Flanagan still unsure how to replace Ennis

first_imgAn abrasive character on the field, Ennis was in many ways the final ingredient the Sharks needed to become winners in their 50th season and his impending absence from the team for Round 1 has left Flanagan with a number of options to siphon through.The club has signed Manaia Cherrington (Wests Tigers) and Daniel Mortimer (Titans) over the off-season, has outstanding prospect Jayden Brailey ready to step up after being named the Holden Cup Player of the Year this year and elevated into the NRL squad while the versatile Fa’amanu Brown also remains in the mix.Having taken on a mentoring role with the club Ennis could very well have a significant say in who succeeds him in the Sharks’ engine room but for now Flanagan admits that it is a question he has no obvious answer to.”There are a few things we need to fix up obviously. The glaring one is who is going to replace Michael [Ennis] but I’m sure we’ll get there in time,” Flanagan told Sharks TV.”We’ve got some choices there. Obviously there’s Manaia Cherrington and Jayden Brailey, two genuine No.9s but Mortimer can play there.”Daniel has been hurt, he hurt his hamstring and hasn’t been in the main training group but he can play seven, six and nine and we’ve bought him for that utility value. He can put a bit of pressure on Chad and Jimmy as well and Nu Brown can play six, seven and nine as well.”We’ll just see how they trial. They’re all champing at the bit to get first crack at it but I’m undecided at this stage. The trials and Nines will probably tell.”Listed in NRL Fantasy pricing at $143,000 Cherrington represents tremendous value if he gets greater game-time than he was afforded at the Tigers but whoever wears the No.9 jersey in Round 1 against the Broncos will be a bargain buy.Finding a new hooker is not Flanagan’s only puzzle to solve with the departure of Ben Barba leaving the fullback position an apparent race in two between Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird.Both Holmes and Bird burst onto the representative scene in 2016 to great success and while Holmes would appear the obvious choice, Flanagan likes what Bird can bring to the position.”Val is probably everyone’s first-choice fullback but ‘Birdy’ does that fullback role really well,” Flanagan said.”He finds it comfortable and he gets to roam both sides of the field. Unfortunately with Birdy playing right centre sometimes he gets locked in there and his strength is turning up everywhere.”From a team structure point of view Val could possibly be the best one but I’m not striking Birdy off that list just yet.”There’ll be speculation over Christmas to when we start playing as to who is going to be that fullback – like there was last year – and I’ll just let them speculate and you’ll have to turn up on that Thursday night [in Round 1].”last_img read more

