Emotions get the better of Slater

first_imgSlater feared at times his career would end prematurely after season-ending shoulder injuries in the past two seasons. The former Kangaroos fullback was visibly emotional during an interview on-field following the side’s two-point victory and Slater admitted the successful comeback got the better of him with the Maroons pulling off a miracle to level the State of Origin series at 1-1 heading into the decider at Suncorp Stadium in July 12. Slater was back to his usual roaming best and looked at home in the No.1 jersey, while his battle with former Storm teammate James Maloney throughout the contest added to the theatre. “The last two years just come rolling back and all the emotions… it’s certainly been a rollercoaster. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to play another game of football let alone be at ANZ Stadium in front of a packed house and be involved in an Origin match like that,” Slater said after the win. “I got a little bit choked up and [was] just hit with a question and I didn’t think I would. It took me back to the dark days and tough times to remind me it was all worth it.”Slater believes his stint on the sidelines offered him a new perspective on the game and anything he may have ever taken for granted. “[You miss] the emotion involved in rugby league and that’s one thing I’ve sat back and enjoyed since I’ve come back,” he said.”Not that you didn’t enjoy it before but you understand the emotion side of rugby league and little moments like sitting in the rooms after the game having a beer with your teammates – they’re the things I’ve missed since I’ve been back.”It’s been a long time and two years since I last played and to come back from 16-6 down and beat NSW who have got an outstanding side was just Queensland spirit.”It has been there a long time before I pulled the jersey on and will be there a long time after I take it off so it’s great to be a part of it.” ‌While the future of Johnathan Thurston in the Maroons jersey has been confirmed with the playmaker set to be farewelled at Suncorp Stadium in three weeks’ times, both Slater and Cooper Cronk continue to be questioned as to whether the fixture will also be their last in the Origin arena. Cronk’s departure from the Melbourne Storm at the end of the season for a move to Sydney prompts speculation the 33-year-old could retire after the Rugby League World Cup.Slater on the other hand was more confident in going around again in 2018 for the Maroons – should they select him.”There’s more chance than not that I’ll play on next year, and I really enjoy playing for Queensland, so I’d like to think that if I did play on next year I’d play for Queensland again,” Slater said.”I just don’t know, until I sit down and nut out what I want to do next year and whether I can put 100 per cent in to next year, I’ll make that decision in due course.”At the moment I’m feeling really good, the body is in a really healthy spot and I’m enjoying my football.”That’s why I went through all that hard work to get back so there’s more chance than not of me playing next year.”Slater had admiration for Thurston, who ensured the series remained alive heading for his final appearance in Queensland by converting Dane Gagai’s 77th-minute try.”I had the ball after Gags scored that last try and gave it to Johnno and just said ‘this is what you’re about here mate’ and he looked at me and went ‘yep’ so I knew it was going over from then,” Slater said.”He’s a tough competitor and copped a couple of whacks. There is no tougher league player than Johnathan Thurston – he is half the size of a lot of them but puts his body in front and we see all the great plays that he makes.”He was that confident and we see all those plays but just the toughness he displays typifies what this jersey is al about. “That calmness rubbed off on everyone, we were down by 10 points and NSW scored some good tries opening us up in that middle third, but we weren’t panicking.”last_img read more

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Top rugby nations urged to tour Pacific Islands

