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Warriors recruit Blake Green could be buy of the year: Soward

first_imgRunning the rule over all 16 clubs ahead of the 2018 season, the former Dragons and Panthers star also named Knights recruit Connor Watson as the man under most pressure to perform at the club, even ahead of high-profile signing Mitch Pearce.Soward also backed young Storm half Brodie Croft to seamlessly slip into Cooper Cronk’s shoes and help the club press for back-to-back titles.n terms of the Warriors, Soward identified Green as the man to reverse the problems that have dogged the talent-laden, but underperforming, team in recent years.”[The Warriors] have picked up Tohu Harris, Gerard Beale, Peta Hiku [and Adam Blair] who are all internationals [but] the big question every year is ‘can they get it right’,” Soward told NRL.com.”Can they get this mix of talent versus game management versus control versus flair right, because if they do they’re going to be lethal.”They have a big out in Matulino going to the Tigers. Picking up guys like Tohu Harris is important. If they can get all this right the guy who can take them over the top is Blake Green.”He was so pivotal last season for Manly and the style they played. He potentially could be the buy of the year. He’s not as big a name as other guys that have moved clubs like [Matt] Moylan and [Cooper] Cronk and [Mitchell] Pearce but he provides an important stability to what is an unpredictable team in the Warriors.”Warriors predicted Round 1 line-upSoward said if the Warriors could get the best out of what was likely to be a rotating cast of bench forwards and utilities – names like Agnatius Paasi, Leivaha Pulu, Albert Vete, Nathaniel Roache, Ata Hingano, Ligi Sao and Mason Lino – that would provide the platform for Green to combine with the likes of Shaun Johnson and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and spark the Warriors into form.”If they can … get that mix right and Blake Green providing the game management and allowing Shaun Johnson to go and just play rugby league – they could push for a top-eight spot,” Soward said.Green could prove a better foil for Johnson and Tuivasa-Sheck than what Kiwi Test pivot Kieran Foran did in his one underwhelming season at the club, Soward added.”Blake Green provides a steady hand, understands when to kick, when to be able to make changes to the game plan on the run. That’s because he’s been in systems like Melbourne.”He’s been successful in England, been successful over here, got the best out of his body and game management style. I think he provides the key to getting the best out of Tuivasa-Sheck and Johnson.”Soward predicted another pair of halves – Titan Kane Elgey and Raider Aidan Sezer – would face immense pressure to keep their spots if they didn’t recover from some middling 2017 form early in 2018.Soward’s view on Raiders Round 1 line-upAt the other end of the spectrum, Soward reckoned young Storm half Brodie Croft would slip seamlessly into Cooper Cronk’s shoes and even suggested the Storm could be the first team to win back-to-back titles since Brisbane in the early 90s.”This could be the year we finally see someone go back-to-back,” Soward said.”Everyone will talk about the change from Cooper Cronk to Brodie Croft but you’ve still got Cameron Smith and Billy Slater, around them guys like Will Chambers and Ryan Hoffman coming back, and they pick up a guy like Sam Kasiano. There’s no real weakness in this side.”Croft will obviously have questions asked of him early on in the year but from everything we’ve seen of him he’s a Cooper Cronk clone. Melbourne are looking formidable heading into the 2018 season.”Melbourne Storm predicted Round 1 line-upAt the Knights, Soward expected it would be new five-eighth Connor Watson – rather than high-profile recruit Mitch Pearce – under the most pressure given his relative lack of experience in the position and competition from young gun Brock Lamb.”It’s going to be interesting what Nathan Brown does with Connor Watson going forward, whether it’s Brock Lamb to start because Watson is so versatile and can come off the bench and play hooker and give that spell,” Soward said.”Whether Brock Lamb starts on the bench some weeks and comes on at six and Watson goes into nine to give Danny Levi a break, we’ll have to wait and see.”Probably the guy under the most pressure is going to be Connor Watson. He’s coming to a new club, hasn’t played a lot of six where he’s the guy every week at six so there’s going to be a lot of pressure on him to run the ball and create points outside Mitchell Pearce.”last_img read more

