Bennett hunting Sims and James to bolster pack

first_imgSims is unsettled at Newcastle and is keen to settle at a more established and successful club, meaning there is high possibility of him walking out on the final year of his $400,000 a year contract.Meanwhile James has reportedly been offered a big money contract by the inter-state rivals, although he is set to reject the deal and finalise a new three-year commitment to the Titans.Bennett is desperate for a forward leader and might have to settle for only Sims, with James likely to stay put at the Gold Coast.Sims’ departure will put more pressure on the struggling Newcastle forward pack, and coach Nathan Brown is considering making a play for former Souths and Penrith forward Chris Grevsmuhl who was released by the Panthers last season on compassionate grounds.The Titans will fancy their chances of retaining one of their best forwards, but may face another fight with the Brisbane mastercoach who has expressed his interest in Broncos junior Ashley Taylor.Bennett is super keen on the teen sensation and if Ben Hunt ends up moving to a Sydney club, expect the Broncos to put in a huge offer for the man they once had their hands on.Will the Titans be able to win the battle against their big brother?last_img read more

Cheika taking nothing for granted

first_imgReigning champions New Zealand have been pitted against South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while England have France and Argentina for company in their five-team group.The Wallabies, meanwhile, will go up against Wales and Georgia, as well as qualifiers from Oceania and the Americas, in Pool D.But Cheika would not get carried away with what appears on paper to be a better draw, suggesting any hint of complacency could well prove Australia’s downfall in Japan.”When you’re standing out there and singing the anthem, 0-0 all bets off,” said Cheika.”The minute you stop thinking like that is the minute you get in the water. That’s how you’ve got to chart a course in tournament play.”That’s something that’s different in competition, regardless of who the draw is against.”You’ve got to plan with the lay of the land, those teams you’re playing, know who the crossover teams are, do the homework, but at the end of the day it’s going to be all about how we play.”You’ve got to win seven games to get there and you put your best foot forward on all seven occasions.”Michael Cheika popped out after the #RWC2019 draw, to speak to you! #StrongerAsOne— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) May 10, 2017Cheika is particularly wary of Georgia but wants the Wallabies to improve upon their runner-up finish in England in 2015.”Australians probably won’t know a lot about them but they’re a team being run by a few Kiwi lads and they’re on the up and up,” he said.”Strong forward play, they’ve got some gas out wide and between now and 2019 we’ll learn a bit more about them.”The reality is just how big an event the World Cup is and how important it is for us to go one better in 2015.”last_img read more

Rafa Nadal suffers to put Spain in the rooms of the ATP Cup

first_imgPhotograph: EFE Rafael Nadal suffered greater than anticipated to get the 7-6 (4) and 6-Four victory in opposition to a troublesome Yoshihito Nishioka, quantity 72 in the world, and, in this fashion, assure for the Spanish group each the management of group B as the cross to the quarterfinals of the tennis ATP Cup after the victory of Roberto Bautista over Go Soeda and the subsequent 3-Zero clasp to the Japanese in the doubles. The Mallorcan defeats Nishioka after the preliminary victory of BautistaTogether with Carreño, he closes in the doubles the Spanish 3-0 to Japancenter_img Nishioka, 24, who in earlier rounds beat each Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (6-Zero and 6-1) and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (6-2 and 6-3), managed to get a break forward up to twice In the first manga. Nonetheless, the rapid response of the Spaniard prolonged the first assault till the tiebreaker, which Nadal took 7-4.The Japanese didn’t decrease his arms and pressed till the final sigh to the world primary, who received the break with the rating equal to 4 in the second set to observe each the sport and the cross to the quarterfinals.Beforehand, Roberto Bautista had received Go Soeda, 119 of the world, 6-2 and 6-4 in a match in which the Spaniard wanted two units and a little bit greater than an hour and a half to put the first level in the tie. After the two singles, Spain closed the cross in opposition to the Japanese with a brand new victory in the doubles that confronted Rafa Nadal and Pablo Carreño in opposition to Go Soeda and Ben McLachlan. Though the Spaniards superior with the preliminary 7-6, the Japanese matched the duel (4-6), however left the conflict in the supertiebreak, the place they have been crushed 10-6 for the undefeated Spanish.last_img read more

