Hayne confirmed for 2017 Downer Auckland Nines

first_img“I’ve been watching the Auckland Nines for a lot of years now and to know that I’m playing in it next year is exciting,” says Hayne.”Coach [Neil Henry] has told me that I’m playing in the Auckland Nines. I’m looking forward to getting down there with the guys. I’m pumped to be a part of it.”Rated the best player in the game in 2009 and again in 2014, Hayne made a stunning return to rugby league in 2016 after fulfilling his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL for San Francisco 49ers.He signed for the Gold Coast Titans and immediately showed he is still one of the game’s elite talents, helping to guide his new club into the NRL finals for the first time since 2010.”The guys have told me of the experiences of being in Auckland for the big weekend and I’m looking forward to getting down there having fun and getting our hands on that trophy,” Hayne said. “And I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the best players in the world out there – Jonathan Thurston, Shaun Johnson and my skinny mate MVP from last year Corey Norman [Parramatta Eels].”Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley confirmed Hayne would be in their line-up.”Jarryd’s obviously a world class international player,” Annesley said. “Everyone knows what he’s done in the NRL in the past. He’s been off improving himself in the NFL – you know everyone doubted he had the ability to make it … but he did.”He’s just a general all round great athlete. So to have him as part of the Nines, particularly playing for the Titans, it’s exciting for us and I think he’ll bring a lot of people through the turn-style.”With Hayne on board, Annesley was confident the Titans would be contenders in Auckland in 2017.”I’d like to think that we could give it a shake. We could certainly do with the prize money!”Jarryd will add a lot to the team in terms of the extra open space there is on the field and hopefully it will give us a good shot.”Coach Neil Henry confirmed Hayne would be central to his plans as the Titans chase the coveted pre-season title.”Jarryd’s been a fantastic acquisition for our team here on the Gold Coast,” said Henry. “I think he’s really suited to playing Nines football. Barring injury, Jarryd will be one of the first players picked.”He’ll get a bit more space out there and he carries the ball well. He tried his hand at Sevens to try and get over to the Olympics and he’ll be no stranger to playing that style of footy.”Promising young halves Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey had also been earmarked for the tournament, Henry said.Martin Snedden, the chief executive of Downer NRL Auckland Nines promoters Duco Events, said Hayne’s presence added to an already incredible line-up of stars who had committed to the 2017 event.”Over its first three years the Downer NRL Auckland Nines has attracted a who’s who of the game’s greatest players,” Snedden said.”And now we’ve got two of the all-time greats in Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston coming to showcase their skills in front of what will be another massive crowd.”Snedden pointed to the remarkable number of elite players the event had attracted over its first three years.”Fans of world class sport have had the chance to see the likes of Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen, Benji Marshall, Darius Boyd, Roger Tuivasa-Scheck, Greg Bird, Robbie Farah and the Burgess brothers light up Eden Park,” he said. “To date 48 Australian internationals and 44 Kiwi test players and 45 State of Origin stars, together with a host of Pacific nations test players have appeared in the tournament, and that number will increase significantly in 2017.”Grant Fenn, the chief executive of naming rights sponsor Downer, said: “We are looking forward to another wonderful weekend of exciting rugby league and outstanding entertainment in Auckland and I am sure tickets will sell quickly.”NRL chief execuitve Todd Greenberg said the tournament would once again be a fitting way to kick the calendar season off.”Nines is a celebration of some of the best of rugby league,” Mr Greenberg said.”The weekend is all about the colour of our clubs and our fans and the incredible athleticism of our players. I’m sure the 2017 version will once again be a rolling highlights reel.”last_img read more

