Flying Fijians fix focus on World Cup

first_imgPhoto: Oceania Rugby Fiji celebrate winning their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title. The Flying Fijians won their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title at the weekend after thrashing Samoa 38-16 in Apia.That result came a week after they secured the Oceania One berth for the 2019 World Cup, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.John McKee said it was important they maintained their standards and did not drop just because their main goal had been achieved.”Everything was at stake for Samoa, we knew they’d provide us with a big challenge but, for us, we’d had some good performances and we used our past performances through the series in giving us confidence going into the game,” he said.”But we were also aware of coming off that really tough, physical game in Tonga that we absolutely had to be on top of our game – if we weren’t on top of our game it wouldn’t be good enough.”McKee said the Flying Fijians had a genuine shot at reaching the knockout rounds in 2019 and said, with their World Cup place now secure, they had an opportunity to plan thoroughly for the next two years.”We want to qualify for the playoffs. I believe that with the talented players we’ve got if we do everything right and get things right it’s an achievable goal,” he said.”So certainly for me now I can really identify our top group of 24/25/26 players and really try to play them together as much as we can, so that we really develop our combinations, so when we hit the Rugby World Cup our squad is very settled,” revealed McKee.”But at the same time I want to leave the door open for players. I know some players who are outside this group, this test series, who are either really close to selection or perhaps because of injury were not available.”The door is always open for them to come back in and also I know some younger players on the horizon who could certainly put their hand up in the next 18 months, to be worthy of inclusion, because ultimately we will pick the best squad based on form.”McKee said Fiji and its Pacific neighbours do not normally play as many tests as the tier one nations so it was fantastic to pit themselves against Australia, Italy and Scotland last month, to complement their annual Pacific Nations Cup fixtures.”This June/July test series it’s really the most test matches we play in a block outside the Rugby World Cup year so I think that really enabled us to work on some things,” he said.”Sometimes on the three match series you just feel as though on the third match you’re just getting to where you want to be and then the boys go back to their club and yoy’ve got to start again three or four months later.”But I think this time around with the extra two games and the little camp in between the two campaigns we really made some big gains around the way we’re playing the game and our training methods and the way we prepare.”The thing is now to maintain that momentum and make sure that in November we build on the gains we’ve made during this series.”Next up for Fiji is the annual northern tour with test matches against Italy, Ireland and Canada confirmed for November.last_img read more

Access bridge in Leguan worsens

first_imgOne week after reports surfaced that a bridge connecting the villages of Waterloo and Maryville in the Essequibo island of Leguan was deteriorating, no action has been taken by the authorities.Region Three REO Denis JaikarranThis was related to Guyana Times on Saturday where it was noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), which has responsibility for the structure, has made no move to rectify the condition under which residents there have to traverse.Last Sunday, this newspaper had reported that residents, especially parents of young children, were fearful to allow their children to use the bridge. Guyana Times was also told that the bridge is the main access point through which many farmers transport their produce. Farming is the principal means of sustenance on the island.The deteriorating bridge at Leguan, EssequiboIt was also reported that many of the boards on the bridge had risen with some sections bearing holes, and gaps which are too wide. On Saturday it was explained that one of the boards rose even higher, posing a greater danger to users of the structure. This comes on the backdrop of the previous revelation that a motorcyclist, last week, had narrowly avoided an accident after colliding with one of the holes at a section of the bridge.This connecting bridge has been in decline over the last four months despite residents voicing their concerns to the RDC of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Guyana Times was told that the Assistant Regional Executive Officer has a sub-office on the island and had been informed of the bridge’s deplorable state. It was also explained that Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikaran was officially informed of the matter.Attempts to contact the REO on Saturday proved futile.Additionally, this newspaper sought to contact Regional Chairman, Julius Faerber to garner comments on the state of the bridge. This too proved unsuccessful.last_img read more

