first_img‌The idea has merit; Townsend’s club halves partner James Maloney is a sure-fire bet for Blues duty this year and Townsend is in excellent club form.He was also the best playmaker on ground in his team’s 20-10 win over Country in Mudgee on Sunday by a wide margin, outplaying Country halves Tyrone Roberts and Cody Walker with a series of pinpoint kicks.Ross says it’s more than just his current form or his combination with Maloney though after being blown away by the Yarrawarrah Tigers junior’s professionalism through a week in camp with him.”This week has been such a good experience for a lot of us and we all wanted to put our best foot forward to show that we’re up for Origin,” Ross told NRL.com after the game. “One player in particular who I think should be there no matter what is Chad Townsend. “I haven’t heard Chad’s name tossed up too much for the halves but he’s won a premiership now, he’s taken City to the last-ever City-Country victory. He’s one bloke if I was a selector would be in my sights.”I learned a lot from [Townsend] this week. Chad helped settle me a lot and spoke to me through the week.”Those lessons he learned from Townsend, among others, would hopefully help Ross boost his club form when he returns to Newcastle.”I’m going to take back what I’ve learned here… That’s going to through actions, whether it’s catching the ball out in front and passing crisply but everything I’ve learned from these elite players is everything’s done crisp, everything’s done at a high intensity through a whole training session,” Ross said.”That’s something I haven’t experienced before. I was passing the ball with Chad Townsend and we were doing side-to-side passes and ‘Freddie’ (City coach Brad Fittler) came past and said ‘mate, we’re elite machines, here we go faster than that’. “Chad stepped it up and then it took me a couple of seconds to adjust then once I realised that’s the level we need to be at, that’s the level that I trained at and that’s the level I’m going to take back to Newcastle and hopefully keep playing well for Newcastle.”The other player Ross said was a sure thing for the Blues was impressive prop James Tamou, who was best on ground with 209 metres, 27 tackles, three offloads and a try and set the tone for City’s win.”He did show his class, every single run was lethal, he was an enforcer in defence, came up with offloads. James Tamou was an absolute weapon,” Ross said.last_img read more

first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood both gathered half-centuries as West Indies survived a day of extreme temperatures to flourish on the opening day of their two-day tour fixture against Victoria XI yesterday.Brathwaite struck 78, while Blackwood carved out 69 at the Simonds Stadium with the mercury reaching 308C and soaring to 438 by the afternoon – one of the hottest days on record in the history of Australia.Several West Indies batsmen got starts but none were able to reach three-figures. However, the outing served as a much-needed build-up for the second Test match against Australia, slated for the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Boxing Day.Marlon Samuels hit 45, Denesh Ramdin scored 38 not out, while opener Rajindra Chandrika chipped in with 28.Leg-spinner Jeremy Hart was the best bowler with four for 93.The 23-year-old Brathwaite again looked in good touch and appeared set for a century before he retired at the tea break after facing 175 balls and counting eight boundaries on both sides of the wicket off both pace and spin.He was largely untroubled throughout his knock and it backed up his stroke-filled 94 in the first Test.The right-hander shared three productive stands to give West Indies a handy start, posting 47 for the first wicket with Chandrika, 68 for the second wicket with Samuels and a breezy third-wicket stand of 99 with Blackwood.The right-handed Blackwood’s knock was important, especially after failing to score in either innings of the Hobart Test. He faced 102 balls and hit seven fours and a six in what was a good comeback following the double failure.Samuels showed a glimpse of his prowess with an innings containing seven crisp boundaries off 39 balls, but touched an out-swinger to the keeper just when he looked set for much more.The innings slipped from 226 for three to 257 for seven in the final session as West Indies lost four quick wickets for 31 runs. However, Ramdin found a good partner in Jomel Warrican and the pair has so far added 43 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand.Ramdin, who looked solid off both the front foot and back foot, has so far counted four fours off 73 deliveries, while Warrican mixed unorthodox defence with measured aggression to close on 22 not out.last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Sir Andy Roberts said the government in his native Antigua & Barbuda should have purchased the Sticky Wicket Ground on its own. The West Indies fast bowling legend said the government made a mistake when it purchased the venue – formerly owned by convicted American fraudster Allen Stanford – jointly with the West Indies Cricket Board. Sir Andy said the government should have bought the property solely and leased it to the regional governing body, while using it as a key plank in the development of the game in the two-island state through its national academy programme. “That would have been the best place to house the Four Knights Academy,” said Sir Andy. “If the WICB wants to use the facilities, then so be it, but I do not think that the WICB should have owned that place because we need somewhere to develop our players. “We have nowhere to develop our players at the moment. You can’t overuse the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground where you have three practise pitches and you can’t use them for more than a week hence, you need other areas with practise facilities.” The Gaston Browne-led administration announced that it would underwrite 50 per cent of the estimated US$6 million purchase price for the property.last_img read more

