Fekitoa reveals why he has decided to leave New Zealand

first_imgFekitoa signed a two-year deal with the Top 14 side, confirming the deal via his Instagram page last month. The 24-Test player spoke for the first time on Thursday about his decision to leave, revealing a slip down the pecking order with the All Blacks was the main decision to leave.”It was the hardest decision I have ever made,” Fekitoa told reporters.”I just started my career and even though 90 percent of fans and supporters disagree with it I believe it is the right to do that and I think it will make me a better player.”I am a starter. That is me as a rugby player and I always want to be number one and you think that if you can’t have that then why hang around and be a third or fourth choice. “I can’t control that but what I can control is my career and this weekend game so I do well I am happy with that.”But before Fekitoa departs to the South of France, the World Cup winner will play for Auckland during this year’s Mitre 10 Cup.Fekitoa last played for Auckland in 2013 and he hopes to lead the province to their first domestic title since 2007.”This is where it all started and it is good to back and go back to the club. I think it is good to come back here and help the young players.”I want to win the championship for the club as it has been 10 years. I can’t talk a lot but I’ll lead by example and have fun and enjoy my time at the club.”However, we might not have seen the Fekitoa who said he plans to return to New Zealand in the future.”I don’t know when, but I will be back.”Fekitoa will join former All Blacks Ma’a Nonu and Luke McAlister at Toulon at the conclusion of the Mitre 10 Cup season.He will start at centre on Saturday night when Auckland face Counties Manukau in their first match of the season.last_img read more

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San Miguel’s two MVPs Fajardo, Santos ‘make good music together’

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nurkic, new father Lillard carry Blazers past Clippers Even in the blocks department, the two average more denials than the whole Hotshots who have average 2.5 a game combined with Fajardo tallying three a game and Santos two per outing.Despite this numbers that his stars put up, Austria is not relying too much on Santos and Fajardo in leading to break the 1-1 tie with the Hotshots in the series.Austria still has three more stars who can help the team get an unprecedented fourth straight Philippine Cup with Alex Cabagnot, a one-time Finals MVP; Chris Ross, a two-time Finals MVP; and Marcio Lassiter, four-time All Star ready to take the cudgels.“We have a team offense and team defense,” said Austria. “But if someone is getting hot we’ll support him, the whole team will support him because anyone can explode for us any time.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters There 179 active players in the PBA right now, and six of those have the distinction of being named the league’s Most Valuable Player.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And two of those MVP play in one team and it’s no surprise San Miguel has become the most dominant one for the past three years, having won three of the last all-Filipino titles and are close to adding another one. Behind that beer run are MVP plum—2013 winner Arwind Santos and reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, who have shown they can do wonders for the Beermen even if they don’t dominate both at once.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It won’t happen that it’s just two of them will dominate but they could play good music together,” said Austria in Filipino in a chat with Inquirer after their practice at Acropolis Clubhouse.Their numbers, though, still immediately jump out of the page as Santos and Fajardo lead all players in scoring with an average of 21.5 points and their rebounding numbers are a combined 22.5 per game. MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

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Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Robert Kraft

