Pacific Islands prepare for league test match blockbuster

first_imgNearly 50 of the players involved are already on NRL rosters. Saturday’s blockbuster schedule will see the Junior Kangaroos take on their Kiwi counterparts, before Fiji and Papua New Guinea lock horns. Samoa will clash with Tonga in the second test. “It’s definitely going to be physical, no player is going to be holding back, it’s just the history of the two nations,” Samoa captain Frank Pritchard told SBS News. “Come Saturday I’m sure there will be a lot of fans running on the ground at the end of the game.” Fiji captain James Storer said he had no doubt Pacific Islanders were almost born to play rugby league. “You look at Fijians naturally, rugby league is their game,” he said. “Look at Semi Radradra – it’s just an example, but there is a lot of them boys back in Fiji just waiting to get their chance.” Pacific Island players have long been a part of the NRL. Frank Puletua, the NRL’s recognition and award manager, knows first-hand just how much the face of the game has changed in the last two decades. Puletua played for the Penrith Panthers in the 1990s when almost the only other Pacific Islander in the team was his brother Tony. “When myself and my brother were coming through the ranks there was probably two or three of us,” he said. “It’s over about half the team now are Pacific Island players.”(Fiji will take on Papua New Guinea in the test match double-header this weekend.)last_img read more

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Is this Administration deliberately obtuse or simply dense?

first_imgDear Editor,The resent exchange between Christopher Ram and Ronald Bulkan served to crystallise ephemeral thoughts that have been nagging at the back of my mind for some years. Ram posits that Bulkan and his former Cabinet colleagues may know they are being disingenuous with arguments about 34 and 90 days. “I suspect that deep down Mr Bulkan knows all of this” but Ram also takes the arguments at face value and asks “Mr Bulkan and his APNU/AFC colleagues may indeed have a numeracy deficiency but literacy too? If they cannot count, and cannot apply basic comprehension” in suggesting that Bulkan et al will have to defend their intellectual deficiencies to the electorate at some point. Editor, from the earliest days of the Granger Administration, I have struggled with the very same dilemma. Is this Administration deliberately obtuse or simply dense? I have ruled out the first as none have so far revealed any level of sophistry to date, no clever analogies, nothing to make one stop and consider their arguments seriously, from the reasons proffered for their very first transgression against the people with the obscene salary raise to Trotman’s mango analogy which was asinine at best.   It is denseness that has caused Brigadier David Granger (re tired) to set us upon a path to open dictatorship. The refusal to accept the ruling of the Chief Justice in all matters raised concerning the No-confidence Motion of December 21, 2018, has moved us past the parody of democracy that stultified resistance to the subversion of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Add to this deliberate attempt to polarise the nation along racial lines, despite evidence that our nation has grown past that and lines have long become blurred and it becomes obvious that the Granger Administration’s embrace of denseness grows stronger daily. Like Ram, I was willing to concede these may be political arguments made for sake of expediency and not an actual reflection of intellect or lack of thereof. No longer however, I cannot concede that any intelligent human would subject themselves to this level of ridicule of small children for the sake of any amount of power and perks. This group should be sitting at the back of the class with party hats on, not in the halls of power.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Govt spends $350M more on outreaches

first_imgGovernment’s spokesperson, Joseph Harmon, on Friday defended a recent move by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to secure more than $300 million in supplementary funding from the National Assembly for ministerial outreaches across the country.At the last parliamentary sitting on May 23, 2019, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had presented Financial Paper 1 of 2019 totalling in excess of $7.9 billion. Of that amount, $800 million was approved for the Finance Ministry, part of which is for “increased activities such as ministerial outreaches”.Asked during Friday’s post-Cabinet press briefing to justify the additional $350 million when supplementary funds are only sought in the case of urgency and/or emergency, Harmon underscored the importance of these ministerial engagements.The Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) noted that Government first had these outreaches back 2016 and 2017, and it was based on feedback from the coomunities, so the Government found it necessary to continue the engagements with the public.“It was recognised that there was a view that people needed to see their Government Ministers more. They wanted to be in touch with them. When we came into office, we recognised that there was sort of an expectation created by the previous Administration that only if you see a Minister that you can get things done.”According to Harmon, the coalition has since changed that paradigm and has undertaken to move Government services to the people. This, he added, was done with the creation of new towns.“We’ve actually taken Government services to these new towns themselves. So the outreaches by the Ministers was an approach to listen to persons and hear what they have to say and whether in fact, what we’re doing is working and if in fact, they need to give us addition advice. So these were some of the rationale behind the outreaches,” he contended.The MOTP Director General went on to say that his Government believes in inclusive governance and these public engagements are reflective of this.“We believe that the people who govern, must listen to the people they govern. This is a way of interacting with them to bring them as part of the decision-making process. What, in fact, we are doing is giving effect to Article 13 of the Constitution and basically changing the paradigm in which Government is in the centre and the people are on the periphery. We are now taking the Government to the people and therefore they can now feel comfortable that decisions are made in their interest right there on the ground in the community they’re living in,” Harmon stressed.Already, Government has held ministerial outreaches in Regions One (Barima_Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara Mahaica), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). These outreaches comes amid criticisms that the APNU/AFC coalition is blatantly using taxpayers’ money and State resources to campaign heavily across the country.However, the Government has been insisting that the outreaches are to better engage and address concerns of citizen, and not part of any campaigning ahead of the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Despite this, however, one Government Minister during a hinterland outreach asking residents to vote for the coalition Government.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, while addressing a small gathering at Tiger Pond village, located in the Karasabai District, South Pakaraimas, Region Nine, made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”last_img read more

