Lealiifano inspired by the smile of his son

first_imgLealiifano today spoke publicly for the first time since returning to rugby and revealed the shining light that spurned him on while pushing through rigorous chemotherapy treatment in Melbourne.”It helped me massively to know that he had zero awareness of what was going on,” Lealiifano said of his son.”To have him come into hospital and see his dad with no hair one day, no hair, no eyebrows and he still smiles and knows who you are, it’s truly uplifting hey.”You look in the mirror and you’re actually sick but then you see your son and he makes you smile.”Keeping him close to me was something that motivated me and inspired me to get better.”To be a dad and make it to his first birthday meant a lot.”Lealiifano’s story has inspired a nation.Struck down with a leukaemia diagnosis in August 2016, his return to rugby was something that coach Stephen Larkham always believed was a matter of when, not if.That belief, along with the support of friends, family, fans and countless others, who Lealiifano went to great extent to thank today, was another motivating factor in his journey back to full health.”He (Larkham) was probably the one person that from day one, he was always believing that I would get back and play,” Lealiifano said.”Knowing that in the back of my mind, that someone was there that truly believed I would make it – he never wavered off that and it really inspired me and motivated me.”Knowing that someone truly, truly believed that I could get back and play footy again and then to run out in the quarter final against the Hurricanes was truly special,” Lealiifano said.The 29-year-old was also stoic in saying he would go through the treatment 10 times over, such is the impact this battle has had on his take on life.”Just my outlook on life – rugby is a small part of it but my perspective changed, obviously, when I had a child,” he said.”Then when you get leukaemia and go through that, everything changes even more.”I’m really, really, really grateful and I’ve said this before – I would go this through 10 times again to be the person I am today.”Reports in recent days indicate Lealiifano is considering a move to Ulster to get game time back in his legs before the 2018 season but no such deal has been locked in, according to the man himself.A stint with the Vikings come NRC time is an options, as is a move to other overseas clubs, but Lealiifano hasn’t thought about any potential Wallabies involvement down the track.He’s simply focused on staying fit and healthy, with the battle of a lifetime now firmly in the rearview mirror.”They always say that when you are in remission you have beaten it but they don’t actually say you have beaten it until roughly two years,” he said.”One thing that they said they can never guarantee is that the cancer won’t come back.”They can give you every chance but it’s just a matter of trying to live each day the best you can.”last_img read more

Rousaud, the Dolphin that has lasted four months

first_imgHe is the 31,011 member of the entity and a director of Barça since July 2015 when Bartomeu proposed that he join his team. Since January he was institutional vice president of the club and was the consensus man of the board to lead the continuation candidacy. He is also vice president of PIMEC, member of the Chamber of Commerce and acknowledges that Factor Energía had a VIP box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.Rousaud with the economic vice president Enrique Tombas, have been the main victims of the purge that has been carried out by the president of the club Josep Maria Bartomeu because he argues that he has lost confidence in them as well as in the managers Josep Pont and Silvio Elias. Emili Rousaud (Barcelona, ​​1966) is the CEO ofe the Factor Energía company, which he founded with 33 years when no one gave a euro for new companies that entered the electricity sector. He created the first independent electricity marketer in Spain and now has a turnover of around 400 million euros. The company’s business plan foresees that this figure increases to 1,000 in five years. Your company has 300 direct and 700 indirect employees.last_img read more

