Ben Franks joins Barbarians

first_imgPhoto by: Andrew Cornaga/ Photosport (Ben Franks played 47 tests for the All Blacks between 2008 and 2015). Franks joins lock Jeremy Thrush, outside back Charles Piutau and hooker Corey Flynn in the side as coach Vern Cotter finalised his 27-man squad for the two matches.There is a host of Kiwi players included in the side.Centre Robbie Fruean, halfback Kahn Fotuali’i, wing David Smith, prop Census Johnston and lock Joe Tekori all played provincial rugby in New Zealand before heading overseas.But the team is down one Kiwi with former Counties Manukau and Chiefs midfielder Bundee Aki withdrawing from the side due to injury.The third and final wave of player announcements included former Springboks midfielder Frans Steyn, Irish first five-eighth Ian Madigan and exciting Fijian wing Waisea Nayacalavu.Two Wallabies are in the side in Adam Ashley-Cooper and Will Genia, while retirement-bound former French captain Thierry Dusautoir will also play.Fruean, Smith and Frenchman Gillian Galan are the only players yet to play a test in the team.Smith, who played for Auckland, Taranaki, the Hurricanes and the Blues, has been on France’s radar for the past two seasons, but also qualifies for Samoa.Fruean recently expressed his desire to play international rugby for Samoa, but will have to undergo World Rugby’s Olympic sevens eligibility loophole before he is able to be picked. Barbarians: Horacio Agulla (Castres and Argentina), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Bordeaux and Australia), Yann David (Toulouse and France), Kahn Fotuali’i (Bath and Samoa), Robbie Fruean (Bath Rugby), Rory Kockott (Castres and France), Ian Madigan (Bordeaux and Ireland), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier and Fiji), Waisea Nayacalavu (Stade Francais and Fiji), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster and South Africa), David Smith (Castres), Frans Steyn (Montpellier and South Africa), Patricio Albacete (Toulouse and Argentina), Steffon Armitage (Pau and England), Schalk Brits (Saracens and South Africa), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse and France), Corey Flynn (Star and New Zealand), Ben Franks (London Irish and New Zealand), Gillian Galan (Toulouse), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester and Wales), Facundo Isa (Lyon and Argentina), Census Johnston (Toulouse and Samoa), Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier and Georgia), WP Nel (Edinburgh and Scotland), Mike Ross (Leinster and Ireland), Joe Tekori (Toulouse and Samoa), Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester and New Zealand)last_img read more

Capello: “I don’t like this Barcelona. Touch, play, play … and expect Messi to do magic”

first_imgFabio Capello has strongly criticized the Barcelona of Quique Setién. Speaking this Thursday at the Bilbao Football Summit in San Mamés, the former Real Madrid coach said he “liked Barcelona more than before” and that The current team “touches, touches, touches, touches the ball, designs a lot on the field but never gets close to the goal and expects the genius, Leo Messi, to do magic.” “I like coaches ready on the bench, who know how to identify the characteristics of their players and adapts its tactical strategy to the playing style of its best players, “Capello explained, who cited Guardiola as an example of a technician who knows how to evolve according to the template he has.“Guardiola has changed a lot. You look at Manchester City and there is no tiquitaca. It is vertical football, aggressive, high speed and always looking towards the goal. He understands that he has to evolve to keep winning, “said Capello.last_img read more

Africans Deserting Africans in Distress: Whither African Solidarity?

