Half-time update: Queensland v NSW

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first_imgFifita’s bullocking charges and the promotion of the football from front row partner Aaron Woods regularly pulled the Maroons defence apart but the Queenslanders showed tremendous courage to repel wave after wave of attack, conceding a try inside the final minute of the half to trail 12-4.After Queensland had won the early arm-wrestle it was the Blues who tore a hole through the middle of the Maroons defence, an inside pass from Mitchell Pearce creating space for Andrew Fifita whose one-handed offload under the attempts at tackle from Matt Gillett and Dylan Napa gave James Maloney a one-on-one with Darius Boyd that ended with the Blues five-eighth scoring under the posts for a 6-0 lead after seven minutes.The Blues continued to hammer away at a Queensland defensive line that seemed to be wilting with each pulsating minute but as Origin has a tendency to do the momentum of the game swung dramatically five minutes from the break when a bombed Blues opportunity turned into a Queensland try at the other end.With the Maroons on the ropes and out on their feet a piece of Jarryd Hayne brilliance put the Blues in perfect position to score their second but a desperate Darius Boyd tackle stopped James Tedesco inches short of the line under the posts.Queensland’s two best players of the first half, wingers Dane Gagai and Corey Oates, then engineered their side’s first try of the game, Gagai’s bust putting the Maroons into the area of the field where a Cooper Cronk cross-field kick gave Oates the chance to leap high above Blake Ferguson and bring his side back to within two points.Given their dominance the Blues had to find a way to be further in front at the break and after returning from a HIA assessment it was Fifita again who inspired their second try with 33 seconds left in the half.An inside pass from Wade Graham to James Tedesco exposed Cameron Smith coming across slowly and when Gillett was unable to cover the Blues fullback drew his opposite number to put Pearce over underneath the sticks, Maloney’s conversion giving them an eight-point buffer.New South Wales 12 (James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce tries; Maloney 2 goals) lead Queensland 4 (Corey Oates try) at half-time at Suncorp Stadium.last_img read more

Businesswoman shot in face during foiled robbery

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first_imgBandits opened fire on a Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) businesswoman on Wednesday evening during a foiled robbery.Reports are that 56-year-old Gomattie Ramrattan was shot to the face by two masked gunmen. This newspaper was told that the gunmen attempted to force their way into the woman’s Seventh Street, Diamond, EBD home, but their efforts were thwarted after she managed to close a grill door leading to the premises.Shot businesswoman: Gomattie RamrattanGuyana Times was told that before falling unconscious at the hospital, Ramrattan disclosed to her sister that she was about to close her back door when the men jumped the fence. She related that she managed to close the grill door and one of the men shot her after realising that they could not enter the house.The mother of two, who owns a shop in the area, was rushed to Diamond Diagnostic Centre and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

Slaven Bilic confirms West Ham to sign Manuel Lanzini on a permanent basis

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first_img Manuel Lanzini in action for West Ham West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed the club will ‘100 per cent’ sign Manuel Lanzini on a permanent deal.The 23-year-old arrived on loan from Al Jazira last summer and has shone during his first season in English football.The attacking midfielder has scored five goals in 21 games and now Bilic has confirmed West Ham are going to take up the option to buy the Argentine outright for £7.4m.“With Manuel it is a clear situation from the start. He came on loan and we had an option and the contract is there,” said Bilic.“He is our player and he is happy here. We want him for a long, long time. It is a great signing for us.“The board and my staff decided long ago that we want to activate that option. That is done. The decision was made a long time ago.” 1last_img read more

