Pukpuk trio play for Canberra club

first_imgPNG Pukpuk Sevens trio Billy Torea, Dondon Kais and Hubert Tseraha have been selected to play for the Uni-Norths club in Canberra for the whole season.The three who are currently part of the ACT Brumbies camp, played their first game on Saturday in the main ACT premier division.Meantime, it’s been a month since the six Pukpuk boys including Torea, Kais and Tseraha have been training with the ACT Brumbies and they have picked up really well.However speedy winger Henry Liliket will be undergoing an ankle surgery this week.Youngsters Butler Morris and Wesley Vali are well underway with rehabilitation under the guidance of Brumbies high performance and strength and conditioning coaches.The rest of the squad departed for Canberra on Sunday and now join the six in camp.Players Manu Guise, Stanis Susuve, Seki Sisah, Hensley Peter, Henry Khalua and Nathan Buruman finally travelled after their visas were sorted out together with PNG Men’s 7s head coach Fereti Verebula.The other six that have recently joined the team in camp will also be put in teams to play this weekend for match fitness.The Pukpuks have another month of training under the Brumbies before returning on July 1 to travel to Glasgow, Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

Parchment expects fireworks at trials – Olympic silver medallist expects fiercely competitive 110m hurdless

first_imgDOHA, Qatar: Hansle Parchment believes the track and field world could be in for something special at Jamaica’s Olympics trials next month, as he expects fierce competition in the men’s 110m hurdles. The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics followed by silver at the World Championships last year, is expecting fierce competition from the likes of Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley. McLeod burst on to the scene last year with some impressive times, before finishing sixth at the World Championships. The 21-year-old McLeod has gotten off to an even faster start this year, winning the World Indoor title followed by a new personal best clocking of 9.99 in the 100m. Fans will not have to wait long to see McLeod and Parchment match strides, as both men are scheduled to face the starter in tomorrow’s opening meet of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar. But it is next month’s clash that Parchment is really looking forward to, that’s the one which really matters. “Trials coming up is a stepping stone going forward into the Olympics and I am definitely looking forward to the competition,” Parchment said. “As we know we have some good guys coming up; Omar (McLeod) is there and (Andrew) Riley, just to name a few. “So it should be very interesting competition in Jamaica. I hope that we can turn a few heads when we compete at the trials.” Parchment is hoping with the emergence of such top level competition in Jamaica, hurdles will captivate the attention of local track and field fans and get the respect it deserves. “I have always said that hurdling is one of the better events, but just like some of the field events there is not so much attention given to it,” Parchment said. “People don’t really know who is hurdling, who is throwing or who is jumping most of the times, so we want to compete in such a way that people can see what’s happening in the hurdles. We want to raise the level of competition, so that people start talking about hurdling as one of the events to see.” With competition increasing in the event yearly, Parchment anticipates that youngsters will also start gravitating to the discipline more. As it relates to his chances at this year’s Olympics, Parchment is optimistic that once he stays healthy and focus he will do very well. “There has been one small setback, but other than that it has been a good season so far, especially in background training. I have done a lot more than I usually do, so I think I am on a good path,” Parchment said. “So once I keep working and keep the focus I know I will be good for the rest of the season.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Taft boys not in playoffs

