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Dates confirmed for RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco

first_imgThe iconic AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, will provide the spectacular backdrop to the tournament that features 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams competing for the title of world champions. The 42,000-seater stadium is one of the most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA and is located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront overlooking the bay.This will be the seventh staging of the tournament, which has previously been held in Edinburgh, Hong Kong (twice), Mar del Plata, Dubai and Moscow. Having won both the men’s and women’s events at the famous Russian venue of Luzhniki Stadium, New Zealand will be back to defend their titles but will likely face considerable resistance in the form of Olympic gold medallists, Australia (women’s) and Fiji (men’s), not to mention strong home competition from both USA sides.World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Announcing the exact dates of the tournament is an important stage of preparation as it means that supporters can really start to plan their trip. With three days of amazing rugby action on offer, coupled with everything else San Francisco and surrounding area has to offer, it could really be the holiday of a lifetime for rugby fans around the world.First time to be held in North America “The success of rugby sevens at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio gave the game a huge shot in the arm and we are working hard to ensure its popularity continues to rise in the coming years. Part of that is building on the success of previous RWC Sevens tournaments, which come at the mid-point in the Olympic cycle. This will be the first time the RWC Sevens has been held in North America and I know rugby fans in the USA and also in Canada are really looking forward to it.”USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We are proud to play host to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. This event will bring the world’s best and put them in front of a large audience of rugby fanatics in the US, showcasing our great sport to a new batch of sports fans. We’re equally excited that this great tournament will be played in our backyard and in front of our youth, inspiring the next group of rugby stars.”last_img read more

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Juve warns six players for their poor performance

first_imgJuventus is going through a complicated year. After maintaining an overwhelming dominance for almost a decade in Italy, this season the fight for scudetto is fierce against Inter and Lazio.In the club they are sensing a performance downturn and from Italy they point out that lJuventus already has a list of those who could leave Turin If your performance does not improve by the end of the season.Andrea Agnelli, president of the Turin team, has decided to take the reins at the most complicated time of the year and has held meetings with the sports management and even with the heavyweights of the workforce, including Maurizio Sarri, to know the situation first hand. The president has been in the training camps of Vinovo and has collected the necessary information until he can close next to Paratici and Nedved, in charge of the sports plot, a list of players who will be tested until the end of the 19/20 campaign. They are Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuaín.These six have been the first indicated by a property that wanted to remind the staff that the requirement is maximum. The first exam will be this Thursday at 20:45 in San Siro where they will face Milan in the first leg of Coppa semifinals.last_img read more

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Windies lose opener despite Mohammed, Carter efforts

