Stat Attack: Billy Slater’s glittering career by the numbers

first_imgAs the veteran fullback prepares for the round two clash against the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park, here’s a look at some of the key stats that show why he’s one of the game’s greatest of all time.When it comes to tackle breaks in the NRL era, Slater is the undisputed king with a grand total of 1231 for his career, which puts him 108 clear of the next best, South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis.Slater is also the all-time leader for line breaks with 259 for which puts him well clear of Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Darren Lockyer (203).In running metres he has 39,187 for this career, behind only Cronulla Sharks lock Paul Gallen, and should become the second player to break the 40,000 barrier later this season.He is third for minutes played with 23,533, another stat which proves Melbourne really did have a “Big Three” for many years as he trails long-time Storm teammates Cameron Smith (27,659) and Cooper Cronk (24,346).He not only makes line breaks but helps create them – Slater is fourth with 159, behind Johnathan Thurston (287), followed by Benji Marshall (214) and Cronk (198).And if that’s not enough statistical information for you, Slater has also made 3974 runs, 289 kicks, 351 offloads, only 83 errors and 1080 decoy or support runs in his 299 Telstra Premiership appearances, according to NRL.com Stats.last_img read more

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Fiji’s table tennis rep qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgYee finished third in the Oceania Table Tennis Championship in Bendigo, Australia, to qualify for the Olympics. Yee says his 15-year-old daughter’s achievement is a proud moment for him and the family and it all came down to dedication and commitment to training as well as juggling her schoolwork. “It’s through her hard work that she has qualified for the Olympics. For such a young age, I wasn’t really sure that she would make it or not, but through her training, I believed she would and she did.” Sally Yee is currently training in Melbourne with the rest of the Fiji team and will travel to the Gold Coast for further competitions.(Fijian Table Tennis members (L-R) Phillip Wing, coach Brett Clarke, Alisi Naisau, Grace Yee, Shriti Jeet, Sally Yee. Front row; Young Jun Park. Picture: Fiji Sun)last_img read more

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Woman Placed on Life Support after Giving Birth

first_imgSandra Seju went into a coma due to after-birth complications, requiring brain surgery.Needs funds urgently to stay aliveHaving a baby is supposed to bring a lot of joy and happiness that can never be equaled to anything in the world. However, this experience comes with responsibilities and challenges that can be overwhelming and in some instances life threatening.In early November, Sandra Seju gave birth to a bouncing baby girl named Hope. Minutes after delivery, the first-time mother who couldn’t wait to see her bundle of joy, slipped into a coma due to after-birth complications, requiring brain surgery.Sandra, the sister of Martina Harris, the 2004 Miss Africa New Jersey beauty pageant winner, was immediately placed on life support.Martina has created a GoFundMe account in hopes of raising the needed money to see her sister through her medical crisis.Martina says her sister’s condition is a blow to the family. Sandra’s condition became grave when “she experienced complications which caused flooding in her brain and other areas and is presently at Beth Israel Hospital, United States of America,” Martina added.Pictures surfaced of Sandra covered in tubes in a tape early this month, which has devastated those who have followed her Facebook page and posts with her new baby bump.Seeing her fighting for her life has encouraged many to donate to her GoFundMe account, which has raised $3,375, enabling Sandra to have brain surgery.But Martina says there are more medical procedures and medicines needed to get Sandra back to normal and will need to raise a total of $7,000. Those wanting to help the family are asked to donate to: gofundme.com/santas-medical-bills.“We know many of our followers and well wishers would like to visit her, but unfortunately, she cannot have visitors. She has had the surgery but still needs to pay for  medical expenses,” she added.Postpartum Eclampsia refers to the sudden onset of grand seizures or coma after giving birth. The condition can potentially cause serious damage to the central nervous system (CNS), heart and other major organs in the mother’s body if it is not recognized and treated promptly.Symptoms tend to arise within 48 hours after delivery, but it is possible to experience postpartum eclampsia several days or even weeks after.Pre-eclampsia during pregnancy is characterized by high blood pressure, fluid retention and protein loss in the urine. Related stress on the heart and CNS makes it more likely that a seizure will develop.Advancement in prenatal care and medicine has significantly reduced the frequency of eclampsia episodes and related complications worldwide over the last few decade.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Verstappen retains Austria win after stewards’ investigation

