Blues battle back for 10s triumph

first_imgTrailing 7-0 for almost the entire match after an early converted try to Hurricanes prop Alex Fidow, the Blues dug deep and got a rich reward.It was a slow, stodgy clash at Suncorp Stadium, until it came to life when Akira Ioane crashed over in the corner, trimming the margin to two points and giving them the opening they needed.The winning try came after the siren, with George Moala stretching over on the opposite side to spark wild celebrations among his team, which finished bottom of the New Zealand conference in Super Rugby last year.It isn’t their first piece of tens silverware, though, having claimed the World Club 10s in Singapore four years ago.It was the second straight year the decider was contested by two New Zealand teams, who once again looked a cut above the rest – stronger in defence and more daring and skilful in attack.The Blues had doused the hopes of the last remaining Australian team, the Queensland Reds, in the semi-final.The Reds rocketed to a 5-0 lead in the first minute courtesy of a 75m intercept try from Jayden Ngamanu.But the Blues hit back with three unanswered tries through Sam Nock, Jordan Olsen and Kurt Eklund to win 22-10.However there was some consolation for Australian rugby – the ending of a 12-month long trans-Tasman losing streak.It might have only been a novelty pre-season event but Queensland’s 19-7 quarter-final win over the Chiefs was the first by an Australian side against a New Zealand franchise since the opening match of last year’s tens tournament.Australia’s five teams failed to record one win in 26 Super Rugby games against Kiwi teams last season.The Chiefs however will rightly feel hard done by, with both of Angus Blyth’s two tries – which saw the Reds draw level and then take the lead – hugely contentious.Blyth’s second try clearly should not have been allowed as his foot touched the sideline while he was tackled as he closed in to score.last_img read more

No Diego Costa for Spain

first_imgMADRID (AP):Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team’s last two qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship.Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.Del Bosque said, “We have preferred not to include him” just for the second match against Ukraine.”He’s not playing badly,” Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would “count on him in the future, if everything goes normally”.Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.”I did not like what I saw,” Del Bosque said of that incident. “I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not.”With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge “Koke” ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain’s attack.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester’s David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.Spain:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo).last_img read more

Linden Town Council to seek $200M debt bailout

first_imgWith a debt of approximately 0 million which it inherited from the previous town administration, the cash-strapped Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is now seeking the assistance of Government in the form of a bailout in an effort to assist with its present financial woes.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland said the municipality was greatly in need of assistance in moving forward. Holland confirmed that he has had an initial discussion about the situation with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, and he would follow up by officially writing the Minister on behalf of the Council.“We’re calling on Government for a bailout because we’ve realised several months ago, since we’ve came in to office, that we have this massive debt facing us and with this debt it remains like a monkey on our backs… that we can’t be able to do certain things still at the Council… We asked before, but we intend to formally write the Office of the President and the respective Ministries asking them to bail us out,” the Mayor said.Holland further explained that the Council was currently not in a position to pay its employees’ gratuity, which they were in need of. The Mayor added that Council workers also needed salary increases since many were still being paid below the minimum wage, which was unacceptable.Apart from that, the Mayor said the Council could not afford expenses such as electricity, and also needed assistance on other issues, such as erosion and garbage collection.“We need a bailout at the moment. Linden needs a fresh start. We shouldn’t be carrying the baggage left by previous administration and persons will look at and will think that was our making, but it was never our making… We need help and we’re looking for Government to inject some funds,” he noted.In April of this year, it was reported that newly-sworn in Council of the Linden Municipality (M&TC) had inherited close to $200 million in debt to several organisations, and was seeking various solutions to clear these debts at the earliest opportunity. Millions were reportedly owed to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the Council was also allegedly indebted to Linden Electricity Company Incorporated (LUSCSI) for street light payments, besides being in debt to other organisations.In an effort to generate much-needed revenue, the town recently reintroduced the toll system. Holland reaffirmed that projects such as the return of the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie were sought after in an effort to offset expenses incurred by the cash-strapped municipality over the years.last_img read more

