Unsung Heighington set to join 300 club

first_imgThe former Wests Tigers back-rower joined the Sharks in 2013 and has been a shining light for the club ever since, helping deliver the Shire its first premiership in a heart-stopping grand final win over the Storm last year. Now in his 15th year in first grade, Heighington has won a premiership with two different clubs, scored 41 tries and represented England; all of them achievements he never thought possible as a teenager coming up through the grades.   Never the fastest, strongest or most creative player in the game, Heighington relied on his incredible work ethic, adaptability and toughness to reach the milestone, with the much-loved big man set to be honoured in style in front of his home fans.  “Who would’ve thought that I’d play 300? Two hundred popped around at the Tigers, then I moved on from there to here and it’s come around really quickly the 100 games. It’s an honour – I feel really grateful to get the opportunity,” he said. Heighington made his NRL debut off the bench for the Tigers against St George Illawarra back in 2003, with the black and golds doing enough to snatch a 24-20 win over the Red V.Testament to Heighington’s longevity, the other three reserves that day – Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Chris Paterson and Troy Wozniak – only managed 107 NRL appearances between them.He was a part of the Tigers’ fairytale premiership in 2005 and was considered one of the club’s favourite sons on and off the field. “To be honest, I couldn’t believe I was making my debut,” Heighington recalled. “I was still travelling from the Central Coast to Concord for training. “Tim Sheens gave me the opportunity in Round 1, 2003 to play in the double-header. We played against the Dragons and got the win and it was a great experience. It came so quickly because I’d only started the pre-season at the end of 2002. “I got seven games in 2003 and it was like an addiction; I just wanted more of it so I just put my head down and worked. If there was somewhere that I was lacking, I’d do everything I could to pick that up. You just keep evolving your game and that’s how you stay in the game for as long as you can.”On Saturday, Heighington will join names such as Cameron Smith, Steve Menzies and Darren Lockyer to have reached the 300 club, but the 35-year-old admits it will feel weird to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the game’s greats. “It doesn’t sit well with me to have my name next to them,” he said. “I’ve probably got to thank my physios because I’ve had them flat-out. I know my body pretty well and I know what it needs to perform at NRL level. I love training and working hard and getting better as a player. The game has developed and I’ve tried to go along with that. “I’ve been lucky with injuries. I’ve only broken a few bones – I haven’t had any reconstructions which is pleasing, touch wood. I’ve had a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed it. “I just lead by example and do everything I can on the field, and hopefully the young kids come with you. One day when I’m finished, hopefully some guy jumps up and takes the role I had at the club.”Heighington is still playing as well now as he did 10 years ago, and his impact hasn’t been lost on his teammates. Captain-in-waiting at the Sharks, Wade Graham, was full of praise for the milestone man, who could be joined in the 300 club by teammates Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen later in the year. “To reach 300 games is an enormous effort. It’s a testament to how well he’s played over the years and his longevity and his durability. He’s certainly been an integral member of our squad for the last three or four years,” Graham said. “Flanno (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) has always done a great job with not only bringing in great players, but also bringing in blokes who add something to the group, and ‘Heighno’ has certainly done that. “He’s a great character off the field, he’s very likeable and he’s easily one of the most popular in the team.”last_img read more

Clippers’ Griffin to miss ‘up to eight weeks’

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set He and teammate Austin Rivers were both scrambling for a loose ball lost by Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.Ball, trying to retrieve the basketball, ran into Griffin before Rivers fell onto his teammate’s knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAs his leg twisted, Griffin hit the court in obvious pain. He played about a minute longer before departing the contest.“You could see right when it happened,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “I was yelling right away. Lonzo was just trying to make a play, but usually when you go in that hard, they call it (a foul). But I think Lonzo knocked Austin into Blake and it was a trigger effect.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ateneo shoots for UAAP crown OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A statement posted by the Clippers on Twitter said an MRI exam showed Griffin had a medial collateral ligament sprain, “with no other structural damage.”“Recovery for this injury can take up to 8wks,” the team said. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers grabs a rebound from Larry Nance Jr. #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 27, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has a sprained left knee ligament that could see him sidelined for up to eight weeks, the NBA team said Tuesday.Griffin was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

