Gatland has a warning for English Rugby

first_imgPlayers from around the globe have been attracted to play in England’s Premiership as a result of the large amounts of money being offered.But Gatland told The Rugby Paper allowing foreign players to shine could ultimately be at the expense of the national side.”You can understand people doing the best for their clubs and competitions, but you have to look at the bigger picture. What drives rugby globally is the international game. They’re the things we need to consider and protect,” he said.”My big fear is you want competitions to grow and develop, but I’d hate to see the English game get like the football where there is so much money and resources going into it that it dominates the game globally and all the best players congregate in the competition to the detriment of everything else.”At international level in football, England have won nothing since the 1966 World Cup yet its Premier League is one of the great competitions in the world.Gatland reminded rugby’s Premiership club bosses that it was the international calendar which drove World Rugby’s agenda.”We want to grow the game,” he said. “I understand things from the point of view of the owners, Premiership Rugby Limited and the RFU.”They want to make their competitions as strong as possible, but it’s also important to get the balance right. Make it strong, but not to the detriment of other areas of the game.”That’s why I’m saying the power brokers and people involved in the game have to have everything represented.”Gatland, a former All Black, coached the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand last year.last_img read more

Two-goal hero Binns dedicates Portmore’s RSPL’s semi-final win to opponent Cousins’ dad

first_imgMichael Binns was easily Portmore United’s man of the match for his double strike and all-round classy performance in their 3-1 second-leg semi-final win, which gave them a 4-3 victory on aggregate and a place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United. Tramaine Stewart scored Portmore United’s third goal, while Kemeel Wolfe was responsible for Humble Lion’s sole strike at Arnett Gardens’ Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Monday night. Binns’ classiest performance of the night, though, came off the field and occurred when he dedicated the win to the deceased father of one of his opponents, Ricardo Cousins. “This victory means a lot to me, and I just want to dedicate it to my friend Ricardo Cousins’ dad, even though Ricardo was on the losing team tonight,” the midfielder said, as he soaked up all the adulation at the end of the game. He also went over to console Cousins and some of the other Humble Lion players. “Ricardo is a very good friend to me, and his dad was a member of Portmore United. He was a big fan of Portmore, so I want to dedicate this one to him,” added Binns, who was captained by Cousins to the schoolboy triple crown while playing for Glenmuir High in 2004; and who also played alongside him when Portmore United won the RSPL in 2008. Of the game itself, Binns said that things went better than they planned. “Our intention coming into the game was to keep our head and try to get an early goal and take control of the game, and we got two, so that was great,” added the 27-year-old, who confessed to being overwhelmed. While not being a prolific scorer, Binns, who returned to the club in October last year after a number of years living in Florida, said he was prepared for the opportunities to come. “I am the dead-ball kicker in the team, so I was not surprised when the opportunities came. I had been practising them all week, and whenever I get a chance, I am pretty confident that I am going to put them away. “I have scored six goals so far this season and these are my most important two,” continued the man who is dreaming of playing a part in taking Portmore United from promoted team to champions. While stating that he was looking forward to going back to the States to his wife and family, Binns said that will come after the finals. “It is great to be back. It is really wonderful, and while I have to go back to the wife and family, I am staying until after the final,” he said, with a broad smile.last_img read more

