Top 10 big responsibilities for 2017

first_img10. Scott Bolton (Cowboys)The North Queensland prop is not only approaching 200 first grade games but also the biggest season of his decade-long career. Bolton has a huge breach to fill considering Ben Hannant’s recent shock retirement and James Tamou’s move to the Panthers. The 29-year-old played every game for the Cowboys last season but only started four times. North Queensland will be hoping Bolton can help carry the load in 2017.9. Jarryd Hayne (Titans)Hayne made an unprecedented comeback to the NRL for the Titans’ final six games of last season. The former San Francisco 49er showed glimpses of his past self – including a match winning field goal – yet failed to reach the great heights of his Dally M winning seasons. Considering the experience he possesses and the big price tag, the Titans will be hoping for the Hayne of old to return in 2017. 8. Josh McGuire (Broncos)With Corey Parker pulling the curtains on an illustrious 16-year career, it has opened the door for McGuire to take another step up at the Broncos. McGuire has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Parker’s No. 13 jumper ahead of next season. The Queensland Origin and Australian representative has only officially been named at lock once in his career (back in 2012). 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)Blake Green’s arrival at the Sea Eagles has opened the door for Cherry-Evans to re-establish himself as a genuine representative-calibre playmaker. While the 27-year-old’s 16 try assists in 19 games last year was a decent return, a consistent halves partner in Green will allow Cherry-Evans to concentrate on what’s best for Manly. 6. Robbie Farah (Rabbitohs)The Rabbitohs rake doesn’t need any extra motivation for the year ahead. Farah will be out to prove 2016 was just a bump in the road after being restricted to nine games in his final year at the Wests Tigers. From a Redfern perspective, the Rabbitohs will be hopeful Farah can fill the void left behind by now Warrior Issac Luke. 5. Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird (Sharks)Ben Barba’s well-documented departure from Cronulla has opened the door for one of Holmes or Bird to shift to fullback next year. Holmes has never shied away from his desire to make a permanent move to fullback. That despite making his debut for Australia on the wing at the recent Four Nations tournament. Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has also mentioned Bird as a potential fullback candidate. Bird himself went on the record midway through the year and said he was “bored” playing in the centres. 4. Gareth Widdop (Dragons)Widdop’s first year as Dragons skipper was a tough initiation. With usual halves partner Benji Marshall in and out of the team due to injury, Widdop was forced to shoulder much more responsibility than desired. Things don’t seem to be easing up on the England international in 2017 considering first-choice playmaker Drew Hutchison is likely out for the season with an ACL injury. 3. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)Pearce’s ill-fated start to 2016 had dire consequences for the Roosters’ entire season. Suspended for the Tricolours’ first eight games, Pearce was forced to watch on as his side fell to a 1-7 record. By the time Pearce returned it was too little too late, the Roosters finishing 15th on the Telstra Premiership ladder. How Pearce combines with new recruit Luke Keary remains a huge factor in the Roosters’ 2017 fortunes. 2. Corey Norman (Eels)If the Eels are to make the finals for the first time since their grand final loss to the Storm back in 2009, it will come down to Norman. The 25-year-old was having the season of his life last year (15 try assists in 16 games) before an untimely eight-week suspension derailed his season. Kieran Foran’s mid-season departure means the usual No. 6 will likely have to play halfback moving forward. 1. Stephen Kearney (Warriors)As coach of New Zealand Kearney was able to turn the Kiwis from constant bridesmaids into the No.1 Test side in the world. Once it was announced he would become Warriors coach – and consequently left his post at the Kiwis – Australia jumped New Zealand in the rankings. Now it’s Kearney’s challenge to turn the Warriors into the premiership force they have longed to be.last_img read more

