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Australian channel apologises for ‘racist’ rugby video

first_imgThe clip, on the popular Fox Sports Matty Johns Show, showed small children attempting to pronounce the ‘funniest’ player names in the NRL (National Rugby League), most of which being Pacific Islander surnames, 9News network reports.But the “Footy Kids in Cars” video has not gone down well with players. Former Samoa international Frank Puletua told 9News he was “disappointed that a segment like that got to air without any sort of thought about how it might be perceived by people in Pacific Island league communities.”Most vocal was Anastastia Nimo Tagataese, wife of current player Sam Tagataese, who wrote in a Facebook post that “casual racism is not OK”.Writing that she believed there was no malice intended in the video, she told her social media followers that “having parents laugh with their children because they are unable to pronounce Pacific Islander surnames is completely disrespectful”.Not innocent funNigel Vagana, who has represented both New Zealand and Samoa as well as serving a stint for the Warrington Wolves in the UK, criticised any idea that the segment was innocent fun, saying that such things could normalise abuse against Polynesian children in schools.”Are we saying it’s alright for those kids to go to school and be mocked by their surname because it was okay on TV the night before?” he asked New Zealand’s Stuff news website.Addressing the incident on his Monday night show, Matty Johns said “it was never the intention to disrespect anybody, particularly people in the Polynesian community.”I’d like to apologise for any hurt or offence we have caused, and we have caused offence and we have caused hurt and I acknowledge that,” Sportingnews.com quoted the Fox Sports presenter as saying. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Former Samoan international Nigel Vagana (centre) criticised the “Footy Kids in Cars” videolast_img read more

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A wish for Taumalolo respect

first_imgPhoto by: BRADLEY KANARIS/ GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Jason Taumalolo – pictured playing his last test for the Kiwis – has been accused by NZ coach David Kidwell of ‘a lack of respect’) Kiwis coach David Kidwell has accused Jason Taumalolo of a lack of respect after his controversial decision to switch allegiance to Tonga.Taumalolo – rated the best forward in world rugby league – opted to play for Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup after 10 caps for the Kiwis.Kidwell told the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper that Taumalolo’s actions still rankled and he said there were no guarantees the North Queensland Cowboys star would play for the Kiwis again.His comments are sure to add fuel to the fire when the Kiwis face Tonga in Hamilton on November 11.David Kidwell is not sure whether the Kiwis will take Jason Taumalolo back after he chose to play for Tonga at the World Cup.”The issue I have is I would have liked Jason to tell me to my face [that he was switching to Tonga],” Kidwell said.”I can understand why he wanted to play for Tonga and represent his heritage but I just wished he showed me some respect.”I found out that he wanted to play for Tonga from a third party. He never told me – I still haven’t heard from him or spoken to him.”I’m not going to have any ill-feeling towards Jason but if he explained things to me, I would have at least sat down and said, ‘OK, what are your reasons?’.”I would never step in someone’s way of representing another country if that player doesn’t feel connected to the New Zealand jumper.”I have 24 guys in this team now who feel they belong to the Kiwis and will play for the jumper. That’s the attitude I want.”The Courier Mail said it was understood some Kiwis players were “bitterly disappointed” with Taumalolo.Kidwell admitted he still did not know “why he doesn’t want to play for us”.”If he has an issue with me, I’m not aware of it. I coached Jason when he was in the Junior Kiwis.”If there is an issue, I just wanted him to see me and tell me how he was feeling. I’m an open book. I’m not closed. I’d like to think I have a mindset where I listen to people.It won’t be up to me whether Jason plays for New Zealand again. It won’t be the selectors either.”It will be players. I’m trying to shape our culture at the moment and they are the ones driving it.”Kiwis skipper Adam Blair told the Courier Mail that while he was surprised at Taumalolo’s decision, he and his teammates were looking ahead to their first World Cup game against Samoa on Saturday.”Our focus is on the players that want to represent our country. The media keeps bringing it up, but we’ve put the Taumalolo stuff behind us.”last_img read more

