While 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.”
Dear 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 Six
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.
Fort 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.
– 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 release
PACOIMA – 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!
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 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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.
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