first_imgPhoto: PHOTOSPORT New Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock. Whitelock is the All Blacks’ most capped lock with 84 appearances since his debut against Ireland in 2010.The 28-year-old dual-world-cup winner has established himself as one of New Zealand’s premier locks alongside Chiefs big man Brodie Retallick in the black jersey.Whitelock said staying in New Zealand was an easy decision.”When I considered whether my immediate playing future was here in New Zealand and Christchurch, I didn’t need to look far for the answer.”My wife Hannah and I have recently welcomed a new addition to our family, I am still genuinely excited to be playing rugby for these teams, and I feel like there is still plenty more to achieve,” Whitelock said.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said keeping Whitelock was a big boost to the All Blacks frame.”On behalf of New Zealand Rugby, as well as all New Zealand rugby fans, I want to congratulate Sam and his wife Hannah on his decision.He’s a world-class lock and together with Brodie Retallick forms one of the best international locking partnerships in world rugby at present,” Hansen said.”Sam is also great contributor to our environment: he thinks a lot about the game, is a flexible thinker, leads very well within the group and has become a very, very important component in the All Blacks. Once again, it’s great to have another one of our key men re-sign with New Zealand Rugby”.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing an incident on December 1, 2018, involving the head teacher (ag) of No 5 Primary School, Gangadai Sebarat-Isaacs and a Grade 11 student of Number 8 Secondary School, the Education Ministry met with the male student and his mother during which the student proffered a different version of what transpired between himself and the head teacher.Head teacher Gangadai Sebarat-IsaacsAs such, he submitted a written report giving his version of what took place on the day of the incident. However, in the presence of his mother, he was placed on a school bond by the Schools’ Welfare Department and more so, he is required to attend counselling sessions every Wednesday for the next four months.In a missive, the Education Ministry stated that it will continue to monitor the child and the situation even as the matter continues to engage the attention of the Police.“The Ministry of Education is not in a position to comment further on this matter since this incident is now engaging the attention of the Police and the court,” the release added.It was reported that the teacher had to seek medical attention after she was attacked and beaten by the student. Sebarat-Isaacs was on her way home when the incident occurred. The teenager reportedly bumped into her son and then pushed her to the ground. He then bent over and kissed her on her lips.“He go to do it again and I spit. I don’t know if the spit catch him but with that, he start cuffing me. He cuff me on my face… right now my whole face hurting, my head hurting, my teeth hurting, my skin what he cuff and so hurting…”, the teacher recalled.The matter was first called at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court but the teenager was not present in court to answer the charge. As such, a court summons was served for him to appear in court on December 12, 2018, when the case was be called for the second time.On December 12, the matter was called for the second time and the young man was ordered to return to court on January 9.last_img read more

first_imgThirty-five-year-old Vishnu Persaud last week exited the courtroom of Justice Brassington Reynolds a free man after a 12-member High Court jury unanimously found him not guilty of a rape that was committed in 2017.The man faced the indictment which detailed that on September 21, 2017, he was involved in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.Persaud’s trial had commenced before Justice Reynolds at the High Court earlier this month.Reports indicate that the former accused entered the home of the victim unknowingly and committed the act while the child’s parents were not at home. He reportedly threatened to kill the child if she tried to raise an alarm.He was apprehended a few days later and was positively identified by the victim. He was, nevertheless, released on bail.Persaud, who is a minibus driver, was advised by Justice Reynolds to make good use of his life since he was given a second chance at it.The former accused was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva while the State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Seeta Bishundial.last_img read more

