VETERAN COMEDIAN TIM CONWAY DEPARTS AS BELOVED FIGURE AT SANTA ANITA PARK

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first_imgVETERAN COMEDIAN TIM CONWAY DEPARTS AS BELOVED FIGURE AT SANTA ANITA PARK; RETIRED HALL OF FAMER MCCARRON RECOUNTS TIMES WITH ‘A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING’ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2019)–When news of comedian Tim Conway’s passing at the age of 85 became known Tuesday morning, fond memories of the comedic giant were rekindled among the many people in the racing industry whose lives he touched, perhaps none more so than the hundreds of jockeys with whom he interacted and advocated for.In a Winner’s Circle appearance on the occasion of Santa Anita’s Tim Conway Stakes, for 2-year-olds at six furlongs on Oct. 6, 2012, Conway, who was alongside his son, Tim Jr. and retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, deadpanned, “They (jockeys) used to give me a lot of tips.  None of them ever won. Amazing.”On the serious side, Conway and his wife Charlene were tireless in their efforts to raise money for disabled riders through the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which was co-founded by their close friend, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, in 1987 and assisted more than 2,000 jockeys over a 25-year run.“He was as classy a gentleman as he was funny,” said McCarron by telephone from Midway, Kentucky on Tuesday. “He was generous with heart, spirit, generous with his time and he was just a class act through and through. He could not have been more generous, especially with his time.”When asked why he thought Conway was able to connect so well with jockeys, McCarron responded, “Well, first and foremost, he had the utmost respect for riders. He understood what’s involved. You know, he tried galloping horses for a little while when he was very young in Cleveland, so for the rest of his life, he had the utmost respect for riders and trainers and owners…He had a deep love and respect for the industry as well.“When he was on tour with Harvey Korman, Tim used to tell his tour manager to book them in cities where they had races going on, so he could go to the races when he wasn’t on stage. That’s how much he loved the sport.”World famous as a result of legendary television roles on “McHale’s Navy” in the early 1960s, “The Carol Burnett Show” throughout the 1970s and various big screen appearances, Conway won six Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe trophy and was also widely acclaimed for playing the character of a hapless jockey named Lyle Dorf. Conway was hilariously funny as “Dorf” in appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in many other television and film opportunities, including a comedic sketch during the 1987 Breeders’ Cup telecast on NBC from Hollywood Park.McCarron recounted a real-life mishap with Conway that provided a window into his comedic depth as well as his genuinely self-deprecating humor.“Tim and Charlene were at my house for Christmas, 1986,” said McCarron. “I was recuperating from a broken leg that I suffered at Oak Tree, right before the Breeders’ Cup.  My wife Judy, had purchased an Equicizer from Frankie Lovato and it was in my living room. My book shelves were loaded with trophies and Tim got on the Equicizer and he says, ‘McCarron, if I was a jockey, all these trophies would be mine.’“So, he got on, leaned forward and pushed on the horse’s neck and the neck snapped back and hit him right in the nose and actually broke his nose. He couldn’t stop laughing, even though he was bleeding right away. Charlene took him to the Encino Hospital…Tony DeFranco (a close mutual friend) and Tim’s daughter Kelly took a video camera into the emergency room, which was against the rules, but Tim talked the doctor into letting them do it.  So Tony sets it up like he’s reporter and a jockey has been injured and they’re on-scene to find out his condition. The doc starts examining Tim and he asked him, ‘So tell me. What time did this incident happen?’“Tim goes, ‘Let’s see. It was the third race. That would’ve been about 1:30.’  Even though he was in serious pain, he couldn’t keep from laughing and he couldn’t keep us from laughing…That’s the kind of guy he was. He was a wonderful human being and I feel a terrible sense of loss for Charlene and all the kids.”And, the same can be said of all those who knew the legendary Tim Conway here at Santa Anita and throughout the racing world.Tim Conway is survived by his wife, Charlene, and seven children, including Tim Conway, Jr., who hosts “The Tim Conway Jr. Show” weeknights from 6 to 10 p.m. on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles.last_img read more

