​20 women across Pacific to undergo training

first_imgThe event aims to develop skills through sports to directly impact lives of young women and girls in their communities.Cricket Australia, Netball Australia and the International Cricket Council have joined forces to offer an exciting leadership opportunity for their female counterparts throughout the Pacific Islands. The program will, for the first time, bring together female leaders from across the sports sector from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.It aims to promote an increase in the number of women moving into leadership roles in sport and other sectors. Applicants include women working in provincial governments, national sporting bodies, provincial sporting bodies and women who are volunteers of their sport as well as paid employees.The Pacific Women’s Sport Leadership program will provide a targeted, high quality professional development opportunity for women through sessions designed to equip them to collectively address the challenges facing women in sport in the Pacific. The leadership program is a joint initiative of the International Cricket Council, Cricket Australia and Netball Australia, made possible through the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnerships Innovation Funding.The program has been designed and delivered in partnership with Conversant, a professional training and communications company.The 20 Pacific women participants of the program are:Mherina Ahmed (Fiji), Berth Bade (PNG), Filoi Eneliko (Samoa), Lepa Fa’aiuaso (Samoa), Susan Komang (PNG), Grace Wilson Michael (PNG), Maryann Moss (Fiji), Cathy Neap (PNG), Rutha Meu Omenefa (PNG), Brenda Ribauw (Nauru), Lua Rikis (PNG), Nynette Sass (Samoa), Ruta Schwalger (Samoa), Salote Sisifa (Tonga), Siteri Tadrau (Fiji), Shareena Tanabi (PNG), Sulueti Tarasomo (PNG), Peti Tupouniua (Tonga), Sarai Vaofauna-Stephens (Vanuatu) and Lavenia Yalovi (Fiji).The 5-day program will run from the 5th to the 9th of December, in Port Moresby.last_img read more

Chang hopes CAC silver boosts fencing in JA

first_imgBARRANQUILLA, Colombia: Caitlin Chang is hoping her historic silver medal win in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games women’s individual fencing competition, epee, will boost Jamaica’s chances in the team competition. “We’ve the team event coming up on Tuesday. I’ve taken a lot of confidence from this medal today and to hopefully bring what I got today in the individual event to the team event and the team is very important,” said Chang, who went down 10-15 to Cuba’s Jocelyn Cruz in the final. “In the qualifying competition we came second in teams and it’d be great to try to improve on that. Today (Sunday) has set me up well for the team event because I’ve seen everybody, I’ve seen how they’re fencing, my team-mates have seen how they’re fencing so hopefully this medal today and with the way I was fencing today we can take that into the team competition. For the team to win a medal as well, that would be the dream,” Chang admitted. There are actually three weapons in fencing – epee, foil and sabre – and Chang said she is not really interested in the others. “I do the weapon of epee and that’s a simple concept because the first touch, the first point, if you hit the person first you get the point. In the pool stage, which is the earlier stage we go to five points and in the knockout stage we go to 15 points. Fifteen points is lot more points and it gets a lot more tactical because people are changing up,” she analysed. “So you can be fencing someone, you’re winning three-nil and you’ve got nine minutes and they change up … So you’ve to change with it, if they’re adapting you’ve to adapt too. She had competed in individual competition on Saturday, along with fellow Jamaicans Ciara Moreira-Brown and Donovan Deans and pointed out that a lot of big names were involved. “There are some difficult people in our region, some of them are Olympians, one of whom I faced today in the semi-final, Maria Martinez,” shared Chang. “She’s a very good fencer and someone I actually look up to, so to fence her and beat her was a real big moment for me.” Chang continued: ”There were a lot of shocks in the competition today, some of the best people went out early, which was interesting. But that’s sport, anything can happen, which I’ve shown today with my medal.” Besides the challenge from opponents, Chang noted that one has to be constantly thinking in the game. “I have to say it’s probably more of a mental game, it’s a very mental game. People say it’s a physical game of chess; you’re constantly trying to set someone up to do something that you want to do and you’ve to try and take advantage of that. So you’ve to stay there, focus on the mind,” she explained. “It’s very tactical, it’s a very tactical sport, so that’s definitely the main thing. “Obviously, there speed as well, you’ve to use speed to beat people; they’re fast and you need to be ready, take an action if you’re ready to. Speed is very important, it’s speed, power and mental,” she added. The 25-year-old female athlete became the first Jamaica representative to win a fencing medal at an international Games. However, it was not Jamaica’s first fencing medal in international competition, as Alison Miller had won gold at the CAC Championship for fencing. When asked to comment on herself in a pioneering role, Chang said: “It’s strange to look at ourselves that way … it’s a really nice idea that I’m a pioneer, but hopefully what it’ll do is inspire other potential fencers in Jamaica; if they want to pick up a sword, if they think about fencing, but they’ve seen it now … and if it inspires then that’s something I’m really proud of and hope will make our federation bigger, I really hope that it makes more people think ‘oh, I really can fence’.”last_img read more

