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Joe tells his dad: ‘I want to put Ofahengaue name on map again’

first_imgJosh is the brother of 1991 World Cup-winning Wallaby star Willie Ofahengaue who was one of rugby union’s most feared forwards in the 1990s.When Joe Ofahengaue moved to Australia with his family from New Zealand when he was eight years old, his uncle’s fame and the Ofahengaue name was front and centre of the sporting landscape.Joe has done plenty to keep it there as a Broncos powerhouse and Tongan international but playing for the Maroons, his childhood dream, will make his family name part of sport’s greatest rivalry.After being part of the Broncos’ 8-2 win over the Warriors the 23-year-old was in New Zealand when Kevin Walters informed him of his selection on the bench for game one of the Holden State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on June 5. He was quick to get on the phone to his father with the good news.”My son rang me last night from New Zealand and he was crying. He said ‘I am going to put our Ofahengaue family name on the map again’,” Josh told NRL.com.”When we first came to Australia we didn’t realise how famous the Ofahengaue name was, because Willie O put our name on top throughout the world through rugby. What Joe was saying to me was that he wants to make me proud because he knows that back on our small island your identity is your last name.”Because our island is so proud of what Willie O achieved. Joe wants to now do that through rugby league and through playing for Queensland in Origin.”Josh’s ancestors in Tonga previously had the surname of ‘Kata’ before it was changed to ‘Ofahengaue’, a moment of deep significance to the family.”Ofahengaue means ‘love to work’ but our original last name was Kata, which means ‘laugh’,” Josh explained.”My grandfather, who was named Saia, helped build a church in our village back in Tonga which was across the road from a school. In his young days, instead of going out and playing footy, he would help the builders with the church. Because he had dedicated himself to building the church the priest sat him down and said ‘Saia, we want to honour you with the name Ofahengaue because of your love of work’. So Ofahengaue was a given name from a priest in our local church.”Josh sent NRL.com a photo of Joe celebrating his 21st birthday in traditional Tongan garb known as the Ta’ovala, made from the leaves of a pandanus plant. He was also wearing a Kafa, braided rope made from the inner fiber of the coconut husk that ties the Ta’ovala.Josh said it was a sign of his son’s deep connection to his Tongan roots that Joe has played six Tests for Tonga, a decision that Josh supported fully. The other side of the story is that Joe grew up playing rugby league for Ipswich Brothers and represented Queensland at age level before playing for the Queensland under 20s and Junior Kangaroos. Josh said his son’s time spent with Tonga was of immense value.”Island life is based on families and religion and because my kids were raised here in a European lifestyle I wanted Joe to experience the Tongan lifestyle, which he did,” Josh said.”I wanted him to do that early in his career because he is a real family man and a loving person. When he came back from Tongan camp I asked him what he took out of it and he said ‘God and family’. That was the answer I wanted and I said to him that now he understood his background and our family’s values that I wanted him to move on from there.”Being a Queenslander means a lot to him too. I have always supported him playing for Queensland. Joe grew up playing for Queensland and his decision has my complete blessing.”Josh said Joe would approach his Maroons debut the way he does every game of football, with joy in his heart.”I used to play for Tonga and our old captain was Mark Royal. He was running an under-eight team in New Zealand when Joe was seven years old and he asked if Joe would like to play,” Josh recalled.”Joe had never played before and I gave him a ball and said ‘son, you go out there and beat them’. This big smile that came on his face was something I can hardly describe now. It was a like a boy who has just been rewarded with something special.”Ever since then every time Joe goes to play a game, no matter who it is for, he puts on this big smile that says ‘I can’t wait to play footy with my friends’.”last_img read more

