Panthers flex muscles to extend Eels winless streak

first_imgThe match featured some fairly stilted attack and low completion rates – plus high penalty counts – from both teams.The Eels had no shortage of attacking opportunities and enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball but asked very few questions of the Penrith defence, which regularly rushed up to shut down the time Eels halves Corey Norman and Mitch Moses had to look for options.However the Panthers themselves also looked a shadow of the team that completely dominated the Cowboys in Townsville last week; while the likes of Reagan Campbell-Gillard and James Fisher-Harris made a huge statement through the middle, halfback James Maloney wasn’t able to exert the same dominance.While the Eels showed an almost complete refusal to look for second-phase play or off-the-cuff football, a change in approach in the closing stages helped them look more threatening. Penrith had got on the board in just the fifth minute through a Maloney penalty goal but a Dylan Edwards error from the restart handed the ball back to the Eels.It was from that set the Panthers conceded a penalty that allowed a Kaysa Pritchard quick tap to catch Merrin offside. Referee Henry Perenara had no hesitation in sending the prop to the sin-bin for a professional foul.Tim Mannah repaid the favour in almost identical circumstances shortly after Merrin’s return and unlike Penrith – who held their line for the 10 minutes they were down to 12 men – the Eels cracked almost immediately.James Maloney caught Michael Jennings out of position to put in a perfect chip kick for Josh Mansour to score in the 20th minute.While Parramatta looked largely bereft of ideas in their regular journeys into Penrith’s red zone, they did create one gilt-edged chance in the 27th minute through a left-edge overlap only for Josh Hoffman to drop the ball with the line begging.Michael Jennings went close on the opposite flank five minutes later while James Maloney looked to have scored five minutes from half-time only to be denied by an obstruction from James Tamou taking out Will Smith.Maloney added a second penalty goal on the stroke of half-time for a 10-0 lead at the break.The Eels desperately needed to be next to score and they got their wish shortly after the resumption as a mix up between Dylan Edwards and Josh Mansour from a Mitch Moses grubber handed George Jennings his second try in his second game for the club.The 10-6 scoreline held firm through almost the entire second half as each team’s defence proved more than up to the task of handling their opponent’s attacking plays.With Penrith turning away a few late attacking raids, a late Maloney penalty goal sealed the 12-6 result.last_img read more

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Cocolife quiets Smart super import for 1st win

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Klisura delivered 11 kills, two blocks and an ace for 14 points while new recruit Royse Tubino had 10 markers for Cocolife, which logged its first win in three games.With setter Tina Salak and Klisura employing solid net defense, Silva, Smart’s gem of an import, went quiet in the third set, allowing Cocolife to turn a 15-11 lead into a 20-12 cushion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSilva, a member of the Cuban national team, had 32 kills in just 77 attempts for 33 points for the Giga Hitters, who are still waiting for the arrival of their second import from Serbia.“I was impressed,” said Cocolife coach Moro Branislav. “Their Cuban import was very good. But they (Smart) have yet to develop their game so we beat them in three sets. They will surely be back, especially when their second import arrives.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentscenter_img Cocolife survived an explosive performance from Cuban import Gyselle Silva to pull off a 25-20, 25-22, 25-13 victory over Smart in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.Sara Klisura led the scoring parade, but it was a total team effort for the Asset Managers, who spoiled Smart’s debut.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A night of sports heroes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

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Counselor arrested on sexual assault warrant

first_imgHe has been released on a number of conditions until his first court appearance is October 12, 2011. Anthony has practiced in Prince George, Dawson Creek, Williams Lake and Fort St. John. RCMP can’t say this is an isolated event. Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Fort St. John Serious Crime unit at 250-787-8140.- Advertisement –last_img

