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first_imgPowerful utility back Tamanivalu had been chased by Colin Cooper about a move back to Hamilton, confirming he had spoken to the incoming Chiefs coach on the phone.However, the three-test All Black has decided to spend a second season with the Crusaders and said it was a relatively straight-forward decision when he thought about how much he has been enjoying this first year with the team. “Seta came here with a winning attitude and a desire to make an impact on this team. There is no doubt that he has done that,” Robertson said.”The boys love having him around because of his fun-loving nature and cheeky humour, but then he takes the field and transforms into this threatening, potent attacking force. We love that about him and we are excited that we will be able to continue working with his natural talents in 2018.”Tamanivalu will face the team that launched his Super Rugby career on Saturday when the Crusaders host the Chiefs in the Super Rugby semifinals.Tamanivalu joined the Chiefs in 2015 but moved south to play his third Super Rugby season with the Christchurch-based Crusaders this year. “I have been loving playing for this team and learning from the coaches and players around me.”This has been such a special season for all of us … with so many highlights and great memories, and the best is yet to come.”There were options to go overseas, but I am not ready to walk away from all of the good stuff here just yet.”Born in Fiji and a former under-18 Fijian rugby league representative, Tamanivalu burst onto the New Zealand rugby scene in 2012 when he was selected in the Taranaki national provincial team.In 2013, he was named Taranaki’s most promising player of the year and in 2014 he was recognised as New Zealand’s player of the year in the national provincial competition.He debuted for the All Blacks in 2016 during the three test series against Wales. Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson praised Tamanivalu for the important contribution he has made to the team, on and off the field, in his first season. Photo: GETTY IMAGES (Three-test All Black Seta Tamanivalu will be at the Crusaders for at least one more year).last_img read more

first_img Main concerns More consistency Delegates at yesterday’s KSAFA annual general meeting (AGM) gave the Stewart Stephenson-led administration a passing grade for their term in office. The delegates, some of whom include Stephenson’s harshest critics, say the association is heading in the right direction. Santos’ Carlton ‘Spanna’ Dennis and Duhaney Park president Darrington Ferguson say the administration has made strides since Stephenson took the reins in 2014, but they are looking for greater benefits to the clubs. “The council has done a wonderful job. It just needs an improvement of the finance to the clubs,” Dennis told The Sunday Gleaner. “I told the president he cannot expect me to give up the front of my shirt and I am not getting anything for it … If the club (Santos) gets sponsorship, I would like to put them at the front. If I can put both on the front (club and competition sponsors), I won’t have a problem, but the back is out,” he noted. “Over the two years, there were things that were important, such as building the image, credibility and reputation of the association. Getting a more appropriate building to administer KSAFA matters, bringing more consistency to our competitions structure and strengthening the quality of sponsorship and bringing greater benefits to the clubs. I think we have accomplished that,” he stated. He added: “We are completing the sale of our existing office building and we are 99 per cent there. All the legal work has been done and the deposit paid. We are now just waiting on the purchasers to pay over the proceeds, but they are waiting on a title from the bank where we had the mortgage. “We sold the (former) building for $23 million and there is a mortgage required of $12m. We are going to get about $11m in our hands and we are just waiting on that money, which we expect in two weeks. “Then we intend to buy a property at 3 Beechwood Avenue, which is right in the New Kingston zone. The clubs discussed it and they accepted it as a good deal,” he commented. Ferguson commended the association while calling for an increase in incentives to the clubs. “Most of the issues were addressed. The main concerns were how are we going to move forward with finance and development. I believe the administration is putting in the structure to attract both the infrastructure and sponsorship football needs. The next phase is how do the clubs benefit, as development starts from the clubs,” he argued. Ferguson was also pleased with the purchase of a new office building at Beechwood Avenue. “We are getting a new office, and that is another level of development because KSAFA can say they have a home that is fully paid for … Now, we must look at how the individual clubs are being developed,” he added. Meanwhile, Stephenson said they had accomplished most of their objectives for the year and he wants clubs to benefit greater in the future.last_img read more