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Man United news: Mata in and Rashford out? Predicted XI for Liverpool clash

first_img 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 11 11 8. Juan Mata (right wing) 21. Ander Herrera (attacking centre midfield) 11 7. Memphis Depay (left wing) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 9. Anthony Martial (centre forward) 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full Manchester United lineup in squad number order After defeat to West Brom on Sunday all but ended Manchester United’s top four hopes, the Europa League clash with Liverpool now takes on added importance.Liverpool v Manchester United is – in terms of global viewing figures – the biggest fixture in football, but Thursday night is the first time the two rivals will do battle on the European stage.Winning the Europa League now represents the only chance for either side to be in the Champions League next season.Louis van Gaal loves the rivalry between the sides and has won all four of his games against the Reds since his arrival at Old Trafford.It is also the game that Anthony Martial announced himself to the Premier League earlier this season, with a stunning solo goal to seal a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.United’s chances have been boosted with the return of a number of senior players to full training, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.Jesse Lingard will miss the Anfield trip on Thursday through suspension, while Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied and Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Manchester United XI for the crucial Europa League first leg against Liverpool.last_img read more

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Tough decisions

first_imgRe “Running deep in the red” (Nov. 16): The article quotes many of our city officials who proclaim that “We must make tough decisions.” Why did they not make the tough decisions before they spent our tax dollars? There are three prime examples of excessive spending that the voters would probably never have approved if they’d had the chance. These three “tough decisions” would have eliminated the new elephant compound at a reported $30 million, the gorilla compound at a reported $19 million and the Children’s Museum, which is still being built and will cost a lot. None of these excessive expenditures was necessary. Our decision makers are not living up to their fiduciary responsibilities, and now they want the taxpayers to bail them out because they did not make the tough decisions when they had the chance. – Patricia Higgins AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Calabasas Got the guts? Re “Brewer digs in heels on reform” (Nov. 16): Does David Brewer have the fortitude of Gen. Patton or Adm. Halsie or Gen. Doolittle? He must have that quality of fortitude to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District – whatever it takes, regardless of who or whom or what entrenched bureaucracy it may upset. Another question I present is: Does he have the authority to do the things that must be done? – Allen C. Heatherly Reseda Not my money Re “Sue away” (Our Opinions, Nov. 14): Sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? Not with my money. If the editorial board of the Daily News wishes to sue the EPA, then I suggest the editorial board of the Daily News hire a bunch of lawyers. As the federal government is supreme, I do not wish to sue and sue again to simply lose millions of taxpayer dollars. The Daily News claims that these new rules “would cut carbon emissions by one-fourth over the next 12 years.” And whose model are we using to achieve these world-saving numbers? Lawyers’ model? If these rules become law, the evil auto industry estimates that 70 percent of today’s cars and trucks would be unsalable in California. Do not believe me? Ask Bob Lutz, vice president of General Motors. I will believe the evil auto giant before a self-serving, want-to-be senator, Schwarzenegger. – Gavin Feehan Granada Hills Global warming Re “Sue away” (Our Opinions, Nov. 14): So-called global warming is not an issue that should be decided by the court system. The Supreme Court decided that they are polluting every time they speak. I tend to agree with that – just not in quite the same way. These are issues that should be decided with reasoning and science, not lawsuits. – Jeff Clarke Simi Valley Court a winner Re “Program becomes a ticket to a new life” (Nov. 15): It is great to know that there is finally someone out to help those with alcohol problems instead of simply throwing them in prison. Van Nuys Community Court is really strengthening the general public by establishing a program to help those with substance-abuse problems. We can’t just keep throwing people into prison and hoping for the best after they are released. This program has helped many people already, and I hope it will continue to flourish. – Frances Zapanta Los Angeles Little extra help Re “Program becomes a ticket to a new life” (Nov. 15): As a founding member of the Van Nuys Community Court, I have had the privilege to