Western Force axed from Super Rugby

first_imgPhoto: PhotoSport Richard Hardwick in action for the Western Force in a match against the Sharks earlier this year. “The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence,” read a statement released on Friday.”The decision comes after several weeks of consultation with rugby bodies and stakeholders, including government and commercial partners.”The Force agreed to enter arbitration last week with the ARU, who said in April that they would cut either the Force or the Melbourne Rebels from Super Rugby next season as the competition contracts from 18 to 15 teams.The Kings and Cheetahs teams in South Africa have already been cut from the competitonBut RugbyWA is almost certain to take the case to the Supreme Court if they win a right of appeal.Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest has pledged to do everything within his powers to save the Force, and the issue is now set to be battled in the courts.The ARU said the decision to “discontinue the Force’s licence” was based primarily on financial outcomes.”As we have reinforced throughout this process, there are commercial realities which are linked to declining on-field performance across our Super Rugby teams which has put Australian rugby in a position where it can no longer sustain five teams,” ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said.”Furthermore, the significant unbudgeted support funding that has been provided to Super Rugby teams over the past five years has greatly affected our capacity to invest in community Rugby.”This is a sad day for rugby, especially for Western Force fans.”We accept that there will be anger and resentment over this decision and we sympathise with those fans. We sincerely hope that they are not lost to the game forever.”The decision to exit the Western Force from Super Rugby is not a decision to abandon the game in Western Australia.”Western Australia will retain an important place in Australian rugby and the ARU will continue to support youth development programs and the community game in the West.”There will be a clear pathway for young Western Australian rugby players to reach the highest level and represent the Wallabies.”last_img read more

We salute those who resigned from the Chronicle

first_imgDear Editor,The WPA OA salutes the stand taken by four board members of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) — Bert Wilkinson, Tabitha Sarabo-Haley, Karen Davis and Ruel Johnson — in resigning in protest against the firing of the two columnists, Lincoln Lewis and Dr. David Hinds.We cannot underestimate the importance of this principled stand by these board members, one of the more remarkable and important acts of principle over party affiliation, and support for a democratic press taken in recent years. This act of courage by these Board members may be a sign of the emergence of a maturing Guyanese consciousness that party politics must not subvert the wheels of democracy. The WPA OA stands in support of all Guyanese patriots who resist the temptation of narrow party politics at the expense of the nation. We feel this is what this nation cries out for as it struggles with our historical legacy of divide and rule.  The Guyana Chronicle and the company which runs the paper, the GNNL, have been subject to the whims of the specific party in power for far too long. Both the PNC and PPP/C have been blatant in rendering the Guyana Chronicle a mouthpiece of the state. We felt a turn had been achieved with the accession of the APNU+AFC administration to power, but in the recent actions of the Guyana Chronicle and its editor, the clear hand of manipulation and diktat of the state at the highest level was visible.While an argument can be made for members to have remained on the Board as a means of struggling against a total takeover of the Board, thereby giving the dictatorial policymakers free reign or rein in reducing the newspaper to a mouthpiece of the Government, we commend their stand on this assault on the right of a free press.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, under whose portfolio the Chronicle falls, and by extension the principles of press freedom, owes the general public an explanation for this dire and dark decision that stabs press freedom in the back.Respectfully,Keith BranchPress Secretary,WPAOAlast_img read more

Corentyne man given 24

first_imgRobert RollinsVivanand ChandarA Corentyne man, who appeared in the Berbice Assizes on Tuesday, was given 24 hours to find an attorney to defend him.Justice Jo Ann Barlow only allowed the defendant, Robert Rollings, one day to get legal representation after the defendant related that he would be representing himself at the Preliminary Inquiry (PI).A jury was empanelled on Tuesday for the trial of Rollings. The State’s case, which is being presented by Prosecutor Stacy Goodings, states that on July 3, 2014, Rollings wounded Sharmila Singh in an attempt to commit murder. The incident is said to have been committed on the Corentyne.Rollings is also indicted for the wounding of Singh with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, maim or disfigure.The State is expected to call two witnesses during the trial.Meanwhile, another jury was empanelled on Tuesday for the trial of Vivanand Chandar, who attempted to murder Chobbidat Tajram on August 16, 2012. It is also alleged that on the same day Chandar wounded Tajram with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, maim or disfigure.The trial of Chandar is scheduled to commence on Thursday.last_img read more

