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Calling all vegans: You can cruise and eat well with Oceania’s new menu – Los Angeles Times

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 4:27 am

Vegans who set sail on Oceania Cruises can happily bypass the prime rib and salmon entrees on their next cruise. That's because the line's six ships now serve an extensive vegan menu and also offer vegan smoothie bars with cold-pressed raw juices.

Passengers can belly up to the raw juice and smoothie bar on the pool deck any morning and find choices such as tropical green smoothies, cold brew lattes, Coco Island juice, an acai berry bowl or a chia cashew yogurt bowl.

Oceania's new vegan menu, with more than 250 dishes, is featured in the ships' main dining rooms and includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. In addition, Oceania ships offer vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher meals too.

The line has also featured a spa cuisine menu for nearly a decade that coordinates with its Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea concept. The program focuses on life balance, fitness and wellness.

The new vegan menu gives passengers five dishes and four sides to choose from at breakfast, including a Spanish tortilla dish with potatoes, onions and tofu; a vanilla waffle with fresh berries; apricot and pistachio muffins; cream of wheat or oatmeal; and sides such as grilled tomatoes, sauted mushrooms, vegan link sausage and Lyonnaise potatoes.

At lunch, guests might have a Tuscan-style bean soup, an Italian salad with assorted greens, roasted bell peppers and toasted garlic bread followed by a tofu and spinach-stuffed involtini (wrap) with pasta and olive tapenade sauce and a chocolate vegan-ricotta pie.

The dinner menu is a five-course meal that might include a quinoa salad and vegetable tartare, truffle-flavored parsnip soup, Thai red vegan curry with rice and a shortbread dessert with passion fruit cream and strawberries.

Info: Oceania Cruises, (855) 623-2642, or contact a travel agent


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Oceania Youth Futsal meet in Oct – Loop PNG

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Seven U-18 men and five U-18 womens teams will participate in the inaugural tournament with the winners of each category directly qualifying for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

There is no doubt each participating country is preparing for the event.

One of the countries that so passionate about Futsal game in the Pacific Islands is Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands which has a history on Futsal and remains Oceania champions since the inception of the sport in Oceania loves to carry on the legacy set down by their National Futsal team.

Today the futsal game has inspired many youths to take part and one of the inspiring players is Elliot Ragomo.

Ragomo is now becoming a sport icon for many youths in Solomon Islands and with his recent history for making it to the professional level has motivated thousands of other young players to play futsal.

Solomon Islands sees the upcoming Youth Futsal Tournament as another chance for them to set another history by becoming the first champion at youth level and qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

To achieve that Solomon Islands is putting together its national U-17 mens futsal team.

The team has been in top preparation in the last few weeks under the watchful eye of Solomon Islands veteran head coach, Dickson Kadau and the former Kurukuru, Stanley Puirana.

The team which consists of many of the upcoming young talented futsal players has been silently preparing at the Multi-purpose hall.

Team chaplain, Pastor Seru is optimistic about this team and is quite happy with the organized trip for the young boys.

At the moment we are organizing a trip to Australia for at least two weeks prior to the tournament in Auckland. Well be playing Dural U17, U19 and mens sides while also in preparation there, said Pastor Seru.

The team is expected to fly over at the end of September and is expected to spend two weeks at Dural Baptist Centre in Sydney as part of their preparation.

They will then fly to Auckland on the 1st of October and hopefully play one friendly match before the competition begin on the 4th of October.

The team is currently in its final phase of selection.

OFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer Paul Toohey said there will be an exciting time for the small-sided game.

Many of our Member Associations have been incorporating futsal into their development programmes over the past few years and for some it is their first ever participation in international futsal competition.

So its a really great opportunity for all the young players and their coachesto display the skills they have acquired, with the added incentive of Youth Olympic Games qualification giving the teams a concrete reward to work towards, Toohey said.

In the mens tournament American Samoa, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu have entered.

For the womens tournament the teams are New Caledonia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

OFC Competitions Director Chris Kemp said OFC is excited to have this event on the calendar for 2017.

