ATHLETICS The National Sports Institute is preparing to host the first major domestic athletics competition of 2018 on the weekend of June 22 to 24. Teams from all over the Highland Region as well as Morobe and Madang are expected to travel to Goroka for the PNG Air Highlands-Momase Championships. A large turnout is expected this year as a result of the Schools Athletics Program being conducted by the institute and recent visits to Jiwaka and Chiimbu by NSI staff accompanied by Toea Wisil and Athletics PNG development officer Dior Lowry. APNG has three regional championships on its annual calendar of events, with Southern and NGI being scheduled later in the year. Championship coordinator Philip Kamane urged teams to respect the deadline of June 15 for the submission of entries which will enable the competition to proceed without any delays. A full range of events will be contested in the Open and U18 divisions and a limited number of Under 16 events. The Highlands-Momase provides a good test for athletes ahead of the National Championships which will be held in Port Moresby in August. Athletes who wish to be considered for the 2019 Pacific Games are expected to compete at their respective regional championships as well as the Nationals. Further details about the event may be obtained through email at email@example.com or by calling Kamane on 72620907 or Samu Sasama 70940680 Ends …di
Rugby League BY BENJAMIN KOITAKA The PNG National Rugby League board will decide on whether Goroka in Eastern Highlands will host any of its games starting next year. The competition manager Stanley Hondina (pictured) said the fate of Goroka to host any of its home games next season will be left for the board to decide. Hondina described the incident as isolated and a failure on the part of the games organizers to provide security on game-day. “It’s a wake-up call for Goroka franchise club to improve on that, if it happens to host games again,” Hondina said. “The game management was a bit of lacking with the presence of the police to safeguard the perimeters of the venue. “It’s an isolated incident but whatever happens next year is for the board to decide, as it would be premature for me to say cancel all the games in Goroka forever.” Hondina said he had met the National Sports Institute management and the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis franchise owner Simon Sia after the incident and Sia had agreed to meet the costs of the damages. “We had a meeting right after the game with NSI and Simon Sia to come to terms and the costs of the damage done and Simon Sia to pay for that. “Irrespective to that, the board made a decision that the remaining game (this year) shall not be played in Goroka. “It’s a dead and close issue but we are mindful of the passion they have (for rugby league). Hondina said the incident happened a fortnight ago when Lahanis hosted the reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers in the round 8 clash that saw spectators set fire to a bush material (kunai gras) house inside the vicinity of the venue as the game was underway. He believes it was frustration caused by some of the spectators who were denied entry because games organizers were only allowed to let 500 people to enter the arena.
A woman was hit by a pick-up truck in La Follette just before 7 pm Monday night. Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Pack explains that a woman was crossing East Central Avenue at Indiana Avenue walking toward Cross-Smith Funeral Home. She was hit by a pick-up truck and is suffering injuries to her feet. The woman was transported by ground to a Knoxville Hospital. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/03/2018-7:45PM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Clinton’s South Florida visit boosts Democrats confidence Dr. Garth A. RoseSeveral Caribbean-American registered voters said their confidence in voting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was buoyed by her campaign stop in South Florida on Tuesday.On a two-day visit to Florida, Clinton visited the Borinquen Health Care Center just outside the Wynwood area where her campaign headquarter is located, and the area labeled as ground zero for the Zika virus outbreak in Miami-Dade County. Later, she traveled to Davie in Broward County where she stopped at the campaign office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman- Schultz, recently replaced chair of the Democratic National Committee. Wasserman-Schultz is also in a primary campaign challenge for the first time in 24 years, from fellow Democrat Tim Canova for her District 23 congressional seat.Neville Lawes, a Caribbean-American resident in Miami and a volunteer for the Clinton campaign, said he was “encouraged” that “Mrs. Clinton did not come to