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All Blacks rally to beat Barbarians

first_imgLed by former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, the Barbarians were 17-10 ahead at half-time on Saturday thanks to tries from Kiwi pair Richie Mo’unga and George Bridge, as well as Australian Sam Carter.Steve Hansen’s men, missing a host of rested and injured regulars, remained in sight thanks to TJ Perenara and Vaea Fifita’s scores.For all their good early work, the Barbarians were blown away in the space of six second-half minutes, as Ngani Laumape, Sam Cane and Nathan Harris all crossed to turn the match on its head. Temporary captain Beauden Barrett converted all three tries to make it 31-17, as the out-of-favour Julian Savea, overlooked for New Zealand’s November internationals and appearing for the Barbarians against his countrymen, had a quiet match by his own high standards in west London.Brotherly ! A touching moment as @ardiesavea and @juliansavea7 meet in the tunnel before kick off.#BARvNZL pic.twitter.com/3ff1prDGDn— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 4, 2017The same cannot be said of wing Naholo, who lit up the first half by dancing through two attempted tackles right on the touchline to return Perenara’s offload and allow the scrum-half to claim his team’s first try.Laumape, meanwhile, a man nicknamed the Mini Bus, was instrumental in driving the All Blacks’ second-half onslaught, the massed ranks of the Barbarians defence proving unable to stop the Hurricanes centre from barging over in the 53rd minute. Deans’ side refused to give up but were unable to muster an effective response until the last minute of the game, a breakaway Bridge try reducing the deficit after Tim Perry, Matt Duffie and Asafo Aumua all received New Zealand debuts off the bench. The victory leaves the Rugby Championship winners to prepare for more searching examinations against France, Scotland and Wales, when the All Blacks XV is likely to take on a more predictable appearance.last_img read more

Pukpuks ready to snap Solomon Islands Hunters

first_imgPukpuks coach, Sydney Wesley says his team is more than ready to take on the Hunters.The Pukpuks are one game away from retaining the Oceania Rugby Cup trophy and Wesley knows tomorrow’s game will be the toughest in this tournament.“We know Solomon Islands will be desperate for a win.”“I’ve driven that message into the players that our job is not done yet and to keep playing to our game plan,” said Wesley.While the Pukpuks will be missing fullback Jonah Kautu who is sick, winger Wesley Vali returns to the starting side from injury.Wesley said while Solomon Islands boast one of the biggest forward packs, his team will work around this.“They have a much bigger pack, but we’ll still have the upper hand if we can run around them and tire them out. It will be competitive right across the park and we’re ready for this,” said Wesley.Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 3:30pm at the Sir Hubert Murray stadium.last_img read more

Tonga Rugby Union broke

first_imgPresident and the executive chairman of TRU, Fe‘ao Vunipola admitted that the union’s mountain of debts amount to hundreds of thousands of Pa’anga that go back over several years.Fe’ao told the Matangi Tonga Online that the Tonga Rugby Union property and office at Hala Salote, Fasi-moe-afi had been in receivership since October last year, when they could not keep up the repayment of their TOP$300,000 (K400,000) debt to Carinat Sport Marketing, Hong Kong. Carinat was an agent that bought the uniforms for Tonga’s Under 20, Tonga A and the ‘Ikale Tahi teams in 2012.  He said in October 2015, the Supreme Court had placed TRU assets under the receivership and ordered that the TRU pay Carinat Sport Marketing USD$1000 a month. The Carinat representative in Tonga is lawyer Ralph Stevenson. Fe‘ao said they have kept up the payments and had paid, probably, about USD$4000, but last month, February, they could not keep up with the monthly payments. They were looking forward for the 600,000 pounds annual contribution from World Rugby that was scheduled to arrive on March 15, but it did not materialise. World Rugby withheld their contribution because of the TRU’s mounting debts and the fact that the Supreme Court had put TRU assets under receivership. Fe’ao said the only option left was to seek government assistance, and fortunately government was willing to hear their problems. He said the Tonga Government had always been willing to prop up rugby, and during the last Rugby World Cup, contributed about $1 million to the Tonga Rugby Union. Fe’ao said he had informed Stevenson that he had consulted government and he was hopeful that they would help them. He believed the creditors were willing to give him more time to negotiate with government. Meanwhile, Fe’ao planned to call a special meeting of the TRU on April 1 to amend the TRU Constitution in preparation for the Annual General Meeting at the end of April or early May. The proposed amendment to the Constitution is for the Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva to be the president of the TRU, and for the election of a chairman and a deputy chairman of the board. He said that World Rugby representatives will be in Tonga from April 5-7 to meet with representatives of the TRU and with government. He was hopeful that following these meetings, the World Rugby would release their annual financial contribution to the TRU. The current members of the board of the TRU are: President and executive chairman, his deputy Manu Mataele, with three representatives, one each from Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua, and a representative each from Eastern, Western and Tongatapu as a whole.last_img read more