We have seven teams confirmed for the mens tournament and five for the womens so we expect some exciting, competitive matches will be on the cards over the four days of competition, he said.

Kemp explained the match schedules cater for the different number of participating teams with the mens a straight round robin, while the womens is a round robin with a 3rdPlace Play-off and a final.

Given the uneven number of teams which have entered, we wanted to ensure that each of them got a maximum number of games, he said.

The draw for the OFC Youth Futsal Tournament will be held at OFC Headquarters in Auckland on Friday 25 August.

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Lee, Miyawaki win doubles title in ITF Pacific Oceania Junior Championships – Marianas Variety

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23 Aug 2017

NMI junior netters, Carol Lee and Malika Miyawaki topped the 16-and-under girls doubles to win the title in the ITF Pacific Oceania Junior Championships in Lautoka, Fiji.

After falling in the second set, No. 2 Lee and Miyawaki recovered their winning stance and defeated the tandem of top-seeded French Polynesias Naia Guitton and Samoas Eleanor Schuster, 6-2, 5-7, 10-5.

Lee and Miyawaki had an easy tour to the finals with a strong opener against Samoas Penina Kamu and Tongas Kava Taufa, 4-1, 4-0, and semi finals against Tongas Peata Fatai and Brookie Maasi, 4-0, 4-1.

Guitton and Schuster made it to the finals by dominating Vanuatus Rosalie Molballeh an Daisy Sipiti.

Fatai and Maasi took the third place over Molballeh and Sipiti, 4-2, 4-2.

In the 14-and-under girls doubles, No. 2 Conatsu Kaga and her sisters, Coume made it to the finals by surviving Solomon Islands Prudence Bird and Zorika Morgan, 4-1, 5-3, but lost to No. 1 New Caledonias Clara Cwajenbaum and Vanuatus Desiree Signo, 1-4, 2-4.

In the 16-and-under boys doubles, Robbie Schorr and Ken Song didnt make it to the finals. They bowed to top-seeded Vanuatus Marlin Hannam and Clement Mainguy, 0-4, 1-4.

In the 14-and-under boys doubles, only Sean Lee who partnered with FSMs Jerson Freddy made it to the finals.

They upset top-seeded Tuvalus Kelese Kofe and Vanuatus Maui Leflon, 4-1, 1-4, 10-8.

Lee and Freddy lost to No. 2 French Polynesias Manovali Elie and Moheari Polin, 2-4, 5(5)-4, 1-10.

Manovali and Polin defeated Jimin Woo and Seung Jin Paik, 4-2, 2-4, 10-8 in the semis.

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Sinclair gets first pro title – Saipan Tribune

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Former CNMI junior player Colin Sinclair earned his first pro championships after ruling the doubles event in the Belgium F8 Futures held early this month in Eupen, Belgium.

Sinclair, who was born and raised on Saipan and made his mark in local tennis in the early 2000s, partnered with Great Britains Charles Broom in topping the 16-team tournament under the ITF Pro Circuit (European). The unranked Sinclair and Broom completed their stunning show in the clay court competition that offered $15,000 in prize money after beating No. 1 seed Tom Schonenberg of Germany and Colin Van Beem of the Netherlands in the finals, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.

Before outlasting their foes in a super-tiebreaker third set, Sinclair and Broom needed only two sets each to eliminate their first three opponents. In the opening round, the CNMI-Great Britain pair pulled off an upset over No. 3 and Australias Adam and Jason Taylor, 6-2, 7-6 (5). Sinclair and Broom were then pitted against the unranked Billy Harris of Great Britain and Mateausz Terczynski of Poland and won, 6-2, 6-4, to march into the semifinals. In the battle for the finals berth at the lower half of the draw, Sinclair and his partner stunned another seeded duo in the Netherlands Gijs Brouwer and Jelle Sels, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

The former CNMI junior player and his British partner eventually kept their winning run in the Belgium F8 Futures as they bounced back from an opening set loss to Schonenberg and Van Beem by sweeping the last two.

