Sir Michael Jones elected to NZR Board

first_imgJones, 53, was voted on to the NZR Board of Directors after being nominated by the Tasman Rugby Football Union.The 55-Test cap former All Black headed off Dame Annette King in replacing outgoing member Glenn Wahlstrom on the 12-person Board.NZR Chair Brent Impey said Jones would add considerable mana, knowledge and expertise to the table.”Sir Michael has already made an immense contribution to New Zealand rugby both as a player at every level, and as a leader in the community.”His ability to bring people together, to understand different perspectives and different cultures, and to lead through his own actions will be a valuable addition.”Jones received a New Zealand Medal for service to the Pacific Island community in 1997 and was knighted last year for his work in driving economic and social development for Pasifika people in New Zealand, and in the Pacific region.He is the Chair of the Village Community and Youth Trust, which opened in 2003 to keep young Pacific and Maori people out of gang activity. And in 2010, set up the Village Sports Academy to mentor Pacific students to stay in school.Jones, who holds the Samoan matai chief titles of Savae and Laauli, and played 74 matches for the All Blacks between 1987 and 1998, including 55 Test matches, said he was humbled by the new role.”I have been fortunate throughout my life to be involved in rugby which has given me a lot. I am very humbled and privileged to have been elected on to the NZR Board, and I am looking forward to giving back to the game in this capacity,” Jones said.last_img read more

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Top daCosta Cup marksman looks to make life in the MLS

first_img “I know my ability, and my ability is scoring goals. I hope to continue doing so, after moving on from schoolboy football,” said the striker. In spite of his success on the field, Kerr has not lost sight of the ultimate challenge. He said his aim is to gain a scholarship to a university or college in the United States and use that to enhance his football career. “That is my dream. I am trying to sort out a scholarship and to keep playing football, primarily in the US, and kick-start a career from there with one of the MLS teams,” reasoned Kerr. “And if that does not work out, I am looking at becoming a lawyer.” I believe I will be equally good at that,” the STETHS striker said. MISSED OPPORTUNITY “It was a bad-enough injury that required surgery. I really wanted to play in the Olivier Shield final because I wanted to get as close as possible to the 40-goal mark, which I had set (as my target) for the season,” said Kerr. “It was not to be, and I was disappointed, but I am strong, and the team did well, although we did not win,” he added. The 18-year-old striker said his efforts in attack for STETHS have been the highlight of his relatively young football life so far. But his love for the game actually began a lot earlier. Kerr is a past student of the Sir Clifford Campbell Primary School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, and the Mt Grace All-Age School. His journey continued, and he left Mt Grace for Godfrey Stewart High, where played a year in the daCosta Cup, before he was spotted and invited to join the ranks at STETHS by the keen-eyed Wendell Downswell, STETHS’ technical director, in 2014. “It is at STETHS that I truly began to blossom as a striker,” Kerr stated. “With the help of my coaches and teammates, I have become a more lethal striker. I score from anywhere around the box. I am proud of myself. SCORING GOALS Western Bureau: With his taste for success ignited and after scoring a competition-high 33 goals for the 2015 daCosta and Ben Francis Cup champions, St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), Michael Kerr is eyeing a scholarship and, ultimately, a professional contract in the US Major League Soccer or in Europe. Kerr, who is popularly known as ‘Diddy’, told The Gleaner he has learned to appreciate hard work, and has matured both as a footballer and as a person since donning the gold and blue of Santa Cruz-based STETHS. Kerr, who left defenders in his wake, scoring almost at will to fire his team into three finals, missed the final of the Olivier Shield two weeks ago against Jamaica College due to an ankle injury that required surgery. He is now on the mend, but noted that the ill-timed injury he picked up in the daCosta Cup final against Dinthill Technical could not have happened at a most inappropriate time. The striker was chasing 40 goals for the season.last_img read more

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Wright View: Super Cup highlights struggles in local football

