How Bryce Cartwright switch affects Titans, Panthers, and changes NRL futures of two halves

first_imgThe move has the potential to elevate rookie coach Garth Brennan’s side into playoff contention, although the injuries and personal demons that have littered Cartwright’s young career adds an obvious layer of risk.For the Panthers there are also ramifications, with the contender losing game breaking ability on the negative side but gaining salary cap space to balance the answers five burning questions that linger over the deal.Why did the Panthers release him?He’s one of the most talented young players in the competition but the Panthers hierarchy was growing frustrated with his failure to meet his potential on a regular basis.After a 2016 season that threw him into the mix for a NSW jersey, Cartwright regressed last year, with his season dogged by personal issues and injuries.That didn’t stop him from dominating the Panthers’ win over Manly to spearhead their progression to the second week of finals, scoring two tries in a game breaking performance off the bench.However, the very fact that he wasn’t a starter tells you all you need to know about his standing within the side — not good enough for a player of his rare talents and his top tier pay packet.That message was delivered to Cartwright during this off-season but Phil Gould and Anthony Griffin were not convinced that he could overcome his off-field issues and justify the faith the club had shown him in the form of a long-term deal.That Cartwright has an extremely close relationship with Garth Brennan, forged when the Titans’ rookie coach was at Penrith, helped seal the release on the basis that Gould wanted to give the 23-year-old the best chance to succeed, both as a player and a person.What are the flow-on effects at Penrith?The obvious negative for the Panthers is the X-factor they lose, with Cartwright’s package of size, speed and skill virtually unmatched across the competition.But what they lose in game breaking ability they gain in salary cap space and that could turn out to be hugely valuable as they try to keep together a young and highly rated roster going forward.To start with Josh Mansour, one of the best wingers in the game, is off-contract and will attract plenty of interest from NRL rivals.And come November 1, gun half Nathan Cleary is likely to be on the open market and the Panthers will need a significant war chest to be a chance of keeping him long-term.So good have the first two years of Cleary’s career been, some believe he could be worth as much as $1.5 million-a-season when he signs his next deal — the cap space that Cartwright was chewing up would have made that kind of deal very difficult for the Panthers to accommodate.On the field, Cartwright’s departure gives the Panthers a gap to fill in the back-row this season. It looms as a huge opportunity for talented youngster Corey Harawira-Naera who was impressive as a regular starter in 2017.He is likely to get the first shot on one edge with Isaah Yeo on the other, although a left-field option could come into play with Villiame Kikau hugely impressive on an edge for Fiji in last year’s World Cup.What does he bring to the Titans?When Brennan arrived on the Gold Coast one of the biggest holes in the roster he inherited was in the back-row, with several off-season departures forcing him to contemplate a shift for Ryan James.What the Cartwright deal does for the Titans is provide Brennan with the flexibility to play his skipper in the middle if that’s his preferred option, increasing the competition for places in the forward pack.It also fills the gap that was created by Tyrone Roberts’ departure, with Cartwright capable of playing as a five-eighth if required.Most of all though, it gives the Titans big attacking weapons on both edges, with Kevin Proctor and Cartwright both capable of creating tryscoring opportunities and finishing them off themselves.What position will he play?More than likely Cartwright will start out in the back-row, particularly with injuries to middle forwards Jarrod Wallace and Jack Stockwell testing the Titans’ depth in that department.Accomplished front-rower James will likely fill that hole, with Cartwright and Proctor to start either side of Jai Arrow in the back-row.However Kane Elgey’s poor 2017 has put him under pressure to lift in a big way this season and if he doesn’t start the year well, Brennan may be tempted to give Cartwright the No.6 jersey.He has spent plenty of time in that role for the Panthers and a playmaker of his size is a rare commodity that can give opposition defences all kinds of headaches.Ash Taylor is a very natural game manager, so the prospect of using Cartwright as a running five-eighth inside Proctor and James has to be a tempting prospect for the coach.Are the Titans finished recruiting?The Jarryd Hayne money hasn’t been completely exhausted just yet, so if the right player becomes available Brennan may look to pull the trigger again.The intriguing subplot to the Cartwright deal is how it may or may not affect the Titans’ ability and desire to bring Tyrone Peachey to the club — with Gold Coast tabling a three-year $1.5 million offer to bring him to the Glitter Strip in 2019.Cartwright’s teammate at the Panthers is one of the few players in the game with similar attributes — he’s a back-rower with utility value, capable of playing at centre and even pinch-hitting at hooker.With Cartwright on their books do the Titans still need him? Peachey’s contract with Penrith does not expire until the end of the 2019 season, so with Cartwright gone will the Panthers block the deal anyway?Perhaps more pressing for Brennan and his recruitment team is his backline, with a handful of starters coming off contract this year.Dale Copley, Anthony Don, Brendan Elliot, Brenko Lee and Tyronne Roberts-Davis are all on the open market, so Brennan will need to make a call on which ones he’d like to keep around next year and beyond and start locking up his backline of the future.last_img read more