Paul George, Russell Westbrook rally Thunder past Rockets

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard James Harden defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Houston. Oklahoma City won 117-112. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Paul George said it took a fiery halftime discussion to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the largest deficit they’ve seen all season.“We just knew we had to have a better second half,” George said. “Being down that much at the half, that’s not the team we are. We know this team very well and we knew that wasn’t us. So we had to come in here and talk and just light a fire under this team and we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “He’ll help us defensively,” D’Antoni said. “I thought he may have gotten a little tired in the second half, but the first half, he was a dog out there. It was good. There are a lot of positive things.”TIP-INSThunder: Reserve SG Alex Abrines was released Saturday, with the Thunder citing personal reasons. Abrines appeared in just two games since Dec. 23, sitting out because of undisclosed personal reasons. In 31 games this season, Abrines averaged 5.3 points.Rockets: Houston was outrebounded 53-39. The Rockets fell to 8-5 without leading rebounder Clint Capela. He has a right thumb injury. … Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 12 rebounds.UP NEXTThunder: Host Portland on Monday night.Rockets: Host Dallas on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next George scored 45 points, Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-double and Oklahoma City overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night.It was Oklahoma City’s largest comeback victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We just never got into any flow, but then I thought once we got some stops, we got out in transition,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, Paul with what he did tonight was phenomenal, the way he played. And he was on (James) Harden a lot. He was unbelievable tonight on both ends of the floor.”Defensively, George fought through screens in the final minute to stay on Harden. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I look forward to playing against the best,” George said. “That’s how I was taught the game — just enjoy matchups and have fun with it.”Westbrook had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to match the record streak set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Westbrook has 22 triple-doubles this season and 126 overall. He also had 10 turnovers and was 8 of 21 from the field.“It’s really incredible,” Donovan said. “It took whatever it was, 60 years, until somebody did it just to show you how hard it is to do and how unique of a player he is to be able to do it.”Harden led the Rockets with 42 points, reaching 30 points for the 29th straight game — two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history, but far behind Chamberlain’s record run of 65 games. Harden was 11 for 28 from the field, going 6 of 16 from 3-point range, and made 14 of 15 free throws.The 26-point deficit was Oklahoma City’s largest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 View comments MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Boxing faces breakaway threat ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics Westbrook gave the Thunder a one-point lead with a driving layup with 26.9 seconds remaining. On the following possession, Harden missed a 3-pointer, and George got the rebound and was fouled with 3.4 seconds left. He made both free throws put Oklahoma City up three. Houston turned it over on the following inbound play.George made 12 of 22 shots, hit 6 of 14 3-pointers and made 15 of 18 free throws to finish four points shy of his career-high 49 points set in 2013 with Indiana.The Thunder made seven of their first eight shots in the third quarter to quickly cut Houston’s lead in half. Oklahoma City outscored Houston 42-20 in the quarter to even the score at 90.“We knew to get back into the game, we had to defend at a high level,” Westbrook said. “We got stops and won a big game on the road.”Oklahoma City fell into a deep hole in the first half following a sizzling second quarter from the Rockets. After dominating Sacramento 44-17 in the second quarter of a 127-101 win in their previous game on Wednesday night, the Rockets outscored the Thunder 42-23 on Saturday night.“We have to be consistent for four quarters,” Harden said. “It’s pretty simple.”Houston had won seven of eight home games against Oklahoma City.“They’re a good team and they played well,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We had our chances. We just didn’t finish off. We came out flat the second half for whatever reason. Maybe being up 22 did it, I don’t know.”Dennis Schroder had 17 points off the bench for Oklahoma City.Iman Shumpert, acquired by Houston from Sacramento ahead of the trade deadline, made a 3-pointer from the corner on his second shot attempt and finished with three points in 24 minutes. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Berbice crush Essequibo to set up final against Demerara

first_imgGCB/HIH Inter-county U-19 50 Overs Tournament…In the rescheduled third round clash between Berbice and Essequibo in the Guyana Cricket Board/Hand-n-Hand Group of Companies Inter-county Under-19 tournament 2016, Berbice found form when it mattered the most to beat Essequibo 79 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis Method on Saturday at Providence.It was a cat and mouse situation with rain interrupting the game at various points during the day but with the magnificence of the fast drying outfield at the Guyana National Stadium, a result was possible.Berbice, who were playing inconsistently in this year’s tournament took first strike and werereduced to 146 for 9 from their allotment of 46 overs.Siddiq Mohamed bowled impressively and took four wickets for 34 runs from 9 overs with great support from West Indies U-19 vice-captain and Essequibo skipper Keemo Paul with 3 for 28.Matthew Hardial held the Berbice innings together with a responsible knock of 56 with four boundaries.Brandon Prashad made 20 and Alex Algo chipped in with 17.When the boys from the Cinderella county began their reply they were asked to make 156 from 46 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method but when they were at 39/1 after 7 overs a sharp shower sent the players off the field.The target was then revised based on time lost and Essequibo were now looking for 146 from 40 overs with the dark clouds still hovering.However, Berbice bowlers just needed 19 overs for the demolition job. Essequibo hardly put up any resistance and were bowled out for 67 to win handsomely by 79 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis Method to advance to today’s final also at Providence.The carnage was served up by Joel Seitaram who ended with 4-24 from eight stingy overs, pacer Sylus Tyndall with 3 for 10 and left-arm spinner Asif Ally who captured 3-12.Mark Williams played a lone hand with 24 (5×4) with only Siddiq Mohamed (12) getting to double figures while six Essequibo batsmen failed to get off the mark.Joel Seitaram with figures of 8-2-24-4 was adjudged Player of the match and he received a trophy compliments of the tournament’s sponsor, Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies.Today is the grand final showdown and it puts together home team, Demerara and their traditional nemesis, Berbice from 9:30 Hrs.last_img read more

