Rugby League: Warriors treatment of Johnson ‘harsh’

first_imgThe Kiwi NRL club has advised long-serving playmaker Johnson to test his value on the open market, even though there’s a year to run on his contract.The timing and public nature of the Warriors announcement was criticised by Nikorima, coming midway through New Zealand’s three-Test series in England.He said his room mate Johnson was caught off guard, days out from Sunday’s second Test in Liverpool.”I’ve spoken to Shaun about it. I thought it was pretty harsh the way it all came out and him being on the other side of the world, not having any control over that,” Nikorima said.”I just told him, ‘Stay focused, you’re part of this team now and the rest will just take care of itself’.”The most influential player at the Warriors since his debut in 2011, Johnson is reportedly in Canberra’s sights.The Raiders are believed to have requested the 28-year-old cut his contract short and cross the Tasman as soon as next season to resolve a shortage of options in the halves.Nikorima didn’t think the uncertainty surrounding his teammate would prove a distraction as the tourists seek to reverse last week’s 18-16 loss in Hull.”He doesn’t show too much and he’s still the same Shaun Johnson that first came over here before all that came out,” Nikorima said.The Broncos playmaker believes his combination with Johnson has taken great strides since last year’s failed World Cup campaign.The pair impressed in last month’s upset of the Kangaroos and aren’t as restricted in their roles under Michael Maguire as when they oversaw a stuttering attack in the quarter-final loss to Fiji.”If you look back at the World Cup, we both stuck to one side. Instead of now, we’re roaming,” he said.”I think we’re getting a really good combo happening. We haven’t played that much games (together) but the fact that we’re room mates now helps out a little bit – getting to know each other’s personalities.”I’m a bit of a clown and he’s the more serious one.”last_img read more

Regional reps call for integration of Indigenous Peoples rights

first_imgForest Law EnforcementRegional representatives are calling for the rights of Indigenous Peoples to be integrated into the negotiations of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnerships Agreements (FLEGT VPA) between Guyana and European Union.A section of the participants at the regional seminarThis call was made at the regional seminar held at the Pegasus Hotel, where representatives shared lessons on FLEGT VPA in support of the legal trade in timber.In deliberating on the role of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples during the VPA implementation, representatives indicated that while extensive engagements were carried out there is still a need for the active engagement of Indigenous groups in every stage of the deliberations while applying the principle of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC).The participants recognised that there was need for more discussions on this topic, and possibly channel non-VPA related issues to other relevant fora.There was also major cross-cutting themes throughout the seminar, including the need to involve civil society in the decision-making process relating to FLEGT licensing; the need for continued financial support in moving from the negotiation stage to the implementation phase, and the need for Guyana to highlight its forest sustainability capacity and be proactive in securing timber export markets in preparation for its eventual FLEGT licensing.There was also a general consensus that gaps in capacity necessary for implementation exist and some stakeholders identified the VPA annex on support measures as one mechanism through which these needs could potentially be addressed.Guyana’s VPA process commenced in 2012 with the formation of a National Technical Working Group followed by consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and the subsequent development of a road map; four negotiations with the EU have since been held – in Guyana in 2012, 2015, and 2016 and in Brussels in 2013.This seminar is the second such event to be held in Guyana — the first was in 2014. It was organised by the National Technical Working Group and the FLEGT Facilitation Support Office in collaboration with other partners (APA, EFI, FAO, Iwokrama and IUCN).This seminar was convened to share experiences and lessons learned around the processes of VPA with the European Union under the auspices of the FLEGT Action Plan.The FLEGT Action Plan was developed in response to the problem of illegal logging and trade in associated timber products.Approximately 90 persons participated in the event, including Guyanese resource persons from Civil Society, the different scales of forest sector operators, the NGO community including Indigenous organisations, Academia and Government Agencies; and international participants from Suriname, Honduras, Guatemala, Liberia, Ghana and the EU.last_img read more