Messi stars as Barcelona win Super Cup

first_imgTBILISI, Georgia (AP):Lionel Messi scored twice and set up the winning goal as Barcelona started the season in dramatic style by beating Sevilla 5-4 after extra time to lift the UEFA Super Cup yesterday.The action-packed, all-Spanish match was won when Pedro, linked by British media with a move to Manchester United, scored from close range after a shot by Messi rebounded in the 115th minute.In the final seconds of extra time, Sevilla defender Adil Rami had a golden chance to send the match to penalties, but missed an open goal from close range.Earlier, Sevilla had battled back from 4-1 down to 4-4 as Barcelona’s fitness was tested in their first competitive match of the season – Europe’s curtain-raiser between the winners of the Champions League and the second-tier Europa League.European champions Barcelona went behind three minutes into the game when Ever Banega scored from a free kick from the edge of the penalty area.Messi curled two direct free kicks past Sevilla goalkeeper Beto in the seventh and 16th minutes and was a constant threat in attack throughout the first half, though he made less of a mark after the break.Barcelona’s third came shortly before half-time when Luis Suarez pounced on the rebound after his shot was parried by Beto and crossed for Rafinha to score.Suarez grabbed a goal in the 52nd minute following a poor pass by Sevilla defender Benoit Tremoulinas. The French left back gave the ball away to Sergio Busquets, who played in Suarez to apply a calm finish. However, it was cancelled out almost immediately when the unmarked JosÈ Antonio Reyes ran in at the far post to steer home a cross by Vitolo.PENALTY KICKVitolo was again in the thick of the action a quarter of an hour later as he tried to reach a cross from Tremoulinas, but was fouled by Jeremy Mathieu, playing at left back for the injured Jordi Alba. The resulting penalty was hit hard and left by Kevin Gameiro.Sevilla pulled level when debutant Yevhen Konoplyanka slotted in from close range off a low pass from Ciro Immobile in the 81st minute.Having won the Spanish league and cup titles, along with the Champions League, lifting the Super Cup keeps Barcelona on track to win six trophies in a calendar year, a feat the club last achieved under Pep Guardiola in 2009.Next up is the Spanish Super Cup against Atheltic Bilbao on Friday and Monday, before the Club World Cup in December.last_img read more

Lower animal populations in annual wildlife count

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie The Charlie Lake Conservation Society is noticing a dip in wildlife populations in the North Peace.- Advertisement -On January 17th, a trio of society members searched a 5×5 km square grid, between Tea Creek and Wilder Creek southwest of Charlie Lake.Between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. that day, 14 elk were spotted feeding on the hills.44 Mule Deer were counted, but only two White Tail deer were seen. And only two moose were spotted in the same area.Volunteer Stan Gladysz says the decrease in wildlife could be attributed to both rising wolf populations and warmer temperatures this season.Advertisement He explains that when Chinooks pass through the area, they can create a crust on the snow, which can cause animals to damage their legs.Gladysz says a 50% reduction in moose numbers from last year could be the result of ticks, as well as a longer winter in 2008-09.He added that counting wildlife isn’t as difficult as it sounds, because the animals can be easily spotted as most of the area is open country.The results of the third-annual count were forwarded to the Ministry of Environment, where they will be used to determine the upcoming hunting allowance.Advertisementlast_img read more

WOULD EWE BELIEVE IT! SHEEP GETS LIFT IN BOOT OF DONEGAL CAR!

first_imgSHEEP IN BACK OF CO DONEGAL CARIT’S a picture that has been tweeted and retweeted again and again….a sheep crammed into the back of a Ford Fiesta!When AA Roadwatch sent it out, it took on a life of its own.And no wonder. The poor animal just about fits in to the boot.We knew those boys at Hegarty’s in Letterkenny sold good cars with plenty of room in the boot.But for a sheep?  WOULD EWE BELIEVE IT! SHEEP GETS LIFT IN BOOT OF DONEGAL CAR! was last modified: February 5th, 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:WOULD EWE BELIEVE IT! SHEEP GETS LIFT IN BOOT OF DONEGAL CAR!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR BIDDING TO REACH FIRST DONEGAL SFC FINAL SINCE 1993 THIS WEEKEND

first_imgKilcar GAA News:Hard luck to our Minor team who were narrowly defeated by an injurytime point by Milford in the county B final in Ballybofey on Saturdayit was a great team effort from the lads most of whom are on the Under16 team, hard luck also to our reserves who lost their championshipquarter final replay against Four Masters by 0-10 to 0-08. It’s a bigweekend for our seniors when they bid to reach the county final forthe first time since 1993 when they take on Naomh Conaill inBallybofey on Sunday at 3:30pm best of luck to the lads. UnderageWell done to our Under 16s on winning the regional final against FourMasters by 2-13 to 2-11 on Monday evening in Dunklineely, our Under13s are in action away to Naomh Columba this Tuesday at 6:30pm.Scor Na NogScor Na Nog is due to take place in the coming weeks. It would belovely to see as many young people as possible taking part this yearto represent their club. If anyone would like to give a helping handto organise the event your help would be greatly appreciated. Thefollowing acts are needed: Solo Singer, Ballad Group, InstrumentalGroup, Storyteller, Set and Ballad Dancers and Quiz Team. Call or textHonora: 087-7925603 Club AppWe are up to 188 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like tosign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLGChill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3.Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Login and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You willreceive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpotis €4,800 this week’s numbers were:  3, 5, 9 and 30 winners were: €50Con Haughey (Kilbeg) €30 John Cunningham (Glen) and €20 FionaO’Donnell (Ballymoon).  Lotto Plus numbers 9, 13, 22 and 23 there wasno winner.Bingo There was no winner of our Club Bingo so next week’s Jackpot is now€5,450 on 45 numbers. This Sunday’s winners were €150 John Conwell,€80 Marie McShane, John Cunningham, Catherine Johnston, €70 ColetteMcDevitt, Eileen Curran, Breege McGuinness, Sally McHugh, BreegeMcCalliog, Nora Byrne, Kathleen Cunningham and Mrs McGonagle.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you canalso follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAAand @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR BIDDING TO REACH FIRST DONEGAL SFC FINAL SINCE 1993 THIS WEEKEND was last modified: September 21st, 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:GAASportlast_img read more

