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Why Sydneysiders should support the Roosters

first_imgThe finals series started with such promise for the harbour city with five teams finishing inside the Telstra Premiership top eight, but two weeks later that number has dwindled down to one with the Bondi boys Sydney’s last hope. Week One of the finals saw the pride of the Northern beaches and the Shire bow out while Sydney’s golden West was left reeling when the Eels and Panthers were eliminated by their Queensland foes. You’d think Sydney would rally around the Roosters this weekend – especially when you consider the three remaining teams are from interstate – but that doesn’t appear to be the case. There has long been a stigma surrounding those from the Eastern suburbs that their affluence and elitism makes them better than the rest, but surely Sydneysiders can let bygones be bygones for the greater good of their state. This is a match that deserves a full house at Allianz Stadium, and just to show you how nice the area is, fans should make a day of it and experience all the east has to offer before heading to Moore Park. Come to Double Bay and enjoy a magical brunch at Indigo before you sneak off to Redleaf pool to enjoy one of Sydney’s hidden gems.Head on over to Watsons Bay for their world-famous fish and chips and mesmerising views while you sip on champagne at their waterside venues. Or if you have a bit more time, hop on the 333 bus – or pay plenty for parking – and enjoy Bondi in all its glory. Dine at Icebergs and watch your Instagram likes soar, chill at the Bucket List with your mates for a beer or two or simply enjoy a stroll on the beach to work on your summer tan. As tempting as that all sounds, Roosters players know it’s a hard sell for rival fans to jump on the bandwagon considering their recent success. “I just hope they get on board with us. As much as they might not like us during the regular season, they’ve just got to back us as the last NSW side,” Roosters winger Daniel Tupou – who lives in Auburn in Sydney’s west – told NRL.com. “There is a bit of pressure as the last Sydney side, but as a team we love that pressure and we won’t let it affect us. We’ll embrace the challenge and do our best for New South Wales. “There’s a bit of a State of Origin feel given the calibre of players and what’s at stake so hopefully that’s enough for the rest of Sydney to get behind us.”Roosters co-captain Jake Friend would love Sydney to get behind his team and told NRL.com a packed house would turn a classic encounter into a night fans will never forget. “We’re the last Sydney team so you’d hope that other fans from other teams would come and support us,” he said. “The main thing is that we get a big crowd here at Allianz. I’m sure all the Roosters supporters and members will be out here in force, and given it’s finals footy, you’d like to think that there’d be a big crowd to support the game. “As a player you want as many people as you can get here, and given what’s at stake, hopefully we’ll see a big crowd that can generate an amazing atmosphere because that’s what we all love to play off. “There’s so much external sort of stuff that people talk about that can get you side-tracked, but for us, I think we’ve just been focussing on what we need to worry about. We know that all that external stuff is there, but if you watch our training then you’ll know that it doesn’t bother us.”last_img read more

Bayern, behind Lemar

first_imgThe door of Cavani to Atlético has to open it Lemar. The salary limit requires, there is no other. The Frenchman spent two summers 70 million to Atlético two years ago and between that it has not worked and that Simeone asks the Uruguayan striker to solve all the problems with the goal, Lemar’s time in Madrid seems to be running out. France Football I was reporting this evening that Bayern Munich thinks of Lemar for this winter market that ends on Friday 31 although it does not require if in transfer or signing mode. German scouts would be in Madrid closely following the French, he said. Lemar suffered an injury in the hamstring muscles of the right thigh on December 31 and has not returned to play with Atlético, although trained until last Saturday, who was absent from the session due to gastroenteritis. “Bayern Munich has a weakness for French players“began his news France Football. “This season, there are four French internationals (Kingsley Coman, Lucas Hernández, Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard) under contract in Bavaria, not forgetting Mickaël Cuisance.” “A contingent that could gain a little more thickness in the next few days with Lemar“he continued. Lemar and the European ChampionshipThe ambition of the player is to play to enter the plans of Deschamps for the European Championship that will be played this summer and at Atlético that is no longer safe. The opportunities with the Cholo pass but the Frenchman is not able to get on any of the trains that the technician puts ahead, to the despair of the rojiblanca fans who have stopped believing in him. But he is a soccer player who really likes Bayern, a club that a year and a half ago, when he was a footballer of Monaco, already tried his signing. The problem, according to France Football, the rojiblancas economic pretensions, They are 60 million. A price that the Bavarians are not willing to pay. “Actually, they are playing the clock to lower the price …” France Football your information.last_img read more

