Australia, Kenya and Fiji earn continental titles to earn Rio 2016 sevens berths

first_imgWhile all eight competing teams in the Championship qualified to the quarter-finals from the pool phase Australia’s three victories gave them a straightforward tie against minnows American Samoa, who had finished bottom of Pool B. Unsurprisingly, the Australian team recorded a comprehensive 52-0 victory before recording a routine 36-0 win over Papua New Guinea in the semi-final to move one match away from sealing an Olympic berth. A final showdown with Samoa had been predicted ahead of the Championship, however, the four-time champions were stunned by a superb display by Tonga in their semi-final, with the Pacific Games bronze medalists emerging 41-5 winners.The effort appeared to take their toll on the Tongans in the final, however, as Australia stormed into a 31-0 half-time advantage with their captain Ed Jenkins claiming two tries.The Australians continued to dominant in the second period to eventual emerge as 50-0 winners and seal their place at Rio 2016, having missed out on one of four places up for grabs in the 2014–2015 HSBC Sevens World Series after finishing fifth. “The boys put in a ruthless performance in that last game and it was just desserts for the effort they have put in – not only in the last three months with me, but for the last three or four years too,” said Tim Walsh, interim coach of Australia’s men’s team.”This is a great way to start a new chapter, a new stage in what will be a massive year with the Olympics at the end of it.”It’s a weight off everyone’s shoulders [qualifying for Rio] – if you look at it in a positive way, then these players will be battle-hardened and more able to handle those pressure situations.”Tonga and Samoa will still hold a hope of earning a place at Rio 2016 having qualified for the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, due to take place in June.Australia’s victory ensured they will have representation in both the men’s and women’s competitions at Rio 2016, where rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut.Fiji will also feature in the two events after their women’s team secured the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship title. After cruising to a 58-0 win over Papua New Guinea in the semi-final of the four-team tournament, the Fijiana knew a victory in the decider against Samoa would see them join their men’s team, who won the 2014–2015 HSBC Sevens World Series, at the Olympics.Their place was secured courtesy of a dominant 55-0 triumph, with Rusila Nagasau starring having scored four tries during the match.A thrilling conclusion to the 2015 Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Championship in Johannesburg saw Kenya join the already qualified South Africa at Rio 2016 as they earned a last gasp victory over Zimbabwe.Both nations had proved to be a class above their rivals throughout the tournament and a crunch encounter for the sole Olympic berth was set up after Kenya had overcome Tunisia 42-12 in their semi-final, with Zimbabwe having beaten Morocco 26-0 in their last four matches.Zimbabwe appeared to have secured the Championship title and Rio 2016 berth after a try in the final 30 seconds of the match gave them a 17-14 lead, however Kenya were able to keep the ball alive after the match restarted and worked an opening for Dennis Ombachi to cross the Zimbabwean try-line with the final play to give his team a 19-17 victory.Following their late defeat Zimbabwe will join the beaten semi-finalists Tunisia and Morocco in the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, where the one remaining spot in the men’s Olympic tournament will be claimed.Caption: Australia rugby sevens teamPicture Source: insidethegameslast_img read more

