Thanks Prince Harry, but no thanks!

first_imgWhen I heard the news that Prince Harry was to become Patron of the Rugby Football League I genuinely had to check that it wasn’t April 1st.I find it absolutely astonishing that we have quietly accepted at the apex of our sport someone who has never shown a scrap of interest in Rugby League and whose second home genuinely appears to be Twickenham. The Rugby Football Union will have found this development hilarious.It is not unreasonable for the Queen, at the age of 90, to be reducing her commitments. But, as far as Rugby League is concerned, these don’t appear to have been particularly onerous.As a boy, I remember her presenting the Challenge Cup to Wakefield Trinity’s Derek Turner in 1960. I recall her opening BARLA’s office in Huddersfield during 1990, but during the last quarter of a century I genuinely struggle to bring to mind the involvement of the Queen or any other member of the Royal Family with important Rugby League occasions.Indeed, they have frequently been notable by their absence.Where were they, for example, when England played New Zealand at Wembley Stadium in the semi-final of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and two Commonwealth countries contested the Final at Old Trafford?Where were they when the same two Commonwealth countries fought it out at Anfield, Liverpool, in the 2016 Four Nations Final? The similar absence of the Royals from a rugby union international at Twickenham would lead to nothing less than a constitutional crisis.Throughout my time involved in Rugby League I have always had a feeling of great unease about the sport’s continuing desire to seek acceptance by the Establishment, despite the fact that, all through our history, we have been treated with nothing less than contempt by that Establishment.I see it in the constant quest for recognition of the game within our honours system and cringe when, after extensive lobbying on their behalf, we are proclaiming the rarity of some deserving soul from Rugby League being on their knees in front of a minor Royal, receiving one of the lower-level conferments.Despite my strong support for the student game, I see it in our copying of such Establishment concepts as the Varsity Match. In particular I see it in the game’s constant desire to get attention, no matter how fleeting, from the Royal Family.How long will it take for the game to get the rather obvious message that they are not really interested in Rugby League and would probably rather prefer it if we all quietly went away?I find our constant scratching around for such recognition not just embarrassing, but a complete contradiction of the history of a sport which has been rooted, from its very birth, in being proudly anti-Establishment.We didn’t particularly choose this position but, when the Establishment denied what appeared to be basic rights and reasonable demands way back in 1895, Rugby League took the only possible honourable route.From the word go that Establishment did their level best to destroy the sport. But history records not a scrap of effort from our Patron or any of the Royal Family to mitigate the efforts being made by their union friends to do all in their power to kill league.If they had any real interest in decent sporting values and Rugby League, our Royal Family were in a unique position to quietly do something behind the scenes about both union’s bans and proscriptions and, in particular, the disgraceful outlawing of league within the armed forces.In their numerous attendances at England/France union internationals, how many times did the Vichy ban on league get a mention? It is a pretty good bet that the answer is never. The simple fact is that it suited our Royals to do absolutely nothing, even in respect of such quite shameful events.But we continue to believe that, somehow, despite everything our history tells us, these folk will finally come over.The Denny Solomona issue isn’t an aberration but, frankly, par for the course. Without going into the ins and outs of the case it is the most recent reminder of union’s arrogance and disregard for basic decorum when they are dealing with those they clearly regard as their poor relations.And with our new Patron occupying a similar role with the Rugby Football Union – who have been interestingly but unsurprisingly silent on Solomona – do we honestly believe he might act as an honest broker in cases of cross-code conflict? Not a chance! His background and instincts put him solidly and firmly in the union camp.I don’t know the practicalities involved in a polite refusal of an offer of Royal Patronage, but I hope it might not be too late for the RFL to give this matter a little more thought.The Royal Family surely take advice in terms of the appropriateness of suggesting the Patronage of a particular member and, in such circumstances, bearing in mind Prince Harry’s infatuation with union, it is difficult to avoid the feeling of some actual mischief afoot in respect of his nomination.And, in saying a courteous ‘thank you but no thank you’ to Prince Harry’s patronage, let’s use Her Majesty’s retirement as Patron to call an end to this ludicrous cap-doffing once and for all and turn our treatment as Establishment outcasts into a solid virtue.Rather than cosying up to the established order, let’s be proud of being born on the wrong side of the blanket, be proud of the principles we have historically fought for and properly project our game as standing for something different.last_img read more

