Perese has “beast mode” up sleeve: Kerevi

first_imgKerevi, Perese and Fijian flyer Filipo Daugunu will be the enterprising outside backs that could set the Suncorp Stadium crowd alight come Friday, when the Tens take hold of Brisbane.Kerevi will captain the Reds and he has high hopes for their campaign this weekend.”Izzy has the switch he can put on and he can just go beast mode,” Kerevi said.”Filipo has amazing feet, he’s been training well for us and he played exceptionally well for (Queensland) Country so I am excited to see him out there.”They’re real quick – at training they have been turning on the gas.”Australian rugby fans have had a taste of Perese’s electric feet but it’s Daugunu remains somewhat of a mystery, given his exposure at the elite level remains limited.”The first time I saw (Daugunu) he was playing for Wests, against Souths, in a trial match and straight away I said ‘Who’s that guy?'”He scored three tries game, kicked a goal and for me, I’m just happy he’s on my side.”He will be amazing for the Tens, I know that.”The Reds haven’t named a wildcard in line with the other Australian franchises and that’s testament to Thorn’s dislike for frills.”Speaking to Thorny, I think he just wants to give opportunity for all the boys to play,” Kerevi said.”We’ve got a great, young side coming through and we have some exciting players here for the Tens.”We want to win but we also want to get the cobwebs out.”After a preseason packed with gruelling sessions under Thorn’s observant eye, Kerevi looked at the tournament as a reward, of sorts.”It’s been a long preseason so we are ready to start playing footy,” he said.”I just really want the young guys to express themselves and enjoy playing footy.”It’s the reward we get after a long couple weeks of preseason.”last_img read more

Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Only 1 of 32 coaches at World Cup is black Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “When, after six months of not competing, you’re still not good enough to be where you want to be and looking like you’re going to have to have surgery, it’s the lowest point you can get to in your professional career,” he said.“People might say, ‘oh, you’ve got it great’ – which I’m aware that we do, and I’m very lucky I get to play tennis for a living. But that’s what I’ve been doing since I was a child, and when you’re not able to do something that you love it’s tough.”Wimbledon starts on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Britain’s Andy Murray returns the ball, during a practice session on day one of the Queen’s Club Championship at the Queens Club, in London, Monday June 18, 2018. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Andy Murray is excited to be returning at the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s Club event this week after the former top-ranked player in the world experienced the “lowest point” of his career during an 11-month absence from tennis.The 31-year-old Briton, who has been out of action with a hip injury since losing in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been drawn to meet Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Queen’s.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really looking forward to playing again,” Murray said in his regular BBC Sport column. “While I will be nervous, it will be great to finally step back on the court.“With sport you play to win, but when you are away from something you love doing for almost a year, you realize you’re playing because you love it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I didn’t start playing to win Wimbledon or get to number one in the world. I never believed that was something I was going to do, or something I thought about when I was a kid growing up. I played tennis because I loved it and continued doing that throughout my whole career.”Murray, who won the Wimbledon title in 2013 and 2016 and the U.S. Open crown in 2012, had an operation on his hip in January. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Rockets hope ’Melo can help them to 1st title since 1995

