Geoffrey Cox QC says government is in no ‘headlong rush’ to curtail judicial independenceSource: ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockThe government is in ‘no headlong rush’ to curtail judicial independence, Cox said. While the idea of politically appointed judges was ‘completely off the table’, he added: ‘I think there is a case for looking at how Supreme Court judges are appointed. One possibility could be for the UK to emulate Canada in requiring candidates to appear before a parliamentary committee.’ Such a procedure might be examined by the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission announced in last month’s Queen’s speech, Cox said. However reform ‘will require careful examination – measured, calibrated examination. There will be no rush, headlong, into impetuous reform. It will have to be examined quite carefully to see what are the proper contours and the proper balance between those who are elected decision-makers and those who are not,’ he added. Cox was replaced as AG by barrister Suella Braverman MP, who last month called for politicians to take back control from ‘unelected, unaccountable’ judges.On his departure as AG Cox, who became Whitehall’s senior law officer in July 2018, posted a letter to the PM on Twitter. He said: ‘Good work has been done to lay the foundations for appropriate review of the workings of the criminal justice system, to take a firm grip of the problem of disclosure, to equip the CPS with the means to perform its essential functions and, in introducing new governance frameworks, to enable more effective superintendence of both the CPS and SFO.’ Geoffrey Cox QC put himself in the frame to lead Boris Johnson’s commission on reforming the judiciary ahead of his widely expected sacking as attorney general last Thursday.Speaking at an Institute for Government event, Cox said future candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court bench might have to answer questions before a joint committee of both houses of parliament. He also sought to calm speculation following the latest spat between judges and the prime minister, triggered by an appeal court ruling preventing deportations to Jamaica.
INTRO: With plans in hand to extend the Tohoku and Hokuriku Shinkansen, JR-East has calculated that to compete with the airlines it must raise the current maximum speed from 275 km/h to 360 km/h, prompting research into noise reduction, bogie stability and ride comfortBYLINE: Takashi Endo Director, Advanced Railway System Development Centre, East Japan Railway CoIN DECEMBER 2002 JR-East opened a 97 km extension of the Tohoku Shinkansen from Morioka to Hachinohe. The extension immediately proved very successful, and the number of passengers using the new route is 50% higher than on the conventional line before the extension was built. This underlines the importance of high speed rail travel for long-distance trips between Japanese cities.Other planned extensions will take the Shinkansen network yet further from Tokyo. Inevitably, this means that the new lines will face strong competition from domestic airlines. If the Shinkansen is to continue to enjoy success, it is important that rail becomes the passenger’s first choice for long-distance trips. This means shortening journey times, while ensuring that passenger comfort is maintained and that the rail service remains in harmony with the environment. This is why JR-East decided to develop trains able to run at 360 km/h in commercial service.The length of the Shinkansen network now totals 2230 route-km, of which JR-East operates nearly half at 1052·9 route-km. JR-East’s Shinkansen trains now serve five destinations from Tokyo, linking many of the major cities in eastern Japan.When JR-East was established in 1987, the volume of traffic on its Shinkansen routes was 12·1 billion passenger-km. Annual traffic has since increased by 52·5% to reach 18·3 billion passenger-km in 2002 (Fig 1). Annual income from the Shinkansen has risen by 46·6% from ´311·8bn in 1987 to ´458·4bn in 2001 and ´457·4bn in 2002. In some cases, rail’s market share exceeded that of air, leading to some airlines withdrawing their services.In the near future, JR-East plans to extend the Tohoku Shinkansen from Hachinohe to a new station at Shin Aomori. This extension is expected to open within 10 years. Similarly, the Hokuriku Shinkansen is to be extended beyond the present terminus at Nagano to reach Toyama over the same timescale.The distance from Tokyo to Aomori is around 670 km, and at the present speed of 275 km/h trains would cover this in 3h 15min. Airlines currently hold 57% of the market on this route, and for rail to match or beat this, the journey time will have to be less than 3h. We estimate that if journey times are cut to around 2h 30min, the airlines might even concede defeat and withdraw from the market. This could happen if Shinkansen services were to run at a maximum speed of 360 km/h, and as a result this is now a firm objective.The Series E2 trains used on the Tohoku Shinkansen are limited to 275 km/h, although their maximum design speed is 315 km/h. The main limitations are the rules governing environmental standards such as lineside noise. Increasing the maximum speed is not simply a question of achieving stable and safe running – we must also consider the environmental impact. Future rolling stock conceptWe identified four fundamental requirements for the next generation of Shinkansen rolling stock:
