New Shark’s quest for settled waters

first_imgThe 2015 NYC Team of the Year centre has landed in the shire with no family and no partner by his side after signing with the Sharks on a two-year deal in October.It’s been a long road for the Nanango junior who at 18 made his first grade debut against the Dragons as an injury replacement for Lachlan Maranta.His progression to the top grade wasn’t anticipated.In fact he was kicked out of pre-season by under-20s coaching staff earlier on in 2013 – his debut year – after failing to impress.”I wasn’t even expected to play 20s that year. I was only 18 at the time and I was too unfit and they didn’t want me there,” Drew told”I eventually came back from injury around Round 13 through the Mal Meninga Cup and jumped into the 20s for the next seven or so games.  I was just happy to play 20s, keeping in mind I had never had contact at all with first grade.”Then Anthony Griffin gave me a call one weekend and said he wanted me at training on Monday. I assumed it was just for the experience.”But by Thursday he’d pulled me in and told me I was playing, and I just could not believe it honestly. It was the most bizarre, great feeling you’d ever feel.”Scoring a try in the Broncos’ two-point win, Drew’s unexpected debut has been his only NRL game to date.With the usual path to first grade set out for most players working their way up from the Holden Cup, Drew instead was promoted to the first grade pre-season squad in 2014.Yet with Anthony Griffin’s departure Drew was demoted back to the under-20s squad with master coach Wayne Bennett returning to the Broncos.Drew fails to hold any grudges though, and said because his debut was such an outlier he hasn’t been frustrated by his past two seasons away from first grade.”It’s all sort of happened in reverse for me so that’s why starting afresh is what I need. Consistency is what everybody needs so it’ll go a long way in helping me,” Drew said.”[My debut] feels like forever ago. Though because it was such a shock to actually play it’s been hard to say it’s been frustrating because it wasn’t expected.”Being so young the bar was set a whole lot higher than the normal routine of playing 20s and then sort of cracking it then. In a way I sort of ignore it because I know it wasn’t the normal progression for me.”It was a great bonus but now I’m in a full time NRL squad it will be quite frustrating if I’m not playing again in the next few years because this is it for me – there’s no more 20s.”A stranger to Sydney unless he was either playing or cooped up in a hotel on away games, Drew’s move to the centre of Cronulla has been an ideal one.”I love it. I’m right near anything and I can’t complain. The boys have welcomed me fine too and I’m feeling part of the team which is what I want and what they want,” Drew said.”There are no distractions here; it’s all new for me. So there’s no excuse and I’m ready to give it a red hot crack.”It’s all in my power and how I apply myself off the field too so it’s up to me, I’m not here to make up the numbers.”last_img read more

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola charged by the FA for wearing a political message

first_imgThe FA said in a statement the yellow ribbon worn by the former Barcelona boss on his jacket in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians was in breach of its kit and advertising regulations.Guardiola, whose side face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, has until 6pm on Monday, March 5 to respond to the charge.The 47-year-old, who was born in the Catalan town of Santpedor and spent the best part of 20 years at Barcelona as player and coach, has previously explained his reasons for wearing the ribbon, which he has sported since at least November.Speaking in December, he said: “I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree [with], are in prison. It’s unfair.”To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison. And they are still there. So, while they are not out, always here [points to ribbon] will be shared with me.”Because, OK, they can suspend me for doing that, but the other people are in jail.”If they want to suspend me – UEFA, Premier League, FIFA – it’s OK.”Guardiola was specifically referring to politicians who were imprisoned for their involvement in the Catalonia independence referendum, which was declared illegal by Spain, in October.The City boss explained his stance in response to comments from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who questioned whether the ribbon was within the rules and claimed he would not be allowed to do a similar thing.last_img read more

Cyprus wins bronze medal in All Round Artistic Gymnastics

first_imgAfter a dramatic final in the Men’s Individual All-Around Artistic Gymnastics, Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou clinched the bronze medal, the first of the Cypriot team in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.England’s Nile Wilson won his second gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the men`s all-around final and his team-mate James Hall took the silver medal.According to the EAK correspondent, Mikaelo Papadakis, this is the fifth medal in gymnastics for Cyprus in the history of the Commonwealth Games.Georgiou was a surprise contender for the title after a series of falls in the qualification round, but all three nailed their high bar routines in a tense finale that saw Georgiou ahead in the beginning.He started off the ground with 13,600 points he was behind Wilson and ahead of Hall. In a unique Fair Play moment, Georgiou applauded Wilson at the end of the programme, which eventually changed the colour of Georgiou’s medal from silver to bronzeIn statements after the ceremony, Georgiou said he was very happy as he has achieved the goal he had set before the Games. “I do not feel any disappointment for losing the gold in the last two instruments since the goal was to win a medal”.CNAlast_img

