Hunters hold on to second spot

first_imgHunters are level on points with competition leaders Townsville Blackhawks but remain in second place due to points for and against.In third place are Wynnum Manly Seagulls sharing 32 points with fourth placed Ipswich Jets.Fifth placed Easts Tigers and sixth placed Northern Pride are both on 28 points followed by Mackay Cutters, Redcliffe Dolphins and Burleigh Bears.The bottom five teams after round 22 are Tweed Heads Seagulls, Sunshine Coast Falcons, Souths Logan Magpies, Norths Devils and CQ Capras.There are three more rounds to go before the top five enter the final playoffs.Hunters have so far won 14 games in a row and are looking confident for a first grand final in two years on home soil.The PNG team is hoping to continue its winning streak with one away game and two home games at the Sir John Guise Stadium.last_img read more

Griezmann equaliser gives Atletico advantage over Arsenal

first_imgA late equaliser from French striker Antoine Griezmann gave 10-man Atletico Madrid a precious away-goal advantage over Arsenal as the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at the Emirates ended 1-1 on Thursday.Arsenal were given a huge boost after 10 minutes when Atletico defender Sime Vrsaljko was sent off for stamping on Alexandre Lacazette’s foot, and Atletico coach Diego Simeone was sent to the stands for his furious reaction to the decision.Arsenal missed a number of clear chances before Lacazette broke the deadlock in the 61st minute, heading Jack Wilshere’s cross down into the corner to put the home side in front.Atletico seized back the initiative in the 82nd minute, however, when Griezmann sped past Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, collected his rebounded shot off keeper David Ospina and calmly lifted the ball into the roof of the net.The teams head back to Madrid for the second leg next week when Atletico, second in Spain’s La Liga, should have talismanic striker Diego Costa back in their line-up.In Thursday night’s other semi-final Olympique de Marseille’s Dimitri Payet set up both goals as he guided them to an impressive 2-0 home win over Salzburg in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.Florian Thauvin headed in Payet’s free kick after 15 minutes and Clinton Njie calmly slotted home in the 63rd to put Marseille in the driving seat against the Austrian champions.Payet, making a late bid for a place in France’s World Cup squad with an impressive run of form, has played a key role in Marseille’s run to the last four with five assists and three goals in the knockout stages.Salzburg’s Fredrik Gulbrandsen had their best chance when he volleyed against the post late in the second half.last_img read more

Stephen Curry embraces Warriors’ change, praises Kevin Durant

first_imgSteaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? A dozen fall ill due to extreme heat during Olympic test in Japan FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) pause during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. They will reflect on the greatness, the fun, all they learned from each other shooting side by side day after day to become better from their time as teammates. Two championships, a pair of NBA Finals MVP awards for Durant. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)OAKLAND, California — Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors.They will reflect on the greatness, the fun, all they learned from each other shooting side by side day after day. Two championships, a pair of NBA Finals MVP awards for Durant.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists As Klay Thompson works back this season from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee that he injured in the deciding Game 6 loss of the finals to the Toronto Raptors, Curry’s backcourt mate will be Russell.At 31, Curry doesn’t mind that he will be the quote-unquote old guy entering his 11th NBA season. A two-time NBA MVP, he has reached five straight NBA Finals.“Has it sunk in? No. Have people been reminding me? Yes, any time they bring up our team looking forward,” he said with a smile. “It’s cool though, hopefully I’m wise beyond my years but still youthful in what I can do on the floor. It’s just a change in dynamic all the way around. We’re excited about the opportunities, the challenges for the whole roster, because we’ve got a lot of guys that have the opportunity to really prove themselves and make a difference in our team. Obviously our core, ’til Klay gets back, we know how to win and we know how to play. We’re just going to do it a little differently.”AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsCurry is unconcerned at this stage about outside expectations regarding how good this group might be and speculation that these Warriors may not be a championship contender.“I know the reality of the situation in terms of we lost a guy like Kevin Durant, who’s an all-time great basketball player,” Curry said. “We lost two veteran high-IQ guys in Shaun and Andre that really were like the cogs in the wheel that kept us going and you could rely on them every single game. So, the look is different but nobody really has a sustained run like we did where every year you’re expected to be the greatest. It’s just a matter of now we have to, I wouldn’t even say prove people wrong, but we have to kind of galvanize the new roster and do the exact same thing.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’ll always remember the three years we had. We’ll probably be back here down the road celebrating those like they did the ’74-75 team,” Curry said, nodding in the direction of the Warriors’ recent championship banners. “It’ll be cool when that happens.”For now, Curry is embracing “new beginnings” as the oldest player on a Golden State roster that will look far different come training camp next month — and that also was the theme he shared with girls attending his Warriors camp this week in one of his “bittersweet” final trips to the downtown Oakland practice facility before a move to San Francisco and the new Chase Center. Durant, recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon, has departed to join the Brooklyn Nets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We won two championships and I think we both got better throughout the process as basketball players and as people,” Curry said. “With the demand every single night to be great and just all that that comes with, in terms of the media attention, the scrutiny, the criticism, the praise even, it’s a lot to handle. And I think me and him especially on that level could connect. Him going to Brooklyn, you’re just trying to make sure he’s happy and going to a place where he feels like he needs to be. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be happy about that for him.”Also gone are veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, guard Quinn Cook and big man DeMarcus Cousins. Meanwhile, the Warriors have added a handful of new faces like D’Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III. Draymond Green got a new four-year deal earlier this month worth close to $100 million. Kevon Looney re-signed, too. ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal As he told the girl campers all sporting his No. 30 jersey, first things first.Curry took a quick poll of how many had started school again. Dozens of hands shot into the air.“Great to see you all again! You all having a great day, too?”Collective “Yeah!”“New beginnings, right? We’re going to take care of our school work this year?” Curry asked. “We’re going to be very dedicated and hard-working in the classroom as we are on the basketball court? That’s very important to be well-rounded people, right? Athletes and academics.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

