Australia v Scotland preview

first_imgThere is no question the Bravehearts will start heavy underdogs in this one, despite being boosted by a few NRL stars and the likelihood Australia coach Mal Meninga will tinker with his line-up to get some of the back-up players some game time ahead of the business end of the tournament.The green and golds had a successful warm-up outing in Perth a fortnight ago, comfortably accounting for New Zealand 26-6, while Scotland also blew the cobwebs out with a runaway 48-16 win over a Cumbria Select XIII at Craven Park in Barrow last Friday.In a short tournament with no semi-finals (the two best-placed teams after the round robin matches contest the November 20 final) each result is important so Meninga needs to balance the need to get his reserves some game time with ensuring the Kangaroos don’t drop a game they’d have looked at as a certain win.The outcome of that is that every player who didn’t feature in Perth gets a run with five debutants named. Matt Moylan at fullback, Justin O’Neill at centre, James Maloney at five-eighth, Jake Trbojevic at lock and Jake Friend on the bench. Winger Josh Mansour and prop Aaron Woods return to the line-up after missing out in Perth due to their respective weddings.Fullback Darius Boyd, centre Greg Inglis, prop Matt Scott, five-eighth Johnathan Thurston and back-rowers Matt Gillett and Boyd Cordner are all rested while impressive Perth debutant Valentine Holmes also sits out. Sam Thaiday, Tyson Frizell and David Klemmer all move into the starting side.Scotland coach Steve McCormack has plenty of NRL experience to call on in Cowboys pair, fullback Lachlan Coote and centre Kane Linnett, plus ex-Titans prop Luke Douglas and Dragons centre Euan Aitken. Five-eighth and 2013 Man of Steel Danny Brough plus fullback Matty Russell are two of the senior men who will need to guide Scotland around although Russell could shift to the wing to accommodate Coote who would otherwise slot into five-eighth next to Brough. Super League premiership-winner, Wigan’s Lewis Tierney, is set to make his Test debut on the wing after scoring a try in his first Scotland outing last Friday.Watch out Kangaroos: There’s no sugar-coating it: Scotland will need a lot to go right to threaten the green and golds. Given Meninga’s drastically different line-up compared to a fortnight ago, Scotland will hope some tentativeness in the new structures could give them an opening. Their best hope will be to stay with the Kangaroos early and find a way to get in front by around the 60-minute mark then try and hold on. Coote at either fullback or five-eighth and Brough in the halves will need to find a way to create some points against the Aussies if the forwards can go close to parity in the middle.Watch out Bravehearts: Scotland face serious threats across the park. Despite the new-look playmaking roster the Braveheats will still have to deal with a seriously power-packed forward unit. Wests Tigers big man Aaron Woods plays his first game of the post-season after missing the Perth warm-up while Manly star Jake Trbojevic had a brilliant year. Tyson Frizell and Shannon Boyd made bright starts to their Test careers and Bulldogs tyro David Klemmer didn’t miss a beat and will now get the chance to unleash from the opening whistle. Key match-up: Matt Moylan v Lachlan Coote/Matty Russell. The two fullbacks on show will each play a key role; with the Kangaroos’ completely overhauled line-up, how Moylan helps Maloney and Cronk gel (and Jake Friend when he is presumably injected to give skipper Cam Smith a rest) will be crucial not just to how this match plays out but how Meninga plans the rest of his tournament. On the other hand if Scotland are to spring the mother of all upsets they’ll need Coote (or Russell) to do a stellar job in helping the likes of Brough create and seal a whatever opportunities they can.The history: Australia and Scotland have yet to meet in an international game. What are the odds: No one is willing to go near Australia at the prohibitive odds of $1.01, however at the line, 80 per cent of the money is with the Kangaroos according to Sportsbet. As comical as it sounds, four very brave punters have backed Scotland 13+ at odds of $101 which will no doubt buy a lot of haggis should those bets get up. Latest odds at officials: Referee: Ben Thaler. Sideline officials: M Craven and J Smith. Video referee: Bernard Sutton.Televised: Channel Nine – live coverage from 5.30am (AEDT). The way we see it: It will take a monumental upset for the Kangaroos to go down here. We’ll tip Meninga’s men to get the job done by at least three tries and if they click, a bigger score could be in order.last_img read more

