Thaiday ready to play after horror injury

first_imgThe veteran Brisbane forward was poleaxed in a tackle during Australia’s Four Nations win over England in London in November. The injury required immediate surgery before he could be given the all-clear to fly home.  Thaiday is back in the UK preparing for the Broncos’ World Club Series clash with Warrington on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) in what will be his first appearance since sustaining the injury at the London Olympic Stadium.Although he admits he was wary about his eye area and cheekbone when he returned to training last month, he is confident there will be no long-lasting mental effects from the injury.”I pulled out of the Auckland Nines and the NRL All Stars just to make sure my head was right more than anything,” Thaiday told AAP in London.”It was scary at the time when it happened and things do cross your mind about there being any long-term problems.”I had loads of tests as they have to tick every box and make sure everything’s OK around that eye area. Thankfully it’s all good now and I’m just ready to play some footy.”Thaiday is no stranger to playing in the UK with this being his eighth visit and the fourth time he has been involved in the World Club Series with the Broncos, who head north to Manchester on Thursday having spent the week training in London.”It’s a great week as this is a pre-season camp for us,” he said.”We didn’t get a chance to have one this year and being over here with a fairly strong squad is a great opportunity for us to get ready for Round 1.”We’ve brought pretty much our full-strength squad, Adam Blair is probably the only one that is not here that will start in Round 1.”We’re really serious about this game as it gives us a chance to get those combinations going.”The game will also be the first time since 2002 that the Broncos start their season without Corey Parker, who retired at the end of last season.”There’s a fair few hit-ups and a fair few tackles we have to replace with him not there,” Thaiday said.”We’ve some young guys coming through who are wanting to replace him.”Joe Ofahengaue has been a stand out, Herman Ese’ese, Tevita Pangai and Jai Arrow too.”They are putting their hand up to be one of those middle forwards.”You have to replace players all the time, retirement will happen to us all one day, but losing Corey is a huge hole to fill.”last_img read more

Hooper hangs on to Bledisloe dream

first_imgThree of the Wallabies matchday 23 – Ned Hanigan, Sean McMahon and Curtis Rona – have never played against the All Blacks and close to half the team was not a part of last year’s Sydney debacle.Though Hooper maintained their focus was incredibly narrow heading into the Test, when asked if he let his thoughts wander to the idea of winning the trophy, he was honest.“This group’s come together this year to do something and what’s wrong with a dream? What’s wrong with a goal that everyone here wants to achieve?,” he said.“There’s nothing wrong with it and that’s what we should be aspiring to and wanting so everyone in our change room has that mentality.”McMahon will start at no. 8 for the Wallabies for the first time since last year’s Test against France, after missing the June Series with injury.Despite having 15 Tests to his name, McMahon has never been picked in a Bledisloe and coming off four weeks of tuning up, Hooper expects plenty from the 23-year-old.“He’s a damaging ball carrier, defender and he’s really worked on his game over the breakdown and in the breakdown,” he said.“I’ve been really impressed with how strong he is over the ball.“He goes absolutely hell for leather from the kick-off.“So, if he can give that for 60 minutes he’s going to make some real inroads into a quality New Zealand team.”Once McMahon and co come off in Sydney, the support of an experienced bench will be a nice luxury for the Wallabies, who have an average of 43 caps across the board on the pine this weekend.Though the All Blacks didn’t exactly pile on the points in that final 20 minutes of last year’s three encounters, their returns of three tries in the last quarter were game-sealing, with the Wallabies able to score just one try after 60 minutes, in the 78th minute in Sydney.“They are really good at that 60-minute mark of that continued pressure,” Hooper said.“They know their roles really well, and that’s their bench included.“Our bench hasn’t seen the enthusiasm in the last couple of games that we probably would’ve liked to have seen so picked a really strong bench, guys like Lopeti (Timani), (Sekope) Kepu in the front row and Tevita (Kuridrani) to come on.“Some guys to really up the tempo, up the enthusiasm and some really nice skill set and experience on the bench to close out a game.”last_img read more