Knights find unlikely heroes in win over Generals

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Player of the Week: Pinto’s all-around play helps Elite sustain perfect form Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu scored eight points in the final frame where Letran built its biggest lead at 19.Quinto and Calvo still found ways to contribute despite their offensive woes. Quinto finished with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and a block while Calvo had five points, four rebounds, nine assists and two steals.Jerome Garcia scored 20 points while Hamadou Laminou registered 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Generals (2-11).ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Role players picked up the slack offensively to help Letran beat Emilio Aguinaldo College, 92-81, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rookie Coy Galvelo and Jeremiah Taladua stepped up with 15 points apiece while Fran Yu added 13 as the three gave the Knights an offensive lift with main hitters Bong Quinto and JP Calvo struggling.Quinto and Calvo couldn’t find the mark as they combined for only 13 points and shot similar 2-of-12 shooting from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Good win for us. At least, somehow we’re still one-game ahead of the teams trying to catch us,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa, whose squad upped its record to 9-4.“They (Quinto and Calvo) were struggling but it was only on the offensive end but I was confident others will step up and luckily, these three gave us instant offense,” Napa added.last_img read more

51 Cuban Health Workers Arrive to Help Curb Ebola

first_imgA team of 51 Cuban doctors, nurses and administrators arrived in Monrovia yesterday to assist Liberia in overcoming the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country.  The Cubans, who have volunteered to help Liberia eradicate the deadly virus, include 29 nurses and 20 doctors.The Cuban team which also includes several specialists, touched down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County yesterday morning and was received by Liberian government officials. The all-male Cuban team was dressed in the traditional medical gown, with some holding up the Cuban flag. Cuba’s ambassador to Liberia, Jorge Lefebre Nicolas said his country had sent the medical practitioners to Liberia in the spirit of African solidarity. “We see ourselves as part of this. All of our people, heads of our liberation struggle, were brought to Cuba from Africa. We have a compromise with Africa. We cannot see our brothers in Africa in difficult times and we are there folding our arms in Cuba,” Ambassador Nicolas told newsmen. Amb. Nicolas further stated that not long ago Cuba had decided to take part in this “colossal effort to fight the Ebola disease. We have the medical capability and the willingness to come and help with this disease.” The Cuban Ambassador also stated that they are ready to collaborate with the Americans. “I think we should fight against Ebola; any other thing should be put aside,” Amb. Nicolas added.Deputy Health Minister Matthew Flomo, joined by the Chief of Protocol, Mr. Rufus Neufville, and other officials, said the Cubans could not have come at a better time. Min. Flomo said Amb. Nicolas had worked for a long time to establish the modalities leading to a partnership in the health sector between Liberia and Cuba. “Now that we have more ETUs and given that you are here in Liberia, we will be going to the remotest towns to make sure that everyone infected with Ebola is brought to the ETUs for treatment and full recovery,” Flomo said. The Minister further said that with the presence of the Cuban health workers, Liberians can now say that Ebola is not only retreating but would be kicked out of the country. According to the Ebola situation report, which is released by the Liberian Government, at least 2709 victims have fallen prey to the virus. However, the World Health Organization says that as of October 15, there were 8,973 total confirmed and suspected Ebola cases of which there have been 4,484 deaths in the region. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local coaches & gymnastics organization win GymBC awards

first_imgThe GymBC awards recognize those members that have made significant contributions to gymnastics, locally, regionally, provincial and nationally. RICHMOND, B.C. – Chantelle Yates and Mimi Lessard, of the North Peace Gymnastics Association, were the recipients of many awards at the GymBC awards night.Yates was the recipient of the Gymnastics for All Leader of the Year and her five-year judging pin.Lessard received the Zone 8 Coach of the Year and her five-year judging pin.- Advertisement -Yates and Lessard were not the only ones to receive awards as they picked one up on behalf of their organization.Yates says this award shows that NPGA is doing a good job when it comes to building the sport.“Our club was actually selected as the GBC Play Gymnastics Club of the Year, which really encompasses all of the recreational gymnastics. It’s kind of an award for everybody. It’s an award for our coaches, for our members; it shows we are doing are really good at helping to build the foundations of sport,” said Yates.Advertisementlast_img read more

