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Wallabies forwards want to up the ante

first_imgDefence was an obvious issue for Australia, but in the set piece they matched the All Blacks, with the scrum in particular causing some annoyances for the visitors, with Owen Franks in repeated conversations with Wayne Barnes over weight-bearing.Scrum coach Mario Ledesma said there was no big secret to the Wallabies’ competitiveness in the scrum, but they couldn’t rely on one competitive performance to get them through.“We built good pressure and everybody was doing their job mainly. It’s not rocket science, but I think the boys did a good job. But again, we have to back that up this week,” he told RUGBY.com.au.Where the Wallabies’ backline welcomed in new faces, the forwards have been relatively solid this season, with starting combinations reshuffled but the core group remaining the same.“When they know each other better, they react better to different stuff,” Ledesma said.“If you get that relationship between each other it’s always better but I think the guys coming from the bench did a good job too and at one point, there was scotty and keps and then robbo and keps. Any combination’s been working alright.Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore, who has played out a tight battle with Tatafu Polota-Nau this season, said there was a growing bond in the side.“Guys are starting to understand their role in the game and the importance of the set piece and how critical it is in Test footy,” he said.“We’ve got a number of players who haven’t played a lot of Test rugby so they’re learning about that and how important that is.”Moore said there was still improvement needed in the scrum ahead of the Dunedin clash“I think generally around the engagement, without talking too much tactics, we’d like to get a bit more out of that part of the game,” he said.“I thought our back five for most part of the game were really solid, they were scrumming well.”One potential upside that has gone under the radar from the record-breaking Test, is the Wallabies penalty count, which matched the All Blacks, a far cry from the side that was the most yellow-carded in the 2016 Rugby Championship.Lock Adam Coleman said the side was looking to improve its physicality but it wasn’t about niggle.“I think at the ruck area, we lacked a little bit of leg drive and getting past the ball there,” he said.“We’ll look to really lift the physicality on that side of things at the ruck time and with our carries.“I think we throughout our set piece we were actually fairly okay but around the field, we really need to make sure we’re really marking our opposite number and making sure that we get on top of those things.”last_img read more

 

France lose top spot to Belgium in FIFA rankings

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 3. Brazil4. Croatia5. England (+1)6. Uruguay (- 1)7. PortugalADVERTISEMENT Belgium’s forward Eden Hazard (3rdL) celebrates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Belgium and Cyprus, at the King Baudouin Stadium, on October 10, 2017 in Brussels. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)World Cup winners France dropped one place to second in the FIFA rankings on Thursday as Belgium moved up to claim top spot.England and Uruguay were the only other movers in the top 10, Gareth Southgate’s men moving up one place to fifth and Uruguay moving the other way, to sixth.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Elsewhere, lowly Gibraltar was rewarded for recent wins over Armenia and Liechtenstein by moving up eight places to 190th.FIFA rankings as of October 25:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss1. Belgium2. France (-1 place) Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college As its reach grows, NBA wants to continue working with other sports leagues 8. Switzerland9. Spain10. DenmarkSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

 

NBA, union forward talks on ending ‘one-and-done’

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)MIAMI, Florida—The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months.The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and the union discussed the contents at a meeting in the Bahamas earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side released the proposal publicly.ADVERTISEMENT USA Today Sports first reported the proposal being sent.The proposal changed hands before All-Star weekend and long before Duke star Zion Williamson, quite possibly the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, got hurt Wednesday night. Williamson was diagnosed Thursday with a Grade 1, or minor, sprain of his right knee. Williamson, a freshman, is widely expected to be in the NBA next season and forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNeither the league nor the players’ union has hidden the fact that both sides want the current system changed. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last July that it was time to revert back to the policy that will allow players to go into the league right out of high school, something that will have to be collectively bargained with the players.The NBPA has had previous talks with the NBA on the idea, which is likely to be in place by the 2022 draft. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team USA wrapping up World Cup qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES “I think it’s a good idea,” Boston’s Jayson Tatum, who went to the NBA after one season at Duke, said at All-Star weekend. “If you’re good enough to come out of high school, I feel like you should be able to. But I don’t make those decisions.”Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins, who played at Kentucky, told reporters Thursday that knowing what he knows now makes him question why players need to play college basketball — especially if they’re NBA-ready.“I don’t understand the point of it,” Cousins said about the ‘one-and-done’ rule. “What’s the difference between 18 and 19 and 17 and 18? You’re immature, you’re young, you’re ignorant to life in general. So what’s really the difference? You’ve still got a lot of growing to do as a man.”The one-and-done rule has been in place since the 2006 draft. Silver, who was once a proponent of raising the draft minimum age to 20 before changing his mind, said last year that he believes the league and the players “can create a better system.” The G League also introduceda plan last year to begin offering “select contracts” worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

