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Storm spoilt for choice at five-eighth

first_imgThe 30-year-old Green was a key figure in the Storm’s minor premiership win last season, but after a short stay in Melbourne opted to join bitter rivals the Sea Eagles on a lucrative two-year deal. While he will be a big loss for the grand finalists, the Storm are not short of talent when it comes to their playmaking stocks.  Speaking to media in the Victorian capital, Storm coach Craig Bellamy outlined the men most likely to wear the No.6 in 2017 – starting with last season’s breakout star Cameron Munster, who played a key role at fullback for the Storm in Billy Slater’s absence.  “We think that’d be a good position for Cameron. He’s shown a lot in the pre-season playing there,” Bellamy said.”Having said, we’ve got young Brodie Croft who played one game last year. We think he did a good job there and he’s been training well in the pre-season. “We’ve got a young kid from the Cowboys, Jahrome Hughes, who’s had some back problems, but we think he can fit in there as well. “We’ve had Curtis Scott doing a little bit of five-eighth as well. “We’ve got Ryley Jacks down from the Sunshine Coast – one of our feeder clubs – and he’s had a little bit of experience in the NRL. “They’re obviously pretty big boots to fill. Blake Green did a tremendous job here for two years but hopefully out of that group, we’ll find someone to fill that position.”With so many men to choose from, Storm assistant coach Adam O’Brien detailed each individual’s strengths in a chat with NRL.com. One of the men tipped to be in contention for the Round 1 clash against the Bulldogs is Croft, who shone when given a chance to make his NRL debut with regular halfback Cooper Cronk away on State of Origin duty. The 19-year-old kicked for a whopping 347 metres against the Dragons in his lone NRL appearance, chipping in with 31 tackles (no misses) and also setting up Melbourne’s first try of the night. He started the year in the Storm’s Holden Cup system but finished 2016 playing for the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup where he gained valuable experience against bigger bodies. “He’s worked really hard at the back end of last year and into this pre-season on his defence,” O’Brien said of Croft. “He adds a fair bit of variety to our attack. He’s a bit like Cooper Cronk in that he’s well organised, he’s got a really good footy brain and a great kicking game as well. He’s certainly doing himself no harm to fill that spot.”Croft’s main rival appears to be Munster, who hasn’t put a foot wrong since taking over from the injured Billy Slater midway through the 2015 season. Predominately a fullback, the 22-year-old spent time in the halves in the NYC and the Queensland Cup and would provide a spark if given a chance to wear the No.6 jersey next year. “Cameron Munster is another option we’ve tossed up to take that number six spot,” O’Brien continued. “The best part about what he did last year was his running game. I think he had the most tackle breaks for our team so that’s something we’re mindful of. “We want to get Cameron plenty of ball and we don’t want to put too much structure into his game. We want him to have that ability to run the footy when he feels like he needs to.”He’s quite versatile and he’s just your natural footy player. We’re just trying to find ways to maximise his attacking ability and getting his hands on the ball.”O’Brien also spoke highly of Ryley Jacks, who was named player of the year for the Storm’s feeder club Sunshine Coast in 2016 after scoring 19 tries for the Falcons. “We’ve got a young guy in Ryley Jacks who we brought down from our feeder club on the Sunshine Coast and he’s really impressed us at training,” O’Brien said. “He has a really good kicking game and he’s quite a big guy so he can handle himself defensively.”Curtis Scott is another guy who’s really impressed us in the pre-season. He’s similar to Munster in that he can play in the outside backs as well as in the halves.”While it’s causing plenty of noise in the outside world, O’Brien doused speculation about the future of the five-eighth role this far out from the start of the season. “It’s still a work in progress,” he said. “We haven’t gone into too many specific details on style of play. The first block of pre-season up until Christmas is about getting the ball in hand, but it’s also about getting some conditioning in. “We haven’t trained as a definitive 13 yet so we haven’t pigeon-holed ourselves into set positions yet. “While ‘Greeny’ has left a huge hole to fill, we feel we have some depth there and there’s plenty of healthy competition for that spot.”last_img read more

