Lafai, Winterstein into Samoa squad

first_imgAfter announcing their 24-man squad in Samoa on Friday morning, officials were given the belated news that Newcastle Knights skipper Mata’utia and Knights-bound Brisbane centre Moga have been ruled unfit.Mata’utia had been told he would be fine to play in the tournament but the Samoans were advised by the Knights after further tests that he should not play following a concussion in the last NRL match of the season. Moga has been directed to have off-season shoulder surgery.Their replacements are two in-form NRL players from this season in Lafai, the St George Illawarra Dragons’ three-quarter, and Manly back-rower Winterstein – neither of whom missed a club match in 2017.“While it is disappointing, especially at this late stage when we were led to believe both players were fit, I am really delighted that we have such depth to bring in Frank and Tim who were both disappointed not to make the initial squad,” said Parish.“Tim has played eight times for Samoa and both were valuable members of our 2013 World Cup squad. “They have proved to be consistent good performers in the NRL this season and I know how much this opportunity will mean to them.”Frank Pritchard was earlier named as captain in a squad which includes Canberra Raiders powerhouse Josh Papalii, who is playing for Samoa for the first time at the World Cup,Papalii will play alongside Canberra teammates Junior Paulo and Joey Leilua in a strong Toa Samoan side with extensive NRL and Super League experience but a blend of youth.Zane Musgrove, Jazz Tevaga and Jarome Luai are other newcomers to the Toa Samoa squad, while Joseph Paulo returns to the side for the first time since 2010.Ben Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau, Peter and Sione Mata’utia, Sam Tagataese and Tautau Moga add further experience to the squad.Samoa squadFrank Pritchard (captain)Bunty AfoaLeeson Ah MauFaámanu BrownHerman Ese’esePita GodinetTim LafaiJoey LeiluaRicky LeuteleSam LisoneJarome Luai **Suaia MatagiPeter Mata’utiaKen MaumaloZane Musgrave **Josh Papalii **Joseph PauloJunior PauloBen RobertsSam TagataeseJazz Tevaga **Young TonumaipeaFrank WintersteinMatthew Wrightlast_img read more

Manchester United is France international’s preferred destination – reports

first_img1 France international Blaise Matuidi Paris Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi has his heart set on a move to Manchester United.The 29-year-old’s future with the French champions is currently uncertain after new manager Unai Emery revealed talks about the midfielder leaving had taken place.Manchester United are keen on the France international and the club have been linked with a £20million bid.And now, according to L’Equipe, Matuidi has informed PSG that Old Trafford is his preferred destination.Juventus are also interested in the Frenchman, while Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the player’s availability.But Matuidi has marked Manchester United as his first choice and it is now up to them to firm up their interest with a concrete offer.last_img read more

Crime edges up in Simi Valley

first_img “We want to closely examine these statistics to make sure we are using our resources effectively,” said Captain Ron Nelson, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. In Camarillo, violent crime decreased 7 percent, but the number of rapes per 1,000 population increased 196 percent, from five in 2004 to 15 in 2005. “Even though countywide violent crimes were down, we saw increases in crimes related to drug and alcohol rates among minors,” said Nelson. “In Camarillo, the increase in rapes was largely related to juveniles using drugs and alcohol.” “We saw some decreases in property crimes, which is good. Citizens deserve credit for working with local law enforcement to solve crimes in their neighborhoods,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Simi Valley and neighboring Thousand Oaks have traditionally had some of the lowest crime rates in the nation for cities with populations of more than 100,000 and officials said the crime rates here are remaining relatively low. The overall crime rate in Thousand Oaks, with a population of 126,000, decreased by 2 percent in 2005, to 15.55 crimes per 1,000 people, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols the area. Moorpark, a community of around 35,000 people with 11.31 crimes per 1,000 residents, had the lowest rate for the cities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department. The crime rate in Simi Valley was not provided by the Police Department. Although the crime rate also decreased 9 percent in Camarillo, the Sheriff’s Department pointed to some disturbing numbers, including an increase in rapes there. SIMI VALLEY – The number of crimes reported in the city in 2005 increased 4.6 percent, to 2,509, compared with the year before, but violent crime was down, with no homicides reported. According to Simi Valley Police Department statistics, there were 17 rapes, 47 robberies and 108 aggravated assaults, adding up to 172 violent crimes, compared with 179 reported in 2004. In 2004 there were three homicides, 15 rapes, 33 robberies and 128 aggravated assaults. There were also 2,337 property crimes reported in 2005, representing a 5 percent increase over the year before. last_img read more


