Springboks coach Allister Coetzee to be sacked after attack on SA rugby

first_imgDuring his two-year tenure, Coetzee won just 11 of his 25 Tests in charge, with defeats to Italy, Wales and Ireland.Despite boasting the worst win ratio of any ‘Boks coach for 20 years, he refutes any responsibility and shifts the blame onto the SARU.South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper reports Coetzee sent a scathing letter to the governing body, accusing it of ill-practice.Coetzee met with CEO Jurie Roux on January 18 about what he thought was an upcoming performance review, but was told his time as Springboks coach was up.”Instead, the meeting was used as a platform to inform me of SARU’s decision to inter alia, terminate my contract of employment with immediate effect,” Coetzee writes in his letter.”You further informed me that a further aspect of decision is that my services will be terminated regardless of the outcome of the anticipated performance review, as contemplated by my employment contract.”Coetzee also alleges his sacking is to make way for SARU’s new director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, to take the helm.He believes a potential demotion, should he stay on board, would constitute unfair labour practice and infringe his right to equality.”And should I wish to remain in SARU’S employment, I will be reduced to a ceremonial coach, and further that, Johan Erasmus [“Rassie”] has already been employed to replace me and is already performing the duties of a Springbok coach.”Should I be reduced to the position of ceremonial coach I would have the fact in the indignity of reporting to Rassie.”Coetzee likens his perceived treatment by SA rugby to that of former outspoken and controversial coach Peter de Villiers.”I will not allow elements in SARU to wilfully destroy me and render me unemployable as was done to Peter De Villiers.”I was the most successful Super Rugby coach at the time of my appointment and was requested to return to Springbok rugby from Japan because my country needed me.”My treatment since my return as suggests that elements in SARU embarked on a deliberate attempt to undermine me from the word go and to create the public impression of incompetence on my part whilst wilfully obstructing my efforts to be successful.”last_img read more

MLME Drafts Act to Ensure National Equity in Mining Sector

first_imgThe Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy (LME) has drafted a new Act of the minerals and mining sector that seeks to prioritize the interest of the Liberian people and the country at large.The Act is aimed as establishing a framework for granting and regulating mineral titles that authorizes reconnaissance, exploration and processing of minerals in an attractive way for investors while simultaneously ensuring they contribute to the development of Liberia.The Act, if passed, could encourage mining operations that are financially profitable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible to benefit the Liberian people.Speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, January 29, at a one-day consultation on the update of the Liberian Mineral Mining Act held at a local hotel in Monrovia, Deputy LME Minister, Sam Ross, said the new Act has been carefully reviewed. Mr. Ross explained review of the Act would ensure harmony and beneficial relationships are created between mining companies and the communities that are affected by minerals operations. He explained that the government of Liberia, through the LME, aims to provide economic and social opportunities for communities with mineral resources.Mr. Ross further stated the new mining act would allow communities that explore resources to get additional benefits from mining operations in the sector.He noted that most mining companies in the country lacked the capacity to create harmonious relationships with the people of their operations’ various communities. This lack of a mutual understanding causes failure to develop these communities.Mr. Ross said the LME seeks the opinions, views and participation of civil society organizations, the private sector, government agencies and government ministries in order to safeguard the new Act.He stressed the need for strengthening the country’s mining sector and providing a reliable posture for communities concerning the way forward.Mr. Ross concluded by expressing his belief that Liberia was endowed with bountiful resources which should be used to create an international standard of living for it citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Answers needed from Lowenfield about RLE

