Voss: Who are the real contenders?

first_imgAnd of the rest, I have Parramatta as the danger. It would be some occasion if the blue and golds reach the decider. Momentum is a wonderful thing in September.As for the other five, they all have a bit still to prove. It’s a great race.How big is Friday night’s Broncos clash for the Sharks?Massive.And that’s putting to one side the 300-game milestone for Paul Gallen.Coach Shane Flanagan is correct in demanding more defensive consistency from his team. As for consistency in results that’s where there is a problem in terms of winning the competition again. Right now, Cronulla hasn’t managed to win three in a row since back in May. You have to win at least three in a row in the finals to become premiers.If the Storm are the benchmark, they have shown just how good they can be through their win at Suncorp Stadium in Round 17.The ball is in the court of Cronulla to see if they can do the same. On the other hand if Brisbane come up with a convincing win, I’d be prepared to lift them to outright second favourites.But wait, there’s more…Can the Roosters challenge the Storm in Melbourne?It would be some win if they can topple the side looking to latch one hand to the minor premiership shield. Speaking in very broad terms, I think a pass mark for the Roosters would be to keep Melbourne to under 18 points. If their defence can hold the Storm to no more than two tries, regardless of the result, then I say their premiership challenge will be in decent shape.Perhaps the Roosters players under most pressure are a few young backs in Connor Watson, Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu. AAMI Park is the deep end, so dive right in fellas!Should tripping penalties be tougher?100 per cent yes. Enough is enough.The trip by Newastle’s Chanel Mata’utia on the Warriors Mason Lino last Saturday warranted tougher action on field, and I believe sterner action through our judiciary system.I expressed my concerns right from the start of the year that while I supported a fines system being introduced, I didn’t believe tripping should be a charge included for such a penalty.Surely tripping can be included as an offence the referee can use the sin bin. Can Eels fans leave work early on Friday?Yes they can.And well done to the Eels for their promotion where coach Brad Arthur will provide the ‘official’ leave pass to employees so they can catch the 6pm kick off at ANZ Stadium against Newcastle.And you can add a note from Vossy as well. I’m saying if you can’t knock off extra early to make the game, you have my permission to make sure you still get away in time to watch the match on Fox League.Can’t wait to call it!Could the great try race actually become a race?One out of left field to finish this week.Just imagine the promotional opportunity we have this season with our race for the NRL’s leading tryscorer.Examine the top five list with four rounds to play.Johnston, Vunivalu, Addo-Carr, Rapana, Roberts. There are some speedy players in that lot.Can we actually have a footrace as well to crown the fastest player and leading tryscorer?And while we’re at it, I hope the organisers of the Dally Ms are working on a new award to determine the best diving try for the corner of the season. This is something that could be a fan vote. You can call it the CPID medal.That’s the ‘corner post is dead!’Giddy Up!Twitter: @AndrewVossy How many teams can win the premiership?Well the easy answer is that there are still 10 teams in with a chance, but I’m going to cut the list to five.Melbourne is the obvious favourite. I have said it a number of times this season but I’ve enjoyed watching their style of football this year more than any other. I have the Roosters, Broncos and Sharks all on the same rating as contenders heading into this weekend.I still regard the Sharks’ win over the Roosters in Gosford in Round 17 as one of the most impressive performances by a team this year. Produce that on Grand Final Day and they’ll have a second premiership.last_img read more

All Is Well that Ends Well

first_img“O, then, give pity to her, whose state is such that cannot choose but lend and give where she is sure to lose; that seeks not to find that her search implies, but riddle-like lives sweetly where she dies!The seemingly endless political drama fired off by the turn of events leading up to the elections of October 10 and their aftermath can, in many ways, be likened to the Shakespearean drama, “All is Well that Ends Well,” in which deception plays a leading part. The courting and wooing of presidential candidate George Weah by President Ellen Sirleaf as her intended successor has raised not only eyebrows but fears also, just about everywhere in the sub-region about the President’s choice of characters to whom she intends to bequeath the leadership of the nation.For one thing, it is clear to most observers that her tilt towards the George Weah-Jewel Howard-Taylor CDC ticket, is not driven by ideological affinity, social identity or love for the CDC, but rather by her personal desire to fashion out a protective capsule into which she can retreat, and be safe from probes of whatever kind when she retires from office  in a matter of weeks.For quite some time now, it became clear that nothing was going to stand in her way of crowning her chosen successor.This perception was reinforced by statements coming from the Carter Center, the United States Ambassador accredited near this capital, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas Greenfield, all of whom appeared to give approbation to the deceptive reports from NEC officials desperately seeking to conceal from the public the actual magnitude of irregularities and fraud that characterized the October 10 elections.But as the saying goes, “Behind every dark cloud lies a silver lining.” Signs are now emerging that there just maybe light at the end of the tunnel with reports (yet unconfirmed) that President Sirleaf has conceded to suggestions from several quarters to lend credibility to the process by giving NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya his marching orders, bringing in technical experts from ECOWAS to help sanitize the Voter Roll and provide technical oversight to the expected runoff elections.Of interest also to sub-regional leaders, according to reports, are suggestions that President  Sirleaf has conceded to bury the hatchet between herself and her estranged Vice President as a way of allaying fears of retribution should her Vice President happen to emerge winner of the runoff election. If this is actually the case, then she may likely encounter problems of credibility from the ranks of the CDC whose hierarchy, quite unlike previously, has been conspicuously silent over reports of fraud and irregularities in the October 10 elections.However, should these reports of concession, reconciliation and pulling back from the brink have any substance or measure of truth, then we must declare that we wholeheartedly welcome same, particularly those which concern the sanitization of the Voter Roll that should lead to the production of a credible Final Registration Roll (FRR) to serve as a basis for holding the runoff election. We await the outcome of these behind the scenes negotiations with more hope than foreboding.After all said and done, Liberia is the only country we have and it is ours to bequeath to posterity, a nation proud, hopeful, prosperous and confident of its chosen path to the future. We commend you in advance, Madame President, and we hope that like Shakespeare, Liberians can triumphantly proclaim: “All is well that ends well.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senior Flyers keep the streak alive with win in Spirit River