first_imgPhoto: Ivamere Rokovesa / AFP Scotland’s Ross Road (3rd L) driving through Fiji’s defence for the try line during the one-off test in Suva. The Scots were upset 27-22 in Suva at the weekend, one week after they stunned Australia in Sydney.Italy were also beaten in Suva this month while Wales edged Manu Samoa 19-17 in Apia, a week after beating Tonga in Auckland, in a match originally scheduled for Nuku’alofa.Flying Fijians coach John McKee said the feedback he received from the Scottish and Italian teams was encouraging.”Talking to the management and some of the players of both the Italian and Scotland teams, they really enjoyed the experience of touring Fiji – the passion the people have for rugby and the friendliness of the people,” he said.”They really relished the time of their stay here and a number of people commented that it’s one of the best touring experiences they’ve had.”That’s great and I think they need to look outside the square of just continually touring Australia or New Zealand or South Africa when they come south, and look to fit in more games across the Pacific to round out their tours.”Italy have now toured Fiji on five occasions and Samoa twice, most recently in 2014.Wales have played internationals in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, while Scotland have won three of their four tests against the ‘Ikale Tahi but, despite trips to Suva and Apia, have yet to visit Nuku’alofa.Fiji consolidated tenth place on the World Rugby rankings with their victory over Scotland at the weekend, who slipped one place to fifth.John McKee said hopefully strong showings against Six Nations teams will encourage more top nations to put the Pacific Islands on their calendar.”One of our goals is to be a very competitive team in world rugby, not just amongst the tier two nations but with tier one nations as well,” he said.”I think we’re making steps towards that direction. We’ve certainly got the talented players but we have our challenges in pulling our team together with our players spread all around the world but it shows through a campaign like that that we’re certainly heading in the right direction.”Change on the wayEarlier this year, World Rugby announced changes to the international calendar from 2020, with England and France both agreeing to tour the Pacific.England have previously toured Fiji in 1988 and 1991, winning both tests, but have never played an international in Samoa or Tonga.France defeated Fiji in Suva in 1998 and Samoa in Apia a year later, but were beaten 20-15 by Tonga in Nuku’alofa in 1999.Australia have played three tests in Fiji but have never visited Samoa or Tonga, while the All Blacks played in Apia before the 2015 Rugby World Cup but have never visited Fiji or Tonga.last_img read more

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Dwayne Smith stars for Lions again

first_imgPUNE, India (CMC): Dashing West Indies opener Dwayne Smith stroked a high-class half-century in a Man-of-the-Match performance to help leaders Gujarat Lions beat Rising Pune Supergiants by three wickets off the last ball in their Indian Premier League contest here yesterday. Set an imposing 196 for victory at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Lions scrambled the nine runs needed from the last over to pull off their sixth win in seven outings to move four points clear at the top of the standings on 12 points. Smith pioneered the run chase with a superb 63 from 37 balls to record his second half-century in three days and extend his rich vein of form. The Barbadian right-hander counted nine fours and a six and put on 93 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, whose 43 came from 22 balls and included five fours and two sixes. Captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 34 from 28 balls while wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik hit 33 from 20 deliveries. Australian stroke-maker Steve Smith had earlier pummelled his maiden T20 hundred to help fire Supergiants to 195 for three off their 20 overs after they were sent in. The classy right-hander carved out 101 off 54 deliveries with eight fours and five sixes, adding 111 for the second wicket with opener Ajinkya Rahane, who made 53 off 45 balls and a further 64 for the second wicket with captain MS Dhoni, who slammed an unbeaten 30 from 18 balls. West Indies medium pacer Dwayne Bravo accounted for Smith in the final over to finish with one for 40 from his four overs.last_img read more

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Parliament has spoken

first_imgDear Editor,Parliament has spoken. The Government has been defeated in a no-confidence vote. General Elections must be held within 90 days unless the House by a 2/3 majority extends that time.This vote was long in the making. APNU and AFC have brought it upon themselves. Charrandas Persaud will go down in history as a hero to some and as a traitor to others. My wife told me that Charandass is the only person in Guyana who has “balls”. Whichever side you see him will be up to the individual.I campaigned and supported the AFC since its inception. I believed, and still do, that any Government should be one for all of the people. The PPP did not show that in Government. I was certain that APNU/AFC would have been inclusive, bearing in mind the Valentine Day Accord in 2015 and the manifesto they presented to the people. Added to that, I was convinced that candidate Granger and Nagamootoo would have worked together for all of Guyana without regard to one’s political affiliation and ethnicity.To my great disappointment, the nation became more polarised and it was business as usual. Now we can have another “new” beginning.My only sincere wish and profound hope is that whoever wins the next election will see Guyana as one nation. We are neither African nor Indian; Portugese nor Amerindian; rich or poor; PNC nor PPP; rather we are all Guyanese, and very proud to be Guyanese.My prayer is that the next Government will set up a reconciliation commission and let us speak our truths without fear, and hopefully put aside our “dark” past. We are a great people and together we will make our country great.Sincerely,Charles Sugrimlast_img read more

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Election Now?

