McMahon signs with Sunwolves, World Cup hopes fade

first_imgThe 24-year-old has not played for the Wallabies since their heavy loss at the hands of Scotland on last year’s Spring Tour, after which he joined Suntory in the Top League.With Japan hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, however, the surrounding Top League seasons were drastically shortened – leaving a window for Australian players to return home for a Super Rugby season and a potential World Cup tilt.The Reds, Rebels and even the Force approached McMahon but can reveal he turned his back on all offers to sign for the Sunwolves for the 2019 Super Rugby season.A Sunwolves official confirmed McMahon had signed a one-season contract.It’s understood the deal was done in July.The Sunwolves play in the Australian conference but they are still regarded as a foreign side and Aussie players at the club are therefore not eligible for the Wallabies.While the Sunwolves deal doesn’t entirely kill off the chances of McMahon playing at the World Cup – he could still sign for an Australian Super Rugby club in 2020-21 and therefore be eligible for selection – it is understood the flanker intends to stay in Japan and extend with Suntory.He is understood to be earning around $800,000 per year in the Top League, well over his earning capacity in Australia given the hefty salaries of fellow star flankers David Pocock and Michael Hooper.McMahon has been sorely missed by the Wallabies in a disappointing 2018 campaign, and will be a huge loss for the Wallabies’ World Cup campaign if he does not figure.McMahon’s destructive, tireless carries were a significant cog in the attacking machine which kept the Wallabies ticking in 2017 and they have lacked a line bending backrower since his departure.Asked earlier this month about bringing the star flanker home, Cheika said he’d been “very clear” in putting an offer on the table.”We’ve been really clear with Sean about what we’d like,” Cheika said.”The ball is in his court.”The Sunwolves announced their initial squad on Tuesday.Star Kiwi winger Rene Ranger headlined a list of new recruits, the signing of McMahon expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Kroos is the talisman of Madrid