TOTTENHAM VS MAN UNITED

first_imgTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, ROSE,DIER, DEMBELE,SON, ALLI, ERIKSEN,KANERASHFORD, MARTIAL, LINGARD, MATA,SCHNEIDERLIN, CARRICK,ROJO, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN, DE GEAUNITED (4-2-3-1)Both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have much to play for. In all probability Spurs have to win their remaining eight games and hope Leicester, seven points clear at the top of the Barclays premier League, slip up. And United are a point outside the top four with seven to play in their chase for a top-four finish.Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool last weekend, with Harry Kane earning a point with an equaliser, his 22nd Premier League goal of the season. Spurs have now recovered the most points from losing positions this term (19).But Spurs have dropped points in three of their last five games, winning only twice. United, meanwhile, have won four of their last five league outings, including last Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.Rumours persist that United could be close to sacking manager Louis van Gaal – and that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a favourite to replace him.When these teams met at Old Trafford in August United won 1-0 with an early own goal from Spurs’ Kyle Walker.And history suggests a United double; Tottenham have entertained them 23 times in the Premier League, winning just three and losing 12. United last lost at White Hart Lane in May 2001. In the subsequent 15 years they have won eight and drawn six – including the last three and four of the last five.Spurs miss Nabil Bentaleb and Clinton N’Jie while there are tests for Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen.United, meanwhile, are without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney and test Daley Blind.last_img read more

One of RSPL’s ‘most intriguing’ finales ever – PFAJ’s Anderson salutes MBU as champions dominate awards

first_img COACH OF THE YEAR Montego Bay United Football Club captured the most awards at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) presentation ceremony on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. Chairman of the PFAJ Don Anderson described the season as one of the most interesting. “It has been one of the most intriguing coming to an end. MBU has been most consistent in three years by competing in the last three finals and winning two times,” Anderson said. “I salute MBU. However, Portmore’s Michael Binns scored a goal in the final that was worthy of a World Cup final,” he shared. He admitted that there were challenges along the way. “Personally, throughout my 37 years in administration, my firm belief is that off the field issues must be dealt with around the table. Football needs us all, so let us work together,” he also added. The 2015-16 champions collected the coveted title and winning cash incentive of $2.5 million, plus 35 medals, while beaten finalists Portmore United walked away with $1.5 million and 25 silver medals. Last season’s champions, Arnett Gardens, finished third and were rewarded $1 million and medals, while Humble Lion received $500,000 for their fourth-place finish in the 12-team league. MBU were the best defensive and top-scoring team. Their striker, Owayne Gordon, received four individual awards. Gordon, who missed the final last Sunday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, received Round Three top striker for scoring 10 goals, the leading goalscorer with 20 goals, the Most Valuable Player and the Tony Burrowes Player Personality Award. MBU’s Jacomena Barrett won the goalkeeper of the year award for the third consecutive season, while former national player Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis won the Winning Coach award, and Dwayne Ambusley won the Winning Captain award. Marcel Gayle of first-time team in the Premier League the University of the West Indies FC, won the Coach of the Year award. Portmore United won the regular season award for the team that finished on most points and were also the team with the most wins. Junior Flemmings, who is on loan from Tivoli Gardens to MLS club New York Red Bull, was the Junior Player of the Year. MBU’s Dino Williams was the Round One top goal scorer with six goals, while Cory Burke, who started the season at Rivoli United before transferring to MoBay, scored the most goals (six) in Round Two. Boys’ Town FC won the FIFA Fair Play award, while the top referee was Valdin Ledgister and top assistant referee was Richard Washington. The RSPL best XI players were: Damian Hyatt (Arnett Gardens), Ladale Ritchie (MBU), Oneil Thompson (Arnett), Khareem Manning (Portmore United), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Ricardo Morris (Portmore), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Renae Lloyd (Arnett), Owayne Gordon (MBU), and Dino Williams (MBU).last_img read more

