Off-contract Asiata feeling the heat

first_imgAfter moving to Townsville as a teenager to launch his NRL career, the utility finds himself without a club in 2021 and hopes a strong start to this year’s Telstra Premiership season will help his cause.”I would be lying if I said I was not fazed at all because it is a tough period,” Asiata said.”I have a wife and two kids and all you want to do is make sure there is security behind your career.”Before Christmas, Asiata met the Gold Coast and toured their facility after Titans coach Justin Holbrook expressed an interest in the 26-year-old.However, Asiata said he wasn’t looking to move just yet.”The Cowboys have been very supportive,” he said.”This is where I debuted. They gave me my first NRL pre-season. The club has looked after my family; I lost some family in 2016 and having the club support me with what I needed at the time was massive.”Our club here at the Cowboys is very family-oriented.”Asiata believes 2019 was his best year in Townsville as he transitioned from playing in the middle to playing five-eighth at times.The talented ball-player made 12 appearances in the halves last season and played in every match.”I was in and out with different positions but I played every game,” Asiata said.”It was a challenge but I thought I did pretty well. Personally I hit some goals that I wanted to hit.”I thought it was going to be a tough period but I thought what I did was pretty good.”A strong start in 2020, beginning with the round one blockbuster against the Broncos at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, will be key to Asiata’s future.”I’m not worried but I am sort of feeling the pressure that this year has got to be a good year,” he said.”It doesn’t matter if it is at the beginning and I get signed in the middle, but I need to play well.”last_img read more

Injury could keep Wade out six weeks

first_imgWith about 10 minutes remaining, Wade reached in on a driving Shane Battier with his left hand. Battier’s momentum forced Wade’s left arm back, and Wade immediately grabbed the arm and walked to the bench hunched over. Tinsley, Daniels surrender: Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and teammate Marquis Daniels surrendered to police, hours after being charged in a Feb. 6 bar fight. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade likely suffered what was initially called a dislocated left shoulder, which could keep him out for a period of about six weeks, according to a Miami Herald report. Wade left Wednesday’s 112-102 loss at Houston wincing in severe pain in a wheelchair, his left arm propped up. Tinsley and Daniels played in the Pacers’ 136-129 double- overtime victory against Milwaukee on Wednesday night, then surrendered to police in Indianapolis about 9:15 p.m. PST, said Capt. Dave Wilkes. Earlier, a Marion County grand jury indicted Tinsley on a felony charge of intimidation and misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and intimidation for the fight at 8Seconds Saloon, said Matthew Symons, spokesman for the Marion County prosecutor. Daniels was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. center_img 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

