Touch Footy thankful for sponsorship boost

first_imgThe uniforms included caps, shorts, jackets, jerseys, tracksuit pants, socks, training bags and backpacks.These uniforms were used by the national male, female and mix teams at the 2015 Touch Footy World Cup in May where PNG finished fourth, seventh and third respectively.   Paradise Tailoring came to their rescue just two weeks before the competition.TFPNG secretary general Sesevi Lae thanked Paradise Tailoring for the sponsorship and said they had put in a lot of effort in trying to secure sponsorship for uniforms.Lae said Paradise Tailoring played a big part in their success as this kind gesture had boosted the teams’ spirits for a finish in the top ten out of 53 countries that took part.Paradise Tailoring representative Joe Kambian said they were proud to be a sponsor and associated with TFPNG.He said the success of the national teams was a great achievement following their gold and silver medals wins at the recent Pacific Games.Kambian pledged that they’ll continue to support TFPNG for the next five years.last_img read more

49ers’ Jarryd Hayne says moving to the NFL was like being ‘put out in the wild’

first_imgIn a lengthy interview, the 49ers player spoke glowingly about his off-season break over the Australian summer, the challenges of learning a new system under a rejigged regime, and revealed a recently acquired distaste for coffee.Quizzed about returning to his former NRL side as a spectator, Hayne said he was made to feel right back at home.”They are a very loyal fan base, very similar to the 49ers fans … they’ve been through some hard times”.”There was nothing but love. When I left they waved me goodbye – and when I came back they welcomed me with open arms.”Hayne repeated that the decision to switch codes – and countries – was driven by his faith, comparing his move to being “put out in the wild.””Every person in the Bible got put out in the wild. And God wanted to test their faith and see what they would rely on. And I felt like that, for me, was to come over here. To test my faith and who I am as a person.”What I was worried about is can I have the courage to make the first step? And that for me is success. Being able to push yourself places that you never thought you’d go”.Still unsure of his position – or place in Chip Kelly’s plans – the 28-year-old said he had been blown away by the way his story had affected the public.”I think why people responded to that so well is that you can use it in everyday life. I had so many reports saying ‘You know what you did encouraged me to quit my job and chase my dream. What you did encouraged me to lose weight for my family and push myself out of my comfort zone'”.”That really surprised me, because I didn’t do it for that.”The biggest challenge for Hayne in his second year will be getting to grips with a completely new playbook under the new management team.After his much publicised travails getting to grips with the plays in his rookie year, Hayne explains that in the 2016/17 season, a novel non-verbal approach has taken some getting used to.”I was laughing with my coach. Imagine if I had this playbook last year. There’s all these signals and that. It’s silent communication out there.”As the pre-season training gathers pace, Hayne feels like the muscle memory is coming along, and is ready to hit the round running: “You really need to be on your toes because there are a lot of moving parts.”It’s just about getting the body right and getting it rolling.”In the wide-ranging session, there was only one curveball – the star’s love affair with coffee is apparently over.”I think I’m off coffee at the moment. It’s just rattled me. I went home and it wasn’t the same. I watched something on Facebook about dairy, about what they do to cows when they’re milking them … so I’m off dairy milk at the moment” he explained.Hayne will be looking to muscle his way onto the roster for the 49ers’ preseason kicks off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara against the Houston Texans on August 15 (AEST).Picture: Clean slate: Jarryd Hayne is setting out to impress new coach Chip Kelly. Picture by Getty Imageslast_img read more

PNG leading Samoans 2-0 in first half

first_imgThirteen minutes into the game, PNG flanker Micheal Foster found an opening to belt a powerful right footy into the goal to lead 1-0.Samoans fought hard to cross into the PNG territory but faced a strong Komolong-brother combination that held them off the half-way line.Raymond Gunemba then bagged the second goal for PNG in the 32nd minute with a stunning dribble in front of the goal mouth, avoiding the Samoan opponents before slotting it behind the net for 2-nil.PNG Kapuls need more goals to be on the safe side to qualify as the next match between Tahiti and New Zealand will determine their fate in average goals scored.last_img

