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  • PNG meets criteria to host FIFA U20 World Cup

    first_imgOceania Football Confederation and PNG Football Association president David Chung made the announcement today in a joint media conference with Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop. Chung confirmed that PNG had fulfilled what FIFA had asked for and had submitted the final report.Included in the report are the plans for infrastructure, security, medical and training sites that will be carried out during the tournament.The hosting agreement and FIFA Stadium guidelines for the tournament note that a minimum of four match venues, 16 team training sites and a training site for referees are required.Following the last inspection visit on September 2-7, FIFA advised that the following stadiums can be considered to host the tournament.They’re the Sir John Guise Stadium,  the National Football Stadium,  Sir Hubert Murray Stadium and the Bisini Stadium.“We are very happy to have the Government’s support and I thank all stakeholders and the Government as Port Moresby looks forward to staging the tournament.“We will now wait to get the final approval from FIFA by the end of this month,” Chung said.Tkatchenko was glad PNG was able to meet the criteria as it was not an easy task with FIFA having high professional standards.last_img read more

  • NFL NOTEBOOK Davis’ QB pick is Russell

    first_imgAlthough USA Today quoted Russell’s uncle Thursday as saying a contract was “almost done,” the Raiders say nothing is close at this point. “I wouldn’t really pay attention to what someone’s uncle said about the negotiation process,” Kiffin said. “I know our people are dealing with JaMarcus’ agents. And, like I said before, there is some progress being made.” Russell’s agent, Eric Metz, has not publicly commented on the talks. With Russell out, the quarterback race has been between Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. Kiffin has refused to publicly identify his starter, hoping to gain a competitive advantage by forcing the Lions to prepare for two quarterbacks. But it appears clear that McCown will be the starter because he has been getting the majority of snaps with the first-team offense in practice this week. How long that lasts remains to be seen. From news services While coach Lane Kiffin tries to keep the identity of the Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback secret, owner Al Davis piped in Thursday with his own opinion of who should take the first snap Sunday against Detroit. “Should be? He may be in Mobile,” Davis said, referring to the hometown of No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell, before heading out to watch practice. It’s clear the starter won’t be Russell, who remains out in a dispute over how much of his contract should be guaranteed. War of words Chad Johnson added Ed Reed to his “hit list,” announced his intention of smacking Ray Lewis and Bart Scott in the mouth and promised a grandiose touchdown celebration. Lewis laughingly insisted Johnson wouldn’t score, and Scott said the standout wide receiver couldn’t hit hard enough to bust a grape. The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens engaged in a war of words before the AFC North rivals meet Monday night in the opener for both teams. Johnson didn’t reach the end zone in two games against the Ravens last season, so the fleet-footed, wide-mouthed star will seek to amend that situation at Paul Brown Stadium. He’s so confident of scoring that he’s already devised a plan to mark the occasion. “This will probably be one of the greatest celebrations of all time,” Johnson told Cincinnati reporters. “It’s more of a let you know ahead of time what will come in the future for 85. It’s going to be a good one. You’ll like it.” Bodden faces discipline Cleveland Browns starting cornerback Leigh Bodden is looking forward to telling his side of the story after being arrested. The NFL will listen carefully. Bodden faces possible discipline from the league under Commissioner Roger Goodell’s crackdown on player misconduct after being charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest as he tried to pick up his girlfriend and their two children at Cleveland’s major airport. The 25-year-old Bodden, regarded as one of the Browns’ quieter and more easygoing players, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges less than 24 hours after police accused him of driving in reverse down a one-way street and becoming verbally abusive. Goddell speaks Goodell, who spent a good portion of his first year as NFL commissioner dealing with player discipline, says he thinks the league has come out of those problems well. “I think most people think we’ve dealt with it responsibly,” Goodell said just before Thursday night’s opening game between the New Orleans Saints and the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. Goodell recently suspended Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely after Vick pleaded guilty to being involved with dogfighting. Earlier, he had suspended Tennessee’s Adam “Pacman” Jones for a year for numerous run-ins with the law, and Cincinnati’s Chris Henry and ex-Chicago Bear Tank Johnson for eight games for legal problems. Strahan feeling good Michael Strahan increased his work load in practice and said if he continues to feel good that he expects to play in the New York Giants’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Practicing for only the third time since ending a holdout on Monday, the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end said he ran every play during the defensive period and nothing was held back. “I feel good,” Strahan said after practice. “See how I feel tomorrow. Today, I ran a lot more plays than I ran before, the last two days. If I am going to feel good, I’ll be out there.” Barber clarifies remarks Tiki Barber isn’t about to take back negative comments he made recently about his former team, though he did clarify one of his remarks about Giants coach Tom Coughlin. Barber said although Coughlin was not the sole reason he retired from football this year after 10 seasons with the Giants, the often irascible coach was a contributing factor. “People are looking for something concrete, one simple explanation of why I retired, and I’m not that simple, I’m not that shallow,” he said. “It’s a confluence of things. The pounding, the opportunity to do other things, the fact that I wasn’t having fun doing it anymore. “He is part of the reason why I retired from the game,” Barber continued. Around the league Miscellany: Bids topped $10,000 on an Internet auction site for what an animal rights group says are notes from Vick’s speech apologizing for a dogfighting scandal. The Humane Society of the United States is selling on eBay the single-page, six-point outline of the speech Vick gave at an Aug. 27 news conference in Richmond, Va., after pleading guilty in his dogfighting case. The group is planning to put all proceeds in a restricted account dedicated to the prevention of dog fighting. Falcons: Coach Bobby Petrino is still unsure if the team will sign a third quarterback by Sunday morning. Joey Harrington and Chris Redman are 1-2 on the depth chart, but the indefinite suspension of Vick and D.J. Shockley’s season-ending knee injury have left Atlanta with only practice squad quarterback Casey Bramlet as an alternative. Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady missed a portion of practice because of his chronic right shoulder injury. Brady was on the field during the time the media was allowed to view practice, but the team later reported he had “limited participation.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not available for comment. Ravens: The team agreed in principle to a one-year extension with quarterback Kyle Boller, who started 34 games during his first three seasons before settling into a backup role last year. Boller’s contract was to expire after this season. Vikings: Defensive tackle Pat Williams will sign a three-year contract extension with the team, he said. Williams is making $2.65 million this season, the final installment of the original deal he signed with the Vikings in March 2005.160Want 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

