Pulu banned for two weeks

first_imgPhoto: HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Referee Glen Jackson marches Augustine Pulu off late in the match in Palmerston North) It means Pulu’s Mitre 10 Cup season is over, with Counties-Manukau out of premiership semifinal contention and just one regular season match remaining against Tasman on Saturday.Pulu was red carded for a dangerous tackle on Manawatu’s Jade Te Rure in the 75th minute of last week’s match in Palmerston North, which Counties-Manukau won 29-24.He faced a hearing before New Zealand Rugby judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC on Saturday.Hampton said the tackle initially made contact with Te Rure’s chest, then rose onto the neck, making it a low end offence with a starting sanction of a two-week suspension.Hampton found that Pulu had been suspended for a similar offence in 2016, which added one week to the entry level sanction.Pulu showed remorse for his action, immediately apologised to the opposing player Te Rure and Hampton noted it was the first red card he had received, which saw the suspension reduced to two weeks.Pulu’s suspension includes all rugby and means he will miss Counties-Manukau’s match against Tasman and any matches he is scheduled to play in up to and including October 21.last_img read more

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Barça staff lowers salary and donates to employees

first_imgThe soap opera of the negotiation between the Barcelona directive and the first football team for the salary reduction in the framework of a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE) has concluded with an agreement of which the details are not known, but which closes with the players of the first one, lowering the salary by more than 70%, but very far from the board.Messi issued a statement As captain of the team defending that the club has put them under the spotlight and being very hard on the board. The captain defends that they “ALWAYS” (highlights it in capitals) have helped the club when asked.And to prove it, the Argentinean announces that the squad will a series of donations and financial resignations so that the employees of the entity’s non-sports staff affected by the ERTE do not have to avail themselves of it and they can continue to collect their full salary.It remains to be seen how this agreement is carried out in detail, but the ERTE will be presented in the next 24/48 hours.In this sense, the club was willing to act unilaterally and had issued an ultimatum the staff in the sense that as soon as they had the documentation prepared, they would present it to the Department of Treball of the Generalitat. “The club will present the ERTE, if the players have changed their minds, perfect, if not, we will also present it. It is not necessary an agreement to present an ERTE for reasons of force majeure ”, they had defended from the direction of the club.This Monday, the entity explained the agreement in this note: “The Board of Directors of FC Barcelona, ​​the members of the staff of all professional sports and most of the basketball team They have reached an agreement for the reduction of their wages during the time that the alert status is prolonged due to Covid-19.In the case of the first soccer team, the reduction will be more than 70% initially raised by the club. This additional contribution from the squad, plus the contribution that the Club will make, will guarantee 100% of the salaries of all non-sports personnel, who will undergo an ERTE this week.The club wants to thank the involvement of its professional athletes, in a situation as exceptional as that generated as a result of this health emergency. “The players, through the mouth of Messi explained in previous days that the delay of the agreement was only due to the fact that the best solutions for everyone were being sought.Now, it seems that an issue is solved, but another uncertain question opens, which is the relationship of the staff with the board.last_img read more

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Modern Health Facilities Dedicated in Todee

first_imgNyei addressing reporters at the end of the program.A Liberian construction company, Shariam Group, has dedicated over six units of modern health facilities in Todee, Lower Montserrado County. The facilities, which were dedicated by the group, is part of the Todee Health Center under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Sheik Musa A. Nyei, chief executive officer (CEO) and director of the Shariam Group, said that the facilities include a modern laundry room with modern equipment, a giant size water tower and kitchen.The cost of the construction, according to Nyei, is valued at US$50,000.He said the work was implemented by Liberian engineers, adding that the MoH in collaboration with UNICEF hired the company to construct the modern facilities.Nyei, a young Liberian engineer who is also a businessman working with a financial savings club, believes that for the country to rapidly develop, the concept of saving money must be taken into serious consideration as a recipe for national development.The officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Todee Health Center, Philip Gonpu, expressed great satisfaction with the level of work the company has done in constructing the facility.He stressed that it is important for such a project to be carried out in the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia so as to build and provide a good health delivery service for the people.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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Berbice businessman’s murder trial opens

