May 26

Waqa set to join NRL’s growing Fiji contingent

first_imgPhoto: NRL (Former Roosters, Storm and Raiders winger Sisa Waqa is eyeing a return to the NRL and the Fiji Bati at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup). Waqa, who was a member of Melbourne’s 2012 premiership-winning team, will take the number of Fijians in the NRL to 23 if he can convince Storm coaching Craig Bellamy to sign him after a stint with French rugby union club, FC Grenoble.The 31-year-old recently returned to Melbourne, where his family had been living, after breaking his jaw and was offered a training contract with the Storm.Melbourne football director Frank Ponissi said a decision would be made on whether to sign Waqa before June 30 so he is eligible to play the remainder of the season.”He got injured just before Christmas and moved back about three weeks ago,” Ponissi said. “We will have a look at him over the next few weeks and if he comes up all right we will sign him for the rest of the season.”He is still a fair way off playing because he has been inactive for a while but he is showing good signs. This is his second week of training and we will probably give it another two weeks before we make a call.”I’m sure he will come into consideration for the Fiji side at the World Cup if he does sign for the rest of the year.”While he played most of his 95 NRL matches for the Roosters, Storm and Raiders on the wing, Waqa would offer the Bati versatility in the backline as he was considered a star five-eighth as a rugby union schoolboy in Fiji and modelled his game on former Wallabies great Stephen Larkham.He played one rugby union Test for Fiji in 2007 before switching codes to join Sydney Roosters in 2009.Waqa has also played centre for the Bati, who he represented at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and in last year’s Melanesian Cup against Papua New Guinea.The signing of Waqa would take the Storm’s Fiji representation to three, along with star winger Suliasi Vunivalu and prop Tui Kamikamika.In total, there are 25 players eligible for the Bati who are currently playing NRL, including Fiji rugby sevens Olympic gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa, who scored a try for Canberra’s NSWRL feeder team, Mounties, in his first game after joining the Raiders last week.Korbin Sims (Broncos)Masivesi Dakuwaqa (Canberra Raiders)Marcelo Montoya, Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury Bulldogs)Jason Bukuya (Cronulla Sharks)Jarryd Hayne, Ben Nakubuwai (Gold Coast Titans)Apisai Koroisau, Akuila Uate (Manly Sea Eagles)Suliasi Vunivalu, Tui Kamikamika, Sisa Waqa (Melbourne Storm)Daniel Saifiti, Jacob Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)Semi Radradra (Parramatta Eels)Waqa Blake, Campbell Regan-Gillard, Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)Tariq Sims, Taane Milne (St George Illawarra Dragons)John Sutton, Sitiveni Moceidreke (South Sydney Rabbitohs)Kane Evans, Eloni Vunakece (Sydney Roosters)Kevin Naiqama (Wests Tigers)last_img read more

May 26

Crusaders rotate front row for Hurricanes clash

first_imgThe trio who started all three tests against the British and Irish Lions have been left out of the starting lineup are being rested on advice from medical staff.The side will still have seven All Blacks in its starting lineup including Israel Dagg and Keiran read – Sam Whitelock is on the bench.RNZI reports Ryan Crotty is still out of action with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first Lions test, but should be back for the quarterfinal next weekend.A win tomorrow night would assure the Crusaders finish top of the table and get home advantage through the playoffs.Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd (captain), Jordan Taufua, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Michael Alaalatoa, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry, Oliver Jager, Sam Whitelock, Jed Brown, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Sean Wainui.last_img read more

