• NSW set to rival Queensland for Indigenous representation

    first_imgWhile the Origin teams aren’t named for another three weeks, there are more players of Indigenous heritage under genuine consideration for Blues selection than in any previous series, with the possibility of a three-quarter line-up featuring Blake Ferguson, Latrell Mitchell, James Roberts and Josh Addo-Carr.Wade Graham is expected to be selected if fit, while Tyrone Peachey is in strong contention for a utility role, and Jack Bird and Nathan Peats are incumbent members of a Blues team which last year fielded more Indigenous players than the Maroons for the first time.Graham and Bird have been touted as possible options to partner James Maloney in the halves.Had Andrew Fifita not pledged his allegiance to Tonga over NSW, his form would warrant selection, while Ryan James has been mentioned in discussions.With Johnathan Thurston retiring from representative football and Sam Thaiday being dropped after the opening game of last year’s series, Queensland’s Indigenous representation this season may be limited to Greg Inglis, Will Chambersand Dane Gagai.It is a significant turn-around since Bowraville-born Inglis opted to play for the Maroons, partly because of a perception that NSW was reluctant to select Indigenous players, and Timana Tahu walked out of a 2010 Blues camp in protest at comments about Inglis by assistant coach Andrew Johns.NSW has a history of disillusioned Indigenous players, with Anthony Mundine, Nathan Blacklock and David Peachey having questioned selection decisions in the past but there can be no complaints now after the Blues last year had five players of Aboriginal heritage in all three matches.The increased number of Indigenous players chosen in a NSW jersey in recent years has coincided with the introduction of the NRL All Stars concept in 2010 and many of the players now in contention have been given their first taste of representative football in the annual clash.Laurie Daley’s dual role as coach of the Indigenous All Stars and NSW from 2013 to 2017 also enabled him to develop relationships with many of those who wore the Blues jersey under his charge.  Emerging leaders such as Graham, Gagai and Ash Taylor have become aware of their standing while in camp with the Indigenous All Stars, which was the brainchild of Preston Campbell after witnessing the impact of the Dreamtime team during the 2008 World Cup.Of all the achievements that the NRL has to be proud of, none would surpass the positive influence rugby league has in Aboriginal communities and events such as the All Stars game and this weekend’s Indigenous round have ensured the support of the entire game.All 16 clubs are on track to have their own Reconciliation Action Plan by the end of the season, including the New Zealand Warriors, who are the first international organisation to do so. On the field, 12 per cent of NRL players are Indigenous, while at grassroots level that figure rises to 17 per cent – a far greater representation than the 2.8 per cent of Australians with Aboriginal heritage, according to the last Census in 2016.Indigenous players are also strongly represented in the women’s game, with eight of the 40 contracted players having Aboriginal heritage.In addition, eight members of the NSW Country women’s squad named to play in next month’s National Championships are Indigenous and the City team is expected to boast similar representation.The NRL has not had to deal with an incident of racial abuse against an Indigenous player in a match since 2005 when Parramatta forward Dean Widders made an on-field allegation against Bryan Fletcher, who was stripped of the South Sydney captaincy.The universal condemnation of the spectators who racially abused Inglis at Penrith earlier this season and the swift response of the Panthers and the NRL to identify and ban them was a positive contrast to the way former AFL star Adam Goodes was treated after a similar incident in 2013.last_img read more

  • Freeman, Gongloe, Bikers’ Union Differ on CBL Bill

    first_imgIn the wake of Capitol Hill’s latest decision to stamp its authority on the powers of the executive governor and other executives of the Central Bank of Liberia, politicians, lawyers and labour organizations have started voicing their opinions on the matter.The Legislature amended an Act establishing the CBL thereby preventing the CBL governor and executives from participating in future elections.Said legislative move has received mixed reactions from state-actors including Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) political leader, Mr. Simeon Freeman, constitutional lawyer Tiawon Gongloe and Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union representative Robert M. Sammie.Freeman expressed support for the proposed legislation in a news conference Thursday, February 20, adding that the Reserve Bank governor had been “in violation of the act creating the CBL for a very long time, and as such, there was a need for legislative intervention in order to right the wrongs along the way.”Mr. Freeman applauded the efforts of the Legislature in addressing such critical instrument affecting the country, declaring that the proposed legislation “does not contravene the Constitution as being speculated by groups of individuals across the country.”He pledged his party’s unflinching support for the bill, encouraging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to sign the bill in the interest of democracy and political stability.However, constitutional lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, and trade unionist Robert Sammie, frowned on the passage of the bill on Capitol Hill, describing it as, “unconstitutional.”In separate conversations, Cllr. Gongloe and Sammie said the proposed legislation contravenes several provisions of the 1986 Constitution, and as such, should be considered non-existent.Appearing live on a local station Thursday in Monrovia, Cllr. Gongloe indicated that the lawmakers’ action is “a clear violation of Article 11 of the 1986.”Article 11 states: “a) All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the rights to enjoy and defend life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining the security of the person and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.b) All persons, irrespective of ethnic background, race, sex, creed, place of origin or political opinion, are entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.c) All persons are equal before the law and are therefore entitled to the equal protection of the law.”Based on these constitutional provisions, Cllr. Gongloe advised the Legislature on the violation and further advised the signature power not to sign the bill into law.For his part, motorcyclists’ secretary general, Sammie, described said action as “a few myopic individuals, including some members of the Legislature, who are acting jittery and paranoid because they feel that the Central Bank Governor, Dr. Mills Jones, harbours presidential political ambition, which is not unconstitutional.“We are constrained to question the rationale and wisdom of amending the 1999 Act that gives access to Governors of Central Bank of Liberia to extend helping hands to poverty-strickened Liberians looking to be lifted to a level of economic dignity. What is the wisdom in making laws intended to keep your people in perpetual poverty? In simple terms, the Legislature detests the Central Bank Loan Scheme.  This action on the part of the National Legislature can only be described as thoughtless and inconsiderate,” the motorcycle riders’ representative said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Ellen withdraws Davis-Russell’s Nomination