Movietowne claims ignorance of breached agreement

first_imgInvestment concessions– competitor questions whether duty-free fraud occurredMovietowne has distanced itself from any suggestion it had anything to do with what equipment China Harbour Engineering (CHEC) used on its construction; after concerns were raised that the construction company breached a previous Investment Development Agreement (IDA).The Movietowne construction projectIn an interview with Guyana Times, Movietowne investor, Derek Chin, described the allegations against his project as unfounded and “pulling at straws”. For one, Chin explained that all steel and aluminium used in the project was certified by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI).Scaffolding, he noted, was brought from Trinidad. Trinidadian sub-contractors, he related, were used for plumbing, electrical work and Information Technology. Chin stressed that other things like glass, escalators, elevators and generators belonged to Movietowne. According to Chin, he could not be responsible for what equipment a contractor owns and uses on his work site.“We don’t know their inventory of equipment! They are contracted to do the job. We don’t tell them how to do it or what to use,” an incredulous Chin said. “CHEC are the contractors and are responsible for equipment.  We brought in scaffolding from Trinidad.  Tools I wouldn’t know.  Cranes were owned by CHEC.”“Our only concession was duty-free on cinema and kitchen equipment. Nothing on steel, cement, bricks, tiles, paint, etc. We also built the side road and bridge at no cost to the taxpayers of Guyana. It’s a public road. Rest assured we do not get involved in underhand business. You can bank on that. There are still people around who do good things and take pride in their businesses. Our brand and name is very important to us. Anyone can tell you about the MT story and our impeccable reputation and record from Trinidad.”CHECBack in 2014, China Harbour Engineering (CHEC) had signed a US$30 million agreement with Movietowne to construct the entertainment facilities, restaurants and commercial space. At the time, CHEC was already contracted to do the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and extension project.During a recent tour of his facilities, however, Chin had spoken out about challenges facing the Turkeyen construction project. The Movietowne proprietor had noted that these challenges were costing the company and interactions with Government have dwindled.The businessman had said Government should be more involved in discussion with the Private Sector and work hand in hand, since they are the ones who are the drivers of the economy.In light of Chin’s complaints about processing delays and red tape, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) came out in a statement distancing itself from the perception that it is behind the delay in Movietowne’s construction.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, in a statement to the media on Monday, noted that the resulting articles imply tardiness on his entity’s part. According to the tax entity, it has in fact assisted the company in clearing its goods.“In mid-2017, the principal of Movietowne first met with the GRA to discuss the issue of concessions, and at that meeting, requested that concessions be backdated to the commencement of construction. The GRA advised that concessions cannot be backdated and should have been applied prior to the commencement of construction.”“The GRA also advised the principal that equipment currently being utilised in the construction of Movietowne, was in breach of the terms of another Investment Development Agreement (IDA), since, based on the said IDA, equipment earmarked for use on another major project was being utilised in the construction of Movietowne,” Statia had said.Statia claimed that instead of terminating the IDA on the basis of the breach, the GRA agreed to allow both projects to continue. He claimed that there was an understanding that the available remedies under the said IDA would be enforced after the projects are completed.He went on to explain that Movietowne submitted an IDA application to the Guyana Officer for Investment (Go-Invest). The company, Statia related, was advised in September 2017 by the GRA that only concessions in line with those granted to competitors in the industry would be allowed.This supports Chin’s subsequent statements to this publication in an interview in which he denied receiving preferential treatment. But while the GRA did not say who brought over the equipment or what other project it was supposed to be used for under the other IDA, Giftland’s Chief Executive Roy Beepat linked CHEC to the matter in a letter to the media.Beepat, whose company is considered Movietowne’s main competitor, questioned whether CHEC used its duty-free concessions acquired for the airport project to also do work on Movietowne… and whether Movietowne was complicit in this arrangement.“GRA has stated that there was a breach of the China Harbour contract and they have misused their concessions and duty-free equipment to supply these to Movietowne,” Beepat had said in his letter to the media.“Isn’t this fraud on the Government, if concessions were granted for the Timehri airport then how can the materials and equipment end up at Movietowne? It is in the public’s interest to have a detailed list of these and what fines are being levied for this transgression. Was Movietowne aware of this arrangement? A thorough investigation by the CID [Criminal Investigations Department] is required here to determine intent”.In addition, Beepat noted, “Mr Statia mentions that “equipment“ was used by China Harbour on the Movietowne project, he does not mention materials, having paid hefty duties and VAT on all my imports not related to the Cinema component, I would be grateful for the proof that cement, steel, escalators, elevators, glass, shop fronts, doors, washroom , electrical, plumbing and all other items which we paid duty for including our generation sets were equally duty-paid by China Harbour and Movietowne. As it appears that China Harbour worked at that time period with inbuilt duty-free concessions, it would be reasonable to surmise that this would have applied to these other items as well, having shown that they had already done this with “equipment for Movietowne.” (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Guinness Cage kicks off on August 8

first_img– Chetsons already on boardThe need to integrate communities all across Guyana has been the recurring theme among politicians, village leaders and the wider society for a long time now and many initiatives have been advanced to do so.Sport has been one of the vehicles advocated to break down age-old barriers that prevent cohesion among villages and communities and when Three Peat Promotions stage its second Annual Guinness Cage Competition on the Haslington Tarmac on August 8, it will mark another opportunity to aid in fostering camaraderie and understanding among the various communities.The promotional group, which hosted its inaugural tournament last year at the National Gymnasium, will take over the Haslington Market Tarmac on the East Coast of Demerara on this occasion in response to the overwhelming requests from teams that are based on the East Coast.Co-principal Rawle Welch said the staging of this year’s tournament on the East Coast was due in large measure to the requests by several teams that are based along the East Coast corridor, as the bulk of the invited teams would come from those communities.“We have invited a total of 24 teams and a minimum of 12 will come from the East Coast villages, while the remainder will comprise teams from Georgetown, Linden and West Demerara and they will compete in the tournament, which we have dubbed “The East Coast Best against the Rest”,” Welch disclosed.The fans, he said, are the best anywhere, well-behaved and very supportive of events and according to the organiser, the promotional team had no hesitation in its decision to reward the communities for their support and love over the years.“Many feel that the East Coast teams are not on par with teams from the other communities, but the time has arrived for all to put up or shut up because as someone who has had the privilege to witness all the communities across the various regions, I can confirm that the East Coast teams have improved immensely and should not be considered pushovers anymore,” Welch stated.He said he anticipated some riveting rivalries over the five days of competition as the hosts look to repel the challenges of visiting teams.Over $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs, while lucky fans will have the opportunity to win prizes over the five nights of competition for their support at the bar.“Every night, we will have a winner among the fans and this will be awarded to the fan that buys the most buckets of the sponsor’s beverage,” Welch added.Clarks footwear giants Chetsons has already pledged its support, while a commitment of support has come from Queensway Security Services; E-Networks Inc; KSM Investments; Yhip’s Bakery; Brass Aluminium & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Ray’s Auto Sales; YK Investments; Trophy Stall; Woodpecker Products; National Sports Commission; C Division of the Guyana Police Force; Julius Variety Store and C & C Prestigious Styles.last_img read more