first_imgThe Senior Flyers have been on a bit of a roll lately, as Saturday’s win marks the team’s fifth straight victory.It’s been a strong weekend on the ice for the Senior Flyers, as with last night’s win, the team has defeated the top two teams in their NPHL division in the past two nights, beating Grande Prairie 7-2 Friday evening at home.Game two of the home-and-home series will hit Fort St. John ice this Friday February 1, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -Friday’s game will be the team’s final game for a while, as the Senior Flyers will then take a one month break from the North Peace Hockey League. They will retake to the ice March 21, to begin the five game Savage Cup series with Powell River.last_img read more

No Planned Changes To Fort St. John’s Other Walk-In Clinic

first_imgOffice Manager Lisa Goodland admits there has been an increase in business as residents struggle to secure a family doctor.“The patients who come here have certainly noticed a difference.  We’re much busier than we normally are.  We’re starting to book patients five to six weeks, in advance.  It’s very difficult to get an appointment, so many people are using the walk-in clinic to get prescription re-fills…anything that we would normally require an appointment.”Based on the fact, communities, like Taylor, don’t have a doctor, ABC is seeing is serving a broader population. Goodland says it’s not uncommon to have patients driving in from Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -As for staffing, she says they’ve been fortunate in only one doctor has left to return to South Africa.  A second doctor, receiving training in Vancouver, is expected to return in July.last_img read more

Neymar: “I couldn’t look at a football” after World Cup

first_imgThe Paris Saint Germain forward was talking at his Neymar Praia Grande institute where the Red Bull Neymar Jr 5’s (five-a-side-soccer) tournament was being played.Dressed in a sleeveless t-shirt, with his six-year-old son Davi Lucca sat upon his knee, the striker was however in a relaxed mood as he explained his post-World Cup blues.“I was in mourning, I was really sad about it, but sadness passes, I have my son, my family, my friends and they don’t want to see me moping around. I’ve got more reason to be happy than sad,” said Neymar, reflecting on his team’s 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium.Asked about reports in Spain linking him with a transfer to Real Madrid the forward said “that’s all speculation from the press.”“The guys who come up with these stories seem to know more about my life than I do. I won’t respond to this type of question because nothing happened,” he scoffed.Party trick: Brazilian star Neymar © AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOLThe Brazilian superstar, who moved to PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) last year, insists that the burden of expectation on his shoulders — whether with his club or country — does not weigh heavily.“No, all the great players feel pressure,” he said.“It’s true that when it comes to me, there are double standards. I have been aware of this responsibility, not only for Brazil, but also in club fotball, since I was 17, 18 years old.“I have prepared myself to handle this pressure and I know that when the results are not what they should be then that pressure increases.”Neymar has been hit by a barrage of criticism for theatrical rolling around after being fouled at the World Cup, but says he should have been better protected.– ‘Criticism of me exaggerated’ –“People were faster to criticise the one being fouled than the one doing the fouling,” he insisted.“I went to the World Cup to play, to beat the opposition, not to get kicked. The criticism of me was exaggerated, but I’m a big boy, I’m used to dealing with this kind of thing“And I can’t be the referee and play at the same time, but there are times I wish I could,” he said.Earlier this week, Neymar took a swipe at his critics with a tongue-in-cheek video in which he teaches children how to fall to the ground.“One, two, three, go!” shouts Neymar on the Instagram video as around a dozen youngsters fall to the ground of a parking lot.“That’s a free-kick!” screams the Brazilian breaking into fits of laughter.The video was released with a hashtag #ChallengeDAFALTA, the free-kick challenge in Portuguese.During the recent World Cup, the player’s antics sparked the “Neymar Challenge” where he was widely mocked.In Mexico, a football club even rganised a competition in which contestants attempted to roll the entire length of the pitch.Meanwhile, Neymar described PSG’s new coach Thomas Tuchel as a great addition to the club.“He’s a great coach and we’re hoping for a great season,” he said.“I’m really looking forward to it,” Neymar said of his second season in Paris.“We have signed a football legend (Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon) who will bring with him all his experience and that will be a great help for this coming season.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar, with his son Davi Lucca, in an interview with AFP on July 21, 2018 © AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOLPRAIA GRANDE, Brazil, Jul 21 – Brazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation’s quarter-final defeat to Belgium at the World Cup he couldn’t look at a ball and didn’t want to see any of the remaining matches.“I wouldn’t go as far as to say I didn’t want to play again but, I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” 26-year-old Neymar told AFP in an exclusive interview on Saturday.last_img read more


