Injury-hit Storm to have depth tested

first_imgAsofa-Solomona tore his Posterior Cruciate Ligament in Sunday’s win over the Wests Tigers and now joins fellow big man Tim Glasby on the club’s growing injury list.”We knew he’d done something, but we weren’t quite sure how bad it was. It’s not great, but that’s the news so hopefully it won’t be any longer than first thought,” Bellamy said.”I can’t remember the last time we had such a bad injury run as we’ve had this year. We were untouched in the forwards and now we’ve lost Tim and Nelson who have been tremendous for us.”With Asofa-Solomona and Glasby facing extended periods on the sidelines, the Storm are hopeful that Cameron Munster and Blake Green will recover from their injuries in time to take the field on Friday night.Munster has missed the previous two matches with an ankle injury and Green the past three through a calf problem, but Bellamy has admitted he’ll look to take a more careful approach in welcoming them back to the first grade.”We’re probably more hopeful than confident [that they’ll play this week]. With the five-day turnaround it’s a bit hard, if we were to play a couple of days later they could be a better chance,” Bellamy said.”At the end of the day we’d like them to be ready, especially because they would get the weekend off after, but having said that if they aren’t ready I don’t want to take the chance. Unless they’re 100 per cent ready to go, we’ll probably stick with the guys we had last week.”We don’t want to take the chance of them being out for another 3-4 weeks, we’re stretched without them now so we don’t want to be stretched especially after the Origin period, so we’ll take the conservative route there.”With all of the injuries ahead of the Storm’s clash with the Broncos at Suncorp stadium on Friday night, it opens the door for a club debut for prop Matt White.The 32-year-old joined the Storm in the off-season after playing 153 first grade games with the Titans and the Knights, and Bellamy believes that White has done enough to deserve the call-up.”He’s been really unlucky, but with Nelson’s injury he’ll be a really good chance of coming in. Hopefully for Matt’s sake he’ll get a run this week, he’s been really good in our feeder teams and he trains hard, so it’ll be nice to see him get a start soon at some stage,” Bellamy said.last_img read more

Zidane only has the casualties of Asensio and Mariano to receive the Royal Society

first_imgThe other big question is the presence of Bale. The Welshman has fallen from the call in the last three games due to a sprained ankle produced in the cupbearer match against the Unionists of Salamanca (January 22, 1-3), missing duels against Valladolid, Zaragoza and Atlético de Madrid . The player has been training normally with the rest of his teammates. It will be Zidane who decides if the eleven Madridista returns to a call or remains off the list of summoned.If you want to go to Santiago Bernabéu and enjoy the game live here you can see the available tickets: Check tickets. Third and final training of the Madrid squad before measuring to Real Sociedad (Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. DAZN) in search of a position in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. As in the penultimate training, Zidane did not count on Mariano, who continues with discomfort. The striker has not trained with his teammates for 10 days because of that. Yes, there were Carvajal, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez. The first one is already recovered from the blow he suffered against Atlético de Madrid last Saturday, while the second and third have overcome two febrile processes, which made them stay in the gym on Tuesday. Marco Asensio will also be low for this meeting, which continues with his recovery. So Zidane has 23 players for this match. Surely he will pull players like Areola, Nacho, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Isco, Jovic … they could be the game against the Blue and Whites in order to reserve some headlines for the meeting before Osasuna next Sunday, February 9 (4:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga). Who will be available and will have minutes before those of Imanol Alguacil will be Eden Hazard. The Belgian player will play again with the white shirt after being injured on November 26 against PSG. The Belgian suffered (during his process of evolution of a perimaleolar contusion injury in the right leg) an incomplete external microfissure in said area. That injury has kept him 14 games off the pitch. It will also be his debut in the cupper tournament with the Real Madrid shirt. Hazard will not start from the beginning, but he will enjoy minutes of play for him to take minutes of competition with views especially to the first leg of the round of 16 against Manchester City in the Champions League (February 26, 21: 00 hours). So far, the Belgian player has participated in 13 games (one goal, against Granada), but has only completed four (30.77%). Interestingly, the last meeting in which he played the 90 minutes was before the txuri-urdin in the League, last November 23 (Madrid victory 3-1).last_img read more

