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England lose O’Loughin for World Cup final

first_imgThe injury means Burgess gets a chance to lead England in the biggest game of his career. He’s won a premiership with South Sydney, played in Four Nations finals and Tests with Great Britain, but tomorrow night’s clash with Australia will be up there with those.”It’s fantastic and is a job I don’t take lightly,” Burgess said. “I love being in this position [as captain]. I don’t think it gets much better than a World Cup final. It’s bittersweet if I’m honest – Sean’s been the captain the whole tournament.”He’s been a huge part of our success in this campaign. You saw it six months ago in the mid-season Test. He’s a fantastic player in the team.”O’Loughlin’s injury follows a tournament-ending knee injury to star England and Canberra Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson, who has been replaced by James Roby.”We’ll lose two senior boys – great players – but we gain James Roby who gets a chance to start the game,” Burgess said.”As much as we’ll miss the boys, those coming in are excited about the opportunity.”Asked whether the injury weakens England’s chance of winning their first World Cup since 1972, Burgess disagreed.”Not really much, not at all really,” he said. “Not much changes for us. We’ve been extremely consistent with our training. For us, it’s really important we turn up and do our job. Thinking about winning is something we don’t need to do; we simply need to execute our plays.”Betts said Burgess wouldn’t change the way he plays despite the new role.”He brings what Sam brings,” Betts said. “I know you expect to say he’d bring something else when you give him the captain’s armband but Sam’s Sam, whether he’s a captain or a player. When he was 18 years of age, it was probably the same.” The inspirational loose forward suffered a quadriceps strain against Tonga but hasn’t recovered in time. Sam Burgess will skipper the side, a role he performed during the 2016 Four Nations, with Ben Currie starting and Jonny Lomax moving to the bench.England assistant coach Denis Betts says O’Loughlin did everything he could overcome his injury.”We’d given him every chance, and he’s given himself every chance,” Betts said. “He’s worked really hard with our medical team and pushed himself as hard as he possibly could. The final call probably came down to ‘Lockers’ as well. He knows his body. It’s probably not the easiest thing to do, but made a real brave call (as) World Cup finals don’t come around very often.”last_img read more

