Don feels the pain of Titans on trial

first_imgA Grafton junior who had gone off and completed a teaching degree at the University of Newcastle, Don broke all kinds of try-scoring records playing for the Ghosts in Group 2 before being picked up to play Intrust Super Cup with Burleigh in 2012.Those try-scoring exploits carried through to the top grade with the Bears and he was offered a ‘train and trial’ contract with the Gold Coast Titans.Right now across all 16 NRL clubs there are hopefuls busting their guts in the hardest training sessions of their lives hoping, like Don did, to show the coaching staff enough to be invited to become a permanent member of the NRL squad.At the Titans this year former Shark Pat Politoni, former Titans 20s forward Hayden Schwass, 25-year-old Tweed Heads lock Sam Saville and highly-regarded former Rooster Tyler Cornish are all mixing it with the likes of Jarryd Hayne, Konrad Hurrell and Ryan James endeavouring to prove their worth.In recent years Agnatius Paasi and Cameron Cullen have turned short-term contracts into NRL starts and Don knows all too well what this year’s crop are going through.”For me personally I was pretty nervous and I’m a pretty shy bloke when I first meet someone so I was just scared trying to talk to all the high profile players like ‘Birdy’ (Greg Bird), Luke Bailey, Jamal Idris and Dave Taylor,” Don said.”I was mainly petrified even trying to strike up a conversation with someone but you’ve just got to put in on the field each week and do your best and hopefully the coaches like you.”I remember when I was doing it as well you’re trying to impress and you’re getting here early and trying to do everything right.”They put in every session just like the senior guys so collectively it’s a group of men that’s trying to achieve as much as they can in the training time that we’ve got.”With places in both the top and second tier of his playing roster still to fill, Titans coach Neil Henry knows the value of inviting players in to fight for an opportunity in the big time.Politoni and Schwass were both key figures in Burleigh’s drought-breaking Intrust Super Cup title this year and with very little back-up for hooker Nathan Peats, Politoni especially shapes as a future Titan.”With the train and trial guys there’s certainly an opportunity for some of these players to step up and probably earn a full-time contract,” Henry said.”We’ll reserve our judgement there until we see how they go before Christmas and the trial period.”Pat Politoni had a good year at hooker and it’s a role that we need some depth in within the club.”Obviously ‘Peatsy’ wants to play 80 minutes so he’s been training quite well. Young Max King out of our 20s program has been working hard and Hayden Schwass who had a full year at Burleigh in the back row straight out of 20s has been working really well as a young player coming through.”He’s got a good motor and he plays big minutes. He played mostly 80 minutes on the edge although he’s got that versatility playing edge back row.”In 66 games across four seasons Don has now scored 40 tries in the NRL but is still pushing to become a permanent member of the 17 each week.For the first time in his career the 29-year-old played a Round 1 fixture in 2016 and featured in 22 of the Titans’ 25 games but still feels he has to prove himself throughout pre-season to be on the wing for the first game of the season in 2017.”Throughout my career I’ve never really had a spot cemented for the whole season so I’m not going to get ahead of myself,” Don said in the wake of David Mead, Josh Hoffman and Nene Macdonald all leaving the club in the off-season.”I know I’ve still got to compete hard to try and get a spot and hopefully I can do that through my pre-season form and throughout the trial games and start of the season.”There are a lot of guys there that can play those positions so it’s still going to be a tough pre-season and a lot of competition for spots.”last_img read more

Harmon to present written statement to Cabinet – President

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon will today present a written statement to Cabinet on all the accusationsPresident David Granger speaking to the media on Wednesdaybeing levelled against him, when Ministers convene for a meeting, President David Granger has assured.The President, responding to questions posed by Journalists on Wednesday, said Minister Harmon already offered an oral explanation to Cabinet members on Tuesday for being in a photograph with officials of BaiShanLin.According to President Granger, the explanation given to Cabinet by Harmon related that he had to visit a number of places in China, with little time to do so.“As you know the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China was in China at that time, he had to go to three or four different cities and the Ambassador arranged the executive transport because of the distance between the cities, and the amount of time he had at his disposal. So it was arranged by the Chinese Government to enable him to travel to different cities… to conduct the business that he was there to conduct,” President Granger said, before reiterating that the trip was funded by the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.last_img read more

