Top five locks in the NRL

first_img5. Jake Trbojevic2016 stats: 23 games, 116.7 avg metres, 858 tackles; 18 offloads, 316 runsYoung Manly prop-turned lock Jake Trbojevic has arguably had two successive breakout seasons in a row. In 2015 he went from little-known youngster coming off a serious injury to a first-grade regular starting prop. In 2016 he upped his game from already impressive levels after shifting to the No.13 jersey where he started all but two of Manly’s 2016 games (Round 1 he was at prop and he missed Round 5 through injury). Not only that, an injury to Raider Josh Papalii opened the door for the Mona Vale junior’s first Kangaroo tour and he made an impressive, try-scoring debut against Scotland in what looks to be the start of a very long senior rep career.4. Trent Merrin2016 stats: 25 games, 155.6 avg metres, 861 tackles, 56 offloads, 418 runsMerrin was already a Test and Origin player when he departed the Shellharbour beaches for a fresh start in Sydney’s golden west at the end of 2015 and – a curious Origin non-selection aside – had surely the best season of his career so far in terms of his individual efforts. Merrin was a powerhouse for the Panthers and finished the year off as an automatic selection for Australia in the No.13 jumper following a brilliant Four Nations campaign. His tireless runs and tackles and relentless offloading was a massive part of the platform that helped a young Panthers outfit exceed expectations in 2016.3. Paul Gallen2016 stats: 20 games, 175.6 avg metres, 600 tackles, 31 offloads, 392 runsLong-serving Sharks skipper Gallen’s representative career closed in 2016 with a typically robust effort in a narrow Origin series loss as well as a man-of-the-match effort in his Test swansong (a 16-0 win over the Kiwis in the May Test). But no doubt the personal highlight was a powerhouse season at club level, in which he captained Cronulla to a maiden premiership. The tireless 35-year-old also decided his battered body had one more year of NRL left in him and Sharks fans will no doubt be relieved to see the gladiatorial lock go round for one final season in the Shire.2. Sam Burgess2016 stats: 23 games, 153.5 avg metres, 803 tackles, 49 offloads, 399 runsIt’s possible nothing Burgess does for the rest of his career will quite match the stunning heights of 2014, when a towering season at the Bunnies was capped by a historic Clive Churchill Medal-winning performance in an emotional grand final. But don’t discount the tireless contributions he made on his return from the 15-man code in 2016 despite the fact Souths missed out on the finals. While his 21 penalties conceded and seven errors may indicate a man who at times may have tried for a bit too much, the new England Test captain’s talismanic presence lifts any team he plays in.1. Jason Taumalolo2016 stats: 27 games, 165.0 avg metres, 645 tackles, nine offloads, 419 runsHow could the 2016 co-Dally M winner (the first non-hooker forward to win since Cronulla’s Gavin Miller in 1989) be anything other than top of this list? The New Zealand Test lock had the best year of his career to date and will be even more of a key man for the 2015 premiers in the absence of James Tamou and Ben Hannant in 2017. His belligerent runs – which saw him alternately cut between defenders or trample straight over the top of them – caused countless headaches this year. Worryingly, he told that he’ll be looking to add more ball skills and offloading to his game next year as he looks to become an even more dangerous player.last_img read more

Kienan Hebert has returned to his family home

first_imgAs a result of the child being located, the BC Amber Alert in effect at this time has been stood down.  Investigators are continuing their efforts to apprehend the suspect.   Kienan’s father found the young boy sitting on a couch in the Hebert family home after police received a phone call indicating that the toddler would be dropped off there, a neighbour told CTV B.C.’s Rob Brown. For more on this story, click here an article from CTV B.C.- Advertisement – It is not yet known if Randall Hopley, 46, was involved in the child’s disappearance or safe return. Hopley’s whereabouts are still unknown.  During Sunday’s conference, Moskaluk appealed to Hopley directly.  “Randy, we just want to talk to you,” he said. “What we’ve got left to do is speak with you. It’s very, very important that we speak to you right now.”center_img Police checkpoints have been set up across the small B.C. town.  Moskaluk said police are still searching for Hopley and his vehicle, a brown 1987 Toyota Camry with the licence plate 098RAL.last_img read more