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first_imgThirty forest fires burn Galicia, of which seventeen remain active, with a situation of real risk for the population in eleven points spread across the provinces of Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra.Some 350 brigades, 220 motor pumps, forty blades and about twenty aerial means of the Xunta and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment work from the early hours in the Galician community to fight fires that devastate more than 4,000 hectares in 146 New spotlights since Friday.The Military Emergency Unit (UME), after the decree of operational status one in Galicia by the Ministry of Interior, has deployed three hundred soldiers in the territory and will continue this morning until half a thousand.Seventeen fires remain active in the community, spread across the four provinces, while there are three others stabilized and ten more controlled after the extinction of four.Among the assets there are eleven in situation two, of real risk for the populated nuclei, which increases the danger in these areas.The only active fire in the province of A Coruña is in Boiro, in the parish of Cures, where situation two was deactivated early today.Lugo is on alert for risk to the population the fire of Donís, in Cervantes, in full reserve of the biosphere of Os Ancares, where neighbors fear losing their homes and say they are “surrounded” by the flames while they report that there are missing media.The fires of Samos, Renche Parish, are also active; Friol, in Xía; Triacastela, homonymous parish; and Antas de Ulla, in Areas.In Ourense, situation two is a fire in San Cristovo de Cea, in Oseira, due to proximity to Pieles; another in Baños de Molgas, in Betán, due to its proximity to Nevoeiro; and a third in Chandrexa de Queixa, in Chaveán, due to proximity to Vilamaior, in the neighboring municipality of Castro Caldelas. 10/15/2017 – 19:09 | 00:25 – 10/16/17 A fireman, during his work on the tasks of extinction | Image: EFEcenter_img They also burn Vilar de Barrio, where the fire has begun in Rebordechau and has spread to the municipality of Montederramo; and Piñor, in Coiras.In Pontevedra there are five fires in situation two, with that of Ponteareas, which began in Padróns, as the most important after extending to the municipalities of Redondela, Soutomaior and Pazos de Borbén, with 1,500 hectares, with the risk in the latter, in Nespereira.The fires of Paradela (Lugo), homonymous parish, remain stabilized; Cervantes (Lugo), in Noceda; and Vilariño de Conso (Ourense), in Chaguazoso.The fires of O Saviñao (Lugo), in Ribas de Miño, are controlled; Chantada, in Esmeriz; Vilardevós (Ourense), Vilariño de Conso, in Sabuguido and Castiñeira; Vilamarín, homonymous parish; Chandrexa de Queixa, in Queixa; Lobios, with two in Rio Caldo; and Paderne (A Coruña), in Cantoña.The flames have been extinguished in San Cristovo de Cea (Ourense), in Covas; Vilariño de Conso, in San Cristovo; Cualedro (Lugo), in Montes; and Courelo de Courel, in Meiraos.The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, explained today that the Galician autonomous community is in a “complex situation” because it coincides with a “homicidal incendiary activity”, a “persistent drought” and a lack of control in fires in northern Portugal that, for the first time, “jump the Minho”.The Minister of Rural Affairs, Ángeles Vázquez, believes that the fires have been caused and the Galician opposition groups have accused the Xunta of lack of prevention.At the national level, the political representatives of the PP, PSOE, Ciudadanos and Podemos, have expressed their concern this afternoon through social networks about the fires and have transmitted their support to the extinction teams.While the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA) has decided to send 29 aerial means and 4 brigades of reinforcement against fires to support Galicia, Castilla y León and Principality of Asturias.By the way, it is precisely in the Principality where the flames threaten the largest and best preserved oak grove in Spain, located in the Muniellos Reserve, endangered by the declared fire of Ibias, which still cannot be controlled in the face of strong and changing gusts of wind.In the early hours of the night, the fire declared five days ago in Fondos de Vega, in the council of Degaña, was still active and uncontrolled, with a front that has reached over a kilometer in length.In addition to these two, early in the night there were another 13 fires active, and four more that were already controlled, mostly in municipalities in the Asturian southwest.last_img read more

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This is how the Tacon twins go through quarantine: studies, training …

first_imgAs for the leisure hours, they both have somewhat different tastes. Malena is the one who invests time in read books, especially from personal motivation. These books have somehow in fl uenced his life. The documentaries, especially soccer, have also occupied the moments of the team captain after training. “Make Us Dream”, based on the Steven Gerrard’s career, It is a favorite and one that he discovered during these days. SamaraInstead, he prefers to catch up on his friends through video calls and series. Interestingly, none of them have succumbed to electronic sports or video games. Malena and Samara, twin sisters and Tacon players, are trying to continue with the routine they had before Spanish soccer and sport stopped indefinitely due to the coronavirus health crisis. One of the things that both are paying special interest during this quarantine are the studies. The two players of the future Real Madrid Femenino are close to achieving the degree in their university degrees. Malena is taking a degree in Food Technology at UCAM and Samara a degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Alcalá.In addition to studying, Malena and Samara are focused on keep fit to get in the best possible way to the resumption of the league championship. Thus, after dedicating mornings to study, they spend the afternoons doing the exercises that the CD Tacon them commission every day. Malena, in addition, puts special effort in the diet. His knowledge in this field, thanks to his studies, allows him to carry out a plan not to spend an ounce during these weeks. In fact, controls your weight daily In addition, he also helps his sister, who is already discharged after the injury to her clavicle.last_img read more

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Ellen Flies to World Economic Forum in Switzerland

