Thurston in doubt for 300th after heroic finish

first_imgA visibly uncomfortable Thurston was hampered and targeted with an ongoing shoulder injury throughout Origin II but soldiered on to help the Maroons steal a late win over NSW, with Dane Gagai’s second try of the evening proving the catalyst for a fitting finale to Thurston’s Origin career in Sydney. After his streak of 36 consecutive State of Origin appearances came to an end in Game One, Thurston knew what he was in for upon his return to the side against a fired-up Blues pack that included back-rower Tyson Frizell running at the veteran all game.The Cowboys will be sweating on Thurston’s recovery over the next 48 hours in a bid to play against the Panthers in Townsville.”Structurally it’s fine but I got a whack there a couple of times so I need to get the swelling down and go from there,” Thurston said post-game. “Everyone plays through pain out there and I’m no different. It’s a part of rugby league and this game. That’s what Origin is about and I expect that. I’ll get back to Townsville and assess. I’ve got the best medical staff available up there.”It would be nice [to play on Saturday] and that’s the plan, I trust my medical staff and my physio knows my body better than anyone.”‌Thurston played down the winning kick when asked and said it just came down to experience in the key moment. “It’s what dreams are made of… it’s all locked up and you’re in that position. It’s all about going through your processes and I’ve been through it a thousand times before with goal kicking,” Thurston said.”And I’ve been in those situations before many times and sometimes I’ve missed and other times I’ve come up trumps. “Tonight I came up trumps.”Maroons skipper Cameron Smith saw the conversion in a different light, knowing Thurston would have no issues putting the visitors in front in the clutch moment. “We scored that try to level it up and I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d want to take the kick. I just said to him ‘you’re the best, just go and kick it’ and he did,” Smith said. “The play that got us the win was that goal kick, I couldn’t hear myself think and I was back waiting on the tryline for the kick-off. “He’s a special player and we all know that.”With the 34-year-old having announced his retirement from representative football at the end of the season, the countdown is on for his final Origin match and Thurston has no regrets over the decision – despite being at the peak of his game. “I’m at peace with the decision I’ve made so I have no worries about that,” Thurston said.”I know my career is coming to an end and it’s about enjoying training and behind around the boys.”I’ve enjoyed the camp this week and to top it off with a win and head back to Queensland in a decider – it doesn’t get any bigger. “I’m extremely proud of the boys and the efforts they put in tonight. Obviously behind the eight ball at half time but we spoke about hanging in there and not letting your teammate down.”I’m trying to stay in the moment and love it while it lasts.”last_img read more

Varane will reach 300 matches wearing the white shirt

first_imgCup2. 314456two Spain Super Cup53oneone00 MatchesCattleTiedLostGoalsCards League1881263329712 Total2992005247fifteentwenty* Champions724714eleventwo6 European Super Cup3two0one00 * He has been expelled twice: once for a double card and once for a direct red card.Turn. Zidane’s arrival on the white bench gave her situation a 180 degree turn. He gave free passage to Pepe’s march and granted him ownership. In the 2017-18 campaign he played 44 matches (all complete, which led to the Manchester United his signing was signed: it was rumored that he offered 100 million for his transfer) and the next one, 2018-19, 43. In the current campaign he already has 23 games, with three goals scored. In total, Madrid have won 200 games (66.89%), have drawn 52 (17.39%) and lost 47 (15.72%) with him in the field. Against Sevilla he will round the 300 white matches. world880000 Raphaël Varane (Lille, 04-25-1993) will play his 300th match against Sevilla wearing the Real Madrid shirt. The central reaches that round figure in its ninth season of white, and with a spectacular record in its service sheet: four Champions, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, two Leagues and a Copa del Rey. Before him Seville will lead the defense again with his partner Eder Militao, as they did in the last league match they played in Getafe (victory by 0-3), before traveling to Arabia to play the Super Cup. The fall of Sergio Ramos force that solution. In that way and before the Sevilla, the French defender will reach this figure in the first game that white people play in their stadium in this 2020.Varane arrived in Madrid from Lens in the summer of 2011. Zinedine Zidane, his current coach, was his great supporter. It is already known the call of the now coach and the response of the then young student (“Call me tomorrow that I have to study for an exam”). At the beginning it was difficult to gain the position: the solidity of the axis formed by Ramos and Pepe they closed any kind of opportunities. These, scarce, served to forge the character of the talented defense. His great moment came in the semifinal of Cup before him Barcelona in 2013. In the first leg, in January 2013, and before a Madrid dwindled by numerous casualties, the central was colossal when it came to defending the white goal. In addition, he scored the goal of the tie (1-1) that opened hope for Real Madrid for the return match. In the Camp Nou, he was outstanding again, and eventually certified the white triumph (1-3).However, muscle injuries (frequent in the biceps femoris during his trajectory) plus a meniscus tear (his knee was inflamed when he linked two-three games in a row) at the end of the 2012-13 season, which separated him 143 football days (from May to October 2013) plus another 52 days of relapse in November (a total of 23 games were lost), have prevented him from reaching that figure much earlier. As revealing fact, he highlights that in his first six campaigns he only exceeded the 40-match barrier in the 2014-15 campaign, with 46. Varane Balancelast_img read more

