Pearce still has a lot to offer: Sterling

first_imgThe talented 27-year-old has played 15 matches for the Blues but missed the 2016 series following his Australia Day indiscretions that resulted in an eight-week suspension to start the season. Pearce has only registered four victories against the once-in-a-generation Queensland side and has often been made the scapegoat for his side’s losses, but Sterling said the Roosters halfback was still in the frame for NSW selection.He will face stiff competition for a Blues jersey in 2017 with incumbent halves James Maloney and Matt Moylan impressing on the Four Nations tour, while Adam Reynolds – who missed Game III through injury – will also be in contention, as will uncapped stars Blake Austin and Nathan Cleary. Pearce, who has worn the No.7 jersey in 12 of his 15 Origin appearances – overcame injuries to play a starring role for the Roosters in the back end of last season and will be on the selectors’ radar if he can keep that form up. “I’d love to see him back in contention for sure. He’s got a lot to offer,” Sterling said. “We know that he’s had some problems, but when it comes to what he can do on the football field then there’s never been any question about that. “It’ll be dependent on how he starts the season, where his headspace is and how well he’s playing, and when it comes to the number sevens, he’s right up there with the very best of them and he’s had plenty of experience so that will put him in very strong contention.”Sterling said there was no denying Pearce’s ability on the field and is confident his eight-game suspension has set him straight away from the field as well. “I know it’s a bit of a cliché but he’s a great bloke. I know that that only goes so far and there are certain areas that he’s had to address and hopefully he will have done that,” the former Eels great said. “He copped a kick up the backside this year, and it was one that was obviously needed, but if his head’s right then his game is there. “We just need proof that he’s learnt from past mistakes and that he’s ready to maybe take that next step again to really become one of our elite players and one of our leaders, because I know it’s there; it’s just got to come to the fore more so than it has in the past.”Sterling said he’d be happy to sit down with Pearce to discuss what it would take to get back in the Origin team, but admitted there were other people better placed to help the Roosters halfback. “I don’t know if that’s my role [but] I’m happy to,” Sterling said. “I think Trent Robinson – his club coach – has got a pretty good idea of what Mitchell Pearce should be doing on the paddock, so I don’t want to be stepping on anybody’s toes. “But if there is an avenue to have a little bit of a chat about parts of his game [I’d be open to that]. I think Andrew Johns has done work with him as well and may do so again.”Blues coach Laurie Daley has publicly supported Pearce in the past and said the halfback’s wellbeing was the most pressing issue going forward. “Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can get back up,” Daley said. “From all reports Mitch is going really well. He’s training the house down with the Roosters and he’s really turned his life around. “I think we all know that Mitch is a really good kid. Obviously he’s made some mistakes over the last couple of years, but he’s still got plenty in front of him. “I just want to see Mitch get settled in life – which he is at the moment – and go out and play some really good footy for the Roosters. Whatever happens after that is a bonus.”last_img read more

PNG women’s soccer sinks Cooks

first_imgDominating possession for most of the first half, PNG eventually got a result in extra time through scoring machine Meagen Gunemba who fired a shot into the nets after a good cross from Georgina Kaikas.The downpour did not help both sides especially Cook Islands who could not get past PNG’s solid backline.PNG got their second goal early in the second half after a shot deflected off the gloves of Cook Island’s goalkeeper Marjorie Toru and onto PNG’S Fatima Rama who booted it in.From this point, PNG turned to defence to steer them home to a 2-0 win.Finals for the women’s soccer will start next week.last_img read more