Hillview turns 50

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – Hundreds of students, parents, alumni and school officials gathered Thursday evening at Hillview Middle School to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The event featured a display of yearbooks and picture boards, as well as orchestra and band performances by current and former students. Honorary service awards were handed out, and eighth-grade algebra teacher Lark Wingert – a Hillview alumna – also gave a presentation on her years at the East Whittier school. – From staff reportslast_img

Heralds’ game starts earlier

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 8:15 p.m.Whittier Christian High School’s :Southern California Regional first-round girls basketball game today against host La Jolla Country Day will begin at 7 p.m. This is 30 minutes earlier than the Heralds’ games started in the march to the CIF Southern Section, Division V-AA championship.the past two weeks.last_img

CONFIRMED: Leicester City sign Euro 2016 star Bartosz Kapustka

first_img1 Bartosz Kapustka in action for Poland Leicester have signed Poland international winger Bartosz Kapustka.The 19-year-old has joined the Premier League champions from Cracovia in his homeland, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.Claudio Ranieri’s side are currently in Stokholm where they will play Barcelona on Wednesday night in the International Champions Cup and Kapustka has linked up with his new team mates in the Swedish capital.Kapustka made over 60 appearances for Cracovia, with his displays leading to an international debut for Poland in September 2015 when he came on as a substitute against Gibraltar.He was part of the Poland squad at this summer’s European Championships in France and produced an impressive display in the opening group game against Northern Ireland.Kapustka is the fifth new arrival at the King Power Stadium during the close season following the arrivals of Luis Hernandez, Ron-Robert Zieler, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa.last_img read more

Postings of LAPD internal reviews offer harrowing insights

first_img Officers shot and wounded the suspect as he approached them with a knife after leading them on a car chase, the report says. The board advised training for two officers. In another case out of Southeast L.A., an officer fatally shot a domestic violence suspect when the man came toward him with a gun. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The first reports posted were from three officer-involved shootings from early 2005 that the panel reviewed Jan. 10. The commission found each of the shootings to be within department policy, but recommended tactical training for some of the officers involved. The detailed reports provide a harrowing look at the incidents and rare insight into how the panel makes its decisions. While offering such detail, however, the names of officers and suspects are omitted, a key priority of the police officers union, which worked to develop the system along with the commission and LAPD leaders. In one case, officers in Southeast Los Angeles confronted a man suspected of killing his parents and taking his ex-girlfriend hostage. Officers drew the man out of his vehicle, but he then dove back into the car and shot his ex-girlfriend twice in the head, killing her, according to the report. Officers fired at the man through the car’s tinted windows, aiming at his silhouette. The commission recommended that six officers and one sergeant receive tactical training, because of concerns about a handcuffing technique, firearms handling and the use of emergency sirens. A case out of Hollywood involved a gang member suspected in several drug-related killings who had allegedly fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution but returned to visit a girlfriend and his young son. Making good on an early pledge to increase accountability, the Los Angeles Police Commission on Wednesday began posting online summaries of use-of-force reviews. It is the first time the city has released such information about the disciplinary decisions made by the civilian panel overseeing the Los Angeles Police Department, whose officers use serious force in more than 100 cases a year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa encouraged his appointees to post the reports to help improve relations between the LAPD and communities where there has historically been tension. “Hopefully, this will serve as another way we can establish a better rapport with the diversified public and better establish trust and mutual respect,” said Commission President John Mack, former head of the Los Angeles Urban League. last_img read more

