NYC Alumni Setting the NRL Alight

first_img“Yeah, it’s great up here watching the action,” he said. “Definitely, the Touch has been great for my play and helps with your skills and speed as you see with the other players,” he said.  Surely an exhibition match featuring those current NRL/Touch guns against the might of the crack Aussie men’s team beckons in the not too distant future?  Before progressing through the ranks of Holden Cup Under 20’s to the NRL big stage tonight, Kalyn Ponga is also a prodigious Touch Football talent; shining most recently for the Australian Under 18’s team in the 2015 Youth Trans-Tasman Series at Cronulla and a stand-out NYC star of some repute and reputation.  Joining him across the stripe tonight is Broncos’ Alex Glenn and in this year’s finals series including Saturday night’s combatants Edrick Lee (QSST/Raiders) and Matt Moylan, Lewis Brown (NSWCCC/Panthers) and Melbourne Storm pivot, Blake Green (NSW CHS) enjoying the week off currently from finals footy. Once you add into the mix Parramatta’s Bevan French (NSW CHS), Aiden Guerra (QSST/Roosters), you not only have a formidable looking NRL line-up but a dynamite starting six with four subs sure to shake any Touch Football combination worth its salt.  Would he and his NYC Alumni give it a crack and the Aussie lads a run for their money? Proving to be a breeding ground and pathway to higher honours, witness the event honour roll emerging from the NYC in recent years and yesteryear. Unlike Taylor, those figuring in the 2016 NRL Finals series that kicked-off Friday evening include a rising star in the NRL ranks making a stunning debut in Townsville.   And consider this roster straight from the NYC to NRL stardom over the years: Australian and Queensland legend, Darren Lockyer, Matt Bowen, Jamie Soward, Scott Dureau, PJ Marsh and Joe Williams. For Taylor, the NYC was great for his development as much as it was all about fun and some frivolity with his mates. Pressed further if he missed his Touch Football and did he still get to squeeze in a game when time affords: “I’d love to be playing more but can’t at the moment unfortunately (crutches in tow),” he added. By @JulianTFA – Sunshine Coast Stadium, QueenslandInterested observer at the 2016 Harvey Norman NYC is none other than potential NRL Rookie of the Year, and NYC Alumni, Ash Taylor of the Gold Coast Titans. Taylor was a popular face in the crowd, here to see the NYC and Alliance Cup action and particularly his younger sibling, Kiara Taylor, figuring prominently in the QSST girl’s team.Fresh from recent post-season groin surgery and a break-out season, albeit now encumbered with crutches, Taylor was impressed with the standard and skills on display at Sunshine Coast Stadium ahead of his little sister’s quarter final appearance late on Friday against the Central Queensland Bulls. “It’s great to be here and I’m feeling good after surgery,” he said. “I’m hoping to see the QSST guys and girls do well and here to support the little sis,” he added juggling his leg supports and autograph pen. And if a match against the best Touch Footballers somehow emerged: “Well, we’ve all put on a bit of weight for the footy and those boys (Aussies) are unreal players, so I’m not sure how we’d go. “We would probably start tackling ‘em I reckon,” he fired back with the trademark grin.Related LinksNYC Alumni Sets NRL Alightlast_img read more

22 days agoBarcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Cardoner warns Man Utd, PSG off Dembeleby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has warned interested clubs off Ousmane Dembele.Manchester United and PSG have been linked with Dembele this week.But Cardoner told Catalunya Ràdio: “Dembélé is a different player, surprising, when we face him, you never know where he will go. He brings a very important element to the team and in addition he is young. “We made a big effort to rejuvenate the team. We have to balance the positions. He has a very special way of playing, but aside from his injury handicap, which is sometimes cyclical, he contributes a lot. We do not plan to sell Dembélé. We want him to evolve and bring us positives.” last_img read more

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to house fire

first_imgThe cause of the fire is still under investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Wednesday morning on 121 Avenue.The fire started in a home in the 900 block of 121 Avenue. According to the Fire Department, the fire was contained to the room of origin, but the whole home suffered heavy smoke damage.The Dawson Creek Firefighters Charitable Society has donated a $500 gift card from Walmart to the family.  This will help the family replace basic necessities that were lost in the fire.last_img