Soccer meditates a change

first_imgThe invasion of the summer to finish the leagues creates another focus of conflicts and swampy terrain by not finding precedents. First of all, what happens to the players who end their contract on June 30? FIFA, leagues, federations and footballers unions will have to reach an agreement for an exceptional situation. What about the preseason? If it is played in July, or the competitions are started later (something almost impossible unless all the formats of the soccer competitions are changed due to the collapse of the calendar, which could lead to less television income due to fewer matches) or the preseason is reduced, since the vacations of the players must be respected (In Spain, the collective agreement states that they must have at least 21 consecutive days). This performs a domino effect. What about world tours and summer tournaments like the International Cup? It would be almost unfeasible to do so, which would mean another waste of money for the big clubs.Anything that supposes taking the path proposed by Infantino could lead to a decrease in income due to the drop in matches. Something that leagues and clubs could oppose. But the number of matches and so followed, as the next calendar threatens, could put footballers at risk. They would have a higher risk of injury. The solution to extend templates presents doubts. There are more chips and, therefore, more expenses, which could jeopardize the financial balance of the teams.The soccer industry will have to take steps to find a solution. Which will come after an intense debate on what should be the model and future of this sport. The confrontations along the path to choose have already begun. “Inappropriate statements by Infantino, but he is right, let’s start by eliminating #FIFA dates where there are games without interest, world matches without interest, club world without interest, … it aims to destroy the football that has built history,” says Tebas , president of LaLiga The soccer calendar is facing an unprecedented collapse. The rise of new competitions, the purpose of which is to increase income in this industry, has meant that there are no free dates in the coming years to square all the leagues and tournaments postponed by the advancement of the coronavirus. This situation has led authorized voices such as Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, to open the door the remodeling of football but taking a step back. That is to say, reduce the number of games per season, which could lead to a reduction in audiovisual revenue and what could be against Leagues and clubs.“We need to study the global impact of this crisis. Perhaps we can reform world football by taking a step back. With different formats. Fewer tournaments, but more interesting,” said Infantino in The Gazzetta dello Sport. A totally opposite approach to the one that has been carried out in the last seasons in which more and more competitions come out. An example of them are those disputed in June. In this only two tournaments were traditionally played: the World Cup and the Eurocup. That is, every four years, two were occupied by international commitments and another two for rest. In recent years it has already changed. A third is used for the UEFA Nations League and in which the new FIFA Club World Cup was also due to open. Two new tournaments that are in the air, no date, due to the obligation to postpone to 2021 the Euro Cup and the Copa América that was scheduled for 2020. But not only are these the new formats proposed, the reformulation of the Champions is also being rethought (towards a league of great clubs or because have more matches to increase television rights) and the creation of a new European tournament, the Europa Conference League. More tournaments, new models and, therefore, more money from TVs.This saturation of competitions on the calendar has caused the coronavirus pandemic to put the entire football industry in check and threatens a crisis due to the large losses it can generate if the leagues, the Champions League and the Europa League. This situation has led to speculation that the seasons end with new formats such as playing a playoff for the title or relegation, a Champions League whose qualifiers are still to be played in a single game and with Final Four in the final phase or that are even played in the summer or in the first months of the next season (September and October ) in order to respect the format this year, but change it to a shorter one for the next.last_img read more

