Ponga overlooked for Cowboys’ final trial

first_imgGreen named an 18-man squad to travel to Sydney with the same backline that was present for most of 2016, including Kyle Feldt, Antonio Winterstein, Justin O’Neill and Kane Linnett to go with incumbent halves Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston.Handed his NRL debut in the pressure-cooker of an elimination final against the Brisbane Broncos in front of a sold-out home crowd last September, Ponga delivered an electrifying performance that gave Newcastle the confidence to sign him to a multi-million dollar deal starting in 2018.The 18-year-old further emphasised his immense talent with a sparkling debut at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines a fortnight ago but it appears as though Green is unwilling to squeeze him into the 17 for the season opener against the Raiders.Green knows Friday’s trial will be the last opportunity for the Cowboys to work on fine-tuning their attack after a low-scoring game against the Roosters in Mackay last Saturday. “What I’m most looking forward to out of this trial is probably just a few combinations, just getting those a little bit sharper, especially with the new guys coming into the team,” Green said.New recruit Ben Hampton will fill the utility role and Green wants the former Storm player ready to go. “Ben Hampton in that utility role… we want him to feel comfortable in the team,” Green said. The match will also be the last chance for forwards Sam Hoare, Patrick Kaufusi and Coen Hess to prove they are ready to go in Round 1. Asiata seems likely to retain his bench position from 2016, with Scott Bolton moving into a starting spot alongside co-captain Matt Scott in the front row.That leaves three players fighting it out for only two positions on the bench in Round 1. Hess played eight NRL games in 2016 and Kaufusi 12 whilst Hoare missed all of last season with a knee injury after playing 14 games across the previous two seasons.Friday night’s hit-out may go some way to solving Green’s headache but the decision is far from final. “Out of the young guys I think they all actually stood up. Everyone played well, the areas that I wanted to see those guys be good in they were,” he said of their performances against the Roosters.The trial match against the Tigers kicks off at 7pm AEDT and is the last for the Cowboys before they open their campaign against the Raiders at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday, March 4.last_img read more