RCMP crack down on dangerous driving this weekend with Operation Impact

first_imgThis Thanksgiving weekend, RCMP are reminding the public of the importance of safe driving through Operation Impact, a national initiative to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.Locally, RCMP say there have been 12 deaths and numerous significant injuries on our roads over the last year. They feel that number is “unnacceptable,” and they’re asking the public to be extra cautious when driving this long weekend.In particular, police want drivers to use their seat belts, avoid drinking and driving, and use courtesy on the road.- Advertisement –last_img read more

After a seven-year run, Pico swap meet closes

first_imgAlthough he has managed to secure weekday spots at flea markets in Industry and Santa Fe Springs, without a coveted Sunday slot his income will be reduced by half, he said. “We’ve been doing the Pico swap meet for eight years,” said Solis, who lives in Pomona. “This is supposed to help me for college next year. Now I may not have enough for books and stuff.” Before the swap meet moved to the Sports Arena in 1999, it operated for 25 years at the corner of Whittier and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera. But officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the Fiesta Swap Meet property, earlier this year informed city officials that the swap meet had to go. According to the city’s contract with the agency, only “recreational activities” are allowed on the site. Apart from that, the city’s 15-year contract with Sports Arena concessionaire Ventura Productions ended Thursday. The city has approved a new, three-year, $750,000 contract with LEBA Inc. to run the arena. The swap meet was a once-a-week money generator for Christine and Dale Robertson, owners of Imperial Tire in South Gate. The couple sold sets of tires and offered discounted services and installation at their swap meet booth for three years – a practice that boosted their business by about 10 percent, Christine Robertson said. “We don’t sell a lot \ here but is helps bring in a lot of business,” she said. “I hate to see it end. This was a good year for us with the swap meet.” She said the company would try to obtain a space at the Industry swap meet but was afraid customers wouldn’t be willing to drive the extra distance. The Fiesta Swap Meet had attracted up to 15,000 shoppers a week, swap meet officials have said. But shopper Alfonso Guzman of La Mirada said he would be willing to travel further to find the kind of deals he found at the Fiesta, which he attended about twice a month. “I’ve been coming here for 10 years,” said Guzman, who often found cheap coffee beans in bulk and DVDs. “It’s always good. I know these vendors now. I’ll miss it.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Affording college may be more difficult now for Antonio Solis, who made his last sale at the Fiesta Swap Meet on Thursday. For seven years, swap meet vendors set up shop every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the dusty parking lot of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Bicentennial Park, just west of the rumbling southbound lanes of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. But Thursday was the swap meet’s last day. Now, some 600 merchants will have to find other swap meets at which to make their livings. Solis, 19, helped run his family’s swap meet business, Tony’s Socks and Underwear. last_img read more

Sprint king Bolt scores first goals in f’ball bid

first_img0Shares0000It was Bolt’s first start since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 12 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt made his case for becoming a professional footballer Friday when he scored his first goals after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.The 100 metres world record-holder, who has been bidding for a professional contract since he retired last year, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to grab a double against Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose in front of more than 5,000 fans — a rare turnout for a pre-season game.The Jamaican, wearing number 95 on his shirt in a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58secs, then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract © AFP / PETER PARKSIt was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.“I’m just happy that I got a chance and I’m proud of myself,” Bolt told host broadcaster Fox Sports after the game.“It was a big deal… first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.”Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract.“I’m keen, that’s why I’m here to play my best and to try and get into the team,” he added.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, was handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer.Whether he signs for the Mariners appears still up in the air, but the brace bolstered his case after a difficult first-half where he missed chances and appeared to struggle with the pace and movement of the game.“They’ve seen me in training, they’ve seen what I’m capable of and so, they need to analyse and say, ‘Is he good enough for this club?’ and they will tell me that,” Bolt told reporters after the game.“I just did what I had to do and that’s as far as I can go.”Recently installed coach Mike Mulvey said he was focused on the first game of the season for the Mariners, who finished bottom of the table last season, but heaped praised on the eight-time Olympic champion for his goals.“You’ve got to be so happy for the guy, haven’t you?” Mulvey told reporters.Bolt appeared to appeal for game time, saying he would improve as he gained more understanding of his teammates and what they wanted.He has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.The Mariners have been giving him one-on-one sessions on top of the squad’s training in a bid to turn him into A-League material for when the season starts a week from now.The Mariners will face Brisbane Roar, the club Mulvey was sacked from in 2014, in their first game next Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Key pair ruled out of Arsenal v Spurs: ‘My heart can’t take another bottle job!’

