Origin II: NSW player ratings

first_imgHere are the NSW player ratings from Origin II at ANZ Stadium. 1. James TedescoAllowed the big boys to belt each other for 20 minutes and then burst into the game, providing the final pass for Hayne’s try and burst through the middle of the Maroons defence before putting Pearce away. Forced off with a head knock 20 minutes from full-time and only got back on in the dying stages. 6.5/10. 2. Brett MorrisConfined to carries from deep early but showed great polish to score the Blues’ second try and worked well with Hayne to keep Chambers and Gagai in check for much of the night until Gagai’s two tries stole the game away from them. 7/10.3. Josh DuganStruggled to assert himself in attack but when his team needed a tackle in the final seconds of the first half he was there to get under Morgan and hold him up. Grew in stature as the game wore on and moved to fullback to cover for Tedesco late, producing a timely kick return to give his side momentum and pick-up in his in-goal. 7/10. 4. Jarryd HayneSpeed and strength to force Chambers over the sideline early and then powered through tackle of Cronk to score Blues’ first try. Should have passed to an unmarked Morris eight minutes from half-time and flick midway through the second half was careless and put his side under pressure. Went for big plays when conservative would have served his side better. 5/10. 5. Blake FergusonCaught in no man’s land for Queensland’s first try but started to make up for it with a tackle on Holmes midway through first half that forced an error. Good first-up contact to help stop Morgan scoring with final play of the first half. Strong carries in second half helped NSW out of territory. 5.5/10.6. James MaloneyGave away two early penalties to cede territory to the Maroons and first points but showed deft hands to put Blues in motion for their first try. Kick on fourth tackle to earn repeat set in first half was clever and glided past Glasby to set up the try for Brett Morris. Running battle with Slater was very fun to watch but couldn’t finish it off for his side. 7/10.7. Mitchell PearceEarly kicking game was on point and was prominent in two of the Blues’ first half tries, backing up a bust from Tedesco like all good halfbacks should. Kick that resulted in Gagai being caught in-goal was class but he didn’t take a stranglehold of the contest when he had the chance. 6.5/10. 8. Aaron WoodsTwo hit-ups in opening set and followed up with hit on Valentine Holmes to force an error got his team on the front foot and he continued to push through the Maroons defence with each charge. Offloads caused the Maroons some issues but came on in the second half with his team on the back foot and couldn’t turn it around. 7/10.9. Nathan PeatsPoor option on last tackle early in the piece but set an aggressive early tone defensively in the Blues’ middle third. Made 56 tackles, double the next best for the Blues and was courageous with every one of them. 7.5/10. 10. Andrew FifitaWas a marked man from the outset but drew enough attention and caused enough havoc to allow the likes of Woods and Jackson to make inroads. Four offloads kept the Maroons honest but by and large they handled what the big guy threw at them. 6.5/10. 11. Boyd Cordner  The skipper tried to inspire his troops by spearing in behind the ruck with each run and battled on although he appeared to be injured late in the game. 6.5/10. 12. Josh JacksonPoked nose through twice early to get on front foot and worked tirelessly and extremely effectively for his 34-minute first half stint. Pound-for-pound must be close to the most effective forward in the NRL today. 8/10. 13. Tyson FrizellGot at Thurston early with customary charge and forced the great man to wince in pain late in the first half. Replaced after 56 minutes and didn’t return. 6/10. 14. David KlemmerTook on the responsibility of carrying on the work of the starting props and ran with it. Hard. Topped the Blues metre count with 173m from 16 carries. 7.5/10. 15. Wade GrahamRushing out on Josh McGuire early in the second half allowed Queensland to get back within four. Kicking game was a handy option on the Blues’ left but careless penalty for a strip on Napa invited Queensland to attack again five minutes from time. 5.5/10.16. Jake TrbojevicTurned the game on its head with a strong first carry and then two tackles later a superb inside pass for Tedesco in the lead-up to Pearce’s try. Stunning try-saver on Cronk in the final minute of the first half. Destined to be a Blues Origin great. 8/10.   17. Jack Bird Only given 19 minutes as Queensland surged in the second half and had little influence on the result. 5/10. Related articleOrigin II: Queensland player ratings – http://bit.ly/2spzsO2last_img read more

