Having been largely unheralded during his time at both the Reds and Waratahs, he was the leader of his beloved Brumbies and captain of his country.Mowen had taken the most prized position in Australian rugby from James Horwill at the end of 2013 and after years of pouring his heart and soul into every jersey he had ever pulled on, he had finally reached the pinnacle.It was a late ascent at the national level that could only be matched by a man in another sport – Mike Hussey, who made his Test debut at 30 and was instantly one of the Australian cricket team’s most integral players.Mowen may have been 28 when he made his Test debut against the British and Irish Lions but five months later, he was leading his country on a Spring Tour.So when Mowen announced his imminent departure to France in January 2014, it was a shock of enormous proportions.He had the rugby world at his feet and would have likely been a certain starter, if not skipper, at the 2015 World Cup.Why leave?The answer was simple.”I always had that in the back of my mind running parallel that while I was playing rugby, family was always going to be the most important thing,” Mowen told RUGBY.com.au.”I really loved my rugby at the Brumbies and Wallabies but it was detracting from (family) so I needed to find a balance that was more conducive to family life.”That thinking started to eventuate over that 12 months and it was that 12 months which coincided with my elevation to the Wallabies.”That was a really exciting thing and after the end of the Spring Tour I had time to sit back and reflect.”I was on the high of being with that Wallaby team but I had missed all that time at home as well.”I look back on that time with fond memories but I was also very proud of the decision I got to in the end.”Mowen packed up his family and moved to Montpellier under former Brumbies coach Jake White, before linking with Pau, with whom he is making his first rugby return to Brisbane.it was a life decision with which he found peace during the Christmas break of 2013.”It wasn’t an easy decision to get to but in the end it was a very easy decision, if that makes sense,” Mowen said.”It took me a good month or two of really thinking about it to get to that point where I was certain but once I was certain I was completely comfortable with where that sat.”Coming down off that high of the Spring Tour and we had a reasonably successful tour – it was great.”But it was the time I got to spend with my daughters over Christmas where I really got to weigh it up.”I’ve got huge respect for the guys that do it because it’s a huge commitment from them physically but it’s also a huge commitment emotionally to travel, to be on the road and to have that family balance.”I know lots of guys do it and do a great job of it but for me, that’s where my future lied, to correct that balance for me.”While he has no regrets over leaving Australia, the 33-year-old admits watching the Wallabies through his first two years abroad was a bittersweet feeling.”I’d definitely be lying if I said in the first 12 months to two years, I didn’t still harbour ambitions to go back and play for Australia.”But that was always balanced with the family life that I wanted to create.”Now I’m into my fourth year in France and the final years of my rugby career and our life in France, I’m really content with it.”As Rugby Australia searches for ways to stop the flow of players shifting abroad, Mowen also offered an insightful piece of advice to those looking overseas.”I think every situation is really different and only that person in that situation can know if it’s the right time or the right situation.”We are seeing guys going a lot younger but my advice to guys would be to try and maximise their time in Australia because I think you get the most development through playing here.”Having access to the coaching, the strength and conditioning, we do it pretty well compared to a lot of programs around the world and I think you maximise your development by exposing yourself for that.”There is always going to be a time where you can take up that experience overseas and I think you have to take that up at some stage in your career.”I hope those young guys that go overseas get exactly what they want out of it and hopefully they come back better, more rounded players and can contribute more to Australian rugby.”
