NYC star who could ignite Dragons’ attack

first_imgOnly the Knights (305) scored fewer points than the Dragons (341) in 2016, with the Red V making it back-to-back seasons as the second-lowest scoring team in the competition following their 435-point haul in 2015.One man who has no problems finding the line is Dufty, who finished his NYC career as the leading try-scorer in the competition’s history with 55 from 65 appearances in the famous red and white jersey.With 23 tries and 22 try assists last season, as well as 11 tries and 18 assists in 2015, Dufty could be the attacking spark the Dragons need to fight their way back into the Telstra Premiership top eight.The Junior Blues fullback – who also earned a spot on the bench in the NYC Team of the Year – forewent several opportunities to play in the Intrust Super Premiership last season to focus on his Holden Cup duties, but said he’d be willing to spend some time in reserve grade to gain some experience against more-seasoned opposition in 2017.While Dufty would love to don the No.1 jersey from the get-go next year, the youngster knows Dugan will get first crack if he chooses to remain at fullback rather than entertain a move to the centres. “The goal is to play NRL next year. I might not start the year there, but hopefully as the year goes on I’ll get a few games,” Dufty told”I had a talk to Mary (Dragons coach Paul McGregor) about it last year whether he wanted me to play NSW Cup or 20s, and he told me it wouldn’t have really changed what happened next year going forward.”I played 90 per cent of the year in the NYC and I felt I owed it to my teammates to try to get them to that grand final.”Mary talks to me all the time. He gives me lots of feedback. I’m pretty confident that he is going to give me a shot next year.”I’m hoping next year is going to be a big year for me. It really depends on what Mary and Josh Dugan want to do, because he’s really the one person in front of me. He’s a world-class player so it’s really up to Mary and what he wants.”The Penshurst RSL junior is listed at just 80kg – 22kg lighter than Dugan – but doesn’t think his weight would hold him back from making his NRL debut.Where Dugan uses his size to get his side on the front foot, Dufty uses his incredible speed and sleight of hand to trouble opposition defences.”I’m not the biggest guy running around but I find it fun just running around people,” he said.”Mary’s not too fussed about my weight because I just use speed and my skills, but the dietician wants me to put on a few more kilos just to be safe.”Should Dufty bulk up in the off-season, the 20-year-old’s utility value would soar.”Growing up I played in the halves so I wouldn’t mind if Mary gave me a shot wherever and I’d take it with both hands,” he said. “It would mean the world because growing up as a kid – especially in the St George area – you want to make that debut just to make family and friends proud.”last_img read more

Serena says motherhood may make her better player

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Serena Williams of the US Jelena returns the ball to Ostapenko of Latvia during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2017 match in Abu Dhabi, on December 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTLook out, women’s tennis. Serena Williams isn’t quite back on tour, but she says she wants more Grand Slam titles and may be an even better player after becoming a mother.In an interview with Vogue magazine published Wednesday, Williams also recounts the harrowing medical ordeal she went through after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Medical ordealWilliams told Vogue she had an emergency cesarean section after the baby’s heart rate fell dangerously low during contractions.The surgery went well “and then everything went bad,” she said.Williams, who has a history of blood clots, suffered from shortness of breath the day after the birth and told her doctors she needed a CT scan.Several small blood clots were found in her lungs, and Williams was put on an anticoagulant.“I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!” she joked.More complications followed as intense coughing caused her C-section wound to open and a hematoma was found in her abdomen.After returning home, Williams said she was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.In the interview, Williams also discussed her rivalry with her older sister, Venus. “I know that her career might have been different if she had had my health,” Serena said. “I know how hard she works,” she said. “I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she’s losing. Solemn. It breaks my heart.“So when I play her now, I absolutely don’t look at her, because if she gets that look, then I’ll start feeling bad, and the next thing you know I’ll be losing.“I think that’s when the turning point came in our rivalry, when I stopped looking at her,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img “It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25,” said the 36-year-old Williams.Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at a star-studded wedding in New Orleans in November, said being a mother may boost her quest.“Actually, I think having a baby might help,” she said. “When I’m too anxious, I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born.“Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match,” she said. “I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige.“I want them, but I don’t need them,” she said. “That’s a different feeling for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Williams, 36, played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December but pulled out of this month’s Australian Open, saying she was “super close” but not yet playing at the level needed to compete.She is now eyeing a return to the women’s tour at the Indian Wells tournament in March.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 folkWilliams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, told Vogue she is determined to win more major titles and surpass the record of 24 Slams held by Australia’s Margaret Court.“Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams,” she said. “I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Paul’s season-high 37 leads Rockets over Blazers Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Three Nimba Senatorial Candidates Concede Defeat