Trican Well Service cuts 160 jobs during sharp slowdown in Q4 oilpatch

first_imgTrican reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million as it recorded a $134-million goodwill impairment charge, compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It said its total job count in the quarter fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909 a year earlier. In November, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors issued a drilling forecast calling for little change in activity in 2019 versus 2018.But CAODC president Mark Scholz said Thursday activity is actually down substantially so far in 2019 and, if it continues on that trend, the industry will likely support 5,800 fewer jobs than the 30,000 expected in the forecast.He said more than 60,000 jobs were associated with the drilling industry before oil prices crashed in late 2014.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update on Wednesday that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017. CALGARY, A.B. – A 40 per cent decline in revenue in the fourth quarter due to a steep downturn in drilling activity in Western Canada resulted in 160 lost jobs at Calgary-based Trican Well Service Ltd.The well completion company posted $5.1 million in severance costs in its fourth-quarter results as its revenue dropped to just $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017.“2018 proved to be a lot more challenging than we anticipated at this time last year,” CEO Dale Dusterhoft told a conference call to discuss the results on Thursday.center_img “We saw a significant decline in activity from September onwards, which required us to adjust our business and adjust our overall cost structure.”He said the company’s overall head count at the end of 2018 was 1,841, down more than 11 per cent from 2,083 at the start of the year.Drilling contractors have moved at least 26 rigs from Canada to the United States since 2017 as Canadian producers reduce activity due to a shortage of investment capital blamed on volatile commodity prices and not enough export pipeline capacity.Well completion firms like Trican step in to make a well ready to produce oil and gas after it’s been drilled, using technologies including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more

IT dept attaches assets worth 225 cr of retired IAS officer

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached assets worth Rs 225 crore of retired Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Net Ram and his associates as part of an alleged tax evasion probe against them, officials said on Wednesday.They said a provisional order under section 132(9B) (power to attach) of the I-T Act has been issued and 20 immovable assets in Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and Kolkata have been attached and three luxury cars — a Mercedes and two Toyota Fortuners — found at the residence of the officer in Lucknow, have been impounded. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’I-T officials had swooped down on about a dozen premises in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, linked to the 1979-batch Indian Administrative Service officer and his firms, on March 12, acting on “credible inputs” that the former top bureaucrat and his associates have made “accommodation or bogus entries of Rs 98.82 crore from Kolkata-based shell firms” in the past. Rs 2.03 crore in cash and jewellery valued at Rs 17.79 lakh has been seized by the department after the raids even as it recovered Montblanc pens valued at Rs 50 lakh and documents indicating ‘benami’ assets from the premises linked to the retired IAS officer, who served in top positions during BSP supremo Mayawati’s chief ministership. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe department has also sealed 17 bank lockers which will be searched soon and in order to protect the interest of the revenue, immovable properties valued at Rs 225 crore and three luxury cars valued at Rs 1 crore have been provisionally attached under the I-T Act, a senior tax official said. While the retired bureaucrat could not be contacted, the department claimed that the case was an instance of “sophisticated money laundering”. The department alleged that it has “seized a diary in the handwriting of the officer which contained details of about 20 immovable properties like farm houses, bungalows, flats and other commercial properties”. Net Ram was secretary to Mayawati when she was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister during 2002-03, her third stint in power in the state. The officer had served in various capacities in UP, including heading the excise, sugar industries and cane department, stamp and registration, food and civil supplies department.last_img read more

EC expresses serious displeasure over AIs failure to respond to show cause

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday expressed “serious displeasure” over Air India’s failure to respond to its show cause notice for using boarding passes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on them and the airline’s “lackadaisical approach” towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct.In a letter to Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola, the poll panel said that Air India has failed to respond to its notice despite lapse of deadline two days ago. “The Commission expresses its serious displeasure over the non-compliance of the Commission’s lawful instructions and lackadaisical approach towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct,” the poll panel said in its letter dated April 2, 2019. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The EC said that its displeasure should also be conveyed to Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani for “the lapse of the organization”. The strongly worded letter said,”The Commission has further directed that action taken against the officer incharge be reported to the Commission within a week.” The Election Commission had on March 26 issued a show cause notice to the Civil Aviation Ministry over the use of Prime Minister’s pictures on Air India boarding pass as prima facie it violated the model code of conduct. The code came into force on March 10 when the poll body announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls beginning April 11. The poll panel had said prima facie Air India has violated the model code of conduct, and referred to clause VII of the code which states that “issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer … regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided”.last_img read more

