LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scoring on US soil: John Moonlight scored in Las Vegas Sevens and will hope to do so again in the RWC qualifierBy Alan DymockTHE RUGBY World Cup may appear nicely teed up in the minds of fans from the traditional rugby heartlands, with spectators already looking forward to South Africa playing Scotland, Argentina playing New Zealand and almost any game in the Pool A ‘group of writhing agony.’However, all is not yet decided. Every Pool for the World Cup still needs two qualifiers from around the world and this weekend sees the first leg of Americas 1 qualifier between rivals Canada and USA. The overall winner of the two games in the next fortnight will be the first qualifier for RWC2015 and will go into Pool D with France, Ireland and Italy.Any fierce clash between the neighbours draws a certain amount of attention, but with so much riding on the next fortnight it is likely that North America may splinter like your friends when the question of ‘whose round is it?’ crops up.Canada are currently at 15 in the IRB World Rankings, with USA in at 18. Games are traditionally close between the two teams – in May Canada won 16-9 on home soil and they also won in Canada 28-25, in June of last year – and neither side want to give too much away before this vitally important fortnight.Blast from the past: Chris Wyles in ’09, the year USA last wonHowever, Rugby World managed to gain an insight into Canada’s preparation for the first weekend of brutal action at the Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, the venue where the Eagles last beat Canada in a competitive match in 2009. The pressure must be great, playing for such a prize. Do you get reminded of what is at stake, or is it an incentive-free atmosphere? “We get reminded. The management put up stats to remind us how close our last few games have been. We know this is not a cakewalk.”Certainly not, but regardless of the games that have gone before or the rankings or the odds, this two-week period will be as unpredictable as it is savage. There could well be less than a beer mat between them by the end of the contest, too. One of the Canadian props revealed: “We had a scrum session yesterday to get ready for the new scrum rules – the binding prior to engagement is getting mixed reviews from our props – and we also had a controlled scrummage last night against the Ontario Blues [a regional select side] to practice our strategy for the US, and practice new scrum laws.”Canada have recently run Japan close and beaten Tonga and Fiji, but lost heavily to Ireland in June. They are aware of how far they have to go to meet the standard of the top tier nations, but much like their sevens side who have become more prominent in the last two season, Canada are ambitious and set on becoming more competitive.Large, in charge: Canadian Cudmore will playOf course, the proof of how far they have come is by getting to the World Cup and playing well when there. So the first task, which is sometimes the hardest, is converting against your most familiar foe.“We have been reviewing film and focusing on the US strengths through daily meetings,” our international prop lets slip. “They are a strong opponent for us who we can’t take lightly, but other than that, there aren’t any secrets. We played them in May and have an idea of what they do: they have strong speed in defence and great lineouts. They run hard on offence, and have weapons outside.” DUBLIN, IRELAND – MAY 18: during the Heineken Cup final match between Clermont Auvergne and Toulon at Aviva Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
AN EMERGENCY ESB crew is working to reconnect 51 homes in Newtowncunningham.A spokesman for ESB said the crew are hoping to have power restored between 3.30pm and 4pm.After working throughout Christmas eve to restore power to over 30,000 homes and businesses, ESB Networks crews continued to work into Christmas Day morning fixing the damage caused by yesterday’s storms. Power was restored to all areas of the country with the exception of a small number of Customers in Mayo and Donegal.The most effected location was Achill Island, where a large transformer had been irreparably damaged by a lightning strike. While power was restored to the whole area, by re-arranging the networks, there was an additional fault on a number of low voltage transformers which has left a number of customers without power.ESB Networks crews will be out again at first light this morning in efforts to repair the last few faults and restore power to these customers. We apologise to those customers for this further interruption.As customers in Achill are being supplied on a contingency service. “We ask them to minimise their use of electricity as they are supplied from networks some distance away,” said an ESB spokeswoman.“The restoration over night involved crews working in Donegal, Cork, Clare and other counties around the country. We are now hoping for a respite in the weather over the Christmas to allow all customers to enjoy the celebration.“Customers experiencing a loss of supply are advised to check PowerCheck online at; www.esbpowercheck.ie or download the PowerCheck app to their mobile phone to check if the fault has already been logged. ESB Networks is asking customers to report any fallen wires or emergency situations to 1850 372 999 which will be staffed 24/7.“Our local staff & National Customers Care Centre will deal directly with the customers in Mayo. This is the last update for this emergency website at this stage. We will re-commence postings to this website if the forecast poor weather for the end of the week materilaises and causes significant damage.This Christmas Day morning, Mike Fitzgerald Manager of Customer Services at ESB Networks reflected “ESB Networks would like to apologise to customers who are without supply, especially on this Christmas Day morning, and thank them for their patience. They can be sure that today we will continue efforts to get them back and give them power for Christmas. In addition we would like to thank our Crews and staff who have been working around the clock since last Wednesday to minimise the power interruptions to customers. They are always ready for these events and have approached these challenges with the same commitment. We wish all our customers a happy and peaceful Christmas” “Thank you to many people who sent in messages and tweets of thanks to our staff, these words of support were very much appreciated.”ESB CREWS WORKING TO RE-CONNECT DONEGAL HOMES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER was last modified: December 25th, 2013 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:donegalESBESB CREWS WORKING TO RE-CONNECT DONEGAL HOMES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS DINNERNewtowncunningham