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James Harden out for Rockets-Warriors with flu symptoms FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, talks with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft before the Patriots face the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game in Mexico City. Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida, and likely a league probe as well, Goodell could punish Kraft for being charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute. The 77-year-old Kraft was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players, and, yes, owners.Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida — and likely a league inquiry as well — Goodell could punish New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for being charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history He’s made many such judgments before — including fining Kraft and the Patriots $250,000 in 2007 for filming other teams’ signals, and $1 million in 2014 for deflating footballs during the AFC title game. The “Deflategate” case damaged Goodell’s close relationship with Kraft, one of his trusted advisers on many NFL matters, including labor and broadcast rights.Even though Goodell is employed by the owners, at a cost of about $40 million annually in salary and bonuses, he views the commissioner’s role as one protective of the game and the league. If you embarrass “the shield,” you are punished.So he doesn’t often hesitate to discipline wayward owners, basically penalizing his bosses.Only one of them, the Indianapolis Colts’ Jim Irsay, has been suspended by Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006. Irsay acknowledged having a painkiller addiction in 2002 and sought treatment. The DEA investigated, but local prosecutors did not file charges.Then, in March 2014, Irsay was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel and was held overnight after he failed sobriety tests and police found prescription medications in his car. The police said the drugs were not associated with any of the prescription bottles found inside.ADVERTISEMENT View comments He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, along with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance; police also found $29,009 in cash. He again sought treatment and in September 2014 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, agreeing to undergo drug testing for a year. Irsay also acknowledged he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested.Irsay drew a six-game suspension and $500,000 fine from Goodell.Last year, Jerry Richardson essentially was forced to sell the Carolina Panthers after allegations surfaced of his sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. Following a six-month investigation by the league, he was fined $2.7 million by Goodell. Richardson, like Kraft, was a confidant of Goodell’s on league business matters.In 2012, following a long investigation into the New Orleans Saints’ bounties system, Goodell fined Saints owner Tom Benson $500,000 and stripped the team of second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013. But that was for an on-field issue — as was Kraft’s fine for deflated footballs.The current Kraft case, of course, has nothing to do with NFL play. It has plenty to do with Goodell’s use of his disciplinary powers, and there will be a spotlight shining brightly on whatever decisions he makes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 77-year-old Kraft was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. The charges come amid a crackdown on sex trafficking in which hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued.Under the NFL’s personal conduct policy that states “ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline,” Goodell could fine and/or suspend Kraft from any activities involving the Super Bowl champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime,” the policy says. “We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.”Kraft has been accused of misdemeanor charges and might not be required to perform more than community service and attend a course on the harmful effects of prostitution and sex trafficking. Goodell will be judging whether this was “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.last_img read more

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Toshao wants logging ban dropped

first_imgKabakaburi Toshao and Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Councillor Cleveland Simon is again appealing to Central Government to lift the logging ban imposed on several Amerindian communities in the region.He is especially appealing to have the ban on Kabakaburi lifted.Located along the Pomeroon River, Kabakaburi has been entirely dependent on logging for most of its economic existence. Simon explained that after the current Government took office, a ban was placed on logging in certain parts of the Pomeroon riverine communities because the Indigenous residents were operatingKabakaburi Toshao Cleveland Simonon state land and were working illegally.The toshao says it seems as though no one is doing anything to address or resolve the issue. He explained that his community is currently suffering from a ‘brain drain’ because there is a lack of jobs on the Mission, causing young persons to migrate to other parts of the country in search of employment and other opportunities. Some are even being abused in their quest for meaningful employment, he offered.Logging has, for many years, been the main source of income in the Kabakaburi Mission, and residents are presently suffering tremendously. They are pleading with Government to also quickly resolve the almost 13-year-old land dispute.Simon said Government’s claims that the residents are working illegally are inaccurate because they are working within their boundaries.When contacted, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said the Region wasn’t informed about the ban. It was a Central Government decision, and he hopes the matter can be resolved at the earliest possible time.In 2017, Simon had complained about being given a ‘run around’ when he tried to verify the village’s demarcation and have the issue addressed. “A Lands and Surveys officer told me that he gave our shape file to (the Guyana Forestry Commission) forestry. When I called the Commissioner of Forestry they told me that Lands and Surveys can’t find the map. So it’s a lot of confusion here,” Simon had said. The shape file is a map that indicates the territorial boundaries of the village.last_img read more

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UK distances self from return of Sam Sittlington

