Family unity at unveiling of Jonah Lomu’s headstone

first_imgThe rugby legend’s wife Nadene, their sons Dhyreille and Brayley were joined by Jonah’s brother John during the pre-unveiling ceremony at the Manukau Memorial Gardens on Monday morning.Alongside close family and friends were a host of invited guests that included Lomu’s All Black team mates, Eric Rush and Josh Kronfeld and two men who played a huge part in his life, Phil Kingsley Jones and former chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Union and former president of the Asia Rugby Union and World Rugby Council member for Asia, Trevor Gregory.Nadene Lomu and John Lomu held each other in a long embrace before the ceremony.”I’m happy with the way it all turned out,” Nadene Lomu said.There were tearful moments for she and son Dhyreille during the ceremony but she said they held strong through out.”There could not be anything big enough for him,” she said of the headstone.”It’s the best we can do to reflect the man who was a loving husband and a wonderful father.”She and the family had been through “some times” and she thanked her father for standing by her and her son.Lomu’s brother John was also happy with the headstone and way the unveiling panned out.Eric Rush said he had to be there for his team mate and friend.”Got to come to honour the brother one last time. The unveiling of the stone is the last physical thing you can do for someone who has passed away. Now it’s just memories and visits to the grave site.”Rush had the small crowd chuckling at the end of his address.”I dare not sing or else Jonah would get up,” he quipped.A family friend said Jonah Lomu’s mother was unable to attend because she was overseas in Fiji.last_img read more

Pulsan retains powerlifting title.

first_imgPulsan showed her class outweighing her challengers which got the small but vocal crowd chanting; PNG, PNG!But the upset of the day, was Livingstone Sikoli of PNG the men’s 83kg division champion losing his title to Deamo Baguga of Nauru.Sikoli settled for second place and Frederick Warsidi of New Caledonia third.While the silver and bronze medal in the women’s 72kg was won by Eibon Jerusha Mau of Nauru and Asenate Manoa of Tuvalu.Day two of powerlifting continues tomorrow.last_img

Ferreyra, a year of parakeet in shadows and pending market

first_imgThe transfer of Ferreyra to Espanyol for a season and a half, with a subsequent eight million purchase option that will not be executed (Although around three million of that amount have been consumed at this time), it was announced on January 31, 2019. It did not arrive only from Benfica, but He did it accompanied by a young talent in the midfielder called Alfa Semedo, which could have gone unnoticed but did it with more pain than glory. While his partner left in June, about Ferreyra a priori had to fall more prominence than he had in the second round of last year with Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’. The Europa League previews, in which he scored six goals, pointed in that direction. Nothing to do with what happened next: a single goal in LaLiga, against Eibar, and another in the continental group stage, in the 6-0 win against Ludogorets. Meanwhile, a couple of injuries of a certain severity. Many shadows reaches its anniversary and the last day of the market, in which everything can happen. It is one of the names that has been most linked to a hypothetical departure this winter, according to its performance in recent times. Is about Facundo Ferreyra. It seems difficult to find out the Argentine in these last hours of the market, especially for its high emoluments. What is certain is that, things of the destination (or the transfer period), this Friday the Argentine celebrates one year at Espanyol.last_img read more

Salva Sevilla returns to Cornellà in his second youth

first_imgIn Espanyol he landed in the 2014-15 campaign from Betis although he arrived free at the end of the contract. His signing responded to a time of low economic power, in which many Second players ended up in the parakeet. Three years later, Seville lives a second youth. Currently, Seville is one of the fixed ones in the Vicente Moreno lineups. He has performed in 20 games, has scored three goals and has given three other assists. He is one of the most veteran players in the championship who plays more regularly. A brief but affectionate statement from Espanyol, in May 2017, ended the stage of Salva Sevilla at the blue and white club. From less to more, the player who came from Betis with 30 years played 26 games the first season, 15 in the second and only six in the third, in which his participation in the team of Quique Sánchez Flores was testimonial. Sevilla lived an ordeal, was even whistled in games like against Granada. In others, as in Mestalla against Valencia, he was pointed out by fans as one of the culprits of the defeat. His foul goal on day 1 of the 2015-16 season against Getafe is the best image that fans remember.He finished the depressed course, wanting to start from scratch. “Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two forward, and with this intention I come,” he said in his presentation on the last market day of August 2016. The Andalusian had decided to go to Segunda B, Mallorca. Three seasons later he captains the vermilion team in the top category, which has three more points in the standings than the Blue and Whites, and returns to the RCDE Stadium at 35 (in March it will turn 36) and with 89 games played in the last three seasons. In fact, the Almeria player already marked Espanyol in the first round, a kind of revenge for how his end of stage in the parakeet club had taken place, which coincided with the decline of the project led by Quique Sánchez Flores.last_img read more