first_imgIn the face of the devastating Ebola crisis that has hit the Mano River basin, particularly Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, many nations around the world, especially in Europe, Asia and the United States, have rallied to the rescue.  These nations have contributed lots of  money, shiploads of health and medical supplies and food, as well as health and medical personnel to help these affected countries defeat the deadly virus.But the response of the sisterly African nations to the distress of the three Ebola affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—has been alarmingly negative and patently un-sisterly.The first negative response came from the fourth MRU nation, Cote d’Ivoire, which suspended flights of Air Ivoire to the affected countries and even closed its seaport to ships hailing there from.  It is the height of irony that when the Cote d’Ivoire itself was hit by a deadly civil war in 2008, hundreds of thousands of Ivorian refugees fled across the border into Liberia, where they were wholeheartedly welcomed by their  Liberian brothers and sisters and their government.  Liberia helped broker the peace between the refugees and their government in Abidjan, paving the way for thousands to return to their homeland.  There are yet many thousands of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, who have not yet felt it safe enough to return home, and their Liberian hosts and the international community, especially the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), are caring for them.Yet Ivorian President Alhassan Ouattara did not hesitate to close Cote d’Ivoire’s air, land and sea ports to his three sisterly states in distress.There is also Senegal, which has also closed its border with Guinea and gone on to restrict landing of any airplane traveling from the three affected countries.Yet both Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire are members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and of the African Union (AU).We come now to another prominent AU member, South Africa, one of whose citizens happens to be President of the leading, oldest and most prominent organization uniting African nations.But this fact had no bearing on the South African government, when it decided to close its borders to all traffic emanating from the three affected nations. The South Africans have conveniently forgotten the colossal solidarity the whole of Africa, especially Liberia, the oldest independent African state, gave to her Black and Colored brothers and sisters suffering all those decades under the inhumane and often deadly yoke of apartheid.   It is well known the role Liberia played in that struggle and how she reached out to its Liberation Movements, including the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and their leaders.  Some of this is recorded in President Nelson Mandela’s  autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.The South African government has also forgotten the HIV/AIDs epidemic that hit that country some years ago.  We know of NO African nation, most certainly not Liberia,  that restricted South Africans from entry  into their borders for fear of the highly contagious, even deadly disease.The same swiftness with which Pretoria, one of the better endowed African nations, slammed its sanctions against the three affected nations, could have been tempered with a corresponding gesture of compassion, by making a modest  contribution to their brothers and sisters in distress in the three  affected countries, to help them in their fight against  Ebola.  Alas, none was forthcoming.All of this leads us to ask, whither, African solidarity? A senior European diplomat in Monrovia earlier this week called the Daily Observer to explain how the Europeans and Americans had decided to join forces with the three affected MRU nations constructively in the fight against Ebola and to avoid travel and other  restrictions against them.  He ended his call by exclaiming, “Sorry, my dear friend, for African solidarity.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Are the GRA boss and Police Commissioner asleep?

first_imgDear Editor,There is a crisis in this country, and it is being ignored by the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force. Due to the neglect by these two Government entities, unscrupulous persons are blatantly violating our laws with impunity, and contributing to the social decay of our country.A causal walk around Georgetown and the country would reveal numerous illegal rum shops and beer gardens at every corner, sometimes many such outfits are in one corner, in full view of everyone.Illegal rum shops exist with mobile freezers, the owners of which outwardly claim to sell just snacks and soft drinks, but they carry a full line of beers, and in many cases a variety of liquors. I saw illegal rum shops also in markets and at major street corners.We know of the social ills related to alcohol use, and the destruction of homes and lives, with the attendant crimes also. Our young people are become drunkards at a very early age due to the failure of Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force to regulate the sale of liquor and prosecute the law breakers. It is clear that the GRA and the Guyana Police Force are turning a blind eye on this scourge affecting our nation.What is really happening to our country? Are we promoting a nation of drunkards? Why are the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force promoting these illegal beer gardens and rum shops? It has to be that they are promoting them, since they have allowed them to operate all over the place and at all hours.There is blatant disregard for our laws, and the promotion of lawlessness and drunkenness among our youths and older people. These mobile freezers and makeshift rum shops have no standards, and are not accountable to anyone. Some of them also play loud music, which disturbs neighbours, and some also sell food in unsanitary conditions.I have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing my underage grandson become a drunkard at these corner freezer rum shops, and his underage friends are the same way. Are there not laws governing who can sell liquor, and where it can be sold? Do these makeshift illegal shops pay taxes, or obtain all the approvals or licences to sell liquor and beer?Of least concern to me is the competition that they give to approved rum shops and beer gardens, but isn’t that unfair competition to those registered and licensed rum shops and beer gardens?Is this what we are promoting to foreign visitors and our young people?It is time for GRA Commissioner Godfrey Statia and Police Commissioner Leslie James to wake up from their slumber and enforce the laws, and close down these freezer rum shops and other illegal shops selling liquor and beer.Sincerely,Clayton R Harrislast_img read more