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Mourinho wants Guardiola to get same treatment as rivals

first_imgHe was then seen in animated conversation with Nathan Redmond after the final whistle, appearing to remonstrate with the Southampton winger.Redmond has since released a statement saying that Guardiola was “only very complimentary and positive” during the exchange, although the Football Association has asked the Spaniard to explain his actions.However, the fact that Guardiola received no punishment at the time for entering the field of play angered Mourinho, who was sent to the stands during his team’s 1-0 win at Southampton in September after stepping onto the pitch.Mourinho did not receive a touchline ban over the incident, but feels that he was punished unfairly.Asked if he was surprised that Guardiola was not sent to the stands, Mourinho said: “Surprised? No. Not surprised.”Pushed to elaborate, Mourinho indicated to journalists that he would get into trouble with the football authorities if he said what he actually thought.He said: “No. No. No. No. You are asking me one question, if I am surprised. I say I am not surprised.“The second question is nothing. It’s another one. I can’t answer to the second question.“You know, if you are my friends, don’t ask me the question, because you know I get into trouble, so no.”Mourinho, meanwhile, has defended striker Romelu Lukaku, suggesting that the Belgium international will soon rediscover his scoring form.– Criticism –Lukaku scored 11 goals in his first 10 appearances for United after joining from Everton in July, but has scored just once in 11 games for the club since.Mourinho suggested at the end of October that the striker was receiving unfair criticism from the club’s supporters.He said then that Lukaku should be untouchable because his all-round contribution on the pitch was so important.The manager has now indicated that he retains full confidence in the forward, who is set to face England in the World Cup in Russia next year after they were drawn in Belgium’s group.“He is going to score soon, no problem. He is going to score soon,” he added.“If it’s Saturday, Tuesday, next week, I don’t know but he is going to score soon. No problem at all. No problem at all.“For me the most important thing is teamwork and he is second to none in giving everything he has to the team.”Mourinho refused to comment when asked about the possibility of signing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and who has been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford.The United manager, though, is not surprised that Ozil has got so close to the end of his Arsenal contract without agreeing another one.“That’s football,” he said. “There are other important players in Europe in other teams that they finish their contracts.“Sometimes players decide to go in this direction, which is the right that they have.“They gamble, because you know, imagine one of these players has a big knee injury, if one of these players has one of these injuries, probably next season, he is without a club.“Players have the right to do that and I don’t blame the clubs because the clubs, they try.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (C) celebrates after Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling scores his team’s second goal during their match against Southampton in Manchester, north west England, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 2 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted he believes Pep Guardiola received preferential treatment in avoiding being sent to the stands on Wednesday.Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, ran onto the pitch to celebrate Raheem Sterling’s late winner as his team beat Southampton 2-1 to remain eight points clear of United at the top of the Premier League.last_img read more

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‘Just the beginning’ for Neymar as PSG hit key run