Laporta applauds the players to lower their salaries and criticizes Bartomeu

first_imgLawyer Joan Laporta, who served as president of Barcelona from 2003 to 2010, sent this Tuesday a message of approval to the players of the club for lowering the salary before the ERTE who wants to present the entity, and at the same time criticized the current president, Josep Maria Bartomeu. “The #confinition brings us the best when we see the solidarity and commitment of the # Barça players. Congratulations, you have stood up to the challenge,” he said on his Twitter account.On the other hand, in the same brief message, Laporta wrote: “#bartomeuout”, showing his criticism again towards whom five years ago was his rival at the polls, and who was a director from 2003 to 2005.The footballers of Barcelona accepted this Monday the club’s proposal to reduce wages by 70%, due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus, and announced that they will make contributions “so that the club’s employees can collect 100% of their salary” while this situation lasts.last_img read more

MetLife Stadium to host Copa Centenario final

first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC): New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium will host next year’s final of the historic Copa America Centenario, organisers have announced. Sixteen teams, comprising six from the North, Central America and Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF) and ten from South America, will do battle in the tournament. Caribbean champions Jamaica have already qualified for the tournament, while Trinidad and Tobago will contest a play-off next month against Haiti to determine their place. The tournament marks the 100-year anniversary of the prestigious Copa America, which will be staged outside South America for the first time in its history. The stadium, which boasts a capacity of 82,000, will take centre stage for the June 3-26 tournament scheduled to be played across ten venues across the United States. Games will also be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; California, Levi Stadium in San Francisco; NRG Stadium in Houston, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; CenturyLink Field in Seattle; University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; the Orlando Citrus Bowl; and Soldier Field in Chicago.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 STOKE CITY 3GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: RITCHIE 57th. STOKE: IMBULA 9th; AFELLAY 52nd; JOSELU 55th.Newcomer Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke as the Potters ended their three-match losing run. Record-signing Imbula gave Stoke an early lead before Ibrahim Afellay and sub Joselu extended their advantage soon after half-time. Matt Ritchie’s left-footed reply came too late for the Cherries, who dropped to 15th in the Barclays Premier League.CHELSEA 5NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- CHELSEA: COSTA 5th; PEDRO 9th, 59th; WILLIAN 17th;TRAORE 83rd. NEWCASTLE: TOWNSEND 90th.Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten record as Chelsea boss continued as Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone on the back of a Stamford Bridge thrashing. Diego Costa claimed his eighth goal in nine games for the Blues, Pedro scored twice, and Willian made it 4-0 before Bertrand Traore made it five. Andros Townsend replied for the Magpies.CRYSTAL PALACE 1WATFORD 2GOALS:- PALACE: ADEBAYOR 45th. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 16th, 82nd.Watford are eighth in the Barclays Premier League, thanks to a brace from striker Troy Deeney. The Hornets skipper gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, though newcomer Emmanuel Adebayor claimed his first goal to pull the Eagles level. Ben Watson set up Deeney for the winner, while Palace finished with 10 men after Pape Souare was red-carded.EVERTON 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOAL:- WBA: RONDON 14th.West Bromwich Albion secured their first Barclays Premier League win in six outings as Everton suffered a sixth home defeat of the season. But Everton were forced to suffer on an afternoon in which they failed to score despite creating 34 shots. Albion, though, took their chance when Salomon Rondon scored against the run of play early on.NORWICH CITY 2WEST HAM UNITED 2GOALS:- NORWICH: BRADY 54th; HOOLAHAN 65th. WEST HAM: PAYET 74th; NOBLE 76th.Norwich suffered a setback in their bid for Barclays Premier League safety when they allowed West Ham to come back from a two-goal deficit at Carrow Road. Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan gave the Canaries the lead, but Dimitri Payet gave West Ham hope and then set up Mark Noble for the equaliser.SWANSEA CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 69th.Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster maintained his unbeaten record since returning from injury to help his side into sixth place. Forster and Saints have now gone nine hours and 14 minutes without conceding, and, with Shane Long scoring the game’s only goal, extended their unbeaten run to six games, of which they have won five.SUNDERLAND 2MANCHESTERUNITED 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: KHAZRI 3rd; DE GEA OG 82nd. UNITED: MARTIAL 39th.Sunderland improved their chances of survival, thanks to a poor Manchester United display. Wahbi Khazri gave Sunderland the lead with a free-kick, though Anthony Martial levelled with a delightful chip over Vito Mannone, but in the final minutes, Khazri’s corner went in via a deflection off United keeper David de Gea.last_img read more

