Vaea Fifita back for Wellington

first_imgThe All Blacks blindside flanker, who played against Argentina but was rested for the South Africa trip, has been given the all-clear to rejoin the Lions at Westpac Stadium.He joins Brad Shields and fellow Hurricane Wes Goosen in returning to a powerful starting lineup.Shields reclaims the captaincy after missing the past four weeks due to a knee ligament tweak suffered during Wellington’s sole loss of the season against Tasman in Blenheim on September 10.He will start at No 8 against Northland alongside Fifita, who will make his second appearance for the Lions this season.He replaces Galu Taufale, who captained Wellington to a 61-12 win over Southland in Invercargill on Saturday, but is unavailable this week due to a bruised knee.Wellington coach Chris Gibbes continues to manage his full squad against Northland and has made 11 changes to the team that started against Southland.Seven of those changes are in the pack where Shields, Fifita and openside Mateaki Kafatolu form an all-new loose trio.Similarly there is a refreshed second row where James Blackwell and Sam Lousi replace Will Mangos and Chris Middleton. Blackwell is back after four weeks on the sideline due to a shoulder injury suffered against Canterbury.In the front row Alex Fidow returns at tighthead prop for Joe Apikotoa, while Sitiveni Paongo starts at hooker, switching roles with Asafo Aumua, who will come off the bench.The return of wings Julian Savea and Ben Lam from a rest week, and Goosen’s first start since injuring a rib against Tasman, are the features of a revamped backline.Savea and Lam come back in for Malo Tuitama and Losi Filipo respectively, Goosen replaces Billy Proctor at centre, and Kemara Hauiti-Parapara comes in at halfback for Sheridan Rangihuna.Wellington have an unbeatable lead on the championship ladder and will host a semifinal, while Northland are in second place and one of four teams still in the hunt for the remaining three places in the playoffs.”We expect a highly motivated Northland team and a tough match,” Gibbes said. “We aren’t even thinking about the semifinals, that’s for next week. This is a home match and it’s important that we go out and put in a performance we can be proud of.”Wellington: Trent Renata, Julian Savea, Wes Goosen, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Brad Shields (captain), Mateaki Kafatolu, Vaea Fifita, James Blackwell, Sam Lousi, Alex Fidow, Sitiveni Paongo, Tolu Fahamokioa. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Vince Sakaria, Joe Apikotoa, Will Mangos, James Tuiatua, Carlos Price, Regan Verney, Malo Tuitama.​ Photo by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT (Caption: Vaea Fifita made a huge impact for the All Blacks against Argentina in New Plymouth and returns for his first provincial game since, for Wellington against Northland)last_img read more

Garitano: “We know it is a special match for the fans”

first_imgOn possibility to play with 5 back as Athletic, commented that “We always observe all these options. We have to think only of ourselves. “About him Braithwaite case admitted that “The option that Lucas has not left for Barcelona is good for Alavés. Now he has touched the Leganés. I think the market has to end on January 31 and then for something there is the rest of the workforce or the subsidiary team. “On availability of troopsassured that “They are all good, Roberto already trains with us and Pina must be left alone because there is still enough time for us to count on him. ” The manchego is recovering from a fractured fibula. Countdown to the clash between babazorros and lions this weekend. The “no places available” sign will surely be hung up. In that sense, Asier Garitano said “We know it is a special match for the fans. Surely there is a good atmosphere. It is a derby but we will try to make a good meeting to give the fans a joy. Athletic is having a great season and they are just a few games away from finishing with honors. It is a well-worked team that competes very well despite the latest league results. Many days have not added but have deserved much more. “Garitano affected that “They are very powerful in the air game, they hurt between the lines with people like Iker Muniain. They are going to demand a lot from us but we also want to demand from them”added the Guipuzcoan. The bands and the state of form of Williams also worry in the capital of Alava two days away. The coach analyzed the classification in First. “The possibility of reaching 30 points can give us peace of mind. We come from a defeat in Mallorca and now we will seek to break that dynamic, “Garitano observed.last_img read more