Calabar champs again!

first_imgDefending champs Calabar High School recently ticked off win number four at Olympian Kenneth Edwards’ Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open, effectively landing their fifth straight hold on the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School League. Facing Jamaica College in the final bout at the University of Technology, Calabar got the better of their rivals and later learnt that they had won the overall title after it was announced that the Shai-Tai Kick Boxing Open, scheduled for this month, was called off. Shai-Tai’s cancellation left the title race to be decided on seven tournaments, of which Calabar won the first four, making them champions for the fifth consecutive season of the high school league, which started in 2006. Despite Calabar’s premature title win, sponsor Jason McKay said the remaining contests will still provide a top class display among the champions, Kingston College, Jamaica College, St George’s College, Wolmer’s and newcomers Excelsior, coached by Joel Ellis. “I don’t believe the Calabar team is going to roll over and rest with the trophy at Red Hills Road. It’s all about pride and bragging rights. Nobody wants to lose. You’re only as good as your last fight,” he said. “The setting of the next tournament, the Jamaica Taekwondo Association Open, being held in the National Arena in April, that alone will set the stage for major showdowns,” he pointed out. The league will be completed by the Ningen Karate Open in May and the Seido Open, scheduled for June, before the junior martial arts stars take their show on the road, representing Jamaica at the United States Open in Orlando, Florida, in July.last_img read more

2 Indian athletes barred for breaching ‘no-needles’ policy

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast It’s the second time India has been investigated here for breaching the Commonwealth Games “no-needles’ policy after a doctor with the boxing team was reprimanded last week.Indian team official Davinder Chaudry held a news conference later Friday and said the delegation planned to appeal the ban on Thodi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownA statement said testimony from an Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigator was “credible,” and cast doubt on comments from the two athletes.“The testimony of athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi, who denied all knowledge … are both unreliable and evasive,” the ASADA statement said. “Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are in breach of the No Needle Policy.” 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 In this Thursday April 12, 2018 photo, India’s Rakesh Babu competes in the men’s triple jump qualifying at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Babu and his compatriot, race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodii have been banned from the Games and ordered to return home immediately after being found with needles at the athletes village. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)GOLD COAST, Australia — Two Indian athletes were banned from the Commonwealth Games on Friday and ordered to leave Australia “on the first flight available” after needles were discovered in their room at the athletes village.Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi had been banned from the Games and ordered to return home immediately.ADVERTISEMENT Kobe Paras heads home, commits to Gilas program MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Babu had qualified for the triple jump final and was due to compete on Saturday. Thodi finished 13th in the 20-kilometer race walk last Sunday.Martin said cleaners had found a needle in a cup in the apartment assigned to Babu and Thodi on Thursday. ASADA investigators then searched the room and located another needle in a bag belonging to Babu.As a result both had been removed from the athletes village and their accreditation was suspended.“When the Commonwealth Games Federation says no tolerance, the Commonwealth Games Federation means no tolerance,” Martin said.Under games rules only medical practitioners and athletes who give prior notice and with an approved medical condition requiring auto-injection such as diabetes can bring needles into the athletes’ village.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As well as the athletes’ suspensions, “strong reprimands” were issued to Indian officials including the team’s chef de mission with a warning that any further breaches could result in suspension of accreditation.Team official Chaudry said the sanctions didn’t appear to be fair.“The question is how they are confident that one syringe is being used by both athletes,” Chaudry said. “Why did they took action on both athletes? The apartment, they have six athletes in the apartment. So we are appealing on this ground.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

