The Storm won’t risk the 33-year-old in February’s Auckland Nines, with a shoulder injury limiting the former Australian and Queensland star to eight games in two years.But assistant coach Jason Ryles said Slater will return to the field for the first time since round one of 2016 in the pre-season, seemingly removing any doubt over his readiness for the opening round of the NRL season.”(He’ll) definitely be playing in our 13 v 13 trials,” Ryles told Sky Sports Radio on Friday.”It’s not worth the risk sending a player of his quality to the Nines, I don’t think.”Slater has been on the comeback trail since re-aggravating the shoulder issue in March last year, shutting down his entire campaign.He managed seven games in 2015.The 278-game veteran said in December his shoulder was not back to full strength and cast doubt on his prospects of returning to rugby league.But Ryles said he was progressing well, having returned to full contact at training this month.”He’s training really well. He’s started his contact so he’s in pretty good shape at the moment. He’s increasing his contact every week,” he said.”He’s been back in full training for quite a while now. Hopefully he translates that into a good NRL season.”Ryles said Slater’s return would allow Cameron Munster to shift into a ball-running role, with the stand-in fullback training at five-eighth in the off-season.”There’s certainly a huge bonus having Bill back and also having Cameron Munster as a bit more of a runner,” he said.
The 45-year-old played two Tests for Samoa and then, following a three-year stand-down, seven for the All Blacks, including against South Africa at the 1999 World Cup.A statement released by Mika’s family on Tuesday says he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, NZME reports.”Dylan was a very much-loved husband and father to Tracy and their daughter, Marley, and dearly loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.”He was a hugely talented athlete, well-respected in the Samoan community and abroad, but just as importantly to his friends and family a warm, wonderful and caring man.”Gone far too soon at the age of just 45.”
THERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.
Chelsea revealed that firing Jose Mourinho the second time cost about £8 million, adding that £67 million p was paid for the early termination of the Premier League team’sAdidas sponsorship.Mourinho, who now manages Manchester United, was dismissed by Chelsea during his third season back in charge in December 2015.termination paymentChelsea’s newly published accounts reveal “termination payments and compensation” of £8.3 million (then US$13 million).Mourinho previously managed Chelsea between 2004-07. Chelsea later said that itpaid £23.1 million to dismiss Mourinho and successor Avram Grant.Most of Chelsea’s “exceptional costs” last year covered the £67 million (then US $97 million) payment to adidas to allow the club to sign a new sponsorship with Nike worth more than US$1 billion.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scored 24 points, Kevin Love had 19 and Jae Crowder added 15 for the Cavs, who were coming off losses at Golden State, Sacramento and Utah.Damian Lillard scored 25 for the Blazers after missing five games with a hamstring injury. Jusuf Nurkic added 23 and CJ McCollum had 19 for Portland.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 folkThe Cavs were unable to separate from the Blazers until Thomas and Dwyane Wade teamed up in the fourth quarter.Thomas, who finished 6 of 12 from the field, knocked down a jumper and then fired a pass toward the baseline to a cutting Wade, who made a reverse layup. On Cleveland’s next possession, Thomas spotted up in the corner in front of Cleveland’s bench and buried a 3-pointer to give the Cavs a 100-91 lead. A few moments later, James was sent in for Thomas, who first got a hug from his teammate and another from coach Tyronn Lue as the crowd roared.Thomas hadn’t played since May 19 because of a torn labrum in his hip that ended his 2017 postseason with Boston and threatened to derail his career. But the 5-foot-9 playmaker, who inspired the Celtics and an entire city last year, patiently stuck with his rehab.With 4:33 left in the first quarter, Thomas, wearing his familiar headband and No. 3, checked in to a loud ovation as Cleveland fans finally got to see a player they believe can help the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions win another title.Thomas picked up a quick assist with a pass to Crowder, who came with him from Boston in the summer trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics and shook the NBA. Thomas drained his next shot, a pull-up jumper from 14 feet, and then made one of his signature moves.Driving the lane past Portland’s Shabazz Napier, Thomas dropped in a left-handed scoop shot while being fouled and crashing to the floor beyond the baseline. He got up and shook off the contact, clearing another important hurdle in his journey back.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lue plans to keep close tabs on Thomas’ minutes over the next few weeks while he builds up stamina and confidence. Initially, Thomas won’t play in any back-to-back games, which means he’ll sit out Wednesday’s homecoming in Boston.Thomas forever endeared himself to Celtics fans last year when he carried Boston in the postseason following his sister’s death in a car crash.TIP-INSBlazers: Were outscored 36-23 in the fourth. … Portland went 3-2 without Lillard, who was injured on Dec. 20 against San Antonio. … Nurkic, a 7-footer, went down hard when he appeared to be hit by James on a drive in the second quarter. However, replays showed that James barely grazed the big man. … Evan Turner had 15 points and eight rebounds.Cavaliers: Thomas has expressed deep disappointment that the Celtics dealt him. But he has no issues with Boston fans and expects a warm greeting for his return. “I know it will be all love,” he said. “I keep saying that I gave that city everything I had and they showed me genuine love back and I think that love is going to last forever. So, there are no hard feelings. 