Spencer excited by new PUMA deal

first_imgHurdling standout Kaliese Spencer says she was excited, following news that she had signed a new kit sponsorship deal with Puma and is hoping to inspire young females through this new platform.”I have known Puma for many years throughout their partnership with the JAAA. I like them and their people; they are great support to have around, more like a family, really,” Spencer was quoted in a media release issued yesterday.”I am excited to be a part of PUMA as it increases its focus on women, and I hope that involving female athletes in the campaign will inspire young girls to hit the track. I look forward to doing great things with my new PUMA family,” Spencer added.There were no details in yesterday’s statement, but when pressed about the length of the agreement, Spencer’s executive manager, Marvin Anderson – the recently retired sprinter – said that the 28-year-old would retire a Puma athlete.Anderson noted that the deal underlines her marketability, while noting that it will allow her to focus on meeting her objectives this season.”This deal reaffirms how consistent she has been over the years, all the hard work that she has done over the past ten years,” said Anderson during an interview with The Gleaner.”She is in a really good frame of mind. She is at the right place. She is focused on doing well at the games. Everything she is doing now is geared towards going to the Olympics in Rio and doing well there,” he added.Spencer, who joined the Bert Cameron-led Cameron Blazers training group at the end of last season, now adds her name to the Puma roster, which also includes fellow Jamaican athletes Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Hansle Parchment.FEMALE AUDIENCESpencer’s addition comes at a point when the German brand has increased its focus on its female audience with the launch of its SS16 training campaign with 2015 US NCAA 100m Champion, Jenna Prandini and Australian sprint hurdler, Michelle Jenneke also among its ranks.Spencer, who will compete at this weekend’s Drake Relays before flying out to Qatar for the Doha Diamond League meet next week, finished fourth at the London Olympic Games in 2012, as well as at the Berlin (2009) and Daegu (2011) World Championships. With 22 wins on the Diamond League circuit, Spencer is the most successful track athlete ever in the series. She also has the second most top three finishes (32).Spencer won Diamond Race trophies for the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons.Pascal Rolling, head of sports marketing, Running at Puma noted, “Kaliese is another great addition to Puma as she embodies the brand’s distinctive attitude, especially through her determination to succeed.””She has been competing internationally for 10 years now and is at the top of her game. This, combined with her likable nature and personality, make her a perfect fit for Puma,” added Rolling.”Puma today announced it has signed an endorsement deal with Kaliese Spencer. The 28-year-old 400m hurdler will join Puma’s roster of athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” the release continued.Spencer won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships and was second in the 400m at the 2014 World Indoor Championships.last_img read more

Team Debbah in 3rd Week Session

first_imgThe newly appointed coaches of the various Lone Stars yesterday continued their practices with selected neighborhood players at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, as part of a program developed by the technical department of the Liberia Football Association.“The team they are working work is from the neighborhood around here,” technical director Henry Browne told the Daily Observer, “they have been working with these players for the last three weeks.”The Daily Observer observed coaches James Salinsa Debbah, Chris Wreh, Joe Nagbe, Jonah Sarwieh, Oliver Markoh, Janjay Jacobs, Kervin Sebwe and Thomas Kojo at the stadium. Kojo and Sebwe were actively working with a team of players, along with two females, including skipper Kebeh Lamine of Earth Angels.Thomas Kojo said, “Since the fight against the Ebola is still going on, we are now working with a limited number of players that will prepare us (coaches) on what is ahead of us.”Kojo meanwhile took the players into several stretching exercises, as the head coach of the senior national team, James Debbah and others gave him their attention.“Today’s session is being conducted by Kervin,” Kojo said, “and therefore as you can see the rest of the coaches are watching keenly while the LFA technical team of Browne, Tamba and Smith are also observing keenly.”The coaches’ have attended all sessions, since the session began three weeks ago, and the responses of the players have been impressive, Browne said.Because the fight against Ebola is still on-going, fans attendance to the training sessions are restricted, Browne told the Daily Observer.Meanwhile, after series of exercise with the men, Coach Sebwe joined two female players and took them through a series of stretching, ball control and possession exercises.“Every time we come here,” Kojo explained, “one of us (coaches) will lead the training while others pay attention to what a coach is doing.”And it was exactly what Kervin Sebwe was doing while the others were observing and taking notes.“Later we examine and critic each other,” Kojo said, “and that way we know what we are doing which will help us when we begin the actual work with our respective groups.”Browne said after the Christmas break, teams would be assigned to the various coaches to begin the actual work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Slap to our independence

