Eels ready to roll out Foran welcome mat

first_imgPhoto: NRL Photos.Kieran Foran will play in front of Eels fans for the first time since departing the club in Round 13. ‌While the Kiwi pivot will no doubt cop a razzing from elements of the blue and gold crowd, he remains on good terms with his former teammates. However, after orchestrating a 22-10 win against his former club at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 6, Eels players are hoping things will be different when he faces the music against his old home crowd.”He’ll be sweet; I hope he’s sweet, Parra fans are brutal!” laughed Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard.”I love ‘Fozzy’ as a person, I reckon he’s a good bloke. Last time we played them he ripped us apart. I don’t think we were ready for him last time.”Part of the reason the Eels may have been underprepared to face Foran in Round 6 is due to his delayed start to the year.After being forced to sit out the opening three rounds following on from his personal circumstances that saw him depart from the Eels mid-year last season, a hamstring complaint further delayed his return until Round 5.”I don’t think we knew if he was going to play or not last time but he’s playing this week and we’ve got a job to do on him. Him playing is just going to make our job a bit harder,” Pritchard added.One of the key match-ups to decide Friday’s contest will be the respective performances of Parramatta’s former star halfback recruit against its latest big-name signing in Mitch Moses, who improved out of sight from his first game in blue and gold to his second when he led the way in a 22-16 win over Souths last week.Moses said Foran hadn’t been a focus of the Eels’ preparation but was looking forward to facing off against one of the sport’s best playmakers.”It hasn’t been spoken about at all but he’s probably one of the best halves in the game, coming up against his old club he’ll want to get a good game under his belt,” Moses said.”I’m looking forward to the challenge against him. You always want to [play against] the best in the game and challenge yourself and always put yourself up against them so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”Pritchard will be another key man for the Eels on Friday; his partnership with former Eels under-16s teammate Moses has progressed rapidly in two games while Pritchard’s own form has built steadily in what is his first season of consistent big-minute starting games.”I’m feeling a lot better, I’m starting to understand the speed of the game,” he said of his own form.”It’s more getting used to the speed of the game, I’m understanding it better now. I still haven’t got it totally but I will and I can still keep up playing good footy and doing my job.”Injured Eels No.9 Isaac De Gois has been a big help to Pritchard this year despite his own disappointment at not being able to play since being concussed in a pre-season trial game.”I love ‘Goisy’, I talk to him nearly every day, every time I see him,” Pritchard said.”He’s giving me good tips on what to do and how to do it and things I’m doing [badly] too, he’ll tell me straight and that’s what I love about Goisy. I hope to see him back soon.”last_img read more

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Blagojevich Eyed Indian Ambassadorship