May 26

Vanuatu favourites after exciting win over PNG

first_imgThey made it 4 wins from 4 games as they overcame a rejuvenated PNG side by just 7 runs.PNG’s bowlers turned up after a below par performance on Tuesday to restrict Vanuatu to just 115 off their 20 overs after Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat. Kabua Vagi Morea was tight with the ball taking 2/18 from his 4 overs and PNG were back to their best in the field with 2 run outs and some excellent catches.However, Vanuatu were determined to make it back to back wins and Patrick Matautaava responded with the wicket of PNG captain Chris Amini in the first over. Riley Hekure (41) and Dogodo Bau (23) steadied things to take it 2/58 and PNG looked to be well on track to victory.Vanuatu’s bowlers had other ideas and the introduction of Jelany Chilia (3/18) quickly turned the momentum as PNG lost 7/22 to be left 7 runs short at the end of the 20 overs.In the morning matches PNG and Vanuatu both recorded comfortable wins against Tonga and New Caledonia respectively while Tonga had their second successive win over an enthusiastic New Caledonia in the afternoon.Today is a rest day for cricket with matches resuming tomorrow at Amini Park.Round 3Vanuatu 7/285 (20) Nalin Nipiko 105, Ronald Tari 69, Simpson Obed 32, Joseph Nigote 2/57 defeated New Caledonia 9/51 (14.2) Emmanuel Katrawi 15*, Simpson Obed 2/7 , Shem Sala 2/7 by 234 runsPNG 9/190 (20) Jason Kila 74, Riley Hekure 47, Sione Manumuna 3/26, Timote Latu 2/37 defeated New Caledonia 10/76 (20) Aloisio Pau’u 22, Maamaloa Kuluka 21, Jason Kila 3/7, Alei Nao 2/15 by 114 runsRound 4Tonga 3/222 (20) Nicolasi Moala 86, Aloisio Pau’u 60, Nicholls Adjouhgniope 2/57 defeated New Caledonia 10/162 (19.3) Jonathan Lapacas 57*, David Magulu 21, Asiake Haukinima 3/9, Paula Palu 3/135 by 60 runsVanuatu 9/115 (20) Jonathon Dunn 41,  Andrew Mansale 32, Simpson Obed 32,  Kabua Vagi Morea 2/18, Hiri Hiri 2/20 defeated PNG 9/108 (20) Riley Hekure 41, Dogodo Bau 23, Jelany Chillia 3/18, Simpson Obed 2/13 by 7 runsPacific Games Points Table:last_img read more

May 26

Jail terms for Russian dopers proposed

first_imgIt comes as Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko continues to threaten legal action against Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow Laboratory who has claimed up to 15 Russian medal winners at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were doping.Rodchenkov claimed in The New York Times that a doping system in place throughout the Winter Olympic Games was so effective it ran like a “Swiss Watch”.This included the development of a “three-drug cocktail” of banned steroids which were mixed with alcohol and given to Russian athletes, he claims, as well as a covert system to replace the urine of affected medal winners with clean samples using soda containers and baby bottles.Mutko, the Kremlin and those accused of doping have all strongly denied all allegations and argue that, as someone who has left the country, Rodchenkov’s claims have no credibility.”We’ll take a decision [on legal action] today or tomorrow after the legal service of the Sports Ministry makes a conclusion,” Mutko told Russia’s official news agency TASS.”Such a task has already been assigned to it and several law firms have been involved in the effort.”I admit [there is] the possibility of filing a lawsuit either from the Ministry or from athletes – we’ll see.”Writing in The Sunday Times, Mutko admitted to being “sorry” and “ashamed” about Russian doping which has resulted in the All-Russian Athletic Federation being suspended by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) following allegations of systemic and state-sponsored illegal drug use.There are indications, however, that sporting opinion is hardening against the ban being lifted in time for Rio 2016, with The Times in London reporting today that IAAF Council members are increasingly sceptical that the required changes are being made.The call from St. Petersburg Senator Vadim Tyulpanov is interesting given this context, but it is not yet clear how much high level backing there is for such a move, or how effective it would be in practice.Officials guilty of orchestrating doping could face reported fines of up to RUB ₽200,000 (£2,150/$3,100/€2,700), up to one year of “correction labour” or up to one year of “limited personal freedom” for violating the rules on the sale or transportation of any drugs that contain substances banned for use in sports, according to reports.Coaches, medics or other members of the athletes’ entourage could face even harsher punishments, including five years in jail and fines in line with their income over a three year period.Tyulpanov told Izvestia Daily that this move is connected with the “string of scandals resulting from the revelations of doping use by top Russian athletes”, especially because, “in many such cases, coaches and medics have pressed the athletes they were working with into using banned substances”.Passing the new ruling could “preserve the athletes’ health, observe the moral norms accepted in sports and boost the prestige of Russian athletes on the international arena”, he claimed.last_img read more

May 14

Bale, final down for the final of the Spanish Super Cup

first_imgBale is definitively low for the final of the Spanish Super Cup. The Welshman still suffers from an infection in the upper respiratory tract and that is why he stayed in Madrid. However, the white club valued the possibility that the forward would travel to Saudi Arabia if the team qualified for the final, as it has been. Finally, The medical services of the club and the coaching staff have decided that Bale continues to recover from his illness in the capital of Spain. Last Wednesday, after the semifinal against Valencia, he himself Zidane already showed that Bale would not recover in time to play the grand final on Sunday (7:00 p.m.). “I don’t know, at the moment it is not in condition. He has not trained all week. We will see what we are going to do. We’ll talk to the doctors. “last_img read more