first_imgDear Editor,I have, with disdain, listened to the frivolous mantra about the corruption perpetrated by the previous PPP/C Government, and felt that, with the countless Commissions of Inquiry and the millions in taxpayers’ dollars spent, SOCU would have presented unequivocal evidence to prosecute the alleged PPP criminals in our courts of law.However, from a little research done, I have found that it is the consensus of legal opinion that the common law offence of gross misconduct in public office “should be strictly confined; it can raise complex and sometimes sensitive issues”.Furthermore, it is stated that if there is clear evidence of one or more statutory offences, they should usually form the basis of the case. In other words, ‘there is no suitable statutory offence for a piece of serious misconduct…’In formulating our FMA Act, our Parliamentarians cannot be deemed not to be aware of the existence of this common law offence, but they have legislated laws which adequately cover the offences which can be committed by public officers, and for which they must be held legally accountable. They knew that the common law offence of ‘gross misconduct in public office’ has no place in our legal system!Therefore, I will contend that the abuse of judicial process is glaringly evident in the case against Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington. The Financial Management and Accountability Act, Section 85, states that an official who— (a) falsifies any account, statement, receipt, or other record issued or kept for the purposes of this Act, the Regulations, the Finance Circulars or any other instrument made under this Act; (b) conspires or colludes with any other person to defraud the State or makes opportunity for any person to defraud the State; or (c) knowingly permits any other person to contravene any provision of this Act, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable on conviction to a fine of two million dollars and to imprisonment for three years.Both Dr Ashni Singh and Mr Brassington were public officials at the time, and the Act makes provisions for offences committed during their tenure as public officials. Section (b) of the Act makes it clear that evidence must be submitted to prove that these officials “conspired or colluded with any other person to defraud the State or make opportunity for any person to defraud the State”. But did SOCU, after three (3) years of in-depth investigation, come up with any such evidence? The answer is a resounding no. These gentlemen acted within the FMA Act, and with the approval of Cabinet, which is chaired by no other than the President himself. Furthermore, the john public would like to know that these public officials sold the land and corruptly benefited from the deals, not that they have failed to adhere to some procedures!SOCU has decided to carry out its political dictates by pulling the most spurious and vexatious charge it can find, not from the Laws of Guyana, but from the English Common Law. So much for being an independent nation for 50 years! Shame and disgrace!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