Opening Ceremony: ‘Rio is ready to make history’ as Olympic Games begin

first_imgPhoto:Rio2016.com That was the message behind a vibrant Opening Ceremony that heralded the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics.From supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s tribute to the “Girl from Ipanema” to the promise of an athletes’ forest to be planted after the Games, Brazil’s big night saluted the country’s past and pointed towards a greener future.A day of protests against the hosting of the Games gave way to a night of pageantry at the Maracana Stadium, albeit on a budget one-tenth the size of the equivalent in London four years ago.”These first-ever Olympic Games in South America will go from Brazil to the entire world,” International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told the crowd.”With the Olympic Games as a catalyst, you have achieved in just seven years what generations before you could only dream of. You have transformed the city of Rio de Janeiro into a modern metropolis and made it even more beautiful.”Our admiration for you is even greater because you managed this at a very difficult time in Brazilian history. We have always believed in you.”During his speech, Bach also paid tribute to the refugee team which will compete in Rio under the Olympic flag.”We are living in a world where selfishness is gaining ground, where certain people claim to be superior to others,” he said of the Olympians representing displaced people across the world. “Here is our Olympic answer.”President of the organizing committee Carlos Nuzman delivered an impassioned tribute to Rio and urged Brazilians to embrace the Games.”Our dream is for the Olympic city to be transformed by the Games,” he said. “This marvelous city is the perfect city. Let’s live our dream together and stay together when circumstances challenge us.”In the name of all Brazilians, I welcome the world. Rio is ready to make history.”Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer spoke briefly to the crowd to officially open the Olympics, but he was greeted by boos from a section of the crowd, reflecting the dissatisfaction of the Brazilian people with the government.The lighting of the Olympic cauldron followed, with the honor going to Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, a former runner who led the marathon at the 2004 Games until he was attacked by a spectator. He eventually finished third.Former tennis star Gustavo Kuerten brought the flame into the stadium and passed it on to ex-basketballer Hortencia Marcari, then De Lima took center stage.Reports earlier Friday suggested that football legend Pele was too fragile to take part.While the opening sequence of the ceremony included a nod to “Gambiarra” — the Brazilian talent for making something great out of almost nothing — public anger Friday focused on the level of spending on the Games.Against this backdrop, the ceremony’s director Fernando Meirelles — whose most famous work is the 2002 film “City of God” — was keen to spread a message of conservation.And despite describing the final rehearsal as a “disaster,” Meirelles and Games organizers will be relieved that festivities went off without a hitch.As if to reinforce the green ethos of the ceremony, it came to a close with a floral recreation of the Olympic rings.Prior to the 11,000-plus athletes parading into the stadium, it was revealed each of them would plant a seed that would form a forest at Radical Park in Deodoro, containing a different species for each of the 207 competing nations.Gisele threatened to steal the show when she strutted across the arena floor, with the world’s highest-earning supermodel admitting it was “the longest catwalk I’ll ever walk” in an Instagram post prior to the ceremony.”I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country,” she added. “I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.”The show is the work of 35,000 professionals and roughly 12,000 volunteers. It featured 12 samba schools and required 5,500 costumes.Brazil’s flag bearer was modern pentathlete Yane Marques, who led the home team into the Maracana to a rapturous welcome, with the hosts bringing the parade of nations to a close.The Russian team was led into the stadium by flag bearer Sergei Tetiukhin, who is on the men’s volleyball team.The 271 Russian athletes — out of an original entry list of 389 — who walked into the stadium were only officially cleared to take part in the Games on Thursday.The Court of Arbitration for Sport is still deliberating on several appeals from Russians seeking to overturn doping bans.last_img read more

Cornellà will be the first ‘cashless’ stadium in Spain

first_imgAs for the restoration, the fan can place an order from the point that suits him and whenever he wants, to later pick it up at the bar of the stadium you have chosen and without queuing. The application will also be used to acquire ‘merchandising’ from Espanyol, which can be searched in the official club store or received at home.“The purpose of the application is to facilitate many transactions to the partner. The RCDE Stadium will be a cashless stadium, Agustí Filomeno, marketing and commercial director of Espanyol, congratulates. “All transactions that may interest you, from consulting information to the opportunity of not having to carry cash because everything can be done from the application,” he concludes. At the end of February, according to Espanyol’s calculations, the Cornellà-El Prat stadium will become the first in Spain ‘cashless’, that is to say, an enclosure in which all kinds of operations can be carried out without carrying money, either in cash or on card. A mobile phone will suffice that you have downloaded the new official app of the parakeet club.With the collaboration of the bank that sponsors it, Espanyol will make available to its fans a novel way of entering the stadium, shopping or having a soda. The integrated wallet will allow it to be accessed without the need for a physical entry, and will even act as the official subscriber’s card, also in the event that it is transferred to a third party. Will be done through a QR code.last_img read more

