NSW win State of Origin opener

first_imgIn front of a crowd of 87,122 at the MCG, the Blues took a 1-0 series lead after a hard-fought and fluctuating match that saw a number of fresh faces step up to the Origin challenge.The Blues held onto a 8-6 lead at the break and fell behind early in the second half, but powered home to score the final three tries.Rookies Latrell Mitchell, Tom Trbojevic and Josh Addo-Carr all crossed, as did fullback James Tedesco who was the Blues’ best.It was billed as the start of a new era in State of Origin.And while Queensland showed signs of life after the Big Three, the Maroons’ days of dominance may be numbered after NSW claimed the series opener.The Baby Blues – boasting 11 rookies – came of age against a Maroons side without retired greats, ex-skipper Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.NSW was the greenest Origin side in 37 years after unveiling an unprecedented list of debutants under rookie coach Brad Fittler.But what they lacked in experience they made up with their much-vaunted backline firepower led by a man-of-the-match performance by full-back James Tedesco who scored the opening try.It capped a horror week for the rebuilding Maroons.The signs were ominous for Queensland after a chaotic lead-up, losing veteran full-back Billy Slater (hamstring) and sweating until the last minute for the availability of winger Dane Gagai (finger).The Maroons were already without 151 Origin games’ worth of experience.And their luck didn’t change on Wednesday as the most inexperienced Maroons side in more than a decade could not stop NSW registering Origin win number 50 – albeit six years after Queensland had notched the same landmark.The Blues – boasting just 39 games of Origin experience – will hope they have started a new Origin era after the Maroons claimed 11 of the last 12 series.New skipper Greg Inglis did his best to step up in the Big Three’s absence, laying on some inspirational tackles.And at first it seemed to work.Inglis’ 27th minute hit on Tom Trbojevic gave the Maroons a lift before winger Valentine Holmes scored an 85m intercept try a minute later to cut the deficit to 8-6 at half-time.And Queensland threatened to pull off another unlikely win when they led 12-8 after Gagai scored in the 43rd minute.But there was no denying the Blues who finally lived up to bookies’ favouritism as they ran in three second half tries through Latrell Mitchell (48th), Tom Trbojevic (50th) and Josh Addo-Carr (70th).It could have been worse – centre Mitchell and wing sensation Addo-Carr were denied tries.Queensland must regroup before game two on June 24 in Sydney.last_img read more

Magnum KSAFA Super League kicks off today

first_imgTwo of the early-season favourites, Barbican and Browns Town, will square off in a repeat of last season’s Magnum/KSAFA Super League semi-final on today’s opening day of the 2016-17 competition at the Constant Spring Complex.In the curtain-raiser, Shortwood entertain last season’s Major League winners Central Kingston at 1 p.m. before the two top contenders, Barbican and Brown’s Town, clash in the feature match at 3 p.m.All other matches will be played tomorrow.Barbican and Brown’s Town were two of the stronger teams in last year’s Super League competition. Barbican finished runners-up in Group A behind group winners and eventual champions Maverley/Hughenden, who they also played in the final.Barbican scored 19 goals in 16 games and only conceded five during the group phase.Brown’s Town netted 21 goals while conceding 17 in topping Group B, last season. However, when they faced Barbican in the last four they surrendered 3-0, courtesy of a double strike from Gregg Taylor. But both teams will be eager to get their season off on a good note and will be eyeing a winning start.Meanwhile, in games tomorrow, demoted Premier League team Cavalier will kick off their campaign against rivals Santos at Alpha Boys’ School, JDF take on Bull Bay at Up Park Camp, Maxfield play Rae Town at Maxfield Park, and Real Mona tackle Rockfort at Rockfort. All games start at 3 p.m.- L.S.last_img read more