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew His tenure in Oklahoma City seemed to start going wrong before it even got started. He became a meme after the Thunder’s media day last year when he was asked about how he’d feel about coming off the bench and he responded with: “Who, me?”He laughed about that exchange Monday but he and coach Mike D’Antoni skirted questions about exactly what his role would be in Houston.“All the questions of coming off the bench, I don’t even want to answer those questions,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship then that’s what’s going to be done.”Harden and Paul both seem thrilled to have the 34-year-old Anthony on their team. Harden had a simple answer when asked why he thought Anthony would be successful in Houston after struggling to fit in elsewhere.“He’s playing alongside me and Chris,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. General manager Daryl Morey has admired Anthony for years and tried to land him in the past before finally convincing him to join the Rockets this year. He believes Anthony will be a good fit in Houston.“Even if in recent past maybe they’ve had some bumpy roads where the fit maybe hasn’t been good. We feel like our players, Chris Paul and James Harden and our coaching staff can really get the most out of guys with talent,” Morey said. “We really look for players who they have talent in other places that maybe people aren’t appreciating but will work better when they’re here.”Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 games last season for the Thunder. The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 15-year career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks, but many feel he has never lived up to his potential.Though Anthony tries not to let those who doubt him bring him down he did admit that the excitement everyone from Ferttita on down expressed when he signed with the team made him feel good.“I think everybody loves that feeling. We all need that feeling,” Anthony said. “We all need that validation of the hard work that we put in people see that and people recognize that and people to want you to be a part of what they’ve got going on. And also, they want to be part of what you have going on, too.”After plenty of ups and downs over the past few years, the veteran wants to put the past behind him and is only looking ahead to how he can help this team get over the hump.“I look at this as almost a clean slate for me and like a fresh start to get out there and have a new team, live in a new city, embrace new fans and also have fun playing basketball again,” Anthony said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Houston Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony holds up a sign while posing for a photographer during media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta didn’t waste any time telling Carmelo Anthony why he wanted him on his team.“I’ll tell you exactly what I told him,” Fertitta said Monday. “‘We couldn’t win a championship without you last year. And if we win a championship with you this year you’re going to be the guy that got us over there. So, it’s all up to you.’”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Warriors vow to live in the moment, chase another title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Anthony, who joined the Rockets this offseason after one disappointing season in Oklahoma City, chuckled when asked about that phone call. He was vacationing in South Africa with his family when the phone rang, and Fertitta delivered the message.“He put a lot of pressure on me,” Anthony said. “I’m not even going to lie.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets in August after he was traded from the Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks in July before the Hawks released him.Fertitta and the rest of the Rockets believe that the 10-time All-Star could be the piece that will help them win their first NBA title since capturing back-to-back championships in 1994-95. But there are questions about how Anthony will fit in with a team that stars last year’s MVP James Harden and fellow star Chris Paul. View commentslast_img read more

Lone Star: Poor Planning against Zimbabwe

first_imgLone Star playersAs the national soccer team, Lone Star, face another challenge abroad against the Warriors of Zimbabwe, the information is that someone somewhere at the Liberia FootballAssociation (LFA) is making selections for Coach James Salinsa Debbah, and this is not encouraging.And so while Zimbabwe is at peace and resumed camping early this week to prepare to welcome Liberia on June 11, Liberia is sadly complaining about someone usurping the job of the team’s head coach and selecting players without his knowledge.However, there are also reports that some sports journalists have recordings of Coach Debbah making an announcement of the same players that he now says he did not select.Some of the sports journalists have sworn that they can prove Coach Debbah may be hiding something with his denial of his own selection of 14 players for the match against Zimbabwe.So as we speak Liberia has not made a good selection of the best 22 players, at least, from the national league to participate in friendly matches as a way of keeping the spirit of the team alive, since majority of the players for the 2019 qualifying rounds of the African Cup of Nations would be mainly players from abroad anyway.Some interesting questions are: What is going on? If it is true that Coach Debbah did not know about the selection of the 14 players for the Nations Cup encounter against Zimbabwe, then who did it? Or is it because, as someone at the LFA told me, the LFA owes the technical team and therefore someone who is unhappy is blowing smoke against what was agreed upon?Though the LFA has remained mute on the issue, there is a report that the national team will welcome their Sierra Leonean counterparts, Leone Stars, in a friendly international match in Monrovia this weekend.The weekend friendly match is to help both teams in the wake of their respective encounters the weekend of June 11. Sierra Leone is set against the Harambee Stars of Kenya and they may use the game to smooth their players’ rough edges.What does Liberia get to gain from the friendly match this weekend, since the team against the Leone Stars may not be the ‘real’ members of the team against Zimbabwe?This is a tricky question because friendly matches are played for good reasons. For example, when FIFA and or CAF announced windows that provided all countries a chance to try their teams against stronger teams in friendly international matches, Liberia did not take advantage of it.Wasting that advantage, the technical team of the Lone Star does not know how good the best 22 players would fare in any match. And so without playing together enough, it goes without saying that the technical team will work from the blind side, as it is said in sports, not knowing what to expect from its own players.If Liberia has had to play friendly matches, like other nations, the coach could have by now know what is needed on the team to change or strengthen it. It could have made sense to play a friendly match to “see” the team’s response and reaction and then the coach could have devised a strategy to smooth what is necessary in attack or defense.I am convinced that the good Lord above rewards those who make efforts in their lives and request His spiritual support to win over adversities. If you don’t make use of your advantages, prayers alone cannot change a dream to succeed, and dreams simply become dreams. So, unless we change the lackadaisical means of handling important issues, we will not make progress like the rest of the countries make in developing their national teams.When that happens is our heroes will be Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and those whose achievements on the soccer field are meaningless to our national pride.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Strong third period puts Flyers through to Coy Cup