MOE Launches Radio Education for School Children

first_imgIn an effort to keep children, teachers and parents learning, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with partners, has launched a radio education program for school-going children across Liberia.At the official launching ceremony at the Ministry of Education Monday, September 15, in Sinkor, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh said, the radio program is intended to help children, who are sitting home get education while observing and preventing Ebola.Naming the radio education program, “School Away from Home and Home Away from School,” Education Minister Tarpeh assured teachers and children of benefiting from the learning program.According to her, the radio-learning program will focus on social studies; civics, math and science. According to her, the science will focus on nutrition and the hygiene component as Liberia continues to contain the virus.She disclosed that the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio and Truth FM will broadcast the program. She said it will also be relayed on community radio stations in the rural areas.“We want to continue to keep our children, teachers and parents informed about the Ministry’s policies and regulations as well as improved public relations,” she added.She explained that, the learning program will also focused on students from nursery to grade 12, Early Children Division and parents. This will help our children and teachers in the absent of regular school’s activities in both the urban and rural areas.”Also speaking, UNICEF Acting Chief of Education, Jake Kersey, said education is only the government’s business, but also families should make sure that their child or children are in school.He urged mother, parents and guardians to focus on providing the necessary opportunities for children and ensuring that they get the best education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONDAY Sherman Oaks Chamber Golf Classic, 10:30 a.m., Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Porter Ranch. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $175/person, group of four $700. Call (818) 360-1071. “The Letter” opera performance, 11:30 a.m., Leichman High School, 19034 Gault St., Reseda. Call (818) 881-5341. Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team is seeking new members and will offer a free class, 6:30 p.m., East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road.last_img read more

Van Gaal gets stay of execution, Arsenal eye £20m striker and Bale set for move?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Antonio Conte has told Chelsea he would like to bring Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini with him if he moves to Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Daily Express)Louis van Gaal is set to survive at Manchester United until the end of the season – because Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to take over until then. (Daily Mirror)Real Madrid are considering selling Gareth Bale in the summer because of the Welshman’s poor injury record. The Welshman has featured in just 44% of the minutes played by Los Blancos this term, and is costing the Bernabéu outfit 750,000 euros a game. (AS)Arsene Wenger is stepping up his interest in £20million-rated Watford star Odion Ighalo. They have identified 26-year-old Ighalo as one of the players at the top of their shortlist for summer strikers. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta could be offered a coaching role by Pep Guardiola atManchester City if the Spanish player decides to retire at the end of the season. (Various)Sergio Aguero is poised to commit his future to Manchester City with a new contract extension. The Argentina ace is understood to have agreed a new deal with the Blues which will see his current one – which runs until 2019 – extended by at least a year. (Manchester Evening News)Southampton have not given up on keeping Sadio Mane beyond this summer – and believe a shock Champions League place could help them. Both Manchester clubs are interested in the 23-year-old forward while German champions Bayern Munich are also keen. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman looks set to be on his way out this summer. Premier League rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are lining up moves for the 19-year-old. (Daily Express)Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Newcastle United starlet Liam Gibson. (TeamTalk)Sunderland are monitoring Lille defender Adama Soumaoro.The versatile 23-year-old has impressed this season playing at centre back but is capable of slotting in across the back four and is also adept at right back. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest headlines…?Antonio Conte to Chelsea? The parties have an ‘agreement in principle’, talkSPORT toldTransfer report: Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski wanted by Italian giants LazioJuventus weigh up surprise summer bid for ex-Liverpool defender Javier ManquilloGregory van der Wiel asks to leave Paris Saint-Germain – Manchester United poised to pounce?Real Madrid consider stunning summer swoop for Leicester City star Riyad MahrezManchester United transfer news: Portugal winger tracked ahead of potential £15.5m movelast_img read more