8 December 2014Acting President Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africans to build the kind of society to which the late former President Nelson Mandela dedicated his life.“We must treat corruption as what it is – an assault on the poor and an affront to our liberty,” Ramaphosa said at the commemoration service at Freedom Park Pretoria on Friday to mark the first anniversary of Mandela’s passing.Ramaphosa, who was acting president last week as Jacob Zuma was in China on a state visit, said Mandela “embodied that which is best among our people and that which is best among humanity”.Striving“Though we no longer feel his physical presence, his spirit continues to inspire us. It continues to fortify us. It enjoins us to continue to strive for peace, freedom and justice,” Ramaphosa said.“Nelson Mandela taught us that people come first. Not just some people but all the people,” he said.He said that it was only through united action that South Africa would overcome the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.“It is only through building inclusive social partnerships that we will prevail. And through such partnerships, we will overcome its legacy.”Triumph over adversityRamaphosa said Mandela taught the nation that the human spirit is indeed capable of triumph over adversity.“He taught us that it is not sufficient merely to hold true to high ideals. For progress to be made, it is necessary to turn those ideals into reality. It is necessary to theorise, to strategise, to persuade, to unite, to mobilise and to struggle tirelessly and relentlessly.”He said government was building an economy that would benefit all, expanding both physical and social infrastructure. “We will continue to make all efforts to equip our people with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to succeed and to thrive.”South Africa is currently participating in 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, an international campaign that runs from 25 November to 10 December.“We remain united in our determination to end violence against women and children,” Ramaphosa said, calling on men to emulate Mandela, who respected women and loved children.Honour the legacyChief Zwelivelile Mandela, the late stateman’s eldest grandson, called on South Africans to commit to rebuilding and transforming the country so that all can fully enjoy the fruits of democracy.He said this was the best way to honour the legacy of his grandfather and the collective that he worked with.“Each of us has the responsibility to keep his memory alive,” Chief Mandela said.George Bizos, human rights lawyer and Mandela’s long-time friend, said he believed the legacy of Mandela was the essential worth of every individual person without regard of colour of skin, religion and views expressed.Common destinyGraca Machel, Mandela’s widow, also urged the country to carry on his legacy when she spoke at a wreathe-laying ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday morning.“We have a common history and we have a common destiny. We are bound to live together. We have to learn to accept one another as part of the big body which is the nation.”She said South Africans had a long way to go to overcome prejudice but “it is in the hands of each one of us to take what is your stake to close the divisions which are still within us”.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov
When you are in London, almost every other person will discuss the weather. Even if you do not know the person with whom you are making polite conversation, it could begin with sunshine, hay fever or rain and cold!This is a city where anti-allergy tablets in summer sell like crazy because so many people have red noses and keep sneezing. But I still haven’t seen any hay in this city despite my extensive travel, so I guess hay fever has become a generic name now like viral fever back home in New Delhi.Having said that, I must admit when you have to deal with medicos or chemists here, it can be an enriching experience. The other day, sitting on a deadline, I decided to pop in to the medical centre and ask for crocin. It took some effort to make them understand why I needed it. I was asked if I had been abusing any substance or was hooked to painkillers! I politely answered them and after several questions about my medical history, I was given Panadol, the British equivalent of Crocin.On Monday, a friend from India wanted his blood sugar checked as he had been eating too many cookies, muffins and pastries. Scared that he may have gone over the limit, I took him to the medical room.Boy, what an effort it was to see a blood sugar reading taken. In India, you can walk into your neighbourhood chemist’s small shop and after one quick prick he will tell you the reading. Over here, it was like preparing the patient for a surgery. Plasters, cotton, the instant sugar reading monitor and what not were brought out for my friend.advertisementI was asked to leave the room as the door had to be shut as there should be no infection. This was crazy, all for a single prick and a random sugar reading to be taken. I told my friend in Hindi, his sugar reading was not going to be accurate as he had already faced so much stress.Realising that we were uncomfortable, we changed the topic to Britain’s medal tally at the Olympics. It was a good change as people here have been calculating just how much each medal would eventually cost as so much has been spent on the Games.There is no doubt, unlike New Delhi, where the Commonwealth Games venues are rotting and mostly under lock and key, Britain has good venues. And as of Tuesday afternoon, their gold medal count has equalled their Beijing Olympics effort and it could rise further.My point is, from blood sugar to Olympic medals, we could make a swift change in topics as the first one became so scary. And now that I have decided on new topics to discuss, the weather will also be forgotten.As for medals and efforts, there is no doubt in my mind that as strong Olympic hosts and fierce competitors, the Britons play sport with passion. They have won gold medals in a vast variety of sports and from Sir Chris Hoy to Andy Murray, each one is accorded star status.Even the Royals has taken part in the London Olympics in a sport called equestrian, where India did not have a single entry.By the time the Games end, Britain will have increased its medal tally further, which is a very good sign that they have so many true champions. Yet, if these champions could send messages to the nation, I have a small suggestion. The number of people who smoke here is scary, even though cigarettes are so expensive.Given the huge percentage of young, middle age and elderly women smoking, I have a gut feeling that the allergies here are not due to hay fever but tobacco smoke. Just as the pollution control board in New Delhi keeps track of toxic gas emission levels, London needs to find out what quantity of tobacco fumes are inhaled by passive smokers.Mind you, even the Olympic Park and adjoining areas, where the Games venues are situated, have not been spared.
Chelsea boss Sarri: Ampadu can replace Cahillby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is happy to promote from within to replace wantaway defender Gary Cahill.Cahill has been linked with a move Southampton as well as several clubs abroad, and Sarri broached the subject of his future at his press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie against Tottenham at Wembley on Tuesday. “His mind is not completely involved in our situation,” said Sarri.”We have to wait. For Cahill, the situation is different. We have (Ethan) Ampadu so we don’t need a replacement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola a fan of Gasperini and Atalantaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he’s a fan of Champions League opponents Atalanta.City host Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta on Tuesday night.“What I said about (Maurizio) Sarri I could say about Gasperini, I was lucky enough to meet him before,” said Guardiola.“Having seen what Atalanta did last year and what they’re doing this season is incredible.“It’s a great joy to watch his team play, they’re brave, they respect their supporters. The way they play is unusual, they take quite a few risks.“In this match both teams are very brave, and they will try to impose the game, we will have to adapt and they will do the same.“I hope it will be an open match, both teams score and concede. I hope it will be a lively match.”
LeBron James Ben SimmonsUpdate: Wojnarowski is also reporting that Cleveland’s next head coach will be assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue and the team have already agree to a multi-year deal.Assistant Ty Lue has agreed to a multi-year deal as new Cavaliers head coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016Earlier: Despite posting a 30-11 record and currently holding the No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, it’s been reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt. Blatt, who posted a 53-29 record with the team last year, lasted just a season and a half in Cleveland.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst added that there’s been “unrest” in Cleveland’s locker room.Cleveland has fired coach David Blatt, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016The Cavs have fired coach David Blatt, sources confirm. First reported by Yahoo— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite positive comments publicly, there had been unrest growing in Cavs locker room. Frankly, it had been there since almost day one.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite up and downs, Blatt has had one ardent supporter in Cavs organization and that was owner Dan Gilbert.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016LeBron James was informed of the decision to fire David Blatt today, he was not consulted on decision sources said— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016James’ fondness for Ty Lue and his desire to be coached by a former player were well known in the organization. As were issues with Blatt— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Blatt, who came over from Maccabi Tel Aviv ahead of the 2014-2015 season, posted a regular season record of 83-40 in his time in Cleveland.
APTN National NewsEarlier this week, Veldon Coburn ignited a firestorm in Ottawa when he outed a senior police officer for making racist comments.The comments were linked to the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.The officer made a number of disparaging comments about Indigenous people including:“It’s not a murder case….it’s could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned who knows…..typically many Aboriginals have very short lifespans, talent or not.“Because much of the aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers, living in poor conditions etc.” They have to have the will to change, it’s not society’s fault.”According to Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, the officer is still working. ‘Coburn took his concerns to the chief of [email protected]
Alberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built. Trudeau’s government approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it.Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the end of this month that the expansion can proceed.The expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing multimillion-dollar discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.The project has faced court challenges and permit delays in B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government say it is concerned about the potential for oil spills on its waterways and coastline.Notley has previously warned that B.C.’s delay tactics could bring consequences.Her government is close to passing legislation that would give Alberta the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits. It would have the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C. EDMONTON _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident talks aimed at getting construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion back on track will be successful before a May 31 deadline.Notley says she can’t divulge details of talks with Kinder Morgan but says they are focused on the financial viability of the $7.4-billion project and on getting construction restarted this summer.“I want to assure Albertans that the discussions are focused on the only outcome that is acceptable to us and to a growing number of people across this country, including a majority in British Columbia, and that is the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline,” Notley said Thursday after revealing a new billboard ad campaign touting the line’s benefits. Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Notley wouldn’t say if she will use the new powers ahead of or after the May 31 deadline.“We do have a very big effective tool at our disposal. B.C. knows this and even more importantly, the federal government knows this,” she said. “If we have to we will do whatever is required to get this job done and we will not hesitate. But we must be strategic.” Despite numerous high-profile, She said polls suggest more British Columbians are backing the pipeline.“We are winning hearts and minds in B.C.,” she said. “So we must deploy this (bill) with a cool hand, not an angry one.”The bill is getting support from all sides of the house. Opposition United Conservative house leader Jason Nixon said his caucus is fighting to keep the bill on the floor to get it passed sooner.“We’ve been trying to pass Bill 12 for a couple of weeks,” said Nixon.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)