Asian Games Paalam bids goodbye, settles for boxing bronze

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs It was a disappointing farewell for Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam as he lost to India’s Amit in the semifinals of the men’s light flyweight division in the boxing competition of the 2018 Asian Games Friday at JIExpo in Jakarta.Amit escaped with a close 3-2 victory, 29-28, 28-29, 28-29, 30-27, 29-28, to advance to the finals against Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 View comments Paalam, nonetheless, gave the Philippines its 14th bronze medal after finishing third in the competition.Flyweight Rogen Ladon already advanced to the finals while middleweight Eumir Marcial is set fight Uzbek boxer Israil Madrimov at 8:45 pm (Manila time).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA: Phoenix torches TNT for third win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Health Minister Designate George Werner could be the Likely Messiah

first_imgCouple of years ago, an obscured Liberian health practitioner George Werner, saw and thrust himself into the orifice of Liberia politic as a low level civil servant at Liberia Civil Service Agency (CSA).Mr. Werner, like many Liberians, who left the shores of the once burgeoning Liberia when the nation was plunged into self-destruction, returned home after “pursuing successful careers” to contribute his quota to Liberia; a tiny West African nation emerging out of a blood pool of civil strife.Upon his descent on home soil, he was quickly swamped by the frustration of working in Liberia, the slow pace and “don’t care attitude”. The nation fraught with the ghost of the civil war had yet to dust itself up and embark on a whole new epoch of development and prosperity. The education sector like virtually every fabric of the society, which was downgraded by years of conflict, remained in tatters and was simmering in the abyss due to poor planning and poor policy decisions on the part of stakeholders.Despite the frustration, George plunged himself into a lecturing position at the Catholic-run Stella Maris Polythenic- molding minds for “Leadership and service” hence contributing his quota to the nation anemic education sector.Before his arrival on home, the Liberian bilateral scholarship was run by the Scholarship Department at the Ministry of Education. The system at the Education Ministry was replete with bribery and corruption. Even though there were exams for awarding scholarship, many reports had it that the biggest bidders were the ones arrogated the scholarships.This plagued the two branches of Government until President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf formed an Inter-Ministerial Scholarship Committee headed by Robtel Pailey, one of the world’s rising young foreign policy tsars, a Liberian clean slate; and author of the acclaimed novel —-Gbagba- to lead the new committee with George playing second fiddle to her.Following few months of occupying their new portfolios, the committee saw a revolution and overhauling of the scholarship scheme as they formulated new policies in awarding scholarship based on merit and increased allowance of Liberian students abroad.Prior to their appointment and even today, There are a lot of talks of President Sirleaf thrusting American Educated in government at the expense of locally educated Liberians, who go through rigorous humiliation for education in the rough terrain of Liberia -battered by endless protests by students at various campuses of higher education.However, while on a visit to Education Ministry, I engaged in discussions with the Ministry head of scholarship- as we hobbled on. He muttered: “The children from America know how to manipulate the system and get their way.” Just that -I think in this case Robtel and George manipulated the system for the better to cater to the welfare of Liberian students and land scholarship to deserving students. His dispensation- led me to think he is out of touch with reality and only corroborating what have been said of the fraud at the scholarship committee under the Ministry of Education.Fast forward, Robtel would later go on to Britain for further education hence thrusting George into the limelight.When I first met George at the time he was still a fiddle tactician to Robtel, as expected, with my awful pronunciation which used to send utter annoyance through the spine of Kenneth Y. Best (KYB)- I struggled to pronounce George’s surname (Werner).As he tortured me on how to rightly pronounce his surname name, he made the horrible mistake of telling me the origin of his surname. He remarked: “It is a German name”. That got me pissed because we are trying to find our place and identity in the galaxy. I felt it was troubling to hear a senior brother muttering such verbiage.Though I despise his utterance of Werner been German, George is certainly displaying an aura of German discipline, creativity and industry ever since taking over the Scholarship Committee and now as head of the Liberia Civil Service Agency (CSA), giving a bout of hope and inspiring many young Liberians.Where he has lacked the German character is the myth that German are humorless because anyone who met George will attest that though the Liberian German chap is of the Jesus belief, he enjoys our vulgar and permissive society of rude jokes and free expression and that might be one reason while he is being successful at his jobs.Recently, it was amazing to hear President Sirleaf has named George Werner Health Minister-designate to replace the anemic Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale. This is a tough position even more so when the country is experiencing the scourge of Ebola. George, who was recently christened the human Ebola has now been given the lead role to purge the lethal virus out of the country.As the Daily Observer noted in its editorial: “The New Minister’s Next Challenge Is to Develop a Master Plan for the Rebuilding of Liberia’s Entire Healthcare Delivery System.  This must ensure that modern hospitals are built in places where they do not yet exist, including Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, River Cess and Sinoe Counties. And where they do exist, the hospitals must be seriously revamped and modern equipment installed, including specialized equipment for radiology, dialyses, heart, dental surgery and ophthalmology procedures,  to list a few”.When he is confirmed by the Liberian Senate, George will also need to set up a robust Nutritional, Herbal and Alternative sector in the Health Delivery system. As someone who is battling ailment for ages now, I have taken affinity to novel herbal and alternative medicine which has given me a shriek of relief. Liberia is blessed with a raft of rain forest and great trees, flowers, which possess powerful medicinal properties that could be used to poach diseases.  I am not against conventional medicine but as we all know Pharmaceutical companies have been raiding nature ladders for years and it will be great were George to formulate a program to support and train young Liberians in the discipline of Alternative and herbal medicines.This will not only aid our health sector, it will provide income for Liberians and contribute to the country Ecosystem as more flowers, trees, and herbs will be grown.  Another area, The new Health Minister could concentrate on is to set up special scholarship scheme at the Ministry of Health pen agreements with most Scandinavian countries which have Free universal tertiary education that will ensure health workers and medical students get education in a whole host of areas in the medical field.This is a critical juncture in our nation’s history especially for the health sector- and with the outpouring of good will from friendly nations, we should not let this window of opportunity shut down without making the proper and perennial changes to our health care system.  It is our hope the Legislature will rescind their earlier decision thus confirming George for the position.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bill Twehway Envisages Vibrant Port Sector

