Coach Dave Rennie says the Chiefs intend to stick to the high speed, open game they’ve used successfully in their Super 12 season.But says he’s well aware of the way the Lions defence strangled the attacking flair out of the Maori All Blacks in their 32-10 victory in Rotorua on Saturday.”We like to use the ball. We try and play a high tempo, high skill game of footy and the Lions have been excellent at choking teams from doing that so we’ve got a few challenges ahead of us.”Lions coach Warren Gatland says he’s expecting an open, attacking game from the Chiefs and the game is a chance for his midweek team to build on the Rotorua victory.He says a number of combinations still need to be settled for Saturday’s All Black test and he’s picking a competitive edge to his mid-week players tonight.”If you look back to the 2013 tour in Australia we made nine changes between the three tests.Players have to stay on form, be confident and these players are up for it.”Gatlands comments have been echoed by the Lions captain for tonight’s game Irish hooker Rory Best.Best said with injury cover and bench spots up for grabs, there will be no drop off in intensity.”We have a chance to build momentum into the weekend and we have a chance to get excited about playing for the Lions against a top side.”Gatland, who played 140 games for Waikato and also helped coach the Chiefs, said taking the Lions to Waikato stadium tonight will be a special moment on this tour.”If you cut me open I’d probably bleed red, yellow and black.”I’m very proud of my roots and looking forward to what will be a great occasion.” Photo: PHOTOSPORT Chiefs coach Dave Rennie
She entered the Rabaul District Games on the 9th of June 2014 where she won the 100 metres sprint competition, clocking 11.23 seconds, the 200 metres sprint with a time of 26.07 seconds and the 400 metres sprint in 48.23 seconds.With Geraldine as anchor, her team went on to win the 100 and 400 metre sprint relays. Kombiu LLG took home the 2014 Rabaul District Games trophy.Great, she thought, if Rabaul District organises good coaching, I could represent my country.But as it turned out, Geraldine, also known during the District Games as “Taxi bilong Kabiu”, had to give up her favourite sport. “There was just no communication or coordination and no specialised coaching for athletes at the Kombiu LLG level. Our training was general exercises and just running around the field,’’ she said.By the time the South Pacific Games finally came around, she had missed all available sport development programs. Geraldine completed Grade 9 at George Brown High School in 2009 but transferred to Kokopo Secondary School (KOSEC) for Grade 10 due to health reasons.At KOSEC, her family made her stop running in the sprints and other long distance track events, suspecting she had a weak heart. They were wrong and she amazed her family with her performances in the 2014 District Games.She now studies at the Kokopo Open Campus. The subjects that fascinate her are Biology and Chemistry.“I’m really fascinated with Chemistry, just interested in understanding various chemical reactions.’’Apart from studies, Geraldine lives with her father and stepmother, two sisters and a brother. Not yet interested in marriage and children, her life is occupied mainly with household chores, gardening, dishes, food preparation, cleaning and laundry. “I’m a laundry girl for now”.
