Photo: PHOTOSPORT Ireland’s Bundee Aki celebrates with try scorer Rob Herring. Allister Coetzee’s side came to Dublin having recovered from a 57-0 thrashing to New Zealand in Albany in September by pushing the world champions to within a point a month later but it was back to the drawing board at the Aviva Stadium.”It’s a tough day, it’s not what any of us wanted. We’ve no excuses and we’re going to have to rectify this, us and the management,” South Africa captain Eben Etzebeth told a news conference.While they trailed by 14 points before Ireland pulled away with three tries in the last 10 minutes, South Africa were second best by some distance all evening and Coetzee said their scrum, breakdown work and discipline let them down.Asked if he felt he was under pressure, Coetzee said a coach is always under pressure after a test match defeat.”It’s difficult to explain. There are no positives from our side to be honest. It’s a disappointing defeat and as a group we take full responsibility for that, we’ve let ourselves down and our support back home,” the former Stormers coach said.”The Albany thing was tough but we came back and we’ve got three more games on tour so we just have to fight our way back from this one… I think our inconsistencies is something I’d like to see improve in a big way.”Coetzee, who described Ireland as the “All Blacks of Europe” ahead of the game, praised his opponents tactical performance and the clinical nature of their finishing.Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was quick to dismiss the idea that his side’s “incredibly satisfying” win marked the decline of South African rugby.”I think in the changing room the players wouldn’t say it (Springbok rugby) is going backwards,” Schmidt said.”I grew up watching Springbok teams be pretty dominant at their peak and I don’t think this Springbok team is that far away from some of that… We would be naive to think the next time we play the Springbok that there’s a 35-point margin between us because that’s just not the reality.”After watching newer members of the squad such as Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway do “a fantastic job”, Schmidt said he would mix the team up a little bit for next weekend’s visit of Fiji.”It augers well for us going forward but next week’s score at the moment is 0-0 and it will be until we kick off,” he said.
The three day tournament from 5-7 March and will involve Pepes invitational squad, Singapore National Team and 2015 Victoria State Championship team the Victorian Fury. The Tri-Series is an initiative of Netball PNG and WaterAid funded by the Australian Government and helps to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).Netball PNG president Julienne Leka-Maliaki said they recognise the importance of partnerships with regional countries and thanked WaterAid for being very supportive.“We are glad that these teams are visiting our shores and we’d like to encourage all girls, women and netballers to join us celebrate IWD this weekend,” she said.The competition rounds will be held at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex commencing at 3pm daily.Tickets will be sold at the gate for K15 adults and K5 for children below 12 years old.A school netball clinic by Netball PNG and Pepes will be also conducted on March 6 in conjunction with the Tri-Series.An IWD breakfast on March 7 will include the launch of WaterAid’s Sport for Development Program and the partnership with Netball PNG.Singapore will arrive in the country on Friday and the Australian team will fly in on Saturday.The first match will be played between Pepes and Singapore on Saturday, Victorian Fury will take on Singapore on Sunday and Pepes will play Fury on Monday.
Pomeroon boat mishapAllan Handy, also called “Saga”, of Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) who was killed on Sunday last in a boat mishap suffered a fractured spine. This was revealed by Dr Nehaul Singh, who performed the autopsy on Friday.The 78-year-old pensioner was killed after the boat in which he was travelling collided with another at Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River.Based on information received, the now dead man left his son’s home in a wooden paddle boat and was heading home when a boat powered by a 90HP outboard engine came into his path. The captain of the boat, a security guard of Grant Hope, Lower Pomeroon, reportedly told the Police that as he navigated a turn, he felt as if he struck something and immediately slowed down.As he turned around, he saw the elderly man going down in the water and as he looked closer, he saw the damaged boat. He immediately raised an alarm. The dead man’s relatives rushed to the scene but there were no signs of Handy.A search party was established to look for the man’s body. After a few hours, the man’s body was recovered from the river in the vicinity of where the accident took place. The distraught captain claimed that due to the high boat bow, he could not have seen clearly in front of him and as such, he did not see Handy. The boat and engine are reportedly owned by the Love and Faith Ministries.Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.