Richards looks ahead to strong season

first_imgOlympic shot put finalist O’Dayne Richards is optimistic about his 2017 prospects and is looking forward to competition with the likes of Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and World Champion Joe Kovacs. Speaking in Mandeville before he won the shot put event at the Manchester High School/Charlie Fuller Memorial, Richards says he is working to improve this year. He also hopes more fans will watch the shot as time goes by.He was at the Memorial to test his fitness a season after knee surgery and a slow recovery threatened his Olympic hopes. He is thankful to be headed in the right direction.”I think there is still a bit of room to catch up,” the MVP Track Club throwing ace said. “It’s very close to what it was the year before.”In that year, he cemented years of steady advances with the Pan-Am Games gold medal and bronze at the World Championships in Beijing, China. Both were achieved with the national record distance of 21.69 metres. Now he just wants to improve.”That has always been the target and I guess the target really hasn’t changed; to continue to improve,” Richards noted.With a nod to the size of giant rivals like the 6 foot 7 inch Crouser, the 5′ 11″ Jamaican cracked a little smile and said, “No I can’t get taller so everything that I have control over, speed, technique, mental strength, you know, everything, whatever it takes for me to try and improve, that is what I’m working on.”The American pair of Crouser and Kovacs and New Zealander Tom Walsh went beyond 22m in 2016 and the St George’s College and University of Technology graduate thinks others will soon do it as well.”I expected to be amongst four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year,” he shared calmly, while waiting for his event to start at the Memorial. “So far, we haven’t seen it yet and I still believe that one year we will see four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year.”Richards has clear ideas as to how to get more Jamaicans to take an interest in his event. He recommends the staging of street shot put meets in places like Half Way Tree and Crossroads.”Some people stay far away in the stadium,” he described. “So you don’t really know how heavy the shot put lands on the ground.””You don’t really see it coming at you at 13 metres per second,” Richards said with a statistic on the high speed at with his implement travels.”So when people come to get closer to the event, even get involved, maybe roll back a shot and see how heavy it is and I guess people will start to see and maybe enjoy it.”Richards won the shot put at the Memorial with a distance of 20.11m.last_img read more

Provocation is no justification for abuse

first_imgDear Editor,A domiciled Guyanese recently posted on Facebook that women should stop provoking men, since such provocation leads to domestic abuse. This victim-blaming is nothing new, but it is indeed astounding that there are still women who propagate such a view, yet claim to be anti-abuse activists, as this poster does.Experts have reached a consensus on several common characteristics among batterers:- they are controlling; manipulative; often see themselves as victims; and believe that men have a pre-ordained right to be in charge of all aspects of a relationship.For some abusers, violence is a tool to keep their intimate partners from leaving the relationship; ensure that those partners ‘know their place’, and ‘respect’ their abusers, although that respect is generally equated with fear. Abuse, then, is the continuous result of power inequality between the partners, and one partner is afraid of, and harmed by, the other, who feels powerful in the relationship context, with ‘provocation’ being a mere excuse to exhibit this power.Yet, the same individual who hits his partner or child would be quite angry if a Police officer pulled him up for no reason, and/or demanded a bribe; but he would never chose to hit the Police officer. Similarly, that person would put up with provocation, but never choose to hit a boss, a worker in a Government office, someone in authority, or someone bigger and stronger than him.However, in a society where abuse has been normalised, women are still subservient to men, males are still socialised to see themselves as the ones with ‘power’ in a relationship (you a de maan), and citizens see abuse as not their business; alternate choices are hardly ever considered.Such alternatives include: do not overreact, but stay calm, and take a walk if necessary; listen without interrupting, but to understand; show respect instead of engaging in back and forth insults; be emphatic instead of judgmental, and apologise when the situation so demands; give each other space; discuss issues to seek non-violent resolutions; and even use humour in this process; recall the positives of the relationship as a way of recognizing what is at stake; seek the help of someone with mediating skills, such as an elder or a priest.These approaches are generally included in workshops and outreaches by abuse prevention entities such as The Caribbean Voice. However, there is only so much that non-governmental entities can do, and thus there is need for lay counsellors/gatekeepers who would indeed be equipped to help partners deal with relationship issues in every community. And as TCV has continuously pointed out, gatekeepers’ training can piggyback on all sorts of other training, so that it does not become a massive or expensive undertaking.As well, those involved in abuse activism on the ground must be armed with the knowledge to help partners address relationships’ issues, instead of seeking to justify abuse and engage in victim blaming. Otherwise, the harm can easily be multiplied.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