first_img“I wasn’t expecting this at the beginning, these statistics with Paris Saint-Germain. But I’m here to help the team and my teammates and to try and do better each day, in each match, and that’s the most important thing,” Neymar told PSG TV.“It’s not my objective to be the team’s main player, the lad who gets the most assists or scores the most goals. I just want to play my own football, that’s how it is, I want to make things happen.”Neymar followed up a four-goal performance in an 8-0 win over Dijon with a brace in last weekend’s 4-0 rout of Montpellier, and despite constant speculation about his future, he is adamant there is much more to come in Paris.Monaco’s Radamel Falcao warms up prior to their French Ligue 1 match against Metz, at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, on January 21, 2018 © AFP/File / VALERY HACHE“It’s just the beginning,” said the 25-year-old, who scored the club’s 2000th goal at the Parc des Princes against Montpellier.“Making history with this club is an important thing for a player. That’s why I came here. To make history and help PSG progress.”After Saturday’s trip north, PSG visit second-tier Sochaux in the French Cup and then host Toulouse in Ligue 1 before all eyes turn to the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with holders Real Madrid in Spain on February 14.Lille, the French champions in 2011, are just one place above the bottom three after a tumultuous first half of the campaign that resulted in an acrimonious divorce between the club and mercurial Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa.– The race for second –While PSG continue their inexorable march towards a fifth title in six years, the battle for second place intensifies this weekend as Lyon host defending champions Monaco on Sunday.It will be the second meeting in 10 days after Lyon dumped Monaco out in the last of 32 of the French Cup following a 3-2 victory at the Stade Louis II.But after six wins in seven league outings, Lyon slumped to a 3-1 defeat last time out on what was Gustavo Poyet’s debut as Bordeaux coach having replaced the sacked Jocelyn Gourvennec.Monaco sealed a return to the French League Cup final on Wednesday as Radamel Falcao struck twice in a 2-0 defeat of Montpellier to set up a rematch against last year’s winners PSG.“He (Falcao) hadn’t scored in three games but everyone knows he’s a big player and all players know there are times when they don’t score,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.“Now we have time to think about the final, we will prepare better for the final than last season,” he added, after seeing his side thrashed 4-1 by PSG a year ago.Marseille, who are level on 48 points with Lyon after Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Monaco, will look for a fifth league win in six when they host bottom-of-the-table Metz on Friday.Fixtures (all times 10pm unless stated)FridayMarseille v Metz (10:45pm)SaturdayLille v Paris Saint-Germain (7pm), Amiens v Saint-Etienne, Montpellier v Angers, Nice v Toulouse, Strasbourg v BordeauxSundayRennes v Guingamp (5pm), Caen v Nantes (7pm), Monaco v Lyon (11pm)Troyes v Dijon – postponed to February 20 due to floods0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar (front) fights for the ball with Rennes’ Jeremy Gelin during their French League Cup semi-final match, at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, on January 30, 2018 © AFP/File / DAMIEN MEYERPARIS, France, Feb 2 – Neymar insists his Paris Saint-Germain career is just getting started as the runaway French league leaders prepare for a crucial stretch of matches that will likely define their season.PSG go to struggling Lille on Saturday, exactly six months on from Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona, with the Brazilian superstar bidding to add to his overall haul of 26 goals from 24 matches.last_img read more