Magistrates, Judges to be trained on Juvenile Justice Act

first_imgPersons in the justice system, specifically in the Children’s Court, are expected to undergo training to be fully aware of how matters should be dealt with under the recently-passed Juvenile Justice Act.This is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, during a recent interview with Guyana Times.Since the Act was assented to, he said a Director and two Deputies have been appointed who would be responsible for ensuring the training is conducted, among other things.“So these three persons – the Director and the two Deputies – also have to set up an educational awareness programme for even the Policemen and Prosecutors and so on and the Children’s Court administrators, the Chancellor and so will also be doing an education of Magistrates as to how the Act should be operationalised,” he explained.The Minister pointed out that under the new regime, all persons who work in the judicial system who would be dealing with youths must know how to treat them.The training for these workers, he explained, will be a joint effort.“The Act brings in a brand new regime under which juveniles must operate and all the ancillary other units like Prosecutors, other people who may be investigators; Judges, they will also have to know a thing or two about this regime and so there will be need for educating them and that is what I think the Chancellor will have to do so it would be a multiple effort, a multi-faceted effort that not only the Ministry of Public Security (will be involved in), but also the Judiciary and the Magistracy,” he said.It was just recently that the Minister spoke of the need for Police Officers to not only be trained but properly sensitised to be able to handle youths who would have committed criminal offences.He revealed that a manual is being drafted to guide the general conduct of Officers when handling youths who have committed criminal offences.“You have to give special treatment to children who are underage. Now that the Juvenile Justice Act was passed, apparently some of these Policemen do not know (about it), and, of course, we have to get our Policemen all over to know,” he said.According to him, the necessary training for ranks has already begun, but he explained that the Police Training College would be incorporating the Act, with the development of a manual to guide the ranks’ conduct.The manual, he said, is being developed with the aid of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The Juvenile Justice Bill was passed in April 2018. The draft bill was conceived in 2004 under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration, with support and input from UNICEF.The first Juvenile Court was later opened in Guyana back in November 2018, with plans being announced to launch two more in Berbice and Essequibo later this year.last_img read more

Fundraiser event to take place at Fort St John Curling Club on April 27

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Curling Club will be hosting a fundraising event on April 27, 2019.According to Cheryl Batten, of the Fort St. John Curling Club, in order to host the 2020 B.C. Winter Games, the Club will need to raise funds to make the necessary upgrades.“As a Club, we are hosting the 2020 B.C. Winter Games. In order to support that event and the development of junior curling in our community, we are fundraising to update and prepare the Club for the Winter Games.”- Advertisement -Along with raising funds to make upgrades, Batten says the goal of the fundraiser is to also keep membership fees low.“Our other fundraising goal is to keep the membership and league fees at a reasonable rate for our members. If we achieve our goals we will be able to keep our rates from last season.”The Fundraiser will feature a dinner and dance along with a live and loonie auction.Advertisement There are different ways to donate to this event:1. Donate a significant item we can use as an auction item to raise money2. Purchase tickets to our event $50/couple,$30 for individuals or $250 for a table of 10.3. A monetary donation toward the purchase of an auction item or directly toward the club.The Fort St. John Curling Club Fundraiser is taking place on April 27, 2019 at the Curling Club.If you are interested in donating, or for more information, you can call Cheryl Batten at 250-263-9102.last_img read more

