Friend a chance to lead All Star cast

first_imgThe Roosters captain was named starting hooker in Mal Meninga’s side for the February 10 showpiece event and is a strong candidate to lead the side onto the park with the ‘C’ next to his name. Fresh from the Four Nations tour that saw him make his Kangaroos debut, Friend said the All Stars captaincy wasn’t something he had considered, and was more focused on getting to play alongside some of the NRL’s most talented stars.  “It’s a pretty awesome team and there are some big players in there,” Friend told media at the team announcement at Rugby League Central on Wednesday morning. “I’m really looking forward to gelling with some new guys and learning some things off some different players. I got to tour and you learn so much off tours like that so I’m sure this week will be no different.”Friend made his international debut off the bench in the Four Nations opener against Scotland which the Kangaroos won 54-12, and while he didn’t feature after that, the 26-year-old still cherished every moment of the tour.   “It was the trip of a lifetime, and to get a debut is something I’ve been trying and striving for my whole career. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “I was pretty proud to get a game over there. I’ve heard that blokes have been [on tour] and not played. I was lucky enough that Mal gave everyone a game. “It was an awesome experience – not just the game itself – but the whole tour. It was a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun.”Fresh from his first year as stand-alone Roosters skipper, the 2016 Jack Gibson Medallist said the Four Nations tour not only helped him develop as a player, but he also had the opportunity to study how some of the game’s finest leaders operate.With the likes of Kangaroos, Maroons and Storm skipper Cameron Smith, as well as Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston rallying the troops in the UK, Friend said he picked up some valuable lessons from the best in the business. “You learn off blokes like ‘Smithy’ and ‘JT’ and Cooper Cronk and blokes that have been around for so long and are at the top of their games and have been for so long. It’s good to experience how they prepare and do their thing,” he said.”Just seeing how they interact or pump boys up for games and that sort of stuff – even just how they carry themselves – you can learn a lot from those tours, and I did. I’ll try to use some of the stuff that we did over there back at the Roosters. “I only played one game, but the boys that played did really well and I think that’s because of the culture that Mal created. “It’s something that we talk about a lot in footy and it’s something that we want to get right at the Roosters this year to get back to the top of the ladder.”It was a tough year and it didn’t go our way, but I think for us, we stuck together and we didn’t go and blame this bloke or that bloke. There was no blame game and we were all in it together. “It didn’t go how we wanted it to and it’s on us now to train hard in the pre-season and prove ourselves next year.”Friend admitted he wasn’t 100 per cent sure whether he would stay on as stand-alone skipper or if the Roosters would revert back to a co-captaincy model, but indicated he would prefer the first option. The nuggety No.9 said no matter what happened, he could rely on senior players like Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner and others for advice. “I enjoyed the role on my own last year,” he replied when asked about the captaincy. “I’m not sure 100 per cent sure what we’re doing this year, but either way… there are blokes in our team who might not have the ‘C’ next to their names, but they’re leaders. “We’ve got a couple of boys who have been around for a few years now and most decisions and things that I’m thinking are bounced off them anyway.”It’s something that I hope to keep improving on and I’m looking to hopefully getting a few more wins next year.”last_img read more

Young boxer Claro dies

first_imgThe remains of Claro, who was due to fight this November, will be brought home to Palawan this Thursday.GAB Chair Abraham Mitra was at the hospital when Claro, who held a 1-win, 4-loss card, died.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMitra’s group together with Singwancha Foundation representatives arranged for Claro’s mortuary and funeral services, transport to the province and financial assistance.Claro was part of the group that was found by GAB to have submitted fake computed tomography (CT) scans and was asked to submit new results with plates. His license was never revoked but he was disallowed to have professional fights until he submits a new CT scan. Boxer Jeffrey Claro never woke up from a coma and passed away at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Ospital ng Maynila. He just turned 20 five days ago.According to the Facebook page of the Games and Amusements Board, Claro went down during a sparring session in Mandaluyong City on Friday afternoon and lapsed into a coma.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Fatigue not a concern for Brownlee after playing extended minutes View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Claro did so and was scheduled to fight, but it got postponed twice because he underwent a tooth extraction and contracted urinary tract infection (UTI).“My sincerest condolences to the family of Jeffrey whose death is a great loss to to Philippine boxing,” said Mitra. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

