first_imgIn his first stint as Penrith coach Ivan Cleary met with Kikau to discuss a possible move to Penrith and along with general manager Phil Gould, convinced the then 19-year-old that Sydney’s west was where his future would lie.But by the time Kikau arrived, Cleary had been given his marching orders by Gould in a move that caught many off guard – including the up-and-coming talent.With Cleary now back at the Panthers, the trio are now set to work together for the first time since the handshake agreement was made four years ago.”It was a nice moment seeing Ivan at pre-season because he was a main reason I’d moved to Penrith originally,” Kikau told”The environment is a bit different from what we had last year. It’s a bit more relaxed. He hasn’t changed much, just some of the tactics in attack and defence. A change in set calls and that sort of thing.”He told me how good of a year I’d had and the only thing he wanted me to do was get better.”Kikau finished 2018 in the RLPA team of the year and established himself as one of the more damaging back-rowers in the game with 105 tackle breaks and 1356.9 post contact metres.Despite admitting he had just walked away from a stint in the infamous “fat club” over the off-season, he’s back to his playing weight already following the Christmas break and has overcome an elbow injury that should have kept him sidelined during last year’s Telstra Premiership finals series.”If I’m fit I wouldn’t question that I can do what I did last year,” Kikau said.”But it’s a big challenge to back it up with my performances from last year. My defence was a weakness, I’m working on that.”The preparation before Christmas was patchy with guys still on break or having surgeries but this week it’s been good to see a bit more of a flow in our plays.”last_img read more

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR–—Christian Standhardinger had just a few days to rest between his duties in the Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, yet the Filipino-German big man was able to contribute right away.Gilas’ hulking center put up a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Gilas Pilipinas to a hardfought 81-74 win over Thailand in the basketball opener of the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano READ: Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABLAnd Standhardinger’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Photo from“We have to give credit to Christian for grinding it out and he really sacrificed for the glory of our country,” said shooting guard Kiefer Ravena in Filipino Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here.Standhardinger was only given a few days to settle in the Philippines after playing in Lebanon for the Fiba Asia Cup before he flew to Malaysia just in time for the SEA Games’ opening ceremonies. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ READ: SEA Games: Gilas cadets survive Thailand“People have to understand it’s not easy travelling from one country to another one in a different time zone, and playing right away,” said Ravena.“Christian’s really a big help both defensively, and offensively. And it’s a big deal that you have a big guy who fights for every possession.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The station reports the victim’s thumb had been bitten off to his knuckle and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The incident happened around sunset.The attacker was arrested and charged with mayhem. A police dispatcher declined to comment Saturday and Chief Michael Botieri didn’t immediately return a call seeking more information.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img Fury sets up Wilder fight after winning 2nd comeback bout MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A man has bitten off another man’s finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course.WCVB-TV reports a 47-year-old man was arrested at the Southers Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth Friday after he apparently got into a fight with another golfer and bit off a part of his thumb.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgConsumer Price Index increase…average cost of living $118,000 per monthWhile the Government contends that the economy is on the rise, at the grassroots level consumers continue to feel the squeeze; with the Ministry of Finance’s own mid-year report finding that it is food prices that are actually on the rise.Increased cost of living has been recorded by the Ministry of FinanceAccording to the report, the inflation rate from December of 2018 to June 2019 reached 1.6 per cent, which the report says was “moderate”. But behind this marginal increase is an increase in food prices.“The 12-month inflation rate at the end of June 2019, which grew to 2.4 per cent, was driven mainly by higher food prices. Over the 12 months, these prices rose by 6.3 per cent, and affected 2.5 percentage points of the increase in the Georgetown-based Consumer Price Index (CPI),” the report states.Meanwhile, the CPI itself shows that the average cost of living rose to $118,000 per month at the half-year mark, compared to the $116,000 it was at last year. This includes cost for food, clothing, footwear and repairs, housing, furniture, transportation and medical care and miscellaneous goods and services.All of this belies the Government touting consumer confidence in the economy. When he presented the mid-year report earlier this month, the Minister of Finance had said that the report shows strong confidence in the economy. He had strongly denied that there was a slump.“You have no evidence of this slump. None from the Bank of Guyana (BoG) or anywhere but you hear these figures being trotted out. It will show that net domestic credit has expanded by 14.1 per cent by the end of June, and this has been driven by Private Sector credit expansion of 5.7 per cent… Lending to households increased by 13.5 per cent, and this was driven by lending to the housing sector, lending for motor cars and other purchases… Real estate mortgages grew by 5.7 per cent. The fastest growth in the last three years and this was driven by lending for private dwellings and industrial and commercial properties,” Jordan had said.The mid-year report had taken note of increased expenditure on the import of food. According to the report, expenditure on consumption goods, which include food and electronics, grew by US$2.2 million to reach US$236.8 million. The report attributes this to an increase in the importation of perishable and semi perishable items.Total imports increased by 31.6 per cent to US$1.371 billion. On the other hand, revenue earned from exports was US$743.8 million. A breakdown shows that imports of intermediate and capital goods showed increases.“Imports of intermediate goods expanded by US$170.4 million to US$706 million, driven largely by other intermediate goods, chemicals, parts and accessories imported growing significantly on account of oil and gas activities,” the report states.“There was marginal growth of 1.1 per cent, or US$2.6 million, in the imports of fuel and lubricants. Imported capital goods increased substantially, by US$155.2 million to US$423 million, primarily attributed to a substantial expansion in mining machinery, again, supported by oil and gas activity.”When it comes to the overall economy, the Bank of Guyana’s recently released first-quarter statistical bulletin had shown that nearly all the major productive sectors declined. For instance, sugar experienced a major decline of 34.3 per cent, owing to the restructuring process the Guyana Sugar Corporation is undergoing.On the other hand, the decline of rice output by 9.3 per cent was attributed to the rice bug infestation and the increased costs of production. The mining and quarrying sectors exhibited lower production. According to the bulletin, there was a 4.9 per cent decline in gold declarations.last_img read more

