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Vanuatu and New Caledonia hope to shine at Pacific Games

first_imgVanuatu coach Chris Moran said that the team has had a strong build-up for the Pacific Games. “Our early preparation was hampered by Cyclone Pam, but since then the team has trained well. The new practice nets have made a significant difference to the way the girls have been able to train and all squad members have made improvements to their skill level,” Moran said. “We have been lucky to have had visits by the New Caledonian team and the Melbourne Cricket Club, both giving us much needed game practice. As part of our preparation the national women’s squad participated in the Under 17 boys competition as well,” Moran added.“Batters who are in good form at the moment for our team are Leimaure Chilia, Rachel Andrew and Marcelina Mete while the bowlers to keep an eye out for are Rachel Andrew, Ruth Kaltongga and Valenta Langiatu,” Moran concluded. Team captain Marcelina Mete said that “The team is focussed on winning gold in PNG and have a strong belief that it can be achieved. We are very grateful and honoured to be selected to represent our country at the Pacific Games. We know we under-achieved last year in Japan and our goal is to show what we are truly capable of”.New Caledonia coach Steeven Selefen said his team recently toured Vanuatu this year and played several matches with the Vanuatu women’s team as a lead up preparations towards the 2015 Pacific Games.“Three of our most important and notable players are Siwa Rose, Wawine Louise and Qaeze Jeannette while Angexetine Rosina ought to be watched for her bowling abilities as well”, Selefen said.“We have been in weekly fitness and skills training and the prospects look bright for our participation in the Games,” Selefen said.For results, live scores and information on the 2015 Pacific Games Cricket please go to:www.icceap.comlast_img read more

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Court accepts CBIs closure report in CWG related graft case

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) A Special court has accepted CBIs closure report filed in a graft case relating to Commonwealth Games against several officials of CPWD and DDA for allegedly inflating cost of laying of synthetic turf for an event.The court said it has found that the probe has reached a logical end and there was no evidence against any of the accused who were named in the FIR by the CBI.”Perused closure report, statement of witnesses and documents enclosed with closure report. After giving a thoughtful consideration to all, I found that investigation has reached the logical end and no evidence surfaced against any of the accused persons alleged in FIR, so closure report is accepted. IO is directed to return the documents to the authorities from which the same were seized,” Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Jain said.A case was registered by CBI on the allegation that the officers of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA), who were public servants and were attached to Commonwealth Games (CWG) project, 2010, entered into criminal conspiracy with M/s Jubilee Sports Technology Ltd.It had alleged that they committed criminal misconduct by abusing their official position in the matter of award of contract to the private company for providing and laying synthetic turf for Lawn Bowl event during the games.It further alleged that the officials caused wrongful gain to the firm and corresponding wrongful loss to the Government.The agency had said the estimate for eight green lawn bowls was Rs six crore while the company quoted bid amount of over Rs 9.98 crore and officials of CPWD and DDA dishonestly and falsely justified the cost of bid by bringing on record justification of cost to show undue favour so as contract may be awarded on inflated cost to the firm.advertisementCBI had named seven senior engineers of CPWD and DDA in its FIR registered in April 2011.When allegations levelled in FIR were not substantiated during investigation, the investigating officer filed the closure report on September 30, 2013. PTI SKV VMNlast_img read more

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