first_imgARANMORE Island brainbox Rose Boyle has narrowly missed out on making it to the Champions Final of Channel Four’s hit show Countdown.The Dublin-based accountant – an OctoChamp after winning eight shows in a row earlier this year – appeared in today’s semi-final of the Champions show.Rose had led going into the final stages but eventually lost out to No1 seed Paul James. “I had a great time,” said Rose of the show, hosted by The Apprentice mentor Nick Hewer.She did Donegal proud! ARANMORE’S ROSE JUST MISSES OUT ON TV’S COUNTDOWN FINAL was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MEP SHOCKED AND ANGRY AS IRELAND FINED €2M OVER WASTE WATER BREACHESlast_img read more

Kings set to stand pat as opener nears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 That still leaves Taylor some wiggle room to make additions during the season. “We do have the ability to be flexible,” Taylor said. Valeri Bure, who has a sore lower back, didn’t practice Sunday, and neither did Jeff Cowan (groin). Bure’s availability for Wednesday’s season opener could be in question. Jeremy Roenick completed a full-team practice Sunday with no apparent ill effects, exactly one week after he suffered a concussion in a game against Phoenix. — Rich Hammond The Kings will announce their 23-man roster today, and although there are some issues of injuries and inexperience, general manager Dave Taylor is prepared to go with what he has. There have been a handful of minor trades around the league as training camps wind down, and while the Kings remain approximately $5 million under the $39 million salary cap and potentially have some issues with the depth of their defense, Taylor said he doesn’t anticipate any last-minute deals. “We’re always looking, but this is our team,” Taylor said Sunday. “We’ve had some pleasant surprises and our young players have played real well, and like everybody we’re looking forward to the beginning of the season.” The Kings’ actual 23-man payroll is expected to be approximately $33 million, but their salary-cap figure, which takes an average of a player’s salary over the course of his contract, is about $1 million higher. center_img Baze suspended Jockey Tyler Baze was removed from his mounts on an important card at Santa Anita on Sunday after being suspended for failing a breath-alcohol test when he went to Indiana to ride on Saturday. Stewards at Hoosier Park said Baze exceeded the .05-percent limit in the breath test given daily to Indiana racing license-holders. They gave Baze a seven-day suspension that could be adjusted after a hearing. California honors suspensions handed down in other states. Baze’s agent said the 22-year-old drank had been recovering from the flu and drank so he could sleep on the flight to Indiana. “He had a Bloody Mary on the airplane, and I think he had a beer,” agent Ivan Puhich said. “(Fellow jockey) Felipe Martinez told his agent that Tyler wasn’t drunk. But I said, /\x27/They have rules and Tyler broke them. You have to play by the rules.” ‘ — Kevin Modesti Oh no, no Ohno Apolo Ohno severely sprained his ankle Sunday and was forced to withdraw from the first World Cup meet of the year in short-track speedskating in Hangzhou, China. Ohno was hurt in the 500-meter quarterfinals. He managed to finish that race and advance to the semifinals, but the ankle was bothering him when he came out for the 1,000 heats. Team doctors advised him to skip the remaining events, including the 3,000 and 5,000 relay. “Apolo has a severely sprained ankle,” his father, Yuki Ohno, said on the skater’s Web site. “We are all on the same page that the priority must be a full recovery from this injury.” Briefly Hundreds of Mexican soccer fans mobbed Mexico City’s Independence Monument to celebrate the country’s first world championship, after their under-17 squad defeated Brazil 2-0. Chanting, running laps around the monument and waving Mexican flags, the fans shouted in unison “Mexico! Mexico!” Mexico has never before won a soccer world cup; Brazil has won the under-17 several times. Italy’s Danilo Di Luca won the first Pro Tour title after finishing fourth behind winner and Olympic champion Paolo Bettini in the Zurich Championship. Bettini, who won the Swiss event in 2001, finished the hilly 150-mile, one-day classic in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 22 seconds. Mbarak Hussein and Nicole Aish won the Twin Cities Marathon, each posting the second-slowest times in the event’s 24-year history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgPaul Durcan has revealed that Shay Given sends all the players texts before every Donegal game.Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan has revealed that Shay Given sends all the Donegal players texts, wishing them luck before all their games. Donegal goalkeeper Paul Duncan is arguably the best goalkeeper in Ireland.While many GAA pundits regard Cluxton as the best keeper, there are many that hold the Four Masters player in high esteem. The Donegal mans shot stopping and kick-outs played a massive role in their victory over the Dubs.Aston Villa and Ireland international keeper Shay Given is one of Durcans idols.Given dropped into one of McGuinness’s sessions during the year and trained with the team.Durcan said, “He was a hero of mine when I was growing up and it was a great experience for me. “He always texts the boys before the games wishing us luck so we know he is behind us.Durcan still maintains that it’s Stephan Cluxton that sets the standard for a goalkeeper in Ireland, although many believe that Durcan is just as good.Durcan said ,”I was looking at the stats and his are way above our own.“It seems that when he sees a man running it is going to his chest.“He is unbelievable at it. It is a joy to watch, not when you are playing against him though. “You think you are able to take him on at them but it is hard. If anyone is lazy out the pitch it is on their chest.DURCAN – “SHAY SENDS US ALL TEXTS BEFORE MATCHES” was last modified: September 17th, 2014 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:GAAnewsPaul DurcanShay GivenSportlast_img read more

