Updated team lists: Dragons v Knights

first_imgRetiring Dragons co-captain Ben Creagh was named on Tuesday but will not play, with Joel Thompson to start in the back row. Tyson Frizell is also out, replaced by Will Matthews in the starting side. Tim Lafai and Luciano Leilua join the final bench.For the Knights, Tyler Randell is out, with Jaelen Feeney named to start at hooker and Josh King dropping off the extended bench named on TuesdaySt George Illawarra Dragons 1 Josh Dugan2 Kurt Mann3 Euan Aitken4 Taane Milne5 Jason Nightingale6 Gareth Widdop (c)7 Benji Marshall8 Leeson Ah Mau9 Mitch Rein10 Mike Cooper14 Joel Thompson15 Will Matthews13 Jack de BelinInterchange 16 Jacob Host17 Jake Marketo20 Tim Lafai21 Luciano LeiluaCoach: Paul McGregorNewcastle Knights1 Jake Mamo2 Nathan Ross3 Dane Gagai4 Peter Mata’utia5 Brendan Elliot6 Jarrod Mullen7 Trent Hodkinson (c)8 Daniel Saifiti19 Jaelen Feeney10 Jacob Saifiti11 Sione Mata’utia12 Mitchell Barnett13 Jeremy Smith (c)Interchange 14 Dylan Phythian15 Pat Mata’utia16 Korbin Sims17 Sam MataoraCoach: Nathan Brownlast_img read more

‘Dynamic and Progressive’

first_imgCentral Bank Executive Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has received commendation for his progressive and dynamic stewardship of the monetary arm of government.The commendation was made last week by experienced Liberian banker John B. S. Davies, II. Mr. Davies, who is president of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), said the history of the banking industry is being rewritten by Governor Jones whose strong leadership, he observed, has brought significant transformation to the industry in particular and the economy in general.The LBDI boss spoke recently at the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) farewell dinner in honor of former Ecobank Liberia Limited Managing Director Mr. Kola Adeleke and Mr. Milton Weeks, head of Secretariat of the LBA.Mr. Adeleke was appointed Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia in 2010 during which time he instituted strong internal control measures and invested in human resource development. He ended his term in Liberia as MD of Ecobank last Friday.Mr. Weeks, for his part, served the LBA as head of Secretariat for seven years. The veteran Liberian banker was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.In his welcome remarks opening the honoring ceremony held in Sinkor, Mr. Davies noted that Liberia is no more a pariah state because the country’s monetary system is now in place. He also noted that the country’s payment system is being put in place despite the challenges posed by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).The LBDI boss was particularly happy that bank CEOs no more look at each other with suspicion noting that LBA has also transcended to a more professional and ethical level where CEOs won’t do business with a borrower that demonstrates unethical conduct.“We have come to realize that the more we share information the better we make sound decisions and protect our assets as banks,” said the LBDI president.In brief remarks, CBL Executive Governor Jones thanked Mr. Davies for the commendation. He said the farewell dinner for the two honorees was a celebration of excellence. According to the CBL boss, LBA has performed so well that its managing directors and CEOs must be appreciated and celebrated.“Yes, there are transformations of the banking sector, but lots more need to be done. We can’t rest on our laurels because there are challenges remaining in our way,” said Governor Jones.The Dr. Jones asserted that CBL has constructed a financial institution in all 15 counties of Liberia to enhance financial access to a majority of Liberians. “We intend to build these financial institutions in all of our rural communities,” said Dr. Jones.Touching on the insurance sector, the CBL Executive Governor declared that the Bank will ensure a total reform of the sector and develop a capital market system in the country to enhance access to finance.Also speaking at the ceremony, one of the honorees Mr. Milton Weeks, said it is always difficult to disengage, especially from an institution such as the Secretariat of LBA, “but there are certain points in time to disengage.”“Our going on the CBL Board gives us the chance to proffer some of the challenges facing the banking industry,” said Mr. Weeks. “There are lots of challenges ahead and the managing directors are doing a tremendous job.”For his part, former Ecobank MD Adeleke said he thought that he was coming to Liberia in 2010 to rest after serving in a very difficult terrain in Nigeria. “But with the help of Governor Jones and my LBA colleagues I am leaving the banking industry sound,” he said.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘King,’ ‘Queen’ share British film throne