Regions 5, 6 residents to again benefit from housing outreach – CHPA

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) will again be conducting outreaches in Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) allowing residents the opportunity to acquire house lots at affordable costs.The Minister with responsibility for the housing sector, Valerie Sharpe-Patterson, disclosed that these activities are aimed at taking affordable housing solutions to all while ensuring equal opportunity for all.According to the Guyana Information Agency (GINA), on Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Minister and her team will be in Region Six to firstly facilitate serving members of the Guyana Police Force at the Albion Sports Complex, between 09:00h and 12:00h. After a short break, the team will resume at 13:00h to attend to other citizens with all housing related matters.Then on Friday, the team will be at the Region Five Regional Office (Fort Wellington) for another outreach. Serving ranks of the Guyana Police Force and residents of Burma will be attended to between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00. The outreach will recommence at 12:00h through to 16:00h, with the allotted time dedicated to other citizens with all other housing related matters.The Ministry is asking for persons to walk with all necessary documents to ensure the smooth flow of the outreach. These latest outreaches are aimed at intensifying the Ministry’s drive to ensure that affordable housing solutions are within the reach of all Guyanese.Already for the year similar exercises have been conducted in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (Ease Berbice-Corentyne), Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), much to the benefit of residents of these areas.It was reported, the Central Housing and Planning Authority has allocated 1400 house lots since taking office just over one-year ago. A total of 251 lots were allocated during the period June to December 2015, while a total of 1200 lots were allocated during the period, January to May 2016. These allocations span all categories; very low income, low income, moderate and high.last_img read more

Liberia Applies To Join Islamic Cooperation Organization

first_imgLiberia has applied for membership to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).According to a dispatch from Riyadh, Liberia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Brahima D. Kaba, presented Liberia’s application when he met with the Secretary General of the OIC, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani recently.During the meeting, Mr. Madani informed Ambassador Kaba that Liberia’s application is being positively considered at the highest level, stressing that authorities concerned are working assiduously towards the actualization of the country’s membership.Dr. Kaba also used the opportunity to convey greetings of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the OIC through its Secretary General, Mr. Madani.The OIC is a sociopolitical organization whose membership is drawn largely from Muslim and non-Muslim countries who share common interests in furthering understanding and peaceful dialogue among all nations.Current membership of the OIC comprises 13 of the 15 ECOWAS countries, in addition to all of North Africa and several central and southern African countries.One of the major benefits of the OIC membership is that it gives direct access to the large pool of financial resources and facilities of the Islamic Development Bank, another important Saudi institution which operates mainly in the areas of economic and financial assistance to member countries.Meanwhile, the next meeting of the OIC is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in June 2017, at which time Liberia’s application and membership are expected to be finalized.In another development, the Embassy of Liberia near Riyadh has received its newly commissioned Minister Counselor Mr. Abu Kamara, who was recently transferred from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.During a reception held at Ambassador Kaba’s residence, and in the presence of staff and representatives of the Liberian community there, Dr. Kaba welcomed the new Deputy Chief of Mission and used the occasion to urge staff members to work as a team in the best interest of the Liberian Foreign Service.Ambassador Kaba indicated that Mr. Kamara’s assignment is a testimony of the government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s Foreign Service and therefore urged the staff to work cooperatively within the confines of respecting the customs and laws of the host country.He also stressed the need for the staff to work diligently to help promote the good image of Liberia and to enhance the already existing cordial relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other gulf states.In response, the new Deputy Chief of Mission expressed thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Kaba and his staff and assured his full cooperation in the discharge of his duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WATCH: Toni Duggan nets another screamer for Man City Ladies

first_imgEngland international Toni Duggan added another wonderful finish to her tally as Manchester City Ladies beat Arsenal Ladies 3-2 in the Women’s Super League.The 24-year-old has now scored five goals in four games since the league re-started following the summer’s Women’s World Cup.Her dazzling goalscoring skills will come as no surprise to City fans, having recently beaten the club’s male stars to be the first woman to win their Goal of the Season competition.Check out Duggan’s long-range strike against Arsenal above, and watch the stunning finish which saw her beat Samir Nasri – for his Champions League goal against Roma – to the gong, below!last_img read more

