Pivac rules out Northampton role

first_imgPremiership strugglers Northampton sacked director of rugby Jim Mallinder last week and Pivac has been linked with the vacancy at Franklin’s Gardens.Pivac led Scarlets to the Pro12 title last season and, having only signed a new two-year contract in October, the New Zealander said he has no interest in a move to Northampton.”I have just re-signed with the Scarlets so I am not going anywhere and I haven’t spoken with Northampton, I have no intentions of speaking to Northampton,” the former police officer said.”I am loving my work here. The reason why I re-signed for the Scarlets is because I enjoy coming into work every day.”We have worked hard to create this environment, it is a good environment. Opportunities get presented now and again and you can earn more money as a player or a coach sometimes, but you have got to put a value on enjoying coming to work.”I feel I am in a privileged position in that I love getting up and coming to work. Sometimes it is hard to jump in the car and go home. That is how much fun we have here.”It was an easy decision for me to re-sign, I am happy with that and I am committed here for the next couple of years.”Pivac is said to be on the shortlist to succeed Warren Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Scarlets boss confirmed that an international role does appeal to him.He added: “I was part of preparing Fiji for the World Cup in 2007 and had three years out there and loved every minute of it. It would be nice again one day, but it is all about timing and for me I am still learning as a coach.”If the opportunity arose in Wales going forward I would certainly look at that very seriously because I consider myself now a part of Welsh rugby. I have been here three and a half years and will be for another couple of years.”If the opportunity came, yeah, I would probably love it. Obviously, you have got to keep getting results and keep doing well.”As I say, it is all about timing. At the moment things are going well, but we can’t take our foot of the throat here because every other coach is doing the same. It doesn’t get any easier.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivaclast_img read more

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ROs performance was calamitous, exceptionally poor

first_imgDear Editor,Many of the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) Returning Officers (ROs) seriously bungled the Local Government Elections’ (LGE’s) Nomination Day activities. After this under-par and woefully unacceptable performance, there is a heavy, laboured apprehension by the general public as to what might be the outcome of the general GECOM staff performance at the upcoming Disciplined Services voting; also specifically in supervising the full voting on November 12th, 2018.In general, the ROs’ performance was calamitous and exceptionally poor. The circumstances therefore demand answers to many emerging and pertinent questions. It is necessary for the nation to be informed why so many of GECOM’s permanent staff members were employed specifically to work as ROs. As the credibility of the organisation continues to diminish under the watch of imposed Chairman Justice (R’td) James Patterson, no clarifications have been offered by the organisation for the recent embarrassing fiasco.There are convincing public perceptions that there was no proper training conducted for these ROs! If this observation is incorrect, then the following questions must be answered: Who were the trainers? Who did the evaluation? Who sets the test? Who marks the papers? What were the criteria for selection? And who selected the ROs?It is necessary to point out that the Commission is directly responsible for the recruitment and appointment of all staff. Apparently the approval for a particular approach is partially or wholly being dictated by a few select Commissioners and sanctioned by the Chairman. It is imperative that all of the Commissioners pursue this responsibility objectively, impartially, and ensure maximum transparency and accountability.The disenchantment of the PPP/C and other stakeholders in the performance of some ROs on Nomination Day makes it clearer now that when the GECOM Chairman made reference to the recruitment of middle-management staff for the secretariat, the opportunity was opened up and seized by specific individuals to clandestinely employ manipulating cronies.Several statements which emerged from the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of GECOM were published in the media regarding the readiness of GECOM to hold Local Government Elections on November 12, 2018. In one instance, the Chairman, James Patterson, is quoted as saying: “It (preparation) is reaching its time post. We have no difficulties at all as regards to what we have to do…We are ready for it (LGE)…just waiting for a declaration as to the date from the relevant minister”.Contrary to the Chairman’s position, however, we are witnessing some amazing advertisements in the various newspapers for temporary field staff to work with GECOM at the Elections. These advertisements for Election Day Staff were published in the print media on several occasions, highlighting the significant quantum of work to be done.Invited respondents to the advertisements were informed that the first closing date was August 02, 2018. This was followed by a repeat of the same advertisement with the new closing date stated as August 11, 2018; the same advertisement was re-published on a third occasion with the closing date stated as August 23, 2018. Same was also repeated on a fourth occasion with the closing date provided as September 30, 2018.The facts presented give broad testimony to the falsity emanating from GECOM. It is quite evident that the Chairman and the Secretariat’s CEO have been making statements that are not revealing of the whole truth, but seek to merely justify their photo opportunities.Further, the additional advertisement for spanking new vehicles, billboards and some other categories of staff imply the need for much required training. Contextually, this informs of much to be achieved before GECOM can realistically signal the level of appropriate readiness that they have insincerely conveyed.While there has been a resounding silence on the recent embarrassing ROs’ debacle by authorised officials of GECOM, it is from inside the ‘belly of the beast that ‘staffers are asking about multi-year agreements along with liabilities from all previous years. Staffers are asking about the land, water, air transportation, along with fuel and lubricants which have been significantly manipulated in the past.There are emerging queries about rental of boats, vehicles, buildings, and generators, even as the food and beverages ‘galore’ for certain caterers are now evolving. It seems that GECOM Secretariat is poised to have another feast that we must all be on the lookout for.As citizens ready themselves for the upcoming elections, caution must be exercised towards the rejection of any clandestine plans by GECOM. We advocate for the necessary, and demand cleansing of the organisation, and wait with a spoon of salt for future statements, if any, coming from the organisation.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Stage set for Wedding Expo 2018