Private Sector shoots down renaming of Ogle Int’l Airport

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has added its voice to the growing condemnation against President David Granger over his recommendation that the Ogle International Airport be renamed and hopes that it reconsiders the proposal in face of competition concerns raised by most operators.Ogle International AirportA proposal by the Head of State to rename the airport after Guyana’s first Public Transport Minister, Eugene Correia, continues to face resistance, with the PSC being the latest to speak on the issue.In a statement on Tuesday, the PSC said the renaming of the airport in favour of a former public official of the same name as that of the Chairman of the Ogle Airport Inc will add to the already filled vessel of complaints regarding anti-competitive behaviour of the Board of Ogle Airport Inc.The PSC said the operators publicly and privately have expressed opposition and dissatisfaction with the renaming of the airport and the PSC now urges the Government to consider carefully the views of the majority of operators at Ogle Airport in the interest of all concerned and to complete the promised audit and review.Last year when the issue first surfaced, President Granger met with a group representing the private operators who have expressed worry over the name change. It was the President who had suggested the name change just after taking office.That proposal met strong objections from most of the airline operators who work out of the Ogle Airport.They have pointed to the fact that one of the airlines at Ogle, Trans Guyana, is owned by the Correia Group and that group’s owner is already the Chairman of the Airport.The operators believe that adding the Correia name to the airport could give the company a bigger advantage in the busy local aviation sector.Just recently, the President raised the issue again during his Public Interest television programme and referred to operators who opposed the name change as “petty minded people.”These operators, the PSC said, have publicly and privately expressed their opposition and dissatisfaction with the re-naming of the airport.“We urge the Government to consider carefully the views of the majority of operators at Ogle Airport in the interest of all concerned and to complete the promised audit and review,” the Commission said in a statement.On his weekly television programme “The Public Interest”, last week, President Granger slammed aircraft operators for their delay in renaming the Airport. He said their behaviour of those operators is small minded.Executive Director of Roraima Airways (RA) Gerry Gouveia however lashed back at the Head of State, saying that he was baffled by his insistence and determination to rename the entity against the wishes of the majority.A few months ago, the President suggested the idea of renaming the airport as Eugene Correia International Airport but this did not sit well with some of the private aircraft owners who objected to the proposal.These include Air Services Limited, and Roraima Airways, who were more concerned with mending some of the issues plaguing the airport and to holistically develop Guyana’s aviation sector.At that time, President of the National Air Transport Association (NATA) Annette Arjoon-Martins had stated that despite tremendous contributions to Guyana’s growth over the years, the aviation sector has not seen the development and representation that it needs to propel it forward.Correia Group of Companies is not a member NATA but according to Vice President Gerry Gouveia, this was due to the fact that the group was “refused” a meeting with Michael Correria regarding the issues affecting operators at the Airport.However, the Head of State maintained that Eugene Correia would have made significant contributions to Guyana. Although dead for more than 50 years, his career has been described as stellar as he was Communications Minister, with the responsibility for aviation; a pilot; and also the recipient of a national award.last_img read more

Miner killed after illegal mining pit collapses

first_imgA Brazilian miner was killed after the mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Micobie, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) on Friday. The dead man has been identified as Sebastian Faries, 57, of Boa Vista, Brazil.Reports are the now dead man and others were working in a small mining pit when one of the walls caved in on them.The Brazilian was reportedly left under the earth for quite some time before he was pulled out and taken in an unconscious state to the Mahdia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The other men who were in the mining pit when it collapsed, escaped unhurt. An investigation has been launched into the mining industrial accident. Over the past years, a number of persons have lost their lives after the mining pits in which they were working collapsed.On several occasions, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) found that the owners of the mining camps did not observe simple occupational health and safety practices. On a few instances, the GGMC also confirmed that the mining camp was illegal.Meanwhile, the Natural Resources Ministry in a release stated that investigations thus far revealed that the miner was a worker connected to a six-inch dredge, which was said to be operating without permission from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Investigations revealed that the Micobie Village Council granted permission for the operation without informing or consulting with the GGMC prior to doing so.Personnel from the GGMC, the release added, are presently on the ground conducting preliminary investigations. In light of the tragedy, the Natural Resources Ministry expresses its sorrow and regret at this latest mining fatality and recommits to working with miners, and Amerindian titled communities to make the industry safe, accident free and better regulated.last_img read more

