Baldwin ruled out of Six Nations

first_imgThe Ospreys hooker, who last year was bizarrely sidelined after being bitten on the hand by a lion, was hurt in training and requires surgery that will keep him out of action for five months.A Wales Rugby Union statement confirmed that Scarlets’ Ryan Elias, who has two international caps, has been called up in his place.Wales are already shorn of several players, with the likes of Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Lydiate, Rhys Webb, Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams, Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland among their absentees.Warren Gatland’s side start their Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday.TEAM NEWS Wales name team for @SixNationsRugby opener against @Scotlandteam , with @JoshAdams951 set for debut. Gêm enfawr yn @principalitysta ! #WALvSCO— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 30, 2018last_img read more

Nuuausala returns to Roosters

first_imgNuuausala, who played 153 games for the Roosters between 2007 and 2014, was released by English Super League club Wigan last week citing homesickness.The 31 year old Nuuausala, who was part of the Roosters’ premiership-winning team in 2013, toured Australia with Wigan earlier this month and decided to stay behind, in a bid to make a return to the NRL after last playing for Canberra in 2016.He will start training with the Roosters immediately and will add strength to Trent Robinson’s bench, which could also possibly include Jared Waerea- Hargreaves and Zane Tetevano.”It’s great to welcome Frank-Paul Nuuausala back home to the Roosters,” Robinson said.”Frank’s a good man and an experienced campaigner who still has a lot of good footy in him.”He adds depth to our forwards and we’re all pleased to see him back in Roosters colours.”last_img read more

Series A accumulates € 2.5 billion in debts and trembles with COVID-19

first_imgSalaries increased almost 300 million (from 1482 to 1756): Series A continues to spend borrowing and obviously that is not “the best condition to face a health and economic emergency.” Those that could hold up better in the storm are the clubs that closed their balance sheets to benefit, but they are only five out of 20: Naples (+29.2 million), Atalanta (+24), Sampdoria (+12.1), Sassuolo (+8.1) and Udinese (+1.2).The azzurri de Laurentiis are also in the select group of teams without bank debt, with Cagliari and Torino. Juventus and Inter were experiencing years of expansion, they will suffer a stoppage, but they will be able to count on their solid owners: the Exor of the Agnelli (which has already intervened with a 300 million capital increase) and Suning, which has reopened its stores in China. Milan, which accumulated 528 million losses in five years, will have it more complicated and there are doubts about the decisions of the Elliott fund for the future. And Roma, for their part, have already been seriously affected: the sale of the club to Dan Friedkin has been frozen. One of the inheritances of the COVID-19 emergency will be a harsh economic crisis that will also affect the world of soccer, which is already looking for measures to reduce losses (and plans to cut the salaries of its players as soon as possible). ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ dedicated today an extensive report to the state of the accounts of the Serie A teams, speaking of a situation that gives “chills” and that preluded a “dire scenario” if the emergency will lead to cancel the leagues this season.Series A expenses have risen from 500 million, from 3,000 to 3,500 million euros, compared to a sales volume of 2,722 million. The debts also continue to grow: now they are close to 2,500 million and the risk of “implosion” is enormous. The Calcio clubs were engulfed by the increase in profits from television rights (1.44 billion) and commercial income (650 million): a ‘treasure’ that, however, the teams used to reinforce their squads and not for virtuous investments ( infrastructures, quarries …).last_img read more

Galaxy of stars for Bell-Ziadie Memorial

first_imgMany former national representatives and celebrities will be in action at the 30th staging of the Bell-Ziadie Memorial football matches today at Winchester Park, St George’s College. Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, chief organiser of the Masters and Celebrities Inc-promoted event, said all is in place for the matches. “Everything is in place for the matches, which are set to kick-off at 2 p.m., which will honour the memory of two great football stalwarts,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “It is a hype thing as we are playing for the Bell-Ziadie Trophy and bragging rights,” Campbell said about the banter leading up to the yearly showdowns. Four persons will be honoured: former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and former national player Kenneth ‘Bop’ Campbell;and two posthumously, former Jamaica and St George’s College player, Leighton Hugh and former Santos and Jamaica outstanding goalkeeper, Orville Edwards. MASTER CELEBRITIES Also, the RJR Communications Group will be honoured by the Master and Celebrities Inc, which has been supporting the event for all its 30 years. Three teams will participate in the football competition, and the top team will receive the Bell-Ziadie trophy. David James, father of Dominic, the former St George’s College football captain who died on September 20 after he collapsed, will play in the matches. The event is in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who passed away in an accident during the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico City, Mexico. The St George’s College Invitational comprise Dennis’ son, Nick Ziadie, Shavar Thomas, Orlando Walters, Ken Ellis, Ali Rose, David James, Sean Polack, Ryan Dawes, Marcel Gayle, Mark Miller, Denton Manning, Peter Johnson, Lawrence Passley, Gregory Messam Snr., David Laylor, David Williams, Richard McCallum, and Wayne Marshall. Chris Martin Invitational – Christopher Martin, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Walter Boyd, Marvin Chin, Simba Harris, Richard Currie, Kwame Falconer, Peter Gordon, Sadiki Bolt, Adrian Pitter, Rupert Hines, Shamar Glanville, and Sayco Gordon. Masters and Celebrities – Ian Wilkinson, Michael Williams, Jaheel Hyde, Kasai Hines, Rudolph Speid, Ian McNaughton, Alicia James, Sherona Forrester, Stephen Miller, Kirk Williams, Cornel Chin-sue, Kevin Wilson, Denton Sheddon, Durrent Brown, Hector Wright, Hugh Blair, Eldorado Mullings, and Robert Scott. The sponsors include RJR Communications Group, WATA, Power 106, Burger King, Pure National Ice, B Riley Signs, Chess Foundation, DATZmy DJ, Cuddy’s Restaurant and Grill, and Masters and Celebrities.last_img read more

