Women’s All Stars eye big start to year

first_imgWhile teams haven’t been finalised yet, Jillaroos fullback Sam Hammond is set to feature in her sixth All Stars line-up while Indigenous five-eighth and NSW Origin utility Nakia Davis-Welsh is readying for her fourth appearance – despite still being just 20 years old.The women’s fixture will feature as one half of a double header with the men’s game; the Feb 10 event at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium will see the occasion played outside Queensland for the first time.Hammond told NRL.com the match gets more exciting each year and will only get tougher as the concentration of Jillaroos squad members in the All Stars side gets evened out as more and more Indigenous All Stars players earn Jillaroos call-ups.”Every year we say the same thing – it just feels like one of the hardest games we’ve played,” Hammond said.”The most exciting thing at the moment is we have plenty of Indigenous girls that are so skilful that have come into our Jillaroos squad and they’ve just been playing so well in their indigenous side and they are getting stronger.”We never go in with the attitude we’re going to be more dominant, we get just as nervous every year and next tear won’t be any different to that.”Davis-Welsh was particularly excited to play the fixture for the first time in Newcastle, where she went to school.”I’m from Kempsey on the mid-north coast but went to high school from year 7 to 12 in Newcastle,” said Davis-Welsh, whose father Paul Davis played 40 games for Balmain in the early 90s alongside names like Steve Roach, Paul Sironen, Ben Elias, Garry Jack and Tim Brasher.Davis-Welsh moved to Sydney after her schooling and is heading into her second season with the Redfern All Blacks while also working in an administrative role at Native Title in Redfern and grew up with rugby league in her blood.”I grew up playing park footy with my older brother and cousins and friends then went from there, played at school,” Davis Welsh said.”I played Aboriginal knockouts then I went from that to the comp level down here in Sydney then I went to rep.”She is also clearly passionate about the All Stars fixture.”I love it. Every year is different, the team varies but it’s the same thing once we get into camp together we’re sisters,” she added.Hammond said while the All Stars fixture will be a huge event again, it’s just the start of what will be a massive year for the women’s game which also features the Auckland Nines, Origin, inaugural Tarsha Gale Nines and the end-of-year World Cup.”Our main focus for next year is ultimately the World Cup at the end of the year,” Hammond said.”What helps us when we play big games like that is support and the good thing about getting more coverage as the years go on and as the games go by is, the more people that watch us the more support we seem to get and the better we perform.”There is a lot happening. We went into training in Queensland a month ago for the Jillaroos squad and we’re on a program all the way through Christmas into the new year and it will go all the way to December 2nd next year for the final of the World Cup.”It’s a huge calendar and we’re all being educated on how to be the fittest and strongest and healthiest we can be throughout the year to give ourselves the best chances to play in all those games.”last_img read more