    first_imgIn the wake of her rejection by the Senate Committee on Education, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell has asked that her nomination for the post of Education Minister be withdrawn and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has agreed.Last Thursday the Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration (EPA) in its confirmation hearing report said that it was recommending to the plenary to reject Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell because “she is not a Liberian citizen.”According to an Executive Mansion statement, President Sirleaf has accepted the request of Dr. Davis-Russell to withdraw her nomination. Dr. Davis-Russell has, however, consented to serve as Chair of the Education Advisory Council.Meanwhile the Deputy Education Minister for Planning, Research and Development-designate, Mr. Anthony A. Nimely, was recommended by EPA for confirmation to the Senate Plenary.Dr. Davis-Russell, a veteran educator, who is currently president of William V. S. Tubman University in Maryland County, became the second nominee from President Sirleaf’s recent slate of new appointments to be rejected by the Senate. The first was Health Minister-designate Mr. George Werner.The EPA committee, chaired by Rivercess County Senator, Dallas A. V. Gueh, did not elaborate further in its report or give more reasons as to why Dr. Davis Russell should not be confirmed.Dr. Davis-Russell has to her high credit transformed Tubman Technical College into a full fledge university and revolutionized the academic standard and capacity to the benefit of students from the Southeast and the country.She was expected to replace former Education Minister Etmonia D. Tarpeh, who was transferred to the National Investment Commission (NIC). Minister Tarpeh served the MOE from two years — 2012 to 2014.In a letter to President Sirleaf last week, Dr. Davis-Russell cited her United States of America citizenship as an obstacle to her ability to serve effectively in the position of Education Minister.Moreover, she expressed concern that her abrupt departure from the William V.S. Tubman University without a planned succession has already set off a process that could undermine the quality of instruction and the reputation that she has created for TU over the last two years.During her confirmation hearing, Dr. Davis-Russell warned that in order to build a conscious and educated society, the educational sector needs to get rid of those she described as “bench warmers”.She was appointed president of the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology (now William V.S. Tubman University) in October 2007 and assumed leadership of the institution in July 2008. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Peterson Crossing fire almost under control

    first_imgFire crews have the Peterson Crossing fire pretty much under control.Fire Information officer Jillian Chimko, from the Prince George Fire Centre, says fire crews have the fire 80 percent under control. [asset|aid=1341|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c4028720cbdad8e0e82b3eb6364c6809-Chimko – Peterson Crossing 1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Chimko says the fire is 110 hectares in size. She also says the fire isn’t close to any oil and gas facilities.She says one camp is under watch, but the fire isn’t expected to reach it. The Fire Centre is reporting small fire by Wonowon.Fire crews have been sent to tackle the blaze, which is just one hectare in size.Advertisementlast_img

  • Dawson Creek RCMP trying to locate wanted woman

    first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted woman.56-year-old Caryn Lowes is wanted for possession of a controlled substance, false pretenses, breach of recognizance and frail to attend court.Lowes is described as:Indigenous female5’ 6″130 lbsLong Brown hairBrown eyes- Advertisement -Police say, if located, contact the RCMP or the police of jurisdiction in your area. Do not confront Lowes.If you have information on Lowes’ whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img


    first_imgRossan College offers education and training designed specifically for the adult learner who wants to enhance life and career prospects with practical, enjoyable learning experiences which fit into their busy lives.So, whether you are a recent school leaver or taking your first steps back to training and education you will find a friendly and supportive atmosphere at Rossan College, with professional teaching methods and individual attention. Those who regularly attend further education courses will find something new to interest and challenge them in the year ahead.Some of what is on offer at Rossan College for 2012 – 2013 Certificate in Business & Office Skills: This intensive 3-month programme is designed to prepare participants for employment in a modern office. It is ideal for anyone who needs to re-skill or up-skill! You will study communications & reception skills, office information systems, word processing, bookkeeping & SAGE. You will also gain confidence through all-important work experience in an office setting. Classes are held Tues, Weds & Thurs, 10am – 3pm. SO WHAT HAS ROSSAN COLLEGE GOT TO OFFER ME? was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