Malaysia’s ‘Phoenix’: hijab-wearing wrestler breaking barriers

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer This picture taken on July 10, 2019 shows the hijab-wearing Malaysian wrestler known as Nor “Phoenix” Diana tying her headscarf before a training session in a gym in Kuala Lumpur. – A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)A hijab-wearing, diminutive Malaysian wrestler known as “Phoenix” cuts an unusual figure in the ring, a female Muslim fighter taking on hulking opponents in a male-dominated world.Dressed in flame-patterned trousers, a black and orange hijab and top, Nor Diana uses sophisticated moves to throw and pin down her larger rivals in front of hundreds of cheering spectators.ADVERTISEMENT Vital Malacañang meeting up for PSC, Phisgoc “As soon as she became popular, we received a lot of messages from fellow hijabis who inquired about joining wrestling as well,” Ayez Shaukat Fonseka, her coach and fellow fighter, told AFP.“She kind of broke the barrier and just proved to them that if she can do it, they can do it too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Like WWE, the Malaysian version is as much theatre as sport, as participants compete against one another with matches ending in a pre-determined outcome.Nor Diana, a pseudonym as she prefers not to reveal her true identity, seems an unlikely wrestler — outside the ring, she is shy and soft-spoken, and her day job is working in a hospital.But when she puts on her wrestling gear, she transforms into the fearsome Phoenix.“As Phoenix, I’m a totally different person. She may be small, but she can do things that people can’t imagine,” Nor Diana told AFP at a wrestling gym in Puchong, outside Kuala Lumpur.“When she’s in the ring, she’s fast and always wants to win,” she explained.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Benefits of township living MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Growing popularityNor Diana first started training as a wrestler in late 2015, following her teenage dream of becoming a fighter, and made her debut a few months later.More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims and, while the form of Islam followed is generally moderate and tolerant, society can still be conservative.Many Muslim women in the country wear the traditional headscarf and loose-fitting clothing in line with Islamic requirements for females to dress modestly.“In the beginning, it was always hard for me, because a lot of people said I can’t wrestle because I’m a Muslim and I wear the hijab,” she said.But she has soldiered on, with her family’s full support, and enjoyed her greatest success so far in early July, defeating four men to be crowned Malaysian wrestling champion.Initially, she competed wearing a mask, to reduce the chances people would recognize her. But after losing a match last year she removed it and has been competing without one ever since.She remembered being fearful about the reaction — but her popularity has only increased since, with thousands now following her on social media, helping to boost wrestling’s profile in Malaysia.While it is growing in popularity, wrestling remains relatively small in the Southeast Asian country. There are about 30 fighters and matches take place every two to three months in front of a few hundred supporters.Nor Diana is one of just two women wrestlers. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standing just 155 centimeters (five foot, one inch) tall and weighing 43 kilograms (six stone, 10 pounds), her speed and agility make her a match for almost any opponent.And far from being criticized by conservatives for throwing herself into wrestling, the 19-year-old has become a hit on social media and spurred the interest of other headscarf-wearing women.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Even though I am Muslim, and I wear the hijab, nothing can stop me from doing what I love,” she said in the ring after winning a recent fight.She takes part in local outfit Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW), which has similarities with hugely popular World Wrestling Entertainment from the United States. View commentslast_img read more

Confronting history

first_imgFortunately, the Foreign Affairs Committee had the will to reject Turkey’s lobbying efforts to kill the resolution. The panel stood its ground even though the 27-21 vote approving the resolution caused Turkish lawmakers to threaten to cut off U.S. access to a Turkish air base that supports U.S. operations in Iraq. One has to wonder why a nonbinding resolution would spark such threats. America’s values drive our policy of encouraging democracy and human rights in the Middle East. We water down those values when we allow the deniers of past genocides to prevail. If now is not the right time to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, it’s only because that time came long, long ago. REP. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, contends that now is not the right time for Congress to pass a resolution affirming that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide. But when, exactly, would be a good time, after the next genocide? Harman, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution, now says: “We should avoid taking steps that would embarrass or isolate the Turkish leadership.” Like President George W. Bush, she says Turkey is playing a constructive role in the Middle East. That is true enough for the most part. But failing to recognize the horrors of history tarnishes America’s image as a moral force in the world. How can we have the resolve to label the situation in Darfur for what it is – genocide – and then soft-pedal the first genocide of the 20th century? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Debate on commission