Last summer Deportivo Alavés announced the arrival of two strikers with a great reputation in European football. They were Lucas Pérez (A Coruña, 09/10/1988) and Joselu Mato (Stuttgart, 03/27/1990), who arrived from West Ham United and Newcastle respectively. Two gunners who came from trying their luck in a Premier League who, unfortunately, had not repeated the taste of their goals so regularly as other leagues of the old continent had done. The ‘7’ Coruña scored an unprecedented personal record in the League: 7 consecutive days scoring, something that only he has achieved with the shirt of two different teams in Coruña and Vitoria. A vertiginous figures from which a Joselu has not taken off, who with the goal of last Sunday at Sánchez-Pizjuán shares the figure of top national scorer of LaLiga Santander together with Roger (Levante UD) and Ángel (Getafe CF).The 9 and 8 goals of Joselu and Lucas place them as the Spanish couple that makes the most goals in the league championship. Of the 23 goals that the Vitorian team has achieved, 17 have carried the seal of one of the two. Some figures that approach, but do not exceed, the 16 goals scored by Gerard Moreno and Santi Cazorla, of Villarreal CF. This Friday, before SD Eibar, Deportivo Alavés faces a very important clash facing the goal of permanence. Joselu already knows what it is to score a goal to the armorer team, and that is that ‘9’ was the author of the two goals that marked the first home victory of the course in the Basque feud. Lucas could not travel to Seville last weekend because of discomfort in the pubis but today he has trained with the group normally. His seemed to be a fierce battle to take the position of striker of a babazorra squad who wanted to forget the Calleri and Borja Bastón last year, and the first to hit was a Joselu Mato who scored his first two championship goals in the matches against Levante UD and Getafe CF. A drought scorer of Asier Garitano during the 4,5 and 6 days made fear that the goal albiazul lost his reference, but soon Lucas Pérez joined the cause.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr ruled out Stephen Curry for the first round of the playoffs because of a sprained left knee — while Curry vowed to do everything in his rehab power to prove Kerr wrong and return sooner.Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points for the Jazz, coming off a four-point overtime loss at San Antonio on Friday. Joe Ingles added 14 points with four 3-pointers, eight assists and six rebounds.This marked just the second time Golden State played without its four All-Stars after Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all sat for a 107-85 loss on March 11, 2017, at San Antonio. But, that time, Durant was the lone injured one of the group rehabbing a left knee injury while the other three simply rested.“I thought we hung in there pretty well,” Kerr said. “We just didn’t have enough firepower, but I like the way we fought.”Green had been set to return Sunday, but was ruled out with flu-like symptoms.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Jazz pulled away from the undermanned, injury-plagued Warriors in the third quarter on the way to a 110-91 victory Sunday night.Utah wants to make sure the rest of the regular season goes smoothly before thinking too far ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We know it could be a rematch,” Gobert said of another playoff series after Golden State swept the Jazz in last year’s Western Conference semifinals. “We’re focused on the moment.”Quinn Cook had 17 points and eight assists as defending champion Golden State played without its four injured All-Stars and was forced to use yet another makeshift starting lineup. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kerr expects both Durant and Green back as soon as Tuesday against Indiana, while noting “Klay’s coming along well” as he nurses a fractured right thumb.“Well, we’ve got to hold down the fort,” Kerr said. “We’ve got enough. We’re blessed with a great roster, a lot of depth and so, let’s get going. Let’s play and let’s compete and hold down the fort. There’s no reason why we can’t come out and really play well down the stretch and be ready for the playoffs and then maybe we get Steph back and we’ll see what happens.”Cook, Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee started.Cook went to the locker room late in the half after two crashing drives but returned for the third quarter, when the Warriors shot 8 for 20.Golden State began the game 5 for 16, but Utah was just 4 of 16.TIP-INSJazz: The Jazz scored 36 points in the third. … Utah shot 12 for 28 from 3-point range. … Utah also won at Oracle Arena late last season with a 105-99 victory on April 10, 2017, Golden State’s second-to-last game. … C Tony Bradley missed his seventh straight game in the concussion protocol.Warriors: Kerr received a technical foul late in the first half for arguing, his sixth overall and first since Feb. 6 as he has made an effort to keep his cool. … Golden State used its 23rd different starting lineup — after 14 lineups last season — most under Kerr. … Curry won’t travel for the remainder of the regular season while focusing on his rehab.DETERMINED CURRYAfter Kerr announced of Curry “there’s no way he’s playing in the first round,” the two-time MVP limped into a pregame news conference determined to prove his coach wrong . National anthem will be hot topic at NFL owners meetings Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder, right, dribbles against Golden State Warriors forward David West (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Utah Jazz know they might have to contend with the Golden State Warriors again on the big playoff stage.A different version of the defending champions by then, most certainly — a far healthier version.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “It’s nice that I’m walking and not limited with crutches or anything like that, so that’s a positive,” Curry said.An MRI exam Saturday showed a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament and the team said Curry would be re-evaluated in three weeks — that would be April 14 and a possible Game 1 of the playoffs for Golden State.