first_imgThe incident was swiftly put under official investigation by the race stewards, who confirmed the result nearly three hours after the race ended.In a statement, the FIA said: “We did not consider that either driver was wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident. We consider that this is a racing incident.”The outcome meant more disappointment for Ferrari after they were on the wrong side of a stewards’ decision in Canada, where Sebastian Vettel was deprived of victory after he had won the race. That race was handed to Mercedes’ defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who had finished second.Leclerc has twice suffered disappointment and frustration when seemingly set for victory, having missed out in Bahrain where he was foiled by a late engine problems.His barnstorming victory in Austria came after a thrilling charge following a terrible start that saw him drop to seventh on the opening lap, after starting alongside pole sitter Leclerc on the front row of the grid. The two drivers made up the youngest front row in F1 history.It was the 21-year-old Dutchman’s sixth career win and ended Mercedes record run of eight straight wins this season and ten overall. It also delighted a huge orange-clad army of Dutch supporters.– ‘The right result’ –Leclerc finished second for Ferrari ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, Vettel and Hamilton.Hamilton now has 197 points in the drivers’ standings, 31 ahead of Bottas, with Verstappen third on 126.“It’s the right result, the right thing for Max, for Formula One and for Honda,” said Red Bull team chief Christian Horner.“It’s been a very stressful last few hours,” said Verstappen. “But it is the right result and the right result for F1.”Before the stewards delivered their verdict, Verstappen said the incident was merely “hard racing” and that if he were penalised there would be “no point in F1 — and we should all go and stay at home.”Horner said the sort of wheel-to-wheel racing that sparked the investigation was essential for the future of Formula One.“This is what we need – drivers going wheel-to-wheel and fighting each other,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Max Verstappen in celebratory mood, but stewards investigate © APA/AFP / GEORG HOCHMUTHSPIELBERG, Austria, Jun 30 – Max Verstappen retained his victory for Red Bull in a thrilling Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday following a stewards’ hearing.The 21-year-old Dutchman won the race after forcing his way past Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari in a wheel-bashing passing move two laps from the end of a race that was a shot in the arm for Formula One after the soporific French GP.last_img read more

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DONEGAL LADS GEAR UP FOR ‘RACE AROUND IRELAND’

