Tonga eyes prime opportunity for rugby history against Wales

first_imgThe ‘Ikale Tahi will look to make history tonight in Auckland, after eight previous attempts at defeating the Welsh.Their last encounter was four years ago when the Wales won 17-7 in Cardiff.Veteran flanker Nili Latu, skipper Siale Piutau and first five Latiume Fosita are survivors from that match and will start at Eden Park, while Sila Puafisi could add to his 26 caps off the bench.Meanwhile Wales are missing 12 players to the British and Irish Lions.Piutau admits that raises expectations.”We’ve definitely spoken about it as players,” he said.”We’re not trying to add anymore outside factors, any other pressures on ourselves so for us, with the short amount of time that we’ve had to prepare, we’ve just tried to focus on ourselves and our own individual roles and I think that’s how we’re going to approach it.”The captain acknowledged the match could be Tonga’s best opportunity for an historic victory.”Everyone’s saying this is probably our best opportunity to try and get them with the amount of players they’ve got out with British Lions,” Piutau said.”I suppose, for us as well we’ve got a young squad – we’ve got about five uncapped players – so I think it will be pretty even but, if you look back, we’ve never beaten the Welsh. We’ve come close in the past but if anything this will probably be our best opportunity.”The match will be Tonga’s first since their unbeaten Northern Tour in November, where they defeated Spain, USA and Italy, the latter just their fifth victory over a top tier nation.Piutau said that experience would hold them in good stead.”I think confidence-wise it has definitely given us a boost,” he said.”We’ve got a few boys who were involved in that last year and I think just that experience – some of the young boys that experienced that last year – I think they’ve brought some of that into this year, to this campaign, and just sharing that with the new boys that have come along I think they’re excited to get out there and hopefully create a bit of history for ourselves.”The team is boosted by former All Blacks training squad member Ben Tameifuna who is set to finally make his belated debut after a series of false starts.The 25 year old was named in the Tongan squad three years ago before pulling out.He was also selected to play in the Pacific Nations Cup last June but never joined up with the squad.Tameifuna also missed out on the November tour but coach Toutai Kefu is looking forward to finally seeing him on the field.”Yeah it’s about time we got Ben – oh touch wood,” Kefu said”He was supposed to play in November but he got a stomach ulcer – what are the odds of that – so hopefully we can cap him and he’s really passionate about playing for Tonga, which is fantastic.”(Tameifuna) brings a kind of an invisible energy to the team and a lot of the boys respect him,” he said.last_img read more

Chanderpaul, Best, Edwards, Santokie for Masters League

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC- Four West Indies cricketers have been given permission to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) T20 scheduled to start tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that so far No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been granted to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards and Krishmar Santokie. All four players have written to the WICB indicating that they have retired. The MCL is an approved tournament of the International Cricket Council for players who have retired from international cricket. However, the players are still eligible to compete for their respective Franchises in their member countries, regional tournaments and other worldwide leagues. The exception is Barbadian Edwards, who is a Kolpak player, having opted to play for Hampshire in the United Kingdom after giving up his right to play for his member country. West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and  Andrew Symonds  are also among stars to feature in the MCL. The MCL, which will feature six franchises, is set to run from Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, February 13 in the United Arab Emirates. MCL T20 will showcase 18 matches including the semi final and the final at the Dubai International Stadium.last_img read more

