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Saipan Little League results

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Francisco M. Palacios Baseball Field in Saipan
Image: Abasaa.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A number of baseball games were played in the Major Division of the 2012 Saipan Little League this past Sunday, including a game where 2011 all-star Virgil Secharmidal’s Aces beat the McDonald’s 13-7 with Secharmidal earning his second home run of the season. In last year’s regional qualifier for the Little League World Series, the league finished tied for third in their pool and did not advance, but the CNMI team finished second in the Asia Pacific Championship for Senior League World Series.

The Aces’ victory left them third in league with a record of 6-3, behind the Dandan Comets with a record of 9-0 and JPO Enforcers with a record of 8-1.

The Comets beat the Rays on Sunday with a score of 10-0. Five of their runs came in the first inning alone. The team, sponsored by Rep. Joseph P. Guerrero, ended the game early at the end of the fourth as a result of the mercy rule. The Pacific Amusement Rays had come into the game with a record of 5-3.

The Natibu Sports Association Tanapag Braves beat the Bank of Saipan Red Sox 9-8, despite a 3-0 lead at the end of the second inning. The Red Sox answered back in the third inning with three runs of their own. The Red Sox scored another run in the top of the fourth, but the Braves answered back in their half of the inning with three runs. The Braves won the game with three runs in the final inning of the game.



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Palau police shoot Chinese fisherman, police plane feared lost

Palau police shoot Chinese fisherman, police plane feared lost

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sand sculpture at a Palauan beach for the celebration of the shark sanctuary
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Over the course of the weekend, Palau’s police shot a Chinese fisherman believed to be illegally fishing in the economic zone of the tiny Micronesian nation. Three police staff, who were patrolling territorial waters in search of the Chinese fishing mothership, are feared missing as their plane was not heard from in over forty-eight hours.

The shooting occurred after the police tried to contact the boat and warn them to leave Palau’s territorial water, and subsequent warning shots being fired to again warn the boat away from the area.

Five Chinese fishermen were arrested following the shooting, and were charged with illegal fishing and unlawful entry. They may face up to two years in jail and be required to pay a US$50,000 fine if found guilty of entering Palau illegally.

Palau’s Ministry of Justice
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Police officer Helenda Oimei is quoted by the Agence France-Presse in affidavit as saying, “The confrontation included an officer involved shooting and one of the six individuals on the green fishing boat later succumbed to injuries he obtained during the confrontation.”

Palau President Johnson Toribiong has spoken to the press about the missing plane, confirming the police plane was believed to have crashed and that a pilot and two police officers are amongst the missing. The president is quoted by the Agence France-Presse as saying in regards to what the police plane occupants were doing, “They left on a police mission to film the area where a [Chinese] mothership involved in the raid of Kayangel State’s marine resources was burned by its own crew to destroy the ship and its cargo. Officer Earl Decherong, one of the two police officers on board, using a radio telephone, called to say they were gliding to make a water landing and that they could see no light or land.” An extensive search thus far failed to find the crash site.

Home to world’s first and largest shark sanctuary that was created in 2009 and is 630,000 square kilometers in size, Palau actively guards this territory.



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Australian rowers prepare for 2012 Olympics

Australian rowers prepare for 2012 Olympics

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2012 Olympics and Paralympics Team
Men’s Single Scull

Jared Bidwell (QLD)

Men’s Double Scull

Scott Brennan (TAS)
David Crawshay (VIC)

Men’s Quad Scull

Daniel Noonan (NSW)
Karsten Forsterling (VIC)
James McRae (SA)
Chris Morgan (SA)

Women’s Double Scull

Kim Crow (VIC)
Brooke Pratley (NSW)

Women’s Quad Scull

Kerry Hore (TAS)
Pippa Savage (QLD)
Pauline Frasca (VIC)
Dana Faletic (TAS)

Men’s Lightweight Double Scull

Tom Gibson (TAS)
Rod Chisholm (NSW)

Women’s Lightweight Double Scull

Bronwen Watson (NSW)
Hannah Every-Hall (QLD)

Men’s Coxless Four

Joshua Dunkley-Smith (VIC)
Drew Ginn (VIC)
James Chapman (NSW)
Will Lockwood (VIC)