65th North Peace Fall Fair this weekend

first_img Starting with a free pancake breakfast both Saturday and Sunday from 7 – 10 a.m., the Fall Fair will play host to competitions for everything from animals like horses, sheep and dogs, to tractor pulls, log sawing and spike driving, and agriculture shows. There will also be competitions for the kids, like watermelon eating, scavenger and treasure hunts, and races. Brody says the Fair is a safe place for parents to bring children and not have to worry about them. He also says it’s a great opportunity for those who grew up in town to interact with farm life. “Lots of kids that live in town never get to see small calves, big cows, small horses,” he says. “They don’t get to see animals and this is a good place to do it. Even the big kids, people who grew up in town and have never experienced that, this is one of the best places to do it.” Admission into the fair costs $10 a day for adults, $5 for seniors and youth aged 6 – 16, and free for children under 6. Camping for the weekend costs $30. For more information on the Fall Fair, click here.Advertisement This year marks the 65th anniversary of the event, something Brody attributes to its extensive family of volunteers. “It’s just people willing to step up to the plate and volunteer and help out make sure it keeps running,” he explains. “The core group is very strong, and that’s the biggest thing. He says last year they lost track counting after 5,000 man hours. What makes it all worth it?- Advertisement – “Just seeing that it’s still here year after year,” he says, “and for me personally it’s seeing my kids volunteer. It’s taught them what it is to volunteer, and it’s taught a lot of our young people.” Some volunteers started over a decade ago as teenagers, and Brody says they’ll be the next wave of organizers when he’s had enough.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sensational Mbappe surprised by meteoric rise