Parliament resumes today

first_img…Opposition motion seeks answers about prison fire, jailbreakAs Parliament resumes today, the first item on the order paper for private members’ business is a motion to deal with several critical concerns regarding the 2017 Georgetown Prison fire and jailbreak.The motion was submitted by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on behalf of Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Bishop Juan Edghill and she urged Government to take collective responsibility for the tragedy.The motion stated that July 9, 2017 will go down in the history of Guyana as the day when the worst prison fire and jailbreak took place, destroying over 80 per cent of the Georgetown Prison.This incident also led to the escape of eight prisoners and the death of a prison officer.According to the Opposition motion, the lack of information in the early hours after the jailbreak caused great anxiety and uncertainty for the general public and the families of the prisoners.While extending condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, the Opposition noted that the public remains in the dark after the July 9 incident as to what led to the jailbreak and fire.Government is still to explain how it managed this situation as it unfolded and its aftermath.“…the public was informed that many of their questions would be answered in the course of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to be appointed by the President,” it also recalled.And although Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had said that there would be no CoI until the escapees were all captured, the Opposition thinks that several important questions will remain unanswered for an indefinite time.Edghill’s motion said “…That the National Assembly calls on the Government to make full disclosure of all aspects of the tragedy at the Georgetown Prison on July 9, 2017, and to declare what actions have been and are being taken to reduce the opportunities for such situations from reoccurring.”The motion has also requested Government to make full disclosure with regard to the circumstances surrounding the most recent escape of prisoners on July 24, 2017.“That the National Assembly lends its support to the Disciplined Services in its efforts to ensure public safety and the protection of our citizens and the recapture of all the escapees,” it added.Edghill’s suspensionEdghill, an elected member of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), was recently advised that he would not be able to attend today’s sitting due to a mix-up.The MP was suspended from the National Assembly during last year’s sitting by the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, who had accused the MP of being out of order after he sought more time to scrutinise the Budget estimates.This was followed by the Party being gagged from questions on the Budget estimates before it was passed. By such measures, the Party noted that it was prevented from scrutinising six Ministries.The Opposition was recently informed that Edghill’s suspension was not over and explained that it was a mistake made by the Parliament Office in calculating when the suspension commenced.The Government side of the House on December 12, 2017 had voted in favour of a motion moved by its Chief Whip, Amna Ally suspending Edghill from four sittings.But the Opposition was not pleased with this news. It said, “If Minister (Amna) Ally’s motion did not include the date of the conclusion of the suspension, one may be tempted to understand the need for the Speaker’s intervention to interpret the motion as to when the suspension began and ended.”The PPP/C further argued that the legacy of the 11th Parliament was one of consistent undermining of the Standing Orders and interference by the Executive in the role and functions of the National Assembly.Edghill told this newspaper on Sunday that he was “made of steel” and did not feel sanctioned in any way by the Government’s move to have him suspended from the National Assembly.Edghill said that while he believed in following established rules and parliamentary principles, standing up for what was just and right would always take precedence in his book.last_img read more

GAWU questions Govt decision to leave thousands in misery, hardship

first_img…says decision “unwise”Terming the Government’s decision to close more sugar estates as “ill-considered and a major blunder,” the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on Tuesday called for the ‘White Paper’ on the sugar industry to be urgently debated in the National Assembly.GAWU said in a statement that the new policy, if implemented, could harm hundreds of workers and their families, arguing that consultations with those directly involved with the industry was not done in good faith and none of the recommendations were taken on board.“Our Union calls on the Administration and the sugar company (GuySuCo) to undo all steps taken or halt those that are about to be taken in implementing the direction for the industry as outlined in the ‘state paper,’ the statement said.GAWU also took umbrage with Government for not taking on board any of its recommendations that were presented in a 12-page paper, which was shared with them in February this year. The Union claims the suggestions offered the industry a good possibility to overcome its challenges and remain sustainable.“The paper does very little to quell our strong and significant concerns about the plans for sugar which we have registered with the Government and have shared publicly as well,” referring to the ‘White Paper’ that was laid in the National Assembly on Monday.The Union also condemned the Government’s proposal to close the Enmore and Rose Hall estates, and replace their operations with non-sugar ventures.“As Wales’ experience has shown us nothing is being done in this direction but hundreds are left high and dry without a clue of what their tomorrow will bring. We ask again how any Government can bring itself to condemn thousands of its people to such misery and hardship?” However, while the Government has revealed plans to retain as many workers as possible following the closure of these estates, and the sellout of Skeldon Factory, the Union said Government must remain cognisant of the fact that GuySuCo is the country’s single largest employer.“This is a fact that should not be lost in the debates and discussions that will ensue. We wonder given an environment of reducing job opportunities and increasing unemployment how ‘prudent’ are the thoughts contained in the paper presented,” the statement added.Holding Government to its word to demonstrate prudent management of public resources, GAWU said this recent policy decision taken in the sugar industry reflects an “imprudent decision.”“We see the plans for sugar exacerbating the already trying social situation in our country. The problems that will be spawned from the ideas contained in the sugar paper will require large sums from the Treasury to address and remedy and seems to be most imprudent,” the Union said on Tuesday.While admitting that there was a 14 per cent decline in land productivity and a 10 per cent decline in factory productivity, GAWU said it is “disheartening” that Government cannot come to grips with the challenges in the industry, claiming that the Administration lacks the will to make practical changes.Meanwhile, GAWU also challenged Government’s statement, which said there was a decline in the industry’s workforce between 2006 and 2015.The Union reminded that the industry’s mechanisation programme was intended to address that issue and that significant sums have already been invested by GuySuCo to convert its fields for mechanical operations.GAWU said it not only wants the matter to be debated, but discussed among the workers and their representative organisations in the industry. The Union also affirmed its position to have affected workers receive their normal work or paid in lieu of work, in the event that Government moves ahead with its decision.last_img read more

