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PNG, Samoa, Tonga prime opposition for Fiji: Ryan

first_imgRyan told PACNEWS upon their arrival at Jackson International Airport  Tuesday that Samoa is always a tough team to play against in any 7s tournament.“ I haven’t seen the team yet  so I don’t know the strength of the side  they brought over  but they will be looking to qualify for Olympics in November, so I’m sure with the new coach as well  they send for this tournament I’m sure they will be a huge threat as well .They always tough to play against.“I think PNG, Tonga and Samoa this three will make up a prime opposition this week,” Ryan told PACNEWS.He said although there were several changes in the team, he is adamant the team will deliver.“We obviously got a good squad here for this week’s competition.  Seven changes from the team that played in London gives me chance to blood in new players.“We just had two days training before we came out here. We ‘ve been under cooked  but it’s going to be a long three days I’m sure they will learn on the field and it should be a great tournament for us,” he said.Ryan said they want to maintain Fiji’s 7s team status as the number one team in World Rugby 7s series and the expectation from the public in Fiji is nothing less a win for a gold medal.“The boys had done their share and they are on a high and the support is huge at the moment where ever we go, so it’s good hopefully they will rise up to the challenge of being the best team in the world that means every game you have to defend that title in my mind and that will start with PNG.“They know, they understand   how the selection been made and they also know like I do the way   the team is selected for Fiji. There is an expectation they will do well, obviously the team I think has lost a couple of Pacific Games final to Samoa. We certainly keen to trying keep this good vibe around Fiji sevens and make sure that we can do our best and hopefully win the gold medal on Friday night,” a confident Ryan said.last_img read more

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Mourinho: “Until the appeal, the City has the benefit of the doubt”

first_imgThe City has been sanctioned by the UEFA with not contesting competitions European in the next two seasons, plus a fine of 30 million euros, for breaking the rules of financial “fair play”. “Until the appeal is over, the Manchester City has the benefit of doubt At the end of the process, we will see if they are sanctioned or not. Do not I have nothing more to say about this“. Jose Mourinhocoach of Tottenham Hotspur, was questioned this Sunday for the sanction he received on Manchester City and said that until the appeal is resolved, the club deserves the benefit of the doubt. The Portuguese coach also joked about whether the UEFA sanction will have an impact on the Premier League title that the City conquered in the 2017/2018 season and in which the Manchester United from Mourinho It was second. “I will not waste a single minute in analyzing what the UEFA and the FIFA You have to analyze. If I have to analyze something, it will be to ask if the team that finished second in 2018 is going to be champion. That would be interesting. Jokes aside, I’m just going to wait, “Mourinho explained.In case the appeal does not prosper, one of the options that is handled is that the fifth classified of the Premier, if the City remains Among the first four, go to the Champions League. “I don’t want to think about the fourth or fifth position, just do it The best we can. We may finish sixth or seventh and it doesn’t matter if the fifth goes to the Champions “.last_img read more

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“Nowhere in the regulation does it say that if there is no playoff the leaders would have to ascend”

first_imgAlfredo Olivares, director of competitions of the Federation, went by the microphones of “The Stringer” of Cadena SER to discuss the return of the competitors in Second B.Promotion of the leaders: “Nowhere in the regulation does it say that if there is no playoff the leaders would have to ascend.”Phrases from the president of Badajoz and the Ibiza coach: “I don’t worth the statements. I’m stunned to suppose a decision when it has not been raised. The checks can be accomplished and the delegated fee will ratify it. We’re contemplating what the proposals for promotion would be. Will probably be the Competitors Committee who I determine. “Second B complaints with 100 groups: “No, we wish to suggest the specific termination of the competitors and assure that there is no threat. Wanting forward to 2020/21 we discover new initiatives similar to the division between Second and Second B.” Suspicious positives: “I ratify the phrases of the president of the Second B and we are going to strive that the playoff will be celebrated and provides these 4 locations for the Second division.”What the Federation has accomplished: “We’re in this example as a result of Well being and the CSD have allowed us. We strive to give an specific termination. We have no idea if we are going to go to section 1 or section 2. We work in these eventualities.”Playoff and Cup: “We’re engaged on the playoff completion section and if the (Cup) part is not modified, it will proceed as the competitors started.”Promotion of the leaders: “Nowhere in the regulation does it say that if there is no playoff, the leaders would have to ascend”last_img read more

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Windies set for Dubai camp

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):West Indies will use a camp in Dubai as their final preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup in India starting in March.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday the 15-man squad would be engaged in a camp there from February 22 to March 6, before heading to Kolkata for the official warm-up matches.They clash with India on March 10 and take on South Africa three days later.West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the preliminary stage of the T20 World Cup alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and a yet-to-be determined qualifier.Also on Thursday, the WICB finally confirmed the 15-man squad Twenty20 World Cup.The squad, which will be led by Darren Sammy, had been leaked by several media organisations earlier this week.As expected, the unit features the core of the side, which captured the title four years ago in Sri Lanka, when they beat the hosts in a dramatic final.Superstar opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, along with Kieron Pollard, have all been included.Off-spinner Sunil Narine has also been named in the squad but will undergo a test on his action next month before he can be confirmed.last_img read more

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RCMP release documents in EnCana bombings

first_imgThe documents, which are attached below, have been released in response to an access to information request. The RCMP released documents in connection with bombings in the South Peace Wednesday.The documents reveal the RCMP tried to use the arrest of Wiebo Ludwig as a way to rebuild the relationship with area residents.  The documents also acknowledge the inconvenience the investigation has had on residents in the South Peace.Some residents have accused the RCMP of harrassing them and intimidating them to provide DNA and fingerprints.- Advertisement -In January of 2010, the RCMP searched Ludwig’s property near Hythe Alberta and arrested one person in connection with the bombings.  The RCMP never publicly identified the person they arrested, but Ludwig confirmed he was arrested and has denied any connection to the bombings.The bombings started in October of 2008 and to date there have been six attacks on EnCana facilities in the South Peace.  On Wednesday April 14th, the Dawson Creek Daily News received a third letter from someone claiming to be the bomber.  At this time the RCMP still haven’t confirmed if the letter is authentic.The letter warns that a “long and ‘hot’ summer is coming.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Battle over Smith’s burial continues

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A grief-stricken Anna Nicole Smith threw herself over her son’s body last fall as he lay in a coffin in the Bahamas, wailing, “If Daniel has to be buried, I want to buried with him,” her boyfriend testified Tuesday at a hearing on where the former centerfold should be laid to rest. Howard K. Stern is locked in a dispute with Smith’s estranged mother. Stern said that Smith made it clear during her son’s funeral that she wanted to be buried in the Bahamas, while Smith’s mother wants the pinup laid to rest in her native Texas. Without written proof of Smith’s wishes, Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin was forced to hear testimony from those who claim to know what she wanted. Seidlin said he would decide by the end of the week. Separately, a California judge refused to give up the paternity case involving Smith’s baby daughter. In Fort Lauderdale, Stern recounted Smith’s actions at her 20-year-old son Daniel’s funeral after he died of apparent drug-related causes. “She had the people open the casket and she was just inconsolable and hugging Daniel and grabbing onto him, and she wanted to go down with Daniel right there,” Stern testified. “She said, `If Daniel has to be buried, I want to be buried with him.’” Smith died in Florida on Feb. 8 at age 39. The cause of death is under investigation. A bodyguard, doctor, neighbor and friend all have submitted affidavits claiming Smith told them she wanted to be buried next to her son. Stern’s attorney, Krista Barth, said she had bank documentation proving Smith had agreed to pay for two cemetery plots in Nassau. Barth showed an “Entertainment Tonight” interview in which Smith expressed hatred for her estranged mother. Barth also questioned Stern about Smith’s relationship with her late son. “Anna and Daniel were inseparable,” Stern said. “Daniel was without question the most important person in Anna’s life.” He said after the young man died, Smith sometimes cuddled with a poster-size picture of him. Stern testified Smith “was my best friend, lover, the mother of my daughter – everything to me.” But he conceded that Smith had other lovers. “I wanted her to be happy,” he said. He also said he was not looking for any money from her estate and would waive his fee as executor of her will. “I do not intend to get one penny,” Stern said. Stern said Smith “always thought she was going to die young,” at 36 or 37, and had hoped to be buried next to her hero, Marilyn Monroe, in California. Stern said he investigated the idea for Smith years ago and again after Daniel died. Stern said Smith later asked him to look into burial sites in the Bahamas. “She talked about death, really, from the time that I met her,” he said. Stern is listed on the birth certificate as the father of Smith’s daughter, 5-month-old Dannielynn. Arthur also took the stand Tuesday, testifying that drugs soured her relationship with her daughter. Arthur said the two talked only every few months and that Smith often called her in the middle of the night sounding “drugged.” “She was on Valium. She liked downers,” Arthur said. “She didn’t like uppers.” Broward County Medical Examiner Joshua Perper told the judge by phone that Smith’s body was decomposing rapidly. “The viewing should be done this week, Saturday or before,” Perper said. “If it’s next week, then I’m not sure.” In Los Angeles, Stern’s lawyers argued with attorneys for photographer Larry Birkhead, who claims he fathered the girl. Dannielyn could be worth millions of dollars, depending on how Smith’s estate is divided up. Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider declined to relinquish the paternity case but suggested there were still questions to be resolved before the courts can determine which state has jurisdiction. Smith was the widow of Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. The two married in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26. She had been fighting his family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995. Associated Press writer Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale and AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img

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Don’t expect much real change on abortion laws

first_img160Want 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.The next president probably will have an opportunity to significantly shape the court, which has frequently divided 5-4 on important questions, including abortion issues. But regarding abortion, the reasonable response to this fact from residents of many, perhaps most, states, and especially from Californians, should be a shrug of a question – “So what?” Suppose Giuliani or some other Republican becomes president and responds to a court vacancy the way all the Republican candidates promise to, with a nominee similar to Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito. And suppose a case gives the court an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. And suppose it does so. This third supposition is somewhat dubious, because one of the justices who thinks Roe was improperly decided might nevertheless reason as Chief Justice William Rehnquist finally did concerning the “Miranda rights” of arrested persons – the right, arising from a 1966 ruling, to be notified of their right to counsel and their right to remain silent. Rehnquist repeatedly and strongly argued that the Constitution, properly read, did not require the ruling, which he thought impeded effective police work. But when in 2000 a case gave the court an opportunity to overrule Miranda, Rehnquist wrote the majority opinion in a 7-2 decision upholding it. He wrote: “Miranda has become embedded in routine police practice to the point where the warnings have become part of our national culture. While we have overruled our precedents when subsequent cases have undermined their doctrinal underpinnings, we do not believe that this has happened to the Miranda decision.” So, the overturning of Roe might not result from a Republican president’s alteration of the court’s balance. But suppose it did. All it actually would do is restore abortion as a practice subject to state regulation. But because Californians are content with current abortion law, their legislature probably would adopt it in state law. George Will’s e-mail address is georgewill@washpost.com. Almost 35 years have passed since the Supreme Court decided to end America’s argument about abortion. Because of the court’s supposedly therapeutic intervention in the nation’s supposedly inadequate democratic debate about that subject, the issue still generates an irritable irrationality that was largely absent prior to 1973. Then, America was operating under a regime of moral federalism. In the absence of ukases from the federal judiciary that generate continentwide eruptions of tension and anger, many states were re-examining their abortion regulations, and many were relaxing them. To sample today’s confusions, consider California. There the electorate so strongly supports abortion rights that no right-to-life candidate for governor, U.S. senator or president has won in California since 1988. This is so in spite of the fact that a governor, U.S. senator or president has only slight relevance to the status of Californians’ abortion rights. Nevertheless, it is said that if the Republican Party wants to be competitive in California in presidential politics, it must nominate a pro-choice candidate, of which there is only one – Rudy Giuliani. This is almost certainly true. It certainly is irrational because pro-choice Californians have next to nothing to fear – just as pro-life Californians have next to nothing to hope for – from a right-to-life president. The practical consequences of such a president concerning abortion would not differ significantly from Giuliani’s consequences. Here is why. Abortion policy is almost entirely in the custody of the U.S. Supreme Court, and will remain so unless or until the court decides to restore moral federalism regarding the issue. When the next president is inaugurated, the court will have one justice in his late 60s (David Souter, 69), four justices in their 70s (Steven Breyer, 70; Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia, 72; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75) and one 88-year-old, John Paul Stevens. The two who will be oldest, Ginsburg and Stevens, are strong supporters of a constitutional right to abortion. The three who will be youngest – John Roberts, 53; Samuel Alito, 58; Clarence Thomas, 60 – seem unsympathetic to the court’s abortion jurisprudence. last_img read more

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Minister’s concern as complaints against Three mobile pile up across Donegal

first_imgPhone company Three has been inundated with complaints from customers about the deterioration of its service across Donegal. The situation has led to local TD Joe McHugh writing to the mobile telephone company.Minister McHugh says he has been inundated with complaints from right across the county and has urged customers to log complaints with the mobile phone operator. He said there is growing evidence that phone signal coverage has declined since Three took over the company 02.Among the complaints received by the Donegal TD are those from residents in Annagry, Ardara, Gaoth Dobhair, Fanad, Letterkenny, Falcarragh, Ballyshannon, Moville, Dungloe, Downings, Raphoe, Ramelton and Carrigart.Minister McHugh has supplied a list of complaints to Three and is awaiting a response.“I have written to Three asking for an explanation and I am awaiting a response,” said McHugh. “The most frustrating thing for many of the people I have spoken to is that coverage had been quite good but over the past two months in particular it has become really bad and in many cases terrible or non-existent.“I know for example that customers in Annagry over the past two weeks are getting cut off in the middle of calls when previously there had been no problems.“Even more frustrating is the lack of any explanation from Three when Donegal residents do get through to the company’s customer service department.“They have been told various reasons for the drop in signal including that the signal is being upgraded.“But this does not seem to add up. I’ve asked Three to issue a public statement on any upgrades they are under-taking and at least tell people how long their service may be disrupted.” However, McHugh said, this does not explain the growing number of complaints.“This is affecing the day to day lives of people across Donegal as well as people who rely heavily on their phones for their business,” added Deputy McHugh.Donegal Electoral Area councillor Barry O’Neill says he has also received complaints from constituents.“The coverage in the Ballyshannon area recently has been shocking,” said the Fine Gael councillor.“It has become the main conversation around here for the past while and no-one appears to have explained what is going on and the sooner Three does so, the better. “More importantly they need to get their service back.”Minister’s concern as complaints against Three mobile pile up across Donegal was last modified: February 5th, 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:donegalJoe McHughmobile covergenewtorkTHREElast_img read more

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HARPS OVERCOME MAYO 4-1 IN LEAGUE CUP

first_imgFinn Harps got their competitive campaign off to a solid start with a 4-1 win against the Mayo League in the League Cup this afternoon.A scrappy first half exploded into life in the second as Harps turned the screw on the home side at Milebush Park in Castlebar.Mayo’s cause wasn’t helped when their goalkeeper was sent of for a last man challenge on Michael Funston who was through on goal. Goals by Matt Harkin, James Doherty, Mark Brolly and Tommy McBride gave Harps a comfortable victory.There will be tougher tests ahead but Peter Hutton will be happy with how his side performed – especially in the second half.   HARPS OVERCOME MAYO 4-1 IN LEAGUE CUP was last modified: March 3rd, 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:finn harpsLeague CupMayo Leaguelast_img read more

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RECORD NUMBERS EXPECTED AT THE BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE

first_imgRECORD crowds are expected on Saturday for this year’s Ballyliffin 10-mile coastal challenge – Ireland’s most spectacular race.More than 500 people have already registered to take part. Online registration closed earlier.However many more people are expected to sign up when registration begins at 10.30am at the Ballyliffin Hotel tomorrow (registration closes at 1.30pm). The race, run and/or walk starts at 2pm….finishing on the golden sands above.With sunny skies and temperatures touching 16C tomorrow, it promises to be the most spectacular race yet. RECORD NUMBERS EXPECTED AT THE BALLYLIFFIN COAST CHALLENGE was last modified: April 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014Ballyliffin Coast ChallengedonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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