Quinn Roux to Captain Connacht on his 100th appearance for the province

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ireland international Quinn Roux will Captain Connacht as his side face Munster in the Guinness Pro14 in the Sportsground on Saturday (Kick off 5:15pm). With just one point separating the two sides at the top of Conference B, the top of the table clash takes on extra significance for the second row as he is set to make his 100th appearance for the province.Connacht also go into the game boosted by the news that Tiernan O’Halloran has returned from injury and will start at full back. He is part of a back three with John Porch and Kyle Godwin on the wings.In the Connacht midfield, Tom Daly has forced his way into the starting team alongside Bundee Aki. While Conor Fitzgerald continues his half back partnership with Caolin Blade, who has now featured in all 11 of Connacht’s games so far this season.In the forwards, the tight five has a very familiar look; props Denis Buckley and Finlay are included in the starting team as is hooker Dave Heffernan. While Ultan Dillane will line up alongside Roux in the second row.In the back row Eoghan Masterson and Paul Boyle are named at blindside and openside respectively with Eoin McKeon at number 8. Captain Jarrad Butler has been ruled out due to illness.Commenting ahead of the game, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Saturday is another big occasion in the Sportsground. All players want to be involved in these interpro games and with Munster in our conference it takes on extra significance. We take pride in our home record and last season Munster were one of the few teams to beat us in the Sportsground so we know the challenge we will face tomorrow”.“It will be a proud day for Quinn Roux and his family. Making 100 appearances for Connacht is a great achievement and it is fitting that with Jarrad out, Quinn will captain the side. He has been a real leader for us this season and has been driving standards among the player group”. Connacht Matchday Squad V Munster (Sat 21 Dec, 5:15pm)(15-9): Tiernan O’Halloran, John Porch, Tom Daly, Bundee Aki, Kyle Godwin, Conor Fitzgerald, Caolin Blade (1-8): Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux (Capt), Eoghan Masterson, Paul Boyle, Eoin McKeon.Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Conor Kenny, Dominic Robertson McCoy, Joe Maksymiw, Robin Copeland, Stephen Kerins, Jack Carty, Stephen Fitzgerald.  last_img read more

Fans mock Spurs’ loss against Wolves as they let in three second half goals

first_imgFANS have tweeted their delight at Tottenham’s defeat against Wolves as they claim it’s “classic Spurs”.The North London side have staked their claim at being genuine Premier League title contenders in recent weeks, but were left shocked at Wembley earlier today.3 Tottenham suffered a shock 3-1 defeat against Wolves at WembleyCredit: ReutersHarry Kane opened the scoring for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, before they conceded three times in the second half to lose 3-1.And supporters revelled in their misfortunes on social media, as they labelled Tottenham as perennial bottlers.Piers Morgan led the way, as he tweeted: “BREAKING: The annual @SpursOfficial choke has arrived a little earlier than usual this season.”While another commented: “As soon as they started putting them as title contenders they went and bottled it. Classic spurs.”3 Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs, before they conceded three second half goalsCredit: Reuters3 Tottenham have now lost five games in the Premier League this seasonCredit: PA:Press AssociationOne quipped: “Even I didn’t think that the “Spurs Bottling” facility would be in action this early.”Another simply stated: “Tottenham couldn’t even keep their bottle for 1 game.”It was the fifth defeat of the season for Spurs in the top-flight, putting a serious dent in their quest to win their first league title since 1961.They will look to get back to winning ways against Cardiff on New Year’s Day, before cup ties against Tranmere and Chelsea.BREAKING: The annual @SpursOfficial choke has arrived a little earlier than usual this season. … 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/75TwykwRgO— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 29, 2018 Tottenham thought they had a chance of winning the title 🤣🤣🤣 #Spursy— Joe ≅ (@JoeS31) December 29, 2018 Jeez Spurs why do you always bottle it 🤦🏻‍♂️— Nick Newell (@_NickNewell_) December 29, 2018 First talk of Spurs being title contenders and they bottle it straight away 😂😂 #TOTWOL— Neil Howells (@neil_themagpie) December 29, 2018 Spurs team don’t look happy..!! #Spursy #Bottlers pic.twitter.com/K02Fs0FnDq— Rich Hall (@R1CH_H4LL) December 29, 2018 Everyone starts talking up #Spurs and they go and do a classic spurs— Tom Wells (@tom1991wells) December 29, 2018 Tottenham couldn’t even keep their bottle for 1 game— Roberto Sarwar 🕺🏻 (@robertosarwar) December 29, 2018 Even I didn’t think that the “Spurs Bottling” facility would be in action this early 😉#spursy pic.twitter.com/IPUfwc1HQg— David Tossell (@DavidTossell) December 29, 2018center_img Tottenham’s 2019 season. #spursy pic.twitter.com/uiSdmHDGTY— Jonathan Birch (@jdwbirch) December 29, 2018 Spurs considered title contenders for less than a day. Classic.— Not a football account (@1886_blog) December 29, 2018 As soon as they started putting them as title contenders they went and bottled it. Classic spurs 😂— Boris Reznikov (@normanpedley) December 29, 2018 It took Spurs just one week to bottle the league😂😂— tally. (@_Forson_) December 29, 2018 MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying up2018 Premier League: Best goals of the year including Andros Townsend’s screamer at The Etihad spurs have to be the biggest bottle jobs in the history of english football, out of the title race as quickly as they became contenders https://t.co/OwCe21S2Gc— ewan (@EwanLawson21) December 29, 2018last_img read more