first_imgA Government Minister has expressed an interest in having embattled former Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) adviser, Sam Sittlington return but according to the British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, the David Granger-led Administration is on its own when it comes to such a move.Former UK-based SOCU Adviser Sam SittlingtonSittlington was previously fired by the British Government after it emerged that he had business interests that could pose a conflict of interest. Quinn ruled out his Government having any role to play in bringing back Sittlington.“If that happened, that would be an arrangement that comes from the Ministry of Public Security. It wouldn’t be one that we would be involved in, in terms of funding for example,” Quinn told this publication when asked on the sidelines of an event at his official residence.When it comes to finding a replacement for Sittlington, Quinn noted that the UK is presently reviewing what went wrong in the first place in order to guide its future assistance to SOCU.UK Envoy Gregory Quinn“We’re at that period of time where we’re looking at what happens next. What happened, happened. And we’re doing a bit of review internally to see what happens next. But that hasn’t been completed yet, so it’s too early to say what we’ll be doing going forward.”Sittlington, an Irish consultant and fraud expert, was fired last month after it was discovered that he had established a local company. The move was considered a conflict of interest since the firm, dubbed the Fraud Company Limited, deals with much the same areas as SOCU.The fraud expert has since contended that he was wrongfully fired and has expressed intentions of suing the British Government. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was quoted in sections of the media expressing an interest in Government rehiring the expert.Questions were also raised about the integrity of the cases being investigated by SOCU following this and other developments – including the resignation of the Deputy, Sheronie James. Reports are that she resigned after a local magistrate disqualified her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications.SOCU Head Sydney James had noted that he will have to seek legal advice on the matter. “It might affect ongoing cases and I’ll have to get legal advice on that because as you know, if she was giving evidence or had done an investigation and it is before the courts that might be a challenge. But I think the legal people will give us advice,” he stated.The embattled unit is currently being audited after it was alleged that senior officials at the entity were improperly spending funds allocated to the agency.Political witch-huntingSittlington spent a 14-week stint in Guyana in 2017 where he worked with SOCU on the “Pradoville 2” case which saw former top Government officials being taken in for questioning; a move which has been described as a political witch-hunt.In fact, the evening after the officials were questioned, Sittlington along with SOCU Head, Sydney James and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had converged at a popular night spot in the city to “sip wine”, in what was described as a “celebratory atmosphere”.Sittlington had then returned to the UK but was contracted again by the British Government to provide consultancy service to SOCU. He returned in January 2018 where he served as an adviser until his contract was terminated early last month.Questions were raised about the integrity of the cases being investigated by SOCU following this and other developments.SOCU is currently being audited after it was alleged that senior officials at the entity improperly spent funds allocated to the agency.last_img read more

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Secure Innovations & Concepts Inc pushes Braithwaite ‘all the way’

first_imgWIFBSC Championships in T&T…The Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) last week made a call to corporate Guyana for more support for Guyana’s riflemen who are participating in this year’s edition of the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) Individual, Long and Short Range Championships being held in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and Secure Innovations & Concepts Inc. (SI&CI), located at Durban Backlands in Georgetown, has answered that call.Denzel Hopkinson, Aviation Security Director of SI&CI, has handed over to Guyana’s outstanding rifleman Lennox Braithwaite a cheque for the full sponsorship of his participation in these championships, which run from October 21st to 26th.Commenting on the SI&CI continued support for Braithwaite, Hopkinson said this leading local and Caribbean marksman is part of the SI&CI sporting family, and his commitment to the sport, coupled with the results he achieves therein, has caused the SI&CI to unhesitatingly sponsor him again.Hopkinson also said the SI&CI has a rich history of supporting other sportspersons, including Steven Nobrega of Go Kart and Motor Cross Riding fame.“We at SI&CI, no doubt, are proud to once again support Mr. Braithwaite in his quest to once again conqueror his counterparts in the Caribbean later this month in T&T. We know (of) his ability in the sport of rifle shooting, and his recent exploits in England, where he captained the West Indies team at the NRA 150th Imperial Meeting and also did well in the individual competition, where he reached top 100 of the Queen’s Final.”This young Hopkinson, whose father Harold, aka ‘Top Gun’, has been blazing the trail as a hand gun shooter locally, regionally and internationally, noted that his company is backing Braithwaite and the Guyana team to again achieve the high standards of winning in the twin-island republic this year.Braithwaite, in response, expressed gratitude to Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc. for the unwavering support given to rifle shooting and to him in particular.“For a number of years now, I’ve been receiving regular sponsorship and part-sponsorship from SI&CI. The record will show that, for the last eight years, my shooting has (been elevated) to international standard and I’ve been consistent. This, I would say, is due to (my having) a reliable sponsor, which takes away (from me) that additional mental pressure to go out procuring sponsorship,” he explained.Braithwaite and the Guyana team are expected to travel to Trinidad on Sunday.last_img read more

