The iconic trio of Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have all retired from representative rugby, while Michael Morgan has suffered a season-ending pectoral tear.As such, Meninga is keeping a close eye on the Origin series, which New South Wales Blues lead 1-0 after game one.”A lot of weight will be placed on the Origin series this year and who wins it,” Meninga said.”Particularly around the spine, your nine, seven, six and one. Some of our greatest ever players have retired so our spots are wide open.”The return of Greg Inglis following a long-term knee injury is a boost to Meninga and the Kangaroos, particularly with a new captain needed following Smith’s retirement.”[Inglis] was excellent [in game one] and that’s what you expect from him, to lead from the front,” Meninga added. “Behind the scenes, he’s very intelligent and can send a message out to his troops.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Mal Meninga
MIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s produced a weak batting performance to go down by eight wickets to Bangladesh Under-19s, in their opening one-day game of the three-match warm-up series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here yesterday.Sent in, the visitors struggled from the outset and were dismissed for 114 off 39.2 overs, with opener Gidron Pope top-scoring with 31 and Emmanuel Stewart getting 30.Left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed ran through the innings with a spell of four for 24 while off-spinners Saeed Sarkar (2-9) and Sanjit Saha (2-14) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Nazmul Hossain stroked 41 not out and Saif Hassan an unbeaten 39 as Bangladesh Under-19s cruised to their target in the 21st over.West Indies Under-19s are preparing for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which bowls off later this month.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The 23-year-old Obiena, who suffered a career-threatening injury on the eve of his departure for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, surpassed the biennial meet’s gold medal standard in pole vault twice over the weekend in Europe.Obiena cleared 5.45 meters in the Golden Spike competitions on June 13 in the Czech Republic, surpassing the 5.35m gold medal effort of Thailand’s Porranot Purshong in last year’s SEA Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThree days later, Obiena vaulted to 5.51 at the International Stabboc Spring Meeting at Zweibrucken Westpfalz-Stadium in Germany.Already, athletics chief Philip Ella Juico said the University of Santo Tomas Electronics and Communications Engineering major is ready for the Asian Games in Jakarta this August. Ernest John Obiena is moving on from his Southeast Asian Games heartbreak last year.And he’s got new records to show for it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “EJ’s amazing performance brings him within striking distance of a podium finish in the Asian Games, where the record for the gold medal was 5.65 done in Hiroshima, and 5.70 in the Asian championship in Manila in 2003,” Juico said.Obiena finished seventh in a field of 12 in the German meet where two Chinese vaulters finished ahead of the Filipino, Bokai Huang (5.61m) and Jin Yao, who also cleared 5.51m but made the height in his first attempt.It was only the third competition for Obiena since he started recovering from ACL injury. He is based in Formia, Italy, since last month. He will compete in more European meets before flying to Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding E-Painters, Aces, Bolts battle for top two View comments
Dear Editor,The recent letter by former Prime Minister Hamilton Green, titled “Remembering the past; lest we forget”, brought back some fond memories of my youth, and also reminded me of how much our homeland has changed.As a school boy, daily I would ride my bicycle home from Queen’s College. That was in the days of former President Burnham, when free education was enjoyed by all, and performance in education was hard earned. Usually this ride home was with fellow school mates, one of whom was the son of the head of the sound engineering team at the National Culture Centre, the other was the son of the owner of a successful printery, and I was the son of an executive of GuySuCo.We were all from diverse racial, socioeconomic & political backgrounds, and our ride home would usually take us through Meadow Brook Gardens past former Prime Minister Green’s residence. On one occasion, I was fortunate enough to be invited in to play a game of table tennis with the former Prime Minister.In those days, Guyana felt like a large village, and a young country with many opportunities for all races to comfortably interact, especially in a school setting, where talent was your ticket to obtain a good education via national common entrance exams.The portion of former Prime Minister Green’s letter that stood out was his statement, “After that October, we saw a reversal of the gains won in the mid-1960s. We witnessed the discrimination of the descendants of those Africans”. No one should deny how painful it has been over the years for both Africans and Indians in our homeland.The hurtful discrimination and extreme acts of violence that have been experienced by both those of African and Indian descent have created a huge divide in our nation. It has divided colleagues, childhood friends, school mates, neighbours and neighbourhoods. In some cases, it has even divided families. Guyana’s population is such that instead of 6 degrees of separation, we are probably at 3 degrees of separation, especially for those of a mixed or diverse heritage.The division in our homeland, due to discrimination, has reached the point where political discourse is extremely difficult and obtaining a mutually beneficial joint solution is usually avoided. The influx of additional foreign actors who help perpetuate such division has also fuelled the problem of discrimination, and has promoted a bias towards the segregation of Africans and Indians. Our homeland no longer feels the way it did before, and a daily war is being witnessed between the Africans and Indians. That is how bad it has become.Some are of the opinion that segregation is the best solution to pursue. More evident is