Baptiste ‘grateful’ for Raiders deal

first_imgStarting his NRL career at Brisbane opportunities in first grade at Red Hill proved hard to come by, with Baptiste moving south in the lead-up to the 2014 season in search of more regular NRL game time, making five appearances towards the back end of his first year in Canberra.He would improve on this the following year – playing 16 games and scoring two tries – before becoming an integral member of Ricky Stuart’s side on their run to the preliminary finals in 2016, starting from the bench on all but one occasion and striking one of the most effective hooking combinations in the NRL with England international Josh Hodgson.Commencing his fourth pre-season at the club, Baptiste said he was relishing the challenge of another few months of summer training with his future settled for the foreseeable future.”I’m really looking forward to the next two years, I’m just grateful for the opportunity the Raiders have given me here,” Baptiste said at Raiders HQ on the first day of the club’s pre-season training. “I’m looking forward to getting into pre-season and looking forward to next year.”It’s always going to be tough, every club’s going through it at the moment. It’s the start of a new year and everyone starts on the same level.”They’re all pretty hard, they’re all tough. They seem to get a bit tougher each year and I’m sure this will be no different.”Canberra players were well represented at the season-ending Four Nations tournament, with Shannon Boyd (Australia), Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine (both New Zealand), Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead (both England) all still yet to report back to the club for 2016 preparations.When quizzed about his teammates’ experiences in the UK, Baptiste was confident it would give the side a lift as they attempt to go one better in 2017.”I think it would be a great experience over there, I think they’ll bring a lot of confidence to the squad and they’ll probably be better players for it,” Baptiste said.”I’m sure they’ll come back in pretty good nick after Christmas and we’ll be able to hit the ground running there.”Me and ‘Clydy’ (hooker Adam Clydsdale) will be there in the hooking duties while Josh is away and it gives us a bit of time to work on those combinations before he gets back. It’ll be good to have him back.”last_img read more

Lewas top table in Asia tournament

first_imgAfter the completion of four games, the Pacific MMI Lewas remain undefeated and are leading the competition ladder of the East Asia Pacific women’s trophy on 8 points.Lewas coach Kunemo Amini is more than pleased with her team’s performance saying there were games where the team had struggled at times but had fought back to win.“Our fielding was excellent; there were some great classic catches. We bowled very well, good line and length, “said Amini.With the Lewas on top, following closely in second place is Japan who are also undefeated. In third place is Samoa, followed by Vanuatu, Cricket Without Borders (CWOB) and Cook Islands who are yet to win a game.Today will see all teams have a rest with games to resume on Saturday. The Lewas will face giants Japan tomorrow at 10am with the game expected to go right down to the wire.Vanuatu should be able to beat the struggling Cook Islands while CWOB should give the Samoan team a run for their money. Finals will begin on Sunday and finish on Monday.last_img read more

Pirates keep slate clean

first_imgCarpio 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Letran’s Final Four hopes are in peril as the Knights fell to 8-8.The league’s top three teams actually got the job done with San Beda bundling out Emilio Aguinaldo College, 88-51, and Jose Rizal U hammering out a thrilling 60-58 victory over San Sebastian.The Red Lions made it 13 wins in a row, while the Generals dropped out of the Final Four race after losing their 10th game of the season.It was a crucial win for the Bombers as they not only enhanced their hopes of making the next round, but also dealt another Final Four contender a huge blow.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ CJ Perez put on another offensive onslaught in the final period as the Pirates turned back the Knights, 81-69, on Friday to move within two games of an elimination round sweep in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre.Much as he has done for most of the season, Perez put the Pirates on his back when it mattered, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the last quarter as they secured a 16th straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s really fun to watch if you see your players having fun, having fun playing their hearts out, and having fun honoring the game,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.“It’s the inspiration that’s really been there. It was a bit scary when Letran caught up but we know that they are just gonna keep on playing and that’s what makes this group of guys really special.” Ginebra logs key victory It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Lyceum took Letran’s best punches and still walked away with its perfect record intact.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics

first_imgHere are other things to know about the women’s downhill:SURPRISE! NO LEDECKAThe woman responsible for one of the most stunning Alpine results in Olympic history will not be in the starting hut four days later.Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who had only once finished as high as seventh place in 19 career World Cup races, came out of nowhere to beat Vonn and others and win the super-G on Saturday.She’s also a snowboarder, though, and instead of entering the Alpine downhill, she will switch to her other sport and try to qualify Thursday in the parallel giant slalom. That would make Ledecka the first athlete to compete in ski racing and snowboarding at the Winter Games.Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who edged Vonn in March to win the only World Cup downhill ever raced on this track, called Ledecka’s double duty “one of the coolest things in the whole Olympics.”The last women’s super-G champ who skipped the downhill at the same Winter Games was Diann Roffe of the U.S. in 1994.NO SHIFFRIN, TOOThe altered Olympic program of back-to-back race days has not helped Mikaela Shiffrin.Shiffrin opted out of the downhill after the schedule was changed late Monday by forecast strong winds, moving the Alpine combined event forward one day.She will now focus her energy on Thursday’s combined, which adds the times of a downhill and one run of slalom, her specialist discipline. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Vonn, generally considered the greatest female ski racer in history, was in strong form heading into these Olympics, winning the last three World Cup downhills she entered beforehand.Most consider her the favorite, and she looked good in training runs. She produced the fastest time Sunday and the third fastest Monday despite easing up before the finish. In the final practice Tuesday, she was fourth fastest, trying different racing lines to see which created the most speed.“Some of the lines I took (Tuesday) I think were faster, others not,” Vonn said course-side, before going to analyze her run on video. “Everything feels pretty good.”Vonn promised an “all or nothing” effort.“There’s really no need to be nervous or think about pressure or expectation,” she said. “If I’m nervous then I’m going to lose anyway, so what’s the point?”ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed What she also hopes to do, of course, is win a second gold medal in her sport’s fastest event, to go along with the one from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Vonn missed the Sochi Games four years ago after tearing ligaments in her right knee and has said this will be her last go-round at an Olympics.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 folkShe was asked this week how her health is at the moment.“Everything’s great. I feel like a million bucks,” she said with a smile. “And 33!” United States’ Lindsey Vonn competes in women’s downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women’s downhill at the Pyeongchang Games.“I’ve tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill. Just focus on the moment, the right here and the right now. And I think later I’ll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for me,” Vonn said ahead of Wednesday’s contest. “But you can’t get too sentimental right now, because I still have to race. I still have to be focused. And afterward, I’ll do some reflecting.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phoenix, Blackwater clash in virtual q’final KO match TWO GOLDSThere will be no repeat Olympic champion in this race, even though there were two winners — yes, two — in 2014.Four years ago, Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin tied for the downhill title with the same time down to the hundredth of a second. It was the first time in 78 years of Olympic Alpine skiing there were double gold medals.Maze and Gisin have since retired; Gisin’s younger sister, Michelle, is in the lineup and was second fastest in the final practice run Tuesday. The bronze medalist last time, Lara Gut of Switzerland, is also a strong contender.COURSE DESCRIPTIONRacers consider this a course that is neither particularly creative nor particularly steep, so the skiers need to generate pace on their own. “It’s easy,” Italy’s Nadia Fanchini said. “Very beautiful, but very, very easy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