Earthsized exoplanet found orbiting star 53 lightyrs away

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away. The Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) also discovered a warm sub-Neptune-sized world in the same system, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “It’s so exciting that TESS, which launched just about a year ago, is already a game-changer in the planet-hunting business,” said Johanna Teske, Carnegie Institution for Science in the US. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The spacecraft surveys the sky and we collaborate with the TESS follow-up community to flag potentially interesting targets for additional observations using ground-based telescopes and instruments,” Teske said in a statement. One such tool, the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan II telescope in Chile, was a crucial component of this effort. It helped confirm the planetary nature of the TESS signal, and to measure the mass of the newly discovered sub-Neptune. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe PFS works using a technique called the radial velocity method, which is currently the only way for astronomers to measure the masses of individual planets. Without known masses, it is very challenging to determine a planet’s density or its general chemical composition. This method takes advantage of that fact that not only does a star’s gravity influence the planet orbiting it, but the planet’s gravity also affects the star in turn. The PFS enables astronomers to detect these tiny wobbles that the planet’s gravity induces in the star’s orbit. “PFS is one of the only instruments in the Southern Hemisphere that can do these types of measurements. So, it will be a very important part of further characterising the planets found by the TESS mission,” Teske added. With an orbit that takes about 36 days to complete, the sub-Neptune, HD 21749b, has the longest period of any of the TESS discoveries published so far, researchers said.last_img read more

IPL Delhi edge out Sunrisers Hyd in thriller

first_imgVisakhapatnam: If the first qualifier of IPL 2019 on Tuesday was a damp squib, the eliminator on Wednesday in Visakhapatnam was a real humdinger. Chasing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s 162, Delhi were in cruise control after Risabh Pant’s blistering 21-ball 49. However, there were a few nervy moments before Keemo Paul smacked a four off Khaleel Ahmed to seal the deal for Delhi. The Delhi boys will now face Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier.last_img

Pacers Get Bigger Maybe Better By Signing Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum, once considered among the top centers in the NBA, has spent the last several weeks looking for an NBA home. He finally got one over the weekend, and landing in Indianapolis could be a big deal for the Pacers, literally and figuratively.If the 7-foot-1 Bynum can regain a modicum of the form he displayed a few years ago as member of the championship Los Angeles Lakers, he would make Indiana stronger in its quest to dethrone two-time NBA champion Miami. Bynum would back up all-star center Roy Hibbard, and create more inside might against physically deficient Heat.If Bynum is more the plodding, disinterested player he showed before the Cleveland Cavaliers released him last month, then he’ll just take up a lot of space on the Pacer bench.”It really wasn’t a hard decision, I think it’s the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think we’ve got the best chance of winning,” Bynum said in a statement. ”It will be great to back up Roy and I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”Pacer executive Larry Bird said in a statement: ”We are obviously happy to have him join our team. He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition.”The concern is Bynum’s attitude. He was suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, reported as being “disrespectful’ to assistant coaches. The Pacers are said to have a locker room replete with players who get along, so Bynum’s presence and disposition will be under scrutiny.”We like to judge people for ourselves, and we know what he can be as a basketball player,” coach Frank Vogel said. ”We’re going to see if he can regain that form, and if he can, you have one of the best centers in the NBA. And now you add him to the mix we already have … The goal here is to insure ourselves against injury in terms of adding depth at the center position, which we needed to do. And there’s potential to add an All-Star caliber player.”After the Lakers traded Bynum to Philadelphia in 2012, he missed the entire season because of knee injuries. This season, after signing with Cleveland as a free agent, he played in only 24 games before the indefinite suspension. He was eventually dealt to Chicago, which quickly released him so it didn’t have to guarantee the remaining $6 million owed to him this season.Indiana (35-10) entered Saturday with a three-game lead over the Heat in the chase for home-court advantage and has made no secret of its desire to get the top seed in its quest to win the team’s first NBA crown. read more

Mason Jobst leading the way for Ohio State mens hockeys freshman class

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan.  “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more