first_imgThe City Section announced the pairings for the Championship Division playoffs Saturday, and, as expected, Taft of Woodland Hills was declared ineligible for the postseason despite its efforts to clear up questions regarding the guardianship and eligibility of Bernard Kamwa. Poly of Sun Valley appeared to benefit most from the exclusion of the Toreadors, who are ranked No. 2 by the Daily News. The Parrots (20-5), who clinched the Sunset Six League title Friday, received the thirdseed, the highest of any area team, and will open the firstround Thursday against visiting Washington of Los Angeles (18-11), which is seeded No. 14. “With Taft out, it shook things up a little bit and essentially bumped everyone up a spot,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “The road to the finals is a lot easier for all of us.” Coincidentally, Taft’s girls’ basketball team benefited from another recent City Section ruling and received the top seed. Last month, two-time defending City champion Narbonne of Harbor City was banned from the 2007 playoffs for using an ineligible player in 2005-06, catapulting Taft to the top position. The Toreadors (19-2, 10-0 West Valley League), ranked No.2 by the Daily News, have won an area-best 19 consecutive games. They will play host to No.16 Banning of Wilmington in a first-round game Friday. Despite boasting the only undefeated record in the City Section, Grant of Van Nuys (17-0, 10-0 Sunset Six) was awarded the fourth seed after playing a relatively soft league schedule. It did, however, post convincing nonleague wins over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (20-8) and La Canada (16-10). In addition to the apparent slight, Grant got a difficult first-round draw in No. 13 seed Crenshaw of Los Angeles. The Cougars (17-8, 8-2 Coliseum League) won a City title in 2003, and lost 47-43 to No. 2 seed Dorsey of Los Angeles on Friday. Provided Poly’s boys defeat Washington, they will play the winner of No. 6 Palisades (18-9) and No. 11 King Drew of LosAngeles (22-6). center_img After Taft’s boys were forced to forfeit six West Valley games, Chatsworth (19-7) ended up winning the league title. The Chancellors were awarded the fourth seed and will face No. 13 Gardena (12-8) in the first round. Sylmar (15-9), the Valley Mission League champion, ended up as the ninth seed and could have the toughest route to the title of any area team. The Spartans will play host to No. 8 Crenshaw (16-7) in their opener. The boys’ and girls’ finals will be March 3 at the L.A. Sports Arena. – Kevin Connelly contributed sean.ceglinsky@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!last_img read more

Datebook

first_imgWEDNESDAY Environmental challenge program, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Cost: $3. Call (818) 796-9426. Conejo Valley Days Carnival through Sunday, 5-10 p.m. (Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight, Sunday noon-8 p.m.), Conejo Creek Park South, 23 Freeway and Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Cost: $7 per person. Children under 6 free. Call (805) 371-8730. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Why Ramsey injury can be positive for Arsenal, according to fans

first_img1 Arsenal v Everton is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 24 October.Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will have to do without midfielder Aaron Ramsey for at least another month.The Welshman injured his hamstring during Arsenal’s 2-0 Champions League win against Bayern and is out until after the next round of international friendlies which begin on 13 November.“I believe he will be out until after the next international break,” Wenger said, meaning the earliest Ramsey could be available to play is the 21 November.However, not all Gooners are seeing it as a huge blow and believe it could mean a chance for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to grab a place in the first team… Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to replace Aaron Ramsey? last_img read more

Online fraud crimes soaring

first_img“The future is grim for innocent people,” Cooley said. “Electronic crime is the new thing that is out there. We are getting more and more crimes committed essentially over the Internet – people stealing money from someone else over the Internet.” In one of those cases, a Nigerian man was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison in connection with the largest case in county history. Oluwatunji Oluwatosin of North Hollywood, along with several co-conspirators, gained access to personal data stored in the national ChoicePoint consumer data network, prosecutors said. The conspirators opened more than 40 fraudulent ChoicePoint accounts and conducted 189,000 searches to obtain personal identifying information. In turn, they used that information to establish fraudulent credit-card accounts. The theft resulted in losses exceeding $6.5million. In another case, two people allegedly planted encoded card-number skimming devices in Arco am/pm gas stations to record customers’ debit card numbers and PINs, Cooley said. The information was then used to make counterfeit debit cards that allowed them to make unauthorized withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts, Cooley said. More than 7,600 ATM transactions were attempted, amounting to a loss of $1.4million, Cooley said. Sheriff’s Lt. Rocky Costa, project director of the Southern California High-Tech Task Force, said the cases can be difficult and time-consuming to investigate. “We usually don’t catch the really smart computer criminals,” Costa said. “We usually catch the dumb ones because the really smart computer crooks know how to hide their footprints, will take advantage of host Web sites, wireless networks and Internet cafes.” And Andy Bechtle, assistant to the special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Los Angeles and a member of the Electronic Crimes Task Force, said the schemes’ sophistication is increasing. “You’ve got everything from phishing scams to people using Internet chat rooms and message boards buying and selling credit-card information – which have been stolen from unsecured databases – to just your run-of-the-mill credit card and other types of electronic fraud,” Bechtle said. One common scheme involves cyber-criminals who send “spoofed” e-mails to lead people to counterfeit Web sites designed to trick them into divulging financial data, account-user names and passwords. “Be leery of the sites you are going to,” Bechtle said. “From what I’ve seen and the cases we’ve worked, putting your credit card online is a risky venture because you don’t know how all those private companies set up the security features on their databases.” One way to combat Internet or electronic-fraud schemes is to make sure computers run anti-virus software that is constantly updated. And users of wireless computers also need to be careful. “I don’t think the public knows how bad things have gotten,” said Kathryn Showers, head deputy district attorney of the High Technology Crimes Division. “For example, there is a practice called `war ganging’ where if someone has a wireless laptop, they can come and park outside your home, and if you don’t have a router on the system to protect transmissions, they can monitor what you are doing and use your IP address to commit crimes.” And Costa said the Valley retirement fund scheme is similar to a growing number of scams across the country. “What we’re seeing now is thieves who are able to tap into database computers, bank accounts, retirement accounts and stock-trading accounts,” Costa said. “We are starting to see thieves being able to cash our shares, move money into trade accounts and liquidate the accounts. We are starting to see those cases dot up here and there. “Apparently, they are figuring this out, little by little.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Employees at a small company in the San Fernando Valley thought their retirement funds were safely secured by a brokerage that managed the money. But in a sophisticated electronic-fraud scheme known as “pump and dump,” hackers got into the brokerage firm’s computer system and stole the employees’ nest eggs – hundreds of thousands of dollars worth. “They transferred all of the retirement funds from this liquid account to purchase stock,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. “They apparently jumped the price of the stock through this huge purchase, sold it, made their profit and moved on.” The case is just one of thousands under investigation as officials say electronic fraud is skyrocketing nationwide. The number of electronic-fraud complaints tracked by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has more than quadrupled since 2001, rising from 49,711 to 207,492 last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And the losses associated with those crimes have soared 1,000 percent – from $18million to $198million last year. The average loss per victim today? $724. But experts say that’s just the tip of the iceberg because many incidents are not reported. The FBI estimates businesses are losing $67billion annually to electronic fraud. “High-tech crime is the tsunami that is coming,” Cooley said. “And it’s going to get bigger before it gets smaller.” Identity theft also is soaring as criminals committing electronic fraud gain access to other personal identification in government and business databases. Nearly 9million people were victims of identity theft nationwide last year. Cooley, who recently added several investigators and prosecutors to his High Technology Crime Division, said he plans to ask the county Board of Supervisors to triple the size of the office to help combat the problem. last_img