MICRO-LENDING SCHEME MUST BE DELIVERED – DOHERTY

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first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to fulfil its pledge to introduce a new personal microcredit scheme to assist people who have no or limited access to loan finance.Pearse Doherty TDThe proposed scheme, which has yet to be formally introduced, was advocated in a report by the Social Finance Foundation and the Central Bank of Ireland, and envisages making loans of between €500 up to €2,000 available to anyone currently ineligible for mainstream banking or credit union loans, subject to repayment capability. The document also proposes that such a scheme be administered through the credit union movement.Deputy Doherty said there are thousands of families and households across this state that are unable to access credit for relatively small amounts which they need to meet sudden financial requirements and unexpected bills. “Scenarios such as the family car breaking down, home repair bills or back-to-school costs can often be a nightmare for families particularly if they have been refused a loan by an institution due to pre-existing debts, a poor credit rating or a perceived inability to repay.”“These families are left with little or no choice but to borrow money from moneylenders at extortionately high interest rates, with even licenced moneylenders charging borrowers as much as 260% interest per annum.”“The report also highlighted statistics which have been handed over to the Department of Social Protection showing that 54.4% of households are unable to afford what is classified as an ‘unexpected expense’, while also claiming that 17% of households are becoming indebted due to the imposition of ‘ordinary living expenses.’”“Sinn Féin believes that a microloan scheme is urgently required to cater for the thousands of people who so desperately rely on different types of moneylenders to meet their financial obligations and to cover the costs of essential expenditure.” “Such schemes exist and operate quite successfully in other jurisdictions and they have been designed to reduce dependency on unregulated moneylending and high interest lenders.”“My party colleague Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh raised this very issue with the Minister before the Dáil summer recess as it’s our belief that a suitable scheme which aims to give financial relief to the thousands who are trapped in this debt cycle must be a priority for any government which is serious about tackling this issue.”“While such a scheme would be of great benefit, it must also be fair to the borrower. This is why when the Dáil resumes next week, I intend to raise this matter with the Social Protection Minister where I will be asking her to give a definitive timeframe as to when she envisages a scheme will be introduced, and for her to clearly outline the specifics of any such scheme including the average term for loans as well as the monthly interest rates which will be applied to them.”MICRO-LENDING SCHEME MUST BE DELIVERED – DOHERTY was last modified: September 17th, 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:donegalGovernmentloansPearse Dohertylast_img read more

Wilson stunner earns Wales important Nations League win over Ireland

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first_img 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Latest Football News The result piles the pressure on Ireland boss Martin O’Neill amid boos on the final whistle at the Aviva Stadium.Until that point, an error-strewn game had lumbered along in mundane fashion but once they had their noses in front, Giggs’ youngsters rarely looked like surrendering their lead as the Republic’s lack of creativity was once again cruelly exposed.O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane will mark five years at the helm next month, when they will need Denmark to lose in Wales and to then record their first win in five competitive matches in Aarhus three days later if they are to avoid relegation from League B. Shorn of star men Bale, through injury, and Ramsey following the birth of his twins – the first time one of the two had not featured in a competitive game since the latter made his debut in 2008 – Giggs put his faith in 18-year-old midfielder Matthew Smith and striker Tyler Roberts, just a year older.He sent out his team to play just as they had done in thrashing Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff last month but where they had been slick and incisive on home turf, they lacked the precision to repeat their heroics in the first half at the Aviva Stadium – with the experienced Joe Allen a notable exception.The Republic’s approach, as ever, was more prosaic and while there was plenty of perspiration, the inspiration they have lacked for some time was once again in short supply.It was perhaps fitting that the game’s first chance came courtesy of a ninth-minute error when Smith served up possession to Cyrus Christie on the edge of the box, although the Fulham man was unable to profit as keeper Wayne Hennessey dived to his left to keep out a low curling effort. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? A stunning free-kick from Harry Wilson helped an under-strength Wales claim a vital Nations League win over the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.The Derby winger, on loan from Liverpool, left keeper Darren Randolph rooted to the spot as his 58th-minute strike secured the 1-0 victory on a night where Wales were missing star players Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.Liverpool fans react to Wilson’s brilliant free-kick v Republic of Ireland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 Harry Arter’s clumsy challenge on Connor Roberts 22 yards out handed Wilson the chance to test Randolph and the keeper took a fatal step behind his wall as Wilson curled a left-foot shot into the top corner.Ireland’s response was concerted, but largely without finesse, although Hennessey had to save from Hendrick when he drilled in a rising 66th-minute effort from Matt Doherty’s lay-off.However, the visitors almost doubled their advantage from a 73rd-minute counter-attack sparked by Tom Lawrence and David Brooks, while James Chester should have hit the target from point-blank range from the resulting corner. Substitute George Thomas was denied a second goal by Randolph in stoppage time.GROUP B4 TABLE RANKED ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice MONEY REVEALED huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Wilson is congratulated by team-mate David Brooks Ireland’s chances of avoiding relegation are looking bleak Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Giggs’ side are top of their group going into the final round of fixtures BEST OF Both sides were guilty of surrendering the ball at regular intervals to kill their own impetus, and it was not until the closing stages of the half that either threatened again.Tyler Roberts diverted a Connor Roberts cross straight to Randolph nine minutes before the break and Shane Duffy troubled Hennessey no further at the other end after meeting Jeff Hendrick’s corner.Callum Robinson, drafted in for the injured Callum O’Dowda, was the one man who looked capable of making the difference for the home side and he saw a goal-bound 41st-minute shot blocked by Smith’s lunge.If anything, the quality of football dropped as the second half got under way with both sides criminally careless in possession, but that all changed as Wales took the lead after Ireland shot themselves in the foot.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery already names three midfielders to replace Aaron Ramsey