 

WAEC Again!

first_imgWith less than 24 hours for 9th graders across the country to sit this year’s exam administered annually by the Monrovia national office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the entity yesterday rescheduled the test abruptly, the Daily Observer was informed. Flashback: 9th graders taking WAECWAEC has reportedly deferred the 9th graders’ test, scheduled for today, May 19 and Friday, May 20 to Thursday, May 29 and Friday, 30th. No explanation was offered by the Monrovia office up to press time last night.Following the abrupt decision yesterday, one Mr. Sherman has reportedly forwarded emails to authorities of schools which were selected as examination centers, informing them about the change in schedule.But the chief administrator and principal of Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia, Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, took exception to the postponement of the exams.“Based on WAEC authority’s request to use our campus as a testing center, we gave a five day break to our students at Ricks,” Menjay reacted angrily.“Just this morning (yesterday),” he continued, “We were notified that the 9th graders’ exams, which were scheduled for tomorrow and Friday, have been postponed to May 29 and 30.“Ricks Institute will not be hosting the 9th graders’ exams, especially for this year. This abrupt postponement is unfair and unprofessional. This disorganization continues to affect the Liberian education system. This unplanned change by WAEC may lead to a forced extension of graduation. Indeed, there are financial implications for any extension especially for boarding schools.  Who is going to pay for the extra cost outside the budget of institutions that suspended classes to give way for WAEC to use their facilities?“Ricks Institute will close its institution as per the planned academic calendar and will not be held liable for others’ negligence,” Dr. Menjay declared.He said “After all, one of the hallmarks in pedagogy (in academia) is expectation. Students and institutions were anticipating months ago to sit the exams on 17 and 18 May. Why is this change announced just a few hours before the exams? Note that WAEC has a year to plan for these exams. Yet, excuses are WAEC’s trademark each time the exams are scheduled to be held. WACE does not compromise its schedule when it is time for payment of the exam fees. This consistent action on the part of the entity is absolutely shameful,”Menjay charged.  – Advertisement – WAEC head of Monrovia’s office, John Y. Gayvolor, yet to respond to Daily Observer’s phone calls since yesterday Dr. Olu Q. MenjayMenjay wondered what the Ministry of Education was saying regarding the abrupt change in the exam schedule.This is the reason why he advocates not for himself, “but for the Liberian children and the quality of education in Liberia, and that Liberians need to follow this trend of abrupt change in the testing schedules to the end, which leads to subsequent graduation ceremonies,” said Menjay.Other school administrators, who spoke to this newspaper late yesterday on condition of anonymity, expressed frustration with WAEC’s Monrovia Office. Some of the administrators, especially those under the banner of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) agreed with Dr. Menjay’s assertion. They too wondered how the country’s education will improve when the sector is run by people whose decisions are saddled with controversies.Mr.  Gayvolor, and his Deputy in charge of testing, Dele Gboto, did not respond to Daily Observer phone calls and text messages informing them of the paper’s desire to interview them on the situation.Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Romelle Horton, could not be reached for comment as her phone remained switched off up to press time last night.Dr. Horton is government’s chief nominee to the WAEC.The Ministry’s communications director, J. Maxim Bleetahn, could not confirm nor deny any reason for the postponement.He attributed the situation to something that might be out of WAEC’s reach at the 11th hour, but did not state what that might be.It may be recalled that when the climax of the trial exams was set in May (19-20) last year, the entity announced another shift in dates.Last year, WAEC exams were rescheduled close to two weeks later than the previous date set, something that most school principals had welcomed.In the same view, there were reports of exam leaks resulting in the “reprinting” of the exam papers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