BC-STV information Meeting tonight

first_imgLocally, another reminder there will be a meeting tonight, at the Library, in the Cultural Centre, to discus an alternative election system again being put before voters, in the May 12th provincial election. In a similar referendum in the 2005 election, the Single-Transferable-Vote system, received 58 percent support…just 2 percent short of passing. This is the system, which recommends using a preferential ballot, and also, multi-member districts, of between two and seven members, increasing according to population numbers. – Advertisement -Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to start, at seven o’clock.last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – A former Pico Rivera Parks and Recreation Department employee Monday was given an April 19 trial date in Norwalk Court on charges he attempted to kidnap a girl. Jerry Prado faces charges of attempted kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an assault weapon. Prado was fired from his job with the the city in 2005, said Bob Spencer, city spokesman. The passenger, a minor, was ejected. Paramedics pronounced the juvenile and the Nissan’s driver dead at the scene. A second passenger in the Nissan and three people in the Tahoe were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals, Knapp said. No arrests had been made as of Monday. The Orange County Coroner’s Office and the La Habra Police Department were investigating the collision, she added. Volunteers needed for school fix-up WHITTIER – Volunteers are needed for a beautification project to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Community Day School, 5777 S. Lockheed Ave. Sponsoring and funding the project are United We Paint, a coalition of volunteers, the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the California Credit Union, which is providing much of the materials. Volunteers will paint and clean the school. They’ll receive breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks. Entertainment also will be provided. Volunteers can register online at, or for more information, call (760) 710-3029. Church to show Dixie Chicks film WHITTIER – “Shut Up and Sing,” a documentary about the lives of the Dixie Chicks on tour after they spoke out against the Iraq war and President George W. Bush, will be shown for free at 7 p.m. April 17 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition is sponsoring the event. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (562) 587-6270, or (562)698-9154. Free Earth Day event announced WHITTIER – Residents are invited to a free Earth Day event, sponsored by the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, 1955 Workman Mill Road. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature tours of the districts’ facilities, games, free food, giveaways, an “eco-magic” show and 100 eco-friendly exhibits, organizers said. For more information, call (562) 908-4288, Ext. 2304. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Calls to Prado’s attorney were not returned Monday. 2 die in car crash at intersection LA HABRA – A passenger and the driver of a Nissan Frontier that hit another vehicle at a La Habra intersection were both killed at the scene, police said Monday. The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Harbor Boulevard at Stearns Avenue, where responding La Habra Police Department officers found the Nissan flipped onto its side, department spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said. Witnesses told officers the Nissan’s driver might have been speeding north on Harbor when the Nissan entered the intersection at Stearns and hit a Chevrolet Tahoe making a left turn, Knapp said. last_img read more

