Ma’a Nonu and Dan Carter deadly as race to French playoffs heats up

first_imgPhoto: Getty Images (Ma’a Nonu scoring for Toulon who are in the thick of the race for the French Top 14 playoffs). Ma’a Nonu was at his vintage best as he helped Toulon to a thrilling and important win in the French Top 14.The former All Blacks midfielder scored the last of Toulon’s three tries with a brilliant solo 30m effort in their 33-23 win on Monday (NZ time).Tries haven’t been easy to come by for Nonu since he moved to France following the 2015 World Cup triumph.But he showed his mix of power and pace with this effort, side-stepping against the run of play and slicing through the Toulouse defenders to make his way to the line.​The win sees Toulon in fourth place as the playoffs edge closer.Meanwhile Dan Carter and his fellow Kiwis turned it on to keep Racing 92’s hope of making the playoffs alive.Defending champions Racing moved to fifth on the table with a pulsating 34-32 win against Pau on Monday (NZ time).Pau collected a bonus point to be sixth on the table on points-differential with Racing.The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.Carter kicked two penalties and converted all four tries for Racing.Joe Rokocoko scored the opening try for Racing in just the fifth minute and former Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna marked his return to action with a try.Pau came back from 34-13 to score three tries in the last 10 minutes in a desperate bid to catch their Paris opponents.Colin Slade was again missing from the Pau lineup with Tom Taylor playing at No 10 and kicking one penalty.Racing 92 coach Laurent Labit praised Tameifuna who has battled weight issues this season after suffering a  stomach ulcer.Labit revealed Tameifuna had returned overweight in the offseason. He had been rested since March 11 to try to get him into better shape and the coach felt Tameifuna had delivered a strong performance against Pau with his scrum work, tackling and clean outs.last_img read more

PNG community in Cairns, Australia joins Games Relay

first_imgThe Oil Search Games Relay made a special visit to Cairns on the weekend where the community hosted an informal picnic on the Esplanade of Cairns City.Team PNG athletes who are training in Cairns also attended the event.PNG Consul Rava Chapman thanked the team for remembering the large community living and working in North Queensland and wished Team PNG every success in the upcoming games.Athletes from squash and lawn bowls took a break from their training to join in the festivities, take photos with the Baton and to meet their PNG wantoks based in Cairns.last_img read more

NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Deputy Jojo Lastimosa mentored the Road Warriors with Guiao leading the Philippine basketball team in the ongoing Asian GamesOluseyi Ashaolu, who was nursing a sore right knee due to a partially torn patellar tendon, still had a monster debut, unleashing 33 points, 23 rebounds and three assists for NLEX.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’NLEX, although in control for most of the game, waited until the fourth quarter to create a big enough lead between itself and the KaTropa.The Road Warriors entered the final frame with a small 78-74 lead but started on a 13-2 run to take the 93-78 lead off of Larry Fonacier’s layup. Korea still united despite first Asian Games loss Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award RELATED VIDEO ANTIPOLO—NLEX played through without its fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and repulsed TNT, 103-90, to take an opening day victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Of course it’s always nice to win but upon leaving coach Yeng only wished that when he comes back from the Asian Games that we’re not in a 0-2, or 0-3, or 0-4, hole,” said Lastimosa.“He wanted to return to a team who’s in contention for the playoffs and that’s a challenge for us staff and I think the players did a good job in terms of what we wanted against TNT.”Although Jayson Castro finished with 15 points, he only managed to convert just two of his 11 field goal attempts with the other of his 11 points coming from the line.Mac Tallo helped NLEX with 16 points while Fonacier and PBA returnee Philip Paniamogan had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Terrence Romeo had a team-high 27 points for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Cabinet Sub-Committee finds $12.5M rental too high – Source