first_imgThe Team Donegal Oil lads get ready for the road!Four Donegal lads, Gavin Harris, Arthur McMahon, Michael McGarvey and Sean McFadden will take to their bikes and take part in the “Race Around Ireland”.The lads, who make up Team Donegal Oil, will join cyclists from all over the world on Sunday 30th of August 2015, at Trim Castle, County Meath for the 7th Race Around Ireland and The Irish Ultra Challenge.This event is 2100km long and is ranked the highest event in the UMCA World Cup calendar and these boys from county Donegal are certainly gearing up for the challenge.Training hard with their own sports and taking part in many adventure races & events over the last number of years makes them no strangers to this type of non-stop cycling challenge.The four boys will take part in the relay cycle, which will be non stop 24 hours a day! They have 5 days to finish the cycle relay and hope to have it completed in less than 4 days, 1 days ahead of the allotted time.The Race around Ireland is listed as one of the world’s toughest endurance events but also allows amateur riders to compete with elite riders from all over the world!These Donegal lads are no strangers to cycling and sport, especially Sean McFadden from Letterkenny who has achieved hugely successful triathlon, cycling, adventure racing and running wins. Sean was winner of The Race 2015 and runner up of The Race 2014, he finished top 3 in Ras Mumhan, An Post Ras 2 years in row and Lough Keep Triathlon Winner 2014. Arthur McMahon played rugby till he was 36 and after taking part in the Donegal Coastal Cancer Challenge in 2013, to raise money for the Donegal Hospice after his mum sadly passed away from cancer, he has been taking part in many adventure challenges ever since and admits himself he is “hooked”.Michael McGarvey, originally from Falcarragh, living in Letterkenny is another avid rugby player with Letterkenny Rugby Club, he is training hard for this event and regularly takes part in local charity events, just last week he participated in the WAAR, Wild Atlantic Adventure Race.And last but not least, Gavin Harris from Convoy, the teams Ironman has been taking part in cycling races since 2007 and is delighted to be part of “Team Donegal Oil”.Not only is this a challenge for themselves personally as “Team Donegal Oil” but they are delighted that they can also raise money for Donegal’s Austism Family Support Group.The Autism Family Support Group was set up 9 years ago to support parents, families and individuals on the autism spectrum. All the members of the group all work on a voluntary basis and their aims are to support families and to offer children the opportunity to take part in a number of different activities without being judged. They are actively raising autism awareness within their children’s community.“We are delighted that we can support The Autism Family Support Group” a very hard working worthwhile charity who do great work under the radar and they deserve support” say’s Arthur McMahon.On the build up to “The Race Around Ireland” they have organised a charity cycling weekend, so if you would like to join them on Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of May Team Donegal Oil, the Donegal based Autism Family Support Group and The Mark Anderson Budapest Fund will be running a charity cycling weekend.On Saturday there will be The Kirkstown Hillclimb, a perfect training run for anybody doing the Donegal 3 Day Race but which will suit all abilities. Sign on at 9am in the Aura Leisure Centre Car Park in Letterkenny and first competitor away is 10am. Please contact Gavin Harris, Sean McFadden or Arthur McMahon for a time to suit. They will accept donations to the charities at sign on.On Sunday the 31st of May they will be having a 45km Charity Sportive at an easy controlled pace.Sign on at Donegal Oil Company, Port Road, Letterkenny at 9am for a 10am set off.The run is for charity and will suit all levels. There will be a coffee stop at the newly branded Harris’ Applegreen Service Station in Convoy. Again they will collect donations at sign on for the Autism Family Support Group and The Mark Anderson Budapest Fund.You can follow “Team Donegal Oil” online on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Donegal-Oil/698468903598823?fref=ts and thank you to everyone help them raise some money for their charity however small or large and who knows for these Donegal lads, perhaps the next challenge will be to “Race around America” ? You can donate to the charity at the link below : http://www.mycharity.ie/event/team_donegal_oil/DONEGAL LADS GEAR UP FOR ‘RACE AROUND IRELAND’ was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘WE NEED MORE ANSWERS ON FERRY CASE’ – VICTIM

first_imgDonal O LoinsighTHE victims of paedophile school caretaker Micheal Ferry say they’ve been left with too many unanswered questions following the publication of a HSE investigation into the scandal.Yesterday morning we revealed how social workers failed to properly investigate Ferry after his conviction in 2002 for the abuse of a boy at Ardscoil Mhuire in Gaoth Dobhair. As a result, and as a result of many failure elsewhere, Ferry went on to abuse more boys on the premises until he was arrested there EIGHT YEARS LATER. Victims say they are deeply unhappy and disturbed that no-one at Colaiste  Cholmcille has been held accountable whatsoever for their actions  – and inactions – during the scandal.The DPP says they did nothing wrong and will not face any criminal prosecution whatsoever. The directors have consistently denied any wrongdoing, insist Ferry was not ’employed’ there.One of those directors – Donal O Loinsigh – was in court in October 2002 when Ferry pleaded guilty to sickening attacks on a young boy. Mr O Loinsigh heard a judge put Ferry on the sex offenders register for SEVEN years.Mr O Loinsigh would have been familiar with child protection issues having worked as a teacher for many years in Terenure, Dublin.Yet Colaiste Cholmcille continued to pay Michael Ferry as caretaker of their Ardscoil Mhuire premises.“How can the directors say he wasn’t working there when Mickey Ferry was arrested on the grounds of the college in 2010,” asked Derek Mulligan, the young Gaoth Dobhair man who has bravely spoken out on the affair since Ferry was jailed in 2011 for 14 years for abusing him and three other boys.“It was known locally he was working there. The HSE now says they shouldn’t have taken the word of the directors and acted appropriately.“Why weren’t the victims interviewed by gardai in relation to their DPP investigation? I wasn’t and I know others weren’t either? I’d like to get some clarification on that..“On reading the findings of the HSE report I find it incredible that the DPP found no grounds to prosecute the directors. Why aren’t we getting the promised Garda report that alan shatter promised us in 2012?“We are now taking legal advice on how we deal with the DPP decision. We will have to take Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights now because it looks like there is no justice in this country.”Michael Ferry was seen with young college students in Dunlewey in April 2006. The person who saw him is the sister of the first victim (in the 2002 case). She made a formal complaint to Gardai. The HSE has no record of this complaint. Gardai did call a college director to once again warn that Ferry was a paedophile.At this time Michael Ferry was continuing to abuse children in both Dunlewey and in Gaoth Dobhair.“We want answers,” said Derek Mulligan.“We are going to get them.”‘WE NEED MORE ANSWERS ON FERRY CASE’ – VICTIM was last modified: April 4th, 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:abuse inquiryderek mulliganDonal O LoinsighHSEMichael Ferrypaedophilevictimlast_img read more