Adieu Flight MH 370 CRASHED

first_imgFlight MH 370 with 239 persons on boardMarch after seven days it took off fineFamily members friends lovers and parentsTickets in hand to get a chore done as usualLittle did they know it would be a final dateIn prayer modes the world watched for wordMan made filled even on the most recentWithout a clue the whole world just confusedSudden ShockAdieu Flight MH 370CRASHEDThe prayers bellowed high to appease GodIn grief wailing love ones and spouses shriekWildly as ere text messages are posted themSo heartless the act adds insult to much injuryThose expecting a miracle stunned at the newsGone down over weeks lost probably foreverMaybe flying for hours before the sea diveHolding on the last minute contacts they hadTerrible LossAdieu Flight MH 370CRASHEDGoodbye dear friends as you rest beyond usThis may have come so late but now we can cryWith sweet memories of all the good your didHere now we learn a cue to be our best dailyThey were not told to say any goodbye evenLike the doomed final takeoff no one expectedTechnology so safe and brand new failed allLike a kite on the string we have no solid holdDeep SadnessAdieu Flight MH 370Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Central Bank still in the dark over acquisition plans – Finance Minister

first_imgScotiabank’s saleClose to three months after it was announced that Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) had plans to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in Guyana, that process is yet to commence.RFHL plans to acquire the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) operations here and in eight other Caribbean countriesAs such, the Bank of Guyana (BoG) has also been left in the dark as it relates to the RFHL’s plans in this regard, as it is still to submit certain documents to start the acquisition process.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who told the media at the sidelines of an event on Monday that the status quo ante remained at the moment.“They (RFHL) are still to submit the relevant information to the BoG. The last time I spoke with the Governor (Gobind Ganga,) he said that process is still ongoing,” Jordan explained.Asked whether there was a deadline for these submissions, the Finance Minister said a deadline could not be given, because Government was not the buyer, and they could also change their mind.“Once they submit the relevant information that is being requested, the Bank will do what it is required to do under the (Bank of Guyana) Act. I think they’ll probably make a recommendation to Government,” he said.In early December 2018, the Trinidad-based RFHL said it had entered into an agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in nine Caribbean countries.It said banks being acquired were located in Guyana, St Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Following the announcement, the Antigua and Barbuda Government said it was “deeply disappointed” that Scotiabank would decide to sell its operations “without any form of consultation” with the regulators or the Finance Minister of that island nation.The Guyana Government, on the other hand, had said the agreement “raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Finance Ministry, the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider”.ConcernsThe Ministry in a statement said that “this move is not Guyana-specific and is part of a region-wide refocusing by Scotiabank” and it has also taken note of the statement by RFHL that the agreement was “subject to all regulatory approvals”.It posited that the Financial Institutions Act (FIA) has clear stipulations regarding “acquisition of control” and requires approval of the BoG following the submission of an application and due diligence being conducted.“Further, the FIA addresses as well the issue of ‘fundamental changes’ as it relates to mergers and transfer of assets or liabilities,” the Finance Ministry said.The Ministry stated that among the issues raised by the planned acquisition was the fact Republic Bank currently held 35.4 per cent of the banking system’s assets and 36.8 per cent of deposits, which the acquisition would increase to 51 per cent of both assets and deposits. “This raises concerns about an over-concentration of banking services, market domination, and the ‘too big to fail’ risks,” the Ministry said.It added that it would also have to take into consideration “the effect on competition and the potential for Republic Bank to have too much influence on pricing of banking products and rates”.Former Presidential Advisor, economist Ramon Gaskin said he believed that the sale to Republic Bank would only allow that banking institution to dominate the local banking sector in Guyana, which could be unhealthy for the financial sector.While on the other hand, Washington DC-based financial analyst Sasenarine Singh said there was a possibility that if Republic Bank did acquire Scotiabank, it would indeed have negative implications for the local financial sector.Singh agreed that the bigger risk in this issue were allowing one bank to have too great a market share of the banking sector.last_img read more