Be humble enough to say ‘sorry’

first_imgDear Editor,Congratulations to Volda Lawrence for becoming the Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).Now, with Ms Lawrence being seen as a potential future presidential candidate in addition to being a current Cabinet member, and being now the second most powerful person in the PNCR, she needs to send clear messages to the Guyanese nation that she has no problem with apologising for wrong things said or done.Such a gesture would be indicative of her mature and people-centred leadership and suggest that Ms. Lawrence is ready to be a leader of empathy and caring concern. Thus Ms Lawrence should:1. Apologise to the nation in general, and females in particular, for referring to rape as ‘deflowering’. After all, rape — especially of children — is a heinous crime that now carries the death sentence in some nations, and that often leaves lifetime trauma in its wake.2. Apologise to the nation, and especially children, for saying that sexual molestation of children is a ‘family matter’. The fact is that the rape of our children should be everyone’s concern, and should be treaated with utmost seriousness every which way, including legally.Indeed, Ms Lawrence has created history by her ascension to the chairmanship of the PNC. Now she needs to create history by proving that she is a leader who has no qualms about apologising for seeming to condone and/or water down the most horrible of crimes against the nation’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.Madam Chairman, please rise to the level of leadership demanded of your position. Prove to the nation that you are big and strong and humble enough to say ‘sorry’.Sincerely,Annan Boodramlast_img read more

Broomes meets union reps on GGMC industrial relations

first_imgMinister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes on Thursday met officials of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) as part of an ongoing dialogue between Government and the union on industrial relations matters regarding the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Minister Broomes used the occasion to reiterate her commitment to good industrial relations between the Ministry and the workers during the meeting held at the Ministry.“I am committed to working with you even when we disagree…You the workers are the most important pillars in the Ministry as you are the ones to implement policy,” she stressed.Minister Broomes told those in attendance that even though there will be disagreements between the Ministry and the union overMinister within the Ministry of Natural ResourcesSimona Broomesindustrial relations there must be a culture of respect.She vowed to embrace the principles of good labour relations in accordance with international conventions signed on to by Guyana.According to Broomes, she wants to see a departure from how things obtained just a few short years ago when workers of GGMC felt it necessary to take to the streets in protest. The minister said it is her vision that the Ministry of Natural Resources becomes an “exemplar of stellar labour relations with its employees and those of the agencies which fall under it…We can be a model for other ministries to show what decent labour relations could be.”Present at the meeting were Gregory Gaspar –chairman of GPSU Branch No. 72; Sandrene Abrams – floor member GPSU Branch No. 72; Dennis English – GPSU, Unata De Freitas, the GGMC/GPSU workers’ representative and Beatrice Roberts-Austin – GGMC/GPSU branch secretary.last_img read more

