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PNG Pukpuks side named for Oceania Rugby Cup

first_imgThe Oceania Cup will be played at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium from August 22nd-30th.PNG, Solomon Islands, Tahiti and American Samoa will take part this year.The last time PNG Pukpuks were crowned Oceania Champions was in 2011 when they beat Niue 36-7.The Cook Islands are the current Champions having won in 2013.The PNG Pukpuks side is:Forwards: Bradley Kelegai, Butler Morris, Clifford Vali, Desmond Korpock, Ezekiel Dauko, Derek Paraka, Lau Posu, Eli Pema Kini, Rabbie Namaliu Jr, Richard Gebob, Sam TamSarufa, Kingsley, Tui Fitiao, Wesley Thomas, Zion Reto, Koroseta ViniBacks: Jacky Marcus, Jacob Wodo, James Lumaris, Jonah Kautu, Liebert Suang, Nigel Genia, Paul Nelson, Richard Aitsi, Tisa Kautu, Wesley Valilast_img read more

Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing arrested

first_imgAhmed al-Mughassil , described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah, is suspected of leading the attack that killed 19 U.S. service personnel and wounded almost 500 people. The June 25, 1996, bombing at Khobar Towers, a military housing complex, was the deadliest terror attack targeting U.S. forces since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen.Saudi paper Asharq Alawsat, which first reported the development, said he was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh.The Saudi Interior Ministry had no immediate comment. The U.S. official spoke on grounds of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, is one of 13 people named in a 2001 indictment in Alexandria, Virginia, in connection with the bombing. Charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death. None of the 13 has yet been brought to court to face charges, according to court documents.The lead prosecutor listed in court records from 2001 is James Comey, now the FBI director.In the Khobar attack, terrorists parked a fuel trailer truck just outside the shallow perimeter of the apartment complex, 85 feet away from one of the eight-story buildings. The blast demolished one side of the building, leaving a massive crater.The U.S. later moved its Air Force contingent to the Prince Sultan Air Base, a vast compound in a remote stretch of desert south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.A U.S. federal grand jury indictment named 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man for the bombing, saying they were part of the Saudi Hezbollah terrorist group. That group was founded by members of the desert kingdom’s Shiite minority who fled into exile in the 1980s to escape what they said was persecution by the kingdom’s Sunni majority.The 2001 indictment placed heavy blame on Iran for nurturing the attack but stopped short of mentioning any Iranians by name or linking them directly to Khobar. However, in 2006, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled the Iranian government financed the bombing, ordering it to pay $254 million to the attack’s victims. Iran repeatedly has denied being involved.last_img read more

NCD Governor’s Cup underway

first_imgThe annual rugby league event was launched yesterday at the Kone Tigers Oval.There are 42 teams taking part this year in the tournament that started today and will end on December 31.Tournament Coordinator, Sengelo Skonga, said games are being played at two venues – Kone Tigers Oval (Pools A-D) and Ipi Park (Pools E-H).In the results from this morning at Ipi Park, Moutana Roosters drew with Saraga Dwellers 10-10, Freeway Bumpers def. 6 Mile Tigers 8-4, Port Moresby Muruks def. ATT 8-2, and Garden Hills Eagles def. Car Wash Blacks 14-4.K50,000 has been allocated to cover prize money for the tournament, plus operational costs, added Skonga.last_img read more

Van Gerwen wins world title

first_imgThe world No 1 produced another blistering display of high-scoring in a dominant victory over two-time defending champion Anderson, whose hopes of a famous hat-trick were crushed by Van Gerwen.Both men shared a total of 42 180s, which was a record for maximums hit in any match, and Van Gerwen would end with an average of 107.79 after securing the Sid Waddell Trophy.The Dutchman reeled off the opening set in a blur of green, pinning the bullseye for a 122 finish in the very first leg, and would open an early lead with a composed 36 checkout.But Anderson had expertly held his nerve in the previous two finals and applied the brakes to ‘The Green Machine’ by finding double 20 to level the match.The first break would come in the following set, with Anderson hitting tops again with arrow-like accuracy, and he pinched the third set on double 12 after more stray darts from Van Gerwen.There would be a furious response from Van Gerwen in the following set as he traded more legs with the Scotsman before levelling the match 2-2 on a decisive 86 checkout.Both players were scoring freely in a high quality contest, but Van Gerwen’s deadly accuracy at the doubles was keeping Anderson at arm’s length and he opened a 4-2 lead with a succession of legs.Anderson’s crown was slipping from his grasp while he lost 12 of 13 legs and Van Gerwen pulled 5-2 ahead following a 125 finish.  There would be no respite for the Scot in the next set, with Van Gerwen firing out a 100 checkout to leave himself within touching distance of the trophy.The interference of an intruder on stage briefly seemed to break Van Gerwen’s concentration in the ninth set and Anderson extended his reign a little longer.But Van Gerwen would end his three-year wait for another world title by hitting the bull to seal a superb victory.last_img read more

LaLiga denounces chants against Piqué in the Catalan derby

first_imgLaLiga denounces before the Competition Committee songs of about 500 fans belonging to the RCDE Curve against Gerard Piqué in Espanyol-Barcelona. The entity chaired by Javier Tebas says that one minute before the game and on the 13th the following song was dedicated to the center: “Piqué ca …, Shakira has r …, your son is from Wakaso and you are m …”. LaLiga also denounces that this match will be sung against Luis Suárez “Uruguayan son of p …” in minute 80, “p … Barça, p … Barça, uh, eh” three minutes before the start of the game, in minute 14, 23, 24 and in 88, “m …, m …, p … Barça, p … Barça eh, eh “in 58,” I hate the Culés, I hate the Culés “,” Culé, remember you’re a m … “in 59 and “Lololololo, lololololo, p … Barça, p … Barça die”. 3 The LaLiga complaint note also included chants against Zozulia in the Real Sociedad-Villarreal and Osasuna-Real Sociedad. In the first game about 800 fans located in the southern low bottom tier and in the second, about 400 located in the southern tier under the banner “1987” sang “you are a Nazi, Zozulia you are already a Nazi” in reference to the player of the Albacete A song that goes in the same direction as the one heard in Rayo Vallecano-Albacete “Roman Zozulia, a Nazi fucking” and for which the meeting was suspended.The rest of the songs that LaLiga denounces are in the matches: Mallorca-Seville where about 100 followers of the Lluís Sitjar stand located in the north bottom sang in the discount of the first part and in the 63 “Referee, son of p … “and in 92” p … Sevilla, p … Sevilla “; Alaves-Betis in which 500 fans of the local animation stand said “p … Betis, p … Betis, eh” in the 23rd and 44th minutes; Real Sociedad-Villarreal in which “ehhh, goalkeeper ca …, son p …, m …, Spanish”, “Spanish children of p …” was heard and objects were thrown from the stands in the minute 95. LaLiga denounces chants in two LaLiga SmartBank games. In the Cádiz-Numancia meeting, some 400 fans were heard after the banner “Yellow Brigades 1982” “Salvi Mátalo”, “Brave referee, brave son of p …” and in Racing-Oviedo they denounced that they sang “Yes j …, what p … Santander “four times and” lolololo, p … Oviedooo, lolololololololo “three times and against Christian Fernández” Christian Fernández, son of p … “.last_img read more

Lopetegui: “De Jong’s goal was anything but what was scored”

first_imgAnger: “I don’t change an iota of what I said and I have nothing more to say. If sevillism cries out something, I’m the coach of Sevilla and I’m with him.”Champions Obsession: “What there is is an illusion based on a logic of growth and ambition. From there, we will face the game against Levante at all or nothing. We will manage the resources we have, we played less than 48 hours ago and tomorrow We will value to give the game a tactical and physical response. “Market: “Close when it closes. We will be attentive but we will comment on those things from the inside out. It is not the most important thing now.”Chicharito: “In football times are reduced a lot. He has decided to leave, he is a fantastic kid, he has worked hard and we wish him good luck.”Jordan: “It’s ruled out for the Cup.”From Jong: “He scored two very good goals and apart he did a very good physical and tactical work. He helped us a lot, like many other times, hopefully the aim continues to accompany him for a long time.” Controversies: “The play of the annulled goal was everything but what was scored. But I do not want to waste any more time with that. I think absolutely the same as Saturday but that is past. I keep the team’s work, the Real Madrid press conference -Seville ended and this is the press conference of Sevilla-Levante of the Copa del Rey. “ Costume Status: “The costumes are focused on the final we have against Levante. To be protagonists we have to play endings permanently and now we have to have a good team that already made us suffer in LaLiga. In this format everything is final.”Hobby: “We are very excited, we have to earn the right to continue dreaming. They will help us overcome the difficulties that will arise in a difficult game such as this one.”Bernabeu: “What I had to say, I stated at the time. The Bernabéu game is prehistory, I have nothing else to say and since everything is very fast we are absolutely focused on the Copa del Rey game.”last_img read more

The Cup final meets the coronavirus … and Extremoduro!

first_imgThe Federation is not having anything easy organizing the final of the Copa del Rey of the 2019-2020 edition. So far it has had to suspend the match between Athletic and Real Sociedad that was going to take place in Seville on April 18 since the coronavirus crisis has fully affected him and the RFEF has preferred to be cautious with a double objective: to preserve the health of footballers and fans and, furthermore, that this match not be played behind closed doors because it would be a totally lackluster show. But there is more. In his new organizational plans he has encountered more problems along the way. The other date he was managing after listening to the two finalist clubs this week, on May 31, does not seem to be coming to fruition either. A massive concert by Extremoduro on the 30th in that same stadium, the one with the largest capacity on his farewell tour, could prevent this.According to what AS has learned, the Federation has tested the Spanish rock band through the company that organizes the events in the Olympic stadium, to study the possibility that the farewell concert of Robe and company change the date or, failing that, move to another stadium in the Andalusian capital, either at Sánchez Pizjuán or Benito Villamarín. Despite the fact that the concert is one day before the date in which the match would be held, the Federation would not have time to prepare for the entire operation of the final, so it would need to vacate the stadium several days before if it wanted to. carry out the Basque derby on 31. Extremoduro has refused to change its plans out of respect for its fans, Since he understands that it is not a concert where only people from Seville will attend, but there will be faithful from all over Spain and even from America who have already bought their ticket and have reserved their hotel. However, several Sevillian institutions trust that in the end Extremoduro will yield (maybe with some type of compensation) to hold his concert at Benito Villamarín, with a similar capacity. AS has contacted the representative of Extremoduro, Alén Ayerdi, to give his version of events: “On Wednesday they called us from the La Cartuja stadium because the Federation had asked about the possibility of whether the date was free. Logically they were told no. Extremoduro is busy and has sold 70,000 tickets for that day. Then they called me to say if we could change the venue or the date and we logically said no again. Of these entries, there are many people who come from America and many others from all corners of Spain. I told them we couldn’t please them. We believe that they will already be looking for another option. Neither the Federation nor the King of Spain nor anyone from football will want to leave these 70,000 people without their concert and without their trip with the hotel and travel expenses they have already paid.. Let’s hope that they respect us and that soccer respects culture as culture has always respected soccer all of life. That is what we expect. “Extremoduro’s agent believes that the RFEF will no longer force this situation: “I don’t think anything will happen. We can’t please them. We can do anybody a favor if it’s in our hands, but right now we can’t do such a favor. I would be surprised if they continued down this road and I suppose they are already driving other scenarios, especially because that same day the stadiums of Betis and Sevilla are free. If the final has to be done in Seville because they have already agreed, it does not necessarily have to be in ours. In any case the request was made from the highest education and there is nothing to object. We have not heard from them since. I have heard that they have postponed the decision until next week because there are more important issues to focus on now. “The Federation, asked about this issue, points out that “it cannot be ventured” to give any date yet for the dispute of this final because it is necessary to see how this coronavirus crisis evolves and now it’s time to focus on general health. The next week the RFEF could already give some news to the clubs, so they can organize themselves, but until March 25 Rubiales and his team did not want to specify more. Then they will meet to analyze all the open fronts in reference to the future of national competitions and it will be then when all the alternatives are put on the table so that this Athletic-Real is disputed with all the guarantees and without anyone being harmed. According to various federal sources consulted, even on the 25th there are no guarantees that the official date of the final is already known. In favor of the RFEF the fact that a possible delay of the Euro Cup, and even its postponement to 2021, plays It could help the Cup final to be played in June at La Cartuja. Passing it that May 31 to Sánchez Pizjuán or Villamarín, as the manager of Extremoduro proposes as a Solomonic measure, is unlikely since the RFEF signed a three-year contract with the promoters of the Olympic stadium in Seville.last_img read more

