Billy Slater is coming back

first_imgThe Clive Churchill Medallist has signed a one-year extension to his Storm contract, meaning he will return for one more time around the sun in 2018.Melbourne announced the news on their official website on Tuesday night.”We are delighted that Billy has made the decision to pull on the purple jersey again in 2018,” Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said.”He has been a champion of this club and NRL for over a decade so it is fantastic for the game as a whole that Billy will be back on the field next year.”Billy has overcome a great deal of adversity in recent years. The fact he has not only return but is back to his best this season is a true testament to his professionalism, dedication and incredible resilience.”Our young players will now have another season to play alongside and learn from one of our club’s all-time greats, which will be invaluable for the future of Melbourne Storm.” Photo: MARK METCALFE/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Billy Slater has committed to another year with the Storm.last_img read more

ArcelorMittal Mine Workers Resume Strike

first_imgLast week action left most mine vehicles grounded in YekepaDissatisfied with result of meeting with MOL on August 1Normal mining activities at the ArcelorMittal mine in Yekepa, Nimba County, have come to a standstill for the second time in less than 10 days, after miners abandoned their equipment, when their meeting with the Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the company earlier that day did not end to the workers’ satisfaction.Leaders of the workers and ArcelorMittal met with MoL authorities to discuss issues appertaining to their demands, including work security, cancellation of “zero week”, restoration of leave with benefits, among others.The latest action grew out of the workers’ utter disappointment at the Ministry of Labor, who told the aggrieved workers to go back and organize their union before the government can look into their grievances, one of the mine workers told the Daily Observer.The existing workers’ union has been dormant for months, due to internal strife and loss of confidence in the union’s leadership headed by one Oldpa Zuogbay.MoL and ArcelorMittal appear to be on the same page. However it might take another two weeks, when the mine workers are expected to elect new union leaders, before any serious negotiations can begin.In a statement issued Thursday, August 2, the company said: “Negotiations on contracts and conditions should always be handled via union representatives – conducting illegal strike action is not a constructive way to resolve such disputes. Union elections are intended to take place on the 16th of August and the elected representatives will ensure the appropriate forum and process to discuss employee concerns.The question, then, is whether the company can afford for the workers to stay away from work until the union is restored and ready to negotiate.“ArcelorMittal Liberia is being affected by a second illegal strike in its Load and Haul Department [despite the intervention by the Ministry of Labor who urged employees to remain peaceful and return to work]. Once again, we are urging our workers to go back to work to minimize disruption to our operations,” the company said yesterday.Since the mine workers, mainly assigned at Mount Gangra and Mount Tokadeh, abandoned their equipment Wednesday night, the movement of trains between the mine and the Port of Buchanan have stopped.The workers staged their first strike action on July 20, but later abandoned their action on Tuesday, July 24, due to intervention by some officials of government, including Superintendent Dorr Cooper and Nimba District #3 Representative Joseph Sonwabi. At the time, the workers gave the company and MoL a one-week ultimatum to address their plight or they would resume their strike action.Some of the vehicles that transport the workers to work at the mineAccording to aggrieved mine workers, the management doesn’t care to address their plight, but continues to suppress them.They want the company remove what is termed as “zero week” from their work arrangement; improved feeding at work, as well as the provision of good housing facilities and good health care. For zero week, they complained that, some weeks they would work for 12 hours, but the management would only pay 8 hours without overtime pay.“They are giving US$0.50 a day as lunch, but we would not receive the money sometimes for three months,” said one of the caterpillar operators, who did want to be named.“We are supposed to work for 8 hours a day, but if you work for 12 hours, the balance four hours will not be paid and there is no paid leave, no school, no better housing or health care facilities,” said another worker. “How can we work in our country under such a suppressed condition? If you are unfortunate to begin work from Wednesday, then you fall in zero week, meaning, you will not be marked,” the worker said.“Working conditions are not favorable here, no good housing facilities and no drugs at the hospital,” they said.They also claimed that any driver or operator involved in an accident is fired by the management without any hesitation or warning, not even taking to consideration whether the driver is wounded.According to ArcelorMittal Liberia, the company is not unwilling to address the workers concerns; that it should be done under the auspices of the workers’ union and within the framework of a collective bargain agreement. But all this will take time.“In September,” the company says, “ArcelorMittal Liberia is due to start negotiations on a collective bargain agreement (CBA), subject to union elections being concluded in August, which presents the best opportunity to address all aspects of our workers’ contracts. These talks will involve detailed discussions on core areas that are important to our workforce: wage levels, leave allowance, working hours, children’s education, and healthcare.”Meanwhile, residents said a squad of Emergency Response Unit (ERU) from the Liberia National Police (LNP) has been deployed to the concession area, warning the workers or people against gathering.Also, some workers were said to have returned to work, while others are still hesitant and might likely join their colleagues at work, one rail worker said.“ArcelorMittal Liberia believes it has the best and most talented workforce in the country and encourages them all to remain diligent in their everyday activities,” the company’s statement said. “We want to create a work environment where our management and employees have an open, constructive and collaborative relationship within a safe and efficient workplace. Our management team has assured their full cooperation and transparency with both the Government authorities and our employees and remains focused on finding a resolution as soon as possible,” the company maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Five things we learned from Tottenham’s masterclass thrashing of West Ham