CYCLING LEGEND SEAN KELLY TIPS DONEGAL MAN TO MAKE IT BIG

first_imgA Donegal cyclist is being tipped to make a huge impact on the professional cycling circuit by none other than Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly.Ronan McLaughlin, who hails from Muff, has signed with Kelly’s An Post team and is looking to coming back to the roads of his native Donegal for the RAS this year.Team director Sean Kelly is full of praise for the hard working Donegal man and believes that he has what it takes to make a breakthrough this year. “Ronan is a huge talent and he works hard. He made a big improvement last year and is focused on progressing again this year,” said Kelly.“If he can make another improvement like he did last year and get himself in the right position at the finish of races I would be very surprised if he did not get the results he is capable of,” he added.For the full article see www.irishprocycling.com  CYCLING LEGEND SEAN KELLY TIPS DONEGAL MAN TO MAKE IT BIG was last modified: February 20th, 2012 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:muffRONAN MCLAUGHLINSean Kellywww.irishprocycling.comlast_img read more

McHUGH TELLS HEALTH MINISTER: ‘I WANT INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF MAURA PORTER’

first_imgThe late Maura PorterDONEGAL Deputy Joe McHugh has demanded an independent investigation into the death of a pensioner who died after it took an ambulance 50 minutes to reach her as she lay dying on a road after being hit by a car.Maura Porter died on the night of December 30, five hours after being hit by a car in Carndonagh while she was out for a walk to a local church.Deputy McHugh has also asked Health Minister James Reilly to find out why a coast guard helicopter which was at nearby Malin Head was not tasked to the scene of the accident – an ambulance was instead sent from Letterkenny. Deputy Joe McHugh met the Porter family to discuss the case.He said he passed his deepest sympathies to the Porter family and has now called on the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, to set up an independent review to establish what happened in the case of Mrs Porter.Deputy McHugh is also calling for clarity on the issue of whether ambulance responses in Donegal are in line with HSE or HIQA guidelines and standards of conduct.Commenting on this, Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. “I want to express my sincerest sympathies to the Porter family on the tragic loss of their mother and wife, Maura Porter. “It is a painful thing to lose a family member, and to do so under these circumstances is a further grief that this family has to endure.“I have written to the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, asking for a full and independent review into the circumstances surrounding Mrs Porter’s death.“I have also highlighted to the Minister that I believe it is necessary to review and analyse the ambulance services overall.“This review should include waiting times, drop off delays, link up with helicopter coast guard services and include a clear and concise view into how the hospitals in both Donegal and Derry are working together with the ambulance services to ensure that people are not waiting longer than necessary to receive treatment.“In addition to this, I have submitted questions to the Department of Health, requesting confirmation that ambulance responses in Co. Donegal follow internal HSE guidelines or the pertinent HIQA standards and if the Minister will outline HSE plans to improve national consistency in response times.” His call comes after unions representing ambulances admitted staff were over-stretched, under-resourced and often didn’t send the right type of medical crew to the scene of incidents.McHUGH TELLS HEALTH MINISTER: ‘I WANT INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF MAURA PORTER’ was last modified: January 9th, 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:inquiryJoe McHughMaura Porterlast_img read more

A’s takeaways: Phegley’s night to remember, bats finally break out

first_imgJosh Phegley had trouble hearing the first question of his postgame media scrum late Friday night, the result of some sort of ear problem that’s been bugging him.Phegley isn’t alone in struggling to comprehend whatever the heck it was that transpired at PNC Park, as the Athletics crushed the Pirates, 14-1, and Phegley had a game for the ages.Oakland’s No. 8 hitter had seven RBIs by the fourth inning and finished with eight after he smacked a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 14 runs the …last_img read more

