadium only for the ‘Harambee Stars’ to get a last-minute reprieve when Chimango Kayira scored an own goal.Striker Robin Ngalande put the home team ahead a minute into the second half on an artificial pitch and striker Andrew Murunga levelled soon after.A goal from veteran midfielder Robert Ng’ambi 10 minutes before time offered Malawi hope of a rare home win only for substitute Kayira to blunder.The sole Malawian victory in five mini-league qualifiers was away to Namibia three months ago with all three home games drawn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Filing period opens for school board races

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The filing period for local school board election candidates has opened and so far at least three area residents have kicked off their campaigns. A total of 10 school board seats are open on local school boards in the Nov. 6 election. Expected to get the most attention is the Hart Union High School District board, which has two seats available. Incumbents Steve Sturgeon and Gloria Mercado-Fortine both have said they will run for re-election, this after some communities have asked for a recall of the Hart board. Sturgeon kicked off his fundraising campaign a few weeks ago with a light-cocktail mixer at the Valencia Country Club. Sturgeon said he spent $20,000 on his campaign in 2003, but this year he’ll be reusing “red apple signs” that he had specially made for that school board election. Mercado-Fortine will also be running this year. She plans to focus on several topics on her platform that include fiscal responsibility and equal access to services. Joe Messina, who lost bids in 2003 and 2005 for the Hart board, is giving it another go this year. Messina said his campaign would be marked by several meet-and-greets. Candidates interested in running for seats can request the proper nomination documents in person at the Registrar Recorder/County Clerk Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, or via the Internet at A Candidate Handbook, with information on rules and guidelines on campaigning and campaign-finance disclosure requirements, will be available to all candidates who file. For more information, call (562) 462-2317. last_img read more

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Exclusive – Fabregas demands Premier League success with Chelsea following League Cup triumph

first_imgChelsea star Cesc Fabregas has demanded Premier League success following Sunday’s League Cup final win against Tottenham.The Stamford Bridge outfit lifted the trophy with a 2-0 victory at Wembley Stadium, as goals from John Terry and Diego Costa either side of half-time downed their London rivals.After adding the League Cup to his cabinet, he is keen to complete the set with the top flight title at the end of the season.After his final success over Spurs, the Spain international told talkSPORT: “It’s great, I’ve lost the League Cup twice, once against Birmingham and against Chelsea, so it’s always nice to win.“Now I hope I can win the Premier League and having won everything in England, which would be nice.”Reflecting on Chelsea’s victory, the playmaker added: “It may be the smallest competition there is in England, but a trophy is a trophy, a final is a final and you never want to lose a final.”Check out exclusive post-match interviews with Chelsea stars Cesc Fabregas, John Terry, Didier Drogba and Nemanja Matic above!last_img read more

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Diego Costa WILL be charged and banned, former top ref tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Premier League and World Cup referee Graham Poll has told talkSPORT Chelsea bad boy Diego Costa is likely to be banned by the FA following his antics in Saturday’s feisty London derby victory over Arsenal.In a bizarre three minute spell at the end of the first-half, the fiery Spaniard was involved in tussles with both Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel, with the latter defender receiving a red card for kicking out at Costa.Mike Dean has been criticised for his handling of the game, which exploded into life when Costa and Koscielny first scrapped in the box, with both players shoving each other to the turf before Costa pushed the Frenchman in the face with both hands.The duo escaped punishment with the official apparently none the wiser, but Dean had a box seat view moments later when Gabriel got involved and appeared to lash out at Costa with his boot – earning himself a second yellow card in a matter of seconds.It only got worse for Arsene Wenger, with Santi Cazorla also given his marching orders late on for two bookable offences, while goals from Kurt Zouma and Edan Hazard sealed three points for the Blues.“I thought Mike did as well as he could do, given what he actually saw,” Poll told Hawksbee and Jacobs when asked about the headline incident.“I thought he didn’t have a choice with either red card and, had he seen the clash between Costa and Koscielny – which he clearly didn’t – then Costa wouldn’t have been on the pitch to wind up Paulista.“Cazorla was stupid for his two challanges and Gabriel was stupid for getting involved, because Costa will wind you up. That’s part of the sportsmanship of the game, you might not like it but it’s a part of the game nowadays.“Mike Dean didn’t see the incident between Costa and Koscielny, it won’t be in his report so therefore the FA will be looking at that and I believe they will charge.“Once you see it slowed down and you see what Costa does, there’s too much involved there. So, for me, he will get charged and I expect a ban to follow.”last_img read more

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Driver charged with possession of cocaine cargo

first_imgAlvarez was arrested Sept. 14 on The Old Road near McBean Parkway after a California Highway Patrol officer stopped him for not wearing a seat belt and for the dark tint on the windows of his truck, according to the CHP report. Alvarez was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with cardboard moving boxes in the open bed. Noticing that Alvarez was extraordinarily anxious, the CHP officer allowed his canine partner to search the truck. The dog’s reaction indicated the presence of drugs in the boxes. CHP investigator Charlie Sampson said the amount of cocaine – worth about $40 million on the streets – was the largest seizure made by narcotics officers in recent history. (661) 257-5252 A Northern California man was charged this week with two felonies after a traffic stop in Stevenson Ranch netted 880 pounds of cocaine in the bed of his pickup truck. Juan Vargas Alvarez, 31, of Tracy did not enter a plea at Monday’s hearing, where he was charged with possession for sale of a controlled substance and transporting a controlled substance, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said Tuesday. Alvarez faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if he is convicted, Robison said. He was being held at Men’s Central Jail with bail set at $5 million and is scheduled to make his next court appearance Oct. 2. “In addition, there were special allegations because the amount of cocaine was more than 80 kilograms (about 36 pounds),” Robison said. “If he is convicted, these allegations could add significant time to his sentence.” 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

