Cleary built for Origin: Fittler

first_imgSpeaking to media at a NSW Rugby League pathways program for up-and-coming playmakers, Fittler was hopeful the emerging generation of Blues playmakers would be able to arrest the dominance their Maroons counterparts have exerted in that position over the past decade.While Cleary was absent from the day due to club duties, Fittler also had high praise for Wests Tigers duo Luke Brooks and Mitch Moses, who took part in the session.”Nathan Cleary, he’s the one who actually looks like he handles pressure better than anyone,” Fittler said.”The thing with State of Origin, it’s intense and the whole thing is dealing with pressure. You’ve got to look also at your life off the field as well when you want to start dealing with pressure under that sort of magnitude. He’s a great example of someone who’s shown real signs of someone who should play Origin.”Origin, the centrepiece of the Australian rugby league calendar, was never won by the same state more than three years running until the past decade, in which Queensland have won nine of 10 series.Through that period, NSW have been their equals in the forwards and outside backs on almost every occasion but the gulf between the playmakers has been the difference.Fittler said much of that came down to the fact Queensland – who have had the likes of Darren Lockyer, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith – have boasted the best players in the country in those positions. However with the next best playmakers in the country often hailing from north of the Tweed (in recent years names like Daly Cherry-Evans, Michael Morgan and Ben Hunt have played for Australia) there have been questions around why the Blues haven’t been producing the same calibre of halves.”[Queensland’s] halves have been the best players in the game for a long time. You don’t have to be Einstein to realise that the basis of their team have been our best players,” Fittler said.”We need to put pressure on ourselves on and off the field to be the best players in the NRL competition. That will then show in State of Origin on the bigger stage under pressure.”We need pressure from underneath. If we’ve got all our halves playing good then it’s going to put pressure on the players who were there last time and the incumbents. That is the key, the key is to make all our players good from under and that just puts the quality up.”Fittler refused to speculate on who Blues coach Laurie Daley should or would pick in those positions in 2017 but was adamant that if Cleary was good enough then he’s old enough, while he also backed the two Tigers as capable of making the step up to Origin.”Everyone here at the moment [at the pathways event] we see as showing the habits of someone we want to play State of Origin or will be at the future at some stage,” Fittler said.”[Brooks and Moses] have stepped up at a young age into first grade, they’ve copped a lot so they can share some great experiences about the pitfalls and the goods and the bads of playing rugby league.”They’ve been playing first grade footy since they were 18 or 19 years old so I’ve got no doubt that they should be putting pressure on the players that are there at the moment.”Fittler said the event – which also included tutelage from fellow Blues greats Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus, Anthony Minichiello, Mark O’Meley and Paul Sironen – was “a good opportunity”.”This is part of our pathways program so we’ve seen all these kids come through whether it’s in Harold Matthews, SG Ball, there’s a young fella who’s as young as 14,” Fittler said.”We phoned up Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks and some of the first graders (such as Cameron McInnes and Connor Watson) and they were only too happy to come down and hopefully they can share also some of their experience because that’s the big thing is taking that next step.”We’re not just dealing with things on the field but off the field as well and just giving them a bit of balance and hopefully giving them some skills to deal with everything that comes along.”last_img read more


PNG go down to Tahiti in women’s basketball

first_imgDespite the home ground advantage, the Tahitians were too fast with their footwork leading throughout the match.In the first quarter, Tahiti took the lead by six points however the scoreline extended in the second quarter by 20 points, taking Tahiti’s score to  45-25.Despite aggressive play by home girl Betty Angula and the home crowd on their side, the Tahitians remained fearless and held the lead.In the third quarter, PNG struggled to close the gap with the score 65-37.Tahiti maintained their lead in the final quarter, finishing 90-57 at full time.last_img read more


Morning will come to City Hall, it has no choice

first_imgDear Editor,With the citizens of Georgetown having been subjected to enduring, over the last two years, some of the worst living conditions that one could encounter in a capital city, it finally seems as though the end is nigh for the current Mayor and City Council with the announcement of Local Government Elections for November 12, 2018.One would think that this gives for more substantial grounds or cause for celebration than the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the birth of the city, as substantial as that is.As the Mayor begins to pack and remove her things from her office in anticipation of departure, one can only hope that she takes along with her a number of the infamous things from her stint, including the infamous parking meter contract; the useless stun guns that were purchased for the Abattoir; the scores of used airline tickets and boarding passes; the plans to convert green spaces in Bel Air Park, Farnum Playground and Lamaha Springs into residential areas; the massive plans they had to overhaul Georgetown and restore its Garden City acclaim; plans for the Merriman Mall Recreation Park, which was supposed to  feature among its facilities a petting zoo; the proposal to construct a three-storey shopping mall with special entertainment facility at the new vendors mall; and a similar edifice with parking facilities for farmers, wholesalers and other merchants at Bourda Green; and all the other quixotic ideas that came from La La Land.Hopefully, the new Mayor and City Council would do away with all of the excesses, such as bodyguards, chauffeurs, special assistants, residential security, frequent travel to the ends of the earth with assistants in tow etc.Hopefully also, the new municipal government will be filled with smart young persons who will not be so out-of-control, so bloated, and so infested with deceit and abuse of power.Have faith, citizens. Morning will come to City Hall; it has no choice.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more


Solid waste in Mabaruma posing health hazard – Regional Chairman

first_imgThe management of solid waste in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), has gotten the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after health concerns were raised. Recently, the Agency was asked to view the garbage disposal site located at Kansville.Waste from the newly established town of Mabaruma is being dumped over a cliff, creating a potential environmental hazard.EPA Board Member, Dr Latchmin Punalall and Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA, Odessa Duncan, got a firsthand look at how solid waste is being disposed of in the region.Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley said the objective of the visit was to try to improve the way the administration manages its solid waste.“This is what we call our dump site but it is not suitable and so the [Regional Democratic Council] RDC is trying to correct it to prevent any future health problems or health hazards which may cause residents to become ill. We are looking at developing a landfill site so that we will have a more efficient way of dealing with our solid waste within the region,” said Ashley.He admitted that it was the regional administration which took the initiative to make the area into a dump site, but now they realise the potential problems it may have on health and the environment.Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley; EPA Board Member, Dr Latchmin Punalall; and Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA Odessa Duncan, visit the Kansville dump site at Mabaruma“The official site which was identified by the Environmental Protection Agency needs to be developed. The dump site is one that the region’s administration would have created last year when they found that residents and businesses were dumping their waste on house lots in a developing housing scheme at Kansville. So in an effort to correct that, we would have done some work like grading the area so that it could become a dump site for the time being, but right now it is going out of control so we are trying to ensure that it is corrected before any major problems,” Ashley said.Meanwhile, a landfill site had been identified about 200 meters from the current dump site, but it is located less than 400 meters from where a housing scheme is located.This was one of the concerns of both Dr Punalall and Duncan.Ashley explained that the site was proposed and approved by the EPA before the scheme was developed but the site was never used.The EPA is exploring the possibility of approving a section of land in the same community to be developed but is waiting on a proposal from the RDC as they look at the way forward.last_img read more


All 30 Senators to Attend CRC Gbarnga Confab

first_imgThe Senate plenary on Tuesday unanimously agreed that all Senators attend the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) Conference scheduled to take place in Gbarnga, Bong County from March 29 to April 2.The Senate reached the decision after the Chairperson of the CRC, Madam Gloria Musu-Scott had presented a summary of the work of the Commission since it started in 2012.Madam Scott said over 500 people have been invited to attend the conference and informed lawmakers that several other equally important issues which were not highlighted in her briefing will be placed on the table for deliberation.The CRC boss started her briefing Tuesday by acknowledging contributions from donors and partners among them USAID, UNDP and the Liberian government, among others.According to Chairperson Scott, the process started in earnest in September, 2012 with the setting up of the administrative structure into various sub-committees.In April, 2013, said Madam Scott, the Commission decided to go public, starting with the outreach process, which she said was intended to tell Liberians about the Constitution. This was followed by the civil education aspect which commenced in February, 2014 and culminated in nation-wide public consultations.She said the Commission gave out forms during   visitations to the 73 electoral districts of the country, and in return received a total of 56,729 suggestions. Of that number, she said 34% of the responses came from women.Citizens’ NeedsOn the question of what Liberians stated on those forms as their needs, Madam Scott said the Commission observed that there are things   Liberians hold dear, things they believe the country can do for them; and likewise things they think they can do for their country.Reduce political partiesShe said the people are now concerned about social economic values accepting the fact that they have now received political rights, even to the point that they have asked under the section for elections that political parties be reduced to not more than four or not less than two.Elections: Independent board of commissioners and an elections courtFurthermore, she told the lawmakers that Liberians are suggesting that an independent and impartial board of commissioners be set up to guide the electoral process, that the board of commissioners be elected; and that the hearing of contested matters from elections should not be initially heard by the board of commissioners, but by an elections court.Access to justice: return of “sassay wood”In terms of access to justice, Madam Scott said the Liberian people have stated they do not have enough access to the Supreme Court, and to express that, they are asking for the return of “sassay wood,” which is ‘trial by ordeal.’Land ownershipIn the area of social economic rights, she said citizens observed that even though the country is wealthy, the population remains poor. They are therefore suggesting that in order to benefit from the wealth of the country, the customary or traditional people should own the land of their ancestry as a matter of Constitution.CurrencyOn the issue of currency of the country, she said citizens cried that the dual currency was keeping them poor, and suggested that all transactions in Liberia including the payment of salaries should be done in Liberian dollars. Foreign currencies, they said, should be in the banks for business transactions.Citizenship With regard to citizenship, she said the people of Liberia have said that the provisions for citizenship should remain as it is, which is arguably said to be the most racial in the world.Local government officials should be electedThey also suggested that their elected leaders should be accountable to them, especially those in the local government. Superintendents, district commissioners and city mayors should be elected and they as the electorate should have the right to remove them. They however, suggested that paramount chiefs should be elected according to the traditional protocol.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Govt flouts regulations to finance Linden Hospital

first_imgThe Audit Office has recommended that the Finance Ministry take a definite decision and action toward regularising the status of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) since it is operating as an autonomous body, while still receiving funding from the Public Health Ministry as though it is a “department.”The Linden Hospital ComplexDuring 2015, the Public Health Ministry transferred to the LHC amounts totalling $261.129 million from its current provisions. The sum was to have met the operational costs of the hospital. However, the operation of the current appropriation to fund the hospital was questioned since funding for that entity was included under a programme in the budget of the ministry, as though it was a department, while funding was disbursed as if it was a subvention agency under the ministry, the Auditor General’s Report disclosed.It stated that the Linden Hospital Complex was approved by Cabinet decision dated November 24, 2015 to function as a board during the period of December 1, 2015 to November 30, 2016. It was highlighted that the Complex was not an autonomous or semi-autonomous body regulated under an Act of Parliament and that it was managed by a Board of Directors and was not required to provide the ministry with financial or other reports that would indicate that some form of ministerial supervision was exercised over its processes.Nevertheless, the report indicated that it was explained by the Head of the Budget Agency, that the hospital provides receipts and statements to cover all expenditures incurred to the ministry.Therefore, the Report suggested that the ministry take affirmative action to discuss this matter with the subject minister and, if necessary, the Office of the Budget of the Ministry of Finance, with a view to having definite decisions and actions toward regularising the status of LHC.Additionally, during 2015, audit checks the hospital revealed a number of other discrepancies; examination of the payroll and other related documents revealed that pay change directives for the termination of employment in respect of one employee was forwarded late to the Central Accounting Unit of the hospital, as a result, the employee was overpaid; the Stores Regulation require that a master inventory be maintained, however, the hospital has not adhere with this requirement, since this record was not maintained for the period under review; and log books presented for audits were not properly maintained to reflect the signature of the authorising officer for the journeys undertaken. As a result it could not be ascertained whether proper control was exercised over the use of the complex’s fleet of vehicles.The Report noted that the ministry acknowledged that overpayment of salaries is an issue but stated that they are trying to retrieve money.The Audit Office recommended that action be taken to recover the overpaid money, put systems in place to ensure that all records are maintained, as required by Store Regulation 1993, and present all outstanding documents for audit examination.last_img read more


Home opener tonight for the Flyers as they welcome the Pirates

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are set to host their home opener at the North Peace Arena tonight as they welcome the Falher Pirates to town.The Flyers are coming off a come from behind victory over the Pirates last Thursday. And this time around should have a full have a full roster hitting the ice. General Manager Lee Hartman said, “Last week we had two defencemen play in the game. The other four had to work or had other commitments to attend to. We will have a full complement of players tonight for the first time all season.”Tonight’s game at the North Peace Arena gets underway at 8:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more


AC Milan beat Liverpool to strike star?

first_img Demba Ba AC Milan are set to hijack Liverpool’s move to sign former Chelsea striker Demba Ba in January.According to Turkish newspaper Amk Spor Gazetesi, Ba, who is currently playing for Be?ikta?, would prefer to move to the Serie A club instead of return to the Premier League.The Senegalese international signed for the Turkish club last summer for £6m and has been in prolific form this term, hitting 12 goals in 15 Super Lig appearances.Ba’s golden touch in front of goal has caught the attention of several clubs, but Milan have nipped ahead of Liverpool and already spoken to the player’s agent about signing the 29-year-old either in January or at the end of the season.Ba has not disclosed whether he is prepared to leave Turkey but sources close to the forward have suggested he wants to test himself in one of Europe’s top leagues again. 1last_img read more


Chibueze hands Thika advantage in play-off

first_img0Shares0000Onwudi Chibueze celebrates with Saad Musa. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTHIKA, Kenya, Dec 21- Onwudi Chibueze’s deflected goal four minutes from time handed Thika United a massive advantage in the relegation and promotion play off against Ushuru as they beat the taxmen 2-1 at their Thika Stadium backyard.Thika will now need any kind of draw in the return leg in Narok on Sunday to retain their Premier League status. Thika went ahead through Saad Musa who had come on for Michael Mutinda while Ushuru restored parity in the second half through former AFC Leopards striker Mohammed Hassan. However, Chibueze ensured his side went ahead in the 85th minute.The play-off was scheduled by Football Kenya Federation just two days after the Sports Disputes Tribunal threw out Thika United’s petition challenging the game.They had gone back to the tribunal last evening seeking a review of the judgment but the same was yet again thrown out.On the pitch, Thika United were visibly jaded off especially after Training for just a day and coach Nicholas Muyoti admitted as much.Ushuru’s Fredrick kentile goes down under a challenge from Thika United’s Onwudi Chibueze while Said Tsuma looks on during a promotion play off at the Thika Stadium on December 21, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“As a coach it is very difficult when you play after training for one day. We had already gone for break and we just assembled yesterday. But I am happy with the boys and I thank God we managed to win possibly we can finish the job on Sunday,” Muyoti said after the match.Ushuru who finished third in the National Super League started off positively and had two chances in the opening 10 minutes.In the second minute, lanky striker Benson Amianda dribbled to the edge of the box from the middle of the pack but his eventual shot went awfully wide. Five minutes later, Barrack Odhiambo was put through by John Macharia, but his shot was weak going straight to Eliud Emase in goal.Thika were dealt a major blow in the 13th minute when midfielder Michael Mutinda picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Saad Mussa.Thika United’s Christopher Oruchum vies for the ball with Ushuru’s Benson Amianda during the first leg of the relegation/promotion play off at the Thika Stadium on December 21, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMussa proved his worth with just 15 minutes on the pitch when he slapped the ball home from inside the box after Chibueze’ initial shot off a Eugene Mukangula cross was saved by the keeper.Chibueze almost doubled Thika’s lead two minutes later when he sprinted away on the left before cutting in to his favorite right foot but the effort was well saved by the Ushuru keeper at his near post.In the second half, Thika started well and Chibueze had another chance when he was put through by Mukangula at the edge of the box but his short skied.From then, it was Ushuru all the way and Thika defended with their lives.Thika keeper Emase was forced into a brilliant save in the 63rd minute, punching away with one hand a fierce Oscar Mbugua shot from an Amianda cross.Ushuru’s Barrack Odhiambo surges forward against Thika United’s Said Tsuma and Saad Musa at the Thika Stadium on December 21, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe introduction of Hassan for the ineffective Rosevelt Blaty paid dividends with the forward striking a superb left footer from 15 yards out after the Thika backline failed to clear a corner.Ushuru piled bodies upfront in search of the winner but were caught off against the run of play in the 86th minute, Mussa putting Chibueze through with the striker taking a first time shot that deflected off an Ushuru defender and into the net0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, August 13

first_imgThis Saturday morning we look ahead to the start of the new Premier League season.There is also the latest from Rio and the Fourth Investec Test series between England and Pakistan.All that as well as reaction to Castleford Tigers 36-22 win over the Wigan Warriors live on talkSPORT 2 last night.All brought to you by Dan Windle and the team.last_img