first_imgKariobangi Sharks striker Kapaito Erick Celebrating after scoring. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIn Nairobi, Tusker who have had some resurgence since the start of the second leg were slapped into their heaviest defeat of the season with Eric Kapaito scoring twice in the goalfest.Sharks were better starters and were gifted the lead just two minutes into the game when Henry Juma capitalized on an error from keeper Patrick Matasi to break the deadlock.However, Timothy Otieno brought them level at the stroke of half time from the penalty spot after Geoffrey Shiveka handled inside the box.Sharks came back off the break more determined and they just needed seven minutes to get back on top, Juma striking his brace with a chip over Matasi. Kapaito then made it 3-1 with a long-range effort.Tusker clawed one back through John Kamau, but Kapaito ensured Sharks regained the two-goal cushion completing his brace in the 74th minute. Before they could even re-organize, Harrison Mwenda scored the fifth in the 77th minute.AFC Leopards players line up before their SportPesa Super Cup match against Tanzania’s Singida United at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn Machakos, AFC Leopards threw away the possibility of pushing into the top three being held by Bandari in a game that new signing Alex Orotomal missed a penalty.However, television replays showed that the ball bounced off the underside of the bar and past the line, but referee Peter Mwai and his assistants did not give the goal.Bandari had the earliest chance in the ninth minute when Yema Mwana broke the offside trap to progress through on goal, but he shot wide under pressure from Salim Abdallah.AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata watches from the touchline.Photo/Timothy OlobuluAFC were awarded a penalty on the half hour hour mark when Fred Nkata pulled back Ezekiel Odera as he progressed through on goal, but Orotoomal who was starting his first match since joining the Leopards missed.The pace of the game didn’t intensify in the second half, but there were chances still. Substitute Wycliffe Ochomo was sent through on goal in the 64th minute but his shot from the right was weak, keeper Ezekiel Owade picking easily.In the 78th minute, Jaffary Owiti should have done better after skipping past keeper Farouk Shikhalo, but he took a heavy touch taking him off target with an open goalmouth.Eight minutes from time, Ezekiel Seda’s swerving shot from range but Shikhalo had it covered.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks Ovellah Ochieng beats Tusker Hshim Sempala. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14- Kariobangi Sharks moved a spot up to sixth in the Kenyan Premier League standings after hitting Tusker FC 5-2, handing them their first defeat in five games at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon.At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos AFC Leopards and Bandari FC played out to a dull 0-0 draw, a result that saw them remain at fourth and third in the standings respectively.last_img read more