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Zaha axes agent after Crystal Palace star fails to seal Arsenal or Everton transfer

first_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Last month, Parish revealed Zaha would only leave the Eagles for the right price.The Ivory Coast international would have felt particularly aggrieved after Aaron Wan-Bissaka secured a big-money move to Manchester United in June.Parish said: “I’ve watched him every week for ten years so there’s even a bit of me that wants to see what he can do at a top club.“I wouldn’t want to be the person who stopped that.“He deserves to get there. I hope it happens and sometimes it mystifies me he’s not up there already. We’re lucky to have him. Getty Images – Getty Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:38Loaded: 6.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Wilfried Zaha wanted to leave Crystal Palace throughout the summer transfer window LIVE on talkSPORT appointed rookie error Wilfried Zaha wants to dump his agent having failed to leave Crystal Palace over the summer despite interest from Arsenal and Everton.The 26-year-old was subjected to two Toffees bids, in excess of £50million, during the transfer window, but remained at Selhurst Park.Earlier in the year he was also wanted by Arsenal, though they ended up moving for alternate target Nicolas Pepe, who was eventually brought to the Emirates for a club record fee. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas latest deals Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week statement BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Perry Groves would rather Arsenal win things than EnglandAs a result of his failed switch, The Times claim Will Salthouse, who is part of agency USM, has been informed Zaha no longer wishes to be represented by him.Palace value Zaha at around £100million, but it is understood the club would have accepted an £80million bid for their star man.Everton lodged an improved offer of £55million plus striker Cenk Tosun, but the proposed deal was rejected by Palace chairman Steve Parish.Zaha was believed to be ‘devastated’ at not getting his move to Everton, who instead signed Alex Iwobi for £40million from Arsenal. update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets Derby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ “But if that top club comes along and the money’s right, he’s an extraordinary talent and it’s going to be very difficult for us. It was just at that moment we weren’t aligned.“Aaron Wan-Bissaka went to United, so if top clubs come in for our players with the right money, then it’s a timing issue.”Zaha is yet to score or assist a goal in his opening four Premier League games this season. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January on target Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 1last_img read more

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WordCamp Miami 2017: You Are Not Your Audience, How to Create User-Centered Design

first_imgThough I was over 1,300 miles away, thanks to the WordCamp Miami 2017 livestream, I was able to attend their WordCamp this past weekend.The free livestream covered both Saturday and Sunday sessions, with talks for users, designers, developers, business owners, and marketers.I kicked off Saturday with the first content/design talk of the day, You Are Not Your Audience: How to Create User-Centered Design by Tracy Apps, which focused on using design to solve problems for your audience.Tracy shared insights for looking at our design process and steps we can take for a more successful design project.Here are my notes and some of the social media conversation from Tracy’s talk. You Are Not Your Audience, How to Create User-Centered DesignCreate content that your audience understands. We are often too close to our projects and use words, phrasing that our users don’t use. Use plain language, avoid jargon.“It’s better to be clear than clever.” –@tapps #WCMIA #wordcamp #usercentereddesign #WordsOfWisdom— Shelby Elliott (@ShelbElliott) March 25, 2017Be inclusive. Find out what words users use: check Google for word patterns for what people look for. Consider a survey to find out what words people use and understand.What is the purpose of your site? Invest time and effort in your website discovery process.Conduct stakeholder interviews to identify the purpose of the web project, what success looks like, how the site will solve problems for users.Include user behaviors and goals rather than demographics in your user stories/personasGood point about personas: focus on user behaviors, not demographics. #wcmia— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 25, 2017In design meetings, always think of the user first SlidesTracy graciously published You Are Not Your Audience: How to Create User Centered Design presentation slides on SpeakerDeck.Thanks Tracy for an excellent talk on user-centered design! If you weren’t able to attend WordCamp Miami 2017 and didn’t catch the livestream, look for the videos to be published soon on this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 26, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn how to make a prototype in three days, find out how to design for (and with) color blindness, explore the challenges of going beyond responsive design, and more. Each Friday I publish a post with my favorite resources…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 17, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about a Chrome extension for seamless screen, microphone, and camera recording, discover why you only need five users for usability testing, find out about the new Google Fonts redesign, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”Takeaways from WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017This past weekend I had the pleasure of joining over 150 bloggers, business people, designers, and developers at the WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017 conference to learn and talk about WordPress. I was excited to attend! Last year, I was disappointed I couldn’t attend the inaugural WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 so I made…In “Conference” When creating user-centered design, consider accessibility. Add captions and descriptions to videos. Did you know 85 percent of Facebook videos are watched without sound?Not focusing on accessibility means you’re not focusing on usability“If it’s not accessible, it is not usable.” @tapps #WordCampMiami #WCMIA #LeadersGetSocial— Natalia Ortega (@Nat7Ort3) March 25, 2017Resources for testing web accessibility:Usability testing. Ask friends, family, or others who have never used the site to see if they can use it. Prepare your goals and questions. Conduct test, analyze results, repeat.My favorite tool for testing for web accessibility: a person. Check for keyboard navigation and focus first. #wcmia #a11y— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 25, 2017Free WAVE Chrome and Firefox extension from WebAIMChrome Accessibility Developer Tools extensionFirefox Web Developer-Add-onJoe Dolson’s WP Accessibility plugin:Free WP Accessibility plugin fixes common accessibility issues in your WordPress site. #a11y #wcmia— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) March 25, 2017last_img read more

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