first_imgTapes played at impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s trial for trying to sell Sen. Barach Obama’s seat show that he was especially smitten with the prospect of being appointed ambassador to India. Rod Blagojevich greets Illinois Air National Guard Col. Rick Nyalka at the Joint Task Force – South (JTF-S)headquarters in Alton, Illinois, June 20, 2008 “I’m the governor of a $58 billion corporation,” Blagojevich tells his chief of staff John Harris on one recording from Nov. 5, 2008, “Why can’t I be ambassador to India?”In the recording, made the day after the presidential elections, Blagojevich muses on various potential appointments in Pres. Obama’s administration in exchange for nominating Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat, suggesting, “Let’s go down the pecking order. What else is good?”HARRIS You know, I wouldn’t do any ambassadorships. I mean Obama would do ambassadorships.BLAGOJEVICH He would?HARRIS Yeah, I think he’d do ambassadorships.BLAGOJEVICH Okay. I’m interested. How about India? South Africa? How about India? India’s vital. HARRIS Yeah, India’s vital. I’d say India…BLAGOJEVICH Is that realistic or would he reject that?HARRIS No, that’s realistic.BLAGOJEVICH Is it?HARRIS I think so.BLAGOJEVICH No shit.HARRIS Indonesia is just as good as India. In terms of, I mean we could have DCO give us a big, do some research on trading partners with the U.S.BLAGOJEVICH Get that quietly. Just trading partners with the U.S., right?HARRIS Right.BLAGOJEVICH Indonesia, it, okay, India, you think India’s not out of the realm of possibility, huh?HARRIS Well, no, I take that back, ‘cause I don’t know who his Indian donors are. You know, in terms of he might uh…BLAGOJEVICH I don’t, understand that, but I don’t think he’s gonna’ put an Indian there. I don’t think he’d put an Indian…HARRIS That would seem to be much more professional person, lot of credentials.BLAGOJEVICH That’s what I think, it’s vital.HARRIS Vital, big, you know, corporate CEO type.BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. However, I’m a corp, I’m a CEO. A 58 billion dollar corporation. (Clears throat) I don’t think it’s an Indian donor. I don’t think you put an Indian donor to be ambassador of India, who’s got conflicting loyalties. Do you follow me?HARRIS Mm-hmm.BLAGOJEVICH Huh?HARRIS Right.BLAGOJEVICH John Kenneth Galbraith used to be ambassador to India. I mean, who’s there now? You see what I’m saying. You gotta look and see who’s been, who’s done those. So you think that’s out of the realm of possibility or not? Too high?HARRIS Too important a trading partner.BLAGOJEVICH Mm-hmm. Let’s not, li-, listen, uh, uh, let’s not, uh, I hear what you’re saying.HARRIS Yeah.BLAGOJEVICH On the other hand, Bill Daley was commerce secretary. What the fuck were his credentials? Ron Brown was commerce secretary. The commerce secretary is much bigger than ambassador to India. Right?HARRIS Mm-hmm.BLAGOJEVICH Right or wrong?HARRIS Right. No, I think the commerce secretary is a huge job.BLAGOJEVICH Right. So I’m the governor of a 58 billion dollar corporation. Why can’t I be ambassador to India?BLAGOJEVICH What do you got? Because that Senat seat doesn’t mean that much to him.HARRIS Yeah, just India’s just such a vital, vital…BLAGOJEVICH What’s more important? Commerce secretary or ambassador to India?HARRIS Commerce secretary.BLAGOJEVICH Okay. I think I’ve got a bigger resume than Bill Daley had before he went, became commerce secretary.HARRIS Yeah, but that wasn’t about Bill Daley. That was about Rich Daley.BLAGOJEVICH Okay. Fair enough. That’s my point.HARRIS Yeah.BLAGOJEVICH This is about the governor of his home state and a U.S. senator. Alright, anyway…18 HARRIS Mm-hmm.BLAGOJEVICH What do you think? Unreachable or, you know, not necessarily unreachable, but hard to get. What category?HARRIS Hard, hard to get. I’d put it, you know, in the, you know, right of hard,but not unreas-, not im-, not impossible.BLAGOJEVICH Not like uh…HARRIS Not like U.N. ambassador.BLAGOJEVICH Correct or DH, Health and Human Services.HARRIS …(UI) right.BLAGOJEVICH Germany, England, France…Canada.HARRIS All those easier than India.BLAGOJEVICH Okay.(PAUSE)HARRIS Yeah it’s, it’s the, it’s the, it’s the, it’s the Rezko issue. Less so… I think your qualifications are there.He explores the prospect deeper with his wife Patti Blagojevich later, who trolls through U.S. Embassy’s website as Blagojevich wonders, “How are the running routes there?”P. BLAGOJEVICH We think that ambassador to India is the best choice.BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. That, I mean that’s a substantive one.….BLAGOJEVICH Yeah no India’s good.P. BLAGOJEVICH You’d like that.BLAGOJEVICH Look it’d be a big change in our lives. You know, poor Amy and Annie but I think it’d be tremendously enriching.P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah.BLAGOJEVICH Right?P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. I don’t know what the hell Annie’d be eating over there but……P. BLAGOJEVICH I mean I’ve got that I uh… Hold it, so the ambassador to India is some white guy right now, David C. Mulford.BLAGOJEVICH What does it pay?P. BLAGOJEVICH I don’t think it pays very much but then I think you’ve got a house there, right?BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. You know ambassador to Canada is another one.P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah Canada’s important.BLAGOJEVICH Major trading partner with America and Illinois.…P. BLAGOJEVICH Yeah. It’s in New Delhi, the embassy.BLAGOJEVICH Is there a picture of it?P. BLAGOJEVICH I’m looking, about the embasy.BLAGOJEVICH How are the running routes around there?P. BLAGOJEVICH (Chuckles) Congested I’m sure.BLAGOJEVICH Ah, huh. (PAUSE)P. BLAGOJEVICH Um, they were opened in 1959. So, um, anyway, photo gallery, try photo gallery. That doesn’t tell me anything, um, anyway…BLAGOJEVICH She’s right, I’d get skewered but see, let’s say you wanted to be ambassador to India or something…P. BLAGOJEVICH …right…BLAGOJEVICH You follow me?P. BLAGOJEVICH …right, right…BLAGOJEVICH …are you with me here?BLAGOJEVICH …yeah. Related Itemslast_img read more

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