26 May

St George Illawarra Dragons v Parramatta Eels

first_imgThe history: Played 31; Dragons 14, Eels 15, Drawn 2. Parra have won four on the bounce against the Dragons but haven’t won in Wollongong since 2001 – although they have only visited four times in the 16 years since then.What are the odds: Parramatta have been backed off the map against the Dragons by Sportsbet punters. Three times as many bets have been placed on the Eels, and Parra 13+ is the overwhelming favourite in winning margin. Bevan French is the one punters want for first try scorer which is hardly surprising. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au.Match officials: Referee: Dave Munro; Assistant Referee: Chris Sutton; Touch judges: Rohan Best and Phil Henderson; Review Official: Ben Galea; Senior RO: Ashley Klein.Televised: Fox Sports – Live from 5.30pm. NRL.com predicts: There was a lot to like about both these teams in week one of the season and whether the Dragons can repeat their out-of-the-box attacking masterclass is one of the most interesting subplots of week two. We reckon they’ll find the going a little tougher against an Eels defence that was good last week and pretty much all of last year. On that basis we’ll tip Parra in a close one in what should be a fascinating game. Two of the more impressive winners from Round 1 face off in Wollongong to close Round 2 as each looks to consolidate a bright start to the year after 2016 campaigns each are keen to leave behind.The Red V were without doubt the surprise packets of Round 1. The second-worst attacking side of last season came out bursting with energy and full of running as they notched the biggest team score of the round. Their forwards bent the line back, they produced the most offloads and run metres of any side, the playmakers played what was in front of them, Gareth Widdop equalled the club point-scoring record with 22 and the dour lows of 2016 were consigned to history.Was it a fluke? Can they keep it up? Were the Panthers just really bad? We’ll have a much better idea of what the Dragons will offer this year once they meet a steely Eels side that looked very impressive last Sunday despite the side’s key playmakers never having played a game together before.Unsurprisingly Dragons coach Paul McGregor has named an unchanged 17 with Luciano Leilua appearing on the team sheet for the first time this year in the four-man reserve list.Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has also stuck solid with his 17 as expected though with a revamped reserves list that this week features hooker Cam King plus backs George Jennings and Marata Niukore for the first time.‌Why the Dragons can win: If they can reproduce the energy they showed last week they’ll be mighty hard to stop. They boast one of the best back rows in the comp and lock Jack De Belin (155 metres, five offloads, seven tackle busts and a try), second rower Joel Thompson (three tries and eight tackle busts) and new prop Paul Vaughan (189 metres) were all particularly effective. Maligned fullback Josh Dugan has been working on his ball-playing too, throwing 13 passes including three offloads to notch two line-break assists. By way of comparison, noted passing fullback Darius Boyd also threw 13 passes last week. Is this a new Dugan? Why the Eels can win: Another of the teams that got great service out of its forwards in Round 1. The impact of new props Suaia Matagi and Nathan Brown was fantastic, while skipper Tim Mannah was at his vintage best. The real star of the show though was halfback Corey Norman. Playing his first game in eight months, Norman’s kicking game – arguably the best in the NRL these days – was on fire. Five drop-outs forced and the most jaw-dropping 40/20 in recent memory were among 312 total kick metres to go with one try scored and a hand in another. He was disappointed he didn’t play better so if he improves on that now that he’s blown the cobwebs out, look out.last_img read more

18 Jan

Globe and Mineski launch professional esports team ‘Liyab’