first_imgA YOUNG GAA player has donated a massive prize he won in a competition to his own club.Generous Ben McMenamin entered a draw while on holidays with his auntie in Co Cavan.And he won €4,000 worth of carbonyte skins (base layers) from Lifestyle Sports. Ben and his family have given us this fabulous prize to St Mary’s GAA Club in Convoy where Ben playsHe is pictured handing over the prize to Mairead Browne club PRO.The club now plans to do a draw among players to see who gets their hands on the gear.(Ben has definitely won one though).  GENEROUS BEN DONATES €4,000 PRIZE TO HIS LOCAL GAA CLUB was last modified: May 28th, 2016 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:9 parishesconvoySt Maryslast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Firefighters Annual Charity Car Wash and Bucket Collection in aid of Donegal Hospice and Northwest Hospice will be held this Sat 3rd August at various fire stations across the county.The Donegal Firefighters Association would like to thank the public for their support over the years.Through their hard work and the generous support of the public , a total of €475,000e being donated to these Hospices. And with your support on Saturday the firefighters hope to exceed the €500,000 total.The DFA committee would like to thank everyone who has supported the cause over the years.So if your car is scruffy or spotless, get along to your local fire station this weekend for a good cause.PUBLIC URGED TO GET BEHIND DONEGAL FIREFIGHTERS’ CARWASH was last modified: August 1st, 2013 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:car washcharityFIRE SERVICElast_img read more


first_imgWell that was just about as dark a day as you’ll get – Donegal were hammered out the gate yesterday by a Mayo side hell bent on ending their All-Ireland hoodoo. Coming into the game, deep down most Donegal supporters felt this was probably a game too far for the team but no-one expected what we witnessed in Croke Park.Fair play to Mayo, they blew us away and there’s no substitute for sheer bloody mindedness and will to win. They were ravenous from the first whistle to the last and showed their intent with the first goal. When Eamonn McGee was dispossessed it was an easy chance for Kevin McLoughlin to pop the ball over the bar but he smelt blood and instead worked the ball inside to Cillian O’Connor who finished wonderfully past Paul Durcan. Donegal initially did well to work their way back into the game but once the second green flag was raised the game was up.Durcan’s kickout strategy was a big factor in the early part of the game – time and again in looking for Neil Gallagher he was simply kicking the ball straight down on top of Aidan O’Shea who was majestic. In the same way that Gallagher dominated Cork in last year’s semi final, the Breaffy man towered above all around him and was unplayable. But that begs the question why did we continue to kick the ball to him? It was strange to say the least. With able runners all around O’Shea, Mayo attacked Donegal in droves and their pace against a heavy-legged green and gold defence led to a rout – we conceded more goals yesterday than we did in the entire championship last year.In truth Jim and Rory probably knew Donegal weren’t quite there coming into the game and hence all the nonsense coming out of the camp during the week. That was designed to lift the boys and get a bit of bite into their game but they were flat again, just like against Monaghan and had no answer to Mayo’s speed and aggression.The McGee brothers both looked well off the pace and with Neil being substituted at the break you wonder whether he had picked up an injury during the week – he had a fantastic game in Carrick last Saturday but was a poor imitation of his usual self yesterday. Eamonn didn’t get anywhere near O’Connor and was then deservedly sent off in the second half for a reckless stamp and his manager didn’t look at all impressed as he trotted off the field.Paddy McGrath tried his hardest and was doing a great marking job on Andy Moran until he picked up a caution leading to a more subdued second half display. McGrath, along with Michael Murphy and Frank McGlynn kept fighting right until the end but too many players seemed to stop trying. Despite carrying an injury, Mark McHugh had a good game but his mistake in the build up to the second goal was a real killer. He kept plugging away though and finished with two points from play.Mayo started emptying their bench soon after the restart but the scores kept coming with Kevin Keane’s point the icing on the cake – he was the man destroyed by Murphy in last year’s final and the management and supporters took particular satisfaction from his point off his left in front of the Hill.It was tough to watch the game through Donegal eyes but you have to put up with these kinds of days as a GAA supporter. We’ve had plenty of them before of course and last year was obviously so much more special having been in the wilderness for so long before that and having being on the receiving end of beatings a lot more regularly. Some supporters have short memories though and despite these boys having given us some of the greatest days of our lives last year, plenty of the crowd left early and headed for the road or the watering holes of Drumcondra. The team were shockingly poor yesterday but they still deserved to be clapped off the field after all they’ve done for us.Indeed they’re not quite finished yet – the team will be back next year competing for top honours. They’re still a hugely talented bunch and have the best manager in the game. Jim knows he’ll have to go away and dream it all up again; with so many teams adopting Donegal’s template they will need something different next year. Hopefully with injuries and niggles cleared up and a bit of freshness back in the legs the team will be ready to go again.Mayo have now dethroned the All-Ireland champions for three years running but looking at Dublin this year should give encouragement to Donegal that they can come back. Despite the horror show and indeed embarrassment that players and supporters alike will feel, the nature of defeat might be a good thing in that the team will be itching to get back to Croke Park and put things right. They will have to live with loss over the winter and it won’t be easy. After the winter though, spring will swap snow for leaves and it’ll start all over again – McKenna Cup, a Division Two league campaign and then Championship.We’re All-Ireland Champions for another few weeks before the crown will be passed on and certainly if Mayo can repeat their performance again they will end their sixty-two years of hurt. Best of luck to them and who knows, we might get another crack at them next year. Roll on 2014.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: A DARK DAY, BUT WE WILL BE BACK was last modified: August 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BUT WE WILL BE BACKCATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: A DARK DAYlast_img read more


