Weightlifter Morea Baru eyes Rio Olympics

first_imgBaru will have to qualify on merit at the Australian Open International at Brisbane in March which is also an Olympic qualifying event.Baru failed to qualify on merit along with sisters Dika and Thelma Toua at the 2015 Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Championships held at Pune, India in October.The trio each won bronze in their events.In November, the three athletes also failed to qualify at the 2015 World Championships held at Houston, United States in November.Oceania was represented by Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, American Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Guam, Kiribati, Palau and Nauru.PNG Weightlifting Federation president Sir John Dawanincura said if Baru does well then he will qualify on merit for the Rio Olympics and we will need to qualify only one female during the Oceania titles.However, if Baru fails to qualify then PNG will have to go through the Oceania Championships from 23-28 May in Fiji to qualify only one male and one female.Baru, who won a gold medal in the 62 kg category at the recent 2015 Games lifting 121kg snatch, is training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia under coach Paul Coffa.last_img read more

Lady Eagles, Tigresses eke out tough wins

first_imgMOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Greatwich assumes new role with Azkals LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Ateneo held on to second spot after surviving Adamson, 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Lady Eagles streaked to their fourth straight win for an 8-3 record and foiled the Lady Falcons’ bid to force a tie with National University, which lost in the opening game, in fourth spot.Adamson slid to 5-6.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ On the brink of defeat, Ateneo came back from seven points down, 22-15, in the fourth set and frustrated Adamson, which is in a crucial run for a Final Four berth, to force the decider.“Every time coach Tai [Bundit] calls a timeout, he just tells us to be happy and we need to play happy because if we don’t we’re going to lose for sure,” said captain Maddie Madayag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEarlier, University of Santo Tomas continued its hunt for a Final Four spot after trouncing struggling National U, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-9.Recovering from a slow start, Sisi Rondina and the Tigresses simply took the air out of Jaja Santiago and the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth set en route to avenging their first-round loss.The Golden Tigresses have won two straight—their first time to win consecutive games this season—to rise to 4-7 and keep their hold on sixth place.The Lady Bulldogs’ fourth consecutive defeat pulled their mark down to 6-5. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

The Art of Survival: Slowing Down

first_imgSurvival during war times is usually seen as “survival of the fittest” or “only the strong survive”. Our recent Ebola war has proven that very fit and very strong people may not survive. And so, in Liberia, Survival has come to mean more than physical strength. In the year of the Ebola crisis, Survival meant learning new health and hygiene practices. Liberians who survived also learned to listen, to wait, and to be patient with others. In order to survive, we learned to Slow Down.Someone may say, “How can Liberians afford to slow down anymore? We just took 5 years to pass a decent work bill”. Slowing down, in this sense, does not mean stalling, blocking, or constipation.But then again, the Ministry of Education made a rescheduling proposal and hundreds of people burst into a rushing, panic reaction that could threaten our peaceful Survival.Slowing down could mean waiting, resting, or pausing. Slowing down should mean listening, patience, and breathing. Let’s learn the Art of Survival.Art, Beauty and Balance are bound together so closely, they define each other. Here is a famous list of beautiful and balanced slowing down techniques to help us learn the art and survive.• Do one thing at a time• Do it slowly and deliberately• Do it completely• Do less• Put space between things• Develop rituals• Designate time for certain things• Smile and serve others• Make cleaning and cooking become meditation• Think about what is necessary• Live simplyThen listen, be patient, and breathe before reacting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another bombing near Tomslake

first_imgThe RCMP is expected to have more to say at a news briefing, to be held shortly at the Dawson Creek detachment. Another suspected oilpatch bombing targeting a well head site owned by Calgary-based Ecana Corporation, has been reported in the South Peace. A news release this morning from the RCMP said, a metering shed at the site near Tom’s Lake has been partially destroyed.There have been no injuries reported and there was no gas leak, as a result of the blast. – Advertisement -The damaged shed was discovered yesterday by gas line workers and if confirmed, it will be the fourth deliberate blast at an Ecana site in the same general area, in less than three months. In the meantime, the Mounties are once again seeking public information, at their dedicated tipline which is 1-866-994-7473 or online at www.dawsoncreekbombings.com. Advertisementcenter_img In addition, for those who choose to remain anonymous, they’re also taking calls at the toll free crime stoppers number…1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: A little luck for Lancers