first_imgAs followers of the Islamic faith in Guyana and globally observe Eid-ul-Adha, the Ethnic Relations Commissions (ERC) in accordance with its mandate to respect the country’s religious diversity, has also joined in celebrating the holiday’s significance.Commissioner, Roshan Khan during his presentationDuring the agency’s annual Eid-ul-Adha celebrations on Friday, non-Muslims present were given an insight into the background story, as to why this holiday holds much significance. This informative piece was shared by the ERC’s Commissioner, Roshan Khan, who firmly asserted that the Islamic faith is one without discrimination.“There is about three million or four million people Makkah all to observe the period of the Hajj, which is basically three days. A place called Meena, which is desert lands where Prophet Abraham and his firstborn, according to the religion of Islam and according to us who follow the religion on Abraham, it was Ishmail, his firstborn was to have been sacrificed.“All that’s taking place right now technically is honouring an African woman while you’re worshipping God, by the English name Hagar but her real African Egyptian name is Hajjar and that’s where the word Hajj comes from. That’s why in the religion of Islam we are not allowed to have any form into discrimination or racism” the Commissioner communicated.Traditional Quesadas (or Islamic songs) performed by Nawaz Khan and Imran Ali, complimented the backstory of the memorable holiday, whose celebrations commenced on Saturday and will conclude today.The religious holiday, Eid-ul-Adha, is also called the “festival of the sacrifice”, and is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year. It is considered the holier of the two.This holiday honours the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command.last_img read more

first_imgFriday 1st AprilKelly’s Furniture FalcarraghMinor League Division OneCloughaneely              3.15     0.03     Ghaoth DobhairConvoy                       1.10     2.06     St Eunans Kelly’s Furniture FalcarraghMinor League Division Two Section OneCarndonagh                4.10     2.13     Naomh ColmcilleBuncrana                     3.11     4.11     Red HughsKelly’s Furniture FalcarraghMinor League Division Two Section TwoGlenswilly                   2.08     3.01     Downings  Sunday 3rd AprilDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneLetterkenny Gaels       2.10     1.06     St Eunans BDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1  P          W        L         D         PtsBuncrana                     4          4          0          0          8St Eunans A                4          4          0          0          8 Termon                        3          2          1          0          4Cloughaneely              3          1          2          0          2Urris                            2          0          2          0          0Burt                             3          0          3          0          0 Sean McCumhaills      3          0          3          0          0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1 P          W        L         D         PtsL/Kenny Gaels            5          5          0          0          10Downings                    3          3          0          0          6Fanad Gaels                2          1          0          1          3Gaoth Dobhair                        3          1          1          1          3Milford                        3          1          2          0          2St Eunans B                4          1          3          0          2Glenswilly                   2          0          2          0          0St Michaels                 4          0          4          0          0 Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2  P          W        L         D         PtsNaomh Colmcille        4          4          0          0          8Carndonagh                4          3          1          0          6Malin                           4          3          1          0          6Red Hughs                  4          2          2          0          4Convoy                       3          1          2          0          2N Padraig Lifford       3          1          2          0          2Robert Emmets           2          0          2          0          0Glenfin                        4          0          4          0          0FixturesFriday 8th April 6.45 pmKelly’s Furniture FalcarraghMinor League Division OneMilford                        v          Sean McCumhaills      Paul McGovernGaoth Dobhair                        v          St Marys Convoy        Hughie McGarveySt Eunans                    v          Cloughaneely              Seamus BradleyFree MalinKelly’s Furniture FalcarraghMinor League Division Two Section OneRed Hughs                  v          Robert Emmets           Kieran McSheaN Colmcille                 v          N Padraig Lifford       Paul CrampsieGlenfin                        v          Carndonagh                Tony GallagherFree BuncranaKelly’s Furniture FalcarraghMinor League Division Two Section TwoTermon                        v          GlenswillyFanad Gaels                v          Letterkenny