All Black suspended for two weeks for elbowing

first_imgIn an off-the-ball incident, the All Blacks loosehead raised his elbow into Beale’s jaw late in the first half, flattening the Wallabies’ inside centre, before collecting a pass and scoring the Crusaders’ first try.Local referee Ben O’Keeffe and an all-New Zealand roster of officials allowed the incident to go unpunished and the try stood.Moody was cited after the match and SANZAAR’s Foul Play Review Committee ruled that the incident contravened the law relating to “striking with hand or arm”.”The act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of four weeks due to the dangerous contact with the opposing player’s head,” committee chairman Nigel Hampton said in a statement.”However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s excellent judicial record, good character and guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to two weeks.”The incident proved to be a decisive moment as the Crusaders, who had been trailing 29-0, ran over three tries in the following minutes before halftime and eventually overhauled the Waratahs 31-29.The Crusaders victory extended New Zealand’s winning streak over Australian Super Rugby sides to 39 straight matches.Moody was slammed in Australian media for the “cheap shot” on Beale and the citation did little to ease the indignation.”The Crusaders won 31-29, but they know they didn’t deserve the chocolates,” a blogger on Australian sports website The Roar wrote.”And Ben O’Keeffe doesn’t deserve another game of rugby.”Waratahs’ New Zealand-born coach Daryl Gibson, a former Crusader, said after the game that O’Keeffe had missed the incident but declined to blame the oversight for the loss.”It’s an elbow to the head, so I’m sure the powers to be will look at that,” he said.Moody will miss games against the Blues and Hurricanes but the 29-year-old should feature against the Chiefs, making him available for All Blacks selection for their test series against France next month.last_img read more

Appeal cautiously suspends Lightning sanctions for insults to Zozulia

first_imgThe Appeals Committee has lifted this Friday the sanctions against Rayo Vallecano for the Zozulia case, for now. The competition decision to fine the franjirrojo team with 18,000 euros, to close the stand responsible for insults to the Ukrainian striker of Albacete for the next two games and resume the Rayo-Albacete behind closed doors, it is suspended on a precautionary basis.To decide on the matter, the Committee gives the club more time to present and expand its appeal until January 14 and will study the sanctions later: “This Appeal Committee considers the content of the resource already raised and the rest of the documentation in the file insufficient to resolve the merits of the matter. Certainly, given that the appellant club announces the extension with in-depth arguments within the time frame that it has in place, this Committee considers it essential to assess those arguments announced to decide on a matter of special relevance such as the one that gives rise to the appeal filed before us ”, they affirm in the document. Thus the subscribers of the fund will be able to access the stadium of Vallecas already from the match against Girona this Sunday. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 3, 2020 The complicated relationship between Zozulia and Vallecas began three years ago, when Lightning signed the striker, who then played at Betis. The team’s followers rejected the Ukrainian for allegedly posing with Nazi and fascist symbology and expressed their outrage during their first workouts. At the end, Zozulia gave up staying in Vallecas and returned to Betis where he remained without playing the rest of the season.The player returned to Vallecas to play the game on December 15, but the referee López Toca suspended him during the break “as a result of the display of banners and the songs delivered by a sector of the local fans against Zozulia”. On December 27 Competition sanctioned Lightning, something that the club president, Raúl Martín Presa, defined as “unfair.” “We are a victim and Lightning is being punished and fined. It is an atrocity to sanction the club with 18,000 euros for events that it has not been able to avoid, ”he said. With the suspension of the sanctions, Appeal grants the Lightning a moment of respite.See the full Appeal resolution.last_img read more