Don’t lose money if a bank fails

first_imgBy Eileen Alt Powell THE ASSOCIATED PRESS When the $2.5 billion NetBank was closed by federal regulators last month, some 1,500 accounts in the online bank had balances that exceeded federal deposit insurance limits. The owners of those accounts, with deposits totaling $109 million, won’t necessarily lose all their money because federal insurance may cover some, and they’ll share in the proceeds of the sale of the failed bank’s assets. Still, it could take time for the bank to be liquidated, and they may not get 100 percent of their money back. “That has renewed interest in looking at how deposit insurance works and what the limits are,” he said. “And that’s healthy.” According to the FDIC, the basic insurance amount is $100,000 per depositor per insured bank. This limit applies to individual and joint accounts as well as some trust accounts. Earlier this year, Congress approved an increase to $250,000 in coverage for some retirement accounts, including Individual Retirement Accounts. Kathy Nagle, chief of the deposit insurance section in the consumer protection branch at the FDIC in Washington, D.C., said small savers generally don’t have to worry. “If the sum total of all your money at a bank is $100,000 or less, you don’t have to worry about all these categories. You’re fully insured,” Nagle said. “If it’s more than that, you can be fully insured – but you need to get into asking questions about whether you’re allocating your money to different categories of coverage.” When looking at those categories, she said, “it’s best to think about it per account owner, not by type of account.” She gave this example of a married couple and their insurance coverage at their hometown bank. The wife has $100,000 in her name in several savings accounts. The husband has $100,000 in his name in a separate savings account. The couple has $200,000 in a joint account with equal withdrawal rights. Each of them has an IRA, with $250,000 in each account. In this case, everything is covered by FDIC insurance, she said. Things get more complicated if the deposits are in so-called revocable trust accounts, also known as payable-on-death accounts or living trusts. “The owner is insured up to $100,000 for the interest of each qualifying beneficiary,” Nagle said. These beneficiaries can include spouses, children, siblings and some others. Savers can check on their coverage by going to the FDIC Web site at www.fdic.gov and using the Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator, or EDIE, to check on whether their accounts qualify for insurance coverage, she said. “If it involves setting up a living trust, which can be quite complex, people can always call us for help,” Nagle said. The FDIC’s toll free hotline is 877-275-3342 (877-ASK-FDIC). The limits are the same for credit union accounts. The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, which is an arm of the National Credit Union Administration, maintains an insurance estimator at www.ncua.gov. Ely, the banking consultant, said that savers “need to be prudent about this, particularly in smaller banks because they’re the ones most likely to fail.” Consumers have choices, he added. “Spread your money around – put it in different institutions so you’re not over the limit,” he suggested.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The fact is that consumers don’t have to take that kind of risk. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which insures bank and savings bank deposits, and the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, which covers credit union accounts, make sure consumers get all of their money immediately if a bank fails – if savers abide by the deposit limits. This is increasingly important as consumers’ accounts grow in size, especially those earmarked for retirement, and as financial institutions nationwide struggle amid rising mortgage loan delinquencies and tighter credit markets that have made it harder for banks to raise cash. Bert Ely, a banking consultant and specialist in deposit insurance who is based in Alexandria, Va., noted that in recent years, the strong economy has made it possible for faltering banks to be purchased by sound banks, with no losses to depositors. In the current financial climate, however, troubled institutions will probably be left to fail, Ely said. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Childcare has this week spoken out about the serious implications for the early childhood sector in Donegal regarding Minister Joan Burton’s proposal to transfer the responsibility for paying sick pay from the Department of Social Protection to employers.Donegal County Childcare has taken numerous calls from concerned early childhood service providers who are worried that if they are forced to pay the extended period of sick pay they may be put out of business.The Donegal County Childcare annual census 2011 revealed the importance of the early childhood sector in Donegal in terms of direct employment, early childhood education and women’s access to the labour market. More than 700 people are employed in the Donegal early childhood sector made up from a total of 151 early childhood services– 88 community managed and 63 privately managed. Donegal has achieved 100% uptake on the Government supported Free Pre-School Year in County Donegal providing 780 full-time childcare places and 3,348 part time childcare places in early childhood services across the county.Avril Sweeney Manager of Donegal County Childcare insisted: “This proposal has serious implications for both private and community childcare employers as under the conditions of the Childcare (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006, early childhood service providers are legally obligated to maintain specific adult-child ratios in order to operate their service.“Unlike businesses where work can be delegated to other staff or shelved until such times as an employee returns from sick leave, early childhood staff need to be replaced to maintain legislated ratios. In practical terms, this means that early childhood services already struggling to meet their running costs will be forced to pay double in terms of sick pay and replacement staff pay.“To further compound these difficulties, even if substitute staff could be employed to cover sick leave, the Garda Vetting procedures are taking anything between 8-16 weeks to process, leaving employers in an altogether  impossible situation regarding the operation of their service.” GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS WILL HIT CHILDCARE IN DONEGAL, SAYS MANAGER was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgToday is the last day for nominations for the vacant Donegal manager’s job with Rory Gallagher still many people’s favourite to take the job.Rory GallagherThe Fermanagh man, who was formerly Jim McGuinness’ number two, is remaining tight-lipped about his chances on getting the job.His Kilcar side surprisingly crashed out of the club championship last week despite being many people’s tip for glory. Alongside Gallagher, another candidate in the frame Donegal man Paddy Carr.Now based in Louth, he is currently at the Burren Club but also led Kilmacud Crokes to club success in Dublin.Both Declan Bonner and Martin McHugh have said they are not interested in the post but it is still not know if there is any other outside interest.Gallagher would still appear to be favourite to take over where McGuinness left off. It is expected that the Donegal County Board will begin interviewing immediately and could appoint a new manager before the end of the month. GALLAGHER STILL FAVOURITE FOR DONEGAL POST AS NOMINATIONS CLOSE TODAY was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessRory Gallagherlast_img read more

