Masoe to rip into Auckland Nines

first_imgThe former Sydney Roosters and Penrith prop has spent the past two years with St Helens in the English Super League and believes his game has grown in leaps and bounds.But even Masoe was taken aback by his selection in Paul McGregor’s squad for the fast-paced Nines event.”It was surprising for myself because it’s not really meant to be for the bigger dudes,” the 199cm Samoa international said.”It’s more for the faster guys, so I’m quite stoked at being named.”It’ll be less people to tackle me, so I might get a few one on one situations, get a bit more space to target smaller guys.”Masoe’s size and strength have always left coaches salivating.But having struggled to live up to the potential seen when he broke through with with the Roosters in 2010, he reinvented himself in the UK and is grateful for a second chance in the NRL.”I’ve matured as a player and I picked up some useful things in England,” said Masoe.”And I’ve already picked up things here with the Dragons in terms of training and fitness.”The one thing that could keep Masoe from lining up at the Nines is a rib cartilage injury suffered at training last week.”It’d be good to play in the Nines, but if it’s not ready I don’t want to risk my season,” he said.”It’s just one of those annoying injuries and takes time to heal.”Masoe is one of several promising off-season recruits at the Dragons, who finished eighth last year, and the potential is there for a deep post-season run in 2016, but Masoe couldn’t be talked into a prediction.”We’ll keep ripping in and see how we go,” he said.”Maybe we’ll fly under the radar and see if we can get some teams, and try and make the eight like they did last year.”last_img read more

Rare series win for Windies

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh, CMC – Evin Lewis and Keemo Paul provided a glimpse of the future for West Indies as the Caribbean side won only their second series in any format this year with a dominant 50-run victory over Bangladesh, in a controversial decisive third Twenty20 International here Saturday. The left-handed Lewis, short of form in recent times, broke out of his rut with a sparkling 89 off just 36 balls as West Indies rattled up 190 all out with four balls remaining in the innings. The Windies won the opening Twenty20 International last Monday but Bangaldesh tied the three-match series with a win in the second on Thursday. Tasked with completing their second highest successful run chase, Bangladesh were taken apart by 20-year-old seamer Keemo Paul, who produced stunning career-best figures of five for 15 to blow the hosts away for 140 off exactly 17 overs. Liton Das slammed 43 at the top of the order to get Bangladesh up to 65 for one in the fifth over but a contentious no-ball incident in the fourth over seemingly sparked the Windies to life, and Paul led the revival by wrecking the middle and lower order to send the last nine wickets tumbling for 75 runs. West Indies’ only series win this year in any format came against Bangladesh in the Caribbean when they swept the Test series 2-0.last_img read more

Bess seeks 3rd term as GABBFF holds elections

first_imgThe Guyana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GABBFF) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 18 at the Federation’s head office located at Olympic House, High Street Kingston.The meeting is expected to feature the President’s report, the treasurer’s report and equally as important, the election of office bearers for the next term.The current body of officials include Attorney-at-Law Keavon Bess as President.Keavon Bess will be running for a next term at the helm of GABBFFBess has been heading the Federation for two terms now.Holding other posts are Hugh Ross as Vice-President, Stacy McKinnon as General Secretary, Videsh Sookram as Organising Secretary and Moressa Oscar as Treasurer.The election, which is held every two years, is particularly important as it will see those elected usher Guyana’s bodybuilding future into a stage where Guyana can be with the top countries of the world as it has seen tremendous growth over the last few years with a number of records being broken.According to incumbent President, Bess, “Bodybuilding has grown tremendously over the past five years and we have seen a sport on a yearly basis returning with medals from International and Regional Competitions.”He noted that “We are on the right trajectory of upward movements but more has to be done, from the certification of our Judges to the financial support of our athletes. I am confident that we will get to a position of financial security once corporate Guyana and the Government come on board.”Bess who has signaled his intentions for running again for the post he currently holds indicated that for the 2017 season, works are already in the pipeline for the season to be unfolded in emphatic fashion with the sport kicking off the year with their annual Novice Competition which is billed for April 8 at Theater Guild, Parade Street.The AGM is expected to commence at 10:00h.last_img read more

