Fiji take fifth consecutive title in Hong Kong

first_imgOver the course of three scintillating days of action, Gareth Baber’s side enthralled the crowd as they achieved something that no other side has ever been able to do. In the Cup final, Jerry Tuwai, who is the only current player to have played in all four of the finals, pulled the strings majestically while Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a brace and Vilimoni Botitu also crossed for a try. After their silver medal in Vancouver, France were playing in their second consecutive Cup final in a season which is something that they hadn’t achieved before.They started at pace, however an early knock-on handed Fiji possession back and Baber’s outfit didn’t need a second invitation to fly. The rest of the half belonged to them as the HSBC Player of the Final Tuimaba, and Botitu, combined to cross twice with each setting the other up. After the break Fiji’s 14-0 lead was tested when they went down to six players and France were awarded a penalty try. However, from 14-7, Fiji rallied and Tuimaba’s second ultimately ensured that history would be created in front of a sold-out crowd.  “It’s a fantastic feeling and I’m sure that it will sink in over the next two or three days,” said Fiji’s head coach after the full-time whistle. I think that all of this has been in the backdrop of what happened in Christchurch, obviously our hearts and our thoughts go out to all of those families and this is a dedication to them.”With just three full rounds to go on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019, the tournament victory means that Fiji jump ahead of New Zealand in the world series standings and sit in second. The USA are on top with 130 points while South Africa are fourth on 99 points, nine ahead of their chasers England in fifth. At the end of all ten rounds of this year’s world series, the top four teams will confirm their places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Japan are the only side currently qualified due to automatic qualification as the host nation. USA TAKE BRONZE The USA ensured a complete set of medals on the world series this year with a 22-10 victory over Samoa in the Bronze Final.After four silvers and a gold, this third-place finish secured Mike Friday’s side another 17 world series points and puts them in a position to potentially secure qualification for Tokyo 2020 next weekend in Singapore. In the Bronze Final, the two sides matched each other physically in the first half but it was the USA Sevens Eagles’ two tries that trumped Samoa’s one. The outfit’s second saw Carlin Isles notch up his ninth of the weekend, a number that no other player has reached in a single tournament at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.After the interval, the match opened up and John Vaili’s deliberate knock-down earned him a yellowlast_img read more

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Patak ready to lead

first_imgThe friendly fixture that started 11 years ago aims to use the country’s number one sport to spread the message of violence against women and also other social issues affecting PNG.Patak told Loop PNG that being a leader on the field is not a new thing to him and he is confident to lead in front with the assistance of other senior players.He debuted on the international scene in 2012 against the Australia PMs side and this year won the Digicel Cup top honours with Agmark Gurias.Patak will bank on the support of his deputy, Sebastian Pandia and Richard Kambo.Their experiences will come in handy, with bulk of the squad made up of local players.Australia captain Trent Merrin said his troops “expect a physical game and he is humble to be PNG to play.”Papua New Guineans love their footy and idolise Australia NRL players, and for sure the screaming spectators will have their allegiance tested.  The match will be played at the 15, 000 sitting capacity Sir John Guise Stadium, with official kick off at 7pm.  Caption: PNG PMs 13 captain Albert Patak looking listening attentively as coach Stanley Tepend address the media.last_img read more

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Sea Erosion Threatens Buchanan

first_imgResidents of the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, are worried that sea erosion continues to threaten them, despite the intervention made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partners in the fencing of some parts of the area.According to the residents, the sea erosion has caused a relocation of many people, including business people who were engaged in providing other services to the residents of the area.   They believe that more intervention is needed to rescue the people and the city from the sea erosion.During the training several facilitators made presentations on key issues of concern on environmental reporting.The three-day training brought together media practitioners and environmental experts, including Benjamin S. Karmorh, EPA coordinator for climate change enabling activities; Abraham Tumbey, technical director, Green Consultancy; Prof. James Wolo, an environmental journalist who talked about environmental reporting techniques;   and Urias Goll from NOCAL.“The sea erosion has contributed to the lack of safe drinking water, latrines and the issue of the low economic activities, including the increase in price of commodities,” some residents of Buchanan told the Daily Observer.  “The erosion has also contributed to constant defecation on the beach by men, women and children due to lack of public latrines.”Environmentalists say this environmental pollutions need quick intervention to help save  the people of the Bassa and the city, or else it could lead to total devastation of homes and lives,  especially for those at Atlantic, Robert and Church Streets.Many women said they have also been forced to use the house during the day for defecation and dumping it at night in the sea, which they described as sad for many of them and the children.“We are calling on the government and partners to seriously help us in controlling of the sea now. People are living here in total fear due to the proximity of the water, which could sweep  away their homes anytime from now.”One of the residents of Atlantic Street further disclosed that scientists informed them in the 1980s that if nothing were done about the sea erosion early, they would be affected in time to come.Providing journalists with an update during the field trip on the intervention made by the EPA, Benjamin S. Karmorh said the EPA had begun the process of fencing the affected area on Atlantic Street, as a pilot project, costing US$3M.According to him, the EPA had received a green light of US$2 million from partners for the pilot project.Mr. Karmorh is calling on journalists to take interest in reporting on climate change and environmental issues that would help in finding  solutions to the sea erosion and other effects of climate change in the area and elsewhere in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Authorities tracking escaped inmate