APNU/AFC challenged to defend their manifesto promises

first_imgDear Editor,Many promises in the APNU and AFC political manifestos were designed to attract votes from a wide cross-section of the population but essentially to solidify and secure their hard-core support base. Many of the promises made are not honoured faithfully by the political party since elected to govern.Deviation from some of these promises is replaced by actions of partisan and political “selfish, self- interest”.The leaders of the APNU/AFC Government, and party leaders, are called upon and challenged to justify and defend their policies and decisions to this nation during their election campaigning. The following two issues are to be addressed by APNU/AFC politicians:Substantial remuneration increases to itself:* They must justify their decision that within weeks of its assumption of government, it awarded itself (Executive and National Assembly) some 50% salary increases, substantial remuneration, and other benefits to the Executive – not widely known. This action is a glaring conflict of interest, ignoring other impartial means of determining the benefits through the recommendations of an independent body for parliamentary approval.Constitutional reform:* They must explain to this nation why they ignore the calls and promise for a more inclusive and broad-based government through major constitutional changes and amendments for shared governance and power-sharing, given the context of deep-rooted ethnic and political party nexus, so as to build long-term national governance consensus in the national interest.With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgWhere: Antelope Valley Country Club, 39800 Country Club Drive, Palmdale Clubs: League bowling What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have its weekly league bowling. For information, call (661) 267-2586. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster Wednesday Clubs: Games and snack night What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have a board game and snacks social night. Bring food and a beverage to share and enjoy an evening of fun and games. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 943-5938. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Donna and Larry Dilley, 3033 W. Avenue L-2, Lancaster Thursday Day Activities: 2nd A.V. Women’s Conference What: The 2007 Antelope Valley Women’s Conference, featuring a variety of speakers. For more information, go to, e-mail or call (661) 267-6990. When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H, Lancaster Music: A Mother’s Day musical medley What: The Lancaster Community Orchestra will be presenting a tribute to mothers, preceded by an instrument petting zoo to be enjoyed by children and mothers alike. Musical selections highlight the landmarks of the journey called motherhood. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. To make reservations, call (661) 723-5950. When: 6:15-9 p.m. Where: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster Theater: Poetry Awards Ceremony What: The Palmdale Playhouse Writers’ Roundtable will hold its 11th annual Poetry Writing Contest Awards event on Thursday. The event is free and open to the public. Prizes are awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. The Palmdale Writers’ Roundtable is open to writers of all genres. For more information,contact Jo Anne Smith at (661) 267-5684. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale Friday Clubs: “Let’s Eat Out” Dinner What: J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for dinner. For reservations, call (661) 267-2586 by Wednesday. When: 7 p.m. Where: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 2001 W. Ave. J, Lancaster Saturday Day Activities: 11th Annual Bicycle Fun Ride What: Preregister now for the 11th annual Bicycle Fun Ride, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Trails Recreation and Environmental Committee of Antelope Valley Conservancy. Great courses through beautiful countryside. For flier and registration form, visit the Events tab of our Web site at, or call (661) 943-9000. When: 24-mile ride at 8:30 a.m., longer rides at 7:30 a.m. Where: Leona Valley Community Center, 8367 Lake Elizabeth Road Charity: Fourth annual charity poker run What: Benefit for Hoffmann Hospice, a local nonprofit agency that provides compassionate end-of-life care to children and adults. The fourth annual Poker Run, honoring Linnie Moore Valenzuela and benefiting Hoffman Hospice will be held. The last stamp will be at 1:30 p.m. The event will feature music, food, games, a jumper and face-painting for children. For information, call Gordon or Nancy Moore at (661) 948-1570 or Hoffmann Hospice at (661) 272-2355. When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Antelope Valley Harley Davidson, 1759 W. Ave. J-12, Lancaster. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale Tuesday Clubs: Spring luncheon and fashion show What: Antelope Valley Republican Women Federated will present their annual Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show with Jeff Anderson’s Dress Party and Shopping Opportunity. Fashions in sizes 2-24 will be available for sale at this event. Social hour and shopping with custom-made designer jewelry will begin at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and the fashion show will follow lunch. Cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call (661) 492-1796. When: 11 a.m. Today Theater: Special Mother’s Day show at playhouse What: The Palmdale Playhouse will feature a special Mother’s Day celebration with “Showstoppers,” a revue featuring four former members of Dean Martin’s famous “Golddiggers” singers and dancers and Dean Martin impersonator Steve Apple. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information or to order tickets, call (661) 267-5685. When: 2 p.m. last_img read more