first_imgThe tournament will feature seven teams from cities such as Grande Prairie, Prince George, Fairview and Grimshaw.The first game of the tournament will take place on Friday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m., with the finals being played at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan.15.The tournament opening game will feature host Fort St. John taking Grimshaw.- Advertisement -The tournament will also pay homage to VE Brandl, who will be celebrating 50 years in business. As part of the celebration, Vic Brandl or one of his sons will be dropping the puck at the tournament’s opening game.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, eight non-profit groups made a request to Council for a total of $548,000 in Base Budget Grants for 2020.Funding from the Base Budget Grants helps ease the financial strain that non-profit organizations face such as operating costs and facility improvements.The eight non-profit groups to request for grants include the Fort St. John Curling Club, the Fort St. John Public Library, NEAT, the Women’s Resource Society, Tourism Fort St. John, the Community Arts Council, the North Peace Historical Society, and the North Peace Justice Society.- Advertisement -The largest amount to be requested is from the Library for $425,000. The amount requested is to hire technical support staff in order to assist patrons with their technological needs.All requests for Base Budget Grants can be found on the City’s website.last_img read more

first_img1 Arsenal are not expecting to sign a striker on deadline day, with a defender the priority for Arsene Wenger.Supporters have been calling for the club to sign a forward after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until the New Year with a fractured tibia.But it seems unlikely they will bring in a frontman, with Arsene Wenger putting his faith in Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and the returning Theo Walcott.There were reports Arsenal had made a late bid for Falcao but club sources insist that was not the case due to the high prices involved in a potential deal.And instead they are focussed on finding cover in defence and defensive midfield.The club has just six front-line defenders in their squad, and are keen to bring in reinforcements there rather than up front.Ignasi Miquel is expected to join Norwich and one or two youngsters will leave on loan over the next week or so – although Chuba Akpom, who scored a hat-trick for Arsenal’s Under-21 side last week, has been told by Wenger that he will stay at the club. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger last_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER — The Whittier Area Macintosh Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Temple Beth Shalom, 14579 Mulberry Drive. Parking is at the rear entrance. The group answers questions and has demonstrations. This month it will demonstrate inexpensive and free programs. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (562) 943-4919. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The gunman is described as a Latino male in his 20s, who was driving a small red car, Hall said. Accident pins man underneath vehicle WHITTIER — Three police officers and several citizens lifted a car off a man pinned under the car’s tires, Whittier police said Monday. The man was riding a bike on Whittier Boulevard at 5 p.m. Saturday when he suddenly changed lanes and was struck by a car, said Whittier police Officer Alan dela Pena. Officers arrived and quickly recruited the help of people standing nearby, who lifted the car off of the man, dela Pena said. He was then taken to USC-Medical Center in a helicopter. The man was not identified, but is expected to live, dela Pena said. East Whittier robbery may be gang-related WEST WHITTIER — Two suspected gang members robbed a convenience store customer Monday, initiating a police chase, but they got away, authorities said. Deputies from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station responded to the 12:30 p.m. call at a convenience store near Pioneer Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, assisted by Whittier Police Department officers, deputies said. Although numerous deputies and officers were helped by a helicopter in the search, the robbers evaded arrest, possibly by running across the freeway, officials said. Pico Rivera offers free firewood, mulch PICO RIVERA — Residents can pick up free mulch and firewood, depending on availability, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Whittier Fertilizer Co., 9441 Kruse Road. Bring your own container to receive up to 33 gallons of free cover mulch for