We’re now well into Strictly Come Dancing 2019 and already this series is turning up plenty of surprises.Last week viewers were shocked when early favourite Dev Griffin and his partner Dianne Buswell were eliminated, losing the dance-off to Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skornajec. It showed that no-one is truly safe and now the pressure is on for our 12 remaining couples.Presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were there to cheer on the contestants, whilst judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas gave their expert insight. Alfonso Ribeiro also returned to the judge’s chair after his winning appearance last year, temporarily replacing Bruno Tonioli.So who reached new highs and who might be in trouble? Read on to find out…Kelvin Fletcher and Oti MabuseCredit: BBC/Guy LevyKelvin wowed the judges and the audience with his Rumba last week – but this week was a complete change as he and Oti danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to Aston Merrygold’s Get Stupid. In training former Strictly contestant Aston came to visit Kelvin and Oti to get some advice – including ‘channel Aljaz’ – and they showed him some of their routine.The dance: We know Kelvin has good hip action and it was definitely out in force in this Cha-Cha. I thought he moved across the floor really well, delivering a slick, sharp routine with some great lines and plenty of cheekiness. He had the right mix of straight and bent legs and coped well with the tricks in the routine too. Overall it was a great way to open the show and should see him back near the top of the leaderboard again.The comments: Shirley said Kelvin brought the sunshine to the ballroom and had great body action, but wanted him to have a stronger leg action to create more fluidity. Alfonso thought Kelvin brought the heat and had great hip action, with an exciting routine. Craig felt Kelvin’s walks were a bit stiff, but his rhythm and isolation were amazing and he had great arms in the New Yorkers. Motsi liked Kelvin’s foot speed, natural expression and energy.The scores: 8, 8, 8, 9 – 33 out of 40David James and Nadiya BychkovaCredit: BBC/Guy LevyDavid avoided the dance-off last week after getting his highest score so far in a ‘miraculous’ comeback, and this week he and Nadiya took on the Jive to Michael Buble’s Such A Night. In training David was left speechless by the response to his performance on Saturday, as well as enjoying the fun feel of this week’s dance but wanting to get serious and put in the hard work.The dance: David definitely brought a cool retro feel to this dance, with plenty of swagger and coping well with the tricks, but sadly for me it wasn’t as strong as his performance. I wanted more drive through the floor – it felt very skippy in places and too walky and placed in others – as well as more energy in his kicks and flicks, which seemed a little lacklustre. He still needs to concentrate on finishing his hands too. The whole thing looked far too sloppy and sadly I think he might be back in the dance-off this week.The comments: Alfonso pointed out David’s mistakes but encouraged but to let it go and have fun. Craig said there were timing issues and wanted David to dance ahead of the beat, as well as having more energy, but that his body is moving much more freely. Motsi was pleased with David’s upper body and said he made it fun, but there were a lot of mistakes his stage presence covered up. Shirley thought there was good basic content and was impressed by his professionalism in picking up and carrying on, but encouraged him to keep working to iron out his mistakes.The scores: 3, 4, 4, 5 – 16 out of 40Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes RadebeCredit: BBC/Guy LevyCatherine has improved considerably over the last couple of weeks, but could she and Johannes keep it up with their Tango to Annie Lennox’s Little Bird? In training Catherine spoke about her limited knowledge of the Tango and getting into the character of the dance and telling the story, as well as keeping her posture and resistance.The dance: Catherine began the routine descending from the studio ceiling, with a robotic solo start before getting into hold. You could see she’d been working on her posture and hold – she and Johannes were practically welded together throughout – and she had great drive across the floor and plenty of drama in the routine. Although a couple of the tricks didn’t come across quite so well and I would have liked some more heel leads, the dance was full of storytelling and it was yet another strong performance from her.The comments: Craig didn’t feel Catherine and Johannes were dancing as one unit and that her footwork was sloppy, as well as a lack of V shape, but loved her head placement and the staccato feel. Motsi thought Catherine has been growing week on week, but wanted her to work on her resistance. Shirley said there’s no mistaking Catherine’s passion and improving frame, but also criticised her footwork. Alfonso thought Catherine brought out the character of the dance and her top line was ‘absolutely gorgeous’.The scores: 6, 7, 7, 8 – 28 out of 40Karim Zeroual and Amy DowdenCredit: BBC/Guy LevyAfter returning to form with their Tango last week, this week Karim and Amy performed a Salsa to Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men. In training Karim spoke about how the Tango was ‘a dream’ and getting his first 10s, but also found the lifts and tricks in the dance challenging. He and Amy were also visited by Karim’s CBBC co-presenter, Hacker T Dog, who caused a bit of mayhem in the training room…The dance: This was certainly a fast and frenetic routine, with good hip action from Karim throughout and nice synchronisation