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Girona finally leaves the descent … at home

first_imgGreen sprouts in Girona. The triumph in the past day against Fuenlabrada has given the rojiblanco team a great boost in morals. The level of play was the minimum that is asked of a set full of resources, the intensity the ideal and the result, the desired (0-1). In addition, the team of Pep Lluís Martí managed to shake off the ghosts that were chasing him when he plays at home and, in this aspect has come out of the descent.Girona was the only visitor of the day that managed to add the three points and that served to return to the playoff promotion positions. And what is also important, cut points with respect to the second classified, Almeria, because it already glimpses eight and have a point of advantage over Numancia, seventh. Winning outside seems crucial to achieve the goal and after doing so in Fuenlabrada, Girona already has earned 11 points away from Montilivi this course. A somewhat poor figure compared to the first two in the table, Cádiz (21) and Almería (23), but at least the rojiblancos are not in the relegation zone in this aspect. They are tied at 11 points with Depor and Oviedo, and they have already placed four teams below, which are Ponferradina (ten), Sporting (ten), Lugo (nine) and Racing (seven). The triumph in Fuenlabrada is expected not to be a mirage because chaining good results outside is one of the pending subjects of the season. So much so that In the 13 games played the balance is three wins, two draws and eight losses. To date, the good results at home (it is the second best place in the category, with 27 points) has been covering up this lack a bit, but it’s a step forward. And without a doubt, the Calendar will put you to the test because your next four duels at home are aúpa: it’s up to you to visit Depor, Mirandés, Las Palmas and Elche.last_img read more

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Lofa Ebola Survivors, Orphans Crave for Support

first_imgSurvivors and those that have been rendered orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease in the worst hit county of Lofa, are pleading with the government of Liberia, through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations and philanthropists, to help them re-establish their lives.The survivors and orphans,  under the name “Ebola Survivors and Orphan Association of Lofa (ESOAL), which reportedly has membership of over 300, said that they had been hard hit by the outbreak of the virus, thus rendering their lives pitiful and difficult.Lofa County, where the Ebola virus initially crossed over to from neighboring Guinea early this year, was considered the epic-center of the outbreak in Liberia after hundreds of people lost their lives and several others became  orphans. Though the county is on the verge of being pronounced as a zero case zone, the virus has left many scars behinds, some of which need immediate attention.Speaking to newsmen on Monday October 20, at the Air Strip in Foya Lofa County, the heads of ESOAL outlined the difficulties that members of the organization are presently facing.  These have now compelled them to seek external help in order to relieve the pains that they are undergoing, especially after losing their loved ones and  coming through a rigorous recovery processes.The head of the organization, Anthony Fayiah, appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, INGOs and NGOs for what he termed as basic support, such as food, clothes and shelter, as some of the homes were burnt  as a means of containing the spread of the virus in the county.Mr. Fayiah also called for the provision of opportunities for members to further their education through scholarships and others means, as some of them no longer have the means to go back to school when the schools are re-opened.  This is because they have lost their parents and sources of income.“This is a very serious situation for us. We want to call on the President, the government and its international partners as well as other well meaning Liberians to come to our aid because most of our members have been rendered vulnerable as a result of the outbreak.”“I am a survivor of the virus, which I contracted through handshaking. It has not been easy for us. I’m looking at my situation but I’m deeply worried about the many children that have been orphaned by Ebola.”Most of these children, between the ages of one to eighteen, lost all of their parents and have no opportunity to live a decent live anymore, the ESOAL boss said, disclosing further that all of the orphans are members of the organization.“So we are urging our government and these international organizations to come a help some of our children. We don’t know what the future holds for them now, but these are Liberian children and there is a need for them to be supported and given opportunities like all other children,” he said.The members of ESOAL are also calling on government for them to be placed in the national budget, as most of them no longer have means to sustain themselves, indicating that every other hope of livelihood has been lost.Another survivor, Tamba Kullie, who is also an orphan, stressed that the most terrible experience he had ever faced has been this Ebola. “I lost all of my people. I lost my father and mother and all of my brothers and sisters. As of now, I have no immediate relatives. I’m an orphan now and have no means to sustain myself as I have lost everything. Sometimes I sit and cry endlessly. It is very difficult to understand.Mr. Kullie, 16, said the only focus he has now is to obtain a scholarship and focus on his education in order to build a life for himself,  He added with faith and confidence, “I know with God Almighty above, all is not lost.  Though I lost all of my people and everything, I still know that I can live a better life when I’m able to obtain a scholarship and go to school.”“As members of ESOAL, which is really catering to some of us, we want to call on government to intervene and come to help us. I’m really in need of their support. Most of our members are children like me and we are vulnerable.”The regional Director of the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent for the Africa Zone, Alasan Senghore, said that the Red Cross has a post- Ebola plan that has to do with catering to children orphaned by the virus, though he indicated that more support is needed.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf’s visit to Lofa was in continuation of her assessment to the Ebola situation in the country. She used the opportunity to hold discussions with community leaders on the essence of working collectively to contain the virus. She also met with healthcare workers in the county and encouraged them to continue to exhibit commitment in the discharge of their duties.­Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WCD Community Grounds neglected by Govt – NDC