watch dozens of individuals change their lives. The police department, the City Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the court system and The Volunteer Center have all worked together to improve the quality of life in Van Nuys and change the lives of those who have participated in the program. We can never give up on our loved ones. Sometimes it takes just a little extra help. The Van Nuys Community Court does exactly that. – Candido Marez Northridge Same group Re “Silent majority” (Nov. 14): Your article claims that group is conversing through the Internet. Many of this same group were the overly mouthy minority protesters of the Vietnam era who demanded our soldiers come home, having lost no battles and having to leave 3 million Vietnamese to be killed by the Communists. Perhaps this time they have rightfully decided not to cause the same fate for the Iraqis by our pulling out now. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys Sex abuse Re “Boys focus of sex-abuse inquiry” (Nov. 15): The most disturbing aspect of the article was the reaction of the father of one of the boys. His son acted in a way that was predatory and extremely unusual for an early elementary school student; yet the father is promising “a major showdown once we get to court.” Rather than focusing on his son’s behavior, he is attacking the school for investigating the matter before notifying him. One wonders what is going on inside that home; I hope Child Protective Services is planning to find out. – Angela Fitzmorris West Hills Lost sheep The fact that Pat Robertson has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president is good-enough reason for rational people to vote for someone else. Robertson, a self-proclaimed born-again Christian, has called for the assassination of a foreign leader and proclaimed that the Katrina flood was God’s response to an immoral America. The problem here is not that Robertson is a certified nutcake and a hypocrite as a Christian; the real problem is that so many lost sheep believe him and Fox News. Christians who vote Republican should remember Christ was the Prince of Peace and taught us to turn the other cheek. I will turn the other cheek and the channel when Fox News promotes Giuliani with Robertson. – Denis F. Cremins Simi Valley Teaching Often I read about failing schools. This indicates that California’s political, legal and economic system has not pooled in and is not coordinating activities for this all-important matter. Teaching young people means instructing the future, and that is serious. Disciplining kids is an oversized responsibility for any one facet of government to handle. With these agencies working together, greater deeds can be reached. Education must be free of all the barriers in order to achieve excellence. – John J. Curti Tarzana Zero evidence Re “Liar’s club” (Your Opinions, Nov. 13): The reference letter said President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction. There is actually zero evidence to support this assertion. An author who talked to the CIA agent who debriefed Saddam for nine months after his capture reports that even Saddam’s own generals were fooled by the WMD ruse created to keep Iran at bay. Most likely, Bush weighed conflicting intelligence on WMD and decided in favor of caution in light of 9-11. The Bush haters postulate that he lied, get angry at the postulation and then just keep repeating the mantra. This is the real lie. Anyway, doesn’t lying require creative thinking, something Bush haters say he lacks? Can’t have it both ways. – Tom Reilly Thousand Oaks Self-made Re “Bush not liar” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): Sharon Hess writes that the Democrats are trying to ruin the Bush presidency. No need to, as Bush is capable of doing that himself. – Mike Kirwan Venice160Want 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

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KRISTINA WAS ‘GUTTED’ TO BE PAIRED WITH DANIEL, SAYS JUDGE CRAIG

first_imgSTRICTLY Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has been poking fund at Kristina Rinhanoff over her pairing with Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell.Kristina has had several high profile relationships with previous partners on the hit BBC show.Craig said: “She’s a bit of a loose cannon and I feel sorry for Daniel O’Donnell. “When she first got paired with him, I think she was gutted. But it was rather obvious she wasn’t going to get a hot, young celeb after everything that’s happened.”Craig is famed for his acid-tongued remarks on the show and is billed as Mr Nasty as he among the first of the judges to point out any mistakes.He said: “It’s natural to fall in love with your dance partner when you’re spending so much time together and Kristina managed it a few times.“But somehow I don’t think that will be the case this time around.”  KRISTINA WAS ‘GUTTED’ TO BE PAIRED WITH DANIEL, SAYS JUDGE CRAIG was last modified: October 1st, 2015 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:daniel o’donnellKristina RihanoffStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