“Based on what I’ve been told, three weeks is a good kind of benchmark to re-evaluate and re-assess kind of where I’m at in my progress and whatnot, so mentally for me staying positive, staying upbeat, hopefully I prove what Coach said was wrong and put myself in position to get back as soon as possible,” Curry said. “Right now, who knows? Just try to do my job in the rehab process and get back as soon as I can. Control my presence with the team and everything to help any way I can when I’m not on the floor.”UP NEXTJazz: Host Boston on Wednesday trying to end a three-game skid in the series.Warriors: Host Indiana on Tuesday looking for a fifth straight win against the Pacers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Silawan Intamee made it 3-0 with another strike at the 62nd minute that certainly took the air out of the Philippine side.Jesse Shugg saved some pride for the Malditas, pulling one back in injury time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith the loss, the Filipinas settled for third place in Group A with their three points built on a win and two losses.The Malditas still have a chance to make it to the Women’s World Cup when they play the Group B third placer, which will be the winner between South Korea and Vietnam. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Philippine Malditas failed to get the easy path to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, losing to Thailand, 1-3, in the last Group A match in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup Friday morning at King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman, Jordan.Kanjana Sung-Ngoen scored a brace to put the pressure on the Filipinas. She first converted on a penalty kick in the 28th minute after Malditas’ Tahnai Annis was whistled with a handball inside the box, before sending the ball past goalkeeper Kearra Bastes-Jones once again at the 53rd minute.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 2 Indian athletes barred for breaching ‘no-needles’ policy View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil According to the latest version of the budget, organisers project the total cost of the Games at 1.35 trillion yen, or around $12 billion.Organisers are expected to release an updated version of the budget next month.Bach said he expected an “excellent Olympic Games from the organisational point of view, from the engagement point of view and from the atmosphere point of view.”ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tyler Zeller looking forward to USA Basketball debut But he added: “I do not remember any host city which was so far in its preparations two years before the Olympic Games than Tokyo.”Japan has mostly lived up to its reputation for efficiency, with construction projects generally on schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHowever, there have been concerns over the summer heat in Tokyo affecting endurance events such as the marathon and race walking.There has also been some wrangling over the cost of the Games — split between the 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo city government and the central government — with disagreements over what counts as Olympics-linked expenditure. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FIEL – In this Aug. 24, 201, file photo, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, second from right, and Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, walk past the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the Olympic flag arrival ceremony at Haneda international airport in Tokyo. The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday that Tokyo was the best-prepared host Olympic city he could remember, with just more than 600 days to go until the 2020 Opening Ceremony.Speaking to representatives from 206 Olympic Committees from around the world, Bach noted he had some “unfortunate” experiences with the preparations of some Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
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Ma Yatta ZoeLiberia is a land of rich tradition, history and culture. But nowadays, traditional stories which are to be passed down from one generation to another for an important life lesson, are not being told.This situation has left thousands of young Liberians unfamiliar with their heritage and the history of culture. Nevertheless, on November 29, 2019, iconic folklore singer Yatta Zoe will launch a nationwide cultural campaign to reawaken a passion for storytelling among Liberians of all ages to change the narrative.“Traditional storytelling is one of the greatest tools we have to build not only the curiosity and creativity of our children but also their sense of empathy and belonging. It allows us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience, while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning,” Madam Zoe noted.The iconic traditional folk songstress, who is widely known by many as the queen of traditional Liberian music, has toured Africa, Europe, and America where she networked with renowned singers like the late Fela Kuti and thelate South African Mariam Makeba.Ma Yatta Zoe, as she was affectionately called by peers released several hit songs including “You took my Lappa, ‘All the Pocket Pickers’ and ‘Young Girl Stop Drinking Lysol.’In the latter part of her career, she worked as a costume designer, recruitment officer and trainer of the former national culture troupe at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and took part in several international arts and culture festivals.The theme of her new initiative, “Telling Stories, Not Lies”, will kick off with the Mano River Youth Heritage Awareness Fest.According to the folklore singer, the “Telling Stories, Not Lies” is intended to encourage factual storytelling among older generations to attract young people’s attention to the truth rather than lies.“We need to start telling our traditional stories or else we will lose our identity. Traditional stories need to be told because they teach us lessons, instill morals and values and often, simply to entertain us. These storytelling moments stay with us throughout our lives and become some of our most cherished memories.”