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first_imgA descendant of Japanese pearl divers who settled in the Torres Strait in the late 19th century, Shibasaki turns 19 on February 18 but has been training with the Broncos’ NRL team throughout pre-season and is a chance to make his senior debut at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines next weekend.It’s a meteoric rise for a young man who completed all of his primary school in the Torres Strait before returning with his family to Townsville to complete high school, only joining Townsville Brothers in under-11s because of the passion his father – also named Gehamat – and younger brother had for rugby league.By the age of 15 he had been signed to a scholarship by the Broncos and is being tipped to be the club’s latest NRL teen sensation at some point in 2017.Now an assistant coach at the Titans, Craig Hodges had Shibasaki in his first year of under-20s last year and has absolutely no doubt that he will feature in first grade before the year is out.”I’d be absolutely shocked if he’s not playing first grade this year. I’d be shocked and disappointed,” Hodges told NRL.com of a player who scored 16 tries in 24 Holden Cup appearances last season.”If they’re good enough they’re old enough and he’s definitely good enough.”The most impressive quality for me was his composure defensively. Every young fella can attack and everybody judges them on their attack and looks at their attack but I’ve been coaching for a few years now at a few different levels and he’s as good a defensive outside back as I’ve seen. “He’ll be pressing for an NRL spot very, very shortly. He’s a high quality footballer and an even better young man which is very impressive.”His family’s humble beginnings and the opportunities being laid out in front of a player of his talent are what is driving Shibasaki to the elite levels of the game.He recalls fondly his time growing up in the Torres Strait where fishing and having fun were the primary priorities but understands by spending time around NRL stars that with dedication he can forge a better life for himself and his family.When David Mead went down with a minor knee injury at Broncos’ training on Monday it was Shibasaki who slotted in immediately on the right wing and he is determined to be ready when his time does come.”I’m still learning from the bigger boys but it’s given me a lot of confidence though when I do come back to my own age group,” Shibasaki said of training with the NRL squad.”I still feel that I’ve got heaps of learning to do. If I do [play NRL this year] it’d be very lucky but I’d be happy. At the moment I’m just taking all the information in and hopefully in the next couple of years I’ll become a better player.”Growing up I wasn’t interested in league, I was more interested in basketball. I fell into rugby league when I first started playing under-11s because my younger brother was so into it and so was my dad.”Dad played a bit of footy but he watches it a lot and loves the game. When he tells us to go training he tells us to look at the opportunities we’ve got compared to what him and my mum had.”They never got the opportunities that we’ve had so when we see the bigger boys and how they’re living, Dad just keeps pushing us to keep going.”He doesn’t want us to go through what they went through growing up so Dad’s biggest push was using them as an example of one side and trying to push us to the other side to live a better life.”What you can achieve in the game when you work hard is pretty good so I thought I may as well keep going and not look back.”Shibasaki was just 17 when he joined the Broncos’ under-20s squad under Hodges and his former coach says it is that work ethic and maturity that will take him to the very top in the game.”You never know quite what to expect of them in their first year in; it’s one thing to be good at schoolboy level but it’s quite a step up to be good in the 20s and I thought he was outstanding,” Hodges said.”Most young fellas are fairly flighty and emotional but he’s a very reserved, very mature fella. He takes in everything that is going on around him and then assesses it and works out what he needs to do and he plays footy the same way.”I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for Gehamat. He’s a very impressive player.”last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid yielded (75-80) this Friday to Anadolu Efes on the 21st day of the Euroleague held at the WiZink Center, at the hands of a lethal Shane Larkin (32 points) once again for the Turks, who escape to three victories in the leadership and extend the bad moment of those of Pablo Laso to four defeats in a row.Those of Ergin Ataman put the 18-3 at the top of the table, for the 15-6 of Madrid, Barça and CSKA, in another exhibition of Larkin and a team that bet strongly to confirm the step to the front of last season. Laso’s fit their third straight defeat in Europe, fourth with the league against Baskonia on Sunday, which cut a streak of 31 games without losing at the Palace.It was up to Madrid to dance with the ugliest at the time of most doubts of the season, at least in results. Those of Laso took a good version to avenge the Palace, but to knock down the leader it was necessary one night of the great. The feeling left by the first quarter was that the white team had done many things better, but the score was 20-20, despite Larkin’s anger. The Turks lengthen the bad run of Madrid and open the gap in the leadership of the Euroleague Image: EFEcenter_img The best player in Europe played the first 13 minutes and only scored one field basket, although he went a lot to the personnel line, and lost four balls. Hence the swipe to a chair when sitting on the bench. In Madrid, Tavares and Mickey stood out above all, making a difference inside and always accessible to their peers. That inner decline was covered by Efes with triples.It was hard for the leader to warm up. Facu and Tavares were more productive than Larkin and Pleiss, although the Turks would go from less to more. Carroll was not entered but neither was Beaubois. In the rotation, Madrid again threatened to escape 32-25, but the outside shot left the premises before the break (40-43). The key would be in the defense both teams thought in the locker room.The Efes did more damage, although the pressure was able to both teams in a resumption of much inaccuracy. The Palace squeezed watching Larkin grow and Madrid tackled the first Ottoman coup (48-53), with Laso burning ships in defense of the MVP for the last three days. ‘Facu’, Taylor, Llull, Laprovittola, nobody stopped a Larkin willing to charge new illustrious victim (55-64).A triple of Rudy and two others of Llull stifled the new rival attempt to break the score at the start of the last quarter (64-67), with Larkin challenging Tavares like none. The one from Cape Verde got fed up with the electric base and began to distribute plugs, in a cardiac final with Facu triples and an unexpected Pleiss. Madrid failed two key attacks and Larkin killed dodging everyone, including Tavares’ long arms.DATA SHEETREAL MADRID: Campazzo (10), Carroll (3), Deck (6), Taylor (-) and Tavares (6) – initial quintet–; Llull (13), Mickey (8), Thompkins (15), Rudy Fernández (8), Causeur (4), Laprovittola (-) and Reyes (2).ANADOLU EFES: Larkin (32), Beaubois (7), Simon (2), Singleton (7) and Pleiss (13) – initial quintet–; Balbay (5), Moerman (5), Anderson (3), Sanli (-), Peters (3) and Tuncer (3).– PARTIALS: 20-20, 20-23, 15-16, 20-21.– ARBITRATORS: Belosevic, Radovic and Vilius. Without eliminated.– PAVILION: WiZink Center, 11,338 spectators.last_img read more