first_imgA gracious monarch and a charismatic dictator took the top prizes Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards. Dame Helen Mirren was crowned best actress for playing Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” which also was named the year’s best picture. Forest Whitaker took the best actor prize for his riveting turn as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” the story of a young Scottish doctor’s entanglement with the Ugandan dictator. “Last King” was also named the best British film and took the prize for best adapted screenplay. Peter Morgan, who wrote “The Queen” and co-wrote “The Last King of Scotland,” joked that the double triumph might spawn a sequel. “Idi Amin wrote love letters to the queen. He offered himself as her lover,” Morgan said. “Forest, if you’re willing, I think there may be some takers.” Whitaker beat Daniel Craig (“Casino Royale”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Departed”), Richard Griffiths (“The History Boys”) and Peter O’Toole (“Venus”) for the top prize for an actor. Director Kevin Macdonald, however, said he initially doubted Whitaker was right for the role. “He seemed such a sweet, gentle, lovable sort of person,” Macdonald said. “He proved he did have those depths of anger and paranoia and terror in him.” Mirren, 61, beat out a strong field that included Dame Judi Dench (“Notes on a Scandal”), Penelope Cruz (“Volver”), Kate Winslet (“Little Children”) and Meryl Streep (“The Devil Wears Prada”). Mirren thanked her co-stars, including the corgis. – Associated Press 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

Film at 11: 29/7 coverage of Smith’s death

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! We just didn’t get enough Anna Nicole: To fit all the breaking news in the continuing death of Anna Nicole Smith, 24-hour TV news outlets have requested the FCC to add an extra five more hours to their broadcasting day. “There’s just too many important angles to cover to fit this story in the standard 24-hour news day,” said Geraldo O’Reilly. “Right now we don’t even have enough time to list the possible fathers of her baby.” Cuckoo for fatherhood: In an attempt to out-crazy the diaper-wearing nutball of an astronaut, Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband, Prince King Czar, has declared himself to be the father of the late Anna Nicole Smith’s 5-month-old daughter. “I’m pretty sure I’m the father,” said the jaunty Gabor’s 59-year-old crackpot husband. “In addition, I have documented proof that I’m also the baby’s mother.” What about me? Paris Hilton has sued the estate of Anna Nicole Smith. “Ms. Hilton spent nearly her entire life crafting a celebrity career out of whole cloth,” said Hilton’s attorney, Shady Shark. “Now Ms. Smith just dies and takes the well-deserved limelight off of my client. It’s not only unfair, it makes a mockery of the `personality-like’ biz.” Britney Spears’ ex, Kevin Federline, will join the suit. U Need 2 Read This 4 Ur Own Gd: With the last two possible e-mail subject line messages being used up, this past week may have marked the end of Internet spam as we know it. With “howdy love is urgent” and ” =?ISO-2022-jp?-yoNLP%AOFAbAJj” every single possible combination of characters and fonts has been used. But officials at JustMakinUpGibberish.com aren’t worried that they’ll have to reuse old gobbledygook to get potential consumers to open their marketing e-mails. “The buyer is getting too savvy,” said Russian spammaster, =?OBG-92346-sKGTDj Smith. “We’re just going to have to come up with a larger keyboard to fit the new Russian and Chinese symbols the boys in research are coming up with. There’s just too many cheap drugs, replica watches and local girls who want to meet you to give up now.” Getting crowded: Sen. Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced their intention to run for president, making the list of 2008 candidates just short of the number of candidates for father of Anna Nicole Smith’s 5-month-old daughter. Oh, Will Rogers, where are you when we need you? Comedian-comedy writer Al Franken has announced that he’ll be running for the U.S. Senate in 2008. “I’m serious. This is not a joke. I really believe I am someone who can do an outstanding job for the -” said Franken as he broke down laughing. “Sorry, I couldn’t keep a straight face.” In case Franken cannot complete his campaign, Carrot Top has volunteered to step in. Picking winners: Grammy Award winner Ludacris gave a shout-out to Bill O’Reilly, who had predicted that the rapper’s career would be over after he skewered him on his show. Bill made similar comments about the Dixie Chicks, who won five Grammys. And this week, because of John Edwards’ hiring of two “hating” bloggers, O’Reilly said that you can stick a fork in Edwards’ 2008 presidential run. Vegas odds makers have now made Edwards the odds-on favorite. Almost intelligence: A report from the Inspector General’s Office revealed that in the weighing of pre-Iraq war intelligence, Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith had a finger on the scale. “It wasn’t exactly that we manufactured a case for war,” said Feith. “But … hey, look, a cow!” No more poor teachers: L.A. teachers finally received a new contract and a well-deserved raise. Now they’ll have even more money to take out of their own pockets to spend on their students’ minimum needs. Darwin’s in again: School authorities in Kansas have reversed a previous decision challenging the theory of evolution in public-school science classes. In what most experts are calling a unique compromise, textbooks will admit the possibility of evolution, but that it started 7,000 years ago. Hollywood $ makeover: A high-priced residential and retail project is set to fix up the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine, making it into the envy of every tourist trap in the country – a $600 million souvenir stand. It’ll take some time: The Chinese Year of the Pig is now here – and I’m still writing Year of the Dog on my checks. Steve Young can be reached at www.greatfailure.com. last_img