Paladin Blacksox Weekend Results

first_imgThe Paladin Black Sox were busy this weekend, but not quite as busy as they had anticipated. The team travelled to Peace River on Saturday in the first of what was supposed to be a two game weekend, but the game turned to be the guys only one. They dropped the decision 4-1 against league leading Peace River, and now turn their sights on playing Dawson Creek at home this Wednesday, 7pm, at the College Diamonds. – Advertisement –last_img

Man Utd knock out Spurs to reach FA Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Sanchez scored his eighth goal in as many games at Wembley.© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 21 – Manchester United weathered an early Tottenham storm to come from behind to win 2-1 and reach a 20th FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener and ensured that Tottenham’s decade-long wait for a trophy continues. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino played down the importance of winning his first silverware as a coach to back up four years of undoubted progress at Tottenham beforehand, claiming it “wouldn’t change their lives”.However, Spurs started like the side determined to make a statement.Harry Kane and Son Heung-min had already seen shots deflected behind before Spurs went in front with a brilliant team goal on 11 minutes.Davinson Sanchez’s long ball picked out Christian Eriksen perfectly as Paul Pogba failed to track the Danish midfielder’s run down the right.And his cross was inch-perfect for Alli to apply the finishing touch for his 13th goal of the season.Spurs failed to make the most of their early dominance, though, as Eriksen scuffed wide from Kane’s layoff before the England striker just couldn’t reach Son’s viscous in-swinging cross at the back post.Pogba has been a figure of frustration all season for Jose Mourinho, who has often left the £89 million ($125 million) Frenchman on the sidelines.Mourinho said Pogba had shown what he is capable of in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth after being substituted just four days earlier in a shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom that handed Manchester City the Premier League title.And having showed the side of his game that Mourinho detests for Spurs’ opener, Pogba demonstrated his combination of physical power and technical ability as he outmuscled Mousa Dembele before delivering a pin-point cross for Sanchez.Pochettino is still to win a trophy in four years as Tottenham manager.© AFP Ben STANSALLThe Chilean has also been much-criticised since reportedly becoming the highest paid player in Premier League history when he moved from Arsenal in January.However, Sanchez has a superb record at Wembley. His third United goal was his eighth in eight games at the home of English football for club and country.Both sides were unfortunate to not take the lead in the dying moments of a captivating first 45 minutes as firstly Michel Vorm got fingertips to a deflected long-range strike from Pogba.At the other end, Eric Dier then drove against the base of the post with David de Gea unmoved.Kane had the first chance of the second period, but saw his shot blocked behind by Chris Smalling as Spurs again started on the front foot.But, once more, they were hit by a sucker punch when Sanchez’s ball across the face of the area fell perfectly for Herrera arriving late from midfield and, despite going in the middle of the goal, his low effort beat Vorm, who was slow to react down to his right.Eriksen came closest to a reply for Spurs with a long-range strike that flew just wide.Spurs will likely seal their place in the Champions League for a third successive season in the coming weeks as Pochettino’s proof that progress is being made.However, with Spurs only three defeats of 2018 now all coming at Wembley against the toughest of opposition in Juventus, Man City and now United, questions remain over Pochettino’s ability to turn Tottenham into trophy winners.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours: Man United fans divided over reported bid for World Cup star

first_img1 Marcos Rojo playing for Argentina at the World Cup Man United are without cover for £31m signing Luke Shaw after selling Alex Buttner and Patrice Evra.This would explain why they have been linked with Sporting’s Marcos Rojo. The defender played five times for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, scored one goal and according to reports in Portugal, United have offered the club £16m.Rojo can play both centre-back and left-back, though despite the versatility some Man United fans think buying him would be a step down from previous transfer targets.Do you think signing Rojo is a good move?last_img read more

