Every game a must-win for Fiji Under 20s

first_imgPhoto: World Rugby Hands up if you want to win the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay. The Baby Flying Fijians have been stuck in the second tier of international competition since being relegated from the Junior World Championship in 2014.Last year they finished in third place in Zimbabwe, having lost to Pacific rivals Samoa in their decisive pool match.With eight nations vying for one promotion place in Uruguay over the coming fortnight, head coach Koli Sewabu said Fiji probably have to win every game in Montevideo to claim the title, starting with Hong Kong tomorrow morning.”The teams are getting stronger each year so we can’t lax off and just aim for one game, so we’ve got to treat every game as a final,” he said.”So we’re really looking forward to our first game – it will be an opportunity for us to put a lot of our game-plans in place and making sure we take a step ahead every game we encounter after that.”Fiji will also face Portugal in pool play and the host nation Uruguay for the third year running.”We’ve had a look at the videos of both Uruguay and Japan [in the other pool] – Uruguay beat Fiji two years ago and Fiji just won last year, so they’ll be strong,” he said.”[We’re expecting] a forward-dominated style of play but we’ve seen the weaknesses and the work-ons for those games and that’s what we’re preparing for and putting things together to ensure that we don’t repeat the same sort of mistakes like we did last year”.The top team in each pool will play off in the final next month.last_img read more

11 CEOs Want More from Global Community

first_imgThe chief executive officers (CEOs) of 11 companies operating in the Ebola-affected countries within the West African sub-region have observed that a larger coordinated global effort is required to tackle the Ebola virus outbreak in the region. African Mining Services ArcelorMittal, Aureus Mining Inc., Dawnus Group, Golden Veroleum Liberia, Hummingbird Resources Plc, IAMGOLD Corporation, London Mining Plc, MonuRent, Newmont Mining Corporation and Randgold CEOs observed on September 8, 2014 the global community has a strong track record in responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes. “We need a similar strength of resolve to tackle an epidemic that has the potential to cause great harm to this region.” They urged the international community to pool its resources and lend support to help reverse the virus and enable post-conflict Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to recover as swiftly as possible from dealing with the epidemic. The CEOs observed that there is a risk the measures being taken to restrict travel to countries most impacted by the virus will aggravate the growing humanitarian crisis.“Ebola is without doubt a horrific virus. But it is a virus that with the right understanding, precautions and processes in place should be avoidable and containable. That’s why we are calling for the immediate opening of humanitarian and economic corridors to the affected countries and urge the international community to respect the ECOWAS and the African Union’s call to lift any travel bans in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation,” the CEOs added. They warned of catastrophic consequences for the affected economies if the international community fails to land the needed support to fight and defeat the Ebola virus. The CEOs expressed concern about the impact of the Ebola virus on affected countries’ economies and the well-being of their people, which, they observed, is being compounded by subsequent decisions and actions that affect travel to and trade with the region.The CEOs noted that their companies have made long term commitments to these countries and their people and “we intend to honor that commitment.” “We have strong ties to hundreds of local communities that depend on our operations. “Despite the challenging environment, we are continuing where possible with normal operations, with the health and safety of our employees being the absolute priority at all times. We have enormous respect for the organizations and selfless individuals working to contain this outbreak and are committed to support them and the governments concerned to bring the epidemic to an end,” the CEOs sated. CEOs that signed the statement are: Mr. John Kavanagh of African Mining Services, Lakshmi Mitta of ArcelorMittal, David Reading of Aureus Mining Inc., Bob Jones of Dawnus Group and David Rothschild of Golden Veroleum Liberia signed the statement. Others are Dan Betts of Hummingbird Resources Plc, Stephen J. J. Letwin of IAMGOLD Corporation, Graeme Hossie of London Mining Plc, Tony Carr of MonuRent , Gary Goldberg of Newmont Mining Corporation and Mark Bristow of Randgold.Our business desk has meanwhile observed that expatriates contractors for most of these companies have declared force majeure and left the sub-region due to the virus outbreak.The Ebola virus has killed over 2,200 people in four countries in West Africa name: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria and infected over 4,000 people in the four countries, said WHO.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big Brothers & Big Sisters receives $22,000 donation

first_imgFort St. John Big Brothers and Big Sisters received its largest single donation ever at this past weekend’s Terra Energy Golf Tournament.The tournament, which saw companies donate cash in lieu of golf prizes, netted the charity $22,000 in donations for its programs.Big Brothers and Big Sisters Executive Director Danielle Armstrong says she was astonished at the donation.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=258|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Danielle Armstrong – Wow_1_Pub.mp3] The money raised will go into the charity’s operating fund, as well as to fund a new program for elementary-school girls that will encourage healthy bodies and healthy minds.last_img

