Tigers and Storm claim NRL wins

first_imgThe hosts made a flying start when Mikaele Ravalawa was awarded a penalty try in the second minute – Corey Thompson shoving the Fijian to the floor as he was about to ground an in-goal kick at the end of a 70-metre run.David Nofoaluma grabbed a clever kick from the inspired Benji Marshall, who booted eight points, to level matters but Zac Lomax went over and added his own extras to ensure the Dragons led 12-8 at the break.Marshall added a try to his haul and resumed the role of provider for Leilua, seeing the Tigers hit the front before Nofoaluma made the win safe with his second of the match.What a way to end it #NRLDragonsTigers— NRL (@NRL) March 15, 2020In the earlier game on Sunday, Melbourne Storm won 18-4 at Manly Sea Eagles.Manly led 4-2 at the end of a gruelling first half, courtesy of two Reuben Garrick penalties to one from Cameron Smith.However, Smith was on hand to convert a quick brace from Suliasi Vunivalu and Tom Eisenhuth was the beneficiary of his own grubber in the 74th minute as Melbourne shut out their opponents after the break.Forthcoming NRL games are now set to be played behind closed doors in line with the Australian government’s precautions against COVID-19. Photo Getty Images Capion: Luciano Leilua in action against the Dragonslast_img read more

Racela believes Romeo more than just scoring: ‘He’s one of best passers in the PBA’

first_imgKnown for his handles and scoring, Terrence Romeo has already established himself as one of the most elite offensive players in the PBA today.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames UAAP volleyball: Adamson sends seniors off with dominant win over UST P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But as far as TNT head coach Nash Racela is concerned, there’s more to Romeo than ankle breakers and buckets.“I’ve always believed Terrence is one of the best passers in the league,” said Racela on Saturday after the KaTropa lost to Barangay Ginebra in a scrimmage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRacela and Romeo go way back as a player-coach tandem at Far Eastern University. Racela made his head-coaching debut in the UAAP in 2013, which was also Romeo’s final collegiate season.And that’s likely why Racela sees Romeo differently. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “People always talk about him shooting the ball, but the way I see him play, he’s one of the better passers we have that’s why I encourage him to just make the right decisions,” Racela said.Offense is not an area of concern for TNT with the likes of Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy in tow. Import Jeremy Tyler is also very much capable of scoring inside and out.It could be the best time for Romeo to validate Racela’s point.“Important is if you see a shot, then shoot it, if you see a pass, pass it. He’s one of those guards who could really get you the ball if he wants to.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LACC Rallies Public Support to Establish Criminal Court “F”

first_imgCommissioner Gibson addresses the World Anti-Corruption Day campaign rally in Ganta, Nimba County.…Exclusively to try corruption casesThe Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), on Monday, December 9 held a well attended rally in Ganta City, Nimba County, seeking for support to establish Criminal Court “F” to exclusively try corruption cases.LACC Commissioner, Charles J. I. Gibson, who spoke at the program commemorating World Anti Corruption Day, said if the Court is established, it would fast track corruption-related cases, and also reduce cases pending on trial docket from being overcrowded.Gibson said that LACC, by its mandate, does not have direct prosecuting power over corruption cases, according to the act that created the Commission. He said all prosecuting activities by law go through the Ministry of Justice, though it would require exercise of about 90 days.“We must submit cases to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution and, if they do not prosecute those cases within 90 days, the LACC will request the ministry to report those cases, then we will take it to court,” he said.He added: “That alone,” he said, “is a problem, because lot of things may happen within the 90 days’ period.”Commissioner Gibson used the occasion to request members of the civil society organizations to rally public support for the establishment of a specialized court, specifically for corruption cases.Prior to the occasion on Monday, the LACC held series of symposia across Ganta, carrying on anti corruption education to students, communities, mosques and churches.LACC celebrates World Anti-Corruption Day with a parade in Ganta, Nimba CountyOn Friday, December 6, 2019, the LACC visited a Mosque with its awareness messages, followed by a round table discussion with students, where three panelists were asked to speak to various topics, including the definition of corruption, the causes, prevention, challenges and how citizens can be empowered to fight corruption.The occasion continued on Saturday, December 7 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and on Sunday in five different churches. Programs climaxed on Monday, December 9, 2019 with a grand parade on the main street of Ganta and ended with an indoor program at a resort on the outskirts of the city.Commissioner Gibson said the LACC will be calling on the national government for more support so as to enable the entity carry on more anti-corruption awareness, and file more indictments of those accused of corrupt practices.This year’s celebration was sponsored by the USAID and the UNDP, according to the LACC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stakeholders meet to advance phasing out use of mercury