Vital Voices Celebrate Global Mentoring Walk Day

first_imgNancy Obi, head of the Liberia chapter of Vital Voices, says that although women have potentials to change their environment for the better, they need mentors that would show them the way out and how to go about doing the right things. Vital Voices is a global fellowship established by former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, aimed at creating empowerment opportunities for women around the world. Speaking over the weekend during the celebration of this year’s Global Mentoring Walk Day, Madam Obi emphasized the great potential for women’s empowerment in the manufacturing sector. “If women are to find opportunities that would eventually empower them economically as well as socially,” she told the gathering, “then it is time that they begin to look into the manufacturing sector.” Madam Obi said the manufacturing sector, on a smaller scale (such as red palm oil or palm kernel oil and others), has great potential and a lot of opportunities that women can take advantage of to better their lives and that of their families. The brief ceremony was held at the African Palm Kernel International Factory (APKIF) located in Fendell, Montserrado County.Participating in the walk were scores of women from nearby communities, as well as Chief Judge of the Commercial Court of Liberia, Eva Mappy Morgan. They began at the University of Liberia’s Fendell Campus to the APKIF premises on Bentol road. The women went to the factory to see firsthand how the kernel oil is manufactured and to take cues from the many opportunities that the factory offers.This year’s Global Mentoring Walk celebration was held under the theme: Positioning Yourself for a Career in the Manufacturing Sector.Though resources, especially finance, are scarce for women to get into business, Madam Obi said if they can come together as a group, the opportunity to get loans from commercial banks to start their business would not be difficult.“This is why we are here in the yard of the African Palm Kernel International Factory, where palm kernel oil is manufactured. We brought you to see firsthand the process of manufacturing palm kernel oil, which is used to make a variety of commodities. We want to show our women the numerous opportunities that exist in this sector so that they can take advantage of some of them,” she said.She said a woman venturing into the manufacturing sector is an ideal means of empowerment. “A lot of the ladies have seen for themselves how the palm kernel oil is made. It is not only the issue about job creation in terms of factory work, but we are also looking at business empowerment opportunities for our women,” she said. Upon arrival at the factory, the manager, identified as Victor, explained the processes involved in the manufacturing of the oil. He said manufacturing palm kernel oil is a good business that requires a lot of patience and commitment.He said supplying the palm kernel to the factory is a big business all by itself and he is being supplied by three women who fetch the kernel from rural communities. The women were also taught how to make soap with the palm kernel oil. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Verdict puts focus on White House ethics

first_imgWASHINGTON – Campaigning in 2000, George Bush promised he would swear on the Bible to restore honor and dignity to a sullied White House and give it “one heck of a scrubbing.” The conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby gave the White House a scrubbing – but not the one Bush had in mind. The case laid bare the inner workings of a presidency under siege and the secretive world of Vice President Dick Cheney. It showed the lengths to which Cheney went in early summer 2003 to discredit administration critic Joseph Wilson. The former ambassador’s assertions had cast doubt on the administration’s justification for having taken the country to war in Iraq. And the Libby case showed the president assisting Cheney in the leaked attacks on Wilson. Libby, who was Cheney’s chief of staff, was found guilty on Tuesday of four of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury during an investigation into the administration’s disclosure of the identity of undercover CIA official Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife. The verdict “does great damage to the Bush administration,” said Paul C. Light, professor of public service at New York University. “It undermines the president’s pledge of ethical conduct. But the most serious consequence is that it will raise questions about Cheney’s durability in office. It may be time for Cheney to submit his resignation.” But don’t count on it. Bush in the past has repeatedly come to the defense of his vice president. The trial leaves a trail of unanswered questions leading to the doorsteps of Bush and Cheney. Testimony and evidence did not clear up whether they directed the leaking of Plame’s identity to the news media. But the trial did show Bush declassified prewar intelligence that Libby leaked to New York Times reporter Judith Miller, a plan carried out in such secrecy that no one in the government except Bush, Cheney and Libby even knew about it. Testimony showed the vice president was aware early on that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and told Libby about it. Cheney even scribbled a note to himself a week before Wilson’s wife was exposed asking whether she had sent her husband on the CIA mission to Africa that triggered the controversy. Cheney also directed Libby to speak with selected reporters to counter Wilson’s accusations. Cheney developed talking points on the matter for the White House press office. He helped draft a statement by then-CIA Director George Tenet. And he moved to declassify some intelligence material to bolster the case against Wilson. Cheney said in a statement that he was “very disappointed with the verdict” and that Libby had “served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction.” Cheney said he would withhold further comment because Libby was seeking a new trial or, if necessary, an appeal. Libby was the only one charged in the case, and he was not charged with deliberately disclosing Plame’s identity, which can be a federal crime, but with lying to investigators and a grand jury. Testimony showed there were other leakers, including adviser Karl Rove, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. The White House has never corrected the denials it issued in the fall of 2003 saying neither Rove nor Libby was involved in the leak of Plame’s CIA identity. Political observers doubt any correction will be made. “What’s really focused people’s attention is the loss of American troops in Iraq and it’s allowed Bush, Cheney and Rove – once he wasn’t indicted – to kind of be pushed off the radar screen” regarding the Plame affair, presidential historian Robert Dallek said.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