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first_img “No, no, no, I still have to do a lot of 800s,” he insisted. “Hopefully, they send me to the World Relays this year for the 4×8,” he projected. “But I have a couple of 800s to run at the All-Comers meets.” Those events are scheduled for May and June in the weeks leading up to the National Senior Championships. “The 400 hurdles is the main focus for this season,” said the former University of the West Indies star, “but the 800m is still in the mix.” Asked what event was his priority, he responded: “If I may say, I do prefer running the hurdles than the 800m right now.” Noting respectfully that Jamaica’s top 400m hurdlers now include Olympic finalist Annsert Whyte and two-time World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde, he said: “I have something that they don’t have, 1.47 going 800.” His best time in the 800m is 1:47.30. “We’re all in the mix going 400m which is 46-mid so right now,” he continued. “It’s just for me to perfect the technique and I’ll be right there with them.” Hibbert’s foray into the 400m hurdles continues this Saturday at the UTech Classic. MORE 800S TO RUN Jowayne Hibbert, Jamaica’s reigning 800 metre champion, is trying something new. Hibbert is experimenting with the 400 metres hurdles this season, and the early results have encouraged him. The former Kingston College athlete says his 800m strength is an asset to him in his new venture. “My coach, Mr Fitz Coleman, and I sat down and we thought about giving the 400 metre hurdles a chance this season,” Hibbert said during last week’s Inter-Collegiate Track and Field Championships. His two attempts at the event have yielded times of 52.33 and 51.99 seconds respectively. “It’s been going good so far,” he said. “I’m catching the technique,” he assessed. “I already have the strength and I have the basic speed for it,” Hibbert listed, “So it only gets better from here.” The 2012 and 2013, 2015 Inter-Collegiate 800m champion isn’t dropping the two-lap run completely.last_img read more