between him and Amy. I thought it flowed really well and had a great sense of fun, with good armography, and he handled the tricks and lifts well too. For me Karim always shines when he can show off his personality and have fun with the dance, and this was definitely one of those times. Sometimes it went a little all over the place, but for me that just added to the charm and shows why he’s considered a potential winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2019.The comments: Motsi loved it – Karim’s body isolations, changes and lifts were on point and he takes the competition to a whole other level. Shirley said it was ‘off the charts’, praising his arms and co-ordination, and it was a ‘delight’ to watch. Alfonso thought ‘the standing ovation said it all’. Craig wanted Karim to smooth out his side-to-side basic and danced a bit too hard, but loved it ‘of course’.The scores: 8, 10, 9, 9 – 36 out of 40Michelle Visage and Giovanni PerniceCredit: BBC/Guy LevyMichelle is still one of the frontrunners to win Strictly Come Dancing 2019, and this week we saw a different side to her as she and Giovanni performed a Rumba to Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith. In training Michelle spoke to her daughters back in the US who sent her a message of support, as well as a bunch of flowers. She also spoke about wanting to give the best performance possible to make them proud.The dance: Michelle really brought out the emotion of the dance, particularly during her opening solo section. I thought she had beautiful arms and some great rumba walks, as well as striking a great balance between the passionate and more moving sides of the Rumba. As always she acted it well too. For me I would have liked slightly more hip action and her legs were a little bent in places, but otherwise this was another good routine from Michelle and should see her safely through to next week.The comments: Shirley said it was elegant and clean but lacked sensuality from the centre, although Michelle executed the choreography well. Alfonso loved the story and Michelle and Giovanni’s connection. Craig thought it didn’t ‘ooze’ and there was a lack of continuous movement, but the storytelling was brilliant. Motsi said Michelle has a ‘special aura’ and felt every movement she gave, as well as enjoying the more lyrical side of the dance.The scores: 7, 7, 7, 8 – 29 out of 40Emma Barton and Anton du BekeEmma scored her first 9s last week, and this week she and Anton had another chance to climb the leaderboard with their Paso Doble, danced to Nothing Breaks Like A Heart by Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus. In training Emma struggled with the dance after having limited time to learn the routine, particularly the shaping and controlling her nerves – could she pull it out of the bag on the night?The dance: Well there was certainly plenty of drama in the routine, with Emma showing fantastic control particularly in the opening section. Although she struggled a little to hold the shaping in her arms, I thought she captured the intensity of the dance well and coped with the speed too. That said, it was a bit skippy in places and the hold was slightly gappy, whilst at times it looked like she was clinging on for dear life. Perhaps not as strong as last week but definitely not her worst dance either.The comments: Alfonso thought Emma gave it her all and had great lines, but wanted more passion and energy. Craig agreed – it lacked fire and earth, and Emma’s free arm was very haphazard. Motsi was wowed by the beginning and praised Emma for staying in character throughout. Shirley said there was no passion between Emma and Anton and it was a little placed, with a lack of detail, but she still has great potential. The scores: 5, 7, 7, 7 – 26 out of 40Alex Scott and Neil JonesCredit: BBC/Guy LevyAlex has been making slow progress throughout Strictly Come Dancing – could she and Neil see a dramatic improvement with their Charleston to Pump Up The Jam by Swingrowers? In training Alex spoke about her mixed emotions after last week’s routine and her determination to keep fighting. It was also her birthday so Karim and Amy joined her and Neil in training to celebrate.The dance: Alex has arrived! Oozing cool in her sharp suit, she and Neil delivered a dramatic opening start with plenty of swagger before moving into their light, bright Charleston. It had tons of character and a real sense of fun and liveliness about it, with Alex practically bouncing off the floor like Tigger and having great energy throughout. She also coped well with the lifts and tricks (including catching Neil in a cartwheel!) and the whole thing was just an absolute joy to watch.The comments: Craig saw a lot of improvement from last week, calling it ‘unbelievable’ and saying the dance totally suits her. Motsi thought Alex finally let loose and her technique is coming together, praising her light feet and facial expressions. Shirley said it was Alex’s best dance to date and she took absolute control throughout, as well as having a lovely dynamic with Neil. Alfonso liked the urban feel of the routine and said Alex has come out of her shell – she’s now a ‘wonderful butterfly’.The scores: 8, 8, 8, 9 – 33 out of 40Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaz SkornajecCredit: BBC/Guy LevyAfter surviving the dance-off last week, could Emma and Aljaz stay out of trouble with their Viennese Waltz to the Whitney Houston classic Saving All My Love For You. In training Emma spoke about her fear of going home last week after the dance-off, as well as struggling to stay to the left