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Indigenous All Stars voting open

first_imgOnline public voting for the Indigenous All Stars team is underway, with voting open until 3.00pm Friday, December 2 for fans to help select a 20-man squad.A week-long event that celebrates Rugby League’s commitment to Indigenous Australia culminates in the Indigenous All Stars v World All Stars match, to be held in Newcastle on Friday 10th February 2017.Play your part by selecting the team that represents the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to take on the World All Stars.The Indigenous All Stars will be out to prove themselves against a World Team consisting of a host of internationals. Representing their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, the Indigenous All Stars will play with plenty of pride and passion as they take the field in one of the most significant NRL Matches in the season calendar.VOTING PROCESSFans are asked to vote from the short list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players to form the team that will take on the World All Stars early in 2017.Voting will be open for four weeks, beginning Monday, 10.00am November 7th and will close 3.00pm Friday, December 2nd.The team will then be announced in early December.For more details and to vote, fans can visit nrl.com/allstarslast_img read more

Rural Women Support Traditional Council to End FGM

first_imgMa Kebbeh Mongar, President, Liberia National Rural Women Structure.By Rochelle M. Richards, UL Mass Communication DepartmentThe Liberia National Rural Women Structure (LNRWS), which has a membership of over 77,000 across the country, has agreed to support the National Traditional Council of Liberia in order to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).FGM, or female genital cutting, as practiced in Liberia, was customarily practiced by most ethnic groups prior to the outbreak of civil war in late 1989 and has continued since. Some estimates are that in rural areas, approximately 50 percent of the female population between the ages of 8 and 18 had undergone this procedure before the civil war began. It was practiced within some but not all of Liberia’s ethnic groups.At a recent press conference in Monrovia, Madam Kebbeh Mengor, president of LNRWS, said it is important that the international community has finally taken the right path to work with key players in order to end the practice of FGM across the country.Madam Mengor said her organization has promised to work with the Traditional Council, to carry on awareness about the danger that FGM poses to the future of women and girls.She said if people are really educated about the dangers of FGM, they will put an end to the harmful practice.“Those that are involved in this harmful traditional practice are using it as a means of livelihood for their families. So if the international community must succeed in ending it, they must be willing to replace FGM with other life skills training programs, business development and educate the children about how to read and write so as to change their minds, like Mama Toma Village in Brewerville,” she said.Madam Mengor said rural women have more knowledge on how to engage traditional zoes, along with the traditional council, because they are also members of the society.In the observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), members of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) on Wednesday, February 6, committed themselves to end the practice of FGM.FGM has been defined by the World Organization (WHO) as all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Superhuman effort for the tiniest of heroes