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first_img– as names of nominees identifiedAfter years of inactivity, the Integrity Commission could soon be constituted following Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s approval of President David Granger’s nominees for the Integrity Commission.In a document seen by Guyana Times on Thursday, the nominees were identified as Kurmar Doraisami, Thandi McAllister, Rabindranauth Persaud and Rosemary Benjamin-Noble. Doraisami and Benjamin-Noble are Attorneys-at-Law while fellow lawyer McAllister is a former executive of the People’s National Congress’s Guyana Youth and Student Movement (GYSM) and Persaud serves as a pandit.It was on Wednesday that Jagdeo sent a missive to the President wherein he noted his approval of the appointment of members of the Integrity Commission.“I offer no objection to the four persons whom you have identified for appointment to the Integrity Commission, in accordance with Section 3 (4) of the Integrity Commission Act Chap. 19:12, Laws of Guyana.“I consider the totality of our engagement on this issue to be in satisfaction of the requirements of “consultation” as contemplated by the letter and spirit of Section 3 (4)…,” an excerpt of the letter pointed out.Under the Integrity Commission Act, the President is to appoint a chairperson and other Commissioners. The extended delay in the reconstituting of the body has long been criticised as a move against transparency so much so that governing coalition partner, the Alliance For Change (AFC) called for its re-establishment at the conclusion of the National Executive Council (NEC) in November 2017.The party had called for the Integrity Commission to be treated as a matter of national priority. In 1999, the previous Government had sworn in members to the Commission. But since the 2006 resignation of the Commission’s Chairman, Bishop Randolph George, the body has been headless.In January 2016, Government used its one-seat parliamentary majority to vote against a motion tabled by the Opposition that would have provided for all Members of Parliament (MPs) to make public declarations of taxable income and all assets over the last 10 years to the Integrity Commission which would be released to the public.The coalition had noted that it was not in favour of the public declaration, and would prefer to make such disclosures to the Integrity Commission instead. It had said that such a move would violate the privacy of members.In defeating the motion, the Government MPs had proposed amendments to the motion for the National Assembly to support the enforcement of the legal requirement for all MPs to file their Income Tax returns and make declarations to the Integrity Commission.However, that proposal was protested by the Opposition and eventually resulted in MP Juan Edghill calling for his motion to be withdrawn, arguing that the amendments significantly changed the intent of the original motion. But the coalition MPs declined the withdrawal request and at the end of the debate, succeeded in passing the amended motion.last_img read more

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first_imgA local group is requesting a public health inquiry into the oil and gas industry.Lois Hill, Director of the Peace Environment and Safety Trustee Society, requested a public health inquiry Thursday, at the Peace River Regional District. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=3411|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9271361a2915954f3c0128b3d6b70d0a-Hill Safety_1_Pub.mp3] Hill hopes the inquiry will show whether the oil and gas companies properly protect the surrounding public’s health from the emission of dangerous chemicals, including Sour Gas.Sour Gas contains significant amounts of hydrogen sulfide, a chemical which is highly toxic. Hill believes that 30 per cent of gas emitted from oil and gas plants is sour.After receiving legal help, Hill presented a letter to the Regional District explaining why there should be a public inquiry. The letter is to be submitted to various provincial ministries as well as the Oil and Gas Commission.Advertisement The Regional District decided to support Hill’s cause. A motion was passed to provide a letter of support, requesting for a full public inquiry into safety issues involved in oil and gas development.The Peace Environment and Safety Trustee Society already requested a public inquiry, after a gas leak in Pouce Coupe in 2009. The request was denied by the provincial government.last_img read more