South Florida primarily to address the usual over-crowded campaign rally, but to meet with the people in the area and express genuine concern about the problems arising from the Zika outbreak.”Speaking at the health center, Clinton urged leaders and members of the U.S Congress who are currently on a seven-week vacation, to reconvene as a matter of emergency to address the Zika Virus crisis in South Florida.Like most South Florida political leaders, Republican and Democrats, Clinton expressed her disappointment that “Congress went on recess before actually agreeing on what they would do to put the resources into this fight.”Several Caribbean-Americans in the Miami area have joined the Clinton campaign as volunteers and like Lawes, were excited about the candidates visit to the city. “Imagine, the election is still months away, and already she acts presidential,” commented Birdie Phipps.Clinton’s visit to Wasserman-Schultz’s campaign office in Davie, caught people like Roma Binns by surprise. Binns was in the vicinity of the campaign office at a shopping center on Griffin Road, when she saw a motorcade of black SUV’s approaching, and people being very excited. Enquiring, she learned that it was the Democratic presidential nominee visiting “and naturally lingered to see and hear her speak.”Speaking to a group of some 60 people, Clinton was unabashed in her support for Wasserman-Schultz in the August 30 primary elections, urging them “to do everything to ensure she wins.”While a national poll appearing on Tuesday had Clinton leading Republican Party presidential candidate, Donald Trump, by only one percentage point, a local poll conducted two weeks ago showed strong support, 55 to 43 percent, for Clinton, in South Florida.In the March 15 Democratic primary involving Clinton and her former rival, Bernie Sanders, the former Secretary-of-State, won 68.1 percent of the votes in Congressional District 23 that includes a long swath of South Florida, running north from Martin County, south to Broward County.Although Sanders publicly declared his support for the Clinton campaign at last month’s Democratic Convention, his influence remains in the District 23 primary election, as he has endorsed Wasserman-Schultz challenger, Canova.Clinton also told the group at Wasserman-Schultz campaign office that after they finish “securing Debbie’s victory” on August 30, she’ll need them to take a few days off then put their effort in her presidential campaign. Binns said after seeing and hearing Clinton “up front” she definitely will be actively campaigning for her “up to Election day.”
LONDON, CMC – World number one Twenty20 bowler Rashid Khan is among three more players confirming their participation for the ICC World XI in the Hurricane Relief match against West Indies at Lord’s next month. The 19-year-old Afghanistan star, who helped propel his side to the capture of the ICC World Cup Qualifying title in Zimbabwe last month, has been joined by the Bangladesh duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.England’s Eoin Morgan will captain the World XI in the May 31 fixture which will raise funds for five stadiums in the Caribbean damaged by dangerous category five Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.Rashid Khan said it was an opportunity for the cricketing world to give back to the culture that had provided the sport with so much. “It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket’s oldest and most loyal members,” the leg-spinner said.“I don’t think it will be incorrect to say that a number of cricketers from this and previous generations were inspired and attracted to cricket due to the heroics of the West Indies sides of the 70s, 80s and 90s.“And if the West Indies are now looking upon us for help, then there shouldn’t be a hesitation for even a second.” Rashid has taken 139 wickets from 96 Twenty20s and 100 scalps from 44 One-Day Internationals, and lies second in the ODI rankings.Tamim, meanwhile, has been successful across all formats, and will be one of the attractions at the upcoming contest.The left-hander has scored 4 585 in 167 T20s and belted two hundreds, and also averages 38 from 54 Tests and 34 from 179 ODIs. “The West Indies’ contribution to the global game is unmatched and unparalleled, and if the cricket fraternity can get together to play a small role in the rebuilding of their damaged venues following last year’s hurricanes, then this is a very small price with hugely positive results,” Tamim said.