first_imgThe lease entered between the Ministry of Public Health and Linden Holding Inc for the storage of drugs and medical supplies “should be revised and strengthened” and further, Government should seek to renegotiate rental for a lesser sum, since a similar facility could be obtained at a lower rate.These are the potent findings of the Cabinet Sub-Committee set up by Head of State David Granger to investigate the deal that had been entered with Linden Holding Inc—majority owned by Larry Singh, a known coalition financier.Cabinet ReportGuyana Times has managed to garner more in depth information – from a reliable source – of the Confidential Cabinet Report that was handed to President David Granger last week, for his Executive action.In the report, the Cabinet Sub-Committee found that—contrary to earlier pronouncements by government spokespersons—the value of the lease with Linden Holding Inc should be reassessed, as it is likely that a similar facility could be obtained at a lower rate.The Cabinet Sub-Committee, which was chaired by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has also recommended that should Linden Holding Inc refuse to renegotiate a lower rate for its 29 Sussex Street, Albouystown, facility, then the lease arrangement should be terminated and Government should build its own storage facility, the source outlined.According to the reliable source, the Sub-Committee recommended to the President that should Singh’s Linden Holding Inc refuse to renegotiate a cheaper rate with Government, that the company be given one year’s notice within which time government would seek to build its own bond.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton08In addition to the promised public apology that was announced as part of the recommendations, the source outlined, that the Cabinet Sub-Committee recommended that government release all relevant documents, including the correspondences it would have received from the NEW GPC. The Cabinet Sub-Committee team, Guyana times was informed, included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Joseph Harmon—both Attorneys—had found too, that in their “considered opinion”, while the lease agreement with Linden Holding Inc is not altogether unfavourable to government, this should be revised to take into account matters related to ‘insurance and maintenance’ of the facility.Minister Norton’s roleThere has been public outcry for the President to sanction Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton but the report, the source highlighted, found that Dr Norton as “Minister of Health was acting in accordance with a Cabinet directive, when he tasked the Ministry’s staff to find and secure a suitable bond in the earliest possible time.”As it relates to the misleading statements Dr Norton would have made in the National Assembly when the matter was first raised on August 8, 2016, the Cabinet Sub-Committee found that the minister might have himself been misled by the ministry officials assisting him at the time.It was during the consideration of advances made from the Contingencies Fund, when the matter was first disclosed to the public.At the time, Minister Dr Norton was being grilled over a $25 million provision which was found to be a Security Deposit paid to Linden Holding Inc.Dr Norton at the time told the National Assembly that the building was in fact already being used by the Ministry of Public Health to store its drugs and medical supplies.This publication was told that under examination by the Cabinet Sub-Committee, Minister Norton said his statement was based on the reliance of the information provided to him by the ministry officials “to the effect that the bond was ready and in use.”Dr Norton has since reportedly accepted that this statement was erroneous.Another of the erroneous statements made by Dr Norton was that NEW GPC was being paid in excess of $19 million monthly.Dr Norton reportedly told the Cabinet Sub Committee that he was under the mistaken belief that payment had been effected as he is not involved in the financial business of the ministry.Unnecessary lease?Among the terms of reference handed to the Sub Committee in effecting its investigation into the entire fiasco was to determine whether Dr Norton caused the Government to enter an unnecessary lease agreement.According to this newspapers source, the Cabinet Sub-Committee in its findings have since documented that at the July 12, 2016 meeting of the Cabinet Council of Ministers, Chaired by the President, “a Cabinet Memo was brought to the Cabinet for approval to be given for the leasing of a building at Lot 29 Sussex Street, Albouystown.”Cabinet gave its No Objection for the lease of the facility and among the considerations was the fact that though the arrangement with the Ministry of Public Health and NEW GPC was deemed “rent free,” it did not escape the attention of Cabinet that “NEW GPC was also the primary single source supplier of drugs and pharmaceuticals to the Government of Guyana and there was a ‘comfortable convenience’ in providing warehouse space for the drugs and pharmaceuticals that were being supplied.”Procurement changesThe Ministry of Public Health in 2016 instituted a new procurement model that sought to put in place regular public tendering as against what obtained in the form of pre-qualification—a status that was secured by NEW GPC.The aim of the change of the procurement tactics on the part of the Government was to remove NEW GPC as the main supplier of drugs and pharmaceuticals.NEW GPC responded by requesting payment for the use of its facility and that it had in fact already waived two month’s rent—January and February—and was only requesting rental fees for March to July.Dr Norton subsequently made a petition to Cabinet and advised that, the use of the warehouse space from NEW GPC was undesirable for two reasons, namely that in an open bidding process, maintaining warehouse space at NEW GPC Inc could lead to allegations of conflict of interest levelled by other suppliers and that the sum requested by NEW GPC was excessive.NEW GPC had in fact submitted an invoice to the Government of Guyana that works out to $237 per square foot for the use of its state-of-the-art storage bond, while the ministry subsequently opted to pay in excess of $1200 per square foot to Linden Holding Inc.The Sub-Committee in its report, the source said, has suggested that Cabinet approved the leasing of the Sussex Street property, based on Minister Norton’s representation, and taking into account the essential and perishable nature of the products being stocked, that the need for a replacement warehouse was urgent.According to the reliable source, it was the Permanent Secretary Trevor Thomas and staff of the Ministry of Public Health that commenced a search for alternative space suitable for the storage of pharmaceuticals or could be easily converted for that purpose, after which the bond at Sussex Street was secured at a monthly rental of $12.5 million. 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June 21 Community Events Pictures