Unai Emery appointed Arsenal manager

first_img0Shares0000New Gunner? Unai Emery looks set to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal managerLONDON, United Kingdom, May 23 – Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates. Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League — 37 points behind champions Manchester City — and failing to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal will be wary of the turmoil at Manchester United after the departure of long-serving manager Alex Ferguson in 2013 but said the choice of Emery was unanimous.“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal’s website.“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the decision to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous.“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” he said.“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”Emery, 46, left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital.The Spaniard, who will be unveiled at a press conference at the Emirates later on Wednesday, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal.It follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past yearBefore moving to France in 2016, Emery had a significant track record of success Spain, winning three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla.Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the past five seasons but have consistently failed to mount a credible title challenge since they were last crowned Premier League winners in 2004.Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups during his time in charge, his crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.The club will be desperate to re-establish themselves among the Premier League elite.Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals earlier this month meant Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe Mary From Dungloe Festival has bounced back!More than 40 people from the famous West Donegal town met last night to discuss the future of the festival after the resignation of the current committee last week.A trader’s committee was set up and the meeting was described as “very positive” after 25 traders had their say on the future of the 43 year event. It has led to two further meetings to discuss the festival, one of these concentrating on events.A steering committee is also to be set up to concentrate on ideas and plans for the 10-day event.Sources close to the meeting described it as one of the most positive meetings in many years.“Some people might have taken the festival for granted but there was no way we were going to let it die. “It’s going to take a lot of planning and the festival may be different from previous years, but there’s no question it will go ahead this year,” said the source.Last night’s meeting heard many suggestions and ideas about the running of the event including suggestions that it could be slimmed down from the ten days. Several members of the former traders and finance committees attended the meeting.Tricia Gallagher, who was festival director for the past few years and who announced her resignation last week, was not in attendance.Ms Gallagher expressed disappointment over various aspects of the festival at last week’s meeting and did indicate that she would not be attending any further meetings.  It is understood there was some level of criticism at the meeting of what was described as “negativity” in the media following the reporting of the outcome of the annual general meeting and a subsequent radio interview by former director Tricia Gallagher.Last week’s meeting was told that the festival has debts of over €23,800 that includes a fee of €9,000 owed to singer Daniel O’Donnell dating back pre 2008.Contributions and sponsorship to the 2010 event were down over €8,000 on the previous year. The meeting also heard of unacceptable abuse directed at the organisers and voluntary workers during the course of the festival.The follow up meetings are scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Rosses Community School to discuss ideas and events, while a traders meeting will be held in Ionad Teampall Cróine on Monday next at 7 p.m. EndsPACKED ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ MEETING HEARS NEW PLANS FOR REVIVED FESTIVAL was last modified: February 1st, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: A LOCAL buyer has been found for the fresh bread business at Gallaghers in Ardara potentially saving 50 jobs – but those facing the dole are insisting on union representation.The confirmation of the jobs being saved came just hours after MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher had said he was confident of a sale.Today the workers have formed the Gallaghers Bakery Workers Representative Committee and are being supported by SIPTU. More than 100 of the employees have joined the group.Meanwhile a bid by Dublin firm ‘Pat The Baker’ to buy the fresh bread business of Gallaghers in Ardara had been rejected.The sale would have seen production moved and 50 more jobs lost at the Ardara facility where 124 jobs are already under threat.Last night however MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher said he was confident a local buyer would be found and is close to completing a deal. Mr Gallagher said he hoped details of the sale would be finalised over the next few days.ARDARA JOBS CRISIS: 50 JOBS ‘SAVED’ BUT ANGRY WORKERS DEMAND UNION RIGHTS was last modified: February 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgNORTH Americans have voted Ireland the place to visit in 2011 – with travel experts pinpointing Donegal as a ‘must see’ part of any visit.After decades of living in the shadow of other counties, it seems we’re finally being acknowledged for our scenery and culture.The vote was carried out by American tour guides Frommers – which put us ahead of Paris among others. “Ireland is one of the most romantic destinations on earth,” says Patricia Tunison Preston, who’s authored 15 travel books on the country and is widely recognized as the go-to person for pretty much all things Irish.“Where else can you find such a stunning array of quiet country roads, glistening rivers and lakes, uncrowded dune-filled beaches, meandering gardens and charming little towns with cosy pubs and manor houses?”And she describes Donegal as ‘the great outdoors’ adding: “If the cowpokes in “True Grit” had had the kind of backdrop Donegal offers for horseback riding-beaches, countryside and mountains-maybe they would’ve been less quick on the draw.”TOURISM BOOST AS COUNTY NAMED IN ‘TOP DESTINATION’ SURVEY IN UNITED STATES was last modified: February 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgTHE Donegal Post – part of the Letterkenny-based River Media newspaper group – has been withdrawn from an industry watchdog which monitors the circulation figures of newspapers.The paper, which circulates in parts of the south of the county, is published on Wednesdays.River Media have not made any comment on the move which comes after rapidly deteriorating sales at the struggling title. It means the company cannot provide potential advertisers with an independently audited circulation figure provided by ABC – the Audit Bureau of Circulation.Latest ABC figures showed the Donegal Democrat Thursday edition figures down 6.6% year-on-year while the Tuesday Democrat/Peoples Press was down -4.5%.The Derry People/Donegal News Friday edition was down 0-2% year-on-year. The Monday paper has added an extra 150 copies in the same period.The Derry Journal Friday edition was down -1.9% on the year while the Tuesday edition was down -3.8%. The Derry-based titles are amongst the best performing in Ireland. River Media does have its Inish Times publication audited. It was down -2.4%. The company does not audit the freesheet Letterkenny Post.endsRIVER MEDIA TITLE WITHDRAWS FROM INDEPENDENT AUDIT was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Derry PeopleDonegal DemocratDonegal NewsDonegal PostInish TimesLetterkenny PostRiver Medialast_img read more