“Playing at Lord’s is itself a great honour for any cricketer. My only international appearance there was in 2010, so I look forward to reliving those memories. Playing with and against some of the best cricketers of this era will only make this occasion better and more memorable.”His teammate Shakib is the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and third in T20Is, and has also taken 299 wickets from 259 T20s while scoring 4 000 runs. The Windies will be captained by Carlos Brathwaite and includes superstars Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Anthony Bramble’s second first class hundred underlined Guyana Jaguars’ dominance, and a late strike by seamer Raymon Reifer left Barbados Pride with a mountain to climb in their third round match of the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday. The right-handed Bramble stroked an unbeaten 130 as Jaguars piled up a massive 548 all out in their first innings on the second day of the high-profile fixture at Kensington Oval.Reifer struck 75 while 20-year-old Sherfane Rutherford reminded of the reasons why he was recently snapped up in the Indian Premier League by smashing an exhilarating 54 from a mere 43 balls.To add insult to injury, Clinton Pestano and Veerasammy Permaul both scored 32 at number 10 and 11 respectively, as Jaguars rammed home their advantage against the star-studded hosts. In reply, Pride ended the day on 33 for one, after left-armer Reifer had left-hander
(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.Luke Jones finished Week 2 with an 11-5 record while Drew Forrester was 12-4 on his picks. Entering Week 3, Jones is 22-10 on the season while Forrester is 21-11. Official standings are based only on the NFL picks.Forrester correctly picked Kansas City to beat Philadelphia while Jones selected the Eagles to win the Thursday night game to kick off Week 3.You can listen to the full explanation of their Week 2 selections HERE and HERE.Texans at Ravens: Houston 24-17 (Drew), Houston 21-16 (Luke)Chargers at Titans: Tennessee 27-23 (Drew), Tennessee 24-17 (Luke)Browns at Vikings: Minnesota 20-10 (Drew), Minnesota 21-12 (Luke) Buccaneers at Patriots: Tampa Bay 22-20 (Drew), New England 24-16 (Luke) Rams at Cowboys: Dallas 24-21 (Drew), St. Louis 27-23 (Luke) Cardinals at Saints: New Orleans 38-17 (Drew), New Orleans 34-20 (Luke) Lions at Redskins: Detroit 30-22 (Drew), Washington 30-27 (Luke) Packers at Bengals: Cincinnati 26-20 (Drew), Green Bay 31-26 (Luke) Giants at Panthers: New York 27-13 (Drew), New York 24-20 (Luke) Falcons at Dolphins: Miami 17-13 (Drew), Miami 24-23 (Luke) Colts at 49ers: San Francisco 24-23 (Drew), San Francisco 27-16 (Luke) Jaguars at Seahawks: Seattle 27-0 (Drew), Seattle 24-6 (Luke) Bills at Jets: Buffalo 16-14 (Drew), New York 20-17 (Luke) Bears at Steelers: Chicago 23-14 (Drew), Pittsburgh 17-14 (Luke) Raiders at Broncos: Denver 30-17 (Drew), Denver 31-13 (Luke) West Virginia at Maryland: Terrapins 33-20 (Drew), Terrapins 27-21 (Luke) Towson at North Carolina Central: Tigers 40-17 (Drew), Tigers 45-13 (Luke) Morgan State at Western Kentucky: Bears 35-30 (Drew), Hilltoppers 24-17 (Luke) Annapolis at Glen Burnie: Gophers 36-0 (Drew), Panthers 31-13 (Luke) Susquehannock at Central York: Panthers 44-3 (Drew), Warriors 21-20 (Luke)
Villareal have booked a spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League (UEL) in style following their 1-0 home win over rivals Valencia in a Matchday 36 clash played on Saturday night.Mario Gaspar was the hero for the Yellow Submarines as he scored the only goal of the game with four minutes left to hand his side the maximum points.The win ensured that Villareal (57 points) book their UEL spot for next season despite staying in 6th place while Valencia (67 points) also stay in 4th spot with the defeat having already qualified for the Champions League next season.Matchday 36 Results:Girona 1-4 EibarAthletic Bilbao 2-0 Real BetisCelta Vigo 1-1 Deportivo La CorunaVillarreal 1-0 ValenciaRelatedSpanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”Matchday 38 Review (Saturday): Sevilla Edge Getafe For Final UEL Spot As Villareal Produce Mini Fightback Against MadridMay 20, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Barcelona Maintain Unbeaten Run With Villareal Thrashing As Sevilla Stun Madrid To Boost UEL HopesMay 10, 2018In “Europe”
How does an esports company get its footing? A simple question with an infinite amount of possibilities. Venture capital firm, Stadia Ventures is hoping to answer that for startups entering the esports space. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Stadia currently holds accelerators (incubators) for startups focused on traditional sports. During these accelerators the firm not only assists with financial investment but provides mentorship and business education to the emerging companies. While the accelerators are currently focused on traditional sports, the magnitude of interest in esports made it clear to the firm that replicating the same model for an esports accelerator was necessary.Tim Hayden, Co-Founder of Stadia Ventures talked to Esports Insider and said expanding to esports is a no-brainer:Tim Hayden, Stadia Ventures“In our sixth [traditional sports] cohort with 300+ applicants about 10% – 15% were actually esports.