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Better Hope woman dies in accident

first_imgA Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, woman lost her life on Saturday, after she was stuck by a car on the Vryheid’s Lust Public Road, ECD.Dead is Shanti Singh, 30, of 75 Better Hope, who was reportedly hit by a car while running across the road. According to a Police release, the fatal accident occurred at about 19:20h.Police investigations have so far revealed that car PRR 530 was travelling along the northern side of Vryheid’s Lust Public Road when Singh, who was on the said side, attempted to run across the road but ended in the path of the car which collided with her.The woman received extensive injuries about her body and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.The driver is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

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24 juveniles escape from NOC

first_imgTwenty-four juveniles have escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).A section of the NOC compound, Region TwoGuyana Times understands that the juvenile offenders made good their escape on Saturday around 19:30h after climbing down from the southern window in their dormitory. Some juvenile offenders then climbed over a fence and made a dash for freedom while another group used the Koker entrance which is currently dried as a result of the dry season. Of the 24 escapees, there were 17 males and seven females.Although the facility is equipped with security officers, the teen offenders managed to outsmart them.Meanwhile, police have since said that investigations revealed that the females opened a southern door in their dormitory and tied five sheets together then threw the knotted sheets over the western fence of the compound in order to escape.Police in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) have since managed to recapture all but six of the escapees, while another two voluntarily returned to the facility.Police are seeking the assistance of the public in recapturing the others.In November 2018, a search was launched for five female juvenile offenders who escaped from the facility.That incident followed a number of other incidents wherein inmates tried to flee the holding facility. On October 18, a 17-year-old juvenile offender from New Amsterdam, Berbice, pushed down a social service assistant and escaped.The teen was sent to the juvenile correctional facility to serve a three-year sentence on a charge of break-and-enter and larceny.Reports are that the teen was being escorted back to his dorm when he pushed the 61-year-old social service assistant to the ground and ran west out of the compound and into an area covered with high vegetation and made good his escape.Meanwhile, a few weeks prior to that incident, 13 persons managed to escape from the facility in another such incident. This publication understands that 10 of the teens escaped on September 27, 2018, and the other three escaped on September 28, 2018. The juveniles had completed some chores in the compound of the facility after which they started to run towards the western side of the premises which is not fenced.Since the coalition Government came into power, responsibility for the NOC has been assigned to the Social Protection Ministry.last_img read more

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Caretaker President dodging meeting to finalise list – Opposition Leader

