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Hurricanes dominate Jaguares in Buenos Aires

first_imgThe five tries were enough to secure a bonus point as the 2016 champions left their hosts with a third-straight loss – their worst start in three seasons in the competition.Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett, making his first start after coming off the bench in the 21-19 loss to the Bulls in South Africa last weekend, converted three tries while his replacement Jackson Garden-Bachop slotted a penalty.Winger Ben Lam and centre Ngani Laumape scored first half tries but flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez kept the Argentine side within sight, his third penalty in the 47th minute edging them within three points after the visitors had led 12-6 at halftime.Centre Matt Proctor put a damper on any hopes the Jaguares had of turning the match their way with the third try after 53 minutes, however, in another show of pace and power by the visiting backs.Julian Savea charged through several tackles on the right wing and passed inside to scrumhalf TJ Perenara whose pass was knocked backwards by his opposite number Gonzalo Bertranou only for the ball to bounce kindly for Proctor to carry over.Hurricanes prop Ben May was in the sin bin for a foul tackle when Vince Aso scored the fourth try and fellow replacement Blade Thomson completed the romp with one minute left.The Jaguares sustained the first two of their three losses in South Africa but there are mitigating circumstances in that they are still getting used to a new coach in Mario Ledesma and a tougher streamlined tournament.They held their own in the scrum and had a good defensive line but failed to sustain attacks through a good number of phases and tackled poorly in open play.The Hurricanes will want to iron out the mistakes and ill-discipline which a better Jaguares side might have been able to capitalise on, but they have served notice they are again a force to be reckoned with this year.They return to New Zealand to face the Canterbury Crusaders next weekend while the Jaguares, who are part of the sole remaining South African conference, host Australia’s NSW Waratahs in another cross-conference match.last_img read more

Hat-trick on his mind

first_imgWestern Bureau: Scoring a hat-trick in today’s daCosta Cup final is uppermost in the mind of Dinthill Technical’s striker Rodave Murray. “Winning the title with this team would be an amazing feeling, but scoring a hat-trick in the final, plus winning, would be extraordinary. That is what I am focusing on at the moment,” declared Murray ahead of today’s showdown with St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). Such is the confidence of Dinthill’s most prolific goalscorer this year, having netted 27 times so far. Murray has been their most dependable player and is noted for his high skill level. Aware of STETHS threat He said he is aware of the threat STETHS pose to them lifting the title after a 34-year wait, adding that it’s a final worth seeing, as his team is hungry and desirous of proving themselves worthy champions. The wily 18 year-old forward has been a real threat to opponents all season, as his close controlling and dribbling skills make it a difficult task for defenders to stop him. “I love to lead by example, so I work hard for the team, and with my goals, we are able to reach the final. Now (that) we are here, we are hoping to enjoy the moment, play good football and score to win,” Murray said.last_img read more

22 Cuban trained Guyanese doctors return home

first_imgTwenty-two doctors will be the newest addition to Guyana’s public health sector. The newly trained doctors completed their scholarship in the medical field in Cuba.At a graduation ceremony held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) on Saturday, the doctors – eleven of whom were Guyanese, ten from the Caribbean and one Malaysian – received their certification and undertook the Hippocratic Oath under the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud. They will now be able to practice in Guyana as part of their internship.The newly trained doctors taking the Hippocratic Oath to uphold the ethical standards of the profession at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on SaturdaySpeaking at the event, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, advised the graduates that this is the beginning to other such accomplishments which will be achieved in the future. They were urged to maintain a noteworthy professional outlook when serving patients.Ambassador Majeed later stated that with the input of the Cuban Government, it will foster development in the health sector across the Caribbean region.“We are on the threshold of a national renaissance and so the national interest must be out preponderating concerns. We are emerging from the dungeons of economic insecurity. We are building capacity in several areas of national development,” the Guyanese Ambassador said.Meanwhile, advisor with the Department of Public Service, Vincent Alexander delivered the feature address, in which he also underscored the benefits of the relationship which has been forged with Cuba. He said in this way, Guyana has acquired the opportunity to produce professionals in the field but they must be able to perform to the best of their abilities.“You have to take responsibility for what you do, and take responsibility to continue to ensure that you learn. You are really now on the learning curve. You are at the stage where there is so much more to be learnt,” he said to the doctors.The new doctors were also charged by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle who reiterated the importance of responsibility and the need for focused individuals when dealing with all types of patients.“I urge you to be engaged. I’m taking about being physical, emotionally and mentally engaged. When you come to work, please show up. Be fully focused.”With the return of Ambassador Majeed to Cuba, it was revealed that 13 more students will be accompanying him. Presently, there are 62 Guyanese students pursuing careers in the medical field in the Spanish-speaking country.last_img read more