Teco Taxi defends proposed rate-increase

first_imgBut, Aylward says the cab service has still been losing money, and cabbies in the area aren’t making appropriate wages.He claims some drivers are making minimum wage, while others make $18-$20 an hour. He says it all depends on the efficiency of each driver.[asset|aid=2071|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d8ae7ad83a146af1b42c47b1b27eb67f-Leonard 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says the company needs to bring in $65,000, for operational costs and wages, before any profit is made.Aylward says the Passenger Transportation Board doesn’t factor in a City Council’s position when considering an application, so the fare hike could still be a possibility.Advertisement The President of Teco Taxi says he’s not pleased that City Council isn’t backing a proposed rate increase.Leonard Aylward discussed the proposal on this week’s Issues and Answers.Two weeks ago, City Council received a letter from Teco Taxi, stating it’s applying to the Passenger Transportation Board for a 33% rate increase.- Advertisement -Aylward says he would like to know why City Council voted unanimously to not support the application.[asset|aid=2069|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d8ae7ad83a146af1b42c47b1b27eb67f-Leonard 2_1_Pub.mp3]At the council meeting on Tuesday October 13th, Mayor Bruce Lantz said he couldn’t support the fee increase, especially because the majority of people who use this service are seniors and lower income families.Advertisement [asset|aid=2070|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d8ae7ad83a146af1b42c47b1b27eb67f-Lantz – cabbie 1_1_Pub.mp3]Aylward says the 23 cabs currently operating in the city sustain the community’s needs during normal hours.He agrees there is a high demand for the service when the local bars close. But he says it’s not realistic to hire more help during that 15 minute-rush.The cab company was granted a 27% fee increase last year.Advertisementcenter_img Currently the flag rate for the company sits at $4.05 and the distance rate is $2.32 per kilometre. For the original story, Click Here.last_img read more

Best gamer in Madden Nation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The season finale aired Oct. 30, and Wright got his winnings in the mail Thursday. “I cashed in on Friday,” said Wright, a Los Altos High graduate. “Now it’s just sitting the the bank.” For the past four years, Wright has been competing in Madden NFL – Electronic Arts’ top selling video game – tournaments across the nation. He’s won more than 15 competitions and raked in about $140,000. But the most recent trip, which ended in New York, was his favorite – and most profitable – victory yet. “It was the (most fun) experience I’ve ever had,” said Wright at his house on Monday as an episode of Madden Nation played in the background. Anne Powell, senior producer for ESPN, said at least 7,000 people applied for the show. The two-week bus tour started in Dallas and stopped in six other cities before arriving in New York City, where they filmed the finale. At each stop, the competitors went to NFL stadiums and meet with the professional players. Wright represented Chicago Bears return specialist and wide receiver Devin Hester, and even played a game of Madden with him. Guess what? Wright won. “Our fans love to see that,” Powell said. “Because the professionals basically get their butts kicked.” Unlike some of the other Madden competitors, Wright is humble, said Wright’s longtime friend, Danny Ahedo. “He’s not a disrespectful person,” Ahedo said. “He doesn’t talk crap about other people.” The show has been consistently growing throughout the past three years. “From an ESPN point of view, our demographic loves playing video games,” Powell said. “This is not just a video game, but it’s football.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: How to win at Madden NFL ’08 WEST COVINA – When Eric Velarde Wright says he’s the best in the nation when it comes to the video game Madden, you can take it to the bank. He did. West Covina resident Wright, 19, aka “Problem,” starred in Madden Nation, an ESPN reality TV show, with 12 other Madden NFL 2008 professional players. When the tournament was over, Wright had won $100,000 – and bragging rights as the best Madden player in the country. last_img read more