PSC Chairman backs establishment of industrial zone

first_imgWales job fairChairman of the Guyana Private Sector Commission (PSC) Eddie Boyer says he supports calls for the establishment of a new industrial zone at Wales, West Bank Demerara (WBD), following the outcry of residents there about the negative impact of the closure of the estate and the dismissal of hundreds of workers.Boyer was at the time addressing a gathering at the Commission’s job fair which Persons in West Demerara benefited from a job fair at the Patentia tarmac on Thursdaywas held on the Patentia, WBD tarmac, on Wednesday to provide potential employees with information on vacancies and job opportunities.Describing the event as a success, Boyer pointed to the favourable turnout to the job fair, even as he cautioned that training is needed to provide former sugar workers with skills to get gainful employment in other fields.“We will look and see how we can do some skilled and unskilled training for our people because people have to get jobs,” Boyer told Guyana Times.The Roraima Group of Companies, Gafoors, National Hardware, Namilco, Sterling Products Limited, the Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Centre and the Guyana Police Force were some of the 22 participants at the job fair. Gafoors Land of Canaan Factory Manager Kurmar Sharma told this publication that the company received about 100 applications but this newspaper understands that there are only vacancies that the company can actually fill.Meanwhile, Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Leslie James told Guyana Times that many persons who were present at the event, sought information about recruitment to join the Guyana Police Force.Commander James also observed that the event saw a favourable response. Earlier in the day, an opening ceremony was held which saw the presence of Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union representatives and several Members of Parliament.This publication was told that the PSC plans to take the initiative to Enmore and Berbice where thousands of workers were recently retrenched by the Guyana Sugar Corporation.last_img read more

Canadian School of Arts hosts candlelight vigil for Ciara Benjamin

first_imgCandles lit at the school in remembrance of Ciara BenjaminScores of persons turned up at the Canadian School of Arts and Science on Wednesday evening to mourn the loss of one of the students, Ciara Benjamin, who died last weekend in a tragic accident.Seven-year-old Benjamin was a Grade One student of the institution. In a solemn ceremony, teachers, parents and fellow students consoled her family members. Candles were lit as “a reflection” on her life at the school.One of the teachers told Guyana Times that Ciara would be dearly missed. As such, they thought it necessary to show moral support to the family.“We, along with the parent body, decided to host this event – a night of reflection. This is to mourn the passing or the tragedy which occurred on June 1 with Ciara Benjamin. She’s a member of the school, a Grade One child. As a family, we celebrate together and in times of mourning, we must show moral support.”Benjamin lost her life in a road accident at Agricola, Greater Georgetown as she was hit by a truck while crossing the road with her aunt.Her mother, Tracy De Hart, explained that her daughter was brilliant and loving. When she received the call just minutes later, it was impossible for her to go to the scene. It was explained that Benjamin had resided with her father since the age of two, but would periodically visit her mother.On Sunday, Benjamin’s stepmother, Chrisan Thegg stated that she would usually take the child to plait her hair. She was also supposed to assist her with her school assignments.“I told her yesterday (Saturday)…I said I am going to the mall and we are going to buy the stuff to do your assignment – she was going to make a traffic light, so I said we are going to go there and do that today (Sunday).last_img read more

The Inspiring Story Of The Blues – Chelsea Football Club

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea was founded in 1905 who had earlier bought Stamford Bridge. The founder is known as Gus Meras. Meras has the intention of turning Stamford Bridge into a football ground. He originally wanted to rent it to a cub that existed but changed his mind when the Fulham’s deal was halted. The idea of starting a club got him, and that is how he came up with Chelsea FC.The biggest team in LondonSince its establishment, Chelsea overgrew due to the local support. There was huge attendance, which made the club rich hence, players were being paid well. It became the most vibrant club in the country. In the first five years, the team stayed in division one and two. Today, the club is always perceived as being unstoppable. It has won seven FA cups, five league titles, and five league cups. They have also managed to win major UEFA trophies which include: Europa, champion’s league and cup winner’s cup. The team’s success has made several people gamble in its favor at various agen poker sites. First league titleThe first league title won by Chelsea was in 1955. This is after the team had always finished at the bottom half of the league in the years that had passed. They then won their first league cup in 1965 followed by the FA Cup which was won in 1970 and the cup winner’s cup which was won in 1971. From this point, it took the club time before making another trophy. This was due to the financial difficulties that the club started facing. The challenges came as a result of the development of the Stamford Bridge. The club’s fans also demonstrated to some hooliganism which contributed to the difficulties. The officials of the club at some point were fighting bankruptcy, and this made the club’s field result not to be made a priority. The club was then sold in 1982 to new management.Embed from Getty ImagesReturn to lightChelsea club returned to spotlight in 1997 under the management of Ruud Gullit. However, the club did not manage to go to the premier league in the time. The club got back to being one of the clubs that excited people in English football. During this period, they also managed to win some trophies. In 2003, the club was sold to a Russian billionaire, and this marked the change of everything. The club was financially stable, and it managed to win the premier league back-to-back titles. The club has continued to dominate the English football henceforth. Agen poker sites where fans show their love for Chelsea. ConclusionChelsea football club has millions of people celebrating it as their favorite football teams. The determination set by the founder has made sure that the organization becomes successful. The changing of engagement of the team has also played a crucial role in ensuring that the football club in under proper management. For any football club to bear fruits, their control must be determined to ensuring that the team’s mission and vision are achieved. Therefore all the celebrated football teams in the world have a story behind their success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