first_img Winning schools are few, victory apparently due to the ability to ‘poach’ (or buy) talented players from other less-favoured schools, instead of building a winning team from scratch by identifying talent among the school population and working on the skills mentioned earlier, ultimately developing a team skilled in the basics and coached by someone who is able to recognise weaknesses during a game and making positive and decisive adjustments. Unfortunately, so far, this season, nothing like that is apparent. The problem, in my view, lies in the fortunes of the Montego Bay United Premier League (MBU) team, whose administrators have looked overseas for a coach, hired him, and now has shown locals the importance of tactics and personnel adjustment during games. Watch this team in the Red Stripe Premier League. Will the MBU administrators allow their coach to advise (or teach) our schoolboy coaches, or will we continue the same old same old with the predictable result: Jamaica loses (again) in the World Cup Qualifiers? Jamaica’s football needs a radical overhaul! Will those that matter – the delegates – have the will (cojones) to do the right (and brave) thing? failure after failure The Flow Super Cup in schoolboy football is a good innovation. Now in its second year, it gives the local football fan a good look at under-18 footballers across the island. The format, which includes seeding the top-four Manning Cup teams and the top-four Dacosta cup teams so they avoid each other in the first round, sets the stage for a ‘can’t-wait’ attitude among fans looking forward to the quarter-finals. In the first round, the only seeded team to lose was the Tappa Whitmore-coached St James High, which lost to Excelsior in the dreaded penalty shoot-out. In schoolboy football’s league format, the Dacosta Cup and the Manning Cup, the winner is usually the team that (a) has the coach who has the ability to adapt and change tactics and personnel during a game as circumstances dictate, and (2) has the most of the starters of the first three games being available for the final three games. That is true, because the talent pool among the top schools is usually on par. The Super Cup, or “money football” as some call it, allows fans and analysts to get a very good look at the quality of these schoolboy ‘ballers’, trying to find out just what is stopping local footballers from being considered when national duty calls. The bald fact is that the present JFF hierarchy, buoyed by the successful 1998 formula (using the “foreigners in the closing stages of qualifying) when Jamaica reached the finals of the World Cup, have replicated this reliance on ‘foreign’ Jamaicans year after year, with failure after failure. The JFF hierarchy have failed to realise that the players whose ‘skills’ allow Jamaica to qualify in the early rounds, only to fail when it matters most, and more important, these ‘Jamaicans’ then show a remarkable disdain for ‘us’ and have shown very little interest in returning to help develop ‘local’ football. The FLOW Super Cup gives fans and analysts an opportunity to get a close and personal look at how our young men play football. The answer, even at this early stage, is that local football among under-18 boys lacks programmes and coaches who pay enough attention to basic skills, such as trapping a ball, controlling a hard pass without having it bounce five yards away from the target of the pass, and the desire to shoot the ball at the goal when a opportunity arises. Yet, the present schoolboy footballer plays a lot of football. Too much, some critics say. There are summer camps, practice games and tournaments before the season starts. Then there is the league formats, Manning Cup and Dacosta Cup, knockout games, Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cups, the Olivier Shield, and finally the Super Cup. Yet, the flaws remain the same year after year, game after game. Winning schoolslast_img read more

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Yosuke Saruta confident he can ‘overwhelm’ Joshua Pacio for ONE strawweight strap

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Saruta has been with ONE for nearly a month now but he was surprised to get a title shot in just his second fight under the promotion.The 31-year-old Japanese believes he has Pacio, 22, figured out and that he has the capabilities to overcome his younger foe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I was surprised [with the title shot], but it will be proof that I am the number one mixed martial artist in the world at strawweight,” said Saruta. “His strongest point is his striking, especially spinning kicks and his punching power. That is why I’m trying to strengthen my striking defense.”“His weak point is grappling. My grappling skill is much higher than his, so in the fight, I’m planning a combination of strikes and takedowns.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Saruta’s (18-8-3) first fight with ONE ended in a unanimous decision win over former champion Alex Silva in December, and this was enough for the promotion to award Saruta with a title shot.The veteran fighter is confident he can end Pacio’s reign saying he has all the advantage in every aspect of the fight.“My strongest points are my physical ability and stamina and will keep moving through the whole fight and when my opponent is getting tired I will finish him,” said Saruta.“I think I will overwhelm him in all aspects, and the finish him in the fourth round. I want people to know my name as the toughest Japanese athlete, and I will be the World champion.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quality rookies led by CJ Perez ready to fuel Columbian Dyip Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio is just four months into his reign as ONE World strawweight champion but Yosuke Saruta plans to end it immediately.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Dispute between PTA, Mon Repos Primary admin settled