first_imgAccording to Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, creating a professional team is part of the company’s vision through the Globe Games and Esports Program which aims to further promote esports in the Philippines. Cu said that Liyab, which translates to “blaze,” represents the team’s intense passion and focus in the realm of esports. “Liyab will be the symbol of the country’s burning passion and pride in global esports events,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Globe Games and Esports Program has been at the forefront of the Philippine esports landscape since its launch in April 2018. Through organizing and hosting international esports tournaments such as the Globe Philippine Pro Gaming League, Globe Conquerors Manila, and Valor Cup, Globe continues to help the esports industry flourish in the country. “The main focus of Liyab is to improve management system methods,” Mineski CEO and President Ronald Robins shared about the reason for launching Liyab. View comments The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Player of the Week: June Mar Fajardo unstoppable for streaking Beermen Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ “Our athletes do train very hard, medyo intense ‘yung training nila. They go 8-12 hours a day and especially with the new Team Liyab program, we are gonna be introducing sports science, mental fitness and real physical fitness as well to be able to have that edge of having this alertness,” he explained. Cu believes that Liyab will also help in raising awareness on responsible gaming behaviour and will play a major role on how Globe would redefine the gaming and esports habits of Filipinos by expanding its #PlayItRight advocacy into gaming responsibility.“We are now positioning gaming and esports like a real sport for Filipino gamers to follow. By focusing on the total development of the esports athlete such as Physical Wellness, Nutrition, Discipline, and Cognitive Development, this provides gamers an avenue to progress to a professional level,” Cu said.With their skills, demeanor, discipline, and competitiveness through hard-nosed, no-nonsense training, Team Liyab is now ready to participate in the global esports arena.Accomplishments of the Liyab team members include representing Southeast Asia together with the Malaysian and Thai Teams in 2018 League of Legends Rift Rivals against Japan and Oceania regions. They also represented the Philippines in Globe Conquerors Manila, the most prestigious League of Legends eSports event in Southeast Asia for 2018. Loyal Arena of Valor, on the other hand, has been a constant in all Arena of Valor Cup regional tournaments in 2018 eventually taking home the championship title in the Globe Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL) Season 3 – Arena of Valor. Finally, Liyab Hearthstone division player Cara Cute has been a constant contender in Hearthstone eSports scene and ended 2018 strong with a Top 4 placement in the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) SEA. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief LATEST STORIES Aside from establishing a professional management system, Cu also mentioned that introducing Team Liyab is one way to promote and further strengthen the esports program in the country, “Esports is all about discipline, practice, perseverance, passion–ensuring that these guys really are at the top of their game ’cause they are going to be competing with the top people and top teams in the world. And I’m sure with Globe’s support, Mineski’s expertise we will be able to bring Filipino gaming to the world stage.”Globe VP for Portfolio Development and Partner Management Content Business Jill Bausa talked about why they chose to partner with Mineski. “Partnerships are never one-dimensional. The strategy was we pulled together a collection of partners that are all complementary to each other. The dimensions of partnership will be unfolded slowly but surely,” she shared. According to Robins, Liyab will continue to screen players for other eSports titles, especially those games which is included in SEA Games and has a higher competition rate.ADVERTISEMENT Team Liyab will be competing in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA) that will be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019. INQUIRER.net BrandRoom/JH Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In the Philippines, esports is becoming not just a pastime for local gamers, but also a serious competition for professional esports athletes. Globe Telecom partners with Mineski to launch “Liyab,” a professional esports team which will be debuting alongside teams from popular esports titles including Hearthstone, League of Legends, and Arena of Valor.   ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votinglast_img read more

12 Jan

GuySuCo projects increased revenue from land sales

first_img– but closure of Skeldon Energy Inc., other factors lower projectionsBy Jarryl BryanThe 2017 Mid-Year Report presented to the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan has revealed that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has a metaphorically long and winding road ahead of it.In particular, it can expect a decrease in revenue because of two principal reasons, being (1): the Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI) was inoperable during the first crop of 2017; and (2): the sugar production target was reduced because of inclement weather, strike action from sugar workers, and factory maintenanceGuySuCo is considered one of the largest land owners in Guyanadowntime.Nevertheless, a projected shoring up of its revenues is expected to come from a boost in the sale of land.This report notes that, at the end of the first half of 2017, GuySuCo continued to record an operating deficit of some $6.3 billion, described in the report as “symptomatic of the corporation’s inability to adjust its operations to the changing times”.“The $7 billion outlay to GuySuCo by Central Government by the end of the first half (of this year) is a reflection of the corporation’s continued inability to reform its cost structure and improve its competitiveness,” the report stated.A revised revenue forecast of $27.1billion was provided for 2017, down from the budgeted $28.9 billion. But it is a pyrrhic consolation, as expenditure has been forecasted to rise to $35.7billion, putting GuySuCo’s deficit at $8.6 billion.“The industry continues to be plagued by many problems, including an increase in the prices of several inputs, such as fertilizers; and these have had a negative impact on the company’s ability to realise sufficient cash to cover its operating costs”, the Report disclosed. “The sugar industry employs over 13,000 (persons), or over 75 per cent of the total employment amongst the PEs. At the half year, GuySuCo’s employment cost was an alarming 111.5 per cent of revenue,” the report noted.Financial woesGuySuCo had, in 2016, advertised for sale several acres of land, including vacant properties at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), where its headquarters are situated. In its tender, GuySuCo said it was looking to sell portions of its transported freehold lands situated at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown; Liliendaal; and Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD).GuySuCo had, in 2015, sold to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) some 3000 acres of cane lands between Sophia and Ogle. Government previously communicated its intention to use acres of land owned by GuySuCo for housing projects and other developments. According to reports in sections of the media, GuySuCo used part of the money it received to pay its debt to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).However, GuySuCo’s state of indebtedness is much greater. When the board of directors and the management of GuySuCo appeared before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Economic Services (PSCES) in January 2017, it was highlighted that GuySuCo was indebted to the tune of more than $75 billion.GuySuCo’s financial misfortunes have been exacerbated by the loss of one of its major export markets for sugar. For years, the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States had provided sugar to Europe on a quota system. In fact, more than 150,000 tonnes of sugar exported from Guyana used to go to the European Union (EU). But the EU quota management for sugar will officially end on September 30, 2017. Its loss is expected to lead to a dramatic fall in the international price for sugar, and a decrease in sugar imports from the ACP, with particular impact on Caribbean producers.Government has been downsizing the sugar industry in a move fiercely resisted by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). Last year, the operations of the LBI Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate in order to make both estates more efficient, according to GuySuCo.GAWU has noted that thousands of persons stand to be affected by the closure of the East Demerara Estate (Enmore), which employs some 2,200 persons spread across its field, factory, security, administrative and managerial departments.Government also plans to privatize the Skeldon Estate and close down the Rose Hall and Enmore estates, according to well-placed sources. President David Granger has already announced that Government intends to keep functioning only the Blairmont, Uitvlugt and Albion estates.Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his presentation of the 2017 Budget, had indicated that the status quo obtaining in the sugar industry can neither be sustained nor maintained. According to him, as currently structured, the industry would require Government’s support to the tune of $18.6 billion and $21.4 billion for the years 2017 and 2018 respectively. He had explained that, based on the CoI, it was concluded that any money injected into sugar in its current state is money wasted.last_img read more