first_imgPutin appeals to the nationalistic Russia, those people who felt a sting after the fall of the Soviet Union brought freedoms but decreased their superpower prestige, and has done his best to resurrect the fear that put the world on edge for so many years. Khodorkovsky once said, “It is the Singapore model, it is a term that people understand in Russia these days. It means that theoretically you have a free press, but in practice there is self-censorship. Theoretically you have courts; in practice the courts adopt decisions dictated from above. Theoretically there are civil rights enshrined in the constitution; in practice you are not able to exercise some of these rights.” Sunday was the first anniversary of the slaying of journalist and Putin critic Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down in her apartment building in a contract hit of suspicious origins. Politkovskaya was slain on Putin’s birthday – and as some Muscovites solemnly marked the date of her death, across town the extremist, pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi rallied in celebration of Putin’s 55th. “Putin stay with us forever!” they cheered, according to The Associated Press. They should get their wish, as long as Putin keeps increasing the grip of the police state, squashes independent media and keeps dissidents safely under lock and key. I sat down with Amsterdam on his visit to Los Angeles this week to talk about his client and Putin’s power grab. “The situation in Russia is extraordinarily difficult because there is no leadership in terms of the fields of morality and rule of law,” Amsterdam said. “In fact, the leadership are the major crime-breakers in the country and that’s a known fact.” Chess legend Garry Kasparov has decided to run for the Russian presidency, speaking out as an opposition figure when many others dare not. “We’re facing a very dangerous regime that is threatening not only the future of my country but the stability of the whole world,” Kasparov told “60 Minutes” last month. No one gives Kasparov, who won’t even be allowed TV time to express his views, much chance of making it into the Kremlin. “The whole idea of a one-man, one-party state is largely that it keeps potential leaders down,” said Amsterdam, noting that he agrees with Kasparov regarding Putin’s strong performance in popularity polls: “Give Russia a couple weeks with a free media and there’ll be a world difference.” When asked about the U.S. assertion that Russia’s foreign espionage now equals that of the Cold War era, Amsterdam quickly disagreed. “It is much higher than the Cold War,” he said. “I’ve had people in other governments tell me that they’ve never seen anything like it. For instance, there are more Russian spies in Berlin now than at any time in the Cold War. Even when (former Chancellor Gerhard) Schroeder was schmoozing with Putin, he was under attack in his own country because of the massive influx of spies. “It’s because of how widely Mr. Putin defines `threat’: a threat is now defined as free media, a threat is now defined as civil society.” One key threat posed by Putin’s Russia – in addition to financial alliances with nefarious regimes such as Venezuela and Iran – is what Amsterdam calls the “authoritarian veto” at the United Nations. Ganging up with veto-wielding buddy China at the Security Council, for example, Russia has defended the Myanmar junta mowing down monks in the name of Burmese sovereignty. “The conscience of the world is vested in Beijing and Moscow,” Amsterdam said. “It’s a pretty sorry state.” Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at E-mail her at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vladimir Putin’s shirtless outdoorsman romp won’t be the last time the Russian president shamelessly flexes his muscles. Watching the slow, painful reconstruction of the Iron Curtain, one wonders if President Putin might more aptly be titled Czar Vladimir. “It is the most corrupt regime in Russian history, which says a hell of a lot,” said Robert Amsterdam, international counsel for Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The Yukos oil tycoon turned political prisoner was supposed to be up for parole on Oct. 26, the anniversary of his fourth year of incarceration on charges of fraud and tax evasion, but his time in a Siberian gulag was extended late last month. Putin cannot, under Russia’s constitution, run for another term as president when his time is up in May. So the buzz is on his game plan to stay in power: He can endorse a weak yet loyal presidential candidate, and be puppetmaster as prime minister with perhaps enhanced powers. Later, he can run for president again. last_img

first_imgDOZENS of AIB staff across Co Donegal will lose their jobs after the bank prepares to announce 2,500 redundancies across the State.The bank has 16 branches in the county in Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Lifford, Raphoe, Letterkenny, Milford, Dungloe, Gaoth Dobhair, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy, Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville.There are growing fears that some of the smaller branches may close altogether and staff who do lose their jobs will be offered relatively poor redundancy packages. The Department of Finance and the bank have declined to comment on reports from the news agency Bloomberg that the number of redundancies will be 25% larger than the 2,000 originally expected.One AIB staff member in Co Donegal told “We’re being made to pay for the mistakes of the speculators at HQ. They (the bank) will have a fight on their hands over this.”He said that he feared that as many as 70 jobs could go in the county.Bloomberg said today the higher figure was partly as a result of the bank’s takeover of the EBS Building Society. The union representing bank staff, the IBOA, has said it is seeking an urgent meeting with the Department of Finance and AIB senior management to discuss speculation about restructuring at the bank.“Since the bank has yet to provide us with details of its proposals, the union is therefore seeking these meetings in order to clarify the future direction of the bank and the likely implications of any change for staff and customers,” IBOA general secretary Larry Broderick said in a statement.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on OF AIB JOBS TO GO IN DONEGAL AS BANK WIELDS THE AXE was last modified: March 8th, 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:DOZENS OF AIB JOBS TO GO IN DONEGAL AS BANK WIELDS THE AXElast_img read more