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PERVERT WHO ABUSED TWO GIRLS AT CARAVAN PARK JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS

first_imgA pervert who sexually abused two young girls at a caravan park in Portsalon has been jailed for four years.Letterkenny Court.The man committed the crimes on the two young girls, who were aged just 11 and 12 at the time. The man was sentenced at Letterkenny Circuit Court today where he pleaded guilty to all four charges of sexual assault.Judge Keenan Johnston said the assaults were a fundamental and fatal breach of trust by the man.But he said the sentence must be proportionate to the crimes committed.Of the young girls trauma, Judge Johnson said the victims should not blame themselves as they had ben.“They have been robbed in the most serious way of their childhood,” he said.He also ordered the man to be observed for five years after he is released and to be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.The four incidents, which he pleaded guilty to, happened between January and May 2010 while the girls were visiting their relatives’ mobile home.Letterkenny Circuit Court was given graphic details of the incidents.The court heard the victim impact statements form both young girls who were aged around 11 or 12 when the attacks happened.One of the girls had tried to kill herself and the other blamed herself for the assaults.The court heard how three of the assaults took place in the caravan park and another while on a walk.The accused, who is originally from Derry, was arrested by Gardai after one of the girls complained to her teacher about an assault.After he was arrested and released, the man and his wife moved to Spain.Garda Sgt Bridget McGowan said Interpol then acted on a European Arrest Warrant for the accused and he was deported to Ireland in July 2013.He has been in custody since.The court heard the man has one previous conviction for indecent exposure.Relatives of the two girls who were abused sobbed at the back of the court as the man was sentenced.PERVERT WHO ABUSED TWO GIRLS AT CARAVAN PARK JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: February 5th, 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:abuseDerryGirlsPortsalonlast_img read more

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END OF AN ERA AS BULLDOZERS MOVE IN TO TUMBLE OATFIELDS

first_imgThe bulldozers move into Oatfields.It’s a sour end to what was once Donegal’s sweet success stories.The diggers finally moved in to demolish the Oatfield’s Sweet Factory this morning.The building, which was sent the aroma of chocolate around the streets of the Cathedral Town, is no more. Symbolically the demolish men have left the sign proclaiming the famous Oatfields brand until last year.The factory, which mass-produced the Emerald chocolates and Orange chocolates, sent their brands all around the world.More than 80 people were employed at the factory at its height of production. In recent years those numbers dwindled as competition and demand for the products grew smaller.This morning two elderly men stood outside the factory and recalled the many factories which have disappeared in the town over the years.“It’s a crying shame, that’s what it is. Not many people actually know why it was called Oatfields. The reason the McKinney family called it that was because it was built on the site of a cornfield.“What are they going to do with it now? Are they going to turn it back into a cornfield. It’s such a shame this factory has been allowed to be pulled down,” he said.    END OF AN ERA AS BULLDOZERS MOVE IN TO TUMBLE OATFIELDS was last modified: April 24th, 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:bulldozersdemolisheddonegalERIN DEATH: A STATEMENT FROM THE DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE TO PARENTSletterkennyOatfieldslast_img read more

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Major pipe burst leaves part of Ballindrait without water

first_imgSeveral areas surrounding Ballindrait are without water this afternoon due to a major burst pipe. Drumnahaw, Springhill, Backlands, Ballindrait and surrounding areas in the county are reported to have been affected by the ruptured pipeline.Irish Water crews are working on fixing the issue but it is unknown when the water outage will be completely restored. The works have an estimated completion time of 7pm on April 19.Irish Water has warned that the supply may take 2-3 hours to fully return to all affected properties.Major pipe burst leaves part of Ballindrait without water was last modified: April 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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Half-time: QPR 1 Cardiff City 0

first_imgClint Hill’s 33rd-minute goal put QPR ahead against the run of play at Loftus Road.The veteran defender headed home Matt Phillips’ left-wing corner after Cardiff had looked more likely to open the scoring.Rangers keeper Rob Green had produced two near-post saves, stopping shots from Scott Malone and Jose Mason.Cardiff also threatened when Anthony Pilkington was just unable to connect at the far post with Joe Ralls’ cross.But the Bluebirds then failed to deal with Phillips’ excellent delivery and Hill pounced to score his team’s first league goal of the season.It lifted QPR, and Tjaronn Chery, one of their summer signings making his home debut, teed up up Matt Phillips, who fired over.QPR (4-4-1-1): Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hill, Konchesky, Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Gladwin, Chery, Austin. Subs: Lumley, Hall, Doughty, Kpekawa, Faurlin, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas. Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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