Students grow into Earth Day

first_img“To me this place shows we care for our school and the Earth and that we want a nice community,” Palomares, 10, said. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Earth Day celebration EL MONTE – More than 100 elementary students showed off their green thumbs Wednesday to help make the Earth a better place. As part of the San Gabriel River Earth Day 2007, about 150 fourth- and fifth-graders from Twin Lakes Elementary School spent the morning planting over 350 California-native trees and plants along the river. County Supervisor Gloria Molina dedicated the area – located behind the school – and said the program will help ensure students understand the importance of taking care of the environment. “We want the kids to learn the value of protecting and respecting the limited resources we have,” Molina said. The garden and recreation area, often referred to as an “eco-classroom,” has benches, a walking path and rows of assorted trees, including California sycamore and white sage. Angelica Sifuentes-Donoso, the school’s principal, explained to students trees are needed for oxygen and urged them to continue recycling and conserving water. “This is our way to help in a minute way and preserve our environment,” Sifuentes-Donoso said. Student Darlene Palomares said she thinks the garden is a nice addition to her school. last_img read more


first_imgLIFESTYLE AND FASHION WITH MAIRÉAD: Hello! It’s Friday again! As we all know, next weekend’s the Bank Holiday weekend, so many of us will be lying low this weekend, saving ourselves for the big one (and many won’t, they’re hardcore!).If you’re staying in this weekend why not give yourself some homemade DIY pampering! This week I’m going to share some natural products you can use to replenish and nourish your skin.I more than anyone know how easy it is to get lured into the endless age defying, wrinkle reversing, acne preventing claims of conventional products- I’m an absolute sucker for it!However, I have learned that my skins reacts much better to the use of naturals products and they are often cheaper- it’s a win, win!!Below are some of my favourite natural skincare recipes to help you make the switch more easily! Natural Face Wash:Recently I’ve began using the simple and cheap face wash option: Microfiber. The natural body cloth takes off makeup, dirt, etc.You can use this with some pure, organic Liquid Castille soap in water to naturally cleanse the face. A few drops on the wash cloth or in a sink full of water will naturally clean your face.Natural Make-Up Remover: Microfiber works great for this too and even removes mascara without soap or oils.Plain olive or coconut oil will also remove mascara (even waterproof) and will remove other make-up as well but isn’t as ideal if you have oily skin. For oily skin- Liquid Castille soap in water will remove makeup without adding oils to the skin or stripping the natural ones.Moisturiser:Coconut Oil is absolutely everywhere lately and it has an endless amount of uses- moisturising being one! For most people, pure coconut oil is all that is needed for moisturising the face. It is naturally full of collagen supporting lauric acid and is easily absorbed by the skin. Even for oily and acne prone skin, coconut oil’s natural anti-bacterial properties make it a great option.Natural Exfoliators: A sugar/oil scrub is great for most skin types when extra exfoliation is needed. Just mix equal parts oil (coconut, olive, etc.) sugar (white or brown) and honey and use as a whole body exfoliator.For more oily skin, plain baking soda with a little water can be used to exfoliate skin and remove blackheads or dirt.Natural Anti-Aging:There are a ton of anti-aging products available but the best options are the ones you take internally. All of the collagen products that are supposed to firm up skin don’t take into account that collagen must be produced internally and is too large to absorb through the skin.To promote natural collagen production, I’d suggest using coconut oil as a moisturiser and taking Gelatin, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend and Vitamin C to support natural Collagen production internally.So there you have it, my natural skin care range!! Why not give them a try for yourself and see what you think.Hope you enjoyed it,Have a great weekend guys,MairéadXXLIFESTYLE AND FASHION WITH MAIRÉAD: THE ONLY WAY IS NATURAL – HOMEMADE SKINCARE ALTERNATIVES was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 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:AlternativesBlogFashionHomemadelifestyleMairead GallagherSkin carelast_img read more

Real Madrid midfielder Isco leaves hospital following surgery

first_img 2 REVEALED Isco will be out for four weeks The reigning Champions League winners did not put a timescale on Isco’s recovery, but said in a statement on Wednesday morning: “Our player Isco has been discharged from hospital today.“From now on, he begins his recovery process under the supervision of Sanitas Real Madrid Medical Services.”Isco is expected to be out for around four weeks and is also a doubt for next month’s El Clasico with Barcelona at the Nou Camp. ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY impact Isco has left hospital silverware Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been discharged from hospital after suffering appendicitis, the club have announced.The 26-year-old will miss Saturday’s clash with arch rivals Atletico Madrid following surgery on Tuesday afternoon. The midfielder has been a mainstay in Los Blancos’ team since Julen Lopetegui replaced Zinedine Zidane as head coach in the summer, featuring in each of the seven matches in all competitions and has scored two goals in the process.Lopetegui, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, said: “He had pain this morning and has to have an operation. Hopefully everything goes well and he recovers as soon as possible.“We wish him a speedy recovery and we’ll think about the solutions and those who can play because we have the utmost confidence in them.”center_img 2 BEST OF Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED last_img read more