‘It’s a big mistake’ – Liverpool’s ‘best DM’ should not be sold, insist Reds fans

first_img Liverpool transfer news: Fans urge the Reds to resist offers for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva this summer as manager Brendan Rogders prepares to clear the dead wood from his first-team squad.However, the 28-year-old, who joined the Merseysiders back in 2007, is a divisive figure among supporters.Some fans think he’s a superb player on his day, but simply suffers from too many injury problems, while others think the Reds should have got shot of him years ago.Now that Steven Gerrard has joined LA Galaxy, there’s a rather large hole in Liverpool’s midfield, but is Lucas really man to fill it?Well, plenty of Liverpool fans are keen for the South American to stay put and you can see the best reaction to Lucas’ proposed exit below… 1last_img read more

Quartz Hill narrowly captures tournament

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBrown and Mang’s victory gave Quartz Hill a two-point lead with one match to play. Quartz Hill and Notre Dame faced off in the varsity singles and doubles and frosh/soph singles final – all played concurrently – with the Rebels ahead by two points. Neal Shah pulled the Knights within a point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Quartz Hill’s Alex Majd in the varsity singles final, but Brown and Mang capped their comeback less than 10 minutes later to clinch the team title. Will Berman gave Notre Dame its final point in the last match of the day, outlasting Quartz Hill’s T.J. St. Marie 6-4, 6-4 in a hard-fought frosh/soph final. With Moorpark’s 11th-hour decision not to attend, the draws in the varsity singles and doubles tournament quickly opened up. The Musketeers’ absence appeared to give the Rebels an early advantage, with both their singles and doubles entries advancing to the semifinals. Although Notre Dame was 4-3 in head-to-head competition with Quartz Hill, the Rebels’ depth made the difference. Majd defeated James Isaacson 10-2 in the quarterfinals to offset Adam Montelongo’s 6-4, 6-0 loss to Shah in the semifinals. Quartz Hill High’s boys’ tennis team is used to winning titles, but never by as narrow a margin as the Rebels did Saturday at their tournament. Thanks to an impressive comeback by Dan Brown and Randy Mang in the doubles final, Quartz Hill – winner of 15 consecutive Golden League titles – captured the team championship with 16 points to 15 by runner-up Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Brown and Mang rallied from a set down and fought off two match points in the second set to defeat Notre Dame’s Tyler Allen and Scott Gaynor 0-6, 7-5, 10-6. The Rebels’ tandem trailed 5-3 in the second set and battled heavy wind gusts to overcome the match points in the ninth game and build the momentum entering the 10-point tiebreaker in the third set. Montelongo rebounded to defeat Alemany of Mission Hills’ Kevin Finkelberg 10-1 in the third-place match, although the victory didn’t count toward the Rebels’ total. The only other Antelope Valley-area school to be represented in the semifinals was Palmdale. Pedro Gonzalez and Jose Gutierrez reached the final four in doubles, losing 6-0, 6-4 to Brown and Mang. Gonzalez and Gutierrez, important contributors for a young Palmdale team seeking a Southern Section Div. III playoff berth, advanced with a 10-3 opening-round victory over a Knight tandem, then reached the semifinals with a default win over Moorpark’s Ryan Panaro and Jeff Mazza, who had received a first-round bye. Gonzalez and Gutierrez lost 10-4 in the third-place match to Quartz Hill’s Amarbir Gill and Chris May, who finished with three victories in four matches. The Rebels, who were without their top doubles team of Rohit Choudhary and Anish Patel, return to league play today at Antelope Valley. Quartz Hill won its 158th consecutive league match Thursday with a 13-5 victory over second-place Lancaster. (818) 713-3607160Want 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


