Australia pair Pocock & Hooper against Fiji

first_imgPocock starts at number eight with Hooper at seven – just as they did in the win over New Zealand in August.Toulon’s Matt Giteau, who is available after the Australian Rugby Union relaxed rules over overseas-based players in April, starts at centre.Will Genia is preferred to Nick Phipps at scrum-half and wins his 61st cap.Hooker Stephen Moore captains a side which boasts 720 caps among its starting XV and includes Kurtley Beale among the replacements.Fiji are without flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu, who has been banned for a week for a tip-tackle on wing Jonny May in his team’s 35-11 defeat by England on Friday.He is replaced by Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato, while Stade Francais hooker Tuapati Talemaitoga, Ospreys lock Tevita Cavubati and Harlequins number eight Netani Talei also come in.With the Wallabies’ second Pool A match against Uruguay following just four days after the meeting with Fiji, coach Michael Cheika has said he is keen to make full use of his 31-man squad.”It’s important to give everyone an opportunity early on,” Cheika added.”We’ve done that throughout our lead-up to this tournament, and I believe it’s a good way to go.”Australia: Folau; Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Giteau, Horne; Foley, Genia; Sio, Moore (capt), Kepu, Douglas, Simmons, Fardy, Hooper, Pocock.Replacements: Polota-Nau, Slipper, Holmes, Skelton, Mumm, Phipps, Toomua, Beale.Fiji: Talebula; Nayacalevu, Goneva, Lovobalavu, Nadolo; Volavola, Matawalu; Ma’afu, Tuapati, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Yato, Qera, Talei.Replacements: Veikoso, Ravai, Colati, Soqeta, Ravulo, Kenatale, Matavesi, Tikoirotuma.last_img read more