the attitude of “we take care of our own people”. This has fostered exclusion and biased business practices, which have caused stagnation (for the race not currently in power) in many sectors of the national economy. A dual-economy system has evolved to such an extent that people from one race “sell out” and leave the country when people from the other race are “in power”, and vice-versa.This is the dominant attitude in our society today. The long-held approach of “this area being for that group, and that area being for the other group”, e.g. Linden and Port Mourant, has created an unbalanced strategy within the investment cycle, and has undermined the level of growth which our homeland could achieve.This has created frustration in many villages and townships within our nation, while also increasing the risk our nation faces in terms of national security, as seen by the incidents with Suriname and Venezuela.The attempts to create a unity government have not been able to overcome the hate harboured over the years by members of the populace, and the upcoming election may not change these feelings of betrayal and discrimination on both sides of the racial divide. This has become evident given the current conflict over constitutional adherence. This leads one to believe that the racial divide between Indians and Africans has grown.However, if there is genuine interest in preventing the continuation of biased, racial-based investment that would lead to further conflict between the African and Indian races, we should consider establishing a three-party system in which a third party has the ability to foster true discussion on the issues without regard to race, socioeconomic standing and political affiliation.Such a third party would have to avoid creating a coalition with any of the two dominant parties, and lift up the voices of the other races and independent-minded voters in our homeland.It has been far too long that the Amerindians, Chinese, Europeans and the independent voices within the warring races have not had their own seat in Parliament, with the required authority to ensure that not only their needs, but the needs of the larger populace are taken into consideration regardless of which party holds a majority in Parliament. A majority in Parliament without a clear mandate would allow for better judgement of all proposed policies and investment needs. It will become more merit-based and will better consider the relative impact on the citizens who will benefit.This will allow for the prioritisation of projects that take into account all citizens of Guyana.Enough seats will have to be won by an independent party to allow for such fruitful discussions and achievements to be obtained in Parliament. Only the voters can determine if this would be possible.Best regards,Jamil Changlee
Liverpool and Tottenham have been handed a transfer boost after West Brom striker Saido Berahino admitted he hopes to move “on to bigger things” in the future. The 21-year-old has scored 14 goals for his side so far this term – with four of them coming in the 7-0 thrashing of Conference outfit Gateshead in the FA Cup last month – and his goalscoring form has seen him linked with move away from The Hawthorns.The Burundi-born forward, who has made 13 appearances for England Under-21s since making his debut in 2013 and scored 10 goals, is committed to West Brom until 2017, but is confident he can continue to get the goals that will see him eventually move to a bigger club.Berahino told Sky Sports News: “I’m taking care of my short-terms right now and if I keep scoring the goals and if I keep doing well for West Bromwich Albion, I know the future will be bright for me and I know that I’ll go a long way.“I need to stay focused on what I’m doing right now which is scoring the goals and keeping West Bromwich in the Premier League.“If I can keep them in the Premier League and score as much goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things. So I want to ensure that I keep them first in the Premier League and score as much goals as I can for them.”Berahino admitted he was pleased to be linked with other teams, but reiterated that that his main focus was West Brom, who have won just one of their last seven league matches.He added: “I’m just flattered to be linked to all these sort of teams, but I stay focused. This is my second season in the Premier League and I still have a long way to go.“I’m learning a lot from all sorts of different players. For me I just look forward to each game and try to enjoy as much as possible.” 1 Saido Berahino in action for West Brom
MANHATTAN BEACH: Ex-suspect in slaying of housekeeper finds hope as inmate is arraigned. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER As Milton Gallardo made his first court appearance Thursday in the rape and murder of a housekeeper in Manhattan Beach, the man first accused of the crime said he’s still struggling to get his life back. Herbert Gonzalez, 28, said in an interview Thursday that he has no connection to Gallardo or the victim, 39-year-old Libia Cabrera of Lawndale. Gonzalez said he wants to see justice in the case – as much for Cabrera’s family as for himself. “That’s the only thing that will ultimately clear me, and clear my name,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said he has felt bad for Cabrera’s family ever since the days when he would see them in court, when they thought he was involved in her rape and murder. “I can never imagine something like this happening to my mom,” he said. “It would destroy me.” Gonzalez has suffered his own pain, though, in the aftermath of the ordeal. He lost his job in the accounting department at an investment firm when he was arrested in January 2006. To pay his legal bills, his mother took out another mortgage on her Los Angeles home of 30 years. Gonzalez and his fiancee, who have been together since he was 13 years old, now live with his mother. And even though he’s been having trouble getting work, he does what he can to help pay her bills. He did get a job with the International House of Pancakes’ corporate offices when he was released. But when the television show “America’s Most Wanted” re-ran a segment in December that called him an outstanding suspect, he was fired. His criminal defense attorney, Joseph