Ponting should have retired earlier

first_imgLawson, a former coach of Pakistan, said that if Ponting wanted to go out on a high, as he has indicated, then he should go now.“I thought the press conference was one of the most self-indulgent little pieces of self interest I’ve seen for a long time,” Lawson, who played 79 ODIs and 46 Tests for Australia, told Sky Sports Radio.“I listened very intently to it and there was a lot of ‘I’ … ‘I this’ and ‘I’ that’ and ‘how I’m good for the team’ and I’m really annoyed by it.“I just thought it was incredibly self-indulgent. Maybe Ricky needed it but I don’t think the team needed it.“He said he wanted to go out on top. Well, he just made a double hundred in the Test match (in Adelaide last month). The only way he can go now is down.”But Border, who played 156 Tests, disagreed, saying Ponting remained a “walk-up start” to Australia’s Test side given a lack of young batting depth.“I’m always reluctant to push these guys into retirement when they’re not quite ready because we haven’t got those four or five young players pushing these guys,” Border told“Ricky Ponting at his absolute best is a walk-up start. Ricky Ponting a little bit below his best is still heaps better than a lot of the young guys that we’ve got going around.“He’s got that passion for the game and the passion for the effort that goes in behind the scenes that people don’t see. And while he thinks he can do it all, why not keep going?”Ponting’s ODI sacking came less than a month after his commanding role in Australia’s 4-0 clean sweep of the home Test series against India, when he scored 544 runs at 108.80 with two centuries and three 50s.He is now looking to extend his 162-Test career in the West Indies in April.Fast bowler Brett Lee called Ponting a “great ambassador” for cricket and said he would be sorely missed in the one-day dressing room.“Ricky Ponting has been a wonderful teammate, he has been a great ambassador for the game and a brilliant cricketer, almost akin to Sachin Tendulkar,” Lee told reporters.“The dressing room will seem quiet and empty now without him. It’s quite a weird feeling actually to think that he won’t be around in one day cricket, because he has always been there.”While axed from the international one-day team, Ponting will continue playing the format for Tasmania and was Wednesday named in their 13-man squad for South Australia on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SYDNEY, Australia, February 22- Ricky Ponting is being self-indulgent and should have retired from Test cricket as well as the one-day game, former Australian paceman Geoff Lawson said Wednesday.But others, including former skipper Allan Border, backed the 37-year-old’s decision to continue playing.Ponting, cricket’s second-highest one-day scorer, was dumped from the limited overs side after 17 years this week but vowed Tuesday to fight on in the Test team.last_img read more

The FA Cup throws up yet another giant killing as Premier League side crash out to bottom tier team

first_img1 League Two club Oxford United brought back the glory days with a 3-2 win over Premier League Swansea City in the FA Cup third round.It is 30 years since Oxford’s finest hour, when they won the Football League Cup as a top flight team in 1986, but this victory over the Swans will rank highly in the club’s history, particularly considering that a decade ago the Us were sliding into non-league football.Kemar Roofe scored two second half goals for the home side, after a Liam Sercombe penalty had levelled matters following a 23rd minute Jefferson Montero opener for Swansea.Bafetimbi Gomis pulled one back for the visitors after 66 minutes, but the Premier League club – who rested several players as they fight for survival in the top flight – deservedly crashed out against a team currently sat third in League Two.It was a day that rekindled memories of Oxford’s glory years in the 1980s, and Swansea are themselves are in danger of already looking back at their own, 2013 League Cup victory as the good old days. Oxford United knock out Swansea City from the FA Cup last_img read more

Paris Hilton arrested for investigation of DUI in Hollywood

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesHer spokesman, Elliot Mintz, confirmed the arrest and said police detected the minimum blood-alchohol level to warrant an arrest. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent. “She’s absolutely fine,” Mintz said. “She didn’t appear in the least bit to be intoxicated.” At the time of her arrest, Hilton was driving home in her Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren from a charity event where she had one drink, a margarita, he said. She had spent the day shooting a music video for her new album, “Paris.” The DUI was “probably the result of an empty stomach and working all day and being fatigued,” Mintz said. She was picked up from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood station by her sister, Nicky, boyfriend Kevin Connolly and Mintz. Video footage posted on the celebrity Web site shows Hilton arrived home after her release in Mintz’s Mercedes-Benz, got out of the passenger side with a cell phone to her ear and said something inaudible to paparazzi before walking inside. In June, Hilton had a fender-bender accident when her Range Rover backed into a car in a parking garage after a shopping trip.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Paris Hilton was arrested early Thursday for investigation of driving under the influence after she was spotted in Hollywood “driving erratically,” police said. Hilton was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m. after being pulled over, said police Officer I. Isabella, who declined to give his first name. “The officers observed that Hilton exhibited the symptoms of intoxication. A field sobriety test was conducted at scene, and the officers determined she was driving under the influence,” Isabella said, reading from a police statement. He said officers stopped Hilton because she was “driving erratically.” Hilton, 25, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released on her own recognizance, he said. last_img read more