Saudi thumping offers little hope for Asian upturn in Russia

first_imgIn the 16 years since Japan and South Korea hosted the tournament, with the latter reaching the semi-finals, they have each only made it beyond the group stages once, in 2010.Frenchman Philippe Troussier took Japan to the last 16 on home soil in 2002 but believes they have “no chance” of making the knockout phase this time despite avoiding the tournament favourites in their group.Japan sacked coach Vahid Halilhodzic in April but the decision to hire Akira Nishino has failed to inspire an immediate turnaround in fortunes, with warm-up friendly defeats against Ghana and Switzerland.“Even if they play with (Jose) Mourinho or Arsene Wenger, it would be so difficult for Japan to get to the last 16,” Troussier told AFP.Halilhodzic’s unwillingness to use some of Japan’s star names such as Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa resulted in his dismissal.However, even with their return, Japan lack the individual talent available to their opponents in Group H. Colombia boast the talent of James Rodriguez, Poland can field Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is the star man for Senegal.– Spurs star Son –South Korea do have one outstanding talent in Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.Son scored 18 goals this season, including four in seven Champions League games, but has struggled to recreate that form when tasked with being the main man for his country.Defeats to Bosnia and Senegal either side of a drab 0-0 draw with Bolivia in warm-up games have done little to inspire confidence that South Korea can rival Mexico or Sweden for second place behind Group F favourites Germany.The Saudis’ poor showing in Moscow against an unfancied Russia also does not bode well for an Australian side that finished below them in qualifying and face the might of France on Saturday.Australia had to go through a mammoth 22-game qualifying campaign, including two playoffs, to make it to Russia.However, they too have undergone a recent change in coach with Bert van Marwijk, who took the Netherlands to the final in 2010, inspiring an upturn in fortunes with recent wins against the Czech Republic and Hungary.Despite a myriad of problems including cancelled warm-up friendlies and Nike’s decision to stop supplying boots due to US sanctions, Iran may provide the Asian confederation’s best chance of registering a win.Carlos Queiroz’s men stormed through qualifying undefeated in 18 games, conceding just five goals in the process.Queiroz’s defensive set-up frustrated Nigeria and Argentina four years ago and their opening game against Morocco on Friday offers an early chance to make an impression before tougher tasks against Spain and Portugal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Asian anguish: Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 thrashing by Russia got Asia’s World Cup off to a terrible start © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Asia’s quartet of World Cup representatives failed to deliver a single victory four years ago and hopes of a turnaround in Russia are low, with continental powerhouses Japan and South Korea struggling for form.Five nations qualified from the Asian confederation for the 2018 World Cup but Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of the hosts in the tournament opener followed the pattern of miserable performances and results for Asian sides in Brazil.last_img read more

Chelsea on red alert after hearing Roma star Radja Nainggolan can leave

first_img Nainggolan could be arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM RANKED targets Chelsea tried to land Nainggolan back in 2016 and they have kept track of him ever since then.Roma have always knocked back any approaches for the 30-year-old but, according to Il Tempo, that is about to change.The Italian club have put the midfielder up for sale after their sporting director, Monchi, decided it was time to cash in.The transfer guru believes Roma should sell Nainggolan now and reinvest the money elsewhere in the squad. Belgian fans protest after the 30-year-old was omitted from the squad Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ That news will be of great interest to Chelsea, who could now return with a fresh offer for the Belgian.The Belgium midfielder was controversially left out of Robert Martinez’s squad for the World Cup Finals in Russia.After hearing news of the rejection, the combative midfielder subsequently retired from international duty. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED IN DEMAND Latest Transfer rumours targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea are on red alert after hearing news Roma have put Radja Nainggolan up for sale.The Blues are long-term admirers of the midfielder, who was a shock omission from Belgium’s squad for this summer’s World Cup. 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January He sparked outrage in his home country when he was caught smoking and drinking on camera at a New Year’s Eve party earlier this year.last_img read more