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AFPCLEVELAND, United States — Isaiah Thomas showed flashes of what made him an All-Star in his long-awaited Cleveland debut as the Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.Thomas scored 17 points and played 19 minutes in his first game in seven months, an impressive return to action for the dynamic point guard. Thomas added three 3-pointers and three assists before leaving with 8:10 left and the Cavs up by 12.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County on February 25 sentenced a man believed to be in his mid-40s to death by hanging for killing four persons.According to the court record, the convict, Arthur Duahn, in October last year intentionally set ablaze a house in the Nimba County border town of Loguatuo, leading to the death of his four step children that were asleep.Arthur Duahn fled to the Ivory Coast where he was captured and turned over by that government to Liberian authorities. He was taken to Monrovia for fear of reprisals, but brought back to Nimba and charged with “arson and murder.”The trial commenced with a trial jury on the 16th February with the state being represented by Cllr. Hector W. Quaiguah and Atty. G. T. Harr while the defendant was represented by Attys. Menwasah Paybayee and Robertson Mehn.The court document disclosed that defendant Duahn took the stand and pleaded guilty to the crimes and begged for mercy.The trial jury came down with a guilty verdict against the defendant after deliberation and the final judgment was rendered on the February 25.“From every indication, evidence by the admission made by the defendant in open court, this court is of the opinion that the verdict of the trial jury was confirmative with the facts of the case,” the court said.This is the second time in recent memory that the court in Sanniquellie has sentenced a criminal to death by hanging, but the terminal sentence is yet to be executed by the government.“If those who are involved in heinous crimes were to be executed as they were during the regime of Tolbert, the issue of lawless behavior will be minimal,” said one of the victim’s family member. “We lost our four children in vain and nothing is going to happen to this fellow, who knows that he could be set free at anytime,” she said.The reason for torching the house, according to Duahn, was because his wife Rebecca Duahn was not showing him respect a few months after they got married, but the woman disputed, saying Arthur was instead always complaining about his children, after he and Rebecca got married and he would use all kinds of threatening remarks.Arthur, who confessed that he didn’t mean to set the children ablaze, said he thought his wife was in the room and so he decided to set the entire building on fire to appear like suicide, but unfortunately, the lady was not in the room.“I managed to rescue the children, but when my wife was pointing accusing fingers at me that was how I fled to Ivory Coast,” he said.One of the victims died after the rescue and the remaining three died at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.The victims included Mercy Luo, 22, Linda Luo 18, Timothy Newah 10 and Nela Newah 1.Two of the children, Mercy and Linda, were said to be his step-children while Timothy and Nela were living with the family.There are 38 criminal cases on the docket this February term of court in Nimba, among them six rape and five murder cases.The murder cases include the killing of a market woman in a town called Greanpea in Tappita District in 2008. This led to the burning down of the local police station where the perpetrators were held in detention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The executive director of the World Bank Africa Group One, Mr. Louis Rene Peter Larose, says he is taking the message, after his visit to Liberia, to inform the international community that the country is ready for full energy capacity.Speaking to journalists after visiting the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s Bushrod Island office and a tour of the Mount Coffee Hydro in White Plains yesterday, he said Liberia deserves full support to generate electricity supply to build the country’s economy.“Energy is the lifeblood of every economy and with what I have observed so far, I’m convinced that Liberia should be helped by the international community to regain its pre-war status of 200 megawats,” he said.Mr. Larose, who is responsible for 21 African countries, including Liberia, admitted that Africa suffers from energy deficit, which contributes to the economic downturn, and as a result increases poverty in the country.Accompanied by Mr. Henry G. R. Kerali, Country Director for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Mr. Larose said, “I’m taking the message to appeal to the international community to provide the support Liberia needs to regain its pre-war energy capacity to get the country running again.“One of the reasons I am in Liberia is to find out Liberia’s energy challenges and what can the World Bank do to provide support for the economy to reduce poverty.” He said when Liberia enjoys full energy capacity it will reduce poverty and encourage economic prosperity.Among the 21 countries that Mr. Larose is responsible for, others include Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Namibia, Rwanda, Malawi and Somalia.Country Director Kerali said he is impressed with development in the energy sector, after the tour and a power-point presentation by a member of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at Mount Coffee Hydro station. He hoped that by the end of next year Liberians would enjoy full energy capacity.LEC officials informed the Daily Observer that it presently operates below 28 megawatts but that by next month, September, an additional 10 megawatts will be in operation through the Japanese Government.“And by mid-December this year, there will be additional 22 megawatts to make it a total of 60 megawatts to boost the country’s energy capacity,” an LEC official said.He said the LEC is aiming at a total of 88 megawatts, an increase of 24 megawatts over pre-war status. The World Bank Group is funding 18 communities to benefit more than 8,000 consumers and additional 5,000 at the LEC sub-station in Kakata, Margibi County, to include areas in Weala.It is also funding 10 megawatts and the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Light Fuel Oil (LFO) storage facilities at the LEC Bushrod Island station.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