Watch: Man United legend Rooney stars again for DC United

first_img Wayne Rooney has proved to be a big hit in the MLS The result took them off the bottom of the Eastern Conference – and amazingly to within six points of the final play-off spot – with Rooney yet again playing a leading role.On Sunday his last-ditch tackle deep into stoppage time prevented Orlando from grabbing a late winner, before then launching a sublime long ball into the path of Luciano Acosta to nod home and seal all three points for the hosts.TAKE A BOW! – Wayne Rooney produces magical MLS moment for DC UnitedAnd there were yet more heroics from the former England captain on Wednesday, as he added another two goals to his tally for the season.The first just came before the interval with DC United trailing the game 1-0. Rooney got on the end of an excellent through ball from Yamil Asad before showing the type of composure he has consistently showed for club and country throughout his career – with a trademark finish into the bottom right-hand corner. Wayne Rooney continues to light up the MLS with DC United as the former Manchester United man starred in a comprehensive victory over Portland Timbers on Wednesday.The 32-year-old, who joined from boyhood club Everton in the summer, scored either side of the break as Ben Olsen’s men ran out 4-1 winners. 1center_img .@WAYNEROONEY WITH A BEAUTY! 😍 #DCvPOR— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 16, 2018Darren Mattocks put the gloss on the scoreline with another goal in injury-time as DC clinched another league win.Rooney and co can make it three wins in a row on home soil should they see off New England Revolution on Monday. Perfectly timed. Perfectly placed. @WayneRooney levels the game! 🎯 #DCvPOR— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 16, 2018And Rooney wasn’t finished there, as he all but sealed a crucial victory for DC – adding a third with a superb free-kick to make it 3-1 following Oneil Fisher’s effort.last_img read more

