‘Simply wrong’ that South African teams are leaving Super Rugby

first_imgWales Online says the Durban-based Sharks are set to leave the competition to join the European PRO14 competition for 2019-20.The Cheetahs and Kings, who were cut from the down-sized Super Rugby last year, already play in the competition which includes teams form Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.The report said that the Lions and Stormers would likely follow suit.Despite the Lions making the Super Rugby final last year South Africa’s franchises feel they are handicapped due to the different time zones.But SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos has described the report as unfounded.”SANZAAR – through its joint venture partners – Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa – is currently engaged in a detailed strategic planning process that will deliver a roadmap for the organisation, Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship from 2018-2030,” he said.”As part of this process the partners have fully committed to the strategy and future participation.”Any talk of a change to the stakeholder relationship and partners withdrawing, and so-called Trans-Tasman competitions is unsubstantiated speculation and simply wrong.”South African rugby has also seen an exodus of top players who chase lucrative deals in Europe, with the move to the PRO14 considered a way of stopping that trend.The Cheetahs finished third in their conference this season to make the play- offs, and PRO14 organisers believe the inclusion of further South African sides would increase the standard of the competition.Last week a Fairfax report revealed that Super Rugby bosses were looking at expanding into the USA, which now appears to be a contingency plan should the South African franchises jump ship.last_img read more

PH loses opener to Netherlands in women’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Pool B, China went 2-0 after scoring victories against France, 16-14, and Switzerland, 21-20.France is at 1-1 in Pool B after taking the opening game against Argentina, 19-9.Switzerland and Argentina are also at 1-1 with both of its victories over Kazakhstan.The Swiss beat the Kazakhs 16-14 while the Argentinians tacked a 10-9 win.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Facing Finals sweep, LeBron praises ‘stacked’ Warriors Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Crowd at the PH Arena for the Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines stumbled in its first game in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, losing to the Netherlands, 21-11, in the group stage in the women’s division Friday at Philippine Arena.The hosts, who are debutantes in the tournament, failed to slow the Netherlands’ constant attack that saw all four of its players appear on the score board in the Pool D matchup.ADVERTISEMENT Karin Kuijt led the world no. 7 federation with eight points, all coming from the two-point territory, while Jacobine Klerx added six points.READ: Women open PH campaign in 3×3 World Cup with games vs DutchFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJanine Pontejos had six points for the world’s no. 49 federation while Afril Bernardino and Jack Animam combined for five points.Loyce Bettonvil and Sharon Beld added four and three points, respectively, for the Dutch. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Former GTU President freed of rape charge

first_imgFormer President of the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) Colwyn King was on Friday freed of a rape charge. King was accused of having sexual relations with a teenage girl at a Princes Street Hotel in 2009. On October 28, 2011, he was ordered to stand trial at the High Court, after being released on 0,000 bail.Former GTU President Colwyn King was found not guilty on a charge of carnal knowledgeThe trial which commenced on April 5, was held before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and saw eight witnesses testifying against King.King was found not guilty by a 12-member mixed jury on a charge of carnal knowledge of a girl. After over two hours of deliberation by the jury, the verdict was given in a proportion of 10-2. After the verdict was delivered, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry told King, “You escaped from the law today but you can’t escape from God.” The State was represented by Attorneys Narissa Leander and Tuanna Hardy while King was represented by Attorney Darren Wade.King was forced to resign from his post of President of the GTU and Administrator of the Guyana Industrial Training Centre, when he was arrested after the teenage levied the rape allegation against him. However, throughout his prosecution, King maintained his innocence.last_img read more

Ellen Submits US$2M Loan for Increased Access to Electricity

first_imgPresident Sirleaf and Speaker NuquayA US$2 million Loan Agreement to generate financing for the Liberia Renewable Energy Access Project (LIRENAP), which will increase access to electricity and foster the use of renewable energy sources, has been submitted to the House of Representatives for ratification.The agreement was signed yesterday in Monrovia by the government of Liberia and the International Development Association (IDA).In a communication to members of the House of Representatives, President Ellen Johnson said the maximum commitment charge rate payable by the government on the withdrawn credit balance shall be one-half of one percent per annum, and the service charge payable on the withdrawn credit balance shall be equal to three-fourths of one percent per annum.The President indicated that the principal amount of the credit shall be repaid in dollars in accordance with the repayment schedule set forth in the agreement.“Honorable Speaker, this loan is critical to the implementation of our economic stabilization recovery plan.  Hence, l ask your timely ratification on this important instrument,” the President wrote.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NAC, Anti-AIDS Media Train Journalists