first_imgDear Editor,If one is to study the work plan from the 2011 elections, it reveals an important point. From July 18, 2011, when the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) was extracted from the National Register of Registrants (NRR) to put the Claims and Objections (C&O) process into gear, until that process was completed on September 4, 2011, only 48 days (just over 6 weeks) were consumed. At the end of the C&O process, Guyana had a Revised List of Electors (RLE). The political parties were able to use this RLEto further help GECOM HQ USA make any last minute valid and verified modifications before they printed the Official List of Electors (actual voters’ list). Any person with an average mathematics competence will tell you that there was still 42 days for GECOM to exhaust the full 90 days or 3 months as prescribed by Article 106 of the Constitution.So why is there a school of thought coming out of GECOM that they can only produce a list by Christmas? It is a bogus position, full stop.Mr Keith Lowenfield, the Chief Elections Officer who is now in the middle of a major land controversy involving the former PNC-led Government, must be called to account. Is he deliberately not preparing for elections as some sort of payback for past favours granted by the PNC? We need answers from Mr Lowenfield as to why GECOM could not and did not update its RLE as an outcome of a C&O process from January 2019 to May 2019.The details from 2011 are below.Regards,Sasenarine SinghMarylandlast_img read more

Counterfeit US$50 note surfaces at Kitty business

first_imgBusinesses bewareBusiness people are advised to be on guard as counterfeit foreign currency has surfaced. Guyana Times was shown surveillance footage of an alleged fraudster who exchanged a counterfeit US note for Guyana currency at a shop in Kitty on Sunday.According to the proprietor, the perpetrator entered the grocery shop a little before 14:00h, appearing as a regular customer. He then bought about $4000 worth in groceries, however, just before he was about to leave, he asked the shop owner to assist him in changing a US$50 note, which the businessman agreed to do.The proprietor explained that he made the shocking discovery shortly after the man left, when his wife noticed that the highlighterThe counterfeit note the shop owner exchanged on Sunday afternoonimprinted its mark deep into the US$50 note; this is usually the case with counterfeit notes. When used on genuine notes, the ink would fade after sometime. This publication was given a demonstration using a US$1 note.The Kitty businessman explained that he doesn’t normally change money but gave into the man’s request.“I changed his $50 note but there were other customers waiting so I did not go to check; I changed it hurriedly thinking I could assist the rest of customers which I realised was the wrong thing to do there, not to check the note before,” he noted.He pointed out that after four years of operating his business, this is the first time that such an event occurred and indicated that in future he would be reluctant to assist customers who may ask for help.“It definitely made an impact on me because when the mistress came over and she realised the note is not good, I kind of break down because I work very hard,” he stressed.He added that he intends to report the matter to the police, who will retrieve the note and obtain the shop’s surveillance footage as evidence.last_img read more

Region 10 Councillors call for increase in stipend

first_imgCouncillors of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) have renewed calls for an increase in their monthly stipend.Presently, Councillors are seeking a $25,000 per month increase on the existing $10,000 per month which they receive.At the most recent statutory meeting of the Council, Councillor Charles Sampson moved a motion for Regional Chairman Renis Morian to make the relevant representation and facilitate authorisation of payment of the increase.This move was well supported by Councillors, with a few calling for $40,000 instead of $35,000. The Councillors have been trying to have their stipends increased for years but to no avail.“For years we have been talking about the stipend that is given to Councillors – the $10,000 stipend… We have been asking from time to time to have our stipends increased… I have noted recently that some salaries and benefits have been increased for certain specific people… the Municipal Council of Linden, theCharles Sampson addressing a section of the CouncilCouncillors are paid a stipend of thirty thousand dollars per month. They are, in my opinion third tier… we’re second tier. And if the Municipal Councillors can get thirty thousand, I think we in a very stingy way we can start with asking for thirty-five thousand,” Sampson said.Adding that he has already done the calculations himself, Sampson said for a total of 16 Councillors that would be $400,000 more per month and $4.8 million on a yearly basis.He further urged the Regional Chairman to consider utilising a particular account to facilitate the increase.“I feel that we need to step up and get more. I think Councillors deserve more than ten thousand dollars… I think it’s an insult to Councillors to be getting that kind of money… I think we should be asking for sixty thousand dollars a month, but we break it down,” Sampson continued.The recommendations for the increase were also supported by Morian and Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph. Morian said while the money is available, the Council cannot authorise such payment.Nevertheless, he said he will put forward the recommendation to the subject Ministers.last_img read more