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday January 21, flew to Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to participate in events of the World Economic Forum.The World Economic Forum, founded by Klaus Martin Schwab, is an independent international organization that brings commitment to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.In 1971, Mr. Schwab, a German, founded the World Economic Forum as a not-for-profit foundation committed to improving the state of the world, and later building it into today’s global partnership of business, political, and intellectual leaders.The forum, for this year will be held under the theme: “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.” It runs from January 22-25.President Sirleaf will address the Plenary Session and be a Panelist on the subject of “Reshaping the World through Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.” Her focus will be employment and gender parity, the Executive Mansion disclosed.The Liberian President will participate, as a special guest and/or panelist, at various sessions during the Forum, including Resilient Economies and the Water, Food & Energy Nexus.“This topic is germane to Liberian, due to the state of the Liberian economy and the absence or the inadequacy of basic necessities such as water, food and energy,” a prominent Liberian said when he was informed of the Liberian leader’s trip.He hoped that President Sirleaf adequately addresses this topic and learn from other world leaders how these fundamental problems can be solved.Other major topics to be addressed by President Sirleaf include: Industry Partnership Meetings for Mining and Metals, as well as Energy; an Africa-Japan Roundtable on TICAD follow-up; an Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders and Reshaping the Global Climate Agenda.The Mansion also disclosed that President Sirleaf will also attend a reception hosted by her alma mater, Harvard University; a private reception, followed by a private dinner, hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab – the founder of the World Economic Forum – and his wife, in honor of Heads of State and Government, international organizations, co-chairs, members of the Foundation Board, International Business Council and Strategic Partners.She will also hold private meetings with mining executives.Mr. Klaus Martin Schwab, born March 30, 1938 is a German engineer, best known as the founder and executive chairman of the world economic forum.Dr. Schwab holds a Doctorate in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg, a Doctorate in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been the recipient of over a dozen honorary doctorates and is an honorary professor of the Ben-Gurion University of Israel and the China Foreign Affairs University.Schwab was Professor of Business Policy at the University of Geneva from 1972 to 2002. He is the author of several books. Since 1979, he has published the Global Competitiveness Report, an annual report assessing the potential for increasing productivity and economic growth of countries around the world, written by a team of economists. The report is based on a methodology developed by Schwab, measuring competitiveness not only in terms of productivity but also based on sustainability criteria.From 1993-1995, Schwab was a member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. From 1996-1998, he was Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee for Development Planning. He also exercised a number of functions in the global public interest.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris M. Dukuly, will coordinate the affairs of State in consultation with Vice President Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Share 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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Senate Rejects House’s US$73M District Development Bill

first_imgFollowing an hour of heated debate, the Senate Plenary at its 30th day sitting Thursday, May 15, voted unanimously to reject the Bill passed by the House of Representatives for a budgetary allocation in the tone of US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF).The bill was sent to the Senate for concurrence after it underwent a “fast track passage” recently by the Lower House.It may be recalled that House Speaker Alex Tyler during delivery of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message to the National Legislature, announced that the House has agreed to allot the amount of US$73 million in the 2014/2015 fiscal budget as developmental fund for the 73 electoral districts of the National Elections Commission (NEC).Making remarks at the joint program held in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, House Speaker Alex J. Tyler, promised that lawmakers of the 53rd legislature will be more robust during this seating.Speaker Tyler said his comment is a result of what the lawmakers experienced during a nationwide tour in December on the draft petroleum law of Liberia.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill Thursday followed a verbal report to the plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the committee was suggesting an increment in the current County development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each   for the 15 counties.Senator Taylor briefed her colleagues citing Constitutional provisions that by law, budgetary allocations are made to Statutory Districts and not electoral district that can be created for election purposes.Prior to the motion for rejection, several Senators, who welcomed Senator Taylor committee’s recommendation/suggestion, however, wondered as to which area of the budget the amount of US$15 million would come from, in the wake of the persistent budget shortfalls.However, Senators including Dallas Advertus Gueh of River Cess County reminded their colleagues that the Senate has the Constitutional mandate to approve monetary allotment for national development, by virtue of the fact that they are the direct representatives of the people.Another group of the plenary, too, recalled that during the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate, a Bill calling for the allotment of 15 percent of the National Budget as County Development Fund (CDF) was brought to the Chamber.The bill was sponsored by River Cess Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, and signed by 15 Senators of the joint committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a prepared report which recommended that 15 percent of the fiscal national budget be appropriated annually for the development of the 15 political subdivision of the country, describing the current US$200,000 as inadequate to address the many development needs of the counties. But the Senate is yet to build a consensus on that Bill.Before making the motion that was unanimously agreed on, Grand Gedeh County Senior Senator Isaac Nyenabo, declared that the bill must be totally rejected, saying it is a violation against the law.There is a law in the House of Representatives and was passed and is before us, it is in abeyance and let’s reject it.He then made his motion: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Liberian Senate, I move if I can be seconded, that the Bill presented before this body for US$73 million Electoral District for development purposes be rejected by this body.” The Senate voted yea, with no nae.Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley then requested the Secretary of the Senate that the Senate’s leadership was going to set up a conference committee, because of the difference in the two Bills from the House of Representatives and Senate; and the one suggested by the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, and Finance & Budget.Senator Findley further instructed the Secretary to inform the House of Representatives “that we are returning this Bill to the House of Representatives that the Senate has rejected said Bill.”Share 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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President Sirleaf Off to Abuja

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country for Abuja, Nigeria, to attend the 50th Heads of State Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf as Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government will bring colleagues up to date on recent ECOWAS mediation intervention in The Gambia where she was accompanied by President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone. They held consultations in Banjul on Tuesday, December 13, to support the ongoing process of democracy following Presidential elections the results of which were at first accepted by President Yahya Jammeh and later rejected by him. She will also brief her counterparts on her two-day working visit to the ECOWAS Commission, Parliament and the ECOWAS Community Court and report progress on the ongoing mediation into the political crisis in Guinea Bissau. Meanwhile, during President Sirleaf’s absence from the country from December 15 to 18, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Frederick Cherue will serve as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and in telephone conversation with the President.Share 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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Sacked workers urged to enter small business sector

first_imgWorkers who have been dismissed from the Skeldon Sugar Factory and the former Rose Hall Estate are being encouraged to develop new skills and to get into a business.On Wednesday, the former workers benefited from a financial education forum — a collaborative effort between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Ministry of Business’s Small Business Bureau.Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau, Dr. Lowell Porter, explained that the objective was to have an awareness programme so that the severed sugar workers would have an option relative to investing their severance pay.“Where should I put my money? Or should I put it anywhere?” he askedChief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau of the Ministry of Business, Dr Lowell Porterrhetorically. “Without this forum, those questions would never be answered,” he remarked.The one-day financial, business and investment forum was held at the Skeldon Community Centre. Among those in attendance were commercial banks, insurance companies, the Private Sector Commission and the Guyana Stock Exchange.According to Dr. Porter, the workers have already been dismissed, and persons need to make adjustments. He said there are opportunities out there, and the former employees might need some guidance to take advantage of them.Initially, the former workers were particularly concerned about the future of their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions, and whether they would have to continue making contributions if they were to start up a new business.Regional Director of NIS, John Bishop, explained why many workers who have been attached to the sugar company have in the past had difficulty accessing their benefits.According to him, because of the system which GuySuCo had in place for employment, many persons had falsified information to gain employment.Guyana Stock Exchange General Manager George Edwards“So the information which you supplied does not correlate with now. So the question is: ‘who is to be blamed?’ Are we here to (apportion) blame? No, this is a critical juncture, where we shouldn’t be blaming anyone. What we should be doing is reconciling what we have with the NIS, ensuring that our information on the database is correct,” he explained.However, Bobby Seepersaud, representing the insurance industry, said the NIS pays a pension which is equivalent to only 40 percent of a person’s wage, hence there is need to have an insurance plan which can back that up. He also noted that insurance can provide financial assistance in times of tragedy, and those who are injured and unable to work can still have their financial commitments met.Meanwhile, General Manager of the Guyana Stock Exchange, George Edwards, explained how the stock exchange operates. He said it is somewhat different for purchasing ordinary shares from a company.“While in the market out there you can go yourself, in the stock market, you haveSome of the persons who attended the forumto go through trained, qualified individuals,” he explained. Those individuals, he added, are called brokers.Edwards advised persons who were going to put their money in the bank to take note of the interest rate which the bank will be offering, and not have their money there for safe-keeping.Buying shares, he said, had an advantage over banking, in that the dividends paid to shareholders are tax-free, while in Guyana there is a 20 per cent tax on the interest paid to customers.The forum had less than three dozen persons in attendance, and only two persons from the Rose Hall Estate.Dr. Porter has said there will be follow-up programmes, since Wednesday’s could be considered a general forum. Those follow-up programmes will be done in the form of business clinics which address the specific needs of specific groups of persons who want to get into business, he explained.“Let’s sit down one to one and find out what is it that you want to achieve, and we will see how we can assist you to get there,” he explained, while noting that the Small Business Bureau will back up with 40 per cent of the equality required by banks to obtain a loan, and the agency would assist with preparing business plans.last_img read more

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Bruins suffer letdown

first_imgThe sting of losing here for the third season in a row still was felt deeply. The Bruins did not excuse their lack of energy on circumstance, as in wrapping up the Pac-10 title Thursday at Washington State, which rendered this game meaningless. “We didn’t come out ready to play,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard. “I don’t know why. “They out-physicaled us, they out-played us in every aspect of the game and it’s embarrassing. I don’t know what we were resting on. There’s no excuse to come in on national television and not compete for 40 minutes.” When UCLA lost at West Virginia without Collison, the starting point guard, it was understandable. But to have a game altered because an important reserve did not play highlights the Bruins’ vulnerability. With backup Alfred Aboya and his 17 minutes per game on the bench with a knee injury, No. 2 UCLA was pounded on the boards, lacked the type of intensity Aboya usually helps generate and ended the regular season with a 61-51 loss to Washington in front of 10,000 at Hec Ed Pavilion. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, but doesn’t figure to impact the Bruins’ chances of being a No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament, provided top-seeded UCLA (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) doesn’t exit next week’s Pac-10 Tournament early. Aboya, UCLA’s top reserve at power forward and center, averages 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and also brings intangibles in experience and a toughness the Bruins clearly lacked on Saturday. Washington’s dynamic inside duo of power forward Jon Brockman (20 points, 13 rebounds) and center Spencer Hawes (13, 15) combined for 33 points and 28 rebounds, and led the Huskies (18-12, 8-10) to a 15-rebound (44-29) advantage. UCLA center Ryan Wright and power forward James Keefe, who teamed to replace Aboya, scored two points, committed four fouls and failed to grab a rebound. Center Lorenzo Mata Mata and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were forced to play alone inside, without much of a break against the bullish Brockman and Hawes. Mata and Mbah a Moute combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds. Wright and Keefe were so ineffective, Bruins coach Ben Howland played them four combined minutes in the second half. Howland also went almost eight minutes, a large chunk of it when UCLA cut a 48-32 lead to 52-51 with 2:54 to play, without making a substitution. UCLA’s rebounding deficiencies were accentuated when Hawes’ tip-in of a missed Justin Dentmon shot gave the Huskies a 54-51 lead and slowed the Bruins’ momentum. Josh Shipp had a chance to tie it on UCLA’s next possession, but his 24-foot 3-point attempt, which Howland said was “too far” of a shot, missed the mark with two minutes remaining, and the Huskies held on to win. UCLA, which missed its first seven shots and trailed 9-0 almost six minutes in, scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and shot a horrific shooting 31.3 percent overall. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SEATTLE – Arron Afflalo said it time and again, and so did Darren Collison. They are UCLA’s leaders, but both said throughout the season how, despite UCLA’s star power, every member of the team was invaluable. A theory that may have fallen on deaf ears before was advanced Saturday, when the Bruins showed the razor-thin line between being one of the nation’s elite teams and just another good one. last_img read more

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Koscielny to call time on France after WCup

first_imgHe featured for Les Blues at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, and has a silver medal from the 2016 Euros.But having struggled with an ongoing Achilles injury, the former Guingamp, Tours and Lorient defender knows he can’t keep playing through the pain.Speaking ahead of facing Wales in an international friendly on Friday, Koscielny told L’Equipe: “There is an end to everything.“After the World Cup, I would be almost 33-years-old, it will be time to leave the place.“I have six months left in the French team to blossom and take as many memories as my wife would say.”He added: “Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career.“Now, every day I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well for my Achilles.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is retiring from international duty with France after the World Cup. Photo/SKY SPORTSLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Laurent Koscielny has reluctantly acknowledged that he will need to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.The 32-year-old Arsenal centre-back has 49 caps for France, having first made his debut in 2011.last_img read more

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