first_imgThe trial of the accused in the murder of a Hampshire, Corentyne, East Berbice businessman who was killed during a robbery opened on Wednesday in the Berbice Assizes.Devendra Deodat, also called ‘Dave,’ 34, of Lot 72 Hampshire Squatting Area, Corentyne, was shot to his chest, chopped to his neck and hands, and had one of his fingers severed during the attack at his home. His father-in-law Rafeek Abdul, called ‘King,’ 57, of Lot 63 Williamsburg, Corentyne, was shot twice to his shoulder; and Deodat’s wife, Shaneeza, was chopped to the head during the robbery.Ramnarine Jagmohan is accused of killing the businessman on October 9, 2013.When the trial opened before Justice Brassington Reynolds in the Berbice High Court, the accused pleaded not guilty before a mixed jury.Attorney-at-law Mondel Moore is representing the State, while Attorney-at-law Chandra Sohan is representing the defendant.On Wednesday the State called two witnesses.Detective Constable Beharry Jaigopaul, who witnessed the post mortem, told the court that the cause of death was given as shock and haemorrhage due to gunshot injuries and multiple gunshot wounds.He said the Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan, handed over to him seven small metal balls which were removed from Deodat’s body.Under cross-examination by Sohan, Jaigopaul said he could not say what happened to the metal balls. He also said he was unaware whether any ballistics tests had been carried out.The accused and his younger brother, Neshan Jagmohan, were charged with the murder of Deodat. However, on June 21, 2017, Neshan Jagmohan was killed in a brawl at the New Amsterdam Prison. The trial continues on Monday.last_img read more

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Men found guilty of smuggling £512M worth cocaine into Scotland

first_imgBritain’s biggest drug bust– CANU, GPF praised by British High CommissionerThe Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Police Force have come in for much praise from the British High Commissioner to Guyana, for what they did in the successful investigation into the United Kingdom’s biggest cocaine drug bust.In a statement to the press on Monday, High Commissioner Greg Quinn said: “Her Majesty’s Government and the UK National Crime Agency are extremely grateful for the support and assistance provided by the Guyana Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Guyana Police Force during the investigation. We are also grateful to those witnesses from Guyana who were willing and able to give evidence during the trial. Our cooperation has resulted in a significant drug interdiction and the conviction of those involved in this crime. We look forward to continued cooperation in the coming months and years.”According to the Daily Record, the captain and second in command of a Turkish boat carrying a record £512 million worth cocaine have been convicted of an international drug smuggling operation.Mumin Sahin, 47, and Emin Ozmen, 50, were busted after the MV Hamal was stopped 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast in April last year.A massive 3.2 tonnes of high purity cocaine was discovered hidden in a ballast tank at the front of the ship.The pair now faces lengthy jail terms after being found guilty following a 12-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow on Monday.?They were convicted of smuggling cocaine on the MV Hamal, as well as a separate charge of being concerned in the supply of the drug.?Kayacan Dalgakirin, 54, Mustafa Guven, 48, Umit Colakel, 29, and Ibrahim Dag, 48, were cleared of the allegations after the jury returned not proven verdicts.Judge Lord Kinclaven remanded first offenders Sahin and Ozmen in custody until sentencing next month. The smuggling was said to have occurred between February and April last year.?Prosecutors stated that the boat travelled from Istanbul via Tenerife to South America then on to the North Sea.The bust happened after the MV Hamal was halted in international waters and brought back to Aberdeen Harbour. French customs had earlier tipped-off that drugs were on board.The vessel was intercepted by the Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset and Border Force officials.Colakel was third captain with Dalgakirin and Dag engineers while Guven was a seaman.A National Crime Agency officer told the trial how he and his colleagues formed a human chain to painstakingly unload 129 bales of cocaine from the tug.Alistair Gow recalled the haul being so big, it took two days to remove. This involved a specialist “deep rummage” team being deployed.?A crane was required at the quayside to then move the bales off the ship.?In an unusual move – and amid tight security – the drugs were brought to court for the jury to see. The purity of the cocaine ranged from between 58 and 74 per cent.Police drugs expert Jurgen Wahla revealed that the haul had a potential UK street value of £512 million. This would happen if the cocaine was adulterated to around 15 per cent pure and sold in one gram deals.Wahla added: “It is a massive importation – unprecedented in what I’ve seen in my years of experience.”The expert was also asked about the “recognised trade routes” of shipping cocaine from where it is grown. He told the jury: “It is now south of Venezuala and Guyana because of a lot of enforcement activity by the USA patrolling the coast: “Enforcement crackdowns – particularly in Columbia – and increased US enforcement have escalated the value of countries such as Guyana in the global drugs market.”Mustafa Guven, the father of three, gave evidence during the trial. He recalled how he ended up on the Hamal after answering a job advert he spotted at a bus stop back in Turkey.Guven had no previous experience of being employed on a boat – but said he was told during the call it was “not important”.Via an interpreter, he told the jury, “I thought it would be fantastic to work on the sea.” He said there had been an “agreement” that the voyage would last six months, but, at first, he did not know where the ship was going.Guven recalled the boat ending up in a number of locations including Greece, Tenerife and Guyana.In her closing speech, prosecutor Ashley Edwards told the jury those guilty “played a part in concealing the drugs and allowing them to be transported.”last_img read more