first_imgLetterkenny Court.A woman who was waiting to collect her daughter from her prom was left terrified after a man followed her into toilets and told her he fancied her.Christopher Browne approached the woman who had been waiting for her daughter at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey on October 24th, 2014. The woman had been in the foyer of the hotel reading her kindle when her nightmare began.The woman revealed how Browne, 25, kept passing her by and was winking at her constantly.She went to the toilet and she was followed by Browne.When the woman came out of the cubicle, she was met by the accused who put his arms out-stretched and came at her.When the woman asked what he was doing in the ladies toilets, he told her “I fancy you.”The woman managed to close the cubicle door and waited until the accused man had left.When the woman thought he had gone, she emerged and told the receptionist in the hotel who alerted security staff.The woman told Judge Paul Kelly that she was terrified and felt that Browne, of 112 Blue Cedars, Cappry, Ballybofey, was going to hurt her.“I was terrified. I kept thinking he was going to hurt me. I thought he was going to grab me and push me up against the wall. I thought he was going to hurt me but I shouted at him to go away,” said the woman.But Browne said in his evidence that he never intended to hurt the woman.“I just put my arms out to her. I just wanted a chat. I wasn’t going to kill her or anything. She’s old enough to be me mammy. I didn’t intend to shift her or anything,” he said.Solicitor for Browne, Mr Frank Dorrian asked if it was a case of assault or more of a “clumsy overture.”“If this had happened in another part of the hotel I’m not so sure we would have been here,” he said.Judge Kelly said he accepted that the woman avoided something more unpleasant by closing the cubicle door and found Browne guilty of assault.“It is not the type of contact that would be acceptable  in the ordinary course of daily life,” said Judge Kelly.The court then heard that Browne has four previous convictions for harassment and stalking under the Offences Against The Persons Act.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until November 16th next for an updated probation report on Browne.MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULTING WOMAN AT HER DAUGHTER’S PROM was last modified: November 9th, 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:assaultChristopher Brownecourtdonegallast_img read more