Fanatics should back up their rhetoric

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HERE’S a thought for all the anti-illegal immigration fanatics out there: Instead of carping endlessly to anyone within earshot of how illegal immigrants are ruining California, do something about it. That’s right. Turn those tired arguments (“what part of illegal’ don’t you understand?”) into some real action. I’m not suggesting the kind of vigilantism undertaken by Jim Gilchrist and his Minuteman followers who caused a media stir by taking their rifles, lawn chairs and self-righteous conviction down to patrol the U.S. Border. Misguided though I think they are, the Minutemen and -women deserve some credit. They at least have the cojones to act on their personal principles. Most of us don’t. What I’m suggesting is that those who don’t want “illegals” and by that they mean those brown, Spanish-speaking types (those 600,000 illegal Canadians and Europeans just don’t seem to be a problem) living up in here, put their money where their mouth is. Literally. Boycott. This would be a perfect time to adopt this old-school protest relic employed with great success by the very people now the subject of the anti-immigration movement. This week the Senate is set to debate immigration reform. The House already passed an immigration reform bill so punitive it harkens back to the Depression-era time when Mexican Americans were rounded up and shipped back “home.” Among other things, the House bill would criminalizes the 12 million people living here without permission, as well as those individuals and organizations who might happen to “assist” whatever that means an illegal immigrant. While both the president and some Senators are hoping for reform that would include a guest-worker program, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is pushing a proposal similar to the House bill. Hello, immigration round-ups. Whatever the good senators come up with, it’s sure to be an ugly debate that dredges up the specter of racism and nativism that has plagued this country almost since its birth. If polls can be trusted, then a majority of legal Americans don’t want their roughly 12 million undocumented neighbors here, even though they continue to enjoy the many economic benefits made possible by the exploitation of undocumented workers. Fine, it’s an easy fix. To borrow the slogan from the failed war on drugs, just say no. Don’t want dirt-poor Mexicans and Salvadorans sneaking across the border to work California’s fields? Fine, just say no to $1 avocados and $10 car washes. Go without or find a local family farm or business that hires only bona-fide residents and pays them the minium wage. Better yet, grow an avocado tree in your own backyard. Want to discourage those 12 million illegal workers from trekking hundreds of miles? There’s really only one way to do it remove the demand for their services. That’s the fundamental basis of capitalism: if there’s a demand, there will be a supply. There’s only one humane and honest way to stop desperately poor workers from coming north to seek their fortune, and it’s not by building a 692-mile wall or increasing the penalties for illegal border-crossers or rounding up all the the brown folk for immigration checks. But evidently few people are willing to suffer the inconvenience. Who wants to pay $5 for an avocado? Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.comlast_img read more

32 DONEGAL BUSINESSES GET COVETED BRIDGESTONE 2013 GUIDE LISTING

first_imgTHIRTY-two Co Donegal businesses are celebrating today after being listed in the 2013 Bridgestone Guide – the tourism bible.Included was Richard Finney of the Winebuff in Letterkenny pictured.Others named are listed below: Nancy’s Bar and The West End Café in Ardara; Doherty’s Café and Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend, The Beach House Bar & Restaurant as well as Linsfort Castle in Buncrana; Quality Sea Veg in Burtonport; Claire The Bakers in Burtonport; The Glen House in Clonmany; Aroma Coffee Shop, The Blueberry Tearoom, McGettigan’s Butchers, The Olde Castle Bar & Restaurant, Simple Simon Natural Foods, and Eddie Walsh & Sons in Donegal Town; The Green Man, The Mill Restaurant and Starfish Café and Bistro in Dunfanaghy; Castle Murray House, St John’s Point; The Red Door, Fahan; Filligan’s Preserves and Good Earth in Glenties; Glenveagh Tearooms; Kealy’s Seafood Bar, Greencastle; The Wine Buff and Cafe Banba in Letterkenny; The Village Tavern, Mountcharles; The Farm Shop, Moville; Donegal Rapeseed Oil, Raphoe; Moorfield Lodge, Ramelton; Kinnegar Brewing and Rathmullan House in Rathmullan. 32 DONEGAL BUSINESSES GET COVETED BRIDGESTONE 2013 GUIDE LISTING was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:32 DONEGAL BUSINESSES GET COVETED BRIDGESTONE 2013 GUIDE LISTINGlast_img read more