first_imgTá fáilte curtha ag an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh roimh na cláracha tacaíochta teaghlaigh agus pleanála teanga atá seolta ag Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta, Dinny McGinley, ach ní theann siad sách fada agus níl sé soiléír go mbeidh acmhainní go leor ann chun iad a chuir i bhfeidhm, dar leis.Tá imní freisin air nach bhfuil an méid atá ar siúl ag Ranna eile Rialtais agus an Statchóras tré chéile ag teacht leis an Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge agus go mbainfidh siad an mhaith as na tograí eile seo.Bhí Seanadóir Shinn Féin as Gaillimh Thiar ag tagairt do na scéimeanna a sheol an tAire Stáít ar an Déardaoin. ‘Tá siad tamall ag teacht agus is maith ann iad’, a deir Ó Clochartaigh, ‘ach, bhí mé súil le fógra níos cuimsithí agus soiléiriú maidir le hacmhainní a bheith ar fáil len iad a chuir i bhfeidhm mar is gá. Maidir leis an Scéim Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh, ní leor bileoga a scaipeadh, caithfidh daoine oilte a bheith ar fáil le tacaíocht leanúnach a chuir ar fáil i ngach ceantar Gaeltachta. Caithfear maoiniú agus acmhainní a chuir in áít do ghrúpaí tuismitheoirí, máthair & linbh, ionaid cúram leanaí is araile le gniomhaíochtaí a eagrú agus áiseanna a chuir ar fáil, chomh maith le díriú ar staid na Gaeilge sa chóras oideachais’.‘Ó thaobh cúrsaí pleanála teanga di, tá sé an-aisteach nach bhfuil acmhainní dhá chuir ar fáil le pleananna teanga a ullmhú i ngach ceantar láithreach. Léirigh an Staidéar Chuimsitheach Teangeolaíochta an phráínn a bhaineann leis an obair seo. Bhí an Rialtas roimhe seo ag tarraingt na gcos agus is léir go bhfuil an Rialtas seo nío measa arís’, a deir Ó Clochartaigh.‘Níl ciall na réasún a bheith ag fágáil ceantar ar bith amach as an bpróiséas. Tá ceantair láidre a dteastaíonn tacaíocht uathu ar nós Iorras Aithneach, Múscraí agus Rath Cairn fágtha as an aíreamh go fóill agus fiú na ceantair is mó atá i mbaol stádas Gaeltachta a chailleadh, níl deis ar bith fágtha dóibh an taoide a chasadh. Ní léir go bhfuil cur chuige meáite ar bith dhá leanúint ag an Aire sa mhéid seo.’.‘Freisin, tá sé riachtanach dó a shoiléiriú cé na hacmhainní a bheidh ar fáil chuige seo. Más iad na heagraíochtaí pobail atá ina bhun caithfear buiséad a chuir ar fáil dá réir chun an obair a dhéanamh, imeachtaí agus áiseanna a chuir ar fáil’, dar leis an Seanadóir. ‘Tá an Roinn fein in ainm is a bheith ag déanamh maoirseacht ar an dul chun cinn ach bheadh amhras orm go bhfuil an acmhainn acu sin a dhéanamh i gcomhthéacs an faillí iomlán atá dhá dhéanamh acu maidir le maoirsiú scéimeanna faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, mar a léiríodh an tseachtain seo i dtuarascáíl an Choimisinéir Teanga’.‘Ach an imní is mó atá orm ná go bhfuil Rannaí eile Rialtais agus eagrais Stáit atá ag déanamh dochar don Straitéis agus don teanga tré chéíle. Áirím ansin Ruairi Quinn agus an Roinn Oideachas agus Scileanna ach go háirithe, atá ag deanamh éagoir mhór tríd an athbhreithniú ar an coibhneas dalta –múinteora sna scoileanna beaga sa nGaeltacht, atá ag gearradh maoiniú chun tacú le hábhar oidí dul chun na Gaeltachta agus a fuair réidh le scoláireachtaí triú leibhéal do mhuintir na Gaeltachta’, a deir Seanadóir Shinn Féin.‘Ní leor preas ócáidí agus caint, gan acmhainní a chuir ar fáil agus ní chuirfear an Straitéis Fiche Bliain i bhfeidhm gan tacaíocht iomlan an Rialtais, i gcomhpháirt le pobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta, sin rud nach bhfuil ag eirí leis an Aire Stáit McGinley a bhaint amach go fóill’, arsa Ó Clochartaigh.ADVERTISEMENTCAITHFIDH AN RIALTAS ACMHAINNÍ A CHUIR AR FÁÍL LEIS AN STRAITÉIS A FHEIDHMIÚ – Ó CLOCHARTAIGH was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CAITHFIDH AN RIALTAS ACMHAINNÍ A CHUIR AR FÁÍL LEIS AN STRAITÉIS A FHEIDHMIÚ – Ó CLOCHARTAIGHlast_img read more


first_imgRory Gallagher is stepping out of Jim McGuinness’ shadows with a number of impressive displays by his team.Once again it was a very busy news-week across Co Donegal. Here we reflect on the stories which struck a chord with people across the county.1. He may not have won any silverware yet, but Donegal GAA boss Rory Gallagher has proved that he no longer lives in the shadow of Jim McGuinness.2. We learned that Letterkenny woman Sinead Doherty from Woodlands may be one of the strongest ever Donegal women after she won the under 80kg title at the World Deadlift Championships in England. 3. We were reminded once again what a perilous living fishermen make after the tragic death of Dunfanaghy man Bill McKinley off Horn Head.4. The dangers posed to staff at businesses was on again highlighted when a raider threatened a female employee with a knife and got away with cash following an early morning robbery at O’Riain Auctioneers in Letterkenny.5. Not content with conquering Everest two years ago, mountaineer Jason Black revealed he is to attempt to scale the world’s most feared mountain, K2.6. Miracle man Oisin Merritt, from Ballybofey, finally met paramedic Dave Sullivan who saved his life in Spain a year ago when he fell from a balcony while holidaying with friends. 7. Fianna Fail county councillor may not be planning to stand in the next general election but Cllr Ciaran Brogan was announced as the new chairman of Donegal County Council.Burnside apartments in Letterkenny.8. We learned that if you have a spare €190,000, you can always buy an apartment complex at Burnside in Letterkenny with seven apartments.9. Killybegs is fighting back as it welcomed 700 passengers on board the MV Andonia while many more passenger livers are due in the coming months.10. Finally we were reminded how fragile life is following the deaths of six Irish students in the tragic balcony collapse in California. THAT FRIDAY FEELING – 10 THINGS WE LEARNED IN DONEGAL THIS WEEK! was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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:donegallast_img read more

Elderly people robbed at knifepoint during raid on house

first_imgGardai are investigating an incident in which elderly residents were held at knifepoint in their home and robbed.The robbery took place in Kilmacrennan last night.Details of the incident are vague but it is understood the culprits broke in through a back door. It is understood the man demanded and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.It is understood the man was armed with a knife but nobody was physically hurt in the raid.However, the elderly residents were treated for shock.Gardai in Milford have appealed for anybody who was in the area at the time and may have noticed people acting suspiciously to contact them on 0749153060. Elderly people robbed at knifepoint during raid on house was last modified: February 27th, 2018 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

NFL picks, Week 17: Raiders fall at Chiefs, 49ers at Rams

first_imgLong story short, our NFL picks have come through with more winners than losers this season, way more in straight-up fashion (153-86-2) and just enough against the spread (128-107-5) to buy one last round for Week 17:Chiefs 33, Raiders 20: An eighth straight Raiders season ends in defeat, and it’s the 19 time in 24 seasons since (temporarily) moving back to Oakland. Line: Raiders +13 1/2Rams 24, 49ers 20: Beat L.A.? Three Decembers in a row at the Coliseum is one too many to ask. Line: 49ers …last_img read more