GaelsDownings                    v          St MichaelsMonday 11th April 6.45 pmDownings Bay HotelU16 League Div 1Burt                             v          Cloughaneely              Paul CliffordSean McCumhaills      v          Urris                            PJ ScanlonTermon                        v          Buncrana                     Michael MulhernFree St EunansDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneSt EunansB                 v          Downings                    Seamus BradleyGaoth Dobhair                        v          Milford                        Don LanganFanad Gaels                v          Letterkenny Gaels       James McGinleyGlenswilly                   v          St Michaels                 Kevin DohertyDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoRed Hughs                  v          Carndonagh                Kieran McSheaRobert Emmets           v          Malin                           Joe O DonnellConvoy                       v          N Padraig Lifford       Rory McGonagleGlenfin                        v          N Colmcille                 Gareth DevenneyPROClubs are encouraged to text results and email match reports to Northern Board PRO Gerard Callaghan as soon as possible after games, as not all results are received from referees.  Please text to 086 0564878 or email are also asked to email any team photos, which may be available since the season started.MinorsDonegal minor footballers picked up their first point in Section B of the Ulster Minor League when they played out an entertaining draw on a score line of 1.11 to 1.11 with Tyrone in Healy Park Omagh on Saturday.  Their next game is against Derry on Wednesday night in Celtic Park, throw in time 7.30 pm and they finish their group with a game against Antrim in Letterkenny on Saturday at 12.00 Noon.The minor hurlers completed their programme and picked up their first points in Division Two of the Ulster Minor hurling league when they defeated Fermanagh in Enniskillen on Saturday on a score of 3.16 to 0.04. However Donegal failed to make the play off stages of the competition.Club Officer Training Programme 2011Ulster GAA has run its Club Officer Training Programme 2011 out across Ulster.  This has been a hugely successful and popular training course with a very high feedback rating from participants.  In addition to this some clubs have requested training for their NEW club officers and for those who did not attend last year’s role specific training.  Ulster GAA will therefore host a Provincial Training Session for all NEW Club Officers on Saturday 9th April in the Loretto Convent Omagh from 10am to 1pm. This course is FREE and a complimentary lunch will be provided by Ulster GAA.  Club Officers in NEW ROLES in 2011 are invited to attend or anyone who didn’t attend last year’s training.  Registration is essential for this event – to register email Sharon Haughey for a registration form and return by Wednesday 6th April 2011. Win a Live to Play JerseyUlster GAA is giving away FIVE Live to Play jerseys!   Many GAA members will recognise the Live to Play ‘seat-belt’ Ulster jersey that is worn by all the players involved in this campaign. The jersey design strongly reinforces a Road Safety message through the design of the Black and Amber of the Province.  For your chance to win this unique jersey, just follow the link below and submit your details.  Closing date for entry is Saturday 30th April.  If you aren’t one of the lucky one, the jersey can be bought at with all profits on sales being returned to the programme to enable the good work to be continued!The Irish News Club and Volunteer Awards. Now in its ninth year, the highly popular scheme aims to recognise the hard work and commitment given by volunteers in GAA clubs while also rewarding the clubs and schools who strive to meet the needs and demands of their communities. For the second year running, there will be a special category for urban clubs as it’s in line with the GAA’s plans for Urban Development- a policy also adopted by the Ulster Council.  The awards are backed by the GAA’s Ulster Council, in conjunction with O’Neills Sportswear, the Wellington Park Hotel and Cardiac Risk in the Young.What your club can win: The winner in each category will be awarded a £1,000 cheque, £1,000 O’Neill’s Sportswear vouchers and a full page Club Profile in the sports section of The Irish News.  There will also be a highly commended winner in each category who will be awarded a £500 cheque.What your Volunteer can win:The winning volunteer in each category will win a £100 Irish News Reader Holiday voucher plus £100 O’Neills Sportswear vouchers.What your School can win:The winning Primary and Second Level school will each receive a £1,000 cheque and £500 O’Neills Sportswear vouchers plus a full page School Profile in the sports section of the Irish News.Application forms can be downloaded and the closing date is 12 pm on Friday, April 15. For further information, email or write to: The Irish News Marketing Department 113-117 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GE.EndsDONEGAL NORHERN BOARD GAA NOTES was last modified: April 4th, 2011 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)last_img read more