Romario “Short Boss” Baljeet (left) and Imran KhanAs the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the attempted murder of Romario “Short Boss” Baljeet, who was reportedly mercilessly beaten by businessman Imran Khan continues, the victim was called to the stand.Baljeet testified in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Leron Daly.As he took the witness box, he was unable to speak clearly, and his attorney, Latchmie Rahamat, told the court that he had suffered a seizure a few days ago.Baljeet, in his testimony, spoke extensively about his injuries and his numerous trips to the Woodlands Hospital. Upon the conclusion of his testimony, the Magistrate adjourned the matter until June 27, 2019.Thirty-one-year-old Khan, of Austin Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was charged for the attempted murder of Baljeet following an incident on October 28, 2018 at a popular nightclub on Main Street, Georgetown.It was reported that Khan unlawfully and maliciously wounded Baljeet, with intent to murder him.On the day in question, Baljeet and some friends were leaving the nightclub when they were confronted by Khan, who was standing at the gateway.As a result, Baljeet walked between Khan and his friends. This seemingly annoyed Khan, who in turn dealt Baljeet several punches to his head and face, causing him to fall to the ground. It was while Baljeet was on the ground that Khan took a glass bottle and slashed him on the right side of his face.Khan then continued to kick and punch the victim while he was lying on the ground.Baljeet, who was unconscious, was then picked up and rushed to a private institution where he underwent surgery.Baljeet previously testified in court and related that he heard what appeared to be gunshots and upon making his way to the gate, he saw Khan and another man identified as Kevin, also called “Fatman” standing next to a silver grey BMW motor car.He recalled walking between the two men as he made his way to his vehicle and feeling a blow to the back of his head. As he turned around, he saw the accused, Khan.Khan, he told the court, dealt him two lashes to his head and face, causing him to fall to the ground.On the ground, Khan continued to punch him to the body especially the face, despite him attempting to crawl away. Baljeet also related that he, along with bystanders, begged Khan to stop hitting him, but he refused to listen.The Virtual Complainant (VC) finally managed to crawl and held onto a metal gate, but Khan further kicked him to his face causing his head to keep hitting the gate.Standing in the witness box, with his face barely showing through the vents, he remembered that after a while, he started to “see dark”.He later woke up at the Woodlands Hospital.Baljeet, after being released from the Hospital, was rushed back to the facility in November 2019 for excessive bleeding and underwent emergency surgery.
City initially feared that De Bruyne would be out of action until late November, but has good progress and returned to training prior to a 0-0 draw at Liverpool before the international break.Guardiola decided against rushing City’s player of the year back for that top-of-the-table clash.However, he could be eased in from the bench against Burnley with one eye on a more prominent role for the trip to Tottenham in the Premier League on October 29.“I don’t know if he’s able to play 90 minutes but he has trained really well over the past two weeks, with no pain and ready to be part of the group,” said Guardiola.“He’s so important for us. When a player is out, I like it when they’re back to make us stronger. (There is) no doubt how important he is for us.”– Hart returns home –Joe Hart will face Manchester City for the first time on Saturday since leaving for Burnley © AFP / Anthony DevlinSaturday’s match will see Joe Hart return to City to play for the first time since his 12-year association with the club ended in August, when he moved to Burnley for £3.5 million.The England goalkeeper was part of the City team who ended their 35-year wait for a trophy by winning the FA Cup in 2011, before securing their first league title since 1968 a year later.He was also part of the team who regained the Premier League title in 2014, but fell out of favour when Guardiola arrived as manager in 2016, as first Claudio Bravo and then Ederson were brought in as first choice.“I think there is no doubt how important he was and is. Tomorrow you will see how people appreciate what he has done for this club,” added Guardiola.“What this club has become is because the people from Abu Dhabi helped to build something special with the facilities.“But after it’s down to the quality of the players in those 10 years. Joe is part of that, no doubt about it.”Guardiola, meanwhile, insisted he has no regrets in letting Jadon Sancho leave the Etihad.Sancho, 18, made his England debut in last week’s Nations League draw in Croatia, 14 months after leaving City to join Borussia Dortmund for £8 million.The winger rejected a contract offer from City because he was worried he would not get enough playing time, but Guardiola said the club did all they could to keep him and doesn’t believe Sancho will return in a big money move.“We know what we have done with Jadon. We did absolutely everything and he decided to move on to Germany so all the best,” added Guardiola.“I think when he decided to move on from here it was because he didn’t want to be here. When he doesn’t want to be here I think he’s not looking forward to coming back here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is fit again after two months out with a knee injury © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Kevin de Bruyne is in contention to make his return from injury when Manchester City host Burnley on Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed.The Belgian has made just one substitute appearance this season after suffering a knee injury in training on August 15.
1 Chris Smalling Manager Louis van Gaal’s position may be under scrutiny, but Chris Smalling has warned his Manchester United team-mates they are fighting for their futures too.Although United put on an improved display in their 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Monday night, the fact remains that their manager is under-achieving and under pressure.Van Gaal, who has spent over a quarter of a billion pounds since taking over 18 months ago, has overseen seven goalless draws this term and his team are five points adrift of fourth place with half the season to go.But there is no sign that United are ready to wield the axe just yet and the Dutchman himself said following the Chelsea match that he had no plans to quit.Van Gaal revealed he had already begun discussions with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about January transfer targets, and Smalling knows that could affect him and his team-mates after they embarked on their worst run in 26 years.“To say we’re not playing for the manager is silly,” the United centre-back said.“If anything we are all playing for our own futures as well, so there’s not a case of no one not playing for the manager.“And every week we want to go out there and show everyone what a good team we are.“No matter what, whether it is good or bad, this club is always in the spotlight, and we’ve rolled our sleeves up, worked hard on the training field and had to make sure that we regrouped, especially after that loss against Stoke, so against Chelsea we stood up and showed that we were the better team, albeit we didn’t get the win.”Van Gaal is such a confident character that hearing him speak about the possibility of resigning after the 0-0 draw at Stoke on Boxing Day came as something of a surprise.The former Ajax and Barcelona manager sounded as if he had accepted the idea that he would leave the club.But Smalling insists there has been no change in his manager’s demeanour over the last few troubling days.“No, he has been himself from day one that we met him to how he is now,” the defender said.“He is not going to change and that is why he has had a lot of success throughout the years. I can’t ever see him changing because he’s got a track record.”The England international, arguably United’s best player this season, admits he and his team-mates are in real need of a win.He hopes Monday’s encouraging performance, in which they should have taken all three points following a thrilling first-half display, will help United end their eight-match winless sequence when they host Swansea on Saturday.“We need that win because we want to stick at the top end of the table and, when you dominate games like the one against Chelsea, you need to win them, but we will take the positives from this and really make sure that next week we get the win,” the 26-year-old said.“Now hopefully this will give us that little boost that we can play well and kick on.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd revelers can enjoy hot chocolate and caroling while viewing holiday decorations from an open-top, double-decker bus. The Holiday Trolley Tour, which leaves at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. from San Fernando Road and Palm Street, costs $5, plus two cans of food for the downtown Burbank Salvation Army. Seating is limited. Tickets: 141 N. Glenoaks, during weekday business hours. Sunday: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the kids for a romp in 15 tons of fresh snow in the AMC Walkway at the Burbank Town Center as an ice sculptor works away. The event, including refreshments and music, is free. Information: 818-238-5173. Wednesday: Dial 818-238-1999 and talk to Santa’s helpers, Mrs. Claus and maybe even Santa himself from 4 to 8 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Downtown Burbank is in a festive mood for the holidays, planning events that range from a breakfast with Santa to holiday ice sculptures. There are lots of family-friendly events in store. All are open to the public; most are free. Today: A day of activity starts from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with breakfast with Santa in the food court at Burbank Town Center, 201 E. Magnolia. Tickets are required and cost $7; seating is limited. Ticket locations, information: 818-238-5300. A brass quartet will play holiday music from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the farmers market behind City Hall. Information: 626-308-0457.
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says there have been no bids for Riyad Mahrez.The winger is currently being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and reports in France claim they have made a £35m bid.However, Ranieri has rubbished that talk and insisted that Mahrez will not be leaving the King Power.“Could I know who is interested in Riyad Mahrez? Because I don’t know who is interested,” said Ranieri.“Tell me if there is one. Riyad stays with us.” Riyad Mahrez in action for Leicester City 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNIVERSAL CITY – Tahitian noni’s devotees believe it cures everything from lumbago to dysentery, but it’s also a multimillion dollar boost for the tourism industry. The lumpy tropical fruit and its products have brought more than 6,200 people to town as part of the International Tahitian Noni Conference, a five-day convention wrapping up tonight. Using the Gibson Amphitheatre and Universal CityWalk as its base, the confab will bring an estimated $5.3 million into local coffers. Based on native cures in Tahiti, the Philippines and Hawaii, it’s made into everything from lip balm to an antioxidant rich juice, used in equine medicine and endorsed by basketballer Chauncey Billups and actor Danny Glover. Hawked by an army of fervent salespeople, noni beverages, candies and skin-care products have sold over $3 billion worth of goods in the past 10 years. “It’s actually a fruit that grows wild in the Polynesian Islands,” said Shon Whitney, vice president of marketing communications for Provo, Utah-based Tahitian Noni International. “It’s not a real pretty fruit, but it’s been used for thousands of years as a really healthful product.” And now, a healthful boost for San Fernando Valley business, as well. LA Inc., the city’s convention and visitors bureau, spent the last year trying to attract more conferences to Valley locations, playing up enhancements at Universal Studios Hollywood and improved