Smith undecided where Origin legend will end

first_imgAnd as the Queensland skipper prepares to reach that milestone tonight Petero Civoniceva says it is a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.A debutant in Game Three of the 2003 series, Smith’s run of featuring in 39 of the past 40 Origin matches played was interrupted only by an elbow injury that prevented him from playing in the opening game of the 2010 series.Given that Johnathan Thurston will step down from representative football at the end of the year with a maximum of 38 games for Queensland and Jarryd Hayne has the most appearances of active New South Wales players with 20, only Greg Inglis (30) and Darius Boyd (26) could conceivably match Smith’s achievement in the next five years.Civoniceva, who played 33 matches for Queensland, believes it will be a long time before we see any other player reach such a number and paid tribute to Smith’s longevity in becoming the first to 40.”You could tell from day one that he had this huge future in the game,” Civoniceva told NRL.com.”He was a bit of a freak in terms of his fitness and in being calm under pressure and all those champion qualities that he possesses.”You can’t play in the middle without some level of toughness but not just physically also mentally.”We’ve seen the way he can control a game and the way he can slow things down and that overall resilience that he possesses, that’s what’s most impressive.”He just seems to be able to play at a different speed to everyone else, seeing things differently and reading the game like no other.”I think it’s going to be a long while before we see a champion of his calibre come through again.”You’re talking about someone starting at quite a young age and then being able to be consistent enough to retain their position for over a decade; that’s a big expectation to put on a player.”When you break down the number of games he’s played in club, state and national rep honours and you compare that to the average player and the fact that he has been captain at all those levels as well, it’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to achieve.”When new records of longevity are being established it is only natural to look forward to where they may potentially end.If the Storm skipper completes his 15th Origin series this year he will have 42 games to his name along with the 50 Tests he has played for his country and 346 games in the NRL, with Darren Lockyer’s mark for all-time premiership appearances on track to fall in Round 25.Smith’s performances at all levels give no indication of a player who is eyeing off the end and with a year still to run on his contract with Melbourne the soon-to-be 34-year-old says a decision on his representative future won’t be made until after the World Cup at the end of the year.”At this stage I feel really good, both physically and mentally,” Smith said.”I love playing representative football. I’ll have a clearer picture at the end of the year about what I want to do… I’m contracted to Melbourne so I’m playing again.”I’m 35 next year. There’s a lot of footy if you are playing all the rep stuff.”I’m not saying (I’ll stand down) and I am really keen to play on. But I think I’ll have a clearer idea at the end of the season. It’s a big year, close to 40 matches.”He need only look around this week in camp to know that the make-up of the Queensland team is undergoing a generational change.Smith will captain Queensland for the 19th time on Wednesday night without the likes of Thurston, Greg Inglis and Matt Scott by his side and with Cooper Cronk’s playing future undecided it could be a dramatically different-looking Maroons line-up in 12 months’ time.Despite the generational change Smith says he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to play on if he doesn’t believe he can continue to compete in the game’s toughest arenas.”None of us know how long we’ve got left, really,” said Smith, who will take on the goal-kicking duties in Thurston’s absence.”Only Johnathan has put an end date on it. Cooper’s future is up in the air as well. Next year there could be half the side gone and we’ve got a new team.”I don’t feel any pressure to stay around and help those guys through. I like to think in my past 39 matches I’ve put the team in a good position to move forward.”Every player knows when it’s time to finish. I’m yet to make that decision.”Even after 39 Origin matches for Queensland and six man-of-the-match awards Smith says there will be still butterflies in the stomach when he boards the bus to make the trip into Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday evening but that once the whistle goes game No.40 will be just like all the ones that have preceded it.”When you walk out of the hotel and get onto the bus, you get a bit nervous and everyone is going mad waving out of their car windows. But once we get to the ground, it is business as usual,” he said.”I’m not sitting here and patting myself on the back but I do understand it’s a fairly significant milestone.”I remember Petero Civoniceva telling me after 10 games that I could be the first bloke to play 40 Origins. I just laughed and shook my head and said, ‘Nobody will ever do that’.”It’s a really nice achievement to have. Without playing it down, I’m very proud of being able to play that amount of games. My family are proud as well.”Let’s just hope I can go out and play well.”last_img read more

Bale left Valdebebas at 10:30: he suffers from gastroenteritis

first_imgIn the rest there was no news, since the other two players who were not with the group were Asensio and Mariano. The Balearic continues to make progress in recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered last summer. It is already in the final stretch. The striker, meanwhile, has been dragging an injury for several weeks but has preferred not to issue a medical report. In any case, he is a footballer who does not enter into Zidane’s plans (he is still in the club because he refused to leave). Real Madrid continues to prepare this Saturday’s meeting at Ciutat against Levante (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and the great novelty of the day was the absence of Bale and Jovic, both because of gastroenteritisThe Welsh footballer arrived in Valdebebas first thing, as usual. However, he left the white training facilities in his vehicle at 10:30 am. The club, on its website, clarified that it suffers from gastroenteritis. On Tuesday he had not exercised with the group. It was the doctors in Madrid who told the Welsh and the Serbian to go home so they wouldn’t spread the rest of their companions. Madrid will face the match against Levante with no margin of error after the stumble against Celta at the Bernabéu last day (2-2), although Zizou will also have his mind on the crucial week that Madrid will face: On February 26 he received the City at the Bernabéu and on March 1 the Barcelona, ​​also at home. Two matches that will mark the white options in both the League and Champions. Therefore, the eleven presented to Levante could include news thinking about the distribution of minutes to the most loaded players.last_img read more

Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko retires

first_imgKlitschko followed his older brother Vitali Klitschko into boxing. Both found immediate success in the professional ring, and held all of the main heavyweight titles between them when Vitali Klitschko retired in 2013.They never fought each other, saying that would break a promise to their mother.The Klitschko brothers’ hard-hitting style inside the ring and relaxed, multilingual approach outside it made them famous beyond boxing. Wladimir Klitschko even made a cameo appearance in a 2007 romantic comedy movie in the brothers’ adopted home of Germany.He also followed his older brother into politics, addressing crowds alongside his fiancee, the U.S. actress Hayden Panettiere, during anti-government protests in Ukraine in 2013. Vitali Klitschko has since become mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kiev.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marinerong Pilipino stuns Tanduay, extends q’finals series LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ In a statement released by his management on Thursday, Klitschko said: “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports.”He said that he had deliberately taken a few weeks to reach a decision “to make sure I had enough distance from the (first Joshua) fight at Wembley Stadium.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Klitschko was 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta.The Ukrainian racked up notable wins over the likes of David Haye and Ruslan Chagaev, but lost his titles to British fighter Tyson Fury in 2015 and was unable to reclaim the WBA and IBF belts against Joshua. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2014 file photo IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine celebrates after winning the IBF heavyweight world championships title bout against Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg, Germany. Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has announced his retirement from boxing. In a statement released by his management Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 Klitschko says: “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports.” (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)BERLIN — Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko announced his immediate retirement from boxing on Thursday.The 41-year-old Klitschko dominated the heavyweight scene for a decade but lost to Britain’s Anthony Joshua in April after a technical knockout in the 11th round. He had been expected to face Joshua in a rematch in November.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UL Closed For Holidays, Resumes Jan. 3

first_imgThe University of Liberia (UL) yesterday announced the closure of classes in observance of the festive season, a release has said.According to the UL release, the decision followed the recently-held successful second college-wide graduation that brought much visibility and prominence especially to the undergraduate colleges, their deans, chairpersons, and the graduating students.Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, president of the university, who presided over the main Commencement Convocation on December 14, meanwhile extends profound thanks and appreciation to all who made possible the successful holding of the 97th Commencement Convocation. Specifically, Dr. Dennis extends his deepest gratitude to the Chairperson of the 97th Commencement Convocation, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, vice president for Academic Affairs, vice presidents, faculty, the administration, the chorus, UL police and the Staff Association for their dedication and hard work which they committed to planning and executing all the numerous ceremonies comprising this year’s commencement. Dennis also extends similar warm sentiments to the leadership of the graduating class, the leadership of ULSU and various campus-based organizations for meaningfully contributing to and participating in the commencement exercises. According to the release, the university will officially close today, Wednesday, December 21, and re-open for normal work on Tuesday, January 3 at 8:00 a.m. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Monitoring fleeing Venezuelans poses challenge for Govt – Greenidge

first_imgAlthough Government has managed to put certain mechanisms in place to prepare for Venezuelans seeking refuge in Guyana, one of the most major challenges faced right now by Government is being able to monitor the influx of those persons due to the length of the border between the two countries.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeThis is according to Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge who told the media that the challenges lie in that fact that it is difficult to locate these refugees and establish their status. This is important so that they can get the necessary healthcare and treatment if necessary.He disclosed that local authorities have been working collaboratively with the various regional health agencies, and neighbouring Brazil to help locate persons for health screenings.“If you get 12 people or 15 moving and they are ill; malaria, measles and these types of afflictions, then there is a danger posed, especially to our Indigenous people by personal pandemics,” he noted.The Minister said if not properly managed, this could lead to something much larger. As such, he said there is a need for special help to monitor and to ensure that the refugees are vaccinated and immunised.In addition to working with Brazil, Greenidge said Guyana has also been working with international agencies to help locate persons for health screenings.“We would like to be able to work with all of our neighbours to ensure that health aspect is covered, because to me that poses a bigger threat immediately, than anything else,” Greenidge stated.When asked to provide more detailed information, he could not provide statistics on the persons crossing the border into Guyana, but warned that the numbers from international agencies may be slightly higher.At the Mabaruma Regional Hospital, between January and July, some 499 Venezuelans were screened. According to the statistics obtained by this publication, this included 27 skin infections; 45 with respiratory diseases; 234 with malaria; two with tuberculosis; and one HIV case.There are growing health concerns throughout South America about the movement of people fleeing Venezuela. Last week, Brazil said Venezuela was doing nothing to stop the spread of an outbreak of measles in their country. This was sparked by a migration of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse.According to international media reports, since February, four people, three of them Venezuelans, have died of measles in the remote Brazilian border state of Roraima where health authorities have confirmed 281 cases of the disease, mostly among children.The outbreak has also prompted the Brazilian Government to launch a nationwide campaign to vaccinate 11 million children, plus adults who request it. Although many Brazilian children are already vaccinated against the disease, the vaccination rate has dropped since Brazil was declared free of measles in 2016.Only recently, Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) Head Mike McCormack said while the numbers here might not be as many as those in other countries, they will continue to come.“It is possible that the numbers will increase here, particularly now that this crisis is getting worst,” he told Guyana Times, explaining that the Government must do everything to prepare for such an event.McCormack noted that countries in the Andean region seem to be reaching their capacity and they have also made life a bit more difficult than it was before for Venezuelans, by placing visa restrictions, among other things. This, he said, could lend to more Venezuelans coming here.“We will see more people coming. My sense is, we won’t see this massive number marching down roads. But I think we need to make a modest effort to try to get early warnings,” he said.While Colombia has received far more Venezuelans than other countries so far, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said they are spreading out to other countries.At least 40,000 Venezuelan migrants arrived in Peru in the first two months of this year. Thousands more have emigrated to Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Spain, the United States and beyond.It has been reported also that boats carrying Venezuelan migrants have landed on some islands in the Caribbean. In January, one capsized off Curaçao, killing at least four people.The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum abroad has rocketed by 2000 per cent since 2014. Brazil is another of the countries to have received a huge influx. There is about 600 Venezuelans in Region One (Barima-Waini).last_img read more

Bullet train promises fast relief

first_imgHigh-speed trains connecting Northern and Southern California have been in the talking-about phase for, it seems, my entire life. But with congestion getting worse (does it ever get better?) and traffic jams now common occurrences in the middle of the state’s vast nowhere, the talk has turned serious. Rights-of-way are being established, and the preliminary environmental review is under way. Throughout the next few weeks, Los Angeles is getting its first glimpse of the bullet-train plan in a series of community meetings in places close to proposed stations, such as Glendale on April 4 (Burbank station) and Sylmar (which will be getting its own station) on April 10. I caught up with the show at the Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park on Wednesday night. Dan Templis, a project manager with the engineering firm Hatch Mott MacDonald, which is working on the L.A.-to-Palmdale stretch, outlined the plan with the help of a mostly animated DVD showing the sleek and futuristic train zipping down the 99 Freeway, through tunnels in the hills of Central California and into the mega train stations of Tomorrowland. The catch, of course, is cash. Building the train requires an investment of $40 billion, at least. That’s the equivalent of $1,000 per person for the 40 million people expected to live in California in a few short years. That’s also about half of what the governor proposed for fixing all state infrastructure. It’s a whole lot of money for a state that doesn’t much use the trains it’s got already. We’ll find out soon if the public is ready for a bullet train. The first of the bonds of the project – $10 billion – is expected to be on the November 2008 ballot. It’s considered seed money. And it’s a steep price for something that won’t do us much good for another 13 years. But imagine what that could be like. I have been traveling the Southern California-Bay Area section of Interstate 5 for nearly 30 years, ever since as a kid I shuttled between my San Diego mom and San Francisco dad. The trips became even more regular during my college years, when I missed home and warm weather. I still regularly travel the route to visit family and friends who stubbornly refuse to move south. All the while, the drive has been getting incrementally worse. I noticed, but didn’t really care. Not until the fateful Thanksgiving weekend in 2002, when I got stuck in a 200-mile traffic jam between Los Banos and the Grapevine. What used to be a fairly pleasant trip is now an ordeal, and costly, too. I’ll never forget the night my niece was diagnosed with leukemia. I jumped into my car at 10 p.m. and headed for Stanford Children’s Hospital, planning to set the cruise at 90 mph for an easy, late-night drive. Instead, I got a harrowing, truck-congested, windblown nightmare of a long, slow and dangerous drive. Like the 405, traffic through the Central Valley is a 24/7 kind of thing. That was 19 months ago. My niece beat her cancer, but Interstate 5 probably never will beat its affliction. And that realization makes me wonder whether $40 billion is really all that much. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TWO and a half hours. It’s the amount of time it takes to watch a Scorsese movie. It’s the length one must sit still for a haircut and color. It’s the time it should take to drive from Los Angeles to San Diego, but usually doesn’t. It also used to be the time – way back in the pre-Sept. 11 era – that it took to step into LAX, get on a plane and end up in San Francisco, ready for some high times in North Beach. Ah, those were the days. That 21/2 hours travel time from Union Station to downtown San Francisco might be a possibility once again – or at least that’s the sales pitch for the proposed Fly California bullet train. With a little luck, and a whole lot of love from voters next year, the train will be running regular L.A.-S.F. routes starting in 2020. That short travel time is what the High Speed Rail Authority hopes will sell the state on the most expensive public-works project in U.S. history – a 700-mile system of super-fast electric trains (125 mph in the city; 220 mph in the open country) from San Diego to the Bay Area and Sacramento. Watch out, cow! last_img read more

Tottenham 1-0 Partizan Belgrade: Spurs win overshadowed by pitch invaders

first_imgAnd, although the hosts halved the deficit on the half hour mark courtesy of Stefan Johansen’s drive, the visitors sealed all three points when Naby Keïta headed home in stoppage time. Benjamin Stambouli Meanwhile, Celtic joined Spurs in the last-32 despite a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Salzburg at Parkhead. The 24-year-old pounced on a loose ball inside the area to earn Mauricio Pochetino’s side all three points, after Roberto Soldado struck the post with an intelligent clip past the goalkeeper. Tottenham’s  1-0 win against Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane was overshadowed  by three pitch invasions, meaning the club is likely to face sanctions by UEFA. But it was Benjamin Stambouli’s first goal for the club on the 49th minute which was enough to secure Tottenham’s position in the Europa League knockout stage with a game to spare.center_img The Hoops found themselves 2-0 down after 13 minutes when Brazilian striker Alan netted twice. Spurs require a point against Besiktas in their final group match to ensure top spot in Group C. 1 The pitch invasions in the first half prompted the match officials to withdraw the players five minutes before half time.last_img read more

Europa League round-up: Napoli thump Wolfsburg, Sevilla leave it late

first_img Marek Hamsik 1 Rafa Benitez’s Napoli all but secured a Europa League last four berth with a stunning 4-1 victory at Wolfsburg in their quarter-final first leg.The Serie A outfit opened the scoring with a clinical Gonzalo Higuain finish against the run of play, before Higuain turned provider for Napoli captain Marek Hamsik to double their lead before half time.Hamsik struck again after the break and substitute Manolo Gabbiadini headed a fourth for the rampant visitors, while Nicklas Bendtner tapped in a late consolation for the hosts.Elsewhere, Sevilla fought back from a goal down against Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit St Petersburg to earn a hard fought 2-1 victory at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.Aleksandr Ryazantsev put the away side ahead at the second attempt, but a 21st goal of the season from substitute Carlos Bacca and a late Dennis Suarez volley leaves the tie finely poised for the second leg in Russia.Fiorentina also left it late, this time to salvage a 1-1 draw against Everton’s conquerors Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine thanks to a Khouma Babacar stoppage time overhead kick.Kiev marshalled the threat of Viola winger Mohamed Salah throughout, taking the lead through Jermaine Lens’ deflected effort and looked set for a first-leg lead before Babacar’s late acrobatics.In the final quarter-final first leg, Dnipro held Club Brugge to a 0-0 draw in Belgium.last_img read more

Man pleads guilty to sexual assault at popular Donegal beach

first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a person at Kinnegar Beach in Rathmullan.The man appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charges with the offence on June 11th, 2016. He spoke only to give his guilty plea.His barrister asked Judge John Aylmer to adjourn sentencing until the next sitting of the Circuit Court in July.He said his client had certain health complications and he wanted to “put his best foot forward” in the matter.Judge Aylmer agreed and also ordered a probation report be carried out on the man.Man pleads guilty to sexual assault at popular Donegal beach was last modified: December 6th, 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:donegalKinnegar BeachRathmullansexual assaultlast_img read more

HSE CONFIRMS WINTER VOMITING BUG AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CAMPUS

first_imgTHE HSE has confirmed a suspected outbreak of Winter Vomiting Bug (Norovirus) at Department of Psychiatry, Letterkenny General Hospital campus.A statement was issued today following Donegal Daily’s warnings at the weekend.HSE West said: “Following consultation with the HSE’s Department of Public Health and Infection Control personnel, the Department of Psychiatry will remain closed to routine admissions and visitors until further notice.” Advice for General Practitioners and Out of Hours Medical ServicesFor advice on individual approach to service users’ needs, GPs and NowDOC should liaise in the first instance with their respective Community Mental Health Team. They can also contact the duty doctor in the usual way, but service users should not present at the Dept of Psychiatry for assessment or admission without the prior agreement of the treating clinician.Advice for Members of the Public seeking Mental Health ServicesMembers of the public are advised that they may only access mental health service via their GP or Now Doc. Advice for Members of the Public wishing to visit the Department of PsychiatryFamilies and friends of current residents in the Dept of Psychiatry are advised that, in the interest of public health, a restriction has been placed on all visiting. Queries can be directed to:074 9103749 or 074 9104704HSE West added: “Donegal Mental Health Services regrets the obvious inconvenience these measures cause to residents of the Department, their families and friends and the public generally, and thank them for their cooperation. We are endeavouring to manage and contain the suspected outbreak and hopefully normal service will return soon.” HSE CONFIRMS WINTER VOMITING BUG AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CAMPUS was last modified: January 13th, 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:bugfluHSEletterkenny hospitalnovoviruslast_img read more