Dragons must muscle up: Packer

first_imgWhile the Red V were ranked ninth in total metres gained out of all sixteen clubs in 2016, their inability to turn attack into points created a number of headlines, with the pressure on coach Paul McGregor and skipper Gareth Widdop mounting. Packer wants to make sure the Dragons don’t shy away from the fact that the forwards need to be in control in order to give more room for the little men to create opportunities for the outside backs.  “Obviously there’s always been some criticism there with the forward pack but we can only worry about what we can do this year so it’s up to us whether we can live up to our potential,” Packer said.”We’ve got some new additions in the squad, particularly in the middle with Vaughny [Paul Vaughan] bringing a lot to our forward pack. “I think we can match it with other teams in the competition in terms of our forward pack so that’s one of our goals and I think we can do it.”The 27-year-old made his return to the NRL for the Dragons in March after a 30-month exile and is ready to take his game back to the level that saw him represent the New Zealand Kiwis back in 2011, particularly with a Rugby League World Cup coming up at the end of the year. “Coming back to the game last year was a good stepping stone and this year I need to continue to improve,” Packer said. “I really love the club and everyone involved has been good to me in the last two a half years.”St George Illawarra’s first challenge will come against a Penrith side that many are predicting will go a long way this season, but Packer is keen to focus on his team’s own ability.”It’s been a long slog for the boys… 15 weeks of hard work,” he said.”It’s going to be a tough game against the Panthers but with the boys in the squad, if we play well with our ability, we can match it with any team this year.”There’s only one way to prove that and it’s by doing it, so everyone’s excited to get the season off to a good note. “We’ve got a good opportunity to go out there and get our season on the front foot in terms of momentum.”last_img

Jay Z’s TIDAL to Team up With Proudly Liberian

first_imgTIDAL music, owned by Roc Nation (Jay Z) and others, has partnered with Barkue Tubman’s MBL International Group to curate and market “Proudly Liberian” Playlist that will be marketed and promoted on their global platform, which will expose Liberian artists on the same platform that exclusively pre-released Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ album. With Tidal’s over 10 million subscribers, Liberian artists will finally get the recognition they deserve. Having access to Tidal’s marketing and branding platform will expose Liberia and its HipCo and traditional talents to the world.The “Proudly Liberian” Playlist was created by Barkue Tubman, founder & CEO of MBL Intl. Group and Cypha Da King of BluelinksTIDAL is a global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans together through unique music and content experiences and is currently available in 46 countries.TIDAL has over 40 million songs in our catalog and over 130,000 high quality videos, offering passionate music fans both a premium and high fidelity CD sound quality, along with high resolution video, and expertly created content.TIDAL has the commitment of artist owners that believe in creating a more sustainable model for the music industry. The founding TIDAL artist-owners are Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire (Win Butler and Regine Chassagne), Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Damian Marley, Indochine, Lil Wayne, and Usher.“I am extremely excited about the Proudly Liberian Playlist with Tidal. It allows me to work with a huge platform to finally create global exposure for the many Liberian artists who have been working hard developing their sounds and crafts to gain the long overdue international recognition they deserve. These artists are tearing up the airwaves at home; however, we need more. Only songs that are already online will be added to the playlist. What makes it special is the playlist is specially marketed to the world by Tidal on the platform, this is HUGE for Liberia. This is just the beginning for what MBL has in store for promoting Liberian artists, music and talent internationally.” Barkue Tubman – CEO / Founder – MBL Intl. GroupShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Cessna crashes at Whiteman

first_imgBoth Grahek and his passenger, Monrovia resident Charles Currey, escaped with minor injuries. Mike Fergus of the Federal Aviation Administration said investigators determined that the nose landing gear of the airplane collapsed. The airport in the 12600 block of Osborne Street is one of five that are managed by the county Department of Public Works. PACOIMA – A four-seater plane crashed about 10 a.m. Thursday while landing at Whiteman Airpark, destroying the aircraft but resulting in only minor injuries to the pilot and passenger, authorities said. The Cessna 172 piloted by Dan Grahek of Palmdale landed hard on Runway 12, causing it to bounce back into the air, said Gary Boze of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Grahek then applied full power with the wing flaps extended, which caused the aircraft to stall and the left wing to hit the ground. The plane then cartwheeled off the runway and into the infield area, Boze said, coming to rest near the administration building. The airfield was closed for about an hour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Whittier man dies in freeway crash