first_imgParticipants promised to join the HIV fight to avoid the disease from spreading. The National Aids Commission (NAC) in partnership with the Anti-AIDS Media Network on September 11 commenced a three-day capacity-building training for journalists, educating them about HIV/AIDS reporting without mentioning the victim’s name in order to avoid stigmatization and discrimination.The training brought together over 30 journalists from various media institutions, including reporters from the various radio and television stations as well as those from the print media.Press Union President (PUL) Charles B. Coffey underscored the importance for media practitioners to constantly create awareness on HIV/AIDs as a way of educating people living with HIV/AIDs to take their treatment and avoid spreading the virus.Mr. Coffey said if nothing is done to stop the spread of HIV, the younger generation will be grossly affected, “therefore, it is time that every citizen gets tested early to know their status and avoid the unknown spread of the virus.”One of the facilitators, Necus M. Andrew, said media intervention was necessary to mitigate health and social complications surrounding HIV/AIDS by increasing knowledge, improving risk perception, changing social behaviors, and questioning potentially harmful societal norms.Andrew stressed the need for media practitioners to increase the awareness campaign by bringing people together as part of multi-level efforts to mutually reinforce the messages through interpersonal, community and national channels.The training seeks to improve the understanding of journalists on effective and correct reporting on HIV/AIDS-related issues through spot messages or anti-AIDS jingles.The training is being hosted to engender collaboration between the National AIDS Commission and other stakeholders for effective HIV-prevention messages throughout the media.Ben Cooper, NAC Director for Program and Police Coordinator, said the media have a pivotal role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, adding: “Education is the vaccine against the spread of HIV/AIDS.”Mr. Cooper said many media organizations are rising to the challenge by promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS and educating listeners, readers and viewers about the facts of the epidemic and how to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Son charged for allegedly killing father’s patient

first_imgOgle fatal beatingThe son of an Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD) doctor was remanded to prison on Tuesday morning over the fatal beating of one of his father’s patients.Neilson Sinclair, 29, of Lot 8 Temple Street, Ogle, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court and was not required to plead to the indictable murder charge, which states that he killed Hazrat Shaffie.The accused will make his next court appearance on March 23, 2018 for report.Shaffie, 46, of Lot 114 Fifth Street, Industry, ECD, was last Friday beatenDeceased: Hazrat Shaffieunconscious by the defendant, who is an alleged drug addict, and succumbed on Monday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital from the injuries sustained without regaining consciousness.The father of four had travelled to Ogle, to collect his medication from Dr Nelson Sinclair’s Clinic, when he was attacked while leaving.Asif Shaffie, one of the dead man’s brothers, explained that when he heard about his brother’s beating on Friday evening, he went to the home of the doctor to enquire, and was told who attacked his now dead brother.“The father told me that his son violently dealt some blows in my brother head on the road, and although he tried to intervene, he was attacked by his son,” the grieving man stated.It is believed that as the late Shaffie was proceeding towards his car some time about 20:00h after collecting the medication, he was grabbed, dragged along the roadway, and beaten.An eyewitness had related that the drug addict was shouting, “Me want back me money!” Efforts to restrain Sinclair were futile as Shaffie was already slipping into unconsciousness.After some time, the perpetrator reportedly walked away from the scene briefly, but returned and continued to thrash the defenceless man. Upon hearing the commotion, Dr Sinclair came out and attempted to block his son, but he, too, the eyewitness said, was attacked.Guyana Times understands that no one went to the aid of the injured man, since the residents were all afraid of the perpetrator.This publication also understands that the violent behaviour exhibited by the suspect is a norm, and it was not the first time he has physically assaulted someone.Meanwhile, a post-mortem performed on the victim’s body has determined that his demise was a result of shock and haemorrhage due to the blows he had received to his head. Hazrat Shaffie was laid to rest on Monday afternoon, in accordance with Muslim rites.last_img read more