Ex-South American soccer boss watches FIFA trial from afar

first_img0Shares0000The former head of the Confederation of South American Football (CONMEBOL), Nicolas Leoz, shown here in 2013, is under house arrest on US charges in the FIFA corruption case but extradition attempts have thus far failed © AFP/File / Norberto DUARTEASUNCION, Paraguay, Nov 14 – When the FIFA corruption trial kicked off in New York this week, ex-South American soccer boss Nicolas Leoz was a significant absentee, watching from the comfort of his home in Paraguay.Leoz, one of the main suspects in the huge bribery and money laundering scandal being investigated by the US Justice Department, is where any 89-year old is content to be, albeit under house arrest. The former president of the Confederation of South American Football (CONMEBOL) is suspected of receiving millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for marketing and TV rights for games. He denies any wrongdoing and his legal team has so far frustrated all attempts to extradite him.Forty-two officials and marketing executives, and three companies, were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.Along with Brazilians Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira and the Argentine Julio Grondona, Paraguay’s Leoz held the reins of South American football from the 1980s until 2013.“They were the masterminds of corruption in South American football. They are the ones who should be on trial,” says Andrew Jennings, author of the book “The Dirty Game: Uncovering the Scandals at FIFA.”– Bribes or commissions? –Leoz has been fighting extradition since shortly after seven FIFA executives were arrested by Swiss police in June.He was admitted to hospital for a heart condition while his successor as CONMEBOL chief, Eugenio Figueredo, was being arrested in Geneva.He was later detained by police in Paraguay and placed under house arrest in the capital Asuncion, where CONMEBOL is based.But he remains a powerful figure in Paraguay.Along with a string of business interests, he owns the hospital to which he was admitted. He has a suite on the top floor of the ultra-modern Sanatorio Migone and his son-in-law is the director.The chances of him being extradited to face trial are nil, according to his lawyer.Leoz “is 89, is in delicate health, which is worsening over time. He has nursing care 24 hours a day. He hasn’t traveled by plane for the last four years,” said lawyer Ricardo Preda.“We are convinced that the extradition request will not succeed,” he said.“Without going into the substance of the matter, the facts he is accused of in the United States are not punishable in Paraguay,” said Preda.The alleged bribes are considered as commissions in South America because the money involved was a transaction between private individuals, he added. It’s only an offense if they are paid to a public body or to a civil servant, the lawyer said.– Support for Qatar –CONMEBOL has filed its own suit against Leoz for breach of trust, criminal association and money laundering.“CONMEBOL carried out an audit, which highlighted transfers of more than 110 million dollars from CONMEBOL to accounts held by Nicolas Leoz, validated by the executive committee, without supporting documents,” the South American soccer body’s lawyer Osvaldo Granada told AFP.“The sums were received on his personal accounts, then transferred to companies in the United States,” he said.“Unfortunately, the Paraguayan justice has delayed the investigations.”The association is also pressing charges against Leoz’s successor, Figueredo.According to FIFA, Leoz is also one of several officials suspected of receiving bribes to support the Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.In Asuncion, the father of our lives with his second wife, a Colombian half his age, in the exclusive Villa Mora district.A journalist by training, he ran Paraguay’s Libertad football club in the 1970s. They play their home games at the “Estadio Nicolas Leoz”.In that era, said CONMEBOL’s new president Alejandro Dominguez, “the objective was money and football was a means to obtain it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Public lewdness a fact of life?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The same weekend in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, two men were cited for engaging in a lewd act in public. And one woman also was given a citation, according to police records. “You cannot say it’s any one type of person,” Budd said. “A lot of these guys are married. We had one guy ask, ‘Will I be out of here pretty soon? I have to pick up my daughter at school.’ “ In county parks alone, police made 57 lewdness-related arrests from May 2004 to June 2005, according to statistics from the Office of Public Safety. The statistics do not specify the sex of the person arrested or cited. The act of going to public places in hopes of finding a willing partner is commonly called cruising. They claim to meet in a bathroom at Pasadena City College, to rendezvous in the bushes at the Whittier Narrows Dam Recreation Area and to peek over the stalls in Westfield West Covina mall. For years, men looking for a quick tryst have found it in public restrooms, parks and health clubs, among other places, according to members of the area’s gay community and authorities. “It’s a whole subculture, and it’s everywhere,” said Lt. Randy Budd of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety, which patrols county parks. During an undercover operation last month, Public Safety police arrested six men at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area on suspicion of committing a lewd act or propositioning a lewd act in public. “I’ve been doing reading, and there is evidence of what we now call cruising at Mexican plazas 100 years ago,” said Richard Zaldivar, executive director of the The Wall-Las Memorias Project, an association that installed a memorial wall in Los Angeles to people who died from AIDS. “I know of cruising taking place almost everywhere. At the Montebello Town Center, at church. Anywhere where people would have the chance to make eyes at each other.” Cruising has given rise to several Web sites that list the best places to meet other men. “I’ve been going here for several years and I always end up getting some action,” wrote one Internet user about the area near the San Dimas Canyon Nature Center. Cruisers also use the Internet to give words of caution. “Last year I was busted in the park,” one Internet user wrote about Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. “Twelve of us were busted in total. . . Just be careful!” Nearly every area city has a “hot spot” listed on Internet sites. Officials at some “cruisy” places said they were not aware of any such activity. Even though the bathroom on the third floor of Building C at Pasadena City College is listed on Web sites as a good place to cruise, Pasadena City College Police Lt. Brad Young said it has not been reported to him as a problem. “That bathroom is right next to the school’s administration,” Young said. “I think anybody who wanted to do that type of thing would go as far from there as possible.” Others say they are cracking down on the practice. “(Police) have increased their patrolling because of some of that activity,” said Belinda Faustinos, director of the San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. Officials from homosexual-rights groups argue stings at area parks, such as the one conducted at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, tend to single out gays. “What they usually are using is old complaints from years ago that they address again and again,” said Jon Davidson, legal counsel for Lambda Legal, a homosexual advocacy group that challenged the Los Angeles Police Department procedures for conducting lewdness stings. “If they sent out women saying they were interested in engaging in public sexual activity with men, I’m sure there would be lots of men who responded. But they never, ever do that.” Los Angeles County Police officers said they only respond to new complaints, and the main type of complaint they get is men having sex with men. Budd also said officers often cite heterosexual couples for lewdness-related charges. Indiana University Professor Michael Reece has studied the phenomenon of cruising extensively. He said those who do it often do not identify with homosexuals. “They wouldn’t hang out in gay bars, so this is kind of the only place left for them to meet other men,” he said. And fears that children might come upon men engaged in sex are unfounded, he said. “There is really almost no evidence of that happening,” he said. “But the fact is, it is illegal to have sex in a public place.” Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at ben.baeder@sgvn.com.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


