Unfinished business for Lowe

first_imgPhoto by: RICKY WILSON/STUFF (Caption: Tasman winger James Lowe exploits a gap in Wellington’s defence) The experienced 44-game Tasman Makos winger starts a three-year contract with Irish club Leinster at the end of the Mitre 10 Cup rugby season, but he’s still guaranteed at least two more outings in the Makos’ strip.Lowe’s hoping to make it three. That would mean Tasman beating either Taranaki or Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup premiership semifinals ahead of a potential second consecutive final.Tasman cemented the fourth playoff spot following last Sunday’s impressive 31-18 win over Auckland at Trafalgar Park and now a formidable Counties-Manukau team looms in Pukekohe on Saturday to complete the regular season. And that’s where Lowe’s immediate focus lies.Lowe said that he’d be heading to Ireland “nine or 10 days” after Tasman’s last game. He’s put Leinster firmly in the back of his mind for the time being as there’s still a massive job ahead of Tasman over the coming weeks.”Nothing really changes, you can’t be thinking about the move too much,” Lowe said.”I guess it is a wee bit sad that [Sunday] was probably the last time I’ll play on Trafalgar Park for a while, but it’s not about me and how I’m feeling. As long as the team keeps on winning I’m happy.”I’m happy if I’m playing well but if the team keeps on winning, that’s what puts a smile on my face.”The now former Chiefs winger will be squaring off against several Super Rugby team-mates on Saturday and while Tasman are already through to the post season, he said that they won’t be lacking motivation.”Trust me, I look across their team and I’m friends with half of them and when you come up against friends, you want to smash them.”I was just in at the [Tasman] union [on Monday] getting some physio done and there was a lineout meeting going on … and it’s supposed to be our day off, so there’s definitely no let-up coming into this weekend.”It’s tough to win up there and they’ve got a lot of x-factor throughout their team as well. They’ve got some big Fijians and then you look at the likes of Tim Nanai-Williams and they’ve got the old head of Beaver [Stephen Donald] in the mix now, but hopefully Augustine [Pulu] isn’t playing, that’d do us a favour.”In form halfback Pulu was red-carded during Counties’ narrow win over Manawatu last Thursday so could be in doubt for Saturday’s clash. Still, after Sunday’s five tries to three win over Auckland in wet conditions, Lowe felt that Tasman were tracking nicely. “We’re happy with how we performed especially considering the conditions and you look at that Auckland team [and] there’s a lot of firepower. So we’re happy with how we went, but there’s certainly more in the tank.”I guesss there’s a bit of momentum starting to come, but we had a goal of making it into that top four and now we’ve made it so we’ll target this last game as something we can build off and set us up for the remainder of the competition.”Lowe’s trademark effervescent, high-energy approach remains a key factor in Tasman’s backline operation and along with halfback Billy Guyton, who celebrated his 50th game for Tasman on Sunday, provides the experience in a new-look back division.”I guess there was a wee bit of a transition phase where we were seeding a few of the young boys but they’ve come a long way and the expectations of them now are a lot higher considering that they’ve performed in certain games throughout the year.”They’ve come a long way and coming into the tail end of the season, that’s where we’ll see what they’re really made of.”It was great to see Bill get his 50th at the weekend and [flanker] Vernon [Fredericks] a couple of weeks ago, so the boys are in a good head space heading into these final weeks.”Currently in fourth place, Tasman could potentially still finish third.”I think Taranaki and Canterbury have that one and two spot, so it’s just between Harbour and us whether or not we go third or fourth. But it doesn’t really matter who you have to play or where you have to play, anything can happen in finals footy and we’re excited we get that opportunity.”We’ve been there; we’ve been to the big dance a couple of times now so hopefully we can get there this time.”last_img read more