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback He will be approaching the twilight of his career by the time the 2022 edition kicks off in Qatar.Messi will have also noted that key Argentina team-mates Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano will all be 30 or over this year.“Obviously, we depend on results and therefore the thinking in this group is that having got to three finals and not being able to win and even then people say a lot of things about us, if we are not champions then we won’t have another one (opportunity),” Messi said.Having edged through to the finals thanks to Messi’s treble in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in October, Argentina are focused on peaking in Russia, where they will play Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in the group stage.First up is an intriguing test against an Italy side that failed to qualify for the World Cup.Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli believes the match at Manchester City’s ground will help to sharpen his side before a second friendly in Spain next week.“Each match and training session is fundamental for us in preparation for the World Cup. Playing against Italy, in a venue as important as Etihad Stadium, is an invitation to a great event,” he said.“Every Argentine in the world wants to be there when the national team plays. We are certain they will accompany us for this one.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Howard explodes for 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets’ win over Nets “I cried many times because of games like these, for lost finals, for what they mean and for not being able to achieve the dream of a country. It was a hard blow to take,” Messi recently told Argentine television programme La Cornisa.The last World Cup was devastating to Messi as he missed a golden opportunity to put Argentina ahead in the final against Germany, who went on to win 1-0 in extra-time. As if that was not bad enough, for the first time in his career, he missed in a penalty shootout when Argentina were beaten by Chile in the Copa America final two years ago.Last chance?Although Messi is still in his prime, the 30-year-old realises the World Cup in Russia, which starts in June, could represent his last chance to hoist the famous gold trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Argentina’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during an international friendly football match between Russia and Argentina at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVLionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career.In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while earning FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award five times.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But pulling on Argentina’s blue-and-white striped shirt has brought the forward some of the most painful moments of his career.Rarely able to hit the same heights with Argentina that he routinely scales with Barcelona, Messi has endured stinging criticism from albiceleste fans at times.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 folkNobody would dispute Messi’s status as one of the all-time greats, but many in Argentina believe he cannot be considered on the same level as Diego Maradona until he wins a major honour with his country, as his compatriot did at the 1986 World Cup.Rubbing salt into those wounds, Messi has lost in three successive major finals with Argentina as the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles slipped from his grasp.last_img read more

first_imgInjured teen: Shemuel PierreTwo juveniles on Friday made an appearance in the Children’s Court to answer to the charge of unlawful wounding committed on another teenager.It is alleged that on February 28, 2018, the two juveniles, while being in the company of others, unlawfully wounded Shemuel Pierre at Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara.On the day in question, Pierre was making his way home from school when the two teenagers along with two others stabbed him to his chest with a pair of scissors and made good their escape.The injured child was assisted by a teacher who was passing and noticed that the child was bleeding profusely. Pierre was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a result of the severity of the injuries.He was stabbed twice to his chest with one wound causing injuries to his lungs.The medical report also revealed that the teen was stabbed two times and both lungs were punctured, thereby making the injuries life-threatening.The teen was hospitalised for five days and upon being discharged, he was taken to Woodlands Hospital for further treatment due to complications that developed after surgery.In court, the injured teen was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay, who told the court that the two suspects are known to the law since both of them have pending matters which include armed robbery and narcotics possession.He further stated that his client’s injuries were life-threatening and, therefore, both accused should be remanded.The Police Prosecutor also stated that the teens should be kept in custody because one of them went into hiding after committing the act but was later apprehended by police ranks.It was further stated that both teens had confessed to the crimeThe teens were placed on $10,000 and $40,000 bail respectively and the matter is expected to be called again on May 23, 2019.last_img read more

first_imgLess than two weeks after a ban on the importation of used tyres took effect, the Government is being asked to revisit this policy in light of the many challenges that lie ahead.Members of the Guyana Used Tyres Association (GUTA) staged a protest outside State House on Tuesday, calling again on the Government to reverse its decision.The Association’s Vice President, Mustaak Mohamed said that the concerns of members were not taken into consideration by Government.A group of minibus drivers and used tyre business owners protesting outside State House on TuesdayHowever, Mohamed told Guyana Times that there was still time for Government and the Association to meet and come to an amicable solution on the issue.“They (Government) could call us in, we could come to a compromise and we could discuss the thing. A lot of poor people will be punished and out of a job because of this,” he opined.Mohamed, who owns a used tyre business, said now that changes have taken place, he would have no choice but to lay off the four persons he currently employed.“And you check: if you have 500 tyre shops in this country, and each of these businesses has one or more worker, they will be out of a job and the Government has no job for them,” he asserted.The GUTA official told this publication that despite Government’s decision to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on new tyres, people would not be able to afford them.“When can you save $80,000 to buy four tyres? They are making it hard for people,” he stressed.GUTA’s Public Relations Coordinator, Nizam Hussain told this newspaper that he too was hopeful that the Government would agree to meet with members.“I am positive that His Excellency, Mr David Granger, with all due respect, if he understands our viewpoint, he will be able to work out with us some arrangement. I am positive that the Government will want to accommodate some sort of an ease for the people of Guyana.”Hussain spoke about the negative effect the ban on used tyres would have on the economy.“It will interfere with the shipping, insurance and brokerage companies. There is a domino effect, because once there is an increase in anything that has to do with transportation, prices will go up.”The Association has posited that the revenues generated by ‘good used tyres’ were in excess of $100 million annually, but with the ban in effect, that figure would be halved.Moreover, members of the GUTA asserted that the ‘used tyre industry’ allowed for employment of about 5000 young people across the country.The group has said it understands Government’s concerns regarding used tyres, and has suggested that the Bureau of Statistics develop a mechanism to recognise the ‘good’ used tyres from those that were substandard.The GUTA suggested that with the ban in effect, there would be “significant increase of wear-tyre use” on the country’s roads, as the high cost of new tyres would force drivers to continue using their current tyres for longer periods.The ban on importation of used tyres took effect on April 1.last_img read more