Any turnaround plan for sugar must include reopening of estates — GAWU

first_imgWhile the future of the country’s sugar industry remains uncertain, any turnaround plan must include the reopening of the four sugar estates which the coalition government closed over the past few years.The Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara (WBD), which was the first to be closed by the APNU/AFC coalition government putting thousands of workers and their families on the breadlineThis is according to General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine, who, during his Union’s end-of-year press conference on Friday, stated that to date, the rationale behind the Government’s move in having those estates closed remains unknown.The closure of the four sugar estates at Rose Hall-Canje, Skeldon, (both in Berbice), East Demerara (Enmore to Ogle) and Wales (West Bank Demerara) threw thousands of persons into a financial crisis.On Friday, GAWU once again questioned whether such an action was to inflict further punishment or to perpetuate impoverishment.“Or, is there something more sinister afoot? We wish to remind that the estates were more than just producers of sugar and molasses, they were the hive of activities for several villages and represented a beacon of sustenance and hope for very many. Apart from being major employers, the estates’ operation ensured that villages were drained, thus, preventing sickness and diseases and which supported local farming activities and the consumption activities by sugar workers and their families sustained many businesses and vendors.”According to the workers’ union, the sugar estates that have been closed possess valuable and fertile landholdings.“Already, we have learnt that the lands at Wales Estate have been distributed to individuals and organisations though there was not even an invitation to allow ex-workers and other interested Guyanese to apply to utilise the lands for economic ventures. We understand that a similar plan is unfolding along the East Coast. This information coincides with the intention of GuySuCo to dismantle the Enmore packaging plant and to remove certain components of the Enmore factory to be used in one of the operable estates,” Narine stated.As yet another year begins, the GAWU executive emphasised that although the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has highlighted a number of undertakings come 2020, any turnaround plan for the industry must include the reopening of the four closed estates.“From our interaction with GuySuCo, we learnt that the Corporation is intent on improving field productivity, go into further mechanisation and rehabilitate its factories. Apart from those investments, the Corporation aims to construct a white sugar plant and a cogeneration plant at Albion. There is also a plan to establish a co-generation facility at Blairmont and to expand that estate’s packaging plant and at Uitvlugt. The GuySuCo shared that it will also improve its facilities to produce more bagged sugar and is examining the establishment of a distillery at that location as well.”Source of financingHowever, despite the plethora of plans that the GuySuCo signalled its intent on executing, the Corporation has repeatedly cried out about lack of financing, resulting in the GAWU also questioning the source of financing for the abovementioned ambitious projects.In the last four years, the coalition government, insisting that the sugar industry is bleeding the treasury, has closed four sugar estates, sending home over 7000 workers.To date, thousands of those fired workers are still struggling to find a job. Many of them often tell of the hardship they face to feed their families. At Wales, West Bank Demerara, children of some of the fired workers are forced to find part-time jobs to help their parents with school expenses.In May of this year, the Government was preparing to sell off huge swathes of land owned by the GuySuCo as part of moves to sell off the several loss-making estates. This was being executed even as the Administration prepared to revive interest in the ‘for sale’ assets by local and foreign investors.last_img read more