11 Jan

Fort St. John 2013 tax rate bylaw approved

first_imgThe residential tax rate increases to 5.2261 from 5.2128 for 2012, while the light industrial rate moves up to 26.4928 from 26.4251. The business tax rate goes up from 14.6661 in 2012 to 14.7037 in 2013, while recreation increases to 11.0151 from 10.9870. Lastly, the farm rate rises from 14.3497 to 14.3865. Utilities remain unchanged at 40.00.This increase comes after most Fort St. John property owners saw a raise on their 2013 assessment notice. The Peace River assessment roll increased by approximately $1.75 billion, with most home owners seeing an increase of zero to 15 per cent. In Fort St. John the average assessed value for a single family residential property increased by 6.9 per cent over 2012. The tax rates from the Peace River Regional District decreased by .4 per cent, and hospital rate increased .1 per cent. – Advertisement -Now that the bylaw has been adopted, tax bills will be generated and sent out. Property taxes are due July 2, 2013.last_img read more

3 Jan

Real Madrid man set for Manchester City move?

first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insists it will be difficult for Carlo Ancelotti to keep his job with the Spanish giants.The Italian’s position at the Bernabeu looks untenable following their Champions League exit against Juventus, a knockout blow which is compounded by Barcelona’s progression through to the final.Real are four points behind their arch-rivals in the La Liga table, with two matches remaining, and face the prospect of finishing the season without a major trophy.Manchester City are expected to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the campaign and Ancelotti, along with Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, is high on their shopping list.And Calderon claims the former Chelsea boss’ days in Spain are numbered.“Real Madrid is a very difficult club for a coach,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “In the last 40 years there has been only one man who has lasted more than three years.“I don’t think either the coach or the club have made their mind up yet. He says he wants to stay, but also added he knows how the football world works.”last_img read more

28 Dec

Airport alternative

first_imgWhat does it mean that traffic at Burbank’s airport increased by a whopping 12 percent last year – to the highest level in the airport’s history? It means that, if given an alternative, many Southern California residents would gladly give up LAX. The impressive jump at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport significantly outpaced the rate of growth at Los Angeles International Airport last year despite many major airlines’ reluctance to set up operations in more than one regional facility. One of the biggest factors in Burbank’s growing popularity is Jet Blue, which now offers four daily flights from Burbank to New York City. But other cross-country and West Coast routes have also seen a surge in passenger interest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card No surprise there. Many an experienced Southland traveler would happily do without the lines at LAX or the congestion along the 405 Freeway. That’s why a truly regional airport system would not only do wonders for local traffic, but for consumer choice, too.last_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgAidan Friel (center) pictured with Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida.Two Donegal racers have performed superbly at the D1 Drifting Championships that were held recently in Japan.Aidan Friel and Shaun Boyle took part in the event that also included several other Irish drivers. Friel, is from Kerrykeel and he emigrated from Ireland a number of years ago.He is now living and working in Perth, Australia.Boyle, is from Creeslough and is living and working in Brisbane, Australia.The talented duo were invited to the prestigious drifting event which was held at the Ebisu Circuit in Nihommatsu-shi, Fukushima, Japan. Friel and Boyle both performed superbly and made the TOP SIXTEEN finishing in TWELTH and SIXTEENTH place respectively.The event included racers from Japan, China, Australia, Poland and the USA.Well done both on performing so well at the event.FAST AND THE FURIOUS: DONEGAL MEN PERFORM SUPERBLY AT DRIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JAPAN was last modified: August 10th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

26 Dec

Joe Cole announces decision to hang up his boots aged 37

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Popular Football News REVEALED Cole scored one of England’s best World Cup goals when he lashed this effort past Sweden in 2006 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Joe Cole has announced his retirement from football!🏆 3 Premier League titles 🏆 2 FA Cups 🏆 1 League Cup🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 56 England caps THAT goal vs. SwedenGood luck for the future, Joe! 👊 pic.twitter.com/jmQbyrUzUL— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 13, 2018He earned 56 England caps and appeared in three World Cup tournaments after making his debut aged 19 following an impressive start to his career at West Ham.Cole said in a statement: “After 20 years as a professional, the time has come for me to hang up my boots. It has been a dream come true. All of it.“Whatever is next, I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been. A huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path.”Cole joined West Ham at the age of eight and made 187 appearances, scoring 18 goals, in two spells, from 1998 to 2003 and 2013 to 2014.He made his debut as a 17-year-old in January 1999, graduating to become captain, leaving for Chelsea only after the Hammers’ relegation from the Premier League in 2003.Cole won every domestic honour during his time at Chelsea, contributing to the Blues’ first championship in 50 years in the 2004/05 under Jose Mourinho. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ He added: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have played with some of the very best players of my era and even more fortunate to call a lot of them friends.“Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me. Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family. MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game. I feel I can offer a lot as a coach.“To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.”Want to see talkSPORT’s brilliant Breakfast duo Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist live on tour? Buy tickets for their London show here.center_img Happy birthday, Joe Cole! 🎉 Was this the #ThreeLions’ best-ever #WorldCup goal?pic.twitter.com/9M0ZwBMhee— England (@England) November 8, 2018European success proved elusive as Cole was in the Chelsea side beaten by Manchester United on penalties in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow.A two-and-a-half-year spell at Liverpool saw Cole make just 42 appearances, scoring five goals, and included a 2011/12 loan spell in Ligue 1 at Lille, where he played alongside Eden Hazard.A season-long return to West Ham was followed by spells at Aston Villa, Coventry and then the Rowdies.Cole was part of England’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’ and playing alongside David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard, plus Chelsea team-mates John Terry and Frank Lampard. BEST OF REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE no dice RANKED Joe Cole has has announced his retirement.The 37-year-old made 716 professional appearances, scoring 104 goals for seven clubs, including West Ham and Chelsea and finished his career with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade shining REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

21 Dec

O’Meara ready for title defence

first_imgSteve O’Meara will aim to stay on course for a shot at a major title when he faces Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Wednesday night.It will be O’Meara’s first defence of the southern area light-middleweight belt he won with a stunning first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.The 27-year-old hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year and expects to see off Thamesmead boxer Weise, whose last fight was, ironically, a draw against Toms.“All the training’s done and the weight’s never been a problem for me, so I’m ready to go,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“I’ve seen a bit of Weise and he seems decent. He looks like a boxer rather than a banger and has a good left-right combination.“But if I’m going to get to where I think I can be, I need to be getting past fights like this and that’s what I intend to do.”Weise, also 27, has a record of 7-1-2 and will be the underdog against O’Meara (14-2), who could face British champion Brian Rose in 2012.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, was touted as a future opponent for Prince Aaron before the 6ft 3in Mancunian lost the Lonsdale belt when he was beaten on points by Rose last month.“Funny enough that fight went exactly as I believed a fight between myself and Aaron would have gone,” said O’Meara.“Fair play to Brian Rose, though. He got there first and went in there and did what I’d have looked to do.“I just have to make sure I do the business on Wednesday. I want to move forward and don’t want any slip-ups.”www.twitter.com/davidmcintyre76Related stories:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’Mearalast_img read more

20 Dec

Not done yet: Martin Jones comes up big to save Sharks’ season

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — An ideal start, improved goaltending, greater attention to detail and a little more discipline.The Sharks knew all along the what the formula was for beating the Vegas Golden Knights in their first round playoff series. The hard part was actually executing the plan. It came together Thursday, as the Sharks jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period and got 30 saves from goalie Martin …last_img read more