Mallorca contacts Mateu Alemany and Toni Cruz

first_imgMolango, which has been dismissed on Tuesday, has served as CEO of Mallorca since January 2016. The Swiss announced a press conference explaining the reasons for his departure and left a “business is business “as parting. Mallorca seeks to replace the departure of Maheta Molango as CEO. As you can tell ACE, the Balearic club has contacted Mateu Alemany Y Toni Cruz to occupy a position in the board. Both are free, Alemany after agreeing to leave Valencia and Cruz when he was stopped by Las Palmas in 2018. To close around Germany, the Balearic would live his third stage in the club after having been president between 2000 and 2005 and between 2008 and 2010. In Majorca they keep a good memory of Alemany after winning the Copa del Rey in 2003. His last job in the world of football was as general director in Valencia between 2017 and 2019. Alemany also crowned his journey in Mestalla with a Copa del Rey and two consecutive rankings for Champions.Toni Cruz is another of the names with which he has contacted the Majorca. The sports director spent seven seasons in Las Palmas after being scouting and coach of the subsidiary.last_img read more

The day Mendoza kicked Antic out and ‘gifted’ the League to Barça

first_imgIn fact, on Sunday January 26, 1992 Madrid defeated, what is life, Tenerife in Chamartín (2-1). Despite the triumph, an isolated whistle was heard from that famous Bernabeu 7 Layout. In a terrible decision that Madrid would pay dearly, a day later Ramón Mendoza insisted on consummating his clumsy strategy: kick Antic and replace Beenhakker (then sports director) on the bench. For a server and the rest of the sports press guild, the matter had a greater scorn. That Monday, January 27, the Annual Press Gala was held, so all of our colleagues were in the act, which ended at the Joy Eslava disco. Suddenly a colleague with a radio stuck to his ear among the dance music of the time said: “Mendoza has fired Antic!”At that time there was no internet like now and the means of communicating the news, apart from radio and television, was in the written press. All running to the newsroom (at that time I was in El Mundo) and it was necessary to change all the editions at dawn, reaching the entire circulation of Madrid and some other capitals. Antic, sunk, told us that it was the decision that had hurt him most in his life. He was going to make that Madrid champion. Insurance. Fate punished Mendoza and ended up losing that League on the last day … precisely against Tenerife. This is how the history of the League that should have appeared in Radomir Antic’s curriculum is written. Rest in peace, friend. That Radomir Antic was a good guy, in the most literal sense of the word, is something that those of us who knew him personally can say. But For those of us who have been printed with the stimulus of the Real Madrid shield, all that remains is to give them words of thanks and apologies at the same time. First thing because he managed to reactivate the competitive pride of that Madrid of the Quinta del Buitre, which collapsed after conquering five consecutive leagues and having repeatedly failed in Europe. After Ramón Mendoza fired John Toshack and experimented with the Di Stéfano-Camacho tandem, the late president hired Radomir Antic for the white bench on March 22, 1991. That League ended with dignity and he earned the right to continue despite the fact that Mendoza had flirted with Sacchi and had praised Pacho Maturana. The dressing room and the fans were with Antic. Mendoza came to offer him a position in the technical organization chart of the club (in fact, he remained in the club, but in an office until the end of the season, because Mendoza did not want to pay him the compensation that corresponded to him), but Antic, in an interview in AS Color, was explicit: “I have earned my continuity.” So it was.The 1991-92 academic year started very well, with a solid, supportive and very effective game, as the Serb liked. Buyo behind was a wall, Rocha showed his best version behind, Hierro was a pichichi in the position that Casemiro now occupies and that Antic invented (he scored 21 goals!), Hagi was a devil upstairs and Michel and Butragueño seemed to recover their old splendor. Barça came to be eight points behind. But there was a sad current of opinion, which insisted on saying that Madrid won “without playing well” and that the Bernabéu “was bored” despite the victories. That was penetrating and Mendoza bought the harmful message.last_img read more

