The Springboks have not beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand for eight years and they showed little prospect of changing that statistic as they were overwhelmed by the All Blacks 57-0 in a seven-try-to-none demolition at North Harbour Stadium tonight.The young Springboks team initially ran and scrumed strongly in the early exchanges but the All Blacks quickly seized on lineout and passing errors with a first half masterclass in counterattacking rugby and ruthless finishing.Reiko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Scott Barrett and Brodie Retaliack all crossed the Springbok line in the first 35 minutes.First five Beauden Barrett had a vintage first 40 minutes, converting four tries and a penalty and featuring in a magical behind-the-back pass to send Milner Skudder over for his first try.The Springboks often proved architects of their own misfortune in a performance riddled with poor lineouts, missed tackles and dropped passes.After a slow start in the second half, continued pressure saw Milner-Skudder, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Lima Sopaga and Cody Taylor all cross to pour the pain on the Springboks.It is the second time in a year the All Blacks have put 57 points on the Springboks, coming on back of their 57-15 win in Durban in October.”The Boks really threw everything at us,” All Blacks captain Kieran Read told reporters. “It was an intense test match. I don’t really know how we were up by so many points.”The All Blacks had been criticised for their inability to exploit space throughout the season, particularly against the defensive linespeed the British and Irish Lions employed earlier this year in their drawn series.On Saturday, they were ruthless in identifying space and taking their opportunities throughout the game.”We are very proud of it,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said. “The boys had a good week. We are trying to get better all the time and have been trying to work on a lot of things.”We were pretty clear with how we wanted to play and a lot of things came off.”The loss is the Springboks first for the year.”I’m very disappointed and the players are hurting,” Springboks coach Allister Coetzee said.”We had a good plan and great preparation and the first 20 minutes, we played our best rugby. We felt we were on top and dominated collisions and one pass goes astray and you’re under the poles.”In their last two tests at North Harbour Stadium the All Blacks have scored 148 points and conceded none.
The final funeral rites over the remains of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Charles Gyude Bryant, was held Wednesday, May 14 at the of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Monrovia.Liberians, including former heads of state, former officials of government, many of whom were co-workers, and members of the diplomatic corps turned out in huge numbers to pay homage to Chairman Bryant, who is being eulogized as the architect of Liberia‘s peace process.Although the Liberian government was originally denied any participation in the funeral rites for the late Chairman in terms of a state burial as is allegedly enshrined in his Will, an array of government officials led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Speaker J. Alex Tyler and Senate Pro-Tempore, Gbehzongar M. Findley, were present at the service.The Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Liberia, Jonathan B. B. Hart, in his funeral discourse, said the late Chairman was a humble servant of humanity, notably the state and the church, where he offered his life and services to the advancement of those institutions until his death.The Episcopalian Prelate said the late Bryant was a “peace maker, a reconciler and a visionary leader”—who was asked at a difficult time when the country was in disarray to serve his people; an honor he accepted and executed with “diligence.”He said that Bryant did not exhibit a greed for power as exemplified through the timely and peaceful transfer to a democratically-elected government headed by Africa’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in 2006.He reminded Liberian politicians and those in the strata of leadership that they are called to serve humanity; and as such, they should serve with commitment, transparency and enthusiasm as did the late NTGL chairman to the glory of the Almighty Creator.Bishop Hart called on Liberians to respect and love one and another and desist from those things that will tear the country apart, undermining the peace that Liberians currently enjoy. The Episcopal clergyman also called on Liberians to desist from deceit and hypocrisy “as it has the propensity to drift us further apart.”Bishop Hart: “Gyude Bryant was a very dedicated and faithful scholar and statesman who contributed immensely to his church and country. He was the Chairman of the NTGL while at the same time serving as an usher in our church directing people to their seats. He was indeed a servant.”According to Bishop Hart, “It was mandated for the late Bryant to serve for only two years. He did not hold onto power as many of us would do had we been in those shoes. Therefore, we must try to emulate the exemplary life that he lived by doing away with pretense and undermining each other as Liberians.”Former Chairman Bryant, who “faithfully and honorably” served the Liberian state from October 2003 to January 16, 2006, died at 65 on April 16, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.For President Sirleaf, the former NTGL Chair was a man who gave much of his life and service to the betterment of Liberia and Liberians.She said the Liberian people are downhearted by the death of such an humble leader. “The country has lost one of the most committed and dedicated servants,” she lamented.The Liberian leader described the late Bryant as a man who had deep unpretending humility, and the opportunity to serve his people. She said the late Bryant will forever be remembered by his compatriots for his role in bringing peace to the country.Bryant’s former Vice Chair, Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson, described the deceased as a soft-spoken and understanding, but firm man, who always ensured that the right things were done.Paying tribute on behalf of members and