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first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 As a result, he will officially leave the club in the summer for free – with Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly interested in acquiring his services.However, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery is wasting little time in seeking out potential replacements for the wantaway midfielder.According to The Sun, head of recruitment Sven Mislintant has helped Emery identify Nicolo Barella, Miguel Almiron and Hector Herrera as transfer targets.Cagliari midfielder Barella has already attracted attention from some of the Premier League’s top sides and has made it no secret he would be keen to play in England. RANKED targets Speaking in September,the 21-year-old said: “I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers.“The interest from big clubs is pleasing, and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.”Atlanta United midfielder Almiron is another star who has reportedly caught the eye.The 24-year-old scored 12 times and provided a further 13 assists this season in MLS and is wanted by West Ham United and Tottenham, if reports are to be believed. Most Popular Transfer Stories Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST REVEALED 2 Gossip Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal in the summer IN DEMAND The final reported target is Herrera – the current captain of Porto.At 28, he represents the safer option of the trio. After five years in the Primeira Liga, the defensive midfielder is winding down his contract and is seeking pastures new.The Mexican could be brought in as a cost-saving measure, to compensate losing Ramsey for nothing as well. blunder Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly identified three midfielders he wants to replace contract rebel Aaron Ramsey.The north London side confirmed on Thursday the 27-year-old, who has been at the club since 2008, would not be renewing his current deal at the Emirates stadium. Barrella is already a full Italy international Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN LEADS OUT KATIE TO HER AMAZING GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY

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first_imgA Donegal woman has led out Katie Taylor to receive her historic gold medal this afternoon.Fiona Hogg , from The Glebe, Letterkenny, simply applied for the honour 18 months ago.And amazingly she was one of 1,000 people picked out from a lottery of up to 250,000 people for the amazing task. Fiona’s unique honour was mentioned by RTE presenter Darragh Maloney as Katie came out to a huge roar from the ecstatic Irish crowd.Fiona, an Occupational Therapist, is the daughter of Mary and Carl Hogg.Meanwhile thousands of of people across Donegal have gone wild after Katie’s historic win.Some pubs have even offered free pints to celebrate the Bray woman’s gold medal. Katie beat Russia’s Sofya Ochigava 10-8 to win Olympic gold for Ireland.The 26-year-old from Bray, Co Wicklow, came from behind to win the female boxing lightweight final at the ExCeL Arena in London.The fight was tied at 2-2 after the first round, and Taylor trailed 4-3 after the second.However, she went on to win the third round 4-2 to lead 7-5, and held on for the win.It is the first Olympic Games in which women competed inside the boxing ring and her fight attracted intense national and international attention. Taylor kissed her Olympic gold when it was presented to her in front of a capacity crowd.Speaking of her victory, she said she had dreamt of this moment so many times before. ”I just can’t believe it. I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers over the last week. I’d like to thank Jesus.”DONEGAL WOMAN LEADS OUT KATIE TO HER AMAZING GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY was last modified: August 10th, 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:Fiona Hogggold medalKatie Taylorlast_img read more