AC Milan, Arsenal or Man City? Kolasinac close to making decision on his future

first_img1 Sead Kolasinac in action for Schalke Schalke star Sead Kolasinac is expected to decide between offers from AC Milan, Arsenal and Manchester City next week.The defender has been touted for a move to the Premier League, a switch that would net the 23-year-old an astonishing £120,000 per week.Kolasinac is out of contract in the summer and Schalke are resigned to losing one of their key players, who is now weighing up his future.According to Bild, Kolasinac is yet to make a final decision on where he will play his football next term but will decide imminently.The Bosnia international is expected to choose between Arsenal and Manchester City, but AC Milan also remain in the mix.This season Schalke have collected just two points in the nine league matches Kolasinac has missed, underlining his importance to coach Markus Weinzierl.The left-back came through the youth ranks at Schalke and represented Germany at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, before opting to play his senior international football for Bosnia.last_img read more

Axel Witsel’s agent reveals who Jose Mourinho’s top target was this summer

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho targeted Axel Witsel this summer but Chelsea star N’Golo Kante was the Portuguese’s No.1 target, according to Witsel’s agent Paul Stefani.The Red Devils have not been hugely active in the transfer market this summer so far which has led to Mourinho complaining about the club’s lack of signings. 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January However, these claims made by Stefani suggest it has not come from a lack of trying.In an interview with Het Laatse Nieuws, Stefani said: “I know from a very good source that Mourinho said he wanted Witsel, but not in the first place.“N’Golo Kante topped his list.”Although a Kante move to Old Trafford seems incredibly unlikely, it would not be the first time a player has swapped west London for Manchester in recent times with the Blues selling Nemanja Matic to United last summer.And despite expressing an interest in Witsel, the Belgian chose to sign a four-year contract with Borussia Dortmund earlier this week. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News moving on IN DEMAND REVEALED targets RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img LATEST Stefani added: “Eventually Axel said: ‘Do me a favour and finish it as quickly as possible because I really want to go to Dortmund’.” United were reportedly interested in World Cup winner Kante Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more

TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER DISGUSTING ATTACK AT AN GRIANAN FORT

