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Fiji locals help inspire Bati bonding

May 26, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgThe 27-year-old veteran of six Tests for Fiji is now one of the senior men in the squad along with the likes of captain James Storer and as such they take some ownership of welcoming the new players into the fold.But while most of the squad is made up of current or former NRL players and players from the respective state-based Intrust premierships, there are four players based locally in Fiji who have brought their own unique flavour to this Bati squad.Tuimasi Pio Moceiwaiyevo Seci, Ratu Jowasa Tubailagi Drodrolagi, Etuate Tamanikaitai Qionimacawa and Iliavi Chris Ravu are certainly not household names over here and coach Mick Potter by his own admission isn’t even sure how to pronounce them, but they are just as important to the squad as any other player, according to Naiqama.”We’ve got four local boys from Fiji and once we introduced ourselves to them they were just in shock and it definitely makes me proud when I see that,” Naiqama told NRL.com of meeting his new teammates.”It’s definitely a reality check and just how blessed we are in the NRL being at that level. Sometimes it can become a routine so it is a reality check when you see that reaction on their face. It definitely makes me more proud to be Fijian.”They were (awestruck) at the start but they’ve come out of their shell a bit and that’s what we want. Our senior boys want to spend more time with them to make them feel welcome.”The team shares prayer sessions in the morning and evening while a night of ten-pin bowling on Tuesday night as a follow up to Monday’s team go-karting session had also brought the group together quickly.”We want to make them feel welcome, they’re just as much a part of this as anyone else and they’re definitely feeling that,” Naiqama said.”The Fijian culture, if you’ve been to Fiji it’s always happy people so it’s a positive that we gel real easy. It’s only been three days but it’s like we’ve known each other for weeks.”It also helps that Fijians are naturally so happy and cheerful – and not to mention musical as well as spiritual – Naiqama added.”We’ve got our hymn that we sing before [a game], we do our diversion every morning. “It’s something that’s part of our culture, we put our footy on the foundation of God so we do that every morning at 7am and every night at 5:30, we put 15 or 20 minutes aside for that.”Anyone who has visited Fiji will know what Naiqama is talking about when he says everyone there is musical.”It’s weird how it is but we’re just blessed in that regard that we can all sing and when our voices come together it sounds real good. Those four Fijians coming in have instilled that into all of us,” he said.Potter told NRL.com that selecting the Fiji-based players had required some assistance but they had been a very welcome addition to the squad.”We’ve got some new players that are pretty green to this standard so we’ve done a fair bit of teaching. The players have got together, in their own way they build that very quickly, that togetherness. They do a lot of singing and praying and there’s a good feeling in the camp,” Potter said.”It is a good culture and that brings them together and the pleasing thing is most of the time when they’re doing that they’re not on their mobile phones.”When they’re in a group everyone’s got their heads up communicating or singing rather than having their head in their phones which is what you quite often see now with young players.”The biggest challenge for the new players would be getting used to the intensity of how the game is played by NRL-calibre players, according to Potter.”There’s so many subtleties that we have in the game… every play is daunting for new players, especially fresh from Fiji,” he said.”They’re on a steep learning curve and some of the other guys are as well. There’s some guys there with names I can’t even pronounce but there’s some big athletic young men that will give a good account of themselves on Saturday.”Both Naiqama and Potter also threw their support behind new Kangaroo and former Bati Semi Radradra, despite their obvious disappointment at not having him in the squad.”They’re more happy for him because they know what it could mean to his family and himself. Sure they’re disappointed they can’t play with him but he’s doing better for himself and that’s great,” Potter said.”He probably makes the Australian team better. Some of the Australian people are probably disappointed because someone’s got to miss out because Semi’s going to take their place.”Added Naiqama: “Obviously we’d love to have him here playing for Fiji. He has played for us but we can’t be angry at him, we love him too. At the end of the day he is Fijian and that’s where he comes from but him getting to represent Australia, we’re happy for him and we support his decision.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Spanish National Team already knows the venues for the two matches of April, which are qualifiers for the England Euro Cup of 2021.Will play the April 9 before Moldova in the new Athletic City of Madrid which is located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and the 13, of the same month, against the Czech Republic in Motril (Pomegranate). The internationals are first in group D with 7 points, 2 wins, 1 draw, 8 goals in favor and 1 against. These two clashes are vital for La Roja to close the Euro banknote in British lands as soon as possible. It is the objective of the national combined short-term.last_img