your lawn and garden. For more information, call the city’s Anytime Line at (562) 801-2489, Ext. 3522. Internet safety topic of church program PICO RIVERA — Parents are encouraged to attend a seminar on Internet safety and drug awareness at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pico Rivera Bible Church, 4945 Deland Ave. The free educational presentation will provide parents with tips for monitoring and securing their children’s online viewing, as well as strategies to keep children safe from drugs. For more information, call Deputy Armando Alvarado at (562) 946-7995, Ext. 3027. Fall festival nears in La Mirada LA MIRADA — La Mirada will host its annual fall festival from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The festival will feature entertainment by the Country Plus Band, a pumpkin ring toss, seed spitting, a scavenger hunt, and hog-calling and pumpkin-decorating contests. A barbecue lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for a $2 donation. Reservations should be made by Oct. 18 by calling (562) 947-8787. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. — From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Detectives seeking witnesses to killing WEST WHITTIER — Sheriff’s homicide detectives were seeking leads Monday into a homicide in West Whittier that occurred at about 3 p.m. Sept. 22 on Vicki Drive. Oscar Rubio, 26, of Whittier was confronted by another man while Rubio was driving north on Vicki Drive, said Detective Barry Hall. The two men argued, and the other driver shot Rubio in the upper body before speeding away. Rubio continued driving and stopped in the parking lot of Aida S. Nelson Elementary School, 8140 Vicki Drive, where he was discovered by authorities.last_img read more

first_imgSC Villa have lost just a single game this season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueOnduparaka FC vs SC VillaGreen Light Stadium, AruaMonday, 18-11-2019 @4pmSC Villa will be hoping to consolidate third spot when they take on Onduparaka FC at the Green Light Stadium in Arua on Monday afternoon.The Jogoos have been one of the surprises of the season having just about escaped relegation last season.They have managed 24 points from their first 13 games and a win over Onduparaka on Monday will see them move to within 2 points of second-placed BUL FC.Having played two games less than the Jinja based side, Villa have a chance of ending the first round in second, something that will be taken an achievement, especially after a troubled pre-season.With things falling in place on the pitch, there is however some bad news off it.It is understood that the players have not been paid fr over four months and were threatening not to travel to Arua on Sunday. After a meeting amongst themselves, they agreed to play the remaining two games and then execute their sit-down.For Onduparaka, they have blown hot and cold in the last 9 games.In that period, they have won just three games and their dreams of mounting a serious title challenge has faded away.However, they sit just a point behind Villa at the start of the day and a victory on Monday will see them climb into second.Match FactsThis will be the 7th meeting between the two sides since they first met in October 2016.None of the past six meetings between them has ended in a draw with either side winning on three occasions.Last season, Onduparaka defeated Villa home and away, including a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture.Onduparaka enters the contest having won just two of their past 8 games (D2 L4).The Caterpillers have lost only one of their 7 home games this season (W4 D2).SC Villa has been in good form lately and enter the contest without losing a game in their last 12 fixtures (W6 D6).Away from home, Edward Kaziba’s side has lost only one of their six games this campaign (W3 D2).Comments Tags: Edward Kazibaonduparaka fcSC VillaUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgA number of Donegal people were left terrified last night after two gunmen opened fire outside the National Stadium in Dublin.Just before 10pm last night, the gunmen got out of a car on the South Circular Road and fired shots, causing fear among those who were attending the National U22 and U18 Championships in the stadium.The IABA has strongly condemned the attack which it says has nothing to do with the sport and boxing continues today at the stadium. “It was so scary, people were just running around screaming and we hard there were shots fired,” one Donegal boxing fan, who was at the Stadium said. “It’s not something you expect when you go to watch the boxing.”The shooting has been linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud, which has claimed 14 lives.One person was taken to St James’ Hospital and another was treated at the scene.A Garda spokesperson said: “A car pulled up and two people got out and fired shots. “One person was treated at the scene while the other was taken to James’ Hospital.“Neither suffered life threatening injuries – one was shot in the hand and the other in the leg or foot.”Donegal boxers Labhaoise Clarke and Matthew McCole are due in U22 final action today at the National Stadium.Donegal people caught up in shooting near National Stadium in Dublin was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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