Royals through to women’s POMRFL grand final

first_imgA crowd of over 200 turned up to watch the finals played in the blistering heat of the nation’s capital.The Panthers hit the lead after only the first minute when Angela Parao crashed over on the wing.Royals hit back twice in as many minutes and on the same wing with tries to Vero Waula and Naomi Kaupa.Unsuccessful conversions put the score at 8-4.The scores were tied at 8-8 thanks to Parao who scored her second for the game shortly before the half time whistle.Panthers wasted no time from the kick off in the second half as halfback Vasiti Meles worked her magic to get over the line.Just like Royals, the Panthers kicking game was off and an unsuccessful conversion left the score at 12-8.But Royals were not to be outdone and once again leveled up through Waula who bulldozed her way over to score her second try.Both sides tried desperately to break the deadlock but to no avail bringing the game into extra time.A try in the first half of extra time and the second half of extra time secured the win for Royals.A try right on the final whistle to the Panthers made no difference to the outcome.Royals will meet Souths in the women’s grand final.last_img read more

Hunters secure home final

first_imgThe Hunters finished off the last round before the finals with a 34-4 thrashing of the Sunshine Coast Falcons at home at the National Football Stadium yesterday afternoon.Michael Marum’s men have finished in fourth place for the finals and will meet the fifth placed Falcons again this Sunday in the elimination final at home.Kick-off for the game is at 3pm.The other elimination final will be between the Townsville Blackhawks (3rd place) and the Easts Tigers (6th place).The Redcliffe Dolphins took out the minor premiership for this season and will play the Burleigh Bears in week two of the finals to book the first spot in the grand final.Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League, Sandis Tsaka congratulated Hunters coach Michael Marum and the team for the collective effort this season to make the finals again and also secure a final at home.He described the Hunters achievement as one of the success stories of rugby league this year.last_img read more


first_imgThe majority of people believe the Taoiseach was ‘wrong’ to appoint Joe McHugh as Minister for the Gaeltacht.Minister Joe McHughThat’s the findings of a new poll by Irish online newspaper survey also found that three in every five people believe that the State should do more to promote the Irish language. The same number of people believe that the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was wrong to appoint Joe McHugh as minister with responsibility for Gaeltacht and Irish language affairs.According to a national opinion poll carried out by Millward Brown for the new Irish language online news service, 62% of of people believe that the State doesn’t do enough to promote the Irish language.The feeling that the state should do more to promote Irish was was strongest among over 55-year-olds and those resident in Munster, Connacht and Ulster.61% of those questioned disagreed with the Taoiseach’s appointment of someone who is not fluent in Irish to the Gaeltacht ministry, with those resident in Munster most likely to disagree with Enda Kenny’s decision. Only 20% of participants felt that Enda Kenny was not mistaken in appointing Joe McHugh, while support for the Taoiseach’s decision was strongest in Dublin (31%).The Brown poll was conducted among a sample of adults representative of the approximate 3.43 million adults aged 18 and over. 1,004 adults were interviewed on a face-to-face basis in the home at 66 sampling points throughout the Republic of Ireland.The margin of error for this opinion poll is +/- 3.1%. The interviews on the poll were carried out between 23rd September and the 3rd of October 2014. TAOISEACH WAS WRONG TO APPOINT JOE McHUGH AS GAELTACHT MINISTER – POLL was last modified: October 14th, 2014 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:donegalEnda KennyJoe McHughTuairisc.ielast_img read more


first_imgTHEY’RE celebrating another gong at Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny.Staff member Susan Doherty is not just the best in Donegal – she’s the best in Ireland and has been awarded the National Pride of Centra Award.The retail Oscar is recognition from Centra for the hard work Susan does in the community. “Obviously I’m delighted for Susan and her family,” said store owner Mairtin Kelly.“She is a great addition to our team and more importantly to the community. The award is also a testament to the focus we place on being at the heart of our community. Everyone is just delighted.” SUPER SUSAN CROWNED THE BEST WITH NATIONAL PRIDE OF CENTRA AWARD was last modified: December 8th, 2015 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:Kelly’s CentraletterkennyMountain TopSusan Dohertywinnerlast_img read more