first_imgKane’s outfit and her first attempt at running a marathon are simply a tribute to someone she says is heroic – her 10-month-old daughter, Emily, who has fought for her life since shortly after she was born with a defective heart. “Emily is the superhero,” Kane said. “My daughter has to be the strongest person I know.” “The last 10 months have been exhausting and very emotional,” said Kane, who often spends the night at the Ronald McDonald House, across the street from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where their daughter is staying. To cope, Shirley Kane turned to two activities: eating and running. “I’d stress eat and then I started running when she was 9 weeks old, just to relieve stress,” she said. Kane, 39, was a sporadic runner years ago, working in three- to five-mile runs, and twice running a half-marathon. She found a group near her home in Anaheim that she joined for training runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and soon got the idea that she, too, could run a marathon. “It’s been great for her,” said John, an aerospace engineer. “She wouldn’t run if she didn’t want to do this marathon so badly. Shirley got so consumed with (being at the hospital) that being able to run has helped clear her mind and run away some of the stress. She’s up at the hospital so much, she hasn’t been able to spend as much time with our son (Dylan, who is 2), and I know that bothers her. If she weren’t running, I think she’d have broken down a lot more.” John intended to join her in running the marathon, but he suffered torn knee cartilage while training. There was no doubt, though, that Shirley would continue. “There were times I’d be huffing and puffing and ask myself, `What the heck am I doing?”‘ Shirley said. “Then I’d think of (Emily), her heart failing in her hospital bed, and I felt guilty. I’d tell myself to suck it up. “It’s not hard-core. We walk, run, walk, run. But it became more and more ingrained that I want to finish.” If she hits a point in the race where her mind starts telling her otherwise, Kane will remember the cape she’s wearing. Appliqued on it is a photo of Emily, her hopeful eyes an image that should prove strong enough to carry her mother home. billy.witz@dailynews.com (818) 713-3621 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Never mind that Shirley Kane will be dressed as Superwoman, from the blue top with the big block “S” in the middle to the red skirt, red cape and sequined running shoes. She will trudge along at the back of the pack at the Los Angeles Marathon, knowing there’s nothing that super about running, shuffling and walking 26.2 miles. center_img Soon after Emily was born last May, doctors noticed that the walls of her heart were thickening, resulting in the muscle having to work harder. They hoped it would abate, as it often can after birth. Instead, the condition, called cardiomyopathy, worsened. Doctors told Shirley and her husband, John, that their daughter would need a transplant as soon as possible. Twice last fall, Emily had episodes during which she had to be resuscitated, and after one of them her parents were told she may not make it through the night. Then, after several months of waiting, a donor organ became available in December and the transplant took place. Emily is doing much better since. She weighs 17 pounds – about the size of a 6-month-old – and is still fed through a tube and breathes at night with the help of a ventilator. But doctors have told the Kanes that they hope she can come home in April. The Kanes have been through too many ups and downs to think that far ahead. Earlier this week, when Shirley was visiting the hospital, she noticed that Emily, who was having a good day, accidentally knocked her breathing tube loose. She began to turn blue until Shirley, an emergency room nurse, called for help. last_img

Cougars halt the Bulldogs

first_imgIt was a pivotal third quarter making the difference. The Bulldogs (30-4) had led 18-11 after the first quarter and 29-21 at the half. But the visitors opened the third quarter with a 15-4 run, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Kasey Philyaw that gave Norco the lead 36-33. It led 40-37 heading into the final quarter. Ayala’s last lead came at 47-45 midway through the fourth but Norco drew even on a pair of free throws by Windham with 3:02 left. Then after a Bulldog turnover, Windham scored on a putback, making it 49-47. Perhaps the key shot came on Norco’s next possession. Ayala defended well but Philyaw threw up a 3-pointer from the wing just before the shot clock sounded, giving the visitors a 52-47 lead with 1:57 to play. The visitors used their 60-55 loss to Miller in the CIF championship game as incentive. “Our goal was to win a CIF title and we didn’t do that,” said Norco’s Cierra Windham, who led all scorers with 22 points. “We looked at this as our second chance. We really wanted it.” CHINO HILLS – Something had to give. The Ayala girls basketball team entered Saturday’s second round Division II state playoff game riding a 19-game winning streak. Its opponent, Norco, had won an equally impressive 26 of its last 27. But it was the Cougars (29-3) surging past the host Bulldogs 58-51. center_img The Cougars lived at the free-throw stripe the rest of the game, making six of 10 tries which was enough tio put the game out of reach. 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

