In this Shick Preview, these two neighbours from opposite sides of Anzac Parade have been going at it since 1908 and while in more recent years they have kicked off regular NRL seasons with mouth-watering Round 1 clashes, the advantage to this Round 4 meeting is each side has had a chance to feel their way into the season.The Bunnies have hit back strongly after a dour Round 1 loss to Wests Tigers, putting Manly to the sword at Lottoland then edging past a gritty Knights outfit at McDonald Jones Stadium last week.Sadly for coach Michael Maguire his team has been wrecked by suspension with three starters from last week rubbed out. Prop George Burgess misses two weeks for striking Mitch Barnett, though his first-half self-implosion likely would have seen him return to reserve grade this week anyway.Centre Hymel Hunt misses four for a swinging arm to the jaw of Brendan Elliott while Braidon Burns’ shoulder charge that concussed Sione Mata’utia has put him out for one game.In response, Maguire has gone for major surgery; Cody Walker has been named at fullback with Johnston on the wing in place of Burns and Sifa Talakai replacing Hunt in the centres. John Sutton shifts to five-eighth for Walker with Angus Crichton starting in the back row while Tom Burgess replaces his twin at prop. Anthony Cherrington could be in line for a club debut after being named in jersey 15.The bench is David Tyrrell, Tyrell Fuimaono, Cameron Murray and Sitiveni Moceidreke. Moceidreke is a lanky Fijian winger coming off a bag of four tries in the Intrust Premiership for North Sydney last week and it wouldn’t completely surprise to see him replace Burns with the in-form Walker and Johnston reverting to the positions they’ve been so strong in over the past fortnight.Things are sailing a bit more smoothly at the Roosters with the Bondi club just the second team along with the Storm to be three wins from three games. Trent Robinson’s men have been a little hard to get a read on – they rampaged out of the blocks against the Titans in Round 1, producing the most dominate 40 minutes of any team so far this year but went to sleep in the second half.They always looked comfortable in their Round 2 win over Canterbury but never put their opponents away and almost lost. Then last week they needed a missed forward pass call to sneak home against the Panthers. Still, a win’s a win and they’ve got there in every game so far. This week coach Trent Robinson has named an unchanged 17 but Blake Ferguson is in the reserves and could come in for Joseph Manu if his rib injury is adequately healed. Chris Smith, Paul Carter and Mitch Cornish are the other reserves.Why Rabbitohs can win: Usually with the Bunnies – at least in recent years – it’s forward power that lays the platform. That will still be the goal but aside from Sam Burgess the Bunnies pack has been a little low on sting so far this year. Their biggest strength at the moment looks to be the combination of their playmakers; five-eighth Cody Walker has been his team’s best over three rounds with the Grafton livewire causing all sorts of headaches with his pace and vision while his six try assists top the comp after three rounds. It’s also no coincidence the Bunnies’ only loss came in the only game halfback Adam Reynolds missed with his calculated kicking game proving the difference over the past fortnight. Alex Johnston has slipped into Greg Inglis’s fullback role beautifully while the job-sharing arrangement between hookers Robbie Farah and Damien Cook is currently looking like a coaching masterstroke. We wouldn’t be surprised if Maguire makes some late positional changes before kick-off.Why Roosters can win: Despite some inconsistency the Tricolours are 3-0 for a reason. Their forwards are getting forward (Boyd Cordner and Dylan Napa are third and fourth respectively for most hit-ups after three rounds) while their new halves combination of Mitch Pearce and Luke Keary has started the season brilliantly with three try assists each. Fullback Michael Gordon has added a ton of experience and flexibility at the back in what currently looks a very well-balanced team.Key match-up: Adam Reynolds v Mitchell Peace. Origin talk in March? Don’t mind if I do. Yes, yes, teams aren’t picked for two months and there’s an NRL game to be won here but the duel between two of the three NSW halfback frontrunners (incumbent James Maloney is the other with young Nathan Cleary the bolter) is too delicious not to mention.Each man is close to the most important for their team; the Bunnies have looked a different side with Reynolds back pulling the reins while the Roosters rise and fall on the form of Pearce, who has been instrumental in their strong start to season 2017. Whoever edges the personal battle will go miles towards securing a victory on Thursday night. The history: Played 214; Rabbitohs 112; Roosters 97; Drawn 5. It’s pretty even over a century-plus of football between these two proud clubs and it’s even tighter in recent years with the spoils being split four games apiece over the past eight games.
Sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole is to start receiving treatment on his injured hamstring during the course of the IAAF World Championships that begins in Beijing this Friday. Bailey-Cole posted on his Facebook page this past weekend that he has withdrawn from Jamaica’s team because of an injury suffered during training last Friday. “Most of the doctors I would be seeing are here,” said Bailey-Cole, who injured both hamstrings while finishing third in the 100 metres at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in London in a personal best 9.92 seconds. The lanky sprinter – tipped to be the ‘next Usain Bolt’ – was looking for redemption after finishing just outside of the medals in Moscow in 2013. However, it has been a roller-coaster ride for him this season. He was struck down by the Chikungunya virus and as a result ran poorly at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas in May. He returned to competition and had been improving before hamstring injuries started affecting him. Bailey-Cole returned to competition in London, only to suffer injury again while achieving a personal best time. He said it is painful not being able to compete in the 100 metres that begins on Friday. “It hurts really bad that I can’t compete because all that I wanted to do was compete and get a medal,” said Bailey-Cole, whose withdrawal has also impacted Jamaica’s sprint relay team’s shot at a gold medal. “It’s bitter because from last Worlds I kept telling myself that I would medal at the next one.” Now that his chances of getting a medal in Beijing have been dashed, Bailey-Cole said he will focus on healing and is looking forward to the next big event, the Olympics, in Rio, Brazil in 2016. “Everything happens for a reason and maybe God had bigger plans for me next year,” he said. – Leighton Levy
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Current Test players, Shai Hope and Jomel Warrican, will feature for Barbados when a Select XI take on West Indies in two day/night 50-over games today and Friday here this week.The two matches are part of the ongoing West Indies camp which started here last weekend, in preparation for the next month’s Tri-Nations Series against World champions Australia and South Africa.The right-handed Hope has played six Tests with an average of 15, while Warrican, a left-arm spinner, has claimed 11 wickets from four Tests.Left-handed opener Omar Phillips, who played two Tests for West Indies seven years ago, will captain the squad for the second game, scheduled for 3Ws Oval at 2 p.m.The side for today’s first game at Kensington Oval will be led by former West Indies A all-rounder, Kevin Stoute.West Indies will raise the curtain on the June 3-26 next week Friday when they take on South Africa at the Guyana National Stadium.The first leg of the tournament will be played in Guyana, with Warner Park in St Kitts hosting the second leg and Kensington Oval here providing the stage for the climax.The Tri Series will feature West Indies, South Africa and Australia and all matches will be day/night. The series starts in at the Guyana National Stadium (June 3-7), then moves to Warner Park, St Kitts (June 11-15); and concludes at Kensington Oval, Barbados (June 19-26).FULL SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
ECD road expansionThe Public In-frastructure Ministry has announced upcoming projects under the Sheriff St-Mandela Avenue Road Enhancement Project so as to enlighten commuters and drivers on the operations and possible deviations for the next two weeks.Works are scheduled to commence at Cummings Canal on Sheriff Street, including the relocation of water pipes and works along Dennis Street and Durey Lane between Middleton Street and Stone Avenue. There will also be the construction of a detour at Cummings Canal and the phased reconstruction of the bridge at Cummings Canal.Meanwhile, the construction of another Mandela Avenue culvert is scheduled to commence.ECD road expansionPresently, works are ongoing at Sheriff Street from the Rupert Craig Highway to David Street – primarily backfilling of the drains on the eastern side and Guyana Water Inc (GWI) works and backfilling on the western side.Drainage works are being continued from John Smith Street to Fourth Street on the eastern side and from Second Street to Durey Lane on the western side along with additional works on Mandela Avenue behind the Botanical Gardens.The Arapaima culvert has reached its second phase of construction with works on the eastern side.Motorists are being urged to exercise caution when traversing these areas and maintain a speed limit of 20 kilometres per hour at the construction zones. An alternative route to avoid delays is also recommended.Meanwhile, works continue on the US$50.2 million East Coast road expansion project, which has two components. One features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale and the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project, and that agreement was signed in January last year.The previous Administration had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available.Hence, the then Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works. The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014.With the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the funds for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million. The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration had stated that it was saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group.Upon completion of the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion. Apart from the road being expanded, the project includes improved drainage for the East Coast, which is usually susceptible to floods.