first_imgThe Real Canadian Whole Sale Club hosts a BBQ fundraiser to raise money for an employee who has been diagnosed with a serious illness.                                                         Picture: Amber Davy– Advertisement -The Paladine Blacksox face off against Grande Prarie in a double-header baseball game at the College Ball Diamonds.                                                                                                Picture: Amber DavyCars go head-to-head at the Father’s Day Demolition Derby, which was held at the Taylor Speedway.                                                                                            Picture: Amber Davy  Men’s Traditional Dance takes place at the Taylor Arena for the 4th Annual Spirit of the Peace Pow Wow.                                                                                                           Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Planned Saudi attacks likened to 9-11

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Al-Qaida-linked plotters hoped to reproduce the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, planning to send suicide pilots slamming into military bases and to attack the oil refineries that drive the economy of Osama bin Laden’s homeland, the government said Saturday. Revealing new details of the purported plot, a government spokesman said some of the 172 attackers trained as pilots in an unidentified “troubled country” nearby, hoping to use the planes to carry out suicide attacks. The spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, would not say where the training took place: “It could be Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan; there are so many troubled regions in the world. I can’t specify.” The militants allegedly wanted to use planes “like car bombs … to use the aircraft as a tool to carry out suicide operations,” al-Turki told The Associated Press by phone from this capital city. Targets included Saudi military bases that militants had no other way of reaching, he said. “The last group (we) rounded up are carriers of al-Qaida ideology, working on achieving al-Qaida goals, which is to take over the society,” al-Turki said. The months-long roundup of alleged Islamic militants from seven terror cells was one of the biggest terror sweeps since Saudi leaders began an unrelenting offensive against extremists after militants attacked foreigners and others involved in the country’s oil industry, seeking to topple the monarchy for its alliance with the U.S. But analysts say al-Qaida followers are determined to stay active in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. “This is the heart of Islam, the birthplace of Islam. Saudi Arabia has a huge psychological value for al-Qaida. … Despite the crackdown, al-Qaida will keep trying to establish itself in Saudi Arabia,” said Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism studies at the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center. Along with the planned suicide attacks, authorities said, the latest arrests also thwarted plots to mount attacks on the kingdom’s oil refineries, break militants out of prison and send suicide attackers to kill government officials. The Interior Ministry also said some targets were outside the country, but it did not identify them. Al-Turki did not elaborate or specifically say those detained were al-Qaida members, but his comments marked a rare mention of the terror network by Saudi officials, who customarily refer to the organization as a “deviant group.” Saudi Arabia’s long alliance with the United States has angered Saudi extremists, especially bin Laden, who was born in Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 airline hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were from the kingdom. An austere strain of Islam known as Wahhabism is followed by the country’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population, and militant groups have attracted Saudi recruits with extremist leanings. Militants have attacked foreigners living in Saudi Arabia and the country’s oil industry, which has more than 260 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, a quarter of the world’s total. Bin Laden also has urged such attacks to hurt the flow of oil to the West. The four-year U.S.-led war in neighboring Iraq has also provided a training ground for al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters. U.S. officials have warned it could become a regional base for extremists planning attacks elsewhere in the region. 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

