Although the exact venue and date for the draw has yet to be determined, it will be held prior to the opening of the June international series.This gives all teams a year to make their move up the World Rugby rankings, which will be used to place teams into bands for the draw.Twelve teams have already qualified by virtue of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, including Argentina, Australia, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.”The pool allocation draw is an important milestone in the run-in to any Rugby World Cup and it really helps to build excitement and momentum,” said outgoing World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset, who is standing down to focus on his role as co-chairman of the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”With the identity of 12 teams already known, it will be of huge interest to players and fans to know which sides will be in their pool for what will be a game-changing tournament in Japan.”While the draw is closer to the start of the tournament this time around compared to the previous RWC, it is necessary to conduct it well in advance for logistical reasons and to allow for an effective ticketing programme to be implemented.”Bill Beaumont, who was unanimously elected the successor to Lapasset here today, was on the Board when the decision was taken to award Japan the 2019 Rugby World Cup.Despite failing to qualify for the quarter-finals at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, Japan could take solace from winning three of their pool games, including a memorable 34-32 victory over South Africa.”[The 2019 Rugby World Cup] will showcase the game in an area where we need to look constantly at expanding the game and Japan will a fantastic opportunity for us and hopefully for the whole region as well to get involved in rugby and start playing the game,” said Beaumont, who will officially begin his term on July 1.”No doubt there are a lot more players – girls, boys, men and women – playing the game of rugby since the  Rugby World Cup.”With eight places at the 2019 Rugby World Cup up for grabs, the qualification process is already underway as more than 80 teams battle it out.The regional stage has already commenced in Rugby Americas North, while this month will see the start of the process in Asia with Uzbekistan staging the Asia Rugby Championship Division 2 tournament featuring Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Guam as well as the hosts.”We are very looking forward to the pool allocation draw taking place as it will be another significant step towards Rugby World Cup 2019,” said Akira Shimazu, chief executive of Japan Rugby 2019.”With just over two years to go when the draw takes place, we will be using it as a way to build excitement ahead of what we believe will be an amazing tournament for the game.”It will also be another opportunity to build momentum in Japan and add to the increasing excitement that already exists.”
Dear Editor,It would seem as though the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU) Government of Guyana is mismanaging Guyana’s fledgling economy.In 2015, the debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 47.9 per cent (ref: Trade Economics). In 2017, the debt to GDP had risen to 53.4 per cent. This is an over five per cent rise in two years which is worrying.As well as the exchange rate was about GY$207:US$1 in 2015. Today it is about GY$209:US$1 which is worrying.Clearly, the PNC led APNU/AFC Government of President David Granger is overspending which is worrying as it will cause undue hardship to the poor and lower middleclass citizens.What happened to job creation? That has been put on hold as the Government has sacked over 7000 hardworking citizens (nearly 2000 Amerindians Community Support Officers and 5000 sugar workers…. interestingly these are perceived to be non-Government supporters so they were discarded).Is there any end to the undue hardship caused by the PNC led APNU/AFC Government?The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), when in Government, managed to grow Guyana’s economy (even with the “protest/riots” instigated by the PNC to oust the democratically elected PPP/C Government).Let us now turn to the alleged “corruption” by the PPP/C when in Government. After three years, the PNC-led APNU/AFC Government is still conducting “audits” (deemed, witch-hunting). Even before the APNU/AFC came into power, they had to have some evidence of corruption which Guyanese have not seen after over three years.Basically, the PNC-led APNU/AFC lied to themselves; then lied to their supporter; then lied to the Guyanese nation to get into power which is worrying.So, what does the future hold for Guyanese? As I see it, given the PNC-led APNU/AFC modus operandi, there will be a rehash of their lies as Local Government Elections and national elections draw closer. Don’t be too surprised if Opposition MPs are hauled in for “questioning” as elections looms. This will cause a degeneration in already strained relationship in between the Governing APNU/AFC and the Opposition PPP/C which is worrying.Should the APNU/AFC gets ousted from power through fair and free elections due in 2020, then I expect their supporters to go on the usual rampage which is worrying.Yours faithfully,Sean Ori
Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal…as REO walks outRegion Five RDC walkoutThe business of Region 5 (Mahaica-Berbice) came to an abrupt halt for the sixteenth consecutive month after Regional Executive Officer (REO), Ovid Morrison led a walkout of the Regional Democratic Council’s meeting on Thursday.Morrison’s walkout stemmed from Regional Chairman, Vickchand Ramphal asking two controversial Councillors to leave the horseshoe table while their legality was being discussed. However, the Chairman’s request was met with pushback from the coalition Government’s Councillors.In April, Morrison swore in three persons as Councillors unbeknown to the Chairman and the full Council. Ever since, there have been issues at every statutory meeting in relation to the legality of the Councillors which ultimately led to walkouts by Government Councillors and the REO.Over the past three years, only a few successful monthly meetings were held. At Thursday’s meeting, two of the three persons were present and Ramphal asked for them to excuse themselves so that the issue of their legality could be discussed.They did not move and following a brief debate on the issue, Morrison led the walkout even as Ramphal sought to ensure that the RDC could have a meaningful meeting.“The deputy Regional Executive Officer, who is the second after the REO, please come and perform the functions as Clerk… Well there we have it; all the officers are now leaving the boardroom and walking out of the meeting. Here we are again for another month in the year we cannot have a successful statutory meeting. Is very clear of what transpired. Councillors, at this point in time I have no other option what’s adjourn this meeting since the Clerk of Council would have vacated without permission, so we cannot proceed. Again, Region Five is being held hostage by the Clerk of Council, who is the Regional Executive Officer,” Ramphal said.Following that, the Chairman held a press conference at his office where he told reporters that it was unfortunate that the region found itself in the position which is resulting in no representation for residents. He explained that when the REO refuses to sit at the meetings, the entire region is set back.“Because we cannot address too many problems affecting people within the region. There are many issues affecting the region especially the farmers of Region Five. Currently, many of the farm to market roads are in a deplorable state. Many of the drainage and irrigation structures are also in a deplorable state, heavily clogged with weed and silt, and we cannot effectively address all of these situations because of one man hijacking the entire Council,” he noted.Ramphal said all citizens of the region are being affected by the REO’s actions. Ramphal noted that for the year, the RDC has not been able to have a successful meeting. This, he said, is because the Clerk of Council, who is the Regional Executive Officer, continues to disrespect the Council and the people of Region Five.
CAPPRY LOTTOThe numbers drawn in the Cappry lotto were 1, 13, 14, 21.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was James O’Reilly, Carrickmagrath.Next weeks jackpot is €5900.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVESCappry Rovers travelled to Moyle View Park to play Milford on Saturday. Milford took the lead early in the 1st half and were looking like the would go in at the break with their slender lead but Petie Lafferty popped up on the stroke of half time to leave it all square. In the 2nd half Milford got a very early goal when they took the lead with their 1st attack. Ronan McHugh equalised with 20 minutes to go and popped up again in the dying minutes to steal the points for Cappry. This was a very important win after their heavy defeat in their opening league game. They are back at home next week when they welcome St Catherines to Cappry Park on Saturday with a 2pm kick off.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’sCappry entertained Ballyraine on Saturday morning and ran out comprehensive 7-0 winners to make it 3 wins from 3 in the league. Kyle O’Meara (2), Karl Doherty (2), Alex McGeehan, Sean O’Donnell and Shane Rowan scoring the goals. CAPPRY ROVERS U14’sCappry welcomed Killea to Cappry Park on Saturday and kept their winning streak going when they ran out 5-0 winners. Daniel Gordon continued his goal scoring streak and bagged a hat trick with Evan McBride and Kieran Thompson grabbing a goal each.CAPPRY ROVERS U12’sThe Cappry U12’s had two game during the week when they played Fintown Harps in Fintown on Tuesday evening. This was always going to be a tough match but the lads put in a great performance and won the match 4-1 with Luke McGlynn getting a hat trick and Shaun McMenamin getting the other goal.On Thursday evening they welcomed Castlefin to Cappry Park. The lads put in another great performance and with Mark Mbuli this time getting a hat trick on the way to a 6-1 victory. Luke McGlynn, Kevin McCormack and Josh McMenamin also got a goal a piece.CAPPRY COLTS U12’s Cappry Colts 0-3 Raphoe TownThe Colts and spectators alike will wonder how the home team failed to win at the weekend. The home side did all the pressing in the 1st half and but for some last ditch defending, really should have scored a few goals