May 14

“Real Madrid is a favorite, but Atlético will compete”

first_imgEI Bernabéu derby it is played tomorrow (4:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga) but the veterans from Real Madrid Y Athletic they came forward crossing balls in a paddle tennis court. The former soccer players of the eternal rivals of the capital put on their shoes and enjoyed challenging themselves in the III Padel Derbi Challenge, sponsored by Hyundai, Ecovidrio, 888 Sport and Babolat Pádel, and organized by AS and La Masó Sports Club. The goal, or rather, the lack of it, also gave what to talk about. The arrival or not of Cavani to the Metropolitan (“It would be a great boost for Atleti,” Moya confessed) and the complicated start from Jovic in Madrid “It’s a surprise, because he’s a great striker,” commented Pantic, a compatriot of the white striker. “I see him lost, but You have to be patient“.East padelistic confrontation between Real Madrid and Atlético, he fell on the side of the Mejías y Ríos mattresses, which they received from Margarita Rodríguez (director of marketing and advertising for Hyundai) and Nicolás Delgado (director of La Masó Sports Club) the champions prize when imposed in a tight tie-breaker to the white duo Red-Javi Guerrero. JESUS ​​RUBIO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Margarita Rodríguez and Nicolás Delgado presented the awards.JESUS ​​RUBIO (DAILY AS) Illustrious Although they didn’t dress short, too they wanted to support this charity event in favor of the Forever Dream Foundation other illustrious of both teams. In addition to Pantic, last year’s challenge champion, Dani García Lara and Pavón attended, that sees a “dominant and dynamic Madrid”. Tomorrow, the derby will be the one to pass sentence. During more than three hoursReal Madrid veterans (Rubén de la Red, Jordi Codina, Enrique Velasco and Javi Guerrero) measured each other to decide who would play the grand finale against the rojiblancos (Roberto Fresnedoso, Movilla, Gabi Moya, Ángel Mejías, José Luna, Chino Zapatera and Juan Ríos), with the presence of paddle professor Robin Boneberg and the professional extenist Pato Clavet. There were the traditional pickets in the family photo (“Forza Atleti!” He shouted Javier Matallanas, quickly replicated by a “3-0!” from Tomás Roncero) and a lot of analysis between serves, volleys and beautiful points. “The responsibility and pressure in this derby is in Madrid,” he said. Roberto Fresnedoso. He added: “Atleti has nothing to lose.” The majority agreed on an idea about what awaits us: Madrid arrives better but Atlético, despite its recent setbacks, will compete to the fullest, as always.last_img read more

May 14

What does a MEP assistant do to raise his salary?

first_imgThe proposal to increase the departure for MEP assistants by 1,500 euros per month puts this trustworthy staff of the European parliamentarians in the spotlight.Parliamentary assistants are the great strangers of an institution in which they perform from political advice to administrative and logistics coordination, and that are essential for each of the 751 MEPs to carry out their work. Current MEPs such as Antonio López Istúriz (PP), Francesc Gambús (UDC), Inés Ayala (PSOE) or Ernest Urtasun (ICV) were in past legislatures at some time attending. The current president of the Eurogroup and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Djisselbloem, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt or PSOE Secretary General, Pedro Sánchez, also have this experience on the curriculum.Currently, each MEP has 21,379 euros per month to pay its employees, and for a few years and to avoid misuse, this item is managed directly by the EP and not by the MEP itself. That amount could increase from next year by 1,500 euros per month (the total would rise to 22,879 euros from January 1, 2016) if the rise made by the majority of the hemicycle today and after the departure becomes effective remained frozen since 2010.Already last Monday the EP plenary session was favorable to this increase, but the majority of Spanish MEPs voted against it. Each MEP has that item to hire their assistants who have salaries ranging between 1,900 and 4,300 euros, approximately, according to parliamentary sources. European Parliament. Image: Efe Three attendees for MEPThe majority of European parliamentarians have between two and three assistants in Brussels and Strasbourg and at least one other location in their country to coordinate visits and convey concerns in their jurisdiction. In addition to coordinating the agenda, trips and meetings of the MEP, his work has a more political aspect that consists in helping them to elaborate amendments, reports, parliamentary questions and interventions in the plenary, mainly.Jon Rodríguez, 24, is one of the assistants of Marina Albiol, the head of ranks of IU in the EP, an “essential” member of the team, the MEP explained to Efe. With Semitic and Islamic studies and a Master in International Politics, Rodríguez was a member of IU and after the European elections of May 2014 he participated in the selection process to join the work in the EP. “What I like most is to live the day-to-day life of the Eurocamara and have the ability to put a grain of sand in its policies,” said the young man, who says he feels satisfied with his salary and conditions.Side by side with another MEP, Beatriz Becerra (UPyD), Javier Corrales, 33, also works with previous experience in Brussels. Without a party card, but with coincidences with the project of the party, he passed the tests to be an assistant, a job that has been “a new challenge” to this commercial pilot with a Master in European Studies and on the way to graduate in Law. Corrales said that by belonging to a small group “You have to spend many hours because there is little equipment, but it is very satisfactory”.Many of the attendees, especially those who have been active in the parties for years, have worked before in national politics. This is the case of Jordi Cañas, from Ciudadanos, who plays that position in this Eurochamber legislature after ceasing to be a spokesman for that party in the Catalan Parliament by opening a judicial process in a case of alleged tax fraud.The EP table and the EP Budget Committee have demanded that this increase be accompanied by a new regulation to prevent abuses, especially in the last countries to join the European Union (EU), where some MEPs would have more than a dozen local assistantsThe European anti-fraud office (OLAF) recently opened an investigation against the extreme right-wing National Front of Marine Le Pen, who would allegedly be using those funds for the salaries of party workers dealing with national policy and tasks that have nothing to do with the Eurochamber . Some news reports pointed out in recent weeks that OLAF could investigate that same case with regard to Podemos, but there is no confirmation of any formal file opening against the formation of Pablo Iglesias.last_img read more