SPU releases $2B to GuySuCo for operational expenses

first_img– says bond facility not obtained to facilitate payment of debtThe Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has announced that almost $2 billion has been disbursed to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) for operational expenses of its three estates (Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt).Uitvlugt EstateThe SPU has said the release of these funds is in keeping with the plans of the coalition Government to make the industry viable and to safeguard the future of the more than 11,000 workers.The SPU’s statement comes after GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harold Davis, Jr, told sections of the media that GuySuCo is slated to receive proceeds from the initial $17 billion the SPU has secured from the $30 billion bond facility.Davis claims that GuySuCo had requested a substantial amount to advance its strategic plans, but monies received so far have catered only for wages and fuel expenses; and no other monies have been received.The SPU said on Sunday that the monies from the bond facility will be used to purchase equipment for production of plantation white sugar, including the purchase of nine tractors, and to address the co-generation plants’ operational expenses.“The monies obtained from the bond facility were not obtained to facilitate the payment of debt, as was ventilated time and again by the Minister of Finance and stakeholders,” the SPU has said.GuySuCo is yet to complete its procurement process for the mentioned capital items. Therefore, SPU has said, GuySuCo is not in a position to draw down on additional secured funds.Earlier this year, the NICIL was mandated to seek financing for the downsized Corporation, targeting retooling, diversification and improved agriculture. This was being pursued even as work was being done to privatise and divest the four estates — Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales.Through local financing arranged by the Republic Bank Limited, NICIL has managed to successfully negotiate a bond facility for $30 billion, with significant input from the Finance Ministry.The NICIL has requested $17 billion in the first tranche. “We will receive the remainder on request. It was structured in this manner for it not to incur unnecessary costs,” the statement added.GuySuCo must submit its applications for financing to the SPU, and those are to be vetted to make sure they meet the approved criteria of the bond holders before financing is disbursed. Two disbursements have thus far been made, one for $880 million and another for $1.1 billion.The SPU has said it must be noted that half of the bond amount would be provided for in local currency, while the remainder would be disbursed in United States dollars (USD).With support from the Government by means of a sovereign guarantee, SPU Head, Colvin Heath-London, has been able to secure this funding spoken about. The benefit is a 4.75 per cent rate of return, which represents a tax-free bond.NICIL, through its SPU, took control of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales estates when Government decided to close operations earlier this year in order to maintain the viability of the sugar industry.Guyana’s Opposition Leader, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, has raised several concerns over the issuance of the multi-billion-dollar bond.An economist by training, Jagdeo has said the general perception was that Government was raising $30 billion to spend on GuySuCo, on the remaining three estates. However, the memo tells a different story, as it has stated explicitly that the $30 billion agreed to would instead go to long-term projects.Jagdeo has also said that when spending of the $30 billion bond begins, it will substantially increase the demand for foreign currency and put pressure on the country’s reserves. He has said that from all indications, there has been an unbelievable shortage of currency at the Central Bank, and utilising this bond will contribute to this shortage.Since announcement of the bond, concerns have been raised about Government’s vision for the industry and the genuineness of its actions thus far, since that very $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.last_img read more

Unstoppable Gor beat Ulinzi to go nine clear

first_imgCreative midfielder Kahata opened the scoring for K’Ogalo in the 12th minute, slamming the ball home from a close range after George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo had ran down the right flank to deliver the ball.Ulinzi were unlucky as Hassan Mohamed saw his effort hit the woodwork after he lobbed a long-range ball over Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch in the 57th minute.Gor had to work hard to keep the clean sheet with Philemon Otieno being forced to clear the ball from the line after K’Ogalo defenders plus the keeper were beaten in the 62nd minute.Rwandese Tuyisenge scored the second goal for Gor to seal the win from a corner kick that saw defensive errors cost the Solders who now sits 7th on the log with 30 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Jack Tuyisenge (centre) is congratulated by teammates Meddie Kagere (left) and Francis Kahata (right) after scoring against Mathare United during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 29, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, June 23 – Reigning Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia maintained their unbeaten run after Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata goals inspired K’Ogalo beat Ulinzi Stars 2-0 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.The win saw Gor stretch their lead at the summit to 43 points, 9 points ahead of second placed Sofapaka who have played three more games than the record 16-time KPL champions.last_img read more