first_imgA total of 45% of people in Donegal have paid the household charge, Donegal County Council has confirmed.A total of 29,012 properties have had the €100 levy paid while more than 300 others are now being processed.The figures are in sharp contrast with claims by the ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ lobby group who claim that around 25% of householders in Donegal have paid the charge. To date people who have not paid will have to pay the €100 plus an additional €13 charge for late payment.That charge will increase as the time period elapses.   COUNCIL SAYS 45% OF DONEGAL HOUSEHOLDS HAVE NOW PAID €100 CHARGE was last modified: June 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Donegal County CouncilHOUSEHOLD CHARGElast_img read more

Friday’s prep scores

first_imgBaseline League Los Osos 38, Claremont 10 Rancho Cucamonga 27, Alta Loma 21 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the WeekBig Sky League –Linfield Christian at Western Christian Citrus Belt League Colton 46, Eisenhower 13 Redlands 62, Fontana 0 Miller 28, Rialto 12 Redlands East Valley 27, Yucaipa 7 De Anza League CIF-Southern Section Week 7 Friday’s results center_img Big Bear 20, Yucca Valley 14 Desert Hot Springs 65, Banning 0 San Jacinto 22, Beaumont 6 Desert Mountain League –Silver Valley at Lucerne Valley Desert Sky League –Granite Hills at Barstow –Ridgecrest Burroughs at Victor Valley Desert Valley League Cathedral City 28, Indio 21, OT La Quinta 27, Coachella Valley 21 Palm Desert 30, Palm Springs 6 Ivy League Riverside King 48, La Sierra 47 Riverside North 38, Arlington 12 Canyon Springs 33, Riverside Poly 24 Miramonte League –Bonita at Charter Oak –Los Altos at Hacienda Heights Wilson Mojave River League Apple Valley 42, Hesperia 20 Sultana 27, Serrano 12 Mountain View League Norco 28, Moreno Valley 10 Corona Santiago 13, Corona 7 Corona Centennial 35, Valley View 14 Mt. Baldy League Chaffey 27, Montclair 7 Colony 24, Diamond Ranch 22 Ontario 31, Don Lugo 21 Prep League Rio Hondo Prep 30, Flintridge Prep 22 San Andreas League Arroyo Valley 34, Carter 20 San Gorgonio 16, Pacific 14 Cajon 58, San Bernardino 24 Sierra League Chino Hills 20, Ayala 7 Damien 24, Diamond Bar 0 Chino 31, Glendora 14 Southwestern League Vista Murrieta 28, Murrieta Valley 7 Chaparral 17, Rancho Verde 14 Temescal Canyon 28, Temecula Valley 14 Sunbelt League Hemet 42, Perris 14 Paloma Valley 59, Vista del Lago 13 Elsinore 22, West Valley 12 Sunkist League –Bloomington at Ramona Norte Vista 34, Jurupa Valley 14 Kaiser 52, Rubidoux 7 Valle Vista League –Covina at Baldwin Park San Dimas 52, Ganesha 0 NonLeague Arrowhead Christian at El Cajon Christian Desert Mirage at Rim of the World Garey at Nogales Ontario Chr. 56, Golden Valley 7 Silverado 31, Great Oak10 Eight-Man Agape League –Joshua Springs at Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian Today’s games All games 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated Desert Mountain League Mammoth vs. Lancaster Desert Christian at Rosamond HS, 7 p.m. Prep League Webb at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. NonLeague Aquinas at Santa Clara, 2 p.m. Eight-Man Desert Sand League Lone Pine at Trona, 2:30 p.m. Accelerated Charter at Lancaster Bethel Christian, 1 p.m. Hi-Lo League Baker Valley at Owens Valley, 1 p.m. Lee Vining at Big Pine, 1 p.m. Metro League Bloomington Christian at La Verne Lutheran, 1 p.m. Riverside Christian at Cal Lutheran, 3 p.m. NonLeague Hesperia Christian at Antelope Valley Christian, 1 p.m. Thursday’s results Baseline League Upland 49, Etiwanda 6 Valle Vista League Northview 41, Pomona 35 Eight-Man Agape League Victor Valley Christian 25, Excelsior Ed. Center 20 Metro League Desert Chapel 34, Upland Christian 20 Warrior League Wilson Creek 62, Whitewater 14 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHughie McElweeHughie McElwee hasn’t been home to his native Donegal in more than 60 years. But the 94 year old still keeps up to date with al that is happening in his native county. He is one of thousands of Donegal people who have lived their lives abroad. Here his grand-nephew Sean Matthews tells his uncle’s touching story.Since leaving his native Donegal in 1953 Hughie McElwee has never forgotten his Irish roots in the small village of Ballyheerin on the Fanad Peninsula. Despite travelling and working in mines from the Yellow Knife in Canada to becoming co-founder of Mt Isa Irish Club in Northern Queensland, Australia, Hughie is evidently reminded of his native Donegal by the family pictures and portraits which adorn his living room. Now living in Auckland, New Zealand, Hughie is still recovering from a hip replacement and heart pacemaker.Hughie as a younger man.Hughie recently celebrated his 94h birthday at home with friends and family who came from as far as the United States and England after spending over ten weeks in hospital describing it “as one to remember which helped me get things back on track.”An avid reader, Hughie enjoys a glass of red wine every evening and according to his best friend Jim Gallagher, also from Frosses, Donegal “Hughie’s is a homely Irish home which is always welcoming to anyone.”Daniel O’Donnell always visits when passing through which brings a sparkle to his eye but it is his generosity that Hughie is known for. Jim fondly remembers a moment in the early 1970s when “Hughie kindly paid two weeks rent for a homeless mother and her young family who met on the streets after being kicked out for rent arrears”.Born in 1919 into a family of eleven including five brothers and four sisters, Hughie first worked as a farm labourer in the North, before emigrating to Scotland and England where he joined the Royal Air Force in 1946 for six years.After a brief spell in Canada, his next journey took him to Australia which “in them days took five weeks and conditions out in sea were quite difficult compared to today,” says Hughie.After a brief stop in Perth and Sydney, Hughie along with other fellow travellers made their way to the Mt Isa mines where they built the Irish mining club from scratch. Hughie proudly shows me his inscription on a framed photo commemorating the building of Mt Isa.Emmigrating across the Tasman Sea to Auckland in the early 1960s was a bit of a culture shock and quite different to what it is today as Hughie jokingly says “I was quite lucky in them days because all the pubs closed at 6pm but I had a key to the nearby city hotel so me and my friends were ok.” Hughie never married nor returned to Donegal and now resides in a nursing home in Auckland, and is always keen to relate stories of his past days.He has one remaining sister Bridie who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire and both are in regular contact including a close network of Irish friends but is still “proud to be Irish and from Donegal.”DONEGAL MAN HUGHIE’S LIFE AWAY FROM HOME – A TOUCHING STORY was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalHughie McElweeNew Zealandlast_img read more

