No 12 role for Dan Carter

first_imgThe South African first five-eighth has been signed on a four-year contract, with the club announcing the deal on Tuesday night.Lambie, 26, who has 56 caps for the Springboks – the last being in November, 2016, has been able to secure an early release from his contract with the Sharks Super Rugby side and will join the French side from November 1, subject to passing a medical.”This world-class flyhalf is signed as an ‘additional player’ and his signature completes the Racing recruitment campaign,” the club said in a statement on their website.Lambie has endured a torrid time with injuries in recent years, including two major concussions, the latest in May that left him sidelined for months as he battled with headaches, light sensitivity in his eyes and neck problems.His move to France does not affect his availability for the Boks as he has passed the 30-cap threshold for overseas-based players to be eligible for selection.While also able to play fullback, it’s the No 10 spot which Lambie is likely to take over at Racing, with the club having recently made it clear they were on the lookout for fresh talent in the pivot spot.Carter, 35, is in the third and final year of his contract and he already began the Top 14 season at second five-eighth- the position he first came into the All Blacks in, back in 2003 – as 33-year-old former French international Remi Tales took the reins at first-five.Keeping the goalkicking duties, Carter kicked two conversions and two penalties from No 12 in Racing’s season-opening 25-21 home win over Castres​ Olympique. He was then reinstated at first-five and Tales was unused on the bench in the 23-19 away loss to Agen, before Tales was back at 10 and Carter wasn’t in the 23 in last weekend’s 25-6 away win over Brive. Photo by: HENRY BROWNE/REUTERS (Caption: Dan Carter is set to take on the second-five role permanently for Racing 92, after the club signed Patrick Lambie).last_img read more

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Looking Critically at Liberia: WHAT’S GOING ON?

