Shocked Blues remain confident

first_imgThey made more metres, forced more dropouts, missed fewer tackles and produced more offloads than their Queensland counterparts.All the stats were in their favour, except three, including the one that mattered most. The Blues came up with more errors on Wednesday night and conceded more penalties than their opposition, allowing the Maroons to level the series with a pulsating 18-16 win at ANZ Stadium.All the hard work the Blues had done in the first half to establish a 16-6 lead was undone after the break as they invited the Maroons back into the contest with a 3-0 penalty count and a number of costly errors near halfway. To their credit, NSW defended valiantly and it’s testament to their doggedness that they held on until the 77th minute. Alas, if you give a champion team like Queensland that many bites at the cherry, they’re bound to strike gold as Dane Gagai did in the closing stages. “They’re a great team and they ask a lot of questions, especially when you give them so many opportunities on your own line,” Blues forward Wade Graham told “We probably weren’t at our best in that second half and that’s really frustrating because the boys put us in a really great position at half-time. We were probably our own worst enemies in that second half. We turned over cheap possession, gave away some penalties and didn’t finish our sets as best we could. “It’s hard to digest everything right now because there are a range of emotions. What we did in Game One gave us two bites at it so we know what we have to do up there in the decider.”We definitely have confidence and we feel as a team that if we play our best game then we can beat them. We showed that in the first half tonight. Even with all the cheap turnovers and penalties in the second half, we were still in it until the very end. “We’re very disappointed by how it all finished but Game Three is on in three weeks and we know we can turn it around.” ‌The Blues knew they needed to score more than 16 points to wrap up the series, but their desire to push the pass came back to bite them with several poor options in attack resulting in turnovers. “We didn’t want to hold the lead; we wanted to continue playing footy and score a few more points,” Blues lock Tyson Frizell told “Unfortunately there were a few momentum swings and they killed us in the end. We wanted to play some footy after the break but we never gave ourselves a chance to do it.”We gave them a few outs to help them out of their own end and that took the pressure off them. You can’t do that against a quality side.”We were pretty comfortable defending them time and time again, but giving them that possession doesn’t help your cause, and against a team like that, they’re going to make the most of their opportunities when they’re down there. We gave them too many opportunities to put some points on us and in the end they took their chance.”We knew what was coming and I think we let ourselves down.”The Dragons back-rower had to be needled to get through the game and hopes his ribs will be fine in time for Sunday’s clash against the Knights. “It pulled up pretty sweet but I know I’ll be pretty sore tomorrow,” he said. “Going into the game it was alright, and hopefully I should be sweet to back up on the weekend.”last_img read more

McCarthy guarantees win for Kia

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRashawn McCarthy believes Kia’s unconventional approach is bound to deliver wins on the court.The new recruit even went as far as assuring a win by the Picanto this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing significant minutes this time, the 28-year-old McCarthy impressed with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, proving that he could thrive in a situation outside the shadows of his former San Miguel teammates like Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter.But the Westbury, New York, native shared that the season he spent with the Beermen was helpful in making him the player that he is now, with him banking on those lessons as he takes on a bigger role at Kia.“Those are my guys, I learned a lot from Chris, Alex, Marcio, and all the guys who have helped me there. So I’m just trying to take some of the things I learned from those guys and bring it over here: just play hard, next play mentality, and just continue to work hard,” he said as he expects to perform better in the coming games as a key contributor for the Picanto this conference.“It feels good to get out on the court and play. I feel like I need to get my conditioning in because I haven’t played that many minutes, but it’s a work in progress. I felt good though.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I wasn’t part of that Kia team (last conference), but they didn’t finish with a victory. We’re gonna get a victory this conference, for sure,” he guaranteed.Kia came close to getting that elusive win on Wednesday when it almost caught NLEX off guard before taking a 119-115 loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMcCarthy, however, sees the game as a statement of sorts for the Picanto, showing everyone that ragtag as the team may be, they are still capable of pulling off surprises against their favored foes.“We got a lot of guys that have a lot of heart so I expect us to come out and fight every night,” he said. “I don’t expect us to just roll over and give other teams easy victories. I think we showed we lot of heart and showed we wanted the victory. We fell short but we fought hard.” View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Govt to introduce “rangers” to enforce new wildlife laws