Businesses support local content policy – GMSA president

first_img…says they “could be vulnerable” during oil explorationSmall businesses have shared their concerns on the impending oil and gas industry, acknowledging that while it might be beneficial, they are likely to be at risk from not benefiting from the value chain.This was shared by the President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA), Shyam Nokta. He suggested that some of these local establishments are in favour of the local content policy so as to enhance theirEnergy Department Head Dr Mark Bynoeprofits.“Guyana continues to receive international attention, and there is the movement of investors looking for opportunities here. This is good for business and good for Guyana. We need to benefit from those who have experience and expertise in oil and gas,” Nokta said.He, however, mentioned that there are concerns within the local business community that, in this new sector, local businesses could be vulnerable; or, worse yet, not be part of the value chain in a meaningful way. This, he added, has fuelled the discussion on local content, with some advocating for legislation to ensure Guyanese businesses benefit.The GMSA is under the impression that the local content legislation should be crafted at the soonest, and Government should implement stringent implementation strategies.“The GMSA share the concerns that we need to have a strong local content framework in place sooner (rather) than later, and with Government playing its part in ensuring local content plans are implemented,” Nokta added.Nokta said the GMSA is of the belief that after the framework is finalised, local establishments should be prepared to provide quality services. The document should also be adjusted to ensure that there is mutuality between international and local establishments.“However, we also believe there is the need to adopt a systematic approach, and not be too prescriptive too early. Even as we push to ensure there is a framework to facilitate mutually beneficial partnering, and joint ventures between foreign andGMSA President Shyam Noktalocal businesses, we, as Guyanese businesses, also need to raise the bar in terms of our preparedness for this new sector,” he posited.In terms of preparedness, the GMSA President signalled that the Centre for Local Business Development has made remarkable improvements in aiding businesses to increase their professionalism. “In this regard, the Centre for Local Business Development need to be recognised for the work they are doing. Many GMSA members have been taking advantage of the orientation and training offered, (and) we would like to urge more businesses to take up this opportunity. We also recommend that the Centre’s programmes expand and be rolled out in other parts of Guyana,” he said.In the business sector, “critical” components, such as local content policy and legislation for a Petroleum Commission and a Sovereign Wealth Fund continue to be “discussed and debated”.Amid criticisms over the establishment of the Policy, the Energy Department had assured that the piece of legislation will be available before the first oil, which is due to come in less than two years.The local content policy will defend the country against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services in favour of foreign companies and workers. Energy Department Head Dr Mark Bynoe was quoted as saying that a second draft policy will be finalised before yearend. This is after collaborating with the Private Sector, a section of the economy which stands to gain wide-ranging benefits from a favourable local content policy. He, meanwhile, updated the press that once all is settled and ironed out, a ‘white paper’ while be presented to the National Assembly to be debated upon. The draft local content policy was criticised for lacking provisions which would guard against exploitation by companies. It had been reported that the document fails to cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest, and favouritism.last_img read more

Man City, Chelsea through to FA Cup fifth round

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate one of their goals in their FA Cup fourth round tie against Cardiff City on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/SkyLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 28-Kevin De Bruyne starred as Manchester City stayed on course for an unprecedented quadruple as a 2-0 win at Cardiff on Sunday put the runaway Premier League leaders into the last 16 of the FA Cup.City, 12 points clear at the summit of English football, are bidding to bring the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League titles to the Etihad. They made short work of second-tier Cardiff, with Belgian star De Bruyne putting them ahead in just eight minutes when he deceived the home side with a brilliant free-kick that he struck under, rather than over, the defensive wall.Bernardo Silva appeared to have doubled the visitors’ lead with a thunderous 26th-minute shot but his goal was ruled out because the officials deemed Leroy Sane to be off-side and interfering with play.It appeared a harsh call but, with the controversial video assistant referee system that is being trialled in some English cup ties this season not in use for this match, there was no way of reviewing the decision.But the second goal Pep Guardiola’s men had threatened arrived in the 37th minute when Silva’s superb curling cross from the left was glanced in by Raheem Sterling.Sane was the victim of a bad tackle by Joe Bennett in first-half stoppage time and was replaced at the break by Sergio Aguero.Cardiff defender Bennett was sent off in injury time at the end of the match when he received a second yellow card for another poor challenge, on Brahim Diaz.De Bruyne said there had been nothing complicated regarding his goal, telling the BBC: “The wall was not nine metres away from me and so they were very close and it was easy to put it under.”But he was slightly bemused by the tactics employed by a Cardiff side pushing for promotion to the Premier League.“They played man against man all over the pitch — it was a little bit weird,” De Bruyne said. “It left a lot of space.”– Batshuayi double –Chelsea players celebrate one of their goals in their FA Cup fourth round tie against Newcastle on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/SkyEarlier, Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea beat Premier League rivals Newcastle 3-0 to also advance into the fifth round.Batshuayi’s goals in the 31st and 44th minutes and a Marcos Alonso free-kick 18 minutes from time were enough for Premier League champions Chelsea to see off Rafael Benitez’s struggling side.The Belgian’s striker’s first was the result of a neat team move, Pedro’s superb through ball splitting the Newcastle defence and leading to Eden Hazard slipping a pass inside to Alonso, who set up Batshuayi for a finish from eight yards out.The Belgian forward scored his second goal shortly before half-time when his shot took a huge deflection off Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles.Alonso sealed victory with a well-struck free-kick.“When I have a chance I take the chance and I work every day to be here,” Batshuayi, who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea during the transfer window, told BT Sport.Following their League Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal, the FA Cup offers Chelsea their best chance of a domestic trophy this season.By contrast, Premier League survival is the priority for a Newcastle side that are currently just one point above the relegation zone.Newcastle manager Benitez, asked if he would be able to bring in a new striker before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday, replied: “I don’t think so but we will see. We will try to do something.”Benitez’s former club Liverpool have also missed out on the last 16 after a 3-2 defeat by top-flight strugglers West Brom at Anfield on Saturday where Jay Rodriguez’s two goals for the Baggies were overshadowed by several controversial VAR rulings.Tottenham Hotspur remain in the fifth-round draw, but only after an equaliser from Harry Kane eight minutes from time saw them to a 1-1 draw away to fourth-tier Newport on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lionel Messi injury update: Bad news for Real Madrid?

first_img Lionel Messi 1 Lionel Messi has not been seen on the field since Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Las Palmas at the end of September after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee.With the first Clasico of the season set to kick off on Saturday evening, the fitness of the Argentina international is a hot topic.And the signs are promising (for Barca supporters).At the beginning of the week, Messi returned to full training and reports claimed the club’s no.10 could be named as a substitute for the visit to the Santiago Bernabeu.What’s more, a major hint came from Adidas when the German-based sports brand unveiled a new set of football boots for their client, which look set to make their competitive debut in El Clasico.Barcelona, however, have remained tight-lipped on a potential return to action for the 28-year-old, suggesting that supporters may have to wait until the team sheets are announced to discover his fate.last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh: Welcoming the Killybegs jobs boostMinister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has warmly welcomed plans by the Killybegs Fishermen’s’ Organisation (KFO) and a Norwegian partner, to build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Killybegs.Donegal Daily revealed the plans last night.The plant, due to become fully operational by the 1st of January 2017, will produce valuable high- end marine protein for human consumption. It’s expected to create up to 120 new jobs.The Minister said: “This facility will become a ‘game-changer’ in the seafood sector. It will position Killybegs and Ireland as a global leader in supply and research around new products and benefits from protein, oils and calcium associated with the sea.“This new processing facility arises from the new boarfish fishery which was developed by Irish fishermen over the past few years.“In 2012, the EU introduced quota shares for the stock and Ireland secured 70% share of the fishery and has a quota of 88,000 tonnes in 2014. I am delighted that the new food ingredients project will maximise the value of a significant part of this fishery and centre the associated economic activity and jobs in the heartland of Ireland’s fishing community.” Minister Coveney said “These plans are at an early stage and discussions are underway to finalise the full funding of the project. I look forward to the successful conclusion of these negotiations and to a formal announcement of this project in Donegal. KFO Chief Executive, Sean O’Donoghue, has invited me to Donegal to announce specific details of the project on 9th May which I’m very pleased to accept subject to successful conclusion of the on -going discussions.”The Minister is attending the BIM National Seafood Conference today in Dublin. The focus of this conference, attended by seafood business leaders, global industry thinkers and world renowned fisheries experts is ‘Capturing Ireland’s share of the global seafood opportunity.Minister Coveney said: “We all need to challenge our thinking and inform ourselves of best international practice so that Ireland will be able to position itself to maximise its share of the global seafood opportunity. Ireland may currently be a small player in the context of world seafood, however, given the huge resources around our coast it is clear that we should have major ambitions for sustainable growth of our seafood sector. This Conference will contribute to making these ambitions a reality and the Killybegs food ingredients projects shows what can be done.”Donegal TD Joe McHugh says the Killybegs development is a result of the hard work of the government in Europe to secure greater quotas.“It’s a superb boost for Killybegs,” he said, “coming as it does just a few days after the new Coast Guard station was officially opened by Minister Varadkar.” Pat The Cope Gallagher also welcomed the jobs.Pat the Cope was centrally involved in introducing legislation in the European Parliament in 2011, which facilitated the exploitation of the boar fishery by ensuring the use of the most appropriate fishing gear type.This helped Ireland to secure 70% of the Total Allowable Catch for the entire fishery. It would not be possible to establish such a facility, if not for the exceptionally high quota which Ireland secured. This is in no small measure due to the years of exploratory fishing by a number of vessels in the Irish Pelagic fleet, according to Pat the Cope.Pat the Cope has paid tribute to the KFO for attracting an international partner specialising in bio marine ingredients. “This is a welcome jobs boost for Killybegs and the County of Donegal which will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it goes into full production,” stated Pat the Cope.MINISTER’S DELIGHT AT JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS TO GET WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE FOOD PLANT was last modified: April 2nd, 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:jobs boostKFOKillybegsprocessing plantsealast_img read more