Barrett and Fifita to make All Black debuts

first_imgThe Hurricanes pair have been named in the reserves.Fullback Ben Smith will captain the side for the first time as regular skipper Kieran Read is still recovering from injury.The match will be a milestone for first five-eighth Beauden Barrett, who will run out in his 50th test, while midfielder Sonny Bill Williams returns in his first game since the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.”It’s also going to be a big night for Jordie and Vaea as they’re both likely to play a part on the night. They’ve both been in great form and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do at this level,” said coach Steve Hansen.”Samoa is about to kick off the qualifying stage of their Rugby World Cup campaign, so this will make them even more dangerous.”The Samoans are always a challenge and will play with a high level of physicality and skill. At the very minimum, we will need to match that,” he said.”This first week has been about bringing together the players from the five different Super clubs and reintroducing them to the All Blacks way. We’ve had a good week and are really looking forward to this match,” said Hansen.The All Blacks-Samoa match kicks off at 8pm on Friday, while Tonga play Wales at 5.30pm.The match day 23 (Test caps in brackets. * denotes new cap):Joe Moody (24), Codie Taylor (15), Owen Franks (90), Brodie Retallick (60), Samuel Whitelock (84), Jerome Kaino (77), Sam Cane (40), Ardie Savea (12), Aaron Smith (58), Beauden Barrett (49), Julian Savea (52), Sonny Bill Williams (33), Anton Lienert-Brown (9), Israel Dagg (61), Ben Smith – captain (60),Reserves: Nathan Harris (4), Wyatt Crockett (58), Charlie Faumuina (46), Scott Barrett (4), Vaea Fifita*, T J Perenara (29), Lima Sopoaga (6), Jordie Barrett *last_img read more

Morata: “Unfortunately I had to wear other shirts”

first_imgHaving played in the eternal rival is something that relentlessly pursues Álvaro Morata. The Atlético de Madrid forward confessed in a digital meeting with the Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini that if I could go back I would do things differently.“When I was little, I was an Atleti ball boy. There came a time when I stopped enjoying playing with my friends. You know, the change that comes when you go from being a boy who has a good time playing soccer to a professional dimension. People start to have agents, to sponsor sneakers … I felt too much pressureIn addition, I was not playing a starter and decided to leave. I went to Getafe for a year, a very nice year, and then to Real Madrid. But I, with my father, went to the Calderón and I dreamed of playing there. Unfortunately I had to play with other jerseys and not with Atleti’s, but I was always from Atleti. What I have lived stays, but now I am happier than ever, “admits the rojiblanco striker. He also talked about his more direct rivals on the field, the central ones, and which of them have made it more difficult throughout their career: “Chiellini I don’t know if he does it on purpose but when he meets me he always destroys me (laughs) Sergio Ramos is also a tough defender whereas when you go against Van Dijk you seem to hit a mountain. “Stay in Turin: “In Turin I was very comfortable. When I left I went to the bar around the corner and they even hugged me. The people there were very kind. I think he would have had a great time anyway in every city in Italy. Alice misses Italy. But when we have a day or two off we go back there “last_img read more

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSaturday7:45 a.m.: TOTTENHAM VS SUNDERLAND10 a.m.: CHELSEA VS EVERTON12:30 p.m.: ASTON VILLA VS LEICESTER7 p.m.: NEWCASTLE VS WEST HAMSunday9:05 a.m.: LIVERPOOL VS MAN UNITED11:15 a.m.: STOKE VS ARSENAL11:15 a.m: BOURNEMOUTH VS NORWICH Sunday4:30 p.m.: SOUTHAMPTON VS WEST BROMSPORTSMAX2 SPORTSMAXlast_img