Arsenal close in on top four with thumping defeat of Fulham

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Chelsea can restore their five point lead over Arsenal on Wednesday evening Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The France striker passed up a fine chance to grab a third as he struck a shot too close to Rico before having a penalty shout turned down after a challenge from Fulham substitute Jean Michael Seri.Mitrovic headed straight at Leno as Fulham looked for a way back into the game, which came as Kamara arrived at the back post to sweep home Sessegnon’s cross just nine minutes after his introduction off the bench – a moment the forward would have enjoyed after he missed a penalty he was not supposed to have taken in the recent win over Huddersfield.Arsenal felt Lucas Torreira had been fouled by Seri in the build-up but referee Graham Scott was unmoved and the visitors were back in the contest.Emery’s decision to replace Lacazette with Ramsey was met with widespread jeers from the home support, with Arsenal seemingly holding on.But the Spaniard’s decision was vindicated when Ramsey hit the third, reacting to Aubameyang hitting the post by sweeping in the rebound.The result was assured when Aubameyang rifled home a deflected shot for his 14th Premier League goal of the campaign. Aubameyang remains the Premier League’s leading goalscorer Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Latest Football News Emery replaced Lacazette with Ramsey, who has reportedly opened talks with a string of top European clubs about a summer move when his contract at Arsenal expires, and the Wales international scored a crucial third to give the hosts breathing space.Arsenal should have been ahead inside three minutes as a nice move saw Xhaka feed Alex Iwobi, whose low cross was flashed over the crossbar from close range by Aubameyang.But the sort of lacklustre first-half display that has become strangely synonymous with Emery’s first half-season in charge soon followed.Fulham, with just two points and six goals on their travels, wasted two glorious chances to take an unexpected lead. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY RANKED 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ryan Sessegnon was the man who spurned both opportunities, firstly curling a shot wide after breaking in behind Arsenal’s defence before fluffing his lines when picked out at the back post by Andre Schurrle.Just moments later and Fulham were made to pay for their profligacy as Xhaka turned home Iwobi’s cross from six yards out after drifting into the box unmarked.Claudio Ranieri’s side were still afforded chances by an Arsenal defence which showed how it had been so easily breached at Liverpool, goalkeeper Bernd Leno on hand to keep out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header.If Leno’s first telling stop of the day was solid, his counterpart Sergio Rico made a spectacular save at the other end soon after to prevent Xhaka grabbing a second.Iwobi was impressing down the left and almost created another goal for the Gunners, only for Aubameyang to head inches wide as he connected with a cross to the near post.Rico was then alert to prevent Lacazette adding the second before the interval as he turned his strike behind.Emery’s side needed less than 10 second-half minutes to double their lead, Lacazette on the spot to finish Sead Kolasinac’s cut-back. REPLY shining 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow REVEALED Arsenal recovered from their thrashing at Liverpool by seeing off lowly Fulham at the Emirates Stadium – with Aaron Ramsey coming off the bench to wrap up the three points.The Gunners were humbled by a 5-1 mauling at Anfield and still looked timid at times as Fulham missed a number of decent chances before Unai Emery’s side ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.Goals from Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, substitute Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added gloss to the scoreline, with Fulham’s lone strike coming from Aboubakar Kamara. 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Lacazette netted his seventh league goal of the season last_img read more