first_imgFollowing passage of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill 2016 last week, Government has announced its intention to introduce a group of rangers to enforce the new laws aimed at curbing the illegal trade of wildlife.This was revealed by President David Granger on his weekly televised programme the Public Interest which aired on Friday. He noted that in order to back up the new legislations, Government will be employing a core of wardens in the hinterland to protect not only the mining areas but forestry, the areas of wildlife and in the area of tourism.“So we’ll be developing a core of rangers who will enforce the law. Part of our problem in the past has been legislation but another part is enforcement of that legislation. So by the passage of this (Wildlife Conservation and Management) Bill, we will be able to guarantee the protection of some of the world’s most valuable flora and funa,” the President stated.President David GrangerHe noted that too often, there are sightings of persons on the streets of Guyana with a string of iguanas or there are stories of people smuggling towatowas in their curlers or photographs of people going into protected areas with huge freezers or fridges catching fishes that are quite rear.President Granger went on that the Wildlife Bill is very critical since there has been excessive smuggling and excessive endangerment of some species. He recalled years ago when someone actually exported dolphins.The Head of State highlighted that many Guyanese do not know That there are dolphins here much more seen any but noted that there are river dolphins and that person was able to find and export them at great profits.“So it needs to be brought under control and that’s one of the reasons why we separating it from the extractive industries because these animals are more important to us, they are more profitable to us alive than dead and we need set up the mechanisms for enforcement,” Granger pointed out.Consequently, the President explained that it was necessary to put the administration and enforcement of the new Wildlife Act under the Department of Environment, which was recently removed from the Ministry of Natural Resources to avoid over burdening that ministry which has its work cut out particularly with the opening of the petroleum sector and already with the mining and logging industries.The Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill was passed in the wee hours of Tuesday last, allowing Guyana to fulfil its requirements as a party to the Convention on International Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), thus guaranteeing the protection of the nation’s flora and fauna.The CITES membership process revolves around certain responsibilities, including having appropriate laws and regulations to curb illegal trade of wildlife and to provide for the safe and regulated breeding, movement and trading of wildlife, without and within of state parties.The lengthy Bill is divided into 85 parts. Its key objectives are to create a supportive mechanism cognisant of the national goals of wildlife protection, conservation management and sustainable use, and to create a national framework and mechanisms governing the local and international trade in all species of Guyana’s wildlife.It will lead to the implementation of the primary provisions of the CITES convention and also to provide a framework of licensing and decisions which support core principles of transparency, certainty, natural justice and fairness.The bill also makes provisions for captive breeding and wildlife-ranching. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

Stalemates all-round as Limacol KO Tournament continues

first_imgA double-dose of football action on Friday evening ended in all four teams settling for a draw after two intense matchups, as the Limacol Knockout Football Tournament continues. Now in its third year, the tournament allows non-elite-league teams to show off their skills on a competitive level. It is the brainchild of the Petra Organisation, which continues to strive for implementing tournaments at various levels.The first of the two matchups on Friday night featured Campton and Georgetown Football Club (GFC) in what could be considered a hair-raising affair.La Vaughn Enniss of GFC was the first to fire, in the second minute of the game, giving GFC an advantage, but only for a short time. Several plays later, Oziel Small of Campton produced the equalizer in the 23rd minute. Thereafter, try as they might, neither team was able to cop another goal within the first half of play.Amidst vociferous and highly partisan spectators, the teams took to the field for the second half of the game, which was shaping up to be more entertaining than the first. With more determined players on both sides playing offensively most of the time, both teams recorded several near misses, which could be credited to remarkable goalkeeping.But when the 90 minutes came to an end, they had to settle for the draw.The other encounter of the night pitted Santos FC and Grove Hi-Tech against each other in a high-intensity encounter. After an uneventful first half, which was filled with long balls and saves, the match picked up momentum in its second half.With the game nearing its end, Grove Hi- Tech’s Denzel Crawford put his team one up; and by the way that goal was celebrated, the team was convinced they had it in the bag. However, they were soon after shocked by an equalizer rocketing off the boots of Santos’s Christopher Williams, which resulted in the draw.A total of 12 teams are competing for bragging rights and a grand prize of $600,000 in this Limacol-sponsored competition, which will continue tomorrow, Monday September 10, with Grove Hi-Tec facing off with Beacons at 18 hrs, and Campton clashing with Riddim Squad at 20 hrs. All matches are being played at the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue.last_img read more