To Serve Clients Better in Liberia, Global Logistics Opens Branch at RIA

first_imgA Liberian-owned logistics and supply chain company, Global Logistics Services Incorporated, has opened one of its branches at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel, Lower Margibi County.The RIA branch will provide services to clients in the area and enhance its operational capacity as well as enabling more efficient and proactive management of airfreight supply chain.The company hopes to be the leading integrated logistics solutions provider in West Africa, according to a communication from GLS. It said it is determined to achieve its goal by leveraging on local knowledge, expertise, international reach and delivering best in-class service and solutions to clients’ problems.“As part of GLS’ year of transformation of its business, the opening of the RIA office buttresses the notion that the company means business and needs to address the challenge of a growing client base,” it said.“We understand the challenges faced in such complex fields as oil and gas, mining, power, large scale infrastructure projects and the need to have a service provider that will understand the importance of efficiency and effectiveness and one that delivers an accurate assessment and mitigation of operational risks,” the statement indicated.Global Logistics is an asset-based company committed to capacity enhancement and will continue to invest in people, equipment and infrastructure.The management, according to the statement, is dedicated to local content development and competence transfer throughout the region.“We develop solutions based on strategic decisions and practical actions tailored to suit our clients’ unique reality and also engage all levels of an organization from day one, building momentum and capacity in order to ensure success,” the statement added.The company has grown over the past three years and currently boasts of staff strength of over 40 people, 90 percent of whom are Liberians.It is an equal opportunity and local content employer and has recently partnered with Mercy Corps (supported by Chevron Liberia) to train young Liberians in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.Meanwhile, GLS teams up with its clients to influence the decision-making process, thereby ensuring that clients record the sustainable outcomes that they desire for their operations.The company acquired its shipping and maritime licenses from the Liberian Maritime Authority (LMA) to handle Vessel Agency, Chandler and Stevedoring Services and an  became official member of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Liberia Business Association (LIBA), and the Liberia Customs Brokers Association, Stevedores Association of Liberia and the Truckers Union.GLS core services include: Supply Chain Management, Project Logistics, Shipping, Transportation, Warehousing & Distribution, Procurement Outsourcing, Marine Services etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Billboards Are “Good News” for Grand Kru and for Electoral Reform

first_imgElection reform public messaging begins in Grand KruBy Shardrick TarwilyThe Center for Media Studies in Liberia (CMSL) brought “good news” to the people of Grand Kru County.The civil society organization on August 15, 2019 began placing billboards in the capital city as part of ongoing nationwide efforts to promote election reform.According to Project Officer Dixon Williams, his organization is invested in CLEAR (Citizens of Liberia Engaged to Advance Electoral Reform) public outreach activities. Billboards are some of the best ways to translate the messages of electoral reform. They visually portray a public agenda in a way that is easily accessible and understandable by more people. As he describes it, the billboards erected in Grand Kru and other parts of Liberia are an effective method to reach the country, spread the news on the campaign for electoral reform, and get people talking.The billboards feature key reform messages such as “Stay out of the rain!”, “Vote in dry Season”, a reflection of one reform proposal to amend the constitution such that elections are rescheduled from October to a new date in dry season. This and other proposed constitutional amendments would mean a vote of the people, or a referendum. Additional reform agenda items to be feature include reducing the tenure or time in office of elected officials, and a special, independent court for election grievances or complaints.The first billboard was constructed in the county administrative seat of Barclayville, at an intersection leading to City Hall and the administration building. The board is well placed, at a location opposite a motorcyclists parking station and a commercial center, where it is sure to capture attention. According to Williams, additional billboards will be erected in three cities of Grand Kru.Barclayville Mayor Benetor Blamo expressed confidence that this public outreach will be instrumental in connecting with “the average Liberian” regarding the ongoing electoral reform campaign, and likely upcoming vote on changes to Liberia’s constitutional electoral laws.She described the regional dialogue conducted by the National Election Commission as another effective way to ensure the involvement of all sectors of society in the discussions of the elections law. That event concluded July 11, with nearly one hundred representatives from the southeastern counties — civil society, local and county authorities, youth and women leaders, people with special needs or disabilities, and the media — coming together to have a closer look at electoral reform.Mayor Blamo said the regional consult afforded regional leaders greater insight into provisions of the laws, reform recommendations, and proposed next steps. The NEC used the opportunity to interpret relevant legal statutes and regulations, and presented a comprehensive report.As Mayor of a key southeastern city, she also made the most of the opportunity, and her platform. “I think the dialogue was fruitful. I personally had the opportunity to raise some strategic issues about women. Especially when it comes to women being more involved in election activities in our city.”“You are aware not too many women around here are encouraged to take part in election processes. So I recommended that, moving forward, there must be targeted lawmaking and activities to encourage more women in the electoral processes of Liberia.”Mayor Blamo is the first woman to become Mayor of Barclayville City since Grand Kru gained county status in 1984.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Countdown begins for ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