Father’s Day Offerings at Disney Springs and WDW Golf Courses

first_imgShare This!Looking for a last-minute gift for dad for Father’s Day? Here’s even more options to help dad celebrate his special day. (You can see our previous list of offerings here.)Walt Disney World Golf CoursesOn Father’s Day, spend some time on the links with dad. All golfers ages 17 and younger play for free with dad at all Walt Disney World courses. For more information and to reserve a tee time, call 407-WDW-GOLF. If you like supporting dad’s love of golf but aren’t a golfer yourself, new limited-edition head covers are available for $59.95.Disney Springs Shopping and Restaurant DealsFor all of Father’s Day weekend, special offers will be available at a variety of stores including buy one, get one half off on clothing at Johnston and Murphy and a “Kit Deal” at Volcom with a pair of pants, two t-shirts, and a hat for $99.Over at Kiehl’s, men’s facials will be offered by appointment on June 15 and 16 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Even better, snacks from Earl of Sandwich will be included on Saturday, and snacks from The Polite Pig on Sunday. To book, call 407-560-0881.If dining is your thing, several Disney Springs restaurants will have special Father’s Day offerings.At House of Blues, there will be a Father’s Day Blues and Bourbon Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Brunch will feature a family buffet with omelet and carving stations, breakfast foods, étouffée, brisket tacos, desserts, and more. Reservations can be made by calling 407-934-2623 or through OpenTable.Paddlefish will be offering cigars and a bourbon and scotch tasting from 12:00-3:00 p.m., along with light bites like cheeses and charcuterie. The price is $75 per person (including tax and gratuity, no discounts available). If that’s not your thing, Paddlefish also will have a Surf & Turf (ribeye steak, shrimp skewer, béarnaise sauce, and whipped potato for $47) and a “Bourbon Daddy” drink (Medley Bros. bourbon, apricot liqueur, bitters Orleans, a splash of Sprite, and a lemon wheel and mint leaf garnish for $15).New this year are specials at Jaleo, including huevos estrellados (fried potatoes and eggs), huevos pochados con idiazábal, jamón y espinaca (poached egg on brioche with Idaizabal cheese, crispy ham, and spinach), torrijas con plátano caramelizado y espuma de ron (sweet-soaked Spanish toast with caramelized bananas and rum whipped cream), and more.A Jaleo chef patiently waiting to carve Iberico ham tablesideSpecial offerings will also be available at STK (a 16-oz. prime rib), Frontera Cocina (all-day specials on tequila fights, Modelo Especial drafts, and house wines), and Terralina Crafted Italian (a braised osso bucco in a tomato and fennel ragu).Got any plans for celebrating dad on his special day? Have ideas we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Malindo Air warns customers of big data breach

first_imgMalindo Air has confirmed a data breach that saw passengers’ personal details — reportedly including passport details, home addresses and phone numbers — posted on data exchange forums last month.The Lion Air subsidiary said it was  aware that “some personal data concerning our passengers hosted on a cloud-based environment may have been compromised”“Our in house teams along with external data service providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and GoQuo, our e-commerce partner are currently investigating into this breach,’’ it said.“Malindo Air has put in adequate measures to ensure that the data of our passengers is not compromised in line with the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010.READ: Qatar’s losses widen as it continues to defy blockade “We also do not store any payment details of our customers in our servers and are compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS).”The airline said it was in the process of notifying authorities “both locally and abroad “ about the breach, including CyberSecurity Malaysia.It was also engaging with independent cybercrime consultants to investigate and report into this incident.“As a precautionary measure, we would advise passengers who have Malindo Miles accounts to change their passwords if identical passwords have been used on their other services online,’’ it said.According to the South China Morning Post, the breach involved the information of millions of passengers of Malindo and Thai Lion Air.There were also references to Batik Air, another Lion Air subsidiary.The Post said four files, two belonging to Malindo and two to Thai Lion Air, were dumped online by a “dark web” figure known as Spectre.The airlines join a growing list of carriers to have fallen foul of hackers in the recent times.A number of airlines have been targeted by hackers in recent times, including Cathay Pacific and British Airways.Business publication Forbes earlier this year reported a study showing cyber-attacks against passenger air travel rose by more than 15,000 per cent between 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf

first_imgOn October 11, @shrmnextchat chatted with six amazing women in HR: 2017 HR Technology Conference presenter Cecile Alper-Leroux @cecilehcm; and HR leaders from the HR Tech Insiders Blogger Team – Dawn Burke @DawnHBurke, Heather Bussing @HeatherBussing, Heather Kinzie @HeatherKinzie, Jennifer Payne @JennyJensHR and Robin Schooling @RobinSchooling.We chatted about Women in HR Technology.  In case you missed this informative chat, you can read the tweets here: [View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: Women in HR Technology #HRTechConf” on Storify]last_img