during the turns of the routine – could she get it right on the night?The dance: Emma definitely seems much more comfortable in Ballroom, and this was another dreamy routine from her. She coped well with the armography at the start and had beautiful flow across the floor, and I thought her posture in hold was much better than in Movie Week. There was a nice amount of rise and fall too, plus she had nice head placement and acted it well. A definite improvement on last week and hopefully she should avoid the dance-off this week.The comments: Motsi said it was ‘beautiful in every aspect’, praising Emma’s top line and the feeling she brought to the dance. Shirley said it was a ‘miraculous recovery’ from last week and that Emma improved her ‘beautiful’ frame dramatically. Alfonso said Emma is what this show is about and that she was ‘brilliant’. Craig said it was fantastic and that Emma had proved why she’s still in the competition.The scores: 9, 9, 9, 9 – 36 out of 40Mike Bushell and Katya JonesCredit: BBC/Guy LevyMike made a huge leap up the leaderboard with his Quickstep last week. But could he and Katya do even better with their Samba to The Sugarhill Gang’s Jump On It? In training Mike spoke about wanting to put the essence of guest judge Alfonso’s routine to the same song on Dancing With The Stars into Mike’s performance, whilst trying to balance the technical difficulty of the dance with a sense of fun and wanting to do it justice ‘Bushell style’.The dance: Mike definitely looks a lot more at ease every time he steps onto the dance floor, and it was clear he was having a lot of fun with this routine. However for me it wasn’t technically there – there was a distinct lack of bounce and hip action and it felt both very placed and like a bit of a free-for-all at the same time. You can’t fault his enthusiasm and he definitely knows how to work a crowd, but sadly I fear that he might find himself in the dance-off this week.The comments: Shirley thought it was an amazing crowd pleaser but left it there for the actual Samba. Alfonso also didn’t want to talk about the Samba, but came out from behind the desk to perform the routine with Mike and Katya. Craig ‘recoiled in horror’ – it was like watching a three-year-old attempt the Samba. Motsi was confused – she didn’t feel Samba, but loved Mike’s entertainment and energy.The scores: 3, 6, 5, 7 – 21 out of 40Will Bayley and Janette ManraraCredit: BBC/Guy LevyWill and Janette became the third couple in Strictly Come Dancing 2019 to perform their Couple’s Choice, dancing a Contemporary routine to 7 Years by Lukas Graham. In training Will spoke about how much he’s enjoying Strictly despite the difficulties, as well as the challenges he faced growing up and the support he received from his family. We also heard from his mum about how proud she is of him, whilst Will and Janette visited the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital where Will was treated when he was younger.The dance: This was a gorgeous, touching routine from Will and Janette, full of emotion and tenderness. I thought he told the story well and had a great command of the dance, as well as handling the lifts well too – particularly a dramatic hands-free one towards the end – and coping with the frequent changes in tone and pace. It was absolutely outstanding and I may have found myself shedding a tear by the end.The comments: A teary Alfonso said Will gave him chills and the dance was absolutely inspiring. Craig praised the clear, emotional storytelling and that Will had form and purpose, but wanted more free movement in his torso to create more connection. Motsi was also moved to tears, getting a hug from Will, whilst Shirley said Will showed that no matter what you put your mind to you can do it and it was a ‘beautiful number well-executed’.The scores: 7, 8, 8, 9 – 32 out of 40Chris Ramsay and Karen HauerCredit: BBC/Guy LevyAfter seeing an improvement in their scores with last week’s Jive, this week Chris and Karen faced a rock and roll Quickstep to Let’s Go Crazy by Prince. In training Chris and Karen visited his old school and his former headteacher paid them a visit, as well as revealing stories about Chris’ time at school and performing in front of current pupils at school assembly.The dance: Starting and finishing on the judges’ desk, this was a fun and high-energy Quickstep, with good movement across the floor from Chris and good posture in hold. I thought it really brought out his personality and was hugely entertaining, and he did a really good job of leading Karen too. His frame and footwork have improved a lot – although there are still things to work on with the latter – and I loved the tricks too. Perhaps not the most technically accomplished dance, but it was certainly enjoyable to watch!The comments: Craig wanted Chris to use more of the floor and that his top line was going a ‘little bit mad’, but loved his personality. Motsi said everything improved, particularly Chris’ top line and performance, and wanted him to keep pushing. Shirley liked Chris’ determination and power as well as continual improvement, but wanted him to work on his feet – he was a little flat-footed. Alfonso said Chris made it fun and did a great job.The scores: 5, 6, 7, 7 – 25 out of 40Saffron Barker and AJ PritchardCredit: BBC/Guy LevySaffron delivered an electrifying performance with her Contemporary routine last week, but this week she and AJ completely switched styles with their Foxtrot to Frank Sinatra’s Theme From New York, New York. In training Saffron found the technical aspects of the dance and prop work quite