Rovanama 2015 champions of Southern Region 9s

first_imgThe Titans got off to the worst possible start after a knock on from the kick off. ‘Rovanama capitalized immediately scoring out wide and again minutes later to lead 8-0.The Titans regrouped and hit back through outside centre Wanipu Chris.The momentum swung the Titans way when they got their second try.Helangi Kovae Jnr put his side right back in the game converting both tries to push his side out to a 12-8 lead going into half time.The second half saw a flurry of tries from both sides.Rovanama scored the first two tries to take back the lead at 16-12.The Titans equalized right from the kick only to have Rovanama take back the lead from the restart.The scores were tied right after the Rovanama try at 22-22 after a solo effort from Maraga Lohia that saw him spin out of a tackle and slam the ball down over the try line.But Rovanama showed they wanted the win more with two unanswered tries in the dying minutes to win the game.The boys from the Aroma Coast won K10, 000 in prize money while the Titans were awarded K7, 000.In the Pennant division grand final; Wanigela Kavela beat Rovanama (2) 14-10. Wanigela picked up K1, 000 while Rovanama (2) settled for K800.The Bowl division grand final saw Irupara GK do it easy over Lime Beach Stones winning 26-6. Irupara GK walked away with K3, 500 while Lime Beach Stones got K2, 000.The Plate division grand final was claimed by Tuhava Hunters who defeated Maopa Paio 20-8. The Tuhava Hunters were awarded K5, 000 for their win while Maopa Paio won K4, 000last_img read more

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Fowler-Reid to attend Mico

first_img WON’T FEEL OUT OF PLACE THE Mico University College has strengthened its netball programme for the upcoming season. One of the country’s most talented netballers, national goal shooter Jhanielle Fowler-Reid, has enrolled at that institution for the upcoming academic year. Fowler-Reid who returned to the island recently from the Netball World Cup in Australia will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in guidance and counselling. Fowler-Reid will team up with two members of the team who were in Australia – goal defence Vangelee Williams and centre Nicole Dixon. Assistant coach of the Sunshine Girls, Annette Daley, is the head coach of the Mico University team. Fowler-Reid who plays for Southern Steel in the ANZ Netball Championships in Australia will add vast experience to a Mico team which has been very consistent in intercollegiate netball for the past six years. Fowler-Reid was delighted about the chance to pursue her degree and playing netball at the Mico. “I am more than overjoyed to know that I will be attending this beautiful and great institution to do my degree in guidance and counselling and also knowing that the Mico family has embraced me,” she said. “The Mico institution itself will not be strange to me as I have had several training sessions there and a few of my teammates at the national level are on the Mico team and I won’t feel out of place,” she added. Fowler-Reid will still turn out for the Southern Steel in the ANZ Netball Championship while enrolled at Mico. “When I am overseas I will be able to study online and there are persons both here and overseas who will be willing to help me,” said Fowler-Reid when asked how her overseas engagements will affect her studies at Mico.last_img read more

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Neymar makes the difference for Barcelona