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow in Barcelona

first_imgBarca centre-back Gerard Pique had sparked panic after appearing to backtrack on his ‘he stays’ tweet about his team-mate.PSG are trying to lure the 25-year-old Brazilian to France and are ready to pay his 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) release clause to make him the best-paid and most expensive footballer on the planet.Last week Pique took to social media to say “he’s staying” — but when pressed on the matter Tuesday ahead of a pre-season friendly in the United States against Manchester United he was less sure of himself.“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.”Fans in the city were not too confident about Neymar’s future and seemed to be fed up with the whole saga.“If you are offered double by another company, then you will go,” said Salvador Pons, president of the Blaugrana fans’ association.“Even if your colleagues say ‘no, don’t leave, don’t leave’. Even to France, which is not at the same level as the Spanish Liga.”Neymar departed the MetLife stadium without addressing reporters after scoring a brace in a 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Juventus in New Jersey on Saturday.“The situation is eroding confidence at the club,” columnist Tomas Andreu wrote in the newspaper Sport.“What really hurts here is the silence of the player himself, which in the end says a great deal.”At the same press conference where Pique spoke, Argentine defender Javier Mascherano said he had told Neymar to carefully weigh up the pros and cons.Mascherano added all the players, including Messi, had spoken to the player to ask him to stay.New PSG full-back Dani Alves, who took his compatriot Neymar under his wing while at the Camp Nou, posted a message on Instagram seemingly with a message for his former team-mate.“What do you want to be? Where do you want to go? Where do you want it?” he wrote on Sunday.“All matters depend on you never forgetting where you came from and who was by your side when you were someone, but the world did not know who you were.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PSG are trying to lure Barcelona’s Neymar to France and are ready to pay off his 222 million euro ($256.8 million) release clause and make the player the best-paid footballer on the planet © AFP/File / Jewel SAMADMadrid, Spain, Jul 26 – Confusion surrounding the Neymar-Paris Saint-Germain transfer saga was rife in Barcelona on Wednesday, with the player staying silent on his future.“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline on the front page of Catalan daily Sport, above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.last_img read more

Rooney is a disgrace and an embarrassment! Man United fans slam captain

first_img Wayne Rooney Manchester United may have beaten West Ham United 2-1 at Old Trafford but the club’s fans were still seething after the game.With 59 minutes on the clock, Wayne Rooney, in an attempt to halt a Stewart Downing counter attack, kicked out and felled his opponent, which saw Lee Mason brandish a red card.And the man, who was handed the Red Devils captaincy by Louis van Gaal in the summer, came in for plenty of abuse from his own on Twitter as they will now have to do without him against Everton, West Brom and Premier League pacesetters Chelsea.Check out the reaction below… 1last_img

Telephone companies say hello to television

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – At the telecommunications conference here this week, a visitor could be forgiven for thinking he missed a turn and walked into the wrong trade show, a more glamorous one that dealt with entertainment rather than the plain old telephone system. Every other booth at TelecomNEXT, which ended Thursday, had some demonstration of how phone companies can deliver video programming. A visit by the chief executive of The Walt Disney Co. underlined that for the companies here, the future of “telephone” is spelled “television.” “IPTV has gotten the imagination of a lot of service providers,” said Robert Balsamo of equipment provider Calix Networks Inc. IPTV, or Internet Protocol Television, is the main way phone companies are getting into video delivery. The technology overcomes one of the disadvantages of phone lines – they can carry only a few channels, compared with hundreds for cable. An IPTV set-top box sends messages up the phone line, telling the delivery system which channels to send back down. That way, the system only needs to deliver the few channels you’re actually watching. Although this can result in a delay while switching channels, Microsoft Corp., a major supplier of IPTV software, said its latest version overcomes much of it. Once channel switching and other technical hurdles, such as the susceptibility of phone lines to interference, are overcome, most viewers won’t be able to tell if they’re watching TV from a modern cable system or IPTV. IPTV does have some technical advantages, but they’re rather small and won’t matter to most consumers, according to Ted Henderson, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst. But Henderson also believes IPTV doesn’t really need a technical advantage to compete with cable. Convenience matters a lot to consumers, and being able to get wireline phone service, wireless phone service, broadband Internet and television from one company, the so-called quadruple play, is sure to appeal, he said. Verizon Communications Corp. said this week it has signed up 30 percent of available households in Keller, Texas, just six months after launching its TV service there. That figure will be “daunting” to cable companies, Henderson said, noting that a typical cable penetration rate is 50 percent, and about 20 percent of households have satellite TV. It isn’t entirely clear, however, that telephone companies can repeat elsewhere the successes of Keller, an affluent, newly built suburb of Dallas. Furthermore, Verizon is not even using IPTV, but taking the much more costly route of drawing fiber optics into customers’ homes, bypassing the bottleneck of the phone lines. That means it can use technology more similar to cable and also provide Internet service at very high speeds. AT&T Inc., the country’s largest telephone company by number of subscribers, has been testing IPTV in San Antonio and plans to roll it out in more markets this summer. Cable companies are countering by partnering with Sprint Nextel Corp. to add wireless service, complementing the telephone services they’ve been rolling out. Besides the technological hurdles of TV service, the phone companies have a legal obstacle. Cable service is provided under deals with county and city governments. It’s time-consuming for phone companies to negotiate their own deals at the local level – Verizon has noted that even if it obtained one local franchise a day, it would take years to provide video to all its customers. That process has been short-circuited by new laws in Texas and Indiana that allow applicants to obtain video franchises from the state rather than local commissions. Virginia has approved a similar law, but it has yet to go into effect, and the phone companies are hoping for more such laws.last_img read more


first_imgOur U21s recorded a good victory over Lifford in the Quarter final of the U 21 championship on Tuesday evening last.  Final Score 1-13 to 0.7. They are due to play Milford in the semi-final on Tuesday the 6th September in O’Donnell Park at 6.30pm. Both senior teams played in the championship at the weekend. The reserves travelled to Malin for the 2nd Leg 1st Rd of the championship and came away with a hard earned victory 3-8 to 2-8. Oisín Mc Elhinney, Kevin Kilkenny, Anthony McDaid, Shane Gildea were outstanding. In the Junior championship at Pairc na nGael Downings held on for victory as the home side came more and more into the game. Oisín Cannon, Ciaran Cannon and Aaron Bradley performed well for the home side. The Playoff is on Saturday 17th Sept. Both teams have League games at home on Sat evening next against Na Rossa Throw inn times are 4.30 and 6pm. The Minors play Termon in the quarter Final of the championship at the Burn on Friday evening with a 6pm throw inn. The U15s play Naomh Colmcille in the Semi-Final of the championship in Newton on Sunday with a 12noon throw innU12 hurlers battled hard against a strong St. Eunan’s but were unable to take the points. Final match at home vs Buncrana on Thurs 8th Sept. U13 hurling competition starts on Sunday 11th, details at training on Tues 6.30pm.Gaels young U13 gaelic team tried their best against Fanad Gaels and finished the match strongly. Next match is away to Downings next Saturday 10th Sept. Congratulations to Donal McCormack on finishing fourth in the U12 county gaelic skills competition.Congratulations to our club Secretary Jim McGlynn who has been recently elected as Treasurer of the County Board. A Great honour for the club as this is our first member on the county executive. The club are holding their Annual Family Fun Day on Sunday September 25th. The day will include a Barbecue, athletics, Novelty and many fun events.  Something for all the family.Further information will be available in the coming weeks   Check our website letterkennygaels.donegal.gaa.ie for all details on training times for all ages and all the latest news. Lotto results for weekending the 4th September No’s drawn were 9,11,12 & 23 Match 3 winner was  Martin O’Donnell Sentry Hill. Letterkenny Jackpot next week is 1,150 Euro.GAA: LETTERKENNY GAELS GAA NOTES was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: LETTERKENNY GAELS GAA NOTESlast_img read more