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Guyana’s risk profile elevated as economy sinks deeper into decline – Jagdeo

first_imgAmid concerns that Guyana is still experiencing difficulties when it comes to foreign money transactions, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that this situation could worsen as many international banks would not want to do business with Guyana for several new reasons.While de-risking has been one of the major challenges, Jagdeo said that Guyana’s financial risk profile would be further elevated because of two recent occurrences locally. One has to do with the United States Government in its drug report for 2018 now identifying Government corruption as a primary source of money laundering and two, the borrowing policy of the new Administration.“That was not there in 2017. They inserted the word Government corruption. Before that it was drug trafficking and money laundering. That pushed up our risk profile in the international banking environment and, therefore, if it was bad, it gets worse,” Jagdeo said, referring to the US report.The Opposition Leader continued, “Countries look at sustainable management from an economic perspective, both at a micro level and in the banking institutions at the macro level. Because if you have macro problems, it could lead to balance of payment difficulties, exchange rates moving that will put their money and correspondent banking relationship at a risk.”The former President wasted no chance to criticise the Government, therefore, for its plans to borrow US$900 million from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Jagdeo said based on the admission of the Finance Minister Winston Jordan that US$100 million has been borrowed to date since the coalition took office, when that amount is added to the US$900 million, it adds up to US$1 billion and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) borrowing of US$150 million totals US$1.15 billion.“Those three elements alone will be more than the entire stock of external outstanding debt of Guyana in 2015 when we left office. So they would have in three to four short years borrowed as much as we left the 23 years in office,” Jagdeo asserted.But Jordan has claimed that between 1964 and 1992, the People’s National Congress (PNC) Government borrowed less than the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).Jordan said that approximately US$2 billion was borrowed in the 28 years under the PNC, while in the 23 years of PPP/C rule, US$2.6 billion was borrowed. But in fact-checking this information, Jagdeo, a trained economist, said if the PNC left US$2 billion and added US$2.6 billion of PPP/C borrowing that would be US$4.6 billion, but in reality it was US$1.1 billion.He said, “What it meant is in spite of the fact that we borrowed $2.6 billion, we paid off US$3.5 billion in debt in our period…I am putting this simply because, of course, some of this is interest and principal payments so it’s a bit more complex than. But I’m just aggregating numbers so you can have a clear picture.”De-riskingResponding to comments made about the de-risking situation faced by Guyana and other countries in the Region, Jagdeo noted that large institutions have been giving up correspondent relationships with many banks in small countries, out of fear that they may be sanctioned or they may have to face this penalty.He explained that in some instances, the rewards were not great enough and Guyana has been actively fighting this at the regional level. He explained the main reason for doing this is because this policy could take the country back into the ‘financial stone age’ and create more issues for locals.The Opposition Leader explained that financial intermediation and a healthy financial system were critical to the well-being of any economy. But given Minister Jordan’s recent statements, he feels that the Minister and by extension, the Government does not see de-risking as a priority. “So, Jordan is not so concerned and deeply involved,” Jagdeo said in response to Jordan’s limited knowledge about which of the local banks were being affected by the correspondent banks in the Region and further afield.He argued, “The Minister should know this. First of all, he doesn’t know what’s going on with our banks and then the only impact that he could recognise is because he had to put through for himself and it cost him plenty. Rather than being concerned that this could affect every citizen of this country.”Jordan said Guyana has requested the assistance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fight de-risking, consistent with the Financial Stability Board’s four-point plan.The Finance Minister said that this plan includes a further examination of the issue, clarification of regulatory expectations, capacity-building jurisdictions where respondent banks are affected, and the strengthening of tools for correspondent banks to perform due diligence checks.He said that implementing this plan would require cooperation with both international banks and regulators.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA APPOINT FORMER KILCAR STAR BARRY DOHERTY AS SENIOR MANAGER

first_imgBarry Doherty has been appointed the new Na Rossa Senior team manger.Barry Doherty was ratified as the new senior team manager for the 2016 season with his backroom team to be confirmed. A team meeting will take place this Saturday 5th December at 8pm in Halla Naomh Bhride for all members of the senior squad. The clubs committee would like to thank Barry and wish him all the best for the new season.Also congratulations to Damien Devenney as he was confirmed as the new Sean MacCumhaills senior team manager last weekend. Good luck Damien.Well done to Arianna Bonner, Nicola McDyre & Ellie Macdonald as they were awarded with senior team medals as part of the Naomh Conaill ladies team in the Glenties clubs recent dinner dance.The committee members would like to wish Jamie McCahill a speedy recovery after he suffered a sickening accident recently in London.The club would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family of Cornelius Duffy who sadly passed away last weekend.Training for the under 6/8’s will take place this Friday night in the hall starting at 7.30 and will finish at 8.30.The club lotto draw took place last Monday night in the hall. The numbers drawn were 3,9,20 & 28. The jackpot of €9000 survives for another week. Two lucky dip winners receive €50 May Boyle, Dooey and John Boyle Dooey.November’s club 50 draw also took place on the night. Well done to Donal Trimble €300, Donal Brennan €100 and Aidan Bonner €50.County convention delegates note that this years meeting will take place in the Mount Errigal on Sunday 13th December. GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA APPOINT FORMER KILCAR STAR BARRY DOHERTY AS SENIOR MANAGER was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