“The revenue numbers came out recently for 2017 and the entire sports industry plus sporting goods combined was about $149bn (£112bn) while the entire esports and video game industry was $147bn (£110bn). It’s literally happening under everyone’s noses without people knowing it. Two years ago we hosted a panel on the power of esports with 300 guests and it boggled their minds the power of esports and what’s going on in the video gaming community so it’s easy for us to just leverage that next piece. In a way, each of the companies we deal with all have the same business issues and that’s kind of what we’re seeing for esports as well.”Spring 2018 accelerator alumni Gamerz Arena, a platform for viewers to compete in contests across a variety of games for cash and prizes.As Stadia began to explore the idea of holding a dedicated esports accelerator the firm didn’t look to the west coast, the essential esports capital of the United States, but instead to Frisco, Texas.In partnership with LaunchPad City, the firm held a traditional sports cohort in the summer of 2017 and witnessed the esports potential growing in Frisco. Five years ago you may have heard of Frisco, Texas and thought nothing of it, especially in relation to esports and gaming. Now, as a city just 30 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth, Frisco is one of the largest growing cities in the United States thanks, in part, to gaming. Gearbox Software, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, and compLexity Gaming all call the city home and with a team in every major traditional sports league, Frisco and Dallas-Forth Worth is a prime area for new technology and innovation solutions for startups in sports and esports.Kedreon Cole, LaunchPad CityKedreon Cole, Director of Esports at LaunchPad City said: “People who consider themselves ecosystem builders believe that Frisco and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area will become a major esports hub that continues to attract top business talent and large capital investments in the space over the next few years.”The Stadia/LaunchPad accelerator will receive around 300+ applicants for the fall cohort and of those only 10 will be invited to Frisco for a “Shark Tank style” panel with veteran esports professionals and experts. From then, about five will be chosen to participate. The accelerator itself will last 14 weeks and aside from investing $100,000 (£75,300) into each company Stadia will provide business development advice, assist with market strategies, financial modeling and assistance from mentors to learn how to take their product to the next level.When the 14 weeks are completed, each startup “graduates”, but companies aren’t simply sent out into the world on their own. Stadia continues to support them with resources and mentorship after the accelerator ends.Hayden told Esports Insider no company really leaves the Stadia Ventures family: “I’m Italian so what we tell all of our accelerator companies ‘once you’re in the family, you don’t really leave [laughs].“Our goal is to get them to an area where they can move on to the next phase of their life. We have an entire alumni program that’s setup with a full staff and our network is always open to them even after graduation. We do road shows around the country where all the companies in our portfolio can interact. We’ve been around for about two and a half years and we’ve already had two successful exits which usually take around four to five years.”Esports investments are announced ever so often now, and there are still companies with potentially groundbreaking ideas looking to break into the space but without the capital or means to do so. As Stadia Ventures and LaunchPad City use the same model from their traditional sports accelerators in the past, the forthcoming esports cohort will be a welcome opportunity for these unknown companies. Who knows, the next big esports company might just emerge out of this very program.
Ghana defender John Pantsil made his debut for Leicester City on Saturday, three weeks after joining the English Championship side.The right-back was released by Premier league side Fulham at the end of last season which prompted his move to Leicester.A work permit issue ruled him out of the Championship opener against Coventry last week.He missed the midweek Carling Cup tie at Rotherham as he was away on international duty with Ghana.But he played the first game for his new club on Saturday as they lost 2-0 at home to Reading.Pantsil played the entire duration of the game at the King Power Stadium.