AFC beats Nairobi Stima to lift off dark cloud

first_imgStand-in coach Tom Juma, who was handling his last match before the arrival of Robert Matano next week, handed a first team debut to Burundian striker Alex Kitenge while other new boys Keziron Kizito, Okaka and Victor Majid started.Okaka, signed in June by the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions showed just why Ingwe went for his signature, giving the side the lead inside the first three minutes, slotting past the keeper after being picked out by a Dennis Sikhayi.Eight minutes later, Nairobi Stima who had previously conceded only two goals in 14 matches found themselves conceding the same number in 11 minutes when Mawira rose high inside the box to power home from a Kizito corner.In the second half, Stima upped their attacking game, but Leopards managed to hold them off and should have had a goal of their own but Vincent Oburu’s shot on the hour mark came off the upright.Elsewhere, 2014 champions Sofapaka eased into the next round with a 1-0 win over Western Stima at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Hillary Echesa scored the all important goal for Batoto ba Mungu connecting home a Meshack Karani cross.In the early kick off, Gambian striker Ebrimah Sanneh scored his second goal in as many matches as Kariobangi Sharks went through with a 2-0 win over Kenpoly.GOtv Shield Round of 32 results and fixtures (Kick off 3 p.m. unless stated)Saturday: Zetech v Kakamega Homeboyz, AFC Leopards 2 Nairobi Stima 0 (Mumias Complex), Mwatate United 0 Butterfly FC 2 (Wundanyi Stadium, Voi), Kenpoly 0 Kariobangi Sharks 2, Nakumatt 0 (8) Modern Coast 0 (7) (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Ulinzi Stars 0 Sony Sugar 1 (Afraha Stadium), Coast Stima v Nzoia Sugar (Mbaraki Complex), Karatina Homeboyz v GFE 105, Sofapaka 1 Western Stima (Thika Sub-0 County Stadium).Sunday: Young Divers v Eldoret Youth (Mbaraki Complex), Wazito v KCB (2 p.m.), Ushuru v Vihiga United (Camp Toyoyo 4 p.m.), Bidco FC v Rainforest (2 p.m.), Gor Mahia v Bandari, (Thika Sub County Stadium 4 p.m.), Taqwa v Savannah (2 p.m.), Tusker v Palos (Kinoru Stadium Meru 4 p.m.).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards Fans try to push their team on during the 1-1 draw with Zoo Kericho at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 15, 2017. PHOTO/ Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 8- First half goals from new signing Aziz Okaka and defender Joshua Mawira saw AFC Leopards lift off their dark cloud, beating Nairobi Stima 2-0 at the Mumias Complex to progress to the third round of the GOtv Shield.Ingwe, winners of the Shield in 2013, were under pressure to register a win, coming off a poor league record of eight winless matches and playing at their traditional home ground, the blessing for victory was never too far away.last_img read more

Not-guilty plea in shooting of boy

first_imgNORWALK – A teen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to shooting a 15-year-old boy with a sawed-off shotgun at a bus stop. Deputies said that after the shooting the wounded boy got on a bus and headed to school. Victor Campa, who turned 18 this month, is being tried as an adult in the Feb. 21 incident at Norwalk and Mines boulevards in the unincorporated county area of Whittier. Prosecutors charged Campa with assault with a deadly weapon, possessing a sawed-off shotgun and being a minor in possession of a weapon. The younger teen was shot in the back and arm with shotgun pellets. Residents said they heard gunshots and screaming. A neighbor called Frontier High School and reported that a boy had been shot and boarded the bus on his way to school. Security guards at the school met the teen when he got off the bus. He was later taken by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Two gang detectives spotted a teen matching the description of the shooter walking around the area. They searched his home in West Whittier and found a shotgun. However, Campa isn’t being charged with any gang allegation. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dressed in a blue Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuit, a cuffed Campa appeared at his Wednesday arraignment at Norwalk Superior Court. He will be back in court Oct. 24 for a pretrial hearing. Campa was being held at Men’s Central Jail, deputies said. The motive behind the Feb. 21 shooting hasn’t been revealed yet. The shooting occurred as a 15-year-old boy waited at a bus stop for a ride to school. Another teen rode up on a bicycle, authorities said. Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford said the bicyclist pulled out what looked like a gun. The boy started running. “He hears a shot,” Lunsford said. “He feels burning in his back and arm.” last_img read more

Leicester latest : Foxes have NOT made contact over Deportivo La Coruna striker

first_img Spanish striker Lucas Perez netted 17 goals for Deportivo La Coruna last season Deportivo La Coruna have received no offers for Lucas Perez – despite reported interest from Leicester City.The striker bagged 17 goals last season and interest is high with the summer transfer window fast approaching.Leicester are one of the clubs chasing the 27-year-old and they are reportedly ready to fork over £15million.But for now Deportivo’s director of football, Richard Barral, claims that no official bids have been made for Perez.“We are in ongoing discussions with him but are giving him a bit of breathing space to listen to everything, but we’ve had no concrete offers yet,” Barral told reporters in Spain.“In football you must manage time as rushing things leads to mistakes and we can’t go mad again.“Lucas has several years left on his contract and right now we are including him in the squad for next season.” 1last_img read more


first_imgDaniel and baby OliviaPROUD grandad Daniel O’Donnell holds his granddaughter Olivia for the first time.Majella’s daughter Siobhan – and partner Gavin – are proud new parents.And look how proud Daniel is in this picture…  PROUD GRANDAD DANIEL MEETS LITTLE OLIVIA FOR THE FIRST TIME was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:babydaniel o’donnellgrandadolivialast_img read more