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP): Already a star, Neymar went supernova. Displaying his unique creative talent, speed and audacity, Camp Nou witnessed the blossoming of a true team leader on Wednesday. “The best match of my career,” said Neymar, who scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the second leg to become the first team to overhaul a 4-0 loss in the Champions League. “If we believe, if we play our way, it is difficult to stop Barca,” the 25-year-old Brazil striker said. “This can happen only once in a lifetime.” Neymar set the tone, simply willing Barcelona to victory when elimination seemed inevitable. Needing three goals to reach the quarter-finals and with the clock ticking toward the 88th minute, Neymar sparked an incredible late surge by scoring from a free kick and a penalty. He then made the pass that Sergi Roberto tapped in for the dramatic winner in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time. JAW DROPPING It was one of the most jaw-dropping sequences ever seen at Camp Nou – or any other ground. “Nobody believed that we could score six goals, and there they are,” Neymar said. “This victory is like winning a final.” Since his transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013, Neymar has helped Barcelona win the Champions League, a pair of Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles, and the Club World Cup. But those achievements came with Neymar acting as a support player to the one-and-only Lionel Messi. That underscores a key detail of Wednesday’s match that is easily overlooked amid the celebrations: Barcelona pulled off this feat without Messi being the best player on the field. Lightning-fast feet Right from kickoff, Neymar bedeviled PSG’s defence with his lightning-fast feet on the left flank. His run into the area resulted in Barcelona’s third goal, converted by Messi from the penalty spot in the 50th after Thomas Meunier stumbled and thrust his shoulder into Neymar as he streaked past. PSG forward Edinson Cavani appeared to snuff out the fight back with his goal a few minutes later. But instead of Messi, it fell to Neymar to conjure up the three goals now needed. And he was up to the task. Neymar’s free kick curled inside the near post of Kevin Trapp’s goal, rekindling the comeback attempt. And when everyone expected Messi to step back up to the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was brought down by Marquinhos, there was Neymar seizing the moment with a second goal. He then delivered the critical pass, a floating forward lob to meet Roberto’s charge into the box. It was Goal No. 6. “No child or adult here at Camp Nou,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said, “will forget this night.”last_img read more

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PPP Commissioners blast GECOM for blatant disregard of mandate

first_imgHouse-to-house registration vacancy ads– ask Secretariat to withdraw ads and commence preparations for electionsThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have noted with great concern several advertisements for vacancies at the Commission which appeared in the newspapers of Sunday, March 3, 2019.See full text of statement below:“We note, with great concern, several advertisements for vacancies at the Guyana Elections Commission, which appeared in the newspapers of Sunday, 3rd March, 2019.These vacancies relate to personnel required for the conduct of House to House Registration.The Commission has not taken a decision to commence House to House Registration and as a consequence, these advertisements are perplexing, at best.This comes in light of the impending need for the conduct of General and Regional Elections, mandated by the successful passage of a no confidence motion in the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018.Despite our repeated requests, both within the Commission and publicly, for the Secretariat to commence preparations for the conduct of elections, no step has been taken in this regard. Instead, one excuse after the other has been proffered as for the delay on such commencement. The latest excuse of funding is, in our opinion, a contrived attempt to cause further delay.We maintain that House to House Registration is not necessary at this time. There are several legally prescribed processes for the revision of the electoral roll to enable the conduct of elections. These processes ought to be utilized in light of the constitutionally mandated timeline for the holding of the elections aforesaid.We view this action of the Secretariat as a flagrant disregard of its mandate enshrined in the Constitution.In light of the foregoing, we call on the Secretariat of the Guyana Elections Commission to immediately withdraw the advertisements and with similar immediacy, commence the preparation for the conduct of elections in the manner and time specified by law”.On December 21, 2018, Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Government, during the debate on this matter, held in the National Assembly. During the reading of the motion, the Speaker’s opinion was that the no’s have it.However, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira called for a division for the tabulation of the votes.During the tabulation, all 32 of the Opposition MPs voted in favour of the motion being carried, with the AFC MP giving them the one vote needed to have the motion passed. Since then, the PPP has been urging both the Government and GECOM to start preparations for elections to be held in the month of March, in keeping with the Constitution and the laws of Guyana.However, the Government has refused to recognise the legitimacy of the no-confidence motion passed and GECOM has cited that the three-month period as enshrined in the Constitution following the passing of such a motion is too short a time frame for the Commission to prepare for elections.last_img read more

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AC Milan faces UEFA financial fair-play penalties

first_img“After careful examination of all the documentation and explanations provided, the Chamber decided not to conclude a voluntary agreement with AC Milan,” a UEFA statement said.The key concerns focus on the takeover of the club by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong.UEFA said: “There are still uncertainties in relation to the refinancing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Seven-time European champions Milan have run up losses of 255 million euros ($300 million) in the last three seasons © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 15 – AC Milan face penalties from UEFA after European football’s governing body said on Friday it had failed to strike a deal with the Italian club over its spending.Seven-time European champions Milan have run up losses of 255 million euros ($300 million) in the last three seasons, way above the 30 million euros permitted by the rules that are designed to stop clubs from over-spending.last_img read more