first_img Petr Cech will not feature in the north London derby this weekend Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny will not recover in time to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.Koscielny picked up an injury in the warm-up prior to Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, while Cech pulled up with a muscle problem after running to defend a late corner.And, predictably, Arsenal fans cannot believe their misfortune as the title slips further out of their reach. Have a read of their reaction to the news that Cech and Koscileny will not feature in the north London derby… 1last_img read more

N’Golo Kante could make shock return for Leicester against Watford

first_imgN’Golo Kante could be fit for Leicester City’s clash with Watford on Saturday.The midfielder missed Tuesday’s draw with West Brom due to a hamstring problem and was expected to be out of the game at Vicarage Road tomorrow.However, the Frenchman completed training on Friday and now could be in line to return for the match with Watford.“N’Golo today made all the training session, it was good,” said Ranieri.“Then tomorrow I will decide. He could play [against Watford].” 1 N’Golo Kante [right] in action for Leicester City last_img read more

IRISH WATER IN CLIMBDOWN WITH GLENTIES RESIDENTS OVER WATER METERS

first_imgOne of the elderly residents on Dr McCloskey Crescent in Glenties who were locked into their homes.Irish Water has agreed NOT to install water meters outside the homes of residents in Glenties who oppose their installation.It follows a major stand-off between the company and locals in the town this week after the homes of elderly residents were blocked by Irish Water engineers.Now, following a meeting between the company and locals, Irish Water has agreed to approach individual residents. Irish Water has agreed not to install water meters in Glenties where individual residents do not want them.o approach individual homeowners on the issue.If a resident does not want a water meter, then Irish Water has agreed not to install one.Speaking following the agreement community representative Brian Carr said the move makes common sense.“After meeting with a representative of Irish Water on site here in Glenties this morning, a major breakthrough has been reached. Irish Water have agreed to contact any home who has a poster stating they do not want a watermeter installed. If that homeowner states they do not give permission, Irish Water will not install a meter for their premises.”“At all times this is what we wanted, it is unfortunate that this agreement could not have been made earlier this week as the turmoil and fear that have been created was totally unnecessary.” “Notice of works commencing was not given to the people of Glenties and on Monday morning Irish Water contractors moved into a small estate in Glenties. These houses are predominantly occupied by elderly residents, these residents were blocked in their homes and were feared.“The attitude of the Irish Water representives towards residents has created much of the ill feeling.“We are hoping that real lessons have been learned by Irish Water, all people are wanting is to be treated with respect and their human rights upheld.“The support and solidarity of the community have achieved this agreement. We will continue to support all our neighbours whether they want a metre installed or not.”He added that Right2Water Donegal will be meeting with representatives in the community over the weekend to inform people of their rights. IRISH WATER IN CLIMBDOWN WITH GLENTIES RESIDENTS OVER WATER METERS was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers rookie punter Mitch Wishnowsky pockets NFC award

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Mitch Wishnowsky’s busiest workload of his rookie season has paid dividends, first with yet another 49ers victory and now with his first NFL award.Wishnowsky won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors Wednesday, the first 49ers rookie to do so since Doug Brien in 1994, their last Super Bowl-winning season.KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 24: Punter Mitch Wishnowsky #6 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during pre-game warm ups, prior to a preseason game against the Kansas City …last_img read more