first_imgCovered with bushes and unwanted shrubbery, the community grounds and centres across the West Coast of Demerara have been in a state of despair and regional councils have been trying to resuscitate these structures with little assistance from Central Government.The current state of the Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara Community CentreAttention was placed on the Cornelia Ida Community Centre, which is partially inaccessible, but even if residents gained entry, they would be disenchanted to see the dreadful surrounding which awaits them. Along with the high bushes, there is an old and dilapidated structure which is isolated.However, Deputy Chairman of the Cornelia Ida/Stewartville Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Paul Narine told Guyana Times on Monday that there are several public spaces along the stretch of road which requires rehabilitation.He explained that the Department of Sport is responsible for injecting funds to facilitate any upgrading of these sport grounds. Consequently, there has been little support in terms of financial assistance. On the NDC’s part, there is no substantial income to cushion these expenses.“The Department of Sport does normally give a grant to these project but for the longest while, all of that change. The NDC is small and cannot generate no big income to do these kind of rehabilitation. It’s very hard on the NDC,” said Narine.It was related that the only responsibility that the Council can undertake is to weed the bushes and conduct a small land clearing. At another Stewartville Ground, attempts were made to construct a concrete pitch so that youths can be afforded the facilities to better their skills. From the subvention provided for the year, he would have asked for lights to be installed at the ground but two lights would cost some $500,000.“The only maintenance that the NDC is doing is weed the bushes or whatever to make it accessible. That’s all the NDC is doing. If they fix one ground at a time for us, it would good for the community. Like for the one in Stewartville, we finish the fencing and this activity started four years ago. In order to get the youths occupied, we had to make do with what we had and build a concrete pitch for the rainy season. This year, I asked for money for two lights which is $500,000 but I don’t know if the money would be given for us to do these things,” the Deputy Chairman insisted.Narine stressed the importance of these structures as they serve as a recreational activity for persons, primarily children, within the various communities. A such, calls were made for attention to be placed on these facilities, as well as assistance from the Government.“I don’t know if we can get some money from Central Government to get the ground up and running. The NDC get $4 million every year to divide among 10 constituencies so it’s not a big amount we get to use to do these works. By the time we put a fence and wait for money the next year, half of the fence is there.” (Rupadai Seenarine)last_img read more

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Dodgers sign former Twins pitcher Mays

first_img Harang gets $36.5 million: Right-hander Aaron Harang avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $36.5 million, four-year contract that made him the Cincinnati Reds’ highest-paid pitcher. Byrnes, D’Backs agree to 1-year deal: The Arizona Diamondbacks and outfielder Eric Byrnes agreed to a $4,575,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Byrnes hit .267 with career highs of 26 home runs and 25stolen bases last season, his first with Arizona, to become the first Diamondbacks player to reach 25 homers and 25steals in a season. Only three other NL players reached those marks last year. Also: Left-hander Bruce Chen agreed to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers. … Boston Red Sox reliever Julian Tavarez mildly sprained his right ankle while pitching for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. … Pitcher Todd Wellemeyer and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $635,000, one-year contract. … Lew Burdette, MVP of the 1957 World Series when he pitched the Milwaukee Braves to their only championship, died. He was 80. Burdette had been ill with lung cancer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Joe Mays, a 17-game winner for the Minnesota Twins in 2001, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 48-70 record with a 5.05ERA in 206 big-league games, including 156 as a starter. center_img Mays was 17-13 with a career-best 3.13 ERA in 2001, and then signed a $20 million, four-year contract. But he won only 18 games for the Twins before they declined an $8.5million option for the 2006 season, instead buying him out for $500,000. Mays didn’t play in 2004 following reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He was 6-10 for the Twins in 2005, and pitched in 13 games for the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds last year. last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer spending spree news: £75m to be spent on this stunning array of talent?

