Mannering to start for the Warriors

first_imgWith Leivaha Pulu forced to the sidelines after sustaining a foot injury in last weeks first loss of the season to the Broncos, Mannering will take Pulu’s place on the left edge.Filling Mannering’s spot on the interchange is front rower Albert Vete who is yet to play a first grade game this season.Warriors centre Solomone Kata was seen carried off the field last week with ankle trouble but has been named to start pending a fitness test.Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, David Fusitu’a, Peta Hiku, Solomone Kata, Ken Maumalo, Blake Green, Shaun Johnson, Bunty Afoa, Issac Luke, Agnatius Paasi, Simon Mannering, Tohu Harros, Adam Blair.Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Sam Lisone, Albert Vete, Anthony Gelling, Chris Satae, Mason Lino, Isaiah Papali’i, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.last_img

The Eibar-Real Sociedad, postponed due to bad air conditions in Ipurua

first_imgThe RFEF, LaLiga and both clubs have confirmed this measure The Basque Government has already advised not to play for the presence of furan and dioxins Photo: Reuters “Being in contact with LaLiga, the RFEF and the clubs involved, the Competition Committee, and on the recommendation of the Basque Government, has decided to suspend the Eibar-RealSociety,” said the league body on Saturday, from its official Twitter profile.Likewise, both clubs and also the Federation have communicated it from their social networks, in reaction to the advice given on the eve by the Department of Health of the Basque Executive. Thus, he had requested that this encounter and any other outdoor sport not be disputed; all this, due to the presence of furan and dioxins as a result of the fire at the top of the Zaldibar landfill (Vizcaya).According to the Deputy Minister of Health of the Basque Government, Iñaki Berraondo, the presence in the air of furan and dioxins had reached amounts between 40 and 50 times above normal. Although these measures do not pose an imminent health risk, they can be damaged when there are continued and prolonged exposures over time.center_img The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga have confirmed the postponement of the match between SD Eibar and Real Sociedad, corresponding to the 24th day of LaLiga Santander and scheduled for this Sunday at 4:00 pm, due to bad air conditions around of the Municipal Stadium of Ipurua.last_img read more

Jamaicans settling well at Junior Pan Am

first_imgJAMAICA’S junior athletes who will start competition at the XVIII Junior Pan Am Championships tomorrow have reportedly settled well at their base at the Lister Centre on the campus of the University of Alberta.The Jamaican team, which comprised 36 athletes (20 males and 16 females) had attended three training sessions since their arrival late Monday night.Head coach Michael Carr was very upbeat while speaking to The Gleaner yesterday and was looking forward to the start of competition.”So far, so good, (there are) no injury concerns and the team is in good spirit,” said Carr.Close to venueThe coach added that they are staying some ten minutes away from the athletic venue.”Where we are staying is in close proximity to the site of the meet. The training venue will be the same venue where the meet will be held. This is a big plus for us as it takes us around ten minutes to reach there … we are taking advantage of this,” continued Carr. “The team is in high spirits and we are hoping that when it matters most, they will deliver.”Carr, who was at the helm when Jamaica topped the world two years ago at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, is very pleased with the support given so far by the organisers.”The organisers have been very supportive so far; when we ask for help in any area, they are willing to help us,” said Carr.The country will be hoping to better its medal haul of two years ago when two silver medals were garnered in Medellin, Columbia. Christoffe Bryan finished second in the Boys’ High Jump, while it was also second for the Boys’ 4x100m relay quartet of Odail Todd, Antonio Henry, Jevaughn Minzie and Jahzeel Murphy.It was at the same meet where two of today’s top young international talents had early success as Zharnel Hughes captured the Boy’s 100 metres, defeating Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who finished second for silver. De Grasse also picked up bronze in the 200 metres after finishing third.last_img read more