Chelsea and Man City starlets beware: Youth Cup win doesn’t guarantee Premier League riches

first_img1 Ipswich Town’s youngsters celebrate their 2005 FA Youth Cup win talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham discusses youth development and the reality of making a career as a professional footballer, as he takes a look back at Ipswich Town’s 2005 FA Youth Cup winners and reveals what happened next…Watching Chelsea beat Manchester City 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup this week, I couldn’t help wondering how many would make it as professionals at these clubs, or anywhere else for that matter.Ten years ago this week Ipswich Town won the FA Youth Cup so I thought I would take a look at their winners in that final, and see how they progressed. They beat Southampton 3-2 over two legs – 11 Saints players went on to become professionals and some are still enjoying good careers, including Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana. David McGoldrick featured up front for Saints – he is now an Ipswich player.But what of the winners of that FA Youth Cup in 2005?Shane Supple: The Irish ‘keeper played for Ipswich’s first team but retired aged 22 because, in his own words, he ‘fell out of love with football’, and returned home to Ireland where he is now a decent Gaelic footballer – he’s a goalkeeper, of course. Roy Keane (then Ipswich manager) details in his book the conversation when Supple told him he was quitting. “He didn’t love the game any more. And he said he didn’t want to work with people who didn’t care if they won or lost. I think it was the whole industry he disliked. I admired him for it. I think he was going back to become a Garda – a policeman – so I thought to myself: ‘I’d better keep onside with Shane.’”Sammy Moore: He played one minute for the Ipswich first team before moving on to Stevenage and then Dover, where he had a successful time. Switched to AFC Wimbledon and helped them make history as they won promotion to the Football League. He’s been there nearly five years and is a popular player among the fans.Michael Synott: The Irish defender had to have an operation on his ankle not long after the Youth Cup final and, despite being awarded a professional contract at Town, never really recovered. He went on trial at York City, but ended up back home in Ireland playing for Dundalk, then Shelbourne. He was in the same Sixth Form as Sheringham and Trotter (see below).James Krause: He didn’t make it at Portman Road, drifted into non-League football and is now the Lead Performance Analyst with the Ipswich Town academy.Chris Casement: The first thing Chris said to me when I spoke to him recently about this anniversary was: “Hard to believe it’s been ten years!” before adding: “Some of those Southampton boys went on to do good things, ha ha!” Self-effacing from a man who himself went on to play for his country. Casement played a few times for Ipswich’s first team, then went on to Dundee, Linfield and Portadown. He also made one appearance for Northern Ireland. As I write, he’s fighting a six-match ban for a headbutt on the pitch which everyone agrees he didn’t commit – except the FA in Northern Ireland. If his appeal is rejected he will miss Portadown’s upcoming Cup final against Glentoran.Aidan Collins: Played a handful of games for Town, then drifted down the pyramid but was forced to quit at the age of just 20 with tendonitis. He played with his brother Jordan at Cambridge United (in a 7-0 win over Weymouth). Jordan also had to quit early through injury and together they set up a website called The Pro School, on which Aidan had a blast at the PFA for helping out high-profile players, but not doing enough for lower league footballers. Aidan received no payout from private or PFA insurance because he had to retire due to a “condition” not an “injury” (small print or what?), but fair play to the lad, he went on to Goldsmiths University and got a degree in History.Cathal Lordan: A stand-out player from that Youth Cup final, he scored both goals in the 2-2 first leg draw at St Mary’s. An attacking midfielder who you felt would go on to do big things – but injuries got in the way. He ended up back in his native Ireland with Cork City.Liam Trotter: A strong midfielder who has carved out a really good career in the Championship at Ipswich, then Millwall and now with Bolton. Played plenty of times for his hometown club but his opportunities in the first team were limited under Roy Keane and he had to move on. Played against Millwall for Scunthorpe at Wembley in the League One play-off final when Scunny won 3-2, but then a year later played for Millwall as they won the same final beating Swindon 1-0.Darryl Knights: A striker and a local lad. After beating Theo Walcott in this Youth Cup final, he went on to play with him for England at the Under-17 European Championships that summer. Knights made his debut for the Ipswich first team aged 16 when he came on as sub for the final ten minutes of a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland – on the coach on the way up to the game he had made the tea for the rest of the squad! He said after the game it was his ambition to make another first team appearance before the end of the season – but it didn’t happen. In fact, he never played for Ipswich again. He signed for Yeovil, and then dropped into non-League, playing for Newport at Wembley in the FA Trophy final. He’s now a personal trainer in Dudley, as well as playing for Solihull Moors in the Conference North, alongside former Aston Villa striker Stefan Moore.Owen Garvan: A very talented midfielder who fell out of favour with Roy Keane (sounds like a theme), and was allowed to join Crystal Palace. At the time, although fit, he had not been included in the first team squad by Keane for 18 consecutive games. But the fans loved Garvan. Keane said at the time: “Every fan has his or her favourite and those they have a soft spot for and Owen may be that player for many of our supporters. But he is not doing enough right now to get into the first team. Yes, he has talent, but talent counts for only 5% of what is needed to be a success as a professional footballer.” Garvan played in Palace’s play-off final win over Watford which saw them promoted from the Championship, but he then fell out with Ian Holloway when he was omitted from Palace’s 25-man Premier League squad. Garvan tweeted: “I’ll be here longer than he will…trust me.” Garvan is still a Palace player so he’s technically correct. But Holloway questioned his attitude, next boss Tony Pulis was having none of him, he went on loan to Millwall (according to my Millwall-supporting producer George, however, he had only one good game), and a subsequent loan spell at Bolton was notable only for a missed penalty in a 1-0 defeat at Wolves. Right now, Garvan is in the football wilderness waiting for his Palace contract to end, which is a shame because he is a player with undoubted talent.Liam Craig: Striker who went home to Scotland to sign for Falkirk less than a year after the Youth Cup final win. He then moved on to St Johnstone and is now at Hibernian, where he is club captain. He was an unused substitute in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to his old club Falkirk, the club where his wife works.Subs:Danny Haynes: He was a substitute in the Youth Cup final but went on to play for Town’s first team, scoring a controversial winner against Norwich in 2006 at Carrow Road – and that alone makes you a legend at Portman Road, especially as it looked like he put it in with his hand (Hand of Dan!). But guess what – he fell out of favour with Roy Keane and moved on. He’s a player I’ve always liked and he’s had a decent Football League career at Bristol City, Barnsley, Charlton, Notts County and now at Cheltenham, where he is fighting to help them stay in the league. He hit the news in Ipswich again when a cannabis factory was discovered at a house he owns in the town last year, but Haynes had rented the property out and had nothing to do with the discovery.Charlie Sheringham: The son of former Spurs and Manchester United star Teddy, he never made it at Ipswich. He dropped into non-League, but earned a return to the full-time game when Bournemouth signed him. He played and scored for them but has since dropped back out of the league via AFC Wimbledon. He’s now at Ebbsfleet, but is currently out of action following an operation. Ebbsfleet fans are unsure of his ability – and that’s being polite!Ed Upson: Aged just 15, he was only on the bench against Southampton because of illness and injury to other youngsters. Town had to ask his school – King Edward VI in Bury St Edmunds – for permission for him to play. Thankfully the headmaster agreed and Upson became the hero, volleying in the winning goal in the final. He made a couple of Cup appearances for Town before being released by you-know-who – yes, Roy Keane. To be fair, Upson later claimed it was the best decision Keane could have made for him: “Sometimes you just need to kick-start your career at another club.” Upson signed for Yeovil and is now in the Championship with Millwall.Stuart Ainsley: He never made it at Portman Road but is still local, playing at Lowestoft Town.Andy Reynolds: The sub goalkeeper is well known in the local area for his coaching, and is now assistant manager at AFC Sudbury.Blair Hammond: Striker who went on to play non league football locally.Some amazing stories there, but not one of those players is currently playing in the Premier League, while the defeated Southampton side features proper superstars of European football.Roy Keane released a good number of those players but the ones he did use at Ipswich didn’t pull up any trees – in fact, they earned Keane the sack. We’ll never know if they could have made it had a different manager had been in charge, although injuries are a common theme as well, which is sad.Winning the Youth Cup is brilliant I’m sure, but for a lot of players who do it, it’s the biggest moment of their careers.Good luck to the Chelsea and Man City lads who are currently between legs of the final this season.Listen to Adrian every weekday on talkSPORT’s Drivetime show, 4pm-7pm UK timelast_img read more

Keeper of the faith: Denise McElhinney excels at three sports

first_imgNEWLY-promoted Raphoe clock up more miles than any other team in the women’s Ulster Premier League with their equivalent of a ‘local derby’ being a relatively short 106-mile return trip from Donegal to Ballymoney.Words by John Flack; Photograph by Rowland WhiteBut for two of their players, the dedication of travelling close to 2,000 miles a season just to fulfil their away fixtures doesn’t stop there.Goalkeeper Denise McElhinney and team captain Sabrina Barnett also play gaelic football for Convoy in the summer months while Denise has another string to her sporting bow. The 30-year-old also plays soccer for Donegal League side Bonagee United and when the three sports collide in the month of September, life takes on a particularly hectic perspective.In fact, it’s a seven days a week schedule then for Denise, who plays in goal in all three sports although, if she had her way, she would be playing outfield for Convoy GAC.“To be honest I much rather play full-forward in gaelic and I sometimes get my wish, depending on the standard of the opposition.” she said.Denise’s talent at gaelic football has been recognised by the county’s selectors and she will be involved in trials for Donegal later this month. However at this time of the year, hockey is the name of the game, and it was her heroics last season that saw Raphoe promoted to the top-flight for the first time.Denise saved three penalties in a promotion play-off shoot-out win over Rainey and she loves her role after being persuaded to fill a void six years ago.“Sabrina asked me to help out while we were playing a game of pool as the club was stuck and I agreed to give it a go.” she added.“I loved it from the start and it’s so much easier than playing between the sticks in the other sports with all the protective clothing that you are able to wear.”Denise played a starring role before Christmas when Raphoe picked up their first point from a 0-0 draw with Queen’s as she saved a penalty and made a string of superb stops. A similar result at home to Dungannon has left the team in confident mood as they continue their bid to stay in Ulster hockey’s top-flight.“Survival in the Premier League is our priority and Denise is a key player if we are to succeed in our aim.” said Sabrina.“She has been outstanding so far in the campaign and against Queen’s, in particular, she was magnificent as were all the girls in defending 19 penalty-corners.”Keeper of the faith: Denise McElhinney excels at three sports was last modified: January 5th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Jorginho plans to treat Chelsea fans to new style of play

first_imgDuring a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Sarri spoke of his desire to tackle a “difficult challenge, but a fascinating one”.Jorginho has no doubts about what qualities the former Napoli boss can bring.“He is someone who does wonderful work, he is right on top of everything that is going on on the pitch,” said the Italy midfielder, who was also on Manchester City’s radar.“When the weekend comes around and you have a game, you start that game knowing how every situation is going to pan out on the field offensively and defensively, and that is something that really helps you in your work.“He is a very straightforward person, he is easy to communicate with, he is very approachable and that is something that also helps the players.”Neither midfielder Eden Hazard nor goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made the trip to Australia, as both have been given extra time off after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup in Russia.At his unveiling on Wednesday, Sarri said he wanted to meet the players “face to face” for talks, with speculation surrounding both men and possible big-money transfers to Real Madrid. The signing of midfielder Jorginho on a five-year contract from Napoli, for a fee of around Ł50million, sees the Brazil-born Italian swiftly reunite with Sarri.Jorginho is confident both he and Sarri – appointed on a three-year deal to replace compatriot Antonio Conte in the Stamford Bridge hotseat – can make an impact in their first campaigns in English football.“Today everyone watches the Premier League so I have watched plenty of it in my time. It is a fantastic league, the best in the world I think,” Jorginho said on the Chelsea website.“Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England, I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out.“I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game.”Jorginho added: “Since I was little I was someone who always enjoyed challenges and for me this is just a huge challenge, professionally and personally.“It really inspires me, this opportunity to really have an experience and I am really excited about that opportunity.” Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli 2 predicted How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence gameday ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes highlights who plays? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? center_img possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Sarri addressed the media on Wednesday Chelsea midfielder Jorginho believes he can offer something never seen before in the Premier League as the squad prepare to embrace the “wonderful work” of new boss Maurizio Sarri.Italian tactician Sarri and his squad, along with new assistant first-team coach Gianfranco Zola, touched down in Australia on Thursday ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season match against Perth Glory. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal NEW ERA last_img read more


first_imgA THUG who was part of a gang behind robberies which left staff terrified has been jailed for two years.Dylan Loughlin, 21, only escaped a five year prison sentence because he had admitted his role in the raids on a petrol station shop and a fast food takeaway, said Judge John O’Hagan.Loughlin – described by his own barrister Peter Nolan as ‘not the sharpest knife in the drawer’ – was also convicted of a separate charge of assault on fellow criminal Matthew Lafferty. Det Garda Alfie McHale told how Loughlin and some other men were spotted on CCTV in Bridgend on April 13, 2012, as they tried but failed to steal a car. They were seen walking across the Border.Some time later the PSNI reported how a terrified woman in Derry had her Renault Megane car hijacked at knife point as she returned to the vehicle with her shopping.At 9.30pm Loughlin asked for Stg£20 worth of diesel at the Top service station in Killea and when the fuel was put into the stolen car it had been driven off back into Derry without payment.At 9.55pm a group of masked men burst into the Go filling station in St Johnston. A young male member of staff was stacking shelves at the back of the shop when the gang arrived.“They were all wearing balaclavas; one of them was carrying what was described as a large butcher’s knife; they ransacked the shop and stole €5,110 in cash and two till drawers valued at 500 euro each. These were later found in Carrigans,” said Detective McHale.At 1pm the next day the Derry woman’s new Megane was found burnt out in Manorcunningham. It was completely destroyed.The second robbery took place the following month, said the detective.On May 2o the gang burst into PJs takeaway in Killygordon. Three males wore balaclavas – one had a large knife. A second person – Loughlin – was carrying a baseball bat.As two men took €560 from the till, Loughlin smashed up a cigarette machine causing €1,000 in damage.The car used in this incident was found abandoned in Raphoe the next day.The detective said that having viewed various CCTV footage they were satisfied with the identify of those in the gangs.He said Det Sgt Mick Carroll had led three searches including a house in Long Lane Letterkenny where Loughlin was living with an aunt.Loughlin was arrested and eventually admitted his role in the robberies. He said he was high on drugs and drink.Judge O’Hagan said he wanted to know the affect of the robberies on the staff of the premises in St Johnston and Killygordon. Detective McHale said staff had been left terrified and frightened by the incidents.Barrister Fiona Crawford, for Loughlin, said he was a man with limited education and background. She said he has been offered a job at Ferry’s Refuse if he was given a chance by the courts.However she accepted that Loughlin had refused to meet the probation service in the run up to yesterday’s sentencing hearing.Judge O’Hagan slammed Loughlin for his role in the robberies.“They walked away (after the robberies) as if it was a great day’s work – like all the stuff they see in films, we’ve got €5,000 – that’s a great job – well it wasn’t a great job, it was a silly, stupid escapade all of it being recorded on CCTV,” said the judge.He said the Derry woman had lost her car as a result.“It was somebody’s pride and joy, worth a lot of money to them. It was torched – burnt to ashes,” said the judge.He said Laughlin had a record for previous incidents including being drunk, abusive to gardai.“He was an undergraduate in crime, graduating to the serious business of serious crime with these offences,” said Judge O’Hagan.He said had Loughlin pleaded not guilty he would have had ‘no hesitation whatsoever’ in jailing him for five years.The judge jailed Loughlin for 2 years on each count, with the last six months suspended.He ordered that the February 2012 assault on Matthew Lafferty be taken into consideration.JAIL FOR MASKED THUG WHO TERRORISED STAFF IN ARMED RAIDS was last modified: February 12th, 2015 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:Dylan Loughlinjailedrobberytheftlast_img read more

Half-time: Stoke City 1 Fulham 0

first_imgFulham trailed at the break to a Charlie Adam goal after an uninspiring first half at the Britannia Stadium.An unmarked Adam pounced to convert Peter Crouch’s knock-down on 26 minutes to give Stoke the lead.Ryan Shawcross then came close to adding a second, only to see his thumping header cannon back off the crossbar.Giorgos Karagounis fired wide for Fulham early on while Stoke’s Robert Huth headed wide from a corner when well placed.But the Potters’ famed aerial threat eventually paid dividends as Crouch rose above Phillipe Senderos to set up Adam from close range.Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Sidwell, Petric; Berbatov. Subs: Kelly, Kasami, Duff, Diarra, Rodallega, Banya, Etheridge.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Visa buys South Africa’s Fundamo for $110m

first_imgRay Maota Visa has bought Fundamo, a SouthAfrican-based company specialisingin mobile phone-based financial services,for US$110-million.(Image: Ray Maota) CEO and founder of Fundamo, Hannes vanRensburg, was named one of the top 100most influential people in the telecomsindustry in 2010 by Global TelecomsBusiness Power 100.(Image: IT Web)MEDIA CONTACTS• Fundamo+27 21 970 7600RELATED ARTICLES• Mobile money grows in Africa• Mobile swipe machines take off in SA• MTN offers life insurance in Ghana• Mobile opportunities in AfricaFundamo, a South African-based company specialising in mobile phone-based financial services, has been bought by Visa for US$110-million (R741-million) – a deal which could draw other multinationals to invest in locally developed technology.CEO and founder of Fundamo, Hannes van Rensburg, said the success of his company is due to innovative ideas and a love for what he does.“It’s about passion; it’s not all about the money, because that’s when you go astray,” he added.Aletha Ling, Fundamo COO, is urging other businesses in South Africa to be as innovative to create sustainable jobs.“I can’t tell you how passionate I am about the idea that South Africa is a great technology place and that we innovate great stuff here. We have an ability to create something global and to create an export industry and maybe to encourage other businesses to create something similar to really create the jobs that matter for the future,” Ling said.Fundamo, which is a combination of the words “fundamentally mobile”, is owned by a group of South African investors including Sanlam, a financial services provider; Remgro, an investment firm; and HBD Venture Capital, an investment conglomerate founded by billionaire Mark Shuttleworth.The acquisition of Fundamo is a push by Visa to expand its foothold in the mobile banking sector. It will allow consumers from South Africa to perform transactions anywhere using a card, a computer or mobile devices.Bill Gajda, Visa’s head of mobile banking, said: “This deal will add significantly to Visa’s ability to extend payment services to the under-banked around the world.“Through this investment, we can increase the level of innovation. Innovation will accelerate in the country. Using Fundamo’s licence platform model and using its service provider platform, we will be able to take closed looped systems to allow consumers to make more kinds of payments both internationally and locally – through a visa account.”Van Rensburg and Fundamo management will continue to run the company as members of Visa’s mobile product organisation.Influential player in telecomsVan Rensburg was named one of the top 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry in 2010 by Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Power 100.The list is compiled using nominations by worldwide readers of GTB.Some of Van Rensburg’s achievements as founder and CEO of Fundamo include launching the first mobile phone-based financial service with Celpay in Zambia in 2001 and securing one of the largest mobile phoned-based financial service contracts with MTN in a deal worth $9.7-million (R66-million).“To be included in such a prestigious list is an honour. Mobile financial services are already playing a fundamental and profound transformational role by extending the privileges associated with financial identity and improving economic inclusion to those at the bottom of the pyramid,” said Van Rensburg.“At Fundamo we look forward to providing financial inclusion to the remaining 1.7-billion unbanked people in the world,” he added.Mobile money in AfricaOver the past few years Africa has made strides in supplying the public with mobile phoned-based money transaction options.Kenya’s M-Pesa, a mobile money-transfer option provided by Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile network, was introduced in 2009.This system allows people to transfer money directly from their phones, avoiding long queues at the bank. Beneficiaries are able to go to any M-Pesa-approved bank and withdraw the cash. The M in M-Pesa stands for “mobile” while pesa is Swahili for money.In Ghana telecoms giant MTN has partnered with Hollard Insurance and MFS Africa, a mobile financial services provider, to bring low-income earners a product called Mi-Life, a mobile money life insurance policy.Bruno Akpaka, GM for MTN’s mobile money operations in Ghana, said that Mi-Life is not a generic life insurance system whereby people use phones as a medium to connect to the cash, but rather a product with very low premiums that enables customers to submit claims, queries and make premium payments using handsets.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 16th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Spring planting continued to be slowed heavily by cold, wet conditions. There was 1.0 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 15th. Corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water. Conditions have slowed emergence, and much of what has emerged is stressed. Some areas saw cool enough temperatures to have frost on Sunday morning. Oat progress is even with last year and the five-year, largely due to significant plantings made early in the season when conditions were drier. Similarly, wheat progress is ahead of the previous year and five-year average due to the warm temperatures in early spring contributing to quick maturation. Most field work this week was limited to spraying and fertilizer application.View the full report to check out the past week’s planting progresslast_img read more