A year and half after the regional team called off a tour to India, there is fresh controversy in West Indies cricket as the players are now opposed to a pay cut ahead of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup. Members of the West Indies squad are demanding that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) improve the financial terms of their contracts for the tournament and have requested an urgent meeting ahead of the March 8 – April 3 competition, set for India. The concerns, which centres around a 75 per cent-pay cut were outlined in a letter from team captain Darren Sammy to the WICB, which among other things, pointed to a fall-off in guaranteed earnings from the tournament compared to previous arrangements. The players are demanding 100 per cent of prize money and a doubling of match fees, which currently stand at $6,900. Fourteen of the 15 members selected to represent the West Indies in India next month are yet to sign their contracts for the tournament with the deadline set for February 14, 2016 and Sammy, who rejected the credibility of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), made it clear that the WIPA negotiated terms will not be accepted by the players. One player on the squad has already signed the WICB’s Twenty20 World Cup contract with Sulieman Benn reportedly putting pen to paper. Referring to a US$8-million ICC payment received by the WICB, Sammy urged the Board to revert to a previous remuneration package, which saw players earning 25 per cent of income received by the WICB for participation in ICC tournaments. He noted that under the previous deal, players would be guaranteed US$133,000 as opposed to the US$27,600 under the current terms if they play in all official matches. “We have collectively discussed the remuneration on offer to participate in the T20 World Cup. Considering that 14 out of the 15 man squad are not part of WIPA – and hence have not given authorisation to WIPA to negotiate on our behalf – and a large number do not receive any significant remuneration from WICB at all, we want the opportunity to negotiate fairly the financial terms within the contract,” Sammy’s letter stated. The 2015 World Cup took place with the WI squad remunerated under the terms and conditions that had been in place for the World Cups previous – that is 25 per cent of income received by the WICB for participating in the tournament was distributed to the squad,” Sammy letter was quoted. However, in a response, WICB CEO Michael Muirhead, underlined that the organisation will only negotiate with WIPA on compensation matters, while outlining that the ICC’s new payment cycle which now sees an eight-year distribution arrangement replacing lump sum payments, means that the WICB cannot identify exactly how much it will be paid in relation to the World Twenty20. “… It is not possible to calculate a percentage to be paid to the Squad, as the ICC distribution is no longer being made in the traditional manner. The WICB, in recognition of this, and in an effort at fairness and transparency, allocates 25 per cent of WICB revenues estimated over a four – year period – including ICC distributions – to players, through a guaranteed minimum revenue pool, out of which player payments are made,” he said. “Anything in excess of this minimum over the relevant 4 – year cycle, will be divided solely among the international players, as agreed with WIPA,” added Muirhead’s response to Sammy. Muirhead also noted that the match fee is three times the usual fee and also noted that players would receive 50 percent net of sponsorship generated for the event and 80 percent of prize money, which has seen an 86 percent increase. In an interview with Hitz 92FM yesterday afternoon, Muirhead also noted that they are prepared to send other players to the T20 World Cup if contracts aren’t signed by the February 14 deadline. There were indications that things were coming to a head when suggestive Instagram posts were made by Sammy and Dwyane Bravo. Bravo, in a post with himself, Samuel Badree, Andre Russell and Sammy, stated: “If U all have any idea what’s going on an what we thinking again sad times but lets see how this one will end.”
Barama rape case– 2 deny being at locationThe three men accused of raping a 17-year-old girl on the Barama Complex all took to the stand to give sworn testimony in the presence of a mixed jury and Justice Jo-Ann Barlow in the High Court on Monday.Paul Abrams of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara; Claude Craig of Barama Quarters, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, and Holston Melville, called “Pumpkin”, are all on trial for the alleged rape which occurred at the Barama Land of Canaan Complex.Craig is represented by Attorneys-at-Law Nigel Hughes and Kezia Williams, while Abrams and Melville are both represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos.Abrams, the number one accused, on Monday told the Court that the sex was consensual, while his co-defendants pleaded not guilty and denied being at the location. Senior Counsel De Santos concluded his submissions, while Attorney Hughes and State Counsel Siand Dhurjon are expected to present their submissions today.According to reports, the teen was raped by Abrams, her supervisor, while she was working the night shift with him. Abrams allegedly asked for help and then led the teen into a room and had sex with her without her consent.After the accused was finished, he allegedly locked the teen in the room and returned with a friend who reportedly sodomised her after which the third accused allegedly went in and did the same.The Police were summoned and charges were later filed.
Plans to burglarise a home at Lot 665 Recht-Door-Zee Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara on Friday afternoon were foiled when alert neighbours got wind of what was transpiring and alerted the home owner.Fifty-eight-year-old Sheila Griffith, owner of the home, related that she was returning home in the early afternoon hours when a neighbour alerted her that someone was inside her house.By the time this information was verified and calls were made to the Police, the suspect had escaped through a window in the kitchen.“I came home around 01:00h, and the neighbour told me not to go into my yard because someone is in my house. I called the Police, but by then they already escaped through the kitchen window,” Griffith detailed.When she entered the home, she discovered it completely ransacked, and the bandits had accumulated some items which they were attempting to steal.“My whole house was tumbled up. They empty my wardrobe and break down myOne of the rooms that were ransackedbedroom door. They done had things pack up, like the TV and computer and so; but they didn’t get to carry anything,” she detailed.Griffith is convinced that she could have been harmed had she entered the home unknowingly. The traumatised woman has said that while nothing was stolen from her home, many robberies have occurred in the area because of the lack of Police presence.“I know other persons in the area who have been robbed. I came home and I was traumatised, because if they didn’t call, I would’ve come in the house and he could have done me anything. I think we need more policing groups in these areas,” she declared.