New BlackBerry seems just-right size

first_imgBut the first order of business is size. This device measures 2.4 inches from side to side – merely one-fifth of an inch narrower than the high-end 8800. Depending on your hand, the smaller width can make a surprising difference sitting in your palm. I found the Curve far more comfortable to hold to my ear during a phone call, which remains the most important function, despite all the things people do with a BlackBerry. Weighing 3.9 ounces, the Curve is also nearly an ounce lighter than the 8800, making it more pocket-worthy. On the other end of the BlackBerry spectrum, the Pearl is nearly one-half inch narrower from side to side than the Curve, enabling the full keyboard with one letter per key. The keyboard on the Pearl, which has blazed a triumphant path into the consumer market, is narrower because it has fewer buttons, with two letters on each, relying on predictive software to choose the right one. Despite the impressive accuracy of the software, many users are simply unsettled by the whole idea of pressing a button and trusting the device to pick the right letter. For these nonbelievers in SureType, the Curve may be the way to go. While the 8800’s keyboard is slightly bigger, I found the Curve’s buttons easier to use. There’s spacing between each one. The 8800’s slightly larger keys are packed right next to one another with small ridges on each to guide the thumbs. Surprisingly, even though the 8800 is a tad wider, RIM managed to engineer the Curve with the same size screen, measuring 21/2 inches diagonally. Unfortunately, as with the 8800, that screen can’t be put to good use with AT&T’s video content, such as downloads of popular HBO programs. That’s because no BlackBerry device offered by AT&T is equipped for speedier wireless downloads using the technology deployed on the company’s cellular network. RIM cites the trade-off between cost and battery life. But it’s noteworthy that AT&T offers other high-end devices with the new technology and that RIM has engineered a version of the 8800 for Verizon Wireless with next-generation technology. The Curve introduces a new interface for RIM’s Roxio-based media player that lets users organize and search for music by category, song name, artist or album. As the first full-keyboard BlackBerry with features like the digital camera and the stereo headset jack, the Curve may prove most popular among corporate types who’ve been denied such toys on their white-collar BlackBerries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – This is the story of Goldie the mobile malcontent and the three BlackBerries. Though slender by most standards, the first BlackBerry, the 8800, was too big. The next BlackBerry, the Pearl, with its odd little keyboard, was too small. For hard-to-please types, Research In Motion Ltd., the company behind BlackBerry, is hoping the Curve will be just right. The name is one sorry reach, as there’s nothing particularly curvy about the Curve. But this third new BlackBerry model in less than a year strikes an elegant compromise between its larger and smaller siblings. The Curve, due to debut with AT&T Inc. by June, sports numerous advances for BlackBerry. Most of them target leisure-time features rather than business functions. These include a 2-megapixel camera, a 3.5-millimeter stereo headset jack and an enhanced interface for the media player. last_img read more

The City approves 2014 World Fair inside Centennial Park

first_imgActivity Coordinator, Ted Sloan says the organizers of the event are “a diverse group of young people in the community who have come together for the purpose of promoting cultural diversity.”“The World Fair itself is much like a trade show of countries,” Sloan said. “It’s interactive, free and lots of fun.” The event will consist of 8-10 tents from countries across the world, each with their own educational programs, cultural displays, food from around the world and a variety of activities to celebrate the different cultures of our community.- Advertisement – The event first ran in 2010 at the Lindo Theatre and again in 2013 at the Catholic Church. “I was at the event last year and it was wonderful’” Mayor Lori Ackerman said during this week’s council meeting. The event is planned to run Monday June 30th, between 3-6 pm. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal signs former Juventus defender Lichtsteiner