East Berbice-Corentyne hosts Heritage Exhibition

first_img“Embracing our history, showcasing our cultural diversity” was the theme for the Heritage Exhibition hosted on Wednesday at the New Amsterdam Town Hall in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Speaking at the event, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Youth, Culture, and Sport, Dr. George Norton, told students, “This must not be the first and last of such an exhibition”, for it gives them a chance to be properly informed and to appreciate the country’s rich, diverse culture. Minister Norton also announced an administration decision to have the upcoming Independence celebrations “conducted at the levelThe gathering at the one day Heritage Exhibitionof schools”; and “youths will play a vital part”, he declared.The Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion collaborated with the New Amsterdam Social Cohesion Ambassadors Group to host the one-day exhibition, which saw participation of a total of seven (7) schools in the region. Regional Health Officer Jevon Stephens commended the ministry for work done thus far, and lauded the New Amsterdam Social Cohesion Ambassadors Group for taking up the initiative. “It’s not easy to bridge the gaps in Guyana, but we have moved leaps and bounds so far. These initiatives ensure that youths understand, and play a role in developing, their communities”, Stephens explained. Regional Executive Officer Kim Williams-Stephens urged that youths have “pride and dignity as a Guyanese person”.There were booths on different cultural aspects of Guyana’s post and pre-Independence eras, including infrastructure and presidents over the years.This is the first such activity to be held in the East Berbice-Corentyne Region, but the New Amsterdam Social Cohesion Ambassadors Group plans to have several such activities throughout the year.last_img read more

City council approves three proclamations

first_imgThe first proclaims October 3rd to 9th, 2011 as United Way Week in Fort St. John. United Way Northern B.C. is a non-profit organization that serves the northern 2/3 of the province. It provides services and programs that intend to inprove the quality of a community. Before the week begins, UWNBC is holding a Fire Truck Pull in Fort St. John on September 24th to kick off their Community Campaign to raise awareness and funds.- Advertisement – Secondly, council proclaimed October 17th to 23rd, 2011 to be Canada World Youth Week in the city. Canada World Youth gives opportunities to young people in the country to take part in leadership programs and volunteering around the world. CWY is planning celebrations in all of its participating communities during this time.Advertisement Lastly, October 9th to 15th, 2011 has been declared Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is “Protect your family from fire.” The Fort St. John Fire Department says several fires over the past couple of years have cost the city millions. This year’s celebration will include a live broadcast by Moose FM at the fire hall and a family fire drill. Usually the parade is held at the beginning of the week, but due to the conflict with Thanksgiving, it will be held at the end of the week instead on Saturday October 15th ending at Canadian Tire.last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgHere are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:De Bruyne steps upSergio Aguero grabbed the headlines for his four-goal second-half haul as Manchester City leaped another step closer to Pep Guardiola’s first Premier League title in a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester, but it was Kevin De Bruyne who was once again the architect of City’s success.The Belgian even momentarily joked he, not Aguero, was having the match ball for a hat-trick of assists for Raheem Sterling’s opener and Aguero’s first two goals.“He has everything,” gushed Guardiola. “Every game… amount of assists, amount of passes, shots, goals, how he fights, how he runs… this season the performance of Kevin so far there are no words. It’s so special.”De Bruyne’s display was even more inspirational as he took responsibility given City’s current lack of cover in creative areas in the absence of David Silva and Leroy Sane through injury.Dembele the midfield maestroDembele dominated in midfield for Spurs in the north London derby © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONMousa Dembele underlined his status as one of Tottenham’s unsung heroes with a dominant display in their 1-0 win over north London rivals Arsenal.It was Harry Kane’s latest goal-scoring exploits against the Gunners that took centre-stage at Wembley, but the platform of that success was built by the industrious Dembele.Embodying Mauricio Pochettino’s obsession with physical intensity, while more than capable of picking a decisive pass, Dembele out-shone Arsenal in the midfield engine room, earning praise from his manager.“Last season he played so well, this season he suffered a problem in his ankle and struggled in pre-season. Now he is playing well again,” Pochettino said.“He is an unbelievable player. We have to be careful about his fitness. When he can train he can make this type of performance.”Pogba flops againPogba was ineffectual as United lost at Newcastle to slip back towards their fellow top-four hopefuls © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYAs if losing 1-0 to struggling Newcastle wasn’t enough to have Jose Mourinho seething, the Manchester United boss once again had to suffer the frustration of Paul Pogba’s latest flop.Mourinho had restored Pogba to the starting line-up after dropping him for United’s previous match — a decision inspired by the former Juventus midfielder’s limp efforts in a defeat at Tottenham.But rather than grasp the opportunity to get back in Mourinho’s good books just days after his boss had defended their relationship, Pogba was again a largely anonymous figure at St James’ Park.By the time he was substituted midway through the second half, United were already trailing, but publicly at least, Mourinho remains supportive.“No problems,” he said when asked about the France international. “I wanted a better way (in midfield) against a side that was defending in a block. I wanted the simplicity of Michael Carrick.”Carvalhal has Swansea cookingCarvalhal has taken Swansea from rock-bottom to out of the relegation zone © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLCarlos Carvalhal has served up amazing results and interviews in equal measure since he was surprisingly appointed to spearhead Swansea’s fight for survival on December 28.Saturday was no different as Ki Sung-Yeung’s winner nine minutes from time after Carvalhal had thrown on two extra strikers took the Welsh side out of the relegation zone.When the Portuguese arrived, Swansea were bottom of the table and five points adrift of safety. “It was time to put all the meat on the barbeque,” said the colourful Carvalhal of his attacking instinct.Swansea have now won more points, 14, in Carvalhal’s seven games in charge than the 13 his predecessor Paul Clement collected in 20 matches.Southampton slide into bottom threeWhilst Huddersfield, Newcastle and Swansea enjoyed morale-boosting wins, Southampton’s slide continued as Mauricio Pellegrino’s men were swept aside 2-0 by Liverpool.A run of just one win in their last 14 league outings has seen the Saints slip into the bottom three.An unwillingness to spend the £75 million bounty they received from Virgil van Dijk’s move to Liverpool in January could come back to cost the Southampton hierarchy as they look short of inspiration in attack and are badly missing the Dutchman in defence.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) SharesDe Bruyne ran the show against Leicester as Man City moved 16 points clear © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Kevin De Bruyne was the creative fulcrum of Manchester City’s latest demolition job, while Mousa Dembele inspired Tottenham’s north London derby triumph.Manchester United star Paul Pogba is still struggling, but Swansea are on the up under Carlos Carvalhal.last_img read more