Health Workers Struggle with Maternal Education in Gbarpolu

first_imgHealth workers in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County have underscored that traditional belief of people about health is impeding effort to educate them on birth control and other maternal challenges.Speaking to the Daily Observer on May 4 at the Chief Jallah Medical Center in Bopolu, a certificated midwife of the health center, Watta B. Nyei, said they have noted high birthrate in the county over the time.Although she did not state the birthrate percentage in the county, she noted that every time they decide to educate the people on birth control, the women oppose the use of condom and other contraceptives with expressed desire that they want direct sexual intercourse.In order to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality, Watta told this paper that they are constantly engaged in educating the people to regularly visit hospital and not to allow home delivery.She also said they are in mutual working relationship with Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs), who go around and bring pregnant women to the health center when they (women) are in labor.“These TTMs are in the county and they bring women who are in labor on car or hammock to the health center and each TTM who brings a patient is given LD$500.  This is encouraging the TTMs and those for whom the education is intended are going along and responding well,” Watta stated.As a result of the education provided and assistance from the TTMs, Watta said there is reduction in mortality rate over the two months she has spent in Bopolu with the Chief Jallah Health Center.Also, a credible source at the hospital says practice of traditional delivery and consultation with soothsayers about one’s illness are still highly practiced in the county.While people around Bopolu are in some point adhering to medical advice, the source said people in the county still believe in giving ill persons unquantifiable watery herb to take in when they are sick.According to the source, a patient was brought to the hospital a few months back but family members after consulting a soothsayer decided to take her back home for application of herb.“She stayed with them for sometimes and they gave her enough of watery herb.  But her condition was not improving and they brought her back again.  We could not handle the matter and therefore transferred the case to JFK in Monrovia, but unfortunately she expired,” the source said.Gbarpolu was created during the regime of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor.Its people are highly concentrated in tradition that contemporary education and services are rare there.While people there may have behavioral challenge in adhering to medical advice, the level of poverty in the county also serves as a contributing factor to reaching health center, especially pregnant women.Many of them live in villages hundreds of miles away from Bopolu, its capital city, and most of the villages are inaccessible to vehicles and motorbikes.To bring a patient to hospital in Bopolu, people have to tote the patient in a hammock and cover long distances.The Millennium Development Goals in line with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s plan to fight maternal mortality seeks to ensure reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.With this prevailing condition in Gbarpolu, it is unpredictable to say that the goal will be achieved as 2015 is being set to see the result.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

On the fast track

first_img• Photo Gallery: RediAuto Sport Challenge IRWINDALE – RediAuto Sport, a major distributer of sports cars and adaptive equipment for disabled drivers, hosted an auto race Thursday at the Irwindale Speedway. The company’s “Sport Track Challenge” was the “first-of-its-kind auto cross,” said Celia Vet, event coordinator for RediAuto. It featured races with both disabled and able-bodied competitors. Vet said there were 24 competitors, 12 of whom were disabled. Most of those, she said, are paraplegic. The company supplies the hand controls that allows disabled drivers to control the cars. The company is the only one that supplies adaptive equipment to enable stick-shift driving for the disabled. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pressure growing on Gonzales, Bush in attorney firings