How likely the Premier League teams are to reach Champions League knockout stage

first_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Another round of Champions League group stage matches have been played, and there are now just two games to go for clubs to book their place in the knockout stages.All four English clubs remain in the hunt for a place in the round of 16, though it will not be a walk in the park for them. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update scrap SORRY Spurs, who are the least likely to qualify for the round of 16, host Internazionale in the next matchday before visiting Barcelona on December 11.Liverpool have must-win clashes against Paris Saint-Germain (away) and Napoli (home) coming up, while Manchester United host Young Boys before visiting Valencia on the final matchday.Manchester City, who need just one point to guarantee qualification, have matches against Lyon (away) and Hoffenheim (home) to come. Most Read In Football Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed predicted Finishing third in their group drops the respective team down into the Europa League, which is an outcome many wish to avoid, and all sides will be pushing for a top two finish in the remaining group stage fixtures.But how likely is every English side’s progression to the knockout rounds?The stats experts at FiveThirtyEight have used their algorithm to calculate the probability every team has of making the Champions League round-of-16, and talkSPORT.com reveals the chance all four Premier League sides have of getting there. LATEST Mauricio Pochettino has a real job on his hands to guide Spurs to the round of 16 latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos tense gameday cracker Manchester City are all but qualified, and their local rivals Man United’s chances of getting through were boosted with their amazing comeback defeat of Juventus.However, Liverpool’s shock loss at Red Star Belgrade has put their progression in doubt, and Spurs remain an outside shot given Tuesday’s win over PSV was their first in this season’s European campaign. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Manchester City have >99 per cent chance of qualifying for the round of 16Manchester United have 76 per cent chance of qualifying for the round of 16Liverpool have 68 per cent chance of qualifying for the round of 16Tottenham have 20 per cent chance of qualifying for the round of 16 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The probability every English side has of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages 1 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion last_img read more

Gardaí investigating incident on Main Street Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is ongoing following an incident on Letterkenny Main Street.Gardaí have cordoned off an area between two pubs, where it is believed that a serious assault occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.More to follow.  Gardaí investigating incident on Main Street Letterkenny was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

SA police ‘keeping their eye on the ball’

first_img30 June 2010 South African National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele is committed to making sure that the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ continues to be a safe one as the tournament enters the final phases. “This is a demanding but intriguing period in the history of this country,” Cele said this week. “And undoubtedly up to now, actions are speaking louder than words. Our success can be attributed to the security plan that is now proving to be a winning one.” While many teams have been sent home, there are still plenty of fans routing for their team, with many more arriving on a daily basis. “With numbers increasing as we are approaching the end of tournament. This leaves us with a mammoth task until the final whistle,” Cele said. Since the beginning of the tournament a Joint Operational Committee has been meeting on a daily basis to ensure that security measures are adequately deployed. With a staff complement of over 44 000 police members dedicated to the tournament, support from the South African Defence Force, Interpol and respective competing nation’s police services, the host nation has taken security seriously. “There are 225 foreign police officials based here in Pretoria,” said Cele. “They are here in an advisory capacity to assist South African security agencies to have a better understanding of how fans from various countries behave.” There have been a few minor incidents, which can be expected during a massive gathering of people such as the Fifa Word Cup™. However, the South African police have dealt with these efficiently. “World Cup security and normal policing are equally important, hence none was compromised,” said Cele. “Instead, our men and woman in blue went beyond the call of duty.” The rate of investigations, arrests and prosecutions around tournament incidents has been increased, and Cele feels that this improved service will continue long after the tournament is over. “The money, the training and the methodology are going to stay with the South African Police Service. We are now capable of continuing at this same pace after the World Cup. We must keep this momentum up for the benefit of the country. “We are going to work hard for the last 10 matches,” Cele said. “We have re-committed ourselves to carry out our duties with diligence and pride, this we owe to South Africa, the African continent and the world.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more