first_imgTHE N15 outside Ballyshannon has re-opened after a car crash there earlier this evening.The incident happened at 5.30pm at Parkhill outside the town.Two vehicles were involved in the incident. No-one was seriously injured. Gardaí are asking motorists to slow down in the area. ROAD RE-OPENS AFTER N15 SMASH was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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

Wakiso Giants, Proline at home as FUFA Big League continues

first_img Tags: FUFA Big League 2018/19proline fctopWakiso Giants Wakiso drew 0-0 away to Light SS in their last Big League game (Photo by Wakiso Media)FUFA Big League 2018/19Thursday, 27th December 2018Elgon Group:Bukedea Town Council Vs Entebbe – Emokori play-groundWakiso Giants Vs Nebbi Central – Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe (Jinja)Kyetume Vs Doves All Stars – Bishops S.S Play-ground, MukonoRwenzori Group:Proline Vs Kiboga Young – Star Times Stadium, LugogoNtinda United Vs Kabale Sharp – Mutesa II Wankulukuku StadiumKireka United Vs Kansai Plascon – Mandela National Stadium, NambooleThe FUFA Big League will resume with six matches played across the country on Thursday afternoon.In the Elgon Group, unbeaten Wakiso Giants will hope to continue their fine start to the 2018/19 season when they host Nebbi Central at the Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.The Purple Sharks currently sit on top of the standings with 13 points accumulated from their first 7 games after winning three and drawing the other four.For Nebbi, the come into the game sitting fourth from bottom having won one, drawn four and lost one of their first six game.Wakiso who drew 0-0 away to Light SS in their last game, will be fancied to win the game but will not take the visitors for granted.“It is another game we task ourselves to win, says head coach Ibrahim Kirya.“When you are at home in this League, you want all three points and that is what we will try to do.“Despite their (Nebbi) league position, we will not take them lightly and we will approach with caution.With third placed Dove All Stars also in action away to Kyetume on the same day, Wakiso know that any slip-ups on Thursday may see them relinquish top spot in the standings.The other Elgon Group game will see 9th placed Bukedea Town Council host bottom of the pile, Entebbe at the Emokori Play Grounds.The biggest fixture of the day will take place at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo as Rwenzori Group leaders, Proline FC host high flying debutants-Kiboga.Coming into match day 9, these two clubs are still unbeaten with Proline leading the way on 19 points, two ahead of their Thursday afternoon visitors.The game will present a plat form for the test of character between the two respective technical benches as the first round takes the final bend.Both sides come to this match with a rich vein of form having also secured berths in the Uganda Cup round of 32.The other Rwenzori games on Thursday will see Ntinda United host Kabale Sharp at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, Kireka United shall host Kansai Plascon at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and Mark Twinamatisko’s Dove entertains Bumate at the Katushabe play-ground in Masindi.In the Elgon Group, Bukedea Town Council faces Allan Kabonge’s Entebbe at the Emokori play-ground.Ibrahim Kirya’s Wakiso Giants plays host to new comers Nebbi Central at the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe (Jinja) and Alex Isabirye’s Kyetume will face Doves All Stars at the Bishops S.S Play-ground, Mukono.On Friday, 28th December 2019, there will be only one match when Jinja Municipal Council Hippos takes on Amuka Bright Stars at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.Friday, 28th December 2019:Jinja Municipal Council Hippos Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Kakindu Stadium, JinjaComments last_img read more