Setién does not back the transfer of Todibo

first_img6 Setién does not oppose the transfer of Jean-Clair Todibo, who in the next few hours could become a Schalke 04 player, a club he will be given after having enjoyed few opportunities in the first team. The arrival of Setién has not changed the plan, although for a moment the doubt was reasonable. Since Bartra arrived at Betis In his stage as coach Verdiblanco, Betis played with three plants with relative good results. Short of plants as he walks (With the departure of Todibo there will only be three in the first team: Piqué, Umtiti and Lenglet), the idea of ​​stopping the transfer of Todibo did not seem far-fetched. But, in principle, it will not be so. If you need to pull defenses, you will go to the branch where the center plays Araújo. The French central has been since last weekend in Germany. Bild he hunted it at the airport Dusseldorf, from where he moved to Gelsenkirchen to close the terms of the assignment. A few days later, it is still not official but it is almost closed. Barça is left with few first-team players after the Aleñá and Todibo marches and the injuries of Suárez, Dembélé and Arthur.last_img read more

Confident Thompson eyes Birmingham Grand Prix

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Double Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson says she is gearing up for the Birmingham Grand Prix later this month and that she is feeling good about her prospects on the track this season after helping MVP Track Club to defend their women’s 4x100m crown at the 39th Milo Western Relays held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.Meanwhile, Nesta Carter, back on track for the first time in 17 months, received the biggest cheer from the appreciative crowd in leading MVP to a second-place finish in the Clubs and Institutions men’s 4x100m behind the University of Technology (UTech).UTech won the race in 39.42 seconds, with MVP second in 39.43 and G.C. Foster College third in 39.47.Carter said after the race that he was happy to be back on the track even though he felt rusty, but offered that he was pleased with the reception.ALLOWED TO COMPETEThe legal team representing Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter’s disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings.In just her second time on the track this year, Thompson looked easy in anchoring her team comprising Megan Simmons, Christania Williams and Srabani Nanda to a fast 43.61 seconds.Second place went to Sprintec, 44.73, while the University of the West Indies ran through the line for third in 47.93.”It’s always great being at the Milo Western Relays,” said Thompson. “I felt great out there on the track and, hopefully, I can stay fit and free from injury all season. If that happens, I should be fine.”I’m just taking it one race at a time, but this was a good run in front of this crowd in Montego Bay,” Thompson said.Looking ahead, she told The Sunday Gleaner that while she is in good shape she has no plans about chasing individual records.”I just want to put in the work in training and, so far, that is going great, and once I execute my races as planned, then I’m sure the times will come. But for now, I’m just focusing on Birmingham,” she stated.last_img read more

Greaves, Orogun Deaths ‘Suspicious’

first_imgAs the reality of Mr. Harry Greaves’ mysterious death and the discovery of his stark naked corpse on a beach early Sunday shock and alarm the public, Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh yesterday described the death as suspicions, also mentioning the death of Dan Orogun, former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Limited.Mr. Greaves, former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation, of late has been a vehement critic of government policy on several issues.Mr. Greaves had advocated for the passage of the New Electricity Law to privatize electricity to lower the cost for ordinary Liberians. However, he was unhappy when the law was passed because “it allowed the independent regulator to be the Ministry of Lands, Mines, & Energy…”Cllr. Sannoh, speaking at the regular MICAT press briefing on Capitol Hill, said “These two deaths are suspicious. Under our law and practice, we are required as a government to conduct a comprehensive forensic examination with the view to ascertaining the cause of death.”He said the government is interested to examine the circumstances surrounding Greaves’ death, and to bring to justice, where warranted and appropriate, those suspected of being responsible directly or indirectly. “This is a sovereign responsibility and I have come to inform you that this government has taken all the necessary steps and actions, and in a timely manner, in furtherance of the effective discharge of this responsibility,” he said.Minister Sannoh said in the case of the late Orogun, he appointed and authorized Professor John Obafunwa, a forensic pathologist from Nigeria, on Thursday, January 28 to conduct a comprehensive examination on the body for and on behalf of the Government of Liberia and to submit the findings to his office as soon as possible.“This examination was conducted promptly on the same day, Thursday, January 28 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center with representatives of the Liberia National Police, and family members present. Professor Obafunwa returned to Nigeria on Saturday January 30, and the findings are expected soon,” Minister Sannoh said.In the case of Mr. Greaves, Minister Sannoh said an arrangement has been made with Professor Obafunwa to return to Liberia to conduct the forensic examination.He said Mr. Obafunwa is expected to arrive in Liberia today, February 2, and will be accompanied by another forensic pathologist who will assist him in the examination.“While the government is doing everything possible to investigate these deaths, we note with concern that some Liberians here and abroad, with gross insensitivity and callous disregard for the agony of the bereaved families during this difficult period, and of the consequences on the country, have already reached conclusions as to the cause of death, especially of Mr. Greaves,” said Minister Sannoh.He assured the public that the death of Mr. Orogun and Mr. Greaves will be thoroughly investigated and if it is determined that any one was responsible directly or indirectly, the government will promptly charge, arrest, and prosecute any such person or persons without fear or favor.“Ours is a responsible government committed to the rule of law and to the protection of human rights. This government will not, under any circumstances, condone impunity. We therefore encourage all citizens and foreign residents in our midst to desist from making conclusions on these deaths until forensic examination results are provided,” he said.Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has expressed profound regret over the deaths of Mr. Greaves and Mr. Orogun and urged their families to take heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or, says Liverpool boss Klopp