Glasgow returns as UGSS President

first_imgRon Glasgow returns for a second term as the President of the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) with renewed vigour to continue the work he commenced to improve the campus experience.Re-elected UGSS President Ron GlasgowGlasgow won against another visionary student, Brian Smith, who coalesced with Denroy Tudor with the hopes of taking command of the transformation process of UG.The UGSS elections were held on September 28 and very few students voted despite rigorous campaigning by both sides.Nonetheless, the student body in addition to electing a president, voted for representatives of each faculty: Agriculture and Forestry, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Education and Humanities, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Technology.During a recent interview with Guyana Times, Glasgow said his plan for the enhancement of the student experience is to boost club creation, to stimulate club activity, to form Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with other universities, to improve sporting and recreational facilities, among others.He explained that there are not enough clubs available on campus, only 14 clubs with a student population of close to 8000: “It’s pretty insignificant and out of the 14 clubs, only six are active,” he pointed out.Glasgow said he will push for the creation of more clubs, as well as the stimulation of existing clubs.“We need places where students can go and express themselves, express their hobbies,” he stated, noting that there is more to the college experience other than academics. Glasgow noted too that MoUs with other universities will provide a lot of benefits for the student population, such as foreign exchange programmes, research and intercampus association and development.He also hopes to continue the improvement of existing sporting facilities since the current structures are too substandard and are far from encouraging the involvement in on-campus sporting activities.Glasgow also wants to construct a recreational centre that will be the hub for students to go have fun playing games and being social.last_img read more

Bong Massacre Survivors Get US$11,000 Resource Center

first_imgA groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a US$11,000 Peace Palava Resource Center (PPRC) in Kpolokpala Town, Bong County, has been launched.The PPRC’s initiative is been implemented under the auspices of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with generous donations from support partners around the world.The main person behind the construction of the resource center in Bong County is Ambassador Beverly Goll Yekeson.Regrettably, Kpolokpala Town is the notorious venue where the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) allegedly massacred more than 500 Liberian citizens in 1994.LPC was one of the warring factions in Liberia’s 15-year civil war.Speaking at the groundbreaking recently in the Bong town, Nimba County lawmaker Ricks Y. Toweh urged all Liberians irrespective of political and socio-economic backgrounds to cultivate the virtue of forgiveness.Lawmaker Toweh also urged everyone, including the massacre survivors that they should “swallow” the bitterness of the past and embrace the cardinal virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation.“Consider and accept the PPRC project as symbol that would end the tears from eyes and minds for the overall development, growth and progress of Kpolokpala Town in Bong County,” Rep. Toweh admonished the survivors.He also explained that UPF Ambassador Yekeson, support partners and team of workers have come through the grace God to assist the citizens and residents of Kpolokpala to move on with their lives in peace, harmony, forgiveness and reconciliation.In recognition of the PPRC’s vitality to residents of the town, he donated five bundles of zinc as an initial contribution and promised to support the completion of the project in Kpolokpala Town.In remarks, survivors Reverend John K. Kennedy and Joseph Katama narrated the gruesome murder of their kinsmen, including women and children at the hands of the LPC fighters during the 1994 famous Gbarnga fall.“We took all the bodies of those who were killed that fateful morning, with machetes and axes to the bush. This flat rock is where our brothers and sisters were murdered in 1994 by the LPC fighters; it is the symbol of their graves,” Kennedy and Katama narrated.For her part, survivor Betty Katama, with tears rolling down her cheeks pointed out that her 14-year-old daughter was among the more than 500 persons murdered during the onslaught of the LPC forces on Kpolokpala Town in Bong County.“I personally want the leaders of LPC to appear before us and openly apologize and seek our total forgiveness and reconciliation,” Madam Katama pleaded.Earlier two elders and town chief of Kpolokpala welcomed Amb. Beverly Yekeson and co-workers and pledged to work and cooperate in the implementation of the peace palava resource center.The town’s elders extended thanks and appreciation to Mr. Yekeson and team for thinking about them during these critical times in the country.“We will ever remember and cherish this gesture of this peace symbol that will serve as fond memories in our hearts and minds,” citizens and residents 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