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President urges citizens to get up, seize initiative

first_imgOil & gas sector…urges Afro-Guyanese to stop liming at bars, be gainfully employedUrging citizens to take control of their own destinies by positioning themselves lest others profit from the oil and gas sector at their expense, President David Granger had some harsh words for citizens with mixed-up priorities.President David Granger addressing the gathering at BeterverwagtingAddressing residents of Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara on Tuesday evening at a Cultural Evening hosted to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, President Granger said even though he can have the profits and benefits from oil production equitably shared, it is up to citizens to empower themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that will become available.“When that mighty Atlantic starts to generate wealth for Guyana, I can do anything possible to ensure that the profits and benefits are equitably shared; but you and your children, your sons and daughters, must be educated and empowered to make use of that new talent. Don’t be like the wicked and slothful servant. This is the chance of a lifetime,” he admonished.“You who are living today are witnessing the most transformative event in Guyana’s economic history — the coming of the petroleum industry. Don’t be sidelined, don’t be left behind; go to school, educate yourself so you can do for your grandchildren and future generations what your fore-parents did for you,” he charged his audience.Against this backdrop, the President called out those citizens who remain idle and choose joblessness, instead of becoming self-employed and drive their village economies through activities such as agro-processing. Further, he singled out those parents who spend money on entertainment, rather than on educating their children.“Go out there and use your talent to enrich yourself and your children. That is economic emancipation. We must go out there and use our talents. If we make our living by hanging around the corner and liming at the Guinness Bar, we will be forever poor; but if we go into our farms, go into our workshops, go into our schools, we will be able to bring (about) prosperity,” the Head of State told the gathering.He admonished parents to put their monies towards the development of their children, and “not in vodka, rum and gin.”“Let us put the children first. If our fore parents were drunkards, we wouldn’t be here today; but they saved their money and bought these villages, not for themselves, but for future generations,” he stressed.Being very direct and frank in his speech, the President said persons who are unemployed should be ashamed of themselves.“You must be ashamed if you do not have work. Some people are proud that they don’t have work. They want a raise; they always want a raise. People get a raise today, they expect to come back, to want another raise; but we’ll have to promote self-employment in this village and other villages,” Granger said.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had recently announced that the second review of the Local Content Policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year. Many expect that this policy would lay out how shore-based Guyanese would benefit from the oil.“There is currently a second draft Local Content Policy framework being reviewed and consulted on. We’ve also recently completed terms of reference for a consultancy to complete the Local Content Policy based on consultations and a draft, also an implementation plan, depending on whether or not legislation is going to be needed for the implementation. This process should be completed by the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of next year,” the Minister had informed.He added that it was important for the new legislation to be ‘balanced’, since a ‘too strongly national’ Local Content Policy can jeopardise the efficiency or the viability of the company being relied on to harness the resource.Gaskin, however, warned that Guyanese would not be able to benefit from the Local Content Policy if they were unable to meet the capacity of the oil and gas sector. According to him, capacity development costs should be borne by the industry that is going to benefit in the long run.The Business Minister advised that Guyanese should be willing to carry the burden of oil expenditure, and not only seek to benefit from oil revenue.“As the owners of this oil, Guyanese people must become the main beneficiaries of those production costs. In other words, we have to benefit not only from oil revenues, but from the spending that is associated with oil production,” he pointed out.Gaskin said despite the fact that oil and gas will provide growth opportunities, persons should not be dependent only on job opportunities in the sector. He noted, “We should not be blinkered in our own approach to investments”.The primary aim of the Local Content Policy is ensuring the education, inclusion and advancement of as many Guyanese as possible in the industry.As ExxonMobil prepares to officially commence oil production in 2020, there is currently ongoing much preparatory work which requires services tailored to the specific needs of the industry.last_img read more

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Shaw narrowly takes Cecil Lake race

first_imgThe three stuck together the whole race as they made up the lead pack of riders after the 35 kilometre mark after the Goodlow hills. King was in the lead approaching the finish however Shaw was able to pass at the line. Coming in fourth place was George Gamble at 2:06:18, Pat Ferris was fifth, clocking in at 2:07:33, sixth went to Gary Hilderman who registered a time of 2:08:37. Roger St. Jean took the seventh spot, he finished his race in 2:08:57. Davide Loro and Celeste Pakstas finished with times of 2:20:21, however is was Loro was declared 8th place, and finishing the top ten was Nicole Winstanley who finished the race in 2:41:34.It’s a busy week ahead for the Blizzard Bike Club with a number of events on the schedule. Tuesday the riders will be continuing the duathlon series from Baldonnel School at 7 p.m., that’s followed by a Cactus race at 7 Wednesday evening, and Thursday will be another running of the Baldonnel time trial at 7 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Farmer’s being encouraged to take part in project