Relentless Creamline remains perfect after 10

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Troopers remained at fifth with a 5-4 slate behind the fourth-running PetroGazz Angels (5-2), but their repeat victory over the Red Spikers served as a big morale booster for the squad which came into the match reeling from a straight-sets defeat at the hands of the surging Air Force Jet Spikers.Honey Royse Tubino and Jem Gutierrez stepped up in the absence of Jovelyn Gonzaga, putting up 15 points each with Gutierrez adding seven digs for the Lady Troopers.PacificTown played without Gonzaga and coach Kungfu Reyes, who are with the national team vying in the inaugural SEA Grand Prix in Thailand this weekend.“We really needed to bounce back from that loss to Air Force,” said assistant coach Rico De Guzman. “We’ve been working on our defense and trying to develop our teamwork.”Ging Balse-Pabayo added 10 points while Alina Bicar produced 12 excellent sets for PacificTown Army, which beat Chef’s Classics also in straight sets in the first round on Sept. 7.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption PH, Malaysia square off Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LATEST STORIES Nieza Viray unloaded 15 points for the Lady Red Spikers, who fell to their ninth straight defeat in the season-ending conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A Creamline side that played without its foremost star on Wednesday found little trouble in dispatching of BaliPure, registering a 25-11, 25-15, 25-17 victory for its 10th straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jema Galanza took charge in the absence of the injured Alyssa Valdez, and Risa Sato foiled a couple of attacks that helped slow down BaliPure’s charge in the third while Kyle Negrito filled up the void left by playmaker Jia Morado as the Cool Smashers continued to pull away from the nine-team pack.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ A far second at 6-2, Motolite was trying to gain on Creamline against Air Force (3-5) at presstime.Galanza slammed in 13 attack points and finished with 16 for the defending champions, who will take a long break before resuming their sweep bid against the Air Force Jet Spikers on Sept. 29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4BaliPure slid to 2-8.Earlier, PacificTown Army survived a second set scare to rout Chef’s Classics, 25-11, 25-23, 25-17, and wheel back into playoff contention. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son View commentslast_img read more

