Kiwis to play ‘traditional’ style: Johnson

first_imgJohnson endured a miserable back-end to the 2017 NRL season, injuring his knee and missing six games as his Warriors outfit missed the finals.But with almost two months separating his last Warriors match and Saturday’s clash with Toa Samoa, the star halfback said he felt like a new man.A host of injuries and squad defections – most prominently Jason Taumalolo – had allowed coach David Kidwell to start afresh with combinations.With Kieran Foran out injured, Johnson will likely start in the halves alongside in-form Cowboys young gun Te Maire Martin.The backline and second row have undergone similar renovations.The 27-year-old Johnson, with 21 Test caps to his name, said he’d benefited from being in a Kiwis environment full of new faces.And, with his body nearing 100 percent fitness, he hoped to be at the forefront of the Kiwis’ attempts to play expansive, exciting football – in stark contrast to the Warriors’ cautious style under Stephen Kearney.It would be important for the sport’s popularity in rugby-mad New Zealand, where Johnson’s Kiwis have not played for three years.”The habits you get into in club-land, you get stuck into certain ways with how each team wants to play, but you can’t just do that when you come into this environment because we come from different systems,” Johnson said.”Results aside, we want to play in a way that’ll get crowds on their feet [and] get kids talking about what happens, make footy fun to watch.”To try and inspire some kids to take this path, instead of other codes.”Johnson can look back upon both bitter and fond memories in a black and white jumper, having lost the 2013 World Cup final to Australia but played a starring role in New Zealand’s 2014 Four Nations triumph on home soil.Yet the Auckland native said the book was closed on both experiences.Kidwell’s set-up was totally different to that of predecessor Kearney, as was his squad – including five potential Test debutants.”I wouldn’t say lessons, but for me, experiencing what we were able to in 2014, that really opened my eyes – if we perform, how much the country gets behind us, what it does to the community, the kids,” Johnson said.”It just makes me hungry to want to experience that again.”At [the Warriors], we haven’t been able to deliver in that sense, so we get an awesome chance to do that in what, in my eyes, is the pinnacle of our sport.”New Zealand last won the Rugby League World Cup in 2008.last_img read more

Killybegs duo Little Hours join The Late Late Show line-up

first_imgDonegal duo Little Hours are setting themselves up for a career-defining performance on The Late Late Show tonight.John Doherty and Ryan Mc Closkey, from Killybegs, will be taking to the stage to play their newest single Water.The guys will be doing their mums proud by the appearance, according to their Facebook post earlier today. This appearance on the national chat show will signal an exciting year for Little Hours, whose track Water has earned more than 1 million plays on Spotify since its release. The band has been listed on the line-up of Sea Sessions this June in Bundoran. They also have an Irish tour beginning next month.Also tonight on the Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy will be welcoming guests Philip Boucher-Hayes, Sean Keane, Sarah-Jane Moloney O’Regan and Mannix Flynn.Tune in from 9.35pm on RTE1 to see the show. Killybegs duo Little Hours join The Late Late Show line-up was last modified: February 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:little hoursMUSICThe Late Late ShowTVlast_img read more

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Announces New President

first_img Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic 2017-03-13 Mirasha Brown in Government, Headlines, News March 13, 2017 687 Views Sharecenter_img The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Announces New President Raphael BosticThe Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announced today that Raphael W. Bostic will become the bank’s 15th president and CEO effective June 5. Bostic will succeed Dennis Lockhart, who retired from the Atlanta Fed on February 28. Bostic is currently the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC). Per the Atlanta Fed, Bostic served as assistant secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 2009 to 2012, where he was a principal adviser to the secretary on policy and research, with the goal of helping the secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as on budget and legislative proposals.Bostic looks forward to his tenure as President and plans to address pertinent issues that the Federal Reserve will face in the evolving economic landscape.”The Reserve Banks are vital contributors to our nation’s economic and financial success. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the Bank’s well-respected staff in advancing the excellent reputation this organization has built over many years,” he said. “In my role as president of the Atlanta Reserve Bank, I also look forward to confronting the challenges the Federal Reserve faces in today’s increasingly global and rapidly changing economy.”He began working at USC in 2001, where he served as a professor in the School of Policy, Planning and Development. He was also the director of USC’s master of real estate development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.  He served the Lusk Center for Real Estate as the interim associate director from 2007 to 2009 and as the interim director from 2015 to 2016.Bostic worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1995 to 2001, serving as an economist and then a senior economist in the monetary and financial studies section, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a special achievement award. While working at the Federal Reserve, he served as special assistant to HUD’s assistant secretary of policy development and research in 1999, and also was a professional lecturer at American University in 1998.He currently serves as a board member of Freddie Mac, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Abode Communities. He is a fellow of the National Association of Public Administration, VP of the Association of Public Policy and Management, a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, and a research advisory board member of the Reinvestment Fund.Bostic earned his bachelors degree in economics and psychology at Harvard and his doctorate in economics from Stanford University.Thomas Fanning, President and CEO of Southern Company, expressed his approval of Bostic’s new position.”We are very pleased that Raphael will join the Atlanta Fed as its president and chief executive officer,” he said. “He is a seasoned and versatile leader, bringing with him a wealth of experience in public policy and academia. Raphael also has significant experience leading complex organizations and managing interdisciplinary teams. He is a perfect bridge between people and policy.”last_img read more