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first_imgThe skipper was a late scratching from last week’s win over the Eels in Sydney as he stayed home with his fiancee Ashley Walker, who is due to give birth to their first child.Halfback Shaun Johnson is still sidelined by an ankle injury, while Tuivasa-Sheck’s return means Peta Hiku pushes out to the centres after filling in at fullback.Gerard Beale drops to the bench.Other than Tuivasa-Sheck coming back into the line-up there are no other changes in personnel among the 17 players used against the Eels although there are two positional swaps.Simon Mannering is named to start in the second row with Isaiah Papali’i selected on the bench while James Gavet has been listed to start at prop after originally being named on the bench against Parramatta before being used in the run-on side.Also included among the four interchange players likely to be used are props Bunty Afoa and Chris Satae plus utility Jazz Tevaga.In only his second NRL appearance this year, Satae’s 15 minutes last week coincided with the Warriors’ intensive period on defence when he was required to make no fewer than 24 tackles but barely saw the ball.The Warriors, who have remained in the top three all season so far, head into the South Sydney contest with an 8-3 win-loss run after 11 rounds, a season-opening effort bettered only once in the club’s 24 seasons in the competition (in 2002).While they’re third this week, the Rabbitohs have surged into fourth spot on the back of three consecutive wins. Along with the Warriors, they’re the only other side to beat competition leader St George Illawarra so far.In the opening round this season the Warriors not only beat Souths 32-20 to win in Perth for the first time but also snapped a run of six losses to the Rabbitohs since 2013.In 32 previous encounters, the Warriors have a 19-13 advantage over Souths.WARRIORS1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)2 DAVID FUSITU’A3 PETA HIKU4 SOLOMONE KATA5 KEN MAUMALO6 BLAKE GREEN7 MASON LINO8 JAMES GAVET9 ISSAC LUKE10 AGNATIUS PAASI11 SIMON MANNERING12 TOHU HARRIS13 ADAM BLAIRInterchange:14 JAZZ TEVAGA15 CHRIS SATAE16 BUNTY AFOA17 ISAIAH PAPALI’I18 GERARD BEALE20 KARL LAWTON21 ALBERT VETE22 ANTHONY GELLINGlast_img read more