first_imgJust a few days ago, upon the President Ellen Johnson Sirlaf’s recent arrival from the United States, where she went to plead our country’s case for help, we listened to her lamentations and regrets for [some] self-serving and often times unsubstantiated and misunderstood [criticisms] of governance, undermining her genuine and painful efforts to secure sustenance for a country that self-destroyed herself.These criticisms reflect  several impressions created by Liberians and of Liberians in the cherished name of expressing our freedoms.  They contend that Liberia cannot manage her own affairs.Perhaps if the projectors of these unstructured sentiments  maturely thought about the unintended consequences of these discussions that often seem to vent our people’s anger over situations that the government might have no control over, explaining how a number of these things work, it might help to do some good for the country.    Frustratingly, implanted in the minds of a number of people is the conviction that once you have a government job—that I cannot get for some reason—you must be automatically corrupt.  This ‘you and not me’ mentality is symptomatic of nothing more than the deep envy and jealousy. Haven’t we seen time and again that many of the very critics of government, as soon as they get the opportunity of a good position, behave no better than the people they criticized?Little do we know that these unguarded criticisms generate serious repercussions within International thought for aid decision making. These continuous criticisms provided some of the basis for conclusions that the representatives of the International benefactors must provide to their Government whose tax payers’ monies must be used by their Governments to bail your decaying African nation that cannot help itself by your standards. As a normal human being, the President felt the pains of non-appreciation for the level of work that she has struggled to do to turn our country around.Do we really believe that the Ghana that we often use as a barometer wallows in the sea of utopianism? Of course by your understanding there is no corruption in that country. You really must not have read about Group Captain Rawlings’ crusade and what had to be done. You know we got carried away with similar populous rhetoric during the pre-coup days. We never tried to imagine the consequences of the sudden change we went amok about. We almost lost our country. For the second time, we are at it again. When do we encourage the law enforcement to be stern and not at the cost of an innocent life? That is when we conduct investigations to institute remedial mechanisms while holding violators accountable, be they the law or the law-breakers. But we cannot continue to support the Kangaroo justice nor can we afford disregard to the law.When the President sources funds to construct infrastructure which will create some relief for jobs much needed, we should commit not to undermine her efforts by wanton acts that can discourage the best humanitarian. I strongly believe in the continuation of the interesting Talk Shows but my advice to the moderators is to report the happenings as they occur, without editorializing. In  discussions ensuing therefrom, our moderators should provide adequate background information so that all parties can contribute more from an informed position.The task of rebuilding a country after 15 years of civil war is not an event, but an arduous process of lows and highs of managing the aspirations of a destitute people who had lost hope; and all nationalistic and serious minded Liberians must come to grips with this task and recognize the gravity of this awesome process and volunteer their quota in reversing the decay.Howbeit, let Liberians reflect soberly on the responsibility which every Liberian should undertake; and that task should be undertaken devoid of partisan posturing. When we have National problems we must come together as a nation, irrespective of which political party one belongs to,  and find solutions.  It is so common in the United States,  which we try to copy in our  governance responsibility.Political gamesmanship and bickering, especially exploiting the educational level of our people, emboldens the complexities of the issues of governance in Liberia. This is the only country we have and we may not be deported from. Good or bad, this is our country. Those who paint the country ugly ignore the reality that Liberia’s income generating sources of revenues are so intertwined with the international markets that when a market fluctuation occurs, we suffer and must look for International help for relief. Until such time that our productive capacities can stand on their own, we must continue to show appreciation to those who make it happen.Liberia began to rupture some 35 years ago from an unsuspecting injury inflicted by her own children, who perhaps misunderstood the aroma of democracy then sweeping over mother Africa. We heard a call for change in Africa and particularly Liberia, without a clearly triangulated definition of where Liberia should go after the change in a political hegemony was accomplished. This urge for a make-over of Liberia was regrettably led by people who were appeared  quite intelligent. Many had terminal degrees; but they did not appreciate the essence of planning as they truly could not appreciate the dividends of not planning for the results that such an uninformed,  sudden change would bring.  They were young and were hungry for political power. The change imagined was championed by her children who were clothed in translucent rhetoric of ethnic marginalization, perceptions of unsustainable use of Liberia’s resources, denial of political access and utter  marginalization of the “masses.”Interestingly a classical definition of this sociological categorization was never sought. That is another argument. However, in the search for a remedial process to identify avenues and messiahs who would restore the grass that the locust had eaten, a self-inflicted bondage of stagnation and regression was bestowed on our dear country, by our latter day messiahs who by all evaluations were visionless, inept and self-serving.  They exacerbated the gradual deterioration of another African country (Liberia) in decay. Somehow, this bane of sustainability-leadership, escaped our messiahs who in their rush for sudden economic gains, miserably failed their beneficiaries, a sad story in most parts of Africa, so it was and is with Liberia. But that is a painful historical black eye that needs no further glorification.But sadly and very disappointingly, I heard one of our learned candidates call for an uprising to promote democracy and leave the democratic process? This gentleman sadly did not experience the torture, the denigration, the abuse of our women folks, the hunger and the total destruction that engulfed our country. So I might sympathize with his apathy. For a leader in the political theater in Liberia, my God, who experienced the life of the homeless and the destitute in his own country, to promote violence at this time, towards side-tracking the democratic channel is sufficient evidence that that person is running out of political peaceful options and desperation is setting in. For Liberia still yearns for peaceful solutions within the context of the typical African jurisprudence. So let it be with Caesar. But this, too, is Liberia and Liberia must move on.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Reconciler, Not a Weakling’