first_img“I imagined succeeding early, but I didn’t really think things would happen so quickly.“Of course I always believed. The players who have succeeded in their careers are the ones who believed in themselves.”Billed as the new Thierry Henry, Mbappe made his top-flight debut for Monaco in December 2015 when still aged just 16, but it is in the last six months that he has gone from a player of great promise to one of the biggest stars in Europe.He scored 15 goals to help Monaco win a first French title since 2000 and won his first cap for France in March.France’s forward Ousmane Dembele (L) is congratulated by France’s midfielder Kylian Mbappe following his goal during the international friendly football match against England at the Stade de France stadium June 13, 2017He is now being linked to mega-money moves to one of the continent’s biggest sides this close season, with Real Madrid leading the chase alongside the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs.On Tuesday he earned his fourth cap for Les Bleus, starring in a 3-2 friendly victory over England in front of almost 80,000 fans at the Stade de FranceThe following day he was speaking at the Edouard Rist clinic in Paris in his role as an ambassador for an association called “Lead Climbers” which backs sporting initiatives for hospitalised children.Mbappe has taken on a lot of responsibility for one so young but he thrives on his new status, as his assured nature before the glare of the cameras attests.But such self-confidence should not be mistaken for arrogance, he says.“No, it is a strength. But having belief in yourself is not enough — you also need to work hard and always respect the people around you.“I think when you show respect to people, they respect you back. But it is important to be yourself.“That is part of my personality. I have always been a chilled out kid who doesn’t get carried away,” added Mbappe, who hails from the often deprived northern suburbs of the French capital.“My entourage has always helped make life easy for me and I never had any real difficulties growing up.”Mbappe was unlucky not to score his first international goal against England, hitting the bar in the second half before setting up the winner for his fellow young starlet Ousmane Dembele.At times he had the Stade de France crowd gasping with his skill. He is already an idol for aspiring young footballers but he accepts being in the public eye and acting as a role model is a key part of his job.“That is the business we are in. Everyone would love to be in our shoes,” he said.“I don’t mind that people expect a lot from me. When I was a child I had idols and footballers are idols.“You place them on such a pedestal that they can’t do anything wrong. That is a challenge but it is also interesting, because it allows us to keep learning while also making sure we continue to serve as a good example to these young kids.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe Lottin celebrates after scoring a goal during their French L1 football match against Toulouse on April 29, 2017 at the “Louis II Stadium” in MonacoPARIS, France, Jun 14 – At just 18 years of age, Kylian Mbappe is the hottest property in football and the French sensation admits that he has been surprised by how quickly his star has risen.“I always had lots of imagination when I was little, so I am not going to say that I hadn’t imagined it,” Mbappe told AFP in an interview when asked if he expected to have won a league title and become a full international at such a young age.last_img read more

Man United record transfers: Van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand, Di Maria and more

first_img 11 Ruud van Nistelrooy – Transfer fee: £19 million – The Dutch striker finally signed for United in the summer of 2001 after failing a medical the previous summer. Scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Fulham on his Old Trafford debut, van Nistelrooy looked a perfect fit for the Premier League. Despite scoring 36 goals across all competitions, United suffered a disappointing season as they finished third in the league and won no silverware. Paul Pogba – Transfer fee: £89.3 mliion – no goals and no assists. Click the right arrow to see how other record signings got on in their debut season at Old Trafford. 11 Dimitiar Berbatov – Transfer fee: £30 million – United signed the languid Bulgarian in the final minutes of the summer transfer window of 2008. The striker scored once in his first five league games and provided two assists. Finished the season with a modest nine goals to his name in the Premier League but it was ultimately a successful campaign as United won the title and the League Cup. 11 11 11 Jaap Stam – Transfer fee: £10.75 million – Stam was brought in to reinforce a defence that was part of a trophyless 1997/1998 season. The Dutch defender endured a difficult start in the Premier League as his club sat in 7th at the end of September. But Stam recovered, as he became a crucial element in United’s captivating treble-winning season. 11 Rio Ferdinand – Transfer fee: £29.1 million – Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender for the second time in his career after joining from Leeds United in 2002. The elegant defender returned to Elland Road in the opening weeks of the season and was jeered continuously in a 1-0 defeat for United. After a slow start, United eventually won the title as well as finishing runners-up in the League Cup. Juan Sebastian Veron – Transfer fee: £28.1 million – The Argentinean midfielder was seen as a key signing in United’s quest to dominate in Europe. The former Lazio midfielder scored twice in his first five league games but struggled with his consistency across the season. In what was a lavish summer of spending, Veron and co finished third in the league and progressed to the Champions League semi-finals. Veron branded his debut season as a “catastrophe.” Roy Keane – Transfer fee: £3.75 million – Manchester United beat Blackburn Rovers to the Irishman’s signature in the summer of 1993 and it paid off big time. The no nonsense midfielder started brightly, scoring twice on his Old Trafford debut against Sheffield United. By September, United were on top of the table and remained there until the season’s end, as they also won the FA Cup as part of a memorable double. 11 11 11 Dwight Yorke – Transfer fee: £12.6 million – Yorke arrived at the same time as Stam but settled in far quicker than his new teammate. The Trinidad and Tobago international scored three times in his first five league games and went on to score 29 goals in all competitions. The striker formed an almost telepathic partnership with former record-signing Andy Cole in a fabulous campaign. Signing for Manchester United in a world record transfer is a big deal by anyone’s standards in football.Paul Pogba is the latest man to arrive at Old Trafford under the glaring lights of the Theatre of Dreams. The man even got his own hashtag to mark the occasion – big things were expected.But things have gotten off to a slow start.The former Juventus midfielder has failed to register a single assist or goal since his transfer and with his club struggling of late, the Red Devils could use their leading act right about now.So, do record signings at Old Trafford always start with a whimper?talkSPORT flicked through the archives to see how other record signings fared in their debut season.  11 11 Juan Mata – Transfer fee: £37. 1 million – It was seen as quite the coup for United when they picked up Mata from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the January transfer window of 2014. David Moyes secured his marquee signing as Mata contributed three assists in his opening three games. However, Moyes soon lost his job and Mata finished the season with United in seventh place – United’s worst ever Premier League finish. Andy Cole – Transfer fee: £6 million plus Keith Gillespie – Sir Alex Ferguson identified Cole as the man to drag United back into the title race in the January transfer window of 1995. It had the desired effect, as Cole scored twice in his opening five games – before notching a further 10. However, the Red Devils were pipped to the title on the final day of the season by Blackburn. Cup-tied, Cole also watched his side lose the FA Cup final to Everton. Angel Di Maria – Transfer fee: £59.7 million – With Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale for a world-record fee, Di Maria soon became surplus to requirements. Louis van Gaal opted to solve the winger’s problem as he joined for what was a British record transfer. Notching three goals and three assists in his opening five games, Di Maria looked like the signing of the summer. That was as good as it got though, as a poor second half of the season saw Di Maria become a fringe player. Was sold after just a single season to Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Newcastle transfer report: Magpies midfielder could be set to leave in late deal

