Griffin joins the Bulldogs

first_imgIn addition, he represented Queensland under 17s and 19s, with new team-mate Greg Eastwood and was a member of the winning Ipswich Jets side that won the Queensland Cup in 2015, alongside current Bulldogs player Josh Cleeland. Born in Papua New Guinea and raised in Atherton, Queensland, the 30-year old arrives at Belmore with a wealth of experience in the game.The newest member of the Bulldogs playing roster has played nine Tests for Papua New Guinea, including the 2008 World Cup and 2010 Four Nations tournament. “Rod’s a no-nonsense forward with a strong carry and a good offload. He comes to the club looking for an NRL opportunity and will provide plenty of depth and experience to our squad,” said Bulldogs – Head of Recruitment, Warren McDonnell.PROFILEName: Rod GriffenBorn: January 5, 1987, Papua New GuineaJunior Club: Atherton RoostersPosition: Prop/Second RowHeight: 187cmWeight: 100kgRep Honours: 9 tests PNG, 2008 World Cup, 2010 Four NationsPrevious Clubs: Wests Tigers, Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Northern Pride, Tweed Heads Seagulls, Ipswich Jets.last_img read more

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Barrow votes to change name to Utqiagvik

first_img(Utqiagvik, the city formally know as Barrow, AK (File photo courtesy of Wikipedia)Utqiagvik. That’s the name that Barrow will now be identified as.By a margin of six votes, residents of Barrow have voted to change the name of their city back to its Inupiaq name. City council member Qaiyaan Harcharek started the process this summer.Listen Now TOWNSEND: I realize that Inupiaq words may not have a direct translation into English, but tell us about the meaning behind the name of your city now.HARCHAREK: I guess it goes back to a conversation that some folks were having in the 1978 Elder’s Conference, and that question was asked, “What does Utqiagvik mean?”. One gentleman had mentioned that, as he recalled, it was as the whaler and outsiders began coming to Barrow and bringing in other good, including different Western food, one of them was potatoes, and i believe the word for potato was oatkuk, and we also collect different types of roots that are starches and so-forth. And it had to do with potatoes and a place to gather potatoes.TOWNSEND: Before absentee and questioned ballots were counted, the vote was tied. What were the objections to changing the name?HARCHAREK: There’s some folks that are afraid of change and change is often times a daunting task and I believe it stems back to how well of a job that the missionaries and the Western folks in BIA schools, how good of a job they did at assimilating our people. And so, Barrow’s name came from Sir John Barrow from Frederick Neitzsche naming this area after a buddy of his and that took. And I think it has deeper meaning to that than that our people were severely punished from speaking our traditional language for many years. And a lot of those folks that are around today don’t have that internal oppression where they’re afraid of that.TOWNSEND: Qaiyaan, why is this important?HARCHAREK: It’s important to me and many of us because our language is severely threatened and I think it’s time we begin healing and this is a literal step into to that decolonization.TOWNSEND: How excited are you about making this transition?HARCHAREK: I’m extremely excited. It’s a time for our people for that decolonization process to begin. The reclaiming and honoring of our ancestral language and it’s exciting for it to happen on what people are calling Indigenous Peoples’ Day was extremely serendipitous and it means a lot. Reporter Shady Grove Oliver first wrote about the name change for the Arctic Sounder.last_img read more

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Total Mortgage Receives Arizona License Opens Phoenix Branch

first_img “”Total Mortgage Services””:http://www.totalmortgage.com/, LLC now has its Arizona Mortgage Banker License and is licensed to originate residential loans in the state, the company announced.[IMAGE]The firm is now licensed in 30 states as well as the District of Columbia.[COLUMN_BREAK]In conjunction with receiving its license, Total Mortgage also opened up its first Arizona branch office, which is located in Phoenix. “”Total Mortgage is excited about opening its first branch in Arizona and offering a needed mortgage solution to borrowers looking to purchase or refinance a home,”” said president John Walsh. “”All of our experienced, fully-licensed loan officers are focused on offering borrowers the best possible interest rate and personalized service to help them navigate the biggest financial decision of their life.””Leading the Phoenix location as branch manager is Larry Gates. Gates joins the company with 17 years of experience in mortgages. In the past, he has acted as Arizona area manager for a nationwide mortgage lender and was president/CEO of a leading mortgage broker firm.””We urge all current Arizona homeowners to contact Total Mortgage to schedule a free mortgage checkup to see if they could be saving money on their monthly payments. Prospective home buyers should also contact us to make sure that they are getting the lowest possible mortgage rate on their home purchase.”” Walsh said. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing August 15, 2013 451 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-15 Tory Barringercenter_img Total Mortgage Receives Arizona License, Opens Phoenix Branch Sharelast_img read more

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