first_img 5 5 1. The top four is within reach – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more things learned from Tottenham’s 4-1 win against West Ham – Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, said his side have the quality to finish among the Premier League’s top four after the display against West Ham. It would see the club qualify for the Champions League, but Pochettino insists quality alone won’t be enough to see them through. Former captain Jamie Redknapp also thinks the club are on the right path, having watched the team extend their unbeaten record to 12 league games. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has transformed the club since taking over.There were signs of change last season in his first year in charge and now things are clicking, to the joy of the team’s many fans.They were unstoppable against West Ham, thrashing their London rivals 4-1 and here, talkSPORT looks at lessons learned from the White Hart Lane masterclass.PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEKENDClick the yellow arrow above, right, to see more. 5 4. The battle to be England’s right-back at Euro 2016 will be interesting – Kyle Walker has had his critics in the past and like the rest of the Tottenham defenders has been excellent this season. And with Liverpool also playing well, Roy Hodgson may have a selection headache when it comes to the first choice right back. Reds delighted in Nathaniel Clyne’s composed display v Man City and it appears like there is good competition on the international front. 2. Toby Alderweireld is up there with one of the buys of the season – Only Man United have conceded fewer than Tottenham this season, as summer signing Alderweireld has formed a solid partnership with Jan Vertonghen in the heart of defence. At £11.5m, many Spurs fans think the Belgian is the buy of the season. 5 5 3. Dele Alli is still so young – Granted, we haven’t just discovered the Tottenham midfielder is still only 19, but it’s easy to forget. Alli was booked for his minor skirmish with Mark Noble during the win against West Ham, meaning he is suspended for the visit of Chelsea on Sunday. Pochettino was quick to remind people Alli, who started for the first time for England and scored at Wembley, is still developing. “His fight is there, but he needs to be calm and that is an example,” the boss explained, insisting he will learn as he becomes more experienced. 5. Not all of West Ham’s travelling supporters support their team through thick and thin – There were more than 10 minutes left to play when the away section began emptying out at White Hart Lane, as some fans were clearly not happy with how badly their team were being beaten. And when West Ham did finally score, there was very few supporters still there to cheer the goal.last_img read more