Palmdale youths share ideas for region

first_imgThe city of Palmdale hosted a free community youth forum Tuesday at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway. A total of 450 participants, ages 13 to 25, attended the event, which featured pizza and music with a live disc jockey. Several winners took home prizes such as an Apple iPod, a skateboard, gift certificates and more. The Xtreme P event provided Palmdale’s young residents an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding their community. It is part of the Partners for a Better Palmdale program, a citywide effort to build value and create a safer community. “This is an exciting time for Palmdale’s young people. We are very interested in listening closely to what our young people have to say,” said Palmdale Families in Action Coordinator Kari Robertson. “We are asking them to give us ideas and solutions that will make Palmdale a better place for children, teens and young adults.” Local businesses also supported the community cause by contributing items towards the event. Special thanks go to sponsors Antelope Valley Mall, Baja Fresh, Barnes & Noble, Cinemark 8, The Coffee Bean, Coldstone Creamery, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Lancaster, Drytown Water Park, Food 4 Less, Jamba Juice, the Lancaster Jethawks, Mulligan’s Family Fun Center, Pharmacy Rideshop, Shakey’s Pizza, Sharkey’s, Powder and Sun, and Vince’s Pasta and Pizza. Partners for a Better Palmdale is an intensive communitywide program designed to make Palmdale the safest, healthiest and most vibrant city possible by bringing together the resources of businesses, neighborhoods, community groups, individuals and government. It aims to coordinate and collaborate with all these entities to reduce crime, build community value and engage citizens. For more information, call (661) 267-5115. Armin Gomez works in the public information office of the city of Palmdale. She posted this story May 8 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. 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

Local Brain Injury Support Group looking to create Fort St. John Brain Injury Association

first_imgA couple of months shifting from the University of Alberta Hospital and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Richards came back home and discovered symptoms of his brain injury affecting his day-to-day routine.“I couldn’t control my anger,” Richards explained. “That got me in lots of trouble.”Richards adds, “I went through everything [from] depression [to] suicidal thoughts; everything.”- Advertisement -While Richards does have the support system of a loving girlfriend and family, a councillor and a psychiatrist, he says when first coming back to town with a brain injury, the lack of resources made he feel like he  “came back to nothing.”Enter the Fort St. John Brain Injury Support Group.“That’s why I took the initiative to do all of this, because I don’t want other survivors to struggle the way I did,” Richards says of his support group – open to anybody who feels the need or desire to join.Advertisement This includes stroke victims, family members of survivors, and even those wanting to learn more or be a part of the brain injury community.The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Child Development Centre – located at 10417 106 Avenue, running 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Richards’ next goal is to create a Fort St. John Brain Injury Association – which has already gained the support of the Northern Brian Injury Association, located in Prince George.“I just got fed up being sent everywhere for treatment and stuff. This is my home so why can’t it be here?” Richard concludes.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgLast Friday was the annual collection day for Make a wish Ireland and once again Donegal was not found wanting.Local coordinator Chris Frize along with the support and help of many volunteers set up at various locations around Letterkenny.The event was an amazing success with funds in excess of €1500 being collected on the day. Make a wish Ireland is a non government funded charity and it relies solely on the support of the public to help the cause.Make a Wish helps to make the dreams of children who have a life threatening medical condition to come true. This is a fantastic and worthwhile charity.It is a national charity that also has seen many children in Donegal and locally in Letterkenny getting the chance to experince their dream.Chris and the make a wish team would like to extend a massive thank you to the venues for allowing them to set up their collection tables. They were the Letterkenny Shopping Centre, New Dunnes Stores and Dealz Letterkenny. A massive thanks also to all the volunteers who donated there time to helping out, special thanks to Ciaran Rodgers and the Errigal College as well as Caroline Whorskey who helped round up volunteers without your help it would not of been possible.“We really appreciate all the help and finally a massive thanks to all who donated to the cause, as it is your money that will help those children and allow them to live out a dream,” said Chris.DONEGAL’S ‘MAKE A WISH’ DAY PROVES A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: April 11th, 2016 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:donegalMAKE A WISHlast_img read more