World Cup spirit in Soweto

first_imgSouth African and foreign fans get thevuvuzela noise going at the Fifa Fan Festin Soweto.(Image: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524media-sa@fifa.org • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.com RELATED ARTICLES• SA fan to break attendance record• 2010 World Cup, New York style• Exciting start to World Cup• World Cup begins on a high note• The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th manNosimilo RamelaWhile over 90 000 football fans were having the time of their lives as South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off at the iconic Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, eight kilometres away, in the heart of Soweto township, another 40 000 were getting into the tournament spirit with the Fifa Fan Fest.Elkah Stadium in Moroka, Soweto, is one of the two Fan Fests venues in Johannesburg; the other is to the north of the city, in the upmarket Sandton area. On Friday locals and foreign visitors braved the winter cold to enjoy the atmosphere as they watched first the colourful opening ceremony on the huge screen, and then the intense clash between South Africa and Mexico.“This is history in the making. I wouldn’t miss it for anything,” said Sindiswa Mgoza from Pimville, Soweto. “Watching it at a fan fest with thousands of fellow South Africans and football lovers from all over the world makes it even more special.“We are sharing our cultures and making history – and what better place to do that than in Soweto, where freedom fighters such as Mandela once lived.”The streets of Soweto were a blaze of green and yellow as crowds wearing South African football jerseys sang, waved the national flag and blew on noisy vuvuzela trumpets as they made their way to the festival. The stadium opened at 10am, with a stage for live performances from local and international artists, the huge screen, and plenty to eat and drink.Marquees set up throughout the stadium offered visitors traditional South African food such as steamed bread and tripe, pap ‘n vleis (stiff porridge and meat) and boerewors rolls. Security was tight, with a large contingent of officers keeping order all day and through the night.People came with their families, carrying blankets for children and camp chairs for the elderly. Many came early to get the prime spot in front of the screen. “We arrived here at 11:30am,” said Mathato Molefe from Jabulani, Soweto. “We didn’t want to rush, and get stuck coming in, as we came with our elderly mother and kids.”Molefe and her family were all wearing South African football jerseys, hats, scarves, and jackets with the national colours, carrying vuvuzelas and South African flags. “We are very proud of our country, and are excited to see the first African World Cup being played in our own back yard.”William Hamilton from England came to the fan fest with friends from Australia, the US and South Africa. “We just had to come and watch the opening game in Soweto,” he said. “This is a historical event and this township and its people are a major part of this country’s history. Being here for us is like being at the centre of the making of history.”Hamilton said he and his friends were loving Soweto. “The people here are really amazing. They know how to have fun. The dancing and singing has really put us in the spirit of an African World Cup.”Getting into the jiveA few hours before the kickoff, as people slowly filled up the stadium, local artist Chommee opened the entertainment with her dancers jiving to her hit songs such as Jive Sexy and Fly the Flag, while the crowd danced and sang along.When Somali-Canadian artist K’naan took the stage to sing his anthemic Wavin’ Flag the queues at the food stalls evaporated as everyone headed to the stage. The crowds went into wild cheers and flags flew high as everyone held hands and sang along – many with tears in their eyes – just 10 minutes before the game began.“This song brought all of us to tears,” said Nosihle Mthembu. “K’naan gave such an emotional performance. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry tear in the entire stadium, in fact in all of Soweto. I’m sure they could hear him and us from every corner.”Let the games beginThe air was thick with anticipation as the whistle blew to start the first game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The tension was palpable, people screaming and gasping, as the game picked up and the two teams tried for goal. There were passionate celebrations when South African striker Simphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the tournament, putting his country in the lead.“We are well on our way now,” said Thabiso Mokoena. “Tshabalala has just rewarded every South African for all their efforts putting this World Cup together, and for all of us cheering fans, who have come out in numbers to blow our vuvuzelas and wave our flags.”Though the game ended in a 1-1 draw, there was still a sense of victory for the successful launch of South Africa’s – and Africa’s – first Fifa World Cup, with an amazing opening ceremony and a cracking opening goal. “At the end of the day we scored the first goal; we opened this tournament with an electric goal,” said Mokoena.The families made their way home after the game, while the youngsters stayed to enjoy the festivities as local DJs played through to midnight – and the beer queues grew longer.last_img read more