Schoolgirl gets €17,500 for crash on way to new school

first_imgA Donegal schoolgirl has been awarded €17,500 in damages after being the passenger in a car which was involved in a crash.The girl, who was 12 at the time of the crash, was traveling to visit a secondary school in Carndonagh which was planning to attend, when the crash happened.The girl was playing on her iPod at the time of the crash and suffered bruising and constant nausea as a result of the incident. Barrister Fiona Crawford told the court that the girl still suffered anxiety as a result of the crash and sleep disturbances but was otherwise okay.Judge John O’Hagan approved the settlement at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The court allowed €1,000 form the settlement to be given to the girl’s mother off a school trip later this year.Judge O’Hagan ordered the remainder of the money be lodged with the Four Courts until such time as the girl was 18.Schoolgirl gets €17,500 for crash on way to new school was last modified: July 19th, 2016 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

The one key improvement Gomez made that helped prove himself at centre-back

first_img“Paul Hart, our academy director at the time, used to drill it into him. ‘If you’re going to play at centre-half, you’re going to have to head the ball, and you’re going to have to be better at heading it.’ He knew how good Joe was on the ground with his feet, but he kept emphasising that if he wanted to step up to the first-team, he was going to have to head it better.“When you’re coming up through the academy system, you’re not playing against 6ft 4ins centre-forwards where the ball gets knocked up long,” says Euell. “Yes, you are going to have some aerial challenges, but not nearly as frequently as in men’s football.”Gomez was encouraged to always use his head when the opportunity presented itself rather than his natural inclination to bring the ball down and play it on the floor.“Even when he had time and space, he was told to go and head it, just to get into the habit,” adding it was an aspect of his game that, if worked on, would take him to the next level. 2 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Most popular Liverpool news RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker Joe Gomez was always destined to be a centre-back, according to Jason Euell, the 21-year-old’s youth coach.Since arriving at Liverpool from Charlton – where Euell coached him – in 2015, Gomez has moved from full-back, where he played 35 of his 44 games prior to this season,  into the centre of Jurgen Klopp’s team where he now partners Virgil van Dijk. latest smart causal It looks like it’s working and in their three games so far, Liverpool are yet to concede. They beat West Ham 4-0, Crystal Palace 2-0 and Brighton 1-0, after which Klopp praised Gomez.“Obviously Brighton thought ‘let’s pick Joe Gomez for the long ball challenge with Glenn Murray’ and Joe did really well,” he said. “I don’t think he made one foul. He won maybe 70-80 per cent of those duels.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED possible standings Gomez has played all three of Liverpool’s opening Premier League games shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update He has also forced his way into the England set-up and would have been a part of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad if injury hadn’t brought his season to a premature halt.And Euell, who is still at Charlton, explained Gomez’s natural athleticism and technique allowed him to play as a full-back, but to make it in the centre, he and his other coaches had to improve the player’s heading.“We’re very strong on creating pathways for our young players at Charlton, so with Joe it was only really a matter of time until he stepped up, but that was one of those things that probably would have stunted his progression,” Euell told Sky Sports. 2 Having recovered from injury, Gomez now appears to be his manager’s first choice centre-back England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