Sinclair also joined the singles event of the tournament and won his first two matches in the main draw to make it to the quarterfinals. He defeated Qatars Jabor Al-Mutawa in the first round, 6-1, 6-2, and then topped Belgiums Romain Barbosa in the Round of 16, 6-4, 6-2, to move into the quarterfinals. Sinclair then missed a semis entry when he bowed to the hosts Christopher Heyman in the Round of 8, 3-6, 4-6.

The 22-year-old Sinclair has been a regular in the Belgium Futures, joining the series of tournaments since last year. In the Belgium F3 Futures held from July 3 to 9, he became the first CNMI player to gain world rankings in the ITF Pro Circuit after winning three matches in the qualifying draw and prevailing in his opening game in the singles main draw. With his successes in Belgium, Sinclair is now ranked No. 1,156 in doubles and No. 1,393 in singles. He got 18 ranking points for his doubles win and two in the singles in the Belgium F8 Futures.

Besides his busy schedule competing in Belgium, Sinclair managed to find time and suit up for Pacific Oceania in the 2017 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III held last month in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He swept his four singles matches, starting the string of victories with a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Syrias Kareen Al Allaf and following it up with wins over Sri Lankas Sharmal Dissanayake, 6-4, 6-4; Jordans Mohammed Almayani, 6-1, 6-0; and Turkemistans Isa Mammetgulyyev, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Meanwhile, CNMI Junior National Team coach Jeff Race said he was not surprise to see Sinclair excel as the latter has been working hard to improve his game since joining the ITF Pro Circuit in 2012 and competing in Australia, various states in the U.S., and in Belgium. Saipan Tribune contacted Sinclair to get comments about his victories in the Davis Cup and in Belgium, but has yet to respond at press time.

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What are Oceania’s chances in the Rocket League World Championship? – The Roar

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Lee rules 16U girls singles in ITF Pacific Oceania Junior Championships – Marianas Variety

Posted: August 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm

21 Aug 2017

NMIS Carol Lee delivered on great expectations on Saturday ruling the 16U girls singles main draw in the ITF Pacific Oceania Junior Championships in Lautoka, Fiji.

Top-seeded Lee easily made her way to the finals and humbled No. French Polynesias Naia Guitton, 6-3, 6-1. She clinched finals by sweeping No. 3 Samoas Eleanor Schuster, 6-0, 6-0, and the semis, against Tongas Brookie Maasi, 4-0, 4-1.

In the 14U girls singles, Conatsu Kaga took the main consolation round for the third place over Samoas Penina Kamu, 4-0, 4-2, while her sister, No. 3 Coume Kaga, took on French Polynesias Kira Fong Loi, 4-1, 4-2, for the fifth place.

In the 16U boys singles, No. 3 Robbie Schorr blanked Vanuatus Marlin Hannam, 4-0, 4-0, in the main consolation round while Ken Song settled for the seventh place over Vanuatus Samuel Strid, 4-1, 2-4, 10-6.

In the 14U boys singles, No. 1 Jimin Woo settled for the third place after a semis loss to French Polynesias Manovaie Elie, 3-6, 5-7. Woo beat his fellow NMI netter, Sean Lee, 5-3, 4-0, in the consolation round.

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Oceania Aviation to acquire Helicare – Vertical Magazine (press release)

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Oceania Aviation Limited has announced the completion of the mutually-beneficial acquisition of Helicare Maintenance Limited.

Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania Aviation is a leading general aviation business and offer a diverse suite of solutions for fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft at its 10 facilities scattered across New Zealand, now including Nelson.

Founded in 1998, Helicare originated from Murray and Kim Wootons vision to provide helicopter operators of the upper South Island and the Wellington region with dedicated maintenance support. Growth in its business led to the design and completion of its purpose-built facilities in 2002, followed by receiving Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (NZCAA) Part 145 certification in 2009.

Helicare has since been approved as a Robinson Helicopter Service Centre and although focused primarily on the maintenance of rotary aircraft, the company also offers fixed-wing services.

The Oceania Aviation management team sees Helicare as an excellent, well-established company with a good track record.

We are pleased and honored to continue the good work carried out by Murray Wotton. Murray will continue to work within the business on projects where he has interest and available time. We are very pleased to have his support, said the Oceania Aviation management team.