LEMOONA ROLLS LATE TO TAKE $75,000 POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKES BY A NECK UNDER GUTIERREZ, TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:02.18

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first_imgLEMOONA ROLLS LATE TO TAKE $75,000 POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKES BY A NECK UNDER GUTIERREZ, TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:02.18 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 16, 2019)–Zayat Stables’ Lemoona unleashed a furious stretch rally to get up and win Sunday’s $75,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita by a neck.  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who collected his second win on the day and trained by Richard Baltas, the 4-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid got a mile and one quarter on turf in 2:02.18.Next to last and about four lengths off the lead with a quarter mile to run, Lemoona rallied wide turning for home and in an all-out stretch drive, overhauled her more fancied stablemate Pantsonfire as well as runner-up Mirth.A 5 ¼ length allowance winner going a mile and one eighth on turf two starts back on April 6, Lemoona was beaten some 28 ¾ lengths on dirt in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27.Off at 4-1, she paid $10.00, $6.40, and $3.80 .Bred in Kentucky and out of the Kingmambo mare Singita, Lemoona picked up her first ever stakes while improving her overall mark to 13-4-1-2. With the winner’s share of $45,900, she increased her earnings to $217,445.Quick out of the gate with a hillside start, Mirth tracked early pacesetter Pulpit Rider to the far turn, took the lead at the quarter pole and held everyone at bay except the winner while finishing three quarters of a length in front of favored Pantsonfire.Off at 8-1, Mirth, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, paid $8.20 and $3.80.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Pantsonfire was attentive to the pace while third turning for home, but was third best as the 9-5 favorite.Fractions on the race were 25.20, 50.31, 1:14.89 and 1:38.89.last_img read more

SURFER GIRL QUOTES-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2019

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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      JORGE VELEZ, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “This filly had worked really good for this race. She went to the rail and finished strong.  I’m so excited, this is my first stakes winner in my career. I’ve been here in California nine months and Craig is putting me on horses.TRAINER QUOTES     CRAIG A. LEWIS, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “I’m very grateful, luck is on my side. I can’t say I’d knew she’d win but I felt like she was going to be there.“I said on the radio this morning that this filly had a chance. She got wiped out in her last race at Del Mar and when you lose position early like that on the turf, you have no chance. I just told Jorge that I’d like him to ride her like he rode Blue Skye Jade (a 3-year-old gelding by Clubhouse Ride who ran second from off the pace in a $25,000 claimer at one mile on turf) on Friday. Just be patient and it looked like there was a lot of speed in this race. He’s very patient for a young apprentice, he can really wait. The late, great Bobby Frankel used to say, ‘I’d rather get beat staying inside on the turf than trying to win when you lose ground.’“We wanted to try and lay up a little bit closer here today to try to stay out of trouble, but she still found some trouble, she got shuffled back a bit, but when she started to run I started to feel pretty good. She’s a real good filly and I’ve loved her from Jump Street. I’m very appreciative that Ben and Sally Warren were willing to breed their grade one winning mare to maybe the up and coming stud of the decade, Clubhouse Ride. He’s phenomenal.“Clubhouse Ride was a really good horse, but I think he’s going to be a stallion for the history books. People can see that he’s by Candy Ride, but he’s out of Phipps family mare by Seeking Gold and it’s an outstanding family. To make a stallion, you’ve got to get the right mares and I want to thank Ben and Sally Warren for breeding this filly’s dam, Warren’s Veneda to him.  She was a Grade I winner and it’s tough to get those kinds of mares.“Horses make trainers, trainers don’t make horses.“Jorge is a very good rider, a hard worker, he listens and always gives his best, we are very lucky to have him on our team.”     NOTES: Velez is a 21-year-old native of Puerto Rico.The winning owners are Benjamin C. & Sally Warren who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.last_img read more

JACKPOT!! SINGLE WINNING TICKET RETURNS $784,553.70 AS PALMA-TRAINED LONGSHOT OVERCOMES SLOW START TO PAY $71.00 IN NIGHTCAP