challenging, and spoke about the importance of staying mentally focused and struggling with injuries but wanting to deliver a good performance on the night.The dance: This was a routine straight out of a classic Hollywood movie, with good prop work from Saffron and beautifully finished lines. She moved really nicely across the floor, with some good heel leads, and had great top line and frame in hold. Her performance oozed glamour and class and was a great finale for this week’s show. I can’t wait to see how she’ll top this with her American Smooth…The comments: Motsi thought Saffron did ‘really, really, really well’ and that she lived up to the song, giving show and technique. Shirley said Saffron was dancing towards the end of the beat and had ‘gorgeous’ heel pulls and heel turns, as well as impressive timing. Alfonso thought Saffron’s rise and fall was ‘spectacular’ and she did it with a bang. Craig agreed – technically it was brilliant, with a clever ending, and Saffron really surprised him.The scores: 9, 10, 9, 10 – 38 out of 40The leaderboard for the evening was:Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard – 38Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden – 36Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skornajec – 36Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse – 33Alex Scott and Neil Jones – 33Will Bayley and Janette Manrara – 32Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice – 29Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe – 28Emma Barton and Anton du Beke – 26Chris Ramsay and Karen Hauer – 25Mike Bushell and Katya Jones – 21David James and Nadiya Bychkova – 16Strictly Come Dancing 2019 returns with the Results Show on Sunday 20th October at 7.15pm on BBC One.
Share 234 Views 27 comments Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Journalist Lennox Linton was elected UWP Leader on Sunday, 1st September in Castle BruceDays after he was elected to lead the Opposition United Workers Party, many Dominicans are saying that journalist Lennox Linton has failed a live regional television interview.Linton, who was being interviewed for the first time since taking up leadership of the UWP by Julius Gittens of the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Wednesday evening, on the issue of the party’s decision to challenge the Government’s pick for the president.After spending a few minutes on that subject, the news presenter decided to ask Linton, “Given your own background in media, never having run for political office before, never having held political office before what then should qualify you to lead the main opposition party in Dominica as what you would consider to be a critical time against you have to say a highly popular Prime Minister who has not yet debated any of your predecessors”.Here’s what Linton responded; “You are asking me a very different question now, we’ve moved away from the Alix Boyd Knights story, have we?”Failure on Linton’s part to answer the first question, he was then asked a second time by the presenter.“You are making the suggestion that it’s all the same thing you are challenging the leadership of Roosevelt Skerrit, you are now leading this new party. This is your first political act as leader of the United Workers Party the question is what qualifies you to lead?“It is important first Julius because we are in a campaign for good governance for the Commonwealth of Dominica. We are in a campaign for the advancement of civility and the advancement of the affairs around the globe,” Linton said.“I am a novice, I have not contested for political office before, I’m going to be doing it for the first time at the next election, I find myself with the responsibility of leading a political party and it’s a very humbling experience, it’s a very exciting experience a very exciting challenge and I am endeavoring my very best to rise to the occasion. The people of Dominica and those who support the UWP and those who do not approve of what has been going on in the governance of Dominica for the past 14 years have placed their confidence in me to provide leadership for an organization that hopefully will enter government and do much better in the governance affairs of this country and that’s all I stand for,” he continued.Click here to listen to the interview, courtesy CMC, in its entirety: Audio Playerhttp://dominicavibes.dm/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Linton-CMC-interview-Sep4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Fail or pass? by: – September 6, 2013
Former Commissioner for Sports in Enugu State, Barrister Ray Nnaji, has insisted that FIFA cannot ban Nigeria following the leadership tussle in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).According to him, FIFA knows Nigeria would challenge the organisation in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), to know whether it has the right to meddle in a country’s internal affairs.Nnaji stated this while addressing sports writers in his office on Thursday.He insisted that the world football governing body, lacked the power to ban Nigeria from world sports because, according to him, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has made a pronouncement on the issue and it cannot be changed.“Let me be frank with you, FIFA will not hammer Nigeria. It is Nigerians that are going about trying to bring FIFA into it.“Supreme Court has said that Pinnik is not known, how can he come back? If FIFA wants to deal with Amaju Pinnik, they should create an office for him. FIFA cannot do anything about what is happening in Nigeria,” Nnaji said.
Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has insisted he is not worried about getting sacked, following their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night.Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba both scored in the first half, as the Red Devils dumped the holders out.And frustrated Chelsea fans chanted “F*** Sarri-ball” and even sang “you’re getting sacked in the morning” at the Italian.Substitutions were jeered and the sides were booed off at both the break and full-time.“I am worried about the results – not about the fans.“I can understand, because the result wasn’t really good. We are out of the FA Cup, so I can understand. But I am worried about the results.“I could not hear what they were singing very well, but sometimes yes. I have never had that sung at me before, but there is always a first time,” Sarri told Sky Sports after the game.Sarri’s job appears to be hanging by a thread, after being hammered by Manchester City and comfortably beaten by United.But asked whether he is worried about being fired, the former Napoli boss said: “No. I was really very worried when I was in League Two in Italy. Not now.“We were unlucky. Will I be given time? It’s not my problem.“My problem is to start preparing for the next game. I think the players are with me. I am not sure, but I think so.“My relationship with my players is good.”
TOUCH FOOTY PRISCILLA HARRY firstname.lastname@example.org THE Port Moresby Corporate Touch will be coming down hard on teams and clubs to ensure a smooth running of the competition. President Barrow Kirupana said this when stressing the importance of in-house rules and regulations to guide and improve competition He said it was the foundation for the competition that is staged at the Murray Barracks Oval every Sunday. Kirupana said the onus was the clubs and teams to follow the rules and abide by the regulations set and agreed to by the executives. The competition has 24 teams participating in the open mix and women’s divisions, and 26 sides in the open men’s category as the season progresses into the fourth game of the first round. The deadline for registration has already closed. Kirupana said they will be awarding points to those clubs who have paid their full registration fees. “If you are one of those expect to have your points knocked out starting this Sunday,” he said. The executives have also decided to remove teams from the competition after three consecutive forfeits. Clubs that are fielding players in the junior division (six years old to 15) should have their names submitted to the executives. The ages for players eligible to compete in the senior mix is 27 for female and 29 for male and above, for the Masters (35 for male) and 30 for female). Kirupana said clubs should field their players accordingly. The association will also be holding its AGM next Thursday and clubs are advised to submit their names of their representatives.
Rugby Union BY FRANKIY KAPIN Morobe Rugby Union, the second biggest outside Port Moresby extends a hand to a local Lae village team adamant to break grounds into the 15s competition. Union president Winston Nenjipa said yesterday when announcing the start of season 2019 beefed up with the membership of a local Lae village team from the Ahi local government of Lae district. Nenjipa told the Post-Courier that the Butibam Mantics from Butibam village, one of the six Ahi villages who are the traditional landowners of Lae city have joined the competition for the first time this year. He said the drive taken by the Butibam village team is a call long awaited and for it to happen now is never too late or too early but must happen. He added that it was a boost to see a traditional landowner village of what is now Lae city take up the challenge, especially in the sport of rugby union. Nenjipa said the Ahi villages including Butibam village now taking this step gives them an equal standing in rugby union that has for far too long has been a dominating sport representing Lae and the Morobe province. The Butibam Mantics compose of local Butibam village boys led by former PNG Pukpuks, Ben Umba as head coach. Nenjipa also said that the MRFU 15s pre-season will kick off on Saturday at the Telikom College oval in Lae. He said old hands of the MRFU returned to fore stamping their return to another season including City Lights, Royals, Defence, Pirates, Vikings and Unitech Reds plus newcomers, the Mantics. Nenjipa said he is yet to confirm from the Lae Harlequins of their participation this season as they didn’t turn up on Saturday but are expected to do so in the last round of pre-season games next weekend. An eight team competition is planned out for MRFU season 2019.