first_img0Shares0000Stephan Lichtsteiner will join Arsenal on a free transferLONDON, United Kingdom, June 5 – Arsenal have announced the signing of former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Switzerland international is currently a free agent, but the deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. The 34-year-old was out of contract at the Serie A champions and joins the Gunners ahead of captaining Switzerland at the World Cup.In a statement on his official Twitter page, Lichtsteiner said: “Happy and honoured to be a Gunner!“Will work hard and passionately day in and day out to achieve our sporting objectives and to win trophies with this great club.”He becomes the first signing since Unai Emery’s appointment as head coach and will wear the number 12 shirt.Emery said: “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”Lichtsteiner has made over 250 appearances for Juventus and is the fourth-most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances for his country.He has won seven Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and three Italian Super Cups at Juventus after joining the club from Lazio in 2011.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:Juniors:Our junior team played Garryowen in the league last Sunday and failed to hold onto a half time lead and eventually going down by five points. Hopefully we can put our recent poor performances behind us and get ourselves up for our forthcoming championship match against Eir Og this Saturday.Final score; TCG 2-10 Garryowen 3-11.Fixtures:This weekend our Junior and Senior teams start their respective championship campaigns with the following fixtures; Saturday 5th July JFC, TCG V Eir Og @ Greenford 4.30pmSunday 6th July SFC, TCG V Neasden Gaels @ Ruislip 4.30pmUpcoming league matches,Tuesday 8th July, SFL Div1, TCG V Fulham Irish @ Ruislip 7.30pm.Thursday 10th July, SFL Div1, TCG V St Kiernans @ Ruislip 7.30pm Under 21s:Our under 21 team were supposed to play in the championship semi final last week against Parnells but were given a walkover into the final.The final was due to take place last Saturday against Tara but they were unable to field on the day, so hopefully we will have a game to contest in the coming weeks.ABC World Record Attempt: The World Record attempt will take place on Friday 11th July for the most amount of players in a Gaelic Football match. This was attempted last year and indeed surpassed the existing record (399) in terms of numbers.The ABC committee has put a lot of effort in this year to ensure that the rules are adhered to. Breaking this record would be a huge statement for Irish culture abroad so we need to take this responsibility very seriously in every club.We need all clubs to put their shoulder to the wheel and get to Tir Chonaill Gael’s ground as early as possible on Friday 11th. We need every available player in Greenford. The record will start at 16.45 and should go on until 20.30. I appreciate it is slightly early on a Friday but ask that players make a special effort to get there as soon as possible and leave work slightly early.Upon arrival players will sign their name beside a number, and collect a ticket with that number on it. They will then filter onto the pitch for a ten minute participation, with the Goalie and Full back line changing, then the half back line, mid field, half forward, full forward and so on – on both sides – for as long as we can keep it going. The game has to be continuous.The ABC committee look forward to seeing you on Friday 11th. Early confirmation of which teams you will bring and numbers would be greatly appreciated.It will be a very enjoyable evening in Greenford, with sport, music, historical records, dancing and plenty of fun. Contact Michael Kingston on 07814898225 for details.Lottery:Lotto results for 26/06/2014 Jackpot £2,250Numbers drawn 1-6-8-19, No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Martin Sweeney, c/o TCG, John McNicholas, c/o TCG, Paddy Callaghan, Co Meath, Denis Boyle, TCG.This week’s draw takes place on Thursday 3rd July with a jackpot of 2,300.Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS READY FOR WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT was last modified: June 30th, 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:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

Ozil team-mate sends message of support as Bayern president puts boot in

first_img 4 Following Mesut Ozil’s decision to retire from international football, Hector Bellerin tweeted a message of support to his Arsenal team-mate.In a powerful statement released via his social media channels, Ozil, who won the World Cup in 2014, felt he was being hung out to dry by Germany’s Footbal Associaton and also claimed he was called a “goat-f***er” by a German politician and that he and his family have received hate mail and threatening phone calls.“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” he wrote.“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t.“When high-ranking DFB officials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selfishly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough.“This is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it. Racism should never, ever be accepted.” 4 Bayern president Uli Hoeness 4 Now, though, Uli Hoeness, the Bayern Munich president, has been heavily critical of his compatriot.“Ozil has been playing s*** for years. He won his last tackle before the 2014 World Cup,” he said in quotes carried by German publication, Bild.center_img 4 His decision was praised by Arsenal team-mate Hector Bellerin.“Surreal that someone who has done so much for his country on and off the pitch has been treated with such disrespect. Well done @MesutOzil1088 for standing up to this behaviour,” he tweeted. Earlier in the day, Ozil also explained his thought process behind his decision to pose for photos with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, criticism of which ultimately led to his decision to no longer want to represent Germany.And 1974 World Cup winner Hoeness, who in 2014 was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion, added: “All he is doing on the field is playing cross passes. Now he hides himself and his crap performance behind this photo.” Bellerin retweeted Ozil’s statement with this message last_img read more


first_imgThe family of murdered Donegal man Shaun Duffy say they are no closer to finding his killer.The well-known Dungloe man was found beaten to death seven years ago following a brutal attack at his home in Meenacross.As well as being attacked, Mr Duffy was shot with a crossbow by his attacker. Despite an extensive Garda investigation, nobody has ever been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.Mr Duffy’s family gather at 10am this morning at Meenacross to remember their brother and son.They say they have received no update on Shaun’s death since his inquest more than a year and a half ago.The dead man’s cousin, Fr John Joe Duffy, previously appealed to parishioners to help find Shaun’s killers.    SHAUN DUFFY MURDER STILL A MYSTERY SEVEN YEARS AFTER HIS KILLING was last modified: January 29th, 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:dungloemurderedShaun Duffylast_img read more