first_img Tags: europa leagueman UnitedPartizan Belgrad Man United won the first leg 1-0 a fortnight ago. (PHOTO/File)Man United vs Partizan BelgradOld Trafford, Manchester Thursday, 07-11-2019 @11pmReferee: Mattias Gestranius (Fin)Man United will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on Partizan Belgrad on Thursday night in the Europa League.The Red Devils won the reverse fixture 1-0 after Anthony Martial converted a first-half penalty, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for a more convincing win at Old Trafford to appease the fans.Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has been ruled out of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Partizan Belgrade after missing training this week.  The defender had been a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth but played the full 90 minutes of the 1-0 defeat. There was no sign of him at a soggy Carrington, though, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he will miss the clash. Paul Pogba, Axel Tuanzebe and Nemanja Matic were all absent as expected.Left-back Luke Shaw, who has been sidelined since August with a hamstring injury, was out on the grass but working away from the rest of the squad.For Partizan, former Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is the only significant absenteeMan Utd’s only previous home game against FK Partizan was a 1-0 win in the 1965-66 European Cup semi-final thanks to a Nobby Stiles goal. However, it wasn’t enough to reach the final as Partizan won 2-1 on aggregate. Partizan have won just one of their nine away games against English sides in all competitions (D1 L7), beating Newcastle 1-0 in a Champions League qualifier in 2003. Manchester United are one of just two sides yet to concede in the Europa League this season (along with Sevilla). However, only four sides have scored fewer goals so far than United (2). FK Partizan are looking to win consecutive away games in major European competition for the very first time (excluding qualifiers), with this being their 82nd match on the road. Manchester United have managed just one shot on target in their last two Europa League games, with that effort being Anthony Martial’s penalty against FK Partizan in the reverse fixture.The other games on ThursdayThursday, 07-11-2019 @6:50pm-Astana vs AZ AlkmaarThursday, 07-11-2019 @8:55pm-Lazio vs Celtic-CFR Cluj vs Rennes-Standard Liege vs Frankfurt-APOEL vs Qarabag-Dudelange vs Sevilla-Copenhagen vs Dynamo Kiev-Lugano vs Malmo-Basel vs Getafe-Krasnodar vs Trabzonspor-Rosenborg vs Sporting Lisbon-LASK vs PSVThursday, 07-11-2019 @11pm-Feyenoord vs Young Boys-Rangers vs Porto-Wolfsberg vs Gent-Oleksandria vs Saint Etienne-Espanyol vs Ludogorates-Ferencvaros vs CSKA Moscow-Gladbach vs Rome-Wolfsburger vs Istanbul BB-Braga vs Besiktas-Wolves vs Slovan BratislavaComments last_img read more

first_imgChelsea select the same side that started the FA Cup rout of Manchester City for the trip to Southampton.With John Terry still absent, Branislav Ivanovic takes the captain’s armband and his place in central defence.John Obi Mikel retains his spot in the only change from the Blues’ last Premier League game, against Newcastle two weeks ago.Oscar is on an very attack-minded substitutes bench, which does not feature any defenders.Southampton make two changes from the side which won at Swansea, but keep the 3-5-2 formation as they chase a club record for consecutive clean sheets.Cedric Soares returns at right wing-back, with Steven Davis switching inside to central midfield and James Ward-Prowse dropping to the bench.Former QPR striker Charlie Austin also starts at the expense of Graziano Pelle.Southampton: Forster; Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Cedric, Clasie, Romeu, Davis, Targett; Long, Austin.Subs: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Tadic, Pelle.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers heading to grocery stores this Thanksgiving will find many reasons to give thanks. Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and department head of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, said estimated turkey prices will ring in at a 10-year low around $1.45 per pound. The price of Thanksgiving staples will be on par with, if not lower than, the past several years.