first_imgHello Everyone and welcome along to the 8th edition of Country Corner. I hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am writing it, keep your comments coming in – lots more to come in the next few months ahead.Country Music NewsPatrick Feeney from Co.Sligo has released his New Video for the song Love At First Sight – an orginal song penned by Eglinton Songwriter Peter Mc Keever – This song is on Patrick’s New Cd Good Thing Going Down – check out the new video – and check out patrick’s website The Regulators – have released there new single in time of the big semi final match this weekend – its entitled Back To The Hills – have a listen – Indians – have just released there New Single called Big Chief and The Boys – featuring Geronimo – (Raymond Kelly). The Song was written by John Nelson from Bundoran Co. Donegal, john has taken into consideration that the Indians are celebrating 40th years on the entertainment circuit and the lyrics echo the sentiments of the band, go along to the official website of the Indians – Kelly from Co.Kildare has released her new Cd entitled – A New Road To Travel. Kym has appeared at Country Fest 2011 in Letterkenny, Kym has picked up a few awards on the way – The Leinester Entertainment Award for Most Popular Artist . Kym is also on the bill for Georgette Jones Irish Tour in Carlow and Dublin.There is a good mixture of songs on the new cd and especially a song dedicated to her young daughter Quin called – In My Daughters Eye also on the Cd is One Day At A Time, Down At The Twist and Shout and The Blanket On The Ground and her Hit Single – Every Little Thing, check out kyms new video Georgette JonesAs you know, Georgette is the only daughter of Country Music’s most legendary marriage between the undisputed King and Queen of Country Music, George Jones and Tammy Wynette.Georgette will be paying tribute to the music of both her parents, as well as showcasing her own special brand of ‘Urban-Country’ Music in Donegal.Georgette is bringing her show to the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 9th September and to the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday 16th September. Georgette will be joined in Bundoran by Ireland’s very own Louise Morrissey and Mick Flavin, who will be paying tribute to the music of ‘George and Tammy’. Also, appearing with Georgette in Bundoran on the 9th will be Ireland’s Lisa Stanley, who shared many of Georgette’s experiences – being the daughter of Ireland’s Maisie McDaniels! Also, appearing on the night will be Donegal’s prodigal Son – Quincy Raye as well as Jessie Conlon.Georgette will be joined in Letterkenny by the ‘George and Tammy’ of Ireland -Ray Lynam and Philomena Begley as well as the Prince of Irish Country,Aiden Quinn, who will duet with Georgette on the night! Also, Donegal’s own Quincy Raye will take to the stage, as a great surprise for Letterkenny audiences is promised! Georgette will also be performing around the Country at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan on Thursday 8th, The RadissonBlu Hotel in Galway on Saturday 10th, the New Park Hotel in Kilkenny on Sunday 11th, the Clonmel Park Hotel on Tuesday 13th, the Red Cow/Moran’s Hotel Dublin on Thursday 15th, the Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan on Saturday 17th, the River Bank Hotel in Wexford on Sunday 18th and the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow onTuesday 20th. Georgette will also be special guest at this years World Ploughing Championships in Athy County Kildare and will meeting and greeting fans at the Irish Country Sound Pavilion from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd.Country Music Venue Of The Week – Josie’s Country TavernJosie’s Bar in Main Street Letterkenny has been running since October 2003. In Jaunary 2011 Josie Murray started doing Big Band Country Nights on Fridays – Josie has had The Top Names in Irish Country Music playing – Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley and the New Comers to Irish Country – Gerry Guthrie and Lisa Mc Hugh. Recently Josie’s Bar has Won Entertainment Bar Of The Year and this Year Josies Country Tavern are up for another Award For Venue Of The year. Coming Attractions to Josie’s Country Tavern are – 26th August – Gerry Guthrie, 02nd Sept – Jimmy Buckley. If you are heading out on the Town and looking for a good nights entertainment and dance – then why not get yourself along to Main Street in Letterkenny and go to Josie’s Country Tavern you will NOT be disappointed.Dancing Dates Friday 26th Aug 2011Josies Country Tavern (Letterkenny)Gerry Guthrie & BandFriday 26th Aug 2011Mellon Country Hotel (Omagh)Nathan Carter & BandSaturday 27th Aug 2011Riverclub (Castlefin)Robert Mizzell & BandSaturday 27th Aug 2011White River Hotel (Toome)Jimmy Buckley & BandSat 27th Aug 2011The Ryandale, (Moy)Derek Ryan & BandSat 27th Aug 2011The Allingham Arms Hotel (Bundoran)Nathan Carter & BandSun 28th Aug 2011Bushtown House Hotel (Coleraine)Gerry Guthrie & BandMon 29th Aug 2011Bushtown House Hotel (Coleraine)Mike Denver & BandWe recommend that where possible you confirm the date with the venue before traveling (especially long distance).Gerry Guthrie’s Northern Album Launch is happening this Thurs 25th Aug in The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown. Lots of Artists on the bill including Robert Mizzell, Shaun Loughrey, Lisa Mc Hugh, David Mc Namee and The Benn Sisters and many more on the night, Doors open at 9.30pm – please come along and support Gerry.Competition Time:To Win tickets to Georgette Jones tour of Ireland – please answer the following question:-Q: Name Georgette’s famous parents?Answers to – closes on Tues 06th Sept 2011Good LuckDon’t forget to tune into me on 105fm or 107.6fm or online at every Tuesday between 3pm and 4pm this Tues 30th Aug I’ll be talking to Bonnie Stewart and Jason Mc Gilligan. You can also get in touch with me at or visit my website which is DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNER was last modified: August 24th, 2011 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)Tags:STEPHEN DOHERTY’S COUNTRY CORNERlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal sporting heroes Mark English and Seamus Coleman have been nominated for the RTE Sports Person of the year award.Coleman has enjoyed a superb 2014 with club and country and is regarded by many as not just one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but one of the best in Europe.The Killybegs native is also a vital component of Martin O’Neill’s Ireland side and will play a crucial role if Ireland are to qualify for Euro 2016. Mark English became Ireland’s first ever 800m medallist at a major outdoor Athletics Championship.He was European Bronze after a truly superb run, English now has his sights set on the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and is a genuine medal contender.The shortlists were announced for the RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year awards.The winners, along with the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year, will be revealed at the RTÉ Sport Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, on Sunday, 21 December at 9.30pm. As part of the ceremony, the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council’s Hall of Fame Award will be also presented, to someone RTÉ have described as “a very special Irish sporting legend.SEAMUS COLEMAN AND MARK ENGLISH NOMINATED FOR IRISH SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsmark englishnewsseamus colemanSportlast_img read more