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Yahoo shares plunge 13%

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled as advertisers continued to shift their spending to the Internet, but it wasn’t enough to live up to the lofty expectations for the Web’s most heavily trafficked destination. Yahoo’s shares plunged by more than 13 percent after the report’s release Tuesday. The Sunnyvale-based company said it earned $683.2 million, or 46 cents per share, during the three months ended in December. That represented an 83 percent increase from net income of $372.5 million, or 25 cents per share, at the same time in 2004. The 2005 results included a $310 million gain triggered by a complex deal that left Yahoo with a 40 percent stake in Alibaba.com, China’s largest e-commerce company. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card If not for that gain and other accounting items unrelated to its ongoing operations, Yahoo said it would have earned 16 cents per share. That figure fell a penny below the average estimate among analysts polled by Thomson Financial. Revenue for the quarter totaled $1.5 billion, a 39 percent increase from $1.08 billion in the comparable 2004 period. After subtracting the advertising commissions that Yahoo paid to other Web sites, the company’s fourth-quarter revenue stood at $1.07 billion, in line with analyst estimates. Yahoo shares gained 21 cents to close at $40.11 on the Nasdaq Stock Market, then plunged $5.40, or 13.5 percent, in extended trading. Because Yahoo is the first major Internet company to disclose how it fared during 2005’s final quarter, its fourth-quarter report has become a focal point for investors trying to gauge just how much more advertising migrated online during the busy holiday shopping season. Yahoo’s earnings shortfall appeared to have a ripple effect on another Internet bellwether, online search engine leader Google Inc., whose shares shed $16.11, or 3.5 percent, in extended trading. Google’s market value already had climbed 13 percent so far this year in anticipation that its profit will exceed analyst expectations when its fourth-quarter results come out Jan. 31. This marks the second consecutive quarter that Yahoo has reported robust financial growth only to have investors punish its stock. The pattern reflects the high hopes riding on Yahoo’s stock as investors bet on the company’s ability to cash in on the Internet advertising boom. Although Yahoo’s profits have been steadily rising in recent years, the company still hasn’t been able to come up with a formula that’s as effective at serving up moneymaking ads as Google, its biggest rival. “Frankly, Google has done a better job than us,” Yahoo Chairman Terry Semel acknowledged during a Tuesday interview. Both Yahoo and Google display text-based ads on hundreds of Web sites in addition to their own, but only get paid when the links are clicked on. Google’s knack for enticing clicks has generated a long stretch of stellar earnings growth that has eclipsed Yahoo’s. As a result, Google is currently worth twice as much as Yahoo, even though it is a younger company. A growing number of people also are relying on Google to process search requests, another factor depriving Yahoo of an opportunity to make more money. Through November, Google held 39.8 percent of the U.S. search market, up from 34.6 percent at the same juncture in 2004, according to comScore Media Metrix. Meanwhile, Yahoo’s share has dropped to 29.5 percent, down from 32 percent in November 2004. Semel has been promising to introduce improved advertising algorithms later this year, a pledge he reiterated Tuesday. But he stressed it will be a gradual process that’s unlikely to have a significant impact on Yahoo’s earnings until 2007. Drumming up more advertising will become even more important later this year when Yahoo will lose one of its biggest partners, Microsoft Corp.’s MSN.com, which plans to launch its own marketing network this summer. Yahoo said Tuesday that it expects to lose about $120 million in advertising revenue generated by its partners this year. Besides the Microsoft setback, the erosion also reflects an expectation that Yahoo will have to share more revenue with its other remaining partners. Despite those challenges, Yahoo management predicted the company will continue to thrive as advertisers ante up to reach its vast audience. Yahoo ended 2005 with 365 million users, a 21 percent increase from 2004. In an attempt to become less dependent on advertising, Yahoo has been selling more services, such as high-speed Internet access and matchmaking, to its visitors. The company ended the year with 12.6 million subscribers, an 11 percent increase from 11.4 million in September. The subscribers paid $186 million in fees during the fourth quarter, a 38 percent increase from the same time in 2004. Spurred by its steady growth, Yahoo added another 674 workers during the fourth quarter, expanding its payroll to 9,816 employees at the end of 2005. Excluding its ad commissions, Yahoo forecast its 2006 revenue will range from $4.6 billion to $4.85 billion – a 24 percent to 31 percent increase from 2005. The average 2006 revenue estimate among analysts is $4.77 billion, according to Thomson Financial. For all of 2005, Yahoo earned $1.9 billion, or $1.28 per share, on total revenue of $5.26 billion. Net income for 2004 totaled $839.6 million, or 58 cents per share, on total revenue of $3.57 billion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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State champions eye top spot at national Academic Decathlon