first_imgTwo major projects targeting the reduction of the use of mercury in mining will soon be introduced as part of a National Action Plan (NAP) on the phasing out of mercury in the mining sector.On Monday, the Natural Resources Ministry met with regulatory agencies, miners’ associations and international partners to discuss the advancement of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.During the meeting, it was noted that Conservational International (CI) Guyana and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are preparing to introduce two major projectsStakeholders meeting to discuss advancing the phasing out of mercury use in miningwhich will see the reduction of dependence on mercury.CI Guyana in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will soon introduce the Eldorado Gold Project. The $1.2 billion (US$5.8 million) project will work with artisanal and small-scale miners in Regions Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) to explore mercury-free mining by 2025 along the supply chain from prospectors to producers.The WWF, with funding from the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), will be working with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions (GGMC) to align the Minamata Convention. The GY$804 million (€3.4 million) project will see the demonstration of mercury-free extraction models and sharing of mercury data on a regional level.Both of these projects are scheduled to be launched later this year.Guyana signed onto the United Nation’s Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2013 and ratified the convention in 2014.The Ministry has partnered with the WWF and the GGMC to draft a (NAP) which will see a phased reduction of the use of mercury in the mining sector to complete elimination by 2027 through the implementation of a phased mercury reduction strategy.The NAP captures a number of objectives and strategies as outlined in the Minamata Convention. These include mercury use reduction, increasing the viability of small- and medium-scale mining, management of mercury waste, environmental assessment, contaminated sites, public health aspects and public information awareness and education.Monday’s meeting according to the Department of Public Information (DPI) sought to create a working group to advance the work of the NAP and address any shortcomings in the document, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said.The stakeholders will be meeting again in September.The need to have conclusive, viable alternatives to mercury is more important than ever following health and safety concerns that arose earlier this year with unsafe emissions at the Guyana Gold Board Brickdam facilities. The complex has since been cleaned up and mercury emissions were declared below threat levels by a PAHO/WHO team that conducted an assessment.Only on Monday, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has issued a call on its members to utilise mercury in a much more responsible and safer way.The GGDMA has said it is committed to the responsible use of mercury in small- and medium-scale gold mining, while reaffirming its commitment to the Minimata Convention on Mercury. Additionally, the GGDMA has said it is still waiting on Government to provide the technical and financial assistance to miners under the Convention.Over the last few months, there have been reports on increased levels of mercury in several waterways in interior regions. Additionally, the Guyana Water Inc was forced to temporarily close its Port Kaituma well after it discovered high mercury content in the Kaituma River. High levels of mercury were also found in a number of Guyana Geology and Mines Commission employees.The GGDMA notes it is aware of these instances of unsafe mercury exposure as well as the challenges in finding a solution. The Association said that while the GGMC’s workers’ exposure to mercury was unfortunate, it did in some way convince the Government that addressing the issue of mercury requires more than just compliance enforcers.The Association said it intends to seek partnership with the large-scale foreign mining and petroleum companies with the goals of finding feasible solutions to the mercury challenge, and support for health and safety and environmental management in small-scale mining in general.last_img read more