Recognizing the exceptional team at Helicare, Oceania Aviation noted that its delighted to have the Nelson operation continue with legacy staff at the helm, driving the business into the future, now with the added benefit of in-house access to the diverse range of services such as turbine and component overhaul, blade repair, avionics and more.

Oceania Aviation directors, CEO and staff members have visited Helicare on numerous occasions, meeting with and getting to know the Helicare team, ensuring a seamless transition.

The acquisition was finalized on Aug. 11, 2017.

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Oceania Cruises Announces Exclusive Jacques Pepin Dining Menu – Travel Agent

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Oceania Cruises has announced that it is bringing another culinary option onboard with La Cuisine Bourgeoise. The exclusive dining experience was designed by Executive Culinary Director, Master Chef, and cooking show personality Jacques Ppin.

According to a press release by the cruise line, the experience is, rooted in fresh, seasonal ingredients, time-honored flavors and celebrates the rituals of the table and sharing a meal with friends, and family.

The meal is paired with wines that complement each dish.

La Cuisine Bourgeoise is now available aboard Marina and Riviera. This exclusive experience is limited to 24 guests and reservations are required. Guests can make reservations through the Dining Reservations desk located on Deck 5.

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KIR ROYAL Champagne with Crme de Cassis VELOUT REINE-MARGOT Poultry Cream with Vegetable Julienne and Pistachio Diamonds Chteau Carbonnieux Grand Cru Class, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France SOUFFL DE HOMARD PLAZA ATHNE Maine Lobster and Cheese Souffl Louis Latour Meursault Chardonnay, Cte de Beaune, Burgundy, France FILET DE SOLE BRILLAT-SAVARIN Dover Sole Fillet with Crustacean Mousse and French Black Truffles Louis Latour Morey-Saint-Denis Pinot Noir, Ctes de Nuits, Burgundy, France FILET DE BOEUF RTI RICHELIEU Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Stuffed Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Braised Lettuce, Chteau Potatoes and Madeira Sauce Chteau Lynch-Moussas 5me Cru Class Pauillac, Bordeaux, France BRIE DE MEAUX AUX NOIX ET LAITUE Nut-Crusted Brie de Meaux with Boston Lettuce Hearts OMELETTE SIBERIENNE Baked Alaska with Williams Pears and Chestnut Ice Cream Chteau Laffitte-Teston Pacherenc Du Vic-Bihl, South-West, France PETITS FOURS CHOUQUETTE AUX PRALINES ROSES Parisian-Style Pink Praline Cream Puffs

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Christchurch MMA fighter Kieran Joblin chasing top Oceania ranking –

Posted: August 18, 2017 at 5:39 am


Last updated14:37, August 18 2017


Christchurch MMA fighter Kieran Joblin needs to beat Australian Isaac Hardman to become the top-ranked Oceania lightweight fighter.

Christchurch mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Kieran Joblin has flown to Brisbane with one thought on his mind - getting his No 1 Oceania lightweight ranking back.

Needing to win his next fightto do so, the 28-year-old will take onAustralian Isaac Hardman in the main event at XFC 31 in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Joblin (20-8), whose fighting name is "Stonecutter", had a four-win streak snapped by Japanese pro Kazuki Tokudomeat Pancrase 288 in Tokyo last month, and is itching to bounce back.

Hardman, a strong boxer, has a 7-0 record and the Queenslander will no doubt be boostedby fighting in front of his home-town fans inBrisbane.

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However, Joblin is not short of confidence ahead of the fight.

"It's a good fight for me match-up wise. I can see myself winning the fight in every way," Joblin said.

"It's just if I'm patient with the game plan. If I take my time and don't walk into something silly, I should get the win fine."

But Hardmanis no mug.

On the back of a stellar year, he was awarded the 2016 Fight News Australia breakthrough fighter of the year award, before claiming the Australian Fighting Championship lightweight title earlier this year.

Joblin, a stonemason by day, knows full well Hardman has the ability to dish out a knockout blow.

"He fought my teammate in China earlier in theyear, so I got to see that fight and see where he is strong," Joblin said before he flew to Brisbane on Thursday.