However, Chelsea failed to build on their 2-0 lead and endured a nervous finale after Solly March pulled one back with his first goal of the campaign.Victory saw Chelsea open up a three-point lead over Arsenal in fourth and close back to within seven points of leaders Manchester City.Much of the pre-match speculation centred on the travelling Chelsea supporters and whether there would be any repeat of either the accusations of racist remarks aimed at Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling last weekend or the anti-Semitic chanting heard during their Europa League tie against Vidi in Budapest in midweek.Fortunately there appeared to be no further incidents as the visiting fans enjoyed an excellent start from Maurizio Sarri’s side.Brighton had only previously been beaten at home by Tottenham Hotspur this season.An early foul on Hazard sent the message that the Seagulls would not show Chelsea as much respect as they had last season, when they stood back and admired Hazard and company in a 4-0 defeat.It resulted in a free kick that David Luiz thumped through the defensive wall but straight at Australia goalkeeper Maty Ryan.But Hazard was clearly not in the mood to be intimidated by a kick or two, and he answered in the most effective way possible in the 17th minute.He tried a shot from 20 yards that was blocked but he was instantly onto the rebound, sped into the penalty area, past Brighton right back Martin Montoya and played the ball across goal for Pedro to steer the ball into the empty net.Brighton’s confidence was visibly dented and they almost disappeared completely as an attacking force, barring a long-range effort from March that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa trapped with a diving stop.Chelsea could afford to sit back and pick off their passes, as they did when doubling their lead in the 33rd minute.Brighton’s Nigeria defender Leon Balogun underhit a forward pass that Willian picked off with ease before sending the ball through the Brighton defence and into Hazard’s stride. The Belgian collected and slipped it between Ryan and his near post.A third goal would not have flattered Chelsea’s dominance and only the post denied Marcos Alonso just after the hour mark.But three minutes later, Brighton were, improbably, back in the match.The previously anonymous Pascal Gross crossed from the right, Brazilian left back Bernardo nodded the ball back across goal, and March hooked it past Kepa from six yards.Brighton were revitalised and Alonso was lucky not to be sent off for pulling back March as he broke clear on goal.And Chelsea also breathed a sigh of relief when England defender Lewis Dunk headed wide late on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Good day’s work: Eden Hazard scored and set up Pedro Rodriguez’s opener in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBRIGHTON, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Chelsea put a week of negative headlines for the behaviour of their fans behind them on the field thanks to an inspired Eden Hazard in a 2-1 victory at Brighton on Sunday.The Belgian provided his ninth assist of the season for Pedro Rodriguez to open the scoring and then chalked up his ninth goal of the campaign, but first in 13 games for club and country.
A Charity Tractor Run tomorrow (Sunday)is leaving Glenside Business Park ( Harrold’s Yard) Ballybofey, at 1pmRegistration from 11.30 on the day. Tractor and Driver €15, inc food voucher,Spectators €5.00, under 12’s free. Route going to Cloghan, The Reelin, and back. ( 25KM route)Tug of War will be based on weight, categorised per Ton ( Crawler gears, Low revs) event. ( €20 euro to Charities above)Looking for Donegal’s Strongest Tractor on the Day,Dyno, testing also on the day Sponsored by: Mc Ginty Tractor’s Ltd Price ( €35 euro to Charities above Normally €80 + Vat) Looking for Donegal’s Highest Horse Power Tractor on the Day,Refreshments on the Day, ( Donations to Charities Above) CHARITY TRACTOR RUN FOR BALLYBOFEY ON SUNDAY was last modified: April 3rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitytractor run
Donegal man Shaun Stewart is the toast of the county today after a huge win and new course record for Ireland’s Coast to Coast Adventure Race which he won this morning at 5am after almost 17 hours of non-stop racing.Creeslough man Shaun came first in one of the toughest multi-stop endurance races in Ireland and Europe which took place this weekend with competitors lining out to begin the 312.5km endurance race from Ireland’s west coast to east coast.Setting off from Enniscrone, Co Sligo at 12noon yesterday competitors made their way across Ireland in daylight and darkness to the finish line in Newcastle, Co. Down in the early hours of this morning. This non-stop race began with a 5km run, 107km road cycle, 26.5km Kayak, an additional 122km road cycle and ended with almost a full marathon run of 35km through the night across the Mourne mountains.Stewart finished the race in 16 hours & 45mins, setting a new course record.INCREDIBLE DONEGAL ATHLETE WINS 312KM ENDURANCE RACE IN NEW RECORD TIME was last modified: May 16th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coast to coast adventureenduranceraceshaun stewart