Media tour boosts China-Africa links

first_img10 November 2011 A group of Chinese business journalists are currently touring Africa to investigate investment opportunities, share lessons from existing Chinese businesses on the continent and strengthen the sense of mutual understanding between African and Asian cultures. Brand South Africa is hosting the group during its final leg of the tour, following visits to Ethiopia, Chad, Algeria, Zambia and Kenya. The China Entrepreneur reporters’ findings will be published in their magazine’s African Focus issue at the end of November 2011. The fortnightly publication boasts a circulation figure of 150 000 and is the Chinese equivalent of Fortune – according to Olive Hou, the magazine’s international relations manager. “South Africa is the last stop on our tour to see what strategies these countries have in place to foster trade with China and if there are investment opportunities for China’s entrepreneurs in those countries,” Hou said. Today China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner, with the total value of trade between the two nations nearing US$16-billion (R125-billion) in 2010.Enabling foreign investment Tshepo Nkosi, Brand South Africa’s communications manager, said: “We have structured the tour so that the group will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the different industries in South Africa and the opportunities that exist within those sectors. “After this tour, the group will have been shown how our trade and investment policy acts as an enabler to foreign investment.” And with South Africa’s recent inclusion in the BRIC economic bloc of Brazil, Russia, India and China, the tour comes at an opportune time. “So far we have observed a diversity of Chinese business interests in Africa, including construction projects in Kenya and Algeria, mining along Zambia’s copper belt and telecoms in South Africa – to name a few. Either directly or indirectly these are a boost to local economies,” Hou said. The range of Chinese investments in Kenya was particularly interesting for the team. “There we discovered a plastics-manufacturing firm, and vegetable and poultry concerns run by Chinese. We even discovered a Chinese-owned digital satellite pay-TV group which, in addition to Kenya, operates in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.”Respect for Chinese working culture Hou says the tour has helped develop a sense of respect for Chinese working culture. “We want there to be a better understanding of China’s position in Africa and this can be brought about by healthy media coverage. Sometimes there is negative publicity because people aren’t seeing the bigger picture.” Hou adds that the tour will help the Chinese journalists put together a balanced report on African trade opportunities. “We want our Africa report to be neutral and to cover all experiences and challenges we’ve found in Africa. We don’t want to create propaganda. The report needs to be constructive and show the experiences of people who are having success working cross-culturally. “There must also be advice on how to overcome challenges such as the language barrier and difficulties with local legal systems. China has vast experience in industrial development, which it can bring to Africa.”Policies beneficial to Chinese investment The journalists visited the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) in Sandton, Johannesburg, to learn more about local policies which can help boost Chinese investment. The NEF was established in 1998 as a way to promote and facilitate black economic participation in the newly democratic South Africa. Some years later South Africans of Chinese descent were given full benefits in terms of the country’s employment equity and black economic empowerment (BEE) policies to correct exclusions during apartheid rule. This means that South African Chinese are now eligible to be empowered under BEE, which the NEF supports. This empowerment strategy could be seen as advantageous to China-based investors who have ties with South Africans of Chinese descent. Zwelibanzi Sapula, head of strategic funds at the NEF, said: “Although we do not necessarily go out and look for Chinese investment, we have appointed a financial service provider which shows potential foreign investors all our projects and how they could benefit from being involved.” Sapula added that there are three ways foreign investors can become involved in a project: at a funding level, project level or both. At the funding level, the investor will only make monetary contributions, while at project level the investor will play a more active role in the investment, such as bringing in the technology needed to make the project successful. Sapula cited an NEF-backed project, which involves using Chinese technology to convert discarded tyres into consumable oils. According to the NEF, Chinese involvement at both funding and project levels could have helped speed up implementation as there was a lack of interest from financiers.Entrepreneurial lessons from Sasol During their time in Johannesburg the journalists also visited fuel manufacturer Sasol’s headquarters in the suburb of Rosebank, where they were shown how innovative business models can boost entrepreneurship. One of the examples is the ChemCity initiative, which aims to make it easier for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) to become established in the chemical, energy and related industries. Phase one of the ChemCity Eco-Industrial Park in Sasolburg offers entrepreneurs a space to construct environment-friendly premises with 24-hour security and exemption from paying rates and taxes until 31 December 2018. It also offers competitive rates for the renting or selling of sites. Since July 2004 the ChemCity initiative has helped establish 262 SMMEs and create 3 000 jobs. Hou said: “I see how the South African chemical energy sector is thriving and there are many viable opportunities for Chinese investors in this sector.” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more