first_imgNPA Managing Director, Bill TwehayThe newly appointed managing director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Bill Twehway has assured the public of the Coalition for Democrat Change (CDC) led government’s commitment to develop a more vibrant port sector that will enhance trade and economic prosperity in the country.Mr .Twehway said President George Weah is desirous of developing all the country’s sectors, including the seaports – making particular reference to the Port of Buchanan, which Twehway said will be considered one of the new transshipment trade corridors for the country.Twehway said as part of government’s vision to improve commerce and trade, plans are underway to modernize the Port of Buchanan to create competition by easing the challenges associated with importing and clearing of goods.He envisages a port where importers and citizens of neighboring countries will have quality services through an inter trade facilitation to foster growth and development.Mr. Twehway said the Port of Buchanan, when developed, will be used as the main trans-rail corridor for the shipment of Guinean minerals to Liberia.“This port will be developed so our port users will not import their goods through other ports or travel to Guinea by road just to make use of that port, because of the services. Rather, we expect our port to be a rail transshipment corridor so as to enhance trade, create jobs and boom our economy,” Twehway said.He made the disclosure when he paid an assessment visit at the port of Buchanan over the weekend.Earlier, the Co-chairman of the Board of Directors. Matthew Gweh, called on the employees to be loyal and committed to the entity, while the Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Christopher Wisner, pledged cooperative teamwork, exuberance and passion to duty as a hallmark for successful administration.The Buchanan Port Manager Oretha Myers and the local county officials committed their fullest support to the accomplishment of the government’s vision for the port.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over 300 Lusignan Market vendors decry relocation