first_imgThen there’s the historical record: California teams have won 12 of 24 national championships, Texas has won 11, and Wisconsin one. L.A. Unified schools have won eight of those championships, including Taft’s two in 1988 and 1993, both coached by Art Berchin, who came out of decathlon retirement in 2003 to try for a third national win. Team members give a lot of credit to Berchin, a soft-spoken, dedicated English teacher who also teaches classes at Santa Monica College – where the team members are dual-enrolled in college English classes – and Pierce College. They described him as stern but fair, a respected coach, not a buddy. “Once you’re a friend, you can’t push the kids to do what they should,” Shaffer said. “He’s really strict but he never yells at us.” Schettler recalled when the stoic Berchin offered a handshake after they won the state competition. “And I said, `No, no, Dr. Berchin, this is not a handshake moment,’ and I gave him a big hug, and for the rest of the day he was beaming,” she said. “And he did not take his medal off.” If they win, team members said, it will be for Berchin, and also for the 54 other California teams who competed at the state level and forced Taft to study harder, longer and more efficiently by making it as tough as possible to claim the California crown. “(Acadeca) does so much good for the school and for this district, and if we win, it says a lot about the kind of talent we have here in California,” Berchin said. “These nine students got an education they couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.” But in Acadeca, nothing can be taken for granted, not even Taft’s high score. Berchin’s teams have won the regional competition three out of the past four years, only to see other teams surpass them at the state level. In San Antonio, they will face teams from 38 other states, all of them dreaming of an upset against Taft, against California. “We want to do as well as we possibly can,” Rebrova said, noting that the team’s scores slipped from regionals to state. “It’s not just about the win. We want to surpass ourselves.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Taft team – Ellington; Michael Farrell, 17, of Canoga Park; Farhan Khan, 18, of Encino; David Lopez, 17, of Burbank; David Novgorodsky, 17, of Woodland Hills; Julia Rebrova, 16, of Encino; Atish Sawant, 18, of Stevenson Ranch; Dean Schaffer, 17, of Woodland Hills; and Monica Schettler, 17, of Tarzana – has been in San Antonio since Sunday. Studying. But they aren’t just study drones. During an interview shortly after their state victory, they cracked jokes – obscure references to Francis Bacon’s death or lines from Shakespeare – and talked about the friendships they’ve made with other California decathletes and their hopes in Texas. “We all understand how hard everyone works to be a part of this program,” Schettler said. “We’re competing with the best of the best.” And Taft is considered the best of the best. The school garnered the highest state score in the nation – 50,912 points out of a possible 60,000 – nearly 4,000 points ahead of its closest rivals, the champs from Wisconsin, Texas, Arizona and Illinois, whose scores ranged from 45,409 to 46,933. “This is a monster team. This is a team of destiny,” said Cliff Ker, Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon coordinator, who oversaw the district’s 60 teams this season. “Getting to know these kids last year, and knowing their potential as decathletes, as persons, has been something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in my 29 years in education. These kids are phenomenal.” After the U.S. Academic Decathlon is over, California’s state champion team plans to sleep, eat steaks and go to an amusement park. After the competition is over, that is. Woodland Hills’ Taft High School team took a week off after they won the state championship in March. Since then, they’ve spent nearly every day studying for the national competition in San Antonio, which begins today. “It would be ludicrous to relax for five weeks after working so hard for two years,” said Zac Ellington, 18, of Woodland Hills, one of the six decathletes who also competed on last year’s team. last_img
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New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini mugged at gunpoint in Chile

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has been mugged at gunpoint in Chile, according to reports.The 64-year-old was travelling to a restaurant in Santiago with his wife and friends when targeted by a gang.Chilean newspaper La Cuarta reported that Pellegrini’s wife had her purse stolen during the incident on Saturday evening. The gang reportedly shot at police before fleeing in a stolen car.The recently-appointed West Ham boss thanked the police in a tweet in Spanish.He tweeted: “Congratulations to @Carabdechile for their speedy and brave reaction.“I’m thankful for the support of the people. I hope they give the Carabineros (police) more resources to solve the problem of delinquency as soon as possible.”Chile-born Pellegrini was appointed West Ham boss in May, having previously managed the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, River Plate and, most recently, Chinese club Hebei China Fortune. 1last_img read more

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THE ULTIMATE LADIES DAY OUT IS BACK