before the break.But in the 20th minute Raphoe scored with their 1st attack to go in at half time 1 up. The 2nd half started brightly for the home team continuing to create chances and forcing numerous corners, but Harry Pearson the Raphoe keeper was outstanding.Cappry went for broke by pushing forward late on and got caught with two late strikes from Philip Magee to seal the 3 points for Raphoe. Well done to both teams for a very sporting contest and match referee Sean O Donnell.Ciarnan Quigley Doherty keeping everything right on the lineCAPPRY CRUSADERS U12’s Cappry Crusaders travelled to Convoy on Saturday afternoon and started the game brightly and on 2 minutes Dylan Gallagher played a through ball for Hogan O’Haire to run on to. Hogan took a shot which the Convoy keeper done well to save only for Conor McGinty to follow in and score the rebound. In the 10th minute Convoy went on their 1st attack and won themselves a free kick outside the box. From the resulting free kick they chipped the ball into the box and the Convoy striker was in the right place to glance his header past Jamie Meenan in the Cappry goal.Cappry went on another attack straight from the kick off and Ross Bradley scored a fine goal from distance when his shot flew over the keeper into the top of the net. Ross Bradley was going to get on the score sheet once again soon after following great work down the right from Hogan O’Haire and Dylan Gallagher. The ball was pulled back to Ross who made no mistake with his finish. For the rest of the half Cappry continued to press and Hogan O’Haire was causing the Convoy defence all sorts of problems but they couldn’t find the net again. In the 2nd half Conor McGinty got his 2nd and Capprys 4th when he got the last touch following Dylan Gallaghers corner.Convoy to their credit never give up and kept trying to catch Cappry on the break and with 10 minutes to go they pulled 1 back after a mix up in the Cappry defence. In added time Convoy were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and they smashed the ball to the back of the net. Cappry held on for a nervy win, 4-3. Cappry Colts lose out to Raphoe was last modified: September 6th, 2016 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:cappry coltsCappry RoversFootball
JACKSONMEDIATV has put together this fantastic video package on the day Glenties bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. It appears they were pipped in their bid by Bandon, who had two hundred more leprechauns on show on St Patrick’s Day.Well done Glenties! There’s always next year.And enjoy the video. DDTV: VIDEO OF THAT REMARKABLE GLENTIES LEPRECHAUN RECORD BID was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF THAT REMARKABLE GLENTIES LEPRECHAUN RECORD BID
Dream players celebrate one of their two goals against Mengo last week (file photo)Futsal Super League 2018/19International Futsal Courts, MengoThursday, 14-03-2019-Equator vs Park @6:00pm-Mengo City vs Yap Stars @7:00pm-Elephants vs Parakeets @7:00pm-Typhoon vs Bajim @8:00pm-Yeak Kabowa vs Dream @8:00pm-Aidenal vs Kabowa United @9:00pm-Crown vs Nomad @9:00pm MENGO – The International Futsal Courts in Mengo is the place to be this Thursday evening when the Futsal Super League enters into Matc-Day 16.The highlight fixture of the night will see defending champions Dream flex it out with league leaders Yeak Kabowa.After last week’s loss, Yek know that they may lose top spot in case of a loss tonight, a situation they would not want to find themselves in at this stage.Yeak were out-classed 3-0 by Park 7 days ago to trim their lead at the top to just two points and a defeat to Dream coupled by a Park victory elsewhere, the Kabowa based side will relinquish top spot for the first time in over a month.For Dream, this is a glorious opportunity to get back into the title race proper, after a slow start.Currently occupying 3rd, the defending champions start the day six points behind the leaders and victory cuts their deficit to just 3 points.Having not loss in any of their last 7 games, Dream will be optimistic they can blow the race wide open.“We know the situation at the top and we will try our best to exploit it to the maximum, says Dream returning defender Kitanda John.Kitanda missed last week’s 2-0 victory against Mengo City due to suspension.He makes his return to the team at a crucial moment when they face the odds-on favourites to win the League this season.“We know they are ahead of us and that is something we respect but we are the defending champions after all, continued the lanky defender.“Park defeated them last time out and now the mental is on us to do likewise.Yeak have 35 points while Dream are on 29.For second placed park, they have a chance to temporarily go top as their fixture against Equator is the first on the menu at 6pm.Park mist be high in spirit after their win against Yeak and if they can win against a struggling Equator side, they will have done their title chances huge favours and in process also pile the pressure on both Dream and Yeak who play later.Equator have been struggling since the start of the season but a win against Bajim last time out, set the tone for today’s game.Fourth placed Parakeets play against lowly side Elephants in one of the 7:00pm kick offs. At the same time, Kabowa United and Yap Stars will face off in the bottom of table affair.Typhoon will go toe-to-toe with Bajim at 8:00pm with both sides aiming at winning ways. The whitewalkers played to a 1-1 draw with Nomad last week while Bajim lost to Equator.League debutants Aidenal School of Art will lock horns with Kabowa United at 9:00pm. Aidenal are 11th while Kabowa United are 13th (second from bottom)Nomad and Crown who are separated by one point will play against each other in another late kick off. Nomad are fifth with 27 points, one better than Crown.Shafik Avemah leads the scoring chats with 26 goals while Park’s Babu Idd comes closet on 22.Comments Tags: DreamFutsal Super LeagueParktopYeak Kabowa
