Sharks ready to move on after Origin

first_imgThe Sharks have had five players involved in the 2017 State of Origin Series and although James Maloney missed Saturday night’s loss, the other four players backed up in various emotional states.Valentine Holmes was riding the high of Queensland’s win but rotated with Gerard Beale between wing and fullback, Andrew Fifita’s Origin heartbreak was offset by the birth of his third child and Jack Bird and Wade Graham carried the burden of the Blues’ defeat into the clash with the Titans.But rather than blame any Origin hangover for the loss Flanagan insists it is on the training paddock where Origin has had its greatest impact on the Sharks, demanding his players now put that to the side and finish the regular season strongly.After dropping their Round 16 game to the Sea Eagles the Sharks appeared to have turned a corner with a 44-12 dismantling of the Roosters a week later but Flanagan said that only served to prove how good they can be with the right preparation.”What I was pleased about for the Roosters was I had my top squad to train for a week,” Flanagan said post game.”All sides are doing it and who handles it the best gets through the Origin period but there’s three Origin camps, 10 days of camp, we’re missing five players for 30 days of the past six weeks.”It’s not great for a footy team to train like that and we’re over that now so there’s no more excuses.”We’ve just got to put our head down, work really hard and get some results on the way home.”We can set sail for home now but we’ve got a lot of work to do. Nothing’s a given in this competition.”We’re not in the top four. We’ve done okay but we need to re-focus now, which we will.”Not part of a New South Wales Origin campaign for the first time since 2016, Sharks skipper Paul Gallen was a little more forgiving for how his side had managed the Origin period.Prior to Saturday night Cronulla had won three of their five games since the Origin players went into camp for Game One but Gallen acknowledged the disruption that comes with having such a strong representation across both teams.”To have five in it is huge and to train without your five best players for 30 days out of the past six weeks is very distracting,” said Gallen.”Thankfully it’s over. I think we’ve handled it okay but we’ve got no excuses anymore from next week. We’ve got to start stepping it up.”We’ve probably won more than 50 per cent of our games throughout the last six weeks so I think we’ve handled it okay for our biggest representation probably ever.”Gallen admitted that after such a comprehensive win against the Roosters that he was somewhat mystified as to why they fell so short against the Titans, refusing to blame the atrocious conditions for their display.”The Titans just wanted it a bit more than us tonight,” he said.”We weren’t good. They always seem to lift against us. It’s a pretty disappointing result for us considering how well we played last week and how well we completed.”To complete the way we did tonight and leak that amount of points, it’s not real good.”last_img read more

NSW Blues deny any players involved in new sex tape leak on eve of Game I

first_imgAn explosive report in the Sydney Morning Heraldclaims the sex tape was leaked in an attempt to “sabotage” the Blues, and allegedly involves a NSW player.Speaking as the Blues landed in Brisbane, coach Brad Fittler said: “We’ve been made aware of it and it’s not him.”NSW assistant coach Greg Alexander told The Daily Telegraph: “For starters it’s not even one of our players.”Asked if it was an attempt to undermine the Blues’ preparations, Alexander said: “The timing of it. Please. Of course it is.“The day we arrive in Brisbane this happens. It’s just a stich up.”The NRL has launched an investigation over the tape, in which the identities of the men is unclear.The video, which was reportedly filmed several years ago, shows the alleged player in a sex act being described as a “dirty dawg”.If true, it would be the latest in a number of sex tape scandals which save soured the game.Last summer, footage emerged of Bulldogs forward Dylan Napa having sex with a woman during his time at the Roosters.Another video was released which showed the Queensland enforcer performing a sex act on himself while another man shadow boxed next to him.Owing to the fact the tapes were from several years ago, Napa received a hefty fine from the NRL but was not banned.Then in March this year, Panther Tyrone May was arrested and charged with two counts of filming and disseminating sex tape footage without consent.May was stood down under the game’s no-fault stand down policy.last_img read more