Nadal, to his students: “It is important not to miss the year”

first_img“I do know that they’re being onerous occasions for all the misfortunes which can be occurring, however it is time to adapt to the new occasions “, informed them. “It is important not to lose the 12 months, that in the distinctive state of affairs we make the most of the faculty 12 months in the very best approach “, inspired the 19 Grand Slam champion to the youngsters and households:” I encourage dad and mom to proceed supporting, there is no different selection however to be constructive ” . Rafael Nadal, who stays confined to his dwelling in Porto Cristo pending the resumption of the circuit, needed to ship a message to the college students, dad and mom and lecturers of your Academy. Inside it, is the Rafa Nadal Worldwide College the place you’ll be able to mix coaching with research. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCBDqX1z0Ww [/ embed]last_img read more

Racing closes the first Argentine transfer at the time of coronavirus

first_imgRacing Membership closed the first transfer of Argentine soccer at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, by sealing the move from Nicolás Oroz to Al Wasl of the United Arab Emirates.Regardless of not being in the consideration of the technician Sebastian Beccacece since his return late final 12 months since the College of Chile, the 26-year-old midfielder had a lightning negotiation and this Friday the medical examination shall be carried out to go to the Asian crew. The transfer shall be in the type of task, in line with sources from the Avellaneda neighborhood membership at a value of $ 200,000 and a purchase order possibility of 2,500,000 for 85% of the move that the Argentine membership has, whereas the remaining 15% belongs to the participant’s household.The previous participant of Chacarita and College of Chile He must wait till the flight restrictions are lifted and the opening of borders in Argentina is dominated to have the ability to be part of his new membership.last_img read more