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first_imgThe judge in charge of the case has also issued European arrest warrants to seek the extradition of suspects detained abroad, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor’s office told reporters in Brussels.The enquiry is focused on some of Belgium’s best known football agents, including Mogi Bayat, the former manager of Sporting Charleroi, who was arrested in his home on suspected links to crooked transfer deals.Another agent Dejan Veljkovic is suspected of both fraud and match fixing, according to Belgian media reports.Suspicions of match-fixing emerged during the fraud investigation, with a focus on matches played in the 2017-18 season, prosecutors said.Veljkovic is alleged to have engineered a match-fixing scheme with a Belgian referee in a failed effort to save club KV Mechelen from relegation.The Mechelen financial director, Thierry Steemans, has been detained and charged in the match-fixing case, Flemish daily De Standaard reported.The searches were carried out at the headquarters of nine football clubs, including Mechelen, Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Genk and Standard Liege.Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko, whose team is playing in the Champions League this season, was released after questioning on Thursday.The house searches outside Belgium were mainly connected to the suspect transfer schemes, said prosecutors.The investigation started in late 2017 as a result of a report drawn up by the Sports Fraud Cell.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Club Brugge head coach Ivan Leko, who was accompanied by his lawyer, was released from the Palace of Justice in Tongeren after questioning © BELGA/AFP / NICOLAS MAETERLINCKBRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct 11 – A top football referee and a Belgian club executive were among the first suspects charged on Thursday in a massive fraud and match-fixing scandal that has engulfed Belgium’s elite league, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said more than 20 suspects were being investigated a day after hundreds of police carried out 44 house searches across Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia.last_img read more

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first_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho shares a tender moment with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal 1 Who’d be a manager?Two-time Champions League winning boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly on the cusp of a Chelsea exit after the Blues’ dreadful start to the season, while Manchester United fans are yet to be fully convinced that Louis van Gaal is the man to take the club forward.But who is the better coach?Cast your votes below…last_img

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first_imgTaft players still hope to someday recover their old equipment. Baseball players will do anything to break in a glove – even using a microwave or shaving cream – and no amount of money can replace a perfectly molded mitt. “In previous break-ins, some stuff was found on eBay,” Taft Assistant Principal Gerardo Barrios said. “If they’re doing it for the money, it could be easy to find this stuff. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to recover it.” Police may have gotten a break Thursday, when burglars set off an alarm while breaking into John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills. Police arrested two suspects and are searching for three more, and believe the crew is responsible for four school burglaries over the last week, including the break-in at Taft. “The suspects provided information about the (other burglaries),” LAPD Detective Randy Elzinga said. “We’re trying to follow that up.” For now, Taft is trying to salvage a season. The team had its first game since the burglary Friday night, against Chatsworth. Players had new gloves and new cleats, and hoped the theft could become inspiration for a second-half run for a team that floundered to a 4-9 record to start the season. josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFeldman lost four bats, three gloves, a pair of cleats, two pairs of batting gloves and Oakley sunglasses – equipment purchased by him or his family, not the school. But as he told his tale, Feldman held a Major League Baseball game-used ball autographed by Dodgers great Ron Cey – a symbol of turning fortunes of the Taft baseball team. Friday, Cey and Dodgers executives presented the team with a check for $5,000 for new equipment. The Sportsmen’s Lodge also donated $5,000, and the Woodland Hills Hilton donated $3,000. The baseball team from Taft High School in Bakersfield collected $700 for the Woodland Hills team that shares the same name, and members of the community have been stopping by to drop off cash, gloves and cleats. “We’re privileged to be able to donate back and restore some order,” Cey said. “Hopefully, this will return this ball club to a little bit of normalcy.” WOODLAND HILLS – Zach Sperber was convinced it was a joke, a belated April Fools’ day prank, when on Monday a teammate on the Taft High School baseball team called to say that all of their equipment – gloves, bats, balls, cleats, even sunglasses – had been stolen. “I just didn’t believe it,” said Sperber, a pitcher on the Taft High baseball team. “Our whole team didn’t believe it. We didn’t know something like this could happen.” This was no joke. Burglars broke off two locks that secured a large shipping crate the team uses as a locker room and ransacked the crate, stealing nearly $25,000 in equipment. “It’s a sickening feeling, seeing everything gone,” said utility player Josh Feldman, who discovered the theft Monday morning when he went to put some stuff in his locker. “It made me sick to my stomach.” last_img read more