first_imgA Donegal Garda has been accused of crashing into a Garda patrol car while four times over the legal drink-driving limit.Kevin McLaughlin, who is originally from Churchill but serves in Co Monaghan, appeared at Monaghan District Court.The 29 year old is charged with four different offences arising out of an incident in March last in the village of Moyles. The court heard how on March 15th last there was an incident in which two civilians were injured and a Garda car which had arrived at the scene was damaged after a third vehicle crashed into it.Garda McLaughlin is alleged to have had a blood alcohol reading of 215mg per 100ml of blood which is more than four times the legal limit.He is charged with drink-driving, having no road tax, having no NCT cert and also dangerous driving on March 15th last.McLaughlin, who is based at Carrickmacross Garda station and a well-known GAA and rugby player, appeared in court to answer the charges.He was released on bail for the case to be mentioned again on November 13 next.GARDA ACCUSED OF CRASHING INTO PATROL CAR AFTER ALLEGED DRINKING SESSION was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChurchillcourtcrashdonegalGarda Kevin McLaughlinlast_img read more

first_imgSo many emotions on a day on which young Valley athletes did themselves proud.The scene was Barnett’s Park, Belfast with soft soft going where it was going to take a certain attitude to come out the other end smiling and in this Ulster under 11 – 19 age group championships that attitude was evident.And none more so as from Daniella Jansen, Killygordon bursting out in the 11 age group to alex McGeehin’s lead out in the 11 boys followed by Aaron Mc Glynn taking no prisoners 13 boys to a gutsy response from Leanne Kelly 15 girls and there was stories within each race. Let’s consider the team /individual return of the day it was the 13 boys Aaron Mc Glynn from Comeen N S in the Glenfinn Gaeltacht as he put himself in a lead position held a lead position and in those last 200m when all the questions were being asked this young man had the answer simply get there and grab the gold nothing else in his head and he delivered same.Behind him his training mates were lining up to battle to make the scoring team – Charles McDaid, Tooban, 5th; Luke Gavigan 14th, Samuel McCLintock 17th, Jamie Keegan and Calvin O Brien all Ballybofey top 20 or thereabouts.Team result Finn Valley 48 pts to Shercock 117 pts.Aoife Mc Grath from Castlederg had a right good go at taking the 11 girls race lost out by 2 seconds to a Shercock athlete but with Emer O Neill, Buncrana 3rd ; Daniella Jansen 6th and her neighbour  Zoe Kelly 9th they had 60 pts to spare on Glaslough. Joining these girls in nationals –  Stranorlar’s Sinead Gallagher and Tooban’s Lauren Mc Daid.Three of the scoring boys on the winning Valley team 11 boys hail from Tooban NS – they are Shane McMonagle, Adam Mc Crudden and Keith McColgan – a credit to the input of teacher Manus O’Donnell and joined by the aforementioned Alex McGeehin from Ballybofey they had 70 pts to spare over Shercock….a feat that brought a smile to coach DermotMc Granaghan. (Indeed many years ago he was leading teams in these age groups as an athlete out in front.)The 13 girls did medal but they would agree they can do better Laura lee Penrose their best again from Castlederg.It was then the turn of the 15 girls and only a gritty dogged performance was going to see them ahead.They responded with just that winning on 73 pts to Lagan Valley 79 pts – – all the serious work which translated as gold coming in the last 1000m with Leanne Kelly,Tooban, Laura Kelly ,Convoy; Emer Kelly ,Castlederg, and Alisha Carlin from Crossroads daughter of former national long jump senior champion Shauna who even to this day can be seen churning out a tough personal training regime at Valley. We witnessed a Donegal victory in the 15 boys with Letterkenny’s Peter Gibbons and the team result reads: Malachys 57, Letterkenny 57 and Finn Valley 90 with  Oisin Gallen, Pauric Patton, Adam Lynch and Shane Thompson (all Ballybofey) on duty.The final medal tally came in 19 boys bronze team behind Belfast clubs Lagan Valley and St Malachy’s –  Mark Bonner, Ryan Porter, Justin Brown and Patrick Hynes McGlynn going to the line.And so it ended 7 teams qualifying for nationals December in The Curragh, Kildare a day that parents, coaches, athletes can be proud of.It’s a fact that you can prepare athletes for the challenge but its also a fact that when prepared they the athletes need to want to achieve. There was serious intent in the approach on this day in Belfast. MAITH SIBHFiled to by Patsy McGonagle:You can send your report to© 2011, all Rights ReservedFollow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL KIDS SHOW TRUE GRIT IN BELFAST was last modified: November 6th, 2011 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:belfast demense parkDonegal athleticsFinn Valley ACLetterkenny AClast_img read more

first_imgSalinas >> Former National Finals Rodeo qualifier Nellie (Williams) Miller has another homegrown superstar in Rafter W Minnie Reba (“Sister”).The half-sister to her 2010 NFR qualifier Rebas Smokey Joe (“Blue Duck”) is quickly following in his hoofprints with a $12,118 Championship at the historic California Rodeo in Salinas.“She just worked outstanding,” said Miller, who hails from Cottonwood and is the wife of James Miller, the Red Bluff Round-Up general manager. “She was just solid the …last_img