Ellen: ‘I’ll Retire Gracefully, Remain Active in Society’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson SirelafPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says cannot wait to see the end of the current electoral impasse and to see the runoff held so she may retire. In a conversation with LBS director general Ledgerhood Rennie on the Bumper Show yesterday, President Sirleaf said she hope to retire honorably and be active in private life in the interest of Liberia and Africa.“I need to retire gracefully,” she responded to her host as she laid down her post presidency plan.Addressing a wide range of issues, including completed, ongoing and earmarked projects, she said Liberians will miss her for her resolve to get the country’s broken system and infrastructure on the right trajectory.“The liberties (freedom of speech, press, etc.) I have allowed and the construction of roads, as well as the improvement of the living standards of my fellow citizens through job creation, will make up my legacy,” she noted.Touching on projects, she said the new terminal at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) will have an initial dedication in December while the official dedication will take place in 2018 under the new administration. “The runway of the airport has been worked on and there is relief. We hope that more will be done before we step down,” Sirleaf assured.“When we came into office we promised small lights today and big lights tomorrow. Therefore, we have built the Mount Coffee Power Plant and it is now serving our people. I am told that there are hundreds of connections every day in and around Monrovia,” she said.Madam Sirleaf said electricity is now available for most of the southeast of the country, namely Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland counties, as well as Ganta in Nimba County.“One of the challenges we are faced with is power theft. People are tapping on the power system by illegally having access to it without doing the right thing,” she noted, adding that the electricity project intended to connect Monrovia to Bomi and Monrovia to Harbel is underway, too.The outgoing president said inasmuch as there were challenges over the years, the Monrovia to Ganta highway and many other road networks have been built and the construction of others are expected to get underway soon. “The Gbarnga to Mendekorma road, which is estimated at US$300 million, will kick off soon as preparations are already on the verge of completion,” she assured.“I did not promise to do everything in a short period of time or even in my full years of work at the presidency but I believe that we have achieved a lot more in building roads in the country than all the governments combined before me,” she boasted.About media reports portraying her as an ugly person, she said it is unfortunate that many people don’t understand what they read in the newspapers or hear on the radio. “I hope that people will understand what patriotism and nationalism are. We need to love our own and refrain from denigrating our leaders and the systems that hold us together as a country.“I welcome and respect professional criticism but a lot of our media outlets are so provocative. My own friend Kenneth Best has been and is still even writing tough editorials and publishing stories in his paper that are provocative, but I don’t have anything against him, neither anyone else for what they are giving out there to the public in the form of news. He is a person of his own kind and lives in his own nook,” she noted.Sirleaf challenged Liberians with facts about the allegation that she has a hospital in South Africa. “It is so funny that our people don’t know how South Africa as a country functions. It is a lie and it cannot be proven by anyone,” Sirleaf challenged.She pointed out that after turning power over to the next elected president she hopes to stay in the country and work to help build it. “People think I have so much money because I have become president, but this is not true. I was a Board Member of a financial corporation in the Diaspora for over thirty years. I have earned something for myself over the years as I served integrity institutions before 2006. Why then should somebody think that I have so much money because I am a president? In fact, I need to work for money and continue to make a living after the presidency,” she said.Discussing challenges that stalled Liberia’s development in some aspects, she pointed out that the global economic challenges, which in most cases have led to the dropping of prices of the world’s natural resources such as rubber, iron ore, diamond, and gold, are responsible for the slow pace of development. “Ebola came and challenged us as a people. We lost our loved ones but we stood firmly together and defeated it in a limited time (for) what many thought of us as a country,” Sirleaf said.She expressed satisfaction in Liberian women’s resolve not to be backbenchers anymore in decision making and are working for the common good of Liberia. “After me as one in the capacity of a president, it may seem a far distant thing for another woman but one thing I am sure of is that there are women in the queue already who are demonstrating their preparedness to serve in many areas of national leadership.“I pray that as Rwanda has the highest number of women representation at the parliament so one day we will get there. I have the hope and confidence in the women of Africa to rise above all odds and support their male counterparts in building countries on our continent,” she said. Rwanda is the only African country in the world that has sixty percent female lawmakers in parliament.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf remained tight-lipped on the current electoral dispute hearings and court proceedings. She said the justice system should be left alone to do its job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eggers wins Lakepoint championship

first_imgTravis Eggers added another title to his impressive resume this weekend.Eggers won the men’s first flight at the annual club championship, at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club.- Advertisement -Annette Reeder was named ladies champion, while Greg Pallister won the Seniors’ first flight.Junior divison winner – Brett youngMens 1st Flight divison winner – Travis EggersMens 2nd Flight divison winner – Russ FreyMens 3rd Flight divison winner – Bruce CraigSenior 1st Flight divison winner – Greg PallisterSenior 2nd Flight divison winner – Geroge SouleLadies divison winner – Annette Reederlast_img