Horse Racing Tips

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Ross confident Beermen can pull through, with or without him

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Despite sitting out the second half with a strained right thigh, Chris Ross was the least surprised that San Miguel stayed in the thick of things late in Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES “I just played through it. I got some treatment yesterday and it was OK and felt OK, and then in the first quarter, I felt something and couldn’t really move it.”.@TheSMBeermen’s @cmross6 talks about his injury and vowed to be ready for Game 4. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/bNdOUKiV3H— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 13, 2018But Ross vowed to be in uniform for Game 4 on Thursday as San Miguel aims to bounce back from this defeat and take a 3-1 series lead.“I’ll be ready. I’m a warrior,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Prince Caperal continues to prove worth for Ginebra, impress Cone Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ But with the Beermen playing without one of their stars, their come-from-behind 104-102 Game 2 victory could not be replicated as the Gin Kings finally managed to score one game in the best-of-seven series.Ross played only 16 minutes and finished with six points, five rebounds, and three assists as coach Leo Austria took precaution and opted to no longer field in the two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the second half.READ: Ginebra nips San Miguel in thriller, takes Game 3 in PBA semis“We don’t want to aggravate it. This is a long series so we didn’t want to risk him in the second half,” the mentor said.Ross shared that this injury has long been bugging him even before Game 2 last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re a champion team. Just because I’m not there doesn’t mean that we’re not a champion team,” he said on the heels of the Beermen’s 87-95 Game 3 defeat  to Ginebra Tuesday in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.“We got a lot of fighters in our team and I got faith in everybody who coach puts in that they’re gonna go out there and compete. So it didn’t surprise me at all that we had a chance in the end to get close. The ball only bounced their way today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: Injured Ross ruled out of 2nd half of Game 3 vs GinebraSan Miguel fought back from 14-points down, 79-65, entering the fourth period and got to within three numerous times in the final six minutes of the game.last_img read more

Recognizing Psychological Manipulation

first_imgManipulation is a form of abuse that may go unrecognized.  Abuse, whether it is emotional, sexual or physical, is a traumatic experience. This type of abuse is linked to gender based violence.There is an increased level of gender based violence in Liberia is likely to result to marital rape, suffering to women, deprivation of liberty, threats of violence – leading to physical harm such as battering, psychological harm and gender inequality.These risk factors may be a tough pill to swallow, however it must be made known.We Liberians have the tendency to overlook issues in our society. Somehow we think the problem will solve itself, or we say, “It is the next man’s problem”.  If we do not take a stand now, the next generation will ultimately fall prey to abuse or continue the cycle of abuse. It is within our power to address the matter, to render support and advice to our neighbors – to educate both women and men within our communities.The purpose of this article is to recognize the signs of abuse, what it involves, how to safely move on, how to manage the situation and key ways to handle a manipulative person.After conducting research on the subject matter, I discovered that most abusers gain power and control over their victims by using various manipulative tactics.Psychological manipulation is an attempt to indirectly influence the behavior and actions of someone else through mental distortion and emotional exploitation and to seize power, control, benefits and privileges of a victim. The manipulator can do so by detecting a weakness and consequently using that weakness against their victim.CHARACTERISTICS OF A MANIPULATOR* The manipulator will exploit your weaknesses and make you feel inadequate. You may blame yourself for not meeting their needs. Being manipulated to feel bad about yourself, will lead you to eventually surrender your power and rights.* Manipulators may be charismatic and often have a hypnotic hold over others.* Some manipulators go from being highly polite to one individual and completely rude to another – or totally helpless one moment and aggressive the next. The manipulator will frequently play the victim.* A psychological manipulator is also a bully and will try to intimidate, verbally abuse and humiliate their victim.* Manipulative people use guilt, shame, lies and trickery to get what they want. They can never admit to being in the wrong.HANDLING A MANIPULATIVE PERSON* Prioritise your work and social life* Keep your distance and create a healthy lifestyle* You have the right to say “no” without feeling guilty. Psychological manipulators will make requests or outrageous demands to make you go out of your way to meet their needs. Use time to your advantage by saying, “I will think about it”.  Some may demand immediately action or response. Remember you have a right to be respected. Say NO.* When dealing with verbal abuse, confront the abuser with a friend or relative. Create your boundary, be confident in your response to the abuse and down play their insults.* Express your feelings, opinions and wants.LEAVING AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP* Talk to a trusted person about the violence. * Change your daily routine, contact number and work route or hours (if possible).* Keep a journal of all violent incidences, noting the dates, events and threats made.* Identify a safe place to stay.* Set money aside. Ask a friend or family member to keep hold of the money.* Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with INSIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way.“We become each and every piece within the game called life!”  – Allan RufusLiberian women have a natural ability to endure trying circumstances. We also possess great inner strength to overcome challenges.Knowledge along with awareness is a powerful tool; it is most useful in the handling of potential abusers and manipulative individuals. It promotes social change and will effectively decrease the number of cases being reported.Educating women on the main categories of abuse will encourage them to seek help; they will gain strength and courage in the process; it will empower them to help other women living with abuse .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Small businesses facing major rivalry from Chinese – SBDF

first_imgThe steady influx of Chinese businesses and the change of consumers’ preference are some of the major challenges that micro businesses are facing, according to Small Business Development Finance Trust Inc (SBDF) Director Mohamed Ali.Speaking at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, Ali outlined that SBDF granted a total of $279.3 million in loans last year, compared to $307.3 million in 2016. He noted that the micro-loan sector, which caters for vendors and small shops, was mostly impacted by this decline.SBDF Director Mohamed Ali“The very small micro-businesses continue to face major competition from Chinese influx and the shifting of consumer preferences to shop at large and smaller supermarkets for their needs. If you travel around, you will notice a lot more supermarkets are being opened up so the bottom house-style shop business is gradually being eroded. You will also notice that the vending business has declined tremendously,” Ali noted as he read the Chairman’s report.According to the SBDF Director, the number of loans granted by the Trust has declined in 2017 by 80 when compared to the previous year, with females and single mothers, who are the dominant players in the micro-loan sector, being the ones mostly affected.Of the total amount of loans granted last year, 45 per cent went to the agriculture sector, 30 per cent to retail trade/services, 10 per cent for consumers, and four per cent each for the fisheries, livestock, and manufacturing industries; while two per cent went to other miscellaneous sectors.In the agriculture sector, a total of $338.8 million was invested, with 199 loans granted to mainly cash crop and rice farmers. This is compared to 225 loans granted in 2016.“During the early part of 2017, many farmers stayed away from the first crop owing to previous crop losses in 2016, which was mostly due to diseases, drought and carry-over financial difficulties from 2015 when you had low paddy prices and late payments by millers to farmers…However, in the latter part of 2017, many of those farmers who stayed away, returned for the second crop with increased demands; hence, the average loan price was $1.6 million per farmers,” the SBDF Director stated.Decline in loansMeanwhile, Ali pointed out that the commercial sector, which represents manufacturing and fisheries, and carries an average loan size of $206.8 million, has recorded relatively low growth over the years since the Trust is unable to cater for high-value loans given its limited capital base. However, the SBDF managed to grant 17 loans last year, two less than 2016.Nevertheless, the SBDF Director went on to say that despite the overall decline in loans granted in 2017, the Trust managed to record a surplus in revenues last year.“In terms of our financial performance, SBDF created a surplus of $28.4 million from revenues…, and was able to retain 37 per cent of these revenues verses 35 per cent in 2016. This means that although we may have generated less revenues in 2016, our retention factor in terms of a surplus was greater than what we did 2016 – bearing in mind this surplus is being reinvested in SBDF… for relending to you our clients,” Ali asserted.The Finance Trust 2017 records also show that 150 loans were granted to females, which is 22 more than those granted to males; while 117 joint loans were granted.Moreover, with Government’s allocation of the development, growth and sustainability of small and medium enterprises, Ali posited that with this new access to capital for budding entrepreneurs coupled with linkages to a national economic strategy, this sector has a major role to play and is committed to providing a better life for all.Several clients of the SBDF received awards for their successful businesses.last_img read more

GECOM Chairman rejects top-ranked applicant – PPP Commissioners

first_imgEmployment discrimination…although candidate served 3 years as DCEOThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated side on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has signalled its intention to approach the international community after the highest scored candidate was rejected for the post of Deputy Chief Elections Officer.At a press conference on Tuesday, the Commissioners accused GECOM Chairman Retired Justice James Patterson of using his deciding vote to block the appointment of former Deputy CEO Vishnu Persaud, in favour of someone who was scored less by interviewers.Persaud had been made to apply for the position, the same as other candidates.According to Commissioner Bibi Shaddick, Persaud emerged from the interviews with a score of 76 while the second ranked candidate, a Roxanne Prince-Myers, scored 72.“Vishnu Persaud, who had served as the DCEO for at least three years, was told that he had to reapply. The interviews were held … at the end of the interviews, people were scored, …on that average, in every case, except the DCEO (’s case), the top ranking candidate was selected. The DCEO position ranked Vishnu Persaud, an Indo-Guyanese as top rank…the second was Roxanne Myers.”“The three Commissioners on our side decided on principles (thus choosing the top ranker, however) the three Commissioners on the other side (had a change of heart and chose the second ranking candidate). The Chairman, as a casting vote, (then)… announced that the position will be offered to Ms Roxanne Meyers … for their master’s degrees, one did studies in gender relations, one did studies in elections,” Shadick related.Questioning whether the stage was being set for a particular reason, Shadick was adamant that action besides writing to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) would be taken. She added that the matter would be brought to the attention of the international community.According to Commissioner Robeson Benn, the matter went beyond racial discrimination and struck at the very heart of merit-based appointments. It was emphasised by the Commissioners that Persaud had previously served in the position.In addition, he had never been cited in wrongdoing, and moreover reapplied and emerged as the top-ranked candidate from a bipartisan interview process that involved Commissioners from both sides. It was pointed out that for other posts, the top-ranked candidates were appointed without hiccups.“Persaud emerged as the best ranked candidate … On our side, we thought that these objections were scurrilous…, could only be described at this point in time as not being fair,” the Commissioner stressed.Two of the anti-PPP posts made on Facebook by the new GECOM Deputy Chief Elections Officer“We have grave concerns where a Guyanese, who is imminently qualified for the position… all his appraisals were excellent, that in the decision of the Chairman, he should not have been chosen as the DCEO…This is a matter of fairness, which we believe we have to take action [on] and making approaches to Ethnic Relations Commission.”Meanwhile, a perusal of Prince-Myers’ Facebook account showed a number of anti-PPP posts.In one of her posts, she stated, “This forensic audit of #GPL points to another mess the Coalition inherited from the #PPP. Hopefully, it could be salvaged without further inconvenience to citizens. Time to call these public officials to account.”The Commissioners made it clear in their release that retired Justice Patterson “continues to act in a manner that does not inspire confidence, particularly given that his decisions are not informed, rational or fair”.last_img read more

District discusses increased fire fighting budget

first_imgAs part of the budget increase, Pinkerton says $100,000 would be put towards an equipment reserve fund.Pinkerton says the budget proposal is extremely crucial, as it affects the safety of the people in the Charlie Lake area. He says that residents are paying for a service but that, right now, that service is not being provided to its fullest potential.The fire department now has to wait for the Regional District’s decision on the budget’s increases. A discussion involving an increase to the Charlie Lake Fire Department’s budget took place at Thursday’s Peace River Regional District Meeting.The proposal was presented by Charlie Lake Fire Chief Al Pinkerton and Doug Allen, president of the Charlie Lake/Grandhaven Fire Protection Society.- Advertisement -The two submitted a proposal that, if approved, would provide a nearly $200,000 increase in the department’s budget.The request for the budget increase is due to the department’s request to hire two full-time fire fighters. Pinkerton says the staff increase would provide the station with a more adequate number of full time, paid firefighters. Currently Pinkerton is the only paid staff member.He also says the increase in paid staff members would allow the fire department to better service the Charlie Lake area.Currently, the majority of the department’s volunteer fire fighters work outside the Charlie Lake area, causing a shortage of daytime staff.Advertisementlast_img read more

Google improves access to state records

first_imgWASHINGTON – By providing free consulting and some software, Google Inc. is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online easily accessible to Web surfers. The Internet search company wants to eventually persuade federal agencies to employ the same tools – an effort that excites advocates of open government but worries some consumer- privacy experts. Google plans to announce today that it has already partnered with four states – Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia – to remove technical barriers that had prevented its search engine, as well as those of Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., from accessing tens of thousands of public records dealing with education, real estate, health care and the environment. These newly available records will not be exclusive to the search engines owned by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. Patrice McDermott, director of OpenTheGovernment.org, a coalition of more than 65 watchdog groups that advocate greater government openness and accountability, lauded Google’s efforts. Since the Sept.11 attacks on the United States, many public agencies have tried to restrict certain data from the Internet because of concerns about national security. Despite the obvious benefits of this Google initiative for those conducting Web searches, privacy advocates said they are worried about unintended consequences, cautioning that some records may contain personal and confidential information that should not be widely available. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center, said many public health and financial records shouldn’t necessarily be widely available because they often contain citizens’ Social Security numbers. Such information should be redacted from records regardless of whether they’re viewed online or in person at a government office, he said. Rotenberg also said Google has a “checkered past” on privacy, noting that the company tracks Internet search users who access government data to target ads at them. EPIC recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission urging it to investigate Google regarding such activities, as well as its proposed acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc. Officials from states partnering with Google are hopeful that the education and tools provided to them by the Mountain View-based company will make it easier for average citizens to navigate agency Web sites. “Unless you had a master’s degree in government administration, you probably wouldn’t find the actual information you’re looking for,” said Chris Cummiskey, Arizona’s chief information officer. J.L. Needham, who manages Google’s public-sector content partnerships, said at least 70percent of visitors to government Web sites get there by using commercial search engines. But too often, he said, Web searches do not turn up the information people are looking for simply because government computer systems aren’t programmed in a way that allows commercial search engines to access their databases. Still, if users can’t get the information they’re looking for, they blame the search engine, not the government, Needham lamented. The remedy, which Google has been working on with state technology officers for roughly six months, is to create virtual roadmaps by which search engines can find the databases that store public records. “We have a vested interest in ensuring that the results we provide in every area, including government services, are high quality, authoritative and trustworthy,” he said. Google has had discussions with several federal agencies, including the Departments of Education and Energy, about making their data easier to access, Needham said. Not all government officials have responded favorably to Google’s effort, Needham said, sometimes because they assume Google is trying to sell them a new service. California’s chief information officer, Clark Kelso, said he is concerned about the consumer-privacy issues raised by this initiative, and he has directed all state agencies to redact Social Security numbers and other confidential information from documents that will now be available online.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