first_imgThe President Pro-tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, has described as incomprehensible the recent outburst by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, describing him as inefficient and weak with regard to the way he is running the Senate. The Nimba County Senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation, on September 27, 2016, during the 65th day sitting of the Senate caused an uproar in the Chamber when he accused the Pro Temp’s administration of sheer weakness and efficiency, and compromising issues at the Senate and allowing himself to be used by others. But in a strongly worded statement through his office, Pro Temp Jallah said he finds it incomprehensible Senator Grupee’s statement of weakness and inefficiency attributed to his administration.“Senator Grupee chairs the Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance and Reconciliation; we are yet to see a proposal from his committee on how the objectives of this committee can be achieved, especially when it comes to good governance at the Senate. It is unthinkable and disappointing that the Senator would choose to be severely critical of a body that he is an integral part of and should be highly involved in making it proactiveand efficient.”The outburst of the Nimba lawmaker, who until that Tuesday morning was considered one of the strong confidantes of Jallah, came about after he realized that a communication written by him and two other Senators, asking the Senate Plenary to invite Education Minister George Werner and the President of the National Teachers Association to speak on the ongoing strike actions by public school students and teachers, was not mentioned on the day’s agenda. The Pro Temp’s statement clarifies that Senator Grupee’s communication was received at 5:48 p.m. on Monday when the agenda had already been approved by the 27th Senate Session and the Pro Temp was already on his way home. What makes Senator Grupee’s utterance even more convoluting, Pro Temp Jallah noted, is his perception that when a leader is accommodating and respects democratic principles, then he/she is considered weak and or a failure.“Perhaps we all need a concise definition and/or interpretation of the clause ‘allowed to be used by others’ and delineate weakness and failure in the context of the work at the Senate and a clarification on whether achievements are accomplished at the Senate by the Pro-temp alone or jointly by the leadership and the entire Senate,” the Pro Temp’s statement continued. It then went on to recall the success story of the Pro Temp uniting a fragmented Senate among three candidates vying for the Pro Temp post and how, with the help of his colleagues, he endeavored to keep the independence of the Senate and made it a dignified body.Jallah recalled approving the first ever Senate Staff Association to be established in the Senate to seek the welfare of staffers and gave out of his personal budget US$100,000 to raise staffers’ salaries and has been giving motivations both in cash and kind on holidays to staffers.On the diplomatic scene, the Pro Temp’s statement recalled his talks with heads of diplomatic missions accredited near Monrovia, including those from the United States, Israel, Cuba, Sweden and Cote d’Ivoire, “to lift Liberia’s plight and encourage more aid to help Liberia in the areas of infrastructure… and investment in the Liberian economy, accentuating the need for collaboration with the Senate.”Meanwhile, the Gbarpolu County lawmaker has disclosed that under his administration, the Senate is now working with the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to set up an accounting system at the Senate that will ensure internal controls are followed and respected, something that is unprecedented. “Already the IAA has conducted risk analysis to determine the strength and weakness of the financial system of the Senate, while at the same time the Chamber of the Senate has received the first electronic voting system installation,” said the Pro Temp.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sales rep slapped with 5 fraud charges

first_imgJamal Gilbert, a sales representative at VSH United (Guyana) was released on bail by Magistrate Leron Daly after being slapped with five fraud-related charges and appearing at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.The 21-year-old father of one is accused of forging audit documents, uttering same, and offering false information to Police ranks.Charged: Jamal GilbertThe first charge alleged that between January 1, 2019, and March 5, 2019, at Middle Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he forged a document, that is, an auditor’s report in favour of Midtown Hotel Restaurant and Bar purporting to show that it was signed by Drubahadur and issued by D Bahadur Co Accounting Firm, while knowing same to be forged.The second charge stated that between January 1, 2019, and March 5, 2019, at Middle Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he forged another auditor’s report, this time in favour of Total Medical Supplies Inc, purporting to show that it was signed by Drubahadur and issued by D Bahadur Co Accounting Firm, knowing same to be forged.Meanwhile, the third charge stated that on March 5, 2019, at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Reon Sobers, a clerk at the agency, a forged auditor’s report in favour of Total Medical Supplies Inc purporting to show that same was signed by Drubahadur and issued by D Bahadur, knowing same to be forged.It was further alleged that on March 5, 2019, at the Guyana Revenue Authority, Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Reon Sobers, a clerk at GRA, a forged auditor’s report in favour of Midtown Hotel Restaurant and Bar purporting to show that same was signed by Drubahadur and issued by D Bahadur Co Accounting Firm, knowing it to be forged.The final charge stated that on March 29, at the Criminal Investigation Department, he gave Police Lance Corporal Prince, a public officer, information orally and in writing which he knew to be false, thereby causing the officer to use his lawful power to the annoyance of the person arrested.The defendant denied all the charges after they were read to him.Particulars of the matter revealed that D Bahadur went to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and reported that he was in possession of two audit reports which showed that he signed same and were issued by his business.However, Drubahadur stated that he did not sign the documents and neither did his business issue same.As a result of this, an investigation was conducted and Police made contact with Gilbert, who told investigators that the documents were given to him by Reon Sobers.This led to Police later arresting Reon Sobers in connection with the matter. Further investigations were conducted and it was then revealed that Gilbert was the one who forged the signatures on the documents and later uttered it to Sobers, who is attached to GRA.Meanwhile, Defence Attorney Leslie Sobers in a bail application asked that his client be released on bail, while noting that he is the sole breadwinner for his family.Magistrate Daly granted Gilbert his pre-trial bail in the sum of $100,000. The case was adjourned to October 4, 2019.last_img read more