first_imgThree of Nimba’s senatorial candidates who took part in the just ended special senatorial election have conceded defeat to the incumbent Senator Prince Y. Johnson.The defeated candidates, pledging their solidarity to the winner, Senator Johnson, appealed for their inclusion in the governance of the county.Dr. Joseph Kortoe, who was the first to concede, congratulated Senator Johnson for his victory and thanked the people of Nimba County for their decision which, according to him, will be highly respected.“The people of Nimba County have spoken and we are going to respect their views and we also thank our supporters for the level of support we received from them,” he said.Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh, who was the main contender among the candidates, also congratulated Senator Johnson, but cautioned him to include them in the decision making of the county so that together they can develop the county.Madam Weh, a long serving Superintendent of Nimba, received votes from nearly all the polling centers in the County.  She emerged from the outset as runner up to Senator Johnson.The decisions of the political contenders to concede defeat appears to have solidified Nimba unity which had been rocky long before the political campaign began.At the close of the 2011 general election, Madam Weh took Senator Thomas Grupee to court, accusing him of not being a Liberian. Shortly after the case was settled, the issue of Nimba division became intense and many blamed her for masterminding it.The peaceful conduct of the election as well as the overwhelming result in favor of Senator Johnson is being considered the beginning of the transformation of Nimba in terms of unity and togetherness.Cllr. Yarmin Quiqui Gbeisay, who had been critical from the onset of the election, threatening a lawsuit should  there be any irregularity, was among the first to congratulate Senator Johnson for his victory.Cllr. Grupee said we were critical of the election not because we were against Senator Johnson.  Now that he has won, the game is over and we are going back to our usual businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traffic at Greenville Port ‘Picking Up’

first_imgTo be par with its regional and international counterparts, the National Port Authority (NPA) has begun to upgrade all of its sea port facilities across the country with the latest being the port of Greenville, Sinoe County. And it appears to be paying off.In terms of port traffic at the Greenville facility, the acting MD indicated that the traffic is gradually picking up. He disclosed that just within a month 30,000 cubic meters of logs were shipped through the port.“We expect the traffic to increase because there are lots of potential investors that have expressed interest in the port of Greenville,” he noted.Works completed at the Greenville Port include the construction of a concrete fence, which is for the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) around the facility, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras within the port. The CCTV room gives an aerial view of the entire port. The NPA also completed the renovation of a large warehouse for storage and the construction of a guest house.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated these facilities last weekend when she paid a brief visit to the Sinoe port facility, which is officially known as the Ross Port of Greenville. The construction of the concrete fence, installation of the CCTV room, the guest house, warehouse and the two storey office space building were put at US$400K, NPA management said.President Sirleaf said that she was glad to see such transformation, which is the second largest next to the Freeport of Monrovia. She hoped that the NPA management will now turn its attention to the Port of Harper in Maryland County.“I’m glad these things are happening. We want to see this happening in all of our ports,” the president said.The NPA wants to ensure that all of its ports across the country meet international standards, NPA Acting Managing Director, David Williams, said.“All of these facilities, especially the CCTV and Concrete fencing, will make us meet some of these standards, but we are working assiduously to ensure that we meet all of the required standards so that we can attract more vessels into our ports,” MD Williams said.He indicated that the largest warehouse, which is going to be utilized by Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Equatorial Palm Oil, two agricultural companies operating in the southeast, for the storage of their goods and products, specifically their seeds and fertilizers. “There are going to be other users of the facility as well. The NPA renovated other buildings that are going to be accessible to other investors,” he said.He disclosed that cargos do not come from other countries directly to the Port of Greenville, but rather cargos coming in through the facility are trans-shipped from the Port of Monrovia to Greenville. Facility for the guest house, the NPA Acting boss said is intended to host employees and dignitaries that might come to the facility.Meanwhile, MD Williams expressed happiness over the dedication of the facilities which he said the NPA has really been committed to in the short period of time that he has been at the helm of authority. “I’m very happy especially for the staff, who made this project a success,” he said.He lauded the project committee chair, Sekou Kolleh, who he said worked with other members diligently to ensure that all of the projects were completed within a very short time. “I’m very glad for the level of work that was done here in a very short time. We provided the leadership while Mr. Kolleh and his team executed the task,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Final report proposes 250% toll increases