first_imgA  large crowd is expected in Letterkenny tomorrow (SAT) for a vigil for Savita Halappanavar.The 31 year old Indian woman died at University College Hospital in Galway last month, after contracting septicaemia during a miscarriage.There has been international outrage in the wake of the 31 year old tragic death. It is believed that Ms Halappanavar was repeatedly refused a medical termination.Savita’s husband has called on the women of Ireland to protest about what happened to his wife.The vigil at Letterkenny’s Market Square will take place at 3pm.Meanwhile Thomas Pringle TD has today called for the immediate publication of the expert group report on abortion following the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. The report, which Minister Reilly received this week, was established to examine the issues regarding the European Court of Justice’s judgement on A, B and C v Ireland and has made recommendations based on the judgment that the State failed to implement existing rights to lawful abortion where a mother’s life is at risk.“Sadly, we now know what the consequences for failing to implement existing rights are and I am calling on the Minister to publish this report immediately and end this risk right now. There has already been a 20 year delay, let’s not leave this issue on the shelf any longer.“It is not good enough that the Minister has given it a ‘quick glance’ and will then bring it to Cabinet after he gets a chance to look at it properly.“A life has been lost because of this legal uncertainty and there needs to be action now so that this tragedy is never repeated.”LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT VIGIL TO REMEMBER TRAGIC INDIAN WOMAN was last modified: November 17th, 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:letterkennyvigillast_img read more


first_imgDEAN RACES HOME IN FIRSTBY PATSY McGONAGLE: Nothing better than coming home in front when the race is in your home town . Thats the neat story from club member local man student at Lyit Dean Toland as he raced to victory in St Johnston in the opening event in the Lifford 5k Series.The local athlete who in fact had won the corrresponding event in 2012 came home in 16.23 with Foyle Valley’s Adrian Mc Gowan second in 16.51. Dean has to build on this victory.There is another in the series in Raphoe this Sunday again the organisers welcome pre entry as we in Finn Valley do for our Series that kicks off Feb 17th. It’s an education process getting the many thousands of people out there walking/running to pre enter when that opportunity is available. In this case please hit re Feb 17th where its an 11 am startOisin Gallen will have gained immensely from his exposure to international competition in Celtic x country u 17 ,Cardiff at the weekend finishing in the thirties.Sarah Collins has returned to US this week and will run a few indoor races with her main emphasis Q for European juniors in the Summer.This Saturday its War Memorial x country in Lurgan with Indoor AAI Games in new indoor facility Athlone I T Sunday. A reminder that the floodlit meeting at Finn Valley kicks off Wed Jan 30th registration from 6pm an opportunity to engage in competition pre indoor champ season comes round . All North West clubs have beeen notified. ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS was last modified: January 21st, 2013 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:ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgWhen I first meet a potential client I go through a consultation process. During this I always ask them their goals. Quite often the client will have a number of goals that they want to achieve. These can range from being healthier, losing a few pounds, having more energy or getting in shape for a holiday or wedding.I will always ask them to pick the one that is their overall goal and that they want the most.99% of the time the goal will always be weight loss and muscle ‘tone’. This allows me to plan out a strategy that can best help them reach their goals in the time frame that they are thinking of.When a person decides to set out a goal for themselves, and the goal is weight loss, they will usually take the path of least resistance.Quite often that path will be running.They choose it because it’s free, anyone can do it and you don’t need any equipment. To me, running is not an entry level activity for someone who is currently sedentary or overweight.With each foot strike you are putting 2-3 times your bodyweight through your hips, knees and ankles.So if we take someone who is 18 stone, with every foot fall they are putting between 36 and 54 stone of pressure through their joints.Alwyn Cosgrove gives a great analogy.‘’Imagine that you’re just starting a fitness program, and you ask a trainer for advice. ‘’Here’s what I want you to do on the first day’’, he says. ‘’Hop 750 times with your right leg. Then hop 750 times with your left leg’’ Would you do it?Of course you wouldn’t! Who in their right mind would class this as exercise?So you refuse to do it. ‘’Okay the trainer says, do 750 hops, but alternate legs and move forward while doing it.”You try it and realise that it feels a lot like running and that’s because it is running. Why 750 times? It’s because that is what it usually takes to run one mile… 750 foot strikes per leg, 1500 in total.That is an enormous amount of pressure to be putting on someone who has never exercised before and whose joints may already be in a stressed state due to being overweight.Now, let me make this clear. I have nothing against running. I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the physical capacity to do long distance running, but we have to go back to our goals.Is your goal to be a runner?If it is then the answer is easy, you have to run.Is your goal to burn fat and ‘tone’ muscle?Then running is not the most optimal way to do this.Yes you can lose weight through running, but if you are a certain body shape you will just end up a smaller version of the shape you are now.If you want to change the shape of your body you have to do some sort of resistance training.This doesn’t mean you have to start off by going onto the dreaded ‘black matted area’ of the gym, where all the angry looking guys hang out. (We’re not actually angry; some of us just need a hug!)Use a few basic bits of equipment such as a step, a simple set of dumbbells and a set of resistance bands.Add in some bodyweight exercises such as squats, push ups, lunges and planks and you can put together a full body workout that can get you great results.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and Performance.EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WEIGHT LOSS – TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN? was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 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:emmet rushefitness columnRunninglast_img read more


