Thurston confirms end to rep career in 2017

first_imgAt the conclusion of his first week back at training with the North Queensland Cowboys Thurston spoke to the media on Friday and confirmed that he would step down from representative football after the 2017 Rugby League World Cup but is yet to ink an extension to stay with the Cowboys for what would be a 14th season with the club in 2018.Emphasising his incredible durability, Thurston has not missed a single Origin game since his debut in Game One, 2005, his 36 consecutive appearances to date 10 more than the next best (Darius Boyd) and 12 more than former Maroons warhorse Gary Larson.His 214 points in Origin are the most by more than 50 points and he needs just one more Queensland jersey to move past Darren Lockyer to be second behind good mate Cameron Smith as the second-most capped Origin player of all time.Thurston will be 34 years of age when Game One is played at Suncorp Stadium on May 31 and although he admits it will be an emotional time, is adamant that it is the right time to step aside.”It’s got to come to an end sometime and for me it will be this year,” Thurston confirmed on Friday.”Personally I just need to make sure I’m playing well enough to warrant selection and not rest on my laurels and make sure I’m still trying to improve.”I’ve had a lot of great memories, created a lot of good memories from my time in the rep arena and it will be nice to sit back and watch the boys run around.”It will be an emotional time when that happens but looking forward to the year ahead.”You don’t really make it about yourself but being part of the team for a number of years I’m sure the boys would like to prepare the best that they can to get the result that we want.”We’ve got two games at Suncorp but it’s always a tough arena and looking forward to it and hopefully creating some more really good memories.”One of the greatest players to ever play the game Thurston has expressed his desire to play on again in 2018 but is waiting for the salary cap to be agreed upon by the NRL and the Rugby League Players Association before putting pen to paper.One of the game’s most respected figures and a demigod in North Queensland, Thurston hopes that the salary cap can be finalised soon so that he can sit down and come to terms with the Cowboys for a further season.”The club is aware of my situation so we just need the NRL to make sure that we get the salary cap done and then we can start getting negotiations underway,” Thurston said.”It’s difficult for clubs and players alike to talk figures when we don’t know what the salary cap’s going to be. Hopefully the RLPA and the NRL can come to an agreement soon so we can move on.”For a young player such as back-rower Coen Hess with just nine NRL games to his name, the opportunity to play a further two seasons outside the majestic skills of Thurston will stay with him for the remainder of his career.”He’s one of the best in the game so for however long he’s around I’m ecstatic to be able to learn off one of the best players that has ever played the game,” Hess said of the prospect of another season with Thurston at the helm”It’s very exciting for the club and also the people of North Queensland.”They all love him up here so I’m sure everyone’s pretty excited.”last_img read more


Darder’s reinvention

first_imgThe arrival of Abelardo Fernández and Raúl de Tomás has not only spurred the spirits of Spanishism, but it has been a stir for the players, whose roles vary. In the same way that Matías Vargas was one of the players who did not find fit in the system of Pablo Machín, in which the extremes had no opportunities or played outside their areas, with the arrival of Abelardo Sergi Darder is the player who will have than reinvent or live a more demanding competition. Darder himself, in an interview with AS last season, reflected on his demarcation. “It is trying to be more mediapunta than medium, but that player profile is Melendo. I can do it, but I usually play further back. The midfielder has innate qualities … “, said the player in a context of personal and collective brilliance of Rubi’s team, who finished seventh in the championship. The truth is that Darder has taken more turns than a spinning top in Espanyol. Since his arrival, the Mallorcan has acted in the double pivot, indoor on both sides, end with Quique Sánchez Flores and forward, always understanding the game in its own way and marking or assisting at decisive moments. Taking into account the template and its resources, enter Darder, Raúl de Tomás, Víctor Campuzano, Jonathan Calleri Y Wu Lei the attack positions will be distributed, playing Abelardo with the moments of the matches and with the advantage of having three competitions.So far, Darder has been a starter in all the meetings with Machín and was only substitute in two with David Gallego. Now he will have to reinvent himself again to take Espanyol to achieve his goals. Darder has already demonstrated his adaptation.center_img At the technician’s premiere Asturian in the derby, Darder acted as Forward when Espanyol was not in control of the game and of midfielder when he took the ball. A position that is not usual for the Mallorcan, although it can adapt due to its scoring ability: in fact, with two goals, it is among the top scorers of the first round. Abelardo himself referred to Darder as forward in his last press conference. The rise of David López to the midfielder and the arrival of Raúl de Tomás complicate the lace of the spiritual captain of Espanyol.last_img read more