Guyana is continuing to provide refuge to Venezuelan migrants coming here, and while there is an obligation to render assistance to those affected citizens from the neighbouring country, it can lead to a crisis situation in Guyana.This is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who recently told the media that if the number of Venezuelans becomes too high, then there are challenges which will occur.“We have seen a number of Venezuelans coming in, but our policy is that once they identify themselves with certain identification documents, they can stay in Guyana for a period of six months. We know that that can lead to if it gets very extensive, and the population of them increasing exponentially, we are going to be in crisis. Because we won’t have the necessary health services to provide them nor the necessary services of water and probably housing,” he explained.According to Ramjattan, any Venezuelan entering Guyana seeking aid needs to be properly identified and registered and the Government of Guyana has already sought assistance from the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). These two agencies are helping Guyana to cater for the Venezuelan migrants.Moreover, Minister Ramjattan added that Government was trying to secure land in the interior regions so that these locations could be prepared to facilitate the Venezuelans and cater for their needs.Last month, newly-appointed US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch said there were no direct bilateral arrangements between Guyana and the US for aiding the Venezuelans who were fleeing their homeland.Nevertheless, she said, if approached by the Guyana Government, she was willing to explore the options available.In fact, Ambassador Lynch noted that she even indicated this during her engagements with the various Government officials.In March last, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided some US$1.6 million to Trinidad and Tobago to assist with Venezuelans moving there.Thus far in Guyana, there are over 5800 Venezuelan migrants – double the number recorded six months ago – and this number is expected to increase daily.On this note, Ambassador Lynch noted that while the situation was not a “serious concern” to the Guyana Government as yet, it may soon become so owing to the heightened influx of migrants from the neighbouring Spanish-speaking country.“In the past, the majority of Venezuelans have been on the border. But a few weeks ago, there was a vessel with about 140 Venezuelans that came right into Georgetown. So that is an indicator that maybe things are worsening a little bit,” she noted, while recently she met a Venezuelan working in a restaurant in Berbice, which is quite a long way from the border.
…woman critical, suspect on the runFood vendor Kilowatie Persaud is now in critical condition after she was hammered to the head by her reputed husband during an argument at their Lot 53 Houston, Greater Georgetown home on Saturday evening.The 54-year-old suspect remains on the run.According to information received, the 44-year-old Persaud and the suspect have been living together for the past 25 years, during which they would habitually engage in heated arguments, which would lead to the suspect physically assaulting Persaud. These assaults reportedly happened mostly while the suspect is in a drunken state.On Saturday, at about 18:00h, Persaud was at home when the suspect turned up in an intoxicated state. This reportedly led to an argument, during which the suspect armed himself with a hammer and dealt Persaud several blows to her head, before fleeing the house.Persaud, however, managed to raise an alarm, and her mother and neighbours rushed to her assistance. She was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was admitted a patient in a serious state. The matter has been reported to the Police, who have since launched a manhunt for the suspect.Several persons in the area have been grilled on his whereabouts, but no useful information has yet been gathered. The Police are continuing their investigations.Last Sunday, 38-year-old Victor Roberts was fatally stabbed by his reputed wife at their Plaisance, East Coast Demerara home.This stabbing incident stemmed from an argument between the couple. It was reported that Roberts and the suspect, Malissa, shared a rocky relationship, and they would often be heard arguing, which would eventually lead to a scuffle. The man was reportedly stabbed a few months ago, but had refused to press charges against the woman.The suspect was arrested and is expected to be charged with murder.
Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, his former club Ajax have confirmed.Spanish media reported the news on Thursday, and Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said on the club website: “We have had contact with his manager, Carole Thate, and she confirmed to us that Johan indeed has lung cancer.“It has just been discovered, so they could not yet provide much more information. On behalf of the club, I wish Johan and his family a lot of strength and a speedy recovery.”Cruyff, 68, is regarded as one of football’s greatest ever players having won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, and led Holland to the final of the World Cup in 1974.He is most strongly associated with Ajax and Barcelona, playing for and managing both teams.He oversaw a golden period at the Nou Camp, which included winning the European Cup in 1992, and has been cited as a major influence by many of those he used to manage, most notably Bayern Munich and former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.Cruyff was a heavy smoker prior to double heart bypass surgery in 1991, after which he took to sucking lollipops on the touchline. 1 Johan Cruyff
A TWIN TOWNS man has appeared in court charged with arson attacks on an Orange Hall and a Presbyterian Church in Convoy.Damian Murray appears in court today. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pix.Damian Murray, pictured in the grey hoodie, was arrested on Monday evening at an address at Ardmiran Park in Stranorlar, Letterkenny District Court heard. Gda Stephen Moyles told Judge Paul Kelly that he charged 32-year-old Murray at 15 minutes past midnight today at Letterkenny Garda Station with two counts of criminal damage.He was charged with the attacks on Convoy Orange hall – in which it was destroyed – and the Presbyterian Church in the town the early hours of last Friday.Around €250,000 worth of damage was caused during the incidents.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian made an application for bail.Two dozen people packed into the court to listen to the hearing, some sitting on one side of the court.Amongst them were members of Convoy Orange Lodge.Judge Paul Kelly refused the bail application. He remanded Murray into custody to Harristown District Court this Friday.Legal aid was granted in the case.A second man is also appearing in court today, but has not been charged in relation to the arson attacks.TWIN TOWNS MAN IN COURT CHARGED WITH ARSON ATTACKS ON ORANGE HALL AND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:arson attackBallybofeyconvicted criminalconvoyPresbyterian Church
Staffing problems at Donegal’s only Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) are set to be resolved soon after issues were brought to light in a recent HSE report. The 2017 report found that services at the treatment unit in Letterkenny were at risk due to a staffing shortage and a permanent unit was needed.Seventy three people attended the Letterkenny unit in 2017. This number is up from 8%. The Letterkenny unit is staffed by two Clinical Nurse Specialists – Connie Mc Gilloway and Bridin Bell. The SATU unit formally became a 24-hour-service in 2017. Twelve (16%) patients presented between 8pm and 8am following this change.Dr Maeve Eogan, who compiled the National SATU Key Service Activity Report 2017, said that the incredible commitment and hard work of the staff was ‘untenable’ in the long-term without a third CNS as demand increases.Dr Eogan raised concerns in relation to ‘strategic planning, vision and ensuring a sustainable service for the people of the northwest’ without approval of the position by Saolta.Dr Eogan also highlighted the need for a new permanent SATU clinic. “In 2010 the Donegal SATU moved its operation from the Letterkenny University Hospital Campus to the NoWDOC premises on a temporary basis; however, the service continues to operate from this facility awaiting approval, relocation and the confirmed identification of a new Unit.” In light of the report findings, Saolta University Health Care Group-LUH has given approval for the appointment of a third Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).A statement said: “After an interview process a suitable candidate has been identified and funding has been approved for this nurse to undertake specialist training in the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) course, commencing in September. On completion of the course this person will take up their appointment in the Donegal SATU.“Approval has also been given for new accommodation for the unit and these premises are currently undergoing refurbishment.”Rape survivor Dominique Meehan was commended in the 2017 report for her outspoken efforts in raising awareness of SATU. Dr Eogan described the young Letterkenny woman’s testimony on her SATU experience in Mullingar as a “compelling testimony”. “We commend her ongoing strength,” said Dr Eogan.Issues at Sexual Assault Treatment Unit to be resolved after report findings was last modified: July 6th, 2018 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:satuSexual Assault Treatment Unit