first_imgAfter almost one week of being locked out of the Mon Repos Primary School’s premises, parents can now enter to drop off their children.This is according to the Education Ministry, which on Monday revealed that an intervention was made which would now permit parents to enter the school under certain conditions.A group of parents gathered outside the Mon Repos Primary School last TuesdayThe Ministry in a statement said the parents were staying in the school’s compound during instructional periods which was not allowed.An agreement was, however, recently made by the school’s administration with the Ministry which will allow parents to bring their children into the school as per normal, but when the bell rings, “those parents who are still within the confines of the school awaiting the dismissal time should be encouraged to go home and return at dismissal time for the children,” the Ministry informed.An emergency Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting was scheduled to discuss these matters.The Ministry assured that normalcy has been restored, and the situation would continue to be monitored closely to ensure that all stakeholders were on-board and efforts are made to strengthen the school-community relationship.Parents of pupils who attend the Mon Repos Primary School on the East Coast of Demerara last Tuesday protested the administration’s recent move to ban them from entering the school to visit their children since a laptop went missing.According to the upset parents, a meeting was held with them last Monday when it was announced that they would no longer be able to visit the children during the day or even enter the school to pick them up or drop them off as a result.The fuming parents complained that this drastic step would serve as a major hindrance since many of their children, especially those in Grade One, depend on their parents to use the washroom and even eat.The parents said that they would have even been willing to use a visitor’s or parent’s badge if the school provided one, just so they could be with their children.Earlier in January, the Ministry was forced to intervene in a similar matter at the Diamond Primary School on the East Bank of Demerara.Guyana Times understands that the ban on parents was imposed after a teacher reported that she had lost her laptop as well.After the report was published by this newspaper, an intervention was done by the Ministry which led to the parents being allowed to enter the premises again.last_img read more

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3 Board members resign

first_imgChronicle columnists’ firing…citing political interferenceFollowing revelations that an Alliance For Change (AFC) Minister may have been behind the Guyana Chronicle dropping two outspoken columnists, three Directors have resigned from the Board of the State-owned entity.WPA Executive Member Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyAccording to sources, Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Member Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, veteran Journalist Bert Wilkinson and communications specialist Karen Davis all tendered their resignations at a Board meeting on Tuesday.Guyana Times had reported on Monday that WPA activist, former Member of Parliament (MP) Desmond Trotman had revealed that it was a senior AFC Minister who contacted the Guyana Chronicle’s Editor-in-Chief, Nigel Williams.According to Trotman, this Minister had conveyed Cabinet’s dissatisfaction with the writings of the fired columnists, WPA Executive David Hinds and veteran trade unionist Lincoln Lewis.“The previous Chairman of the Guyana Chronicle was at odds with the other members of the Board, because he wanted the Chronicle to go in a certain direction and members of the Board objected to that, and I think it led to his resignation. That person holds a high position in the Prime Minister’s Office, and I sense that he wields tremendous influence,” Trotman said.“I suspect that he belongs to the same party that the Prime Minister belongs to; and so when I was told that a senior minister who belongs to the AFC…was one of the persons who conveyed to the Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle that there is dissatisfaction within the Cabinet about the direction that those two columnists were going…,” he posited.Veteran Journalist Bert WilkinsonSince Chronicle’s Editor-in-Chief fired Lewis and Hinds, several executives of the WPA have come out condemning the actions of the State newspaper. WPA’s Tacuma Ogunseye has since expressed the opinion that his party should leave the coalition, since its views are being silenced. He has been very vocal in the media.In this regard, Trotman said he would have had discussions with at least two high-ranking People’s National Congress (PNC) officials who have since expressed their support for the views of Ogunseye.He noted that although the WPA issued a firm statement on what that party thought was the denial of press freedom, it was Ogunseye’s letters to the local press that generated interest in the matter.The former MP explained that the Government was forcing its supporters away with its attempt to stifle criticisms of its policy direction.“When you go in that direction (of silencing your critics), you’re forcing people to go underground and take positions life-threatening to this thing we call the coalition… When we sat down to discuss what led to the formation of the APNU, we took a whole range of things into consideration, and those views were represented in the Statement of Principles of the Party. We were concerned about the trampling of press freedom, and we swore (that) in a new dispensation that will not happen,” Trotman noted.Williams wrote to Hinds and Lewis, informing them that their contracts would be terminated effective March 12, 2018 in an effort to rebrand the State newspaper. The two have since called the Government out as having made the decision to have them fired because of their critique of its performance.last_img read more

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Everton stars Stones, Lukaku and Barkley will STAY PUT in January, insists Roberto Martinez