What new ideas or projects have come forth from the Granger govt?

first_imgDear Editor,In reading Bishop Edghill’s letter pertaining to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Expansion project I was struck by the sentence “This interconnected group of projects was totally misunderstood and incompetently handled by the APNU/AFC Administration when they came to office in May 2015.” It sums up the 3.6 years of poor governance by the APNU+AFC Administration.While Edghill asks the question of completion dates, I beg to ask of APNU+AFC’s conception dates, that is to say, what new ideas or projects have come forth from the Granger Cabinet that demonstrates vision for our nation? Editor, the bastardised version of the Low Carbon Development Strategy relabeled as the “Green State Development Strategy” lacks the innovation of LCDS and is about as practical as the coats of green paint applied to Government buildings en masse. All of the current projects except the plethora of speed bumps, being undertaken, were conceptualised and started under the PPP/C Administration. The Public Infrastructure Minister likes to point out the “little things” that his Ministry accomplishes; he should be reminded that his little fixes come with a hefty price tag and are works that should be carried out by competent city and village councils. Street lights and potholes are not the purview of a Minister of State, it is the work of a city Councillor.Editor, Guyana was moved from a heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPIC) to Upper Middle Income under successive PPP/C Administrations, this was done without the much hyped “Oil money” that has become the focus of this vacuous APNU+AFC Administration. Neglect of the pillars of our economy – Mining and Agriculture – by APNU+AFC is mind boggling, coupled with a belief that Guyanese can be taxed to pay for their excesses of expenditure on the frivolous, non-productive and mismanaged little things with massive price tags led a most expensive and disastrous period in our nation’s economic history. The APNU+AFC have emptied the coffers of the USD$900 million reserves and are driving us further into debt daily.Editor, the APNU+AFC boasts of the largest budgets in our nation’s history, would that they could boast of a completed project that they conceived and executed successfully. Along with this massive increase in expenditure came the curse of unaccountability. The Auditor General’s reports read like a hatchet job of Government politicians, listing unaccounted billions, lack of concern for procurement safe-guards, basics such as receipts and ledgers are a problem in every item of expenditure in every single Ministry. The level of incompetence caused by “the twin sins of ignorance and arrogance” as described by Edghill in an earlier missive is stunning.2019 elections are upon us and Guyanese must face the questions of vision for our nation and ability to deliver good governance. My advice to all is to disregard those who see “oil money” as a panacea, look to those who understand that Guyana has to now rebuild and strengthen her other pillars of economy, engage in a massive education renaissance and restore governance for the benefit of the people and not the few.RespectfullyRobin Singhlast_img read more

Armed bandits rob Chinese national in Berbice

first_imgA Chinese national, Lin Yu Qiang, proprietor of New Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant, awoke early MondayThe window that was broken to gain entry to the buildingmorning to the sight of four bandits invading his home at about 02:00h.The men all masked and armed with three cutlasses and a gun climbed onto a shed in front of the Chinese Restaurant and broke louver glasses of a window to get into the house.Qiang was asleep when he heard the sound of glass breaking and, according to him, the men approached him and immediately started beating him, while demanding his cash and jewellery. A struggle ensued and he was injured to the head with the gun.The restaurant owner handed over the day’s sales which amounted to $50,000. The bandits also ransacked the premises and took away two laptop computers and a cellular phone then escaped.Lin was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was treated and sent away.According to one eyewitness who was awakened by screams from Qiang’s wife, by the time Police responded the men had already fled the area.In January last year when the restaurant was under different management, armed bandits invaded the premises and injured its owner Tai Hong Fen before carting off cellular phone cards, both local and foreign currency, and other valuables.Qiang took over the business about two months ago.Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