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JASON BLACK’S CHALLENGE OF MT McKINLEY SUDDENLY GETS MORE DIFFICULT

first_imgAdventurer Jason Black’s latest challenge has just got a lot more difficult.The Letterkenny mountaineer has arrived safely in Alaska in his forthcoming attempt to climb Mt McKinley. Despite the late arrival of one of his bags sparking some extra nerves, everything else has worked out well.How Jason will attack Mt McKinleyJason was shocked to hear that because he is the first person to try and attempt to climb the west side of the mountain, his efforts will be even tougher.“Mt. Mc Kinley rangers have reported that my ascent of the brutal West Rib is to be the first ascent tried this year – making it more challenging.“I have now got to plot my own course avoiding crevasses in the North Fork Glacier. Temperatures on the mountain are bitter and with high winds are making life very difficult.” Donegal Daily will bring you regular updates as Jason takes on his latest challenge.Needless to say, there will be plenty of excitement along the way.Stay safe Jason. JASON BLACK’S CHALLENGE OF MT McKINLEY SUDDENLY GETS MORE DIFFICULT was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 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:challengedonegalJason BlackletterkennyMt McKinleylast_img read more

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Mary T Sweeney of Castle Grove awarded Ireland’s Host of the Year

first_imgCastle Grove Country House owner Mary T Sweeney has been named as Ireland’s Host of the Year at the 2020 Georgina Campbell Awards.Mrs Sweeney, who has been in business with her husband Raymond for 30 years at Castle Grove, was yesterday recognised as the most hospitable hotelier in the country.The Georgina Campbell Awards are a prestigious recognition for leaders in the food and hospitality industry. Ms Campbell described Mary T as a “very special person” and wrote about her iconic role at the Blue Book hotel outside Letterkenny:“Parkland designed by “Capability” Brown in the mid-18th century creates a wonderful setting for Raymond and Mary Sweeney’s beautiful period house overlooking Lough Swilly. “A reputation for promoting the good food of the area and produce from their own gardens has attracted many a food lover to this hospitable Blue Book property – and, with daughters Karoline and Irene now on the management team, there’s a youthful new dimension to the business. “But fortunately that doesn’t deprive guests of the company of Mary Sweeney who – with a keen interest in just about everything, and exhaustive local knowledge – makes Castle Grove a number one choice for many when visiting Donegal.  “Mary has the gift of making every guest feel special and at home – and, sensing where their interests lie, nothing is too much trouble when it comes to advising on how to spend their time most happily when exploring Donegal.”Castle Grove are celebrating their 30th year in business in 2019, while this is not the first individual award for Mrs Sweeney, who earned the Hall of Fame Award at the Letterkenny Business Awards in 2017.Mary T Sweeney of Castle Grove awarded Ireland’s Host of the Year was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:castle grove country house hotelgeorgina campbell awardshospitalityireland guidelast_img read more