LBS Workers Union Upset Over Low Budgetary Allotment

first_imgLBS Workers Union head, Mr. DorborPlans to boycott elections process, if…Workers of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) have expressed disappointment over the low budgetary allotment allocated to the system in this fiscal year. Moses Dorbor, president of the union, who spoke to journalists during a press conference, said despite appeals made during the budget hearing, the crafters of the national budget allotted US$750,000 to LBS for the 2017/18 fiscal year for operations and salary issues.He said the amount represents a significant reduction from previous budget allotments to the LBS, which has failed to address salary adjustments or increments in the past.“LBS employees who work for the national broadcaster remain the least paid among government workers and have not had the opportunity of salary increments since 2005/6,” he said.Mr. Dorbor said LBS, a national entity that focuses on propagating government policies and programs, pays its reporters, for example, a monthly salary of L$9,000, “which is unfair,” adding that they plan to boycott the elections process.According to him, the LBS employees have over the years committed their lives to promoting the government and its key actors, but continue to be overlooked in the budget preparation process, something workers see as disappointing. President Dorbor explains that the low budgetary allotment to LBS continues to keep the employees among the lowest income earners in the country as the system’s management has said time and again that it cannot increase workers’ salaries because of the amount of money given it by the government.“The LBS workers union expresses grave disappointment over the failure of the honorable National Legislature to raise the budget of the state broadcaster to a considerable level to enable the entity effectively discharge its statutory duties,” he added.This move by the lawmakers, he said, amounts to denying the Liberian people access to adequate information and education, “especially during this critical period in our nation’s history where they are about to witness a key transition that has not taken place for about seven decades.”It maybe recalled that during the budget hearings, the leadership of the LBS workforce pleaded with the Legislature to increase the entity’s budget to at least US$1.5 million to enable the management to boost its broadcast facilities across the country, as well as increase the wages of workers of the system.“We believe that our lawmakers who gave us the assurance that no efforts would be spared to address the LBS situation, but instead chose to make a mockery out of the system by just adding US$50,000 to the previous budget, which was also cut down by the crafters of the current national budget,” he added.According to Dorbor, the workers are particularly disappointed with lawmakers from the southeastern region of the country, where LBS is poised to install a new broadcast equipment.“The question here is that how do lawmakers expect the equipment, when it is installed in the absence of adequate budget? We are saying that it is unbelievable for people who are the direct representatives of the citizens in government to ignore the priority needs of the masses,” he added.He used the medium to inform Liberians that the staff of LBS, especially those on air, are the “longest hour service workers on a daily basis among government employees and subsequently they are the most underpaid in the government.”“Imagine newsroom staff starting their duties at eight in the morning and closing by ten at night only to receive what can be described as peanuts, taking into consideration the current exchange rate. We strongly believe this is unfair to the workers who have committed themselves to providing information and education to the people, which are vital to their everyday lives. We are, however, now convinced that legislators who professed to be direct representatives of the Liberian people in government do not actually represent the interest of the masses,” he said.“Therefore, while it is true that we are not politicians, it is important that we make the Liberian people understand the unfolding development surrounding the funding gap of LBS operations. This budget shortfall will adversely affect elections coverage; meaning plans earmarked by LBS management to provide media coverage of the election activities across the country will not be fully executed. This will deny you, the Liberian people, rights to information and education you will need to make an informed decision on the caliber of leaders you need to elect.“Finally, we think it is about time that the Public Broadcaster Act before the National Legislature be passed into law so as to give the national broadcaster free hands to work for the Liberian people.“In the absence of the passage of this Act, LBS will continue to be strangulated and the Liberian people will continue to be denied their rights to access to the state broadcast house in the years to come,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgMail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail DATEBOOK TODAY Science Fair, 8 a.m., Sylvan Park Elementary School, 6238 Noble Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 988-4020. Support Group for Writers workshop, 6-8 p.m., 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2046. 160Want 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