transportation. The juice extravaganza, which rented out the entire theme park Wednesday night for its conventioneers and will send them off with a Huey Lewis concert tonight, represents the first success in the campaign. According to LA Inc., it provided eight hotels from Glendale to Woodland Hills with 10,000 total room nights, occupied by visitors from 52 foreign countries. “This is a big chunk of people,” said Christopher Heywood, LA Inc.’s manager of corporate communications. “It’ll be a model for the future, where we’ll use it as a catalyst to build future business.” Tahitian Noni International, though committed to Las Vegas for its 2007 show, plans to return based on its experience this week, and word of the convention has already stirred up new business for local venues. “The Valley was sort of an island off by itself before,” said Jill Przelenski, the Gibson Amphitheatre’s director of special events. “The corporate market has bounced back. Just this week, I got a call from Herbalife, which hasn’t been here since 2002. When an event like this goes off well, the phones just start ringing.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon to Inter Milan) – HIT – Signed for £38.4m last summer, the Portugal international has, generally speaking had a good debut campaign for the Nerazzurri. If he can continue his progression under new boss Luciano Spalletti, he could lead the club towards a title challenge. Goncalo Guedes (Benfica to Paris Saint-Germain) – Jury is out – Only signed in January, it would be unfair to cast an opinion on the forward, who has only made one Ligue 1 start, and just played just 140 minutes in the competition overall. Enzo Perez (Benfica to Valencia) – HIT – Argentine star Perez is set to leave Los Che this summer, but its not because hes been a huge flop. A 25m signing in 2015, the 31-year-old is needed off the wage bill as Valencia cut costs. Last season, Perez was strong presence in midfield and will be missed when he moves on, with Real Betis linked with his signature. Giannelli Imbula (Porto to Stoke) – MISS – There were high hopes for the Frenchman when he swapped Porto for the Potteries but, after one and a half seasons, Imbula has managed just 28 appearances and is out of favour. Not quite worth the £18.3m spent on him, and its unlikely Stoke will get most of that back if they do choose to move him on. 12 12 12 Danilo (Porto to Real Madrid) – MISS – Brought in by Los Blancos for 31.5m to usurp Daniel Carvajal as their first-choice right-back in 2015. But, after some dodgy performances, Danilo has proved to be nothing more than a decent backup to Carvajal, who has improved with the competition. Manchester United have completed their first major signing of the summer with Victor Lindelof arriving at Old Trafford.Swedish central defender Lindelof joins from Benfica in a deal which will initially cost the Red Devils £30million, and could reach £40million.This makes him another expensive import from Portugal and, perhaps worryingly for Jose Mourinho, not many of these players have been a success.And after Manchester City and AC Milan both broke the bank to land Portuguese based Ederson and Andre Silva, respectively, they might also be concerned by the plight of big money signings from Liga NOS in recent years.So who are the big money hits and misses from Portugal since 2014? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12 12 Renato Sanches (Benfica to Bayern Munich) – MISS – After a stunning breakthrough campaign in 2015/16, Sanches was one of the hottest properties in world football with most major sides interested in procuring the player. In the end, he swapped Benfica for Munich but under Carlo Ancelotti his time on the pitch has been limited to just 618 minutes of Bundesliga action. Several nervy and faltering displays didnt help his cause and the Bavarian giants may be about to cut their losses on the player. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – MISS – Linked, almost constantly, with Manchester United for long periods of his time in Portugal, Gaitan made the switch to Spain last summer for £19.7m. In the end, though, the Argentine struggled to establish himself under Diego Simeone and could be on the way again this summer. Eliaquim Mangala (Porto to Manchester City) – MISS – Having excelled in Portuguese football across two season, French centre-back Mangala had looked a smart addition for the Blues. His £42m fee was on the large side but the powerful defender had plenty of potential. An impressive debut against Chelsea had seemed to prove the Premier League side right for shelling out so much cash, but a week later he scored an own goal and conceded a penalty against Hull City, and he was then sent off against Southampton as he put in a string of below-par performances, where he lacked confidence and looked clumsy. Mangala spent last season on loan at Valencia and is likely to be moved on again this summer, either temporarily or permanently. 12 12 12 12 Alex Sandro (Porto to Juventus) – HIT – Brazil start Sandro has become one of the best left-backs in Europe following his 26m move to Turin in 2015. Several other major European sides want to land the player, and if Juve did find themselves in a position to sell, they would be able to double their money, and some. 12 Lazar Markovic (Benfica to Liverpool) – MISS – After promising displays for the Portuguese club, both domestically and in the Europa League, the Reds splashed out £20m on the Serbian flyer. He wasnt very successful, though, making just 11 Premier League starts in his first campaign. Failed loan spells at Fenerbahce and Sporting Lisbon followed, but he did appear to perk up during a spell with Hull City. Markovic is expected to move on this summer with Watford a mooted destination. Jackson Martinez (Porto to Atletico Madrid) – MISS – In Portugal, Colombian striker Martinez had a truly exceptional goal record. Across all competitions, he hit 94 goals in 143 games, but with Atletico after a 35m transfer he managed just two LaLiga goals in 15 appearances before he was shipped on to Guangzhou Evergrande 42m. Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City) – Jury is still out – Algerian striker Slimani was signed for a hefty £28m and managed seven Premier League goals in 23 games, which isnt the worst haul ever. Still he hasnt impressed everyone and will need to offer a little more for the Foxes next season if he isnt sold on in the summer. 12 12