GDF’s Exercise Greenheart in progress

first_imgExercise GreenheartThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Thursday stated that ranks are currently engaged in Exercise Greenheart in the areas between Mara Settlement and Tacama waterfront in the Upper Berbice River.The aim of this exercise is for the Force to practise close country operations. As such, there is no need for alarm or panic because of the increased presence and passage of uniformed ranks throughout the communities, farms, and along the river.Additionally, during the exercise, the Force will be conducting medical outreach programmes for riverine communities between Mara Settlement and Tacama waterfront from August 10 to August 12.The Guyana Defence Force, in a release to the media, stated the Exercise Greenheart commenced on Monday, August 5, and will conclude on Friday, August 16, 2019.The exercise is like any other annual Force tactical exercise that is intended to assess and test the preparedness of our troops to conduct operations in the jungle, and, at the same time, identify deficiencies which could be corrected to ensure full competency in the environment.last_img read more

Highway to Charlie Lake Will Be Expanded

first_imgPhoto: Highway 97 will be expanded from the 271 road to Charlie Lake next year – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caFederal and Provincial governments announced today that 14.8 million dollars in joint funding will be put towards improvements to the Alaska Highway between the 271 Road and Charlie Lake. The initiative, which is part of the “Building Canada” project, will see the highway expanded to four lanes from the 271 Road to Charlie Lake. Dave Crebo with the Ministry of Transportation says the benefits for drivers go beyond covenience. [asset|aid=221|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dave Crebo – Safety_1_Pub.mp3] The estimated completion date for the project is Fall 2009.- Advertisement –last_img

COLÁISTE AILIGH’S FIRST 5K THIS TUESDAY

first_imgTake your place on the starting line to mark the Coláiste Ailigh inaugural 5k on Tuesday April 1 at 7pm.Registration takes place from 5.30pm at the school sports hall.Adults €8, €5 students and €20 for a family of 4. COLÁISTE AILIGH’S FIRST 5K THIS TUESDAY was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:5kColaiste Ailighlast_img

LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES

first_imgDrumkeen Community Car washBig thank you to everyone who supported the Drumkeen community car wash. What a success!! Our best supported one since we started!! It is so encouraging to see what can be achieved when ordinary people in a community come together for the good of their area. Thank you for your generosity. “Hey sir there’s some shine on that”!!!Senior Citizens Bus Trip The senior citizens bus trip will take place on Wed 20th June 2012. Bus leaves chapel grounds at 10.00am Contact Michael 074 9134163 Terry 074 9134173 Matt 074 9134104 Johnny 074 9134272St. Mary’s GAABingo in hall @ 9 on Tuesday lotto results KK,DN,AM,FH one winner with 3 Alison Wilson Convoy Nx Weeks jackpot €1050 Cardiac screening 14-30 yrs olds. €45 per person Contact Julia Blake 0862611290. You don’t have to be a club member or Gaelic player. The Club are running a quiz in the White Horse Inn (Breen’s) at 10 on Wed 13th June proceeds for the New Centre of Excellence. Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandThe local band will be travelling to the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodestown this Sunday 17th. Bus leaves crossroads 9.00 am. Any one from the parish wishing to travel on the bus for which is normally a great day out contact Harry on 087 7741054Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 06th June No jackpot winner 2 match 3 Nos: €50 each Brian Kerrigan Mountcharles, Kienna Downey c/o Buncrana Office Next weeks jackpot €3,050 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608 Birthdays, Anniversaries etc. Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please emaildrumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm).LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: June 10th, 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)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

DATE NAMED FOR THE RETURN OF THE DONEGAL MARATHON

first_imgA date has been set for the return of Donegal’s first marathon in 31 years.Will the Donegal marathon get big numbers?The idea was the brainchild of Letterkenny county councillor Dessie Larkin some months back.And now an official date, August 24th, has been penciled in the race. The official route for the 26.2 mile race has yet to be decided but it will be in and around Letterkenny town.So enjoy the Christmas festivities because the training starts in January!   DATE NAMED FOR THE RETURN OF THE DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: December 6th, 2013 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:donegalletterkennyMarathonlast_img read more

DEELE COLLEGE IS ‘APPY’ FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!

