The Crusaders continued their momentum last weekend with a clinical 20-12 win over the Hurricanes, extending their unbeaten streak to 11 matches.Chiefs coach Dave Rennie acknowledges his side, who are second in the conference, will have to match the red and blacks’ power in the set piece on Friday night.”That’s where they destroyed the Canes and traditionally they have always been strong up front with an All Black-ladened tight five to deal to your scrum,” he said.”If they can choke you there, it goes a long way to winning games so we’re going to have to front up in that area.”Rennie has been impressed with the Crusaders this season as the seven-time champions chase their first title since 2008.”They have just been very clinical this year and that’s probably been the major difference with their ability to put the foot on the throat when they have teams under pressure,” he said.”The Crusaders have won a lot of games that you thought they would have lost with five minutes to go.”Rennie pointed to the character and belief within the Crusaders, and was sure new coach Scott Robertson was the driver.After a series of flat performances, the Chiefs turned a corner two weekends ago with a convincing 46-17 win over the Reds in New Plymouth.Rennie has already witnessed a lift in urgency at training as his players come off a bye and prepare for a derby.”It’s a big step up as we’ve had seven non-Kiwi sides to play recently, so the intensity will be much higher but we’re looking forward to it,” he said. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Chiefs coach Dave Rennie
LONDON, England:He may be the ‘fastest man on the planet’, but Jamaican sprinting superstar Usain Bolt has not shown that speed for nearly two years now. However, there’s quiet confidence that this is about to change.With the sport’s poster-boy getting ready to apply the gas to his season, after an unflattering start in his preparations for a triple title defence at next month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, indications are that tomorrow’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games – London Diamond League will see the return of a high-velocity Bolt.The sprinter has only competed in a single 100m race to date – a largely promotional affair along a stretch of beach in Brazil, where he posted a time of 10.12 seconds. A recent setback, which saw him jetting to Germany to consult with his doctor Hans-Wilhelm M¸ller-Wohlfahrt, coincided with his withdrawal from Diamond League stops in Paris and Lausanne at the top of the month, sending panic among his supporters.However, the 28-year-old world and Olympic 100m and 200m champion is said to be in cracking form heading into tomorrow’s 100m assignment, where the likes of Ryan Bailey, Nesta Carter, Mike Rodgers, Jimmy Vicaut, Kemar Bailey-Cole and James Dasaolu – all ready to provide a solid test for the big Jamaican are also entered in the two-round set-up.Bolt has spent the better part of the last month working out without issue under the gaze and direction of his coach, Glen Mills, and the rest of his Racers Track Club teammates at Brunel University, and despite a forecast of showers and 12?C conditions in London around race time, many close to the world 100m and 200m record holder are confident that the sprinter is primed to drop a fast time inside the London Olympic Stadium.welcome signIt would be a welcome sign for supporters of the Jamaican, whose last time under 9.80 seconds came in the final of the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. That is his only sub-9.80 seconds clocking since the final of the London Olympic Games a year earlier, where he posted a time of 9.63 seconds after similar doubt in the build-up to the games.It could even be argued that it’s increasingly important that Bolt show some kind of form tomorrow, considering his rivals – particularly Justin Gatlin, the only man to dip below 9.80 seconds this year – all seem to be in top condition.Nonetheless, the reports are positive and though it matches the tune heard ahead of the New York Diamond League, where Bolt posted a modest 20.29 in the 200m, those who should know seem extremely comfortable with the sprinter’s readiness heading to tomorrow’s test.It’s left to be seen, but the site of one of Bolt’s greatest weeks – a triple gold medal treat at the 2012 Olympic Games – may also serve as the stage for his first real statement this season.
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner Wednesday challenged the rates Allstate Corp. charges consumers for homeowner’s insurance and said he would order the company to refund premiums if a hearing substantiates those claims. Poizner said that while other insurers have lowered rates for homeowner’s coverage by between 10percent and 18percent, Allstate has applied for a 12percent rate increase. The company also recently announced it would not write new policies in California because of losses from wildfire and other claims. In an order compelling Allstate to justify its rates, the state said a preliminary analysis of claims data suggests rates should be reduced by 43.88percent. “I am drawing a line in the sand,” Poizner said. “If I find that Allstate’s rates are excessive, refunds will occur.” The group called for a 40percent reduction in rates under Proposition103, which it says would result in average individual savings of about $362 a year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The company denied the allegation, saying the current rates were approved by the state insurance department in 2003 and “are competitively priced.” More than 50,000 residents took out new coverage in 2006, noted Rich Halberg, the company’s California spokesman. The company is seeking its first rate increase in almost four years to more accurately reflect the cost of providing the coverage, Halberg said. A hearing must now be held to determine whether the company’s rates are excessive and should be reduced. Allstate was also criticized Wednesday by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, which said the company has been overcharging residents by $326million a year.