first_imgThey’re currently seeking a total of 15 producers to take part in this project, with 10 of those projects to deal with solar panel technology, and the other 5, geothermal technology.Applications can be found on the program’s website by clicking here. Local producers who are interested in incorporating renewable resources are being encouraged to put forth an application to the Renewable Energy Technology Feasibility Project.The program, funded through the federal-provincial Growing Forward agreement, is aimed at creating feasibility assessments that will help farm families and agri-food businesses make decisions on how to become energy self-sufficient, how to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and how to branch beyond the conventional agricultural-based income sources.- Advertisement -Applicants will be chosen on criteria that includes: commodity type, location and size. Once chosen, farms and businesses will have a confidential, in-depth assessment that will determine the technical and financial viability of implementing a new technology into the farm, and from there, the farm has the choice on whether or not to follow through with the implementation.The farm will have to invest some of its own money if it chooses to go through with changes, and will be asked to contribute to 30 percent of the costs to a maximum of 5,000 dollars.The Program hopes to learn what obstacles could be stopping producers from using more renewable resources on their farms, and then, how to overcome those obstacles.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘It’s not true!’ – Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen denies Man City agreement

first_img1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen insists he has NOT agreed to join Man City Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has denied speculation that he will sign for Manchester City in the summer.It is understood City have made contact with the La Liga giants over the German’s availability as incoming manager Pep Guardiola aims to provide Joe Hart with genuine competition next season.But Barca are expected to rebuff any approach for the 23-year-old shot-stopper, who has firmly established himself as the club’s No.1 this season.And Ter Stegen himself has now refuted claims he has agreed to leave the Nou Camp for City in the summer.“It is not true that I have signed a deal with Manchester City,” he told Mundo Deportivo.“We will see what happens at the end of the season.”last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES

first_imgAn Evening with Sam: Buncrana GAA will be hosting an evening with Sam Maguire and Ryan Bradley next Sunday 28th in the Plaza. The event will incorporate the Bord na nÓg presentations for the year. Sam will be there from about 5pm until 9pm with the underage presentations, which are free to attend and open to everyone, beginning at 5.30. This will be followed at 7.30pm by a showing of the All Ireland Final on the big screen, Ryan bringing the cup to Buncrana and finishing off with a disco (over 18s only). The match and disco has a €10 cover charge and the cup will be there for photos and autographs etc.Texas Hold’em Fundraiser: There will be a Texas Hold’em Poker night on Friday 9th November at the Scarvey Clubhouse. This is to raise much needed funds to purchase equipment for our underage Hurling and Football squads. The night will begin at 8.00pm and is open to all levels, from novices to seasoned ‘pros’! Entry fee is 20euro plus 10 registration, with one re-buy/top-up before the break. Tea/Coffee and refreshments provided. We look forward to seeing you all there! U13 Hurling: Buncrana suffered an agonising defeat in the Northwest U13 Hurling league semi final on Sunday last, played in ideal conditions and in front of a sizable crowd.The Scarvey boys were sharp from the throw in and more than matched opponents Kevin Lynch’s from Dungiven, going in at half time with a slender 3 point lead. Perhaps if they were more clinical in front of goal they could have had the game wrapped up. Dungiven came out strong in the second half and put it up to Buncrana, one of their few chances on goal found the back of the net which proved to be the difference in the teams in the end. The narrow one point defeat, although hard to take in a game we dominated for large parts, does not detract from what was a great team performance. Tears at the final whistle show what this means to this team, they will learn from this and will be back stronger next year. This result is further evidence that the hard work that has been done at all ages is beginning to bare fruit and can be built on for next year. The management can only be proud of this particular group and all are a credit to themselves, their family and the club.Senior Football: Buncrana were in Intermediate Championship action on Sunday afternoon when they took on local rivals and Division 3 leaders Carndonagh at the Scarvey. Carndonagh got off to an excellent start, catching Buncrana cold from the throw in and moving the ball quickly upfield, resulting in an opening goal. Buncrana responded well, with Ryan Bradley and Peter Mc Laughlin dominating midfield and Odhran Doherty and Oisin Doherty registering points to bring the home side back into the game. Carndonagh continued to put Buncrana under pressure with Gerard Doherty and Eanna Newton causing problems for the Buncrana defence. It was nip and tuck for the remainder of the first half and the homeside went in at halftime with a one point deficit. HT:Buncrana 6 points, Carndonagh 1-4. Buncrana came out fighting in the second half and registered the first score of the half putting the sides level. Buncrana began to dominate possession and they stretched their lead through points from Kevin O Loughlin, Ryan Bradley, and the score of the game from Adrian Mc Colgan. The game was marred by some off the ball scuffles mid-way through the second half which resulted in sendings off for Oliver Mc Connelogue (Carndonagh), Ryan Bradley (Buncrana) and Dominic Doherty (Carndonagh). Buncrana maintained a three point lead, thanks in part to some wayward shooting by the Carndonagh forwards. In what was a good all round team performance, there were impressive performances for Buncrana by Kevin O Loughlin, Peter Mc Laughlin, Patrick Mc Myler and Adrian Mc Colgan. FT: Buncrana 0-11 Carndonagh: 1-5.Buncrana: Noel O Donnell, Simon Mc Grory, John Doherty, Calvin Jones, Kevin O Loughlin 0-1, William Mc Laughlin, Adrian Mc Colgan 0-1, Ryan Bradley 0-1, Peter Mc Laughlin, Odhran Doherty 0-6 (5 frees), Simon Cuff, Oisin Doherty (0-1), Patrick Mc Myler, Garbhan Friel (0-1), Ciaran Mc Nicholls.Sports Prediction Competition: Buncrana GAA sports prediction competition is still in full swing, please see the following for the top ten positions at present; Oisin McColgan 45, Brian Moran 45, Aidan Mulholland 42, Shaun Higgins 42, Andy McLaughlin (Snr) 42, Anne Sheridan 39, Stephen Moore 39, Andrew McLaughlin 39, Sharon McDaid 39, John Treacy 39. Further details will be available on Facebook.U10 Hurling: U10 Hurling training has now finished for the winter and we resume after Christmas. Thanks to all who have attended and everyone is welcome to attend in January.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. New and returning players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

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DONEGAL RIDER LISA, 17, FLYING THE FLAG FOR IRELAND AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgSeventeen year old Lisa Moore from Ramelton is currently en route to Mont le Soie, Vielsalm in Belgium as part of the team to represent TREC Ireland at the 2013 European Young Rider Championships.Since discovering the sport early in 2011, Lisa and Jo have had a host of success including winning the Level 1 National Championships in 2011, the Donegal Championships in 2013 and the top young rider at the Irish National Championships in 2013.Originally developed as a method of testing the navigational skill of profession trail guides in the French Alps, TREC is a growing sport which tests the skills and competence of the rider and the partnership with their horse. TREC is composed of three phases, POR (Parcours d’Orientation et de Regularite), is the Orienteering phase. Riders follow a given route on a map at given speeds. Checkpoints are placed along the route, but their locations are unknown to the riders.For young riders this route is up to 32km and requires great accuracy in compass skills, ridden bearings and grid references. The control of paces phase demonstrates the discipline, balance and training of the horse.Riders are asked to show canter and trot (without breaking) along a 150m corridor that is 2-4m wide. The highest marks are awarded for the slowest canter and the fastest walk. The final phase, the PTV is a cross country based skills test include obstacles which are mounted and some which are led. This phase may be up to 5km in length.The Irish team for this event comprises Lisa and her pony Jo Dazzler, Katie Smyth (Whitethorn Jack) and Rohan Madhavan (Annie’s Prince), both from County Kildare as well as Annie O’Neill (Templebready Poppy) from West Cork. Chef d’Equipe Gwen Bastian and Karen Murphy, Secretary of TREC Ireland, will be on hand for the Championships, as well as a huge contingent of family and friends travelling to Belgium to support the team.Riders will be arriving in Belgium on Monday 2nd of September with horses arriving on Tuesday 3rd, to allow all to settle in and get familiar with the terrain, and of course, the maps. The competition begins on Friday 6th with the vetting and equipment check, with the Orienteering taking place on Saturday 7th, and the Control of Paces and PTV (Obstacles) on Sunday 8th.Members of the Donegal TREC group would like to wish Lisa, Jo and all the team the very best of luck in the Championship and commend them on this huge achievement.DONEGAL RIDER LISA, 17, FLYING THE FLAG FOR IRELAND AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 4th, 2013 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:European champsLisa MooreRameltonTREClast_img read more