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLackey said his concerns were not about Dino, whom he believes has fit in nicely in the post. “It’s worth discussing,” Lackey said of the selection process. “This is a very critical function in the planning process.” Mayor Jim Ledford said he still believes it is in the city’s best interest to continue with the policy enacted in June 2004 to appoint planning commissioners by district. Ledford said that prior to the district system, the Planning Commission had been heavily weighted toward the city’s west side. “I think the system works,” Ledford said. “It’s equitable. It provides for representation throughout the city. In the past, I think the east side got short-shrifted.” Councilman Steve Hofbauer said he also favors the current system, noting the past leanings toward west-side residents and times when the panel was dominated by people from the real-estate industry. Hofbauer said he was opposed to having each council member make his or her own appointments to the commission, which is the system used by the city of Lancaster. “It politicizes the process. The planning commissioner won’t make a decision until he calls his council member,” Hofbauer said. The council will only discuss the issue and there will be no vote tonight to either uphold or change the system. The council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. In June, the City Council will decide on whether to reappoint or replace three commissioners – Dino, District 1 representative Spencer Berg and District 2 representative Fred Thompson, because their terms of office are expiring. The commission approves or makes recommendations on proposals and environmental issues involved in land development; makes recommendations on maintaining land-use regulations through zoning ordinance amendments, zone changes and General Plan amendments; determines consistency of the capital-improvement program with the General Plan; and makes recommendations to the City Council on land use and environmental policies and programs. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – As time draws near for the selection of three members to the Planning Commission, the Palmdale City Council will take up debate tonight on how commissioners should be chosen. For the past two years, the Planning Commission has been comprised of four commissioners appointed by district and one commissioner selected citywide or at-large. Concerns were raised over the process in January when only one qualified applicant, Vincent Dino, applied for the District 4 post. Two others had applied for the post, but one lived outside the city and the other lived outside the district the seat represents. “To me that was disappointing,” Councilman Tom Lackey said of the low turnout. “When a city is left with one choice, it calls attention to the process.” last_img read more