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‘Tottenham CAN win the Premier League!’ – Tim Sherwood rejects Sol Campbell claims:

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood insists Spurs have what it takes to win the Premier League this season, despite claims from former defender Sol Campbell that their ‘lack of winners’ might cost them in the title race.Spurs have been one of the most impressive teams in the top flight this season, with the emergence of Dele Alli and the continued brilliance of goal machine Harry Kane helping them to third in the table.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are just five points behind surprise league leaders Leicester City and, with the best defensive record in the league, are very real contenders for the crown.Campbell cast his doubts on Spurs’ title bid in a blog post on Wednesday, saying: “At the moment Tottenham are going along fantastically well and you have to say they have given themselves a chance of winning the Premier League, but they don’t have a lot of winners in their team.“They are a young side with a lot of talent, but they might lack a player who has ‘been there, done that’, the sort of player who will keep everyone calm, focused and believing that anything is possible.”But Sherwood disagrees, and believes their resilience and team mentality could see them lift the coveted trophy come May.“I think they CAN win the league, I honestly believe that,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I know what Sol is saying, that there are no winners in the team who have proven they have done it before.“But when I won the Premier League at Blackburn nobody had won anything previous to that. So it CAN be done, and they’re looking good at the moment.“Tottenham have been outstanding this season. There is a resilience about their play, when even if they’re not playing too well they fight together and dig out results.”Kane [22] and Alli [19] are undoubtedly the stars of Spurs’ show this term, but they aren’t the only youngsters to get the opportunity to shine at White Hart Lane.The likes of Nabil Bentaleb [21], Ryan Mason [24] and Tom Carroll [23] have all graduated from the club’s thriving academy, while young imports Eric Dier [21], Danny Rose and Kyle Walker [both 25] have developed into first-team regulars.Sherwood was instrumental in promoting youth during his stint at the club, having worked as Under-21 team coach before his own promotion to first-team boss, and he believes Tottenham’s youth policy is key to their upturn in success.“I think Spurs have got it spot on, on and off the pitch,” he added.“They have wonderful players, a core of great youth players who have come through the system.“That’s allowed Tottenham to not rely on spending wholesale on players. They can rely on their youth to come through and then go out and buy one or two players who will make that extra difference for Mauricio.”last_img read more

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Antonio amends school takeover plan to soothe smaller cities

first_imgBowing to pressure from neighboring cities, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has amended his takeover plan for Los Angeles area public schools to grant their mayors veto power on all decisions except the budget. Villaraigosa originally hoped to get a bill before the Legislature that would grant the Los Angeles mayor 80 percent voting power on all major decisions, with 27 other cities in the Los Angeles Unified School District sharing the remaining 20 percent. He recently amended his plan, however, to grant veto authority to the other mayors if a majority of them disapprove of his actions, including hiring or firing a superintendent. Villaraigosa would still retain 80 percent voting power on budget issues. “We wanted to be responsive to the other mayors, and they were concerned about the proportional vote and that they would have no influence,” said Thomas Saenz, counsel to the mayor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSaenz said Villaraigosa also has changed his plan on how the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors would be represented on the council of mayors. Originally, one of the five supervisors would have represented the entire board. Under the new plan, supervisorial districts that fall in the LAUSD – at least two, but possibly up to four – would each get a vote. The mayor hopes to get a bill in June. However, no lawmaker has publicly agreed to sponsor the mayor’s plan. Officials for the smaller cities were pleased at the changes. “It just shows me that Mayor Villaraigosa is very attentive to and sensitive to the needs of the other communities that make up the whole LAUSD jurisdiction,” said Carson Mayor Jim Dear. “It just shows the mayor is attempting to build consensus and not force through what he has come up with as a plan.” The concession comes days after officials in six southeast cities _ with about 65,000 of the LAUSD’s students _ announced they were considering creation of a joint-powers authority to give them more direct control over their schools. Officials in South Gate, Bell, Huntington Park, Cudahy, Maywood and Vernon are working to create the local agency that would give them authority to select their own superintendent, gain some control over funding and have a greater say over the curriculum. The recent push to control LAUSD has given officials in neighboring cities, who have long complained about not having a voice in LAUSD, the venue to get together and possibly resurrect plans of breaking away from the district. Villaraigosa has endorsed the concept of a joint-powers authority and also has said that if cities choose to break away, he would support their decision. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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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Work checks spark debate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As they debate immigration reform, Republicans and Democrats have largely agreed on the need for a nationwide system that would allow employers to verify that potential workers are citizens or legal residents. But privacy advocates say the rush to mandate widespread eligibility checks is being done with little understanding of the technical problems that could wrongly put thousands of people out of work each year while leading to rampant discrimination. And, they warn, the government may also begin to compile new and vast databases of information on every employable man, woman and teen. Department of Homeland Security officials and advocates of the employer verification system say privacy activists are fanning overblown fears. No personal information is stored or tracked, they maintain, and the program is devised to protect employees from being left jobless while waiting for a green light from the system. Remember the Department of Homeland Security’s “no-fly” lists that erratically flagged 3-year-old children and dozens of men named David Nelson as potential terrorists seeking to board commercial airplanes? Well, now privacy experts are warning America to prepare for the “no-work” list. As Congress battles over new immigration policy, experts say a little-discussed aspect of the bill – mandatory employee eligibility verification – is likely to have a colossal impact on the lives of every person in the U.S. labor market – citizen and immigrant alike. “Everyone who wants to work will feel this provision,” said Tim Sparapani, legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “People are just beginning to understand the implications of it, and they’re big.” Currently that system – a voluntary one – is called the Basic Pilot Program. About 6,000 participating employers use it annually to electronically check workers’ I-9 forms against Social Security and visa information. If the system is rolled out nationally, it would have to accommodate an estimated U.S. workforce of 144 million. About 57 million people, according to the Department of Labor, take new jobs each year – 13.4 million in Western states alone. Mark Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said most Americans wrongly think they will be exempt from verification. “Generally speaking, people who aren’t in the immigrant community assume it won’t affect them. But for the system to work, it has to encompass the entire American workforce.” The bills, he said, “put the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security in the middle of every employment decision in the United States.” Under the Senate bill, employers would have to use the system to check every new employee; the House bill requires employers to check current workers, as well as prospective ones. “This is many orders of magnitude greater than what currently exists,” Sparapani said. “As a computer network problem, that’s a massive undertaking.” Chris Bentley, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration, which oversees the program, expressed confidence that the Basic Pilot Program could rapidly expand. He noted that the system is not a database that needs to be created, but rather an interface that can access information from the Social Security Administration and USCIS records. However, ramping up the system would require money and resources to accommodate the heavy influx of new users. Currently, the system either confirms an employee’s eligibility or issues a “tentative non-confirmation” when em- ployers enter a Social Security or visa number along with other identifiers such as birthdates. In the event of non-confirmations, employers must notify workers, who then have 10 days to contest it. During that time, employers are prohibited from firing, suspending or docking pay. Bentley also noted that employees must already be hired and working before the verification can be done, so they are not waiting on the wheels of bureaucracy to turn in order to feed their families. “No one is in a holding pattern here,” he said. But reality does not always conform to law. According to UCSIS’ own 2002 study, employers use the pilot system to screen applicants even before they are hired. And the study found that when employers received a tentative non-confirmation, “job applicants are unlikely to be notified.” Moreover, 67 percent of employees who contested a non-confirmation reported being suspended, docked pay or having their job training delayed while they sorted out their records. A 2004 agency report found that erroneous non-confirmations for foreign-born workers were “unacceptably high,” and “higher than desirable” for U.S.-born workers. The errors, it found, were largely because of data-entry mistakes and accuracy problems with either the Social Security or USCIS databases. This created burdens for employees and employers, increased verification costs for the federal government and led to unintentional discrimination against foreign-born persons, the study found. These days, the USCIS pegs the overall error rate as low as 1.4 percent. But extrapolated over 54 million workers in a mandatory national system, that could result in more than 750,000 people wrongly being told each year they are ineligible to work. Sparapani likened it to the Department of Homeland Security’s no-fly list, which led to dozens of men named David Nelson being detained at airports because one man named David Nelson apparently was named in the national database as a potential terrorist. “I’ve called this system the `no-work list,”‘ Sparapani said. “Pick your common surname. It’s a nightmare for the system. And imagine not being able to work and provide for your family,” he said. While the Senate bill provides employees with broader ability to contest and appeal their finding, the House version does not. But accuracy could have its dangers as well. The more information the government collects in the name of preserving accuracy and preventing identity fraud, the more information the government has on all of us, experts point out. “It’s the government creating another system of identification,” Rotenberg said. While DHS officials maintained that no employment data is tracked or stored, Rotenberg and others predicted it someday would be. And without privacy restrictions on how the information is used, they warned, numerous agencies could potentially tap into the data at any time. Ultimately, though, immigration experts said the employer verification program, even with its faults, is the best way to block illegal immigration. “There are legitimate concerns in terms of privacy and the rights of individuals to access and correct their records,” said Deborah Meyers, a senior policy expert at the Migration Policy Institute. But, she said, “ultimately, from an immigration perspective, only an employer verification system has the potential to reduce illegal immigration to the United States, because ultimately it’s the job magnet that draws illegals to the U.S. “The deterrent has to be the inability to get a job,” she said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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‘Very lucky’ – Mourinho admits United could have been 6-2 down against Bournemouth

first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? whoops Manchester United star David De Gea was amongst the players celebrating at full-time. In the end though, Mourinho’s men managed to turn the game around and were dominant throughout the second period, which led to their injury time winner through Marcus Rashford.And after the testing encounter the Portuguese praised his side’s character but admitted he needs to work on the balance of his team.Mourinho told BT Sport: “We were a very, very lucky team. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “It was a first half that could, should be game over, 5-2, 6-2 easily, and in the second half until we scored I had the feeling we were a very unlucky team because we should score three, four, five goals.“It is what we call a game of two halves. In the first half, Bournemouth were by far the best team and in the second half we were the best team by far. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watched on from the bench. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest changes SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “It looked like we don’t work tactically during the week which is the worst feeling for me. I feel really frustrated.“We have fantastic character and the heart that any result, the game is not over and we go until the end.“I am trying to find the balance where we develop the team in the second, third phase of attack. When we are in control we have no problems but when the opponent is in control we do.” Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted his team were lucky not to be 6-2 down at half-time during their topsy-turvy 2-1 win over Bournemouth.The Red Devils looked like they could have been embarrassed by the Cherries in the opening period as Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson couldn’t quite finish excellent opportunities which fell their way. TOP WORK gameday cracker 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Most Popular Premier League Stories predicted tense last_img read more

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NEW RURAL CRIME ALERT AS DONEGAL GARDAI DETAIN THREE IN SWOOP

first_imgGARDAI have detained three men in their bid to catch burglars responsible for a crimewave across the county, Donegal Daily can reveal.The men, all with addresses in Yorkshire but believed to be based in Derry, are understood to be members of an English Travelling community gang.A Garda patrol specifically checking rural areas outside Ramelton stopped a UK-registered car. None of the three men had ID, so all three were detained and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning.They were not formally arrested but had fingerprints and photographs taken. The men could not explain what they were doing in the Ballyare area on Tuesday.The men’s detention has been described by Gardai as “extremely significant”. There have also been a number of stop and search patrols in the past 48 hours in Inishowen, Raphoe, Convoy, Lifford, St Johnston and Pettigo.It’s understood Gardai in a number of unmarked vehicles have been carrying out patrols. Intelligence gathered on the gangs suspected of a wave of robberies – with up to 20 victims – has been given to Gardai by the PSNI. NEW RURAL CRIME ALERT AS DONEGAL GARDAI DETAIN THREE IN SWOOP was last modified: January 18th, 2013 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:NEW RURAL CRIME ALERT AS DONEGAL GARDAI DETAIN THREE IN SWOOPlast_img read more

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