Coronavirus: UEFA-FIFA mess

first_imgBut there are major problems for the postponement of a year. The main one is the creation of the new FIFA Club World Cup, announced a few months ago with great fanfare, and whose dispute is scheduled for June and July 2021. It will be the first World Cup with 24 teams, it will be held in China and presumably the great teams of the world and therefore of Europe (Madrid, Barça, Juventus, PSG, Bayern, those of the Premier) will participate in it … Here A conflict arises between UEFA and FIFA that is already old. The two fight to capture the maximum attention of the public and would compete for dates that FIFA has already endorsed and that it should “give” to UEFA to organize its Eurocup. European stars will not be able to play both tournaments in any case. Or one or the other.Another issue that disturbs UEFA is that the Women’s European Championship is scheduled for 2021, to be held in July. The highest body under no circumstances would want to obscure with the men’s championship its increasingly important female version, a whole bet that is in line with the growth of women in football and in society. He would not have so many problems with the final phase of the League of Nations, which is also scheduled for June 2021 but that with less interest could move without much problem. A gibberish of which there will be more tracks next Tuesday, after the UEFA meeting to unblock this matter. Coupling the European calendar once the coronavirus crisis ends will not be an easy task. It remains to be seen how many League matches and how many Champions League and Europa League play-offs are upset. Also, how does all this affect the Eurocup and, in case of postponement, when could it be placed on a tremendously loaded calendar. The same goes for the Copa América, scheduled for the same exact dates as the Euro.An emergency solution that could be used by UEFA for the Champions League and the Europa League is the single-match playoff dispute. Once the round of 16 closed, which remains to be seen when it would be possible, the option of playing the quarters, the semifinals and the final in a single match would be opened. Thus, it would take three dates only to close the tournament, plus the eighth matches pending. It could even reach the scheduled day of the Champions League final on May 30 in Istanbul. Of course, it would lead to the debate that playing a single match would be, in principle, a great advantage for the local team resulting from the draw. The same would happen with the Europa League, which would follow a parallel path.If the idea of ​​round-robin playoffs in the quarterfinals and semifinals were to continue, the competition would probably hit June and with it the scheduled dates for the European Championship. The UEFA national team tournament, which this year will be held in 12 countries on the occasion of its anniversary, may be the biggest loser on the annual calendar. If the Champions League, the Europa League and the local Leagues and Cups push the Euro Cup towards the summer, an option that immediately arises is to postpone the tournament for one year and play it in 2021. The same would happen with the Copa América, since almost all its stars they militate in Europe.last_img read more

Djokovic points out about vaccines: “I just want to choose the best for my body”

first_imgSerbian tennis participant Novak Djokovic mentioned he was “somewhat confused” about the data on how to struggle the coronavirus, a topic that’s not “an professional”, and made it clear that he needs have all the data relating to the doable vaccine since you solely want to “choose the best” for your physique.The Belgrade man, in a Fb chat with different Serbian athletes, had expressed his opposition to the vaccines, given the risk that one towards COVID-19 can be found and turn into necessary, and He acknowledged that he wouldn’t like anybody to “pressure” him to put them on “so as to journey”, noting that if that turns into an indispensable situation, he may have to make “a choice”, however hours later he needed to go deeper into his opinion. “To be trustworthy, like the remainder of the world, I’m somewhat confused. Regardless of having entry to data and assets, I’m unsure what is perhaps best what could be executed, “mentioned Djokovic in a press release despatched to the New York Instances on Monday.The primary in the world, which has all the time most popular different extra pure strategies of recovering from accidents than merely medical onesHe pointed out that there’s data on the obligatory nature of those that have to journey to “get the vaccine that has not but been developed.” “I would really like to level out that at the second we don’t have sufficient data. I would really like to have extra particulars about the course of earlier than making the proper choices, “he remarked.“I’m not an professional, however I want the alternative to choose what’s best for my physique. I maintain an open thoughts and can proceed my analysis on the topic as a result of it can be crucial and can have an effect on all of us, “he mentioned.last_img read more