first_imgENGLANDJ Roy lbw b Gabriel 13S Billings c C Brathwaite b Nurse 52J Root b Gabriel 4E Morgan run out 107J Buttler c Carter b Nurse 14B Stokes c Holder b Bishoo 55Moeen Ali not out 31C Woakes not out 0Extras (lb7, w12, nb1) 20TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 296Did not bat: A Rashid, L Plunkett, S Finn.Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Roy, 5.3 overs), 2-29 (Root, 7.2), 3-96 (Billings, 21.3), 4-129 (Buttler, 26), 5-239 (Stokes, 44.4), 6-292 (Morgan, 49.3)Bowling: Holder 9-1-46-0 (w2), Gabriel 10-0-58-2 (w2, nb1), C Brathwaite 10-1-54-0 (w1), Nurse 10-0-57-2 (w1), Bishoo 6-0-49-1 (w5), Mohammed 5-0-25-0.WEST INDIESK Brathwaite c Rashid b Woakes 14E Lewis c Billings b Woakes 21K Powell c Roy b Plunkett 1+S Hope c Finn b Rashid 31J Mohammed run out 72J Carter c Roy b Plunkett 52*J Holder c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 4C Brathwaite c Root b Woakes 12A Nurse lbw b Woakes 21D Bishoo not out 12S Gabriel c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 0Extras (lb4, w7) 11TOTAL (all out, 47.2 overs) 251Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Lewis, 9.2 overs), 2-37 (Powell, 10.2), 3-39 (K Brathwaite, 11.4), 4-108 (Hope, 24.3), 5-190 (Carter, 38.2), 6-201 (Holder, 40.2), 7-210 (Mohammed, 42), 8-224 (CR Brathwaite, 44.3), 9-250 (Nurse, 46.3), 10-251 (Gabriel, 47.2).Bowling: Finn 9-0-49-0 (w1), Woakes 9-1-47-4 , Root 5-0-31-0 (w1), Plunkett 8.2-1-40-4 (w3), Moeen Ali 7-0-37-0, Rashid 9-1-43-1 (w2).Result: England won by 45 runs.Series: England lead three-match series 1-0.Man-of-the-Match: Eoin Morgan.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: G Brathwaite, R Palliyaguruge; TV – C Gaffaney. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Jason Mohammed hit a maiden One-Day International half-century and Jonathan Carter gathered his third but West Indies failed to come to grips with a challenging run chase, and slumped to a 45-run defeat to England in the opening game of a three-match series here yesterday.Asked to overhaul 297 after England captain Eoin Morgan had struck his 10th ODI hundred, West Indies lost wickets in clusters and were bowled out for 251 in the 48th over, to suffer their sixth one-day defeat in their last eight outings.Mohammed, in only his third ODI and his first international appearance in two years, top-scored with 72 while Carter weighed in with a robust 52 and Shai Hope, 31.The right-handed Mohammed anchored two successive half stands, which pulled West Indies around from danger at 39 for three in the 12th over and lifted them into a strong position at 190 for four in the 39th over.But Carter’s dismissal signalled a decline for the hosts and they lost their last wickets for 61 runs in the space of 54 balls, to fall behind in the series.SECOND GAMESeamers Liam Plunkett (4-40) and Chris Woakes (4-47) did nearly all the damage, grabbing four wickets apiece, to underline a potent England performance ahead of Sunday’s second game at the same venue.Sent in, the tourists slumped to 29 for two in the eighth over after speedster Shannon Gabriel struck twice early on but the left-handed Morgan came to his side’s rescue with a superb 107 off 116 deliveries.All-rounder Ben Stokes hit 55 and opener Sam Billings gathered 52, while Moeen Ali came at the end to produce a cameo unbeaten 31 from 22 balls.Following a half-hour delayed start because of wet run-ups and then rain, England found themselves stunned after Gabriel prised out Jason Roy (13) and Joe Root (4) cheaply.Roy, dropped by captain Jason Holder off a caught and bowled chance in the fifth over, perished in the following over – lbw on the back foot to one which kept low.Gabriel then got the prized wicket of Root, spectacularly bowling the right-hander with a quick delivery which jagged back and found the batsman rooted to the crease.However, Morgan arrived to steady the innings, anchoring three partnerships which ensured England reached the fourth highest total at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.He put on 67 for the third wicket with Billings, 110 for the fifth wicket with Stokes before adding a further 53 with Moeen Ali for the sixth wicket.Morgan, dropped on four in the 11th over by Kieran Powell at first slip off the first ball of seamer Carlos Brathwaite’s opening spell, made the most of the opportunity to raise his 32nd ODI half-century off 67 balls in the 31st over.He then required only another 45 deliveries to reach three figures, clearing the ropes at mid-wicket with Brathwaite to bring up the landmark in the 48th over.In reply, West Indies were given a solid if not spectacular start of 36 by left-hander Evin Lewis who made 21 and Kraigg Brathwaite who scored 14.LEADING EDGELewis was looking ominous when against the run of play, he pulled an innocuous delivery from Woakes into the lap of deep mid-wicket in the 10th over.Powell, making a return to international cricket following a three-year break, failed to impress as he perished in the 11th over for one, caught at point off a leading edge by Jason Roy off Plunkett.And in the following over, Brathwaite found himself in a tangle against an ordinary short ball from Woakes and swatted a simple catch to Adil Rashid at mid-on.Mohammed then instigated a recovery, first in a 69-run, fourth wicket stand with Hope and then in an entertaining 82-run, fifth wicket partnership with Carter.All told, he faced 91 balls and struck seven fours.SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

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FUMC at 195

first_imgFirst United Methodist Church, Ashmun Street, MonroviaA POEM IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 195th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (FUMC) 1822 – 2017By Togba-Nah TipotehThank God FUMC is 195And looking very much aliveCornering the Streets of Gurley and AshmunGlowing in the midst of the tropical sunYes, come and seeThe glow in FUMCCome and see the benches of the OldAs they sat hearing the Messages toldCome and see the blocks of the OldShowing many Stories that were toldCome and hear the Melodies of the ChoirWelcoming the new Bishop QuireCome and learn from FUMCLessons without any degreeWhen honor went to Father YahkpawoloWithout money he was in the glowHonor went not to the money flowBut honor went to the Character FlowTis then is the Mark of FUMCThat all near and far can come to seeMonrovia, December 2, 2017Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WBD man kills lover, slits throat in suicide bid

first_imgThe West Bank Demerara (WBD) village of Good Intent was plunged into a state of shock on Wednesday morning when it woke to news that a resident allegedly murdered his lover before attempting suicide by slitting his throat.Dead is Diane Hernandez, a 48-year-old housewife of Recht-Door-Zee, WBD. She reportedly shared a visiting relationship with the suspect, Nigel Glasgow, 40, ofDead: Diane HernandezMurphy Street, Good Intent Squatting Area.Guyana Times understands that the duo arrived at Glasgow’s house late Tuesday night, but just about 02:30h on Wednesday morning, screams and shouts were heard emanating from the house.According to information received from Police sources, the gruesome discovery was made by two relatives of the mother of Glasgow’s children, who is a pump attendant. This newspaper was told that the pump attendant reportedly received a phone call from the suspect, requesting that she took care of their children.Realising that something was amiss, the attendant contacted her relatives and instructed them to go to the house.Upon arriving at Glasgow’s residence, the relatives had to break in to the locked house where they reportedly found the couple lying on a bed. Hernandez’s body was on the bed, but her head was propped up with what appeared to be a cable wrapped around her neck while her hands were bound. The alleged suspect, on the other hand, was lying alongside her, bleeding from his throat.In the wee hours of the morning when screams had erupted, the man’s two dogsPolice detectives at the scene Wednesday morningstarted to bark and in an attempt to silence them, the animals were allegedly killed by the suspect.During this commotion, the neighbours were awakened and as such, Glasgow reportedly attempted to burn down their house. “He eyes pass me, why he didn’t burn the one he got… what me do he mek he wan burn me house?” the owner of the house, Nigam Blackman, questioned at the scene.The elderly woman told this publication that she was never close to the alleged suspect and only shared pleasantries with him occasionally.“We never had any problems… I don’t know why he wan burn me house,” the woman related. According to Blackman, she was sleeping and unaware of what transpired until her granddaughter, Simone Farley, informed her.However, the granddaughter, whose apartment was scorched, recalled smelling gasoline before seeing the fire.“When I heard the commotion, I though is me uncle get up to bathe but after I lie down and smelling this gasoline, I say no, man, something wrong. So when I decide to get up and pull the bedroom blind, there is the big fire at the side of the chair (in the house),” Farley related.According to the woman, a few ornaments were destroyed and a corner of her apartment was scorched. However, she managed to put out the fire before it caused any major damage. She went on to point out to Guyana Times two bottles containing a suspected flammable substance which the suspect allegedly used to start the fire.Farley further related to this newspaper that while she and Glasgow stopped speaking to each other about four months ago, she was clueless as to why he would want to destroy her house.“He was a quiet person; he does always deh easy and cool… I don’t know what happened; I don’t know if he woman give he problem or what, I cannot say. But like the devil went in he and make he do such thing,” Farley posited.According to the neighbours, after killing the dogs and starting a fire at their house, Glasgow reportedly padlocked his front door from the outside and gained entry into his house through a window, which he then secured once on the inside.The two persons who made the discovery had to break the window to get into the house. The Police were then summoned to the scene and some time after they were seen removing the alleged suspect and rushing him to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.Up to press time, Glasgow, a former cane harvester, remained a patient at the medical institution under guard.last_img read more

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Senior Flyers hosting Skate with Santa tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers will be holding a family skate at the North Peace Arena, on Thursday December 22nd from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.Flyers president Paul van Nostrand says that the skate is open to all current team players and alumni as well as their entire familes, although Flyers fans are also welcome to attend. The skate will feature a special guest in the form of Santa Claus, who will be there to greet kids and families.- Advertisement –last_img

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CAPP Responds to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Declaration

first_img– Shannon Joseph, Vice-President of Government Relations, CAPPThe UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged Canada to stop work on three major resource projects which include the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until it obtains approval from affected First Nations.The committee, in a directive last month, says it’s worried that work is going ahead without free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous groups CALGARY, AB – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) released a response to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Declaration.Capp shares;‘The statement by the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reflects an embarrassing ignorance of Canadian law and consultation processes that have been developed over the past 30 years. Canada has an in-depth consultation process required by law to protect the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous peoples.- Advertisement -All three projects in question underwent extensive review and consultation in accordance with these Canadian laws.The UN Committee has also failed to recognize that a significant number of Indigenous communities along the route of the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline and all 20 Indigenous communities on the Coastal Gaslink route have exercised their sole discretion in signing agreements with the project proponents.These projects are vital to those communities in exercising their right to develop their resources and provide jobs and economic opportunities for generations to come.’Advertisementlast_img read more

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David Silva signs new long-term Man City contract

first_img1 Manchester City playmaker David Silva Manchester City midfielder David Silva has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions.The Spanish playmaker, who has won two top flight titles with City, is now committed to the club until the end of the 2018-19 season.The 28-year-old has been a key figure at the Etihad Stadium since his £26million arrival from Valencia in 2010, and said he is happy to remain at a club he considers to be his “second home”.Silva, who has also won the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, told the club’s official website: “From the moment I joined the club four years ago it has felt like a second home to me.“On and off the pitch, I feel incredibly content and fulfilled professionally and personally, so why wouldn’t I want to stay and keep winning trophies with this fantastic team?“Over the last four years, we have achieved so much together, establishing City as a dominating force in England and now, when I look around this dressing room, I can see no reason why we won’t become one of the top teams in the world.“It was a straightforward decision to extend my stay here and spend my peak years at Manchester City, a club with unbelievable fans who have always supported me.”Silva is the third City player to have signed a new contract over the summer after Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov also agreed new terms.News of the deal also comes a day after the club completed the £32million signing of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.last_img read more

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Neymar saves PSG to send French champions three clear

first_imgIt was Neymar’s second winning goal in as many league games since being reinstated to the team following a protracted transfer saga which saw him attempt to force through a return to Barcelona.“Neymar can do better,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “It’s the second or third game in four months for him. He’s not at 100 percent capacity.“He is not at his limit. He can do better, he will do better. He’s going to get to his best level, with matches and decisive goals like that, it’s going to help him.”The Parisians sit top on 15 points after Angers and Nice both won over the weekend to temporarily join Tuchel’s side at the summit, and followed up their impressive midweek Champions League victory over Real Madrid with the win in constant drizzling rain in Lyon.Sylvinho’s Lyon remain in ninth place and are without a win since mid-August.PSG were without the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi due to injuries, while midfielder Marco Verratti started on the bench.The best of the early chances fell to Neymar on 22 minutes but his effort was superbly saved by Lopes.Neymar was denied again by another tidy Lopes stop four minutes before the break as the Portugal international tipped the Brazil forward’s dangerous free-kick over the bar.PSG’s domination from the first half carried over into the second 45 minutes.Abdou Diallo had the pick of the chances, using the wet conditions to glance a header from a Neymar corner over the crossbar.The world’s most expensive player was targeted by home fans when taking set-pieces from the left-hand side as they threw plastic bottles and rolled-up bin bags at him.With 87 minutes on the clock, substitute Verratti found Neymar in the box who dribbled into space and finally beat Lopes to the keeper’s left with a low shot.He celebrated by running towards the same corner of the ground where he had earlier been taunted by the Lyon supporters.– Hat-trick hero Ninga –Casimir Ninga scored an 11-minute hat-trick as Angers hammered Saint-Etienne © AFP / GUILLAUME SOUVANTEarlier, Angers moved into second place after replacement Casimir Ninga scored an 11-minute hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of Saint-Etienne.Ninga, who joined the club from second-tier Caen in August, put Angers into the lead with less than a quarter of an hour remaining before adding two more goals by the 89th minute to clinch their first home win over Saint-Etienne in 43 years.The defeat at Stade Raymond Kopa leaves Les Verts a point above the relegation zone, with Ghislain Printant’s outfit having failed to win since the opening day of the season.Stephane Moulin’s Angers, who finished 13th in the league last season, have claimed four wins from their opening six fixtures to pull level with Nice in second spot.“Casimir made a thundering impact. I truly congratulate him because he’s worked a lot since arriving at the club,” Moulin said.“The second half perfectly resembles what we have been doing since the start of the season. It’s a little bit new but it corresponds perfectly to what we’re trying to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar scored a late winner to claim all three points for PSG at Lyon © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDPARIS, France, Sep 23 – Neymar scored a fine late winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon 1-0 on Sunday to move three points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table.The Brazilian finally beat Anthony Lopes, who had pulled off numerous impressive saves, with three minutes of normal time to play at the Groupama Stadium.last_img read more

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O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PUMP €36M INTO CIE

first_imgFianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has questioned the Government’s decision to pump €36 million into CIE in the same week that it shut down a vital HSE bus service from Donegal to Dublin costing less than €100,000.The Donegal Senator was commenting after the Cabinet this week approved a multi-million euro injection of funds into CIE to plug a hole in its books.Meanwhile the Government has refused to even consider maintaining a bus that has provided a valuable service to Donegal patients for nearly 4 decades. “This raises very serious questions about the Government’s priorities,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “From tomorrow, there will no longer be a specialised HSE bus to take Donegal patients to Dublin hospitals for treatment because the Government wants to cut costs. Meanwhile, they are pumping millions into CIE that they managed to get from elsewhere in the transport budget.“It’s all very well to pump funds into Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus to keep it afloat, but people are wondering exactly where this money is coming from. This cash injection will result in cuts to other areas within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.“However the Government has so far refused to reveal what areas will be affected. This is simply not acceptable. Community groups involved in tourism and sport that are depending on the funding they have been promised and they must be provided with some certainty.“This entire announcement reveals skewed priorities, poor planning and a lack of understanding of the most basic economics,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PUMP €36M INTO CIE was last modified: July 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more