Banks DIH now UniCarriers distributor

first_imgBeverage giant, Bank DIH Limited is the newest distributors of UniCarriers forklift now that the local company collaborated with the manufacturer.Americas dealer network through the company’s automotive dealership was launched on Friday at Caribanks Complex, Meadow Bank, Georgetown.During his brief remarks, Director of Latin America Sales of UniCarriers Americas Corporation, Eduardo Torres said he is very happy to be on board with Banks DIH.“We look forward to our partnership and working together to provide reliable equipment to customers in Guyana. You’ll see the difference in UniCarriers forklifts from the very start — in the fit and finish of every forklift we manufacture”.One of the UniCarriers forklifts that will soon be available on the local marketTorres added that consumers will be able to profit from the bottom-line advantages that come from running UniCarriers forklifts.Chairman of Banks, Clifford Reis welcomed the initiative and thanked the company for the partnership.last_img read more

 

Savannah Park residents question cost for house lots

first_imgResidents of Savannah Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice are questioning the costs they have to pay for lands they have been squatting on for close to two decades.There are 27 homes in the community comprising of more than 150 residents, who say they are being asked to pay $700,000 for a house lot with dimensions of 48 feet by 75 feet.Munishwar Sugrim, who has been living at Savannah Park for the past 15 years, told this publication that when he moved there, the area was covered with thorns and other thick vegetation.According to him, the dam which they now use for access was impassable. Over the years, he noted, the residents have been able to develop the area.“We don’t have water and light,” he said.Sugrim has been living on a plot of land three sides of which measure 45 feet, while the fourth side measures 75-feet.He said the residents were summoned to a meeting with the Mayor andSome disgruntled residents of Savannah ParkCouncillors, where they were told that they have to pay $700,000 for a plot of land.“We don’t deny that we have to pay for the land, but the price, $700,000, I don’t have that amount of money to pay them, because I have four children going to school. It isn’t easy to send four children to school when you don’t have light and water, and that is the most important thing to make people comfortable,” another resident said.According to him, he does not want to move because he has already developed the land and has fruit trees growing thereon.Recently, residents were being asked to pay $79,000 and $98,000 at Angoy’s Avenue. While the prices were determined by the size of land, none was sold for more than a $100,000Meanwhile, another resident, Jeffin Bhandan, told this publication that the price of $700,000 for a plot of land in that area is too expensive.“We are seeking help from, not the council, but somebody else also so they could have it reduced. When we first came at the back here, there was a lot of bush and all kind of things, and people came and help develop the place. I know my mother living at the back here for eighteen years, and we come and reach people at the back here. The previous Mayor come and tell people that they can’t live here, and people end up leaving, but we remain,” Bhandan said.The area was recently surveyed by the municipality.Angela Richards, who operates a mobile vegetable business, explained that a lot of work was put into developing the area at Savannah Park over the nine years she has been living there.She said she cannot afford to pay $700,000 for such a small plot of land. According to Richards, it was the Mayor and Town Clerk who, at a meeting, informed them of the price for each plot of land.“Three quarters of us are self-employed and quarter is working as janitors at Government places. For doing all of that work here and living that long here, (what is being asked of us) isn’t right. It is atrocious. I never heard any Government land selling at that rate. I know $75,000, $100,000, $200,000 and $300,000, but not $700,000. I never heard of it.”Beverly Myers, 44, has been living in the area for the past 18 years, and is one of those who initially started to develop the community.She said even the downpayment is too high for her as a janitor and mother of five.According to the single parent woman, she had two children attending school.“When we come, we had to chop and build and full up the land. All we want now is for someone to come and help us with this price at the back here. They call us to the meeting and they say that the first payment is $350,000,” the woman told <>.The single parent janitor and mother of five says it is almost impossible for them to make that payment, since she had two children attending school.One resident related that she had moved to the land and erected a shack on a plot of land.“I had a sheet and trampoline around the small shack. I did not even have anything to cover at first.”The woman said she began by clearing the land and planting. Now she has a two-story house, but is still hoping for electricity and water.Meanwhile, this newspaper was told that some of the councillors who would have been part of the decision-making body on the $700,000 cost for a 48-foot by 75-foot house lot have approved house lots for themselves just a stone’s throw away at $100,000 for 150-foot by 50-foot plots.last_img read more

 

Nicki Haugan wins second consecutive Cactus Death race

first_imgIn the relay portion of the race Matt Gilmore and Dawit Feyissa were first after they completed 14 laps. Second went to Jansen van Rensburg and Gary Hilderman with 13 laps, third was Trev McDonald, Rob Sipe, and Pat Ferris as they finished 12 laps, and fourth place went to Davide Loro and Ian Watt as they completed the circuit nine times. – Advertisement –last_img

 