Kurt Zouma produced another good display for Chelsea against West Ham but it’s another starlet who has captured Jose Mourinho’s attention.Ruben Loftus-Cheek was on the bench for their clash with the Hammers at Upton Park and failed to make the pitch in east London as the Blues won 1-0.But Mourinho was quick to laud the 19-year-old, who made his debut earlier in the campaign as a substitute against Manchester City.And the Portuguese boss insisted it is only the pressure of being in a battle for the Premier League title that is stopping him from playing the teen.He said: “I had Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the bench and I have to say that, in my opinion, next year, this kid will be a big surprise in the Premier League.“This season, if I was not playing for the title and we were not playing with the pressure we have, this kid would already be on the pitch.”
Lifford AC was represented with four runners in the Belfast City Marathon.Daniel HanniganDaniel Hannigan was first home for the club in a excellent time of 2:54:18 with an impressive 22nd position for the Lifford man in a field of over 2000 runners.Next to cross the line was Maurice Sharkey in 3:12:34 and 93rd overall. This was a personal best for Maurice who knocked off over 2 minutes off his time form the same course last year. A great run by these both as they both finished in the top 100. Next to cross the line was Gerard Campbell in 3.:34:42, this was another strong run for Gerard who had been struggling with injury for the past few weeks.The final Lifford man to cross the line was Shaun Colhoun in 3:44:52.Maurice SharkeyOverall this was a fantastic day for all the runners who took part from the club.Lifford also had three women in action on Day 1 of the Donegal Track and Field Championship. Isabella Breslin won the Masters 200 metre event in a time of 32.07. Ann Marie Mc Glynn and Natasha Adams both went in the 3000 metre event. Ann Marie recorded 9:39:22, Nastasha Adams recorded a personal best of 10:22:38 finishing both 1st and 2nd respectively. LIFFORD AC NOTES – CLUB ATHLETES DO WELL IN BELFAST was last modified: May 7th, 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:LIfford AC
THE Milford Inn will re-open later this month, giving a jobs boost to the area.The Tirconaill Tribune says the Blaney family will run the premises after renting it back from an investment company which has been in negotiations with the liquidator Tom O’Brien.The Blaney family has also negotiated a clause which may see them buy back the premises at some stage in the future, said journalist John McAteer. Neal Blaney tells the paper the investors from outside the county had backed the proposals. JOBS BOOST AS MILFORD INN TO RE-OPEN was last modified: June 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:JOBS BOOST AS MILFORD INN TO RE-OPEN
Seven-year-old Mikaela Breen is to have life-changing surgery in England in late January – and a major fundraiser takes place tomorrow night.Convoy schoolgirl Mikaela was born prematurely and was diagnosed with spina bifida.Her parents, Sinéad and Chris, didn’t know if she would ever walk. But bubbly Mikaela, who attends Scoil Bhríde in Convoy, will now have surgery on her tethered spinal cord.“There is the risk of mobility damage but it will help urology wise,” her mum Sinéad says.“She cannot keep going the way she is, so we might have to take a risk with her mobility as she has to have healthy kidneys to live.“Surgery will transform Mikaela’s life and I want her to be as independent as she can be. “I want her to strong willed as well and do things for herself but she needs healthy kidneys for that.”After her surgery in England, Mikaela – who will be eight next month – will travel to the Boston Children’s Hospital in America for further treatment.,A Country Music Night will be held in aid of the Mobilize for Mikaela Fund tomorrow night, Thursday, December 14, at Biddy Friel’s in Drumoghill with dancing from 9pm. There will be a jiving competition with prizes for the top three. Tickets are priced at €10.Sinéad added: “Mikaela would not even be getting this operation in January without the support of the public so far. We really and truly appreciate the help and generosity.”For anyone who can’t make it to Drumoghill, you can donate via the Go Fund Me page here: gofundme/MobilizeForMikaela Major fundraiser tomorrow night as Mikaela gets ready for life-changing surgery was last modified: December 13th, 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)Tags:convoyMikaela Breen
Evander Kane of the Sharks is the target of a $6 million dollar lawsuit filed by a woman who claims the 27-year-old star reneged on a promise to compensate her for having an abortion.The unidentified woman said Kane got her pregnant and he finally coerced her into having an abortion last June by offering her $3 million, TMZ first reported. She claimed it was the second time Kane forced her to have an abortion and that he has refused to pay her.Kane, speaking to reporters Thursday morning, dism …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry Weather Ideal for Wheat Harvest and HaymakingContinued dry weather allowed significant gains in the wheat harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 10th. Some regions experienced scattered showers, however, more rain were needed for crop conditions to improve. In addition to wheat harvest, producers continued to cut hay, with many having moved onto a second cutting. Winter wheat, oat, and hay harvests continue to progress ahead of last year. Crop conditions continue to be in mostly good condition despite the lack of rain, however, this will change if there isn’t rain soon. Aside from wheat harvest, hay making and straw baling, growers were also spraying crops and trying to keep weeds at bay.Read the full report here