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi, a childhood friend of former CBI Director A.P. Singh, on money-laundering charges in a case registered against them by the Central Bureau of Investigation.The CBI has accused Qureshi of accepting money from several people for getting them favours from public servants and politicians holding key posts in the government.“During investigation, certain facts have emerged which constitute omission and commission on the part of certain public servants holding high positions in collusion with Qureshi. Huge amount of illegal money was found to have been transacted,” said the ED.Qureshi extorted crores from a Hyderabad businessman for the help provided. He was also found involved in ‘hawala’ transactions through Delhi-based operators for money transfers to Dubai and then to Paris, London, the U.S., Hong Kong, Italy and Switzerland.Messages collected from the Income Tax Department revealed that Qureshi had taken a huge amount of money from different persons for obtaining undue favours. The messages were exchanged between him, the accused in other criminal cases, and also the persons who wanted to seek undue favours from the other investigating agencies, the ED alleged. “This way, he obtained huge amount of money in the name of government servants and political persons holding public office. The said public servants illegally got the money for themselves or through their kin,” it said.An analysis of the messages retrieved from the mobile phones of Qureshi and his associates revealed that ‘hawala’ operators were allegedly used to transfer bribe money to different foreign locations, like France and the United Kingdom.The agency said that from the premises of another ‘hawala’ operator in South Delhi, huge amounts of unaccounted cash were seized in the same case.The ED is also probing the alleged foreign exchange rule violations by Qureshi, whom it has questioned multiple times in the past. In all, two cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act have been registered against him. He is already being investigated by the Income Tax Department under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act.PTI adds..Mr. Qureshi has been questioned multiple times in the past by the agency, after it registered two FIRs under the PMLA. In the latest FIR against him this year, Mr. Singh has also been named.The earlier PMLA case against Mr. Qureshi was booked by the ED in 2015, based on an Income Tax prosecution complaint.The meat exporter is also facing probes by the I-T department and the CBI for alleged tax evasion, money laundering and corruption among others.The I-T Department is probing Mr. Qureshi under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 as probe led it to few foreign assets owned or held by the meat exporter and his family in an alleged illegal manner as they were not declared or reported to Indian tax authorities.The case emerged after the tax department first carried out searches against Mr. Qureshi and his firm in February 2014.
The Congress in Meghalaya, which had pushed for legal action against shutdowns during its rule five years ago, has abstained from nationwide Bharat bandh against fuel price hike.AICC’s Meghalaya in-charge Luzinho Faleiro said the party has not enforced the shutdown in the State in view of the Meghalaya High Court’s ruling against bandhs in 2013. The Gauhati High Court, too, had given a similar ruling.The Congress, though, has appealed to the civil society to support the bandh against fuel price hike by other parties including the Left. Congress leaders would be carrying out a protest march in State capital Shillong in the afternoon.The media in Meghalaya too did not carry news on bandh calls. This follows a high court ruling in May 2015 restraining the media from publicising the statement of organisations calling bandh, strike, hartal, road blockade and holding of rallies in State.“In case of violation of this order, the court may not only proceed under the Contempt of Courts Act, but it is also directed that the State government shall register criminal cases under appropriate provisions of the law,” the court had said.The court had later approved former chief minister Mukul Sangma’s plea to set up special courts to try cases related to shutdown calls. He had also pushed for compensation to be paid by organisations calling shutdowns.Elsewhere in the Northeast, the bandh evoked mixed response while it had no impact in Nagaland. There were no reports of violence during the first couple of hours of the shutdown.
Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters