Mead’s emotional PNG homecoming

first_imgWhether playing for the Hunters or Kumuls the PNG players are mobbed wherever they go and Mead says the challenge for the entire team will be channelling that energy and expectation into a win against Wales.”The bus ride in is going to be pretty crazy but all the players are expecting that,” Mead told”There’s no doubt the crowd’s going to be loud. It’s going to be a guaranteed sell-out that’s for sure.”People are going to miss out on buying tickets and there are going to be a lot of people waiting outside as well.”It will be pretty emotional running out so it’s going to be a matter of controlling those emotions.”You can play on emotion but you’ve got to try and control it a bit.”You can never really control the butterflies in the stomach – I get them every game in first grade –but this is slightly different.”The boys can get pretty fired up and pretty excited so it’s just about controlling our emotions.”It’s going to be pretty emotional the first time we run out so it’s just about controlling that and making sure we go out and do our best.”All my family lives there and they’re all going to the game so to run out and know that I’m representing them will give me some extra energy and make it a bit more extra special not just for me but all the PNG players.”Mead was given a taste of what to expect on Saturday having played for Wynnum in their Round 24 clash with the Hunters in Moresby, the game that saw the Hunters wrap up the Intrust Super Cup minor premiership and secure a home final.He also returned during the NRL season to visit with family and distribute some Broncos merchandise at the Port Moresby Hospital, acutely aware of how the nation’s footy teams affect the people of PNG.”The Hunters provided a lot of happiness for the country,” said Mead, who has played just five games previously in PNG during his career.”Obviously they won a lot of games this year and went on to win the Queensland Cup and a lot of the people just get so much joy from not just the Hunters but a lot of the local rugby league as well.”Rugby league is kind of like a religion over there, people praise it, they are so passionate and every time the team bus drives past people on the way to training, the people get out of their seats and jump up and down.”It’s a pretty amazing experience but I’m also excited for the other teams that will come to PNG to experience it.”There’s no doubt it’s going to be in their memories forever.” A passionate Papua New Guinean who at one time in his career was disillusioned with the state of the game in PNG, Mead will have the honour of leading the Kumuls out for the first World Cup game ever played in PNG in front of a crowd that may be just as big outside the ground as the 25,000 who will create a deafening atmosphere from within.Hosting all three of their pool matches in Port Moresby against Wales, USA and Ireland is such an advantage for the Kumuls that they are daring to look as far as a semi-final showdown with one of the game’s superpowers.That would represent a monumental achievement for a team that hasn’t won a single World Cup fixture since the 2000 tournament played in England and France but one that both Mead and coach Michael Marum believe is well within reach.Given the PNG Hunters’ historic Intrust Super Cup premiership this season the passion that the PNG people have for rugby league is on the brink of overflowing, Marum joking at the World Cup launch in Brisbane that the local constabulary would be wise to call for back-up to assist with crowd control.Experienced Queensland Rugby League officials say the noise generated by the crowd during the Hunters’ win over Redcliffe in the grand final qualifier was greater than anything they had experienced either at Origin or Test level yet it will pale in comparison to what happens this Saturday.last_img read more

“Banga” jailed for receiving stolen goods

first_imgJunior “Banga” Forrester being led away by Police at Wales on MondayA suspected thief who has been before the court on numerous occasions was convicted on Monday for receiving stolen items when he appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court.Junior Forrester, known as “Banga” of Lot 156 Patentia Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara, will spend the next 18 months behind bars after he was found guilty of possession of stolen items.The charge stated that on August 12, 2016, between 06:30h and 08:15h, he broke and entered the dwelling house of David Ambedkar at Lot 47 Area L, Patentia Housing Scheme, WBD, and stole a quantity of jewellery, $80,000 in cash, two wrist watches and an iPhone, amounting to $500,000.The defendant told the court that he never broke into Ambedkar’s house, but that he bought the watches from a man called “Todd” for $10,000 but he still entered a guilty plea on possession of stolen property.The Prosecution’s case stated that Forrester was seen leaving Ambedcar’s home on the morning of the robbery.Acting on this lead the Police carried out a search on his home where the two watches were discovered.last_img read more

Buyers, sellers need a dose of realism

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre And for the people in the real estate business that packed the hotel ballroom, Sands’ advice back then is appropriate today. They flocked to the California Association of Realtors first symposium headlined “The State of the Housing Market 2007 – A Market in Transition” looking for a lifeline in a sinking business environment. They got a healthy dose of reality and a pep talk from some of the participants. Sands, who sold his company in 2000 and started private equity firm Vintage Capital Group in 2003, thinks that in this transition things will get worse before they get better. And anybody who has been in it for seven years or less might want to pursue another career. “We always sold two-story houses,” Sands said of his days as a Realtor. “One story for the buyer and one for the seller.” The plots in both are simple now. Sellers need to be convinced to set realistic prices. And buyers need to be convinced it’s still possible to find a bargain. Alan Long says you might just have to get by “riding a smile and a shoeshine” as Arthur Miller wrote in his classic play “Death of a Salesman.” But Long, president of the Southern California Region of Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., remains optimistic. “You can say the market is bad, but people still want to buy. They still have confidence in our product,” he said. That might be true. The numbers suggest a big dose of caution should accompany that confidence. Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles-based association, expects things to be tough this year and next. Sales fell an annual 23.6 percent last year and should fall by 23 percent this year. In 2008, sales declines could slow to just 9 percent. And this year the median price statewide is expected to increase 3.5 percent. But, in 2008, it should fall by 4 percent. That would be the first annual decline since 1997. Inventory is building, but Appleton-Young said this can be easily fixed. “Our industry can control this by not taking listings from unrealistic sellers.” Of course, next year could be worse than this year even if rising inventory can be managed. Credit standards have tightened, and that’s affecting sales. The old standard 30-year fixed-rate loan with a 20 percent down payment could become the new standard loan. Lots of other products have been pulled from the market. Foreclosures will continue to rise, too, as borrowers with adjustable-rate loans face payments they can’t meet. That will bring emotional as well as financial pain to many families. This is a market with lots of things happening. So what’s coming? “It’s a pretty difficult environment now to come up with a forecast that’s right on,” Appleton-Young said. Maybe. But here’s mine. Our future, residential real estate wise, is cloudy with a chance for tears. 818-713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The letter from Fred Sands, considered by many to be the Godfather of Los Angeles area residential real estate, got right to the point. “This is a very difficult market for sellers. You basically have two choices: Forget about selling your property for the next three years, or reduce the price and get it sold,” he wrote. The letter was placed at every chair in the hotel ballroom, one of the fist things attendees would see. Sands first distributed it to his employees at Fred Sands Realtors, a powerhouse company for more than a quarter century, in the early 1990s as the market was starting an epic downturn. last_img read more

Default notices hitting home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Because of the rise in home values, much of that financial distress has been covered by the increasing amount of equity that people have had in their homes. That equity is now being created at a slower pace, and default activity is inevitably on the rise,” DataQuick president Marshall Prentice said in a statement. Still, California foreclosures are nowhere near their peak of 59,897, reached in the first quarter of 1996. The state’s foreclosure activity bottomed during the third quarter of 2004 when just 12,145 default notices were issued. DataQuick’s default statistics go back to 1992. Los Angeles activity also peaked in the first three months of 1996 when 21,444 notices were issued. The bottom also came in the third quarter of 2004 when 2,696 default notices were issued. And it looks as if the long anticipated softening of home price appreciation is settling in. The annual home appreciation rate in the state hit 22.8 percent during the second quarter of 2004 but by the end of last year it softened to 14.5 percent. Appreciation is expected to sink below 10 percent this summer, said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. The uptick in foreclosure activity does not signal a market in distress, though. Nine years ago, when the residential real estate market tanked, foreclosures tugged property values down by almost 10 percent in some areas. But their impact on today’s market is negligible. “Basically it’s just part of the market normalizing. The numbers we had before were too low,” Karevoll said. And to get back to what’s considered a normal market Karevoll said that foreclosures would have to soar 50 to 70 percent above their current level. He also notes that only about 5 percent of owners who get default notices actually lose their homes. For example, in the 2005 fourth quarter 874 owners lost their homes across the state and 164 in Los Angeles County. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said it’s not a surprise to see foreclosure activity on the rise. “We have said that the market peaked late last year. Unit sales in the state and county are down year over year and the median (home) price has been running in a fairly narrow range.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Foreclosure activity in California increased an annual 15.6 percent in last year’s fourth quarter, partly in response to lower appreciation rates and is further proof that the hot housing market is cooling, an industry tracker said Thursday. During 2005’s final three months mortgage lenders papered 14,999 California home owners behind in their payments with default notices, the first step in the foreclosure process, said La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. In Southern California 8,912 homeowners received default notices, up 19.6 percent from the same period last year, while 3,480 Los Angeles County residents received them, up 10.7 percent from the last quarter of 2004. The residential real estate market had been so hot that DataQuick stopped issuing foreclosure activity reports for a while. last_img read more

Jack Rodwell may have found himself a new club following Sunderland exit

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Latest transfer news on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 Rodwell had a dismal four-year spell at Sunderland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ He has also been linked with a move to America.Rodwell moved to the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2014 but made what turned out to be his final appearance in September 2017, making just two Championship appearances for the north-east club in the 2017/18 season. REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Jack Rodwell is reportedly in talks with Bolton after his terrible spell at Sunderland ended earlier this week, according to reports.The Sun has claimed Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is hoping to lure Rodwell to the Macron Stadium but the 27-year-old would have to take a significant pay cut on his salary. RANKED targets LATEST moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND The former Manchester City and Everton man has been dogged with injury problems for large periods of his career and the Black Cats are keen to get his huge wage packed off their books.He was earning £73,000-a-week but that figure was reduced to £44,000 after the club’s relegation to League One at the end of last season.The Championship side could take Rodwell on a free after Sunderland cancelled his contract – a story which delighted many Sunderland supporters – or take him on loan next season.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has contacted Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to describe the Rathmullan public water supply as an issue of “grave concern and urgency.”The Fine Gael TD pleaded with the Minister to address the issue of the water supply as quickly as possible.In recent days the issue of bacteriological and chemical parametric values of the water supply has been highlighted. “Donegal County Council proposed through its West Donegal Regional Water Supply study options for the upgrade/replacement of the Rathmullan water supply, to replace the supply with water from the adjacent Milford supply which in turn would be augmented through pipeline interconnectors through the Cranford, Letterkenny and Milford networks.“I understand that Donegal County Council is in discussion with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a view to advancing the necessary works.“My view is that the works must commence as quickly as possible, and I hope that your Department will be able to address this matter promptly,” he said.  MCHUGH CONTACTS MINISTER EXPRESSING “GRAVE CONCERN” OVER RATHMULLAN WATER SUPPLY was last modified: March 26th, 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) Tags:Joe McHughRathmullanwater supplylast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Hosts Media Day