Erik Karlsson will need to shake off the rust in playoffs

first_imgSAN JOSE — A seemingly-meaningless game of shinny produced what could end up being two valuable points if the Sharks eventually go where they’re trying to go this spring.The Sharks finished the 2018-19 season with 101 points by beating the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Saturday, a win that allowed them to pass the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins in the standings.As a result, the Sharks finished second in the Western Conference, giving the …last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Free State Stadium 1

first_imgLocation: Bloemfontein, Mangaung Municipality, Free State province Capacity: 45 000 seats Matches: Japan vs Cameroon (14 June), Greece vs Nigeria (17 June), Slovakia vs Paraguay (20 June), France vs South Africa (22 June), Switzerland vs Honduras (25 June), Round of 16 (27 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Attack planting with a sound agronomic plan and timely decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt HutchesonBy Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As spring weather warms up and conditions are conducive to field work, Ohio’s growers will have to deal with several challenges in the coming weeks. Prioritization and timely management will be key to success in the spring of 2019.The wet fall of 2018 resulted in an extended harvest and significant delays in field work. For many growers, harvest was not completed until December or later. As a result, very little fall tillage and/or fall herbicide applications were completed across the eastern Corn Belt. With a lack of tillage and herbicide applications, weeds, such as marestail, will be more prevalent in Ohio’s fields this spring. Making timely weed control actions this spring will be a critical part of achieving successful weed control this year. As always, follow herbicide labels, use correct rates, and apply under optimum conditions to effectively control weeds.With additional field work needed to be performed after a wet fall, time management will be an especially important consideration this spring. With the cool, wet weather pattern that has extended into early April, time will be of the essence. Growers should prioritize field operations and focus on what is most critical to producing crops. Minimizing and/or limiting trips across the field may be necessary to avoid significant planting delays. In some cases, growers may need to consider switching more acres to no-till/minimum till to reduce time spent on preparatory field operations.With the potential for delayed planting in 2019, it is important to revisit the discussion of planting date versus field conditions. For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.When determining whether or not to head to the field, keep in mind soil conditions and the weather forecast. Field work performed in wet soil will create compaction that will impact yields for several years. “Mudding-in” seed early to beat a certain date on the calendar will almost always guarantee problems throughout the growing season. To avoid problems such as compaction, poor emergence, poor root development, and replant, growers should only plant early if field and weather conditions are conducive to adequate seed germination and plant growth. The first 24 to 48 hours a seed is in the ground is critical to its survival. Planting should only occur when soil is dry enough to avoid compaction and soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher for corn and 54 degrees of higher for soybeans. Avoid planting immediately before a cold rain or severe weather event. This will ensure that the best possible conditions for germination and stand establishment exist.Every spring comes with its own unique set of challenges. Sound agronomic plans and timely decision making with provide Ohio’s farmers with the best opportunities to produce high-yielding crops.last_img read more

Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Panda resigns from Biju Janata Dal

first_imgLok Sabha MP from Odisha’s Kendrapara constituency, Baijayant Panda, resigned from the Biju Janata Dal on Monday.Mr. Panda, who is the vice-president of IMFA, a ferro alloy producer, was suspended from the primary membership of the BJD for “anti-party” activities on January 24.The dissident MP, who remained a Rajya Sabha member of the BJD from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2006 to 2009, had won from the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency twice as a BJD nominee — first in 2009 elections and again in 2014.“It is with deep anguish, hurt and sorrow that I have decided to quit the kind of politics into which our BJD has descended,” wrote Mr. Panda in his three-page resignation letter addressed to Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.“With the BJD and you yourself having made it abundantly clear that I am unwanted, it is only right for me to dissociate from it,” said Mr. Panda.Mr. Panda said that he will be separately conveying his decision formally to the Lok Sabha Speaker to accept his resignation from the House.Mr. Panda’s father and noted industrialist Bansidhar Panda passed away in Bhubaneswar on May 22. Mr. Patnaik, who condoled the late industrialist’s demise, had not visited their house to pay his last respects.last_img read more