San Jose Sharks’ playoff tickets scarce, and expensive

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tickets for Game 2 of the Sharks’ opening round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights were nearly sold out as of early Friday morning. The ones still left weren’t cheap.According to a Sharks spokesman, around 100 standard tickets were still unsold for the 7:30 p.m. game. On, prices for a single ticket ranged from $132 to $365. Resale ticket prices ranged from $90 to $384. The game is expected to sell out.Tickets available on the secondary market were no …last_img read more

Chris Gayle, Usain Bolt congratulate Manchester United F.C. on ‘fantastic’ Europa League triumph

first_imgManchester United F.C. defeated AFC Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 to win their maiden UEFA Europa League title and qualify for the group stages of the Champions League next season.Chris Gayle took to Twitter to express his joy on Manchester United’s title victory.”Well done on a fantastic win @ManUtd #EuropaChampions #ChampionLeague here we come. #Manchester #Congrats,” he posted on the social media site.Well done on a fantastic win @ManUtd #EuropaChampions ?????????? #ChampionLeague here we come ?????. #Manchester ??? ?? #Congrats- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) May 24, 2017The West Indian superstar is a big Manchester United fan, and in his visit to the Old Trafford last year joked that he had been signed by the club in an Instagram post.His fellow Jamaican and world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt also wished “my” team, on Twitter with the message, “Congrats my team @ManUtd.Congrats my team @ManUtd ????????? Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) May 24, 2017″The “9.58 man’s ” love for the Red Devils has been on display on many occasions having been on trial at the club,  calling on a live MUTV show to express his joy after a win, even teasing the world with quotes on him signing a professional deal at the club as a player.  Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in each half sealed the win for Manchester United. The Red Devils will be playing in the Champions League next season, and have been placed in Pot 2 for the group stage draw in August.advertisementlast_img read more

Yanks Beat Buchholz, Bosox 5-1

first_imgBOSTON — Alex Rodriguez has consistently played well this season after getting a day off. He’s had great success against Clay Buchholz, too.The night of July 10 proved to be the perfect combination.Rodriguez hit his 17th home run in the first inning, Michael Pineda had another impressive start and the New York Yankees took advantage of Buchholz’s early exit and Boston’s shoddy defense in a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox.“I think (Manager) Joe (Girardi) has been great,” Rodriguez said of his selected off days. “I felt good.”Rodriguez quickly got to Buchholz (7-7), who had won his previous four starts to spur Boston’s recent turnaround before he left with elbow pain with one out in the third. The Yankees scored three unearned runs after his departure thanks to infield errors by Mike Napoli and Brock Holt as Boston’s five-game winning streak was snapped.“There’s some tightness, some stiffness in the elbow area,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said of Buchholz, adding he would undergo an MRI.The tone was set when Rodriguez, back at DH after taking July 9 off, sent Buchholz’s 2-1 change-up onto the street over the Green Monster seats, and the Yankees were on to their third straight win and fifth in a row over their rivals.Rodriguez later singled off Buchholz before his injury. He’s 13-for-29 with three home runs in his career against the right-hander.“Sometimes numbers can be deceiving,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t say I feel all that well up there. He has a number of ways of getting you out and you don’t want to chase.” Rodriguez, who drew a bases-loaded walk in a three-run fourth to raise his average to .279.Pineda (9-5) gave up only Mookie Betts’ solo home run over 6 2-3 innings. He allowed seven hits, no walks and struck out six. Pineda has won both starts at Fenway Park since he was ejected and suspended 10 games for having pine tar on his neck early last season.Pineda left in the seventh with two outs and a runner on third, and Justin Wilson struck out Betts to end the threat. “I thought he may have had his best stuff of the year,” Rodriguez said.Buccholz walked off after throwing a cutter clocked at 84 mph to Stephen Drew. “He’s normally 88-89 (mph),” Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon said. “The last one was 85 and then he called me and he said he feels something in his elbow.”Robbie Ross Jr. replaced Buchholz with runners at second and third and one out, and the Red Sox quickly imploded. Napoli at first base and Holt at second committed errors, and Ross later walked in a run as New York took a 4-0 lead with three unearned runs.That quieted a Boston team that entered having won eight-of-10 to move within 5 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Yankees.Buchholz had been important in Boston’s strong play of late, having won four straight starts with an 0.87 ERA. But he’s lost both starts against the Yankees, who have won four straight at Fenway Park.(MIKE CRANSTON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more