Antonio inflicts Spurs first defeat at new stadium

first_imgBut Antonio’s clinical second half strike ended that run as the West Ham winger became the first visiting player to score in the plush arena.Third placed Tottenham’s second defeat in their last three Premier League games put a dent in their bid to finish in the top four.They hold a three-point lead over fourth placed Chelsea and are four points ahead of fifth placed Arsenal, with both team in action on Sunday.It was a frustrating warm-up for Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax in north London on Tuesday.Blaming Tottenham’s hectic fixture list for their defeat, Pochettino said: “We cannot put away the circumstance. They arrived fresh and ready to compete, for us it is completely different. “We were tired. We knew that it was going to be tough because it was a derby, but we have to move on.“It was really tough today. We did not manage the ball properly. In the second half we conceded a lot of space for them to counter attack.”Conceding that Tottenham had hurt their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, Pochettino added: “It is a fight, it is a race, with two games to play. We knew that before.”Pochettino had insisted Tottenham’s first European semi-final since the 1984 UEFA Cup was less significant than their top four challenge.But the Tottenham manager’s team selection told a different story.Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was absent with a reported injury as Pochettino made four changes, including resting Kieran Tripper, Victor Wanyama and Fernando Llorente.Pochettino revealed this week that injured striker Harry Kane hopes to be fit for the Champions League final if Tottenham make it and the England captain was watching from the stands as his club’s unbeaten start in the new stadium came to an end.– Growing in confidence –With Son Heung-min suspended for the Ajax first leg, Pochettino had no reason to rest the South Korea forward against the Hammers and he was swiftly into the action as he raced away for a shot that cleared the bar.Son should have done better on that occasion and he fluffed his lines again with a low shot that was too close to Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski after Dele Alli’s pass gave him a clear sight of goal.A flowing Tottenham move unlocked the West Ham defence and Son’s blocked effort dropped perfectly for Christian Eriksen, but the Dane smashed his close-range shot straight at Fabianski.Tottenham found it tougher to maintain any momentum in the second half, with Son’s unsuccessful penalty appeal, after being bundled over by Arthur Masuaku, made more in hope than expectation.Manuel Pellegrini’s team were growing in confidence and they ended Tottenham’s unblemished record in their new arena in the 67th minute.Marko Arnautovic chipped a superb pass towards Antonio and the winger controlled on his chest in the six-yard box before blasting a powerful finish past Hugo Lloris.Celebrating with a bizarre bouncing motion, Antonio staged a joyous jig in front of the West Ham fans.“The celebration is from a guy called Dan Rue on Instagram who does these crazy dance moves. I have been busting it out in the clubs and I thought I have to bring it on the pitch. I love to bring out a bit of personality out there,” Antonio said of his eye-catching dance.Tottenham looked drained in the closing stages, but they could have denied West Ham their first away win of 2019 when Vincent Janssen’s stoppage-time header was cleared off the line by Fabian Balbuena.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000West Ham’s Michail Antonio celebrates his winner against Tottenham © AFP / Ben STANSALLLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Mauricio Pochettino admitted his Tottenham stars are suffering from fatigue after they lost for the first time at their new stadium as Michail Antonio fired West Ham to a surprise 1-0 victory on Saturday.Pochettino’s side had won all four matches at their new £1 billion Tottenham Hotspur stadium.last_img read more