first_imgWilliam Sweeney leaves the court. Pic copyright Donegal DailyA gang of 40 people went on an orgy of destruction and attacked one of Ireland’s most historic monuments.The drunken revellers pulled stones from An Grianan Fort in Burt, defecated in a holy well and then abused visiting tourists. Gardai found women’s underwear, human excrement and beer cans when they raided the site.Maymond McCormick leaves the court today. Pics copyright Donegal DailyThe incident happened over the weekend when a group of people landed at the site for a party.Two of the men who took part in the incident appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.William Sweeney, 19 and Raymond McCormick, 21, appeared in court charged with causing criminal damage to the fort on July 6th.Garda Eddie Doherty described a scene of carnage which met him when he went to investigate complaints of the party.He also revealed how tourists from America and China who were visiting the site were left stunned by the scene.“It was just a scene of carnage. The tourists who were visiting the area were traumatised by what they saw,” said Garda Doherty.Judge Paul Kelly said he was shocked by the “ignorant, loutish and thuggish’ behaviour.“This monument is one of the best preserved of its kind and I visited it myself some months ago.“I was particularly impressed by how well it has ben maintained and how it has stood the test of time.“It has stood the test of time by many invading armies over the years and then this group of thugs come along and invade it and start to dismantle it from the inside,” he said.Solicitor for McCormick of 8 Ballbane Pass, Creggan, Derry and Sweeney, 4 Oaklands Park, Creggan, Derry, said both men were very embarrassed by what had happened.Patsy Gallagher said they were only charged with criminal damage and were not involved in any defecating incident.They had pleaded guilty to throwing historic stones and empty cans of beer.He said both men had been in custody since and their experience within four walls at a Garda station had been a sobering experience on them.The court was told the Office of Public Works are currently examining the extent of the damage to the siteJudge Kelly remanded both men in custody until this Thursday at Buncrana Court and said he wanted to hear from the OPW how much monetary damage had been done to the area.TWO MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER DISGUSTING ATTACK AT AN GRIANAN FORT was last modified: July 8th, 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:An Grianan FortattackLetterkenny District CourtRaymond McCormickWilliam Sweeneylast_img read more

Timmer Earns Second Straight MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week Honor

first_imgSophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) of the Drake University men’s basketball team has been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday, Dec. 14. Timmer was honored for his performance during the period of Dec. 7- Dec. 13. Timmer led Drake in scoring in both games on the week with a career-high 30 points against DePaul and 17 points at Nevada to average 23.5 points per game. He was 14-of-21 (.667) from the field and 5-of-7 (.714) from the three-point arc.  In his 30-point showing against DePaul, he was 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from the arc and 13-of-17 at the line. His 30 points are tied for the fourth most in the Valley this season and are the most DePaul has surrendered this season. At Nevada, he was 7-of-10 from the field with 13 of his points coming in the second half. Timmer has now scored 20 or more points four times this season, the fourth most in the Valley.  Timmer owns a 3.6 grade point average as a pharmacy major. This is the second consecutive MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolade for Timmer, and the 10th overall this season for Drake University. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Relief for family as Paul Harte’s hospital transfer is confirmed

first_imgThe family of dementia patient Paul Harte have received a positive outcome to their appeal to allow him to be transferred closer to home. Management at Lifford Community Hospital have today agreed to open a bed for the 53-year-old Lifford man, who has just weeks left to live.Paul will be transferred to Lifford tomorrow, which will bring some solace to his family after they were forced to highlight their issue on social media. Paul, who lives with Down Syndrome, has been receiving palliative care in his final stages of dementia at Letterkenny University Hospital for the past three weeks.His family were devastated when management at Lifford Community Hospital told them that Paul could not be admitted because he is not aged 65 or more and suffers from an intellectual disability.In response, the Harte family started a social media campaign to ask why their beloved brother and son could not be cared for at Lifford Community Hospital, which has eight empty beds.Following a meeting of Lifford Community Hospital management and the HSE this afternoon, the Harte’s have received word that permission was granted for Paul to be transferred home for his final days. In a Facebook update, Paul’s sister Donna said: “People power all the way, thanks for all your comments, we as a family appreciate it very much.”Relief for family as Paul Harte’s hospital transfer is confirmed was last modified: July 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Months before new NBA season begins, league insider says Warriors won’t make playoffs

first_imgGood news for Stephen Curry. He’s going to get to see Cancun in April.We know this because Bobby Marks, ESPN’s NBA front office insider and a 20-year front office employee in the Association, dropped a scorched-earth prediction on the Warriors on Tuesday morning.Appearing on “Get Up,” Marks pointed to a plasma screen bearing the Warriors’ projected starting lineup for opening night of the 2019-20 season: D’Angelo Russell, Draymond Green, Jacob Evans (a place-holder for Klay Thompson), Kevon …last_img read more