Slater declares he’ll be fit to play in Origin II

first_img“I wouldn’t be in this situation if I didn’t think I was [going to be fit] for Sunday, it’s all going well so far,” Slater told media on Wednesday.”I understand what it takes to play a game in an Origin, I’m pretty confident I’ll be right on Sunday.”Slater is set to play his 30th State of Origin match when Queensland face New South Wales on Sunday with the Blues looking to lock up a series win at home following a 22-12 victory in Melbourne in game one.”We’ve got a challenge in front of us, we’ve got to go down to Sydney, it won’t be easy,” he said.”We definitely think we can improve on our performance and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Slater’s likely successor at fullback, Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga, has joined the Queensland squad as the Maroons’ bench utility for game two and Slater said he’d be happy to allow Ponga to play at the back if coach Kevin Walters’ game plan warranted it.”I think Kalyn is going to play multiple positions, fullback could possibly be one of them, I’m not too sure but he’s an exciting player and I’m sure he’ll do a great job,” he said.”I’d be happy to move around, I’ll do what’s best for the team.””I’m sure Kevvie’s got a plan in his head. I haven’t spoken to Kev about his plans with Kalyn just yet but he’s certainly going to be a great attribute coming on the field for us when the Blues are a little bit tired.”last_img read more

‘White Shark’ on two-year scholarship in Thailand

first_imgFrom Jiwaka,  the 26-year-old White Shark was also the PNG lightweight national champion (Pro).He will be travelling along with four Australians, (two females and two males).The four will be on a two-year scholarship and also take part in some fights in Thailand.White Shark told Loop PNG that he is looking forward to the scholarship and will not let his country down.He said his dream was to be a professional kickboxer after being influenced by movies of actors like Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee.He told Loop PNG that his aim was to continue fighting until he becomes a professional fighter and eventually win the world title.White Shark was sponsored by Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko.He will leave for Sydney on Friday and will meet up with the four Australians who will head to Thailand together.last_img read more

Ashley to fight for WBC title on September

first_imgAlicia ‘Slick’ Ashley will get the opportunity to regain her World Boxing Council (WBC) Super bantamweight title on September 15, when she meets Christina ‘Lightning’ McMahon from Ireland in Astoria, Queens, New York.She lost the title on September 6 last year to Mexican Jackie Nava, by way of a controversial points decision. Since then, Nava also won the World Boxing Association title, and has been named a Super champion. She has, therefore, vacated the WBC title, and Ashley and McMahon will now seek to succeed her.Ashley told The Gleaner yesterday that she was very happy to get the opportunity to regain the title that she held for more than three years, and was going into the fight against McMahon very confident.”The Irish are tough people and I expect a good fight, but my goal is to take back my title” she said.Both boxers are in their forties. Ashley, who is a fast-moving and clever boxer, is 47, but most people are shocked when she reveals this, as she looks much younger. She has a 22-10-1 record with four knockouts and her last fight was in Haiti last November, when she stopped Grecia Nova in seven rounds. She is much more experienced that McMahon and this will give her a decided edge.McMahon is 41, and has a 7-0 record. She has fast hands, moves a lot and has stopped three of her opponents. Her last fight was on May 2 this year against Catherine Phiri, for the WBC interim bantamweight title, in Lusaka, Zambia, and she won by majority decision.last_img read more

James Harden, Clint Capela lead Rockets over Nuggets

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket between Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) and forward Torrey Craig, back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — With James Harden getting double-teamed almost every time he had the ball Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, he looked for other Houston Rockets to step up and make plays.Chief among them was Clint Capela, who set a career high with 31 points as the Rockets beat the Nuggets 125-113.ADVERTISEMENT “He did what he was supposed to do,” said Harden, who had 32 points. “He finished. He played extremely well. Played hard.”P.J. Tucker set a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Whenever I’m under the rim and you put a little on me what’s going to happen is that 99 or 100 percent of the time I’m going to dunk the ball,” Capela said. “This is what happened tonight and I did a great job of finishing aggressive under the rim.”Houston was up by 11 after two free throws by Torrey Craig with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Tucker and Harden made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it 117-100 about a minute later. Gerald Green had 21 points and made six 3s on a night Houston made 22 3s for its sixth game this season with at least 20.“We’re just a real tough team when we’re knocking down shots like that,” Green said.Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.“Give them credit,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “You know Harden is going to get his, but when P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green score the amount of 3s that they made, I believe 13 combined, that’s a tough one to overcome.”Harden had 14 assists, six 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “He’s probably the hardest guy in the NBA to guard,” Malone said.Coach Mike D’Antoni enjoys watching the different things Harden does to help his team win night after night.“Whatever they throw at him, he’ll find the best play,” D’Antoni said. “He’ll also find a way to score. He’ll find his way, but he’ll also get everyone involved.”TIP-INSNuggets: Malone said Will Barton (hip) is making progress and could return in the next couple of weeks. … Morris added 21 points off the bench.Rockets: Houston traded Michael Carter-Williams and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls on Monday for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Bulls then waived the guard following the trade. … Chris Paul missed his eighth game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Eric Gordon missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee.WHAT A PLAYThe Rockets led 70-60 at halftime after Harden made two 3-pointers in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter. The first of those shots is sure to show up on highlight reels, as Murray slipped and fell to the court trying to guard him before Harden stepped back for the basket.MAGIC NUMBER?With Monday’s win the Rockets improved to 59-2 when scoring at least 120 points under D’Antoni. Kyrie Irving drops 17 in return as Celtics top sloppy Nets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Last year, we didn’t win one time, so that team gives us a problem, but we have to find a way to beat them and play (better) against them.”UP NEXTNuggets: Visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 View commentslast_img read more