first_img“I think it will be tough games up there,” Dicaire said. “Fort Nelson I know they have a couple of guys they’re going to bring in. Powell River will be ramped up but they have to beat the second place team from the interior division. We just go up there tournament style, you gotta win to get a day off. You win three games you get a day off then go to the finals so that’s what we’ll be shooting for.”Scoring for Fort St. John in the game were Adam Horst, Robbie Sidhu, Dan Pappin (2), and Joey Massingham.A schedule of games for the Flyers in the Coy Cup will be posted when it becomes available. It was a lacklustre start for the Fort St. John Flyers in game two of their AA playdowns with the Whitehorse Huskies, but the team turned it around with a solid third period which resulted in a series win and a spot in the Coy Cup in Fort Nelson. The Flyers were down 2-1 entering the final 20 minutes and being outshot, however they went on to score to four goals on the way to a 5-2 win.Head coach Gerard Dicaire laced up the skates in the game for a rare appearance on the ice due to some injuries the team has on the back end, and admitted the Flyers took Whitehorse lightly in the second game based on the lopsided score in game one.“We kind of took them a little lightly today. We should have known they were going to come out harder with a good night’s rest. The first two periods weren’t great but the boys stuck with the plan and we had a good third,” he said.- Advertisement -Dicaire said he’ll allow the team to heal their battle scars for the next while but will be making sure as many players are showing up to practice as possible when the time comes to prepare for the Coy Cup from March 24-28.“Now it’s just a matter of not getting too lazy and making sure guys are showing up to practice. I don’t know what our schedule is like if we have one or two a week but we’ll give them some time to heal up and then get back to ‘er.”As for the Coy Cup itself the Flyers know they will encounter some strong competition but they still have their sights set on finishing in first after the round robin which would earn them a bye into the finals.Advertisementlast_img read more

Vehicle accident on 100th Street in Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto: Two vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of the Alaska Highway and 100th Street in Fort St. John on Friday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caEmergency crews were called to a motor vehicle accident in Fort St. John on Friday afternoon.At around 3:00 pm, police, ambulance, and fire crews attended a two vehicle accident at the intersection of the Alaska Highway and 100th Street.- Advertisement -It’s believed there were several injuries, although there is no confirmation who is injured or how severely.More information will be posted as it becomes available.Photo: Emergency crews assist an accident victim on Friday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img


first_imgAn Post has confirmed that Greencastle Post Office will remain open for 12 months while it reviews its services nationwide.The move has been welcomed by Donegal’s three North-East TDs Joe McHugh, Padraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalogue.All issued statements welcoming the move. It follows a campaign by the Greencastle community for retention of the post office in the village, which had been under threat following notice by An Post. AN POST CONFIRMS GREENCASTLE PO WILL STAY OPEN FOR 12 MONTHS was last modified: October 31st, 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 Postgreencastle post officelast_img read more


first_imgIn the wake of serious scandals concerning the Gardaí earlier this year, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn welcomed the much anticipated Garda Síochána Bill 2014 to the floor of the Dáil today.He welcomed many of the proposals contained within the bill but cautioned that there was still need to strengthen some of the provisions.“I am very pleased to welcome this bill to the house today. It is fair to say we have been waiting a long time for it. “It has been a very disturbing period in terms of the whole area of the administration and application of justice in this State.“Public confidence has been fundamentally undermined by the incompetence, and at times arrogance, that this government has shown in overseeing all the episodes that have emerged in the recent months and, indeed, years.“We will seek to amend the Bill to ensure that GSOC will have access, on a statutory basis, to the PULSE system to assist in their investigations. This amendment would include a Criminal Justice Inspectorate encompassing An Garda Síochána; The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission; The Director of Public Prosecutions; The Probation Service; The Courts Service; The Irish Youth Justice Service.“Our amendment will also include the recommendation of a single Ombudsman as opposed to the three commissioners as laid out in the Bill. This would ensure a greater degree of accountability and that there is no possibility of dissenting opinions or divergence in the Ombudsman’s findings.” Mac LOCHLAINN WELCOMES GARDA REFORMS, BUT WANTS MORE POWERS FOR GSOC was last modified: October 21st, 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:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnGarda Bill 2014GSOCreformslast_img read more