first_imgAppointment of GECOM Chair…appears wanting to repeat unilateral appointment via “nominee” ployBilateral engagements are no closer to bringing caretaker President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo together for a meeting. Instead of confirming a meeting time and date, Granger has confirmed two names for Jagdeo’s consideration to include on his list of nominees for Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.The letters exchanged between the two sides, in which the Opposition tries to pin the President down to a meetingOn Monday Jagdeo revealed that Government confirmed Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Chair and lawyer Kesaundra Alves and retired High Court Judge, Justice Claudette La Bennet as nominees the President has no objection to.Both women were part of a list of eight nominees the President submitted to Jagdeo as part of the informal consultations to come up with a GECOM Chair. While the Constitution does not allow the President to submit names, Jagdeo suggested that the President can informally suggest names of persons.But according to Jagdeo, who hosted a press conference at his office, the parliamentary Opposition is still unclear as to which of his nominees have the President’s no objection.“We’ll share these letters with you, to show that we sought to meet, since the President said he wants to conclude the matter by Monday. We sought to meet, no response to that. Then out of the blue, they submitted the two names to us. We don’t know what it means for their list of eight, whether they shortlisted their shortlist.”Retired High Court Judge,Justice Claudette La Bennet“We sought to remind them that once the informal process of engagement has been completed, we still have to go through the formal process. And that’s where it starts with the President writing me and informing me of the vacancy. Then I will submit the six names.”Jagdeo pointed out that when the President’s representatives met his representatives last week, they shortlisted names without the President’s approval. He noted the importance of them following the process by the book, so the President does not have an excuse to reject another list.“None of this is [by the President’s representatives] is being done with the President’s approval. They undertook to get this. They came to the meeting and said they can’t tell us what the President’s thinking. The elephant in the room is whether any [names he submitted] are acceptable to the President. Any of the 11.”“That’s what we’ve been trying to find out for a whole week after all these engagements and until today, we are not clearer if a single one of six are acceptable… you suggested eight names and then you come back and say of the eight names, they don’t all have the President’s approval. That’s what his team said. This is a game, to hang on to power. It’s so transparent.”DeceitJagdeo also criticised Granger for his recent admonitions that the Opposition Leader acted in bad faith by resubmitting previously rejected names. According to Jagdeo, he submitted those names because of an agreement between himself and the President.GPHC Chair Kesaundra Alves“Both sides agreed to establish a joint working group, which would shortlist the names to six and present the list to the Opposition Leader before it is presented to me. It was also agreed that the names would include [my] suggestions. I said it was up to the Leader of the Opposition to submit names of persons who had already been submitted on the previous three lists,” Granger also said on July 9 during an address to the nation, adding that they were acting based on these agreements.“The President himself, after the meeting at his office on July 4, in response to a question from the media, said the following; ‘if I could add, the Director General was quite clear. The Leader of the Opposition is free to submit the names which have already been submitted in the three previous iterations. He has agreed to confirm that those persons are still willing to have their names submitted.”“Now a few days later, the President said me submitting those names was an act of bad faith. Clearly, this is an act of dishonesty,” Jagdeo said.Claudett La BennetIt is not the first time that Justice La Bennet’s name has appeared in the running for GECOM Chairperson. In 2017, prior to the unilateral appointment of retired Justice James Patterson, President Granger had been adamant that he was not leaning towards appointing La Bennett.According to the Head of State, he was still in the process of reviewing the nominees and, therefore, has not made any decision on the matter. At the time, there were reports that the President intended to reject the lists put forward by Jagdeo and make a unilateral appointment… which turned out to be true.But this publication had learnt from sources that the President’s choice for the post has always been retired Justice La Bennett, a former High Court Judge who once had a restraining order issued against her in 2009.Meanwhile, a political analyst commented on the situation told this publication that it appears as if the President now wants to repeat unilateral appointment via “nominee” ploy.Jagdeo had submitted a list for GECOM Chairperson that included retired Major General Joe Singh, who served as GECOM Chairman years ago; Environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins, retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, businessman Captain Gerry Gouveia, Attorney-at-Law Kashir Khan, former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, Conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh; Retired Major General Norman McLean, businessman Ramesh Dookhoo, Retired Puisne Judge William Ramlall and Onesi La Fleur.But in a turnaround, Granger then submitted a list of nominees of his own that featured the return of former GECOM Chairman retired Justices James Patterson, in addition to La Bennet, Alves, Stanley Moore, Aubrey Armstrong and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known PNC-affiliates and businessmen Stanley Ming (a former PNC Parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.last_img read more

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Chetson’s on board Guinness Cage Championships

first_imgClothing and Clark’s footwear giant Chetson’s, the ‘Home of Originals’, became the latest entity to throw its support behind the second annual Guinness Cage Street-ball Championship.Managing Director of Chetson’s, Inshaan Ramkellawan (left) handed over one of the balls to Three Peat Promotions’ Rawle Welch on Thursday at the entity’s locationOn Thursday, Managing Director Inshaan Ramkellawan made a donation of four replica size ADIDAS ‘Telsar’ FIFA World Cup balls and an undisclosed sum of money to Co-Principal of Three Peat Promotions, Rawle Welch.Ramkellawan, speaking at the presentation, said he was happy to be associated with the tournament; adding that since it is intended to benefit communities and add to social cohesion and foster camaraderie among citizens of Guyana, he had no hesitation in offering assistance.The 24-team tournament, which had its inaugural introduction last year at the National Gymnasium, will visit the Haslington Market tarmac.Teams from the East Coast Demerara, Georgetown, Linden and West Demerara will compete in an event dubbed ‘East Coast’s best versus the Rest’.Over $800, 000 in prize money will be up for grabs, while lucky fans will be able to win prizes over the five nights of competition.last_img read more