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Froch not keen on Groves fight – Booth

first_imgAdam Booth says he does not believe Carl Froch is keen on a fight with George Groves.Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight is hoping to secure a world title shot this year and is confident he would be a match for Froch.But Booth, Groves trainer and manager, insists a showdown with Nottingham’s IBF champion is unlikely to happen for the foreseeable future.“Carl doesn’t want to fight George,” Booth told West London Sport.“George needs to concentrate on the fighters he’s going to be getting in the ring with.“If the Froch fight happens further down the line then great, but it’s not in our plans at the moment.“We won’t be upset if it doesn’t happen. George’s career is about so much more than Carl Froch.”Commonwealth champion Groves, 24, is due to fight at the O2 Arena on 25 May as chief support to the eagerly-awaited rematch between Froch and Mikkel Kessler.Groves disposed of his last opponent, Dario Balmaceda, with a third-round knockout earlier this month and Booth is pleased with his progress.He said: “I’m happy in that I’m seeing things in training and when George fights. What he needs to do now is produce those things consistently in fights.“He got rid of the guy [Balmaceda] cleanly and did what I felt he should have done against Glen Johnson in the previous fight.“In some ways the Johnson fight was an opportunity missed. I feel George is now back on track and showing the kind of development he was prior to that fight.”See also:Groves to fight in Germany on SaturdayBooth: Groves will relish his Arena return 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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WEF raises South Africa’s global competitiveness ranking

first_imgSouth Africa has risen two places, to 47th, in the 2016 World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, improving its ranking in 10 of the 12 pillars measured. The country has the most competitive economy on the African continent.The newly released World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index ranks South Africa as the 47th most completive economy of the 138 studied. The improvement in the rankings, the best in five years, comes as the country has improved both the competitiveness of our markets and relationships between labour and business, made modest, but important, progress in the quality of education, which is up five places from 2015.One reason for South Africa’s rise in the annual appraisal of prosperity and productivity is, according to the report, our ability to withstand the fall in price of commodities. Unlike African neighbours and other developing economies, South Africa has also built on the strength of its financial sector, which shielded the country from the worst effects of the global economic crisis.South Africa is ranked first out of 138 countries for auditing standards, the protection of minority investors and ability to finance through equity markets. The country is second or third for soundness of banks and financial services, efficacy of boards and regulation of the stock exchange.Robert Crotti, a WEF economist, explained to the Biznews website: “What we noticed is that to make a country really competitive, you need to have all the pieces in place. To rank number one in one specific dimension without having the other factors also well-placed, doesn’t really bring the country to grow and reach the prosperity where we see. In fact, when we look at the top countries in ranking, they tend to rank quite high on all the dimensions.”The report highlighted the biggest future challenges for our economy. “Infrastructure development has stalled, both in transport and electricity, with power shortages experienced this year. Institutional quality has diminished, with increased political uncertainty, less transparency, some security concerns, and business leaders having less trust in politicians (down 11 places since last year).”Crotti said the GCI is not meant as a criticism of each economy studied. For WEF it is a way to benchmark progress. “Therefore, we hope that it can be used as a platform for all the actors in the economy in looking at how and what worked, to then take the next steps to improve their economy.”South Africa’s growth forecast for 2016 is now set at 0.1%. Outside factors, slowdown of the Chinese economy and the volatility of the rand have dampened the potential for stronger growth. Where developed economies are accepting a “new normal” of lower economic growth, lower productivity growth, and high unemployment, South Africa and other developing economies have an opportunity to grow by improving productivity.Despite China’s slowdown it is the best-placed Brics nation, at 28, followed by India, Russia and South Africa. Brazil lags behind its Brics peers at 81. As Crotti explained, “India is really the bright spark in the area of competitiveness improvements and this is done mainly on the back of reforms, especially in terms of investment and market efficiency.”Crotti said India, more than any other country, should be the example South Africa follows to move further up the rankings. The Indian government has improved market and labour efficiencies, and stabilised government policy and the macroeconomic sector. As important, its government has improved the country’s technological readiness.”That’s really important to be able to jump-start the economy and as we’ve seen, also be able to gain innovation,” Crotti said. “To learn much more about technology and innovation. At the dawn of this Fourth Industrial Revolution it is really going to be key going forward.”South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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