first_imgThe golfing industry has faced a number of significant challenges in the last few years.  To address these, Fáilte Ireland has been working with the golf industry, through a national Golf Forum, to put in place a number of initiatives that will support the industry and help it back towards growth. The Irish golfing community meets and welcomes almost 150,000 visitors annually.  Golf is one of Ireland’s greatest tourist attractions, contributing an estimated €110 million to the economy.  President and Chief Executive of IAGTO, Peter Walton, welcomed the opportunity for IAGTO members to visit Donegal. He said: “This is by far the largest and most important international golf tourism event to have been staged in Ireland and it is taking place at a crucial time when outbound golfing markets are recovering, at different paces, from the economic downturn.“This event will allow buyers and suppliers to fine tune this summer’s product and offers, whilst planning ahead for the 2012 season.” These spectacular links are complemented by an array of parkland courses which combine high-quality facilities and scenic beauty and offer a challenge to every golfer from beginner up to championship level.  Welcoming IAGTO’s decision to come to Ireland, Padraig Harrington – in his capacity as Ireland’s Golf Ambassador – emphasised what the delegates would find here. He said today: “Ireland is world-renowned for the high quality and wide choice of golf courses.“However, there’s much more than just fantastic golf. There’s award winning accommodation, a range of outdoor activities to complement a golf tour, and a unique culture and heritage that can only be found in Ireland. Keith McCormack, Head of Fáilte Ireland’s Golf Division, explained: “This is big news for the golf industry. As many of these tour operators do not feature or sell Ireland as a golfing holiday destination at the moment, they represent rich potential for significantly increasing visitors to our shores.“To achieve this, it is important to give them an opportunity to sample, for themselves, exactly what is on offer in Ireland and to get them to meet with a wide range of our golf clubs, accommodation providers, transport providers and local tour operators. IRELAND’S STAR golfer Padraig Harrington today welcomed a convention to Donegal – with tour operators with a billion euros worth of business attending a convention at the luxurious Harvey’s Point Hotel this Friday.The world’s top golf trade organisation visits Ireland for the first time this Friday – and Donegal is the place they have chosen to stay.Delegates from IAGTO (The International Association of Golf Tour Operators) will be attending a special Fáilte Ireland workshop at Harvey’s Point Hotel  where they will learn first-hand from Irish golf industry members and Fáilte Ireland representatives all about what Ireland has to offer the overseas golfer. IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry.  Established in 1997, IAGTO’s membership comprises almost 400 of the top specialist golf tour operators in over 50 countries.It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 80% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide (outside of Asia) and turnover of more than €1 billion per year. IAGTO hosts several workshops for their members around the world each year but this is the first time Ireland has hosted one.The workshops allow golf destinations, such as Ireland, an opportunity to give the world’s most important tour operators and buyers an experience of what this country has to offer – golf and otherwise. Ireland has been chosen to host a succession of international professional golf championships over the past number of years – from the hugely successful Ryder Cup in 2006, to the Smurfit European Open (1995-2007), The American Express WGC Championship (2002 and 2004) and the Seve Trophy in 2002 and 2007.In 2011, the highlight of Ireland’s sporting calendar will be The Solheim Cup.  This event, the ladies’ version of the Ryder Cup, will be hosted in Killeen Castle, County Meath, between 23rd and 25th September.Fáilte Ireland will continue to support and capitalise on the recently rejuvenated Irish Open, which remains a key event on the annual European Tour Calendar. Golf plays a big part in Irish tourism. There are more than 400 golf courses throughout Ireland, many set against backdrops of spectacular scenic landscapes.  Indeed, Ireland is famous for having a third of the world’s links courses. “We in Fáilte Ireland will also have our own experts on hand to promote all areas and activities available besides golf throughout Ireland. We hope to persuade these operators to sell Ireland to their clients and to significantly increase the number of inbound golfers along with the revenue they can generate for Ireland.” Mr McCormack added: “The arrival of our guests from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators is in keeping with our plans for the future development of the Irish golf industry. We need to be sharp in how we present our golf product and how we sell it abroad. “Ultimately, we need to fight hard alongside our overseas competitors for a significant share of the international golfing market and the event in Donegal this week will help us towards that.” “The Irish people really make Ireland stand out amongst other golf destinations, it’s the friendly welcome that makes a tour to Ireland memorable and will make any golfer want to return.” Fáilte Ireland has significantly increased its golf budget for 2011.  A new golfing brand has been developed – “Golf Ireland – Time to Play” – which is designed to rival competing destinations such as Scotland and Wales. A new national quality assurance scheme for golf courses in Ireland has also been introduced. This new quality standard will ensure that golfing visitors are assured of the consistency and quality of services they will experience in golf courses throughout Ireland.The move is a major coup for Deirdre McGlone and the staff at Harvey’s Point.BREAKING NEWS: PADRAIG HARRINGTON WELCOMES €1BILLION GOLF TRADE CONVENTION TO DONEGAL was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgAn American fashion designer is about to help young Donegal students realise their dreams of getting into the rag trade.  Sheila Clancy-O’Donnell came to live in Letterkenny with her young family after spending 25 years in the fashion industry in Manhattan.Now having developed some classes with students at Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, Sheila has set her sights on hosting an evening course at the LYIT. Sheila got her idea to run a fashion course after a visit to the Ardara weavers.Weavers told her it was so difficult to get new workers coming through.“I just thought it was so sad that there is a huge demand around the world for tweed and we have this rich tradition on our doorstep in Donegal.“So I thought ‘why not teach our youth about the opportunities right at their back door? My good friend was a fabric buyer who bought tweed from Donegal for Ralph Lauren in New York, so this fabric was part of my fashion history before I even moved here. “There’s always talk about what Ireland doesn’t have, why not prove to everyone what we DO have!“My goal is to inspire anyone who has a love of fashion to learn all about the ins and outs of the trade. To gain insight to decide if this is an avenue they want to go down,” she said.In developing the course, Sheila has had tremendous help from Magees Weavers of Donegal town, John Rocha, Dublin and John English Linens of Co. Down.Many Letterkenny retailers have also offered to come on board to assist with this program.Here’s the link to LYIT FASHION DESIGNER READY TO TURN RAGS TO JOBS FOR DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: September 4th, 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:FashionLYITSheila Clancy-O’Donnelltweedlast_img read more