NIC renews marriage with FUFA

first_img Tags: Airtel-FUFA AwardsFUFA DRUMFUFA junior leagueNICtopTop. FUFAUganda Cranes NIC and FUFA officials share a moment on Thursday (Photos by FUFA Media)KAMPALA – National Insurance Corporation (NIC) Holdings Limited, on Thursday, unveiled a new and better insurance sponsorship package for Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).The package was unveiled at the NIC Headquarters in Kampala.It involved packages for the Uganda Cranes, the FUFA Junior League, FUFA Awards and FUFA Drum Tournament.NIC’s Managing Director Bayo Folayan, company secretary Elias Edu and Jocelyn Ucanda represented the Insurance company.“This package is in line with NIC’s continued support of sports in Uganda, we believe the youth are the future of the country and that is why this sponsorship goes a long way to support the efforts of government in the area of youth and sports development, said Bayo.“Our vision in supporting football in Uganda is to create an enabling environment for our footballers so that they too can compete on a global platform and rank among the best in the world’ Bayo stated.It is an improvement over the previous contract with FUFA.The new contract covers all players, coaching staff and team doctors against death and injuries resulting into permanent disability sustained while on official engagements.It also covers incidences during training as well as travels to and from matches and burial arrangements in case death occurs.The FUFA President, Eng. Magogo expressed gratitude towards NIC Holdings’s for their continued support rendered towards sport in the country.“I thank the National Insurance Corporation for supporting football since 2008 and other sports disciplines especially netball, said Magogo.“I want to thank NIC for fulfilling their obligations as signed in the contract.“This new package is even more exciting because it has the FUFA Juniors League and the FUFA Drum as well as the cash value of Shs 10M to the FUFA Awards and the generator.’ Eng Magogo.Magogo (right) stressed that the new package is better than the first oneThe contract details:-The Uganda Cranes: 660,000,000 Shs annually.-The FUFA Junior League: 800,000,000 Shs annually.-The FUFA Drum Tournament: 960,000,000 Shs annually.-The FUFA Awards: 10,000,000 Shs annually.-A generator: 18,000 USDComments last_img read more