Rupununi Festival promises exotically soulful experience

first_imgThe annual Rupununi Music and Arts Festival was officially launched on Friday at Colgrain House, Camp Street, Georgetown, and organisers have promised nothing but a soulful experience in an exotic location surrounded by the lush greenlands of the Rupununi. The event is slated for February 16-18, at the Manari Ranch, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling town of Lethem in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).From left: Organiser/artiste of the Festival, Gavin Mendonca; Organiser of the Festival Ronald D’Agrella; Director of the Festival, Bob Ramdhanie; Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock; and Permanent Secretary of the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Alfred KingFestival Director, Bob Ramdhanie, said the weekend’s event will include a range of activities and a number of performances by both local and international creative arts groups.“During the day we wish to create space between 10:00 am to 4 pm (16:00h) so that visitors to the festival can leave the festival if they choose to and visit the neighbourhood and other sites and places of interest within the Rupununi. But for those who are staying on site all day, we will have arts and music and reading workshops, so people are engaged all the time,” Ramdhanie noted.According to the Director, he is working towards constructing a village, within a two-year period, which will afford visitors the opportunity to camp, go for nature hikes and experience nature at its best.Sitting in for the Indigenous Affairs Minister was Permanent Secretary Alfred King, who gave the Ministry’s full support towards the successful execution of the festival. He commended the organisers of the event for preserving the Indigenous culture through workshops and noted that the event will create jobs for some 80 persons in the region.Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Senior Marketing Officer, Annarie Seecharan, expressed satisfaction in being part of the event and encouraged visiting Guyanese, particularly those visiting for Mashramani to explore and enjoy the event. She also pledged the GTA’s support with marketing and promoting the event.As someone who loves the arts and nature, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes urged persons to pick up their tents and head off the Manari Ranch for a one of a kind experience.“I have had personal experience of enjoying the festival in being there for over a three-day period. And it is a moving experience because it’s not just music which is a powerful unifying role in any country or part of the world. But the fact is this is music with depth that allows you to experience a culture,” Hughes said.Earlier Friday, Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock presented a cheque for $5 million to the Director of the Rupununi Music and Arts Festival to help offset some of the costs.This year’s festival is the third edition and is packed with adventures throughout. Over the festival weekend, the days will feature exciting adventures, while the nights will be filled with fun camping activities, including cultural programmes all aimed at community building and encouraging social cohesion at the highest levels.Among the daytime activities are early morning yoga sessions; group meditation, keep fit, zumba, capoeira. Additionally, there will also be workshops on jewellery making, music, dance, art, wood carving, etc.Visitors will get the opportunity to go on guided tours through the Savannah, to nearby waterfalls and other sites. They can also enjoy outdoors adventures such as bird watching, fishing, biking and hikes.Among the line-up of local performers are Creole Rock, Feed The Flames, Jazz and Poetry Ona Stool, Trevaun Selman, Nachgana Dancers, Surama Cultural Group and more are to be added – an announcement will be made in the coming weeks. Additionally, there will also be performances by our neighbouring artistes from Brazil and Suriname.last_img read more

Police seeking help to ID body found outside GDF headquarters

first_imgAs investigations continue into the discovery of a male body in the canal outside the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Headquarters on Carifesta Avenue on Monday morning, the Guyana Police Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the now dead man.Investigators at the scene where the still unidentified body was found on MondayAccording to the Police, the body is of African descent and appears to be in the late 30s. At the time of the discovery, which was about 06:00h, the man was shirtless and cladded in black jeans.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), Leslie James, said on Monday that the body bore marks of violence, which suggest foul play was involved. Nevertheless, the body is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting identification and post-mortem.Anyone with information that will lead to the identification of the now dead man is urged to contact the Guyana Police Force on telephone numbers 227-1611, 227-1149, 227-1270, 227-6940-9, 226-6221, 225-2694, 911 or the nearest Police Station.last_img read more