NLEX unveils new logo ahead of 2018 PBA Season

first_imgLATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX launches its new team logo ahead of the 2018 PBA Season. Photo by Randolph Leongson/INQUIRER.netNLEX coach Yeng Guiao admitted there’s added pressure heading into the new PBA season following  the team’s launch of its new team logo.“We feel pressured because if we fail, all of you might mug us,” Guiao joked Monday in the team’s logo rebrand event at the MPTC Compound in Balintawak.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX signaled its move to a brighter path with a refreshed take on the team’s emblem as it brings in a renewed hope for the 43rd season of the PBA.“We wanted an embodiment of our business, our group, and all of us as one MPTC (Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation) family,” said NLEX alternate governor Rodrigo Franco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseGuiao is just honored with the support thrown at the team’s way as he goes to war with a rejigged roster with the addition of the highly-touted Kiefer Ravena.Ravena, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft, is expected to contribute right away as he joins Kevin Alas, and veterans Asi Taulava, Cyrus Baguio, and Larry Fonacier. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jarencio confident GlobalPort is ready despite Romeo’s absence It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It’s really a privilege, an honor coaching NLEX. We’ve been together for a year and the path we took wasn’t an easy one. We had to languish at the bottom of the standings for two conferences. It was difficult, but slowly, we’re seeing the team improve, develop its character, and build a new culture,” he said.The fiery coach vowed nothing but great things this coming conference as Guiao.“We will represent you and make you proud this year.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

CHICO Renews Support to Liberia’s Development Agenda

first_imgThe China Henan International Corporation Group, Ltd. has renewed its commitment to contribute to Liberia’s economy and its sustainable development agenda for transformation. CHICO’s Administrator Zhao Xiaofei said in an interview in Monrovia that training quality engineers and safety officers as well as project management officers are among some of the company’s main priorities in reconstructing post war Liberia. He said the company continues to live up to the expectation of the Liberian people and the government which is key in achieving the required level of services necessary to meet the aspirations of a nation in dire-need of road connectivity.Zhao disclosed that he company is currently being Liberianized with several workers’ of the company benefiting from a number of training opportunities (especially operating earth moving equipment) while plans are afoot to construct a multi million dollar regional headquarters that will serve other West African countries.Mr. Joseph N. Swen, CHICO Administrative/Media Relations Officer, meanwhile has commented on the Chinese owned company’s numerous contributions to the reconstruction of post war Liberia.The Government of Liberia on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 signed a US$ 70 million agreement with CHICO for the construction of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guniea border which is 70 Kilometers, linking Gbarnga to the Guinea border, via Ganta, Nimba County.The funds for the project was provided by the GOL and the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) EU, Irish Aid, SIDA and NORAD. The LRTF is a multi-donor trust fund for infrastructure development in Liberia, established following 14 years of civil war. Meanwhile, thousands of jubilant citizens of Bong and Nimba Counties have commended the Government of Liberia and CHICO for the rehabilitation and pavement of the Gbarnga-Ganta to Guinea border road project and have described it as remarkable achievement of the government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COUNCIL REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT ‘SMOKY’ COAL BAN OPERATING IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThere is a smoky coal ban in operation in Letterkenny.Following an extended period of warmer weather we are now, once again, entering the heating season, Donegal County Council is reminding householders in the Letterkenny and environs area that there is a ban on the burning of “Smoky” Coal. Such is the importance of delivering cleaner air to our communities, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly T.D. has recently outlined plans to extend the health benefits of the smoky coal ban nationwide.Since May 2013 householders in Letterkenny have played their part by only using smokeless fuels. These actions have resulted in improved air quality in Letterkenny for all those living, working and visiting the town.The council is again asking that households continue to make cleaner fuel choices by only burning smokeless fuels such as; smokeless coal, remember, bags must be clearly labelled smokeless coal,wood, kindling, fire logs, fire starter logs, turf or turf products.It is the obligation of the householder to comply with the smoky coal ban when burning fuel. If as a householder you are unsure which is the best product for you, you should discuss the many different types of smokeless fuels that are available with your local coal merchant.The other key part of this legislation is that coal retailers and coal merchants are not permitted to market, sell or distribute smoky coal inside the ban area. Donegal County Council is currently involved in multi-agency enforcement activities in conjunction with Revenue on the coal retail / merchant sector. Part of these enforcement activities also involves the inspection of delivery lorries. New legislation has also made provision for fixed penalty notices for breaches of the legislation within the coal sector ranging from €250 – €1,000. It is important to remember that the sole purpose of this law is to deliver cleaner air. It is only through the continued support of householders, coal retailers and merchants that improvements in air quality will continue.Donegal County Council encourages members of the public to report instances of the flouting of the law, which will result in enforcement action being taken by the Council.COUNCIL REMINDS RESIDENTS THAT ‘SMOKY’ COAL BAN OPERATING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 5th, 2015 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:councilletterkennysmoky coal banlast_img read more

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB WEEKLY NOTES:

first_imgPortsalon Golf Club Notes: Drive In: There was a large turnout at Portsalon Golf Club on Sunday last for the first official engagement of the Captains Donal Callaghan, Marie Gilligan and  President Willie Mc Cleary in the traditional Captains drive in.Following a night of heavy rain and following some debate as to whether the event should be cancelled the Captain announced much to the delight of the assembled swingers the competition was on.As a result of the rain some did not appear which left the competition secretary to do a new draw for the assembled golfers. The event got underway and the as the rain abated to leave conditions excellent for good golf. The event was a classic competition with two scores counting. The scoring was indeed reflected in the excellent conditions with many in the high eighties.The winning team with 93 points was Aidan Cannon, John Mc Gettigan, Hugh Doherty and Fergal Mc Donnell. Runners up with 92 points was Chris Williams, Rose Ann Logue, Jackie Barrett and Martin Shields .The Captain Donal Callaghan welcomed the Captain of Ottway Denis Friel and Ottway member who came to participate in the drive in event, he wished the President Willie Mc Cleary, the Lady Captain Marie Gilligan success in their respected term of office.ResultsDue to the wet and windy conditions on Wednesday last the open competition was cancelled. Mulroy LinksThe next outing of the Mulroy Links will take place at Rosapenna  Golf Club on Saturday 12th February .  All Mulroy Links members please note that the time sheet remains as per the previous competitions. If you are unable to play please inform the clubhouse either at Portsalon or Rosapenna Golf Clubs.EventsOn Sunday 13th February there is a members competition and on Wednesday 16th February an open 18 hole stableford event a time sheet is in operation contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.comMembers Note The first tee is reserved on Saturday 12th from 9 a.m to 9.30 a.m and 11.30 am to 12.20 p.m.Winter placingMembers and visitors should note that there is 6 inch placing on all fairways.Caption: President Willie Mc Cleary, Lady Captain Marie Gilligan and Captain Donal Callaghan at Portsalon Golf Club Captain’s Drive – In on Sunday Last PORTSALON GOLF CLUB WEEKLY NOTES: was last modified: February 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

REVEALED: SCANDAL OF UNDERFUNDING TO LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL

first_imgLETTERKENNY General Hospital is the worst funded hospital in the State, receiving the least amount of cash per patient.And staffing levels per patient are also the worst, figures obtained by Sinn Fein TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty show.The TDs released the figures to Donegal Daily – confirming a report on this site more than nine months ago. Dublin hospitals get twice as much cash.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “We can reveal that the management and staff at Letterkenny General Hospital have endured a scandalous and systematic underfunding for many years now.“We have obtained access to data that shows that per 1,000 inpatients, Letterkenny General Hospital receives the lowest budgetary allocation of any hospital in the state and the lowest allocation of hospital staff in the state.“Dublin hospitals have been receiving between two and three times the budgetary allocation that Letterkenny General Hospital receives per 1000 inpatients.” “Also despite the fact Letterkenny General Hospital caters for 21,000 inpatients, making it the seventh highest in the state; they have yet to be given the designation of a Regional Hospital.“This costs the hospital up to two million euro per annum and puts services in the hospital under threat as hospitals with higher status are prioritised.”The TD pointed out that Sligo is designated as a Regional Hospital despite having fivethousand less inpatients in 2011 and ranking as the 17th highest in the state. Sligo Regional Hospital also receives a higher annual budget than LGH.He continued: “Despite this scandal, Letterkenny General Hospital management andstaff have somehow managed to repeatedly make LGH one of the most efficiently run hospitals in the state according to the HSE’s own statistics.“Rather than being rewarded for their remarkable achievements, the management and staff at LGH have now being utterly shafted and ordered to make further drastic cutbacks that will undoubtedly force them into similar decisions like the downgrading of the Gynae ward.” Sinn Fein say all public representatives must now unite together and fight againstthis scandal and injustice.“My colleague, Deputy Doherty has requested that all Oireachtas members in the county support his request for a meeting between them and Minister James Reilly to discuss these matters. The people of Donegal deserve fairness and justice,” said Deputy MacLochlainn.It has been confirmed to Donegal’s Oireachtas members in recent days that the hospital faces over 3.5 million euro in Government enforced cuts between now and the rest of 2012, approximately €900,000 per month.Deputy Doherty has written to all Oireachtas members in the county inviting them to seek a collective meeting as soon as possible with Minister Reilly. REVEALED: SCANDAL OF UNDERFUNDING TO LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: September 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:REVEALED: SCANDAL OF UNDERFUNDING TO LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITALlast_img read more

Mbarara lose again as Maroons take care of Paidha

first_imgMbarara have now lost both of their last two League games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Tuesday, 26-02-2019-Kirinya JSS 2-1 Mbarara City -Maroons FC 3-0 Paidha Black AngelsMbarara City lost their second successive match as they were beaten 2-1 away to Kirinya JSS on Tuesday.The Ankole Lions who at some point were talking about winning the League, were behind early in the game as Joel Madodndo scored his 11th goal of the season inside the first two minutes.Eight minutes later, George Kasonko made it 2-0 to sturn the visitors further.Goals were flying in at the start and Mbarara who came into the game off a 2-1 home loss against Onduparaka, also got in on the act through Pistis Barenge, scoring what would later turn out to be a consolation, on 17 minutes.After the breath taking start, both sides settled down for the rest of the half to see Kirinya go into the break leading 2-1.In the second, Mbarara went all out in search of an equalizer but were undone by Kirinya who saw out the game to register only a second victory under interim coach Abby Kikomeko.The win for Kirinya sees them climb into 10th on the standings with 27 points from 21 games.For Mbarara, they remain third on the log with 36 points, 9 behind leaders KCCA FC.At Luzira, Maroons brought Paidha Black Angels back to earth, defeating the Arua based side 3-0 on the day.Going into the game having been dragged into the relegation dog fight, the home side knew that they needed to respond as sson as possible.Despite intense pressure in the first half, the Prison side failed to break down Paidha’s defence and they went into the break at 0-0.Four minutes into the second half, Rashid Agau opened the scoring for Maroons with his 5th of the season.With 14 minutes to play, Pius Obuya converted from the spot to double Maroons’ lead and put them on course to a very important victory.With Paidha looking dejected, Bronson Nsubuga added a third on 84 minutes to ensure Maroons register their biggest victory of the season so far.Victory for Maroons sees them move six points clear of Ndejje University, who occupy the third and final spot in the relegation zone. The Prison side have now accumulated 22 points from 21 games.For Paidha who headed into the fixture off a 2-0 win against Nyemiyobora, they remain at the bottom of the standings with 12 points from 21 games.The other games played on Tuesday:-Onduparaka FC 0-0 Vipers SC-KCCA FC 0-0 URA FC-Ndejje University FC 0-1 Express FCComments Tags: toplast_img read more

Steve Kerr, DeMarcus Cousins appreciate each other’s competitiveness

first_imgThis episode happened in a forgettable Warriors’ overtime loss two … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – Steve Kerr charged to the official at halfcourt. He threw out his right arm. He yelled out a string of expletives.The Warriors coach showed so much anger over Draymond Green getting called for a technical foul that assistant coach Mike Brown needed to restrain Kerr at halfcourt.last_img

Live NFL draft updates: Who will Raiders, 49ers take in 1st round?

first_imgWill the 49ers and Raiders pull off any stunning moves in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night? Follow our live feed for the latest rumors, news and analysis from our reporters and NFL insiders across the country as the draft begins at 5 p.m.If a trade is in the works or a player appears headed to the Bay Area, there’s a good chance you’ll read about it here first.Coming off identical 4-12 seasons, it will be crucial for both the 49ers and Raiders to come away from this year’s …last_img