Bruins limp right into first place

first_img Josh Shipp was back on the bench in street clothes. Jordan Farmar still was nursing a sprained ankle and Arron Afflalo was nursing a bruised hip. Afflalo then was whistled for a questionable foul on WSU’s Josh Akognon – who scored all of his 25 points in the second half – and he made both free throws with 13.3 seconds left to pull the Cougars (9-4, 2-2) within a point again. Afflalo made one free throw with 7.1 seconds left on the other end, and that was all UCLA would need. Kyle Weaver’s open layup attempt with about two seconds left was errant and Afflalo got the rebound to seal the win. Akognon made 7 of 11 shots in the second half, including 6 of 8 from behind the arc. “He was doing a lot of movement and he had three guys screening for him,” Afflalo said. “My teammates were doing a great job of helping me out. It’s kind of tough to dictate an offensive player’s movement when there’s no set to it. It was strictly motion and he was running free wherever he liked.” UCLA, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, shot 54.2 percent in the first half and led 31-17 at halftime. UCLA led by 17 points in the second half but couldn’t put the game away. Afflalo played 38 minutes – again, too many by UCLA coach Ben Howland’s admission – and had a team-high 18 points. He tipped in his own miss with 43 seconds left but fouled Akognon on a 3-point attempt and Akognon made all three shots to pull Washington State within one point, 60-59. Farmar added 12 points and seven assists. Mata was solid for the third consecutive game and played 29 minutes. He appeared to be in extensive pain as he slammed the court with his arm after colliding with Farmar’s knee. He was on crutches after the game and was scheduled to have an MRI late Thursday night. Center Ryan Hollins (groin) is expected to see a doctor today and could be cleared to play against Washington on Saturday. UCLA coach Ben Howland juggled his lineup and gave Roll his first start at small forward. Farmar started at point guard and Afflalo at shooting guard. Aside from the late scare, Howland was impressed. “I thought our defense in the first half was phenomenal,” Howland said. “That was our best defensive effort of the year.” Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 jill.painter@dailynews.com 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita And for all the bumps and bruises and mishaps, UCLA is alone in first place in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA held off a nerve-racking second-half rally by Washington State for a 63-61 win Thursday in front of 9,550 at Pauley Pavilion. Freshman Darren Collison, one of just three Bruins who has avoided the injury bug, made the big shot of the night, an uncontested layup to give UCLA a 62-59 lead with 19 seconds left. With Arizona losing at Oregon State and Cal playing Stanford tonight, the 11th-ranked Bruins (14-2, 4-1) have sole possession of first place in the conference by a half-game over the Golden Bears. But what’s a UCLA game without another injury? Mata injured his right knee on a collision with Farmar in the second half, but the extent of the injury won’t be determined until today. Nursing a one-point lead with 28.7 seconds left, Collison took the inbounds pass and dribbled in and out of defenders against a press. By the time he got past halfcourt, there was only one defender and Collison, the son of track standouts, sprinted to the basket for an unbelievably easy layup to give the Bruins a three-point lead. center_img Lorenzo Mata played with a facemask for the first time to protect his fractured nose. Freshman Michael Roll made his first career start. last_img read more

DONEGAL GAME AGAINST KERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON TG4

first_imgDonegal play Kerry on Sunday in Tralee and the game will be screened live on TG4.Donegal supporters unable to make the long trek south for Donegal’s match against Kerry will be comforted by the fact the game will be screened live on TG4.Hundreds of loyal Donegal supporters are still expected to make the trip down to Tralee for Sunday’s game despite the fact the game is being screened live on TV.Bus loads are expected to head down tomorrow to stay overnight before returning home right after the match. Donegal face Kerry in Tralee on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland Final.Both teams suffered disappointing defeats to local rivals last weekend and will be keen to bounce back.Kerry lost to Cork while Donegal were put to the sword by an ultra-defensive Monaghan side.The game takes on added significance due to their respective defeats and both teams will looking to secure a crucial two points in their quest to consolidate their Division One status. Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has announced his team to face Kerry on Sunday.1. Paul Durcan2. Paddy McGrath3. Neil McGee4. Eamon McGee 5. Frank McGlynn6. Karl Lacey7. Mark McHugh8. Neil Gallagher 9. Christy Toye10. Martin Reilly11. Odhran MacNiallais12. Ryan McHugh13. Patrick McBrearty14. Michael Murphy15. Hugh McFaddenDONEGAL GAME AGAINST KERRY WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON TG4 was last modified: March 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUEdonegalGAAKerrynewsSportTG4last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG LEIFEAR TO RUN EASTER CAMP

first_imgNaomh Padraig Leifear are running an Easter camp for kids in primary school or born in the year 2002.This camp will run from Tuesday 7th April 2015 to Thursday the 9th April. It will start each morning at 10:00am and finish at 2:00pm each day.The camp is open to all children in the parish of Clonleigh and registration will begin from 9:30am on Tuesday 7th April. GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG LEIFEAR TO RUN EASTER CAMP was last modified: April 2nd, 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

Man City ‘deny veracity’ of reports they tried to sign Lionel Messi

first_imgThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s current contract at the Catalonia club runs until the summer of 2021.Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona in 2020 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest 2 Not even Guardiola has been able to lure Messi to the Etihad at present 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF Messi in action against the Citizens in a Champions League group stage match in November 2016 Most Popular Football News SORRY gameday cracker center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap These rumours increased more when Pep Guardiola took charge in the summer of 2016 and City’s chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was quoted in a Spanish newspaper saying the club once made an offer for Messi which was rejected.“We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted,” Mubarak was reported as saying. However, City have since rejected these reports.“We deny the veracity of these quotes,” a City spokesman said.Messi worked under Guardiola for four seasons at the Nou Camp which saw Barca win 14 titles including two Champions League trophies. LATEST tense revealed Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Manchester City have dismissed reports they tried and failed to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.The Citizens have been linked with Messi ever since Sheikh Mansour bought the club in September 2008. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more

‘Chelsea won’t win titles with Alvaro Morata up front’, says ex-Spurs star

first_img Morata has been one of Chelsea’s biggest under-performers since joining the club “He’s good as a Plan B. He’s good if you plan to play direct and get long balls into the box.“But to be the first striker at a club like Chelsea, you need to be like Drogba and you need to have that trust from everyone around you. I don’t think he has that.” “Many times he’s made his runs, but it’s like they feel that if they give him the ball he’s going to give it away.“They have doubts about him.“If you want to win something, Morata shouldn’t be your first choice, that’s my opinion. 3 Chelsea cannot win top trophies with Alvaro Morata leading the line up front, according to former Tottenham striker Mido.The ex-Egypt international, and big Serie A and LaLiga fan, says the Spaniard has been a big disappointment since joining the Blues from Real Madrid and pales in comparison to club legend Didier Drogba. 3 Alvaro Morata is nowhere near the level of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, claims Mido 3 Morata has struggled to fulfil his £60million price tag since arriving at Stamford Bridge last summer, scoring just 16 Premier League goals in 43 appearances.He put in another poor display on Saturday as Chelsea suffered a 3-1 London derby defeat to Tottenham at Wembley, where the striker ruined a number of attacks by repeatedly failing to stay onside.PLAYER RATINGS: Chelsea stars hammered after woeful Wembley displayAnd after watching him against Spurs, and comparing his performances for Chelsea to his successful two-season spell at Juventus, Mido says the Blues need a change up-front if they desire more trophies.“He’s disappointing,” the former Tottenham star told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I watch a lot of football in Italy and to be fair to him at Juve he played very well, but in Italy the game is a little slower and he’s quick, so with his runs in behind defenders, and he’s a good finisher…“But I just felt the other night [against Tottenham] that the Chelsea players don’t trust him. Morata has scored five goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season – is that enough from a £60m striker with the world-class Eden Hazard alongside him? ‘If you want to win trophies Morata should not be your first choice striker”The Chelsea players do not trust him’🗣️ @Midoahm tells @SportsBreakfast why #CFC cannot win silverware with @AlvaroMorata leading the line.Do you agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/B4x3dqQsET— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 26, 2018last_img read more

Lucky cat escapes unscathed after trip across Donegal under car bonnet

first_imgA very lucky cat from Annagry survived a lengthy 50 km journey to Letterkenny under her owner’s car bonnet! When her owner, Majella McBride, left her car into a Letterkenny garage; the mechanic was shocked to see two big green eyes staring back at him when he opened the bonnet!Thankfully the cat, Nova, was unharmed and is happy to be back at home. Speaking to BBC NI, Majella says: “One of the nine lives is definitely gone.“I had driven all the way from Annagry, over bumpy country roads, and I even stopped for an hour or so to do some shopping.”When the call came from the garage to ask if she’s missing a black cat called Nova, she couldn’t believe it!“I thought they were winding me up. When they had lifted the bonnet, there she was.” ISPCA Public Relations Manager Carmel Murray says: “Cats are great at finding warm spots to sleep, but sometimes these can be dangerous, like under the hood of a car so make sure to check your car for sleeping kitties before you drive.”Lucky cat escapes unscathed after trip across Donegal under car bonnet was last modified: March 31st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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 bonnetcatletterkennylast_img read more

How HP Champions Modern Storage Needs

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#cloud storage#storage#Storage Evolution ReadWrite Sponsors The Internet has evolved from a virtual buffet of content to a hyper-connected network of people and things creating massive amounts of information. Businesses continue to struggle finding ways to store all this data in a way that makes it available anywhere and anytime it’s needed.Historically, adding storage space was measured in the number of devices and the capacity of the media. From tape, to floppies, to optical media, to hard drives, to USB drives… storage technology continues to improve and the prices continue to drop. The market for storage is expected to rise to $37.3 billion by 2015, according to forecasts by analyst firm IDC. But there never seems to be enough.The modern trend of what IDC calls the “slow and deliberate,” use of cloud-based storage has created a different paradigm – one that challenges those managing information on the Internet. People around the world create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. And the company estimates that 90% of all data in the world was created in the last two years.To keep up, businesses have been forced to act like squirrels preparing for winter, putting bits of personal and public customer information hither and thither, loosely tied together as a patchwork of devices and services. Too often, companies complain that storing information online is limited by the boundaries between providers, an inability to react to growing demands and services that are complex to manage and slow to install.This is why companies like Hewlett-Packard have adopted a multi-layered approach that simplifies the process of storage for business. HP’s Converged Storage Systems and Services takes advantage of the trends of storage technologies to provide an easy method for application integration, virtualized infrastructure and cloud services.The suite’s current lineup includesHP 3PAR StoreServ StorageHP StoreOnce Backup with StoreOnce CatalystHP StoreAll StorageHP StoreVirtual StorageHP StoreEasy StorageHP StoreVirtual VSAHP Storage Addresses Big DataEven before the inclusion of magnetic-card storage in the HP 9100A desktop calculator (personal computer) in 1968, Hewlett-Packard used storage media to address the data being created by its business customers. The latest technology trend of so-called Big Sata has put unprecedented pressure on storage strategies and technologies. It’s also delivering unprecedented benefits to the companies of all sizes that are able to leverage Big Data with systems on site or in the cloud.For example, the HoneyBaked Ham company uses a consolidated suite of HP storage systems to track customer data and transactions. The company reports improved performance in creating reports and providing information to executives.Other sectors taking advantage of HP’s storage suite include healthcare, media and entertainment, financial services and public sector industries.HP Storage Taps Into The CloudAs cloud computing has emerged as a basic networking practice, more and more content is stored in virtualized, interconnected storage devices. Not only does this make it possible to access massive files from anywhere at any time, it also makes storage more affordable, efficient and easier to manage.One customer that knows about accessing massive files is Hostworks, which used HP’s cloud computing storage products to assist Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in its tracking of fan traffic during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Using HP’s cloud service, Hostworks recorded 1.5 million unique visitors, more than 25 million page impressions and two million video views as well as tracking matches and featuring up-to-the-minute information on the competition.HP Storage Empowers The DatacenterConverged storage systems don’t sit under the desktop, they support large data centers, storage arrays, and dedicated data stores. Providing timely access to information has become paramount for companies and storage service providers alike. One of the latest trends is to use solid-state devices to supplement datacenter storage to speed up all applications by replacing or augmenting memory caches. HP is no stranger here, having championed solid-state drives since 1993 with the advent of the HP Omnibook 300.More recent implementations of SSD drives have helped companies maximize the effectiveness of their existing datacenters. For example, Priceline.com – one of the world’s largest online hotel reservation and travel services – doubled its datacenter capacity and service speeds with HP’s converged storage products. More compact HP hardware with solid-state storage and HP software to manage the systems was installed, resulting in a 65% decrease in the space needed to run the storage array.As trends go, storage has never been sexy, even by enterprise IT standards. But it’s importance in handling new technology trends such as Big Data, cloud computing and virtualization – as well as its ability to make datacenters more efficient – cannot be ignored. Hewlett-Packard’s Converged Storage Systems and Services has helped thousands of enterprise IT leaders make their companies leaner, more agile and more efficient. Enterprise storage needs are unlikely to become smaller, or less important, so it’s important to know that companies like HP are already working to meet those requirements. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more