Nadal, Del Potro into US Open last 8, dad-to-be Isner keeps home hopes alive

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Day 7 of the 2018 US Open Men’s Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYDefending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday reached the US Open quarterfinals for the eighth time where he will face Dominic Thiem, one of only three men to defeat him in 2018.World number one Nadal saw off a battling Nikoloz Basilashvili, the first Georgian in a fourth round in New York, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Thiem is a great opponent, he has the big serve and he had a big win today against Kevin,” said Nadal who has made the last-eight of every Slam in the same year for the first time since 2011.Thiem has unfinished business at the US Open. Last year, he had two match points against del Potro in the fourth round but fell in five sets.‘Against Rafa? I’m not sure’Thiem’s progress to the last-eight comes despite choosing to play European clay court events after Wimbledon before then losing his only summer hard court outing in Cincinnati to Stefanos Tsitsipas.He is the first Austrian in the last-eight at the US Open since Thomas Muster in 1996. “Against Rafa, I’ve had three very nice experiences and seven horrible experiences,” said Thiem who turns 25 on Monday.“On clay, it’s one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy. I hope that it’s a little bit more comfortable on hard court, but I’m not sure.”Third-seeded del Potro made the last-eight for the sixth time against Croatian 20th seed Coric who was playing in his maiden last 16 of a Slam.Coric, 21, saw his challenge undone by a right thigh injury which needed two visits by the trainer as well as general unhappiness with the humidity of the Arther Ashe court. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a big victory for me,” said the 32-year-old Nadal, the champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017.“He was hitting the ball very strong and when I thought I was in control of the points, he always came back with strong shots.”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’It was world number 37 Basilashvili’s strength, however, which proved his undoing.His 56 winners were erased by 59 unforced errors, three times as many as Nadal. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 LATEST STORIES “To win in straight sets in every round is good for the body and physical condition,” said del Potro.“But every round is a battle. I just hope to keep my level high against John in the next match.”Isner reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years and hailed the patriotic tournament atmosphere as a “jungle.”Isner, the 11th seed, is attempting to become the first home winner since Andy Roddick in 2003.“There were a lots of ups and downs in the match. The atmosphere was like a jungle,” said Isner of the crowd on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium enjoying a raucous Labor Day weekend.Isner, 33, who will become a father for the first time in two weeks, said he will not fear del Potro even though he has lost to the Argentine star seven times in 11 meetings.Their most recent clash saw del Potro triumph in straight sets in the fourth round at Roland Garros this year.“Why not me? Let’s keep going,” said Isner after firing 56 winners past Raonic and 20 aces taking his ace count to a tournament-leading 112. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Serena, Stephens reach US Open quarterfinals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Elsewhere, Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, beat Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to make the last-eight for a third successive year.The third seeded Argentine will next face John Isner, the last American man standing, who defeated Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, taking his tournament aces total past the 100-mark.Thiem, who beat Nadal on clay in Madrid in the run-up to Paris, booked his place in the quarter-finals for the first time with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson.The ninth-seeded Austrian’s three other appearances in the last-eight of a Slam were all on Paris clay in 2016, 2017 and 2018.Nadal leads their head-to-head 7-3 with all of their matches coming on clay courts, including in the final of Roland Garros in June when he captured an 11th French Open.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Respect the Constitution and the people of Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The tension in Guyana continues to be heightened as the deadline for the NCM (No-Confidence Motion) that was successfully passed on December 21, 2018, is closely approaching. While the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo publicly ventilated his argument on the NCM, President David Granger refused to comment on the issue of the NCM.As Guyanese, we should urge Caricom to start playing a more meaningful role in the current political crisis that is developing in Guyana and must not allow the current situation to escalate to what transpired post-election December 15, 1997, with an election unrest.The then intervention by Caricom successfully facilitated and support mechanisms to lubricate the process of sustained dialogue to foster harmony and confidence between political parties.External pressure must be enforced immediately on the President in order to derail this constitutional crisis that is already evident in Guyana. President David Granger’s refusal to respect the parliamentary sovereignty or legislative supremacy is an erosion of parliamentary democracy in Guyana. There is no constitutional court or Supreme Court that can have an explicit right to declare a law unconstitutional.The Constitution of Guyana did not give President David Granger the power, privilege or authority to violate the supreme laws of Guyana but empowered him by the oath of office to be the President of Guyana.Therefore, if we examine the oath of office, “I ….. Do hereby solemnly declare that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the people of Guyana, that I will execute the office of President without fear or favour affection or ill will and that in the execution of the functions of that office I will honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana “. It confirmed that the oath is a binding contractual agreement between the President and the people of Guyana, to ensure that the Constitution is being upheld, respected and protected.The President must also be cautious since Article 9 of the Guyana Constitution, which deals with sovereignty, indicates that, “Sovereignty belongs to the people, who exercise it through their representatives and the democratic organs established by or under the Constitution”.What this Article is telling us, is that the people as a whole are supreme in relation to any actions taken by any elected officials. President David Granger must remember that he serves as a representative of the people and not a supreme leader of the people since the President has taken an oath of office to respect the Constitution. As such, he is subject to the laws and is duty-bound to obey them.We must remember that the President and GECOM are creatures of the Constitution, the Constitution is not a creature of the President nor GECOM. This definitely means that the office-holders must not operate above this supreme instrument, but strictly within the confines of the Constitution.The media, which is considered a vital institution to democracy and participates in the process of sharing information, ideas etc should continue to stand in protection of the supreme laws of our country.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Top Cop claims 2.7 % “decrease” in crimes