Neymar ‘entitled to feel upset’, says teammate Fagner

first_img“Not everybody knows what I went through to get here,” Neymar said in an Instagram post after the match. “My tears were of happiness, overcoming, because of my determination and will to win.“In my life things have never been easy, so why would they be now?”But he has come in for criticism for his behaviour during the game at what he perceived to be rough treatment from the opposition, as well for breaking down in tears at full-time.“Every player is a human being so has feelings and is entitled to feel upset,” said Fagner at the Brazil team’s training base in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.“I believe the whole squad is with him and will support him. He is experienced and will come through this to keep giving his best for the national team.”Fagner at Brazil’s training session in Sochi on Sunday © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaNeymar has huge pressure on his shoulders to deliver despite only returning from injury in the run-up to the World Cup.The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward had surgery on a foot fracture at the start of March and did not play again until Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Croatia three weeks ago, when he came off the bench to score.“I can imagine what Neymar has gone through. I wasn’t sure I would be able to be here,” said Fagner, the Corinthians right-back who was named in the squad after Daniel Alves was forced to miss out due to a knee injury.He had been an injury concern himself but recovered and played against Costa Rica after Danilo was ruled out.“People react in different ways,” Fagner said of Neymar.“His was to have an outpouring of emotion. I was very emotional and happy to be able to play for 90 minutes without any problems, because 54 days ago I was at risk of not making it due to injury.“We all know what we have had to go through to be here. I think he was playing it all back like a film in his mind, at scoring a goal and taking part in another World Cup.”Fagner will hope to keep his place when Brazil take on Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday, needing just a point to secure a place in the last 16 from Group E and a win to be sure of finishing top.However, Douglas Costa will miss the game, having suffered a thigh injury after coming off the bench against Costa Rica.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar in tears at the end of Brazil’s win over Costa Rica © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Neymar received the support of his Brazil teammate Fagner on Sunday after his tears at the end of their World Cup win over Costa Rica and subsequent criticism at home.The world’s most expensive player scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday that edged Tite’s side closer to qualifying for the last 16.last_img read more

Neymar’s PSG Champions League ban cut

first_img0Shares0000Neymar scored the winning goal in injury time on Saturday as Paris Saint-Germain beat Strasbourg © AFP / Martin BUREAULAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sep 17 – Neymar’s Champions League ban for insulting match officials on social media has been reduced from three games to two following an appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Tuesday.The world’s most expensive player following his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros in 2017 will miss the fixtures against Real Madrid on Wednesday and Galatasaray in two weeks’ time due to the original ban from UEFA. However, he will now be free to face Belgian side Bruges on October 22.“The Sole Arbitrator partially upheld the appeal and reduced the suspension imposed by UEFA on Neymar Jr. to two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible,” CAS said in a statement.The Brazilian criticised the referee and his assistants after PSG’s last-16 collapse against Manchester United in March which he watched from the stands due to injury.United were awarded a penalty deep into injury time after a protracted VAR decision, which Marcus Rashford scored to knock the French side out in the last 16 of the Champions League.“It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV,” Neymar posted on his Instagram account after the 3-1 defeat.Neymar scored an added time winner in his first PSG appearance of the season on Saturday as his overhead kick claimed all three points against Strasbourg.He had not played for his club since May and had been left on the sidelines in their first four league games of the campaign because of the uncertainty surrounding his future after months of reports linking him with a move back to Barcelona or to Real.The Parisians host the Spanish giants without their first-choice attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, the latter pair both suffering from injuries.In their absence coach Thomas Tuchel could turn to summer signing Mauro Icardi or Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to lead the line at the Parc de Princes.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pochettino urges Tottenham to respond quickly after Europa League exit