first_imgCHP Sgt. Brian Lee said the preliminary investigation showed the man was driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner.Lee said the sedan was seen weaving in and out of traffic. It went to the right shoulder, left the freeway, lost control among the plants then came back onto the right shoulder where it struck a parked stakebed truck with a trailer.The driver’s side of the sedan hit the back end of the truck, Lee said.The sedan’s driver died at the scene. His name wasn’t released.Lee said the truck driver wasn’t injured. It’s not yet known why the truck was parked on the right shoulder of the freeway. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Freeway crash leaves one dead A 41-year-old Whittier man was killed Friday after he lost control of his car and hit a parked truck on the right shoulder of the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway.A SigAlert was issued and two lanes of the freeway were shut down for about four hours which affected afternoon commute.The crash happened at 11:50 a.m. on the northbound 605, just north of Beverly Boulevard.last_img

Fort St. John Women’s Resources Society taking back the night

first_imgDespite the rain, women and allies came out to march last night for Take Back the Night.This annual event, by the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, is part of an international effort to reclaim walking at night safely – not just for women, but for men as well.This is not the only event happening this week to shine the spotlight on violence against women.- Advertisement -Sisters in Spirit, a vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous, is taking place tonight at the Fort St. John Friendship Centre.Sherry Marshall, Chairwoman on the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society board of directors, says there is violence in the city happening at night, and affecting all kinds of people.According to Marshall, the community will change when people ‘start looking out for our neighbours.’Advertisement “If you are witnessing violence of any kind, you need to make a phone call,” she said. “Make a phone call to the police. Make somebody else aware that this is happening.”Women walking alone at night seem to be targeted, said Marshall, regardless of their ‘walk of life.’“I know a lot of people in the community think that it just happens to high risk woman in the community, but it doesn’t,” she continued. “There’s no sign on us that says where we come from.”Marshall says allies can help combat the issue by being better role models to youth in the community – especially men for younger boys.Advertisement However, youth do seem to be stepping up and taking on the issue themselves.“They’re more of a voice than us as adults are, and they are going to change us and we have to go with it.”Even last year, more and more teenagers appear to be involved in Take Back the Night – and Marshall is happy about that.last_img

Ronaldo lauded after ‘most beautiful goal’ buries Juve

first_imgThe Portuguese superstar surpassed himself with a breathtaking overhead hit from inside the box to help put holders Real Madrid closer to the semi-finals.“One of the most beautiful goals in the history of football,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.It took him only two minutes and 47 seconds to open the scoring in Turin, flicking in Isco’s cross.But the jeers of the home fans turned to applause and earned him a standing ovation after 64 minutes when Dani Carvajal crossed back into the area where Ronaldo connected with an outrageous bicycle kick.Ronaldo responded by putting his hand to his heart and giving a slight bow of gratitude to the crowd. “The applause for Cristiano says it all,” said Carvajal.“Cristiano does things sometimes that only he can do,” said Zidane. “It can be said that it is one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football.Cristiano Ronaldo comforts Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon at the end of the match in Turin © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLI“It’s maybe not as beautiful as mine in Glasgow,” joked Zidane of his goal against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002 that gave Real their ninth Champions League title.“I’m the coach but I’m also a football fan, when I see something like that … that’s why Ronaldo is different from others because he can do that kind of thing.“I’m happy for him and happy to have him on our team.”Ronaldo has been on a goalscoring streak of 19 goals in his last nine games for Real — 28 in 2018 — a feat which even Zidane has said makes him jealous.He has now scored 16 goals in his past 10 Champions League games — 14 goals this season and a double in last year’s final against Juventus.He holds the record for Champions League goals scored with 119.“The Juventus fans applauded Ronaldo but also for his team,” said Zidane. “It’s beautiful. You don’t see that everywhere.”– ‘Football is a show’ –Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted he was amazed by his ability to change his style of play in his thirties to adapt to losing some of his once-searing pace.“I don’t know if Ronaldo’s goal is the best in football history, but it’s really an extraordinary goal, you can only congratulate him on what he’s doing at present,” said Allegri.“The applause is a beautiful lesson from the Juventus fans to the whole world, football is a show, when you have 22 or 30 high level players and you see a shot like this one it’s good to applaud.”Hand on heart: Cristiano Ronaldo acknowledges the ovation from Juventus fans after his stunning second goal © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOThe five-time world footballer of the year has now scored in his last six matches against veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, netting nine in total.“We saw what Ronaldo is and always has been – a player of an extraordinary level who along with Leo Messi is achieving the greatest heights,” said Buffon.“This means they can be compared to Maradona and Pele for the way they ultimately are able to decide matches and trophies won by their teams.”“When you play against one of the best players in the world, like Cristiano Ronaldo, you need perfection, if you leave space he punishes you, and then he invented a goal that will remain in history. It’s a pity that he did it to us,” lamented defender Andrea Barzagli.– ‘Leave Earth, play Martians’ –Not only was the world of football talking about Ronaldo’s goal, NBA star Lebron James published a photo on Instagram of the action and world MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, a Barcelona fan, tweeted: “Bufff what a great goal for CR7!!!”.“Cristiano Ronaldo can now leave the Earth and start playing against the Martians, he has done everything here!” tweeted the Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.“Seen a lot of great goals in my time but that is absolutely breathtaking from Ronaldo,” said former England player Gary Lineker.“The opposing fans in the stadium applauding the great @cristiano after the bicycle kick and rightly so. Keeps on upping the ante – relentless!” tweeted Rio Ferdinand.Marcelo celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s third goal against Juventus © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIThere was also humour from English footballer Peter Crouch, who once scored a similar goal for Liverpool, who wrote on Twitter: “There is only a few of us who can do that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) scores during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on April 3, 2018. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLITURIN, Italy, Apr 4 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record-breaking goal and a stunning overhead bicycle kick to bury Juventus 3-0 on Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s Champions League final.Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games after just as Real Madrid beat Juventus read more