former officials of the NTGL, Ambassador Johnson said the late Bryant will be highly credited for the peace that Liberians presently enjoy as he was one of those who wholeheartedly sat at a table for dialogue for a peace resolution to the Liberian conflict.He said the NTGL, under the leadership of Chairman Bryant, fully implemented the mandate of the government as outlined in the Accra Peace Accord.Meanwhile the emotions at the service began to soar as congregation began to reflect on their interaction with the late Liberian statesman. Some people, especially the fallen statesman fiancée, Sia-Ella Sammy, and three children, Charles G. Bryant III, Cheryl R. Bryant, and Charles Mleh Bryant, could no longer hold back tears as the congregation sang some soulful and heart rending funeral hymns.The late NTGL Chair was not given a state burial because his families’ members (The Carr and Bryant) insisted that government stay out of the process. The family members claimed the late Bryant willed that government be excluded from his burial rites.This decision might have been the result of “bad blood” between the current leadership and the late statesman, created when he was accused of corruption and sent to prison.Nonetheless Bryant’s children thanked the Liberian government and people for honoring their father at his home going.“We shall have elections on time, I will not remain in office beyond our mandate…not one year, not one month, not one week, not one day and not one hour,” Charles G. Bryant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, August 4, donated a consignment of rice and stationery materials to the Caldwell Orphanage Home as part of its humanitarian assistance to the township.Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Caldwell, the chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Liberia, Mr. He Ming Hua said the consignment which included rice and stationery materials worth over U$4,000 is a way of identifying with orphans, especially children who became victims as a result of the Ebola crisis.He recounted the difficult days when Liberia was hard hit as the result of the Ebola outbreak and indicated that several Chinese institutions helped in identifying with the government and people of Liberia in its battle against the disease.He named areas, including construction, mining, fisheries and agriculture which Chinese owned companies have made financial investment, thereby creating employment for scores of Liberians.“We will continue to contribute to the economy through the creation of more jobs,” Mr. He said and lamented that the global economic crisis has also affected the Chinese Chamber of Commerce which comprises of CICO, CHICO, Wonderful, CHQC, CDIG and China Union.“Despite the difficult situation as earlier stated we will not forget our responsibility to the people of Liberia. We will always try to perform our corporate social responsibility as much as we can,” Mr. He noted.Taking delivery of the consignment the Commissioner of the Township of Caldwell, Madam Alexine Howard said the effort by the group is highly appreciated because Caldwell is a township in dare need of such assistance.“For you to take this time and think of these children means a lot to the government and people of Caldwell because orphans are children who often need care and support,” she said.Commissioner Howard expressed gratitude to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the donation which would be used for the intended purpose.Relationship between Liberia and China (PR) has improved over the years as evidence by a recent high-powered Chinese business delegation’s visit to Liberia seeking new partnership and cooperation with Liberian entrepreneurs in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure and agriculture.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. estimates that pirated goods resulted in the loss of about 106,000 direct and indirect jobs in the county in 2005. It also estimated that it deprived state and local governments of more than $400 million in tax revenue that year. The panel will seek to develop a comprehensive approach to reducing piracy, including penalties and how to allocate more money for police and prosecutors. “We also think that we need to develop an educational campaign for judges so that when we do convict these people they are given more than a slap on the wrist,” Greuel said. Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes “Santee Alley,” where pirated goods are often openly sold, said it is more than a minor problem. Perry said a recent shooting near an elementary school in her district was sparked by a turf battle among counterfeiters. Saying pirated goods cost Los Angeles County firms $5.3 billion a year, Los Angeles city and county officials announced on Friday the creation of a task force to develop strategies to stem the counterfeit trade. “Los Angeles is the creative capital of the nation,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference in the Staples Center plaza where tables of pirated products – watches, wallets, designer jeans, CDs and DVDs – were on display. “Every dollar lost to piracy represents a dollar lost to the hard-working families that make Los Angeles the envy of the world.” The task force will be chaired by City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and will include city and county officials as well as industry representatives. “And this is also the gateway to crime,” Perry said. “These pirates often use young people to serve as their mules to sell the CDs and DVDs because they know they will get lighter sentences.” Villaraigosa said the issue is so important that he discussed it with Chinese officials during his recent trip to Asia. “When I was in China, I had high-level discussions on the impact of piracy in Los Angeles,” he said. “This is the epicenter of the entertainment industry and when you look at the numbers we’re talking about, it has to be an effort on the state and federal level, as well.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donned in bright red t-shirts, the first group of employees left the office on 100 Avenue at 10 a.m., and will be joined by the other three branches as the complete the five kilometre loop. Mariette Dechaine, a Commercial Account Executive, explains that locally, the money raised will be going towards putting defibrillators in public places in the community, as well as scholarships and bursaries for high school students. “Western Financial Group has always been about community,” she argues. “Most of our offices are in smaller communities. We want to support the community instead of branching out into big cities. We want to keep things local.” – Advertisement -Company-wide the goal is to surpass last year’s nearly $90,000 raised. Locally, the Fort St. John branches have already raised close to $4,000. To make a donation, visit www.supportthecause.ca.Advertisement