The rare case of Trippier: an Englishman adapted to the Atlético family

first_imgThe truth is that the signing of Trippier has curdled and the English players are not exactly the house brand at Atletico. The right-back is the second English footballer to play for the Madrid team. The first was Drinkwater and he played three games in the 1923-24 season. It is noteworthy that Atlético has never opted for players as competitive as the English. In the Spanish club, the Argentine or Brazilian players always triumphed more. Trippier wants to break that kind of hex with UK players.Outside the field, he was also enthusiastic about the idea of ​​wearing Atlético’s shirt. Always a joker and with a smile on his mouth, he commented that “Diego Costa calls me ‘Rooney’ ten times a day, he is the most fun player I know. Because of him everyone calls me `Rooney`”. Trippier made it clear that from the beginning he felt very comfortable in the rojiblanca entity: “Atlético is a great family and Simeone is one of the best” and he also pointed out in English media that “I am delighted to be at Atlético”. Always words of thanks to your current club.His commitment and his way of acting became clear when he had to undergo pubalgia on February 4. In three weeks he recovered from his operation and placed himself under Simeone’s command. English cut the expected recovery time by two weeks. He played against Villarreal on February 23. In between, and due to his problems, he lost the league games against Eibar, Leganés, Real Madrid, Granada and Valencia. In such a difficult season for Atlético with injuries, Trippier did his part so that Simeone could count on him as soon as possible.We will see what happens now, but Atlético is delighted with the performance of this player. It could be disabled, but in the rojiblanco team it is one of the fixed for next season. Trippier arrived last summer at Atlético to the general surprise of the rojiblancos fans. The sports management of the Madrid club he had set his eyes on Semedo, but the possibility of signing the Barcelona footballer was complicated and finally could not come. Kieran Trippier and the Atlético again achieved something that seemed impossible: removing an English footballer from Tottenham, finalist in the Champions League. Almost a year after his arrival, Trippier has been a signing that has curdled at Atlético and few dispute his acquisition. Fixed holder, important man for Simeone, his words off the pitch have always been of admiration for his coach and his new club.Trippier, 29, has a contract with Atlético until June 2022. He arrived with the complicated mission of making Juanfran forget and the Englishman has been a very reliable player. He has played 26 official competition matchesl (19 from LaLiga, five from Champions and two from the Spanish Super Cup). In total, 2,187 minutes of play. Atlético spent around 24 million euros for this gamer and began to rebuild a rear that had been left without Juanfran, Godín and Filipe Luis, legends of the entity. Well positioned, the player never hesitated to climb his band whenever the occasion required it. He lacked precision in some attacking movements, but Trippier perfectly understood Simeone’s tactical system.last_img

National Ophthalmology Hospital is in crisis

first_imgDear EditorThe Government has the power to ensure Guyanese pay taxes, but, in return, it must ensure quality services are delivered to the Guyanese people.Definitely, this is not the policy of this APNU/AFC coalition Government. Recently, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence visited the National Ophthalmology Hospital in Region Six and announced the re-opening of this important national hospital, it was later confirmed — when the Director of Health Services announced at the April statutory Regional Democratic Council meeting — that in the next two weeks, the National Ophthalmology Hospital would be reopened for cataract surgeries to the public.This was welcome news for thousands of poor Guyanese who are awaiting cataract surgeries over two years now. Unfortunately, to date, the National Ophthalmology Hospital has been unable to commence cataract surgeries.This was confirmed when a senior Government official called the doctors, who said that only screening of patients is been carried out, not surgeries. Definitely, persons who are awaiting services from this National Ophthalmology Hospital might either become blind or may have to pay privately at an exorbitant price to get their surgeries done, all because of the incompetence of the Minister of Public Health, the Director of Health Services, and the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s incompetence to ensure that the much needed medical supplies were procured to fix this crisis.We have seen that shortages of the drugs and medical supplies continue to be a national issue, and cannot be fixed because the APNU/AFC coalition Government favour certain suppliers because of huge kickbacks.Public officials who mislead the public should be held accountable with disciplinary actions. Billions of taxpayers’ monies are being spent to ensure ministers and public officials enjoy the good life, while the poor and vulnerable continue to suffer.As a representative of the people of Region Six, I urge Guyanese to demand that this National Ophthalmology Hospital be fixed immediately to avert a national crisis.SincerelyZamal HussainChairmanRegional HealthCommitteeRegion Sixlast_img read more

