Gun all-rounder lands at the Seagulls’ nest

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Alan McMahon Named As Big Names Return For Rugby League World Cup Qualifer

first_imgAs the seeded team in the group Ireland are expected to win this game but will be aware of the potential banana skin that a skilful Spanish side hurting from their loss could be. Spain draws its players mostly from the Basque region who play their rugby league between Spain and France.Only the winner of the three-team group qualifies automatically for the World Cup, with the second placed team facing a play-off against Wales, Italy or Serbia.An Ireland team of only domestic players were outmuscled 68-16 by Jamaica in Bray last weekend after good recent wins over Malta and Italy. However, Ireland will be bolstered by big names from the Super League in England and Australia’s NRL when they face Spain.They include the likes of captain Liam Finn of Wakefield, Warrington Wolves brothers George and Toby King, and James Hasson from the Parramatta Eels.Richard Egan, Rugby League Ireland Director, said: “The Spaniards are relatively new to the rugby league fold but have made huge steps in a short time and have been very strong in their European Championship games to date.“With a tough game behind them Spain will be a lot sharper for this match. They have some excellent organisers as well as big aggressive ball carriers.Ireland require a win against Spain to remain favourites in the hunt for qualification.“We expect a very tough game in Valencia this weekend. Our players are already focusing their minds on getting the task done.” Richard Egan said. “We have the team and the ability to qualify from our group but need to be respectful and aware of the progress that Spain have made in recent years.“They will be a huge challenge and although they are new comers to this level we know that they will be well organised and have huge passion to qualify for the World Cup.”Ireland’s 22-man squad to face Spain contains eight domestic players who either play their club rugby league in Ireland or have come through the club system in Ireland.Following their loss to Russia, Spanish head coach Darren Fisher said: “Our focus is now about bouncing back against Ireland and putting some things right, the boys have got to believe in themselves and pick themselves up and that’s what we’ll try and do.”After Spain Ireland will face Russia (October 29th) in Bray. The Rugby League World Cup takes place in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea next autumn.Full Irish squad: G Gill (Ballynahinch Rabbitohs), C Hall (Belfast Met Scholars), J Keyes (Bradford), J Kelly, M Russell (Dublin City Exiles), A McMahon (Galway Tribesmen), L Ambler (Halifax), S Grix, O Roberts (Huddersfield), M Cahoon (Ireland Students), G McNally (Leigh), C Dunne (Longhorns RL), W Hope (Oldham), J Hasson (Parramatta), D Bridge (Redcliffe Dolphins), M Hadden (Rochdale), S McDonnell (St Helens), L Finn (Wakefield, capt), G King, T King, J Philbin (Warrington), D Allen (Whitehaven)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Wolfhounds take on the Spanish this Saturday in Valencia and victory is vital. Russia has taken an early lead in Group B after beating Spain 40-6 in Moscow last weekend. Galway Tribesmen’s Alan McMahon has been Named in the Irish Rugby League Squad for Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Spain.last_img read more

€20k for repairs for Donegal Parish Church

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has announced that Donegal Parish Church in Donegal Town has been awarded €20,000 urgent funding for repair work.“The award of €20,000 to Donegal Parish Church will help protect the structure of this landmark in Donegal Town for future generations,“ Mr McHugh said.“A significant amount of detailed work went into an application to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for urgent funding to fund work on the spire. “The church had been badly damaged by lightning during a storm and was left with structural problems and there was a real risk that the conditions would deteriorate if the spire was not repaired.“I am delighted to have been able to confirm the good news in person to Reverend David Huss today and I wish him well, and everyone associated with the parish, as the repair and restoration work takes place in the coming weeks and months.”Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, said: “Being able to secure funding for projects like this is rewarding. Donegal Parish Church is a highly significant Gothic-style church, originally designed and built by local man William Graham.“It is brilliant to see finding for important heritage such as this and to ensure that it is protected for this generation and future generations. It really is a landmark feature of Donegal Town.” Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “I would like to thank Rev Huss for his work on the project and the support of officials in the Department through the Structures at Risk fund.“I understand that inspections have already been done on the spire by steeplejacks and that heritage officers have conducted site visits, so now it is a matter of ensuring the protective works are done.“Officials took into account the architectural and historical significance of Donegal Parish Church, which is regarded for the quality of the cut stone detailing particularly to the tower, spire and pinnacles and I’d like to thank them for accepting the application for urgent funding.Mr McHugh added: “It’s also important to remember that the Architectural Conservation Officer in the local authority is often the person best placed to provide expert advice and assistance to owners of historic buildings and their input is invaluable in protecting structures into the future.”€20k for repairs for Donegal Parish Church was last modified: October 12th, 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:donegal parish churchfundinglast_img read more

Flipboard Has Slipped The Surly Bonds Of Apps

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Browsers#Flipboard#Mike McCue#web applications#Web publishing Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Flipboard, a pioneer of tablet apps, has launched a full Web version of its news reader.In a break from its signature “flip” metaphor, Flipboard for Web embraces scrolling, the natural gesture people use to read on the Web. And it’s hoping that lush, photo-heavy layouts will encourage people to keep reading.Flipboard CEO Mike McCue unveiled the new product at a launch event in Flipboard’s original office in downtown Palo Alto Tuesday morning.In 2010, McCue and his team considered launching a Web-based news reader, but decided to embrace Apple’s then-rumored iPad tablet instead. When the iPad launched, Flipboard became a standard-bearer for Apple’s new mobile platform.“It was pretty clear to us that it wasn’t ready to happen in the Web browsers of that time,” McCue told me. The iPad allowed Flipboard’s designers to reimagine the Web, stripped of gaudy banner ads, awkward side rails, and other cruft it accumulated over the past two decades.Flipboard CEO Mike McCue demonstrates an earlier version of Flipboard for Web.A lot has happened since 2010, though. The Web has quietly become vastly more capable. And it’s no secret that tablet sales—particularly iPad sales—have stalled. And Flipboard has seen its strongest growth since launching mobile apps for smartphones.Over the past two years, we’ve seen Flipboard tiptoe back onto the Web, first with tools for people who created “magazines”—editorial selections of links—on the app, and later with full Web versions of those magazines. But Flipboard as a news-reading experience remained app-only until now.That hasn’t held back its growth: Flipboard has grown from about 35 million active monthly readers in October, when it launched a third major version of its app, to 50 million today, McCue said.One consideration for Flipboard in launching a full Web version, McCue said, was interest by the publishers it’s working with, who still “do a considerable portion of their business on the Web.” Flipboard is increasingly working to place and sell ads in Flipboard magazines, including major print publishers like Condé Nast and Time Inc. as well as smaller publishers and individual magazine creators.In August, McCue revealed at our ReadWriteMix event that Flipboard had started cutting checks to smaller publishers. Here’s the full video of that interview:Screenshot via Marcos Weskamp’s Flipboard Related Posts owen thomaslast_img read more

Akhilesh Yadav’s aide sacked for anti-party activities

first_imgSamajwadi Party president and UP Chief Minister-designate Akhilesh Yadav has removed the party’s national secretary Rajeev Rai from his post following allegations of anti-party activities.SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said Rai had made statements which were against the party line. “He has been removed from the post and asked to explain his conduct,” he said.Rai was handpicked by Akhilesh last year and was a key member of his core team.Rai could not be contacted for comment. He left for Delhi soon after he got the news of his removal.last_img

New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Bowlers likely to benefit after rain washes out first day

first_imgNew Zealand and Bangladesh coaches agreed that whoever wins the toss in the second Test is likely to benefit from a seam-friendly pitch that is only going to assist the bowlers further after torrential rain washed out the first day on Friday.After two months of mainly settled weather in New Zealand’s capital, heavy rain began falling early on Friday ending any hopes of the game beginning on time at 11 a.m. (2200 GMT).Umpires Paul Reiffel and Ruchira Palliyarugue had a pitch inspection at 3.p.m (0200 GMT) and abandoned the day’s play without a ball being bowled.”I’d imagine there will be plenty in it for the bowling team for certainly the first two days, maybe even longer,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead told reporters at the Basin Reserve.”It looked a pretty green wicket, really well grassed.”My view is it is likely to be on the slow side early on and hopefully some sun and wind gets on it, then it might speed up and flatten out a wee bit.”While play has been scheduled to start 30 minutes earlier on Saturday to try and make up some of the overs lost on Friday, rain is still forecast until at least 12 p.m. with showers expected for the rest of the day.Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said he was certain the wet weather would aid the team that won the toss.”There’s a lot of moisture around and I’d imagine tomorrow morning the wicket will do quite a bit first thing,” the Englishman said. “It makes the toss quite crucial.”advertisementWhile neither team was confirmed, the weather may see New Zealand go with a four-pronged pace attack with Matt Henry replacing legspinner Todd Astle.Play, however, is also likely to be disrupted on Sunday as well with showers forecast and not expected to clear until the scheduled fourth day’s play on Monday.Stead said that while the Basin Reserve wicket had proved to favour batsmen in the past, there was still the possibility of a result.”Anything can happen in cricket and we don’t want to be caught short in our thinking,” Stead added.”Knowing some of the first-class games that have been here in the past, you still can get results quickly.”New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after an innings and 52-run victory inside four days in the first match in Hamilton.The third Test is scheduled for Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from March 16-20.Also Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh: 1st day of second Test washed out in Wellingtonlast_img read more

ACL 2017: Semi 1st leg preview

first_imgAFC Champions League AFC Champions League 2017: Semifinals first leg preview Ashwin Muralidharan Last updated 2 years ago 23:09 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hulk of Shanghai SIPG Getty Images AFC Champions League Shanghai SIPG v Urawa Reds Al Hilal v Persepolis Al Hilal Urawa Reds Persepolis Shanghai SIPG The continent’s premier club competition has entered the final four stage as we take a look at what awaits us…. AFC Champions League 2017 is entering its business end with this week set to witness the first legs of the two semifinals. Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal are up against Iran’s Persepolis in one encounter while China’s Shanghai SIPG are taking on Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds. It promises to be an exciting week: AL HILAL (KSA) V PERSEPOLIS (IRN)Al Hilal vs Al AinThe first of the semifinals sees Al Hilal take on this year’s surprise packages, Persepolis, at home on Tuesday. It promises to be an exciting clash with both sides looking to win their first ever title. Interestingly, both teams had played each other in the group stages earlier but both games ended as draws.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Al Hilal, who beat Al Ain in the quarterfinals, are yet to taste defeat in the tournament and they will not want to do so at this stage. This is Al Hilal’s third semifinal appearance in four years and this time they will be doubly determined to make it count. Their hopes will be pinned on the performance of star striker Carlos Eduardo and Omar Khribin. Branko Ivankovic’s Persepolis side has shown a lot of heart to reach this stage, defeating the likes of Lekhwiya and Al Ahli against the odds. They can be expected to play a fearless brand of football, especially with the tournament’s top scorer Mehdi Taremi in their ranks. Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Al AinKick-off: September 26, 20:00 UTC+4 SHANGHAI SIPG (CHN) V URAWA RED DIAMONDS (JPN)Shanghai SIPG vs Guangzhou EvergrandeShanghai SIPG will welcome Urawa Red Diamonds in the other AFC Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday, looking for a good result that will put them in the driving seat ahead of the second leg. However, the Chinese side will be hampered by the fact they will miss captain Wang Shenchao, goalkeeper Yan Junling and midfielder Wang Jiajie due to suspensions. This is Shanghai SIPG’s first appearance in the semifinals of the competition but Andre Villas-Boas’ side will take solace from the fact that they have not lost a game at home in the competition. They have also scored 3.6 goals a game at home, which will send alarm bells ringing through the Urawa ranks. Urawa Red Diamonds, on the other hand, will be buoyed after completing a stunning turnaround in the second leg against Kawasaki Frontale in the previous round. Urawa are the top scoring team in the 2017 edition with 26 goals – one more than Wednesday’s opponents Shanghai SIPG. The J.League club have also achieved the highest shot conversion rate of any team this season in the AFC Champions League (22.8%).One can definitely expect goals in this match and with stars like Shanghai’s Hulk and Urawa’s Koroki sniffing around, the game should be exciting. Venue: Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai Kick-off: September 27, 20:00 UTC+8last_img read more


first_imgFrom the Fishbowl – Day One The 2005 U/18 Nationals has started with a bang! Right from the outset the atmosphere at the Stadium has been one of anticipation, excitement, fear and exhilaration. Day one has produced the whole range of emotions, from the stirring opening ceremony, Tony “Tash” Eltakchi and his tirades on unsuspecting players and spectators and of course the scintillating Touch that was on display. The Fishbowl has introduced a few new innovations this year and so far, they are paying off, with lots of laughs and groovy tunes creating a relaxed atmosphere around the place. The highlights from Day One were aplenty as too were the nominations for The Fishbowl Ball Player of the Day, this award has been kindly sponsored by PJ Marsh from the Parramatta Eels, who once graced the touch fields here at sunny Coffs Harbour as a member of the Queensland Secondary Schools Boys team. PJ then went on to represent Australia, in the inaugural Under 18 Trans Tasman in New Zealand. The nominations are: * Kelly Pepper from NSWCCC Girls team, with an outstanding display of short and long passes to create numerous opportunities for her team mates. * Nick Keech from the ACT Boys team through a long ball that had to be at least 45 metres to his winger who had enough time to crawl over the line. * Ali Brigginshaw from the QSST Girls team who put on a dominant display of pace, agility and passing skills that at times had the Fishbowl on their feet. * Mitch Buckley from the Mets Boys team showed great integrity in returning a wallet that was found in the grandstand, the owner was not only relieved but very impressed by Mitch’s actions. * Leica Lebrocq from the NSWCIS Girls team showed exceptional speed off the mark after scooping up the ball, stepping through at least 9 defenders and then hitting the winger on the chest with a 30 metre pass on the run. * Maurice Kennedy from the NSWCHS Boys team popped a miracle ball from god knows where, leaving not only the defenders, but the Fishbowl scratching their melons. * Last but not least, the play of the day came from Dylan Hennessey of the NSWCHS Boys team who showed the full range of his passing skills from both sides of his body, bamboozling the CQ boys and setting up an outstanding touchdown for a newcomer to this event Troy Mendham who showed a great pair of hands to score in the corner. Until tomorrow, See ya’ when we’re looking at ya! Kane & Tash in The Fishbowllast_img read more

10 months agoKoulibaly: I signed deal confident Napoli can win Scudetto

first_imgKoulibaly: I signed deal confident Napoli can win Scudettoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly is delighted with his new deal at Napoli.The defender has penned a new five-year contract this week.He said, “I feel very good in Naples, since I arrived they welcomed me very well. “I have felt Neapolitan from the first day I arrived. The Scudetto? It is 3-4 years that we have tried to win it, it is very difficult against Juventus who always does extraordinary championships. We hope that this year will be ours, I hope it will be the right year, but there is also the Europa League and Coppa Italia, if we play united we can go far.”Koulibaly was speaking before last night’s defeat to Inter Milan, where he was sent off amid being the subject of racist chants. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more