Arsenal said to be ahead of Barcelona and Bayern in battle for Serie A star

first_img 2 Under has impressed since breaking into the first-team 12 months ago. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Arsenal are the favourites to sign Roma ace Cengiz Under ahead of Barcelona and Bayern Munich next summer.The 21-year-old forward has impressed in the Italian capital since moving there in July 2017 from İstanbul Başakşehir for just over £10million. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Cengiz Under is wanted by several top clubs. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Turkey international has caught the eye of both Barcelona and Bayern Munich since his time with Roma, but they are not the favourites to sign him.Instead, according to widespread reports in Under’s native Turkey, Arsenal are leading the race for him. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow REPLY shining 2 The Gunners are said to have the most concrete interest in the player and he is eager to move to England.Arsenal are understood to be in the market for a new wide forward and they have also been linked with Barcelona’s Malcom. Latest Football Stories Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Any move for the Brazilian would cost around £45million and Under is believed to be in the same price range.Roma, however, have told Arsenal that any deal for the 21-year-old will not go through until the summer.last_img read more

WEATHER WARNING ISSUED FOR DONEGAL FOR TODAY/TONIGHT

first_imgMET Eireann has issued a weather warning for Donegal for today and tonight.The gale warning says winds could reach 50mph at times with very heavy showers.Irish weather online says: “The weather will resemble a late autumn gale with strong northwest winds 30-50 mph (force 8 to 10 over marine areas). There will be intervals of rain that may be quite heavy at times in Ulster. Highs only 14-16 C. Rainfalls 5-15 mms.” Winds will calm but showery weather will continue throughout the week. Showers will die out on Thursday and warmer weather with cloudy skies and sunny intervals will return on Friday and continue through next weekend.There is some hope of warmer weather into the following week.Irish weather online reports: “The following week may have some warmer days still, with the improving trend likely to peak around mid-week. Models continue to “chop and change” on this period and the main question seems to be how strong the high will be once it drifts closer to Ireland. The range of possible outcomes is still something like a brief warmup to a long warm spell.”WEATHER WARNING ISSUED FOR DONEGAL FOR TODAY/TONIGHT was last modified: July 17th, 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:donegal weather July 17thdonegaldaily.comweather warninglast_img read more

SWILLY ROVERS LOSE APPEAL OVER RACIST ALLEGATIONS

first_imgSwilly Rovers Football Club have lost their appeal to have sanctions and a €1,000 fine lifted by the FAI in the aftermath of racist allegations at Swilly Park.The club will now consider other avenues of appeal to have the sanctions overturned in the controversy involving an Under 15 SFAI Cup game against Castlebar Celtic played on March 1st.A player, Thierry Baba and his club alleged that he was racially abused at the game – a claim strenuously denied by the Donegal club. The Tirconail Tribune reports the appeal was heard on Tuesday on the decision of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland to hit Swilly with a €1,000 fine and ban from playing any more home matches this season in national underage cup competitions.On Wednesday morning Swilly Chairperson Edward Diver confirmed news of the FAI’s decision not to overturn the sanctions.  He added that it would now be a matter for the club to decide whether to explore other possible appeal avenues or legal options in relation to their case.Mr Diver declined to make any further comment on the matter until after a formal club meeting was held to discuss the FAI decision.Swilly officials including Chairperson Edward Diver, Secretary Mick Geever, Schoolboys Secretary P.J. Kavanagh and U-15 managers Tony McNamee and Brian Harte attended the appeal hearing at the FAI Headquarters in Abbottstown on Tuesday and were accompanied by solicitor Seamus Gunn. While Mr Diver said he was pleased with the way their case had been heard by the FAI Appeals Committee there is understandable disappointment within the club that at least some of the sanctions were not lifted.The only minor alteration to the initial punishment handed down is that €500 of the original €1,000 fine is to be paid to a national anti-racism programme.The appeal was heard on Tuesday after Swilly had sought a deferral of the hearing, which was originally scheduled for last Friday in order to deal with a large volume of documentation that was been received in relation to the alleged racist chanting towards Thierry Baba during an U-15 cup game against Castlebar Celtic at the beginning of March in Ramelton.The original sanctions were handed down by the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) following a disciplinary meeting in Dublin three weeks ago.Swilly has also been ordered to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme. As a result of the appeal the Ramelton side’s U-15 SFAI Cup quarter-final game against Kerry’s Kingdom Boys scheduled for March 22nd at a neutral venue in Lucan, Dublin did not go ahead.The match had originally been a home game for Swilly until the disciplinary sanctions were handed down. The rescheduling of that game will depend on what course of action the Swilly Rovers Club now decide upon after their appeal was turned down.SWILLY ROVERS LOSE APPEAL OVER RACIST ALLEGATIONS was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 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:Castlebar CelticSFAIswilly roversThierry Babalast_img read more