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DELAP ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM SOCCER

first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap has announced his retirement from soccer.Rory DelapThe 37-year-old, who has strong connections to Donegal, made 11 appearances for Ireland.Delap’s uncle is well-known Letterkenny shopkeeper Paddy Delap and the player often visited Donegal. Rory called time on his career after struggling to recover from a torn hamstring.He played with Southampton, Derby, Sunderland and Barnsley but it was with Stoke City where he enjoyed the best spell of his career.The midfielder joined Stoke in 2006, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League and his long throw-ins were a crucial weapon for the Potters.Signing a one-year contract with League Two side Burton Albion in the summer, Delap had hoped to prolong his player career but injuries and time have caught up with him. Burton manager Gary Rowett said: “Rory has been a constant professional since he joined the club in the summer.“His attitude and work ethic have been a credit to himself and the invaluable knowledge and experience that he has passed onto the rest of the players here at Burton Albion has been priceless.”He added: “He has had a fantastic career and we are honoured here at Burton that he has finished his career with us.”DELAP ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM SOCCER was last modified: December 16th, 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:letterkennyPaddy DelapRory Delaplast_img read more

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Amunike summons 25 to kick start preparations for Uganda game

first_imgTanzania takes on Uganda in their second group L game of the 2019 AFCON qualifiersAFCON 2019 QualifiersUganda vs TanzaniaMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 08-09-2018Taifa Stars’ head coach Emmanuel Amunike has summoned a squad of 25 players that will begin preparations ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda next month.Tanzania is expected to travel to Kampala on the 6th of next month to face Uganda and it will be Amunike’s first official competitive game.The squad summoned by the former Nigerian Super Eagles footballer includes 3 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 6 midfielders and 8 strikers.Key among those summoned includes lethal forward Mbwana Samatta who plays his trade at Belgian giants Racing Genk.Amunike has also called upon Shaban Chilunda who plays for CD Tenerife in the Spanish second division.The other notable names in the squad include Thomas Ulimwengu, John Bocco and Erasto Nyoni among others.Uganda currently leads group L on three points after one game. Tanzania have one point after drawing with Lesotho in their first game.Tanzania’s Squad:  GoalkeepersAishi Manula (Simba SC), Mohammed Abdulrahman(JKU), Beno Kakolanya(Yanga)DefendersShomari Kapombe(Simba), Hassan Kessy (Nkana Red Devils), Gadiel Michael(Yanga),Abdi Banda(Baroka FC), Kelvin Yundani(Yanga),Aggrey Morris(Azam FC), Erasto Nyoni(Simba SC), Andrew Vicent Chikupe(Yanga)MidfieldersHamid Mao Mkami(Petrojet),Yahya Mudathir(Azam FC), Jonas Mkude(Simba SC), Farid Musa(CD Tenerife B), Feisal Salum Abdalla(Yanga)ForwardsSaimon Msuva(Difaa El Jadid),Shiza Ramadhani(Simba), Rashid Mandawa(BDF XI), Hassan Dilunga(Simba),Mbwana Samatta(Genk),Thomas Ulimwengu(Al Hilal Omdurman),Shaban Chilunda(CD Tenerife), John Bocco(Simba),Yahya Zaid (Azam FC)Comments Tags: Emmanuel AmunikeTanzanialast_img read more

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When Mackie scored twice as inspired QPR crushed Ipswich

first_imgThis weekend QPR face Ipswich at Portman Road, where they won 3-0 on their last visit, in September 2010.Jamie Mackie scored twice for Rangers that day and their line-up included Kyle Walker, who was on loan from Tottenham. See also:’Household names’ must improve – BartonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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