Picture Special: Santa’s sleigh touches down in Maghery

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first_imgThere was a great sense of magic and excitement in the air this evening as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited Maghery.Santa made the trip all the way from the North Pole today to meet all of the boys and girls at Ionad An Mhachaire, and switched on the Christmas lights with a flick of his magic wand.Santa and Mrs. Claus first met with children with sensory issues who require a calmer environment before the grotto opened up to all of the children. With twinkling fairy lights, Christmas tunes, and crisp weather, it’s certainly beginning to feel like the most wonderful time of the year in West Donegal.Photography by Elaine McCallig.Picture Special: Santa’s sleigh touches down in Maghery was last modified: December 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CHristmaspicture specialSANTAlast_img read more

‘Magnificent Fridays’ for Boks, Proteas

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first_img25 January 2011The government has launched a “Magnificent Friday” campaign to encourage South Africans to get behind the country’s national sporting teams, three of which are gearing up for World Cups taking place this year.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, along with the national rugby, cricket and netball associations, launched the campaign in Pretoria on Friday.Mbalula called on all citizens to wear their favourite team’s jersey, as well as participate in the numerous activities in the pipeline, every Friday leading up to the respective World Cup tournaments.The 2011 Cricket World Cup, taking place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, starts next month, while the Netball World Championship takes place in Singapore in July, and the Rugby World Cup kicks off in New Zealand in September.“Every Friday is going to be a rocking Friday,” Mbalula said at Friday’s launch, which was broadcast live on SABC2’s Morning Live programme. “Every Friday will be magnificent. Through this campaign, we are building a movement of excellence and success.“The response this morning from South Africans was fantastic,” Mbalula added. “We want to make things happen in the area of sports in this country, we want people to understand that we are alive, vibrant and we rock!”Next Friday, the Magnificent Friday campaign will be taken to Park Station in Johannesburg.“Through this campaign, we want our people to rally behind our national teams, but we are also deepening nation building, and we want our people to demonstrate passion for their various sporting codes.”Mbalula said Magnificent Friday would kick off in his department with staff members wearing the three national team’s jerseys. “Throughout the campaign, we will be leading from the front, along with the Department of Arts and Culture.”The minister added that he expected players to reciprocate by demonstrating their fighting spirit on the field and by “making the nation proud”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Diabetes and Green Building

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first_imgI barely know who Paula Deen is, although from what I can tell, she seems to be quite the marketer of traditional southern cooking as well as herself. (I may be a little jealous of her self-promotion skills). Her latest big news is that after years of eating and promoting heavy, butter-laden food, she has gone public with her Type-2 diabetes, a condition she has had for three years.She only went public with her illness after she signed an endorsement deal with Novo Nordisk, a diabetes drug. This seems to me to be about the most self-serving act possible. She spends years making millions marketing unhealthy food to her fans, then figures out how to make more money by helping sell them the medication they need to not get sick or die from what she sold them before.Anthony Bourdain, a food curmudgeon if there ever was one, tweetedon the subject: “Thinking of getting into the leg breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”From food to buildingsIn this particular analogy, it seems to me that Deen’s behavior is not unrelated to the eco-bling I recently addressed in this blog. Her excessive use of butter and sugar contributed to her diabetes, and her use of medicine to correct the situation is not that much different from big inefficient homes with ground-source heat pumps and photovoltaic systems that are called green.It’s all in the behavior – with food, it’s eating healthier and less. In the case of homes, it using less energy and living in smaller homes.Can I get a sponsor?Now my own diet could improve — I take statins for high cholesterol — but I eat better than most people and only want to go so far in changing my diet.Similarly, in the past I have been guilty of promoting and building oversized green homes, and I currently consult and certify them because I need to make a living. But I don’t, and probably wouldn’t, start hawking solar panels or ground-source heat pumps (unless of course they decide to start paying me gobs of money – are you listening, manufacturers?)But Deen already has gobs of money and she is negatively affecting the health of millions of Americans who are influenced by her shows and stores. If I only had that much affect on people, I suppose I would be as rich as she is.last_img read more