Catching up with UCLA stars from the epic years

first_imgThe three national championships he won as a basketball player for John Wooden at UCLA were on his r sum , but as a footnote, way down at the bottom. Over the years, though, Nielsen has realized just how special those championship years in Westwood were. “Now, when I think back on what we accomplished, it just amazes me,” said Nielsen, who is now the director of secondary education for the Las Virgenes Unified School District. “What we did is never going to be done again. … As you get older, you realize that more and more; it becomes more meaningful.” As UCLA tries for another national championship today in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Nielsen and other stars of the past – Mike Warren, Lucius Allen, Andy Hill and Lynn Shackelford – shared the stories of where they are now and the impact Bruin basketball has had on their lives. Nielsen may not have been aware of it at the time, but the lessons he learned at UCLA always have guided him. JIM NIELSEN, 1967 ‘When I think back … it just amazes me’ Jim Nielsen didn’t always get it. Some days, he even tried to hide it for fear people would get the wrong idea. “You know, the jock thing,” Nielsen said. “There’s that stigma about being a jock, so I downplayed it.” He was an educator, and a good one at that. He earned a reputation for taking on problem schools and turning them around and that’s what he wanted to be recognized for. After college, the former Grant High of Van Nuys star jumped into coaching, taking a job at his alma mater’s rival, Van Nuys High, and guiding the team from 1973 to 1983. From there, he got into education. He was an assistant principal at Camarillo and Rio Mesa High of Oxnard and a principal at Channel Islands High, Oxnard High and Frontier High, the district’s continuation school. All along, he was viewed as a guy who could turn around a tough school. “Coach Wooden always stressed the importance of creating a sense of team and family, and that’s what I always tried to do at each school community,” he said. “I use the things he talked about in his Pyramid of Success every day. I’ve always fallen back on those teachings.” Every year, Nielsen meets with his former teammates and players from different eras at UCLA basketball reunions. Some were stars, others bench-warmers. They’ve gone in every direction imaginable since their championship days. There are best-selling authors, golf pros, high-powered lawyers, even a car salesman. But somehow, they always find something to talk about. And most often, that subject is Wooden and the lessons he taught them about life. “Those four years were a great basketball lesson, but they were also a great life lesson,” said Kenny Heitz, a star on the 1967-69 teams who went on to Harvard Law School and is now a successful attorney at Irell & Manella law firm in Los Angeles. “An awful lot carries over into whatever endeavors you go into and a lot of coaches’ little aphorisms end up becoming rules you live by.” LUCIUS ALLEN, 1967-68 ‘It all kicked in’ Every once in a while – no, actually more than once in a while, if he’s really being honest – Lucius Allen can’t believe the words coming out of his mouth. “I start saying something to my kids and all that stuff, all the `be quick but don’t hurry, do not mistake activity for achievement’ stuff, just starts rolling off my tongue,” said Allen, who works as a pharmaceutical salesman in Los Angeles and coaches his son Geoffrey’s AAU basketball team. “I feel like a clone or something.” Forty years ago, that thought would have shocked him. Allen and coach Wooden didn’t always see eye to eye. “He was more concerned with making me an All-American person and I was more concerned with being an All-American player,” Allen jokes. But sometime in his late 20s, midway through his NBA career and about the time he was beginning his own family, it all clicked for him. Now, as coach of the A Place Called Home AAU team that features freshman phenom Dwayne Polee Jr., he finds himself sounding a lot like his old coach. “I started applying it to my life,” Allen said. “I know I gave Coach Wooden some gray hairs when I was playing. And he remembers everything. … But he got his point across. It all kicked in.” – Ramona Shelburne ANDY HILL, 1970-72 ‘The things Coach Wooden had taught me guided all of my success’ To say Andy Hill played on three national championship teams is a bit of an exaggeration. He spent most of those years sitting on the bench as Henry Bibby’s backup and, boy, doesn’t he know it. For 25 years, Hill was mad about it. He held it against Wooden. While working his way up the corporate ladder to become head of CBS Productions, he even tried to downplay his ties to UCLA basketball. Then, about 11 years ago, he realized he had it all wrong. His stomach sank; his heart ached. As hard as it was to admit, Coach Wooden had been right. “Basically, I realized I didn’t play because Henry Bibby was better than me. Not a lot better. But enough better. It wasn’t personal. And I’d spent all these years thinking it was,” Hill said. “And, I realized that the things Coach Wooden had taught me had guided all of my success in business.” Hill called Wooden to reconcile. He wasn’t even sure the coach would remember him, much less want to take his call. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Since then, the two have become great friends. In 2001, he co-authored the best-selling book on Wooden’s teachings, “Be Quick But Don’t Hurry.” “When I was pitching the book, I had to come up with a log line. So I told people it was `The One-Minute Manager’ meets `Tuesdays with Morrie’ with a happy ending,” Hill said. “My advice to people is not to wait until Tuesday to meet Morrie.” – Ramona Shelburne ED O’BANNON, 1992-95 ‘I pride myself on that’ O’Bannon had a spectacular senior season in 1995, but he saved his best work for the championship game. O’Bannon scored 30 points and added 17 rebounds against Arkansas and was named the Final Four’s MVP. Now, he’s standing tall on the showroom floor of a Las Vegas car dealership. O’Bannon is selling cars, but is being groomed for management. “I like it,” O’Bannon said. “I’m getting the chance to learn the business from the ground floor. I really get a chance to do something I’d never thought I would do. A lot of people don’t know how to buy a car or sell it.” O’Bannon was a dominant center in college, but he’s not a pushy salesman. Many people recognize him and are surprised by his easy demeanor. “I’ve had plenty of people say, `Hey, I wouldn’t have bought this car or I wouldn’t have come back to this dealership if not for you or the way you are,”‘ O’Bannon said. “I pride myself on that.” – Jill Painter LYNN SHACKLEFORD, 1967-69 ‘People want to talk about it’ Want to talk UCLA basketball? Just head out to the Roger Dunn Golf Shop in Thousand Oaks and find Lynn Shackelford. “I have a name tag that says, `Lynn’ on it and people are like, `Your last name’s not Shackelford, is it?’ I’m old and I’m tall, so I guess that’s how they know,” he joked. “I’m amazed that after 40 years, people still remember us and our teams. But all the time, people want to talk about it.” The sharp-shooting, left-handed forward from Burroughs High in Burbank is still closely connected to UCLA. He keeps in touch with Wooden and his former teammates, supports the current team and is a regular at UCLA basketball reunions. Shackelford owned Sinaloa, a par-3 golf course in Simi Valley, for 11 years before moving over to the Roger Dunn shop. Before that, he worked as an announcer on Lakers broadcasts and in finance for the American Golf Corp. “Back when I was at American Golf, we’d be putting together proposals and we’d always be worried about what the competition was doing,” Shackelford remembered. “And I’d be thinking of what Coach Wooden always said: `We only do the best we can; we don’t focus on the other team.”‘ – Ramona Shelburne PETE TRGOVIC, 1972-75 ‘This year’s group of kids understood’ Pete Trgovic came to UCLA as a bit of a hot-dog from East Chicago High in Indiana and it took a while for Wooden to fit “Pistol Pete’s” scorer’s mentality into his system. By the end of his time at UCLA, though, Trgovic was known as one of the best defensive guards in the country. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Trgovic became a coach and recently pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season, leading his alma mater, East Chicago, to an 87-83 upset of North Central High of Indianapolis in the Indiana Class 4-A state championship. “Coach Wooden always spoke about character winning games, and that’s what this year’s group of kids understood,” Trgovich told reporters after the game. With the win, Trgovic became one of only two people to win an Indiana state championship as both a player and a coach and an NCAA championship. – Ramona Shelburne MIKE WARREN, 1966-68 ‘Obviously, I love the guy’ Mike Warren earned a supporting role in UCLA’s system as a guard. He played with Lew Alcindor – now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – but still earned All-American honors. Warren, who lives in Woodland Hills, earned a starring role later in life as Officer Bobby Hill on the television series “Hill Street Blues,” and recently had a role on “Crossing Jordan.” Warren, who recently turned 60, wants to produce as well. His son, Cash Warren, is a producer. Mike Warren is hoping to do a film on Wooden’s life. “Obviously, I love the guy,” Warren said of his former coach. “I wanted to be involved in something like that, and I’m interested in producing. I think he’s a great human being. I want to bring information to the screen that maybe people don’t know about. I don’t want to be one of those filmmakers that does a hack job for the sake of doing something controversial.” Warren would do the film in conjunction with writer/producer John Wilder, a UCLA grad, and Steve Jamison, who has co-authored seven books with Wooden. – Jill Painter GEORGE ZIDEK, 1992-95 ‘You need to be at the right place at the right time’ The “Big Czech” from Prague quickly learned the English language and many new customs at UCLA. His experience, both on and off the court, is something he still treasures. Zidek and his wife have two children, Jan, 6, and Martin, 4. Zidek loved Los Angeles, but returned to Prague so his children could live near family. Zidek played three years in the NBA, with Charlotte, Denver and Seattle, and then overseas. He’s now an assistant general manager with a basketball club in the Czech Republic. He also helps his family manage real-estate investments. He believes Tyus Edney’s mad dash down the court and ensuing last-second shot over Missouri in the Sweet 16 in 1995 changed his life. “It tells me how much his one play had influenced my career,” Zidek wrote in an e-mail. “Had he not made the shot, I would not have been drafted in the first round of the draft, wouldn’t have a three-year NBA r sum , probably wouldn’t have played with Tyus in Lithuania during the lockout and thus not winning the Euro League title. It’s a domino effect. That tells you in sports that you need to be at the right place at the right time, maybe more than in other areas of life.” – Jill Painter160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