Taylor, Dottin set for Super League

first_img LEADING BATSMAN LONDON (CMC): Marquee West Indies women’s players Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are among 18 overseas players set to highlight the inaugural Women’s Super League bowling off here this summer. Both players played key roles earlier this month in helping to fire the Caribbean side to their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title, with a win over three-times defending champions Australia Women a fortnight ago. Jamaican Taylor, the Windies captain, has signed on for Western Storm, while Dottin, a Barbadian, will play for Lancashire Thunder. The six teams – also comprising Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Stars, Southern Vipers and Yorkshire Diamonds – will do battle in the Twenty20 campaign under a round robin format from July 30 to August 14, with the final set for August 21. Taylor is one of the leading batsmen in the women’s game in both shorter formats, and was voted Player of the tournament in the recent T20 World Cup for her 246 runs an average of 40. She will line up alongside South African Lizelle Lee and New Zealander Rachel Priest, with top England players Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson all included. General manager Lisa Pagett said Taylor would be an asset to Storm. “We are really excited to have Rachel, Stafanie and Lizelle playing for Western Storm this summer,” Pagett said. “They are exciting cricketers and potential match winners in their own right. To have players of this calibre playing alongside Anya, Fran and Heather makes for a really exciting Western Storm line-up.” Dottin, meanwhile, will arrive with quite a reputation. She was the first woman to score a T20 hundred – off just 38 deliveries – back in 2010 and was also excellent with both bat and ball in the recent World Cup. Both Taylor and Dottin also played in the Women’s Big Bash League last December.last_img read more

Kingston, Melbourne through to 50-Overs semis

first_imgA double century from Guyanese-born opener Trevor Griffith powered Melbourne CC into the semi-final of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50-Overs Tournament.The previously out-of-form Jamaica Scorpions stroke-maker, slammed 237 to lead his team to a 182 runs win over the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) at Up Park Camp yesterday.Batting first, after being asked to take first strike, Melbourne posted a challenging 407 for seven off their allotted overs with Sadiki Bolt, 62, best assisting Griffith.MOST WICKETSPart-time off-spinner Rasheed Outar, two for 65, and Rayan Bennett, two for 71, ended with most wickets.The army men, despite a quick-fire 55 from Jermaine Harrison, and 39 from Rasheed Outar, could only total 225 in their response.This was against part-time off-spinner Bolt, who claimed five for 43, and fast bowler Oshane Thomas, two for 51.In another quarter-final result, West Indies Under-19 bowling all-rounder Odean Smith took six for 61 to guide Kingston to a 85 runs win over St Thomas CA at Kensington Park.Electing to bat, Kingston scored 265 off 44.3 overs with Kirk Harris, 82, and Aaron Johnson, 74, making most runs against Omar Brooks, four for 60.St Thomas, in reply, were then bowled out for 180 with 5.1 overs remaining. Andre Bryce and Kenroy Williams with 39 each, were the top runs scorers for the losers.Left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, two for 36, best supported Smith.The other semi-finalists are defending champions St Catherine CC and Kensington, who defeated Lucas and Westmoreland, respectively, in their quarter-final matchups on Saturday.last_img read more

NGOs: Why Now?

