The first leg of the Greater Accra pool A round of league matches of the ongoing Ghana Rugby Club Championships (GRCC) 2014/15 came to an end on Saturday November 29th on the Accra Rugby Pitch in Legon, with a lot of excitement.The first game of the day saw Accra Sharks RFC, take on Cosmos Buffaloes RFC. This feature was more like a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle with Cosmos Buffaloes, the log leaders, running riot scoring try after try from the start of the game to the final whistle. Accra Sharks to the surprise of everyone, proved a little tough in the first 20 minutes of the game, scoring two tries, but they could not hold Cosmos Buffaloes off for too long. The Buffaloes won the game comfortable by 62 points to 10 and further increased their lead on the log Table before the break.Coach Amuzolouh of Cosmos Buffaloes, was very excited, citing the fact that, with this emphatic win, Buffaloes are in clear contention to win the first league Title under the new President of GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah. “We are very excited for this win and this clearly shows how eager we are to win the first Rugby league championship under the new leadership.”The second game was arguably the toughest game of the day, between Legon Titans and Idas Sports. Both teams had lost one game prior to kick off, incidentally to the log leaders Cosmos Buffaloes, and were both looking to secure the second position on the log before the end of the first leg, to put either of them in title contention of the league.The match began with Legon Titans scoring the first try by Emmanuel Kalos, after a superb work of brilliant passing between himself and the winger of the side, Prince Segbefia. Their good play had the coach of Idas acknowledging their effort with a clap. Idas came back strong and scored a try to level out the scores.The game proceeded with both teams clearly showing their determination to win the game at all cost, but Idas sports further increased their scoring when the full back of Legon Titans, mistimed a free ball coming his direction, allowing Abdul Samad of Idas sports, who was lurking right behind him, to intercept and score a try. After the recess, Legon Titans came back strong to score a few more tries to level out the points but it was ‘brains’ that reigned supreme over ‘beauty’, as Idas Sports had the last laugh, when Marshall Nortey, the captain of Legon Titans, failed to convert a kick that would have enabled his side win the game in the dying minutes. The game ended 17 to 18 points in favour of Idas Sports enabling them to secure the second position on the log.Abdul Samad of Idas Sports was elated about his team’s victory since on average, his team has the oldest set of players in the competition. Legon Titans, on the other hand, have the youngest average players in the tournament.Abudul Samad said, “Clearly we have proven that experience is important in rugby. We knew the ability of Titans (Legon) coming into this game but we counted on our ‘well’ of experience to beat them. Now we are going to prepare for the second leg next year and Inshallah, it will be good.”The final game of the day was between Tema Anchors and Dansoman Hurricanes, who have inevitably found their winning form back, winning their second game of the season. Hurricanes beat the Anchors comfortably by 69 point to 7. Going into the second Leg of the GRCC Pool A games next year, this is how the league stands. Cosmos Buffaloes still sit on the summit having won all 5 of their games this season with 23 points followed by Idas Sports with 18 points. Legon Titans drop to the 3rd position after losing in succession to Cosmos Buffaloes and Idas sports with 16 points, Dansoman Hurricanes 4th with 11 points, Accra Sharks 5th with 2 points and at the bottom of the summit, Accra sharks with no points.Exciting Rugby continues next year on January 17th as the second leg of the 2014/15 of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) comes off on the Accra Rugby Pitch in Legon.Mr Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, said that he was impressed with what he saw after attending the last matches of Round One in Accra.“Even though there is a long road to walk for Ghana Rugby I am confident, based on what I observed today, that my Board’s directive towards professionalism in building the Rugby Family in Ghana is starting to pay off,” Mr Mensah said. Mr Mensah also outdoored the GRCC 2014/15 trophy together with trophies for top try scorer and most voted player as well as medals for the teams in the finals of GRCC 2014/15.
The second system just emerged off the coast of Africa and forecasters give it a 50% chance of developing in the Atlantic over the next five days.The next named storm will be Chantal. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is keeping a close eye on two tropical waves.A disorganized cluster of storms located over the northeastern Caribbean is being given just a 10% chance of growing stronger but it could be a rainmaker for parts of Florida by this weekend.