Guardiola ‘demands more’ after Huddersfield stroll

first_img0Shares0000Leroy Sane (R) celebrates after finishing a finishing a fine move to score the third goal in Manchester City’s 3-0 win away to Huddersfield on Sunday© AFP Paul ELLISHUDDERSFIELD, United Kingdom, Jan 20 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was far from satisfied despite seeing his side cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 3-0 win away to basement club Huddersfield on Sunday.City were rarely in trouble after Danilo’s deflected shot gave them an 18th-minute lead but they appeared to switch off for the remainder of the first half at the John Smith’s Stadium against a Huddersfield team who parted company with manager David Wagner on Monday. But whatever Guardiola said to his players at the break appeared to have the desired effect, with two goals in a matter of minutes early in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane putting the result beyond doubt.“The way we played we didn’t deserve more than three goals,” Guardiola told the BBC. “We will improve in the future.“We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it’s difficult. They defended deep and man to man.”Reigning champions City have now scored 62 goals in 23 league games so far this season, eight more even than Liverpool.“What we have done so far has been incredible, in the league and the Carabao (League) Cup,” said Guardiola.“We have an incredible number of points (56). But this game can teach us and show what we have to do to improve.“We’ve scored a lot of goals. So far, so good. One team has been better but we’re in January and there’s many more games to play. You don’t win or lose the Premier League in January.“We have to focus on what we have to do. If Liverpool win, we have to win. And if Liverpool lose then we also have to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

DONEGAL PEOPLE SOUGHT TO WAX, SHAVE OR DYE FOR SICK CHILDREN’S CHARITY

first_imgBumbleance Children’s Ambulance is seeking ordinary people across Donegal to help them shave, dye or wax their way to much-needed funding.The Shave Dye or Wax night in Ramelton on the 11th of July at 10pm in Durkans Bar with all funds going to Bumbleance Childrens’ AmbulanceWe need heads, beards and legs to take part to keep the wheels rolling in the Northwest! Music on the night by Paul mc Cahill and the draw for two tickets to Garth Brooks concert in the night will be drawn along with other spot prizes.Bumbleance children ambulance provide free medical transportation for terminally ill children with life limiting conditions all over ireland to national treatment centres, hospices, restbite centres national treatment centres, childrens hospital and returning home for end of life care.Teighrann Kelly of TK KUTS in Letterkenny will do the shave so you will be in safe hands.Should you wish to take part and help make a positive impact for sick children all over Ireland text or call johnny on 086 274 0777 It will be a hair raising night for Bumbleance!DONEGAL PEOPLE SOUGHT TO WAX, SHAVE OR DYE FOR SICK CHILDREN’S CHARITY was last modified: June 7th, 2014 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:BumbleancedonegalDYEshavelast_img