first_imgLocal organisers have promised glitz and glamour as well as a celebration of Guyanese artistry when the 10th edition of Wedding Expo kicks off on Friday with patrons being allowed free entry into the event.The Expo, which will be held at the Duke Lodge, Kingston, will feature a formal opening ceremony with remarks by key personalities.This year, the keynote speaker will be the Resident Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Sophie Makonnen, who is likely to highlight the importance of wedding destination tourism, and the positive impacts it has on the nation’s economy, especially as it related to the provision of pertinent services by artisans and small-scale businesses.Meanwhile, Tourism Ministry Director General Donald Sinclair is also listed to give its contribution.In commemoration of the anniversary celebrations, there will be a display of Guyanese culture which includes a parade of various wedding fashions from Guyana’s ethnic groups. The musical aspect will comprise tassa drumming and steel pan renditions.The official Expo, slated for March 23-25, will showcase products and services for weddings by Guyanese businesspersons such as dressmakers, jewellers, cake decorators, and tailors. Other service providers such as musicians, photographers, make-up artists, and limousine services will also be present to give an insight to the services being offered by their respective businesses.The coordinators are expecting to see approximately 40 exhibitors in addition to a wedding ceremony and reception of the winning couple in this year’s “Race to the Altar” competition, which will be held on Saturday afternoon.Meanwhile, Roraima Group of Companies Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Captain Gerry Gouveia shared his thoughts on the anniversary celebration and their journey throughout the years.“It is with a proud feeling of achievement that we at the Roraima Group of Companies welcome our exhibitors, sponsors, and the general public to this milestone 10th anniversary Wedding Expo. I am particularly elated by the success stories that have emerged over the past 10 years for small artisans and entrepreneurs as a result of their participation in Wedding Expo,” he stated.He also highlighted the fact that new Guyanese artisans were given a chance to promote their businesses, adding: “There are new young artisans now springing up all over Guyana who deserve the opportunities which were afforded those who came before them. We must not fail these emerging entrepreneurs.”The expo is open to the general public from 17:00h on Friday, March 23 and from 14:00h to 23:00h on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. Members of the public are urged to visit the Expo and partake in the activities being offered to support local businesses.last_img read more

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Construction worker charged for death of cyclist

first_imgA 32-year-old construction worker was on Wednesday released on bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Trevor Singh, of Buttercup Place, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied that on November 1, 2018 at Aubrey Barker Road, Georgetown, he rode motorcycle CE 2681 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Floyd House.The prosecution is contending that on November 1, Singh was heading west on Aubrey Barker Road when he collided with House, who was also heading in the same direction on a pedal cycle. Both men were picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where House was pronounced dead on arrival.The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat, who asked that his client be granted bail in a reasonable amount.Singh was released on $350,000 bail, and the case was adjourned to November 20, 2018.last_img read more

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Finishing last a promising sign for Stewart?

first_img“They need to let the race track be,” Stewart said. “You can change all the banking you want. It’s still a 2-mile track. The good thing is that the racing has become two- and three-wide and you can run on different spots on the race track. But that’s all you can hope for. “It is what it is there. If they wanted to do something, they should’ve been a little smarter and built a half-mile or three-quarter mile oval. But anytime you build something that big, you’re going to spread cars out.” DRIVIN’ THRU There are a couple of reasons why Kyle Busch likes to compete at California Speedway. Never mind that Busch holds the track Cup qualifying (188.435 mph, 2005) or that he scored his first victory at Fontana (Sony HD 500, 2005). He became the youngest-ever Cup pole winner at 19 years, 9 months, and 24 days of age and the youngest Cup race winner at 20 years, 4 months, and 2 days. Both of the records were previously held by Donald Thomas and stood for more than 50 years. “I like the `flatness’ of California,” Busch said. “I grew up on a relatively flat track at the Las Vegas Bullring and I’ve done well at New Hampshire and Phoenix, so I guess it just suits my style of driving.” But that’s not the only reason. “I was able to sit on the pole two years ago and we won a race there, too, so we’ve had some real good luck at California,” he said. “I’m looking forward to California because we can run well and it’s a West Coast race, so I’ll be able to get In-N-Out Burger, too.” HE’S BACK Ron Hornaday Jr., a former Palmdale resident, drives a Chevy Silverado for Kevin Harvick on the Craftsman Truck Series and will race Friday night. He has competed 13 times at the Fontana track – seven in the Busch Series, four in the Trucks and once in the Winston West and Cup. It’s a return to the area where he established his reputation. “Going to California is always good for me because of the fans; the race track is close to my hometown,” Hornaday said. “In the last California race, we lost the master cylinder and had no brakes. Heading into the second race with a seventh place finish at Daytona, is a good way to start the season off.” VICTORY JUNCTION CAMP Applications are being accepted for summer camp at Victory Junction Camp, created in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam. More than 4,500 campers ages 7-15 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses enjoyed what the Randleman, N.C., camp has offered. In addition to traditional activities – horseback riding, boating, fishing, arts and crafts – there are also other events such as a water park, theater, bowling alley, miniature golf and NASCAR related program areas. “This is a really busy time of year for Victory Junction,” said Mark Hendrickson, Director of Medical Communications and Development for Victory Junction. “Our goal is to spread the word to insure we fill each of our 10 disease specific summer sessions to capacity. The capacity of each week ranges from 80 – 125 campers but it’s important for parents to get their child’s application in by the March 31 deadline.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chassis No. 20 won three of the last eight races in 2006, including successive wins at Atlanta and Texas. “What you do at California is solely based on what you and your team can do with your race car, not what drafting line you’re in or how the car behind you is going to affect your next move,” Stewart said. “I enjoy going to California because I really feel that’s where our season starts. “That’s a track where you don’t really worry about what everybody else’s car is doing. You worry about what your car is doing. “You’re racing the race track. You’re not racing everybody else. It’s a good opportunity to get back into the swing of things. Once you leave California, you feel like the season has officially started.” Don’t count Stewart as one who wants to see the track reconfigured. Last Sunday, Stewart was dominant at Daytona but a wreck with Kurt Busch cut his day short and he ended with a disappointing 39th-place finish. Stewart has never won at Fontana, one of four tracks that has eluded him, but he brings a reliable Home Depot Chevrolet. center_img FONTANA – If history is any indication, this could well be Tony Stewart’s year to win his second Nextel Cup Series championship. In 2002, his title season, Stewart left Daytona with a last-place finish, yet managed to claim the crown after the 40th race. last_img
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World Cup star set to stay despite Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal interest

first_img SOON? loz of cash Tease Chelsea ‘to sign’ star who left Spurs on the brink of Champions League exit The exciting youngster has been linked with a move to England where Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all interested in snapping him up.And despite Barcelona’s links to the midfielder too, PSV are confident that Lozano will remain in Holland for at least another season. TREBLE DUTCH Lozano bagged Mexico’s winner against Germany Chelsea to ‘bid £36m’ for forward who lit up World Cup and Champions League Lozano has been linked with multiple top European clubs Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils have made no offers for Mexican 2 Mexico star Hirving Lozano looks set to ignore reported interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal and stay at PSV Eindhoven this summer.The tricky winger starred for his country at this summer’s World Cup and his future in Holland has been called into question as a result. Premier League transfer target delighted by praise and reveals team he liked as a kid 2 Round-up center_img Three PSV stars Tottenham must be wary of in must-win Champions League clash Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, including interest from Italy, England and Spain.However, according to the Eindhovens Dagblad, PSV have not received any formal offers for Lozano so far during this summer’s transfer window. LOZ FOR WORDS JUST RUMOURS? your loz chucky on the cards Man United dealt blow as transfer target Hirving Lozano ‘agrees to join’ Napoli Latest Hirving Lozano News Man United ‘preparing bid’ for World Cup ace also wanted by Arsenal call of chucky Arsenal make ‘approach’ to sign World Cup ace PSV winger ‘dreams’ of Manchester United move Arsenal could add another two players to the squad this weeklast_img read more

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TORY ISLAND CRACKED SHIP TO BE UNLOADED AT SEA

first_imgA stricken oil tanker forced to turn back to Ireland after a cracked hull was found off Tory Island is too dangerous to be allowed in Belfast harbour, it emerged today.That has sparked concerns that the Genmar Companion, which is carrying a 54,000-tonne load of vacuum gas oil, could have been more of a danger to the Donegal coast than first feared.The ship has been forced to anchor outside Belfast lough since. The 228m-long tanker had been off the north-west coast of Donegal on December 16, en route from Rotterdam to New York, when the captain reported a crack in the hull.Now its cargo is to be unloaded at sea to prevent any danger inside Belfast harbour.All 23 crew members are reported to be in good health and have remained on board.The ship was inspected by experts who decided that, as a precautionary measure, the cargo should be removed and the ship repaired.   TORY ISLAND CRACKED SHIP TO BE UNLOADED AT SEA was last modified: December 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

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Women’s Basketball Earns 20th Win Of The Season With 86-66 Victory At Evansville

first_img Preview at Southern Illinois 3/5/2016 – 2:00 PM Story Links Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) EVANSVILLE, Ind. –­­ The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Evansville by a score of 86-66 on Thursday evening at the Ford Center. The 20-point win improved Drake’s record to 20-8 overall and 13-4 in the MVC. The Bulldogs have now tallied back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.), the MVC Preseason Player of the Year and league’s top scorer, continues to post impressive scoring numbers as she poured in 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Wendell’s game-high moved her to ninth all-time at Drake in career points with 1,790. Junior point guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) equaled a career-high with 15 assists, which she has reached three times in her career. For her career, Ingle has 495 career assists and ranks fifth all-time at Drake. The 15 assists are tied for third all-time in school history for most assists in a single game. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) finished with 19 points while sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) just missed a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds. Drake led by 10 points going into the final quarter and it stayed around that margin for nearly six minutes in before the Bulldogs finally pulled away from Evansville (2-26, 1-16 MVC) behind a 7-0 scoring run, started by Emma Donahue’s (Naperville, Ill.) jumper, and nine points from Rhine in the final four minutes of play. Drake shot 52.2 percent from the floor (35-of-67) with 29 assists, just missing its season-high of 30, which the Bulldogs had in the first meeting with Evansville on Jan. 1 in Des Moines. On Thursday, Drake dominated in the paint with 56 points and the Bulldog bench outscored the Purple Aces’ by a 33-12 margin. Junior Cortni Rush (Mason, City) knocked down a pair of key three-pointers off the bench and finished with eight points and six rebounds. All nine Bulldogs scored in the game. Drake led 22-17 after one quarter of play as Evansville was able to stay close behind four three-pointers. Seven different Bulldogs scored in the opening quarter, led by Dean with five points. Ingle and Wendell teamed up for a big play right before halftime. With just seven seconds left, Ingle took an inbounds pass and was quickly fouled by the Purple Aces. Ingle then inbounded the basketball on the sideline and hit Wendell with a perfect baseball pass on the left wing as Wendell buried a deep three right before the buzzer to give Drake a 42-36 halftime lead. Wendell led all scorers with 14 points in the first two quarters while Ingle handed out eight assists and the team had 15 assists on 18 field goals. Drake shot 53 percent from the floor while Evansville stayed close with seven three-pointers. The season regular season finale for the Bulldogs is set for Saturday at Southern Illinois with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be shown online via The Valley On ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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CHARITY WORKER BANNED FROM DRIVING AFTER JUDGE RULES HER DETENTION WAS LAWFUL

first_imgA CHARITY worker caught drinking and driving has lost a bid to have her conviction overturned on claims gardai had broken the law.Catherine Peoples, 44, from Drumkeen, was convicted at the District Court in Letterkenny and banned from driving for two years.However she appealed the conviction to District Court Appeals which are heard at the Circuit Court. Her solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin argued before Judge John O’Hagan that the breaking down of a breathalyser machine forced gardai to get a blood sample instead – but that gardai had failed to explain this to Peoples.The court heard that gardai on patrol between Drumkeen and Convoy at just after 12.05am on April 3, 2011, saw Peoples take a turn off the road without indicating.They followed the car and Peoples was breathalysed. She failed the roadside test and was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station under arrest.Once there Garda Charlene Anderson said she observed Peoples for 20 minutes before carrying out a test on the intoxyliser machine at the station.However this machine broke down and Garda Shane Lavelle took a decision to ask for a doctor to attend the station to take a blood sample.Mr McLaughlin said Peoples should have been told that her detention was being extended to facilitate this third test. He said the failure of gardai to tell  his client this was unlawful and the conviction should be overturned.However Judge O’Hagan said there was nothing in the drink-driving legislation which demanded this.The judge also said that anyone detained by gardai for a test could be asked to take whatever tests where necessary at a garda station – including breath, urine or blood.He confirmed the two year drive ban, fined Peoples €150, but delayed the implementation of the ban for six months.Mr McLaughlin said his client had dinner earlier on the evening of the offence and  had a couple of glass of wine. She had only left home to collect a teenage son who didn’t have a lift home from a disco.CHARITY WORKER BANNED FROM DRIVING AFTER JUDGE RULES HER DETENTION WAS LAWFUL was last modified: February 11th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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‘You plonker!’ – Local politicians to star in Gweedore’s ‘Oíche Oscars’

first_imgSinn Fein politicians Pearse Doherty and John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh will be on opposing sides for the next few nights – as they take part in Oíche Oscars.On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the night at the Oscars takes place in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair.Local groups in the parish are coming together to re-enact a film or tv programme. Local councillor Ó Fearraigh is taking part in Gweedore United’s version of Only Fools and Horses.TD Doherty is involved in the Gweedore Celtic production of Keeping Up Appearances.Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh is among those also involved.Groups will put on a seven-minute show each over the night. Tickets are still available for the Thursday and Friday shows, priced at €15.Saturday night tickets are sold out!Tickets are available from Bunbeg Post Office, Derrybeg Post Office and from Teach Jack, Glassagh.‘You plonker!’ – Local politicians to star in Gweedore’s ‘Oíche Oscars’ was last modified: April 11th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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