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Thunderbirds set for Mugu

first_imgPOINT MUGU – Excitement is building for the Point Mugu Air Show next weekend at Naval Base Ventura County, with demonstrations scheduled by the Air Force Thunderbirds and the new F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. The two-day show is free, but because of heightened security at the base since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, visitors will be subject to searches and are prohibited from bringing certain items on the base. Point Mugu officials say it’s hard to predict how many people will attend because it depends partly on the weather. But the show has drawn more than 100,000 visitors in past years, and this year includes some special attractions, include the Thunderbirds jet acrobatics team with a couple of new female pilots. “It’s going to be the first public flight demonstration for the F-22 Raptor at this Navy base and the third in the United States,” said Vance Vasquez, a base spokesman. “I think the public is really going to be excited to see it. I know I am.” The Point Mugu Space Fair started in 1963 and the name was changed in 1974 to the Point Mugu Air Show. In the past, the event featured air-to-air and ground-to-air rocket launches and bomb-dropping demonstrations. The event has run into some trouble over the past decade, with cancellations four times in the past nine years, sometimes for want of a headlining jet aerobatics team like the Thunderbirds or the Navy’s Blue Angels. In 2002, the show was canceled after the first day, when a QF-4 Phantom jet crashed, killing both crew members, and in 2003 the show was axed for lack of a headlining act and partly because of the war in Iraq. Ventura County sailors have been scrambling to get ready since they learned late last year that the Air Force Thunderbirds with their F-16 Fighting Falcons would be available this spring. Teri Reid, a base spokeswoman, said the show is an important public relations event for Naval Base Ventura County, giving visitors an exciting glimpse of what goes on there and a chance to meet the military personnel. “This is a chance for the general public to come in and see what we do and talk to the sailors about the defense of our country,” Reid said. Because of security concerns, visitors should bring as little as possible with them and should expect screening, officials said. All vehicles and all visitors entering the base are subject to search. Alcohol is prohibited along with illegal drugs, weapons and explosives. Prohibited items include backpacks, coolers, pets, glass bottles, skateboards, roller skates, scooters and bicycles. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 If you go The Point Mugu Air Show is held at the ocean in Ventura County near the southern end of Las Posas Road, which can be reached from the Ventura (101) Freeway. Naval Air Station Gates 3 and 2 will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, with flight demonstrations starting at 10 a.m. For more information call (805) 989-8786 or go to www.nbvc.navy.mil. 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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Liverpool set to meet ‘World’s Strongest Footballer’ – Strengthen the bench?

first_img 2 2 Stream AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool in the FA Cup live on talkSPORT on 5 January 2015. Kick off 19:55 UK time.Liverpool travel to Wimbledon to face the ‘Phoenix’ club that rose from the ashes of the 1988 FA Cup winners.That Wimbledon side shocked a brilliant Liverpool team that had just won the league title at a canter, so can the new Dons repeat the heroics of 26 years ago and knock out the Reds?If they do, Wimbledon’s Adebayo Akinfenwa could be the man who causes the damage… and what an imposing figure he is.The 16-stone forward is, according to FIFA 15’s player rankings, the ‘strongest footballer in the world’. Wimbledon’s Adebayo Akinfenwa “If they say so, I must be,” said Akinfenwa, who can bench press 180 kilograms – or two Raheem Sterlings, with change.At 32 years old, the much-travelled striker is now at his 11th professional club, having made a career playing in English football’s lower leagues.Now he will have his chance to shine against Liverpool.Good luck, Martin Skrtel!last_img read more