Major remodelling for Diamond Diagnostic Centre

first_imgSMART Healthcare initiativeFront left: PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow; Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings; and British High Commissioner (ag) Ray Davidson at Wednesday’s consultation on the SMART Healthcare facilities project held at the Diamond HospitalAs efforts are being taken to upgrade several primary hospitals across the country into ‘SMART Healthcare’ Facilities, the Diamond Diagnostic Centre is expected to undergo major remodelling to better improve the efficiency of the institution.The United Kingdom, through its Department for International Development (DFID), is injecting some US$4.175 million into the retrofitting and modernising of four hospitals as part of the SMART Healthcare Facilities initiative, which will see the local institutions being designed to help reduce mortality, morbidity and economic losses from natural disasters.In addition to the Diamond Hospital, the Leonora Cottage Hospital, the Mabaruma Regional Hospital and Lethem Regional Hospital will also benefit from the project.On Wednesday, consultations kicked off at the East Bank Demerara healthcare facility, where medical and administrative personnel attached to the hospital as well as members of the public were briefed on the general overview of the project and some of the design plans to remodel the institution.Principal Consultant of the SMART Healthcare Facilities project, Rawle Johnson, highlighted some of the bottlenecks they encountered at the Diamond Hospital. Among the issues was the fact that there is only one entrance/exist to the compound. He also outlined the inefficiencies of the hospital’s current internal design layout.It was pointed out by the design technicians that this project is posing some challenges since they are dealing with existing facilities. Nevertheless, they revealed some of the solutions they came up to address the bottlenecks. This include the efficient distribution of the different medical departments/services at the facilities to better utilise and optimise the space to: separate the emergency and outpatient sections; create a central reception area to hold patients so they do not have to wait outside; and set up a nursing station with a visibility of the entire area, among others.With regards to the sustainable aspect, some of the main initiatives to be undertaken will be energy and water consumption and conservation.This aspect of the project will be in keeping with Government’s Green State Development Strategy since it not only focuses on a safe healthcare system but also to make it environmentally sustainable, according to Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings.During the opening ceremony of Wednesday’s consultations, Minister Cummings outlined the benefits such an initiative will bring to health care delivery within the public system, especially with the threat of natural disasters always imminent in this region.“It is necessary that Guyana embrace the Smart Hospital initiative so as to ensure that we have health facilities that can function optimally even in the aftermath of natural disasters,” Dr Cummings noted.Pointing out that the SMART Hospital initiative offers the improvement of existing procedures for the provision of medical care as well as opening up new opportunities for medicine, the Junior Public Health Minister noted that Guyana will not be left behind in delivery safe, sustainable and affordable healthcare services.The SMART Healthcare Facilities project is being implemented in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and country representative, Dr William Adu-Krow, spoke of the importance of primary hospitals being outfitted with the Smart Healthcare initiative.“It’s important and imperative for countries to adopt this SMART Hospital initiative as a national policy for risk reduction and to ensure that all new hospitals are built with a level of safety, and also retrofitted existing ones so that they will continue to function during and after severe natural hazard events,” Dr Adu-Krow stated while commending Government for its commitment for and towards the project.Meanwhile, acting British High Commissioner to Guyana, Ray Davidson, told stakeholders gathered in the compound of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre that the consultation is being held to raise awareness and get feedbacks from health workers and those who will be directly affected by the implementation of the project.The SMART Healthcare Facilities project is being implemented in a total of seven countries across the Caribbean region.last_img read more

Hartlepool sack manager Ronnie Moore

first_img Ronnie Moore 1 Ronnie Moore has left League Two strugglers Hartlepool less than ten months after guiding them to a remarkable great escape.The club announced on Wednesday afternoon that Moore had gone by mutual consent after Tuesday night’s 2-1 home defeat to Stevenage left them just one place and four points above the relegation zone.In a statement released via the club’s official website chairman Gary Coxall said: “This is an extremely difficult decision, but one we feel is right for the football club.“Ronnie has worked tirelessly to bring success to the club during his time at The Vic and we thank him sincerely for those efforts and wish him well for the future.”Moore, 63, arrived at Victoria Park in December 2014 with Pool at the bottom of the Football League and six points adrift of safety.The club won nine and drew six of their final 26 games last season, culminating in a 2-1 home victory over Exeter on April 25 to finish in 22nd place, four points clear of trouble.last_img read more