Williams: “It’s our chance to get the barge out”

first_imgIñaki Williams scored headlong in the 92nd minute, although it is not a dominating facet, a goal that put Athletic in the semifinals of the Cup and collapsed to Barcelona. He combed it with the crest. San Mamés fell apart. Total Ecstasy After the celebrations with the whole stadium, I was excited, almost crying. “It’s our chance to take out the barge”, sentenced. The rojiblanco squad spoke from the heart: “Hopefully we get the dream we want”. And that the current format of the Cup has been about to give them a scare, for the two crosses with Elche and Tenerife resolved on penalties: “Sometimes you have to have faith and heart. This Cup is having surprising results, it was complicated but we have been advancing. “last_img read more


UNMIL Staff Fails to Testify in Fiancée’s Murder Case

first_imgThe ground of the Temple of Justice was, last Friday, a scene of shock and disbelief when family members and friends of Antoinette Nettie Peters disappointedly left her murder trial at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.The victim’s Ugandan UNMIL boyfriend, Bonfrer Adidee, in whose compound Nettie was stabbed to death, failed to show up to testify in the case.Nettie, as she was affectionately known, was allegedly murdered on January 3, 2013 by her private security guard, Jefferson Dahn. Dahn has since denied that he killed the victim.Adidee, who currently works with UNMIL’s Civil Affairs Section, was Subpoenaed by Criminal Court ‘A’ to appear before it and testified as state witness, last Friday.The decision was based on prosecution’s request to the Court, last Wednesday’s hearing for a “Subpoena Ad Testificandum” for a proper authority to liaise with UNMIL to ensure Adidee’s appearance on that day.Subpoena ad testificandum orders a person to testify before the ordering authority or face punishment.It can also request the testimony to be given by phone or in person.In that request, prosecution said Adidee currently works with UNMIL, and wants him to take the witness stand on behalf of government in the proceedings.That request was granted by the court and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) was instructed to supervise Adidee’s appearance last Friday.Surprisingly, at Friday’s hearing Adidee did not show-up in court as was ordered by Judge Blamo Dixon.Neither did the Court nor the State lawyers mention anything about his not-shown up during the entire trial on Friday.It can be recalled that authorities of UNMIL Thursday, May 22, in a communication to the Daily Observer clarified that Adidee, the victim’s boyfriend, has not left Liberia, leaving the entire case behind as had been reported in some quarters.The communication further clarified; “he continues to work with the Mission and is physically present in the country.”In addition, they said, at the time of the Daily Observer Wednesday, May 24 [20] story titled ‘UNMIL Officer Fiancée’s Murder Case Begins,’ “the staff member was not summoned to appear before the Liberian court trying the alleged murder case.”They further stated in their communication, that they “collaborated with the Liberia National Police during the investigation stage of the case and stands ready to continue cooperating with authority in the proceedings related to the tragic incident.”Meanwhile, the two jury — Nathan Chea and Rachael Kun Suah — who were accused of allegedly communicating with defendant Jefferson Dahn’s family, were on Friday, May 23 removed from panel that is expected to assist Judge Blamo Dixon decide the case.The court’s decision follows prosecutors’ claimed that they saw jurors Chea and Suah at different locations communicating with defendant’s family members, praying the Court to conduct an immediate investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