James Yap puts personal issues aside, helps Rain or Shine go 2-0

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRegardless of what is happening to his personal life, James Yap still tries his best to keep his focus on the game whenever he enters the court.“I always say that whatever personal issues I’m dealing with, I leave all of it at home. I’ve done that ever since and maybe, I’ve gotten used to it,” Yap said. “All I’m thinking is that the moment I get to the venue, we need to be professional and I have to be focused.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 “He told me, ‘Good defense.’ I answered, ‘Is that ok, coach?’,” he said with a laugh, obviously enjoying his new role not only as a sage for his younger peers but also, as a much-needed spark off the bench.With big wins at the expense of Alaska and Ginebra, Yap aims to continue his solid play throughout the conference.Rain or Shine goes for a 3-0 start against NLEX on Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tenorio keeps faith in import Garcia despite subpar outing in Ginebra loss P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES That mentality has kept Yap in check and could also be seen as the reason for his good performance in Rain or Shine’s first two games in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Through two games, the two-time PBA MVP is averaging 11.5 points for the Elasto Painters, helping his side gain early leadership in the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut more than his scoring, coach Caloy Garcia lauded Yap for his effort on the defensive end.“I know I need to develop my defense and that’s what I’m working out on,” he said. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Foton rips UVC; Sta. Lucia triumphs in PSL opener

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Tornadoes found themselves trailing again early in the fourth, as United VC did everything to push them to the limit, even tying the set at 18.But Ilyasoglu and Felinski came through, catching fire when it mattered most.“Today the imports were able to jell properly with the team,”  said Velez.Bedart-Ghani delivered 23 and 14 digs while Mau registered 17 points for United but all that were put to naught by the poise showed by the two-time champions.In the second game, Sta. Lucia, hoping to finally come out of its shell, showed the fruits of its heavy offseason buildup by outlasting Generika-Ayala, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 16-14.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Former Turkish national player Selime Ilyasoglu also came up huge for Foton, completing an all-around performance of 19 markers and 14 digs.“I’m very happy with how the girls played. Also, the imports were able to step up—especially down the stretch,” said Foton coach Aaron Velez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m surprised because in training, we don’t normally talk [to each other],” said Velez. “We just train hard.”UVC banked on the performances of skipper Kalei Mau and import Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani in the third set to extend the match. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? American Casey Schoenlein came up with a crucial block to put the Lady Realtors at matchpoint before skipper Pamela Lastimosa sealed the win with an ace.“It was a battle out there and any time you come out on top of something as close as that, it always feels good,” said Schoenlein, who chipped in 17 attack points and six blocks for Sta. Lucia.The Lady Realtors took the match lead after three sets but came apart in the fourth behind a strong showing by the Lifesavers.“We need to work on playing under high-pressure situations,” said Amanda Villanueva, one of the key acquisitions for Sta. Lucia in the offseason.“That’s why this is a good experience for us to have our character tested,” said the former Adamson star, who made key contributions in the match with her five attack points and an ace.Generika-Ayala will have an additional concern to look at after Niki del Rio exited the game with an apparent knee injury in the fifth set.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Foton averted disaster at the expense of United VC, carving out a  26-24, 25-20, 15-25, 25-21 decision in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix opener Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena.American Courtney Felinski spearheaded the Tornadoes, with her 23 points on 19 attacks.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Golden Wheel honors 2018’s top driver MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Beware the limitations of performance appraisals

first_imgDear Editor,I have previously written on reports about the processes used for the selection of the Deputy Chief Elections Officer. Among these processes was the use of the performance appraisal system.There is no doubt that a good performance appraisal system could make significant inputs in the processes of staff selection and promotion. However, the difficulties, constraints, human frailties and foibles which almost ‘naturally’ impinge upon the ‘reliability’ of any performance appraisal system must not be overlooked.There is general merit, at least conceptually, in the proposition that “past performance is a good indicator of future performance”; but that depends largely on the relevance, similarity and transferability of the relevant skills/competencies/other demands of the respective jobs. And these are not always on all fours.Would you, for example, promote to become a supervisor John, an employee who is an excellent, experienced accounting clerk but who is taciturn, prefers to be left alone to do his work, and does not relate well with peers; as opposed to Tom who, while not necessarily as good a clerk, is empathetic and has good interpersonal skills?There is also the variability of the competence and ‘motivation’ of the ‘appraisers’ to do a good job of conducting and reporting on the staff appraisal.Performance appraisal is retrospective, while staff selection is prospective and anticipative. Although it can be helpful in staff selection, performance appraisal is essentially intended to support a number of other management processes, including:• Formal ‘motivational feedback’ between supervisors and supervisees.• A formal record of the level of performance and demonstrated potential of the employee during the appraisal period• Formal counselling and merit increments in organisations that award performance-related salary increases.The foregoing are some of the reasons for my indicating as strongly as I did in my recent letter in the media on the subject: “Effective Staff Selection involves more than Qualifications & Experience eg: oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, motivation, supervision and management”; these must be formally assessed and tested through appropriate selection exercises.Leaders, managers, administrators, CEOs are all urged to be mindful of these universal management advice and practices.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

ULAA Calls for National Day of Anger

first_imgThe Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has called for a national day of anger against reports of massive corruption among key past and current officials of the government of Liberia.“ULAA will consult with its membership and partners, civil society groups, religious, political, and other interest groups both at home and in the Diaspora to organize a National Day of ANGER in order for Liberians from across the globe and at home to simultaneously stage a peaceful opposition to the promotion and accommodation of corruption by the Government of Liberia,” ULAA’s statement signed by Arthur Weah Doe National General Secretary, stated in a press release.Global Witness, an international watchdog on bad business practices, revealed what appears to be a pay to play scheme of bribery to key lawmakers and government officials to weaken the nation’s laws and award the country’s natural resources to a shady British mining firm, Sable International, said the release. That this massive corruption was done so cavalierly in wanton disregard to the interest of the Liberian people constitutes the tragedy that has befallen “our country, and further explains why the people have not benefited from concessions and other agreements valued at over $16 billion in a small country like Liberia,” according to a press release issued by ULAA.ULAA finds it unconscionable that individuals in positions of public trust will so easily betray that trust and form an alliance with a foreign business entity in an effort to surrender the country‘s resources to that entity. It is even more troubling as the report indicates that the Speaker of the National Legislature and other key officials of government converted their official positions to that of “consultants” for this foreign firm seeking to do business in Liberia, said the press release. ULAA acknowledges that corruption remains one of the major challenges facing the country, but declares that this very extreme and dangerous form of corruption, which has been the hallmark of this government, is unprecedented in the history of the country.Accordingly, ULAA hereby places the government of Liberia on notice that enough is enough. Enough is enough when hospitals lack basic diagnostic and other essential equipment while corruption walks the corridors of power. Enough is enough when health workers, ordinary police officers, teachers, and firefighters are poorly paid, and many primary students in different grade levels are crammed in a single classroom, while government officials are involved in ill-gotten wealth. Enough is enough when schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges are either non-existent or in serious disrepair while the national budget is rigged to pay the salaries and benefits of the top one percent of high government officials, most of whom are very corrupt, the release continued.It further stated, enough is enough when Liberians are dying from curable diseases while key government officials and law makers formed phantom companies to siphon money from the public coffers for their personal benefit while at the same time seeking medical treatments abroad.Meanwhile ULAA views the reaction of the government of Liberia to this damaging report by setting up an investigative committee as nothing more than a publicity stunt intended to play to international theater. Everyone familiar with how this government has handled high level corruption incidents in the past and now knows fully well that this so-called committee will produce nothing of national significance, as evidenced by the appointment of an individual with a colorful background as its head. Finally, ULAA is calling on all Liberians not to despair at this point in the fight against corruption and the flagrant abuse of public office that has now become routine in our land. This is an existential fight for our motherland, and we must rise up to the challenge. Accordingly, ULAA has decided to lead this charge by adopting the following actions in its efforts to mobilize public opinions and escalate the fight against corruption:“Henceforth, ULAA as a matter of policy will no longer invite or share platform with any official of the Liberian government who is implicated in corrupt practices either by the General Auditing Commission, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, or other credible investigative bodies until their names are fully cleared of any wrong doing. ULAA will encourage other Diaspora organizations to adopt this policy.“ULAA is currently examining the legal ramifications of leading a direct protest at the homes and schools of children of government officials who have families in the United States that are implicated in corrupt practices either by the General Auditing Commission or other credible investigating agencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Weah’s Pro-Poor Policy Versus World Bank’s: More Questions Than Answers

first_imgBy J. Yanqui ZazaAmong the many recommendations forwarded to President George Manneh Weah, I have yet to see any proposal as to how best Liberia can generate the necessary revenue to finance needed programs.Currently, Liberia’s reliance on users’ tax (such as import tax, which constitute 50% of government revenue) is inadequate to fund the current budgetary allotment, not to mention additional programs.However, an appropriate alternative for generating adequate revenue would require a World Bank (WB) approval since the WB generates a significant portion of its revenue from money lent to countries to replace LOST REVENUE.For example, the WB’s June 30, 2015 Audited Financial Statements show that it earned $1.1 trillion interest income from loans, but paid $392 million interest expense to borrow the same amount lent to financially cash-strapped countries.Predictably, cognizant of the profit motives of the WB, Botswana abandoned its (WB) policy and began to share in the management of its natural resources. Subsequently, the country now derives about 50% of its national budget from diamond revenue.This is because it adds values to its diamonds before export, reduces royalty fees and management fees paid to foreign parents and demands a market price for its exports, not the low prices dictated by foreign parents.The million dollar question is will President Weah follow Botswana’s path or accept the lopsided theory propagated by the WB and profiteers that government bureaucrats are more corrupt than chief executives, therefore, government should limit its activities and should allow profiteers to own and, or manage the resources, and profits will trickle down to the masses.There are established public records which indicate that chief executives on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley are corrupt, and are responsible for financial crises, such as the 2008 Wall Street Financial Meltdown.Additionally, International Transparency and, or the African Union Committee, headed by the former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, relying on investigative reports, stated that multinational corporations do not only initiate bribe offerings, but are responsible for ninety-five percent (95%) of the $60 billion that is siphoned out of Africa every year.Let us review the records of the June 30, 2015 Audited Financial Statements of the World Bank (WB), founded in 1934 to reduce poverty and ignorance, and determine whether it can accept and promote the Pro-poor Policy of President George Manneh Weah.1) Big business (de facto owner) owns $293,304,000,000 of WB’s total assets of $343,225,000,000.2) The legal owners, 180 countries, own $38,637,000,000 as Total Equity; WB paid $150,000 per year for each of the 6000 special employees, according to Reem Heakai of Inestopedia.com.3) Interest Income- $1,170,000,000. Interest Expense: $392,000,000 in 2015. Interest Income: $1,179,000,000, Interest Expense- $387,000,000 in 2014. Interest Income-$1,427,000,000, Interest Expense-$615,000,000 2013.4) WB owns and, or manages non-governmental agencies (NGOs).And half of WB’s lending projects had provisions for NGOs, according to Director of Global Policy Forum, Mr. James A. Paul. In addition to the figures of the audited Financial Statements, does the WB encourage countries to build gigantic projects (i.e., Hotel Africa in Liberia, Akosombo Dam in Ghana, Aswan in Egypt, etc.,) in order to lend loan?Does the WB encourage poor countries to pay excessive allowances to advisers, thereby, creating the need to borrow money to replace the LOST REVENUE? In the case of Liberia, the payment of excessive allowances did not create the need to borrow money, but it encouraged others to augment their salary.In fact, Liberian lawmakers demanded and began to receive excessive compensations, an additional LOSS OF REVENUE. Does the WB encourage central banks of poor countries to use “Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) (i.e., a privilege to borrow) to increase the Bank’s assets in order to persuade stakeholders that the Bank is financially strong to borrow money?In the case of Liberia, the Central Bank of Liberia not only used SDRs, but also included long-term accounts receivable as cash equivalents assets. Does the WB, deceptively, encourage poor countries to become members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), in order to discourage poor countries from amending concessionary agreements?This is because arbitration within the WTO is at most times final arbiters of issues, including concessionary agreements. In the case of Liberia, can President Weah convince members of the WTO to accept that  local judges in Liberian courts should remain the final arbiters?Did the WB play any role in the design, discussion, and conclusion of the 62 fraudulent concessionary agreements that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government negotiated and signed?The London-based Certified Public Accounting Firm reported that 62 of the 68 concessionary agreements were fraudulent. Does the WB discourage poor countries from becoming self-sufficient in food production in order to rely on importation, which must be subsidized by government’s revenue, thereby increasing the need to borrow money to replace the LOST REVENUE?Does the WB support the idea that non-governmental agencies are less corrupt than government officials, primarily because the WB is an owner of NGOs?Does the WB encourage local profit-making investors to own and, or manage lucrative assets such as real estate, gold, diamond, timber, etc. in order to compel the country to use money borrowed to replace the LOST REVENUE that would have been earned if government bureaucrats had manage these lucrative assets? These are questions begging answers.Conclusion The WB and its sisterly institutions are like any profit-making entities, which focus on making profits rather than focusing on the plight of the poor.In fact, to increase profits, lending institutions will lure borrowers to undertake risky projects; including borrowing more money than the borrower can afford to pay.This is because bankrupt borrowers or defunct institutions usually end up paying higher cost of borrowing than borrowers that are solvent.It goes therefore that President Weah’s pro-poor governance approach, by its nature may, more likely than not, at any given point come into conflict with World Bank policy prescriptions.How President Weah is going to respond to those challenges will determine the extent to which his pro-poor governance will actualize for the benefit of the poor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mangroves must be replanted to prevent future flooding – Mahaicony residents

first_imgRapid erosion of land due to decreasing mangrove presence has been one of the leading causes of flooding in Mahaicony, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) – a situation that is heightened during the high tides. Feeling the effect of this, persons within the community are now calling for the authorities to replant this natural barrier and protect the eroding dams. Speaking with Guyana Times on Friday, one concerned resident, Mahadeo Bindranauth, explained that it is crucial to replace this resource at the earliest. If not, the persistent flooding will continue to affect livestock and farmlands. “The mangrove is essential to what we do here. For two years now, we’re seeing a loss and now it gone completely. This used to hold the dam together and then whenever we have these waves coming in, it would break it so people around here would never get the full impact. Even flooding, the water might raise up a little but we could always handle that and prepare,” he related. The concerned resident noted that the rushing waves are making their way onto their properties at much ease, creating a devastating effect during every high tide. Adding to that, they are living in fear as to when another flooding will be experienced. Villages along the area have been facing heavy floods this year, due to the decline in mangrove presence to protect the dam. Now that this important resource is lacking, the natural soil barrier is susceptible to erosion. “Everybody that living close to the dam are taking precautions but we’re talking about meters of water. If the mangroves are not planted here, we’re looking at a [serious] consequence and people might not be able to live here anymore. Right now the area is like a swamp, all around,” he described. During last month’s flooding, officials declared that more than 300 acres of rice were destroyed and hundreds of acres were under threat of destruction by saltwater. Apart from the destruction of the rice, the flooded land became salty and could no longer work for rice production. It was the third flooding of that magnitude for this year and several villages were affected, including Dantzig, Columbia, Glazier’s Lust and Prospect. An affected resident, Riyaad Bacchus, had explained to this publication that many farmers were left with no choice but to move their livestock and cattle to higher grounds. While he would have succeeded in doing so, other persons in the area were not that fortunate as many animals would have drowned, or could not survive in the high waters. This was as persons were recovering from flooding which occurred four weeks prior at the Dantzig foreshore after a sea defence breach.last_img read more

RCMP search for two suspects in house fire

first_img– Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for two suspects following a fire Friday night.At around 10pm, July 9, 2010, the Fort St. John Fire Department and the RCMP were called to a fire on 82nd street near 86th avenue. The fire started in the house that was under construction at the time and one adjacent house was also totally destroyed.The RCMP have confirmed to Energeticcity.ca, that witnesses spotted two suspects fleeing from the scene and the RCMP need you help to find those suspects. If you have any information about the fire, please call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca.Fire Chief Fred Burrows speaking about the incident:[asset|aid=3010|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20100709T2331.mp3]Advertisement Photo:  Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire on 82 street – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Following the fire, RCMP Members were seen searching the area and taking photographs of bystanders.  The RCMP are treating the fire as arson.  Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire. For more photos and video of the fire, click here.  If you have any photos or video you’d like to share, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more