AFE denounces irregularities in the processing of several ERTE

first_img3. On the other hand, the sixth Additional Provision (safeguarding of the job post) states that ‘extraordinary measures in the labor sphere provided for in this Royal Decree-law will be subject to the company’s commitment to maintain employment for a period of six months from the date of resumption of activity. ’Exposed the previous thing, the Association of Spanish Soccer players wants to manifest and report the following:• AFE has learned that some club has not informed the representation of the footballers when it comes to launching an ERTE, despite the fact that it is clearly included in the Royal Decree-law.• AFE will denounce, as it has already done in some cases, this type of practices promoted by a club, which He has not informed the footballers in detail, nor has he done so with the union.• As the provisions of the Royal Decree-Law have not been complied with in any case, AFE has already informed a club, something it will continue to do, that will transfer the situation to the competent labor authority.• Our association wants to remember, in relation to women’s football, that the Royal Decree-law is after the signing of the Collective Agreement, so We understand and hope that the club / s in question will have conveniently transferred to the labor authority the updating of the contracts in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.• By last, We want to remember that the State of Alarm decreed throughout the country does not mean living in a State of Illegality. The Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) has issued a statement on Tuesday in which it denounces irregularities in the processing of ERTEs in Spanish football and in which I remember what the current legislation is so that things are done correctly.The full statement is this:“The Association of Spanish Soccer Players, as the majority union in the field of soccer, masculine and feminine, in our country, wants to recall a series of aspects of importance in relation to what is established in the ‘Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of 17 of March, of extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact of COVID-19 ’and that affect the soccer team.In the first place, and before the ERTEs executed by several clubs of different categories or that some have launched, AFE wants to remember some fundamental points that appear in the aforementioned Royal Decree-law:1. In article 22.a, ‘Exceptional measures in relation to the procedures for suspension of contracts and reduction of working hours due to force majeure’, in point 2.a it is stipulated that ‘the procedure shall be initiated by request of the company, which shall be accompanied by a relative report to the link of the loss of activity as a consequence of COVID-19, as well as, where appropriate, of the corresponding supporting documentation. The company must communicate its request to the workers and transfer the previous report and supporting documentation, if any, to their representation. ‘2. Article 28 (term of duration of the measures provided for in Chapter II) states that ‘the measures contained in articles 22, 23, 24 and 25 of this Royal Decree-Law will be in force as long as the extraordinary situation derived from COVID-19 is maintained.’last_img read more

Nadal, historical leader in percentage of points won

first_imgFrom the ATP they level out that the expansion in the percentage of points earned by Nadal has grown since Carlos Moyá joined his crew in 2016 and with which Nadal has improved his serve, one of his weaknesses till then, as proven by Nadal’s serve knowledge in 2019, which allowed him to finish this yr because the tennis participant with the very best percentage of points won with 56% forward of Djokovic’s 55.3% and Federer’s 54.6%, being the fourth consecutive season in which Nadal exceeded 55% of the points earned.Within the tournaments which have been performed in 2020, Nadal maintains that percentage of points won above 55% (55.5% in specific), though Novak Djokovic surpasses him with 56% after the Serbian has not but identified the defeat to this point this season. We are going to see if with the resumption of the season in July Nadal manages to consolidate himself because the king of the chances in points won. Rafa Nadal continues to jot down his identify in the historical past of tennis primarily based on knowledge and information which might be already half of historical past. In keeping with ATP statistics, the Balearic tennis participant is the participant who has turn into number one with highest percentage of points earned on the ATP circuit.Since arriving on the ‘Massive Three’ circuit, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have exceeded the historical document stored by Pete Sampras, who won 53.27% of the points he performed all through his profession.Nonetheless, Nadal presently improves each Federer and Djokovic in percentages. The Balearic Islands have won 54.3% of disputed points, for the 53.9% held by Federer and 53.8% by Djokovic.last_img read more

Alexis Sánchez returns to Milan and will be confined for another 14 days

first_imgChilean Alexis Sánchez, striker for Inter Milan, arrived in Italy on Tuesday on a flight from his country, where he spent the last twenty days of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Milanese club informed EFE.Sánchez, joined by Inter last summer from Manchester United, He had initially decided to stay in Milan, but, due to the worsening of the health emergency in Italy, he returned to Chile in early April to be with his family.The 31-year-old Chilean forward was the last Inter player to return to the Lombard capital, after the Uruguayan Diego Godín, the Slovenian Samir Handanovic, the English Ashley Young, the Danish Christian Eriksen or the Nigerian Victor Moses did so in recent days. The ‘Wonder Boy’ will now respect fourteen days of quarantine, in accordance with Italian regulations, to be absolutely certain that he has not been infected by the coronavirus. The latest decree of the Italian Government foresees that athletes will be able to re-train as a group from May 4, although this depends on the evolution of the pandemic in the coming days.Sánchez, who started his European career precisely in Italy, at Udinese, played 15 games and scored a goal this season. His year has been complicated by a serious injury he suffered in October in his left ankle tendon, which forced him to undergo surgery in Barcelona and to be more than two months off.last_img read more