first_img…disputes US State Department advisoryAlthough there have been more shoot-outs between the Police and bandits in recent days and seemingly more robberies occurring, Police Commissioner Leslie James on Monday assured that there was no increase in crime.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesIn fact, the Commissioner explained that a 2.7 per cent decrease in serious crime was recorded when compared to the corresponding period last year.James reasoned that the seeming spike in crimes may be related to the “few sensational crimes” reported by the press; however, statistics compiled by the Force painted a different picture.“There have been a few sensational crimes which were reported by you, the colleagues in the media fraternity, and as normal expectedly – so you may have person or persons concerned about the occurrence of those crimes, so do we as the premier law enforcement body in the state we are concerned whenever there is any singular occurrence of any crime,” James said.The three bandits killed during a shootout with Police on Norton StreetWhen questioned if he believes that civilians opt not to report crimes owing to their lack of confidence in the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Commissioner responded in the negative.He, however, went further to assure Guyanese and visitors that Guyana is actually a safe place. “We wish to assure the populace and by extension visitors to this state of Guyana and our residents abroad in the Diaspora that crime is not on the increase,” the Commissioner pointed out.One week ago, the US State Department issued a stringent warning to all its citizens, urging them to exercise caution when visiting Guyana owing to the evident spike in the country’s crime rate.In a statement on its website, the US State Department stated that there were frequent violent crimes, as armed robbery and murder were common. It specifically highlighted that the Police network was hindered from effectively addressing these incidents owing to a lack of resources.“Violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Local Police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” the notice stated.The three bandits who were killed in BerbiceIt further advised all travellers from the United States to be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs and avoid walking or driving in the nights. Persons were also advised not to resist any robbery attempts they might encounter and to desist from displaying signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewellery.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has recently claimed that Guyana was not in a “really bad state” when it came to crime.He posited that although crimes were occurring, there must be an appreciation of the fact that Guyanese live in a geopolitical space (Latin America and the Caribbean) where interpersonal violence is the highest in the world.However, this analysis of the escalating crime situation in Guyana did not go down well with Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Harry Gill; a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on the Security Sector, who, in no uncertain terms, called for the Minister to either be reassigned or fired as Public Security Minister.He added that the ease with which criminals are going about their business, “brutalising families in their homes, stripping them of their valuables, their dignity and often, their very lives, is reminiscent of the infamous Burnham era of the notorious kick-down-the-door bandits. And Minister Khemraj Ramjattan seems clueless and in denial,” he added.Crime in GuyanaJust last week, the Police were engaged in a one-hour gun battle that took the life of three bandits on Norton Street, Georgetown, who were attempting to rob a man of his valuables at his home.The bandits were later identified as Leslie Griffith, 24, of Lot 165 William Street, Kitty, Georgetown; Junior Nurse of Albouystown, and Shawn Browne Jr.Only days before, three other bandits were killed during a Police shoot-out in Black Bush Polder. Those three men were identified as wanted murder suspects: 32-year-old Kelvin Shivgobin, called “Kelly” of Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice; Ramnarine Jagmohan of Belvedere Village, who was acquitted of murder; and Sewchand Sewdat, called “One Eye Pappy”, also of Belvedere.Almost every day a crime is reported and pasted on the front page of every newspaper. In fact, only on Saturday, another bandit received a sound thrashing after being caught red-handed in the home of an East Bank Berbice resident.The young man was tied up until the Police arrived. (Davina Ramdass)last_img read more

Congo emerges 2019 AFCON host candidate

first_img“Congo Brazzaville has written to organise (2019),” Omari told Radio France International.“Our (CAF) secretary general Anthony Baffoe told me that he was going to tell me of a second candidate,” he added without volunteering a name.Morocco is widely considered the favourite to take on the tournament which was taken away from Cameroon due to delays with preparations and security concerns.Omari, however, played down the Moroccan interest.“Officially, no act of candidature has been deposited with CAF,” he said.The decision to ditch Cameroon for 2019 has created a confusing merry-go-round as CAF has now suggested that Cameroon might host the 2021 edition, which was originally given to Ivory Coast who would in turn replace Guinea as hosts of 2023.The Ivorians responded angrily this week, saying that “no one in the federation has been contacted or approached by CAF”.Omari insisted that discussions were indeed taking place to ensure the tournaments go ahead with the amended schedule.“There are things that go on at the table and negotiations which go on under the table,” said Omari.“Through certain channels, there has already been official contact between Ivory Coast and Cameroon.”It looks increasingly as if Guinea will now miss out entirely on hosting any of the next three tournaments.“We have asked the secretary general (of CAF) to dig out the file of Guinea because this substantial dossier isn’t in the archives,” said Omari.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000CAF vice-president Constant Omari says Congo Brazzaville is a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVPARIS, France, Dec 7 – Congo Brazzaville has emerged as a strong contender to host next year’s rearranged Africa Cup of Nations, according to a senior official in the Confederation of African Football (CAF).Constant Omari, a vice-president of CAF, also said that the dossier of Guinea, hosts-designate of the 2023 edition, does not exist.last_img read more