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first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense School hopes to fill gap for data analysts through online course PLAY LIST 02:21School hopes to fill gap for data analysts through online course02:52Obama plays Santa at children’s hospital in Washington, DC03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 27: President Barack Obama watches from courtside during the season opening game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center on October 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 97-95. Note to User: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Former President Barack Obama will speak at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Feb. 23, though it’s unclear what he plans to discuss.The conference announced Friday night on Twitter that Obama, an avid sports fan, will make an appearance.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MIT has held the conference annually since 2007, hosting industry professionals to discuss the role of analytics in sports. This year, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman are scheduled to speak, as are retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver and Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Obama routinely filled out NCAA Tournament brackets on ESPN during his presidency, and his White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, once said Obama would consider being part of the ownership group for an NBA franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Read Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Long break helped GlobalPort correct ‘bad habits,’ says Jarencio Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgWaterAid, a non-profit organization, has launched a US$7 million project to provide water to targeted communities in Liberia and Sierra Leone.The 2015 WaterAid report said there was significant progress globally in meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for drinking water. However, both Liberia and Sierra Leone are lagging behind the universal coverage on safe water with an estimated 1.1 million Liberians and 2.4 million Sierra Leoneans impacted by the scarcity of safe drinking water. Patrick Cheah, WaterAid Country Director for Liberia, made the disclosure on Wednesday at the official launch of the 5-year project held at a local resort in Monrovia.WaterAid intends to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in both countries, Director Cheah said.The program will focus on WASH impact on health, nutrition and schools.“We will build on the positive cross-border relationships we’ve established with stakeholders, including governments, donors, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and private sector and nurture a profile of service delivery and CSO partnership in order to maximize learning and increase synergy in WASH programming,” said Cheah. WaterAid works in four counties in Liberia and three districts in Sierra Leone, focusing on hard to reach communities and areas where citizens are marginalized in terms of access to water.“We are integrating communities that are around the border, including Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, Maryland and Grand Kru counties. In Sierra Leone, we are working in Kenema, Kailahun, among others to alleviate their constraints to access to water,” Cheah said. The organization will also push governance, especially where CSO partners exist to help WaterAid in its project delivery.“We will also look at knowledge management that helps to replicate what was done in Sierra Leone to come to Liberia,” he said, adding, “Our primary focus is looking at access to water services for remote communities.”The 2015 WaterAid report said there was significant progress globally in meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for drinking water; however, both Liberia and Sierra Leone are lagging behind the universal coverage on safe water with an estimated 1.1 million Liberians and 2.4 million Sierra Leoneans impacted by the scarcity of safe drinking water. “Our strategy is linked with the global strategy, which is the basis for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WaterAid will come back and provide a progress report for the public and partners,” Director Cheah said. Augustine Myers, who spoke on behalf of Liberia WASH and CSOs, said he was delighted to be part of the WaterAid program to address water constraints in the country.“We are pleased that a Liberian can be a WaterAid Country Director, because only Liberians can solve our problems. The issue of water for rural communities is cardinal and the CSOs are willing to work with all the partners to ensure that we overcome this challenge,” said Myers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgWASHINGTON – College students who face lawsuits for illegally sharing large music collections over campus computer networks increasingly risk being unplugged from the Internet or even suspended over lesser complaints by the recording industry. In a nationwide crackdown, the music industry is sending thousands more copyright complaints to universities this school year than last. In some cases, students are targeted for allegedly sharing a single mp3 file online. A few schools – Ohio University and Purdue University are at the top of the list – already have received more than 1,000 complaints accusing individual students since last fall. For students who are caught, punishments can vary from e-mail warnings to semester-long suspensions from classes. Ohio University said students caught twice sharing music online would face the same disciplinary sanctions as classmates accused of violence or cheating: suspension, probation or an assignment to write a homework paper on the subject. Ohio said no student ever has been caught twice. UCLA sends e-mails to its students notifying them of the complaint and temporarily limits their Internet access. “I try to communicate to the students: This isn’t necessarily a victimless crime,” Heller said. “I ask second-timers, `Would you go into Target or into Virgin Megastore and consider stealing these three CDs?’ Their answer is `no.”‘ At the request of The Associated Press, the trade group for the largest music labels, the Recording Industry Association of America, identified the 25 universities to which it has sent the most copyright complaints so far this school year. The group, which has long pressured schools to act more aggressively, said software tools are improving to trace illegal file-sharing on campuses. “We are taking advantage of that technology to make universities aware of the problem on their campuses,” RIAA President Cary Sherman said. “They need to be sending a message to their students about how to live a lawful life.” The top five schools are Ohio, Purdue, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina. The RIAA complained about almost 15,000 students at the 25 universities, nearly triple the number for the previous school year. “They’re trying to make a statement,” said Randall Hall, who polices computers at Michigan State University, seventh on the list with 753 complaints. Michigan State received 432 such complaints in December alone, when students attended classes for only half the month. Hall meets personally with students caught twice and forces them to watch an eight-minute anti-piracy DVD produced by the RIAA. A third-time offender can be suspended for a semester; at least one student was targeted with three strikes so far this year. “I get the whole spectrum of excuses,” Hall said. “The most common answer I get is: `All my friends are doing this. Why did I get caught?”‘ The University of Tennessee requires second-time offenders to carry computers to a technology lab where popular music-sharing programs are deleted before Internet connections are restored. A student subjected to a third complaint – which typically happens once each year – faces punishment that ranges from a formal reprimand to suspension. “They’re apologetic and somewhat embarrassed,” said Tim Rogers, the school’s vice chancellor for student affairs. At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst – which received 897 complaints – first- and second-time offenders receive escalating warnings about piracy. After a third complaint, the school unplugs a student’s Internet connection and sends the case to a dean. The music group said each university should set its own penalties for stealing songs and said campuses are rife with such thefts. Schools can be sued The trade group said popular software programs it has targeted at schools include AresWarez, BitTorrent, eDonkey and other programs that operate on the Gnutella and FastTrack services. Under federal law, universities that receive complaints about students illegally distributing copyrighted songs generally must act to stop repeat offenders or else the schools can be sued. The entertainment industry typically can identify a student only by his or her numerical Internet address and must rely on the school to correlate that with its own records to trace a person’s identity. Some schools aggressively warn students after they receive complaints. Others don’t. Purdue, which has received 1,068 complaints so far this year but only 37 in 2006, said it rarely even notifies students accused by the RIAA because it’s too much trouble to track down alleged offenders. Purdue said its students aren’t repeat offenders. “In a sense, the (complaint) letter is asking us to pursue an investigation, and as the service provider we don’t see that as our role,” spokesman Steve Tally said. “We are a leading technology school with thousands and thousands of curious and talented technology students.” Staff Writer Brad A. Greenberg contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When they told me, I freaked,” said Ryan Real of Louisville, an Ohio University sophomore who was accused in November of illegally sharing not music but a popular video game, “Grand Theft Auto,” over the school’s network. Real said he was ordered to delete the game and the Bittorrent file-sharing software he was using from his computer before the school would turn his Internet connection back on. “Everybody does it,” Real said. “The odds that you are going to get caught, it’s not something you think about.” Classmates who also have been caught “still download illegally,” Real said. California State University, Northridge, hasn’t received a complaint since December, spokesman John Chandler said. CSUN officials respond to complaints by contacting the student who owns the computer from which the material was downloaded. The University of California, Los Angeles, has received 96 complaints from the Recording Industry Association of America since last fall. That’s compared with 22 for the 2004-05 school year and 32 for 2005-06. But only 10 of those complaints have targeted repeat offenders, said Kenn Heller, assistant dean of students. Access limited last_img