first_img1 Everton stars John Stones and Romelu Lukaku Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists the Toffees’ biggest stars will NOT be sold in the January transfer window, while the boss stayed quiet on reports linking the club with free agent Ron Vlaar.The likes of John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley have emerged as some of the Premier League’s brightest young stars over the last 18 months, leading to interest from a host of top clubs over the summer. But the Merseyside outfit stood firm.Chelsea were frustrated in their pursuit of centre-back Stones, who stayed at Everton after having a late transfer request rejected, though there has been talk of the Premier League champions trying again in the New Year.Meanwhile, Belgian striker Lukaku has been linked with both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus after a strong start to the season – scoring seven goals in 12 games.But when asked on Thursday about whether Everton’s best players could be leaving when the window reopens, Martinez said: “Not at all, no.“We’re not in a position where we have to make financial decisions [like that].“The focus is clearly on trying to be strong together and having a real continuity.”Speaking ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Aston Villa, Martinez suggested Everton would not be involved in much business at all during January.“From our point of view, the window will be to try to see if there is anything we can do to help the squad we have,” he added.“If there are any opportunities, we will always look into it. But we don’t look at this window as one to be really involved, to bring players in or sell players.“For us, it’s more a matter of continuity.”One player Everton are reportedly considering recruiting is Vlaar, the Holland centre-half without a club since leaving Villa over the summer.When quizzed on that matter on Thursday, Martinez indicated no talks had taken place, and said: “You’re talking about a player that has very good experience in the Premier League and is not attached to other clubs.“But at the moment it is not for me to mention about any other players apart from those we have in the squad. I have nothing to comment.”last_img read more

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Banned driver who caused €28,000 of damage after ramming two cars is jailed

first_imgA man who was banned from driving a week before causing €28,000 of damage after ramming into two cars has been jailed for four months and banned from getting behind the wheel for 14 years.Chris McClafferty appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with dangerous driving and other offences. Gardai told the court that on St Patrick’s Day in 2016, they responded to a call that a car was driving at high speed and dangerously at Kilmacrennan Road in Letterkenny.When approached by Gardai, McClafferty reversed into two cars and mounted a footpath causing €28,000 of damage.McClafferty then tried to flee but was apprehended by Gardai.Gardai Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that people on the scene who were caught up in traffic had been left shocked by the incident.The accused was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but then used a metal button from his trousers to write his name on the wall of the Garda cell.Inspector Harrison said painters had to be called into to renovate the cell at a cost of €450.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Gordon Curley said his client admitted all the offences and had already paid €500 for the cost of damage to the cell.He revealed how his client had served six weeks in Castelrea Prison for a criminal damage charge which somebody else had later admitted to and this had had a profound effect on him.He added that his client, from 43 Brookfield Heights, Letterkenny, did not want to go back to prison and wanted to return to education to become a fitness instructor.“He simply wants to put this behind him and does not want to go back to prison.“He is big into his fitness and would like to go down the route of becoming a fitness instructor.“I am asking that the case be possible be dealt with by way of suspended sentence,” pleaded Mr Curley.However, Judge Paul Kelly said the fact was that McClafferty walked out of court a week before these offences having been banned following another serious driving incident.He also asked if the two people whose cars had been written off in the incident had been compensated but was told there was no insurance cover on behalf of the accused.Judge Kelly sentenced McClafferty to two months in jail for dangerous driving at Kilmacrennan Road and banned him from driving for five years.He fined him a further €250 for failing to provide a breath specimen and disqualified from driving for four years.He was also jailed for four months for not having insurance, not having a driving license and driving while disqualified.All sentences are to run concurrently meaning McClafferty was jailed for a total of four months and banned from driving for 14 years.Banned driver who caused €28,000 of damage after ramming two cars is jailed was last modified: October 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CaseChris McClaffertycourtcrashdonegallast_img read more

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NORTH WEST 10K: PICTURE GALLERY 1

first_imgMORE than 2,600 people ran or walked the North West 10K in Letterkenny today.We will have more pictures and videos later.If you have pictures you want to see on donegaldaily.com then email them to us at info@donegaldaily.com. Donegaldaily – Spread the word….. NORTH WEST 10K: PICTURE GALLERY 1 was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:charity run and walkletterkennyNorth West 10klast_img read more

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Tottenham and Wolves told to pay £43.5million for Serie A ace

first_img Latest Premier League Stories huge blow REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED gameday cracker REVEALED The 21-year-old is disappointed at his lack of minutes and has since been linked with a move away from the club as he bids to secure more regular first-team action.Both Spurs and Wolves are said to be big fans of Diawara and have reportedly scouted him extensively.However, despite only being a peripheral figure at Napoli, the Italian side have no intention of letting him leave on the cheap. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star no dice Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers will have to pay Napoli £43.5million to land transfer target Amadou Diawara.The Guinean midfielder has found first-team football hard to come by this term, starting just four of their 12 Serie A games. In fact, according to Calciomercato, they will not leave Diawara leave for any less than £43.5m given that he remains under contract until 2021.Now it will be down to one of the interested parties to hit that figure if they want to land the holding midfielder when the transfer window opens in January.center_img Napoli star Amadou Diawara in action. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining deals 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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