Express ease past Soana as KCCA pass up opportunity to go top of league

first_img Tags: Express FCKCCA FCMbarara CityStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro unitedtop The Express FC team that started against Tooro United on WednesdayStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueWednesday, 31-10-2018– Express FC 2-0 Tooro United– KCCA FC 0-0 Mbarara CityKAMPALA – Express FC continued their surge up the table with a 2-0 victory over Tooro United on Wednesday at Wankulukuku.This was the Red Eagles first home triumph of the season having fired blacks and drawn their initial two fixtures against URA and Bul.Congolese export, Eric Kambale and Ibrahim Kayiwa scored the two decisive strikes in the first half in front of a fairly good crowd.Going into the game, Express FC head coach, Kefa Kisala made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 against Bul FC last time out with Kambale and Isaac Mutanga replacing Kakeeto Shafic and Nsubuga Mubarak respectively.From the initial whistle, the Red Eagles looked in total control of proceedings, dominating possession and creating several goal scoring opportunities.With in four minutes, Wankulukuku went into a frenzy as Kambale made it 1-0 when he headed in Michael Birungi’s inch-perfect cross.Birungi could have doubled Express’s lead lead when he run free on goal but could not beat Meddie Kibirige in Tooro’s goal as his weak effort was comfortably saved.Kibirige was all the stood between Express and a two goal caution when he moments later denied Tony Odur from close range.However, the custodian could not be three times lucky as he was beat by a calm finish by Ibrahim Kayiwa off Tony Odur’s assist for the hosts to go two up before half time.Odur, later on nearly put the score beyond Tooro’s reach but his effort from Birungi’s delivery was off the target before referee Opio Deo sent the teams to restrooms.Just a few minutes into the second half, Odur left Kibirige crawling on the floor but his effort flew agonizingly over.Soana who looked blunt going forward came close to pulling a goal back but Baker Buyala’s header from Allan Kayiwa’s cross was off target.The victory takes Express FC into 6th on the log with eight points from five games while Tooro United slip into 12th.At Lugogo, KCCA FC passed up the opportunity to go top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League when they drew 0-0 at home to Mbarara City.KCCA drew 0-0 with Mbarara on Wednesday (photo by UPL)KCCA who have not beaten Mbarara in any of their last three attempts were on the back foot for most of the first half as the visitors imposed them selves on them.However, the Ankole Lions wasted chance after chance and enabled Mike Mutebi’s side to go into half time level.At the start of the second half, Mutebi made the first change of the game with Allan Kyambadde replacing Jackson Nunda and the hosts started to look more like their usual selves.Kyambadde forced a fantastic save from man of the match Ali Kimera who also denied Allan Okello twice and Patrick Kaddu.Livingstone Mbabazi’s side also got opportunities to win the game but could not beat Charles Lukwago in the Kasasiro Boys’ goal.In additional time, Paul Mucureezi was tripped by Hassan Jurua who had ealier been booked and the Garbage Collector was sent off in the process.The draw leaves KCCA on 11 points, two points behind leaders Vipers whom they face next.For Mbarara, they now move to 8th on the log with seven points from their first five games.Comments last_img read more

Cape Town to get cruise liner terminal

first_img13 December 2012South African state company Transnet has given the go-ahead for a dedicated berthing terminal for cruise liners in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town, it was reported on Tuesday.Ports authority spokesman Coen Birkenstock told the Cape Times that the new terminal would be completed within the next two years and would feature an arrivals and departures facility and restrooms.From next month, the authority would finalise the process of identifying suitable investors and operators.Birkenstock said it would possibly encourage more international cruise liner operators to include Cape Town on their itineraries.Since January, liners have been required to berth in the Duncan Dock because the Home Affairs Department banned liners exceeding 200 metres in length from berthing at the V&A Waterfront, citing safety concerns.Shipping agents and tourism officials reportedly felt Duncan Dock put Cape Town in a bad light, because it was an inconvenience and unfriendly to well-heeled travellers.According to Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde, 19 visiting cruise liners brought about 11 444 passengers to the province last year.Hinde welcomed the authority’s decision, which he said would potentially attract more visitors.Sapalast_img read more

ScienceShot: Why You Should Skip That Business Lunch

first_imgEating lunch alone in your office may not sound like fun, but it could increase your mental acuity later in the day, according to a new study. Researchers recruited 32 female university students in their mid-20s and divided them into two groups. Before the experiment, all volunteers filled out a questionnaire that assessed their mood. They were also given a test of reaction time where they had to identify shapes on a screen that appeared in different locations. Then participants in the first group invited a friend along for lunch at an Italian restaurant; they were allowed to choose their dish and eat leisurely for 1 hour. Those in the second group received the same meal, but they ate it alone in a small office room and were given just 20 minutes to finish. After the meals, the volunteers completed another mood questionnaire and repeated the reaction-time test. Students who leisurely ate lunch at a restaurant with company were calmer than those who ate alone in an office, researchers report online today in PLOS ONE. But restaurant diners did not improve on the reaction-time test after their meal, whereas those who ate in an office were about 40% faster after their meal. The team suggests that eating lunch at a restaurant with friends may put you in a relaxed mood and stop you from closely monitoring your actions for errors.last_img read more

Sebi Brings In Single Regime For FPI, NRI And PIO Investors

first_imgMarkets regulator Sebi has come out with rules for merger of foreign portfolio investment (FPI) and non-resident Indian/overseas citizens of India routes to bring in a single regime for foreign investors and regulate NRI and person of Indian Origin fund inflows. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury

first_imgSeth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks waits to enter the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on January 22, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of NBA champion Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, will be sidelined indefinitely with a left leg injury, the Mavericks announced Saturday.The expected Mavericks backcourt starter has suffered a left tibia stress reaction and will be re-evaluated in a week, the club holding out hope he can be ready when the new season opens in just under two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Curry, 27, is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. He enters the final season of a two-year deal worth $6 million after averaging 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game last season for Dallas, all career highs.He connected on 48.1 percent of his shots from the court, 42.5 percent from 3-point range, as the Mavericks went 33-49, finishing eight games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSeth Curry had prior NBA stops with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings before joining the Mavericks. /cbb Ladies first Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Bangaluru boy becomes first Indian to sign up for La Liga

first_imgIshan Pandita from Bengaluru has not only made his family and city proud but the entire country as he becomes the first India to sign up for a club of the popular Spanish La Liga. The 18-year-old striker has signed up a one-year contract with Club Deportivo Leganes, who are currently placed 11th in the league table. He will be seen donning the ‘No. 50’ blue and white Leganes jersey, that was presented to him at the club’s stadium Estadio Municipal de Butarque by vice-president and owner, Felipe Moreno. Although he will be playing for the main team, he would start his European football journey by appearing in the club’s U-19 squad.Ishan will indeed get a chance to play against the likes to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when he starts for the Laganes main team.It was Ishan’s dream to become a professional footballer in Europe. But it has not been an easy journey with a lot of hard work, sweat and sacrifice behind the Bangaluru boy’s success, as reported by the Times of India .A determined Ishan, who is a Kashmiri by origin, had told his parents that he wanted a sabbatical from studies to focus on football and has been training in Spain for the last three years. He was criticised and laughed at for the decision but his passion paid off. “It’s been a tough, hard three years. It feels great to be the first Indian to go down this path. Right from the moment I decided to take a break from studies till now, I never gave up on my dream,” he said.advertisementIshan’s football journey in Spain began with Alcobendas CF, a feeder club for Atletico Madrid. He had been playing for the U-18 team of club UD Almeria in Spanish Segunda Division since late last year. He had to wait to turn 18 to sign a professional deal. Before Leganes, he underwent trials for Getafe CF, another La Liga club, which got relegated this season. (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fire Barcelona to easy win at Leganes)Ishan is in awe of the club’s infrastructure and facilities. “We’ve got a new field for the youth players since we moved to La Liga. The facilities are state-of-the-art and we have a fantastic coaching and support staff. We get a lot of attention and in every training programme, they make you feel as professional as possible. More importantly, everyone is an equal here,” Ishan was quoted as saying by TOI. An excited Ishan, who is the one of the two only foreign players in the U-19 team, talked about the Leganes-Barcelona match, saying that it was ‘fantastic’ to watch Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez from the front row of the stadium.last_img read more