first_img“I see it slightly different and a lot of people see it slightly different but that’s absolutely no problem,” said Klopp.“Lionel Messi, I’ve said probably 500,000 times in my life already, is probably the best player I saw in my lifetime.“But I cannot remember a more impressive season from a defender ever. Honestly. So it would have been right if Virg won it. I heard it was pretty close.”Klopp’s men are likely to be in contention for individual awards again next year should they finally end a 30-year wait to win a league title.Liverpool lead the Premier League by eight points and host local rivals Everton in the 234th Merseyside derby looking to inflict more pain on the blue half of the city.Everton are just two points above the relegation zone in 17th, but Klopp insists the clash between the two remains the “standout” fixture of the season for Liverpool.“This is the standout game for both teams during the season and both teams always showed that and respected that. We have to make sure that we are ready,” added the German.Marco Silva’s position at Goodison Park is under huge threat but the Portuguese has been given the chance to turn his time at Everton around by recording a first victory over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999.“They want to strike back, they want to show that they can do different. They can sort a lot of problems in one game,” said Klopp.“When you are connected to this club then this is a game –- whichever situation you are in –- you want to win and that’s what we have to show.”Silva earned plaudits for a change of system and upturn in performance for Sunday’s trip to second-placed Leicester, which only ended in a 2-1 defeat thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s stoppage-time winner for the Foxes.And he is hoping a historic upset could transform Everton’s season.“It would have a very good impact, no doubt about it. It will not wipe out anything we did in the last one-and-a-half, two months, but it will be very important for us,” said Silva.“It can give us the chance to get points which we need and for sure it can give confidence to our players.”0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and his wife Rike Nooitgedagt arrive at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on December 2, 2019 © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk would have been a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or but understands why Lionel Messi lifted it for a sixth time.The Dutch captain came second to the Argentina forward despite playing a huge role as Liverpool won the Champions League last season, overcoming Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-final.last_img read more


first_imgMother’s Day – Spoil your mother this mother’s day at McFadden’s Pharmacy.Sanctuary sets 33% off, Clarins, Avene & Vichy gifts made to order. Selected Fragrances up to 50% OFF.Draw entry for every 30 Euro or more purchase to win a FABULOUS John Frieda Hamper worth 97 Euro 30th Anniversary March 26th – Celebrating this month with fantastic promotions and offers in store in our shopping centre branch and online:-Friday the 13th Free 50ml Vichy gift with every Vichy purchase and a Vichy consultant in-store.-Friday the 20th 20% off Avene skincare-Wednesday 25th Revive active tasting and Revive Active joint Complex promotion. -Thursday 26th Imedeen consultant in-store for free consultation and skin scanning. Book your appointment now.-Live Outside Highland Radio Broadcast on the 24th as wellAsthma Clinic day Friday the 13th 10am-4pmAn Asthma Nurse specialist will be available in-store to provide advice, support and information on asthma.They will be happy to help you to understand and manage your asthma. Give us a ring to book an appointment.Stay up to date with all of our offers and promotions on our website ( ) and by liking us on Facebook( )SUPERB MOTHER’S DAY OFFERS AVAILABLE AT MCFADDEN’S PHARMACY was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Men who allegedly robbed pensioner in supermarket refused bail

