Maumalo hopeful of NRL return

first_imgIt was the first win for the New South Welshmen in the fixture since 2013 and Maumalo’s efforts were a big reason for their success. Maumalo scored a hat-trick, rediscovering the form that saw him make his NRL debut in 2015 – playing eight games for the Warriors. Originally better known as a back-rower in his Holden Cup days, Maumalo has transformed himself into a hulking winner with a knack for scoring spectacular tries. Yet to return to the big time in 2016, the 21-year-old says Sunday’s match was just like playing in the NRL. “Hopefully performances like that can put my name forward for first grade this year,” Maumalo said. “It’s pretty hard right now to get a crack at the Warriors because there are heaps of outside backs but getting a go last year was really good. “That game today was very close to NRL standard. It was as physical as an NRL match and we were all stuffed at the end. My lungs were blowing so it was great to hang on and get the win.”It’s not my first hat-trick of my career but it’s certainly my most memorable. It’s really good to get one over the Queenslanders and I’m proud to get a hat-trick.”It was Maumalo’s first taste of the State of Origin rivalry that is QLD vs. NSW and the versatile winger was impressed with the intensity of the contest.  Defence ultimately won NSW the match and Maumalo was full of praise for his teammates’ efforts in the middle of the park. “It’s a pretty strong rivalry. That’s honestly one of the hardest games of football I’ve played in my life. It was just so physical,” he said.  “We stuck in there with our defence and we didn’t let them back into the game in that last quarter. “It’s a full credit to the boys in the middle who defended well for the full 80. It was nice for me to finish off their hard work with a few tries.”last_img read more

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Delta American and United ban shipments of big five hunting trophies

first_imgAccording to NBC News, a United spokesman said Monday that the airline was also prohibiting big-game shipments. The airline did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment Tuesday morning.The bans by the three major U.S. carriers were announced amid mounting international outrage over the hunting death of one of Africa’s most iconic lions, Cecil, who was killed in Zimbabwe by a U.S. big-game hunter. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, has said he had “no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite.”“I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” he said last week in a statement obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.See also: Rich US tourists kill hundreds of lions each year, and it’s all legalDelta isn’t the first airline to take such action. Emirates Airlines announced a similar ban earlier this year, for example.“Lions, elephants and the other species that make up the Africa Big Five belong on the savanna, not on the walls and in home museums of wealthy people who spend a fortune to kill the grandest, most majestic animals in the world,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. “Delta has set a great example, and no airline should provide a getaway vehicle for the theft of Africa’s wildlife by these killers.”The Humane Society had urged the airline industry “to join the international fight to end trophy hunting.”As The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham reported, wealthy U.S. tourists account for the majority of lions killed for sport in Africa. A 2011 report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare found that between 1999 and 2008, Americans brought home lion trophies (including heads and pelts) representing 64 percent of all African lions killed for sport during that period.And that number is rising: “Of these trophies, the number imported into the U.S. in 2008 was larger than any other year in the decade studied and more than twice the number in 1999,” the report found.“In Africa overall,” the report says, Americans “make up the greatest number” of big-game hunters targeting the big five, as well as animals such as antelopes and zebras — “particularly in countries where hunting safaris are expensive.”The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, a nongovernmental organization, believes that Cecil was lured off the Hwange National Park — land on which he was protected.In the aftermath of the hunt, protesters gathered at Palmer’s dental practice, and his membership to Safari Club International was suspended. He’s largely remained out of sight, though a representative has made contact with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials.On Sunday, Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused a second U.S. doctor, Jan Seski, of illegally killing a lion in April. The wildlife authority said Seski killed the animal — without approval — with a bow and arrow on land where it was not allowed, near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, according to the Associated Press.Washington Post staff writer Peter Holley contributed to this article.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Effective immediately, we will no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhino trophies.— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) August 4, 2015 Related posts:US dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe’s beloved Cecil the lion Rich US tourists kill hundreds of lions each year, and it’s all legal US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’center_img Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines will no longer allow the shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo hunting trophies, the U.S. carriers said Monday.Delta, which announced its ban first in an afternoon statement, said it was “effective immediately.”“Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species,” the carrier said. “Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”Late Monday night, American Airlines announced its own ban on shipments of trophies from the animals that comprise what hunters frequently call “the big five.”last_img read more

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