first_imgParentstop, a free and confidential parent support service in Donegal,  has appealed to parents to talk to teenagers about sex on the eve of St.Valentine’s Day.The group says Valentine’s Day (and the weekend that follows it) can be a time when teenagers feel peer pressure to have sex.Both boys and girls feel under pressure to have sex, however they may not have all the facts in relation to safe sex, nor be confident in saying ‘no’ if they are not ready for sex. Patricia Lee, Manager of Parentstop reminded parents that they were once a teenager.“Remember you were a teenager once. Ask your teenage self what would you have liked to know about being safe, what limits or boundaries might have been set by your parents that could have helped you to stay safe and think about how you might have managed to avoid risky choices.”According to research from the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, up to one third of boys and one fifth of girls have sex before age 17.Young people who have sex before age 17 are less likely to use contraception, and more likely to have a crisis pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection at some stage in life. Therefore, as parents, it’s important to talk about sex openly at home, so that your child feels they can ask you questions about their sexual health without judgement or punishment.The Donegal group has issued the following tips on discussing sex with teenagers:-Conversations about relationships, love and sex should begin with our children from a young age, as part of healthy development and in response to questions such as ‘where did I come from?’. At all ages, it’s important that both parents talk to the child about sex and relationships, and that you share information with each other about what has been discussed.– Carefully choose when and where you talk with your child about sex. When possible, talk about sex with your child in private, where you will not be overhead. Your child may then feel more confident about opening up to you and asking questions.– Avoid sitting them down for just one conversation on sex. Instead, bring up the topic of sex and relationships casually on a more regular basis. It can be easiest to talk about sex as part of something else – for e.g. when watching a TV programme that mentions young people’s sexual health or when your child talks about a celebrity who is pregnant. -Don’t assume your child knows the facts about sex and contraception. Ask them what they are learning in school, whether their friends are going out with someone, and what they might want to know about love, sex and relationships.-It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of the population is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT). It can be difficult for LGBT young people to talk to their parents or family about sexuality and relationships. Support is available from for both parents and LGBT young people.-Talk to your child about safe sex and contraception, so that they have the information they need when they are old enough and ready to have sex. Young people can find lots of information about sexual health and relationships at your child know they should never feel pressurised into having sex nor have sex just because they are drunk. If someone really cares about him or her, they won’t use peer pressure or alcohol to get sex. -For further information, visit – a website providing information for teenagers and their parents on how to say no to pressure and how to make responsible decisions.Parentstop is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. Parentstop is here to help with any parenting challenges you are facing. If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you. There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment. With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support Officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together.If you have family concerns and would like to speak to someone from Parentstop please phone:074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surroundsYou can also email for more information.DONEGAL GROUP ASKS PARENTS TO TALK ABOUT SEX WITH TEENS ON VALENTINES DAY was last modified: February 13th, 2013 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:donegalParentstopsexteenagerslast_img read more

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Warriors’ loss to the Lakers

first_imgAnd while the game didn’t count in the … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe rivalry is back.No, not Warriors-Lakers — that’s never been much of a rivalry.I’m talking about Lebron James vs. The Warriors. After four years, you better bet that’s a rivalry.On Wednesday, in Las Vegas, James’ Lakers (it’s still strange to see him in an admittedly great Lakers jersey) and the Warriors squared off in the teams’ penultimate preseason affairs.last_img read more