first_imgThe Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her State of the Nation address Monday, laid out new guidelines for non-governmental organizations working in the country.The president calculated that of the 997 NGOs working in the country, 87 percent were local or national NGOs, while the other 13 percent were international.Previously, she surmised, the role of NGOs focused on humanitarian assistance and development work.“More recently,” she observed, “the emphasis has been on democracy and governance; human rights; environment and natural resources.  In these latter functions, some NGOs have sought to become super-national bodies challenging national sovereignty even as they themselves lack national and international governance status and rules in transparency and accessibility.”The president then immediately pivoted into a solution to this problem, as it were – more “transparency and accountability by NGOs in their delivery of services to our people.”Many Liberians welcomed the news, but from a different perspective. Comments posted on social media networks suggested that for the number of NGOs present in the country, not much could be said for development. As such, many felt NGOs did need greater transparency and accountability. One commenter cited the case of an NGO owner who had become wealthy (mansion and all) thanks to his duty-free and tax-free privileges. Another stated that top government officials were involved in the NGO ‘business’.Looking at the president’s statement, however, it would seem as though it was not directed at non-performing NGOs, but at NGOs whom she said had taken on “super-national status” and invaded Liberia’s sovereignty. It would seem as though when NGOs were merely posing and not doing much, there was no problem. It was when they started to challenge government policies that the need arose for greater “transparency and accountability”.This is a problem, and this administration needs to be careful – this could backfire. Have we forgotten that free speech is a universal human right this administration has prided itself in protecting? Why are the rules different for NGOs? If the president had gone after newspapers in this regard, we’d all be screaming bloody murder over new rules that smack of retribution for dissent!The message to NGOs here seems to be, “Do your job (or don’t) but keep your mouth shut and out of our business.”The president is right in observing that humanitarian and development work has traditionally described the work of NGOs – except that her scope is limited. What is humanitarian work if it does not stand up for the rights of others who cannot stand up for themselves? NGOs are typically as close to the ground as they can get – all over the rural areas talking to the people. As such, they are often privy to first-hand information. If rural dwellers are losing their tribal lands to multi-national corporations, they are aware. How humanitarian would it be not to sound the alarm on matters that contribute to the underdevelopment of the marginalized and powerless? Indeed, perhaps the nature of humanitarian and development work has changed with the times!But are these rules really new? Yes and no, but more no than yes. The Daily Observer has in its possession a copy of the GOL’s National Policy on Non-Governmental Organizations in Liberia. This document came into effect June 15, 2008 and was authored by Dr. Toga McIntosh, then Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.It reads, among other things, that “As NGOs are essential partners in identifying, defining and developing policies and driving development in Liberia, (emphasis added) this policy seeks to address the above concerns and ensure that an enabling environment is created for the smooth operation of NGOs, as well as ensuring human development. It is an integral part of the ongoing reform exercise. The over-riding and long-term objective is to provide better and more effective service to the Liberian people and nation.”Section 9.1 also states that “All vehicles owned by an accredited NGO shall bear NGO license plates and, where feasible (emphasis added), shall also bear the NGO’s logo.”The new version of Section 9.1 according to the president, however, is that “all vehicles owned by NGOs should be registered in the name of the organization and be clearly marked with the name and logo of the organization or face impoundment”. Why? What happened to “where feasible”? Is it so that they do not go where they are not welcomed?Where has this document been anyway since 2008? Was it not necessary until NGOs became interested in democracy and governance, human rights, environment and natural resources?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nigeria Baptist Church Identifies with the Needy

first_imgAs Liberia gradually recovers from the Ebola nightmare, which has devastated all of its sectors, particularly its economy, and as an increasing number of people face food insecurity, the Providence Baptist church, in partnership with the Ikoyi Baptist Church of Nigeria, identified with the needy in several shattered communities in and around Monrovia.The Ikoyi Baptist Church provided US$7,000 to the Providence Baptist Church of Monrovia to identifying with affected Ebola communities in Liberia.The Church (Ikoyi) was touched by the spirit of humanity after coming in contact with the community-driven work being carried out by its sister church, Providence, in Liberia.The Church, through its Community Development arm, the Providence Foundation, recently distributed assorted food items to several communities that were in one way or the other affected by the virus.The distribution targeted several suburbs of Monrovia which the church considered one of its largest humanitarian outreach in the country since the outbreak of the virus.   Spearheading the exercise was the Director of Congregational Life at the Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Joseph J. Roberts, Sr.Rev. Roberts told the beneficiaries that the church was blessed to have received financial assistance from its sister church in Nigeria (Ikoyi) to help boost its humanitarian activities in the country.”Identifying with you through the distribution of food is a big challenge. Our presence here today is to help provide you with food stuff that will help you recover from the Ebola outbreak,” Rev. Roberts told the waiting beneficiaries.”We are working closely with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria (IKoyi) to ensure the timely delivery of food assistance to all Ebola-affected people,” he added.Some of the Communities that benefited from the distribution included the Garden of Prayers in New Georgia-Caldwell, Amadu Town in Bomi County, the Old Folks Home on the old Road and ‘Sick and Shut-ins in various communities in and around Monrovia. Materials distributed included rice, oil, beans, milk, ovaltine, soap and sugar.For his part, the Senior Pastor of the Church, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr, lauded the effort of the Ikoyi Baptist family for seeing the good work of Providence assisting in carry out its Ministry on the other side of the world.He praised the Church (Ikoyi) for the partnership and expressed the hope that a more comprehensive framework is structured between the two congregations with the intent to save humanity in both countries.The loss of productivity and household income due to Ebola-related deaths and illness as well as people staying away from work for fear of infection, are all compounding the economic problems in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stepson is convicted of murdering coach