first_imgIt garnered more than 1.5 million ‘likes’ within 12 hours of it being posted in the United States where Barcelona are on a pre-season tour.Three of the ‘likes’ came from PSG players — winger Angel Di Maria, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and midfielder Marco Verratti.French newspaper Le Parisien fuelled speculation Friday with an unsourced report that Neymar had told several Barcelona teammates of his intentions to join PSG, adding that the transfer is considered a done deal by some Barcelona players.That echoes media company Esporte Interativo’s insistence that an agreement has been reached for Neymar to move to the French capital from Barcelona, where he has played since 2013.On Tuesday, PSG skipper — and fellow Brazilian — Thiago Silva gave a digital thumbs up to a mocked-up photo montage published by Esporte Interativo showing Neymar in a PSG shirt along with compatriots and prospective teammates in France.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde described the ongoing saga as a “time of rumours”.“We understand it’s how it is. He is with us right now, one of us,” said Valverde in East Rutherford where his team plays Juventus in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.A fan storms the field to hug Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar during a training session in Harrison, New Jersey © AFP / Jewel SAMADThat match will give Neymar a chance to display his coveted skills for the first time this summer.“He’s a player we love and we want,” Valverde said. “Not only football wise, but also for the things he brings to the locker room.“There’s no need to worry about something we don’t know if it’s going to happen or not. If it happens in the future, we’ll see.”PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Le Parisien he had no idea if the Brazilian star was about to switch to the French capital.“I don’t know. I hear a lot from journalists and a player like Neymar would be an interesting addition to the PSG project,” said Thiago, speaking in Florida — where the French club takes on Tottenham in a friendly on Saturday.“But, for the moment, it is especially important to prepare for the new season. After and if Neymar arrives it would be a good thing for the squad.”Is Neymar going to sign? “Not yet,” smiled the captain.– ‘The future of the club’ –In Spain, it was reported by Catalan media group RAC 1 that “certain players” at Barcelona have already tried to convince Neymar not to accept the PSG offer which would dwarf the 105 million euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba.Javier Mascherano said Neymar was “the future” of Barcelona as the Argentine pleaded with the striker to stay put.“In the case of Ney, obviously he is young, and I hope he’s here with Barcelona for many more years,” Mascherano told American sports network ESPN.“He is a really important player for the club. Because of his age, he’s the future of the club, and we hope we can keep on counting on him.”However, it’s believed the Brazilian is being seduced by the immense wealth on offer to him from the Qatari owners of PSG and by the opportunity to have a team built around him.The daily Sport newspaper also claimed that Luis Suarez has also attempted to persuade Neymar not to split up the MSN frontline at Barcelona made up of Lionel Messi, Suarez and the Brazilian star.Catalunya Radio said that the deal is “95 percent complete”.One of the keys would be the payment to Neymar’s father and agent of a “premium exceeding the 40 million” paid when the player controversially moved to Spain from Santos.Other reports have claimed that Neymar senior has recently met with, or is about to meet, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique.However, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted Tuesday that it is “200 percent” certain that Neymar will stay at the club.In a public game of tit-for-tat pronouncements, PSG coach Unai Emery hailed the Brazilian.“Neymar has advanced his game massively and today he is one of the five best in the world,” said Emery.“Our president is working hard to attract top players and our fans would be content to count on a new top player to go along with the talent we already have.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar takes part in a training session in Harrison, New Jersey, before their match against Juventus FC © AFP / Jewel SAMADPARIS, France, Jul 22 – Neymar’s decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.The Instagram picture, even accompanied by a matching emoji, shows the 25-year-old Brazilian superstar stretched out on the pitch with his chin resting on his left hand.last_img read more