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Long summer warms chilly Neptune’s pole

first_imgTemperatures at its south pole are about 18 degrees warmer than elsewhere on the planet – not much for a planet with an average temperature colder than 320degrees below zero. The apparent reason is that for about 40 years it’s been summer at the south pole. Neptune is nearly 2.8 billion miles away from the sun. A Neptunian year – the time it takes to orbit the sun – is equivalent to about 165 Earth years. “On Neptune, the Antarctic summer lasts 40 years instead of a few months, and a lot of solar energy input during that time can make big temperature differences between the regions in continual sunlight and those with day-night variations,” said astronomer Glenn Orton, lead author of the findings. The heat has defrosted methane trapped in the planet’s atmosphere, releasing it as gas, the government-funded CNRS research body in France said. It said there is eight times more methane over the south pole than in the rest of the planet’s atmosphere. By John Leicester THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – Scientists say that Neptune, one of the coldest planets in the solar system, has a surprising warm spot. A team of astronomers has found that Neptune’s south pole is warmer than other parts of the planet. 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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American soldiers killed handing out toys to Iraqi kids

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Few details were available, but the U.S. military said it was a “suicide vest attack” and that three American soldiers were killed. Rasoul Issam, 16, said he and his friends were playing soccer when the U.S. soldiers called to them from their vehicles to come get gifts. “We ran toward them and I caught a ball when suddenly an explosion took place about 20 meters (yards) from us,” Issam said from his hospital bed in Baqouba. Iraqi children frequently converge on American troops who usually carry soccer balls and stuffed animals crammed in their armored vehicles as they seek to garner good will. The deaths raised to at least 3,870 members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber detonated his explosives as American soldiers were handing out toys to children northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least three children and three of the troopers, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said. Seven children were wounded in the attack in Baqouba, where U.S. soldiers wrested control from al-Qaida in Iraq last summer. The attack, along with a series of other blasts in the capital and to the north, underlined the uncertainty of security in Iraq even as the American military said overall violence is down 55 percent since a troop buildup began this year. Police said the attack occurred as U.S. soldiers were handing out toys, sports equipment and other treats in a playground near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. last_img read more

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‘HEALING STONE’ TO BE LEFT FOREVER AT LOUGH DERG

first_imgThe Healing Stone acknowledging the abuse of children is to have its permanent home at Lough Derg in Donegal.The stone was unveiled at the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress at Dublin’s RDS last week.The stone, a large piece of Wicklow granite is engraved with a prayer that originally featured in the Liturgy of Lament celebrated in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral in February of last year. It The prayer reads: “Lord, we are so sorry for what some of us did to your children: treated them so cruelly, especially, in their hour of need. We have left them with a lifelong suffering. This was not your plan for them or us. Please help us to help the. Guide us, Lord, Amen.”Following consultation, including with abuse survivors, it was agreed the stone would be an appropriate symbol for the Congress. ‘HEALING STONE’ TO BE LEFT FOREVER AT LOUGH DERG was last modified: June 16th, 2012 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:Lough DergThe Healing Stonelast_img read more

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CLICK GO THE SHEARS BOYS, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK

first_imgIt will be shear hard work at the 2015 All-Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships to be held in Inishowen next week.More than 200 competitors will shear 2,200 hundred sheep across 19 different categories in two days of intense, international competition.Held on An Grianan Estate, Burt, upwards of 15,000 spectators are expected to flock to the event over the Bank Holiday weekend. Kilmacrennan man Ivan Scott is a seven times All Ireland Winner and current World Record holder for shearing 744 lambs in 8 hours in January 2011.As well as the sheep shearing competitions, there will be a range of other attractions including nightly entertainment in a fully-licensed bar, children’s activities, arts and crafts, artisan food, heritage features, sheep shows, sheep dog trials, trade stands, cookery demonstrations, a food quarter and special appearance by renowned Star Wars costuming club Emerald Garrison.Shearing gets under way at 8am on Saturday morning, with the Irish Open Champion set to be crowned in the evening.A Six Nations Team competition featuring Ireland north and south, Scotland, England, Wales and France will take place on Sunday. The final event of the Lynch Brothers sponsored weekend is the International Open where some of the world’s top shearers will compete for the biggest purse of the weekend and the title of International Champion.Organisers described the event as a mini version of the All-Ireland ploughing championships and a great day out for all the family.All-Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships, May 30th and May 31st, An Grianan Estate, Burt. CLICK GO THE SHEARS BOYS, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK was last modified: May 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:BURTChampionshipsIvan Scottsheep shearinglast_img read more

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