New down payment requirements could impact prospective Fort St. John buyers

first_imgFinancial institutions will face new capital requirements to keep pace with the growing risk of the real estate markets they bankroll, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will change the fees it charges issuers of mortgage-backed securities.The government sees its role in housing as setting and maintaining a framework that is equitable, stable and vulnerable, and addressing Bank of Canada concerns that too many Canadians risk becoming over-extended, especially if and when, interest rates begin to rise. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It’s billed as a move to cool off the booming real estate markets in the Countries biggest cities, but it is also expected to have an impact in Fort St. John.The new Trudeau government is increasing the amount home buyers must put up front as a down payment on houses over $500,000.Roland Cataford of Century 21 is a Director with the BC Northern Real Estate Board, and he talked to us about the local market impact of the government initiative.- Advertisement -According to the government, this will impact one percent or less of the market, but locally, according to 2015 statistics, the percentage of homes over $500,000 sold in Fort St. John is much higher than that.In the last twelve months, the number of residential detached houses sold in this city under $500,000 dollars was 253, while the number over $500,000 was 72 — or 22 per cent of the sales total of 325.The stiffer down payment requirement is one of three new measures targeting housing market stability.Advertisementlast_img read more

Slain boy’s wounded mother speaks at memorial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The memorial at Calvary Community Church featured harps and violins and a video slide show highlighting the short but impactful life of Sev’n, a handsome child with kind eyes. Ruiz was so touched by the outpouring of support from the community that she decided to have a memorial for her son, which also featured touching words from family members, school officials and church leaders. “Dear friend,” she wrote on the memorial program. “You have brought hope to a soul that was on the verge of giving up on hope. For surely, after the night of Aug. 12, how could I still believe in hope?” That was the night Calvin Leonard Sharp, 27, allegedly chased her and her son outside their apartment in the 1800 block of Hillcrest Drive with a meat cleaver. He ended up killing him and putting her in the hospital. A 53-year-old woman who lived at the complex intervened and was slashed in the face, but managed to wrestle the weapon away from Sharp, who was later arrested at the scene by police. Sharp is charged with murder and is in Ventura County Jail with bail set at $1.5 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14. Following Sev’n’s death, Ventura County firefighters and police officers squared off in September in a charity basketball game that raised more than $8,000. The money was donated to the Sandra Ruiz Family Fund. During Friday’s ceremony, Mary McLemore spoke of how she used to take care of Sev’n after school. She said he was “one of a kind.” “He had a charming nature and his favorite expression was, `But why?”‘ McLemore said – and when she heard of his death, all she could do was ask the same question. “God wants beautiful flowers in his garden, and Sev’n was a beautiful boy,” she said. The Rev. Steven Day of Calvary Community Church praised Ruiz and her amazing courage and reassured her that her son knew how much he was loved. “He loved completely and he loved fully,” Day said, “and was loved completely and was loved fully.” As she continues to recover, Ruiz has found comfort in Scripture. During Friday’s ceremony, she shared an apt passage. “Do not be overcome by evil,” she said, “but overcome evil with good.” (818) 713-3329 How to help If you want to help the family of Sev’n Molina, please send checks to the Sandra Ruiz Family Benefit Fund, c/o Rabobank, attention Kate Oswald, 6401 E. Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – Two months removed from a vicious attack that took her young son’s life and left her near death, Sandra Ruiz stood behind a church lectern Friday, remarkably composed and strong. She was there to honor the life of her 6-year-old boy, Sev’n, killed by a man wielding a meat cleaver in an assault that shook the community to its core for its sheer viscousness. And she was there to let the 150 people in attendance – relatives, Amgen co-workers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters – know that she was OK. “In my life, I have never known a greater love than the love I shared with my child, Sev’n,” said Ruiz, 33, who was severely injured in the attack and is still recovering. “It’s stronger now.” last_img

Journalist pleads for action

first_img “It is always difficult to see someone speaking under coercion and under these circumstances,” Bergenheim, said in a printed statement. “We remain in constant contact with Jill’s family and are still doing everything possible to obtain Jill’s release.” A producer at Al-Jazeera said the station had not received any letters with the videos it aired. On Jan. 30, Al-Jazeera showed Carroll, veiled and weeping, and reported that she appealed for the release of female Iraqi prisoners. The first videotape of Carroll was aired Jan. 17 by Al-Jazeera, which said her abductors gave the United States 72 hours to free female prisoners in Iraq or she would be killed. Earlier Thursday, an Iraqi deputy justice minister said U.S. forces are expected to release about 450 male Iraqi detainees Feb. 16. None of the four or five women believed to be in custody is expected to be freed, Busho Ibrahim Ali told the AP. Armed men abducted Carroll on Jan. 7 in western Baghdad. Responsibility was claimed by a previously unknown group that called itself “Revenge Brigades.” Carroll was among five foreigners – including two Germans and two Kenyan engineers – kidnapped in Iraq last month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll appeared in a video aired Thursday on a private Kuwaiti TV station, appealing in a calm, composed voice for her supporters to do whatever it takes to win her release “as quickly as possible.” Carroll, wearing traditional Arab attire, said the date was Feb. 2, nearly a month after she was seized in Baghdad by armed men who killed her Iraqi translator. She was shown sitting on a chair in front of a wall with a large floral design. The 28-year-old freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor said she had sent one letter and was sending another to “prove I am with the mujahedeen.” “I sent you a letter written by my hand, but you wanted more evidence,” she said. “I am here. I am fine. Please just do whatever they want, give them whatever they want as quickly as possible. There is a very short time. Please do it fast. That’s all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The 22-second video was carried by Al Rai TV, a private Kuwaiti channel, and included audio, unlike two previous videos of Carroll that were broadcast by Al-Jazeera television. The tape was aired in its entirety after being delivered earlier Thursday to Al Rai’s Baghdad office, Hani al-Srougi, an editor at the station’s headquarters in Kuwait, told The Associated Press. It was accompanied by a letter written by Carroll. The newscaster said on the air that the station would hand the letter over to authorities, but he would not disclose the letter’s content. Tania Anderson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, said: “I assume that Al Rai has given the material they received to the Kuwaiti authorities, who I am confident will take the appropriate action at the earliest possible time. The embassy customarily works closely with our contacts with the Kuwaiti government and will seek their cooperation on this matter as well.” The Christian Science Monitor was seeking more information about the letter, said its editor, Richard Bergenheim. last_img read more