Team SA reaches out to international partners in Davos

first_imgThe South African delegation launched its participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 with a range of interactions with international partners in government and business to position South Africa favourably and build partnerships to address global issues.Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is leading a hopeful Team SA to Davos for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, brings together political, business and broader civil society leadership under the theme, “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”. The theme seeks to mobilise global leadership to develop responses to trends – including the rise of isolationism and extremism – that undermine efforts by the global community to foster openness, tolerance, integration and shared opportunity.The forum presents South Africa with various platforms to outline the country’s efforts to secure sustainable and inclusive economic growth; address governance weaknesses in the public and private sectors; and to contribute positively to the development of solutions to global challenges.South Africa continues to attract global interest in view of its position as a sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging market, as recently endorsed by Goldman Sachs Portfolio Strategy Research.South Africa’s first day at WEF 2018 – Tuesday 23 January 2018 – saw Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ministerial delegation participate in a range of public forums and bilateral meetings as part of positioning South Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination, trade partner and member of the international community.As part of his working visit to WEF, the deputy president attended the opening plenary session of the forum as well as a plenary discussion on the conference theme.Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, at the Pre-WEF Davos Breakfast. The latter believes it is critical to use WEF Davos as a platform to showcase Africa’s economic potential. (Image: GCIS)Deputy President Ramaphosa held bilateral meetings with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; President João Lourenco of Angola; Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre of Somalia; Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani of Qatar.The deputy president also had a bilateral meeting with WEF founder and executive director Professor Klaus Schwab to whom Deputy President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa’s appreciation for the forum’s continued support for and commitment to the development of Africa.In addition to positioning South Africa as a leading competitive and investment-friendly destination that is open for business, government continued to utilise the WEF Davos 2018 platform to bring attention to the significant centenary celebrations of the iconic global leader and late South African President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Deputy President Ramaphosa will be a contributor in a breakfast session entitled “Building Peace in Africa”. This will be complemented by various interactions by ministers and discussions between South African businesses and international partners.Deputy President Ramaphosa, together with several ministers, will participate in a country strategy dialogue on South Africa, which will focus international attention on measures to grow the South African economy and promote development. It will be attended by international and South African business people.The deputy president will also hold discussions with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark.Team South Africa’s day will culminate in a South Africa business dinner hosted by Brand South Africa.Enquiries:Tyrone Seale :  +27 83 5757 440: Acting spokesperson for the Deputy President of South AfricaDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking to position South Africa as an attractive investment destination. (Image: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Why Virtualization Stalls

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Server Virtualization#solution-series alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market How an enterprise approaches virtualization differs in the way it has traditionally deployed business critical applications.The expectations for deploying Tier 1 applications prepared the enterprise for a lengthly endeavor. It was never done piecemeal. It involved the entire organization. Why? The applications changed the roles that people played. Business processes were affected. It had to be viewed holistically.But in today’s world, virtualization is often stalled because companies decide to take a “let’s start small,” approach.A post on CRN takes a deep look at the issue of piecemeal strategies:But the most common virtualization stall scenario begins when organizations start from the bottom up with virtualization, deploying it in piecemeal fashion for small, specific workloads. The cost benefits become quickly apparent, and companies increase the scope of their virtualization efforts, but they often fail to account for the business impact the technology can exert on operations, particularly in terms of roles, responsibilities and accountability.“No one would ever say, ‘Let’s deploy an enterprise application from SAP or Oracle (NSDQ:ORCL) for a small point solution, and if it runs well we’ll expand it.’ But virtualization is deployed that way every single day,” said Steve Kaplan, vice president of data center virtualization practices at INX, a Houston, Texas-based solution provider.The too-often result is an enterprise that runs short on resources. There’s an underestimation. The virtualization becomes ineffective without proper planning. Often, companies will end up buying more servers to make up for the poor performance.Another leading factor is the lack of interest in virtualizing Tier 1 apps. As CRN points out, the problem is usually associated with concerns that the virtualization technology can’t handle it. That’s despite the numerous examples of virtualization working just fine with Tier 1 apps.The answer? Treat virtualization as an enterprise deployment. Realize that it will force changes in the organization. Roles will shift. Processes will change. And in the end, savings will be realized.last_img read more