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first_imgJACKPOT!! SINGLE WINNING TICKET RETURNS $784,553.70 AS PALMA-TRAINED LONGSHOT OVERCOMES SLOW START TO PAY $71.00 IN NIGHTCAP ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2020)–In the most unlikely of longshot scenarios, the Hector Palma-trained Princeofthenorth broke slowly and was next to last with Eswan Flores up in a field of 11 maidens after the first quarter mile, but rallied five-wide turning for home en route to a three quarter length victory going 6 ½ furlongs in Friday’s eight and final race, thereby triggering a massive $784,553.70  20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot payoff at Santa Anita.Purchased for $4,500 in Brazil, the winning Single Ticket was one of just two such “live” tickets in the eight race, the other being the Mike Harrington-conditioned Zees Empire, who finished eighth at odds of 97-1.Owned by BG Stables and Hector Palma, Princeofthenorth, a first time starter in for a $30,000 claiming tag, was off at 34-1 and paid $71.00 to win.“It wasn’t me my friend,” said Palma, when asked if he was the holder of the life-changing ticket.  “My Pick Six was dead after the fifth race.  I didn’t think Time N Money (ninth in a field of 11 at odds of 7-2) could lose!”With $158,860 in new Rainbow Six money bet today, the total Jackpot pool reached $759,411 by third race post time.Beginning with Friday’s third race, winning post positions and odds were as follows:  Race 3, (6) 3-1, Race 4, (2) 2-1, Race 5, (12) 3-1, Race 6, (7) 9-1, Race 7, (6) 13-1 and Race 8, (2) 34-1.With the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational coming in via simulcast from Gulfstream Park, there is a special early first post time of 12 noon for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita.Approximate post time for race four, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 1:40 PT.The Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, for older horses at six furlongs, has been carded as Saturday’s eighth race.  Trainer John Sadler’s Flagstaff, who will be ridden by Flavien Prat, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Antonio gets one back for Hammers but Mourinho’s side still in control