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A TALE OF TWO WEATHERS – FROM FLOODS TO SUNSHINE

first_imgPic by Patrick McGinley for donegaldaily.comTHEY often say you can have four seasons in one day in Donegal.And on Friday we certainly got extremes.Top is a picture from Patrick McGinley showing the floods in Glencar, Letterkenny, around 6pm. Below is a picture from John Carr in Ballyare four hours later.A TALE OF TWO WEATHERS – FROM FLOODS TO SUNSHINE was last modified: July 26th, 2013 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:A TALE OF TWO WEATHERS – FROM FLOODS TO SUNSHINElast_img read more

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Madagascar set for another AFCON milestone against Congo

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019DR CongoMadagascartop Madagascar defeated Nigeria 2-0 in their last group game.AFCON 2019Madagascar vs DR CongoAlexandria Stadium, Alexandria Sunday, 07-07-2019 @7pmAFCON debutants Madagascar will lock horns with DR Congo in the African Cup of Nations round of 16 contest in Alexandria, Egypt on Sunday evening.The tournament newcomers made it to the knockout phase in dramatic fashion as they finished top of group B in their first ever appearance at the competition.They beat three time winners Nigeria 2-0 in their previous game as they registered another success at the continental showpiece.Their opponents, DR Congo are ahead by 59 places in the FIFA rankings but only scraped through Group A in third place, courtesy of a 4-0 victory over Zimbabwe.The Leopards are making their 18th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations and are 1968 and 1974 winners.Madagascar could become the first team to go unbeaten in their first four AFCON games since Libya in thr 1982 edition.The two time winners have won four of their past 10 games at the competition (D2 L4), after winning two of the previous 22 ( D11 L9).This is the fifth meeting between the two sides, DR. Congo have won three of the last four games and the Barea have only registered one win. They last faced off in June, 2016 with Congo winning 6-1.Nicolas Dupuis’ side will look up to Charles Andrimahitsinoro who has been involved in three of Madagascar’s five goals ( 2 goals and 1 assist). Experienced winger Lalaina Nomenjanahary is also expected to cause problems to the Congolese defence in wide areas.Florent Ibenge will rely on Marcel Tisserand, Jonathan Bolinga and Cedric Bakambu for inspiration.The other game on Sunday-Algeria vs GuineaSaturday’s results-Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon-Egypt 0-1 South AfricaComments last_img read more

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World Press Freedom Day 2015 seminar – Let journalism thrive!

first_imgPress statement30 April 2015The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, will be hosting a seminar on Tuesday, 5 May 2015, in Johannesburg, in celebration of the ideals of World Press Freedom Day.Guided by the United Nations international theme for 2015, the seminar will be themed “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality and Media Safety in the Digital Age”. It will bring together government departments and entities, media practitioners and students, academia and civil society organisations to commemorate the day, with a focus on the “State of Media Freedom in South Africa”.Given the importance of World Press Freedom Day to underpinning the fundamental human right to freedom of expression, the MDDA invites all South Africans to remember this Day on 3 May. Proclaimed in December 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, the Day is marked internationally as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to the many courageous journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.Established by an Act of Parliament in 2002, the MDDA gives meaning and effect to the principles of press freedom through its commitment to a free and diverse media, with access to all. The MDDA promotes such development in the South African media throughout the country, by building an environment where a diverse, vibrant and creative media flourishes and reflects the needs of all South Africans. Specific objectives of the MDDA Act include encouraging ownership and control of and access to media by historically disadvantaged communities, as well as by the historically diminished indigenous language and cultural groups. In addition, the MDDA seeks to raise public awareness with regard to media development and diversity and encourages research regarding these crucial issues.The Seminar will be held on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, ground floor, 1 Richmond Forum, Cedar Street, Richmond, Johannesburg, and runs from 09h00 to 16h00.The seminar programme is available on the MDDA website.Further information can be obtained from Ms Khanyisa Mahlawule, MDDA, on khanyisa@mdda.org.za or 011 643 1100.Issued by:MDDA: 011 643 1100MDDA Communicationslast_img read more

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