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Spector threats alleged

first_imgShe said he suddenly asked her to come to California and took her to dinner in Beverly Hills. She said he became a little bit drunk and asked her to go to his home. She said that about 2 a.m. she told Spector she was tired and wanted to go, and he left the room and returned. “He walked in with a gun. He was wearing a holster, a shoulder holster,” she said, alleging the gun pointing. “I was shocked. I started crying. … I was afraid. There was no doubt in my mind if I tried to leave he was going to kill me,” Grosvenor said. She said he holstered the gun and “started walking back and forth, cursing and talking crazy.” LOS ANGELES – Two more women painted a portrait of Phil Spector on Wednesday as a dual personality who could be charming and funny and then switch to being a gun-waving abuser who threatened their lives. Their testimony brought to four the number of women called by the prosecution in Spector’s murder trial to describe a pattern of threats with guns before the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson, who was killed by a shot fired from a gun in her mouth after she went with the record producer to his Alhambra mansion from her job at a nightclub. “He walked up, held the gun to my face between my eyes and said, `If you try to leave I’m going to kill you,”‘ witness Melissa Grosvenor testified. Grosvenor said she and her sister met Spector in New York in 1991 when she was a waitress, was asked to dinner, found him “very charming, quick-witted” and had a platonic dating relationship for a year and a half. “Had you ever seen this kind of switch in demeanor?” asked Deputy District Attorney Pat Dixon. “No,” she said. Grosvenor said that after the confrontation she fell asleep and the next day Spector did not talk about it. She said after she returned to New York he started asking her out. She said when she declined he left such messages as, “I’ve got machine guns and I know where you live.” On cross-examination, Grosvenor acknowledged she was convicted of embezzlement in Georgia and later lied on an employment application when asked about a criminal history. Earlier, music industry photographer Stephanie Jennings testified that Spector threatened her with a gun and held her hostage in a hotel room, forcing her to call 911. Jennings said she and Spector developed a long-distance relationship in 1994 and the following year she joined him for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions in New York, where Spector got her a room on his floor of the Carlyle Hotel. She confirmed under questioning that she knew the hotel reserved the suite for Spector or for Princess Diana. She described being at a party where, after playing piano and singing with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Spector became “extremely drunk, obnoxious.” She said she went back to her room and slept until a bodyguard knocked and told her Spector wanted her in his room. She said that when she refused, Spector showed up drunk, and in a growing argument he slapped or pushed her, causing her to fall on the toilet. She said she grabbed Spector, who fell into the bathtub. Spector left, returned with a gun, put a chair in front of the door “and said I wasn’t going anywhere,” she said. “How did you feel?” asked Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson. “That I was about to get shot,” Jennings said. Jennings said officers responding to the 9-1-1 call treated her “as if I was a call girl.” She said she didn’t press charges and the hotel manager gave her money to take a train home to Philadelphia.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Man City striker departs on loan

first_img Alvaro Negredo 1 Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has joined Valencia on loan for the rest of the season.The Spanish striker, 29, moved to the Etihad Stadium last summer in a £16million deal and scored nine goals in the Premier League as Manuel Pellegrini’s side won the title.But now Negredo is heading back to his homeland and if his stint at the Mestalla proves successful he could make the switch permanent.The Primera Division club issued a statement that read: “Valencia Football Club has reached an agreement with Manchester City Football Club for the loan, with an option to compulsory purchase, the Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo, considered one of the best attackers of the national and European football.“The footballer with Valencian family, will be presented tomorrow at the Mestalla. The club invites all Valencianistas to attend the presentation.”last_img read more