A woman miner blazing through a male-dominated industry

The gold and diamond mining industry over the years has contributed significantly to the sustenance of many families. However, it takes lots of hard labour, long hours and courage to keep pursuing some of nature’s most precious minerals buried below.Deian Gordon is one of the few female miners in an industry dominated by men. She is also an executive member of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO). She understands the struggle in this sector all too well.Gordon, prior to taking up a career in gold mining, was engaged in street vending. She visited the interior only to understand how minerals are extracted from the earth, but that visit evolved into a business.As a woman in mining, Deian has found it to be very challenging. She is a reservoir of good and bad experiences in the sector.In a male-dominated field, Gordon has managed to rack up some 22 years in the sector but it takes strength and courage to keep persevering.“You have to be strong to work with the men… spirit, mind and body. You have to be able to stand up and demand that this is your job, you have workers, you have to respect, even though you are a female; they have to respect that they working with you,” she explained.Growing up with 11 brothers taught Gordon a great lot. So that gave her a little advantage working in a ‘man’s world’.As a woman in mining, she has learnt that one has to be calm, in the eventually a situation arises. “Like when they get a dispute in the backdam, like in your camp, you have a dispute with another worker, if you can’t go and make peace or try and get it down it will lead to that (chopping up)”.She explained that there are times when large investments are made in the mining operation with very little returns and then there are times when the rewards are bountiful; however, Deian said there is a slang that is often used by miners, “Dutty battam dark” which means you invest unsure of what will be your returns but you remain hopeful.The GWMO, along with a brother institution, have assisted in coaching Gordon in the mining field. Gordon through the organisation has been able to attend many training programmes, especially in the area of sustainable practices made possible by the organisation.The workings of the mining Industry are totally different from most sectors, she explained, “…because for me, my work starts at 5:00 am, sometimes you does gotta get up from 2-3 am (02:00-03:00h) pumping water and so forth out of the pit. So, you close off at 6 pm (18:00h) and depends on how the sun goes, you could go up to 7 (pm)… so it ain’t get a factor really like a 7 am (07:00h) to 4 pm (16:00h) work,” she noted.The GWMO executive said she was taught about the rules that govern the mining industry through the GGMC and the GWMO and abides by those rules.She also engages in sustainable working practices. After mining is completed in an area, trees are often replanted by her workers.To any dredge owner, Deian Gordon encourages to always have another business to assists in the steady flow of income due to the unpredictability of the sector.Additionally, being away from family is also considered challenging. Gordon enjoys going to the movies and hanging with friends, to “ease the brains” as she puts it. read more

Gold for local Wheelchair curler

first_imgFort St. John’s Ina Forrest (Busche) has a gold medal around her neck, after team Canada took gold in the world wheelchair curling championships in Vancouver over the weekend.The world wheelchair championship was the very first curling competition held at the new Vancouver Olympic Centre, which will play host to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games curling competition and the 2010 Paralympic wheelchair curling competition.According to Ina’s mother Edith, she’s been a wheelchair curler for about 3 years, after a youth spent playing every sport she could. – Advertisement -Congratulations to Ina.last_img read more

Police still searching for robbery suspect

first_img– Advertisement -Fort St. John RCMP are continuing their search for an armed robbery suspect after an incident in September 2010.Police say they are releasing a second photo of the suspect because he has not yet been identified.The incident occurred when a male entered the Munchies Convenience Store brandishing a tire iron early in the morning on Sept. 25.The man left the store on foot having stolen an undisclosed amount of money.The suspect is described as being 5’9” in height with a medium build, wide shoulders and a dark complexion.Advertisement He was wearing a black t-shirt with a grey stripe across the middle, jeans, a grey toque with an orange stripe around the bottom of it and cream coloured gloves at the time of the incident.He also had a piece of blue clothing covering his face.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Photo: RCMP are still trying to identify a suspect who robbed teh Munchies Convenience Store./RCMP releaselast_img read more

2 middle-aged brothers shot on street in Pacoima

first_imgPACOIMA – A gunman shot two middle-aged brothers on the street early Sunday morning, leaving one dead, police said. Albert Rushing, 63, died not far from his brother, Monroe Brazil, 51, after being shot several times around 2:50 a.m. near the corner of Donfield and Vaughn avenues. The shooting does not appear to be gang-related, said Sgt. Orlando Chandler of the LAPD’s Foothill Division. But police are looking for someone seen leaving the scene in a newer model black vehicle with tinted windows. Anyone with questions or information is asked to contact Foothill Homicide Detective Martinez or detective Brownell at (818) 834-3115 or (818) 756-8861, during normal business hours or call after hours at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855). 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