Five Reach Double Figures As Women’s Basketball Rallies To Beat Creighton, 81-72

first_img ESPN 1350 Preview Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HMTL) Story Links Listen Livecenter_img vs. Tulsa 11/28/2015 – 4:30 PM Box Score (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied to beat the Creighton Bluejays, 81-72, Tuesday evening at the Knapp Center in front of 2,462 fans. Five players, led by junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) with a game-high 20 points, finished in double-figures for the Bulldogs.In a back-and-forth contest that featured 14 lead changes and seven ties, it was Drake (4-0) who stormed back from a five-point deficit with just under six minutes to go in the game against its former Missouri Valley Conference rival. It was a total team effort for the Bulldogs as all 10 players logged 12 or more minutes in the win.”We have this tough schedule to see where we are all at,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “With only 10 players, we have to get that experience for everyone.”Creighton (2-1) took a 69-64 lead after Marissa Janning’s layup with 5:54 on the clock in the fourth quarter. Two layups by freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) and one by sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) helped Drake grab the lead back at 70-69.Creighton freshman Audrey Faber, a Des Moines Dowling Catholic graduate, answered with her own layup and later with a free throw as she finished with a team-high 19 points. Her free throw gave the Bluejays a 72-71 lead with 1:45 to play, but it would be their final lead of the night as the Bulldogs roared back with the final 10 points to complete the comeback and improve to 4-0 on the season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.Drake built an 18-8 advantage at the start of the first quarter behind strong shooting and the play of freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) who scored five points during the run. However, Creighton climbed back into the contest with an 11-0 run to take a 19-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.Joining Wendell in doubles digit points Tuesday was Rhine with 14 points, junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) with 13, including knocking down a key three-pointer to extend the lead to four points with 46 seconds left in the game and sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and Bachrodt with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Creighton made 13 three-pointers in the game, but made just 2-of-10 to end the game. Janning recorded 12 points while MC McGrory added 15 points and Lauren Works 13.Drake and Tulsa will square off for the first time ever Saturday at the 2015 UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas, Nev. The contest will start at 4:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines.”I’m excited to head to Las Vegas and play a very good Tulsa team,” Baranczyk said. “They are out of a very good conference and last year went to Missouri State and knocked them off in the first round of the WNIT. Then after that game we will have another tough opponent in either UNLV or George Mason the following day. It will be a great test to see where we are at.” Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more

Airline group slams inconsistent electronics ban

first_imgThe US and UK governments have been urged to find an alternative to the recent ban on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins and slammed for the “woefully lacking’’ way in which the measures were introduced.The comments from International Air transport Association director general Alexandre de Juniac came in a highly critical speech in Montreal which also questioned the effectiveness of the measures to ban devices such as laptops and tablets in carry-on baggage on some flights to the two countries from North Africa and the Middle East.“The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness,’’ de Juniac said.“And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers from their personal electronics.’’The IATA boss said passengers and member airlines were asking valid questions such as why the US and UK did not have a common list of airports, referring to a decision by the UK not to follow the US move to include Gulf carriers Etihad, Qatar and Emirates.They were also wondering how laptops could be secure on some flights but not others, including flights departing from the same airport.“And surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively?’’ he said. “The current situation is not acceptable and will not maintain the all-important confidence of the industry or of travelers. We must find a better way. And Governments must act quickly.’’There was also frustration about the hasty way in which the ban, which became public only after airlines tweeted about it, was implemented.De Juniac described the way in which the measures were introduced as “woefully lacking” with no prior consultation with the industry and little coordination by governments.He renewed IATA’s long-standing call for better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry.Airlines did not want access to state secrets but could help deliver better results if they understood the outcomes governments wanted, he said.“While governments have the primary responsibility for security, we share the priority of keeping passengers, crew and aircraft secure,’’ he said. “To do that effectively intelligence is king. And it needs to be shared amongst governments and with the industry. It’s the only way to stop terrorists before they get near an airport, let alone aircraft.’’IATA has been pushing governments to follow through on a UN Security Council resolution calling on the International Civil Aviation organisation to develop a global aviation security plan.The “very wide gaps’’ in the recent measures taken by governments had highlighted the need for such a plan, de Juniac said.last_img read more