first_imgBut prosecutors said the case had nothing to do with sex. Hurst, who suffers from a mental illness, became enraged when his stepfather told him he could no longer live under his roof. “The evidence showed that conclusively the victim had not acted inappropriately toward the defendant in any way,” said Deputy District Attorney Jeff Stodel, who prosecuted the case. “The victim was nothing but kind toward the defendant.” Hurst’s attorney, Henry Salcido, said he planned to appeal. “If a case should ever be taken up on appeal, this is the case,” Salcido said. “It’s probably best that I just merely indicate that.” Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 1. Gauci’s brother, Tom Gauci, said he might speak or make his feelings known in a letter during the “victim impact” portion of the hearing. “We’re just thankful and relieved it’s over with and the jury came to the right decision,” said Tom Gauci, who thanked the police and prosecution for their work, and the community for its support. Gauci’s family and friends said the defense’s claims that Gauci had sexually assaulted Hurst were nothing more than “character assassination.” “They tried to make Bobby out to be some vicious and violent person and a bisexual who didn’t love his wife,” said Jose Avila, Gauci’s lifelong friend. “But nothing could be further from the truth. “He tried to help those kids and his wife. The picture they painted of him was upsetting, but it goes to show what extremes people will go to protect their sons and their family.” Stodel said the prosecution always believed it had a strong case against Hurst. “I really feel that the victim has received justice and the victim’s family has received justice,” Stodel said. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe decision came after just a day and a half of deliberation following five weeks of testimony. Jurors said they did not believe Hurst’s self-defense claim that he killed his stepfather to stop a sexual advance. They also said testimony by Hurst and his mother that Gauci had previously sexually assaulted him was never proved. “I didn’t believe anything the defendant said and the mother, I think, lied on the stand a lot,” said a male juror who works in customer service. “It was obvious she was trying to get her son off.” Hurst killed Gauci during a fight that spilled out of Gauci’s home into the 2200 block of 232nd Street in Torrance. The crime was particularly brutal. Police officers found pools of blood in the street. Hurst’s clothes were covered with it. He pulled down Gauci’s pants to make it look like sex had occurred. A Torrance man was found guilty Friday of beating his stepfather – a popular Harbor College baseball coach – to death with a dumbbell, kicking him with steel-toed boots and stabbing him six times in the neck. Ashton Hurst, 36, showed no emotion as a Torrance Superior Court clerk read the jury’s verdict convicting him of one count of first-degree murder in the Feb. 8, 2005, killing of Robert Gauci, 44. Hurst faces 25 years to life in prison. “There were no winners in this,” said one juror, a 48-year-old Torrance construction worker. “It was two families torn apart.” last_img read more

NOBODY WILL BE ‘STATIONERY’ FOR THE GLEN 5K

first_imgNeil Gallagher and Michael Murphy with the Danny Mc Daid Perpetual Cup at the launch of the Glenswilly Gaa 5k. Also included in photo Danny Mc Daid, Neily Mc Daid, James Pat Mc Daid, the Glenswilly 5k committee and Beirne Lapsley of Donegal Stationery who are main sponsors of this years event. Photo: Geraldine DiverIt’s only on the go a couple of years but the Glenswilly 5K has already become a huge success.Large numbers of runners and walkers are again expected in the Glen on June 25th for this year’s event.All proceeds from the event, which is kindly sponsored by the Donegal Stationery Company, will go directly to funding the underage teams at the club. County stars Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy were on hand with Danny McDaid (a man who has run a few races in his day!) to officially launch the event this week.The entry fee is just €8 and all Under 16s are FREE to enter.Refreshments will be provided for what Lee Gildea has promised with be a glorious night of late June sunshine once again!See you all there.  NOBODY WILL BE ‘STATIONERY’ FOR THE GLEN 5K was last modified: June 5th, 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:Donegal StationeryGlenswilly 5Klast_img read more