Laura Chick denounces poor accountability at LAUSD

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Chick criticized the district’s previous audits for not focusing on improving education, noting that about 70 percent focused on general administrative issues such as petty cash, budget analysis and contract reviews. She also said it is unclear how the district has used the information provided by the audits, analyses and reviews to effect positive change. Chick reiterated her offer to conduct an audit that she believes will cost between $800,000 and $1 million, and said her audit would provide a more concise and comprehensive review with recommendations that would measure results. School Superintendent Roy Romer and members of the Los Angeles Board of Education had scheduled a press conference later today to respond to Chick’s findings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Unified School District shows a “a disturbing lack of transparency and accountability,” City Controller Laura Chick said today after reviewing more than 1,000 district audits, reports and studies. Chick, whose offer in December to audit the district was rebuffed, said that while LAUSD management has been subject to hundreds of reviews it appears to lack a clear, overall picture of what has been reviewed, where the problems are, and what areas may need additional attention. “The most important question is, what has the school district done with all these hundreds of reports?” she said. Chick’s findings come as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed for a change in how the school system is governed, putting it under mayoral control.last_img read more

Ajax midfield star in hospital after collapsing during pre-season friendly

first_img Ajax star Abdelhak Nouri 1 Ajax’s pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen was abandoned after Abdelhak Nouri required emergency ambulance treatment on the field.The Ajax midfielder, just 20, collapsed with around 20 minutes remaining in the game in Austria and there was immediate concern for his condition.An ambulance and even a helicopter were called onto the pitch while the ground was cleared, though Nouri was eventually airlifted to hospital in what Ajax described as a “stable” condition.A series of tweets from Ajax’s official account read: “Alarm on and around the field. There is something going on with Abdelhak Nouri. But it’s not clear what.“An ambulance is coming onto the field. It looks serious, we hope soon for more info on Abdelhak Nouri.“Emergency services are still with Nouri, players look worried. It is serious, we will let you know immediately if there is more clarity.“Meanwhile a trauma helicopter landed on the field. People are asked to leave the stadium.”Nouri reportedly received CPR on the field before leaving in the helicopter.Around 15 minutes after the news first broke, Ajax tweeted: “Update | Nouri had heart arrhythmias. He is stable, has a heartbeat and is asleep. He is going in the helicopter to hospital. Thanks so much for all your support.”Nouri made 15 appearances for Ajax’s first team last season, including three in the Europa League, and scored on his senior debut in a 5-0 win over Willem II in the KNVB-Beker.Bremen led 2-1 when the friendly in Zillertal was abandoned, though the scoreline was instantly overshadowed by Nouri’s condition.last_img read more


first_imgWell-known Ballybofey boxer Eunan Devenney has officially punched himself into the Guinness Book of Records.In May last year, ex-pro boxer Eunan smacked a punchbag for two days non-stop.He had to hit the punch bag every two seconds to qualify for the exhausting record attempt. He hit the bag so hard for so long that his two big toenails fell off!HSE worker Eunan, 44, said he was delighted to finally get his certificate.As well as being an avid boxer himself, Eunan gives huge amounts of his own time to coach many young boxers at Town Towns Boxing Club.  EUNAN HAS GUINNESS RECORD IN THE (PUNCH) BAG! was last modified: June 26th, 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:BOXEREunan DevenneyTwin Towns Boxing Clublast_img read more