June, 2019

NRL Mitchell Pearce sidelined for four months but Knights players say season far from over

Knights players declare season not dead despite Pearce blow TweetFacebookNewcastle Knights players have vowed to rally behind devastated skipper Mitchell Pearce but have declared their season is not done with despite losing their chief playmakerfor up to four months through injury.
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The club’s worst fears were realised on Sunday when scans revealed Pearcehadruptured his pectoral muscle in the Knights dramatic 22-20 come-from-behind win over Wests Tigers in Tamworth on Saturday night.

With his right arm in a sling as he prepared to board the team bus after the game,Pearcewas not optimisticthe news would befavourable, telling theNewcastle Herald:“I’ve never done one before but it doesn’t look good.”

The four month prognosis means Pearce will miss the majority of the season and it has cruelled his Origin chances.

It is alsodevastating for a team that has structured the majority of its attack around their marquee signing, who has been in great early season form for his new club.

Knights’ head of football Darren Mooney said Pearce is expected to undergo surgery this week.

“It is devastating for Mitchell and a massiveblow for our club,” Mooney said.

Knights coach Nathan Brown said he is shattered for his co-captain.

“Mitchell just loves playing so it is going to be really tough for him and from the town’s point of view, they have a vested interest in him as well because he has helped us get a lot of good results,”Brown said.

“He’s come here as the biggest signing the club has made for a lot of years and he got off to a great start soto miss such a long period is pretty shattering for everyone but particularly Mitchell.

“It’s now up to the other boys to work really hard and give it a good shot so it is worthwhile Mitchell coming back in round 22 or 23.

“I’d like to think with the experience some of our younger halves got over the previous few years, we should be able to try and overcome these things.

“All we need is the group to work hard together and each time you go into a game, you’ve got to believe you are a good chance of winning.”

Pearce’s team-mates, while feeling for their skipper, claimed“the show must go on”.

“Pearcey’s going to be a big loss but it’s a great opportunity for other people and myself to really step up,”fullback Kalyn Ponga said.

“We’ve got the players here that can come in and if they do their jobs, that’s all we can expect.

“I thought Cogs [Jack Cogger] went really well and when Pearcey went off, he took control and said lets play footy.”

Winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall said the win over the Tigers was bitter-sweet for Pearce.

“He was really happy we got the win but you could tell he was very devastated after the game,”he said.

“But the show goes on you know. We can’t be sad about that because we’ve still got a lot of the season and we have taken a lot of steps forward and we should be confident of where we are sitting.”

Backrower Mitch Barnett claimed the squad needs to really step up in the wake of the Pearce injury.

“We have to prepare without him,”he said.

“We’ve got Lamby [Brock Lamb], Connor [Watson] is not too far away, Cogs was good tonight and obviously JB [Jamie Buhrer].

“Depending on who we go with, it could change our style of play but it’s not the end of the world. The boys are really confident and we are going to win games off the back of our defence.”

Backrower Lachlan Fitzgibbon said the coach has some great options to choose from.

“You feel for Pearcey but we have to move forward and we have the boys to get the job done,”he said.


Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle plans to expand St Nicholas Early Education centres to 20

Little learners: Payton Coles, Eden Carnell, Harry Cvetanovski and Coen Burnett attend the 80-place Cardiff centre, located on the former Coles site. Picture: Jonathan CarrollTHE Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle plans to expandits network of long day care centres to 20 within five years, which would put it at the helm of a collection larger than any other diocese in the country.
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Diocese chief executive officer Sean Scanlon said the organisation had opened three of its St Nicholas Early Education centres in Chisholm, Cardiff and Lochinvar –which he valued at a combined $12 million –since the start of March this year, to join its existing centres in Newcastle West and Singleton.

The diocese plans to open another six, valued at a cost of more than $15 million, in the next two years.

All will be funded by the Catholic Development Fund and located near four existing and two proposed Catholic schools.

“There’s no oversupply if you provide what the market wants, which is co-location –it’s a pretty attractive proposition,” Mr Scanlon said.

“We’ve hit a magic formula trying to build centres next to Catholic primary and secondary schools.

“This allows parents to make one drop off for their children attending both day care and school.

“We’ve got a long history of more than 100 years in education and we offer CatholicCare Social Services and welfare programs.

“But this is a new direction and expanding what we’re doing –a new venture almost.

“This is a need we’ve identified and we’re trying to respond to what working parents want, which is a long day care centre and support to drop children off early in the morning.”

Mr Scanlon said other dioceses and parishes had established early learning centres and out-of-school-hours care services, but few had ventured extensively into long day care.

He said the Archdiocese of Brisbane had 10 long day care centres tied to its Centacare social services operations, while the dioceses of Parramatta and Broken Bay had four and five early learning centres respectively that operate mostly to mid afternoon.