[Poll] Who Owned Social Media This Election: Romney or Obama?

first_imgdan rowinski If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, there is a very good chance you have been bombarded with campaign news and opinion just about every minute of every day for the last year and a half. Most of the chatter likely comes from your annoying, politically minded friends and followers, but the campaigns have also taken to social media like no election before. The campaigns for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have fought a bitter battle of memes, opinions, insight and slander in 2012 – and it has been hard to ignore. The question is, though, who won the social media battle this year, Obama or Romney? See some examples of each and take the poll below. President Obama Sent Direct Messages To All His Twitter FollowersThe Second Social Media ElectionIn 2008, the presidential contest between Barack Obama and John McCain was considered the first true “social media” election. Many pundits believed that one reason Obama trounced McCain on election night was his superior and ubiquitous social media campaign. In 2012, the social media winner in the presidential election is not so clear cut.The campaigns and their official supporters have been… interesting. Among other things, we have seen:Samuel L. Jackson telling voters to “wake the &%#! up” in a YouTube video sponsored by The Jewish Council for Education and Research.Obama’s campaign make pithy jokes over Facebook about Romney’s Big Bird snafu.Romney create memes over Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line from a stump speech.Daily updates of information or misinformation from both parties.If you like this type of political banter, the last six months or so has been a series of treats in your daily news feed. If not, well, it is almost over. Whose Message Is It?It has been increasingly difficult this year to separate official campaign messages from the messages of the political action committees from the random warblings of your friends. That makes it tough to proclaim a winner of the social media side of this election. The sheer volume of pictures, status updates, meme generators, infographics and the like has been overwhelming from both sides. Even if you do not follow a single candidate on Facebook, Twitter or other social network, your friends probably do, and they have no doubt been sharing these status updates, pictures and videos for months on end. We might look at 2012 as the year when the volume of viral network effects of politically minded online sharing increased by orders or magnitude over previous election cycles. A Lot Of Pictures Of Mitt On FacebookCan we declare a winner for the best social media campaign? We put that question to you. Take the poll below and let us know what you think in the comments. What was your favorite social media moment of the election cycle?Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#2012 election last_img read more