May 14

Chimy Ávila: “My representative was talking to Barça”

first_imgBarcelona interest: “They did not contact me, but I know that my representative spoke with them. It is nice to know that people loved me in Barcelona.”The hardness of its beginnings: “At Empalme Graneros I was hungry, sad, happy, I learned to walk, to kick the ball. Every time I take a breath, I reflect and remember it.” Sharing costumes with Messi: “In the national team or at Barça? Where God forbid. But if I grab the captain’s armband, it’s going to be screwed up for me to take it off (laughs).”Soccer in your area: “It has happened to me many times to be shooting penalties and at four in the morning to start running because two started shooting themselves. He who forgets where he comes from, does not know where he is going.”Chimy Ávila, a soccer worker: “I collected cardboard, I worked in a demolition plant, I cut the grass of the neighbors … I did everything before dedicating myself to soccer.”Recovery support: “Ramos encouraged me, his brother called my agent to get interested. It will be because of the hosts that he hit me and I never complained. Felipe, from Atlético, also kicked me, I got up and said ‘what’s wrong, you’re Crazy? ‘But nothing happens, I’m used to shooting penalties to a goalkeeper with a gun to my waist. “ Enjoy your passion: “If I have been through so many risks in the neighborhood, why shouldn’t I be happy here? I don’t feel pressure. There is pressure from those who have to feed their children, get up at night to work on a farm. Soccer it’s not pressure for me. “last_img read more

May 14

Boateng gives the scare with a slight traffic accident

first_imgJerome Boateng, footballer of Bayern Munich, He had a small road exit with his vehicle on the morning of this Tuesday. The German center back lost control of his Mercedes car, se turned off the road and climbed onto the guardrail of a motorway near Munich (the A-9), as reported by the television channel Oberfranken. The defender of the Bavarian team was unharmed although it was his car that took the worst part, with damages of around 25,000 euros. Boateng was on his way to visit his son in a nearby town. According to information from television in the region, the police report states that the use of unsuitable wheels, for the dates in which we are, were the cause of the accident. Despite the fact that the Bundesliga is stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, in Germany the confinement of the population has not been decreed and people can still leave their homes.last_img read more

May 14

Will this be the new Juventus kit?

first_imgThe clues and clues that various websites offer about the new kits that the different clubs are going to release are some of the news that generates most curiosity in the fans, who want to know what equipment they will have next season. Sometimes, they even spark controversy because of the colors and patterns chosen by the brand and the teams.In order to get an idea of ​​how the new shirts look and even, to dress the players in a virtual way with them, there are people like Nikita, who, under a pseudonym, collects the clues that exist about the new clothing, creates and integrates them into Pro Evolution Soccer, a Konami game renamed this 2020 as eFootball PES 2020. The last to integrate has been that of Juventus. The bianconeri will return to the stripes and will integrate gold as the third color in their kit. The shield, the Adidas logo, the three stripes on the shoulders and the dorsal will wear gold, leaving this very similar to that of the Real Madrid 19/20 kit, which also has Adidas as the main sponsor.The creator of ‘kits’ for this video game has also performed his simulations on the new T-shirts for Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Manchester City and more clubs that can be seen on their Instagram profile.last_img read more