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first_imgDavis holds the world records in the 1,000 and 1,500, but finished a disappointing sixth last month in the overall standings at the Allround World Championships. He said the season wasn’t much different from a year ago, when his spat with American teammate Chad Hedrick overshadowed the five medals – including one gold for each – they combined to win at the Turin Games. “Olympic year, non-Olympic year,” Davis said, “it’s always a challenge.” South Koreans won all six events on the final day of the short track speedskating world championships in Milan, Italy. Five-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno finished third in both the 1,000 and 3,000 and started off the United States’ bronze-medal performance in the 5,000-meter relay. Davis, who won gold and silver last year in the Olympics, closed 2007 by winning three of his last four races. He also won the 1,000 meters Saturday, six days after he broke his world record in the 1,500. “I was able to finish the year strong and hopefully I can carry the momentum from this year into next year,” he said. Shani Davis is heading toward summer with a winning streak and much less turmoil. The American closed the season by winning the men’s 1,500 meters Sunday at the World Single Distances Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah, barely missing his world record while claiming a second title in two days. center_img Hans Grugger led a 1-2 Austrian finish in a World Cup super-G race in Kvitfjell, Norway, and American Bode Miller finished seventh but increased his lead in the discipline standings. Marlies Schild of Austria won a World Cup slalom for the seventh time this season to claim first place in the overall standings. Julia Mancuso of the United States, second overall entering the race, finished 24th in Zwiesel, Germany. Lindsey Jacobellis added the World Cup snowboardcross title to her 2007 world championships gold in the discipline, leading every heat in the final, winning for the second time in four days in Wilmington, N.Y. SOCCER: Chelsea scored twice in the last 19 minutes to tie Tottenham 3-3 in the FA Cup quarterfinals and force a replay. Blackburn, with former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel in net, reached the semifinals by beating Manchester City 2-0. Watford also made it to the semis, beating Plymouth Argyle 1-0. AC Milan lost for the first time in 16 games, beaten 2-1 by Inter Milan in the Italian league on two goals in the second half. Sevilla missed a chance to take over first place in the Spanish league, losing 1-0 to Gimnastic Tarragona on Javier Portillo’s 76th-minute goal. Werder Bremen held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 tie, cutting Schalke’s lead in the Bundesliga to three points. CYCLING: David Millar won a prologue to take the lead at the Paris-Nice race, which began despite threats of a boycott. The Scottish rider finished in 6 minutes, 1 second in a 2.9-mile dash Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France. The race started after arguments between organizers of the sport’s three main races and cycling’s governing body, which threatened to disrupt the season. Nine hours of haggling averted a boycott and staved off a possible split in the sport. 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


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first_imgWillian was one of the stars of the show as Brazil thrashed Turkey 4-0 in a friendly in Istanbul.The victory means Dunga’s side have now won all five of their matches following on from the devastating end to the 2014 World Cup, which saw them lose 7-1 to Germany and 3-0 to the Netherlands.And Chelsea fans will be delighted that winger Willian was at his brilliant best for his nation as he scored the third goal of the game and produced an excellent elastico which left to Turkish players reeling.You can see his strike above and his trickery below…Alternative anglelast_img


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first_img1 Liverpool will have to step up their interest in Roma striker Mattia Destro – if they want to land the Italian international during the January transfer window.Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in Destro, 23, to strengthen his side’s attack at Anfield but will have to move quickly as Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have also been linked with his signature.But, according to the Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan have approached Roma to sign Destro on loan with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season.However, the sticking point in that transfer is the £4m loan payment Roma are demanding up front, which opens the door for Liverpool to move quickly in the race for the former Siena hitman.Destro has hit four goals in 15 appearances this term and Liverpool view the striker as the perfect poacher to fill the void left by Luis Suarez and the injury-hit Daniel Sturridge. Mattia Destro last_img read more