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NBA notes: Okur and Allen are All-Stars

first_img Renton Sonics? The Seattle SuperSonics have chosen suburban Renton, Wash., as the site for a proposed new $500million multipurpose arena. Sonics owner Clay Bennett and King County Executive Ron Sims announced the choice to state lawmakers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are taking it day by day,” Kidd said in a statement issued before Tuesday’s game. “I have not made a final decision at this time.” Riles returns: Pat Riley announced he’ll return as coach of the Miami Heat next week, following a six-week absence to address health issues. He’ll begin running practice again when the team reconvenes after the All-Star break and will be back on the sideline Feb. 21 when Miami visits Houston. “I wanted to come back the 29th, which was after we lost three in a row,” Riley said. “But they wouldn’t let me. … It was a six- to eight-week deal, so I picked the six weeks. I feel good enough to do it, so I’m going to do it.” Trades: The Memphis Grizzlies traded center Jake Tsakalidis to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Scott Padgett. … The San Antonio Spurs traded forward Eric Williams and a 2009 second-round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for forward-center Melvin Ely in an exchange of veteran backups. Infirmary: Philadelphia center Steven Hunter won’t need surgery on his injured left pinky, and is expected to return to the lineup after the All-Star break. … Cleveland center Zydrunas Ilgauskas did not travel with the team to Utah and may miss the Cavaliers’ final two games before the All-Star break because of personal matters. Seattle’s Ray Allen and Utah’s Mehmet Okur were chosen Tuesday by commissioner David Stern as injury replacements for the All-Star Game. With Steve Nash (shoulder) and Allen Iverson (ankle) both pulling out of Sunday’s game in Las Vegas, the Western Conference was in need of a guard. Allen is seventh in the league with 26.9 points per game. center_img Allen is headed to his fourth straight All-Star game and seventh overall. Okur is a first-time selection. Kidd out: New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd did not play in Tuesday’s game against San Antonio and will not play tonight in Toronto, making his status uncertain for Sunday’s All-Star Game. last_img read more

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Liberals pledge to boost Canada Child Benefit, remove tax from maternity leave

first_imgThe Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Liberals are promising that if re-elected they will boost the Canada Child Benefit and make maternity and parental leave benefits tax free.Leader Justin Trudeau says raising children is expensive, particularly in the first year, and this would help.Trudeau says the Liberals would increase the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under one, which would be an increase of up to $1,000.- Advertisement -The Liberals say they would also remove federal taxes from employment insurance cheques for maternity and parental leave.The Conservatives have also pledged to make maternity and parental leave tax free, but they would do so through a non-refundable 15 per cent tax credit.Trudeau says the Liberals would also introduce a new leave for adoptive parents so they get the same benefits as other parents.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ferdinand urges Man Utd not to sell Pogba

first_imgManager Jose Mourinho has already predicted a “difficult season” if United do not do more business before the Premier League transfer window shuts on Thursday.Ferdinand, who made more than 450 appearances for the club, wants Pogba to stay and Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld to come in.Referring to reports that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, is looking at the Camp Nou as a possible new home for his player, Ferdinand said: “Don’t you dare allow this ED… #MUFC is Pogba’s home!! Silence these rumours ASAP & get @AlderweireldTob through the door.”United start their Premier League campaign on Friday at home to Leicester and, speaking on Sunday, Mourinho told MUTV: “My CEO knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see what happens.“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.”United’s build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by Mourinho’s clear frustration over transfers, which has brought his relationship with Woodward into the spotlight.The only arrivals at Old Trafford this summer have been Brazilian midfielder Fred, teenage full-back Diogo Dalot and back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant.Pogba, a key member of the French team that won the World Cup in Russia last month, was part of United’s youth set-up but, short of first-team opportunities, opted to join Juventus in 2012.Mourinho brought the Frenchman back to Manchester in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89 million but he struggled last season, left out of the starting line-up or substituted on a number of occasions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in action during the 2018 FA Cup final © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned the club not to sell France World Cup star Paul Pogba and instead to focus on strengthening the squad.Speculation about the midfielder’s future is rife, with reports of interest from Barcelona, but Ferdinand has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he must keep hold of the 25-year-old.last_img read more