“Agricultural commodity prices, like for corn and soybeans, have been low for some time and have remained low,” Lusk said. “These are the ingredients for a lot of food and are also used to make feed for animals, so that’s one of the drivers.”Low energy costs over the past few years also add to the affordability of food. Good news for the consumer, however, spells bad news for many farmers. Lusk describes the national agricultural economy as fairly depressed, especially compared with five years ago. Certain sectors, like pork, beef and poultry, benefit from low feed prices and continue to prosper whereas other industries, like dairy, are feeling the strain of an oversaturated market and low prices. Lusk doesn’t see this trend reversing anytime soon.“Overall, if you look at total revenues in the farm sector, they are expected to decline,” he said.Food inflation remains low, Lusk continued, so consumers will discover savings on many Thanksgiving favorites:• Cranberries are 30% cheaper than five years ago at about 50 cents a pound.• The price of sugar is comparable to last year at 63 cents per pound.• Potatoes are about 60 cents per pound.• While flour is comparable to last year at about 50 cents per pound.Low food prices can have a ripple effect on other areas of the economy, especially around the holidays when consumer spending spikes. Lusk said it is likely savings accrued during Thanksgiving will be used to supplement holiday or Black Friday shopping.Alternatively, many people might choose to upgrade their Thanksgiving spread, switching to organic meats and vegetables, more niche food or higher-quality ingredients. Additionally, low food prices around Thanksgiving translate into affordable food near Christmas and other winter holidays. So, whether consumers are eyeing a juicy roast for their Christmas meal or a giant tofu turkey, they can expect to continue saving.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would hear a petition by a Gujarat Congress leader challenging the decision of the Election Commission to hold separate by-polls for two Rajya Sabha seats which fell vacant on Wednesday.The two seats fell vacant following the election of BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha.Pareshbhai Dhanani, Opposition leader in the Gujarat Assembly, in his plea contended that the conduct of election for each vacancy separately would only lead to one result — the victory of the party which commands simple majority in the State legislature.“This would turn the very objective of proportional representation i.e. to give each minority group an effective share as per its strength on its head,” he said.The BJP has 100 seats and the Congress 71 in the Assembly.The petition filed through advocate Varun K Chopra submitted that though the Congress party was in the minority, they had the requisite number to proportionately elect a member to the Rajya Sabha.“The BJP which is running the government at the Centre, in order to somehow have its party rule the Rajya Sabha despite not having complete proportion to elect both seats to Council of States, is trying to use the Respondent’s (ECI) Office to somehow impede the mandate under RP (Representation of People) Act,” the petition stated.Mr. Dhanani’s petition sought direction to the poll panel to hold simultaneous by-elections in all States.last_img read more

first_imgWhenever DMK MP Kanimozhi comes out of Tihar Prisons, the literature loving leader will have acquired one more skill – candle making.During her past over one month stay in the women’s cell at the high security jail, Kanimozhi has, in her spare time, taken interest in the candle making unit and learnt how to make candles from her co-inmates, sources at Tihar Prisons said.Candle making is one of the vocational courses introduced by Tihar authorities to keep inmates connected to the outside world through competition and skill enhancement.A candle making unit exists in Jail number six which houses women inmates. Made by the women prisoners, scented candles are used inside the jail and also sold as jail factory products.Kanimozhi, along with Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, was sent to Tihar jail on May 20 after a special CBI court rejected her bail plea and ordered her “forthwith” arrest in in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.Prison sources said the DMK Rajya Sabha member also spends her leisure reading books.Women are housed in Tihar’s Jail no.6, which also has a creche for 40 children under the age of six.Concerned over her security, authorities have converted an office room inside the women’s prison into a cell and kept her there away from other prisoners.Even after her bail plea was rejected twice by the courts, Kanimozhi was never found to be upset and behaved well with all the people she came across inside the jail, the sources said.advertisementHer father DMK chief M Karunanidhi her mother, Rajathi Ammal, along with others visited her on Tuesday.They had brought many packets of Murukku, a popular snack for her. Unlike her high profile neighbours, Kanimozhi has a slew of people coming to meet her everyday. DMK leaders are lined up in front of Gate No 3 on Jail Road to visit her.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more