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first_imgTHE SPECIAL ONE is back and returns with a win for Tottenham.Mourinho kicked off his Spurs career with a 3-2 victory with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura on the scoresheet.Yet, it was a nervy ending as Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna netted for the hosts, while Declan Rice had a goal disallowed for offside.But that makes it eight games without a win for the Hammers.West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – from London StadiumAngelo Ogbonna strikes from corner for nervous endRice has goal disallowed in 90th minuteMichail Antonio pulls one back for the Hammers after holding off Toby AlderweireldHarry Kane heads home to get on the scoresheetLucas Moura stretches to give Spurs a secondSon Heung-min rifles past Roberto for openerWatch on BT Sport 1Live stream on BT Sport appEE phone customers join on a FREE three-month trial by texting SPORT to 150West Ham XI: Roberto, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Anderson, HallerSubs: Martin, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Sanchez, Fornals, Antonio, AjetiTottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Alli, Lucas Moura, Son, KaneSubs: Austin, Foyth, Rose, Walker-Peters, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lo CelsoRichard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:55 pmTOTTENHAM’S Dele Alli speaking to BT Sport: “It’s been a very tough week for us emotionally. “We’ve spent a long time with Pochettino and we were very sad but we had a job to do. We had to go out for the fans and try and stay as positive as we can.“I think I have been performing well so far this season but I need to get better than my old form and get to my best.”“We have to carry on momentum and keep winning, we need to start that from now. There is still a lot to work on and we need to improve from now on.”Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:47 pmMORE Mourinho: “I like the first 60 minutes very much. The most important thing was not to win three or four nil or play wonderfully. The three points were fundamental. “The boys are happy and that’s what I really wanted. I wanted them to be back to happiness.”Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:43 pmJOSE MOURINHO: “I was really happy for one hour. We were playing well. “The last 20 minutes, fatigue, people coming from national duty, all the emotions of losing a manager and another one comes in. “Clearly fatigue in last 20 minutes. And also a reaction from a very good team from West Ham.“I’m really happy with Dele. He’s too good for not to be one of the best players in the world.“He has to start now without injuries. He’s a fantastic player and today showed.”Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:26 pmFULL-TIME! It was more convincing than the scoreline suggests as Ogbonna scored with seconds to spare. A winning start for Mourinho but he won’t be happy with the way his side conceded twice in the second half.Big positives were Alli and Son’s performances while Moura also made an impact with Spurs’ second of the contest.Job done for Mourinho and their away hoodoo is over. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:23 pmGOAL! West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – OgbonnaThis one counts! But surely it’s too little too late. A corner is whipped in and he beats Sanchez to poke it home. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:18 pmGOAL ruled out, Rice was definitely offside and Mourinho can breath a sight of relief.A corner was headed towards goal and the midfielder was at the back post to knock it in. Six minutes added on…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:17 pmGOAL! West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 – Rice It’s going to VAR it looks like he is offside…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:10 pmSPURS have managed to slow the game down and prevent West Ham from building momentum after their goal.Lucas Moura is coming off for Sissoko to sure up the midfield and defence. The Hammers are desperately trying to conjure up any sort of attack as they win a corner. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 2:01 pmGOAL! West Ham 1 Tottenham 3 – AntonioSomething for the home fans to cheer as the half-time sub turns Alderweireld and ripples the back of the net. He’s been their best player but Mourinho will be fuming that his side can’t keep a clean sheet. Could be an interesting next 5-10 minutes. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:58 pmYELLOW! Davies goes into the book. He’s barely put a foot wrong until now as he brings down Antonio when the striker flies past him.Kane then takes a ball straight to the face from a free-kick and looks slightly groggy. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:53 pm175 – Harry Kane is now Tottenham’s outright third highest goalscorer of all-time with 175 goals, behind only Jimmy Greaves (266) and Bobby Smith (208). Bronze. #WHUTOT pic.twitter.com/eqoVCVtzFM— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 23, 2019Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:46 pmSPURS going through the motions now with the game out of sight.West Ham are a side with no confidence at all and Pellegrini will have some tough questions to ask after this. There are more goals with Tottenham on offer if they want them. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:37 pmGOAL! West Ham 0 Tottenham 3 – Harry KaneGAME. OVER.Moments after Moura misses a sitter, Spurs make it three and it’s captain fantastic who heads it in. Winks sprays it to Aurier who whips in a brilliant delivery and the England superstar simply gets his noggin on it to give Mourinho his first three points. Roberto was rooted to his line. Spurs could run riot now.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:33 pmONE sub for West Ham as Michail Antonio comes on for Felipe Anderson… Antonio is going up front to partner Haller to try and put more pressure on the Spurs back four. Pellegrini needed to do something and Antonio has the potential to bully the centre backs with his pace. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:21 pmHALF-TIME! West Ham 0 Tottenham 2 Boos ring around the London Stadium with the home side really struggling against a rejuvenated Spurs. It’s the perfect start for Jose Mourinho as two quick-fire goals put the Portuguese boss on his way to his first win. Son opened the scoring before Lucas made it two just before half-time. It’s been fully deserved but something need to give for the Hammers.Pellegrini could be fighting to save his job after this…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:12 pmGOAL! West Ham 0 Tottenham 2 – MouraAlli does superbly to keep the ball in play and it releases Son down the left touchline. His cross is brilliant and right into the path of Moura who can knock it in the back of the net. West Ham are sinking without a trace but Spurs and Mourinho are buzzing. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:10 pmYELLOW! Fredericks goes into the book for a strong challenge on Son. Replays show he clearly won the ball but his boot whacks into his ankle. It looked painful but it seemed a fair challenge to me. West Ham have had two harsh bookings now. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:06 pmGOAL! West Ham 0 Tottenham 1 – SonIt’s the first goal in the Mourinho era and he celebrates on the touchline as that man scores his ninth of the season.But deary me, Roberto that was pretty poor. Alli picks up the ball in that space in front of the defenders. He simply plays it into the path of the South Korean who drills it past Roberto in goal. The keeper appeared to fall backwards as the ball rippled the back of the net. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 1:03 pmCORNER to Tottenham as Alderweireld’s header is deflected out for another corner. Another delivery is stuck right on the keeper and West Ham unconvincingly get it clear out of danger.Spurs turning the screw here…Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:57 pmBIG chance for West Ham as they break superbly. Anderson has space and he pulls it back to Haller who is unmarked. But the ball is played behind him and the big striker can’t bring it under control leaving Spurs to clear. It was a good opening for the Hammers.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:51 pmAURIER and Son do brilliantly to relieve the pressure and win Spurs a free-kick.They then move the ball forward and Son’s strike is palmed away by Roberto, not a bad effort. Lucas then has a half chance but his header drifts harmlessly wide. Chances have been few and far between so far.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:47 pmWEST HAM starting to slowly grow into the contest as they move the ball around with little attacking threat. It’s an all-English battle in midfield today with Noble and Rice verses Dier and Winks. I’m sure Gareth Southgate will be watching intently.Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:42 pmYELLOW! Diop is somehow gone in the book for a foul on Kane.But it was definitely Kane fouling him! Bizarre decision by Michael Oliver. The cross from the free-kick is not dealt with by Roberto – the West Ham stopper is a shambles from crosses. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:40 pmBETTER by West Ham as they work the ball well down the right. A cross is whipped in by Fredericks on the penalty spot but the header is straight into the hands of Gazzaniga. That’s given the fans something to cheer. Richard Forrester23 Nov 2019, 12:36 pmTOTTENHAM will be looking to test Roberto early on in the West Ham goal. The nervy keeper has conceded 16 goals in eight games including his nightmare against Burnley in their last outing. Spurs playing all the football so far, West Ham have barely had a touch of the ball. Load more entries…last_img read more