Dozens of University of Guyana and Texila University students, including Indian nationals, were on Friday night left with just the clothing on their backs as their Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown apartment building went up in flames.The fire started sometime around 20:45h on the ground floor of the ‘University Off-Campus Lodge’ located in Third Street, Cummings Lodge. The building reportedlyThe ‘University Off-Campus Lodge’ located in Third Street, Cummings Lodge engulfed in flameshas some 30 apartments, all of which were occupied.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the fire started in one of the western apartments on the ground floor of the building. One of the occupants of the building told reporters that he was in his apartment when he started to smell something burning and upon investigating, he observed smoke emanating from ground floor apartment.The young man said that he alerted another man, who was out on the road at the time and they kicked down the door to the apartment.“No one was home so we kicked the door down and that’s when we saw the wire sparking and smoke everywhere,” the young man related.Another person, who lives in another apartment building just next door, explained that he was in his quarters when he heard someone screaming “fire”.“When I came out, there was heavy smoke coming from the building and the fire was now starting up,” the man related.Meanwhile, Guyana Times understands that the blaze quickly spread and within minutes engulfed the entire upper-flat of the two-storey building, which had a wooden top and concrete bottom.According to persons on the scene, when the fire service arrived, firemen took some time before they began tackling the inferno. “There was no water when they came and they just stand up looking at the fire. But if they had tackled the fire from the time they got here it won’t have spread and gotten so big,” one man noted.Another witness related to this publication that the fire fighters quickly ran out of water and so they could not have completely put out the blaze. There were also no fire hydrants in the area.“The fire wasn’t all that big but the fire tenders didn’t have enough water. If they had enough water, I think the back and the rest of the building would have been saved. There was a fireman at the back of the building standing on a tank with the hose and no water inside, and the building just burning,” the witness explained.At the scene, many of the occupants of the apartment building stood as they watch the fire engulf the entire building, destroying everything inside.The foreign occupants studying at the Texila American University, were traumatised and in a state of confusion as they contemplated their next move. One of them was heard asking the Police Officers at the scene, whom were trying to maintain order among members of the public who rushed to witness the inferno, about getting back their travel documents, including their passports.Another one of the occupants, whose apartment was still untouched by the blaze after some 45 minutes, vented his frustration at the fire service saying that his living quarters could have been saved if efforts were taken to douse the fire.Meanwhile, two hours after the fire started, firemen were still struggling to contain the blaze since the availability of water was limited. (Vahnu Manikchand)
Fort St. John’s boundary expansion will be one of the topics discussed at the city’s upcoming Council meeting.On Monday, Aug. 22, city council will vote on the proposed expansion of Fort St. John, to incorporate some rural residents, businesses and lands within city limits.- Advertisement -According to the City’s Planner Kevin Brooks, Fort St. John has been looking to incorporate additional land, currently part of the Peace River Regional District, because of what he calls “irregularities” in the city’s boundary.He says the City is growing and to remain competitive, it has to be able to offer spaces for all types of land uses ranging from commercial, industrial and residential.City Council will have three options to vote on come Monday. Such options include incorporating the new land within city boundaries, not incorporating the land into the city or a third option to proceed with the boundary expansion with a tiered property tax system for serviced and un-serviced areas.Brooks says that if council decides on the third option, the land with access to city services, such as sewer and water would be taxed city rates, whereas those without such services would be taxed at lower rates. Advertisement
But on Monday, the President directed that the NYS vacate the field, asking Cabinet Secretary for Gender and Youth Margaret Kobia who was present to ensure that is followed up and the same is implemented.“The young man I was sitting next to tells me their pitch in Korogocho was taken away by the NYS and now we have agreed today and madam CS is there, she will rectify that situation. NYS will relocate to a new place and make sure you fix their field and you sort it out so that they are able to play their game,” President Kenyatta said, directing the orders to Kobia.The President was speaking on Monday during the hosting of the FIFA World Cup trophy at State House in Nairobi where Acakoro was one of the teams invited for the event.Sports CS Rashid Echesa has meanwhile told Capital Sport he will also push to see that the same is implemented, adding it will be good news especially with his ambition of strengthening grassroot football.“That is a Presidential directive and there are no two ways about it. It will be done and I will make sure as the CS for Sports that the directive is followed to the latter,” Echesa who took charge from Hassan Wario said.Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa speaks at State House, Nairobi during the FIFA World Cup trophy tour luncheon. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAcakoro has been up in arms over the pitch which had been taken up since 2015 and efforts to talk to county government officials over the challenge hit uneven rocks.The community playing field, perched deep in the Korogocho slums had been a safe haven for the sprawling talent in the area. However, just off the blues, the Youth Service put up structures eating into almost a third of the field and fenced off the area.Harambee Stars stand-in coach Stanley Okumbi who is a founder coach of the academy has expressed ecstasy at the news, saying that the team had struggled to give the upcoming players quality training with limited space.“The academy has been growing and we have been forced to hire a nearby school at the cost of Sh35,000 a month which is very expensive for a community academy like us,” Okumbi lamented.He added; “This is very good news for us and I am only hoping that the orders are obeyed and above all, the pitch restored to its previous state. Some goal posts had been uprooted while there are structures that had been built there which need to be rooted out,” Okumbi noted.Meanwhile, the President said he would donate a full kit to the team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at State House, Nairobi during the FIFA World Cup trophy tour luncheon. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27- Korogocho based football academy Acakoro was handed a priceless gift on Monday when President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the National Youth Service to vacate from the piece of land they had occupied eating up into almost half of the team’s training ground.Acakoro, famed for its U-11 side’s victory over Barcelona in the Donauauen Cup in 2016 had been forced to either train in shifts in the squeezed field or seek alternatives, thus hindering their training regime.