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Senators postponed testimony by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly Virginia Tech shootings, delaying his chance to defend contradictions about fired federal prosecutors that have taxed his credibility. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy said the proceedings, initially set for Tuesday, would be inappropriate after the shootings in southwestern Virginia. He delayed Gonzales’ appearance until Thursday. The Bush administration has pushed for Gonzales to testify as soon as possible, and the long-scheduled hearing is widely viewed as the attorney general’s last chance to quiet a controversy that has prompted calls in both parties for his resignation. Gonzales has struggled for more than a month to clarify what he described as only a limited involvement in the purge that Democrats believe was politically motivated. A group of conservative activists joined the chorus Monday, urging Gonzales to step down for having “debased honesty as the coin of the realm.” The White House maintained its support for Gonzales. “I think the attorney general has been perfectly honest,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday. And Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, defended Gonzales from the political backlash by noting, “This is a town of jerks.” Gonzales accepts responsibility for some of the confusion, acknowledging in written testimony “that at times I have been less than precise with my words when discussing the resignations.” He also ordered the Justice Department to release more than 5,700 pages of e-mails, schedules, memos and other documents to show that the firings were not improper. But his prepared remarks conflict with some details already released by the Justice Department and former aides. They include: -Gonzales’ statement that he became aware of the process to replace U.S. attorneys “shortly after the 2004 election and soon after I became attorney general.” However, a Jan. 9, 2005, e-mail notes a discussion of the topic “a couple of weeks ago” between Gonzales and his former top aide, Kyle Sampson. Gonzales was confirmed as attorney general on Feb. 3, 2005. -Gonzales’ recollection that he received a few, brief updates about the firing plans. “During those updates, to my knowledge, I did not make decisions about who should or should not be asked to resign,” he wrote. Sampson, by contrast, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 29 that he remembered discussions with Gonzales regarding “this process of asking certain U.S. attorneys to resign.” -Gonzales’ claim that he was not involved in selecting who would replace the targeted prosecutors. “I do not recall making any decision, either on or before December 7, 2006, about who should replace the U.S. attorneys who were asked to resign that day,” he wrote. But the Justice documents include a January 2006 list of names compiled by Sampson of possible replacements. Justice spokesman Brian Roehrkasse has said those suggested replacements were merely proposals, and that none was selected before the prosecutors were told to resign. -Gonzales’ written statement maintaining he had only an indirect role in the firings but approved the final recommendations “near the end of the process.” On March 13, however, Gonzales said he “was not involved in seeing any memos, was not involved in any discussions about what was going on.” That was contradicted by e-mails showing he attended a Nov. 27, 2006, meeting about the dismissals. Moreover, the former Justice official tasked with overseeing the prosecutors told congressional investigators that a memo about the firings was released at the Nov. 27 meeting, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. That official, Michael Battle, also said he “was not aware of performance problems with respect to several of the U.S. attorneys” when he called to fire them, according to Schumer. Schumer is one of Gonzales’ most vocal critics. He accused Gonzales on Monday of also making inconsistent statements about conversations he had with Bush about David Iglesias, the former prosecutor in New Mexico. Sizable majorities of Americans disapprove of how Gonzales has handled the Justice Department’s firing of eight U.S. attorneys and believe they were chiefly fired for political reasons, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday found. Even among Republicans, only 35 percent approve of Gonzales’ handling of the issue and 53 percent attribute the firings to political reasons. Even so, people favor Gonzales’ firing by only a slim 45 percent to 39 percent margin. The poll’s margin of error was three percentage points. “The attorney general deserves the opportunity to explain and to answer questions, but how well he does is going to matter,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “I would say that Gonzales is going to have to hit a home run or nearly a home run.” “We’re all anxious to hear what he has to say,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Additionally, members of the conservative American Freedom Agenda wrote a letter to Bush and Gonzales urging the attorney general to resign. The group opposes Bush administration terror policies. Their demands echoed conservative attacks on former White House counsel Harriet Miers, who abandoned her Supreme Court nomination after similar criticism. “He has to apologize for it instead of giving us these weasel words,” said former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Fein, who signed the letter with former Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia and conservative activist Richard Viguerie. At least nine law enforcement and Hispanic groups have written letters of support for Gonzales. Cannon, the Utah Republican who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said Gonzales has nothing to apologize for. “He needs to say: ‘Ultimately it was my call to fire or not. So why do I need to remember every detail?’” Cannon said. Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman, Erica Werner, Ben Feller and Alan Fram contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP seeks witnesses in suspected arson

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The RCMP is seeking witnesses in what is believed to be an act of arson that took place in February at Lawrence’s Meat Packing Plant in Dawson Creek.On February 20, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to the report of fire at the plant on Fourth Street.A shed was burned to the ground and officials found accelerant on a vehicle tire nearby.- Advertisement -Police collected video surveillance, which revealed two suspects entering the property and loitering in the area.The two can be seen near several vehicles, including the one the accelerant was found on. They then approach the shed and can be seen fleeing the area soon after. The surveillance footage then shows the shed begin to burn, and the suspects leave for good.The RCMP is requesting that anyone with information regarding this arson come forward to help identify the culprits.Advertisementlast_img read more