Matano off to a flier as Tusker beat Wazito

first_imgMatano taking charge of his first match in his second coming at Tusker made changes to the squad with Brian Osumba and left-back David Mwangi all starting the match as he sought to steady the ship.Tusker started bright in attack. In the fourth minute, referee Agnetta Itubo denied them what looked like a brilliant opportunity at goal when Achema picked the ball up and sprinted at goal after a foul on Peter Nzuki in the middle of the pack.However, the referee pulled back play to the Nzuki foul with Achema clearly breaking off towards goal denying them advantage play.On the other end, Tusker’s veteran keeper Duncan Ochieng pulled a brilliant save to deny Piston Mutamba who had done well to outmuscle Mwangi off the ball before unleashing a ferocious volley at goal that Ochieng tipped over.Having survived the near goal on their end, Tusker got themselves into the lead in the 12th minute courtesy of a gift from Wazito defender Emmanuel Tienan.The Ivorian’s poor control as he tried to defend a ball from Mathew Odongo fell on Achema’s path and with only the keeper to beat the forward slotted the ball into the far left of keeper Peter Odhiambo’s goal.Wazito’s Kennedy Ayako attempts to dribble past Tusker’s Hashim Ssempala during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on April 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut Wazito kept on asking the questions, planting the long balls behind the Tusker defense as they sought to use Mutamba’s height.In the 14th minute, the tact nearly paid off when Mutamba turned away from Asike on the right but his shot deflected off the Tusker defender’s back, but the ref gave a goal-kick.Tusker were trying to play the ball on the ground passing around with ease as they seemed to have gained immense confidence from the goal.In the 20th minute, Odongo came close but he couldn’t direct a header on target at the edge of the six yard box off an Achema cross.As the half wore on, Wazito grew into the game and they had two chances though both went straight to keeper Ochieng’s arms.First it was David Oswe who pulled a shot from distance and second, Tienan tried to make amends when he wriggled his way past a forest of legs on the right but his eventual shot was straight at the keeper.-Second half-In the second half, both coaches made changes, Timothy Otieno and Eric Ambunya coming on for Mike Khamati and Mwangi respectively while Wazito brought on Samson Ndegwa for Oswe.After a balanced start, it was the Brewers who came close on the hour mark when a good team move on the left saw Osumba pick out Odongo on the far right, but the forward took too many touches in the ball and his eventual shot was weak and straight to Ochieng.Wazito made more attacking changes, Ibrahim Mao coming on for Kennedy Ayako and the youngster almost had an immediate impact when his freekick from range evaded the target by a whisker with Ochieng well beaten.Tusker’s Eugene Asike and Wazito’s Piston Mutamba chase for the ball during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on April 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn the other end, keeper Odhiambo almost made an unforgettable error when he missed a backpass from his skipper Dan Owino but luckily for him he was away from goal and the ball rolled out for a corner.Wazito pounded Tusker with immense pressure as they sought to get back on level terms and Mao continued to provide danger. His freekick in the 71st minute almost caused jitters in the Tusker box but Luis Tumba missed a connecting header.There was drama in the final minutes of the game after Wazito keeper Odhiambo seemed to have pushed Tusker’s Boniface Muchiri in the face, but the referee cautioned no one from the ensuing drama.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker’s Mathew Taro Odongo vies for the ball with Wazito’s Joe Waithira during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on April 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi, Kenya, Apr 25- The imposing figure of Robert Matano made a triumphant return to the Kenyan Premier League touchline as he guided Tusker FC to their third win of the season with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Wazito FC at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Wednesday.Ugandan forward Robert Achema scored the all important goal in the 12th minute of the game as Matano started his tenure with a win, the Brewers desperately hanging on to the slender lead till the final minute of the game.last_img read more