first_imgBingo continues in hall at 8.30pm. Congratulations to the Blake Family on winning the club lotto. Next week’s jackpot will start off at €1000Training for Senior Ladies on Wednesday from 7 -8.15pm and Friday from 7.30 and Sunday at 12.30pmNew Players are always welcome. Junior Ladies beaten at home by Killybegs. St Marys’ Gabrielle Gallagher was in brilliant form in nets and pulled off some fine saves . Seniors are away to Kilcar details at training on Wednesday . Gaelic for Mothers and Others takes place on Wed at 8.30 new player always welcome.Training for Underage continues on Fri evening from 6-7pm with new players welcomeU 8 had a home blitz well done to all who took part .U10 s are away to Mc Cool on Sat 22nd Bus times Raphoe 9.40 Convoy 9.50 and Drumkeen 10am.Well done to all the U12 boys and girls who travelled to St Michaels in Boyle Co.Roscommon for challenge games they had a brillant day and thanks to St Michaels club for being so welcoming and friendly we hope to return the favour sometime in Sept Thanks to our coaches who travelled with the children without you this wouldnt be Possible .Thanks to Maire, Aine, Mairead, Martin, Elaine and Conor who organised the trip. We also stopped at Seamus Reilly’s (Aines Brother) Memorial and had a quiet reflection and his nephew Jack placed a little flag on it Thanks also to Gerry Mc Laughlin our bus man .U14 Girls Training Sat Morning next game on Thurs Manager will let girls know details .Reserves didnt have a game this weekendSenior men were beaten at home on Sat Evening by Robert Emmets final score 2-10 to 1-12 a disapointing result for the lads who went in at half time 9-2 up but it wasnt to be . Next game is the Championship playoff v Moville Venue etc TBC.GAA NEWS – ST.MARY’S. CONVOY SENIORS BEATEN BY ROBERT EMMETS was last modified: June 16th, 2013 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:GAASt Mary’s Convoylast_img read more


first_imgThere are 12 races on tonight’s card at Lifford.Runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Forward Daniel; 2, Over the Line; 3, Glencroft Belle; 4, Deerpark Jenny; 5, Mullrook Danaher; 6, Tarmac Ace. Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Deerpark Youngun; 2, Lotus Lee; 3, Blue Rhymer; 4, Monacetta; 5, Joshuas Princess; 6, Moonveen Mustang.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Loyal Lamp; 2, Ballyougry Bound; 3, Tober Scolari; 4, Topless Bliss; 5, Augustine Hotdog; 6, Coolcholly Kate.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Take Cover; 2, Mongys Flyer; 3, Colarhouse Bound; 4, Killacolla Babe; 5, Coonough River; 6, Thats Macktaz.Race 5 (525 yards); 1, Some Effort; 2, Hather If; 3, Drumsna Royal; 4, Seagrave Bolt; 5, Elons Persi; 6, Ballybun Glen. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Fridays Berlin; 2, Thrill a Minute; 3, Uncle Lez; 4, Cromlech Carlin; 5, Sarahs Return; 6, Supersonic.Race 7 (350 yard): 1, Golden Pearl; 2, So So; 3, Alien Eyes; 4, Inside Lane; 5, Skerries Harp; 6, Frosty Face.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Crashball; 2, Altmore Gem; 3, Battle Born; 4, Collins; 5, Holborn Oscar; 6, Drumsna Lilly.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Lotus Gypsey; 2, Junior Phil; 3, Fridays Prague; 4, Ross Jac; 5, Drumsna Prince; 6, Ardnasool Rio.Race 10 (525 yards); 1, Sunrise Belle; 2, Manalishi; 3, Fridays Brett; 4, Imperial Eagle; 5, Drumsna Castle; 6, Holborn Power. Race 11 (525 yards): 1, Tullna Island; 2, Mullrook Dabhoyo; 3, Townsend Panter; 4, Shanmoyle Legend; 5, Imperial Swan; 6, Smurfing Oddball.Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Gregville; 2, Farloe Lulu; 3, Loughgur Black; 4, Harebell; 5, Ballinclare May; 6, Psycho Bob.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI arrested 27 people at the Rory Gallagher rock festival in Ballyshannon at the weekend.But officers were keen to stress that most of the arrests were for minor drug offences.One man was held in possession of ecstasy with an estimated street value of €1,200. Four other people were arrested for public order offences.With more than 12,000 people descending on south Donegal – bringing a massive tourism and financial boost to the area – the number of arrests is being seen as small, and was down on last year’s arrest figures.Gardaí praised organisers for the way they ran the event in memory of the Ballyshannon-born rock legend.One of the biggest draws was ex-Whitesnake man Bernie Marsden. Rocking – Ballyshannon. Gardai were happy with how the festival was run27 ARRESTS AT RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL, BUT NUMBERS DOWN ON LAST YEAR was last modified: June 2nd, 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:Ballyshannon arrestsrock festivallast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny takeaway worker had a knife held to her face as two men robbed her on Monday evening.Woman was held at knifepoint.Margo Harkin was working at the Hot Plate beside the Swilly Inn takeaway in Gortlee when two men burst in.The men padded her down before demanding to know where the cash was. They eventually got away with a small sum of cash.Ms Harkin was left unhurt but said she was terrified after the incident.Gardai have launched a full investigation into the robbery and are studying CCTV footage in the area.  WOMAN HAS KNIFE HELD TO HER FACE IN LETTERKENNY TAKEAWAY ROBBERY was last modified: January 14th, 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:donegalHot PLate takeawayletterkennyrobberySwilly Innlast_img read more