Mocha resident who allegedly provided guns to kill money changer arrested

first_imgMembers of the Major Crime Unit within the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday arrested a Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident, who allegedly provided the weapons to the gunmen who killed an East Coast Demerara money changer and his daughter.Dead: Arianna Latchman and Aaron LatchmanThe man, who was nabbed in North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was described by two of the three men detained for the murders as “second in charge”.The alleged shooters told detectives that on the day Aaron Latchman and his daughter, Arianna, were killed, their second “boss” was at the scene in a car. Further, the men allegedly told Police that after the shooting, they were taken to a house in Sophia, Greater Georgetown, where they split the money paid for the hit.The detectives, Guyana Times understands, went to the house in Sophia and interrogated the owner, who admitted that his friend (“second boss”) brought a group of men to his house where they were seen counting money. He was reportedly given $10,000 before the men left.The owner of the house was arrested and was being further questioned. It is believed that the “second boss” might be behind the killings of the America Street money changers who were all gunned down during robberies.The alleged mastermind is no stranger to the Police and the courts. He was charged for gun and ammunition possession. In addition, he is on trial for several armed robberies committed in 2018.Meanwhile, the suspect “Rasta Man” of East La Penitence; “Marco” of Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE); “Red Man” of Sophia and “Julian” of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown remain in custody.“Rasta Man” was reportedly arrested at Front Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, after Police swooped down on a house there. After his arrest, he took the Police to Dennis Street, Sophia and Parika, where the others were arrested.Additionally, a motor car used by the bandits that belonged to the dead businessman was found at Front Road, La Penitence. During a search of the vehicle, an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition were found.It was reported that on June 4, the now dead businessman had dropped off his younger daughter at her lessons and upon his return at home, he was confronted by the two gunmen.He was held at gunpoint and escorted to the upper flat of his home with his 18-year-old daughter.Reports are that the teen was attacked and shot to her chest when the bandits entered the house through the back door and began demanding cash.They then escorted Latchman into the yard where they shot him multiple times before escaping with a bag of cash.However, a source said that the elder Latchman fought with the bandits and managed to disarm one of them before he was shot.The bandits quickly made good their escape in a white Toyota Carina 212 motor car, leaving a trail of money behind.The man and his daughter were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival. They were laid to rest on Wednesday.last_img read more

Local heroes

first_img Kourtney Zilbert scored 14 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Burroughs of Burbank to a 56-29 win in Pacific League play. Britney Morgan added 12 points, five rebounds and five steals for the Indians won their 22nd game of the season, breaking the school record of 21 set in 2002. Zaina Akeh had 17 points and 15 rebounds as Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks upset visiting Havard-Westlake of Studio City 44-40 in Mission League play. BOYS’ SOCCER Fernando Mora and Rafael Ornelas each scored a pair of goals to lead SOCES of Reseda to a 7-1 rout against Discovery Prep of Pacioma in Valley League play. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Tatianna Thomas scored 25 points and Megan Ford added 15 points as visit Hart of Newhall defeated Foothill League rival Canyon 53-45. BOYS’ BASKETBALL Huessin Habibi recored his area-best 10th triple-double of the season with 13 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, while Richie Polan had 34 points and 14 rebounds for host Buckley of Sherman Oaks, which clinched its fourth consectutive Liberty League title with a 54-53 victory against Yeshiva of Los Angeles. center_img Wilmer Seguera, Bob Colocho and Gio Casteneda each scored as Chatsworth defeated El Camino Real of Woodland Hills 3-1 in West Valley League play. GIRLS’ SOCCER Rebekah Toga scored to lead El Camino Real to its 30th consecutive West Valley League victory in a 1-0 defeated of visiting Chatsworth. Brittany Clark scored the game’s lone goal for Hart in a 1-0 win over Canyon in Foothill League play. Melissa Fernandez scored twice as Granada Hills defeated Cleveland of Reseda in West Valley League play. Robyn Estrada scored her 28th goal of the season, good for the area’s second highest total, to lead Desert Christian of Lancaster to a 2-0 victory over Frazier Mountain of Lebec in High Desert League play. 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