first_imgHundreds of vendors who ply their trade at the Lusignan Market, East Coast Demerara (ECD), are calling on the higher authorities to reverse the decision of the Mon Repos/ La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to remove them from the current market location.Over 300 vendors, some of whom are sole breadwinners for their families have been thrown into a state of frustration following the NDC’s decision. This decision came due to the road expansion project currently in progress on the East Coast of Demerara.A section of the Lusignan MarketDuring a visit on Friday at the Market location, Abdool Ahmad, a vegetable merchant, related to this publication that for the past eight years, he merely depends on selling his produce to maintain his family.“I depend on this business here to take care of my family, I have four kids to mind….I would not like for this market to move because where they taking us at Annadale is in a fine street and all of us here at this market cannot fit in that fine street. If the market move it’s going to really throw us out of business, we cannot sell the amount of provision or whatever we selling in that area” he affirmed.Ahmad, together with all the other vendors, are strongly opposing the NDC’s decision to relocate them.According to the vendors, the proposed site for the new marketplace is a desolate area in Annadale, ECD, in which they are more vulnerable to being robbed since there is little to no proper vending facilities as well as security.A section of the proposed market locationOne vendor described the area as “a hole” since there is not enough space, proper lighting or water sources, and no washroom facility. These vendors believe that they will be subjected to significant losses if the market is relocated.Tajmaul Jagram, a poultry vendor for over 25 years, told Guyana Times that the relevant authorities should allow them to continue vending at Lusignan since they only ply their trade at a specific day in the week.Additionally, one vendor identified as Shaheed Ahmad has also complained that Chairman of the NDC, Ayube Mohammed has been issuing threats to have their stalls and other belongs destroyed due to their reluctance to relocate to Annandale.The vendors were given until January 27 to relocate but they refused to comply since the inconveniences outweigh their gains. (Leah Hernandes)last_img read more

Tower Hotel owner nabbed in Jamaica on cocaine trafficking charges

first_img…US seeking extraditionGuyanese businessman, Shervington Lovell, has been arrested in Jamaica for suspected drug trafficking. This was confirmed by a source close to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). Lovell is the owner of Tower Hotel on Main Street, Georgetown.Arrested: Shervington LovellIt was reported that Lovell, who had been under CANU’s radar and that of international investigators for a lengthy period, was arrested along with two others as soon as they arrived in Jamaica on a flight from Guyana.Guyana Times understands that the hotelier is expected to face several charges of drug trafficking along with money laundering.A vessel, purportedly owned by Lovell, was also intercepted which is suspected to be used by the businessman to ship the illicit drugs from Jamaica to St Maarten.According to reports, authorities in the United States have filed eradication proceedings for Lovell in connection with drug trafficking to the US.A CANU source has confirmed that Lovell and several other persons have been under the agency’s radar since 2010.last_img read more

Google’s big three stick with $1 salaries

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The three billionaires who run online search leader Google Inc. will settle for a $1 salary again this year while four other top executives will receive raises of $200,000 apiece, according to documents filed Monday. It marks the third consecutive year that Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have limited their salaries to $1. It’s a sacrifice that they can afford because they have gotten rich off their large stakes in Google, whose stock price has more than quintupled from its initial offering price of $85 in August 2004. Page and Brin are each worth about $14 billion while Schmidt’s fortune stands at $5 billion, according to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s wealthiest people. The salaries of four other Google executives are climbing from $250,000 in 2006 to $450,000 this year. They are: Robert Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research; Omid Kordestani, senior vice president of global sales and business development; Jonathan Rosenberg, senior vice president of product management; and George Reyes, the company’s chief financial officer. last_img read more

NEAT Night is back in town for another round

first_img“We want to talk about recycling in the Peace; how it has changed and how it can change again,” the event page reads.A variety of environmental and city representatives will be available to talk about the Multi Material B.C. program and how it affects the Peace Region. The City of Fort St. John will also be there to talk about the possibility of bringing curb side recycling into Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The speakers will include Karen Mason-Bennett with NEAT, Paulo Eichelberger with the Peace River Regional District, Ken Rodgers with the City of Fort St. John, and Ken Griffins with Eco-Depot. The event runs Wednesday June 25, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.last_img

A Premier League star in the making? Arsenal and Man United at the double for Uruguay

first_imgEdinson Cavani illustrated why he is attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United this summer with a quick-fire brace for Uruguay.The PSG hitman probably won’t score an easier double in his life, tapping home and converting a penalty during the reigning Copa America champions’ 5-1 thrashing of Guatemala.Cavani is reportedly unhappy with his role in Paris, where he is frequently utilised as a makeshift winger to accommodate the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The video of his two strikes, plus the rest of the highlights, can be found above…last_img


first_imgTHE NORTHERN Lights have made a stunning return to the skies above Donegal.Just before midnight last night the enchanting green glow lit up the horizon over Inishowen.Adventurer Bren Whelan, who took these images, said: “It was a wonderful and early return for the Northern Lights.”  Meanwhile below was the view at Malin Head – as captured by the Farren family who Ardmalin Caravan Park. Stunning!  PICTURE SPECIAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS MAKING STUNNING RETURN TO DONEGAL SKY was last modified: September 10th, 2015 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:Ardmalin Caravan Parkbren whelanMalin Headnorthern lightslast_img read more