first_imgFrom Left: Ronan Doherty, Lecturer, LYIT; Mick Murphy, Donegal GAA County Board; Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT; Dr Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law and Humanities LYIT; and Rodger Keenan, Ulster Council. PIC BY CLIVE WASSONDonegal GAA has gone into the classroom for the first time!Letterkenny IT is hosting a new Diploma in Performance for Gaelic Sports. This is the first time that this Level 3 Diploma has been held in Donegal.“We are delighted to host the Diploma course at LYIT,” said Dr Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law and Humanities. “It reflects the long-standing close relationship which LYIT has with the GAA.” Currently, elite gaelic athletes are offered the opportunity to participate in the LYIT GAA Academy during their studies.The Academy supports player development and helps prepare them for the new season. The hard work is paying off with LYIT Ladies and Men’s Gaelic teams doing very well this year, recently reaching the final in the National College Leagues.Dr Ramsey adds, “We are delighted to be able support the development of coaching within the county. Our sports curriculum has always been informed by external coaching bodies including the GAA and we’d like to thank them for their valuable input.”LYIT currently offers Degrees in Sports Coaching and Performance, Sports Development and Coaching, and a Higher Certificate in Sports Studies. To find out more about Sports Programmes at LYIT, visit    DONEGAL GETS ITS FIRST DIPLOMA IN GAA SPORTS STUDIES was last modified: November 21st, 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:donegalGAA studiesLYITlast_img read more

Davis portrait takes its place in Capitol

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A couple of former political foes, Gray Davis and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined forces Wednesday to unveil Davis’ official gubernatorial portrait – a bright painting showing a smiling Davis standing in a field of golden poppies with Carmel Bay in the background. “I love it,” California’s 37th governor said after the portrait was hung on the third floor of the Capitol’s historic west wing. “I hope that portrait reminds people how beautiful California is and of our obligation to preserve it for future generations.” It hangs next to paintings of his four predecessors – Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson. The painting, a 5-foot-by-4-foot oil by San Jose artist Robert Semans, shows Davis at Monterey County’s Palo Corona Ranch, which the state bought with park bond funds approved by voters in 2002. The painting was unveiled during a ceremony before a crowd that included dozens of former Davis staffers in the Capitol rotunda. “It’s a festive occasion,” said Byron Tucker, one of Davis’ former press aides. “I have been excited about this. A lot of good people did a lot of good things in this administration. It’s nice to see our guy get honored.” Schwarzenegger, a Republican who was often highly critical of Davis during the recall campaign, said the former Democratic governor had done an “incredible job” during his nearly five years in office. “He always fought for the underdog,” Schwarzenegger said. “He always fought for the poor. … And he had a tremendous impact on education.” He said the two had become friends since the election and that Davis had given him “great advice” when he became governor. Davis, who seemed to tear up briefly at the start of his remarks, said he “loved every minute” of his tenure as governor – “the good, the bad and the in-between.” The Legislature passed a law in 1931 authorizing the state to pay for portraits of governors after they leave office. Davis’ portrait cost taxpayers $50,000, said Steve Maviglio, Davis’ former press secretary who is now an aide to Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles.last_img read more

