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Kearney signs on with Warriors for three more years

first_imgThe deal will see Kearney, 46, remain in the role for six seasons, joining Ivan Cleary (2006-2011) as the longest-serving head coach in the club’s history.”Securing Stephen for another three years is a huge boost for us,” Warriors chief executive Cameron George said.”We haven’t enjoyed a lot of stability as an organisation, especially in the coaching area. Without stability in our football department it’s extremely challenging to improve and to achieve continuity,” he said.”We’ve been talking with Stephen for some time about ensuring he remains to continue the work that has been going on and we couldn’t be more pleased he’s staying on for another three years,” said George.After four seasons as an Auckland Warriors player from 1995-1998, Kearney is now on track to take his connection with the club to a total of 10 seasons with his new contract.”When I first came back to the club, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to help the club move forward and improve,” he said.”I’m pleased to have my future sorted out with this new contract and to know I’ll be with the club for a few more years.”We made progress last season but, to be honest, the focus for me is always what’s next for us and that’s preparing for this week’s trial against Wests Tigers in Whangarei.”The Vodafone Warriors’ season-opening match against the Bulldogs on 16 March will be Kearney’s 50th as the club’s head coach and his 92nd overall.After finishing his playing career in 2005, Kearney moved straight into coaching, starting with five seasons as an assistant coach with Melbourne as well as launching a nine-year term as Kiwis coach in 2008.During that time, he guided the Kiwis to three major titles – the World Cup in 2008 and the Four Nations in 2010 and 2014.Coaching career:Warriors head coach 2017-2019New Zealand Kiwis head coach 2008-2016Brisbane Broncos assistant coach 2013-2016Parramatta Eels head coach 2011-2012Melbourne Storm assistant coach 2006-2010Playing Career:International: 45 Tests for Kiwis 1993-2004NRL: 264 first-grade appearances 1992-2004Western Suburbs: 46 appearances 1992-1994Warriors: 79 appearances 1995-1998Melbourne Storm: 139 appearances 1999-2004Super League:46 appearances for Hull FC 2005last_img read more

Hunters beat Prides 22-6

first_imgPrides opened up the scoreboard in the opening minute of the first-half with a short ball, which sent in forward Sheldon Powe Hobbs with a successful conversion for a 6-nil lead.Five minutes later, the Hunters replied with a set play by hooker Wartovo Puara Jnr, flipping a wrap around pass to co-captain Adam Korave for a wonderful centre try. This levelled the scores before the half-time buzzer.The second half was dominated once again by the Hunters, with three added tries to further their lead.Philemon Kimiseve opened the second half with a quick face ball from Watson Boas.Ten minutes after, Thomson Teteh glides over the tryline to extend the lead to 18-6.This was not the end as five minutes before fulltime, Wartovo Puara Jnr picked up a dummy ball from the scrum at the Prides’ 10 metre line to run over, grounding the ball for a 22-6 lead.last_img read more

Tough going for local players at Jamaica International Badminton Tournament

first_imgFor the large part, locals had a tough time in competition on Thursday’s action of the Jamaica International Badminton Championships, which is being staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre.With action set to begin at 5 p.m. today, the tournament will today move into its semi-final stage, following yesterday’s quarter-final clashes.In men’s singles, Gareth Henry and Shane Wilson advanced from their second-round encounters on Wednesday. Henry defeated fellow Jamaican, Shaquille Palmer, 21-5, 21-17, while Wilson beat the up-and-coming Mathew Lee, 21-15, 23-21.Henry was scheduled to meet Portugal’s Pedro Martins in last night’s quarter-final. Martins defeated the number four seeded, Luka Wraber (Austria), 23-25, 21-13, 21-19 in round two.Wilson, in the meantime, was down to battle Austria’s David Obernosterer in the quarters.In other matches on Wednesday night, No. 1-seeded Osleni Guerrero (Cuba) defeated Rosario Maddaloni (Italy). Guerrero lost the first game, but recovered to defeat the Italian 16-21, 21-18, 21-8. Number two seeded Howard Shu (USA) defeated Dennis Coke (Jamaica) 21-14, 21-11.Guerrero (Cuba) was slated to face Hsu Jui Ting (Chinese Taipei), while the American, Shu, took on the Czech Republic’s Milan Ludik in last night’s quarters.In women’s singles, last year’s singles runner-up, Zuzana Pavelkova (Czech Republic), was lined up for a tough battle against No. 1 seed, Jeanine Cicognini (Italy). Cicognini defeated Jamaica’s Esther Reynolds, while Pavelkova beat another local, Alana Bailey, 21-6, 21-10 to advance to the quarter-final round.In the bottom half of the draw, No. 2 seed Elizabeth Baldauf (Austria) was down to face Lithuania’s Akvile Stapuasaityte in the quarter-finals. Baldfauf defeated Mexico’s Haramara Gaitan 21-16, 21-15, while Stapusaityte moved pass Jamaica’s Geordine Henry 21-5, 21-6.GORDON WINSIn other women’s singles matches, fourth seed Telma Santos (Portugal) defeated Shezelle Mctyson (Jamaica), 21-7, 21-7; Iesha Gordon (Jamaica) defeated fellow Jamaican Taina Daley 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 to move the quarter-finals. Gordon was matched against Santos (Portugal), while Jamaica’s Mikaylia Haldane had booked a ticket to play Mariana Ugalde last night.In men’s doubles, the action started yesterday in the quarter-finals, with number one seed Castillo/Munoz (Mexico) against Jamaica’s Anglin/Barham, while No. 2-seeded Dierickx/Golinski (Belgium) face Jamaica’s top pair, Henry/Palmer.Jamaicans played better in mixed doubles, where the top Jamaican pair, siblings Geordine and Gareth defeated the Valentine/Daley combination to reach the quarter-final, while Katherine Wynter teamed up with Denis Coke to beat Sean Wilson and Christine Leyow.The finals will be played tomorrow, also beginning at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Taylor: Players need to take more responsibility

first_img While Taylor shone with three half-centuries, the home side’s batting proved brittle throughout, and the 25-year-old Jamaican said this was an area that required attention. “I definitely think our batting is one of the weakest points. If you look back at Trelawny, we fell down a few times down there, and even coming here, we batted first and just one time got over 200 runs,” she pointed out. “So when you look at it, I think it’s kind of poor, seeing that you are playing at home. You actually want to dominate when you’re at home, and I don’t think we do so.” Other than Taylor, no other player managed to pass 50. Leading players like Deandra Dottin finished with 102 runs from her five outings, while the seasoned former captain Merissa Aguilleira could only muster 43 runs from her four trips to the crease. Twenty20 World Cup star teenager Hayley Matthews also failed to get among the runs, with 76 from five innings. “From the World Cup, the expectations for Matthews were quite high. I know that she believes she’s not giving [what is] expected, but I think she’s still young and has a lot to learn,” Taylor said. “I do think, for Merissa, you need more consistency. She’s one of those players that has been doing well for us.” Wednesday’s final game highlighted the Windies Women’s batting problems. Opting to take first knock, they were dismissed for 155 in the 48th over, leaving England Women with an uncomplicated target. Taylor said the defeat had been a failure of application. “I do think if we had aimed for 190-plus, we could have changed the game,” she noted. “I don’t think the intention was actually there, but I don’t think the surface made much of a difference. I think it was quite similar [to the others], a good batting pitch. It was just for us to apply ourselves.” BATTING BRITTLE KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor says her side lacked intent during the recently concluded five-match one-day series against England Women and called on more players to contribute towards the team success. The Caribbean side went down by five wickets in the final game at Sabina Park on Wednesday to concede the series 3-2. “I don’t think we fought the fight we would’ve actually wanted. We knew these points [in the ICC Women’s Championship] were actually crucial and I don’t think we had the intention,” Taylor said in a frank assessment of her side’s performance. “England performed like they are the ones playing at home, so I didn’t think we made our presence felt, and we kind of fell down there.” She added: “As players, we need to take a lot more responsibility for our actions and not leave it up to one or two people.” West Indies Women twice came back, after trailing in the series, to level at 2-2, heading into the final game. They suffered a narrow five-run defeat in the opener in Trelawny, but won the second game at the same venue when they clinched a dramatic 38-run victory. When the series moved to Sabina Park for the three all-important ICC Women’s Championship games, England Women drew first blood with a convincing 112-run win before West Indies squared the series with a 42-run verdict in the fourth ODI.last_img read more

Perpetual erases 4th set deficit, trumps Arellano for 11th NCAA volleyball title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball champions: Perpetual Help Altas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Perpetual Help displayed its championship poise and withstood Arellano University , 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, to claim the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The two sides were locked in an epic battle for the entire match and the Altas even found themselves trailing 19-12 in the fourth set but clawed their way back and blindsided the Chiefs for their 11th title.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Reigning MVP and Rookie of the Year Joebert Almodiel led the Altas with 19 points while Taneo Ronniel Rosales had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Christian Dela Paz had 16 points to lead the Chiefs. LATEST STORIES Alejandro lifts Go for Gold in upset win vs CEU Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Read Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Perpetual scored on back-to-back blocks to take the lead at 22-21 before Ridzuan Muhali converted on a crosscourt kill to send the Altas to the 24-22 match point.Rey Taneo then put the Chiefs away with an inspired quick kill that landed squarely in the middle of Arellano’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I always told my players that nothing is impossible,” said Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar in Filipino. “If you don’t give up, the Lord will give this win. So when we closed the gap I knew we never gave up.”“This is my passion, I never counted my championships because this is the help I can give to the players who will be tasting their first title.” MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

‘This is Indonesia’: Race-walker collapses after 50km of heat, smog

first_imgClick here for more weather related news.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Hayato Katsuki of Japan took gold with 4:03:30 — 23 minutes slower than the last Asian Games — with a well-judged race, after making holes in his vest to improve ventilation.Fellow Japanese Satoshi Maruo set the pace for much of the way but fell back in the final 10km, ending 10 minutes behind the winner and out of the medals.China’s Wang Qin took silver, and Joo Hyun-myeong of South Korea bronze.‘#WeBreatheTheSameAir’“It was just so hot. The walkers in front went fast at the beginning but I paced myself as I knew they would slow,” said Katsuki. “I was prepared. I made cuts in my vest to help the air flow.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Kumiko Okada (front) competes in the women’s 20km walk race competition during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoIndonesia’s Hendro said it was a “miracle” to even finish the 50km race walk in Jakarta’s brutal pollution, heat and humidity Thursday after he was carried from the finish line on a stretcher.Hendro collapsed after pounding the Indonesian capital’s smoggy streets for more than four-and-a-half hours in 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) heat to finish last, in the Asian Games’ slowest 50km (31 miles) walk for nearly three decades.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The winning time was the slowest since the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. Three racers did not finish.Hendro’s efforts drew the biggest cheers from the home crowd, applauding his brave effort as he persevered long after any medal chance had vanished, to finish in 4:32:20.As well as finding it hard to breathe, he was battling an old ligament injury in his right knee.“It was so painful,” he said. “I was thinking — I must finish. This is my first time in the 50km. I didn’t want to make my coach disappointed.“I’m so proud of the fans… they came here to support me.”But Hendro also called for future races to be shifted away from hazy Jakarta to elsewhere in Indonesia’s Java island.“There are no trees here, all buildings,” he said. “In the low altitude, pollution and humidity, it is difficult for all Asians,” he said.Two athletes were disqualified for illegal steps, while China’s Wang Riu retired.Jakarta’s air pollution came under fire earlier in the Games when activists unfurled a giant banner showing a person wearing a gas mask and the message “#WeBreatheTheSameAir”. View comments The air quality index in central Jakarta hit 163 on Thursday morning. A reading of more than 150 is considered a health threat to the general population.After being doused in ice water by medics Hendro, 28, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was carried to the medical center shouting incoherently with pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The race was so difficult — the hot weather, humidity, and not just the humidity but the pollution,” he said after recovering. “Racing here is not easy. This is Indonesia.”“This is a miracle for me I can finish. This is a miracle,” he added. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Asian Games: PH’s Watanabe gets crack at judo gold Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Govt to make reforestation mandatory for mining, logging concessions

first_imgAs the country joins in observance of World Environment Day 2019, the Guyana Government is looking to make reforestation a mandatory requirement for loggers and miners applying for concessions, so as to preserve and sustain its forests.This is according to President David Granger, who emphasised that protecting the environment is an obligation, not an option.President David Granger addressing a gathering at the World Environment Day observance at State House on ThursdayDelivering the feature address at the World Environment Day observance held on Thursday at State House, the President noted that Guyana is proud to be part of the ‘Guiana Shield,’ which is considered to be the ‘lungs of the world’.To this end, he underscored the importance of safeguarding the country’s forests from harmful activities, such as mining and logging.“Mining and logging are two of the principal contributors to deforestation. Small-scale mining alone accounted for about 89 per cent of deforestation over the past three years. So small-scale mining has a large-scale impact on the environment.“Deforestation by both mining and logging has scarred our rainforests with craters. These wastelands result in further land degradation of the exposed land. Guyana’s forestry and mining laws will be strengthened to make re-forestation and land reclamations conditional for the approval of mining and logging concessions,” the Head of State posited.It has been reported that Guyana has been lagging in its reforestation efforts. This assessment was made by former Presidential Advisor Rear Admiral (retired) Gary Best during a lecture series hosted by the University of Guyana back in 2017.“I would say to you that our reforestation efforts are at a minimal. We are not doing enough to (contribute to reforestation), and that is a big climate negative for Guyana. Limited work is being done, and more should be done,” Best had stated.However, the Coalition Government is looking to reverse this in its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) Vision: 2040. A critical element of the strategy is the sustainable management of natural resources, and one of the goals is the mandatory reforestation of mining sites.Students of Queen’s College perform at the Department of the Environment’s World Environment Day 2019 celebration at State HouseTo this end, the policy recommendations in the GSDS include: to ensure and strengthen sustainable forest management for low emissions development; leverage GFC’s expertise to guide improved forest monitoring and management within other land ownership categories; strengthen the suite of forest management tools, measures and plans, and involve key stakeholders in joint forest resource management, monitoring and research; strengthen community reporting, monitoring and verification (CMRV) programmes of indigenous communities; implement provisions under the Amerindian Act 2006 that mandate Amerindian Village Councils to manage forest resources; advance certified technical and vocational training for effective forest management and monitoring; when forest rehabilitation is necessary because of degradation, then restoring to as near the original value of the forest area is paramount; and continue the monitoring, control and reporting on wildlife trading.In the 2019 Budget, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had said this year will see the advancement of work in both the forestry and mining sectors. In 2019, work on this aspect of extractive sector management will advance for the forestry and mining sectors.The recently updated and approved National Forest Plan and Policy Statement will see a shift in emphasis from primary timber products to value-added downstream goods, as well as ecosystem services, while a clearer vision is being articulated for the mining sector this year, with stakeholder input factored into a ten-year Mineral Policy Framework and Plan.“Our mining and forestry sectors do not exist in isolation. Therefore, a coordinated approach is needed to ensure that both foresters and miners are able to benefit from our natural resources in a responsible manner that minimises negative impacts on the environment,” the Minister had stated.On this note, he posited that by the end of 2019, trained regional coordinators would be placed in all ten administrative regions to facilitate the resolution of conflicts that may arise between and among the mining, forestry and environmental sectors.Additionally, Government has budgeted $279 million to finance the next phase of the forest inventory exercise. The Minister has said that mineral mapping will continue to facilitate more coordinated and sustainable management and utilisation of the forest and mineral resources.The National Forest Policy 2018 seeks to, among other things, promote the rehabilitation and restoration of degraded landscapes through forest plantation development, enrichment planting, and community forestry.The policy strategy looks to develop systems and incentive packages to support reforestation and forest plantation development. According to the document, a public-private sector and community investment collaboration is being looked at, with emphasis on degraded forests, agricultural and mining lands, and mangroves. This will be done through the development and implementation of a National Forest Plantation Strategy.last_img read more

Local police officers volley with middle school students

first_imgThe project started last week at Dr. Kearney Middle School. Corporal Jodi Shelkie explains that middle school and high school students can be facing a lot of difficult decisions in their lives, and it’s important for them to know that police officers are there to help. “Often police in communities are looked to as the enforcement,” she argues. “If something bad happens, you call the cops. We want to look at it as kind of prevention in that we’re there to show that we’re more than just there to arrest the bad guy; we’re there to give them advice and guide them through tough times and be their friends.” The lunch hour started off with the highly anticipated “cops versus kids” game, and then the teams mixed it up. – Advertisement -Even more important than the relationships built on the court is the interaction after it. Being at the school out of uniform gives the students the chance to ask officers any questions they may have in a more comfortable setting. “This is a way where we can come out and just show we’re people too,” says Shelkie. “We’re out of the uniform; we’re playing a game, and hopefully having a good time with them and showing them that the police are there to help them, not just when somebody needs to be arrested.” Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness,” the statement said. For serious fans, the unforced beauty and thrilling urgency of Pavarotti’s voice made him the ideal interpreter of the Italian lyric repertory, especially in the 1960s and ’70s when he achieved stardom. For millions more, his charismatic performances of standards, such as “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot,” came to represent what opera is all about. Instantly recognizable from his charcoal black beard and tuxedo-busting girth, Pavarotti radiated an intangible magic that helped him win hearts in a way Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras – his partners in the Three Tenors concerts – never quite could. “I always admired the God-given glory of his voice – that unmistakable special timbre from the bottom up to the very top of the tenor range,” Domingo said in a statement from Los Angeles. “I also loved his wonderful sense of humor, and on several occasions of our concerts with Jose Carreras – the so-called Three Tenors concerts – we had trouble remembering that we were giving a concert before a paying audience because we had so much fun between ourselves,” he said. The tenor, who seemed equally at ease singing with soprano Joan Sutherland as with the Spice Girls, scoffed at accusations that he was sacrificing his art in favor of commercialism. “The word commercial is exactly what we want,” he said, after appearing in the widely publicized Three Tenors concerts. “We’ve reached 1.5 billion people with opera. If you want to use the word commercial, or something more derogatory, we don’t care. Use whatever you want.” In the annals of that rare and coddled breed, the operatic tenor, it may well be said the 20th century began with Enrico Caruso and ended with Pavarotti. Other tenors – Domingo included – may have drawn more praise from critics for their artistic range and insights, but none could equal the combination of natural talent and personal charm that so endeared him to audiences. “Pavarotti is the biggest superstar of all,” the late New York Times music critic Harold Schonberg once said. “He’s correspondingly more spoiled than anybody else. They think they can get away with anything. Thanks to the glory of his voice, he probably can.” In his heyday, he was known as the “King of the High C’s” for the ease with which he tossed off difficult top notes. In fact it was his ability to hit nine glorious high C’s in quick succession that first turned him into an international superstar singing Tonio’s aria “Ah! Mes amis,” in Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1972. Pavarotti was preparing to leave New York in July 2006 when doctors discovered a malignant pancreatic mass, his manager said at the time. He underwent surgery, and all his remaining 2006 concerts were canceled. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous forms of the disease, though doctors said the surgery offered improved hopes for survival. “I was a fortunate and happy man,” Pavarotti told Italian daily Corriere della Sera in an interview published about a month after the surgery. “After that, this blow arrived.” “And now I am paying the penalty for this fortune and happiness.” This summer, Pavarotti taught a group of students and worked on a recording of sacred songs, a work expected to be released in early 2008, according to his manager. Pavarotti had three daughters with his first wife: Lorenza, Cristina and Giuliana; and one, Alice, with his second wife. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Alessandra Rizzo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ROME – Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C’s and ebullient showmanship made him one of the world’s most beloved tenors, died Thursday, his manager told The Associated Press. He was 71. His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 8 p.m. Pacific time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August. last_img read more

Chelsea blow! Defensive target reveals he could stay at Marseille

first_img Chelsea target Nicolas N’Koulou 1 Chelsea target Nicolas N’Koulou has revealed he could extend his stay at Marseille.The centre-back has been linked with a January move to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho searches for defensive reinforcements.The Blues are said to have scouted the Cameroon international, whose contract expires at the end of the current season and could be snapped up for around £7million.But now the 25-year-old has revealed he may in fact extend his deal and remain in France.“I cannot speak about the future, we have only played about ten matches,” said N’Koulou.“I cannot think about it whilst I am on the pitch, whilst I am wearing this shirt. It is not necessarily easy, but this situation has happened.“I cannot speak about it for the moment, due to the situation of my team. Extending? Everything is possible. The representatives have not spoken to me.”last_img read more