Bing makes it 5 to declare for draft

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Justice and Bing will hold a news conference at USC today to officially announce their decision. Justice is projected by the NFL as going anywhere from 10th to 20th in the first round; Matua never sought an NFL evaluation. According to sources, a factor in Bing’s decision was the fear that he would get injured if he played next season. Bing was advised by Carroll’s friend, NFL analyst Pat Kirwan, that only one safety usually gets selected in the first round, but ultimately it did not sway him to remain in school. A highly touted high school player, Bing got USC athletic director Mike Garrett to unretire his No. 20 jersey. Bing was inconsistent during his three seasons but recorded 41 tackles and intercepted four passes this season while being named an Associated Press All-American. Technically, players have until Wednesday to change their mind, when the NFL officially announces which underclassmen made themselves available for the draft. Packers want Ruel: USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel was contacted by new Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy about joining the staff, but Ruel said he planned to remain at USC. Earlier in the week, tailbacks LenDale White and Reggie Bush also turned pro. Of the six juniors who considered turning pro, only wide receiver Steve Smith elected to return for his senior season. It’s a blow to USC coach Pete Carroll, who held a seminar for underclassmen last month in an effort to keep players from leaving early. “I’m going to take the same advice I gave the players who wanted to turn pro,” Ruel said. “I’m going to maximize my potential and stay at USC.” Ruel worked in Green Bay for two seasons (2001-2002), when new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski was the tight ends coach. “The NFL is always entertaining to me, but when you think about the great players and the great guy I work for, you don’t go,” Ruel said. “There’s always people I know that would like me to come back, but I’m happy at USC. I want to put people in the NFL; I just don’t want them to leave early.” Ruel did not rule out the possibility of ever returning to the NFL, but said this was not the right time. Meanwhile, USC quarterback Matt Leinart hired Leigh Steinberg to be his agent. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img As expected, USC safety Darnell Bing announced Sunday he would make himself available for the NFL Draft. Bing, who is projected by the NFL to be a second- or third-round draft pick, was the final Trojan to make his decision. As previously reported, offensive tackle Winston Justice submitted his paperwork to the NFL on Friday, and offensive guard Fred Matua announced Saturday he would turn pro. last_img read more