Conservative campaign seeks to step out from Harper’s shadow, but not that far

first_imgScheer goes door-knocking with candidates and the Tory campaign is expected to favour more intimate events, in contrast to the massive rallies the Tories held with Harper.The goal is to help Canadians get to know the man, said his campaign director Hamish Marshall.“It’s both a strategic decision that we’ve got a great leader who is personable and outgoing and who we want Canadians to know. Canadians — it’s also an important part of their decision. People don’t just open up a policy book and read the platform.”The party’s slogan this election is “Helping You Get Ahead,” and their underlying message is one of making Canadian life more affordable. The party has also put more effort into helping its own candidates.Advertisement OTTAWA — The federal Liberals would like you to believe that if he’s elected prime minister, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be just like his predecessor Stephen Harper.The federal Conservatives take that as something of a compliment. Harper built the modern Conservative party, continues to be its biggest fundraiser, and today there are six likeminded premiers across the country.Conservatives also point to some math: in the 2015 election, 5.6 million ballots were cast for their candidates, compared to 5.8 million in 2011. The Liberals will claim they won because people were sick of Harper. The Conservatives say it was because three million new voters showed up, and most of them for the Liberals.- Advertisement -So what the party takes as its challenge this election is finding a way to stay in the comfort zone for a base that is content in Harper’s shadow, and finding a way to emerge from it enough to attract those new voters.Unlike Harper, whose first official role in the party was leading it, Scheer has moved his way up the ranks. In caucus, he takes a much more collaborative approach than Harper did.There are echoes of that in the campaign plan. Marketing materials and fundraising pitches talk about “Team Scheer” — the leader’s name is on it, but he’s part of a group.Advertisement “They have real candidates.”At the outset of the summer, party insiders and pundits routinely pegged the Conservatives as able to pick up anywhere between five and 10 Quebec seats.But then word emerged in late August that Rayes was telling candidates no Conservative MPs would be allowed to bring forward any bills regarding abortion, which isn’t entirely the case. Scheer has said several times he’ll let his MPs speak up on issues that matter, though on abortion he’d personally oppose any effort to re-open the debate.In March, polling firm Leger had Tory support in Quebec at 26 per cent of decided voters. As the abortion issue was being debated, the number had dipped to 23 per cent. Not a big change, but not in the direction the Conservatives would prefer.Next door in Ontario, there’s another political problem: Doug Ford. His Progressive Conservative party’s chaotic approach to governing seems to be souring voters on the blue brand. Pollsters say when issues flare up with him, the federal Conservatives’ numbers slump. If Ford goes quiet, the fluctuation eases. Whether he’ll stay mum as promised during the federal campaign remains to be seen.The Liberals also like to accuse Scheer of being like Ford. Sometimes they link him to U.S. President Donald Trump too. Tory strategists argue that they’re doing it because nothing sticks. That gives Scheer room, said Conservative strategist Melissa Lantsman, a vice-president with public-relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies.“It’s an advantage for Scheer, because he’s going to spend the (campaign) in the limelight with equal coverage defining himself,” she said.Keys to Conservative victory:— Get people to know Andrew Scheer as a person— Spend more time on the offensive against the Liberals than on the defensive about what the Harper Conservatives did— Focus on the message that the Liberals don’t have the interests of everyday Canadian at heart by keeping up a grassroots campaign— Avoid potential pitfalls like the social-issues debate in Quebec and Doug Ford’s record in OntarioStephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press “If you’re running for office, you should be at the doors,” he said.“It’s a job interview. If they don’t see you, if they don’t ask you the questions, if you don’t get to know them, why should they hire you?”The Brampton area is one of several zones where the Tories have firmly set their sights on victory. They aim to pick up seats as well in Atlantic Canada, the Prairies and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.Then there’s Quebec. Scheer’s lieutenant there, Alain Rayes, was tasked with improving the party’s profile, recruiting star candidates like an ex-Olympian and well-liked local politicians.“For the first time, they don’t have placeholders,” said Carl Vallee, Harper’s former spokesman who is now a partner at Hatley Strategies, a public-affairs firm based in Montreal.Advertisement In 2015, candidates groused about getting nothing from headquarters except talking points and a strict “don’t speak, even when spoken to” message. There would be no all-candidates debates, no interviews with local reporters, not even help figuring out how to order more signs.This time there’s a totally different approach, candidates report.Campaigns are receiving regular training and encouraged to return to the grassroots style of political engagement many Tories believe the party lost sight of in 2015. Now, when a candidate calls for help, the response is more likely to be: call me later and I will help you. Now, go knock on doors.Arpan Khanna, the Conservative candidate in Brampton North outside Toronto, has taken that lesson to heart. He set a goal to knock on each of his riding’s doors five times between his nomination and election day, and has hit over 100,000. As a former Conservative staffer, he’s seen both the past and present approach to campaigning.Khanna notes that in 2015, local Conservative campaigns may have knocked on three million doors total. This time, candidates hit that milestone in August.Advertisementlast_img read more