Shemaria, then gave him a job as a legal assistant at his law firm. At the time of his arrest, Gonzalez had just signed a deal with Virgin Records to play the saxophone and clarinet on two albums. But the deal, which included a tour with a stop at Madison Square Garden in New York, was pulled when he was in jail. For now, he has put his dreams of music, a wedding and a home on hold. “All of that was taken from me,” Gonzalez said. “It’s very hard because I worked hard all my life to stay on track. I’m a good person.” Unlike the case against Gonzalez, police now have DNA evidence linking Cabrera’s alleged killer to the crimes, prosecutors say. Gallardo, 25, was ordered to turn over a sample of his DNA following a conviction earlier this year for a car theft conviction. The specimen was added to the state law enforcement’s database, and allegedly matched DNA left on Cabrera when she was raped April 11, 2005. Gallardo, a Hawthorne resident, was an inmate at Wasco State Prison in Kern County when he was charged in the killing on Oct. 3. Cabrera, a mother of two, was bound and gagged, raped, and her neck was slashed at the home where she worked as a housekeeper. Her killer likely ignited a trail of clothes and bed linens that had been strung from an electric wall heater to her unclothed body, prosecutors say. They believe the fire was set to cover up the crimes. During his brief arraignment Thursday before Judge Thomas R. Sokolov in Torrance Superior Court, Gallardo pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and denied the special circumstances of killing during a burglary. The special circumstances make him eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors have not yet decided whether he should face the possibility of lethal injection. Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link declined to give any more information about the case, including possible connections Gallardo had to Cabrera or the crime scene. Gonzalez was connected to the crime scene by a neighbor of Cabrera’s who was shown security video captured outside the apartment where Cabrera died in the 100 block of 28th Street. In the video, a man was seen walking around the Manhattan Beach neighborhood. The neighbor told sheriff’s homicide detectives she thought the man looked like Gonzalez, a cousin of her husband, according to evidence presented at Gonzalez’s March 2006 preliminary hearing. Investigators said they also believed the man, whose face isn’t clear but who had a receding hairline and prominent forehead, looked like Gonzalez. The case against Gonzalez was dismissed, however, when a judge determined that prosecutors could not use a confession he made to detectives because it was coerced. Gonzalez had originally denied knowing anything about the murder, but then – because he was ill, the detectives were unrelenting and he wanted the interrogation to end – he said he participated in it with his cousin. A white pickup truck also seen in the video footage was driven by his cousin, he told the detectives. But a contractor later came forward and said the truck belonged to him, and that he was working on a project in the area, said John Burton, Gonzalez’s civil attorney. Gonzalez, who served 195 days in jail, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county, the Sheriff’s Department and the detectives who interrogated him. “We feel he was arrested without probable cause, and that he was subjected to prosecution based on fabricated evidence,” Burton said. Attorneys representing the county were not available for comment. “I look at this case, and this is just the most depraved, gruesome crime – I just can’t imagine anything worse,” Burton added. “But to go off half-cocked like this? The whole investigation was so wacky.” email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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The boys from KillybegsKILLYBEGS is going Gaa Gaa – all for the county final.Support in the town is so strong, the club is being forced to open up a shop this weekend to meet demand for hats, scarves and headbands!The fishermen beat Malin by a point in the semi-final at the weekend and now take on Glenswilly in the final for the right to be crowned County Champions 2013. Na Ceala Beaga GAA shop will open in Anvil Court in the town this Saturday.And everything will be red and white!T-shirts, hoodies and even special Killybegs iPhone covers will be available.And of course all funds raised will be ploughed back into club. UP FOR THE MATCH! KILLYBEGS GOING GAA GAA WITH NEW SHOP FOR COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 8th, 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:glenswillyKillybegskillybegs gaa shop
NEWCASTLE’S Papiss Cisse will be banned for three matches after he accepted a charge of violent conduct from the English Football Association.Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Newcastle United’s 3-2 victory on Sunday.Match referee Craig Pawson missed the assault on the Killybegs man. The 29-year-old’s suspension begins with immediate effect.Cisse is banned for Newcastle’s Barclays Premier League home match against Burnley on New Year’s Day, Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Leicester and a trip to Chelsea on 10 January.The Senegalese striker had been expected to miss the games against Leicester and Chelsea anyway as he departs to play at the Africa Cup of Nations.Cisse has scored nine league goals already this season and five in his last six matches. CISSE GETS THREE MATCH BAN AFTER ADMITTING ELBOW ATTACK ON COLEMAN was last modified: December 30th, 2014 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:attackbancisseCOLEMANelbowFA