first_imgFollowing the incredible success of last year’s extravaganza, the Four Masters Ladies have joined with Breast Care Clinic Letterkenny to bring “The Ultimate Ladies Day out” back to the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. The event will be taking place on Sunday 13th October from 1-6pm.The event promises to have everything a woman needs with beauty, pampering, hair and fashion suppliers all offering their services free of charge or at a reduced show price as well as numerous pop-up shops selling fashionable items on the day. Added to this throughout the day there will be talks and fashion shows to keep you entertained, this includes a motivational talk as well as a talk on image, hair and make-up.Nicola Dunnion, one of the organisers commented, “tickets went on sale on Friday 13th and are priced at only €25, which is great value for an amazing day out, there really is something for everyone and it will be a great fun filled day out. All proceeds are in aid of Breast Care Clinic Letterkenny and Four Masters Ladies GAA. The first 400 tickets sold obtain a goodie bag to the value of €20 as well as being entered into a competition to win a make-over to the value of €700! Last year was such a huge success and this year promises to be even bigger and better. We also have a surprise or two up our sleeves to keep you amused! We promise it will be an event that you will not forget. Any businesses who would like to get involved are more than welcome to contact any of the organising committee to arrange having a stand on the day”. Tickets went on sale from Friday 13 September. They can be purchased from the Abbey Hotel, Pure Indulgence and BFit, Donegal Town, as well as through any of the organising committee. For further information please contact Nicola Dunnion (087)2449129; Kelly Lacey(087)9919035; Louise Jordan(087)2970956 or Karla Gallagher(087)3899965.Ultimate Ladies Day Out 2013 THE ULTIMATE LADIES DAY OUT IS BACK was last modified: September 19th, 2013 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:Breast Care Clinic Letterkennyultimate ladies day outlast_img read more

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READ ALL ABOUT IT AT EASONS THIS WEEKEND

first_imgIf you are amongst the many Donegal people who feel they don’t do enough reading with their children, then this is your chance.Easons in Letterkenny will host a ‘Get Into Reading’ session at their shop in the Courtyard Shopping Centre on Saturday morning at 11am.The very relaxed setting will simply allow children to come along and listen to a story being told. The aim of the ‘Get Into Reading’ sessions is to allow children to see how much fun reading can be.The book which will be read during this session is the brilliant Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.And just to get children into the mood, there will be balloons and treats given out!The overall ‘Get Into Reading’ campaign is in response to eye-opening results from a major survey on the nation’s reading habits. Easons are aiming to both promote reading to young children and encourage adults to reappraise their love of reading.To achieve this, they’re focusing on two central initiatives:1. Online Pledge FormThey’re asking everybody who believes in this cause to pledge their support online at www.easons.com/getintoreading. For every thousand names pledged, they’ll give an exclusive hamper of Eason Story Time books to a primary school chosen by a pledger! Plus – everyone who pledges can enter a weekly draw for a €500 Eason gift voucher.2. Eason Story Time Each Saturday at 11am in every Eason store in the country, they’ll read a specially selected children’s book to children and adults alike, so thousands of people can enjoy the same book at the same time in over 60 different locations!And this week Easons in Letterkenny will take centre stage with Lost and Found.So what is Lost and Found about? What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely!Among the most striking results from the survey carried out by Amarach*, commissioned by Eason in December 2011, were the following: Almost one in five (18%) Irish parents of children under the age of 8 never read to their children.Over two-thirds (68%) of Irish people believe that a favourite book can tell a lot about someone’s personality and a similar proportion (69%) perceive a well-read person to be intelligent.One-third (32%) cite time pressures as the main preventative to reading more to their child and 40% have given this as an excuse in telling a child that they cannot read to them.Four-in-five (84%) Irish people were encouraged to read by their parents and almost 7-in-10 members of the Irish public (69%) were read to as a child.A quarter of the Irish public reads for five or more hours each week and those who were read to as a child are 30% more likely to spend 5 or more hours a week reading than those who were not read to as a child.The internet outranks books in a preference to what to do with their spare time (43% read books, 52% surf the internet).A quarter of the Irish public reads for five or more hours each week and those who were read to as a child are 30% more likely to spend 5 or more hours a week reading than those who were not read to as a child.(All results from this survey commissioned by Eason reflect a recent OECD** report into the role of parents in a child’s education using the results of a survey of 28million 15 year olds through 74 countries. Among the many results that make up the report, it was clear that the regular reading to young children benefited their development.)How Can You Get Into Reading?Pledge your support; tell your friends; spread the word; attend Story Time in your local Eason store; read some books; read to a child; get a child to read to you; encourage your friends and family to read more often; take time to read; make time to read; get lost in a book, find your way back out and get lost in another… there are tons of ways to Get Into Reading.READ ALL ABOUT IT AT EASONS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 16th, 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)last_img read more

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