The night rugby star Shane Williams found out exactly how cool Donegal is!

first_imgRugby star Shane Williams had been asking all week why Donegal had been named the coolest place on the planet to visit in 2017.Last night as sleet lashed his face and temperatures touched what felt like -10 degrees in Convoy, he found his answer.The Welsh rugby wizard was the star attraction as county champions Glenswilly faced St Mary’s of Convoy in a challenge game as part of upcoming The Toughest Trade television show produced by AIB. Williams has spent a week in the Glen honing his GAA skills after spending the first few days tuning his ear to the local accent.In a few short weeks, Glenswilly’s most famous export, Michael Murphy, will fly to France to train with Clermont Auvergne.Williams is his country’s all-time leading try-scorer and a quick reference of his name on You Tube shows any number of amazing scores against any number of international teams.So the appearance of such a huge name from the dressing rooms in Convoy last night drew a strange reaction from many who braved the freezing temperatures last night. “Jesus, he’s a lot smaller than I thought he would be,” said one.“I’m sure he’s glad he’s on the same side as Ciaran Bonner,” chuckled another.It may have been billed a friendly game and although it was never cynical, Glenswilly and Convoy gave no quarter as they put on a competitive display for those who gathered.Hot soup and tea and coffee provided by hosts Convoy temporarily kept the January chills at bay.But for anyone who thought Shane Williams was here just to wave at the TV cameras and sign autographs, they left Convoy recognising a sportsman who could probably turn his hand to most sports. Although he may have been given a concession to allow a pick-up from the ground, the Welsh wizard constantly found space aided by a fine burst of speed.Wearing the number 14 shirt normally reserved for the Manchild, he pointed with ease from a 25 yard free before adding another few scores with his cultured left foot.Not long after, Williams showed he is still very much a novice with a wild swipe in front of the posts which almost ended up in Manny’s Bar in Convoy village.The result was irrelevant although the county champions did come out on top thanks in part to the boot of Shane Williams. The fruits of his week-long visit to Donegal can be seen in the final cut of The Toughest Trade when they are broadcast in March.Who’d have thought Glenswilly could be so cool – with or without the snow?The night rugby star Shane Williams found out exactly how cool Donegal is! was last modified: January 13th, 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)last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic linked with stunning return to European giants

first_img Gattuso and Ibrahimovic played together Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being targeted for a spectacular short-term return to AC Milan, according to reports.The LA Galaxy forward is being considered for a move in January, when the MLS season is finished. 2 The giant Swede played for Milan for several years before leaving to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in 2012.According to Sky Italia, former teammate Gennaro Gattuso is seriously considering bringing the striker back to the San Siro.Although his £1.2million wages seem astronomical in MLS, the Serie A side would be able to afford the striker whilst remaining within Financial Fair Play regulations.Sporting director Leonardo is aware the club need new players and leaders in particular. The club are currently ten points off leaders Juventus already in the table, with Gonzalo Higuain neding help up front. targets Latest Transfer News 2 RANKED LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Ibrahimovic loves Milan, having also played for rivals Inter earlier in his career. He is understood to be discussing the chance to return to Italy with agent Mino Raiola and his family.Former England captain David Beckham did the exact same thing back in 2009 and 2010 during his days as an LA Galaxy player, helping Carlo Ancelotti out during his stint as manager. IN DEMAND Getty Images Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Ibrahimovic enjoyed plenty of trophy-laden years with AC Milan last_img read more