“But there’s not too many other dioceses that would have the ambition we have to expand to the numbers [20] we’ve suggested,” he said.

“We’ve set this up separately to give it the focus and attention others haven’t.

“We’re also talking to other dioceses to roll out centres in their areas as well. We’ve got expertise and hopefully will build on that.”

Mr Scanlon said families did not need to be Catholic or intend to enrol at the diocese’s schools to attend its long day carecentres.

Each St Nicholas centre hasstrong links to the region’s Catholic schools, but transition programs are also available to state schools.

“We do see a lot of children going on to Catholic schools but we don’t say they must go there,” Mr Scanlon said.

“There’s no hard sell –we allow parents to decide.

“We think it’s a good thing [to attend a Catholic school], but we leave it up to them.

“Kids go to public schools as well, it’s a bit of a blend.

“The philosophy is the same as Bishop Bill Wright’s forschools –they’re Catholic schools, not schools for Catholics.”

Mr Scanlon said while there were some nuns that worked with children, the centres used the commonplace Reggio Emilia Philosophy and there were “no overt religious elements” to teaching.

“We might take them on an excursion to the [Sacred Heart] Cathedral but it’s not overly religious, we feel it’s too early for children.”

Mr Scanlon said the diocese wouldconvert an existing Raymond Terrace centre close to St Brigid’s Primary into its nextSt Nicholas centre,which is expected to open next January with 110 places.

It plans to open a centrein the former Maitland Ex Servicemen’s Citizens Bowling and Sporting Club with 60 places in February 2019.

It will beclose to St John the Baptist Primary and All Saints College St Peter’s Campus and will be joined by a new VET [vocational education and training] centre for early education staff.

“This may be a good opportunity for students at St Peter’s and St Mary’s campuses if they’re looking to develop their career to study there, but it will offer programs to anyone in the sector.”

It plans to open aBranxton centre with 120 places across the road from Rosary Park Catholic School nextMarch.

The diocese is preparing to submit a development application to Maitland City Council with a masterplan for land it owns at Gillieston Heights, which it hopes will accommodate a centre with 120 places to open in November 2019, plus a primary school and community centre.

It plans to open a Muswellbrook centre with 80 places and a Scone centre with 70 places in February 2020.

The diocese is also preparing to submit a development application to Port Stephens Council for the Catherine McAuley Catholic College site, which will open at Medowie in 2020.

Its masterplan includesa long day care centre with an initial104 places and a primary school.

“This site could cater from six months old to year 12 and will draw in students from Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay who are currently travelling to San Clemente[in Mayfield].”

The diocese’s movementinto the preschool sector coincides with itforging ahead with its schools.

It opened St Bede’s Catholic College at Chisholm at the start of 2018, plus expanded St Mary’s Gateshead and the newly stand-aloneSt Joseph’s College Lochinvarto year 12.


NHRU rugby union: Lake Macquarie bounce back from landslide defeat

LAKE Macquarie coach Gareth Polamo believes Saturday’s 44-15 loss to University at No.2 Sportsground is evidence that his side will be competitive for the rest of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season.
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THE GAME THEY PLAY IN HEAVEN: A panoramic view of the clash between Hamilton and Maitland at Passmore Oval. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Roos’ viability came under scrutiny after they suffered a 121-12 hammering from Nelson Bay in their previous game, which followed a 61-17 thrashing by Singleton in the season-opener.

But after a week of soul searching, they responded by leading the Students 15-12 at half-time, after tries by prop John Taufaao and flanker Chris Hunt. Uni gained the ascendancy in the second half but Polamo said his players had nonetheless taken a step in the right direction.

“I was really pleased with how we went,” Polamo said.

“To be honest, I was never really worried about the score [against Nelson Bay]. It was more about improving on last week.

“As a group we identified areas that we needed to improve, and obviously defence was a major one, and little things like communication and getting some shape around our attack.

“It’s the small things that go a long way towards improving.”

Polamo had no doubt his team will be competitive this season, boldly declaring: “The way the competition is, I believe we can still make the top five.

“It’s one week at a time for us, but I’m quietly confident. Now we’ve got the bye and a couple of weeks off, which is probably good timing for us, and then we’ll get ready to play Southern Beaches.”

The NHRU have indicated they are reviewing the Roos’ position in Premier Rugby, citing safety concerns, and the subject is likely to be discussed at a board meeting this week.

“I would have thought if there was going to be some sort of review, it would be at the end of the season,” Polamo said. “I’m confident there are absolutely no issues with regards to safety. And we’re still out there trying to get a few new players.”

In the other game of Saturday’s double-header at No.2, Wanderers downed Singleton in a thriller, 33-27.

At Passmore Oval, premiers Hamilton beat Maitland 44-19, while at Gateshead, Nelson Bay retained the competition lead with a 20-17 win against Southern Beaches.