Funny, but study shows women enjoy jokes more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The difference between the sexes has long been a rich source of humor. Now it turns out, humor is one of the differences. Women seem more likely than men to enjoy a good joke, mainly because they don’t always expect it to be funny. “The long trip to Mars or Venus is hardly necessary to see that men and women often perceive the world differently,” a research team led by Dr. Allan L. Reiss of the Stanford University School of Medicine reports in today’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But they were surprised when their studies of how the male and female brains react to humor showed that women were more analytical in their response, and felt more pleasure when they decided something really was funny. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Women appeared to have less expectation of a reward, which in this case was the punch line of the cartoon,” said Reiss. “So when they got to the joke’s punch line, they were more pleased about it.” Women were subjecting humor to more analysis with the aim of determining whether it was indeed funny, Reiss said in a telephone interview. Men are using the same network in the brain, but less so, he said, indicating men are less discriminating. “It doesn’t take a lot of analytical machinery to think someone getting poked in the eye is funny,” he commented when asked about such humor as the Three Stooges. While there is a lot of overlap between how men and women process humor, the differences can help account for the fact that men gravitate more to one-liners and slapstick while women tend to use humor more in narrative form and stories, Reiss said. The funnier the cartoon, the more the reward center in the women’s brain responded, unlike men who seemed to expect the cartoons to be funny from the beginning, the researchers said. The new insight could improve understanding of such conditions as depression, the researchers said. “The bottom line is that I think it contributes to the foundation of understanding individual differences in humans,” Reiss said. Humor is used by humans to cope with stress and to establish relationships, and it can even help strengthen the immune system. Reiss’ team studied the response of 10 women and 10 men to 70 black-and-while cartoons, asking them to rate the jokes for how funny they were. While the volunteers were looking at the cartoons, their brains were being studied with an MRI to determine what parts of the brains were responding. In large part, men and women had similar responses to humor, using parts of the brain responsible for the structure and context of language and for understanding juxtaposition. In women, however, some areas were more active than in men. These included the left prefrontal cortex, which the researchers said suggests a greater emphasis on language and executive processing, and the nucleus accumbens, or NAcc, which is part of the reward center. Reiss said he was surprised at the NAcc finding. The researchers theorized that because women were being more analytical, they weren’t necessarily expecting the cartoons to be as funny as did the men. Then, when they saw the punch line, the reward center lit up, indicating something pleasant and unexpected. Arnie Cann, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, commented: “Given the findings in the current study, that women appear to use more executive functions, it could be that they are more engaged in scrutinizing the humor to decide if it fits their views on what is acceptable humor. Once they decide the humor is OK, they could be experiencing a relief-like response.” That would fit in with the finding that women experience more reward from the joke, said Cann, who was not part of Reiss’ research team. Reiss’ research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal company ‘socks it’ to Kate Middleton

first_imgA Donegal company has helped the Duchess of Cambridge keep her feet on the ground after supplying her with socks.So impressed was Kate Middleton with her footwear that she wore them in a recent photo to promote the Chelsea Flower Show.The pictures showed fashion influencer kate wearing the socks to promote the “Back to Nature” garden that she designed specifically for the beloved event. The photos were reproduced around the globe and shared by millions online.Managing director of Donegal Socks, Martin Breslin, said he spotted the socks straight away as their opale brand which his company supplies to the British National Trust.He said “We supply two different types of socks to the National Trust and this is one of them. Prince Charles in the chairman of the trust so that’s probably how she was supplied with them.“It’s nice to think that Kate Middleton is wearing a pair of socks which came from a small town in Co Donegal.” Donegal Socks started production in 1991 and has produced over one million pairs of socks in that time and now employs eight people at its base in Glenties.The small Donegal town, in which Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa was set upon, has a proud tradition of sock-making going back to the 1920s.The film, which starred Meryl Streep and written by Brian Friel, features the Mundy sisters who earned their living knitting socks for the local factories.Today almost all the traditional skills have gone, however the Breslin family are the third generation of a family business endeavouring to hold on to the skills that their forefathers bore and continue to manufacture socks in the town of Glenties for the home and export market.The rugged patterns of mountains and moor intertwine with hues of wild sea and blue sky in the patchwork weave of colour that is Ireland’s Donegal. But despite the royal endorsement of his product, sock boss Martin says it won’t have any huge effect on his business.“We already have enough orders to do us for Christmas so even if she tweeted how wonderful our socks were, we wouldn’t be able to go any faster,” laughed Martin.Donegal company ‘socks it’ to Kate Middleton was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 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:donegal socksGlentiesKate Middletonlast_img read more