first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Minister for Health James Reilly to immediately address the staffing crisis at community hospitals in Donegal.Raising the matter with Minister Reilly in the Seanad, Senator Ó Domhnaill said patients are being put at risk as a result of severe cutbacks at community health service levels.The Donegal Senator raised particular concerns about St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlor. “St Joseph’s is under increasing pressure to maintain its level of respite care and long-term patient care in the face of high levels of admissions and serious resource shortages,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“There were over 700 admissions last year, approximately 80% of which were for respite care. HIQA has said that given the high level of admissions and discharges, the hospital needs additional staffing to meet the demands of the long-term stay patients in the hospital.“It is clear that key frontline posts in St Josephs and other community hospitals in Donegal need to be filled immediately. But the ban on recruitment in the public sector is preventing this from happening. In the case of St Josephs, there are other issues regarding the structure of the building that must be addressed, but the most urgent matter affecting patients is staff shortages.”He added this is an issue that affects community hospitals right across the North West. These facilities have suffered severe cut backs as a result of Minister Reilly’s attack on community health services in this region, he said.“There are gaping holes in frontline health service staffing levels and that is no doubt that patient care is at risk as a result.“The Minister’s response to my questions was woefully inadequate and will do nothing to ease the concerns of patients and their families. I am appealing to the Fine Gael and Labour representatives here in Donegal to look at what is happening to their local health services and ensure that their colleague Minister James Reilly address the very serious problems that exist for patients in Donegal.”O DOMHNAILL SAYS HEALTH MINISTER MUST LIFT BAN ON HOSPITAL STAFF was last modified: July 11th, 2013 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:BRIAN O’DOMHNAILLCOMMUNITY HOSPITALShealthlast_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal woman who was moved by nuns from Inishowen to Derry where she later suffered abuse is to fly back to Ireland to give evidence at a tribunal investigating abuse in the North.An inquiry in Co Down has heard how young children from the Republic were sometimes transferred to homes run by nuns in Derry, and children sent the other way to Fahan.In the Donegal case, the woman later moved to Australia under a migrant scheme. The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry is hearing about two homes run by the Nazareth sisters at Termonbacca and at Bishop Street in Derry.Christine Smith, a senior counsel for the inquiry, in one case a child born Donegal was transferred to a home in Derry and later moved to Australia under the migrant scheme. The woman is given anonymity by the tribunal.Ms Smith said allegations will be heard, dealing with accounts of physical and sexual abuse, of inadequate food, force feeding and of children who were separated from their siblings and not told of their existence.In some cases children who were sick were made to eat their own vomit. Ms Quinn also said delays by the Nazareth Order in submitting evidence to the inquiry had caused difficulties, with some material only handed over in recent days.Public hearings at the inquiry, which is based in Banbridge, Co Down, began two weeks ago.The inquiry is examining allegations of child abuse in 13 children’s homes and other residential institutions in the North from 1922 to 1995.During the period covered by the inquiry, the two Derry homes catered for more than 2,000 children.Chaired by retired High Court judge Sir Anthony Hart, the inquiry is due to provide a report on its findings to the Northern Ireland Executive in early 2016 AFTER 40 YEARS, DONEGAL WOMAN TO FLY FROM AUSTRALIA TO TELL OF ABUSE AT HANDS OF NUNS was last modified: January 27th, 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:abusedonegalinquiryNazareth Housenunssex abuselast_img read more

Over $350m for Horn of Africa relief

first_img29 August 2011 The African Union (AU) last week secured over US$351-million in cash and some $28-million in kind at a pledging conference for the drought in the Horn of Africa. The South African government responded to the humanitarian crisis by raising R8-million towards the famine relief programme, R4-million of which was donated to the South African NGO, Gift of the Givers, towards transportation and logistical costs of delivering aid to Somalia. The AU pledging conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last Thursday sought to fill the $1-billion gap in the $2.4-billion needed to address the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Representatives from China, Japan, Germany, India, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates and Mexico were also among the attendees. Compounded by conflict Countries of the Horn of Africa have been gripped by severe drought and famine – the worst in 60 years, said AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, adding that the situation in Somalia had been compounded by conflict and insecurity, lack of access to affected areas, high food prices, and human and livestock diseases. Jerry John Rawlings, former president of Ghana and AU High Representative for Somalia, said African governments needed to contribute at least $50-million urgently to the AU Humanitarian Disaster Fund. According to Ping, Ethiopia and Kenya have been making huge contributions by opening their doors to Somalis, receiving them in large numbers, even though they themselves have been affected by the drought.center_img On Thursday South Africa pledged a further $280 000 for relief efforts in the region. Addressing the root cause South Africa, which has been providing support to the vulnerable communities in Somalia, was represented at the pledging conference by International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman. Source: BuaNews Senior officials from member states as well as heads and representatives of regional organisations and AU partners gathered at the conference organised under the theme, “One Africa, One Voice against Hunger”. Fransman said South Africa would continue to work with the AU, the Africa Group in Rome and the UN in general to ensure not only that immediate humanitarian relief operations and needs were being addressed, but to strike a balance between the short-term relief responses and the need for development in the long term to address the root causes of the crisis. “If we do not act urgently, they face slow, certain death by starvation,” he said.last_img read more