Quins call for patience over rape claims as probe goes on

first_img0Shares0000In a statement released on Tuesday, Kenya Harlequin FC said, “The Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club is aware of grave allegations of sexual assault leveled against contracted players of the club. A formal complaint has been lodged and the relevant authorities are investigating the matter,” The statement read.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Kenya Cup side Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club has confirmed that a formal complaint has been lodged and that the relevant authorities are investigating the matter over rape allegations leveled against two of their players.In a statement released on Tuesday, Kenya Harlequin FC said, “The Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club is aware of grave allegations of sexual assault leveled against contracted players of the club. A formal complaint has been lodged and the relevant authorities are investigating the matter,” The statement read. “As one of Kenya’s oldest and respected rugby club, we abide by a strict code of conduct that binds all players and officials of the club. Consequently, Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club has a zero tolerance policy on any form of sexual harassment,” the statement added.“We call for patience and caution against speculation as the relevant authorities investigate the matter,” the statement concluded.On Sunday, April 1, both the Kenya Rugby Union and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) said they have launched investigations over rape allegations.“The @ODPP_KE treats information about rape very seriously. Be rest assured that the matter is being given due attention as matter of urgency. The @ODPP_KE has already got in touch with Kilimani DCIO CC @DCI_Kenya and action is being taken,” the ODDP official Twitter account posted on Monday afternoon in response to the issue.Musician Wendy Kemunto made allegations on her Instagram page that a contracted Kenya Sevens player, who was part of the Victoria Sevens winning squad, was one of two rugby players who raped her during her birthday on February 10.“The @ODPP_KE has already contacted the Victim and appropriate action is being taken in consultation with DCIO Kilimani cc @DCI_Kenya,” the ODPP office further tweeted under the hashtag #JusticeforKemunto.In a separate statement, the Kenya Rugby Union said it had received the reports and would be reviewing the issue which is now in the hands of authorities.“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has been made aware of reports about alleged sexual misconduct involving a contracted Kenya Sevens player. The matter will be reviewed as soon as practicable by the KRU, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players,” KRU said in the statement.“It is also important to note that with a report having been made to law enforcement authorities, the KRU cannot comment further about the allegations pending the outcome of investigations,” it further added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mark Timlin a play-off doubt after injury against Waterford

first_imgMARK TIMLIN could miss Finn Harps’ promotion-relegation play-off after being forced out of action last night.Timlin had to be replaced eleven minutes into the second half of the 1-0 win over Waterford at Finn Park. Harps were on a break out from the back when Timlin pulled up in the middle of the pitch, just in front of the Harps dugout.It appeared that the Buncrana man had injured a hamstring and manager Ollie Horgan admits that he fears for Timlin’s immediate availability. “It doesn’t look good at first view,” Horgan said after Joshua Smith’s goal returned his team to winning ways.“We might have lost him for the play-off. It’s a bit early to call.“We need our best players to have any hope in the play-off.”Harps are without Mark Coyle and Keith Cowan at the moment. Coyle has not played since the 3-1 loss at Sligo Rovers last month while Cowan is absent due to an injury he picked up in the recent scoreless draw against UCD. Horgan did not elaborate on either, other than to confirm that ‘both are injured’.Harps will face Cabinteely or Drogheda in a two-legged play-off, the first leg of which will take place on Monday-week.Horgan said: “It’s about Monday-week now when we have to perform. The pressure will be on us. It will be a difficult game for us, whoever it will be, because they’re a serious side.” Mark Timlin a play-off doubt after injury against Waterford was last modified: October 19th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier Divisionfinn harpsKeith CowanMark CoyleMark TimlinOllie Horganwaterfordlast_img read more