Lying in the heart of South Africa, the Free State’s rolling farmlands make it the breadbasket of South Africa. It is a province with a rich history, diverse cultures, and fascinating geological structures.A statue of South African statesman Nelson Mandela looks out over Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State, from Naval Hill in the centre of the city. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The Free State’s attractions include the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the provincial capital of Bloemfontein, hiking in the Maluti Mountains, and watersports on the Vaal and Orange rivers.The iconic Brandwag – “sentinel” – rock in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Eastern Free State. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A typical Free State landscape: Farmlands on the plains giving way to the mountains beyond. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Public art outside the city hall in Bloemfontein. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Die Mystic Boer nightclub and restaurant in Bloemfontein. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Cosmos flowers bloom on the side of the road. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old farmhouse in the Eastern Free State. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Hiking the Cave Trail in the Maluti Mountains. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A diorama in the National Museum in Bloemfontein. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)San Bushman art in a rock shelter in the Eastern Free State, near the town of Ficksburg. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Maluti Mountains. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Gariep Dam on the Orange River. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Sunset over farms and mountains in the Eastern Free State. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Sterkfontein Dam. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Sunflowers in bloom. (Image: Brand South Africa)Traditional Basotho musicians perform in a cultural village. (Image: Brand South Africa)
17 March 2015Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic capital, is in the top five cities when it comes to opportunity, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the multinational professional services network.Joburg is named in PwC’s report, Into Africa – the Continent’s Cities of Opportunity. It details the potential of 20 African cities believed to be among the most dynamic and future-focused on the continent. The report is part of PwC’s global Cities of Opportunity series, and was released on 17 March at the African CEO Forum of 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.The report’s analysis is structured around the critical issues of the business community as well as those of the office holders and other public authorities who are responsible for improving the collective life of each city examined, according to PwC.The continent is crossed by five trends: demographic change, urbanisation, technological changes, the transfer of economic power, and climate change. Urbanisation is of particular importance, as by 2030, half of Africa’s population will live in cities where economic activity and growth will be focused and which will become communication centres and hubs for social trends.The global megatrends are colliding across Africa, says PwC. “The growing middle class, strong demographic growth with an improving age mix, technological innovation that we have already seen in mobile payments and a growing choice of investment partners from the global south, as well as fast-paced urbanisation are all shaping what the future of Africa will look like.”Stanley Subramoney, PwC’s head of strategy for Southern Africa, says: “We have sought to answer ‘What makes an African city one of opportunity’ by developing a set of questions that investors should ask themselves and themes which city politicians and officials can work on to improve their competitiveness.“This report assesses how the cities are performing not only on a regional level but also on an international one, which is hugely important in terms of these cities being able to compete and prosper on both of these stages.”PwC studied four indicators: the economy, infrastructure, human capital and population/society (which itself contains 29 variables). From this analysis, two rankings emerged: general and opportunities for cities.“We believe that these cities demonstrate the relative strengths and weaknesses of Africa’s urban future. Our evaluation and re-evaluation of that future is, of course, a continual work in progress,” adds Kalane Rampai, the company’s leader for local government for Southern Africa.North African cities lead the wayFour of the top five cities in the report are in North Africa: Cairo, Tunis, Algiers and Casablanca; the fifth is Johannesburg. The preponderance of North African cities at the top is mainly due to how long they have been established. This has given them time to develop infrastructure and a regulatory and legal framework, and to establish a socio-cultural ecosystem.Johannesburg is the only exception to this pattern since it was established more recently, in 1886, compared to the other cities with which it is ranked highly, and was developed rapidly for political reasons. Therefore, its infrastructure and services are comparable to those of the more established African cities.African cities with promiseAnother major criterion of a city’s potential is the vision it has for its future. Accra, the capital of Ghana, for example, has a good reputation throughout Africa and beyond for the quality of its communications infrastructure, low crime rates and steady democracy. Economically, it ranks second for both its attractiveness as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and the diversity of its gross domestic product (GDP).Most of the African cities with promise can (and will), with a little effort and organisation, climb to join those cities at the top of PwC’s overall ranking, says the company. Moreover, many of them have already become key regional platforms, such as Dar es Salaam and Douala as centres for telecommunications, Accra and Lagos for culture, and Nairobi for financial services.“Outside our top five cities, Kigali finishes at the very top for both ease of doing business and health spending; Abidjan ranks number one in both middle-class growth and diversity; Dar es Salaam is first in GDP growth; and Nairobi outscores all African cities in FDI.”With 5% growth, dynamic demographics and a growing middle class, Africa is extremely appealing to investors. After undergoing a period of pessimism about the future of Africa with some exaggerated optimism, leaders today share a more realistic view of the economic climate of the continent. This is what PwC calls Afro- realism.Source: APO