Unpaid Berbice security guards protest for salary

first_imgSecurity guards of the Integrated Security Service company, providers of services at Government institutions in New Amsterdam, have reportedly not received their December 2017 salaries.In a bid to express their frustration, the guards on Thursday picketed theSome of the unpaid security guardscompany’s office for their payments. According to the guards, many of them are single parents with school-age children.They met outside of the company’s office at Trinity Street in New Amsterdam Berbice, and expressed their frustration at not having yet been paid.They complained that they have worked inflexible hours and earned nothing.Some say they have to beg for money to get to and from work. Their telephone and rent bills are due to be paid, but they are still in a bad financial position and are unable to honour those obligations.Integrated Security Service provides service for the Region 6 Administration. In an invited comment, Region Six Chairman David Armogan said the administration has completely discharged its financial obligation to Integrated Security for the month of December.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ghalee Khan, told this publication that the guards will be paid soon. According to him, the company does not have the names of all the guards working with the company, and the company is still working out some administrative issues.last_img read more

Central Bank revises Govt economic growth projections downwards

first_img– 4.4% growth now projectedDuring his budget speech last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that real economic growth is expected to be 4.6 per cent in 2019. However, figures released recently by the Bank of Guyana have downsized this prediction.According to the central bank in its 2018 Annual Report, Guyana’s economy is actually projected to grow by 4.4 per cent by the end of 2019. According to the report, various productive sectors are expected to record growth.“The economy is projected to grow by 4.4 per cent at the end of 2019 on account of growth in the major economic sectors. The agriculture sector is expected to increase by 3.2 per cent, due to the increases in other crops by 4.0 per cent, production of rice by 3.4 per cent and the output of sugar by 3.2 per cent.“The mining and quarrying sector is forecasted to expand by 3.4 per cent due to increases in the production of bauxite by 10.0 per cent and gold by 1.7 per cent. The services industry is estimated to grow by 3.7 per cent on account of higher outturns of wholesale and retail trade by 5.0 per cent and transportation and storage activities by 3.5 per cent,” the report states.Meanwhile, the report projected that Guyana’s construction and manufacturing industries are projected to increase by 10.5 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively. It also projected that inflation rates would be measured at 2.5 per cent owing to moderate increases in food and fuel prices.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe central bank noted that global growth in 2019 is expected to slow to 3.5 per cent, partly owing to the negative effects of tariff increases enacted by the United States against China. As such, the bank projected that growth in advanced economies is expected to decline to 2.3 per cent.“Additionally, economic expansion in emerging markets and developing economies is expected to hold steadfast in 2019 at 4.5 per cent. Latin America and the Caribbean is expecting growth of 2.0 per cent in 2019.”The report states that economic recovery in the Region will be supported by increased demand from external trading partners and the option of better financial conditions rather than the volatile international financial market. It projected overall growth of 2.0 per cent in the Caribbean for 2019.Another bank, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has previously warned that with the prevailing uncertainty in Guyana regarding elections (and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling on last year’s no-confidence motion), political uncertainty can have a significant impact on Guyana’s preparations for first oil and the overall economy.This warning was contained in the Bank’s country economic review of Guyana for 2018, the year in which a government was toppled after a no-confidence vote was passed for the first time in Guyana’s history.“Commercial production is due to commence in 2020. This will increase economic growth and provide windfall revenues for the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” the report states, adding that the proposed Natural Resources Fund (NRF) is expected to help manage the risks associated with the burgeoning oil and gas sector.The Bank explained that this includes minimising negative impacts on traditional sectors.In the report, it notes that Guyana’s economy grew by 3.4 per cent for 2018.However, the banking institution warned of the risks to Guyana’s progress in preparing for the oil and gas sector and indeed, the overall macro-economic outlook if political uncertainty continues.“Guyana is on the verge of a sharp increase in economic growth, but immediate prospects partly depend on ending political uncertainty,” the report states. “In the November 2018 budget speech, the Ministry of Finance was targeting 4.6 per cent (Gross Domestic Product) growth in 2019.“However, increased political uncertainty in early 2019 may dampen this momentum,” the Bank added. “The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited bond issue will push total public and publicly guaranteed debt above 60 per cent of GDP in 2019, but that ratio is projected to decline sharply after 2020.”These warnings were echoed by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), which has warned about the impact of the political climate on businesses. In fact, the Chamber did a survey earlier this year that found that the political climate has been bad for business.last_img read more