Hydromet Office urges conservation of water

January 12, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgDry season aheadAs the dry season continues to prevail over most parts of Guyana, the Hydrometeorological Office of Guyana has advised that water be conserved during the months of March, April and May (MAM), as less-than-usual rainfall is expected.On its website, the weather department said, “All Regions can expect less rainfall than the usual amounts for the MAM season. The transition into wet season is likely to be less wet than usual; however, there are still chances for short, high- intensity downpours”.In this regard, the organisation has urged that citizens conserve water over this period.According to the Hydromet Office, “Reduced long-term flooding potential and slow recharge rates of large water reservoirs can be expected”.In addition it cautioned that large scale agriculturists who are dependent on rainfall may have to irrigate in some cases.In a much more detailed section of its forecast, the Hydromet Office noted that during the first half of MAM, northern Guyana is usually dry, and later transitions into the primary wet season, while southern Guyana continues to be dry until the rains in mid-April.These conditions, it said, repeat each year, unless they are being influenced by El Niño, when drier conditions prevail; or by La Niña, when wetter conditions prevail.During the MAM period, most of the rainfall will occur in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands – West Demerara), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro– Sipurun) and northern 10 (Upper Demerara–Berbice). “The forecast suggests that there are still chances for downpours which can lead to flooding, but with low possibilities,” the weather department warned.Temperatures for this period in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) are expected to be warmer than usual in the day and night, while cooler days and warmer nights can be expected for Region (Six East Berbice-Corentyne) for this season.According to the Hydromet Office, the current forecast indicates little concern for drier conditions in northern Guyana; however, the forecasted rains can reduce the impact.In regard to rainfall, it was outlined that Regions One (Barima-Waini) to Four, Nine (Upper Takutu–Upper Essequibo) and northen 10 can expect less rain than usual for March.Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice), northern Six and Eight and southern 7 can expect a wetter- than-usual March.Reliable rains for agriculture are likely, but slower increase in surface wetness for Regions Five, northern Six, Eight and southern Seven can be expected.For the months of November and December, 2018 and January 2019, the average total rainfall reached 332mm. It was recorded across Guyana and was below the climatological average of 556mm.“The highest rainfall total (680.2mm) for the period was recorded at Hog Island, Region 3. Most of the rain was experienced in Regions 7 and 10, which resulted in very wet surfaces. More than 90 per cent of stations recorded rainfall below their climatological averages,” Hydromet reported.Rice farmers in Region Three told Guyana Times that they have been hopeful for rainfall, but the clouds would usually get dark and only drizzle on their fields. One farmer, Ganga Persaud, told this publication that the farmers at Hague, West Coast Demerara have for the longest while been using irrigation methods to get water to their plants.Earlier this year, about 300 acres of rice were lost in Region Six, East Berbice, as a result of the prevailing dry conditions and lack of water, while a further 500 acres were under threat.Initially the Hydromet Office had predicted normal rainfall by April.last_img read more

Moose FM broadcasting CDC fundraiser

January 12, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgThe Child Development Centre’s ‘Project Build a Fort’ is getting a large boost with an extra fundraising event occurring in Fort St. John.The CDC has been holding various fundraising events around the city and on Thursday, Moose FM will be sponsoring the annual Artech Welding and Machining Day for the Kids.- Advertisement -The event will take place at Pricesmart in Fort St. John and Moose FM hopes to raise $30,000 which will be donated to the CDC. Residents can donate in person, by phone at 250-787-7100 or online by clicking here.The CDC has been trying to raise $100,000 over the past year to put towards the new building.In February, the CDC received a $50,000 donation to put toward the Project as part of the 2010 Energy Conference’s legacy fund.On Friday, the Centre will also be holding a talent show at the North Peace Cultural Centre beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone who attends the event is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank, the CDC’s Talent Show Co-ordinator Crystal Kalas told Issues and Answers on Wednesday.Advertisement The show will be broadcast on Moose FM starting at 6 p.m. and brought to listeners by CCT.The Centre serves around 1,000 children annually from the Fort St. John area, offering pre-school, a Rotary Play Centre drop-in area and specialized services for children with special needs, including speech therapy, Executive Director Penny Gagnon told Issues and Answers.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea v Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final is live on talkSPORT on 1 March 2015, kick off at 4pm GMT.CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE 2015 CAPITAL ONE CUP FINAL LIVE, BETWEEN CHELSEA AND TOTTENHAM HOTSPURTune in to talkSPORT – the only UK national radio station with full live commentary from Wembley Stadium as Chelsea and Tottenham go head-to-head for the first major silverware of the English football season.And you can also listen to the League Cup final live via talkSPORT.com.For full details of talkSPORT’s live Capital One Cup final coverage, click here. Stream Chelsea v Tottenham live in the Capital One Cup final 1last_img