first_imgCASTAIC – Authorities have spread their net from Bakersfield to the Mexican border in the search for an inmate who ran off from an outdoor work assignment at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. Roberto Alvarez, 32, was convicted of a drug charge and was scheduled to serve four years in prison when he escaped at noon Monday from the county jail complex, authorities said. Since Alvarez is long gone from Pitchess, the search has been passed on to the Sheriff’s Department major crimes bureau. “Suffice to say we’ve been going round-the-clock since that escape and the entire bureau has been on what’s called a 12-and-12,” said Lt. Paul Sylvia of the bureau. More than 200 deputies participated Monday in the search in and around the jail complex, Rodriguez said. Alvarez is the first inmate to escape this year from Pitchess. There was one escape last year and four in 2005, Rodriguez said. Ninety percent of inmates who have escaped or been released by accident are eventually found, although it may take weeks or months, Sylvia said. The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on Alvarez, so he was scheduled for a deportation hearing after serving his sentence. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That means 25 members of the bureau work the first 12 hours of the day and 25 members work the next 12 hours, with additional staff members doing computer and warrant service work, Sylvia said. That will soon taper off, and deputies have also been working other cases while they have been looking for Alvarez, Sylvia said. The hunt for Alvarez has extended from Bakersfield to the border with Mexico, and has involved interviews and searches, Sylvia said. Alvarez was convicted Feb. 26 of selling or transporting a controlled substance. He was scheduled to be picked up by the California Department of Corrections and taken to prison. Alvarez on Monday was doing landscape maintenance around a river bed when he escaped, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, who is in charge of the Castaic jail complex. Deputies found the top of his jail uniform by a helipad, and bloodhounds tracked his scent to a road by the northern part of the jail complex. last_img read more

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MAN BROUGHT HAMMER TO BAR AND BEAT VICTIM AROUND HEAD

first_imgA Ballybofey man viciously attacked a man with a claw hammer in a bar and then threw the weapon in the River Finn.Robert ‘Rab’ Connell walked casually into Junction 15 on May 16th last and proceeded to batter Damian Woods around the head in front of his hysterical girlfriend.Connell, 46, hit his victim five times in the head in front of a number of other patrons. He was then wrestled off the victim and he ran out a side door of the bar and threw the attack weapon in the nearby River Finn.He then rushed home and put his blood-soaked clothing in his washing machine to clean them.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how he thought Mr Woods was one of a number of men who had previously attacked him and beat him up at Drumboe Woods.Mr Woods was rushed to hospital and had to receive 28 stiches for various wounds to his head and also suffered a fractured skull.Connell, of 2 Sessiagh View, said he had never planned to attack Woods but had been on his way to get a Chinese meal.He had been drinking and smoking herbal cannabis and just happened to look inside Junction 15 bar and saw Woods in there.Connell said he had been thinking of “yer man’ and decided to take a hammer to town with him up his sleeve.Judge John O’Hagan said this was a savage attack and noted that 90% of offences in Donegal are Section 3 Non Fatal assaults.“Mr Connell wants me to believe that he went to town and just happened to have a hammer and just happened to meet Mr Woods.“He didn’t like the area and needed a hammer for his protection. That’s a tall one to accept“People fore themselves up on drink and drugs and think they are the rulers of the world and think they can do what they want but, I’m sorry, they can’t,” he saidJudge O’Hagan told O’Hagan he would be facing three years in jail if he had not pleaded guilty.He remanded him in custody until Friday to make a decision on his sentence.* Donegaldaily.com – keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in the courts.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.MAN BROUGHT HAMMER TO BAR AND BEAT VICTIM AROUND HEAD was last modified: November 9th, 2011 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:attackBallybofeyHAMMERJUNCTION 15ROBERT CONNELLlast_img read more