0Shares0000Arsenal left back Sead Kolasinac celebrates a goal in a past Premier League match PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8- Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has urged his teammates to pick themselves up and do their utmost to perform against Milan on Thursday.The Gunners head into the UEFA Europa League last-16 clash with the Rossoneri on the back of four consecutive defeats, which included back-to-back losses against Manchester City and most recently a 2-1 defeat against Brighton. Kolasinac admits it is tough to recover from those disappointments but believes it’s up to the players to take on the challenge in Italy.“It is a difficult situation for us,” he told DAZN. “We did not play well in the two games against Manchester City.“In some situations, we did not play bad. But honestly, we have to say that Manchester City have a phenomenal team, especially in their attack. Sometimes you have to admit that they are better or are in a better situation.“They are first in the league with a huge gap to second. Naturally, they are playing different. But the atmosphere in our team has to be good and it is good as well, because we cannot bury our heads in the sand right now.“On Thursday, we fly to Milan. We cannot bury our heads in the sand. We have to look forward and try to do better next time.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
• For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. LOS ANGELES – Despite reassurances from state officials, homeowners in fire-ravaged Southern California might have plenty to worry about when it comes to their home insurance. With damage estimates climbing daily, reaching $1 billion Wednesday, homeowners fear that insurance companies will raise rates or even cancel policies in the wake of the fires. State officials and consumer advocates say that’s not likely, but the scope of the fires and past tussles with insurers make many Californians skeptical. Major insurers are inspecting homes in high-risk areas throughout the West and threatening to cancel coverage if owners don’t clear brush or take other precautions. “Yeah, it’s pretty worrisome. They might start not insuring us, that’s pretty scary,” said Bruce Fowler, a resident of San Diego’s Scripps Ranch neighborhood who was evacuated to Qualcomm Stadium this week. Fowler’s home narrowly es- caped being destroyed in 2003, the last time fires swept Southern California with such ferocity. More then 3,600 homes were destroyed then, and insured losses surpassed $2 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute. So far, about 1,500 homes have been lost across Southern California due to the fires. The number is expected to rise. Insurers said they have sufficient reserves to pay claims that will likely surpass $1 billion. “Insurance companies are in the business of taking these types of risk,” state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said. “The companies are in great health and have substantial reserves,” he said. Poizner said he has talked to several insurance company chief executives in recent days and been assured they are taking steps to swiftly pay claims. On Wednesday, he declared an insurance state of emergency, allowing out-of-state claims adjustors not licensed in California to come to the state to handle claims. Paul Hopkins, chief executive of Farmers Insurance Group Inc., echoed Poizner’s outlook. “We don’t set our rates or underwriting guidelines based on a single event,” Hopkins said. “We have no desire nor has it been our past policy to start doing mass cancellations.” But the likelihood of companies taking a harder look at underwriting and pricing policies increases with the price tag of the fire, said Donald Light, a senior analyst with Boston-based financial consultant Celent. “The higher the final reckoning, the more likely companies are going to act.” Recent insurance history re- inforces the skeptics’ view. California had to form a special authority to sell earthquake coverage after insurers threatened to leave following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. And after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes, a number of companies, including Allstate and State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., raised rates, canceled or limited homeowners policies. The companies’ finances rebounded. After largely resolving claims from Hurricane Katrina, State Farm saw profits climb by 65 percent to $5.32 billion in 2006, while Allstate had 2006 profits of $5 billion, nearly triple its 2005 level. Full-year figures for 2007 are not yet available but some companies have seen earnings slip. “I see no way they’re not going to increase premiums,” said Les Brown, a Los Angeles attorney who has sued insurers on behalf of policyholders. “They are going to want to make up for the billions of dollars they will lose or more because of this disaster.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Officials say they’ll be able to reign in rates, pointing out that insurance in California is highly regulated, and authorities aren’t likely to approve any increases in premiums, especially after pushing companies to reduce premiums this year. Also, California remains the nation’s largest market for homeowner insurance – a profitable line of business despite the risks. That didn’t stop Allstate Corp. – the nation’s second-largest property-casualty insurer – from announcing earlier this year that it would no longer underwrite new California homeowner policies, citing risks from wildfires and earthquakes. The company is also seeking a 12 percent rate hike for its existing customers.
Termon GAA Notes: Week Ending 05/06/12Comortas Peile Na GaeltachtaCuraidh na hÉireann agus BanCuraidh na hÉireann. Ní minic go dtiocfadh le club a rá go bhfuil dhá chraobh uile Éireann buailte acu ar lá amháin, ach sin mar a bhí sé i nGaoth Dobhair nuair a bhain mná an Tearmainn i gcoinne Cill Chomáin ó Mhaigh Eo chun an tríú croabh na hÉireann as a chéile a bhaint. Bhí an corn sin tógtha ag na girseacha ón chluiche ag meán lae, agus ansin bhí foireann sinsear An Tearmainn ag imirt in aghaidh Naomh Náille ag a dó. Cluiche cruinn, teannta a bhí ann ar dtús, ach le sár obair ón fhoireann ar fad, d’éirigh leo roimh leath ama cúl agus neart pointe a chur eatarthu. Lean an cluiche ar aghaidh mar an gcéanna sa dara leath, agus cé go bhfuair Naomh Náille cic éirice sa bhomaite deireanach, bhí go leor déanta ag fir An Tearmainn chun an cluiche agus an chéad Chraobh na Gaeltachta náisiúnta a thógáil na bhaile leo. Tá achan duine fíor bródúil as na foirne seo ar lá stairiúil don Tearmann. Maith sibh go léir idir imreoirí, bainistíocht agus foireann tacaíochta na bhfoireann, agus an lucht tacaíochta a thaisteal go Gaoth Dobhair, agus a bhain an oiread sin sult as na cluichí thar deireadh seachtaine ar dóigh. Gabhann muid buíochas do fhochumann Ghaoth Dobhair as ucht sár deireadh seachtaine a reáchtáil agus comórtas rathúil sultmhar a chur ar fáil dúinn. A very successful and historic weekend was had by Termon GAA at the Comartas Peil Na Gaeltachta National Finals. The seniors started their campaign on Friday night against the hosts and had a great first half which laid the platform for the victory. Thomas Cullen and Daire McDaid were best for Termon. On Saturday they faced Na Gaeil Oga from Dublin and Termon overwhelmed them from the start to secure a comprehensive victory in an excellent team performance. On Sunday Clan Na Gael of Meath stood between Termon and the All Ireland final. Again a great first half performance helped Termon to victory with Aiden Sweeney and Martin Sweeney influential. The final against St Nauls on Monday was a tense affair but a first half goal from Aiden Sweeney helped Termon get into the driving seat. A great second half team display meant that despite a late Stephen Griffin penalty Termon held out to be crowned champions. Well done to Paddy, Francie, Tommy, Seimi, Brian and Michael and to the entire panel of players who put in a big effort over the weekend with over 20 players used.The senior ladies took on Mayo side Cill Chomainn in the ladies final in an attempt to win their 3rd All Ireland gaeltacht title in a row. In a very physical encounter Termon scored a number of early goals to open up a substantial half time lead. A much sharper Termon display in the second half saw the ladies run out comfortable winners. Well done to all the players involved on the panel. Thanks to all the supporters who gave great encouragement to the two teams over the weekend. It was greatly appreciated by the players. Minor Board:The u14 game against Burt last Wednesday did not take place as Burt did not field.Our under 8s had a blitz at the Burn Road on Saturday morning. Fanad, Milford and Gweedore were the other teams present. A brilliant morning’s football was on show. Thanks to Conor Murray, Conor Tinney and Paddy Gallagher for refereeing the games. And thanks to all the ladies who helped feed the hungry children after the games.On Saturday our u12s travelled to Newry for an 11 a side competition with the best teams in Ulster. While Termon did not progress past the group stages they competed very well and actually exited the competition on score difference. Then on Sunday the U12s hosted Tir Chonnail Harps from Glasgow in an exhibition game. Thanks to all who helped out in any way at the Burn Road.Next Monday at 6.30 the U12s take on Fanad Gaels at the Burn Road.There is an under 10 boys blitz at 11.15 sharp on Saturday morning. Fanad Gaels and Gweedore will be taking part along with Termon.Ladies Board: Congratulations to Geraldine McLaughlin who was part of the Ulster provincial team who won the provincial championship at the weekend defeating Munster in the final.Well done to the under 14 ladies who travelled to Urris last Wednesday and came away with a draw after a great team performance.Mens Board:Our Seniors and reserves have a weekend off this weekend at the time of going to press after a busy schedule this last number of weeks. Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Lagoon on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 6,7,12 and 27. There was no match 3 or jackpot winner. The open draw winners were Claire Friel, Hannah McSharry and Sara Harkin. Next week’s draw takes place in McClaffertys Churchill, Paul Doherty and Essie McGrenra are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €1200.Burn Road TimetableAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. A new calendar for June will be posted in the coming days. Changing of games/trainings etc needs to be cleared to ensure no double booking of field in what is likely to be the busiest month of the year.GAA NEWS: TERMON CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 5th, 2012 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:Termon Club notes
Tragic mum Lorraine Gallagher is backing plans which could see cyber bullies sent to prison for up to three years.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe Dail is set to debate legislation which is being adopted in New Zealand which will make cyber-bullying a new offence of ‘incitement to commit suicide.’Lorraine (37) whose daughters Erin, 13, and Shannon, 15, took their own lives, says something drastic is now needed to stop the epidemic of online hatred. “It has got to the stage where a strong message needs to be sent out to cyber bullies that they can no longer do this.“We don’t know how many young people have given up on their lives because of being tortured online.“If young people think there is a chance that they could end up behind bars then I think that threat may stop some of them from doing it.“The message needs to go out that if you abuse other people online then you are leaving yourself open to the full power of the law,” she said. Lorraine, from Ballybofey in Co Donegal, recently marked the first anniversary of her youngest daughter Erin who took her life on October 27th last year.Erin had complained that she was being bullied online and a full investigation has been launched into those complaints.Just six weeks later in November last year, Lorraine’s only other daughter Shannon also took her life because she could not cope with Erin’s loss.Lorraine, who gave birth to a baby son Lennon in May, said she must continue her life for her two sons.“When Erin and then Shannon died I honestly didn’t know how I could go on. “But I have had to find the strength to go on for Sean James and Lennon.“The girls just doted on Sean James and I know they would have been the same with Lennon.“My doctor told me that I have to live for the living and not live for the dead.“It’s difficult at the moment when we are remembering the girls’ first anniversary and all they did. “But I have to do it now for my boys,” she said.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE BACKS PLANS TO JAIL CYBER BULLIES was last modified: November 10th, 2013 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:Ballybofeycyber bulliesdailErin GallagherLorraine Galaghernew lawshannon gallagher
Steven Bengo has been out of active football for a while now (File Photo)WAKISO – Former Uganda Cranes and Sports Club Villa midfielder, Steven Bengo has signed a one year deal with free spending Big League side, Wakiso Giants.The transfer fee for which he joins Wakiso Ginats has not been disclosed to the media because of confidentiality clauses embedded in the employment contract.The midfielder who also played at KCCA, Express, Soana , Tanzanian Club Yanga and Kenya’s Nakumat FC has become the latest signing of the new club and joins other players including goal keepers Mansoor Mutumba and Cleo Ssetubba, left winger James Kasibante, midfielders Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Isaac Ntege, Abdul-Karim Kasule and striker Eddie Mubiru.Earlier this year Bengo nearly returned to KCCA for the second time but he failed the medical and has since been a free agent.He has been training with Soana FC after the failed move in an effort to keep in shape.Speaking to PML Daily, the club’s head coach Ibrahim Kirya said that Bengo’s talent deserves to be given another chance despite spending sometime without playing time.“Bengo hasn’t been playing previously but i will give him enough playing time, said Kirya.“He is a talented lad who deserves another shot at the game.Wakiso Giants, who will compete in the second tier of Ugandan football after buying-off Kamuli Park FC for Shs100 Million, is going to start their pre-season training on the 23rd this month at the Old Kampala Primary School playgrounds in Kampala.Wakiso Giants will however host their home matches at Wakiso Resource center playing field.The club head offices are located at Najjanakumbi, along Entebbe road.Comments Tags: Steven BengoWakiso Giants