Cheika names June Series squad with room for one more

first_imgSamu signed a two-year deal with the Brumbies this week, making the Melbourne-born forward eligible for the Wallabies, pending a release from New Zealand Rugby, due to his Super Rugby contract obligations.It’s a decision NZR said on Tuesday they were still mulling over and on Wednesday night, when Cheika named his squad, he said he couldn’t pick Samu, but the backrower had a spot in the squad should he be released.There is no deadline for NZR to approve Rugby Australia’s request to release Samu for June, leaving both he and the Wallabies in limbo, though it is expected there will be a decision on Thursday.”I’ve been told I can’t select him but there is a spot for him there,” Cheika said.”At this point, the decision’s in other hands. I’m not really involved in that part of it but I’m hoping that there’ll be some more clarity about that tomorrow.”Should that clearance not come, Lukhan Tui is likely to don the no. 6 in the first Test, with first-choice blindside Ned Hanigan not expected to be back from a knee injury until the second Test.Uncapped Caleb Timu is another option to fill the back row alongside David Pocock and Michael Hooper, but he would most likely slot in at eight.Reds backrower Timu is one of five uncapped players in the squad, with perhaps Brumbies fullback Tom Banks the biggest surprise of the potential debutants in the group named for the June Series.Banks had two of his best games in the side’s recent South Africa tour, scoring the game-turner against the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.Rebels rising star Jack Maddocks is another new face in the backs, confirming his widely-expected inclusion in the squad, after a sensational start to the season in Melbourne.The wing spots were among the most-hotly contested, with Maddocks and Banks beating out seasoned winger Henry Speight as well as Queensland’s Izaia Perese, who was on the verge of a Test debut in 2017, and giant Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro.”I think it was just really tight,” Cheika said.”We went for, we’ve got very,very good attacking wingers and we look at the all-round components to make sure that we’re solid in relation to our ‘D’ and also our kicking game and the kicking game that will be coming from Ireland to us.”So, I suppose we’re trying to balance our back three players in that respect. And then of course you’ve got a guy like Banks, who’s come through with really strong performances in the last minute and I think he really deserves the opportunity.” Reds bolter Brendan Paenga-Amosa has capped a meteoric rise from Shute Shield last year to a potential Wallabies cap, named in hist first Test squad, alongside fellow rookie Folau Faingaa and 2017 breakout star Jordan Uelese.Paenga-Amosa’s progress has been swift, and Cheika backed him to be right in the mix for a spot in the first Test.”Brandon’s gone up against Malcolm Marx and performed right at the level. For me, a guy who comes out of club rugby Southern Districts, NSW and then he played NRC, got his opportunity out there, was spotted by the Reds and has taken that opportunity with both hands,” he said.”Now his challenge will be to get himself in the match 23 and I’m sure he’ll, what I’ve heard about him, and only having a small amount of contact with him, he’s going to do everything he can to be in that position.”Faingaa’s inlcusion was hanging on a possible suspension for headbutting, but having been handed just one match on the sideline, he will be available free for all three Tests.”We had him in camp for a little bit last year, he handled himself really well and he’s playing there in between Scotty (Sio) and Allan (Alaalatoa) down in Canberra and he’s got a good bit of swagger, like his attitude and I think he’ll take an opportunity with both hands,” Cheika said.Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell has edged out Jake Gordon and Michael Ruru to be the side’s third-choice halfback, behind established duo Will Genia and Nick Phipps.last_img read more