Black History Celebration set for next week

first_imgInimgba says there was a smaller-scale celebration held last year, but it wasn’t well attended. He says he hopes the estimated $12,000 celebration will attract new faces to the event. [asset|aid=2551|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8070f4d051afe69bb14c3fe5d07fed35-Inigmba 1_1_Pub.mp3] The city has granted $2,000 towards the celebration, and the Quality Inn/Northern Grand Hotel has contributed as well.While Inimgba didn’t say where the funding is at right now, he says donations are still needed.Advertisement The Pan African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John is gearing up for its first major Black History celebration.At a media conference on Friday, Spokesperson Clifford Inimgba outlined the events set for the 25th to 27th.On Thursday, a soccer game will kick things off at the North Peace Secondary School’s gym from 5:00p.m. until 6:30p.m.Then on Friday, there will be a presentation on the how African immigrants initially arrived in Northeast B.C. That discussion will be held at the Northern Lights College from 6:00p.m. until 9:00p.m.Finally on Saturday, there will be an African-Caribbean Dinner and Dance at the North Peace Cultural Centre, with a special keynote speaker.Advertisement For more information on the event, call Donald at 250-787-0279. Photo: Clifford Inigmba announces the celebrations set for next week’s Black History event, at the Northern Lights College on Friday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – last_img read more

Artist gearing up for exhibit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Internationally known artist Don Bachardy will appear at a reception tonight for an exhibition of his acrylic paintings in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery, 3041 W. Avenue K. “Portraits from Life,” will feature a series of colorful portraits by Bachardy, including 50 exclusive, limited-edition prints created for sale as a fundraiser for the gallery, on the southwest corner of the campus. The reception will start at 7 p.m. and will include a talk and tour of the gallery by the artist. The exhibit will run through March 24. “The Eyes of Don Bachardy,” a 12-minute film by Terry Sanders, also will be shown as part of the exhibit. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Information is available by calling the gallery at (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6215.last_img read more

A.V. study finds children need second chickenpox shot

first_imgIn June, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that children ages4 to6 get a second shot. The vaccine was introduced in 1995 with a recommendation that a child get a shot by age1. The Antelope Valley was chosen for the study because of its relative isolation. The other area being studied was Philadelphia. “It’s an isolated part of L.A. County. There was no way we could have counted all the cases in the county,” said Dr. Laurene Mascola, chief of the Acute Communicable Disease Control branch of the county Department of Health Services. “In the Antelope Valley, there is a separate-enough population. If you lived in the Antelope Valley, it was more likely you stayed there and got the disease and saw a local pediatrician.” The study looked at the number of “breakthrough” cases of varicella that occurred in children who had been vaccinated against the disease. The study found that the annual rate of breakthrough varicella significantly increased with time after vaccination. LANCASTER – In a study that focused on children in the Antelope Valley, researchers found that protection from a chickenpox vaccine tends to wane over time, reinforcing a recommendation that children get a second dose. The Antelope Valley was one of two areas where officials were monitoring the success of the vaccine against varicella, the medical name for chickenpox, as part of a 10-year study. “The study found that protection from varicella vaccine tends to wane over time. The waning immunity may result in increased susceptibility to varicella later in life, when risks of severe complications are greater,” said Curtis Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that a second dose of the vaccine could improve protection against chickenpox, the itchy and sometimes-dangerous childhood scourge. Children ages 8 to 12 who had been vaccinated at least five years earlier were significantly more likely to have moderate or severe chickenpox than were those who had been vaccinated less than five years earlier. “It seems, over time, your protection against the disease decreases,” Mascola said. The vaccine is not 100percent effective, Allen said. About 15percent to 20percent of children can develop chickenpox although they have been vaccinated. “Typically, breakthrough cases are less severe,” Allen said, than chickenpox in children never vaccinated. More than 11,000 cases of chickenpox were reported among children and adults in the study from 1995 to 2004, and 1,080 of these were breakthrough cases, the study found. “The bottom line was you were very much (more) likely to get breakthrough disease the longer you were (past) getting the first vaccine,” Mascola said. Mascola said children can get the first and recommended second shot with a new multiple vaccine that provides protection against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox – the MMRV. Chickenpox usually strikes preschoolers and children in elementary school. Most often, the effects are no more serious than fever, itchy pustules on the skin and about two weeks of missed school. Chickenpox is rarely fatal but can have serious complications when a lesion becomes infected with bacteria, especially streptococcus. In April 1994, four children with chickenpox in Orange and Los Angeles counties died within weeks of one another after being infected. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 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

‘He’s better than Henderson’ – Liverpool fans praise dynamo’s latest display for Germany Under-21s

first_img Emre Can Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played Emre Can in a variety of positions for the Merseysiders since the German swapped Bayer Leverkusen for Anfield last year.However, the 21-year-old’s performances at the European Under-21 Championship this summer certainly suggest that he shouldn’t be stuck in defence.Can netted a superb solo strike in his nation’s opening game and has followed that up with a stellar display in the centre of the park against Denmark.Unsurprisingly, Reds fans are getting a bit excited about the prospect of him flourishing in the Premier League next season. 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S Michael Murphy has captained the Ireland International Rules team to a comprehensive win over a VFL selection in Sandringham, Melbourne today.The Donegal captain also scored two goals – and a had a total of 19 points – as Ireland won easily by 100-27.Cork’s Colm O’Neill helped himself to four goals as he top scored with 30 points. Sean Cavanagh, Pearse Hanley and Aidan O’Shea also scored goals today.All 23 players available featured in the game while the squad will be completed by the arrival of Monaghan’s Conor McManus and Chrissy McKaigue in Australia after they line out against each other for Clontibret and Slaughtneil respectively in this afternoon’s Ulster club semi-final.The squad moves on to Perth on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s clash with the AFL’s finest at the Patersons Stadium.IRELAND: N Morgan (Tyrone); C McDonald (Tipperary), N McGee (Donegal), C Boyle (Mayo, 0-1-0 [3]); L Keegan (Mayo), J McCarthy (Dublin), K McKernan (Down); A Walsh (Cork), S Cavanagh (Tyrone, 1-1-0 [9]); C Cregg (Roscommon, 0-3-1 [10]), C Begley (Laois), P Hanley (Mayo, Brisbane Lions, 1-0-0 [6]); C O’Neill (Cork, 4-1-3 [30]), M Murphy (Donegal, 2-1-4 [19]), R Munnelly (Laois, 0-1-2 [5]). Interchange: M Donnelly (Tyrone), F Hanley (Galway), D Hughes (Monaghan, 0-0-1 [1]), K McLoughlin (Mayo), D Moran (Kerry, 0-0-1 [1]), P O’Neill (Kildare), P O’Rourke (Meath), A O’Shea (Mayo, 1-3-1 [16]).VFL SELECTION (from): S Sherlock, B Cavarra, A Saad, T O’Sullivan (0-0-1 [1]), C Lockwood, N Rippon (0-0-1 [1]), T Paule, B Smithwick, T Gribble, A Marcon, B Mahon, L Tynan, J Bolton (0-1-0 [3]), J Geary, B Jolley, A Cockie (1-1-0 [9]), M Cook, N Newman, S Clouston (0-1-1 [4]), L Featherstone (0-1-1 [4]), J Magner, B Davies (0-0-1 [1]), J Owen (0-0-1 [1]), T Pinwill (0-1-0 [3]), E Panozza.MURPHY CAPTAINS IRELAND TO STUNNING WARM-UP VICTORY IN MELBOURNE was last modified: November 16th, 2014 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)last_img read more