first_imgFine Gael Candidate Grace Boyle hosted a meeting last week with a number of stakeholders to gain an understanding of the current status of a “Greenway” for Donegal and to lend her support to the initiative.MS Boyle said there is no reason why Donegal cannot have a walking and cycle trail along the old railway tracks here, just like the Great Western Greenway in Mayo and the 26km Greenway to be developed along the Ring of Kerry. “The Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly recently announced €3.4m funding for the Greenway in Kerry. This project is creating upwards of 80 jobs in Kerry between construction and sustainable employment when in operation.“This follows the success of the Great Western Greenway, in Mayo, which has resulted in about 40 new jobs and the sustaining of another 50 in the local economy. It is absolutely imperative that we compete for this type of funding and support for the same project in Donegal”.This project is already under way in different parts of Donegal.Dermot Kelly and Mary McGrenra, representing GrassRoutes Electric Bike Adventures and An Craobhín in Termon, advised the group that they have already identified the route from the Viaduct in Creeslough right through to Trentagh and are making progress with identifying and obtaining permission from various landowners along that route. However, to date, no group has taken responsibility for the portion from Trentagh to Letterkenny via Churchill and Glenswilly. Whether she is elected or not, Grace firmly believes in this project as an excellent community and tourism initiative and said that she would be happy to be a member of that community group.“With the Wild Atlantic Way passing by our doorsteps in Donegal, we need to maximise the potential for our County and lend our support and energy to this initiative which will boost tourism, community amenities for the local people and health and wellbeing – items which are at the top of my agenda as a candidate for Donegal County Council”.Grace called on the community and businesses to volunteer to be part of the committee required to oversee the Trentagh to Letterkenny route via Churchill and Glenswilly, volunteers to assist in the physical clearing of the trail and, of course, landowners to give their permission for access to their lands. “If you are willing to assist in any way, we would love to hear from you”.Anyone interested in assisting with this project is asked to contact Grace Boyle on 087 3845538 or ELECTION 2014: BOYLE CALLS FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR A ‘GREENWAY’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 8th, 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:donegalElectionsFine GaelGrace BoyleGreenway Projectlast_img read more

Vipers vs Police: Cops out to test Venoms title credentials

first_img Tags: police fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers Police have gone six games minus defeatStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC vs Police FCSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSunday, 09-10-2018 @04:00pmVipers SC will be hoping they can take all three points at home to Police FC when the StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues on Sunday afternoon.The Venoms currently sit six points behind leaders KCCA FC and know any slip ups may see them fall off the pace early.Javier Martinez’s side have started impressively this season. They are still undefeated in the league and have won 5 of their first eight games.However, the games are coming thick and fast for them with the CAF Champions League also in the picture.The Venoms have to juggle their quest for Continental glory with defending the league crown but all that may come at a cost as Martinez is most likely to tinker with his squad week in and out.Vipers are still without first choice goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora so Bashir Ssekagya is expected to continue in-between the sticks.There has also been internal bad air between the Mexican and several first team players including Duncan Sseninde, Bashir Asiku and leftback-Aggrey Maroo and it remains to be seen whether they will feature on Sunday.Vipers are rumoured to be having player-manager riftsFor Police, they are one of the most inform sides in the league currently and head into the game on a six game unbeaten run including a 3-1 victory over Mbarara City in the last game.However, they are with out several first team starters including midfielders Hassan Kalega and Ashraf Mugume Fadiga who are ineligible to face their parent club. Captain Sadat Kyambadde as well as midfielder Samuel Kayongo are out with injuries while Ben Ocen and Tayimour Kimera are reportedly in India on trails.It will be difficult minus all those players but Police head Coach, Abdallah Mubiru is optimistic his side can dig out a result.“It’s a tough test against the champions, admitted Abdallah Mubiru.“But we go there believing and despite missing many players, I am optimistic of a decent result.Match facts:This will be the 17th meeting between Vipers and Police since October 2010.In the 16 meeting between now and then, Vipers have defeated Police on 8 occasions with the Cops triumphing 5 times and the other three games ending in draws.In the reverse fixture last season, Vipers defeated Police 2-0. It was the second home victory over Police after also defeating the Cops 3-1 in the cup.Vipers have gone 25 league games unbeaten (W19 D6). The last team to defeat the Venoms in the league was URA back in November 2017.The Venoms have won an impressive 12 of their last 13 fixtures at the St. Mary’s since losing to URA in November 2017. The only team not to lose against Vipers in that period was KCCA at the start of last month (1-1).For the Cops, they go into Sunday’s game unbeaten in any of their last six league games (W4 D2).Away from home, they have lost only one of their first four games of the season (W2 D1).Comments last_img read more