Sawyer, Gibson fill in for Woodruff

first_imgTwo of ABC News’ best-known journalists, Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, will fill in for anchorman Bob Woodruff on “World News Tonight” as he recovers from injuries suffered in a roadside bombing, the network said Wednesday. ABC News President David Westin said Gibson and Sawyer had agreed to help out on the evening newscast for the next few weeks, as it becomes clearer how long Woodruff will be out. The 44-year-old journalist was slowly being brought out of sedation Wednesday at a Navy hospital in Maryland where he was flown for treatment the night before. Military doctors and Woodruff’s brother David said his condition was improving by the day. Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were hit by shrapnel Sunday when an explosive device went off near the Iraqi military vehicle in which they were riding. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Gibson and Sawyer will take turns as partners to Elizabeth Vargas, who became co-anchor of the evening newscast with Woodruff last month. There was no immediate word on how that would affect their roles as anchors on “Good Morning America.” _ Associated Press headOther news news: CBS guy to CNN Veteran CBS News White House correspondent John Roberts, snubbed by his network during the long and continuing search for Dan Rather’s successor, is joining CNN. Roberts, 49, made his last appearance for CBS News during coverage of President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday. He starts at CNN Feb. 20. As a senior national correspondent based in Washington, Roberts will report for various CNN newscasts and be an occasional substitute anchor, said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., on Wednesday. _ Associated Press `A Million’ author to add disclaimer In a rare and dramatic author’s note, James Frey acknowledges alterations and embellishments throughout “A Million Little Pieces,” writing that narrative mattered more than truth in his admittedly fictionalized story of addiction and recovery. “I wanted the stories in the book to ebb and flow, to have dramatic arcs, to have the tension that all great stories require,” writes Frey, whose three-page note will be included in future editions of the book, to be shipped later this month, and was posted Wednesday on the Web site of his publisher, Doubleday, an imprint of Random House, Inc. Memoirs have traditionally included brief disclaimers warning that names and events have been changed, often to protect identities. But Frey’s book, which until now carried no note of any kind, is unlike other memoirs: It is a million-selling story enshrined, then eviscerated by Oprah Winfrey, who had initially supported him against reports of alleged fabrications. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgCastlefin Notes Whist: 17/12/2014Ladies. 1st Anna may Gallagher, glenswilley 172 2nd Abina Mc Menamin, glenswilley 169 3rd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn 164. Gents. 1st Tommy Murphy, Letterkenny 177 2nd Malachy brown, raphoe 169 3rd Joe corry, castlederg 1671st Half TIE:Geraldine vambeck, lifford 852nd Half: TIE Kath mc cay Strabane and angus stewart, lifford 82Snowball:Snowball was divided among prizewinners.No whist for 2 weeks, resumes on 7th of January.Happy christmas to all whist patrons Parent and Toddler GroupThe Parent and toddler group wishes all its members a merry Christmas and happy New Year and hope to see you all again in the New Year.Slim R UsSlim R Us fitness classes will return to the CPI on Monday the 5th of january from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Contact Tilly on 086 2490095 for more information on how to join Castlefinn Walking:The walking group every wednesday at 10.30 in the morning. Everyone welcome to join for a relaxing stroll and a chat.ASISTAn Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop will be held in the CPI Castlefinn. This is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first aid. The course will run on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th January 2015 from 9.30 am to 4.30pm each day. If interested contact the CPI on 074-9143976Computer classesInterested in learning about computers? the cpi is organising computer classes in the new year (subject to numbers) if you’d like to know more call the cpi on 074-9143976DD LOCAL: CASTLEFINN CPI SET TO LAUNCH COMPUTER CLASSES IN THE NEW YEAR was last modified: December 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:castlefinncOMMUNITY NOTESFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fail leader Micheal Martin on the streets of Buncrana today.Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has warned supporters to ignore the polls and continue to canvass right up to election day.He was speaking at The Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana at the start of a day long tour of Donegal.He told party members: “Ignore the polls. “We have to keep working hard and if we can do that we will return Charlie McConalogue and Pat the Cope Gallagher to the next Dail.”He praised local TD McConalogue for his “outstanding work” as Education spokesman.He said his policies would help LYIT and protect rural national schools.Mr Martin was greeted warmly on the main street. However, one passing motorist heckled the party leader shouting: “You wrecked this country. You wrecked this county.”FIANNA FAIL LEADER TELLS DONEGAL SUPPORTERS TO IGNORE POLLS was last modified: February 12th, 2016 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:buncranafianna failmicheal martinlast_img read more