Raising the profile of differently-abled students

first_imgDear Editor,Traditionally, Guyana, like the rest of the Caribbean, does not have a good track record in regard to how it treats its disabled people. This issue only affects you when you have a disabled person in your family. Besides the guilt that you feel, you realise very soon that your disabled child is exactly the same as any other child, and your love for them is just as urgent and unconditional as that for your able-bodied children. However, you do worry about their future and how they would be able to navigate the modern world, especially as adults. This is not a sad story though, because I have noticed a real change in the education system, which will go a long way in providing disabled children an opportunity to learn and perform just as well as their contemporaries.The Ministry of Education seems to be putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to their mantra “Quality Education for ALL”.I have noticed three significant changes:1. The Ministry of Education’s work for differently-abled:1. The appointment of Special Education Needs officers in Regions 1, 2, 8, & 9.2. The Assimilation Centre in the grounds of the Cyril Potter College. This is the Caribbean wide early childhood diagnostic headquarters for the training of special needs teachers.3. Two nurseries opened recently, Eastville and Diamond No. 2 Nursery, which now include places for special needs children.All of these efforts prove that, at last, we have a Government that sees disabled children and understands that they have the right to be educated, and therefore have the opportunity to work in the real world and contribute to our society. If Sudha Chandran, Ray Charles, Whoopie Goldberg and Stephen Hawking can overcome their disabilities, then, with the right support, so can my child.Yours sincerely,Leon Persaudlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD Charlie McConalogue has expressed his disappointment with Minister for Communication’s refusal to extend the deadline of the Rural Broadband Scheme.Deputy McConalogue said the Minister is completely underestimating the importance of broadband for counties like Donegal.“It is very disappointing that Minister Pat Rabbitte is not willing to extend the deadline for the Rural Broadband Scheme. I believe he is underestimating the importance of broadband services to those living in rural areas. “The Rural Broadband Scheme was poorly advertised and as a result, many people living in rural communities had no idea if they were entitled to apply or when the deadline was.“I outlined these concerns in full to Minister Rabbitte. I suggested that the Minister extend the scheme to facilitate further applications while continuing to process existing applications.“However when I put this solution to the Minister, he refused to make any move to extend the deadline,” he revealed.The Inishowen TD said he was now asking the Minister to outline how the scheme will work in practice and to confirm that there will be a minimum standard of broadband speed for all users of the scheme. “I believe that there will still be several households that remain without access to broadband after the scheme is implemented. In this event, I am asking Minister Rabbitte to clarify what measures he will be put in place to address this problem.“In order to achieve true nationwide broadband, we should have an ongoing broadband scheme that people can continue to apply for. In a digital age, it is important that all households regardless of their location have access to reliable broadband services.”ENDSMCCONALOGUE SLAMS MINISTER’S REFUSAL TO EXTEND RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME was last modified: August 31st, 2011 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)last_img read more

Dodgers: L.A. gets OK for Orel talks

first_imgThe Dodgers have received permission to speak to Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser about the club’s vacant managerial position, but general manager Paul DePodesta has not decided whether to make Hershiser the sixth candidate brought to Los Angeles for a formal interview. DePodesta spoke at length with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels earlier this week, part of DePodesta’s stated effort to do extensive research on each candidate. Daniels is becoming impatient with the uncertainty of not knowing whether the highly respected Hershiser is going to return next season, according to a source with close ties to the Rangers. DePodesta was unavailable for comment Thursday. A Dodgers spokesman said there was nothing new to report on the club’s managerial search, which has been on-going since the departure of Jim Tracy on Oct. 3 and apparently won’t conclude until after the World Series. Hershiser, 47, is a key figure in the Dodgers’ storied history. He pitched a major-league record 59 consecutive scoreless innings for them late in 1988 before winning two games in the World Series, a five-game victory over Oakland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hershiser pitched for the Dodgers from 1983-94, then finished his career with a brief return stint in 2000. He has made no secret of his interest in managing the Dodgers. But Hershiser’s viability as a candidate remains in question, a fact made obvious by DePodesta’s failure thus far to commit to a formal interview. But he is more viable now than he was when the search began, apparently thanks to a pair of telephone conversations Hershiser had with Oakland general manager Billy Beane last week when the A’s appeared to be in search of a manager themselves. Several sources say Beane was highly impressed with Hershiser, but the A’s ultimately switched gears and re-hired manager Ken Macha. DePodesta was Beane’s assistant in Oakland for five years, and the two remain close. Hershiser’s sudden emergence as a candidate probably stems from a recommendation given to DePodesta by Beane. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed recent HSE figures which reveal that close to €3 million was spent on agency staff at Letterkenny University Hospital during the first five months of this year.The figures were provided to Sinn Féin following a request from the party’s Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly.They reveal that the large sum was spent to fill a number of positions at the hospital including medical and paramedical roles, nursing staff as well as support workers. It also represented the highest amount spent by any single hospital across the entire SAOLTA University Healthcare Group of hospitals.Reacting to the revelation, Deputy Doherty said “Yet again Letterkenny University Hospital tops the ranking when it comes to spending on recruiting agency staff.“The figures show that between January and May of this year alone over €2.9M was spent by the hospital on recruiting temporary agency workers to fill vital hospital positions.“And agency workers were used by the hospital to fill a whole range of different roles with close to €2M spent on doctors and consultants, €283,000 went towards hiring nurses, €13,000 was spent on paramedics, with the remainder or just over €650,000 having gone towards hiring support service personnel. “In fact, one of the few categories of worker for which agency staff hadn’t been utilised in order to fill vacancies were Management roles within the hospital.“The reason why this data is so noteworthy is because it shows just how rampant hospital spending on temporary agency staff has become and it illustrates a clear preference on the part of both the HSE and Government to hire costly temporary workers to fill staffing gaps instead of directly employing staff.“The reliance on agency staff at the hospital has gotten out of hand, and the fact that this spend relates to just the first five months of the year and that already LUH tops the table with respect to the sums spent on temporary workers across the entire SAOLTA group is real cause for concern.“Since Fine Gael came to government in 2011 the health service as a whole has spent over €2.1 billion on temporary agency staff – this is financially crippling the system with agency staff for more senior positions costing multiple times more than those directly employed by the HSE.“Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised this matter with the Minister for Health and we’ve told him that huge sums of money could be saved each year by properly addressing the recruitment and retention crisis and instead directly employ HSE staff which are significantly less expensive than agency providers. “This practice is not good value for money in the first instance, and it is not good for patients or other full-time staff yet the government continues to oversee a recruitment embargo and there is no doubt that this policy is only further adding to the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis across our hospitals.”Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 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:agency staffdonegalletterkennyluh€3 millionlast_img read more

SA ‘becoming a knowledge economy’

first_img31 July 2012 The focus of 2012 National Science Week is on South Africa’s move towards a “knowledge economy”, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said at the launch of the week at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on Monday. Also at the launch was the German Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Horst Freitag; Swiss Ambassador to South Africa, Christian Meuwly; the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ihron Rensburg; and about 6 000 learners from schools in Gauteng. Running from 30 July to 4 August under the theme “The Role of Science & Technology in Economic Development”, National Science Week confirms the department’s contribution to the gradual transformation of South Africa’s resource-based economy to a knowledge economy, Pandor said. “It’s no doubt that science and technology have changed the world tremendously and countries that excel in the sector become powerful players in the economy of the world,” she said. “The onus is therefore on every country to establish how it wants to positions itself. Recent developments, such as the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), as well as the collaboration with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) generated a worldwide interest in science and the possibilities it offers for humanity.” She believed South Africa and its other eight African partner countries, who will host the majority of the SKA dishes, will soon get to a place where they can provide answers about the early history of the universe, dark matter and gravity.Science as an enabler of economic development Rensburg said science and technology were the differentiators between countries that were able to tackle poverty effectively by growing and developing the economy, and those that were not. “The extent to which developing economies emerge as economic powerhouses depends on their ability to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively. Innovation is the primary driver of technological growth and living standards,” he said. Rensburg said the university was proud to partner with the Department of Science and Technology in this regard. “In biomedical engineering, we have developed advanced image processing techniques to better diagnose tuberculosis.” He said UJ engineers had also developed advanced artificial intelligence techniques that used microarray data for diagnosis of leukaemia, as well as a rapid prototyping infrastructure used in the design and manufacture of an operational aircraft engine for Adept Technology. “Our Laser Research Centre is leading efforts to investigate the field of phototherapy with specific emphasis on Low Intensity Laser Irradiation as applied to diabetic wound healing, Photodynamic Therapy used as a therapeutic modality for cancer and the augmentation of stem cells as applied to regenerative medicine,” he said. National Science Week 2012 celebrations will be conducted in collaboration with higher education institutions and science councils countrywide. For those wishing to participate in the activities, information is available on the department’s Facebook page or they can follow @ScienceWeekSA on Twitter using the hashtag #NSW2012. Source: read more

Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism

first_imgRonaldo also scored twice in Madrid’s Champions League opener this season, a 3-0 win against APOEL. But he was criticized by many after a poor performance in a 1-0 home loss against Real Betis in the Spanish league. The Portuguese missed several chances in that game, including clear opportunities in front of goal.“I’m happy because I know that when everything is normal, that when I’m well and the opportunities appear, I will score,” Ronaldo said. “Sometimes the goalkeepers will make saves, or the woodwork will stop me, but this is part of football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always work the same way,” Ronaldo said. “I’m an example as a professional. I never become desperate, although some people may think that I do. I’m always with a healthy mind, a clear mind, prepared for great challenges and for the criticism, which is getting worse.”This is not the first — or likely last — time that Ronaldo has complained about criticism against him. ButRonaldo reiterated that he is happy playing in Madrid and that he never said he wanted to leave, as widely reported after a tax-fraud investigation in Spain earlier this year. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, rear, gesture during a Champions League Group H soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo says criticism against him is getting worse, and he doesn’t think it’s fair.Ronaldo made his comments after scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.“It seems that match after match I have to show who I am,” Ronaldo said. “I’m surprised by the public opinion about me. Again, the numbers speak for themselves.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Ateneo still undefeated Read Next Ronaldo’s season got off to a slow start after a five-match suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final. He has scored five goals in six games so far. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES “You didn’t hear that from me,” Ronaldo said. “People talk about Cristiano every day, everywhere in the world. If I had to answer to all the people who talk about me, I would only do that, and it can’t be that way. I live for football and for my family, the rest is secondary. Everything that involves the name of Cristiano is news everywhere in the world, it’s normal. When you are a big name, people will always talk about you.”Ronaldo dismissed questions about a possible new contract with Madrid, saying that’s for club president Florentino Perez to talk about.But Ronaldo also said he doesn’t feel Madrid depends on him to succeed.“When Cristiano is not playing, Real Madrid remains the same,” he said. “I see Real Madrid strong, with a great team, a great squad. It’s not about individual players.”The game against Dortmund marked Ronaldo’s 400th appearance with Real Madrid since his debut in 2009. He is the club’s all-time scoring leader with 412 goals.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Team India leaves for West Indies to play four-Test series

first_imgVirat Kohli-led 16-member Indian squad on Tuesday night left for the West Indies to play a four-match Test series, starting July 21. (Virat Kohli and Co. fail ‘one hour test’ at preparatory camp)The team was accompanied by its newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble and other support staff. (Anil Kumble chairs meeting with Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni)India will open the tour with a two-day game against the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on July 9 and 10 followed by a three-day warm-up fixture at the same venue from July 14 to 16.The opening Test is scheduled at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua from July 21 to 25. (Coach Anil Kumble to double up as team photographer in West Indies)The other three Test matches are scheduled to be held at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica (Jul 30-Aug 3), Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia (Aug 9-13) and Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad (Aug 18-22).India last toured the Caribbean islands for a Test series in 2011 that the visitors clinched 1-0 by winning the opening game at Kingston and drawing the other two matches in Bridgetown and Roseau. (Kumble’s fighting spirit will rub off on Indian players: Glenn McGrath)Incidentally, Kohli returns to the West Indies, where he made his Test debut, after five years as the team’s captain and premier batsman.The squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (v c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhimaan Saha, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny.advertisement(With PTI Inputs)The journey begins. #TeamIndia leaves for the tour of West Indies. #WIvIND BCCI (@BCCI) July 5, 2016last_img read more

Extremely proud: Cameron Bancroft relishes Australia recall for Ashes 2019

first_img Reuters LondonJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 15:22 IST Cameron Bancroft was named in Australia’s 17-man squad for Ashes 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCameron Bancroft was named in Australia’s 17-man squad for Ashes 2019One of the big lessons that I learnt last year was about being true to yourself: BancroftI’m extremely proud and excited to be selected in this squad again: BancroftAustralian batsman Cameron Bancroft admits there were times during his suspension when he doubted whether he would play international cricket again and he is determined to make the most of his second chance.The opener’s selection in the Ashes squad with David Warner and Steve Smith on Friday brings all three players banned for their parts in the Newlands ball-tampering incident back into the fold for the first time since the scandal in April 2018.Bancroft was the last of the trio to get a recall after serving the shortest ban of nine months but that still gave him plenty of time to ponder his future.”There were definitely times when I was challenged, a lot, but you go through those moments and you learn a lot about what you need to do to keep moving forward,” the 26-year-old said after being named in the squad on Friday.”If you’d asked me 18 months ago if I’d be sitting here now, it would have been the last thing on my mind but it is what it is now.”It probably hasn’t completely sunk in yet. I’m sure sitting by myself tonight I’ll digest it all, but of course I’m extremely proud and excited to be selected in this squad again.”Want to be true to myself: BancroftBancroft was given the lightest punishment by Cricket Australia because he was adjudged to have been led astray by his then captain and vice captain.The Western Australian, who was playing his eighth test when he took the piece of sandpaper onto the field at Newlands, said he was determined to trust his own values in the future.advertisement”One of the big lessons that I learnt last year was about being true to yourself. There is no doubt that I wasn’t as true to myself as I could have been at times,” he added.”You learn from those mistakes that you make and you try and be better moving forward. At the end of the day, what you do and your actions is completely up to you. I made a mistake and I’ll learn from it and move forward and get better.”The rapid recall of the Newlands trio has not gone down well in the British media and Bancroft accepts that he is likely to be booed by the Edgbaston crowd if he gets selected for the first test, which starts on Thursday.”It doesn’t bother me too much,” he said. “It is what it is. People will react how they want to react. Hopefully I can use it if people want to be like that, to give you energy to perform well.”Also Read | Mohammad Amir’s Test retirement at 27 leaves Shoaib Akhtar thoroughly disappointedAlso Read | Ravi Shastri has done well as head coach, says CAC member Anshuman GaekwadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Cameron BancroftFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow ball tampering Extremely proud: Cameron Bancroft relishes Australia recall for Ashes 2019Ashes 2019: Australia Bancroft has been included in the 17-man squad for Ashes in England. The top-order batsman returns to the squad for the first time since the infamous ball-tampering Test in Cape Town in 2017.advertisementlast_img read more