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first_imgA woman whose husband had just died was attacked and robbed on the first night she went out to socialise since his death.Kathleen Granaghan was walking to a charity function in Bundoran, Co Donegal, on March 12th, 2016. She had almost reached the Great Northern Hotel where the function was on when she noticed a man had come up behind her.The man pushed her in the back and then in the front and then snatched her red handbag before running off.The bag contained €220 in cash as well as bank cards.The 61-year-old woman was left terrified as it was the first time she had gone out to socialise since the death of her husband four months previously.Nathan Coughlan, aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to robbery.The victim had described her attacker on the night and Garda Lar Nicholson suspected it was Coughlan.He called to his home at Armada Cottages in Bundoran but he was wearing different clothing than the victim had claimed.However, Gardai then arranged for Ms Granaghan to later drive around the town and she managed to pick out Coughlan walking the streets in Bundoran.The court was told that the handbag was later found stuffed into an oil tank but it as soaked with oil and the €220 in cash was missing.A victim impact statement on behalf of Ms Granaghan was read into the court.She said that identifying her attacker as a very frightening experience.She also said she was terrified that because Coughlan had her bank card, he knew where she lived and he may come to her house and rob her or keep her quiet.Coughlan gave evidence in the case and apologised to his victim.“I’m sorry for what happened. I was going through a bad time in my life – I have never done anything like that before and will never do anything like that again,” he said.The court heard that Coughlan, a father of one, had a number of previous convictions for various offenses including robbery, making hoax calls and traffic.Judge John Aylmer said that Coughlan had moved up to a new quantum level with this offense.He sentenced him to 12 months in prison and ordered that €300 bail money lodged by Coughlan be given to Ms Granaghan.Man who snatched handbag from widow is jailed for a year was last modified: December 6th, 2017 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:bagcourtdonegalsnatchlast_img read more

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first_imgThe community of St. Johnston have been left stunned this morning following the tragic passing of popular young local man Jordan Curran.Shell-shocked locals woke up to the devastating news that Jordan had tragically passed away. Social media has been awash with hundreds paying tribute to a person described by many as being a wonderful person, that was full of life and fun.Curran was a talented footballer and played for Kildrum Tigers from U8’s right through to the club’s first-team.He played more recently of late with Raphoe Town, and both club’s paid tribute to him via their Facebook timelines.Kildrum Tigers FC posted, “RIP Jordan Curran. “We would like to send our condolences to the Curran family at this difficult time.“Jordan lined out for the Tigers the whole way from U-8s to the senior team. We will always remember you, sleep tight.“As a mark of respect all senior training is cancelled.”Raphoe Town FC posted, “It with deep sadness and regret that we post the terrible news this morning of the sad passing of one of our senior team players Jordan Curran. “Everyone at the club wishes to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Jordan’s family and friends at this awfully sad time. “As a mark of our utmost respect our U12 and U14 games scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week have been postponed.” COMMUNITY LEFT STUNNED FOLLOWING SAD PASSING OF TALENTED FOOTBALLER was last modified: March 30th, 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:Jordan CurranKildrum Tigers FCnewspassingRaphoeRIPSadnessSaint JohnstonSporttragiclast_img read more

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