AAP reports:Early-season good vibes about ‘s Super Rugby teams are diminishing after all four teams lost to overseas opposition in the latest round.

The Waratahs held on to the n conference lead despite a 29-0 home defeat by the Lions.

The Reds lost a fourth-straight game and early-season conference pacesetters the Rebels suffered a third consecutive defeat. Their 28-10 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria was compounded by injuries to captain and lock Adam Coleman, brothers Dane and Ross Haylett-Petty and hooker Jordan Uelese.

Queensland were also blown away early in their 36-12 loss to New Zealand’s Chiefs in Brisbane.

The clean sweep of n defeats was completed on Sunday when the Jaguares beat the Brumbies 25-20 in Canberra.


Miners watch Greenland parliamentary vote

Greenland votes on Tuesday amid rising commodity prices which locals hope will lead to investment.With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland’s election for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining program on the island back on track.
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Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign investment and get its fragile economy up to speed to realise a long-term goal of independence from Denmark.

Hype about a possible mining boom in Greenland after it achieved self-rule from Denmark in 2009 faded in a morass of red tape and a commodity price slump around five years ago. It left the economy reliant on fishing and grants from Denmark.

But with the country’s sole producing mine starting up last year – a ruby pink sapphire mine operated by Norway’s LNS Group – and Canada’s Hudson Resource’s anorthosite project due to begin operations this year, locals are again hoping more investments will follow.

Improved access to and from the Arctic island as the ice melts, and a more favourable investment climate, would go some way to alleviate the barriers to business of perpetual winter darkness and temperatures reaching as low as minus 50C.

With that in mind, a central theme for the new government elected on Tuesday will be to decide whether it wants to shift focus away from Denmark and strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with other countries, including China.

Chinese interest in Greenland comes after Beijing laid out its ambitions to form a “Polar Silk Road” by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming and encouraging enterprises to build infrastructure in the Arctic.

The main contenders to lead the next government are Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of the social-democratic Siumut party and Sara Olsvig of the left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit party (IA).

The most recent poll shows that the two parties are likely to continue working together in a coalition.


Reality check for Aussie Super Rugby teams

All four n Super Rugby teams lost their matches during round 10 of the competition.Early-season good vibes about ‘s Super Rugby teams are diminishing after all four teams lost to overseas opposition in the latest round.
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The NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds lost heavily at home in round 10 and the Brumbies were also beaten on their own ground.

The rebooted Melbourne Rebels are still searching for a first win in South Africa after suffering a 14th consecutive loss in the Republic.

No n team led at any stage and the Brumbies were the only one to earn a point and that came with a penalty after the final siren.

The Waratahs held on to the n conference lead despite a 29-0 home defeat by the Lions.

NSW, who had won their past four games, against all their n conference rivals recorded an unwanted first, having never previously being held scoreless in a Super Rugby game.

The Reds and Rebels are struggling to deliver on their early-season promise.

The Reds lost a fourth-straight game and early-season conference pacesetters the Rebels suffered a third consecutive defeat and fourth in their past five fixtures.

Their disappointment at a 28-10 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria was compounded by injuries to captain and lock Adam Coleman, brothers Dane and Ross Haylett-Petty and hooker Jordan Uelese.

The Rebels trailed 21-3 at halftime and never got the deficit down below 11 points in the second half.

Queensland were also blown away early in their 36-12 loss to New Zealand’s Chiefs in Brisbane.

Reds captain and Wallabies prop James Slipper played barely 20 minutes because of a collarbone injury as the visitors bolted to a 24-0 lead.

Classy centre Samu Kerevi salvaged some scoreboard respectability for the home team with two tries but it was a 35th straight loss for an n Super side against New Zealand opposition.

The clean sweep of n defeats was completed on Sunday when the Jaguares beat the Brumbies 25-20 in Canberra.

Both teams scored three tries, with fullback Tom Banks crossing twice for the Brumbies, who trailed 13-0 early and crucially failed to post points when the Jaguares had a player sin-binned in the second half.

The Crusaders remain top of the New Zealand conference after a 33-11 bonus-point home victory over the winless Sunwolves in torrential rain in Christchurch.

Flanker Shannon Frizell scored three tries for the Highlanders in their 34-16 win over the hapless Blues, who have lost 15 consecutive Super games to domestic rivals.

The Lions remain 11 points clear of the Bulls in the South African conference, though the latter have now recorded three successive wins.

The Sharks shaded the Stormers 24-17 in Durban but both teams have won just three out of nine matches.

Next round NSW have a bye while the other three n teams again face overseas opposition, with the Reds hosting the Lions, the Brumbies at home to the Crusaders and the Rebels playing the Stormers in Cape Town.