  • Watford complete signing of former Barcelona youth player

    first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Watford chairman Scott Duxbury said on his club’s website: “Marc has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs, therefore we are delighted to have secured his services.”Navarro, who can play at full-back or centre-half, left Barcelona for city rivals Espanyol aged 16. He made his LaLiga debut in January 2017, scoring in the 3-1 win over Granada and went on to chalk up 36 appearances.Hornets boss Javier Gracia has slowly been shaping his squad for the new Premier League campaign.Earlier this week, Watford reached an agreement to sign midfielder Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for an initial 13 million euros (Ł11.47million) following a successful loan spell last season.The club have also taken up the option of a one-year contract extension for defender Miguel Britos and brought in England Under-19 defender Ben Wilmot from Stevenage. He becomes Watford’s third signing of the summer moving on 1 LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED The latest transfer news on Watford have signed defender Marc Navarro from Espanyol for an undisclosed fee.The 22-year-old Spaniard, who came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona, has agreed a five-year deal with the Hornets. targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more


    first_imgSenior Citizens Christmas Dinner PartyThe annual St. Vincent De Paul dinner party will take place on Sun 02nd Dec with Mass at 6pm in St. Patrick’s Church, followed by a meal and music in the hall. To book contact Mathew O’ Kane on 074 9134104 or Michael Mc Namee on 074 9134163.Drumkeen Youth Club Youth Club this Fri 30th Nov back to its usual slot of 7:30-9:30pm. Thanks to everyone who bought/sold our Christmas draw tickets, the draw takes place on 12th Dec and all winners will be published in the notes.DATE FOR YOUR DAIRY: We are having our “BIG CHRISTMAS DISCO” on Sat 15th Dec in the hall from 4:30-6:00pm. All welcome, lots of games and fun things to do, Adm €3, more details next week.Finn Valley AC Jogging GroupThe Finn Valley AC has recently established a Jogging Group which meets every Monday night in Convoy opposite Breen’s Bar @ 7p.m.!All welcome! Drumkeen Old School ReunionTickets are now available for The Drumkeen Old School Reunion dinner dance which will take place on 04th Aug. 2013 in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, so if you’re looking for a Christmas present for your Mum, Dad, grandparents, brother or sister, then why not treat them to a ticket to the biggest event of 2013. You could also make it a family reunion and book a table for all your kin folk. Tables of 8 and 10 available. Contact Josie 0872168176, Maeve 086 3940761, Andrena 087 1369788, John 0857538575 or Henry on 087 2914267 for details.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 21st Nov 02, 04, 19, 21. No jackpot winner 1 Match 3Numbers €100 Cathal Mc Connell, Dunfanaghy. Next weeks jackpot €3,650 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP for Letterkenny & StranorlarThere will be no meetings for the above group in December or January (but present members are welcomed to attend the Group Christmas Dinner at Villa Rose, Ballybofey on Friday 7th December by confirming your name with Jude)Meetings will resume in February – 1st Wednesday of each month in St. Conals, Letterkenny 7pm to 8.30pm and 1st Friday each month in Millbrae Health Centre, Stranorlar 6.30 to 8.30pm. New members welcome. If you would like further information on the group or the condition, please feel free to contact the following : Jude Fibromyalgia Bromley on Facebook or 086 3945008 (after 7pm)Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandBand Practice this Tue 27th in the hall @ 7.00pm. all new members welcome. Age 11 to 91 years. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!!Slimming WorldSlimming World meet every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar at 10am, 12 noon, 5.30pm & 7.30pm.  New members always welcome. Contact Catherine on 0863962666 for further information.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on91/34010 or 087 7728608LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 25th, 2012 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:LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more