Tana Umaga wants answers from refs boss

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first_imgFrancis is expected to miss Friday’s match against the Chiefs at Eden Park due to concussion after copping an errant swinging arm from Stormers second five-eighth Shaun Treeby on the chin in the 47th minute.Speaking after the 30-22 loss which probably ends the Blues’ playoff hopes, Umaga said the team doctor confirmed Francis was unconscious as a result of the blow. The first-five was taken from the field and replaced by Bryn Gatland.Despite reviewing the incident and dishing out three other yellow cards, South African referee Jaco van Heerden and TMO Shaun Veldsman decided Treeby only deserved a penalty.Asked whether it should have at least been a yellow card, Umaga said: “From what’s happened in previous games you probably could say that. We made the right call bringing him off because he definitely was concussed. We now need to make sure he follows the right protocols in trying to get back and play when he can.”We’ve got to deal with the decisions that are made on the field. That’s what we talked about as a group.”We knew going into this game the South African referees had been giving away a lot of yellow cards, and cards in general, so we talked a lot about being disciplined and we would expect that consistency throughout the whole game.”Treeby is now almost certain to be cited but that does not help the Blues’ cause.Umaga made it clear he would approach Bray for an explanation.”I’ve got to go through the right channels in terms of reporting back – that’s what we’ll do to make sure we get some answers to some of the questions we have.”There were some tough calls that we felt went against us but that’s the way it goes. The Stormers brought a brutal intensity on defence and made it hard for us to build continuity in our game.”Blues wing Matt Duffie was sent from the field with 14 minutes remaining after being shown his second yellow card for diving on a player on the ground. Duffie’s first card came early in the match for repeated team infringements after the Blues conceded four successive penalties near their line.Earlier in the match the Blues scored two tries after Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth was binned for an open-handed push to the face of Akira Ioane.The loss to the Stormers is likely to have quashed the Blues’ playoff hopes, leaving them six points behind the Highlanders who play the Force in Perth on Saturday night.While defeat in Cape Town provided the killer and controversial blow, and the unfair finals format does them no favours, the Blues will only have themselves to blame for missing the finals after five losses to Kiwi opposition.”We always knew we had to win every game to be in contention. We obviously didn’t do that tonight. It’s disappointing but we’ve still got games to play and we want to make sure we finish on the right note. If we do get some results go our way you just never know.”We’ve created a lot of opportunities to win games against Kiwi teams but we just haven’t taken them. We’ve got to make good decisions when we get those chances because you don’t get many.”Francis’ absence for the Chiefs match is likely to see Gatland start at No 10, though Ihaia West and the uncapped Stephen Perofeta are in line to return from injury. Photo: Gallo (Blues coach Tana Umaga was frustrated no card was given for incident which saw Piers Francis knocked out).last_img read more