first_img12/9/17Real Madrid – Seville5-0 08/20/17Deportivo – Real Madrid 0-3 11/07/18Viktoria Plzen – Real Madrid0-5 FAYEZ NURELDINE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Kroos and Varane celebrate the first goal against Valencia.FAYEZ NURELDINE (AFP) 05/14/17Real Madrid – Seville4-1 02/10/18Real Madrid – Real Sociedad5-2 2/13/16Real Madrid – Athletic4-2 04/26/15Celtic – Real Madrid2-4 Toni Kroos is a footballer from before. Axis of the center of the field of Real Madrid, works without making too much noise, always complies and just makes mistakes. Unfortunately for Zinedine Zidane, the German midfielder does not usually take out his brilliant punch, but when he does it is a guarantee. Since it arrived in summer 2014, the ‘8’ has scored in 17 official matches and everyone has something in common: when the team celebrates a target of theirs, they end up winning the duel. It is the talisman of this Madrid. All Kroos goals in Real MadridIn his first white season, Kroos signed a poor baggage of two goals, but also 14 assists. His first goal as a Real Madrid player arrived at Santiago Bernabéu, before the Vallecano Ray. His Madrid dominated with an iron fist and took the three points by scoring (5-1). The second was late. It was before him Celtic, on day 33 of the national league championship. He put the 1-1 in an even match that ended with a triumph of those of Ancelotti (at that time coach) by two goals to four. At that time, they completed the scorer chapter James (in his first stage) and Chicharito with a double.The 2015-16 was not the best for Kroos in scoring terms. He closed his campaign again with a brilliant number of goal passes (13), but only celebrated one target in the victory against the Athletic in the Bernabéu (4-2). He took that weight off on 16-17, with 16 assists, but four goals. These were accompanied with triumph before the Naples in the first round of Champions, victory against Celtic (2-1 and decisive goal in 81 ‘), three points against the Seville and three others, again, against the Vigo team, one of their favorite rivals.Kroos goals at Real Madrid 2/15/17Real Madrid – Naples3-1 08/27/16Real Madrid – Celtic2-1 05/17/17Celtic – Real Madrid 1-4center_img Of course, their statistics have turned into victory: against Celta, Galatasaray, Leganés and the Super Cup duel against Valencia, Real Madrid heard the final whistle ahead on the scoreboard. In addition, the trump rule is also met in four of the matches he has attended. In all, except the Bernabéu against Bruges, with the team of Zidane passing one of the worst potholes of the season. The ‘8’ has gone from being questioned, to renew until 2023 and give its best white level. Zidane, Valverde, team ambition … Many factors before a reality: Kroos is baton and talisman.Only Piqué and Banega beat himIt was previously exposed and is evidence, Kroos shines on the pass and contributes momentarily in the definition. But its endorsement is the creation and the numbers are on its side. Pique is, so far, the player with the most correct passes has given in LaLiga Santander (1,165) and Banega follows him with (1,090). In the third podium drawer the center of Real Madrid appears, with a total of 1,070 correct deliveries. In addition, most of them are done in a rival field and with a fabulous success rate (more than 90% of success). The league championship statistics get used to seeing him at the top. The German machinery does not fail and shows that the doubters were wrong. Similarly, AS conducted a survey and 64% of Internet users did not celebrate its continuity. He has spoken in the field and now all Madrid support him blindly. DateMatchOutcome 1/8/20Valencia – Real Madrid1-3 Before Valencia it was not going to be otherwise. Kroos scored the first goal of the match and it was, again, of great beauty. The German saw Jaume Domenech out of position and connected a right from the direct corner to the goal. An Olympic goal in one of the great events so far this season. He barely showed effusivity in the celebration, in line with what he used to do. Performance, consistency, efficiency and noise to the other side. With just 30 years old, live his best moment in a Madrid that knows that so much of Toni is synonymous with success.His goal, in addition, definitely silences the doubts that were around his figure. Actually, since the new Zinedine Zidane project started, Kroos has demonstrated to the coach that he is not mistaken by turning his trust in him. In fact, the presence of Fede Valverde, a lung in the spinal cord, and the good moment of Casemiro They have helped the German to enjoy more freedom in the midfield and to be able to impose his football. The statistics speak for themselves: adds more than 90% of percentage in the pass in League and already accumulates four goals and five assists since the king’s sport was restarted last August. 05/12/18Real Madrid – Celtic6-0 08/17/19Celtic – Real Madrid 1-3 01/27/18Valencia – Real Madrid1-4 11/8/14Real Madrid – Lightning5-1 10/30/18Real Madrid – Leganés5-0 10/22/18Galatasaray – Real Madrid0-1 Already in the summer of 2017, Kroos would premiere LaLiga with a goal against Deportivo de la Coruña (0-3). In that campaign he would sign numbers that any striker would accept: five goals and seven assists in the league championship. Madrid would also win Seville, Valencia, Real Society Y Celtic (again) thanks to the German scorer’s participation. But in 2018-19, the season in which he was questioned and did not enjoy enough confidence on the grass because of the bad moment of the team, he did not continue his good goalscorer dynamics. Just scored against the Viktoria Plzen, in one more win in the group stage of Champions (0-5).last_img read more

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Flo-Jo impact lives on – Records lessen respect for female sprinters – Thompson

first_img NO LOOKING BACK New sprint superstar Elaine Thompson, who copped the sprint double in her first Olympics, is happy making her mark on the global stage with her own fast times and competing with her unique style but admits that she’s not paying too much attention to the women’s 100m world record at this time. Thompson, who has personal bests of 10.70, which is also a Jamaican national record, and 21.66 over 200 metres, swept the 100m gold from training partner and former champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, while outclassing Dutch athlete Dafne Schippers for the 200m gold in Rio. Thompson believes the women’s world record of 10.49 seconds, set by American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988, remains unattainable and has influenced how people view female athletes. “That record is really far from me right now, so I think that also contributes to the reasons why we don’t get that much respect because we don’t run a lot of world records or fast times,” Thompson told members of the media. “But I mean, 10.70 and 10.60 is also a good time for a female, but looking at 10.49, it’s unbelievable and way out of our lines, so I think the times have something to do with it as well,” she added. The 24-year-old was speaking at Tuesday night’s arrival ceremony for Olympians, coaches and the support team of her track club. It was held at the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Meanwhile, since winning her individual double gold and relay silver in Rio, Thompson has not looked back, but went on to cop a brilliant season with a 10.72-second victory in the 100m to win the Diamond Trophy at the Memorial van Damme meet in Brussels last Friday. The Stephen Francis-coached athlete raked in a whopping US$100,000 and has hit the scene as one of the top 10 moneymakers of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League. Thompson confirmed that she is her own person, who is comfortable doing things her way and doesn’t want to be compared with anyone. “Honestly, I think it’s based on our personalities because we are not the type of a Usain Bolt who goes out there and have fun before our championships,” she said. “The females just want to stay focused and be themselves, so I think that contributes to us not getting that attention. But I will just continue being myself. If I can do a little thing before running I will try, but based on the personality we have going into the race that we run, we don’t normally do that,” she continued. Meanwhile, the athlete, who hails from Banana Ground in Manchester, said it was “great to be back home” while admitting jokingly that one of her first things is to “go to KFC”.last_img read more