My favorite Farm Science Review memory

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodMy favorite FSR memory beings with the doldrums of school that start in September.Pretty much one thing kept my attention — that special day when Dad would keep me home and instead of going to school, we would head to Farm Science Review.We got up early (which never seemed to be a problem on this day in particular, though every other was a struggle) and headed to London. We made sure to leave enough time to stop at the same restaurant every year, the now-defunct Amish Kitchen, a Der Dutchman style restaurant where we would have the breakfast buffet. For some reason, it always tasted better than any other breakfast I had.We sat in the same area by the same fireplace and had the same conversation — things we were looking forward to seeing during the day ahead.I always preferred seeing all the exhibits and ending up lugging around about 50 pounds worth of freebies by the time the day was through. Dad liked to for us to venture out to the field demonstrations and to check out the Gwynne Conservation Area. Now that I’m older, those field demos and the Gwynne have grown on me. It’s nice to walk around there, even today, thinking of my time with Dad at the Review.Dad has always spent quite a bit of time with my two older brothers and I. As the youngest though, it wasn’t always the easiest thing to find one-on-one time. Farm Science Review was that special day. It was just Dad and me doing something together.He sat there with me in the Small Farms Center when I was hoping to learn more about raising chickens or trying to get a hobby farm intro. Encouragement wasn’t hard to find.And every few years, Mom would tag along as well to make it an extra special day.Then maybe, (most likely!), we would stop by Der Dutchman on the way home.Thanks Dad for taking off that day of work every year and busting me out of school to spend quality time together. You’ll never know how much it meant to me.Farm Science Review will always be riddled with fond memories for my family. What are yours? As Farm Science Review comes to a close for another year, we encourage you to share your favorite Farm Science Review memories on social media with #FSR18. Maybe you made a new favorite memory this year? Maybe it was your first year coming? Tell us! Do it by the end of the day on Friday and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a YETI cooler, valued at $200.last_img read more

NPR’s Andy Carvin Shows How to Retweet Globally (Map)

first_imgThere’s no better way to see Tweets about the Middle East than by following NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin. He’s curating, verifying when possible and reporting on Tweets from and about the contentious region day and night. How diverse are the Tweets Carvin is curating? We used the handy web app Needlebase to scrape, analyze and map the Twitter community Carvin is bringing into the streams of his own community of followers and found some interesting data points. He’s retweeted 186 distinct Twitter accounts over the last four days alone. 56% of the accounts Carvin has shared content from have listed recognizable locations on their Twitter profiles. 44% have undisclosed or unclear locations, no doubt in some cases for reasons of personal safety. A healthy 40% of those who have listed locations are located in the Middle East!Only 15% of the people Retweeted are from the United States.Eight are from Libya, though several of those are satirical accounts.Many more levels and types of analysis are possible and of course locations aren’t verified. But for now it’s nice to know that the people watching Andy Carvin’s Tweet stream (I sure am) are getting a diverse stream of messages with a solid percentage of those sources coming from the region in question. Thanks for all you do, Andy!Below: As Carvin adds value on Twitter, his own community grows. Tags:#international#twitter#web marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more