first_imgIn Portugal it is claimed Benfica youngster Lazar Markovic is close to being officially announced as a Liverpool player.The 20-year-old has apparently had a medical and the spending won’t stop there, says Reds chief executive Ian Ayre, with manager Brendan Rodgers having access to the £75m Barca will pay for Luis Suarez.Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can have already arrived, so click the arrow on the right to see who else may be moving to Merseyside.Keep up to date with all Liverpool-related news here. 8 8 8 Alberto Moreno: Sevilla – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – If a move for Swansea left-back Davies doesn’t materialise, then Kopites may well rest easy because plenty of rumours are doing the rounds that Ian Ayre flew to Spain in a bid to sign long term target Moreno from Sevilla. There is further good news for supporters as Iago Aspas is heading back to Spain, with Sevilla looking like his next destination. Talking of left-backs, though, Chelsea have slapped an £8m asking price on Ryan Bertrand after the Reds reportedly had a £6m bid rejected. Jay Rodriguez: Southampton – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – If Rodgers cannot get his hands on Bony, then Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez is an option. According to the Mail, Rodgers is a fan of the England striker, though Rodriguez cannot play again until October following a knee injury that kept him out of the national side’s World Cup squad. Wilfried Bony: Swansea – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – In the Mirror, it is reported that Liverpool are being frustrated in their attempts to replace Bony with Suarez as Swansea want more than his £19m valuation. Liverpool also want left-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm from the Welsh club. 8 8 Divock Origi: Lille – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – The Liverpool Echo claim a £9.5m fee has been agreed for Belgium man Origi, but he will be loaned back to Lille in France’s Ligue 1. 8 Click the arrow to see where Liverpool’s summer spending will take them – Serbia international Markovic is expected to be a Liverpool player by the end of this week as manager Brendan Rodgers continues his summer spending spree. So who else is going to join him, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can? Dejan Lovren: Southampton – Despite the player doing his best to force his way out of Southampton, new Saints manager Ronald Koeman said until his future is resolved he must report to training on the south coast. His astonishing outburst on his current employers is well known and as a result it is only a matter of time before the deal happens. Marco Reus: Dortmund – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – The Liverpool Echo report that odds have been slashed on the Dortmund man joining Liverpool following rumours a £45m offer. Xherdan Shaqiri: Bayern – click the arrow for more reports on Liverpool transfer targets – Switzerland’s World Cup star was strongly linked with a transfer to Liverpool, but they may lose out on Shaqiri with Roma said to be close to agreeing a deal. The Italian club would be willing to let the sought after defender Mehdi Benatia join Bayern, using the centre-back as a makeweight. 8 8last_img read more

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NOEL CUNNINGHAM: I WON’T RUN FOR DÁIL – BUT MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

first_imgNOEL Cunningham has announced he won’t run for the Dail at the next general election – but may consider running for President in four years’ time.In a statement tonight the Harvey’s Point Hotel manager and TV3 celebrity expert said he had decided against running for Renua or as an independent.But he might consider a run for the Aras. “After a great deal of careful thought and discussion with family and friends I have decided not to put myself forward as a candidate in the next general election,” he said.“I had initially decided against running but after presenting a well received paper on the challenges facing rural towns in Ireland at the recent Renua collaborative gathering. it was suggested I re-consider . That I did and realising that I could not give one hundred and fifty per cent to such a challenge I decided against running.”He went on: My focus has and will always be my beloved Donegal … Community … My charitable endeavours as Patron of various causes .. Harvey’s Point and the promotion of all matters tourism . I have my heart and soul immersed in all things  Donegal. The many commitments to my own causes which include in the months ahead trips to London and New York  for Irish Community matters … Trips all over Ireland this winter for several charitable causes .. And a number of home based community issues requiring my in-put in my own Donegal ,which is above all else my main focus in life. These endeavours I engage in are done for neither financial gain or ego .“And of course there is my main job. Harvey’s Point is for me the perfect fit for all matters relating to promoting Tourism and  the best Donegal has to offer. This Hotel is a huge part of my life . I am delighted to lead the  Team at this Hotel which is No 1 in Ireland and a huge local employer.” Noel added: “I wish everyone putting their name forward the very best. As far as my own voting intentions .. The vote will go to the candidate who has Donegal and the many challenges we face in The Northwest as key to their campaign. In closing I say a huge thank you to all who so very kindly with sincerity and affection advised me and helped me arrive at my decision . The Aras …. Mmmmh that’s another story !!!!” NOEL CUNNINGHAM: I WON’T RUN FOR DÁIL – BUT MIGHT RUN FOR PRESIDENT! was last modified: September 23rd, 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:All-Ireland PresentationNoel CunninghamPRESIDENTlast_img read more

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Two men jailed for 30 years for knifing Donegal man to death

first_imgTwo men have been caged for a total of 30 years for killing a Co Donegal man in London in broad daylight.Damien McLaughlin, 42, originally from Manorcunningham, was stabbed to death in north London on April 22. Yesterday, 18-year-old Eduardo Embalo, of Dowsett Road, London, was found guilty of manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.And Andre Joseph, 25, was given 16 years for the same charges.However, both were found not guilty of murder.The Irish Sun reports how the court heard how McLaughlin desperately tried to fight back after he was chased and stabbed to death.The 42-year-old was surrounded and knifed in the heart in front of shocked residents in Enfield, as our dramatic picture shows paramedics trying to save him.Dozens of children were playing nearby and it’s believed some of them witnessed the horror attack.Plumber McLaughlin – a father and grandfather who worked for Speedy Jet Drainage – was pronounced dead at the scene.Embalo was handcuffed shortly afterwards as he spotted by police acting suspiciously near the murder scene.Days later, Joseph was arrested at a nearby address.CCTV, mobile phone footage and witness statements identified the pair as the attackers.It is believed that slain McLaughlin was known to at least one of the attackers.A third man Omar Warner, 18, of Marshside Close, London was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter or possession of an offensive weapon.Jurors had been told the victim had been “in trouble with police for most of his life”.Two men jailed for 30 years for knifing Donegal man to death was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 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:courtDAMIEN MCLAUGHLINdonegaljailedmanorcunninghamSTABBEDlast_img read more

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Increased working hours for Donegal carers

first_imgDonegal carers are to benefit from an increase in the hours they work or attending a training course outside the home, as Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, makes new Regulations.Carers will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours they work or attend a training course outside the home from 15 to 18 ½ hours per week.From January 1, 2020, carers will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours they work or attend a training course outside the home from 15 to 18 ½ hours per week.  This measure is one that, Minister Doherty particularly prioritized in response to the carers she met at the Department’s Pre-Budget Forum.The carers said they found the current number of 15 hours to be too restrictive.Minister Doherty said she was delighted to make provision for their proposal in Budget 2020. “These Regulations, which take effect from 1 January next, will increase the number of hours that a carer can work or train from the current 15 hours per week to 18 and a half hours per week. “This will help carers address issues of social isolation and, critically, enable them to maintain better contact with the workforce, and by doing so improve their welfare and their incomes.“I believe that this measure will have a positive impact on the lives of many carers, particularly women,” she said.There are 83,772 carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and over 3,100 carers in receipt of Carers Benefit at present.Over 75 per cent of carers receiving Carer’s Allowance are women.Increased working hours for Donegal carers was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:CarersdonegalMinister for Employment Affairs and Social Protectionregina dohertylast_img read more

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What are the chances Warriors’ Kevin Durant plays vs Oklahoma City?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — The Warriors (46-21) listed Kevin Durant as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-17) after missing Wednesday’s game in Houston with a right ankle contusion.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant is “feeling better” after practicing in all of Friday’s session. But Dr. Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ director of sports …last_img read more

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