Kerr wants strong finish for Champions Gor

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr celebrates with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr describes the last one month as one of the toughest in his coaching career and has urged the players to put that behind their backs and finish the season strongly with two matches to go.Gor were officially handed their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) trophy last Sunday, but it was the culmination of a tough period that saw them lose thrice consecutively and lose a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Mathare United. “What happened was terrible and I think it should never happen again. I will speak to my chairman after the season ends because there are things I want made okay. This should never have happened and it should never happen again,” the tactician told Capital Sport.He added; “We now just have to put all that behind our backs and focus on these two remaining games and ensure we finish strongly. We have had such a long and good season and we need to reward ourselves with something good.”With the league all long won, the tactician says that the motivation for the players now is next month’s trip to England to face Everton FC in a friendly match at Goodison Park and the tactician says the players have two games to show him they want to play that match.Gor Mahia players celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWith the entire squad set to travel to England Kerr has insisted only players who deserve will get the chance to play.“It is not a silver platter. As much as I would want all players to play, you must show you want to. Show me on the pitch,” Kerr opined.Gor face Zoo Kericho on Thursday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before coming up against Tusker FC with the match shifted to the Thika Stadium.Zoo have already assured themselves of safety but will be going into the tie seeking a first ever win against K’Ogalo having lost two and drawn one of their last three league meetings.“It will be a tough match definitely because every team wants to beat us. But we have done our homework on them and I want to give a chance to players who haven’t had much playing time this season to prove that they want to remain in the team,” added the tactician.There will also be the small issue of the golden boot to take care of with Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge set to be handed starting roles in both the Zoo and Tusker matches despite Kerr going for a second string squad.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training at teh Parklands Sports Club on September 24, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“Jack wants to go for the golden boot and we will support him fully in that cause. Francis says he wants to play because he wants to see whether he can help him and so he will be on the pitch on Thursday,” Kerr said.Tuyisenge has scored 14 goals and sits one behind leader Eric Kapaito of Kariobangi Sharks and Elvis Rupia who left Nzoia Sugar for Zambia in mid-season. The Rwandese just needs two more goals to get to 16 and race for the golden boot.The Zoo Kericho duo of Nicholas Kipkurui and Mike Madoya have scored 13 and are also in the race for the golden boot same as Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya.Kerr will be boosted with the availability of defender Philemon Otieno who has just recovered from an ankle injury and the tactician says he will give him playing time over the last two games to build his match fitness both for the national team and the Everton trip.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fiorentina leading the chase to sign Tottenham flop

first_imgFiorentina are leading the chase to sign Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, according to reports in Italy.The Brazil international has failed to make a major impact at White Hart Lane following his £17m move from Corinthians back in July 2013.Paulinho has started only three Premier League games this season and looks to be heading through the exit door in the summer.Italian newspaper La Nazione is claiming Fiorentina are ready to make a move for the 26-year-old and hope they can strike a deal to sign him at the end of the season.With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb securing their places at the heart of the Spurs midfield, Mauricio Pochettino seems unlikely to stand in the way of Paulinho leaving the club. Paulinho in action for Tottenham against Newcastle 1last_img read more

Boost for first-time home buyers in Donegal

first_imgFirst-time home buyers in Donegal have been given a boost following the news that they are set to receive a tax rebate. The Government are proposing plans to introduce a tax rebate grant scheme in an effort to get people on the property ladder.The initiative is being specifically designed to help those currently priced out out of the property market in cities like Dublin and Cork. However, the proposal will be a nationwide scheme and will benefit first-time homeowners all over the country.Housing Minister Simon Coveney said that he wants to devise a scheme that, in particular, helps those who are being locked out of the property market.Mr Coveney told The Irish Independent, “Any measures we take in the Budget I think need to be clear, easily understood and easy to implement.“We need to send out a message that first-time buyers, at the moment, simply don’t have sufficient numbers of houses being built for them in the right places and at the right price.“But the extent of that and the means by which it is done is still being finalized at the moment.”Mr Coveney said he has considered introducing a scheme similar to one operating in the UK, whereby the State would provide a grant in return for a small equity in the property. Advertisement However, he said he is instead leaning towards a grant scheme whereby applicants receive a tax rebate.“I think it’ll be something along the lines of a first-time buyers’ grant, effectively through the tax system, and through a tax rebate system,” Mr Coveney said.“Mr Coveney said the scheme that will be announced next month will apply to new homes only and emphasised the need to increase supply.“My view is that the core problem in the housing market at the moment is a total lack of supply,” the minister said.“The core issue here is that anything we do has to drive supply,” he added.Boost for first-time home buyers in Donegal was last modified: September 14th, 2016 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:BuyersdonegalFirst-timeGovernmenthomehousingnewspropertyproposallast_img read more