Basena warns against complacency ahead of Crane’s return leg with Rwanda

first_imgCranes coach Basena has warned the team against  complacency. Courtesy photo.By Shaban BentekeOnly 14 players turned up for Uganda Cranes training on Monday at the Star Times stadium in Lugogo as the team resumed training after the 3-0 defeat of Rwanda on Saturday at the St Marys stadium in Kitende.All SC Vipers players including goalkeeper Ismail Watenga vice captain Nicholas Wadada Tom Matsiko, Moses Waiswa, Milton Kalisa, Erisa Ssekisambu and young sensation Frank “Zaga” Tumwesigye did not turn up for the session because they had a friendly game against Tanzanian money bags Azam. Onduparaka duo of defender Rashid Toha and striker Muhammad Shaban where also absent.On the missing players, Basena quickly noted that it may be a blessing in some sense. ” The vipers players are not with us because they have a friendly. When you play a game whether competitive or not, you gain the much needed match fitness which is good for the team,”  Basena said, adding that it is the reason why he is not so concerned about their absence.Asked about the preparations ahead of the return leg in Kigali on Saturday, Basena warned the team against  complacency.“We beat them here so they can also beat us at their home.They have some good players and the crowd will be behind them, so we don’t need to be complacent like we were in the last ten minutes of the game,” said Basena who grabbed his maiden victory as the head coach of the Uganda Cranes in the 3-0 win on Saturday.The return leg is on Saturday August 19 at Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali at 4pm, Ugandan time.Commentslast_img read more

Draymond Green: “We have to assume” Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins to miss entire Western Conference Finals

first_imgOAKLAND – After reevaluating Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins on Thursday with their respective injuries, the Warriors are mentally preparing for them not to play at all against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.“We have to assume that — this year, they are never coming. I know something will be made of that,” Draymond Green said, realizing that might be interpreted he also meant he does not think either player will re-sign this summer as a free agent. “We have to …last_img read more