first_img Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side must respond quickly from their Europa League elimination ahead of their Capital Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.Spurs were defeated 3-1 on aggregate by Fiorentina with the former Southampton boss resting a number of regular starters from his line-up.But Pochettino claimed he was pleased with his side’s performance.“This one was the first final for us and all players are disappointed, but now we need to look forwards, to recover quickly, because on Sunday we have another game,” Pochettino said. “It is impossible to change the game now.“It is true that it was key, this action. You need some luck to score sometimes if you are to win the games.“It is true that the second half we made some mistakes and we take a risk and Fiorentina scored.“We did not score and, if we want to analyse the game, it is easy: Fiorentina scored, we didn’t score and in football you don’t score it is difficult to win games.“I think they scored more than us and we didn’t score. If we analyse the performance, we played very well again but didn’t score in the first half.“You only deserve to go through to the next round if you score and they scored more goals than us.”Despite the way things panned out, Pochettino insisted he had no regrets about playing Soldado ahead of in-form Kane, nor any of the other alterations he made.“Fiorentina made nine changes, we made seven changes,” the former Argentina defender said.“I don’t know how to explain – we are in a busy period and when you have a strong squad, you need to give the opportunity play to all.“It is not about selection it is about performance and our performance was very good in the first half. We deserve maybe 2-0 because I think there was a great chance for us and a clear penalty.“We played well and dominated the game, but this is football. It is easy to explain as we saw tonight.” 1last_img read more

GOP wordsmith has lost his eloquence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“On this national day of prayer and remembrance, we ask almighty God to watch over our nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that he will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.“As we have been assured, neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, can separate us from God’s love. May he bless the souls of the departed. May he comfort our own. And may he always guide our country.”Beautiful. And perfectly suited to the occasion. Alas, Gerson’s agenda in “Heroic Conservatism” is not to reprise the greatest hits of the Bush presidency but to scold his fellow Republicans for their miserly, cruel and indifferent conservatism, which he contrasts with his own – well, you’ve seen the title he gives his version. This is such an old, old story. Conservatives have been accused of cold-heartedness at least for several generations and maybe longer. But it is a little startling to see this old chestnut revived by a Bush administration insider. It’s as if Gerson were asleep during the 1970s when a long series of liberal intellectuals departed the Democratic Party after witnessing the harm that can come of unrestrained good intentions and sloppy follow-through in government. (They were called neoconservatives – a word whose meaning has changed since then.) It’s as if he never grappled with the practical limitations of government, or the corrupting effects of too much paternalism. At one point he writes, “Anti-government Republicans saw Katrina as an opportunity to cut off medicine to old people.” Yes, and to grind the faces of the poor. Please. Gerson cheerleads for a Gulf Opportunity Zone without acknowledging that it was just a renewal of an earlier Republican idea, the enterprise zone. And he chafes at the “budgetary constraints that made creativity on the domestic agenda nearly impossible.”His ambitions on the domestic front are Johnsonian (Lyndon). He would repair the racial and social ills of New Orleans. The Gerson healing balm would restore those “who had never had a bank account, never flown in a plane.” There would be new job-training programs – though the Bush administration itself has acknowledged (on the White House Web site) that the federal government already spends “$23billion annually for 30 different job training programs spread over 10 different departments and agencies.”The accusation of heartlessness against Republicans is silly and immature. Over the past two decades, a significant number of initiatives, from school choice to urban homesteading to health-care reform to crime fighting to welfare reform, have emerged from conservative think tanks and been championed by Republican politicians. All of these ideas were intended to improve the lives of the poor, and some have succeeded remarkably well.Toward the end of this book, Gerson eerily denies that he is falling into the trap of “blaming colleagues and enemies for blocking the arrival of (my) own private millennium.” But that is exactly what he seems to have done. And for all his eloquence and piety, he has been deeply ungracious in the process.Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. (e-mail: local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s a lot to say about Michael Gerson’s new book, “Heroic Conservatism.” It has moments of lyricism; it is sometimes moving; it contains a concise and effective summation of the case for war with Iraq; and it has been slapped with a plagiarism charge by another former Bush speechwriter. In the current print edition of National Review, David Frum reproduces side-by-side the lines that appeared in his book, “The Right Man,” and in Gerson’s book. There is little room for doubt.Gerson will choose how to respond to Frum’s allegation. But there are other reasons to be distressed by this book. Michael Gerson is certainly one of the most gifted speechwriters in history. It’s an irony that he crafted language for one of the least literary and least articulate presidents in living memory. That this marriage came off at all is a minor miracle, and credit belongs both to the writer who adapted his prose for a Texas sensibility and to the president who stretched himself to master the eloquence Gerson and others provided.There were some rhetorically soaring moments in this presidency. At the National Cathedral, three days after 9-11, the president spoke these words to a grieving country:last_img read more