Men’s Coxed Eight

Bryn Coudraye (SA)
Matt Ryan (NSW)
Nicholas Purnell (NSW)
Tom Swann (VIC)
Joshua Booth (VIC)
Cameron McKenzie-McHarg (VIC)
Francis Hegerty (NSW)
Sam Loch (NSW)
Toby Lister (NSW)

Women’s Coxless Pair

Kate Hornsey (TAS)
Sarah Tait (VIC)

Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four

Todd Skipworth (WA)
Ben Cureton (WA)
Sam Beltz (TAS)
Anthony Edwards (TAS)

Arms Only Men’s Single Scull

Erik Horrie (QLD)

Trunk and Arms Double Scull (Squad)

Kathryn Ross (VIC)
John Maclean (NSW)
Gavin Bellis (VIC)

Winners of 1980 Olympiad in rowing and canoeing (single sculls), including Australian silver medalist J. Sumegi. Australia is hoping to medal in 2012 in London.
Image: A. Solomonov / А. Соломонов.

Over the weekend, Rowing Australia announced their 2012 national squad in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London. Australia has earned qualification for ten boats at the Games but have the opportunity to add three additional boats at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in late May.

One boat attempting to earn qualification at Lucerne is the women’s coxed-eight, who had a time at the Sydney Regatta of 2000m time of six minutes 10.03 seconds, about 96% as fast as the predicted time of the gold medal time at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Selection for a team is considered a major boon for women’s rowing as Australia had not been competing internationally in the event after a disappointing performance at the 2008 Games in Beijing, where Australia finished well out of medal range in last, and has yet to live down the “Lay Down Sally” situation at the 2004 Games. Ten rowers, Phoebe Stanley, Hannah Vermeersch, Alexandra Hagan, Sally Kehoe, Tess Gerrand, Renee Chatterton, Emma McCarthy, Sarah Cook, Amy Clay and Robyn Selby-Smith, were named with only eight spots available. The women’s coxed-eight team will spend the next three weeks training before cuts will be made for the Qualifiers.

Teams to be trimmed back
Men’s Coxless Pair (Squad)

Brodie Buckland (NSW)
James Marburg (VIC)
Duncan Free (QLD)
Fergus Pragnell (NSW)
Tom Larkins (VIC)
5 rowers will be cut down to 2 prior to the Lucrene qualifiers.

Women’s Coxed Eight (Squad)

Phoebe Stanley (VIC)
Hannah Vermeersch (WA)
Alexandra Hagan (WA)
Sally Kehoe (QLD)
Tess Gerrand (NSW)
Renee Chatterton (SA)
Emma McCarthy (QLD)
Sarah Cook (NSW)
Amy Clay (NSW)
Robyn Selby Smith (VIC)
Lizzy Patrick (VIC)
10 rowers will be cut down to 8 prior to the Lucrene qualifiers.

The men’s lightweight double scull will be competing for Olympic qualification in Switzerland, with Tom Gibson of Tasmania and Rod Chisholm of New South Wales needing a top two finish to make the Games. Queensland Jared Bidwell in the men’s heavyweight single scull is the third boat trying to qualify for London at the Switzerland event, needing a top-three finish to qualify.

The men’s coxless pair boat also faces competition for which rowers will be going to the Games, with five rowers having been named to fill the two spots. These rowers include Brodie Buckland, James Marburg, Fergus Pragnell, Duncan Free and Tom Larkins. The 2008 Olympic pairs gold medalist Free’s selection comes after a ten-month period where he suffered a rib-cartilage injury and broken leg that resulted in missing selection in the four man scull event. Other rows competing for one of these two spots have impressive resumes: Buckland has previously represented the United States in rowing and Marburg won a silver medal in rowing at the 2008 Games.

Toby Lister, who qualified in the men’s coxed eight boat as the coxswain, is ready for the Games in more ways than one. He became the boat leader in 2008, following the retirement of Marty Rabjohns after the Olympics. He is renowned amongst other rowers for his willingness and ability to play mind games with competitors.

Last Thursday, the uniforms for Australia’s Olympic team were revealed, including the uniform for rowing. It has been custom designed by Adidas to mirror muscle movement.

A new director was named at the Australian Institute of Sport on Sunday. New director Matthew Favier, who comes from the United Kingdom, has the ability to determine funding for high performance sport, and is scene as a potential positive for rowing as he could increase funding to the sport because it provides multiple Olympic medal potential for one sport.

The national team will have a Sydney training camp from May 8 to 12, before departing for Switzerland on May 15th.



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