Successful TOBA yearling sale – colt fetches record $5 million

first_imgThree records were broken at the annual TOBA Yearling sale held in the official car park at Caymanas Park on Sunday.First, Lot 80, a handsome bay colt by Adore The Gold out of One Big Giggle, bred by HAM Stables Limited, broke the previous record of $4 million paid for a chestnut colt by Performing Magic – Sea Treaty, bred by Everglades Farms Limited, last year.Foaled on February 2, 2014, the stripe-face yearling attracted an opening bid of $2 million, and in the end, was purchased by trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes on behalf of Trinidadian connections.That record barely lasted an hour. Lot 100, a good-looking chestnut colt by Forest Danger out of Sea Treaty, bred by Everglades Farms, was purchased for the record price of $5 million, again by Trinidadian connections.Foaled on March 2, 2014, the yearling attracted an opening bid of $$55,000, and this was followed by some spirited bidding. No sooner had he surpassed the $4.8 million record, he was snapped up for $5 million by the Trinidadian Kamla Maharaj on behalf of her son, Shivam, and will be trained in Trinidad by Harriram ‘Pepsi’ Gobin. Kamla also purchased three other yearlings, including Lot 71, a chestnut filly by Liquidity out of Lisa Vibes, bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited for $1.8 million.All, four, as well as the Forest Danger – Sea Treaty sales-topping colt, will leave the island shortly to be schooled and trained at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad.Overall, nine of the 120 yearlings sold fetched prices of $2 million and more. The others were Lot 154, a bay colt by Silent Valor out of Gem Lea, bred by HAM Stables Limited, sold for $3.5million; Lot 140, a chestnut filly by Adore The Gold – My Legacy, bred by Joseph ‘Fudgie’ Duany for $3.3 million; Lot 60, a grey colt by Traditional – Knightley, bred by HAM Stables, sold for $3 million; Lot 119, a chestnut filly by Traditional – Bunns of Steel, bred by Harold S. Tucker, $3 million.Record turnoverThe sale produced a record turnover of $113 million – up from $88.7 million last year. Howard Hamilton, president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association of Jamaica, said he was pleased with the numbers and is even more optimistic that the trend will continue next year.”Yearlings purchased at these sales continue to perform well on the track in Trinidad, and this, along with the presence of the Guyanese for the first time, helped to drive the numbers,” said Hamilton, who is a part-owner of HAM Stables Limited, one of the top consignors. Incidentally, the Guyanese buyers picked up three yearlings, all of whom will stay in Jamaica, according to reports.Auctioneer was Dr Paul Wright, assisted by Matthew Pryor from abroad.- O.C.last_img read more

GAWU congress set for August

first_imgUnder the theme, “United Struggles for Workers’ Rights, Democracy and a Secure Future,” the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) will organise its 21st Delegates Congress to be held from August 20- 23, at Bath, West Coast Berbice.It is expected that hundreds of delegates coming from GAWU’s wide range of memberships; with majority being the field and factory workers of the largest Unit – the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo), will be present at the Union’s highest decision-making forum along with a number of fraternal organisations.With its packed programme expecting to last three days, the Congress will ensure that workers are given recognition for their devoted service to the Union.The assembly for these delegates will also allow the presentation of the General Council’s report with discussions which would cover a variety of issues and include a broad assessment of specific global events, as well as the domestic developments since the previous congress among other important topics.After being elected by the Congress delegates, the new General Council of the Union will be tasked with fulfilling the decisions and finding solutions, which will then be disputed and permitted by the Congress.The Union expressed pride in having represented and protected it’s entity from attempts which served to create division, since their last congress, highlighting that with an optimistic approach, they have intentions for their unity and militancy will ensure a industrious congress.last_img read more