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Appraising Justice Minister Musa Dean’s Shitshow!

first_imgMedia reports of the arrest of Augustine Nagbe aka, General Power which surfaced late yesterday evening followed statements he had made recently threatening the formation of a Kru Defense Force to protect and defend his kinsman, President George Weah and the Kru people, created quite a buzz on the local airways yesterday with many callers expressing support for his arrest while other callers cautioned against false optimism.By the end of the day, however, Police spokesperson Moses Carter had issued a rather terse statement quoting the Justice Minister as clarifying that ‘general Power’ had not been arrested but had instead been invited to explain or clarify statements, he made recently threatening the formation of an ethnic Kru militia to protect President Weah and the Kru people.Power’s statement had been preceded by that of an individual named to serve as Deputy Minister of Defense, an ex US serviceman, otherwise known as Zoely Zoe, who also made public statements that went viral on social media, threatening to shoot and kill protesters on December 30, 2019.Nothing was heard from the Minister of Justice, neither was anything heard from him when, some time ago, other ex-rebel generals called a press conference threatening to arrest Representative Yekeh Kolubah. It is as if the Justice Minister has been absent — probably seen maybe, but definitely not heard.Suddenly he has emerged from the shadows clarifying that the notorious “general Power” had simply been called in to provide clarifications on statements he made recently threatening the formation of an armed rebel group which he knows is in flagrant violation of the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (ACPA).This newspaper reiterates its stance that the Government of Liberia, as a major trustee of the ACPA, has the obligation to bring to book this so called “general Power” for threatening to form an armed rebel ethnic militia.That the Ministry of Justice would remain silent until prodded by an avalanche of public concerns but would instead respond with a weak slap on the wrist of the self-styled general, sends a wrong signal that anyone can do the same and expect to get away with it. Impunity is indeed alive and well and thriving in Liberia.With the exception of Grand Kru representative Fonati Koffa, the deafening silence of Kru elders and opinion leaders on general Power’s threat to form a Kru Defense Force is not only notable but telling. It is as if the lessons of the past have been forgotten so quickly and conveniently.The bloody trails of mayhem, murder, looting and arson left behind by rebel forces in Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties appear lost on these opinion leaders but definitely not lost on the ordinary people who felt and bore the brunt of rebel savagery that left their communities torn apart.Their silence and failure to speak out in condemnation of Power’s divisive and inciteful rants, therefore, suggests tacit approval and agreement with the blatantly false notion that Kru people are under threat simply because the President of Liberia, an ethnic Kru, is facing a barrage of public criticism for poorly managing the nation’s affairs.Truth be told, the once great ethnic confederacies (Kru, Grebo, Gola, Kpelle, etc.) have been long since dead and those harboring dreams of a return to that once glorious past are but mere dreamers. The fact that the Kru ethnic group is one of the smallest ethnic groups in Liberia clearly means that by the strength of their numbers alone, George Weah would never have been elected President of Liberia.If ethnic Krus, for example, did not feel threatened when the nation rallied to support the Weah candidacy, printing their own t-shirts, walking miles to political rallies, why should they now feel threatened with annihilation when the people withdraw their support because they feel let down? This is the question for those who espouse the false notion that Kru people are under threat from the rest of us.This is blatantly divisive and does not augur well for sustained peace and stability in Liberia and this is why the Daily Observer has called for the criminal prosecution of the so-called general for inciting ethnic hatred and threatening to organize an ethnic armed rebel group styled the Kru Defense Force.Liberians have not forgotten the rash of splinter rebel groups that formed during the course of the country’s long running civil war and the great distress and sufferings they visited on so many people. This is why their calls for the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia have increased and are intensifying.Justice Minister Musa Dean should not lose sight of the fact that he bears a cardinal responsibility to protect the integrity of the ACPA. As chief legal advisor to the President and Dean of the Liberia National Bar, he has the responsibility to ensure scrupulous adherence to all treaties and agreements to which the Liberian government has acceded. This includes adherence to the ACPA as well.By his action or non-action, Justice Minister Musa Dean appears to be conveying a rather distinct impression that he lacks the courage to execute his duties as Justice Minister without fear or favor. Whether he can salvage anything out of this shitshow remains questionable. Perhaps he would do himself well to just throw in the towel and bow out.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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New online payment system launched

first_imgGuyanese businesses and the public at large are being introduced to a new, and what is being plugged as “a faster method of making payments during business transactions”. The online payment solution is called “WiPay”.It was launched in Trinidad and Tobago a year ago, and is now making its way to Guyana.According to Chief Executive Officer of WiPay, Aldwyn Wayne, the service is a complete payment platform which seeks to empower individuals and businesses to make and accept payments online from anyone, anywhere, and at any time using Credit Card, Bank Account and soon Cash Vouchers.Wayne says that since the launch, a number of Government agencies in Trinidad and Tobago have already begun using the service.“…We have the support from the Government, and a couple of ministries by the ending of this year would also be using the system…we are hoping to have the same support here in Guyana. I think it is the right time for us to be here,” WayneParticipants at the launch of the WiPay app being shown how it worksis quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.He added that the Caribbean states face challenges with digital payments and the lack of financial inclusion for the majority of persons; however, with WiPay, this has changed, allowing for secure, flexible and simple use.Here in Guyana, WiPay has been given the go-ahead by the Government.Andre Griffith, who represented the Public Telecommunication Ministry at the launch of WiPay on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, said the Government remains committed to innovation, and therefore appreciates anything to enhance the lives of its citizens and consumers.“In the line of legislation, Government will do its part to ensure new businesses have a clear pathway,” Griffith said.Thus far, companies such as Bill Express and Caribbean Airlines have already signed on to use the new payment system.last_img read more

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Tower owner to go on trial for drug conspiracy charge in April

first_imgOwner of the Hotel Tower and suspected drug kingpin, Shervington Lovell aka “Big Head”, who pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy to violate US maritime drug enforcement law charge, is set to go to trial on April 14, 2020, according to an order made by US District Judge Paul G. Gardephe.Shervington LovellThe last courtroom status conference for the case, in which Lovell is charged along with his co-accused David Cardona-Cardona, Argemiro Zapata-Castro and Steven Antonius, was held on August 19, 2019 before Justice Gardephe.However, it was during the conference the order was made. Lovell, along with his co-accused was ordered to submit a joint letter by September, 3, concerning the status of the discoveries issues they discussed at the previous hearing in August.Hence, Justice Gardephe, ordered the government to produce the defendant’s translations of transcripts of all the audio and video recordings the government intends to introduce at trial by February 14, 2020. Nevertheless, another conference is expected to be held on September 23, 2019.A letter by the United of States Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman dated on April 1, 2019, had indicated that the accused persons may be in plea bargaining negotiations with authorities, however Lovell was not listed as one of the persons in the negotiation.There is evidence that Omar Torres and Godofredo Leandro-Gonzalez, pleaded guilty and are set to be sentenced on December 4, 2019.Nonetheless, the status of the case of the other accused is unclear; Luis Rafael Febres Monasterio, Murvin Reigoud Maikel, Moses Roopwah, Neredio-Julian Sucre, Jean-Claude Okongo Landji, Jibril Adamu, and Youssouf Fofana.It was reported that Lovell who had been under the radar of CANU and international investigators for a lengthy period was arrested along with two others.According to reports, Lovell is allegedly conspired with others to ship more than 1300 pounds of cocaine to The Netherlands in a drug trafficking operation that involved laundered money from South Africa and other countries.US agents have said that the cocaine was found aboard a “stateless” vessel in international waters back in July. According to US agents in their indictment, the Guyanese hotel owner met with other suspected drug traffickers back in Guyana in June to plan the shipment. He also met with other drug traffickers in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he owns a house.A vessel, property of Lovell, was intercepted which is suspected to be used by the businessman to ship the illicit drugs from Jamaica to St Maarten.The hotelier has been under the radar of local Police since 2010 when he was being investigated for a series of executions. However charges were never brought against him for those allegations.last_img read more