ORO PROVINCE GOVERNOR SUPPORTS KICKBXERS FROM ORO

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first_imgYesterday (24/11/2015) Oro Governor Gary Juffa presented K500 to each of the kick-boxers out of his own pocket to assist them with their personal expenses while on the trip.Governor Juffa, while presenting the cash to Alexander Worogop and Macklaren Hiari at the Holiday Inn gymnasium, said he was happy to promote sports for young athletes from his province.“Young people who refrain from bad activities and turn to sports should be supported at all times. They can become responsible and good leaders in future if they get the backing they need from the government and leaders like ourselves,” he said.Governor Juffa also wished them well as they take part in the competition, adding the support was small but it represented his gratitude and support for the young boxers.The team leaves for New Ireland today (25/11/15) to participate with other boxers from around the country.Picture by Nigins Tiptip.last_img read more

Compensation for violence must be eliminated

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first_imgThis is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.“We all come from many traditional societies, and we have traditional ways of dispute resolution – but compensation has never been one of them,” he says.O’Neill says eliminating compensation is a great challenge for the country however he says It is simply a matter on which we cannot afford to fail.“The goal set by UN Members, including Papua New Guinea, is not just to reduce violence against women and children, not just managing violence, not just focusing on violence – but the elimination of violence,” he added.He also says the country needs to make the elimination of violence against women and children a primary goal and a top priority in our country.last_img

US company to produce 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremonies

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first_imgThe organisers said the Boston-based business Jack Morton was contracted after a worldwide selection process.Committee spokesman Marcus Hill said the company had been operating in Australia for decades and was best-suited for the job.”They actually have range previous experiences have previously done the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,” he said.”We are also confident they will work closely with the local community, contractors, the arts and cultural fraternity to actually deliver something that really showcases the Gold Coast.”Queensland’s Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe declined to comment on the appointment.The Opposition said it was a slap in the face for Queensland and Australian businesses.The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4 to 15.last_img read more

National Women’s League revived

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first_imgThe forces behind starting the league are former women soccer players and individuals who are passionate about the sport. The all women board members comprise of Justice Catherine Davani, Jennifer Popat, business woman, Janet Sios; National Gaming Control Board chief executive officer, Imelda Agon, Dakan Doiwa and Richanda Kassman.The concept of the league is to develop a high-level women’s competition and to encourage clubs to develop a professional approach to administrating of the game. So far, preparations are underway behind the scenes to build an elite, amateur, competitive women’s national competition in the country.Papua New Guinea Football Association will provide K100, 000 to kick start the Women’s League while the Board will raise the rest.The board’s emphasis is on women’s football development as an important element not only in PNG, ultimately in the Oceania Region, but to address the many social issues we face.”Domestic violence, health issues, gender bias and access to education are sometimes limited but with increasing numbers of women participating in football we can address some of these challenges.The PNG women’s national soccer team has long held the status of being number one in the Pacific claiming four Gold medals and to compliment that status, we have to sustain the level of competition.”PNGFA president David Chung in his remarks during the meeting said the board should drive football for women in the country with the Premier League as the flagship.“The board is empowered under the regulation approved by the PNGFA Executive Committee and uses the regulations to develop football in all its aspects in administration, coaching and refereeing.”Chung encourages women to manage football themselves by coaching football teams and officiate in women’s league – PNG Football Association will assist within the technical areas but the women must come forward and offer their abilities to progress and promote women’s football.He further offered the availability of the PNG U20 Women Coach Lisa Cole, in her current capacity to offer assistance to the Board in technical capacity building in a way forward after the World Cup.He also stated that Kimbe Technical Centre is earmarked as the centre for women’s football development – from coaching, camps and anything regarding women’s football development.The board will have their formal meeting in the coming weeks to set out a roadmap to getting the League off the ground in 2017.last_img read more