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OCHS comes up short against Sunny Hills

first_imgONTARIO – Adam Hutter’s 52-yard field-goal attempt with four seconds remaining sailed wide right and the Ontario Christian Knights fell short 31-29 to Fullerton Sunny Hills on Friday in a hard fought, entertainig contest. “We kept fighting despite playing a team that was more physical than we were,” Ontario Christian coach Chris Stevens said. Lance Cromer’s 3-yard toss to Mike Trabbie with 25 seconds remaining cut the deficit to two points. On the ensuing kickoff, Kyle Jasper recovered an onside kick giving the Knights (4-1) one last gasp after taking over on the 35-yard line. Cromer’s three passes to the end zone were denied by Lancer defenders setting up the potential game-winning attempt by Hutter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Ontario Christian had plenty of opportunities to win and looked to put the game away when they took a 22-19 lead when Cromer hit Hutter for a 3-yard TD at 9:33 in the fourth. But Sunny Hills’ David Gully was the thorn in Ontario Christian’s side as he punched in a 1-yard score at 6:19 in the fourth that turned out to be the eventual game winner. The Knights’ undoing could be aimed at the three fumbles that came on three drives in which the offense appeared to be running smoothly. “We just had too many costy fumbles, and that really hurt us. But my kids showed plenty of heart and we can take that same heart going in to next week’s contest”, Stevens said. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Grand View fined before

first_imgGLENDALE – The operators of Grand View Memorial Park – where state officials found the cremated remains of some 4,000 people in storage rooms, a trash bin, on the floor and mixed with other remains – were fined $52,200 in 1998 and 1999 for poor record-keeping at their crematory, records released Tuesday show. The state Consumer Affairs Department has also received nine complaints from residents about the cemetery since 2001 that were investigated but couldn’t be corroborated. Also, in 2004, the operators of Grand View received a warning letter for failing to maintain cemetery markers in an acceptable condition. “Obviously, now they’re in more serious trouble,” said Consumer Affairs spokesman Kevin Flanagan. “Apparently they have not set their house in order.” Department of Consumer Affairs officials made the discovery during a routine inspection last month. In addition to misplaced remains, they found that other remains had no records and could not be identified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Also, cemetery President Marsha Lee Howard, secretary Moshe Goldsman and two trustees were accused of reselling graves that had been previously sold and had “loaned” themselves $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, set up for perpetual maintenance, according to the administrative suspension order. Cemetery operators have been ordered not to sell new graves, and Howard, who lives on the property, was removed from day-to-day operations. An administrative hearing to resolve the issue has been scheduled for Jan. 3. Howard and Goldsman did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday. Howard’s Woodland Hills attorney, Myles Mattenson, declined to comment. Former co-worker Mike Steen said he knew Howard 25 years ago when she was at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach. “I always found her to be helpful, knowledgeable and friendly,” he said. “I was very supportive of her when she got the job at Grand View. I thought it was a good fit.” But John A. Oliver of West Hills worked as a driver in 2004 with Howard. He said there weren’t enough gurneys, so sometimes bodies had to be transported on the floorboards of vans. He had only one gurney assigned to him and was directed to stack two bodies on top of each other to transport them between the hospital and the mortuary, a method he said he opposed because he thought it was inhumane. When he complained, he said, Howard and others told him, “Just do what you have to do to get the job done. What the mortuary clients and the general public don’t see won’t hurt them.” He said he was fired because management found out he wanted to start his own transport company because he didn’t approve of the way Grand View transported bodies. He said he filed an official complaint with the Consumer Affairs Department about his allegations Nov. 6. He hadn’t received a response as of Tuesday. “I am disgusted,” he said. “I am embarrassed and I am ashamed that I was subjected to having to take part in such an inhumane practice.” Joanne Morrow of Springdale, Ark., complained to Consumer Affairs in 2004 about poor maintenance on the grounds. She said when she visited the site in October 2004 to see the graves of family and friends buried there throughout the years, grass had grown over the grave markers, and she had a hard time finding some of them. “It was in terrible shape,” she said in a phone interview. “They were all grown over. I told the women in the office there, and they said that someone was trimming the grass as we spoke. But there was no one working in that cemetery. I was furious.” Her letter prompted an investigation by the state’s Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, which issued a warning letter to Howard, threatening disciplinary action because officials “failed to maintain the cemetery in an acceptable condition by allowing markers to sink into the ground and failing to repair broken cement barriers,” according to a copy of the letter. The unannounced inspection by the Consumer Affairs Department was the first conducted at Grand View since a new law authorizing the practice was put into place about 18 months ago, officials said. Prior to the new law, department officials conducted inspections only after they received a complaint. In response to the case, residents who have loved ones buried in Grand View filed a lawsuit alleging that remains were removed from graves, grave-site markers were discarded and graves meant for one person were used for multiple burials. “The new revelations don’t surprise me,” said Los Angeles attorney Mike Arias, who said more than 100 residents have called his law firm since the story broke Nov. 4. “It only adds insult to injury.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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OUTRAGE AS RUBBISH LEFT STREWN ACROSS SCENIC DONEGAL VILLAGE