Rats expose police role in liquor trade

first_imgIn a crackdown on illicit liquor operations, Bihar police on Saturday raided the diara (riverine) areas of Patna and Hajipur and destroyed several drums of country-made liquor. In similar raids across the State, thousands of litres of seized illegal liquor were destroyed in presence of District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police following court orders.At a meeting of senior police officials of the Tirhut zone in north Bihar on Saturday as many as 52 policemen were identified as “aiding and abetting” the sale of illegal liquor in their areas. The superintendents of police of all 10 districts of the zone — Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Bagaha, Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Sheohar, Saran, Siwan and Gopalgunj — were present in the meeting. “We’ve identified 244 persons active in liquor trade in north Bihar… as many as 52 police officials too have been found abetting the illegal business…the names of these erring police officials have been sent to the police headquarters for departmental proceedings,” Sunil Kumar, Inspector-General of Tirhut zone told journalists in Muzaffarpur.Mr Kumar also said the property of people involved in the illegal trade and vehicles used in illegal liquor transportation too would be confiscated and impounded. Data on seizuresIn a new directive from the State Police, all officers-in-charge of police stations will have to record every detail of seized illegal liquor like size of the bottle, quantity and brand and share the data with the Superintendents of Police of their respective districts, who in turn are required to inform the police headquarters. Further, the seized liquor at the police stations should be destroyed in 15 to 30 days of seizure, the directive said.The SPs and other officials have been asked to complete investigations in record time in cases in which huge consignments were seized and take stern against the those involved. The action follows Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recent meeting with senior police officials on the illegal trade in the State and reports of rats at police stations destroying bottles of seized liquor apparently having chewed through the stoppers. Mr Kumar asked police officials to crackdown on all those found involved in the illegal trade while attaching their property and impounding vehicles used in transportation.Following the imposition of prohibition in Bihar in April 2016, the police have seized over five lakh litres of smuggled liquor which are kept in police stations. As a result almost all police stations face a space crunch with some renting premises for use as godowns. More than 40,000 people have been arrested under prohibition laws in the last one year.Following random breathalyser tests, three drunken police officials were caught last week and sent to jail.last_img read more

CBI probe starts in Assam; Opposition says region unsafe

first_imgA CBI inquiry into the Assam violence has been initiated and the Army put on alert, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday as the Opposition alleged that the region was not safe because of vote bank politics by the ruling Congress.Replying to a debate on the issue of violence in Assam that has so far claimed 74 lives, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the government was taking the issue seriously and has already initiated a CBI inquiry to ascertain the causes behind violent incidents.”The government is taking this issue very seriously. A CBI team has gone there and an inquiry has started….I have instructed the Army to be alert,” he said. As the opposition created an uproar expressing dissatisfaction over his reply, Shinde said, “I have instructed the Army to be on alert. What else do you want?”He also listed the steps taken by the government to provide relief and rehabilitation, but the opposition dismissed what he said by creating uproar.Earlier, leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley charged the government with adopting the policy of vote bank politics that led to the current violent incidents in the state and alleged that the region was “not safe in its hands” if such a policy continued.Jaitley also urged the government to have a relook at “this vote-bank policy” and start identifying the real problem of illegal infiltration that was causing unrest in the area.”If you adopt the original line of Gopinath Bordoloi (who wanted the cultural and linguistic identity of the Northeast) India will be safe in your hands. But if you adopt vote bank politics, I don’t think this region is safe in your hands,” he said.advertisementJaitley accused the Centre of adopting a “clerical” approach to the problem and urged the Home Minister to reject such an approach. “Here was a government which not only discarded the original Assam line…” but encouraged illegal infiltration enmasse in search of votebank politics, he said.Welcoming the CBI probe into the issue, Jaitley urged the government not to treat this as a “simple crime” and not “miss out” on the issues as to why such incidents have taken place.He also feared that going by “the kind of situation that is existing in these areas, such incidents are likely to be repeated”.”Is this is not a normal consequence of the unnatural change of the demography that has taken place in those areas?” he asked.Reminding the Congress leadership of the policy adopted by its former leader in Assam Gopinath Bordoloi, who wanted the cultural and linguistic identity of the North East, particularly of Assam, to be maintained, the BJP leader charged the ruling party with adopting a policy of vote-bank politics by allowing illegal immigrants and not deporting them.”The Congress leadership at the time of partition was fully conscious of the North East and rightly so that its identity has to be maintained…Unfortunately somewhere post-Independence the line that the Congress took before partition was altered by the subsequent people in the party.”They realised that Assamese vote was going away from them and so they were in search for an alternative vote bank… It is the pursuit of that alternative votebank that is the reason for the problems today,” Jaitley said.last_img read more