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:I would like to have some input into the discussion regarding holding elections in the midst of the EBOLA epidemic.EBOLA is a very serious threat to our society and deserves to be prioritized rather than following strict rules not designed to cater to such an emergency. Let us deal with the emergency and later such matters can be carried out as normal. It is a matter of constitutionality versus a health emergency and the whole world is watching the matter with utmost interest.As a health professional, I very much would advise for us to tackle an existential threat, before we redirect our attention towards the functioning of government. Politics should not overshadow our health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scotiabank, Brain Central successfully host mathematics Olympiad

first_imgThe Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), in collaboration with Brain Central, on Sunday hosted a mathematics Olympiad which was aimed at preparing students for their upcoming examinations.The hour-long competition utilized Brain Central’s online course which consists of over fifty thousand test questions.The preliminary round of the competition was held on Saturday, and was open to grades six and nine students. However, grade nine students failed to register forWinner of the mathematics Olympiad, Haresh Rameshwar receiving his prizes from Brain Central CEO, Lance Hinds.the competition, and only grade six students participated. The participants were tested on basic curriculum which they should know in anticipation of their upcoming National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).Based on the results garnered from the preliminary round on Saturday, four participants were selected to compete in the finals of the Olympiad on Sunday. The four students are all preparing to sit the NGSA examinations at the end of this month. The online quiz produced a series of random questions with which the students at the grade six exam level would be familiar.The Brain Central software consists of over fifty thousand questions covering curriculum from primary to tertiary levels. The institution began its work at the tertiary level in 2006, and, over the years, has developed to serve primary and Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) exams.Work has also been completed for the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus School of Business Master’s programme, and the University of Guyana, which attests to the software’s credibility. Speaking with the < read more

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CANU unearths cocaine in package shipped to Guyana

first_imgTwo persons are currently in custody following a drug bust at a local shipping company’s bond in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, the Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly said.Atherly in an interview with Guyana Times said the drugs were unearthed about a week ago at the terminal and a male and female were arrested. The two were hauled in for questioning after a package, which contained about 136 grams of cocaine, was unearthed.“It came in in a parcel addressed to someone, a box,” the head of CANU said, while opting not to disclose whether the package arrived in the duo’s names, or if it they were the ones sending the package.He would only say that no one had been charged yet as the investigation into the seizure continues.Atherly explained that this seizure was not the first for the year as there has been one for at least the past three weeks by the department.In addition to this, he said the Police have also seized some illegal drugs.A total of 121,305.8 pounds of narcotics was seized in the year 2017, according to the National Anti-Narcotics Agency. Statistics for last year’s drug seizures are yet to be released to the public.This was revealed in September last year when the Agency launched its annual report on the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN), which seeks to provide comprehensive data on drug supply-and-demand interventions for evidence-based policy and programme development.Law enforcement agencies have seized a total of 55,139 kg of narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000 kg of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes.last_img read more

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MARAD accused of undermining Bartica Speedboat Association

first_imgThe Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has been accused of undermining the mandate of the Bartica Speedboat Association (BSA).Bartica Speedboat Association President Stephen BelleThis was according to BSA President, Stephen Belle, who stated that he received a letter from the organisation informing him that the Association will no longer be responsible for the approval of applications for speedboats to be added to the turn system.According to Belle, MARAD has been undermining the Association for some time now and has not been allowing for it to execute its mandate. Instead, MARAD has now taken full control of a key role of the Association.“This morning I received a letter dated the 13th of December which says, with immediate effect, all applications for water taxi speedboats to operate within the various services turn systems must be made to the Maritime Administration for approval. Such authority no longer resides with the Association,” he added.He claimed that there was an instance earlier last year where one boat was given a turn in the system without the Association’s approval or any application being filed.He stated that MARAD’s Director General, Claudette Rogers, had said that the boat was owned by an oil company, but it was later discovered that the owner of the boat was linked to a senior Government official.Maritime Administration Director GeneralClaudette RogersBelle said that the boat was placed in the system by MARAD without any consultations or approval from the Association.“We are very much concerned about what is happening and it seems as though nobody cares and [there is] nothing to be done… My major concern of this change is I think this is fraudulent, I think this is not good in principle,” the President expressed.He added that MARAD has also been adopting unconstitutional practices by exceeding the stipulated number of boats allowed to operate.“Right now, as it is, we have 53 boats, our Constitution says 50. Maritime induced on us three more boats, then now they want to bring in eight,” Belle noted.The President further stated that the negative effect which the excessive number of boats in the system will have.Speedboat operators at Bartica Stelling“Everything is on a decline in Guyana, including the boat service, so if they do something like this, it means that the boat business would become now not viable.”Belle told Guyana Times that there are a number of boats operating without the legal requirements being met and that despite several reports being made, MARAD has failed to enforce the regulations on those guilty of breaking the laws and other relevant authorities have continued to ignore this.“Every day there are boats that are loading back and forth without licences under the watchful eyes of the Maritime officials at Parika. Reports were made to the police and to the Minister, the Director [of] Maritime Safety, Harbour Master and nobody seems to care, nobody seems to be doing anything about it,” Belle explained.The President indicated that the Association will be seeking legal action against MARAD if things are not rectified as soon as possible.MARAD’s Public Relations Officer, when contacted, told Guyana Times to return a call today Wednesday at 09:00h.last_img read more