Timothy Weah confirms Celtic loan has ended prematurely

first_img Old Firm 2 Rangers slip up at Aberdeen as Celtic go two points clear in Scottish Premiership getty round-up LATEST CELTIC NEWS rival joy Man United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic discover Europa League opponents In his 16 appearances for the club Weah bagged four goals, though the PSG loanee’s game time dwindled as the campaign wore on.He concluded: “I will forever miss you chanting my name and hearing the beautiful song you have created for me.“I also want to take this time to thank my wonderful teammates for supporting me every step of the way.“It was really great playing with you all and sharing some really amazing moments that I’ll never forget . Thanks so much to Celtic FC and to you the fans for accepting me.” Rangers vs Celtic: Kick-off time, how to watch for free and team news cup final Arsenal fans are in for a treat when Tierney gets into stride, Brown says Celtic skipper expecting Old Firm title race to go down to the wire this season Weah featured for the USA’s senior team against England at Wembley last year 2 Timothy Weah is the son of George Weah GOT IT ALL center_img ultras Celtic fans have cost club over €500,000 – ‘They’re an embarrassment’, says McCoist TOP BOSS Timothy Weah has confirmed that his Celtic loan has come to a premature end before their final three games of the season.The 19-year-old attacker has left to join up with the USA’s squad for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup in Poland. Big Sam makes ‘Allardicio’ Man United claim, says anyone can win with Celtic ‘Rangers must deliver’ – Celtic hero warns Gerrard and slams ‘serial loser’ Tavernier BRING IT ON “It was a true honour playing for this club and also having the opportunity to interact with legends who paved the way for us.“As a young player, I feel it’s an important step in trying to advance myself.“I still have a lot of growing to do in my game and I am especially thankful to the Celtic family for giving me the opportunity to show you all what I am capable of doing once given the chance.“To you the fans, I will never forget you for all the love, support and kindness you have shown me. I don’t know as yet what the future holds but I wish to one day come back to this great club to be with you all.” Forster heroics as ten-man Celtic stun dominant Rangers to win League Cup ‘Celtic were lucky to have Brendan Rodgers’, says Bhoys captain Scott Brown CONFIRMED The Hoops still have an Old Firm meeting with Rangers to play on Sunday, as well as two games against Hearts (one in the Scottish Cup final), however Weah will not be a part of the squad.He explained the situation in an Instagram statement which read: “To all my Celtic fans, I want to say thank you all for the undying support you have given me throughout my time with Celtic.“I will be joining my national team to participate in the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.“With this decision, the gaffer told me that it is in the best interest of the team that I collect my things and go home rather than be apart of the game on Sunday, so I’ll be on my way. do it NAME GAME last_img read more

Holt and McIntyre take the positives after goalless draw

first_imgLivingston boss Gary Holt was satisfied with the goalless Premiership draw with Dundee at Dens Park.The hosts had the majority of possession and chances against a Livi side who had to play the final six minutes with 10 men after substitute Jack Hamilton was shown a straight red card.Holt said: “It was not a great quality game. It was two teams battling for every first, second and third ball and chances were limited.“Dundee are scrapping and fighting and wanting something from the game and I asked my players to match that and stand up and go toe to toe. “We had a wee bit of impetus in the second half and we got a few shots away. But we did not make the most of our set plays. But when you go down to 10 men you have to be happy with a point.“As for the red card, I spoke to (referee) Bobby Madden after the game and he said it was violent conduct for a push in the face.“But I think Darren O’Dea has been clever, the old pro. Jack has pushed him off but he’s adamant he’s not hit him in the face.“We will have to look at it, hopefully we will have grounds to appeal. If not, Jack will learn from it.” Meanwhile, Dundee boss Jim McIntyre rued a missed opportunity.He said: “It was a really tough game and you know you will be tested with Livingston.“They are having a fantastic season and we had to stand up to a lot of set-plays but we did that.“We caused them problems but we didn’t have that killer bit at the end of it. We showed a lot of endeavour and guts after the last three games we have had.“The plus points are we kept a clean sheet and we have picked up another point. Who knows how vital that could be come the end of the season.“We are disappointed we never got the win, but I can’t be disappointed with what the players gave me in terms of work ethic.”last_img read more

South Africa, Botswana sign trade agreement

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and President Ian Khama met in Gabarone, Botswana, to discuss political and economic relations between the two countries.(Image: GCIS) South Africa and Botswana signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and investment between the two countries.(Image: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj,  The Presidency  +27 79 879 3203 RELATED ARTICLES • National development plan unveiled • Zuma address: SA wants job focus • No stopping Africa’s growth: Zuma • Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and other thingsWilma den HartighSouth Africa and Botswana have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and investment between the two countries and create opportunities for industrialisation and the manufacturing sectors.The signing follows a two-day state visit by President Jacob Zuma to Gaborone with the purpose to strengthen political and economic relations with the neighbouring country.His visit was a follow-up to the October 2010 one by President Ian Khama to Pretoria, during which the two countries reviewed progress in various areas of bilateral cooperation.