FOOTBALL: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE UPDATERESULTS:East Division: Under-12 LeagueCappry Rovers 6 v 1 Ballybofey UnitedUnder-12 Cup FinalDrumkeen United 2 v 0 Raphoe Town Under-16 LeagueConvoy Arsenal 2 v 0 Fintown HarpsLetterkenny Division:Under-12 Premier League .Dunfanaghy Youths 0 v 1 Bonagee United Under-14 Premier LeagueIllistrin United 5 v 0 Kilmacrennan CelticUnder-16 Premier LeagueBonagee United 0 v 0 Swilly Rovers Illistrin United 5 v 0 Dunfanaghy YouthsUnder-12 Reserve LeagueSwilly Ramblers 0 v 0 Dunfanaghy BluesNorthwest Division:Under-12sGweedore Celtic 2 v 1 Glenea UnitedUnder-14sGweedore United 0 v 5 Gweedore CelticSouth Division:Under-12 Cup Semi-FinalsSt. Catherines 1 v 2 Eany CelticDonegal/Killymard 1 v 1 Dunkineely Celtic (Dunkineely won 4-3 on pens.)Under-14 LeagueSt. Catherines 5 v 2 Drumbar UnitedDunkineely Celtic 7 v 0 Erne UnitedErne Celtic 2 v 4 Donegal TownFOOTBALL: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

UTTA dismisses claims of 104.7 million from NCS

first_img Tags: NCSUTTA UTTA claims they only received 2.7 million from NCS (file photo)LUGOGO – The Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) has refuted recent claims of receiving a certain amount of money from the National Council of Sports.The Association in a recent document noted that the said amount is exaggerated.The document signed by UTTA Secretary Ronald Andira notes that the Association has never received the said funds as indicated in the NCS break down.“We are not entirely sure why NCS would falsely claim to have disbursed the said funds to us whereas the same is totally incorrect, reads the document in part.UTTA claims that the only figure they received from NCS was in 2016 – 2.7 million Ugx as Air ticket fare for the UTTA president to travel to Mauritius in the month of September 2018.“We therefore wish to distance ourselves from the above deceptive NCS accountability figures for UTTA, continued UTTA in the document.“We cannot take the blame for funds that we have never received.“Our back statement is open to inspection by any party that needs to verify the above as stated.“The above funds yield a total of 104.7 million Ugx as support given by NCS to UTTA whereas the same is totally false.NCS are yet to comment on the matter.The funds indicated by NCS as support to UTTA in their annual report are the following:1. 53.8 million ugx – in the NCS report for financial year 2016/172. 39 million Ugx – in the NCS report for the financial year 2017/20183. 11.9 million Ugx – in the NCS report for the 1st quarter of financial year 2018/19There are also unconfirmed reports that NCS accounts have been frozen due to ongoing investigations. PML Daily is still digging into the suggestions.Comments last_img read more

Former Raiders second-round pick signed by Patriots

first_imgSafety Obi Melifonwu, a second-round pick by the Raiders who was waived by Oakland on Oct. 23, has been signed by the New England Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.Melifonwu, who played collegiately for Connecticut and went No. 56 to the Raiders in the 2017 draft, played five games last season, one as a starter. He was placed on injured reserve last December with a hip injury. He was waived on Aug. 23 to clear a roster spot for veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and then was …last_img read more