"He's got a good pair of hands on him, but I'll be looking to mix it up with my kick-boxing and my wrestling, as well. Make it an MMA fight, not a boxing fight."

All going well in Brisbane, Joblin is eyeing up one or two more fights before the end of the year, including the second and final fight of the Pancrase contract he earned earlier late last year.

Joblin left Japan last month with his head held high, after losing the toughest fight of his career by unanimous decision to Pancrase champion Tokudome.

"It was a very competitive fight," Joblin said. "Everyone else he has fought he has finished in a minute in the first round.

"So I did a good to compete with him. It's just a couple of tactical changes and I can beat these guys. I know I'm good enough to fight with them,it's just being able to defeat them."


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Riot Oceania appoint TLA Worldwide as exclusive sponsorship sales agency – The Roar

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Legacy play against the Chiefs during the 2016 Oceanic Pro League final (Chiefs eSports)

Riot Games Oceanias latest agency appointment suggests that the Oceanic Pro League is here for good.

Across the Pacific Ocean, the North American LCS enters its final playoff tournament before the league enters franchising.

The numbers are considerably bigger over in Santa Monica Riot are asking teams for a $US10 million buy-in, and while revenue sharing will certainly help to offset that initial fee, its clear that the NA LCS is now at a point where Riot can choose to be much more judicious about who they choose to partner with.

What about in Australia? Well, were not quite there yet. Only this year did all eight OPL teams move into team houses, and the cost of relocation and housing was still absorbed in part by Riot Oceania as part of their move to a live studio broadcast.

Riots relationship with esports was born from a desire to meet player demand for high-level competition, and the mantra of player value first guided the global establishment of League of Legends esports across the world in the face of financial loss.

And yes, regardless of whether you want to attach more self-seeking motives to Riots shameless declaration that esports is a significant investment that [theyre] not making money from, the fact stands that it isnt a profitable venture for many developers at least for now.

World of Tanks devs Wargaming are just one of many other companies willing to allow their esports departments to go into the red, either out of some altruistic love for their player base or, more realistically, the belief that esports will become a future cash cow.

Yet, the path to monetisation (and, ultimately, profitability) isnt the same for every company. Valve have capitalised on the success of their tournaments by creating exclusive in-game content gated behind battle passes and compendiums, while stickers and themed skins anchor Counter-Strike: Global Offensives esports monetisation. Riot and Blizzard have struck sponsorship deals, but the financials around their esports ventures are anything but transparent.

So it might not come as a surprise that Riot Oceania have appointed TLA Worldwide as their exclusive sponsorship sales agency. Formerly Elite Sports Properties, TLA are a global sports marketing agency that have dipped their toes into just about every major sports league around the world, and theyll be connecting sponsors with the OPL on Riots behalf.

Riot Oceania arent the first owners of a major esports league to employ a sponsorship agency to find them sources of revenue. Showdown (Twitchs exclusive distributor of owned media in Australia and New Zealand) and Seven West Media (who recently launched screenPLAY, a new esports platform) have been connected to McDonalds and St George Bank thanks to the efforts of sports marketing agency The Gemba Group.

The OPL has danced with big league sponsors before apart from the very esportsy Logitech and Red Bull, Dominos and Uber have entered partnerships with Riot in the past. And unless Riot find a way to move cash from their viewers pockets into their coffers a la Valve, sponsors will likely be their major source of esports revenue moving forward.

Endemic sponsors will always be there. You dont need to do a lot of work to sell a core gamer a Logitech mouse or a four-pack of Red Bull. The challenge lies in the non-endemic sponsors brands that sit on the fringe, like PwC and Streets. Esports fans are fickle. There are only so many brand activations they can tolerate before a clever partnership becomes annoying marketing. It is this question that Riot will have to navigate if the OPL is to see long-term success.

Riot see the OPL as a competitor to the AFL or any other major sports league in the Oceanic region. If the sleek analyst desks, sideline interviews and prized tipping contests didnt tip you off, the aggressive sponsorship deals should. Theyve convinced us that League of Legends and the OPL are here to stay. For their sake, lets hope theyre right.

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