Roma coach interested in signing Balotelli

first_imgThe former Manchester City striker has hit top form for Nice this season with 21 goals.Balotelli won six trophies with Inter Milan including the Champions League before moving to Manchester City in 2010, followed by two spells at AC Milan either side of an unsuccessful stint at Liverpool.The 27-year-old left Liverpool on a free transfer in August 2016 to join Nice, who are ninth in the French league this season.Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola said on Thursday that he had spoken to Roma about signing his client.“I’ve spoken with Juventus, Roma, Napoli and Inter,” said Raiola. “Mario is ready to return, he has matured into one of the top 10 strikers in the world.“In Italy he’s number one. He’s worth 100 million euros, but he’s on a free transfer and is therefore a bargain.“I’m already negotiating with many clubs in England and in Italy. I’ve spoken with Juve, Roma, Napoli and Inter.”Roma have slipped out of the Champions League places to fifth ahead of Saturday’s game in Naples.“We need to pick up results because the more we keep going like this, the less chance we have of getting back in the Champions League places,” said Di Francesco.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Balotelli has scored 38 goals in two seasons for Nice © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEROME, Italy, Mar 2 – Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco revealed on Friday that he would be interested in signing Italian striker Mario Balotelli whose contract with French club Nice expires in June.“I’d coach him, I spoke to him two years ago about bringing him to Sassuolo, but nothing came of it. He’s a player with huge potential,” said Di Francesco ahead of Saturday’s game against Serie A leaders Napoli.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Experienced Legal Executive required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Ballybofey Solicitor’s Office is currently recruiting for a Legal Executive to join their professional and dynamic team.This is a full-time position.Experience in conveyancing and District Court debt collection required. Please apply with CV and references to emaye16@gmail.comClosing date 28th February 2019Job Vacancy: Experienced Legal Executive required was last modified: March 4th, 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:BallybofeyJob VacancyLegalLegal ExecutiveSolicitorslast_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Inter Milan keen on signing Man City and Man United stars

first_img1 Inter Milan have placed Manchester United defender Daley Blind and Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala on their summer shortlist.The Italian club are desperate to bolster their defence before the season starts and they have identified a number of targets.Inter hold a long-term interest in Zenit St Petersburg’s Ezequiel Garay, but they are also assessing other options too.And, according to Tuttosport, Blind and Mangala are two players also in Inter’s summer transfer plans.Mangala is reportedly ready to leave Manchester City this summer and he has already been in talks with AC Milan.However Manchester United are unlikely to entertain the prospect of selling Blind, with the Dutchman very much a part of Jose Mourinho’s plans. Daley Blind and Eliaquim Mangala last_img read more