Action Aid, Swedish Embassy Donate to County Health Team

first_imgThe Charity organization Action Aid Liberia and the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia last Friday donated several assorted food and other items to the Bong County Health Team in support  of the fight against the Ebola virus disease.Action Aid Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Aisha Kamara Kolubah, said the donation was her organization and the Swedish Embassy’s way of identifying with the County Health Team and also to buttress the efforts of the Health Team as it strives to battle the human killer disease in the county.Madam Kolubah told the County Health Team that her organization and the Swedish Embassy will continue to work with the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the local authorities in every way possible to eradicate the hemorrhagic fever in the country.She stated that Action Aid was deeply involved with the social mobilization aspect of creating awareness about Ebola, how to prevent it and why it is important to report early symptoms.Madam Kolubah informed this paper that Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy presented more than twenty assorted items of food and other supplies valued at US$ 50,000.00 to the County Health Teams in six counties that are Ebola prevalent including Bong County.  She was swift to note that funding for the items was provided by the Swedish Government and other donors.The items donated to the County Health Team include two dozens of gloves, twenty bags of 25kg rice, twenty cartons of Clorox, five cartons of washing soap, three tins of powder milk, bales of hospital linen, assorted clothing for both survivors and patients,  towels, one hundred pieces of lappa,  twenty buckets with faucets, three barrels with faucets, ten packs of adult pampers, ten cartons of hand sanitizer, fifteen gallons of vegetable oil, five cartons maggi, five sacks of salt, four cartons sanitary pads, five cartons soap,  one bag of women and children’s slippers and four bags of corn meal.Madam Kolubah informed the County Health Team that the rice provided is mainly intended for holding centers in Gbarnga and its surroundings.She indicated that her organization and the Swedish Embassy made the items available as a result of a pathetic appeal by the County Health Team about the lack of food and other items for people who are in holding centers due to the Ebola outbreak.Action Aid Programme Coordinator challenged the County Health Team to provide a detailed report of how the supplies are distributed including the number of communities and people that will benefit.She said the items provided by Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy will enhance the strategies of the health team to combat the Ebola disease.Madam Kolubah reminded the County Health Team that the elimination of the human killer virus is the joint endeavor of every well-meaning Liberian, the government and its partners.  Receiving the materials, the County Health Officer Dr. Sampson Azoakoi extolled Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy for the donations and promised that the items will be used for the intended purposes.Dr. Azoakoi informed the benefactors that the food items were provided at a time when communities are without sufficient food and when the County Health Team was challenged with the lack of disinfectants to combat the virus.The Bong County Health Officer then used the occasion to appeal to citizens of the county and people of good will to try to be like Action Aid and the Swedish Embassy to provide vital support to the health team as it strives to combat the deadly Ebola disease.Dr. Azoakoi said the migration of residents from affected communities to unaffected communities remains major challenge for the County Health Team because according to him this has the inclination to further spread the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ronaldo says his ‘brilliance’ bothers people

first_imgRonaldo spent over 90 minutes on Monday answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez at a closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, the wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives.Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.Ronaldo, 32, has denied any wrongdoing. He told the judge he has always filed his tax returns and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, according to a statement from his representatives.Spanish daily El Mundo said the player — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — implied during his court hearing that he was only being investigated because of who he is.“I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the player told the judge, according to the newspaper.Ronaldo had been expected to speak to the throng of reporters gathered outside of the court after the hearing but instead his spokesman Inaki Torres emerged from the building to announce the player “was on his way home”, prompting jeers from the press.Portuguese television SIC reported that Ronaldo aborted the appearance at the podium set up outside the court because the court hearing had gone badly, with many moments of “tension” between him and the judge.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain.His arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax evasion last year.Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured in June 2017, is accused of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLISBON, Portugal, Aug 1 – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!!!!” the Portuguese wrote in an Instagram message that received over a million likes within an hour of being posted.last_img read more

Incredible! Diao in for Gerrard against Basel and a quite remarkable turn of events recalled

first_imgLiverpool suffered Champions League heartbreak back in 2002 as they drew 3-3 with Swiss side Basel and crashed out of the competition.The Reds needed to win the game at St Jakob Park to qualify, but at half-time found themselves 3-0 down after goals from Julio Hernan Rossi, Christian Eduardo Gimenez and former Tottenham star Thimothee Atouba.Steven Gerrard was hauled off at the break and admonished by manager Gerard Houllier, to be replaced by Reds flop Salif Diao.The Senegal midfielder had arrived at Anfield that summer billed as something akin to Patrick Vieira, but never came close to living up to those expectations.His introduction for Gerrard, though, provoked a response from the Reds that almost culminated in an incredible comeback victory.Danny Murphy, who these days provides expert co-commentary on Liverpool’s Champions League games for talkSPORT – tonight’s Basel match is live and exclusive on talkSPORT – got the Redmen’s comeback underway with a first. Vladimir Smicer, just as he would do in Istanbul three years later, netted the second, before Michael Owen drew the scores level.But it was to no avail as the Swiss side, managed by ex-Tottenham boss Christian Gross, held on to progress to the second group stage.To relive the classic clash, check out the video above.last_img read more

Video: Who is Mohamed Elneny? Watch the £5m Arsenal target in action

first_imgJust who is Mohamed Elneny?The 23-year-old Egypt international has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, with reports claiming the versatile midfielder has agreed a January move to the Emirates Stadium.Last week various newspapers suggested the Basel star has already completed his medical with the north London club, with a fee of just £5million also widely reported.A competent midfeidler, capable of playing the holding role as well as in a more advanced position, yet Elneny is seen as more of a short-term fix to provide cover for injured pair Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.But just who is he?Check out the video above to see for yourself, and leave a comment below whether you think he’d be a good buy for the Gunners!ALSO READ: Transfer Spotlight on defensive midfielder on the brink of joining Arsenallast_img read more

Georgia governor assails Army Corps over reservoir draining

first_imgCarol Couch, environmental commissioner, warned Wednesday that the Corps would be “abandoning the people of the state of Georgia” and setting the stage for a “potential disaster” if it refused the deadline of the end of the business day. But environmentalists contend the state should have been better prepared for a water shortage, which they say is an inevitable result of decades of pro-growth policy that led to metro Atlanta’s sprawl. “Whether you’ve lived in Georgia for five months or 50 years, it’s easy to see the huge numbers of people moving to the state was going to put the squeeze on our water resources,” said Jill Johnson, the interim director of Georgia Conservation Voters. “The Corps has become a scapegoat for a lack of political leadership over the issue of water,” she said. “It’s been massive unchecked development that’s put further strain on our water supply.” More than a quarter of the Southeast is covered by an “exceptional” drought – the National Weather Service’s worst drought category – and Georgia is taking extreme measures to conserve water. Officials last month banned virtually all outdoor watering across the northern half of the state, restaurants are being asked to serve water only at customer request and the governor has called on Georgians to take shorter showers. The state is considering more restrictions regardless of the Corps’ decision.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – The Army Corps of Engineers sidestepped the governor’s demand to stop draining reservoirs Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown between the federal government and state officials who blame the policy for intensifying a record drought. The Corps said in a letter to the state’s environmental commissioner that it was abiding by federal guidelines, but that officials were now “exploring possible drought contingency options.” Corps officials say state and federal regulations require them to send water downstream. Gov. Sonny Perdue said he will sue. “The Corps’ nonsensical action to further release vital water from Georgia’s already depleted federal reservoirs must not stand,” he said. “There is simply no scientific justification to operate these reservoirs in this manner during a historic drought like the one we are experiencing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Millions of gallons of water are sent downstream to Florida and Alabama. The drought has heightened tensions among the three states, which already disagree on how to manage the region’s limited water supply. Florida has complained the state is not sending enough water downstream to protect mussels, and the state’s environmental chief sent a letter to the Corps on Wednesday that warned reducing the water flow “would severely impact Florida’s natural resources.” Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has urged the Corps to release more water from Georgia’s lakes to help his state cope with the dry conditions. “We are not unilaterally opposed to changing the flows,” said Maj. Daren Payne, the deputy commander of the Corps’ office in Mobile, Ala. “But we’d be in violation of the law if we did now. “People in Georgia have been hurting. They’ve lost businesses, jobs and income. And we don’t want to see any more harm come to anyone, but we have obligations to manage this basin.” State officials have said they were unprepared for the severity of the drought, compounded by scorching heat and a drier-than-normal hurricane season. As the drought worsened, Georgia politicians claimed the Corps’ stubborn agenda intensified the water shortage. last_img read more


first_imgHaulage contractor Mary McKinney, from Riverside, Cockhill Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment on 15 counts of delivering incorrect VAT returns.The sentence for 15 offences was suspended on condition she complete 240 hours of community service.In other cases Danny Doherty, a mechanic in Gulladuff, Moville was fined more than €400,000 in tax and penalties. Colm Harvey, a company director on the Clar Road, Donegal Town was ordered to pay €391,000, Edward Rodgers of Aughalatty, Carrigart paid back revenue of €196k and building contractor Columba Doherty, Dundrain, Burnfoot paid back €102.Company Director William McNutt Jnr from Downings paid back €40k  and Kenneth Carson of New Begginings at the Court Yard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny paid back €50k.In the period covered there were 20 cases taken against people in Donegal for failure to lodge income tax returns with fines totalling more than €30k issued.TAX DEFAULTERS LIST: BUNCRANA CONTRACTOR GIVEN SUSPENDED JAIL TERM FOR DODGY VAT RETURNS was last modified: March 9th, 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

Sacramento socks it to injured Suns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Andrei Kirilenko had Utah’s first triple-double since 1999 and the Jazz ended a two-game losing streak. Kirilenko finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists and four blocks. Mehmet Okur had 29 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Devin Brown scored 15. Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 27 and Jalen Rose scored 16 for Toronto. SACRAMENTO – Kevin Martin scored a career-high 25 points, rookie Francisco Garcia added career-bests of 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the injury-depleted Sacramento Kings handed the Phoenix Suns their biggest loss of the season on Tuesday night. Kenny Thomas had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Mike Bibby added 19 before sitting out the final 10 1/2 minutes of a shockingly one-sided contest. At Jazz 111, Raptors 98 center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgConvoy GAA News:LOTTO: CK CE DY WD, 2 people matched 3. J. McLaughlin Beltany Raphoe, B.McNulty Beechwood park Convoy. Jackpot next week €3400.Tickets are still available for National Club Draw contact Oliver  0879090376 ASAPUnderage Training starts back this Friday 6th Feb from 6-7 bring €2 and water bottleCan all coaches please be available thank you Anyone who has still to reg can do so on friU 6 -U -12 €5 U -13 to Minor €10 Adults €30All registration is now Due Gabrielle Gallagher is the registrar this year again there will be a Night for Adults to register keep an eye on page .Best wishes to All our players involved with County Development and County Squads keep up the good workGAA NEWS: CONVOY UNDERAGE TRAINING STARTS BACK THIS FRIDAY was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAASportlast_img read more