first_imgDean Reynolds along with staff members Liz Gordon, Steven Gibson,Seamus Kelly, Danny McFadden, students, Amy Brolly and Gavin Meehan. Also pictured is Neil Meehan from the Parents AssociationDeele College in Raphoe is the new standard bearer in the world of ‘technology in education’ with the launch of their new interactive school app.The secondary school is the first school in the county to launch their own app, which is now available on the android and apple stores.It is envisioned that this app will provide a stronger link between parents and the school, with various features, which will allow parents to send notes on absenteeism, see homework assignments and monitor students’ progress. The school has made huge strides on the technology front in recent years with the introduction of an ICT team, who have earmarked various projects to enhance the technology in the school.Dean Reynolds, Amy Brolly, Danny McFadden, Gavin Meehan and Neil MeehanAlong with the app, the school is preparing to launch their wireless internet service in the school in the coming months, which will allow teachers to use the latest technologies, such as IPads in the classroom.The app itself, which was launched last week, will allow students to access daily timetables on their phones and tablets, as well as exam timetables and study guides. It is hoped that students will be able to access all homework assignments via the app from the beginning of September and that students will also be able to submit homework via the app.Deele College Principal Mr. PJ McGowan says this app is the latest initiative in the developing world of IT in schools and as an aid to teaching and learning. Dean Reynolds, Amy Brolly, Gavin Meehan, and Neil Meehan“As a tool for communication it will greatly improve links between parents and the school and the chief benefactors are the students. We are very grateful to Reynolds of Raphoe for their generous sponsorship towards the development of the app.“We are also appreciative of the team of people within the school led by Mr Danny McFadden who had the foresight and willingness to follow an idea and develop the app”With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, Deputy Principal of the school, Mr Danny McFadden says that it is imperative that Deele College embraces the new educational tools available through the latest technology.“Students today are immersed in technology and we want to use this to show students that learning can be interactive and fun. The launch of this app is an important step for the school but it is also just the beginning, as we strive to improve our ICT infrastructure to meet the demands of 21st century education.Deele College ICT team and students, along with members of the Parents Association and our sponsor Reynolds of Raphoe“Parents play such a vital part in a student’s education and we want to foster greater links between the school and parents. Parents will be able to see what is going on in the school via our monthly newsletter and also keep track of the work undertaken by students. It provides a new way to interact with parents, as they can receive notes via the app about important events in the school, such as parents’ evenings and prize giving. Teachers can upload assignments and receive them via the app, which is a huge step forward in terms of teacher/student interaction.”The app, which has been generously sponsored by local company, Reynolds of Raphoe has already been a huge hit among students and parents and the school management would encourage everyone connected to the school to download the app to their phone or tablet.While many others will follow suit in the coming months and years, it is great to see a Donegal school leading the way.DEELE COLLEGE IS ‘APPY’ FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS! was last modified: April 10th, 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:AppDanny McFaddendeele collegedonegalRaphoelast_img read more