  • MUSEUM DECLARES ‘WAR’ IN QUEST FOR MEMORABILIA!

    first_imgCurrently on display in the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny is the National Library of Ireland exhibition, “Gallant Sons – Irishmen and the First World War”.This traveling exhibition created by the National Library of Ireland charts the huge human cost of the First World War, telling the stories of families who were left without a father, brother or son.These moving accounts bring home the reality of the war and tell us a great deal about life in Ireland between 1914 and 1918.Gallant Sons has been specifically written with the history curriculum in mind. Supplementary learning activities and resources have also been compiled for 5th and 6th class students of SPHE. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until early July 2014.To coincide with this exhibition, Donegal County Museum wishes to appeal to borrow objects, stories, photographs, letters, etc relating to Donegal Men and Women’s experiences of the First World War, both at home and on the Front.The County Museum is currently researching and developing a new exhibition on Donegal and the First World War, which will open in September.‘We wish to borrow any items, stories, photographs, etc relating to Donegal Men and Women’s involvement in the First World War and in particular those whose stories may not have been told before. “Our original First War exhibition was in 2001 and it featured a life sized cross section of a First World trench. This exhibition was then developed into a unique Travelling exhibition ‘Before I Joined The Army’, which has travelled around the island of Ireland since 2005.“We are now in the process of researching and developing a new exhibition on the First World War and we would like to tell the stories of those men and women and in particular those who may not have had their stories told before”, Caroline Carr, Donegal County Museum.If you have anything that you think would be of interest to the Museum for the exhibition, please contact Caroline Carr, Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.T 074 9124613 E museum@donegalcoco.ieAny items borrowed for display will be returned to owners once the exhibition ends. MUSEUM DECLARES ‘WAR’ IN QUEST FOR MEMORABILIA! was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County MuseummemorabiliaWorld War 1last_img read more