#glnrCHAMPS: Calabar, St Jago impress in Class One high jump qualifying

first_imgCalabar High School and St Jago had two qualifiers each entering the final of the Boys’ High Jump Class One at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on Friday afternoon. Ricardo Clarke and Andrew Betton from defending champions Calabar and Lushane Wilson and Tony Haughton all cleared the bar at 1.95 metres. The other qualifiers were Brian-neil Robinson of St Elizabeth Technical; Peter Clarke of Camperdown; Alexander Thompson of St George’s College; Horatio Humphrey of Buff Bay; Malik Cunningham of Jamaica College, and Jon-Michael Davis from Kingston College.  The final takes place at 5:33 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

Gin Kings shocker

first_imgGesta fails anew; Duno impresses OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Raymond Aguilar tied his career-high with 16 points, and though he actually didn’t limit Fajardo, who finished with 33, he had some big buckets that kept the Beermen at bay.Cone is now looking forward to the Kings’ next game on Saturday against NLEX at Cuneta Astrodome where 7-foot cornerstone Greg Slaughter could make his return.Confusion marred the final 4.6 seconds when Chris Ross took the first of two free throws originally intended for Chico Lanete. He was slapped a technical foul as Tenorio made it a safe four-point lead for Ginebra.GlobalPort, still without star Terrence Romeo, scored an impressive 107-88 plastering of Meralco in the first game.Meanwhile, former Purefoods point guard Ulysses Tanigue passed away on Sunday due to a lingering illness. He was 43.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 MOST READ “This was a mismatch, in the first quarter, we had no chance,” Cone said after the Beermen looked like they were simply going through the motions. “Our guys just dug in and made a run at halftime and we kept momentum.“We started believing and that was the key. We kept forgetting how good we could be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRaymond Aguilar was the surprise performer for the Kings, who leveled their record to 3-3 and dealt the Beermen their first loss in six games, dropping San Miguel into a tie for the lead with another sister team, Magnolia.“Who would have thought it?” Cone asked of the win, before heaping praise on “the other Aguilar. “He was just phenomenal. He guarded June Mar (Fajardo) all game, he hit big shots, made big plays on his own. He was amazing.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESTim Cone was in shock Sunday night, minutes after a bizarre finish had his undermanned Barangay Ginebra crew snapping a three-game losing streak in the PBA Philippine Cup.The multititled coach drew a hero out of one of the most obscure men on his bench, as the Gin Kings brought down erstwhile unbeaten sister team San Miguel Beer, 100-96, that put them back in the middle of the pack at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Brazil wants to lower Neymar’s expectations for World Cup

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Neymar was also going to receive a private meeting with Brazil coach Tite, who wants to try and reduce the pressure on the striker.“Neymar will hear from Tite that he spent three months off the pitch and will not be the exceptional Neymar after that,” Brazilian Football Confederation coordinator Edu Gaspar said at the camp.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 crown“We will create some ground for him to get his self-confidence back, and that it goes up without too much pressure on his performances.”Neymar hasn’t played since late February when he cracked the fifth metatarsal that connects to the little toe in his right foot. On March 3 he underwent surgery in Brazil and returned to training just one week ago in France. MOST READ French Open organizers won’t give Serena Williams a seeding LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Left back Marcelo, midfielder Casemiro, and striker Roberto Firmino will only join the squad in London next Monday, after Real Madrid and Liverpool meet in the Champions League final in Kiev.The first actual Brazil training will take place on Wednesday at the camp, which went through a $4 million renovation to host the team until Sunday.Brazil will have six practices in Teresopolis before moving camp to North London until June 8.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 In this photo released by the Brazilian Football Confederation, Brazil’s soccer player Neymar arrives to the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, May 21, 2018. (Lucas Figueiredo/CBF via AP)RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil wants to reduce the expectations on Neymar.The world’s most expensive footballer is at the end of his recovery from a foot operation, and joined 16 Brazil teammates on Monday for physical and medical tests at their Granja Comary camp in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.ADVERTISEMENT “Neymar will keep doing what he is doing at Paris Saint-Germain. There is a physical part, then a technical one. But there will also be the emotional part, so he has the real magnitude of what we are thinking,” Gaspar said. “We are not thinking only about Neymar, we will have communication strategies for every athlete.”Gaspar said Neymar will be expected to play about 45 minutes of the friendly against Croatia in Liverpool on June 3, the first of two for Brazil before the World Cup. The second is against Austria in Vienna on June 10.“Today, we talked about playing those two games as if they were the World Cup,” Gaspar said.“We need total reality then, so we start the tournament well. We studied those two teams tactically and saw they were ideal for those friendlies. For now, they are more important than our (World Cup) opener.”Brazil opens in Russia against Switzerland on June 17 in Rostov. Their group also features Costa Rica and Serbia.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

China Dedicates ‘1st Class ETU’

first_imgThe first and only Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) constructed so far by the People’s Republic of China has been dedicated in Monrovia, with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf describing the facility as what “looks like first class” treatment for the people of Liberia.The Chinese ETU is a 100-bed facility that was built and will be operated by a medical contingent of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The ETU is situated at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.Described as one of the best treatment centers in the country, the Chinese ETU is designed to meet high standards in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. With three batches of 500 medical staff, Chinese authorities said, the center will run for six months to isolate suspected Ebola patients and treat confirmed patients including United Nations staff who may get the virus.The facility was dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was accompanied by an array of government officials, including outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Information, Youth and Sports, among others.Heading a high-level Chinese delegation from China for the dedication ceremony was the Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC, Cui Li, and the Director-General of Health Department, General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Ren Guoquan.The head of the Chinese delegation, Cui Li, said the ETU built and staffed entirely by Chinese will be run and managed independently, something that is unprecedented both in the international aid to fight Ebola and China’s medical aid history.She noted that the ETU mirrors the long-lasting friendship between China and Africa, which have shared the weal and woes over the past 50 years, and also represents the implementation of China’s Africa policy of “Sincerity, Real Results, Affinity and Good Faith,” proposed by the President of China, Xi Jinping.In the preparation and building of the Center, Ms. Cui, who spoke through an interpreter, said her government sticks to the principle of “handle special cases with special methods when it comes to aiding Liberia’s fight” and fully respects the Liberian Government’s will and participation in the process.“After President Xi’s announcement of the 4th round of assistance to the affected countries to fight the epidemic, we took just a week to transport the construction materials, medical equipment and 500 construction workers to Liberia in six chartered flights.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the partnership and friendship.  She said she looked forward to the service that will be rendered by the team at the new100-bed ETU.“All of this could not have been done except with the endorsement and support of the Chinese Government led by the President,  Xi Jinping, who gave full endorsement through the Ambassador and his staff,” she said, requesting Amb. Zhang Yue, to convey to President Xi Jinping and the Premier Li Kequiang thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Liberian people.President Sirleaf recalled “the difficult days of July, August and September when Liberia was confronted with this unknown enemy, where some of the brave doctors and nurses, without proper equipment, tried to respond and ended up dying.  There were others who got infected, and most abandoned the health facilities which meant that while there were hundreds dying of Ebola, there were also many others dying of other causes because there was no means to treat them.”She noted that China was one of the first to respond immediately when the Liberian government began to appeal for global assistance.  China responded by sending an aircraft with an assortment of anti-Ebola equipment, materials and drugs that enabled healthcare workers to respond to Ebola-affected people.She indicated that the Chinese action prompted and encouraged other partners to join in the response exercise.President Sirleaf noted that in the dedication of the facility, China has now joined others in sending a team to construct an ETU to enable Liberians have a place to take the sick and infected.She described the newly constructed ETU as “exemplary” and commended China for this exceptional response. “As I look at the quality of the construction and the quality service that will be rendered, this looks like first-class treatment for our people,” President Sirleaf said, adding, “This is something commendable and exemplary, for which we will always be grateful.”She also commended the Chinese medical contingent of the People’s Liberation Army for their diligence and hard work in being able to construct the facility.Ren Guoquan, for his part, said the opening of the ETU, which took a month to construct, is the first international humanitarian relief project that is built, operated and managed by the Chinese PLA.He said the development is significant for promoting Liberia’s capability to fight the Ebola disease, safeguarding Liberian people’s lives and health, and controlling the global spread of the Ebola epidemic.“Together with the Liberian people, we have the determination, confidence and ability to tide over the difficulties and defeat the epidemic,” he said, adding that this will be a new milepost and will open a new chapter for the relationship between China and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgThis EI legislation builds upon the unprecedented measures our Conservative Government has taken to improve EI benefits and training programs to better help unemployed Canadians get back on their feet and back to work. This includes an additional $1.5-billion investment in training for Canadians whether they qualify for EI or not, as well as EI work-sharing agreements which have been particularly beneficial to forest companies and workers in our region.Also this week, our legislation to provide up to 20 extra weeks of EI benefits to long-tenured workers was passed by the House of Commons. It will now face scrutiny in the Senate but I am hopeful that senators will recognize the significance of this measure to Canadians who have worked hard and paid into the EI system for years but now find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own.H1N1 UpdateHealth officials are encouraging Canadians to be patient as priority groups receive their vaccinations.Advertisement The federal, provincial and territorial governments jointly agreed that these groups include pregnant women, children under 5, health care providers, and adults with underlying health conditions.Six million doses of H1N1 vaccine have been delivered to the provinces and territories, meaning there is enough vaccine for priority groups.Meanwhile, efforts by the federal Liberals to politicize and sensationalize this issue are disappointing and unfortunate.All levels of government are jointly mobilized to roll out the largest mass immunization campaign in Canadian history … and it’s AHEAD of schedule. Plus, Canada currently has MORE H1N1 vaccine per capita than ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!It’s also important to remember that this is a Pandemic….not a Panic-demic! Continue to monitor news about vaccine clinics at, remain vigilant about hand-washing, and, please, stay home from work or school when you’re sick.Advertisement This week our Conservative Government not only delivered on our commitment to self-employed Canadians, we exceeded it.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley introduced the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act on Tuesday. Bill C-56 will provide self-employed Canadians with voluntary access to all Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits. This includes maternity and parental benefits, sickness benefits and compassionate care benefits.All parents face the immense challenge of juggling children and their jobs. Yet currently, the self-employed face a much harder choice in determining if and when they will have children because it can mean a complete loss of income for several weeks and months.- Advertisement -There are approximately 2.6 million self-employed Canadians who are an integral part of our economy and economic recovery. This includes small business owners, farmers, construction workers, professionals, and those who own a home business, among many others.This legislation not only extends access to maternity and parental EI benefits to the self-employed – a Conservative promise in the 2008 federal election – it encompasses other EI special benefits that payroll employees can receive. It’s the fair and right thing to do.Self-employed Canadians will now have the peace of mind knowing they can access benefits to cope with major life events such as the birth of a child, an illness, or caring for a gravely ill family member.Advertisementlast_img read more

Apple’s Steve Jobs unveils new Macs featuring Intel processors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Computer Inc.’s historic shift to Intel Corp. microprocessors came months earlier than expected Tuesday as CEO Steve Jobs unveiled desktop and notebook computers based on new two-brained chips from the world’s largest semiconductor company’s. The first Macs to deploy Intel’s Core Duo processors will be the latest iMac desktop, whose circuitry is all built into the display, and the MacBook Pro laptop. When it announced the switch in June, Apple said it expected to begin making the transition by mid-2006. On Tuesday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was joined at the Macworld expo by Intel CEO Paul Otellini to unveil the new jointly designed computers. Intel, on the other hand, has been focusing on developing chips specifically tailored for notebooks. In 2003, it launched its Centrino notebook technology with a processor that boosted a longer battery life by minimizing its power demand without a major hit to performance. During last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel unveiled the latest generation, the Core Duo, which features two computing engines on a single piece of silicon. It was that chip that the Apple decided to fit into the new iMac. The new iMacs will have the same all-in-one design as previous models and will be available with 17-inch and 20-inch screens for $1,299 and $1,699. Jobs claimed the new models are two to three times faster than the iMac G5, based on an IBM chip. “With (the) Mac OS X (operating system) plus Intel’s latest dual-core processor under the hood, the new iMac delivers performance that will knock our customers’ socks off,” said Jobs. The MacBooks Pros start at $1,999. The Core Duo chip’s low energy requirements are expected to enable ever-smaller computers, including some built right into television sets as the industry gears its machines more toward multimedia use.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Otellini came onstage wearing a clean room suit that the chip company has famously used in its ad campaigns — and that Apple once lampooned in its ads of its own. For years, Apple shunned Intel, which has provided chips that power a majority of the world’s PCs, along with Windows software from Microsoft Corp. In the late 1990s, Apple even ran TV ads with a Pentium II glued to a snail and others with a toasted clean room suit. But Apple, looking for faster, more energy-efficient chips, became increasingly frustrated in recent years as its chip suppliers, IBM Corp. and Motorola Corp.’s spinoff, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., failed to meet its needs. Of particular concern was IBM’s apparent inability to develop a G5 chip that would work well in notebook computers.last_img read more