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and friends for the highlights from a brilliant week of Sports Bar shows.This week’s edition features, Gab Marcotti, Bournemouth left back Charlie Daniels, Eddie Hearn, boxer Deontay Wilder and a sensational instalment of Cundy’s Question Time.Have your say on the Sports Bar, weeknights from 10pm on 08717 22 33 44.last_img

first_img1 Porto are unlikely to sign Watford full-back Miguel Layun permanently this summer, according to reports in Portugal.The Mexican attacking full-back has spent this season on loan at the Portuguese giants and has been a revelation for Jose Peseiro’s team, scoring five goals in 34 appearances.His form has prompted interest from Real Madrid and has left Watford in a strong selling position should they decide to cash in on the 27-year-old.Layun did make four appearances for the Hornets at the start of the season before Quique Sanchez Flores decided he was surplus to requirements at Vicarage Road and shipped him off to Porto.According to O Jogo, Porto are keen on signing Layun on a permanent deal but don’t see his £5m release clause as value for money.Therefore, Layun is set to return to Watford at the end of the season and may begin pre-season training with the club before a decision over his permanent future is made. Miguel Layun playing for Mexico last_img read more

first_imgAs part of the on-going summer sessions every WEDNESDAY at PULSE VENUE another superb night of entertainment has been lined-up for revellers tonight!Management have also decided to #GETWILD and are giving away drinks for just €2.50 ALL night. Entry is just €5 and another packed house is expected to descend on Letterkenny’s No.1 nightspot tonight.The summer sessions every Wednesday have proved very popular so far and with top-class entertainment being provided tonight should be no different.The plan is simple, adopt the trending theme #GETWILD and get down to PULSE VENUE tonight for another night of summer madness.#GETWILD – DRINKS JUST €2.50 ALL NIGHT AT PULSE VENUE LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny court.A religious pastor who had €840 seized by Gardai as part of an investigation into Human Trafficking claims the cash came from donations made by members of his church in Letterkenny.Nicolaie Cirpaci, applied to have the cash returned to him under the Garda Property Act at Letterkenny District Court today. The cash, as well as two passports and an identification card, were seized by Gardai during raids across Letterkenny in September last.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said the raids were part of an overall investigation into Human Trafficking.Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said his client was not involved in any aspect of Human Trafficking “in any way.”He said Cirpaci, of 2 Fortwell House, Letterkenny, is a pastor in the local Pentecostal Church in Letterkenny and that the money belonged to the church.He added that he could prove the money belonged to the church and that they would like the cash back before Christmas.He added that Mr Cirpaci and two other members of the church had attended Letterkenny Garda station on a number of occasions in a bid to get the items including the cash back.Inspector Sheridan said they had agreed to hand back the passports and the identification cards but were applying to withhold the cash as it is part of a criminal investigation.She added that a file on the overall investigation should be ready by the end of January 2016.Judge Paul Kelly gave an order for Gardai to hand back the two passports, which belonged to a ten year old child and a woman, and also an identification card.However he adjourned the case until December 14th next to allow Mr Cirpaci and the two other members of his church to speak with Gardai in Letterkenny.PASTOR CLAIMS CASH SEIZED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROBE IS FROM HIS CONGREGATION was last modified: December 3rd, 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) Tags:cashCirpacidonegalGardahuman traffickingletterkennyseizedlast_img read more

first_imgTraders across Donegal are hoping the weather does not blow away their chances of a last minute shopping rush today.With a relatively slow build-up to festive shopping due in part to poor weather, the public was out in force in shops across the county yesterday.But shopkeepers are keeping their fingers crossed that an orange alert weather warning set for today will not keep shoppers at home. The tills were ringing in the county’s main towns including Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Buncrana yesterday.But traders are hoping for a last-minute spending spree to give them a good Christmas rather than just an average one.In Letterkenny, traffic was very heavy in around the town with long tailbacks into Tesco and Dunnes Stores.The footfall into the Letterkenny Retail Park was very strong with many shops including Evolve Menswear reporting brisk trade. The town’s Main Street was also showing signs of a fightback with many shops reporting solid trading yesterday.The local Chamber is asking people to be patient as traffic builds up during the last minute rush. TRADERS HOPING CHANCES OF LAST MINUTE SHOPPING RUSH WILL NOT BE ‘BLOWN’ TODAY was last modified: December 24th, 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:CHristmasDonegal Townletterkennyshoppingstormtraderslast_img read more