first_imgUp to 48 teams can take part in the fun tournament. Participants are encouraged to dress up in this year’s theme, which is ‘Hello Hollywood’.Teams can collect donations through the fundraiser’s website at: says there’s still time to register for the tournament.[asset|aid=2679|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0b61ae707f161d4a5325bee02b47e1c6-Armstrong 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John is kicking off a fundraiser that’s sure to be up your alley.- Advertisement -The 19th annual ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’ is set for April 25th, and the organization is encouraging residents to register a team.BBBS hopes to raise $25,000, which amounts to roughly a third of the local group’s annual gross revenue.Executive Director Danielle Armstrong says the BBBS’s mentoring program continues to grow, and last year the group mentored the most kids in the organization’s 25 year history.[asset|aid=2678|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0b61ae707f161d4a5325bee02b47e1c6-Armstrong 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementcenter_img BBBS is also looking for sponsors in this year’s event. Sponsors can fund an individual team or purchase a platinum sponsorship, which includes support for the entire event.For more information contact Danielle Armstrong at (250) 787-9674 or visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.calast_img read more

Many states broaden kids’ health insurance eligibility

first_imgWASHINGTON – Many states are making more children eligible for government-funded health insurance even as President George W. Bush’s health chief says families are relying too much on public money for the coverage. The goal of the states is to allow more middle-class families to participate in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The states are raising income limits so families once shut out because of their earnings now can qualify. When the program began a decade ago, states could offer coverage to families whose income was not more than double the federal poverty level. Today, for example, that threshold is $41,300 for a family of four. A few states use a Medicaid-based formula that lets them insure more children than under the income limit. Already, 18 states exceed the 200 percent level, with federal permission. Five more, plus the District of Columbia, could join the list this year, according to a survey by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. “State leaders are moving in a very different direction than the Bush administration is talking about,” Guyer said. “They see that even moderate-income families increasingly find that coverage is simply unaffordable, and that it’s appropriate to have some subsidy.” Guyer’s organization conducts research but also advocates for more federal money for children’s health insurance. In 1997, Congress provided the children’s insurance program with $40 billion over 10 years. The program now covers more than 6 million people, including about 640,000 adults. The families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Congress probably will renew the program this year, with a contentious debate expected over how much money to spend. A large expansion of children’s health insurance is a priority for Democrats. They want to spend $75 billion over five years; the Bush administration is seeking less than half that. States match federal dollars with their own. On average, states spend $30 for every $70 from Washington. The administration wants the insurance program to help just low-income families. Leavitt said all states should enact plans that would provide other families with access to more basic insurance policies. Those policies may not be as comprehensive as some families would like. For example, he said, they may not cover treatments once the care reaches a certain expense, but the policies would provide some protection. Leavitt noted that Michigan was working on a plan that would pay as much as $35,000 in a year for health costs and could serve as many as 1.1 million people. Tennessee is developing what Leavitt described as a “very basic” insurance plan. The plan would cost $150 a month – $50 from the insured, $50 from the employer and $50 from the state. Guyer said many states considering expansions will scrap them unless Congress acts this summer to provide more money. She cited Ohio and Oklahoma. According to the center, both states are considering proposals that would increase eligibility limits so families of four with an income under $61,950 could participate. “It just comes down to the reality that in the absence of federal money, they really can’t do this,” Guyer said. The Senate Finance Committee may take up a children’s health insurance bill as soon as next month. Legislation introduced last week by Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, would allow states to expand coverage to families earning less than triple the poverty level, or $61,950 for a family of four. Kennedy said the program “has been a great success, but 9 million children in the United States still lack health insurance. This bill will make a real difference in their lives.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! New York lawmakers recently set an income limit of up to $82,600 for a family of four. Eligible families get some government help in buying insurance. The poorer they are, the greater the subsidy. Other states considering significant expansions in eligibility include California, Ohio and Oklahoma. Florida and Oregon are considering modest expansions, the center reported. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said if other states followed New York’s proposal, it would mean that 71 percent of the nation’s children would be on “public assistance.” “SCHIP is being proposed in the spirit of the expansion of health coverage. But that isn’t the reality,” Leavitt said last week. “For every 10 people that go on a publicly funded plan, six of them leave a private plan.” Jocelyn Guyer, deputy executive director of the university center, said states have determined that public health insurance is better than no insurance at all. She said a range of studies shows that most children entering the program would otherwise lack coverage. last_img read more