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Megan Meyer called it a “lucky” goal. But at the end of a regular season that saw the Thousand Oaks’ girls’ soccer team go winless in its first two Marmonte League games and coach Geoff Raives serve a nine-game suspension, the Lancers were due a little good fortune. Senior Katie Coulas, a central figure in Thousand Oaks’ 2005 run to a league co-championship – sharing the title with Royal – helped swing the momentum back in the Lancers’ favor midway through the second half, leading to Birgel’s free kick. “No matter what happened we felt like we were going to score,” Coulas said. “This is the most amazing feeling ever. When the whistle blew, I was just looking for the first person to hug.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Meyer tucked a 16-yard volley off Alyson Birgel’s free kick inside the right post in the 72ndminute, and junior goalkeeper Laura Brain held off a late surge by Royal of Simi Valley to lead host Thousand Oaks to a 1-0 victory, clinching an outright league title. “I barely got my toe on it,” said Meyer, who helped the Lancers (18-4-3, 10-1-3) go unbeaten in their final 13 games. “But a goal’s a goal.” center_img With the barrage of first-half shots the Lancers had against Royal senior goalkeeper Nicole Padilla, it appeared a goal would be inevitable. Despite playing with a broken finger and a sprained left ankle, Padilla finished with 10 saves, twice denying Michelle Cruz on breakaways in the opening 25minutes and coming through with several other timely deflections for the Highlanders (12-3-6, 8-2-4). “They’re a great team and their goalkeeper did a great job,” said Raives, who remained unbeaten in the 16 games he coached this season. All of Thousand Oaks’ losses came during his suspension for violating the SouthernSection’s association rule. “I thought we had a lot of chances to put it away in the firsthalf, but to Royal’s credit, they came back in the second half. But we wanted to show there’s a reason why we’re winning the league and it’s not because we tied.” Said Royal coach Scott Cameron, whose only league losses came against Thousand Oaks: “(My girls) have the biggest heart of any team I’ve ever coached. There’s no quit in them. We had our chances, but (Thousand Oaks is) a good champion. They’re worthy of a championship.” last_img read more

Transfer policy to be more relaxed

first_img“We want to work together on this. We are asking you to take a chance,” Sansone said. A survey of Castaic Middle School students taken last week at the request of the Castaic school board determined that 27 percent of respondents want to attend Valencia High. “We haven’t even begun campaigning to our seventh-graders. With a little work, those numbers could go up,” Sansone said. Sansone argued that open enrollment would inevitably lead students out of the overcrowded West Ranch campus, freeing up space for Castaic students. Hart Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said district staff would work to accommodate families, but he was unprepared to make major changes to the transfer policy. “I want to make sure what we are not talking about (is) open season here,” Castellanos said. “We cannot have an excess (of transfers) from one school to another.” Currently, district policy says students must get a principal’s approval for transfers, based on specific criteria. Transfer requests are usually due by spring break. However, because of the controversy over Castaic students, district staff is expected to report on enrollment numbers at the board’s March 21 meeting, when new deadlines for requests will be set. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Castaic residents inundated the board with protests, calling the decision rash. Most parents were still looking for a way to keep their students at the West Ranch campus, where most had expected go. “This has been a painful and taxing process … People feel betrayed, ignored and disrespected,” said Steve Sansone, a member of the Castaic Union School District board. Sansone presented a proposal crafted by the Castaic district that he said could alleviate the need to send Castaic students across town to Valencia. The plan would allow only Castaic students to transfer to and from West Ranch. Sansone also asked the district to encourage students at other schools to transfer to Hart and Golden Valley high schools, where there is more room. Finally, Sansone said, the Castaic community would commit itself to raising money for portable classrooms for the West Ranch campus. SANTA CLARITA – Under fire from Castaic parents upset that their ninth-graders will have to attend Valencia High, the school board has agreed to relax – but not discard – its transfer policy. The decision was made Wednesday night, when the Hart Union High School District board said it would would “liberalize” the transfer policy in an effort to quell criticism from the Castaic community. “We are trying to make things as easy as possible for this community,” board member Dennis King said. The Hart board decided on Feb. 21 that incoming freshmen from Castaic would attend Valencia High School for the next two years. Beginning in fall 2009, they would enroll at West Ranch, with the hopes of having Castaic High School built by 2010. last_img read more

Barcelona chief dismisses reports linking La Liga side with Man City striker

first_img1 Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero during their time with Argentina Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has dismissed reports Lionel Messi told him to sign fellow Argentine countryman Sergio Aguero.Barca ace Messi and Manchester City striker Aguero are due to face each other in their club’s Champions League last 16 tie, with the first leg in Manchester.But Enrique has told Spanish reporters that he is the only one who decides the club’s transfer targets.“Messi has never asked me for his (Aguero’s) signing,” Enrique said. “Messi does not ask for signings and it is false to say that he asked me to do that as head coach.”last_img