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GAA: U-14 DIVISION 2 – MALIN 5-06, CARNDONAGH 3-12

first_imgUnder 14 division 2 section 2Malin 5-06 Carndonagh 3-12Malin and Carn played out an exciting high scoring draw this evening in Connolly Park which probably was the fair result. Carn got off to a great start with Conor O’Donnell, who had an excellent game in midfield, opening the scoring. The visitors rattled the crossbar minutes later with a fierce shot by Nathan Harkin, but the same player made up for it with two points shortly after. Malin who were playing against the wind in the first half got on the mark with a Daniel Houghton point on ten minutes. Carndonagh responded with points from Fergal Gallagher, two more from O’Donnell and a Fionn McClure score. Christoper Doherty knocked over a free and Malin trailed by seven. This spurred Malin into life and they got three goals and a point within five minutes. Andrew McDaid rattled in after the keeper spilled the ball and Sean O’Neill pointed shortly after. Malin got a fortunate goal from the kickout when Jack McLaughlin scored over the keepers head. Joseph Doherty Paddy Mor scored another goal shortly after as the Malin boys took the lead. Carn came back late in the half with a Nathan Harkin score and another free from Conor O’Donnell. Half time score Malin 3-02 Carndonagh 0-10. Carn opened the scoring in the first half with O’Donnell scoring a free. Jack McLaughlin and Sean O’Neill replied with points for Malin and then O’Neill then scored a great goal shortly after as Malin pulled away. Carndonagh then had a great spell in the game with Kieran Farren scoring a goal and Nathan Harkin also scoring a goal from way out on the right. Fergal Gallagher also tagged on a point in this period for Carn to level the game. Carn edged ahead with a Nathan Harkin score but Jack Mc Laughlin replied in style with a long range point from way out on the left. Sean O’Neill scored his second goal of the night to put Malin ahead going into the last five minutes but Carn to their credit kept going and equalised with a Conor O’Donnell goal late on and despite Malin pushing for a winner Carn held out and the game ended square. Malin Team and ScorersDaire McKinley, Ciaran Doherty Dane, Joseph Doherty, Robert Boggs, Sean Byrne, Daniel Houghton (0-01), Conor McGeoghan, Cormac Cullinan, Ciaran Doherty, Conor Gallagher,Joseph Doherty (1-00), Sean O’Neill (2-03), Jack McLaughlin (1-02), Conor Bambrick, Andrew Mc Daid (1-00). Subs: Oisin McGonagle, Adam Doherty, Callum Doherty, Thomas Mullin, Kealan White, Evan McLaughlin, Jason MullarkeyCarndonagh Team and ScorersRonan Donegan, PJ Walker, Daniel McCallion, Darragh Lafferty, Joseph Diver, Donal Doherty, Darren Donaghey, Conor O’Donnell (1-05), Christopher Doherty (0-01), Fergal Gallagher (0-02), Fionn McClure(0-01), Kieran Farren (1-00), Thomas Ramsey, Nathan Harkin (1-03), Mark Doherty GAA: U-14 DIVISION 2 – MALIN 5-06, CARNDONAGH 3-12 was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CARNDONAGH 3-12GAA: U-14 DIVISION 2 – MALIN 5-06last_img read more

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Donegal buildings light up purple to shine spotlight on disability

first_imgToday is ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ and Donegal County Council will be joining the rest of the country and the Disability Federation of Ireland in putting a purple spotlight on disability. All Public Service Centres across Donegal will display external purple lighting to celebrate the resilience of people with disabilities both in Donegal and internationally. Anyone can show their support by wearing something purple or by sharing the purple glow using the campaign hashtag #PurpleLights19. “We are delighted to be part of this international campaign celebrating the resilience of people with disabilities,” says Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan. “This is an opportunity to start a wider conversation about disability and by lighting up our Public Service Buildings and An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny, we are making our support visible on International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.“There are over 21,000 people with a disability living in Donegal and today is a great day to demonstrate our commitment to making Donegal a fully inclusive society and a place where everyone has an opportunity to fulfil their own potential.  Today is about celebrating the resilience and strength of people with disabilities living in Donegal and showing our solidarity with people with disabilities living across the world.” Donegal buildings light up purple to shine spotlight on disability was last modified: December 3rd, 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)last_img read more

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Red Bluff beaten on final drive, falls to West Valley, 22-20

first_imgRedding >> Apparently the Red Bluff football team likes dramatic finishes this year. Only this week wouldn’t turn out in favor of the Spartans despite some frenetic plays down the stretch to keep Red Bluff alive for the moment. In the end Red Bluff would come up short when quarterback Marshal Brose was sacked by multiple West Valley defenders near midfield with less than 10 seconds left, sealing a 22-20 loss to the Eagles in a Northern Athletic League match-up Friday night at Shasta College. …last_img read more

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