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Rock pioneer Ike Turner dies, leaving a clouded legacy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTina Turner declined to comment on her ex-husband’s death. “Tina is aware that Ike passed away earlier today. She has not had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comment will be made,” said her spokeswoman, Michele Schweitzer. In a 2001 interview with The Associated Press, Turner denied his ex-wife’s claims of abuse and expressed frustration that he had been demonized in the media while his historic role in rock’s beginnings had been ignored. “You can go ask Snoop Dogg or Eminem, you can ask the Rolling Stones or (Eric) Clapton, or you can ask anybody – anybody, they all know my contribution to music, but it hasn’t been in print about what I’ve done or what I’ve contributed until now,” he said. Turner, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is credited by many rock historians with making the first rock ‘n’ roll record, “Rocket 88,” in 1951. Produced by the legendary Sam Phillips, it was groundbreaking for its use of distorted electric guitar. But as would be the case for most of his career, Turner, a prolific session guitarist and piano player, was not the star on the record – it was recorded with Turner’s band but credited to singer Jackie Brenston. SAN DIEGO – Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock’s critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76. Turner died at his San Marcos home in northern San Diego County, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner’s career. There was no immediate word on the cause of death, which was first reported by celebrity Web site TMZ.com. Turner managed to rehabilitate his image somewhat in later years, touring around the globe with his band the Kings of Rhythm and drawing critical acclaim for his work. He won a Grammy in 2007 in the traditional blues album category for “Risin’ With the Blues.” But his image is forever identified as the drug-addicted, wife-abusing husband of Tina Turner. He was hauntingly portrayed by Laurence Fishburne in the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” based on Tina Turner’s autobiography. 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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BRILLIANT ‘WINTERTIME’ ARTISANS SHOW ON IN RAMELTON

first_imgIT’S APTLY named ‘Wintertime’ and a major showcase of design talent in the county got a thaw just in time for last night’s launch in Ramelton.All the county’s leading artists were there and their work will go on display at the town’s Heritage Centre and will include the works or artists, designers and craftspeople – in jewellery, textiles, woodwork and ceramics.The exhibition was officially launched at a wine reception last night by Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board who praised the efforts of all concerned in providing jobs for the county. The three-day exhibition also includes a fashion show featuring the work of Liam Grier on tonight, Saturday, at 7pm.Donegal Designer Makers was established just last year by members of the Donegal Crafts Guild with the objective of promoting the work of local designers and crafts workers across the county.Led by brilliant jewellery-maker Hannah McGuinness, the group now has more than 30 members.And in these troubling economic times, there is the opportunity to grow. The winter exhibition includes work from Marina Hamilton, a sculptor and painter best known for her equestrian sculptures – good enough to be owned by motormouth airline executive Michael O’Leary and the brilliant film director Jim Sheridan.Brian McGee, the well-known ceramic artist, is also displaying his work as is Shane Houston, owner of Chic-Hens, who is exhibiting his new range of bird houses, along with new childrens’ playhouses.Also showing at Wintertime will be ‘Alice and Eve’, a new collaboration between artists Laura Buchanan and Helen Scott, and Liam Logue, the 2010 Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Student of the Year’.Other exhibitors include Joanne Quigley of Mucky Daisy; Koko designs; jewellery designer Emer Kelly; artist Fiona Higgins; Rathlin Knitwear; contemporary Irish furniture designers Made with Wood; hand-woven tweed by Eddie Doherty; and furniture design from Noel Cronin of WORC studio.Designers and crafts people throughout the county are encouraged to apply for membership of the group, which has ambitious plans for the promotion of creative and artistic design work in the north-west. BRILLIANT ‘WINTERTIME’ ARTISANS SHOW ON IN RAMELTON was last modified: December 11th, 2010 by gregShare 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

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