Benched Panther Viliame Kikau powers Panthers to shock second-half win over Parramatta

first_imgViliame Kikau came off the pine and blew the game wide open in the second half with an amazing period of play which ultimately got his side the round one points.MATCH CENTRE: Panthers 22 d Eels 14Kikau scored a barnstorming try in the 43rd minute when he barged over a couple of sorry defenders.That kickstarted the comeback for Penrith, who went to half time trailing 14-6 after a horror opening half-hour.Kikau then produced a magical offload to Dylan Edwards which led to Mitchell Moses getting sin binned and Penrith taking the lead for the first time in the 55th minute with Nathan Cleary’s penalty conversion.Kikau racked up 70 metres from his eight runs, had five tackle breaks, two linebreaks, an offload and a linebreak assist.Unfortunately his stint was cut short as he left the field pointing to a pectoral muscle and didn’t return.He was one of Fiji’s stars during the World Cup and was named in the No. 11 jumper for Penrith this week until coach Anthony Griffin switched his forwards pre-game.Cleary and young fullback Edwards were inspirational for their side as Penrith won the game 22-14.They held the Eels scoreless in the second half after being blown off the park in the opening half-hour of the game.Parramatta looked like running away with the game after a Mitchell Moses masterclass in the opening exchanges, but couldn’t run with Penrith with the heat was turned up in the second half.MOSES MIXED BAGIt was a bittersweet day for Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses.Moses was the best player on the park in the opening exchanges. He was smashed late and high in the opening minute of the game, but was then instrumental in his side shooting out to a big early lead.He had to leave the field for a head injury assessment midway through the first half but returned after the required 15 minutes.Then in the second half, he made a desperate but illegal tackle from marker after Kikau’s offload to Edwards had the Panthers in range of scoring.Moses was sin binned, and Cleary’s conversion from the penalty put Penrith in front.It was a desperate play but a dark mark on what was otherwise a good performance from the Eels No.7.THE REPORTPenrith was under the pump right from the kick off and it took just six minutes for Parramatta to capitalise on the mayhem.The Panthers spilt the ball with their first two sets then gave away a penalty 10 metres out from their defensive line, gifting the Eels early opportunities.It was Josh Hoffman who crossed the line when on the end of a beautiful cut-out ball from Corey Norman, and the conversion made it 6-0.The Panthers continued to struggle with ball in hand as the Eels applied the heat.But Parramatta copped a cruel blow in the 14th minute when Mitchell Moses left the field for a head injury assessment. He had been on fire in the opening exchanges and was the best player on the park.The loss didn’t stop Parramatta rolling on, and it was Norman who extended the lead with his own try in the 20th minute.He sold a dummy and strolled through a weak Penrith defence but missed his own conversion to make it 10-0.The visitors got a boost soon after when Moses returned to the field.But it was backrower Brad Takairangi who produced some magic with a peach of a cut-out ball to hit winger Hoffman who went over for his second.Moses sprayed the kick wide and it was 14-0.Penrith needed to find something special and it came in the form of centre Waqa Blake.Five minutes before half time he used some fancy footwork to break through the defensive line and then sprint to plant the ball down next to the posts.It was a brilliant solo try and made it 14-6 to give the home side a glimmer of hope heading into the break.Penrith continued the momentum coming out for the second half. It took Viliame Kikau just four minutes to barge his away over and Cleary’s conversion made it 14-12.Suddenly the home side looked full of confidence and were on a roll.In the 51st minute Penrith was awarded a soft penalty and Cleary knocked over the conversion to level the score at 14-all.A couple of minutes later Kikau again broke through the line and offloaded to Edwards who gave to Cleary, then Moses was sin binned and penalised for making a desperate tackle from an off-side position.Cleary knocked over the penalty to hand Penrith the lead and the Eels were down to 12 men with their halfback in the bin.Barely two minutes later Penrith went end to end when Cleary dummied and broke through the line, then gave it to Blake who scored his second.Cleary knocked the conversion over from the sideline and suddenly the Panthers led 22-14.The Eels were struggling to rally and Penrith put the foot down as young fullback Dylan Edwards and Cleary took control of the game.last_img read more

New fire hall move-in day expected by first week of November

first_imgHe adds that the extra room will also make it easier. The most important factor the day of the move is coordinating radios, so that should there be an emergency, the fire department is still prepared to respond when dispatched. The only aspect of the new fire hall that likely won’t be completed this year is the landscaping, as the good weather will soon be running out. “It would be throwing money away, basically,” admits Rogers, “so we’ve got a plan about how we’re going to deal with that for the winter and the spring and use our City Grounds Manager to assist in getting something in place that’s going to do the deal.” As of September 9, the projected final budget for the project was estimated at $12,733,029. The original budget was set for $10.5 million, but an additional $1.4 million came from budget shortfalls for construction and project contingencies, project management, and site servicing, as well as $350,000 for other initiatives like geo-thermal and City owned fibre connectivity.Advertisement “There’s just finishing of some last minute things, and it needs a good cleaning, of course,” he says. “The paving is really where it’s at the moment, so I think DGS [Astro Paving] has got it in their mind that they’re going to pave at the end of the month and that’s going to be probably one of the last items.” There’s still a bit of painting touch-ups to be done, but that and some other deficiencies that are found won’t affect the move in date, and can be done after the fact. The sunny fall weather FortSt. John has been experiencing, and is forecast for at least the next week, has been appreciated, as bad weather last year greatly attributed to the delay in finishing the building. Construction on the new fire hall began in September 2011, and it was anticipated that it would be ready by spring of summer this year, but a snowy winter and rainy spring pushed the move-in date to this fall. – Advertisement -All that’s left is to set the official move-in day, which is expected to run fairly smoothly. “Moving into the fire hall itself is pretty much drive the trucks down to the new hall, throw your boxes in the back, and you can keep going and getting stuff out of the fire hall for as long as it takes you, so moving will go very quickly,” says Rogers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Daniel Sturridge ready to be unleashed from the start, says Jurgen Klopp

first_img Daniel Sturridge could be in contention to start Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Daniel Sturridge is now ready to be unleashed to help their final push for Champions League qualification.The England international has not played 90 minutes since the 1-1 draw with Chelsea 366 days ago but is in contention to start at West Ham on Sunday, with the Reds needing two wins to guarantee a top-four spot.Sturridge has made two substitute appearances totalling 27 minutes since mid-April after a hip problem, but offered a glimpse of how to unlock stubborn defences when he came off the bench during last weekend’s frustrating goalless draw at home to Southampton.He could be the key to unlocking West Ham, who have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches, on Sunday. And with fellow forward Roberto Firmino a doubt with a muscle injury, his return to full fitness is timely.Asked how ready the 27-year-old was to be picked from the start, Klopp said: “Ready. That is good.“So far it’s been difficult because you can’t start a player then have to think after 40 minutes ‘so we have to change?’“I was happy to have the opportunity to bring him on the pitch. Top players so they have impact.“Now the situation is different again. It’s another week we’ve had him training and so far so good, so hopefully we have a few options.”On his impact against Southampton, where he almost created a goal for himself out of nothing, Klopp added: “That is Daniel. If he had not been fit it would not have been possible. That is unfortunately how it is.“Even Daniel Sturridge cannot perform (when he is) like this so he needs a physical situation.“Daniel is a wonderful option to have but it is all about being fit or not.“It is not the name we bring on the pitch, it is the player, the human being, in this specific shape.“When he was fit he was always a real, real, real option for us. And it is again now like this.“It is really good timing.”Firmino’s training has been managed for several weeks now because of the Brazil international’s heavy workload, but he and compatriot Lucas Leiva are doubtful for the weekend.“We are struggling a little bit with Roberto again and Lucas Leiva this week,” said Klopp.“After the (Southampton) game they felt something, we have to wait and see what they can do there.“For a few weeks we have had to manage Roberto’s intensity in training. He feels another muscle a little bit.“Roberto is a real mentality player, he wants always to be involved and we need to make decisions for him.“We left him out of training and have to wait and give him as much time as possible. Both him and Lucas played 90 minutes.“We asked a few times ‘Are you okay?’ and they said ‘Yes’, then after the game they felt it.“Lucas felt two different muscles after the game. He could be back in training today and Roberto tomorrow if possible.” 1last_img read more


first_imgIT was probably the best morning of a wash-out August as hundreds of runners took on the Donegal Marathon and the Donegal Half-Marathon today.Brendan Delap took these snaps of the runners taking off.The county is buzzing this weekend with a series of events. Hundreds of people are in Letterkenny taking part and watching the marathon.The glorious weather won’t last though.Met Eireann says a band of rain is on its way from Munster.And the forecast for Monday is pretty horrible. So enjoy the last few rays of sunshine.PICTURE SPECIAL: GLORIOUS DAY FOR THE DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 24th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgUP to 30 American theology students will visit Donegal this summer to study our county’s ancient Christian roots.Christendom College, a Catholic institution in Virginia, says the trip will offer students a deeper understanding of Western Christianity and the role of Ireland in particular.College president and institute director Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said that “the idea was to bring American and Irish students together, basically to study, to pray, and to have a great time together.” He noted that the Church in both countries has faced difficulties in recent years.The St. Columcille Institute will be a three-week programme at Ards Friary.The academic core of the institute will feature classes in theology, history and literature, exploring Western Christian civilization in order to re-invigorate the faith of young students.“We want this to be part of the New Evangelization,” said O’Donnell, adding that the academic program aims to represent Church teachings with “enthusiasm” and “intensity.” One of the cornerstones of the program will be an apologetics course taught by O’Donnell that will “meet kids where they’re at.”The course will help students learn the fundamentals of the Catholic faith, as well as how to handle many common intellectual and personal challenges to the Church’s teachings.Students will also engage in a course on the spread of Christianity in Europe, with an emphasis on the role of Irish Catholics. Of particular emphasis will be the namesake of the institute, St. Columcille  who helped spread the faith to much of the British Isles and some of mainland Europe during the 500s.O’Donnell noted that this time period was also a “New Evangelization,” in that Christianity inspired the peoples of Europe, and he voiced hope that the study of this important moment in history would enrich both Irish and American students.Finally, Christendom will bring one of its classes on short stories to Ireland, hoping to “raise questions about faith, about life.” The class will place an emphasis on Irish authors, among the other great works and stories discussed in the seminar. O’Donnell also mentioned that the institute will offer an opportunity to bring “American and Irish students together” to enhance one another’s faith through shared experience and learning from one another’s perspectives.Students will also be encouraged to learn some Irish here.Mr O’Donnell has told students that Donegal is “strikingly beautiful,” close to the sea and surrounded by greenery.“You feel very close to God,” said O’Donnell, “and it’s very easy to pray there.” Already, the program has “been very very popular,” O’Donnell explained, and more than 25 students have signed up since the program was announced just two weeks ago.The group will arrive in Donegal on July 19th and stay until August 11th.AMERICAN THEOLOGY STUDENTS SET FOR DONEGAL PILGRIMAGE was last modified: April 7th, 2013 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:AMERICAN THEOLOGY STUDENTS SET FOR DONEGAL PLIGRIMAGElast_img read more

Rivals looking to rebound after tough defeats

first_img Perea is completing 61 percent of his passes, 14 of 23, for 155 yards and a touchdown. The outcome of this one could come down to the kickers. Both teams have capable performers –Montebello’s Jorge Samia a perfect 8 for 8 in PATs and El Rancho’s Jose Campos, who has made two of three field goal attempts. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tonight will be a good measuring stick as to how ready the teams are to compete. Montebello opened the season with an impressive 49-7 rout of Pioneer as James Rangel rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown. It is a game matching longtime rivals, each of whom is coming off a disappointing loss and bringing 1-1 records to the table. The visiting Montebello High School football team and host El Rancho High both have designs on a league championship, Montebello trying to unseat two-time defending Almont League champion Schurr, and El Rancho going after four-time defending Del Rio League champion Santa Fe High’s title. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 El Rancho began its season with a 33-14 victory over Cerritos as Mike Perez rushed for 83 yards and quarterback Mike Perea completed an efficient 9 of 14 passes for 101 yards, including a 9-yard scoring pass to tight end A.J. Toscano, and ran for 42 yards, including 33 yards on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Last week, Montebello fashioned an impressive comeback against perennial power Santa Fe before losing 27-21. El Rancho capitalized on opportunities to lead Bell Gardens 23-14 in the fourth quarter, but then stumbled the remainder of the game while the Lancers rallied for a 34-23 victory. Rangel leads the Oilers in rushing with 209 yards, averaging 9.1 yards per carry. He has been the backbone of Montebello’s ground game. Quarterback Rene Cerda is 16 for 32 for 268 yards passing. He has thrown three TD passes and had three passes intercepted. Gabriel Diaz has been Cerda’s main target, recording nine catches for 148 yards, an average of 16.4 yards per reception. Perez is averaging 6.6 yards with 227 yards on 34 carries. He has three touchdowns. Perea (19 catches, 88 yards, 1 TDs) and Giovani Sandoval (10 catches, 78 yards) complement Perez’s efforts. last_img read more


first_imgGardai are viewing CCTV footage of an intruder who broke into a Letterkenny shop overnight.The Checkout store at Lower Main Street was broken into around 3am.An intruder gained entry to the rear of the premises and escaped with a significant amount of cash. A Garda spokesman confirmed they are viewing CCTV of the suspect.Owner Anthony Arthur said he had planned to deposit the money in the bank today.He said he hopes the man responsible for the break-in is caught by gardai.  GARDAI IDENTIFY SUSPECT ON CCTV AFTER LETTERKENNY RAID was last modified: January 12th, 2015 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:burgaryCheckoutGardailetterkennylast_img read more

From Tiny Bones to Whopper Conclusions

first_img(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It doesn’t take much to stimulate an evolutionist’s imagination.  A tiny middle ear bone will do.The press all jumped on a report that some early fossil apes had “human-like” middle ear bones.   The paper, published in PNAS, alleges that the malleus (hammer) of Paranthropus and Australopithecus africanus have human-like proportions, whereas the incus (anvil) and stapes (stirrup) retain ape-like proportions.  Here’s how the press took this:Nature News: “Hearing changes could be ancient in the human line.”Science Now: “Earliest Ear Bones Sound Off on Human Hearing.”New Scientist: “Early hominins couldn’t have heard modern speech.”Science Daily: “Prehistoric Ear Bones Could Lead to Evolutionary Answers.”Science Daily again: “Oldest Fossil Hominin Ear Bones Ever Recovered: Discovery Could Yield Important Clues On Human Origins.”Few reporters seem to be asking follow-up questions of less dramatic import, such as: What is the natural range of variation in the malleus among apes, and what is the natural range of variation for humans?  Has there been any reworking of these tiny delicate bones since they were deposited?  Science Now did state, “The team is not entirely sure what this precocious appearance of a human-like malleus means.”  If so, it seems premature to think that this little bone can reveal anything significant about hearing in extinct apes, much less about human origins.The little bone actually creates a problem for evolutionary theory.  Science Daily put it, “Since both the early hominin species share this human-like malleus, the anatomical changes in this bone must have occurred very early in our evolutionary history.”  Nature News quoted one evolutionary morphologist, Callum Ross (U of Chicago), who was “underwhelmed” by the announcement, stating that the outer ear has more influence on hearing than the ossicle bones.  He also discounts the importance of minute hearing changes in alleged human ancestors compared to bipedalism, feeding, and brain size.  (Speaking of brain size, another paper in PNAS asserts the surprising claim that “Human frontal lobes are not relatively large” – contradicting over a century of assumptions about human uniqueness in that regard.)The authors of the original paper are not even sure if their work has any significance to human evolution.  Nature News ended, “But Quam is confident that his team will soon demonstrate the importance of changes in the ossicles.”  Thus, another promissory note was issued in lieu of conclusory evidence.The operative word in most of these articles is “could.”  The discovery “could” yield important clues on human evolution; the bones “could” lead to evolutionary answers; hearing changes “could” be ancient in the human line.  Whenever you see that word in evolutionary claims, or its siblings “may” or “might,” you have every right to respond, “But then again, it might not lead to evolutionary answers; it may having nothing to do with human evolution; it could be irrelevant to the human line.”  After all, they have demonstrated nothing scientifically.  They are only dealing in possibilities.That’s a theme we will have to explore in future posts: the prevalence of “possibility thinking” in evolutionary circles.  Think of the possibilities!  This little malleus bone could have opened up hearing for mid-range frequencies!  That could have spurred the development of language!  That could have brought the apes down out of the trees and motivated our ancestors to walk upright!  For shame.  That’s the very kind of faith they disparage in their critics.  When an evolutionist pulls his faith on you like that, tell him to go back into the lab and keep his mouth shut until he has something observable, testable, and repeatable to talk about.last_img read more

SA looks to manufacturing for growth

first_img5 April 2013 The latest three-year roll-over of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) focuses squarely on boosting the country’s manufacturing sector in order to grow jobs, exports and the production of value added goods, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Speaking at the launch of the IPAP 2013-16 in Johannesburg on Thursday, Davies said the action plan “focuses on value added production, with state support centred on nurturing and defending industrial development”. Davies emphasised that for South Africa to grow its employment, it had to pay attention to the productive sectors of the economy, and move away from being consumption-driven and import-intensive, especially with respect to value-added goods. Davies said since the launch of the first IPAP, the government had ensured that policy interventions supported localisation of state procurement in order to support local industries and job creation. “These interventions include growing our manufacturing, boosting exports, and beefing up our competition policies.” Economic Development Minister Ibrahim Patel, also speaking at Thursday’s launch, said the IPAP was the most important jobs driver envisaged in the government’s New Growth Path (NGP) economic strategy, which has set the ambitious target of creating five-million jobs by 2020. “It is about strengthening industrial policy,” Patel said, adding: “Industrial policy is back on the agenda globally. There is a growing appetite both in South Africa and the continent to industrialise and reclaim our domestic market and to expand our capacity to export to new markets.” Industrialisation was central to creating sustainable jobs not only in manufacturing but also in supporting sectors such as agriculture and mining, Patel added. The IPAP seeks to move South Africa away from a model in which modest economic growth is driven by consumption-driven sectors of the economy (finance and insurance, real estate, wholesale and retail, catering and accommodation), with the productive sectors of the economy (agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction) playing a subordinate role. In order to achieve this, the IPAP focuses on exploiting a number of opportunities for South African manufacturing, including re-aligning the country’s value-added exports towards rapidly developing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, the country’s BRICS partners Brazil, Russia, India and China, and other emerging markets. At the same time, the IPAP emphasizes the importance of increased beneficiation of South Africa’s massive mineral wealth. “Much greater attention will have to be devoted to downstream beneficiation opportunities and the enormous potential that exists to deepen and extend the upstream value chain, with a sharp eye towards meeting the explosion of future demand associated with the sub-Saharan commodity boom,” the IPAP states. Another key enabler for local manufacturing is the government’s massive infrastructure build programme. “Manufacturing must increasingly provide machinery and other inputs for the infrastructure build programme, which is central to South Africa’s growth strategy and, more generally, into public goods, including transport, health, education and housing,” the IPAP states. South African manufacturing, the IPAP notes, bore the brunt of the recent global recession combined with a number of domestic shocks. “It is imperative that having weathered the storm, the domestic manufacturing sector is able to build upon its strengths, overcome its competitive weaknesses and seize new opportunities within an enabling and more strongly supportive Government policy environment.” SAinfo reporter and read more

Lewis Hamilton leads from pole to finish first in Hungarian GP

first_imgMcLaren driver Lewis Hamilton held off late pressure from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungarian Grand Prix to secure a 19th career win, his third in Hungary. Hamilton started from pole position while Raikkonen started fifth and, suffering from a KERS issue, lost a place to Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso.But, as the pit stops shook out, the Finn rose to fourth on a long 26-lap stint on soft tyres before making a second stop for mediums on lap 46, preparing for a final hard charge.Alonso calmly protected his points lead on a tough day for Ferrari, finishing fifth.Hamilton, whose championship hopes were dented after he retired at Hockenheim, said, “This weekend shows it’s all to play for still. After some bad races it’s good to be back.”last_img read more