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15th annual Northern Classic happening Saturday at the NPCC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 100 competitors with buns of steel are set to take the stage at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Saturday for the 15th Annual Northern Classic bodybuilding and fitness competition.The event will see contestants competing for a chance to head to Vancouver for the BC Amateur Bodybuilding Association provincial championships in three weeks’ time. Jeni Briscoe from Today’s Techniques, which puts on the contest, says that the contest has the most number of registered competitors in its 15-year history this year. IFBB Pros Toney Freeman and Michelle McBeth will be guest-hosting the main show and contest judging, which takes place at 6:00 PM.Briscoe says that tickets are still available for both shows as of 12:30 PM on Friday, although there were only several tickets left for the evening show. Tickets are $32.50 for the morning show, and $57.50 for the evening main event, and are available at Today’s Techniques in Fort St. John.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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DA requests council’s minutes

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The District Attorney’s office Thursday requested the minutes of a City Council meeting at which City Attorney J. Arnoldo Beltran was hired. Deputy District Attorney David Demerjian, head of the Public Integrity Division, said the request was initiated after a complaint was received about an alleged violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. The investigation was opened March 16, he said. “We will normally want to look at the agenda and minutes and a video recording or a tape recording – if there is such a thing,” Demerjian said. “Normally a review of these items resolves the issue.” He declined to say who made the complaint. The Feb. 6 special meeting agenda included a discussion of a housing bond in open session. The council then adjourned to closed session and voted 3-2 to retain the services of Beltran. Minutes of the 3 p.m. meeting were not available Thursday and won’t be available until they are approved by the council, said a spokeswoman for the city clerk’s office. The council reported out of the closed session that council members Rosie Vasquez, Jeff Siccama and Bill Molinari voted for Beltran while Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid and Councilman Bill Bagwell voted against. In a subsequent meeting, Bagwell later joined the majority in a 4-0 vote to authorize Beltran’s contract. Lopez-Reid abstained and has since refused to sign Beltran’s contract. Beltran had no comment Thursday on the DA’s probe. “I think if the DA wants to come in and take a close look and scrutinize, I’m for it,” Lopez-Reid said. “It will help the city in the long run. Some of us, who haven’t done anything wrong, know we’re fine.” As mayor, Lopez-Reid’s signature is required to approve all contracts before they take effect. Lopez-Reid said she declined to sign Beltran’s contract because of personal reservations. “I didn’t vote for the man and I have reservations about \,” Lopez-Reid said. Molinari, meanwhile, said Thursday that the council should schedule a special meeting to hold Lopez-Reid accountable for her inaction. “What this amounts to is an illegal action to force Mr. Beltran to resign,” Molinari said. “There’s no justification for this conduct.” Molinari would be able to sign Beltran’s contract in the event of Lopez-Reid’s absence from the city or incapacitation. Lopez-Reid urged Molinari to go ahead and sign the deal. “Maybe if we do have a special meeting we can designate him to sign the contact,” Lopez-Reid said. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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