first_img…700% increase for river vesselsBy Jarryl BryanThe final report of a study done by Dutch consultant LievenseCSO into the construction of a new bridge over the Demerara River has made some eyebrow-raising propositions for increasing tolls to achieve a sustainable financial model.The report, which was released on Tuesday by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, recommends that toll rates be increased to 250 per cent of the present 2017 toll rates. It also recommends a 700 per cent increase in tolls for river vessels.This, according to the report, is with the view of limiting Government’s contribution to the project to around US$39 million in the first five years after the bridge is commissioned.An artist’s impression of the proposed new bridge (Public Infrastructure Ministry photo)It notes that interest has been found on the national and regional financial markets to fund the project, which the report estimates will cost some US$170 million, inclusive of interest, in pre-financing costs during the construction.The report’s findings are that a minimal toll hike of 100 per cent would require US$140.1 million over the first 12 years. On the other side of the spectrum, it states that US$27.3 million would be required from the Government with an increase of 300 per cent.“From the financial projections, it was concluded that the business case of the project is financially not viable assuming similar toll rates and no contribution from Government. The main reason is the high debt service caused by the short loan periods and high interests in the market,” the report continues.According to the report, this proposed financial structure is by project finance. It notes that the structure will be administered by a Government-owned Special Purpose Company (SPC) being the owner and arranging the funding.BOOTAccording to the report, an alternative structure is to seek private parties willing to engage themselves in a Built, Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) Project. The consultants noted that these financiers could handle this aspect of the project more effectively than the State.“However, project costs are higher and the BOOT business case must result in sufficient risk coverage and profit for the private partner and as a result, may require higher toll rates or more Government contribution.”It is expected, the report added, that similar guarantees from Government will be required as in the case of project finance, adding that a DBFM (Design, Build, Finance and Maintain) model is a mixed option combining the SPC structure with possibly better financing by the private parties.The Government’s proposed financial models have come in for strong criticism by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. On Tuesday, Jagdeo during a press conference lambasted Government for its tenuous approach to determining a financial model to use for the bridge.The feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River bridge, which had reportedly cost some $146.3 million, was presented to Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson late last month.The 57-page final report was done by the Dutch company, with the project team including officials from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation and Transport and Harbours Department.The feasibility study determined the proposed location of Houston-Versailles as the most ideal. The report had also determined that the bridge should be a low-level one with a movable part and three lanes.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Poyet on his way out of Sunderland?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman claims manager Gus Poyet may be on his way out of Sunderland, after appearing to lose the Stadium of Light faithful.There’s also a preview of the Grand National, which will take place at Aintree later this year, and a look ahead to the Six Nations match between Ireland and England.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img


first_imgA DRUNKEN man who battered on the door of an 81-year-old neighbour in the early hours of the morning has appeared in court.Geoffrey Curran, from Ard Lonan, Long Lane in Letterkenny was arrested by Gardai, Letterkenny District Court heard.He had earlier smashed a glass panel at premises in Meadowbank Park on November 7 last year. When Gardai arrived at the scene, he was covered in blood from an injury he had caused himself during the incident.Inspector David Murphy told the court that Curran had been banging on the door of his neighbour because he had gone to the wrong house.“He believed it was his house,” said the Inspector.“Unfortunately there have been similar other incidents.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing in the case.NEIGHBOUR FROM HELL BATTERED AT DOOR OF 81-YEAR-OLD PENSIONER was last modified: December 12th, 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:Judge Paul KellyLetterkenny CourtLong Lanelast_img read more


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Homebuying cools down a bit

first_img That rate currently tracks about 1.5 points above the rate for a 10-year Treasury bill. Rising rates won’t likely deliver a mortal wound to the hot housing market, though. “We’re past the peak now in terms of activity, but we’re not going to fall off a cliff. We’ll just plateau,” he said. Jim Link, executive vice president of the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors, said that the latest quarter-percent boost by the Federal Reserve Board has yet to make an impact. “The news hasn’t hit the street yet. And we’re into that part of the year where there is going to be downturn.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Interest rates are part of the reason, too. In the current survey, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate increased to 6.21 percent from 6.06 percent one week earlier, and it is up 9.1 percent from a year ago. The average 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 5.75 percent from 5.57 percent, a week earlier and is up an annual 15.5 percent. The one-year adjustable rate averaged 5.39 percent, up from 5.37 percent the prior week, and it has soared 36.1 percent in the past year. Adjustables have been playing a big role in driving sales in Southern California and other high-price markets, but their lure is waning as these rates move closer to the long-term rates. The market share for adjustable-rate mortgages declined to 29.4 percent in the current survey from 34.4 percent a year earlier. Mike Frantontoni, the association’s senior director for research on single-family homes and economics, said that the long-term rate should end the year in its current range, then be up to 6.7 percent a year from now. Mortgage rates have increased by 12 percent over the past year and that, along with a typical seasonal trend, is cooling homebuying activity, an industry tracker said Wednesday. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the Mortgage Bankers Association said that, for the week ended Oct. 28, its Purchase Index decreased by 6.2 percent from the previous week. Purchase activity is down 7.6 percent in the last month, the Washington-based trade group said. Refinance activity slipped 2.8 percent from the prior week. “This decline is consistent with our expectations of a softening from the record level of new-home sales during the first three quarters of 2005,” said Doug Duncan, the association’s chief economist. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: THESE are the shocking scenes once again at Letterkenny General Hospital this evening.Click play to watch Stephen Maguire’s report – and reaction from Cllr Gerry McMonagle.   DDTV: VIDEO NEWS REPORT FROM LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL FLOODS was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:ddrvDDTVDonegal Daily Videovideolast_img