Arsenal agree Sh8.6bn to sign Aubameyang

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal are edging closer to completing the signing of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Arsenal have reached a Sh8.6bn (£60m) agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.Sky Sports News understands completion of the transfer is subject to Dortmund securing a replacement. The Gunners had a bid in excess of Sh7.1bn (£50m) rejected last week, with Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc stating they would only let the 28-year-old go if their demands were met.The Gabon international did not testify as planned in the trial over the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Monday because of illness.Aubameyang was booed by a section of Dortmund fans at the Westfalenstadion during their 2-2 draw with Freiburg on Saturday and a banner in the crowd read: ‘No player is bigger than our club’.Should he arrive at the Emirates before Wednesday’s deadline, Sky Sports News understands Arsenal will be willing to let Olivier Giroud leave the club, with Chelsea very interested in the France striker.But one source told Sky Sports News on Sunday night that Giroud may yet be involved in the deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates by switching to Dortmund.Widespread reports on Monday claimed Dortmund were considering a move for Michy Batshuayi, who has been told he can leave Chelsea on loan if they sign a new centre-forward.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Justices toss suit against the CIA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal from Khaled el-Masri, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments that state secrets would be revealed if courts allowed the case to proceed. El-Masri, 44, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was mistakenly identified as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers and was detained while attempting to enter Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003. He claims that CIA agents stripped, beat, shackled, diapered, drugged and chained him to the floor of a plane for a flight to Afghanistan. He says he was held for four months in a CIA-run prison known as the “salt pit” in the Afghan capital of Kabul. After the CIA determined it had the wrong man, el-Masri says, he was dumped on a hilltop in Albania and told to walk down a path without looking back. The lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet, unidentified CIA agents and others sought damages of at least $75,000. “We are very disappointed,” Manfred Gnijdic, el-Masri’s attorney in Germany, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in Ulm. “It will shatter all trust in the American justice system,” Gnijdic said, charging that the United States expects every other nation to act responsibly but refuses to take responsibility for its own actions. El-Masri’s claims, which prompted strong international criticism of the rendition program, were backed by European investigations and U.S. news reports. The U.S. government has neither confirmed nor denied el-Masri’s account and, in urging the court not to hear the case, said that the facts central to el-Masri’s claims “concern the highly classified methods and means of the program.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUPREME COURT: Rejection seems to endorse argument that U.S. secrets were at risk. By Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA as part of the anti-terrorism rendition program lost his final chance Tuesday to persuade U.S. courts to hear his claims. last_img read more