For Vasundhara Raje, a race against time

first_imgThe ruling BJP’s embarrassing defeat in the byelections in Rajasthan has triggered a churn in the party, with senior leaders deliberating on the reasons for the triple drubbing — in one Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats. A beleaguered Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, already battling factionalism within the party and growing resentment among the people, has little time on her hands as she seeks to course-correct with Assembly elections scheduled for December this year.At a core group meeting at Ms. Raje’s residence here on Friday, BJP leaders reportedly analysed the factors responsible for the shrinkage in the party’s traditional support base. While sections of the Rajput community had announced their support to the Congress much before polling day, the impact of the Centre’s decisions of demonetisation and GST rollout was described as a “worrisome trend” beyond the State’s control.Farmers are also upset with the Raje government for its failure to act upon its announcement of agricultural loan waiver of ₹50,000 each. A committee appointed after a 13-day-long farmers’ agitation in the Shekhawati region is yet to take a decision despite having visited Kerala and other States to study their models.Rebel concernThe party is also facing resentment from a section of its workers who are drawn towards the “Deendayal Vahini” front floated by rebel MLA and former Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari. The Sanganer MLA raised the banner of revolt after he was denied a Cabinet berth and his outbursts following the bypoll results were distressful for the BJP. Mr. Tiwari alleged that the party’s central leadership was shielding a “corrupt government” in Rajasthan and questioned Ms. Raje’s continuation in office.Among the other factors responsible for the BJP’s defeat in Alwar and Ajmer parliamentary seats and Mandalgarh Assembly seat, according to political observers, are the bitterness among the business community, deteriorating law and order in semi-urban areas, enactment of a legislation to protect officers charged with graft and Gujjars and Brahmins turning against the party over reservation and other issues.The voting pattern in the urban pockets depicted a marked shift away from the BJP. In Ajmer city, considered the BJP’s stronghold, the party lost Ajmer North by 6,975 votes and Ajmer South by 13,070 votes primarily because of the traders’ anger over loss of business and complications in filing of GST returns.‘Cold shouldered’The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has maintained a distance from the Raje-led faction of the BJP ever since the party came to power in 2013. RSS volunteers were conspicuous by their absence during electioneering for the bypolls. They did not make any serious attempt to mobilise voters in the three constituencies. The “cold shoulder” given by Ms. Raje to RSS volunteers during ticket distribution in 2013 and her subsequent temple relocation drive in Jaipur are considered responsible for the Sangh’s aloofness.The Opposition Congress, on the other hand, put up a united front during the election campaign. Party leaders, including Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, built up an atmosphere against the BJP’s policies and programmes while cashing in on the resentment among different sections of the population.In both Alwar and Ajmer, the Congress tried to forge new alliances with different caste groups in order to pose a fresh challenge to the BJP. The atmosphere was charged in Alwar in the wake of attacks on dairy farmers by cow vigilantes, while the contest in Ajmer was a direct one between Mr. Pilot and Ms. Raje.last_img read more

Beermen, Painters try to bolster Q’Final bid

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH fighters bag 2 golds “Alaska is not a team you can relax against,” said RoS coach Caloy Garcia referring to the Aces. “We have to come out with the mentality of wanting to win rather than just playing the game.” Read Next The Beermen take on Phoenix Fuel at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. duel between the Painters and the Alaska Aces.San Miguel coach Leo Austria got first-hand experience how it is paying against a team with nothing to lose when the Beermen needed a big finish and a huge game from June Mar Fajardo to subdue KIA Picanto, 118-112, in what he aptly described as “an ugly win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is a wake-up call for us,” said Austria who is hoping to bring to the illustrious franchise its second Grand Slam.Rain or Shine will also guard against complacency when it battles Alaska. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine will shoot for wins on Wednesday that would push them closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.And it’s not much of an advantage that the Beermen and the Elasto Painters will be facing teams that have scraped the bottom of the barrel. In fact, it could work against the two squads in the doubleheader at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more