Dawson Creek city council candidates tackle development pressures

first_imgRaymond Fromme: City council has to produce logical zoning and provide a functional infrastructure for our industry.- Advertisement -“Housing” of course, is market driven and I realize that some citizens will have problems to find affordable housing. The BC Housing Corp. is one venue to approach for affordable housing. Our building contractors have to think about this subject as well. Maybe it is not a good idea to build $500,000.oo houses. Why not scale down to a more affordable level. You can build a beautiful, functional house for $300,000.oo. Duplexes are more affordable as well and those are good rental projects. Citizens are able to lease a (basement) room to a temporary worker.Trina Commandeur: Gap consultation identified affordable housing needs during the last election year, even with Driver House Dawson Creek has failed. Three years later and there is a greater need for affordable housing. Right now there are families not sure where they and their children will live at the end of November, with affordability being the problem. Dawson Creek could also implement bylaws to ensure that there is a steady supply of affordable housing. Advocate to federal/ provincial governments to maintain a role in supportive housing provision in the community. Gap consultation indicated in 2008 that 500 affordable housing units would be a ‘good start’ towards addressing community need, and that those units must include a variety of options to meet different needs of households. Populations in need of affordable housing include single parents, the working poor, people on disability or social assistance, youths and seniors. National Housing Day is Nov 22. The responses from those who participated will be published over the next three days. In total, nine candidates responded. Mile 0 City News has not received responses from candidates James Bridges, Linda Winfield, Duncan Malkinson, and Cory “Grizz” Longley as of yet, but their responses will be added if received before Friday. Mile 0 City News was unable to confirm email addresses for candidates Miles Mortensen and Charlie Parslow, but attempts will be made to follow up with them. Trevor Allaby: Council should be trying to arrange for a variety of developers to come into Dawson Creek. As a community we could work at attracting companies that build nursing homes, but at the same time we need to be sure that we have the infrastructure in place to be able to quickly service any new homes and/or buildings. Shaely Wilbur: It is important that the City knows the needs of our Seniors and fixed income families. This will ensure that the information can be passed on to and used to encourage potential developers. We have a serious housing issue and no one should be left behind. Sue Kenny: City Council has to continue to do as it has been doing to promote affordable housing. This has been done through passing the Official Community Plan this year that promotes density building within the city. This meaning suites above garages, mother-in-law apartments, semi detached housing, duplexes and multi living buildings and smaller lots in general. The city needs to continue to work with developers to encourage multi unit affordable housing. Candidates were asked to keep their responses to each question to a limit of 150 words, but their responses have not been edited in any way. The responses to the questions will be published in the order they were received. The fourth question, and the responses to it, is as follows:   What should city council be doing to prepare for the expected boom in development in Dawson Creek, especially with regards to ensuring a diverse and affordable range of housing options?Advertisement Doug Ragan: Many duplexes and condominiums have already been constructed throughout Dawson Creek and further housing development is in effect in the northern area of our city. Some plans were also introduced for further development east of 3rd Street. Perhaps a new mobile home park would serve as a safety valve in case of a sudden influx of workers. Our Mayor has estimated 600 families to be expected to settle in Dawson Creek but I think those numbers are generous to say the least. Advertisement Mile 0 City would like to thank all of the candidates who participated for their time and consideration in answering these questions. Check back with Mile 0 City tomorrow for the responses to the fifth and final question. David MacDonald: The city needs to be working on something with developers to ensure that a percentage of all houses being built are for low or fixed income.  The city needs to also take a proactive role and start to look at trying to get more healthcare professionals we need to make sure we have a partnership with Universities and work with the NLC to ensure we get the interest of the graduates in these fields.  We have a lot to offer as a community now we just need to make sure we get the word out there and attract some of them to our City. Terry McFadyen: We are working on several fronts. our ocp to help with zoning.  availability now of in-law suites and carriage houses. Cheryl Shuman: The current council has worked to update our Official Community Plan (OCP) that will see future development increase the density of our city as it grows. The OCP recognizes a diverse variety of housing options that when developed will increase the number of units available as well as a variety in the cost of those units. It is City Council’s role to make sure that the developers are able to move through the permitting process in a timely fashion, which may mean allocating sufficient funds to the appropriate city departments or making sure they are available for Special Meetings to move a developments forward. Council is also responsible for advocating to higher levels of Government for social housing options needed in our community. I am committed to supporting groups that provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. last_img read more

Chance of showers or flurries this Halloween

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Meteorologists with The Weather Network are calling for a fairly decent weekend ahead of Halloween, but that trick-or-treaters may have to bundle up next Tuesday.Meteorologist Dayna Vettese said that the forecast for the Fort St. John and surrounding area is calling for a decent weekend, with no precipitation expected. She said that area residents heading out to Halloween parties this weekend will likely need a sweater getting to and from any events.On Tuesday, Vettese said daytime highs will be hovering around the 5 degree area, and will dropping to around the freezing mark by the time trick-or-treaters begin making the rounds. She added that there is a chance of an isolated shower or flurry during the later hours of the evening.- Advertisement -Looking further ahead Vettese said that the weather pattern is expected to change, with a big drop in temperatures during the first week of November. She explained that a mass of cold air is expected to move down from the Arctic, extending from Northern B.C. through to southern Manitoba. That cold air will bring daytime highs closer to -5 degrees, with colder temperatures at night and a risk of more flurries.Vettese added that this weekend will likely be the last chance of above freezing temperatures for at least the next few weeks.last_img read more