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first_imgA Donegal teacher has been named as the 2014 London Rose of Tralee.A delighted Saoirse Faughnan is crowned the 2014 London Rose of Tralee.Saoirse Faughnan from Letterkenny, is a secondary school teacher at the Burnt Mill Academy in Essex.The 24-year-old was selected from 14 other hopefuls at the annual London Rose of Tralee selection ball at the Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood on Saturday night. She wowed the judges with her rendition of the popular W.B. Yeat poem, The Lake Isle of Inishfree, which she recited half in English and half as Gaeilge.She also impressed the 250-strong audience with her passion for education and her aim to provide the young people of London with a fun and friendly learning environment.She also spoke of her pride at being Irish in London and how the recent visit by the Irish President Michael D Higgins will remain a historic event in her life.As an avid supporter of Donegal GAA, Saoirse also has high hopes for your county team to steal the All-Ireland title back this year. Saoirse was in a state of shock and denial, as she clasped her face into her hand, when her name was called out by chairman of the London Rose Centre Noel O’Sullivan.She said: “I am in a state of euphoria and ecstatic and truly honored to be presented the sash by the outgoing London Rose Grace Kenny. I am honored to take on this role for my family and for London and go on to represent every single Irish person in London. I hope I can complete it with passion and pride.”Saoirse will now go forward to the Rose of Tralee Regional finals in Portlaoise from the 29th of May to the 1st of June.She follows in the footsteps of outgoing London Rose Grace Kenny who was on hand to present Saoirse with her official London Rose sash.Other guests of honor on the night included Mayor of Kerry Seamus Fitzgerald. DONEGAL TEACHER NAMED AS 2014 LONDON ROSE OF TRALEE was last modified: May 6th, 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:donegalLondon RoseRose of TraleeSaoirse Faughnanlast_img read more


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first_imgDonegal County Childcare Committee staff Oran Sweeney and Avril McMonagle delivering gifts collected for the Percy Appeal to Anne McGettigan, Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service. Pic Clive WassonThe staff team at Donegal County Childcare are delighted to reveal the final tally on the Presents for Percy Appeal is a massive €14,000.All donations have been distributed within County Donegal to help a staggering 130 local families in need of a little help with meeting Santa requests for their children this Christmas.Avril McMonagle, Manager of DCCC said today: “The Presents for Percy Appeal was under pressure from the word go as the request lists from families more than doubled for Christmas 2012. “But the team upped their efforts and thanks to a range of individuals, agencies, local businesses and early childhood services the final tally also more than doubled the 2011 total.”Over the past week the DCCC team have purchased a range of toys and vouchers to match the Wishlists of 130 families and approximately 400 children.Due to unprecedented demand from parents, the appeal also purchased a range of vouchers for food and clothes that can be used in local stores.To ensure that all donations are targeted to those most in need of support, all purchases were distributed through local agencies all over the county including Parentstop, Cara House, Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service; Letterkenny Womens Centre, Action Inis Eoghain, St Vincent de Paul Falcarragh, Castlefinn, Stranorlar, Mountcharles, Clonmany, Killygordon, St Johnston Family Resource Centre and a number of individual parents and families who approached DCCC privately. DCCC would like to thank all those who supported the appeal – regardless of how large or small your donation it made a real difference, your efforts will ensure at least 400 smiles this Christmas morning! A public acknowledgement of all those who helped us out will feature in local press in the New Year. Percy with Donegal County Childcare Committee staff as they deliver gifts collected for the Percy Appeal to Pic Clive Wasson  CHRISTMAS ‘THANKS’ AS PERCY APPEAL RAISES MASSIVE €14,000 was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:000CHRISTMAS ‘THANKS’ AS PERCY APPEAL RAISES MASSIVE €14last_img read more


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first_imgMadeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks laterA taxi driver who says he could help solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance says he wants to tell British police about seeing the three-year-old the night after she vanished.Antonio Castela claims he picked up three men, a woman and a girl who looked like the missing three-year-old near the Spanish border in the Algarve.He has previously claimed he told Portuguese detectives what he saw, but was not questioned, even though a lawyer for Madeleine’s parents said he could provide vital clues. British police are expected to arrive in Portugal next month to investigate the girl’s disappearance. Madeleine’s grandparents are from Donegal and she spent the Easter here before her tragic disappearance in May 2007.Mr Castela, 73, said: “I want to tell them what I saw and assist in the investigation. I remember all the details. I would be very happy if the police re-open the investigation and if I could help in this case. This case has haunted me for a long time.”He says he picked up the men, woman and child at 7.50pm, an hour’s drive away.He took them two miles to the Hotel Apolo in his neighbourhood, Vila Real de Santo António, near Faro, where they got into a blue BMW and drove away. He said: “In 2007 I called police and told them what I had seen. Since then, no one from the police has spoken to me or showed interest in my story. No one came to collect my statement.”He said he recalls Madeleine, in pink pyjamas, sitting on one of the men’s laps, and he noticed the “black spot” — a distinctive mark in her right eye. “I think my story may give a clue that has not been followed. I do not know what happened to Maddy, but I know that day, she was still alive in my cab.”The Met has identified 38 potential suspects, including 12 Britons “of interest” who were in Portugal when Maddy vanished. REVEALED: TAXI DRIVER CLUE TO MADELEINE McCANN DISAPPEARANCE was last modified: August 17th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Algarvedisappearancemadeleine mccannportugaltaxi-driverlast_img read more