Basketball tournament set for this weekend

first_imgThe basketball tournament will run for two months involving eight men teams and six women teams made up of Southern Flames Club players in the PNG Basketball League.The competition aims to keep the players fit in preparations leading up to the 2016 PMBL season.It will also give the opportunity to youths and other basketball players to be part of a mini competition which will run through to the festive season.Organiser of the tournament and founding president of the Southern Flames Club Kevin Teme explained that the tournament will also be used to scout for players.“All Flames Club players have been asked to form their own teams to take part in this tournament with prize money up for grabs.“I advise all players to bring in their best possible team to compete and those without a team are invited to join in with the respective teams,” he said.Teme confirmed that registration will be decided once the captains of the teams meet on Thursday.last_img read more

Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more

Former Region 2 REO refuses to give up office

first_img…says Govt aware of situation …new REO given desk in regional boardroomThe former Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Rupert Hopkinson, is refusing to leave the office and formally hand-over duties to the new REO, Dennis Jaikarran.According to the Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, the new REO Dennis Jaikarran took up office as of January 1, 2019 and is operating on a desk in the regional boardroom while Hopkinson still occupies the REO’s office. The Chairman added that although instructed to formally hand over the office to Jaikarran, Hopkinson is reluctant to do so.Former REO, Rupert HopkinsonThis has resulted in the newly appointed REO calling for a formal handing over to familiarise himself with the region’s assets, finance and incomplete works among others.The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has condemned the attitude of the former REO and is calling for an immediate handing over of the REO office which would allow the region’s work to continue.This newspaper was told that the former REO still visits his office and is still instructing workers. A source related that the former REO is also refusing to give up the state house in Cotton Field.According to the Regional Chairman, Hopkinson was informed by way of a letter dated November 27, 2018, of his replacement, sent by the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan. The Regional Executive posited that the former REO was given enough time to put things in place for a smooth transition.The RDC is fearful that the delay by the former REO to hand over duties to the new REO might be a well thought out strategy. The RDC is calling on Hopkinson to be a “gentleman” and immediately hand over the office to the new REO and let the region’s business be given priority over petty matters.When Guyana Times contacted the former REO on Saturday, he said that the region along with the Communities Ministry is fully aware of the delay which caused him to remain in the office.“There have been certain things that have precipitated a delay in the handing over and the Ministry knows that and Mr Jaikarran knows that,” he noted. Hopkinson has been appointed as an advisor for the Communities Ministry.“I have got a Ministry appointment from the Ministry of Communities in the Regional Agriculture Development so I’d be happy to take it up so there is no question…you can find out from the Ministry of Communities what my new assignment is,” the former REO added.last_img read more

Paper airline ticketing is facing extinction

first_img“From the airline perspective, it’s 100 percent upside,” said Robert Mann, an airline consultant in Port Washington, N.Y. In addition to pure cost savings, electronic ticketing lets airlines record revenue more quickly on their balance sheets and track revenue patterns. Airlines used to have to bundle and ship tickets to a processing facility, where each ticket had to be fed into a computer, before revenue could be booked or analyzed. The industry also says electronic ticketing is more convenient to customers, who can manage their own bookings and make changes online without needing to call a travel agent or airline representative. “It’s very simple for the customer and has far superior protections for the customer,” said Tim Smith, a spokesman for American Airlines parent AMR Corp. Mann has a slightly different take. NEW YORK – Next summer, paper airline tickets will go the way of vinyl records and rotary-dial phones: They won’t entirely disappear, but they’ll be hard to find. On June 1, the industry association that handles ticketing for most major airlines will stop issuing paper tickets. Some small regional or foreign airlines will continue issuing paper tickets, but they’ll be few and far between. Indeed, even without the International Air Transport Association’s directive, the vast majority of airline tickets are already electronic. IATA says paper tickets have fallen to less than 14 percent of the 400 million tickets it processes each year. On its face, the move to all electronic ticketing is a no-brainer for the airline industry. Paper tickets cost airlines $10 to $17, on average, compared with $1 or less for electronic tickets. A fully electronic ticketing system will save the industry $3 billion a year, the IATA estimates. “What’s really happened here is that a lot of the work has been outsourced to the customer,” Mann said. Travelers holding electronic tickets perform most of the functions that used to be handled by the airlines, including in many cases booking their flights at a Web site, printing their itinerary, checking in for their flights online and printing a boarding pass from an airport kiosk. Many people prefer it that way, but those who don’t will still have the option of booking through a travel agent or airline sales representative. Lorne Riley, an IATA spokesman, says electronic tickets are more secure than the paper variety, which can be easily forged. Mann notes that many foreign countries require travelers to present a ticket for either onward or return travel to gain entry. Riley said printed itineraries are accepted in most cases as proof of electronic ticket-based travel plans. Most airlines have already mostly phased out paper tickets – AMR’s Smith estimates that more than 98 percent of American’s tickets are electronic – so the IATA move largely just codifies an industry shift that has already occurred. Some smaller airlines will likely stick with paper ticketing, for now. “It’s ones for whom moving to a fully electronic system doesn’t make economic sense,” such as small regional carriers that fly a few thousand customers a year, who will keep issuing paper tickets, Mann said. “Some carriers … they’ll just continue to provide their own solution,” said Riley. Indeed, the IATA’s move applies only to the 70 to 75 percent of overall airline tickets. The IATA does not represent low-cost carriers such as Ryanair Holdings PLC and Southwest Airlines. “We do not have any plans of eliminating paper stock,” said Jeannine Rahe, a spokeswoman for the Airline Reporting Corp., or ARC, a separate organization that processes 169 million airline transactions, including tickets and exchanges, each year. Still, Rahe said 96.8 percent of the tickets ARC processes are electronic.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

Recipe from Castle Grove: Indulgent chocolate fondant and dessert wine

first_imgWelcome to this week’s blog from Castle Grove County House Hotel:June is around the corner and we are kicking off our summer calendar. We will keep our readers informed of upcoming events here and further details will be available on our Facebook page. (Click here)This week we are launching our Mid-Summer Wine Pairing Menu which will run this Thursday and every Thursday until the end of June. This special will feature a three-course meal paired with a suitable wine.At exceptional value, priced at 35 euro per person, this Thursday night Mid-Summer menu is perfect for date night, or a group celebration.For those that can’t join us this Thursday or want to try it at home with friends, please find a recipe for an indulgent chocolate fondant and a suggested dessert wine to serve with it. Chocolate FondantIngredients: Serves 6 115 grams 70% Dark Chocolate100 grams Caster Sugar100 grams butter50 grams plain flour2 eggs and 2 egg yolksRecipe:Melt butter and chocolate in a dish over boiling water (Bain Marie)Whip eggs and sugar together to ribbon stage (when your whisk is leaving a trail in the mixture)When the chocolate and butter mixture is at room temperature, fold into egg mix.Sieve into flour, and fold through gently keeping air in the mixture Pour into 6 small moulds or ramekinsBake for 10 mins at 190CWine suggestion: De Bortoli Vat 5 Late Harvest Semillon, AustraliaThis sweet wine with notes of toffee and apricot work well with the fondants rich dark chocolate indulgence. Recipe from Castle Grove: Indulgent chocolate fondant and dessert wine was last modified: May 25th, 2017 by Castle GroveShare 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)last_img read more

‘Best in the world’ – Chelsea star’s hilarious commentary of Arsenal wonder goal

first_imgNever one to take himself too seriously, Hazard laughed and also said his goal against Liverpool and the stunning equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur were among his favourite strikes.Hazard is enjoying another productive season with Chelsea and while injury recently curtailed his blistering start, he has still managed to score eight times in 15 matches. MONEY Eden Hazard scores a stunning solo goal against Arsenal in 2017 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Eden Hazard may be a brilliant footballer, but he has also proved himself to be equally adept at doing commentary.The Chelsea superstar was taking part in an exclusive programme for Chelsea TV alongside Cesar Azpilicueta called ‘The Hazard and Azpilicueta show’. REVEALED RANKED ‘What a player! Unbelievable. Best in the world!’ 😉When @HazardEden10 takes the 🎙 for one of his finest goals… pic.twitter.com/ROqeJcNKkU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 27, 2018“Ah yes, David Luiz pass to Diego Costa, who flicks the ball to Eden Hazard, oh what a special player, he says.“The guy is on fire, he is going himself, it’s one against four, he is scoring, what a goal what a player, best in the world thank you.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice In the two part show, the players are asked a series of questions by fans and their own team-mates, as well as playing table football and giving away signed shirts.Towards the end, presenter Sam Matterface asks the Belgian to take a look at the screen and grab a microphone, before he gives a light-hearted analysis of his stunning solo goal against Arsenal during a 3-1 win back in 2017, in which Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas also scored. LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgA large turn-out is expected in Letterkenny tomorrow (FRI) after Sinn Fein announced plans to picket the Bank of Ireland.A spokesman for the party said the protest was being organised to highlight the bank’s refusal to pass on the interest rate cut announced by the European Central Bank to its customers.The protest starts at 1.30pm and a number of Sinn Fein elected representatives. SINN FEIN TO PICKET DONEGAL BANK OVER REFUSAL TO PASS ON MORTAGE CUT was last modified: November 17th, 2011 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:Bank of IrelandletterkennySinn Feinlast_img read more


first_imgGardai are at the scene of a traffic accident outside Daly’s Petrol Station in Lifford.It is understood a car collided with a jeep towing a trailer.It is not known if there are any injuries. Both ambulances and fire personnel are at the scene.It is understood that accident happened juts before 5pm. EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LIFFORD ACCIDENT was last modified: May 11th, 2013 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)last_img read more

LYIT students to compete in final of prestigious fashion competition

first_imgOn Thursday 22 March, Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Fashion students Niamh Porter (Raphoe), Amy Devlin (Convoy) and Helen Murray (Dunfanaghy) will know their fate as they have qualified as finalists in the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards: Student Designer of the Year 2018. This is a highly regarded contest for fashion designers and students from fashion colleges throughout Ireland, showcasing the highest expression of creativity from the most innovative designers in Ireland. It is an opportunity to give young, up and coming designers an invaluable connection to the public.Niamh, Amy and Helen responded to a brief which asked them to design a look that innovates for how we will dress in 10 years’ time. The design should reflect perceived future lifestyles and be based on science fact rather than science fiction. Obviously, they impressed the judges and are now going to be profiled with all other finalists in the GALWAYnow magazine and receive radio and television press coverage.Helen Murray one of the finalists, mentioned, “it was a lot of hard work, but a great opportunity to get your name out there and have it associated with a competition of such distinction.“It’s also a great opportunity as a student designer to really experiment and to go all out with your designs”.This is Niamh’s second year in a row to make the final; she commented, “I’m thrilled to get a second chance at this competition. Last year, I played it safe with my designs, but this year I’m more confident and have been more experimental with my design. I’m really excited to return to Galway to see my work on the catwalk – it’s a fantastic night!” One overall winner will be selected by the judging panel on the night of the event.The winner will be chosen by secret ballot and will be announced at the Fashion Innovation Awards ceremony in the Galmount Hotel & Spa, Galway. Designers will be judged on innovation, design integrity and choice of materials.The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fashion with Promotion is currently in its third year of being taught at LYIT but already they are seeing the fruits of how valuable the skills and expertise of its future graduates will be. The intention of the course is to prepare students for employment or to exist as a designer.Sharon Maxwell, LYIT Fashion Lecturer, outlined, “I’m so proud of our designers, their final designs look amazing.“This is the second year that our students will have their work on the catwalk of what is referred to as ‘the Irish Fashion Oscars’. “It is the main platform for Irish Fashion students where they will compete with final year students from other fashion colleges in Ireland.”Best of luck to all involved in the final!For those considering a career in fashion, why not check out the BA in Fashion with Promotion (LY447) online at www.lyit.ie/full-timecourses/designcreativemedia/ly447.Featured image caption: LYIT finalists in the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards – Student Designer of the Year are pictured with their lecturer. From left: Helen Murray (Dunfanaghy); Amy Devlin (Convoy); Sharon Maxwell, Fashion Lecturer; and Niamh Porter (Raphoe). LYIT students to compete in final of prestigious fashion competition was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Fashionirish fashion innovation awardsLYITstudent designer of the yearlast_img read more