ELWA Dedicates New 87-Bedroom Hospital

first_img“It is our hope that as we receive this new facility, the problem of turning away patients because of lack of space will be addressed,” Dr. Jerry Brown, Medical Director at the ELWA Hospital, stated last Saturday while addressing the dedicatory ceremony of the newly erected facility spearheaded and financed by the Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. The magnificent hospital stands across from the old ELWA Hospital, which was built and opened in 1965, with Dr. Robert Schindler, a young surgeon, as its first Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Jerry Brown, the hospital’s current Medical Director, known as one of Liberia’s Ebola heroes for his celebrated and highly successful management of one of the Ebola crises in Liberia, said “It is now time to look beyond the facility to build a resilient healthcare delivery system that will be impactful to people of the country.”He emphasized that at the time they operated in a facility with less space, many good Liberians and others died from curable diseases. Since the facility is now expanded, they are hopeful of overcoming those confronting problems that claimed more lives in the past.Dr. Brown also stressed the need for attractive salaries and benefits for doctors and health workers in the country, pointing out that in the presence of modern and well equipped health facilities, coupled with motivated health workers, the expected healthcare delivery system will be built.Dr. Brown expressed optimism that assistance from Samaritan’s Purse and other partners in conjunction with government’s development agenda will soon cause other countries to refer patients to Liberia, rather than Liberia continually sending patients to other countries including Ghana, Nigeria and the United States.He then called on the facility’s Liberian workers to help maintain it a new standard so that its funders will not see it in a dilapidated condition in the future.He added that with the availability of the new facility, they will soon install their microscopic panel in the laboratory to enhance testing, and will recruit and train more medical doctors and Physician Assistants to meet the health needs of Liberians.Samaritan’s Purse Liberia Country Director Kendell Kauffeldt, in a historical overview of the project, noted that the hospital is also meant for spiritual healing as it enhances the spread of the true word of God so that Liberians will be able to put their trust in Him.The SPL Country Director added that budgetary support is also needed to help continue operations at the hospital.The erection of the modern health facility is coming at the time when the Liberian government is striving to build its vulnerable healthcare system, exposed and severely tested by Ebola in 2014.In consonance with the SPL Country Director, Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham, Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan’s Purse, said the project serves as a channel for spreading the word of God to the people of Liberia, “and those that are working there should reflect Jesus Christ in their output to enlighten Liberians about the true word of God.” Franklin Graham is son of the renowned Christian evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham, who is now retired and 98.In her remarks, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recalled the cardinal role of the ELWA Hospital during the health epidemic that struck the country two years ago, acknowledging that the premises were used to build the first Ebola treatment center, where patients were transferred.President Sirleaf also commended Samaritan’s Purse for building and rehabilitating airstrips around the country, including a new one in Lofa County and a rehabilitated one in Tappita, Nimba County.She commended the Christian organization for the modern healthcare facility that she said will complement government’s effort to build a resilient health sector following Ebola.The dedication was also witnessed by Vice President and Mrs. Joseph Boakai; Senator Peter Coleman, MD, and Chair of the Senate Health and Medical Committee; Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn; Attorney General Frederick Cherue and other government officials; the DeputyChief of Missions of the United States Embassy and other Embassy staff; and other distinguished personalities.William Eiphick, former ELWA Director, in an exclusive interview, expressed delight for the facility which funding, he said, came from several Christian organizations around the world.Although he could not state how much was invested in the facility, but said it took a huge amount of money to bring it to where it is. He expressed the hope that Liberians are going to maintain it in line with the rationale for which it was erected.ELWA staff Oretha Nyounuway also expressed happiness for the new facility and said it will help to reduce the space constraint that had confronted them over the years.The newly dedicated ELWA health facility comes next to the 100-bedroom Jackson Fiah Doe (JFD) Memorial Hospital in Nimba and the John F. Kennedy Hospital, the largest referral hospital in the country.The new ELWA Hospital was built by a Liberian-owned firm, the CJ Construction Incorporated. In a turnover remark, the Senior Managing Partner of CJ Construction, James Johnson, dispelled notion by some that Liberians are not honest in working and do not put out good performance.He said the modern facility funded by Samaritan’s Purse was built by Liberians without outside input.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Isobel Mackenzie is coming to Fort St. John this Monday