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Revenue Agency warns of Fradulent Letter

first_imgThe Canada Revenue Agency is warning taxpayers to beware of a recent scam circulating around the country. A letter fraudulently stating it’s from the CRA claims there is insufficient information for the individual’s tax return. It also says that in order to receive any claims they will have to update their records. The letter attaches a form specifically requesting the individual’s personal information in writing including information on bank accounts and passports.- Advertisement – If you have received a letter similar to this you can visit, send an email to, or call 1-888-495-8501. Click to see the fraudulent letter.last_img

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Tech company behind Man Utd’s VAR ‘wobble’ apologises

first_imgHowever, after a lengthy delay, referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal for offside on the recommendation of the video official, located in a studio in London nearly 200 miles away.Yet the lines used to determine whether Mata had been standing in an offside position showed up on television footage as anything but straight, leading many viewers to think a decision had been using inexact information.However, Hawk-Eye — the company behind the system — insisted they had given the correct information to the VAR if not broadcaster BT Sport during a match United eventually won 2-0 thanks to Lukaku’s second goal.“A technical issue led to an incorrect graphic being provided by Hawk-Eye to BT Sport last night,” said a company statement issued Sunday.“To confirm, the VAR saw the correct image with the correct lines to make the decision. This was a case of the wrong image being provided to the broadcaster and we apologise.”United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking after Saturday’s match, said: “I think our game is so beautiful that to change we have to change for the better.“If they find a way in the VAR that the VAR is always right and always bring the truth, I’m happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Not so instant replay: Players wait for the VAR decision on Juan Mata’s ‘goal’ which was ruled out © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 17 – The company responsible for the ‘wobbly line’ that caused confusion during Manchester United’s debut using the controversial video assistant referee (VAR) system has apologised for a technical error.Juan Mata thought he had put United 2-0 up against Huddersfield Town just before half-time in their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday following Romelu Lukaku’s early opener.last_img read more

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Lambert is a not a Liverpool player and will spend the season on the bench, says Marsh

first_imgRickie Lambert is not a good fit for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side and will spend the majority of this season on the bench.That is the view of former England striker Rodney Marsh after witnessing some less than impressive performances from the £4m signing from Southampton in pre-season.“Rickie Lambert is going to spend the majority of the season on the bench,” Marsh said, speaking on The Sports Bar.“For me, he is not a Liverpool player, in the way that Brendan Rodgers wants to play.”last_img

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first_imgA little Co Donegal boy is getting ready to have a make-or-break pioneering operation to help him walk for the first time.Paul gets a good night’s sleep in America ahead of his operation.Little Paul Doherty, 5, will have surgery on Tuesday in the US to help him walk for the very first time.Paul a born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair. But his mother Ann-Marie never gave up hope of him walking one day.While the operation does not guarantee the five year old Killygordon lad will take his first steps, his mum is determined he gets a chance.In recent months Ann-Marie has undertaken to raise the €60,000 needed for the operation in America.Paul and his family arrived in St Louis, Missouri at the weekend in a snowstorm but nothing was going to stop the family from giving Paul the chance to walk. The American public have really taken to Paul and his bright red hair and now he has even asked his mum if he can have some hair gel.Anne Marie even managed to meet with another Irish family who had the same operation three weeks ago.The Doherty family have a pre-operation appointment tomorrow to see if all systems are go for the major operation.Anne Marie previously told Donegal Daily “Since Paul could talk he always told me “Mammy, I want to walk”. It broke my heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with.“Paul is a happy boy, playful and full of devilment! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk. “Then I came across an operation in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.”The people of his native Donegal really got behind Paul’s fundraising campaign and even more is needed now after the operation for an intense 2 year post operative physiotherapy program.Even singer Daniel O’Donnell interrupted his Christmas holidays to put on a special fundraising concert after hearing of Paul’s plight.Anne-Marie said she is really nervous for her son but knows that he’s a battler. “He has been through a lot in his young life but he always has a smile on his face. We are due a pre-appointment with the hospital and we are just praying the everything goes okay.“We’ve come a long way and we couldn’t have got here without the help and support of the people of Donegal and across Ireland,” said Anne Marie.BRAVE PAUL GETS READY FOR THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE AS OPERATION DRAWS CLOSER was last modified: March 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaloperationpaul dohertyUSWALKlast_img read more


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