David Dunn appointed permanent Oldham manager

first_imgFormer Blackburn and England midfielder David Dunn has been appointed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic.The 35-year-old joined the League One side as a player in the summer and signed a one-year contract.However, following the sacking of Darren Kelly in September, Dunn was placed in temporary charge and he has now been given the job on a full-time basis.“Everyone at the club has been very impressed with the way David has gone about his business since taking over the reins on an interim basis,” chairman Simon Corney told Oldham’s official website.“His dedication, hard work and exacting standards have already had a positive effect on the club and the way he has approached the role has made it impossible for us not to give him his chance. “We believe his ambition, skills and positive influence will be pivotal to the club’s progression.” 1 New Oldham manager David Dunn last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Mauricio Pochettino says poor form counts for NOTHING against Arsenal

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side’s run of poor form will count for nothing when they take on north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday.Listen LIVE to exclusive national radio coverage of Arsenal v Tottenham on Sunday with talkSPORT.Spurs are without a win in their last six games across all competitions and arrive into the local derby having suffered another disappointing Champions League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.But Pochettino feels that his players will relish the challenge of facing an in-form Arsenal at the Emirates.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT’s Paul Hawksbee, the Spurs boss said: “I always like a tough game and when you play this type of game. From my point of view, it doesn’t matter what type of moment you’re in when it’s a derby, and you’re focusing on beating your enemy.”Harry Kane has been included in the squad after returning from an ankle injury, which has kept the England international out of action for more than six weeks.Spurs have enjoyed mixed success during his absence, with Heung-min Son and Vincent Janssen contributing three goals between them across five league games, picking up two league wins in the process.And Pochettino fears his forward options are feeling the strain of replacing the club’s leading goal scorer for the past two seasons.“It’s about the mental state in a bad moment. When you’re in the last third you are a little bit scared – because football is about emotion – and when the emotion is not right, you always try to think too much.“It’s not about the thinking in football; it’s about how you act, behaving spontaneously and believing in your skill. We are in a moment where we try to think too much and try to do the right things, the right actions, and find the right positions to score.“In football, [you] must anticipate the action of the opponent and in the last third we need to be more spontaneous and not think too much.”During his time in LaLiga, Pochettino oversaw three derbies against Barcelona while he was the manager of Espanyol. Against the odds, Pochettino enjoyed relative success against the Catalan giants, losing only once in the league.Pochettino has yet to suffer defeat against Arsenal in the top flight with Spurs and feels his side can compete with their north London neighbours for major honours.“Tottenham is a massive club, one of the biggest clubs in England,” Pochettino said.“You can feel we are in the same level – it’s completely different. For me, not only because I am now the Tottenham manager, I can feel our fans are behind us and it is unbelievable. It’s a massive club; you can appreciate that in Wembley with 85,000 people there.Back in 2006, Arsenal and Tottenham contested one of the most keenly fought derbies in recent memory as the then Spurs manager, Martin Jol, and Arsene Wenger almost came to blows on the touchline.The two sides were involved in a race to qualify for the Champions League as Spurs threatened to shake up Arsenal’s hold on north London. The Gunners eventually pipped Spurs to fourth place, but the sides have gone onto enjoy a much closer rivalry since that season.But Pochettino declared his admiration for Wenger ahead of the clash on Sunday and believes a respectful rivalry is a healthy one.“We have a very good relationship – not friendly – but I respect him a lot. We have a very good relationship with Arsene and his coaching staff, very cordial, we respect each other and that’s a very good thing.”last_img read more