Share this:FacebookTwitter (Left to right) McGhee, Russell and Day. The dirt and mud was loaded and hauled off with rock filling in in its place.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/07/2019-6AM) LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – This LUB crew digs what it does. Thanks to Donnie “Johnny” Day (on backhoe), Jason Russell (left), Randy “Lil’ Mac” Hammac (right) and Ronald McGhee (out of picture) for finding, fixing and filling a part of North 5th Street following a leak that developed Saturday evening.
John Terry and of course Fernando Torres were the men of the moment as Chelsea crushed their west London neighbours in Sunday’s derby. There were as many fine displays for the Blues as there were dismal ones for QPR. Here’s how we rated the players…CHELSEAPetr Cech: 7Barely troubled before producing an excellent save to deny Jamie Mackie.AdChoices广告Paulo Ferreira: 7Solid against the pace of Djibril Cisse.John Terry: 8Dealt with his reception from QPR fans easily and found dealing with Bobby Zamora even easier. And scored a goal.Jose Bosingwa: 7Much maligned, but has done okay when called upon in recent games.Ashley Cole: 7Beaten in the build-up to QPR’s late goal, but otherwise very effective against Mackie who – as even the Premier League’s best left-backs have discovered this season – can be a pest.Michael Essien: 7Still yet to rediscover his best form, but in this game was comfortably able to control the midfield and dominate the ineffective Joey Barton.Frank Lampard: 8Another great performance from the Blues midfielder, especially in the first half as he pulled the strings with Chelsea well on top.Juan Mata: 7Much better from the Spaniard, who struggled in the two games against Barcelona. Was involved in five goals before being substituted.Salomon Kalou: 6Nice pass for Torres’ first goal but did fade as the game wore on.Fernando Torres: 8With goals to match his work rate and obvious quality, Torres was a joy to watch. Marvellous hat-trick and deserves the plaudits after enduring such a difficult spell.Daniel Sturridge: 7His early goal crushed weak Rangers and his general performance was an improvement on recent displays.Ramires: 7Difficult for the strongest teams to handle, let alone QPR. Made an impact after coming on as a substitute, setting up Chelsea’s sixth goal.Florent Malouda: 7Also made an impact after coming on. Took his goal well and might have scored before that.QPRPaddy Kenny: 5Has not been in good form and suffered a horrible afternoon, especially when dropping the ball for Torres to score Chelsea’s fourth.Nedum Onuoha: 6 Poor in the first half but determined in the second and did well for Rangers’ goal.Clint Hill: 5Been a credit to his club and arguably deserves to be Rangers’ player of the year. But here he was poor and was too easily beaten for Chelsea’s second goal.Anton Ferdinand: 5Seemed to be affected by the taunts of Chelsea fans, although some of his errors were hardly uncharacteristic.Taye Taiwo: 5Surely the least convincing of Mark Hughes’ signings. Caught out a number of times. Armand Traore looks a much better option for Rangers at left-back.Jamie Mackie: 6Worked hard as ever and was unlucky not to score. Might have been better off in the middle hassling Chelsea’s under-strength central defence.Shaun Derry: 5Committed to the cause but Chelsea’s movement was too much for him.Akos Buzsaky: 5Sloppy. A key player in a vital area of the pitch against Chelsea and did not produce.Joey Barton: 5QPR signed Barton for matches like this. Predictably, he disappointed.Djibril Cisse: 6Lively at times and scored Rangers’ goal, but despite being out of position really ought to have tested Ferreira more.Bobby Zamora: 5Timid before being substituted in the second half.Armand Traore: 6Did quite well on the left after replacing Zamora.Shaun Wright-Phillips: 6Had little time to make an impact and never looked like doing so.Click here for our Chelsea v Rangers quizSee also: Terry scores and Torres nets a hat-trick as Chelsea humiliate QPRDi Matteo hails tireless Chelsea after demolition of QPRHughes bemoans dismal R’s defendingFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook