Added security for NRL match

first_imgTop-flight sport returns to the city on Saturday when Manly stage a “home” match at Christchurch Stadium a fortnight after the mass shootings at two mosques which claimed 50 lives.New Zealand has been placed on a high threat alert since and police have reminded event organisers nationwide to be aware that a proliferation of memorial events has the potential to stretch law enforcement resources.However, a large police presence remains in Christchurch and will be out in force at Friday’s National Remembrance Service at Hagley Park.Match promoter Justin Wallace told journalists there would be increased police numbers at Saturday’s game and that both teams were also bringing their own bolstered security staff.It didn’t stop New Zealand Police issuing a note of caution through a media statement on Thursday.”The public is asked to continue their vigilance and report suspicious activity,” the statement read.”Police advise anyone attending events to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.”New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomed the high-profile nature of an NRL match in a city still grieving.”Safety is of course our focus … but the ability to come together at times like this, to form a community, whether or not it’s around sport or anything else, I think is an important part of recovery,” she said on Thursday.Wallace revealed a group of Christchurch medical emergency staff and first responders to the attack would be honoured on the field before kickoff.Both teams will walk from the tunnel together and observe a minute’s silence.last_img read more

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Coco Gauff raises funds to fight the coronavirus

first_imgIt’s not the solely solidary act that ladies’s tennis has left us in the final hours, since Qiang Wang, it has additionally been actively concerned in the fight in opposition to the coronavirus. The 28-year-old Chinese language tennis participant, donated a complete of 94,000 Chinese language yuan (about 12,000 euros) to Wuhan hospitals, first focus of the pandemic. That quantity comes out of his sports activities efficiency, as Wang promised to donate 1,000 yuan for every of his video games received on the skilled circuit this season. Coco Gauff, At simply 16 years outdated final Friday, he has given an instance of solidarity. The American began a solidarity marketing campaign on the identical day of her birthday by means of Fb referred to as ‘My Birthday Fundraiser: Assist UNICEF Fight Coronavirus’, so as to Increase funds for UNICEF and assist these affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“I do know that the coronavirus pandemic feels overwhelming proper now, however there are methods we will help make a distinction and preserve communities round the world protected. For my birthday I increase funds to assist the UNICEF response, who’ve been working carefully with governments of their world efforts, offering communication, provides, healthcare, schooling, and extra. They’re on the entrance line of this fight in opposition to the pandemic, and it will imply quite a bit to me in the event you may donate, “stated the American on social networks.last_img read more

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Confident school coaches

first_imgSTETHS, coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn “As you can see, the FLOW Super Cup brings a lot of excitement, ding-dong battles between town and country schools initially in the first round. It (FLOW Cup) gives more schools opportunities to express themselves, with the ultimate goal of being champions. “It is the second time for us in the FLOW Cup semi-finals, and we are confident we will in get past Wolmer’s, but we are not underrating the opponents.” Clarendon College, manager Richard Palmer “The Super Cup is certainly the champions league of schoolboy football. I love it. It is about the prestige and excitement it brings. “We have been performing well in all schoolboy competitions this year. We are in the semi-finals against Cornwall, so our chances are as good as any other team in the last four. We respect all opponents but have confidence in our ability as a team to perform on the day.” Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds “It is a good competition that all teams want to win. “We are looking forward to the game, and we know that the STETHS team is a very good one in terms of structure and organisation and ability. “They will be pumped up by the fact that the daCosta Cup teams are doing very well, and we are the only Manning Cup team in the Super Cup. It is a tough encounter, but we will be prepared for it.” Cornwall College’s coach Dr Dean Weatherly “The FLOW Super Cup has done something for the schools in terms of the prize money and prestige. However, the organisers must consider to play it before or after the daCosta and Manning Cup. It is taxing on the players to be playing regularly. However, it is a good competition. “The game between Cornwall and Clarendon is a battle between two good teams. It will come down to the team that wants it more on the day. When dealing with youth, it’s about mental preparation for each game. I think we are ready as a team and willing to give it our all. We are the underdogs, so under little pressure.”last_img read more

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Miranda, Isip bring leadership to Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NCAA volleyball: Racraquin powers San Beda to 4th straight win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “People say that we’re one of the strongest teams this conference, but that’s just on paper. There’s still a lot of things that can happen. So for us in the coaching staff, all we want is to build the team as one,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m glad with the two of them because they’re willing to walk the extra mile and make sacrifices for this team,” said Banal after his side’s 94-92 win over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.Isip, 36, has been with Marinerong Pilipino since the team’s maiden conference in the 2017 Foundation Cup, while Miranda just arrived to the team after being left unsigned by Blackwater in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut don’t count out the possibility of the two of them suiting up once again.“They’re just on stand by. Anytime that we need a veteran leadership, they are ready. They’re practicing with the team and our players,” the mentor said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Miranda is listed as Banal’s lead deputy, tasked to guide playmakers like Renzo Subido, Achie Iñigo, and Joseph Terso. Isip, meanwhile, is working with the bigs like Abu Tratter, Vince Tolentino, and Papot Paredes.“It’s my responsibility to guide the guards because I’m sharing them my experiences in the PBA and the battles that I’ve had before,” said the 35-year-old.Miranda also clarified that he’s not hanging up his jersey just yet as he juggles his responsibilities as an assistant coach and a practice player for the Skippers.“I’m not retired. I might still play, but it depends on the situation. We’re helping the guards while also training with them. I’m just excited for this opportunity,” he said.But whether or not Miranda and Isip lace up those sneakers again, all the veterans are thinking of is helping Marinerong Pilipino compete this first conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases PBA IMAGESHead coach Koy Banal is hoping to bank on the familiarity in enlisting former players Denok Miranda and Mark Isip as his new assistants in Marinerong Pilipino.Partners in Far Eastern University during the mid-2000s with Banal at the helm, the two veterans were on the bench aiding their former mentor when the Skippers opened their campaign in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Why honour a terrorist?

first_imgDear Editor,It is a sad day when terrorists and those convicted of terrorist-related actions can be defended by writing about different levels of crimes as in the recent letter in the press.Already, the one-sided Parliament meeting before the CCJ ruling opens spaces to defend the indefensible. Why honour the convict who died in a US prison of terrorism-related crimes?The Minister, who did not hesitate to put her name to this act, still has to answer questions on undue influence and unfair competition about the contracts to her husband. Is it that easy to step over the line? This is a new can of worms and is online for all to see which is taking place just after the horrific terrorist acts in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.Sincerely,R L Singhlast_img read more

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Four strikers to help out off the pace Giroud at Arsenal

first_img 6 Arsenal’s pre-season Emirates Cup defeat to Monaco suggests the club are still in need of a classic number nine striker up front.Even though Yaya Sanogo and new signing Alexis Sanchez impressed in the pre-season tournament, forward Olivier Giroud obviously lacked match fitness and was subbed at half-time.“It was really hard for me physically and I didn’t feel really well in the game but it is OK as I have this week to work because we have to be ready against City [in the Community Shield],” he said.Arsenal have spent big this transfer window, adding Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina to their squad as well as £35m man Sanchez.Easing the pressure on Giroud would help them build on last season’s FA Cup success with a sustained Premier League title challenge.Click the arrow on the right to see four strikers the club could move for… 6 6 6 6 Christian Benteke: Aston Villa – Benteke ruptured his Achilles tendon in April, which ended the 23-year-old’s World Cup dream. Arsenal were monitoring the £26m-rated Belgian, who scored 34 goals in his first two seasons at Villa Park, before he was sidelined and a possible October return may encourage an approach. Villa chairman Randy Lerner is known to be keen to claw back some of the money spent since arriving at the club eight years ago. Karim Benzema: Real Madrid – Karim Benzema is another rumoured Arsenal target. The Real Madrid misfit recorded three goals and two assists as France progressed into the last eight at the World Cup. Although reportedly close to agreeing a new Madrid deal, if Arsenal were to make a move, his £200,000 a week wage demands rather than the £40m price tag could be a stumbling block. Do they want him that much? Radamel Falcao: Monaco – Radamel Falcao scored Monaco’s winner against Arsenal as he returned from the knee injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. The Colombian only signed for the French giants last summer, after netting 52 goals in two years at Atletico Madrid, but James Rodriguez’s departure to Real Madrid may have unsettled him. Falcao, valued at around £50m, was previously linked with Chelsea and may be open to playing in the Premier League where Arsenal have not been afraid to spend big. Real will offer stiff competition, though. Mario Balotelli: AC Milan – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers ruled out a £25m Liverpool move for controversial AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, so Arsenal could yet swoop. The proven goal scorer, who is reportedly unhappy at Milan, netted 26 goals in 43 appearances and scored 20 goals in three years at Manchester City. 6 Click the arrow to see strikers who could ease the burden on Olivier Giroud – Arsenal are still in need of a proven goal scorer to help Giroud, so will any of the following five strikers do the job? The one who got away – Romelu Lukaku – Even though Everton paid a club record £28m to make Romelu Lukaku’s loan from Chelsea permanent, Arsenal could have hijacked the deal. The 21-year-old Belgian is of the same ilk as Arsenal nemesis Didier Drogba, is a proven Premier League goal scorer and the Gunners could offer both first team AND Champions League football. Lukaku performed well on loan spells at the Toffees and West Brom as well as at the World Cup.last_img read more

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Sporting Lisbon REJECT Spurs bid for star Portugal midfielder

first_img1 Adrien Silva celebrates for Sporting Lisbon Sporting Lisbon have rejected Tottenham’s initial offer for star midfielder Adrien Silva, according to reports in Portugal.The 28-year-old, who came close to a move to Leicester City last summer, is once again being lined up for a potential move to the Premier League.Tottenham have been keeping a close eye on the Portugal international over the last season, but have failed with their opening offer.According to O Jogo, Sporting have made clear their financial demands for Silva, having rejected an initial offer of £17.5m plus a further £4m in bonuses.It has been claimed that the Portuguese giants are looking for closer to £27m for their star asset, plus the £4m in bonuses Spurs have already proposed.Silva is currently away with the Portuguese national side preparing for this month’s Confederations Cup in Russia, but Tottenham may return with an improved offer in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE

first_imgThe Reconciliation through the Riverine Project had its official launch yesterday at an event jointly hosted by Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council and the Riverine Forum in the Alley Theatre, Strabane. The project, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland, seeks to address the impact of the conflict on the Lifford/Strabane area and their surrounding towns and villages by regenerating the border riverside area.Announcing the launch of the project Paddy Harte said the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project will provide opportunities to develop cross community and cross border relationships in the Strabane Lifford and wider hinterland areas through a dedicated programme of reconciliation.“The project will also seek to consolidate the work undertaken over the last 15 years in terms of building peace and reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy through the regeneration of the border riverside area by creating an iconic shared space for all.”Funding of one million euro was announced as part of the project and will be used to deliver a youth participation and a community participation programme. This is integral to the overall development of the shared space to ensure ownership of the space and to strengthen relationships as a means to addressing the legacy of the conflict and providing opportunities to work together so as to embrace the many cultures and traditions of the area.Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Noel McBride, Mayor of Donegal stated that this project is a great example of cross border collaboration both at council and community level.He paid tribute to the voluntary members of the Riverine Forum who have been instrumental in ensuring that funding is secured for this type of work. He stated that without their commitment and engagement, we would not have been in a position to secure this funding.Cllr. Karina Carlin of Strabane District Council reiterated these comments and acknowledged the role of the International Fund for Ireland in terms of investing not only in this project but in the very many projects that they have supported in the Strabane Lifford area over the last 20 years. She stated that “the International Fund for Ireland has been a great friend to this area for many years, taking a risk for peace when it was a much more difficult thing to do and through this investment we are now in a place where it is possible to achieve greater reconciliation through a unique, innovative and iconic project such as the Riverine.”Speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland, Winston Patterson stated, “This major project to develop a shared space for the people of Strabane and Lifford, on a site that has been for so long associated with division, will be a lasting legacy to the peace process and, in a way, a tribute to all those who have worked over the years to bring us to this stage. The Fund is delighted therefore to be involved in the project and to be providing €1 million in funding for strands two and three of the project.”Patricia Hegarty, Co-chair of the Riverine Forum, which was set up to provide a platform to facilitate contact, dialogue and reconciliation amongst the diverse range of communities that live in this area, welcomed the launch of this project. She stated that this project is a culmination of years of work both at Council and community level and she encouraged any community or youth group interested in becoming involved in the project or with any ideas that the project can help support, to contact the project team at their office in Lifford at 00 353 74 91 72212.  RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:iIffordRiverine Projectstrabanelast_img read more

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‘Taches to fight prostate cancer

first_imgSouth African men are urged to grow theirfurriest, funkiest moustaches to spreadawareness for prostate cancer.(Image: Grow Your Mo’)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nelia BlumrickGrow Your Mo’ campaign+27 82 316 8535info@growyourmo.co.za RELATED ARTICLES• SA scientist leads cancer fight • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Top award for Rhodes scientist • Vaccine hope for SA womenKhanyi MagubaneSouth African men are being encouraged to ditch their razors and grow their thickest, furriest moustaches to get people talking about prostate cancer, a highly stigmatised condition that affects one in every six men.The first-ever Grow Your Mo’ drive, a quirky initiative of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), is intended to help protect men across South African by raising the public’s awareness of prostate cancer-related issues and generating support for the PCF’s cancer-fighting efforts.PCF is hoping that this humorous and light-hearted idea will help spread the message to as many man as possible in a non-threatening way.All proceeds raised by the campaign, which runs from 15 to 30 September 2009 to coincide with Prostate Awareness Month, will be donated to the PCF.Campaign coordinator Nelia Blumrick says the drive got off to a great start: “This is the first time we’ve launched such a campaign. It’s actually been going really well, and once people started talking about it, it really started picking up.”“We started out by putting up the [Grow Your Mo’] Facebook group, and then the website, and then it started spreading by word of mouth,” says Blumrick.The campaign encourages participants to submit photos of their manly facial hair to the Grow Your Mo’ website and enter the Best mo’ on show competition. The best moustache each week during the 15-day campaign will be displayed for all to see in the Man of the Mo’ment frame on the site.“Every aspect of ‘Mo’-craft’ will be taken into account: length, shape, colour, grooming, luxuriance, novelty and so forth. The men who make names for themselves in this competition will go down in history as some of the finest specimens humanity has ever produced,” reads the website.At the end of the month there will be grand prize-winner, although the booty is being kept a secret.For those not so keen to sprout their whiskers, there’s a Mo money draw, which can be entered by sending a text message with your name to 40026 – the number is applicable only in South Africa, though. Messages cost R20 (US$2.69), which will be donated to PCF. Alternatively you can send a cash pledge to the organisation, the banking details of which are on the website.The campaign can also be followed on the social networking site, Twitter.What is prostate cancer?According to PCF, prostate cancer is the leading cancer among men in South Africa and more than 4 000 men are diagnosed with it every year.It occurs when cells within the prostate – a gland in the male reproductive system – grow uncontrollably and form a number of small tumours.If caught early surgery or radiation can effectively eliminate the tumours, but in its early stages the cancer produces few or no symptoms and can be difficult to detect.If untreated and allowed to grow, the cells from the tumours can spread in a process called metastasis. Prostate cancer cells are transported through the lymphatic system and the bloodstream to other parts of the body, where they lodge and grow secondary tumours.Once the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, chances of it being treated successfully are reduced.Early detection vitalAbnormal cell growth in the prostate can be detected early if men go for regular medical check-ups, where a digital rectal exam or Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is carried out.If a blood sample reveals high levels of PSA, a protein produced in the prostate, there could be cause for concern.PCF says it’s unfortunate that men often know more about breast cancer than they do about prostate cancer, as it’s not as widely publicised.“I think most men are aware of it, but they don’t want to talk about it, because it has to do with their genital parts. I think if it were any other part of the body, it would be easier to talk about,” Blumrick adds.The older the man, the more susceptible he is to prostate cancer. In the US more than 65% of cases are found in men over the age of 65. Men who have had a parent or brother with prostate cancer, and those with a poor diet and lifestyle, are also more at risk.Although there are no clear-cut signs of prostate cancer, PCF says men should see a doctor promptly if the following symptoms occur:• A need to urinate frequently, especially at night• Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine• Weak or interrupted flow of urine• Painful or burning urination• Difficulty in having an erection• Painful ejaculation• Blood in urine or semen, or• Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.last_img read more

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Houses by Northwest Builder Win Awards

first_imgTwo houses in Oregon built by Hammer & Hand have won 2014 Green Home of the Year awards from Green Builder magazine, and the Pacific Northwest firm has gone to unusual lengths to explain how high-performance houses like these are made.The award winners are the Karuna House, designed by Holst Architecture, in Yamhill County, and the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House, designed by Scott Edwards Architecture, in North Plains. Karuna House won the “Best Building Science” award; Pumpkin Ridge won the “Best Mainstream Green” award.The twin awards make Hammer & Hand the only multiple award recipient in the national competition, the company said in an announcement.The company previously offered for free a field guide of construction practices used by its crews in the field. Presentations on both of these award-winning houses use blogs and videos to add another layer of detail. ‘Mainstream’ award winnerThe more approachable Pumpkin Ridge Passive House (photo below) should have very low heating and cooling bills, but Hammer & Hand says it will be no more expensive to own than a conventional house when monthly energy costs are weighed against mortgage, taxes and insurance.In addition to meeting the PHIUS requirements, it’s also a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home, and certified Earth Advantage Platinum.Published blogs and videos provide less technical detail on this house than the Karuna House, but you can hear from the owners why they chose Passivhaus construction, and Zola Windows President Florian Speier talk about windows and doors. House wins three certificationsKaruna House, overlooking wine vineyards in a region southwest of Portland, is the first in the world to win certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), Minergie-P ECO, a Swiss standard, and LEED for Homes-Platinum, Hammer & Hand said.It’s a net-positive building, meaning its ground-mounted photovoltaic array with a capacity of less than 10 kW produces more power than the house needs on an annual basis, including the juice for the homeowner’s electric car.It doesn’t look like a house many people could afford (Hammer & Hand won’t say how much it cost to build, but published reports put the construction cost at $2 million), but the techniques and materials used to construct it are of potential interest to many builders. And Hammer & Hand has left few of them behind the curtain. In a construction blog written by Zack Semke, director of business development, and videos featuring project lead carpenter Scott Gunter and several other specialists, visitors to Hammer & Hand’s website get an inside look at many construction details.In the sequence on the exterior walls, for example, Gunter talks in separate videos about the use of high-density cellulose, the air-barrier system, the rain screen, liquid-applied window flashing, and window installation. You’ll get theory as well as technique.There are similar treatments for the foundation, windows and doors, and mechanical systems.last_img read more

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