Family mourn Sala after footballer’s body identified

first_img0Shares0000Wellwishers had laid flowers for Sala at Nantes football stadium after his disappearance © AFP / SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMISBournemouth, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala’s family grieved on Friday after British authorities formally identified his body as the one recovered from the wreckage of a plane that went down in the Channel more than two weeks ago.“We can now begin to mourn our son and our brother,” the Cardiff City striker’s family said in a statement. “We would like to thank you for all of your signs of affection and support in the most painful time of our life.“To see everyone doing everything possible to join us in the search has been a precious help to us.”Argentine footballing idols Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta also paid tribute to 28-year-old Sala.His French former club, Nantes, said it was retiring Sala’s number nine jersey. All matches in France’s top two divisions this weekend will be preceded by a minute of applause for him.The light aircraft carrying Sala from Nantes to his new club disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21. The only other person on board was the aircraft’s 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson, who has not been found.Rescuers found Sala’s body in the wreckage using an underwater vehicle © AAIB/AFP/File / HOThe player’s body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane vanished from radar.Investigators recovered the body on Wednesday and transported it to the southern English coast. It was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified.Investigators said they were abandoning plans to lift the plane wreckage out of the water due to bad weather.– ‘Rest in peace, warrior’ –Sala’s disappearance sparked an outpouring of grief and a flood of cash to support a private hunt for the plane when the official search was initially called off.“I am very sorry about this sad news. Many of us kept a glimmer of hope for you, Emiliano,” football icon Maradona said on Instagram, following the identification of the body.“What sadness, this is the worst news. Rest in peace warrior,” tweeted former Argentina striker Batistuta.The body was brought ashore after being recovered from the underwater wreckage of the plane which disappeared near Guernsey on January 21 © AFP / Glyn KIRKManchester City and current Argentina striker Sergio Aguero also expressed his condolences.The country’s President Mauricio Macri also mourned the “painful news”.“We are with you,” he said.The small Argentine town of Progreso, where the footballer lived for most of his childhood, was also in mourning.“Since we found out, it’s all anyone can talk about,” said local restaurant owner Oscar Heymo, a friend of Sala’s father Horacio. “He was very much loved and admired by all.”In Cardiff, the club’s manager Neil Warnock said Southampton and Cardiff City players would wear black armbands in their English Premier League match on Saturday and a minute’s silence would be observed before kick-off.“When something like this happens it brings all the football family together,” he said. “It’s a loss to everyone in football.”Sala’s sister Romina wrote on her Instagram account: “Your soul in my soul will shine forever”.– Crowdfunded search –The plane, a Piper PA-46 Malibu, vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey.The discovery of two seat cushions on the French coast last week revealed that the plane had broken apart.Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacted to the identification of Sala’s body, saying it was ‘awful’. © AFP / LOIC VENANCEInitial search operations were suspended in the days after it went missing but a crowdfunding effort supported by thousands of donations, including from football stars such as Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, helped launch a private search.Without the fundraising effort “I don’t think anybody would have searched for the plane,” shipwreck hunter David Mearns, who was hired by the family, told AFP.The plane wreckage was spotted by Mearns’ ship. Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch then co-ordinated the recovery.The AAIB said that extensive video footage captured of the sunken wreckage is expected to “provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation”.It said it intended to publish an interim report on the accident later this month. Sala was the most expensive signing in Cardiff’s history.Nantes have consulted lawyers to explore legal options to ensure Cardiff pay the transfer fee for Sala, a source close to the French club said on Wednesday.According to the source, the first instalment of the 17-million-euro ($19.3 million) deal has yet to be paid, despite the transfer being finalised before the accident.Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Friday: “To talk about money in these moments is disgusting.”He described the news that Sala’s body had been formally identified as “awful” and “unfair”.“We had always maintained hope but we knew in the end that it was slim, almost an illusion,” said the 66-year-old, who wept as he spoke to reporters.burs-dt/rjm/pma0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LIZZY’S EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER VISIT – JARLA’S VIEW!

first_imgLIZZY’S EGG-STRA SPECIAL EASTER VISIT – JARLA’S VIEW! was last modified: April 20th, 2014 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:cartoondonegalJarlalast_img