Latest: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0 – Pedro threatens for patient Blues

first_imgPedro had the best chance of a fairly subdued first 20 minutes at Villa Park.The Spaniard collected a headed clearance from a corner 20 yards out and shifted the ball first on to his left and then on to his right before curling an effort inches past the angle of post and bar.Chelsea were content to be patient in possession against a Villa side seemingly destined for relegation, though Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois was called upon twice.He first fielded a Micah Richards header at the second attempt and later pushed away a low drive from Rudy Gestede.At the other end, Pedro had the ball in the net but was a yard offside.With John Terry and Gary Cahill both out, Chelsea gave a debut to January signing Matt Miazga as part of a reshuffled back four.Ruben Loftus-Cheek was also given a start, with Chelsea showing four changes from the side that drew with West Ham.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Gestede, Ayew..Subs: Bunn, Okore, Bacuna, Lyden, Veretout, Grealish, Sinclair.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy. Subs: Begovic, Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Statement by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

first_imgRead the full statement by Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s newly appointed Minister of Finance, delivered at a press conference on Monday 14 December.• Download the statementI return to a portfolio that was assigned to me for five years between 2009 and 2014. I have been associated with the Finance Family for almost two decades. I am relatively familiar with the terrain and its challenges.The facts about the developments that took place last week and the response of the financial markets are well-known. Our currency fell, the stock market dropped by 2.94 per cent and bond yields shot up by over 150 basis points.Our government is acutely aware of the financial impact this had on those who are invested in this economy. As President Zuma indicated when a decision triggers developments such as these, a democratic government has a duty to listen and respond appropriately. I am therefore, privileged to address you today.Our humble appeal to the nation is to work with us as we continue to build a resilient economy and a better life for all South Africans in the context of a challenging global, emerging markets and domestic economic environment.We understand that it is our duty to continuously earn the trust and confidence of the South African public, and we commit ourselves to doing just that.Our focus in the coming months will be to do the following diligently:1. We will stay the course of sound fiscal management. Our expenditure ceiling is sacrosanct. We can have extra expenditure only if we raise extra revenue. We will unreservedly continue our fiscal consolidation process and we will stabilise our debt in the medium term. If needs be, we will accelerate this by either cutting spending or making selective changes to tax policy. Similarly, any revenue raising opportunity will be considered very carefully to ensure that it does not damage growth or affect the poor negatively.2. I want to be very clear: we will not cut pro-poor programmes, growth inducing programmes and investment. Instead we will seek to increase investment in the 2017 Budget.3. We are going to redouble our efforts to ensure efficiency of expenditure across the public service. New measures are being put in place to contribute to reducing corruption and enhancing transparency and these will be complemented by stern enforcement.4. We have been clear that one of the risks to our fiscal framework is the financial state of State-Owned Companies. Let me emphasize that any support to these companies will be done in a fiscally sustainable manner. As President Zuma said “no state-owned entity will dictate to government how it should be assisted and nothing will be done that runs contrary to the fiscal prudence that our country is renowned for.” While many are in a strong financial position, the performance of others has weakened. Work has therefore, begun to develop a uniform legislative framework to regulate state-owned companies. We cannot avoid the necessity of wide-ranging reforms that will put them on a sustainable financial footing and where good governance is non-negotiable.5. Government is committed to strengthening the link between policy formulation, budgeting, and performance.6. Working with the Reserve Bank, we are going to intensify and accelerate the pace of financial sector reforms, which will be underpinned by the Financial Sector Regulation Bill. A stable financial sector is central to oiling the real sector of the economy. As a caring government we fully appreciate our duty to protect all those invested in our economy. We will always act to protect the pensions invested in our bonds, equities and other forms of stocks.One of the strengths of our country is a strong and modern private sector in whose hands rests around 80 per cent of our economy. We are going to intensify our cooperation and partnerships with the private sector to improve investment so that we can achieve higher rates of growth.South Africa has a solid history of sound macro-economic policy management. Since the dawn of democracy, our government has advanced policies that are meant to address inequality, reduce poverty and unemployment.We recognise that to do this, we need faster and more inclusive growth and job creation. A growing economy creates work opportunities, and 5.4 million South Africans need work. A growing economy delivers tax revenues which we need to finance various programmes of the State and to effect redistribution so that we can reduce inequality and poverty. The centrality of growth to achieve our policy objectives is paramount.We take account of the concerns of the rating agencies and investors and we shall endeavour to protect the investment grade rating of South Africa.Let me take this opportunity to sincerely thank my comrade and former colleague Mr Nhlanhla Nene for the great work he did in the past 18 months.Fellow South Africans, I know it is time to break for Christmas, but some of us have work to do to make sure that 2016 is better than 2015. Let us get down to business!Thank you very much. I look forward to working with you as Minister of Finance in the NewYear.Issued on behalf of the Ministry of FinanceDate: 14 December 2015last_img read more