From tragedy, Sourlis and his classmates gained understanding and perspective about the topics of suicide and mental health that had been unexpectedly thrust into their lives.“I think it helped us realize that things aren’t always what they appear on the outside,” said Sourlis. “Pierce was a great friend, a prominent lacrosse player, a good student at our school, but there was more going on inside than anyone knew. It brought attention to the fact that we need to be there for each other in other ways.” With that mission in mind, the Ridge Road Run was conceived – an outing scheduled for Sunday, April 15 on the campus of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School that will feature a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., as well as a one-mile race and kiddie dashes with start times to be announced.“One of the things we hear all the time as administrators is how this generation of kids isn’t passionate; that they’re self-centered and self-serving,” said Risa Clay, Red Bank Regional High School principal. “But this event and the work these students are doing shows how passionate a community of kids can be when it’s a cause that hits close to home,” she said of the student organizers who are seeking volunteers, monetary donations and sponsorships at RidgeRoadRun.org.Clay went on to speak of the immense pressure her students feel to achieve more, reaching for marks on an intangible measuring stick that perpetually appear out of reach and overshadow their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.It’s a circumstance that has led RBR to institute mental health education as part of their curriculum, while providing an on-campus clinic dedicated to counseling students and their parents about how to cope with the stresses of life. These types of curriculum additions and school-based offerings align with the goals of the Ridge Road Run, which are to put school rivalries aside for a unifying effort that hopes to open lines of communication between students, peers, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as to raise awareness about suicide, and funds to support both the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.“I’m impressed with the students’ initiative to bring this topic to the forefront,” said Kathy Booth Red Bank Catholic student assistant coordinator. “We have our rivalries, and they’re all in good fun, but to lose these young people is a loss we all share. This is a subject that can’t be hushed anymore. We need more awareness and more communication. And I believe this event will go a long way toward achieving that.” This past football season provided a platform for longtime rivals like Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) to join together with their heartbroken peers in Rumson in a sign of solidarity, as the student bodies came together during their respective games and wore the same color T-shirts in homage to Jarck.Developing from this display of camaraderie was the idea for something more impactful, an event that would reach beyond their schoolyards and playing fields and deeper into the greater Ridge Road community. Story and photo by Chris Rotolo “I think it’s going to be bigger than they ever expected,” Booth said.The Ridge Road Run has been organized by RBR students Michael Eulner, Claudia Kelly and Thomas Lloyd; Ellie Gibney and Teddy Sourlis from RFH; and Courtney Carroll and Lily Salcedo from RBC.For more information on the Ridge Road Run visit ridgeroadrun.org. RUMSON – Shock, despair and disbelief.It was these distinct emotions that flooded the hallways this past October at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH), when a beloved friend, teammate and student named Pierce Jarck tragically took his own life at the age of 16.Teddy Sourlis, a former classmate of Jarck’s, can still recall the over whelming anxiety that gripped him when he was forced to face the news of his friend’s passing.“As a community it hit us hard,” said Sourlis, a member of the Bulldogs basketball program. “We were still processing losing another friend of ours, Jack Moore, the year prior, and out of the blue, so suddenly, we heard the news about Pierce. And I think it really opened our eyes as a community of teens.”
The ATA would like to announce that the following people have been appointed as the Seniors coaches for the 2005 All Nations tournament in New Zealand this October. Their sides will be selected at the 2005 National Touch League, happening in Coffs Harbour over the next two weeks. Mens 30s: David Collins Mens 35s: Michael McDonald Mens 40s: Dennis Coffey Mens 45s: Harry Appo Womens 30s: John Collins Womens 35s: Sue Salter Senior Mixed: Phil Dawson Congratulations to the above people and we wish you all the best as you lead your side against the world’s leading Touch nations.
Saturday, 30 JuneWhere: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)Who: Knights v EelsNRL Match Following: Newcastle Knights v Canterbury-Bankstown BulldogsPurchase Tickets: Click here Saturday, 30 JuneWhere: Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane)Who: Broncos v CowboysNRL Match Following: Brisbane Broncos v Canberra RaidersPurchase Tickets: Click here Saturday, 30 JuneKnights v Eels – McDonald Jones StadiumMen’s Knights: Luke Tonegato (1), Matthew Tope (2), Lincoln Little (4), Daniel Langbridge (5), Jack Edwards (6), Dylan Thompson (7), Alex Langbridge (8), Bart Hill (9), Matthew Prowse (10), Jake Fitzpatrick (11), Scott Bundy (c)(14), Tom Dafter (15), Mitchell Wilton (16)Women’s Knights: Jessica Potts (2), Emily Hennessey (c)(3), Rhiannon Podmore (4), Madison Crowe (5), Ainsley Hughes (6), Sian Filipo (8), Amy Regal (10), Elise Wilson (11), Lily Goodchild (12), Amy Dufour (13), Sophie Broadhead (14), Racehl Jeffs (15), Taryn Love (16)Men’s Eels: Georgie Palau (1), Jordan Horo (2), Daniel Barton (4), Jed Ibbotson (5), Dylan Hennessey (c)(6), Jordan Marshall-King (7), Simon Lang (8), Kyle Jermyn (9), Alex Nicholls (11), Kai Simbolon (12), Marley Simbolon (13), Mark Roberts (15), Caidyn Wynyard (16)Women’s Eels: Zara Nicholas (1), Lucy McDonald (2), Chloe Cheney (3), Laura Peattie (5), Danielle Davis (c)(6), Tayla Clifford (7), Rachelle Davis (8), Samantha Rodgers (10), Yasmin Meakes (11), Brittney Clifford (12), Aaliyah Paki (13), Elesha Te Paa (14), Faith Nathan (16)Referees: David Baggio, Tony Calabria, Kim Skelly, Rob Bowen, Luke SaldernSaturday, 30 JuneBroncos v Cowboys – Suncorp StadiumMen’s Broncos: Tim Baartz (c)(1), Tommy Quinlivan (2), Cody Green (3), James Courtney (5), Justin Otto (6), Sean Hooper (7), Samuel Carmody (8), Mitchell De Rossi (9), Liam Bauer (10), Connor Harvey (11), Hayden Moffat (12), David Sen (13), Adam Russell (14)Women’s Broncos: Savannah Pratten (2), Samantha Hopkin (3), Katee Maller (5), Hayley Maddick (6), Mia Johnstone (7), Rebecca Lapraik (8), Paige Parker (9), Kimberley Sue See (c)(10), Catherine Sargent (12), Tahlia Rolph (13), Rachel Walsh (15), Melanie Wilks (16), Brooke English (20).Men’s Cowboys: Michael Law (1), Shaun Francis (2), Trevor Moran (3), Dave Zanette (4), Damon Moore (5), Daniel Withers (c)(6), Jayden Benbow (7), Kristian Congoo (8), Justin Cridland (9), Lachlan Pierce (10), Jared Townson (11), Lachlan Hoch (12), Cormac Hoch (16).Women’s Cowboys: Tori Carter (1), Rae Barker (2), Jessica Bourke (6), Rebecca Goulding (7), Anna Hicks (9), Brittney Brown (10), Tamara Hussey (11), Abby King (12), Hagiga Mosby (13), Naomi Parslow (14), Rylie Seamark (c)(15), Indianna Tillett (16), Isabella BauerReferees: Amanda Sheeky, Anthony Smith, Brad Smith, Luke McKenzie
Former All Black Jonah Lomu is teaming up with UNICEF as part of the Live Below The Line campaign.The rugby giant and UNICEF ambassador is planning to raise awareness of poverty by living on only NZ$2.25 a day on food and drink for five days.“Five days of living on $2.25 a day is going to be tough, but that’s what life is like every day for 1.4 billion people around the world,” Lomu said. “Even in our Pacific backyard, up to 40 per cent of children haven’t grown at the right rate because of malnutrition. I want to help lower these numbers.”The Global Poverty Project’s Live Below The Line challenge takes place from September 24 to 28, and aims to help people understand the experience of the 1.4 billion people who live in extreme poverty around the world.1 in 4 households in the Pacific Islands live below the poverty line. And children are especially vulnerable. Every year, around 18,000 children die before they can celebrate their 5th birthday in the Pacific. If their families could afford good food and health care, many of these children would be alive today.To find out how you can join Jonah in the campaign, click here.
OTTAWA – The head of the Bank of Canada is pointing to Quebec’s child-care policies as possible tools to boost the entire Canadian economy, thanks to their potential to unlock the greatest untapped resource in the labour force: women.Bank governor Stephen Poloz dedicated part of a speech Tuesday in Kingston, Ont., to spotlight Quebec’s affordable child-care model as well as its extended parental-leave provisions.He showed he’s put some thought into the possible benefits of a comparable pan-Canadian approach.Poloz credited the province’s subsidized programs for raising prime-age female workforce participation to about 87 per cent, up from 74 per cent 20 years ago. In comparison, he said about 83 per cent of prime-age women participate in the national workforce.“The provincial government identified barriers that were keeping women out of the workforce and they acted to reduce them,” Poloz said in his address at Queen’s University.“If we could simply bring the participation rate of prime-age women in the rest of Canada up to the level that they have in Quebec, that would add almost 300,000 people to our country’s workforce.”Poloz added that the central bank has no role in implementing specific policies designed to break down labour-force obstacles. Governments, not the bank, are responsible for such policies.He noted the federal government’s budget last month made commitments aimed at increasing the labour-force participation of women.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget announced an option that will give new parents the ability to share either five or eight additional weeks of leave following the birth of a child, provided they also share the job of caring for the baby. The measure is expected to cost $1.2 billion over five years.However, some economists and critics have said while the budget moved in the right direction when it comes to raising female labour-force participation, its failure to announce steps towards national affordable child care likely means a significant number of women will remain out of the workforce.The Liberal government made promises in previous budgets to spend $7.5 billion over 11 years to help ease the burden of child-care costs. Part of the goal of the funding was to create 40,000 new, subsidized daycare spaces countrywide over three years.But child-care advocates have said it’s not enough. Before the budget, they asked Ottawa to raise its spending to $1 billion annually to match what the Paul Martin Liberals promised more than 10 years ago.In his address, Poloz pointed to other under-represented demographic groups that could help the economy. He said encouraging more of these people into the workforce would enable Canada to permanently raise its growth capacity without generating higher inflation.Combined with women, he said assisting more young people, Indigenous peoples, recent immigrants and Canadians living with disabilities to enter the job market could help the labour force expand by half a million people. By his estimate, that kind of workforce injection could raise the country’s output by $30 billion per year or 1.5 per cent.