first_imgSome of the rubbish dumped in Kincasslagh todayLocals in Kincasslagh have expressed their fury after bags of rubbish were dumped along the side of the road of the seaside village.Locals were left to clean up the mess, with those responsible leaving empty bottles and cans scattered across the road.Some of the rubbish dumped in Kincasslagh today.Bags of rubbish dumped at the side of the road, were then torn open and the waste inside those bags were dragged all over the road leaving a huge mess. Unfortunately it would seem that this illegal act of dumping is not an isolated incident in the area.Locals say that every year during the July 12th Bank Holiday Weekend an influx of tourists visiting the village for the weekend always leave a mess behind them.One local that sent us in the pictures of the dumping told Donegal Daily that they blamed visitors for the rubbish.“Every year it’s the same, they come down for the weekend and just dump their rubbish. “They’ve no regard for anybody, they don’t care who has to clean it up, they just want rid of it and dump it anywhere they see fit.“We welcome them coming down to our village, it’s great for the local economy but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth when you see the mess they leave and the disregard some of them have for locals.” OUTRAGE AS RUBBISH LEFT STREWN ACROSS SCENIC DONEGAL VILLAGE was last modified: July 14th, 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:donegalKINCASSLAGHrubbishlast_img read more

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Motorists warned to take care following reports of cars sliding off icy roads

first_imgIcy conditions this morning have rendered roads across Donegal perilous. Several instances of cars leaving the road have been reported this morning in Fintown, Inishowen, and Ballybofey. No injuries have been reported from these incidents.A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is currently in place by Met Éireann, and is valid until tomorrow morning. It is forecast that the frosty conditions will remain throughout the day, with highs of 3 to 6 degrees. Wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow are expected, as well as blustery conditions around coastal areas.It is expected to freeze again tonight with lowest temperatures between plus 1 to minus 1 degrees, and frost will settle in spite of the wind.Gardaí are asking motorists to slow down as temperatures dip.“Lower temperatures will mean roads may be icy. It takes longer to stop a vehicle in snow or on icy roads so Slow Down, allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front,” a Garda spokesperson says. Donegal County Council gritters have been out since 6 am on major routes. The Council asks that motorists “assume that no road is ice-free.”For further road updates, you can follow Donegal County Council Roads on Twitter @RoadsDCC.Motorists warned to take care following reports of cars sliding off icy roads was last modified: November 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalDonegal County CouncilGardaiiceROADSsnowlast_img read more

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Diversions in place following mini-bus crash

first_imgThere are reports of a number of casualties following a serious crash on the Glenveagh Road outside Termon this evening.The accident between a mini-bus and at least one other car took place just before 9pm.The number of people involved in the crash has not yet been established. A number of ambulances have attended the scene of the crash which is close to the Mountain Bar at Drumteevan.It is not known how serious the injuries are of those involved in the crash.Gardai are at the scene and diversions are in place.We will bring you more on this breaking story as we get it. Latest: A spokesman for the emergency services confirmed that nobody has been seriously injured in the crash.The incident involved a mini-bus and two cars and a number of people sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.Diversions in place following mini-bus crash was last modified: May 16th, 2018 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:crashGlenveagh RoadMountain BarTermonlast_img read more

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