Store Worker Arrested Over Sikh Shop Owner’s Murder in New Jersey

first_imgA 55-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his Sikh employer in New Jersey. Tarlok Singh, an Indian-American store owner, was found stabbed to death at his store in East Orange, New Jersey, on Aug. 16. Roberto Ubiera was arrested and charged with murder, the Essex County prosecutor’s office announced on Aug. 21. It called the incident a homicide, PTI reported. Ubiera was hired at the store to do odd jobs. His motive or trigger behind the murder of his employer was not immediately known.  Tarlok Singh, the 55-year-old owner of the Park Deli and Grocery store, was found with a fatal stab wound on his chest by his cousin. Singh, who is survived by his wife and children in India, had been running the store for the past six years.  This murder was the third incident in three weeks targeting the minority Sikh community in the United States. Local Sikh groups as well as politicians in India had condemned these brutal attacks on Sikhs in United States. They requested Sushma Swaraj, India’s Minister for External Affairs, to take up the issue with the U.S. government. In one another incident, Sahbit Singh Natt, an elderly Sikh man, was attacked in California by two teenagers during his morning walk on Aug. 6. Two suspects were arrested on Aug. 8, including a police chief’s son, on charges of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.  A few days before Natt was assaulted, a 50-year-old Sikh man was allegedly beaten up by two white men in a racist attack in California. He was hit in the head with a rod several times while his attackers uttered racial slurs, saying “You are not welcome here,” and “Go back to your country.” Condemning the increase in hate crimes and attacks against Sikhs across the country, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal and community groups had emphasized the importance of making people aware about Sikhism. Over 25 million Sikhs live around the world, of which around 500,000 live in the United States, according to the Sikh Coalition.   Related Itemshate crimeNew JerseySikhismlast_img read more

Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later won the 105-kilogram world title in 2013, Olympic gold in 2016 and the 2018 Asian Games title.He tested positive for the anabolic steroid oral turinabol in re-analysis of London samples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 27-year-old lifter now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation, which provisionally suspended him in December.The 105-kilogram gold medalist in London, Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine, was also provisionally suspended in December. CAS did not announce a ruling in his case Monday. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments CAS also disqualified Mikalai Novikau of Belarus from the 85-kilogram class in London. Novikau, who originally placed eighth, tested positive for two anabolic steroids.The CAS anti-doping tribunal was created to judge cases on behalf of the IOC and sports governing bodies. Verdicts can be challenged at the separate and long-standing appeals division of sport’s highest court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Ruslan Nurudinov, of Uzbekistan, center, holds his gold medal as he is joined by silver medalist Simon Martirosyan, of Armenia, left, and bronze medalist Alexandr Zaichikov, of Kazakhstan, right, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 105 kg weightlifting event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nurudinov has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping with an anabolic steroid. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its new anti-doping chamber stripped Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class. The 27-year-old lifter from Uzbekistan now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Thirdy Ravena, Sisi Rondina take center stage in Collegiate Press Corps Awards Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Winston Salem Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran Crashed Out After Going Down to Top Seed Benoit Paire

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Benoit PairePrajnesh Gunneswaransecond roundtop seed First Published: August 21, 2019, 3:24 PM IST North Carolina: A profligate Prajnesh Gunneswaran went down to world No.30 Benoit Paire in the second round to crash out of the Winston Salem Open ATP 250 tournament here.The left-handed Indian, ranked 89, could convert just one of his five break chances to suffer a 3-6 5-7 loss to his French opponent in a match that lasted one hour and 10 minutes on Tuesday night. Prajnesh struggled from the beginning as Paire broke his serve to take an early 2-0 lead. The Indian could not recover from that, conceding the first set tamely.In the second set, Prajnesh held his serve but faltered in the 11th game giving Paire the match-winning lead.Serving for the match, the Frenchman made no mistakes and avenged his Indian Wells loss from earlier this year.Although Paire committed more double faults than Prajnesh, he hit 14 aces compared to the Indian’s three.In the doubles event, wild card entrants Leander Paes and his Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich, crashed out in the first round.The Paes-Erlich pair lost to the duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 2-6 3-6. last_img read more