31 summoned for U17 CAF qualifiers

first_imgThe under age team will take part in the CAF U-17 Central East Regional Qualifiers (File Photo)The Technical team of the Uganda U-17 National side-Cubs has named a total of 31 players for preparations of the CAF U-17 Central East Regional Qualifiers in Tanzania.However the players will undergo the mandatory MRI tests before they are considered for training under head coach Peter Onen.“The tests will be conducted to ascertain the true age of players because it is one of the many requirements before the final squad is submitted to CAF, said FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein.The FUFA Youth Development officer Bashir Mutyaba also confirmed the latest developments.“The players to undergo the tests have been identified by the technical team and we believe they will do a good job, said Mutyaba.“Our training programme has been communicated to the key stakeholders.“We need to improve on our performance from the one we had in Burundi because only one team will qualify for the AFCON U-17 Finals.In April, the Cubs lost 1-0 to Somalia in the CECAFA U-17 championships in Burundi and had to settle for third after thrashing Kenya 4-1 in the third play-off game.Also Read: Tanzania crowned CECAFA U-17 champions as Uganda settles for thirdKey Dates and Activities:-CAF U-17 Regional Qualifiers (CECAFA) in Tanzania 11th-26th August 2018-Uganda’s opening game is against Ethiopia on 12th August 2018-MRI tests for players-10th-15th July 2018-Non Residential training starts on Monday 16th July, 2018-AFCON U-17 Finals- Tanzania 12th -26th May 2019 (Top 3 Qualify for FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru 2019)The Uganda U-17 summoned Squad;Goal Keepers:Oluka George William (Buddo SS), Daniel Ssemwogerere (UPDF), Tonny Atugonza (Buddo SS), Benedicto Ssekitoleko (Richmond High School) and Oyo Dalton (Kirinya JSS).Defenders:John Rogers (Onduparaka FC), Garvin Kizito (SC Villa), Ibrahim Ekelot (Bright Stars), Samson Kasozi (Bright Stars), Kevin Ssekimbega (Buddo SS), Geoffrey Matovu (Bright Stars), Joseph Kafumbe (Buddo SS), Juma Ibrahim (KCCA FC).Midfielders:Gerrald Kirya (Vipers SC), Gerald Kirya (Bright Stars), Elvis Ngonde (Jinja SS), Josoph Alowo (URA FC), Thomas Kakairye (Vipers SC), Edrine Mukisa (Kirinya JSS), Umar Lutalo (Aspire Soccer Academy-Senegal), Steven Sserwada (KCCA FC), Owen Mukisa (Bul FC), Galdin Okumu (Jabulani Isoke Memorial College), Ivan Asaba (Vipers SC), Abdul Yasin Owinyi (Rock High School), Polycap Mwaka ()Obya Highland Primary School.Strikers:Jimmy Muber (St. Peters Junior primary School), Rogers Mugisha (Masavu FC), Najib Yiga (Kisozi Seed High School), Abdulwahid Iddi (Onduparaka FC), Kenty Anthony (Onduparaka FC).Head Coach: Peter OnenAssistant Coach: Hamzah LutaloGoal Keeping Coach: Mubarak KiberuManager: Bashir MutyabaKits Man: Frank BupenjeTeam Doctor: Nakabago EmmanuelComments Tags: topUganda U17last_img read more