“Factual storytelling not only encourages a great way of learning about one tradition but also teaches us important lessons in life and builds a sense of unity, she said.”Madam Zoe further explained that during the launch of the heritage fest, she will highlight former President William V.S. Tubman’s cultural vision for the future generation and what can be done to achieve it.“President Tubman might not be loved by everybody, but he was a passionate cultural enthusiast. If all Liberians can emulate his passion for culture, we will not be suffering from cultural identity crisis,” Madam Zoe added. “Currently, Liberia is at a crossroad when it comes to culture promotion and preservation. If nothing is done in time, we will not be able to redeem the situation.”Madam Zoe will launch her initiative to revitalize Liberia’s lost cultural heritage and historic properties on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at the Cachelle Courtyard on Cheeseman Avenue in Sinkor.On Friday, November 29, Madam Zoe will stage the first Mano River Youth Heritage Awareness Fest, under the theme: Telling Stories, Not Lies. The program will be held on Providence Island, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SPECTACULAR AT FANAD TODAYAnother great day at Adventure One Surf School in Fanad today, and at our Stand up Paddle school in Rathmullan.The surf was perfect at Fanad for learning in 2-3ft clean waves and warm sunshine, always a bonus, and Lough Swilly was like a mirror this morning perfect conditions for Paddleboarding.The kid’s Summer camp is in full swing with everyone now starting to catch ‘Green waves’ i.e before they actually break. At the end of the lesson we taught the kids how to body surf a great skill that’s loads of fun, which they can use anytime they go to the beach.The surf for tomorrow is going to be slightly smaller in the 2ft (waist to chest high range) with light winds perfect for learning to surf or for intermediate surfers to practice surfing green waves.To book a surf or Stand Up Paddleboard lesson call Adventure One Surf School on 086 1931 747 or see our website www.adventureone.net IainADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – A SPECTACULAR DAY IN FANAD was last modified: July 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – A SPECTACULAR DAY IN FANAD
Letterkenny Golf News:Wednesday 3rd June Open competition was sponsored by Mc Donald’s Restaurant, Letterkenny and taking top spot was single figure handicapper Kevin Hannigan  who, taking the turn on 19pts. Showed his winning mentality with birdies at 10th and 12th, finishing the inward nine with a one under par score of 35 shots gross 22pts and an overall 41pts to beat runner-up Paul Doherty  by just one point. Once again, Paul’s steady “handicap” golf giving him 22pts on front nine for a great stepping stone to the top rung but double bogeys at 10th and 12th saw him losing out. In third place was Robert Brown  having a great start with a birdie at first and, with back to back double bogey and birdie at 15th and16th, just lost out this time. Gross prize went to the ever present juvenile Jack Patton  with 32 gross points.Friday 5th saw the highly anticipated and very well supported Charity Golf Classic in aid of the Raphoe Comm. Playgroup and Dromore nat. School organized by Pauline Curran. Following a great day [and evening] by all, the following results: Longest drive, Joan Murphy &Kevin Rafferty; Nearest pin, [ladies] 8th: Joan Murphy; 16th: Marian O Sullivan; [men] 5th: James Grant, 8th: Paul Campbell; 13th: Shane Blake; 16th: Eugene O Donnell; Best Ladies team: Marian O Sullivan, Marian Keating, Eileen Williamson, Joan Murphy. Best Mixed team: Roy McCrory, Michael Costelloe, Gerry O Sullivan, Celine Bradley. Yellow Ball: V.Blair, Ivor Stewart, Drew Corry, James Wray. 2nd overall winners: M.A.Gallagher, Joe Terry, Graham Donaghy, Gerard Harkin. Overall winning team:Eamonn McDermott, Eamonn Stevenson, Diarmuid Coll, Peter Muldoon.Sunday 7th June was the J.J. Reid Motors sponsored Open and for the second time this season Gerard Harkin  was in the frame and this time, indeed, on top rung taking the winner’s prize with 41pts. Gerard’s birdie at 3rd was a great lift and building on that, he returned a prizewinning 22pts on back nine to pip single handicapper Joe Coyle  whose impressive golf at the moment had him returning a one over gross 37 on front nine and, with the help of a birdie at 18th, returnedan overall 74 gross 40pt finish. In third place was the form player at the moment, juvenile member Jack Patton  who, following an untypical double bogey at the par five second, recorded birdies at 8th, 11th and 17th for a one over par gross on back nine and an overall 37pt finish. Gross prize on the day was won by Jamie Foley  with 31 gross pts.Have you booked your golfing week’s holiday yet? Letterkenny Golf Club Open Week will tee-off on Friday 12th June. [See advert for details] Club Captain Mr. Gerard Duffy invites everyone to compete throughout the week and hopes that all will enjoy their day out at the parkland course. Remember that Browns on the Green are open for restaurant and bar food all day, every day.Members are reminded that those who have not yet paid subs or agreed DD or have spoken to subs convenor Dermot Condon, will forfeit any winning prizes. All members are also reminded that personal insurance is now available through the golf club for the meagre sum of only €20! Anyone interested in taking out insurance should apply their name on the sheet provided in the locker room or contact club Captain, Gerard Duffy. GOLF NEWS: KEVIN HANNIGAN IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSport
Live Stats Story Links Despite the changes, the importance of the match remains the same. The winner will clinch the No. 2 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, thus securing a first-round bye. Should the teams tie, Illinois State will finish second in the conference and earn the bye. Click here for a preview. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Due to inclement weather in central Illinois, the Drake University women’s soccer team’s match at Illinois State has been rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 1 at noon. The location of the match has been moved to TBK Bank Sports Complex (4850 Competition Drive) in Bettendorf.