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante played through illness in World Cup final

first_imgEver since arriving at Leicester City in 2015, N’Golo Kante’s performances have continued to astound critics the world over.From playing in Ligue 2 just five years ago, the France midfielder is now a two-time Premier League winner, a Ballon d’Or nominee and has multiple Champions League appearances to his name.He is also now a World Cup winner, having lifted the trophy with France on Sunday. The Chelsea midfielder was clearly under the weather in the final, though, and looked a shadow of his former self during the clash in Moscow.After picking up an uncharacteristic booking, Didier Deschamps decided to replace Kante with Steven N’Zonzi just ten minutes into the second half.Such was the dip in his own personal high standards, L’Equipe gave him a match rating of just 3/10.But, according to La Parisien, the 27-year-old was suffering with gastroenteritis (in other words, he had diarrhoea). Kante was finally able to get his hands on the World Cup trophy Kante was withdrawn extremely early into the second half 2 2 While he could not carry on, his teammates were able to see out a convincing 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow.Such is the humility of the man, various reports have confirmed the Blues star was too shy and did not want to impose on his teammates so Sevilla man N’Zonzi had to ask them if Kante could hold the glorious trophy aloft himself.You can’t dislike him can you!last_img read more

Leeds ace reveals he’s stopped drinking alcohol for Bielsa

first_img Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Getty 2 Leeds have started the season brilliantly under Bielsa Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has revealed he’s stopped drinking alcohol to improve his fitness under new manager Marcelo Bielsa.Bielsa has guided Leeds to a brilliant start to the Championship season, going unbeaten after six games to sit joint first in the division with Middlesbrough. goalless Latest Championship news Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 EFL result center_img Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Jansson, the Sweden defender, has played a limited role since Bielsa’s arrival at Elland Road in the summer. He was given extra time off in pre-season having represented his country at the World Cup, and then he picked up an injury which has restricted the 27-year-old to just one league start to date. REPLY impact GREAT NEWS Jansson has started just one league game so far this term However, Jansson has admitted he now feels fighting fit, having lost four kilos due to Bielsa’s ‘tough’ regime.More importantly, Jansson has a renewed focus on his diet which has helped him stay fit, with the centre-back revealing the decision to give up drinking alcohol completely helping the most.“When I came back I was in good shape,” Jansson told Expressen. “I feel lighter and stronger, that’s an incredible difference. ROUND-UP “To be as big as I am, and drop these kilos, it makes a difference. I think of everything I eat and drink.“I’ve completely removed alcohol and it has helped me the most. Sometimes I would have a beer after a match, but you do not mind doing this for Leeds.”last_img read more