A college solution lacks a problem

first_imgSen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., wants to reward you for having a baby. The plan goes like this. Every baby born receives $5,000 placed in an account. As the money accrues interest, the child can later use the proceeds for a college education or to help finance a home. The cost? Sen. Clinton doesn’t know. Will U.S.-born children of illegal aliens be eligible? No word on that yet. Who pays? Don’t know. Assuming the money is placed in a government security, one can expect this to earn far more money than one earns through Social Security. Yet some of the very same people who support a $5,000 interest-bearing account for children opposed President Bush’s plan for partial privatization of Social Security. Under Bush’s plan, a worker can place some of his or her Social Security payroll taxes in stocks or bonds, allowing an interest rate that exceeds the rate one now gets under Social Security. Today the money mostly vanishes upon the death of the worker. But Bush’s plan allows the worker to bequeath the money to his or her children, allowing funds to be used for things like financing college or purchasing a home or starting a business. Sen. Clinton specifically talks about using the “baby bond” account for college. This assumes that people fail to go for lack of funds. Nonsense. Financing for college remains readily available. More than three out of four college students receive financial aid, at an average annual amount of $9,899 for 2003-04. And 62 percent of students received grants averaging $5,565 in 2003-04. Average annual tuition for a public two-year college is $2,191, and $5,491 for four-year colleges and universities in the 2005-06 academic year. Some would-be college students, though, apparently think college too expensive to afford. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, for example, speaks recklessly of “two Americas” – one for the connected, and one for everybody else. Rhetoric like that makes many people, especially those in lower socio-economic levels, think the cost of college places it out of reach. In a survey released by the American Council on Education in 1998, most Americans overestimated the cost of tuition. But blacks and Latinos were more likely to doubt the availability of financial aid than whites. Blacks were 83 percent more likely than whites – and Latinos 79 percent more likely – to think college was “not affordable.” Besides, government-provided funds for college actually cause an increase in tuition. Economist Thomas Sowell, in Inside American Education, writes, “The specific terms under which the government provides student financial aid virtually guarantees tuition escalation to unaffordable levels. ? The federal formula ? first determines the `expected family contribution,’ based upon family income, assets, number of children, and other measures of ability to pay. Federal aid begins where tuition and other charges exceed this `expected family contribution.’ A private college or university which kept its tuition affordable … could forfeit millions of dollars annually in federal money. For example, if college X can provide a good education at $8,000 a year, while its average student’s family can afford $9,000, then it loses opportunities to receive federal money. By raising its tuition to $12,000, it not only gets an additional $1,000 per student from their families but also an additional $3,000 per student from the government.” So Clinton’s plan to help finance college becomes yet another solution in search of a problem. Clinton’s plan also creates unintended consequences. If people cannot feed, clothe, house and educate their children, should government provide incentives to have babies? Programs like school lunches, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), public housing, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, transportation vouchers, day-care vouchers – all make this statement: Have a child even if you lack the resources to do so. Breed irresponsibly and the government will compel taxpayers to step in. Have they learned nothing from the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, signed into law by President Clinton? Welfare rolls declined 50 percent without an increase in abortion. Able-bodied and able-minded people – faced with time limits and denied increased monies for each new child – got off the couch and went to work. In 1972, George McGovern, arguably the most far-left candidate ever nominated, proposed giving $1,000 to every man, woman and child. Adjusted for inflation, that comes to almost $5,000 today. If at first you don’t succeed ? Larry Elder is an attorney, syndicated columnist and national radio talk-show host. He can be heard from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KABC-AM 790. His e-mail address is sage@larryelder.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

This is the biggest threat to Liverpool becoming a European giant once more

first_imgLiverpool fan Brian Reece voices his opinion on the transfer situation at Anfield…Liverpool Football Club was once a European giant, a club whose name alone would strike fear into the game’s elite, but today the Reds struggle to make it into the Europa League.Why? Because the five-times European champions no longer attract top players due to the club’s current transfer policy.Jurgen Klopp publicly announced at his first press conference that he has the final word on who arrives at Anfield, which technically is true, but it is perhaps as important to ask, who has the first word?The role of Liverpool’s transfer committee is supposedly to identify players who will strengthen the Reds, but this is far from the sole criterion when the committee decides who to target. Transfer fee, age, position, Liverpool’s own valuation, proposed wages and, crucially, the player’s estimated resale value, all reportedly play a part when the transfer committee presents a list of players for Jurgen Klopp to choose from. So yes, the Liverpool boss may get the last word, but how much use is that if it’s from the transfer committee’s proposed list? These polices are commonplace in the US sports industry, especially baseball, when the resale value of a player is part of the buying process, but that doesn’t mean they can be applied successfully in football across the pond. Buying young, talented players with potential is a good long term move in theory, but what Liverpool need right now is experienced, top quality players that can fit into the first team immediately.The transfer committee must stop treating the transfer window as if it’s a trip to Marrakesh in an attempt to bag a bargain with two shakes of an aardvark’s tail.They need to stop believing that the name ‘Liverpool’ will make players starry eyed, because it no longer has that impression.    If Liverpool want to become Champions League regulars again, then this transfer committee need to hand responsibility for recruitment to Jurgen Klopp.In fact, I would actually suggest that the current transfer policy – including the committee – is unfit for purpose, and represents the biggest threat to Liverpool in their search for a regular top four slot.Agree or disagree with Brian’s opinion? Comment below. Jurgen Klopp is shown around Anfield by Liverpool’s chairman and chief executive 1last_img read more


Can you help us get this little dog found in Fanad home?

first_imgMary Kearney has launched an appeal with Donegal Daily after a small dog was found outside of her cottage in Fanad.He has a distinctive marking on his left eye, a blue collar, and appears to be a type of terrier. Mary said; “The lead as such appears to have been snapped, so he may have been tied up and broke away.”  There is also a possibility that while out for a walk the lead snapped and he ran off, only to get lost. “He was very hungry and frightened the poor mite.”“Please contact me – he is here safe however Mollie my female westie isn’t amused!”If you can help us get him home please don’t hesitate to message Donegal Daily’s Facebook page or email info@donegaldaily.com. As Mary will be in Northern Ireland tomorrow, you can get in touch with her on her NI number 00447710337740.Can you help us get this little dog found in Fanad home? was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Fanadfound dogMISSING DOGterrierlast_img read more


GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE

first_imgThe Seniors and Reserves got their Division 2 league campaign under last weekend away to Malin. Unfortunately a poor first half performance was too much to pull back in the second. A better second half performance brought us within 4 points, but a strong Malin finish got them the victory. Score: Malin 1-12, Naomh Mhuire 0-07. Reserves conceded 1-4 in the first ten with final score Malin 1-11, Naomh Mhuire 0-03. This weekend see both teams home to Glenfin on Monday with a 1:30 throw in for Reserves and 3pm for Seniors.The under 14 boys lost to Aodh Ruadh in the semi-finals of the Feile in Glenties on Saturday last after a good showing. The under 16 boys will play at home to Aodh Ruadh this Wednesday at 7pm and are also at home to Dungloe on Monday evening at 7pm.Ladies training is on Thursday at 8.30pm in the Banks. Our first Division 3 league game is Good Friday in Kilcar with a 5.45 throw in. Bus will leave Duffy’s car park at 4pm. Club players need to register for the new season so please contact Marion, Marie or Mary.There was a very successful weekend just past with the Jigs n Reels and the winners on the night were Shaun Ward and Michelle Boyle but all 12 couples should be very proud and pleased with their part. A huge thanks to all who have helped and supported in this effort and especially to Fiona, Pius and Marie.Lotto details for week 28th March. Jackpot 1406 euro. No jackpot winner. There was three match 3 winners: M. Grubb – Loch an Luir, Sean O’Domhnaill – Rann na feirste agus Sile Ni Bhaoill – Rann na feirste. Numbers were 1-7-21-22. Monthly 100 Club March draw: E400; John Boyle – Ballyboden Wanderers/Mullachdubh. E200; Ronan Conlon – Mullachdubh. E100 each; Mary Sweenet – Meandoirenaslua, Tony Doherty – Rann na feirste, John O’Donnell – Rann na feirste, Shay McBride – Meandoirenaslua.As this was the last draw for this 12 month cycle of for the 100 Club, we will be commencing a new run starting at the end of April, as always we are looking for new members. Can the 100 Club sellers check how many of their members are going into the new draw for our next cycle and let the finance committee know ASAP. This is a vital fundraiser in the running of the club for the year, so we are making a special appeal to members to join and help push the club forward.Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ie GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 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:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTESlast_img read more


NEW VILLA MANAGER CONTEMPLATING MAKING SHAY GIVEN HIS NO.1

first_imgShay Given could become Tim Sherwood’s No.1 choice at Villa Park.New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is contemplating whether or not to make Shay Given his No.1 choice at Villa Park.Villa are currently embroiled in a relegation fight and Sherwood watched his new side lose 2-1 at home to Stoke City on Saturday.A terrible defensive error from Dutch international Ron Vlaar resulted in the concession of a penalty which cost Villa a point. Given starred for Villa in their FA cup victory over Leicester City and pulled off a number of top-class saves.Sherwood feels he needs more experienced players to help the younger players adapt to the current situation they find themselves in.Given is one of the most experienced players in the Premier League and his presence could improve Villa’s shaky defence.Current No.1 Brad Guzan has enjoyed a solid enough campaign for the Villa but according to reports in The Birmingham Mail Sherwood is contemplating re-installing Given as his No.1. NEW VILLA MANAGER CONTEMPLATING MAKING SHAY GIVEN HIS NO.1 was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aston VillanewsNo.1Premier LeagueShay GivensoccerSportTim Sherwoodlast_img read more


West Ham enter race to sign French ace for free

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Ben Arfa has been searching for a new club all summer moving on TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets He reportedly wishes to join a side playing Champions League football, as the 31-year-old looks to get his career back on track after two wasted years with Paris. Ben Arfa earned the move to PSG following a superb 2015/16 campaign with Nice, for whom he netted 17 times in just 34 matches.However, there are just weeks to go until domestic football begins again across Europe, and Ben Arfa remains without a club. REVEALED West Ham are interested in signing former Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa this summer, according to reports.Ben Arfa, the versatile forward, is currently on the lookout for a new club having left Paris Saint-Germian at the end of last month when his contract expired. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 2 This has led to clubs not in European competition to show an interest in the playmaker, and Foot365, as quoted by Get Football News France, say West Ham are one of those teams.The Hammers have already signed seven players this summer, but Manuel Pellegrini, the club’s new manager, still wants to further strengthen his attacking options.talkSPORT have already told you that Angel Romero, the Paraguay forward, is being tracked by West Ham, and Ben Arfa could be an alternate option to the Corinthians star. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest transfer news three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Ben Arfa failed to make a single appearance for PSG last season The Lyon academy graduate has a wealth of experience in English football, spending four years with Newcastle before joining Hull on loan for a fifth campaign in the Premier League.last_img read more