first_imgAn under-strength Finn Harps side were defeated 3-0 by Wexford Youths last night at Ferrycarrig Park.Keith Cowan and Kevin McHugh were suspended, while Gareth Harkin, Damien McNulty Conor Winn and Michael Funston were all rested.The only first-team regulars to feature for Ollie Horgan’s side were Pat McCann, Ciaran Coll and Packie Mailey. They were rare starts for Carol Tiofack, Darragh Black and Shaun Patton.Harps were comprehensively defeated by a Wexford side still fighting for promotion.A first-half hat-trick from Danny Furlong sealed the points for Wexford in a clinical display from the frontman whose had an outstanding season.For Harps all attention switches to this weekend’s FAI semi-final cup with St. Patrick’s Athletic. It’s a tough ask for Ollie Horgan’s chares at the home of the current champions, but they’ll go their confident of causing an upset.The game is being screened live on RTE Two at 1.45pm.HARPS DEFEATED IN WEXFORD AS ATTENTION SWITCHES TO CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 1st, 2014 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:fai cupFinn Harps FCnewsSportwexford youthslast_img read more

Woman driver, 60, struck by cars dies

first_img No arrests had been made as of Monday as deputies continued to investigate the crash, said Paul. d Paul.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK — A 60-year-old woman whose car was hit by another vehicle during an alleged speed contest on Alondra Boulevard died of her injuries Monday, officials said. The collision occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday on Alondra and and Gard Avenue. The driver of a Honda and the driver of an Acura allegedly were racing westbound on Alondra when the woman, driving a four-door mid-size car, made a left turn in the intersection, authorities said. Both cars, traveling an estimated 40 mph to 50 mph, struck the woman’s car, which rolled over and sheared off a fire hydrant, said Sgt. Steven Paul of the the sheriff’s Norwalk Station. The woman, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was taken to St. Francis Medical Center. She suffered a broken neck, a torn liver, and massive internal trauma, said Paul. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The victim died at the hospital some time before 5 a.m. Monday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Wagner of the Norwalk Station. Investigators were trying to ascertain Monday whether the Honda and Acura drivers were racing against each other, he said. “It hasn’t been confirmed that this was a street race,” he said. Eight people, ranging in age from 13 to 21, were packed into the Acura, Paul said, adding that there were not enough seat belts for all the passengers. The passengers in the two cars suffered a variety of injuries, none of them serious, Paul said.last_img read more