first_imgMackenzie has already visited Terrace, Williams Lake and Prince George, and is looking to corroborate the unique differences, and similarities of the challenges seniors are experiencing in rural parts of B.C., as well as the province as a whole.Mackenzie says common complaints she’s heard surrounding the Northeast and Northwest are the burden of attending medical appointments, finding appropriate housing, public transportation and the cost of receiving specialized medical attention.The meeting is taking place June 16, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgRyan McHugh has come in for close attention in the opening period of tonight’s Ulster U21 Final with Tyrone. McHugh has been the victim of some cynical fouling.DONEGAL are trailing Tyrone by THREE points at half-time in their Ulster U21 Championship Final at Celtic Park.Tyrone went into the lead early on but Donegal responded quickly with two good scores from Eoin McHugh and Hugh McFadden.Tyrone then stunned Donegal when they found the back of the net after a superb move involving several players. Donegal then responded through a fine effort from Ciaran Thompson.Darrach O’Connor then reduced the deficit to a point after a lovely move which involved great play from Ryan McHugh.Tyrone hit back though with a fine score from Lee Brennan.Hugh McFadden nodded over a free to make it a one point game again before Tyrone fired over two quick scores right before half-time to lead by THREE at the interval. Half-time score Donegal 0-06 Tyrone 1-06DONEGAL TRAIL TYRONE AT HALF-TIME IN ULSTER U21 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:celtic parkdonegalGAATyroneULSTER U21 FINALlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal newest star Eoin McHugh has said that Sunday’s Ulster SFC clash with Fermanagh was a huge step-up from the National Football League. McHugh made his Ulster Championship debut on Sunday, and he produced an excellent display. McHugh scored two fine points and produced a classy and mature performance in the red-hot cauldron of Mac Cumhaill Park.It was a fiery clash which saw Neil McGee dismissed at the end of the first-half.Fermanagh were up for the challenge, and had they converted the penalty they were awarded at the end of the first-half, they would’ve led at half-time.However, as it transpired, Donegal controlled the second-half and eased to a comfortable win with McHugh in excelling in his role at wing-half forward. McHugh told The Irish News, “It was just a nice atmosphere to play in and to make your debut.“It’s a new type of intensity. There was savage intensity. It’s a serious step up from the league. It’s completely different.“The crowd, my whole head was busting with the crowd. I’d never experienced the likes of that before.“I watched a lot of these boys winning Ulsters and All-Irelands and now the likes of Michael Murphy and Frank McGlynn are passing the ball to me in these games.”“IT WAS SAVAGE INTENSITY, IT WAS A HUGE STEP-UP FROM THE LEAGUE” – EOIN MCHUGH was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eoin McHughGAAnewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgA woman who was involved in a car crash in Co Donegal has received a major award for her bravery.Melissa Devine, 28, was almost killed when the car, which was being driven on the Letterkenny to Manorcunningham dual carriageway, was accidentally struck on its side by a car accessing the busy route from a slip road.“I kept waking up and hearing all the screaming around me and being put in the ambulance. I remember having the feeling that I couldn’t move at all and all the commotion around me. I kept slipping in and out of consciousness.” Now Melissa, who is confined to a wheelchair, has received the Derry City Council Woman of the Year Award.Melissa spent a month in hospital in Derry and her dreams of becoming a fitness instructor lay in tatters.However she has taken a full part in her community life.Melissa has worked with the Dove House Community Trust, where she is now director of the management committee, for many years – as a child in the Youthfirst programme, as a teenager in the Peer Educational Programmes and as a volunteer youth leader in the fundraising and development of Ark Park children’s play facility. She said she was completely shocked and surprised by her award. WOMAN INVOLVED IN DONEGAL CRASH NAMED DERRY WOMAN OF YEAR was last modified: April 5th, 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:crashDerry Woman of the YearMelissa Devinelast_img read more


first_imgMilford Tidy Towns are already thinking of Christmas – but in a good way!The group is today hosting a Scrap Saturday Collection at Moyle View Park, Milford from 8am to 5pm.The same collection will also take place next Saturday – October 13th. All metal, iron, steel, copper etc will be accepted.If you need your scrap collected then contact James Gibbons on 086 8212778. The proceeds from the sale will go to the purchase and erection of Christmas lights”The very deserving collection is being run in conjunction with Green Vehicle Recycling.   SCRAP SATURDAY TO HELP LIGHT UP MILFORD THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: October 6th, 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:Green Vehicle RecyclingSCRAP SATURDAYlast_img read more


first_imgKILLEEN’S GUESTHOUSE ON ARRANMOREThe well-known Killeen’s guesthouse on Arranmore Island has been put on the market with an asking price of almost €700,000.The 24 bedroom guesthouse off the Donegal coast comes with its own bar and restaurant.It is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike and underwent considerable renovations in recent years.The Killeen family bought the guesthouse in 2010 after it had ben closed for some time and set about breathing new life into the premises.According to selling agent Colliers, the sale offers investors the “opportunity to acquire a fully restored 24 bedroom guest house with lounge and bar, function and dining rooms, commercial kitchen, extensive decking and large car park all in a dramatic setting overlooking Aphort beach, bay and harbour on the island of Arranmore off the Donegal coast.”The property, which has an asking price of €690,000, has a full seven day publicans licence.Auctioneers say it is a prime investment opportunity and is now positioned to take full advantage of the extensive growth potential in the current improving market.WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL ISLAND GUESTHOUSE PUT ON MARKET FOR €700K was last modified: July 10th, 2015 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:Arranger IslanddonegalKilleen’s Guesthouselast_img read more