Donegal bus driver on the road to Winning Streak!

first_imgA bus driver from Co. Donegal has his wife to thank ahead of his Winning Streak appearance this weekend.When Mickey McDaid’s name was pulled out of the Winning Streak drum last weekend, he didn’t believe it.That was because he is one of four Mickey McDaid’s in his parish of Glenswilly. As well as that, he had no Winning Streak scratch card sent in that week!That was until his wife, Lorna informed him that she sent in a couple of cards that week and she put his name on one.Meanwhile, his phone never stopped ringing with friends and family looking to know was it him who was on a Winning Streak.After a sleepless night of wondering has his luck come in, Mickey celebrated after receiving a phone call from National Lottery officials to confirm he was the Mickey McDaid in question! Mickey is the FIFTH Donegal person to appear on Winning Streak in just six weeks, so he’ll be hoping to tap into that local lucky streak this weekend.Mickey is Glenswilly born and bred and has been married to Lorna for seven years and they have three children together. His Winning Streak could not have come at a better time as the couple are currently conducting a self-build of their dream home in Glenswilly. Mickey will be hoping for a spin of the wheel which will be very useful in speeding up the project.A bus driver by trade, Mickey works with Patrick Gallagher Travel and mainly looks after school runs on his daily beat.And he’ll be taking a whole bus load of supporters to Dublin for his gameshow appearance.Mickey will be supported in the audience in RTE by an excited Donegal crowd made up of friends and family, including his sister Marie and his sister-in-law, Geraldine McLaughlin, who plays for Donegal GAA football team. Geraldine’s sister, also a Donegal football star, Nicole McLaughlin, won’t be able to make it as she will be playing in a game versus Westmeath. In his spare time, Mickey is a huge sports fan. He used to play for Glenswilly GAA as well as the local soccer club, Kilmacrennan Celtic. Nowadays he keeps fit by training in Letterkenny Kickboxing Club.The Winning Streak National Lottery game show, co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, will be broadcast this Saturday evening at the earlier-than-usual time of 19:10 on RTÉ One.Donegal bus driver on the road to Winning Streak! was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Mickey McDaidpatrick gallagher travelRTEWinning Streaklast_img read more

Newcastle still pursuing deal for Murphy

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesNewcastle and Norwich are to resume negotiations over a potential deal for Jacob Murphy to move to St James’ Park.Norwich recently rejected an offer from Newcastle for the 22-year-old but the Magpies remain keen to sign him. Winger Murphy, from Wembley, has been linked with a number of clubs in recent months.Southampton are reported to be monitoring developments and he was previously touted for a possible move to Everton.He has been with Norwich since the East Anglian club snapped him up along with his twin brother Josh in 2006.See also:Newcastle agree fee for Murphylast_img