The MOU was signed by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre and Trade and Investment South Africa, a unit of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), at the South Africa-Botswana Business Forum.A high level ministerial delegation from South Africa that included DTI Minister Rob Davies, and his Botswana counterpart, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, also participated in the proceedings. Also at the forum were also prominent business leaders from various sectors.Strengthening economiesThe signing also marks a significant move to strengthen existing economic ties between the two countries.“We are looking to promote deeper mutually beneficial economic relations between the two countries,” said Davies.South Africa and Botswana are already trading partners, with local companies having a major presence in various sectors of Botswana’s economy such as mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services.Zuma’s spokeperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement investment in infrastructure was an important focus of the visit. This was especially the case if the two countries are to work together on large scale projects such as cross-border infrastructure as well as industrial and energy developments.According to Davies, the continent is the new growth frontier.“It is a place that investors can no longer ignore,” he said, adding that there is a need for the continent to move into more value added and economically diversified activities.“We need to industrialise the continent and re-industrialise South Africa’s economy because this sector has taken a lot of strain,” he added. “We have to create business opportunities for industrial development.”This was reiterated by Pumla Ncapayi, the DTI’s deputy director general, who said there is a need to move away from mineral-based economies only, towards manufacturing-driven sectors.Speaking on behalf of the Black Business Council, spokesperson Sandile Zungu said the two countries are in a good position to work together as they share common challenges.“We need to beneficiate, increase manufacturing capacity and forge better collaboration as regional economies,” he said.Makgato-Malesu took the opportunity to speak on Botswana’s status as a rising investment hub.“We are looking for the type of investment that will help us accelerate industrialisation and result in economic diversification of the economy of Botswana,” she said.Building on existing relationshipsIn his address, Zuma referred to the strong historical, economic, social, political and neighbourly relations that the two countries share, saying these were strengthened during South Africa’s liberation struggle.“Enhancing close economic cooperation between Botswana and South Africa is a priority,” he said. “We believe that the time for Africa has come to utilise its resources for the benefit of itself.”Following on Zuma’s encouraging message to the business communities of the two countries to take advantage of new opportunities, Zungu said:“The argument for cooperation between the two countries is sound, and together the two can achieve so much more.”He added that the role of business on the continent can extend beyond financial investment only.“The business approach of only being profit driven is a bygone era,” he said.“Business people must take cognisance of the fact that there is high unemployment in the region and they must think how their businesses can meet this need, but at the same time achieve accelerated growth.”last_img read more

SMA Solar opens state-of-the-art factory in Cape Town

first_img11 December 2014A multimillion-rand manufacturing facility will be opened in Cape Town by SMA Solar Technology, a German manufacturer of solar inverters, on Friday, 12 December.The facility includes a production line and quality test centre for SMA’s Sunny Central inverters, warehousing, as well as the African branch of the SMA Solar Academy training centre.This is the third renewable energy manufacturing facility, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to open in the country in the past four months.The factory would contribute to the drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base, the DTI said.Green economyThe green economy has been identified as a key focus area of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth.Minister Rob Davies said that Trade and Investment South Africa (Tisa), a division of his department, had facilitated investments to the value of R3-billion in the manufacturing of equipment and components for the renewable energy industry since the 2013/2014 financial year.“Investment in the green economy therefore contributed significantly to Tisa’s 2013/14 investment pipeline of R60-billion. The current pipeline for the 2014/15 financial year is at R27-billion, with a significant contribution from the green economy [at R10-billion],” he said.Supply chainSMA said it had made the decision to invest in South Africa’s manufacturing capacity in response to the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP), through which 1484 MW of solar photovoltaic projects have been procured.Thorsten Ronge, the managing director of SMA South Africa, said the group chose to set up its manufacturing base in Cape Town as it was close to the existing solar supply chain.The company has already supplied inverters to the recently completed 40MW Linde PV plant in Northern Cape province, as well as to the 75MW Kalkbult project, also in the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more