MP Report from Bob Zimmer

first_imgEver since I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, constituents have talked to me about the ever-worsening doctor shortage in northeastern BC.I share your concerns, and have been talking to doctors and nurses in the Peace Region about the situation. I have had discussions with Northern Health about this issue, and agree more needs to be done to ensure health care services are available to all residents in the North Peace.My office has received petitions from more than 1200 residents in the Peace Region calling for immediate action to address the acute shortage of doctors.I have already written very strongly worded letters to the CEO and Board of Directors at Northern Health, and the BC Minister of Health demanding action on this issue. My office is working closely with the City of Fort St. John, Northern Health, and the BC Government to come up with targeted and effective solutions for our community.This issue is not as simple as it seems. It is a long and expensive process to train doctors and to certify credentials of foreign doctors. Attracting and retaining doctors to northeastern BC is also a challenge, as the issue goes well beyond money. In 2013, Rural Physicians for BC began offering $100 000 payments for doctors to relocate to remote and rural communities. By December, only 9 doctors actually accepted the offer.The other ongoing issue is the perception of northern BC by medical associations who seem to operate with a lower-mainland mindset. Earlier this month on Twitter, the General Surgeons of BC dismissed suggestions that their members should apply to vacancies in Fort St. John. These are issues that will take a great deal of time and effort to address. Although I and my elected colleagues at all levels of government are putting a great deal of effort, we have run out of time.In rural British Columbia, we have relied on doctors from abroad. Currently, the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons recognizes the credentials of doctors trained in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The College no longer recognizes applicant credentials from South Africa, nor is it easy or cheap for a performance assessment for a newly arrived physician. The most obvious answers are for the BC College to recognize South African credentials once more, or to make a more concerted effort to offer performance assessments for newly arrived physicians from abroad.Our Conservative Government has taken extensive measures to increase funding transfers to the provinces for health care. However, primary responsibility for matters related to the administration and delivery of health care services in Canada falls within provincial and territorial jurisdiction. Recruitment and retention of doctors and management of health services for the Peace Region are the jurisdiction of Northern Health and the BC Government, and it is ultimately up to implement the policies that will bring more doctors to the northeast.I will continue to work with the province and local governments, health care authorities, and residents to come up with a solution to this critical shortage of physicians.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Moral relativity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Why the double standard? The state doesn’t seem to have any qualms about all the other gambling that puts millions in profit into private and public hands. Perhaps the difference: Sacramento isn’t getting a cut. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Californians have many opportunities to gamble legally. There are casinos on Indian reservations up and down the state. There’s off-track betting and on-track betting. There are card houses. And lottery tickets are available on virtually every street corner from San Diego to Eureka. Why, then, would the state not allow charities to raise money for good works through poker games? Many charities have found they’ve been able to tap into the poker craze and redirect some gambling losses into big pluses for the needy. But they are walking the line because what they’re doing is actually illegal, state officials say. last_img read more


first_imgBlood Bike North West 10k members Kathy O’Connor, Tony Steel, Bernard McDyre, Andrew Speer and Peter McLean who will be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s North West 10k and are fundraising the running costs of the voluntary service, training and the purchase of a second bike.The North West 10k Charity Race and Walk is this year supporting Blood Bike North West in their fundraising drive to purchase a second bike. Blood Bike North West is a voluntary group of bikers offering an out of hours emergency service to the HSE in Donegal.Their function is to transport blood, plasma, breast milk and important notes to hospitals in Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Derry. The monies received from the charity race and walk will go towards the running costs of the voluntary service, training and the purchase of a second bike.So help Blood Bike North West’s hugely important work by taking sponsorship cards. The North West 10k takes place on Sunday 3rd May in Letterkenny.For further details go to  NORTH WEST 10K – A FOCUS ON THE CHARITIES! was last modified: March 17th, 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:Blood BikesdonegalNorth West 10klast_img read more

Bayern search for consistency as Bundesliga returns

first_imgBayern drew 3-3 away to Ajax on Wednesday (Photo by Agency)Consistency is to be the catchphrase as six time defending champions Bayern Munich travel to Hannover with the aim of retaining fading interest in the title race.The Bavarians whipped Nuremberg 3-0 last weekend for their first home victory in five outings but remain nine points behind pacesetters Borussia Dortmund.The defensive woes that have haunted Niko Kovac’s Bavarians all season were once again apparent in a Champions League rubber at the Johan Cruyff Arena where they had to claw back from 2-1 down to force a 3-3 draw with Ajax Amsterdam.Kovac can at least take solace from the return from injury of Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara. All three will help improve chance creation on the road where Bayern Munich boast a solid record.Leaders Borussia Dortmund will be aiming to follow up Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Monaco in the Champions League that secured seeding in Monday’s draw, with another three points against Werder Bremen.Lucien Favre’s Black and Yellows are the envy of the Bundesliga because goals are coming from all over the pitch.Owing to his lack of match fitness, Favre had until recently used goal-a-game striker Paco Alcacer as a super sub.  But the Spaniard has caught up with his teammates’ level, so he could start against Bremen.Elsewhere, goals galore are anticipated in Hoffenheim when Julian Nagelsmann’s side confront Dieter Klaus Hecking’s high scoring Borussia Moenchengladbach.A similar epic should play out in the duel between DFB Pokal winners Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen as both teams are noted for playing open, attacking football.Fixtures:Friday.Nuremberg v Wolfsburg @10:30pmSaturday.Hannover v Bayern Munich @05:30pmAugsburg v Schalke @05:30pmFortuna Dusseldorf v Freiburg @05:30pmHoffenheim v Borussia Moenchengladbach @05:30pmStuttgart v Hertha Berlin @05:30pmBorussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen @08:30pmSunday.RB Leipzig v Mainz @05:30pmEintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen @08:00pmBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Germany Bundesligalast_img read more

England keeper ‘hoping to join Liverpool’

first_imgFulham have again been linked with Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland, this time by the Daily Mirror.However, it is claimed that the England international, 19, is hoping to join Liverpool if they sell Pepe Reina, who has been linked with Arsenal.Jonas Olsson is desperate for a move to London, according to The Sun.The West Brom defender is one of a host of players QPR have enquired about – and they are reported to have made a £5m bid.Arsenal are also said to be monitoring Olsson, who signed a new four-year contract at The Hawthorns in October.A source is quoted as saying: “Jonas loves it at West Brom but there are personal reasons why he wants to go to London.“It is about his family. But it has been a hard decision as West Brom have been great for him.”Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest apparently want to sign Robert Green from QPR.The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail report that Forest have targeted him after deciding to dispense with former R’s goalkeeper Lee Camp.John Terry is targeting next week’s home game against Arsenal for his long-awaited return to first-team action, The Sun report.Terry is due to feature in an Under-21 game match today – two months after the Chelsea skipper suffered a knee injury against Liverpool.He apparently will not be considered for Saturday’s trip to Stoke, but could feature in the derby against the Gunners.The Mirror say former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Blues star Ashley Cole for Paris St-Germain – or for Real Madrid he ends up taking over at the Bernabeu.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Missing ID plate delays confirmation of MH370

first_imgA critical identification plate on the Boeing 777 flaperon washed up on the Reunion Island that would tie it to MH370 is missing because of the effect of sea water on the adhesive that bonds it to the structure.According to a former crash investigator the metal ID plate has almost certainly come away because of the “exposure to sea water.”So what should have been a simple ID exercise now becomes a time consuming forensic investigation.World’s Safest AirlinesWorld’s Top Ten AirlinesWorld’s Scariest LandingA Boeing part number (657BB) painted on to the flaperon confirms the object is from a Boeing 777, the Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister said yesterday.“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said Friday.The flaperon, has been sent to Toulouse in France to government laboratories, where the police, crash investigators and Boeing representatives expect to verify if it came from MH370.Under French law air crashes are treated as criminal investigations and thus led by the police.Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year with 239 passengers and crew aboard on a flight from KL to Beijing.Investigators will likely have to disassemble the flaperon to find other ID numbers that will link it to MH370.Panels will have batch numbers that will almost certainly tie the flaperon to a production run at particular time that were installed on various 777s including MH370.The 777 that operated MH370 carried the registration 9M-MRO and had a Boeing construction Number 28420 and Line Number 404. Its first flight was on the 14th of May 2002. It had flown 53, 465 hours when it disappeared and had flown 7,525 flights.last_img read more