first_imgTwo men have appeared in court charged with the alleged theft from a pensioner in a Co Sligo supermarket.The two Romanian men, who only arrived in Ireland two weeks ago, allegedly targeted the woman at Murphy’s Supermarket at Teeling Street on September 26th last. The two men, Gheorhe Nutica, aged 42, and Anton Mustafa, aged 23, appeared in handcuffs at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal.The court was told that the men had been arrested at an address in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.They are charged with allegedly stealing a purse containing an undisclosed amount of cash as well as a set of keys under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Garda Inspector Sean Grant told the court that Gardai were objecting to bail in the case.Garda Michael Cunningham of Tubberycurry Garda station told the court that he believed the men were a flight risk as they had only been in the country for two weeks.He told the court “The case involves a case involves the alleged theft of a purse from a very vulnerable member of society.”When arrested at an address in Barackaboy, Ballyhaunis, the men did not have any tenancy agreements for the property.Solicitor for the pair, Mr Patsy Gallagher said his clients were innocent until proven guilty and that they were currently looking for work here.Judge Paul Kelly said he was refusing bail in the case.He adjourned the case to allow the men to appear before Sligo District Court on Thursday, October 12th.Men who allegedly robbed pensioner in supermarket refused bail was last modified: October 10th, 2017 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:alleged robberyPENSIONERsupermarketlast_img read more

Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge

first_imgAn Inishowen man who illegally operated as a taxi driver has been given the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.Edward McLaughlin (69) of Dunaff, Clonmany was before Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge brought against him by the National Transport Authority (NTA). Mr Gerry Burke, NTA Compliance Officer, gave evidence that, along with a number of colleagues, he was investigating the illegal use of vehicles as unlicensed taxis in the Clonmany area on February 10, 2018.Mr Burke told Judge Paul Kelly that he approached a vehicle and asked the driver, McLaughlin, if he was a taxi operator, to which the defendant responded ‘yes’.Judge Kelly heard that Mr Burke and his colleagues hired the defendant to take them to Ballyliffin and noted that there was no taxi operator identification displayed.The court heard that after being cautioned by Mr Burke, McLaughlin made certain admissions to the compliance officer, admitting that his vehicle was being used as a taxi without a taxi licence and that he did not have a taxi operator licence.Asking the judge for leniency, Solicitor, Ray Lannon said his client was a single pensioner and part-time farmer who lived in a very rural area of Dunaff.Mr Lannon said McLaughlin did a lot for his neighbours, taking them to mass and on other runs and was otherwise ‘a good law-abiding citizen’.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to January 15, noting that if McLaughlin paid the prosecution costs, he would apply the Probation Act.Man operating an illegal taxi given chance by Judge was last modified: December 22nd, 2018 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:courtdonegalillegalInishowentaxilast_img read more


first_imgINDEPENENT TD Thomas Pringle will meet Senator David Norris today before deciding whether or not he should sign his nomination papers.Norris has 15 TDs and Senators supporting him – and needs five more.Deputy Pringle told he would meet Senator Norris this afternoon before deciding what to do. He had withdrawn his support last month following the Israeli rape controversy.IS PRINGLE SET TO DO U-TURN ON NORRIS BID was last modified: September 22nd, 2011 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)last_img read more