City boosts gang patrol

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventCity officials approved the transfer after they recognized a need for enhanced law enforcement in the city after an alleged gang rape of a 13-year-old girl in a Smith Park restroom last July. They also cited increased gang activity in the city, said City Manager Chuck Fuentes. After Fuentes met with Rothans earlier this year, the station commander came up with a list of improvements. “We had seen an upswing in gang activity in our city and neighboring areas and wanted to do something about it,” said Fuentes. “Basically our goal is to do whatever we can to decrease crime.” The new two-person patrol came out of a pilot program that Rothans tried in January for eight days, where two deputies handled only gang-related issues. In that program, 29 gang members were arrested for such crimes as auto theft, weapon possession and parole violations. PICO RIVERA – Beginning Sunday, two new deputies riding together in one car will begin patroling in neighborhoods known for gang activity.The stepped-up patrol was made possible by Pico Rivera City Council transferring $143,000 from the city general fund to the Sheriff’s Department budget. The money will also be used to add a nuisance-abatement deputy, four community service assistants and to put new Pico Rivera decals on sheriff’s vehicles in the city. “The idea is to make our parks better, take gang members off the street and provide residents with a feeling of ownership when they see the patrol cars,” said Capt. Michael Rothans of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. “Saturating the area and taking a no-tolerance attitude proved to be a success,” he said. The nuisance-abatement deputy will work closely with the gang deputies and city staff, particularly code enforcement, to address long-term nuisance locations in the city. The goal will be to hold residents and business owners accountable for crimes that take place on their property, said Rothans. The new community service assistants will patrol city parks to free up deputies to deal with criminal and emergency calls. They are not sworn deputies but get training at the station and are paid for the work, said Rothans. The nuisance-abatement deputy and community assistants will start work within two to three weeks, said Rothans. The new decals, including the words Pico Rivera, the city seal, the sheriff’s star and the word sheriff, will be on the station’s 30 patrol cars within two weeks. “The goal is to make our residents feel better and our neighborhoods safer,” said Rothans. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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

You’ll never guess what this GAA team used instead of a stretcher for injured player!

first_imgDuring the Donegal Intermediate reserve semi-final between Cloughaneely and Buncrana today, a player broke his ankle. With no stretcher, team members got very creative with what they could use…With no stretcher available, they grabbed one of the fold-out tables from the kitchen and rushed to aid the injured player.When they got out on the pitch, they quickly realised that maybe a flimsy fold-out table wouldn’t be the best thing to use, and instead opted to wait for the ambulance. John Mc Garvey who was at the game, captured some snaps of the ensuing chaos! You’ll never guess what this GAA team used instead of a stretcher for injured player! was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:buncranaCloughaneelydonegalGAAstretcherlast_img read more


first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has slammed a leading priest for encouraging people not to pay the €100 household charge.Senator Harte slammed Fr Brian O’Fearragh after first revealed the priest’s stance on the issue.Fr Brian O’Fearraigh has described the charge as “robbery” and said he will not listen to any Bishop or Government Minister on the issue. Fr. O’Fearraigh, from Derrybeg, Co Donegal, is to speak at a number of upcoming meetings of the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay protest group.“I believe this is an unjust law and I am advising people not to pay it. It is unjust and wrong.“It is not benefitting the ordinary people. Words must flow and the people’s voices must be heard.“It’s a duty for all priests to stand with their people and show solidarity. I was ordained to serve my community and we must stand by the people and send a strong message to Government,” he said. The well-known cleric told the Shaun Doherty Show says the Government will simply not be able to take the estimated 1.2 million people who said they will not pay the charge to court.He admitted he will not have to pay the charge because he lives in rented accommodation but wanted all his fellow priests to support his call.But he said he considers the charge is nothing more than a theft of the Irish people.“In my opinion this money is just being collected to pay the IMF and that is wrong.“It is an injustice – robbery and theft of the people – to give something to someone else that does not belong to you. “Nobody will use bully-boy tactics to shut me up including the Government. It’s a free country and everyone has the right to freedom of speech,” he said.Fr.O’Fearraigh has received huge support from the public for speaking out against the household charge.However Senator Jimmy Harte has slammed Fr O’Fearraigh’s call.Senator Harte said he was very annoyed that a priest would use his position to encourage people to “break the law.” “I go to mass to hear religious instruction and not to be told to break the law.“If people pick and choose what laws they want to obey then we’ll end up with anarchy,” said Senator Harte.SENATOR SLAMS PRIEST FOR ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO “BREAK THE LAW” was last modified: March 1st, 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