City awards tender for North Lagoon fix-up

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – A Williams Lake company beat out 12 other businesses vying for a lagoon twinning project in Fort St. John.Fort St. John City Councilors granted Lake Excavating Ltd. the tender to conduct the work on the North Lagoon Trunk Main Project at Monday night’s Council meeting.Lake Excavating submitted a tender valued at more than $2.9 million for the project. The bid was lower than the engineer’s estimate of $3.5 million.The project is for the twinning of the sanitary sewer trunk main that flows to the North Lagoons in the City. It’s expected that the project will alleviate sanitary sewer flooding problems.The new Fort St. John Hospital will eventually be connected to the North Lagoon sewer main.Advertisement Photo: Fort St. John City Council and Administration discuss agenda items at Monday’s meeting- Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

School District 60 Parent Advisory Council hosts Annual Safe Stop Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District 60 Parent Advisory Council held a barbecue, on Wednesday, at Safeway in honour of the Annual Safe Stop Day.Vice President of the Upper Pine PAC, Madison Hiebert, says Safe Stop is a day dedicated to educating and reminding drivers to keep students safe by slowing down for the flashing amber lights and stopping for the flashing red lights on the back of school buses.Hiebert also says the barbecue is used as a way to help raise funds to support the District’s PAC.- Advertisement -According to Hiebert, there are 23 schools within the District that rely on funding from the PAC to ensure that an adequate educational experience is provided to students.The event also gave community members the chance to check out the school buses and talk with the drivers.last_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES GAA NOTES

first_imgFIXTURES.U14’S Tuesday 7th June.Four Masters v Aodh Ruadh, St. Nauls v N. Columba,Ardara v Kilcar,Fanad Gaels v R.Emmets,St Marys Convoy v Termon, St. Eunans v R.Hughes,Cloughaneely v Dungloe,N.Conaill v Glenswilly,St.Michaels v N. Mhuire,Carndonagh v Malin, Moville v Burt,Urris v Buncrana,RESULTS ,Sun 29th May,Seniors. Four Masters 3-7 St. Eunans 4-3,Moville 4-8 Glenfin 1-6,Intermediate,N.Columba 2-0 Ardara 2-8,Junior,N.Brid/Pettigo 5-10 St. Nauls 4-10,Dungloe 3-5 Milford 7-6,Termon 2-0 R.Emmets 1-13.DONEGAL LADIES GAA NOTES was last modified: May 30th, 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

CHLOE AND JACK ARE TOP NAMES FOR DONEGAL PARENTS

first_imgCHLOE is now the favourite name for girls in Donegal, a report has revealed.But Jack remains the number one name for boys born in 2010 in the county, the Central Statistics Office report says – the same name is top of the national chart!Chloe has knocked Aoife off the top Donegal spot. Katie was the most popular a year earlier in the county. Nationally Jack and Sophie remain the most popular babies’ names.The figures show there were 914 boys were named Jack in 2010, 102 more than the number of boys named Sean, the second-most popular boy’s name in Ireland. Rounding out the top five boy’s names are Daniel, James and Conor.In 2010, 599 girls were given the name Sophie, just one more than the second most popular name Emily.Emma, Sarah and Lucy round out the top five girls’ names in the country. CHLOE AND JACK ARE TOP NAMES FOR DONEGAL PARENTS was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:CSODonegal baby nameslast_img read more