Cope claims Health Minister has shown true intentions on Donegal hospitals

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has expressed complete shock following receipt of a reply to a Dáil question placed to the Minister for Health concerning the long term future of the three community hospitals.Deputy Gallagher says there is no question that St Joseph’s Stranorlar, Lifford and Ramelton Community Hospitals are to be downgraded or removed.He said “What is truly unbelievable is that this comes in the same week in which the HSE released the Rhatigan report into the future plan for the three Hospitals in question. “Whilst I gave a guarded welcome to the publication of the Rhatigan Report due to the lack of any real commitment of finance by the Government and the complete lack of clarity on the overall intentions regarding long stay bed capacity or bed usage in the Hospitals, it now seems that the entire process and the Rhatigan report itself was just a façade or a smokescreen to cover up what the clear intentions of the Government were all along.“The true intentions of the Government are to downgrade and remove the long stay accommodation capacity and other essential services from the three hospitals, it also calls into question what further intentions the HSE would have for Lifford Community Hospital in the context of the reply I have received from Minister of State Jim Daly on behalf of the Government and the Department of Health.”Pat the Cope added nothing has changed since he publicly revealed the original Department of Health decision of 26th of January 2016, which also clearly stated the Government decision to downgrade all three Hospitals and remove the long stay accommodation capacity and services from all three hospitals.He said what is completely galling is that in the intervening 18 months, are the numerous Government representatives denying that this was their intention and downgrading or removal of services was never their intention. “The Dáil reply which I have received now casts serious doubts and raises even more serious questions as to the true intentions of the process in which the HSE officials were engaged in with the community action groups, who in good faith were lobbying for the retention of the long stay accommodation capacity of the three hospitals .The overall process is superseded by the views expressed by the Minister in charge of Mental Health and Older People Care has not alone made his own mind up but has already underwritten it as Government policy by way of a reply to a Dáil question. I quote directly from the reply to my Dáil question of the 26th of July.“Under this Programme it is proposed to build a new 130 bed community nursing unit in Letterkenny by the end of 2021, through a Public Private Partnership or alternative funding model, to replace existing long-stay accommodation including that provided at St Joseph’s, Stranorlar and Ramelton and Lifford Community Hospitals.”Pat the Cope stated the entire process surrounding the community hospitals is in chaos with a complete breach of trust and faith by both the Government and the HSE.He fumed “The Rhatigan report which I received just this week is not worth the paper it is printed on until such time as the current Government reverse their own political decision to downgrade the three hospitals in the first instance. The communities which are served by these three hospitals need to be vigilant and fully aware of perilous situation that their three community hospitals are in at present – the only certain fact is that, it is the clear intention of this Government to close the long term stay capacity of St Joseph’s Stranorlar, Ramelton and the possible overall closure of the entire Lifford Community Hospital.“The only possible way forward for these three Community Hospitals is for the Government, the Minister for Health to reverse their original political decision to downgrade the three hospitals, to publically commit to the long term bed capacity of all three hospitals and to back this up with financial resources in order to make the building comply with the HIQA standards. The Rhatigan report will not suffice as its parameters were to explore alternative uses other than long term bed capacity which was also revealed in the Dáil reply of the 27th of July. “The Minister needs to get directly involved in this process which is now in complete turmoil, and both veracity and integrity needs to be restored to this process concerning the future of our three community hospitals.“Any further or future negotiations concerning the future of St Joseph’s, Lifford and Ramelton needs to be based on the principle that the Government is fully supporting the three hospitals and all of their existing services, including the recruitment of additional staff for all three hospitals rather than the farce we have witnessed over the past 18 months from both the Government and the HSE.”Cope claims Health Minister has shown true intentions on Donegal hospitals was last modified: July 31st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEhsopitalsPat the CopeRhatigan Reportlast_img read more