El Hadary, nicknamed “High Dam”, won 159 caps for his country during a 22-year international career that saw him win the Africa Cup of Nations four times.At the age of 45 years and 161 days, El Hadary smashed Colombian stopper Faryd Mondragon’s record for oldest player at a World Cup when he took to the field against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd this summer.He wrote that he was “very proud” to have finally “realised the most important, biggest, dearest dream of playing at the World Cup”.The joy of appearing at Egypt’s first World Cup since 1990 was tempered by the team’s poor showing, as the Pharaohs led by Liverpool star Mohamed Salah crashed out winless.El Hadary did, however, manage to pull off an impressive penalty save in the final game with the Saudis against a player nearly half his age.Talisman Salah hailed El Hadary as a “legend” after his international retirement was announced.“A new legend from the golden generation is leaving us,” Salah wrote on Twitter Tuesday, wishing El Hadary “all the best” for the future.Despite dropping out of the national setup, El Hadary is still playing for Egyptian top flight team Ismaily.He signed for the club back in his homeland in July after leaving Saudi side Al Taawun.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history against Saudi ArabiaCAIRO, Egypt, Aug 7-Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has retired from international duty aged 45, after breaking the record for oldest player to appear at a World Cup in Russia. “After reflecting at length and asking God, I have decided to retire from international football,” El Hadary wrote on Facebook late Monday.
However, Tierney, who sat out Celtic’s 1-1 draw with CFR Cluj in Romania on Wednesday as he recovers from a hernia operation, is set to travel to London after the clubs finally agreed on the payment structure of a £25 million move according to widespread reports.“I’ve said the last few days it wouldn’t surprise me,” Celtic boss Neil Lennon told the BBC on the possibility of losing Tierney.“If he goes, he goes with everyone’s best wishes. He’s an outstanding talent and a great kid.”Arsenal’s long search for centre-back cover could also be resolved on Thursday should Luiz move across London from Chelsea.The 32-year-old did not train with the rest of his Chelsea teammates on Wednesday.“If we can on the last day, we will try to sign another centre-back, but one who has the capacity to help us,” said Arsenal coach Unai Emery.Arsenal conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season to miss out on Champions League football for a third consecutive season.And their defence was further weakened by the departure of club captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kieran Tierney is closing in on a £25 million move from Celtic to Arsenal ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline © AFP / ANDY BUCHANANLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Arsenal could bolster their defence significantly in the final 24 hours before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday with the signings of Kieran Tierney and David Luiz, according to reports.Scottish left-back Tierney has been a target all summer for the Gunners, who have had two bids previously rejected by Celtic.
He finished his career at Hibernian in 2012 having also had spells in the United States, Cyprus and Egypt.Agogo suffered a stroke in 2015 and struggled with his speech afterwards, telling a BBC Four documentary in 2017 he felt anxious about his language.Agogo sealed his place in the hearts of Ghana fans with his performances at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations where he scored three goals including a late winner against Nigeria in Accra.“I think that was the goal that sealed his popularity in Ghana,” Laryea Kingston, the former Hearts midfielder said. “During the tournament we could feel his influence in the team grow and his popularity go up but that goal sealed everything.”Despite playing alongside big names like Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan, Agogo was the team’s star man.“A lot of fans didn’t know but those of us in the team knew he was going to be good for us,” Kingston added.“He spent a lot of time in the gym and his strength reflected in the way he played. He simply wanted to score goals and make a mark for the team and I am glad he did.“He had a word for everyone, enjoyed a good dance, could tease a lot and take it too. This has really hit a lot of us.”His former clubs were among those to pay tribute on social media.0Shares0000(Visited 94 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ex-Ghana striker Junior Agogo dies at 40LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – Former Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40.Agogo, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, played 27 times for his country and scored 12 goals.