Ingle and Jonas Named to MVC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Teams

first_imgThis is the first MVC Scholar-Athlete team accolade for Jonas, who owns a 3.96 GPA in digital media production. She returned to the court this year after missing the 2015-16 season due to an injury. Jonas played in 26 games, including starting the last 25 contests, and averages 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting league-high 57.1 percent. Jonas has recorded four double-doubles this season and 14 in her career. She scored a career-high 24 points in the win over Eastern Washington. Jonas was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice this season. ST. LOUIS – Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete teams, the conference announced Tuesday, March 7. Ingle was selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the third-straight season while Jonas was picked to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team. Ingle, who holds a 3.86 cumulative grade point average in psychology, is just the third Bulldog ever and first since former standout Lindsay Whorton (2006-08) to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team three times in a career. She is the MVC’s all-time assists leader with 755 and needs just 13 more to have the top mark in Drake history. Ingle and Jonas along with their teammates are the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs will play either No. 8 Indiana State or No. 9 Illinois State on Friday at 12 p.m.center_img Ingle averages 7.6 assists per game, which ranks third in the nation and leads the MVC. She averages 10.2 points per game and earlier this season surpassed 1,000 career points. Ingle has  handed out eight or more assists in 13 of 29 games this season, including matching her career high of 15 in the win over Missouri State on Jan. 1. In her career, Ingle has recorded one triple double, 15 points/assists double-doubles, and 22 10 or more assists games. She was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Jan. 24.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Hosts Grand View Wednesday Night In First Of Two Exhibitions

first_imgThree freshmen, Hannah Fuller, Maddie Monahan and Katie Van Scyoc, are set for their first seasons as Bulldogs. Fuller is a local product from West Des Moines Valley, who helped the Tigers win the 2017 Iowa Class 5A title. Monahan is from Silver Lake, Minn., where she was a multi-sport standout for Glencoe-Silver Lake. On the basketball court, she graduated as the school recorder holder in points, assists and steals. Rounding out the freshman class is Van Scyoc from Markesan, Wis., and Lourdes Academcy. Another multi-sport standout, Van Scyoc, was a two-time Northeast Wisconsin Player of the Year award winner. Colorado transfer, Monica Burich, who hails from Roseville, Minn., will sit out the 2017-18 season and have three years of eligibility starting in 2018-19. DES MOINES, Iowa – After one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Drake women’s basketball team returns three starters and nine letterwinners for the 2017-18 season, as the Bulldogs look to defend their Missouri Valley Conference championships and return to the NCAA Tournament. Drake hosts Grand View on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center in the first of two preseason exhibitions. The Bulldogs close the preseason against Truman State on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Last season, sophomore Becca Hittner was the fourth straight Bulldog freshman to be named the MVC Freshman of the Year to go with being named to the All-MVC First Team. Juniors Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Jonas each earned their first All-MVC honors as both garnered honorable mention accolades. Bachrodt averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while Jonas added 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Also, back for the Bulldogs are Maddy Dean and Sara Rhine who each missed all or most of the 2016-17 season due to injury. Dean missed the entire season and Rhine played in eight games. Dean and Rhine were the 2015 and 2016 MVC Freshmen of the Year, respectively. Paige Greiner, Nicole Miller, Mya Mertz and Brenni Rose round out the group of returning letterwinners. The experienced and talented group will all help fill the void in production left by two of the program’s all-time bests in Caitlin Ingle and Lizzy Wendell, who concluded stellar careers last season leading the Bulldogs to their historic season.center_img Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk enters her sixth season at the helm of the program. Baranczyk, who last year led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament and MVC championship since 2007, has won an impressive 99 games in her tenure. She has guided her teams to three-consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Baranczyk was named the MVC Coach of the Year and the espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year after the historic 2016-17 season. Associate head coach, Allison Pohlman and assistant coaches Nicci Hays Fort and Markisha Wright are back on the bench for Baranczyk. Former Drake letterwinner Carly Grenfell is the coordinator of basketball operations while former Washington standout Chantel Osahor is in her first season as the Bulldogs’ graduate assistant. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more