El Bakhtaoui bags first Dundee goal in draw with Killie at Dens

first_imgHowever, Killie equalised in some style just after the half-hour mark. Adam Frizzell’s deep cross from the right picked out Coulibaly and he spectacularly sent an overhead kick back across Bain and into the net from 12 yards. Dundee attempted to regain the lead and just before half-time, Kevin Holt saw his drive go inches over Jamie MacDonald’s crossbar. Soon after the restart, Wighton was put clean through on goal by Paul McGowan only to see his shot saved by MacDonald, and the Killie keeper also thwarted him from the rebound. The home side remained on top with El Bakhtaoui unleashing a drive from outside the box which flew past MacDonald’s post. Then after 82 minutes, Dundee centre-back Gomis was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Killie substitute Adams who had to be taken off on a stretcher. Despite their best efforts to force a winner late on, Dundee had to settle for another share of the spoils. Dundee remain without a home win in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership as they were held to a third consecutive draw by Kilmarnock. Paul Hartley’s side raced into an early lead through Faissal El Bakhtaoui after seven minutes before Souleymane Coulibaly’s stunning overhead equaliser on 32 minutes levelled matters. The Dark Blues were forced to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men after French defender Kevin Gomis was shown a straight red card for a rash tackle on substitute Charlee Adams as their Dens Park hoodoo continues this season. Dundee made two changes from the side which had drawn away to Motherwell before the international break. On-loan Celtic attacker Michael Duffy and Danny Williams dropped out so in came Craig Wighton and new signing Tom Hateley. But it was the visitors who began brightly and, four minutes in, captain Steven Smith flighted a free-kick into the box and Kris Boyd’s header was gathered by home goalkeeper Scott Bain. Three minutes later Dundee took the lead in simple fashion. Hateley took advantage of a dead-ball situation and his low free-kick eluded the entire Killie defence to allow El Bakhtaoui to make it 1-0 with a neat finish from inside the six-yard box. It was the Frenchman’s first goal since signing in the summer and gave the hosts some an early lift. There was not much more goalmouth action until almost the half-hour mark when Luke Hendrie’s cross was met by Boyd, but the striker’s volley went just wide of the post. last_img read more

Neil Lennon: We know we need to improve Hibs squad

first_img“From the end of last season, with the (Jamie) Maclarens, the Scott Allans, the (Brandon) Barkers of this world, we haven’t been able to replace them just yet but it is a work in progress. “There are a lot of clubs in the same boat but I am really proud of the squad and starting XI and the guys who came on (against Asteras) to make a contribution against a very good side. “It could have been more, but the character and quality of football was very good.” Although Lennon is looking to improve the depth of his squad, Hibs were still able to influence the game against Asteras from the bench with the Hibs boss forced to watch from the stands as part of an ongoing touchline ban. Neil Lennon has admitted his Hibernian squad is “short on quality” as he seeks to replace several first-team players who departed at the end of last season. The club has seen Dylan McGeouch leave on the expiration of his contract, while John McGinn has been the subject of three bids from Celtic and Lennon has seen several key players from last season’s success leave at the end of loan spells.On Thursday night, Florian Kamberi scored a dramatic winner in stoppage time to ensure Hibs defeated Asteras Tripolis 3-2, but he and Stevie Mallan remain the only outfield signings made at Easter Road this summer, while striker Lennon runs the rule over trialist Ivan Lendric. “We are short of quality and we know that,” he said. David Gray came on at half-time to provide more balance to the defence, with Steven Whittaker making way and Vykintas Slivka moved into a more familiar position in midfield, and the full-back responded with a goal to pull Hibs level. That forced Mallan into a deeper midfield position and Lennon was pleasantly surprised by how well he adapted in a second half that his side dominated. He said: “We got Mallan, McGinn and Slivka in midfield. “We had to go for broke at 2-0 down and we hadn’t seen Mallan play in the holding position before – we always he was more of an attacking type, but it suited him and suited us.”last_img read more