first_imgAthletic Bilbao are confident of snapping up Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino before the end of the January transfer deadline.The 21-year-old Spaniard only made his loan move to the Premier League club permanent from Borussia Dortmund in October, but Marca state the Magpies ‘are willing to listen to offers’.The deal which took Merino to St James’ Park was worth £5.5million, while Athletic are keen to strengthen as central defender Aymeric Laporte looks set to join Manchester City for £62m.Bilbao are set to complete the signing of Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez for £28m after triggering his release clause but have more funds to spend.Merino has only started 12 league games for Newcastle this season and now looks set to return to Spain. Mikel Merino could leave Newcastle before Wednesday’s transfer deadline 1last_img read more

ISP Trick Or Treat Safety

first_img•Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.•Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child’s vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.•Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.Trick or Treating-•Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be.•Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.•Encourage children to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well lighted streets.•Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.•Follow your communities trick-or-treating hours.Treats-•Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home.•Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.•Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Remember to inspect fruits for anything suspicious.Additionally, many communities, schools and churches offer children safe alternatives to trick-or-treating designed to keep children safely within parents’ view. Some hospitals and schools allow children to trick-or-treat by going from room to room virtually eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the street after dark. The Indiana State Police would like to remind parents of a few safety tips to observe during the Halloween holiday. Parents and children will be out in full force this week trick-or-treating and the Indiana State Police would like to remind parents that observing just a few rules will help can make the evening both fun and safe.Costume Tips-last_img read more

Storm Callum fears as ‘disturbed’ weather to hit this weekend

first_imgMet Éireann has warned of a third possible named storm this weekend after a week of strong and destructive weather. Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh brought high winds and heavy downpours to Ireland this week. Now, it is feared that Storm Callum could be lashing the country from Saturday night into Sunday.Forecasters are monitoring the weather system which has potential to become a storm. A Met Eireann statement said: “The weather remains changeable and disturbed for the coming weekend and there is potential for another storm to form late Saturday into Sunday.“The track of the depression is uncertain at this stage and both Met Éireann and the UK Met Office are monitoring developments.“Further updates  and relevant warnings will be issued as appropriate.”This comes after Storm Ali battered Ireland on Wednesday with gusts of up to 130km/h. The north west escaped the worst of Storm Bronagh as the low pressure system passed close to the southeast coast on Thursday night. A number of counties in Munster and Leinster were under a Status Yellow rainfall alert.Today’s forecast is for cool and blustery weather, with sunny spells and scattered showers. Some of the showers will be heavy, especially in the west and northwest.Featured image Storm Ali 2018. Photo: ESB GroupStorm Callum fears as ‘disturbed’ weather to hit this weekend was last modified: September 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Met Eireannstorm callumweatherlast_img read more