New Congress urged to change stance on mass killings of Armenians

first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE — Setrak Sheytanian died long ago, the victim of a mass killing spree that many consider the first true genocide of the 20th century.For decades his family tried in vain to collect on his life insurance policy, issued by New York Life nearly 100 years ago in Eastern Anatolia, modern-day Turkey. They finally prevailed last year, capitalizing on a California law that allows heirs of Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turks during World War I to sue for unpaid insurance claims. No such law exists at the federal level, partly because Washington has never said the mass killings perpetrated against the Armenians constituted genocide. But that stance may soon change because of the shift in power on Capitol Hill. We now have a speaker-elect who supports recognizing the Armenian genocide, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who along with San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi has co-sponsored legislation that would officially label the killings as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Turks. That is a tremendous ally to have. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The legislation, along with a similar bill sponsored by Schiff, was moved forward last year by the House International Relations Committee. Neither of the bills ever made it to the House floor because of strong opposition from other members of Congress, including outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert.But the stalled legislation has suddenly been infused with new life, with Pelosi at the helm of a new, Democrat-controlled Congress. Ms. Pelosi has pledged to support the resolution again in the 110th Congress, said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the San Francisco congresswoman. However, no resolutions on Armenia are included in Pelosi s list of top priorities for the first 100 days of the new Congress, he added.Armenians contend that up to 1.5 million of their countrymen died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1923.An official government recognition of the Armenian killings is long overdue, said Martin Marutian, Sheytanian s nephew. It is very important because we are recognizing genocides in Africa, the Nazi Holocaust, but not the Armenian genocide, which was the first one, said Marutian, 91, of La Ca?ada Flintridge. Newspapers, including the New York Times, wrote about the genocide at the time. But it seems like today the U.S. and Turkey have amnesia. Marutian recounted the story of his uncle, who he said was killed along with his wife and two small children when the Turks stormed their small town of Kharpet in 1915. Marutian s mother had left Turkey a year earlier for the United States to join her husband, and Sheytanian had given her his policy to take with her.For years, New York Life ignored the policy. But last year, a group of lawyers — including high-profile attorney Mark Geragos — reached a$20 million settlement with the company on behalf of scores Armenian families, including the Marutians. Geragos said federal recognition of the Armenian genocide might open the way for similar suits over claims outside of California. Hypothetically, if it were to happen federally, there are a number of legal options that could open up, said Geragos, who has also recovered $17 million for claimants from European insurance giant AXA. He linked the AXA settlement with the recent action by the French Parliament to formally recognize an Armenian genocide.Geragos, who is of Armenian descent, also believes that federal recognition of a genocide could eventually lead to the United States acting as a mediator between Turkey and Armenia on the issue of land and monetary reparations.But others doubt that federal recognition of a genocide would lead to any substantial results, let alone an about-face by Turkey on the issue. Vartkes Yeghiayan, another of the lawyers in the New York Life case, believes passage of the Schiff and Pelosi resolution would be primarily symbolic. The House of Representatives passed resolutions in 1974 and 1985 on the genocide and President Reagan mentioned the genocide in 1981. And what happened? Nothing, Yeghiayan said. The important thing is for Turkey to recognize the genocide. I don t care who else in the world recognizes it. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgRobbery team terrorized stores around the Midwest.United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the sentencing of two men convicted of robbing cell phone stores in the Midwest.  Jeffrey A. Kemp, 41, Dolton, Illinois, was sentenced to 384 months (32 years) and Lawrence D. Adkinson, 28, Hazel Crest, Illinois, was sentenced to 346 months (over 28 years) before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. The defendants were found guilty at a jury trial in August 2017, of conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to brandish a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, robbery, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.“This group used violence to terrorize retail store employees around the Midwest,” said Minkler.  “Putting the safety of shoppers, employees and law enforcement in jeopardy will never be tolerated. They will many years in the Bureau of Prisons to contemplate their actions.”The investigation began when a T-Mobile store in Clarksville, Indiana, and a Verizon store in Lexington, Kentucky, were robbed at gun point on successive days in July 2015. The investigation led by the FBI and a coalition of state and local law enforcement agencies and offices determined that Kemp and Adkinson led a group of ten men who committed armed robberies of cell phone retailers in various cities and towns in Illinois, including Orland Park, Joliet, Bloomington, Batavia, and DeKalb, and in St. Louis, Missouri, and Waterloo, Iowa, in addition to those in Clarksville, Indiana, and Lexington, Kentucky.  The defendants were ultimately arrested in Iowa, while still in possession of phones stolen from many of the other locations.The robberies were violent in nature. The robbers often held firearms to the faces of the victims before ultimately restraining them in the back rooms of the retail stores.  Kemp and Adkinson, as the leaders of the group, provided all the vehicles, guns, and other instrumentalities of the robberies, selected all of the stores to be robbed, and decided who would rob each store. The other eight defendants have all pled guilty for their roles in the offenses.“These men victimized the Midwest over the course of four months, traumatizing employees who were simply trying to do their jobs and had no idea their ‘customers’ were really violent criminals out do to them harm,” said W. Jay Abbott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. “This conviction is a testament to the dedication of our agents and our partners whose hard work on this investigation ensured this group is no longer a threat to the community.”According to Assistant United States Attorneys Bradley Shepard and Pamela Domash who prosecuted this case for the government, both defendants face 3 years of supervised release after serving their sentences.last_img read more

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrests Two Drug Dealers

first_imgDeputy Baker also received an additional tip in regards to the whereabouts of Johnnie T. Sizemore Jr., who had an active arrest warrant.SizemoreInformation led Deputy Baker to a residence in Austin, Indiana.With the assistance of Austin Police Department, Sizemore was taken into custody without further incident. Sizemore was arrested for DEALING IN COCAINE OR NARCOTIC DRUG – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT 5 GRAMS, and DEALING IN COCAINE OR NARCOTIC DRUG – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT 5 GRAMS. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office continues to target and arrest alleged drug dealers in Scott County as the jail records show. Sheriff Goodin’s philosophy of quit dealing, move out of the county or go to jail policy is sending a direct message to the drug culture that Scott County will be a Drug Free Community. Smith was arrested on an active warrant and taken into custody without further incident.Smith was arrested for DEALING SCHEDULE I, II, III CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – AT LEAST ONE GRAM LT FIVE, DEALING SCHEDULE IV CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – AT LEAST FIVE GRAMS LT TEN GRAMS, DEALING IN MARIJUANA WEIGHING B/T 30 GRAMS & 10 POUNDS, MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE, and POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA. Two men were arrested by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department for dealing drugs – one from Austin and one from Tampico in Jackson County.Deputy Joe Baker received a tip in regards to the whereabouts of Keith Smith.SmithThe information provided led Deputy Baker to a residence in Tampico, Indiana.last_img read more