Sporting Lisbon offer Stoke target new contract

first_img1 Sporting Lisbon have offered Stoke target Andre Carrillo a new contract to stay at the club.Mark Hughes has been chasing the Peru international this summer and had reportedly met with the 24-year-old’s agent, however the Portuguese giants are reluctant to lose the tricky winger.Speculation over Carrillo’s future has increased in recent months given the fact his existing contract expires at the end of next season and Lisbon are not prepared to allow their star man to wind down his deal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Stoke were hoping to take advantage of the stalemate in negotiations but Lisbon are confident they can agree an extension with the former Alianza Lima hitman.Carrillo, who joined the Primeira Liga outfit in 2011, made 30 league apperances last term and hit five goas. Andre Carrillo in action for Peru last_img read more

Liverpool FC: mega emergency January transfer warchest for Klopp to deal with injury crisis?

first_img 6 Injuries have hit Liverpool hard this season and show no sign of relenting with Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Kolo Toure taking knocks against Stoke City in the League Cup.These new issues take the number of players on the Reds’ injury list up to 11 and may have changed manager Jurgen Klopp’s January plans.After the match, he said: “In this moment with no centre-back fit I would say it is a situation where we have to think about going into the transfer market,” he said.“Two weeks ago we had three centre-backs, that’s a good situation, at the start of the season we had five, now we have none.”So which players might the Reds move for? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out the latest Liverpool transfer rumours… 6 4. Jese Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – Liverpool were linked with the spritely Spanish starlet in December and, with Philippe Coutinho struggling with injuries, Jurgen Klopp could step up his interest in the player this January. Now 22, Rodriguez is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in La Liga and may be tempted to leave for first-team football. 6 6 3. Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) – Prior to Liverpool’s latest injury crisis, reports Jurgen Klopp could turn to former charge Subotic had emerged. Now, with a new issue on his hands, the German boss could bite the bullet and try his luck with a transfer bid. It’s unlikely to be successful but he might have just enough pulling power to change Subotic’s mind. With Liverpool hit by injuries, Jurgen Klopp could be forced into the January transfer market and Lorient’s Raphael Guerreiro is a reported target – read all about it, below, then click the arrow above to find out the latest Liverpool transfer rumours… – According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Portugal international. Several sides, including Arsenal, have already scouted the left-back, who can also play further forward. 6 6. Tiago Ilori (on loan at Aston Villa) – Jurgen Klopp could get a boost with one star returning to his team sooner rather than later. Centre back Ilori has yet to play a competitive game for the Reds or current side Aston Villa, despite impressing in the summer with Portugal’s Under-21s. The clubs are currently discussing the deal being ended early, freeing him up to feature for the Reds. 2. Joel Matip (Schalke) – It had recently been thought it was more likely Liverpool would move for the Cameroon star in the summer when he is available on a free transfer. Now, though, with injuries hitting Jurgen Klopp’s squad he could force through a transfer this month. 6 5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Unfortunately for Liverpool fans the club’s chances of signing the Bundesliga hotshot aren’t quite as good as they had thought yesterday. The Gabon striker missed training yesterday, causing a stir and making rumours about his future gather pace. Sadly, Dortmund revealed the player just had a ‘personal appointment.’ last_img read more

Pilot’s record-breaking attempt begins

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Aviation adventurer Steve Fossett shot down a three-mile runway in an experimental aircraft Wednesday and took off on an attempt to break the airplane flight distance record. Fossett’s lightweight, gliderlike airplane with a 114-foot wing span lifted off from a runway at Kennedy Space Center normally used for space shuttle landings. Its flexible wings lifted slightly upward once the plane was airborne. Fossett’s goal is a nearly 27,000-mile trip, once around the world and then across the Atlantic again, with a landing outside London. If successful, the 3-day trip would break the previous airplane record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, as well as the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999. He is using the same plane, the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, in his latest quest. Both ventures were financed by Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Mountain climbing was my original sport … and I’ve never tired from the satisfaction of getting to the top of a mountain,” Fossett said in a recent interview. A fuel leak Tuesday in Fossett’s experimental aircraft delayed his takeoff, but after a quick fix, the plane was ready to go again. Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, it became the first experimental airplane built by the private sector to take off from Cape Canaveral. During his 80 hours in the air, Fossett will take power naps no longer than five minutes each and drink a steady diet of nutritious milkshakes. His plane is equipped with a parachute pack holding a one-man raft and a satellite rescue beacon, just in case. Fossett already holds the record for flying solo around the globe in a balloon and for being the first person to circle the globe solo in a plane without stopping or refueling. That flight last year lasted 67 hours and also was hampered by a fuel leak. last_img read more