PSG squeezes Mbappé

first_imgSince Al-Khelaifi is president (2011) money has never been an obstacle for PSG when it comes to hiring players and it has not been an irrepressible temptation when succulent offers have arrived.world. In 2022 there is a World Cup, a situation that any other year would have been an element of weight for PSG when it came to launching an order to Mbappé. With the most important tournament at the national team level on the horizon, any footballer would panic for a year without playing. However the Qatar World Cup It will be held from November 21 to December 18. That is, if PSG follows through on its threat not to sell Mbappé and forces him to honor his contract, the forward would have been at his new club for four and a half months when the World Cup begins. You wouldn’t miss it …Precedents. However, the latest examples of players who have wanted to leave PSG are not favorable. Rabiot he kept up the pulse of the club, he did not renew and last summer he went free to Juventus… after not playing a single minute since December 11, 2018.In 2016, it was Verratti who pushed to go to Barcelona, although the operation ended in a very different way from what they expected in Barcelona: there was a transfer between the two clubs, but it was Neymar to PSG after paying the 222 million of its clause. Verratti, after checking the inflexible position of his club, had to back down and continue in Paris.Last summer it was Neymar who had to abandon his desire to pack: all Barça’s offers were rejected. Real Madrid himself asked about the Brazilian, although from Paris they demanded that Vinicius will go into operation. The talks ended there, because Madrid was never willing to part with him.Finally the Athletic, the past winter market, was not able to lower the PSG’s claims by Cavani even though he had six months left on his contract … Kylian Mbappé you will have to gain a hard pulse if you want to wear the Real Madrid. The 21-year-old Frenchman is the great galactic objective of the white club, which has already assumed that this summer its recruitment will be impossible. Efforts are focused on getting the signing in the summer of 2021, a year before the footballer’s current contract with the Parisians ends in June 2022.At the moment, Mbappé has delayed the successive renewal offers that PSG has put on the table, in a gesture that has given hope in the Bernabéu. However, that measure of force may not be enough. As you have been able to know AS Leonardo, sports director of the PSG, has already stated what its position will be in case the player does not renew: prefers to go free in 2022 rather than accept an offer in the summer of 2021, for whatever amount. In the white club, through third parties, they know that message from Leonardo, although they trust that it is a tactic to pressure Kylian to accept the renewal.For PSG, the Mbappé issue goes far beyond money. She is the great star of France, current world champion, and the benchmark of the ambitious project that aims to lead Paris the first Champions in the history of the club. His departure to Madrid in 2021 they believe would mean sending a message of weakness that they have wanted to avoid by all means in recent years, in which none of the figures who have tried to leave the club have succeeded.last_img read more

Manu Lareo on his renewal: “We are talking to the club”

first_imgManu Lareo has spent five seasons at Real, which is one of his players with more weight in the locker room. Contract ends at the end of a season marked by the coronavirus crisis. Although he hopes his txuri-urdin history will be longer.–He hopes he hasn’t played his last game with Real. “I don’t think about it much, if the case came it has been a very good five years for me, so I would not stay with fear or sadness. Anyway, I’m talking to the club, so we’ll see what happens.”–Renew first. “We are talking with the club, we will see what happens and I hope that soon I can formalize my situation.”–What do you miss. “Above all, the freedom to go out and have a drink, especially friends, take walks and get away, and train, I have come to the bottom that I need to train in Zubieta with my teammates and compete, because I love it.”–Option to end the season. “The news reassures the athletes a bit, we know that the situation is different. The boys already have plans to return to the competition a little, and we are waiting for that decision, but we don’t know anything.” –Queen’s Cup. “Much euphoria, day and a half of the celebration, was something brutal and unforgettable. It will be difficult to repeat such a feat, we have inspired other teams.”–What will do first after the coronavirus. “Go have a drink with my friends, enjoy them, chat without time until we get tired. Basically enjoy the street and look for the rays of the sun.”–Real society. “You realize the value that it has when people come to see and support us, all that deep-rooted affection is what makes you see that it is special, and it is a privilege, and I try to enjoy it every minute.”–Sport from May 4. “The competition still does not have a confirmation and until we have news everything is in the air, like the return from training. We are waiting, with uncertainty, as in other sectors, and doing everything with we are asked to We can soon enjoy that normality that we all miss. “last_img read more