“That’s equal to a permanent increase in output of almost $1,000 per Canadian every year, and that’s even before you factor in the possible investment and productivity gains that would come with such an increase in labour supply,” he said.“Clearly, that’s a prize worth pursuing.”When it comes to the potential of Quebec-style child care, a 2012 academic study on the provincial system estimated it had allowed 70,000 more mothers with children under the age of 14 to hold jobs in 2008 than would have otherwise been the case. The estimated four-per-cent increase in the province’s female labour force gave the provincial economy a 1.7 per cent boost.Internal federal analyses, previously obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law, have suggested a similar effect could be had nationally, particularly during a period of strong economic growth that would increase labour demand.New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh weighed in on Poloz’s remarks.“The cost of child care traps many parents in a financial straitjacket,” Singh said in a statement Tuesday to The Canadian Press. “Parents are forced to choose between giving up a source of income or paying as much as $2,000 a month for child care.”Singh said the government has chosen a “timid” approach that is not universal, fails to lower costs significantly and delays funding ten years down the line.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with a file from Jordan Press
Prior to puck-drop, the Flyers will be raising their 2017-2018 NPHL Championship banner.Game time is 8:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers will be taking on the Grande Prairie Athletics this Saturday.Last Saturday, the Flyers played a tight exhibition game as they went on to beat the Dawson Creek Canucks 6-5.The Flyers are looking for another win as they host the Athletics this Saturday at the North Peace Arena.
The group had asked the board to apply the same standard to the project as it did with the cancelled Energy East pipeline before it submits its final report to the federal government.But the federal regulator said Stand.earth’s proposal missed its deadlines and repeated requests made by several other parties that had already been denied.Meantime, cabinet is under immense pressure to decide the fate of the pipeline before the federal election in the fall.There is also pressure to get the expansion built because Ottawa bought the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion last August, after political opposition to the expansion left the company’s shareholders reluctant to proceed. Vanessa Adams, spokeswoman for Sohi, wouldn’t comment on Thursday on whether a cabinet ruling could be delayed.But she said in an email the federal government wants to “achieve the required public trust” to help move resources to market by first addressing environmental, Indigenous and local concerns.She said a 60-member consultation team in British Columbia and Alberta has met with more than 85 of 117 Indigenous groups impacted by TMX and more meetings are taking place daily.On Tuesday, the NEB rejected a motion by Stand.earth filed on Jan. 21 demanding it add consideration of the project’s upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions to its review of marine shipping issues. CALGARY, A.B. – An environmental group that tried to widen the scope of the National Energy Board’s reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says it fully expects the board to endorse the project again in its ruling today.“I think the NEB has a long record of siding with industry over communities and other concerns … so we have every expectation that they’re going to recommend the project go ahead despite the serious problems with it,” said Sven Biggs, climate campaigner for Stand.earth, a Vancouver environmental group formerly called ForestEthics.Opponents of the project are already planning their response, which will include legal challenges, he said on Thursday. “It’s likely there are going to be more lawsuits and more delays because of them, and if the cabinet decides to go ahead and restart construction, you’ll see protests in the streets and along the pipeline route,” he said.The federal regulator is scheduled to release its recommendations today but the restart of construction of the controversial crude conduit from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., still faces hurdles.The NEB’s 2016 approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal which found that the regulator had not properly considered how southern resident killer whales would be affected by additional tanker traffic because of the increase in crude oil flows.The court also found there was insufficient consultation by the federal government with Indigenous communities.In response, Ottawa ordered the NEB to reopen its review process to fill in the gap on marine life and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi ordered a new round of consultations with affected Indigenous groups.The NEB report’s delivery will start the clock on a 90-day deadline for cabinet to decide whether the project should proceed, but officials in Sohi’s office have said a final decision won’t be made until consultations are complete, which means delays are possible.
The RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of incidents are occurring locally.Investigations into these incidents are on-going.If you have any information on counterfeit currency, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Recently, the Grande Prairie RCMP have been responding to several incidents where counterfeit Canadian currency is being used at multiple businesses in the area.According to RCMP, they have approximately 20 reported incidents where paper dollar bills where counterfeit bills, in a variety of denominations, have been used to pay for goods at local businesses.Police say the suspects will fold the bill in half with the transparent side down in an effort to hide the abnormalities of the currency.