Liverpool’s ‘Flying Pig’ Lawrence dies

first_img0Shares0000Tommy Lawrence, the former goalkeeper, was part of Bill Shankly’s first great Liverpool team Credit: GETTY IMAGESLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, part of the first great Liverpool side under Bill Shankly, has died aged 77, the club announced on Wednesday.Lawrence, affectionately known as ‘The Flying Pig’ for his acrobatic saves despite being of portly build, was a member of the side that won two league titles in 1964 and 1966, not missing a match in the latter campaign. He also won the FA Cup in 1965.Capped three times by Scotland, Lawrence only missed four league matches from 1963 to 1969. He conceded only 24 goals in the 1968/69 season, which was a record for the lowest conceded at the time in the old First Division.However, the emergence of Ray Clemence in the late 1960’s heralded the end of his tenure as first choice, and after being dropped for an FA Cup tie in the 1970/71 season he left for nearby Tranmere Rovers, managed by his former Liverpool team-mate Ron Yeats.He made a total of 390 appearances for Liverpool.Lawrence finished his playing career at non-league Chorley. After hanging up his boots, he returned to the same factory he had worked in prior to playing for Liverpool, remaining there until he retired.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – ‘We believe!’ Leicester players confident they can beat the drop, insists coach Phillips

first_imgLeicester City coach Kevin Phillips has told talkSPORT the Premier League strugglers are confident they can continue their winning run and avoid relegation.The Foxes, who were promoted to the top flight as Championship winners last season, have struggled for goals this season but have recently rediscovered their shooting boots, claiming three consecutive wins to rise off the foot of the table.Their most recent triumph saw top scorer Leonardo Ulloa also return to scoring ways, the Argentine netting his first goal since January to seal a 2-0 win over Swansea.Leicester’s run of form leaves them just one point from safety, with Nigel Pearson’s men currently still in the bottom-three only on goal difference.And, while admitting there is still plenty of work to be done with just six games left, former striker Phillips insists the side have the belief to secure their top flight safety.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “We’re all very happy after the weekend, but we’ve got six more really important games coming up and it starts again against Burnley on Saturday, which is another huge game.“The spirit within the team is very high, the lads believe they can get out of it and they’ve shown that over the last few weeks.“But we can’t get too complacent or too carried away. We’ve worked extremely hard to get ourselves into this position and the last thing we want to do now is throw it all away.“Our fate is in our own hands, we know what we need to do and we’re certainly ready for it.“I can only think of a few games where we perhaps haven’t turned up, we’ve been right in it for the majority of games and have just lost by the odd goal.“We felt that at some point our luck would turn and we’d get a few decisions go our way, and that’s what has happened in our last few matches.”last_img read more

Manchester City offer £45m for international star, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester City have tabled an improved offer of £45million for Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling, talkSPORT have been told.The Blues had previously bid £40m for the player, which was rejected, but have now come back with a better one as they look to tempt the Reds into selling their star asset.According Daily Mail football reporter Sami Mokbel, if the deal is accepted, Sterling will miss Liverpool’s pre-season tour to negotiate his personal terms but has denied this move is motivated by money.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “The understanding now is that a new offer has gone in of £45million and Manchester City believe that should just be enough to persuade Liverpool to let Raheem Sterling leave.“If Liverpool and Manchester City can agree that deal then I expect him to not go on the tour and to stay in England to discuss personal terms this week.“I wouldn’t expect his wage to be too far north of £100,000 a week. Raheem has taken a lot of stick in certain circles over the last few weeks but this is a footballing decision. He sees his development and his career away from Anfield, for whatever reason, and that’s the main factor, not the money.“We will see details of his pay package at Man City emerge and I think perhaps it isn’t a decision and a move driven by money.”last_img read more