Rethinking South Africa’s urban dynamics

first_img25 November 2015Strategies for enhancing the economic opportunities available to Gauteng and its people were the focus of discussions at the Gauteng City Region Spatial Planning Summit, which also examined the challenges of the spatial legacy of apartheid.The summit, held yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre, brought together various stakeholders, public and private sector planning experts and local and provincial government representatives.Close to the heart of finding solutions for the province are the principles and outcomes of the National Development Plan and its Vision 2030 to create, develop and sustain growth in the economy and the South African people.Growing regionPremier @David_Makhura addressing the #GCRSPS2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre @NationalCoGTA @GautengSACR pic.twitter.com/aEzk8U8dxN— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) Novembe r 24, 2015Gauteng was home to 24% of the national population, said Premier David Makhura in his address, or about 13 million citizens. It was growing by the year as more people moved into the cities from rural areas to build lives for themselves. “We need to rethink the logic of development, to ensure social and economic inclusion. The urban dynamics of the region must be effectively managed.”Responsibility lay with local government and the private sector, working together, to not only take steps to manage the influx effectively, but also to position the people of Gauteng closer to economic opportunity. Co-operation between all stakeholders in developing economic eco-systems across Gauteng’s five development corridors must be directed at one ultimate goal: “achieving desirable economic and social outcomes for the people”.The five corridors are Johannesburg central city hub, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, West Rand and Sedibeng. Each has a specific focus or area of expertise:Johannesburg: financial, pharmaceutical and service industriesEkurhuleni: advanced manufacturing, transport logistics, aviation industriesTshwane: government and legislative administration, research, development and innovation industriesWest Rand: miningSedibeng: agriculture, logistics and tourismThe current spatial form of GP is inefficient . We have to turn it in a way that is more efficient & sustainable @David_Makhura #GCRSPS2015— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) Novembe r 24, 2015Because of the downturn in the traditional industrial sectors that had defined the province for so long – particularly the collapsing steel industry in Sedibeng and the mining slump in the West Rand – these five Gauteng development corridors must refocus efforts on other industries, such as tourism, agriculture, agro- processing and renewable energy in order to make the province a success.While working as five separate entities, the premier said, these areas must operate as a single body of mutual co-operation: “a single plan for the province, (working) as. a single government”, Makhura explained.Premier David Makhura: We now have an increased responsibility to provide services to more households #GCRSPS2015— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) Novembe r 24, 2015However, he continued, before doing something about these industries, the people of the province should be taken care of first. While the provincial government was also grappling with persistent urban sprawl, reproducing, as he called it, “the spatial legacy of apartheid cities”, planning must better utilise land space and ensure residents were no longer marginalised from the economic hubs.Makhura:We take firm action against illegal land invasions…between April & September we prevented more than 100 land invasions #GCRSPS2015— NationalCoGTA (@NationalCoGTA) November 24, 2015Implement plans“We need to implement existing policies with commitment and discipline” – Minister Pravin Gordhan #GCRSPS2015 pic.twitter.com/oQgMyTkFJv— NationalCoGTA (@NationalCoGTA) November 24, 2015Pravin Gordhan, minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, delivered the keynote address at the summit. He urged the Gauteng government to be more proactive in developing the province.“South Africa is becoming famous for developing plans and policies and all sorts of documents, that begin to have very little impact on the ground at the end of the day,” the minister said. This state of affairs was becoming the country’s “Achille’s heel” that continued to keep the country and the economic hub of Gauteng from developing faster and more successfully.Spatial planning and the implementation of plans to address apartheid’s legacy could effectively reverse the negative aspects of urban sprawl, Gordhan said. “Planning is about increasing the dignity of our people. We need to implement existing policies with commitment and discipline.”Gordhan: Spatial integration is not only about spatial development but also about the coordination of service delivery efforts #GCRSPS2015— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) Novembe r 24, 2015The summit consisted of presentations and discussions on the plans to improve the area, including panel sessions led by Gauteng MECs Barbara Creecy (finance), Jacob Mamabolo (human settlements) and Ismail Vadi (roads and transport).SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New govt will drive inclusive economic growth: Zuma

first_img12 May 2014 The new African National Congress (ANC) government will use its election mandate to implement policies and programmes in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) in order to further improve the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor, President-elect Jacob Zuma pledged on the weekend. Speaking in Pretoria following the announcement of the final results of the country’s 2014 general election on Saturday evening, Zuma dedicated the ANC’s victory to the memory of the late Nelson Mandela, adding that the ANC was humbled that South Africans had again chosen the party to govern the country. “The ANC will be humble in its victory,” he said. “We will form a government that will serve all the people of our country, regardless of who they voted for. We must now unite and work together to move South Africa forward.” The ANC secured 62.1% of the national vote, while remaining in control in eight of the country’s nine provinces. The Democratic Alliance (DA) increased its support nationally to 22.2% while retaining control of the Western Cape, and newcomers the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won 6.3% of the vote. Zuma said the new administration would also give the green light to implementing the National Development Plan and promoting inclusive economic growth and job creation. This would see the government continuing with the delivery of water, electricity, roads, schools, clinics, good schools, human settlements to people in both urban and rural areas. “The new mandate is also a licence to continue with our ambitious infrastructure build programme, and ensure the provision of better roads, universities and colleges, hospitals, dams, railway lines and power stations that boost economic and social development.” Zuma thanked the 18-million South Africans who went out to cast their votes last Wednesday, especially the country’s senior citizens, saying they had set a good example for first-time voters. He also acknowledged the co-operation of communities – such as Marikana in North West province, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape and Bekkersdal in Gauteng – that had been identified as hotspots ahead of the election. “They proved commentators who predicted apathy wrong,” Zuma said, adding that the issues they had raised would be addressed by the new government. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more