New piracy lawsuit filed

first_img The U.S. District Court lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, names downloadshield.com, full-movie-downloads.com, mp3eternity.com, moviesadvance.com, thedownloadplace.com and easydownloadcenter.com. The MPAA is seeking a court order to halt operation of the sites. Representatives of the sites could not be reached for comment. The MPAA action comes as the movie industry has fallen behind the 2004 pace in box office revenue and in DVD sales and rentals, which had been growing at a double-digit pace for seven straight years. “This is a forthright action on behalf of the studios,” said Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association, an industry trade organization. “Piracy is such a severe problem nationally and internationally that harms both theater owners and retailers of DVDs. This action looks like it hits right at the heart of it.” This marks the third time the MPAA has filed suit against sites accused of being scams. The first case, against Click Enterprises, Inc., resulted in the closure of eight scam sites, and $468,000 in damages was awarded to the studios. In the second case, three companies were ordered to shut down their sites and to pay damages ranging from $48,000 to $100,000. The Motion Picture Association of America is suing six Web sites that it says are tricking consumers into buying pirated movies, including “The Incredibles” and “The Polar Express,” off the Internet. The MPAA, on behalf of the major movie studios, said Thursday that the scam sites give the impression that their product is legal, but that they are actually connecting users to illegal peer-to-peer sites. This results in people unknowingly committing copyright infringement by downloading pirated films, some of which are still playing in theaters. “There are plenty of ways to download movies legally online, which is good for consumers and good for the movie industry,” MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said in a printed statement. “We won’t tolerate this scam premised on the illegal swapping of valuable movie content.” The sites are helped to look more legitimate through the unauthorized use of studio images and marketing materials. They charge a subscription fee that can range from a three-month trial for $20 to a $40 lifetime membership that offers an unlimited number of downloads. “This action is part of an aggressive campaign against pirate movie Web sites and consumer deception,” said Glickman. It is estimated by the MPAA that the movie industry lost approximately $3.5 billion to movie piracy last year in street sales alone, a figure that is expected to jump to $5.4 billion this year. The estimates do not figure in losses attributed to the illegal downloading of movies. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Women’s Basketball Returns Home To Host Iowa State Thursday Night

first_imgIowa State (3-2) split a pair of games at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas with a win over Tulane and a loss to Central Michigan in the tournament’s championship game. Junior standout Bridget Carleton is averaging a team-best 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game. The Cyclones have a slight edge in the all-time series, 29-27, after rallying for a 75-67 win over the Bulldogs last season at Hilton Coliseum. Drake Game Notes Iowa State Game Notes Buy Tickets Drake (3-3) crushed Mississippi Valley State, 96-60, in its last game of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic in Boulder, Colo. Sara Rhine, who scored a career-high 27 points, was one of five Bulldogs that finished in double figures and one of three that grabbed 12 or more rebounds as the team established the new program-record for single game rebounds with 72. The previous record was 67 set by the 1979 team against Iowa. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center to host Iowa State on Thursday, Nov. 30. The in-state contest is the first of five consecutive home games and closes the month of November for Drake. Tipoff against the Cyclones is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Mediacom MC 22 and The Valley on ESPN3. Fans are encouraged to support the Bulldogs by wearing white for the “WHITEOUT” game presented by Renaissance Savery Hotel. Live Stats Live Audio The Valley on ESPN3 Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 13 points and has hit double digits in all six games this season. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) also had 13 points to go with a career-tying six assists. Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) chipped in 10 points. Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds. Story Links Drake, who leads the MVC in scoring at 80.3 points and assists at 20.6 per game, tied its season high with 96 points against the Devilettes. Rhine (16.0 ppg) and Hittner (14.5 ppg) rank fourth and sixth, respectively in the MVC scoring leaders. They are the only non-seniors in the top six. Drake has a fast turnaround with former MVC rival Creighton traveling to Des Moines on Sunday, Dec. 3. Tipoff against the Bluejays is set for 2 p.m. and will also be broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img