first_imgA 72 year old Letterkenny musician was found swerving his car from one side to the other after playing a gig.Garda Shane Lavelle stopped John Sweeney at Mountain Top, Letterkenny after noticing his car taking both sides of the road. When he stopped Sweeney of Ballymaleel, Letterkenny, he refused to give a sample and was arrested.Solicitor Michael Shiels told Letterkenny District Court his client was a musician and was playing in a pub on the evening he was stopped by Gardai.“He hadn’t planned on drinking but he had the one and then another and it just escalated from there,” he said.Mr Shiels said Sweeney was an old age pensioner, his family had grown up and that his wife was in ill health.Judge Denis McLoughlin fined Sweeney €500 and banned him from driving for six years.EndsMUSICIAN, 72, FOUND SWERVING ACROSS ROAD IN CAR was last modified: March 14th, 2011 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

first_imgThomas Pringle TD has called on the government to roll-out fibre broadband to all households in the state.Pringle wants fibre broadband for everyoneSpeaking on the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013 yesterday in the Dáil, the Independent TD for Donegal it should be a must.“This Bill is a progressive step to enable the ESB to provide fibre on its networks and in respect of broadband it is probably one of the most progressive steps that could have been taken. But we need to ensure it will be available in all households across the country. “The ESB is a company that already has a relationship with every household and business in the country, consequently it is a perfect fit for it to be able to provide fibre-optic broadband by wrapping fibre on their existing networks.“The ESB already has fibre wrapped on its transmission network nationwide which has linked the metropolitan area networks around the country. While this is useful, the real difference and impact can be made as the company starts to roll-out fibre onto the connections to houses and businesses nationwide.”He added the existing policy up to now on providing broadband has been to rely on the market and has left many areas behind, including rural areas, but also areas where people are trying to operate businesses and create and maintain jobs.“In recent years we have relied on mobile telephony to provide broadband and bridge the gap; this has failed and is not capable of providing the service people need. “The provider for the rural broadband scheme, 3, wants to build 160 masts to provide its broadband service across the country. We know everything this invokes in communities across the country when masts are erected, and this legislation gives us the opportunity to avoid all that.”In Ireland approximately 2-3% of households have access to a fibre connection.It has been estimated that the creative industries in the north-west region alone could create approximately 18,000 jobs simply by improving access to the internet in order for them to sell their wares on it.“We now need to ensure as wide a roll-out as possible of the fibre-optic network and we should look to invest in this as a state to assist the ESB in providing this service because it would pay huge dividends in the long run and, as a stimulus, make a significant difference to people’s lives across the country,” stated Pringle. PRINGLE CALLS FOR FIBRE BROADBAND FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas Pringlefibre broadbandlast_img read more

first_imgAll-Ireland tickets will be hard to come by yet again for Donegal fans.DONEGAL GAA fans have been left sickened in their hunt for golden All Ireland Final tickets.Touts are flogging tickets online for up to  €1,000, a Donegal Daily investigation has found.Even ticket sites demanded up to €1,400 for a pair of tickets last night at premium levels – with a shocking €350 for a seat in the Davin Stand. Global Tickets was offering seats right around Croke Park this Sunday, despite an official GAA ban on the re-sale of tickets.Those with the money to buy had the choice of picking as many tickets as they wanted – anywhere in the ground including the Hogan Stand.With so many genuine fans unhappy at the ticket issuing process, the sale of expensive tickets is sure to cause further upset.First the Donegal County Board was only given just over 16,000 tickets; while clubs did get 84 per cent of these tickets, they were given a huge number of terrace tickets. There have been rows in a number of clubs over the criteria used to give out tickets to members, coaches, mentors and club executives.Croke Park has vowed to tackle touts and sites flogging expensive tickets.“Thousands of genuine GAA supporters can’t get All-Ireland final tickets so we don’t want some unscrupulous people who get their hands on them, by whatever means, making a killing on the black market,” said Alan Milton, GAA head of media relations.“We bought tickets from unofficial sources last year, checked where they came from and cancelled contracts for premium and other long-term deals. We’ll do the same again this year.“Some premium ticket holders came to us last year and provided us with evidence where they knew that tickets had been sold on the black market. “If the GAA ascertains that a ticket has been bought on the black market, it will be cancelled, leaving the purchaser locked out of Croke Park.“The message is clear. Don’t buy on the black market, or you may not get in, and don’t sell on the black market because we’re tracking it and will take action against those involved,” he added.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: FANS SICKENED AS TICKET TOUTS DEMAND €1,000 FOR FINAL TICKETS was last modified: September 17th, 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:all-irelanddonegaldonegal county boardGAAKerryrowsterrace ticketstoutslast_img read more

first_imgARCATA >> Nearly 12 months ago, Cal State San Marcos announced its presence to the California Collegiate Athletic Association by claiming a win in its conference opener over the Humboldt State men’s basketball team.There was no repeat of history on Saturday night.Humboldt State was able to prevent San Marcos from spoiling its first CCAA game of the season for a second straight year, as the Jacks were able to close out the second half strong and claim an 89-78 win over the upstart Cougars at …last_img read more