‘Nightmare’ for workers

first_imgRemember the Department of Homeland Security’s “no-fly” lists that erratically flagged 3-year-old children and dozens of men named David Nelson as potential terrorists seeking to board commercial airplanes? Well, now privacy experts are warning America to prepare for the “no-work” list. As Congress battles over new immigration policy, experts say a little-discussed aspect of the bill – mandatory employee eligibility verification – is likely to have a colossal impact on the lives of every person in the U.S. labor market – citizen and immigrant alike. “Everyone who wants to work will feel this provision,” said Tim Sparapani, legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “People are just beginning to understand the implications of it, and they’re big.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As they debate immigration reform, Republicans and Democrats have largely agreed on the need for a nationwide system that would allow employers to verify that potential workers are citizens or legal residents. But privacy advocates say the rush to mandate widespread eligibility checks is being done with little understanding of the technical problems that could wrongly put thousands of people out of work each year while leading to rampant discrimination. And, they warn, the government may also begin to compile new and vast databases of information on every employable man, woman and teen. Department of Homeland Security officials and advocates of the employer verification system say privacy activists are fanning overblown fears. No personal information is stored or tracked, they maintain, and the program is devised to protect employees from being left jobless while waiting for a green light from the system. Currently that system – a voluntary one – is called the Basic Pilot Program. About 6,000 participating employers use it annually to electronically check workers’ I-9 forms against Social Security and visa information. If the system is rolled out nationally, it would have to accommodate an estimated U.S. work force of 144 million. About 57 million people, according to the Department of Labor, take new jobs each year – 13.4 million in Western states alone. Mark Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said most Americans wrongly think they will be exempt from verification. “Generally speaking, people who aren’t in the immigrant community assume it won’t affect them. But for the system to work, it has to encompass the entire American work force.” The bills, he said, “put the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security in the middle of every employment decision in the United States.” Under the Senate bill, employers would have to use the system to check every new employee; the House bill requires employers to check current workers, as well as prospective ones. “This is many orders of magnitude greater than what currently exists,” Sparapani said. “As a computer network problem, that’s a massive undertaking.” Chris Bentley, spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security that oversees the program, expressed confidence that the Basic Pilot Program could rapidly expanded. He noted that the system is not a database that needs to be created, but rather an interface that can access information from the Social Security Administration and USCIS records. However, ramping up the system would require money and resources to accommodate the heavy influx of new users. Currently, the system either confirms an employee’s eligibility or issues a “tentative non-confirmation” when employers enter a Social Security or visa number along with other identifiers like birthdate. In the event of non-confirmations, employers must notify workers, who then have 10 days to contest it. During that time, employers are prohibited from firing, suspending or docking pay. Bentley also noted that employees must already be hired and working before the verification can be done, so they are not waiting on the wheels of bureaucracy to turn in order to feed their families. “No one is in a holding pattern here,” he said. But reality does not always conform to law. According to UCSIS’ own 2002 study, employers use the pilot system to screen applicants even before they are hired. And the study found that when employers received a tentative non-confirmation, “job applicants are unlikely to be notified.” Moreover, 67 percent of employees who contested a non-confirmation reported being suspended, docked pay or having their job training delayed while they sorted out their records. A 2004 agency report found that erroneous non-confirmations for foreign-born workers were “unacceptably high,” and “higher than desirable” for U.S.-born workers. The errors, it found, were largely because of data-entry mistakes and accuracy problems with either the Social Security or USCIS databases. This created burdens for employees and employers, increased verification costs for the government and led to unintentional discrimination against foreign-born persons, the study found. These days, the USCIS pegs the overall error rate as low as 1.4 percent. But extrapolated over 54 million workers in a mandatory national system, that could result in more than 750,000 people wrongly being told each year they are ineligible to work. Sparapani likened it to the Department of Homeland Security’s no-fly list, which led to dozens of men named David Nelson being detained at airports because one man named David Nelson apparently was named in the national database as a potential terrorist. “I’ve called this system the `no-work list,”‘ Sparapani said. “Pick your common surname. It’s a nightmare for the system. And imagine not being able to work and provide for your family,” he said. While the Senate bill provides employees with broader ability to contest and appeal their finding, the House version does not. But accuracy could have its dangers as well. The more information the government collects in the name of preserving accuracy and preventing identity fraud, the more information the government has on all of us, experts point out. “It’s the government creating another system of identification,” Rotenberg said. While DHS officials maintained that no employment data is tracked or stored, Rotenberg and others predicted it someday would be. And without privacy restrictions on how the information is used, they warned, numerous agencies could potentially tap into the data at any time. Ultimately, though, immigration experts said the employer verification program, even with its faults, is the best way to block illegal immigration. “There are legitimate concerns in terms of privacy and the rights of individuals to access and correct their records,” said Deborah Meyers, a senior policy expert at the Migration Policy Institute. But, she said, “ultimately, from an immigration perspective, only an employer verification system has the potential to reduce illegal immigration to the United States, because ultimately it’s the job magnet that draws illegals to the U.S. “The deterrent has to be the inability to get a job,” she said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA: DONEGAL SOUTH RESULTS

first_imgU-16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 19-Apr-2012 Aodh Ruadh 6 – 14 1 – 1 Four Masters Aodh Ruadh Pre Rnd 1st LegU-14 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 18-Apr-2012 Naomh Columba 7 – 17 1 – 3 Naomh Brid Naomh ColumbaMinor League Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Apr-2012 Naomh Naille 0 – 5 1 – 4 Naomh Columba Naomh NailleU-14 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Apr-2012 Kilcar 1 – 13 2 – 8 Killybegs Kilcar Minor League Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Apr-2012 Aodh Ruadh 2 – 12 1 – 7 Ardara Aodh RuadhU-16 Championship Division 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Apr-2012 Dungloe 1 – 8 0 – 11 Naomh Conaill Dungloe Pre Rnd 1st LegU-16 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Apr-2012 Naomh Columba 0 – 2 0 – 10 Na Rossa Naomh Columba Pre Rnd 1st LegU-16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Apr-2012 Killybegs 0 – 10 2 – 6 Ardara Killybegs Pre Rnd 1st LegU-16 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Apr-2012 Naomh Brid 3 – 8 2 – 7 Bundoran Pettigo Pre Rnd 1st LegGAA: DONEGAL SOUTH RESULTS was last modified: April 22nd, 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