Kennedy just what Arnold really needs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Kennedy’s a lesbian, but not the cookie-cutter hard-left lesbian typical of Sacramento and personified by bossy legislators Jackie Goldberg and Carol Migden. Yet the Republicans are fixated on touting Kennedy as a hard-core partisan, part of a dirty-tricks team that defeated GOP candidate Bruce Herschensohn when he ran for U.S. Senate against Barbara Boxer. Ho hum. To be clear, Herschensohn’s campaign imploded when operatives in the Democratic Party outed him for attending strip shows. There’s not a shred of evidence Kennedy was involved. But let’s say she was. If the Republicans now demanding that Arnold un-appoint Kennedy had the same sort of dirt to ruin a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, they’d do so in one hot minute. What rotten hypocrites. Then there’s the guilt-by-association sliming of Kennedy. Media stories continue to imply that because Kennedy was once Gov. Gray Davis’ deputy chief of staff, she must be utterly incompetent on some level. In fact, Kennedy was a serious staffer whose work stood out even as Davis bumbled along. Even under Davis, talented people were trying to fix California. Kennedy was one of them. Using the reasoning applied by the “Oh, my God, Susan Kennedy worked for Davis!” crowd, let’s see who else she worked for: Well, she worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Is that proof of the opposite? Di-Fi, one of the sharpest senators around, hired Kennedy because Di-Fi is smart, so Kennedy is excellent. Right? While the sad-sack Republicans try to erect a gallows for Kennedy, the Democrats seethe. All because a gal from their side has the guts to reject the nutso polarization peddled to Californians by faux-macho Dem leaders like party spokesman Bob Mulholland and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez. Kennedy has more spine than Mulholland or Nuez or anybody those two underwhelming leaders work with. As Kennedy said recently, in a widely quoted comment, “I’m tired of the partisanship. I’m tired of the intolerance that has resulted in gridlock.” KQED Sacramento bureau chief John Myers correctly reported that “Kennedy took aim at Democrats … with that comment.” Exactly. She knows that her own people, the folks who control every Sacramento committee, and every passage of every Sacramento bill, have made a godawful mess of it. It all makes my head hurt: the disingenuously shocked media, the tin-ear GOP, the fuming Democrats. None grasps that Kennedy’s appointment is the logical next step for a governor who has aggressively appointed Democratic honchos to hundreds of powerful state jobs and judgeships, but sadly got sidetracked into partisanship this year. Just since mid-September, Arnold has appointed several Democrats to judgeships and fancy state posts. Now he’s returning to his wonderfully fresh default approach, mixing the parties together to see what happens. One thing that happens, and it’s neither bizarre or radical, is Susan Kennedy. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amid the outcry over Arnold’s appointment of Democratic big cheese Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff, it’s been easy to miss the most important thing Kennedy says in her own defense: She voted for all of Arnold’s reform measures in the Nov. 8 special election. Kennedy is a pro-business social liberal (sound like any governor you know?) who was enough of a centrist to break with her own party at election time. Yet her appointment has sent the pundits and the Republican and Democratic parties into a terrible tizzy. I have seen the words “bizarre” (Wall Street Journal) and “radical” (Los Angeles Times) applied to Schwarzenegger’s decision, as if he’s just appointed Bugs Bunny as chief of staff. Truth is, the Republicans could do far worse than having a Republican governor choose a Democratic chief of staff like Kennedy. She’s a sensible pragmatic. While California’s Democratic voters emotionally went against their own interests to punish Schwarzenegger on Nov. 8, Kennedy kept a clear head. She bucked her party’s hysterics and voted for the wise reforms. That means she wanted to roll back the ridiculous teacher tenure that protects green teachers with just two years’ classroom experience, she voted to require unions to get employee permission before spending workers’ dues on political battles with which they may disagree, and she backed the measure to end political gerrymandering. last_img read more

Press release: Excellence to be rewarded at SA Premier Business Awards

first_imgThe fifth edition of South African Premier Business Awards will not only celebrate business excellence but will also recognise those enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation.Despite the lag in the local economy, South African businesses are persevering. The Premier Business Awards recognises these resilient businesses. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, 29 January 2018 – Members of the media are invited to attend the awards ceremony of the fifth South African Premier Business Awards where South African business excellence will be recognised and rewarded.The ceremony will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence.Thirty companies will be vying for top honours in 10 categories which include Black Industrialists Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Company Award, SMME Award, Woman Owned Award and Young Entrepreneur Award. The awards are sponsored by Tsogo Sun, Old Mutual, Wits Business School and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the awards recognise business excellence and celebrate enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics, and quality.Journalists who will be covering the event are requested to contact Ntombi Ntanzi on or (011) 712-5071/081 704 1488.More information on the South African Premier Business Awards, visit or call 0861 843 384.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more