Abdullah Al Thani: the adviser crusher

first_imgNot counting sports activities administrators, communication administrators (besides Víctor Varela) or corporations (instance BlueBay) Abdullah Al Thani has had a minimum of 17 advisers of all kinds and all manufacturers. Sturdy women and men, administrators and normal managers, advisers, jurists, administrators of Growth and Enterprise Space, a delegate and even a director of communication who went additional. Additionally a Technification Director. A bathe of vice-arms that the insatiable sheik knew little about as a result of in actuality his true trusted advisers had been … the tweeters who performed the ball.From waste to chaosOn June 12, 2010, it was realized that Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani was to grow to be the first Arab proprietor of a Spanish soccer membership., Malaga. On the 26th of that month, the buy of 96.8% of the titles held by Fernando Sanz was made official. Abdullah Ghubn, adviser to Al Thani defined that the worth was 36 million euros and assuming the chapter debt of 14 million, which was nonetheless pending settlement. A day later, the Extraordinary Basic Meeting formalized the change in workforce possession.Al Thani got here with a strong workforce of advisers. The aforementioned Abdullah Ghubn was Vice President and Chief Government Officer and Yasmin Al Shaoud, CEO, which meant the postponement of his predecessor on this place, José María Fernández Mochón. Jesús Nuño remained as authorized advisor and Julen Guerrero as head of a newly created Technification Division that lasted two Newscasts. Nuño was additionally short-lived.Glamor and waste had been the predominant notes of that first interval of the sheik. Málaga immediately went from having a funds of 26.7 million euros, second lowest solely surpassed by Xerez, to 75 million. Solely under Actual Madrid and Barcelona. The Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira was employed as a coach and sports activities director as a result of, in accordance with Ghubn, “we knew him from Marbella” Three-year contract charging 1.Eight million euros per season. He was dismissed on the ninth day.After the season, Al Shahoud left the membership attributable to disagreements with Al Thani and disagreements with Ghubn, who stated about her: “He supposed to cost greater than a footballer.” José Carlos Pérez stayed as a robust man, an skilled supervisor with a repute as a troublesome and efficient negotiator. After his dying on February 13, 2012 issues began to be totally different for the membership. Worse.The workforce had certified to play the Champions League after acquiring a historic fourth place. However the gamers had been with out cost for 9 monthsr and threatened a plant. Al Thani acquired out of the method and left the entity in the fingers of the communication director, Víctor Varela and Vicente Casado, Director of Growth and Enterprise Space. Then he would grow to be CEO. Varela, immediately vice chairman of Albacete, additionally left the membership. Vicente Casado can be dismissed in 2015 and with him his second on board, Manuel Novo. Kind of went into place Pedro González Segura as authorized advisor, however with energy (in principle) Amongst different operations, he channeled the switch of Amrabat to Watford for eight million euros that had been collected in money. It was not lengthy both.“I will likely be the eyes and ears of the sheik”Kind of round that point, Al Thani signed Belén Álvarez as an advisor (extra can be lacking!), An individual whose face on Twitter was generally known as an advocate / flatterer / translator of the Sheik’s messages who already stood out with the ‘cum laude’ license for spouting nonsense on social media. A lot devotion to social media captivated the sheikh. “I will likely be the eyes and ears of the sheik” declared Belén Álvarez in La Opinión de Malaga “. It solely took three months to sharpen these two senses.Fernando Hierro He was a normal supervisor, a charismatic determine who served as a sports activities director. He made some journeys to Qatar to attempt to intercede between Al Thani and a workers fed up with not getting paid. The sheik didn’t even obtain him. “I’m leaving as a result of I don’t really feel snug,” he stated. It was as much as Lord Al Thani’s hat. One other one. Ghubn, the scorer of IscoSurely the most peculiar of all this rosary of advisers / trusted individuals was Abdullah Ghubn. The Jordanian preferred high-end automobiles and good dwelling. He was additionally enthusiastic about soccer. One in every of his most memorable anecdotes was in the summer time of 2010 when he was on his technique to Malaga’s focus in Benahavís. The police stopped him and fined him with a grade change. A advantageous of 200 euros that he paid at the second with a blue invoice of 500 whereas saying to the stupefied agent of the authority: “Stick with the changeGhubn was the one who gave the order to pay the seven million clause of the then unknown Isco Whereas José Carlos Pérez was saying. However are you loopy? He was coiner of well-known phrases like “Malaga will solely promote for a trillion” or “Anybody who tries to break Malaga’s picture will not be going to have a very good time”. The one who didn’t have a very good time was him. By no means heard from him once moreShatat and his controversial signatureFrom right here we transfer on to the stage of Moayad Shatat, who additionally entered as vice chairman and CEO with powers. Not like Ghubn, he had no thought about soccer. He was the one who signed the well-known doc beneath which the lodge firm BlueBay was transferred 49% of the property of the sheik and the administration of the membership in change for managing an astronomical debt of 103 million euros. It was in 2013. Al Thani didn’t settle for that. He struck Shatat, denounced him the similar as Casado and BlueBay. Seven years later, the Justice gave the purpose to the aforementioned firm, who has been granted by judicial determination 49% of the actions of the sheik and the administration of the membership.Joaquín Jofre was the authorized advisor. He needed to do CEO duties greater than as soon as. I used to be effectively valued for The league as a result of nobody from the Spanish soccer affiliation trusted the Al Thani, particularly Nasser, who in the few occasions that he went, solely requested to carry him coffees … Jofre knew channel the sale of Ontiveros to Villarreal, very important for the survival of the membership and slowed all the way down to despair by the unbearable Al Thani. One other who was struck down.Shaheen, the most sinisterThe newest of the proprietor’s vice arms was Richard Shaheen. A personality as picturesque as it’s sinister who preferred to jog in La Rosaleda and that the workers take their repellent canine for a stroll. The primary determination made by José María Muñoz, the judicial administrator appointed by the choose after the dismissal of Al Thani, was to fireplace him, together with the canine. Carlos Pérez, son of José Carlos Pérez, additionally suggested him earlier than leaving for the United States on a LaLiga undertaking. Carlos López, who was a delegate, additionally helped him, acquired out of quite a lot of bother and suggested. In useless.José María Arrabal served as Director of Growth and Enterprise Space. Sensible government, grasp of selling and public relations with good phases at Actual Madrid or Doha. He left as a result of doing something is healthier than placing up with the sheik. He’s at the moment Secretary Basic for Sports activities of the Junta de Andalucía.Al Thani has additionally had exterior advisers. Legal professionals like Fernando and Bárbara Pérez Espinosa, LGL Group, or the Baker McKenzie regulation agency, journeys to London… .Continuous.And if we speak about sports activities administrators we would want one other chapter. Antonio Fernández, Mario Husillos on two events, Francesc Arnau or José Luis Pérez Caminero. Neither had a pleasant exit. Neither the communication administrators devoured by their enlightened method of operating a soccer firm. Extra advisers than soccer gamers. And in the meantime, Malaga was falling aside.last_img read more