North Pole may be in Northridge

first_img Not amazing, Fran says. Just a mother who figured out long ago that if you want people to do good things in life, you’d better help them out a little. “My philosophy is, everybody wants to help,” she says. “You just have to tell them what to do, how to do it and finish it for them.” With the help of her husband, Lenn, Fran has made it happen for thousands of needy and disadvantaged kids. About 98 percent of the presents she delivers have been for Christmas, not Hanukkah, but who cares? Fran says. This isn’t about religion. It’s about magic. “She’s been invaluable for us,” says Felice Resnick, director of the Family Friends Project for Jewish Family Services, which serves children who are chronically ill, physically and mentally challenged, or living in at-risk families. “The gifts she’s provided over the years have gone to make the holidays – Christmas and Hanukkah – so much happier and brighter for all our kids,” Resnick says. “We give her a wish list of kids – their ages and a tiny description – and Fran always makes sure something comes back to us that is entirely appropriate for that child.” When the holidays are over, Fran’s North Pole doesn’t shut down. It just retools. She goes into the religion classes at her temple and talks to the kids about how lucky they are, and how good they’re going to feel sharing a little of that luck. She started a program called birthday twinning. Each lucky kid chooses a not-so-lucky child with a birthday on or near their own. Last year, 50 kids without parents in their lives got a birthday present from a friend they didn’t even know they had. From the kids over at Temple Ahavat Shalom. There’s a stack of notes in Fran’s desk from kids wanting to thank her. The one that really touched her, she says – really got to the heart of what she is trying to do – came from a little boy a few years ago. “You cared,” he wrote. “You didn’t have to do this. You did this because you wanted to.” Exactly. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 HOW TO HELP To donate to Fran Rosenfield’s gift-giving project, bring new unwrapped toys and books to Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (818) 360-2258. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “These are things they wouldn’t get from parents, if they were with their parents,” said Rozie Cacho, a caseworker with the Department of Children and Family Services. And they’re not. Even the ones who are – like the kids Penny Greenblatt sees at the Child and Family Guidance Center – have no sure bet that they’ll be opening Christmas presents this year. Greenblatt provides mental health counseling for low-income single mothers through CalWorks, a state welfare-to-work program. “Fran called me out of the blue a few months ago wanting to know if she could help make Christmas brighter for our kids – and she has,” Greenblatt said. “She’s amazing.” “My kids don’t get much, but when they do, the look in their eyes is magic.” -Caseworker Rozie Cacho The head elf at Temple Ahavat Shalom has been putting magic in the eyes of abused and neglected children in the San Fernando Valley for more than 15 years. Every December, Fran Rosenfield transforms her Northridge home into the North Pole, where friends and fellow members of her synagogue drop off gifts for children they don’t know. It doesn’t matter whether the kids are Jewish or Christian – whether the gifts are for Hanukkah or Christmas. The only thing that matters is the magic they provide for some kids who can use a little extra love. last_img read more


first_imgFEARS are growing over another charity backlash – after the woman who runs the Rehab Radio Bingo and Lottery refused to say how much she’s earning.Hundreds of people in Donegal play the bingo each week, with the money split between the radio stations and Rehab, a mainly commercial organisation.But Justice Minister Alan Shatter expressed alarm at how much of the cash was going to Rehab’s work. He told the Dail that Rehab Bingo sales of €3.19m during 2010 yielded profits of just €548,000.Rehab lottery scratch card sales of almost €4m in 2010 yielded profits of only €9,452,When the Minister said he met Rehab he noted the profits ratio “seemed disproportionate” and he expressed concern at the approach being taken to public fundraising.The Minister was responding to Donegal TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn who is attempting to pass a private members bill into law which would finally regulate charities here. “Since the foundation of the State, charities have been unregulated. The effect of this is that it is now doing untold damage both to the charities themselves but more importantly to the vulnerable people who depend on them,” said Deputy Mac Lochlainn.Mr Shatter also said Rehab had initiated costly legal actions against the State over the running of the National Lottery.This, he said. was likely “to exert a significant burden on either public resources or charity resources or both.”Angela Kerins, the CEO of Rehab – which is a mainly commercial organisation which works for social inclusion – has refused to say how much she now earns.Two years ago it was reported she earned €234,000 per year – with a further €23,000 from sitting on boards of state agencies. Pressure is now growing on Rehab, and other charities, to state how they spent their money and how much their top bosses receive.Rehab bosses may now be called in front of Dail committees to explain how the bingo and lottery money is split.There are fears of new boycotts – similar to those which started in the wake of Central Remedial Clinic scandal.FEARS FOR REHAB RADIO BINGO BOYCOTT OVER CHARITY BOSS’S ‘MASSIVE’ SALARY was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bingocontroversyProceedsRehabsalarylast_img read more