first_imgHead coach Jennie Baranczyk, who will begin her eighth season at the helm of Drake women’s basketball, has posted an impressive 152-76 (.667) record with the Bulldogs. She returns nine letterwinners from a season ago and welcomes five newcomers to the program. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosted its annual media day on Tuesday, Oct. 15 afternoon inside the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility. Photo Gallery Story Links The Bulldogs open the season with an exhibition against Central Missouri at the Knapp Center on Oct. 29. After another tune-up contest against Simpson College, Drake opens the regular season with three-straight games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Excitement surrounds the program as the Bulldogs won their third-straight Missouri Valley Conference regular season title in 2018-19, marking the first three-peat in program history and just the fifth in MVC history. Drake won 27 games and qualified for its third-consecutive and 13th-overall NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs aim in 2019-20 to go dancing for the fourth-straight year, which would be a first for the program. Rhine (1,654 career points) and Hittner (1,565) will both strive to join a prestigious club of 2,000-point scorers, an achievement accomplished four times in Drake history and eight times in MVC history. Hittner, the two-time reigning Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year, can become just the third MVC player ever to win the award three times. Seniors Becca Hittner and Sara Rhine lead the group of returnees and are set for their final go-rounds at Drake. Last season, the decorated duo became just the second set of teammates to lead the Valley in scoring, with Hittner posting a league-best 19.7 points per game and Rhine finishing second with 18.3 points. The Bulldogs host South Dakota State on Nov. 8 and Iowa State on Nov. 10 before traveling to South Dakota on Nov. 13. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Jon Gruden hopes to re-sign Raiders MVP Jared Cook in free agency

first_imgALAMEDA — Jon Gruden isn’t always transparent with the media, most recently claiming he was surprised by general manager Reggie McKenzie’s inevitable firing. Yet he left no room for interpretation when declaring his team’s best player after upsetting the Steelers.“Jared was awesome,” Gruden said of tight end Jared Cook. “He clearly is our MVP. In my opinion, he is phenomenal.”Cook caught seven passes for a team-high 116 yards in the Raiders’ 24-21 win over AFC North-leading Pittsburgh. He …last_img read more

Tutu leaves his mark on Maropeng

first_img1 August 2013Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has become the latest South African to add his footprint to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Maropeng, outside Krugersdorp.Addressing reporters after placing his foot in a wet concrete block on Wednesday, the Nobel Peace laureate said, with his trademark laughter: “I pray that it is also a step into a future where all people shall be united again by a sense of unity and ubuntu.“There is no race which is superior to the other,” Tutu said. “All of us, including those who are in Europe, deep in our sense, we are all Africans. We belong to one family, which is the family of ubuntu.“It is humbling to add my footprint, which is a footprint that takes us back into the past when all people were united by our common ancestor, who was made in the image of God. So as human beings, we belong together. If I want to be human, it can only be in relationship with other people because we are interdependent.”Tutu also took a tour of both the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng.Tutu ‘knew what science had yet to discover’Professor Lee Berger, who is recognised the world over for having discovered an entirely new species of hominids in Maropeng in 2008, said that although Tutu was not a scientists, through his campaign against apartheid he had been clear that all human beings belonged to one family that came originally from the African continent.“The Archbishop has been preaching ubuntu throughout the world from his early age, but as scientists we only discovered a while ago that all human beings originated in the African continent,” Berger said.Berger gave Tutu a framed photo of the skeleton hand he discovered in Maropeng, which includes the fossil discovered by his son, Matthew, when he was nine years old.By imprinting his foot in Maropeng, Tutu joined former president Thabo Mbeki and former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, who became the first to donate their footprints to the site in 2002.President Jacob Zuma and Vaclav Klaus, the former president of the Czech Republic, have also left their imprints.The handprint of Nelson Mandela completes the total of former national presidents currently represented in Maropeng.Tutu’s other donationsIn February 2010, an article was published revealing that Tutu had donated some of his own cells to the human genome project to be sequenced as an example of a Bantu individual, representing Sotho-Tswana and Nguni speakers.The human genome project has demonstrated that all humans originated in Africa, and that the Khoi-San people of southern Africa are among the oldest surviving races and implicitly ancestral to all other human species.It has suggested that the common female ancestor of all living humans (called “genetic Eve”) lived around 143 000 years ago, while the common male ancestor (“genetic Adam”) lived about 59 000 years ago.This supports the so-called “Out of Africa II” hypothesis, for which there is also extensive palaeoanthropological evidence from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and elsewhere in Africa.The footprints project represents support for the belief that our ancestors walked out of Africa to populate the entire planet.Source: read more