Swansea 1-2 Tottenham: Eriksen’s rescue act stuns Swans

first_img1 Christian Eriksen fires in the winner Christian Eriksen’s dramatic late strike snatched all three points for Tottenham against Swansea at The Liberty stadium.The Dane’s stylish finish two minutes from time sends Mauricio Pochettino’s side above the Welsh outfit into seventh, four points adrift of the Champions League places.Harry Kane broke the deadlock with a towering header, but Wilfried Bony’s composed strike early in the second half pulled the hosts level.Swansea will rue some wasteful finishing and an in-form Hugo Lloris as Garry Monk’s side slip one place to ninth, while Kane could have doubled his tally with a glancing header late-on. The visitors made a blistering start and took the lead after just three minutes as Kane rose highest to meet Eriksen’s deep corner with a thumping header beyond the diving Gerhard Tremmel.Moments later, Wayne Routledge’s inch-perfect pass released Bony after a slick one-touch move from the Jacks, but Lloris was equal to the drilled effort. Kane then had an attempt from distance, after Eriksen and Roberto Soldado traded an inventive combination of passes, but the 21-year-old dragged his shot wide.Tottenham then had Ben Davies to thank after the former-Swansea youngster timed a determined last-ditch challenge on Bony to perfection to deny the in-form striker, before Routledge’s teasing cross narrowly evaded the 26-year-old.Worryingly for Mauricio Pochettino’s men Bony continued to find space inside the box, although Lloris proved a worthy adversary; twice thwarting the Ivorian forward.Spurs’ appeals for a penalty five minutes from the break were ignored by referee Robert Madley after a collision between Jefferson Montero and Kane, before Swansea spurned their best chance of the half as Bony’s swivelling strike was bravely blocked by Federico Fazio.But the hosts equalised within two minutes of the restart, courtesy of a composed finish from Bony. Routledge and Angel Rangel combined effectively down the right before the former Spurs winger picked out the striker inside the six-yard area, who converted his eighth league goal of the campaign at the second attempt.Swansea began to pile on the pressure, with Ki Sung-yueng’s glancing header fizzing over the crossbar, while Kane and Ryan Mason responded with speculative efforts for Tottenham.Bony continued to cause havoc among Spurs’ backline, scampering in behind at will and linking with fluid midfielder runners, before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s curling effort crept agonisingly wide.The Swans began to turn the screws on their north London opponents, with Lloris twice called into action to prevent Shelvey – following a fine passing move – and Montero in quick succession.Spurs then almost snatched the lead against the run of play when Kane’s instinctive header squirted wide but, after riding the Welsh storm, they managed to clinch a dramatic winner with Eriksen’s precise finish. The 22-year-old Dane was brilliantly picked out by Davies, before performing a neat turn and strike on the edge of the area, sending an arrowed strike into the bottom corner.last_img read more

 

It’s just agent talk! Ex-Arsenal ace rubbishes Lloris to Real Madrid speculation

first_imgDon’t fear Tottenham fans, Hugo Lloris is going nowhere!The Spurs shot-stopper has been linked with a £25million switch to Real Madrid in the January transfer window, but former Arsenal favourite Perry Groves is pretty sure the move is unlikely.Groves, who won two league titles with the north London club’s arch-rivals, believes the France shot-stopper will remain at White Hart Lane and claims the speculation could be a tool to seek a wage increase.“Tottenham bought Lloris for around £8million, so they could stand to make a hefty profit,” he told the Colin Murray show.“But if they want to be up at the top of the table, and in the Champions League, which they do, why would they sell one of their best players at his peak?“I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just agent talk. Maybe it’s Lloris looking for some more money.“His argument is that he wants to play Champions League football, but there’s every chance Spurs could be playing in that competition next season.”last_img read more

 

TRANSFER REPORT: Chelsea willing to sell starlet IF £12million valuation is met

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach are eager to negotiate a permanent deal for Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen.The defender is currently on a two-year loan at the German club and has swiftly nailed down a regular starting berth for the Bundesliga side.And now, according to Bild, Monchengladbach’s directors are prepared to buy out Christensen’s contract at Chelsea to keep him in Germany beyond 2017.Chelsea have high hopes for the young Danish centre-back but would be willing to listen to offers in the region of £12m.The Blues do have the option to cut short Christensen’s loan to see whether he can fit into their side next season but it is understood they will sell if their valuation of the player is met. 1 Andreas Christensen in action for Borussia Monchengladbach last_img read more