The Villarreal physical trainer approves the work done at home

first_imgPepe Romero, Villarreal physical trainer, has valued “work and energy” made by their gamers at home. He assures that they’ve returned “in weight and with quite a lot of need to work”, which they worth as “very optimistic”. Romero assures that they face this era “as if it had been a summer time preseason”, and that they’re now engaged on “adapting to new stimuli, engaged on the pitch after two months and make contact with with the ball.”“The gamers have come very properly in weight, they’ve include their homework done and have been working. They’ve returned glad and with nice needThe reality is that we’re glad in that regard.We take into account this era in a really related solution to a preseason that we’d do in summer time, since the gamers come from a interval of work on their very own beneath our tips. Now we should manage the fees, the technical-tactical contents and the emotional points and so forth.Nowadays we’re engaged on adapting to new stimuli, since working at home with a treadmill and a bicycle may be very totally different from the stimulation of engaged on the garden. We’re nonetheless searching for adaptation and the quantity of hundreds they will need to have. One in every of the most necessary issues there may be the adaptation to the ballNow there are a sequence of gestures equivalent to passing or driving, one thing that they haven’t been in a position to do till now. Though on this section it can’t work together between gamers, if they will work with a single ball, make hits, precision, make bounces with the wall, and to make it extra fulfilling, we make challenges.Together with the medical service we have already got a person plan, one thing that now with this case has allowed us to have a larger influence on it, it’s one thing that if we need to have wholesome gamers who carry out we must work arduous on it. The gamers are conscious and much more so as soon as the competitors begins. “last_img read more

Simone4children Foundation needs base

first_imgJAMAICA’S former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star, Simone Edwards, says the future of her Simone4Children Foun-dation’s homework programme and study centre, based in Hermitage, August Town, currently hangs in the balance.The centre, which opened in 2010 and offered homework programmes to inner-city children, along with a host of other community activities, was vandalised by criminal elements and is presently not in use.However, the Escarpment Road Church saw the Foun-dation’s plight, and the pastor – at the time – gave the former national player and coach his blessings to continue the programme at the place of worship.However, a change of pastor at the church recently has seen a new plan and Edwards’ search for a new base for the programme.”In Hermitage, I got a building put up there for the homework programme. It was running and everyone was working. It’s a place where we had our homework programme, fed families, gave back-to-school supplies, tried to create scholarships and focused on self-esteem building. But what we do is mostly focus on education, but now it (building) is damaged,” said Edwards.”Last year, I went down there, and some of the bad men broke the lock off the door, stole furniture, the stove and damaged the windows. The homework programme is continuing in the church, but the last I heard is that the new pastor wanted it off the property,” she told The Gleaner.Edwards, who described cutting the ribbons to open the study centre as ‘one of the proudest moments in my life’, said since the migration of the programme’s overseer, Dean Rhoden, a few years ago, things just went downhill.PARKING LOTShe revealed that the reason for their eviction is related to plans to convert the building which housed the study centre into a parking lot, but admitted she is still seeking a meeting with the pastor.”I am hoping they have a change of heart, so we are waiting to see if they are really going to do that. I don’t know where else to move it to, as the pastor before told us it was OK for it to be there,” Edwards lamented.”But I haven’t spoken to anybody as yet, so I don’t know what we are going to do. I was trying to have a meeting with the pastor. So I am going to see the pastor, but if he tells me I have to move, then I will try to find a good place to do my programme and have it permanent instead of running up and down,” she insisted, noting that the original building would be ideal.”I like where it is because it’s easier access. At the top (of community) was convenient, so I guess I will have to talk to the people in the community to get guarantees that no one can touch it,” she added.The Simone4children Foun-dation was formed in 2006 to assist the less fortunate, build worthwhile citizens and help others achieve their goals. Her Foundation established the computerised study centre in December 2010. It held treats, fed hundreds of persons and gave gifts to children.She also copped the 2010 AD Astra Award, delivered by the Immaculate Conception High School’s New York Chapter to Jamaicans who have excelled in their field over a period of time.last_img read more