    first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: Four teams travelled to Lurgan for Ulster intermediate and Masters Cross Country last weekend – and each returned back down the motorway with a set of medals.Masters women led by Catriona Devine secured Gold. The men’s Intermediate team just lost out by just four points to neighbours City Of Derry. Only six points separated the top 3 squads. Intermediate women 3rd team and Masters men 2nd team finished behind an impressive North Belfast quartet.Familiar names like Catriona Devine, 2nd, Kay Byrne and Noleen Porter and Miriam Bonner were all in action, and contributed to the team finishing 1st on 39.2 –ahead of Lagan Valley (55.3) and Springwell (64.0). This Finny Valley squad have certainly enjoyed their fair share of success over the years, interesting to note that they all were involved and began to impact as 10 year olds!The withdrawal of Fintown man Dermot Brennan with an Achilles injury in the days leading up to the intermediate men was to be pivotal to the eventual outcome with City of Derry 120, Finn Valley 124, Foyle Valley 126. The squad really giving it zip, such is the current spirit. Gerard Gallagher finished 3rd still learning his trade and continuing to improve. James Speight finished 4th, with Sean Mc Getttigan 23,Colin Mc Nulty 26 ,Shane Mc Nulty 38 and Dean Toland 42 scoring. So so near.Masters men the tough teak squad led by the welcome return of Kevin Holian 11 th supported by Martin Irwin, Dominic Bonner and Michael Penrose all scoring, as North Belfast amassed a comprehensive victory on 23 pts, Finn Valley 70pts and bronze to Annadale on 70 pts. Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty had a good run, finishing 2nd.Intermediate Women scoring Catherine Dooher, Angela Speight, Miriam Bonner and Charmaine O Brien. Team scoring looks like this Springwell 38,Omagh 61 and F Valley 71. Valley endurance coach Mark Connolly -while disappointed to lose out on War Memorial intermediate title- expressed satisfaction on what is a developing squad, scores and non scorers contributed.Jodie Stewart and Mark Hoye were involved in the AAI indoor Games in Athlone IT, a new exciting modern indoor facility . Elsewhere Tori Pena was nailing the European indoor qualification standard with a 4.30 clearance in New Mexico, as you may have already seen here on Donegal Daily. ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC DIARY was last modified: January 28th, 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:ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC DIARYlast_img read more

  • Proteas in crushing ODI win over Sri Lanka

    first_img7 July 2014 South Africa took a 1-0 lead over Sri Lanka in their three-match one-day international series after an impressive 75-run victory in Colombo on Sunday.‘It’s very satisfying’ “It’s very satisfying,” captain AB de Villiers said of the win after the match. “We had a tough tour here the last time we came. Even though we lost 4-1, I still felt like we weren’t that far off the mark, although the scorecard doesn’t agree with my comments. “The belief and the way we have learned from the last time gives me a lot of satisfaction. We aren’t going to get complacent going into the next game, we know that we are going to have to work hard and the work starts all over in Kandy.”Man of the match Hashim Amla followed up his century in a win over A Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in the Proteas’ first outing of their tour with another century in the big win on Sunday. He was named man of the match for his 109 off 130 balls, which helped to propel South Africa to a strong 304 for 5 in their 50 overs. “I think he prepared really well coming into the series,” De Villiers said. “He played at Surrey for a month, got his technique in order, and did really well there. He has hit the ground running here and his hard work has paid off. “It’s amazing to bat with him, we enjoy each other’s company out there, like we did today. Hopefully there will be more of those partnerships to come.”Big stand Amla and De Villiers shared a stand of 151 for the third wicket, with De Villiers striking 75 off only 70 deliveries to set up the innings. David Miller, with an undefeated 36 off 21 balls, and Ryan McLaren, with 22 off 18, then brought it to a hard-hitting close. While Ajantha Mendis led the Sri Lankan bowling attack with three wickets, he went for 61 runs in his 10 overs, and he received little backing up for the rest of the home team’s bowlers.Good start Chasing over six runs per over for victory, Sri Lanka started well and reached 50 before losing Kusal Perera for 34 off 33 balls at the end of the eighth over. Tillakaratne Dilshan and star batsman Kumar Sangakkara then advanced the total to 98 before Dilshan departed for 40 from 46 deliveries with the total on 98 in the 17th over. With Sangakkara at the wicket, however, Sri Lanka were always in with a chance of victory. Ryan McLaren made the big breakthrough in the 38th over, however, first bowling Lahiru Thirimanne for 15 and then having Sangakkara caught by Faf du Plessis for 88 off 84 balls. Those two wickets reduced the home team to 217 for 7 and they quickly slipped to 229 all out as South Africa claimed an emphatic victory.Wicket-takers Leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed 3 for 50 in seven overs, McLaren finished with 2 for 33 in six, Dale Steyn picked up 2 for 38 in 7.3, and Morne Morkel finished with 2 for 39 in seven as the Sri Lankans lasted only 40.3 overs. “Imran Tahir pulled it back really nicely after his opening two-over spell, and JP (Duminy – 0 for 24 in five overs) as well,” he said. “All four seam bowlers also bowled really well together. “I think it was a good team performance, it’s not about the seamers outplaying the spinners or vice-versa. It was a good wicket and those that got wickets did a good job.”last_img read more